Author Archives: Shawna Cohen

Before My Kids Had Opinions, Dressing Them Was A Dream

Before My Kids Had Opinions, Dressing Them Was A Dream

My kids are forever walking around in too-tight T-shirts stained with god-knows-what and plastered with hideous photos of Optimus Prime or Super Mario characters like Yoshi and Toad. Their shorts are “athletic,” meaning they’re lightweight and mesh, usually with a white stripe down the sides. And their shoes? Don’t even get me started. We’ve got Spiderman runners, Spongebob flip-flops and Crocs adorned with Batman charms. The look is almost always topped off with one of those flat caps that are apparently all the rage (picture a kiddie-version of those hipster trucker hats).

All this to say, my kids dress like jerks. More »

Outrageous Disney Scenes We’d Pay Good Money To See

Outrageous Disney Scenes We'd Pay Good Money To See

Like most moms, I have a love/hate relationship with Disney (i.e., good for kids or evil corporation?). Either way, some of their films, however classic, are in desperate need of a makeover. Which explains why I’m loving these outrageous prints by Mexican artist Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. His Disasterland series, on display at L.A.’s La Luz De Jesus gallery through August, depicts various Disney characters in some pretty unexpected scenarios (think Snow White‘s evil stepmother doing a line of blow, for instance, or Captain Hook and Jafar gettin’ it on). Check out these awesome prints and tell us – which is your fave? More »

Wait A Minute Here, Jon Gosselin Hasn’t Had To Pay Child Support Since April!

Wait A Minute Here, Jon Gosselin Hasn't Had To Pay Child Support Since April!

Kate Gosselin may be a fame whore but you know what? She’s seeming more and more “normal” after this whole Jon Gosselin-proclaiming-he’s-broke fiasco. Yesterday we reported on Jon’s single-dad predicament: pay rent or pay child support, one or the other. “I need to support my kids, but I could lose my house, and I need my home to continue to have custody,” he said of his catch-22 situation. But if Kate and her attorney are to be believed, Jon hasn’t had to pay child support since April (!). More »

Somebody Should Really Tell Snooki You Don’t Give Birth In Heels

Somebody Should Really Tell Snooki You Don't Give Birth In Heels

Snooki is following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson by declaring she’ll give birth in heels. Okay, so Simpson was only joking when she told US Weekly, “I’m going to deliver my baby in these 4-inch YSL heels!” But Snooki? Not sure what her deal is except that she’s packing a ridiculous hospital bag. “I’m packing heels, my leopard-print gown, eyelashes and makeup,” the Jersey Shore star told In Touch. “I wanna look good when [my baby Lorenzo] first sees me.” More »

Totally Messed Up: Family Hid Deaths From Olympic Diver Until She Won Gold

Totally Messed Up: Family Hid Deaths From Olympic Diver Until She Won Gold

Imagine winning an Olympic gold medal – no doubt one of life’s greatest feats – then being told just moments later that both your grandparents died and that your mother is battling breast cancer. Crazy, right? Yet that’s precisely what happened to 26-year-old Chinese diver Wu Minxia, who on Sunday walked away with a gold medal – her country’s first – for her performance in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving event. Hours later, Minxia’s parents broke the news that her grandparents had passed away more than a year ago, and that her mother has battled breast cancer for eight years (she’s now in remission). Talk about dropping a bombshell! More »

Jon Gosselin Says He’s Too Broke To Pay Child Support – Try Getting A Job, Buddy!

Jon Gosselin Says He's Too Broke To Pay Child Support â Try Getting A Job, Buddy!

Kate and Jon Gosselin had a pretty nasty split, as we all know, but they’re supposedly on good terms these days. I don’t see that lasting, however, since Jon says he can no longer afford to make his house payments if he supports his children:

“I am a single father who’s trying to make ends meet during a recession. What do I do – pay child support or rent? I need to support my kids, but I could lose my house, and I need my home to continue to have custody.”

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Victoria Beckham: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Famous Mom Of Four

Victoria Beckham: 5 Things You Didn't Know About The Famous Mom Of Four

Victoria Beckham guest edited Glamour‘s September issue and, I must say, she comes across as very cool with a great sense of humor (which, we’ve said time and time again, is essential to motherhood). The 38-year-old fashion designer dishes on everything from Fifty Shades of Grey to husband David Beckham to why she’d “never say never” to baby no. 5. Click through to find out more about this multifaceted mother of four. More »

Guess What, Kids? Mommy And Daddy Are Getting Married After 48 Years Apart

Guess What, Kids? Mommy And Daddy Are Getting Married After 48 Years Apart

This story just kills me – but in a good way. Roland Davis and Lena Henderson were high-school sweethearts who got married in 1944 at the ripe age of 19. They had four children together but after 20 years of marriage decided to call it quits. “I won’t exactly say he was wild, but you couldn’t tie him down for anything,” Henderson told ABC News. Their divorce was amicable and, as Henderson explains, “We were very good friends, [I had] no animosity towards him. He just wasn’t ready and I knew I had to buckle up and take care of the children.” (What a woman!) More »

Dear ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Fans: Please Do Not Name Your Baby After Christian Grey

Dear 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Fans: Please Do Not Name Your Baby After Christian Grey

Okay, so we all know by now that Fifty Shades of Grey is causing moms everywhere to let loose and have the best sex of their lives. Just kidding. It is making some moms super frisky but others, well, they’d rather watch Supernanny and call it a night. To each her own. Though I’ve been reading non-stop lately about various experts who swears we’ll be seeing a baby boom inspired solely by Fifty Shades. As in, couples are shagging like mad – apparently sans protection – all thanks to Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the book’s lead characters.

That’s all fine and good, I guess, but now I’ve been hearing we can expect to see more babies named ‘Christian’ and ‘Anastasia’ down the line. Ech! More »

Plastic Surgery Is A Lousy Response To Bullying

Plastic Surgery Is A Lousy Response To Bullying

The start of a new school year is fast approaching, which sadly means a whole new year of bullying for many kids out there. But Nadia Ilse, who’s been called “Dumbo” for years now because of her “elephant ears,” isn’t worried. That’s because the 14-year-old Georgia girl has just endured $40,000 worth of plastic surgery, including having her ears pinned back. That ought to teach those mean kids a lesson! More »

Athletes Need To Stop Humiliating Breastfeeding Moms

Athletes Need To Stop Humiliating Breastfeeding Moms

Some people find breastfeeding to be nasty. As in, they don’t want to see it in public, thank you very much. And you know what? That’s their right. It may be silly or immature, but so be it. What’s not cool, however, is when anyone – especially a public figure – decides to tweet out a photo of a mom nursing her infant along with the words, “Hey @Nordstrom nothing makes me want to spend $$ like seeing women breastfeeding in your store…” That’s precisely what Miami Marlins left-fielder Logan Morrison did recently. Classy guy, no? More »

Maybe ‘Sexy Moms’ Want To Look Good For – Gasp! – Themselves

Maybe 'Sexy Moms' Want To Look Good For â Gasp! â Themselves

Oh, TIME magazine. First you cause a whole big stink with your controversial breastfeeding cover – you know, the one where a total hottie is pictured nursing her almost-4-year-old-boy – then you publish a piece about the “tyranny” of the sexy mom. Puh-leeze. I get it, I get it – I work in publishing, too, and so I know that certain topics “sell” better than others. But still, I’m sick of the message that moms feel enormous pressure to look good soon after childbirth because (a) celebrities do, (b) men expect them to, or (c) they fear they’ll be judged by other women. Maybe, just maybe, these women want to bounce back into shape for themselves. Maybe they feel like crap being 30 lbs overweight, and maybe looking good means feeling good, which always translates into a happier, more confident person. More »

Unfathomable: Mother Who Kidnapped Newborn From Hospital Sentenced Today – 23 Years Later (Updated)

Unfathomable: Mother Who Kidnapped Newborn From Hospital Sentenced Today â 23 Years Later (Updated)

So here’s a story I knew nothing about until early this morning, and I have since become obsessed. It’s about Ann Pettway, a 51-year-old woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a New York City hospital more than two decades ago and went on to raise her as her own. During the 1987 kidnapping, Pettway traveled from her Connecticut home to the Harlem hospital, where she snatched up 3-week-old Carlina White (her parents had brought her to the emergency room that day). What’s especially chilling is that Carlina’s birth mother, Joy White, said Pettway approached her that day, dressed like a nurse, and said, “Don’t cry. Your daughter is going to be okay.” More »