April a.k.a April Sperry
April will be a senior at Harvard College this fall, where she reads and writes things on the daily as an English major. She likes avocados, dark chocolate, and 30-minute sitcoms. She also has a blog where she writes things at arathershortgirl.blogspot.com.
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College is the best four years of your life (at least, theoretically). It’s about freedom, independence, and eating cold pizza for breakfast just because you can. It’s our first foray into the “real world,” which is pretty exciting, but for parents, I suppose it can be a little frightening to watch the nest empty out.
Ole! Did you know that today is National Tequila Day (which is obviously deserving of capitalization)? Kind of makes you want to listen to The Champs’ aptly named one-hit-wonder on repeat. So crank up the tunes, slice your limes and salt those glass rims, because it's time to celebrate! Here are a few of our favorite tequila recipes: Traditional Margaritas
Forget about the bad guys, we want to take a moment to recognize some of our favorite bad girls. These female villains are fierce, challenging and deliciously dark - and it's quite captivating. While we all know that good will triumph in the end, half the fun of any story comes the powerful ladies who cast the spells, hoard the treasure and try to take over the world. So without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite fairy-tale villains: Maleficent
Is there any task more difficult than choosing a baby’s name? It’ll stick with them for a lifetime, so there’s a lot riding on the parents’ decision. You’ll want your child to aim high in life, so why not start with the name? These baby names are unique enough to set your child away from the pack of Johns and Jameses, yet they’re dignified in that they have graced the birth certificates of past presidents. Check out our 5 favorite presidentially-inspired baby names: Madison
Female pop stars are really rocking it this year! Forbes has released its annual list of highest paid celebrities under 30 on Thursday, and women have claimed six of the top 10 spots - talk about girl power!
What would your old report cards say about you? Voters are getting a glimpse at the kind of student Mitt Romney was in high school, as one of his report cards is making the rounds on the Internet. The report card is from the Republication candidate's freshman year at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, dated 1961. Romney maintained a B average and seemed to moderately impress teachers in most of his classes with his ability, although there were several comments questioning his work ethic.
Suri Cruise will be hitting the books this fall - but not at just any old posh private school. Previous reports claimed the six-year-old would be attending Convent of the Sacred Heart (a prestigious all-girls Catholic school that graduated both Lady Gaga and Caroline Kennedy).
It's not exactly breaking news that many kids are drinking alcohol before their 21st birthdays. But now they're getting inventive about their illicit drinking. Teens aren’t just singing “red solo cup, I fill you up,” and drinking their alcohol anymore; they’re seeking out new and terrifying methods of getting inebriated. (As a disclaimer, these trends aren't really that new. In fact, some of them have been in and out of the news for the past decade or so.)
It looks like Stevie Wonder won't be calling his wife to say "I love you" anytime soon. After 11 years marriage to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris, the singer has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. TMZ reports that the two have been separated since 2009.
For more coverage on the 2012 London Olympic Games, check out the Olympics Spotlight Page The torch has been lit! The thirtieth Olympiad is officially underway, and we’re poised and ready to watch the world’s finest compete for the gold (although, we’re a little peeved that NBC has refused to post a live stream of events. Who really wants to wait for primetime?).
As you probably know, Hollywood’s favorite vampiric couple - Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - hit the skids after news broke that she had a romantic liaison with the director of "Snow White and the Huntsman," Rupert Sanders.
Land ho! Looking for a room decorating theme that works for baby boys and girls? Well, search no farther than the seashore! Whether you live in Nantucket, Massachusetts or Omaha, Nebraska, a nautical themed bedroom can create a cozy, fun environment for children. And the best part is, it’s so easy to shop for! The nautical trend has taken over, not just in the clothing world, but in terms of interior design, as well. Here are some great shore-themed items to make your child’s bedroom look like something you’d find at the docks of Cape Cod.
Facebook is supposed to be for reconnecting with old friends and communicating with current pals, but if you and your friends are nearing “that age,” you’ll likely have noticed that it’s being taken over by babies. If people are talking more about yesterday’s baby shower than last night’s frat party, you’re reaching that critical point. Your turn is approaching. At some point, you’ll be expecting and want to shout it from the rafters. Take a second to collect your thoughts, though.
We didn't know it, but before Carly Rae Jepsen came into our lives... we missed her so, so bad. The Canadian singer is responsible for the super-catchy hit single "Call Me Maybe," which is still #1 on the American Top 100 list - and that’s good news because we still love it! They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and if that’s true, then Jepsen’s being flattered all over the Internet in cover versions of the song.
Get ready to dance with the stars of this season’s All Star cast! On the new roster of celebrity dancers, we’ve got four moms who are looking to bring home the coveted Mirror ball trophy. Watch these Hollywood mamas shake it on the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars (hosted by our very own Brooke Burke) which premieres on ABC on September 24th!
It's only the first day of the Olympic Games, and records are already being broken. Im Dong Hyun of South Korea has set the official record to beat in the 72-arrow archery competition. His score of 699 points has set the bar and beaten previous records in the event.
A child in Pittsburgh with cerebral palsy was escorted out of a local swimming pool by police for wearing a pair of floaties. Jen Wymer was playing in the pool with her son Max when a lifeguard instructed her to remove the boy’s water wings, citing pool rules.
Summertime is snack time, and whether you’re headed to the beach or to the pool in your backyard, you’re going to need snacks. The best summery snacks are portable, easy to serve, kid-friendly, and won’t spoil in the summer heat. Here are some healthy and ready-to-serve summer snacks that the whole family will love and don't require any cooking from you: Kashi Soft Baked Squares
It’s been a whirlwind week for the Jackson family, with a missing persons report, money-grubbing schemes, and custody evaluations. On Saturday, Katherine Jackson - the matriarch of the Jackson family - was publicly declared missing by her nephew Trent, who filed a missing person report.
The son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster has passed away after life support was removed following a boating accident earlier this month.
So, you want your child to become a better writer. Good plan! The ability to write clearly and with ease is one that will help your child from first grade through the rest of his or her life. Sure, school will teach your child the fundamentals of writing (grammar, syntax, and such), but that won’t necessarily make it easy or fun. Take-home essays and homework assignments can only help so much; the only way to become a better writer is to practice it over and over. Even as a college English major, I fully admit that writing is hard!
Last night’s midnight premiere of the long awaited Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, ended in tragedy just outside of Denver, Colorado, in the town of Aurora. Shortly after the movie began, a lone gunman entered the theater and threw a canister at the ground. The package exploded in a cloud of noxious gas, which overcame movie patrons. The man was also armed with a rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns, which he used to open a Columbine-style shooting rampage.
Summer treats used to be so simple - cold drinks and frosty ice pops are the delicacies of childhood. Suddenly though, there’s been a rush to make food well, fancier than it once was. Summer food is no longer about perfecting the classics, but about making them as exotic as possible. As the song goes, "you think you fancy, huh?" Well if so, here are some of our favorite fancified versions of typical summer goodies: 1. DIY Fruit Pops are the New Popsicles
Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time. NYC bus driver Stephen St. Bernard certainly was, anyway. He was walking home from work in Brooklyn, NY when he saw a 7-year-old girl standing on top of an air-conditioning unit sticking out of a third floor apartment window. He yelled to the girl to go back inside, but she slipped and fell off the unit. In that moment, the 52-year old father of four’s paternal instincts set in and he caught the falling girl, very likely saving her life.
What’s more adorable than two squirming teenagers on the screen of a basketball arena's kiss-cam? How about seeing Mr. and Mrs. Obama! The president and first lady took a day off from the campaign trail to catch one of the U.S. vs. Brazil pre-Olympics basketball games when they were picked up by the all-seeing kiss cam during the second quarter. Apparently though, the couple missed the chance to smooch the first time around!
What modern mom is on fire this week? Marissa Mayer. On Monday, she officially accepted a new gig as the CEO of Yahoo. The career-driven Mayer is a graduate of Stanford University and has spent the last 13 years working with Google, having started there in 1999 as the company’s 20th employee.
They encourage their members to be "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent,” but apparently Boy Scout Law doesn't quite extend to being tolerant. After a secret two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America have emphatically reaffirmed their ban on gay scouts.
Few things are more terrifying than losing track of your baby. It's every parent's nightmare - you take your eyes of your child for one moment and suddenly they're gone. That's what happened in the case of three-year-old Alice Falk, of Farmersville, California, who wandered off and fell into a canal near her apartment complex. But in an amazing twist, when Alice’s mother called the local police department’s dispatch center to report the child as missing, officers realized that Alice had already been found.
We’re one step closer to welcoming the newest "little meatball" into the world! Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is due to give birth to her first child this September, and it looks like she’s finally decided on a name for her baby boy.
You’ve done everything in your power to make the house safe for baby. You’ve plugged the power sockets, cordoned off the staircases with safety gates, and stuck putty on all of the sharpest corners, but have you ever snake-proofed your house? Most new parents don't have "warding against scaly danger" on their to-do list! In Matoon, Illinois, Devin Winans heard his one-year-old son William making noise, so he went to check on him. He reached into the crib without first turning on the light and felt something slimy.
“You’re going on a trip? Bring me with you! I can fit in your suitcase!” While we've all said that once or twice in jest, no one’s ever actually tried to stow a person in their carry-on luggage. Until now. An Egyptian family was detained by airport security staff at the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah International Airport when official was shocked to discover the outline of a baby in an X-ray of the couple’s carry-on bag. The couple lacked a passport or visa for the 5-month-old infant and as a result, have been denied access to the UAE.
Remember back to November of 2011, when the FBI announced that a group of European criminals had created a computer virus that would hinder users’ ability to access the Internet? Well, it’s back. The virus is called DNS Changer, and it’s a piece of malware that’s been largely forgotten since its debut in 2011. Back in November, the FBI decided not to take down the affected servers, because it would have caused something of an Internet blackout.
It's the Fourth of July, and that means meat skewers fresh off the grill, fireworks, baseball and patriotically colored cocktails! But the 4th stands for much more than an excuse to BBQ. After all, it's Independence Day - the day we celebrate when we fought the redcoats and gained our freedom to create the United States of America...or something like that, right?
In honor of the stars and stripes, we’re looking at some of our favorite celebrity moms’ red, white, and blue outfits. Okay, so the colors are only really patriotic when you put them all together and light a couple of sparklers, but we’re looking for something a little more fashion forward than Great Aunt Judy’s sparkly 4th of July tee shirt. These famous mamas look great - and there isn't a single pair of mom jeans in sight!
In girl world, sometimes it can seem like sports and glamour are mutually exclusive. More and more, young girls are taking advice from tabloids and fashion mags on how to be girly, and giving up sports in the process. The Women's Sports Foundation recently released a thought-provoking public service announcement, showing how societal pressures are pulling girls off of the fields and courts before they can reach their potential.
Mexican doctors have successfully removed a 33 pound tumor from Jesus Gabriel, a two-year-old boy. The child himself only weighs 26 pounds (after the tumor’s removal), meaning that the growth was actually larger than the child. Dr. Gustavo Hernandez, the director of pediatrics at La Raza Hospital, claims that this is the first time Mexican doctors have removed a growth that was larger than the person carrying it.
The rumors are true - "Transformers" star Megan Fox is pregnant and loving it! Although she and hubby Brian Austin Green have yet to publicly announce that they’re expecting, Fox was spotted looking very pregnant on vacation at the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, Hawaii. The couple was married on the island back in 2010.
What the Facebook?! First the massive social media site pushed users onto Timeline - and now they're swapping out your contact info! That's right - without giving users any notification, Facebook created an email address for you AND posted it on your profile page. Talk about "boundary issues." [Read "Status Update: More Underage Kids on Facebook = More Privacy Concerns"]
You might remember swimmer Janet Evans from the 1988 South Korea olympics. She was just 17 years old when she won three gold medals in Seoul, and it quickly became clear that she would be a U.S. record-breaker. The impressive swimmer competed in three Olympic games before hanging up her swimsuit at age 24 due to shoulder problems and the simple desire to take a break.
Imagine falling under the trance of a hypnotist...and not waking up for over five hours! That’s exactly what happened to several girls at Quebec’s private school, Collège du Sacré-Coeur. Maxime Nadeau, a young hypnotist, performed a typical show for the school's students, but instead of simply entrancing his subjects, it affected several 12 and 13-year-old audience members as well. He had some trouble waking the girls up, and was reported that one girl was stuck in a trance for over five hours.
It’s summertime, which means that the kids are heading off to sleep-away camp and you’re (hopefully) headed to the beach. What’s on your summer reading list?
Can regular old baby soap cause your newborn to test positive for smoking the reefer? A recent study has shown that commonly used baby soaps and shampoos - including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS - can trigger a positive result on an infant's marijuana screening test. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill noticed a sharp rise in babies testing positive for marijuana exposure and began to investigate.
The old saying is that if you ignore a bully, he’ll stop. One kindergarten teacher at Salinas Elementary School, which is located just outside of San Antonio, Texas, tried a very different method of teaching her class bully a lesson. Six year old Aiden Neely was accused of picking on other students in his class, so his teacher (who remains unidentified) had the other 24 children in her class line up and slap Aiden, one by one. Aiden’s mother claims that her son was hit twice by each child before his punishment was over.
Imagine kissing your 14-year-old daughter and watching her walk down the street with some friends, only to learn a few hours later that you would never see her again. Five years ago, Mariah McCarthy of Butte, Montana, was killed when a 20-year-old drunk driver swerved off the street onto a sidewalk where she was walking with some friends. Mariah was hit and killed only a block away from her home.
It looks like dingoes are no longer above the law. An Australian coroner has officially ruled that a wild dog really did eat Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton’s baby over 30 years ago. When 9-week-old Azaria went missing from a campsite in Uluru, Australia in 1981, authorities suspected Lindy of murdering her newborn daughter.
What would you do if you caught someone sexually abusing your four-year-old daughter? What if you knew the perpetrator? In the town of Shiner, Texas, one father took the law into his own hands when he found his daughter being sexually abused in a horse barn. Neither of the involved parties’ names have been released publicly at this time, but it is known that the perpetrator regularly helped the victim’s father tend his horses.
"There is no such thing as old, only retro." If you think about all of the products that you loved as a kid that are still kicking around, this design philosophy seems to ring true. The toys, fashions, and snacks of our youths would be pretty dusty and outdated by now if they remained unchanged... but time marches on, and we're seeing some considerable upgrades on familiar favorites.
Tim Allen has made quite the jump from his long-time role as the goof-ball dad on Home Improvement to narrating the Disneynature documentary titled Chimpanzee.
From elaborate corsages and formal gowns to stretch limos, senior prom is a rite of passage in high school. It's a night that Kaley Hughes will never forget... but for all the wrong reasons. The Massachusetts teenager arrived at her prom, dressed to the nines, only to be told that she would not be allowed inside because she had not attended school that day, as per the policy at Triton Regional High School.
Want to keep your home from being entered and cleaned against your will? Better lock your doors and windows! Today in wacky news, we bring you the story of an Ohio woman who is a cleaning intruder. That's right - she enter's people homes when they’re away and tidies up. On the one hand, it sort of sounds great. I mean, who wouldn’t love to come home to find their house all straightened up? But you might like it a lot less when you see her fee. Warren leaves a handwritten bill for $75 in the houses that she decides to clean.