A Letter to My 3-Month-Old: On the First Season of Your Life

The Science of Mom

Dear BabyM,

You are 3 months old, and as your mother, there is something I must confess to you: I haven’t yet cracked open your baby book. It sits neatly on my nightstand, undisturbed and unmarked, while a succession of telling objects rotate around it as the nights go by: pacifiers (mainly rejected by you), nipple cream, novels, water glasses, vitamin D drops (barely remembered by me), burp cloths, tiny nail clippers, cards of congratulations, a copy of Goodnight Moon, and a messy pile of kids’ books and scribbled papers left by your older sister. These last three months have been wonderfully full. I marvel at how much you’ve changed in such a short amount of time and know how quickly these present moments will slip into the past. I don’t want to forget them.

You were born in the cold drizzle of the Oregon winter. Trees stood leafless, like…

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Elsewhere on the Internet: Snow Day Entertainments

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It’s finally starting to warm up in Philly, but there are still big gray piles of snow on the ground and enough chill in the wind to turn our faces red. You probably shouldn’t eat the snow at this point, but if we get fresh–we might!–it’s good to know that a little snow ice cream won’t kill you. Meanwhile, if you’re running out of shows to watch after many cold and icy days indoors, here are a couple of ideas.

First We Feast offers a list of the best food scenes in Broad City. I don’t think I had realized how much food plays a role in character-building and setting up relationships in that show, but there’s really at least one good food scene in every episode. However, like any listicle commenter, I think they left out the best one: Season 1, “Stolen Phone,” Ilana calls Lincoln when she’s worried that Abbi is kidnapped…

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Elsewhere on the Internet: Vivid Images

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At Render, Claire Lower explores the chemistry that produces orange, red, purple, and white carrots–as well as how those colors impact nutritional value.
As a bonus, the post is illustrated with some gorgeous photos of multicolor carrots which reminded me of some I’d seen on the Things Organized Neatly tumblr:

Speaking of Tumblrs of appealing food photos: beautifulproduce.tumblr.com.

From NPR’s The Salt, some graphs explaining that we spend a smaller percentage of our incomes on groceries than our grandparents did. One caveat:

Of course, the more money you make, the more total dollars you’ll have available to spend on food. But that expenditure will be a smaller share of your total income, as this second chart shows. Likewise, the less you make, the bigger your food spending will be relative to your income — and the more costly food may seem.

From A Softer World, some perspective:

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Food Music Playlist #10: Got Milk?

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I’ve been enjoying a reread of Barthes’ Mythologies, a collection of short semiotic studies of the foods, entertainments, and obsessions of mass culture. In “Wine and Milk,” Barthes picks up on an idea of Gaston Bachelard’s that wine corresponds to the element of fire; its opposite is the quenching power of water. Barthes is captivated by the idea of wine as a transformative substance like fire: wine warms and intoxicates, wine makes the weak strong and the silent talkative. But, he suggests, a more exact opposite to wine is milk. Where wine warms, milk cools; where wine penetrates, milk spreads. Where wine transmutes, milk soothes and restores.

In music, milk occasionally takes on that cooling, comforting connotation. Milk most often enters music by way of idiom: “milk and honey,” a biblical vision of plenitude; “the milk of human kindness,” that gentle substance which made Macbeth weak in fierce Lady Macbeth’s opinion; or the “milk cow…

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Elsewhere on the Internet: Doing It For Yourself

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The Billfold looks at the pros and cons of hiring a service to provide you with quality ingredients from local farmers in the appropriate quantities for a meal. The two major perks of this service–you save time on shopping, and you don’t have to manage a lot of food waste–are two reasons why it wouldn’t be a great fit for me: I live near enough to several fresh markets that shopping is not a problem, and transforming food waste into more food is part of the fun for me. (Indeed, this seems like a good time to mention my newest Pinterest board, Waste Not Want Not, where I started keeping track of the ways I’ve found to use up odds and ends or preserve foods that come in quantity.) But I mention it because the existence of several different delivery services for food you must then cook yourself suggests a sea change in…

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Meet Shep, the world’s first drone sheepdog

We all remember what happened when a pig thought it was a sheepdog. Well, it turns out pigs may not be the biggest threat to a sheepdog’s career. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/-meet-shep–the-world-s-first-drone-sheepdog-174009732.html

A farmer in Ireland replaced his four-legged friends with Shep — the world’s first drone sheepdog.

Footage from Shep shows how the drone is able to successfully herd the sheep across a field and through a narrow gate.

Drones have many potential uses, but we don’t think anyone saw this coming.

What if leaving a party was like leaving Facebook?

Leave it to the jokers at College Humor on YouTube to call out people who make a big deal about quitting Facebook. In its latest video, the group compares such an event to leaving a party. A man enters a party and calls attention to himself with the help of a trumpet. Then he says, “Attention, attention everyone. I have an announcement to make.” Once he has all eyes and ears on him, he says, “I am leaving this party.” He goes on to explain that he is just different from the rest of the people at the party — special, perhaps — saying, “I do not like your conversations. The things you share are sensational at best.” He adds, “I will be a better person when I finally leave this place.” And finally, he makes his grand exit saying, “Goodbye people I kind of knew from high school.” After he leaves, a few seconds go by, and he returns holding a baby and exclaims, “Good news everyone… ,” illustrating the people on your Facebook feed who only come around when something good happens for them, like a marriage or the birth of a new baby. Commenters on the YouTube video love the realness of the comparison. One person wrote, “Finally! Something that visually represents how I see people who perform the ‘I’m leaving Facebook!’spectacle

5 Home Remedies to Make a Pimple Vanish

Here are some very useful rarely told remedies to ACNE and pimples that are 100% natural and simple DIY TIPS that will get it on your journey back to beautiful skinpimples

The active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid—the same key ingredient in many topical acne products. “Crush one aspirin in water and make a paste,” suggests Debra Jaliman, MD, New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. “Apply the paste directly to the pimple with a cotton swab and leave on for 10 minutes.” Then rinse off with warm water.

2. Apply some apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy. Why? It kills off the bacteria that may be causing all the trouble in the first place. It also becomes alkaline, and balances the pH of your skin, which in turn makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. To top it off it’s an astringent, like lemon juice, and will help dry up excess oil. Keeping that in mind, don’t overdo and dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

You will need…
-Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
-Fresh water

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.

Apply Some Apple Cider Vinegar

3. Make a cinnamon and honey mask

Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural anti-biotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.
4. The land of milk and honey (or yogurt)

While there is quite a bit of hub bub around dairy products causing acne, applied topically it seems that milk can improve your outbreaks and skin tone. The reason it is suggested that milk would cause acne is because of the extra hormones in it-but unless it’s ingested, this doesn’t really do much. For the most part, it just soothes the irritated skin, and helps tone down the redness. Cleopatra swore on the milk baths she took, and well, she was Cleopatra. You could also use yogurt. The acids in it are antibacterial while the fat provides moisture, making it quite nourishing for skin.
5. Utilize a banana peel

Bananas are full of all sorts of goodness-even the part we don’t eat. Their peels contain something called lutein, an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation, and encourages healthy cell growth. So…rubbing a banana peel on your face can reduce the redness, obviousness, and discomfort of acne. It’s (debatably) a better use than using it to trip your friend.pmpo Dont forget to subscribe or bookmark our site for this and more tips



By Rennie Aranda, Skinny Gene Nutritionist

Springtime has arrived and with this season comes spring cleaning. While you’re getting ready to clean out old storage items and organize closet spaces, why not spring clean your bodies as well by throwing out processed foods in your kitchen and replacing it with fresh fruits and vegetables? Spring clean your metabolism by clean eating and improve your life one meal at a time.

What exactly is “clean eating”?SpringCleaning2IMG

“Clean eating” is a trend that is suddenly everywhere, but what does “clean eating” really mean? The term means to eat the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups, embracing foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy proteins. This includes staying away from junk foods and processed foods. When you are eating clean, you try to give your body the best fuel that is out there, which are foods that will keep you healthy and at a healthy weight. Clean eating is not necessarily about weight loss, but it focuses on general health.

The current craze of “cleansing” or eating only raw food or fresh juices for a set period of time is not the same as clean eating. In fact, our organs are what cleanses are bodies of toxins. The main idea is to replace processed foods, pastries, and fried foods with more fruits and vegetables. You’ll definitely feel the difference!

Clean eating can also entail looking more closely at where your food comes from. This could mean buying organic produce to avoid pesticide residue, or avoiding meat that comes from large factory farms. It is possible you might spend a little more money on high-quality meat and produce and more time preparing meals from scratch rather than heating up packaged convenience foods. But, as clean eating advocates say, it may be more expensive to eat clean and healthy, but it is an investment in your future health that you may otherwise pay for in the long run.

Here are some tips to get you started on clean eating:

Try fresh fruits and vegetables instead of salty and sugary packaged foods to eat as snacks.
Instead of buying blueberry yogurt with added sweeteners and less than 5% real blueberries, buy unsweetened yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.
Try to buy meat from a farmer’s market in your area or at a grocery store, look for grass-fed meat and dairy products without hormones or antibiotics.
Instead of margarine, try substituting it with grass fed butter or avocados to have with your whole grains or veggies.
When you’re screaming for ice cream, save calories and fat by drinking a fruit and low-fat yogurt smoothie instead.
If you love to savor the crunch, skip the full-fat chips and try more satisfying crunchy snacks such as pretzel chips, nuts, or whole-grain tortilla chips.

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