Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Don’t mistake these adorable fruits and veggies for a child’s play cooking set! A look inside reveals the latest skin care offerings from the store for all things quirky and cool.
Last week, Urban Outfitters debuted its Beauty Shop at the new three-story Herald Square location in New York City—the largest one in the world. Korean brands like Tony Moly (maker of these darling delights), along with Clio, Mizon, and The Face Shop, fill up most of the shelves.
Can’t make it to The Big Apple? You can purchase the products online and in select stores.
Peachy keen: This hand cream smells just like the fuzzy fruit! ($8)
Cherry picked: Packed with SPF 15, this lip balm is the perfect addition to your beach bag. ($8)
Apple a day: Keep wrinkles away with this peeling cream that reveals softer skin. ($16)
More summer beauty finds:
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
You may have read the news yesterday that blueberries and strawberries can lower your risk of heart disease by about a third. I thought the study—a joint effort between Harvard University and East Anglia University in England—was totally cool for two reasons: Researchers started tracking the women when they were young moms—25 to 42—while most other work of this kind has been done in older women, and blueberries and strawberries are my daughter’s two favorite foods. Seriously, Katie said to me a couple of weeks ago, “I like strawberries better than candy.” And knowing how much she loves candy, that’s a bold statement!
Last night, I sent a note to one of the study’s authors, Aedin Cassidy, Ph.D., from East Anglia University, asking whether she thought her results applied to kids as well as moms. She responded right away: “This is a very interesting question,” she wrote. “We don’t have data on kids but if you extrapolate from our study, it’s likely that a healthy diet in childhood will also play out to a reduced risk of heart disease later in life.” That’s good enough for me. High cholesterol and high blood pressure, two big-time risk factors for heart disease, are becoming increasingly common in kids. One study published last year found that 24,000 children received treatment for elevated BP in 2006—double that compared to a decade before.
Dr. Cassidy also added that besides the strawberries and blueberries that got all the attention on the news yesterday, eggplant, plums, red cabbage, and other berries (like cranberries and raspberries) are also rich in pigments called anthocyanins that help lower the risk of heart disease and keep blood pressure in check. I’ve found some great recipes for each of them. Dig in!
* Strawberries: Puree berries in the blender for strawberry milk or make this strawberry soup for a Valentine’s treat.
* Blueberries: For baby, consider this blueberry puree while older kids will love these blueberry yogurt pops.
* Eggplant: Watch Disney’s Ratatouille, then make this pasta and eggplant dish.
* Plums: This plum pizza with feta cheese is a great way to work fruit into dinner.
* Red cabbage: Try this recipe for apple and cabbage baby food. For older kids, slip shredded cabbage into sandwiches—they’ll probably like it better than lettuce.
* Cranberries: Both fresh and dried are packed with the healthy pigments. Try these cranberry granola bars and this homemade cranberry sauce (it’s not just for Thanksgiving!)
* Raspberries: Whip up a healthy raspberry sauce to top whole-grain pancakes and waffles.
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Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Occasional Family Meals Enough to Boost Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Eating meals together as a family, even if only once or twice a week, increases children’s daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to new research. (via ScienceDaily)
Probiotics Might Limit Infant Skin Problems
Children who take a supplement of probiotics – those “good” bacteria that live in our guts – are less likely to develop eczema, according to a new review of studies. (via Reuters)
Two Cups of Milk Daily Enough For Most Kids
Two cups of cow’s milk per day may be enough for most kids to have the recommended amount of vitamin D in their blood while maintaining a healthy iron level, suggests a new study. (via Reuters)
New Online Privacy Rules For Children
In a move intended to give parents greater control over data collected about their children online, federal regulators on Wednesday broadened longstanding privacy safeguards covering children’s mobile apps and Web sites. (via New York Times)
Teen’s Views on Dangers of Pot Fall to 20-Year Low
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Teenagers’ perception of the dangers of marijuana has fallen to the lowest level in more than 20 years, a new study says, prompting federal researchers to warn that already high use of the drug could increase as more states move to legalize it. (via ABC News)