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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Sweep Top Awards at CMAs

Good Housekeeping November 2012 coverFor several years now, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been making beautiful music together, but last night’s CMAs established them as country music’s new power couple.

There’s a new power couple in country music, so affirmed by the Country Music Awards held last night in Nashville. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert—each for the third time—won Male and Female Vocalist of the Year.

But they made history by becoming the first married couple to win the CMA for Song of the Year. “Over You,” the song for which they won the award, was inspired by the tragic death of Blake’s brother in a car accident in 1990.

Since the crooning pair met, courted and married, they’ve been all over magazine covers—industry, lifestyle, health, celebrity publications, you name it. And after their star-studded performance at the CMAs, here’s a look back at the magazine covers the power couple has graced just this year.

February was a big month for Blake, appearing on both Rolling Stone and Redbook magazines. He split time with his co-judges from “The Voice” on the music magazine, but had the women’s magazine cover all to himself.

He was deemed one of “America’s Sexiest Men” by Redbook and even discussed details about his life with Miranda inside the magazine.

Miranda appeared on the cover of June’s Self magazine and this month’s Good Housekeeping magazine. On the fitness magazine, the blonde beauty talked about the importance of being toned and healthy, rather than super skinner.

Of course, she dishes on her marriage to Blake in both, but in Good Housekeeping, she opens up about the financial struggles of her childhood and what she learned from it.

And while she says she’s flattered that other women find her husband attractive, she reminds them she’s taken, but she does share his favorite recipe—Peanut Butter Pie—just in time for Thanksgiving. Yum!


Moll Anderson Answers the Health and Beauty Questions We All Want to Ask

Dr. Susan Evans, medical expert for Oprah, Dr. Oz and Dr. Drew

This week on The Moll Anderson Show I dive into the real health and beauty questions we all want to know. I invite Dr. Susan Evans straight out of the coveted 90210 ZIP code to tell us what we need to know to have amazing skin and tone.

She also gives the skinny on whether Brazilian butt lifts really work! The healthy and beauty expert herself gives her opinion on plastic surgery; because who hasn’t wondered if they should get a little nip tuck?

I’ll also reveal my latest magazine hot picks to get you looking beautiful from getting rid of red eyes to eliminating puffy dark circles.

Self magazine gives five simple steps to cellulite free skin; the easiest one is simply keeping your body hydrated.

The best way to get your intake is to eat watermelon; one cup equals 3/5-cup water. You should be taking in about 8½ cups of water per day.

Few things are worse than waking up with dark circles and puffy eyes from lack of sleep, stress, or just overexerting yourself. We can all admit to it! Women’s Health magazine provides a couple tricks to beat these annoying side effects to a busy schedule.

Purchase an anti-puff eye cream or roller and keep it in the freezer. The added cold factor will bring down the swelling almost immediately. For dark circles, invest in an eye care product containing caffeine. The caffeine will constrict the blood vessels, making the circles less obvious. Dab on just a bit of concealer to finish the process!

Allure magazine dishes on a variety of ways to kick the stress right out of your life. My personal favorite is to stop sweating the small stuff. It is easy to get caught up in the “he said, she said” trivial components of everyday life, but just let it go! Releasing these harsh feelings will make you feel all the better, because the only person you’re hurting by holding that grudge is yourself.

Have more questions? Just write me at askmoll@mollanderson.com for more great advice!

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Self magazine April 2012 cover

Carrie Underwood’s Spills Her Secrets on Getting Red Carpet Ready

Self magazine April 2012We’ve all admired those tanned, toned legs from afar. Now, Carrie Underwood is giving away some of the secrets to her fitness success.

How do Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher keep things hot and heavy on the red carpet? By texting, of course. Covering the April issue of Self magazine, the country superstar tells the magazine, “I get texts from Mike when I’m on a red carpet that read, ‘You’re so hot!’ I like that. Words of affirmation mean a lot to me.”

Whatever Underwood’s doing these days, it’s certainly working. Seven years after winning “American Idol,” the songstress is covering the fitness magazine for the fourth time. Thankfully, this time she’s sharing her tips for looking red carpet ready with the rest of us. Here are the top seven:

1. Know where your food comes from: ”My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from.”

2. Vegan all the way: ”I’ll never eat meat again, because I look and feel better without it.”

3. Eat at home to cut calories: “[Mike] would rather go out to restaurants than eat at home. It makes me mad! I really enjoy cooking and eating together at home.”

4. Keep a food journal: ”I’m a very regimented eater. I’ve kept food journals for years.”

5. Make workouts fun: Underwood works out with a deck of cards. “I have a game I love for when I’m working out on my own, without a trainer … Half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half … Having different exercises for each half of the deck keeps me from getting bored.”

6. Be comfortable in your own skin: ”Now, I’m a lot better with saying, I feel good about myself and that’s enough.”

7. Keep it simple: Instead of facials or peels, Underwood sticks with the basics. “Get plenty of water and sleep. That’s it!”

Look for Underwood’s fourth studio album, “Blown Away,” which hits stores May 1.

Self magazine March 2012

The Only Piece of Cardio Equipment You Need

Self magazine March 2012Balance balls. Kettlebells. Yoga mats. Medicine balls. You may have the hottest home gym equipment, but Self magazine suggests you lose it all for just one thing.

When I was a kid, jumping rope and singing silly rhymes was fun. It wasn’t a workout; it was what I did in the driveway with friends on a sunny afternoon. I remember the sound the rope made as it hit the concrete and how much my friends and I loved to try lining up four or five deep to all jump the same rope. That didn’t always work, but we tried anyway and just kept singing and giggling.

Now that I’m all grown up, the March issue of Self magazine is calling the jump rope the No. 1 way to melt fat. That’s quite a statement! In eight minutes, jumping rope can burn 100 calories. Who doesn’t have eight spare minutes in their day?

If it’s been years since you’ve played Double Dutch in the driveway with your friends, Self offers some great tips for getting the most from your rope–and your workout.

  1. Hold your elbows square to your body and let your wrists do all the turning. Contracting your arms and shoulders along the way will sculpt those upper body muscles.
  2. Engage your core to protect your back and knees from injury and tone your midsection at the same time.
  3. Jump and land on the balls of your feet–no need to bring them any more than an inch from the floor. For greater comfort in your legs and feet, wear cross training sneakers.

I actually keep up with a few of those gradeschool friends on Facebook. They all have kids and careers and activities they enjoy now. I wonder if they might meet me in the driveway to sing and giggle? And hey, we could burn a few hundred calories while we’re at it!

Self magazine February 2012 cover

Bench Warmers: Work Out at the Park

Self magazine February 2012

Self Feb. 2012

Self magazine urges readers to get outside — and work out once we’re there.

When you’re at the park with the kids, you basically have two choices: You can sit on a park bench and watch them slide and swing and laugh. Or, you can use that bench to burn some calories and tone a few muscles.

The February issue of Self magazine offers up two bench workouts: One is designed to utilize the weight bench in the gym and the other uses a park bench in the great outdoors. With the sunshine and blue sky we’ve been experiencing in Austin, the outdoor version of the workout has me wanting to get outside and give it a try.

Self magazine illustrates each move in full-color photographs and detailed descriptions. The workout includes moves like Going in Circles, which works the arms, abs, glutes and thighs; and the Flying Ace, which focuses on the shoulders and back.

If “I don’t have time” is one of your go-to excuses for not getting into shape, this quick workout blows it out of the water. If you have time to take the kids to the park, you have time to work out while you’re there. Two birds, one stone!