I'm going to do parents everywhere a solid. I'm going to hope that this little series acts as a public service to us all. Perhaps this will ruffle some feathers, although I'm really not trying to pit parents and non-parents against each other. It's just that Matt Walsh had to go and write this, which lit me up a bit. I think it lit up a number of people, given the article went viral. A little satirical, a little bit true, these are some of the most popular things we parents of toddlers hear all the time that just make us laugh. Some of them? Some of this stuff we're just really sick and tired of hearing… -By Selena Mae
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
I'm going to do parents everywhere a solid. I'm going to hope that this little series acts as a public service to us all. Perhaps this will ruffle some feathers, although I'm really not trying to pit parents and non-parents against each other. It's just that Matt Walsh had to go and write this, which lit me up a bit. I think it lit up a number of people, given the article went viral. A little satirical, a little bit true, these are some of the most popular things we parents of toddlers hear all the time that just make us laugh. Some of them? Some of this stuff we're just really sick and tired of hearing… -By Selena MaeRead More »from 7 Things You Should NEVER Say to the Parent of a Toddler
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
In 2010, Oktoberfest - the world's largest fair held annually in Germany - celebrated it's 200th year. That's TWO HUNDRED YEARS of beer, yummy food, and general merriment. What started as a wedding celebration in 1810 has evolved into a 16-day festival attended by more than 6 million people. Not too shabby! A globetrotting friend of mine went to Oktoberfest a couple of years ago and posted pictures on Facebook of her and a friend looking super cute in their festival dirndls. You may not be able to work the traditional German dress into your regular wardrobe rotation (if you can, I'd really like to see pictures!), but Oktoberfest actually brings a lot of very wearable and accessible style to the table. With Oktoberfest ending this Sunday, October 6, don't miss out on your chance to add some Oktoberfest-inspired pieces to your wardrobe!
-By Kayla Moncur
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
Let's face it: companies have expectant parents right where they want us. Especially those of us that are first-timers. We are scared. We have no clue what we're doing. We think the more baby stuff we buy the easier this parenting thing might be. Right? Wrong. Since this is my third time around I figured I'd compile a list of things you don't need that you're probably thinking you can't possibly be a good parent without. Read onward for 7 pregnancy/baby products that are a waste of money. I can save you hundreds, if not thousand of dollars here, people! -By Monica BielankoRead More »from 7 Baby and Pregnancy Products that Are a Complete Waste of Money
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:53 PM EDT
If you are a fan of all things Hogwarts, then you've probably already started daydreaming about Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The new Harry Potter movie, a prequel exploring the life of Newt Scamander seventy years before Harry's existence, opens up so many possibilities. Will we find out more about Harry's grandparents? Will we find out more about the genealogy of some of our favorite characters? Will 1920s outfits be featured? Of course, seeing as the movie is actually about him, Newt will also need to be featured - but I'm personally voting for him being featured alongside the Potters, Dumbledore, and Dobby. Check out the seven things we're hoping will be featured in the new Harry Potter movie!
-By Emi Beth
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Today, I spent a good part of my afternoon finishing up a Pinterest-inspired fall wreath for my front door. Incidentally, I started the wreath about four months ago and incidentally, I was quite proud of my four-month-ago self for having enough foresight to buy the makings for a fall wreath in the summer, knowing full well it would take me months to complete.
Well done past self, well done.
I finished my beautiful burlap-and-lace wreath and, of course, immediately wanted to hang it up on the front door. Except, of course, I realized that my handy wreath door hanger was packed securely away in the Christmas decoration boxes…in the basement…in the root cellar…where there are lots of spiders.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a group of friends, all in different stages of life. One was pregnant, one had just gotten out of a relationship, and one was starting to think about looking for a new job. Somehow, in the course of the afternoon, talk turned to the dating game. The friend who'd just gotten out of a serious relationship was less than thrilled about the prospect of putting herself back out there. She said, "I just found a great job after all these interviews! I don't want to go through that whole thing again when it comes to my heart!" We realized something. Finding a fulfilling career and finding a life partner are two of the most important decisions in a person's life. And the way we find jobs is remarkably similar to the way we find our dating partners. Click through for 7 ways dating is just like job hunting! -By Kathleen O'MalleyRead More »from Romantic Resume: 7 Ways Dating is Just like Job Hunting
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
Ohhhh, Starbucks, you wondrous mecca of all things steamy and divine. You maker of scones and mini donuts and frosted bread. You taker of my cash. It's such an angsty relationship I have with the Bux. On one hand, whenever I'm out of town and need to feel the familiar comfort of home, Starbucks is there-with all the same drinks and eats I've come to adore in my own backyard. I'll sit and sip for hours, watching people move in and out of the cafe, simmering into the day's news, nibbling on cake pops and biscotti. Life at Starbucks feels like life at Grandma's house, without all the cluttered tchotchkes. On the other hand, I always leave with a hole in my wallet. Good gawd, a cup of coffee and Cranberry Bliss Bar will run me nearly ten bucks. Thankfully, there's a slew of bloggers who have remedied this conundrum. Dozens of delicious Starbucks copycat recipes have made it so you can sip your Pumpkin Spice Latte and save money, too.
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- Babble.com | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:21 PM EDT
Munich's Oktoberfest is a wonderland for lovers of German beer and food, with millions of liters of beer drunk and untold numbers of sausages, pretzels, and other German delights consumed over 16 days. If you can't make it all the way to Munich, cities from coast to coast host their own Oktoberfest to celebrate German-American heritage. But even if you're just staying home, October is a great time to celebrate German cooking, one of the great influences on American cuisine responsible for everything from mainstays like hamburgers, frankfurters, potato salad, and meatloaf to our national preference for beer over wine. Oktoberfest is also a time to dig a little deeper into the German cookbook and make use of some cozy fall ingredients like pork, potatoes, apples, cabbage, and butter. These rich foods can be nicely tempered by a cold, crisp beer. Pair them with your favorite Oktoberfest brew, a golden lager like you might find in Munich, or whatever gets you in the mood to put on yourRead More »from 7 Tasty Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes to Enjoy with a Cold One
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
stacked enchiladasSome people never get around to making enchiladas because they are afraid that they are hard to make. Others don't really know how to conquer the enchilada sauce.Read More »from Pile on the Flavor: Make the Easiest Stacked Enchiladas Ever
Let's kill two birds with one stone! #1. Buy Old El Paso's canned green chile enchilada sauce for a super tasty enchilada. #2. Don't worry about rolling them - they taste just as delicious stacked!
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Ingredients for stacked enchiladas:
12 king size corn tortillas
1 - can Old El Paso green chile enchilada sauce
1 1/2 - cups vegetable oil
1/3 - cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/2 - cup onion (diced into small pieces)
1- small can of black olives (sliced)
1/2 - package of queso fresco (crumbled)
1 - cup Monterey jack cheese (grated)
1. In a small frying pan over a medium flame, add 1 cup of oil and allow it to get hot.
2. In a larger frying pan, add 1/2 cup of oil over a medium flame and allow to heat, then pour in Old El Paso enchilada sauce.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
Blizzident can clean teeth in 6 seconds flatA company claims to have revolutionized the humble toothbrush, with a new design that apparently cleans teeth completely in six seconds flat. While many are decrying it as a new high (or low) in laziness, I think it's awesome.Read More »from New $300 Toothbrush Claims to Brush Teeth in 6 Seconds Flat — Would You Buy It?
The brush is Blizzident, and you bite into it like a football mouth guard. The makers say that by biting into it quickly 10-15 times, users can brush all their teeth (and in between all their teeth) all at once.
The brushes are customized for each person using a 3-D printer. Although at $299 they do cost wayyyyy more than a traditional toothbrush, they last for a year. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing traditional toothbrushes every three to four months. Updating the Blizzident costs $199.
Comments on an ABC News piece about Blizzident questioned the need for such a device. And I agree that most people don't need a $299 toothbrush. But I can think of a ton of advantages to a brush like this, especially for parents.
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