Walker the polar bear hams it up for the cameras on his third birthday at Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland, noshing on a healthy meal of salmon, apples, and carrots. Sadly, no candles topped his frozen sardine cake, but who needs them when you have a plastic hard hat to play with?
Salma Hayek turns 45 today! It's hard to believe that Salma has been around Hollywood for nearly twenty years, starring in films like From Dusk Till Dawn and Bandidas and earning an Oscar nomination for Frida. She's also an accomplished producer, with the ultra-successful Ugly Betty series under her belt. Married to French fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault since 2009, they are the proud parents of four-year-old Valentina. Salma recently said of their jet-setting lives, "I never understood the point of being privileged if you don’t get to have the privileges." And it's clear they enjoy themselves around the world! Happy birthday to Salma, and click through to see some of her hottest photos.
Regardless of whether you think she hosts the best Italian cooking show, Giada De Laurentiis has made a tremendous mark on home cooking in America. Over the years, Giada's evolved from fresh-faced home caterer to full-blown celebrity TV personality — and today, the Food Network star turns 41 years young. To pay tribute to her influence, I thought I'd show you a glimpse of her best moments over the years. Check it out when you keep reading.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate, whether you honor a pet's day of birth, adoption anniversary, or both! Of all the following common things to do for a person's birthday, just how many of them do you also do for your pets?
Birthdays are a special time in any part of the world — cue the lavish parties, presents, and cake pops! — but there are many celebratory traditions that are unique to a country. Already an expert on placenta traditions around the world? Try your hand at what you know about global birthday traditions, from the World Family Policy Center!Take the Quiz
Thank-you notes are a necessary evil. No one actually enjoys writing them, but they need to be done. Most readers agree that a new mama deserves an extended time frame for sending hers out, what about an iPhone app that sends them out electronically?
iGiftThanks ($1) gives parents the option of thanking friends and family for a gift by taking a photo, dressing it up with pre-styled frames and "stickers," and then either sending it via email or posting it on their Facebook or Twitter page. The app allows users to classify gifts by occasion and keeps track of notes that have been sent. Should the electronic thank-you take the place of the traditional handwritten one?
Birthdays — love them or hate them, they come every year. Ones that end in round numbers can cause a serious freak-out, or you can face them head-on. To celebrate the beginning of a new decade, my husband decided riding a metric century would be the most appropriate form of celebration — and ride 66 miles we did.
The Harvest Ride in Hopland, CA, provided just the right amount of challenge for our pedaling party of two. Grateful for the rest stops every 12 miles or so, we stayed well hydrated and ate grapes, bananas, and cups of trail mix as needed — mmm, salted peanuts with M&M's. The route through southern Mendocino County took us past many vineyards, one large pot farm, and the stable of famed horse Sea Biscuit's great-great-great-granddaughter. Most of the roads were quiet country roads, but there was some bizarre routing through Ukiah (population 15,500). Upon finishing our metric century, we were treated to barbecue and beer — my fave recovery drink. This small ride was super fun with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. Once back at our hotel we swam (as close to an ice bath as I will ever get) and hot tubbed, both of which I highly recommend for easing aches and pains after a long ride.
My birthday is coming up and one of my close girl friends doesn't want to come because I am also inviting her ex boyfriend to come.
I am good friends with both of them. He broke up with her about 5 months ago and they dated for 3 years. She is still not going because apparently she is not over him and I really want her to be there. I feel like she should just suck it up and pretend that everything is OK for a few hours because it's my birthday party.
Am I being unreasonable? All my friends seem to think so. But it's my special day. On everyone else's special day we do things we don't like to do, but we suck it up because it's THEIR DAY. So what do you guys think? Am I being unreasonable?
Did you remember to wish someone a happy birthday today? Chances are you know someone who is celebrating their milestone today, the most common birthday in America.
When I was eight months into my pregnancy last year, my doctor and I sat down to discuss the birthing options for my second child. Having had a c-section with my first, and wary of a VBAC with this one, we pulled out the calendar and picked the date 10 days before when I was actually due, called the hospital, and booked it. Little did we know that my son would be celebrating his birthday with about 968,000 people — 218,000 more than the number of people who typically celebrate their birth on an average day of the year. While LilSugar has special birthdays plotted out every four years for her leap year baby, l'll plan celebrations for my Oct. 5 guy along with 967,999 other moms in America!