Catherine Donaldson-Evans


I've been senior lifestyle editor at The Stir for three years after carving out a little freelance writing career. I did stints at People, PopEater, AOL Health, The Huffington Post, and MyDaily. Before that, I was at (don't gasp), where I covered fun stuff like the Oscars and style trends, plus heavier fare like Katrina and Casey Anthony. I'm the mom of two, a toddler girl and an infant boy, so I'm ever so slightly busy ... and sleep-deprived!

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    By now, you have to have been living under a rock not to know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I mean, pssst! Everyone is doing it, from Martha Stewart and Kris Jenner to Jimmy Fallon and the folks at Good Morning America. Even Oprah and President Obama have been dared.

    You know how it works, right? A person or group is challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. They either accept -- or donate to the ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease. If they take the plunge, they in turn challenge others ... and a viral sensation bigger than "Call Me Maybe" was born. But this one has a good cause attached: to raise awareness and money for a deadly, crippling illness with no known cure.

    Well, we here at CafeMom's The Stir were recently challenged by other bloggers at SheKnows. Sneaky! And we are NOT ones to take something like that sitting down. No, we're more likely to take it on a New York City sidewalk at rush hour instead.

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    Ten weeks. That's how long my maternity leave was after my first baby was born. Two weeks shorter than usual, but generous considering I'd been at my current job for less than six months.

    That 10 weeks seemed like an eternity when I thought about it in the abstract, before my daughter's birth, and even in the early days home from the hospital. Can you imagine having 10 weeks vacation? That's what I always told myself, even as I saw the days ticking by at a frightengly fast clip.

    But experienced, sage moms know that maternity leave is about as far from vacation as you can get. Suddenly, almost without warning, I was a week away. Then a day. And then the dreaded "first day back at work" was suddenly here. And I was heartbroken. I felt dead inside.

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    A random girl did to Juan Pablo what many thought the controversial Bachelor deserved: She threw a drink in his face.

    But she didn't stop there. Oh no. She also called him a very colorful expletive.

    Sounds like a scene right out of The Bachelor -- or maybe The Real Housewives -- doesn't it?

    Oh, Juan Pablo. If only you'd treated the women on your season better, these things wouldn't happen to you.

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    If you carry your baby in a sling, you might want to stop -- or at least read this and then make sure you're doing it right.

    The carriers so many parents use to cart around their newborns and infants are being pegged as potentially dangerous after the suffocation death last year of a 3-week-old girl in Australia.

    One in 20 babies carried in a sling has gotten hurt or has come close to being injured because parents don't always know how to safely position them.

    And a number of babies in slings in both the United States and Australia have died by suffocation, which experts say is the biggest risk.

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    Talk about showing up the bride! Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry attended a friend's wedding Saturday, and I must say they looked absolutely smashing.

    Trying to sound British there. Did it work?

    The royal couple and Wills' brother Harry were guests at the wedding of their good friends Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett, which was held in Chippenham, England. Little Prince George did not go with his parents.

    Kate, of course, looked amazing in a stylish, tweedy blue coat, navy hat, and navy heels. Her husband and brother-in-law were very handsome in their three-piece suits with pinstriped pants and coat tails. I'd venture to say I've never seen Prince William looking better.

    But can you imagine being the poor bride and groom? Their three famous guests must have totally stolen their thunder!

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