Roundup: Pregnant Celebrities’ 110 Best Maternity Looks

On September 26, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Posted: September 26, 2013 by Lisa Estall From our friends at Popsugar Moms! Work it! One of the biggest dilemmas expectant mamas face is how they’ll dress their growing bumps for nine (almost 10) months

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From our friends at Popsugar Moms!

Work it! One of the biggest dilemmas expectant mamas face is how they’ll dress their growing bumps for nine (almost 10) months. There’s certainly no shortage of cute maternity clothes these days, but it’s how the clothes are styled that make a pregnant mama feel like a hot mama-to-be. We’ve rounded up 110 of our favorite celebrity maternity looks for a little pregnancy style inspiration. Check them out!

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Source: Roundup: Pregnant Celebrities’ 110 Best Maternity Looks

On-Set Stitches: 15 Movies That Almost Killed Their Stars

On September 26, 2013, in Article, Celeb, eBooks, Entertainment, Fashion & Lifestyle, Movies, Music, Videos, by nadia

Although there are obviously glamorous parts, being a movie star has some serious job hazards. You can get burned, drowned, stabbed, strangled, hanged, or just straight up get the crap kicked out of you.

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Although there are obviously glamorous parts, being a movie star has some serious job hazards. You can get burned, drowned, stabbed, strangled, hanged, or just straight up get the crap kicked out of you. But it’s all in a day’s work! Read on to see 15 movies that almost (accidentally) killed their stars. These celebs are tougher than you think! Thank god for insurance…

15. George Clooney Breaks His Back In Syriana (2005)

[Photo: Warner Brothers]

[Photo: Warner Brothers]

When a back-firing stunt led to a serious back and spine injury for Clooney, the pain was so bad that he apparently considered taking his own life. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’” he told Rolling Stone in 2011. ”I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this. You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, and start the engine.” Obviously it breaks our heart to hear the superstar say such things, but luckily his injury was cleared up after some spinal surgery. Hopefully the Oscar he won for the role helped smooth things over.

14. Quentin Tarantino Wrings Diane Kruger’s Neck For Inglourious Basterds (2009)

The Big Q is a guy who likes to do things his way, and he decided that the best way to film a scene where beautiful allied spy Bridget von Hammersmark gets strangled by a Nazi was to….strangle her for real. He didn’t want to trust anyone else to do the job, so he threw on a Nazi costume, hopped on top of her, and did the job himself! ”What I said to her was, ‘I’m gonna just strangle you, alright?’” he revealed during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. “‘Full on. I’m gonna cut off your air, for just a little bit of time. We’re gonna see the reaction in your face and I’m gonna we’ll cut.’” He promised they would only do one take, but we guess that was one take too many -Kruger actually passed out from the experience! And that was the shot used in the final film. For bonus points, Tarantino also almost burned actors Eli Roth and Omar Doom to death in a controlled burn gone awry!

13. Michael J. Fox Hangs Out in Back To The Future 3 (1990)

In the western-style finale of the beloved time travel trilogy, Fox’s Marty McFly gets strung up by thugs in the town square. Obviously most of the shots were accomplished with the aid of a stunt double, but close-ups required Michael to stand on a box with a noose around his neck. Simple, right? But the whole thing didn’t look realistic enough for director Robert Zemeckis, so trouper MJF straight up offered to do it without the box! Yes, only very careful hand placement stood between safety and getting hanged for real. It all went to plan for the first few takes, but by the third his hand slipped and…well, he got hanged for real. “I swung unconscious at the end of the rope for several seconds before Bob Zemeckis, fan of me though he was, realized even I wasn’t that good of an actor,” Fox wrote in his autobiography, Lucky Man. But it wasn’t for nothing; that shot was used in the final film.

12. Charlize Theron Flips Too Far For Aeon Flux (2004)

[Photo: Paramount Picture]

[Photo: Paramount Picture]

The lovely Charlize has a badass streak to match her beauty, as she proved in ’04 when she volunteered to do some of her own stunts for this sci-fi flick. Unfortunately she landed on her neck while doing a back-flip, herniating a disc that was dangerously close to her spinal cord. The injury shut down production for eight weeks while she recuperated. Doctors feared she might have limited mobility, but she thankfully made a full recovery.

11. Apocalypse Now Gives Martin Sheen A Heart Attack (1979)

Few films have had a production as troubled as Francis Ford Coppola‘s war epic, which was given an extra dose of authenticity by being filmed in civil-war torn Philippines. Apparently the sounds of real death and destruction could be heard on set, which obviously made things a little stressful. It seems like the strain of the whole thing got to Martin Sheen, who ended up suffering a heart attack in the middle of the jungle! The actor had to drag himself a quarter mile in order to find any kind of help. In an effort to make sure that the production wasn’t totally shut down, Coppola tried to pass the incident off as “heat exhaustion” (the oldest trick in the book), and let Sheen take a month off to recover.

Source: On-Set Stitches: 15 Movies That Almost Killed Their Stars

10 Easy Ways To Keep Baby Happy And Comfortable

On September 26, 2013, in Celeb, by ayesha

Parents of infants and newborns may sometimes have a tough time figuring out their babies’ needs based solely on their crying.

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Parents of infants and newborns may sometimes have a tough time figuring out their babies’ needs based solely on their crying. Instead of trying to decipher what their fussy baby is trying to tell them, these new parents would rather keep the crying at bay and ensure their little ones are happy at all times. They are all wondering the same thing: How can I make sure my little bundle of joy always stays cheerful?

Fortunately, Difrax baby products company’s Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg  brainstormed the best tips for keeping baby happy and calm to help out new moms and dads:

Set a routine. Even babies can sense what is coming next. Your little one thrives on routine and structure and will be much happier if she’s eating, sleeping, bathing and playing at roughly the same times every day.  Sleep is especially important, because a well-rested baby is a happy baby.  Be vigilant about bedtimes and naptime, even if it doesn’t work well with your schedule. Your baby will actually sleep better if the nap and bed times are consistent.

Keep yourself calm. Babies can take their cues from mom or dad. If you become panicky or irritable, or if you create a sense of chaos, your baby will sense it and react the same way.

Snuggle with them. Babies need physical touch, and being snuggled by mom or dad will keep them calm and help them feel safe. The “Kangaroo Hold” or going bare skin to bare skin is especially calming for a child.

Know your baby.  You’ll learn quickly what makes your little one fussy.  It could be a wet diaper, itchy clothes, or hunger, or baby could be too warm or too cold.  Journaling when your baby started being fussy and recording how or when the crying stopped may give great insight into what your baby needs.

Have a special song.  Babies love being the center of attention.  Find a special song to sing when baby is feeling fussy.  The sound of your singing will comfort her and help her calm down and stay positive.

Create bathtime rituals.  Sometimes, when baby is feeling out of sorts, a warm bath can help sooth the negative disposition.  Create special bathtime rituals that will relax your little one and keep her calm.  Most babies enjoy music, and playing your little one’s favorite songs can often put her in a more playful mood.  The water from the shower can also produce a calming effect when baby is feeling fussy.

Story time.  Babies enjoy the sound of mama’s voice while being snuggled.  Reading a special story, especially at bedtime, can create special bonding moments between you and your baby. It also can set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

Massage. Just like adults, babies can feel the day’s stresses.  Use lightly scented or unscented oil to massage baby’s back, legs, and arms while speaking soft words of affirmation, as this will have a calming effect on her mood.  The soft sounds of mommy or daddy’s voice will lull baby into a more relaxed state of being.

Take a walk or go for a car ride.  Babies need variety in their day too, and if the fussiness starts, they will often calm down if they get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  If baby isn’t feeling happy, take her for a walk around the block or to the park in the stroller.  Some babies find the motion and sound of the car soothing so if a walk outside is not in the cards due to the weather, a car ride may make for a good alternative.

Surround baby with bright, cheerful colors: Bold and colorful patterns will stimulate baby’s curiosity and keep her occupied and engaged. This doesn’t just hold true for the nursury and baby toys; now you can also keep your little one happy and content with a colorful, bold pacifier! Difrax offers 3-stage pacifiers designed to meet the individual needs of baby at every age/stage, in an array of bold, colorful, and fashionable patterns that are sure to evoke happiness in little tots. The pacifiers come in two styles: Classic (resembles a mother’s breast and is perfect for babies who turn the pacifier around in their mouths) and Orthodontic (stimulates muscle/palate development).

Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg runs Difrax, a Dutch baby products company that pioneered the 3-stage pacifier system designed to accommodate each stage of baby’s development with newborn to 6 month, 6 + month an 18+ month sizes. Difrax offers innovative, stylish, and trendy products that make the lives of babies and their parents as convenient and as pleasant as possible. Difrax also just released a fun video to help couples make the “Big Baby Decision!” See the video below.


Source: 10 Easy Ways To Keep Baby Happy And Comfortable

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