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57 Year Old Mom Looks 27!

Published on December 12th, 2012 by Bonnie Patten

I feel like the online version of the New York Times has me pegged.  Or to say it another way, NYTimes’ cookies have tracked my online behavior such that its targeted marketing of me is spot ... Read More


What’s Magic about this Ingredient in Energy Drinks?

Published on August 30th, 2012 by Bonnie Patten

Shocking news flash: the “energy” from energy drinks comes from caffeine, and not the other fluffy ingredients, such as the “B vitamins and nutrients” mentioned in the ad by the 5-hour ENERGY sheriff. These are simply ... Read More


Yes, Mr. Wilson, Potato Chips are Fattening

Published on April 24th, 2012 by Bonnie Patten

I love potato chips.  The ruffled ones with a little onion dip – now that’s heaven.  But though I love potato chips dearly, they only enter our house once a year, on Super Bowl Sunday.  On ... Read More


A .org Does not a Non-Profit Make

Published on April 10th, 2012 by Bonnie Patten, among other sites, has turned me into what some might call a charity slacktivist.  Over the past year or so, from the comfort of my own couch, I’ve signed dozens of petitions simply by clicking ... Read More


Ghost Orchids and Land Scams: A Review

Published on February 2nd, 2012 by Bonnie Patten

The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean, leads us through exotic jungles, backyard gardens, and world-famous greenhouses all in search of the rare ghost orchid, Polyrrbiza lindenii.  Notably, this endangered flower lives in Florida’s Fakahatchee, which is ... Read More


Pop-Ups and the Bimbo Bear

Published on January 20th, 2012 by Bonnie Patten

I don’t like ads.  They’re like someone interrupting you in the middle of a conversation – so rude.  But the pop-ups that you can’t close – well they should just be plain illegal. This weekend my ... Read More


The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry

Published on January 11th, 2012 by Shana Mueller

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but that doesn’t stop American consumers from spending nearly $8 billion on cosmetics every year. Not included in this figure are cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and ... Read More


Bottom Line: Losing Weight Takes Work

Published on January 10th, 2012 by Shana Mueller

Let’s face it.  As a nation, we are getting fatter.  In fact, we’re so fat that manufacturers had to widen revolving doors from 10 feet to 12 feet to accommodate us.  Obesity, the number two cause ... Read More


Julia Roberts – “Pretty Woman” or Not?

Published on November 23rd, 2011 by Bonnie Patten

Take a renowned fashion photographer, Mario Testino, and have him take photos of superstar, Julia Roberts, with lots of light (to flatter), and a soft focus and lower resolution (to reduce the appearance of imperfections), and ... Read More


The Lemonade Stand

Published on January 10th, 2011 by Bonnie Patten

Focused as I am on trying to protect us all from deceptive advertising, I’ve tried to enlighten my three children on the finer points of marketing and the horrors of fraudulent advertising.  Not to toot my ... Read More

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