Our annual end-of-summer, back-to-school routine has become more than just a to-do list. It's become a tradition. Each year my girls and I plot, plan, and anticipate enjoying these little glimmers of girl time as we bid summer farewell and anticipate the new school year. I have found that by treating these things with excitement rather than dread, our experiences are elevated. Making family tasks like these fun and exciting isn't always easy, but I have found it's almost always in the way you present it. Making an afternoon of shoe shopping, for example, keeps me and my daughter relaxed and resilient when bumps in the road arise. And let's face it, when you've got a daughter who hates wearing shoes and who has an extra narrow heel, they always do. So, yes, shoe shopping is on our annual traditions list. Among a number of others. See for yourself! -By Tracey Clark
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
Our annual end-of-summer, back-to-school routine has become more than just a to-do list. It's become a tradition. Each year my girls and I plot, plan, and anticipate enjoying these little glimmers of girl time as we bid summer farewell and anticipate the new school year. I have found that by treating these things with excitement rather than dread, our experiences are elevated. Making family tasks like these fun and exciting isn't always easy, but I have found it's almost always in the way you present it. Making an afternoon of shoe shopping, for example, keeps me and my daughter relaxed and resilient when bumps in the road arise. And let's face it, when you've got a daughter who hates wearing shoes and who has an extra narrow heel, they always do. So, yes, shoe shopping is on our annual traditions list. Among a number of others. See for yourself! -By Tracey ClarkRead More »from 7 Back-to-School Traditions You Should Try with Your Family
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
,The 31 year old part of me feels silly offering up marriage and relationship advice, whereas the 12 year veteran of marriage has less of a problem talking about things we could all be doing better in our relationships. I may have been married young, but that means that my marriage has gone through many challenges marriages that happen later in life don't. Are we perfect at it? Nope. Are we a lot better at it than we were 12 years ago? Yep. Was there a seven year itch? Not really. Did we almost end at eight years? Yep. We almost did.
I'm still a little surprised we survived 2009.
Even with our re-commitment to each other and living the last four years in relative marital bliss (with two cats, two kids and enough graduate school loans make your head twirl) we still make mistakes. Old hurts and mistakes will peek through every once in awhile and while part of me is convinced "THIS IS THE END. WE WILL NEVER SURVIVE THIS. THINGS NEVER ACTUALLY CHANGED." while the sensible part of me knowsRead More »from Casual Abuse: 5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Spouse
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
Get ready for fall by making your own fall decorations for the home.Hang a fall pumpkin wreath on your door or make a fall leaf garland. Use wood to create a spooky centerpiece for the table and top it off with acorn printed napkins. Summer is heading out, fall is coming in, and you'll be ready to celebrate with an adorable DIY fall home.
-By Jacinda Boneau
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- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
Are you an animal in bed? Get your mind out of the gutter, you guys! I was talking about animal bedding - geez. While there's no doubt animal prints add an exotic and chic element to any bedding ensemble, it's generally preferred that wild animals themselves stay off the bed…or is it? While searching online for the latest in bold animal prints, I stumbled down the rabbit hole of wild animal bedding sets. Who knew this was such a thing?
-By Lori Garcia
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
Pets face all sorts of minor irritations and ailments. In many cases, the issue might not warrant a trip to the vet, but a home remedy might help. In others, home remedies can supplement veterinary care. This article covers 14 trusted home remedies for common pet ailments using items normally found in your kitchen. Of course, as with any medical concern, always check with your vet before using a home remedy. Among the items here are several that I regularly use with my own dogs. In particular, I give my dogs a spoonful of plain greek yogurt on their dinner to promote healthy digestion and to avoid problems with their sensitive stomachs. I have used pumpkin for digestion as well, and carrots are regular treats in our household. My corgi Ty takes fish oil and Vitamin E for bursitis and to promote healthy skin. My corgi Eve has a sensitive stomach and ginger snaps sometimes helps to soothe that. Click through for 7 homemade pet remedies from your kitchen! -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Forget the Vet! 7 Homemade Pet Remedies from Your Kitchen
- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
One thing I love so much about animals and pets is the affection they love to give. It's amazing what that can do for your mood and it can really turn a bad day into a good one. They're amazing at showing unconditional love and seem to have this innate ability to know exactly when you need to see it. I have felt that from my pets in my life and I don't know what I would do without that in my life. Thankfully, I don't have to think about that. When I am having a bad day, I love to look to my cat Ariel and when she nuzzles on me and purrs, that I am loved and it's funny how much that helps - but it really does! Animals are good at knowing when we need extra cuddles and kisses and they're also good at giving those kisses to others. Click through for 7 adorable animals caught kissing! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Smooching Pooches! 7 Adorable Animals Caught Kissing
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
A recent study highlights the risks of "catastrophic injury" in cheerleading, and says that cheerleaders are under-reporting concussion symptoms-but what do the facts and figures really mean?
The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, used a computer-based cognitive testing system called ImPACT (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to obtain a baseline measurement of cheerleaders' cognitive performance at the beginning of the season. The same testing was used again after concussion injuries.
The study found that when measured objectively, even athletes who report being "symptom-free" often still have neurocognitive deficits.
"Given these results, it is of concern that most return-to-play decisions after concussion have relied heavily on the athlete's self- report of symptoms," the study authors noted. "This study demonstrates that even athletes who report being symptom-free may continue to exhibit neurocognitive deficits of which they are eitherRead More »from Is Cheerleading Really More Dangerous Than Other Sports?
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
A few months ago, I posted a story about the ridiculously strict beauty standards in South Korea. Most alarming is the number of young women electing to have plastic surgery to create double fold eyelids. Many Asian women are born with hooded eyelids, and the surgery, called blepharoplasty, creates a crease that is typical of Western eyes.
Well, on Wednesday, September 11, Julie Chen confessed on her show "The Talk" that she had the procedure after it was advised by a "big-time agent." Her insecurities about her eyes began when she was 25 and working as a correspondent in Dayton. Her boss told her she could never be an anchor because she was Chinese. Later, when the aforementioned agent told her the surgery would take her "straight to the top," she decided to go for it.
The story has been out for a few days, and a lot of summaries of the segment have been written. Rather than rehash the content one more time, I'd rather you first watch the video, and then I'll give you myRead More »from I'm Impressed with Julie Chen's Courage in Admitting She Had Plastic Surgery for Her "Asian Eyes"
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:12 PM EDT
,Last night I saw one of the most touching displays of what it really means to be married. It was in a place where I least expected it, the Basketball Hall of Fame broadcast. Let's face it, we live in the era of daily relationship scandals by athletes and the train wreck that is known as the Basketball Wives reality show. So, when Oscar Schmidt closed out his acceptance speech by thanking his wife of 38 years… it was refreshing. There was not a dry eye in the room when he finished his speech by saying:
"You are my greatest friend… You are my greatest person I've ever met… And, if you were not with me, I wouldn't be here… I'm sure about it… We are together for 38 years. And I hope to be with you until I die."
The tears were flowing as I watched it, and I got chills just typing it!
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
would you trade your morning coffee for a caffeine spray? With two kids three and under, it's a rare night that my sleep doesn't get interrupted. One kid or the other wakes up, and I rush to tend to the problem child, lest the other sleeping beast wake up, too. Or my daughter comes in to sleep perpendicularly between my husband and me, and then tells us we're in her way. Mornings I wake up refreshed and ready to start the day? Rare.Read More »from Spritz of Joe: Would You Trade Your Morning Coffee for a Caffeine Spray?
So as soon as the kids' breakfast hits the table, I head over to to say hi to Mr. Coffee. He's my faithful morning friend, a comforting ritual that helps me wake up and prepare for the day. I've been a coffee drinker for most of my adult life, but never have I loved my morning cup of Joe more than I do now as a parent. Without my coffee, I'm a zombie. With my coffee, I can take on the day. I can do anything! (Even clean up my spilled coffee, which happens 9 days out of 10.)
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