Jun 29 2010

What toy or item have you kept from childhood?

We have both seen Toy Story 3 recently and sobbed shamelessly! So many sweet moments! Got us thinking...what toy or item have you kept from childhood? Why?

Here's Kelli's "Barbie horse" that she's held onto for over 30 years!


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Jun 29 2010

Dr. Paul Meier talks about competitive parenting

As parents, we often find our parenting judged by others and don't know how to handle it. It can often fuel our insecurities as parents. An article in USA Today called it "competitve parenting." (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-25-mommywars25_CV_N.htm). Dr. Meier has written some books on parenting (The Postpartum Survival Guide, Focus On the Family Complete Book of Baby and Child Care) that can answer your parenting questions. Learn more about Meier Clinics here: http://www.meierclinics.com/.

Dr. Paul Meier - Segment 1

Dr. Paul Meier - Segment 2

Jun 28 2010

20 Worst Kids' Foods in America

A recent study revealed the worst kids' foods in America and what we should choose instead. Check it out:

20.   Cap'n Crunch Cereal. Choose Cascadian Farm Clifford Crunch.

19.   Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Jack Cheese. Choose Laughing Cow Mini Babybel.

18.   SunnyD Smooth Style. Instead, buy Capri Sun Tropical Fruit Roarin' Water.

17.   Bob Evans Smiley Face Potatoes. Order Home Fries instead!

16.   Atlanta Bread Company Peanut Butter & Jelly. Instead, choose Kids' Cheese Pizza.

15.   Auntie Anne's Pepperoni Pretzel Pocket. Order the Pretzel Dog for better health.

14.   Au Bon Pain Kids' Grilled Cheese. Order the Kids' Macaroni and Cheese.

13.   Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Comb Lunchables. Not the best choice. Instead, try Hillshire Farm Deli Wrap Smokehouse Ham & Swiss Wrap Kit.

12.   Uno Chicago Grill Kids' Sundae. Better dessert option? Kids' Slush.

11.   Ruby Tuesday Kids' Turkey Minis and Fries. Much better option? Chop Steak & Mashed Potatoes.

10.   Boston Market's Kids' Meat Loaf with Sweet Potato Casserole and Cornbread. Instead, get the Kids' Roasted Turkey and Green Bean Casserole and Cornbread.

9.    Romano's Macaroni Grill Fettuccine Alfredo. Order Cheeseoli instead!

8.    On the Border Kids' Bean and Cheese Nachos. Better option? Kids' Grillerd Chicken with Black Beans.

7.    Uno Chicago Grill Kids' Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza. Opt for the Macaroni and Cheese as a healthier option.

6.    Chili's Pepper Pals Little Chicken Crispers with Ranch and Homestyle Fries. Instead, choose Pepper Pals Grilled Chicken Platter with Cinnamon Apples.

5.    Denney's Little Dipper Sampler with Honey Mustard Dressing Dipping Sauce and Deep Space Fries. Much better? Moon & Stars Chicken Nuggets with BBQ SAuce and Moon    Crater Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. 

4.    Baskin-Robbins Small Snickers Shake. Instead, try the Small Strawberry Citrus Fruit Blast.

3.    Burger King Kids' Double Cheeseburger with Small Fries and Coke. Order Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with Apple Fries, Caramel Dipping Sauce and Low-Fat Milk instead.

2.    P.F. Chang's Crispy Honey Chicken on Brown Rice. Try Almond and Cashew Chicken on Brown Rice for a healthier option.

1.    Uno Chicago Grill Kids' Kombo with French Fries. Try Kids' Pasta for better health!

Thanks to MSNBC.com for the heads-up!

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Too Many Shoes and $50 Ponytails
Aug 18 2012

Too Many Shoes and $50 Ponytails

How Many Shoes Are Too Many? Shine from YAHOO!

280,000 pairs of shoes are a LOT of footwear. That's how many are currently on display on the "world's largest" shoe floor at Macy's in New York City. The company just spent $400 million remodeling their flagship store and dedicated 39,000 square feet to women's shoes. Macy's CEO and Chairman Terry Lundgren feels this was an appropriate setup for the accessory women crave most. "Shoes for women in particular is such an important part of the wardrobe," he told Women's Wear Daily. "She can wear the same pair of shoes on multiple occasions, but you wouldn't catch her wearing the same sportswear or dress three times a week."
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Worth it? New $50 ponytail bar offers celeb-inspired services. TODAY

“Fifty dollars for a ponytail? I could just buy a new head of hair for that kind of money.”
It’d be an understatement to say I doubted the premise of a salon that specialized in the esteemed art of gathering hair in a rubber band. Didn’t we already master that skill in middle school? What, are hair bands suddenly expensive? And what’s next, the headband salon?
The John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City — which introduced us last year to the “braid bar” — just opened a “ponytail bar” this month. The salon offers clients a wide array of fancy hairdos, everything from high to low to sideswept to Brigitte Bardot-inspired styles for a flat fee of $50. No washing or cutting. Just straight-up ponys. That’s it, folks.
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