In a week, my son starts pre-K. The time is right - Felix says he wants more friends, that he's a "big boy," ready for school. He's bored being home with Daddy all the time, and what can I say? I'm tired of figuring out how we're going to spend our time together, too. For the past four years, we've passed the majority of each weekday in one another's company, and we're both lonely for peers and also just in need of a change. It's become a little claustrophobic around here! This summer it seemed like we spent more of our time trying to figure out what to do then actually doing anything. And now that school is finally on the horizon, I've been thinking back over the past four years and realizing that there are a lot of things about our time together that I'm going to miss, moments that I'll replay when I think back to Felix's childhood. Here are a few of the highlights. -By Brian Gresko
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
In a week, my son starts pre-K. The time is right - Felix says he wants more friends, that he's a "big boy," ready for school. He's bored being home with Daddy all the time, and what can I say? I'm tired of figuring out how we're going to spend our time together, too. For the past four years, we've passed the majority of each weekday in one another's company, and we're both lonely for peers and also just in need of a change. It's become a little claustrophobic around here! This summer it seemed like we spent more of our time trying to figure out what to do then actually doing anything. And now that school is finally on the horizon, I've been thinking back over the past four years and realizing that there are a lot of things about our time together that I'm going to miss, moments that I'll replay when I think back to Felix's childhood. Here are a few of the highlights. -By Brian GreskoRead More »from Man of the House: 7 Things I'll Miss About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
A study published Wednesday by the journal Child Development shows that yelling at your kids and insulting them in response to bad behavior can have as much of a negative effect on them as hitting them would. Co-author of the study, University of Pittsburgh psychology professor Ming-Te Wang, says, "Shouting cannot reduce or correct their problem behavior. On the contrary, it makes it worse." She adds that yelling makes teens feel "they are not capable, that they are worthless and are useless," which causes more lashing out behavior that parents yell about.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "The study followed 976 two-parent families, with children assessed at ages 13 and 14 …. When their children were 13, about 45% of participating mothers and 42% of fathers said they had used harsh verbal discipline with their child during the past year. Those kids whose parents used higher levels of harsh verbal discipline when their children were 13 experienced larger increases in behaviorRead More »from Study Shows Yelling at Your Kids is as Damaging as Hitting Them
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
candied ginger sugar cookies with lemon glazeI was perusing the spice stand at my local farmer's market recently when some candied ginger caught my eye. Although I had heard of candied ginger, I never actually used it in a recipe. But there was something about that little jar of sugary, jewel-like bits that whispered, "Buy me. Now." So I did. When I got home I set about researching recipes, and I stumbled upon these candied ginger cookies with lemon glaze. Now I'll admit, these are possibly the most "meh" looking cookies I've ever seen. Yet the description - sugar cookies, studded with bits of crystallized ginger and finished with a lemony glaze - whispered, "Make me. Now."Read More »from Root Around: Make Sweet and Spicy Candied Ginger Sugar Cookies with Lemon Glaze
And oh, are they delicious. A truly sophisticated, grown-up cookie; not at all cloying and with a lovely sweet heat delivered from those bits of candied ginger. And the lemony glaze - made with juice and zest - is the perfect complement.
(Warning: I'm now officially obsessed and on the hunt for even more ways to use my new favorite ingredient - stay tuned!)
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
My love for parties is no secret. I am kind of obsessed. But birthday parties are some of my favorites! Anything you can do to make your party unique is a definite plus. I have never tried to make my own birthday candles but after seeing these DIYs I am dying to try! There are some candles for every party and you can customize them to be any colors you might need! So if you're planning a birthday party and feel like making the details really matter, here are 7 fantastic birthday candle DIYs you might want to take a look at.
-By Melanie Blodgett
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- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
Autumnal decor is hitting the stores as we speak! I'm not ready for fall just yet, but there's no harm in getting prepared. There are so many cute and easy ways to decorate without even spending money, and you can make things that will last all fall long, not just for a holiday. Here are some of the best crafts to decorate your home and get it ready for the new season!
-By Liz Stanley
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
How men feel about lipstickMen and their thoughts on makeup are truly baffling sometimes.Read More »from (Lip)Stick to Your Guns: Who Really Cares How Men Feel About Makeup?
What one man likes, another abhors. Take my husband for example; the man would love nothing more than for me to wear a full face of makeup on a daily basis - lipstick, fake eyelashes, and all. Recently we were camping, and in order to counterbalance my hot mess camping hair, I swiped on some bright magenta lipstick. I instantly felt self-conscious of the fact that I was wearing lipstick in the woods, because really … who does that? I mentioned how weird it felt to my husband and that I was going to wipe it off to which he replied, "No way! The more lipstick the better. You should wear it every day." He would also love it if I wore dresses and heels daily, but that's another story.
This is in stark contrast to the husband of a friend of mine who would love nothing more than for her to have a bare face and natural hair and to wear jeans and t-shirts every day forever. So strange the differences our men have!
- Babble.com | Beauty – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
illuminators vs concealers vs highlighters Aren't they all just the same thing? Lately I've been thinking about how confusing highlighting and contouring can be with the overwhelming amount of products out there. There are highlighters, brighteners, concealers, correctors, and illuminators, and they all come in powders and liquids, creams, and wands. Ahhh, my head is spinning! All I want is to have skin like J.Lo's, is that too much to ask? Today we are going to dissect why these products are different, when you should use them, and how.Read More »from Hide and Chic: Your Guide to Using Concealers, Highlighters, and Illuminators
A concealer's job is to cover facial blemishes, dark circles, large pores, age spots, etc. Concealers are generally more pigmented to allow for better coverage. For concealing under the eyes, it's best to choose a color that is on the opposite side of the color spectrum from what you're trying to conceal. For example, blue-ish tones should choose pink, and green-ish tones should chose peach. For concealing blemishes, it's best to choose a concealer closest to your skin tone.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
My weight has bounced all around over the past four years. I'm not a yo-yo dieter - I've gone through two pregnancies, gaining 35 pounds each time, and two rounds of losing the baby weight. I was back to my normal, happy weight earlier this year when I got hit with a house full of sickness: both of my kids were sick nonstop, and I suffered from a terrible three-day stomach virus on top of the aches-and-fever awfulness of the flu a week later and several sinus infections that killed my appetite for a month.
I dropped 10 pounds like I'd discovered the latest miracle weight-loss drug. Unfortunately, it was such a miserable way to lose weight that it'll never be approved by the FDA. Once my appetite resumed and I felt human again, my weight settled back to normal. And then I weaned my son off breastfeeding and BAM. Pounds on!
I haven't even bothered to step on the scale, but my pants are certainly telling me to watch out or I'm going to have to pull out my maternity pants again.Read More »from Are You REALLY Hungry? the Easiest "Diet" You'll Ever Try
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:58 AM EDT
We've all seen them: Those amazing transformation photos of someone losing lots of weight. Those Biggest Loser-style before and after pictures may have you inspired to go on your own weight-loss journey, but be warned: Things aren't always as they appear!
As it's the age of Photoshop, it's no surprise that sometimes those transformation photos aren't totally legit. After all, we've all seen what can be done to celebrities on magazine covers. But you wouldn't believe how convincing those photos can be even without a little computer airbrushing. Simple tricks like lighting, posture, and a few well-timed push-ups can help someone make the metamorphosis from bloated "before" to inspiring "after," as was the case with Andrew Dixon who recently decided to show just how easy it is to transform - in under an hour.
Not only did Dixon manage to produce a pretty convincing before and after, he managed to create an entire series of weight-loss shots, showing his "progress" over time. It'sRead More »from Why You Shouldn't Be Fooled by Dramatic Weight-Loss Photos
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:11 PM EDT
I don't know about you, but I love me some Target. There is something about wandering the red and white aisles of its air-conditioned loveliness that is almost therapeutic. It's like nothing bad could ever happen in this magical place filled with such wonderfully stylish bargains. Even though you don't really need any more reasons to go to Target, I still feel like you should be kept abreast of all of the most current cuteness that Target has to offer. I'm a good friend like that. So here you go. 7 super cute things that I'm loving at Target right now. I apologize to your bank account in advance.
-By Lauren Hartmann
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