When we decided on a name for my first little girl, Harlan, it was so exciting. Harlan is my mother-in-law's maiden name and when I heard it, I fell in love. As soon as I found out it was a girl, we called everyone and told them our name choice. Everyone that we told loved the name but said that they have typically seen it used as a boys name and not a girls name. Obviously the name had great significance to us and I thought it sounded like the perfect girl's name even if it was a "boy's" name. When we found out we were having another girl, I wanted to use another family name. Unfortunately there weren't many that I really loved except for Avery. Avery is my grandfather's middle name. It's also the middle name of my little brother. Again, it was another "boy's" name. I never planned for my girls to have names that are typically seen on boys, but I fell in love with them and that's what we decided. I really do love the trend of giving boy names for girls. I've collected 7 of my favoriteRead More »from Gender Bender: 7 Boys Names that Work for Girls
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Avocado lovers, this one is for you! After celebrating Cinco de Mayo last weekend, you are sure to have plenty of leftover avocados in your kitchen. Well give your guacamole cravings a rest and try a creative, vegan, stuffed-avocado recipe! Also known as a deviled avocado. These delicious creations like Asian-stuffed, chipotle-stuffed, spicy-quinoa stuffed and even curry sauce slathered avos are a fun way to turn your avocado love into a meal! - By Kathy Patalsky
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detoxing The flowers are blooming, the grass is greening, the world is feeling new and fresh and you want to feel new and fresh, too. You've spring-cleaned your house, planted your garden, re-organized the garage and purged all of the junk that has accumulated over the past year, and now you're thinking about doing the same with your body: cleaning out the junk, giving it a fresh start, maybe losing a few pounds in the process. You're thinking of trying one of those detox juice cleanses you've seen advertised in the health food store, or your friend told you about, or you read about online.Read More »from Clean Slate: What You Need to Know About Detoxing
But, wait, what exactly is detoxing. What does it actually do? Is it safe? Is it effective? Will it leave you feeling fresh and new and free of all that "junk" your body has been accumulating?
Here is what you need to know:
Detoxing is based on the idea that our bodies accumulate toxins through the air we breathe and the food we eat: pollution, pesticides, sugars, alcohol, dairy - you know, the usual
My kiddos share a room and things are getting tight now that my oldest girl is finally rocking the big kid bed. In my quest to find a bunk bed that sates my safety concerns, I was pleasantly surprised with the low-to-the-floor, high-railed, low impact choices available. We're going to wait until the fall, when my eldest toddler turns 4 (he'll take the top), before we update their room and put in a bunk-bed, although it's going to be hard to wait with all of the awesome options I found. From the outrageous and the ludicrously amazing (with price tags to match), to the repurposed, DIY and impressive Ikea hack-jobs…there's something for everyone here!
-By Selena Burgess
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- Babble.com | Beauty on Shine – Thu, May 9, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
No color represents spring makeup better than the warm pinkish-orange mix of coral. Fortunately, coral is universally flattering on all skin tones from super pale to dark and tanned. Plus, there are different shades for different style! Brighten your eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails this spring and summer with the following classic and crush-worthy hues of coral:
-By Jill Seiman
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- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, May 9, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
Sometimes we all need a few good life hacks. They can be especially useful when undertaking a task as boring and sometimes intimidating as full house cleaning, so we've gathered some here. Whether you haven't done your spring cleaning yet or you want to polish up your home a little more after a first sweep, these 7 tips and tricks will have your home looking spotless and gorgeous.
-By Liz Stanley
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, May 9, 2013 10:10 AM EDT
Parents are OverheatedIt's not as if it's not hard enough being a teenage girl and potentially worrying about how you look compared to supermodels, actresses and your own classmates.Read More »from ‘Hotness’ Tournament at High School in Washington Has Parents Overheated
But at Issaquah High School in Washington, girls there know exactly what their peers think of their looks thanks to an online tournament called May Madness in which boys "pit their female classmates against each other and vote on who is the sexiest," according to King5.com. The contest has been a tradition for the past five years.
Girls are urged to "look their finest" during the length of the tournament, which was inspired by a local sports-radio station that rates the attractiveness of models and actresses.
"This kind of thing is sexualizing us girls like we're some sort of trophy," said Devon Keller, a sophomore at the school, told King 5.
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Because it's not happening on school grounds, though, Issaquah High officials can't put a stop to it. Last year parents went to the police
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
weightYou may not be shocked to hear that people who gain weight tend to have certain personality traits, but would you be surprised to hear that gaining weight can also lead to personality changes? I was. Since weight is often such an emotional issue, researchers wanted to see if a change in weight had an effect on personality. They examined data from 1,900 subjects, including their weight and personality characteristics over a span of ten years. Turns out, people that had a 10% weight gain also became more impulsive. Even though the weight gainers were more likely to give in to temptation, people who gained weight also tended to think more about their actions.
One hypothesis of the increased deliberation is negative feedback. The researchers postulated that negative input from friends and family regarding their weight or food choices might have an impact on how they think. One of the researchers also suggested that repeatedly giving in to temptation may make it harder to have selfRead More »from Does Your Personality Change when You Gain Weight?
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, May 8, 2013 2:59 PM EDT
Throw a spring baby shower that is perfect for the mama-to-be. It's the season of rebirth, so it's easy to get creative with themed celebrations using bright colors, floral themes, and definitely take advantage of the nice weather to get some outdoor parties going. To help inspire you, these 8 perfect spring baby shower ideas are fun and easy ways to make sure she will remember forever…
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, May 8, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
The photography of Sarah and Thad Lawrence is nothing short of incredible. Inside of most superbly written sentences, painted detail, or pieces of true art, we are often swept away by the fact that someone captured something so familiar to us so perfectly. Sarah and Thad are pros at that. The amazingly talented couple decided to take part in a photography project that required them to take a picture together every day for a year. The results are pure art. From touchingly unpretentious photos depicting their love for each other to satirical images showcasing the frustrations experienced as part of a couple, it's pretty tough to tear your eyes away from their Photoshop magic. Thad and Sarah say that the project taught them more about each other than they ever could have expected. Click through for 7 freakishly amazing photo portraits of married life! -By Serge Bielanko
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