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Adorable Video of the Day: Little Girl Doesn't Want Her Little Brother to Grow Up

07/30/2014

We have our fair share of adorable siblings on TLC (aka Will and Zoey), but this brother-sister interaction may be one of the cutest things we've seen in a while. Sadie, the five-year-old in the video below, discovers that her adorable baby brother will -- gasp! -- grow up. She finds the news completely devastating. The thought of his "cute little smiles" turning into toothy adolescent grins is just too much for her to take, and she has her first existential over the fact that she "doesn't want to die when she's 100." Watch her meltdown below:

-- Mara Betsch

More Cute Kids on TLC:

"The Little Couple": Jen Plays Doctor with Will and Zoey

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5 Times Leah Remini and J. Lo Proved They Were BFFs

If Jennifer Lopez's Instagram account proves anything (other than that she looks great in everything!), it's that she and Leah Remini are really, truly great friends. Not friends who casually grab lunch or friends of convenience, but the type of friends who crack each other up, take vacations together and act like total goofballs. See the evidence in Jennifer's Instagram pictures and videos below:

5. They Take Selfies Together

4. They Don't Wear Makeup Around Each Other

3. They Make Amazing Music Together

2. They Crack Each Other Up

1. They Aren't Afraid to Keep It Real

-- Mara Betsch

More on Leah Remini:

See Hilarious Deleted Scenes from "Leah Remini: It's All Relative"

Photos: Leah's Changing Looks

Meet Leah's Kooky Family

The Steamy 50 Shades of Grey Trailer Is Here!

07/24/2014

Don't be shy. Based on statistics alone, we know that at least a few of you (and probably lots of you) have picked up "50 Shades of Grey," the 2011 E. L. James erotic book that changed romance novels as we knew them. The book describes young, shy college student Ana who develops a very risque relationship with attractive entrepreneur Christian Grey. The success of the book, which features BDSM and got a reputation for being particularly popular among soccer moms, has led to a film adaptation. Over the past year, since Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were announced as the leads, the film has received a lot of buzz, especially about how the movie would handle racier scenes. Now, the official trailer has been released and it's as steamy as you'd expect it to be. Take a look and let us know your thoughts:

What do you think? Did the trailer convince you that the movie will live up to the book? Will you see it in the theater or wait for it on DVD?

It's interesting that this trailer comes out shortly after news broke of a husband keeping a spreadsheet of all the excuses his wife used to avoid sex. We can't help but think that watching the "50 Shades of Grey" trailer may have given him a few helpful ideas.

-- Mara Betsch

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Kate from "Return to Amish" Starts Her Own Clothing Line

07/22/2014

Your favorite Amish bishop's daughter-turned-model has a new endeavor she wants to share. Not unlike her entrepreneurial "Return to Amish" counterparts Jeremiah and Mary, Kate Stoltz proves she has some business ambitions of her own. She's adding aspiring fashion designer to her resume with the launch of her new Etsy store, Kate Stoltz Shop.

Though she's established herself as a model, she's beginning to expand her brand. "Now living with the "English" and modeling for major fashion brands in NYC, I find myself inspired daily by new colors, textures, and fabrics. During my free time, I personally design and hand make every unique, one-of-a-kind piece you see here," she states on her site. Her Amish upbringing helps, too, since she developed her sewing skills early in life and made her first dress at age 10!

Though Kate's personal style changes daily, as she describes in the clip below, her Etsy shop consists of sophisticated, ladylike dresses with flattering silhouettes. With prices ranging from $99 – 240, her line is not for the budget shopper, but if you look as lovely as she does in her frocks, it will be well worth the money.

-- Mara Betsch

More on "Return to Amish"

What Are the "Return to Amish" Characters Up to Now?

Photos: See Kate, Jeremiah and Mary Build Their Businesses

See What Advice the "Return to Amish" Cast Would GIve Themselves Before Going English

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

More on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

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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

More on Leah Remini:

Then and Wow: Great Photos of Leah's Career

The Best of Leah and Her Family

Is Leah a High-End Hoarder?

 

 

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

More from What Not to Wear

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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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Meet All of Leah's Friends and Family

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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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