Blog Posts by Eliza Murphy

  • Alanis Morissette's Post-Partum Blues


    She's lyrically fearless, recognized for her unique vocals and iconic break-up songs. With seven albums and seven Grammy awards, Alanis Morissette is an alternative rock idol.

    But now, 38-year-old Morissette is talking about life with her 20-month-old son, Ever, attachment parenting, and struggling with post-partum depression.

    Ever became the center of national attention when Morissette came forward with her views on attachment parenting, saying she'll breastfeed until he decides it's time to stop.

    "I'm always available if he needs me, period. I love snuggling and sleeping next to him," Morissette told ABC News. Morissette said she plans on feeding her son the natural way until he "is finished and weaned."

    "I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to," the "Jagged Little Pill" singer, said in May on "The Billy Bush Show."

    "For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment," said Morissette, who is married to rapper

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  • Beanie Babies Mogul Makes Lifesaving Donation

    Jennifer VasilakosBeanie Babies, the hot collector's item in the 1990s, became very valuable to one lucky woman.

    After a chance encounter she had with the manufacturer's owner, Ty Warner, Jennifer Vasilakos now has a greater chance of surviving a life-threatening kidney disorder.

    Warner, the Beanie Babies billionaire mogul of Ty Inc., got lost in on July 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and pulled into the parking lot of a local festival to ask for directions.

    "He'd rolled up in his nondescript car, while I was fundraising at the French Festival. He was lost and needed directions. I often get asked by random strangers for directions. Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation," Vasilakos wrote on her blog.

    Vasilakos was in the parking lot raising money for the stem cell treatment she so desperately needed to recover her kidney function and come off dialysis, she said on her fundraising website.

    Vasilakos' kidneys failed last year (doctors still

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  • 21-Year-Old Poses as Fake Celebrity, Gets His 15 Minutes of Fame


    Brett Cohen isn't your typical 21-year-old, at least not according to the tourists in New York City's Time Square on July 27.

    Cohen is now "famous" after pulling a huge prank on the city, posing as a celebrity and wandering the streets of Manhattan.

    Courtesy Brett CohenAccompanied by two bodyguards he hired on Craigslist, as well as three cameramen and four photographers acting as his own paparazzi, he attracted a huge fan following and caused quite a stir in response to what he calls his "social experiment."

    "It was a social experiment. It confirms the theory of how our culture is so obsessed with celebrity and fame," Cohen told ABC News.

    Cohen recorded the entire experience and posted the video on YouTube on Aug. 21. It went viral almost overnight. He said the entire idea originated from a simple conversation he had with one of his best friends.

    "I said, 'Hey, wouldn't it be cool if we did this?' joking around. What would we need to pull off a stunt like this, never thinking we would or

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  • Cookie Monster's Original Cookie Recipe Recovered

    Courtesy Sesame StreetTurns out Cookie Monster doesn't just eat cookies, he bakes them, too.

    Cookie Monster's famous lines like "Me want cookie!", "Me eat cookie!", and "Om nom nom nom" left us thinking all he did was scarf them down.

    But Cookie Monster's very own original cookie recipe has now resurfaced. It first appeared in the 1970s in "Big Bird's Busy Book."

    And contrary to popular belief, Cookie Monster's favorite cookie is not chocolate chip. He apparently prefers good old fashioned sugar cookies.

    He introduces the recipe with a friendly note to readers:

    "Dear Reader, Hello, There! Me Cookie Monster and my favorite thing is eating cookies. In this wonderful set of books me going to show you how to make all kinds of cookies! But first… me tell you secret recipe for Cookie Dough (It been in my family for years.)"

    And in case you can't read the fine print, here are the instructions for you to bake them at home:

    Ingredients

    3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs,

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  • 'Hardcore Pawn' Reveals Cash In Plain Sight


    TruTV's " Hardcore Pawn" stars, Seth Gold and sister Ashley Broad, are professionals at uncovering the hidden value in items most people consider junk. Seth and Ashley are children of Les Gold, a third-generation pawnbroker and owner of American Jewelry & Loan in Detroit.

    Gold and Broad have both been involved with the family business for years and help audience members see if they have any valuable items.

    Gold and Broad gave us a few expert tips on how to walk out of a pawn shop a winner and how to tell if you have any hidden treasures in your home.

    When You're at the Pawn Shop:

    Leave Your Emotion at the Door

    Gold says if you buy things with emotion because you think it has intrinsic value, it doesn't. Emotional ties are never good when it comes to buying or selling your goods.

    Go into a Pawnshop with Your Price Limit

    Going to a pawn shop is a way to save money. Pawn shops get things for less because they're buying them from individuals and prices are

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  • Chicago Bar Mitzvah Boy Shaun Sperling Strikes a Pose as Madonna


    Shaun Sperling, a Chicago attorney, found the perfect way to "express himself" at his epic Madonna-themed Bar Mitzvah celebration back in 1992.

    "Oh my gosh. I remember it like it was yesterday. My sister and I practiced every day after school. It was probably months, which is ridiculous because I do the same move over and over. But we practiced a lot," Sperling told ABC News.

    Courtesy Shaun SperlingSperling, then 13, can be seen in the video boldly breaking it down on the dance floor to Madonna's "Vogue," even donning the material girl's image spray-painted on the back of his dress shirt.

    When asked why his sister wasn't allowed to join him in the performance, he replied, "It was my moment to shine." And indeed, he did.

    Sadly, the Madonna shirt wasn't preserved through the years as well as the video was.

    "Everyone wants this shirt. Unfortunately, it was destroyed. Somehow it got lost. But I'm going to have it redone because it's just too good," Sperling said. "We gave away t-shirts to the kids

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  • Ragú Does Something Spicy, and It's Not Their Sauce


    Ragú, which calls itself a once-very-conservative company, is spicing up its style with a new, provocative advertising campaign.

    Its new commercials revolve around different scenarios representing the "ultimate, longest day of childhood," a rep told ABC News.

    But there is one commercial in particular that has started conversations with its edgy, more risqué material.

    "To set the scene - what's more embarrassing as a kid than walking in on your parents doing you know what!" a source introducing the new campaign said.

    Originally posted to YouTube on Aug. 5, the all-too-familiar awkward scenario had about 1.3 million page views as of today. That's a lot of spaghetti sauce being watched.

    Ragú said it plans spots featuring other childhood moments, all with tongue-in-cheek themes showing the company's version of what parents do to make their kids' long days end better: By serving up a huge plate of spaghetti topped with Ragú sauce.

    The "Long Day of Childhood" campaign is

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  • Nike Olympic 'Gold Digging' Shirt Stirs Controversy

    Courtesy NikeNike is in hot water over a new Olympics t-shirt they've released, especially since it's only being offered for women.

    The plain black shirt boldly states "Gold Digger" across the chest. The product was intended to reference aspiring to win an Olympic gold medal, but some Facebook and Twitter users would beg to differ.

    "Sort of undermines the strong woman image Nike has spent $$ to market," said one Twitter user.

    "Whoever thought a Nike t'shirt emblazoned with 'GOLD DIGGING' was a fitting tribute to female Olympians shuld be fired," said another.

    Even the product description on WorldSoccerShop.com acknowledges the underlying tone behind the slogan. "We aren't saying they're gold diggers - we're just saying they're out for the gold! What's wrong with that?"

    Nike stands by the shirt. In a statement released to ABC News, the company said: “Nike has consistently supported female athletes and the position they enjoy as positive role models. The t-shirt uses a phrase in an ironic way

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  • Cinnabon Has a New Bun in the Oven


    The sweet and sticky Cinnabon may be expanding beyond its trademark.

    The all-too-delicious treat is entering a whole new realm of edible guilty pleasures with the release of the new Pizzabon.

    It consists of toCourtesy Cinnabonmato sauce, cheese and pepperoni, all on top of their classic pastry dough.

    Cinnabon is testing out several new items in Atlanta's Cumberland Mall, which is serving as the outpost for trial items like the Pizzabon, cupcakes and breakfast sandwiches.

    "They include a new croissant, an apple danish, cupcakes, breakfast sandwiches and iced coffees," President Kat Cole told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Since the company first opened its doors 27 years ago, they're looking to spice things up. The new menu items are being offered in an attempt to broaden the options to keep up with the changing consumer demands.

    "In this day and age, it is incredibly important" to diversify, Karen Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association, told the newspaper. "If

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  • California Man Almost Hit by Lightning in Dangerous Western Weather


    Lightning, heat and drought are proving to be the perfect recipe for a fiery disaster in the western United States.

    More than 60 wildfires are raging out of control across several western states putting firefighters in danger.

    Oregon, Nevada and Utah are on fire, spreading across 20,000 acres with no end in sight.

    More than 40 homes were destroyed in parts of Washington state east of Seattle.

    A 20-year-old firefighter, Anne Veseth, was killed as she battled a fire in Idaho.

    And one of the largest fires, now covering 6,000 acres, is north of San Francisco. Five-hundred homes were evacuated, and tankers and helicopters are rushing to help.

    In Joshua Tree, Calif., highways and trails have been shut down since more than 300 acres have burned.

    Part of problem is that temperatures have soared to record highs, up to 117 degrees in California. And it's been very dry. Thunderstorms are producing what's called "dry lightning," sparking the fires.

    William McNeill, from Acton,

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