Watermelon: The pumpkin of summer
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BuzzFeed's Deena Shanker shares creative ideas to make the most out of the versatile fruit

  • Warmer weather is on the way, and it's almost time for everyone's favorite summertime treat: watermelon. Deena Shanker is the Healthy Food Editor at BuzzFeed, and she stopped by to share creative ideas for making the most of the versatile fruit.

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    Watermelons are coming to be known as "the pumpkins of the summer" for their popularity as a seasonal flavor and for their carvability. From functional creations like a watermelon basket that will hold a fruit salad to fanciful watermelon flowers that can serve as a centerpiece, it's possible to turn a watermelon into an array of shapes.

    To make watermelon even more fun for the kids to eat, try skewering a slice onto a Popsicle stick. "The big problem with watermelon for kids is the stickiness factor, and this treat fixes that," Deena says. Another great idea? Use watermelon as a healthy alternative to ice cream by placing a scoop of the fruit into a traditional ice cream come.

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  • I was perusing Facebook the other day and up popped this photo with the caption “Look what I just found in Orion's backpack. I have no words.” It was posted by a friend whose 5-year-old son is in kindergarten. For those of you not familiar with the LMFAO song (or the way little kids spell), it says, “My sister is sexy and she knows it.” I laughed out loud — one of those cringe-y, I’ve-so-been-there but I’m-glad-this-is-not-me laughs. And then I liked it. The comment section lit up with smiley face emojis and “you should frame this!” declarations. My friend’s husband (jokingly) added: “The one I found says, ‘I got pashun in my pants and I ayntt afrayed to show it.’” Clearly, they’re laughing about it, which is exactly what my husband and I would do. But there is an underlying issue here that plagues my family as well: The radio is a minefield of inappropriateness and when you like listening to music (or frequent places where music is played, like, I don’t know, Earth), it can be hard to

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  • Esquire

    By Ryan D'Agostino

    Last week, Esquire published a story I wrote called "The Drugging of the American Boy." The process of reporting and writing the story was, in many ways, completely depressing. As an editor at a men's magazine -- and more to the point, as a former boy -- what I discovered was enraging.

    To an astonishing degree, boys are being diagnosed with ADHD reflexively, absent any meaningful evaluation and, as a result, a lot of them are being put on powerful medications that can seriously mess with their health and development, both physical and mental. The problem of unreliable ADHD diagnoses and overmedication has been acknowledged before, but I came away believing that few people understand just how pervasive the problem is.

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    Few people understand that it's a crisis.

    One true high point of the experience was encountering Howard Glasser, founder of the Center for the Difficult Child in Tucson, Ariz. Glasser created a therapeutic

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  • Why I Won't Be Following This Easter Egg Hunt Trend

    Photo: PinterestIt’s Easter week, which means there’s been lots of chocolate-bunny-themed posts popping up in my Facebook feed. I love hearing how friends went on Cadbury egg benders and seeing the cute Easter bonnet shots (and the hilariously creepy Easter bunny shots). But one post made me do a double take: Color-coded egg hunts. As in, each kid gets assigned a certain color egg and is only allowed to collect those pre-designated eggs. At first the OCD-er in me was drawn to the pretty picture with all the order. The buckets match the eggs! I almost hit "like" but then I realized how much I dislike the idea. The post I read touted it as a way to “keep it all fair.” For real? This is so not for me. Here’s why:

    For one, this level of organization just adds more work and feels like part of the Pinterest, whatever-you're-doing-now-is-not-good-enough campaign to stress me out. Can’t we just scatter a bunch of eggs in the backyard and let the children loose? You have to tell kids who just sat still(ish)

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  • Popcorn: Three Ways

    There's nothing better than a bucketful of popcorn and your favorite movie. But before you hit the butter pump, give something new a try. Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli shows us three ways — both sweet and savory — to get creative with everyone's favorite movie snack.

    Simple popped corn:
    In a 2-3 quart saucepot, combine 1 teaspoon canola oil, 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Shake the pot to coat the kernels with the oil, cover, and place over high heat until you start to hear popping, 2-3 minutes. Keep the lid on, lower the heat, and gently shake the pot back and forth over the heat until the popping stops. Transfer the popcorn immediately to a bowl, leaving any unpopped kernels behind. Makes 4 cups. Season with salt to taste.

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    Dark chocolate and caramel popcorn:
    In a medium saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon unsalted butter with 1 tablespoon sugar, then melt over medium heat until it turns caramel-brown (careful, it will be extremely

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Veer/The BumpA new study, just published in the journal Pediatrics by researchers from Boston Medical Center, suggests that you may want to think twice before turning over the remote to your fussy toddler.

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    The study's lead researcher, Dr. Jenny Radskey, is recommending that parents not put their toddler in front of a TV to soothe any tantrums, because that could garner developmental issues later in life.

    "We found that babies and toddlers whose mothers rated them as having self-regulation problems - meaning, problems with calming down, soothing themselves, settling down to sleep, or waiting for food or toys - watched more TV and videos when they were age 2," says Radskey. "Infants with self-regulation problems watched, on average, about nine minutes more media per day than other infants. This may seem small, but screen-time habits are established in these early years."

    More television watching could open the

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Watermelon: The pumpkin of summer
Blog
Team Mom

BuzzFeed's Deena Shanker shares creative ideas to make the most out of the versatile fruit