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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:14 PM ESTSo, let me guess, you have bags of candy around the house, are trying to limit the amount your kids eat, and are trying to figure out ways to use it up. Well, I have 7 great ideas for you. These are all delicious treats that are super sweet, fun, and a nice change from regular candy bars. They are also great to take to the office, to school, or just about anywhere you are looking to offload your candy stash! - By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from 7 Creative Recipes to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:14 PM ESTI've been on the hunt recently for some versatile storage for both the kitchen and downstairs bathroom. I wanted some ideas for things like towels as well as a shelf to hold various items in our kitchen. I really like home storage to be as stylish as the items it houses and came across a few pieces that might do the trick. Check it out!
-By Jan Halvarson Read More »from Fashion Stow: 7 Stylish Storage Solutions for Your Home
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:11 PM ESTReal Estate AgentHome is where the heart is, so it comes as no surprise that buying or selling a home is a major decision. Thankfully, we don't have to navigate the housing market alone. Real estate agents are there to help us make these important home decisions, but buyer and seller beware: not all real estate agents are created equal. It takes the right real estate agent to advocate on your behalf and walk you through the process one experienced step at a time.
1. Do your homeworkRead More »from 5 Simple Steps to Finding the Perfect Real Estate Agent
If only finding the right real estate agent was as easy as walking into your local real estate office. Unfortunately, finding the right agent to meet your needs isn't always so easy, but the time you invest in selecting the right agent can help your home buying or selling process go smoothly. Ask friends and family for referrals when it comes to finding a great agent, along with utilizing consumer-rated websites such as Angie'sList, RealEstateRatingz.com
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:00 PM ESTIt's so much easier to be active in the warm weather months. You can simply lather on the sunscreen and head outdoors. No big winter coats; no battling ice and snow. In the winter, with fewer daylight hours and the cold, it's so much harder to stay motivated - and so much easier to curl up on the couch in your favorite cozy sweater and drink hot chocolate by the roaring fire. But just because that's what you feel like doing doesn't mean you should do it. Well, not all the time anyway, and definitely not in place of your regular workouts! I hate the cold, and I loathe "falling back," even if it does give me one extra hour of precious sleep. To me it's never worth losing that hour of daylight. And the cold? Forget it! I've never been a cold weather person. The two years I lived in Northern California spoiled me for life. It was the perfect combination of mild summers and mild winters. But now that I live in the Northeast, I'm battling cold winters and snow like much of the country. Read More »from Winter Workouts: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated when It's Cold Outside
- smokingI was at the mall recently to hit up the Trader Joe's and Gymboree that's there (you can never have enough Flax & Oats Maple Oatmeal or white socks for the kids). And while I left to go to my car in the parking lot, I was struck with a need to parent other people's children. Well, they weren't really children, they were teenagers. But they were doing something no teenager should do: they were smoking. Now, some might not find the idea teens smoking that offensive, but it is something that just hurts my soul.
The standard legal age for purchasing cigarettes is 18, and I always thought that this was too young. It seems that 21 would be far more appropriate. Why can you ruin your body with cigarettes at age 18, but you have to wait three years to pollute your body with alcohol? And I am not alone in thinking that 18-year-olds are too young to take up smoking - New York City is on the brink of raising the tobacco-purchasing ageRead More »from We Should Absolutely Raise the Smoking Age to 21
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 1:49 PM ESTWould you pay to watch YouTube?Would you pay to watch YouTube? In an attempt to generate more revenue, Time reports that it might cost YouTube viewers $0.99/month to watch some of their favorite channels through a new subscription model where popular video producers can begin to charge a monthly fee. According to Time, "Any video creator who has 10,000 subscribers and has been verified by YouTube will be able to set up a new paid channel and charge a fee for access to their content."
Part of the beauty of YouTube is the wealth of free content that has always been available to viewers. When our kids were young, we loved pulling up favorite Sesame Street clips for them to watch to watch on-demand via YouTube, but now Sesame Workshop is one of the channels that requires viewers to pay for content at the price of $1.99 per Sesame Street episode.
We've also spent a lot of time using YouTube to master different Rainbow Loom patterns. My daughter has found endlessRead More »from Why We Might Be Forced to Pay to Watch YouTube Videos
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 1:43 PM ESTsocial media I've had a blog since long before any of my friends even knew what it was. Since I worked as a news producer at WABC in New York City in my twenties.
I wrote almost daily on it, even as my journalism career took off and I was promoted to Executive Producer of FOX in Salt Lake City. The job involved managing an entire newsroom and guiding anchors, reporters, producers, editors and photographers through a successful newscast each evening.
Throughout my time on top of the newsroom food chain I maintained the blog which featured personal stories and photos of my family and each of my children as they were born. Not only did I write on the blog but I posted links to the blog on Facebook where I was friends with my news director and all of my coworkers. Granted, there was the usual learning curve that comes with starting a blog and figuring out what to write. A few posts caused some raised eyebrows on the part of my boss but, to her credit, she always realized the very simple fact thatRead More »from Why You Should Hire the Guy Holding the Beer in His Facebook Photo
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:51 AM EST
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 27.5% of all U.S. women who use contraceptives choose the birth control pill as their pregnancy-prevention-plan of choice, while another 10% use some sort of hormonal birth control in the form of a patch, inserted device (like an IUD), or an injection.
And while the prevalence of birth control among sexually active women isn't surprising, one commonly overlooked side effect of hormonal birth control is:
It may be leading women to choose the wrong partners.
All forms of hormonal birth control work by synthesizing either a combination of the the man-made forms of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (found in brand name pills like Ortho Tri-Cyclen or Yasmin) or the "low-dose" form of birth control that contains progesterone only (like Norethidrone, often given to breastfeeding mothers) in a woman's body.
Basically, by raising the levels of estrogen and progesterone in a woman's body, either in steady or fluctuating levels, birthRead More »from Can Birth Control Make You Choose the Wrong Partner?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:43 AM EST
Here comes the homework. And while it may be assigned to the kids, guess who gets to help out? Right, we the parents (and our dear friend Google). It's probably a good idea to use that Google machine if you get stuck helping the kids because some things have changed since we went to school. Pluto isn't a planet. There are actually more than 5 senses. Drains in Australia don't go the opposite direction. It's true. Mental Floss has served up a great YouTube video featuring 50 science mistakes we all make, proving that just because you learned it in school doesn't mean it's true. From sunflowers to brontosauruses, click through some of the highlights to relearn what you should already know to be true. I got stumped by nearly a dozen of them. Who knew helping with homework would be so hard? -By Buzz BishopRead More »from 10 Scientific "Facts" that Are Actually Complete Lies
My son has a 1st grade teacher who periodically talks about current events and local news stories in class. I have a real problem with this.
I don't have to tell you that the evening news is depressing with daily tallies of murders, unemployment woes and political unrest. So…why would sharing this information with a classroom of 6 year olds seem like a good idea again?
The day my son informed me that his teacher told the class about a man who accidentally struck and killed two children while texting and driving, I had to ask myself what his teacher was trying to accomplish. Was she trying to parlay some lesson on the dangers of texting and driving? Was she offering a warning of sorts for these small children when crossing the street? Both? Neither? I had no idea, all I knew was this tragic news story was incredibly distressing to my already anxious son.
His teacher isn't exclusively talking to students who will listen to a story like that and then go on their merry way. ForRead More »from 6 Reasons Why I Shelter My Kid from the News