Click through for 7 red and green outfits that I put together, each of which share a different tip or idea on how to pair the colors in a creative and chic way, so that you can dress festively this season… without looking like a walking Christmas tree! -By Merrick WhiteRead More »from Haute, Haute, Haute! 7 Non-Tacky Ways to Wear Red and Green This Christmas
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:24 PM ESTWhen I was a little girl, I would always pair red and green together during the Christmas season. Throw on a pair of dangly plastic Christmas tree earrings and I was good to go. Probably all my ensembles would have fit right in at any ugly sweater party. These days I still love the idea of pairing red and green during the holidays, but I'm doing it in a more sophisticated, subtle, and fashionable way.
- Looking for Inspiration? Take a WalkMy very first boss had a unique way of working. Some people did not quite understand him because whenever you walked past his office it didn't seem like he was working. Frankly, it took a little while for me to get it too, but once I did, he never ceased to amaze me.
We worked on a difficult client and our team consistently had to put fires out, but he was busy playing games on his computer. However, without fail the very next morning he would come in to work with an ideal solution, and we moved forward. You see, it turns out that he did his best problem-solving thinking during his 25-minute walk to and from the office.
Every writer has a preferred method or two for those annoying periods of writer's block. When I have writer's block, I usually take a walk outside or on the treadmill. Sometimes I even return from a walk with a list of notes on my phone's notepad of items that I would like to investigate or write about.
Perhaps I started this because of my boss, or maybe I justRead More »from Can Exercising Make You a More Creative Thinker?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:56 PM EST
Your first kiss. It's a moment every woman cherishes. Well, that or a memory guaranteed to make you cringe no matter how many years have passed and great kisses you've experienced since then. Either way, you'll never forget it. It's always fun to hear stories of other ladies' first smooches, whether it's to swoon or commiserate. We reached out to some of the BEST relationship bloggers out there to hear all about their experiences with this particular rite of passage. From romantic spontaneity to some Spin the Bottle trauma, take a look at these 8 amazing first kiss stories - the good, the bad, and the sloppy. -By Babble EditorsRead More »from 8 Women Spill the Stories of Their First Kiss — the Good, the Bad, and the Sloppy
- The Car Seat Mistake Parents Make Every Winter
Every morning, before we leave for school, my wife bundles up my son in his jacket, mittens, hat, scarf, and boots. He hauls on his backpack and then climbs into his car seat in the backseat.
I tell her it's ridiculous to bundle him up like that, I've already had the car warmed up and it's a 20 minute drive to school. Still, she insists.
So as soon as we get outside, I unbundle him and then he climbs in the car. Yes, even though the temperature is near freezing, I make him take his coat off before he gets in the car.
Car seat straps need to be snug to the chest. Any thick material between the strap and your child's body is a distance they could move in an accident and not be restrained. That puffy jacket, that thick sweater, could prove to be the source of a serious injury.Read More »from The Car Seat Mistake Parents Make Every Winter
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:13 PM ESTNo, Your Kids Are Not Extensions of YouThis morning while decorating the Christmas tree, my son let me in on a little secret. Let's call it a philosophy, even, a guiding principal by which the four-year-old makes decisions.
"Daddy, whatever you like, I don't like, because you like it. And whatever you don't like, then I like, because you don't like it. Does that make sense?"
Well, Merry Christmas to you too, kid! I thought, as he wickedly smiled at me with his arms crossed, gloating because he's hip to the age old system of how to drive parents crazy, a rubric that he'll surely employ into his teenage years, and probably beyond. I couldn't help but feel a modicum of frustration by his declaration, but you know what emotion came on even stronger? Admiration. What a clever, self-aware little pain-in-the-butt my kid is.
"It makes a kind of sense, sure," I admitted.
And it does, really. There are times when kids mimic, taking on your attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and even your sayings, cobbling together an identityRead More »from The Importance of Recognizing that Your Kids Are Not an Extension of You
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:55 AM ESTHuman Rights Day 2013
We live in a rather cozy and safe country. Yes, we have our bouts of heinous tragedies, and countless acts of violence can occur on any given day. But overall, we are far safer and enjoy far more rights and freedoms than many other areas in the world.
So when we hear things like "Human Rights Day," which is today, it can seem a bit foreign to us. Most of us reading this live comfortable enough lives - heck, you obviously have Internet, and that's more than can be said by 2/3 of the world's population, which has no Internet access at all.
But human rights is a topic that should concern us all. Especially as women. Especially as pregnant women. And, for me, especially as a gay woman.
Women have historically been without rights and protections. In fact, it's only been since the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in 1993 - 20 years ago - that "women's rights are now acknowledged asRead More »from Human Rights Day 2013: What it Means for Women, Pregnant Mothers, and Me
Yesterday, as I walked up to Lamar and hugged him from behind, our cousin jokingly said: "How long have you been married?" I said, "for eight years." And she laughed and said, "You've been married for too long to still be acting like that." And I said: "Do you think you are supposed to get married and then all of your smooching and hugging and kissing will go away? … No way." Of course she was joking, but I know that there are many people that really think that when you are no longer newlyweds, all of the lovey-dovey moments will go away. While it does happen in some marriages, it does NOT have to be that way. Click through for 7 common myths about marriage - debunked! -By Ronnie Tyler
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- Babble.com | Shine Supper Club – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:46 AM EST
Simple Holiday Green Salad with Orange VinagretteI started making this salad a few years ago when I needed a last-minute salad to take to a Christmas party. I was in charge of making salad for about 100 people. Not a small feat! I was able to pull together a healthy, delicious, simple holiday green salad with ingredients I already had on hand (minus the greens!). The salad was a huge hit at the party and I've been making it every year since then.
The salad's popularity comes from how simple and delicious it is. The vinaigrette is made with fresh orange juice and white wine vinegar with a spicy ginger kick. I've made it with both ground and fresh ginger, depending what I had on hand, and both ways are fantastic. The fresh ginger gives it a burst of freshness, but it's the pinch of cloves and cinnamon that gives it a little something extra that people love, but can't quite put their finger on. I like to add candied walnuts or pecans for extra crunch and sweetness.Read More »from Try This Sweet and Savory Salad with Orange Vinaigrette for Dinner Tonight!
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:23 AM ESTAs we patiently await the arrival of our third child in early February, I have started to prepare my girls for his arrival. One of my favorites so far has been redesigning their room into an official "big girl" room for them. Avery, my youngest, is currently in a crib and Harlan, my oldest, is in a toddler bed. I wanted to help them both make the transition into a room better suited for them well before their new brother arrives so that the transition will go smoothly. For the redesign of the room, I went to Michelle Freedberg, the owner of Bellini, a family-owned furniture company, who has helped design a number of baby and children's rooms, including several celebrities. I knew Michelle would be perfect to help me with our small space because she has worked with several clients in New York City who are dealing with the same issue that I am; two kids in one small room. Since working with Michelle on the redesign, she's given me several useful tips for making the most out of a smaller Read More »from Close Quarters: 8 Pro Tips for Decorating and Sharing a Small Space
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM ESTCampaign in Switzerland Uses People with Disabilities as Models for Mannequins
Over the weekend, I took my 5-year-old daughter to see Frozen (two thumbs-up for a movie in which a princess saves herself before her true love can do it for her!). As we settled into our seats, a woman walked into the theater pushing a wheelchair in which a young man with visible disabilities sat.
My daughter stared. I asked her to stop.
"Not everyone looks the same," I told her quietly. "It's OK to be curious, but just like when you don't like when people stare at you, it's not OK to stare at anyone else."
It's a conversation we've had a few times lately. A couple of months ago, she told the male cashier at a local bookstore that he looked like a girl because of his ponytail that spanned the length of his back.
"I can see why'd you'd think that," I told her. "But that's the kind of thing that you need to say to me, and only after we leave. Some girls have short hair and some boys have long hair. Neither is right nor wrong."
We liveRead More »from New Ad Campaign Uses People with Disabilities as Models for Mannequins