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Cynthia Nixon Teases Her Fascinating Family History

07/16/2014

Isn't everyone a little curious about their family's past? Turns out "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon is, too. When she appeared on "The View" this week, she explained some of the utterly fascinating things she discovered about her family history while on our Emmy-nominated show "Who Do You Think You Are?" Saying she flippantly challenged the show's staff to find "something interesting," she reveals her shock at the emotional information they dug up (as they always do). Watch below as she describes her unconventional great, great, great-grandmother, who didn't take her husband's name and was incarcerated in a prison with 800 men!

You can also watch the intriguing preview of her upcoming episode, which airs Wednesday, July 23 at 9/8c.

-- Mara Betsch

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Another Amazing Candid Moment from Leah Remini

07/15/2014

It's no secret that Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini are good friends, but it's great to know that they engage in typical BFF behavior -- making fun of each other. Lopez posted this playful Instagram video of Leah showing off her best Brooklyn dance moves to Jay Z before realizing that she's being filmed. In typical Leah form, she says exactly what's on her mind. Watch now:

You'd probably have the same reaction, right? We love that these super successful ladies still find the time for a girls' weekend. They were spending a little bit of time in the Hamptons to soak up the sun and catch up, as seen in another photo Lopez shared.

 

From the pictures, it looks like a pretty amazing vacation. We wish we were there, too! You can watch Leah and the rest of her family keep it real on "Leah Remini: It's All Relative" on Thursdays 10/9c.

-- Mara Betsch

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Colbie Caillat's New Music Video for "Try" Sends a Positive Message

07/14/2014

Singer Colbie Caillat just made a lovely music video that you'll want to show to your daughter or, more accurately, any young girl you know. In a world where "selfie" is in the dictionary and most of the young starlets young girls look up to wear pounds of makeup, it was refreshing to see a singer not only take off a few layers, but go makeup-free (and encourages others to do so as well). Watch below as Caillat and other women start off completely made up and airbrushed and take off the hair extensions and makeup until they're 100% au naturel. The message of loving yourself, flaws and all, comes off loud and clear:

-- Mara Betsch

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5 Fashion Tips for the Gorgeous and Pregnant Eva Mendes

07/09/2014

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Sit down, ladies. We have huge news: Ryan Gosling, actor, heartthrob and star of the "hey girl" meme and actress Eva Mendes have confirmed that they have a baby on the way! According to TooFab.com, the actor and his longtime girlfriend will be parents soon.

Though both actors and their representatives initially declined to comment, People.com confirmed the rumor late this afternoon. Mendes is typially one chic lady, but we haven't had the chance to see her maternity style. So, we are thrilled to offer her some maternity fashion tips straight from our fashion gurus at "What Not to Wear." Here are their best tips for a being a stylish mom-to-be:

Don't Dress in All Black: Your body may be changing, but embrace your bump with bright colors.

Up Your Style Game with Belts: Don't dress in shapeless clothing just because you're pregnant. Choose a patterned or colorful belt to accentuate your belly.

Elastic Waistbands Can Be Trendy! While it's tempting to wear yoga pants everywhere, there are plenty of great options with elastic waistbands. And especially with all the pajama-inspired pants on the runways, it's never been more cool to be comfortable.

Go for Longer Hems: With a bigger belly, added length on shirts and jackets will elongate your figure.

Look for All-Over Prints: Smaller prints that cover an entire dress, shirt, etc. tend to take attention away from growing tummies and chests.

What other fashion tips would you add? Do you care at all about how you look while pregnant?

-- Mara Betsch

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Leah Remini Chats About Family, Work, and the Real Breakout Star on Her New Show

Actress Leah Remini made a name for herself as Kevin James' opinionated wife on "King of Queens," but now she's letting everyone see the hilarious dynamic between her and her real-life husband Angelo, as well as the rest of her eccentric family, on "Leah Remini: It's All Relative," premiering Thursday 10/9c.

In a candid interview on "Good Morning America," she shares everything from her favorite family recipe to why she decided it was time for a reality show to how she dealt with leaving the Church of Scientology. Watch below as she catches us up on her life with her trademark sense of humor.

For more of Leah's straight-talk and humor, tune in to "Leah Remini: It's All Relative" Thursdays 10/9c and follow @TLC for all the latest updates on her show.

-- Mara Betsch

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9 Ways to Be a Better (More Awesome) Partner

07/02/2014

Man-woman-flirtingYou see a lot of amazing couples on our shows, including Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Bill and Jen, and Theresa and Larry. But whether you've been married for 15 years or just made it official with someone new, relationships can always use a little, well, TLC.

But did you know there are actually proven ways to improve your relationship? Check out the simple (science-backed) things you can do to strengthen your bond.

1. Kiss Them Every Day (or Night)

Don't skimp on lip-locking! A 2013 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior asked more than 900 adults about their attitudes towards kissing. Of those in relationships, those who kissed more had higher levels of relationship satisfaction. This correlation could be chemical: Giving your partner a peck may stimulate the release of happiness-boosting endorphins. But you know what wasn't a predictor of marital bliss? Getting busy! So don't worry if you "have a headache" every once in awhile.

2. Have a Good Attitude

We know this sounds like a no brainer, but happiness is, in fact, contagious. In a 2008 study, researchers found that people's feelings of goodwill extend up to three degrees of separation. That may mean taking time for the activities that make you happy, like yoga or reading the paper each morning. Some of your bliss will rub off on your partner, too!

3. Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable

Ever hear of the term "hangry" (hungry + angry)? Apparently it's a real thing! A recent study found that lower blood sugar levels may make married couples crankier and therefore more likely to lash out at their spouses. Before you decide to pick a fight, make sure both parties are properly fed.

4. Know Their Love Language

According to Gary Chapman's very popular book "The Five Love Languages," each of us expresses and experiences love in five different ways – through gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. You probably don't have to read the book to identify the ways you show love, but it might be useful to consider to which one your partner responds best. Turns out even divorced couples admit they should have paid more attention to this.

According to a longtiudal study following more than 300 couples through marriage (beginning in 1986), about 15% of divorces said they regretted not giving their spouse more "affective affirmations," which can include everything from to saying "I love you" to complimenting him or her.

5. Take a Cue from Frozen and "Let It Go"

Do you hate his ex-girlfriend, or do you still remember when your mother-in-law referred to you as "a fling"? As hard as it may be, it's time to forget the past and move forward. Holding on to grudges will only make you hostile to your partner, which can lead to the deterioriation of a relationship.

6. Be an Active Listener

Communication is the foundation of any good relationship, and the easiest way to foster conversation is the shut your mouth and open your ears. That also means turning off your phone, focusing on your partner, nodding and actually listening. Refrain from automatically giving advice, too, unless your partner asks for it. Sometimes all they need is a sympathetic ear.

7. Play 20 Questions with Him/Her

A 2012 study of more than 2,000 people tested "relationship competencies" that were predictors of relationship satisfaction. They discovered that behind communication, knowledge of your partner – everything from their favorite meal to their life goals – can positively benefit relationships. This means remembering their extended family member's names as well as being able to recall their position on key issues.

8. Develop Life Skills

OK, we know this sounds archaic, but there's a reason that our great, great, great-grandmothers looked for a strong and stable husbands as opposed to the sensitive types. Stresses from the outside world – layoffs, stock market dips, etc. – can have a detrimental effect on your marriage. Having marketable job skills, money smarts or other life skills can actually make your seem more attractive in the long run. So don't hesitate to develop new talents to better yourself (and your relationship).

9. Say Thank You

You may think that your partner knows how much you appreciate him, but a 2011 study found that feeling and showing gratitude has a positive correlation on relationship satisfaction. Next time your spouse, boyfriend or even first date goes out of their way to do something for you, look them in the eye and say "I really appreciated that." It will go a long way!

What are your tips for a long and happy relationship?

-- Mara Betsch

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New Shows Feature Gowns for the Custom-Order Bride and the Curvy Bride

Heidi-elnora-300x200Here comes the all-new BrideDay! This summer on TLC, two wedding specials join the Friday night lineup.

“Bride By Design” (working title) follows “Project Runway” alum Heidi Elnora, a Birmingham, Alabama-based wedding dress designer. Heidi creates dreamy gowns for Southern brides. In her showroom, she consults with brides who want completely custom gowns -- from sketch to sewing to final fitting -- and brides who customize their gowns from her Build-a-Bride collection. The Build-a-Bride collection works like this: the bride chooses a plain gown in a shape she likes, then adds on embellishments like lace, peplum, sleeves or sparkle. Whichever route Heidi’s brides take, their final look is guaranteed to be flawless!

“Curvy Brides” showcases the plus-size bridal salon Curvaceous Couture, located in Maryland. Owned and operated by sisters Yukia and Yuneisia, “Curvy Brides” demonstrates that there’s a dream dress out there for every woman, no matter her size. Yukia herself struggled to find a designer wedding gown to suit her curves, and that struggle inspired her to help other women get outfitted for their special day. The sisters started out running a business in their father’s basement, and now they’re running a boutique with gowns for plus-size women with every taste and style.

“Bride By Design” premieres Friday, July 25 at 10/9c, and catch “Curvy Brides” on Aug. 1 at 10/9c. Learn even more about BrideDay and other wedding shows by following TLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Heidi Elnora with a bride. Credit: DCL

11 "Mom Clothes" (and Accessories) You NEED to Retire

06/26/2014

Being a mom is no easy job, and while you have about 857 more important things to worry about than your wardrobe, no one wants their style to be described as "frumpy." We're not calling for a "What Not to Wear" makeover, but eliminating these classic "mom" telltales will make you instantly more fashionable.

1. Baggy, light wash jeans (aka "mom" jeans)

You don't need to try to squeeze into your daughter's skinny jeans, but definitely retire the faded baggy ones you've been wearing for the last decade. Try a darker rinse (but keep the higher rise to avoid plumber's crack) or a more fitted cut.

2. Clogs (or anything of a slip-on nature)

Whether you're rocking Dansko clogs or the less glamorous crocs, these shoes are definitely comfortable, but try upping your style A-game with a pair of equally enjoyable wedges, booties, bright-colored sneakers, or anything else with a bit of personality.

3. Yoga pants

Unless you are legitimately headed to or from yoga class, these pants are off limits. Yes, we know they are dangerously comfortable, but wouldn't you be embarrassed if your mom wore them in public? And they do make comfortable pants without elastic waistbands.

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4. Ugg Boots

If it's below freezing, we completely understand how these fuzzy shoes can come in handy, but if you're slipping them on to run errands year-round, we've got a problem.

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5. Bedazzled Flip-Flops

Flip-flops are completely A-OK for the pool, beach, or other water-filled location, but putting a few gems on rubber shoes does not make them appropriate for a date night with your husband. Swap them out for a beaded sandal instead.

6. Banana clips

We get it – some days are just ponytail days. But don't use these little tools as your go-to hair look, especially for work and/or PTA events. Even if you don't have time to dry your hair, a half-up look with a stylish barrette is better than this!

7. School/sports swag

Yes, it is adorable that your daughter's soccer team gave you a "soccer mom" sweatshirt, but that doesn't mean you have to wear it off the field. Wear the school and team gear to the appropriate events, and leave it in the closet on all other occasions.

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8. Vera Bradley bag

It may be big enough to fit snacks for every kid, an iPad and a change of shoes, but that doesn't mean it should be your go-to bag. Try a simple black leather number instead for something sophisticated but just as easy!

9. Ill-fitting button-down shirt

We all have one – that button-down that seems to work for all occasions. The only problem is that it's oversized, covers everything, and looks more muumuu-adjacent that business casual. Try brands like J.Crew that offer fitted options instead!

10. Livestrong (or similar) bracelets

Though charitable, these are not "real" accessories. We applaud donating to charity, but choose an elegant cuff or a simple chain when leaving the house is much more fashion-forward.

11. The shirt you love (with the itty bitty stain on it)

When you have young children, it's hard to have any clothes that don't have a hard-crusted blob of food on them. But even if the spot is light (or in a not-obvious) location, just leave that one at home. Nothing says "mom" like a stained shirt.

-- Mara Betsch

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5 Things Moms Dread About Summer

06/25/2014

Let's face it: Summer vacation can be rough on parents. But there's a special place in you know where for the following things that are an unavoidable part of the annual holiday. Read on to get the most dreaded moments of the warmer months.

Swim Meets

Hours in the sun, stuck mingling with people you don't know, hoping to catch a glimpse of your child as he or she races for, like, a minute. The worst part? Having no idea if your little water monster placed first, second, or dead last.

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The Ice Cream Truck

Hear us out! It's awesome during the month of June, but by July, you have to bolt the doors every time you hear that familiar jingle, unless you want to empty your wallet (again) for sugar-packed treats for your already out-of-control kids.

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The Annual Beach Trip

What could go wrong with miles of sand, sea creatures and unsupervised children? Not to mention the fact that finding a flattering bathing suit that allows you to bend, crouch, and swim with your kids is darn near impossible. AKA, it is nothing like Baywatch!

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The Summer Reading List

If your children are in school, chances are that they have a list of books that they are supposed to read by the beginning of classes. The only problem is that your children have no interest whatsoever in reading these books, and would rather go to the dentist, kiss a frog or do anything but sit inside and read.

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The Phrase "I'm Bored"

Every parenting blog will tell you that it's OK for your kids to be bored – and it totally is! But those blogs don't have to deal with the creative ways that kids use to entertain themselves, like skateboarding through the house.

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-- Mara Betsch

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Adorable Video of the Day: Dog Helps Baby Learn to Crawl

06/23/2014

Pets, especially dogs, have a history of ridiculously cute interactions with wee humans, but this one may take the cake. Bear Bear (the baby in the video) was having a little trouble getting the hang of crawling, so Buddy decided to help her figure it out by demonstrating his best crawl. Watch below and be prepared to grin from ear to ear for at least the next five minutes.

-- Mara Betsch

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