Plus-Size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Hunter McGrady Says Being Size 16 Made Her Career

Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady doesn’t like the label “plus-size.” She thinks it segregates her as a talent. Point taken. There’s no denying, however, that her skyrocketing career is growing in size every day. Her latest triumph is being featured in this year’s “Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.” Hunter is very clear on what has been the secret to her success. Gaining weight. She tells People.com she spent hours at the gym and tried crazy diets to keep her 5’11” body at

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Generous Restaurant Owner Finds Out Kindness Comes Back Million Times Over

Italian chef Bruno Serato learned long ago there was more to life than running a fancy restaurant. For years, he’s been creating and giving away delicious, high quality meals to kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Anaheim, California, not far from his high end restaurant, “The White House.” That was story enough. A story that almost had sad, unexpected ending when an electrical fire gutted the business early in February. What happens to kindness when your business goes

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The Alligator And Canoe It Took To Finally Legalize Our Marriage

It’s possible our marriage wasn’t even legal. It’s not like my husband and I were in a crazy hurry to get married. We dated for two years. Carefully read and answered a book with 276 pre-marital questions. And yet, somehow we got hitched without what Husband said he would never do. “We can’t get married without going on a canoe trip,” he declared sometime during dating. We would have to see how we would do paddling a canoe. Together. Do

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How One Incredible Mom Helped Her Son With Autism Find His Voice

This isn’t just a story of one mom who has a son with autism. This one is more personal for me. It’s about my good friend and former CNN colleague, Parisa Khosravi, and her son Payam. I’ll never forget sitting across from Parisa at Houston’s. This is probably 11 years ago. Her young son wasn’t hitting the usual developmental milestones. After extensive testing, they had a diagnosis. This beautiful boy with the longest eyelashes ever was on the autism spectrum.

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TODAY Show Anchor Hoda Kotb Adopts A Baby Girl! Welcome To Motherhood!

Congratulations to TODAY Show anchor Hoda Kotb who announced this morning she’s adopted a baby girl! Her name is Haley Joy Kotb and she was born on Valentine’s Day. Welcome to motherhood, Mama Hotb! Of course, I’m a sucker for any adoption story. Matt Lauer helped spill the beans this morning on TODAY, saying that Hoda has been leaving a string of clues on her social media feeds. And if you like stories about the different ways to become a

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Lost Boy Of Sudan Refugee Becomes Atlanta Police Officer

Jacob Mach has one incredible refugee story as a former “Lost Boy of Sudan.” NPR reports Mach was one of 20,000 boys forced from their home in Sudan in 1987 because of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Only half survived the thousand-mile trek by foot to a refugee camp in Kenya. Mach arrived in the US when he was 21. He went on to graduate from Georgia State University. That’s where his big dream of becoming a police officer was

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Teen Plays Hooky And Steals The Show At Bruce Springsteen Concert

Rocker Bruce Springsteen made sure one Australian teenager learned his lesson about playing hooky from school. Nathan Testa found out it was probably the best idea of his life. Testa was close to the stage during a recent concert in Brisbane, Australia. He held up a sign reading, ““Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?” What was the superstar to do but invite the lad up to do just that. As you’ll see, Nathan

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Girl Scout Crumbles False Advertising When Time To Sell Cookies

Have you been hit up to buy Girl Scout Cookies? Tis the season. One girl in New Jersey is taking the scout oath very seriously. Charlotte McCourt says the first eight words of the oath are, “I will do my best to be honest.” Trying to convince her potential customers that all the cookie flavors are awesome? Well, that wasn’t going to do. She wrote a letter where she gave an honest grade to each of the available flavors. Let’s just

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Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class Will Have You Leaping With Smiles

Watching ballet has never been so entertaining. The Philadelphia Dance Center had a brilliant idea this past Valentine’s Day to invite dads to participate in their daughter’s ballet classes. Even better, they made and posted videos of the dads and their gallant efforts to keep up with their girls. Some dads even wore tutus! Cue up Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” and let the dancing and smiles begin. The studio made sure this wasn’t just a Daddy-Daughter deal. “We had fathers

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How Losing Love Has Sent Me Into Crazy Land

I’ve become that lady. The crazy one. You probably figured this was coming, Dear Reader. Checking in each week to see if I’ve become her yet. Indeed, I have. The crazy lady who misses her dog. Beyond misses. Most days, I ache. It’s been about two months since DarlaDog passed. I still swear I can hear her collar jingling in the other room. Still catch my breath when I see a few scraps from dinner and have to remind myself,

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