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The Reverse Bucket List: Or What I Was Thankful for in 2014

This week, as we all gather our loved ones and...
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Where Were You On 9/11? Looking Back 12 Years Later

I almost managed to forget what today was. Between getting...
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My new Parade.com column

This week, I'm excited to announce that I'll be starting...
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In Cosmopolitan This Month: Kelly Clarkson Is In Control

Check out this month's Cosmopolitan magazine for my latest Q&A...
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The Reverse Bucket List. Or: What I’m Thankful For…

This week, as we all gather our loved ones and...
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3 a.m. Wake-Up Call

Sigh. For about the third night in three weeks, it's...
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OMG! Best. Finale. EVER!

  Okay, admittedly, the whole Elena ending didn't come as an...
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The Reverse Bucket List, One Year Later. Or: What I’m Most Thankful For…

This week, as we all gather our loved ones and...
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Steve Jobs’ Seven Secrets of Success

Lately, I've been all about learning how to optimize and...
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Book Banning: A Slippery Slope

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And...
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Better Late Than Never: New Year’s Resolutions 2011

I meant to write this post days ago. Instead, I've used...
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Does a Baby Really Need a Christmas Present?

So it's Kavya's first Christmas. She'll be 10 months old,...
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Should Babies Have Their Own Seat on a Plane?

When we first booked our semi-annual trip to California a...
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‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ Is Banned in My House

Jack Black gets nutty on Yo Gabba Gabba. (Here, sans camel...
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Bilingual Babies Are Cuter

At 9 months old, baby Kavya is officially talking. Her first word, as...
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On Thanksgiving, Assessing My Reverse Bucket List

This week, as we all gather our loved ones and...
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Do I Have to Brush Baby’s First Tooth?

Kavi and her little half-tooth grin.Last week, after months of teething,...
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Baby’s First Thanksgiving as a Second Generation American

As we count down the days to Thanksgiving, one thing...
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Is Your Baby A Vegetarian?

This Thanksgiving, Kavi will be digging in with the rest of...
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The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Got

A few weeks ago, I was on the subway with...
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NaNoWriMo: Balancing Mommy Time And Me Time

How do you know when it's time to tip the...
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What’s Your Baby’s Favorite Book?

After being sick for nearly two weeks, baby Kavya's on...
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My Baby Doesn’t Understand the Word ‘No’

Kavya started crawling last week, and things have been chaos...
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I Am Not a Young Mama

The other day, I was on the phone interviewing a...
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And the Crawling Chaos Begins

Kavya crawling means chaos for mama -- and her Mac....
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Deciding on Baby’s First Halloween Costume

This one looks cute.For the past few weeks, nay, months,...
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The Never-Ending Day Care Bills

So my husband is grumpy with me this morning. (And...
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Day Care Update: We Survived the First Month

It's been a month since Kavya started day care, and...
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What Was Your Baby’s First Word?

Kavi's only 7 months old, so I know it's a...
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Did Motherhood Change Your Life Goals?

It's my birthday today. My first as a mama. I...
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Motherhood Means I’m Always Late

I feel like I'm always running behind.Kavi went to day...
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The Aunt My Baby Will Never Know

I recently reconnected with a high school pal on Facebook....
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Daycare: Surviving the First Week

So Kavya started daycare this week. And we both survived....
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My Baby Doesn’t Need Me Anymore

Kavi is almost 7 months old, and I know it's...
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Separation Anxiety: For Baby or Mama?

Next week, little Kavi starts daycare. She'll be 6 months...
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Preparing Baby (And Mom) for Day Care

So this is it. There's one week left before my...
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Do You Keep Up With the Baby Book?

This is what Kavi's baby book looks like. Isn't it...
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Our ‘Eat Pray Love’ Adventure. Or: Julia Roberts Has Nothing on Me

Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem find Love. Nearly five years...
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Taking Time for Mom: I Got My Hair Done (So What if It Took Six Hours)

Like many new moms, I've let my daily beauty regimen...
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Baby’s First Solid Foods: Should I Go Organic?

Kavi had her first solid feeding yesterday -- and boy...
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What Was Your Baby’s First Food?

Next week, Kavi will be 6 months old -- and...
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My 6-Month-Old Is Going to Day Care

If you've been following our day care dilemma, here's the...
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Motherhood Has Made Me Fragile

The stories of moms flushing newborns down airplane toilets or...
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Making Mom Friends: How Do You Do It?

Next week, we're taking Kavi to her first kids' party,...
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Entertaining Baby: A Working Mom’s (Pseudo) Lament

I'm starting to wonder whether my baby has an exceptionally...
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Grandparents Were Made to Spoil Kids, Right?

Photo by Navdeep Singh Dhillon My husband and I have...
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My First Day Away From Baby

So Kavi will be 3 months old next week. And...
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Does Your Baby Have a Web Presence?

This week, new aunt Kim Kardashian got a very public...
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“Jersey Shore” Stereotypes. Give Me A Break.

The second season of of the annoyingly ubiquitous MTV hit...
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Do Your Goals Change Post-Baby?

I got accepted to grad school yesterday. Shouldn't I be...
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My Little Fashionista Baby

Hello. My name is Sona. And I am not an...
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Working from Home With A Newborn: Am I Crazy?

About two years ago, before my husband and I officially...
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Looking Back On Life Before Baby

Yesterday, my husband showed me the video he edited of...
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How Do New Moms Find Time to Bathe?

It's been almost six weeks since my beautiful baby girl...
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The New Moon Trailer

Here it is! Enjoy!
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Making the Cut!

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR? Happy to...
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New Moon — A First Look!

ATTENTION TWILIGHT FANS! Over on the MTV Movies Blog today...
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TV Shows Slash Scribes to Trim Budgets

Variety reported today that as part of cost-cutting measures mandated...
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Do You Kindle?

This a.m., Amazon unveiled its new Kindle DX, a widescreen...
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Tribeca Talks: The Girlfriend Experience

Screenwriters Spill on Budget Concerns Should your expected budget affect...
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Tentpole Time!

Fox's Wolverine Bows Big Despite contending with an online leak...
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Lauren Conrad Gets Animated

The Hills Hottie Gets In the Family Way Worried about...
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New Moon In Sight

Twilight fans, known for dissecting every little detail of the...
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The Daily Beast: Tori Spelling’s Mommy Issues – 2

Page 1 2 Tori Spelling's Mommy Issues TheDailyBeast.com April 2009...
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The Daily Beast: Tori Spelling’s Mommy Issues – 1

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Welcome to Mommywood

In which our heroine, Tori Spelling, balances raising two kids...
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Don’t Mess With Texas

This week, you can check out a short piece I...
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American Way: Don’t Mess With Texans

Don't Mess with Texans American Way April 2009 Download PDF...
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American Way: Changing Her Colors

Changing Her Colors American Way April 2009 Download PDF Forget...
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Cloris Leachman: America’s Dirtiest Dancer?

Maybe it's my age, but I best remember Cloris Leachman...
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The Daily Beast: Cloris Leachman Is America’s Dirtiest Dancer – 2

Page 1 2 America's Dirtiest Dancer TheDailyBeast.com March 2009 Download...
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The Daily Beast: Cloris Leachman Is America’s Dirtiest Dancer – 1

Page 1 2 America's Dirtiest Dancer TheDailyBeast.com March 2009 Download...
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American Way: Jennie From the Block

Jennie From the Block American Way March 2009 Download PDF...
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The Plot: Desi Designs – 3

Page 1 2 3 Desi Designs The Plot March 2009...
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The Plot: Desi Designs – 2

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The Plot: Desi Designs – 1

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The Good Life, Cancelled?

In these troubled times, can the Privileged life survive? With...
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I (Still) Heart Ugly Betty

After going astray last season, Ugly Betty returns to its...
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Oscar Themes

This week I'm digging into Oscar themes past and present on...
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The Plot: Bollywood Breakthroughs – 3

Page 1 2 3 Bollywood Breakthroughs The Plot February 2009...
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The Plot: Bollywood Breakthroughs – 2

Page 1 2 3 Bollywood Breakthroughs The Plot February 2009...
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The Plot: Bollywood Breakthroughs – 1

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American Way: She’s a Lady

She's a Lady American Way February 2009 Download PDF What...
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American Way: Long Shot

Long Shot American Way February 2009 Download PDF Against all...
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ABC News: Oscar Themes – 3

Page 1 2 3 Oscar Themes, Past and Present ABCNews.com...
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ABC News: Oscar Themes – 2

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ABC News: Oscar Themes -1

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ABC News: Reality Bites – 2

Page 1 2 Reality Bites ABCNews.com February 2009 Download PDF...
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ABC News: Reality Bites – 1

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Film Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions IshqInABackpack.com February 2009 Download PDF Having read the Shopaholic...
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Before Twilight

Vampire Diaries Scores A Fall Debut on the CW Just...
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She’s Just Not That Into You?

I've been working on a story for ABCNews.com on celebrity...
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ABC News: Shatner Down to Earth on New Talk Show

Shatner Down to Earth on New Talk Show ABCNews.com January...
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Shatnerisms

I have to say, I've interviewed probably hundreds of celebrities,...
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Vacarro’s Is Closing!

We're back from our trip to Vegas and California, and...
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2009 Break-Out Stars!

2008 was definitely the year of Rob Pattinson and Tina...
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ABC News: Breakout Stars – 3

Page 1 2 3 2009's Break-Out Stars ABCNews.com December 2008...
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ABC News: Breakout Stars – 2

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ABC News: Breakout Stars – 1

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The Plot: Slumdog – 2

Page 1 2 Slumdog Has Its Day The Plot Dec....
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The Plot: Slumdog – 1

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Premiere: Rob Pattinson – 2

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Premiere: Rob Pattinson – 1

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The New York Times: Rob Pattinson Is Home By Daybreak

Home By Daybreak: A Night Out With Robert Pattinson The...
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ABC News: Twilight Poised to Thrive – 2

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ABC News: Twilight Poised to Thrive – 1

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ABC News: eBay The Election – 2

Page 1 2 eBay the 2008 Election ABCNews.com November 2008...
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ABC News: eBay The Election – 1

Page 1 2 eBay the 2008 Election ABCNews.com November 2008...
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ABC News: Old School Rules – 2

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ABC News: Old School Rules – 1

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ABC News: Worthy Adversaries – 2

Page 1 2 Worthy Adversaries: Villains Take Center Stage ABCNews.com...
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ABC News: Worthy Adversaries – 1

Page 1 2 Worthy Adversaries: Villains Take Center Stage ABCNews.com...
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Teen Books Turned Films Draw Big Box Office Bucks

Like many aspiring novelists, I've got a few young adult...
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ABC News: Big Bucks in Teen Book Series Adaptations – 2

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ABC News: Big Bucks in Teen Book Series Adaptations – 1

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TV Goes for Big Bucks – 2

Page 1 2 TV Goes for Big Bucks ABCNews.com June...
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TV Goes for Big Bucks – 1

Page 1 2 TV Goes for Big Bucks ABCNews.com June...
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The Plot: Kal Penn – 3

Page 1 2 3 Kal Penn The Plot May 2008...
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The Plot: Kal Penn – 2

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The Plot: Kal Penn – 1

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Idol Chatter: Saawariya Stars Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor – 2

Page 1 2 Idol Chatter: Saawariya IshqInABackpack.com May 2008 Download PDF...
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Idol Chatter: Saawariya Stars Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor -1

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Film Review: Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

Last week, on TV, I saw Rani Mukherji quite cockily...
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Five Bollywood Rules

THE RULE: All foreigners are evil and/or slutty. This includes...
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A Bollywood Primer

A Bollywood Primer IshqInABackpack.com August 2007 Download PDF Oldies But...
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East West: Provoked

Provoked East West May 2007 Download PDF You have to...
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People: Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff People April 2007 Download PDF Being Hilary Duff...
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Destination Weddings: Las Vegas Vows

Las Vegas Vows Destination Weddings March 2007 Download PDF
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People: Kal Penn

Kal Penn People March 2007 Download PDF At 29, Kal...
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People: Ruben’s Return

Ruben's Return People October 2006 Download PDF Ruben's Return Out...
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People: Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom People September 2006 Download PDF Shy Guy No...
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Modern Bride: Celebrity Couples – 2

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Modern Bride: Celebrity Couples – 1

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 6

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 5

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 4

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 3

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 2

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Modern Bride: The Moon and the Stars – 1

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Modern Bride: Get Your Honeymoon For Free!

Get Your Honeymoon for Free! Modern Bride June 2005 Download...
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RAVE: Honeymoon Hotspots – 2

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RAVE: Honeymoon Hotspots – 1

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RAVE: Honeymoon Hotspots – 4

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RAVE: Honeymoon Hotspots – 3

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Teen People: On Set Romances

On Set Romances TeenPeople April 2005 Download PDF Celebrity Couples:...
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Teen People: Celebrity Stress – 4

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Teen People: Celebrity Stress – 3

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Teen People: Celebrity Stress – 2

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Teen People: Celebrity Stress – 1

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People: Introducing Aishwarya

Introducing Aishwarya People February 2005 Download PDF In India, Aishwarya...
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RAVE: Chai With Mira Nair- 3

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RAVE: Chai With Mira Nair – 2

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RAVE: Chai With Mira Nair – 1

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People: Coldplay

Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head People August...
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People: Korn

Korn: Untouchables People June 2002 Download PDF On this follow-up...
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People: Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne: Let Go People June 2002 Download PDF Thanks...
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People: Ghost Stories

Amanda Ghost: Ghost Stories People September 2000 Download PDF Make...
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Teen People: Body Language – 2

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Teen People: Body Language – 1

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