I have this thing for any and all kinds of semi-permanent alternatives to actually doing my own makeup. Because I'm a mom to a little one, a work-at-homer, and still as vain as I was in my 20s, I realized that while I no longer had the time or energy for my full beauty routine, I didn't have to walk out of the house looking like the crypt keeper (or, y'know, just all pale in the face with no discernible lashes) thanks to the plethora of permanent makeup solutions available these days. It may seem high maintenance at first, but when you really start to think about it, it's as low maintenance as you can get. I've professed my love for tattooed permanent makeup, short hair, and eyelash extensions, but this week I tried something new: The Lash Dip. Somewhere between lash extensions and mascara, the dip is actually a brush-on gel applied by hand to cleaned and curled lashes and left on for a full day. It's not painful, or even uncomfortable - just tedious; my upper and lower lashes tookRead More »from (Permanently) Put Your Face On: 7 Photos Documenting the Process of Eyelash Dipping
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
As we ready ourselves for fall after an unbearably hot summer, we turn our attention on creating a welcoming environment in and around our home. Lucky for us, there's no easier way to create an inviting atmosphere than with a gorgeous fall wreath proudly displayed on our own front door. Fall wreaths are a time-honored tradition dating back to ancient civilizations and today the tradition continues as a symbol of community and warm welcome. Here are 7 of our favorites!
-By Lori Garcia
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Why hello there, superfood quinoa. You taste so good as a rice substitute or any other grain substitute as a side dish. I've made you plenty of times and stuck you into the endless recipes for salads. I learned the best way to cook you, yet I yearn for more. Give me something more, quinoa. I'm tired of the hum drum, same old same old. Show me what you've got, make me drool. Quinoa, you came through for me, got me excited again, made me feel good and tingly all over. Thank you, quinoa, I love you again. - By Macki West
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
A great nude lipstick can work for almost any look, but it seems to be especially important this season. I blame it on the Yves Saint Laurent lipstick pin on Pinterest. I think that picture has spawned the entire trend! Picking out the perfect nude lipstick isn't as easy as you'd think. Makeup artist Emma White says, "I have found when choosing a nude, you must be careful to achieve that perfect natural glow. The color must assist in balancing your skin tone and avoid making the client appear too pale or tired. The right lipstick is a must!" One of the best places to look for your perfect nude is often the inside of your lower lip. Your right nude lipstick will be a slightly darker version of this color, a balance of pink and peach that will work with your skin tone. It may take a few tries, but that perfect nude lipstick is out there for everyone! - By Christine Mikesell
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Now that the initial back-to-school adjustment period (a.k.a. when my kids act like crazed monkeys because they can't handle major schedule changes) is over, it's time for me to start thinking about ways to set them up for success this year. So I spoke with my friend Ann Dolin, who is a very smart and fancy author, and an education expert. She gave me some suggestions for things I could be doing to help my kids academically. She shared several dos and don'ts, and I'm very grateful for that! I have to say, I think I might be most grateful for the don'ts. Some of her don'ts were things I was doing or saying, and I'm about to put a hard stop on them. Check out her suggestions and find out how you can set your kids up for success in school. -By Julie MinerRead More »from A Lot to Learn: 7 Critical Dos and Don'ts for a Successful School Year
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- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
I enjoy cooking as much as the next person. But sometimes you just need a little something fun in the kitchen to make cooking a tad bit more enjoyable. These awesome cutting boards are great for just that. I love how unique they are! Use them in the kitchen to chop up your ingredients or use them to serve up your favorite cheese spread at a party - whatever you plan on using your cutting boards for, here are 7 fantastic options to choose from.
-By Melanie Blodgett
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM EDT
I find baby name inspiration from a lot of places, and when I was searching out the perfect name for this baby I'm carrying, I looked far and wide. I wanted something for this baby boy that was going to be strong, would fit well with his last name, and would meld with my other three kids' names. I don't like anything common and prefer the more unusual without being too out there. I am hugely in love with last names being used as first names - they tend to sound really strong and are never too common. Have you ever checked out the top surnames in the United States? They have some great baby name fodder in there for your to choose from, and I've picked out 7 surnames that you are sure to love for your little one! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Welcome to the World, Kennedy! 7 Common Last Names that Make Great Baby Names
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
I suppose it could be argued that after I decided to lose the "Newlywed 19," I started on the weight loss plateau. For several weeks after my husband and I began running together and trying to figure out how to feed ourselves good food, I didn't see any progress. I'm not going to lie - it was discouraging. Slowly, however, things began to change. I kept at it, ran until it hurt, cut back on sweets, and learned to cook. And pretty soon I started to feel like a better version of myself: more energetic and confident in my body, more capable of doing the things I needed to do, and more interested in making healthy choices and leading an active lifestyle. My experience with losing weight and building a healthy living pattern is pretty typical. Common, even. Whatever the reason, don't let a little (or a lot) of time on the weight loss plateau keep you from working toward the healthy lifestyle you have planned. These tips will help you out of your rut and on the track to better health. -ByRead More »from Sense of Scale: 7 Smart Tips for Overcoming a Weight Loss Plateau
- Babble.com | Back To School – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:37 PM EDT
Is there a difference between defending myself and protecting myself?
Do I really want to intervene every time another kid hurts my child?
These were the questions going through my mind as my son came in crying because the younger neighbor hit him for the 30th time in the past two weeks. My son is 9, but he is not a violent or aggressive kid. The younger neighbor kid has hurt him countless times: throwing rocks at his face, tripping him…
This week I've about had it when my son came in crying because the neighbor kid knocked him off his bike onto the concrete floor. Then it was that the neighbor kid took a giant rock and smashed his fingers.
This is what I have taught my son:
- Don't fight.
- You use your words.
- Tell him what he's doing is not okay and he needs to stop.
- Look at him in the eye and with a stern voice tell him, "It's not okay to hit me."
- Go tell his mother so she is aware of the situation. Or tell another
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
Last week, my social feeds were all abuzz with chatter about whether it is responsible or not to post photos of your kids online. There was a Slate article that was making parents feel guilty about posting pictures of their children. The author didn't just list kid photos not to post online, she said NO photos were acceptable. It was intense. I will admit that it gave me pause, for about a split second, then reality settled in. My children weren't born into the digital age, they were already here when it came about. They have grown and evolved alongside it just as I have. Of course their situation is a bit unique, because not only does their mother work in the social media sphere, she is also a nationally recognized children's TV personality. People know and recognize them. That's why I never bothered to mask their names in my postings. It seemed rather futile. That doesn't mean that I post willy nilly about my kids. I don't. I have specific rules that I crafted to serve as my veryRead More »from When Parental Overshares Go Too Far: 7 Photos of Your Kids You Should NEVER Post Online