Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • The Psychology of a Restaurant Menu

    How’s this for familiar: You walk into a restaurant intending to eat healthfully, but before you know it, you’ve ordered a burger with a side of fries. Don't blame yourself just yet — the problem may not be your willpower, but the menu layout. According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people make unhealthy food choices when they read menus with low-calorie sections.

    The study found that when healthier fare is grouped together under general headers such as, “Under 550 calories” or “Low-fat meals,” diners outright ignore those choices in favor of bad-for-you dishes. “People generally want to make healthy choices, but because menus have so many options, it’s easier to dismiss an entire food category when it’s grouped together — especially the healthier section,” Jeffrey R. Parker, PhD, assistant professor of marketing at Georgia State University, tells Yahoo Shine.  

    Here’s what happens when people read menus: Due to an overload of choices, the brain

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  • 8 Awesome Facts About Chelsea Clinton

    Getty Images Exciting! Will Chelsea Clinton be following in her parents' poltical footsteps?  The 34-year-old recently admitted that she wouldn’t rule out running for office, according to an interview with Fast Company. "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives,” Clinton, who resides in New York, told the magazine after being asked about her political future. “If at some point that weren't the case, and I didn't support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators — and I'm lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know — maybe then I'd have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer." Chelsea has hinted at a political run before, telling Buzzfeed in March, “I don’t know” when asked whether she would consider such a move. In light of ongoing speculation that her mother Hillary Clinton will also run for president in 2016, could a Clinton-Clinton ticket be in

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  • Should Schools Introduce Dress Codes for Parents?

    CorbisIf you’re a busy parent who brings your child to school each morning, you probably don't give much thought to what you throw on before heading out the door. But if your kid goes to school in Florida, you might soon have to ditch those yoga pants and starting dressing up for the drop-off. One Florida school board member is proposing a dress code for parents in order to set a good example for students.

    According to a story published recently in the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Public Schools board member Rosalind Osgood broached the topic during a recent school board meeting, citing as an example fathers who pick their children up wearing saggy pants at Boyd Anderson High School in her district. (She notes that students at that school are banned from wearing saggy pants.) “I’m not trying to instill a strict dress code,” Osgood, a mother of three, tells Yahoo Shine. “This is about basic presentation — many parents pick their children up wearing curlers in their hair, sweatpants that fall

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  • Jenny McCarthy Clarifies Vaccine Stance. Too Little, Too Late?

    Getty ImagesThe View” co-host Jenny McCarthy is under attack again — not for her infamous anti-vaccination stance, but her apparent lack thereof. In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed titled “The Gray Area on Vaccines” published Saturday, the 41-year-old television personality claimed she is not “anti-vaccine,” despite practically becoming the celebrity face of the cause. 

    More on Yahoo Shine:  Celebrities and the Vaccinaction Debate

    “I am not ‘anti-vaccine,’ writes McCarthy. “This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, 'pro-vaccine' and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine.’ What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different? I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit. I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate.”

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  • Awesome Dad Launches Unisex Teen Beauty Line

    Sam FarmerSick of cutesy pink products being the only option for his teenage daughter, one father decided to do something about it. Now, the line of teen skin and haircare products he's created to combat gender stereotypes will be hitting stores in June.

    One day, a few years ago, while buying deodorant for his two children (a now-14-year-old daughter and a now-11-year-old son) Sam Farmer, then a stay-at-home dad, noticed something odd on the store shelves. “Looking at the rows of deodorant, I noticed that the girls' section was filled with brands labeled 'Tease' and 'Play It Sexy' — there was even a Playboy line,” Farmer, who lives in Britain, tells Yahoo Shine. “For the boys, all I saw were brands that read, 'Control' and 'Attract.'”

    However, it wasn't until Farmer’s daughter mentioned that she couldn't relate to the names and phrases on her beauty products that he began brainstorming. “When you become a dad, you become more passionate about certain things and I wanted my daughter to learn that

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  • Boston Strong Ducks Pay It Forward Around the World

    Boston Strong Ducks/FacebookAfter the deadly Boston Marathon bombings took place last April, Lori Tosches felt helpless. The 50-year-old Boston native, who had grown up cheering on the runners from the starting line as a child and continued the tradition with her husband and three children, wanted to help the victims and their families in some way, but she didn’t know how.

    “I was glued to the television, in particular the coverage about an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard who had died at the finish line,” Tosches tells Yahoo Shine. “After seeing his photo, I couldn’t get him off my mind. He’s what really motivated me to help out.”

    Tosches remembered that back in January 2013, just a month after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the police department had decorated the campus with 500 rubber ducks to cheer up the children and welcome them back to classes.

    Photo courtesy of Lori Tosches“Since ducks already had a positive association, I thought, ‘Let’s do something with a duck,’” she says. So, Tosches created a Facebook page

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  • Wedding Dress Fairy Replaces Woman's Stolen Gown

    Photo courtesy of Kelly CaysAlmost as difficult as the hunt for the perfect guy is the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. So when  bride-to-be Kelly Cays’s gown was stolen from her car one evening, she was crushed — until a total stranger replaced it.

    “I was so happy when I found my dress because it looked like the one my grandmother wore at her own wedding,” Cays, 22, tells Yahoo Shine. Her grandmother recently passed away, but before she did, she accompanied Cays when she went wedding dress shopping, so the $1,800 strapless beaded lace gown has even greater sentimental meaning.

    One evening in March, Cays, who works as a co-manager of a shoe store in Colorado Springs, Colorado, picked up her dress from the bridal shop, went grocery shopping, and came home around 9 p.m. She parked her Jeep inside her apartment complex and debated carrying the dress upstairs, but because she was bringing it to her mother’s house the following day and didn't want her fiancé to see it, she left it in the car.

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  • Why It's Time for a Female Late-Night Host

    L-R: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler (Photo: Getty)Stephen Colbert replacing Dave Letterman as host of "The Late Show" is not just happy-sad news for their respective fans, but also a missed opportunity to usher in some female-friendly talent.

    White male comedians, most notably Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Carson Daly, and Craig Feguson currently dominate the late-night scene, and dudes have dominated the late-night scene so for decades. Currently, the only woman in the hot seat is Chelsea Handler, host of E!’s “Chelsea’s Lately,” who, most recently, was rumored to replace Ferguson on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” if he had taken Letterman's seat.

    While Colbert taking Letterman’s spot is big news, the excitment surrounding his replacement was even bigger — before Colbert was announced, the Internet was buzzing with possible female replacements, including Amy Schumer, star of the Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer,” "SNL" alums Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Emmy-award winning comedy writer Wanda Sykes — women

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  • The Problem With Heidi Klum's Native American Photo Shoot

    Facebook/Heidi KlumIt's the ultimate fashion fail.

    Supermodel Heidi Klum is in hot water after posting a Native American-themed photo shoot from her television series "Germany’s Next Topmodel" to her Facebook page. Many say the pictures promote stereotypes and are culturally insensitive.

    Klum has remained silent on the topic, but on Thursday, Christoph Korfer, a rep from  ProSieben, the German TV station that airs the show, told Yahoo Shine, “We have nothing but the utmost esteem for the Native American culture and are so sorry if our shoot was offensive to anyone. By no means was our intention to insult Native Americans or in any way demean their heritage. We sincerely apologize."

    The shoot, which can still be seen on Klum’s Facebook page, began circulating on Wednesday after media outlets picked it up. It features her models wearing headdresses, face paint, antlers, and feathers, and most of the nearly 600 comments are negative. “This is a joke, right?” wrote one Facebook user. “How disappointing.

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  • Man Dumps Fiancée Via Text, She Keeps $53K Engagement Ring

    Facebook/Lou BillittierAlmost as awkward as a broken engagement is deciding what to do with the ring. For one jilted fiancée, the decision to keep her $53,000 white-gold, 2.97-carat ring was made in court. Late last week, New York State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ruled that Christa M. Clark, 38, could keep her ring, in a lawsuit filed by her ex-fiancé Louis J. Billittier Jr., 55, to reclaim it.

    On July 1, 2012, only three months before their wedding, Clark, a nail technician from upstate New York, received a shocking text message from Billittier, co-owner of Chef’s Restaurant and her fiancé of three years, according to a story published by the Buffalo News. He informed her that their relationship was over. “You’re doing this through a text message????” she replied. Billittier promised to reimburse Clark for money she had spent on wedding preparations. He then added, “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”

    A few weeks later, angry that Clark was still in

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