By Valeria Nekhim, StyleCaster
The Hunger Games All the time we've spent snickering at celebrities for giving their kids, um, unique baby names could be a little unfair. In fact, it looks like North West and Ace Knute may be the ones having the last laugh. Why? According to online baby naming database Nameberry, their future classmates could very well be named Katniss and Django, which are both among 2013′s most popular baby names.
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Yes, the unconventional monikers inspired by popular fictional characters (Katniss is Jennifer Lawrence's character in "The Hunger Games," and Django is the character Jamie Foxx played in "Django Unchained") made Nameberry's list of top 10 baby names for the first half of 2013, based on the most visited names on its site.
Cofounder Pamela Redmond Satran told Today.com that while names on the list may not currently occupy a spot on the national top 1,000, the database focuses on
- StyleCaster News | Parenting – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
I got pregnant with my first baby at nineteen, during my second year of college. My son Jacob was born when I was twenty, (recently, and yes, hastily) married, and working as a receptionist for a temp agency.
Up until I got that double blue line, I'd been unfocused, irresponsible, and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
But suddenly my life took quick shape in the form of a dependent baby boy.
I threw myself into motherhood with an energy I'd never quite mustered up for school, and through that experience, I found my voice, my vision and my adulthood.
And though my husband and I hit some bumps (and a few huge potholes) in those early years of parenthood, we are now settled thirty-somethings with successful careers, a strong relationship and a great family life.
People, it happens all the time.
And yet our case is seen as the exception, rather than the rule. Young adults in the prime of their fertility, not to mention energy levels, who want children, areRead More »from 4 Reasons Why Young Women Should Stop Being Afraid to Have Kids
- StyleCaster News | Parenting – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster
By now, it's old news that famous folks have an uncanny knack for giving their kids uniquely quirky and brilliantly creative (read: unnecessarily cruel and totally absurd) names along the lines of North West, Pilot Inspektor, Apple Blythe, and Ace Knute.
While we all might snicker and crack wise about stars' penchant for getting away for naming their offspring after a fruit, an aerospace occupation, a compass point, or a single-suit symbol found in a deck of cards, we're not terribly surprised that they've opted to totally make up their own monikers. In fact, we've come to expect wild, weird, and just plain silly celebrity baby names.
What's is surprising, however, is when a famous person has a baby and decided to give them a totally normal name.
In fact, when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were expected to give their child a name that starts with "K," we were kinda-sorta hoping they'dRead More »from Celebrity Baby Names that Are - Gasp! - Totally Normal
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Expectant moms and dads - and grandmothers and aunts and cousins and just about everyone in the family - often search far and wide for baby names. (Unless your thing is sticking to family names, and that's cool in its own right.) There are blogs, books, magazines (Hello, Matilda Magazine!), and message boards. You name it - the sources are endless. One of the oldest sources is the Bible. And while using Biblical names is nothing new, there are some really hip ones that seem to get overlooked generation after generation. If you like the idea of a Biblical name but don't want your son to be among 8 Noahs in his class, or if you're just tired of overused baby names in general, check out these 7 hip baby names from the Bible! -By Aela MassRead More »from The Gospel Youth: 7 Hip and Modern Baby Names from the Bible
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Fun with gender prediction tests.One of my best friends is 16 weeks pregnant, which means that we are just a month away from getting to find out the gender of that little nugget - and I am not going to lie, I'm kind of dying with anticipation. When I was pregnant, I was so excited about finding out our baby's gender. It's a big moment in life, and if you decide to find out, it is a really exciting guessing game leading up to the big appointment. Tonight my friend and I decided to look up some old wives' tales about gender prediction and see what they predicted for her. Have you tried any of these fun games?
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There are a lot of old wives' tales out there. Some of my favorite gender prediction tests are the ones we did together tonight. Here is a list of them and how to find out more about them for yourself if you want to play along. Remember, these are just for fun!
1. The Chinese Gender Calculator
Legend says this test is over 700 years old!
2.The Carrying Wives' Tale
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- Parentables | Parenting – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 3:39 PM EDT
The whole purpose of going on a vacation is to relax, but preparing for a trip can be really stressful. I've never been one to just throw a few items in a bag and leave my house at the last minute. I also like to safeguard my home so it doesn't look like we are away and we don't come home to spoiled food in the fridge and extra dirty laundry. For that reason, I have a whole list of things to do before going out of town. I've found it's easier to divide up the tasks you'll need to accomplish over the course of a week to make them more manageable, and to reduce the stress of getting all of the important things done before you leave.Read More »from 25 Essential Things to Do to Prepare for Your Vacation
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One Week Before
1. Place the newspaper subscription on hold to save money and not alert burglars you are gone.
2. Submit a hold mail request at the post office to keep the mailbox from overflowing and packages from getting damaged.
3. Confirm any details with your dog walker or neighbor who
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 2:58 PM EDT
birth story has elements of drama, but Kylie Babbs’s might have more than average. The infant was born on July 5 in an Alabama hospital parking lot, just moments after mom Tessa Kilgore was evacuated from the Walker Baptist Medical Center— along with 75 other patients—because of a bomb threat.Every Read More »from Baby Born in Hospital Parking Lot After Bomb Threat Evacuation
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“It was scary. I didn't know if I was going to have to hold her in until we got back inside or what,” Kilgore, 21, told Yahoo! Shine, adding that her baby had come a week ahead of schedule. “I was just like, Are you serious? I was freaking out inside."
Kilgore was in active labor in the hospital’s delivery room at 8:30am last Friday when the Walker County hospital received a bomb threat—one of many in the area that morning, according to WBRC. That forced staffers to evacuate its patients to various places, including the parking lot, a surgery center across the street, and a downtown Jasper community
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
I don't think I fully appreciated what the human body is capable of before I had kids. But getting pregnant - and then breastfeeding - made my jaw drop at its abilities. I grew two whole humans? And fed them both? It never stops being amazing.
Before my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I was determined to breastfeed come hell or high water, and my mind was made up that my body would cooperate. Luckily, despite the typical early breastfeeding trials and tribulations, we did it. She was a natural, and that was half the battle. I knew I wanted to hit a year of breastfeeding, and because I've never been the type to think that breastfeeding is beneficial until 12 months and all of a sudden not beneficial at 12 months and 1 day, I continued nursing until we hit 14.5 months.
I would have probably continued to breastfeed her a time or two a day, but as I was pregnant with my second, I felt like it was just too much for my body to handle. Plenty of women nurse duringRead More »from Nursing My Body Image: How Breastfeeding Improved the Way I See Myself
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 10:01 AM EDT
The murder of a 14-year-old nonverbal autistic boy, Alex Spourdalakis, has made national news. It didn't make national news because his mother and godmother, by their own admission, killed him. It didn't make national news because they overdosed him with sleeping pills, stabbed him multiple times, and slit his wrist so deeply his hand was nearly severed.
It made national news because both the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) have called for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Alex's murder as a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.
The horrible thing is, Alex's story isn't the only one we should be reading about right now. There are too many other stories of death, neglect, and abuse being swept aside as "local" stories - sad, tragic, but not deserving of our attention, apparently. And all too often, arguments are made that the parents, the caregivers who areRead More »from Was the Murder of Autistic 14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis a Hate Crime?
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