If you're like me you, like coordinating with your spouse. Now, I realize that's pretty corny and so does my husband, which means he draws the line at contrasting colors (you will never see a picture of us in khakis and white polo shirts holding hands on the beach, and a big no to red Christmas sweaters fireside for a family holiday photo). But as with most things, there is usually an exception to the rule. In the case of coordinating outfits for couples, that's Halloween. And despite me not being a big fan of Halloween, I will still join my husband and children and dress up, and someone has to help our daughter eat all that candy she brings home from school. Last year, my girls and I were honeybees and had almost convinced my husband to be a beekeeper. Almost. This year, he and our oldest daughter are taking the reins because it's very likely that if I pick something cutesy, it's not going to happen. If you've got plans to coordinate with your guy or girl this Halloween, I've roundedRead More »from 7 Wicked Cool Halloween Costumes for Couples
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- Babble.com | Pets – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:35 AM EDT
Dog VirusThe deadly dog virus canine circovirus has been confirmed in two cases in Michigan, where six dogs have died of severe flu-like symptoms in the last week. Canine circovirus isn't necessarily the cause of the dogs' death, because the dogs tested positive for other viruses at the same time, Michigan authorities said in a statement.Read More »from Deadly Dog Virus Strikes Midwest: What Vets Want You to Know
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Over the last month, eight dogs have also died in the Cleveland and Akron areas of Ohio, all with the same symptoms, reports Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer. Only one of those dogs has tested positive for circovirus, however, and even in that case it doesn't necessarily mean that circovirus was the cause of the dog's death.
Circovirus was first reported in dogs in Ohio, in June 2012, says the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). A similar virus was detected in a dog in San Diego, California in April of this year. Suspected symptoms for circovirus include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue,
- Babble.com | Green – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
Watching your vegetable garden fade out as fall sets in can be depressing, even jarring-especially for kids. "Something is killing our garden," gasped Aria, Amanda's 5-year-old daughter, after she'd wandered into the backyard one recent morning.
"The sunflowers are keeling over! So is the corn! It's going yellow and shrivelly, Mama, is it sick?"
"What do I tell her?" Amanda asked after Aria's gloomy discovery.
"Tell her it's the cycle of life-that plants die and decompose, so they can feed the soil and help new plants grow," Jeanne offered. "Tell her that death is a new beginning."
The garden is a safe, quiet place where kids can begin to understand the full gamut of essential life skills - from basic stuff like time management to lessons about death, birth, bravery, connectedness, and how to slow down. Here are our top 7 life lessons from the garden:
-By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Little
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Want to try some of the new fun new nail trends this season without breaking the bank? From hot colors to nail art to appliques, there are always fantastic deals at your local drugstore, all you have to do is look. Watch out for sales and discount bins; they will be your new best friends! Here are 7 super fun products under $10 that can help you create the looks you are after - for less! - By Sonya Lee Benham
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Browned butter scallopsI love when a simple, basic ingredient can - with a little technique - be elevated into something extraordinary. Browned butter is that thing. If you've never used it in cooking or baking, drop whatever it is you're doing and grab a stick of butter. Seriously. If butter makes everything better (it does, right?), then browned butter makes it transcendent. Browning butter brings out a rich, nutty, heavenly flavor that - while subtle - makes a tremendous difference in so many sweet and savory recipes. Making browned butter is not difficult, but there are a few tricks to ensuring success, which I'm sharing with you today in one of my favorite recipes - sweet sea scallops in an herbed brown butter sauce. This one if those fabulous dishes that's "dinner-party" worthy, but quick and easy enough for a busy weekday night. Let's get cooking!Read More »from Sea it to Believe It: Make Pan-Seared Scallops with the Perfect Browned Butter
Pan-Seared Scallops in Brown Butter Sauce
adapted from Handle the Heat
For the brown butter sauce:
4 T. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
One of the best and most important ways to rejuvenate your skin is to exfoliate 1 to 3 times a week. When you exfoliate, you remove dead, dull skin, which reveals a layer of new, healthier, and brighter skin. There are many types of exfoliants out there, so how does one know what to use for their skin type? Basically, there are two types of exfoliants to choose from: a physical exfoliant (where you can feel the exfoliant manually scrubbing off the dead skin or by using a rotary brush) and a chemical exfoliant (acids or enzymes). I have found that if you are prone to break outs, a physical scrub can irritate the skin, so it would be best to stick with a chemical exfoliant. I personally rotate both types of exfoliants in my skincare regimen. To enhance exfoliation at home, I especially love using my Clariosnic brush because I like knowing that I am sloughing away all of those dead skin cells right then and there. I look forward to getting pampered with a great enzyme facial several timesRead More »from Give it a Good Scrub: 7 Best Exfoliants for Face, Neck, and Body
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:27 AM EDT
While flitting about on Pinterest recently as I do, the cutest little matchbox filled with paper clips caught my eye. What an adorable way to use a matchbox! So, of course, this sent me down a bunny trail of seeking out fun matchboxes and I was kind of blown away with all the things people are making out of matchboxes. From dressing them up with chalkboard label paper or as sweet little party favors, using them as escort cards at weddings or filling them with tiny treats and candies, the only limit to how cool a matchbox can be is your own imagination. Want a few ideas to get you started? Click through for 7 things you can make with matchboxes!
-By Cyd Converse
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:20 AM EDT
My niece was reading chapter books by 6-years-old.
My son is nearly 6 and a half and still doesn't want to read. I mean, he knows some sight words, and he knows how to sound things out, but he doesn't really know how to read.
And according to the experts in education, that's totally fine.
Still, I have a little angst over it and at our "Meet the Teacher" interview last week, I brought it up with his Grade 1 instructor.
"Oh, we don't really start doing that until the new year," she assured me.
As the redshirters simultaneously hold kids back so they're big and beefy in the primary grades while Tiger Momming them through literacy routines at early ages, the experts say the most important thing to learn is how to play, not how to read.
Joan Almon is a teacher with nearly 40 years experience. When she first started in the 70s, kids in kindergarten had a play-based education. That slowly slipped away and now kids in preschool andRead More »from Why You Should Stop Pushing Your 5-Year-Old to Learn How to Read
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
It's easy to spot the American at a Canadian airport - they're the ones not wearing shoes. It's true. In Canada, we don't have to do 'the shoe thing' when we go through security.
Still, Americans, used to the ritual and routine will take them off as a force of habit while the rest of us keep our Sorels on. It's funny how we become accustomed to increased security, regardless of the actual need for said security.
When my mom volunteered for school field trips as I was growing up in the dangerous 80s, she just filled out a form and showed up. Now, if you don't have a valid police check to hand in with your volunteer slip, forget it.
But we're all used to the background checks and security measures now and don't think much of it. In fact, I'm sure many of you would look sideways at a principal who didn't require background checks for volunteers, despite crime rates being at historic lows.
If I want to get into the office of my son's elementary school, I have to buzz anRead More »from Are Background Checks for After School Pick-Up Reasonable or Ridiculous?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Last week, I asked some of my favorite bloggers to ask their husbands to share what they loved most about their bodies. Although we heard some of the typical "her eyes" and "her smile" answers, some of the men-like my husband-gave more surprising answers. One blogger shared how her husband said he loved her legs the most-ironically, the same body part that she is most insecure about. And my husband told me he loved the spot behind my ear, on my neck, which of course secretly thrilled me. So today, I wanted to turn the tables and share just what we ladies love about our men. And their bodies, of course. Click through for what 7 surprising things women love most about their man's bodies! -By Chaunie BrusieRead More »from 7 Surprising Things Women Love Most About Their Man's Body
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