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A Georgia mother has caused quite the stir after she recorded herself turning her placenta into chocolate truffles.
Earlier this month, 23-year-old beautician Kiley Whitworth and her partner, Nick, welcomed their son, Samuel, into the world and decided to turn his placenta into a decadent chocolate desert. With the help of a specialist, Whitworth made chocolate truffles out of the placenta and filmed the experience on Snapchat.
“After I gave birth to my newborn, Samuel, at an all-natural midwife centre, I saw a card for a placenta encapsulation and decided why not?” Whitworth said. “I was hesitant because I know it’s gross, but after researching all the health benefits I decided it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“Your baby lives off that. That’s how they get all their nutrients from you, so when you give birth and get rid of it, you’re losing all those nutrients,” she added.
According to Whitworth, eating placenta after giving birth improves a new mother’s postnatal health, which is a belief shared by a multitude of people, including some A-list celebrities. However, several studies refute these claims, and liken the practice to cannibalism.
The process requires the organ being steamed then dehydrated before it’s blended and mixed with crushed oreos. She also made placenta-filled heart-shaped chocolates, which look just as unappetizing.
Whitworth also posted her video on Facebook, which has been viewed more than six million times and had been shared 100k times. Those who watched the graphic video were exceptionally vocal with their thoughts and opinions.
If you ask most men, they’ll tell you that growing a beard is a huge commitment.
My husband only grows his during the cold winter months, then he shaves it off when the weather starts to warm up. He doesn’t enjoy having extra hair on his face when it’s sweltering hot outside.
Frankly, I don’t like the beard at all, regardless of the season, but I’ve learned to compromise since he never keeps it for too long. Having a beard makes him look different and a little bit older. It also takes away from his nice features like his lips.
Not everyone will agree with my stance on beards, but there is at least one other woman, Heidi, who understands where I’m coming from.
Heidi’s boyfriend, Josh, stopped cutting his hair and shaving his beard after he was discharged from the military 12 years ago. The 38-year-old also wore the same outfit, made up of a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and boots, almost every day.
Heidi did not take an issue with the fact that Josh was growing out his hair, she simply asked for him to keep it neat and trimmed. She just wanted “him to be a little less hairy,” but that never happened, until Oprah Winfrey stepped in.
That’s right, the only way Heidi could convince Josh to switch up his look was by seeking out help from the Queen of Media.
It still took some more convincing, but the veteran finally agreed to a makeover.
“I dare you to make me look better than I do right now,” he told the team of expert stylists who were in charge of giving him a new look.
Project Runway star Tim Gunn was the lead stylist, and although he was faced with some challenges, he pulled it off in the end.
Josh now looks like a completely new man, in fact, he could probably pose for GQ magazine after his transformation.
No need to search through numerous boxes of cereal anymore to get those tasty little marshmallow treats, instead, you can make them on your own! You can choose the color, the shape, and the size….decision is completely yours!
- 8 ounce mini marshmallows
- 16 ounces powdered sugar
- ½ cup shortening
- food coloring
- Place marshmallows in a medium bowl along with 4 Tbsp of water.
- Microwave the marshmallows for 1 1/2 minutes.
- Stir until all marshmallows are melted.
- Transfer 1/4 of mixture to the bowl of a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached.
- Add 4 ounces of sifted powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening.
- Add several drops of desired food coloring.
- Set mixer to medium-high until well combined.
- Turn marshmallow mixture out onto countertop and continue kneading by hand until the mixture reaches a uniform color and is no longer sticky.
- Roll marshmallow out until about 1/2″ thick. Cut desired shapes.
- Repeat process 3 more times with different colors.
Lately, it seems like Jimmy Kimmel is everywhere.
When he’s not hosting the Oscars, he’s making us all tear up with updates about his son Billy’s heart condition.
But with Kimmel constantly on our TVs and computer screens these days, it’s easy to forget just how different he used to look.
By his own account, Kimmel grew up as a binge eater, with a love for greasy food like pizza and chicken wings.
He blames his love for food on growing up with an Italian mother, and on living in Las Vegas – where the streets are lined with all-you-can-eat buffets.
But Kimmel says he never watched his waistline, or even owned a scale until he bought one on a whim in 2010.
When he stepped on, he was stunned to see he weighed 208 pounds.
Around the same time, TV host Dr. Oz teased Kimmel for his size during an appearance on his show.
The next day, Oz called Kimmel back to tell him he was serious.
“I’m worried about you. You’re a young man. You have to take care of yourself,” the doctor told him.
“You know what?” Kimmel told Men’s Journal about the intervention, “Dr. Oz shouldn’t care more about my health more than I do.”
Kimmel’s first attempt to lose weight was dangerous and severe, but the TV host explains that “there’s no dipping my toe in the water” for him.
“I’m all the way in,” he explained.
That meant limiting himself to “two protein shakes and a very small dinner every day” for two months.
Afterwards, Kimmel “eased up,” moving to a strict 2,000-calorie-per-day limit.
The crash diet helped Kimmel shed weight quickly, but these days he has a more relaxed – but still bizarre – diet plan.
Each year, the Crufts dog show judges crown one pet “Best in Show” out of dozens of purebred competitors.
Unlike human beauty contests, they don’t hand out a congeniality award.
But if they did, a feisty four-year-old mixed breed named Kratu might walk away with this year’s.
The rescue dog, who’s full name is “Baron Kratu von Bearbum,” became a viral sensation after running the contest’s agility course in his own special way.
Kratu’s owner and trainer, Tessa Swan, says he was rescued from an abusive home as a puppy.
Since then, Swan has raised him to be an emotional support dog, and an ambassador for other rescued animals.
In fact, Kratu competed at Crufts this year to raise awareness for the charity that saved his life, Wood Green.
But his performance left something to be desired.
Kratu managed to impress the audience, but mainly because he came up with new and creative ways of using the obstacles.
When he somehow pulled a 180 degree turn inside the plastic tube, the announcer was flabbergasted.
“He couldn’t care less, could be?” he asked, as Kratu ran off the floor for the second time to greet volunteers on the sidelines.
Despite losing the competition, Swan is enjoying all the attention Kratu attracted, and says his silly antics are just like him.
“He’s the reason I get up every day,” she told the announcer.
But Kratu isn’t the only dog who refused to follow the rules this year…
It’s hard to admit, but sadly true: almost all of us know someone who had a bad experience with a nursing home.
Whether they – or their loved ones – were neglected or just treated poorly by staff, we all want to avoid the same experience when we pick a home ourselves.
Maybe you’re choosing a home for yourself, or for a vulnerable family member. Or maybe you’re just worried about how someone you know is being treated.
No matter what your concern is, you can spot warning signs of an unsafe nursing or care home.
Here are 13 red flags to look out for:
They’re called “rest homes” for a reason.
In most cases, a noisy care facility is a sign of a chaotic environment. Shouting patients or staff, constant P.A. announcements, and other loud interruptions are all signs of more serious problems.
A loud environment can also be aggravating for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, which will only create more problems for staff and patients.
During a tour of a rest home, the building’s administrators should be on site, and be able to take a few moments to speak with you.
The presence of the person in charge keeps a facility running smoothly. And the last thing you want is to play telephone tag with someone who is always out of their office when you’re trying to check on your relative.
Care homes are not hospitals. Your family should be able to visit you any day of the week, join you for activities, and even check on you in the middle of the night if they’re concerned.
Any facility that tries to put limits on the time your family spends with you is questionable.
If your relative has been staying in a home for some time, but lately the quality of their care has gone down sharply, it might be time to consider moving.
A change in administrators, staff, or procedures can have a serious effect on a patient’s health.
If your first choice just doesn’t cut it anymore, don’t be afraid to start looking for somewhere new.
Before you leave a relative in a nursing home, it pays to sample the food they’ll be eating and ask questions about it.
Would you serve it to your own family? Are there snacks available between meals? Are there options that suit everyone’s taste?
Be on the lookout for signs of malnutrition or dehydration, including tiredness and irritability. You are what you eat, so expect the best for your relatives.
Being a new parent is so exciting. You get to experience this world you’re used to with brand new eyes.
You relish every single one of their first times, hoping to record all your child’s early milestones so that you can one day you can watch them together and reminisce.
My daughter’s first bath felt as special as the first time she walked. The way she surveyed the bath water, and watched the ripples with her big hazel eyes will never fade from my memory.
She still loves water today, and has been a professional lifeguard for a few years now. I can’t help but think that it all started with the first time I held in her the bathtub while I gently rinsed her body.
Although I didn’t get the chance to record my daughter decades ago, one mother did.
She was worried about her baby’s first bathtub experience and how they would react. But one thing is for certain, she’ll never regret recording it…
In the video below, the father cradles his beloved infant. While he’s speaking gently to his baby, both parents notice how their little one is flapping their hands in the water, trying to swim.
Ripples start forming around the child as the baby looks around wide-eyed with excitement.
The little one felt so relaxed that they were about to sleep! Also, how adorable was that sneeze at the end?!
What a beautiful moment between a father and his baby!
How did your children react the first time you gave them a bath?
[H/T: Relay Hero]
When David Francisco walked onto the American Idol audition stage, there was no sign that the Knoxville, Tennessee native was even slightly nervous.
After 15 seasons of the singing competition show, we thought we had seen it all, but the singers and their life stories continue to inspire us all.
Now on the 16th season, David had to impress judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. His story and his breathtaking performance brought them to tears.
But before he sat down to sing, David had a story to share as to why he’s walking with crutches.
A couple years ago, David was hit by a car that ran a red light. Doctors told him that he would never walk again because he suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed waist down.
“I thought everything was over. Music’s over. Relationships are over. I cried every single day for months,” he said. But as time went by, he was able to slightly move his legs, and worked hard to keep them strong. “I don’t take anything for granted now.”
Then came a letter from a friend, and that changed the course of his life…
The biggest celebrity news in the past couple weeks is that Khloe Kardashian is expecting a girl and O.J. Simpson has finally confessed to the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
As both of these individuals are making headlines once again, the rumor mill is bringing back a question that surfaced decades ago: Is Simpson Khloe’s biological father?
Simpson even publicly addressed that he has no connection with the reality star, despite their resemblance.
“I don’t think for me, I have nothing to do with it,” Simpson told TMZ. “I would be proud … but trust me, I had nothing to do with it.”
O.J. Simpson doesn’t have the greatest record for telling the truth, so die-hard Kardashian fans are still speculating about the authenticity of his claim.
The disgraced former football player has five of his own children, all of who don’t even bear a slight resemblance to the Kardashian, but there seems to be a lot of circumstantial evidence out there that may gave us clues to understanding both sides of the argument.
Here’s how the rumors got started, and it might leave you questioning everything by the end…
It has been four months since notorious cult leader Charles Manson passed away, yet his name continues to make headlines.
Manson spent more than 40 years behind bars for a series of murders. He was the leader of a cult called “Manson Family” in the 1960s, who gained infamy for the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others.
When the 83-year-old man died from cardiac arrest on November 19th, multiple people surfaced, what seemed like out of nowhere, to compete for the right to Manson’s estate.
The problem here was that Manson didn’t leave a will before he died, so his corpse, estate, and all his lucrative assets were up for grabs.
Multiple friends claimed to own Manson’s will, but none of them held up in court.
Many people have been fighting over the right to Manson’s assets, including his longtime pen pal Michael Channels, a musician named Matt Lentz, who claims to be the murderer’s son, and Jason Freeman, who turned out to be Manson’s biological grandson.
Those three are the main parties involved, but Rebecca Evans, Matthew Roberts, and Michael Brunner also argue they are Manson’s biological children and have tried to take the place of next of kin.
After a lengthy legal battle, Kern County Superior Judge Alisa Knight made a decision…
Tanning beds and booths have come with health warnings for as long as I can remember.
It’s common knowledge that a large amount of UV radiation can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.
The same kids who lather coconut oil on their skin during a hot summer’s day are usually the same ones who spend hundreds of dollars at tanning salons.
According to SkinCancer, “people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”
But no matter how many times we warn young girls to avoid these danger zones, it seems like the short term benefit of getting that beautiful glow outweighs the long term reality of developing a serious skin condition.
Three years ago, Tawny Dzierzek was 27 years old when she shared a selfie of her tanning scars on social media.
“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like … Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up,” she wrote in her Facebook post’s caption.
After years of tanning, Mallory Lubbock confessed she did see graphic images like Tawny’s on the internet, but thought, “Oh, that’ll never happen to me.” But it did, and now she has a powerful message for everyone who doesn’t think twice before they get that fake glow:
Let’s get this out of the way: I can’t skate. Growing up, my parents weren’t into winter sports, so my time on the ice was limited to school field trips and the occasional ice rink in my neighborhood.
I recently went to the ice rink with a group of friends and I promptly fell on my bum several times. Luckily they were patient enough with my lack of skill, but I think I’ll postpone my next skating adventure.
However, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good figure skating routine. During the Winter Olympics, I was in awe over the world’s most talented figure skaters and ice dancers. Their routines were impeccableand I truly thought they all deserved gold.
But the Olympics aren’t the only time we’re wowed by brilliant skaters.
Scottish ice skaters John and Sinead Kerr are a brother-sister duo who have participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. They’re also are two-time European bronze medalists and the 2004–2010 British national champions.
While they retired in 2011, videos of their spectacular performances still live on in videos that are available for us to still watch today.
This includes a rare routine many skaters choose to avoid. Known for their freestyle dancing, they hired a professional choreographer to help them craft their most awe-worthy routine.
The duo performed their unique routine at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden and dressed in traditional Scottish garb. While they had risky tricks in their Scottish routine, they persevered, never missing a beat.
At one point Sinead is flipped upside down as her brother skates along the rink. There are plenty of hops involved, and the crowd rightfully went nuts.
Watch the video for yourself and be inspired by their skilled performance:
What was the most impressive figure skating routine you’ve ever seen?
Following the birth of their son, Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, decided they “didn’t want to get too close” to him after he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.
During the firs two months of his life, the couple’s second child, Billy, underwent emergency open-heart surgery when he was only three days old, which was followed by a second operation last December.
During the opening monologue of his talk show, he tearfully said that his son’s “pulmonary valve was completely blocked and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart” when he was born.
Last month, Kimmel, 50, made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show, where he discussed the complications of caring for a sick child. It was there Ellen DeGeneres surprised her friend by getting a hospital room – where Billy was cared for – named after him.
“You’re such a great guy, and that was so emotional to see you go through that,” DeGeneres said. “We called our friends at Children’s Hospital LA, including Billy’s surgeon. We have named one of the rooms of the Heart Institute floor in honor of Billy.”
In an interview for O Magazine, the father-of-four candidly spoke about his 11-month-old son’s illness and the brief detachment he and his wife experienced with Billy. Unbeknownst to the couple, they had both been feeling the same heart-wrenching emotions.
Here’s a new recipe to try when it comes to pickling….Avocado pickles! Not only are avocado’s a super food, but they’re absolutely delicious on fresh made sandwiches. Give the recipe a try today and rest assure they will stay nice and fresh in your refrigerator up to 1 month. Enjoy!
- 4 firm avocados
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon whole yellow mustard seeds
- 1 cup of water
- In a medium pot combine together water, vinegar, mustard seeds, salt, sugar, peppercorns, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Stir until sugar and salt dissolves, then remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Peel and slice avacados, then place into a large mason jar.
- Fill jar with cooled mixture and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 1 month.
There’s nothing like a big bowl of Lucky Charms cereal to remind me of being a kid again. There is just something about having colorful marshmallows for breakfast that gets me excited, although it could just be the sugar rush. Anyway, great news for all the Lucky Charms loving adults, we have CAKE!
This amazingly easy Lucky Charms Cheesecake pairs a classic dessert with one my secret favorite breakfast treats. Whip this up just in time for St Patrick’s day and enjoy this magically delicious treat!
FOR THE CRUST:
- 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
- 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
- 5 Tbsp butter
- Pinch salt
FOR THE CHEESECAKE & TOPPING:
- 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
- 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed
- Additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows for garnish
- Lightly grease a 9″ round springform pan and set aside.
- Add Lucky Charms into a large bowl.
- Melt the marshmallows, butter and salt together over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and add the hot marshmallow mixture to the cereal and coat completely. Pour the coated cereal in the greased pan and pack and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides to form a crust.
- Let cool completely.
- Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Add in the marshmallow fluff until combined, and then fold in the Cool Whip. Spread the marshmallow cheesecake mixture into the crust smoothing an even layer.Refrigerate until set.
- To serve, decorate with some added cool whip and garnish with a few ‘Lucky Charm’s!
At least one person was killed when a bus filled with multiple students crashed into a ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama.
There were 45 passengers from the high school’s band on board, and 20 have been taken to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries. One person is reported dead.
The company that owned the bus used, First Class Tours, released a statement, where they confirmed the driver had died.
“Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time. We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation,” the statement read.
According to WKRG-TV, this is the fourth crash the bus company had been involved in during the past two years.
The chartered bus was leaving Disney World in the early morning of March 13, and en route to their homes in Houston, Texas.
“The students are from Channelview High School,” Mark Kramer, spokesman for the Channelview Independent School District, said. “At this time, details are limited. We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information.”
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said the crash was “in the dark of night, and we are down in a ravine next to a creek. He added that “it was a large scale effort,” with a significant amount of emergency dispatchers arriving on the scene to evacuate all of the passengers.