Josie Rhodes Cook

Activist. Progressive. Fangirl. Feminist. Lover of Pinback Buttons. Calamity's Child. Writer. Not one of the Pussycats (officially, anyway).
Recent Articles

Study: Getting The Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Won't Hurt Your Baby, Despite Myths

Some days, it feels like this flu season is going to last forever. And the truth is, seasonal flu activity can continue into May, so there could still be weeks to go before the current flu season is over in the United States. But there's a little bit…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

The Reason This Aunt Gave Her Nieces A Door Stop Will Literally Break You

In the days since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it seems like everyone has an opinion about how to move forward. There have been plenty of articles about gun violence and how to prevent it, from every angle, and from every corner o…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Measles Cases Increased Dramatically In Europe, & Experts Think Anti-Vaxxers Could Be To Blame

Since a vaccine for measles has been around for a long time now, you'd think the viral infection would be completely eradicated. Think again. Measles cases increased dramatically in Europe in 2017, according to the World Health Organization, and some…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo Welcome Their 2nd Child, & Her Name Is Really Beautiful

It's time to break out the double stroller for one celebrity couple. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcomed their second child, and she's easily got one of the most unique baby names I've heard of in awhile. They've named their new baby daughter Ge…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Norovirus Has Officially Hit The Olympics, & It Could Seriously Affect The Athletes

Well, it happened. We put a ton of people from all over world in one place, bringing all sorts of germs with them, and now, norovirus has officially hit the Olympics and some of the athletes have gotten sick. Who is surprised by this? Because I'm not…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

How To Tell If Someone Took A Screenshot Of Your Instagram Story

The social media world is going through some *changes.* A few popular social media apps are changing the way they operate, and users haven't been happy about all of the alterations. For instance, there's now a way to tell if someone took a screenshot…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Here's How Fast Olympic Downhill Skiers Usually Go (Spoiler: It's Fast AF)

I don't usually care all that much about sports, but this year's Olympics in PyeongChang have got me paying attention to all sorts of sports that aren't usually on my radar. I even attended college in an area that's really big on skiing and other sno…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Here's Why Trump's SNAP Proposal Could Seriously Hurt Families

On Monday, the Trump administration included a proposal in its budget request for fiscal year 2019 that is definitely drawing some attention. The administration wants to replace part of SNAP with food boxes, and it's hugely problematic. The proposal …
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Why Is Hong Kong Its Own Flag At The Olympics? The Region Competes Separately From China

If you watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics live on Friday morning, you might have noticed that the athletes from Hong Kong marched behind a flag that looked different from China's flag. Why is Hong Kong its own flag at the Olympics, anyway? …
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Here's How Olympic Ice Dancers Madison Chock & Evan Bates Met

Yes, for the record, ice dancing and ice skating are two totally separate sports. And both events have some seriously talented athletes competing at this year's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. One ice dancing pair to watch out for this y…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

What Is The Flag The Koreas Carried At The Opening Ceremony? It's A Symbol Of Unity

For those who may be unaware, the 2018 Winter Olympics have started in PyeongChang, South Korea. The opening ceremony won't air on NBC in the United States until Friday night, but the event actually already happened overseas (at about 6 a.m. Eastern …
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Tongan Flag Bearer Pita Taufatofua Returns To The PyeongChang Olympic Games Still Shirtless

It might be pretty cold in PyeongChang, South Korea, but that didn't stop one athlete from what is probably a much warmer island nation from going shirtless in the opening ceremony, much to the delight of Twitter and other viewers watching the festiv…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Cameran Eubanks' Breastfeeding Instagrams Show Her Journey Hasn't Been An Easy One

Cameran Eubanks is one of the stars of Southern Charm, a docuseries on the Bravo TV network. But you might also know her from her funny, insightful, "mommy blogging" style posts on social media. Eubanks has always kept it real when it comes to the tr…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Target's Same-Day Delivery Starts This Month, So Prepare To Empty Your Bank Account

Ah, Target. The promised land of every millennial parent. I'm not a parent myself, but I will admit that there has been many a time when I've been looking for something to do with a friend, and it's not uncommon for us to somehow end up at Target. Bu…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Taking Antibiotics During Pregnancy Could Be Bad For Your Baby's Health, Science Says

New research out of Australia has some health experts concerned with a possible link between pregnant mothers taking antibiotics and an increased risk of their baby or child being hospitalized for an infection later on, the Australian Broadcasting Co…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

The Meaning Behind Kylie Jenner's Baby Instagram Post Is Beyond Sweet

She's finally done it. Kylie Jenner finally announced her long-rumored pregnancy with news of the delivery of her baby girl. If you're a fan of the socialite, you've likely been waiting with bated breath for this exact moment. But what does Kylie's b…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Here's What *Could* Happen During Justin Timberlake's 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Justin Timberlake is going to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, in his first return to the event since his infamous appearance with Janet Jackson in 2004. Performing at the halftime show for what is arguably the biggest sporting event of …
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Curious What Tiffany Trump Does For A Living? Wonder No More

Tiffany Trump is one of the most mysterious members of the Trump family. She is the only child of President Donald Trump and his second wife, Marla Maples, and hasn't had the same high-profile role in the Trump administration as her older siblings. B…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nadal Just Announced The Birth Of Baby No. 2 With The Sweetest Pic

Broadway composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda is a dad again. On Friday afternoon, Miranda announced he and Vanessa Nadal just welcomed baby number two, a baby boy, with the sweetest photo posted on Miranda's own Twitter account. The little guy's na…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Wait A Minute... Did Chrissy Teigen Just Confirm Kylie Jenner's Pregnancy?

In case you didn't know, Chrissy Teigen is a close family friend of the Kardashian/Jenner family. The model, cookbook author, and star of Lip Sync Battle was even invited to Kim Kardashian West’s cherry blossom-themed baby shower when she was expecti…
By Josie Rhodes Cook