Thursday, April 3, 2014

Was an El Chupacabra REALLY Found in Texas? We have the answer to what this elusive animal REALLY is!

According to reports, the elusive "Chupacabra", a rodent-like animal who supposedly drinks victim's blood and terrorizes back woods at night with a bloodcurdling howl, was recently found AND captured in Texas. A couple claimed they saw the animal eating corn in a backyard tree, placed a "Have-A-Heart" trap in the yard overnight and woke up to a real living, breathing, chupacabra staring at them behind bars. This story has gotten so much attention various news crews and major publications across the country have covered the story.

There's one problem: IT'S NOT A "CHUBACABRA." 

Take a look at the photo below. This is a picture of a hairless raccoon, most likely suffering from a genetic abnormality (or mange) which was found in Florida in 2011 (and currently lives in a Wildlife rehab facility). 

Now, take a peek at the photo of the "Chupacabra" found in Texas (or view the video for a clearer picture). Everything from the facial features and nose to legs and skin is EXACTLY the same.

Sorry folks, but what we have on our hands is a cute little raccoon who is sadly suffering from an animal form of alopecia (experts agree), NOT the mythical night stalker of Southern lure and legend. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

4 Simple Steps to Make a Thanksgiving Pumpkin Fruit Basket!

How to Make a Thanksgiving Fruit Basket out of a Pumpkin in 4 Simple Steps! 

How to make a Fruit Basket for Thanksgiving!

Here's a fun and simple idea for a great Thanksgiving centerpiece and delicious side dish: A Pumpkin Fruit basket! This time of year many people have pumpkins left over from Halloween, and if you don't, most stores are now selling them for a super-reduced price! Not only will you "wow" your guests with this unique treat, but it's a great way to get kids excited to eat their fruit! Below are instructions on how to make your own pumpkin fruit basket for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or for a fun fall party!

(Fruit can be substituted with vegetables / salad)

You will need: Pumpkin, knife, spoon (and fruit or veggies to fill). You can make the bowl out of a pumpkin, watermelon, or gourd! 

Step 1): Wash pumpkin

Step 2): Using a marker or pen, draw lines which you will carve around. For the "bowl" of the basket, you can make it just a straight line, or get creative with waves or zig-zags. Be sure to keep in mind how deep or shallow you want the bowl, and place accordingly (I usually start my bowl line 2/3 of the way down). For the basket handles, draw the lines that go around the stem of the pumpkin, and straight down, meeting the "basket lines" on the side.

Step 3): Carving time! I usually do one side at a time, starting with carving along the handle lines and down to the basket lines (this technique pictured above), cutting out two quarters. Even if I'm doing "wavy" lines, I always start with carving straight across, then go back and do the details. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin. Repeat with the other side. 

Step 4): After you have cut and carved, and scooped...go back and touch up the details. This is where I make the waves along the edges of the basket using a pairing knife. Go underneath the handle and cut out the extra flesh if you don't want it super thick. 


Step 5): Add your fruit and serve!


I like to add in some extra decoration pieces around the Pumpkin Fruit Bowl at the table. As you see above, I roasted the seeds from the pumpkin and also added in some decorative berries.


Don't forget to place a large serving spoon next to the fruit bowl so guests can easily serve themselves. 

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below, which I will be happy to reply to.

Good Luck, and don't forget, practice makes perfect. Go slow, plan it out, and you should have a beautiful Thanksgiving Fruit Bowl in no time at all!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Justin Bieber Allegedy Has Sex with a Brazilian Prostitute...and we have her Photos!

Justin Bieber's hookup...or hooker? Tatiana Neves Barbosa.

Oh Justin Bieber! A few days in Brazil can apparently make a man crazy. Warm weather, beautiful beaches, and the hottest women in the world...what's a boy to do? Well, according to sources- illegally graffiti some walls, party at clubs...and visit a brothel?! After paparazzi photographed Justin Bieber leaving a Brazilian brothel, the internet has been a-buzz with rumors as to what exactly Mr. Biebs has gotten himself into while spending time down south.

 Yesterday, a video was posted to YouTube of a woman filming herself leaving Justin Bieber's room. Wearing a low-cut top, the young woman is seen blowing kisses to a sleeping Bieber while she makes her exit . With over 5 million views, the comments are a hoot with "Bielibers" vehemently defending their love. "She's OBVIOUSLY a maid" wrote one commenter, sickenly oblivious to the fact Justin has rented his own private house. "This is a sick girl, an obsessed fan who snuck into Justin's room!" wrote another, "he would NEVER hook up with a random girl or pay for sex. EW!" Yes- one of the most famous men in the world, with undoubtedly one of the most present and aggressive security teams in the world...would allow a RANDOM woman access to not only his house...but his bedroom?!

So let's get down to business...who is the woman in the now infamous video..and is she or isn't she a lady of the night?

Tatiana Barbosa + Justin Bieber 4ever (or never!)

Since reports surfaced Bieber's companion has now been identified as 26 year old Tatiana Neves Barbosa. "Tati" (as she is refereed to be friends) is  a body builder, part time actress, and 2012 winner of "Miss Bikini Wellness" pageant. But is she..or isn't she...a prostitute? While it's not 100% certain, she did do a nude spread in Private magazine, and according to Egotastic, she reportedly advertised her services. 

While Bieber's camp has remained mum, a source claims that Tatiana was a "friend of a friend". How she managed to video Biebs in the bedroom snoozing remains a mystery. We highly doubt this is the last we'll hear of this girl, and wouldn't be surprised if we see a lawsuit in the future, as if one thing Justin is known for (besides smoking pot and peeing in buckets) are the iron-clad confidentiality agreements he makes his friends and acquaintances sign before gracing them with his presence

Tatiana Barbosa photo from her now infamous YouTube video

Monday, November 26, 2012

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Heartburn?! Try This Home Remedy for Quick and Easy Relief!

Apple Cider Vinegar Heartburn Recipe
 Quick, Easy and EFFECTIVE Cure!

- 2 or 3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (any brand works)
- Small / Medium Glass of Water
- Pinch of Sugar (if needed for flavoring)

Mix Apple Cider Vinegar into glass of water. Add a pinch of sugar if you want to neutralize taste. Drink mixture quickly. (Hold nose if sensitive to taste). Heartburn relief usually occurs within several minutes.

Do you suffer from heartburn? If so, you're not alone. It's estimated that over 100 million Americans experience the dreaded burning sensation in their chest and abdomen, 25 million experiencing symptoms daily. Those who experience frequent heartburn often seek the help of their doctor and prescription medication to manage symptoms, but what is the best option for those who get heartburn sporadically? Help might be found in your kitchen cabinet!

Heartburn comes to visit me once or twice a week. One minute I'll be fine, and the next I start to feel it slowly creeping on. There are definite triggers- tea, fruit juices and some sodas being the worst. I refuse to give up my morning tea. I'm obsessed with Kombucha, a fermented tea drink and though I absolutely love it, if I sip it on an empty stomach I know that I'll be paying for it within moments! After speaking with my doctor, she recommended an over the counter antacid such as Tums, Pepto Bismol or Prilosec. I have tried almost every brand on the market with not so stellar results. Both liquid and chewable tabs seem to take forever to work, and with the pain heartburn causes every second counts. That's when I decided to try a home remedy- Apple Cider Vinegar.

How to take it is up to you- some recommend taking a swig straight from the bottle (kind of gross, right?!) but what I have found works well is to mix a couple tablespoons into a small glass of water. Yes, vinegar is strong, but hold your nose and quickly swallow it- believe me, the end justifies the means! If the taste is absolutely unbearable, try adding a bit of sugar to neutralize and help mask the strong flavor. It's as if you can almost feel it working, and within a couple of minutes, my heartburn disappears!

I've tried several different brands of apple cider vinegar, ranging from the expensive, fancy "organic" vinegar, to the fifty cent store brand and have found no difference in effectiveness. Last week at Stop and Shop I stocked up on a couple bottles to keep in my cabinet for go-to relief.

How exactly this cure works is debated, and has never truly been medically studied. While there are many different theories, one being that the acidic properties in vinegar help aid digestion as stomach acid would, therefore helping the stomach empty and stopping the churning and irritation dead in their tracks. Very interesting, as I assumed drinking something so "acid-ity"would make matters worse, which is clearly not the case!

There are also indications that apple cider vinegar can help long term, daily heart burn sufferers! Try a tablespoon or two 2-3 times a day to work as a preventative measure and defense against heartburn.

I'll admit when I first started reading about home remedy heartburn cures my modern medicine mind chalked them all up to being old wives tales or a placebo effects. I guess I've been programmed to think if it isn't something from behind a pharmacy counter, it's most likely not going to work.  However, after trying the apple cider vinegar heartburn cure with repeated and AWESOME success I'm a believer! Not only is this the best, fastest acting form of heartburn relief I've experienced, but it's also the cheapest. Though I'm not a doctor, I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. So the next time you feel heartburn coming on, look in your kitchen cabinet instead of your medicine cabinet, and let me know how it works in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teen Mom Jenelle Evan's Wild Week: French Tattoo, Enagaged: Is She Pregnant?!

MTV 16 and Pregnant / Teen Mom 2 Star Jenelle Evans has had a VERY busy week! Yesterday, she announced her engagement to boyfriend of two months, Courtland Keith Rogers live on her UStream Channel. Today, she showed off her new tattoo to fans onTwitter. "Not done yet but my new tattoo!!" wrote the newly engaged reality star, accompanied by a photograph of her exposed stomach, the fresh ink positioned below her navel. "I'm French so it says 'This Too Shall Pass'".

Is Jenelle Evans Pregnant?! Her new French tattoo and flat tummy would suggest otherwise

As to why the two are jumping into marriage after only 60 days, Evans stated there was a reason behind it, but it's "too touchy of a subject" to publicly announce. The question on every fan's mind: Is she pregnant with baby number 2?!? Don't label it  a shotgun wedding yet, as Jenelle quickly put that rumor to rest saying she is NOT with child.

It MUST be real if it's on Facebook, right? Jenelle's starting to plan her wedding.

Though it's been hard to keep her stable of men straight (over the past several months she's been involved with Keiffer, Gary, and now Courtland) I cannot say this engagement comes as a surprise. After all, Miss Evans is not exactly known for stable decision making.

Jenelle's Engagement Ring from Courtland

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Snooki's Weightloss Secrets After Baby Lorenzo: Gym, Tan, Pump.

Snooki's baby may only be a month old, but the not-so-conservative mom appears to already be back down to her pre-baby weight! The Jersey Shore star (real name Nicole Polizzi) has been posting photos on her Twitter and Instagram accounts of herself and baby Lorenzo, with fiancee Jionni LaValle. What is Snooki's weight loss secret? "Breastfeeding and walking" according to a Twitter response. She has also gone back to the gym to get her Jersey Shore bod back. When Ms. Polizzi announced her pregnancy several months ago she faced hordes of criticism, making her the center of late night talk show host's jests. But motherhood seems to be suiting her well. Commended by many on her choice to breastfeed baby Lorenzo, she balances her filming and feeding schedule by pumping. Congrats to the new family!
Snooki and Baby Lorenzo

Nicole Polizzi, Baby, and Teddy
Dare to Share:  Snooki posted a photo of her breastpump on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is “Breaking Amish” Real? How TLC’s Hit New Show Was Exposed by the Internet”

"Faking" Amish: 1 is a former bartender, 2 cast members have a child together, 3 have criminal records, and ALL of them have been out of the Amish community for years! 
A self-admitted reality TV junkie, I’m all ears (or eyes) when a new show premieres. When I saw the previews for “Breaking Amish” on TLC, I was intrigued. Billed as a show following the journey of five young Amish men and women as they break free from their ultra conservative religious communities and try to start a new life in New York city, the plot seemed interesting. While so many reality shows are just carbon copies of the same formula (insert: cheesily decorated house + group of young attractive 20-somethings + unlimited supply of booze and throw in a sexual orientation or racial conflict or two) this seemed slightly different.
I probably know as much about the Amish community as the average American. In other words, not much. When asking friends what they knew about the Amish culture I heard the same comments over and over: they dress like pilgrims. They ride in horse and buggys. They don’t have electricity or any modern conveniences. They live on farms. I was hoping that “Breaking Amish” would provide insight into their somewhat secretive world and give me a glimpse into what it’s really like to live life in one of the most conservative sect of people in the US. The show seemed pretty convincing from the previews. After watching the first couple of episodes, red flags went up, particularly with how the cast members spoke. How is it possible, that these individuals who had been so sheltered from modern civilization their entire lives, were using slang expressions so regularly? This didn’t sit right with me and as I rewatched episodes smaller things began to pop out. Sabrina talks longingly about a life where she can sing, wear jeans and earrings. But as I paused an up-close shot of her I noticed her ears were pierced. In Episode 3 as Abe’s mother sits in his hotel room begging him to come home and away from sinful New York City…a pack of Camel Menthol Cigarettes were sitting on his nightstand. Noticing these discrepancies brought me to the internet to do some digging. What I found was more shocking than I could have imagined.According to TLC’s website: “Breaking Amish provides a never before seen look inside the lives of young men and women as they for the first time trade horse and buggy for taxi cabs to break out from their respective Amish/Mennonite communities in their pursuit to chase big dreams in the Big Apple.” News articles state the show began filming in May and June 2012. Is this show really following the tears and struggles of oppressed adults? Or are we looking at a very crafted, staged and misleading show bending the truth for ratings? Check out the below information on cast members retrieved from public internet profiles, social networking sites, and public records and you be the judge! Should “Breaking Amish” be called “Faking Amish”?
From the moment they locked eyes on “Breaking Amish”, it seemed love was in the air for Rebecca, 20, and Abe, 22. Both confided in their cast mates they had budding desires for each other and one couldn’t help feel for Abe as he nervously asked out Rebecca on a date  during Episode 3′s most awkward moment.
Not so fast! The internet is a-buzz with rumors that not only are Abe and Rebecca a certified couple…but they have been for years! LONG before the show began filming. And allegedly, they have a daughter who is almost two! While there isn’t a date stamp on this photo of them, we can make the assumption it was taken before the show for several reasons. Both look noticeably younger (my guess would be a year to two years younger) and the big giveaway lies in Rebecca’s smile. We learned on Episode 2 Rebecca wears a full set of fake teeth, and here she is with her original choppers.
Rebecca Abe Breaking Amish Baby
Breaking Amish Teeth: Rebecca's Dentures Hidden in her bonnet
On Episode 3 Rebecca and Kate score an interview with a modeling agency. When the agent’s assistant asks them to get into bathing suits (typical protocol when auditioning for a modeling gig), Rebecca not only flat out refuses to, but acts horrified and insulted stating “I believe in modesty. Spreading yourself out for the world to see is not modesty.” Funny, because this young lady seemingly found no problem in donning her best bikini at a pool party in 2010!
In Episode 2 of breaking Amish the cast members bond on the hotel balcony, enjoying a bottle of wine, something supposedly frowned upon in the Amish community. While Rebecca declines due to the fact she is underage, Abe opts out as well, commenting that he can’t stand to be around drunk people. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out Abe’s mug shot from 2008 when both himself and the person he was with were arrested for public intoxication!

Abe Breaking Amish Mug Shot
Kate, the mischievous Bishop’s daughter, is no stranger to the outside world. We know the was arrested for a DUI in Florida after being kicked out of her house. Reports also surfaced that Kate has been out of the community for years and was working as a bartender at a Ruby Tuesday's in the area. Kate has her eyes set on the stars, and dreams of becoming a model. In Episode 3 we saw her and Rebecca act seemingly clueless on how to break into the industry, asking a hotel employee for help on finding a modeling agency. Both acted “wow’ed” by the hotel’s computer center, saying they were unfamiliar with technology as they searched for a modeling agency. Being in the entertainment/modeling industry myself, I knew the modeling interview was totally staged and set up (you don’t just pick up the phone and call a major NYC agency asking for an interview and get in the same day. Most won’t even let you through the door without seeing photographs and measurements and then you are instructed to go to an open call with a room full of other hopefuls). But what do we have here?! A picture Kate posted on an INTERNET talent/modeling website in 2010. So much for her lack of computer skills, and clueless act on how the modeling world works! On the website profile it also states she lives in El Paso, TX….a far cry from her supposed Amish home turf. (Note: The profile has since been taking down, most likely an attempt at damage control but you can view a cached version here: )

Kate Breaking Amish Model
Sabrina the singing Mennonite says she dreams of wearing normal clothes and earrings. Funny, because in this recent Facebook picture she appears to be doing just fine in her “English” clothes looking newly fir and trim. You go girl!
Oh! And should we mention Little Miss Sabrina is actually a MRS.?! She was married in 2009 in what seems to be a regular ceremony.
32 year old Jeremiah’s constant swearing, pursuit of women with nice derrieres, and general behavior set off alarms bells for me. Makes sense, because apparently he has been out of the Amish community for 14 years and is a divorced father of 3. His ex-wife, Naomi spoke to CBS 21 WHPTV and stated they were married for 6 years and  “The kids and I suffered for years at the hands of this man.” Remember the scene in Episode 3 where Jeremiah speaks of his dreams of driving a cab and enrolls in driving school? According to his ex, he has had multiple cars and was never shunned from the Amish community, which he has not been a part of since he was 18 years old. In Episode 3 Jeremiah gets a tattoo of a cross with the names of three people very important in his life. Were these the names of his three children?
What do YOU think about the controversy surrounding this “reality” show. Just how real IS Breaking Amish? Do you have an experience in the Amish culture? Share your thoughts in the comments below!