A couple days ago I posted the following status on Facebook: "Lunging around the house to loosen up my jeans." In a matter of minutes, I had 195 likes and many comments saying, "Been there, done that." All by women. One man said, "Or, you could just do what guys do…we buy pants that actually fit us." Clearly, he doesn't understand how this works. We can't just buy a bigger pair. That's like giving up. We're not quitters! We will do what it takes to fit into that pair of jeans or die trying. And that's not all. Here are some of the things we do on a regular basis to look bee-you-tee-ful. -By Dawn Damalas Meehan
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A couple days ago I posted the following status on Facebook: "Lunging around the house to loosen up my jeans." In a matter of minutes, I had 195 likes and many comments saying, "Been there, done that." All by women. One man said, "Or, you could just do what guys do…we buy pants that actually fit us." Clearly, he doesn't understand how this works. We can't just buy a bigger pair. That's like giving up. We're not quitters! We will do what it takes to fit into that pair of jeans or die trying. And that's not all. Here are some of the things we do on a regular basis to look bee-you-tee-ful. -By Dawn Damalas MeehanRead More »from 8 Painful Things Women Do in the Name of Beauty
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:10 AM EDTnew Traditionally, full term has been considered anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy. That's a five-week window, and doctors say it's just not accurate.
So they've created a new definition of full term pregnancy.
According to a recent Time article, a group of highly regarded OB-GYNs came together to create a new and more accurate definition of term pregnancy with the hopes of providing the best outcomes for newborns.
They based their decision on piles of research that show that "physical and mental development differ considerably depending on when babies are born within this time frame. Those five weeks are critically important for proper development, and babies born too early are at higher risk of conditions such as respiratory problems and hypoglycemia."
According to the chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice, "We wanted there to be no confusion amongRead More »from Baby Buzz: Doctors Have Redefined What "Full Term Pregnancy" Actually Means
It's a given that kids don't always think about how their actions affect other people. The classic example of the roller skate left on the stairs for an unsuspecting mom or dad to step on and fall to their untimely end comes to mind. We've never actually had to deal with the roller skate on the stairs, but we have dealt with other obstacles nearly as dangerous. The only specific instance I can remember where I would have sent the same scare into my parents was when I handed my dad a knife by shoving the blade part at him first. Whoops. My kids are the same way, only some of the ways they are trying to kill me are rather unique. So, here are the 7 ways my kids are trying to kill me. -By Cody CoombsRead More »from 7 Ways Our Kids Are Secretly Trying to Kill Us
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- breasts are older than you are As I sit here, celebrating my birthday today, I'm struck by how weird it is to age. Sure, I don't feel any different than I did yesterday. Or maybe even last year. But rewind three or five years and yes, I can definitely say I feel a bit older. But while different parts of me feel as young as ever, others feel those birthdays adding up. My cheek, for instance, has what I thought was darkened pigmentation from pregnancy. But now that I'm almost 20 months past that pregnancy, I'm certain it's just the beginning of an age spot. My ankles, always a weakness, have begun to remind me to slow down if I try to do too much too fast. But my brain still feels like it's 20, and I'm wondering when it'll catch up to the rest of me.
It almost seems that different body parts age differently, and new research shows that this may be true-at least on a cellular level. Scientists were recently able to identify a so-called internal timepiece-a biological clock-that accurately gauges the age of humanRead More »from Study Shows Your Breasts Are Older Than You Are
- Babble.com | Fashion – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
The Pretty Little Liars Halloween special came and went, and like most episodes, this one left us hanging. So many questions … so many weeks until Season 5's January premiere. If like me, you're not ready for your PLL high to wear off just yet, why not work Ali and her favorite Liars into your Halloween costume? What's easier than throwing on a black hoodie, black jeans, and black combat boots and declaring yourself part of the A Team?! Or if you're looking to put in a little more effort, why not steal Aria's Daisy Buchanan look or Alison's Lady Gaga costume? Click through for 7 awesome Halloween costumes fit for a pretty little liar! -By Jennifer GimbelRead More »from "A" Team Spirit: 7 Awesome Halloween Costumes Inspired by "Pretty Little Liars"
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
When I was in middle school, I once drew my name + a boy's name with a heart around it on a wall that was a popular spot for that kind of graffiti. It was a great way to let someone know that you "liked" them, and if you were careful, you could claim innocence about the writing-but still maybe piqué enough interest that the boy would ask you to "go" with him.
But I wasn't careful. I was totally busted by two other kids, and that led to a two-week period of merciless teasing that was so relentless the boy was too mortified to ever speak to me again.
Today, it's all about the internet, and kids post things far more provocative than just a heart around two names. In fact, they are posting much more personal information, according to these chilling stats from a report in May by the Pew Internet and the American Life Project:
- 91% of the 12-to-17-year-olds post selfies
- 24% post videos
- 91% share their real name
- 60% state their relationship status
- 82% list their birthday
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 2:13 PM EDT
Need a little costume inspiration for Halloween? Forget the vampires and witches and zombies. Even stars know that a dead-on pop culture reference will get you the most candy. No doubt there will be plenty of Kimyes out there and more than a few tongue-wagging Miley Cyruses. But for those of you who can't handle the idea of slipping into a nude leather bikini (I'm including myself in that category) there are plenty of other star-studded options. Check out this gallery to see which celebs have poked fun at their kind. For the holiday, of course.
-By Sarah Bernard
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My neighborhood is jam-packed with talented people! More recently an old friend and professional stylist, Lindsey Shores, moved in just down the block from me. HA! I'm pretty lucky, I know. Lindsey has dressed celebrities for the red carpet at the Emmys and Oscars, editorials, late night talk shows, and other glamorous events. She has styled people like Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Deschanel, Rose Byrne, and Rebecca Romijn… oh, and most recently ME! Lindsey pulled some fun fall looks for me, and then wrote up 10 fall fashion tips that the rest of us - you know, those of us who aren't dressing for the paparazzi every day can totally handle.
-By Allison Faulkner
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
Holidays are a stressful time of year. Besides having a million get-togethers that inevitably cause chaotic feelings there's the old gift-giving process that adds to the stress. Not only do you have to decide what to get for each person on your list, you've got to figure out how to pay for everything too. To combat the financial stress of the holidays, I do a lot of homemade gifts and re-gifting (don't tell…). If you are one of the people that swears to save up cash for holiday spending each year, but still haven't started it's not too late to reach your goal. No matter how much money you don't think you have left over each month, you can still find ways to save a couple of hundred bucks in the bank before the holidays begins. Click through for 7 simple ways to start saving for the holidays today! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from Stress-Free Holiday Budgeting: 7 Simple Ways to Start Saving Today
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,We're in a mad scramble to get to a guitar recital on time. My oldest son is trying to find a recital worthy shirt that isn't a) crumpled on his floor b) covered in mysterious stains c) too small or d) all of the above.
My wife is giving the babysitter a speed tutorial while our younger son tries to get their attention by making all of it as hard as possible.
And I'm in charge of putting my youngest daughter to bed. We do our routine, and I ease the door shut behind me, secretly impressed with myself for getting my task accomplished so quickly. I join my oldest in digging through drawers for a decent shirt.
It's dawning on me that he needs new clothes when, from the corner of my eye, I see my daughter slip out of her bedroom and walk toward me. I look up, and I almost blow up.
In the few short minutes since I tucked her into bed, she has covered herself from knee to toe in black, permanent marker.
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