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  • Amazing One-Eyed Cat Story....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    The owners of a one-eyed cat feared the worst when it disappeared outside a vets' surgery. Ginger was so reluctant to go to the vets that he burst through the carrier outside the vet and made a run for it. After failed attempts to find the four-year-old, his owner and staff at the centre almost gave up hope. But ten days later the former stray suddenly turned up in the garden of their home – five miles away.

    Owner Jayne Middleton, 55, of Redhill, Arnold, said: "Ginger had never been in a cat carrier before but we managed to get him in it and off we went. We had to park across the road and as we carried him he pushed the door off the carrier and he ran off. 

    After looking in the snow and ice for more than an hour the staff from the surgery went back to work and Miss Middleton returned home fearing the worst. This was until ten days later, when to everyone's relief Ginger returned home.  I shouted him and rushed to meet him with some food. I heard a meow and then he started eating.

    "I could not believe it, I was totally amazed and I thought that it was a miracle. It is very rare for a cat to successfully make its way back after being so far away. He covered a lot of terrain in bad weather and crossed some busy roads. I have never heard of anything like it before."

  • As moms..we NEED to stop feeling guilty about these things!!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

     

    Mom guilt. We are wracked with it. OMG, I didn't breastfeed long enough. OMG, I breastfed too long. OMG, I'm a working mom and I don't get to spend enough time with my kids. OMG, I'm a stay at home mom, and I spent too much time with my kids!

    Ladies, ladies, ladies!

    That's quite enough, from all of you! There are plenty of people in this world who are going to take great pleasure in telling you how much you suck; you don't need to add to it. So here it is, my list of things moms really need to forgive themselves for doing ... right now.

    1. When your school-aged kid forgets their lunch. Instead of smacking yourself for not noticing the bag on the counter, how about recognizing that your 7-year-old is old enough to be responsible for her own G.D. lunch by now!?

    2. When your kid complains you're the only mom who never volunteers to chaperone the Girl Scout trips
    . First, you're not the ONLY mom. Trust me. Second, would you rather have a job that keeps you from chaperoning or not have a job and not be able to afford Girl Scouts at all?

    3. When you realize your kid is wearing shoes that are a size too small. I felt like the worst mom EVER when this happened, and then I remembered ... my 6-year-old hadn't bothered to tell me that her feet hurt. Moms, unless you graduated from Hogwarts, stop punishing yourself for not being able to read their minds!

    4. When you're too tired to play with your kids. A few months ago I got home from a whirlwind business trip, and I was WIPED. My daughter was all excited to see me after three days with Daddy, and when I crawled into bed, her face dropped. It broke my heart, but let me tell you ... if I'd stayed up, I would have been a cranky, bitchy Mommy. Sleeping for 21 hours straight (yeah, really) made the time we got together the next day sooo much better. Remember you don't want to just give your kids time; they need quality time.

    5. When you eat the last piece of candy.
     Even if you did it while hiding in the bathroom, there is no shame in eating the candy YOU bought. Got that?

    6. When the school nurse calls and you realize you sent the sick kid to school.
     Listen, kids fake sick. A lot. And sometimes it's hard to tell if they're just "not feeling like going to school" or "not feeling well." Schools have nurses for a reason!

    7. When they want you to read a fifth bedtime story, and they REALLY should be asleep already. You know what happens to kids who get everything they want, don't you? If you don't, maybe the story you really need to be reading is the one about bratty Veruca Salt.

    8. When the parenting rules change. A LOT has changed since my daughter was born: the BPA stuff, the time to start solids, the science on rear-facing car seats. I could get really mad at myself that I didn't know these things then, but I won't ... and you shouldn't either.

    9. When you don't feel like making a "real" dinner. It would be a perfect world if every night your dinner table looked like a pin on Pinterest. But if this was a perfect world, every man would look like Adam Levine. One night of cereal for dinner isn't going to kill anyone. 

    There it is ... I've done it all. And as you can see by the photo way up at the top, my kid loves me anyway. That's good enough for me to lay down the mantle of mom guilt I've been carrying around.

  • A child's birthday on a budget!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    In response to the Birthdays on the Breadline report, Family Action and Money for Life have compiled some top tips on how to organize a birthday party on a budget:

    1. Why not consider having a party at home this year instead of at an external venue? Setting up a birthday party at home for your children and their friends is cost effective and with a little time and planning you can give your child some very happy memories at home.

    2. Set a budget for your party and try and stick to it. It may be cheaper to pick an external party venue with an all-inclusive cost per child, or it may work out cheaper to do it yourself at home. Do the sums and make sure. Use this opportunity to teach your children about budgeting – help them decide between a more expensive party with fewer friends, or a cheaper party with more friends.

    3. If your child's birthday is in the summer, why not plan a picnic or a treasure hunt in the park? All you’ll need is some blankets, picnic food and games for the kids - which you can even ask friends to bring along with them.

    You can also design your own games, bring along a pen and paper and a few small prizes such as sweets to keep the kids happy. This not only will save on pennies but it’ll also save you from a messy home at the end of it.

    4. Start saving up in advance. Put loose change in a bottle each week to collect for your child’s birthday - you’ll be surprised at how much you can save!

    5. Providing party bags is often expected for kids’ birthdays but they can be expensive to put together and tend to include useless items that get thrown away within a few days. Try to minimize the amount you spend on these items by buying in bulk at the supermarket or pound shop or see if your venue will include a party bag in the cost. You could also try a ‘lucky dip’ as an alternative for the children to pick one small gift each as they leave the party.

    6. If relatives offer to buy a gift for your child’s birthday ask them to pay for fees like swimming lessons, karate or any other groups the child attends. This will save you money when the bill comes through.

    7. A trip to the cinema with some friends makes a great birthday treat but the cost can quickly spiral out of control
    . However, many cinemas now show kids' films at the weekend at a fraction of the cost.

    Check out your local cinema to see what’s on offer. And, if your local cinema allows it, remember to take your own snacks with you to further reduce the cost.

    8. If sending out invitations why not send out an e-invite to parents and their kids instead. It’s cheaper than buying cards and you’ll also save time, and money on postage.

    9. Make the birthday cake instead of buying one. Whilst shop bought cakes look great they are also expensive- some shop bought cakes can cost more than £20. There are tons of simple, delicious recipes online that you can make for under a fiver. 

    Pinterest is a good source of inspiration for cake designs and creative party foods. Or try googling “fruit animals” for a healthy alternative to cake.

    10. Think about timings of the party. If you get this right you can save a lot of money. Organise a party in between lunch and dinner, as this will save you on food costs. Or when inviting people clearly state that it’s snacks that will be provided and not lunch or dinner.

    11. Make up the games instead of having a child’s entertainer. Good old-fashioned party games are just as fun for little ones. Musical chairs and musical statues are fun for kids and many children’s games don’t need prizes, you could just buy a cheap packet of gold stars to stick on the winners to make them feel special! Have a look at www.partydelights.co.uk for fun sticker collections and other ideas.

    12. If your child receives gifts that they already have or that you know they won’t use, why not sell them on eBay? 
    This can be a great way of earning some extra money and putting it in savings, or towards something that they do want or need. Another option is to recycle them by giving them to a different friend in a different social group.

  • 7 Ways to Save Money on Taxes....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. Go green and save some green. You can get tax credits under the Energy Policy Act for reducing your home's energy use. To find out what qualifies, go to energystar.gov. 

    2. As long as you itemize, nearly all of your medical expenses can be deducted, from prescription drugs and doctor visits to surgery. See the full list of medical deductions at irs.gov to make sure you're not forgetting anything. 

    3. You already know you can deduct charitable donations, but don't forget any ticket you've purchased that had a "suggested donation." You can also write off out-of-pocket costs you incur while doing charitable work, like the ingredients used in a dish you regularly prepare for a soup kitchen. 

    4. Certain costs for managing your money that top two percent of your annual gross income are deductible, like safe-deposit box fees, calls to your broker, tax-prep fees, and subscriptions to investment journals. 

    5. Still paying for that pricey diploma? Student loan interest is deductible, even if you don't itemize. 

    6. Send in next January's mortgage payment early - if you make the mortgage payment in the current tax year, you can deduct the interest this year. 

    7. Chin up, unemployed college graduate. If your job hunt leads you to relocate for your first job, keep track of your receipts as you pack up. Your moving expenses are deductible. 

    What recession? Keep your wallet padded with 43 more tips for saving money on clothes shopping, your commute, grocery shopping and eating out, and your energy bill.

     

    PLUS....

    The Mommy Tax: 7 Penalties Paid by Parents on April 15 (And Every Other Day)

    Tax Day is looming, but when you're a parent, April 15 is hardly the only day you pay the price. Having kids is a miracle, and it's wonderful and amazing, but it takes a toll - and not just a financial one (although that, too). Here are 7 ways that moms (and dads) are assessed penalties on days that the IRS isn't even looking.

    Clothes 
    It's bad enough that parents of young kids rarely wear anything but yoga pants, but when those pants then get spit-up, pooped or drooled on, it means one of two things: 1) We'll just stay home today since the only the only other clothing option is a cleaner pair of yoga pants; and 2) Who are we kidding? If every pee stain from a child meant we couldn't leave the house, the fire department would be called in to un-fuse the love seat from our butts.

    Bathroom 
    Brushing your teeth, using the toilet or taking a shower -- if it's in the bathroom, your time as a parent is taxed in the form of never, ever being alone. It's one of those things that's as reliable as death and, well, taxes. Except the Grim Reaper in this case is usually under 42-inches tall and thinks that personal space is a right afforded to everyone except you.

    Body 
    Being a parent - especially in the very early years - often means surrendering your body to that of your child. You simply don't have control of any one of your limbs - or any part in between. Whether it's your breasts to a nursing baby, your shoulders so a little one can get a better view at a parade or your lap at their every whim... because God forbid anyone should ever sit in their own seat.

    Adult Relationships 
    It's always good when parents can find time to spend with those who don't require others to wipe their butts. Except that when you have little ones in your life, it gets to engage in a conversation that doesn't include your little ones.

    Other Adults Relationships 
    Good luck trying to maintain a healthy, uh, relationship with your significant other while there are children present, awake, and able to open doors. Let us know how that works out for you -- especially since you've already removed the locks from the doors after that one time the police had to be called in to rescue your child from the bathroom.

    Dining 
    Your idea of a nice meal used to be a bottle of wine paired perhaps with something containing exotic-looking mushrooms in a sauce covering something else that maybe once swam in the ocean. However, when you became a parent, the tax on you is such that a nice meal becomes filling up on whatever your toddler tossed from their plate onto on the floor while simultaneously dreaming of popping open a beer and watching something on Bravo for a few minutes before falling asleep.

    Time 
    Having time to yourself is taxed from the moment that little one enters your house until the day they leave for college. Aside from the time spent doing the shopping, folding, cooking, carpooling, homework-helping, boo-boo attending, cuddling, nose-wiping and tear-blotting. Calculate the time you spend thinking about your children. It's amazing there are enough hours in the day for the thinking, worrying and planning - not to mention the actual doing.

  • Single Girls Bucket List...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Single. It's a weird realization. This notion of freedom pops into your head wielding this large metal sword trying to battle off those nasty feelings of loneliness. Then you think: Because I'm single, I should, like -- go out, right? 

    So what's a single lady to do? Make a bucket list. With time, the pain will ease. And when it does, you'll need to get out there. You deserve it. Thus I present you with 20 things every single girl should do:

    1. Scream into your pillow in the morning.

    2. Fly (or go on a road trip) somewhere by yourself and feel OK exploring on your own.

    3. Be a super duper wing woman and be OK spending your night talking to someone you're not interested in. Value the conversation for what it's worth. You might learn something.

    4. Go on a date with a younger man.

    5. Buy yourself flowers. Trust me, they look JUST as good no matter who puts down the cash.

    6. Go to the bar by yourself. Order something that ISN'T your usual.

    7. If you haven't, make an online dating profile. Even if you don't use it, I PROMISE you'll get some hilarious messages.

    8. Splurge on a pair of heels that make you feel sexy. It'll show in the way you present yourself. 

    9. Go on a day date. I'm talking hiking in the park, trying a trapeze class, going kayaking. A man who will meet up with you during daylight has potential.

    10. Change your own light bulbs and put up your own blinds. Show yourself you DON'T need a man to do around-the-house tasks for you.

    11. Kiss a stranger. Don't go home with him.

    12. Go on a date with an older man.

    13. Spend a LOT of money on a dress or skirt you'll only wear a few times from a store you don't usually shop at. You'll feel like 1,000,000 bucks and it'll show.

    14. Get some new hobbies. You owe it to yourself to figure out what you really like to do so you can find someone that shares your interests.

    15. Train for some really hard physical endurance test, like a marathon.

    16. Go to a bookstore and read for an hour or two. Some calm (sober) alone time will do you good.

    17. Be bold. Turn the tables and approach someone you think is good looking.

    18. Make a bucket list of restaurants and bars to go to where you live. Feel great checking them off.

    19. Go on a date that lasts until 4 a.m., then kiss him goodnight and go your separate ways.

    20. Smile. You're worth it.

  • Need your toddler to sleep better? Here are 7 helpful tips

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Sometimes, when you are deep in the throes of parenting a 2-year-old, you can wonder: Dear Lord, will this ever end? For most of us, there IS a respite. It's called 8 p.m. It's that blessed time of day when your toddler is suddenly quiet and you can peek in, see her angelic sleeping face, and know you have the strength to do it all over again.

    Yes, moms and dads NEED that time from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. So what happens when your good baby sleeper suddenly stops sleeping? Or worse, what if you NEVER had a good sleeper to begin with?

    There are some sleep issues that need to be addressed now so that they might not get worse down the line. Dr. Hannah Chow is a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System who is an expert on kids and sleep. She says:

    "Lack of sleep can cause a lot of stress and difficulty for a child. Kids can have a hard time concentrating, which causes problems in school. There can be physical complications, such as headaches, and it can even cause a child to have a more negative outlook on life." Yep. Sleep matters. So how do we fix common sleep problems? The Stir talked exclusively to several sleep experts to give us insight into the 7 most common toddler sleep issues and how we can combat them. See below:

    1.) Waking up bright and early: "A reasonable wake-up time for a child is anywhere from 5:30-7 a.m., but some children are up before that time wide awake or their wake up time is too early for mom and dad," says Jenn Kelner, a Certified Child Sleep Consultant who runs a business called BabyZzz.

    Solution: "Room darkening shades to block out morning light, white-noise machines to block out morning street noise, a timed light or child alarm clock that changes color when it’s time to get up, and an earlier bedtime. It’s counter-intuitive, but the earlier a child goes to bed, the later they will sleep in." Amen. I saw it with my own kids. Now sleep mom and dad!

    2.) Giving up the nap when they still need it: If your child misses a nap because of older siblings' activities or for some other reason, it actually becomes HARDER for them to nap. Over time, this overtiredness has a cumulative effect, which may cause the child to refuse to nap altogether.

    Solution: "Start an earlier bedtime to help make up that sleep deficit and make it easier to nap," says Kelner. "Get the child outdoors in the morning for fresh air and exercise, very soothing routine before naptime, and leave the child for 60 minutes to give them the opportunity to fall asleep without stimulation. Once the nap has been re-established, bedtime can be moved a little later."

    3.) Difficulties in falling asleep: "Many children have difficultly falling asleep on their own if they have been used to being rocked to sleep, or if they have been falling asleep next to their parents," Kelner says.

    Solution: Make sure the bedtime routine gets the child nice and drowsy. Turn off all electronics 60 minutes before bedtime. Leave the room slowly if they need you. For instance: Day 1-3, sit by the child’s bed or crib until they fall asleep. Day 4-6, move the chair to the middle of the room. Day 7-9, move the chair to the doorway. Day 10-12, move the chair outside the doorway.

    4.) Getting up in the middle of the night: Waking during the night is normal, but it becomes a problem when the child cannot return to sleep unassisted, Kelner says. It's especially hard if the child calls out for mom and dad and everyone is losing sleep.

    Solution: "Have a consistent soothing routine in place to get the child nice and drowsy. Ensure the child is getting enough sleep, as over-tiredness leads to frequent night waking," says Kelner. "Make sure the child is able to self-soothe, and implement some sleep training/coaching if necessary."

    5.) Asking for mom and dad 15 times after "good night":
     We all know that kid (or have that kid) who wants one more kiss, one more hug, one more snack, one more AGH! This is a classic tactic that delays bedtime, which makes the child overtired, which then makes it more difficult for the child to fall asleep the next night.

    Solution:
     "During your soothing routine, set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes, and explain that once the timer goes off, it’s time to say a final goodnight," says Kelner. "Ensure that before the timer goes off, you anticipate what that child may ask for -- so get them a drink, take them to the bathroom, and give the child lots of hugs. If the child is still requesting extra attention, implement some sleep rules with consequences, or simply ignore their requests."

    6.) Inability to self-soothe: Some children have more trouble than others soothing themselves into sleep when they are upset and especially when they wake up in the middle of the night alone.

    Solution
    : "Giving your child a special transitional object, such as a teddy bear or 'lovie' to snuggle and go to bed with during the bedtime routine can help them learn to use this object to help themselves get back to sleep when they wake in the middle of the night," says Jennifer Metter of Jenni June Certified Sleep Consulting in Los Angeles.

    7.) You are co-sleeping without wanting to: This is me. My kids always end up in bed with us and neither my husband nor I can remember how they got there.

    Solution: "Using an uneventful quick and silent return to the bed without payoff can help eliminate this behavior. Sleep consultants call this, 'The silent return'. Consistency is key here," says Metter. "It requires a bit of work and perfect consistency from parent for successful results, but uneventfully and silently returning your child to their bed the moment you notice they are out of it will help teach them to remain there until it is time to wake for the day. Children won't continually do what doesn't work for them."

  • 12 Things You Didnt Know About.....Las Vegas

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    1. The first hotel-casino to open in Vegas was the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. It opened in 1906, but in 1910 gambling was outlawed in Nevada.

    2. 87% of people who visit Vegas end up gambling at some point.

    3. The Flamingo, one of the oldest establishments in Vegas, opened in 1946 and was named after the long legs of the owner's showgirl girlfriend.

    4. In 1970, 6.7 million people visited Vegas, but in 2011, 38.9 million people visited Vegas.

    5. Visitors stay an average of 3.3 nights.

    6. Over 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed daily in Vegas.

    7. Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. It was named for the fresh drinking water, like an oasis in the desert.

    8. Vegas is home to the largest community of Hawaiians outside of Hawaii.

    9. Certain hotel/casinos skip the number four in all of their floors, because the number four is an unlucky number in Chinese culture.

    10. The fountains and man-made lakes and waterfalls on the strip use something called "grey water," which is reclaimed water from the casinos' sinks, bathtubs, and showers (no, not toilets).

    11. There are about 315 Vegas weddings every day.

    12. The famous millionaire Howard Hughes stayed so long at the Desert Inn that he was asked to leave and ended up buying the hotel.

  • Soldier He reunited with the puppy he saved in Afghanistan

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    hen is the last time you had a good cry? Did you have your dog beside you while you did it? Then grab the tissues, because you're about to get all blubbery when you hear how a soldier was reunited with the puppy he rescued while serving our country in Afghanistan.

    Tom Burright saw a lot of homeless, sick, and starving dogs in the streets while he was deployed, and when he spotted a little ball of fur out there, he knew he couldn't leave her to die. He brought Lyla back to the base, and you know what happened next.

    She became his best friend and morale booster for the whole bunch of guys.

    Not surprising to anyone who has ever owned a dog, really. They aren't called man's best friend for nothing. Dogs give us something people can't; soft ears to dry our tears, and unconditional love no matter HOW hard the day has been.

    For men and women in the armed forces, the bond is particularly close. A dog will often serve as their family and best friend both while they're far from home. The bond they form is unbreakable.

    As Marine Jay Kopelman explained in his 2008 memoir, From Baghdad With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava:

    ... I really like what I am -- a Marine. I like being strong. I like being brave. I like going in first. I want to go in first, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let anyone shoot my puppy.

    So imagine forming that bond with an animal ... and then having to leave them behind when your deployment is up. It's unthinkable, right?

    Tom Burright's little Lyla saved his soul in a warzone, and he wanted to save her, he wanted to bring her home. But he was helpless. He makes a military salary. He didn't have $4,000 to cover the expenses of bringing her home.

    I haven't been in war, but I do have a dog, and the only thing I can relate to is the feeling of watching my beloved boxer/hound mix as she ages. She has stood by my side for 10 years, propped me up when I was down. She has saved me, and I am helpless to do much to help her with her cataracts and her arthritis save for take her to the vet and shell out large sums for the best treatment I can. 

    So now the part that will make you cry. The Internet stepped up. The Puppy Rescue Mission, a non-profit that works to reunited soldiers and their beloved pups, heard about his plight and got it out to caring people who understand the relationship between man and beast. People gave money. Lyla just today made it to Texas, to the loving arms of her soldier.

     

  • 10 ways babies are easier than toddlers..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie



    Here are 10 ways babies are easier than toddlers. Like, way.

    1. Babies just lay there. You can leave your baby alone on the floor on that cozy little mat and go to the bathroom if you like. Or even on the bed! A toddler? Ha! Unless you shut them in a room with literally nothing, you best just take them in the bathroom with you.

    2. Babies are light. Carrying my 4-month-old in the Baby Bjorn? Cake. Carrying my 11 1/2-month-old in the Baby Bjorn? I think I may need to see a chiropractor at some point in the near future.

    3. Teething. I know this is different for everyone, but it seems like the older my daughter gets, the worse the teething is.

    4. Toddlers throw tantrums.
     Remember when you took something away from your baby that they weren't supposed to have and they just kind of stared? Try doing that with a toddler.

    5. No need to babyproof. Everything needs babyproofing. Everything. And can we all just agree that those foam corners for coffee tables are ugly.

    6. Babies don't need much when you go out. The first few weeks of my daughter's life, I barely needed anything when we went out. But the older they get, the more they need. Food, toys, you name it. Oh, and note: Don't ever leave home without Puffs.

    7. For every pound your baby gains, the car seat feels like it weighs a zillion pounds more. 
    Truth.

    8. Babies don't really know what's going on. If you accidentally drop an F-bomb around your baby, ah, it's all right. What do they know? But the older they get, the more they repeat, so yeah. Best watch the cussing.

    9. Babies sleep through a lot. When my daughter was a newborn, she slept through vacuum cleaners, dogs barking, no joke -- a full-on fireworks display in the backyard. Now? Ha! In other news, I seriously need to train my dog.

    10. Babies sleep a lot, period. And seriously -- what's easier than that?

    That said, though. Wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • The most HATED celebrities....

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Go Away! The Most Hated Celebs In Hollywood — See Who Made The List

    They were once loved by the public and had huge fan followings, but oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Star magazine has compiled a list of the most hated celebrities in Hollywood and RadarOnline.com is giving you a sneak peek.

    First up, Chris Brown, who understandably saw a decrease in positive publicity after beating up his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009. “That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake,” he said afterwards. Chris’ downward spiral continued when he busted out a window in the Good Morning America studios greenroom in 2011 and was then involved in a volatile nightclub brawl the following year.

     

    Taylor Swift has been under scrutiny lately — thanks in part to her hectic dating life. Known to write songs about ex-boyfriends, former flame John Mayer said, “It made me feel terrible. I never did anything to deserve that.” This one I feel bad for, I cant understand why so many people dislike her..almost the same amout that LOVE her...I hope she is laughing all the way to the bank!

     

    Perhaps one of Hollywood’s newest introductions to the hated list is Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway, who has acquired what are being called “Hathahaters.” The Oscar-winning actress’ overstated humility and graciousness at award shows have been deemed phony and radio personality Howard Stern took a jab on his show saying, “She comes off like the goody two-shoes actress, and it’s just fun to sort of hate her.”

    ccording to Star magazine, Lindsay Lohan‘s ridiculously entitled on-set behavior with utter unreliability landed her on their list. “Lindsay was like a child lashing out,” her Canyons co-star James Deen said in an interview after working with the embattled actress. “There were days when she would scream and yell and cry and refuse to come out.”

     

    And what would a most hated list be without one of the most hated families on reality TV? Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner who were lambasted for Kim’s lavish wedding to Kris Humphries — a marriage that lasted only 72 days — and the family profited greatly. In fact, a poll with the New York Post put Kim right behind Casey Anthony as the most hated woman in America!

     

    Finally, Gwyneth Paltrow has recently gathered some haters for coming across as pretentious and arrogant. “I’m really f**king good at my job,” she’s said. “People who are interesting and good know that, and that’s all that matters.”

    To browse through Star‘s full list of The Most Hated In Hollywood, pick up the latest issue on newsstands Thursday.

     

     

  • Wedding Message from the skies of Afghanistan

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    A Marine pilot serving in Afghanistan wasn't able to make it to his brother's wedding this week so he made a video from the cockpit of his Harrier jet using flash cards to express his feelings.....

    'Needless to say, it brought everyone to tears.'

     

    Capt Matthew Krivohlavy, with Marine Attack Squadron 231, has been serving with the armed forces since 1998. He filmed the touching two-and-a-half-minute video tribute while flying over Afghanistan.