If you want a smart kid, you might want to consider breastfeeding. In a study of nearly 14,000 children, researchers found a positive link between breastfed babies and high performance on IQ tests at age six. The thing is that it’s hard to tell whether the breast milk itself is causing the IQ test performance scores to be higher, or if it’s related to the bond formed by breastfeeding. Either way, those who breastfed exclusively for at least the first three months scored an average of 5.9 points higher on IQ tests in childhood. [BBC] Keep reading »
I have a confession. After spending the majority of my life deeming Valentine’s Day for suckers and championing all the single ladies, I have become a Smug Married.
Following this startling revelation, I got to thinking: how did I get here and why? Like all afflictions, there was a stage of denial. If I was a Smug Married, the single women in my life must have turned me into one. After all, I was the girl who had a two-year engagement and could count on one hand how many times I had used the word fiancé. I had spent the majority of my prime dating years as Single, Loud and Proud. And I looked down at women who only befriended the opposite sex, secretly labeling them women-haters. I was a girls’ girl—the friend you called for Sunday brunch, “E! Live from the Red Carpet” specials and the “Sex and the City” finale.
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“She would probably long for that earlier type of heartbreak versus what she experiences this time around. The disappointment and the loss is so painful because they’re grown-ups now, and it just changes, as we all know.” — Sarah Jessica Parker, on her Sex And The City: The Movie character, Carrie, to New York magazine. Keep reading »
The video where the magic happened — Mariah Carey’s “Bye Bye”, featuring her new husband Nick Cannon. Keep reading »
There was such a plethora of hot messiness last night at the Costume Institute Gala held at the Metripolitan Museum of Art (there was some serious prettiness too, but that’s not quite as fun), but this image of the Olsen twins scared the bejesus out of me. Ashley looks fairly delightful, but Mary Kate? Mommy, hold me. [Costume Institute Gala, May 5, 2008] Keep reading »
Let me assure you, 99.9% of the reason I watch The Bachelor is for the pre-season finale episode, “The Women Tell All”. Undoubtedly, the batsh*t crazy ones have already been sent packing and make the return on this most glorious of episodes, and this season was no exception. Stacy was back! But she wasn’t as proud of her moments of glory as we thought she should be — you mean, she was actually sorry for saying she would kill all the other bachelorettes AND their families to get to Matt? You mean she understands giving The Bach her panties wasn’t a good idea? Boring! My favorite part of the show was the montage of Marshanna. I forgot she showed up the first day in a sari. Bitch was awesome. Keep reading »
A mommy website is honoring Dina Lohan as one of its mothers of the year — not because she’s done a good job as a parent to her children, but because she’s from Long Island! “We’re just honoring celebrity moms on Long Island,” a spokesperson for MinglingMoms.com said. “It’s something for Mother’s Day. It’s a list of mothers from Long Island who have raised superstar children.” Other mothers being honored are Carol Baldwin (mother to the Baldwin brothers), Billy Joel’s mom, Natalie Portman’s mom, Mariah Carey’s mom, and Jennifer Lopez (who gave birth to her twins in L.I.). This is the dumbest award ever. [WENN] Keep reading »
The Daily Bedpost alerted us to a fun new quiz to waste the last part of our day on: Are You British In Bed? sponsored by KY. After answering a series of questions posed by a funny, fat British lady behind the desk at customs, I’ve discovered I’m 85% Taiwanese in bed, which apparently means I’m selfless. Catherine is wild and unpredictable, therefore she is Congolese — how do they figure? Anyway, there are some massage tips tailored to your nationality, but it’s unclear to me as to whether these tips are for when you’re GETTING massaged or when you’re giving someone else a rub down. Hopefully the former, because I do not give massages. Which is weird. I thought I was a selfless lover? [Are You British In Bed? via Daily Bedpost] Keep reading »