Brighten Up Your December by Grabbing a Copy of These 12 New Books

Brighten Up Your December by Grabbing a Copy of These 12 New Books

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and all of a sudden it was December? No? Just me? OK, fine. Either way, we’re all facing the last month of the worst year ever 2018 together, so why not finish out strong by reading some incredible new books? If you’ve finished your reading list from last month, there are a handful of titles in store. Tantalizing mysteries and bone-chilling thrillers? Check. Award-winning literature? Check. Addicting fantasy series? You betcha. See all the upcoming new reads ahead!

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Mom Shares Warning After Toddler Is Rushed to the ER After Drinking a 'Little Bit' of Baby Oil

JennaJoy Ingraham Washington says she’s grateful her 19-month-old son is alive after a “horrific” ordeal landed the boy in an emergency room.

It was a regular day at the family’s Spokane home last week when JennaJoy’s husband, Casey Ingraham, went to take a shower. Unbeknownst to Casey, his young son, Graysen Ingraham, had followed him into the bathroom where there was a bottle of baby oil on the counter.

“When Casey was taking a shower he heard Graysen cough,” JennaJoy, 30, recalls to PEOPLE, noting that the bottle cap was likely loose and Graysen must have crawled onto the counter.

“That’s when he looked out and saw Graysen putting the baby oil bottle back on the counter and making a yucky face.”

Casey and JennaJoy assumed the boy had tasted a “little bit” of the baby oil, but did not think it was anything to be too concerned about. However, the parents knew something was wrong when they saw their usually active son quietly sitting on the couch, not even chewing an apple they had given him.

“I came out from the kitchen and he hadn’t moved, so I went to talk to him. But he wasn’t responding to us at all,” JennaJoy says. “He slid down the couch and curled up in a ball on the floor, that was really strange. He was lethargic. I picked him up and he was really dead weight and his eyes were closing in slow, awkward blinks.”

She immediately called a nurse and told her what happened. The nurse advised JennaJoy to call poison control, then the officials urged the parents to take Graysen to the ER.

“I was horrifically scared. I was confused,” she says. “I started to panic because I didn’t realize [baby oil] was such poison. We put it on our kids, it’s specifically made for children.”

Casey rushed Graysen to the hospital while JennaJoy stayed home with their 3-year-old son, Bryten. Casey and Graysen were at the hospital for hours and the parents learned that Graysen sipping on the baby oil was more dangerous than they thought.

“Doctors said it was the equivalent of you or I drinking gasoline. It could have gotten into his lungs and if it had gotten into his lungs we could have had real problems,” JennaJoy says, adding that X-rays on his lungs came back healthy. “It wasn’t if he ingested it that was the problem, but more if he inhaled it.”

Graysen was released from the hospital and doctors instructed the couple to monitor the toddler for further symptoms over the next day.

“I freaked out every time we put him down for a nap, not sure whether he’d wake up,” the mom of two admits. “We just watched him very carefully. Thank God, it seemed like everything was okay.”

JennaJoy wrote about the incident in a Facebook post, warning parents of “how dangerous an old nursery staple could be.”

According to the National Capital Poison Center, baby oil is a hydrocarbon — just like gasoline, motor oil, hair oil, lighter fluid and more — and can be fatal if they get into a person’s lungs.

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“Poison Control often receives calls about toddlers who drank baby oil or another type of hydrocarbon,” according to the center.

“Coughing, choking and fever are common signs of hydrocarbon aspiration. Lung irritation and pneumonia, even death, can result. Don’t put these products down and turn your back, even for a second. It takes only a second for a child to grab the bottle and take a drink.”

JennaJoy says she threw all of her family’s baby oil away and is determined to be more aware of the seemingly harmless dangers in their home.

“Today I feel crazy anxious but extremely lucky as I cuddle my tiny guy and obsessively listen for any changes in his breathing,” she concluded in her Facebook post. “I also really feel the need to spread the word of how dangerous that little bottle all new Mommies get at their baby shower or have next to the bath or changing table actually can be.”

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Sleeping More Than 8 Hours A Night Is Not So Good For You, Science Says

If getting the recommended six to eight hours of sleep is good for your body, then getting a few extra hours on top of that must be extra good for your body, right? Not according to new research. A study published in the European Heart Journal found that getting too much sleep can increase your risk of death and cardiovascular disease, CNN reports. Researchers looked at data from 21 countries, says CNN, and found that people who slept more than eight hours increased their risk of a major cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke, and death by up to 41 percent.

The researchers also say people who need to catch a nap during the day are also at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or early death. "Daytime napping was associated with increased risks of major cardiovascular events and deaths in those with [more than] six hours of nighttime sleep but not in those sleeping [less than] 6 hours a night," according to the study. In other words, if you’re already getting more than six hours of sleep a night and still need a daytime nap, you’re at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.

However, the researchers say people who sleep more could have underlying conditions that cause them to sleep longer, says CNN, which could explain their increased health risks. Someone who has an undetected illness, such as cancer, will feel fatigued and will sleep more, CNN reports. “It’s not that long sleep causes death or ill health," Francesco Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology at Warwick University, who was not involved in this study, told CNN, but that being in poor health might make you sleep more.

This certainly isn’t the first study to suggest getting more sleep puts you at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. In August, the Journal of the American Heart Association published a study that also found sleeping more than eight hours a night increases your risk of a cardiac event or death. This particular study was a meta-analysis of 74 other studies that represented 3 million participants. The study did note that not only did sleeping longer affect quality of health, but so did quality of sleep.

Sleeping too much is called hypersomnia, according to Dr. Michael Breus writing for The Sleep Doctor. Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Breus says not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. In fact, the amount of sleep you need is very individual, and is based on your genetics, age, activity level, health, and life circumstances. But if you start sleeping more than you normally do and have trouble waking up in the morning, feel really groggy in the morning, and have trouble concentrating during the day, Dr. Breus says those are probably signs that you’re experiencing disordered sleep. That could be a sign of any number of health conditions, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or depression.

The researchers of this latest study say the biggest takeaway they hope people get from their findings is that sleeping a lot and taking naps during the day might not be as harmless as people think. Their findings might be a good reminder to just take a look at your own sleep hygiene just to make sure you’re participating in good self-care.

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Laila Ali Accidentally Hits Elderly Pedestrian With Her Car in Parking Lot

Laila Ali knocked over an elderly pedestrian with her car, sending him to the hospital, on Tuesday afternoon, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The call regarding the accident came in around 2:42 p.m. local time, according to Deputy Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

She clarified that there was no citation for the incident — which took place at the 23600 block of Calabasas road, in Calabasas, California — because it was just an accident.

“[Ali] was driving slow in the parking lot. She wasn’t impaired,” the law enforcement official said. “The man is in his 90s, so if they fall down, they get hurt.”

RELATED: How Muhammad Ali Shaped Daughter Laila Ali’s Cooking Career: ‘My Dad Loved Burgers!’

Yesterday, the man was in stable condition after he was taken to a nearby hospital, Schrader added. It is unclear how he is doing as of Wednesday.

According to TMZ, medics first treated the victim on the scene, and Ali, 40, waited for authorities to arrive.

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The daughter of Muhammad Ali and a former professional boxer herself, the undefeated, retired athlete has built a career for herself as a television host with an expertise in fitness, wellness and lifestyle.

She’s also known for her cooking abilities, having appeared on Food Network’s Chopped, and is mother to two biological kids and three stepchildren.

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My girlfriend's former partners were all sexual athletes and I feel inadequate because I'm not as good

She had sex at least six times a night with the last one and he lasted for ages each time. Now I cannot get those images out of my mind.

I am 37 and have been with my girlfriend for a couple of months. She’s 29 and split up with her ex two years ago. I have been jealous of other girlfriends’ previous partners for as long as I can remember. I should have known better than to ask my current girlfriend.

One she told me about was an ex she knew from school days and got back in touch with via Facebook not long before she met me. They arranged a night of no-strings sex.

She said they were at it all night and she was exhausted by morning. When I asked how many times they did it and how long he lasted, it was clear he was a sexual athlete while I can only manage sex twice in a row and at best I can last for is ten minutes.

It’s left me feeling inadequate. I gave her a hard time, which I know is not fair, as I was the one asking the questions. She was just answering them.

I had trouble sleeping that night. I was obsessing about these mental images.I told my girlfriend this and she said she would not have said anything if she had known it would affect me this way.

I have been like this with past girlfriends. If I hear anything about a former boyfriend being better endowed than me or better in bed, I get jealous and upset. My girlfriend said I have nothing to be jealous about as she was tired and it all became quite boring after a while.

Why do I ask all these searching questions when I really don’t want to know the answers?


WHEN we fancy someone like crazy, how do we tell whether this is true love or mere sexual chemistry that may not last?


My leaflet Love Or Lust? will help you be sure.


Email me at [email protected]  for a copy or private message me on my Dear Deidre Facebook page.

DEIDRE SAYS: We all come with a past. Your girlfriend is with you because she wants to be.  Watch that you don’t drive her away by harping on about things rather than building the loving relationship you have going for you now.

How long you can last and how often you can have intercourse again is not the issue. She has spelled it out for you that sexual stamina isn’t everything. What you and your girlfriend enjoy and the pleasure you give her is the issue.

Note what she enjoys most, how she likes to be touched and kissed, and concentrate on what you discover. In other words, if you think about her enjoyment of sex then your enjoyment will naturally follow.

My e-leaflet Dealing With Jealousy will help you work out where your insecurity stems from. It could be something in your past still haunting the present.

If you still can’t overcome it, get help from a counsellor.

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The ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 Soundtrack Will Transport You Back In Time

One of the reasons why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel exploded to become one of the most beloved new comedies of the past year and swept the Emmys clean is because it not only features great characters, acting, and writing, but it is a treat for all of the senses. Mrs. Maisel proved yet again that it boasts some of the most exquisite costuming on television right now in it second season, and it also delivered another transportive soundtrack to make viewers fell enveloped in the 1950s. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 soundtrack is filled with so many songs that you will want to listen to over and over again once you finish bingeing the season.

Just like with the show’s Season 1 soundtrack (which is available online), Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel opens with an iconic Barbra Streisand song. This time, it is Streisand’s rendition of the opening number from Hello, Dolly, "Just Leave Everything To Me." The energetic showtune plays over scenes of workers at the department store B. Altman arranging window displays. And it continues as we move further inside to learn that Midge Maisel is actually working in the phone room rather than the make-up counter like she was before. The song is the perfect choice for the scene, since naturally, Midge is able to take care of everything and everyone in the midst of a hectic din of phone calls.

Another singer who has become a fixture in the show’s soundtrack is Peggy Lee. Songs by the famous jazz singer from the ’40s and ’50s have been featured prominently in both seasons of Mrs. Maisel. Season 2 kicks off its third episode with Peggy Lee’s song "There’ll Be Some Changes Made."

But the real standout artist of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 is none other than Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Various iconic Sinatra songs pop up over the course of the ten new episodes, including classics like "The Coffee Song" and "One For My Baby."

The thing that really makes the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel soundtracking so unique, though, is not just its selection of music from the ’50s era. The show also makes the bold choice to mix in more modern music for an anachronistic jolt, usually playing over the ending credits of an episode. A number of these more modern, ending songs imbue the show with a punk or new wave feel, and Season 2 was filled with tracks that came decades after Midge Maisel’s rise in stand-up comedy, including "Someday" by the Stroke, "Dance This Mess Around" by the B-52’s, "Cities In Dust" by Siouxsie and the Banshees, and "Opportunities" by the Pet Shop Boys.

And of course, probably the most memorable musical moment of Season 2 came at the beginning of the season finale. During the flashback scene to when Joel Maisel proposed to Midge, he cues up "Shall We Dance?" from the musical The King and I, which Midge admits is her favorite song. After Midge finally says yes, the newly engaged couple dance in the street to the showtune.

Unfortunately, the full Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 soundtrack is not yet available online, but you can keep re-listening to these jams while you wait for an official release.

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My fella is leaving me and our baby alone on Xmas so he can spend the day with his ex

I had been looking forward to our baby’s first Christmas and us being a family.

But I was horrified to hear he was accepting his wife’s invitation to spend Christmas together with their children and his mother-in-law.

He has two kids, aged 12 and 15. I expect him to want to see his kids but at the same time I am hurt as this would be our very first festive season together as new parents ourselves.

I feel I deserve better both for myself and our baby boy.  I feel sidelined.

DEIDRE SAYS: Your boyfriend is torn between loyalty to his two older children and your baby. Try and sort this out now rather than it causing distress every December.

If he can see both families that day, go for that.

Otherwise, agree he should alternate every year.

It may not be your ideal but would set a precedent, putting the children’s feelings first. Your baby won’t even be aware it is Christmas this year.

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Ex-cop in blundered Poppi Worthington case resurfaces on TV looking for new home

The husband of an ex-police officer who led the bungled probe into Poppi Worthington’s death has defended their appearance on a TV show.

Ex-Det Insp Amanda Sadler, 52, disciplined for blunders, featured with husband Gary Sadler on Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun.

The couple said they wanted to “get away from the persecution” by spending £265,000 on a new home on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Gary, also a former police officer, said: “Amanda has been scapegoated over the Poppi Worthington affair. Amanda was home in bed when all the evidence was lost.

“They well and truly hung Amanda out to dry. Others didn’t face their responsibilities.”

The couple did not buy a home, but Gary said they wanted a “fresh start”, adding: “We went on the programme because we wanted to get away from the persecution by the media and by Cumbria Police.”

Poppi, 13 months, died of suffocation in her father’s bed in 2012.

Her dad Paul, 50, was never charged due to the botched probe.

He went to the High Court this week to object to a coroner including signs of sexual abuse on the record of her death.

Mrs Sadler, once Miss Great Britain, was demoted and retired in 2016.

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How To See The Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 & Surround Yourself With Stars

Take a moment to look back on the past year and ask yourself whether or not you truly embraced the beauty of the universe. Did you find enough time to take strolls through the countryside? Were you able to swim through a natural body of water? Did you ever stop to gaze upon the stars? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, it’s still not too late. You have the opportunity to get a years’ worth of cosmic brilliance in one sitting, so take notes on how to see the Geminid meteor shower 2018.

In case you haven’t heard, the Geminid meteor shower is one of the most exciting and enchanting meteor showers that we have the privilege of experiencing. According to, as many as 120 meteors per hour can blaze through the sky during its peak, so even if you don’t normally care about shooting stars, this is a big deal. And, as you astrology nerds may have already guessed, these meteors travel from the direction of the constellation Gemini. As the shooting stars spiral through the night, feel free to imagine the twins dancing in-between them.

Anyway, enough chatter: Read on to get the most out of this year’s Geminid meteor shower experience.

When The Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Begins

Lucky for you, there’s still plenty of time to plan ahead for the upcoming Geminid meteor shower. As reported by, the Geminid peaks from Thursday, Dec. 13 to Friday, Dec. 14. However, if you can’t make the peak, the Geminid meteor shower technically begins on Dec. 4 and lasts until around Dec. 17. While the peak is the best time to catch as many shooting stars as you can, you’ve still got almost two whole weeks to see them.

What Time The Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 Starts

While you can technically glimpse the Geminid meteor shower as soon as it reaches night, there are better times to see it than others. According to, the meteors will really begin to peak around 2 a.m., but they’ll begin to gain traction around 9 or 10 p.m., so it’s wise to prepare for a late night of shooting star viewing.

If you’re not in the mood to indulge in some caffeine or you’re unable sleep-in the next morning, you can still see them earlier in the night. You’ll just have to be more patient with the stars.

Where To See The Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

Fortunately, there’s not one place you need to be in order to see the Geminid meteor shower in action. However, you’ll want to steer clear of big cities and light pollution. To make sure that you can spot even the faintest shooting stars, you should travel somewhere far away from civilization; somewhere rural. By doing so, there will be nothing to impede your view of the cosmic fireworks.

How To See The Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

When planning an evening of meteor shower viewing, it’s wise to choose a night in which the sky will be clear and the moonlight will be faint. You may want to check your local weather report in advance. However, we’re lucky that the moon will be a mere waxing crescent when the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak, allowing us to see the sky more vividly.

As always, recommends that you allow at least 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark before watching any meteor shower. also implores you to ditch the telescopes and binoculars, for they’ll actually get in your way of seeing the meteor shower rather than help you. Simply sit back, relax, and allow the magic to happen to you.

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9 simple ways to save money this holiday season

The holidays can be fun, but they’re also expensive.

According to Shannon Lee Simmons, a financial planner at the New School of Finance in Toronto, even though people have good intentions when it comes to budgeting during the holidays, it’s easy to spend more money than intended.

“One of the things we forget is the cost of making merry,” she said, explaining that budgets tend to focus on gift giving and leave out other costs most people don’t consider, like bringing alcohol to parties, buying holiday outfits, and even taxi fares.

“All of those extra costs should be things we take into account, even extra groceries [or] decor if you want a nice table,” Simmons told Global News.

Because the holidays can get pricey, it’s important to find creative ways to save money wherever you can. Here, Simmons and Toronto-based personal finance expert Barry Choi share their insider tips on how to spend less this season.

Host a Secret Santa gift exchange

If you are seeing a group of friends during the holidays, swap giving gifts to individuals and opt for a Secret Santa (where gifts are personalized) or a Yankee Swap (where everyone is guaranteed to walk away with a gift), Simmons said.

This way, you are buying one gift within a reasonable budget instead of buying multiple.

Be honest with friends/family

Simmons said if 2018 isn’t the year for you to buy something for everyone, make sure you are honest about this with family and friends.

“A lot of people feel pressure going to different holiday parties,” Simmons said. “Some people you are excited to buy for… others you are doing it ’cause you have to.”

Choi echoes this sentiment, and told Global News it’s important to really think about who should be on your gift list, and who can be cut.

“Do all your co-workers really need a gift?” Choi said. “It’s really important for people to talk with your family and friends and decide what makes sense. Because odds are, if you’re struggling to come up with funds, they are also.”

Set up donation gifts for children

This is more work on the gift-receiving end of things, but for families with a lot of children or nieces and nephews, Simmons recommended asking family members for a $10 RRSP or university fund for children, instead of boxed gifts.

You may also inspire other members of your family to do the same.

Buy second-hand

Choi said that marketplace sites like Kijiji or Craigslist often have great deals on new or nearly new things like electronics. Purchasing something from a person vs. a retailer can save you serious cash.

“Kijiji put out this index report at the beginning of this year which talked about how much you can save and make buying and selling second-hand, and the [total] average is close to $2,000,” he said.

Selling gifts you received but don’t want or need is also a great way to make money to buy things for others.

“I’ve gotten gifts I didn’t want and then sold them on Kijiji,” Choi said. “Obviously, I’m not going to get full-market value for it, but I’m going to get something.”


Choi said that while re-gifting is a hotly debated topic, it’s a perfectly fine thing to do if the gift you’re giving would be appreciated by the person receiving it.

“If you’re getting a gift that you just don’t need but it’s a solid gift, or it’s something you already have, re-gifting it makes sense,” he said. “But I wouldn’t re-gift things you know people wouldn’t like.”

Context is important, he stressed. If you’re not sure if you should pass along something you’ve been given, ask yourself if it’s something you would normally gift that person. If so, re-gifting it is OK.

Pay attention to timing

Retailers often have significant sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is a great time to buy discounted items. But brands have started extending their offers longer, Choi said.

“For quite a few retailers, it was Cyber Week this year — not just Cyber Monday,” Choi said. “I think retailers are getting smart, and offering more online discounts. ”

He also pointed out that many brands offer even bigger discounts on their websites than they do in-store. “My wife quickly realized that when Gap [products] are on sale, they’re always cheaper online than in the store.”

Shop online

Not only do certain retailers offer discounted products online, many brands will offer free gift-wrapping, too. This is a great way to save money on wrapping items yourself, Choi said.

Another perk to shopping online is saving on shipping. If you’re buying a gift for someone in another part of the country, it’s often cheaper to have it gift-wrapped and mailed to their address instead of your own. That way, you aren’t paying twice for shipping.

Take advantage of credit card points

For those of you with credit cards that have this option, cash in your points for either gift cards, luxury items or electronics. Simmons said this is a good time to go through unused gift cards to see if you can re-gift them.

While using your credit card points for gifts is a smart way to limit spending, Simmons actually recommended using cash or your debit card to pay for holiday purchases. That way, you’re more aware of your spending, and less likely to make impulse purchases, she said.

If you don’t trust yourself to keep your credit card in your wallet, stick a reminder on it telling you not to use it. “Every time you take out your [credit] card, you see it … and it’s a mindful check before you swipe your card,” she said.

Get the right apps

Apps like ShopSavvy and Flipp make finding deals easy, both Simmons and Choi said. It’s also helpful to browse the web, too, and see what discounts are available online.

“One good website is,” Choi said. “It’s basically a crowd-sourced thing where people post the deals they see.”

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