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michael-jackson-kids A&E reality showIt has been reported that Michael Jackon’s three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, will appear on the new Jackson reality show, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.

The show was originally intended just to follow the remaining Jackson brothers, but now it has been opened wider to encompass the most successful Jackson sibling still alive, Janet Jackson, as well as the children.

The only family member against it is the oldest daughter, Rebbie Jackson, who flat out refused to do the show and now “feels Michael would spin in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show.”

You may be wondering where Katherine is when all of this is happening?  A source said she “is just going along with things.” 

 So sad.

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jaycee dugard pic people nowThis morning People magazine revealed its new cover featuring a photograph of 29-year-old Jaycee Dugard. The image is the first to be released to the public since she was was freed after spending the past 18 years in captivity and reunited with her family.

A quote from Dugard accompanies the cover photo that says simply, “I’m so happy to be back with my family.”

Friends and family members close to Dugard, who was not directly interviewed for the 10-page article, spoke to People magazine about her abduction, the years she spent imprisoned and the struggles she and her children, Angel, 15, and Starlet, 11, are having as they adjust to a normal life.

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halloweenDespite economic gloom casting a spell on consumer confidence this year, America’s darkest holiday is looking bright for retailers.  According to industry research firm IBISWorld, Halloween sales are expected to reach a record-breaking $6 billion in 2009, up 4.2 percent from the $5.77 billion generated last year.

“Economic recovery appears to be around the corner and consumers are enthusiastically looking to escape their recessionary woes,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Even last year, when the outlook was much worse, the Halloween spirit remained unhindered as we saw total sales actually jump 5.1 percent from 2007.”

It appears an increasing number of people are buying treats this year, making candy the fastest growing holiday category. The average person is estimated to spend about $22.50 on Halloween treats in 2009.

Also fuelling this year’s record-breaking sales is the demand for holiday decorations.  With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, more adults are expected to join the fun.  In fact, 32 percent of people celebrating the holiday will either host or attend a party. For this reason, IBISWorld expects decorations to reach its highest level yet at $1.64 billion.

“Halloween-related festivities are a growing trend and this is driving sales of decorations and candy,” adds van Beeck.  “Dollar and variety stores stand to benefit from the 4.4 percent increase in decoration sales, as consumers look to purchase cheap and disposable thrills to make a memorable evening.”

Call it escapism or just good, old-fashioned fun, Americans of all ages show the desire to go all out when it comes to dressing-up.  Costumes are expected to generate the greatest amount of revenue this Halloween, but growth is slight (2.4 percent) as consumers will apply more frugal but creative approaches when shopping.

”Despite more people participating in festivities, money is still tight and consumers will look to cut corners when it comes costume purchases,” said van Beeck.  “Instead of buying a packaged costume, which can cost up to $60 on average, people will get more eclectic and opt for cheaper individual items.”

But given the lack of growth for the card category, not all cheaper items will fare well this year. While cards did well last year, as consumers chose to cut back on pricier categories, 2009 expenditures will revert back to traditional shopping habits.

“Although unemployment is still very high, the overall outlook is far rosier today than it was this time last year,” adds van Beeck.  “For this reason, IBISWorld expects the upward trend in Halloween expenditures to continue its course for 2009, which despite economic conditions will prove to be the best year yet.”

heidi klum seal birth baby girl lou samuel

Supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal have welcomed a baby girl to their family.

According to reports, Klum gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Lou Samuel, early Friday morning.

Klum, who recently filed a petition to change her last name to her married name Samuel, has two sons, Henry, 3, and Johan, 2, with Seal.

She also has a daughter, Leni, with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

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foreverlily perfumeDid you know that smell is the most closely tied sense to your memory?  Brides-to-be want everything from their dress, hair and make-up to their flowers, cake and venue to be perfect, but what about the most memory triggering element of all…their perfume? 

Recently, I found a fragrance called foreverlily that’s intended to open the heart and inspire hope, which I thought couldn’t be more perfect for a bride on her wedding day. 

The fragrance is an enveloping Oriental blend with a top note dominated by clove and sweet accents of lemon and lychee. The crispness of fig and the feminine presence of stargazer lily are equally balanced in the middle note.  The base note consists of cedar wood, vanilla, amber and sandalwood. 

I’m very picky when it comes to perfumes, but foreverlily completely charmed me.  The scent is so unique.  It’s clean, warm and romantic.  I liked it immediately, but I fell more and more in love with it throughout the day.   

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heidi klum_seal last name changeIt looks like Heidi Klum may adopt hubby Seal’s last name…Samuel.  The couple has been married since May of 2005, but on Monday of Oct. 5, the supermodel finally filed legal papers to change her name.

Although her request has not become official yet, another hearing will take place on Nov. 20.

Meanwhile, the couple is waiting for their third child together, a baby girl due mid-Oct.

beyonce speaks about vmas taylor swift kanyeBeyonce Knowles has finally broke her silence on Kanye West’s outburst at the VMAs, declaring that she should have won Best Female Video instead of Taylor Swift.

“Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he’s like, ‘You have this award,'” Beyonce, 28, told O: The Oprah magazine editor at large Gayle King (via MTV News) at the Billboard Awards over the weekend, when she was named Woman of the Year.

“When they didn’t call my name, he was, like, completely shocked,” Knowles says. “And when he walked on the stage, I was like, ‘No, no, no!’ and then he spoke, and I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no!'”

Knowles  continued, “But in the end, it ended up being a great night, and Taylor Swift did get her moment — and I didn’t have to make an acceptance speech.”

spaghetti squash recipeFall is here and if you haven’t tried cooking with spaghetti squash then you’re missing out!  This recipe will let you enjoy a spaghetti meal without the dreaded pasta carbs:

1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

2.Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.

3.Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm.

4.Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.

*This meal is wonderful paired with a Riesling wine. 

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cosmeceuticalsWhile the $60.37 billion cosmetics industry on track to decline 1.2 percent in 2009, the niche market of cosmeceuticals is expected to increase 7.7 percent, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.  Now accounting for $3.5 billion in revenue, cosmeceuticals have become a prospective growth area for businesses operating in the mature cosmetics industry.

“The development of new product categories like cosmeceuticals and dermocosmetics has grown considerably in the last five years, driven by America’s obsession with anti-aging and wellness,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Companies are taking the opportunity to manufacture more of these high-margin products which typically generate profits greater than the industry average of 10 percent.”

As a result of the burgeoning growth and demand for cosmeceuticals, retailers from department stores to big box stores have looked to shelve products like anti-wrinkle creams, bleaching agents and medicated lotions.  The existence of these niche products means that small retailers like SkinCeuticals, Her Walk, and Dermelect Cosmeceuticals can enter and successfully operate in an environment that is exhibiting strong growth and observes less competitive pressures.

Additionally, cosmeceuticals command a premium price because consumers perceive the ingredients as being expensive and uniquely manufactured, with research and development (R&D) accounting for the majority of costs.  However, R&D only represents about two percent of the industry’s cost structure, while the selling, general, and administrative costs (mostly marketing) represent a staggering 21 percent.

“Because the profit margins are higher on cosmeceuticals, companies have more money to spend on marketing,” adds van Beeck.  “Businesses must continually convince buyers of the product’s benefits and break through competitive clutter to increase their sales.”

By 2011, IBISWorld predicts the industry will rise beyond $4 billion, and will continue to grow at near double digit rates for quite some time. Growth will continue to revolve around the perceived health advantages of cosmeceuticals in addition to the traditional cosmetic benefits.

“Manufacturers and retailers will continue to fuel demand for cosmeceuticals by developing and marketing a steady stream of new products,” said van Beeck.  “New products in the pipeline present solid opportunities to bolster bottom lines and build customer loyalty, re-inventing the mature cosmetics industry.”

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