Jake Taylor: Exeter City captain celebrates wedding with best scoring run of his career

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Jake Taylor had a lot to smile about at the final whistle of his side’s win over Crawley Town – his first goal in eight months and his last game as a single man

Tuesday night, score in a comeback win. Wednesday, get married. Take Thursday off with your new wife. Friday, training. Saturday, score in another win.

Exeter City captain Jake Taylor had a wedding week like no other last month.

The 28-year-old managed to sandwich his nuptials in between the best goalscoring run of his career as he found the net four times in five games for the League Two club and was named his side’s Player of the Month for October to boot.

“October was definitely a good month for me personally,” Taylor told BBC Radio Devon, as he prepared for his side’s clash with Oldham Athletic this weekend.

Having scored for the first time this season in a 2-1 win over Crawley on Tuesday 20 October, Taylor soon had other things on his mind.

“In his team talk after the game he (manager Matt Taylor) said ‘Jake, I’ll see you on Friday’, the rest of you are in on Thursday, so thankfully he gave me a bit of time to recover after my wedding,” recalled Taylor of the day before his big day.

“Then I went back in on Friday and we got another really good result on the Saturday, so it really couldn’t have gone a lot better for me. It was nice for Matt to give me an extra day off.”

‘Different’ day was ‘fantastic’

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Taylor was overjoyed to score against Scunthorpe United in his first game as a married man

The manic week in October for the former Reading youngster came about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not only has it played havoc with football’s fixture lists, but also with plans for people’s personal lives all over the world.

“Getting married was fantastic,” said Taylor. “We were planning it a little bit differently, but the way it came about and the day itself was fantastic as well.

“We were supposed to be getting married in June and obviously we couldn’t because of the pandemic, so we moved it around March-time hoping that in October things might be a little bit better by then.

“Obviously numbers went down to 30 and then when we finally got married it was 15, so it was just 15 close family and friends.

“It wasn’t quite how we planned, but the day itself couldn’t have gone any better and we had a really good day.”

Taylor is third in Exeter’s goalscoring charts so far this season, with the Grecians on a 13-game unbeaten run that is the best in the top five divisions of English football and has put them just one point outside the automatic promotion places, and four off leaders Newport County.

“We’ve played some good teams so far as well, so it’s important to be really hard to beat,” he said.

“If we’re

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Clean Beauty Brand Innersense Organic Beauty Celebrates 5 Nonprofits With Season Of Giving Campaign

CONCORD, Calif., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning clean hair care brand Innersense Organic Beauty announces Season of Giving — a five-week campaign that introduces a new nonprofit each Monday, encouraging Innersense Organic Beauty clean hair care consumers to shop with their hearts at innersensebeauty.com. The brand will donate 20% of web sales each week to the designated nonprofit. 

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Last year Innersense Organic Beauty raised over $53,000 for five nonprofits as it closed out 2019 with its annual Season of Giving campaign, benefiting organizations dedicated to a range of passions, from hunger relief to cancer support, special ability resources, disaster relief and women-focused social justice. 

The second annual five-week campaign kicks off November 23 with the spotlight on Feeding America, a hunger relief organization. Other organizations benefiting from this campaign include Breast Cancer Prevention Partners starting November 30, Williams Syndrome Association beginning December 7, Lipstick Angels commencing December 14 and Women’s Voices for the Earth launching December 21.

“We’re in a position where we can give back. We’re excited to inspire our community for a second consecutive year through our Season of Giving campaign,” says Greg Starkman, Innersense Organic Beauty founder. “We’re grateful for a devoted community that feels as passionate as we do about putting their hearts behind their gift giving.”

About Innersense Organic Beauty 
Beauty professionals Greg and Joanne Starkman founded Innersense Organic Beauty to bring clean, pure and toxin free hair care to salons, stylists and consumers seeking to make healthier choices. A leader in the clean hair care movement, the brand can be found in salons, specialty beauty retailers and e-retailers across the globe. Visit innersensebeauty.com to learn more.

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‘Year of Republican women’: McCarthy celebrates House wins from Florida to California

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy celebrated “the year of Republican women” Saturday, lauding the record number of women who flipped districts from blue to red on Nov. 3.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, rejected any blame aimed at her for the Democrats’ majority shrinking in the lower chamber, saying Friday: “I accept credit for winning the majority and holding the House.”


McCarthy praised Rep.-elect Young Kim, who returned a traditionally red seat in Orange County, Calif., to the GOP, as “an amazing woman,” after her race was called by The Associated Press on Friday night.

Another Korean-American GOP candidate, Michelle Steele, also managed to flip an Orange County district.

“We won from Miami to Oklahoma City to New York to California. Not one Republican incumbent lost, so I don’t know what Nancy Pelosi was talking about because 12 Democrat incumbents lost … every single Democrat either lost to a woman, minority or veteran,” McCarthy said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”


“This is the year of Republican women,” he said. “Because more than 50% of this incoming freshman class is made up of women or minorities. We are stronger because of our diversity.”

At least 15 freshman Republican woman have won their House races with more yet to be called.

Flanked by Rep.-elect Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, and Rep.-elect Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, McCarthy said: “We’re going to have more women in the Republican Congress than in the history of Congress before, and it’s just only the beginning. We’re just getting started.”


Salazar, a former Spanish-language journalist, said she beat Democratic Donna Shalala due to fears surrounding one word: “Socialism.” 

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Love Is Blind ‘s Amber Pike Celebrates 2nd Wedding Anniversary with Husband Matt Barnett

Matt Barnett and Amber Pike

Amber Pike and Matt Barnett are celebrating a relationship milestone!

On Friday, the Love Is Blind couple shared a pair of sweet social media tributes in honor of their second wedding anniversary. “Two years ago today since we officially said ‘I do’… and I still can’t keep my hands off you!” Amber, 28, wrote alongside a steamy snap of the pair sharing a smooch on the beach.

“Happy 2yr Wedding Anniversary to my frustrating-crazy-sweet-handsome hubby. I LOVE YOU @barnettisblind,” she added.

In his own loving post, Barnett, 30, wrote, “Here’s to 2 years and a million more years together.”

Of course, the festivities didn’t end there!

“So it’s mine and Amber’s second year anniversary. We’ve been together two years today, well not together, married two years today,” Barnett said in a series of Instagram Stories.

“So I went a little out and got us a nice hotel with a beautiful view,” he continued, noting that his wife wasn’t in on the plan just yet. “It’s going to be freaking awesome.”

After waking her up from a quick nap at home — and taking time out for a quick champagne toast — Barnett blindfolded Amber as they made their way to a nearby hotel.

“Aw, baby,” she said after he revealed the thoughtful surprise, before joking, “Is this why you had me pack so many stinkin outfits?”

RELATED: Love Is Blind‘s Amber and Barnett Open Up About Their Marriage: ‘We Still Are Pretty Gross’

Last month, Amber took a trip down memory lane as she reflected on how the pair celebrated their first anniversary — which had to be kept on the down-low since Love Is Blind had yet to premiere.

“Last year Matt and I celebrated our one year anniversary by going on a cruise with some friends who also had their first anniversary pretty close to ours. By the end of the trip we all agreed it should definitely be an annual thing, and an anniversary pact was made,” she wrote.

Although the pair had initially planned on celebrating their second anniversary with another trip, due to the coronavirus pandemic “that pretty much became impossible.” However, while a big vacation in Greece may have been out of the question, Amber was able to organize a small trip to the Blue Ridge mountains in honor of Barnett’s 30th birthday last month.

“I really wanted to do something special,” she continued. “The views were breathtaking, the company was hilarious, and the shenanigans were…. unmentionable 🤫😂 Definitely tooting my own horn here because the trip was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a success. Happy Early Birthday-versary @barnettisblind.”

While reflecting on their bond earlier this year, Amber also told PEOPLE that they may have a second wedding someday. “I would love to do another wedding,” she said. “There’s no rush on it. We’re married now, but at some point.”

“We’re still having a lot of fun,” she continued. “Like I said on the show,

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Kim Ng hiring: Melissa Ludtke celebrates first woman GM

“It’s a glorious day,” Melissa Ludtke says when she picks up the phone. “Isn’t it?”

It’s been more than 40 years since a judge ruled in her favor in Ludtke v. Kuhn, the lawsuit she filed against MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn, fighting for the right to enter major-league clubhouses in order to do her job as a baseball reporter for Sports Illustrated. The 1978 decision was a watershed moment for women in sports, but at its core, the idea here was simple—the idea that women deserved to be allowed in the room.

Since Ludtke’s court case, the number of women in that room has grown steadily. There are more women than ever who write about baseball, who broadcast it, who work in all facets at all different levels of it. Women are allowed in the room and are actively holding space in it. But Ludtke’s declaration of a “glorious day” is reserved for a particular milestone that’s been a long time coming: Kim Ng, hired today as the general manager of the Miami Marlins, will be the first woman to run the room.

Ng is the first woman to be a GM in any of the four major North American sports leagues. In a sense, however, her hiring is conventional, perhaps almost boring. A widely respected professional, Ng has been cited as a top candidate for GM jobs for more than 15 years. She has decades of experience, including as an assistant general manager for multiple successful clubs, and most recently with a high-ranking position in the Office of the Commissioner. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she became the youngest person ever to win a salary arbitration case in MLB in 1995, and now, she’s been around for long enough to qualify as a bona fide baseball lifer. She is, in other words, a seemingly perfect candidate. Which is what makes this announcement both so expected and so completely not. For years, the conventional wisdom around the game was that there would be a female GM, and it would be Ng. (SI first printed a prediction to that effect all the way back in 2003.) But the fact that this prediction had to be made for so many years, across so many open jobs, eventually cast it into doubt.

Not anymore.

From the May 5, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated, on the 101 most influential minorities in sports.

From the May 5, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated, on the 101 most influential minorities in sports.

Ludtke left baseball reporting decades ago and does not personally know Ng. But several threads stood out to her when she read the news this morning. There was Ng’s stated desire to “bring championship baseball to Miami”—a reminder that she, much like Ludtke in 1978, simply wants to be able to do her job and do it well. And there was another familiar sentiment, too: “When I got into this business,” Ng wrote in her statement, “it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a major league team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of

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e.l.f. Beauty Celebrates Sustainability Milestone, Eliminating 650,000 Pounds of Packaging Material

e.l.f. Beauty is celebrating a significant milestone on its sustainability journey, eliminating an estimated 650,000 pounds of packaging material within its namesake e.l.f. Cosmetics brand, in addition to receiving three design patents as a result of the Company’s ‘Project Unicorn’ initiative.

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Out of the Box: Showing the before and after results of Project Unicorn.

Project Unicorn was designed to elevate e.l.f.’s product assortment, presentation, and navigation on-shelf, and resulted in a significant streamlining in its packaging footprint. Since its launch in February 2019, with end-to-end support across the company, e.l.f. Beauty has eliminated an estimated 650,000 pounds of packaging waste to date by removing secondary cartons, vacuum formed trays and paper insert cards, slimming down secondary packaging, and designing a patented approach to tamper-proof product. In total, packaging for over 200 SKUs has been reduced through Project Unicorn across multiple categories.

“As e.l.f. continues to drive innovation, we are always evaluating ways to improve the consumer experience. Through Project Unicorn, we were able to make e.l.f. easier to shop while also driving our sustainability efforts,” said Ashley Rosebrook, Chief Creative Officer, e.l.f. Beauty. “When we started this journey, we had many packaging experts tell us that our vision couldn’t be executed, but we didn’t take no for an answer. Working at e.l.f. speed, we took it in-house with our own samples and designs, to show that anything is e.l.f.ing possible. By thinking outside the box – and ultimately getting rid of the box – we’ve been able to eliminate an estimated 650,000 pounds of waste – and we will continue to look for ways to reduce our packaging footprint.”

On November 15th, National Recycling Day, e.l.f. Beauty is launching a marketing campaign to educate its community on the actions taken to date and sustainability impact, one critical step on a longer road of impacting more eco-friendly beauty.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team for taking a thoughtful approach to building out our sustainability practices and efforts,” said Tarang Amin, Chairman and CEO, e.l.f. Beauty. “With smaller package footprints, e.l.f.’s retail partners can also fit more items on shelves, maximizing shelf space and productivity, while consumers easily explore the products, textures, and formulas. We are just getting started on our sustainability journey and will continue to push boundaries to reduce our packaging footprint.”

For more information about e.l.f.’s design patents, visit the company’s official website at https://www.elfcosmetics.com/patents/.

About e.l.f. Beauty

e.l.f. Beauty stands with every eye, lip, face and paw. This deep commitment to inclusive, accessible, cruelty-free beauty has fueled the success of our namesake e.l.f. Cosmetics brand since 2004. With the acquisition of the pioneering clean-beauty brand W3LL People in February 2020, and a new lifestyle beauty brand Keys Soulcare, created with Alicia Keys, and expected to launch in 2021, we continue to strategically expand our portfolio with brands that support our purpose and values. Our family of brands is available online, and across leading

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FoodMaxx Celebrates Santa Rosa Renovations

SANTA ROSA, CA — FoodMaxx officially welcomes shoppers at 6 a.m. Wednesday to its newly renovated Santa Rosa store at 2055 Sebastopol Road in the Stony Point Plaza.

Designed to keep costs low, the store’s interior has been renovated in a warehouse-style format with steel shelving for efficient pallet and case stocking.

Upon entering, customers will notice the “Wall of Value,” where FoodMaxx boasts “the best prices in town on essential groceries,” according to a news release Tuesday announcing renovations at the Santa Rosa store.

Company officials said FoodMaxx beats conventional grocery store prices because of its “innovative procurement and hyper-efficient operations, including its ability to buy in bulk, stock shelves directly from delivery trucks, have shoppers safely bag their own groceries and the elimination of costly print advertisements – all of which allows FoodMaxx to pass along more savings to its customers.”

FoodMaxx also has a cell phone application where shoppers can download coupons and special offers while on the go.

A highlight of the Santa Rosa FoodMaxx celebration will take place Saturday with a “Doorbuster Mystery Gift Card Giveaway.” The first 200 shoppers in line will receive a gift card valued between $10 and $100, along with a FoodMaxx branded reusable bag and shopping list.

The store is celebrating its reopening with donations to several Santa Rosa organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin, F.I.S.H (Friends in Service Here) of Santa Rosa, The Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps and Toys for Tots. Each organization is receiving a $250 gift card.

To ensure a safe shopping experience amid the coronavirus pandemic, shoppers will notice in-store safety measures meant to protect customers and team members. Shoppers benefit from bagging their own groceries, and protective plexiglass shields have been placed at check stands. The plexiglass shields serve as an added safety measure and help provide a protective space between checkers and shoppers.

“We understand that shoppers face the challenge of staying within ever-tighter budgets, and here at FoodMaxx, we have reaffirmed our commitment to providing this community with the very best values, day in and day out,” said Dean Willhite, vice president of store operations, FoodMaxx.

FoodMaxx offers home grocery delivery with Instacart for customers who need a few last-minute essentials or a full fridge and pantry restock.

FoodMaxx, along with Save Mart, Lucky and Lucky California, is owned and operated by Modesto-based The Save Mart Companies. There are 53 FoodMaxx locations throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area, including on Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park.

This article originally appeared on the Rohnert Park-Cotati Patch

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New Reebok signature sneaker colorway celebrates J.J., Kealia Watt’s wedding day

Watt said the new colorway was inspired by his wife Kealia, who plays professional soccer for the Chicago Red Stars and was added to the United States Women’s National Team roster in October.

The women’s version of the shoe features gold prominently, while the unisex version is navy blue, which matches the colors from the J.J. and Kealia’s wedding in February.

“For my first ever woman’s shoe, I wanted to make sure that it was something truly special and properly representative of not only the incredible women in my life, but women all over the world, which is why gold was the only choice,” Watt said in a Reebok press release. “To round out the collection, I chose navy for the unisex style with my own wedding that had a color scheme of navy blue, gold and marble, serving as the inspiration.”

The shoes are available in stores and at Reebok’s website for $99.99.

For every pair of JJ IV sneakers sold at Reebok.com or at United States’ Reebok retail stores, a pair of JJ IIIs will be donated to Houston’s Mission of Yahweh, an organization for women and children that offers shelter and programs focused on ending the cycle of homelessness and dependency.

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Etsy’s Heartwarming New Holiday Ad Celebrates LGBTQ+ Love

Etsy has been tugging directly at our heartstrings with its new holiday ads, and this one might be my favorite so far. The video, titled “Gift Like You Mean It: New Guy,” tells the story of Brandon and David, a couple home for the holidays who receive an unexpected gift. “Don’t worry, they’re going to love you,” one of the men tells the other as his boyfriend prepares to meet his family for the first time.

As everyone gathers around the Christmas tree after dinner, the man’s father walks up and hands them a gift. “We didn’t forget about you. Welcome to the family,” he says, revealing a miniature embroidery circle ornament that features a hand-stitched image of the two men with their names underneath. As someone who’s seen this video six times, I can confirm that Brandon and David’s smiles at the end are totally worth a watch. See the full, heartwarming video above, and check out these holiday gifts for the whole family once you’ve finished wiping away any lingering happy tears.

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Minister Celebrates Performing 17,000 Weddings with ‘Wedding PhD’ on Amazon Books | Arts-and-leisure

Phillip Waring felt slighted while attending a wedding ceremony as a child. Thrust into a setting that is understood and enjoyed by adults, Waring quickly decided that it was the adults’ fault for not explaining everything he was to experience before attending a wedding at ten years old. In a new suit ready for a celebration that included a buffet, dance band, and an enormous cake, he found himself immersed in elaborate liturgy and a rigid environment entirely unable to have the fun anticipated from listening to adults. That night he made up his mind that he would grow up wearing nice suits, speaking eloquent words and performing beautiful weddings without making children feel out of place or unimportant. His unconventional education had begun.

Waring’s education continued by working with turbulent churches and difficult hospitals right out of Bible college and graduate school. His clergy peers criticized him for cheerfully performing weddings outside of the church at resorts, golf clubs, and homes of people who did not even attend church. Leaving the ministry for a brief period, he continued performing occasional weddings until he was introduced to the Internet. From the web, his wedding ministry became known worldwide in the fast-growing vacation destination, Arizona. Marriages were performed from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the pitcher’s mound of the 2001 World Series-winning Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 38,000 fans and live on ESPN.

Wedding PhD chronicles some of Waring’s personal life, including a revelatory meeting with former President Ronald Reagan, along with stories and humorous anecdotes about some of the 17,000 weddings he performed for the famous and infamous. Wedding PhD also explains his experience inside the business of weddings and his thoughts about the future of marriage in American society. The short read reveals his motivation and philosophy that garnered his reputation as Arizona’s Favorite Wedding Officiant.

Waring’s first book, Signs of Arizona, was designated an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission in 2012. Wedding PhD is Available at Amazon Books and www.WeddingPhD.com.

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