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Even Steven, Breast Symmetry A Major Complaint For Many

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Nobody is 100% the same on both sides of their body. Many of us have marked differences between our left and right sides, hence the celebrity requests to be shot on “their good side” and making sure that stars are filmed from certain angles. Beauty is measured in millimeters, and the slightest differences add up. The more pronounced the differential, usually the more unhappy the person is with their feature in question. For women, it really hits home when breasts are noticeably different in size, something that can be camouflaged in clothing but when the clothes come off, what then?Today […]

Prom Night Wisdom, Don’t Be In Such A Rush To Drink

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‘…Extrication will be needed…” -Law Officer Falber in recorded scene of Prom night car accident Drinking seems to be the universal right of passage and hallmark for many kids to show they’re heading into adulthood, or just to blow off steam and break the ice and ease social anxiety. But so many teens are simply not equipped emotionally or physically to handle the repercussions of alcohol, and as such they do not drink responsibly.How many people have stories of excess from their youth that they hang their head in shame over? These people are the lucky ones, here to share […]

Wedding 101: To DIY or NOT to DIY – Make the Decision and Stick to It

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Oh yes, it’s all the rage to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) everything nowadays. That trend has carried over into wedding planning, with Pinterest-inspired brides and grooms deciding they don’t need professional wedding vendors in order to execute the most important day of their lives.Planning a DIY wedding can be a LOT of fun for the two of you as a couple if you enjoy working together on crafty projects and you’re able to make decisions as a team.  It’s definitely more affordable than hiring professionals to provide all of your services, but there’s also no rule that say you must DIY every […]

Leading Companies Join Forces in Developing Advanced Stem Cell Therapies

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Celgene And Mesoblast Enter Into Equity Placement and Right of First Refusal Agreement To Certain Disease Fields, One stem cell company we have been following, Mesoblast, based in Australia, just announced that they have entered into an agreement with USA based bio pharmaceutical giant Celgene Corporation, to further develop innovative therapies which Mesoblast has pushed forward on for the treatment of cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases.According to the press release, Celgene will purchase 4.5% of Mesoblast stock and has a six-month right of first refusal to certain disease fields among Mesoblast’s product candidates.Mesoblast is a global leader in regenerative medicine. […]

Wine of the Month: Newcomer Forever Young Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc

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April 2015 Wine of the Month Spotlight is highlighted by World Malbec Day- Friday, April 17.  We found an affordable award winner you can serve, cook with or gift with pride. Meet newcomer Forever Young Wine Malbec Reserva and Sauvignon Blanc, that are both refreshing and superb in taste. The Malbec wine is a Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 WSWA Wine & Spirits Competition.  These two wines are blended from grapes grown in Mendoza, Argentina and the Central Valley, Chile.  Both wines are priced at under $19, so you can stock up on two versatile varietals that are aces […]

Be A Jerk In The Kitchen, Busha Browne’s Jamaican Line Is Here!

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Eat This Not That Spotlight on Sauces and Marinades: Be A Jerk In The Kitchen, Busha Browne’s Jamaican Line Is Here!Rejoice ye lovers of spicy, sweet and salty: Busha Browne’s is known for their delicious, award-winning condiments and sauces which are growing in demand with foodies across the U.S. and abroad, including with countries such as the United Kingdom (UK), Australia and New Zealand. Busha Browne condiments, jellies and sauces continue to be a top choice at restaurants too.   Many foodie experts believe that “jerk” comes from a Spanish word that was derived from a Peruvian word charqui, a word for dried strips of meat […]

Unprepared to Fail: We’re Raising Kids Who Feel Entitled To Success

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.Unless of course, you’re being raised in America in 2015, in which case, just sit down and grab a glass because lemonade is on tap, in spite of a whole lot of un-squeezed lemons. But what happens when parents can’t design and control the playing field, and everyone can’t win a trophy? The un-rejected, who have not been afforded the opportunity to develop the coping skills that are required to process rejection in a healthy and appropriate way, are being built up so high that it’s a very long way down and an even […]

Why Pets Can Unlock A Child’s Unhappiness

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Pets  – and animals in general – can be very therapeutic for children. Studies have shown how pets can help lower blood pressure, speed up recovery time, and reduce stress and anxiety. We see this with troubled children, Autistic children or children with Asperger Syndrome and PTSD — when they are with animals they can immediately relate because they sense the animals are unconditional in their love and affection. – Dr. Gail GrossMost everyone knows that having a pet decreases stress. It also soothes and strengthens abused people, especially children, so that their trauma is lessened and made manageable. Pets […]

Coachella 2015 Beauty Essentials and Useful Intel

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Coachella 2015 (April 10-12 and April 17-19) is finally upon us and that means that many of you are starting to prepare for the trip into the desert. By Friday, April 10, the Polo grounds in Indio will have thousands of people, some of whom are prepared for the heat, and some of you will not be.Coachella – for those unaware – is a multi-day, multi-stage open-air fest where the arts and music collide with sweaty throngs of humanity under a blistering sun. Like other fests such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Outside Lands, Pitchfork, FYF, Governor’s Ball, and others, it […]

Online Shopping Intel: Haute Rogue Delivers The Goods

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  There is a love/hate thing I have going on with online clothes shopping. I love the convenience of shopping from my bedroom while shoveling Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey in my pie hole during the commercial breaks of “Empire,” wishing I had Cookie’s flamboyant flash calmed down with Anika’s chic couture elegance.But I hate that more often than not, when you get your purchases, you get a cheaply made, poor quality garment that was probably fabricated by a 7-year old Indonesian child for 25 cents a day. This is also a 3rd World people who don’t understand the concept […]

April 2015 Food Obsession: Whipped Frozen Bananas Make Perfect ‘Ice Cream’

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April 2015 Food Obsession of the Month: The magic of frozen bananas! You heard me right, this “secret” has been a well known default for vegans and the dairy challenged for awhile.You can take plain frozen bananas and with the right tools process them into a custard-like “ice cream” with the Champion Juicer! No bloat, thin thighs and clear arteries to the heart…what’s not to love?  Even those who think they hate the flavor of banana are shocked at how neutral tasting frozen whipped banana actually is… and the best part is you can incorporate a bunch of ingredients like […]

Wine of The Month: Two Sexy Italians, ‘Damilano’ and ‘Arnaldo’ And Easter Recipes

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March 2015: We fell in love with two Italians: Damilano ‘Lecinquevigne’ Barolo and Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto.It is time to finally think about transitional weather wines that offer incredible pours for the money, and give you a head start on planning a Mediterranean-inspired holiday meal for Easter with a lamb dish pairing, or prepare for Earth Day (April 22) with a green-friendly wine. Here are two must-try fabulous wines and two amazing recipes paired with them:Damilano ‘Lecinquevigne’ Barolo (SRP: $35)The perfect value entry into the rich world of Piedmontese wines. Translating to “the five vineyards,” the 90++ point wine Lecinquevigne […]

No Guilt Goodies: Sharon Osbourne’s Must Have Mother’s Day Recipes

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Eat This Not That: Every Mom deserves to indulge once in a while, especially on a day that is all about them!As Mother’s Day is slowly approaching, our favorite TV mom Sharon Osbourne is sharing her favorite Atkins Diet approved recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Sharon’s recipe favorites are healthy yet delicious options for those looking to watch their figure. Sharon, who used to weigh over 200 pounds, does not count calories, but focuses on lowering her daily carb intake to less than 25 grams. Osbourne also eats plenty of vegetables, emphasizing those that are […]

Easter Peeps Are Here, Dresses, Treats and Wait…Dresses?

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Spring has sprung and with it comes the rebirth of the earth, the re-awakening of life… can you hear the chirps of the baby birds in the trees? It’s the time to shed the winter blues and enjoy the fresh new season of sunshine and smiles. It’s a time for Spring Break and parties and sun-dresses and Easter hats….you know, it’s Peep Time!!Kym Douglas, the wild child and beauty expert of the Home & Family host brigade on Hallmark Channel did just that…. Well, she actually went one step further and made a Peep sun dress for today’s (Thursday March […]

March 2015 Food Obsession: Colman’s Mustard

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March 2015 Food obsession of the month: Colman’s MustardHold the mayo. Seriously hold the mayonnaise, blechh. Colman’s Mustard has been on my radar since I was 5 years old. The tin always caught my fancy and fascinated me, and the contents of finely powdered mustard that kicks serious eye-watering sinus clearing butt when turned into a smooth, creamy paste with water? Yes please. Mustard is my favorite condiment overall, so you can keep the sugary kid stuff ketchup and gloppy white sandwich goo, as classic Colman’s (powdered, I am not a fan of the premade) kicks it to stratospheric heights.  […]

March 2015 Best Beauty, Fragrance and Skincare Finds

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March 2015 Best Beauty and Fragrance Finds sees some cosmetic veterans and some newcomers who address skincare and beauty head to toe for both men and women.Monthly, Monsters and Critics shines a spotlight on the best of the newest beauty products and services that turned our heads and impressed. We don’t love everything. We send back professional samples of items that do not make the cut. These items and services listed below were wonderful and all were made without harming animals.  They are also made without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. After wading through many professional samples submitted for review, this month’s top […]

Cocktails For Easter Brunch, Part Two: Southern Comfort Caramel A Sidewinder

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Interested in a buttered popcorn flavored cocktail?That’s the first impression we get when combining newcomer Southern Comfort Caramel with Sprite over ice. Weirdly compelling salty sweetness. More savory than you would imagine. A sidewinder of a spirit that is not at all expected. For those unaware, Southern Comfort is an American whiskey-flavored liqueur first developed in 1874 by a New Orleans bartender.One of the most significant new features to this new package is the unique icon on the neck and label proudly owning Southern Comfort’s position as a “category of one.” The new bottle shape draws from the brand’s heritage […]

Cocktails For Easter Brunch, Part One: Kahlúa Salted Caramel Is Incredible

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Easter is coming, which means many things to many people. For us, we think about the fact Lent is over and we can eat chocolate and Easter Eggs… and what cocktails we will be whipping up to make for the adults while the kids are hunting for said eggs… The geniuses at Kahlúa, the classic rum and coffee liqueur, have put on their mad hatters and come up with a delicious newcomer to the mixer/liqueur market. At under $20 a bottle, it will become a favorite for those who adore the sweet and salty balance tinged with fresh coffee.Their latest […]

Natural Products Expo West Top Frozen Dessert Winner: Ciao Bella!

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It was a tough decision but one we had no trouble finally agreeing on: NYC Ciao Bella Gelato takes the prize from us, as gelato genius Chef Danilo Zecchin is constantly creating the most inventive, festive non GMO sorbettos and gelatos in the American marketplace. They were on display at the recent 35th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.The enormous event is our annual mecca to find and try the best in healthy foods, and discover new ingredients, packaging, technologies, equipment, and services for cutting-edge […]

Cocktail of the Month: Sexy Italian Pour, Versatile Amaro Lucano

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Cocktail of the Month, March 2015: Amaro Lucano takes us to Italy, the land of the quaffable bitter, the ubiquitous Campari and other similar decorative and arty pours where you can either drink them neat, or craft a striking cocktail.Amaro Lucano is like nothing else, it slaps you with herbals, citrus, spice and green finishes, yet almost has a licorice quality. Not strong like Sambuca, but subtle and complex in its lingering flavor profile. Amaro is maddening to pin down, actually. Amaro is the Italian word for bitter.  Amaro Lucano was first made from a secret family recipe that has been handed […]

Kitchen Genius: BerryBreeze Mitigates Food Rot

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Kitchen Genius March 2015: It has happened to us all, you buy a gorgeous basket of berries or a head of lettuce, then in a short amount of time, the white fuzz grows or the leaves are black and curling in spots. Many of us are juicing and that requires a lot of fresh vegetable and fruit storage in the fridge, but the race to use all the produce is on and if you forget for a few days, money is thrown out. We tested a new item – BerryBreeze – that sets up inside the shelf of the fridge […]

Evenflo 3-in-1 Combination Seat Contest

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Evenflo 3-in-1 Combination Seat Contest:Ends March 24th 2015! Follow Monsters and Critics on Twitter and Evenflo on Twitter and like them on Facebook, and Tweet #babyneedsnewseat to both M&C and Evenflo – one random twitter follower will be selected! One prize sent out by the PR company and only in the continental USA! Evenflo’s Advanced Protection Series Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Seat transitions between three modes of use- from harnessed booster into high back booster to no back booster- to keep kids safe as they grow.The seats extended use capabilities consist of: 5-point harness for 22-65 lbs., high-back booster for 30-110 […]

Tostitos Offers Any ‘Chip’ Free Dip On March 23

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To celebrate National Chip and Dip Day on Monday, March 23rd, Tostitos is giving one free dip to anyone in America named Chip.Chip is one of those derivative “Charles” or “Christopher” nicknames that very few people are named, so they won’t be out much dough. That’s right, Chips across America are encouraged to visit www.EveryChipGetsADip.com, where they can register to receive a free Tostitos dip with proof of their snack-like name. Tostitos has partnered with perhaps the most iconic “Chip”, Erik Estrada of the popular 1970s TV show “CHiPs” to create a fun and humorous announcement video celebrating fans all […]

Baby Needs A New Car Seat, Evenflo’s 3-in-1 Debuts

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One thing NOT to hand down is an old car seat when a new baby is on the horizon. While these intentions are good, the practical truth is that car seats for babies and toddlers are constantly improving and these safety devices experience wear and tear, the kind that age does not fix. Buckle burns, seat toppling and pinched legs do not need to happen ever again. Your child’s life depends on an up to date seat that can handle all sorts of traffic mishaps.Which is why manufacturer Evenflo created their new 3-in-1 car seat. Just in time for spring […]

Why Luxe Hideaway Rehabs Won’t Cure Scott Disick

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In Touch Weekly is reporting that Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ cast member Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s partner, voluntarily checked himself into a posh rehab clinic in Costa Rica for his addiction issues where he was treated with with a controversial drug called Ibogaine.They are also reporting he is being remunerated for his stay. Dr. Walter Thomas, the consulting medical expert for The Discovery House Treatment Center in Los Angeles, explained what Ibogaine is and the dangers of treating addition with another addictive drug.  Yesterday we interviewed Dr. Thomas about the dangers of “dabbing.”“Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants […]