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12 Wacky Celebrity Baby Names

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Remember the time when celebrities named their kids “normal” names? Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Jr. were parents to Lucy and Desi. One of Mick Jagger’s kids is named Jade, another Georgia. Paul McCartney has Stella and James. Then Frank Zappa came along and introduced the world to Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Muffin Zappa along with the kind of normal sounding Ahmet. What gives? Marcia Layton Turner (www.marcialaytonturner.com), the New York-based author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide: 40,000 Baby Names certainly knows a thing or two about the topic. “Celebrities are our role models in many ways, not the least of which is in baby name selection. Given their places in the public eye, you know they spent months brainstorming and comparing dozens of possibilities to come up with a name that is memorable and attention-getting, which is what most celebrities want for themselves.“…”/voices/12-wacky-celebrity-baby-names" class="more"> More

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Storage Wars

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When I was a kid, each bedroom had one small closet; there was a linen closet in the hallway, and all the extra boxes were stored in the attic—all five of them. They were filled with mostly Christmas decorations peppered with some ridiculously itchy burlap Indian costumes for Halloween that I’m pretty sure would be politically incorrect today…. More

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How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy and Stop Worrying

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Life. What an amazing gift. That moment you see your positive pregnancy test for the first time gives you a feeling that can’t accurately be put into words. It’s as if the world has stopped right then, and (for most) you feel an extreme sense of excitement and joy that only someone who has experienced it can understand. You may run and tell the person closest to you, or you may not, but shortly after the initial excitement (and maybe a little shock) wears off, a million thoughts and questions start spinning around in your head because you know in that moment your life just changed forever…. More

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5 Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

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Women around the globe have safely breastfed their babies since the beginning of time, eating whatever food was locally available. Take that as reassurance that you should be able to follow your normal diet without worrying about harming your baby — but there are a few foods that you should steer clear of, or eat in moderation. To find out more about how to eat while breastfeeding, we talked to nutritionist and lactation counselor Ebeth Johnson, owner of consultation service The Breastfeeding Chef…. More

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Blog Series: Working Girl

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I’ve spent a lot of this week thinking about when I’m at my best. What makes me happy? What do I need out of life to feel the most fulfilled? How can I be the best version of myself around the people I love? My introspective journey comes on the heels of going back to work after maternity leave. It is, quite frankly, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…. More

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