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Watch Second Graders Eat Caviar, Lobster and Snapper

10/16/2014

One of the world’s finest restaurants was recently challenged with pleasing some of their toughest customers -- second graders. Six students from a Brooklyn grade school were given a peek into the life of fine dining at acclaimed French restaurant, Daniel, located in New York City’s posh Upper East Side. The bunch was treated to a 7-course tasting meal, which normally costs $220 a person. Chef Daniel Boulud exposed the youngsters to “a lot of flavor, a lot of layers [and] a lot of textures,” -- and with that price tag, I’m sure many of those flavors, layers and textures are foreign to adults!

The kids had a decadent dinner with plates ranging from lobster and ravioli to snapper to steak and fried broccoli. It wouldn’t be a meal without dessert, which proved to be a real crowd -- pleaser among the diners. The gang seemed to enjoy all their courses; although when Chef Daniel Boulud mentioned doing “Macaroni and Cheese” next time, they replied and an enthusiastic “Yayyyy!!” (Sometimes it can be as simple as noodles and cheese! Phew!)

They concluded their dinner with a toast, as if there is any other way to end a 7-course dinner. The kids certainly have a jump-start on dinner etiquette and I’d like to make a toast to their lovely manners!

Watch the video created by the New York Times and notice how both the kids and Chef Boulud take the meal very, very seriously. How adorable!

 -By Melanie Owens

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GLAAD Has Spirit, Yes They Do. GLAAD Has Spirit -- How 'Bout You?

10/15/2014

No one likes a bully, and there's a great opportunity for you to show support for those who are especially at risk for bullying. October 16 is GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Spirit Day, an annual event that invites everyone to take a stand against bullying. Since 2010, millions of people have "gone purple" on Spirit Day to provide encouragement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Why purple? On the rainbow flag, purple symbolizes 'spirit.'

If you want to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities. The easiest is adding a purple overlay to your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures (This tool makes it super easy!). You can also simply wear purple, use the #spiritday hastag on all forms of social media, pledge your support or join GLAAD's Facebook event. Your friends (and your favorite celebs) are already getting excited!

TLC talent is also joining in on the fun! Mama June, the matriarch of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," is a huge supporter. You can watch her get ready for the GLAAD awards in the video below and hear her important message about loving yourself:

What are you waiting for? Show your sprit!

-- Mara Betsch

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11 Absurdly Cute Family-Friendly Halloween Costumes

10/13/2014

If your child hasn’t already reminded you 837 times, Halloween is just around the corner. As this ghoulish holiday inches closer, the excitement of creating a fun costume that will make others “ooo” and “aww” is the name of the game. The fun isn’t just for the kiddies either! We found some parents who really got into the spirit of the season with some of the most epic and adorable family costumes we’ve ever seen. So before you buy a prepackaged Batman ensemble, check out these clever costumes. Isn’t it always more fun when everyone joins in, anyway?  

1. Pillsbury Doughboy and Baker

Warning: Costume may induce poking of the stomach

2. Family of S’Mores 

For the family who loves the great outdoors - s'more what?

3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

These costumes look juuusssttt right.

4. Dumb and Dumber

Classic.

5. The Beekeepers

Don't leave the pup behind! 

6. Candyland

Isn't Candyland what the holiday is all about? Trick-or-Treat!

7. The Chef and the Lobster 

Ooh la la, how gourmet -- perfect for the foodie! 

8. Dr. Evil and Mini Me

Just the two of us. 

9. Charlie Brown and Lucy   

It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

10. Surfer Attacked by Sharks

Stay out of the water!

11. Curious George and The Man With The Yellow Hat

A curious little monkey, indeed!

Tell us all about your family fun Halloween ideas! 

by Melanie Owens

A Great Reason Not to Splurge on a Fancy Wedding (and Gigantic Engagement Ring)

10/08/2014

WeddingGood news for many of the soon-to-be-grooms out there! It turns out that money doesn't buy love, and you don't need to go broke buying your fiancée's ring bling.

As it turns out, spending less than $2,000 on an engagement ring and less than $10,000 on a wedding leads to longer, perhaps happier marriages, according to the study "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration" by Emory professors Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon.

Francis and Mialon collected the results from an online survey of more than 3,000 people, and even after controlling for demographic and relationship characteristics, they found an inverse association between money spent on engagement rings and weddings and the duration of marriages. The less money people spent, the longer their marriages were.

The average cost of an engagement ring is $4,000, no matter what Kim Kardashian or De Beers ads tell you, but going under-budget may benefit you in the long-term. According to this survey, spending between $2,000 to $4,000 is associated with a 1.3 times greater chance of divorce compared to spending between $500-2,000. Just don't avoid the ring all together – those who bypassed engagement rings had higher divorce risks, too.

The same rule applies for your big day. The risk of divorce in couples spending more than $20,000 on their wedding is 3.5 times more than the risk of divorce for couples spending between $5,000 and $10,000 on a wedding. With weddings averaging about $29,858, per theknot.com, it's not surprising that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.

So what gives? The experts speculate that spending a lot of money, especially money that you don't really have to spend, can cause what they call "wedding-related debt stress." Because financial or economic stress is a known cause of divorce, starting your marriage with money troubles may intensify other lingering issues, too.

But, there is a silver lining. Having all your friends and family present at a large event didn't seem to have a negative effect on marriage, and neither did going on a honeymoon, no matter how much your post-nuptial trip costs.

But guys, be sure to check with your fiancée before downsizing her engagement ring. Keeping your wife-to-be in good spirits is important before you walk down the aisle. Remember, happy wife, happy life!

-- Mara Betsch

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Mom Records Her 4-Year-Old's Best Insults

10/06/2014

Kids say the darndest, and sometimes devious, things (see: Honey Boo Boo). Most parents have been the unfortunate receivers of at least one pint-sized insult, and this mom is no different. In the video below, Johanna Stein, mom and author of "How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source," decided to record a day in her life. Her routine includes an unwanted (and slobbery) wake-up call, coffee, and several put-downs and callous questions from her brutally honest daughter, including ""Are you going to make yourself pretty today, or are you going to look like you always do?" Ouch! We're sure Stein and her daughter will one day laugh at this, but for now, enjoy this hilarious video. Does it hit close to home?

-- Mara Betsch

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Charming Baby Girl Flexes Her Muscles for Dad

10/03/2014

This daddy's girl can't help but giggle as she shares a sweet moment with her father. At just 8 months old, Hadley, the little girl in the video below, playfully shows off her growing muscles for her doting dad. Together, they do their best impressions of bodybuilders as they flex and, yes, even grunt in front of the mirror. Though neither of them look like they'll be winning any strength competitions in the near future, they sure are giving us (and maybe even themselves) and ab workout with the belly laughts they're inciting in this hilarious video. Watch them in all their glory below:

-- Mara Betsch

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7 Kids Who Would Never End Up on 'What Not to Wear'

09/30/2014

'What Not to Wear' features adults who, for whatever reason, have fallen into a bit of a fashion slump. On the opposite end of the spectrum, thanks to Instagram, there is a budding bunch of fashionistas-in-the-making who make many adults envious of their clothing choices. Did we mention that they're all under the age of 7? They definitely don't need makeovers, and, in fact, they would make our 'What Not To Wear' experts proud with their ability to pull off the latest trends. Take a look at their precocious style and tell us it isn't enviable! Which one is your favorite?

Are any of your children interested in fashion? Do they dress themselves up like this? Tell us in the comments.

-- Mara Betsch

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Toddlers Have the Most Adorable Debate You've Ever Seen

09/26/2014

Ready for your daily dose of cute? Then, it's time for you to watch these precious albeit opinionated toddlers have a lengthy debate over the weather. Though you'd think that would be a relatively calm dispute, things quickly escalate. First, there's some he said/she said, followed by more than a few "Well, my mom said!" retorts before things get physical. Watch as these little ankle-biters have one adorable altercation. We guarantee that other moms have probably witnessed similarly charming arguments.

What did you think? Could you see this happening in your house? "You poked my heart" kills us every single time!

-- Mara Betsch

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7 Ways to Update Your Fall Wardrobe Without Spending a Penny

09/23/2014

Don't buy a whole new wardrobe just because the weather has cooled down. Follow these tips for using your current summer clothes to your advantage. Adding the right accessories (that are probably already in your closet) can turn your summery clothes into all-weather wear.

1. Reuse Your Sundresses.

Just because a dress is lightweight or a bright color doesn't mean it has to be banished to the back of your closet from October to May. Layer a denim jacket or chunky sweater over it and pair it with knee-high boots to counteract cold weather and create an all-new look.

2. Shorts + Tights = Winning Combination

Though this will probably work better with shorter rather than longer shorts, try layering these bottoms with chunky or textured tights of the same color for a fresh-off-the runways new look. Actress Zooey Deschanel shows you how it's done.

3. Layer, Layer, Layer

Tank tops and lightweight t-shirts don't to be retired as soon as the air turns cool. The trick is pairing these summery items with your favorite corduroys, wool skirts, cardigans and other fall staples. Notice how the model below makes a tank top look 100% fall-appropriate.

4. Choose Accessories Wisely

You can make anything summery feel like fall with the careful addition of tights, jewel-toned scarves, suede boots and booties, large leather (or faux-leather) bags and knit hats.

5. Keep Mesh and Sheer Pieces (Seriously!)

Do you have an open-knit sweater you layer for cool nights at the beach? Or your favorite night-on-the-town shirt with sheer panels? Don't retire those just yet. Layering a tank underneath or a leather jacket on top can take these pieces right through fall.

6. Borrow Your Husband/Boyfriend/Brother/Dad's Blazer

Menswear was all over the runways, and though you may think this trend will be hard to pull off, we promise you can do it! The main style factor to consider is that his clothes will most likely be big on you, so roll up the sleeves and choose tailored and fitted pieces to pair with it, like skinny jeans or a sheath dress. Too much volume will make you look sloppy instead of chic.

7. Retire Everything You'd Wear to the Pool

As soon as temperatures dip below the 70s, it's time to put away bathing suits, flip flops, strappy sandals, beach cover-ups and all only-summer clothes. These items are strictly seasonal and have the ability to look pretty ridiculous if worn at the wrong time.

-- Mara Betsch

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Mom Turns Baby into Viral Superstar with 'Hairstyles of Pasha'

09/22/2014

Most babies stick to a "bald is beautiful look" until their hair grows in, but for four-month-old Pasha, this isn't the case. Rocking a full head of hair from a young age, Pasha played model as his fun-loving mom styled his thick head of hair into 12 adorable looks. She uploaded an image of the looks to Reddit, captioning it "People kept commenting on how much hair our baby son has, so naturally this was the next step." And people loved it! WIth more than 500 comments and with an 87% upvote, Pasha is a superstar. Take a look at his funny photos: Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 2.28.29 PM

Today Parents got in touch with Pasha's mom Sahar Hafeez, who claimed that the idea for the hairstyles occured during bath time. She and her husband loved transforming his wet hair into different shapes and looks, but it was her husband who had the idea to create the photos of Pasha’s 'dos. For the record, she prefers the "Vogue" while her husband likes "Johnny Bravo." She thought the pictures were cute, but she had no idea that they would be so popular. “Pasha makes us laugh every single day,” she told Today.com. “We thought it was really cute because it was our son, but it's nice to see others agree with us.” Which looks is your favorite?

-- Mara Betsch

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