There are so many things that have the ability to influence you in your marriage. Let's face it, the way we grew up, what we saw in our parents' relationship(s), our past dating relationships, our BFFs , and even our church families all can influence us and our decision making. And sometimes, these things can cause stress on a marriage and a rift between spouses. I learned this the hard way after Lamar and I were married. Not only do we have a blended family, but we also have done a few things that many people would say are "out of the box"….like packing up our family and moving to Georgia and resigning from well paying jobs to take our business to the next level and to pursue our passions. But those folks did not know our goals…they could not see our vision. They were planting seeds of doubt. And if you are not careful, those seeds of doubt can take root and can cause trouble in your marriage. Click through for 7 ways to prevent outside influences from ruining your marriage! -ByRead More »from None of Their Business: 7 Ways to Prevent Outside Influences from Ruining Your Marriage
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Pimento Cheese The best thing about summer is its timelessness, yes? Every good thing in summer is a total throwback to simpler times. Backyard BBQs, ice cold popsicles, cheesy pool floaties, skimpy bikinis. And don't forget the kids racing through the sprinklers and lots of gingham and mustard on hot dogs.Read More »from Vintage Recipe Vault: Make Pimento Cheese with a Serious Kick!
I'd forgotten how much I love that classic '70s throwback pimento cheese until we attended the Big Apple BBQ here in Manhattan a few weekends ago. A giant scoop of pimento cheese and a stack of saltines and seriously, I was in heaven. I was even more excited when I went back to the vendors and they handed me a recipe card. Pimento cheese! Perfect for your next potluck barbecue. Can you think of anything more inherently summery? Here's the recipe, thanks to Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.
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1 lb. Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 1/4 cup Mayo
1/2 tsp of Tabasco
1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
10 oz Fire-roasted Red Peppers, sliced and diced
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
I never thought I would feel so strongly about shelves, but these shelves are amazing. Why ignore what you use to display all of your favorite knick knacks when the displays can be decor all on their own? Here are 7 stunning shelves to use in your home. They all have such incredibly beautiful, unique shapes and colors that you'll definitely fall in love too.
-By Melanie Blodgett
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Another week, and another set of photos in the tabloids of Kate Moss looking refreshed after a night on the tiles. Whether or not the paps wait until Kate's eyes are almost closed, to get the shot where she looks like she hit the bar too much, no matter. It still shows that this Mom of one is out on the town several times a week, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. Is this wrong? Should Kate be tucked up at home, darning name badges unto school uniforms, making packed lunches, and setting out the gym kits for her daughter? Or is it okay that she's out and about, letting her hair down and having fun with her new husband?
Kate is not alone. As the photos below attest - many other famous women like to burn the candle at both ends. They may have children who will be getting up at the crack of dawn, but this doesn't seem to daunt them. They're still painting the town red, and not ashamed of it.
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
Using a body oil to moisturize is one of my favorite indulgences in the summertime. They are best applied fresh out of the shower, mixing the oils with the water droplets on your skin and then allowing yourself to air dry. Since I live in a colder climate (Chicago), I can really only stand to be wet and nude that long in the warmer months. If you can take a few minutes to air dry, this is a truly amazing way to get soft-as-silk skin. You can also use body oils in a bath or for massage and they are terrific for pregnant bellies to prevent stretch marks and relieve itchiness. Here are 7 delicious body oils to try.- By Sonya Lee Benham
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
My little girls are big fans of Taylor Swift. My 6-year-old daughter just got the album Red for her birthday. It's a really good album. I'm sure my girls will be looking to her as a role model, whether I want them too or not, so it's best that I understand the messages she's sending them. All the songs are about relationships, falling in love, falling out of love, getting hurt, or getting back on your feet. Taylor Swift has a LOT of dating experience. Like, a LOT. And apparently, her experience is priceless. I've gleaned as much as I can from her reflections on love and dating, and there are some real gems buried in there. Click through for 7 priceless pieces of dating advice from Taylor Swift! -By Kacy Faulconer
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
It's the moment we've all been waiting for! A few months ago, I mentioned that Petunia Pickle Bottom - maker of the most iconic diaper bags for stylish moms - is branching out beyond the diapering years with a new line of fashion handbags. And they've officially launched! Take a peek at the brand new Petunia handbags, which are as gorgeous and as pricey as you'd imagine:
-By Michelle Horton
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
When my daughter Elby was five, she was already scared of getting fat. One day she came home from a day at camp completely freaked out about soda and she announced that she can never ever, ever drink it again. Apparently a "coach" had told all the kids that drinking soda will give you a big tummy and that a big tummy is bad. Whoa. I get trying to teach our children good eating habits and encouraging proper nutrition but as long as you're not feeding your kid Cheetos and Gummy Worms for breakfast and you're making sure they're getting exercise and not just laying on the couch all day, a little soda here and there is not going to give them a big tummy. So this was bad information.
But worse than that was putting the fear into my Kindergartner of getting fat.
I grew up battling the fear that my normal Jewish hips and butt were unacceptable and undesirable, and from my experience that battle is exhausting, unwinnable and ultimately poisons a person's ability to ever wear a bathing suitRead More »from Please Don’t Talk About Your Weight in Front of My Daughters
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
genderPicture this scenario and let me know what you think. A young man and a young woman meet at a party, go home together, have sex, and the woman gets pregnant. She doesn't feel ready emotionally or financially to be a parent, but doesn't want an abortion, so she decides that the best answer is to give the baby up for adoption. The young man, on the other hand, does not want to give up his rights as a father and wants to raise the baby as his child. The young woman agrees, and in due course, delivers the baby. The new father happily takes home his little baby girl. Then he asks the young woman to pay child support.
Is this fair or unfair? Should the young woman have to pay child support? Should this even be a question? Because if we reverse the sexes, and have the young mother keep the baby, the father has no option; he pays. Period. Going further, if she doesn't agree, she may be able to give the child up for adoption over his objections. Can you even imagine the opposite occurring,Read More »from Battle of the Sexes: Why Don't Men Have the Same Parental Rights as Women?
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:40 AM EDT
Later this week, The Heat, the first female buddy cop movie ever, opens up in theaters nationwide. There is a lot of anticipation building to see Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock play slapstick comedy roles that have been, traditionally, played for decades by men. To put into perspective just how high the buzz is for The Heat, Rotten Tomatoes users are clocking in at a 96% "Want to See" rating.
Something that has generated a great deal of attention before the release of the film, and is getting to be somewhat of a tradition for Melissa McCarthy: Photoshop drama. Melissa is a plus-sized actress. However, the marketing and graphic design departments of the films she works on seem to think that when it comes to advertising, we need to see a digitally slimmed down Melissa. When posters for the 2011 hit Bridesmaids were released, the version with Melissa was shockingly altered. This year, The Heat posters are going under the Photoshop knife.Read More »from You're NOT Too Fat: How Melissa McCarthy is Changing the Way People View Funny Women
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