'This Is Us' Chrissy Metz fuels weight loss feud in 'Kardashian' latex dress

NBC celebrity Chrissy Metz did the unthinkable. The overweight star of "#This Is Us" wore a plus-sized latex dress to the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May and did the snarky comments and weight loss [VIDEO] hints begin. In fact, they haven't ended. Folks are still fussing that she's advocating obesity in her red rubber frock. The truth is Ms. Metz was just "Keeping up with the Kardashians." But it proves that issues surrounding plus-size women are bigger than meet the eye.   'This Is Us' Chrissy Metz fuels weight loss feud in 'Kardashian' latex dress

Save money on Halloween giveaways and Christmas stocking stuffers at back-to-school sales

Hate back to school shopping? Then why not make it multitask, shopping for holidays, too? Shop back to school sales for Halloween, Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday presents and other holiday gift-giving. Save gobs of money and time.

Get cool candy alternative Halloween treats at back to school sales. Stock up on stocking stuffers for Christmas. Who says you have to give candy at Halloween?  Buy super cheap pencils, stickers, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners and pass them out for trick-or-treat. Or give healthier back-to-school snacks: fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers and popcorn.

Who decreed that stocking stuffers must cost a lot? Sure stores would like you to think that $10 is cheap but we tightwads know you can fill Santa's sack much more affordably. School supplies make awesome, inexpensive stocking stuffers. Fill kids' stockings with markers, scissors, calculator and other useful stuff. Shop back to school sales for pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, markers, crayons, scissors, pens, activity booklets, coloring books and craft sets. Throw in some Free Printable Coloring Pages from my blog here.

Back to school sales are a good place to find cheap gifts for holiday toy donations. Do you participate with Operation Christmas Child? Think BTS sales for shoebox fillers. Or use them for grandkid goody bags or travel kits or Easter baskets...the possibilities are endless! I made travel bags for my twin 2-year-old grandsons when they moved to Louisiana. Their parents said these cheap little goody bags literally saved everyone's sanity on the 21-hour trip!

Oh and if you  have a little extra to spare, buy school supplies and donate items to a school to distribute.

NeNe Leakes rejoins RHOA with big weight-loss: What's reality TV star's secret?

A newly slimmed down NeNe Leakes returned to "Real Housewives of Atlanta" since calling out Phaedra Parks for "playing dirty." Rumor has it, Parks won't be back, and her behavior toward castmates Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams is reportedly the cause. Leakes must be feeling pretty fabulous after her big weight-loss makeover. The reality TV star says she's ready to take on another "RHOA" nemesis -- Kim Zolciak-Biermann -- with Parks gone.   NeNe Leakes rejoins RHOA with big weight-loss: What's reality TV star's secret?

'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller mocks Mama June but covets weight loss makever

The sharp-tongued Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime "#Dance Moms" is headed to prison for fraud. But she took time to throw shade at fellow reality TV diva Mama June on her weight loss. However, after mocking June Shannon's transformation, the ex dance coach was ready to cash in on the former "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star's fame. Since her gastric bypass surgery, Miller is hoping for another reality television show like "Mama June: From Not to Hot.".   'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller mocks Mama June but covets weight loss makever

'My 600-lb Life' Tracey Matthews' husband enables obesity, but not weight-loss

 Why would an otherwise loving spouse refuse to assist his morbidly obese wife in getting healthy? TLC's "My 600-lb Life" explores this conundrum. Bedridden, 605-lb Tracey Matthews has life-threatening cellulitis and lymphedema. Her husband, who is so willing to enable her obesity, refuses to support bariatric surgery. Why does Anthony balk at helping with weight-loss -- the one thing that could save her life? It could be the baffling, cunning relationship between addiction and codependency.  'My 600-lb Life' Tracey Matthews' husband enables obesity, but not weight-loss

Kim Zolciak-Biermann boasts hot body, weight loss, forgets plastic surgery

Poor Kim Zolciak-Biermann boasts an amazingly body but a faulty memory. She flaunted her curves in a series of Kardashian-worthy beach vacation pics. When asked how she looks so good, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star credited everything but the biggest reason -- plastic surgery. The reality TV star boasted diet, exercise, and weight loss and neglected to mention her tummy tuck, boob job and possible butt lift.   Kim Zolciak-Biermann boasts hot body, weight loss, forgets plastic surgery

'My 600-lb Life' Gideon's story: sleep, weight loss fail more than laziness?

 My 600-lb Life' Gideon of season four is one of the most complicated cases of morbid obesity that viewers have ever seen. Some details of his story are sadly commonplace. Two unusual features are that after gastric bypass surgery, the 650-lb man has no trouble with the diet, but he also sleeps all the time, even more than he did before surgery. It's derailed weight loss. What's behind Gideon's story could be more than just laziness. It might be a dangerous trifecta of depression, sleep apnea, and lack of calories.  'My 600-lb Life' Gideon's story: sleep, weight loss fail more than laziness?

Soleil Moon Frye flaunts weight loss after 4th baby: How 'Punky Brewster' got body back

Former child star Soleil Moon Frye, known as the spunky "Punky Brewster," wears many hats as an adult. The health and parenting guru is mom to four kids after the birth of baby Story in May. The former child star debuted a 26-lb postpartum weight loss and shared secrets on calorie counting and portion control to get the pre-baby body back.  Soleil Moon Frye flaunts weight loss after 4th baby: How 'Punky Brewster' got body back

Mariah Carey gives weird weight loss tips that are fails on many levels: kids don't try this at home

Mariah Carey boasted that she keeps thin by superhuman willpower and a strict two-food-only diet. She isn't confident enough not to photoshop pics to erase fat. The reality TV diva was cagey about actual weight loss and cosmetic surgeons speculated that it was more plastic surgery than diet and exercise. The "Mariah's World" star claims to follow a rigorous diet that no one else can follow. Mariah Carey brags about weight loss eating two-food diet: guess what's on menu?

Octavia Spencer weighs in on Donald Trump, her weight loss shows obesity can be deceiving

Octavia Spencer weighed in on Donald Trump and Election 2016 and the actress looks remarkably thinner than she did as the chubby cook Minnie in "The Help." Spencer attributed part of that weight loss to the supplement Sensa for which she was a spokesperson. That relationship ended but Spencer continues to appear smaller. Is the minier Minnie really losing weight or are looks deceiving? Is it down to the odd way movies and TV camouflage and accentuate weight for roles? One way or the other, clothes, or at least film costuming does make the woman. Octavia Spencer weighs in on Donald Trump, her weight loss shows obesity can be deceiving

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