Meeting people is hard. Thank goodness for the Internet. Although I don't know firsthand as I was already married up by the time online dating and social media sites skyrocketed, it seems to have made things a lot less difficult for people. Hiding behind monitors and cell phones is a lot easier than getting up the courage to approach a stranger out of nowhere and get the ball rolling. That's where pick-up lines come in. Some people use them with the utmost sincerity but the smartest people use them sarcastically, as a way to break the ice while acknowledging that "Hey! I like you." Unless the person using the line was so clearly attempting to be funny that I had to laugh, I don't think I've ever met a pick-up line I liked or that worked … and yet I understand the necessity. With that said, some pick-up lines should be retired from play. They're so stupid they have become the stuff of urban legends. Do people really use these things? In honor of Sadie Hawkins Click through for 7 mostRead More »from The 7 Most Hilariously Bad Pickup Lines EVER
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:21 PM ESTIn the market for a new pair of glasses? Check out our slideshow to get started on finding the best frames for you! We've found 8 fabulous pairs, lenses included, all for under $200. You may have been skeptical about buying your spectacles online, but like dating, you just might be able to find your match on the Internet! With glasses becoming our most functional and fashionable accessory, the online glasses business is booming and providing incredible options for extraordinary prices right from the comfort of your office chair. Worried about being able to try them on first? Most of these retailers offer 3-5 at-home try-on pairs for you to see for yourself before you make your perfect selection. So open your eyes to a whole new world of pretty, well-priced possibilities!
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:05 PM EST
This week, Mattel revealed their newest celebrity-inspired Barbie: the Jennifer Lopez doll. But the doll is garnering mixed reviews for one big reason - she doesn't have a J. Lo-like body. "We created a specialty sculpt that has more enhanced curves," Robert Best, the Barbie director of design, told Yahoo! Shine. Even with the "enhanced curves," the doll doesn't seem curvy enough. It is quite a challenge to create a doll that really captures the essence of the artist at hand, but that doesn't stop toy companies from trying, trying, and trying some more. There have been dolls of actresses (like Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams), and there have been dolls of musicians (from Beyonce to Gwen Stefani). Some get it right, and others … not so much. Check out these 7 celebrity dolls -- which one do you think does the best job at capturing the essence of the real person? -By Sunny Chanel
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:03 PM ESTCan working moms do it all?Here we go again.
There's a new ideal mommy in town. She ain't French and she doesn't live in the jungle.
This time she's a laid-back Swedish mama and she has a leading role in the book Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink by Katrina Alcorn.
Alcorn juggled a full-time job as a web design executive and two kids all the way up until a nervous breakdown forced her to reassess her life. As KJ Dell'Antonia writes in an article in The New York Times called "Being a Working Mother Always Means Having to Say You're Sorry," Alcorn buckled under the pressures her responsibilities forced on her.
"After the birth of her youngest child: while working five days a week as a web design executive and shuttling three children through their busy lives, she pulled off the road one day and, as a crushing panic attack settled over her, called her husband to declare that she couldn't 'do this anymore.'"
Alcorn started asking other moms howRead More »from “Swedish Mom” is the New “Tiger Mom” — but She Couldn’t Be More Different
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:57 AM ESTNewsflash, GOP: Women's Health is Human HealthThis post should probably start with the following disclosure: I am currently uninsured, and have been since I divorced in 2009. I have yet to look at the Obamacare website and the insurance options available to me in New York State, though I hear our exchange is offering great plans at great prices. (It should be noted that not every New Yorker is happy with the changes Obamacare has ushered in; most that are upset about them were previously insured.) Others nationwide who are upset include many in the GOP who believe that the cost of insurance for everyone should not be spread evenly amongst all people, since not everyone uses the same medical services. These ignorant whiners believe that women should pay more for women's health services. Some of these whiners are - astonishingly - women.
Joan Walsh points out in a post on Salon that Republicans want women to pay more for healthcare, not just because - as John Stossel recently suggested - we use doctors' services more, but becauseRead More »from Republicans Want Women to Pay More for Healthcare Because "Men Don't Give Birth"
From a very early age, my son, Norrin, has been surrounded by positive and loving female role models. They are his babysitters, teachers and therapists. While Norrin also has a strong male presence in his life, women dominate. And I'm okay with that because I know Norrin gets the best from both worlds. Boys (at least the ones I know) usually look up to male athletes, actors, writers and so on. Obviously I want Norrin to be influenced by members of his own sex, but I want him to appreciate women. I want to raise the kind of man who can admire a woman for more than her looks. Whether you are raising boys or girls, role models are critical to their overall development. As parents, it's our responsibility to guide them towards role models who will have a positive influence. Common Sense Media believes that media role models matter. "In today's 24/7 media environment, in which kids may be spending more time with media than they are with their parents, choosing positive role models is moreRead More »from 10 Female Role Models Young Boys Can Look Up To
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:53 AM EST
This Couple Is Divorcing over Obamacare. Should You?Brooklyn couple Nona Willis Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara say they are divorcing over Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Health Care Act.
"After Obamacare rolled out, we realized that we would save thousands of dollars if we got divorced," Aronowitz told CBS 2 in New York. The couple makes more than $62,000, which disqualifies them for subsidies. If they legally split up, however, both would qualify for subsidies, saving them hundreds of dollars a month on health care.
Now before you start getting up and arms and saying "this is wrong!" and "I can't believe the government is breaking up couples," you should know that this Brooklyn couple married over health insurance, too. They were dating. One of them lost a job. They got married so one could insure the other. It's somewhat fitting that they might divorce over the same thing that brought them together.
Still, plenty of critics are complaining about theRead More »from This Couple is Divorcing Over Obamacare - Should You?
- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:50 AM EST
While many people just naturally think of adopting a puppy, there are so many reasons to adopt an older dog. Now a new book pays tribute to this unique canine group and also shows us many reasons why senior dogs are special. Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends, edited by David Tabatsky, is filled with gorgeous photography by the late Gary Gross. While Gross may have been noted in fashion, he later went on to become a leading dog trainer. This book captures purely stunning photos of senior dogs in their glory in an effort to show how beautiful and loving senior dogs really are, along with uplifting essays and poetry by Anna Quindlen, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Durang, Doris Day, Dean Koontz, Marlo Thomas, and others. There is perhaps, no better time to showcase these senior beauties than by honoring them during Senior Pet Month with these true stunning and sweet photos of old dogs, outlining reasons why everyone should consider adopting a senior dog! -ByRead More »from 7 Photos of Old, Beautiful Dogs in Honor of Senior Pet Month
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:36 AM EST'My Children Are Not Truly Mine': The Advice Every Parent Needs To Hear
I can't get that line out of my head.
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow penned it last week in a column that will forever change the way I think about the what is the absolute right way to raise my children.
In "The Passion of Parenting," Blow tells of his raising his three kids as a single dad for the past 13 years. One of them is already in college and the other two are almost out the door.
"Life gave them to me," he writes. "I'm preparing myself, as best I can, to give them back to life."
Nobody could have explained to me how much being a mom has deepened the meaning of my existence. While I have pockets (OK, buckets) of exhaustion, it is with mostly glee, joy and honor that I give so much of myself to my kids.
I need to catch my breath sometimes, though, when the wind of responsibility and the fact that these little lives look to me for absolutely everything knocks theRead More »from "My Children Are Not Truly Mine": The Advice Every Parent Needs to Hear
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:24 AM EST
I had my first child at 33-years-old. Practically an old lady, according to all of you.
That's the ideal.
Do you know what I was doing at 25?
Dancing on bars after 4 too many shots of Jagermeister. Dating as many men as possible to figure out that guys who kick in your car door probably aren't the marrying kind. Working my way to the top of the journalism food chain, first at FOX in Salt Lake City and later ABC in New York City, both of which involved 10-hour workdays. I was traveling. New York City, Mexico, London, Italy … you get the idea. I was grabbing myself a big ol' handful of life whilst trying very hard not to create it, because that wouldn't have been ideal. For me.
What I'm telling you in a rather roundabout fashion is that 58% of the more than 5,000 people surveyed -- the ones who say women should have children in their late teens or earlyRead More »from Survey Reveals the "Ideal Age" for Women to Have Children — and It's Total Nonsense