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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:35 AM ESTAround this time of year, the warnings start: Don't gain too much weight over the holidays! Avoid eating this food. And that one has a billion grams of fat, so avoid it, too. It can make every celebratory meal feel like an exercise in avoiding the off-limits food. But rather than thinking about all the potential for weight gain and sluggishness from our favorite fall and winter foods, let's flip the script and look at all of the healthy benefits of the bountiful harvest fall brings. There are so many healthy options in season this time of year, so there's no better time than the present to celebrate fall foods and all of the benefits they can bring to your table - and body. Plus, it's better to enjoy what you can buy on the cheap at the grocery store than waste a lot of money on out-of-season fruits that just don't taste summer ripe. So don't mourn those berries or waste any time waiting on your favorites to come back in season. Enjoy the foodie potential that fall brings. From apples Read More »from Grocery Guru: 7 Good-for-You Fall Foods to Throw in Your Shopping Cart
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:32 AM ESTYou are not a princes... but you can still rule the world!My 5-year-old daughter, Petunia, has been wearing a tiara nonstop for the past three months. When I say nonstop, I mean she wears it to sleep, school, to soccer games, and on the toilet. She wore it in the swimming pool last weekend and only took it off in the shower when I threatened to dislodge the gems to wash them individually, thereby risking that they all fall down the drain. There's no occasion too un-fancy for her to wear it. Breathing is a special occasion, or at least one special enough that it deserves a tiara. She's a little past Cinderella and Snow White (although not past them enough that she didn't threaten to throw a tantrum when the hygienist at the dentist told her recently that the only toothbrushes left were from Cars and Monsters University). But she's crushing hard on Sofia the First these days. Thankfully (for me), Sofia is about as kind as royalty comes.
I read a lot of criticism about princess cultureRead More »from Why One School is Telling Girls “You Are Not a Princess”
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:30 AM EST
One of the key American narratives is the quest for equality. Our founding national document states that all men are created equal, which, at the time of its composition, literally did mean men - specifically white, land-owning ones. To quote historian Howard Zinn, women "were politically invisible," and equal rights did not extend to black slaves, freedmen, or Native Americans. Since that time, the citizens of this country have been struggling to broaden the definition of equality, so that no matter your gender, race and ethnicity, sexual preference, religion, class, whatever, you will have the same rights and protections under the law as anyone else.
How about moms and dads? A recent piece on Salon, "Make Fatherhood a Man's Choice!" by Anna March, points to a basic inequality between men and women in regard to parenting.
When pregnant, a woman has the choice to decide whether or not to have the baby. If she does, then laws require the father to support the kid, whether theRead More »from Why No One Should Be Forced into Parenthood — Not Even Men
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:29 AM EST
Dayna MoralesDayna Morales, a server at a New Jersey restaurant, said a family of four dining at the restaurant this week skipped the tip on their $93.55 bill, with this explanation: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life."
Ms. Morales told ABC News that when she introduced herself with the standard "My name is Dayna. I'll be taking care of you," the mom of the family replied with "I thought you were going to say your name was Dan."
Ugggghhhhh. There was a similar news story last month of a 20-year-old waiter not being tipped because his "lifestyle" was "an affront to God." Instead of a tip, that server was left this note: "Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your queer choices made you lose out on, and planRead More »from Gay Waitress Not Tipped Because She is "An Affront to God"
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:19 AM ESTHow an Auto Mechanic Is Saving Babies' Lives in the Delivery RoomHave you ever tried to open a bottle of wine, only to find yourself fighting with a cork that just won't come out? It's a common enough occurrence, but this seemingly simple (albeit annoying) situation has now become the basic concept behind a life-saving device for babies at birth.
The birth of great ideas come from everywhere, and this one was born from an auto mechanic in Argentina.
That's right folks, an auto mechanic. Mechanics are awesome - and I totally love mine - but they're not the first person I'd think of as the brainchild behind what's being hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a groundbreaking invention in a field that's had "very little advancement for years." Well, this story just told me, didn't it?
According to an article on Salon, the device has the potential to "save the lives of babies stuck in the birth canal and greatly reduce the number of cesarian surgeries performed each year."
The autoRead More »from How an Auto Mechanic is Saving Babies’ Lives in the Delivery Room
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:58 AM EST
British pop star and mother of two Lily Allen has come under fire for the new music video accompanying her song "Hard Out Here." Critics argue that although Allen sought to create something lampooning the hyper-sexualized treatment of women in the music industry, her use of gyrating, barely-clothed black female dancers smacked of racism and sexism that undermined her intent. (Read Allen's response here.)
While that debate rages, I'd like to highlight another noteworthy part of the video that, I think, is indisputably a good thing. In the span of less than a minute, Allen swiftly and amusingly dispenses with the notion that postpartum women absolutely must reclaim their pre-baby figures.
At the very beginning of the video, before the singing starts, we see Allen lying on an operating table surrounded by folks in scrubs and a man presumably portraying her manager. She's undergoing liposuction, with a surgeon grimly informingRead More »from Why New Moms Should Love Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here" Music Video
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 4:38 PM EST
China announced today via its state-run news agency, Xinhua, that its infamous one-child policy would be abolished for most people. Since the late 1970s, couples living in urban areas have only been allowed to have one child, unless both parties were themselves only children, in which case they were allowed to have two children. Now most couples can have two children, provided that one of the partners is an only child.
Reporting earlier today from China, CNN's David McKenzie said, "It's a policy that many economists have said should be changed … China is facing an aging population, a shrinking labor population … and that could reach a crisis point, so I believe that was one major economic reason that they decided to relax this one-child policy." China's workforce will eventually expand as a result of the relaxed reproductive rules, as will their housing market and domestic consumer economy. However, "it may be too little too late, given that the labor force is estimated to beginRead More »from China to Abolish One-Child Policy, Allowing Couples to Have Two Kids
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 2:07 PM EST
With the start of the holiday shopping season just two weeks away (YIKES!), Forever 21 and Disney have come together to bring Disney fans a collection that is hip, modern, and oh so cute! When I first saw the Mickey & Co. Collection on the Forever 21 website, I was immediately taken back to the 1980s - and with good reason! This collection is inspired by the 1984 Disney archives. We're talking about crop tops, high-tops, and big, bold, colorful bomber jackets. It's like my entire middle school fashion wardrobe is on display. If your holiday shopping list includes young guys and gals who are Disney fans, I invite you to take a look at the Mickey & Co. Collection at Forever 21. Click through for 7 Disney-inspired pieces to buy at Forever 21! -By Liz Cerezo
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There he stood by the dance floor -- my former coworker. He wasn't with her. His girlfriend of almost seven years was nowhere in sight. We locked eyes and he walked over to me. My heart raced. My mind swirled. What were the chances that I'd bump into him in a club in the middle of Times Square? What was the universe trying to tell me? I wanted to forget our connection. That's one of the reasons why I left the job. When we worked together, I resisted his charm. But there he stood, by my side now. How could I resist? The night was a blur. We chatted, flirted, and posed for photos like a couple. Soon it was time to go. He asked if he could drive me home. He did, and we spoke for hours while parked in front of my building. When the sun rose from its slumber, he awakened me with a kiss. A can't-live-without-you, straight-from-the-movie-screen, emotional-filled kiss… I knew I was in trouble. If I didn't stop myself, I'd be his mistress. It was challenging, but it never amounted to a fullRead More »from 7 Reasons Why I was Almost the Other Woman
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 1:16 PM EST
Three Thanksgivings ago, we had Django just a week or two when we sat down to have our Thanksgiving meal. I made a compromise and brought her lil' crate in beside my chair and then held her in my lap when I was finished eating. She was definitely the center of attention that year. Over time, she has learned her place in the family and while she will sit close by our table, she won't pester us or any guests by begging for food….much. Of course, she does put on a truly pathetic, and perhaps perfected, look on her face that beckons a person to give her a little taste of something. Django isn't the only dog that would love to be a guest at Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'm willing to bet you have a pup in your home who would do anything to have a seat at the table, too. The hungry dogs below would agree…and they are making their pleas now! Seriously, they deserve just a taste of Aunt Shirley's stuffing, don't they? Click through for 7 hungry pups who want a seat at Thanksgiving dinner!Read More »from 7 Hungry Pups Who Want a Seat at Thanksgiving Dinner!