If the nasty ol' witch behind this Halloween letter really wants to make a difference in the lives of fat kids, she could hand out sugar-free gum or real-fruit fruit snacks or bags of baby carrots -Read More »from An Open Letter to the Halloween "Fat Letter" Lady
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- .There's a woman in Fargo, North Dakota, who plans to hand out "fat letters" to kids she deems "moderately obese" instead of giving them Halloween candy. She said in a radio interview, "I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight … I think it's just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just 'cause all the other kids are doing it." When I mentioned this story to my fellow Babble writers, my colleague Joslyn Gray said, "It's worth noting that LOTS of parents have their kids "trade in" all/most of their candy anyway for a variety of reasons - allergies, dental health, whatever." Joslyn says her kids give at least half of their candy to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to military soldiers.
- This time of year is always kind of strange for me. I'm in the middle ground - I don't have kids yet, but I'm too old to be going out to some costume-themed bar with Jell-o shots (and so are you, probably). I love the idea of Halloween, though. When else do we walk around and talk to our neighbors, if only briefly? When else do our neighbors give us treats? This is my first Halloween at my new home, and I live on a pretty residential street, so I'm hoping we'll get a bunch of monsters and goblins and princesses and other really creative things! I mean, I really hope we get a bunch. Otherwise, I'm powerless around the fun-sized leftovers. I thought it would be fun to create a trick-or-treat for ourselves this time of year. Check out 7 money-saving tricks and treats below.
-By Kathleen O'Malley Read More »from 13 Money-Saving Tricks and Treats for Halloween
- Researching then writing about 7 of the scariest places in the world is not something I'd recommend for an evening activity. I've had my fair share of scares for the season, and I don't plan on visiting a single haunted house or Halloween event! Scary locations, spooky houses, and historical sites seem to be everywhere, but there are a handful that stand out more than others. All of the stories behind each one of the places I've highlighted here are haunting, chilling, and, sometimes, downright terrifying. They are not myths, nor are they the result of legends. Each one has a true story, some of which are almost unbelievable. I've included a basic synopsis of each spooky destination, but be sure to click on the links for more information as many of them go further in depth! - By Nadia Carriere Read More »from 7 Scariest Places on Earth for Adventure-Seekers
When Jason Kurtz was in his late 20s, he was single, lonely, broke, listless, and living with his parents.
Then he followed an urge to travel to India, and he told himself that he would not come home until he knew what he wanted to do with his life. During the many-month adventure, Kurtz was ripped off by cab drivers, conned by begging children, and forced to confront his aversion to everything from filth to lack of personal space.
His recently released memoir about the experience is gripping, and every page is full of spiritual lessons. When I finished Follow the Joy, I wanted to know more. Obviously, the journey had helped Kurtz find happiness. But did it also eventually help him find love? And did what he learned during that trip prepare him for his career as a psychotherapist?
I gave him a call. "In many ways the book is the story of how I became the man who could find and marry my wife," Kurtz told me. Here are 7 spiritual laws that helped him do just that. Read them soRead More »from 7 Spiritual Laws for Successful Relationships
- There are so many reasons to get excited about leopard print this fall. It ranges from dark orange to a pale beige, and it's a neutral, so it works with every color in the rainbow. It contains both black and brown, meaning you can wear either color with it. And while it might be a classic with a slight retro feel, it's also a huge trend and easy to find in stores right now. It's a versatile print, and to get you started, here are 7 ways to wear it!
-By Jeanette Scott Read More »from 7 Chic Ways to Wear Leopard Print This Season
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:28 PM EDTOne of my favorite fall meals is warm soup. There is something so comforting and snuggly about sipping a warming bowl of soup while the temperatures drop outside. I often making big batches of soup at a time and freeze half of it for later. That guarantees I'll have warm soup even on days when there is little time to cook. Since soup is one of our main dishes during the colder months I try to keep it on the lighter side. Heavy, creamy soups are good and all, but those are best kept for treats once in a while. Here are some my favorite everyday skinny fall soups; I hope you like them, too! - By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from 7 Scrumptious Skinny Soups to Warm You Up This Fall
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:07 PM EDTI'm still getting used to the lingo and how to best use hashtags - and how to express myself in 140 characters (not easy for the Irish girl who chats a glass eye to sleep). But one thing I know is this: for me, Twitter isn't about what I say - it is about what I learn from those I follow. So, here are 7 people to follow on Twitter for everything from daily jokes and inspirational quotes to great political commentary and the latest in fashion.
-By Suzanne Cowie Read More »from 7 Famous Personalities to Follow on Twitter for Humor, Inspiration, and More!
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:57 AM EDTFree tamponsNancy Kramer, the Columbus, Ohio, woman behind the movement Free the Tampons, wants to see a world - before she dies - where every women's bathroom in America is stocked with free tampons and pads accessible to whoever needs them. What drives her in this quest is a desire to prevent women who get their periods unexpectedly from having to deal with the embarrassment and humiliation of not having the supplies they need. When I first looked at her Free the Tampons website and watched her TEDx talk, I chuckled. Sure, free tampons and pads in every bathroom would be nice, since no one likes to shove a wad of toilet paper in their underwear and carry on until they can buy supplies somewhere. But I kept worrying that her argument about women not knowing when they might get their periods might undermine her case. Since women don't know when they might start bleeding and end up bleeding through their clothes in their office chair (as a woman in one of Kramer's anecdotes about why free tampons Read More »from Should All Public Bathrooms Offer Free Tampons to Women?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
As the spooky season approaches, there is nothing better than closing the curtains, turning out all the lights, and snuggling under a blanket as you have the wits scared out of you. No? Not your idea of fun? Although it one of my favorite genres, it isn't for everyone. So for all the folks who love Halloween but want some family-friendly spooky fun that isn't going to scare the willies out of them - there are plenty of great movies to choose from. Have a look at the list below, and let me know what your favorite is! Happy Halloween! -By Suzanne CowieRead More »from 7 Non-Spooky Halloween Movies You Can Watch with Your Kids
- Fall is my favorite season. The colors are amazing, the weather has cooled down, and I can sip hot chocolate anytime of the day! What a perfect time for a fall inspired wedding! The wedding colors seem like an easy choice with the abundant reds, oranges, and yellows, and you can give your wedding a natural look with all the foliage surrounding you. Your guests will love to be surrounded by the warm feel of fall. Here are 7 ways to decorate your wedding for the autumn season!
-By Marie LeBaron Read More »from 7 Gorgeous DIY Decorations for a Fall Wedding