Call me a professional hypocrite: I write about how to raise kids for magazines like Parents, American Baby,Parenting, and other publications, but rarely follow my own mothering advice. Yeah, my kids watch TV and play in a rock band instead of on a soccer team but you know what? They're cool. (Can you tell I was raised by hippies?) Follow me on Twitter!
Coffee if it's a weekday; margaritas if it's a mom's night out.
Sheesh. Seems like practically everything human beings consume or are exposed to on a daily basis poses some sort of horrible risk to expecting moms -- just last week, we learned that phthalates have been linked to pre-term birth; this week, it's the "safest" over-the-counter remedy in everybody's medicine cabinet: Acetaminophen. Yup. You know, the magical headache-eraser/fever-reducer that, up until now, doctors have always recommended as probably the least harmful pharmaceutical painkilling option? Well, according to the latest study, using the stuff 28 times or more during pregnancy can lead to delayed motor and communication skills, as well as behavioral problems, in children later on.
Call me crazy, but I have a tough time believing any claims made by a man who publicly choked his wife -- which is why I'm rolling my eyes, big time, at the latest allegations against star chef and all-around awesome lady Nigella Lawson. Not that Lawson's psychopath ex-husband/gazillionaire Charles Saatchiwas the one to make the original allegations this time, but he did say he believed them -- and the actual accusers are equally less-than-credible sources. Here's the deal: Lawson and Saatchi's former personal assistants, Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, are being charged with fraud for allegedly "misappropriating" over $480,000 of Saatchi’s money and spending it on super-luxe vacations, clothes and more. But guess what? They've got a perfectly "reasonable" explanation (of course).
So we can't all agree on everything, but we can all agree on one thing: Jennifer Lawrence is a badass. Right? Particularly compared to the average "starlet" type. This next question, however, is bound to get a variety of emphatically dissimilar answers: Is Jennifer Lawrence TOO MUCH of a badass to wear the "America's Sweetheart" crown? Julia Roberts, whose reign as our nation's Dream Girl Next Door went pretty much uncontested for years, seems to think so. This is what the 46-year-old actress had to say when she was asked, recently, for her opinion on whether or not Lawrence is qualified to take over the title:
Ever notice how when a celeb starts screwing up -- or continually screws up for a period of several years -- people start blaming them for EVERYTHING? Like, just because a person shows up late on set a few (dozen) times or goes to rehab or shoplifts doesn't necessarily make them responsible for all the world's problems, sheesh. Such is the case with Lindsay Lohan. Sure, the star has made her share fair of mistakes (who hasn't??), but that's no reason to point fingers at her for stuff that isn't even her fault. Unfortunately, that's exactly what best-selling author Bret Easton Ellisis attempting to do. He's apparently a wee bit disappointed in how his film The Canyons did at the box office (really, really badly, in case you didn't know), and he's found the perfect scapegoat in our gal LiLo.
Well, we're still approximately seven months away from the premiere of True Blood season 7, and while that's ENTIRELY TOO MANY MONTHS, at least -- at least!! -- the spoilers have started rolling in. Thank you, TV gods, for giving us a reason to get up in the morning again!! Seriously, a life without half-naked Alexander Skarsgard on a weekly basis is no kind of life at all. And -- are you sitting down??!! -- according to the very best spoiler of all time, it sounds like Skarsgard's character, Eric Northman, is NOT dead (I KNEW IT!). WOO-HOO!!! And not only is Eric going to be ALIVE, he's -- oops! I almost spilled the beans! If you want to know what's on the horizon for Eric Northman (not to mention Bill, Sookie, Alcide, Pam, Lafayette, and the rest), you'll just have to scroll down to our amazing, life-changing list of True Blood season 7 spoilers!!