Holiday parties and festive get-togethers only mean one thing: pictures, pictures, and more pictures! Did you know that a smile is the most beautiful and powerful accessory you can wear? A gleaming smile can brighten up your face and light up a room! Start prepping your pearly whites now so they can be in tip-top shape for the holidays! There are tons of great products on the market right now, but I had heard of one natural whitening tool that sounded too strange to actually work -- a banana peel! Apparently, rubbing a peel on your teeth can result in a whiter, bright smile. But does this method actually work? My sister and I set out to put this claim to the ultimate test. Check out what we found. -By MissyRead More »from Can a Banana Peel Whiten Your Teeth? We Put it to the Test!
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:02 AM EST
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:02 AM EST
Several years ago, I began to have pain in my right arm and shoulder. The pain got gradually worse, and life was just too busy to get it checked out by a doctor. It was not until I could barely lift my arm that I finally had no choice but to seek medical attention.
The two cortisone injections I received were extremely painful and resulted in little relief. Massage did not provide long term relief either. One day a woman who was treating my son's allergies noticed my discomfort and suggested that I have a gua sha treatment done. She swore it would help, and off to the treatment I went.
After almost a year of pain that had gotten so bad cortisone was not helpful, one gua sha treatment took away my pain for almost six months. I kid you not. After two treatments, my shoulder was back to normal until I somehow recently re-injured it.
And back for more gua sha I went.
Gua sha is a traditional treatment from EastRead More »from Have Back Pain? Why "Gua Sha" Treatments May Be for You
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:53 AM EST
Several years ago, I used to ask my friend Lindsay to pre-watch episodes of Grey's Anatomy before me. If I knew in advance that a storyline was going to feature Meredith's mother or Richard's wife, I needed to know just how intense the plot was going to get. This advance knowledge was essential to me, because I spent nearly seven years as the primary caregiver for my grandmother who battled Alzheimer's disease. Storylines featuring characters with Alzheimer's or dementia, if done well, can turn me inside out. However, I am so thankful to the writers of Hollywood for bringing these characters to life. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. It is only fitting that our TV shows and movies are starting to reflect this reality. -By Dresden ShumakerRead More »from 7 Heartbreaking Ways Alzheimer's Has Been Portrayed in Pop Culture
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:51 AM EST
As someone who has -- what I consider -- a pretty cool and unusual name, you'd think that I'd be drawn to other cool and unusual names. And I am. While I couldn't stand my name growing up in a sea of Jennifers, Jessicas, Tiffanys, and Stephanies, I finally learned to love it later -- mostly because I was the only Aela. It feels good to never be confused for someone else, to be more easily remembered because of my name. Though, truth be told, my name itself often gets forgotten -- but I'm always "that girl with the unusual name." Leave it to the ever-popular naming site, Nameberry, to give us the next generation of cool and unusual baby girl names that have been given to 10 or fewer newborn girls in recent years. The names here are my favorites from Nameberry's list of 100. I picked them for their great sounds, their nickname possibilities, and their pretty combination of letters. These choices ensure that your daughter won't drown in a sea of Sophias. -By Aela Mass
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 3:20 PM EST
Today is Sadie Hawkins Day, a day with roots stemming from a comic book. Sadie was a character described as the, "homeliest gal in all them hills." The theory of "Sadie Hawkins" makes the idea of women or girls asking someone out a farce. Do we really need a sanctioned dance or day to be empowered to simply step up to the game of love? I have so many friends in same-sex relationships and marriages so the notion of what is appropriately feminine is long gone as far as I am concerned. Asking someone out on a date isn't masculine or feminine, boy or girl. It's who has the guts in the moment. Click through for 7 celebrities who proposed to their boyfriends! -By Dresden Shumaker
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 3:00 PM ESTYour vet knows more than you thinkThis past weekend was our second consecutive Saturday spent at our vet's office. Django had an eye inflammation and ear infection. Both were itchy and driving her crazy. Hayley had a gooey eye (which turned out to be a bacterial infection different from Django's).
Last week, they were examined and treated; this week was reserved for a progress check-up and annual shots. Each time, before our appointment, I cleaned their faces and made sure they looked presentable, the same way parents do with their kids before a pediatrician visit. As parents of kids and parents of furry kids, we want to put our best foot forward.
If a vet sees a visible problem that might indicate neglect, such as matted fur or an unkempt appearance (which happened with our cat, Chloe, who at her advanced age cares little about her appearance), of course they'll notice. However, there are times when vets can ascertain surprising facts about our home life just byRead More »from The Surprising Fact Vets Can Reveal About Your Home from Examining Your Pet
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 2:59 PM ESTWant to dress like a princess? Do you happen to have a whole bunch of extra money in the bank? If so, then you do not, I repeat, you do NOT want to miss the amazing fashion auction happening at Christie's in London. The auction, which takes place on November 13th, features a collection of stunning Disney princess-inspired gowns by the likes of Versace, Valentino, Missoni, and Oscar de la Renta, all of whom created gowns using Snow White, Cinderella, and others as their muses. The auction is a benefit to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, which just so happens to be the charity that J.M. Barrie named as the beneficiary of all the profits from his masterpiece Peter Pan. The dresses were originally featured in the windows of Harrods as part of their 2012 holiday display. Harrods has partnered with the Walt Disney Company to sell the dresses for the very worthy cause. Check out these AMAZING gowns right here.
-By Sunny Chanel
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 2:59 PM ESTProbiotics are all the rage right now, especially in capsule form. And while such supplements are becoming more and more popular in the US, those supplements are not tested like drugs are and there's no guarantee that they will have an impact on whatever condition you are trying to treat. Additionally, probiotic supplements are not actually guaranteed to have any active cultures in them. (A study out of Bastyr University in Washington showed that only a fraction of probiotic supplements had living bacteria.) However, it's totally possible to pack your diet full of probiotic foods that are more effective, more nutritious - and more delicious - than any beige capsule you can swallow. Here are 7 probiotic foods that pack a mean nutritional punch:
-By Lizzie Heiselt Read More »from Guts and Glory: 7 Great Probiotic Foods for a Better Body
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 1:50 PM ESTThe Ultimate Guide To Anti-Aging Skin CareA lot of people ask me which products they should use for anti-aging. Of course, the answer is fairly long and complex and depends upon multiple variables like age, specific concerns, and desired results. There are so many skincare options that fall under the "anti-aging" umbrella that it can seem overwhelming. To simplify the subject, I developed this overview enlisting the help of my friend, dermatologist Jennifer Toyohara, M.D. In it I cover the major types of anti-aging products, highlight key ingredients to look for, and offer product recommendations for each category. Click through the slideshow to learn more about anti-aging skin care including best options for prevention, hydration, exfoliation, lightening, and repair.
Preventative skin care is the one anti-aging step that all adults should be practicing every day. Start these products in your 20s to help keep skin youthful and continue to use them to protect against further damage. When it comes to wardingRead More »from A Wrinkle in Time: 6 Important Steps for Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Nov 13, 2013 1:34 PM ESTDo you love gallery walls but never know how to select work and put them together? Artfully Walls has your back. This fun new site not only offers some great prints, they also have selected a variety of galleries, pre-configured and ready to go. You can scroll through their collections by room, by color, by price, and more. With a huge variety of styles, all very well-curated, there's sure to be something for that blank space you've been wondering how to fill.
-By Nicole Balch Read More »from Ready-Made Museum: 7 Stylish Gallery Walls Already Curated for You