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Most Popular Baby Names Of 2011 Arrive To Scramble Parents’ Minds

Baby names: We’re obsessed with them. When I was naming my daughter, I spent hours combing through baby naming sites (especially the Social Security Administration’s popular baby names site), carefully making, pruning, adding to, and reordering my list. This name was too popular. That one not popular enough. You get the idea.
BabyCenter has just released its annual list…

The Stir / December 2, 2011

48 Pagan Baby Names Perfect For Your Little One

Everywhere you look there’s a John, Christian (Christie?), Daniel, Jacob, Sarah, Lily — names derived from the Bible, or at least credited that way. My Jewish friend chose the Hebrew name ‘Ethan’ for her son, and I”m sure many of you know people whose religious beliefs influenced their children’s names as well.
My own kids&#8217…

The Stir / November 20, 2011

5 Ways The “Internet Censorship” Bill Will Wreck The Web As We Know It

As if the House of Representatives had nothing better to do, several people inCongress have proposed a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA, which is basically one big booty-kiss to the entertainment industry and a major kiss-OFF to Silicon Valley, aka the big tech companies we know and love — Google,Facebook, Twitter, etc. The name alone may give you flashbacks of downloading illegal MP3…

The Stir / November 17, 2011

The Reasons Your Husband Won’t Have Sex With You

We all know the stereotype — men want sex and they want it now. And now. And now. Except when they … well, don’t. And when that happens, it’s confusing. And frustrating. And even hurtful. We ask ourselves: Why won’t my husband have sex with me? What’s going on with him?
Okay, ladies, it’s important to remember that…

The Stir / November 16, 2011

20 Things That Make Pregnancy Terrible

Ah, pregnancy. It’s a beautiful time, isn’t it? The little life you have growing inside of you, the glow you get, the skinny jeans and generous glasses of pinot noir you have to eschew. Okay, so perhaps what I should have said is pregnancy is both a beautiful and frustrating/ugly/weird time. Don’t get me wrong, I feel…

The Stir / November 15, 2011

Rap-Loving Baby Only Stops Crying For Notorious B.I.G.

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a video of a baby crying in my life. Possibly I’ve never laughed at a video of a baby crying, since I don’t generally find sobbing infants all that amusing, but this baby … well, she has some very unique taste in lullabies, let’s put it that way!
Only one…

The Stir / November 13, 2011

Will New Reality TV Show Exploit Women With Eating Disorders?

We’ve seen drug addicts, teen moms, chronic hoarders, and a host of people with other serious issues sacrificed to the reality TV gods — their deeply personal troubles and struggles paraded before us for our casual entertainment. Now, apparently, it’s people with eating disorders’ turn.
Yep, Lifetime TV has announced plans to premiere a new reality show following people with eating…

The Stir / November 11, 2011

Mariah Carey Hated Her Pregnant Body

Remember when Mariah Carey painted her pregnant belly with butterflies and tweeted about how happy she was carrying her little twins? It was so cute. But now she’s sort of telling a different side of her pregnancy story, and to be honest, it’s not cute at all. It’s kind of sad. The Grammy winner told Gayle King that she…

The Stir / November 10, 2011

Sex Of Beyonce’s Baby Revealed With Ridiculously Lavish Gift

It’s a given that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby is going to be one of the most spoiled children ever to crawl the Earth. Not because his or her parents are out of touch with reality, because they’re stupid rich dagnabbit and so are their friends — why shouldn’t that tyke be spoilt to the core? The latest gift bestowed…

The Stir / November 8, 2011

Move Your Money Day Might Wake Up The Big Banks

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, today is Move Your Money Day. Or Bank Transfer Day. Or Dump Your Bank Day. It has a lot of names. Point is, November 5 has been marked as the unofficial date for unhappy customers to take their moolah out of the big banks and move it into smaller, more…

The Stir / November 5, 2011

Adorable Baby Thinks Magazine Is A Broken iPad

Babies these days. They’re so different from when I was one. Moons ago, when I was a drooling, waddling blob of cuteness, if you handed me a magazine, well, truth be told, I probably would have tried to eat it. Today’s babies? They don’t eat magazines. They just think of them as nothing more than broke…

The Stir / October 15, 2011

Ashton Kutcher Cheating Rumors Don’t Sit Well With Cougars

The tabloids have been rife with rumors of Ashton Kutcher having an affair with a younger woman — maybe two. According to reports, Kutcher partied his booty off at a San Diego tech convention, getting down and dirty with two women, the weekend he and wife Demi Moore celebrated (or perhaps didn’tcelebrate) their sixth wedding anniversary.
So far Demi…

The Stir / October 8, 2011

“Martha Marcy May Marlene”: Crazy Title, Crazy-Looking Movie

I love a trippy psychological thriller full of raw talent even more than I like mint chip ice cream on a hot September day, and that’s saying a lot. And in this regard, the upcoming film “Martha Marcy May Marlene” looks right up my alley. I’m ready to gobble it down.

The film…

The Stir / September 17, 2011

Brilliant Guy Holds Surprise Orgy For Annoying Neighbor

I’ve dealt with an annoying neighbor or two in my day. Know how I handled it? I quietly resented them from inside my apartment until their atrocious habits became so unbearable, I was eventually forced to move out of my sun-drenched abode. The healthy way. So, I’m kind of in awe of the guy who…

The Stir / September 10, 2011

Tony Romo Is Wrong About Wife’s Response To Marriage Proposal

Ever since he seemed to string ex-gf Jessica Simpson along, I’ve thought Dallas Cowboys player Tony Romo was kind of a schmoe. But now that’s all water under the bridge, and he’s happily married to Candice Crawford. I guess there are a handful of people out there (in Texas, most likely) who are really intrigued…

The Stir / August 20, 2011

M.A.C. Teaches How to Get Fuller Lips Fast

This M.A.C. video tutorial showed up in my inbox this morning and I’m loving it.

It’s a quick, easy way to make it look like you have the fullest, most luscious lips in town — and you probably already have the products to do the job in your makeup drawer. Love it!

The Stir / August 13, 2011

Breastfeeding Mom Harassed At Public Pool Despite Topless Law

In Norwalk, Ohio, Chrissy Houtz had a stranger take a picture of her while she was nursing her newborn son at the city pool, and they passed it around like a “wanted poster.” She was harassed and told to stop, but after speaking with Ken Leber, the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Superintendent, who promised to…

The Stir / August 6, 2011

Casey Anthony’s First Interview: Don’t Lie, You Know You’ll Watch

And so it begins, the frenzied media wars to get the first Casey Anthony television interview. The race to get Casey’s story is so brutal, in fact, that it involves lies, shady deals, cover-ups, and loads of speculation. But Casey’s totally used to all that.

One freelance TV producer Al Taylor already claimed…

The Stir / July 23, 2011

Miranda Kerr Should Keep Labor Horror To Herself

Labor already has a terrible reputation, so when Miranda Kerr said her natural, drug-free birth was so painful, she thought she was going to die, most people probably were not terribly surprised. And while I am sure it was intense (because duh), it does not do women any good to hear all the time how…

The Stir / July 16, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow: Food Snob Or Wannabe Crack Smoker?

Oh Gwyneth Paltrow, you silly fishmongering crack-smoking goop. You so crazy! In case you haven’t heard Gwynnie’s latest advice on how to live a fabulous, toxin-free existence, Her Paltrowness recently announced that she’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can. Well, duh. Who wouldn’t?

Personally, I love that Gwyneth said she prefer…

The Stir / July 9, 2011

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