Blog Posts by The_Stir

  • Don't wash your jeans, freeze them

    I've definitely worn a pair of jeans for a few weeks before washing them. Sometimes because I don't feel like they need it, and sometimes because I prefer the baggier fit. Who likes clean jeans? They're stiff and tight and somehow mine always end up shorter.

    But a student at the University of Alberta decided he didn't want to wash his jeans, for like, a year. And they were skinny jeans, to boot. Ew?

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    Student Josh Le chose to do this experiment to see if he could break in the tight jeans so much that they'd hug the contours of his body. Really? That's why he wanted to do this? Dude. Lame. Come on.

    But the experiment ended up serving a different, rather interesting, purpose.

    After 15 months and over 200 wears (if I'm doing the math correctly, and I would be surprised if I am, I think that means he wore the jeans about 42 percent of the days during the experiment), Josh decided to get the jeans

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  • 10 design blogs you should be reading

    I'm at Altitude Summit this week. Alt Summit is the conference for design and lifestyle bloggers, and as you might suspect, hundreds of the top design bloggers are in attendance. It's a super stylish, highly creative group and I'm certain I'll come away from the summit full of new ideas, goals, and projects.

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    So, for this week's interior inspiration, I thought it would be fun to share some of the best design blogs you may not have heard of. Blogs that feature great content and beautiful images -- like the beautiful room pictured above that I found on A Life's Design.

    Take a peek at my list and, hopefully, you'll add a few new favorite stops to your daily reads.

    Jen's writing makes me laugh. And I love her style!

    My Notting Hill
    Stop here for lots of big interior images and other fun tidbits about what's happening in the world of interior design.

    I started reading this one

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  • Diet news: Should you skip breakfast after all?

    Finally a break from the breakfast love! While it's long been touted as the most important meal of the day, a new study says you may want to put the brakes on your morning meal if you're looking to lose weight.

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    At last, some justification for those of us who are chronic skippers of the meal said to jump start your day, boost your metabolism, and provide world peace.

    Okay, if it would provide world peace, I'd eat it, but I get so tired of hearing how great this meal is when I'm not even hungry in the morning. I need coffee, and I'm good. I'm not a morning person (at all!), and I'd so much rather save the breakfast calories for a meal when I'm fully awake, thank you. Elizabeth Hurley is with me on this one too.

    The study, published in the Nutrition Journal, followed a group of people for two weeks and observed what they ate. They found that what people ate for breakfast had no effect on what they ate for lunch and

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  • Making over the Food Network in 10 easy steps!

    guy fieriguy fieriThis week we found out that the Food Network is having some trouble: Its ratings among viewers ages 25 to 54 fell 10.3 percent at the end of 2010. Moreover, ratings for women ages 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 -- a key demographic, no doubt -- fell 9 percent in the last month. I shudder to think what this means for my beloved food channel!

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    Now, I'm hardly a television executive, but what I am is among the Food Network's key demographic. Therefore, I'm taking the liberty of suggesting a few fixes for my favorite channel of all time ... see if you agree.

    10. Less Fieri: I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Guy Fieri is like really good sea salt -- a little goes a long, long way. Sure, we enjoy him in Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. But that doesn't mean we want to see him on every other show.

    9. Less gimmicks, more back to the basics. Why would I want to see what the worst cooks can (or rather can't) do

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  • Not tonight, dear, I'm allergic to sperm

    Does your partner ever claim to feel sick after he ejaculates? I mean really sick, with fever, fatigue, and itchy eyes, like he has the flu.

    Well, he may be telling the truth, that he has the man-flu, and not just trying to find an excuse to lay around in bed because he's worn out from your love-making session. He may actually be allergic to his own semen.

    Huh? Come again?

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    The results of a new Dutch study of this semen allergy, known as post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS), confirms the cause of this sickness. The study was conducted by pricking the subjects' skin with their own diluted semen and recording their bodies' reactions, which ran the gamut of flu-like symptoms.

    If your partner suffers from POIS, tell them not to lose hope. A treatment has been developed to help reduce the allergic reaction so that the symptoms are much milder. And the treatment requires them to orgasm.

    Over a period of a few years,

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  • Do dating criminal checks work? I put it to the test

    My Match CheckerMy Match CheckerI've seen the future of online dating. And it includes websites like whose mission statement is "Know your date. Know your fate."

    Sure there are guidelines for online dating safety: first date should be for lunch, let someone know where you're going, don't drink too much alcohol, and meet somewhere neutral versus having him pick you up at your house.

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    But helps you answer the questions that are really important, like is the guy a convicted felon or a sex offender, before you put yourself in a possibly precarious position.

    I did a search to find out if a certain guy was potential boyfriend material. Here's what I discovered about him.

    I did the search for my girlfriend, who had met this guy -- let's call him Gerry -- on a popular online dating site. His picture was cute, they seemed to have a lot in common, and their email rapport had been casual and fun.

    After a few

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  • Pregnant women are too stupid to order dinner

    Pregnant woman in restaurantPregnant woman in restaurantYes, there are some foods pregnant women should avoid. Some choose to follow these rules with gusto, eating nary a nibble of cold lunch meat (me!), while others throw caution to the wind and wash down some sushi with a glass of wine. Really, it's up to each pregnant woman to decide just how much risk she's willing to take. But some restaurants want to step into the decision-making process.

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    A recent article in The Guardian highlighted several restaurants that have special pregnancy menus and meals. For example, they found Doraku, a restaurant in Miami that has a sushi-free, fully cooked menu just for women who are expecting. How thoughtful ... but can't we think for ourselves even though we're pregnant?

    While we can all appreciate an occasional perk while pregnant -- perhaps a specially designated parking space or a seat given up on the subway -- we're largely able to take care of ourselves and make our

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  • Sometimes you have to cheat to protect your marriage

    This just in. I've never stepped outside with another man (or another woman for that matter), and I wouldn't consider it. But it turns out I've been cheating on my husband for years now without even knowing it.

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    How have I done it? Money. I hide it. All around our house. In fits of "financial infidelity," I'm apparently betraying the very core of our marriage.

    It's fairly common -- a Harris Interactive online poll of 2,019 adults released this month shows 31 percent of American couples with combined finances were financially unfaithful. They lie about hidden cash or extra bank accounts, extravagant purchases, and other credit cards.

    Nothing like being part of the crowd to make you feel better. I'm one of three in every 10 Americans. I'm not a freak! And yet, the word infidelity is stuck in my craw. I'm not a freak, sure, but if the warnings out of the National Endowment for Financial Education are to be believed, I'm

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  • Breastfeeding t-shirts: yay or nay?

    Breastfeeding teeBreastfeeding teeAll this talk today about Miranda Kerr's breastfeeding photo got me thinking about a related topic:

    Breastfeeding t-shirts.

    I'm all for breastfeeding. I breastfed both of my children.

    But I really, really hate breastfeeding t-shirts, like this "Sourmilk Parfum" one, for example. I mean, seriously? This is supposed to be funny? It makes me want to vomit.

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    I considered breastfeeding to be a very private burden I shouldered for the sake of my children, and while I was honored to be able to do it, you can bet I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a t-shirt bragging about it ... or worse, putting a breastfeeding t-shirt on one of my kids.

    Agree with me or disagree -- regardless, I think you'll all be entertained by these breastfeeding t-shirts I turned up on the web. Would you wear one?

    Let Down DivaAre you a Let Down Diva? (Please say no.)

    Milking MachineOr maybe you just want people to think of you as a Milking Machine

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  • Supermodel Miranda Kerr makes breastfeeding photo public. Is this too much?

    Miranda KerrMiranda KerrBreastfeeding.

    Outside the world of parenting, it's got kind of a bad rap. Sure most people admit it's good for babies, but many, many, many child-free men and women see the actual act of breastfeeding as ... well ... kinda gross.

    That's why I was so excited to see that Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom's first photo of their newborn son features the Victoria's Secret supermodel ... BREASTFEEDING.

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    It's nice as a mom to see a woman who's viewed as one of the sexiest, most desirable women alive nursing her child -- and looking damn good doing it, I might add.

    Want to know what she and Orlando named their new son? Read on!

    His name is ...



    Sounds good to me -- not too common and not too ridiculous.

    I'm liking the Blooms more and more.

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    Flynn weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces

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