Blog Posts by Hilary Hagerman

  • Couple adorably re-creates 1975 wedding photos for 40th anniversary

      
    When it seems like everyone around us is divorcing (R.I.P Bennifer version 2.0, R.I.P. Miranda and Blake), it’s nice to see evidence that marriage doesn’t have to end in heartbreak.

    Reddit user magic976 posted some heartwarming photos of his parents, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

    To commemorate the occasion, the couple re-created two cute photos from their 1975 wedding day.

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    The original photos were taken at the Redditor’s grandparents’ house while the re-creations were taken at the couple’s home, where they’ve lived for the past 30 years. But other than that – and a motorcycle upgrade – the photos are pretty spot-on, right down to the clothing.

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    “Yes, it’s the same wedding dress and jacket my mom made for my dad,” the user wrote.

    If a custom-made jacket isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

    Watch the video below about how wedding photos are helping a bride regain her memories after a brain hemorrhage.

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  • Canadian mom outraged after genetic screening company uses photo of daughter with Down syndrome

    A B.C. mom is fighting back after a photo of her young daughter was used by a Swiss bio-medical company on a poster for a prenatal testing kit.

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    In March, Christie Hoos wrote an entry on her blog So Here’s Us…. In the entry, she wrote about raising her daughter Becca, who has Down syndrome and who is also battling leukemia.

    “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” wrote the Langley-based mom in the entry that included three photos of her daughter. “My daughter is an individual, not a stereotype. She is her own unique person.”

    Last week, Hoos was with her daughter at the Pediatric Oncology Clinic when she received a message from a friend. One of the photos she had posted of Becca had been taken without permission – and it was now being used in Spain to advertise for a prenatal genetic testing kit by Swiss bio-medical company Genoma.

    “To know that this happened infuriated me, but when I saw it with my own eyes…her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart,” Hoos wrote in another blog

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  • We want to know: What’s the most important thing you learned from your dad?

      
    Father’s Day is just around the corner. On Sunday, June 21 we’ll pay tribute to all the dads we know and love.

    Many of us have learned important life lessons from our fathers – from how to throw a baseball, to parenting advice that you carry forward to your own children. But we know it’s not always that simple – many of us have also learned difficult life lessons from our dads, too.

    So, we want to know: What’s the most important thing you learned from your dad? Good or bad, we want to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below.

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  • We want to know: Do you have to be married to have a lasting relationship?

    Maybe it's the beard that keeps them together? (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)Maybe it's the beard that keeps them together? (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
    Goldie Hawn has been with Kurt Russell for 32 years, but they’ve never tied the knot – and they don’t plan to.

    In a recent interview with Porter magazine, the 69-year-old actress opened up about her relationship.

    "A lasting relationship isn't about marriage. It's about compatibility and communication," she said. "And you both need to want it to work. If one person does not want it to work, it isn't going to work. Intention is the key. It's also about not losing yourself in each other. Being together, two pillars holding up the house and the roof, and being different, not having to agree on everything, learning how to deal with not agreeing. Everything's a choice."

    At the same time, Katherine Woodward Thomas writes in Glamour that “serial monogamy is the new marriage.”

    Woodward Thomas goes on to explain that “just as it was the norm in our mothers’ generation to marry once, it’s now just as common to not mate for life.”

    With over 40 per cent of first marriages, 60 per cent of second

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  • Canadian singer Sarah Blackwood and crying son kicked off flight

    A photo of Sarah Blackwood and her son, taken last year (Sarah Blackwood/Instagram)A photo of Sarah Blackwood and her son, taken last year (Sarah Blackwood/Instagram)
    Canadian singer Sarah Blackwood says she was kicked off a United Airlines flight on Wednesday because of her crying two-year-old son.

    The Walk Off The Earth singer, who was understandably furious about the experience, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to voice her anger:

    According to the Toronto Star, the

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  • Amputee the latest to claim she was turned away from Cannes for not wearing heels

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    Once small step in heels...one giant step backwards for equality?

    The Cannes Film Festival is already under fire for reportedly turning away women who aren’t wearing high heels from films. And now, another report has surfaced that makes the archaic wardrobe requirement seem even worse.

    A Danish film producer and scriptwriter, who has her big toe and part of her left foot amputated, told the Telegraph she was stopped multiple time by festival officials at the “Sea of Trees” premiere last week.

    "It is ridiculous," says Valeria Richter, who has been coming to the festival since 1998. "We are all working women who walk up and down the streets of Cannes all day doing business. They cannot force us to wear heels. We put on the dress and make an effort to be formal and festive, but to demand heels is not right."

    Richter added that a colleague of hers who has metal in her foot was also turned away, as was a friend wearing sandals with a small heel.

    Richter also told BBC that the incident

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  • 10 things you probably didn’t know about McDonald’s

    McDonald’s recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over the past several decades since the first restaurant opened in California, there’s been a lot of ups (pizza!) and downs (when they took pizza off the menu). In honour, we rounded up 10 things you might not know about the fast food giant.

    You've got Canada to thank for the McFlurry


    Yes ,it's true. Our favourite ice cream treat has Canadian roots. The McFlurry, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was created in the small coastal town of Bathurst, N.B. by franchisee Ron McLellan. Apparently McDonald's "fell in love with its creamy and crunchy taste" and added it to their regular menu.

    McDonald's started as a barbecue joint

      
    McDonald’s isn’t exactly known for their killer BBQ, but that’s how they got their start. In the 1930s, barbeque was huge across the south and western parts of the United States, so naturally when the McDonald brothers opened their restaurant, they had a smoke pit out the back. The original menu

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  • You told us: These are the hardest parts about being a mom

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    Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means it’s time to pay tribute to the mom in your life. And while we know motherhood is extremely rewarding – we also know it comes with its own unique set of challenges.

    For Mother’s Day, we wanted to recognize the it’s not always easy – so we asked our readers: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

    Here’s what they had to say:

    "The worry about your kids is probably the worst part of motherhood. And each stage of a kid's life brings a whole other set of worries. From wondering if they are being bullied at school, or if they are OK in the playground, if they are getting into trouble, if they will ever get past the horribleness of adolescence, etc. But when I doubt my skills as a mother, which is often, I then look at it from another angle and think: they may not be good at everything, but they are good people. I look at my kids as adults now, and although they are not perfect, none of us are. In the words of the wisest mother I know (my mother in

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  • We want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

      
    We want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

    It’s almost Mother’s Day – and that means we’re all getting ready to celebrate all the great moms in our lives. And while being a mom is an extremely rewarding job – we also know it comes with its own unique set of challenges.

    While Mother’s Day is all about appreciating the moms we know – it’s also about recognizing the challenges they face.

    With that in mind, we want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom? What is something that people don’t often appreciate? What is the one thing you wish people knew ? Let us know in the comments and you could be featured in an upcoming blog.

    Watch the video below for a glimpse at what Mother's Day looks like around the world.

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