According to a recent article in The Daily Beast, "As an alternative to plastic surgery, some people, primarily teens, are now turning to a low-tech solution: Torturous-looking products that claim to mold the users' features into the "ideal" standard of beauty." What's the reasoning behind this new at-home DIY trend? Well, it's much more cost-effective than the real thing, and there's been an increasing trend of plastic surgery in several Asian cultures - it's less of an "if" and more of a "when." CNN recently reported on the skyrocketing rates of cosmetic surgery in many Asian countries - Korea leads the world in cosmetic enhancements with China and Japan not far behind. Patients as young as twelve are undergoing procedures like eye-fold surgery which involves slicing an additional crease into one's eyelid to make eyes appear wider and more "Western." While the turn to at-home facial re-figurement may be a natural evolution in an over saturated market with rising costs, medicalRead More »from Scary New Trend Alert: DIY "Plastic Surgery"
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 3, 2014 3:20 PM ESTBaby Scented Newspaper Imagine you're reading a real, made-from-trees newspaper. Yes, I understand that this could take a good deal of imagining since, to many, the idea of reading your news on actual paper seems about as anachronistic as driving around in Fred Flintstone's foot-powered car. (I say this with love, as a former newspaper reporter.)
But back to our newspaper daydream: Sure, at first you're confronted with headlines about war, disease, poverty and whatever incredibly newsworthy thing Canadian pop stars are doing that week. But then - then! - you find that the paper has gone beyond the visual and has begun to engage your olfactory sense with a familiar, pleasing scent.
Is it? Could it be? Why, yes, that is the gentle aroma of baby powder. In a newspaper.
By the way, as long as we're imagining things, you should imagine yourself in India while reading said fragrant paper.
Related: Research says new baby smell makes you feel like you're drunkRead More »from Johnson & Johnson Brings Ads that Have a New Baby Scent to India Newspapers
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 3, 2014 2:50 PM ESTThrow My Kid's School LunchAway Over an Account Deficit and We'll Have ProblemsWhat in the ever loving name of …
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Have we really reached a point where we feel like humiliating children over $2 (or even $50) account deficits is considered a proper reaction?
Apparently school officials at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City had no problem scarring 40 kids for life when they took away their meals and threw them in the garbage over outstanding accounts.
As Fox 13 News in Utah reports, the kids were served lunch and then the food was taken from them and thrown away. The children were told their school lunch account had either a zero or negative balance. Officials said it's school policy for food in such situations to be put in the trash. "She took my lunch away and said, 'Go get a milk,'" Sophia Isom, a fifth-grader at the school, told NBC affiliate KSL.com. "I came back and asked, 'What's going on?' Then she handed me an orange. She said, 'You don't have any money in your account so you can't getRead More »from Throw My Kid’s School Lunch Away Over an Account Deficit and We’ll Have Problems
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 3, 2014 2:26 PM ESTRestaurant Chain Offers to Pay Babysitting Tab for Parents Looking for a Night OutWhen you have a newborn or a young child, getting out for a quiet meal with your partner can seem impossible. I don't remember the last time I went out with just my husband and it certainly wasn't at all since my youngest was born - and I know it won't be coming any time soon.
What stops many parents from enjoying a night out? Perhaps it's the cost of the night out plus the added expense of babysitting - which can add up to quite the tab by the end of the night.
The restaurant chain Olive Garden is offering a new promotion teaming up with My Gym, a chain of children's activity centers which will have the restaurant pay for the babysitting tab with a dinner receipt. During their exclusive Parents' Night Out event on Friday, February 7, parents can drop their kids off at any one of 145 My Gym locations where their kids will be entertained and cared for while they enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Olive Garden - including unlimited bread sticks (which I am told are awesome. I haveRead More »from Restaurant Chain Offers to Pay Babysitting Tab for Parents Looking for a Night Out
Cost to ConsiderMaking a budget can be really tedious. The first time I tried to create a budget, I used a resource I found online to figure out what categories I should use, but the list failed to include the other places my money was going.
In order for a household budget to work effectively, you need to ensure it encompasses things that actually have an impact on your finances. Many times people leave out important expenses, and, as a result, their budget is not accurate.
1. Convenience Spending
Convenience spending includes the things you buy on the fly. This may include the cups of coffee from the gas station every morning, impulse buys, and things you forgot at home but need throughout your day. The way to combat this is to track every single penny you spend for 2-3 months to get an accurate look at your spending. In a post on my blog about habits, I delve into this topic a little more: Your Habits are Making You Broke.
2. Pet CareRead More »from 7 Important Cost to Consider when on a Budget
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:22 PM ESTThe Chinese do New Year's celebrations right - with colorful parades, amazing firework displays, and a party that lasts about 15 days until the last full moon rises. Traditionally, you would wear a cheongsam - a fitted silk dress with a high neck and collar, but don't think you have to wear that same dress year after year. In fact, now is the perfect time to add a little red (and gold!) to your closet - items that you can wear for the rest of the year, too! You can't go wrong in choosing red and gold for the Chinese New Year. Red represents good fortune in Chinese culture, which is why it's traditionally worn during wedding ceremonies to chase away bad luck. Meanwhile, gold symbolizes wealth and happiness! In this round-up, we've got fancy chiffon dresses and glittery gold flats if you're headed to a fancy party. If you're just heading out to watch the parades, try a simple skater dress with pumps in the traditional, celebratory colors.Click through to see the best ways to wear red forRead More »from Happy Chinese New Year! 7 Red Looks Inspired by the Year of the Horse
That's right, I said MAKE, because some kids aren't going to go for subtle hints about cleaning their room, clearing the floor of stray toys, and setting the table. Getting kids to help around the house requires being direct and using imperative sentences (that means command, people). It also means setting consequences for when children fail to complete their chores and establishing rewards for when they do.
I know, I know… this sounds so old school. According to a recent piece on the New York Times Motherlode blog, there seems to be a split between traditional views of children doing housework and less authoritative, more safety-conscious (or child-centric, if you will) ideas about chores. A Montessori chart of "Age Appropriate Chores for Children" inspired the post - the chart, shared on Facebook by the Maria Montessori page, sparked a comment battle between parents who find some of the chores on the list inappropriate ("children aren't slaves," said one), and others who valueRead More »from Should You Make Your Kids Do Chores? Absolutely!
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 3:55 PM EST
The Big Game is coming right up on February 2nd! A Broncos or Seahawks team jersey is a perfectly acceptable (not to mention incredibly comfortable) way to show support for your favorite team on game day. If, however, you're looking to show a little spirit between now and then without looking like you're about to go run some wind sprints, here are chic options in team colors that will keep your style cred intact. -By Kayla MoncurRead More »from 6 Outfit Ideas to Cheer for the Broncos or the Seahawks in Style!
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 3:52 PM ESTCosmopolitan UK Columnist Faces Backlash for Rape CommentsCosmopolitan's veteran agony aunt Irma Kurtz has caused outrage following her latest advice.
Speaking to BBC presenter Jane Garvey on Radio 4's Woman's Hour in the UK, Miss Kurtz claimed that women should not get drunk around men, as it puts them at risk of being raped. She went on to suggest that the onus is on women to protect themselves against attack.
She said those who "get drunk with the boys" become incapable of defending themselves because "drunkenness tears that away. It really is carelessness to lose your self-defense." She added that rape is "an assault with a weapon," and "you really have to be a little bit defensive when you're around people who are stupid and armed."
The comments have brought a huge backlash from anti-rape campaigners and on social media, with one commenter on Twitter saying, "Get drunk with boys and you're open to rape - Irma Kurtz @CosmoplitanUK So rape is inevitable and we should avoid it."
Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape said: "HerRead More »from Women Who Drink Risk Rape, Says "Cosmo" Alum Irma Kurtz
- Facebook May Disappear in 3 YearsA fascinating paper from Princeton's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering claims that Facebook may disappear - and is likely to lose 80 percent of its users by 2017.
Using a mathematical model based on the spread of disease developed from a presentation called, "The Social Network Disease: Epidemiology and The Demise of Facebook," authors John Cannarella and Joshua A. Spechler suggest that if MySpace is an example of what happens to social networks, Facebook is already on the decline.
"In this paper we have applied a modified epidemiological model to describe the adoption and abandonment dynamics of user activity of online social networks. Using publicly available Google data for search query Myspace as a case study, we showed that the traditional SIR model for modeling disease dynamics provides a poor description of the data. A 75 percent decrease in SSE is achieved by modifying the traditional SIR model to incorporate infectious recovery dynamics, which is a betterRead More »from Facebook May Disappear in 3 Years