I've stayed true to my pledge to remain as free of artificial hormones - including the ones in birth control - as I can. It's worked out just fine for me (though if you are someone who thinks that having 3 kids is too many, you may disagree about that). And while I know that hormonal birth control also works fine for other people rightRead More »from New Study Says Birth Control Could Harm Your Eyesight
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:26 AM ESTBirth control could harm eyesightI was on birth control for only a few months when I first got married - basically until I gained 15 pounds and had a series of emotional breakdowns which I attributed directly to the hormones I was letting into my body. And once I got off it (and regained emotional control of my life or some semblance of it), I pledged to myself that I would never go back to hormonal contraception. Soon after I went off birth control (I was using the patch, if you're curious), I realized that some of the risks included blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. Eeek. I mean really? That's what I was risking just to remain childless for a little longer? Good riddance!
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:24 AM EST
The effects of bullying are wide, although sometimes you don't need to go any farther than a glance in the eyes of the victims to know just how deep it goes. Benoit Paillé, a French-Canadian photographer, took a series of photos (that we first saw on My Modern Met) focusing on the reflection in the eyes of kids who have either witnessed bullying or been bullied themselves. The haunting stares of the kids give a glimpse into innocence lost and damage done. There's something about the photos - and the recent batch of bullying stories - that can just affect you in the gut if you're a parent. You project your own children in the role of the target and it eats away at your insides to imagine them having those kind of emotional and physical scars. And for the parents of the actual bullies? Hopefully seeing photos like these will prompt them to do everything in their power to stop it from happening before more kids corrupted too young an age at the hands or words of their peers. Take aRead More »from 7 Chilling Photographs of What Bullying Looks like Through the Eyes of a Child
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:23 AM EST
While there are many of us who enjoy scary movies, some Fans-with-a-capital-F take it one step further. They don't just spew off facts about Nosferatu and recite the Freddy Krueger nursery rhyme on command, but they also devote their time and talents to creating some truly insane pieces of artwork. Fan art is no new concept, but horror movie fan art? It's really something. Here are 7 of the craziest, creepiest, and funniest handmade items inspired by film monsters and madness. They may be weird, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I want every single last one of them. -By Caitlin MortonRead More »from 7 Bizarre Pieces of Fan Art Inspired by Horror Movies
- Babble.com | Parenting – Sat, Nov 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST
On November 24th, it will have been 20 years since the wonderful family movie Mrs. Doubtfire was released. Twenty years! I feel as old as Mrs. D hearing that! The movie became the second highest grossing film of 1993 (beaten only by Jurassic Park). It starred Robin Williams as voiceover actor Daniel who is out of work and in the middle of a divorce. His ex-wife, played by Sally Field, wins custody of their three children, and Daniel is devastated. Hearing that his ex intends to employ a nanny to mind the kids, he applies for the job in the disguise of tough Scottish nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire. Will he get the job? Is his stunt just a catastrophe waiting to happen? I won't spoil the plot for those who have yet to watch it! I think it's about time I dug my old VHS copy out and watched this classic movie again! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Doubtfire - you have certainly aged well! To celebrate the birthday of one heck of a good movie, here are some fun facts for all you Doubtfire fans. -By SuzanneRead More »from "Mrs. Doubtfire" Turns 20 Years Old! 7 Things You Never Knew About the Film
We all know the true spirit behind Christmas and the holidays in general. Unfortunately, that spirit involves Santa and we all know whose wallet Santa uses when buying his gifts for all these kids. In fact, the "Santa" that lives in our house has 16 kids to shop for: all nieces, nephews, our closest cousin's kids and well, it gets expensive. It is no wonder why most family go into debt this time a year. I know of one family who usually ends up spending close to 5k! I refuse to let credit card debt kill me in January and decided to stick to a strict budget for the past 3 years. In fact, the budget for these 16 kids is a mere $350! Sounds impossible, but it's really not. In fact, I have already purchased 7 gifts and spent only $98. Click through for 7 genius money-saving tips for holiday shopping! -By Yanira Garza
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:48 PM EST
It's inevitable. Every year, right after Thanksgiving and Halloween and (or Halloween and Thanksgiving, depending on which side of the border you're on)… BAM! It's the holidays. Which, for a hardcore lover of all things twinkle lights, pumpkin pie, gourds, gingerbread, and Santa Claus…isn't a bad thing at all. We happen to do more road-tripping, I'm inclined to think, than the average family. For a long-time, my partner was a musician who did a lot of touring. Much of it was local and we'd go along when possible. I now deem myself a seasoned expert, totally qualified in handing out advice in how to win at traveling with toddlers….especially by car, for long stretches of time. So, if you, like me - have lots of road-tripping to look forward to this holiday season, have no fear! Success is definitely in the little things and how well you plan. Click through for 8 tips for surviving holiday road-trips with toddlers! -By Selena MaeRead More »from 8 Tips for Surviving Road-Trips with Toddlers During the Holiday Season
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:46 PM EST
Ming-Na Wen on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Ming-Na Wen, like the title character she voiced in Disney's Mulan, is a woman who refuses to see limits on what she can achieve. "I see myself as somebody who is driven," says Wen. "I have always believed if I set my mind on something, I can achieve it. I could build a house if that was something I desired to do. To be an Asian woman in Hollywood is not an easy task and I feel so fortunate and lucky that I've had all these opportunities, but all along I was dreaming them and manifesting them."
Ming-Na Wen has been one of the most recognized Chinese-Americans of all time on the big and small screen - playing roles that have both celebrated her Asian ancestry but also transcended it. Well known for her role on the hit series ER, and as June in the big screen adaptation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, she is now known as the "badass" Melinda May on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC - a role she's excited about for many reasons, a big one being that her kids, ages 12 and 8,Read More »from SHIELD’s Ming-Na Wen on Reclaiming Her Father’s Name
It's the little stuff that keeps you coming back for more, isn't it? It's the out-of-nowhere moments - Oprah would likely say "Ah-ha moments!" and then randomly hand out car keys when they happen - that makes parenting worth it.
I've been in bed sick with the flu the past 36 hours. Last night, the boys went to their LEGO table and made me some medicine. This morning, my youngest had a PD day, and while my wife was off to work early for a breakfast meeting, he looked at me and said "Daddy, we need to have a breakfast meeting too!" So after everyone was else was out to school and work, we sat down at the kitchen table and had a breakfast meeting. Just the two of us.
It's the little things that make your heart smile and sigh that make parenting worth it. It's watching your son catch a puck at a hockey game, it's that "I just won the lottery smile" when they lose their first tooth, it's flying a kite.Read More »from 7 Dads Share Stories of Their Best Day Ever!
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 3:13 PM ESTIf your elementary school was anything like mine, you may have made white paper bonnets or black paper hats with yellow paper buckles to wear to your school's annual Thanksgiving feast. Maybe your school went so far as to make Native American headdresses as well, so that the pilgrims and the Native Americans could sit together in communal harmony. Now that we're all grown up, construction paper hats have lost their appeal, but we can still get into the historic Thanksgiving mood by borrowing some style tips from the pilgrims. Style tips from pilgrims? No, I'm not kidding! The pilgrims were some classy people! Check out my round-up of modern pilgrim style for examples. You can rock more than one this Thanksgiving holiday!
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- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 3:12 PM ESTAre you familiar with the cat trap? Put out a box, and pretty soon a cat will be in it. Did you know that it works for dogs as well? Apparently my dogs are not alone in their interest in boxes, as I came across a number of fun photos of dogs who inserted themselves in boxes, even when the box was far too small. Click through for 7 dogs who fell for the cat trap. Enjoy! -By Carleen Coulter Read More »from In the Doghouse: 8 Adorable Pups Who Fell for the "Cat Trap"