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Zooey Deschanel is also pregnant just like big sister Emily

More babies for the Deschanels!

 Zooey Deschanel joins big sister Emily Deschanel who is expecting her second child with husband David Hornsby.

Zoey confirmed to PEOPLE that she and beau Jacob Pechenik are expecting their first child this summer.

The New Girl actress and her producer boyfriend have dated since 2014.

Sister Emily, who stars in Bones, confirmed the news about her second pregnancy this past December.

Congrats!

photo: Starcast

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Will Tamera Mowry-Housley’s second pregnancy announcement change how you see sponsored content by celebrities in social media?

Congratulations to one half of our favorite sets of celebrity twins, Tamera Mowry-Housley, who announced yesterday on her Instagram and Facebook accounts that she is expecting her second child with husband FOX News correspondent Adam Housley.


The couple are parents to 2-year old Aden. The new arrival, when born, will have mom’s twin, actress Tia Mowry Hardrict, for an aunty and her son with actor Cory Hardrict,  3-year old Cree Taylor for a cousin. 


Mowry-Housley had been a spokesperson for the pregnancy testing brand Clear Blue  since 2013 . She also mentioned the company in the share:
“We are thrilled to announce we are #ClearblueConfirmed! Can’t wait to meet baby #2! Love Clearblue’s pregnancy test with Smart Countdown. It helped me get through the wait to get my result by counting down with me. #spon,”

She likely is beyond 3 months and took the test a while ago and is only dong the announcement now for the promo opp. 

I was noticing some of the negative reaction in social media and in comments section to the announcement over the fact that she included the words “#spon” in the post and used the moment to also promote the brand.
John Legend‘s controversial wife, model Chrissy Teigen,  even threw in some shade

I wrote a couple years ago in March 2013 on my poli-tech blog about how the United States Federal Trade Commission had updated its regulations back then to require celebrities, bloggers and other social media personalities to indicate clearly and explicitly when they are getting paid in product or money to promote a product. 
The purpose, of course, is the interest of transparency and full disclosure so audiences are aware they are being influenced by someone paid to advance a brand. 
As a blogger, I have railed for years against the fact that I see so many celebrities promote products daily that they are getting paid to social share but who fail to abide by the rules. Yet, there seemed to be a focus on bloggers, vloggers and other rising social media influencers to be compliant. Meanwhile, celebrities were violating the rules routinely and there seemed to be no interest in cracking down on them.
Technically, the brands are responsible more making sure celebs themselves do not break the guidelines and they, along with the celebrity, are responsible for any fines or repercussions of the violation.
As BabyCenter.com pointed out, Mowry-Housley was using her clutch to hide her bump at an industry event last month.

Now,  given some of the negative reaction to Mowry-Housley’s announcement, with some people calling the share “tacky”, it’s easy to see why many choose to just omit the fact they were paid to promote a product or service. 
Consumers, apparently,  don’t take too well to paid promotions at all and will be less likely to trust the word of the person promoting the product if they feel there was compensation for it. They don’t find it as genuine. Perhaps it’s the same reason why people get up to use the bathroom during commercials but cannot avoid brands strategically placed on TV shows. Overt v. Subconscious. 
It also probably has to do with the fact that people gravitate to blogs, online communities and social media to get the “real” experience and find dialogue. They probably find the exchanges there more trustworthy and honest than from scripted prose. It’s the same reason why people prefer reality TV or non-fiction television shows over scripted ones perhaps. 
In any event, all of the ruckus will die down eventually and people will get over it.

Congrats to the family!

I am eager, however, to see if this announcement and the reaction to it will lead more celebrities and brands to continue to take the risk of an FTC fine by just not following the rules as they are already are. 
….Or will it open up more audiences’ eyes to realize that they see thousands of product placements in tweets and IG shares daily and have been obliviously taking it all in and fine with it all the time.
Note they only got bothered when it was in their faces. 
So it seems people don’t mind being “influenced” so long as they’re not told they are. So interesting. And with more news outlets picking up the announcement, ClearBlue is getting exposure beyond Mowry-Housley’s millions of followers.
Your thoughts? Do you see nothing wrong with using social media to promote a brand during your pregnancy announcement? Or do you think it shouldn’t be used for personal shares?

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Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross (Diana’s Son) expecting first child

Congrats to singer Ashlee Simpson and her new husband, singer/actor  Evan Ross on expecting their first child together, E!Online confirms.
The couple tied the know this Summer on August 21st and are the union of two musical families. Simpson’s sister is Jessica Simpson and Ross’s mom is the legendary Diana Ross. 
This baby will have Ashlee’s 6-year old son, Bronx, from a marriage with rocker Pete Wentz for a big brother. 

A couple of personal observations: With Ashlee’schin cleft and Ross looking the way he does, am I the only one who thinks this baby will look like Michael Jackson? 
Two: Pete and Evan both have black moms and white dads. Just random. Ashlee has a type! LOL! j/k! 
Congrats to the happy couple! 

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Chelsea Clinton announces she is pregnant with first child

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant. She announced the news that she and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby during an event in New York today. She told friends and fans on her Facebook page that the baby is due in the fall.
“Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall!” she wrote on her Facebook fan page. “Thank you for all of the kind words!”
Chelsea and Mezvinsky, a hedge fund manager, married in 2010 in a dual denominational ceremony. This will be the first child for both. Chelsea’s dad, former President Bill Clinton once told  a crowd at the 2011 World Economic Forum that his wife Hillary Clinton won’t be happy until she becomes a grandmother, USA Today reported. “It’s something she wants more than she wanted to be president,” he said.
Now the question is whether and how will this baby impact Hillary’s 2016 run for the next President of the United States.
Congrats Chelsea! As has been said, is this like a Royal pregnancy for Democrats?
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Christina Aguilera confirms pregnancy and baby’s gender

 
Since news broke in February that Christina Aguilera was pregnant with her second child, Just Jared reports that The Voice coach finallyconfirmed the pregnancy while performing at a fan event in Malaysia today, March 28. 
The famous singer also announced that she was expecting a baby girl with  fiance Matt Ratler
 Aguilera already has a 6-year old son named Max with ex husband Jordan Bratman.


Awww. Congrats!!

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TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie is married and pregnant

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Congratulations to TODAY show anchor Savannah Guthrie who not only married her beau since 2008 Michael Feldman this weekend but also surprised the 90 guests that she was about 4-months pregnant as well. 
Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist were among the guests attending the intimate secret wedding which was not previously publicly announced. 
It was a cute way she shared the news too, Celebrity Babies reports.
It was after a DJ played NBC News “Special Report” music.
“Savannah looked at Mike, and said, ‘So, should we break some news? Okay. I – we – are four months pregnant!’ It was an explosive moment. Everyone was on their feet, cheering,” the source told the site.
So sweet considering just last year the host said she wanted to have children but was worried because she was 41.

NYFW Bombshell: Rapper Lil Kim is Pregnant (PHOTOS)

Blogger Claire Sulmers from the Fashion Bomb Daily confirmed tonight that rapper Lil Kim is pregnant.  The fashion blogebrity tweeted the news about an hour ago at The Blonds NY runway show during NY City Fashion Week.

Later, Bloggebrity and Media Personality Perez Hilton confirmed the news as well with a  photo revealing a very bulbous belly and a full face.

No confirmation in how far along she is or who the dad is. Story is developing.

Congrats!

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After two girls, Soleil Moon Frye welcomes first son

After two having two girls, 8-year old Poet and 5-year old Jagger with her film and TV producer husband Jason Goldberg, actress Soleil Moon Frye, best known for her role in the 80s TV hit Punky Brewster gave birth to her first son, on Monday, February 10.
“Our amazing baby boy was born yesterday,” the blogger and author of “Happy Chaos”  tweeted on yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 11. “We are so excited for the newest addition to our family. Thank you for the love! Xo.”
Congrats!

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