Hanukkah references are hard to come by. The holiday doesn't have a rosy-cheeked mascot to sit in malls and appear on Coke bottles all winter. There aren't too many Hanukkah songs available in our musical zeitgeist (aside from "I Have a Little Dreidel," of course). The Festival of Lights doesn't infiltrate the world of entertainment nearly as much as Christmas does, but that in no way detracts from its importance and meaning. In fact, it just makes the rare Hanukkah pop culture references even MORE memorable! The start of Hanukkah is just a few days away, so we've rounded up the 9 best holiday-themed moments from movies, television, and music to help get you in the seasonal spirit. From Maccabee Rugrats to holiday armadillos, one thing's for sure - it's so much fun-akkah to celebrate Hanukkah! -By Caitlin MortonRead More »from The 9 Greatest Hanukkah References in Pop Culture
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 3:53 PM EST
Between Black Friday sales and Christmas presents, the holiday season can be depressingly commercial sometimes. This year, try taking a break from the disheartening spending sprees and devote your energy to spreading joy to the world. There are so many ways your entire family can volunteer time and resources to help those who need it the most. You'll be surprised how easy it really is to completely revitalize the holiday season - the best place to start is with small, random acts of kindness. We've rounded up 10 creative ideas (with a holiday twist!) to get you started. What are some other ways you plan on spreading holiday cheer this year? Share your ideas in the comments! -By Caitlin MortonRead More »from 10 Random Acts of Kindness Your Family Can Perform This Holiday Season
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 2:18 PM ESTWe've all experienced it at one time or another: the inevitable post-Thanksgiving food baby. I for one have tried to binge eat a little less when it comes to the holidays, but let's be real: it's pretty hard to moderate myself when there are blue cheese mashed potatoes and chocolate bread pudding around. I've made the mistake of wearing impractical clothing to Thanksgiving dinner on more than one occasion (think skinny jeans, shirts with buttons and zip-up dresses, none of which offer any give for that post-meal belly bulge), but over time I have learned from my mistakes and realized that there are plenty of ways to get dressed for Thanksgiving in a way that is both comfortable and chic. Thankfully, there are plenty of styles available right now that can achieve this and I've compiled a round-up. Most of these pieces toe the line between casual and dressy so that they can be easily dressed up or down depending on the nature of your particular Thanksgiving celebration style. - By LaurenRead More »from Make Room for Food Baby: 7 Chic and Comfortable Outfits to Rock This Thanksgiving
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 1:04 PM ESTSure, Christmas gets all the street cred when it comes to holiday songs, but Thanksgiving has its own built-in theme! There are plenty of songs about thanks and gratitude, and all of the things we humans have to be grateful for: family, friends, pets, homes, you name it. It all pretty much boils down to love, too, and if there's one thing that most songs are written about, it's love, right? I'm always open to broad interpretations of a theme, both for the sake of creative flexibility, and also because it tends to make the list, and therefore your gathering, better. Here are 8 thankful songs to get your playlist started:
-By Laurie White Read More »from Jive Turkey: 8 Grateful Songs for Your Thanksgiving Playlist
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 1:03 PM ESTWith retail stores revving up for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday mayhem, we consumers should also be gearing up and doing our homework before stepping foot into a retail store this season. It is time to step up your game and begin properly planning for the holiday. Stay away from all grabs and shopping frenzy that will ensue - instead, do your research. The more prep work you do, the better your results - and the more money you keep in your pocket. Follow these 7 money-saving tips that will keep you well informed and out of trouble this holiday season.
-By Jessie Nuez Read More »from Savvy Shoppers: 7 Ways to Save Big on Electronics This Holiday Season
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:18 PM ESTFor a national holiday that encourages to take stock of our blessings, Thanksgiving can be fairly stressful…especially for parents. All the preparations and cooking and a more formal mealtime are not exactly kid-friendly. But gratitude isn't just for adults, and neither should Thanksgiving be an adult-only activity. That's why I like to get the kids involved as much as possible. Here are a few of the ways we suggest doing it, from helping prepare the table to giving a hand in the kitchen. - By Kristen Howerton Read More »from Little Helping Hands: 7 Easy Ways for Kids to Help with Thanksgiving
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:59 AM EST
The roles of husbands and dads is very important to men today. One of my main goals is to spend more meaningful time with my family, even if it means I have to take a different approach to my career. I recently finished my manifesto, called The Family Leader's Manifesto, which is a call and encouragement to men to be the best husbands and dads they can be. It is not enough to be a great leader at work, in the community, or in ministry. If we do that, but perform poorly at loving and leading our family at home, then we are out of balance. And in the eyes of many men, that means "unsuccessful." The survey results show that many men feel the same way. Check out the comparison for men and women when it comes to who is more family oriented! -By Jackie Bledsoe Jr.
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:17 AM ESTMind over matterWhen the going gets tough in your workouts, the tough should get talking - to themselves. That's right - talking to yourself and giving yourself a pep talk during your workout may make you push yourself harder and longer than if you don't.
In a recent small study, participants who used positive self-talk significantly lengthened their time cycling on a bike compared to their first attempt. In the study, participants rode as long as they could at 80% of their peak power output. They were then split into two groups, one of which received coaching to use phrases like "feeling good" or "push through this" during their workouts.
Those who received that coaching to push themselves with positive talk did just that, and pushed through it about 18 percent longer than those who didn't use self-talk. They reported that they didn't feel like they were working as hard, either. The study concluded that self-talkRead More »from Improving Your Workouts with the Science of "Mind Over Matter"
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:09 AM ESTDrinking and DivorceLadies, I am a drinker. Blame my love for the sweet nectar on my Dominican genes, or on my love of feeling wobbly and extra friendly. Regardless, I'd have a hard time going cold turkey. I wouldn't get the shakes, now. I do not have a problem. But I would have a problem dating someone who doesn't drink at all.
I know this first hand. When I was in college, I began seeing a classmate who was straight-laced. He didn't drink or party at the Malcom X Center. Unless he was going to the DC (Dining Commons), class or the library, he rarely left his dorm. Enter Sujeiry - an 18-year-old freshman that was finally free from her mother's reign and discipline. I wanted to run wild like a horse. I wanted my mane to flow as I explored all things and all the men that college had to offer. So, you see how me and Mr. Straight Laced were doomed. He wanted to tame me and my party girl ways. And I (like Miley Cyrus) couldn't be tamed!
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:33 PM EST
Baby AdoptionMy [foster-to-almost-adopted] daughter, Clementine, will never hear me tell her that she was 'born in my heart.' A new adoption book by Berta Serrano is being published called Born from the Heart, and I was quite surprised that the title wasn't already taken. I've heard the term for years now, and it's always made me cringe. My first thought was, "I'm really glad my [adoptive] parents didn't pull that born-in-my-heart crap on me."
I was adopted at birth and was given the direct "You were in another lady's belly" line. It worked for me. It also worked for all of the other adopted kids I grew up with, none of whom have identity issues, drug abuse problems, or violent criminal records. My adopted peers are all boring, well-adjusted adults who look at me quizzically when I ask them about adoption themes such as this. They aren't reading about adoption; they are pursuing other endeavors.
I, however, am doing theRead More »from Why I’ll Never Tell My Adopted Daughter She was ‘Born from My Heart’