Thursday, May 29, 2014

​Hayden Panettiere's Pregnancy Is One Big Surprise

Baby dust must've recently been sprinkled into the water in Hollywood, because every single celebrity is pregnant right now. The newest mama-to-be? Hayden Panettiere. Yep, joining Mila Kunis, Christina Ricci, and Rachel Bilson,Panettiere is expecting her first child with her fiance, Wladimir Klitschko, according to Us Weekly. The 24-year-old Nashville star has been engaged to her 38-year-old boxer beau for over a year now and, despite having a very busy life as an actress, has confessed to very much wanting a family in the future.

During an interview with Glamour last year, the Heroes alum said, "I've lived a very big life, and I don't feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother. Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, 'Your life ends -- you're never going to be able to do anything again!' And I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there's nothing that I feel like I can't accomplish while having children in my life." She also joked to Ellen during an appearance on her show about what her and Wladimir's kids will look like, being that he's 6-foot-6 and she's reportedly 5 feet tall. "He's got bowlegs and I've got knocked knees, so they're going to have straight legs. And they'll be normal height," she quipped.
It's always fun to hear about a celebrity pregnancy (what can we say, we're looky loos?), so big congrats to Hayden and Wladimir. And it definitely will be interesting to see this child grow. As Hayden said, this couple has a huge height difference between them -- wonder who the little tyke will take after?! Congrats!

Taking bets here. What Hollywood celeb do you think will be pregnant next?
This story was originally published on the Stir by by Nicole Fabian-Weber.  The story belongs to the Stir and Nicole Fabian-Weber.   
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gerber Baby-- all grown up

The bright-eyed, rosebud-lipped Gerber baby is one of the most iconic tots in the world. But did you know that the image is based on real person?
Over the weekend, CBS Sunday Morning posted an interview with Ann Turner Cook, the 85-year-old great-grandmother whose cherubic baby face has reportedly graced all Gerber packaging since 1931 when the company made it their official trademark.
"I can't think of anything nicer than being a symbol for babies and that's what I think I became," Cook told the news outlet.
According to the Gerber website, Cook's image was chosen as the face for the company during a 1928 contest to "find a face to represent a baby food advertising campaign." Artist Dorothy Hope Smith, then a neighbor of Cook's family, entered a "simple charcoal sketch" of Cook as 4-month-old baby to the contest -- and the rest, as they say, is history.

"Her drawing competed with elaborate oil paintings, but the judges fell in love with the baby face Smith drew, and when they chose it as the winner, they insisted that the simple illustration remain a sketch. The image of this happy, healthy baby was soon to become the face that launched a brand, a face recognized and loved across the globe," the company states.
Though Gerber chose a new baby in 2012 to represent their brand in advertising campaigns, Cook's face remains their brand's logo.
A widow with four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Cook is now a retired high school English teacher and the author of the Brandy O'Bannon mystery series.

This story was originally published on Huffington Post .

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Our new fish!

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We got this little guy a few days ago and he has been happily swimming all the time.  

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Should you disclose your pregnancy to a potential employer?

Whatever your do, never apologize 
By Marisa Torrieri, LearnVest


If being laid off and scrambling to find a new job isn't stressful enough, imagine having to do it when you're expecting a baby.

That's the predicament Karin Zannella, 35, of Fairfield, Conn., found herself in while pregnant with her first child in 2011. Though she was just eight weeks along (and wasn't showing yet), Zannella decided to inform both companies she interviewed with for a new job.
"I was very nervous, as I knew I could be risking my shot at either job, but I knew that it was the right thing to do to ensure it was the right fit — both short term and long term," says Zannella, who is now a senior manager of customer marketing and sales planning for a major food brand.
She wanted to use her pregnancy news as an opportunity to ask each employer about their willingness to let her work from home two days after her baby arrived, so she told them over the phone before her third round of interviews.

"I could have kept it quiet until I was hired and well into my second trimester. But I felt that it was important to be upfront and honest from the start in order to gauge how each would respond to my situation," says Zannella.

In the end, her honesty paid off. Both companies responded that her pregnancy news didn't affect her candidacy — and she ultimately received two offers. She accepted the one that gave her the best flexibility.
Zannella's story is the best-case scenario. But are other pregnant women as fortunate? While employers are legally barred from treating pregnant women differently than other candidates under the aptly named Pregnancy Discrimination Act (which was created in 1978 largely as a result of said discrimination), we talked to career and legal experts who say telling a prospective employer you're expecting isn't always the best move.
Of course there's no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to a topic as delicate as this. Here's what you  need to know when deciding if — or when — to reveal your pregnancy during a job search.

Should you share during an interview? What to consider

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Interviewing for a job during a pregnancy certainly isn't a new scenario, but it may be more visible than in earlier generations, with more women in the workforce — and in executive roles. Perhaps a sign of the times, Yahoo C.E.O. Marissa Mayer was appointed to her executive post when she was about six months pregnant.
"I think what you may be seeing is more women who are daring to have children while employed in the higher-level jobs like consulting, law, medicine, finance, and the like," says Victoria Pynchon, co-founder of She Negotiates, which offers career and salary strategies for women.

"Many women of [the 1980s and 1990s] generation delayed our childbearing years because those who came before told us not to have children until we 'made partner' or the equivalent in academics, medicine, or business," she says.

So while women today can look to Mayer and other high-level employees as successful examples of climbing the ladder while carrying a child, the question remains: When is it right to tell?

Katie Donovan, a salary negotiation consultant and founder of Equal Pay Negotiations, LLC, reiterates that it's illegal for a potential employer to ask whether a candidate is pregnant or plans to get pregnant — but they can ask if there are any reasons you would have problems performing your duties. For example, if you're on your feet all day — that may prove more challenging throughout a pregnancy than if you have an office-based desk job.
While Donovan typically doesn't recommend disclosing your pregnancy during the interview process — rather, she suggests waiting until you start your job — she does recognize the need to share the news in certain circumstances.
"If your pregnancy would impact your ability to do the job, then you would need to speak up," Donovan advises, adding that this should happen during the first interview.
Other factors to consider are how far along you are and whether you have a visible baby bump.
It's sobering to think about, but somewhere between 10 percent to 25 percent of pregnancies endin miscarriage, most during the first trimester. So, for many women, telling a prospective employer you're pregnant during the first trimester can be a risky move if you want to maintain some privacy.
Pynchon recalls a client who was expecting a baby via surrogate and decided not to disclose her news while interviewing for a new job.

"Her surrogate wasn't yet three months along, and the incidence of miscarriages in the first [trimester] is very high, so she said she could no more say she was going to avail herself of maternity leave than someone else could predict that they were going to have a heart attack and avail themselves of medical leave," Pynchon recalls.

Although she was in her second trimester, Courtney Parker, a 28-year-old nurse practitioner who lives in Newtown, Conn., decided to keep her pregnancy news to herself too. At 24 weeks, Parker opted to hide her baby bump under loose clothing and wore a scarf to take attention off her figure when she interviewed for a job at a medical clinic.
"I felt guilty not telling them during the interview because everyone who interviewed me was so nice, but I didn't want it to affect their decision to hire me," says Parker. "I wasn't so nervous about them worrying if I could perform my job while pregnant, but more so that I knew I wanted to take 12 weeks of maternity leave and wasn't sure how they would feel about it."
While Parker knew she'd be entitled up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family Leave Medical Act and six to eight weeks of paid short-term disability benefits (which some employers offer), that didn't make the moment she decided to reveal her pregnancy at 28 weeks — on the phone after they offered her the position — any easier.
"I apologized for springing it on them but explained I wanted to be honest from the beginning," Parker says. Fortunately, they were supportive. "They wanted to get me started ASAP so I had enough time to be oriented and comfortable in the position before I went on leave."

What the statistics show?


Although whether to disclose your pregnancy during a job search is a personal decision, women may find some direction from studying the statistics. Some evidence indicates that announcing your pregnancy before getting the job offer could hurt your career prospects.
A 2013 study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Houston-Downtown and George Mason University, which sought to measure discrimination against pregnant job applicants, revealed these candidates receive more interpersonal hostility — such as employers or managers prematurely ending the conversation, pursing their lips, or treating them rudely — than non-pregnant applicants.
But the good news is the research also revealed that when pregnant job applicants address these stereotypes when inquiring about jobs — particularly their personal levels of commitment and flexibility — they are nearly three times less likely to experience interpersonal discrimination than pregnant applicants who say nothing to combat pregnancy stereotypes.

Bottom line? If you're proactive in explaining how you'll be successful in your position despite your pregnancy, you're more likely to have better prospects.
Another recent study in the United Kingdom revealed that 76 percent of male and female managers surveyed would not hire a woman if they knew she would become pregnant in the next six months.
Pynchon says employers are likely to get away with that behavior because, even though it's illegal, a women's ability to prove this discrimination is slim to none — which is why she doesn't recommend that her clients disclose their pregnancies in the interview process, or, even better, until they start working.

"There are simply too many factors that go into a company's decision to hire someone to [discount] the extremely high likelihood that an employer would hire someone who's not pregnant in the place of someone who is," Pynchon says. "I've had employers tell me, off the record, that between two candidates of absolutely equal qualifications, they would hire a man over a woman because 'women get pregnant.'"

Though she notes that not all employers feel this way, Pynchon says based on her corporate litigation experience, she doubts HR would green-light a pregnant woman's hire if they had a choice — though no notation of the pregnancy would be made in corporate records.

Disclosing your pregnancy: what — and how — to share

At whatever point you decide to share your pregnancy news, make sure you're prepared to explain how far along you are, your expected due date, and your plan for returning to work. This is also a good time to discuss in detail your company's maternity leave policy and whether you can take advantage of a more flexible schedule once your official leave is over.
Karen Sommer Shalett, a 38-year-old journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children, interviewed for editor positions during both of her pregnancies — the second time for DC Magazine, a fashion and lifestyle publication, when she was five months along. What made the difference in how she was perceived, she believes, was the way she confidently embraced her commitment to being a working mom.
"I thought, You know what? I can't disguise I am pregnant, but I can certainly show that I am as stylish as the publication and still dress in a way that suits the job — pregnant or not," she says.
"I thought it was very important when I sat down to not make it the first thing I talked about, but to definitely make it something I talk about before the [first] interview was over," she says. "At the first opportunity to ask a question, I said, 'OK, let's talk about the elephant in the room. I am pregnant. I have another child, so I'm not going anywhere. Naturally, I expect to have maternity leave, but I plan to spend the next four months putting the infrastructure in place so the impact is minimal.'"
Even if you opt to share your news after the interview process is over and you've started working, Donovan says to emulate Sommer Shalett's upbeat, positive confidence. "Your own words should help set up [the employer's] positive reaction," Donovan says.
Then, she says, be prepared to share your thoughts on how your work will be covered while you're gone and how you'll prepare to minimize the impact of your absence.
One thing you should never do? Apologize for your pregnancy or intent to take maternity leave — no matter when you ultimately decide to disclose the news. "Maternity leave is your right," Donovan says. "Never apologize for using it."

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pregnant Celebrities and their Cravings

Mila Kunis stopped by the Ellen show on May 8th to talk about her pregnancy and her cravings.  
Kunis who is engaged to Hollywood actor engagement to Ashton Kutcher, is pregnant with her first child. 

 Kunis said she is craving pickles and her fiance stocked their fridge with pickles, ice cream, and the typical cravings pregnant women enjoy.  
Kunis also told the talk show host she plans on having a natural birth sans epidural. “The hospital that I’m going to be laboring in does a midwife, you know, doula type of thing. I’m going to do it as all natural as I possibly can unless that there’s an emergency or something that should go wrong.”

Here are some other stars sharing their cravings while being pregnant.  

Kate Winslet:
“At the moment I seem to be wanting orange juice a lot,” Winslet told UsWeekly during her third pregnancy last fall. ”I don’t know quite why that is, but it’s not so weird. I wish I could tell you I had some weird craving. I wish I could be like that woman on the advert who loves tuna fish and banana, but I’m not like that at all.”

Olivia Wilde:
The future Mrs. Jason Sudeikis, who recently gave birth to a boy, posted to Twitter last fall about her salsa cravings. 

Beyonce told reporters that she wanted to put ketchup on anything while pregnant. 

Ginnifer Goodwin:
The Once Upon a Time star is expecting her first child with husband Josh DallasAccording to Dallas, Goodwin craved “jalapenos in the very beginning — that was the only weird thing. Straight up.”

Kelly Clarkson:
The 31-year-old singer has been an open book about her pregnancy, posting lots of details to Twitter. In regards to her cravings, she wrote:

Drew Barrymore:
The Whip It director is currently pregnant for the second time. During a recent E! interview, she revealed ”The [craving] with Olive was tamales. Anything tamale. I love tamales. With this little lovely lady it’s like pan-fried noodles from any Chinese restaurant. I drive by them and I fantasize about them. I find myself like pulling over a lot for food. Like the car just goes off the lane and over to the restaurant.”

Kim Kardashian:
Kanye West‘s baby mama told fans that during her pregnancy with North last year, she craved ”mostly cheese, chili cheese fries, everything with cheese.”

Kate Middleton:
The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy cravings were more complex than many others. According to the owner of Bucklebury’s Peach’s Spar Chan Shingadia, Middleton craved vegetarian curry while pregnant with Prince George. “She has been eating them during the pregnancy,”Chan said. “The Duchess has come in several times for our curries, before she got married, and quite a few times afterwards.”

What was your strangest craving during pregnancy?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teen Pregnancy Rates hit Historic Lows

A new report out states that number of teens becoming pregnant is at an all-time low.  Many speculate shows like Teen Mom point out the very real up and downs of being a teen mom.

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