The other weekend my husband and I met up with some friends for dinner and a movie. For as long as I've known him and his friends, double dates were always their thing. Years later nothing has changed, with the exception of the fact that they are harder to plan now that almost everyone has children. Although I love having one-on-one time with my guy, getting together with other couples is always a lot of fun. It is a chance to reconnect with friends, engage in adult conversations, and have fun. Being around other couples can also be uplifting. There is something wonderful about surrounding yourself with people who value marriage and commitment just as you do. And during bathroom conversations with other wives you get a chance to be reminded that the challenges that you face are not exclusive to just you and your spouse. Nope, your husband isn't the only husband who thinks you baby the kids too much. Click through for 7 great ideas for your next group date night! -By Krishann BriscoeRead More »from 7 Great Ideas for Your Next Group Date Night
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 5:03 PM EST
My poor nails needed a break from gel manicures because they're super soft now. But what to do? I'm a nail biter and as soon as the gel coating comes off, I go back to my bad habits. I actually have nail biting as a big no-no in my Cuticle Care post, and yet I find it to be such a bad habit to break. I figured if I added a little holiday cheer to them, I will not want to mess them up! Feeling the spirit already, I decided to try out the half moon manicure with a bit of sparkle. Here's my tutorial for a holiday moonicure that works for both long and short nails! -By Rachel MatosRead More »from Rock a Festive Half Moon Manicure for the Holidays
- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 4:17 PM EST
In today's world, there isn't much that is sweeter than a puppy. After all, puppies are innocent bundles of love filled with life! They're a pure delight to be around. My vet says puppies are like wind-up toys because they run around like crazy, but when their batteries run out, they plop down and fall fast asleep in 0.2 seconds. I remember witnessing this first-hand with my lab, Django. It seemed like she was small for about 5 minutes, although she was never as small as the pups featured in this post! Teacup and toy breeds are especially squee-inducing when you see those tiny little faces, legs, and paws. It's a given that teacup and toy dogs are naturally photographed in very cute poses because their small stature allows for the funniest photo shoots. The puppies in the slideshow were very good sports, and they happily sat in mugs, makeshift bicycles, and other compromising places for the sake of a nice photo. Check out the adorable photos of toy and teacup puppies here! -ByRead More »from Doggone Adorable! 7 of the Sweetest Teacup and Toy Puppies EVER
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 1:04 PM ESTWhen temperatures drop, my desire to dress up does too. Being cozy and warm becomes top priority, and the idea of curling up in a sweatshirt is incredibly appealing. Thankfully, wearing a sweatshirt doesn't necessarily mean losing out on style. Here are 7 sweatshirts that prove you can be cozy and stylish - and all for under $50. - By J's Everyday Fashion Read More »from Bundle Up! 7 Cozy and Stylish Sweatshirts Under $50
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:55 PM ESTI'm pretty good most of the time about providing my family with a variety of nutritious foods (even though I admittedly fall off the cooking wagon sometimes). But what about the quality of the foods or the hidden ingredients I don't always think of looking for because I'm so used to just grabbing certain things off the shelves? According to Fox News, Americans are eating a ton of the foods we shouldn't be, like farmed salmon and artificial food dyes. Not because they're high in sugar or salt or because they don't have enough vitamins, but because they're literally banned in other countries. It's nearly impossible to scrutinize every label with a toddler screaming for more pineapple samples or that he's "stuck stuck stuck" in the cart. I took a look around my kitchen and dug out some shockers I'm ashamed to admit I found.
-By Heather Neal Read More »from 7 American Pantry Staples that Are Banned in Other Countries
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:53 PM ESTWould you do it for the money?I've always thought the decision to become a surrogate is a fascinating choice, and yet, I admit, I've assumed it comes down to the money. Why else would someone agree to carry somebody else's baby for nine months and then give it away?
Apparently, that's the single biggest misconception about American surrogates. So says Sherrie Smith, who, as The Atlantic reports, has run the East Coast office of the Center for Surrogate Parenting since 1998.
"Having a baby for someone else is as far from easy money as you can get." She tells The Atlantic.
Sherrie is the program administrator for the Center for Surrogate Parenting, one of the oldest, most respected surrogacy agencies in the world. She spends her days guiding prospective parents from around the globe through the surrogacy process. They're usually wealthy and very anxious. But CSP is the right place to be. It, along with Sherrie, have helped nearly 1,700 surrogate babies comeRead More »from Misconception: What Americans Get Wrong About Surrogates
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:42 PM ESTWhat happens when you get older but you don't stop wetting the bedMandy Stadtmiller is an extremely giving writer. In her hundreds of pieces on xoJane, she's shared all kinds of intimate, eviscerating stories about her personal life, her interactions with the rich, famous and powerful and her intense, painful childhood. In a recent post, she shares the trauma of wetting the bed until she was 15-years-old in snippets of memory that end in sentences like, "My life was definitely over," and "I'm the bad one. Nothing seems to fix me. I am hopeless. Disgusting. Unlovable."
Experts say that bedwetting can be cured by fixing constipation issues or using enuresis alarms that wake a child who has wet the bed, but I remain skeptical that those things work for everyone. (Even experts admit that constipation is only a factor in 80% of bedwetting cases.) Stadtmiller's parents tried solving her bedwetting issue by using an alarm, but it didn't make a difference. In a particularly moving passage about the alarm, she writes:
I crawl up onto my old stiff sheetRead More »from What Happens when You Get Older but You Don’t Stop Wetting the Bed
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:33 PM EST
Homemade Pumpkin Spice MarshmallowsIf you crave Pumpkin Spice Lattes, your life is about to get tastier than ever! Because you are FIFTEEN minutes away from homemade pumpkin spice marshmallows. I know, you think homemade marshmallows are cause for panic. I mean, who makes marshmallows, other than those uppity gourmet group of impossible foodies? The answer…YOU DO! Homemade marshmallows are absurdly quick and easy to make. If you have sugar, corn syrup, unflavored gelatin, and a stand mixer, you're about ready to rock this recipe into your cocoa. You simply dissolve the gelatin in water, whip up a boiling sugar syrup, then mix it all together until light and fluffy. The recipe below details everything you need to know to get this recipe happening in your own kitchen stat.
Try serving these delicious pumpkin spice marshmallows in a mug with your favorite cocoa, coffee, or even a vanilla steamer. They're absolutely delicious!
Homemade Pumpkin SpiceRead More »from The Right Fluff: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:26 PM ESTPaul CorbyPaul Corby is still waiting for a heart transplant. Paul, 24, has a rare, congenital heart condition called Left Ventricular Noncompaction (LVN) which makes his heart less able to pump blood throughout his body. Paul's father died of the same condition at age 27.
Paul, who lives in Pennsylvania, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and is otherwise healthy. And yet Paul's mom, Karen Corby, has been fighting to get her son a heart transplant since 2011.
What's the holdup? Paul's other diagnoses include autism, a mood disorder, and an intellectual disability.
A doctor at Penn Medicine (part of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) told Karen Corby over the phone that Paul was not being put on the transplant list.
"He can't even list all his medications," Karen says the doctor told her.
"I told her, 'I can't even list all his medications. He takes 19 medications. I carry a list.'"
"The doctor was more interested inRead More »from Anti-Discrimination Organ Transplant Bill is in the Works
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:25 PM ESTChaunie BrusieWhen I looked down at the two tiny blue lines of my positive pregnancy test a mere four weeks into my senior year of college, my first thought went a little something like this:
Well, actually, on second thought, I can't exactly write what my first thought was, so I'll tell you my actual second thought.
And actually, on third thought, I can't even tell you that, because there was no second thought, it was mostly just incoherent sobbing.
I knew that my life would change with a baby. (Yes, that might be the biggest understatement of the century, but give me a break, would you? I was only 21, after all.) I spent the next nine months changing everything that I had ever known and focusing a lot on what I - as a woman and a mother - needed and wanted out of life. But one of the most important aspects of my life and my pregnancy really got pushed to the wayside: My relationship with my then-boyfriend, turned husband, as I roundedRead More »from 7 Ways an Unplanned Pregnancy Can Affect Your Relationship