Except that I'd already signed up for a 10K the very next weekend. And while I was physically recovered from that intense 5K, I was still processing it mentally. My brain wasn't ready to fully commit to pushing through that sameRead More »from Mind Over Matter: 7 Tips for Running a Strong Mental Race
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:41 PM ESTMind Over Matter: 7 Tips for Running a Strong Mental RaceA couple of weekends ago I ran a (small) 5K. I pushed myself really hard and broke my personal record. It was a hard-fought PR, in which I thought several times about giving up. I wondered if I actually could make it to the finish line. Just over halfway through, I told my husband, who was pacing me and cheering me on, that I was struggling - and then spent the last half of the race moaning as I tried to override the discomfort of pushing through burning legs and lungs. After I crossed the finish line, I felt the same degree of gratitude at having completed those 3 miles as I do when I finish a marathon. It was one of those things that I needed some time to process before I had the desire to do again.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:18 PM EST
What's on the Christmas wish list for kids this year? Nothing, it would seem. Well, nothing in the sense that there is no "top toy" for 2013. "There are no hot toys this year; there really aren't," said Gerrick Johnson, a toy industry analyst at BMO Capital Markets. "In the 12 years I've been covering toys, we've always had something selling for a premium on eBay … This is the first time we're not seeing that." This is GOOD NEWS, people! Our kids get to be individuals. There's no playground competition to keep up with the other kids and be the first to have the biggest and best, or feel left out because Mama couldn't get off work in time to get the last hot toy from the shelf. This year, the kids want the classics. "The nostalgia surrounding some of the oldest toys will never go away," said Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation. "A lot of kids are still growing up on traditional toys." Here are the Top 10 Toys for Boys and Girls according to the NationalRead More »from 10 Vintage Toys Topping 2013 Christmas Wish Lists for Kids
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM EST
Why the Engagement Ring is the Foundation of Your MarriageThere are a thousand different opinions on rings that symbolize marriage. Some people put a lot of weight behind the meaning of a ring, while others think nothing of it at all. I recently read an article about the engagement ring titled, "Why Engagement Rings are a Joke."
The article, which you can read here, goes on to mock some of the marketing pitches that put so much emphasis on the ring and its correlation to love. While I agree that the marketing tactics can take an over-the-top approach to try and convince a person to buy the biggest, baddest diamond there is, I don't think they are a joke.
I actually think the engagement ring is the foundation of your marriage. Without a good engagement ring, the wedding ring and all else that follows may not even happen. Or if they do happen, it may not be what you expected.
Let me explain my take on rings. I believe there are 7 rings of marriage, but not everyone is familiar withRead More »from Why the Engagement Ring is the Foundation of Your Marriage
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM ESTIf the dress code for your holiday party this year is casual, might I recommend you go just slightly above casual? It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and casual certainly doesn't mean that you should wear sweats. If it's a holiday party, take the opportunity to wear your more casual pieces that are still festive and fun! Click through for a few ideas to put together your casual party holiday outfits this year! - By Merrick White Read More »from 8 Stylish Pieces that Are Perfect for a Casual Holiday Dress Code
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:59 PM ESTNo one said being Santa was easy. It's one pretty tough job. Before the big day, he has to hit the stores and endure the long lines, crazy kids, and frenzied parents. On the big night, Santa has to find just the right gift for each and every child in the world (kind of makes your shopping list seem suddenly easier, doesn't it?) And that's not even counting the worldwide trip performed in just 24 hours. However, there are some rewards, like the pampering from Mrs. Claus and the additional help from all the elves, and then of course, there are the cookies, oh, the cookies! But, if human Santa ever gets tired, he can surely rely on our canine friends to jump in and take over. In fact, these cute pups are ready to commit. Find out the reasons why these adorable dogs might do a better job than St. Nick himself - they might just leave you shouting "Santa, Puppy!" - By Danielle Sullivan Read More »from Ho-Ho-Howl! 10 Dogs that Want to Steal Santa's Job
- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:58 PM EST
Damaged hair tends to split and break, leaving you with dull, frizzy-looking hair. There are lots of reasons why hair becomes damaged, including haircolor and chemical straightening services, heat styling, over-washing, and environmental factors. Usually when hair starts snapping off, it's because the elasticity is off. Hair elasticity refers to your hair's ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking. When your hair is wet, it should be able to stretch up to 50% of its length and return to normal. Test elasticity by taking a single wet hair from 4 different areas of your head and simply pulling on either end. If it stretches easily and bounces back, your porosity is normal. If it stretches and does not return to normal or if it snaps easily, you have low porosity and your hair is more prone to break. If you have trouble determining what your hair needs, check with your stylist. But if it seems clear after a strand test, check the slideshow below for hairRead More »from Going Strong: 7 Hair Treatments for Preventing Breakage
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:55 PM ESTExploiting Paul Walker's Death: When Fans and the Media Cross the LineI've been fortunate enough to live my 33 years of life without having to deal with a tragic death of a close family member. While I have been to funerals in the past and have mourned the loss of life, it never hit me as hard as I know it will the day someone in my immediate bloodline passes away. But that doesn't mean of course that I haven't been personally affected by death during my lifetime.
Being a lifelong pop culture junkie and celebrity journalist, it took me days and sometimes weeks to get over the shock and sadness of when Diana died in that Parisian car crash in 1997, when Aaliyah passed away in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, or when Michael Jackson's death shocked the world in 2009. I was 17 when Princess Di died, yet I remember waking up at four in the morning so I could watch her televised funeral from London, which was perhaps one of the saddest broadcasts I have ever seen.
It was also incredibly heart-wrenching to watch Michael Jackson's daughter ParisRead More »from Exploiting Paul Walker’s Death: When Fans and the Media Cross the Line
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:21 PM ESTYouTube Mom's Death Highlights Frightening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate
As a mom blogger, I keep tabs on all sorts of parenting and health reports, including news on pregnancy and labor. So I've known for a while that, despite the huge amounts of money the U.S. spends on healthcare every year, we still have a disturbingly high maternity mortality rate: According to the most recent statistics, nearly 13 U.S. women die for every 100,000 live births.
More shockingly, in 2010, the U.S. ranked 50th in the world for maternal mortality, according to data from the World Health Organization, with higher death rates than some Middle Eastern and Asian countries as well as most European countries.
Both times I was pregnant, I put this out of my mind as much as possible. When it did invade my thoughts, I rationalized to myself why I'd be OK: I was healthy, I ate well, and I had access to great healthcare. Surely the women accounting for the U.S.'s high maternal mortality rate were less fortunate than me with respect to their own health and the healthcareRead More »from YouTube Mom’s Death Highlights Frightening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate
We're entering the time of year when simple gals like me get a little giddy about metallics. A sparkly metallic party dress might wait in my closet all year for it's time to shine at holiday parties. If you're still shy about wearing metallics, even during the silver and gold holiday season, I would try out a more classic styled dress accented with metallic sheen, rather than a tight body con metallic dress that will accentuate every curve (wanted or unwanted)! They're really a lot of fun to wear, and make you feel extra festive! I've rounded up 7 of my favorite metallic party dresses for 2013, which don't need to sit in your closet all year until the holidays. These dresses are great for parties or nights out any time of the year!Read More »from Go Shiny and Chic with 7 Metallic Party Dresses!
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- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 3:35 PM EST
When I was a child, my mother had several holiday decor themes for our home. One was a Christmas tree with only birds on it. Another was cats, to match our cat loving household. So, I have always liked the idea of using an animal theme in the holiday decor. Doing so makes everything more personal and meaningful to me. Fortunately for the pet lover, it also is not terribly difficult. Incorporating pets into your home holiday decor can be as simple as hanging stockings for your pets, or as comprehensive as decorating entire trees based on an animal theme. In my home, my corgis have their own stockings. We also have some specific corgi-themed Christmas items and photos of our pets taken with Santa to display. As the years go by, it seems like I focus more and more on the corgi theme. Here are 8 pet-themed holiday ideas to get you started. Use these as inspiration for your own pet-themed holiday decor. -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Have Yourself a Furry, Furry Christmas! 8 Pet-Themed Holiday Decor Items!
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