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MTV Movie Awards and the People Who Dress Up for Them

The MTV Awards are always full of unique fashions. You can expect people wearing tennis shoes, mini-dresses, jeans and even jogging pants. The MTV Movie Awards aired on Sunday, June 1, 2008, and there were plenty of unique and interesting outfits.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker actually got it right this time. No funny hat was in sight. She wore a black metallic mini-dress made by L’Wren Scott with a pair of white ankle boots. She looked like she fit in perfect with the MTV crowd.

Another one of my favorites was Liv Tyler. The color of her dress, was the perfect shade pink for her complexion. She looked wonderful in her pink strapless dress.

Although, she is not my favorite celebrity (if you want to call her that), but Paris Hilton actually looked good at the awards. She wore a white strapless dress that had black lace over the top and then going down the bottom of it. The dress was by Betsey Johnson. She looked well put together and more mature than in the past.

For some of my favorite men, I choose Will Smith. I loved his yellow sweater with the button-up striped shirt underneath it, along with the brown jacket over it. He kept it casual in jeans, but still well styled. Another man who looked great (it’s not that hard for him to do) was Johnny Depp. He kept it simple in a pair of jeans with a black button short-sleeve shirt and a brown belt, but it definitely worked for him.

Now, let’s talk about some of the celebrities that I thought definitely missed the fashion bus. Jennifer Hudson‘s dress was way to tight and when you are wearing a white dress and it is that tight, it does not flatter her at all. Not to mention, that you saw half of her pink bra sticking out at the top and half of cleavage sticking out of her bra.

Another dress that I was not crazy about was Lindsay Lohan ‘s purple Dolce & Gabbana mini-dress with the black belt. It just looked a little sloppy and did nothing for her. I thought that Anne Hathaway‘s leather mini-dress just did not suit her. To me it looked like a wrinkled up garbage bag that had been made into a dress. Although, I loved her hair!

Lastly, thank goodness that Megan Fox changed her dress once she got inside the awards, because the pink Zac Posen dress that she wore on the red carpet was not a good choice. It almost looked like she was going to a high school dance. I did like the white mini-dress that she sported inside the awards…. much better Megan, much better.

Although, I did not particularly like her outfit, Ellen Page did keep it real for the awards. She wore a black leather jacket with a white shirt and black skinny jeans tucked into Nike tennis shoes. The Nike shoes were actually pretty cute with black plaid on the sides. If this is her style, then I am glad she went for it. Why try to be something you are not, right? As least not yet.

You can see pictures of the celebrities from the red carpet on MTV.com.

Cross -Trainers: The Construction of an Asset to Athletes

One of the best pairs of shoes that I have — and wear regularly — is my pair of cross trainers. I do not run much, nor do I play organized sports. But, I do like to shoot around a little or play baseball or soccer with my son and husband. And I enjoy tennis. But I really can’t justify spending the money for a particular pair of shoes for each sport. So instead, I wear cross trainers.

A pair of cross trainers can serve as a sort of all purpose athletic shoe. They are reasonably comfortable, and they are capable of providing support for the amount of activity that I do in them. Here are the parts of cross trainers, and what makes them ideal for all different sports.

Cross Trainer Outsoles

The key to the versatility of cross trainers is the part of the shoe known as the outsoles. (the bottom of the shoes) On most shoes, the outsoles are very wide, as to offer good stability, and is ideal for side to side movement. Most outsoles are made from some sort of carbon rubber (which is quite durable) for the sturdier varieties. These will hold up longer, and will work well for outdoor sports activities.

If you are looking for flexibility, however, look for cross trainers that have a mixture of carbon rubber and blown rubber. Blown rubber is lighter and softer. These shoes are ideal for frequent use and offer a higher level of comfort while playing sports. It is important to check to make sure that your outsoles are approved for indoor activities, since many gyms restrict the types of shoes you wear; they do not want your shoes marking up the gym’s floor.

Midsoles

The midsole is that area between where your foot rests and the bottom of the shoe. One of the things that contributes to the comfort of cross trainers is the fact that there is cushioning at the heel and at the front of the shoe. You want midsoles that are fairly durable, yet somewhat flexible. Look for polyurethane, since it is more dense and will add stability to your shoe. EVA may provide for a lighter shoe, but it is less durable. In many cases, cross trainers will combine EA and polyurethane to produce a shoe that is lighter, but still durable and stable.

Uppers

One thing that I need in my athletic shoes is ankle support. Cross trainers usually have mid-tops that provide a degree of ankle support without the restrictiveness of high top shoes. Most uppers are made from leather, along with synthetic mesh. The leather offers stability, while the mesh provides breathability, so that there isn’t a problem with your feet becoming uncomfortable from the moisture.

Another thing that many cross trainers come with is a lacing system that is secure. This provides additional stability and ankle support, especially for side to side movements.

Great Cow Harbor 10K Run! Holy...um...no, I won't go there

There are plenty of popular distance runs hosted every year in the United States, but one of the most popular is the Great Cow Harbor 10K Run, which is closing in on its 30th anniversary.

There are plenty of popular distance runs hosted every year in the United States, but one of the most popular is the Great Cow Harbor 10K Run, which is closing in on its 30th anniversary. More than 5,000 runners participate every year in Northport, N.Y., which is located on Long Island, and it has become an integral part of New York culture and history.

The Great Cow Harbor distance run is sponsored by North Fork Bank, according to the Web site , and it is sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America. For the last eight years, it has also been classified as a Championship Race, which has increased both participation and media coverage.

The Cow Harbor distance run is one of the most difficult in the country with regard to inclines, as the majority of the race is run uphill. Even though it is a road race, which means that it is conducted on surface streets, the hills and valleys of Newport present unique challenges to participants.

Runners are given an easy start with downhill streets during the first mile, as they set out from the front yard of Laurel Avenue School toward Scudder Avenue, and the decline continues until runners hang a left on Woodbine Avenue. However, it all changes once they turn another right onto James Street, which begins the notorious climb up “Widow Hill.” Runners who aren’t used to distance runs with inclines often bail here.

After that, the participants begin to weave their way through the twisting Northport streets, earning a beautiful view of Long Island Sound if they happen to make it to Ocean Avenue. More than a mile is run on Waterside Avenue, which progresses uphill at a slight incline, and there have been races where 50 percent of the runners didn’t make it through this leg.

Then, for the final stretch, participants jog up “Pumpernickel Hill” toward a downhill stretch that ends at Northport Hardware Company, located on School Street. In 1991, Jeff Jacobs set a course record at 28 minutes and 44 seconds, which was beaten by Ryan Hall in 2006, shaving 16 seconds of Jacobs’ time.

The spirit of this race, however, is what makes it one of the most popular distance runs in the country. People from all over the United States gather in Northport for this spectacular event, and NEWS 12 Long Island usually covers the event, in addition to local newspapers and radio stations. The prizes are $3,000 for the top men’s and women’s finishers, with a $5,000 bonus for anyone who sets a record for the Great Cow Harbor distance run.

Additionally, the a 2K walk-run has been added to the festivities, allowing participants who aren’t interested in running 10K to still have fun at the event. In the shorter race, baby strollers, walkmans, iPods and other devices are allowed that are prohibited in the longer race.

If you are interested in participating in the Great Cow Harbor distance run, you can register up until Sept. 16 through the mail, or you can visit the web site and register online. Fees are $22 when registering before the beginning of September, and $30 for late registration, while kids under the age of 12 run for $10.

Skechers Carnival at Zappos!

Skechers Carnival! Skechers comes to Zappos and throw a carnival…there’s a whole lot of dunking, food and free stuff.

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The History of the Marathon

Did you know that the word “marathon” has its roots in ancient Greece? According to historians, during a Greek war, a soldier named Pheidippides ran from the town of Marathon to Athens in order to deliver a special message. “Nikki!” was the word he yelled out upon arrival, which translates into the modern term “victory.” Yet, unfortunately, as soon as this word leapt from his lips, he fell to the ground and died giving new, literal meaning to the phrase “my job is killing me.”

The good news is that Pheidippides boss didn’t let his effort go unrecognized.

Like any great boss, the ruling government made sure that Pheidippides’ name went down in history. Pheidippides’ run from the town of Marathon to the city of Athens was acknowledged as the original marathon course. Then, some time later, a historic run was made from the bridge of Marathon to the Athens Olympic Stadium in his name. Yet, the biggest honor to Pheidippides is that marathons are still being ran today with a few noteworthy ones that standout in history as the best. Katherine Swtizer ran one such marathon.

Katherine Switzer is a modern day Pheidippides. Although female, she has acted as a soldier in the efforts to show women as capable athletes. And what was one of her most memorable feats? Being the first “official” female to run the Boston Marathon.

The year was 1967. Jimi Hendrix had burned his guitar for the first time at London’s Astoria Theatre. Elvis was in love for the first time with a woman named Priscilla Presley. And, a 20-year-old Katherine Switzer had officially signed up to run in the Boston Marathon. Because, in the past, only men had “officially” signed up to run this race, Boston Athletic Association (BAA) officials didn’t believe she was woman. Apparently, they just thought she was a man with a funny name. So, it wasn’t until 3 miles into the Boston Marathon race when the media and a BAA official, Jock Semple, saw her running with a number that all hell broke loose.

Jock Semple, acting of sound mind, jumped off the BAA truck and tried to rip the number off of Katherine’s shirt while yelling, “Get the hell out of my race and give me that number.” Thankfully, a nimble and swift Katherine was able to avoid most of his grasp and only lose a corner of her number. Then, a shoulder block later (administered by her boyfriend) the upset BAA official was knocked back and away from Katherine. It was not without
consequence though. Semple was determined to get Katherine in trouble. And he did.

Katherine got into so much trouble that the media glared down on the all male Boston Marathon and they were forced to change their rules. A few years later, women could officially enter and guess who helped sign them up? Yes. Jock Semple. See what happens gals when you (and a burly boyfriend) offer up a little friendly persuasion.

Today, Katherine Switzer is public speaker that advocates for female athletes. It was a role she hadn’t planned for initially. However, just like Pheidippides, fate took over and now her name is honored everywhere. Also, women can now officially participate in one of the
most popular marathons in America making Switzer’s 1967 run in the Boston Marathon one of the best marathons ever.

Sources:
http://www.katherineswitzer.com/
http://www.athensmarathon.com/marathon/history.html

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Healthy Options for the Family: Pizza Night!

You don’t have to feel guilty about feeding your family pizza. You also don’t have to buy pizza from the local pizzeria in order for it to be quick and easy.

When it comes to quick and easy meals, many parents reach for the phone. With just a quick call, a delicious pizza will arrive at the front door within 30 minutes. There’s no denying the fact that kids absolutely love pizza night, but it’s hard to overlook the fat and calories in this dish. But you don’t have to feel guilty about feeding your family pizza. You also don’t have to buy pizza from the local pizzeria in order for it to be quick and easy.

Homemade pizza is a wonderful option for busy parents. Within 30 minutes, you can prepare a dish that is not only healthy, but creative as well. Take this lasagna pizza for example.

*Lasagna Pizza*

  • ½ pound of ground sirloin
  • 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 16 ounce container of part-skim ricotta
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 prepared wheat pizza crust
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and combine with pasta sauce.
  3. Combine the ricotta, parmesan cheese, and ½ cup of the mozzarella. Spread on the prepared pizza crust.
  4. Top the cheese mixture with the meat sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
  1. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Fusion pizzas have become a popular choice, but if you’re looking for something more traditional you can always make your favorite pizzeria flavors at home. The key is to keep the ingredients healthier than those you might find at your favorite restaurant. For example, let’s say you like supreme pizza.

*Supreme Pizza Done Light*

  • 1 prepared wheat pizza crust
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 ½ cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2.5 ounces of turkey pepperoni
  • 8 ounces of Canadian bacon
  • 2 links of turkey Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large green pepper, sliced and seeded
  • 1 medium red onions, chopped
    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
    2. Layer the sauce, cheese, meat, and vegetables onto the crust.
  1. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

If you like, you can sauté the vegetables before adding them to your pizza.

As you can see, homemade pizza isn’t complicated. In fact, you can prepare a homemade pizza in the time it takes for a delivery to arrive. Best of all, you’ll have a meal that is healthier than what you might order from a local pizzeria. You can even make a healthier version of a dessert pizza.

*Fruit Crumble Pizza*

  • 1 prepared wheat pizza crust
  • 2 cups of sugar free fruit pie filling, your flavor of choice
  • 4 ounces of sugar cookie dough
    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    2. Spread the pizza crust with the pie filling.
  1. Crumble the cookie dough evenly over the pie filling.

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookie dough is done.<br>5. Serve with low-fat/fat-free vanilla ice cream.

If you have any recipes ideas, improvements, suggestions, please comment below and let us know! Let us in on some of your secret recipes!

Vacations for Outdoorsy-Type: Bayou Segnette State Park

Camping is one of America’s most beloved pastimes, and many families throughout the United States choose a different camping destination every year. If you’re an outdoorsy type who enjoys sleeping under the stars, you might want to try camping at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana.

Located just outside New Orleans, Bayou Segnette State Park is a unique camping ground where wildlife and vegetation are plentiful. Since the surrounding area is mostly made up of wetlands, visitors from other parts of the country are guaranteed a fresh new experience. Plus, this particular camping destination was named one of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds of 2008 by The Camping Club.

Wildlife

Most of your day at Bayou Segnette State Park will likely be spent in wondrous fascination as you study all forms of wildlife. Birds such as the bald eagle and cardinal flourish here among the swamps and marshes, and minks and nutria are likewise populous. Of course, you’ll want to heed the signs and stay clear of the alligators and snakes that have made this area their home for thousands of years.

If you want something to cook over the campfire for dinner, Bayou Segnette State Park has some of the best fishing in Louisiana. Catfish, bass, redfish and trout can be found in the many tributaries, streams and lakes that run through the camping ground. And don’t forget to make time for the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses several miles of hiking and biking trails, plus opportunities for canoeing.

Overnight Stays

Camping at Bayou Segnette State Park is a different experience every time, as the area provides a total of 98 different campsites from which to choose. Each site comes equipped with water and electrical hook-ups, or you can choose to sleep under the stars in your family tent .

Of course, some of us like the great outdoors during the day, but prefer the comforts of home overnight. If you don’t fancy the idea of sleeping in a tent or recreational vehicle, Bayou Segnette State Park also offers guest cabins at a reasonable rate, each of which contains amenities such as individual piers, air-conditioning, screened-in porches and heat.

Recreation

It is pretty much guaranteed that you’ll never be bored at Bayou Segnette State Park. If you’re in the mood to get wet, the wave pool is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon, or you can jump in a canoe and take a guided tour of the marshlands that surround the park. Children will enjoy playing in the facility’s many playgrounds or learning about wildlife with a park employee.

Bayou Segnette State Park is open year-round, with park facilities open daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Entrance costs $1 per person except for seniors (over age 62) and children under the age of three, who are granted free admittance. Camping in your RV or tent costs $18 per night, while Golden Age members receive a 50% discount.