Happy Mother's Day to all the moms of Shine!
This Mother's Day is only my second, but I have to say it's kind of nice to have a day set aside to honor all we do as moms. We juggle career, feeding a family, making sure everyone gets where they need to go on time, keeping everyone and their laundry clean, school fundraisers, homework help -- you name it.
So, moms, this is your day, and I'm hoping you all got lovely gifts from your loved ones. At my house, I really wanted us to keep it simple. I just wanted a great breakfast and lots of time with my daughter, but without any of the work. My hubby will deal with the diaper changes and cleaning up the messes and all those annoying little chores that make mommyhood not so fun. That present beats a mixer or pajama set any day!
Now, mothers of Shine, our question for you is: How did you celebrate Mother's Day? What did you get from the family? And honestly, we have a soft spot for those adorable hand-made cards and half-burnt breakfasts
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Fri, Apr 25, 2008 10:57 PM EDT
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms of Shine!Read More »from Question of the day: What did you get (or give) on Mother's Day?
photo credit: CliniqueWhen you're rich and famous, have access to all the best makeup artists and need to always look fabulous, you could really carry just about any amazing, super-luxurious beauty product with you in your make-up bag.Read More »from Question of the day: What's in your make-up bag?
But, as Fashion + Beauty editor Jennifer Romolini blogged today, InStyle raided a handful of celebrity make-up bags, and you'd be surprised what mixed bags they are. The picks range from Rihanna and her $7 Covergirl's Volume Exact Mascara to Katherine Heigl's $95 Hylexin eye cream. There are even some ingenious little things, like the one Jenn pointed out - Lucy Liu carries cotton swabs in a old gum tin.
Now, Shine chicks, we're wondering what's the amazing stuff in your own make-up bags! I personally always carry around Clinique's All About Eyes concealer (cover-up AND eye cream in one tube), Burt's Bees lip balm (cool minty goodness for chapped lips) and MAC lipstick (sheer and pretty with a vanilla scent).
Open your purses and give your fellow readers a glimpse at
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Tue, Apr 22, 2008 7:04 AM EDT
Jorge Herrara/Getty ImagesEntertainment editor Anne Ichikawa today blogs about sweet little Danie Radcliffe (omg...he's 18!), better known as Harry Potter, who's desperately seeking a mystery Australian girl he saw at a party.Read More »from Question of the day: Who's your "one who got away?"
The best quote came from the Daily Telegraph story: "I must have walked around that party for an hour trying to look for this girl, like some sad pathetic dweeb but it would have been so worth it." OK, I know he's only 18, but I gotta say that's downright adorable!
All this talk of missed connections got me thinking and talking with my friends about "the one who got away." Mine is Seth, a guy who I had a mad crush on throughout college. I was such a super shy and nerdy chick when I first crushed on him, but I grew up a lot throughout college. And then after graduation, I found myself running into him all the time, because we rode the same bus line home.
Of course, that's when Seth finally noticed me...now that I had a boyfriend! Argh, but he had a girlfriend, too. AND, both of our
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Sat, Apr 19, 2008 12:20 AM EDT
Getty ImagesTuesday, April 22, is Earth Day, so you're sure to hear a lot about climate change, clean energy, and the like over the weekend. It's all pretty overwhelming, especially if you're trying to figure out how to change you and your family's lives to be a bit more Earth-conscious.
Well, the editors of Shine are busy women just like you, and we understand it's not easy to keep things "green" as we juggle all we do. But we also know that, if the strong-minded women of the world don't do something to save the planet, then we're all screwed!
So, over the last week, we've put up a few posts that we hope will make this whole green thing simpler to adopt into everyday living. Check them out, and make those little changes that make a big difference:
- 6 ingredients for a green, clean home
- How to recycle your old electronics
- Shop the green way without breaking the budget
- Simple ways for kids to be eco friendly
- Eco-friendly all-purpose bag that is perfect
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Fri, Apr 18, 2008 8:05 AM EDT
Dating someone new is super exciting -- a whole new person to get to know who has a whole new set of likes, dislikes, interests, and experiences. And then there's the whole dating history thing. Sometimes that part of the conversation can get a little rough, since no one really loves to hear about the exes.Read More »from Question of the day: Do you tell the truth about your sexual history?
But there is one reason to bring up that somewhat difficult conversation. You really don't want to be surprised by any problems that could've been passed on to your new special someone by a former special someone. That's the topic of Love + Sex editor Erin Flaherty's recent story, "Do you tell the world (or your partner) about your STD?"
The fear, of course, is that your new love interest isn't telling you everything you need to know. And they may be worried that you aren't either. (All the more reason to practice safe sex, girls.)
So, my question to you ladies is this: Is it or was it important to you to be honest and upfront about your sexual history? Or do you hold off on
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Thu, Apr 17, 2008 7:59 AM EDT
Our parenting editor Charlene Prince Birkeland wrote a hilarious post today about the crazy little white lies we tell our kids to make life a little easier or more fun. My favorite one of hers: "Milk is really sugar for your bones." That almost makes me want to drink milk!Read More »from Question of the day: What lies did your parent tell you as a kid?
But this post got me thinking about all the lies my own mom told me while I was growing up. The range from the benign and sweet ("Santa Claus gave it to you!") to the insane ("Wearing new shoes at night is bad luck." What!?). Of course, I managed to figure out they were half-truths at some point along the way, but it is kind of alarming just how many of these fibs are part of my childhood experience.
So, ladies of Shine, what are the lies your parents told you when you were growing up? Tell us your most touching, most crazy, most hilarious, and even most infuriating. Go one further, and tell us just when you figured your parents' exaggerations out. Put your incredible parental lies in the comments below!
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Wed, Apr 16, 2008 6:50 AM EDT
As a fairly new mom, I'm well acquainted with the concept of sleep deprivation. So, reading some of the stories around Shine over the last few weeks about how little sleep everyone is getting these days makes me think I'm not doing so bad after all.Read More »from Question of the day: Why aren't you getting the sleep you need?
So, Elastic Waist's blogger Weetabix's 5 tips on getting a good night sleep couldn't come at a better time. One I know my husband could put to use tonight: "Eat your main meals earlier in the day so that you're going to bed on a mostly empty stomach."
We all have our reasons we're not getting the zzz's we deserve -- whether it's a hungry newborn or stress from the job or just staying out too late partying with friends.
You know mine; now tell me yours. What's keeping you away from getting those much-needed eight hours? And while you're at it, tell me how you do finally end up getting the sleep you need. With me, my husband and I trade off on the early morning baby duties, so one of us can occasionally sleep in, at least on the weekends.
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Tue, Apr 15, 2008 1:30 AM EDT
Over in Work + Money, Marie Claire's Cubicle Coach answers another tough workplace conundrum: If your co-worker is coming in late and leaving you in a tough spot with your boss, how should you handle it? CC's reply is that you give 'em one free pass, but beyond that, you can't keep covering for your slacker officemate, especially if you're dealing with one as in CC's letter that insinuates that person's sleeping in after a night of partying.Read More »from Question of the day: Have you ever covered for your co-worker?
Personally, I think I cover for co-workers way more often than I don't, but I guess I've always taken the whole golden rule of the workplace to heart: Cover for others so they'll cover for you. But I do have limits -- I only cover for those people I know work hard in the first place, and I won't cover for any mistake that I know will hurt the greater team over the long term.
So, ladies of Shine, tell us what you'd do or have done. Have you ever covered for a not-so-hard-working co-worker? And if so, why did you do it? And if you don't choose to,
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Fri, Apr 11, 2008 2:15 AM EDT
Today, we're featuring a story on your homepage today from our Healthy Living channel about the disturbing joint-dieting habits of Posh Spice and Katie Holmes. Disturbing how, you may ask? Well, when they have lunch together, they do things like sharing one "green salad sans dressing, one piece of fish and one side of steamed spinach."Read More »from Question of the day: Do you diet with your best friend?
I think it's sweet that these ladies are into sharing, but that's no way for grown women to live! As our partner blogger Weetabix of ElasticWaist points out, "You know what I do when I get together with my bff? We spend a lot of money shopping and then we go to In 'n' Out burger...." Now, that's more how my friends and I do it when we are out and about, except we're more likely the enchiladas-and-margaritas types.
But, I'm trying not to be too judgmental of Posh and Katie's friendship; there are a LOT of women who try to lose weight together - whether it's being gym buddies or keeping each other from "being bad" at the Cold Stone Creamery.
So, what we
- Annette Cardwell, Shine staff | Community – Thu, Apr 10, 2008 1:37 AM EDT
Our Love & Sex editor Erin just blogged about a new study from the University of Michigan, which says husbands creates an extra seven hours of extra housework a week for their wives. Meanwhile, a wife saves her husband from an hour of chores around the house each week.Read More »from Question of the day: Is your man creating housework for you?
I have to say, I'm lucky that my husband sees cleaning as an equal-opportunity pain in the tuchus. But for many chicks I know, this is hardly "news." Their men are indeed creating tons of work around the house, and hardly ever pitching in to help. And for the most part, it's not like they're old fashioned, and thing it's "women's work" or something. It's just straight up laziness or their ladies not being assertive enough about asking for help.
So, ladies of Shine who have men at home, do you think your guy creates more housework for you than the other way around? And do you have any helpful tips and tricks for getting these slackers to pull their weight?
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