My daughter's fourth birthday was last month, and she was SO EXCITED to celebrate with her preschool class. She especially couldn't wait to bring in cupcakes, and told me every day what kind she wanted me to make. Over the school's winter break, they changed their policy, and food can no longer be brought in for celebrations, birthdays or otherwise. This was 100%Read More »from My Kid's School Banned Cupcakes for Birthdays -- so What?
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:43 PM ESTBanned Cupcakes in School My birthday is in the summer, so I never grew up celebrating it in school with my classmates. I used to be jealous of the kids that got a cupcake in class. As I got older I realized that while they got to wear a birthday crown, they also had to go to school on their birthday. So I got over it. I still got to celebrate my birthday, but it was at home. Carina Hoskisson, a writer for the Huffington Post, however, thinks it's the end of the world that her children can't have homemade treats in school on their birthdays. HOW HORRIBLE AND LIFE SCARRING.
- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:43 PM EST8 Unusual Beauty Tips from the Pros I'm a collector of tips. I want tips for cleaning my house, cooking dinner faster, and getting my whites whiter in the wash. My favorite tips are beauty tips, and I thought I had heard them all!
Recently, I asked some of my favorite beauty experts for their most unusual tips. Some of them I had heard before, but most of them were new to even me! I've compiled my favorite unusual beauty tips here. You'll find tricks for your hair, skin and makeup! Which ones are new to you?
8 Unusual Beauty Tips from the Pros
1. Makeup Your Eyes First
"One tip that not everyone realizes would save them time and product is if they did their eye makeup before they make up their face. I do eyes first - then if there is any fall-out from eye shadow, you can easily clean it up without messing up your concealer."
- Makeup Artist Hope Henderson, creator of the Beauty Mark App
2. Fix Caked over Eye Shadow with TapeRead More »from 8 Tricks to Solve Your Most Common Beauty Problems
"Ever had your eye shadow cake over, and the powder didn't come out of the
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:34 PM EST
The Today Show's Tamron Hall: Mom Wiped Her Face with WHAT to Make Her Pretty?!The Today Show's new co-host for the third hour, MSNBC alum Tamron Hall, shared a startling and somewhat unusual story from her childhood this week. She confessed, live on the air, that her mother wiped her face with a pee-soaked diaper when she was a baby.
Right now you are probably thinking one of three things:
1) Why would her mother do this?
2) Why would Tamron share this?
3) A bewildered mixture of both.
Thankfully, I have a couple of answers for you.
During their daily telecast, Tamron Hall - along with co-hosts Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, and Al Roker - tackle a whole slew of hot topics. Lately, it seems that the third hour of The Today Show has put an emphasis on sharing personal anecdotes, from stories about their children, to their spouses, to their feelings about their own body image. On Tuesday, the topic was superstitions.
After Al Roker went off on something to do with flying and ice cream sundaes, Tamron dropped an overshare bomb. She first admitted that she isRead More »from 'The Today Show's' Tamron Hall: Mom Wiped Her Face with WHAT to Make Her Pretty?!
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 6:54 PM EST3 Reasons Why Your Spouse Needs a Partner, Not a Helper
When Lamar and I met, I had two kids. After he proposed, we had a conversation where I told him exactly what I was looking for in a husband. I told him I needed a partner who would share in all things family-related: from taking care of the kids to doing housework. I wasn't interested in being married to a person who "helped out" from time to time. Luckily, Lamar did not take his ring and run for the hills from this ready-made family he was about to join. Instead, he took on the challenge and became the best husband, father, and, yes, partner that I could ask for.
Hear me out: there is nothing wrong with helping your spouse. Being helpful is a good thing! However, you should not be satisfied with being just a helper or someone who assists. Your spouse needs a partner -- someone who shares in the responsibilities of taking care of the home, the kids, the finances, and the overall health of your marriage.
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 6:06 PM ESTWays to Build Confidence in Your Shy or Fearful Dog
I have always affectionately called my corgi Ty a "weenie." He is a fairly shy dog, but through various activities, he has come a long way. Ty never was particularity afraid of people or other dogs, but he has always been afraid of strange objects and situations. A trip to the vet used to have him trembling for an hour. Seeing a new object, such as a box in the room, would cause him to frantically bark. He also was always afraid to try anything new physically. His first trip down the stairs took a while!
Having a shy or fearful dog can be troublesome, not only because you feel for the dog, but because a truly fearful dog can act out and bite out of fear. Shy or fearful dogs might also urinate or exhibit other unwelcome behaviors. But there are things that you can do to help your dog overcome shyness and fear, leading to amazing changes in your pet. For greater detail on some of these, see Help Your Shy Dog Gain Confidence in the Whole Dog Journal.Read More »from Ways to Build Confidence in Your Shy or Fearful Dog
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 5:05 PM ESTParents Record Toddler's iPad Tantrum — and the World Freaks Out
A viral video currently making the Internet rounds has a bunch of armchair parenting quarterbacks all hot and bothered.
Daniel Brooks uploaded the video below of his 2-year-old daughter, Ashlynn Hobbs, having a tantrum because she wants to play with an iPad.
Naturally, Brooks had no idea the video would explode in popularity after posting it on his YouTube account.
But, you and I both know that there is no shortage of opinions on the Internet -- least of all from us parents. Soon, Brooks found himself subjected to some harsh criticisms over his parenting style, with people pointing fingers and blaming the tantrum on our technology-obsessed society.
People magazine called Ashlynn "a cautionary tale of the power technology has over children today" and says the video "will make any parent think twice about letting their child get started on a new tech toy."
The endless comments after the People article are filledRead More »from Parents Record Toddler’s IPad Tantrum -- and the World Freaks Out
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 4:52 PM ESTCircumcision I agreed to have my first son circumcised. My husband preferred it, and my (male) OB assured me it wouldn't be a big deal at all. In fact, he promoted it, saying circumcision reduces HIV contraction risk. The subject matter -- and the discussions surrounding it -- felt very much like male territory, and in a way, I wanted to allow my husband some role in the otherwise mother-centric sphere that is all things pregnancy and birth.
The circumcision was performed in the hospital just a day or two after my baby was born. My husband and doctor took my son for the procedure. When they returned, my baby was asleep, but he no longer wore the content, dreamy newborn expression he'd left with. Looking at photos of our first few days with our baby, I know exactly which ones were taken before and after his circumcision, and I regret consenting to it.
Everything about it -- everything I was assured was normal -- didn't feel normal, or right at all, from his bandaged penis to his lethargy thatRead More »from Rethinking Circumcision: Why I’m Over This “Boy’s Club”
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 4:23 PM ESTSitting Risk I think we've all heard the tragic news by now that sitting is bad for you. Like, really, really bad for you. It seems so innocent. How can relaxing and literally doing nothing be harmful? Though it seems benign, we can add sitting to the list of things that can lead to your demise, along with a poor diet, smoking, and numerous other "bad" behaviors.
The simple assumption is that sitting is bad because if you're not standing or moving, you're not burning calories. That's part of the equation, but it's not just about weight gain. A new study shows that those who sit often are more likely to be disabled by 60. Now, at the ripe age of 29, 60 still sounds like a time far in the future to me, but it's not. Sixty is by no means old. Sixty is not use-a-walker old, or rent-a-scooter old, or even walk-slowly old. Sixty is a mature adult; not a hunched-over great-grandpa.
If sitting isn't just about not burning calories, what's the big deal? Sitting triggers the body to send signals toRead More »from Study Shows Sitting Increases Disability Risk: 6 Tips to Help You Do it Less
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:40 PM ESTADHA and Tylenol Throughout each of my pregnancies, I've always tried to do my best to steer clear of taking any sort of medications. Other than my Zofran, which I had to take in order to keep healthy and stay out of the hospital, I dealt with the aches and pains that come with pregnancy without medication. Even when I had kidney stones when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I tried to stay away from any sort of pain reliever as much as possible.
Although I wanted to stay away from medication for personal reasons, my doctor assured me that there were many medications on the market that were completely safe for me to take, and safe for my baby. One of the medications she gave me the green light for was Tylenol. But according to a new study, Tylenol might not be as safe during pregnancy as was once thought.
New research indicates that women who took Tylenol (or any drug with acetaminophen) during pregnancy had a 40 percent chance of having theirRead More »from Study Links Tylenol Use During Pregnancy to ADHD in Kids
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:30 PM EST
There is something so incredibly special about sharing a favorite film from your childhood with your children, and it's even more special when your kids really and truly enjoy the movie as much as you did when you were their age. This wonderful phenomenon happened just last week for me when our family watched the Walt Disney classic The Jungle Book, which has just been released as a Diamond Edition Blu-Ray combo pack. I remember adoring the adventures of Mowgli and his pals when I was little, singing along with "I Wanna Be Like You" and "Bare Necessities." My daughter is having just as much fun with the film, humming and dancing along. It looks like appreciation of great animation runs in the family, and now, as an adult, I wanted to know more about this 46-year-old film, a classic that has really delighted generations. Don't you? Check out these 7 things you probably didn't know about The Jungle Book. -By Sunny Chanel
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