It can be so easy to go crazy on party preparations for your child, but it makes a lot more financial sense to keep things simple. Some families spent almost obscene amounts on money on their childrens' birthday bashes - whether with hundreds of presents at home or renting out airplane-hangar sized party locals for blow-outs with the entire grade. Kids parties have become notoriously competitive, but ultimately your only goal should be making your child happy and creating memories to last a lifetime. Click through for 7 genius was to save money on your kid's birthday party! -By Anna Newell Jones
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
It can be so easy to go crazy on party preparations for your child, but it makes a lot more financial sense to keep things simple. Some families spent almost obscene amounts on money on their childrens' birthday bashes - whether with hundreds of presents at home or renting out airplane-hangar sized party locals for blow-outs with the entire grade. Kids parties have become notoriously competitive, but ultimately your only goal should be making your child happy and creating memories to last a lifetime. Click through for 7 genius was to save money on your kid's birthday party! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from Save the Date: 7 Genius Ways to Save Money on Your Kid's Birthday Party
,Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the tragic news that Diana, Princess of Wales, had died. In September 1997, I was living with three girls, and one came into my room and woke me up to tell me the news. Immediately I raced into work at the news desk where I was a presenter. Throughout the day, I read the news, sitting in my black coat. Later that week, I joined the masses by laying flowers at the spontaneous shrine that sprung up outside Kensington Palace. I remember wondering why people were taking photographs of the sea of blooms, and now, I marvel at why I never did …
Sixteen years later comes a biopic film starring Naomi Watts as Diana. Watts has twice been nominated for an Oscar and is a highly regarded actress, yet she has received a fair amount of flack for daring to take the role of the woman (then prime minister of the UK) Tony Blair dubbed "the Queen of hearts."
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
I am the least edgy person around (honestly) but that doesn't stop me from buying every spiked, studded, and zippered thing I can get my grubby little hands on. I have an inner badass just dying to come out (as long as there aren't motorcycles involved. Too scary). I love a mom outfit with a bit of edge. We can be soft and nurturing but still rock a spiked shoulder when the occasion calls for it! Here are some easy (and affordable!) ways to add a little edginess to your wardrobe. - By Kayla Moncur
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Tres Leches Mug CakeI just celebrated another year of life, and my only wish was to indulge in tres leches cake. I remember when I first tried tres leches at a birthday party; the minute the wet bread entered my mouth, I was hooked. While I've never been one to crave cakes, tres leches is just too amazing to not crave. I decided rather than spend all my day cooking up a normal-sized cake (that would be so hard not to eat all of!), I figured out how to make a simpler and much smaller version to satisfy my craving for tres leches.Read More »from Triple the Treat: Make Mexican Tres Leches Mug Cake in Minutes
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Tres leches cake is a traditional Mexican three-milk cake. It consists of regular milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk as the base for the rich milk sauce. This deliciously sweet milk concoction is then prepared, added to a cake, and left to absorb all the liquids hours in advance. It honestly is way too much work in my opinion. While delicious, I'd be the only one eating the cake since my
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:13 PM EDT
"Can you believe that?" the Today Show's Matt Lauer said in a state of awe on Monday's telecast. "You've just given birth to a baby and the cameras are there for the entire country and you turn and say 'Hi'?"
Yeah, I can't believe it either, but that's just what happened to one Texas mom who allowed the Today Show's cameras into the delivery room as she gave birth to her daughter Hayley. And then things got awkward.
The very perky corespondent said, "How are you doing Emily? Look at that camera and tell us!" The new mom, still appearing like she was in a state of shock (and how can you blame her, she just gave birth) looked at the camera at her shoulder and meekly said, "hi." Then reporter told the very new mom that they had a present for her. Was it a scholarship for her new child? Was it a year's supply of diapers? With perky reporter's enthusiasm you'd think it was something that stellar. But no, it was a Today Show onesie which the cheerful corespondent dutifully held upRead More »from "Today Show" Films Moms Giving Birth on Live TV ... And It's Awkward
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake Smeared with Lemon CurdThe biscuit is seldom used in desserts these days. Every once in a while someone across the land of sweets will use it, and then it seems it is dropped to the wayside again. Not too long ago I was having dinner with a group of dear friends in a fancy restaurant in Arizona, and when we reached the end of the meal and it was time to pick a dessert I glanced over the menu carefully. My eyes got stuck at a strawberry shortcake made with a biscuit, and everyone else's did too, because we all ordered it. It was better than the menu could describe, even with all their fancy wording. As I lifted my fork full of biscuit and strawberries to my mouth, I realized there was a sanding sugar on the top of the biscuit. The strawberries had been macerated and then poured over a freshly whipped heavy cream. Mmmmmmm. I had no choice but to come home and recreate it for my family here in Los Angeles. Enjoy!Read More »from Short and Sweet! Make Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake Smeared with Lemon Curd
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
Society has whipped us into such a frenzy over breastfeeding that the results of a new study should come as no surprise, and yet, I'm surprised and disappointed just how stressed out women are about breastfeeding.
I appreciate the study and the drive to offer more support for women for breastfeeding, but something about the way the whole thing is framed on Today Moms doesn't sit right with me. More on that in a second. First, let's get to the results of the study.
Researchers surveyed 532 first-time mothers-to-be from one medical center about their plans for breastfeeding, then interviewed them when their baby was just born and when it was 3, 7, 14, 30 and 60 days old. The results, as reported by Today:
During those interviews, women raised 49 unique breastfeeding concerns, a total of 4,179 times. The most common ones included general difficulty with infant feeding at the breast - such as an infant being fussy or refusing to breastfeed - nipple or breast pain and notRead More »from Study Reveals Why More Women Are Choosing Not to Breastfeed
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
I was fed up because we had set a goal to save ourselves for marriage (hey, we're not the only ones) and we were on track to fail miserably.
It felt like each and every time we were together, we spent the whole time trying to avoid going "too far" or avoiding temptation or fighting about it. Dating stopped feeling fun and turned into something exhausting and guilt-ridden.
So when I came across the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris, which chronicles his journey on giving up dating and all physical intimacy until marriage, I felt like I had a eureka moment. I knew that it wasn't important for everyone to save themselves until marriage and I knew that everyone was different, but for us, well, we had made that commitment and it was important. I decided right then and there that the problem was not necessarily the desire to be intimate with theRead More »from The Ridiculous Way One Woman Tried to Save Herself for Marriage
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
When we meet the man of our dreams, we usually know that he is "the one." That's what friends tell me anyway. That they see the beauty and feel the connection that one can only feel with their future husband. And the husband, he knows this woman is it. A husband loves with gusto and protects his wife. A husband thinks his woman is beautiful just as she is. But what happens if tragedy strikes and you have no recollection of your partner? Or, if you're Jason Mortensen, you have no memory of being married. How do you know he is "the one" and fall in love again? You go with your first impression and gut instinct, just like when you first met. Jason woke up from surgery and didn't recognize his wife, Candace. He said, "Did the doctor send you? Man, you are eye candy." He continued on, asking,"You're my wife? Dang!" He also said, ""Your teeth are perfect." But my favorite line is, "Oh my God! I hit the jackpot!" I'm sure that's the first thing he thought when they first met. Click throughRead More »from Love at First Sight? 8 Women Share First Impressions of Their Partners
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:39 AM EDT
One would think that due to my size and general girth that I would have difficulty finding clothing, and they would be wrong. Do I have the troubles that every woman has where I shimmy and shake my way into a too-tight arm hole only to have the waist fit perfectly? Yes. But other than that I have learned not only to find clothing that fits my shape but to also learn what works and what doesn't. I'm 5'8″. I wear an 18/20/16W/18W depending on who/what/where. I wear a size 11-size 12 shoe. Reading it out like this makes me feel and seem massive. And I've gotten to a point in my life and with my body where I don't think of those numbers as the sum of me. They're just numbers and I am a woman who likes to shop. So, in the words of Tim Gunn I, "make it work". So, here are my top 7 plus size dresses for fall. I am now officially looking forward to tights and booties. Happy Shopping! - By Heather L. Barmore
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