Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Kid Battling Cancer Raises $150K for Charity with Lemonade Stand

    Mario Carpino (Photo courtesy of: Anna Carpino)A 10-year-old boy from New Jersey battling inoperable brain tumors for seven years has raised a total of $150,000 for a cancer foundation. And he’s campaigning for his idol Jon Bon Jovi to attend his charity lemonade stand on June 7.

    Back in December 2007, when Mario Carpino was 4-years-old, he told his mother that his left arm was hurting. “He walked up to me holding his arm to his chest and I thought he may have a pinched nerve, so I took him to the doctor,” Mario’s mom Anna Carpino tells Yahoo Shine.

    The doctor suggested that Mario get a CT scan to make sure it was nothing serious but when Carpino received the results a few days later, she was shocked. “The doctor said Mario had four inoperable brain tumors on his brain stem and he had only three months to live,” she says. Mario immediately started chemotherapy and over the course of the next year-and-a-half, his tumors started shrinking. However, one year later, a tumor grew back and Mario resumed treatment for the following eight

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  • Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant!

    Getty ImagesBig news! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

    Clinton made the announcement on Thursday during an event to support the The Clinton Foundation's women's initiative "No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project,” which she attended with her mother, Hillary Clinton, in New York City. Toward the end of the speech she gave at the event, Clinton, 34, said to the crowd, "I have one more thing to say very quickly. I just want to thank all of you for being such an inspiration to us and to me in particular. Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year. And I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world with so many strong, young female leaders."

    Clinton and her husband, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, have been married since 2010. The couple made their baby plans known back in October when Clinton told Glamour magazine they would start trying this year.

    "We sat down

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  • Grieving Dad Honors Late Toddler With Stolen Moments Campaign

    Photo: Courtesy of Larry CarrollA father whose toddler recently passed away has taken his grief to social media with a powerful Fundly campaign, inspiring parents to not only cherish their own children, but also honor his late daughter, too.  

    April 3 was a typical evening — Larry Carroll, a 39-year-old Los Angeles-based reporter was home with his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Savannah (nicknamed Savvy), his 5-year-old son, and his wife, who is currently eight-and-a-half months pregnant. "I put Savannah to bed in her crib, and she had a bit of a fever but everything else was normal,” Carroll tells Yahoo Shine.

    However, the next morning, he didn't hear his little girl waking up for their usual 6 a.m. breakfast of peanut butter toast. “She would lick off all the peanut butter and hand the bread back to me,” says Carroll. When he went to check on Savannah, he discovered that she had passed away in her crib during the night, from causes not yet known.

    That day was a blur and by night, Carroll was wired with adrenaline

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  • 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. 

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    “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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