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The best books for babies’ brains, according to psychological research

Parents often receive books at pediatric checkups via programs like Reach Out and Read and hear from a variety of health professionals and educators that reading to their kids is critical for supporting development.<p>The pro-reading message is getting through to parents, who recognize that it’s an …

Parenting

No-sugar diet: 8 tips and health benefits

The average adult eats much more sugar than necessary, so reducing added sugar intake is a good idea for most people. Some people take it a step …

Diabetes

Beyond ‘Fine’: 21 Questions To Get Kids Talking

It’s the age-old question parents ask their kids: “How was school today?” And for generations, kids have been grunting out some variation of the same …

Parenting

How to Be Mindful With a Barking Dog

“Dogs have two ways of communicating; body language and barking,” says Joanne Ometz, founder of Mindfulness For Dogs. “Barking can be disconcerting to humans, especially when it seems to go on forever, and can bring up feelings of frustration and even anger. Approaching barking with mindfulness can …

The ripple effects on girls when moms struggle with body image

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Kristin Hensley, a mom of two, complained to her friend Jen Smedley, also a mom of two, about having to put on a bathing suit with summer approaching, Smedley's wheels started turning.<p>The two women, both with extensive experience working in comedy, are hosts of the hit "I Mom So Hard" …

Parenting

Why you should protect your child's online privacy

If you don't want to have the bejesus scared out of you, don't talk to an expert on kids' online privacy. If you knew what was really out there -- online predators, identity thieves, data miners -- you'd lock up the internet and throw away the key.<p>The truth is, an ounce of prevention is worth a …

Privacy

Exploring the Unexpected of Napa Valley

While Napa Valley is known for great wine, it offers so much more. Experience bike trails, state parks, live music, restaurants and historic winery …

Napa Valley

Dads Really Do Treat Daughters And Sons Differently, And It Has A Lasting Impact

The different ways dads respond to and interact with sons and daughters can have a lasting impact<p>We’ve all heard the phrase “daddy’s girl.” Cue the …

Yes, It Is YOUR Job to Make Your Husband Happy

<i>Happiness is your job, because love starts with you. Read on to understand why, from Andrea Miller for YourTango.</i><p><b>Why do so many of us buy into the myth that marriage is supposed to make us happy?</b><p>I'm glad to see how marriage has evolved. It used to be much more transactional — happening principally …

A CrossFit Coach Says This Is the Best Way to Lose Belly Fat

Stop doing ab exercises, people. If you want to get rid of your unbudging belly fat, the answer isn't how many crunches you can do. Jade Jenny, head CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit says, "there are really no exercises to reduce belly fat, unfortunately this is the age-old …

8 Reasons Why Happy Couples Rarely Share Their Relationship Statuses on Social Media

Northwestern University found those who posted more frequently about their partner actually feel insecure in their relationship.<p>I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets a little annoyed by <i>that</i> couple on social media. You know who I'm talking about. Their profile pictures are selfies of them together …

Social Media

Women with painful gynaecological problems told by GPs: 'It's all in your head'

Nearly half of women need to visit their GP 10 times before being diagnosed with common gynaecological complaints, with doctors often telling patients their symptoms are ‘all in their head,’ MPs have found.<p>A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health (WHAAPG) found that doctors …

Drinking tequila could help you lose weight

Excellent news for agave-spirit lovers: while it's widely known that throwing back booze racks up calories, a new study has found a link between …

12 YouTube tutorials you need to watch if you're new to the whole makeup thing

Do you ever wonder what the fuss about Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit is because you never graduated from Bonne Bell Lip Smackers (RIP)? For makeup newbies, …

27 Skin Care Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

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2017 Kitchen Trends You Need in Your Life RN

It’s a new year, which means new home decor trends are hitting every inch of the house. For a lot of us, the kitchen is the control room — it’s where we feed our bellies, decompress from the day and come up with plans to get ish done — so you want it to be stylish, organized and creatively …

Home Decorating

8 Workouts That Burn the Most Calories

Kickboxing<p>1 of 9<p>You don't have to be the next Rocky to take up boxing. While it's not your standard bout in the ring, the competitive martial art of …

Exercise

3 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Before, During, and After Work

When you consider the health consequences of the sedentary nine-to-five lifestyle, your metabolism likely comes to mind. But fortunately, as health …

These 8 Toys Can Make Your Kids Smarter

As schools (and the Department of Education) encourage children to pursue in science, technology, engineering and math, the toy industry has been …

5 Steps to Designing the Perfect Bedroom for Two

Try these tips and tricks to decorate a shared space you’ll both love.<p>Moving in with your significant other is a big milestone. But let's be …

Home Decorating

Whole30 Recipes That Don't Taste Like You're Depriving Yourself

Cooking

3 Ways to Lose Weight That Have Nothing To Do With Dieting

Time to stop beating yourself up about food.<p>When you set out to get in amazing shape this year, you probably thought (see: obsessed) over what you would and wouldn't eat. But tweaking your diet really isn't all that it takes to get your body on fleek. That misconception makes it easy to believe …

5 trips every wine lover should take

And while more and more wine destinations seem to sprout up every year, some places will always set the standard for wine lovers.<p>Whether you want to taste your way across Burgundy, Piedmont, Sonoma, or the Douro Valley, these 10 essential trips will inspire you to explore the wide world of …

Wine

Try This 8-Week Plank Challenge To Get Stronger From Head To Toe

Planks challenge your arms, legs, chest, shoulders, and butt, not to mention make your abs quiver like an earthquake when done properly. Best of all, you can do them anywhere and tweak them to suit your ability. The more you plank, the stronger and more stable you get, and the longer your muscles …

Why your weight loss plateaus, and how to fight it

Anyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be.<p>It seems like it should be simple: Just exercise to burn more calories and reduce your calorie intake.<p>But many studies have shown that this simple strategy doesn't work very well for the vast majority of …

Fitness

We Tried It: TMPL Gym's Metabolic Activity Plan (or, How One Editor Lost 15 Lbs.) — Without Cardio

I think about bodies all time. It’s actually part of my job — I write about inspiring weight loss stories and try all sorts of fitness trends. (I’ve …

Fitness

Experts Agree: This Is the Key to Decorating With Throw Pillows

Decorating with throw pillows may seem like a small part of the design process, but that couldn't be further from the truth: They're the best way …

‘As she is born, part of me is dying’ – how becoming a mother changes you

Books speak of pregnancy as a pastel-hued dream. But the idea that suddenly you have so much more to lose can be frightening<p>For many years, having a child was the thing I desired most of all. Unlike other desires, I couldn’t articulate why. It was beyond language. I want to study blah because blah; …

9 parents reveal the money habits they refuse to pass on to their kids

Oftentimes, that includes picking up on their money habits as well.<p>And while some of that financial wisdom consists of worthwhile advice that we'll turn around and pass along to our own kids, other habits are better off forgotten.<p>Business Insider asked parents with children of all ages to weigh in …

Personal Finance

Forget Dry January. Drinking in pub with friends is good for you, says Oxford University

For the stoic souls participating in Dry January the local pub might seem like a den of temptation which is best avoided.<p>But a new study from Oxford University has found that drinking in moderation with friends seems to improve overall wellbeing.<p>People who drank regularly at their local were …

Alcohol