Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Boy Uses PlayStation Money to Teach Neighbors About Fire Safety

    (L-R) Hector Montoya, Peyton Harder, and Ashton Harder (Photo: Courtesy of Ashton Harder)When you’re a kid, having enough money to buy your favorite toy is a big deal. So it’s pretty amazing that a 9-year-old boy dropped his plan to buy himself a PlayStation 4 in order to purchase 100 smoke detectors for his neighbors.

    Hector Montoya of Grand Prairie, Texas, has spent the past few years saving his allowance and birthday money. After accumulating  $305, he decided he would purchase the $400 game console when he had socked away enough cash. However, in late January, while watching the news, he learned about a mother and son who had died in a house fire. “Hector couldn’t understand why the family didn’t have smoke detectors,” Tanah Montoya, Hector’s mother, tells Yahoo Shine. “He said, ‘But mom, we have one in our home.’”

    A few days later, Hector approached his mother with an idea. “He wanted to use his savings to buy 300 smoke detectors for people who didn’t own them and asked me to drive him to the store to buy them.”

    The money Hector had was enough to purchase 100 smoke

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  • Why Are Pregnant Women Criticized for Exercising?

    Facebook/Sara Haley FitnessSara Haley, a personal trainer and mom from Santa Monica, California, hits the gym six days a week — and it turns out that's a problem for her fellow gym members, who, Haley says, routinely harass her because she's 35 weeks pregnant.

    According to a recent story published in the New York Daily News, Haley, who specializes in pregnancy fitness, incorporates a combination of pull-ups, tricep dips, dead lifts, and lunges into her workout routine. But the constant stares, whispers, and comments (“Wow, your butt is so big!” and “Those stretch marks are the worst I have ever seen!") in the gym make her feel as though she's being ganged up on. “It is an element of bullying,” the 35-year-old told the newspaper. “Some people have no filter all of a sudden when they see a pregnant woman training.”

    And while Haley — who in April was named one of 50 hottest fitness trainers by Shape magazine — insists that exercise is encouraged during pregnancy, she doesn’t want to be viewed as herculean. “My

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  • Woman Meets Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donor (and It's Amazing)

    Photo: Courtesy of Sam BienoImagine being able to hug the person who saved your life. On Friday, a 22-year-old cancer survivor got to do just that when she met the man who donated the bone marrow that she desperately needed in order to push her disease into remission.

    "I was so nervous beforehand — was I supposed to hug him or shake his hand?" Sam Bieno tells Yahoo Shine of her airport meeting with her donor, 27-year-old Neal Wendt, who flew to Madison, Wisconsin, from Austin, Texas, for the occasion. "As soon as I saw him, we both started smiling."

    Wendt was equally anxious but had another concern on his mind. "I was mostly unsure of what to wear," he jokingly tells Yahoo Shine. Wendt's mother and sister, who had accompanied him on the trip, also met Bieno, her parents, and her younger sister.

    In August 2012, Bieno, then a 20-year-old junior at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. “My only symptoms were bruising and

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  • Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz, Beloved Wikipedia Wiz

    Adrianne Wadewitz (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)Sad news. Wikipedia editor Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, died on April 8 from injuries she sustained from a rock climbing accident in Joshua Tree National Park, according to the New York Times.

    Wadewitz’s fans on Twitter celebrated the late scholar, calling her "influential," “prolific,” and "brilliant."

    The Omaha native earned her PhD from Indiana University in 2011 and was serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College in Los Angeles at the time of her death. She had also recently accepted a full-time job in the digital humanities department at nearby Whittier College. According to a memorial blog on the website Humanties, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), of which Wadewitz was a former scholar, upon accepting the job, she said, "I'm extremely happy! I have a job I'm going to love in a city I adore. Life doesn't get better than this."

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    However, Wadewitz was probably best known

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

    Mario Carpino (Photo courtesy of Anna Carpino)Mario Carpino, a 10-year-old boy who is battling inoperable brain tumors, has raised nearly $150,000 for a cancer foundation. And now he’s campaigning for his idol, Jon Bon Jovi to attend his next charity lemonade stand on June 7.

    Back in December 2007, when he was 4 years old, Mario told his mother that his left arm hurt. “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 Carpino was shocked when she received the results a few days later. “The doctor said Mario had one inoperable brain tumor," she says. "The following day, an MRI revealed three more tumors and we were told he had only three months to live." Mario immediately started chemotherapy and his tumors started shrinking over the course of the next year and a half. However, one year later, a tumor grew back and Mario resumed

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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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