The formerly thin, self-named "fat girl" of the "Fat Girl Dancing" series posted a clip of herselfRead More »from “Fat Girl Dancing” Video Goes Viral — What All Women Can Learn from Her Confidence
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 3:49 PM ESTWe can talk about body image, media messaging, and weight all we want to, but there are no words that can outweigh an image. The same holds true - maybe even truer - for videos. The viral YouTube video series bluntly titled "Fat Girl Dancing" is making its way around the web in a way that we can only help to want to promote and shove down the throats of middle school girls everywhere. There's not one person who can't benefit from hearing (or better yet, seeing) the body image message that Whitney Way Thore of Greensboro, North Carolina is sending. No one has more of a right to make a statement on weight and body image than someone who's been on all sides of the spectrum. Radio show producer Thore has faced the world through the eyes of 130-pound woman and a 350-pound woman. Better yet, she's lived the life of a 130-pound dancer and a 350-pound dancer. If anyone gets it, it's her.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 3:47 PM ESTBarbie Designer Defends Proportions, But I'm Not Buying ItI have never purchased a Barbie for my daughter, and I never will. We've made it to age five without her wanting one, and if she asks for one in the next five years, I plan to say, "No Barbies allowed," and explain why.
Barbie's silly body is inappropriate for little girls, simple as that. I'm against the way television, movies, and magazines portray unrealistic, photoshopped bodies for women … so why would I hand her the same thing to play with?
Barbie's body is freakishly out of proportion, and I don't want my beautiful daughter handling the doll every day, letting that "womanly" image seep into her subconscious. She's going to see enough super thin women on television and in magazines; I don't need to be the one to present her with a toy that embodies the same unrealistic ideal.
A new interview wherein Mattel Barbie designer, Kim Culmone, defends Barbie's proportions confirms that I'm doing the right thing. In the interview with Fast Company Design Culmone confirms that,Read More »from Barbie Designer Defends Proportions, but I’m Not Buying It
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 5:09 PM EST
Valentine's Day is almost here, which means single women everywhere are either scrolling through their contact lists to hook a date or stabbing Cupid in their dreams. This year I am also single, so I won't be celebrating Valentine's Day. Instead, I am celebrating my single status on Singles Awareness Day, also known as S.A.D. But there's nothing sad about my singlehood, or yours for that matter. S.A.D. is more of a humorous holiday, created to take the edge off of Valentine's Day for single folks. It is in fact on February 14th, just like Cupid's day. So, let us celebrate Singles Awareness Day. Put on a smile and get happy! Feel grateful that you're not with what's-his-face anymore or that you won't be disappointed by another less-than-stellar online date on Valentine's Day. And please, please, please don't do the following to celebrate Singles Awareness Day. - By Sujeiry Gonzalez
20 things ALL women do but hate to admit
13 tips for snagging a man (circa 1938)
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:39 PM ESTBig-Hearted Texas Man Pays Off Lunch Account Deficits for 60 Kids
On the heels of the lunchroom incident in a Utah elementary school where 40 kids were made to feel like garbage after their uneaten lunches were tossed in the trash due to negative lunch account balances, a Texas man paid off 60 negative lunch account balances at a Houston elementary school.
Kenny Thompson, a school tutor, tells his local station, KPRC, he wanted to do something after hearing what happened in Utah. "I'm like, 'Wow. I know that's probably a situation at my school, and the school my son goes to, and the other schools I mentor at.' So I came in and inquired about it."
Thompson took $465 of his own money and paid off the lunch accounts for 60 children.
"These are elementary school kids…They don't need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling."
And there it is. Kids shouldn't be sweating their lunch bill. If their parents can't afford the bill, I haveRead More »from Big-Hearted Texas Man Pays Off Lunch Account Deficits for 60 Kids
- Complaining ParentsAre you terrifying your child-free friends with your unabashedly honest parenting complaints? According to Slate's Ruth Graham, you very well could be.
Graham laments the fact that through blog posts and her friends' own social media updates, she's constantly exposed to the "nightmarishly life-destroying aspects of parenting."
She knows some of the stuff out there is exaggerated for the sake of humor, but adds that "for me, a childless woman, the cumulative effect of all of this 'honesty' is a growing sense of dread" because she'd like to have kids someday.
As someone who shamelessly traffics in both honest and exaggerated depictions of the trials of parenting - mainly for the sake of cracking up fellow parents - I have to concede Graham makes valid points, especially when she notes that many of us tend to offer "disclaimers" such as "I wouldn't trade it for the world" and "I'm blessed to have my children" before launching into epic whine-fests. (I'd say my best addition toRead More »from An Apology on Behalf of All Complaining Moms
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 3:38 PM ESTPizza LoveI love pizza.
Honestly, if I could only have one food for the rest of my life, it just might be pizza. Blessed as I am to have the husband that I do, I have to confess that he spoils us all constantly by making homemade pizza from scratch, complete with garden-fresh tomatoes, a hand-tossed crust, and my personal favorite, loads of feta cheese.
Oh my gosh, I'm so hungry now. (This was probably a bad idea to write about, considering I'm pregnant and always hungry…)
So as a constantly hungry, usually pregnant, lover of pizza, I can definitely appreciate the recent trend at weddings to surprise guests at the end of a reception with a big ol' delivery of fresh, piping hot, steaming and cheesy boxes of pizza. The tradition, of course, caters to those more well, shall we say, thirsty guests who may or may not have spent copious amounts of time during the evening hitting up the free bar. With the party raging on until the wee hours of the morning, many guests are very appreciate of aRead More »from New Wedding Trend?! First Comes Cake, Then Comes Pizza
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 2:26 PM EST
As I impatiently wait for this baby to get here, I am doing whatever I can to get my mind off of the fact that this is officially the longest that I've ever been pregnant. Thankfully, living in New York City, there is always something going on and an event to attend. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a party and sit down in a one-on-one interview with mom, model, and actress Molly Sims. Upon first meeting her, Sims was not only gorgeous but completely personable. She rubbed my nine-month baby belly and told me how excited she was for me and even dished that she's trying for baby number two! The mom of nearly 18-month-old son, Brooks, gave me all of the details on how she is loving motherhood and can't wait to become a mom again soon. She also dished out some of the baby products she cannot leave the house without! As a mom of two (nearly three!), her list of baby products was completely unpredictable, yet genius. -By Lauren Jimeson
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 2:20 PM ESTThe Problem with a New Dating Website for I'm an all or nothing type of girl. If you plan to be the keeper of my heart, then you've basically signed yourself up for a round-the-clock position. That means our love hath no limits. If you love me at 8 p.m. during our movie date, then you most certainly can love me at 6:30 a.m. before I've made contact with a toothbrush. And if you can love me when I'm feeling the high of accomplishing a long, sought-after goal, then surely you can love me when battling PMS.
See, that's the thing about my relationship with my husband. It's a full-time job. And when it came to dating, I didn't have time for games. I was a mama on a mission. I had a baby to take care of, an education to get, and a life to build for myself and my child, which meant full-time applicants apply only.
While dating, my husband and I did have our ups and downs, but what we didn't have was a part-time commitment. I can't help but wonder if having a part-time commitment would have set us up for failure. A relationshipRead More »from The Problem with a New Dating Website for “Part-Time Relationship” Seekers
- Babble.com | Hair Guide – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 2:19 PM EST
Are You Washing Your Hair Correctly?Lather, rinse, repeat. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it?
It's amazing what a difference a few little tweaks in your routine can do to your hair! Washing your hair, something you think you have figured out by now, is no exception. It turns out, washing your hair correctly isn't quite that straight forward.
There are always a few little things that you can change up to get your good hair day.
1. Skip Volume
"Washing your roots 2-3x a week is more than enough. Volumizing shampoos aren't recommended. Save the volumizing for the styling line. When you shampoo, you want to focus on moisture. Since using detergent on your hair isn't natural, you want to replace the oils you've lost with good quality conditioners and moisturizers."
- Arturo Swayze from the Arturo Salon
2. Weekly TreatmentsRead More »from Are You Washing Your Hair Correctly? These 8 Stylists Weigh In!
"The best way is to use a gentle shampoo twice a week. Then once a week, use clarifying shampoo followed by a conditioning treatment. Get a few processing caps from the salon and leave it in under a cap for
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 2:17 PM EST
This Valentine's Day, fall in love with washi tape. This magical tape can be used to create banners for your parties, unique valentines for friends, and so much more. I've been having a ton of fun with it -- it's such a basic material, but it can make an eye-popping impact on your decor and invites. We even used it to make paper photo booth props to hand out as valentines to friends. Consider making all your own cards this year instead of heading straight to the store. Check out the ways people have used washi tape to add a handmade touch to their Valentine's Day. -Jacinda Boneau
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