Quick, gather your girlfriends for a night of cocktails and... colouring? Dubbed the "hottest colouring in book of all time," Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling may not have much of a precedent. But what it does have is page upon blank page of Hollywood's darling of the moment, actor and native Canuck just begging to be filled in.
With 15 images of the Gos doing everything from kissing to driving and sitting with his dog, Colour Me Good has been flying off the shelves at the London-based store Maiden since it came out a few weeks ago. (Expect the RPatz sequel any day now... Now that he's been wronged, he's hotter property than ever.)
At around $12 each, the book may seem steep for what are essentially a few stencils. But when you consider this may be the closest you ever get to the A-lister, it's a small price to pay. At the least you can enjoy a bit of eye candy while your kids practice colouring in between the lines.
Better stock up while quantities last. Hey girl, you know you want to.
Beyond the social shame of sporting 'train tracks' (aka braces), it seems poor oral health, dental disease, and tooth pain can all wreck havoc on a kid's academic prowess.
A new Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC study, slated for publication in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, found a definite correlation between oral health, academic achievement, and attendance records of nearly 1,500 socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and high school children in the Los Angeles area.
In a previous study, Ostrow documented that 73 percent of disadvantaged kids in L.A. had dental caries, the disease responsible for cavities in teeth.
Shockingly, children who experienced some kind of tooth pain were "four times more likely to have a low grade point average—below the median GPA of 2.8—when compared to children without oral pain."
In addition to lower grades, poor oral health has a trickle down effect, with kids missing more school (and their parents missing more work).
"On average, elementary children missed a total of 6 days per year, and high school children missed 2.6 days. For elementary students, 2.1 days of missed school were due to dental problems, and high school students missed 2.3 days due to dental issues," said Roseann Mulligan, one of the study's authors and chair of the school's Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry.
For disadvantaged children, access to routine dentistry was clearly a factor in poor oral health. But for kids across the board, good dental care must start early and remain consistent. Mulligan stressed the need for a more integrated, school-based oral health programs.
Oral disease shouldn't be underestimated. Straight from the horse's mouth.
It may be too late for the likes of Kristen Stewart. But if you're feeling all smug and comfy on the marriage front, you'll want to read this post by Dr. Susan Heitler, who has listed the top signs that a cheat may be imminent. Even if you don't see it coming.
Ah, social media. One of the biggest thrills is tracking down (stalking) old friends and flames to see what they're up to... But that initial thrill could well translate into something more. As Heitler puts it: "If you don't want to catch fire, stay far from the sparks." Exes and current colleagues are cited as the most 'dangerous' connections.
Other warning signs may be an already fragile relationship. If things are thorny at home, it can be all too tempting to look over the fence, so to speak. And obviously, if you are neglecting to mention the fact that you are married, or meeting up in private, well, that's a given.
According to Heitler, "new trumps familiar—but for sex only. Intense sexual appeal only does not a good match make." Try to remember what was so hot about your relationship back in the formative days, and keep that memory at the forefront.
Beware that 'innocent' flirtation. What starts off innocent can quickly become addictive. After all, flirting stokes even the most modest ego. "If you find yourself tempted to become increasingly flirtatious, emotional infidelity is already taking place."
She claims fidelity is a slippery slope for the best of us. The clincher: adding liquor to the mix, which can swiftly turn said flirtation into a full-blown physical connection.
Far better, says Heitler, to stay far from the cliff's edge. "Make your marriage the best it can be, and avoid a mistake that could destroy it."
Heitler's strategy seems largely based on avoidance. Are marriages as fragile as she suggests? Or, K-Stew notwithstanding, do we deserve more credit for remaining faithful?