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August 2014

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La La & Carmelo Anthony Take Son Kiyan To South Africa

August 31, 2014
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Kiyan Anthony’s summer vacation might have been better than yours. It certainly looks like La La and Carmelo’s seven year old cutie had a blast in South Africa.

Described by La La as “a life changing trip”, the Anthony’s visited the Shambala game reserve and documented the whole thing for Vogue.com.

During the South African safari, the NBA pro, his reality star wife and they’re adorable son got up close and personal with wildebeests, giraffes and elephants. The family also visited Boulder Island and Nelson Madela’s home where Carmelo sat at the civil rights leader’s desk. Mrs. Anthony captioned that photo, “Just, wow.”

Check out the awesome pics in the gallery below.

Sippy Cups

#JusticeForAvaLynn…The Story Behind The Pictures

August 31, 2014
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When pictures of AvaLynn’s battered and bruised faced hit social media, there was an instant outrage and cry for justice. Immediately #JusticeForAvaLynn went viral with thousands of people posting her pictures and hashtag.

AvaLynn’s mother, Lacey Harris, explains that she was called to pick her daughter up from Arlington Elementary School in Pascagoula, Mississippi on August 26,2014 and was absolutely horrified by what she saw.

“AvaLynn informed Lacey that she was assaulted by another student: that she was kicked repeatedly in the face until she fell off of the slide on the school’s playground. The school informed Lacey were no teachers present when the incident occurred, and because of that, no one could prove whether or not another student had harmed Ava,” Harris recalled on the Justice For AvaLynn Facebook page.

Unfortunately, there are severely conflicting stories about how AvaLynn received the gruesome contusions to her face. The school maintains that the young girl’s injuries were self-inflicted.

“The school finally released a statement: AvaLynn was injured as the result of an accident, one that involved no other children. Although a police report was filed, Pascagoula Police Department states that they are not investigating the situation,” the Facebook post continues.

Upset by the school’s explanation, Lacey has made it her mission to get her daughter’s story out to the media so that AvaLynn can receive the justice she deserves. Harris has also created a GoFundMe page for those looking to donate to AvaLynn’s cause.

Fortunately, doctor’s say that AvaLynn’s injuries will not cause permanent physical damage, but the mental and emotional damage is immeasurable.

In the gallery below are the horrific pictures of AvaLynn’s swollen and bruised face. Disclaimer: These photos of AvaLynn’s injuries are extremely graphic.

Lifestyle Things I Love

The Inaugural Treasure Chest Fest…Sweet Success!

August 31, 2014
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It was a mere thought just three weeks ago, but on Saturday, August 30th, it became a dream come true.

The Treasure Chest Festival was the brain child of “Baby Madison Collection”, and thankfully, Stilettos & Sippy Cups had the pleasure of co-hosting the charity event. Benefitting Baby2Baby, the Treasure Chest Fest was a donation celebration where parents happily gave their gently used baby items to children in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

The event was also a party for the little ones. There was a bounce house, snow cones, face painting and so much more. It really was a fun-filled event for the family!

The Treasure Chest Fest collected a stroller, car seat, bouncy chair, activity center, potty training chairs, clothes, shoes, toys and so much more for children in need.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the event. Whether you were there in-person or in spirit, your encouragement, prayers, love and donations were greatly appreciated.

Check out a few flicks from the event below…

Entertainment

Shakira Expecting Second Child!

August 28, 2014
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It was so nice, she had to do it twice — Shakira is expecting her second child with hubby, Gerard Piqué.

The sexy pop singer announced the news on her Facebook page on Thursday.  ”Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!” she posted.

The news of this pregnancy comes just 19 months after she gave birth to her first child, a handsome little boy named Milan.

Congrats to Shakira, Gerard and future big brother, Milan!

Arts & Crafts

DIY: Make Your Own Lotion!

August 28, 2014
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It was a random Sunday night, no lotion in sight…so, I (SASY V) just made some myself and it turned out alright! Yes, that was my attempt at a nursery rhyme.

So, I found a recipe on Pinterest and decided, “hmmm, I should do this homemade lotion thing.” It seemed easy enough — just five ingredients (tweaked just a tad) — and voilà!

Well, it didn’t go exactly like that. Here’s a list of the items I used, plus the directions I followed. Then I’ll tell you why DIY lotion might not be for me.

Ingredients:
2 cups – Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil in a Solid State
4 tbsp – Vitamin E Oil
4 tbsp – Aloe Vera Gel
2 tbsp – Olive Oil
20 drops – Essential Oil for a light scent (optional…so they say)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Use a hand mixer to whip all of the ingredients (except essential oil) together until blended well
Add essential oil…
Continuing mixing until lotion resembles a fluffy, frosting-like consistency
Use as needed!

Seems easy enough, right? Well, yes that part was, but what happened next was a draining process.

You must store your new lotion in a glass container, essential oils can breakdown plastic. After you fill your container with lotion it’s now a game of where to keep it. Coconut oil melts in the heat — It’s summer time and I live in L.A. But, if you keep it in the fridge it gets hard, like really hard. So I opted for the oily lotion, which isn’t bad, but not ideal. I did my first batch without the essential oil. Let me tell you, coconut oil smells like cheese. Don’t be fooled by the recipe…essentials oils are a MUST for fragrance. I re-whipped my first batch using Burt Bee’s lemon scented body oil, but I had to pour in about 1.5 fl. oz. Lastly, it was a lot of effort, but I don’t know if my skin is seeing results. I’ve been using it for about a week and I don’t notice a difference yet, but maybe it’s just too soon to tell.

All in all, I think I might try it again when the temperatures aren’t in the high 80′s. The thought of organic lotion that I can make on my own is still very appealing. Click through the gallery below to see what products I used.

Entertainment

Drew Brees Posts “The Best Selfie Ever!”

August 27, 2014
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Drew Brees is one proud papa! The New Orleans Saints quarterback is simply over the moon about the birth of his baby girl.

Brees broke the new on twitter with an adorable photo and a cute caption. “The best selfie ever!”, Drew posted.

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Drew also posted another casual pic calling his daughter, “God’s greatest gift.”

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Spent the early morning with our new baby girl! Brit and she are happy, healthy, and doing great! Gods greatest gift!

This is the first girl for the Superbowl winner and his wife, Brittany Dudchenko. The couple also have three boys.

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Congrats team Brees!

Entertainment

Baron Davis Names His Baby Boy Kingman!

August 27, 2014
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Baron Davis and his wife, Isabella Brewster have welcomed a new bundle of joy to their family.

Brewster excitedly posted the happy news on Instagram and also revealed the beautiful baby boy’s name.

Good Morning world!!! #babyKingman #mylove

Bella’s sister, actress Jordana Brewster, also got in on the family fun and posted a picture of her son, Julian, meeting her nephew for the very first time.

Awww, too cute for words! Not to be outdone, Davis, a former NBA Pro, posted a pic of his firstborn with a funny little message.

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Heisman pose or the Dougie? Or that SMURDA!!!! Eeeyy #heturnupinhissleep ##firstintrotothegram #heissleepingonsocialmedia

Congrats to the Davis family!

Entertainment

Savannah James’ Enchanted Garden Baby Shower!

August 26, 2014
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Looking like an ethereal queen, Savannah James celebrated the upcoming arrival of her baby girl with an “Enchanted Garden” themed baby shower over the weekend.

Savannah’s hubby, LeBron James took to Instagram and praised not only his wife, but his sister, mother and mother-in-law!

My sister·My wife·My mother·My mother in law=gorgeous/beautiful/pretty/humble/spectacular/out of this world/caring/sharing/loving/strong/loyal/and did I gorgeous! Yup I did. My ladies @ms_deidre @mrs_savannahrj Glo and Jennifer #LoveYall #ThankYou

King James also posted a solo picture of his boo calling her, “My Queen!”

Savannah and LeBron are expecting a baby girl, who they plan to name Zhuri, in just a few weeks. The couple already has two boys, LeBron Jr. and Bryce. Check out a few more pics from the baby shower below.

Lifestyle S+S TV

Budget Buster: It Will Cost $245,000 To Raise A Child!

August 26, 2014
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It’s no secret that raising a child is expensive — but did you know it will cost on average $245,000?!

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple $245,340. And that’s NOT including college!

But, that’s only half the story. If you are a high-income family who lives in the urban Northeast, you may spend nearly $455,000 for the same time period, while low-income rural families will spend around $145,500.

These statistics blew my mind! I (SASY V) recently stopped by The Rubin Report to discuss these findings and you can clearly see the shock on my face. Take a look at the video below…do you agree with my thoughts?

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ICYMI: Beyonce Shuts Down The VMAs

August 25, 2014
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Look, we won’t hold it against you if you missed Beyonce’s epic VMAs performance although we really want to. Instead we will give you the tools to better your life.

On Sunday night, Yonce’ was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Before being presented with the award by her husband Jay Z and their adorable daughter, Blue Ivy, Mrs. Carter hit the stage for a stellar 16 minute set. Performing hits from her self-titled visual album, Beyonce’ slayed while singing “Mine”, “Blow”, “Drunk In Love”, “Partition”, “Haunted”, “No Angel”, “Jealous” and more.

So, without further ado…Behold, Queen Bey!

While Bey’s performance was everything…this is the moment that really stole the show. 2 year-old B.I.C. yelled “Go, Mommy” while on stage.

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Awwww!

Sippy Cups

Party Time! Cali Dream Turns 4!

August 23, 2014
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It was a dream come true celebration for little Miss Cali!

The daughter of rapper The Game and Tiffney Cambridge had a big birthday bash to celebrate turning 4, but before the party even started daddy had a special message for his baby girl.

Happy 4th Birthday to Daddy’s Princess @littlemisscali !!!!!!!!!!! From the moment I laid eyes on you I knew that there would never be another love as strong as the love I had for you upon holding you for the 1st time in the hospital 4 years ago. I named Cali Dream because at that point in my life after accomplishing everything that I set out to, I was living exactly that…. A “California Dream”. I remember your mom fighting me over the name saying “I’m not naming my daughter no damn California Dream”…… Ummmm, well…… Guess we know who won that argument ! Cali, you’ve brought me nothing but joy, happiness & you’re every bit of the reason my smile is as BIG as it is every time I’m in your presence. Baby, you are MY EVERYTHING & I will spare no costs to make sure that today & this weekend are just as AMAZING as you are……. I LOVE YOU….. & that lasts for eternity – Daddy

Tiffney also has a sweet message for her daughter along with a super cute photo.

This time four years ago God thought enough of me to bless me with one of his most beautiful angels. I thank him for her daily. She has my back 100% and loves me unconditionally. She is truly my best friend. I love u Cali. Happy Birthday, Mommy

By the looks of it, Cali had fun-filled party with all her little friends! check out the pics below.