Blog Posts by The_Stir

  • Good News, Moms! Washing Your Hair Every Day is Bad

    As much as we'd love to have a little more time on our hands for personal grooming, there are some days when it just seems impossible to find an extra few minutes to get all gussied up as a mom. Let's face it -- if we even manage to squeeze in a shower, dab on a little lip gloss, and throw on something other than yoga pants, then that day is pretty much considered a win as far as looking put together goes.

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    And when it comes to having ample time each day to wash, dry, and style our hair? Oh, please. That's a luxury that most of us will never experience again until our kids go off to college. But as it turns out, going a couple of days in between shampoos is actually very acceptable, and it's much better for your hair than washing it every single day.

    Hair professionals seem to agree that shampooing every day actually strips the hair of its natural oils, making it dry and more likely to break. And

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  • How to Get Kristen Wiig's Oscar Night Hair -- on a Budget!

    Kristen WiigKristen WiigKristen Wiig's hair may have been a little casual for Oscar night, but on a regular day, I'd be thrilled if my hair turned out looking this good.

    And as it turns out, it's not as difficult to have celeb-worthy hair as I had thought!

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    On Oscar night, Kristen's hair was styled entirely with Dove products, all of which are available at your local drug store.

    Now, her stylist has revealed exactly what he did to make her hair Academy Award-worthy.

    Want to know all of his secrets, so that you can replicate the look yourself?

    Read on!

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    Kristen's hair was styled by Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend. He took inspiration for her 'do from her dress, which was by J. Mendel. All products that Mark used were from the new Dove Style+Care Collection. Here's what he did:

    • "I started
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  • Bethenny Frankel Should Start a 'Skinnygirl' Swimwear Line (PHOTO)

    bethenny frankelbethenny frankelUgh. The time of year that pretty much every woman in America dreads is slowly creeping up on us again -- bathing suit season. Doesn't the thought of it automatically make you shut your eyes and cringe a little bit?

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    Celebrities, on the other hand, aren't afraid to strip down to a teeny bikini no matter what season of the year it is, because a huge component of their lives revolves around taking lavish vacations. And while there is plenty of pressure on celeb moms to have rock-hard bikini bodies, even they aren't exempt from bearing the scars of pregnancy in a bathing suit.

    Take a look at this photo of Bethenny Frankel, for example. She's definitely a "Skinnygirl" -- but she appears to have a little bit of saggy skin going on around her mid-section. Don't get me wrong, she looks way better in a bikini than I could ever dream of. But I can't help but think that maybe she should've chosen a one-piece bathing suit

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  • New Commercial Dares to Feature Mom Breastfeeding -- Finally! (VIDEO)

    Breastfeeding commercialBreastfeeding commercialWith the majority of the general public thinking breastfeeding should only be done in a dark cave where no one can see and Facebook worried that a baby nursing is more risque than a teenager in a string bikini, a new Johnson & Johnson commercial came forward with the truth. It aired during the Oscars -- it wasn't even on cable! -- and shows a baby eating in the most perfect light.

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    This, my friends, is what it looks like when a mother breastfeeds her baby. There is no nipple exposure, a mother's shirt isn't lifted over her head so she looks all revealing and naked, and there isn't a big scene or a billboard that appears saying LOOK AT ME. In fact, it's something barely even noticeable. See for yourself.

    The commercial melts my heart and not just because they show breastfeeding. It captures all those little moments during new parenthood and I'll admit that it makes my uterus ache for another

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  • 11 Signs Your Biological Clock is Blaring

    BabyBabyWhen did you become aware of the slow steady beep of your biological clock? Was it when you were just married and in your mid-20s? A time when all you knew was that you wanted to spend your life making sweet love to the beautiful man by your side. Did your biological clock go off when you were in your 30s, had hit the ceiling in your career, found the perfect partner, and wanted to share that love with a baby? Or maybe you were in your 40s, the expert in your field, had traveled the world with your devoted partner, and were ready to share all that love and wealth with a fruit of your loins? Or were you minding your own business and out of nowhere a very loud, blaring alarm went off, like a bomb, leaving you to take shelter and clamor for the snooze button?

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    Here are some warning signs that your biological clock may be blaring:

    • You see your hot boyfriend playing with your niece at a
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  • Dogs in Restaurants Might Be Legal Soon

    Dog at cafeDog at cafeGet ready to share your table with Fifi and Rex. Dogs are now officially allowed at restaurants in Los Angeles! As of now, doggies are allowed in restaurants that have outdoor seating. They can't actually sit up in a chair next to you at the table and slurp right off a plate, but they can hang out underneath if they're quiet and behave well.

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    I think this is doggone great. And it's only fair. If parents can bring their kids to restaurants, pet owners should be allowed to bring their dogs. I mean, who's more likely to behave themselves better? Who will sit quietly and not throw their French fries? Who will not be crying 10 minutes into the meal?

    Los Angelinos are being very sensible about this, of course. There's a whole long list of rules to make sure dogs aren't just running around, tripping waiters, and poo-pooing right there under the table. Oh, did I mention that any baby would be

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  • Sharing Your Status with Your Ex is the Right Thing to Do

    Hospital gownHospital gownIt's the worst case scenario to imagine: you notice something kind of funky going on down there. You're scared-you remember the horror videos your health teacher showed your class back in high school. And, after testing, your doctor calls with your worst nightmare news: you have a sexually transmitted disease. You struggle to wrap your mind around the consequences, the implications, the treatments. How long have you had it? Have you given it to anyone else? But you're certain you know who you got it from: your dreaded ex.

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    By now, he's moved on and you're faced with your own ethical question. Should you contact him to let him know so he can go get checked? What's the obligation if you had an unceremonious breakup, like if he cheated or stole money or in some other way violated your trust and breeched any semblance of honesty and uprightness? And, even if you can't conjure up enough concern to alert him about his

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  • Khloe Kardashian Has a Sexy Marriage Secret More Couples Should Try

    khloe and lamarkhloe and lamarSay what you want about Kim Kardashian's love life, but her sister Khloe Kardashian has got a marriage that seems to be goin' on. Khloe and hubby Lamar Odom are adorable together, and they seem like they're in it for the long-haul. The most recent evidence the Hollywood couple is bust-proof: Khloe was recently seen trying to use a self-assembled sex swing on Khloe & Lamar. The result was a disaster, but at least she tried, right?

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    Plus, the incident lead to Khloe dishing on the more successful way she and Lamar keep their sex life spiced-up ...

    Khloe told AceShowbiz:

    Lamar and I go to strip clubs together ... We like them, they are just entertaining. Some people may look at me and say, 'That is so awful of you,' but I don't mind that kind of stuff.

    Okay, I really want to know who is giving her a hard time about this, saying, "That is so awful of you." Why in the world

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  • Santorum Nail Polish is Disgusting and I Love It

    santorum nail polishsantorum nail polishFinally, what we've all been waiting for: Santorum nail polish. I'm not kidding, it's out there, ladies. And you know you want it. Or at least I do. How better to celebrate the Republican primaries -- oh wait, you know what? This nail polish actually has nothing whatsoever to do with presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

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    Nope. This nail polish is about the other "santorum" -- the one you learn all about when you Google his name. And that's why the polish is a lovely matte brown. Gross! And yet, I kind of love it.

    I mean, if you took away the raunchy reference, you'd just have this uber-chic shade of brown. Such a lovely, earthy hue. Why, it reminds me of garden soil, or chocolate, or ... hmm, nothing else comes to mind, actually.

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    Aaayaaaand, it's "big 3 toxin free" -- whatever that means. (Which three big toxins am I supposed

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  • New Study Finds that Surprise! Women Think They Look Better with Makeup

    makeupmakeupHere's something that's not so shocking: a new study by the Harris poll has revealed that 44 percent of women feel unattractive without any makeup on; that they equate a bare face with unattractiveness. Hmm. Anyone else's socks not blown off whatsoever? This data doesn't surprise me in the least. Makeup was designed to make us look and feel better, when used correctly, that is, so I don't think it's a big deal to learn that almost half of us feel prettier when we use the stuff that's supposed to make us feel prettier.

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    I guess I'd be alarmed if the percentage was 85 percent or more; I suppose that would indicate some sort of national dependency on cosmetics and would let me know to buy stock in Maybelline ASAP, but as it stands at under 50 percent, I'm not dismayed, nor confused.

    I'm not a heavy makeup wearer. I put it on before I leave the office if I'm on my way to happy hour or to dinner or

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