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Johnny Depp Visits Children’s Hospital Dressed As Jack Sparrow

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This is arrrrr-mazing!

If you didn’t already love Johnny Depp, you will now! The actor, 52, dressed in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume to visit the oncology and neurology wards of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

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“How do you do?” Depp said as he greeted children and hospital staff on Thursday.

In this video from Juiced TV, Depp can be seen touring the hospital and giving out plenty of hugs.

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One child, Ula, wasn’t sure what to expect when the staff teased her with the news of a surprise. “It could be anything,” she said, nervously anticipating a room full of spiders. She was beyond shocked to see the A-lister come around the corner.

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Cue the tears.

While taking a break from shooting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Depp spent three hours in the hospital, giving out plenty of gold coins and taking selfies.

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WE LOVE YOU JOHNNY DEPP! Check out the feel-good-Friday clip below…

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Anonymous Teacher Creates Hilarious Instagram Account

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From the mouths of babes!

As we all know, kids say the darndest things.

A second grade teacher from New York City has decided to share the laughter by creating an Instagram account. On “livefromthesnacktime,” this anonymous teacher shares the funny comments overheard in the classroom.

Everything from playdates, to farts, to food is covered in these hilarious posts.

Need a good chuckle? Continue looking below for some of the funniest sayings from these NYC kids…

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To see more hilarious sayings, go to livefromsnacktime.

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Ryan Reynolds Reminds Us About Babywearing Safety

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He might be the sexiest new dad alive, but Ryan Reynolds recently made a big parenting no-no — and it went viral.

During a Tuesday appearance on Today, the Deadpool actor addressed the Instagram image where he was babywearing daughter James incorrectly in a Líllébaby carrier.

“The baby is not properly secured in the vessel that I’m wearing there,” Reynolds said of the Father’s Day photo, which was posted by wife Blake Lively.

Although it was an innocent effort to wish her hubby a wonderful day, thousand of comments came pouring in after Blake shared the babywearing photo.

  • “Total DILF, but dumbass! You’re wearing your baby wrong!!”
  • “Check the instructions, Ry…..that is not how to properly babywear!”
  • “Your baby’s legs should NOT be dangling out like that. NOT using that carrier properly.”

The Self/less actor, 38, admitted that he did not use the carrier properly — and that new fatherhood is a steep learning curve.

“I’m a first-time dad and that is not the first mistake I’ve made and I can guarantee it won’t be the last,” he said.

He added: “I had never used that particular carrier before so every other time it’s been perfect.”

I appreciate Ryan’s honesty. Most first-time parents feel overwhelmed by all the new equipment and gadgets that a newborn brings into the house — let alone the baby her/himself!

That’s why we love School of Babywearing‘s handy T.I.C.K.S. checklist for baby carriers and slings:

Tight: Hold baby close
In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep the chin off chest – ensure at least a finger width under the baby’s chin.
Supported back

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This is a great reminder for all of us using carriers. And no judgement, Ryan — you’re still welcome over to my house for a playdate any day of the week! :)

 

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Find Out Why Colorado’s Teen Pregnancy Rate Fell 40 Percent

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Way to go Colorado!

According to The New York Times, rates of teen pregnancies and abortions have significantly decreased thanks to a six-year program that distributed free LARCs — long-acting reversible contraceptives — to teens and young women.

The initiative provided women with free IUDs (intrauterine devices) or hormonal implants which prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. As a result, birthrates among teen moms declined 40 percent, and teen abortions saw a 42 percent decline from 2009 to 2013.

Thanks to the free program, about one-fifth of women ages 18 to 44 in Colorado now use a long-acting birth control method.

“If we want to reduce poverty, one of the simplest, fastest and cheapest things we could do would be to make sure that as few people as possible become parents before they actually want to,” said economist Isabel Sawhill.

Sawhill argues that single parenthood is a principal driver of inequality, and long-acting birth control is a powerful tool to prevent it.

Research implies that these long acting contraceptives are making all the difference because, unlike the pill, a diaphragm or condoms, they do not require a woman to take action to work effectively.

“The findings from the Colorado study are exciting, and highlight the importance of removing barriers to LARC use for all women, but in particular those at high risk of unintended pregnancy, such as adolescents and poor women,” said Dr. Maria Rodriguez, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

For women without insurance (or receiving them free through this innovative program in Colorado),  both IUDs and hormonal implants can cost up to $800 to insert (not including the costs of the doctor’s exam).

Here’s hoping Colorado’s efforts are being noticed among the other states. What a fabulous program for women!

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It Went Viral: Hillary Clinton & Ellen DeGeneres’ Words Of Encouragement

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After a heartbreaking photo of a young boy went viral, Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres came up with the perfect words of encouragement.

In the photo that was shared on the Humans of New York Facebook page July 3, a distraught-looking young boy is sitting on a stoop. The boy told the photographer he was worried about people not liking him because of his sexual orientation.

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The sad shot quickly went viral, with thousands of likes, shares and kind messages for the young lad.

That same day, Hillary Clinton sent words of encouragement for this young New Yorker.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” the 2016 presidential hopeful wrote. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them. –H.”

Hillary wasn’t the only famous person to share the love. Ellen DeGeneres also left a note for the boy.

“Not only will people like you, they’ll love you,” Ellen said. “I just heard of you and I love you already.”

I’m sorry to see this boy is hurting, but happy to hear the words of encouragement. Being a kid can be hard, and navigating through society’s negative messages can be downright scary. Here’s hoping Hillary, Ellen and everyone else that shared their encouragement will inspire this boy to go forward in life with pride and a strong sense of self-worth.

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#IAmFlawless: Plus-Size Vlogger Challenges Body-Shamers

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YouTube star and plus-size fashion vlogger Loey Lane is shutting down body-shamers.

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In her new plus-size swimwear lookbook, Lane models a variety of two-piece bathing suits while asking some important questions, such as, why women of all sizes can’t wear bikinis; why people comment (negative or positive) on a woman’s size; and why people feel the need to give feedback on how you look.

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In her new online campaign, #IAmFlawless encourages all of us to embrace our bodies just as they are, and stop judging others (positive or negative) based on how they look.

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“The first time I was told by someone that they “admired my confidence”, I was flattered. I took it as a compliment; which, hopefully, it was meant to be,” Lane says. “But as time has gone on and I’ve heard it over and over, I’ve realized that, when you’re my size, confidence is an anomaly. To others, I’m not confident because of my body, I’m confident despite it. In all aspects of life, it’s my body that stands out, it sets me apart. If someone thinks I’m cute, I’m cute for a fat girl. My neighbor, who saw me on an evening run, commented the next day that I’m fast… for being, you know, so big. When I dare to wear a bikini on the beach or shorts in the summer, it goes back to, “you have a lot of confidence.” But they don’t say that to the woman beside me in the same outfit who’s thinner than I am. Society deems me as acceptable, passable even… but only as someone who’s fat. I’m less of a person because of the number in my jeans, and so those who admire the things I’m doing have to remind me that these things are only important because of my size.

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“The next time you judge someone, for good or for bad; I hope you can remember this,” Lane continues. “Remember that they aren’t great for a skinny person or a fat person; they aren’t attractive despite their size. They are beautiful for it. We are all walking different paths, but in so many ways we are the same. We are beautiful because of these things that the world deems as “flaws”. Embrace it, all of it, every second of every day. Wear what you want and do what you want. Be happy and grateful for another day in a body that is not flawed, but flawless.”

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I love this! I couldn’t agree more – if you want to hit the beach this summer, do it! Don’t let negative body image or the opinions of others crush your summertime fun. Embrace yourselves, stop shaming others, and let’s all be free this summer!

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