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  • Formula from a coffee machine makes life easy

    Switzerland is already known for its premium chocolates, coffee, and bank accounts. But with the introduction of the BabyNes in the neutral zone, moms all over the bi-lingual country will be able to have a side of formula for the babies when they order up their lattes.

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    Nestle has introduced their single-serve formula pods and high-tech machine that mixes up a bottle for baby, at the correct temperature and volume, in one minute. Similar to the Nescafe pods -- in fact, exactly like the pods -- this machine is described as a "comprehensive nutrition system for babies."

    See it in action in this BabyNes video.

    I can already hear the arguments against a fast, easy, and let's face it -- sexy -- machine that delivers formula. In fact, Baby Milk Action has already spoken out against the machine, and Nestle for its past actions as well. Marketing formula to new momsis always a hot button issue, but

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  • Why we ignore the red flags that he's Mr. Wrong

    My heart really goes out to this season's Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert. She's clearly clueless that villainous suitor Bentley Williams is terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. But beyond that, she seems to suffer from a syndrome I'd bet MOST women have suffered from at one point or another. It can even be chronic. Symptoms include: Focusing on lust over reality, ignoring your intuition, passing off what your friends say as "jealousy" or "being nosey," and generally obsessing over a guy who just doesn't give you the time of day. On the surface, it sounds crazy, right?! But when you're in it, it's totally normal. You're just head over heels!

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    But if you're anything like Ashley and can't stop thinking of/wanting/attempting to "change" a guy who keeps evading you, you need a wake-up call.

    When we're attempting to snag a guy who isn't into us, it's almost like we're sleepwalking through our own love lives. We

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  • 5 Father's Day gifts for the dad who has everything

    Yes, we spend lots of time talking about moms on this site, but that doesn't mean we don't love dads, too. And because we love them so much -- and everything they do -- we want to get them the perfect gift this Father's Day (it's Sunday, June 19th, btw).

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    But, they're not always the easiest to shop for. ("This shirt's too small," "I wanted this in black," "I already read this book.") So we've made your life a little easier by searching the Internet high and low for five great gifts the dad in your life is sure to love. You're welcome. Now let's get shopping!

    Hidden Message Money Clip Wallet, $39.95, Red Envelope. You know he needs a new wallet, but it can be kind of a boring gift. Spice it up by personalizing it. A sweet (and perhaps sexy?) note from you, or a funny message from the kids -- either way, it make him smile each time he's about to drop some cash.

    Automatic Electric Wine Opener, $39.95,

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  • 6 ways to fight off the sun’s rays in style

    Many of us got a taste of it this Memorial Day Weekend - that searing, my-skin-is-broiling-like-a-kebab heat. It's coming, you guys, faster than a 10-year-old on a Razor scooter all jacked up on Mountain Dew, and I for one am arming myself silly. Non-toxic sunscreen, ginormous hats - basically anything short of a UV ray-reflecting hamster ball.

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    I'd be all for stocking up on clothing with SPF, but until now, most lines have concentrated on function, not form. Which means you'll most likely be safe at the beach, but you won't look remotely cute doing it. "Outdoorsy" and "plain" come to mind whenever I browse lines that incorporate SPF protection - two adjectives I would never use to describe anything in my closet.

    Luckily, it seems as though SPF clothing is taking a turn for the fashionable. Here are some pieces you won't be embarrassed to wear to your next sunny social event.

    This flared skirt

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  • New Marilyn Monroe pics may be the ultimate garage sale score

    Marilyn Monroe would turn 85 today, June 1, if she was still alive, but even though she died nearly 50 years ago, she remains as fascinating to us as ever. Some never-before-seen photosof the blonde bombshell have been recently uncovered, and much like her life and death, they're surrounded with plenty of mystery and intrigue as well..

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    The negatives to these new pictures, some of which feature a bikini-clad Monroe, were scooped up by a New Jersey adult entertainment photographer, Anton Fury, more than 30 years ago. He paid a whopping $2 for an envelope containing the negatives at a garage sale, and told the New York Post he had no idea who was in the pictures. "I thought it was just some chick in a bikini," he said.

    Upon examining them, he realized later that day just who that chick was, and had a brief freak out before inexplicably just putting them on a shelf (so to speak) for the next three

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  • Cicada problem? Make them tonight’s dinner!

    Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, the taste of summer is finally here. You know what that means, right? It's time to throw a few light beers in the cooler and roast up some cicadas.

    Yes, cicadas. You know, those noise producing, scary-looking larger versions of pesky flies that flock through the air the second summer's humidity hits? Mhm, guess what -- they're edible! And seemingly everywhere! Throwing lunch together has never been so easy!

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    OK, so it sounds a little disgusting, right? Well trust me -- you may be singing a different tune once I get through with you.

    According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, you can cook up these creepy crawlers and put them on just about anything. A few notes: It's best to get them where the bug itself is the most tender -- female cicadas have more meat than their male counterparts. Oh, and if the thought of the small legs tickling you as they go down your throat

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  • 8 tasty twists on potato salad

    'Tis the season to fire up the grillacross the country as family and friends unite to feast on festive food. While the burgers and brats are often the stars of the show, some of the best fare can also be found along the side lines -- the side dishes.

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    When it comes to sides, there's not one that's more delicious or more adaptable than good old potato salad. Whether you like it with mayonnaise or without, with eggs or with a kick of bacon or other goodness, there's a spud-based salad sure to please. Here are eight great potato salad recipes:

    Traditional Potato Salad This is about as classic of a recipe as you can get -- mayo, celery, and hard-boiled eggs are all in there.

    Nona's Potato Salad

    • 6 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 1 Tablespoon grated onion
    • 2 Hard boiled eggs, chopped
    • 2 Celery stalks, diced
    • Mayonnaise to taste (about 1/2-3/4 cup)
    • 1-2
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  • Trend alert: Spider lashes (VIDEO) is reporting that spider lashes are going to be a major beauty trend this fall.

    The name refers to heavily-mascara'ed upper and lower lashes, reminiscent of the style worn by models in the 60s and 70s. Click through to see an excellent video tutorial on how to get the look yourself.

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    Check out this helpful video:

    Essentially, all you have to do is brush on a base coat, then paint your lash base over and over until you achieve that piecey look.

    Love it!

    One of my favorite things about this new trend is that you can get the look using mascara that you almost certainly already have in your makeup drawer. Two mascaras I'm using now and loving:

    You can't go wrong with Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (, $4.99). I always keep some handy.

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    I received Mary Kay's Ultimate Mascara (Mary Kay, $15) for a

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  • New blood test tells you when you're going to die

    The future is no longer the future. It is the present. Because a new blood test is coming out next year that will tell you how much longer you have to live. (So, I guess it's technically it's still the future, but this is some freaky, science-fiction stuff!)

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    The quick and boring science of it goes like this: The test will measure a person's telomeres, which are these structures found on the tips of chromosomes. The length of your telomeres allegedly correlates with how fast you're dyingaging. Hence, scientists will be able to tell an approximation (not an exact date and time) of how much more time you have here on Earth.

    Going through the rest of your life knowing when you're time will be up. Hmm ... not sure how I feel about that.

    Just kidding, I do. Hell to the mother effing no to that crap! If I knew when I was going to die, there wouldn't be a day minute that went by where I didn't think about it. I feel like I

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  • These are not your grandma's garden gnomes

    With Gnomeo and Juliet coming out on DVD, I've got garden gnomes on my mind. What's their story? And are there offbeat options, beside the licensed version from the movie you see here (just $74.95 at Garden Fun for the full set -- just what you need, right?).

    Garden gnomes originated in Germany in the 19th century, then brought to England in 1847 by a guy who thought English gardens didn't have enough crazy stuff going on. It wasn't 'til the 1930s that they took off here, in the US, but there are some serious gnome enthusiasts out there.

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    If you're feeling gnomey yourself, don't feel like you are limited to the cute end of the spectrum. There are some verrrry unusual gnomes out there.

    Take steps to protect your gnomes, though. Kooky groups have popped up around the world to "liberate" garden gnomes and release them into the wild. One prank led to a popular movement called "gnoming," in which someone steals a

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