This is all well and good, and I'm sure lots of people are going to be downloading Tetris games to their phones or tablets or various devices, so that next time a craving hits they'll be ready to make it disappear like a solid row of bricks, but can we talk a little bit about what is really going on here? Is it really Tetris that is making the cravings evaporate, or is it simply taking the focus off
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- Tetris I've seen this headline, or something like it, in several places over the past couple of days: "Tetris Can Help Reduce Food Cravings!" The headlines refer to a new study published in the journal Appetite in which it was shown that playing Tetris helped the brain block images that promote cravings -- images of food, for example, or of other addictive substances, like tobacco or alcohol. The study found that people who spent even short amounts of time (three minutes) playing Tetris rated any cravings they have as weaker than those who attempted to play a game that never actually loaded.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 4:56 PM ESTMuffin Top Ode No matter how many crunches you do, that bulge doesn't go away. Even if we've lost the baby weight.
Beneath the Spanks, the self-loathing and the shame exists a little mound (some bigger than others, yes) of soft, squishy muffin-top-ness that marks the stretchy path of pregnancy. We're told we can work it off and that we can have our bodies back. (Or maybe even better, new rockin' bod than what we possessed before!)
But then, somewhere down the road, usually during the toddler years, many of us are faced with a body that just isn't ever going to be the same, and we (hopefully) start to see the scars, the marks and the muffin tops as signs of being a warrior.
It's an amazing, physical testament to the miracle that is growing and birthing new life.
You guys? These muffin tops are a real drag.
Not so much in their appearance, but in everything they represent when it comes to what we aren't "supposed" to be and what we'reRead More »from “Muffin Tops Are the New Black”: What All Women Can Learn from One Mom’s Body Confidence
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:54 PM ESTHappy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 7 Fascinating Facts About the Beloved Children's Author"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."
So go, in my opinion, the best lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Like countless other people, I consider Dr. Seuss to be my absolute favorite children's author. His stories were different, fun and, yes, funny. Re-reading the same books over and over to your child can quickly become a tedious activity, but for me, that's not true of Dr. Seuss books. His rhymes are a pleasure to read aloud - and the whimsical, other-worldly illustrations that accompany them never get old.
But if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he would be old - very old. March 2 is his birthday, and this year he would have turned 110. There is no shortage of celebrations being held for the The Cat in the Hat creator: PBS KIDS has introduced an online game allowing kids to build "Seussian" roller coasters and will air a one-hour special of its animated series, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!Read More »from Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 7 Fascinating Facts About the Beloved Children’s Author
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:48 PM ESTWhen a Friend Is Gone Forever: Facing the Death of a Pet Mochy arrived in our lives about four years ago. When we adopted her, she wasn't a puppy anymore. Recently, a doctor estimated her age at 10 years old, which would have made her 6 at the time.
She was always the sweetest and most caring doggie. In her process of adaptation to our family, she not only learned to respond to Spanish, but she could understand my kids, Emir and Ayelén, who have obvious language challenges because of their diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Mochy was never just a pet. She was much more than that - she was a family member, she was a friend, and she was a pal.
We always knew that Mochy was not a typical doggie. She always had a lot of coughing and mild convulsions. There were great times, but other times she seemed to be tired and quiet. Last year, the vet expressed concern that Mochy had a bigger problem, cancer, in addition to her heart condition.
However, Mochy came back home as wonderful as ever. The last six months of her life, Mochy was full ofRead More »from When a Friend is Gone Forever: Facing the Death of a Pet
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:44 PM ESTThe Powerful Lesson at the Heart of Every Dr. Seuss Book No matter how many times I read "King Looie Katz" in Dr. Seuss's I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today - and for awhile there my son Felix asked that I read it at least once a day, if not more - by the time I came to the part where the tails get slammed on the ground, I always wished the short story went longer. If you're not familiar with this one, the tale tells of how King Looie, the feline king of Katzen-stein (and The Cat in the Hat's great great great great grandpa), doesn't want his tail to drag on the ground and so has one of his subjects hold it up, who then gets someone to hold his up, who gets someone to hold his up, and on and on till the last cat in Katzen-stein has no one to hold her tail up and so says, "I quit!"
"Then Prooie Katz slammed Blooie's tail
And Blooie Katz slammed Hooie's
And Hooie Katz slammed Chooie's tail
And Chooie Katz slammed Kooie's.
All tails in Katzen-stein were slammed
Including proud King Louie's."
I love how fun it is to say all theRead More »from The Powerful Lesson at the Heart of Every Dr. Seuss Book
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:40 PM EST
Unless you've been living under a social media rock for the past 24 hours, chances are that you've seen the absolutely adorable "Mayhem" and her paper dresses. After watching her daughter play dress-up with everything possible, Angie (Mayhem's mother) suggested that they use paper, finding materials and items around the house. For the past year, the mom and daughter duo have copied celebrity dresses, Disney princesses, even iconic gowns - all made with paper. Thanks to a feature on Mommy Shorts blog, Angie & "Mayhem" have catapulted in popularity from 1200 Instagram followers to over 123,000 in just 24 hours. Mayhem is adorable, but more important, I am floored with the creativity and time taken each day to create these outfits. Angie claims she's not fashionable, but she definitely has a way with manipulating materials. I try to imagine myself sitting in my living room with my destruction-craving 4-year-old boy, and I just laugh. NO WAY would this happen in our house, but gosh, I amRead More »from Mom Posts Adorable Photos of Daughter Playing Dress-Up — Internet Goes Crazy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:12 PM ESTWhat Alec Baldwin and My Kids Have in CommonHave you heard the news? Alec Baldwin is retiring from public life. He's been burned by the paparazzi too often, he says, and it's not worth it for him to engage anymore.
In a very long interview with Joe Hagan, Baldwin summarizes and defends the unfair portrayal of himself in the press as homophobic. Baldwin admits that he is not perfect -- the publicized phone call of him yelling at his daughter stands as a painful reminder of his temper -- but he's had enough. He is considering moving away from New York and has abandoned plans to one day run for public office.
Baldwin believes public life has changed. Fans are more demanding, carrying phones with them at all times to capture and record everything he does. And photographers have gotten more aggressive. The last straw for Baldwin was when photographers got dangerously close to his wife and new baby.
He says: "Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket. Add to that predatory photographers and predatory videographers who want toRead More »from Alec Baldwin "Retires" from Public Life: What We Can Learn from This Move
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:03 PM EST
Roominate, a toy that teaches girls to build and wire a house.Last Friday my daughter had a sleepover with a friend, and they built a massive fort that filled my daughter's entire bedroom. They spent several hours playing games in the fort, and eventually they even slept underneath. It was an impressive feat that used hardback books, furniture, and thumbtacks.
Knowing how excited my daughter is to build, I was pretty excited to check out Roominate, a new toy building kit that hopes to get young girls excited about building. The kit is unique because it doesn't only include the parts to build rooms, but also some electronic elements that include a small motor -- so girls not only build, they wire.
I'll confess, at first blush I was pretty excited by Roominate. There's no doubt that my daughter would be thrilled with the toy and spend plenty of time building, and I particularly like the electronic element. Working with her to be creative beyond just making pretty rooms sounds like it would be great fun, and it is plenty safe for a 7-year-old.Read More »from Beating the Odds: The New Building Toy for Girls Developed by Female Engineers
Why Renting with Kids is Our New American DreamFour years ago, we owned a home. It was our first, built from the ground up to our liking and with our specifications. We were over-the-moon in love with it. It was the home we first brought our daughter Bella into, and it was near our families -- so perfect for the three of us.
When we sold it and moved to an apartment in a larger city, I missed my house dreadfully at first. All I wanted was to be back in a home of our own. After all, no one I knew was renting with kids.
Then my husband rejoined the military. Bella grew up -- her little messes becoming bigger messes. We adopted pets. We rented a home, and inside I wondered if we would ever buy again.
At one point, I flew to New Jersey to a town I'd moved from 20 years before, and had never been back to since. Turning the corner to see my old house sitting there brought back a flood of emotions I didn't even know I still felt. I bawled. It was the first home I truly remembered as a child; I loved it so much that it had haunted myRead More »from Why Renting with Kids is Our New American Dream
Some days, showers are the only relaxing time moms have, assuming their children aren't banging on the door and asking about missing puzzle pieces. Not that I know any kids like that. I max out my time in the shower with a revolving cast of body washes that smell good enough to eat. Wake-me-up lemony ones. Yummy-smelling sweet ones. They're a little indulgence that leave me feeling happy. There are many, many shower treats to choose from these days. So I decided to sniff, slather, scrub and generally soak up a new bunch of them, using samples sent by companies. These are the best-smellers that also left my skin in great shape. They're divided into citrus, coconut, fruit, vanilla and sweet categories, and range from bargain finds to worth-it splurges that turn your bathroom into a mini spa. A couple of tips: Use a shower puff to get more mileage from every squirt, and be sure to keep out of reach of little ones, so they don't snack on 'em. Enjoy! -Ellen SeidmanRead More »from 10 Shower Treats that Smell Good Enough to Eat
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