Some days, showers are the only relaxing time moms have, assuming their children aren't banging on the door and asking about missing puzzle pieces. Not that I know any kids like that. I max out my time in the shower with a revolving cast of body washes that smell good enough to eat. Wake-me-up lemony ones. Yummy-smelling sweet ones. They're a little indulgence that leave me feeling happy. There are many, many shower treats to choose from these days. So I decided to sniff, slather, scrub and generally soak up a new bunch of them, using samples sent by companies. These are the best-smellers that also left my skin in great shape. They're divided into citrus, coconut, fruit, vanilla and sweet categories, and range from bargain finds to worth-it splurges that turn your bathroom into a mini spa. A couple of tips: Use a shower puff to get more mileage from every squirt, and be sure to keep out of reach of little ones, so they don't snack on 'em. Enjoy! -Ellen Seidman
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Some days, showers are the only relaxing time moms have, assuming their children aren't banging on the door and asking about missing puzzle pieces. Not that I know any kids like that. I max out my time in the shower with a revolving cast of body washes that smell good enough to eat. Wake-me-up lemony ones. Yummy-smelling sweet ones. They're a little indulgence that leave me feeling happy. There are many, many shower treats to choose from these days. So I decided to sniff, slather, scrub and generally soak up a new bunch of them, using samples sent by companies. These are the best-smellers that also left my skin in great shape. They're divided into citrus, coconut, fruit, vanilla and sweet categories, and range from bargain finds to worth-it splurges that turn your bathroom into a mini spa. A couple of tips: Use a shower puff to get more mileage from every squirt, and be sure to keep out of reach of little ones, so they don't snack on 'em. Enjoy! -Ellen SeidmanRead More »from 10 Shower Treats that Smell Good Enough to Eat
- 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?
- Vanity Fair | Fashion – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:47 PM ESTJulie Miller
Just who are those unrecognizable Oscar audience members sandwiched between the stars this Sunday? Technical category nominees, for starters. Also, the close friends and family members of the celebrities, and seat fillers-the unsung heroes of each Academy Awards, whose job it is to make sure that not a single Dolby Theatre seat is left open when actors and actresses excuse themselves from the three-hour awards show for the bar or loo. (The responsibility is even more nerve-wracking considering that all of the literal seat-jumping and aisle-sprinting is completed in formal wear.) To get a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes responsibilities of these glammed-up Oscar gophers, we tracked down a seat-filler from last year's Seth MacFarlane-hosted ceremony. She agreed to tell us all about the application process, job peculiarities, and celebrity elbow-rubbing potential in exchange for anonymity.
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- 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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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
- Elizabeth Street | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:42 PM EST
Michelle Obama and youth at a fundraiser.This week, The New York Times reported a statistic Michelle Obama must be thrilled about: There's been a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children in the past ten years. The article goes on to note that this is "the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke."
The First Lady's initiative, Let's Move!, which began over four years ago, is directly aimed at solving the childhood obesity epidemic. Aside from wanting to overhaul misleading nutrition labels and improve schools' food offerings, Obama is keen on getting kids moving.
Although the First Lady is attempting to increase the amount of physical exercise kids get at school during the day, she encourages parents to take responsibility as well. For many moms and dads, incorporating heart-healthy activities into kids' lifestyles is as simple as helping them find a sport or recreational game they enjoy. KidsRead More »from Take a Page from Michelle Obama when it Comes to Your Kids and Fitness
- Priya Rao
As we approach Hollywood's golden night on March 2, it's only natural to look back on Academy Awards of yore-the winners, the upsets, and, most importantly, the fashion. Who could forget Grace Kelly's enviable turn in a mint green Edith Head dress at the 1955 Oscars, when she won best actress for The Country Girl, or Elizabeth Taylor in a demure, pale yellow and floral Christian Dior gown at the 1961 Academy Awards? Certainly, these grand dames knew a thing or two about making an entrance. But their modern-day counterparts are equally exciting. America's sweetheart Julia Roberts wowed in vintage Valentino when she won best actress for Erin Brockovich, and more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow showed off her minimalist side with a white caped Tom Ford. Clearly, the most memorable best-dressed stars are those who make a statement on the red carpet. Click through the slide show for more of the all-time best Oscar looks.
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The two-piece suit: It's an item of clothing that carries so many connotations, it's become a slang term for the sort of person who usually wears one. That'd be a business executive, a government official, a lawyer or someone else with an equally office-centric lifestyle. So it's little wonder why so many women steer clear of wearing suits in their day-to-day lives-outside of their 9-to-5 grind, at least-for fear of looking overly corporate or otherwise staid.
In fact, if you know how to style it, a suit can be one of the most valuable items in your entire closet. Today's versions don't just come in pinstriped or classic dark colors; some of our current favorites feature graphic prints and bold, eye-catching hues. And of course, you don't have to (and shouldn't!) wear both the jacket and bottoms together all the time-by mixing and matching them with other wardrobe standbys, you can create a ton of looks for every possible occasion, from weekend brunch to an eveningRead More »from 10 Stylish and Simple Ways to Wear a Suit
Woman in running shoes.You're either a night owl or an early bird, and there isn't much you can do to change your body's natural proclivities.
Setting the alarm for 5:30 a.m. to sneak in an early morning run before you get the kids ready for school when you and your partner crashed after midnight the night before will most likely result in an annoyed and repeated reach of the snooze button. A shortage of sleep means that your workout may suffer significantly, that is, if you manage to get moving at all!
On the other hand, if you rose at dawn and enjoyed a cup of coffee and the morning news before the kiddos got up for school and you attempt to make a SoulCycle class after dinner at 8:45 at night, you'll probably be lucky if you make it through half a session before calling it quits.
Before you commit to a set exercise schedule, you must consider what type of person you are. Forget about the (little) research which suggests that exercising in the morning will lead to more fat burn due to lowRead More »from Does it Matter What Time You Work Out?
- 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
- Katey Rich
Did you know that, before he was married to Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick was paired up with Helena Bonham Carter at the Oscars? How about Edward Norton's date to the 1999 Oscars, when he was nominated for best actor? The Academy Awards red carpet is always an opportunity for the brightest stars of the moment to look their best, but sometimes it's also a glimpse into surprising relationships, burgeoning friendships, or just two people you never quite expected to get so cozy in front of cameras. Whether it's power couples from the '70s you may have forgotten, or unexpected BFFs from the late '90s, these are our favorite surprising pairs from Oscars of the past.Read More »from The Weirdest Oscar Couples You Forgot About
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