Watermelon: The pumpkin of summer
Team Mom

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

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    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Remember all those times your own parents warned you to eat your fruits and vegetables? Turns out grandma- and grandpa-to-be might've been on to something. New research suggests that pregnant women that drink a lot of water and eat a diet rich in veggies, fruits and whole grains are actually lowering their risk of preterm delivery.

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    Using data collected from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, researchers in Sweden, Norway and Iceland set out to examine whether a link exists between maternal diet and preterm delivery. They analyzed 66,000 women between 2002 and 2008. All of the women involved in the study completed a validated food-frequency questionnaire on their dietary habits during the first four to five months of pregnancy, did not have diabetes and had a singleton baby birth. For the study, researchers defined preterm delivery as taking place anywhere between 22 weeks and 37 weeks of

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  • Start your morning looking gorgeous.Start your morning looking gorgeous.

    You might think you're off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your slumber hours play an important role in how you look. "Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. If you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier during the day, it's time to adopt these nighttime habits.

    1. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.
    These fibers will keep you from waking up with a bird's nest on top of your head, and their texture softens wrinkles and fine lines because it causes less friction between your skin and the pillowcase. "Silk is easier on hair -- it helps avoid tangles and breakage," says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. "It's also better for the skin because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles."

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    2. Sleep on your back.
    Speaking of wrinkles,

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  • Corbis If you own a trendy fitness-tracking device such as the Fitbit or the new Vivofit, you’re probably diligent about getting your recommended 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of five miles). But you might not need to move as much as you think.

    According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, taking 10,000 steps isn't really necessary. “I wouldn't discourage people from taking 10,000 daily steps, but it’s not a magic or even scientifically proven number,” Tudor-Locke tells Yahoo Shine. The number originates from the 1960s, when Japanese pedometers were marketed under the name "manpo-kei" which translates to "10,000-steps meter." And as fitness trackers took off in the United States, companies adapted the goal of 10,000 steps.

    A number that better aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is between 7,000 and 8,000 steps. “The CDC says people

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  • Looking for a clever way to get organized? Try using one simple household tool: a tension rod. For just a few dollars, tension rods can help transform your living room, kitchen, and bedroom into a land of order — no drill necessary. Lifestyle expert Justine Santaniello shares some of her favorite ideas on this episode of "Easy Does It."

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    Spice drawer: If you have a kitchen drawer that just collects junk, try converting it into a spice holder. Simply lay small tension rods across the drawer, and adjust to different-sized bottles of spices.

    Under-the-sink storage: Does the cabinet under your bathroom sink look like a disaster? Organize your cleaning supplies by placing a medium-sized tension rod across the width of the cabinet. Hang any spray bottles of cleaner over the rod to free up space for more storage underneath.

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    Decorations: For a festive look around holidays, hang ornaments or other decorations from a

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  • I hear them over and over (and over)--and here's how I respond. By Lauren Oster, REDBOOK.

    We're not all like the neighbors from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.1. "That's so sad!"

    The end of Where the Red Fern Grows--now THAT'S sad. My happiness with my life just as it is, on the other hand, is pretty great; no violins needed, thanks!

    2. "How does your husband feel about that?"
    Oh, dear. I knew there was someone I'd forgotten to tell.

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    3. "Don't you like kids?"
    Very much, actually; I was a camp counselor for years, and I'm stockpiling storybooks for the kids my sisters plan to have. The fact that I'm not interested in having my own son or daughter means I can lavish my time, resources, and valuable life lessons on my friends' and family's offspring. That's quite it-takes-a-village and pro-kid, really.

    4. "But you'd be such a good mom!"
    I also could have been a good doctor, maybe, and I'd definitely be a good doorstop, but neither of those are things I want to be; aptitude isn't the same thing as

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  • By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    Here it comes, the backlash to the "Bad Mommy" backlash to the "Perfect Mother" backlash to the "Don't Be a Mother" backlash to the "You Have to Be a Mother" backlash to the… where was I? Oh right, the Salon article burning up my Facebook feed these days, titled "The tyranny of the bad mother: Slacker moms are just as intimidating as perfect ones." Elissa Strauss writes about the persona of the "Bad Mother," which has colonized the world of mommy blogs: "Born in the sanctimommy's shadows, the bad mother is everything the perfect breast-feeding, plastic-avoiding mom is not… But then the bad mothers started getting a little judgey themselves." Could it be that the real problem is that we have become addicted to labeling ourselves as mothers? And how has this happened?

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    Let me digress briefly here to say that I personally exist with a foot in two different parenting cultures. I met many of my original mommy friends

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Watermelon: The pumpkin of summer
Team Mom

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