TLC star Jinger Duggar and husband Mike Vuolo welcome daughter Felicity

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Reality star Jinger Duggar, 24, gave birth to daughter Felicity Nicole early Thursday morning, she and husband Mike Vuolo announced.

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Tragic: Husband Finds Wife and Her Mechanic Lover Both Dead from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After They Had Sex in the Garage [Video]

A New Jersey man came home Monday night to find both his wife and her lover dead in the garage.

The two died of carbon monoxide poisoning while having sex.

via People:

Kahali Johnson said he returned home that night and smelled a strong odor coming from the garage of his apartment, according to WABC. So, he went to investigate, WABC reported.

In the garage, Johnson said he found his wife, Tameka Hargrave, and their mechanic near a running vehicle.

“As I tried to step to open the last garage door, I see the mechanic, he’s laid out,” Johnson told the station. “She’s just a few feet away, she’s laid out. And pretty much I had to call 911 because, at this time, with that level of emissions, I knew that they were gone.”

Sources told KXAS that Hargrave, 39, and the unnamed mechanic, 59, were allegedly having sex in the car when they succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Law enforcement sources reportedly told the station that Hargrave had allegedly been having sex with the mechanic in exchange for his car work.

The Newark Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene and police said the deaths appeared to be accidental, NJ.com reported. Newark Fire Division evacuated the building, and one person was taken to a local hospital, according to the publication.

As for Johnson, the grieving husband told WABC that he blames the apartment complex.

“Basically she died because of carbon monoxide,” Johnson said. “They do not have adequate alarm systems, because if there had been an alarm in that garage, people would have been alerted to the fact that it was going on.”

Sad.

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Olympic diver Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black celebrate birth of their baby

OLYMPIC diver Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black have announced the birth of their first child with a notice in The Times.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are overjoyed at becoming dads to Robert Ray Black-Daley[/caption]

They said Robert Ray Black-Daley was born on Wednesday, after previously revealing they were expecting via a surrogate in the US in February.
At the time Tom, 24, hit back at critics who sniped at the use of a surrogate.
He said: “There are lots of people in this world that can’t have kids, whether it’s due to fertility issues or health issues, whatever it may be, I don’t think there would be as much drama if it was a straight couple.”

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Tom represented Great Britain at the Olympics and won a bronze medal[/caption]

The pair have not said which of them is the biological father but Dustin said they want to have “biological connection” to their child.
He said: “There was something for both of us where we felt deeply that we’d like to complete that connection first when creating our family, and to have a biological connection to our past, to bring that into our present and let that grow into the future. At least at first, for the first couple.”

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Earlier this year Daley, who has won two Olympic bronze medals, said the prospect of fatherhood had already changed him.
Dustin, 44, is an American film director and writer, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for the 2008 film Milk.

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Victoria Beckham Calls David Beckham an “Incredible Husband” Following Divorce Rumors

David Beckham, Victoria BeckhamLife is one big juggling act for Victoria Beckham.
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Melania Trump Rebuts Rudy Giuliani’s Comment That ‘She Believes Husband’ About Affair with Stormy Daniels

Rudy Giuliani shared his thoughts about Donald Trump‘s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels — and first lady Melania put Giuliani in his place.

At an event in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Giuliani, an attorney for the president, insinuated that Melania didn’t believe that the president had an affair with Daniels. “She believes her husband, and she knows it’s untrue,” Giuliani said.

Following Giuliani’s remarks, Stephanie Grisham, a White House rep for Mrs. Trump and East Wing communications director, released a statement to PEOPLE on Thursday: “I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.”

Though Melania, herself, has yet to publicly address the reports of Donald’s alleged extramarital occurrences with porn star Daniels, Grisham’s rebuke suggests that Giuliani does not directly communicate with Melania.

In January, Daniels claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $ 130,000 by Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

Although Trump and the White House has denied the affair, a source close to Melania previously told PEOPLE that the first lady is “furious” over the nonstop controversies engulfing the White House and her husband’s presidency.

“What’s happening is exactly what she didn’t want to happen,” the source said. “They’ve literally become like the Kardashians: scandals, divorces, headlines.”

The statement from Mrs. Trump’s office comes a day after her husband addressed the media during her first public appearance in 27 days after she was last seen in public on May 10, just four days before undergoing a kidney procedure.

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During a briefing on hurricane preparedness at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the commander-in-chief defended his wife against the “vicious” media who had previously speculated that she had disappeared because she had plastic surgery, or because she was planning to divorce her husband, or because she was hiding spousal abuse.

Meanwhile, Melania was not the only one who Giuliani went after in Tel Aviv.

The former mayor of New York City was blasted as a “misogynist” and an “absolute pig” for his attempt to discredit Daniels after he said he doesn’t “respect” the adult film actress because she is a porn star who “sells her body for sexual exploitation.”

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“I respect all human beings. I even have to respect criminals. But I’m sorry, I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career women or a women of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a women and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation,” Giuliani said.

On Wednesday, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed another lawsuit alleging that her former lawyer Keith Davidson colluded with Trump attorney Michael Cohen to cover up her alleged affair with the president.


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Kate Spade Suffered From Depression, Her Husband Says

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NEW YORK (AP) — The husband and business partner of designer Kate Spade, who died in an apparent suicide, said she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

She was seeking help during the last five years, “seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety,” Andy Spade said in a statement released on Wednesday.

He said there were “personal demons she was battling.”

The designer was found hanged in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday. She was 55 years old and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband in their apartment in 1993.

Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, said she “sounded happy” the night before her suicide.

“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” he said. “It was a complete shock.”

He said he and his wife had been living separately for the past 10 months but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $ 2.4 billion. The couple recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

“We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how,” Andy Spade said.

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Kate Spade’s Husband Issues a Statement on Her Suicide: ‘There Were Personal Demons She Was Battling’

Kate Spade’s husband has finally spoken out on the fashion designer’s suicide.

In a statement, Andy Spade confirmed they’d been living apart for quite some time but kept up appearances for the sake of their daughter.

via TMZ:

In a statement to the New York TimesAndy Spade says, “Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy.”

He continues, “There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”

Spade confirms the two were living separately for the last 10 months, but says they still took vacations and had dinners together for the sake of their daughter … he says they never discussed divorce.

Spade also told the NYT Kate didn’t abuse alcohol or have any business problems … however, we know that’s what he told cops investigating her death.

So sad. You can read his full statement here.

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Janet Jackson Calls Police On Estranged Husband During Visit With Son

Even Janet Jackson isn’t immune to problems with her baby daddy. While her estranged husband, Wissam Al-Mana was in Los Angeles visiting with their son, Eissa, Jackson called police to do a welfare check on him, reportedly because a nanny reported some troubling behavior on Al-Mana’s part. Al-Mana and the child were at Malibu’s Nobu Hotel. TMZ first reported on the story.

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Jackson called authorities around 10 p.m. PT on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Malibu Lost Hill’s Sheriff’s Station said.

“Deputies were there [and] called to the scene. They decided the child was okay and they left,” the spokesperson told PEOPLE.

Jackson, 52, was not at the hotel at the time, authorities confirmed.

The pop star’s brother Randy Jackson told Entertainment Tonight — which first reported the news on Sunday — that Jackson was concerned after their nanny grew “terrified” by Al Mana’s behavior and “locked herself in a bathroom, so she could contact Janet.”

Janet Jackson has made no comment.

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To the husband whose wife has postpartum depression

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Becky Vieira

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Dear Husband-

I see you. Then and now. You might not think I did.

I try to imagine what you endured. The pain, fear. While the primary focus was on me, my health and recovery, I know you were suffering also. Silently. Never saying a word of complaint. 

I recognize all you did to get me where I am today. To get us here. 

We thought we’d just be tired. That exhaustion would be the biggest of our problems once our son was born. Neither of us expected that I’d be gripped — no, controlled — by my postpartum depression. It was supposed to be the happiest time of our lives, not the living nightmare it soon became.

Wife holds newborn while husband stands beside them

It started slowly, do you remember? We thought I was tired. That my hormones were adjusting yet again. But before we knew it I was underwater. The progression from healthy to dangerous transpired within days once that beast took hold of me.

How did you do it? We had a newborn. No idea what to do with him. You carried that aspirator in your back pocket at all times “just in case.” And while we watched him sleep for fear something would happen if one of us closed our eyes, I began losing my fight. 

Yet you continued on.

I started to slip away. I wanted to leave, convinced you both would be better off without me. You held me when I needed it. Let me run into the street to scream, then greeted me at the door with a warm blanket and tea when I returned. Researched treatment. Medications. Called my doctor and hid my car keys when things got dark.

You also got up every morning and went to work. Held things together for us financially. All while receiving frantic calls from me. Coming home between meetings, at lunch. To check on us. 

There was no guidebook for you. No one you could call to ask questions on how to handle the situation. I was wrapped in the support I found online from other mom’s with postpartum depression. But what did you have? No men on social media were presenting themselves as the husbands of women with PPD. You had nowhere to turn.

There are resources for PPD. Help. But no one can really tell you how to live through it. It felt as if we were thrust into a new universe, one that spoke an entirely different language. My mind started lying to me and my will to live was faltering. Our coping skills were stripped away and we had to find a way to survive. I needed to be healthy again.

You kept going, for all of us. Trusted your instincts and did the best you could. Yes, there were moments when I was angry over the things you said or did. But today I see that it was in my best interest. You always tried to help. 

Even when I screamed at you and said horrible things. Threatened to walk out of your life because I was convinced you deserved better than a sick wife. You never gave up. 

You should be proud of yourself and recognize all you did. I’m proud of you. And grateful you stayed by my side. I’ll never forget sitting on the kitchen floor, crying to you as I said, “I’m crazy.” You kissed me and said, “then I guess I’m crazy, too.” Our tears turned to laughter and I knew I’d never be alone.

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We survived and our marriage is actually stronger today because of all we endured. You held it together so that I could fall apart safely. And then build myself back up again.

Yes, I spoke up. Got help. Worked on myself, started taking medication. But it would have been much harder without you by my side. 

I know you suffered. Were scared. And probably angry, frustrated and hopeless at times. But I never saw that. I only felt loved and supported. 

Thank you for everything. I see you and what you did for me and our family. And I’ll never forget.

If you think you may be suffering from postpartum depression, don’t wonder. Speak up. Talk to you doctor, partner, family and friends. If you are scared or worried about the stigma (I get it… we shouldn’t be concerned about that but of course we often are) and would rather talk to someone outside of your circle, you can call Postpartum Support International at 1.800.944.4773. If you just need a fellow mom to validate you and listen to your fears, find me on Instagram and reach out.

Anxious, overwhelmed, unhappy, or scared by how you feel? If you’re struggling emotionally, you could be depressed. Take this 10-question quiz to find out.

For more mom moments, follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

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Alicia Silverstone Files for Divorce From Estranged Husband Chris Jarecki

Making it official. Alicia Silverstone filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Chris Jarecki, three months after the pair announced their split, Us Weekly confirms.

“They still deeply love and respect each other and remain very close friends but have mutually decided to separate after being together for 20 years,” the 41-year-old Clueless star’s publicist told E! News in a statement in February. “They have a son together who they will continue to coparent.”

However, according to the court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Silverstone listed their date of separation as March 15, 2016. The duo, who wed in 2005, welcomed son Bear Blu in 2011. The American Women star requested both joint legal and physical custody of their 7-year-old and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

While Silverstone and the S.T.U.N. frontman kept their relationship private even before they called it quits, the actress has shared a few photos of Bear on social media. Most recently, Silverstone documented her February vacation to Hawaii with her son.

“So fun playing in the water with Bear. Swimming, boogie boarding and just savoring. We’ve been staying at my friend’s home while he is away,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “Driving around in his big truck was fun in the rain and mud. Bear and I played with this adorable little man we met on the beach with his beautiful mom. And somehow, even cleaning the kitchen (constantly) and doing laundry here is fun.”

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My Husband Is Bleeding Us Dry to Pay for His Grown Daughter’s Lavish Tastes


Hello Penny,

I got married last October. My husband and his first wife have one daughter, now in her late 20s. The ex-wife has been very successful financially and has raised this daughter to have luxurious tastes and surroundings, emphasizing materialism. We cannot keep up with them financially.

A few weeks ago, he told me he borrowed $ 100,000 on a second house he owns for Daughter’s college expenses before I was with him, and it is coming due. The townhouse we live in is not fully paid for.

He raided his retirement to put up $ 40,000 of what was likely a $ 150,000 to $ 200,000 wedding for Daughter for a marriage that didn’t last.

He’s 67 and doesn’t want to retire, but his employer is making overtures that they want him to retire. I keep trying to get us better organized re: personal documentation, the future, etc., but I don’t want to get stuck with debt that isn’t mine when no one has ever said no to Daughter, and she will bleed all of us financially dry for her unmet emotional needs.

How do I deal with this tricky situation?

Thanks!

It seems like you’re upset with your stepdaughter for her expensive taste, when that’s not exactly her fault. She has simply responded to the dynamic set up by her mother and your new husband.

The person who is going to bleed you financially dry is actually your husband. He’s the one who keeps writing checks, apparently putting his own finances at risk by doing so.

If he did not disclose this debt and its purpose before you tied the knot, you may need to have a difficult conversation about financial honesty and how to move forward.

It sounds like you’re mad at everyone — your new husband, his ex and his daughter. It sounds like you don’t want any part of any of their financial problems. I cannot blame you.   

It’s possible to have a postnuptial agreement drawn up and notarized, barring any peculiar rules in your state. Doing so would determine what happens to his and your property in the event of death, and in theory could determine the fate of your individual debts in a worst-case scenario.

But unless you’re planning to separate, that won’t excuse you from working together to figure out how to handle finances as your husband approaches retirement.

He and your stepdaughter are long overdue for another conversation about the loan he took out to pay her college bills. Whether he intended on requiring her to pay him back or not, it’s probably time to shift the burden.

Have an awkward money dilemma? Send it to dearpenny@thepennyhoarder.com.

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Jill Duggar Says ‘to Disagree Doesn’t Equal Hate’ After Husband Derick Posts Homophobic Tweets

Jill (Duggar) Dillard is speaking out in the wake of her husband’s recent controversial tweets.

“To disagree doesn’t = hate, or judgement,” Jill, 26, began an Instagram post on Monday.

“Love doesn’t always = approval,” continued Jill, who previously starred on TLC’s Counting On alongside multiple her Duggar siblings. The Duggars, who are religiously conservative, have appeared on TLC since 2008.

“Just because I disagree with my child on something doesn’t mean I hate him, and just because I love and forgive him doesn’t mean I approve of everything he does,” she wrote. “You can be friends with, love and care for people you don’t agree with 100%.”

Her Instagram post comes about a week after her husband and former Counting On star Derick Dillard, who was fired from the TLC series, responded to a tweet from the network promoting the reality series Nate & Jeremiah by Design, starring Nate Berkus, his husband Jeremiah Brent and their two children.

The show follows Berkus and Brent, who are interior design experts and fathers — they share son Oskar, 1 month, and daughter Poppy, 3 — and teaches viewers “how to turn a money pit into a masterpiece. In each episode we learn from the mistakes of their clients as these designer husbands rescue them from renovation nightmares,” according to TLC.

“What a travesty of family,” Derick tweeted in response to TLC’s tweet. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”

When Twitter user @lisadcfckeates asked Derick, “Do their lifestyles affect yours ? …. Errrrm No,”and “Plus this child looks mightily happy to me not ‘Poor’ as you describe,” the father of two responded, “They affect this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated. If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were ok” and added, “And that’s a good standard for well-being? …how they look?”

“So I guess we shouldn’t have judges in our court system? Should we not be allowed to challenge what’s best for the welfare of children, especially when their guardian chooses to be in the public eye and put a child in the public eye?” he responded to another user.

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“I’m not bashing the people, I’m just calling out the public agenda at play and how a network chooses what they highlight,” continued the father of two, who two shares sons Israel, 3, and Samuel, 9 months, with Jill. “Christians should love all as Christ loved all. Take advantage of capitalism: boycott what you don’t believe in, but don’t boycott relationships.”

In response to Derick’s tweets, Berkus tweeted, “My hope with having a show like #NandJByDesign on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves.”


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Colton Haynes says husband didn’t cheat on him

OHMYGOSSIP — Colton Haynes is adamant his estranged husband didn’t cheat on him.
The 29-year-old actor recently announced that him and his spouse Jeff Leatham had gone their separate ways but, since the news was revealed, fans have been speculating that infidelity had something to do with their separation after the singer released his new song ‘Man It Sucks’, which included the lyrics: “I don’t like when you’re staying out all night and never answer your phone.”
Taking to Twitter, Colton said: “Jeff would never cheat. He’s an amazing man. Please stop being mean to him. The song I wrote was about a past relationship.”
The former couple got married in October last year but less than a year later, the floral designer and the ‘Arrow’ star had removed one another from social media.
Colton has had somewhat of a hard time recently as his beloved mother Dana Haynes tragically passed away back in March following a long-term illness.
He shared a series of photos of himself and his mother and wrote on Instagram at the time: “Today I lost my best friend, the love of my life…my momma.
“Words can’t express how incredible this woman was. I have so many things to say but I’m in a state of shock. I will always love you momma. RIP my angel.”
Colton revealed in February he was preparing to say goodbye to their mother as she was suffering from advanced cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.
He revealed at the time “My mom, Dana, always loves to laugh.
“Even when her liver & kidney doctors gave us the worst news you could get, my mom looked at us and said, ‘The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh.’ She then chuckled so loud you could hear it to the other end of the hospital.
“That’s my mom. Shes funny, bull headed, & strong.
“My mom has been in and out of the hospital since January. After multiple tests we found out she actually has advanced cirrhosis of the liver & kidney failure.
“A diagnosis that can be cured with a liver transplant.. however..that bad news I mentioned before was that she doesn’t have that much time to wait for a new liver.
“The doctors suggested that we now focus on my mother’s quality of life rather than quantity of life. It’s heartbreaking.
“My strong mother has always been the anchor of this family and our best friend. Now we’re being forced to say goodbye to her.
“So with that horrible news from “Dr. Doom” (a name my mom came up for him) my family has set up steps to make mom comfortable.
“We set up in home hospice care so she can be home with her boyfriend, Gary, and her beloved cat, Fasa. (sic)”

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Kenya Moore’s Husband Finally Makes ‘RHOA’ Debut

 

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” actress Kenya Moore wed in secret last summer to New York-based businessman Marc Daly. She didn’t invite any co-stars to share in her big day and Bravo bosses were rumored to be pissed that cameras weren’t allowed to film the occasion.

There was even talk that Moore was close to losing that coveted Georgia peach if she continued to hide Marc from the public.

Well, it seems she’s had a change of heart because in a sneak peek of the Sunday, March 25 episode of the hit Bravo reality hit, exclusive to E! News, we finally get a glimpse of Kenya’s much-discussed hubby.

The moment comes during the viewing event for Moore’s domestic violence PSA that she and her cast mates filmed earlier this season. And of course, Sheree wants to know if she and the rest of the crew are finally going to meet Kenya’s man.

“Oh Lord,” Kenya responds. “He’s working and he was just like, ‘I can’t, but I send you my love.’”

“Aw,” Sheree says. “I’m like, ‘This is a major night for her. This is the night we’re gonna meet him!’”

As Kenya explains it, Mr. Daly can’t even get on a plane by himself. “I need to book his ticket, I need to pick out his clothes,” she tells the ladies, who appear stunned.

“Girl, that man has been flying without you his whole life,” Porsha Williams tells her frenemy.

“He has, but guess what? He is married now, so guess who he likes to take care of him?” Kenya says.

Check out the clip above to see the moment a certain someone makes a surprise appearance and how the ladies react to finally getting to meet him

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Emily Ratajkowski Walks the Red Carpet with Her New Husband One Week After Their Surprise Wedding

Emily Ratajkowski is sharing the red carpet with her husband for the first time!

The 26-year-old model and actress walked the carpet with her brand new husband — actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard — at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, one week after tying the knot in a surprise wedding at City Hall in New York City.

Dressing up for the occasion, Ratajkowski wore a ankle-length floral print dress, which she accessorized with a pair of black strappy heels and her wedding band.

Bear-McClard, who attended the award show in support of Good Times, the 2017 film starring Robert Pattinson which he produced, kept things simple in a black suit with a white button-down shirt.

And the couple were all smiles as they cozied up to each other during their red carpet debut.

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The Gone Girl actress’ wedding was a surprise to fans, who learned of the nuptials when she shared a photo of herself at City Hall alongside her two witnesses — one being social media star Fat Jewish, who donned Planned Parenthood sweats for the occasion.

I got married today,” she captioned a selfie with Bear-McClard, in which he kissed the model’s cheek as they held hands and showed off their gold wedding bands. Bear-McClard also flashed two other rings on his fingers that read “EM” and “RATA.”

Though the relationship appears fairly new — Ratajkowski only recently split with boyfriend of over four years, Jeff Magid — the model has her new husband’s family’s approval.

“We’re proud of him for settling down with Emily and what he’s done and about to do in his film career,” Peter McClard, Bear-McClard’s uncle, told PEOPLE at the time.


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Lori Loughlin revealed how her husband handles fans who think she should have married John Stamos

Lori Loughlin revealed how her husband handles fans who think she should have married John Stamos


Lori Loughlin revealed how her husband handles fans who think she should have married John Stamos

Even though she’s been happily married for over two decades, a lot of Full House fans still hope that Lori Loughlin and John Stamos (aka Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse) will end up together. The good news is it seems as though Loughlin and her actual husband think it’s all pretty funny.

In case you missed it, Stamos is expecting his first child with his fiancee, Caitlin McHugh. The two announced the news in December 2017, just two months after announcing their plans to wed. Loughlin is married to Mossimo Giannulli (who yes, is famous for the “Mossimo” brand) and the pair have two daughters together — Isabella and Olivia, both teens. It’s the second marriage for Loughlin, who divorced her first husband back in 1996.

“Whenever I post something with my husband, people will write comments,” she said to Entertainment  Tonight. “I laugh now, I think its funny. They’re like, ‘You should’ve married John!’”

Giannulli, thankfully, finds it all pretty funny, too.

“What’s even funnier though, is sometimes my husband will comment back and say, ‘Yeah, you should have!’ or something funny like that,” she continued. “Like, he’ll just pop off!”

At least fans will always be able to relive their chemistry in Full House reruns. And hey — sometimes they both appear on Fuller House, the uber-successful Netflix spinoff.

Loughlin is also more than supportive of all of Stamos’s big news and thinks he’s going to be an excellent father.

“I’m so excited for him,” she said, noting that he’s wanted a family for some time. “It’s long overdue and his wife is a really great girl. She’s very good for him. I’m happy that they found each other, and I’m really excited that he’s going to be a dad.”

Maybe Loughlin’s girls can babysit on occasion? How cute would that be?!

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Dear husband, you are not a mom so get off my freaking back

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In order to clean up our breakfast mess this morning, I flipped on the TV hoping to get at least fifteen minutes of cleaning time without one (or four) kids under my feet or messing with the dishwasher. Of course, this had to be the exact time my husband decided to pop back in to refill his coffee. “All you do is blah, blah, blah. Put these kids to work. You should X, Y, Z. Stop using the TV as a babysitter.”

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This last one got me. Especially because my kids could not watch a whole movie to save their lives, even if I begged them to. Thus I am unable to use it as a “babysitter.”

Also, because we are in the middle of moving from our super teeny cabin (See: How our family of 6 lives in a 600-square-foot home) into our forever home and have relied on about three DVDs for the last two weeks. Imagine trying to unpack a 7-person family…while in the last month of pregnancy…with a 7, 5, 4, and 2-year-old constantly hanging from your body.

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It freaking sucks.

Obviously the last thing I want to hear is my husband lecture me on how to be a better mom. So, I calmly put my headphones back on (I was listening to my favorite podcast And That’s Why We Drink) and continued clearing the table. And, I may or may not have flipped him off when he turned around…because I’m passive aggressive like that.

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The nerve of these husbands! They come around about two hours a day and think they have the magic formula to raising a completely new species of humans capable of curing cancer and, I don’t know, figuring out world peace. AND, it’s we mothers who aren’t doing it right.

I tell you what — if there is one job as thankless as motherhood, it’s wifehood. And if my husband doesn’t stop offering “advice” on how I can be doing my job better, I’m going to show up at his workplace and start telling him how to save the damn world.

What does your husband like to nag you about?

Disclaimer: I know I whine a lot. But, as a very emotional, very pregnant empath my sole purpose in life is to be understood. This includes the bad stuff.

Also, while I seem to complain about my husband a lot lately (See: What if your crazy pregnancy aversion is your husband?), I do actually love him about 82 percent of the time. You just happened to catch me on a 18 percent day.

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After loss, I didn’t have sex with my husband for 6 months 

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Two weeks after my D&E, my doctor informed me, “You are cleared to have intercourse.” I remember looking across the desk at him through dead eyes. “I don’t feel like having sex,” I said flatly. He smiled and remarked, “You may change your mind.”

Except I didn’t.

Then, weeks later, I had a saline sonogram to ensure my uterus looked healthy, in case I wanted to try and get pregnant again. “Refrain from intercourse for about 5 days,” my doctor advised. Inside I laughed. Oh, I’d been refraining. In fact, I felt like my sex drive died right along with my baby. Right along with that part of me that would ever feel like I deserved happiness again.

Now, six months after losing the baby I’d longed for for years, my husband and I only recently made love. It was quick; it was because I felt like it was time. It wasn’t passionate or special.

But we are closer than ever.

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Losing a child affects a marriage deeply. There were days I thought it ruined us. That we’d lose our family too. Working through those devastating moments, when I looked at him and truly believed we had nowhere to go from here, slowly revealed a new level of love. I now see a man who stands by me during the darkest times life can serve up. Through hopelessness and despair and a depression so deep that walking across a room felt impossible.

On the other side of all of that is a bond so strong that it survived the longest romantic dry spell our marriage has seen in 10 years.

Not that we were doing it all the time before our loss. With three children, the reality is that making time for intimacy wasn’t always on the top of our, ahem, to-do list.

But now, as I continue to work on putting my life back together, I still can’t wrap my mind around returning to our former married maybe-not-even-so-exciting sex life. How can we just casually jump back in bed, and resume the act that created this situation in the first place? How can I let go of all my grief long enough to enjoy sex again? How can I allow myself to experience pleasure in the midst of my pain?

These questions and more swirl around in my head every time I even consider letting a rare smooch session turn into more. Every time a cuddle starts to feel like an opportunity to let my hands wander. The moment I feel a pang of what-if, it’s struck down by the knowledge that things are different now. I am different now.

The few times I’ve given in, I feel like a scared teenager again, sans the raging hormones of desire, slowly, tenuously letting my husband kiss me. He’s holding me close, he’s stroking my hair. That’s as far as I let him go most nights.

Maybe next time, I think. To me, that’s progress from where I started, completely closed off to the idea of intimacy.

For now, I’m lucky to have a man who is satisfied with being married to a woman who chooses to just keep going. Who, just this weekend, felt up for having friends over. Who made a joke the other day. Who smiles almost every day.

I’m lucky my husband isn’t pressuring me, and that every time the subject of sex comes up, and I get teary-eyed and apologize for not feeling like I want to, he smiles at me with kind eyes and says “Whenever you are ready.”

He’ll wait for me. As if this were a new relationship; because it kinda is. Now, we are a couple who lost a baby. One day I hope we are a couple who lost a baby and has a steamy sex life. We will be two people who made it through a devastating storm, and survived. And finally feel ready to celebrate the sh*t out of that.

When did you feel ready to have sex again after loss?

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Melania Trump denies new book’s claim that she cried when her husband won the Presidency

‘This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win’

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A new book allegedly details First Lady Melania Trump’s reaction to her husband’s 2016 victory against Hillary Clinton.

In an excerpt for New York Magazine, published Wednesday, author Michael Wolff alleges in his book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, that the first lady ‘was in tears — and not of joy’ when Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016.

Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the first lady, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, ‘This book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.’

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, also released a statement, saying, ‘This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House. Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy.’

The excerpt reported Melania ‘had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president’ and that she would have been happy to ‘return to inconspicuously lunching.’

In November, the president fired back at a report that claimed his wife had dreaded his win in the election and that she didn’t want to be first lady ‘come hell or high water.’

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‘Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that “if you run, you will win,”‘ Trump tweeted. ‘She would tell everyone that, “no doubt, he will win.” I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) – and Country is doing great!’

Though Trump didn’t name the report in his tweet, his language about his wife truly loving her role and the repeated mentions of her belief he would win directly addresses two of the more eye-catching points in a Vanity Fair piece about the “enigmatic first lady.”

In the article, reporter Sarah Ellison reported that a longtime friend of the Trumps told her of Melania: ‘This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win. She didn’t want this come hell or high water. I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.’

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Kate Beckinsale to play widow whose husband dies in a plane crash in new ITV drama

HOLLYWOOD star Kate Beckinsale has signed up to star in a new drama series for ITV and Amazon.

The Aviator actress, 44, has been cast in The Widow, penned by Harry and Jack Williams, the screenwriting siblings behind The Missing and Liar.

Kate has been signed up to star in the eight-part drama, The Widow
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The London-born star will play Georgia Wells, a woman whose life is turned upside-down when her husband of more than 10 years is reported dead following a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

But three years later, Georgia makes a shocking discovery which “takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo…to uncover the truth about his disappearance.”

ITV head of drama Polly Hill said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow.

“She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams.”

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The Williams brothers said that they “couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role.”

The series goes into production this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.

It will premiere on ITV before coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Kate’s previously worked with Amazon Studio on the 2016 comedy Love & Friendship, which she won the Evening Standard Award, the London Film Critic Circle Award and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award.

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The A-lister has opened up in the past about her enviable physique, and the punishing diet and fitness regime she follows to stay trim.

Opening up to Shape Magazine, Kate, 44, spoke about her attitude to exercise.

She said: “I start out absolutely dreading it, do an incredibly punishing workout, bitch about it the whole time, and end up feeling 100 per cent better when I leave.


She continued that her and daughter Lily, 18, her only child with ex-partner Michael Sheen, follow a simple food plan.

She says: “Lily and I eat clean – we have a lot of sauteed vegetables like brussels sprouts and broccoli and chicken and fish.

“Also I don’t drink alcohol. I feel [its effects] very quickly, so I’ve never actually had an entire glass of anything alcoholic.”


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‘RHOBH’ Recap: Dorit’s Husband Claims Lisa Rinna Is a ‘Schizophrenic’

What happens in Vegas, comes back to Beverly Hills. Dorit Kemsley wasted no time debriefing to her husband, PK, about how she bonded with Erika Girardi during their trip to Sin City. Though Dorit said she still didn’t really want to invite Lisa Rinna to her upcoming birthday party, she didn’t want her to be the only one left out.

Meanwhile, Kyle Richards and her family were busy preparing to leave on their family vacation to Croatia. Kyle couldn’t escape soon enough, as she and her husband were deep in “renovation hell” redoing their home.

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Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave met with Rinna for lunch. Though Lisa Vanderpump and Dorit had tried to “warn” Teddi about Rinna, Teddi liked her and decided to make her own decisions about which women to befriend. Teddi and Rinna bonded over their alleged rejection of things such as Cartier bracelets. As they bonded over that, Rinna reapplied her makeup. Enough said. Teddi then mentioned that she was inviting several of the women to watch her in a horse jumping competition – more on that later.

Birthday Babies

The eve of Dorit’s birthday dinner arrived and everyone gathered to celebrate. Teddi brought her husband, Edwin. Hosted by Vanderpump and (unofficially) her husband Ken, the party kicked off with martinis. Rinna was happy that she was invited, but was nervous just the same. Also in attendance were Camille Grammer, her girlfriend Kimber, and Erika. There was a surprise guest as well: Jagger, Dorit’s son. “Jagger is my heart and soul,” Dorit said before admitting she also loved her new Birkin bag.

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Shortly after arriving at dinner, Jagger called Erika the “bad guy.” Dorit swore to the camera that she never said that. “My son’s very into bad guys and superheroes,” Dorit said. Shortly after that, Rinna decided to make a speech. “We are in a really nice place, so thank you and happy birthday to you,” Rinna said.

Daddy’s Girl … Not So Much

Erika met the man who was collaborating with her on her book. Through their chat, she re-emphasized just how nonexistent her relationship was with her father. “I just knew that whatever I was searching for was not there,” she shrugged. “It is what it is.” The collaborator didn’t seem completely convinced that Erika was as over it as she claimed, but he didn’t push it – at least for now.

Horsing Around

Vanderpump, Rinna, and Dorit arrived to watch Teddi compete at the horse show. Dorit ignored Teddi’s advice and arrived in open-toed shoes, which weren’t great for the dusty grounds – but Dorit liked her look so she wasn’t too worried about it. Teddi rode her trainer’s horse, admitting that having her own horse was too rich for her blood. She completed the course quite smoothly and actually took first place. All of the women were very impressed, especially Vanderpump, who was the only one who seemed to know anything about horses.

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Dinner Party for Four

Dorit decided she wanted PK and Edwin to know each other, so she invited them over for an intimate dinner. “My husband loves my cooking,” Dorit bragged to the camera. Yes, she cooked dinner – so she said. They quickly got down to business, with Dorit admitting she had been engaged twice before PK. Then Teddi revealed she and Edwin had struggled through IVF. “You also feel bad, because you feel like you’re failing,” she cried to the camera.

Over dinner, PK warned Teddi and Edwin about their experience with Rinna. “He thinks Lisa Rinna is schizophrenic,” Dorit said. “She’s one person one minute and then another person another minute. She’s rage and regret – rage and regret,” Dorit said. She then basically ragged on Rinna for making a speech during her birthday party.

“I’m confused. You just had this big moment where you’ve forgiven each other,” Teddi said to the camera. “And now you’re at a dinner, talking about it again. That’s not forgiveness, in my opinion.” She is an accountability coach, so that assessment isn’t so surprising.

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Designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Husband and Brand Cofounder Divorcing

It looks like the married owners of cult favorite boutique and brand Maryam Nassir Zadeh are headed for a split.
Eponymous founder Maryam Nassir Zadeh and her husband and business partner Uday Kak, who is also a photographer, made a contested divorce filing in a local Brooklyn court late last week. Documents in the case are sealed, but a contested filing generally means there is either a dispute over child custody, assets or both.
The now-former couple shares two daughters and public profiles list Zadeh and Kak as partners in the boutique, which has a storefront in New York’s Lower East Side, along with a popular e-commerce business. There is also a Maryam Nassir Zadeh line of shoes and bags, priced roughly between $ 400 and $ 900, as well as design-forward apparel, which Zadeh designs and has expanded over the last year.
Zadeh held her second fashion show in September at the East River Track in New York, with seating on bleachers and a surprise performance by Solange Knowles. She’s been producing seasonal collections since spring 2015.

The boutique carries a number of luxury designers, from the established to the new, like Marni, Rochas, Isabel Marant, Jacquemus, Lemaire, Jesse Kamm and Dumitrascu, and offers an

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Tamar Braxton Says a Woman Is Claiming That Her Estranged Husband Got Her Pregnant

Tamar Braxton has made a shocking claim about her estranged husband Vince Herbert.

Two months after the singer and reality star filed for divorce after 9 years of marriage, Braxton, 40, claimed that another woman contacted her saying she had been impregnated by Herbert.

On Saturday, in a now-deleted Instagram post, Braxton reportedly claimed that an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order,” according to E!.

“Smh happy new year folks!! Ladies and gentlemen know that 2018 is a FRESH start and if i can leave this liar u can leave yours too,” Braxton reportedly added.

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According to online jail records, Vince Herbert was arrested on Christmas Day and released later that night on a $ 20,000 bond. While TMZ reported that Herbert was booked on suspicion of spousal assault, Braxton said in a statement to PEOPLE that things did not get physical between the two of them. (Herbert did not respond to a request for comment.)

“Cooparenting while going through a divorce is not a easy task,” she said. “While celebrating the Christmas holiday as a family, after a few drinks and some jealousy, things got a bit out of hand, which is common for most families during the holidays. In the midst of everything our family is going through things got heated and a bit exaggerated.”

“To be clear, there was no physical interaction between Vince and me on Christmas” she continued. “While I do not appreciate his lack of respect for our family and him allegedly impregnating another woman, I cannot paint him as a vicious abuser, that Vince is not.”

“I’m deeply hurt and saddened that this will be how we will remember Christmas 2017, but, my motto is and maintains to be ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ and nobody will stop my joy and Blessings going into the New Year! God Bless!” she added, referencing the title of her most recent album.

On Friday, Braxton also posted a video on her Instagram Story confirming that she still loved her estranged husband. “He’s my best friend, he’s my son’s father. I will always hold him down. I will always love him, and what will be, will be.”

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The reality star had previously opened up to PEOPLE in November about her divorce, saying that she was “at peace.”

“Vince and I are not fighting. I think people associate divorce with like, arguing and fighting and a lot of havoc, and that’s not where we are,” Braxton said, adding that the former couple’s main focus is their 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent.

“We have our little boy,” she said. “We just try to keep things as calm as we can.”


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Kyle Richards’ Husband Speaks Out After Home Burglary

Kyle Richards‘ husband, Mauricio Umansky, spoke out in an Instagram post on Saturday, December 30, after more than $ 1 million worth of items was reportedly stolen from their $ 8.2 million home.

As previously reported, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars’ home in Encino, California, was broken into on Wednesday, December 27, while the family was on vacation in Aspen, Colorado.

TMZ reported that burglars broke a window and stole more than $ 1 million in jewelry, including $ 150,000 worth of watches owned by Umansky. The thieves also took all of Richards’ jewelry except for what she brought with her on vacation.

Her gold wedding band with the inscription “Mauricio forever” was taken, along with $ 100,000 earrings Umansky, 47, gave his wife for the 20th anniversary, according to TMZ. Handbags, including Hermes Birkin and Chanel, were also stolen.

Umansky posted a series of nine photos of his family — including Richards, 48, and their four daughters, Farrah, 29, Alexia, 21, Sophia, 17, and Portia, 9 — and captioned the snaps, “2017 Memories #family Nothing replaces Family. They can steal your belongings but they can’t steal your memories or your love.”

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Sophia also posted a photo on Instagram that showed her and her parents embracing. “All that matters,” she wrote.

TMZ reports that due to a misunderstanding, the house’s high-tech security system was not turned on, enabling the burglars to get in and out of the two-story, seven bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion undetected. They reportedly used a ladder to climb to a second-story balcony and targeted the couple’s master bedroom closets. Surveillance cameras were also turned off due to renovations.

The family’s three dogs, including a large German Shepherd, were also not at the house as they are finishing a five-week obedience course.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Frankie Bridge thinks her husband is “really good” at buying her Christmas presents.
The 28-year-old singer – who has sons Parker, three, and two-year-old Carter with spouse Wayne Bridge – doesn’t know what she’ll be unwrapping from the sportsman on December 25, but expects its something she’ll love, as he knows her tastes well.
She said: “Wayne’s really good [at buying gifts]. He got me an awful pair of shoes when we first started going out – it took me weeks to tell him I didn’t like them.
“But since then, he’s been so good.”
However, when it comes to doing her own Christmas shopping, Frankie leaves it until the last minute.
Asked if she’s a last-minute shopper, she said: “100 per cent. If I can’t get it on Amazon, I’m lost.”
The former Saturdays singer previously admitted she thinks more about gifts for her sons than what she’d like for herself.
She said: “Now that we have the boys I never really think about what I want as much, it is all about them. Lately we’ve been going more for things like a nice break away together. Makes us sound old – but I just love being away with the three of them.”
And Frankie can’t wait until the festive season really kicks in so all her extended family can “come together for a big feast”.
She added: “We are spending Christmas with all the family. Both mine and Wayne’s come together for a big feast. I love the whole festive season to be as busy as possible with loads of yummy food and lots of Christmas songs! I start playing them as soon as Halloween is over!

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Jill Scott Has Filed For Divorce, Her Estranged Husband Responds

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Three time Grammy-Award winner Jill Scott has officially split from her husband of 15 months, according to BOSSIP.

The soul singer filed divorce papers on September 15, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and “inappropriate marital conduct that such further cohabitation would be unsafe and improper,” according to the outlet.

Scott, 45, married Mike Dobson, 49, in a June 2016 secret ceremony much to the surprise of her fans and supporters.

The grounds listed in Scott’s divorce petition could range anywhere from meaning cruel treatment, infidelity, verbal or physical abuse or sexual impropriety, according to Tennessee law, where the couple exchanged their vows.

Dobson, who spoke to BOSSIP, maintains none of the above happened in their relationship. He told the outlet that he was “blindsided” by the news, even though court documents listed the couple’s separation date as September 5.

“She’s an evil woman,” Dobson said in the interview. “I’m telling you. It’s like what Jill Scott wants, Jill Scott gets. People are in her ear, and if someone comes in to challenge the dumb s**t, they made me be the bad guy and that got me outta there.”

Dobson also said that the couple decided to live separately while they worked on their marriage, agreeing to continue wearing their wedding rings.

“She’s got issues. There’s no men in that family, there’s only women. And when a man comes in, it’s like a challenge,” he continued.

On the divorce petition, Scott listed her occupation as a writer and PhD student, marking Dobson as unemployed. He told BOSSIP that Scott tried to smear his name by doing so, saying he’s maintained a job with the city of Atlanta since 2011. She also asked the court to enforce an existing prenup agreement between the couple.

Dobson also warned that he’s geared up to fight dirty.

“She likes to emasculate men – that’s her problem,” he said. “I told her, she’s from Philly, but I’m from New York, and if you want to try to disgrace me, try to slander me, I can fight dirty.”

This is Scott’s second divorce. She was previously married to Lyzell Williams from 2001-2007. She shares an eight-year-old son named Jett from her previous relationship with drummer John Roberts. Scott and Dobson have no children together.

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Did Wendy Williams Fire Staff Who Leaked Cheating Rumors About Her Husband?

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Wendy Williams reportedly shook up things behind the scenes at her daily show, allegedly firing members of her staff who she believed leaked cheating rumors about her husband, Kevin Hunter.

It all came to head when an explosive report alleged Hunter, who is also Williams’ manager, was carrying on a long-term relationship with a 32-year-old massage therapist named Sarina Hudson. The report also stated that Williams not only knew about the affair, but willingly shared her husband with Hudson.

Williams and Hunter have been married since 2007 and share a 17-year-old son named Kevin Jr.

Days later, Williams used her talk show to clear up the story while proudly sporting her large diamond wedding ring.

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An undisclosed source told entertainment blog The Jasmine Brand that Williams felt betrayed after the story leaked and immediately investigated where the story originated.

“She fired anyone who was connected to the story because it was not only fake, but it showed how disloyal they were to her. She can’t trust someone who would do that to her. She fired a number of her staff, including some producers,” the source said.

Williams is apparently unbothered by the rumor and will continue to stand by her man, the source states.

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Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey are reportedly no longer divorcing.

The actress, 30, filed a request for dismissal of the divorce paperwork, according to The Blast. Rivera originally filed for divorce last November.

While it’s unclear if the dismissal means the pair — who share son Josey, 2 — are back together, a source told E! News, “They want to make it work for the sake of their son.”

Dorsey, 34, and Rivera first dated in 2010 before going their separate ways while she starred on Glee. They later wed in July 2014, just three months after her engagement to rapper Big Sean ended.

In their November statement about the divorce, the couple told PEOPLE, “After much consideration, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him. We ask for respect and privacy for our family during this difficult time.”

Rivera asked for primary physical custody of Josey, with visitation rights for Dorsey.

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In April, the Glee alum told Momtastic that she and Dorsey are “very good at co-parenting.”

“It’s always going to have its challenges logistically, but Josey is our priority,” she said. “We’re his parents.”

Added Rivera, “If everybody looks at it that way, it alleviates some of the drama. Doing what’s best for Josey is really what it all boils down to.”

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How old is Claudia Winkleman, what is the Strictly Come Dancing host’s BBC salary and who’s her husband Kris Thykier?

CLAUDIA Winkleman is known for her bubbly personality and hilarious skits on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 45-year-old hit headlines when she was revealed as the BBC’s highest-earning female star and she’s now been named as the face of the Beeb’s new cookery show, Britain’s Best Cook – here’s the lowdown…

Claudia Winkleman hosts Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly on BBC One
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Who is Claudia Winkleman and who are her parents?

Claudia, 45, was born in London on January 15, 1972 and is the daughter of former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard.

Her father Barry was the former publisher of the Times Atlas Of The world.

Claudia’s parents split when she was three and both remarried in 1979.

Her mum Eve married former editor of the Daily Express Sir Nicholas Lloyd and her dad Barry wed children’s author Cindy Black.

How did Claudia break into TV?

Her first major TV gig was on regional discussion programme Central Weekend in 1991.

In 1992 she landed a role on BBC series Holiday which continued throughout the 90s.

She also interviewed celebs on This Morning and presented a few game shows including dating show Three’s a Crowd.

In 2002 she got her first daily TV role as a host on BBC Three show Liquid News.

The following year, she presented daily updates from reality show Fame Academy and in 2005, she began hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

In 2012, it was announced that Zoë Ball would be the regular presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two while Claudia would host the results show with Tess Daly on Sunday nights.

Claudia then took over from Bruce Forsyth as Tess’ co-host in 2014 for the 12th series of the reality show.

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How much does Claudia earn?

The BBC revealed its “talent list” which showcases its high-earners bringing in more than £150,000 on July 19.

Salaries of the corporation’s top earners were released so license fee payers can know where their money is going.

However, the BBC has come under fire for the large gender pay gap among their employees with Chris Evans earning £2.2million a year – four times more than its highest paid woman which is Claudia.

Only a third of its top earners are women, sparking an equality row which Director-General Tony Hall has vowed to address.

Claudia is listed as earning between £450,000 – £499,000.

Who is Claudia’s husband Kris Thykier?

Claudia married film producer Kris Thykier in 2000 in a secret wedding ceremony with just their closest family and friends in attendance.

The couple have three children and live in Connaught Square in London.

Their children are Jake, 14, Matilda, eight and Arthur, six.

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What happened to her daughter Matilda?

Matilda’s suffered severe burns when her Halloween costume went up in flames in 2014.

Claudia said the costume went on fire after her daughter brushed against a candle.

Speaking about the incident in 2015, she said: “I bought her costume from a supermarket, she wanted to go as a witch so she had a witch’s hat and a cape and some stripy tights and a sort of long flowy skirt thing.

“I was talking to somebody… and then I heard her shout and she was on fire…

“It feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said that it definitely wasn’t the case and it was probably just seconds… she went up, is the only way I know how to describe it… it was a spark and she screamed out for me.

“It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back…it was really fast, it was fast, it wasn’t fire like I’d seen.”

The incident prompted the government to tighten the flame retardant standards of Halloween costumes.

When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.



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Husband and Wife Build Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival Into a 15-Year Brand

Celebrating 15 successful years, the 2017 Run&Shoot Filmworks’ Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF) screened more than 60 features, short films, documentaries, and television series. The six-day festival featured the movies Marshall, Detroit, Crown Heights, and Rodney King; and two episodes from Spike Lee’s new television show She’s Gotta Have It and two episodes from Issa Rae’s Insecure, among other groundbreaking works.

 

(L-R: Academy Award-Winning Director Spike Lee, actor Roger Guenveur Smith and Ken Shropshire of Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University for “The Color of Conversation” talk back screening for the RODNEY KING movie. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

 

This month, MVAAFF founders Stephanie and Floyd Rance received a special citation from the State of Massachusetts’ Governor’s Office for their significant contributions to the local economy of Martha’s Vineyard. With more than 2,500 participants at this year’s festival, the island saw a marked increase in housing rentals, hotel bookings, restaurant patronage, and lifestyle and consumer shopping.

 

(“Marshall” film screening; L-R: Charles E. Walker Jr., Esq.; Chrisette Hudlin, wife of Reginald Hudlin; director Reginald Hudlin; founders Stephanie and Floyd Rance. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

 

The Rances held the inaugural festival in July 2002 in Oak Bluffs on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. “Fifteen years is an outstanding accomplishment and everyone should be applauded,” says Floyd Rance, who co-founded the MVAAFF with his wife, Stephanie. “I always consider this event our third child and just like our other children we are equally as proud of this event. We have nurtured it and watched it crawl, helped it to its feet, and watch[ed] it walk.”

 

When Corporate and Art Backgrounds Unite

 

The Rances came to film festival production from backgrounds in corporate media and film production. Stephanie left her corporate job at Westhill Partners as director of public relations more than 15 years ago to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and eventually launched her marketing firm, Crescendo.

Floyd, a film producer and cinematographer, started his career working on Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues. The Howard University graduate continued working with Lee and director/cinematographer Ernest Dickerson on the acclaimed films Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, and Clockers, among others. Floyd also produces episodic television and commercials; some of his clients have included HBO, Reebok, Foot Locker, and Family Dollar, to name a few.

 

(MVAAFF’s founders Floyd and Stephanie Rance. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

 

After leaving corporate America, Stephanie was taking a much-needed break while her husband was working on an independent short film in Barbados. During that time, she began to think about marketing initiatives that she could bring to the Island of Barbados. After returning home, she arranged a meeting with the management team of the Barbados Tourism Board in New York, which was looking to increase travel to the island by African American visitors. In her proposal, she included a pitch to bring a film festival to Barbados.

In the summer of 2000, the couple rented a house in Martha’s Vineyard, one of their favorite vacation destinations. They met a filmmaker who brought her short films to the Vineyard and convinced the local owner of the former Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs to allow her to screen her films. He agreed, and the line to see her series of shorts extended around the block.

“Subconsciously, I kept that moment in the back of my mind,” says Stephanie. “If you’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard, [you know] there’s not a ton to do on the island in the evenings.”

 

(Netflix Original Series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” L-R: Actor Cleo Anthony, actress Margot Bingham, MVAAFF co-founder Stephanie Rance, actress Dewanda Wise, actor Lyriq Bent, MVAAFF co-founder Floyd Rance. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

A Setback Turns Into an Opportunity

 

In 2001, the Barbados Tourism Board was ready to move forward with creating the island’s first film festival. Instinctively, Stephanie knew the film festival was a good idea for the Island of Barbados, as she reflected on that moment with the female filmmaker in Oak Bluffs. Not knowing anything about producing a film festival, she stumbled across a group on Yahoo.com titled Black Filmmakers, which still exists. She posted information about the festival and soon filmmakers were submitting their works along with registration fees for consideration to screen their projects. She received almost 15 film entries and secured both Showtime and AOL Black Voices as festival sponsors.

Unfortunately, the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks occurred that year; the Barbados Tourism Board, nervous about the negative impact on international travel, pulled out. Thinking on her feet, she decided that it would be a great idea to host the film festival in Martha’s Vineyard.

MVAAFF’s inaugural four-day event in 2002 had only 10 attendees. Though Stephanie had secured sponsorship for the fest, the representatives never showed up.

 

(“Insecure” stars Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji enjoying a screening at the MVAAFF. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

“I could have given up,” Stephanie recalls of that early disappointment. “But I said, ‘You know what? I think I have something here. I’m going to stick with it.’ And 15 years later, the film festival is a huge success with sold out audiences and rousing standing ovations nightly. It’s been a long and rewarding journey. We are very proud of it.” There is much to be proud of. Now hailed as the summer’s finest local film festival, the MVAAFF attracts more than 2,500 attendees worldwide.

The Business of Building a Film Festival Brand

 

Producing the MVAAFF is a family affair for Stephanie and Floyd, who have two children. “There are pluses and minuses in our partnership,” Stephanie explains. “The great thing is that the money stays in the family. We might squabble about which films get in and which films don’t; Floyd is looking at it from a cinematic lens, and I gauge movies based on what pulls at my heart strings. We’re great partners, and I wouldn’t do it with anybody else.”

Still, the couple says that building the festival is a labor of love and has not been an overnight success. MVAAFF has also experienced a healthy increase in both revenues and sponsorship. From 2002 to 2005, the festival saw a 15% increase; from 2006 to 2010, revenues jumped by 25%; and from 2011 to 2015, the festival saw a 45% gain.

Each year, the festival has attracted more sponsors, as well as sponsors for individual events; over the past five years sponsorship doubled. Also, the founders included merchandising to their bottom line, with the sale of branded T-shirts and caps, which have become the festival’s must-have items. The growth has kept pace with the increase in conference registration and participation, numbers that remained steady even through the 2008-2009 recession.

Bringing Diversity to Martha’s Vineyard’s Arts Scene

 

The MVAAFF showcases between 50 and 60 films; currently, all the films are screened at one location, the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center (MVPAC), which seats 800 people. Utilizing one theater venue for the festival is an added value for the filmmakers, sponsors, and attendees since no films or events are scheduled at the same time.

The MVAAFF draws a diverse and affluent group of attendees and loyal supporters. . There’s a large contingent of people from the Washington, D.C., area, with several from President Obama’s administration, including former Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch as well as state and local politicians. The event also draws educators, doctors, and lawyers; and Ivy Leaguers from Princeton, Stanford, and Harvard, including Professors Charles Ogletree, Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., and Khalil Muhammad. The festival is also popular among the alumni and students from historically black colleges and universities, including Howard, Morehouse, Hampton, North Carolina A&T, and others.

(Academy Award-Winning Director Spike Lee. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

Aspiring and veteran filmmakers, producers, writers, executives, and a host of celebrities from across the country frequent the annual festival. Some are regular vacationers on the island; for instance, director Spike Lee has been a longtime supporter. Others celebrities and friends of the festival have included Ben Vereen, Jeffrey Wright, Ava DuVernay, Reginald Hudlin, David E. Talbert, Gail King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Marla Gibbs, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Karyn Parsons, Delroy Lindo, Morocco Omari, Dee Rees, Daphne Reid, Debra Lee, Lisa Davis, Esq., and many others.

“Our festival is different from other festivals, it’s like a family reunion,” says Stephanie. “It’s not a celebrity gawk fest; we’re not into that. It’s not pretentious; it’s laid back and cool.”

Over the years, the festival has screened a wide range of works including Hidden Figures, Baggage Claim, The Princess and the Frog, Birth of a Nation, Chi-Raq, Four Brothers, Idlewild, Miracle at St. Anna, and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, along with noted documentaries Anita, A Ballerina’s Tale, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, and television series Blackish and Backyardigans. 

(Filmmaker’s Brunch. Image: Courtesy of the MVAAFF)

 

 

Expanding Beyond the Vineyard

 

The Rances are extremely pleased with the support they have received from the film studios and television and cable networks as well as from the black film community. By creating a great platform for future filmmakers, Stephanie and Floyd are proud to have seen several festival participants go on to achieve greater milestones in their film careers. In fact, the exponential growth of the Martha’s Vineyard festival in recent years is leading to expansion beyond the beloved island.

The Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival is very special to us and our loyal attendees,” says Stephanie. “We will remain on the island, but we are currently planning another three-to-four-day festival stateside that will launch in October 2018.” The name, date, and location of the new event will be announced separately.

“We are asked constantly to start a new festival,” Stephanie continues. “We would like to serve and accommodate the larger artistic community, and we plan to make [the new festival] bigger and better.”

 

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Kenya’s currently celebrating her husband’s birthday in New York City and shared a pic of her and her new beau.

“Happy Birthday to my husband my one and only my everything,” she captioned online. “Your wife for life #MrsDaly.”

Kenya’s comments are off for that particular photo, but her post was reposted and Kim found herself commenting ‘Lies!’ in response.

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Stop asking if my husband is the father of our biracial son

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I still get jokes about it even now, three years into being a mother.

Sometimes it’s by people who know me only through Facebook, the people who have seen my wedding photos and vacation photos. Sometimes it’s people who have met my husband at a social gathering. Some are people who barely know me at all. In all cases, they’ve seen my husband — and then they get a look at our kid.

“So who’s the father?”

This is almost always accompanied by a visible sizing up of my child. I see the scan of my son’s skin, eyes, nose, hair, and then I watch the gears turn. His ethnicity is a puzzle. I understand what prompts the jokes, but that doesn’t make them hurt less.

An Asian man holds a baby who looks Caucasian

My husband is Asian. Our son is too, by virtue of genetics — but he doesn’t have the features that fit with preconceptions of what an Asian looks like.

It’s the same issue with my husband, who is Japanese but appears ethnically ambiguous. That means when we’ve gone to a Chinese restaurant together, a table full of customers has tried to give him their orders. (That’s happened more than once.) He’s been called Jackie Chan (wrong ethnicity), Daniel Dae Kim (wrong ethnicity), and Toshiba (not even a person). He’s a teacher, and some of his students have been so blunt as to ask, “What are you?”

An Asian father holds his Caucasian-looking son inside of a picture frame.

Our son, on the other hand, is also ethnically ambiguous but looks more Caucasian than anything else. His hair is light, fine, and wispy; in the sunshine it looks red. His eyes are stunningly dark but wide. He doesn’t fit with the stereotypes of what part-Asian people are expected to look like, but that doesn’t make him any less Japanese.

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This isn’t exclusive to strangers, by the way. I’ve had awkward exchanges with those closest to us. About a month after the birth, this happened with someone in my immediate family:

RELATIVE: How’s the baby? We were all looking at photos and talking about — well, you know.

ME: No, I don’t know. What?

RELATIVE: It’s just a surprise. That’s all.

ME: What’s a surprise?

RELATIVE: Well, he’s not very Japanese-y, is he?

My son is Japanese because that’s what his heritage is. He’s also German and Polish and Irish. It’s possible that he will grow up without feeling any strong ties to his heritage or with his own questions about his identity, and that’s something we’ll discuss as he gets older.

Right now, this is what I can tell you about my son. He is mixed race. He loves maps and Mo Willems books, watermelon and the color orange. He’s the funniest kid I’ve ever known, and I’m so grateful that he’s ours.

A white-presenting woman in a red plaid dress is seated next to an Asian man in a black sweater. In between is their mixed-race child.

 

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If you’ve been following along for our first BabyCenter Book Club, we’ve been reading How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids, a humorous but also helpful guide to relationships after a baby enters the picture.

New York Times bestselling author Jancee Dunn wrote this part-memoir, part-self-help guide as she and her husband struggled to keep their marriage together after the birth of their daughter. The book blends real-life experiences with expert advice, all wrapped up in a chatty, funny bow. It feels like something that could have been written by a helpful sister or a reliable girlfriend.

Dunn answered some of our questions by phone last week about the process of writing the book, what helped her marriage, and what she hopes this guide will do for others.

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Was it always a given that you would use your own relationship as a test case?

I am used to writing about my life, but never my marriage. My husband is a private guy. He’s a writer also, but he doesn’t write about his feelings or any of that stuff, so I was really hesitant. It’s fun to talk about boyfriends and stuff, but when you get married, it’s a little more sacred, I guess.

So he was initially opposed to the idea?

It’s his nightmare to expose his relationship to the world. He had never gone to counseling, and there was also the risk that this big book project would fail. Who knew if it would have a happy ending or not?

We were not doing well. It was very unclear if we would stay together.

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What was the turning point for the book project?

I knew I had to be honest, and I find it really reassuring to hear other people’s stories about their relationships. I knew I had to put my own relationship out there, because I felt so alone when we were fighting. I felt like we were the only couple that was fighting as much as we were. My friends might have been fighting in their relationships, but they never talked about it.

Why do you think people don’t talk about their struggles as a married couple?

There’s something kind of shameful about it. Not only is there a steep learning curve with being a parent, and you feel like an amateur, but your marriage is in tatters also. I felt like maybe if I put it all out there, some people might recognize it, and it might take away the taboo.

How did you finally get your husband on board?

We had a frank conversation where I said, “What if we were this way five years from now? Is this the life you want? Just try my way for a few months.” I sold it to him that way.

Since he’s a writer as well, he was kind of curious about all the research I was going to try on him, especially with the sex therapist. That was a selling point as well, because our sex life was really in the toilet at that point.

I tried all kinds of things to sweeten the pot. I also took him to his favorite restaurant before therapy appointments.

So it was a mixture of bribes and threats and propositions.

One thing that struck me was how hopeful the book was. When you were going through the process, did you feel optimistic?

I just wanted to be purely helpful to readers, so all the things that didn’t work, I left out. It would have been a much  longer book if I had added the things that didn’t work. Besides, parents of young children have a limited attention span. You don’t want a huge bummer of a book.

That said, I did feel optimistic because these experts I knew were great, and I felt like I was in really good hands. And I did feel optimistic because my husband was more willing to save our marriage than I realized.

The work is very layered and thorough — every section includes multiple interviews, study after study. How long did it take you to compile this research?

It took about a year and a half. My background is that I write about health for Vogue, and Anna Wintour is a rigorous editor. She reads everything.

Also I find it interesting, so I bury myself in research. I had piles and piles of printouts all over my apartment, but it was stimulating.

Where do you think your book fits into the canon of pregnancy/parenting books? Who did you write this for?

I wrote this for my pregnant self. I really wish I had had this book when I was pregnant. You can’t start preparing too soon for the changes your relationship will go through.

I see it as a baby shower, a gift to have while you can still read more than one paragraph. That’s ideally what I would have liked — to let women know ahead of time what’s coming. You hear people say you’re going to lose sleep, but you don’t hear that you’re going to fight with your partner.

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Do you think this book would benefit gay couples as well?

I had originally wanted to devote at least a chapter to gay families but the research is still emerging. And I have to say the research is overwhelmingly positive, and I feel like same-sex couples have a lot to teach straight couples. A lot of gay couples are free from the same tired gender norms and stereotypes, and they have formed their own way of parenting free of that crap.

Did new problems arise during the course of writing this book? I imagine it like plugging up one leak — it just causes leaks to pop up in other places.

Having to write the book while everything was happening added a layer of weirdness. When we would get into arguments, Tom would stop and say, “Wait. Are you using this? Is this material?” So that definitely added a kind of pressure and a layer of kookiness.

Tell me about some of the feedback you’ve received.

I’ve had strangers cry to me and ask for my therapist’s number, so I’ve sent people to the same counselors we went to. I tell people we’re all in this together.

The (letters) I’ve loved the most have been from men, from husbands. They’ve said, “I’m really trying. I want my wife to be happy,” and that’s heartening.

There are so many ideas in this book that were brand-new to me: it’s okay for kids to see you fight if it’s done fairly, don’t take 2-minute showers on the weekend. What were totally new concepts for you?

Weirdly, one was to articulate clearly what you need. You would think that would have occurred to me, but I really did expect my husband to read my mind and to read my angry facial expressions. I went straight to “I’m doing everything around here” instead of saying, “Can you help me do X, Y, and Z?”

It’s bizarre when I think about it.

What’s been the hardest change for you to maintain?

It’s more about maintenance. I naively thought once we had a plan in place, it wouldn’t require much maintenance, but these principles require constant maintenance.

Now we still squabble, but the heat is gone. We fight like adults.

What did you think of the book?

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Selena Quintanilla’s Husband Shares Sweet Memory of the Late Singer

Chris Perez, the widower of the late Selena Quintanilla, has never been afraid to share their memories as a couple. The musician released a book titled To Selena, With Love in 2012 and this past April, he post their marriage license on Instagram in celebration of what would have been their 25th wedding anniversary. Now, he’s sharing a funny moment he had with the Tejano singer in which he woke her from a deep sleep to listen to his favorite band’s new single:

“Just heard this song again tonight from one of my favorite bands #Extreme…and I had a memory…late night in our Los Angeles hotel room @the Bel’age on the Sunset Strip…Selena was craaaaaashed out, and I was still up in bed watching some super late night tv show (as usual, LOL!),” he wrote. “My absolute FAVORITE band at the time was #EXTREME…and I hear the host say, “we’ll be right back with Extreme!” What do you think I did? Damn right…I started waking her up (which was a super NO NO) and saying, “WAKE UP! Extreme is coming on, and they’re playing their new single!” She woke up, stayed up with me, and we JAMMED this song while we watched the LIVE performance for the first time together on tv.”

Perez also shared the video of the Extreme performance they watched that night.

Facebook fans were delighted by the story and many thanked him for sharing it. “Thank you for sharing Chris. I just love hearing your stories with Selena. It’s weird, but I feel like I know you guys without even meeting you,” wrote one user.

Quintanilla and Perez eloped after a few months of dating and had been married for three years when the Texas-born singer was murdered by her fan club president in 1995.


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Kristen Bell Is Still Confused by Husband Dax Shepard’s 3-Wheel Motorcycle: ‘Care to Explain?’

Kristen Bell is wagging her finger at Dax Shepard‘s latest stunt: a three-wheel motorcycle parked alongside their home — with a baby helmet included for daughters Delta and Lincoln!

“This thing keeps parking closer to the house. Next I know it will be right next to the lazy boy, front and center in my living room. Please note the car seat and baby helmet on the passenger side. Care to explain, @daxshepard ? #polaris #slingshot,” she captioned her Instagram of the black and orange vehicle.

The CHiPs star had captured Shepard’s vehicle when it was initially parked on their lawn.

“Excuse me, @daxshepard, WTF is on my front lawn right now?!” she wrote of the enormous bike earlier in April.

And in February, Bell, 36, had jokingly feuded with her hubby over their home furnishings, insisting that Shepard’s choice in placing his La-Z-Boy in the center of their living room was not acceptable in terms of tying the room together.

“He made an adorable argument about how epic his TV viewing experience will be if I let him keep it there. The man has lost his mind,” Bell joked.

Shepard’s argument was more on the side of television-enjoying comfort.

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“The proof of this Lazyboy’s aesthetic appeal is written all over my face,” Shepard, 42, wrote in defense of his man cave prop.


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Husband Decorates Bedroom With 7,000 Handwritten Post-It Notes For His Wife

One dedicated husband just one-upped us all with a truly elaborate Valentine’s Day surprise for his wife.

Jason Brinley of Florence, Alabama decorated the bedroom he shares with his wife Jennifer with 7,000 (!!) Post-it notes listing the many he reasons he loves her and memories they’ve made together. 

Oh, and on top of that, he organized the sticky notes to create an 8-bit-style design (reminiscent of old-school Mario video games) with hearts and words like “love facts” and “I <3 you.” 

When Jennifer came home from work on Tuesday, the bedroom was totally transformed. She knew her husband had something up his sleeve for Valentine’s Day but she had no clue what to expect. 

“I absolutely couldn’t believe it! It was crazy. I knew he was doing something that was taking a lot of prep work, but I had no idea it was that,” she told The Huffington Post. “The best thing I could think of was that he was making me a board game. This goes so much further than that!”

Below, a sampling of the Post-it notes that Jennifer received. 

Between all of the writing and design preparation, the project took months to complete. Then Jason spent Tuesday hanging poster boards covered with the sticky notes on the walls. 

On Wednesday, Jennifer shared a photo of the finished product on Reddit. The post has been upvoted more than 5,600 times with more than 500 comments. 

For now, the Post-its are still on the wall as Jennifer slowly makes her way through each and every one. Afterwards, she plans to compile them all into a book.

“He really did think of everything,” she said. 

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This Husband And Wife Recreated Their Wedding Photos After 42 Years

Conrad and Louise Gonzales were married in 1974. Forty-two years later, the couple recreated their wedding photos ― and they look even more in love now than they did back then. 

In a BuzzFeed video posted Monday, Conrad and Louise recount their decades-long love story, from when they first met in a high school accounting class, to their first date touring a college in Pasadena, California, to their July 6, 1974 wedding day and some of the relationship hurdles they hit later on.  

While prepping for the anniversary photo shoot, the couple leafed through their wedding album, reminiscing about the big day all those years ago

“It also reminds me how blessed I am that after 42 years I’m still with my wife,” Conrad said after seeing the photos side-by-side. “I thank God that he allowed me to find this woman and enjoy a lifetime together.” 

Watch the heartwarming video above. 

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This Crafty Husband Built A Giant Advent Calendar For His Wife By Hand

One crafty husband just raised the bar for spouses everywhere this holiday season.

At the beginning of December, Benjamin Hewins, who lives outside of London with his family, spent two days freezing his butt off while he constructed a 7.5-foot-tall advent calendar with presents behind every window for his wife Zyleen.

Benjamin told The Huffington Post that ever since they started dating, Zyleen has put lots of thought and love into the gifts she’s given him. Now it was his turn to return the favor. 

“I came up with the idea about two years ago when in the month of December, Zyleen would leave me a present every day on my drawer,” he said. “So that when I left work at 5 a.m. I would have something to open. It was just the most touching thing and every day I’d open my eyes before my alarm went off just filled with excitement. I felt like a little kid.”

Bundled up in long johns, Benjamin, who is a gas engineer by trade, got to work creating the giant advent calendar.

“I’m no carpenter at all, however I know how to cut wood and screw some screws,” he said. “It was more just using my imagination and being a bit creative. I didn’t really have a clear plan to start off with, I just started and kept going.”

When he revealed the finished product to Zyleen, she was blown away by the gesture. 

“She was so emotional and overwhelmed,” Benjamin told HuffPost. “I love that look in her face because I’m constantly trying to think of something to surprise her with and I’m glad she really had no clue and was overcome with happiness.”

Inside the wooden structure were 25 presents. So far, Zyleen has unwrapped shoes, her favorite chocolates, skincare products, a watch and cable clips to keep her chargers neat. Another item was an envelope with a question mark on it that reads, “It’s a day out with the kids and I, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes.” Benjamin said he will reveal the rest of the surprise in 2017. 

The Hewins tied the knot in 2009. In 2003, they met for the first time at a nightclub, which has since become a department store. 

“We went back a few years ago and had a dance in the utensil section around the same spot where we had first met,” he said. “All the shoppers quite rightfully thought we were mad!”

Though the Hewins share a solid, happy marriage, their relationship was at one time frowned upon by some people in their circle. Benjamin is Catholic, Zyleen is Muslim. The couple practices both faiths. 

“People around didn’t really consent to this, but they didn’t understand what a special relationship we knew we had,” he said. “We knew that if we understood what each other wants and built our relationship on trust and communication then we would be unbreakable. She comes to church with me and I attend her important religious days.” 

After thirteen years together, the couple, now parents to two kids, are still best friends.  

“I do really hope that when I’m 70 and have dodgy knees, I’ll still be in the garage tinkering around with old coat hangers or used tuna cans to make her something special for Valentine’s Day,” Benjamin said. “She’s a great woman and deserves all the happiness she gets.” 

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Military Wife Finds A Creative Way To Include Husband In Christmas Card

Husband and father of four Brandon Sistrunk won’t be home for the holidays this year, but that didn’t stop his wife Ashley from making sure they posed for their family Christmas card together.

Brandon is a staff sergeant in the Air Force currently deployed overseas in Iraq. Ashley and their four kids live thousands of miles away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, so she needed to get creative to make the group shot a reality.

Ashley’s mother took a photo of her and the kids, and a military friend of Brandon’s took a picture of him. Ashley then stitched the two images together in Photoshop and shared it with friends on social media. It was picked up by local news station KKTV 11 on Saturday and has since gone viral.

“Having a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It’s just a whole other level of emotions,” she said

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Ashley also told KKTV that life as a military wife has been tough on her and the kids. Brandon was deployed during three of the children’s births and was unable to make it home.

“We tell the kids, ‘Yes, other kids have their daddy home right now,’” she said. “But their daddy is out being a superhero, keeping our country safe and that’s important ― that’s an important job.”

On Instagram, Ashley said that the holidays are a particularly difficult time for the family. 

“I hate wanting to wish away a holiday,” she wrote. “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, but with Brandon gone and the kids begging to have him home on Christmas, it just won’t be the same. I know we are supposed to ‘live for today!’, but I wish I could wake up tomorrow and have it be late January!”

Fortunately, Brandon is set to return home to his family early next year. 

“[The kids] adore him,” Ashley told FOX21. “He will do anything for them. So I miss him actually being able to come home at the end of the day and they yell ‘Daddy!’”

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Husband Turns Spare Closet Into A Beautiful Vanity For His Nurse Wife

Christmas came early this year for wife and mom of three Kari Koelsch.

After casually mentioning to her husband Todd that she wished she had her own space to get ready in, he decided to convert a spare closet in their Tiffin, Ohio home into a vanity where she could do her makeup. And it’s all kinds of gorgeous: 

“I was talking about how we are always rushed when we are getting ready to go somewhere,” Kari told The Huffington Post. “We are very busy and I mentioned it would be nice if I had my own place to get ready. That way none of my things would be in his way.”

The couple, who tied the knot in July 2015, have number of other home improvements they are hoping to tackle. But Todd prioritized the vanity project so it would be complete in time for the holidays and Kari’s birthday, which is also in December. 

“My husband always puts me first, which is nice,” she said. “As a nurse, I don’t often get the luxury of putting myself first. So it’s so sweet that my husband does.”

Todd told his wife not to look in the closet until he was finished, but ultimately Kari couldn’t stop herself from sneaking a peek at his progress. 

“I was completely shocked when I saw it,” she told HuffPost. “I could not have asked for anything more beautiful and perfect for me.”

On Sunday, Kari’s sister Molly Maksemetz tweeted a before-and-after photo of the vanity closet. The sweet gesture clearly captured the Internet’s heart: the photos were retweeted more than 66,000 times. 

According to Kari, Todd is planning to complete the project this weekend. He still needs to add additional lights around the mirror, install another drawer and finish the seat.  

“I took those pictures when it wasn’t even done yet,” she said, referring to the images above. “I couldn’t wait! I was so excited.”

Kari told HuffPost that she is a fan of the color pink, sparkles and “anything girly.” So the decor, from the pink and white walls to the gold accents to the crystal light fixture, perfectly suits her taste.

“I’m almost shocked that Todd came up with such a feminine design,” she said. “He is a utility worker that’s usually covered in mud. He’s a big tough guy that wears work boots every day. I’m definitely surprised he thought of pink stripes.”

And while some couples may choose to buy pricey gifts for one another, Kari said it means so much more that her husband makes her presents instead. 

“When I look at my vanity I think of all the time he spent designing it and how much love he put into it,” she said. “He told me he didn’t spend very much money on it and most of the things he put in it were on sale. But when I look at it, all I can think of is how priceless it is to me. Money can’t buy the things I have.” 

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Ask Your Husband To Describe Your Wedding Dress And Thank Us Later

Ask your husband to describe what you wore to work yesterday, and he’s bound to get some details wrong. But your wedding dress ― he’s likely to nail that, right? Nope.

In the Cosmopolitan video above, men are asked to recall their wives’ wedding attire three weeks after the big day. 

“It was like they poured melted white chocolate on her,” one guy offers up. “Meshy, white thing coming off the back,” says another.

Watch the video above to see how it all goes down. 

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Naya Rivera’s Ups and Downs with Estranged Husband Ryan Dorsey — in Her Own Words

Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey surprised fans when they decided to tie the knot just three months after the Glee star broke off her engagement to Big Sean. Two years later, Rivera has filed for divorce.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the former couple told PEOPLE in a statement Monday. “Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him. We ask for respect and privacy for our family during this difficult time.”

In 2014, Rivera was accused of “switching grooms” when rapper Big Sean called off his engagement to the actress just three months before her wedding to Dorsey. But, the actress had a long romantic history with Dorsey.

“To this day, I’ll be doing interviews and people will be, like, ‘Oh my God! Y’all were friends?’ ” Rivera previously said of the media portraying her relationship with Dorsey as solely platonic before their engagement. “I’m, like, ‘What are you talking about?’ ”

During her early years on Glee, Rivera and Dorsey dated briefly before ending things so she could focus more on her career. A few weeks after the split, Rivera found out she was pregnant with Dorsey’s child and decided to terminate the pregnancy without informing him.

“When I made that decision , I made it by myself, as I feel is the case for a lot of women, and I did not share it with Ryan at the time,” said Rivera, who chronicles her relationship with Dorsey in her memoir Sorry Not Sorry.

The two would remain distant until Dorsey reached out with his condolences after her split form Big Sean.

“By the time we sort of reconnected, I was like, gosh, there’s a reason why you keep coming back in my life and we keep coming back together,” she wrote.

Three short months later, the old friends-turned-lovers married on July 19, 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of family members.

“We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple previously told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”

A little over a year later, the two announced they were expecting a little one.

“Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family,” the actress, who originally posted a photo of a bun in the oven on Instagram, later wrote on her website.

Documenting her pregnancy journey on her PEOPLE.com blog, Rivera described the good, the bad, and the awkward stages of pregnancy – including her intimate moments with her hubby.

“Things like sex with my husband became a bit odd for me due to the fact that I was now limited to about two positions in order to not squash — as my husband puts it — ‘its roof’ or have the baby (my belly) staring him in the face,” she wrote. “I feel like men are constantly imagining their baby winking at them when they make love to their pregnant wives thus making sexy times more few and far between.”

In September 2015, the happy couple welcomed their first child together, son Josey Hollis Dorsey (who is now 1).

Rivera, who first revealed her abortion in an excerpt from her memoir to PEOPLE, stated that her husband’s reaction could not have been more understanding.

“He said, ‘In the short time that we dated, I wish that I could have done something to make you feel like you could have trusted me with that information because I would have loved to have been there with you,’ ” Rivera said. “I think it was the kindest, best thing that any man could have ever said in that situation,” she said during the interview. “It just made me love him that much more.”

“It was good to tell our story and put the truth out there,” Rivera said of sharing the couple’s story. “We’ve been married now two years and have a gorgeous son and it feels good to let everyone know what really happened.”


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Husband Pleads for Wife’s Return After She Vanishes During Jog: ‘Please Bring Her Back’

A California man is pleading for the safe return of his wife, who he says was abducted last week while jogging.

“I just want her back, and I want her back safe,” an audibly devastated Keith Papini tells PEOPLE.

“Just bring her home,” he says to whomever is responsible. “Please bring her back. The sooner the better.”

There’s been no trace of 34-year-old Sherri Papini since she went for a morning jog on Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive on Nov. 2 near Redding, California, a rural town in the northern part of the state. Authorities have not named any suspects and said Sherri doesn’t have any known medical conditions that could explain why she vanished.

The Shasta County sheriff previously said an abduction was possible, but investigators did not yet have any evidence that’s what happened. They are still trying to determine if Sherri going missing was “voluntary or involuntary,” according to the Record Searchlight.

But her family says her disappearance is completely unlike her — and the discovery of her abandoned cell phone and earbuds near her running trail has fueled their concerns.

“She is my wife, and I know everything about her,” Keith says. “I know that my wife would never leave me and never in a million years leave our kids.”

Keith believes his wife “would have to have been either snuck up on, or there would have been multiple or maybe two people, because my wife is very aware. She wouldn’t have allowed somebody to get that close to her unless it was unsuspecting”

The abductor, he says, is probably a stranger: “My gut says it is a person unknown to myself and Sherri. My gut tells me it is just low-life people.”

Search teams including family members and friends have scoured the area since her disappearance. A Help Find Sherri Papini Facebook page has been set up, as was a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised more than $ 42,000 toward search efforts. The Papini family has also offered a $ 40,000 reward for Sherri’s safe return.

Authorities have said Keith was not involved, according to the Record Searchlight. Sheriff’s officials told the paper that Keith passed a polygraph test and that they were able to confirm his location on the day Sherri vanished. (The sheriff’s office did not return multiple calls.)

“There is no physical evidence at this time suggesting he had any involvement,” a spokesman told the Searchlight.

Keith tells PEOPLE such speculation “was the least concern I had.”

“They already knew at that time it wasn’t me,” he says. “Once this story went everywhere, it was time for them to release to the public — so it is not like it was a relief for me, because that is not where my head has been this whole time. My head has been trying to find my wife.”

Their Last Conversation

Keith says he last received a text from Sherri at 10:37 a.m. that Wednesday, asking if he planned to return home for lunch.

“I didn’t get that message because I don’t usually bring my personal phone in with me,” he tells PEOPLE. “I texted her back later at 1:30 p.m. and said, ‘Sorry, it is going to be a late day.’ ”

Keith says he believes his wife went jogging around 11 a.m., shortly after he didn’t return her text. “I am putting her leaving around that time,” he says. “That is based on the text I got, and there were some people I spoke with that were cutting down a tree, and they informed us that they saw my wife running. ”

He says he became worried when he arrived home from his job at Best Buy that night to find neither Sherri nor their two children, who Sherri usually picked up from child care.

During his search of the house, Keith says he found a partially wrapped present addressed to him from his wife and two kids. “She must have been wrapping her presents,” he says. “It is like an American flag pillow that she more than likely she made it. It wasn’t here when I left, so I know that she must have been working on that.”

‘I Knew Something Horrible Had Happened’

Keith says he texted his wife again, and when she didn’t respond he used the Find my iPhone application and located his her cell phone and earbuds about one mile from their home, near the intersection of Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive. The earbuds reportedly had strands of Sherri’s hair on them.

Keith confirms that a few strands of hair were found — maybe between three and eight strands — but says “it wasn’t a normal thing.”

“Once when I saw the phone, it only confirmed what I already felt that I knew somebody grabbed her,” he says. ” I knew something horrible had happened, and I immediately called 911.”

In the days leading up to his wife’s disappearance, Keith says nothing seemed amiss.

“There wasn’t any weird texts phone calls or emails,” he says. “There is not like a suspicious thing I thought of or seen that I could point in that direction.

“It is nothing like that. It is just like she vanished.”

Anyone with information about Sherri’s disappearance is urged to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at 530-245-6540 or 530-245-6135. Tips also can be submitted at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.


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Why Does My Husband Get Upset That I Don’t Orgasm?

Reader No O writes:

Hi. I was wondering if you can help me. I have loads of problems surrounding my marriage and here’s one of them. My husband doesn’t want to have sex with me anymore because I can’t orgasm. He also informed me that eventually if there’s no sex between us, he’ll seek it elsewhere. Which I don’t doubt he wouldn’t step out of the marriage. He has done so before for other reasons. I just feel it’s ridiculous to not have sex. I enjoyed having sex with him even though there’s no orgasm. There’s good feelings and also just being physically close is nice. Yes, it would be great to have one if it happens. It’s not very enjoyable being pressured to have one, however. Either way, he cares not that I still had enjoy the sex with getting to the big O. I don’t know what his real problem is. Why is it important to him? It’s not like he can feel what I feel.


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Dear NO,

I am torn between telling you that your husband sounds like a controlling and self-absorbed narcissist (you can read about them in any of these books) who needs extensive individual therapy, and using this platform to explain why women’s orgasms are so important to men.  Thankfully, those two options are not mutually exclusive.  Let’s first turn to your husband, and his relationship-destroying behaviors.

Your husband cheated on you in the past and is telling you that if he doesn’t have sex with you, he will look outside the marriage for sex elsewhere.  This is called emotional blackmail and you can read about it here: Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You.  Also in all those books I linked you to above.  The most absurd part of his ultimatum is that it is HIM who is refusing to have sex with you!  I really am angry on your behalf and sad that you are putting up with this level of emotional abuse, because that is exactly what this is.

I am sure that your husband is a troubled guy, who probably had a tough childhood in some respect or another, because apparently it turned him into a completely self-absorbed adult who is unable to see how his behavior is killing his relationship.  He is blaming you for something your body is unable to do and then threatening to have sex with other women, which is not an empty threat (and an empty threat would be bad enough, mind you) because he has been unfaithful before.  When you see it written out like that, does it not help you to see what a toxic situation this is?

Now if you just couldn’t orgasm, and you were with a loving and supportive partner, I would suggest the following strategies:

1. Try masturbation, with or without porn or erotic stories, to figure out if there is a way that you can get yourself to reach orgasm.

2. See a therapist with whom you can discuss possible deep seated issues surrounding sex, and, more broadly, how you deal with vulnerability and loss of control, which issues related to orgasm.

However, in the marriage you’re in currently, I do not think these strategies will do much.  I think it would be foolish to be vulnerable with your husband, because he is so obviously unsupportive and self-centered, and your inability to reach orgasm with him may be your body’s way of saying, “Danger! Don’t fully trust and open up to this guy!”  The mind-body connection is very real and important, particularly in regard to sexuality.

I urge you to get couples counseling and therapy of your own though, to deal with the following questions:

1. Why does your husband think that cutting you off from sex and threatening to seek it elsewhere is an appropriate response to this situation?

2. Why do you put up with this behavior from him?

You allude to other marital problems, and I am certain there are many.  Your husband needs to realize that he is acting in an emotionally abusive way, and hopefully a therapist can be of help in this regard.

Next, let’s turn to why women’s orgasms are so important to men:

1. It makes them feel like they are good in bed.

2. It is exciting to them sexually to watch and feel you orgasm.

3. It assuages any of their own insecurities about their penis size, performance, technique, etc., because obviously they are doing something right if you orgasm.

4. Think about if your husband never orgasmed.  Would you want to have sex as much?  I see couples with this issue in therapy, often when a man is on antidepressants which increase his time to orgasm dramatically and/or prevent him from ever reaching climax.  To many women, when a man can’t orgasm, over time, they begin to feel detached and uninterested during sex.

5. I mean, evolutionarily speaking, the point of sex is to climax.  The man’s orgasm obviously releases sperm but the female’s orgasmic contractions help to pull the sperm up where they can be more easily fertilized.  So men are wired to go for the gold, both for themselves and their partners.

6. You say it’s not like he can feel what you feel, but this isn’t strictly true.  Ideally, sexual partners are so attuned to one another that they can in fact basically feel what the other feels, which is why an orgasm in one partner may trigger one in the other, during intercourse or mutual masturbation.  Additionally, he would be able to physically feel orgasmic contractions in your vagina if you were to orgasm during sex.

7. In a loving relationship, people like to see their partner experience pleasure. It’s almost as good as feeling pleasure yourself, and sometimes even better. (However, I see why in this particular marriage you would find it difficult to understand why he would care if you experience orgasmic pleasure, because he doesn’t seem to care if you experience pleasure in other ways, such as by being spoken to with respect and kindness.)

8. Also, whenever one partner dismisses the other’s perspective and asks what the “real” problem is, this invariably lead to a bad dynamic.  By asking this, you are invalidating his perspective that you not having an orgasm IS his real problem.  It’s like if you told him to stop being a jerk and he said, “What’s your REAL problem though? Do you have PMS or something?”  Bad scene.

So, in a more loving and supportive marriage, I would expect your husband to be sad that you don’t orgasm, and to brainstorm ways that you could try to orgasm, and to want to research ways he could get you to orgasm, and all of that kind of problem-solving stuff that men love to do.  I mean, I empathize with a husband whose wife doesn’t orgasm, I really do.  I would have empathized with both of you in this situation, except that your husband is acting like a tremendous jerk (which I do not say often) by threatening you with infidelity and cutting you off from sex completely.  His behavior is NOT acceptable.  I hope that with a therapist, he can explore why he acts this way, and who is his early life likely treated him in the cold and mean way that he treats you.

And even if he doesn’t seek counseling for himself or agree to the couples counseling that you also need, I urge you to seek your own individual counseling because this type of blackmail and ultimatum-giving is just going to continue in other areas of the relationship, and you don’t deserve it.  You need to figure out why you’ve let it go on this long and how you can become someone who asserts herself and refuses to be treated with disrespect.

Good luck and thanks for writing in.  Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says Get Thee To A Couples Counselor and READ THOSE BOOKS.

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My Husband Is a Slob and Thinks I’m Type A

Reader Married to the Slob writes:

My husband thinks I have a chronic problem of trying to do too much and that my expectations of myself and everyone else are too high. I think he needs a kick in the ass because he is SO laid-back. The only reason we haven’t killed each other yet is because he is too lazy to follow through and I am too overwhelmed to bother with it.

He grew up in a household where no one cleaned or had a bedtime or anything so my normal standards for what is acceptable seem sky-high to him. His dad is a hoarder, so his standards for clean are very low. He is so laid-back and I have trouble just sitting and relaxing. I have always been a busy type person.

I guess I have high standards when it comes to a few things: I shower daily, I keep our kids clean, I go to the gym and try to take care of myself but I am in NO WAY a perfectionist. My husband showers like 2-3 a week and he never exercises. He does make me happy and I do love him, so these things just sound nit-picky.

We went to marriage counseling to sort out some of these issues after our first child was born. We now have 3 children ages 6, 3, and 1. I stay home with them. Our oldest is in school most of the day. We do not have a cleaning lady or any extra help; I keep our 2500 square foot house in order, in addition to cooking and laundering 5 people’s worth of food and clothes. I do all of the grocery shopping. I am happy that I can stay at home, but it’s just a LOT. Meanwhile, he is a huge slob … there are literally ants living in his car. They’ve been in there for 8 months.

In counseling we learned that I am anxiety-prone (duh) and he has adult-ADHD (not surprising). We both took medication for awhile and got on track and have learned coping mechanisms that have carried us up to this point. We are both no longer on medication, but I wonder if:

1. We SHOULD BE on meds?
2. Additional stress of me trying to have a writing “career” or “hobby” has put us in a bad place because I am unable to keep up with everything on my own?
3. I’m going to flip out one day and have a nervous breakdown?

I know this is a common issue but I don’t know what steps I should take so resentment doesn’t continue to build. I just feel irritated with him all of the time and I hate it! I definitely don’t want to be “that” wife.

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Dear MTTS,

Well, given the general tone of your letter, it sounds like you’re certainly still suffering from anxiety. No shame in that.  In fact, over 18% of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder.  Why not go back on your meds?  It may cut down on some of your feeling of impending nervous collapse.   And why does your husband not go back on his ADHD meds?  This makes a huge difference in many ADHD marriages, my own included.  Honestly, it also sounds like you might have ADHD as well, but hyperactive type.  ADHD people often find one another, and have very intense courtships.  This may explain how you can never sit still and seem to be a perpetual motion machine.  So get evaluated for that as well.

Next, why not resume your marriage counseling?  It sounds like it was very helpful and informative.  You don’t have to go for a year straight, but it sounds like you can use a tune up.  Plenty of couples do this in my practice, it’s not one and done.  You guys had two great support mechanisms in place: meds and counseling, and now you’re not using either.  Why?  Are there lingering issues of shame about needing meds or therapy?  Please reconsider.  And whether or not your writing is causing stress is something only you can answer, hopefully with a clearer head from going back on your meds and seeing a counselor yourself.

Next, I feel for your husband having grown up with a hoarder parent.  Read a guest post about this here.  It can be traumatizing.  It also colored his view of what’s “normal,” as any type of dysfunctional family does.  In our Western society, it is not normative for an adult male to shower 2-3 times a week.  I am just guessing here, but I would imagine that this impacts your intimate life.  This would be a great thing to tell him as lovingly as possible, particularly if it would lead to an increase in frequency of sex.

You and your husband need to be able to communicate using more empathy and validation for one another’s perspectives.  This is something great to work on in counseling.  You seem to love one another but the relationship has become fraught with irritation and possibly even contempt on both sides. You owe it to yourselves and your kids to work this out now, through meds, counseling, individual therapy, and whatever else you need to make it work.

Good luck, and keep me updated.  Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says, As One to Another, You Sound Type A, But That Showering Thing Isn’t Helping Anybody.

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My Husband Was Living in the Wrong Body

My husband has felt like he was living in the wrong body for as long as he can remember. As a little boy, he always wanted to be a girl. He wanted to wear girls’ clothes and have long hair that could be styled in curls and pinned back with pink plastic barrettes. He wanted to roll strawberry lip gloss onto his lips. He wanted to be pretty.

My husband mustered up the courage to share this innermost part of himself with me back in 1984, one year after we got married. As a young bride, I was confused and did not understand what was wrong with him. I was angry and hurt that he would have such desires. I hoped he wasn’t a sexual deviant. I wondered why being married to me and starting a new life wasn’t enough for him. I simply did not know about a condition known as gender dysphoria. My husband was at odds with his birth gender. At the time, we had no resources. There was no Internet to turn to. His secret had become ours, and we continued wrestling with his unexplained desire to dress as a woman, a need so great it was unstoppable.

Our marriage became one that had two stories. One story was the story of success shown to the outside world — the story that unfolds with two beautiful sons, accomplished careers, vacations, cars and the house on the hill. And then there is the other story, a private tale of confusion, hurt feelings and resentment. There are chapters of our marriage when my husband’s desire to cross-dress was too great not to act out on, followed by dark periods of depression for having to live a life that felt wrong; times when I was threatened as a wife by the woman inside of my husband; moments when I was angry at this inner woman that dwelled within him, and lashed out at him because I didn’t know how to get to her. We had a story that was kept private, unable to share with the outside world.

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After 25 years of marriage, our two stories had become blurry and it had become emotionally draining to keep the narratives defined. Our worlds were changing, and more information regarding gender dysphoria and transgender individuals had become available. I was able to understand better that there was nothing wrong with me, or with us. The only thing wrong was that my husband strongly felt he was a woman, and that fact was slowly destroying his spirit. The need to be a woman had become too great.

Together, we decided to rewrite our marriage and to live one true story. We agreed that my husband would transition fully into a woman. In the last three years, the husband that I married revolved into a woman with the use of hormones and surgery. It has been a whirlwind of couples therapy, legal papers and name changes. There have been many conversations with friends, coworkers and family members, both positive and negative. It has been a time of many changes.

My life as the wife of a transgender person is a roller coaster. There are many ups and downs, yet not once have I felt like I want to get off this ride. I am still in love with the person I married back in 1984. A person who today is a she. She has transitioned successfully into a woman both physically and emotionally. Most importantly, she is who she is today, and because of that, I have witnessed true joy in the person I’ve grown a life with — a person whose blue eyes shine because she feels right in her own skin.

Our story is still being written, and is far from over. This essay is just a blurb to the deeper story. There are more words to come. Words of how I feel as the wife. Words of love and acceptance as well as words of complicated grief while I stood by the person I married and wanted more than anything to have this story finish with a happy ending. Words I will write that will continue to tell our story, our one true story, for the world to see.

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Zoe Saldana Doesn’t Get Why Everyone’s Shocked Her Husband Took Her Name

Zoe Saldana is here to remind men that it’s NBD to take your wife’s last name.

“Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps hers,” the actress wrote in a June 8 Facebook post.

In an interview for the July cover story of InStyle, Saldana revealed that her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego, chose to adopt her last name after their 2013 marriage.

“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world’,” she told InStyle. “But Marco looks up at me and says [she puts on a cute Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a sheet.’”

The news made headlines across the web (including in this publication), because, it’s still the assumed default for a woman who marries a man to change her name to match his — however retro that may seem. According to a 2013 YouGov poll , 61 percent of respondents thought that women should take their husbands’ last names, while less than half of those polled even thought that a man should be allowed to take his wife’s name.

Saldana shared her thoughts on Facebook about the public reaction to her husband’s name. “Why is it so surprising, shocking, eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname?,” she asked. “Women have never been asked if its ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?”

She went on to reassure men that their identities would not be erased by a simple name change, imploring us all the rethink the way we define what being a masculine man means:

Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner’s surname. On the contrary — you’ll be remembered as a man who stood by change. I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example.
Gentlemen, I implore you to think outside the box- remove the box altogether. Let’s redefine masculinity. A real “man” leads along side his partner. A real man accepts his mortality. A real man acknowledges that nothing can be done alone.

(You can read the full Facebook post below.)

Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps…

Posted by Zoe Saldana on Monday, June 8, 2015

Preach, Zoe. We look forward to a day when a man changing his last name doesn’t even warrant a comment.

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Is The Husband Supposed to Be the Leader In Marriage?

A few years ago, I attended the wedding of a dear friend of mine. Before the actual ceremony the minister took time to give a powerful bit of counsel to everyone who had gathered. His words affected me so deeply that they have prompted me to change not only how I approach my marriage, but also my relationships with family and friends.

From what I can remember, the minister said this:

In scripture, husbands have been called the head (or leader) of the household. The world scoffs at such an idea, but that is because the world has a perverted sense of leadership. The world thinks of a leader as the person in charge — a person who makes all of the decisions, forces everyone to do what he wants and then takes all of the glory for himself. But the world’s way of leadership is not God’s way of leadership. Leadership, the way God intended it, is a call to service. God’s leadership, simply put, is the rendering of humble service to those you love and giving the glory to God.

Too often, men seek solitude from or power over those they claim to love. This is perverted leadership. God calls men to a road that brings them in harmony with their wives and children. Yes, you will make decisions, but you will make them with the intent to serve your family — not yourself. Remember, the God who calls others to lead is the same God who washed the feet of His disciples. There is no unrighteous pride in God’s form of leadership — only perfect love.

Some may question the wisdom of this minister, but I have tested his words and found them be true. I have put his advice into practice in my own life, and I’ve realized that some of the most difficult times in my marriage have been the times when I myself have exercised a perverted sense of leadership — made demands, ignored my wife’s needs in favor of my own or withheld forgiveness. In contrast, the happiest times in my marriage have been those where I’ve “taken charge,” and more fully devoted myself to my wife — recommitting to serve her and see her needs as equal to my own.

That minister’s counsel has blessed not only my marriage, but nearly all of my relationships. As I’ve applied these principles to my life, I’ve come to realize that every relationship in life presents us with “leadership opportunities” — moments in which we are called to serve, guide, protect and love one another. Recognizing these calls to leadership (and acting on them) has made me a better husband, friend, brother and son.

I would like to extend this minister’s message to you: Start today and consider ways that you are being called to lead in love. While there are many types of relationships with different dynamics, I can promise you that as you sincerely recognize and meet the needs of those you care about, you will feel a greater sense of love and appreciation for those you serve.

This article was originally published on www.SethAdamSmith.com under the title “Is The Husband Supposed to Be The Leader?”

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The Question No One Asks My Husband

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My husband and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary back in March.

In the 14+ months of our marriage, there is one question that I have received countless times. One question that no one bothers asking my husband.

Why didn’t you change your name?

Why didn’t you want to take your wife’s last name?

How does your wife feel about your decision to keep your last name?

No one has thought to ask my husband about his decision to keep his last name when we got married.

Not a single person has asked him any of those questions above. But strangers are quick to ask him why I kept my last name!

Yes, strangers.

Not intimate friends or immediately family members. Strangers.

Strangers feel entitled to know why I made a choice that doesn’t affect them in the slightest.

I know what some of you are thinking…

Um, Brita? Didn’t you start the conversation with your satire? Don’t you always ask for comments and questions?

Surprisingly, not that many people responded to my satire by asking me why I kept my last name. If anyone did, that didn’t bother me, because it was relevant to the post.

But people have been asking me this question long before I had my 15 minutes of fame, and they still ask me, even without having read my satire. Like I said, even strangers feel comfortable asking my husband why I didn’t take his last name.

For the record, misogyny and sexism are not the same thing. You can have the best of intentions and be the nicest person in the world and still be sexist.

Asking me why I didn’t change my last name is sexist.

Period.

You are asking me a question that you would never ask my husband. That’s practically the textbook-definition of sexism.

But that’s not the only reason why asking me about my last name is sexist.

There is an awful lot of entitlement in asking an individual to explain a personal choice that does not affect you. This entitlement pops up a lot when a person with privilege demands an explanation from a person without privilege.

Frequently, the problem isn’t so much the question itself (but it’s still sexist), but how the question is asked. Rarely is it a standalone question. Usually it is followed by one of the following:

  • Do you not love your husband?
  • Are you planning a future divorce?
  • Why did you even get married if you didn’t want to change your name?

These questions just drip with condescension.

Apparently my personal and individual choice to ignore a tradition steeped in patriarchy could possibly tear apart the social fabric holding America together. Or something.

I do feel like feminism has made some progress here. Like my friend Kelly pointed out in her own post on the subject, the fact that people ask her if she’s changing her name or not is a win for feminism… Even if they’re not asking her fiancé the same question.

Until we take a few more steps forward, I’ll keep innocently explaining that my husband didn’t feel like taking my last name. It’s amazing how people react when I say that!

But hey, if you’re still dying to know why I kept my last name, I’ll give you a hint as to one of the many reasons.

Google “galaxy Brita Long,” and yes, you’ll need those quotation marks in the search bar.

Would you give that up, just for the sake of “tradition”?

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Brita is a freelance writer and copywriter who founded the Christian feminist lifestyle blog Belle Brita. Once upon a time she lived in France, but for now she enjoys exploring the best of America. Keep up with her adventures on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Anne Hathaway On Husband: ‘I’m His And He’s Mine’

The actress joins TODAY to talk about her new film, “Song One,” in which she plays a woman whose brother was left in a coma after an accident. Hathaway also gushes about her marriage to actor Adam Shulman.

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Brittany Maynard’s Husband Talks About Letting Her Go

On her final day, Brittany Maynard did her favorite thing. She strolled outside with her husband, her family, a friend, and a dog. Then, she returned home to die, her husband, Dan Diaz, told Meredith Vieira for NBC News in an interview that will air Wednesday. 

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10 Reasons Christmas Makes Me Love My Husband Even More

No, it’s not the presents. It’s all the little things — sweet, goofy, endearing — that make me feel so happy I chose this particular dude to be my partner in doing this whole life and love thing. So here, in no particular order, are the top 10 things that make me love spending the holidays with my husband:

1. He always wants to buy the loneliest Christmas tree on the lot.
Yes, we have a tiny house that is already way too full with three dogs, two kids, a lizard and the messes he and I are really good at making. But that’s not why he always tries to buy the littlest, saddest, most pathetic Christmas tree on the lot. It’s that he likes that tree. He likes the ones with the gaping holes on one side, or only about 10 total branches. This is part of my husband being one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever meet. It’s very Charlie Brown. I guess that makes me Snoopy, but I think that fits.

2. Late-night sales at the toy store make for really fun dates.
My husband loves to shop. More than I do, if we’re being honest. The last few years we’ve taken the opportunity of a big sale that starts at 9:00 p.m. at a big toy store near us to have my mom stay with our sleeping kids so we can go out alone together to be swarmed by other parents and grandparents frantically vying for the newest Lego or Littlest Pet Shop toy.

Sounds awful, I know, but that one day of the year we don’t mind. It’s exciting. We’re in it together. We WILL find that Playmobil pirate ship and we WILL prevail. Then we get tea lattes at Starbucks and drive home thinking about how fun Christmas morning will be.

3. Dressing up for holiday parties.
My daily attire consists of jeans and tee shirts with either boots or flip flops (depending on the time of year) and that pretty much never changes. But when it comes to going to our friends’ holiday parties, I love to shock people by wearing a fancy dress, heels and a face full of make-up.

Similarly, Ivan is a board shorts and tee shirt guy when he’s not at work, so when we show up and he’s in a suit and tie and I’m all fancy, it’s fun to surprise everyone together. And I like showing off my handsome guy.

4. Watching Arthur Christmas with the kids.
If you haven’t seen Arthur Christmas, an incredible animated feature about three generations of men in the Santa Claus family battling it out to become the most important Santa in history, you need to do yourself a favor and watch it immediately. It’s charming, fun, well-written, well-voiced and has awesome details like elves that deliver each present with high-tech gadgets and gears, like they’re out of Mission Impossible. In many ways, it’s a total guy movie, but I promise you’ll tear up (in a good way) at the end.

It’s one of those animated films that our kids have liked for a few years running, even as they get older, and we enjoy it as much as they do.

5. Watching Scrooged without the kids.
This late-80s horror movie-inspired holiday tale is awesome. This year I tried to watch it with the kids because they are getting older and I thought they could handle it.

They could not.

It is terrifying, but I forget that every year because it’s so heartwarming and really happy — and it’s about Christmas.

One thing Ivan and I have always had in common is our love for great TV and movies. So snuggling in bed and watching Scrooged is total bliss for us. Another good holiday movie to watch together is Love Actually.

6. Sneaking around to find the specific weird thing he wants but doesn’t know I know he wants.
That was a confusing sentence, but what I mean is this: There’s always something he wants, maybe he mentions it off-hand or tells his brother, and he doesn’t know I’m paying attention. Then I go on a hunt to find it. Last year I drove 40 miles to get him a pair of bike shoes for his mountain bike. This year… well, you’ll just have to stay tuned… but the hunt is what makes Christmas special.

7. Knowing that he’d rather be inside on the couch with me than getting drunk on New Year’s Eve.
I’m not judging what anyone else does on New Year’s Eve (as long as you’re not driving or being reckless), but I love keeping it mellow, and I’m so glad Ivan feels the same way. Dinner with friends who also have kids, watching the East Coast ball drop at 9:00 p.m., and then snuggling up on the couch alone after the kids go to bed to read or watch TV is my New Year’s dream.

8. Shooting down his intense need to buy more, more, more, and more presents for the kids.
On December 23rd, we assess what we’ve collected for the kids to make sure they’re balanced and every year Ivan declares that it’s just not enough and goes on a campaign to buy even more presents.

This can be annoying, but it’s part of who he is. He’s intensely generous as a person. Combine that with the fact that the man loves to shop, and you have a combustible situation of excess present-buying!

So every year, like clockwork, Ivan says, “I think we need more” and I say, “I think what we have is fine” and then he usually buys more, but not as many as he would have if left to his own devices.

9. Playing Santa after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve.
What’s more special than sneaking around wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings and hanging candy canes on the tree? Nothing. It’s one of the greatest gifts that comes with being a parent, if you’re from a family that celebrates Christmas, and it doesn’t last forever. Kids are only little for a short window of time, so you know you’re part of something sacred and rare when it’s happening. On top of that, we always do a lot of cooking for Christmas Eve dinner, and there’s always a lot of good food to nibble at while we prepare.

10. Christmas Day hike or bike ride.
Our family tradition is to make everyone leave their chocolate comas and piles of toys and go for a Christmas Day hike or bike ride. The reason this makes me even more crazy about my husband is that not everyone would go along with these types of shenanigans on a major holiday, but this is the sort of thing we love. Our hot dates alone are usually on our mountain bikes or in the ocean, so it makes sense that on the best day of the year for our family, we’d all be outside.

It’s amazing how much you grow with someone you’re with for a long time. When we first met, our weird traditions and cultural histories collided. We didn’t know how much money to spend, things felt unbalanced, or one side of the family felt neglected. At times we both tried to appease one another and ended up resentful. Holidays can be really tough for couples, and we are no exception. But over time, with compromise and friendship, we’ve evolved a set of holiday traditions that feel uniquely “us” and that remind us how lucky we are to have one another.

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Originally appeared at The Good Men Project

Also by Joanna Schroeder: 5 Things I Had to Learn In Order to Love My Nice Guy.

Follow Joanna Schroeder on Twitter @iproposethis.
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Why You Should Have Sex With Your Husband Tonight

It took you two hours to get the kids to sleep.

There were glasses of water fetched, imaginary flies pretend swatted, three stories read and everyone was tucked in — begrudgingly. But not for long. Because then there was the crying and screaming (you) and the ultimatums (them). The bribes. Empty threats were made and finally, they collapsed — all their ploys exhausted, to rest up for another day of killing you slowly.

It’s kind of a suck job, this whole “being a mom” business, but this is your suck job and you may as well not complain. So you were just looking forward to an hour or two of wallowing in quiet self-pity and ice cream, perhaps curled up with a book or even an episode of The Bachelor.

You thud down the stairs in your too small pajama pants, your t-shirt has spatters of paint and reads “5K Fun Run 2006.” You can’t recall how you acquired this shirt but you sure as hell know you have never ran a 5k and if you had, it would not ever be classified, in your opinion, as something a person should do for fun.

As you traipse around the corner to the kitchen you think you hear the faint sound of the stereo playing in the family room. You grab the Ben and Jerry’s from the freezer, slam the door shut with your rear end and grab a spoon. You are sitting cross legged, contemplatively at the kitchen table, fitness magazine (fuck you, irony) spread out in front of you when you realize that there is music playing.

And that it is definitely coming from the family room, where, it seems, someone has turned off the overhead lights.

Hmmmm.

You can barely make out the flicker of candlelight from the shadows around the corner and you wondering if you should go and investigate (a seance?) when you hear the soft strains of melodic sex oozing from the record player.

Sade.

Your spoon stops in mid air.

Oh no. Think. Think. Think.

You consider a retreat back upstairs, a fake sleep at the table. You wish for narcolepsy, amnesia. Anything.

But it is too late. He is already sauntering around the corner, wearing only his jeans and white undershirt.

He is holding two wine glasses.

He has spotted you and he is smiling.

“Well helloooo beautiful.”

You want to turn around and see if perhaps there is someone behind you to which he is actually speaking. But then he winks. At you.

And he speaks again, reaching out for your hand and peering at you in what you imagine he imagines to be seductive allure.

He gestures with his hands up and down his middle-aged, dad-sized frame.

“Are you up for… this ?”

Shit.

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It’s a struggle that must go back to the dawn of time.

Perhaps even back to those prehistoric cave dwelling couples in the Stone Age. She gathered the berries and hauled water and nursed Neanderthal Junior all day long. Neanderthal Man was busy hunting bison with blunt sticks.

He should have been exhausted. She was exhausted. But as soon as the baby was sleeping in his stone bassinet, here came her husband — hunching and smoldering, grunting the modern equivalent of “let’s get it on.”

All she wanted was to sit quietly, maybe bone up on some of the cave wall hieroglyphics. But her Neanderthal husband had a different plan. He wanted to bone her.

What’s a Neanderthal wife to do?

What’s any wife to do?

What will YOU do?

I know this is novel, but brace yourself.

Why not go for it?

Before you even begin (put your hand down) I know you have a million reasons why not. I’ll list a few here:

  • You’re tired. Perpetually tired.
  • You haven’t showered since yesterday (or in the case of Neanderthal Woman, since never).
  • You just put on your GOOD yoga pants.
  • He just WINKED at you.
  • You need to read this fitness magazine and eat ice cream.
  • The lights are on.

So many more.

But let’s agree to let the Why Not’s rest for awhile.

You can always say no.

Don’t you say no a hell of a lot?

You are practiced in saying no.

No means no and should always be respected.

Yes, yes. Always yes to all of the above.

But let’s just take it down a notch there and explore what might happen, if this time (brace yourself) you said yes.

1) You would burn calories.

According to Men’s Health, the average man burns 100 calories and the average woman burns 69 (hee hee) calories during the typical roll in the hay. Okay, so maybe you aren’t burning as much as if, say, you were sprinting a (not at all fun) Fun Run, but still far more than you would burn shoveling in the Ben and Jerry’s.

2) You would be happier.

Making whoopee makes you giddy, psychologically. WebMD cites a study that surveyed the sexual activity and happiness of 16,000 men and women and found that sex “enters so strongly (and) positively in happiness equations” that they estimate increasing intercourse from once a month to once a week is equivalent to the amount of happiness generated by getting an additional $ 50,000 in income for the average American.” You might not be trading in the minivan for the car of your dreams this year, but you can still take the Mustang out for a ride if you know what I mean.

3) You would be healthier.

Listen, girl. You’re a mess. You have no time for anything healthy — sure, you wolf down your daughter’s Flintstones vitamins and you floss the week before you go to the dentist. But a little “gland to gland combat” is just about as good as any other move toward a healthier you.

It has been proven to boost your libido, make you sleep more soundly, reduce your risk of heart attack and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Unless your pelvic floor muscles are already super. Which, in that case, disqualifies you from even reading this blog post. I almost called this post “Need kegels, will travel.”

Ahem. Moving on.

4) You will feel more connected.

There’s probably a lot of science to back this one up, but let’s keep this more simple. Every woman I know says that while she might have a million reasons she didn’t have the energy to start having sex, she’s usually glad she did it anyway. Because afterward, you just… like each other. Of course you always love each other. Even when you say no. Even when he isn’t interested (isn’t he always interested?).

Even when you are too tired. And even when you haven’t had sex since before the baby, unless you count that one time at his parents house when you told him you would do it if you didn’t have to take off any articles of clothing and didn’t have to move at all.

And he was all like, sure, that’s cool.

But when you do decide to ignore the Why Not’s, when you do decide to just go for it, you realize that more than loving him, you actually like him.

And you like having sex with him.

That guy, he’s pretty okay, isn’t he? He doesn’t care that your pelvic floor is as weak as a busted up hammock. He thinks you’re beautiful. And he wants to do the horizontal hokey pokey RIGHT NOW.

And he wants only you.

Bad.

Sometimes you just can’t muster the energy and sometimes you will say no. And that’s okay. Take the guilt and throw it out with the empty Ben and Jerry’s pint. But take the long list of Why Not’s and toss those out too. The whole thing needs to be redetermined and reconsidered.

If you wait for that small interval in which you have had enough sleep and feel enough energy and have enough time and you really really really want to… well, that time might never come.

And then you might never come.

So I’m here to say this: sometimes it’s okay to fake it until you make it.

(Except don’t fake IT. Make him work for that shit.)

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You take the wine glasses from his hand and tell him that if he promises to never, ever wink again you will give it a go. And he wants to dance with you.

And dancing leads to kissing and kissing leads to the stairs and the stairs lead to your bedroom.

And the bedroom leads to bow-chick-bow-bow.

And once you are in your bed — your legs layered in post coital bliss, you are still tired but you are glad.

He touches his nose to your nose and smiles so closely you remind yourself to tell him tomorrow to trim his nostril hair.

But boy, is he handsome. And he looks at you so happily.

You are glad you ignored the Why Not’s this time.

You are just about to drift off into sleep when the bedroom door is flung open. The tell tale sound of child sized footstep approach the bed and you brace yourself for what comes next.

“Mama. I’m FIRSTY,” says your son as he pokes you in the neck.

You don’t even move or open your eyes as you speak.

“Honey?” You say sweetly to your husband.

“Are you up for… this?”

And then you drift quietly into a long and restful slumber.

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Romancing The Screen: Why My Husband And I Write Our #Lovestory

Some people fall in love at first sight. For me, it was first tweet. This wasn’t terribly surprising to my friends, who had been listening to tales of my internet flirtations since I was a pre-teen, but how my husband and I met continues to be something newcomers to our lives gawk over.

“Wait, you can find love on Twitter?” they’d ask. “I thought that was just for reading news.”

When I first saw Thomas, he was simply a tiny avatar on my screen. My mouse hovered over his gorgeous eyes, piercing through the pixels, causing my fingers to hesitate so I could linger another second longer. Most say eyes are the windows to the soul, though his Twitter stream is what really wooed me. He was insightful, witty and a little raw. Even though there was a computer screen and a few hundred miles between us, I felt like I got him, this virtual stranger. After retweeting his words to catch his digital eye, I Direct Messaged to ask if he wanted to meet for a drink the next time I was in his city, visiting my family (yes, turns out we grew up two towns away from each other).

A month later, we started dating exclusively, sneaking mid-week Amtrak trips into our schedules, giggling at each other over the tops of our laptops when it was time to work and ending our short time together with slow dance parties for two in my studio apartment. But we often returned to Twitter to type more characters in our love story.

@eFlirtExpert: Four years later and I still swoon a little when @URwingman pulls out my chair.

In a world where technology is often how we disconnect with reality, Thomas pulls out his iPhone from his pocket and I from my purse, and we use tech to share experiences, saving memorable moments in our relationship scrapbook in the cloud. Checking into Foursquare from our Central Park picnic blanket or snapping an Instagram of our date at Fenway wasn’t the result of a habit, something that got in the way of our romance. Instead, this is part of our courtship, a shared experience that brought us closer together because of the emotion behind the seemingly meaningless action of tapping ‘Send.’

This year, we wed with 4,000 paper Twitter birds flying overhead. An infographic save-the-date announced the timeline of our relationship, from our first kiss in Boston (@minibar) to our Christmas Eve engagement.

On that snowy day in December when Thomas proposed, we celebrated with our families, called our closest friends and gushed to them over the phone, but stayed silent on social media for a few weeks. We wanted to make sure all the important people in our lives heard from us personally before finding out on Facebook, and it seemed a milestone worthy of a bigger internet proclamation. So we each wrote a blog post from our own perspectives about the engagement and posted at the same moment, reading each reply to our individual tales of love while we snuggled together, in love.

Having others join in our #lovestory inspired us to invite them to continue to digitally share in our moments on our big day. As the lights twinkled above, guests were welcomed with personalized place cards that resembled Twitter bios, table numbers listed as hashtags from our courtship, like #skypedate. At most weddings today, couples encourage guests to unplug, but our nuptials were live-tweeted by our friends and family, streams of congratulations and photos of dance-floor Instagrams filling the iPad screens around the room, which served as the centerpieces in our magical Twitter forest.

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Many say that meeting through technology isn’t romantic, that social media all too often becomes a barrier in a relationship. But with small adjustments to your approach, the internet can become a magical and dreamy place for a relationship to unfold. For my husband and I, it’s where our #happilyeveredwards will always continue to exist.

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Six Person Gangbang with a Wife, Four Black Men, and a Husband in Drag: An Interracial, Transsexual, Gangbang, and Humiliation Erotic Story

Six Person Gangbang with a Wife, Four Black Men, and a Husband in Drag: An Interracial, Transsexual, Gangbang, and Humiliation Erotic Story


When the husband comes home, he’s surprised to find a note instructing him to dress in women’s clothing (including her used panties) and join his wife and “plural boyfriends” in their room. Excited to dress in drag, he’s ready for the humiliation of his life while he and his wife pleasure four big black men!

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Hotel Survey Only Thing Standing Between Cheating Husband And Getting Away With It

One Reddit user claimed that his friend worked at a hotel and received this survey from an unhappy customer. Somehow, we’re finding it hard to take the customer’s side.

A friend of mine works at a hotel, here is a survey they received from a guest
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Kelly Clarkson Felt ‘Pathetically Alone’ Before Meeting Husband Brandon Blackstock

In a new interview, Kelly Clarkson admits she was a bit lonely before she met her husband, Brandon Blackstock.

“I was single for almost seven years,” Clarkson tells Parade magazine of her love life prior to falling for Blackstock. “Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

The 31-year-old said she only had three boyfriends in her life until last year, when she decided to give it a shot with Blackstock after meeting him at the 2012 Super Bowl. The two connected through her manager and his father, Narvel Blackstock. In February, following their December engagement, the “American Idol” star told Cosmopolitan, “I’ve never been truly loved like I am right now.”

Clarkson and Blackstock married in an intimate ceremony in Tenn., on Oct. 20 at Blackberry Farms after scrapping plans for a big to-do.

“I bawled like a baby,” she tells Parade of their wedding day. “We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me — come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

Soon, baby will make three. The singer announced she is pregnant with her first child on Twitter Tuesday (Nov. 19). Blackstock already has two children from a previous marriage.

“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!” she admits to Parade about the pregnancy. “I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

Read Clarkson’s full interview in Parade, due out Sunday.
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