Sunday, May 12, 2013

Halle Berry Keeping Fit and Healthy While Pregnant

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Halle Berry Showing baby bump on her way to the gym

Halle Berry was photographed yesterday on her way to the gym and her baby bump has definitely popped. It's obvious she's doing all she can to keep fit and healthy for her coming baby, especially as an older mom.

She is 46 years old and said recently of her second pregnancy and first child with fiance, Olivier Martinez, "I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life to tell you the truth. I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful."

She also said to CNN of her work with the United Nations World Food Programme to fight hunger, "I'm a mom, and that's first and foremost, but it gives me another reason to exist, another purpose. And if I know that I'm helping one person every day in some way, that really makes me feel good, and that's a legacy that I can leave to my children. Especially now, being a pregnant woman and already having a child ... it's so important what happens to the baby while they're in utero. And the first 1,000 days is fundamental."

Odi's Wife - Mercy Johnson on her Marriage and Motherhood

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Mercy Johnson got married in August 2011 amid a lot of hubbub because her husband had been previously married, and only completed his divorce after they started dating. The wedding did go off without a hitch and in December 2012, she gave birth to her daughter here in the US. In an interview to Bellanaija, and the first of hers that I've read, she talks about the rumors around her wedding, and her journey as a wife and mother, among other things. Below are some excerpts;

It’s great to see you Mercy. Let me start by saying that you have a beautiful home.
Thank you. It was a surprise from my husband, Odi. He didn’t tell me about it while we were in America and when I returned back to Nigeria, I thought we were going to our former house but he drove me straight here. And then he also gave me a new car with the plate number ‘Odi’s Wife’.

Aww, that’s so sweet. There’s been a lot of media attention surrounding the birth of your daughter and her recent dedication. How does this make you feel?
At a point, I actually felt the whole thing was over dramatized. I really appreciate the fact that some people wish me well and are happy for me which is why I share her picture on Twitter once in a while. On my Twitter page, more than 3000 people ask me about Purity every day. Sometimes I get overwhelmed but I’m grateful for the love and goodwill messages and I can only say thank you.

Purity is quite a unique name. What inspired her name?
When I asked my husband, he said “You. She reminds me so much of you.” He said I have a good heart and he’d really want her to have a good heart and clear conscience like me. And he’d wish for everything about her to be pure.

As a first time Mom, how has the experience been so far?
It’s magical, it’s awesome! I just can’t stop staring at her. When I was pregnant, my sister-in-law came to the house and when her son pooped I said “Oh my God, don’t let it touch my chair!” Then I was about six months gone and she just looked at me and said “In three months time, you will understand”. And really, it is true. Now when Purity poops, I begin to dance. Everything is special. I want to clean her up myself, dress her up myself. I just can’t explain, she makes me complete.

A Happy Marriage Is ...

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Mo Eazy's Smile - Music Video Romance

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Just found out about Mo Eazy recently through the Smile video, and it was easy to see why he's produced by Darey's Soul Muzik.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fine Nigerian Men in the Mr Universe Contest

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Mr Edo

Just some eye candy men from the on-going Mr Universe Nigeria contest to spice up your weekend. Hope it's going great? Have fun, mwah!

Gas Pump Prank Couple on the Jay Leno Show

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Happy couples just make me smile.  The two videos below show a couple who got played by the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" prank, in which a talking head on a gas pump screen interacts with gas buyers for the promise of a free tank of gas. Who doesn't want that?

Will Sims sure does. The guy, pictured above with his wife, Monifa, was already singing and when the presenter asks for a song, he breaks into Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer. The wife was laughing her head off in the car, but when she finally comes out, she also showcases her own singing in Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. The husband provided back-up with amazing and hilarious vocals.

This couple must be Karoake masters I think, especially the guy, and they're really good singers too. More than that, the sweet happiness and love they exude - after 12 years together - is an inspiration to take joy in the little things in life. I hope the videos brings a smile to your face as it did mine :)

How to Make Love a Decision

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This story below is one of those stories that gets about on the interwebs. I received it in my email recently from a friend and tried to find the original writer. It is written by Michael D. Hargrove and titled "Don't Hope, Friend.... Decide!" for the book "A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul".

I also found that in their book, How to Make Love Everyday... Guaranteed, Peter Crook and June Crook used the story to illustrate the benefits of public displays of affection in building and sustaining love and romance in a long term relationship, and even it works in building your relationship with your children. I hope it touches you as it did me.

While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of those life-changing experiences that you hear other people talk about — the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly. This one occurred a mere two feet away from me.

Straining to locate my friend among the passengers alighting through the jet way, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me to greet his family.

First he motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They gave each other a long, loving hug. As they separated enough to look in each other’s face, I heard the father say, “It’s so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!” His son smiled somewhat shyly, averted his eyes and replied softly, “Me, too, Dad!”

Pregnant Kate Middleton Glows in Peach

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It really seems like height helps a woman carry a pregnancy better. Kate Middleton continues to look great with her bump as she attends official engagement almost 7 months into her pregnancy. And some reports are indicating that it may really be a boy :)

10 Things Every Mom Needs To Know

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This is from the president himself, or the Kid President if you will. This little guy is just so cute and hilarious in his deliveries, love him. Happy mother's day in advance to all the moms in the house. This is the time to remember and honor moms, and believe me, mothers rock!

Kid President's 10 Things Every Mom Needs To Know
(on behalf of all kids everywhere)

1. Put down the phone (unless your kid is named "Phone").

2. Don't name your kid "Phone."

3. We love you. Just sometimes, we don't know how to say it.

4. Stop cleaning.

5. Mom upside-down is Wow.

6. Let's cool it on the meatloaf.

7. Thank you for cleaning up all the poop.

8. Have fun!

9. Hug more. Shout less.

10. The secret to changing the world is -- moms.

4 Bedtime Habits That May Be Killing Your Sex Life

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by Shelley Emling

Finding a longtime couple who complains about too much hot sex is about as unusual as coming across an ice cube in the Sahara. For many, sex can grow a bit mundane after so many years with the same person. But all is not lost. You, too, can revitalize your sex life just by changing even a few of your everyday habits. Having been married for 22 years, I speak from experience. I also learned a few things by reaching out to Huff/Post50 contributor Ken Solin,who’s also AARP’s dating expert.

“If you’re sex life is on auto-pilot that may mean you’re not being fully present when you’re making love with your partner. The same foreplay, position and orgasms are boring after a while,” he said. “While it does require some amount of thought, it’s helpful to try to make love at least a little differently each time. Change the foreplay menu. Avoid monotony by making love in new positions. The words ‘boring’ and ‘sex’ don’t ever belong in the same sentence.”

For additional help, here are four bedtime habits that may be killing your sex life. Have your own ideas? Let us know in comments.