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Elton John Is Given Some Hope

Recently it was reported that singer Elton John and David Furnish would not be able to adopt 14-month-old Lev, due to Ukranian adoption laws which prohibit same sex couples and unmarried couples from adopting.

It seem as if Yuri Pavlenko, the Youth & Sports Minister of Ukraine has had a change of heart. On Thursday (September 18), Pavlenko said that Sir Elton “has the right and opportunity to invite the family of this boy to visit him, take them under his guardianship and help him grow into a good person.”

However, Pavlenko also said that the adoption was not possible because although Lev is under the care of an orphanage his mother is still alive.

The Minister said, “I’d like to ask everyone to be tolerant to the boy. This is not an orphan, the child has a mother and an elder brother and so he cannot be adopted by law. He has a difficult fate, like his mother. Help has been provided to his mother to find strength to bring the family back together.”

Elton John still has a rough road ahead of him. Not only does the country’s Orthodox and Catholic churches have strong views on gay adoption but The Orthodox Church in Ukraine has already branded Sir Elton a “sinner” because of his sexuality.

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Twixt: A Tween Boutique

Twixt is a trend setting boutique for tween girls ages 7-14  and adults. This Washington based store not only offers accessories, apparel, skin-care, gifts and room furnishings but also gives girls and parents a space to interact and explore various styles of age appropriate fashion and beauty products.

In 2008, Twixt was voted “Best Big Kids Clothes Store” and “Best Big Kids Shoe Store” in the Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Awards and “Best of the City” by DC Magazine.

Gayatri Bhalla, Yale graduate and mom of 4 is the CEO of this exciting shop.  She is also the designer behind the Twixt leather sandals, a design based upon a style  she grew up wearing in India.

Twixt is a trend setting boutique for tween girls ages 7-14 and adults. This Washington based store not only offers accessories, apparel, skin-care, gifts and room furnishings but also gives girls and parents a space to interact and explore various styles of age appropriate fashion and beauty products.

In 2008, Twixt was voted “Best Big Kids Clothes Store” and “Best Big Kids Shoe Store” in the Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Awards and “Best of the City” by DC Magazine.

Gayatri Bhalla, Yale graduate and mom of 4 is the CEO of this exciting shop. She is also the designer behind the Twixt leather sandals, a design based upon a style she grew up wearing in India.

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Celebrity Moms Hit The ALMAs Red Carpet

Celebrity Moms Hit The ALMAs Red Carpet

Celebrity moms stole the show on the red carpet at last night’s ALMA Awards in Westwood, CA.

Salma Hayek looked gorgeous in a short dress with beautiful back detailing at the event, which was hosted by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

Salma, whose daughter Valentina Paloma turns 2 next week, was honored with the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence.

“I feel very proud and moved to get this award because it’s from my people, it’s from the Latin people,” she said.

Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado, who performed at the show, CSI star Eva LaRue and model Talisa Soto, who has kids Sophia and Mateo with actor Benjamin Bratt, were also well-deserving of the spotlight in their glamorous gowns.

Tune into ABC tonight to catch the broadcast of the ALMAs.

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    Celeb Baby Gear: Get the Look!

    Celeb Baby Gear: Get the Look!

    Sasha’s backpack is a Skip Hop Dog Zoo Pack Backpack – $20

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    Jenna Elfman: “I Look Way Farther Along Than I Am”

    Jenna Elfman: "I Look Way Farther Along Than I Am"

    Now into the second trimester of her second pregnancy, actress Jenna Elfman wonders just how big her baby bump is going to get.

    “I’m showing so much more this time, much sooner,” the Accidentally On Purpose star tells US. “I look way farther along than I am. So that feels different. I’m like, ‘Am I going to plateau, or is it going to become humongous?’ I don’t know, we will see. It will be an adventure!”

    Jenna’s co-star Ashley Jensen is also expecting, so the two have had plenty to talk about on the set.

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    Jennifer Garner: Violet Is Confused About My Job

    Jennifer Garner: Violet Is Confused About My Job

    Jennifer Garner is making her rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival while promoting her new flick, The Invention of Lying. The 37-year-old mom-of-two spoke to PEOPLE about her elder daughter, the adorable 3 1/2-year-old Violet Affleck, and what she thinks mommy does for a living.

    “The older one thinks that I work in a trailer. She thinks that my work is getting hair and makeup done,” Jennifer told reporters at a TIFF press conference for her new movie costarring Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Ricky Gervais, who directed it.

    Jennifer added, “If you ask her what I do, she’ll say she remembers me bowing on stage when I did a show in New York, and so she’ll say, ‘My mom sometimes will bow on stage and sometimes she gets her hair and makeup done.’ It’s a great job!”

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