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  • Kristen's Quickies

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

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    "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham shot a sex tape with porn star James Deen.  When she was first questioned about it, she tried to pretend she knew nothing about it, but it sounds like the whole thing was planned.  Deen says he and Farrah "got tested together" on Friday, then shot the tape over the weekend.  It's being shopped to various porn companies.

     

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    Original "Mickey Mouse Club" Mousketeer Annette Funicello died yesterday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.  Annette was also known for the "Beach Party" movies. She was 70 years old.

     

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    Amanda Bynes shocked people at the Adult Gymnastics class at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers when she “showed up in fishnets and a leotard that looked like lingerie.”  Witnesses say Bynes was “muttering to herself”. At one point did a cartwheel that caused her wig to fall off. Which caused her to “sit down and cried.”

     

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    Fall Out Boy are giving fans an opportunity to sample their new album Save Rock & Roll in its entirety online a full week before it goes on sale next Tuesday, April 16.

     

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    Michael Clarke Duncan’s family is suspicious of his fiancée, The Apprentice’s Omarosa. Michael’s sister Judy has reportedly hired a lawyer to investigate whether Omarosa influenced Michael to change his will in the months before he died, leaving almost everything to her.

     

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    Some people on Twitter yesterday thought that Cher had died, because of a hashtag that was started in regards to Margaret Thatcher's death.  The hashtag was #nowthatchersdead.  The correct way to read that is "Now Thatcher's Dead".  But it can also be read, Now That CHER'S Dead".

     

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    Louis Tomlinson from One Direction and The Wanted's Tom Parker have been cat fighting on Twitter, and the rest of their groups have been pulled into it.  For example, Jay McGuiness called One Direction, quote, "One of the most overrated, arrogant and insincere" groups around.

     

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    Kelly Clarkson said Blake Shelton is not only going to sing at her wedding. . . but he's also going to officiate the ceremony.

  • Drugging Kids on Planes

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Not everyone agrees with the saying, “kids should be seen and not heard” – except, of course, on an airplane.  One mother deals with the potentially mortifying situation of her children having an in-flight meltdown in a controversial way- she gives them a dose of sedating antihistamine medicine before takeoff.

     

    Read her blog about this. Then give me your comments.

     

    Somewhere high above the Atlantic, I caved in. It wasn’t so much the fact my daughter, Flo, then one, had been screaming since take-off three hours earlier.

    Or even that, crammed into my economy-class seat with this bawling bundle, I had yet to pour myself the calming snifter I yearned for, open a miniature packet of pretzels or even go to the loo. 
    I was held hostage to the relentless, nerve-jangling wailing of my inconsolable infant. And so were the other 300 passengers. 

    It was the looks of hatred on their faces — glares saying: ‘Can’t you do something about that dreadful noise, you ineffectual mother?’ — that made me reach, in desperation, for the bottle in my handbag.

     
    One spoonful of a sedating medicine was all it took to knock out Flo. She slept for hours, blissfully drugged

    One spoonful of a sedating medicine was all it took to knock out Flo. She slept for hours, blissfully drugged

    It wasn’t vodka. This was something that held the promise of a few hours of peace; the chance to eat dinner without having the contents thrown around. It was what was going to save me from a lynching at 37,000 ft.

    One spoonful of a sedating medicine was all it took to knock out Flo. She slept for hours, blissfully drugged.

    Who would have thought that for many people, this simple decision to sedate my daughter with an antihistamine was a dangerous abuse of my parental power? But many mothers, like me, believe it’s common sense. 

    The rights and wrongs of sedating babies on long-haul flights is a controversial war that is being waged on internet parenting forums, fuelled by the huge rise in families seeking long-haul destinations over Easter in the desperate search for sun.

    According to industry analyst GfK, sales of family holidays abroad are booming, with bookings up 6 per cent from last year.

    The price you pay for a sunshine holiday at this time of year is the interminable flight to get there. 

    And it’s how families are choosing to cope with hours cooped in a metal tube that is dividing opinion even more viciously than the ‘breast is best’ debate.

    A friend who travels regularly between Britain and Australia to visit family recommended Phenergan Elixir to me.

    The price you pay for a sunshine holiday at this time of year is the interminable flight to get there

    The price you pay for a sunshine holiday at this time of year is the interminable flight to get there

    This over-the-counter medicine contains promethazine, a sedating antihistamine. Usually administered on the advice of a GP to treat motion sickness or discomfort from certain allergies, it has become the secret weapon for many middle-class mothers embarking on long-haul flights.

    And it’s one that has the PC brigade out in force, claiming that to drug children on a plane is tantamount to child abuse.

    You have only to look on mothering websites to see the fury that has been unleashed. One woman rages: ‘Psychos who pop pills all day would drug their kids. Normal parents would never do that.’ 

    Another furious post reads: ‘Drugging children on flights? If you’re not capable of occupying your offspring on a plane then perhaps you should stay at home.’

    One outraged mother suggests taking a bagful of small toys to unwrap as distracting ‘surprises’ every 20 minutes for the duration of the journey. 

    Another advocates keeping your little darlings occupied by reading books and playing games with them.

    Have these smug parents never travelled to the southern hemisphere? We’re not talking about a charter flight to Turkey — even I can be an attentive mother for five hours. 

    We’re talking about a gruelling flight to a time zone so far away you lose a whole day of your life to get there. Only it feels far more than a day. 

    By the time you have reached your destination, crumpled children in tow, the trauma of the journey will have aged you beyond recognition.

    And before you all get started on why I choose to drag my offspring to far-flung corners of the Earth, let me explain that they have a grandfather in Fiji (a 28-hour flight) and a grandmother in Canada (an 11-hour flight). 

    Should we wait to be reunited as a family until the children are old enough to sit still, without noise or fidgeting, for hour after tortuous hour? 

    I think not. So ever since that first overseas flight with Flo, I have clutched my bottle of over-the-counter antihistamine tighter than my passport. Indeed, it is the first item to go in my flight bag, ahead of toothbrushes and teddy bears.

    You can question my mothering skills if you want. You can call me selfish, irresponsible and foolhardy. But plenty of research has shown that what fellow travellers really despise more than crying children on planes are parents who do nothing about it. A poll by TripAdvisor found over a third of Britons would pay extra to travel in adults-only planes. 

    But why should they? We all know nothing raises the collective blood pressure among hundreds of strangers more than being stuck in a cramped space with a bawling baby or badly behaved toddler.
    And while diversions and undivided parental attention can work up to a point, what is so wrong with a dose of something to make the whole process more bearable for everyone?

    Should we wait to be reunited as a family until the children are old enough to sit still, without noise or fidgeting, for hour after tortuous hour?

    Should we wait to be reunited as a family until the children are old enough to sit still, without noise or fidgeting, for hour after tortuous hour?

    This is where Phenergan Elixir comes in. Even the name holds the promise of something mystical happening. 

    For me, that’s having all my children conked out, so I can enjoy an in-flight movie and a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

    I remember one particular journey, undertaken without my husband, when I flew to Canada with Flo, who was then eight, Annie, six, and Monty, four. 

    Before the plane had taxied down the runway, I’d doled out the medicine in anticipation of a peaceful flight ahead. 

    Flo and Annie fell asleep almost instantly. However, Monty fought the sedative for hours. 
    Apparently, this can happen. Parents recount horror stories of Phenergan having the opposite effect and making children increasingly hyper on flights.

    Eventually, in sheer desperation, I gave him another dose. He finally stopped kicking the seat in front of him and flicking peanuts across the aisle, and fell into a deep slumber. 

    Unfortunately, we were only a few hours from landing and when the plane’s doors went to manual I couldn’t wake up Monty. I tried cold water, standing him upright in the aisle, blowing on his face — all to no avail. We were the last passengers left on the plane. 

    Thank goodness the pilot offered to carry Monty over his shoulder as I struggled with bags and the other two children. 

    I was ashamed — and terrified in case the pilot cottoned on to the fact my child was drugged.

    But did it put me off using the medication on my children again, including my youngest, Dolly, three? 

    No more than turbulence or the threat of terrorism have put me off flying. I’ve just got better with the timing of the teaspoon. 

    Dr Roger Henderson, one of Britain’s leading medics, says parents drugging children is not a new phenomenon. ‘We’ve come a long way, thank goodness, from the Victorian days of doling out opium, gin and laudanum for a good night’s sleep,’ he says. ‘Sedating children on aeroplanes is just the 21st-century equivalent.’ 

    Provided guidelines and dosage are followed correctly, he sees no problem with parents resorting to Phenergan on flights.

    ‘There’s no harm in administering it occasionally,’ he says. ‘But I wouldn’t recommend regular use.’

    That’s fine by me. With all our Airmiles used up we’ll be caravanning in Cornwall this summer. Though I’ll take a bottle just in case we get stuck in traffic.

     

  • Kristen's Quickies

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

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    Ray J is releasing a song about Kim Kardashian tomorrow called "I Hit It First".  It includes such lyrics as, quote, "She might move on to rappers and ballplayers / But we all know I hit it first.”

     

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    Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez are expecting a baby. Sources say they're having a boy, and that Halle is three months along. Halle also has a 5-year-old daughter named Nahla. Halle is 46 . . . Olivier is 47. 

     

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    Jenna Jameson was arrested for BATTERY on Saturday night.  She's accused of attacking someone at a home in Orange County, California.

     

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    Miley Cyrus was spotted on a hotel balcony in Miami Saturday with some friends, smoking what looked like an illegal substance.

     

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    Wesley Snipes was released from federal prison last Tuesday, but he's not completely free yet.  He'll be under house arrest until July 19th.  Snipes was sentenced to three years behind bars for failing to pay MILLIONS in taxes.

     

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    "Evil Dead" . . . the remake of the 1981 horror classic . . . made $26.6 million over the weekend to take the top spot at the box office.  "G.I. Joe" and "The Croods" tied for 2nd place, with $21.1 million each . . . and "Jurassic Park 3D" rounded out the top 3 with $18.2 million. 

     

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    Bravo has canceled Kathy Griffin's late-night talk show, "Kathy", after two seasons.

     

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    The Hallmark Channel is launching a "Kitten Bowl" for next year's Super Bowl.  Naturally, it's a response to Animal Planet's"Puppy Bowl".

     

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    Jonathan Knight  abruptly walked out on a New Kids on the Block concert in New York.  Apparently, he had an anxiety attack, and everything is cool within the group.  He Tweeted, "I'm sorry" . . . and joined New Kids for their performance on the "Today" show.

     

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    One Direction performed in London, and in the middle of "What Makes You Beautiful"Liam yanked down Harry Styles' pants.  Harry continued singing while pulling them back up.

     

  • Roger Ebert's Last Movie Review

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    The "Chicago Sun-Times" has published ROGER EBERT'S final review.  It's for the new TERRENCE MALICK movie "To the Wonder", starring BEN AFFLECK and OLGA KURYLENKO.  He gave it three and a half out of five stars. 

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    "Released less than two years after his “The Tree of Life,” an epic that began with the dinosaurs and peered into an uncertain future, Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” is a film that contains only a handful of important characters and a few crucial moments in their lives. Although it uses dialogue, it’s dreamy and half-heard, and essentially this could be a silent film — silent, except for its mostly melancholy music.

    The movie stars Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko as a couple who fall deeply, tenderly, transcendently in love in France. Malick opens as they visit Mont St. Michel, the cathedral perched on a spire of rock off the French coast, and moves to the banks of the Seine, but really, its landscape is the terrain is these two bodies, and the worshipful ways in which Neil and Marina approach each other. Snatches of dialogue, laughter, shared thoughts, drift past us. Nothing is punched up for dramatic effect.

    Marina, a single mother, decides to move with her little daughter, Tatiana, to America with Neil, and the setting suddenly becomes the flatlands of Oklahoma, a land seen here as nearly unpopulated. Oh, there are people here, but we see few of them and engage with only a handful. Again there is the hushed serenity as in France, but differences grow between them, and there is anger now in some of their words. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an American girl he was once in love with, and romantic perfection between he and Marina seems to slip away.

    In Oklahoma, we meet Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), a priest from Europe, whose church is new and brightly lit. We can almost smell the furniture varnish. His faith has been challenged, and many of his statements are directed toward Jesus Christ, as a sort of former lover. Quintana visits prisoners, the ill, the poor and the illiterate, whose dialogue is half-understood even by themselves." 

  • What You Should Look Like!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    This is crazy! I can totally see myself in some of these women! Check out your features!

  • Your Embarrassing Mom Moments!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    I love reading "Family Circle" and I cam across this letter to the editior. I laughed out loud and wanted to pass it on to you!

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    My 14-year-old wanted to know what I was so engrossed by on my e-reader, so I told her it was an Edith Wharton novel. When I left the room, she snuck a peek and saw I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey. She called me out on the lie, and now I'm mortified. What's my next move?

    This is what the expert said...

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    Just be honest -- and have a sense of humor about it. "Tell your daughter you fibbed because you were embarrassed," says Cohen-Sandler. If she expresses interest in reading it, say something like, "It's sexually explicit and not appropriate for someone your age." This can also be a good time to have another impromptu talk about sex in general -- or, perhaps, suggest renting The Age of Innocence and watching it together.

     

    What embarrassing thing have your kids caught you doing? 

     

  • Disney Jedi?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Ever wondered what Disney Princesses would love like at Star Wars Jedi? I never did either! But someone did and here is the awesome result!

  • Kristen's Quickies

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Film critic Robert Ebert died yesterday, after an 11-year battle with various cancers.  He was 70 years old.  His wife says he smiled and passed away peacefully.  Ebert wrote thousands of reviews over a career that spanned nearly 50 years. 

     

    Madonna's 16-year-old daughter Lourdes is reportedly dating actor Timothée Chalamet.  He played Finn Walden, the son of the vice president on the Showtime series "Homeland"

     

    Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey claims she's BROKE, with less than $5 in the bank.  And she says she and her 2-year-old son are living on CREDIT until some new acting revenue comes in.  Lena is currently involved in a divorce battle with her husband, and the two of them are haggling over a $46,000 tax return from 2011.

     

    The "Evil Dead" remake hits theaters this week.  Its only real competition will be the new 3D version of "Jurassic Park".

     

    Nicole Kidman shot a cameo for "Anchorman 2".  There's no word what her role is. Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson  will also return as the rival newscasters they played in the original.

     

    Netflix has announced that the fourth season of "Arrested Development" will be unleashed on May 26th, the Sunday before Memorial Day.  Also, another episode has been added, which brings the total to 15.

     

    Girls star Christopher Abbott , who plays Marnie’s (Allison Williams) boyfriend Charlie, has quit the hit HBO series. According to the New York Post, Abbott decided to leave after “butting heads” with show creator Lena Dunham. 

     

    Yesterday Beyonce popped open a new video trumpeting her new partnership with Pepsi. The clip features the singer performing her new single “Grown Woman” while dancing with several past copies of herself.

  • A Little Love For The Evil Ones

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    I always give a lot of love for my Disney Princesses and heros but how about the villians? Check out these cool minimalistic villian posters I found!

  • Would You Eat This?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

     

    We've seen sandwiches that use DONUTS AS BUNS before . . . but no national chain has ever made one.

    That all just changed, and we've moved one step closer to this country replacing ALL of its buns with donuts.

    In some stores in eastern Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is testing a brand new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.  It's simple:  A bacon and egg sandwich that uses a glazed donut for a bun.

    There's no word if or when this could go nationwide. 

  • Man Thinks He is a WHAT?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    I stole this from Yahoo! This HAS to be shared!

     
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    Like any other 22-year-old Floridian, Eric Ducharme loves to swim, except when he dives into the water, he trades his swim trunks for a floppy tail.

    Ducharme is a self-proclaimed merman, a mystical male counterpart to the mermaid. As the legend goes, these seductive sea creatures with the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, make themselves visible to ships during thunder storms and would lure the opposite sex into the water with their siren-like singing.

    According to a story in The Daily Mail, Ducharme says he eats, sleeps, and breathes mermaids and mermen and tries to impersonate them whenever he can. "It's a lifestyle. It's a path in life that I have chosen," he says during a Wednesday night episode of TLC's "My Crazy Obsession," a reality show that follows people whose adoration for objects has become an obsession.

    His love for all things mermen began as a child when, according to his website, his grandparents took him to an underwater theater and a woman in a mermaid costume swam by blowing kisses to the audience; at age six, Ducharme's father hired two mermaids to swim up to a dock where the boy was eating his birthday cake. When he was 13, Ducharme created his company Mertailor, LLC and sold his own handcrafted tails made from garbage bags and various fabrics. Three years later, he put on his first show, swimming as the mermaid prince in the Weeki Wachee Springs Little Mermaid show. "Eric is obsessed with mermaids," says his mother Candy Ducharme. "We have our own passions. That's Eric's life."

    "It's taking me a really long time to kind of understand my place in life," Ducharme says of his obsession. Three times a week, he slips into his shiny handmade fin to swim Florida’s natural springs, an hour and a half drive from his home in Crystal River. He calls it "mermaiding" a time to escape the pressures of the real world. "When I put on a tail I feel transformed," says Ducharme, who can hold his breath for four minutes at a time. "I feel like I'm starting to enter into a different world when I hit the water."

    And although his boyfriend Matthew Quijano was initially shocked, he's accepted the mermen lifestyle. "When I first met Eric, I was introduced to the subject of mermaids, on our first date," he says."Your jaw just kind of drops and you're just like, 'wow.' When we go swimming I don't even see him because he swims off to his own little corner, it's all about getting away from the rest of the world…Sometimes we have to ask people what's with the scolding looks because they're just like, 'why is there a guy in a tail? It's supposed to be a girl,''' Quijano says, shrugging. "Haters gonna hate."

     

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    No matter. Business at Mertailoris booming. His mermaid and mermen wet suits (made from silicone, urethanes, and latex rubbers in different colors and textures of scales and fins) range from $185 for the spandex tail to $2,759 for the silicon version and there's even a kid's tail priced at $169. The tails have been featured in photo shoots on Germany's "Next Top Model", in advertisements for Skittles and on "Saturday Night Live" in the music video "I'm on a Boat" featuring T-Pain. Ducharm's client list even includes Lady Gaga.

    Ducharme's mission is to make his costumes available to "every aspiring mermaid and merman who dreams of life in the sea."