Brigid W.

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California just cracked down on parents who don't vaccinate their kids

In California, parents now have a clear choice: get your children vaccinated or brush up on your home-schooling skills. Today, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB277, a bill that eliminates personal and religious beliefs as exemptions for school vaccination requirements. That means …

BA’s Best Rice Pudding

8 Servings<p>We know raisins are controversial in rice pudding, so rather than fan the flames, we kept them separate. (But guys, there’s rum.) This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Boozy Fruit<p>½ cup light brown sugar<p>2 tablespoons dark rum<p>2 tablespoons orange …

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Our Favorite Summer Cocktails

Road Trip: 10 Must-See Spots From Salt Lake City to San Diego

Since its creation, Interstate 15 has been promoted as a scenic highway, and it’s one of the nation’s longest north-south transcontinental highways, …

Maxisms: 8 Things I Learned from My Crazy Father

My father, Max Feldt, stood 6' 3" with a personality so big (and the towns we lived in so small) that the postal service once delivered a letter to me addressed only: "To the eldest daughter of Big Max, Stamford, Texas."<p>Family lore says he roared, "Who said I wanted a boy?" when reminded that prior …

Lemonade Refresh: 4 Ways to Spice up Your Lemonade

Summer is here which means it's time to set up your lemonade stand! Okay, maybe you're a little to old for that now, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a grown-up rendition. That's why I've come up with four deliciously unique versions of lemonade perfect for a backyard gathering on a hot summer …

"Oh, My God:" The Laments of Jesus Echo Throughout All Religions

<i>Jesus Laments</i> by Hugh Colmer<p>I've always wondered what Jesus would have said about acts perpetrated in His name. On the one hand, Christians called Jesus the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, and the Embodiment of Love. On the other hand, from its inception, Christian leaders initiated hateful …

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s …

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11 Crazy Cool Luxury Hotels That Will Give You Insane Wanderlust

Ever wanted to sleep in a tree house? What about an igloo? It’s pretty clear that travel these days can get a bit monotonous — land, arrive at hotel, unpack, go to the beach, eat at said hotel, sleep and repeat. That’s why we’ve rounded up some extravagant travel accommodations that will scare, …

These 20 stars from blockbuster movies were replaced in the sequels — here's why

But there are instances in which change is necessary. Sometimes for the betterment of a movie, but sometimes they leave viewers scratching their heads.<p>From "Batman" to The National Lampoon "Vacation" franchise, check out the most notable recastings in movie history.

The Hottest Bars in 15 U.S. Cities

From craft-beer destinations to swanky cocktail lounges, here are the hottest bars in 15 U.S. cities. Bottoms up!<p><b>Atlanta: The Southern Gentleman</b><p><b>Why it's hot:</b> The bartenders at this Buckhead Atlanta space (which shares a kitchen and management team with the neighboring Gypsy Kitchen) will tell you …

How to stay safe on your next camping trip

When the warmer weather hits, nature lovers like to take to the unbeaten path, packing up their tents, sleeping bags and campfire equipment to sleep …

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5 Love Lessons to Help Your Relationship Thrive

<b>“Some people come into your life as blessings. Others come into your life as lessons.” ~Mother Teresa</b><p>Going by experience, I should have been …

7 Things I Learned About Life and Motherhood When I Went Back to Work

I've gone back to work after almost four years at home with my kids. I got the job a while ago and have been anxiously waiting to start, unsure of how I'd feel. I'm not sure I've been at it long enough to make any grand declarations, but I do feel like I've gained clarity on some of the …

5 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Maureen Callahan<p>Sometimes foods we love land in the nutritional “dog house” because of a negative news story. And then it doesn’t matter what health experts say, or what new research comes to light. In our minds we come to think of these foods as unhealthy choices.<p>Take …

The Best Nutrition Bars to Buy on a Diet

It's not so easy to choose the right nutrition bar these days. Besides seeing countless brands on the market, there are a ton of different ingredients and health claims to shuffle through. Do you pick high protein? Gluten-free? What about low-fat? The options are endless. That's why we turned to …

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Keep Fidgeting! Movement Helps Improve Focus in Kids With ADHD

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, notoriously fidget in the classroom. That disruptive behavior likely isn't just a symptom, but may actually boost cognitive performance, a new study finds.<p>Physical activity, like bouncing on a ball chair or even chewing gum, seems to …

Eating A Handful Of Nuts Every Day Could Lower Your Risk Of Cancer

Eating half a handful of peanuts or nuts a day could help protect against conditions such as cancer and heart disease, researchers have revealed.<p>A …

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9 Classic Cookies: Tested and Perfected

Look no further for the best cookie recipes. From chocolate chip to simple sugar, these classic cookies have all been tested, perfected and family-approved.<p><b>1. Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies</b><p>With two secret ingredients, these chocolate chip cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the …

8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

You've decided to give up diet soda—good idea! Maybe you weren't hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn't stomach that long list of ingredients …

29 Celebs Who Look EXACTLY Like Their Kids

TWINS.<p>Genetics are an amazing thing, but it's almost scary how much these kids look like their famous parents. Here, 29 parent/child doppelgangers who bring family resemblance to a whole new level.

Three excellent, less-crowded-than-the-Louvre Paris museums to explore

Despite what the song says, winter isn't the only time it drizzles in Paris. On average, you can expect rain at least one of every three days in the City of Light — and not so light rain, at that.<p>The savvy traveler needs a contingency plan when it's too wet to wander. One solution: ducking into one …

Most Popular US Campgrounds

Campgrounds and RV parks are great places to enjoy hiking, biking, boating, and other outdoor recreation activities during your leisure time.<p>Triple …

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4 Things We Learned About Friends from Co-Creator Marta Kauffman

Creating a hit show that shapes pop culture for decades takes a certain level of … unagi.<p>On Friday, co-creator Marta Kauffman took fans behind the …

27 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Lover Should Read

You've read Harry Potter 12 times now. Put it down, and read these instead.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Claire Rosen's birds of paradise - in pictures

From William Morris patterns to computer desktops, flowers and birds are a classic combination for wallpapers. In her series <i>Birds of a Feather</i>, New York-based artist Claire Rosen created living versions of these traditional wallpapers, matching a selection of tropical birds with vintage floral …

Amy Sherman-Palladino Says 'Gilmore Girls' Couldn't Exist Today

"Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino says TV has changed so much in the past 15 years, the show simply couldn't exist today.<p>"Today, you don't sell 'Gilmore Girls,' nobody buys it," Sherman-Palladino, the show's co-creator, said on Saturday during her panel ahead of the "Gilmore Girls" …