Fresh FoodIt happens more often than I care to admit: I buy a pint of heavy cream for a meal I have planned, I put it in the fridge, things get crazy and my meal plan goes out the window and a few weeks later I find a carton of forgotten cream with a "Sell By" date that has come and gone. What to do? Often I'll smell it and it smells fine. But is it safe to eat? I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know that much about the shelf-life of various foods, nor do I have any idea what would happen if I served up a meal prepared with a food that was past its prime.
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But then, what does "past its prime" mean, anyway? If that carton of cream is a few weeks old, could it still be "good" even if it's not "great"? Should I trust the date and toss it, or trust my nose and use it?
In the face of the realization that consumers as a whole are just as ignorant/uninformed about the "Sell By" and "Use By" and "Best By" dates stamped on our
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Fresh FoodIt happens more often than I care to admit: I buy a pint of heavy cream for a meal I have planned, I put it in the fridge, things get crazy and my meal plan goes out the window and a few weeks later I find a carton of forgotten cream with a "Sell By" date that has come and gone. What to do? Often I'll smell it and it smells fine. But is it safe to eat? I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know that much about the shelf-life of various foods, nor do I have any idea what would happen if I served up a meal prepared with a food that was past its prime.Read More »from The Surprising Fact You Didn't Know About "Sell-By" Dates and Food Safety
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
,Before my husband and I got married, numerous people told me that the first two years of marriage were the hardest. If we could get through the first two, then we would be good. Our first two years were good. There was my struggle with depression that made parts of it rather difficult, but as things would turn out, it has been the third year of marriage (also the most exciting year thanks to the arrival of our littlest) that has challenged us the most. Our third year of marriage has been filled with tough choices - life choices. And as many of you know, sometimes the crappy hands that we are dealt in life can wear on us the most. So much that if we aren't careful we start seeing things differently. The rose-colored glasses we once wore are gone. At times we struggle to see all that is right because it seems like what is wrong is staring at us with big florescent lights at every turn.
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- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
Luminaries are a really fun way to add some Halloween spirit to your entryway and porch. Guests always love them and most luminaries are really easy to make! I especially love the paper bag ones. They remind me of when I was a kid and would make some around Halloween time. But back then we used real candles - yikes! There are some really cute, cheap and easy ways to light up your home with decorative Halloween luminaries. They are perfect for a party or just to have out to light the way for trick or treaters! Either way, they are a lot of fun. I love them! Here are 7 awesome DIY Halloween luminaries to check out and try.
-By Liz Stanley
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Mayor Bloomberg's "I'm a Girl" Campaign Doesn't Fight Stereotypical Gender Expectations, it Reinforces ThemBy Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying desperately to secure a legacy as a public health advocate before his third term ends in December. As Eliana Dockterman notes on TIME's Healthland blog today, "He's banned smoking almost everywhere, outlawed giant sugary drinks and launched some controversial public awareness campaigns, like the images of small, sad children touting the "real cost of teen pregnancy" and videos of a man drinking fat out of a soda can that aim to educate New Yorkers about their health choices-and scare them."
This week the Mayor's Office announced its latest public awareness campaign, the NYC Girls Project, which is the first of its kind according to the project site. "This fall, New York City becomes the first major city in the nation to tackle the issue of girls' self-esteem and body image," the site proudly proclaims. The campaign was conceived and will be directed by Samantha Levine, the mayor's deputy press secretary, who told The New York TimesRead More »from Mayor Bloomberg's "I'm a Girl" Campaign Doesn't Fight Stereotypical Gender Expectations, it Reinforces Them
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
With fall just around the corner, it's time to break out that seasonal decor and celebrate the season of crisp weather and family togetherness in style! Whether you're looking to create your very own fall wreath, collecting inspiration for an amazing fall mantel, or are simply wanting to bring more of this glorious season into your home, Babble's got you covered with their complete guide to all things fall! Cooler weather brings with it more time spent indoors cozying up to those near and dear. Wouldn't it be lovely to add comfort to our homes all while celebrating this delightful season? With decorative autumn-inspired throw pillows, we can!
-By Lori Garcia
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Is technology making you sick?We are all so busy updating and scheduling our lives away that many of us do not take the time to think about how technology makes us feel. I'm not talking about the efficiency of the tool and how happy we feel when we can cross off a ton of things from our to-do list. I am talking about how technology is affecting our overall health.Read More »from Crossed Wires: Is Technology Making You Sick?
I am talking about being hunched over typing away with squinting eyes, trying to make sense of the 97 tabs you have open on your browser, while massaging your achy joints.
Have you ever stopped to think about how always being connected is affecting our health?
Although we have somehow convinced ourselves that being connected all the time is a great way for us to get things done, the reality is that all this 'getting things done' may be affecting our health more than we would like to admit.
Constantly being online and connected causes us to work way past office hours, thinking being more productive is a great thing. But what we are actually doing is
With the federal government in a partial shutdown, you are out of luck if you want to visit the National Zoo or any of the national parks. In fact, you can't even view the animals on their National Zoo webcams, as those have been shut down too. Don't worry, the animals are being cared for. You just can't visit them right now. You also can't visit any of the stunning animals that you might see in Yellowstone National Park or other similar federal locations. However, you can get a glimpse of them here. Below are beautiful photos of animals that you can't see right now due to the government shutdown. -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from 7 Animals Affected by the Government Shutdown
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A while back, I polled a group of guys in their 20s and 30s about which fashion trends they'd rather not see on their ladies (and why their ladies shouldn't care one bit.) It turns out guys aren't fans of a variety of styles, from harem pants to wedges. Go figure. Well, at the request of the girls, I polled that same group to get a reverse reaction: fashion styles that men love and women hate. So guys, it's your turn. Here are some fashion styles that the ladies aren't digging. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from 7 Men’s Fashions that Women Can’t Stand
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
A friend driving through town from Oregon stopped by for the night a few weeks back. Just before leaving, she pulled from her car a golden jar of raw, locally raised honey and my heart skipped a beat. Honey, nature's natural sweetener, is beautiful. It lends mild, earthy sweetness to just about everything from entrees to desserts, and is even the sweetener of choice for sugar-avoiding Paleo eaters. And it's no wonder why - honey is filled with nutrients and flavor, a win-win for anyone looking to make every bite worthwhile. Try these 7 recipes and discover gorgeous, new ways to drizzle, bake, and cook with honey. You'll be so glad you did. - By Brooke McLay
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 12:34 PM EDT
sleep benefits for preschoolers You don't need to tell me twice how important sleep is for young kids, toddlers, and babies - even adults! Trust me, I know. I know because my kid doesn't get it. Get enough sleep, that is.Read More »from Sleep Talk: A Hidden Benefit of Napping for Preschoolers
Sleep has single-handedly been the absolute most difficult part of our journey as parents so far. (And that includes dealing with food allergies.) We've lost hours of our own precious sleep, we've argued over how to make him sleep, we've spent money on books and gadgets, and we've endured countless "recommendations" from parents that obviously know better than we do. But guess what? None of it helped.
It's so obvious what a difference sleep makes for our toddler. He's a pretty happy kid as far as toddlers go, but when he actually takes a good nap (we're talking maybe an hour here), he's purely delightful. He's in a better mood, he learns better, he picks up on things quicker, and we secretly hope it helps him grow a little taller (we'll take what we can get, right?). It's easy for us to see this