The first lady's new book is part reference, part history, part how-to, and part cookbook.Michelle Obama's plans for a White House kitchen garden began well before her husband became president.
"I first had the idea to plant a vegetable garden at the White House in my kitchen back in Chicago," she writes in her new book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." "It was early in the presidential primary season -- the Iowa caucuses hadn't even happened yet."
"In recent years, I had been thinking a great deal about how the food my family ate affected our health. And as I was putting dinner on the table that night I thought to myself that if something amazing happened, if my husband -- then very much the underdog in the race -- actually won, then as first lady I might want to focus on this issue more broadly," she writes. "That night, it occurred to me that planting a garden at the White House -- a garden where children could learn about growing and preparing fresh, nutritious food -- could be one small way to get started."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine Food – Tue, May 29, 2012 12:04 AM EDT
The first lady's new book is part reference, part history, part how-to, and part cookbook.Michelle Obama's plans for a White House kitchen garden began well before her husband became president.Read More »from "American Grown": A Delicious Look at the White House Kitchen Garden
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, May 23, 2012 1:47 PM EDT
A new Gallup poll finds that the number of pro-choice Americans has reached record lows.According to data from a new Gallup poll released today, the number of Americans who identify themselves as pro-choice is at a record low.Read More »from "Pro-choice" Americans at Record Low, Survey Finds
When asked, "With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?", 41 percent of American adults -- a new record low -- said that they're pro-choice, down from 47 percent last July. Fifty percent replied that they consider themselves pro-life, compared with about 46 percent last year -- close to the record set in May 2009, when 51 percent of those polled said they were pro-life.
When Gallup started asking Americans about their views on abortion, in 1995, 56 percent said they were pro-choice and 33 percent said they were pro-life.
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The decline in pro-choice supporters was consistent across political party lines. Among Republicans, the number of people who identified as pro-choice fell from 28 percent to 22 percent while those
Having these things on your resume could make it end up in the trash.When you're applying for a job, you want to make sure your resume stands out -- but not for the wrong reasons. Whether you apply online or provide a printed copy, there are certain things that can send your CV to the trash instead of to the big boss. Here are five things you should never put on your resume:
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- An objective or mission statement. There was a time when job-seekers were encouraged to spell out exactly what they were hoping for in a job, which is a useful exercise for the candidate but a waste of time for the employer. Why? The company is looking for someone who can meet its goals, not trying to figure out if they're able to meet yours. Go ahead and craft that mission statement -- but then leave it on your computer instead of putting it on your resume.
- Personal information. There's no need to include your marital status, sexual preference, number of kids, religion, or political affiliation on your resume. If
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, May 21, 2012 2:35 PM EDT
There's no way to know what the couple were thinking. Maybe they were trying to scare their kid into good behavior. Maybe they were just goofing around. Maybe they thought it would be funny -- there's a large sign hanging above the machines, saying "Junior Wash: $2.95." Whatever it was, it could have easily ended in tragedy.Read More »from Man Puts Toddler in Washing Machine and Turns it On
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In the silent footage from the laundromat's security camera, the man scoops up the diaper-clad toddler, shoves him head-first into the front-loading washer, and shuts the door. He and the woman seem amused at first, but panic quickly sets in when they realize that they can't get the washer door open. It's locked automatically, and the tot is trapped inside as the washer starts to run. (Warning: The video is disturbing).
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, May 18, 2012 11:23 AM EDT
The Bubble Bum inflatable booster seat.Welcome to "Shine Tries It," where Shine editors try things so you don't have to. Every Friday our editors will road-test unusual products and unbelievable promises to find out what lives up to the hype and what doesn't. Warning: Don't try any of this at home, until we do.Read More »from Shine Tries It: Bubble Bum Inflatable Booster Seat
Anyone who has ever traveled with young kids in tow has dealt with The Booster Seat Dilemma. Safety laws dictate that most children who are shorter than 4 foot 9 must use one, so you need one at your destination -- or even in the cab to the airport -- but your second-grader doesn't need a belt-positioning booster on the plane. Or you have more than two kids to squeeze into a tight rental car back seat, and traditional boosters are too wide, stiff, or bulky to buckle side-by-side. Or you're staying with friends whose tiny tots don't have the same car-seat requirements as your elementary school-age kids do.
Enter the Bubble Bum. Sure, the name is a little bit silly. But the product itself? Is genius.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, May 16, 2012 12:39 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama announces the Partnership for a Healthier America program in Dallas on May 14, 2012. (Photo: L.M. Otero/AP)In a bid to help more than 1.7 million kids embrace sports and get fit this summer, the United States Olympic Committee has launched Partnership for a Healthier America to help families find free and low-cost sports options in their neighborhoods.Read More »from Let's Move and the Olympics: Getting Kids Interested in Sports This Summer
The program is backed by First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative to end childhood obesity.
"This year, 1.7 million young people will be participating in Olympic and Paralympic sports in their communities - many of them for the very first time," the first lady said. "And that is so important, because sometimes all it takes is that first lesson, or clinic, or class to get a child excited about a new sport."
"When we were younger, you'd open up the door and kids would go out to play," Obama told Yahoo! Shine in an April interview. "Well, nobody's out playing; everybody's in an activity and it costs so much money to have them in these activities. … How many families can afford this?"
Her own daughters are among the lucky ones,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Tue, May 15, 2012 6:33 PM EDT
Bristol Palin listens to her mother, Sarah Palin address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who describes herself as "conservative" on ABC's "The View," slammed Bristol Palin on Monday for the single mom's criticism of President Obama's new stance on gay marriage.Read More »from Elisabeth Hasselbeck Slams Bristol Palin for Criticizing Obama on Gay Marriage
In a ghost-written blog post titled "Hail to the Chiefs -- Malia and Sasha Obama," Palin, the oldest daughter of former Alaska Governor and GOP pundit Sarah Palin, mocked the President for considering his daughters' points of view.
"While it's great to listen to your kids' ideas, there's also a time when dads simply need to be dads," the post reads. "In this case, it would've been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that's not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that - as great as her friends may be - we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview."
"In this situation, it was the other way around," the post
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Tue, May 15, 2012 5:10 PM EDT
Washington, D.C., may be the best city for women, a new report says.Women who live in Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco have the highest levels of well-being in the United States, according to a new report. Women there earn more money and have the highest levels of education compared to their peers in 25 other major metropolitan areas.
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The report, Women's Well-Being: Ranking America's Top 25 Metro Areas, analyzed data from official government sources to determine how women in the 25 largest cities in the country fared. The cities were judged based on health indicators like life expectancy, knowledge indicators like school enrollment levels and degrees obtained, and the median earnings for their female residents. The study was done by Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council.
"Countless studies focus on gender inequality -- the differences between women and men -- but few examine the disparitiesRead More »from The Best City for Women in America? Washington, D.C
Can a young child really be a psychopath?The groundbreaking HBO documentary "Child of Rage" years ago showed how horrific abuse and neglect could leave a child unable to bond with other people, turning them into children "without conscience, who can hurt or even kill without remorse." In other words: the child becomes a psychopath.Read More »from Can a Kid Be a Psychopath?
But what about the kids who aren't abused? What about the ones who, for no discernible reason, do horrible things to other people?
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"I've always said that Michael will grow up to be either a Nobel Prize winner or a serial killer," his mother, Anne, tells Jennifer Kahn in a recent shocking New York Times Magazine article. At age 9, her son has an extreme temper, lashing out violently and deliberately and showing no empathy or remorse. He's intelligent, cold, calculating, and explosive. "It takes a toll," she says, explaining her comment. "There's not a lot of joy and happiness in raising Michael."
Experts are divided about whether it's right to label
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Mon, May 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT
Are your kids' names on the most-popular list?Jacob and Sophia were the most popular names for babies born in 2011, the Social Security Administration revealed on Monday. The annual list was peppered with names from the Bible and from pop culture, with a surprising amount of influence from Reality TV.Read More »from Most Popular Baby Names: Jacob, Sophia Top Latest List
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Jacob topped the list for boys' names for the 13th year in a row, but there were a few surprises in the Top 10: For the first time since 1948, Michael is no longer in the top five and Anthony (a Top 10 favorite in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010) has dropped off the list. But Mason made its Top 10 debut as the second most-popular boy's name in 2011 -- and yes, that's the name of Kourtney Kardashian's first-born child. Coincidence?
"It shows what we're paying attention to, what we're thinking about," Laura Wattenberg, creator of the babynamewizard.com, told The Associated Press. "Today, you can't walk through a supermarket without learning more than you hoped to know about the