Miss Manners: Having a second baby shower is so tacky

Judith Martin

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I have a 2-year-old son and are currently expecting another baby. My husband’s younger brother and his wife are also expecting their second child, due a week before ours.

Judith Martin

We are very blessed to have friends and family who were ecstatic over the birth of our first. My dear friends threw me a lovely baby shower. We have everything we need for the new baby and I’m grateful to have friends who wouldn’t dream of throwing a second shower. I’d be mortified if they did.

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My sister-in-law’s family is unfortunately the very type to throw a second baby shower. At her first shower, they charged $5 at the door for “lottery tickets,” with the money ostensibly going to the parents-to-be to cover certain costs associated with the baby. This was in addition to the shower gift I’d brought AND being asked to bring a pack of diapers to help the parents.

Her family is also highly competitive, and is sure to make very pointed remarks when they ask me about my own impending baby shower and I answer that there won’t be another.

How should I handle …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Christina El Moussa gets new HGTV show, ‘Christina on the Coast’

Christina El Moussa of “Flip or Flop” is getting her own reality TV show, “Christina on the Coast.”

She’ll transform dated homes needing makeovers into “high-end showplaces,” HGTV has announced.

“Christina’s design style is very popular, so it’s a natural progression for us to expand her visibility with a new series,” said Allison Page, HGTV and Food Network president, in a statement.

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“Her fans also are deeply vested in her personal life and eager to see ‘what happens next’ – so we’re bringing them the opportunity to share in these real-life moments in a way that no one else can,” Page said.

She’ll also be free of that flipping budget.

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The show, set to premiere in early 2019, will focus on her personal life, as well, as she balances her career, parenthood and a serious relationship since her split from ex-husband Tarek El Moussa, who remains her work partner on “Flip or Flop.”

Christina El Moussa has been seeing Anthony “Ant” Anstead, a British TV personality whose shows have included “For the Love of Cars” and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Jahi McMath, Oakland teen declared brain dead almost five years ago, dies in New Jersey

Jahi McMath, the Oakland teen whose brain death case captivated the world while machines kept her breathing, died on June 22 in New Jersey after suffering from internal bleeding and kidney issues, her family and attorney said Thursday.

The state of New Jersey has issued a death certificate, nearly five years after California officially declared her deceased. Her body will be brought home to Oakland next week, her brain preserved for study, her family said.

The girl’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, who had rejected the conclusion that her daughter was dead, fought back tears in an interview with the Bay Area News Group Thursday afternoon.

“I’m devastated about losing my daughter,” Winkfield said in a phone interview. “Everything I did revolved around Jahi.”

Her long, chaotic legal and medical battle took the McMath family to New Jersey, the only state where families can reject brain death on religious grounds. It began on Dec. 9, 2013 at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, when the then-13-year-old girl went into cardiac arrest after complications from a complex nose and throat surgery.

Two hospital tests showed she was brain dead. Doctors at Children’s Hospital planned to take her off a ventilator, but her family refused to believe she was dead and took the hospital to Alameda County Superior Court and won a ruling that allowed them to remove the girl from the Oakland facility.

Once in New Jersey, Jahi spent time in a hospital before her family moved into an apartment, where she received around-the-clock care from nurses in a room decorated with pink hearts and butterflies. Remaining on feeding and breathing machines, the girl matured through puberty and grew taller.

Jahi’s family released videos of her listening to Golden State Warriors games and showing her moving her fingers when commanded to as proof she could hear them. Every October, they celebrated …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Health


Guide to the SF Bay Area’s Fourth of July 2018

Crowds watch as fireworks explode behind the Ferry Building at Super Bowl City in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

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From Alameda to Santa Clara and San Francisco, nearly every Bay Area city is hosting a parade, community picnic, firecracker run and other patriotic festivities. Add in the backyard barbecues, neighborhood potlucks and pool parties and you’ll need more than a single day to get your Fourth on.

How to pick and choose what to do? Easy. Here’s everything you need to know this Independence Day.

Parades, picnics and more

Whether you’re keen on the Green, Red, White and Blue celebration in Albany, or the World’s Shortest Parade in Aptos, you’ll find all the details on what’s what, when and where on this city-by-city schedule of Fourth of July events. A Star-Spangled Social in Calistoga? Yep! A Children’s Parade in Cupertino? Got it! The lineup includes more than 70 events in 50 cities and towns around the Bay Area.

Firework hot spots

Sure, you could watch that snap-crackle-pop extravaganza from a blanket in the park. But have you considered ooh-ing and ahh-ing upside down, from a kayak or with a symphony? Here are seven particularly cool viewing spots.

Crowds watch as fireworks explode behind the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Bay Area News Group FIle)
Fourth of July travel tips

Independence Day may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that won’t stop many people from hitting the road. It’s not a one-day holiday, it’s a 5-day weekend, right? And whether you’re taking to the skies or the highways, some planning strategies can help make that journey smoother. You have questions — about airport travel tips, potty breaks and whether you can take that bottle of BBQ sauce through security. We have answers right here.

Patriotic desserts, barbecue inspiration
These Patriot Pops offer …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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