Unless you've been living under a social media rock for the past 24 hours, chances are that you've seen the absolutely adorable "Mayhem" and her paper dresses. After watching her daughter play dress-up with everything possible, Angie (Mayhem's mother) suggested that they use paper, finding materials and items around the house. For the past year, the mom and daughter duo have copied celebrity dresses, Disney princesses, even iconic gowns - all made with paper. Thanks to a feature on Mommy Shorts blog, Angie & "Mayhem" have catapulted in popularity from 1200 Instagram followers to over 123,000 in just 24 hours. Mayhem is adorable, but more important, I am floored with the creativity and time taken each day to create these outfits. Angie claims she's not fashionable, but she definitely has a way with manipulating materials. I try to imagine myself sitting in my living room with my destruction-craving 4-year-old boy, and I just laugh. NO WAY would this happen in our house, but gosh, I amRead More »from Mom Posts Adorable Photos of Daughter Playing Dress-Up — Internet Goes Crazy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:40 PM EST
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In a very long interview with Joe Hagan, Baldwin summarizes and defends the unfair portrayal of himself in the press as homophobic. Baldwin admits that he is not perfect -- the publicized phone call of him yelling at his daughter stands as a painful reminder of his temper -- but he's had enough. He is considering moving away from New York and has abandoned plans to one day run for public office.
Baldwin believes public life has changed. Fans are more demanding, carrying phones with them at all times to capture and record everything he does. And photographers have gotten more aggressive. The last straw for Baldwin was when photographers got dangerously close to his wife and new baby.
He says: "Now, everyone has a camera in their pocket. Add to that predatory photographers and predatory videographers who want toRead More »from Alec Baldwin "Retires" from Public Life: What We Can Learn from This Move
Why Renting with Kids is Our New American DreamFour years ago, we owned a home. It was our first, built from the ground up to our liking and with our specifications. We were over-the-moon in love with it. It was the home we first brought our daughter Bella into, and it was near our families -- so perfect for the three of us.
When we sold it and moved to an apartment in a larger city, I missed my house dreadfully at first. All I wanted was to be back in a home of our own. After all, no one I knew was renting with kids.
Then my husband rejoined the military. Bella grew up -- her little messes becoming bigger messes. We adopted pets. We rented a home, and inside I wondered if we would ever buy again.
At one point, I flew to New Jersey to a town I'd moved from 20 years before, and had never been back to since. Turning the corner to see my old house sitting there brought back a flood of emotions I didn't even know I still felt. I bawled. It was the first home I truly remembered as a child; I loved it so much that it had haunted myRead More »from Why Renting with Kids is Our New American Dream
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:53 PM EST
three kids with me?), it’s more like parenting in a warmer climate. But I will take it. Normally I live in New York, where, like most of the country, we are in the midst of the never-ending, blizzard-a-week polar vortex. The snow stopped being fun about five storms ago. I am not a weather complainer but it officially got to me and I had to get out of dodge. My kids did, too. I’m incredibly lucky that my parents have a place in Florida and were happy to host my brood and airline tickets were dirt cheap (my husband is away on business, which was another reason to bolt). I'm also a freelance writer which means I can work from anywhere. The only problem: My oldest is in first-grade and I had to pull him out of school. Right after he was off for an entire week for winter break. (It didn’t work out for us to be away then, plus airline tickets during schoolI’m writing this post from sunny Florida, where I escaped to with my three kids. It isn’t so much a vacation (did I mention I have Read More »from I Pulled My Kids Out of School for Vacation. So What?
- Shutterstock / The BumpGetting back into dating after baby can be tough -- and complicated -- but you deserve a shot at love, Mama! Just be on the look out for these red flags.
By Christine Coppa for The Bump.com
I'm a single mom, and it took me a solid three years to go on a date after my son was born. It's funny how, when you're a mom, dating isn't just about you -- it's about your child. Whether each man I date knows it or not, I'm testing him from day one. Does he like kids? Will he be more into his BMW than me? Are his boys his priority?
So while dating should be fun, exciting and a break from the tough parts of single motherhood, don't waste your time with anyone on this list.
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1. Sugar Daddy
This is the guy that tells you about his yearly bonus, designer suits and finds a way to ease the topic of money into every conversation. According to Leah Klungness, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of The Complete Single Mother, guys who love to flashRead More »from 10 Men that Single Moms Should Avoid
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:07 PM EST
American Civil Liberties Union to file a lawsuit against the school district on Thursday for “violating [his] free speech rights.”A school-bus driver in rural Georgia who was fired after sticking up for a hungry student last spring has joined forces with the Read More »from Bus Driver Fired for Helping Hungry Student Fights Back With Lawsuit
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The bumpy ride for the driver, Johnny Cook of Tallapoosa, began last May, when he posted a Facebook message expressing concern for a middle-school student who told him he was hungry after being denied a school lunch for not having the necessary 40 cents on his account. “This child is already on reduced lunch and we can't let him eat. Are you kidding me?” he had written in part, quickly galvanizing concern about school-lunch policies in the district, where 62 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced meals. He also angered Haralson County superintendent Brett Stanton, who, according to the suit, gave Cook a choice two days later: recant and apologize, or
(Newser) At 18, Elana Simon is already the co-author of a study in the renowned journal Science. The subject? Her own rare liver cancer, which she was diagnosed with at age 12.
Could a petri dish save your life?
Together with scientists, another survivor of the disease, her surgeon, and her dad, who runs a cellular biophysics lab, Simon was able to discover what the AP describes as an "oddity" in fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, which mostly hits kids and young adults: an abnormal protein inside the tumors, but not in healthy liver tissue, that may fuel cancer growth. Their analysis of cancerous tissue from 15 patients found every single one had the gene mutation that caused the protein.
While more research is needed, the New Yorker says the study suggests "a precise diagnostic for fibrolamellar cancer," a cancer so rare only about 200 people are diagnosed worldwide each year.
Surgery is the only effective treatment for the cancer-which Simon herself underwent-but she learned there was no registry forRead More »from Teen Makes Leap in Study of Own Rare Disease
- ShowerLong gone are the days where I could spend hours doing my hair and makeup before a hot date. Though parts of it may seem the same, the process of getting ready has changed after becoming a mom.
Step 1: Schedule date night at least a week in advance. Spontaneity may sound romantic, but you're too tired for surprises right now. Besides, you need enough time to clean the house before the babysitter comes over unless the kids are being dropped off at Grandma's house.
Step 2: Get the kids ready. Feed them, change them, and gather all important supplies. This step is especially tricky when needing to drop them off on the way because you must wait to get yourself ready until the very last possible moment. Every minute you linger has the potential to result in a kid emergency. Missing shoe, poopsplosion, etc.
Step 3: Take a shower. Alone. And use hot water. Enjoy it until you hear little fists pounding on the door followed by, "What you doin' in there,Read More »from How a Real Mom Gets Ready for Date Night
- No longer relegated to the hippie set, nature-inspired names are now considered universally cute and cool. Find one among our favorites for your wildly beautiful baby-to-be.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:43 PM ESTWe all love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And it's not just fun for reading; a fun theme for birthdays, showers and more, here are 15 inspirational bits for you to chew on.
-By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 7 Bits of Inspiration for a Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
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