• Astrology's not just for giving you hints about your future. Momstrology, the new book from AstroTwins Ophira and Tali Edut, is full of smart, on-target parenting tips. Not so wonky after all, is it? By Ava Feuer, REBDOOK.

    Aries
    You approach motherhood just like you do everything else--head-on. But even though you're confident and sometimes a bit diva-like--fellow Aries Kourtney Kardashian and Victoria Beckham definitely are--your fourth house of motherhood is in Cancer, meaning you've got plenty of maternal instinct and nurturing qualities. You naturally put your needs first, which makes motherhood a big adjustment. However, it's also helpful for teaching your kids independence and self-sufficiency. "You may be better at the playing the stereotypical 'dad' role…and you may be the tough disciplinarian," write the AstroTwins. "Even if you still play the stereotypical 'mom' role, your strength and boundless energy still permeate your every move."

    Taurus
    You're old-fashioned

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  • You don't need an artist's steady hand to paint these graphic stripes on Easter eggs. The trick to uniform bands is a notched cardboard box, which helps control the egg and paintbrush.

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    Materials
    Small square cardboard box
    Awl or corkscrew tip
    Wooden skewer
    Blown-out egg, with holes centered at top and bottom. (Learn how to blow out eggs here.)
    Adhesive putty
    Paintbrush
    Craft paint

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    1. Cut three pointed notches in one side of box, as shown.

    2. With awl, punch holes on opposite sides of box, 1 inch below top edge, as shown.

    3. Push skewer in 1 side of box, then through holes in egg (enlarge as needed), then through other side of box.

    4. Knead 2 chunks of putty until soft. Pinch onto skewer and each end of egg to hold in place.

    5. Dip brush in water, then in paint. (The larger the brush, the wider the stripe will be.) Hold brush handle in a notch, with bristles

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  • 7 Ways Employers Drive Away Working Moms7 Ways Employers Drive Away Working MomsIn the year since the publication of Lean In, more and more women have been asking themselves how they can overcome "internal obstacles" to achieve career success, as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg urges in her popular, much-debated book. But while Sandberg's advice hinges largely on what women can do for themselves, she also acknowledges some of the external challenges facing mothers in the workplace.

    "Too few workplaces offer the flexibility and access to child care and parental leave that are necessary for pursuing a career while raising children," she writes.

    What happens when professional responsibilities become totally incompatible with parenting duties? Many mothers leave their positions - either to go to other companies, take on part-time work, or stop paid work all together. In the interest of disclosure, I should note that I fall into the second group - after the birth of my second child, I went from full-time news producer to freelance writer.

    While women like me may face

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  • Babble Exclusive: Kevin and Danielle Jonas Talk Diapers, the Paparazzi, and More!Babble Exclusive: Kevin and Danielle Jonas Talk Diapers, the Paparazzi, and More!It's been almost two months since the birth of Baby Jonas - also known as Alena Rose Jonas - and it seems like people just can't stop talking about how adorable she is. And of course there are two people who would totally agree with that statement, parents Kevin and Danielle Jonas.


    Kevin and Danielle recently took a little time to sit down with Babble to talk about their new lives as celebrity parents and how they are handling the round-the-clock feedings, sleepless nights, and diaper duty shifts with their new bundle of joy. The Jonas family also gave Babble a first look at Alena's stylish nursery, designed by Vanessa Antonelli of NessaLee Baby which set the couple back $14,000. But hey, when you've got the world's cutest baby and two parents that are head-over-heels in love with her, only the best will do, right?

    Check out our Q&A with Kevin and Danielle Jonas below, along with pics of Alena's nursery too and let us know what you think!

    What have been the best surprises

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  • Yesterday, I shared some interesting tidbits about the inspiration behind the film Frozen as well as information for families who are looking to visit Norway, the land of Elsa and Anna. For those of us who can't make the trek to Europe, there is another option! During my trip to Quebec City last week, Disney immersed us in the world of Frozen by taking us to the incredible Hotel de Glace and arranging for us to experience activities in the surrounding area. Everything tied in quite beautifully, and it occurred to me that this would be the ideal trip for families who want to experience the film in an interactive and educational way. If you plan on visiting Montreal, Quebec City is just a three hour drive away, or you have the option of flying directly in to the Jean Lesage International Airport. The two nights and three days that I spent in Quebec were just about perfect, and it's quite easy to replicate! Click below to find out where to go and what to do in Quebec City in order to

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  • How I Learned to Navigate a Family Life OverseasHow I Learned to Navigate a Family Life Overseas"GPS is my frenemy," I posted on Facebook one month after I moved to London from New York with my husband and three children. I felt stranded in an unfamiliar city, piloting an SUV that felt more like a tank on London's narrow roads and blindly following a disembodied voice.

    "Does she have an English accent?" a friend gamely commented.

    She does. And all that day as I drove around listening to her clipped instructions - thinking of her as both a cow and a godsend -- I kept fixating on the "frenemy" metaphor. She's very demanding: "In 200 yards turn left, TURN LEFT!" She never admits when she's wrong, like when leading me into a footpath through a park. And she's never happy for me when I get it right. Just once I'd like to hear her say, "Well done, you clever girl," instead of, "You have arrived at your destination."

    But without her I'd be lost.

    My move to London had left me adrift. I realized the morning I wrote that Facebook post that not only was I beholden to a

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  • 5 Surprise Skills New Moms Master

    5 Surprise Skills New Moms Master5 Surprise Skills New Moms MasterThere is so much to learn when you become a mom. You have to figure out how to put the diapers on so they holds everything in. You have to learn how to manage your sanity on very little sleep, and you are responsible for the safety and happiness for this new human that relies on you for everything.

    Motherhood teaches you a lot of intangible things, too. You learn how much your heart can grow in one moment. You learn that holding your baby while he cries is the best thing you could be doing at that moment. You learn that while things are forever changed, you are so much better for it.

    Some things we learn out of safety (like how to survive on no sleep), some out of necessity (like diapers) and other skills we learn to master out of circumstance, like these 5:

    1. How to live off just coffee

    I didn't start drinking coffee until a few weeks after my third child was born, thanks to sleep deprivation and an inability to "sleep when baby sleeps" -- that's because I have too much to

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  • Italian woman didn't learn of the December mistake for 3 months(Newser) - "Mix-up" is a word best left out of sentences involving another word: pregnancy. But the two are making headlines together following yesterday's report that a woman in Rome became pregnant with twins after undergoing fertility treatment-except the embryos she was implanted with weren't those of her and her partner. The woman wasn't alerted to the issue until she was three months along. The AFP reports the switch somehow happened on Dec. 4 at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome. Four couples received treatment that day, and it's unclear whether any other improper pregnancies resulted.

    There's also no word on how the mix-up came to light, though Rome's health authority said it learned there was "genetic incompatibility" between the parents and embryos on March 27. The country's health ministry is now investigating, and no further implantations are being done at the clinic.

    It's far from the first time this has happened: In 2009 an Ohio woman implanted with the wrong

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  • Easter Egg Hunt Invitations

    A cheerful clip-art invitation sets the tone for your Easter gathering.

    Print clip art onto card stock. Cut out card, and fold in half. Join the backs of the two halves with double-sided tape or a glue stick.

    Print the Easter Egg Hunt Invitation

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    Easter Basket Tags

    Inexpensive baskets are adorned with clip art tags for kids to write their names on, so there are no mix-ups at your Easter-egg hunt party.

    Print onto card stock, and cut out. Punch a hole at the top, and thread with string or ribbon. Use open space to write a name on each.

    Print the Easter Basket Tags

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    Sticker Easter Eggs How-To

    You can use any stickers to embellish eggs. Kids enjoy the activity, and stickers offer an easy way to seal a plastic egg or designate special eggs in a hunt.

    Materials
    1/4-inch round stickers (or 1/4-inch hole punch)
    Adhesive

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  • As our technology evolves more and more rapidly, some gadgets find themselves collecting dust in the basement. The video series, "Kids React," has elementary and middle school-aged kids checking out stuff from before they were born. In the most recent episode, the kids are handed a Walkman and tasked with trying to figure out what it is. Unsurprisingly, the iPad generation is totally mystified by the machine, but one eventually figures out that there's a "play" button.

    Below, a couple of the most hilarious kid quotes from the video:

    "Ooh, a phone! Oh, wait, what is this thing?" said one very disappointed kid. Another just poked the Walkman repeatedly, waiting for it to do something.

    "You gotta be kidding me," said one boy, when told that the device could, in fact, play music.

    "I feel so judged right now," said one girl, who hasn't gotten to the 'what irony is' section of her textbook yet.

    Once the kids find out what a Walkman is, they're handed cassettes to play in them. "Are these like

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