In Touch has exclusively obtained the late Robert Kardashian's handwritten journals from his widow, Ellen Kardashian. In the journal entries, dated throughout 1989 and 1990, Robert paints a heartbreaking childhood portrait of Kim, Kourtney and Khloé and a damning picture of mom Kris Jenner. "Kris was kicking and beating her and said she was going to kill [Kim]!" Robert claimed in his diary on Aug. 24, 1989. "Kim was hysterical." That's just one of the shocking incidents the lawyer, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003, recorded in his journal at the time his 12-year marriage to Kris was imploding.
Robert goes on to detail Kris' alleged affair with younger soccer player Todd Waterman, claiming Kris left her kids — all under the age of 11— for days at a time. "She doesn't leave a number in case of emergency. She doesn't care!" he wrote on Dec. 15, 1989. "She left [the] kids and screwed all night!" Only 10 days after that entry, Robert chronicled that "Kris couldn't get her act together" to spend Christmas with her children, "I was home alone with 4 kids."
Robert's widow, Ellen, confirms the authenticity of the journals, telling In Touch, "These are authentic handwritten journals I have shared, that my late husband Robert Kardashian so carefully wrote during 1989 and 1990 at a most trying and touching time of his life. They are my personal possessions and he left them to me on his passing."
Women look their oldest at 3.30pm every Wednesday, a study has found, because that is when energy levels plummet, work stress is at a peak and the effects of any weekend late nights finally kick in.
The research shows one in ten women (12 per cent) find Wednesday the most stressful day in a typical week.
But they reveal Thursday is the day they are most likely to have sex.
It gives them a youthful rosy glow which could contribute to why women feel so happy on a Friday - 60 per cent name it as their happiest day.
A quarter of women feel stressed several times a week - while one in five (19 per cent) admit they will work through Wednesday's lunch hour.
The study, carried out by the tanning brand, St Tropez, revealed two thirds experience a "slump in energy levels" mid-afternoon every Wednesday
This forces a quarter of women to reach for a sugary snack on a bid to boost their mood and energy.
Nichola Joss, St. Tropez skin expert, said: "It's fascinating that 3.30pm on a Wednesday is the time women look their oldest.
"Combine the highest stress levels of the week on a Wednesday with the natural mid-afternoon slump and it seems that's why women can look older than their years."
And Ms Joss revealed how a woman's sex life can have a big impact on how they feel.
She added: "Many women credit a healthy sex life for keeping them looking and feeling young.
"As the mid-week slump passes and stress levels begin to decrease, it's fascinating that Thursday is the evening they are most likely to feel amorous."
Almost half of women (46 per cent) are likely to indulge in a boozy treat at the weekend - another reason why women look their eldest mid-week.
Ms Joss says it can take a few days for the signs of the boozy weekend to show.
She added: "Processing the toxins in alcohol and sugar can put strain on the body.
"It can take up to 72 hours for the visible effects of alcohol to show, so the effects of drinking on the weekend may not present themselves until Wednesday afternoon."
The shock of going back to work was shown to give many women sleepless nights.
More than a third (37 per cent) reported Monday night is when they are most likely to get a bad night's sleep.
Ms Joss added: "A lack of sleep on a Monday does not bode well for how the skin will look on Wednesday.
"The effects of a lack of sleep can take 48 hours to show on the face, so if many women sleep badly on Monday they will look their oldest on Wednesday."
Further findings showed that the average British woman gets six hours and 43 minutes sleep a night.
Ms Joss continued: "For maximum anti-ageing benefits it's essential women get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night.
"Too little and your skin cells can't rejuvenate, too much can result in puffy, older looking skin."
Another effect of the mid-week slump is that more than one in ten (12 per cent) women will abandon their skin care regime on a Wednesday.
Ms Joss added: "Even if a woman doesn't wear make-up, it's essential to cleanse the face of build up from everyday pollution.
"Letting these build up clogs the skin making it duller and drier, and superficially older."
And 15 per cent of women begin using anti-ageing products between the age of 21 and 25 - which proves to be an important weapon against ageing.
Mary Collins, 31, from Portsmouth, said: "After having a drink on the weekend, the tiredness definitely catches up with me by Wednesday.
"But I'm always hoping I have a special night on Thursday. A bit of romance makes me feel younger and happier - and Friday is when I feel my best."
The research was carried out to support the launch of St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Face.
The Boston Herald has unearthed a way to avoid being 'catfished' like Manti Te'o. They say a Google image “reverse” search can tell whether or not someone is using a fake photo online.
Step #1: download Google’s Chrome browser. It includes an enhanced version of Google’s image search.
Step #2: save the image in question to your hard drive. Do a split-screen view, with Google Chrome on one side and the image on the other. Drag and drop the image into Google’s image search. You should be able to view any other place that the picture, as well as similar-looking ones, appears on the Web.
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10 Best Ingredients to Fight Bloating from bon appétit magazine
If after a feast you're feeling a little queasy, ginger can be a fast-acting antacid. It's also an anti-inflammatory, so keep adding it to your stir-fries and marinades. For a refreshing healthy drink, add ginger syrup to to freshly squeezed juices. And no, ginger beer doesn't count. Sorry.
2. Dandelion Greens
These greens, along with nutrient-rich kale, are also a diuretic. Bitter and crisp, they make a perfect addition to any salad and go well with sweet, anti-oxidant rich pomegranate seeds.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This fermented juice made from crushed apples is a known bloat fighter and potassium stabilizer. You can either mix it with water, or add it to apples, fennel, and celery for a zippy (and much healthier) slaw. Tip: Use unrefined if you can--refined apple cider vinegar loses a lot of its nutritional value during processing.
Turmeric doesn't have much flavor, but it imbues every dish it touches with a warm yellow-orange hue--plus it's high in potassium. Instead of turning to curries, which are often high in fat and sodium, try adding turmeric to whole wheat couscous, rice, or soup.
In addition to its diuretic properties, which help to reduce water retention, seaweed makes for a delicious B12-packed snack. Try the wafer-thin variety from Trader Joe's; a whole pack is only 60 calories (and 99 cents). They're great crumbled up on salads, soups, and veggies.
Basil is packed with flavonoids, an antioxidant, and the essential oil extracted from the fragrant herb is an anti-inflammatory. While it's a pesto regular, basil also brightens up salads and vegetable dishes.
While it's most effective when boiled in tea (it helps to flush liquids from your system quicker), mint can also make a great pesto addition. Just don't use it as an excuse to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream cake.
Cukes help to stimulate your kidneys in removing uric acid from your body. Usually taking a back seat to other vegetables in salads, cucumbers are a hit in game-day salsa and as a refreshing topper for raw seafood.
9. Red Grapefruit
Along with the antioxidant lycopene and a boatload of vitamin C to keep away pesky winter colds, grapefruits helps to flush extra water from your system. They also add zip to salads and smoothies (without ice cream).
This tender green veg improves kidney function and helps to flush toxins from your body. And when they're pureed, they add a delightful, creamy texture to vegetable soups.
9 Most Unhealthy Restaurant Menu Items! from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Bistro shrimp pasta from The Cheesecake Factory. This dish of crispy battered shrimp, fresh mushrooms and arugula is tossed with spaghettini in a basil-garlic-lemon cream sauce. It weighs in at 3,120 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat and 1,090 milligrams of sodium, according to CSPI, equal to three lasagna classico entrees and a tiramisu from Olive Garden.
Cheesecake Factory's crispy chicken costoletta was not too far behind. According to the menu, it's a chicken breast lightly breaded and sautéed to a crispy golden brown. It is served with a lemon sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus.
According to CSPI, it also has 2,610 calories, more than a 12-piece bucket of original recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken, and 4½ days' worth of saturated fat.
Johnny Rockets bacon cheddar double burger, sweet potato fries and Big Apple shake. This meal packs on 3,500 calories, 88 grams of saturated fat — that's four days' worth — 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 15 teaspoons of sugar, according to CSPI.
Country fried steak and eggs at the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of salt and 11 teaspoons — nearly two days' worth — of sugar, CSPI said.
The veal porterhouse at Maggiano's Little Italy has roasted garlic, caramelized onions and lemon with crispy red potatoes. It also has 2,710 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 milligrams of sodium, the CSPI report said.
Maggiano's chocolate zuccotto cake contains 1,820 calories, 62 grams of saturated fat and 26 teaspoons of sugar, according to CSPI.
Smoothie King's peanut power plus grape smoothie may sound healthy, but the 40-ounce size has 1,460 calories and 22 teaspoons of sugar.
Chili's full rack of baby back ribs with Shiner Bock BBQ sauce comes with homestyle fried and cinnamon apples. It also comes, according to the report, with 2,330 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat and 6,490 milligrams of salt.
Uno Chicago Grill's deep dish macaroni and three cheese had a day's worth of calories — 1,980 — and more than three days' worth of saturated fat, 71 grams. According to CSPI, it also contains 3,110 milligrams of sodium.
1. Don't criticize your partner's parents or friends. You know how it is-your family can tick you off but no one else had dare speak ill of them. That's why you should tread carefully with your in-laws and your husband's dearest friends.
2. Tell your spouse about any ex encounters. Whether you get a Facebook friend request or run into an old flame at your kid's soccer game, keeping the news to yourself could backfire, despite having zero feelings for the ex. "If there's nothing to hide, why hide it?"
3. Keep unsolicited advice to yourself. Offer your support, lend your ear, but avoid speaking in an "I know what's best" tone. "We give advice because we're trying to be helpful, but it's seen as criticism when we offer too many corrections."
4. Don't take charge all the time. Whether you fold all the laundry because you don't like how your husband does it or you manage the finances because you don't think he's as careful, you may feel more at ease doing all the work.
5. Don't bring up past arguments. Or at least put a statute of limitations on them. "People repeat ancient disagreements because they haven't resolved the problem." Letting things fester often causes marriages to break down. It's important to address issues as they happen and come to some sort of resolution--agreeing to disagree counts. Leave it there, and respect each other's opinion.
6. Choose your battles, but don't stifle your feelings. There's going to be toothpaste globs here and Post-it notes there; that's human nature. You have to be able to say, this isn't important. Or if it is, speak up. Tell your partner why it bothers you and that you'd like to work on a solution.
7. Don't post private thoughts or photos publicly. You may not want to be tagged in a politically charged rant he starts or he may not want you to share photos of the kids. And you each deserve the other person's respect for those wishes. Discuss the ground rules regarding posting about yourself, as a couple and about the other person.
Brett Martin (Credit: James Ellerker/Guinness World Records)Like most things game-related, it all started with Super Mario.
But little did Brett Martin know that when his parents innocently bought him a Mario figure back in 1989, it would kick off what’s officially become a record-setting collection.
With a stunning 8,030 video game items crammed in his home, the 31-year-old web designer from Colorado has been crowned the king of video game memorabilia by Guinness in the Guinness World Records 2013: Gamers Edition.
Though technically his collection started with that little Mario figure, Martin didn’t start actively searching out game trinkets until 2001.
“I’ve always loved Nintendo, and once I discovered eBay I discovered there was a lot more out there than a small Mario figure,” Martin said. “I started finding sets overseas. Then I discovered Yahoo Japan Auctions and started importing stuff from Japan. Now, it’s about preserving and history. “
Nintendo mascots indeed dominate his collection, but Martin owns plenty of bits from other icons, like Namco’s Pac-Man and Capcom’s Mega Man. He’s also apparently gone out of his way to ensure that every item is an “official” piece of video game merchandise, which means weeding out the throngs of counterfeit pieces found on auction sites.
His favorite? That’s either his rare prototype video games or a giant sign from Super Mario Bros. 3, his favorite game. Though he’s never had it appraised, all told Martin estimates his collection is worth between $75,000 and $100,000.
So how does he decide what’s worth collecting? It’s all about love.
“I’ve tried to keep it contained to series that I really adore, rather than get everything,” he says. “Easier than it sounds, actually. I don’t really collect Pokemon or Animal Crossing stuff, even though they are Nintendo franchises, because I’m less interested in those two.”
Pokemon players will find that exceptionally ironic, but considering he’s been actively collecting stuff for a dozen years, you have to draw the line somewhere.
That line, as it turns out, also includes letting his family mess with his stuff.
“My boys love it, but I don’t let them around it much. We play with some of the toys, but several are mint in box or fragile…or vintage,” he says. “My wife watched it grow and continued to be overwhelmed by it. It used to fit on top of an entertainment center. Then some hung shelves. Then more hung shelves. Then bookcases. Now a room.”
The new edition of the Guinness gaming book is due out on Jan. 10.
1. Be willing to initiate sex. Men equate sex with desirability. Help your man to feel desired by expressing your love in a physical way.
2. Be open to experimentation. It can be easy to get comfortable and fear of the unknown can stop you from being open to different sexual experiences. Allow your man to try new things with you. If you won’t, there will be someone else who will. I’m not saying to engage in sexual activity you find repulsive but allow yourself to experience new things with the man you love.
3. Don’t over-accommodate. Sometimes in a relationship, a woman can become too accommodating. Men get into relationshipswith a very clear picture of what a lifetime partner looks like and this is often in stark contrast to whom he may have dated casually. Women work to become the person their partner wants them to be and in doing so, they lose themselves. One day, their man realizes this is what he asked for but he isn’t sure it’s what he really wants. Maintain a healthy sense of self in your relationship.
4. Don’t become too controlling. Often without realizing it, when we get into relationships we attempt to control the other person to do what works best for us. We engage in destructive relationship habits such as complaining, blaming, criticizing, nagging, threatening, punishing and bribing or rewarding to control.
5. Make sure he knows how much you appreciate him. Sometimes when women “get” the guy and get married, they begin to get a false sense of security. Remember, all relationships are voluntary. A person can leave at any time. With an over 50% divorce rate in this country, we need to remember how important it is to maintain a positive relationship, not simply to acquire one.
6. Let him have time to himself. Some men cheat because they begin to feel hemmed in by the relationship. Engaging in an affair can provide them the sense of freedom they lose in a relationship. Allow your man time for himself without you. Don’t try to monopolize all your guy’s time. Be open to time apart for him to spend with friends, pursue hobbies, etc. so he does not feel he has no freedom.
7. Be aware of your emotions. Whether or not we are aware of it, women are masters at using their emotions to communicate volumes without speaking any words. We communicate anger, rage, sadness and disappointment that is received by our partners.
Instead of taking that as a cue to do something different, some men begin to look for another partner who idolizes them the way you used to. Don’t forget, your man wants to know he lights you up not that he is constantly disappointing you.
8. Prioritize your relationship. Often, when a man cheats, you will find the woman is also having an “affair” that’s not sexual. It’s more socially appropriate. This “affair” takes the form of prioritizing something, anything, over the relationship. This could be a job, children, a sick relative, a charity or anything that puts her man lower on her totem pole than the first position.
Prioritize your relationship over everything else. This is the relationship you want to last for all your life. Other things will fade away and the relationship will still be there if you tend to it carefully.
9. Learn his love language. If you are not familiar with Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, please read it. It has the potential to save more marriages than marriage counseling has. Learn your man’s love language and speak it to him regularly. He will know he is loved and remain true to you.
10. Find his relationship pattern. I do not know how to combat the biology argument. Some men simply believe it is hard wired into their genes to have sexual relations with as many women as they can. If this is your man, it probably won’t matter what you do. Try to recognize these men early on by asking about their dating history.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Life of Pi"
Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook"
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Actress in a Leading Role
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour" (oldest best actress nominee, will turn 86 on February 24 - the day of the Oscars) Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (youngest best actress nominee at age 9 -- if she wins, she will beat Anna Paquin's record)
Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Jacki Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Amy Adams - "The Master"
Animated Feature Film
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
"Anna Karenina" - Seamus McGarvey
"Django Unchained" - Robert Richardson
"Life of Pi" - Robert Richardson
"Lincoln" - Janusz Kaminski
"Skyfall" - Roger Deakins
"Anna Karenina" - Jacqueline Durran
"Les Miserables" - Paco Delgado
"Lincoln" - Joanna Johnston
"Mirror Mirror" - Eiko Oshioka
"Snow White and the Huntsman" - Colleen Atwood
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Hitchcock" - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
"Les Miserables" - Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Music (Original Score)
"Anna Karenina" - Dario Marianelli
"Argo" - Alexandre Desplat
"Life of Pi" - Mychael Danna
"Lincoln" - John Williams
"Skyfall" - Thomas Newman
Music (Original Song)
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" - music and lyric by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted" - music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi" - music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall" - music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" - "Les Miserables" - music by Claude-Michel Schonbergm, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
"Life of Pi" - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
"The Avengers" - Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
"Prometheus" - Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
"Snow White and the Huntsman" - Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
Perhaps your house doesn't smell particularly nice and you've got company on the way. While you might not clear the smell up forever, you can improve your home's scent by burning some vanilla extract or any other essential oil. Redditor jimothywhite explains:
Put two caps full of vanilla extract (you can use other oils, such as lemon and lavender) in a coffee cup (or oven proof dish), then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. The smell will start to spread after around twenty minutes and encompass the whole house after the hour duration.
Should last for at least a day.
Although not a permanent solution, if you need to remove a bad smell or just want a nice one in your home, this sounds like a pretty simple solution.
Avocado Egg Salad Packed with omega-3s and muscle-building protein, this filling lunch option can easily be made gluten-free by substituting the tortilla wrap with a lettuce wrap. Try it for lunch!
Green Superfood Soup Jump start your cleanse with this power-packed green soup that's bursting with nutrients. Boasting a fresh, bright, lemony flavor, you won't even know it's good for you!
Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potato, Pinto Beans and Pumpkin Seeds The nutritional benefits of kale have been widely reported, but did you know that pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc and sweet potatoes have vitamin B6, D, and C. Best of all, beans make this a filling meal, and add powerful protein.
Balsamic Dijon Chicken with Farro and Mushrooms Tangy and tender marinated chicken slowly steams alongside wonderfully chewy farro, in this easy one-cooker meal.
Edamame Hummus This vibrant, green, creamy spread makes a delightfully and satisfying snack. A creative twist on traditional hummus, substituting chickpeas with edamame gives this easy-to-make treat an innovative and delicious flavor.
Immunity Detox Tea Kimberly Snyder, the detox guru, absolutely swears by this tea that she drinks every morning to boost immunity and ward off winter illnesses. Try it this winter; the spicy taste may be strange at first, but you'll soon be addicted.
Berry Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa A warm and hearty breakfast, you can feel good about the way you start your day with this steaming bowl of nutty, sweet quinoa. Quinoa is a meatless complete protein source, making it a lean, clean, nutritional powerhouse.
Roasted Root Vegetables A colorful vegetable mix gets deliciously caramelized in the oven in this easy, seasonal recipe that makes a perfect side dish to complement your family dinner.
My 19 yr old daughter wants to visit her 19 yr old boyfriend out of state. They met when he came to visit, her school in the spring semester. They had brief, on and off contact until about 2 months ago, when they spent a lot of time on the phone and Skype. So when she asked me if she could visit him, I flat out told her no, and gave her a list of reasons that she can't go. The reasons included self-respect, length of time that she knows him, distance, appropriateness, and safety issues. She came back with, I'll be careful and I'm going. I pondered for a few hours then decided that if she was making an adult decision then when she walked out of the door, she was to leave my door keys in my hand.