People mean well, almost all the time. And when you're sad, people say things that are meant to help. Motivational speakers build entire careers out of these well-intended, but meaningless phrases that end up on posters and in general conversation. When I was at a low point in my life, the future seemed rather bleak. I had no job, I had credit card debt of over $20,000, and I didn't know what to do. I considered moving back in with my parents, only they were a hundred miles away, and I knew my life was meant to be lived in my own city. The economy was awful, my roommate situation was less than ideal, and I was at a loss. My friends tried to help. They'd say things (some listed below) that were meant to cheer me up. But they never cheered me up. Instead, they made me angry. At myself, at my friends who I thought clearly didn't understand what I was going through, and at my prospects. We've all been there. We know it gets better. Click through for 7 common career tips that are actuallyRead More »from 7 Common Career Tips that Are Actually Terrible
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"Today's classrooms tend to be feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary. As early as pre-school and kindergarten, boys can be punished for behaving like boys. The characteristic play of young males is "rough-and-tumble" play. There is no known society where little boys fail to evince this behavior (girls do it too, but far less). In many schools, rough-and-tumble play is no longer tolerated. Well-meaning but intolerant adults are insisting "tug of war" be changed to "tug of peace"; games such as tag are being replaced with "circle of friends" - in which no one is ever out. Boys as young as five or six can be suspended for playing cops and robbers. Our schools have become hostile environments for most boys."
Over on Slate's Double X Factor, Amanda Hess takesRead More »from Are America's Schools Letting Down Little Boys?
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
Now almost essential to the season, pumpkin spice makes an appearance every fall. Traditionally, pumpkin spice is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves that's added to seasonal pies like pumpkin or apple. But these days, the pumpkin spice craze is much, much more than a spice blend - it's a full-fledged niche industry, with manufacturers offering up everything from pumpkin spice cappuccino mix to pumpkin spice M&M's. Whether you're a fan of the craze or simply want to marvel at all the possibilities, here are 7 unique ways to get your pumpkin spice fix this fall. - By Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell
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,If you are traveling for business or for pleasure, the cost of a rental car can be outside of your budget if you are not careful. Luckily there are ways to get a great vehicle when you need it without spending a fortune.
Here are 7 ways to get a great rental car affordably:
Book in Advance
Last minute reservations may cost you so if you can book early, do it. Some companies will take advantage of your desperation for a vehicle and charge you extra for a last-minute reservation. You may also get stuck without any options for a vehicle and end up with a gas-guzzling SUV when you only needed a fuel-efficient compact.
Cover the Basics
It can be tempting to rent that top of the line sports car for a week but if you are working with a limited budget, opt for the most affordable vehicle available. Since you are only using the vehicle on a temporary basis, you can do without the bells and whistles in an effort to save money.Read More »from Compact Costs: 7 Secrets to Saving on Rental Cars
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
The NCAA has taken a bit of beating over the past couple years. The clumsy organization has stumbled into one blunder after another. In fact, it has gotten so bad for the NCAA that several of the collegiate conferences have been open about a potential abandonment of the NCAA - something I would support if all FBS level college programs were allowed to come along for the ride.
It has only been three years since it was revealed that schools attempted to buy the services of Cam Newton by paying his father significant sums of money. Buying the services of players isn't allowed under NCAA rules, but in Cam Newton's situation the NCAA found that it was not a violation for a son's father to shop his son on the college football market. We can't forget the sanctions levied against Ohio State for the players little ring of getting free tattoos in exchange for memorabilia and their coaches subsequent attempt to coverup the scandal. The penalties? A one year ban from postseason play, aRead More »from A New Low: The NCAA Reduces Penn State’s Penalties
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
One of my favorite TV shows to watch is What Not To Wear. And if you've watched it, you've probably heard Stacy and Clinton talk about the four elements to making a good outfit: color, pattern, texture, and shine. Let's talk about the first one today - color. For some women, bright colors can be scary and you associate them with different foods (like, you feel like a giant red tomato). But wearing bright colors can be fun and easy, add emphasis to different areas of your body, brighten up your face, and complement your skin and hair tones. So don't be afraid. Click through for a few easy ways I add color to my outfits, and how you can too.
-By Merrick White
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- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:27 AM EDT
Pet Friendly HotelsTraveling with your pet can be stressful. Not only do you need to be concerned with travel gear and safety, but you also have to be sure that your pet is welcome wherever you stay. Hotel policies often vary widely, but there are some hotel chains that tend to be more consistently pet-friendly than others. I find that knowing which chains normally allow pets makes my travel planning much easier. I simply narrow my hotel searches to those chains and then check individual policies from there.Read More »from Sit, Stay, Spa: 7 Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains for You and Your Furry Friend
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The following list features hotel chains that have general pet-friendly policies, with my personal comments on those I have stayed at. While it is possible that any given hotel might go against the chain's policy, these are all chains where you can be relatively confident that they will allow pets.
Be sure to check with the individual hotel that you are interested in to verify that they do indeed allow pets and to learn of any
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:26 AM EDT
We've all been there. Bored of getting dressed in the morning, and envious of how other gals seem to effortlessly pull off such interesting outfits. But it ends today! Getting out of your wardrobe rut is easier than you think. Try making a simple change to each of your outfits and start to feel a little more adventurous with your wardrobe. Here are a few ways I like to add interest to an otherwise simple outfit.
-By Mandi Johnson
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
Do you use a night cream? Honestly, I go through phases where I do and then occasionally I'll stop for whatever reason. There are a lot of advantages to wearing a night cream that far surpass things only a day cream can do. Night cream tends to absorb better and more deeply into our skin at night since it isn't conflicting with any other products. The warmth of our skin will also accept the products better than, say, sitting in a freezing cold office. If you need a lot of hydration, using a hydrating night cream can do the "hard work" for you overnight so it won't disturb your makeup during the day. The way I look at night cream is this: the more intense benefits I want, the more reason to use a night cream. I picked a few great night creams to choose from (including an option for sensitive skin or oily skin), so just browse below! - By Kate Bryan
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 12:49 PM EDT
I look back on my childhood so fondly. A lot of it has to do with being a young mom, and feeling so close to my childhood still. This parenthood/adulthood part of my life is all still pretty new to me. So when I dress River in cute things, I feel a huge sense of mama pride. But, when I dress her in things that I can also dress myself in, there is outstanding happiness and pride! Although I an now an adult, some of my favorite childhood fashions, can be shared between the both of us. I am creating memories for her, and reliving memories of my very own. Fashion can seem silly at times, but for me, at times like this, it is something much greater.
-By Latonya Yvette
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