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Summer 2018 is upon us!!!! Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for this years summer fun!



Get your hair healthy.

The healthier your hair is going in to summer, the less sun, chlorine and sea salt damage will affect it. Make a habit of deep conditioning your locks once a week, whether with a handful of coconut oil or a mask.

Start exfoliating now.

Get into the habit early and often. Scrubbing your whole body may seem tedious in the shower, but it genuinely makes a big difference not only in the overall health of your skin, but also in its ability to absorb moisturizing products. And not for nothing, but shaving your legs will be a whole lot more pleasant if you slough off those winter layers of dead skin first.

Clean out your medicine cabinet.

Seriously. Check expiration dates on your green products. Make sure everything smells like it’s supposed to. A winter living in your steamy, artificial-heat riddled bathroom may have compromised your skincare products. And if there’s anything you haven’t used since last summer that you were hoping to save for this summer…be wary.

Re-evaluate your skincare routine.

Summer skin is a different thing than winter skin. If you’ve been using heavy oils and creams all winter to fight dry skin, kudos to you. But you’ll want to consider something lighter come summer, and possibly with an upped SPF in anticipation of more hours spent outside.

Test out lighter makeup.

Summer is hot; you don’t want to walking around with a face full of the same makeup you wear when it’s cold. Not only will it likely run when you sweat, but it can also lead to clogged pores. Let your skin take advantage of the warmth and humidity that comes with summer and get comfortable with different products now so the switch will be seamless when temperatures rise. If you’re used to full-coverage foundation, consider a sheer CC cream. Instead of a dark matte lip, play around with a berry-hued tint.

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Stock up on sunscreen.

Like I said earlier, the green products you relied on last summer are likely expired (or will be by the time you need them again this year). Before the rush to buy sunscreen starts, consider buying a new one for your body and another for your face. That way, when the first really nice day rolls around unexpectedly, you’ll be ready to head outside without fear of sunburn or expired SPF.

Switch up your deodorant.

If you’ve been waiting to make the change to all-natural deodorant, do it soon rather than later. Your body will need time to purge itself of any residual chemicals left over by your conventional stick, so your body’s natural odor may change (i.e. get stronger) for that transitional period. Plus, natural deodorants work better with time so if you get started now, your pits will be in great shape for the dog days of summer when the deodorant really gets to work.

Stop ignoring your feet.

When sandal weather finally graces us with its presence, don’t let the feet and toenails you ignored all winter long stop you from sporting an open-toe. Yes, they’ve been bundled in thick socks and snow boots for months now, but be proactive with your foot care. Use a sugar- or coffee-based scrub weekly to soften up those calluses. Slather on a heavy-duty moisturizing salveat night to smooth cracked heels. (Pro tip: Put socks on right after to make sure the moisturizer stays put and really soaks in.) Give your nails and cuticles some love with an oil designed especially for them. And for the love of all that is holy, take offwhatever chips of last summer’s nail polish are still lingering—it’s time for something new.


Feeling a little sluggish after months of hibernating? While you wait for the bounty of in-season summer produce that awaits, consider detoxing a bit now with whatever fresh produce you can get your hands on. Whether it’s adding a scoop of greens to your morning smoothie, upping the healthy bacteria in your gut to fight winter bloat or experimenting with some vegan dishes, baby steps now will mean you have the energy to get out and actually be a person when the weather calls for it.


Written By: Allie White

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt reprises his role as raptor trainer Owen Grady in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — and the leading man’s fans know he’s a hero in real life, too. Before the much-anticipated sequel stomps into theaters, Pratt staged a very special surprise for some young viewers.

The guests of honor, 245 kids and chaperones from The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, showed up at New York City’s Empire Theatre for an early viewing of the summer blockbuster Thursday evening, hosted by TODAY and Universal Pictures. What they didn’t know was that the 38-year-old actor would make an appearance.

Chris Pratt is about to surprise an audience full of young fans.

Before the screening started, a handful of young actors were challenged to give their fiercest “scared by a dinosaur” impressions. To the kids’ delight, the final “contestant” was none other than Pratt himself! Pratt stepped onstage and offered the kids some words of advice: “If you stick to who you are, one day you can grow up and life can get really, really good for you. So just stay true to yourself.” “I feel so incredibly lucky in my life,” Pratt told TODAY after the surprise, explaining why spending time with young fans is important to him.

Kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America got a special surprise when Chris Pratt himself appeared.

“I feel as though I’ve been given an opportunity and a platform,” he continued. “I’m a person of faith; I believe there’s a reason I’ve been given this opportunity. I think that the only way for me to pay off the debt that I would incur by getting such an amazing life is to just reach out to kids and to be there for them and accept this responsibility as a mentor and someone who’ll usher in a new generation of kids who’ll be kindhearted and open-minded, thoughtful, caring and proud of who they are.”

Chris Pratt joined some of the excited kids onstage.

The kids in attendance were from four New York-area clubhouses of The Boys and Girls Club of America: Educational Alliance, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and Harlem Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which is more than 150 years old and serves nearly 4 million young people nationwide through more than 4,300 chapters, aims to give kids a safe place with mentors and enriching programs. Pratt has a connection to the group: The actor raised money to fund a teen rec center for the local Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Lake Stevens, Washington — a new facility that opened last fall.

Chris Pratt told TODAY that the “Jurassic” movies have such a devoted young fan base because they “merge science and imagination.”

In fact, Pratt spent a lot of time at his local Boys and Girls Club as a kid. “I think it’s important because it’s a safe place for youth to hang out, spend time with one another,” he said. “It’s hard raising kids and it’s hard to be present all the time. It really takes a village. So I think the Boys and Girls Clubs act as that village sometimes and can watch our kids when parents are off at work. It’s just an extra set of eyes and ears you can trust for your kids to be around.” “Jurassic World” hits theaters on June 22. Universal Pictures is owned by NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.


Written By: Erin Clements

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Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy.

When it comes down to it, celebrity moms are just like any other mother: they love their kids, they balance a lot of different jobs, and they just want their offspring to call more often. As Mother’s Day nears, we took a look at famous matriarchs that have inspired us over the years. In celebration of this special holiday, we bring you 18 famous moms that we love.

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Serena Williams had her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.

The tennis champ (who is outspoken about body positivity), won the 7th Australian Open— while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.

Serena Williams had her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.
Serena Williams and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.  Serena Williams/Instagram


Chrissy Teigen and John Legend welcomed their first daughter, Luna Simone, just last year.

We love Teigen for her no-holds-barred social media activity — especially when she deals with trolls on Twitter — but she also doesn’t hold back when it comes to posting photos of daughter Luna. On the weekend of Luna’s first birthday, the model and cookbook author shared a series of sweet photos from a special family photo shoot, as well as of the birthday cake that she and husband John Legend designed themselves. The couple is expecting their second child, a boy, this June.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend welcomed their first daughter, Luna Simone, just last year.
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and Luna.  Instagram/John Legend


British songbird Adele had her first child with husband Simon Konecki in 2012, and is currently expecting baby number two.

The singer has always been brazenly outspoken, which is why we love her. On a recent trip to Disney, she was bashed for letting her son dress as Anna from “Frozen,” but didn’t give in to the haters. We love how she let him wear whatever he wanted.


British songbird Adele had her first child with husband Simon Konecki in 2012, and is currently expecting baby number two.
Adele accepting an award at the 2017 Grammys.  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


Sheryl Sandberg became a single mother to her two children when her husband unexpectedly passed away.

Sheryl Sandberg taught women to lean in, becoming a role model for females across the globe. The author and “First Lady of Facebook” tragically became a single mother when her husband unexpectedly passed away, but channeled her grief into another book that she co-wrote, called “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.”


Sheryl Sandberg became a single mother to her two children when her husband unexpectedly passed away.
Sheryl Sandberg.  Laura Cavanaugh / Getty


Ali Wong has one daughter, Mari,

Comedian Ali Wong filmed her first televised comedy special when she was 7 1/2 months pregnant with her daughter, Mari, and killed it. She did not let pregnancy slow her — or her career — down.

She told NPR that she had anxiety about how having a baby would affect her career, but “I wanted to associate her with changing it for the better, and she absolutely has.”


Ali Wong has one daughter, Mari,
Ali Wong, on stage.  Mike Windle / Getty

Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters.

The former FLOTUS has two Ivy-League degrees (Princeton University and Harvard Law School), and a multitude of good causes that are close to her heart, like her Let Girls Learn charity, which aims to get 62 million girls into school.

Despite growing up under a microscope, Sasha and Malia have become exemplary young women, which is a testament to Obama’s parenting.

Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters.
The Obamas.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images


Angelina Jolie shares six children with Brad Pitt.

Of the six children that the exes share, three — Maddox, 15, Zahara, 11, and Pax, 12 — are adopted. Jolie has strived to make sure her children have a wholesome upbringing, and that they remain connected to the place of their birth. In an interview with Voguein 2015, the actress said that she sees her children as global citizens, discussing how often they travel to Africa, Asia, and Europe as a family to learn about each other’s roots.

Angelina Jolie shares six children with Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie with two of her children (Shiloh and Zahara) at the 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015.  Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment

Kris Jenner is mostly known for being the famous momager of Kim Kardashian.

Jenner is a momager extraordinaire, balancing the lucrative careers of her five daughters.

From running a production company called Jenner Communications, to having a starring role on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and hosting a short-lived talk show on FOX back in 2014, Jenner wears many hats, and does so with humor, all the while making sure that there’s plenty of family time to be had.

Kris Jenner is mostly known for being the famous momager of Kim Kardashian.
Kris Jenner with Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront.  Robin Marchant/Getty Images Entertainment

Victoria Beckham has four children with her longtime husband David Beckham.

The former Spice Girl and her children — Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 5 — recently celebrated a casual Mother’s Day in the UK by taking a trip to her Dover Street store in London.

While the fashion designer is married to soccer star David Beckham, making for a pretty famous duo, son Brooklyn told Wonderland Magazine “I didn’t actually know that they were big until I was about 13.” He said that the first time he realized they were famous was when he went to a soccer game and “people were shouting my dad’s name and I was like, ‘What?! Oh my God. I don’t look at them like that.'” Now that’s grounded parenting.

Victoria Beckham has four children with her longtime husband David Beckham.
Victoria Beckham with her five-year-old daughter Harper.  victoriabeckham/Instagram

Jada Pinkett Smith has two children, Willow and Jaden, with husband Will Smith.

Will and Jada are known for their unconventional parenting techniques, which include nixing punishments and giving both of their teenage children creative control over their lives and bodies. So far, it seems to have worked out.

Jada Pinkett Smith has two children, Willow and Jaden, with husband Will Smith.
Jada Pinkett Smith with Will Smith and their children Jaden and Willow at the “Men in Black 3” premiere in New York in May 2012.  Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment


The eldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, has three children with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick.

The reality star frequently shares some sweet moments of herself with her three children (some of which have recently come under fire) on social media. Though she and Disick ended their relationship back in 2015, the two are still able to co-parent smoothly, as he discussed in an interview with People, saying “We never had any negativity between us and we made a very smooth transition into the way we live, and luckily, thank God, we’re able to see one another and still be with our children and, knock on wood, that we have that.”

The eldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, has three children with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick.
Kourtney Kardashian with her son Mason Disick at Disney on Ice in December 2013. Ari Perilstein/Getty Images Entertainment


Kim Kardashian shares three children with rapper Kanye West.

Love her or hate her, but Kim Kardashian West is a down-to-earth mother to kids North, Saint, and Chicago. The model, reality star, and businesswoman knows all about hard work, and told ES magazine that she expects her children to work for what they want, just like she had to.

Kim Kardashian shares three children with rapper Kanye West.
The Kardashian-West clan celebrated Easter in April 2018.  Kim Kardashian/Instagram

Tina Knowles-Lawson is the famous mother of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.

Besides being the mother of two superstars, Tina Knowles also has a thing for social media. Knowles was recently crowned the Queen of Instagram thanks to her candid and often hilarious videos, including a series in which she shared a few corny jokeswith her one million followers.

Tina Knowles-Lawson is the famous mother of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.
Beyoncé and Tina Knowles at the launch of House Of Dereon By Beyonce And Tina Knowles in London in 2011.  Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images Entertainment


Beyoncé is mother to Blue Ivy and gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi in June 2017.

Queen B — who’s the most nominated woman in Grammy’s history — is a relentlessly hard worker, and didn’t even take a break from touring the world or recording secret songs and entire albums while pregnant with Blue Ivy. The singer broke the internet (again) back in February, when she announced that she and husband Jay Z were expecting again – this time with twins. She often shares adorable snaps of the entire family on Instagram.

Beyoncé is mother to Blue Ivy and gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi in June 2017.
Beyoncé, Jay Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game in February 2017.  Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment

Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, has a 12-year-old son named Daniel Julez Smith, Jr.

The “A Seat at the Table” singer gave birth to Julez in October of 2004, when she was only 18. While she’s expressed regret about having a child so young, she’s also called her son “the greatest unplanned blessing,” and wrote a song about him called “An Ode to Julez.”

Beyoncé's sister, Solange, has a 12-year-old son named Daniel Julez Smith, Jr.
Solange Knowles and Tina Knowles at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. Paras Griffin/Getty Images Entertainment

“Big Little Lies” star Reese Witherspoon has three children that may as well just be clones of her.

Witherspoon’s 17-year-old daughter Ava and 12-year-old son Deacon are from a previous marriage with her “Cruel Intentions” co-star, Ryan Phillippe. She shares her third and youngest child, Tennessee, with husband Jim Roth. After lending her voice to a character in the animated film “Sing,” the actress spoke to Entertainment Tonightat the Toronto International Film Festival in September about embarrassing her kids whenever she tries to sing at home. “I think I embarrass them terribly when I try to sing Drake songs,” she said. “I don’t stop singing. I enjoy it.”

Reese Witherspoon with her daughter Ava Phillippe at the “Big Little Lies” premiere in February 2017. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment


Britney Spears is a proud mother of two boys, Sean and Jayden Federline.

Spears gave birth to the now pre-teen boys while she was married to ex-husband Kevin Federline. The “Slumber Party” singer frequently shares photos of the boys’ milestones on her Instagram, including a collage of the two posing together in the grass, and a more recent photo of the boys meeting Nick Jonas at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

Britney Spears is a proud mother of two boys, Sean and Jayden Federline.
Britney Spears with her niece and two sons at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs in March 2017.  Gerardo Mora/Getty Images Entertainment


After tying the knot with Seattle Seahawks player Russell Wilson in July 2016, singer Ciara announced that they were expecting back in September.

Wilson and Ciara welcomed their first child, Sienna Princess, in late April, and the two celebrated by posting a sweet photo of Ciara cradling her baby bump on the beach alongside a caption dedicated to the newborn. It read, “Dear Sienna Princess Wilson, No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm. We Love You. Love, Mommy & Daddy. 7:03 pm 7 lbs 13 oz. 4.28.2017.” Ciara also has a son, Future Zahir, from a previous relationship with rapper and ex-fiancé Future.

After tying the knot with Seattle Seahawks player Russell Wilson in July 2016, singer Ciara announced that they were expecting back in September.
Ciara and her son Future Zahir Wilburn at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards in 2015. Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment

 Written By: Danielle Jackson
Chris Hemsworth

Jude Law

Celebrity dads

Jude shared a sweet moment with his 16-year-old daughter Iris while watching the New York Rangers VS the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Gardens. And considering Jude Law has five kids (Rafferty, 20, Iris, 16, Rudy, 14, Sophia, 7 and Ada, 18 months), it’s no surprise that he knows a thing or two about fatherhood. He’s been quoted in the past saying: ‘Success, and even life itself, wouldn’t be worth anything if I didn’t have my children by my side. They mean everything to me.’ (Aw!)

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are parents to two daughters: Esmerelda, 2, and Amada, 7 months. Speaking to GQ for their January issue, he said: ‘Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now. I’m dreaming it all. So I feel so lucky… When you meet your kids you realise that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve… My life [has] changed. And thank God it did.’


Ryan Gosling celebrity fatherhood quotes

Adam Levine recently became a father for the first time to his and Behati Prinsloo’s daughter, Dusty Rose, and it seems that he’s loving every minute of it. ‘I’ve been a parent for three weeks: What do I know? I don’t know anything, but it’s kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly’ he told Ryan Seacrest. ‘There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It’s a beautiful experience.’


Adam Levine fatherhood quotes

Justin Timberlake

Justin and his wife, Jessica Biel, became parents to their son, Silas, last year. Speaking about fatherhood on Today, he said: ‘It changes everything. You literally just wake up… Look in the mirror and go, “I have no idea what I’m doing.”‘ He also said: ‘All of this imperfection is the best part. That’s going to be the part that you remember the most.’


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Adam Brody

Seth Cohen is all grown up and a dad now. Feeling old? Speaking to People, Adam opened up about life with his daughter, Arlo, and how he likes to spend quality time with her. ‘I do a nice morning hike with my daughter, that’s always a treat. It’s something to do in the wee hours of the morning when she’s up. It’s a good activity for both of us. We hike around our house… Watching the sun rise with a kid is pretty fun.’


Adam Brody

Ashton Kutcher

Ex Punk’d host Ashton has smartened up his funny-man act since becoming a parent to baby daughter Wyatt in 2015, with his actress-wife, Mila Kunis. Ashton recently revealed that the couple have yet to introduce artificial sugar into their daughter’s diet who’s now 18 months old, but what’s really pulled on our heart-strings is the actor’s comments about being a Daddy. ‘It’s legitimately the greatest thing ever…It just makes me wanna be better’ he revealed.


John Legend

We’re certain John’s going to be one of the coolest celebrity dads in Hollywood – not least because he’s passing on the best surname in history – and also ‘cos he’s spoken out how he plans to co-parent the daughter he conceived via IVF with Chrissy Teigen. Speaking to E! this week he revealed that he’s going to ‘slow down’ and take some paternity leave so he’s on hand for Chrissy 24/7: ‘I feel like, my mentality is just to be open and ready to help with whatever I can, and to be as loving to my wife and to our daughter as much as possible.’ he said. ‘I think paternity leave is good. I think it’s good for me to be home with Chrissy and helping her with whatever she needs, and I want to get to know our little baby!’ Too cute for words…


Brad Pitt

Brad’s gorgeous, six-strong brood with Angelina Jolie has made him a better person and he’s full of gushing quotes on his parental role. ‘Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on…[fatherhood] is everything…. the hardest job in the world, the most rewarding job in the world…. We put in long days. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who’s out of line, and still have the energy for that is…. I can’t explain the fulfillment of that, but it is everything.’


Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have just welcomed baby number two, as well as being parents to daughter, James, and it’s good to know that fatherhood hasn’t altered his witty sense of humour. Speaking on the David Letterman show he told audiences how his protective instincts had, er, shifted somewhat: ‘I used to say, ‘I would take a bullet for you.’ The second I looked into that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.’ We think that means he just really loves them both?For some really soppy Fatherhood quotes from Ryan, see our exclusive interview with the actor.


Ryan Reynolds

Channing Tatum

No-one knows the perils of being a father to a little girl better than Channing Tatum. Comparing fatherhood to a film role, when his daughter Everly was born last year he said: ‘I’ve never protected the president [in real life], but I have been a new dad, and I can tell you that being a new dad is pretty terrifying. I’m pretty sure that something about the president makes the stakes a little higher, but to me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter.’ We are melting here…


Channing Tatum

Chris Hemsworth

Chris and wife Elsa Pataky have three beautiful kids together and Chris of course, couldn’t be happier. ‘I just have so much fun doing it [being a Father]’ he said. And the actor also revealed his parental role makes him reconsider work commitments. ‘Now I’m a bit more choosy, I think, with when I work and how I work because it better be worthwhile to take me away from them.’


Chris Hemsworth

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew’s three-strong brood with wife Camilla Alves changed his entire life outlook. Speaking in 2014 he revealed: ‘[Fatherhood] is the one thing I’ve always wanted to be… Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.’


Kanye West

As celebrity Dads go, Kanye’s pretty cool. He’s rapped and sung about son Saint and daughter North, and regularly speaks out about how much he loves his family with Kim Kardashian: ‘When I look in North’s eyes, I’m happy about every mistake I’ve ever made’ he said. Awww, Kanye you’re killing us.


Kanye and North West

Chris Martin

Hey it looks like Chris Martin is a great father and a staunch feminist (double-win) judging from his quotes on family. ‘Men should always change diapers’ he quipped. ‘It’s a very rewarding experience. It’s mentally cleansing. It’s like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.’ We love this analogy.


Chris Martin

Matt Damon

OK, tissues at the ready for this beautiful quote from Matt Damon, who shares parental responsibility of four kids with wife Luciana Barroso. ‘The only way I can describe [Fatherhood]… it sounds stupid, but at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time’ he once told a magazine. (Excuse us whilst our hearts burst).



You’ll never be able to think of Jay as a tough rapper again after stalking Bey’s Insta and checking out all their cute family snaps. Jay said: ‘I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter.’



Michael Bublé

‘[Fatherhood is] the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens, it’s like telling somebody what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it.’ Could Michael be any more poetic in his explanation of Dad-joy? We feel like he should make this a song…


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Chris Rock


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Ricky Martin

Despite their star status, these actors, comedians, and musicians (and one prince!) think fatherhood is the best job.


Jimmy Fallon

“Moms should know that even the manliest guys will become softies when they have daughters,” the dad of daughters Winnie, 1, and Frances, 5 months, told Parents. “Dads immediately fall in love with their little girls, and will let them get away with everything. So moms are going to have to be the disciplinarians when it comes to daughters.”

Jimmy Fallon



Justin Timberlake

“I can’t wait to see our greatest creation yet,” said Timberlake at the iHeartRadio Awards, just weeks before the April birth of son Silas with wife Jessica Biel. “Daddy’s heading home right now to innovate by learning how to change a poopy diaper and get my swaddle on!”

Justin Timberlake


David Beckham

“He tells me to park around the corner, and then he gets out and he walks around to his school,” the soccer star told Jimmy Kimmel in January about his 16-year-old son, Brooklyn. “So he did it to me the other day, after doing it about five times on the trot. So I’m driving around, and he’s just walking in his school, and I open the window and I said, ‘Brooklyn! I love you!’ And, you know, obviously it didn’t go down very well.”

David Beckham

Ashton Kutcher

“When you first get them … you’re all excited, and you’re ready to do all these things,” the new dad to daughter Wyatt said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. “Then you realize it’s like getting a new cell phone where all the features don’t work yet. It’s like a phone [that] won’t take pictures, and you’re like ‘Why won’t my phone take pictures?!’ And it won’t make calls, and it doesn’t do a lot. But it looks really cute!”

Ashton Kutcher

Ricky Martin

“‘Dad, was I in your belly?’ and I told him, ‘You were in my heart and you are still in my heart’,” said Martin in a 2014 radio interview explaining how one of his twin sons questioned his origins. (Sons Matteo and Valentino were born via surrogate in August 2008 to the single dad.) “So I explained further, because I couldn’t just leave it at that: ‘There was a woman that I adore with all my heart that helped me bring you into this world. She lent me her belly so that you could come and when you were born she put you in my arms.’ And he said, ‘ah, ok’ and he kept playing.”

Ricky Martin

Taye Diggs

“The most ridiculous thing I have heard myself say is, ‘Do you want your pop-pop, your banky or your baba?'” Diggs said in 2011, about his then two-year-old son Walker with former wife Idina Menzel. “Translation: ‘Do you want your pacifier, your blanket or your bottle?'”

Taye Diggs

Dave Grohl

“When you have kids, you see life through different eyes,” the Foo Fighters frontman and dad of three told Time in a 2010. “You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate.”

Dave Grohl

Mario Lopez

“No matter what drama I deal with at work, when I get home and hear them scream, ‘Daddy!’ I forget whatever it was I was stressed about,” Lopez told People in 2014 of daughter Gia Francesca, 4, and son Dominic, 1, with wife Courtney. “The hardest part of my new life as a dad is leaving for work in the morning. These kids have totally changed my life. They are simply fantastic!”

Mario Lopez

Prince William

“I did the first nappy, it’s a badge of honor,” the Duke of Cambridge told CNN after wife Catherine gave birth to their first child, George, in 2013. “I had every midwife staring at me, saying: ‘You do it, you do it.'”

Now a father of two, including daughter Charlotte, the royal says becoming a dad has made him a lot more emotional. “I never used to get too wound up or worried about things,” he said in an interview for a British TV documentary on his family. “But now, the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world…a lot more, I think, as a father.”  Will also revealed that, as a parent, he has some anxieties about his children growing up without a father. “You realize how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective,” he said.

Prince William

Ben Affleck

“They’re most important in my life,” Affleck said in Us Weekly in 2013 about his kids Violet, 9. Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, with wife Jennifer Garner. “Family is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do other stuff in your life. In fact, having a family makes whatever other thing you have that much richer.”

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Hugh Jackman

“The things that I really cherish are the everyday moments, like sitting around cooking pancakes together on Sunday morning, or getting home after a tough day and my kids come up and give me a hug and remind me what’s really important,” Jackman told Parade of being a dad to daughter Ava and son Oscar with wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

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Ryan Reynolds

“We could end wars if we just carpet-bombed places with baby-head smell,” Reynolds told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in March when talking about his daughter, James, with wife Blake Lively. “We’d just be like, ‘What are we doing, guys? Come on. Let’s lay down our arms. Let’s high-five each other to death.'”

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Chris Rock

“When I hear people talk about juggling or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children,” said Rock in a 2012 interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. “And I’ve never been with my kids and gone, ‘Man, I wish I was on my stage right now.’ I’ve never been with my kids and gone, ‘Man, it’d be so great if I was on a movie set right now.’ But I’ve been doing a movie and wished that I was with my kids, I’ve been on tour and wished that I was with my kids. Being with my kids is the best, most fun thing, it’s a privilege. It’s not something I call a sacrifice.”

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Dax Shepard

“When I look at her, it’s like when I was in 7th grade and fell in love for the first time, where it’s debilitating,” said Shepard in 2013 of his then four-month-old daughter, Lincoln, with wife Kristen Bell. “That’s available 24/7 if I want, which is amazing.”

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Chris Pratt

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor: I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” said Pratt about his now almost three-year-old son, Jack, with wife Anna Faris, during a 2014 speech at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies. Born nine weeks early, Jack spent time in the NICU. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them,” he said.

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College 101

Increase your chances of getting in with these winning college application tips and techniques.

Applying to college is an involved process and with the right direction you can get into the colleges of your dreams. Prepare for applications by exploring our top 10 tips for college application success!

1. Meet College Application Deadlines, Apply Early

If you want to apply to several colleges, be aware of every deadline. Keep in mind that admissions panels across the board receive thousands of applications at once so beat the rush by submitting yours early!


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2. Complete the Entire Application

Take your time with each college application; fill it out carefully and double-check each section. If you submit an incomplete application, the panel may believe you are not a serious or qualified candidate. Take the required admissions tests well in advance in case you don’t earn a qualifying score the first time you take them.

3. Include Your Extracurricular Activities

Admissions officers look for students who have maintained a strong academic standing and a proven track record of extracurricular activities. Admissions panels usually give priority and scholarships to well-rounded students who lead a balanced, driven and active life.

4. Be Neat and Organized

College admissions review panels do not appreciate misspellings, grammatical and syntactical errors. Technical issues discredit you as a serious applicant and if you turn in a hard copy application, be sure to write as neatly as possible. Also, it helps to have a friend, teacher, or family member look over your college application before submission to assure that it is neat and complete.

5. Write a Stellar Essay: Avoid the Fluffy Stuff

When you answer application questions and essay prompts, steer clear of “the fluff”. The redundant filler words and phrases can bore the reader and will not help your college admissions essay stand out from the rest. Write clear and concise sentences that directly answer the prompt, conveying exactly who you are and why you want to go to that school. Admissions officers are more impressed by simple and articulate essays than wordy, unintelligible language that “sounds smart” or is “trying too hard.”

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6. Be Creative

There is a distinct line between creative writing and fluff, so if you feel confident enough in your writing, take a chance and have fun with your essay. This is your opportunity to “wow” the panel and show off your skills. Applications officers review hundreds and thousands of applications in a very short period, so make yours shine. However, make sure to use tact and keep it appropriate. If your essay is in any way offensive, you may not be considered.

7. Don’t be Cliché

Stay true to yourself. Depending on the essay prompt, reflect on your experiences or express your opinions with sincerity and originality. This is your chance to demonstrate your individuality so avoid regurgitating the stale “shoot for the stars” speech.

8. Honesty is the Best Policy

Don’t lie on your college applications. Embellishing the truth will only hurt you in the long run and admissions officers are authorized to check your claims and references. Allowing your parents to complete your application is also dishonest. You are the person who is applying to college, not your parents. It’s fine to ask their opinions about it, but it’s cheating to have someone else write your essay or fill out your application.

9. Don’t Forget Essential Documents

Don’t forget to provide your high school transcript, SAT/SAT II/ACT test scores, and letters of recommendation as needed. Take the required admissions tests well in advance in case you don’t earn a qualifying score the first time you take them. One tip: DO NOT send the admissions panel flowers, chocolates, balloons or muffins.

10. Get Awesome Letters of Recommendation

Many colleges require one or more letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, administrator or other adult who knows you well. Ask for a recommendation well in advance to ensure that you meet your deadline.




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Food Trends 2018

We took a look at reports released by Whole Foods, The National Restaurant Association, and more to identify the top food trends for 2018. Examples include doughnuts with unique fillings, nontraditional cuts of meat, fermented vegetables, meat alternatives, ancient grains, soft serve, and edible flowers. Cuisines that will be hot include Middle Eastern, Peruvian, and Filipino.  From gigantic soup dumplings to chicken waffle cones, there were plenty of viral foods to try in 2017. As the year comes to a close, we took a look ahead to see what food trends will shape 2018. Using reports released from Whole Foods, The National Restaurant Association, and more, we identified the foods you’ll be seeing on menus everywhere in the coming year. Keep scrolling to see what you’ll be indulging in throughout 2018.



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The National Restaurant Association named rolled ice cream a top trend for 2018. goodebba/Instagram

Doughnuts with unique fillings

Gone are the days of chocolate-glazed doughnuts. Boutique doughnut shops have been popping up all over the world, serving up unique flavors and fillings, like LA-based Cafe Dulce, which stuffs their doughnuts with Snickers bars. Australia’s Donut Papi offers treats filled with custard, and NYC-based Du’s Donuts come in flavors like banana malt, pear clove, and espresso cardamom. The National Restaurant Association named doughnuts with non-traditional fillings one of the 10 trends that are heating up for 2018.


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Doughnuts from Donut Papi.  donutpapi/Instagram

Thai rolled ice cream

Originally from Thailand, this unique style of ice cream has become popular around the world, thanks to the intriguing method behind its preparation. Liquid ice cream is poured onto a cold slate, which causes it to freeze; meanwhile it’s chopped and rolled by hand and then served in a cup with various toppings. The National Restaurant Association named rolled ice cream one of the top 15 trends for 2018.


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Rolled ice cream from 10 Below in New York City.  10belowicecream/Instagram

Naked layer cakes

Milk Bar Owner Christina Tosi was one of the first bakers to open the food world’s eyes to the “naked cake” — a tiered cake whose unfrosted sides show its layers and give it its name. Her naked birthday cakes are a favorite among Milk Bar devotees, and the less-is-more cake trend has spread to weddings and at-home baking. Tosi predicts that the trend will continue to spread in 2018.


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A naked cake from Milk Bar.  milkbarstore/Instagram

Soft serve

Tosi cited soft serve as another dessert trend that will continue to grow in the coming year. Plenty of funky flavors started to make their way into the viral food sphere this year. There was watermelon and corn soft serve at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Tokyo, and flavors like green tea matcha, black sesame, and purple ube at Soft Swerve in NYC.


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Soft Swerve’s soft serve.  stuffbeneats/Instagram



Croissants with unique fillings

Dessert mastermind Tosi also says that laminated dough— the dough used to make pastries such as croissants — will become a staple for bakeries in 2018.

This trend isn’t completely new either. NYC-based restaurant Union Fare burst onto the hybrid food scene last year when they started selling a birthday cake croissantstuffed with with a creamy, Funfetti-flavored filling. Their other croissant flavors include matcha and red velvet.

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Union Fare’s birthday cake croissant.  Sarah Schmalbruch / INSIDER


Breakfast items with an ethnic twist

Brunch seems to be the only meal millennials want to eat on weekends, so it’s fitting that restaurants are coming up with new twists on old breakfast classics. According to the National Restaurant Association, many restaurants are turning to recipes with an ethnic flare like chorizo scrambled eggs and coconut milk pancakes. The Association named ethnic-inspired breakfast foods one of the top five trends for 2018.


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Pancakes.  Gianna Ciaramello/Unsplash



Meat alternatives

Impossible Foods’ meatless burger went mainstream when it was first served by an NYC restaurant — David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi — in the summer of 2016. It has since been hailed as a viable meat alternative for both vegetarians and carnivores alike, and has appeared on additional restaurant menus on both the East and West Coast.

The meatless burger’s appeal is all thanks to heme, a molecule that gives meat its pink color, makes it bleed, and gives it its flavor. BBC named heme a top trend for 2018,calling it “a possible stepping stone to more environmentally sustainable meat alternatives.”


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Impossible Foods’ meatless burger.  impossible_foods/Instagram



Poké — a raw fish salad native to Hawaii — first made its way to mainland America by way of California. Soon after, the trend went bicoastal and spread to New York City, where the dish is now served at a number of fast-casual restaurants that allow diners to customize their poké bowls with things like kale noodles, avocado, and seaweed salad.

There are still plenty of large cities like London who haven’t been hit by the poké craze just yet though, and BBC predicts that will change in the coming year. According toEater, the number of Hawaiian restaurants on Foursquare doubled from 342 to 700 from 2014 to 2016; by 2020, that number could reach over 1,000.


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Non-traditional cuts of meat

Although 2017 saw a rise in the plant-based diet, the National Restaurant Association says meat will be just as crucial this year. The association named new cuts of meat like shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas strip steak, and Merlot cut, the top trend for 2018.


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Steak.  Jason Leung/Unsplash



Fermented and pickled veggies

According to BBC, the coming year will be all about gut health, which is why there will be a rise in pickled and fermented vegetables. While some veggies have been known to contribute to stomach bloat, veggies that have been fermented or pickled — like in the case of miso, kimchi, and kefir — can actually aid with digestion.


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Kimchi.  casanisa/Shutterstock



Heritage meats

The cut of meat isn’t the only trend carnivores will be focusing on in 2018. The National Restaurant Association named heritage-breed meats one of the top 20 trends for the coming year. This refers to meat that comes from non-commercial livestock breeds that were raised by farmers in the past but have now become scarce due to industrial agriculture. These breeds have unique genetic traits and are raised on sustainable or organic farms.


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Heritage-breed meats.  Max Delsid/Unsplash



Unique spins on veggies

Farm-to-table food and plant-based diets dominated last year, and it looks like these vegetable-centric trends will continue into 2018. For only the second time since 1900, the number of farmers under 35 has increased, according to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, something that’s likely to lead to plenty of innovation in the farming sector.

Whole Foods also says that a push to reduce food waste will lead to chefs using every part of the vegetable, including stems, leaves, or rinds, which were often discarded in the past.


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Organic vegetables.  NeONBRAND/Unsplash


Peruvian food

Three restaurants located in Peru made it onto this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, including one — Central in Lima— that made it into the top five. This is no small feat for a relatively small country, and it’s also a sign that Peruvian cuisine is on the rise. The National Restaurant Association named this kind of food one of 2018’s top 20 hot trends.


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A dish from the Llama Inn, a Peruvian restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Lou Stejskal/Flickr

Ancient grains

Ancient grains are making a comeback — specifically as ingredients in cereals, snacks, noodles, breads, and other bakery products. According to Innova Market Insights, 2.5% of new products launched during the period of June 2016 to June 2017 featured ancient grains, a significant jump from the 0.05% of products that featured the grains in 2007.

Examples of ancient grains include spelt, amaranth, kamut, and lupin.


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A sourdough loaf made with spelt.  niki georgiev/Flickr


Filipino food

Once underrepresented in the US, Filipino cuisine is currently having its moment.Jollibee— the chain that’s known as the “McDonald’s of the Philippines — is expanding, and ube — a purple yam that’s native to the Philippines — was everywhere this past year. From chicken and waffles to numerous baked goods, there’s almost no food the root vegetable’s purple color didn’t touch. NYC-based Flip Sigi is another favorite among food Instagrammers, thanks to its tantalizing Filipino-style tacos, burritos, and sandwiches.

Filipino food was also named a top trend for 2018 by the National Restaurant Association.


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A burrito from Flip Sigi.  brunchboys/Instagram


Protein-packed grains and seeds

2013 was named the official year of quinoa, but it turns out the protein-rich grain is still popular five years later, along with plenty of other seeds that are packed with protein. Hemp, chia, and flax are just a few additional examples that have become common add-ons in foods like yogurt, oatmeal, and peanut butter.

The National Restaurant Association named protein-rich grains and seeds one of the top food trends of 2018.


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Chia seeds.  Toa Heftiba/Unsplash


Edible flowers

Considering the push for photogenic food, it makes sense that edible flowers are making their way into everyday dishes and drinks. Whole Foods named floral flavors one of the top trends for 2018, saying that petals can make for a “a subtly sweet taste and fresh aromatics.”

Edible flowers are often used as herbs — think lavender lattés, or rose-flavored foods. One chef in Tel Aviv even uses them on his sashimi pizza.


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Sashimi pizza with edible flowers.  INSIDER


Chips that are popped or puffed instead of fried

Potato chips are deliciously addictive, but also undeniably unhealthy. This is likely the reason behind why many brands have turned to snacks that are popped or puffed as a healthier, lighter alternative. And according to Whole Foods, who named puffed and popped snacks one of 2018’s top trends, new technology is behind this shift as well.

“New extrusion methods (ways of processing and combining ingredients), have paved the way for popped cassava chips, puffed pasta bow ties, seaweed fava chips and puffed rice clusters.”


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Popchips.  popchips/Instagram


Middle Eastern spices and dishes

According to Whole Foods’ 2018 trend report, Americans will be indulging in authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in the coming year.

“Things like hummus, pita, and falafel were tasty entry points, but now consumers are ready to explore the deep traditions, regional nuances, and classic ingredients of Middle Eastern cultures, with Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian, and Lebanese influences rising to the top,” Whole Foods said. Spices and ingredients such as harissa, cardamom, za’atar, pomegranate, eggplant, parsley, and tahini will become more common on restaurant menus across the country.


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Za’atar and other spices.  LucyCaldicott/Flickr

Homemade condiments

Store-bought condiments can be full of not-so-good-for-you ingredients like sodium or sugar. In fact, just one tablespoon of ketchup has as much sugar as a typical chocolate chip cookie. So it’s no surprise that next year, people will be taking the time to make their own condiments. The National Restaurant named house-made condiments thesecond hottest trend for 2018.


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Mustard.  Ryan Snyder/Flickr



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Botanicals, transparency, sustainability and ethnic cuisine are among the movements worth watching this year, according to major manufacturers and research firms.

Consumer demand for healthy ingredients, complex flavor profiles and environmentally sustainable offerings greatly shaped the food industry in 2017. With these trends deeply entrenched, expect many of them to dominate again this year.

Botanical flavors, science-based foods and indulgent products are just a few product attributes expected to be top of mind for consumers in 2018, according to major manufacturers and research firms. Other ares to watch include transparency, sustainability and ethnic offerings.

“We’re seeing food trends emerge and shift at an ever-increasing rate. … Whether you’re an accomplished chef, bona fide foodie or have a passing interest in food, you should keep a look out for these trends and incorporate some into your cooking and eating habits,” Thomas Griffiths, vice president of Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute, said in a release. Time will tell how these six projections will impact this year’s product offerings, but several food company experts and industry analysts have already seen these trends start to make their way into the marketplace.

1. Botanicals

Plants and flowers are springing up in food and beverage items as more consumers become interested in their potential healing properties. They include the leaves of the moringa oleifera tree, ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), lavender and curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

McCormick & Co. embraced the trend early by purchasing Botanical Food Company of Australia in 2016. The company manufactures packaged herbs designed for busy consumers who want an easy way to incorporate the fresh ingredient in their meals.


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Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute, part of food giant Campbell Soup, included botanicals in the company’s six trends to watch in 2018 list. Griffiths told Food Dive that Asian ingredients such as ginger, lavender and cardamom are standouts right now.

“[The trend is] exciting because it’s natural and global, very chef-friendly and clean label, and it has potential for health and wellness, which Campbell is very interested in,” he said. “If our consumers are eating matcha or cardamon, it’s something we’re going to source.”

2. Transparency

This trend began with the clean-label movement, driven by consumer demand for more product information, fewer artificial ingredients and more sustainable production and packaging. Recently, it has extended beyond labels to include product traceability as shoppers grow more interested in where their food comes from and how it was handled along the supply chain.


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Only a few food makers print the name and location of the farm, along with the signature of the producer, on their packaging, but that’s the practice of Farmhand Organics. The Colorado-based company also uses transparent jars to display its fermented and preserved food products, which are both locally sourced and certified organic.

Other brands taking transparency the extra mile include One Degree Organics, which uses an on-package QR code that shows farmer profiles, and Bellucci, which lists the harvest date, type of olives and lot number on its extra virgin olive oil bottles.

Technology is playing an ever-larger role in transparency as brands adopt applications that allow shoppers to scan a package and learn immediately about where it came from. Blockchain is the latest innovation in supply chain transparency, especially when it comes to seafood. With this digital ledger, shoppers can trace a fish’s entire journey from ocean to plate.

Consumers increasingly prefer presentation, packaging and marketing approaches that tell a story about the product and how it was produced so they can feel a personal connection to their food. Shoppers also want to know that companies they buy from reflect their values by embracing missions such as environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of workers and animals. According to Label Insight, food manufacturers that adopt “complete transparency” are rewarded with consumer loyalty of about 94%.

“Brands are increasingly realizing that to differentiate themselves, they need to demonstrate the values they promote, and visibility into their products and company is one way to do this,” Jamie Katz, a member of the Whole Foods Market quality standards team, told Food Dive in an email. “If you’re a company [that] has a social responsibility program, you’re going to tell that story.”


3. Ethnic cuisine

Asian and Middle Eastern flavors have struck a chord with consumers who are seeking new and intriguing items beyond the well-known standbys such as sushi, tempura, hummus, tahini and yogurt. Asian flavors balance the five basic tastes — sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami — while Middle Eastern ones range from spice blends with texture — such as za’atar and dukkah — to labna, a soft and spreadable cheeses made from strained yogurt.

Spicy flavors do well in the U.S., and many shoppers are exploring beyond basic hot sauces as food makers highlight more authentic, ethnic flavors. Changing demographics are behind some of this trend, particularly as the purchasing power of the millennial demographic increases and companies target growing Hispanic and Asian populations.


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According to Statista, retail sales of ethnic foods will jump from $10.9 million in 2013 to an estimated $12.5 million this year.

Molly Siegler, Whole Foods’ associate culinary and hospitality coordinator, told Food Dive she thinks consumer interest in ethnic flavors will only expand the footprint for these products in the company’s stores, as well as in other retail outlets.

“It’s a wonderful way to travel without having to leave the comfort of your home. It’s only going to grow,” Siegler said. “From a prepared foods perspective, we take a real restaurant-style approach to hot bars and salad bars and other venues within the stores, and look forward to bringing more of these flavors into our stores.”


4. Science-based foods

Food made from technology  — such as cell-cultured meat and highly realistic plant-based meat analogues — is no longer the stuff of science fiction. A few futuristic products are already in stores and restaurants, and more will soon be on the way as companies work to develop and scale up state-of-the-art foods to meet the public’s growing appetite for these innovations.

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Beyond Meat, known for its successful plant-based burger products, recently launched Beyond Sausage that is made with pea protein isolate, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The vegetarian product is designed to mimic the flavor, texture and shape of pork sausage without the hormones, nitrates, soy and gluten.

Sales of plant-based foods grew 8.1% during the past year, according to the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute. Nielsen estimated that plant-based meats accounted for 2.1% of sales in refrigerated and frozen meat products sold at retail.

Cell-cultured meat also is gaining traction, and startups have begun to experiment with fish as well as beef and poultry. Finless Foods is developing a cell-cultured Bluefin tuna that the company hopes can achieve price parity with the real thing by next year. While the initial lab prototype weighed in at about $19,000 per pound, Finless Foods recently said that production costs have been cut in half since September.

Science-based foods certainly can carry an “ick” factor, but the purported environmental and nutritional benefits of “clean meat” may prove enticing.

“Consumers today eat meat despite how it’s produced, not because of how it’s produced,” Bruce Friedrich, co-founder and executive director of The Good Food Institute, said in a blog. “Once clean meat is commercially available and is offered alongside conventional meat — and consumers are thereby informed of all its advantages — we at GFI have no doubt that consumers will opt for the former.”

5. Sustainability 

This trend has moved beyond merely producing food in an environmentally conscious ways and selling it in recyclable packaging. Consumers are taking a more active role in the battle against food waste, a mindset that is leading many shoppers to try and use all parts of a plant or animal, rather than cherry-picking some and throwing the rest away.

Also called “root-to-stem” and “nose-to-tail” eating, this expanded type of sustainability is likely to appear equally in meat and produce departments. According to Siegler, who spends her time in the Whole Foods’ test kitchen in Austin, Texas, the company has always bought entire animals and made sure that everything was utilized in some way. Applying the same approach to produce is just an extension of that mindset, she said.

“When you think of the most beautiful carrot, it’s not the ones already bagged with their tops off. It’s the ones with the tops and [that] are multi-colored and gorgeous,” she told Food Dive. “People are attracted to that sort of produce but may feel some sense of guilt. You have these gorgeous green tops but don’t know how to use them except putting them in compost or throwing them away.”


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A solution is to use the typically tossed-out parts — broccoli stems, watermelon rinds or cantaloupe seeds — in restaurants, prepared foods and at-home recipes to reduce waste and create an interesting eating experience.

One example from the Whole Foods root-to-stem playbook features shaved fennel bulbs, along with the fronds and stems, which are topped with a lemon vinaigrette. The company highlights these products with in-store signage, and provides root-to-stem recipes at its retail outlets and online.

“Part of what that’s doing is getting some interest going for some new products, but also allowing our teams to partner better,” Siegler said. “So the produce teams and prepared foods teams work together to make these salads happen. It’s a better way to utilize products within the store.”


6. Indulgence foods

Comfort foods containing butter, lard and other fats and oils are back in style. Today’s consumers seem more interested in reducing the amount of sugar and sodium they consume than about the amount of fat in their diet. As many large CPG manufacturers limit sugar and sodium levels to meet consumer demand, saturated fats are being added back in to some foods to compensate.

For some shoppers, stress about the economy, the weather or the future encourage people to reach for indulgent treats such as premium chocolate, pizza or macaroni and cheese — nostalgic foods that remind them of a simpler time, but can’t be considered low-calorie or particularly healthy.

Healthier versions of popular comfort foods are making their way on to the marketplace. In 2015, Kraft Heinz reformulated its iconic macaroni and cheese to remove artificial dyes and preservatives. Some processed foods have been reformulated to contain less sodium, while many chips now have less salt and fat. Some comfort food is even sporting added vegetables.


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A recent Packaged Facts report on fats and oils pointed out that less blame is being placed on those products for America’s health problems. It noted there is growing recognition “that certain fat and oils can actually make positive health contributions.”

According to David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, U.S. consumers have changed their perceptions of how unhealthy these products really are. The reason is partly because of the popularity of the so-called Mediterranean diet that features less red meat and salt and favors using olive oil instead of butter.

“While artificial trans fats top the list of bad fats to avoid, certain types of fats such as omega-3s and monosaturated fats have been shown to have positive health benefits,” he told Food Dive. “In addition, many consumers — especially millennials and Gen Z shoppers — are more concerned about choosing non-GMO, organic, clean-label products than avoiding high-fat ingredients.

Another element playing into the indulgence trend is that consumers generally value food products they view as “natural” over items that are more highly processed. It’s no wonder that butter consumption is skyrocketing, reaching its highest level in more than 40 years in 2017, while demand for margarine and other spreads continues to slump.

Indulgence foods will always fit somewhere within the American diet, since nearly everyone has a tendency to eat food once in a while that isn’t especially nutritious.

“We all have contradictory impulses on occasion, and over-the-top indulgences are always going to be here,” he noted. “It shouldn’t be a staple or your breakfast, but all-out indulgence always has a place.”


Written By: Cathy Siegner


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In 2016, the Empire State Development Corporation gave a tour of Penn Station to many large landlords and builders to submit proposals to overhaul the station by improving the facility, upgrading the interior spaces and entrances, adding new retail, building a large glass opening on Eighth street…



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What dresses we will wear this summer? The trends for Summer 2018 suggest various styles, colors and patterns. With a constant thread: a nostalgic penchant for vintage styles. Like the pretty 50s style dresses  worn by  Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn, or the patterns sported by  Duchess Sarah Ferguson in the 80s. A strong-hued déjà-vu with a few pastel tones.

Of course, there are also more innovative styles that play with patchwork and layering, but the apron and baby doll dresses will be all the rage on the beach and in town. See in the gallery a selection of the best summer dresses spotted on the runway and follow our smart guide to choose the dress that will suit you best:

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  • The patterned summer dress, patchwork styles featuring different layered panels and patterns for a vibrant look. Try an oversized and light style also for work
  • The check & plaid mania: not just for winter, as seen at Prada, where models wore ample pinafore dresses over polo shirts or lightweight blouses. A perfect multi-layered ensembleto flaunt come Spring.
  • The oversized, lightweight dress. Perfect for those who are looking for comfort without sacrificing glamour.
  • The shirtdress: a totally versatile garment, especially in classic white. It’s like a white canvas you can personalize with accessories.
  • The floral dress: leave in your closet tropical prints and embrace botanical patterns. Pastel hued micro florals are back.
  • The polka dot dress: in our opinion it’s the must-have piece for this Summer
  • The baby doll dress: from Chanel to Emporio Armani to John Galliano, many designers offered romantic mini dressesin lace, satin and tweed, perfect for a ‘Lolita’ lows
  • The sequined dress: a go-anywhere and go-to piece for the Summer, see the long style from Attico in lavender tones, or the short cocktail dresses from Alcoolique and Halpern


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Written By: Selene Olivia

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