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Joy Wilson, aka “Joy the Baker,” found a path to her authentic self through food blogging, yoga breaths, and writing Drake lyrics on cake

Joy Wilson, aka “Joy the Baker,” found a path to her authentic self through food blogging, yoga breaths, and writing Drake lyrics on cake


Joy Wilson, aka “Joy the Baker,” found a path to her authentic self through food blogging, yoga breaths, and writing Drake lyrics on cake

At age six, Joy Wilson, best known by her eponymous blog name Joy the Baker, longed to be a writer—in the same burning way that all writers long to be what they already are. When she told her family her career ambition, the responses were much less enthusiastic than those given to her younger sister, Lauren, who, at the time, wanted to be a veterinarian (fast forward to now, though, and Lauren Wilson happily helms her own ice cream company in Seattle). Joy Wilson’s urge to write impelled her to an English major and curriculum in college, but there, she began working in the food industry, using her hands in restaurants and bakeries to make edible texts, line breaks for the palate, and a thesis to eat, not read.

Wilson’s food blog writing is singular and something all its own: a style that straddles the line between poetry and passive fiction, one that allows her ingredients to be actors in their own stories and for her to be the invisible orchestrator of their lives. Born to a black father and white mother, Wilson grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, where her mix was less an anomaly and more a casual feature of the region. This is the Los Angeles in which Meghan Markle grew up, where being black and white afforded not an entry key into two separate worlds, but the ability to create a new one entirely.

The Southern California region in which Wilson grew up and the Gulf Coast one in which she lives now both influence her cooking and baking, which she still shares, although in smaller doses, on her blog. With three cookbooks under her belt and a business called The Bakehouse in New Orleans that offers classes, workshops, and private parties, Joy, 37, is not slowing down. Unless she’s breathing in yoga—Wilson is elevating her practice by training to be an instructor—or writing Drake lyrics on cake, that is.

We caught Wilson, a food blogging pioneer if ever there was one, on the phone in New Orleans, where she lives with her cat Tron in the Bywater neighborhood, a Brooklyn-esque pocket of the city with multicolored duplexes, a diffuse scent of praline-coated bacon, and residents who actually sit on their porches and watch the honeyed Louisiana afternoons float by.

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HelloGiggles (HG): How did you pave a way into food blogging, and how has entering this world changed the trajectory of your career?

Joy Wilson (JW): Gosh, it feels so crazy now. So, I’ve been blogging for 10 years. I started in 2008, and back when I started my blog I can remember maybe like six other food blogs that were around.

HG: It was you, Smitten Kitchen, and Pioneer Woman.

JW: Yes, exactly. And none of us were making a living through our blogs, or even thinking about making a living through our blogs really. I mean, maybe Ree was thinking about it because she’s a mogul, but it wasn’t feasible for other people. It wasn’t monetized, there was not even language around building a career out of having a blog. So those of us that started way back in the day were doing it because we were extreme dorks, just extreme, with not the greatest social skills…okay, I speak for myself only. I started my blog when I was working in a bakery in Los Angeles, and it started as a way to launch my baking business. I was foolishly thinking I could make and sell wedding cakes, and I was dabbling in wholesale baking for coffee shops around Los Angeles. And so having an online presence and talking about my food and recipes was sort of way for me to be like, hey, look—I’m trying to do this thing.

So that’s where it started and the trajectory of it, I could not have anticipated. I’ve gotten to write three cookbooks and move across the country to a city that I love. And I call myself “Joy the Baker” and sometimes people know what I’m talking about, which is crazy because I remember sitting on my ex-boyfriend’s couch thinking what should I call this blog? Not thinking that it would define my career this far.

HG: It really has become not just a name or a pseudonym. Your brand is Joy the Baker.

JW: I wasn’t thinking anything about branding, or building an online business, or an online career at all when I started my blog. And it took probably five years or so into it to feel real. I was like, okay, I think this is a thing, I think the train has left the station.

HG: Can you tell me more about your start in baking, whether that’s in early childhood or when you were older?

JW: I started baking with my dad. You know, it’s a very homespun story and how a lot of people start in the kitchen because they’re in the kitchen around their families most of the time. So I started baking with my dad when I was little. And my dad, I call him an enthusiastic home baker. He’s also a Virgo, so he’s very meticulous. And it makes him a great baker: he loves experimenting and getting to the very best iteration of some of his recipes. So he’s always in the kitchen tinkering with things, and that’s where I picked it up.

My aunt, my dad’s sister, is also an amazing baker. But she lost her sight to a brain tumor in her in 30s. She couldn’t see anymore but she didn’t stop baking. I actually learned a lot about baking from her because I’d help her in the kitchen. And then she had a different sense of things—she would touch things with her hands, and her sense of smell was out of this world, so she would be able to tell when a cake was done by the smell.

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HG: Is baking something that has always been endemic to that side of the family?

JW: I think it really started with my aunt, who was 18 years older than my dad. And so it was like his big sister, or his, you know, they were years and years apart—she was like his second mom. So she really started it in the family, and she was the one who really held true to making traditions. Baking was a big part of that for her, and she made that a big part of life for our family. And my dad carried that on to us.

HG: Do you have any specific food memories from childhood in which you felt “This is what I want to do,” or food struck you in such a way that felt different from anything else?

JW: I don’t know if my sense of food as career happened in childhood. When I was a kid I had a little sister, she’s two years younger than me and she is very cute. If we’re talking about when we were kids, she was the cuter one.

HG: Oh, no.

JW: No, trust me, trust me, she was the cute one. Which is great for her, it’s all good. But I say that because when we were little I remember getting the question, what do you want to be when you grow up? And I would always say, very proudly, “I want to be a writer.” And people would be like…okay. And my little sister would say “I want to be a veterinarian,” and they would fawn all over her. So I would think, well, I don’t want to be a veterinarian. But I really had this sense that I want to be a writer. And that is kind of what I’m doing now, if you count incomplete sentences and run-ons as writing.

HG: But those sentences actually define your style. You have a lyrical way of writing and it’s lyricism punctuated with humor. I’m looking at a black and white baked donuts post, and I love the way in which you let the ingredients act on their own: “Brown butter is mixed, brown bits and all, with buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Dry ingredients are fluffed together and whisked. Wet ingredients are whisked just right and mixed with dry ingredients. Wet plus dry, simple cooking math.” It’s poetry.

JW: Wow, that’s very generous.

HG: Is this how you’ve always written, or is it a certain style you developed for the food blog?

JW: I think it’s a style I developed with the food blog. I went to school for English literature and playwriting, and as I was putting myself through college, I was always working in food service, front of house, back of house, and then baking, professionally and on my own. So I was always in a restaurant kitchen. I could always get a job in food, and I loved it too. I don’t know if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, but it’s like a really difficult summer camp experiment but also rewarding and fun. So I was always working in food, and when I finished my degree it just made sense that I would keep doing what I was already doing, which was baking in a restaurant. And I didn’t feel like, okay, I’m done with school now, I have to find a real job. It felt like I was already in the place I wanted to be for the most part, which is around food. I finished school while I was working at this bakery, and it was like, well, okay, I have way less homework now, thank God.

HG: More time to play with frosting.

JW: Yes, more time to play with frosting. And I was going to just try to build this website and have a blog on it, and try to sell my cakes and muffins to coffee shops. And it was just very small, just kind of a small dream.

HG: Do you remember your first baking success, like the first time you made a pie crust right, or the first time the cake was actually as spongy as it needed to be?

JW: My parents were health food addicts, like early health food adopters in the early 1980s. And health food in the early ‘80s was disgusting, especially if you were a kid. So we didn’t get sweet store-bought treats in the house. The loophole was that if you could make it, it would pass in the house. I remember finding a box of unsweetened chocolate, like baking chocolate in the cabinet. And low and behold, on the back of that box is a recipe for brownies. And I was like, okay, I think I can figure this out, I think I can get this, guys. I must have been like eight years old. And the first thing I made was brownies, and it was a success, and I felt like I had unlocked a very important tool to my happiness, to the happiness of those around me. It was like magic.

HG: And that’s probably one of those enduring memories.

JW: It is. And don’t get me wrong, when I un-packaged the chocolate I was like, well, this is chocolate, I’m going to try to eat it like it is. But it was bitter. So I thought, okay, no, that’s why my parents freely have this in the house, because we won’t devour it. But if I add some sugar and bake it, yes.

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HG: Do you have any recipes, or something that you create now, that makes you feel emotional when you cook or bake it?

JW: Definitely. When I make my dad’s sweet potato pie, just the smell of that pie, I can feel my chest go tender. Even just thinking about it. My dad developed this recipe for sweet potato pie years ago. He was perfecting it for years, but he finally got to a place where he was into it, probably when I was 10 or so. We’ve had this sweet potato pie almost at every gathering ever since. He adds a lot of coriander, which is cilantro seed, to it, and so it has a lot of this savory spice. But in this sweet potato pie—it transforms the whole pie. And you don’t even recognize it as coriander, but it’s very distinct, very fragrant, and my dad’s signature. His cologne might as well be this. So yes, that makes me feel very connected to my family when I make it. And as an adult I think I’ve made a point of it to not live near my family. Love them, but you know, we gotta move around and see some things. But when I make that pie, it definitely feels like my feet are on the ground, and it feels really connected to home.

HG: What does coriander do to the flavor?

JW: I feel like it really rounds out the flavor in a way. Sometimes in sweet potato pies you have that sweet potato flavor and then it feels like someone has taken a paint brush and brushed cinnamon on, brushed nutmeg on. But coriander comes in and makes all of those spices indistinguishable but intertwined. So it’s not like, mmm, this sweet potato pie has coriander in it. Like you can’t really distinguish coriander from the other spices. But it really just brings such a roundness to the flavor. And it’s not especially herby or especially savory, but it is very spiced.

HG: How does now living in New Orleans inspire or inform the flavors you cook and bake with, and conversely how did living in California, and even growing up in California, inform what you made and what you baked?

JW: Living in California is, well, you have such a bounty of fresh food and diverse food, which I feel is unique but easy to take for granted. I took it for granted until I left. But I really loved growing up in Los Angeles and being able to eat everywhere there, and also just to get loads of fresh produce. And so how did that inform my cooking? I think I was health conscious in California. And that was kind of my family roots also—my parents were health conscious eaters, so we were eating tofu before most people were eating tofu. Granted it had cheese on it because they still thought cheese was healthy, but things like that. I carried that into my California cooking. But in my family, we will eat real foods. Like we’re not afraid of real butter or cream, there is absolutely a place for that. So I feel like now that I live in New Orleans, 
I’m leaning into things like butter and fats, and just indulgence and richness a little more than I would when I lived in California, because I live in this magical place where that richness and decadence is celebrated. I think I try to infuse that in my food. A little bit of irreverence and a lot of celebration.

HG: New Orleans is very much a town that celebrates its own culture. It’s celebrating not only Creole culture, but it’s celebrating American blackness and European culture and the various ethnic blends that comprise the city. Are you finding yourself using more cajun spices, or spices in general, in your cooking?

JW: I love spicy food. I love spicy food and I feel like I am slowly learning how to cook more Creole, Cajun-style, New Orleans food. It takes a long time and the best way to learn is by being at the right house at the right time when someone’s making their gumbo. It’s not about going to a particular restaurant and having their shrimp étouffée. It’s very much about being in people’s homes and watching how they do things. It’s slower to learn in that way. It’s not like you can go to a cooking school and really get it. I remember someone explained how to make a roux to me by saying you had to stand by the stove with flour and butter whisking consistently, and it will be brown enough when you have finished drinking your beer. And it’s true. What’s crazy about it is that it’s true—I made this gumbo for my parents when they came to visit me last fall. I cracked a beer open and I was standing next to the stove, whisking my roux, and my dad’s like, “Oh, I didn’t know the roux had beer in it.” And I said, “No, Dad, I have to drink this.” He’s like, “You have to drink this?” And I have to drink this.

HG: When the beer goes off, it’s ready. Do you think you’ll ever move back to California or have you found a home in New Orleans?

JW: I found a home in New Orleans, for sure, and I just don’t think I can afford California anymore. What I do love is that my family still lives in California and I get to go back very often. So I don’t have to say goodbye to California, and I feel very lucky for that. But I think New Orleans will be my home.

HG: What makes you love New Orleans?

JW: Whenever people ask me why I love New Orleans, I ask them if they’ve been to New Orleans. I feel like if you’ve been, then you understand.

HG: I do. There’s a feeling there where, and I’m sure people can say this about anywhere, about New York, about Los Angeles, but there’s a vibration to that city. You feel it when you arrive.

JW: Yes. And I really love what a diverse city it is. I love that all different kinds of people live together in just about every neighborhood. The culture is really strong; the pride in the culture is evident. Part of that culture is a sense of looking out for each other and I guess I wanted that feeling when I moved here. There is a sense of we have to help each other through this and through everything that you really feel more when you live here than even when you visit. I also have that sense in New York a little bit. It’s not as friendly as it is down here, but there is a sense in New York that you kind of have to, like if the shit hits the fan, New Yorkers are going to help each other. That feeling is really important to me and something that I treasure, and a big reason why I live down here.

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HG: Segueing a little bit, I do want to know more about your parents’ backgrounds. I obviously know you’re half-black and half-white, but there’s probably more to that in terms of culture and ethnicity.

JW: Let’s see. My mom’s family has been from California for generations. They’re just white folks.

HG: White Californians.

JW: White Californians. I don’t know and also they don’t know. They’re just like “we’re white people…that’s it.” I know a little more about my dad’s side. My grandfather on my dad’s side moved from St. Louis to California in the early 1900s with his mom to be a butler for some silent film star in L.A. And his mom was one of the housekeepers.

HG: Wow. Sounds like there’s a longer story there to tell.

JW: Yes. So he’s from St. Louis and then my grandmother was from the South.

HG: How did your parents meet?

JW: This is not romantic, but they both worked the graveyard shift at the main post office in Downtown L.A. So they met at the post office in 1977. My mom was going to move to Alaska when she met my dad. She was like, “I’m going to go on an adventure. I’m out of here. I don’t really love working at the post office. I want to go see some things.” My mom is a very adventurous soul, so she was on her way out of town and then she met my dad. So she thought, well, that’s a good one. She wrote a pro and con list, would add to it, and take things away about whether she should stay in Los Angeles or move to Alaska, and she kept that list in the pocket of her blue jacket. There was this jacket she would wear all the time, this blue puffy jacket, and my dad says that he would look out for that jacket because the post office was a busy, bustling place. So he would look for this blue jacket because he wanted to see Patty. My dad was on the pro list and my dad won out. She still has the jacket and she still has the list in the jacket. It’s all very sweet.

HG: That is very sweet. Your dad is better than Alaska.

JW: I guess so. No, he definitely is. But like me, now, as a 37 year-old person, I’m like never change your life for a man.

HG: Go to Alaska.

JW: Go to Alaska. Get out there.

HG: If he wants you, he will follow. Thinking about this, and your parents, I know you said they were early into the 1980s health food trend and you were eating tofu with cheese as a kid. What other foods stand out to you from your childhood?

JW: Oh man. It wasn’t really a romantic thing. I feel like my parents were working really hard to support a family but we did have dinner together every night. My dad was still working the night shift so we would have dinner at 4 p.m., right before my dad went to work. Because of that, it was always kind of a hodgepodge situation of everyone helping to just get some kind of dinner on the table. But the goal of it all was that we could sit together and be together for a little bit because my parents worked opposite schedules. There wasn’t a lot of emphasis on this grand meal that we’re having together, but more an emphasis on, okay, we’re together. “Joy and Lauren, you guys have fish sticks. It’s fine.” My parents would have a grilled piece of fish or something. So there was a lot of those moments.

When we would get together for family, you know, for bigger events, my dad had recipes that he learned from his mom or sister that he would make, but nothing too crazy. Like collard greens or these tacos that my aunt learned to make when she worked at the dime store. Dad soup, spaghetti and meatballs. But my dad, he loves to spend some time, if he has it, doing something even more elaborate than the recipe calls for. He says, “I simmered this sauce for eight hours.” And I’m like, you don’t really need to do that, but it’s great.

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HG: It’s interesting because usually you find that attention to detail more in a matriarch, that love for process and for making things. 

JW: My mom’s not really a cook. We used to give her such a hard time about how bad of a cook she is and she was like, you know what, I’m not doing this. The good thing is that my dad really liked to cook so she didn’t have to. But she is an amazing cake decorator. When I really little, when I was probably up to four years old, she would decorate cakes and sell them at the post office. The designs were so elaborate, like a building or a giraffe. I remember one cake she made for someone moving into a new apartment—she made them a housewarming cake and the cake was shaped like a couch. Not just a couch, but their couch, with a specific upholstery design that she made with frosting.

HG: That’s rad. I want to know, for you, have there ever been moments in life in which you felt uncertain about your identity? What has your journey or sense of being black and white been like?

JW: I feel like maybe I have a unique experience because I grew up in a city that was so, so diverse. And also my parents didn’t put a very strong emphasis on the fact that they had different skin tones and that it should be a thing that we think about. I really wasn’t very conscious of it growing up. Also, probably part of the reason why I wasn’t very conscious of it is because to white people, to people who aren’t black, I look white.

HG: So you enter situations in which people assume you are white, because you have blue eyes and lighter skin. Has that made you feel uncomfortable? Do you have to assert your blackness?

JW: I think it used to make me uncomfortable but it doesn’t anymore because I just know that people don’t understand the nuances of race, and that’s them. I don’t assert anything that’s not in my personality. So I don’t consciously work to assert racial identity.

I identify as mixed. If people ask me what I am, I say I’m black and I’m white. It’s so interesting to see people’s reactions. There’s that instant, a moment on their faces, when they’re thinking, “Did I say anything bad before?”

HG: So have you ever felt like you were in compromising situations where you had to almost, well, announce, “I’m black, and what you’re saying is not the case for all people and people of color.”

JW: Yes, yes. We have to do that.

HG: Especially now, too. I don’t think there’s any way that you can be mixed and not feel a certain sense of ownership and power and even rage when you are black and living in a country with these rigid structures and this administration.

JW: Yes, but also I try to be conscious of the fact that my experience in the world is not that of a woman of color, you know what I mean? Because that’s not how a lot of the world interacts with me.

HG: Well, yes. You are able to go through the world with some level of privilege only because of—

JW: People’s perceptions.

HG: Absolutely. And it is both an interesting and strange tightrope to walk.

JW: It’s hard because you don’t have the same experience. You just don’t have the same experience as someone who’s treated differently because their skin is darker.

HG: But you can be just as hurt when you see a dark-skinned actress, like Viola Davis, being made fun of by racist trolls online. It can cut you quite deeply.

JW: Absolutely.

HG: Literally down to the bone, even though you haven’t been criticized in the same way she has for that reason. So I feel a lot of that pain, but I also know that there is inherent privilege in having lighter skin. But that also, again, goes back to those structural systems that made light-skinned black people think, “Maybe I can have a little bit of a better life because my skin is a little bit lighter” and built resentment within the community and the colorism that lives on now.

JW: It gets deep.

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HG: It does. So still on this topic of mixedness, do you think your background in any way informs the food that you love to make or eat? Do you think that there are certain cultural nuances to what you make? Or is it more just sort of things that you love.

JW: A lot of it really just comes down to things that I love. Any cultural sensibility in my food feels more regional to me than racial or of my mixed heritage. That influence could be from my grandmother, who was from the South, and from my aunt, who learned from her, and from living in the South now. So it’s more about this southern culture that I’m learning about that influences some of my cooking more than anything else. It’s a process and it’s nuanced. Southern food is so nuanced, even just in Louisiana, where there is notable difference between Cajun food that comes from the swamps and the Creole food that comes more from the city of New Orleans. I barely understand half of it, but there is a lot of nuance and deviation in flavors that I like to explore in people’s kitchens if I can get into them.

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HG: How did @drakeoncake come about?

JW: Drake on Cake started as, and remains, a silly passion project of mine. I chose Drake definitely because his name rhymes with cake, but also because his lyrics are actually very poetic and pointed, concise and relevant. For all of the flurry and stardom around him, I think he has some elegant and iconic things to say and why not put them on cake? Drake on Cake is just an Instagram account, an offering to the internet, and a photo project I put together when the mood and the Drake lyric strikes me. I try to style the photograph in a way that speaks to the lyric, and in a way that feels like it has hidden messages and moments within the styling and props. It’s just meant to be simple fun—an ode and offering to the pop culture that I love.

HG: You love to cook with friends. Is that a hallmark of your culinary practice?

JW: I do. I think after cooking and developing recipes mostly by myself for so long and a lot for the internet and FOR cookbooks, in the past few years, especially now living in New Orleans, I really love gathering people and cooking together. I have what we call cookbook club at my house, where everyone gets the same cookbook and cooks different recipes from the cookbook. People come over, people bring ingredients, people bring stuff that they’ve made beforehand. If someone’s working on a recipe that feels a little daunting to them they can come over and we’ll cook it all together. We end up with a table full of food from the same cookbook, and we’ve gotten to make a mess in the kitchen together. There’s something extra rewarding about being in the whole process together, rather than trying to stress and put together a dinner party on your own. Being together and making the mess is half the fun.

HG: I think that communalism speaks to where you live now. I think New Orleans is that kind of town, or even just Louisiana, where you have crawfish boils, crab boils, seafood boils, which involve everyone coming together and contributing to this large, deeply satisfying meal. And speaking of communal learning: you’re training to be a yoga teacher now, right?

JW: I am. I’ve been doing yoga for just about three years. I mean, I’m training to be a yoga teacher but really I just wanted to deepen my practice and learn more about this thing that I know makes me feel so settled. So yeah, I’m just doing that. I think it’s really nice to do something outside of my work, off of a computer, off of a phone. It’s just you and your breath and your body and like, I don’t know, just see what you can do with those things today.

HG: When you say “settled,” is it because there are certain anxieties in doing what you do and yoga helps to diffuse that?

JW: There’s just a multitude, an infinity of anxieties going on in the world. We need help. But, yes, it just makes me…it’s just my thing. You know, like some people like to run, some people like to bike up mountains. Yoga, I’ve found, is my thing. Just connecting to having your feet on the ground and air in your lungs, and just thinking about that in itself.

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HG: That taking a moment to breathe element makes me think of the “Let There Be Sunday” columns you post to the blog every week. In those, you engage us, your readers, into the world outside of food: you’re posting long-form writing, and sometimes the stories have to do with gender, sometimes they have to do with politics, sometimes they have to do with race. 

JW: It is really important and those are my most popular posts on my blog now. I also get a lot of flack for them—every week, here “they” come. The emails. They’re usually from Hotmail or Yahoo accounts, and they are very angry. Usually it’s a straight married couple who share an email account. It’s like they share a Yahoo account, God bless them, and it’s usually the wife who’s upset with me. But yet it feels really important to keep doing those posts. I can’t not talk about what’s going on. I needed a place where I wasn’t trying to segue from like pregnancy discrimination to strawberry donuts, you know? Can’t make that jump.

I know it helps me to be able to sit down and curate those articles and read through things and pick what resonates with me. Sometimes it’s silly. I mean, sometimes it’s a straight-up cat video. But I want to offer enough thoughtful stuff for people to take or leave. It’s not shoving it down someone’s throat, it’s leaving this as an offering of what I find interesting, or what I’m thinking about this week, or what the fuck are we going to do?

HG: Segueing again—out of your three cookbooks, is there one that you feel most close to and why?

JW: I like all of them, so it’s kind of tough to narrow. My second cookbook is called Homemade Decadence and it’s probably like two or three years old now. I have some distance from it so I picked it up a couple weeks ago and was flipping through looking for some recipe ideas, and I just had this sense of like, gosh, this is a good book. This is a great, useful, beautiful book. Sometimes it takes, I bet you understand this feeling, sometimes it takes many years of distance from a project to come back to it and say, “Wow, I feel really proud of this.” That’s my feeling about Homemade Decadence right now.

HG: Do you feel that you might feel closest to that book, or is it just because you recently flipped through it?

JW: As the person who made it, I think back to living in my first really great apartment alone in Venice and just having the space to work on that book. It was such a gift. Now, looking back on it, I think, “What an amazing moment that was.” My old landlords are still there. They have a little…they have a property that has two bungalows on it. They live in the back one and they rented the front bungalow to me, when they had like 50 applicants, and they put it like, “We choose you because you seem like a normal person.” They were minimalists, and just like really humble people, and so the space was beautifully done but not fancy. I’ll never forget it.

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HG: Do you have a recipe that reminds you of when you lived there? Something you made often when you lived in Venice or something you loved to make when you lived in that apartment?

JW: I would make a lot of bread in a pot. I had a really small oven because the whole apartment was small, but I had that small oven and I had a small dutch oven that could fit perfectly, so I was always making things in a dutch oven. I would often make little loaves of bread. My friends and I had a tradition where every New Year’s Day we had a party at my house, and I would take all of my living room furniture, which wasn’t much, and put it out on the front porch. And we set up a giant table through my little living room and 18 of us would get together and have brunch together to celebrate the New Year. People would bring stuff and I would make those little breads.

HG: Do you have something you love to make where you are now in New Orleans?

JW: The Bywater is such a neighborhood. Like, it’s a sweet spot. So what I do here in New Orleans is set out a cocktail tray and every season I change out the cocktail offerings. Because people drop in. People stop by in New Orleans, and you have to have something to drink. I have a full bar of alcohol and offering someone a drink is not like, “Do you want anything to drink, I have gin but no tonic?” You have to have, well, I think it’s nice to have a tray on top of the bar where you place your seasonal drinks, so when people come over, you can say, “Would you like a Sazerac or a cup of water? Would you like a mint julep?” You have the one signature cocktail for every visit.

HG: As far as going out to eat or drink, do you have a favorite spot in New Orleans or Los Angeles?

JW: Now my favorite spots in California are nostalgic, because I don’t know all the cool new places anymore. I love, in L.A., Philippe the Original, that french dip sandwich place. El Coyote is also my favorite. My parents have been going to both Philippe’s and El Coyote before they were even married, so I feel like our roots are in those places. In New Orleans, I love a place called Red’s Chinese that is like this really quirky, salty, Americanized Chinese food that tastes so good. And one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants is a place called Patois.

HG: Is it a Caribbean restaurant?

JW: No, it’s mostly French-American style food, and it’s like the corner house in a very residential neighborhood. The staff is lovely, the food is amazing, and it’s a New Orleans experience without, you know, the touristy Creole food. Like all of that warmth and community and that stuff that gives New Orleans that feeling is there.

HG: What are your favorite flavors and foods in general?

JW: Favorite flavor, oh god. Strawberry ice cream. But my guilty pleasure is trash food.

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HG: I just read your post for root beer baked beans, which reminds me that many of your recipes have this almost childlike nostalgia. You get pleasure from something as simple as a peanut butter sandwich (with a pickle twist) or from adding root beer to baked beans. Your recipes seem as if an adult who’s very good at cooking and baking imagines something she would love to eat as a child.

JW: Yes, like peanut butter and jelly petit four. I thought, I can make a petit four, and I’m going to put some peanut butter and jelly in it. I think I always want to find a way for things to feel approachable to people, and to given people something to sink their teeth into. A lot of times that needs to be simplicity and things that are nostalgic. It’s an easy place to connect. So if something like a technique is a little bit more hard or more difficult, then at least the flavors can be playful. Life doesn’t have to always be so serious.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

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Oprah Googled Herself And Here’s What She Found Out

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Despite Oprah Winfrey being one of the most famous and successful people in the world, even she doesn’t know just how deep her accomplishments go. She had to discover a few of them online.

Recently, the talk show icon told British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, that she had no idea she was the first self-made African-American billionaire until she Googled it. (She was labeled a billionaire back in 2003.)

“This is what I didn’t know,” she explained. “That I was the first African-American self-made billionaire. Did not know that.”

She also learned that she’s given more money to charity in the 21st century more than any other African-American.

“I said ‘this is really good,’” she said about seeing that tidbit.

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Thai Boys Trapped In Cave Found Alive But Face Difficult Rescue

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MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Heavy rains forecast for northern Thailand could worsen flooding in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach are waiting to be extracted by rescuers, possibly forcing authorities to have them swim out through a narrow, underwater passage in the cavern, a top official said Tuesday.

The 13, who disappeared when flooding trapped them in the cave they were exploring on June 23 after a soccer game, were found by rescue divers late Monday night in the cavern in northern Chiang Rai province during a desperate search. The effort drew international help and has riveted Thailand.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were described as healthy and being looked after by seven members of the Thai navy SEALs, including medics, who were staying with them inside the cave. They were mostly in stable condition and have received high-protein drinks.

While efforts to pump out floodwaters are continuing, it’s clear that some areas of the sprawling cavern cannot be drained, said Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a member of Thailand’s ruling military junta. In order to get them out ahead of the bad weather forecast for later in the week, they might need to use diving gear while being guided by professional divers, he said.

Anupong said the boys would be brought out via the same complicated route through which their rescuers entered, and he conceded that if something went awry, it could be disastrous.

“Diving is not easy. For people who have never done it, it will be difficult, unlike diving in a swimming pool, because the cave’s features have small channels,” he said. “If something happens midway, it could be life-threatening.”

Video released by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting in a dry area inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave above the water as a light held by a rescuer was shone on their faces.

Cave rescue experts have said it could be safer to simply supply them where they are for now, rather than trying to have the boys dive out. That could take months, however, given that Thailand’s rainy season typically lasts through October.

SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there was no rush to bring them out, since they’re safe where they are.

A doctor and a nurse were with them in the cave.

“We have given the boys food, starting from easily digested and high-powered food with enough minerals,” Arpakorn told a news conference.

Having them dive out of the cave was one of several options being considered, “but if we are using this plan, we have to be certain that it will work and have to have a drill to make sure that it’s 100 percent safe,” he said.

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the health of the boys and coach were checked using a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious and green is stable.

“We found that most of the boys are in green condition,” he said. “Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition. But no one is in red condition.”

Relatives keeping vigil at the mouth of the cave since the ordeal began rejoiced at the news that their boys and their coach had been found.

“I want to give him a hug. I miss him very much,” said Tham Chanthawong, an aunt of the coach. “In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been? I’ve missed him every second.”

Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate them, efforts that had been hampered by flooding that made it difficult to move through the tight passageways of muddy water.

Rick Stanton and John Volanthen, two expert cave divers from Britain, found the group about 300-400 meters (yards) past a section of the cave on higher ground that was believed to be where they might have taken shelter.

In the 5-minute navy video, the boys were seen wearing their soccer uniforms and were calm, curious and polite. They also were keen to get some food.

After an initial exchange in which a rescuer determines that all 13 are present, one of the boys asked what day it was, and a rescuer replied: “Monday. Monday. You have been here — 10 days.”

The rescuer told them “you are very strong.” The traditional reserve of Thai children toward adults broke slightly after a while, and one boy told another in Thai, “Tell them we are hungry.”

“We haven’t eaten,” a boy said in Thai, then in English: “We have to eat, eat, eat!”

A rescuer assured them that “navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything.” At the end of the video, a boy asked in English, “Where do you come from?” The rescue diver replied, “England, UK.”

Besides the protein drink, Narongsak said they were given painkillers and antibiotics, which doctors had advised as a precaution.

He said officials had met and agreed on the need to “ensure 100 percent safety for the boys when we bring them out.”

“We worked so hard to find them and we will not lose them,” he said.

Cave diver Ben Reymenants, part of the team assisting the rescue effort, told NBC’s “Today” show that he was “very surprised obviously that they are all alive and actually mentally also healthy.”

While they appear responsive, “they are very weak and very skinny,” he added.

Reymenants said the easiest option would be to “keep pumping the water out of the cave. They need another 3 or 4 feet so they can literally float them out with life jackets.”

“But time is not on their side,” he noted, because of the heavy rain forecast.

He added that two Thai navy doctors have volunteered to stay with them for months, if needed.

The British Cave Rescue Council, which has members taking part in the operation , said in a statement that “although water levels have dropped, the diving conditions remain difficult and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider.”

Joining the British are other experts from around the world and teams from the U.S., Australia, China and elsewhere.

Authorities said efforts would continue outside the cave, where teams have been scouring the mountainside for other entrances to the caverns. Several fissures have been found and teams have explored some, although so far, none lead to the trapped boys.

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Associated Press journalists Grant Peck, Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Jason Corben in Bangkok and Danica Kirka in London contributed.

 

 

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Body Found at Home of New York Giants Cornerback Janoris Jenkins

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — A body has been found at a New Jersey home where New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins lives.

The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says it is investigating a death at the house in Fair Lawn, about 10 miles north of MetLife Stadium. Property records show Jenkins has lived at the house the last two years.

The prosecutor’s office says the dead man isn’t the house’s owner. His identity wasn’t immediately released. The office didn’t say where Jenkins was when the death occurred.

A spokesman for the Giants says the team is monitoring the situation but didn’t comment further.

Jenkins played at Florida from 2008-10 before finishing his college career at North Alabama. He was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He played four seasons with the Rams and the last two seasons with the Giants.

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A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

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A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

With the rise of the MeToo movement and Time’s Up, the conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace is gaining more attention than ever. From making an outright proposition to inappropriate compliments and comments, in most industries, sexual harassment is finally getting the open conversation it should have gotten decades ago.

However, while we’re finally paying attention to harassment, researchers in industries across the world have been looking into abhorrent behavior and in the science academic community, the most pervasive form sexual harassment is belittling and sexists jokes and comments meant to dissuade women from pursuing a career in various scientific fields.

After two years of research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released its study on sexual harassment in the science community, shedding light on what it has dubbed “gender harassment.”

Despite being the poster child of sexual harassment, the study found that outright sexual advances and propositions only made up a very small percentage of sexual harassment. Instead, the study done by University of Texas — one of the two university systems leading the study, the other being Pennsylvania State system — found that one of the most popular kind of harassment female students in the science, engineering, and medical students faced were the sexist and demeaning comments dissuading them from their studies due to their gender.

In fact, half of the female medical students and a quarter of female engineering students reported to hearing sexist comments about women’s ability to succeed in the industry. But while what the study has dubbed “sexual hostility” may seem distinct from sexual harassment, the study draws a direct comparison between the two.

While focused on the science community, this study is a frustrating, yet important look at how harassment is used in different ways, from outright unwanted advances to creating a hostile work environment and dissuading a women from pursuing certain industries.

Read National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s whole study on sexual harassment in the science community here.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in France at 61

PARIS (AP) — Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61.
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Link found between neurotransmitter imbalance, brain connectivity in those with autism

Researchers have identified a link between a neurotransmitter imbalance and brain connectivity between regions of the brain that play a role in social communication and language. The study found two tests that could lead to more precise medical treatments.
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Kate Spade, designer who built handbag empire, found dead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on the popularity of her signature handbags before selling the brand, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide, police said.
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Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead aged 55

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

It has been reported that Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning,

According to law enforcement officials, the 55-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide, discovered hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment, and reportedly leaving behind a note.

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The designer is best-known for her 1990s line of handbags, which she went on to transform into her iconic company, Kate Spade New York, boasting over 400 stores all over the world.

Kate sold her iconic company in 2007, launching a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016.

Kate Spade leaves behind her husband Andy Spade and her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

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Kate Spade was the answer to a ‘Jeopardy!’ question the night before she was found dead

Kate Spade was the answer to a “Jeopardy!” question Monday evening, less than 24 hours before she was found dead in her Park Ave. apartment.

Contestants on the game show were asked to name a designer with the initials K.S. who “made a name for herself in the 1990s with her handbags.”

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Black Soldier Found Dead In Maryland’s Deadly Flash Flood After Helping Stranger

The body of a Black National Guardsman who disappeared during treacherous floods in Maryland on Sunday was found in the Patapsco River Tuesday afternoon, Howard County police confirmed to Baltimore’s WBAL.

Local emergency crews used swift water rescue, truck, and ATVs in their search for Eddison Hermond, 39, an Air Force veteran and active-duty member of the Maryland Army National Guard, on Monday. Hermond, wearing a White t-shirt and Black shorts, was pulled underneath the water after he helped rescue a woman and her cat during devastating flooding in Ellicott City on Sunday afternoon, The Baltimore Sun reported. “He stepped over the ledge to try to get to me, and he was washed away,” Kate Bowman, who was helped by Hermond, said.

But what led Hermond to Bowman before his tragic disappearance and death? Here is what else we know about Hermond:

Hermond, who was 6 feet tall with an athletic build, had been visiting a local bar with friends when his day took a turn for the worse, Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said. The historic downpour ravaged homes and streets, with the water tragically carrying Hermond away seconds after he helped Bowman. Witnesses last saw the soldier being carried by the current toward the Patapsco River, Bonnie Hoppa, Hermond’s friend wrote on Facebook.

One of the soldier’s friends filed a missing person report with Howard County Police Department after his disappearance.

A “Hope altar” was erected for Hermond, with friends being encouraged to gather around it on Tuesday. Hoppa’s Facebook post was updated after learning about Hermond’s body being recovered, saying that she was waiting for confirmation on his death from official sources after Hermond’s family and next-of-kin had been notified.

There were no other reported deaths from the flood, making Hermond the only fatality as of Tuesday.

 

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Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a suspect is in custody after swastikas were found spray-painted on several homes and dozens of grave markers at a nearby cemetery.
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Jimmy Kimmel Found a Bunch of Adults on the Street Who Still Live With Mom and Dad

A 30-year old New York man recently made headlines when his parents were forced to sue him to get him to finally move out of their house. While the man in question prepares to appeal the judge’s decision to evict him from his parents’ home, Jimmy Kimmel decided to head to the streets to find out how common it is for full-grown adults to still live with their parents.

He revealed the results of his informal poll of passersby on Wednesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! turning it into a game where the audience would be briefly introduced to a person and then try to guess whether or not they still live at home. Turns out a lot of adults still live with their parents, in fact, his own audience harbored a mother and son who were still co-habitating.

Luckily, Kimmel has a solution to this problem plaguing the nation. He launched a new service that allows people to adopt men over 30. While they have no discernible skills, on the plus side there’s no potty training required and they come with their own Xbox and sword collection.


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At least eight dead, explosives found in Texas school shooting: sheriff

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – At least eight people died in a shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school on Friday and police searching the building said they had taken into custody a student suspected of the attack and found explosives in the school building.


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A well-defined facial structure is a makeup look that doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. The trick to achieving it? Contouring — an age-old makeup technique that gained popularity in the beauty community a couple of years ago after celebrities like Kim Kardashian started raving about how they use it to transform their faces temporarily.

As popular as it is, there just aren’t enough products on the market with shades deep enough that women of color can use. Remember: In order to properly sculpt any part of your face, you need a complexion product two or three shades darker than your skin. So when there aren’t many options out there that are darker than caramel, it’s really difficult for women of color to properly sculpt their faces as they please.

All in all, while the pickings are limited for those rich in melanin, there are some high-performing contour palettes, powders and sticks worth checking out if you want to try out contouring if you have darker skin. Ahead, we’ve compiled a range of them at all price points.

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If you’re breastfeeding or pumping, you may notice that the milk you put out changes from day to day: it may look creamier, or have different-colored tinges according to what you’ve eaten lately. But did you ever wonder if what’s in the milk changes along with its looks? Or if the milk you’re giving your baby has enough of everything he needs?

We did. So when Lactation Lab, a new California company that runs samples of breast milk through a testing process similar to the ones dairy farmers have done on their cows, offered to do an analysis of the nutrition and toxins in three of our writers’ milk, we took them up on it. Note, this is not a sponsored post, though Lactation Lab did the testing for free. Here’s what happened.

Getting the milk to the lab

Lactation Lab mailed three test kits out to our bloggers Whitney Barthel, Becky Vieira, and Sabrina Garibian.

At the time of testing, Whitney was nursing a newborn, Becky was nursing a 1.5-year-old, and Sabrina was nursing a 2-month-old. Each mom pumped out enough milk to fill Lactation Lab’s 1-ounce test kit containers, which wasn’t hard for Sabrina and Whitney, but Becky found it a little difficult to get the required ounce: “I’m 18 months in and not producing as much,” she says. “We do our one big nursing session in the morning and I didn’t want to use all his milk for this. So I took a lactation booster and did some dry pumping for a few days prior to increase supply and was fine.”

Once the ounce was ready, each mom froze their milk, then shipped it overnight using Lactation Lab’s prepaid box. At the lab, the milk samples were tested for:

— Protein
— Fat
— Carbohydrates
— Calcium
— Calories
— Vitamin A
— Vitamin C
— Vitamin B12
— Fatty acids including DHA
— Arsenic
— Cadmium
— Lead
— Mercury

A few days later, the results were in. Lactation Lab mailed each woman a PDF of her results (screenshots of the PDFs are below), and followed up with an email giving specific dietary recommendations for each woman.

What the lab found

Surprisingly, the lab found that each of these healthy moms had less-than-optimal levels of nutrition in their milk, though the results varied from woman to woman.

Though some people had been telling Becky that her milk had little to no nutritional value for her toddler, her milk was right on target in terms of fat and protein, and was even a little more caloric than average. Hmph, declining nutritional value, go suck it.

Becky’s milk was also very low in the toxins: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

On the other hand, she was a little low in calcium, iron, and Vitamin A, as well as more seriously low in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that’s crucial to infant development.

For her part, Sabrina’s milk had about the right amount of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and calories. Her milk’s levels of iron and Vitamin A were great, too, and the presence of toxins was well below the threshold of danger. But her levels of calcium, Vitamin C, and DHA weren’t quite on target.

Finally, Whitney, whose dairy-farmer husband predicted would have low-quality milk because she produces so much and on the farm the cows who make the most milk usually don’t make the best, was actually making milk with an almost ideal number of calories.

The protein and carbohydrate content of her milk was also above average, as was her DHA, which was low in both Sabrina and Becky’s milk. But Whitney’s milk was quite low in fat, calcium, and Vitamin C, and moderately low in Vitamin B-12.

How the moms felt

Each of the moms was dismayed to hear that her milk didn’t have optimal levels of everything.

“I knew I wasn’t great at self-care, but didn’t think it was as off as it was,” said Becky.

Sabrina, who eats a lot of dairy and who takes a nightly vitamin, was surprised that the levels of calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 were not optimal in her milk. In addition, “I am currently (and always) borderline anemic and have to be careful to always eat red meat at least once a week. Yet my iron levels are just fine in my milk.”

And Whitney was thrown for a loop by her results. “I stressed out because so many of my levels were low. It made me feel like I have been starving poor little Rosie,” she says. “I try to eat really healthy and I take vitamins so it is a little surprising that my milk was lacking in so many things. Definitely eye-opening. I’m sure some of my anxiety with the results are because I’m newly postpartum and sleep-deprived.”

Lactation Lab founder (and UCLA physician) Stephanie Canale says that while her service is still new, so far she’s found “very few women” who when tested couldn’t use “a tweak or two.”

“For some, just a little extra B12 or iron [is what they need,” she said.

The moms did like that Canale emailed specific dietary recommendations to go with the results. All three women were told to increase their daily calcium intake by 500 mg. Becky was additionally instructed to eat more leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and meat, and take DHA, Vitamin C, and iron supplements. Sabrina was tasked with taking in 500 more milligrams of calcium daily, as well as taking DHA, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 supplements, and Whitney heard that she should supplement her Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, as well as eating more orange vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

The women have been following these instructions as much as they’re able:

“I’m trying to be better at taking my vitamins, this was a good reminder,” says Becky. “I’d say I’ve gone from never to 2-3 days a week. Slightly less tired! Oh, and I’m making more of an effort to eat veggies. Mostly his leftovers, but hey… it’s a start!”

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Sabrina said, “I’ve started taking DHA and vitamin B in addition to my prenatal and I swear I feel less tired. I also feel like I can take it easy on the calories since she said my milk is so calorically dense and high in fat.”

Whitney, who was possibly the most affected by the findings, wishes she had data from other women to compare her numbers against: “It would be nice to know what an average number of nutrients is for each thing tested. I mean, it’s nice to know where they SHOULD BE, but it would also be nice to know what average is. I was so stressed out seeing my results, maybe knowing that other moms don’t test perfect the first time would be comforting to other moms not getting awesome results with their first go-round.”

All agreed, though, that at $ 170-$ 400, the Lactation Lab service would have been out of their price range if they’d had to pay for the tests.

For her part, Canale says she hopes the information her lab is turning up will encourage women to breastfeed for as long as possible.

“I just saw a little one today for a follow up that I met about 3 weeks ago. Basically mom was being told by her pediatrician to supplement with formula. Long story short, but we tested her milk and the calorie count was higher than that of the average formula so I asked to meet with mom and baby in my office. I watched her feed him and he just looked like he was in so much pain…. reflux! We started changing positions, [and keeping him] upright after feeds and actually started him on Zantac. Today he gained more than a lb in one week!”

“I am hoping that at the very minimum we can help a few mothers like this not be discouraged — sometimes there may actually be other issues that are causing babies to not gain weight appropriately and that formula is not always the answer.”

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I Googled Cherry Blossom and Found the Season’s Prettiest Shoe Color

How I came about finding spring’s prettiest shoe color is random, but it involves one of my favorite flowers and shoe brands. Last weekend, I stepped outside and observed that cherry blossom season seemed to have started in full force overnight. The fluffy, pink flowers don’t bloom for long, but when they do, it’s hard to forget about them until they bloom again the next spring.

As one does when something’s on their mind, I googled cherry blossom when I was back to being glued to my computer on Monday, and my search somehow led me to shoes (which wasn’t the first time, if I’m being honest). Specifically, it led me to a pair of perfect spring shoes by Loeffler Randall (one of my favorite shoe brands) in the prettiest spring color—you guessed it, Cherry Blossom.

The cherry blossom pink shoes are made of plush velvet and come in three walkable heel styles: a wedge (my personal favorite), a kitten heel (a very close second), and a block heel (also perfection). Good luck finding a brand that makes more comfortable heels than this one.

What I love about this color is that it’s a slightly darker, richer pink than the shades we see so often. It resembles that part of the flower where the center’s dark color starts fading to the petals’ pale pink color. But most important, they’d look perfect with everything from dark denim to bright white. Consider them the perfect shoes to wear during spring, the most transitional of seasons. Scroll to shop and then go outside and see some real cherry blossoms (or at least google them).

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Iowa Family-of-Four Found Dead in Their Mexican Condo While on Vacation

The bodies of an Iowa family-of-four have been found in the Mexican condo where they traveled for vacation last week, PEOPLE confirms.

There is no evidence of foul play at this time, authorities say. Autopsy results are pending.

Kevin and Amy Sharp, of Creston, were reportedly bound for Tulum on Mexico’s Caribbean coast when they headed out of the country with their children, Adrianna and Sterling.

Just after midnight Friday, the family was reported missing by relatives in Creston, according to a news release from Union County authorities. The Sharps had arrived in Mexico, according to a Creston police official, but were not heard from again.

Police on Friday quickly contacted the U.S. State Department, according to the county’s news release. In an ensuing welfare check, authorities discovered all four Sharps dead in their condo: Kevin, 41, Amy, 38, 12-year-old son Sterling and 7-year-old daughter Adrianna.

Amy’s sister told the Creston News Advertiser that the last that relatives had heard from the Sharps was not long after they arrived in Mexico. “On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Amy sent a text to our mom that said, ‘We made it to our condo,’ ” Renee Hoyt said. “That is the last communication she made.”

Hoyt said she had been told that Kevin texted someone else about 5 p.m. on March 15 but did not respond to a subsequent message, according to the paper.

The family was scheduled to return to the U.S. on Wednesday, the News Advertiser reports.

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County official Mark Williams tells PEOPLE he does not have any information about where the bodies were found in the condo or for how long it appears they were dead before being discovered.

A cousin of Amy’s told ABC News, “To my knowledge, they went to sleep and never woke up.”

According to the Yucatan Times, the kids’ bodies were in the living room and their parents were in a bedroom. The four were “found in advanced state of decomposition.”

The Sharps’ relatives are requesting their privacy, according to the county news release.

A State Department official tells PEOPLE the American consulate in Mérida, Mexico, is supporting the Sharps’ relatives and “we extend our sincere condolences to friends and family.”

The official declined additional comment “out of respect for the family during this difficult time.”

Authorities in Tulum did not immediately return requests for comment.

Late Thursday, someone who appears to know the Sharps posted about the case on Facebook before their bodies were found.

“They have not been in contact with family or friends since LAST Thursday night after reporting that they made it to their condo safely,” Ashli Peterson wrote.

In a follow-up post Friday, Peterson wrote, “There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have. Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process. Thank you for all the posts, shares, and kind words.”

• With reporting by JASON DUAINE HAHN


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Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit

Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit


Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit

Netflix’s highly anticipated reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is slowly coming together, and now the streaming platform has finally cast Sabrina’s lovable boyfriend. Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch will fill the role of Harvey Kinkle, opposite Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina, and we couldn’t be more excited about this announcement.

Like his predecessor in the ABC sitcom, it seems Lynch’s Harvey will be blissfully unaware of the magical happenings around him — at least, at first. According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix’s Harvey is, “the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart.”

And while Lynch is best known for lighthearted projects like Teen Beach Movie, the actor recently shed his Disney Channel roots to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer. So he’s definitely no stranger to going dark. Which will come in handy here.

The still untitled Sabrina series will be a major departure from the sitcom, instead following the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics.

The show, which has previously been described as being “in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist” — yes, really — is being helmed by the same creative mind behind Riverdale: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing, directing, and executive producing the series. While the series was originally being shopped to The CW as a companion series for Riverdale, Netflix eagerly scooped it up, giving it an immediate two season, 20 episode order.

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Lynch joins Wonder Woman‘s Lucy Davis who has already been tapped to play Aunt Hilda, while Homeland’s Miranda Otto will play Aunt Zelda. And for those worried about the appearance of a particular black cat, Aguirre-Sacasa has already reassured fans that Salem will definitely be in the Netflix series. *Phew*

While the series is from the same people responsible for beloved teen-noir drama Riverdale, we have a feeling Sabrina is going to be just a bit more terrifying.

According to the press release, the series is a “dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft and will follow Sabrina as she struggles to understand her “dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.” 

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series but when it does, we may be watching this one with the lights on.

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Remains of Missing Ga. Teen Girl Found in Shallow Grave — and Her Parents Are Charged

The remains of a 16-year-old Georgia girl who disappeared last year were found in a shallow grave behind a vacant home — and her mom and stepfather are charged with murdering her, PEOPLE confirms.

Latania Janell Carwell, who went by Janell, was last seen alive the night of April 17, the day before her birthday, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a press conference Tuesday.

On May 23, authorities arrested stepfather Leon Tripp and mother Tanya Tripp: Leon was charged with kidnapping while Tanya was charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal, according to WRDW.

At the time, despite not having found Janell’s body, authorities believed Leon Tripp allegedly murdered Janell sometime between the night of her disappearance and his arrest, according to Roundtree.

Last Thursday, Richmond County deputies received a call from someone who claimed to have discovered human remains in a shallow grave behind a vacant home. The remains were identified as Janell’s, ending the nearly year-long search for the teen, according to Roundtree.

On Tuesday, Leon Tripp was indicted on two counts of murder, one count of kidnapping with bodily injury, one count of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of concealing a death. Tanya Tripp was indicted on murder in the second degree, concealing a death and harboring a fugitive, according to WJBF.

“This case is far over but at least now the community can find peace that Janell can finally be laid to rest and we can move forward with he prosecution of this case,” Roundtree said.

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Authorities are continuing to investigate Janell’s death, starting with how she died.

“This has been a long and exhausting investigation but it will not conclude until the successful prosecution of Leon and Tanya Tripp,” Roundtree said.

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Attorney information for Tanya and Leon Tripp was unavailable Wednesday, according to a Richmond County court official. They have not yet entered pleas to the current charges.

It was not immediately clear if they had entered pleas for the earlier charges.


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Scientist says he’s found fossilized alien footprints on Mars, blames NASA for cover-up

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NASA has been exploring the surface of Mars for years now, driving rovers for miles over the dusty landscape and making some pretty neat discoveries along the way. Unfortunately, there’s been no concrete evidence of life ever having existed on the Red Planet — that is, if you believe the official version of things. Barry DiGregorio, a researcher with the University of Buckingham, doesn’t buy it, and he says he’s already discovered clues to Mars’ past in the form of fossilized alien tracks. Now, he’s trying to others on board with his theory and blow the top off of an alleged NASA cover-up in the process.

DiGregorio, an author who has published books on Mars and its potential to host life, believes previously-released NASA imagery from the planet offers clear evidence of Martian tracks. He believes photos showing small indentations in rock are actually long-fossilized footprints of some type of alien life.

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Long-lost Nigerian masterpiece found in London sold for $1.4 million

LAGOS (Reuters) – A portrait of a Nigerian princess that was lost for more than 40 years and found in a London flat was sold at an auction for 1 million pounds ($ 1.4 million) on Wednesday .


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Stolen painting by French master Degas found on bus near Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday.


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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Archaeologists exploring the word’s biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.


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Maid’s corpse found in freezer. Now thousands of Filipino workers are leaving Kuwait

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Oh No Ma’am! Little Caesars Shut Down After Rat Poop Was Found in a Customer’s Pizza Crust [Photos]

A Little Caesars in Indianapolis, IN, was shut down by health inspectors earlier this week after a couple found rodent poop baked into the crust of their pizza.

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Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.

“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said to FOX 59.

McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.

“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”

He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.

Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.

“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department to FOX 59.

The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems, but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.

McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.

“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.

The pizza chain was re-opened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection.

“They cooperated with us, they worked with us…they cleaned everything they needed to do,” said Kaufman to FOX 59.

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Jimmy Kimmel Found a Way to Infiltrate Super Bowl 2018 in the Most Hilarious Way

Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to make it out to Minneapolis for Super Bowl 2018, but that doesn’t mean his longtime sidekick Guillermo can’t go in his place.

During Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late night host aired a clip from Super Bowl Media Day in which Guillermo hilariously made the interview rounds with the players and coaches of both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Guillermo kicked things off by telling the notoriously straight-faced Bill Belichick to smile more before offering Tom Brady an essential teeth-whitening tip: drink more soda and tequila. “I love tequila,” the Pats quarterback responded, despite the fact that he has said he rarely drinks alcohol.

Guillermo then moved on to the Eagles players Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, who clearly weren’t sure what to make of his line of questioning. “Your name is Blount, that’s a cool name,” he told the running back. “So when people tackle you, are they hitting the blunt?”

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This College Grad Found an Affordable Way to Start Investing in Real Estate

Buy land. They’re not making it anymore.Mark Twain

Katie Smith had always been a saver. Even at a young age, she’d managed to save thousands of dollars.

But she was tired of watching her savings just sit in the bank, doing absolutely nothing. She needed a way to make her money grow.

“I had it all sitting in a savings account, getting something like 0.01% interest. You can only take that for so long,” says the 21-year-old, who just graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Ah, but there was a problem.

She didn’t want to invest in the stock market, which had been climbing for nearly nine years in a row. Smith didn’t trust it to keep climbing much longer. She’s not alone there.

“I think everything is a little overvalued right now,” Smith says.

She had always liked the idea of owning real estate. She’s familiar with the old folk saying about land being a good investment — they’re not making any more of it.

“It’s pretty limited in supply,” she says. “I like the idea that it’s super tangible.”

Ah, but there was another problem.

To start investing in real estate, you generally need a lot of money. Houses or land can cost thousands — or hundreds of thousands — of dollars. And once you buy some rental property, you’ll have to play landlord, which can be a pain.

Smith had saved herself a few thousand dollars, but it wasn’t “buy a house” kind of money. Not yet. After all, the college senior was just starting out in life, studying accounting and finance at Georgetown.

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She wasn’t liking her investment options — savings account or stock market? — but then she heard about Fundrise.

The Fundrise Starter Portfolio would invest her money into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States. It would do all the heavy lifting for her — and play landlord on her behalf.

She didn’t need to have hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed away, either. She could get started with a minimum investment of just $ 500.

“It’s a pretty low barrier to entry in terms of the amount of money you need,” Smith says. “I invested a couple grand, and I’ve been really pleased with the results.”

Through Fundrise’s online dashboard, investors can see exactly which properties are included in their portfolios — like a set of townhomes in Snoqualmie, Washington, or an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I can go into my Fundrise account and see what I actually own,” Smith says. “I own a piece of an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Property on the West Coast. Bits and pieces of apartment complexes in Texas and Denver, a construction loan, a mixed-use property.”

Many Happy Returns

More than a year after buying in, Smith has been pleased with her Fundrise experience.

Fundrise lists an average annualized return of 11.44% in 2017. Investors pay 1% in annual fees — a 0.85% asset-management fee and a 0.15% investment advisory fee.

Investors can earn money through quarterly dividend payments and potential appreciation in the value of their shares, just like a stock. Cash flow typically comes from interest payments and property income (e.g. rent).

Keeping It Rolling

A busy person, Smith likes the simplicity of the online dashboard.

“It shows your earnings to date,” she explains. “It tells you when your next dividend is. It shows you the breakdown of where your money is invested. It has a risk scale that makes it pretty easy, visually, to see how much risk you’re taking on.”

Today, having earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown, she has a job lined up at an investment bank. Any money she makes from Fundrise just gets rolled right back into real estate.

“They give out dividends every quarter, and they have an option where I can reinvest all my dividends into their portfolios,” Smith says. “That way, I can make sure it keeps going. I don’t have to actively put more money in it unless I want to.”

The publicly filed offering circulars of the issuers sponsored by Rise Companies Corp., not all of which may be currently qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be found at www.fundrise.com/oc.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He likes real estate.

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Oldest human remains outside Africa found in Israeli cave

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial jawbone bearing seven teeth unearthed in a cave in Israel represents what scientists are calling the oldest-known Homo sapiens remains outside Africa, showing that our species trekked out of that continent far earlier than previously known.


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Body of Missing 16-Year-Old Twin Jholie Moussa Found

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UPDATE: The body of 16-year-old Jholie Moussa was found on Friday morning in Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Virginia. Police weren’t immediately able to confirm the body was that of Moussa’s. Fox 5 reports the young girl was covered in leaves and debris. Moussa went missing on Jan 12. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Fairfax County police confirmed the discovery Friday evening.

Earlier this week, Moussa’s mother Syreeta Steward her daughter’s disapperance was a “nightmare [she] couldn’t wake up from.”

Original story: The FBI has joined in on the search for a missing Virginia teenager reports WUSA 9.

Sixteen-year-old twin Jholie Moussa of Alexandria, VA was last seen by her family on Friday afternoon when she left home for a party. They have not heard from her since. Moussa’s mother Syreeta Steward said local police initially refused to help look for the teenager because she could be a runaway.

When Fairfax County police finally did aide in the search for the Mount Vernon High School 10th grader, they spoke with approximately 20 of her friends. Some of them claimed they have been in contact with Moussa. Detectives said the majority of her friends have not been very cooperative.

But the family has also taken matters into their own hands. They are using social media to get others involved in the search for Moussa and are receiving floods of support. Over 21,000 people have joined the Facebook group Bring Jholie Home. Moussa’s mother and twin sister Zhane have posted a number of videos pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“This is day 6 and I’ve never been away from my sister this long,” Zhane said in a Wednesday video urging young women and men to use social media to spread the word about her missing twin.

Local police said they have no proof Moussa is in immediate danger. But her family told FOX 5 they are confident she has not run away.

Hill said her daughter is 5’2” and 105 lbs and wearing long blond braids. She was last seen in torn blue jeans, a black and white plaid shirt, black Uggs with bows on the back and a black puffy jacket with brown fur on the hood. Moussa also has an infinity tattoo bearing she and her sister’s first names on her arm.

The family is urging anyone who may have Moussa to simply return her home.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 703-691-2131, the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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Found: Sporty Watches That Are Actually Chic

These days, a watch does much more than tell time. It counts your steps, monitors your heart rate, sends  text messages…The list goes on. But sometimes all that tech means you’re left wanting for style. But the good news for women searching for chic sporty watches, now more than ever before, they do exist. To prove it, we’re rounding up a handful of our favorites on the market right now. 

From styles designed with the runner in mind to tech-inspired bands meant for everyday wear, we’re offering up a range of watches that are sporty without ever sacrificing style. So no matter what form of cardio you prefer (from sprinting to shopping), you’ll be set with the timepieces below. Now the time has come to do a little shopping and pick out a smartwatch for the savvy shopper you are.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.


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I found a new BFF when I had kids

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When I had my first child I was so excited to embrace motherhood, but determined that nothing was going to slow me down. Having a baby wasn’t going to hold us back from canoe trips, hiking, adventurous international travel…you get the picture.

Fast-forward three years, and now I’ve got two awesome kids. We still do a lot of fun stuff, but as most parents will agree, it can be hard to take them places — even the grocery store! But Walmart makes shopping so easy, it’s become my BFF.

Our local store offers in-store pickup* which I used just a few weeks ago for a new car seat. I did my product research online, ordered from Walmart.com, and when I arrived at the store, my new seat was right there waiting for me. It cut my shopping time down to a fraction and made for a happy mama.

Since baby number 2 arrived, shopping isn’t the only things that has changed for this mom. I’ve also worked hard to become more relaxed about a lot of things as well as be more frugal in my purchases because, hello! two kids are expensive! When I had our first-born, I was hardcore particular about diaper brands. I picked one and stayed with it for years. When my second baby showed up though, that brand didn’t work for her. Being a preemie she had the tiniest of hips; I couldn’t find diapers that fit well and didn’t leak everywhere, and I tried every brand I could find.

But when I opened a package of my new bestie’s Parent’s Choice diapers it was like the angels were singing! Perfection, and no more wet leaks. Can’t go wrong with spending less and getting the same great quality Since they are priced so well, I usually buy several cases at a time for much less than I’d pay for name-brand diapers. Which makes my attempts at being more frugal a reality! When I’m stocking up I could overflow the shopping cart and where would I put the kids and the diapers?!? So I have them sent straight to the house, since Walmart offers 2-day free shipping* with no membership required. BONUS: The giant box freaks my husband out and makes him question what I’ve been shopping for, while my preschooler loves to use them for everything from forts to rocket ships.

Last week I had a growing list of things I needed from the store. I had zero desire to pack the kids up and brave the holiday shopping crowds that fill the stores from now until the New Year. I needed diapers, muffin mix, and a movie for a road trip we’re going on soon. I decided that I would stock up on diapers and go ahead and ordered it all online. Another successful shopping trip with Walmart.com.

For these reasons and others, Walmart and I have become pretty tight. I can buy almost anything I can think of either in-store or online. There are tons of items (like the car seat) that I can order and then pick up in-store**, while items I can’t or don’t want to pick up can be shipped free to my house. Oh, and did I mention curbside grocery pickup*** for those days that the baby falls asleep in the car but I have to get a few things for dinner, plus diapers and wipes? Life-changing, y’all!

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The Maya civilization was one of the most breathtaking in the world, and full of lots of fascinating secrets, history, and myths. With each passing year we continue to learn more and more about the Mayans, and the legacy they left behind. We have often held the Egyptians in the highest regard for being such a fascinating and mysterious civilization.; remember secret passageways that were found in the pyramids? Well, now things are a little different because the Mayans are doing their bit to snatch the crown from the Egyptians.

Recently we read about a passageway that had been found underneath an ancient Mayan snake God temple. So far so normal, right? These civilizations had thousands of temples, and we reckon each of them probably has some kind of tunnel or passageway underneath it. But, this one is really fascinating, and we couldn’t wait to find out more.

The temple

The temple itself was known as Kukulcan Temple and was an edifice thought to have been built sometime between the 9th and 12th Century. The location in which it was built was also home to several underground water caverns that provided a lot of natural space underneath the temple. However, a recent discovery has been made that shows there may be more to this than we originally thought there was. A new tunnel has been discovered beneath this 98-foot monument, and it’s thought it could lead to a subterranean sinkhole.

The tunnel

We never actually knew the tunnel was there initially, and it was only recently discovered using a type of x-ray imaging. The tests, carried out by a group from UNAM in Mexico, has led to further research by a team from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project. They discovered the entrance to the subterranean sinkhole (or cenote as it’s known) within the ossuary room, which once acted as a tomb of sorts. They managed to make their way up the secret tunnel for a certain way before they came across a blockade. It is considered probable that the Mayans caused the blockage themselves, and that an amazing discovery would be made by removing it.

Possible reasons

Well, much of this site remains a mystery, even with this discovery. But, we know that the temple was erected as a tribute to the Mayan God Kukulcan. This deity is linked to human sacrifice and a cult, and this could be one of the links when it comes to explaining the usage and purpose of the tunnel. Efforts to produce a 3D map of the site are underway, and this will likely reveal more about the area and the specific site. This stunning feat of geology and archaeology surely has plenty more secrets to reveal.

Exploring ancient sites is always fun and exciting, and you never know how much new stuff is going to be revealed as a result. Understanding more about ancient civilizations is essential for helping us work out how they lived, as well as the legacies they have left behind. There are so many excellent things to consider, and these often take a long time to unearth. Let’s hope the further explorations and excavations yield some positive results.

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Researchers say they have found genetic differences between gay, straight men

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Blush never goes out of style, whether you want to make a bold statement or simply add a subtle amount of color to your face. It instantly livens up your complexion and accentuates the natural rosy hue of your cheeks, so no wonder it’s a staple in every woman’s beauty arsenal.

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A Florida teenager who was reported missing Sunday was found safe about 1,000 miles away in New York with a 27-year-old soccer coach, who was taken into custody, according to the Columbia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.


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Dozens of galaxies found hiding in plain sight

In 2004, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope zoomed in on a small,“empty” patch of sky in the southern constellation Fornax. The image that emerged — known as the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field — ended up revealing over 10,000 galaxies. And now astronomers, using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, have discovered 72 new…
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To show or hide your bra? That is the question whenever you put on a sheer shirt. For an important meeting, you may want to feel completely covered, but heading out for drinks with friends is a whole different story. “Think of how much do you want to show underneath the sheer top and choose the bra model accordingly,” says Christiane Braun, head of product management and design for Hanro of Switzerland. But while personal preference is the most important factor, there are certain styles that are better or worse when layering with something sheer.

“If you rather want to hide the bra under the sheer top, I would suggest bras in makeup colors (skin tones, nude tones),” says Braun. “Best case, molded (without seams) to create a total invisible look.” When you’re looking for a style that you want to show off a bit, instead, Braun suggests something decorative. Lace details, contrasting colors, and unexpected materials like metallics all lend themselves to wearing with something sheer on top.

As for styles to avoid? Braun has some tips. First, avoid any bras that are sheer themselves: “The bra should have at least double layer or should be a spacer material.” Also worth noting is the bra’s construction: “Avoid bras with seams in the cup because the seams become apparent,” suggests Braun.

Now that you’re armed with Braun’s advice, it’s time for some shopping. Below, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite styles to try under a sheer shirt.

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Last piece of missing Magritte painting found in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The missing last piece of a painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was found underneath another of the artist’s works at a museum in Brussels using x-ray imaging.


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Now that we’re well and truly into chilly season, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect winter coat and we think we may have found it at a massive discount. New Look has just kickstarted their Black Friday 2017 offer where you’ll be able to get everything 25% off and we’ve just found our new favourite outerwear staple in the racks.

This faux shearling aviator jacket is absolutely dreamy, with fuzzy oversized lapels, an off-centre zip and cuff details for extra badassery. Toss it over some skinny jeans, simple white tee and statement heels and voila – you have a chic, edgy look that’ll keep you at the front of the fashion pack.

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More than 2K pieces of the ‘Buddha’ found in box in China

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WFAN has found its 3-person Mike Francesa replacement

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One woman walked right out on her date after she found out he voted for Trump, and, like, same

Dating apps can be a tricky way to find your one true love and the current political climate is only upping the ante for singles looking to mingle.

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Take for instance, the saga of a long-suffering woman who went on a date with a man she met on a dating app, only to discover that he was a Trump voter, something she found so unsavory that she had to end their date immediately. Her Trump supporter date, a man by the name of Bryan Leib, who also happens to be the treasurer for the Philadelphia Young Republicans, spoke to Philadelphia’s The Inquirer to muse on where the date went downhill.

According to Leib, the date had been going well until she asked who he voted for in the past election; when Leib revealed that he had voted for Trump, the date came to an abrupt close.

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“She stopped in her tracks and said, ‘You know what, Bryan? This has been a lot of fun, but I think we’re two completely different people,’” he said. “And she literally got up and left.”

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Former HSBC Executive Mark Johnson Found Guilty of Fraud in $3.5 Billion Currency Trade

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U.S. prosecutors have said that Mark Johnson, formerly head of HSBC‘s global foreign exchange cash trading desk, schemed to ramp up the price of British pounds before executing a trade for Cairn, making millions for HSBC at Cairn’s expense.

“They’ve convicted an innocent man,” John Wing, a lawyer for Johnson, told reporters as he left the courtroom in Brooklyn federal court, where Johnson was on trial for nearly four weeks.

Johnson, a 51-year-old British citizen, was the first banker to be tried in the United States as a result of worldwide investigations into the multi-trillion-dollar per day currency market.

The probes have led to about $ 10 billion in fines against several banks and the firing of dozens of traders.

According to court filings, Cairn hired HSBC in 2011 to convert $ 3.5 billion into British pounds sterling in connection with the sale of an Indian subsidiary.

Prosecutors said that Johnson and another former HSBC executive who is also facing charges, Stuart Scott, devised a scheme to drive up the price of pounds by executing a series of trades before carrying out the trade for Cairn.

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Such trading in advance of a client’s order to make a profit is known as “front-running.”

During the trial, jurors heard numerous tape recorded phone calls between Johnson and others discussing the trade.

In one call, Scott and Johnson told Cairn and its financial advisor after the trade that a “Russian buyer” had been responsible for a spike in the price of pounds. Prosecutors said that was a lie.

In his closing argument last week, Wing told jurors there was no way to do a massive currency transaction like the one HSBC did without affecting the price. He said that Johnson and his colleagues had tried to get a fair price for Cairn and even given Cairn a rebate.

A lawyer for Scott, who is in Britain and fighting extradition to the United States to face charges, declined to comment. Scott was HSBC‘s former head of cash trading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

A HSBC spokesman in London declined to comment. HSBC spokesman Robert Sherman said before the trial that Johnson left HSBC earlier this year, and Scott left in 2014.


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The Last Horror Blog: 'It' Sequel,' 'Found Footage 3D,' 'The Ritual' and More

It sequel locks down a release date – New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is still kicking all kinds of butt at the box office, but many of us have been wondering when we’ll actually get to see the second film in the series. Well, wonder no more.

Mark your calendars for September 6, 2019 – because that’s the date when the Losers Club reunites to do battle with Pennywise the Dancing Clown with the hopes of ending his reign of terror once and for…

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Police found explosives, as well as 18 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition at suspected Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s home, they announced Monday evening. Ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound that can be used in explosives, was found in Paddock’s car. Paddock is accused of opening fire on a country music festival from his hotel window Sunday evening, killing at least 59 people and injuring over 500 others. Previously on Monday, law enforcement discovered about 20 rifles and handguns in Paddock’s hotel room. The weapons reportedly included AR-15-style and AK-47-style rifles, and two guns that had been modified to be fully automatic. Two of the guns were reportedly mounted on tripods. Police also found a large stockpile of ammunition.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People living on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean long had spoken of a big, tree-dwelling rat called vika that inhabited the rainforest, but the remarkable rodent managed to elude scientists — until now.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five “critical” cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters.


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ESPN Found Room For Debate In Whether People Should Continue Body-Shaming An NFL Player

Eddie Lacy

ESPN doesn’t seem too privy to the reality that men hurt too.

On a Wednesday afternoon episode of ESPN’s Highly Questionable, co-hosts Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo Le Betard and Sarah Spain discussed whether people have the right to continue body-shaming NFL player Eddie Lacy. Facebook user Sawyer Jenkins first captured the cringe-worthy discussion titled “Should People Stop Body-Shaming Eddie Lacy?”

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Like innumerable celebrities and public figures, Lacy has been the target of body-shaming internet trolls. While the athlete’s unstable weight has been the subject of ridicule for years, it’s now back in the limelight.

Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks a year after the team’s coach publicly stated Lacy would have to lose weight in order to return to the team. Following the March signing, trolls promptly resurfaced tweets of Lacy from four to six years ago which conveyed his affection for Chinese food. They used Lacy’s posts to create memes with the intention of ridiculing his weight.

The actual banter that took place during the insensitive ESPN discussion is irrelevant. The real issue here is that the conversation was even had at all.  As a result of the televised debate, Highly Questionable essentially framed a form of bullying as something that could be justified. ESPN would have been unarguably dragged to the ends of the earth had they made a woman the focal point of that conversation. I mean, the brother even made it clear to another ESPN outlet that he was hurting as a result of the cyber attacks.

“It sucks,” Lacy told ESPN The Magazine in an article published earlier on Wednesday. “It definitely sent me into a funk. I wish I could understand what they get out of it.”

“You just can’t shake it,” Lacy said of the body-shaming. “And no matter what, you can’t say nothing back to them. You just have to read it, get mad or however it makes you feel, and move on. I could be 225 and they’d still be like, ‘You’re still a fat piece of s**t.’”

Weight is a sensitive subject for both men and women. Given Lacy’s status as a Black man, the illegitimization of him as an emotional being made the discussion further infuriating given the pressures Black men regularly face to be impassive.

The internet needs to leave Lacy alone and ESPN needs to know that not everything making waves on social media deserves attention.

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Eric Bolling’s son found dead

The 19-year-old son of former Fox News Channel anchor Eric Bolling was found dead Friday night, according to reports. Eric Chase Bolling Jr. apparently took his life Friday evening in Boulder, CO, where he attended the University of Colorado, multiple reports said. The elder Bolling confirmed the death Saturday in a statement on his Twitter…
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How I Found the Humor in Infertility

A month after finding out my husband and I are likely never going to produce a baby together, I sit in the waiting room of a fertility clinic staring at an entire wall of baby pictures.

I’m feeling particularly sensitive about our inability to have a baby. You’d think that a fertility clinic, which serves many women who are likely feeling the same sensitivity as me, would be… sensitive to it. But no. Here is this giant wall of reproductive triumph. I picture Dr. Fertility Clinic in his no doubt very expensive socks receiving yet another thank-you card or another picture of a sleeping infant wearing felt antlers — an infant whose parents are so grateful to have “traded in silent nights for a bundle of joy!” I picture him loudly tacking the photo onto the clinic wall for all the other clinic doctors to see, like at those car dealerships where they bang a gong every time the sell another Hyundai.

My husband and I engage in a pun-off to pass the time, thinking of the uninspired card we’ll send the doctor when we inevitably get our baby. Because of course we are going to get our baby, right? I know IVF will be hard and expensive, but it is obviously going to be worth it to get our baby. We wouldn’t go through all this if we didn’t know it would make us the parents we so hope to be. Right?

So while we can’t really afford fertility treatments, we can definitely afford to laugh. After all, this whole experience is going to become strangely funny fodder for the story we tell our child about his or her conception. “Your dad gave me shots in my ass,” I’ll tell the kid, laughing. “Isn’t that silly and ridiculous and gross? But maybe less gross than thinking of your parents having sex?” 

By the time we get through our seventh IVF cycle and have come to the realization that neither of us is going to have a biological child — that I am never going to experience pregnancy or nurse a baby — my heart is broken in half. None of it seems funny anymore. Not if I’m to remain childless. Not after all we’ve been through. Facing tomorrow is hard enough, let alone finding the resolve to laugh at our circumstances. My husband tells me that this is precisely when we have to laugh — when we are filled to the brim with pain and uncertainty.

He tells me this is the hard part. That trying to have a baby is the easy part — when there’s hope to hold onto. “It’s this, the aftermath, that we need to rise above,” he says.

I consider his words, let them settle on my wounded uterus and pride, and determine them to be wise and full of grace. (Although still easy for him to say because he hasn’t endured several years’ worth of blood tests and invasive procedures and shots in his ass.)

I think about this wonderful man with whom I hope to parent and how lucky I am to love him — even if we don’t get to make a child to love together. I think of this and hold his hand and laugh anyway.

We choose to laugh at it all, any way we can. Because pinching your fat for an injection from the person you hope to maintain intimacy with is awful. Because having an ultrasound nurse ask you — a grown woman in front of an entire waiting room — whether you peed is absurd. Because seeing the number of new-baby puns people come up with to announce on social media that they’ve procreated is ridiculous.

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I watch Tig Notaro’s Live, a brave and unprecedented performance discussing her breast cancer, and I am moved by her comedy. I am so inspired, I even write a performance of my own: a mostly true but completely honest comedic story about a couple struggling through in vitro fertilization.

IVF — especially its nonsuccess stories — is a tale that is seldom told outside of private conversations and support groups, and I’m proud to help amplify a topic that affects 1 in 8 people in the U.S. I hope when people learn my story, they will get a glimpse of what it’s like to struggle to conceive. I hope it will make people struggling to conceive feel less alone. Most of all, I hope it will make everyone laugh at the beautiful, painful absurdity of it all.

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2-day-old baby found in complex where pregnant woman went missing

A two-day-old baby was found in the North Dakota apartment building where a missing pregnant woman was last seen before she vanished. Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, 22, went missing Saturday after she went to visit a neighbor in her North Fargo apartment building for a dress fitting. Her family, who says she is eight months pregnant, reported…
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Police in Fargo, North Dakota, found a healthy, two-day old newborn alive on Thursday, five days after an eight-month-old pregnant woman vanished, as they continue to search for the missing mom-to-be

Police in Fargo, North Dakota, found a healthy, two-day old newborn alive on Thursday, five days after an eight-month-old pregnant woman vanished, PEOPLE confirms.

The pregnant woman, Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, 22, of Fargo, is still missing, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said in an update on Facebook.

“We do not have information that tells us where Savanna Greywind is,” the chief said.

“At this point in time, we are not able to confirm if the newborn is Savanna Greywind’s child or not,” he said.

According to local news outlets, the infant was found in the same apartment building where Lafontaine-Greywind lives – and where she was last seen before she vanished, her family told local TV station WDAY.

Police returned to the apartment building after a baby’s cries were heard in an upstairs apartment police had previously searched, local TV station WDAZ reports.

The baby found at the apartment was taken to the hospital by authorities.

The startling revelation came as the police chief said officers had two suspects in custody in connection with the woman’s disappearance.

“We have two people detained,” he said. “The investigation is proceeding.”

On Wednesday, he said investigators were able to gather enough information to obtain a search warrant, which they executed the following day.

“When we conducted the search warrant at the suspect’s residence, we discovered an infant that appears to be a newborn,” Todd said.

Lafontaine-Greywind is described as 5-foot-4, with long brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her right leg and foot. She was wearing a pink shirt, shorts, and Nike slip-on sandals before she vanished.

She is a certified nursing assistant at Eventide Fargo, a local senior citizens residence.

A Family’s Horror

The family’s ordeal began on Saturday, when a woman living in a third-floor apartment knocked on the door of the LaFontaine-Greywind family’s basement apartment and asked if Savanna would model a dress she was sewing so she could pin it, offering to pay her $ 20 for doing so, the Forum News Service reports.

The family didn’t know the woman well, according to the outlet. After saying she would go to help, Savanna left the apartment but never returned, reportedly leaving her car and wallet behind.

When Savanna’s mother, Norberta LaFontaine-Greywind when to check on her daughter upstairs, she was told Savanna had left.

“I immediately knew something was wrong because car is here,” Norberta told the Forum News Service. “She’s eight months pregnant. Her feet were swollen, so she wouldn’t have taken up walking like that. There was pizza here that she hadn’t eaten. She would not just leave that lady’s apartment and go somewhere.”

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According to the Forum News Service, the last time Savanna’s mother heard from her was when Savanna texted to let her know that she was going upstairs to help the neighbor.

“We didn’t think too much about it,” Norberta said.

She also texted her boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, around the same time. “We were joking around,” he reportedly told local TV station WDAY.

The upstairs neighbor’s apartment has since been searched three times by police, according to the Forum News Service.

A second-floor neighbor in the family’s apartment building said that he and a roommate heard sustained noise in the bathroom above their apartment on Saturday afternoon, according to the Pioneer.

“We were getting ready to leave we heard a banging in the bathtub” for about 15 or 20 minutes, about 1:30 or 2 p.m., he said.

Then he heard the shower turn on: “It seemed kind of odd.”

‘Excited’ to Be a Mom

Savanna and Matheny are expecting a daughter in late September, the Forum News Service reports, and she is “very excited” about becoming a mom, her mother said.

Matheny said he and Savanna were about to move into a new apartment, which they had prepared for the baby’s arrival. Now he is spending his days searching for his missing girlfriend.

“It’s unlike her to just up and disappear like that without telling anything,” he told WDAY. “I don’t think that she would do that.”

“I don’t understand why she would leave without her wallet, her car keys, her car,” Matheny said.

Fargo Police and Fontaine-Greywind’s family did not immediately respond to calls for comment.


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Winning in Real Estate: How One Woman Has Found Multimillion-Dollar Success

Jane Bond reached a recent landmark in her career: She represented the owners of a Naples, Florida, residential property that traded in eight days for a record-breaking $ 14.75 million.

Bond, who began her career in New York’s and Los Angeles’ entertainment and interior design industries and transitioned into real estate, has made her mark in the Florida market. Now the principle of The Bond Group, she has sold more than $ 50 million in real estate since 2010 and achieved top-performing sales in Naples, a city that’s been counted as one of the wealthiest (in terms of resident income) in the country.

On the heels of her recent success, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Bond to talk vital steps in closing high-end deals:

Look to your network and use your own networking mojo for lucrative leads. Bond says she met the owners of the now record-breaking $ 14.75 million property through a friend who is an interior designer. “He knows me and my love for interior design,” Bond says. “He informed me that he was working with someone who had a great property that I just had to see, and it all went forward from there.”

Before her recent career win, Bond had also gained experience in navigating the networks of high earners in her time as an international flight attendant, opportunities to design the home interiors of NFL players, and a career in entertainment managing music artists including the Brand New Heavies.

Use relevant knowledge in interior design, finance, travel or the arts to relate to prospective clients. Bond, a graduate of Pace University (with a degree in finance) and Parsons School of Design (interior design), says when dealing with luxury properties and interacting with the people who own them—or seek to own them—it’s great to be able to communicate about various design styles, innovative ideas, and other inspirations for beautiful and top-of-the-line structures and interiors. “I’ve been able to travel, study, and see beautiful places, homes, and structures around the world, and I enjoy it,” she says. “It’s often great conversation when you are knowledgeable about diverse aspects of luxury living, international travel, and the trends that are popular in various markets.”

Gain knowledge and build up experiences that give you a point of reference that is authentic, relatable, and relevant to high-net-worth clientele, who, too, have traveled globally, been exposed to fine dining and luxury living, and enjoy informed conversations on current events, history, fine arts, and architectural trends.

Build a reputation of pristine professionalism and a track record of get-it-done success. “High net-worth clients are often highly ambitious and expect excellence in all that they do and the people they associate with,” Bond says. “I’d built a track record, even in my days working in entertainment, with celebrities, where I did what I said I would do,” she adds. “You have to be a person who comes through on your promises, is diligent in the way you do business, and is known for offering the best of the best.”

Bond also recommends never guaranteeing a client anything that you cannot follow through on and being strategic in building your reputation and brand image in real estate sales. Do your research on top opportunities, properties and brands you can align yourself with to eventually attract high-earning clientele. Learn the ropes with those who are already working with or catering to the best in the real estate industry as well as successful professionals in other industries in your market. And above all, present yourself confidently and authoritatively in the excellent skills you offer to cater to your clients.

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Garlic aroma found in breast milk

Food chemists have found that garlic aroma is evident in the breast milk of women who have consumed garlic. This is caused by allyl methyl sulfide — a metabolite which is first formed in a strong concentration during breastfeeding. Whether the aroma has an impact on which food preferences children develop and whether they like garlic in later life needs to be clarified by further research.
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I actually found a natural deodorant that works!

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Armpits. No one likes to talk about them.

But I found myself doing just that in my dermatologists office recently when a I showed her a red bump that appeared under my arm and was driving me nuts. It hurt. I couldn’t put my arm straight down because it irritated it. I couldn’t wear deodorant because I was afraid to irritate it but I didn’t want to sweat either — because THAT would be irritating — and it’s a HUNDRED BILLION DEGREES here in the summer so what’s a girl to do?

It’s a clogged sweat gland, the doc said. It will go away in a few weeks.

A FEW WEEKS?

So yes, I walked around on with my hand on my hip — as if permanently posed for a picture — for A FEW WEEKS.

(I’m fine now, thanks.)

But my doc told me my antiperspirant could be part of the problem and told me that most antiperspirants chemically block the sweat glands from secreting moisture. That didn’t sound super healthy to me, plus I’d read all sorts of stories about a possible link to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, so I thought I’d do some experimenting with the natural stuff.

The key here is that most natural brands cannot call themselves antiperspirants; they are technically just deodorants. They may not keep you from sweating, but they will keep you from smelling like a pig when you do sweat. My thought was that MOST days, a deodorant would be okay. I am an “average” sweat-er, so I imagine my experience would be pretty typical.

I won’t bore you with all the bad ones I tried; there were seven of them. They ranged from doing absolutely nothing, to being too sticky, too wet, or too crumbly. Mostly they just didn’t work. In addition to whatever residue they left under my arm, I still smelled slightly unpleasant.

Just as I was about to give up, my friend Shawna randomly posted on Facebook that she had tried Native deodorant. She raved about it and had no reason to do so except that she was happy she found it. It’s pretty new, but the reviews were stellar. I bought two different varieties that night and they arrived three days later. I gave one to my 12-year-old daughter and kept one for me.

We both were so pleasantly surprised. Here’s why we love it:

1. It works. We’ve been using it for three weeks, including a hot beach vacation, and neither one of us have smelled bad AT ALL. We did still sweat a little on hot beach days, but it never smelled bad and was not an issue for either one of us. We both worked out with it.

2. It seriously smells amazing. Not overpowering. The coconut vanilla is by far our favorite scent.

3. It goes on in stick form like a regular deodorant/anti-perspirant. It’s not too sticky or chalky.

4. You don’t need very much of it. At $ 12 bottle, that’s a good thing.

I still keep my regular antiperspirant handy for days when I know I’m really gonna sweat a lot. But most days, the Native is perfect and much better for my body. And if you don’t trust my word for it, check out all these reviews.

p.s. I purchased this product myself and no one paid me to write about it. I just really think it’s good stuff.

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Former Male Escort Found Guilty of Murder and Arson in Dating App Killing

A former London-based male escort was found guilty of murder and arson Wednesday in a 2013 death that was previously believed to be the result of a tragic fire accident.

Back in January 2013, Jason Marshall met Peter Fasoli through the dating app Badoo and arrived at his home dressed as a police officer on the pretext of bondage sex.

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‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Found Guilty on Three Counts in Securities Fraud Trial

Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, better known as the "Pharma Bro" and "America's most hated man," was found guilty on three of eight counts of securities fraud Friday. Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison, but will likely get a much lighter sentence, per the

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