I'm a former newspaper journalist and blogger who used to travel extensively, but hasn't watched a decent in-flight safety demonstration since Obama took office. I've been interviewed on NPR and have harassed countless politicians, fashion designers, and ordinary folk who probably despise reporters now. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and toddler girl, where I've picked up and put down Infinite Jest at least 200,000 times.
Lately, wheat beer. And malt beer. And beer with chocolate.
Anna "Chickadee" Shannon and her boyfriend, Michael Caldwell, announced their engagement during the season 3 finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and it was beyond adorable. Sure, she's pretty young -- 19 -- as is her 21-year-old mechanic fiance, but the two seem like a really good match. The Boo Boo clan is genuinely excited about the union, so all the best to them.
Instead of planning and waiting a year or two to actually tie the knot, these two crazy kids will be exchanging vows waaaay sooner than that -- they're getting hitched next month! We have all the details about their upcoming wedding and all I can say is: it's beyond perfect for the couple.
File this under: number one thing no child or adult would ever want to find on an Easter egg hunt. A Tennessee mom was out and about in her backyard, hiding colored eggs for her 4-year-old to later uncover, when she discovered a dead, decomposing body under her deck. The woman says she had smelled something bad outside of her home for a few days and even asked someone to mow her lawn and be on the lookout for the source of the smell, but neither of them found anything.
We've come a long way since the '80s, when contouring and highlighting your face usually meant you were left with a block of brown beneath your cheeks and stripey, shimmery, disco-ball powder on your cheekbones. Scary!
Modern-day contouring is all about bringing out your best features and bone structure while looking like you're not wearing any makeup at all. If contouring intimidates you and you feel like you need a degree in art to make it work, you're not alone -- but you are wrong. The great news is that contouring is wildly popular this season. There's no lack of great tutorials out there to help guide us on our path to beauty perfection.
A 9-month-old baby died after his father says he accidentally forgot to drop him off at the babysitter's in the morning and instead left him in the car for hours while he went to work. The incident, which is one of so many similar stories it's becoming difficult to keep track of them all, took place on Wednesday in San Jose, California, where temperatures soared to 81 degrees.
The father, who works for a vending machine company from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., was supposed to drop his baby off at his sister-in-law's house. He says there was a "misunderstanding" and he forgot to do so. When he returned to his vehicle after work, he was reportedly inconsolable after discovering his baby was unconscious from the heat and that he was responsible. The child was declared dead shortly after paramedics arrived on the scene.
I am in love with breastfeeding my 3-week-old newborn. I feel empowered by the fact that he has gained weight because I am fueling him (and myself!) with healthy foods. There are times -- specifically at 3 a.m. -- when I am beyond grateful I can stick a breast in his face and magically cure a fussy spell. Who knew breasts were a lot like baby catnip?!
But let me be clear about something: I'm also as critical about breastfeeding as I am about anything else a large group of people claim is the bee's knees. Many women who have nursed understand that it doesn't always come naturally. As wonderful as it is, it can also hurt and be exhausting. Add in the fact that there are a few "facts" that are, quite frankly, super difficult to abide by, and -- if you're anything like me -- you may just consider throwing in the breastfeeding towel to preserve your sanity.