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  • Monster's High Dolls and the Danger of Labeling Our Daughters

    What We Need to Teach Our Daughters About Labels in Pop Culture and BeyondWhat We Need to Teach Our Daughters About Labels in Pop Culture and Beyond Growing up, I was known as the "quiet one." I never said much in elementary and middle school, and it wasn't until high school that I found my niche, my clique. And in that clique we had labels. I continued to be the "silent one," while there was the "outgoing one," the "smart one," the "athletic one," etc …


    Labels are everywhere in our culture, from the playground, to the work place, to sitcoms and popular TV franchises. Let's take Monster High for example. Although the fashion doll web series has about a dozen or so main characters, there's Frankie Stein (the popular one), Clawdeen Wolf, (the fashionista), Draculaura (the vegan one), and Ghoulia Yelps (the smart one). Many young girls relate to these fictional characters not only by their style and personal likes, but by their labels as well. But what are these labels doing to our daughters?

    While many of my daughter's friends in kindergarten and first grade haven't been able to personally identify themselves by their unique

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  • Why I (Sometimes) Send My Toddler to Bed Hungry

    Why I (Sometimes) Send my Toddler to Bed HungryWhy I (Sometimes) Send my Toddler to Bed Hungry

    Growing up, my parents subscribed to the clean plate philosophy. At every meal, we were expected to finish all the food we were served and drink our full glass of milk, regardless of our personal feelings about it. I don't blame my parents for doing this at all -- it was the common food philosophy of the time, and my mom always cooked well-rounded, healthy, and for the most part (*cough* sloppy joes *cough*) delicious meals. But for me, it was a struggle. I hated milk, and like most kids, I did not like vegetables, so I spent many nights sitting at the dinner table literally for hours until I finally realized that the only out was to choke down the things I didn't like.

    Even now as an adult, I struggle with cleaning my plate. I have had weight issues on and off since middle school, and I think in some part, my inability to sense when I am full and my desire to please whoever is cooking by finishing all that's on my plate are parts of the issue (candy is another part, definitely).

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  • What Family Bloggers Can Learn from Kristen Bell’s Campaign Against the Paparazzi

    What Family Bloggers Can Learn from Kristen Bell's Campaign Against the PaparazziWhat Family Bloggers Can Learn from Kristen Bell's Campaign Against the Paparazzi

    Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who are new parents themselves, have recently led a campaign to help protect children of public figures from getting harassed by the paparazzi, a movement that is slowly gaining steam in Hollywood.

    Being an entertainment blogger and having two children myself, I've seen and speculated on both sides of the story. While there are those stars who manage to keep their family out of the public spotlight, there are also those who celebrate their family's celebrity status by sharing photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and bask in the limelight that comes along with their public projects and promotions. It can be argued that some of these celebrities spend their lives courting publicity and attention, and then, when it doesn't suit them anymore, they shift the blame and responsibility onto the media.

    Still, I can understand where Kristen and Dax are coming from. All they simply want to do is protect their children from unwanted and

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  • 7 Tips to Consider Before Lending Money to a Friend

    7 Things to Consider Before Lending Money to a Friend7 Things to Consider Before Lending Money to a Friend

    Let's say a friend is down on her luck and needs a little cash.

    What do you do?

    As those who have read my last post on Babble already know, my philosophy of lending money to friends of friends is don't do it. In fact, don't lend money to people you don't know. Seriously. If you want to do that, use one of those peer-to-peer lending systems like Prosper or Lending Club -- those have rules and payment systems.

    But friends are another story. You have friends that go way back, friends you can trust, and friends who treat you like family.

    Related: 5 reasons you're in debt and how to get out of it

    If a friend comes to you and asks for money, here's what you should do:

    1. Figure out what they're asking. You know they're in a rough spot if they're coming to you. Pride can only carry a person so far before they ask for help.

    2. Ask yourself if you can help. Can you afford to lend your friend the money they're asking for?

    3. Decide to give it to them (if you can), but

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  • 403,000 More Graco Child Safety Seats Recalled: Is Yours One of Them?

    403,000 More Graco Child Safety Seats Recalled403,000 More Graco Child Safety Seats RecalledGraco, one of the nation's most popular makers of child safety seats, has updated it's list of potentially dangerous product issued last month, according to a piece in The Washington Post.


    This time, the company is adding more than 403,000 additional seats to a massive recall that originally warned that 3.8 million seats manufactured between 2006-2014 were a potential threat due to a buckle problem.

    According to The Washington Post:

    Buckles can get gummed up by food and drinks, making it difficult to remove children. In some cases parents have had to cut harnesses to get their children out. The agency says the problem increases the risk of injuries in emergencies.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists theses models as the newly recalled seats:

    -Argos 70 Elite

    -Ready Ride

    -Step 2

    -My Ride 65 with Safety Surround

    -My Size 70

    -Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround

    -Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus

    -Smart Seat with Safety Surround

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  • 8 Clever Beauty Tips and Tricks Using Petroleum Jelly

    8 Clever Beauty Tips & Tricks Using Petroleum Jelly8 Clever Beauty Tips & Tricks Using Petroleum JellyDear Petroleum Jelly,

    Your jar of clear, goopy goodness is my absolute fave … one container has multiple beauty purposes, so I find myself using it every day! Lets be honest, who doesn't love a good multi-purpose product? It's loaded with beauty benefits and it's pocketbook-friendly! And you know, I am allllll about products that give me lots of bang for my buck! Petroleum Jelly, a.k.a 'Vaseline' happens to be one of those all-inclusive products, so here are just eight of my favorite ways to use it:

    1. Hydrate Your Lips

    Prevent chapped lips or soothe sad ones by applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your lips day and night! Petroleum jelly moisturizes and hydrates, while leaving lips with the perfect natural-looking shine!

    2. Moisturize Chapped Hands & Feet

    Dry hands and feet are the pits -- they're embarrassing, painful, and dry skin totally puts a damper on freshly painted nails. Plus, spring is approaching (hopefully sooner than later, fingers crossed!) and

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  • 7 of the Best Irish Pubs Across the U.S. To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    7 of the Best Irish Pubs Across the U.S.7 of the Best Irish Pubs Across the U.S.The best way to celebrate a holiday is in the country of its origin. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with gusto in Ireland, and with all of the traditional fanfare, you'd think that it would be hard to replicate here in America. But did you know that America is home to some of the best and oldest Irish pubs -- some of which have been literally moved piece by piece from Ireland?

    What makes an Irish pub so special and different from a traditional bar or pub? It's the atmosphere, the warmth of your surroundings and of course, the people. A good Irish pub is like a warm fireplace: It warms you up, brings a smile to your face, and makes you feel at home. This St. Patrick's Day, there are several pubs holding celebrations during the day, and others in the evening. If you have a chance to get away with your partner, I highly suggest it! Get the babysitter to watch the kids for a couple of hours and celebrate Irish style!

    If you can't get away this St. Patty's Day, you may still want to

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  • 4 Changes I Made to Help Reduce Baby’s Colic

    4 Changes I Made to Help Reduce Baby's Colic4 Changes I Made to Help Reduce Baby's ColicColic is mean! It's sad to see my baby Silver so upset and to feel like I can't comfort him - and to be honest, it's a true test of patience. Hours of screaming, fussing and trying everything I can do to help calm him day after day is not an easy thing to deal with. I've never experienced it in my other three children and didn't expect to this time, but for the past two months, colic has been a real part of my life.


    I've been researching and talking to friends who have dealt with colic, trying to find answers on how to help time pass with our sanity in tact. I expected a fourth child to have an impact in our lives and routine, but this colic that we've been dealing with has been a lot harder than I had anticipated. I know that it won't last forever and that things will get easier - but it's been hard.

    I have found some positives and am already seeing the colic days getting shorter and less frequent at only two months. I have been doing a lot of trial and error, and there are

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  • New Study Reveals Shocking Statistics About Women in Hollywood

    New Study Reveals Shocking Statistics About Women in HollywoodNew Study Reveals Shocking Statistics About Women in HollywoodIf I asked you to name your favorite actress, I am sure you would have no shortage of names: Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, or Cate Blanchett? What if I then told you that women are so marginalized in Hollywood that a recent study showed that they only had 30% of all speaking roles on-screen?


    A little over a week ago, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar® (her second) for her role in the film Blue Jasmine. In her acceptance speech she waved her little golden man and bravely stated:

    "Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences - they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people."

    This statement was met with cheers from the audience and whoops of delight - clearly a sentiment that the actresses in the auditorium shared.

    Of the top 100 domestic US grossing films, females were only 15% of

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  • 7 Signs You’re Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

    Let's talk about bras for a minute, since they are arguably the most important thing in a woman's wardrobe. Bras that fit correctly improve your posture, flatter your body, boost confidence, and most of all, are comfortable! But statistics say that 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. The most common reason for ill-fitting bras is you've had the same ones for far too long. Changes to our body - anything from weight gain/loss to having a baby - have a big effect on how your bra fits, yet we still keep the same bra for years. One of the best ways to fix this problem is to have yourself fitted by a bra specialist - Victoria's Secret does this, as do many department stores! Click through to see 7 signs you might be wearing the wrong bra size and be on your way to a better fitted experience! -By Abi Porter


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