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Victoria & Dino: A Hollywood Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful baby girl born in the land of sunshine, beaches and big dreams. Her name was Princess Victoria, and she was the first-born child of the richest and most powerful man in Hollywood, Sir Hutch Melrose.

Sir Hutch Melrose and his wife, Lady Sweets, had a long and happy marriage in their 57,000 square-foot mansion – named ‘The Magnificent Manor’ – in the hills of Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, many people were cruel to Princess Victoria, and she grew up hearing that she was not beautiful enough — certainly not fit for princess-hood in The Magnificent Manor.

So Princess Victoria opted for elective surgery to ‘fix’ many of her features. But regardless of the plastic surgery, over time, Princess Victoria still felt she was not beautiful enough. She went on to starve herself in hopes of being the skinniest lady in all the land — everyday praying that she would grow into her looks.

One day, Princess Victoria met a bonny lad named Charles and they were wed in a lavish ceremony at The Magnificent Manor. But the Princess was not happy, and when she met a foreigner named Dino, the pair entered a scandalous love affair that same evening.

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Heidi Klum Under Fire For Native American Photo Shoot

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While over 15,000 people ‘like’ the following photos, hundreds more have voiced their outrage via Facbebook.

Since the fashion industry has landed in hot water many times for stereotyping race and culture, it’s shocking that supermodel and mom-of-four Heidi Klum has approved this “Native American-inspired” photo shoot for Germany’s Next Top Model.

The “themed” photos feature non-Native women (contestants on Germany’s Next Top Model) posing in traditional feather headdresses and face paint.

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In one dramatic shot, one of the contestants stares into the camera with a single tear running down her cheek.



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Review: pediped ‘Foots’ The Bill For Children’s Shoes

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Shoes, shoes, shoes.  We love ‘em – and our children love them too!

Now that spring is here and the boots are slowly making their way to the back of the closet, I am noticing that I am always reaching for a specific brand of shoes to put on my little one’s feet.

Pediped’s.

Pediped has recently launched their Spring/Summer 2014 collection and have over 70 new styles and color combos for their three lines of children’s shoes: Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®.  And as any mom would do, especially if you’ve seen their fabulous shoes already, I ordered two pairs of shoes for my toddler.

PedipedSS_MirabellaSilver_2016Seeing as though my 20-month old daughter is relatively new to the walking scene, the first pair that I selected was the Mirabella Originals.  They are her glam shoes!  She likes the sparkly silver trim and the flower on the top.

And for me, I like the quality of the Originals and the flexible soles.  Not only are the shoes designed to mimic walking in bare feet, they use a soft foam insert between high quality leather layers.  It’s nice to know that the pediped footwear line has the approval of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

MORE: Review: pediped Footwear Focuses On Quality, Comfort And Style

I also ordered my daughter the athletic-style Grip’n’Go Riddell’s for those on-the-go days or playing in the park.  And we all know that the park can sometimes be muddy and dirty…good thing these shoes are machine washable!

PedipedGG_RiddellBubblegum_GG2032The Grip’n'Go’s are made using Ultra Light Technology so not only are the shoes super light for my toddler to run in, they flex in conjunction with her natural foot movement and give support in the heel area.

Along with the Ultra Light Technology, the Grip’n’Go’s offer what pediped calls G2 Technology™.  It’s beneficial to toddlers like my daughter as they transition into confident walkers.

I’m not all up to speed on all the technological stuff that goes into making shoes, but I trust that pediped is doing something right since the award-winning company is the fastest growing children’s shoe brand in the United States.

And I can see why they are because this mama loves pediped’s shoes!

To order some stylish pediped children’s shoes, go to www.pediped.com.

Follow pediped on Twitter and Pinterest.  ‘Like’ them on Facebook.

BONUS:  Here are some shoe buying tips:
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If you like pediped® make sure to check out Brian James Footwear, http://www.brianjamesfootwear.com/ the new women’s footwear line from Angela Edgeworth founder of pediped®.

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Damage Control? Jenny McCarthy Is Now “Pro-Vaccine”

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Damage control for Jenny McCarthy?

The former Playboy Playmate has been very public about her belief that vaccines play a role in causing autism, even though the link between the two has been debunked time and again.

Jenny has said that vaccinations “stole” her child and caused his autism.

“Before the vaccination, he was huggy, lovey, snuggly,” Jenny said. “Then it was like someone came down and stole him.”

MORE: Kristin Cavallari: The Latest Celebrity To Cause Unnecessary Fear In Autism Debate

But in a Chicago Sun Times op-ed published Saturday, The View cohost wrote that she’s “pro-vaccine,” claiming she’s been “wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine.’”

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Toy Stories: Kids Across the Globe & Their Toys

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Nothing like a healthy does of perspective on Monday morning!

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti traveled the world to capture some striking images of children surrounded by their favorite toys.

“At their age, they are pretty much all the same,” he told TODAY. “They just want to play.”

Galimberti traveled to 58 countries in 30 months, and captured young subjects and their playthings — providing clues about each child’s personality, home life and economic realities.

Let’s take a look at some of the kids in Galimberti’s new book, Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things.

Alessia Pellegrini, 5 – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Alessia’s family owns one of the largest farms in their city. She loves to play with animals and helps her grandfather work on the farm.

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Review: Nine Naturals – Beauty Simplified During Pregnancy And Beyond

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With so many hair care and skincare products on the drugstore shelf, how do you know what to buy?  And if you’re pregnant, wow, there’s another can of worms to consider when you are putting chemicals on your skin/body, right?

Whether you are a mom or a mom-to-be, Nine Naturals was created for you.

At five months post-partum and still nursing, I was introduced to Nine Naturals.  I have recently sampled a number of their products designed to simplify the beautification process and targeted to those pregnant and beyond.

I was excited to check out this product line because they only use handpicked and organic ingredients…sounds great for anyone, not just those that are pregnant, doesn’t it?

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