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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:46 PM ESTAs a born-and-raised Kansas girl, I didn't get into sushi until slightly later in life. It took me a few tries to acquire a taste for it, and a few more tries to be able to eat sashimi, but now it's one of those special meals I truly enjoy. Plus, sushi seems healthy. It's one more way to get some fish in my diet, it tastes fresh and light and it's oh-so-filling. But, as is true with everything fishy, you have to watch out for mercury, and a recent study in the Journal of Risk Research suggests that regularly eating sushi can post a significant risk to people from increased mercury exposure. It's disheartening that any benefit you may get from eating a "healthy protein" like fish might be negated by the negative effects of mercury. So do you need to put down the chopsticks? Not necessarily. But there are a few ways to make sure your sushi is good for you. Because besides mercury, sushi can go bad in a hurry; when you start frying the fish or adding cream cheese, its "healthy" Read More »from Something Fishy? 7 Health and Safety Stats Sushi Eaters Should Know
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:16 PM EST
They've been married two, three, four, five, even eight times, making the institution of marriage seem like a session of speed dating. Their relationships are plastered on magazine covers, and that's nothing compared to the coverage their breakups and divorces receive. So what do celebrities REALLY know about what it takes to have a happy marriage? A lot more than you might think. Here's what you can learn from some of the world's most divorced celebrities. -By Alisa BowmanRead More »from 7 Lessons in Love We Can Learn from Divorced Celebrities
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:15 PM ESTMisguided Texas Principal Forbids Students from Speaking Spanish in Class
When people are whispering to each other and purposefully leaving you out of their private conversation, you might find yourself experiencing feelings of loneliness, embarrassment or frustration. So perhaps it's no wonder that Amy Lacey, the principal of Hempstead Middle School near Houston, Texas, might have felt left out often. Over 50 percent of the students at her school are primarily Spanish speakers, according to greatschools.org. Therefore, if Lacey doesn't understand what they're saying because she doesn't also speak Spanish, she might feel isolated, as if most everyone is in on the secret except her.
So Lacey did what any insecure playground bully would do - she forcibly shut them up. On Nov. 12, she announced over the school's intercom that students are no longer permitted to speak Spanish in class, according to the website of local news station, KHOU.com.
It took two weeks for the district to takeRead More »from Misguided Texas Principal Forbids Students from Speaking Spanish in Class
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:13 PM ESTWhen Joanne Rowling first conceived of Harry Potter while waiting for a delayed train, she set into motion the makings of a literary phenomenon that would change lives for years to come. She created more than wizards and witches, spells and cauldrons, magical beasts, and ominous prophecies; she wove a narrative rich with existential inquiry and morals fit for the most timeless of fairy tales. In a world where the definition of personhood isn't so clear-cut, Harry took us on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero and do the right thing. As he battles dark lords, discrimination, hexes, and exploitation, the readers learn right along with him.
-By Dana Kimmelman Read More »from Elf Improvement: 7 Human Rights Issues Addressed in "Harry Potter"
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 4:25 PM EST
Christmas foods are one of my very favorite things about the holiday, but they can also be a bit heavy. So, for your Christmas or New Year's celebrations, why not add a healthy, colorful salad recipe to the holiday table? An eye-catching salad will add a bit of unexpected vibrance to your spread and (possibly much-needed) nutrients to the meal. Head below for 9 stunning winter salad recipes you can throw together in minutes. -By Brooklyn SupperRead More »from O Christmas Greens! 9 Healthy Salad Recipes for the Holidays
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 3:01 PM ESTThere's almost always a pretty steep learning curve for new parents. A few months back, I did a post on "8 Things I Had Learned in 8 Weeks of Being a New Mom." Now that our son has turned 9 months old, I thought it would be fun to get my husband's thoughts on some of the things he has learned and share it with you - naturally! It's always interesting to get a man's perspective. Here are 9 things my husband has learned in 7 months of being a new dad.
-By Carmen Ordonez Read More »from Founding Father: 7 Things My Husband Learned in 9 Months of Being a New Dad
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:41 PM ESTMind Over Matter: 7 Tips for Running a Strong Mental RaceA couple of weekends ago I ran a (small) 5K. I pushed myself really hard and broke my personal record. It was a hard-fought PR, in which I thought several times about giving up. I wondered if I actually could make it to the finish line. Just over halfway through, I told my husband, who was pacing me and cheering me on, that I was struggling - and then spent the last half of the race moaning as I tried to override the discomfort of pushing through burning legs and lungs. After I crossed the finish line, I felt the same degree of gratitude at having completed those 3 miles as I do when I finish a marathon. It was one of those things that I needed some time to process before I had the desire to do again.
Except that I'd already signed up for a 10K the very next weekend. And while I was physically recovered from that intense 5K, I was still processing it mentally. My brain wasn't ready to fully commit to pushing through that sameRead More »from Mind Over Matter: 7 Tips for Running a Strong Mental Race
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:18 PM EST
What's on the Christmas wish list for kids this year? Nothing, it would seem. Well, nothing in the sense that there is no "top toy" for 2013. "There are no hot toys this year; there really aren't," said Gerrick Johnson, a toy industry analyst at BMO Capital Markets. "In the 12 years I've been covering toys, we've always had something selling for a premium on eBay … This is the first time we're not seeing that." This is GOOD NEWS, people! Our kids get to be individuals. There's no playground competition to keep up with the other kids and be the first to have the biggest and best, or feel left out because Mama couldn't get off work in time to get the last hot toy from the shelf. This year, the kids want the classics. "The nostalgia surrounding some of the oldest toys will never go away," said Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation. "A lot of kids are still growing up on traditional toys." Here are the Top 10 Toys for Boys and Girls according to the NationalRead More »from 10 Vintage Toys Topping 2013 Christmas Wish Lists for Kids
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM EST
Why the Engagement Ring is the Foundation of Your MarriageThere are a thousand different opinions on rings that symbolize marriage. Some people put a lot of weight behind the meaning of a ring, while others think nothing of it at all. I recently read an article about the engagement ring titled, "Why Engagement Rings are a Joke."
The article, which you can read here, goes on to mock some of the marketing pitches that put so much emphasis on the ring and its correlation to love. While I agree that the marketing tactics can take an over-the-top approach to try and convince a person to buy the biggest, baddest diamond there is, I don't think they are a joke.
I actually think the engagement ring is the foundation of your marriage. Without a good engagement ring, the wedding ring and all else that follows may not even happen. Or if they do happen, it may not be what you expected.
Let me explain my take on rings. I believe there are 7 rings of marriage, but not everyone is familiar withRead More »from Why the Engagement Ring is the Foundation of Your Marriage
- Babble.com | Fashion – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM ESTIf the dress code for your holiday party this year is casual, might I recommend you go just slightly above casual? It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and casual certainly doesn't mean that you should wear sweats. If it's a holiday party, take the opportunity to wear your more casual pieces that are still festive and fun! Click through for a few ideas to put together your casual party holiday outfits this year! - By Merrick White Read More »from 8 Stylish Pieces that Are Perfect for a Casual Holiday Dress Code