Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trial That Should Have More Media Coverage

Thank God for blogging. I hadn’t heard about this terrifying case until I came across a blog that posted about it. I read the article with my hand over my mouth the entire time.  To think that SO many people overlooked it makes me feel sick. Who cares if the subject is touchy – what numerous people – his staff, hospitals, etc. – did was just wrong any way you look at it. I haven’t read any comments that addressed that issue. Makes me so sad there are so many horrible people out there! I pray that the Gosnells, his staff, and the government officials that did nothing will all have repercussions for their actions.

Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story

The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism. The numerous governmental failures. It is thoroughly newsworthy.
Click HERE to read the story. It will blow your mind. Here is what USA Today says about it.

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Within the past month or longer I have had trouble sleeping. I love sleep and it loves me right back. To say that I’m not happy I can’t sleep through the night is an understatement. Sure I’ll wake up to pee or take B out to pee – and even then I get annoyed – but I’ve never had trouble falling asleep again.

I will wake up several times throughout the night and if my back is to my door, I have to turn over. I can see my front door from my bed, and I have to stare at it before I go back to sleep. Why, I have no idea. It’s like I’m afraid someone will break in. Which is kind of redic – all outside doors lock and you have to have a key to get in the building.

Sometimes Most of the time I am terrified I will see my dad in my place. Creepy, right? It’s true though. I strictly told him I didn’t want to see him. (I’m totally aware I sound like I need to be committed). He was a big jokester, so who knows. I was always the type of person to think ghosts/spirits were not real…until he passed away. Also, one of my BFFs mother’s died in 1997 and she has told me that at times she can feel her mom’s presence in her house. I think you tend to give more cred when you actually know someone that has gone through this, versus hearing about it from a stranger. At least I do.

At 5:30 this morning I woke up from a dream that was all too real. I had a vivid dream of how the world was going to end. Let’s just say that at 5:30am I was seriously contemplating on getting up and starting my day. It freaked me out enough to start looking for a psychologist. I need someone to help me make sense of all this and more importantly – to start sleeping better! Prayers!

Clarkson

I stumbled across a Kelly Clarkson article I wanted to share. In honor of her birthday yesterday, and because I adore her and her music..

Kelly Clarkson’s Birthday: 10 Reasons Our Lives Would Suck Without the Singer

 

  • She’s obsessed with Adele, too!

    Let’s face it, we all want to be BFF’s with the “Rolling in the Deep” singer. While some celebs might play down their love of Adele, Kelly isn’t afraid to hide it. “I want to stalk Adele so she’ll sing with me,” Kelly told AOL Music. “I love her voice and I really want to sing with her. She knows that. We were on ‘Divas’ together and I cornered her in her room and said, ‘I really want to sing with you!'”

  • She makes us feel better about our questionable fashion choices

    Kelly isn’t afraid to embrace those sweatpants-only kind of days. She even performs barefoot during long performances, telling MTV, “People aren’t coming to see my footwear.”

  • She stands up for what she believes in …

    … even when it upsets her fans. Kelly recently rocked an equality sign on her wrist in support of gay rights, risking backlash from some of her conservative fans.

  • She proved that you can sing live at the Inauguration — and own it

    “Beyonce-gate” became a trending topic after evidence surfaced that the singer lip synced her performance of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s Inauguration in January. Kelly, however, showed Beyonce how it’s done by singing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” … without backup.

  • She’s giving back to other reality stars

    Kelly’s “American Idol” win catapulted her to fame, and the singer wants to help others reach the same success. Case in point? She served as Blake Shelton’s guest mentor on “The Voice.”

  • She showed us how to get ‘in’ with the in-laws

    Kelly’s got a great relationship with her fiance’s stepmother — and country royalty — Reba McIntire! “Thrilled to death, thrilled to death,” Reba told E! Online, “To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?”

  • She’s spreading the love

    When Kelly won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal album at the 2013 Grammys, she charmed viewers with her adorable acceptance speech, which included a shoutout to her honey. “Thank you so much [to] my fiance who is sexy tonight, y’all,” she said.

  • She one of the sweetest celebs to her fans

    Kelly keeps in touch with her fans, letting them request songs for her concerts. She even donned a gray hoodie for her cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself. (And nailed it!)

  • She knows how to share the spotlight

    We’ve all angstily sang along to Jewel’s hit “Foolish Games,” but dueting with the star? Just another collaboration for Kelly, who toned down her powerhouse vocals to suit the melancholy song.

 

10 Fun Facts About Kelly Clarkson

  • She Thinks Her Small Chest Size Is a Blessing in Disguise

    “I realize God didn’t give me boobs because if I had them, I’d show them off. I’d be a slut,” Kelly joked behind the scenes during the 2011 filming of her VH1 “Unplugged” set.

  • Her Favorite Party Ever Was a ‘White Trash’-Themed Bash

    “I’m totally the dress-up queen. I go crazy. I do stupid stuff. I throw fun parties,” Kelly told AOL Music. “My best party was a ‘White Trash Party’ with dead animals on the walls and everyone’s version of white trash … I’m totally that fun girl.”

  • She’s a Spanx Super Fan

    Kelly has reluctantly admitted to constricting her curves by squeezing into not one, but two pairs of Spanx at once!

  • Kelly Has 13 Tattoos to Date

    In November 2011, Kelly announced she was getting inked for the 13th time! The singer loves her body art. “I’m completely addicted, I know,” she confessed via Twitter.

  • She’s Greek … And Drinks Olive Oil

    Kelly’s mother Jeanne Rose is Greek, making Kelly half. The chanteuse even drank the country’s culinary claim to fame, olive oil, before hitting the “American Idol” stage to soothe her strained vocal cords.

  • She’s an Odd Jobs Extraordinaire

    Clarkson worked as a cocktail waitress, a telemarketer, at a movie theater, a zoo, and in a drugstore before trying her luck on the “American Idol” stage.

  • Her Very First “American Idol” Audition Song Was …

    During the inaugural season of “American Idol,” Kelly wowed at her very first audition with a cover of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”

  • The First CDs She Ever Bought Were …

    … Reba McEntire, Boyz II Men and Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. Girl’s got eclectic tastes!

  • Annie Lennox Is Her Not-So-American Idol

    “When I first saw her in London, she was so captivating,” Kelly told AOL Music of the Scottish singer-songwriter. “She had a mike stand and a screen with water drops going behind her. How in the world did she completely kill that performance with just that? That was just so amazing to me. I just thought, how awesome that would be, just to one day completely captivate an audience like that? Instead of going to your audience, you’re bringing them into your performance. It sounds cheesy and artsy but it’s a goal of mine. I haven’t yet, but hopefully, one day I will.” via

 

You Can’t Get Your Beauty Sleeping in a Tanning Bed

 

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Ladies. I came across this article in Women’s Health and even though I knew I wouldn’t ever tan in a bed again, this article just reconfirmed it. I know its probably boring and you’ll want to just quit reading this altogether – but this information could save you from cancer.

 

Timeline of a Tan

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Within Seconds: Your body is bombarded with hefty doses of ultraviolet  A (UVA) light – roughly 12 times the amount you’d get from the sun.

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Within a few Minutes: Those long-wave UVA rays begin to penetrate your skin. Over time, they break down the collagen and elastin in the upper layers, causing permanent damage. The potential result? Wrinkles, saggy skin, and sun spots as early as your 20s.

The UVA light can penetrate to the deepest levels of your skin and start damaging the cells that make up your DNA. Within seconds, your immune system senses there has been an attack and sends a signal to a gene called POMC to start pumping melanocytes to your skin’s surface – 1,000 to 2,000 to each square millimeter of skin.

Think of melanocytes as little brown umbrellas that help protect your DNA from any additional damage. Because those melanocytes are brown, your skin starts to tan.

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In other words: A tan is a sign that your DNA is damaged. Your tan is like a full-body scab.

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At the same time: The POMC gene prompts endorphins to start pumping through your body – so about 5 minutes into your indoor tanning session you start to feel great. Like, runner’s-high great.

Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays have likely fried the upper layers of your skin. This causes redness, burning, and maybe even stinging.

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 Within hours and the days following: Your cells start turning over and replicating, and the new ones take over for the old damaged cells in your DNA. But when those cells replicate, little mistakes happen.

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Those mistakes lead to cell mutations. When mutations happen in the squamous cells, it can lead to squamous cell carcinoma; if they’re in the basal cells, your could be in for a basal cell carcinoma diagnosis. And if the mutations happen in the melanocytes? Melanoma.

 

Scary shit, right?! Obviously this can happen in the sun as well, the tanning bed just amplifies the time.

With all that said, I’m not perfect and yes I’ve been sunburnt before. I even got burnt this past Saturday – which I am kicking myself for. I’ve already had a mole removed – and that MOFO hurt. I asked my dermatologist if I could see the skin she cut out and to say I was surprised was an understatement. It felt like she cut my skin off with a cookie cutter, even though I was numbed. She went very deep to make sure she got everything, because skin cancer is not just a straight line – when it forms, its in waves.

I’ve also had a sun spot on my face zapped to make it lighten so that eventually it would go away. That felt like electricity on my face. Not only did it scare the hell out of me, I jumped in the chair and yelled, scaring the girl doing it!

With all that said, PLEASE protect your skin. Use sunscreen and reapply. Don’t tan in tanning beds. Spray tan or get tanning lotion. There are a million and five alternatives to using a tanning bed.

I can personally recommend this stuff. It. Is. Awesome. It has NO smell and doesn’t get on your clothing or sheets and dries very quickly. They have a spray, lotion and foam. I’ve seen it at Bed Bath & Beyond, but you can also buy it on Amazon.

I am fair skinned – green eyes and blonde hair. I’ve used the “Dark” (the orange stripe towards the bottom of the bottle) before with a somewhat tan, and it was not orange or too dark.

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SUN Laboratories Ultra Dark Self Tanning Micro Spray

I have also used this lotion. They also make a Medium spray, lotion and foam.

Boston

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Kid Covers Bruno Mars’ Grenade

So cute!!

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Her voice is amazing. I hear a little Celine Dion in her voice.

Another version without most of the music. Her voice gives me chills!!! This song makes me so happy!

 

Love the rawness of this video and song. love this lyric, “the reason I hold on, is I need this hole gone.. funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving” Props to Rih for showing a raw side.

Of course this song. I’m sure you’re tired of seeing me post about it. Timberlake serenaded Jessica Biel down the isle to it. “It was an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her,” says Timberlake. If you recall Timberlake and Biel broke up for a brief period of time… Love that he dedicated the video to his grandparents.

Cause I don’t wanna lose you now I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me The vacancy that sat in my heart Is a space that now you hold Show me how to fight for now And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy Comin’ back into you once I figured it out You were right here all along It’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me I couldn’t get any bigger With anyone else beside me And now it’s clear as this promise That we’re making Two reflections into one Cause it’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me”

“Baby, you’re the inspiration of this precious song And I just wanna see your face light up since you put me on So now I say goodbye to the old me, it’s already gone And I can’t wait wait wait wait wait to get you home”

 

Finally we have Queen of the breakup songs. Excited to see her in concert in September!!

“Mr. Play Your Games Only got yourself to blame When you want me back again But I ain’t falling back again ‘Cause I’m living my truth without your lies Let’s be clear baby, this is goodbye I ain’t comin’ back tomorrow”

“So what you’ve got the world at your feet And you know everything about everything But you don’t”

JT

I know I’ve already posted the JT song Mirrors butttttt I just saw the one where he performed it on SNL. This is going to sound so cheesy, but this song makes me hopeful, again, that I will find my mirror. See what I did there?

UH JT still has it goin on. Those moves! That voice! Jess Biel is one lucky lady! Not joking, I’d love to be her for 30 minutes. He could just sing to me. ha!

[Verse 1]
Aren’t you somethin’ to admire
Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror

And I can’t help but notice
You reflect in this heart of mine

If you ever feel alone and
The glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I’m always
Parallel on the other side

[Bridge]
Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
Just put your hand on the glass
I’m here tryin’ to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

[Chorus]
Cause I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making
Two reflections into one
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror

My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

[Verse 2]
Aren’t you somethin’, an original
Cause it doesn’t seem really as simple
And I can’t help but stare, cause
I see truth somewhere in your eyes
I can’t ever change without you
You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I
Would look at us all the time

[Bridge]

[Chorus]

[Break]
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow’s a mystery

I can see you lookin’ back at me
Keep your eyes on me
Baby, keep your eyes on me

[Chorus]

You are, you are the love of my life

[Verse 3]
Baby, you’re the inspiration of this precious song
And I just wanna see your face light up since you put me on
So now I say goodbye to the old me, it’s already gone
And I can’t wait wait wait wait wait to get you home
Just to let you know, you are

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
Girl you’re my reflection, all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do

You’re my reflection and all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do

[Chorus]

I also found a Part 1 and Part 2 of him on The Jonathan Ross Show. He is so funny and I missed the memo that he was the voice of Boo Boo?!

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TBT

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“the white party” with Carly

Feeling 32 and Poppin Rings

Parody of Taylor Swift’s Feeling 22. SO true!

 

 

Cute!

Cuddle Buddy

If you live in Atlanta you probably know what The Bert Show is. Actually they are syndicated now, but I digress.

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I was looking for this story, since it was all over Facebook. The brother that went missing on his way to pick up his wife from work. (You should listen, I think it’s bs). I decided to go through some of the most recent on air bits because my drive to work is about 5 minutes and I don’t get to listen to them like I did a few years ago. As I was scrolling through I saw a post about cuddle buddies that caught my eye.

Listen to it out here.

You’ve heard of a booty call – this is just like that but with snuggling only. What! Um IDK if it’s me, but if I’m cuddling with someone, 9 times out of 10 that’s not going to be the only thing we’re doing. Just sayin. This whole idea is just odd to me, but the commentary TBS gives on it is pretty funny.

Mirrors

I’ve been a JT fan since N*SYNC. Hard core N*SYNC fan at that. My high school BFF and I would play their cds on repeat and then play it one more time, just because. It’s a wonder we didn’t have a dance to each song. Whenever we spent the night at the other’s house we would even fall asleep to their cds. JT is one talented man. He’s funny, hot, and ….what else is there? HA! Naturally I downloaded his new CD. Mirrors might be my new favorite song. I haven’t listened to it all the way through yet, but I love it. Pretty sure he wrote it for Ms. Beil. awwwwww

 

March Bucket List Completions

Go to the movies alone

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Have drinks at the St. Regis

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Eat at Tomo

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