Monday, January 6th, 2014
Most parents’ New Years resolutions tend to be similar: spend more time with your kids, turn off electronics at night, eat healthier as a family. Would you ever consider making your goals for the new year more unusual? One Seattle mom of two, Beautiful Existence — yes, that is really her given name — does just that. Each year Beautiful surprises her followers with a completely random-sounding challenge for herself. In 2013, she promised that she would eat at Starbucks for every meal. Every single meal all year. And, the year before that, she vowed to follow Parents magazine’s advice all year long. She made crafts, used our parenting tips, and even took the opportunity to make fun of our ads. (We’re flattered!)
For her Starbucks challenge, Beautiful had to get creative, especially around the holidays. On Passover, she made an impressive-looking Seder plate and, on Thanksgiving, she had her own little feast out of Starbucks offerings. She even gave herself a Starbucks Coffee Facial Scrub. (For the record, according to Beautiful, it worked great.) She was able to stay on the Starbucks-only diet all year, though she was, of course, eager to eat somewhere else on January 1.
What will Beautiful be doing this year? She’ll be learning every recreational sport — there are over 80 on her list. Now that’s a dedicated and healthy goal.
Beautiful’s hilarious blog is not only an entertaining look at her daily trips to the popular coffee chain, but also an example of a mom who had an offbeat, awesome idea and went with it. It’s exciting that one person can create such a following through blogging.
If you’re feeling creative, try this fun and easy craft with your kids.
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates at Record Low
Birth and abortion rates among U.S. teens fell to record lows in 2008 as increased use of contraceptives sent the overall teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level since at least 1972, a study showed on Wednesday.
Babies Fed on Solid Foods Less Likely to Be Obese, Study Finds
Pureed baby food is more likely to make children obese than solid finger foods, British researchers claimed.
Aide Accused of Taping Sexual Acts With Students
The aide, Taleek Brooks, 40, may have made the videos of sexual acts with students inside Public School 243, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, law enforcement officials said.
Frequent Childhood Moves Tied to Health, Drug Problems
Children whose families move around a lot may be at increased risk for psychological problems and substance use later in life, according to a new study.
Mom Blogger Susan Niebur Loses Battle with Cancer
The world has lost another mommy soldier in the breast cancer wars. Susan Niebur, mom of two who blogged about her 5-year battle with the disease on Toddler Planet, died this week.
Are Depressed Kids Bully Magnets?
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A new study, published this week in the journal “Child Development,” provides some of the strongest evidence to date for a third theory: Kids who cry easily, express negative emotions, and show other signs of depression ultimately suffer socially because they are shunned by their peers and attract the attention of bullies.
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Join us in welcoming Mommyish, a new blog for women who had children after the age of 30, into the momblogosphere! The site is written by moms who cover everything from childrearing to work life balance and everything in between. Click on over to Mommyish.com to check them out, and while you’re at it, “Like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for chance to win a Starbucks gift card!
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