I write about parenting, home, food, clutter, thermostat wars, princesses -- so, basically, my life with a husband, 9 year old son, and 7 year old daughter. Previously I wrote about health and family at readersdigest.com, and before that, I was a newspaper reporter, and before that ... I can't remember anymore.
There were lots of little clues that led to yesterday's "pretty much" confirmed news that Beyonce is pregnant with her second child. One -- that high waisted, shape-camouflaging gown she wore to the Met Ball a month ago (right). Two -- the cancellation of one of her Mrs. Carter venues for "exhaustion and dehydration." Three -- her noticeably -- and quite uncharacteristic for her -- rounder belly lately. That thing was a board at the Super Bowl, so something was definitely up there!
As if all of the above isn't enough for "official confirmation" in Celebrity Pregnancy Land, here's a fourth nugget to convince you -- the super snarky message Bey posted on her Instragram account that has since been removed. Seems Beyonce was pretty pissed at all of us for talking 'bout her womb behind her back like that. She wanted to make her feelings known, and whoa, there was no reading between the lines with what she said.
Just weeks after those three girls were rescued in Ohio, here's some more encouraging news about another missing child: Madeleine McCann might still be alive! Yes, we've heard this before. And yes, we -- especially her parents -- have been disappointed. Supposed leads and sightings that turned out to be nothing. But this time feels different, dare I say it, more hopeful. Police in England say they have identified about 20 new "persons of interest" that they want to talk to, and have found some "forensic evidence" they want to take a look at. In the six years since 3-year-old Maddie vanished from her bedroom at the Portuguese resort where her family was staying, we have never heard the police come forth with something this "big" before.
You probably don't realize that all the things you do every day, getting the kids ready for school, shopping, playing scary blanket monster, are helping you burn some serious calories! So no more complaining you don't have time for the gym, K? Check out some typical mom activities and the amazing caloric payoff:
I think we can all agree that Alexander Skarsgard is pretty much perfect, right? Good. So allow me to blow your mind a little bit when I say that he's even more perfect in person. The Stir (me) got to meet him at a press event for his latest film What Maisie Knew. Let's just say there was a lot of thoughts going on that day, but in all fairness, one of them was professional. Would he look or act anything like his film or TV characters, particularly that of Vampire Eric on True Blood, the role that cast him into the spotlight and into our hearts? Is he as laid-back as he always seems? Will he wear skinny jeans?
Oops, that's veering into the non-professional again ... so without further ado, here's a list of what you can expect if you are ever so blessed in life to meet Skarsgard in person so you can make sure you keep yourself together. Because damn he's like a drug (from what people tell me).
When 7-year-old Onata Aprile entered the hotel conference room for press interviews for her new movie What Maisie Knew, she was more concerned with resuming her doodle of a "crazy town" than the fact that Alexander Skarsgard was sitting right next to her. I mean! He might as well have been the janitor for all she cared, scribbling away, head down.
Okay, granted she's 7. But meanwhile it was all every other woman in the room could do to keep themselves together being just mere feet away from such a stunning specimen of manhood. But Skarsgard did not hesitate to make clear that Onata, with her perfect pout and eyes that pierce your soul, was the real star in the room.