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New Traffic Light Food Labels: Much-Needed Intervention or Nanny State Interference?

(11) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 12:26 PM

2012-10-15-images-3407733464_f5f3bfd493.jpgTraffic lights: not just for on ramps and high school pranks anymore! (Oh the fun you could have with a traffic light, some "borrowed" construction signage and a bra. Or so I've heard. Ahem.) The red, yellow, and green may be...

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Girl Scout Cookies: Should Parents Sell Them for their Daughters?

(8) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Happy Girl Scout Cookie Season! It's that time of year again but I just have one question: Where are the Scouts?

"Excuse me? Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies?" It wasn't the question that startled me out of my grocery-shopping-induced stupor -- if you've been...

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10 Things Not To Say to a Woman Who's Had a Miscarriage

(221) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 12:56 PM

Earlier today Michelle Duggar had to make the difficult announcement that she had miscarried their 20th baby. No matter how you feel about the number of kids she has, having to announce your loss to your kids, your family and the entire country has to be immensely difficult. While...

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Are "Totally Virtual" Models the Future or Insanity? H&M Takes Photoshop to a Whole New Level

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 4:37 PM

"Everyone's doing it" is not generally considered a great argument in regards to our health and yet when it comes to Photoshop and other advertising tricks a lot of people are saying that if we can't beat them, join them. And, surprising even myself, I think I agree. I use...

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When Your Body Is Your Body of Work

(43) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 11:55 AM

On Monday, a farmer in Northern Ireland, upon meeting the international pop star Rihanna, did what I imagine very few red-blooded men would: he publicly admitted to not knowing who Rihanna is. Okay, that's true, but my great-uncles would probably all say the same. No, his real shocker was

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Leashes for Kids: Cruel or Kind?

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 5:22 PM

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"Wook, Mommy! That lady has a puppy in the store!" But the little girl standing behind us at the grocery store was wrong. My son, about 3 at the time, was laying on the floor attached to me by a...

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Stupid Things Celebrities Say About Weight

(128) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Another day, another inane celebrity quote -- in a world Charlie Sheen isn't even considered shocking anymore, why bother with the cobwebs that decorate pretty, vacant minds? Well for one thing, they're not vacant. I think for the most part celebrities are not stupid. Sure they do dumb things sometimes...

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Women Slapping Men: Cute or Abusive? (TV Says Both!)

(62) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 11:32 AM

Hitting a woman is not cool and hasn't been socially acceptable in quite a few decades (see: Chris Brown/Rihanna scandal) but ever since Scarlett slapped Rhett Butler, girls slapping men has been made out to be not only okay but even ladylike, appropriate and, yes, cool. (Okay, let's be honest:

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Eight Worst Parenting Jobs (That No One Warns You About)

(6) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 11:44 AM

Diaper explosions. Spit up stains. Cradle cap. No parent goes into this job without expecting some icky moments but there a few mom chores that are so frustrating, gross or bizarre that you want to look around for the hidden camera or yell "This is not in my contract!!" because...

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Want a Bikini Bod for the Summer? Five Health and Fitness Books to Skip

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 11:43 AM

School's (almost) out for the summer! Not that that means much to most of us adults. (Friend: Charlotte, what's your summer looking like? Me: Exactly like every other day of my life.) But whatever, the days are long and there are barbecues and pool parties to be had so who...

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Karl Lagerfield Sells Ice Cream, Mocks Fat People

(19) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 12:16 PM

Skinny Girl Eating Ice Cream: A study in social morés. Eclipsed only by the Fat Child Eating Ice Cream tableau vivant, nothing brings out more opinions than a thin girl with a cone. Some people are jealous: "Lucky genetic freak gets to eat ice cream and still look like...

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The Problem With Street Fashion Blogging

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 3:02 PM

Does this girl look fat to you? Would you describe her as "a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press"? This Italian small-time fashion blogger was photographed by big-time (perhaps the inventor the genre) street-fashion blogger The Sartorialist and

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Six Worst Wedding Souvenirs From the Royal Wedding

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Bad wedding gifts are a known hazard of getting married but that toilet paper cozy embroidered with his-and-hers will look a lot better once you check out some of these bizarre souvenirs for the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. And no, you didn't miss the wedding. Merchandisers...

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iPads in Restaurants: Rude or Great Parenting?

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:01 PM

"Tell the waitress what side you want," I prompted.

"Superman!" my son chirped happily.

I sighed. "You can have orange slices, carrots and dip or..."

"But they have Superman, Mom! I want to watch Superman too!"

I followed his finger pointing to the next table at the little Greek place...

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5 Healthy Gifts to Get Your Fit Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 10:37 PM

Patron saint of affianced couples (naturally), happy marriages (yay!), bee keepers (wait, wha..?), against fainting (isn't everyone?), epileptics (that's nice, I guess), the plague (the plague has a patron saint? It's the Plague.) and l-o-v-e (awww!), Saint Valentine, "whose name is revered among men but his acts known only to...

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How to Give Birth Like a Celebrity

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 2:41 PM

Thanks to Forever 21 and knock-off sites, dressing like a celebrity is passé these days. Want to really shine like the stars? With a baby bump the new must-have accessory -- Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey, Rachel Zoe, Jewel and Victoria Beckham are just a few of the celebs...

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The Question No One Is Asking in the Tiger Mom Debate

(57) Comments | Posted January 16, 2011 | 12:26 PM

How do you define success for your kids? This is what the Tiger Mom debate boils down to. What do we want for our children, and what does their success (or lack thereof) mean for our own identities? No matter how you feel about Amy Chua, author of...

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Fitness Guru and Ex-Porn Star Speaks Out About Exploitation in Erotica

(26) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 4:01 PM

Fitness and porn have always had some overlap, after all one could say that both are in the skin profession but the two were fused a couple of years ago with the arrival of and its controversial star Zuzana. is an exceptional fitness site with killer workouts and...

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The 6 Worst Mom Moments of 2010

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 5:04 AM

From celebrity gaffes to wardrobe malfunctions to irritating toys, 2010 gave us a lot of fodder for "worst mom moments," but in the end we narrowed it down to these six (in no particular order -- who am I to say whether Justin Bieber is the greatest threat...

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Exercise Tips: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Stay Fit During Winter (PHOTOS)

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 7:02 AM

I do not like being cold, but I am cold all the time. These two facts will tell you, pretty much, everything you need to know about me. It's why I hate swimming (also known as controlled drowning). It's why big fuzzy socks are my go-to gift (both...

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