Kate Middleton & Prince Harry Hiding a Secret Affair?

December 7, 2016

Is Prince William too boring for Kate Middleton? Well, latest reports about the royal couple appear to suggest a blossoming closeness between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke’s younger brother, Prince Harry, who was pictured making Duchess Kate laugh while attending the Queen’s solemn thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 10.

The royal family recently attended Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. But what really caught the attention of the press during the event was the exchange between Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, who both seemed to be in a facetious mood at the service.

Is Prince William Too Boring For Kate Middleton?

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry are currently making headlines after their controversial exchange at the Queen’s birthday service. According to Daily Mail, Prince Harry was seen whispering in Duchess Kate’s ear and making her laugh.

Kate’s husband Prince William, on the other hand, was left out on the joke. Even though Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were known to have a close relationship, the publication noted William looked “odd” as his wife and brother shared a joke.

So, does this mean Kate Middleton and Prince Harry are hiding a secret affair? Perhaps, Prince Harry was just being friendly or trying to lighten up the mood for the 34-year-old Duchess since it was not the first time he was making his sister-in-law in fit of giggles during the service.

Is Kate Middleton Crushing On Prince Harry?

Due to the controversial exchange between Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, some royal watchers thought the two didn’t behave with proper royal decorum. But what was interesting was the rumor that emerged claiming that the Duchess may be crushing on Prince William’s 31-year-old brother.

Based on a Celeb Dirty Laundry report, there was an obvious “intimacy” between the Duchess and Prince Harry. The celeb news site also noted the instance where Kate even turned her back from her husband just to chat and share private jokes with her brother-in-law as they walk down the cathedral’s aisle.

Kate Middleton Needing Plastic Surgery?

Aside from the somewhat inappropriate banter between Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, another Celeb Dirty Laundry article claimed the Duchess was desperately needing plastic surgery. According to the publication, the recent photos of the royal mom-of-two showed she’s not aging gracefully.

Despite the smiles on her beautiful face, the deep lines and wrinkles on her face were reportedly visible. CDL even suggested that Prince William’s wife needs a full facelift and an eye and neck lift as well.

Princess Charlotte Makes Balcony Debut

Meanwhile, it’s not just Kate Middleton and Prince Harry who caught the eye of many royal watchers. As a matter of fact, Princess Charlotte, who was described by her mom as “cute and feisty” on Friday, has been making waves on social media after she made a debut appearance during the Trooping the Color 2016 ceremony, Irish Independent notes.

Do you think Kate Middleton and Prince Harry are hiding a secret affair?

Brad & Angie’s Final Interview

December 7, 2016

After TMZ broke the shocking news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, stunned fans have gone looking for clues that this would happen in their old interviews. Though notoriously private, the pair has opened up about their love life in the past. In fact, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt’s last interview before the split gave fans a look inside their marriage. Conducted in November 2015 on the Today show, the pair was celebrating one year of marriage and over a decade of dating. But, if you were hoping that the interview would be filled with a sense of impending doom, you’d be wrong. No couple looked more in love than these two when they were in a room together, which is why it’s so heartbreaking to hear this news. Bustle reached out to reps for the pair about this news, but has not yet received a response.

Tom Brokaw interviewed the couple, who was promoting their film By The Sea, and they sat next to each other holding hands and joking throughout the interview. At one point, Brokaw labeled the couple’s marriage as “one of the most secure marriages in Hollywood.” At the time, Jolie and Pitt agreed. In fact, Jolie said the reason she and Pitt were able to portray a dysfunctional couple in By The Sea was because it was so far from their own life. “I’m counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all, we never could have made this film,” she said of the troubled characters she and Pitt played. “It’s because we’re actually very, very stable, and these aren’t our issues.”

Donald Trump on China & Canada

December 7, 2016

Americans elected Donald Trump because they thought he would shake things up, and it at least looks like he’s doing a lot of shaking. There are his — what’s the word? — “counterintuitive” picks for cabinet posts. There are the, er, “oddities” on the international stage — for instance, his offer to help Pakistan (thumbing nose at India) and his praise for Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” which is killing more than a thousand people a month.

Then there was the giving of the figurative finger to America’s largest trading partner. Earlier this month, Trump accepted congrats from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, in an effective breach of the United States’ “One China” policy. Under that long-standing policy, the U.S. does not maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan in deference to China’s claims over the island. China, predictably, was not amused.

Now, Canadians might want to pay attention to how Trump later defended his chat: It was, he said, a way of showing he wouldn’t defer to China until it ponies up with a better “deal” for the U.S., specifically on trade. Given that he has pledged to re-open or trash the North American Free Trade Agreement, his trade beef with China should concern Canada — and our political leaders.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly characterized China as a cheater that has cost the U.S. millions of jobs and billions in economic activity. He has threatened to slap punitive tariffs of up to 45 per cent on Chinese imports, unless it starts “playing by the rules.” His proof of China’s villainy is America’s deficit in trade in goods with the country, which last year hit a record US$367 billion.

Trump sees the trade deficit as a sign of his country’s economic weakness. But simply put, it’s not. America’s is a consumer economy; it buys stuff from other countries. China makes stuff; other countries buy it. This is the way trade works: a country makes what it’s good at, consumes the portion it needs, and exports the rest (if it can).

The U.S., as it happens, is very good at providing services, and Trump’s fixation on the trade deficit in goods ignores this reality. In fact, most of America’s jobs (about 80 per cent of those in the private sector) are in the service sector, and it is a global leader. In 2015, it exported US$750 billion worth of services, for a trade surplus of US$260 billion — the largest in the world.

Those exports include nearly US$50 billion in services to China, representing a 422 per cent increase since 2005. As China transforms itself into a more consumption-oriented economy, that number should only grow. If, you know, Trump doesn’t completely screw up U.S.-Chinese relations.

Meanwhile, there is no sign the trade-in-goods deficit with China has had any adverse impact on the U.S. economy. In the past, a growing trade deficit has more often coincided with higher GDP growth than with lower. This year, even if the deficit hits another record, the U.S. economy will mark strong growth and manage near-full employment.

As for the specifics of China’s alleged trade crimes, Trump is also on shaky ground. For instance, he claims China devalues its currency to makes U.S. goods less competitive. Yet the reality is that market forces, not government intervention, are pushing the yuan down; if anything Chinese policy has worked to support it. (Meanwhile, capital is fleeing the mainland, much of it destined, ironically, for the United States.)

Then there’s the “tremendous tax” Trump says China levies on U.S. goods while Chinese imports to the States aren’t taxed at all. He is apparently talking about China’s value-added tax, which is 17 per cent.

A September policy paper co-authored by Trump’s pick for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, characterized VATs as trade barriers. But they’re not: they are consumption taxes. If a U.S. exporter has to pay VAT on what it sends to China, it’s only because it collected VAT from the buyer. And the VAT applies to domestic producers as well as foreign ones, so how can it be a trade barrier?

Charitably, you could assume Trump is talking about tariffs rather than taxes, but that wouldn’t help his case much. China does levy an average 10 per cent tariff on U.S.-produced goods. But the U.S. levies a 3.5 per cent tariff on Chinese imports — not exactly “tax”-free, as Trump claims. Yes, the Chinese tariff is higher, but that’s the agreed level under the World Trade Organization, and is consistent with tariffs on imports to other developing countries.

This is not to say that China’s performance on trade relations couldn’t be improved. It still has non-tariff barriers, mostly in the form of regulation. And sure, maybe the 10-per-cent tariff could come down. But one rational way to address these issues would be free trade negotiations with China, which — let’s face it — ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

As Trump nears the presidency, Canada should pay attention to the rhetoric and the substance of his salvos against China. We, too, have a VAT; we, too, have a (small) trade surplus with the U.S. If there’s a negotiation in store for Canada over NAFTA, then we might reasonably expect less bluster and provocation than Trump reserves for China. But we should still insist his representatives at the table at least know what they’re talking about.

Brad Pitt Saves Little Girl’s Life: Pulls Her to Safety

May 3, 2016

He is the doting father to six children in his day-to-day life.
And it seems Brad Pitt’s paternal instincts kicked in as he was pictured saving a young girl as she was getting crushed by an excited crowd of fans.

The Hollywood star, who is currently filming his new film Allied in Gran Canaria, instantly rushed to assist with the efforts to pull the young fan to safety as excited spectators tried desperately to get his attention.

The 52-year-old star was dressed in his dapper costume as he reached over to help the girl climb over the fence and out of harm’s way.

He was then seen comforting the shaken child as she was held in the arms of another man from the set.
Brad’s co-star Marion Cotillard was not present at the moment the scary incident took place but the French actress has also been filming in Las Palmas for the WWII thriller.

Brad famously starred to spy comedy Mr & Mrs Smith alongside his now-wife Angeline Jolie.
The pair played a bored married couple are surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Brad shares Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, nine, Vivienne and seven-year-old twin Knox, with his actress wife.

Incredible Chair Carved From Single Oak Stump

April 9, 2016

For his art residency at the White House Farm in Suffolk, UK, artist Alex Johnson carved this incredible chair from a single large oak stump.

Entitled Glemham I, the magnificent oak chair took roughly six months to complete and was debuted at the 2014 Alde Valley Spring Festival. For more information visit the official blog posts on the chair here and here.

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Behind The Scenes Photos Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy That You Will Love

March 22, 2016

When our favourite Dystopian novel got the all clear for a film adaptation, we absolutely lost our minds.

The incredible story, character development, and the world Suzanne Collins was able to create was about to come to life in front of our very eyes; and we just couldn’t wait to see who would be cast as Katniss.

I’m sure most THG fans are thankful that Jennifer Lawrence was chosen – and this was the film that really shot her to stardom, along with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

Although the film is very dark and emotional – the cast are anything but, which you will get to see in these incredible behind the scenes photos.

Take a look at what happens behind the camera of your favourite film franchise and get ready for the nostalgia to kick in…;

*WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS*

1. Catching Fire – Katniss In The Training Arena

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Jennifer Garner Reveals She Used To Be A HUGE Band Geek

February 20, 2016

We all know Jennifer Garner as the beautiful movie star come philanthropist but, it’s about time you all learnt something very important about this stunning actress – she is a massive band geek.

We are talking a hardcore marching band member who, as a child, lived for Band Camp and parade marching. Has anyone else just fallen even further in love with this quirky woman? Because we certainly have.

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Well, we haven’t finished yet. To make this story even better Garner, who started playing the saxophone at an early age, has also revealed that she had a special name for her precious instrument.

She called it ‘Sally the sexy saxophone’!

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In a hilarious interview with Seth Meyers, Jen dished the dirt about her not-so-guilty pleasure and had the chat show host and audience in stitches.

Take a look at the amazing clip below that shows this stunning movie star filling us all in on her entertaining past:

Healthy and Quick Lunch Options at Work

January 18, 2016

I find that I am constantly in a lunch-rut. Every Sunday when I’m heading to the grocery store I stare at the selection and try to put ideas together in my head. It hasn’t been working very well. So this week I decided to reach into my back pocket and pull together a list of Healthy and Quick Lunch Options at Work so that I’m not constantly running to the mall for fast food or eating the same old leftovers all week long. I find that having a variety of options keeps me on a healthy eating track and saves me money too!

Here are some ideas to mix up your lunch routine during the week:

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl – This is the perfect balance of fruit and protein to get you through the day.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chopped Greek Salad Wraps – Nothing is more delicious than wrapping up a salad in a low-calorie wrap. You get protein, vegetables and a bit of carbohydrates to power your afternoon.

Chopped Greek Salad Wraps

Summer Strawberry Poppyseed Salad – This salad is like summer in a bowl! You can prepare the salad the night before and dress it right before you enjoy.

Summer Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad – This is a delicious twist on a classic recipe.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Asian Noodle Bowl with Sesame Peanut Dressing – This is a great meal to make as a batch before the week begins. It’s best served cold and offers a ton of flavor!

Asian Noodle Bowl With Sesame Peanut Dressing

Healthy Choice Café Steamers – All Healthy Choice meals are made with real ingredients and no preservatives so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste or freshness. Since the ingredients aren’t frozen in the sauce they have a fresh, more vibrant taste. With each meal containing a mix of vitamins, nutrients and protein, Healthy Choice Café Steamers are a delicious, healthy, convenient option, whether at work, home or on the go.

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There’s no reason to have a boring lunch during your week. I hope that some of the above options spark some inspiration! Sometimes grabbing a Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer is the easiest way for me to eat a healthy and quick lunch. There are so many flavors offered that I never get bored! What are some of your favorite healthy and quick lunch options?

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

15 Luxurious Spa Resorts in the U.S.

December 30, 2015

Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are ever alike. There is certainly no shortage of places around the world to watch our favorite star sink beyond the horizon, igniting the sky with radiant hues that cast magic over the surrounding scenery. Whether you are atop a mountain peak, overlooking the ocean or at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, watching a sunset can be a romantic, photogenic and awe-inspiring experience. Orange, pink, purple, yellow and red infuse the dusky view – perhaps with a green flash, if you’re lucky. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the colorful canvas in front of you really exists. These are our top 10 spectacular places to watch the sunset.

1. Grand Canyon, Arizona

There is no one best place to watch the sunset in the Grand Canyon. There’s just good, better and more amazing places. Everywhere you turn, the sinking sun decorates the sky and canyon rocks with a blaze of color. Some of the preferred photo ops are the scenic viewpoints along the south rim of the canyon. Yavapai Point provides one of the best panoramic views of the inner canyon while the Toroweap Overlook lets you gaze over the river. The light and shadow play at dusk makes for some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. To witness a truly spectacular sunset, try taking a helicopter ride over the canyon.

Cubano Pork Tenderloin

November 1, 2015

Wow, can you believe it’s Friday already?! The weather has been beautiful here in Milwaukee and I’ve been working my way through the week with ease. But today, today I could not be more excited that Friday is finally here and the weekend is right around the corner. And do I have a tasty meal for you to try out this weekend.

Since the weather has been so beautiful I have continued to roll out my grill and make the most use of it before the snow hits. I decided to experiment a little bit this past weekend and made a Cuban-flavor inspired pork tenderloin on the grill. Marinating the pork in a mint/citrus/cumin combination results in a juicy and flavorful outcome. I highly recommend allowing the pork to marinate overnight if you can. You’ll get a super juicy tenderloin that doesn’t need any additional sauce.

Head on over to the Living Litehouse blog for the recipe. But before you leave, chime in below with how you are savoring these last few weeks of grilling season!

Get the recipe for Cubano Pork Tenderloin!

Cubano Pork Tenderloin

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