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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:44 AM ESTWhen the temperatures begin to dip and I think about what to have for dinner I almost always turn to a recipe for an easy, cheesy casserole. There is something about pulling a warm, bubbling casserole from the oven that screams cold-weather comfort food. I almost always hit a home run with my family when I serve up something piping hot and oozing with cheese so why not do it as often as possible? It even works for me because most often these casseroles can be prepared up to a day in advance. For busy parents this is a huge benefit since it is always nice to have dinner prepared ahead of time. Here are a few of our favorite cheesiest, easiest casseroles that you can make for dinner tonight! - By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from Extreme Comfort Food: 7 Warm and Cheesy Casseroles to Make on a Cold Night
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:40 AM EST
We are so different in so many ways, it's kind of incredible. He loves all things mechanical, I can barely open a bottle of wine. I live for coffee and delicious baked goods, he could survive on steak sandwiches for the rest of life. I can't keep enough books in the house, he hasn't cracked a book (for fun) literally since his early years of high school. High school!
And with a house full of little people at the moment (our children are 5, 3, and 15 months), our days center around the desperately scheduled free snatches of time that we both get to work and focus on the pursuits that fulfill us. (He's a teacher by day, woodworker by night; I'm a child-wrangler by um, all the time, and a writer by er, all hours.)
So honestly, when it comes right down to it, I don't spend a lot of time alone with my husbandRead More »from Why This Expert Thinks Your Spouse Should NOT Be Your Best Friend
I don't care what anyone says, a miscarriage is never "just a miscarriage." It's a phrase I've heard so often, it makes me want to scream from the highest mountain top. Grief hits everyone differently, and while it may take "x" amount of time for one person to feel the fog of grief lifted, it doesn't mean that same timeline should be held to another person or family.
Miscarriage can be more complicated than the simplicity of the term "pregnancy loss" seems to bring with it. A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy, of a child, a family member, of hopes and dreams, of holding your child, of knowing them, of watching them grow, and the list can go on. No, I am not being dramatic; I know these losses firsthand.
It's important to take time to grieve after a miscarriage, and if you've not been through grief before, that alone can hit you hard. The conflicting emotions, the not knowing if it will all be okay again, and just how to help yourself heal after such a loss. I was so lostRead More »from 7 Steps I’ve Taken to Heal After My Miscarriage
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:25 AM EST
We've hired foreign nannies, local nannies, older nannies, younger nannies. They've quit, they've been fired, things dissolved with mutual agreement. We've seen it all, and it's been crazy.
The market is so demanding for childcare that it's like buying a house at the peak of the market. You know that if you don't put an offer in right away, you'll lose the chance. So instead of finding the perfect person, you end up taking the first available. At least that's been our experience working with caregivers.
We finally have it right with our latest hire, but it has taken much trial and error to get there.
If you've ever been online dating, you know what it's like to try and find a nanny. You sign up for agencies and referral services and networking websites. You read profiles, backgrounds, resumes, and references. You trade a couple of emails, maybe do a Skype call, and then you have to decide. You go a lot on gut feeling.Read More »from 5 Things Parents Need to Consider Before Hiring a Nanny
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:25 AM EST,Every week I did it - I tortured myself. Into my little email inbox dropped the GOOP update, filled with pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow's luxurious, designer-clad, fine dining-fed, Tracy Anderson-honed, A list-filled, country-hopping life. I would spew to colleagues and friends about how out of touch Paltrow was, how insane she must be to think we could all afford $12,000 "capsule" wardrobes and eat in the swanky places she trooped to with her perfect Spanish-speaking brood in tow. What did GP know about juggling work and kids and bills and stress and laundry and to-do lists and all the mundane, exhausting, relentless stuff that comes with being an average Mom, without all the A-list trappings?
Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. And, if truth be known, the reason why I was so darn bitter about Gwynnie and her "tips?" Because I was plain, old-fashioned GREEN WITH JEALOUSY. That's right, I hold my hands up - I envied her seemingly easy, immaculate, floats-through-it life.Read More »from Vanity Fair Plans to Take Down Gwyneth Paltrow — Why I’m Siding with Her
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:22 AM ESTSoccer can cause brain damageWith all of the talk out there today about concussions, parents might be hesitant to enroll their kids in sports. My kids want to play every sport under the sun, so I understand that concern all too well. Concussions can heal relatively quickly or have serious, long-term repercussions, so what is a parent to do?
Football has long been the scapegoat for concussions in sports, though studies show that among kids, it is actually second to bicycle accidents. So a parent may decide that football is not right for their child, but hockey, baseball and even cheerleading have taken some heat for causing concussions, too. And a study now shows that soccer players who "head the ball" frequently show long-term brain changes.
Moms all over the country have enrolled their children in soccer because it is a sport with lots of running for exercise, a team environment, and lower player-to-player contact. Soccer is likely the world's most popular sport, and as someone who played soccer for manyRead More »from Study Says Playing Soccer Can Cause Long-Term Brain Changes
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:21 AM ESTWe all know that processed foods generally contain a jumble of unpronounceable ingredients, but what purpose do these ingredients serve, exactly, and where do they come from? We did some investigating and found that most of these 17-letter mystery substances (azodicarbonamide, butylated hydroxytoluene, propylene glycol alginate, and the like) are used to give packaged foods certain characteristics of texture, flavor, color and durability - to be fluffier, foamier, softer, crunchier, creamier, tangier, less crumbly, more jelly-like, easier to melt, and of course, longer-lasting. On its own, this may not sound very spooky. But dig a little deeper and you'll find that some of these ingredients are also used to make fireworks, fuel cells, and anti-freeze; others come from sources as bizarre as human hair, animal bones and beaver butts. Yep, beaver butts. The purpose of this post isn't to freak you out: While consuming these ingredients regularly in large amounts isn't a good idea, eating Read More »from Mystery Meat: 7 of the Scariest Ingredients in Processed Food
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
The members of the Olivet Eagles could teach some professional football players a thing or two about character. The football team from Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, devised a plan to give a learning-disabled teammate an opportunity to score a goal, "just, like, to make someone's day."
Just as we're finding out that Miami Dolphins coaches may have actually instructed Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin, here are some kids who plotted out kindness all on their own -- even keeping their coach out of the loop.
What's really striking about this report from CBS Evening News isn't just how happy Keith Orr was about scoring a goal. It's not that a group of middle school football players good-naturedly put up with an overabundance of hugs from another boy and make sure he feels like he's part of the team. What's remarkable about this story is the effect it had on the team itself.
Even though theRead More »from The Middle School Football Team that Could Teach the NFL a Thing or Two About Character
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
There are many things MOBs (moms of boys) know all about: the art of distracting a young son in the women's dressing room while we discreetly try on clothing, the importance of expending pent-up boy energy before going inside a restaurant, and challenges of getting a boy to pee inside the toilet of a women's restroom.
But what happens when bringing your son into the women's restroom begins to feel … weird?
Around the time Boy Wonder began protesting his admittance inside the ladies' restroom, I began getting what I perceived to be "looks" from fellow ladies saying, "Hey lady, your kid is too old to be in here." Perhaps we was, but at 8 and 9 years old, was my son really too old to occupy a stall in a women's public restroom? Personally, I don't think anything of a young boy with a female guardian in a public restroom. I mean, what's there to see? A tampon machine? If we're all just behind stalls searching for purse hooks and flushing the toilets with our feet, what's the bigRead More »from When Should Boys Be Allowed to Use Public Restrooms Alone?
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:17 AM EST
On Thursday, there was a very much anticipated IPO; Twitter, the birthplace of 140 character message, went public. It's big news on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley, and right here in my hometown of San Francisco.
The stock was priced at $26 but quickly soared and opened at $45.10, which gives the social media giant a value of over $30 billion. The local news covered the IPO as if it was an event like New Year's Eve; there is excitement in the air, you can just sense it. Overnight, San Francisco will have even more very rich residents, and it's already one of the top five wealthiest cities in the United States. While I'm very happy for those who won the "I have a really cool job" lottery, I'm also very, very jealous.
I have many regrets, but as these millionaires are made overnight, gaining financial security for the rest of their life, what I regret most is that I didn't pursue a job in the social media sector. We allRead More »from Why Twitter Going Public Makes Me Question My Life Choices