If you haven't ever asked your elderly relatives for advice about finances, you may want to think twice. Those that grew up in earlier decades certainly had a very different experience managing money than we do today. Their advice can prove very insightful rather than out-dated because frugality was key, especially during the Depression era. They're oldies but goodies, time-tested ways of boosting your bank account and saving big bucks - and they're all so simple! Click through for 7 vintage money-saving tips that need to make a comeback! -By Anna Newell Jones
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:28 PM EST
If you haven't ever asked your elderly relatives for advice about finances, you may want to think twice. Those that grew up in earlier decades certainly had a very different experience managing money than we do today. Their advice can prove very insightful rather than out-dated because frugality was key, especially during the Depression era. They're oldies but goodies, time-tested ways of boosting your bank account and saving big bucks - and they're all so simple! Click through for 7 vintage money-saving tips that need to make a comeback! -By Anna Newell JonesRead More »from 7 Vintage Money-Saving Tips that Need to Make a Comeback
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:27 PM ESTMartha Stewart's marble pound cakesWhen a cookbook comes along that makes you want to try pretty much every recipe - as soon as possible - you know it's a keeper.
Martha Stewart's Cakes is just such a book. Stunningly photographed, with an array of mouthwatering recipes, this book is just what you would expect from Martha.
But what I really love about it is how clear, accessible, and thorough the recipes are. From the helpful baking tips to how to make the pretty garnishes, and even gift-wrapping ideas, this is one of the most complete cake books I've ever come across.
Martha recently took the time to answer my questions about her newest book!
There are so many dessert recipe books out there. What makes this one unique?Read More »from Try Martha Stewart's Amazing Recipe for Marble Pound Cakes
Not only do we provide 150 of our favorite, fool-proof recipes, layer cakes, cheesecakes, mini bundts, and loaves, but we also offer special techniques and tips. We have pages upon pages in the back that offer tips and step-by-step processes on leveling and splitting a cake, creating candied
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:25 PM ESTI am a mom of three girls, and I often hear the question, "So… are you going to try for a boy?" which I think is absolutely insane for about thirty different reasons. Obviously I won't be "trying for a boy" anytime ever because: a) I'm 47, b) My tubes are tied, c) I don't want any more damn kids, d) Girls are awesome, and e) Stop reading, 'cause I don't need to give you any more explanations! For some reason when it comes to how many kids you have, people love to comment. But the people who get it the worst are the moms of one child. I'm not immune to it. I one asked an acquaintance who looked young if she was planning to try for another and it turned out that she'd just done a round of IVF which wasn't successful. So that was uncomfortable. And really, I was just making conversation. So after polling my friends, here are 7 comments moms with one child hear that… they'd rather not. I'm learning along with you.
-By Stefanie Wilder Taylor
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- Why Sandra Bullock's Gravity is still going strong at the box office, opening to huge numbers this week in the UK.
The effects-heavy space adventure felt more like an amazing ride than a mere movie to me, and Sandra Bullock carries the whole thing (with a little help from George Clooney) on her toned, NASA-trained shoulders.
She plays an astronaut cut loose from the space shuttle, adrift in space facing one disaster after another. No spoilers, but the movie is terrifying and intense from start to finish.
By all accounts - critical, commercial - Gravity is a huge success. This is really remarkable.
In Hollywood where most critically acclaimed, commercially successful films don't even come close to passing the Bechdel Test (to pass the test, a movie has to have at least two women in it who talk to each other about something other than men), Gravity's strong female lead is not only the star of theRead More »from Why "Gravity" is a Giant Leap for Womankind
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:41 AM ESTKissing My Kids Goodbye Every DayMy husband's cell phone rang while we were out having dinner Saturday night. He picked up, and I watched his face freeze.
"What is it, honey?" I asked, my heart beating faster. "What's wrong?"
He whispered, "Larry died."
Larry is one of my husband's best friends from childhood, a big-hearted guy with twin two-year-old boys. He'd been in a car accident. I burst into sobs, putting a napkin over my mouth so the people sitting nearby wouldn't hear. We quickly paid the bill, went home, said good night to the babysitter. I tip-toed into my kids' rooms, and planted long kisses on their foreheads. I thought about what would happen if I were never to see them again. But then, I think about that all the time.
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I am not a morbid person. People tend to describe me as cheerful and upbeat; a friend in high school once joked I should be voted Most Likely To Smile. Like many of us, I used to never really appreciate the good inRead More »from Every Day, I Kiss My Kids Goodbye like I'll Never See Them Again
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:39 AM ESTApple's definition of This just in: Hallmark is finally apologizing for substituting the word "gay" on its sweater ornament with "fun." You'd think they'd apologize for making the thing in the first place - but that has nothing to do with the word "gay." That has to do with the fact that it's just butt-ugly.
The irony, of course, is that had Hallmark kept "gay" instead of replacing it with "fun," they couldn't have been accused of using it in a negative way. Sure, few people born after 1925 still use "gay" when they mean "happy," but they're not incorrect when they do.
These days, "gay," of course, is used by most people to mean homosexual. However, there are some people who use it in a pejorative way. To call something "so gay" is an insult. It can be anything, but if it's "so gay," hardly anyone except maybe your grandma means something positive. Someone calling something or someone "so gay" is being hurtful, derogatory and demeaning to gay peopleRead More »from 15-Year-Old Calls Out Apple for Their Derogatory Definition of "Gay"
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:07 AM ESTAre the New Cholesterol Guidelines Really an Improvement?At 17, I sat in my pediatrician's office (yes, my pediatrician) and received the news that I, a healthy, active, vegetarian teenager, had high cholesterol. I'd just returned from a monthlong stint in the Domincan Republic volunteering at an orphanage. We ate what they ate: lots of rice, beans, plaintains, and water. To say I could blame my cholesterol levels on my diet was unreasonable, yet I still made a conscious effort to watch what I ate. I avoided shrimp, eggs, and cheese, before I learned that dietary cholesterol actually had little to do with blood cholesterol levels. Luckily I was able to get around the need for medication by finding a loophole: I raised my good cholesterol levels enough to counteract for my bad cholesterol levels.
But what if I'd needed medication? I can certainly tell you from experiences with family members that a statin would not have been my first line of pharmaceutical defense. The side effects of muscle pain and confusion were too common, at leastRead More »from Are the New Cholesterol Guidelines Really an Improvement?
- Hi Mom, I love you so much. I'll love you forever. I hope you love me too. I wish you could spend more time with me.
Two years ago when I quit my full-time job outside the home, I did it because I was miserable and missed my kids.
At that time, Boy Wonder, a 9-year daycare veteran, thought little about his inevitable future as a latchkey child, while BooBoo, 4 years in, wished every day that things could be different. He missed his mommy and asked a multitude of heart-wrenching questions almost daily as to why things had to be the way they were.
I didn't really have solid answers to give, other than the fact that some mommies had to work and that I was one of them. He pretended to understand even though in his heart he didn't. He needed me, perhaps more than Boy Wonder ever did, and I knew it.
Miserable at work and needed at home? That was enough reason to leave my job - it had to be.
So we sacrificed to scrimp and save, but this whole "mom not working" thing was never part of the plan. I left my job to pursue another career from home. So while my family was gearing up to enjoy theRead More »from The Hardest Part About Being a Work-At-Home Mom
- Is there a safer way to vaccinate?
Cue the haters, the protagonists/antagonists, and the general ruckus that ensues when vaccinations get discussed on the internet. Or in real life, for that matter.
The truth in our home isn't pretty. I was leaning towards being against vaccinations, yet after hours and hours of research, I didn't feel completely solid in my stance. I needed to do more, and in the meantime, I was easily swayed by our pediatrician and my partner. You see, he was very much FOR vaccinations. As was our doctor, who offered me no information on delayed immunizations.
In knowing how radically vaccines have increased in both timing and amounts over the years, I couldn't help but wonder if this was contributing to the widespread increase of ADD/ADHD, allergies, asthma, seizures and chronic illnesses occurring in our children today. For me, the three biggest factors contributing to these frightening increases are the state of the environment, the food we're eating, and yes -- vaccines. It's all too much,Read More »from Why I Regret Vaccinating My Kids
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:06 AM ESTJust because the temperatures are cooling and gardens are being put to bed doesn't mean there are no more superfoods to be had. There are still plenty of delicious foods out there with loads of health benefits that should be eaten. In fact, with all of your familiar favorites out of season this might be the perfect time to try something new. Root vegetables like turnips, for example, are full of Vitamin C and are delicious when included to vegetable mashes and soups. In fact, there are a whole host of fruits and vegetables you might not expect to be palatable but are perfect for eating right now! Here are a few of our favorite superfood dishes for fall. Be sure to give them all a try the next time you have a chance! - By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from Grapefruit to the Rescue! and 6 Other Superfoods You Should Be Eating This Season