The definition of potential is "having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future." And that's the kind of men I used to date. Not on purpose, of course. I always state (out loud) that I want a man who is ready for all of this, a man who is ready to commit and love me like an hombre. Pretty much, I desire someone who has his life together. Professional success, financial stability, an open heart, maturity, self-awareness, and strength: I want it all! And then I'd end up with college dropouts, struggling artists (I want to be a rapper, yo!), freelance writers (living that check-to-check life), and men who resided in their momma's back room. But why? Why did I date men who had potential instead of attracting those who were already developed? Oh, there was a rationalization behind my self-sabotaging choices. Here are seven reasons why I dated men with potential. -By Sujeiry GonzalezRead More »from 7 Benefits of Dating Men Who Need "Fixing"
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I'm pretty sure the day the first parents were placed on this earth, they never intended to be the best. They did what they had to do - protect and care for their children the best way they knew how.
Once the population grew and more and more parents inhabited the earth, I'm guessing they weren't all too concerned with one-upping each other. You know, on account of survival and everything.
Can you imagine? "My kid's spear is sharper than yours!" "Oh yeah? My kid can lift a boulder three times his weight!" Maybe it happened. I dunno. All I do know is that competition in parenting is hurting our children.
It's no secret that there are people in life who need to win, and not necessarily because they want you to lose; they just need to win more. And sadly, this need to win translates to parenting.
Sure, there are non-competitive parents who are winning every day. Like that dad who freaked out with excitement over his son's math grade? Winner. Or that dad who built an amazingRead More »from How Competitive Parents Are Hurting Their Kids
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 11:11 AM EDTThere are coffee lovers and then there are COFFEE LOVERS. Mistake the two on any given morning, and you're likely to learn the difference the hard way. For many of us, coffee is as much a part of each day as a sunrise. It gets us motivated, makes others tolerable, and serves as a zombie antidote (no, really). Coffee is so much more than just a preferred morning beverage - it's a reason to get out of bed. And don't even get me started on the importance of a favorite coffee cup… So with that in mind, here are 7 mugs for only the most serious of coffee drinkers:
-By Lori Garcia Read More »from Espresso Yourself: 7 Perfect Mugs for Coffee Addicts
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDTWhat is travel hacking? I'm glad you asked! The best travel hacks save you money, time, and frustration. They are the tips and tricks you look to before planning your trip. I've tried a few so-called hacks that didn't work out and took advice with results that turned out to be the polar opposite of what they were supposed to be. The following travel hacks are tried-and-true favorites of mine. They've made my travels easier and virtually painless, especially when traveling with kids! - By Nadia Carriere Read More »from Bon Voyage! 7 Amazing Travel Hacks that Will Save You Time and Money
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 11:09 AM EDTI'm a big believer that it's the accessories that make a house really feel like a home. Once you've picked your paint colors and furniture, the accessories are where the fun really starts! It's the easiest way to add a punch of personality to your space, while also making it feel warm and inviting for friends and family who to come visit. Bonus - great accessories can also help mask the fact that you're working with a hand-me-down couch that you can't yet afford to replace or have less than ideal flooring in a rental. If you're just starting out or looking to freshen up your space, here are my picks for the 7 must-have home accessories, sure to make any house a home!
-By Cyd Converse Read More »from Cherry on Top: 7 Home Accessories to Tie the Whole Room Together
When I think about working from home, I think about writing. Because that's what I do when I work from home. Writing can be done from a coffee shop, an airport terminal, heck, even on an airplane! So I admit I have a fairly limited view of what can be done from home. That's why I was happy to hear from Brie Reynolds from FlexJobs: "The top career categories for telecommuting jobs, according to data from the Flexible Job Index, a monthly report on telecommuting and flexible job trends published by FlexJobs, are medical and health, customer service, administrative, sales, education and training, and computer and information technology. But work-from-home jobs also exist for career fields like performance arts, government and law, science, accounting and finance, travel and hospitality, and many others." Think you've got what it takes to be a successful telecommuter? Here are the 7 most surprising work-from-home jobs currently available. -By Kathleen O'Malley
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As much as I'd like to deny it, I am a complicated person. I like my home items set in certain places. I hate to repeat myself when stating a point. And sometimes, I cry for no apparent reason. I'll sit on my sofa as sadness engulfs me. And I sob as if I lost someone. Or as if Scandal has been cancelled. That's when the men I date usually run. Those that do stay chuck it up to womanhood. This generalization often offends me. It's macho talk. But when I quiet my Feminist mind, I think: perhaps I am complicated because I am a woman. Most women I know get upset over something daily. Whether it was something a girlfriend did or didn't do (female friendships are like relationships) or our man asked us a question that set us off, ladies, we are hard to comprehend. But that's what makes us fascinating. That is one of the many reasons why most of my friends are women and I love my gender. Still, let's give men a hand, shall we? Here are seven questions a man should never ask a woman. -ByRead More »from 7 Questions a Man Should NEVER Ask a Woman
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Sat, Oct 26, 2013 12:48 PM EDT
I don't know how I've lucked out thus far, but I've been extremely lucky in the tooth department. I've never had a cavity-knock on wood. I'm assuming that I earned a lot of tooth karma suffering through braces for a whopping five years, so I'm hoping to remain cavity-free for the foreseeable future. While I have a lot of good oral health habits like brushing regularly and flossing that should help keep my chompers chomping, I've got other habits that won't help, like eating healthy foods. Yep, while you're doing your body tons of good by eating certain healthy foods, they can take their toll on your teeth. I recently asked Dr. Joseph Banker, a dentist and member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a few questions about the healthy foods that can be bad for your teeth-and what makes them harmful. He shared a list with me of the worst tooth-offenders, because even healthy foods can damage teeth with prolonged exposure, as acids can eat away at tooth enamel and sugars areRead More »from 7 Healthy Foods and Drinks that Are Horrible for Your Teeth
- Babble.com | Parenting – Sat, Oct 26, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
My pregnancy is rounding out now, with just about six weeks left until this baby greets the world with a bang. It's gone by so fast, and while there are some strains in my pregnancy right now that are making me wish time would speed up a bit, I don't want it to go by too quickly. I love being pregnant - side effects and symptoms and all - and as I reflect on the past 32 weeks of pregnancy, I am thankful for this experience. This will likely be my last, because this will be our fourth child, and with all the complications we've encountered with this pregnancy, my husband and I are finally feeling that closure we've heard others talk about. It's hard to close that door. But when you know, you just know. So today, as I reflect on my past three pregnancies and my fourth now, I can recount all the unforgettable moments I'll always carry with me - even if I'll never experience them firsthand again. Here are 10 unforgettable moments in pregnancy that I hope you all get to experience, evenRead More »from 10 Unforgettable Moments Every Pregnant Woman Goes Through
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 1:59 PM EDT
I have always loved Halloween. Getting dressed up - silly, fancy or otherwise - is kind of one of my favorite things in life, and over time I've learned to get pretty creative. I'm not into store-bought Halloween costumes, although some are pretty cool. I much prefer to work with things I already have in my closet, and if I am going to buy something, they need to be pieces I can integrate into my existing wardrobe. Not gonna lie … sometimes I've even used a Halloween costume as an excuse to splurge on a particular item I've been crushing on (i.e. the olive green jumpsuit you'll find in the slideshow!). I came up with a list of 7 super-simple Halloween costumes that you can wear again … or that in many cases might already be living in your closet!
-By Lauren Hartmann
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