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- A couple years ago blazers had a bright shining moment in fashion bloggerdom. They were EVERYWHERE and I was smitten. I picked up a few blazers from Goodwill and a clothes swap hosted by my church and now I love to throw them on over just about anything. The blazer star has since waned a bit but I still think they are so classy and stylish. They add a little tailored crispness to any outfit and work with a wide variety of ensembles. A blazer is warm on its own but it also layers well, which makes it the perfect winter wardrobe staple. Here are 7 ways I have styled my blazers!
-By Kayla Moncur Read More »from Style Staple: 7 Chic Ways to Rock a Blazer
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:27 PM ESTWhen it comes to the holiday season, it's way more fun to think about the celebrations, gift-giving, elaborate meals, and time with family than to focus on staying healthy. Unfortunately, this is the time when Americans tend to gain the most weight. The average American gains about a pound or two year, with most of that weight gain occurring during the six-week holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's. The biggest problem with these holiday pounds is that people tend to keep that weight on, so a few years of holiday weight gain easily adds up to being a few pounds overweight. Nobody wants to miss out on the holiday celebrations to hit the gym, but there are still plenty of ways to keep that weight gain in check! - By Heather Neal Read More »from 7 Ways to Keep the Holiday Pounds Off Without Hitting the Gym
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:26 PM ESTWith so many mega stars and character actors stepping into roles in animated films and TV shows, I am often running to search engines to find out who was the voice that sounded so recognizable. Celebrity voices in animated films are often surprising. (Don't even get me started on voice-overs in commercials!) I have sat in the theater willing the cast credits to appear faster just so that I could satisfy that mental itch asking, "Where do I know that voice from?" Celebrity voices in animated films are often surprising. (Don't even get me started on voice-overs in commercials!) I have sat in the theater willing the cast credits to appear faster just so that I could satisfy that mental itch asking, "Where do I know that voice from?" Here are 7 celebrities you didn't realize voiced your favorite animated characters!
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:21 PM EST
'Tis the season for giving and spreading some of that holiday cheer. One way to do that is to give the gift of laughter. I've rounded up one of a kind quirky "His and Hers" gifts for that special pair in your life via Etsy. Some of them will cause laughter while others will simply make those special ones smile. A select few might have them convinced that you belong on Santa's naughty list! These gift ideas, selected with couples in mind, are sure to please this holiday season and just might get a chuckle too! Click through for 7 fun and quirky his-and-hers gifts! -By Krishann Briscoe
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- Babble.com | In The Pantry – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:58 AM ESTSpicy and Salty Vegan Candied Walnuts for SaladDuring the holidays, I love making candied walnuts (and any kind of nut) to sprinkle on top of salads. It adds just the right amount of crunch and the hard caramel exterior melts into the dressing for an extra bit of sweetness. I'm kind of addicted to them. To change things up, this year I made an extra big batch of spicy and salty vegan candied walnuts just for salads, or the occasional snack. I swapped out the butter for vegan margarine to make these dairy-free. It just makes it a bit more friendly to take to parties because I never know what kind of dietary restrictions other party goers will have and I want everyone to enjoy what I bring.
They get their spicy kick from a good pinch of cayenne pepper. If you don't want them to be super spicy, use less cayenne or leave it out completely. They will still be extra delicious from the other spices.
Spicy and Salty Vegan Candied Walnuts
Ingredients:Read More »from Try These Spicy and Salty Vegan Candied Walnuts on Your Next Salad!
2 cups whole nuts (pecans, walnuts,
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:55 AM ESTRomance Killer: The TV in the BedroomThe TV used to be a source of contention in our marriage. Not because I claimed ownership over the remote control, but because of when and where I chose to watch it. I use the TV more as a comfort blanket than an actual tool for entertainment, while Casey believes the TV is more of a distraction in our marriage.
I was raised with a TV in the main room of our house. I still have very vivid memories of sitting in front of our TV while my parents adjusted the rabbit ears and struggled to figure out how to connect and run the brand new technology known as a VCR. There, my sisters and I sat and watched episodes of shows that were made for a family audience.
As we got older and technology advanced, we eventually got a huge color TV that sat in our family room. That huge TV was about 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall with a diagonal screen size of about 23 inches. My family gathered in the family room to view Full House and The Cosby Show. Some of my most memorable moments with my family wereRead More »from My Wife Says Our Bedroom TV is a Romance Killer, but I Love It!
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:51 AM EST6-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Sexual Harassment After a Smooch on the Hand
Six-year-old boys can be a lot of things. Rambunctious, for one. Also: silly, curious, funny, kind, smart, temperamental and generous. But sexually aggressive? Geez, hopefully not.
Hunter Yelon, a 6-year-old boy at the Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Cañon City, Colo., seems like a boy with a lot of passion, some of which is directed at a classmate of his. He has a crush on her, so one day he kissed her hand, and another day he kissed her cheek. Perhaps that's too forward for a boy his age, even if the girl does purportedly return his feelings of affection. So perhaps a serious talk is in order, letting Hunter know that physical affection at this age is not always appropriate.
Instead, however, he was suspended for violating his school's sexual harassment policy.
Local Colorado news station, KRDO, reports Kiss-gate happened during school hours.
"It was during class yeah," Hunter told the TV station. "We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed herRead More »from 6-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Sexual Harassment After a Smooch on the Hand
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:48 AM ESTI Might Not Insist That My Kid Goes to College
I grew up in an age (and a socio-economic class) where all children were taught the roadmap to a Successful and Happy Life: First get good grades, then go to a good college, and then get a good job. If you wanted to be anything, college wasn't only a suggestion; college was an imperative. There was no other option.
And so, like the good little girl I was, I followed that map. I took my passion (writing), applied it to a profession (journalism), and scored internships at some of the top magazines - including the prestigious Condé Nast internship (RIP). I went into deep debt for that degree - debt that will continue to weigh us down for a long time - but it would be worth it because JOBS and MONEY and SUCCESS!
Well sure - unless you graduated college in the spring of 2008. Not only did the economy crash months later (the timing!), but the magazine industry was spiraling like a plane out of fuel. Hiring freezes and magazine foldings - all with a fist raised to the darn InternetRead More »from Will You Insist that Your Kids Go to College? I Might Not
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:45 AM ESTThe Beginning of Santa's End
Seven years ago, we started a family tradition. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving, we headed over to the biggest mall in our area and had our daughter's picture taken with the best Santa I've ever seen. As you can see, the picture was amazing.
So we returned the following year, and the year after that. Those years involved crying and terror, but by the time my daughter was three and a half, she was back to smiling while sitting on Santa's lap. Eventually she insisted that my husband and I also be in the photo, which we've done for the last two years.
I began discussing the annual Santa photo with Tori last week; I was broaching the delicate topic of trying to buy her a dressy outfit, because she's utterly unwilling to wear dresses or dress up in any way these days. To my surprise, she stated, unequivocally, that she will NOT be taking a photo with Santa this year.
"It's not REALLY Santa," she declared. "He'dRead More »from My Daughter is Figuring Out the Truth About Santa — and It's Breaking My Heart
- Would You Buy an iPad Baby Seat for Your Child?The Internet can be exhausting sometimes. Most of the time, really. Especially when you're a parent. Sometimes it feels like a big, dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner during which every relative regales you with tales of how you're doing it wrong or how they just read a study that said blah blah blah and their neighbor down the street lets her kids play in the front yard unsupervised and they almost called Child Services because what kind of parent doesn't watch their child every single moment they are breathing air outside the home?
The latest thing to draw the Judgy McJudgersons to their keyboards is the Fisher Price iPad Baby Seat. That new-fangled contraption - as Grandma would say - featured in the photo up there. Frankly, I'm feeling more judgmental that the parents of this child have the gall to maintain white carpeting and furniture, but that's just my experience as the mother of a wild animal 2-year-old. They'll learn, I giggleRead More »from Why Are Parents so Upset Over the IPad Baby Seat?