This Little Boy Had A ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’-Themed Birthday Party And It Was Awesome

We?ve seen a Costco birthday party, personal injury lawyer-themed birthday party, ?Golden Girls? party and even a poop-themed birthday party. But we must admit we have a special affection for this little boy?s ?Mrs. Doubtfire? party.

Evan Kowalski of Wyandotte, Michigan celebrated his 4th birthday with a fun-filled tribute to the iconic Robin Williams film. ?My son saw the movie about six months ago and just loved it!? his mom, Laura, told HuffPost. ?He thought it was very funny and who doesn?t love Robin Williams??

The little boy?s ?Mrs. Doubtfire?-themed party took place on May 13 at Downriver Gymnastics in Southgate. The event featured drawings of Euphegenia Doubtfire, a custom cake, and a ?run-by fruiting? sign with fruit kabob snacks.

The goodie bags were personalized with ?Thank you for coming, _____ dear? messages for each guest.

Laura credits many helpers with bringing the party together somewhat last-minute. Her mom, Pamela, and cousin, John, helped with the decorations. 

?All of this was done SO fast, just to make a 4-year-old boy happy!? Laura said. ?It?s really incredible.?

The mom said she?s been fortunate to have support from friends and family, as her husband?s job often requires him to be away. ?My motto with parenting is it takes a village!? she said, adding that she turned to an even wider village of people to figure out the birthday cake.  

?I was thrown for such a loop when Evan said he wanted a ?Mrs. Doubtfire? party, so I quickly posted on a local Facebook page, Downriver and Friends looking for a baker. That?s how I found Angie Claxon (Cakes by Sweetypants), who made the amazing cake.?

Evan loved every minute of the party, but his favorite part was definitely the cake, which featured several elements from the movie ? including the infamous face cream scene. ?It met ALL of his expectations,? the mom said. Evan?s 7-year-old sister, Allison, and 12-year-old brother, Ethan were also big fans.

Laura told HuffPost she?s been overwhelmed by the positive response to Evan?s party. After the mom shared photos from the event on social media, a local news station reached out to do a segment about it. 

?I never in a million years expected it to get attention outside friends and family,? she said. ?It?s been so fun, though! Definitely something for the baby book.? 

H/T BabyCenter

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This Mother Rewrote A Popular Song To Combat Mom Shaming

Mom shaming seems to have become an inescapable part of parenting today. But this mama is saying enough is enough!

Blogger Riona O Connor rewrote Rag?n?Bone Man?s ?Human? to tackle this nasty reality. ?Mom shaming ain?t cool,? she sings. ?I wish I had time to judge like you do, but I?m busy with kid stuff ? like cleaning up poo.?

The video has reached over three million views on Facebook, between the blogger?s page and the Selfish Mother ?blogzine? page. 

As Riona told HuffPost in an email, her video is ?parenting parody for the mom shamed, thong-fearing, mess-embracing humans who happen to be parents.?

Hear, hear!

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All The Photos Worth Seeing From Pippa Middleton’s Wedding

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews? wedding finally arrived, and it more than lived up to expectations.

The May 20 affair at St. Mark?s Church in Englefield, England had everything a royal enthusiast could dream of: Prince George as a page boy, Princess Charlotte in a giant bow, the Duchess of Cambridge in pale pink and of course, the bride in a stunning classic, high-necked Giles Deacon gown.

It was the picture of perfection, and we?ve got the pictures to prove it. Check out the festivities below, and join us in fantasizing about actually being there for the rest of the day. 

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Anthony Weiner May Have ‘A Sickness,’ But It’s Probably Not Sex Addiction

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Friday joined a group of public figures many may label sex addicts ? actor David Duchovny and golf champion Tiger Woods, among others, have sought treatment for sex addiction. Weiner?s transgression involved sexting with a minor, a 15-year-old girl, and for that he will likely serve jail time.

?I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse,? Weiner said as he sobbed and pleaded guilty to a federal obscenity charge. He also accepted his status as a sex offender and agreed to give up his cell phone. Last  October, the estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin checked himself into a Tennessee sex addiction rehabilitation center after the sexting story broke.

But people who study the nature of addiction don?t support the idea that sexual addiction is a diagnosable disorder. 

The American Psychiatric Association in late 2012 removed mention of sex addiction from the DSM-V, considered the definitive resource on mental disorders, including for insurance companies when determining reimbursements. Even a milder version ?  labeled hypersexuality ? was dismissed from consideration, with the association citing a lack of empirical evidence to warrant its inclusion.

The American Association for Family and Marriage Therapy, which previously reported that as many as 12 million Americans had an addiction to sex, has removed that information from its website because they no longer support that number, a spokeswoman for the group told HuffPost. 

As Joye Swan, chair of psychology at California?s Woodbury University, wrote last September in Psychology Today, ?Anthony Weiner is not a sex addict; neither is anyone else.?  

Swan acknowledged that people are certainly capable of and do destroy their lives because of impulsive and risky sexual behavior. But, she said, addiction has a real meaning and a real clinical definition ? and such actions aren?t that.

Neuroscience agrees. In recent years, scientists have been able to view the brains of addicts. When those addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking, and gambling were shown pictures of their drug of choice by UCLA researchers, Swan wrote, there was a ?clear and uniform response in their P300 brain waves, which are usually activated when we see something of particular interest or desire, as well as increased late positive potential (LPP) response, which measures the intensity of the brain?s response to a specific thing at a given moment.?

The UCLA researchers also studied the response to viewing sexually explicit images in people who said they couldn?t control how much pornography they watched. The results showed their brain metrics were no different from anyone else?s. The researchers also found no evidence that even difficulties with sexual regulation fit the definition of addiction as defined by brain response.

One of the studies? authors, Nicole Prause, said that ?sex addiction? misses another major hallmark of addiction: a person?s response to the addictive object over time. People with addictions initially show high levels of response in the pleasure centers of the brain. But over time, these parts of the brain no longer light up.

?In other words,? wrote Swan, ?one of the hallmarks of true addiction is that the pleasure received from the object of the addiction wanes over time as the person no longer wants the object but, rather, needs the object. In contrast, even people who report very strong ?addiction? to sex continue to show activation of the pleasure centers of the brain when viewing sexually explicit images.? 

So if Weiner is not a sex addict, what is he? Most likely a man with a lot of regrets right now. The underlying behavior for most people who identify as sex addicts may just be a higher-than-average sex drive combined with an inability to self-regulate, according to Swan.

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‘Arrested Development’ Star Alia Shawkat Comes Out As Bisexual

Alia Shawkat opened up about her sexuality in a candid new interview. 

The ?Arrested Development? star told Out magazine that she identifies as bisexual, and will star in a queer-themed film that she also co-wrote later this year. 

?I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ?Are you attracted to boys or girls?? I said ?I don?t know,?? Shawkat said. ?Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.?

Shawkat?s wildly addictive TBS series, ?Search Party,? doesn?t shy away from LGBTQ themes, and enjoyed a sizable queer following when it debuted last fall. Her upcoming project, ?Duck Butter,? goes a step further by featuring a same-sex couple as its protagonists. The 28-year-old said the film was written with a heterosexual couple in mind, but she and the creative team opted to make it about two women instead. ?I love that it was written for a man and a woman, but we couldn?t find the right guy, so now it happens to star two women [as lovers],? she said. 

The actress, who hits the big screen Friday in ?Paint It Black? opposite Alfred Molina, said growing up in Los Angeles and ?being exposed to lots of gay artists? helped shape her identity as a performer. The current political climate, she said, has inspired her to be more outspoken. 

?As a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have,? she explained. ?There?s no more delicacy in being quiet.? 

Read the full Out magazine interview here

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It Only Took These Moms 5 Minutes To Hilariously Sum Up Swimsuit Season

Millions of people online are loving two moms? take on the highs and lows ? OK, mainly lows ? of swimsuit season.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators behind the web series ?#IMomSoHard,? released a video on Thursday in which they tackle the pressures of putting on a swimsuit and offer some encouraging advice to fellow mothers.

In the hilarious video, which has been viewed more than 5 million times in 24 hours, the moms laugh along with each other as they model ?unreasonable? swimsuits with various cutouts and designs. Throughout the funny fashion show, they insist it?d be difficult to discipline their kids while wearing the swimsuits and demonstrate how impractical they are for picking up toys and chasing children at the beach. 

All humor aside, Hensley and Smedley reminded their fans to forget about the pressures and put on the swimsuit they like and have fun. 

?Nobody thinks that they look perfect ever,? Smedley said. ?Let?s just all go to the beach.?

Hensley also explained how she?ll pass on that mentality to her daughter.

?I want my daughter to love her life and to love herself and she?s not going to do it because I tell her to do it,? she said. ?She?s going to do it because I teach her to do it.?

The HuffPost Parents newsletter, So You Want To Raise A Feminist, offers the latest stories and news in progressive parenting.   

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Barack Obama’s Best Wardrobe Staple Has Been Hiding In His Closet This Whole Time

In a twist that should come as a surprise to no one, it turns out Barack Obama?s stellar sense of style ? the one he?s been unknowingly using to tug at our heart strings for months ? has been waiting to emerge for quite some time. 

A new story in People Magazine about the Obamas? lives since leaving the White House offers revelations about the former president?s seemingly recent passion for fashion, including one of his more buzzed about staples: The brown leather jacket. As it turns out, there?s nothing new about it at all.  

?He?s had that jacket for quite some time,? Anita Decker Breckinridge, Obama?s chief of staff told the mag. ?He really likes that jacket. People think he looks good in the jacket. He?s had it for a long time. I just don?t think he?s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the President ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It?s not something we see.?

It?s true that Obama has really taken the bull by the well-dressed horns in the past few months, whether in bomber jackets or unbuttoned shirts. But with this new development, we can?t help but picture the former president staring longingly at the jacket during his tenure in office, waiting for the glorious day he?d get to wear it freely while still looking like (and being) a total boss. 

Anyone else excited to see what sartorial blessings Obama is sure to bestow upon us this summer?

Head to People to see the entire story. 

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24 Inspiring College Grads Who Exemplify Black Excellence

With graduation season comes black excellence.

Black graduates have worked tirelessly toward obtaining degrees that will help them make a positive impact on the world, and that deserves to be celebrated.

HuffPost Black Voices is highlighting 24 inspiring black graduates, some whose stories we came across and some who submitted their photos with our #BVBlackGrads campaign. 

Check out their photos below and give them a round of applause.

Continue the celebration of black graduates using the hashtag #BVBlackGrad on Twitter and Instagram.

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