Not as attractive as we thinkI have some bad news. Surprise! You may not be as cute as you think you are.
This may come as a surprise in the wake of Dove's recent video, "Real Beauty Sketches," which is now the most watched video advertisement in history. In it, women were asked to describe themselves to a forensic artist to be sketched. The artist wasn't able to see the participant. Later, a stranger who had previously met the subject, described the woman to the same artist for a second drawing. The results were two very different portraits. The women described themselves in a more unflattering light than the stranger did. The message, presented at the end is "You are more beautiful than you think."
However, an article that ran in the Scientific American by Osgun Atasoy yesterday asserts that Dove has it all wrong. Scientific research actually supports a different reality. As it turns out, at least one study shows that we are less attractive than we think we are due to what psychologists refer to as
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- Babble.com | Beauty on Shine – 51 minutes ago
Not as attractive as we thinkI have some bad news. Surprise! You may not be as cute as you think you are.Read More »from Beauty Shot: Research Shows We Are Less Attractive Than We Think
- Babble.com | At Home – 18 hours ago
Here's something you might not know about me…my jewelry is a shameful mess. Yes! It's true. I need to organize it stat! But, I don't like half the jewelry holders, organizers, and stands out there. Besides, some of them are really expensive! That's why I've decided to take matters into my own hands, by making one myself. I found a few DIY jewelry holders I'd love to make. Now, I'm not a super crafty person. I'm just using these as inspiration for my own projects. On a side note, I love how all of these were either made from materials that they repurposed or already had laying around! These projects really have me in a DIY mood. Oh…and a "I think I can conquer my messy jewelry" mood too! - Monique Frausto
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This week marks National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an effort created by the United States Postal Service to bring awareness to the ever-growing number of dog bites each year. By offering safety tips and prevention techniques, the postal service urges pet owners to act responsibly. The honest truth is that any dog has the potential to bite. Typically, dogs will bite when they are provoked, either by being hurt or teased, two things that can be prevented with proper supervision. An animal will only stand so much taunting. No dog owner wants his or her dog to bite anyone. Often, owners are caught off guard especially with dogs that never bit anyone before. In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, read through these facts about dog bites and accompanied by simple tips from the American Veterinary Association and United States Postal Service to keep your dog, family, and visitors safe. - By Danielle Sullivan
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – 18 hours ago
Memorial Day is one of those happy days in our country that I really love and appreciate. We all take a moment to remember those who bravely defend the wonderful country in which we live. We come together as family and friends to reconnect and kick off summer. And, we eat! The dessert at your Memorial Day feast can really set the tone for the day, both through fresh summer flavors and patriotic colors. There is lots of fun to be had planning your Memorial Day desserts! Whether you're hosting this year's Memorial Day feast or visiting someone else's home, these Memorial Day desserts will be sure to impress! - Jane Maynard
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Time for a Frosty!I can't believe how warm it is getting all of a sudden. Last week in the Northeast we were drinking hot tea. Now we are into full iced beverages! The other day I spotted this great iced Nutella on Pinterest and decided to come up with my own version. How delish does it sound?!! One afternoon I made this for a quick pick-me-up and it was totally perfect. It was chocolatey, nutty, and had just the right amount of coffee to pull me through until dinner. Decadent, for sure, this creamy iced coffee drink might just be the perfect way to stay cool this summer!Read More »from Frosted Tips: How to Make a Tasty Nutella Iced Coffee
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8 ounces coffee, freshly brewed and chilled in the fridge
1/4 cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons nutella
How to Make it:
Whisk together the coffee, milk and Nutella, until the Nutella is mostly dissolved. Pour the mixture over ice cubes and garnish with whipped cream.
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If you are a beginning crafter, then a great way to start is to decorate a tray. I've found that at least for decoupage, it's a fun way to begin your foray into the handmade (and you have something functional at the end). If you've never decorated a tray before, or you've never even crafted before, it's time to get going . . . and I've found ten ideas to help you. Pick the style that suits your home the best and get crafty! Click through the slideshow to see my suggestions.
-By Amy Anderson
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- Babble.com | Parenting – 22 hours ago
When I'm out with my three kids, I often get some bizarre questions and comments. One of the most common question is, "Are all of those kids yours?"
On the surface, it seems like an innocent question, but it is rife with condescensention and pity. I've heard the question enough to understand what they're really saying is, "I can't believe that a dad is out with children by himself." After I assure them that my wife is healthy and alive, they smile and give me a backhanded compliment.
"You're a good dad."
Really? Are the expectations for dads so low that showing up in public with your kids, makes you Dad of the Year?
I know that many dads have experienced similar scenarios. While we try to be polite and respond respectfully, having strangers question our parenting abilities can be annoying.
The next time you observe a dad out with his children, please exercise some restraint and avoid saying the following five things:
1. "Do you know what you're doing?"Read More »from Fathers Know Best: 5 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Dad
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – 22 hours ago
I despise the word "diet." I don't diet. I never have. I don't subscribe to diets as a means for losing weight because, from my experience, they simply do not work. I'm a healthy size 6 and generally eat well, but by no means am I a health nut. I don't think about food more than I have to, and I certainly eat my fair share of sugar by enjoying a can of Dr. Pepper, a handful of dark-chocolate peanut clusters, or a bowl of chocolate ice cream. I generally eat until I'm full; on occasion I stuff myself into a food coma like anyone else - but not too often.
But while reading this month's issue of Harper's Bazaar, I flipped to an article titled "Lose Weight Fast? Eat all you want, just not when you want - is that the secret to staying thin and healthy?" by Bill Gifford. It was based on a book called The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer.
Fasting?! "Great! Another ridiculous fad diet!" I thought.
I was about to skip the article until I realized it was only oneRead More »from The Secret to Shedding Pounds: Why I'm Loving the 8-hour Diet and Fasting Diet
- Babble.com | Work + Money – 23 hours ago
Memorial Day is part of a long-weekend holiday created to celebrate the men and women who died serving in the United States military. Somehow, it has morphed into an unofficial celebration of summer - complete with cookouts, pool openings, and amazing sales to help us start our summer off under budget. This is a great weekend for bargain hunters no matter what you're shopping for. You'll find plenty of yard sales, blowouts, knock-down discounts, and Memorial Day sales to satisfy the deal chaser in you. Click through for 7 snag-worthy items to help you save big! -By Heather SokolRead More »from Memorial Day Sales: 7 Things that Are Cheaper to Buy This Weekend
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moneyOwning a home has long been part of the American Dream. For many, that dream means sacrificing for up to 30 years to ensure the mortgage payment is made on time each and every month. Many financial experts highly recommend paying off a mortgage loan before planning to retire to keep monthly living costs as low as possible.
Here are 5 tips for alleviating mortgage debts earlier:
1. Set Up Automatic Payments
If your lender allows it, you can set up your mortgage payments to coincide with your payroll dates. Many lenders will let you pay weekly or bi-weekly based on when you get your check. The good part of this method is there are some weeks where you are paid three times in a month which would mean extra payments are going towards your loan.
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2. Send a Little Extra
When you make your monthly loan payment, write the check out for more than what is required. For example, if your loan note is $735Read More »from No More Mortgage! 5 Ways to Own Your Home Faster