10 Commandments for Empowering Our Daughters

By Lizzie Heiselt | October 7th, 2013 at 3:13 pm via babble.com

As the ultrasound technician ran her magic wand over my jelly-covered belly and searched for signs of who my unborn child would be, I waited impatiently for confirmation of what I was already quite sure of: that “it” was a girl. This, my third pregnancy, had been much more difficult than the first two, both of which produced boys. I was sure the added tiredness and the nausea that lasted well into the 2nd trimester were signs not only of the fact that this baby would be different than the other two, but also of the energy and effort it would take to raise her.

I wanted a girl, of course. My husband was excited to have daughter as well. And my sons thought it only right that since they already had a brother, they get a sister this time. So when the ultrasound tech confirmed our suspicions, we were thrilled. A girl! Finally! This would be something new, and exciting, and different.

But I was also . . . apprehensive. Girls, I thought – though wonderful, amazing, beautiful, surprising creatures – were a little bit scary. I worried about dealing with “mean girl” problems, with body image issues, with pressures to be beautiful and intelligent and athletic and kind and popular and strong and sassy all at the same time. I imagined those emotional teenage years and hoped that we wouldn’t become disconnected right at the time when she needed motherly support and encouragement the most. And, of course, I wondered if there was any way to stop myself from passing on my less-than-desirable traits: the feelings of unworthiness, the high-strung attitude, the perfectionism.

In those first weeks after the “diagnosis” that I was having a girl was confirmed, I asked all my mother-of-daughter friends to tell me all the wonderful things about having a girl and to convince me that I – scared as I might be – could raise a girl who was strong and smart and confident. Since then I’ve read so much about raising daughters, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with the little girl who, though only 14 months old, is fiercely independent (and I do mean fierce), absolutely fearless, and excited to jump in and wrestle with her brothers — or “dress up” in my shirts.

Here’s a little bit of the wisdom about raising strong daughters that I’ve collected and taken to heart over the past 18 months — and that I hope to live as my daughter grows up.


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This article had me at "15 Gooey Chocolate" and I was sold!!  I will admit, it was very hard for me to pick a top five, but I managed to narrow it down..and now my mouth is watering!  Check it out and if you have any favorites, we would love for you to share them in the comments.  Check out the article in its entirety at babble.com.  Happy Baking everyone!


Be THAT Mom: 15 Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes for After School

By Brooke McLay | August 22nd, 2013 at 12:51 pm  - check out the full article at www.babble.com

Oh, I know. We’re modern women. We work. We weight lift. We don’t have time for the retro sundries of the 1950s housewife. And still…

Don’t you find yourself fighting against the ideal…just a leetle? Don’t you find yourself aching with the slightest bit of guilt when you can’t be there to walk your tots to and from school, or welcome them home in a Leave it to Beaver apron, eyes wide with anticipation over the stories of their day? I do. I sometimes pine for the simpler days. Wish I could be that TV mom I grew up with in my head. The one with high cheekbones and arms outstretched as she padded her way in mid-high heel about the house, vaccuming with an Electrolux, and tucking pin curls behind her ears.

My life as a mother is a far cry from such absurdities. But, the beginning of the school year makes me try a little harder to give my kids classic memories. It’s a good time to indulge in the comfort of traditions, too. Plus, don’t you just want ONE day of the year when you’re “that” mom?! The one waving neighborhood kids into the house, tucking them around homebaked cookies and giant glasses of milk, and talking about their days before shooing them off to finish homework?

Well, we may not be able to do it every day, but this year, we’re gonna do it for at least one of our days, dangit. I’ve gone through and pulled together 15 modern twists on the most classic recipe ever. 15 Chocolate Chip Cookies gone all 2013. A little bit crazy, a whole lotta gorgeous, just as good as the original. Sound like any mom you know? (Hint: that’s you, dollface.) Happy New Year of School!

  1. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These irresistible cookies are stuffed with Rolos candies and sprinkled with sea salt! 

    Get the recipe from SALLY'S BAKING ADDICTION

  2. Banoffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Crushed toffee and banana add a pleasant element of surprise to this delicious cookie! 

    Get the recipe for Banoffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

  3. Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

    Salty pretzels take a sweet chocolate chip cookie to a whole new taste level!

    Get the recipe for Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

  4. Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed With Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

    Chocolate chips and peanut butter cups are pure decadence when combined in a cookie! 

    Get the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed With Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

  5. Burnt Peanut Butter Caramel Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The combination of ingredients in these cookies will knock your socks off!

    Get the recipe from HALF BAKED HARVEST

 To read this article in full and to get all 15 recipes, please visit http://www.babble.com


Source: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day-15-outrageous-twists-on-classic-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Superhero, Role Model, Mr. Fix it... aka... DAD!

Father's Day is just around the corner (June 16th), but have no fear, we have found a few things to help make this father's day a little easier on you!  Maybe it's the perfect gift or perhaps it's just a simple card - no matter what you choose, we've got you covered!

Do you have the perfect gift for Father's Day?  We would love to hear from you.  Share your ideas in the comments below!


Father's Day

We absolutely love the website red tricycle.  It's fun, hip, all about family and they always have great articles.  Since this is one of our go-to websites, we came across this Father's day list and we wanted to share.  It has something for all types of dads!

"21 Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Love"





Father's Day Printables

When I saw the words FREE FATHER'S DAY PRINTABLES on babble, I about fell out of my chair.  You mean, I can do this ALL from the comforts of my home and avoid the dreaded card aisle - WAHOO!

We are completely obsessed with Printables these days.  The most common uses are framing the art or keeping it more personal and giving as a card.  No matter what you choose, I think this list of FREE (yes, we said free) printables will make your life just a little easier this Father's Day!




Belly Banter I Love Dad


 Last, but certainly not least we think the BEST way to show  your love for dad is by honoring him with his very own Belly Banter StickerWear your sticker loud and proud all day long and show him just how much you love him! 

Belly Banter Holiday Sticker Set

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  Do you have the PERFECT Father's day gift and would like to share it with our readers?  Add your ideas to the comments or better yet, post them on our Facebook Fan page.  We LOVE hearing from you!


Source: 21 Gift Ideas Dads will love - red tricycle - author Scott Wardell 5/28/13

Source: Free Father's Day Printables - Babble - author Molly Thornberg 6/8/12


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Belly Banter featured on People.com - Moms & Babies Celebrity Baby Blog

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They’re also ideal for sharing with family and friends via social media, scrapbooking, pregnancy journals, photo cards and more.

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1 Comments | Posted By SE Monday, April 1, 2013 4:41:01 PM America/Chicago
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