Maressa Brown

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I am a writer and occasional editor. My work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First for WomenWoman's World, AOL, YourTango, and various other publications. Interests include holistic health/fitness, beauty/style, reading, pop culture, astrology, summer, baking, and cooking with lots of veggies and spices! I've lived in Chicago, Boston, London, L.A. and Manhattan and now reside in north NJ with my Jersey boy husband. In our free time, we frequent BYOB spots, buy overpriced (but so yummy!) eats at Whole Foods, and do bizarrely huge loads of laundry.


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    "If this is going to be something you end up bringing to a couples' therapy session, I don't even know what to tell you!" my best friend said, shaking her head. We were discussing how I wanted to hire a cleaning service -- maybe every other week or once a month -- but my husband wasn't on board. Better ways to spend money when we could easily DIY.

    I had been trying to explain to her how important it is to my husband that our home be clean and neat. Proof: Mise en place -- the French expression meaning "putting in place" that's often used in professional kitchens -- is one of his favorites. But not just when it comes to cooking. He would love if mise en place could apply to all things in life. And at the very least, in every room in our house!

    My husband was raised in a home where Neat + Tidy = Peace of Mind.

    I, on the other hand, was not. The last thing I usually feel like doing is cleaning.

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    The first official iPhone 6 sale in Australia went down in spectacular fashion. Literally!

    A news anchor hanging out with the droves of folks who had slept overnight in line at an Apple store in Perth interviewed the first kid who walked out of the store with his spankin' new, hotly anticipated iPhone 6 (not the Plus, for the record!). He must've been a bit nervous opening the box and revealing the prized possession on camera, with all eyes on him, because all the wiggling of the box caused it to fly out and fall to the ground! No joke!

    You just have to see this.

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    If you thought women turning themselves into "Human Barbies" were all the rage, think again. It's just part of the rage! A 30-year-old woman from Latvia, who calls herself Victoria Wild, is now making headlines for spending big bucks ($49K, to be exact) to turn herself into a "living sex doll."

    Wild, pictured here before her transformation, now works as a "model, TV personality, and 'bombshell.'" She says she began having operations at age 25 in an attempt to look more like a blow-up sex toy, and now she's up to three breast enlargements to get to a 32G, a nose job, lip implants, and Botox. Eesh.

    Wild told the Mirror that she loves the attention she gets and wonders, "Who wouldn’t want to be treated like a bimbo doll? It’s such a sexy look.”

    Here's just one of the many eye-popping full-length images she has shared on Twitter.

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    Ask just about any devoted dog or cat owner where they'd draw the line when it comes to what they would spend on their pet's care, and they'll likely tell you they would do everything within their means for their beloved companion. So why shouldn't a beloved goldfish get the same care?

    That's the question one couple from Australia must have asked themselves when they chose to spend hundreds of dollars to have their 10-year-old pet goldfish named George undergo "high-risk microsurgery" for a brain tumor. The fish had reportedly developed a huge growth on his head over the past year that required an urgent, life-saving treatment.

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    He may always be angsty teen filmmaker Dawson Leery to legions of adults who grew up watching the WB, but these days, James Van Der Beek, who will star in the upcoming CBS series CSI: Cyber, is all adult -- and dad! He and wife Kimberly are proud parents to three adorable children: almost-4-year-old Olivia, 2-year-old Joshua, and 9-month-old Annabel. As a result, they've had reason to become extra health-conscious.

    "[Olivia and Joshua] got the flu last year, when my wife was nine months pregnant, which was no fun," he explains. The experience inspired him to join a campaign to dispel common misconceptions about the nasty virus. Of course getting vaccinated, with the FluMist nasal-spray flu vaccine, is a must now for his whole family. 

    At the same time, James, Kimberly, and the kids follow various other healthy habits to stave off illness. The Stir recently caught up with the TV star, and he shared his and his wife's best healthy living tips for their family of five.

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