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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:38 PM ESTAs a busy mom, I'm always looking for ways to sneak in exercise (and share them with you, like ways to sneak exercise into your work day and ways to walk more every day). So, of course, I loved the news about how subway stations in Moscow are getting into the Olympic spirit-by encouraging passengers to squat for a free ride.Train riders can earn free rides by doing 30 squats in front of an interactive machine. love both how this gets people active and how much fun people seem to be having as they're exercising. It seems like doing something a little out of the ordinary is pretty fun for these people, not to mention that they're probably pretty stoked about the free ride! I know I would be. It also made me fantasize about a world that encouraged activity in these ways, and made it more normal to exercise when you have nothing better to do. I'd love to see exercise encouraged in everyday activities, and here are a few ideas I'd like to see. - By Erin Whitehead
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:37 PM ESTIs Green Juice the New Status Symbol?One of my favorite Disney movies of recent years is WALL-E. The love story is cute and sweet, the message of stewardship over our home is timely and important, and the portrayal of our evolution as a species is, possibly, prescient. That part when the captain encourages everyone on the ship, the Axiom, to get their septua-centennial cupcake in a cup? Spot on. It seems we'd much rather drink our calories than eat them these days, as evidenced not only by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban large beverages in an effort to save money on health care costs, but by the preponderance of coffee shops and smoothie stands popping up all over. Recently I've learned that it's not as cool - or chic - to eat your vegetables, not when you can drink them.
Yes, vegetable juice is a hot commodity these days, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. So hot that a bottle of it can put you back about $10 (or $225 for a 3-day supply of juice, which includes shipping
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:31 PM EST
When our neighbors asked if we'd be willing to go in on matching mailboxes for our shared mailbox post, we thought, "Sure, why not?" What we didn't expect was for them to come back with super deluxe bronze mailboxes to the tune of $400 each. Now I know that a beautiful mailbox can add real curb appeal to your home, but a $400 outdoor box to hold bills seemed a little excessive to me. In searching for more affordable alternatives, I stumbled down the rabbit hole of novelty mailboxes, which based upon the backorder notices, appear to be in high demand. Who knew?
-By Lori Garcia
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:29 PM ESTWhat makes a healthy lunch?Homemade roast beef, potatoes, milk, carrots, orange.
That's what Kristen Bartkiw, a mom in Manitoba, packed her two young kids for lunch. What they came home with was a note from their school saying she was being fined $10 because the meal was unbalanced. To balance it out, the school gave the kids Ritz Crackers.
There's no doubt everything is better when it's sitting on a Ritz. Healthier, though? That's debatable.
Sure, maybe there could have been a grain in the meals that Bartkiw packed. And, yes, kudos to the Canada Food Council for looking out for the health of children by requiring one milk, one meat, one grain, two fruits in their meals, according to Metro News. But surely there are kids whose lunches are much less healthy than the ones Barkiw packed, which really seems pretty benign/nutritious. Is adding crackers that contain high fructose corn syrup and zero grams of fiber really balancing the meal out?
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:53 PM ESTWith each passing decade, we incorporate new pieces and silhouettes seamlessly into the "Classic Style" category without much ado. What was once just a trend has become a classic. I remember when, in the 1990s, the major flared leg of the '70s returned to fashion for the first time since its origin. It wasn't considered a classic just yet, but more of a throwback to the late 1960s and 1970s style. Now that a version of flared leg jeans have returned to fashion two or three times over since the '90s, they have earned their Classic Style status, and rightfully so. However, be it collegiate prep, bohemian, rock star cool, laid back style, or working girl, flare leg jeans still tend to look best when paired with a pinch of their own era thrown in for good measure (think Jackie O). Here are 7 ways I wear my favorite flares.
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:48 PM ESTPlan your Thanksgiving day outfit early by choosing a beautiful dress. You can go for something basic that you can easily dress up and down, or go for a statement dress that doesn't need much jewelry at all. These 7 trendy Thanksgiving day dresses come in all different styles at affordable prices. There's a little something for everyone, whether you like something more edgy, elegant, cutesy, or bold and fun. No matter what you choose, you are sure to look stunning. Check out these 7 trendy Thanksgiving day dresses here…
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:38 PM EST
Last week, CBS, in a partnership with the Grammys, announced it will air a two-hour special in February featuring some of our favorite musicians performing the songs that the Beatles sang on their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. For many of us, it is our parents who will remember their personal moment when "the Beatles invasion" happened in their life. It's hard to pin down the exact instant when the whole world took notice, but about fifty years ago, music changed. The performance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is how CBS and the Grammys are measuring the Beatle's impact on music. In so many ways the Beatles have been a part of our lives. It's the little things, but we all do them: sing their songs to our children, quote their lyrics when we need that perfect phrase, celebrate when we recognize a Fab Four reference within pop culture... Here are 7 ways The Beatles are influencing us all around the world. -By Dresden Shumaker
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:37 PM ESTCDC, AAP Issue New Guidelines Limiting Antibiotic Use in ChildrenThe US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging pediatricians to limit use of antibiotics in children to when, you know, antibiotics will actually be helpful. (C'mon, that's just crazy talk.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has simultaneously released a report that helps pediatricians identify when antibiotics will be helpful for respiratory infections.
Both the CDC and the AAP note that children's respiratory infections are most often caused by viruses, which won't be helped by antibiotics. The CDC says that every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. For example, antibiotics will not help colds and flu, most coughs and bronchitis, sore throat (other than strep throat), and runny noses.
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:37 PM ESTWe've all seen the commercials and infomercials: the next miracle beauty product is only a short phone call or website click away! But do these products really live up to their promises? I've read the blogs and watched the YouTube videos reviewing 7 popular "As Seen On TV" beauty products. In this roundup, I offer you a quick rundown for each, including price, product claims, ratings, and reviewer consensus. - By Sonya Lee Benham Read More »from Reality Television: Do "As Seen on TV" Beauty Products Really Work?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:03 PM EST
Don't Get Married!Six years ago, comedian and actress Giulia Rozzi was just a young, single girl out on the prowl … except she wasn't actually single at all. She was getting married to her longtime boyfriend in Boston, but living half of her life on the wild streets of New York. Rozzi's marriage lasted only a year, and she's written a solo show that explains why called "Bad Bride," currently playing at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea.
I saw the production recently, and as a fellow divorcee, I could relate to a lot of the reasons why Rozzi's marriage failed - or was never meant to be in the first place. If you're experiencing any of the "cold feet" symptoms Rozzi went through before her wedding, you may want to re-think yours. Check out these 5 signs you should rethink getting married!
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