Suzanne Murray

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In a former life, Suzanne Murray was a lawyer, a journalist, and a green lifestyle guru. She's launched several web sites, and has worked at the Washington Post Company, the Boston Review, and myriad women's magazines. In her current life, she's the Parenting & Political Editor at The Stir/Moms Matter 2012. She's also raising 9 chickens and one adventurous 4-year-old.


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    At this point, it seems the rumors that George Clooney is engaged to Amal Alamuddin are no longer rumors. It's being reported far and wide and in the most credible of publications. So if you had dreams of someday snagging Mr. Clooney for yourself, we're sorry to say all bets are off (for now at least). 

    The "huge" ring Alamuddin wore while dining at Nobu with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber is what first sparked the rumors. The same evening, Clooney and Alamuddin apparently ran into Ed Norton at the restaurant and told him they were engaged.

    Clooney's whirlwind romance with Amal Alamuddin has only been going on for 7 months so this might be the first time you're even hearing of her -- or at least paying attention.

    So who is Amal Alamuddin exactly -- and what's she got that you don't?

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    Being a professional cheerleader is hard work -- you've got to train, eat right, travel, always be, uh ... cheerful. But being a cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills -- or a Jill as they're called -- is even harder.

    You've got to keep your vagina clean.

    (Not sure what that means exactly? Don't worry, we'll give you all the details below.)

    As a result of a lawsuit brought against the Buffalo Bills by five former Jills, certain documents have come to light, including the code of conduct Jills are expected to follow. Some of these rules make sense, such as the one about cheerleaders being allowed only a certain number of absences before they're let go.

    Others are, oh, a little more condescending: "Always say "excuse me" when you burp, sneeze or cough. Even if you think there isn't anyone around." And: "Make-up left in the creases of your skin creates early wrinkles."

    But still others (related to the aformentioned clean vagina) are downright ridiculous.

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    Run, Amal, Run! He's right behind you!A lot of you ladies (and gents) out there will be disappointed to hear that George Clooney, self-declared eternal bachelor, is supposedly getting married!

    Scratch that.

    He's apparently engaged (still has to make it to the altar).

    People Magazine and Page Six are reporting that Hollywood heartthrob *cough* Clooney, 52,  is engaged to Amal Alamuddin, 36, the London lawyer who he has been dating for less than a year.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Kid Reporter gaggle in the White House Library during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) 

    More than 30,000 people showed up at the White House yesterday for the 2014 "Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape" Easter Egg Roll, but 7 kid reporters (including my daughter) were lucky enough to have a more intimate meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama on the floor of the White House Library.

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    A few months back, the American Academy of Pediatrics released home birth recommendations. To sum them up for you, the AAP advocates hospital births, yet some studies show that home births are just as safe -- if not safer. In fact, home births are becoming more and more popular every year. Between 2004 and 2009, the number of home births in the U.S. increased by nearly 30 percent. Interestingly, home births are more common among white women aged 35 and over, and among women who have had other children. The exact reason for the rise is not clear, but experts say it may have to do with women wanting less medical intervention during their birth experience.

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