We're entering the time of year when simple gals like me get a little giddy about metallics. A sparkly metallic party dress might wait in my closet all year for it's time to shine at holiday parties. If you're still shy about wearing metallics, even during the silver and gold holiday season, I would try out a more classic styled dress accented with metallic sheen, rather than a tight body con metallic dress that will accentuate every curve (wanted or unwanted)! They're really a lot of fun to wear, and make you feel extra festive! I've rounded up 7 of my favorite metallic party dresses for 2013, which don't need to sit in your closet all year until the holidays. These dresses are great for parties or nights out any time of the year!
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We're entering the time of year when simple gals like me get a little giddy about metallics. A sparkly metallic party dress might wait in my closet all year for it's time to shine at holiday parties. If you're still shy about wearing metallics, even during the silver and gold holiday season, I would try out a more classic styled dress accented with metallic sheen, rather than a tight body con metallic dress that will accentuate every curve (wanted or unwanted)! They're really a lot of fun to wear, and make you feel extra festive! I've rounded up 7 of my favorite metallic party dresses for 2013, which don't need to sit in your closet all year until the holidays. These dresses are great for parties or nights out any time of the year!Read More »from Go Shiny and Chic with 7 Metallic Party Dresses!
- Babble.com | Pets – 11 hours ago
When I was a child, my mother had several holiday decor themes for our home. One was a Christmas tree with only birds on it. Another was cats, to match our cat loving household. So, I have always liked the idea of using an animal theme in the holiday decor. Doing so makes everything more personal and meaningful to me. Fortunately for the pet lover, it also is not terribly difficult. Incorporating pets into your home holiday decor can be as simple as hanging stockings for your pets, or as comprehensive as decorating entire trees based on an animal theme. In my home, my corgis have their own stockings. We also have some specific corgi-themed Christmas items and photos of our pets taken with Santa to display. As the years go by, it seems like I focus more and more on the corgi theme. Here are 8 pet-themed holiday ideas to get you started. Use these as inspiration for your own pet-themed holiday decor. -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Have Yourself a Furry, Furry Christmas! 8 Pet-Themed Holiday Decor Items!
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – 13 hours agoBread puddings are great holiday desserts. They're free form, in a way, so you can tinker with the flavor and ingredients once you get the proportions correct. For example, a plain bread pudding can be flavored with citrus zest for holiday flair. Or, you can stir in chocolate chips or dried fruit for added texture. There is no limit to what you can make! Bread pudding is great for entertaining because you can serve it up on a trivet and let people scoop up as much as they want. Along with a cup of eggnog or glass of wine, it is the perfect dessert!
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- Babble.com | At Home – 14 hours agoOne of my favorite things about Christmas has always been the gifts. Hold on, hear me out - I'm not materialistic! Not completely. I like the new gifts because with all the new toys, art supplies, books and more, it's like you have a whole new home. Suddenly your boring home has become a place you are excited to explore and play in. Does that make sense? It's a magical time, especially for the kids, but it can be heaven on earth for the parents too! Here are the best holiday gifts for kids to use at home from IKEA this year. They are guaranteed to turn your home into a brand new, fun place for your little ones. There's nothing like gifts during the holidays. - By Melanie Blodgett Read More »from Swede Disposition: 8 Amazing Holiday Gifts for Kids from IKEA
- Babble.com | Parenting – 14 hours ago
When I heard about the shootings in Sandy Hook, it was right after I had dropped my two preschool-aged boys off at school. I had my baby girl in the back seat of the car, and as we drove home, I listened to the updates on NPR. I began to sob immediately. As the story emerged, I cried more. I don't think I did much that day but cry, and then after my children were home, hug them and try to hide my tears.
My oldest son is now in elementary school. His school is so much bigger, and while I fully trust the faculty, a larger school feels that much more dangerous to me. The playground is wide open, as it should be. But in these days of school shootings, I now look at playgrounds and think about how easily children could be targeted.
It's an awful, horrible thought.
Earlier this year, my boys and I discussed bullies. This was triggered by a few incidences of mild name-calling at school. Toward the end of the conversation,Read More »from One Year Later: How Sandy Hook Parents Are Working to Prevent Gun Violence
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – 14 hours agoHiking YogaAlways on my to-do list, but never checked off, is yoga. I know it's so good for clearing my mind and for building strength and getting in touch with my body and its limits, but I've been on a yoga hiatus for a couple of years now. I've loved to do it in the past, but these days it seems like my mind and body are always racing and my workouts reflect that. These days I'm multitasking, and if I'm not running, my workouts are short bursts of strength and cardio intervals that get my workout in and over with quickly so I can get back to diaper changing and story time with the kids. Speaking of the kids, they're usually involved in my workouts, running around the room as I sweat and trying to imitate my lunges.
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My son is having social development problems. He gets frustrated easily and then lashes out physically or screams. He's bossy and has a temper. At school, his teachers find him anxious and so shy around other kids that he barely talks to them, though he chatters to grown-ups with ease. They recognize that he's a nice kid deep down, and obviously smart, but he's having trouble connecting with his classmates and has begun getting into altercations when not supervised.
I'm trying to change this situation, but everything I do seems to be wrong. If I don't talk with him about his behavior at school, then it feels like I'm doing nothing to help him and that I'm avoiding the problem. And yet when I raise the subject in a gentle, reassuring way, Felix becomes uncomfortable and resistant. He's only four years old and has yet to work out how to articulate his feelings or understand the connection between his emotions and his actions. If I insist on discussing his problems in school, FelixRead More »from Where Do Our Kids’ Personalities Come From?
- Babble.com | Parenting – 14 hours ago
Last month, my husband and I saw the movie Gravity. It was a huge deal for me to go, because I am terrified of space (shut up) and I abhor 3D movies. Since my husband looooves both of those things, I went along. Also, he promised me zebra popcorn. The movie completely destroyed me. Not because of the space stuff (because that was scary for sure), but because Sandra Bullock's character is, like me, living after the death of her daughter.
The death of the character's daughter is presented very plainly, in only a few sentences, almost as an aside. It wasn't done for cheap tears; rather, it establishes that the character has no one back on Earth waiting for her. More ominously, as the character is fighting for her life, her daughter's death looms in the background: You Have Nothing To Live For (so why are you trying?).
Am I projecting? Maybe. The most common thing I, andRead More »from How "Gravity" Speaks to Parents Dealing with the Loss of a Child
- Babble.com | Beauty – 14 hours agoI love Etsy. If you aren't familiar with the website, it's an online community of "shops" run by individual craftspeople. Etsy offers a wide variety of handmade treasures as well as vintage finds and craft supplies. This time of year, I find it especially nice to give handmade gifts. They are more unique and it's nice to support an individual as opposed to a corporation. I did the research and found some terrific and highly rated beauty and skincare products for everyone on your holiday list. Click through the slideshow for 8 gorgeous handmade holiday gifts and stocking stuffers found on Etsy. - By Sonya Lee Benham Read More »from 8 Handmade Holiday Beauty Gifts and Stocking Stuffers Courtesy of Etsy
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – 15 hours ago
Here's Macy, the drama dog, during one of her calmer moments. Photo credit: Alisa Bowman My dog has many needs that she feels must be met right away. For instance, she enjoys having a good, long pet, and she doesn't like it when you stop petting her before she's ready. If you even think about pulling your hand away, she wraps her paw around your arm. Then if you manage to break free, she whines and moans and barks. If that doesn't work, she attempts to crawl on top of you.
It's the same when she's hungry, which is pretty much all the time. Around three in the afternoon, she usually decides that it's been days since she was last fed. So she sits in front of the closet where we keep her food and then does the whining, moaning and barking thing. Sometimes she tosses her body against the closet door for effect.
In the beginning, when she was a mere pup, I made the mistake of responding to her calls for attention. Though I didn't always give her what she wanted, I still talked to her, often saying useless things like, "Macy, it's only 3 p.m. If I start feeding you at 3,Read More »from What My Dog Taught Me About Dealing with Relationship Drama