Halloween with an infant was pretty easy. I put him in a cute outfit, I took a picture next to a pumpkin, and that was pretty much it. I could've put Eli in just about any costume and it would've worked out beautifully. But this year is a bit different. As much as I love my toddler, he is a toddler and he has opinions. Some things are good: Elmo, shoes, socks, toys. Some things are bad: hats, anything uncomfortable, anything new. So basically, Halloween is like a train wreck speeding rapidly towards us. When I was trying to figure out what costume to pick for Eli, I knew that it had to hit a few criteria. There couldn't be a hat or mask that "made" the costume, because there is no way of knowing if Halloween is one of the days where he'll wear a hat (those days definitely exist, but are unpredictable). It couldn't be uncomfortable because getting him into it would be torture for both of us. It couldn't be too different from normal clothes because my toddler is scared of new things,Read More »from 7 Simple Halloween Costumes Perfect for Picky Toddlers
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:48 PM EDT
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:48 PM EDT
I am a passionate, lifelong reader, as well as a dedicated style blogger. As a result, literary-inspired clothing totally does it for me. It's a perfect marriage of my two favorite things! Out of Print Clothing is my go-to stop for literary-inspired clothes and accessories. I've gathered some of my favorite tees and accessories from Out of Print for this post, and because I am a crazy person, I feel like I need to apologize to the books that didn't get chosen. I'm sorry, Other Books! I still love you!
-By Kayla Moncur
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As we head into the cooler months after a hot summer, layering is suddenly becoming an option again (is anyone as thrilled about that as I am??). Between scarves, sweaters, belts, and jackets, there are so many ways to create visually appealing outfits. But don't forget about vests! Fashion vests have become super popular in the last year or so and are more of an unexpected way to layer. I've rounded up 7 fun fashion vests from around the web, each of which are perfect for fall and will add interest, glam, or great texture to any outfit!
-By Merrick White
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- Babble.com | At Home – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:47 PM EDT
Decorate for Halloween by giving your mantel a haunted makeover. Start with a few DIY tips like using black feather boas to fill space, and draping black cheesecloth to look like haunted spiderwebs. If you're going for a chic Halloween style, you might want to go minimal with a touch of metallics. Not sure where to start? Consider choosing a specific Halloween theme like witches or mad scientist. You might see that decorating your mantel is an easy way to make a big impact for your Halloween decor.
-By Jacinda Boneau
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
I'm a frugal person, and I'm always looking for ways to cut expenses. I don't buy my lunch, I never buy things in boxes at the grocery store, and I've started many frugal traditions with my friends. I believe that simplicity is one of the keys to happiness. I think that many people, when they start to get serious about their finances, think that they have to sacrifice everything and sit on the floor in an unfinished studio apartment to save money. But that's simply not the case. I think the key is to find cheap solutions to expensive habits that make you feel like you haven't sacrificed anything. I've found that you need to treat yourself. Not because you deserve it (or anything else you told yourself when you were swiping your credit card with abandon) but because life is meant to be cherished. You've got to be happy. Because, believe me, if you're not happy while you're getting out of debt, the point in which you become debt free is not going to be your place of happiness. So,Read More »from 7 Cheap Solutions to Expensive Habits that Will Save You $400 a Month
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
Fall is here! The trees are beginning to change color in my area, and soon it will be time to start raking leaves. This is also a great time of year for pet photography. Grab your camera and pose your pets among the fallen leaves, or set up some straw bales and pumpkins for a fall themed portrait. You can use this slideshow for inspiration! Here are 7 beautiful photos of pets among the fall foliage.
-By Carleen Coulter
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:44 PM EDT
pumpkin cookies n' cream ice cream I know, just what you needed - another Halloween treat! But this is one you'll really love. I'm sure of it! I make homemade ice cream quite often. My family likes it much better than the store-bought kind. I'm always looking for new flavors to try. When you make ice cream at home, it gives you a lot of freedom to be creative. To help us get into the Halloween spirit, we recently made some really yummy Pumpkin Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream. The pumpkin ice cream base is lightly spiced and studded with big chunks of yummy chocolate sandwich cookies. My kids were in pumpkin heaven with this one! I picked up some darling Halloween Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's to use in this ice cream, but you can use any chocolate sandwich cookie.Read More »from I Scream, You Scream! Irresistible Pumpkin, Cookies N' Cream Ice Cream
I know making homemade ice cream can seem daunting if you've never done it before. This is a good tutorial with step-by-step pictures to help you make the perfect homemade ice cream.
Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
1 1/2 cups
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:43 PM EDT
There's no doubt that posting and sharing information on your Facebook page is a great way to keep friends and family up to date on your life. I love keeping up with out-of-state family and friends through Facebook. But outside of your circle of friends, what you're sharing on Facebook could put your financial and personal life at risk. Identity thieves are a very crafty lot and can use the information you are providing for their own good. Things that you think are seemingly innocent can be used for evil and can potentially ruin your financial situation. Click through for 7 questions you MUST ask yourself before posting to Facebook! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from Facebook and Identity Theft: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:42 PM EDT
,A cancer diagnosis is a game-changer. It impacts your life, your spirit, and your body. It touches your friends, your family, and pretty much every single aspect of your life. Breast cancer is, sadly, a battle that many women will be forced to face. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer. That means that in our lifetime, most of us will be touched, in some way, by the disease.
But breast cancer isn't a death sentence. With proper treatment and detection, it is a war that can be won. And those who survive often come out of the battle stronger, fiercer, and with a new determination to not just change their own lives, but the lives of others - especially other women going through their own breast cancer journeys.
In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've collected 5 amazing, inspirational stories about breast cancer survivors inspiring each other and helping to save lives. Check out these wonderful storiesRead More »from Learning from the Battle: 5 Breast Cancer Survivors Making an Impact
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:39 PM EDT
A while ago, I heard about a few restaurants that were banning children during certain hours of the day, due to noise and mess issues. I didn't really give it much thought at the time, mostly because they weren't in my area, but also because at that point, we only went to a very small number of restaurants that had kids menus. And then, on a parenting Facebook group I belong to, a mother posted a picture of a sign at one such restaurant much closer to home.
The sign was phrased pretty poorly, arguably even rudely, but the point was the same- children who make loud noises were not welcome in that restaurant. The picture stirred up some emotions among the group with many parents questioning whether it was legal or if it was considered a form of discrimination. I thought that the reaction was interesting, though I found that disagreed with many of the comments.
Frankly, I really have no problem with it, nor am I offended by the concept. And I don't feel discriminated against.