The summer time is a great time for travel. Access to time off from work, the cool summer breeze in our faces and the Vitamin D in the air urging us to explore and get out into the world often convinces us to do some sort of travel. Whether we're going for a day trip or a week long getaway, as pet owners there are a few extra precautions we need to take into consideration when we're out exploring the world. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, approximately 30 million people travel with pets each year. Over 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be part of the family and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. With those statistics, it's safe to say there will be a lot more pets on the road this summer as we go on our adventures, and their safety is an important part of preparing for our our trips. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co, one of the largest provider of pet health insurance, remindsRead More »from Hit the Road, Fido! 6 Tips for Traveling Safely with Pets This Summer
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- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, May 17, 2013 6:56 PM EDT
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That cheese burger looks mighty tasty, doesn't it?Have you ever started a diet and then suddenly all you can think about is chocolate ice cream, crispy French fries, and cheesy, loaded nachos? Don't tell me you haven't. Well, guess what? You're not alone.Read More »from New Study Shows Dieting Can Actually Increase Unhealthy Cravings
Research at the Oregon Research Institute has revealed that it's not just a matter of will-power; restricting your calorie intake actually makes your brain want them more. By depriving yourself of food, you're tricking your brain into thinking the reward for eating that food is greater, thus making it harder to stick to your diet. The amount of reward value you place on food goes up even more when it's high calorie, appetizing food. Pretty cruel, huh?
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What this means for dieters is that skipping meals and restricting intake won't translate to long term success. Instead, focusing on small, nutrient dense foods spread throughout the day will yield greater results. I don't think this information will surprise anyone. Starving yourself
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, May 17, 2013 5:57 PM EDT
Walking your pup on a bright sunny day is a breeze. Your dog gets exercise while you talk to neighbors or enjoy a leisurely stroll around town. It's not even a chore. However, dogs and rainy weather is an entirely different story. There are days when getting your dog to relieve himself can be an all-day (miserable) affair. Lately, I am paying extra attention the weather forecasts focusing on what time the rain is supposed to start. If (and this is a big if) the forecasters are correct, I try to put my dogs out in the yard an hour before the rain comes because every pet owner knows that dogs and rainy weather can be an unfortunate blend of bad scent and filthy floors. It's not always possible, but when it works, it's a lifesaver. The times I can time it perfectly, my dogs are relieved and can happily snooze through the thundershowers, avoiding the whole wet mess. Of course, there are those days when it rains all day long or rain comes quite unexpectedly. Consequently, I have gatheredRead More »from A Ruff Storm: 7 Tips for Caring for Your Dog in Rainy Weather
- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:47 PM EDT
Baby showers are all about having fun and celebrating new life coming into the world. Which is why it's probably best to steer clear from games that will: 1) Make the new mom feel huge or stressed out, 2) Force your guests to be placed in awkward situations, like using a toilet paper roll and a stick to mimic conception, or 3) Require wives to feed their husbands milk from baby bottles. Trust me - before you plan your next baby shower, make sure you avoid these 7 completely cringe-worthy games... -By Jaime Morrison Curtis
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- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
We all know that sprinkles on cupcakes and sprinkles on cookies are just the best- but you can do even more with sprinkles that you ever imagined. My youngest loves sprinkles! And who doesn't? They are so colorful and fun and can brighten up any day in just a few dashes. Here are 7 super sprinkle party ideas for bringing the fun of sprinkles to your next party! - By Jennifer Hadifield
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
The Bluths are back on May 26th! Fifteen new episodes of Arrested Development will be available to stream on Netflix all at once, so a sick day is in order, or, if you're home with the kids, you might have to hide with your laptop and a frozen banana daiquiri in the attic. (Just give the kids an air horn to blow if they're in need of help.) In preparation, I've been re-watching old episodes to see how they've held up. Arrested Development ran for three seasons on Fox from 2003 to 2006. I've always raved about it, but I wondered, now that time has passed, did I make a huge mistake? Come on! Of course not. Spending time with the Bluths is like hanging out with old friends. But can TV's most dysfunctional family impart any real wisdom about parenting? You'd be surprised...
-By Brian Gresko
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:29 PM EDT
As Memorial Day approaches, the unofficial start of road trip season is here. So we are getting down to planning this summer's weekend escapes. We've pulled out the atlas (internet), flipped through the pamphlets (websites), and have added many items to our bucket list. Planning your summer getaway?See if any of these amazing national parks and monuments for families can be squeezed in to your road-tripping itinerary.
-By Buzz Bishop
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:26 PM EDT
After the big day you may find yourself tucking away that wedding dress you cherish into the back of your closet. While saving it for your daughter to wear at her wedding is one option, why not try out one of these 8 ways to recycle your wedding dress? Some involve wearing parts of it, but the creativity doesn't stop there. The possibilites are endless…
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
This past weekend, I stood under the Florida sun with my daughter and watched Disney induct its newest princess into its royal court. As Merida strode - arms swinging, curls bouncing - up the walkway to receive her crown, Emilia grabbed my arm and pulled me down to whisper in my ear. "Mommy," she breathed, "That's the real Merida. From the movie!"
And so she was. She was fierce and beautiful and every inch the girl who transformed from spirited young tomboy to independent young woman in the movie. And as her mother, Queen Elinor, told her how very proud she was of her, her beautiful, wonderful daughter, my heart clenched and I pulled Emilia close and leaned down to whisper my own words: "that is exactly the kind of princess that I want you to be."
And I meant it. And I mean it no less this week, as controversy has swirled around the alleged revamp of Merida by the Walt Disney Company (the company that, for the record, I work for). I mean it no less for two very importantRead More »from Disney Responds to Merida's "Makeover": There's More to the Story Than Meets the Eye
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, May 17, 2013 1:22 PM EDT
It takes two to tango, but often the burden of teen pregnancies falls on the one who's actually pregnant. Girls can wind up alone and burdened with not only the task of taking care of her unborn baby, but also the child-rearing as well as all of the financial issues that are intricately tied into parenting.
The Chicago Department of Public Health wants boys to know that it's not just the girls' responsibility, however. According to MyFoxChicago.com, they recently rolled out an ad campaign with billboards showing pregnant teen boys in an effort to spark a conversation on the topic and get a powerful visual message across to those who don't seem to want to listen.
They're not the first city to start focusing on boys as it relates to teen pregnancy. The New York City Human Resources Department came out with a controversial campaign earlier this year which aimed to get kids - and boys in particular - thinking about how becoming a parent would affect their wallets.
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