I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, split an infinitive with insouciance, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.
Remember when Kim Kardashian did that charity clothing sale on eBay -- in which she donated a whopping 10 percent of the proceeds to typhoon victims in the Philippines? And we were all, 10 percent?!? Why did she even bother? Well, you guys hurt Kim's feelings. Now Kim Kardashian is defending her 10 percent donation, you ingrates, you. Because! When you do an eBay auction, there's all these fees that eat up the proceeds, and she's left with almost nothing, practically birdseed, which she willingly donates to the needy out of the goodness of her heart. HER HEART! Which we are breaking with these cruel accusations of greed.
But listen, haters, this wasn't a one-time act of charity for her. Kim says she donates 10 percent of all her income.
So ... there are hearing people in South Africa who are fluent in sign language, right? I'm asking because the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral yesterday was evidently totally faking it. Sign language experts called him out via Twitter and even more have since confirmed: Dude was just making up signs from the podium -- while Mandela's grandchildren and President Obama gave their speeches. How the hell does that happen? Isn't there some sort of screening process for sign language interpreters at high-profile funerals of legendary world leaders?
We all had to scratch our heads a bit when we learned Teen Mom 2's Jenelle Evans isn't paying child support. I guess as long as her son, Jace, is provided for by somebody, that's what's most important. And it appears that she and her mom, who has custody and financial responsibility for Jace, are in agreement over their arrangement. But what exactly is Jenelle responsible for, then? Is anything Jenelle earned from Teen Mom going to her son? Apparently it is. When asked via Twitter if her son would see any of that MTV money, Jenelle said she's feeding Jace's trust fund.
At long last, pizza is getting the recognition it deserves. Star of the classic holiday movieHome AloneMacaulay Culkin has formed a pizza-themed cover band called Pizza Underground. Basically they sing Velvet Underground songs with the lyrics altered so they're about pizza. And honestly? I'm wondering why it's taken so long for this to happen. Obviously pizza deserves a band of its own.
In fact, there are so many things that are right about this pizza band, my head is spinning. Here are all the reasons why pizza should be honored by a band -- and not just any band, but this particular band.
When is an itch not just an itch? When you're pregnant. Anexpecting mom with a severe itch found out the hard waythat the unusual symptom can actually mean your unborn baby is at risk. When Magdalen Reece developed a severe itch around her abdomen at 35 weeks, she mentioned it to her midwife. She was told that itching was a normal part of skin stretching over a growing belly, and it is. But in Reece's case, it was a sign of something much more dangerous. Three weeks later, when her water broke, her baby was already dead.
Those of us who've been pregnant are all too familiar with that mild abdominal itch. All you do is moisturize a little more and that usually takes care of it. But it turns out the more severe itch Reece had was a sign of a pregnancy-related disease called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). What is this disease, and what can you do about it?