I am a mother, runner, wife, editor, and writer. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Parents, Parenting, Runner's World and many other publications over the years. I also make a mean margarita and run races (everything from 5ks to marathons).
I live outside of New York City with my husband, two kids (Sam, 6, and Alan, 4), a corpulent cat and a chihuahua with emotional issues.
There are few things more pleasurable than a spring or summer hike with your family. Getting the kids out on the trails and spending quality time together costs nothing and yet can often lead to fantastic conversations you would never have otherwise. It's a big win.
Of course, spring hikes in particular can come with some issues, depending on what part of the country you are hiking in. Last year, my kids and I ended up covered in ticks after a fantastic five-hour hike near our lake house in Maine.
If you are prepared, though, a spring hike is about the most perfect way to spend a day. Here are five tips to make your hike as calm and fun and possible:
The Cleveland kidnapping story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight couldn't be more tragic and bizarre. Emerging details are still largely rumor, but it sounds like all three women were forced into unthinkably awful positions, even being spotted naked and on all fours by a neighbor at one point. Meanwhile, the alleged kidnappers, Ariel, Pedro, and Onil Castro, all brothers, taunted investigators and reporters with comments.
In fact, the entire Castro family had bizarre connections to the girls. Arlene Castro, daughter of Ariel Castro (the man who owned the home where the girls were found), actually commented on the America's Most Wanted episode about the disappearance of DeJesus and said she was best friends with Gina.
Dancing With the Starsalways loves to use the results show to completely recap the show we just saw 24 hours ago. It's rarely as entertaining as the Monday night show. And yet tonight gave the show a real run for its money.
Most of it was thanks to Derek Hough's gravity-defying Stars of Dance performance, which took to the ceiling, the walls, and all over the set. It was pretty impressive and unique. In fact, it was one of the better dances I have seen on the show. Emeli Sandé also performed her hit "Next to Me," which was totally fantastic.
Of course, everyone is really tuning in just to see who is going home. This week, in my opinion, it was pretty obvious. Still, the show tried to throw us through some loops. The bottom three were Kellie Pickler, Sean Lowe, and Jacoby Jones. Come on, now?
Teen Mom Farrah Abraham may not be a celebrity for any kind of major talent, and last week, some may have argued she wasn't even a "celebrity" at all. After all, a girl who gets famous for having a baby thanks to MTV's reality cameras is not exactly the same as Jennifer Garner. But Vivid Entertainment, the company who bought Abraham's sex tape, said it would do well and people would want to see this "celeb" get down and dirty.
Now, it turns out they were right.
Yesterday, the teen mom's tape release broke Vivid's servers for a full nine minutes. About two million visitors came to download the tape and overwhelmed the servers. Nine minutes may not seem like much, but consider that Kim K and Ray J's tape attracted 600,000 during the same time frame. In other words, people would rather see Backdoor Teen Mom than Kim. Yuck. And congrats.
No one would ever mistake the founder of Girls Gone Wild Joe Francis for a feminist. The man made his living exploiting drunk girls and paying them nothing for exposing their body. He has been in trouble in the past, but his latest conviction -- despite all of the other ones -- is perhaps most shocking of all.
The 40-year-old was convicted of terrorizing three women back in 2011 by taking them out of a club, keeping them in his house when they thought they were going home, and then beating one of them. Francis was convicted on five charges total, including assault, three counts of false imprisonment, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting.
Wow. He is an even bigger jerk than I would have imagined.