Forget pageant queens and reality stars, no one lays the make-up on thicker than a female bodybuilder. Can you blame them? If you were about to walk onstage in a thong swimsuit and have your muscles judged under dentist lights, you'd take your beauty regimen just as seriously. Here's how the world's most muscular women get in cosmetic shape before a show. --Piper Weiss, Shine StaffRead More »from Muscle Make-up: Beauty Regimens of Female Bodybuilders
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Beauty – Mon, Jan 7, 2013 4:25 PM EST
(Thinkstock)I've got it. Add it on to the other speech patterns I've been criticized for, including: baby talk when I'm asking for a favor—I know it's the worst—and saying the words "you know" when I'm stalling a story to think about what I'm going to say next. But forget it, I've got "creaky voice," so you probably won't want to hear the thing I'm going to say anyway. (Look out! Falling piano!)
"Creaky voice" or "vocal fry" is the new way young women talk, according to linguistic research, and people really hate it. It's been described as a "raspy or croaking sound injected (usually) at the end of a sentence," and the sound of "oil popping on the pan" and also sheer agony.
To listen to an example of "creaky voice" skip to minute 4:35 of Slate's recent podcast on the topic, below.Then skip to 4:55 where it's described by host Bob Garfield as "annoying...really annoying." Learn to love it, people. Researchers at Long Read More »from Do You Have "Annoying" Girl Voice?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 4:21 PM EST
The controversial stars of Have we gone too far? It's a question we ask at the outset of every outrageous new reality series—be it "Survivor" or "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." It's also usually an early sign of a show's success.How reality TV hurts girls
But response to a new show teased as part of Oxygen Media's spring lineup, seems to mark a momentous moment when reality has truly jumped the shark. Collective and largely unchallenged outrage over the network's upcoming show "All My Babies' Mamas" is the unusual case of a show sparking enough controversy to potentially kill it.
"All My Babies' Mamas," a one-hour reality special slated to air in the spring of 2013, features Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker, an Atlanta-based hip-hop artist with 11 children by 10 different women. Oh, he's also got a 19-year-old girlfriend, who's a year shy of his oldest child.Read More »from Oxygen's New Show "All My Babies' Mamas" Makes Everyone Mad and it Hasn't Even Aired
By the looks of the leaked sneak peak and an early press release, the show's take on this challenging family dynamic is more "Brady Bunch" than "An
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:00 PM EST
(ThinkStock Images)Up until today, I was proud of my coffee-brewing abilities. I'd splurge on the Starbucks espresso roast at the grocery store and store it in the freezer for maximum freshness. I scoffed at the suggested measurement on the back of the bag, and heaped twice the amount of grinds in the filter, for what I always imagined was the strongest, most Rotorooting cup of hot, homemade, over-the-counter drugs a girl could ask for.
Now I know I was doing it all wrong. Ask a real coffee-brewing professional (and I did), and you'll find there are some things you just have to do when brewing coffee—none of which were part of my morning regimen.
The good news is there are also some "don'ts": You don't need to buy a $15,000 brewing system, the kind now found in "third wave" coffee shops and select Starbucks around the country, for a solid cup. You don't even need to buy the fanciest grinds in the grocery store.
According to the pros, all you needRead More »from Want to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee? It's Simple, Kind Of
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 4:24 PM EST
There's the miracle of childbirth. And then there's the miracle of a child shaking hands with her doctor before she's exited the womb.
In October, Randy Atkins was poised with camera as his wife Alicia gave birth via C-section. He was planning on capturing the moment for friends and family, but he didn't expect to snap an image that would captivate the planet.
In an unbelievable debut, Nevaeh Atkins, age one millisecond, reached out from her mother's belly and offered her own delivery doctor a hand.
Read More »from Most Polite Baby Ever Shakes Doctor's Hand from Womb. The Bar Has Been Set, Folks
"The doctor called me over and said, 'Hey, she's grabbing my finger.' So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture," Randy Atkins told the website AZFamily.com. The Phoenix-based Atkins and his wife Alicia shared the incredible photo on Facebook the day after Christmas. Soon after the image was shared by hundreds and viewed by more than 10,000 users, making it the first and most
So long, Soul Cycle: "Adventure Racing" will be 2013's most popular, painful, obsessive-crazy workoutBy Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 2:35 PM EST
A participant in a recent Tough Mudder race crawls in the mud under live wires. (Getty images)
Warning: Before you attempt this year's trendiest workout, you may have to sign a death waiver.
No, seriously. Adventure racing--a workout event that combines hardcore endurance training (cross-country running, climbing) with reality-TV-like, into-the-wild challenges (obstacle courses, mapping)--is quickly becoming one of the nation's fastest growing outdoor sports, according to everyone from Outdoor Magazine to Forbes. It's also one of the most painful. Barbed wire, freezing dipping pools, and even 100-miles of rugged terrain with little more than a compass for navigation serve as obstacles in the growing number of team races being offered around the country for both triathletes and amateur goofballs alike.
Though it was originally designed for super-athletes (your 'Iron Man' types, Navy Seals), in the past two years, courses have been modified for amateur daredevils who want in on the action. Instead of 100-mile courses, many adventureRead More »from So long, Soul Cycle: "Adventure Racing" will be 2013's most popular, painful, obsessive-crazy workout
It was the year of the woman, obviously. But we had to hand it to a few good men who inspired us to be better parents, braver citizens, kinder critics, and smarter meme-writers. Join us in a salute to the dudes who won our hearts in 2012. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Dec 20, 2012 5:21 PM EST
You're never too young to become a viral sensation. Thank you, internet for that valuable lesson. In 2012, you didn't have to have a lot of babies to know a lot of babies. Here are the newbs we couldn't stop talking about all year long.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | How To – Thu, Dec 20, 2012 12:48 PM EST
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 19, 2012 3:05 PM EST
Linda Hegg can't remember how she ended up in a homeless shelter three months ago. (AP)
You are Linda Hegg. Your home state is Delaware. You have a degree in linguistics and served time in the military. You are the subject of a three-month missing persons search and it's time to go home.
Missing woman joins search for herself
If someone told you this, it would sound as foreign and unreliable to you as it did to the 56-year-old woman living in a Toronto homeless shelter. Only for Linda Hegg it was true.
Three months ago, she arrived at a Canadian shelter with $20, a paper bag stuffed with shredded paper, and only the knowledge of her first name. Who she was and how she got there was as much a mystery to case workers as it was to Hegg herself.
On Tuesday, Toronto police pieced together Hegg's identity with the help of concerned family members and an anonymous web sleuth, who linked Hegg's online trails to the missing persons report. Hegg, a former Naval Officer, had traveled to Canada by bus with an expired passport, according to the Toronto Star, andRead More »from 'Lost Souls' Disorder: How Could a Missing Woman Be Found by Everyone but Herself?