Actor Warwick Davis from such hit films as 'Willow', 'Return of the Jedi', and 'Harry Potter'.by Benyamin Cohen, Mother Nature Network
The crowd of 2,100 dwarves in the lobby of Washington's Marriott Wardman Park hotel stops most visitors in their tracks.
There are old dwarves. Young dwarves. Hipster dwarves. There are Asian dwarves. Sporty dwarves. Punk dwarves. Bald dwarves. Surfer-dude dwarves. Country dwarves. Papa dwarves. Mama dwarves. Dwarf couples. Vacationing dwarves. Dwarves in sun dresses. Dwarves in skinny jeans. Dwarves in swimsuits. Dwarves in hip-hop wear. Latte-sipping dwarves. Dwarves who forgot their badges and can't get into the event. Scooter-racing dwarves. Texting dwarves.
And then there's veryone else. Gulliver-sized giants who find themselves lost among the Lilliputians.
"I bet you didn't expect to see this many little people," one dwarf says in a crowded elevator to no one in particular.
The scene is a little disconcerting. It's hard to tell if someone is 15 or 35 years old. But then you see one of them holding a Corona Light and you soon figure it
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Actor Warwick Davis from such hit films as 'Willow', 'Return of the Jedi', and 'Harry Potter'.by Benyamin Cohen, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from A Conference for 2,100 Dwarves? Find Out Why
This teen doesn't look happy. But that can change.by Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from How to Get Teens to Eat Healthy Food
Parenting teenagers can be a tricky business. Your babies are growing up, they are forming opinions of their own and they are learning how to make decisions and navigate the world around them.
It's important to give them the leeway to do just that. But giving them more freedoms and responsibilities does not mean letting go of all rules or relinquishing our role as their guide. This holds true on important topics ranging from relationships to money to appropriate behavior. And it definitely holds true when it comes to healthy eating.
The habits and tastes that your teen is busy exploring now will shape how they relate to food for years to come. That doesn't mean their tastes won't change (I was somewhat of a junk food vegetarian as a teen, and now I am a registered dietitian), but by providing some careful pointers and subtle incentives, you can help tip the scales in favor of a balanced, life-affirming relationship with food. Here
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Are there benefits to sweets? A registered dietitian responds.by Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Kids Have a Sweet Tooth -- but That's Not a Bad Thing
It's no secret that children like sweet things. If I give my daughters a cookie, or an ice cream, it's like Christmas come early. They get excited. They scarf it down. And sooner or later they demand more.
Now that reaction is partially because we don't eat all that much processed foods or high-sugar sweets in our house. And partially, it's because children are quite simply hardwired to prefer more intense, sweet flavors than older teens and adults are.
I wrote about this topic a while back on Parentables, discussing the science behind children's biological cravings for sweet treats.
Because growing children have considerably higher calorific needs relative to body weight, and because calories may have been hard to come by during long periods of our evolutionary history, researchers have suggested children with a taste for sweet foods would have had an advantage over those that preferred blander fair. And that advantage, over time,
This baby looks contentBreast-feeding is a wonderful gift you can give your baby. And while you should always maintain a balanced diet, what you eat while you're a nursing mom is especially important since the foods you eat are nourishing your baby as well.Read More »from Should Breast-feeding Moms Avoid Certain Foods?
So what should you avoid while breast-feeding? "There are no foods that mothers ought to avoid while breast-feeding," says Dr. Nancy Brent, noted pediatrician, lactation consultant and medical director at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. "In fact, most mothers can eat anything they want while breast-feeding. However, if your baby is fussy and you're noticing other unusual gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloody or mucus-y stools, try cutting out dairy and then soy."
If you eat something and notice that two feedings later (about the time for that food to enter your breast milk) your baby is especially fussy, you might try cutting out that food and seeing how your baby responds. "Then, after two weeks, gradually add that food back into your diet and
There's a reason why a mosquito makes you itchNow that I live in Florida and the mosquitoes are practically feasting on me every day, this is a question that I ponder now more than ever.Read More »from Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
First of all, only female mosquitoes bite. Furthermore, when a female mosquito bites you, she is actually not biting you at all. What happens is this: Her large needle-like mouth part, called a proboscis, probes your skin when she lands on you looking for a blood vessel. When she finds one, she sucks out some blood, leaving behind a little of her saliva, which acts as an anticoagulant as she is sucking up your blood and allows her to feast more efficiently. Our body has a natural immune response to the foreign mosquito saliva and creates histamines, thereby causing the skin around the bite to itch.
A mosquito bite doesn't always itch right away. Sometimes it can take a couple of hours to notice you've been bitten. Interestingly, some people have been bitten so much that they have developed an immunity to the bug bites - meaning they have no
This dog looks happyFor the first time in more than four decades, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, and as cannabis has become more widely accepted, so have its potential uses - including giving it to pets.Read More »from Is Medical Marijuana Safe for Pets?
Search the Web and you'll find a wealth of anecdotal evidence from pet owners about how cannabis improved the lives of their sick and dying furry companions. But it wasn't until Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer spoke out on the issue earlier this year that the issue of pets and marijuana gained national attention.
"I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn't doing everything I could to make their lives better," he told The Associated Press. "I felt like I was letting them down."
Kramer hadn't given much thought to marijuana's potential to help animals until his Siberian husky, Nikita, developed terminal cancer.
"Nikita was wasting away, and she'd stopped eating," he says in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "I'd exhausted every available
A 1942 fire truck in Shelbyville, Ill., was converted into Getting hitched is a breeze in Las Vegas. Known as the marriage capital of the world, the city boasts late-night wedding chapels, drive-thru ceremonies and now a wedding service that comes to you.Read More »from Mobile Wedding Chapels Bring the Ceremony to You
For $99 couples can say "I do" at the location of their choosing, including the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, a popular choice for Wedding Wagon users. Ceremonies last about 15 minutes, and the price includes a minister, a truck adorned in fake flowers and even wedding photos.
The idea for the mobile chapel came to founders Andy Gonzalez and James Cass when they heard about the Hangover Heaven, a bus that drives to Vegas hotels and treats users' hangovers with intravenous hydration and vitamin supplementation. They decided to start their own business and offer weddings, vowel renewals and commitment ceremonies on wheels.
Gonzalez and Cass became ordained ministers and quit their jobs last summer to focus on their new venture.
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A diamond made from a beloved petThink taxidermy is the only way to memorialize a deceased pet? Think again. A Chicago-based company can literally turn Fido into a prized jewel.Read More »from Company Turns Deceased Pets into Diamonds
Started as a way to memorialize human family members, LifeGem made national headlines when it announced it could extract carbon from cremated remains and produce a lab-created diamond keepsake.
It's a four-step process: The cremated remains are heated to 5,000 degrees Celsius, which reduces them to purified carbon. The carbon then goes into a diamond press, where heat and pressure are applied at the same time to create the gem. The entire process can take up to nine months.
While the company was started with humans in mind, it soon discovered an untapped market. "Immediately, from day one, we had plenty of pet owners calling us," Greg Herro, the CEO of LifeGem, tells MNN. "That appealed to me as well. I'm a big pet lover."
Herro practices what he preaches. He turned his own dog - a 150-pound bull mastiff named Root - into two diamonds. One
Should you be going to couples counseling?by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from When is it Time to See a Marriage Counselor?
I know there are those of you who will swear up and down that I'm wrong about this, but I'm going to go out on a limb here - chances are if you clicked on this article, you can benefit from a little therapy yourself. That's because I think everyone can benefit from a little self-awareness. Hear me out.
I have a close friend whom I firmly believe would not be married had it not been for therapy (and she also would not have her three adorable children). Let me elaborate: This particular girl almost called it quits a number of times, but when she and her boyfriend started counseling she was forced to re-examine why she was so hesitant to get married. It was only with the help of her therapist that she finally understood her looming fear of commitment (and not her boyfriend) as the root of the problem. Once she got past that, she was finally able to say "I do." Fast forward several years and children later, and I am amazed at how happy they
Depending on which one of these animals you like could determine how you would vote for president.Are you a dog person or a cat person? It's likely that you align yourself with one of these labels, and research shows that your preference for one animal or the other reveals a bit about your personality.Read More »from The Truth About Cat People and Dog People
Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. Dogs are the most popular pets with 39 percent of U.S. households owning at least one canine, but cats come in second with 33 percent of U.S. households having at least one cat.
But can our choice of furry friend really say something about who we are? Sometimes.
Studies show that we tend to gravitate toward the animals with which we were raised, and factors like age and living space also play a role in pet ownership. Parents with young children are more inclined to have dogs that kids can take outside, while older people and singles are more likely to have lower-maintenance animals like cats. And people in the suburbs are more likely to adopt large dogs, while apartment dwellers