Dakota Johnson brings Melanie Griffith to Oscars
Feb23

Dakota Johnson brings Melanie Griffith to Oscars

  The movie 50 Shades of Grey is a hot topic these days, having had it’s much anticipated release for Valentine’s Day on 13 February. The steamy best-selling trilogy turned movie, had middle-aged women‘s hearts racing with its depiction of a S&M relationship between a student and a powerful businessman. The actress in the movie is Dakota Johnson, who recently became single. With her elevated status based on the movie’s popularity, one would think she would have a string of men wanting to walk her across the red carpet. The star instead opted to take her mother, actress Melanie Griffiths, as her date to the Oscars. Dakota was dressed in stunning bright red Saint Laurent dress, while Melanie wore a more traditional long-sleeved black gown. This was not their first time visiting the Oscars together, as a super cute 10 year old Dakota Johnson accompanied her mother and step-father, actor Antonio Banderas, to the gala event in 2000.  

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TBT: Food of the 60’s and 70’s
Feb19

TBT: Food of the 60’s and 70’s

  For Throw Back Thursday let’s look at the food of the 60’s and 70’s. This was a period of transition from the traditional food of the 1950’s, toward the leanings of the 80’s and 90’s toward higher end processed or gourmet foods. It was a time of meatloaf, green Jello salads, deviled eggs, Baked Alaska and tuna surprise. Indeed casseroles of any kind were big in the ’70s, mainly because there was very bad economy, and casseroles are a filling and cheap dinner option. There was also the woman’s lib movement of that period and helping women spend less time in the kitchen was the propertied goal of many processed foods that popped up during that time. The 1970s were a raging mess for everyone except those with the most hardcore sense of denial. The music was good, but the hair, clothing, politics and everything else were a stain on history. The nation was torn between progressing to the next level, building upon the revolutionary ’60s, and taking a step backwards, trying to shoehorn itself back into the gee-whiz future envisioned in the ’50s. The worst casualty of American life might have been the food. An entire cottage industry sprung up around the notion that housewives were fresh out of ideas for innovative meals that would delight and inspire their families. Test kitchens worked feverishly to outdo each other and the result was a culinary nightmare that lasted...

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Let It Go: 9 Steps to Freedom
Feb17

Let It Go: 9 Steps to Freedom

  Do you ever feel trapped, stuck or held back by your own doubt or fears? You are not alone. Many people hold on to ingrained beliefs that simply aren’t true or relevant to their personal development. If you want to start a new business, hobby or sport sometimes that little doubting voice in your head can be your worst enemy. Banish thoughts such as these: “I am too young/old to do that” (it is never too early or late to start something new) ; “I don’t have time” (10min here or there adds up over time); “There’s no money for that!” (it is amazing how much you can do with very little); “I don’t have enough education to do that” (possessing willingness and perseverance is far preferable to an MBA); or “I have physical limitations” (baby steps and doing your best will prevail). These are just a few examples of how we limit our growth through fears and doubt. Following are nine tips to getting free from those limitations: 1. To make the first step toward change, you must begin To paraphrase the Lao-tzu quote: the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. To finish successfully, you have to get started. There is no time like the present. 2. Let go of the bad and focus on the good Positive energy and a positive attitude will get you a lot further. Let go of what you can’t change and, instead, look to what you can change....

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Charlotte McKinney likes funny
Feb03

Charlotte McKinney likes funny

“That’s my biggest thing,” Charlotte McKinney* said. “If I don’t laugh at you and you don’t laugh at me, it’s not going to work.”…via Charlotte McKinney Carl’s Jr. Commercial Is Single. Be funny. Have a sense of humour. That is apparently what it takes to get land one of today’s hottest model’s, Charlotte McKinney. The extremely well endowed model is apparently single and looking for a boyfriend. So to all the hopeful romeos out there, we have for you 10 steps to being funny: 1. Find Your Comedic Strengths Humour can’t be learned through a cookie cutter approach. Every person’s comedic style is unique to that person. If your attempts at humour fall flat, it could be that the type of joke you are attempting is not your strong suit. Perhaps you are trying to do impersonations not knowing that you are more talented at word play or telling jokes. When you’re around other people try various types of humour and see what gets the biggest laughs. This will be the best indicator of your comedic strength. Once you’ve figured out your style, you can focus on your strong points and steer clear of comedy that will bomb. Bonus joke: “How do you catch a unique Roo?”…“Unique up on it!” 2. Get Material You can’t be funny if you don’t have references and material. Stay up-to-date on pop culture, news and current events. The broader your knowledge, the more clever you can be. Have a collection of jokes...

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Weekend habits of 10 highly successful people
Jan30

Weekend habits of 10 highly successful people

Sweet Friday, with the promise of an entire weekend to relax or do what we want. Sleep in, play with the kids, do sports or even just do nothing. Not so say the following very successful people who make sure that they work the weekends to their advantage. 1. Robert Iger: Get up early This Disney CEO is not the only executive claiming to rise at 4:30 every morning. Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world. 2. Benjamin Franklin: Have a plan Apparently, this founding father asked himself every morning, “What good shall I do today?” Successful people know the importance of even daily goals — the weekends are no exception. Sure, they can be a time for (planned and purposeful) rejuvenation, but you don’t have to be President to know that general slacking off is not an option. 3. Anna Wintour: Stay active Vogue’s editor-in-chief commits to playing tennis for one hour every day. And she’s not the only big-shot making time for exercise. Richard Branson stays active with kite surfing and India’s fourth-richest billionaire is a serial marathon runner. Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind — weekends included. If nothing else, it will also counteract that glass of wine and cheese platter...

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Parenting
Jan25

Parenting

Recent research from the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that only 10% of parent are regularly asking for assistance or advice in parenting. This means that 90% are struggling with the challenges kids bring on their own. There are a number of ways to reach out for help and here are some pointers from the Parenting Ideas blog.  1. Start with family and friends. You need between three and five trusted, non-judgemental people who you can call on for help. Count how many you have right now. If you fall short, look for ways to build your social capital. 2. Add a layer of organizational support such as professionals and organisations that educate, care for and coach/teach your children. Add carers, teachers, coaches and other adults to your list. 3. Find counseling, parent education services and professional assistance services whether paid or free (such as Parentline) that you can go to when you need significant assistance. Foster a relationship with a professional (general practitioner, psychologist, specialist in a child’s disorder, social worker) that you can trust that you can return to over time. 4. Follow a voice you can trust. Part of modern parental stress comes from the plethora of information about raising kids. Answering the basic question “Am I doing a good job?” is now super-confusing. Parenting is now an industry, with many well-intentioned ‘experts’ who don’t always give wise, informed or...

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TBT: Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympics
Jan22

TBT: Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympics

It was the summer of 1976 and a simpler time. With no internet and only a handful of TV stations, worldwide people were glued to their TV’s watching the Olympics in Montreal. Bruce Jenner won the gold in the Decathlon and instantly became an international super star. Soon his face was everywhere, from magazine covers to cereal boxes, and he became a motivational speaker at global events. “If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself. Look inside. Don’t let your fears keep you mired in the crowd. Abolish your fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I guarantee you that the Champion Within will burst forth to propel you toward victory.” ― Bruce Jenner The Decathlon is a two day epic Olympic event, the events included require not only optimal fitness, but skill in a variety of areas for the following: 100-metre dash, running long broad jump, shot put, high jump, and 400-metre run, 110-metre hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500-metre run. While the above video shows only the 400-meter run, the full documentary below discussed Jenner’s journey to victory. While Jenner might have been a hugely motivated athlete, he obviously brought that ethic into his family life, with his daughter Kendall Jenner recently quipping “I feel like I grew up too fast a long time ago”...

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Never lose by loving
Jan21

Never lose by loving

To love or not to love, that is the question. Many people are so afraid of being hurt that they hold back and end up never finding, or letting in, true love. The inspirational quote from today advises us to let love in and we will win. Taylor Swift is known for her interactions with her fans, and apparently also offers advice on love. The 24 year old star is also known for her many unsuccessful relationships, which she frequently uses as fodder for her songs, so despite her young age she is coming from a place of experience. Following is an excerpt of her advise to one of her fans, given on Instagram, regarding unrequited love: I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’ As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you’ll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about...

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Betty White gets flash mobbed
Jan21

Betty White gets flash mobbed

As reported on Mashable, staff on Betty White’s show, Hot in Cleveland on TV Land, flash mobbed her to celebrate the TV audience’s favourite elderly lady’s 93rd birthday. Apparently her assistant greets her every day doing a hula dance, which would be odd except she’s freaking Betty White’s assistant, which clearly merits a little jig. White’s reaction is gold: “At 93, you shouldn’t be doing this!”

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30 fun flower facts
Jan17

30 fun flower facts

You may be aware of the type of flowers are  are best for which occasions or your own personal favourites. However, beyond such basic flower information, there are some interesting bits of floral trivia, which may surprise you. Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is edible. Disney wanted that part of the park to act as a food farm, where guests could eat the fruits and herbs planted there. In 1986, U.S. Congress voted to make the rose America’s national flower. Roses are often known for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible and have the flavors of green apples and strawberries. But be aware as commercially grown roses are chemically treated so eating them is not a good idea. Roses symbolized two warring factions in England. Red roses symbolized the Lancaster faction while white roses symbolized the York faction, this clash became known as the War of the Roses. In 2002 scientists in north-east China discovered a fossilised flower that blossomed about 125 million years ago. Called “the mother of all flowers”, Archaefructus sinensis is the oldest flower and resembles the modern water lily. The Titan Arum is not only the world’s largest flower it is also the world’s smelliest. This native of the central Sumatran rainforests grows up to 3 metres and is known affectionately as the Corpse Flower for its heady perfume of rotting flesh. 70,000...

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Think of all the beauty
Jan15

Think of all the beauty

Despite her renown for her inspirational thoughts, recorded in her famous diary, the Anne Frank story popped into the spot light recently for completely different reason. While on a tour of Amsterdam Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House and wrote in the guest book, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” The ignorant comment outraged people, who found the pop star relating himself and his fans to a stoic victim one of the worst genocides in history, to be extremely offensive. ↬ Justin Bieber Can’t Joke About Anne Frank — Needs To Be Educated – Hollywood Life Whatever the reason, it is good to have the profound work of the teen, who was forced into hiding in World War II because of her Jewish ethnicity, highlighted. Despite hiding for over two years in a tiny apartment with seven other people, her diary indicates she was not a complainer and as in the quote above focused on positive aspects of life. The following is an interesting take on both Anne Frank and beauty. Think of all the beauty around you and be happy, Anne Frank said. She should know, if anyone does. Anne Frank was sixteen when she died in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Before she died she must have known – she must have seen – to be able to say such a thing in those darkest of hours – that matter can be illuminated and clarified by a quality of grace beyond its merely...

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Alphabet pooches
Jan10

Alphabet pooches

Heaven knows how he gets them to behave so well in front of a camera, but photographer William Wegman is famous for his prolific photos of furry friends. For many years his work has featured prominently on Seasame Street, creating a generation or three of dog lovers. While Wegman’s Wikipedia page and his website have longer biographies and lists of his many books, his Facebook page succinctly says this about him: A pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter, and writer, William Wegman moves fluidly among various media: from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots; videos shown in museums to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; artists’ books portraying 19th-century naturalist studies to children’s books revealing tongue-in-cheek portraits of town and country life; and from photographic “landscapes” employing his weimaraner muses to his most recent cycle of landscapes combining found scenic souvenir postcards with drawing, collage, and painting.  To see more of his amazing work with dogs you can visit his website here. Now, we’re just trying to think of a good use for the amazing living font in the...

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Swiftmas
Jan04

Swiftmas

Taylor Swift is known for taking the time to get to know some of her faithful fans online. For the holidays this year, she thanked them for their support in the most remarkable way. She noted their likes and personal details on social media, then sent them personal Christmas and Hanukkah gifts with hand written cards in each parcel. The kindness and effort put in by this superstar completely overwhelms the recipients, as seen in this year-end video, which co-stars Swift’s adorable cat Meredith. Grab a tissue and be prepared to become a fan yourself.  

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6 Tips How to Help Paris Jackson Recover
Jun11

6 Tips How to Help Paris Jackson Recover

As teens transition into adulthood, they begin to assert their independence. While mood swings are to be expected in adolescents, understanding the difference between the mood swings and teen depression protects teens from potential self-harm and potential substance abuse problems. Here are five tips to help teens like Paris Jackson recover. 1. Listen to her. Paris Jackson should have a family member that she can personally connect with on a one-on-one basis. The environment should be relaxed and non-judgmental. Refraining from asking a lot of questions is one way to assure that the teen has the right environment to share her experiences. In the presence of a therapist, this could be beneficial in helping her navigate these psychological challenges. 2. She can benefit from counseling. A treatment approach that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and an antidepressant can help her make it through her depression. Since female teens are more likely to have repeated episodes of depression, she should have counseling. The therapy should be provided to her as long as her therapist recommends it. 3. Removing all medications from her environment can make her safe. This is important while she undergoes treatment. Medication should be properly secured. Medications and the wrong mood can make for a dangerous recipe as Jackson receives treatment. According to research, suicide is the leading cause of death in teens between...

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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn Dating: What Makes Them Click
Apr09

Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn Dating: What Makes Them Click

Professional golfer Tiger Woods, 37, and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, 28, announced in March 2013 that they are dating. The couple made this news public by posting separate statements online: Woods on his website and Vonn on her Facebook page. In her statement, Vonn acknowledged that rumors of their partnership have been circulating for some time. She also explained that the two started out as friends, but that their relationship had become more serious during the prior few months. Woods echoed this depiction of their relationship in his own statement. And both Vonn and Woods emphasized that they intend to keep private further details of their love affair. The Woods-Vonn rumors grew rampant in February 2013, when Vonn returned to her Colorado home aboard Woods’s private jet. Vonn made this trip after sustaining injuries from a highly-publicized crash at Austria’s Alpine World Championships. Since then, the two have also been spotted relaxing together on Woods’s yacht.   At least one of Woods’s close associates has suggested to media outlets that what has drawn the couple towards one another is how much they have in common. Indeed, the similarities between their backgrounds are striking. 1. Both compete in individual, as opposed to team, sports. In downhill skiing and in golf, the athlete faces extreme pressure to perform; the scrutiny is intense. In skiing as in golf, the tiniest of missteps can result in a...

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