Since the kids were small, we've been visiting farms every summer to pick fruit. It's been very important for me to teach them the benefits of picking our own fruit, but also how this is part of our heritage. I grew up with a backyard of fruit trees. My grandfather made us appreciate the fruit and how to care for our plants and trees. It was part of our everyday life. Today, I make it a point to visit farms with my family. We pick strawberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, peaches, and even corn! It's always a memorable time to stop by the farms and pick fruit. The benefits of picking fruit are huge, both in culture and health. Here are 7 reasons you may want to pick fruit, too. -By Ruby Wright
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 12:47 PM EDT
Since the kids were small, we've been visiting farms every summer to pick fruit. It's been very important for me to teach them the benefits of picking our own fruit, but also how this is part of our heritage. I grew up with a backyard of fruit trees. My grandfather made us appreciate the fruit and how to care for our plants and trees. It was part of our everyday life. Today, I make it a point to visit farms with my family. We pick strawberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, peaches, and even corn! It's always a memorable time to stop by the farms and pick fruit. The benefits of picking fruit are huge, both in culture and health. Here are 7 reasons you may want to pick fruit, too. -By Ruby WrightRead More »from Do the Ripe Thing: 7 Reasons to Pick Fruit from Local Farms
- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
The 2013 NFL season starts tomorrow! Are you ready? Well, these dogs certainly are! Football is an integral part of my household. My husband and I play fantasy football, and we are both fans of the College game as well. I attended the University of Nebraska (go Huskers!) and my husband attended the University of Illinois. When it comes to the pros, we are all Bears fans. The dogs have their own Bears outfits, although Eve came from a Packers-loving Wisconsin household. Here are 7 more dogs who are definitely ready to see football season get under way! -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Most Valuable Puppies: 7 Dogs Who Are Totally Ready for Football Season
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 12:26 PM EDT
If there's one thing every curvy chica should have in her closet, it's an awesome blazer. I know that shopping for these can be a pain. Believe me, I've been there. But don't you worry! There are some amazing plus size blazers out there! You just have to look for them (and try them on). And they aren't limited to just career wear either. Pair a blazer with your favorite denim, shorts, pencil skirt, dress, or vintage tee. Remember, there are no limits to fashion. Take a look: I found 7 plus size blazers below that made it to my most wanted list.
-By Monique Frausto
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
co-washingCo-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method, and I wanted to give you a complete guide to it. We'll discuss everything you need to know about co-washing and new co-washing cleansing conditioners.Read More »from Hair Trend Alert: 5 Things You Need to Know About Co-Washing
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What is co-washing?
Co-washing is short for "conditioner washing," or cleansing your hair with your favorite conditioner instead of shampoo. I believe the actual term was coined by Curly Girl Method creator and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey. The Curly Girl Method is a curly girl's step-by-step guide to beautiful curls.
Textured hair has a natural tendency to be drier than straighter hair types. The natural oils created by the scalp have a harder time navigating the twist and turns of curly hair. Massey suggests that all conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers and that conditioners can and should be use more than shampoo to clean curly hair. Co-washing is a
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
When we're focusing on getting out of debt, we start to think about money all the time. How can I save more? Should I get the $7 entree or the $9 entree? You can really drive yourself nuts with that! You fret and worry, worry and fret, and you find that you're thinking about money for no good reason at all. It's a little selfish, to be honest. You don't have to be selfish when you're getting out of debt. You can be generous. In fact, being more generous when you're in dire straights can actually be better than trying to skimp and save. Click through for 7 reasons giving money is better than saving! -By Kathleen O'MalleyRead More »from Feel Good Inc: 7 Reasons Giving Money is Better Than Saving
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
Here's the scoop: the school year is approaching, your kids are gearing up for long days, and you are gearing up for the school-year cooking routine. What to do to make life easier? My answer is the slow-cooker. I get that baby fired up the minute the school days begin and focus on making the kids' favorites a few days a week. The slow-cooker can be your answer to so many school night cooking conundrums. It is also possible to flip the switch early in the day, leave the house, and return to a nearly complete dinner that both the kids AND parents will love. It makes the school nights so much more manageable and delicious for everyone. Here are a few of our personal favorites to start you off on the right foot! - By Kelsey Banfield
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
As any mommy-to-be can attest, the moment you discover a little one is on its way, every decision takes on an entirely new meaning. As a beauty blogger and a pediatrician in my "real" life, I get a lot of questions from readers about what skincare to use during pregnancy. Note that my criteria are pretty conservative, but there are some ingredients that are still considered "safe" in the medical literature and that many people would prefer to avoid (I'm looking at you parabens - here's a study from the International Journal of Toxicology, 2008). I have not added parabens on my list of ingredients to avoid, but if you are in any doubt, just avoid them. Sleep is a precious commodity during pregnancy, and you shouldn't be losing it over your choice of facial cleanser! When in doubt about any product or ingredient, it is always best to speak to your physician.
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
family spendingThere are 3 categories of people - those that save, those that don't, and those that want to save but think they can't. The reality is everyone can find some money to put aside from one month to the next. Whether it is $5 or $500, any amount of savings is a good starting place. It creates a habit that is good financially and important for your future.
Here are five common reasons people aren't focused on saving.
"There Are Too Many Expenses"
It may be difficult for your family to make ends meet each month once all of the bills have been paid but if you aren't saving because you think there isn't enough money to go around, it is time to make some changes. Start by listing all of your monthly expenses - from the mortgage right down to the $1.50 you spent on coffee yesterday. It all adds up. When you know where you are spending, you can start finding which expenses are unnecessary and will free up some cash for your savings account.Read More »from Big Spenders: The 5 Most Common Excuses for Family Overspending
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- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:22 AM EDT
I like big mutts and I cannot lie! If you've followed my posts, you already know that because I've written about my fond affection for big breed dogs before. I've posted great photos of big dogs, and even people-sized pooches. I've basically longed to own a big dog for years now. Big dogs are pretty amazing. Despite their size, they are some of the friendliest breeds, like the gentle giant Great Danes and the stunning St. Bernards. But like any precious pooch, he/she doesn't have to be a pure-bred to be a simply stunning and loving dog. Click through for 7 GIANT dogs that will make you want a bigger one! -By Danielle SullivanRead More »from Colossal Canines: 7 GIANT Dogs that Will Make You Want a Bigger One
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- Babble.com | Back To School – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
As I dropped my son off at his one-day "get ready for Kindergarten" camp, I ran into a new friend. She was wiping under her eyes and when I saw her, and she quickly explained, "I have been crying all morning. I can't believe my little girl is going into Kindergarten." I consoled her, and then selfishly thought about myself… why wasn't I crying? For a second, this news made me feel like a bad mom. My daughter entered the big K two years ago, and I didn't cry. I celebrated the moment. I wasn't jumping up and down cheering, I was just so happy for her and her HUGE life moment. If she wasn't crying, I wasn't going to cry… that was my rationale.
Now my youngest is on the cusp of his BIG moment, and there's just something different about it this time. Both kids will be taking a huge step, both literally and figuratively, onto the school bus and leaving me for the day. As I imagine that moment that's quickly approaching, I am becoming quite nostalgic but I also getting very excited. Is thatRead More »from Olympic Swimmer Summer Sanders: Am I a Bad Mom If I Don't Cry on My Kid's First Day of School?