Ever feel like you have lost your marbles? Between parenting, work, and the stress of life, sometimes it feels like we cannot remember even the simplest things. So many times I have made a "to-do" list and have then promptly proceeded to misplace the list. Now I keep all my lists on my phone. Well, at least until I lose my phone. In past years, we have heard in the media that you can keep your mind sharp by reading and doing mind games such as crossword puzzles, but there is so much more we can do proactively to keep our memories strong. Click through for 9 healthy ways to boost your memory! -By Jessica Cohen
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:25 PM EST
Ever feel like you have lost your marbles? Between parenting, work, and the stress of life, sometimes it feels like we cannot remember even the simplest things. So many times I have made a "to-do" list and have then promptly proceeded to misplace the list. Now I keep all my lists on my phone. Well, at least until I lose my phone. In past years, we have heard in the media that you can keep your mind sharp by reading and doing mind games such as crossword puzzles, but there is so much more we can do proactively to keep our memories strong. Click through for 9 healthy ways to boost your memory! -By Jessica CohenRead More »from Brain Boosters: 9 Healthy Ways to Improve Your Memory
- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:21 PM ESTWhether it's a wedding day, a special event, or any other time you want your makeup to look flawless, there are certain things you can do to ensure your look will be smudge-proof no matter how long you are wearing it. It's all about how you start and what products you start with. Primers are absolute essentials to a daily makeup routine, in my opinion, but are definitely necessary on days when you need your makeup to last. Primers are different from regular moisturizers in that they aren't quite as oily or hydrating, but will help your makeup stick. Similarly, a lip primer is very different than simply swiping chap stick across your lips. The primer will help lock your color in and prevent feathering. Finally, tricks you can do after the makeup is applied, like dusting on a setting powder, or pressing powder against your lower lash line, will help your makeup look great all day or night. - By Kate Bryan Read More »from Flawless Face: 7 Tips and Tricks for Smudge-Proof Makeup All Day Long
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:15 PM EST
I am not really all that great at the whole interior design thing. My house is more decorated and functional for having three (soon to be four) children roaming and living in the house. I don't want to have to worry about them spilling water on the couches or breaking something I saved forever to be able to afford, nor do I want them to worry about always having to be careful. It's their house too, after all. Once place that rule doesn't hold true is the master bedroom (most of the time). While we are forgoing that romantic space for a couple of years in light of a newborn coming into our life, I have hopes that once he's older, we can bring back the romantic oasis of our bedroom. It's amazing how a few quick fixes can take your bedroom from just another room into the house to being a true force in keeping the calm and romance alive in your relationship. Click through for 7 ways to make your bedroom more romantic! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Between the Sheets: 7 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Romantic
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- Like it or not, Halloween marked the beginning of holiday shopping season. I went and bought holiday-scented soap, so now everyone in my house knows the holidays are coming because their hands smell like candy canes! I love the holidays, and I'm not sad that they seem to be two months long. I don't need an excuse to spend time with my friends and family, but I'll happily take the holidays as one. I love how busy everyone gets, and I love how cities dress themselves up in twinkling lights. One drawback is that I don't love shopping any time of the year… holidays included. I know I can't be the only one, so I collected my top 7 holiday shopping tips. Follow these, and stay sane, my friends! If these don't work, then pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and sit quietly by the fire. That'll do the trick.
-By Kathleen O'Malley Read More »from Consumer Goods: 7 Essential Holiday Shopping Tips
- Never one to show up to a party empty-handed, you'll want to present your gracious hostess with a gift that shows your appreciation for the invitation. Chances are, you'll be looking for easy and affordable hostess gifts that only look expensive. Hey, we get it. We know just how tight money and time can be around the holiday season, so if you're looking for a way to say thanks without blowing your budget, you've come to the right place!
-By Lori GarciaRead More »from Be Our Guest: 7 Perfect Hostess Gifts Under $50
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:48 AM ESTPepita brittlePeople love peanut brittle here in the USA, but around the world brittle is made with other types of nuts. I decided to take the international cue and add pepitas to mine. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds without the shell. Make this pepita brittle and call it your seasonal candy this fall. It pairs really well with ice cream, or crumbled on top of popcorn, or simply all by itself. Enjoy!
2 - sticks butter (1 cup)
1 1/3 - cups sugar
2 - tablespoons cold water
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla
2 - cups pepitas
1. Line a cookie sheet with a non- stick baking mat.
2. In a medium sized pot over a medium -low flame with a candy thermometer attached to the side melt sugar and butter down for about 10 minutes. Mixing with rubber spatula constantly.
3. Keep stirring your buttery sugar mixture until your candy drips off the spatula and you can no longer see the sugar, but it now looks like a semiRead More »from Come Out of Your Shell: Make Deliciously Crunchy Pepita Brittle Using Leftover Pumpkin Seeds
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:47 AM EST
When you think of all the wonderful things about living in a small town, you probably think of stuff like the slower pace of life, the lack of lines and traffic, inhaling fresh, clean country air, and knowing dirt on every third person you encounter in the grocery store. And those are all great reasons for moving to a small town (though not so great when your fellow grocery shoppers know all the dirt on you). But that's not why I like living in a small town. No, I like small town life because it means I get to eat things like Taco in a Bag at the local county fair and enjoy a faint whiff of potpourri every time I step into the ladies room at my local municipal park. That, my friends, is the true splendor of small town living. Feel free to click through 7 more of those reasons here. -By Jessie KnadlerRead More »from 7 Truly Wonderful Things About Living in a Small Town
- 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