OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. The film features an all-star cast including Kermit the Frog, Constantine, Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and the whole Muppet gang!
Muppets Most Wanted by OPI includes the following shades:
Muppets World Tour
This white quartz with colorful sparkle is a global sensation.
Miss Piggy’s Big Number
Stand back… Miss Piggy’s on sapphire!
I Love Applause
This sheer, sweet pink deserves a standing ovation.
Let’s Do Anything We Want!
There’s no holding back this rose gold glitter with white confetti.
Kermit Me to Speak
Listen up… I’ve got lots to say about this rosy mauve.
Make your beauty mark with this shredded gold and chunky pink glitter.
Int’l Crime Caper
To miss this opalescent pearl would be the crime of the century.
Chillin' Like a Villain
My evil plan… to get away with this precious, sheer nude.
Muppets Most Wanted opens in theaters on March 21, 2014. Muppets Most Wanted by OPI will be available March 2014. For more information, please visit www.opi.com.
Overindulgence is not the badge of a bad parent. In fact, it comes directly from having a good and generous heart. But despite our good intentions, the abundance we heap on our kids often becomes more than they need or can handle. Family and parenting experts Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehoft help you to understand:
How damaging overindulgence can be for children
When you are overindulging—and how to stop
Which methods work best to establish firm rules and structure
What grandparents can do to help
Based on new research gathered over the past ten years, How Much Is Too Much? gives you the insight and advice you need to put your children on track for a happy and successful life ($12, amazon.com).
Buying toys for your children can be expensive—but it doesn’t have to be! From electric cars and Thomas the Train sets to motorized scooters and old Leapsters, you’d be surprised at some of the amazing deals and savings you can find at garage sales. Consider these tips for making an old toy “new” again.
Before purchasing a used toy, check out resources such as cpsc.gov and kidsindanger.org for any information on product recalls to ensure the toy is safe for your child.
Carry a few types of batteries while you’re hitting the sales to test battery operated toys on site. Found the perfect toy, but don’t have the right type of battery? Never fear! You can bring any old toy or electronic device into your local Batteries Plus store where associates can repair the existing battery pack, find the right batteries, or even build a custom battery to bring it back to life.
Prep it for play.
Before your child starts play time with your garage sale find, wipe down the plastic toy or electronic device with disinfectant surface wipes. If a used toy is stained, you can try rubbing alcohol to remove the stains. For stubborn stains, try cuticle remover, allowing it to set for 30 minutes before wiping off.
Buy or sell. Rent or relocate. There are lots of questions to consider when you're looking to find a new place to live. Louise Phillips Forbes, a real estate broker with Halstead Property, knows the ins and outs of finding your forever home. She shares her tips for real estate success below.
What advice would you give to working moms who are looking to potentially downsize from their current home?
My greatest piece of advice is that time is money. However, one cannot divert the legwork that needs to go into finding the right home - whether you’re downsizing or expanding. It is not like buying a t-shirt; you’re buying a home. My process of being sensitive to a working mom’s precious time is to compile a snapshot of the market, inclusive of all of her top six or seven priorities, as well as some of the points she wishes to avoid, i.e. apartments that need renovation, apartments in which the dining room doesn’t face the street, etc. This snapshot can be assembled electronically, and subsequently, arrange a time to talk to your agent for 15 minutes with your broker to prioritize. Looking at a number of homes consecutively and in a very concentrated period of time (whether it’s an hour or four hours, whatever you can spare), starts to reveal emotionally how one feels about that particular home.
Quite frankly, this is a formula that is not only applicable to working moms, but for all purchasers. My job is to determine what the buyer’s likes and dislikes are, and then put the pieces of the puzzle together to result in his or her ideal home. I’m not only a broker, but also an educator, helping to lead a buyer or seller on their gut instinct, which will help lead them to making the best decision.
For moms who are looking to make a first-time investment, what are some things they should be looking out for?
I chuckled after reading this question because I think back to many years ago when I encountered a young lady who was three months pregnant and looking to buy an apartment. She was running around rampant with books about private schools, public schools, and where she should buy a home. If it were all that easy, it would be wonderful. Of course, one should have awareness about schools and play areas for easy access to socialization for both younger and older children.
For the person that is a first time buyer and has only a single child, I suggest staying cognizant to acquiring a property that has a floor plan that can be adaptable. For example, in time, you may want to convert a dining room into a third bedroom by cutting the size of the dining room in half. Be aware if alterations like this are feasible and stay keen past what you have in front of you right now. Although you may not be able to afford a three bedroom right now, choosing a floor plan that has flexibility can buy you so much more.
How much should women budget out for their home purchase? (i.e. 20% to avoid the PMI, etc.)
I’ve been in the business for over two decades, many of those years as a single woman without children. I always thought I would wait until I met my life partner to buy my first home, but later on, realized that I wasn’t going to wait to start a home for myself. I was working so hard to find homes for clients, and thought that this was the greatest gift I could give myself. Ten years later, I still live in this apartment with my husband and two children, which we converted to a duplex.
There are a lot of career women who may fall into this mindset, in many cases because they’re waiting for their life partner to come along or they just don’t take time out of their busy careers. Allocate a 25 percent debt ratio of your income (pre-tax) for the purchase of your home. Most boards find this to be an acceptable debt ratio and you also don’t want to be house rich and wallet poor.
When looking at real estate ads, what are some key factors to look out for?
With today’s easy access to information on the Internet, it’s wildly different than it was 20 years ago. The visual tools available to us, such as video tours and illustrative photographs provide an opportunity for an individual to ask the right questions, even before seeing an apartment in person. The process of finding a home can now be extremely accelerated and the buyer can thoroughly educate herself in understanding past transactions in a specific area.
You can’t ever assume that an eloquent description is accurate. If a doorman isn’t mentioned, then one must assume that the building doesn't have a doorman. This is also where email and access to data comes in handy. If a broker does not respond fast enough, there are other outlets with which you can find information.
Is it a good idea to find a property close to your job?
In my experience, purchasers seem to be more focused on an easier commute, i.e. commuting via one subway as opposed to transferring or taking both a bus and a subway. My experience is that working moms want their children’s lives to be more convenient than their own. For myself, as a working mom, to be able to take my child to school conveniently on my way to work is invaluable.
I think all working moms struggle with the balance of being a mother and working. Purchasing with a simple commute is much more of a common occurrence than actually purchasing to be in close proximity to your office. I suggest focusing your living choices around your children’s commute before your own.
What are the benefits of working in real estate for moms?
Fortunately, after two decades of dedicating 150 percent of myself, investing time into my career and clients, and gaining a keen knowledge of the market, I have finally earned the flexibility to be able to skip out in the middle of the day for my children’s class trips and other school activities. Most recently I was a chaperone on my son’s kindergarten class trip to Grand Central Station for a treasure hunt. This took about two and a half hours of my morning, but for me, it was the greatest blessing of my week. I wasn’t tied to a trading desk where millions of dollars were depending on my every decision. I am very lucky to work in a business in which most of my clients are people who have families and are understanding, and that I now work alongside a strong team to help support me with time sensitive clients.
Real estate today is not what it used to be – ladies lunching and putting together one or two transactions every so often. Many women with working careers like mine have massive books of business. However, it’s moments like being with my son on his class trip that I wouldn’t miss that for the world. Flexibility is the biggest asset of my career and I am very grateful for that.
What is the type of personality required to be an agent?
Someone who is patient, organized, not afraid to ask questions, enjoys people, is a good listener, places attention on detail, enjoys architecture and real estate, is organized, a multi-tasker, and not afraid to ask questions and put themselves in the buyer or seller’s position. Real estate requires a lot of handholding throughout the process. You cannot take yourself too seriously, but rather take what someone tells you and apply it to a space. Buying and selling a home can be very emotional. You have to be able to read people.
As a former dancer, teacher, and now a mom on the go, I could never imagine that my life would be so fulfilling – and that’s in large part to the people component of real estate. It is a privilege to be apart of something so important in someone else’s life and still be able to go home and spend time with my family.
If a mom is thinking of a career change, what can she expect to do in terms of time commitments to become an agent?
Roll up your sleeves and fasten your seatbelts, but be prepared for the highs and lows. If you’re honest, a hard worker, have a sense of humor, and like people, there is nothing that can stop you from being successful in real estate. Treat people the way you want to be treated. That’s all it takes.
It's one of the most dreaded tasks in the house. But keeping your fridge clean and clear can help keep foods fresher longer. Here are 5 ways to clean your fridge...in fifteen minutes flat.
1. Set your kitchen timer, we all work faster when we can see the minutes passing by.
2. Clean your fridge before a big grocery shop, an empty fridge is easier to clean than a full one.
3. Avoid distractions, having a clean kitchen make the clean up run smoothly, avoid cleaning the fridge just before, or just after meal times -- there is too much going on and the process will seem daunting.
4. Check your gaskets (the seal that surrounds the door, by placing a dollar bill against them while the door is shut, if it falls you need to replace your gaskets, if it stays in place, your gaskets are working and your fridge is able to maintain the correct temperature without working overtime).
5. Using chemicals and cleaning agents can leave an odor behind that food will absorb. 6. If you are concerned about bacteria in your fridge, mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts warm water and give your fridge a 'wash' before cleaning with the baking soda solution.
Introducing the Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump, Evenflo’s first frequent use pump ideal for busy, on-the-go moms. This innovative pump includes AdvancedControl technology providing 32 setting combinations of speed and suction. More settings and the individual capability to control speed and suction will give you the most customized experience, which will help you maximize you breast milk production.
Keeping Milk Safe And Secure
The Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump’s PerfectlyPure design prevents milk backup to keep milk as pure as nature intended. This pump is a closed system pump, which means there is a barrier between your breast milk and the tubing. This barrier prevents milk from entering the tubing. Integrated bottle holders make your whole experience more simple by giving you and extra “hand” when you need it.
Comfort Is Key
Our AdvancedFit flange system provides three different sizes to help ensure the best fit. Mom can enjoy slouch-free pumping with Evenflo’s PerfectPosition design, which includes a shorter nipple tunnel and higher bottle to flange angle that allows for a more relaxed position when pumping ($90, amazon.com).
Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is all about healthy living. That's why she created this fun and healthy snack using bananas and Kellogg's Raisin Bran to win over even the pickiest of snackers. Watch the fun video of Kristi with her daughters making Banana Boats below!
Banana Boats with Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran®
Packed with fiber, protein and potassium in every serving, this fun dessert is really a healthy snack in disguise!
You need (per serving): your favorite Kellogg’s®cereal, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 banana
1) Carefully peel off one section (about 1-inch wide) from the banana.
2) Slice the banana lengthwise without cutting through the other side.
3) Open the slit to form a pocket, then fill with peanut butter (or Greek Yogurt).
4) Add Kellogg’s cereal of your choice, like Raisin Bran®, and any other tasty toppings, and then it’s ready to enjoy!
Winter stinks...literally. With windows sealed shut, your home can trap odors such as your kids' sweaty socks, your pooch's dirty paws and the scent of last night's chicken tikka masala still hanging in the air. Lisa Beres, a healthier home expert, offers these tips to help your home smelling fresh--and foul-odor-free.
Pamper your pet. Your family's furry friend can leave pet dander hair, and allergens behind on furniture, carpeting and other soft surfaces in your home. Be sure to give Fido frequent combings and brushings to help control shedding.
Care for the air. It's important to change the air filter in your home's HVAC system every three months to maintain airflow and reduce stress on the system. Install a Filtrete Elite Allergen Filter to capture 94 percent of large airborne particles from the air such as mold spores, dust mite debris, household dust and pollen. It will also help reduce microscopic particles such as smoke, smog, pet dander and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses.
Find natural alternatives. Scented candles may contain particulates, soot and chemicals, while air fresheners release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Instead, create your own natural air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, with two cups of water. That way, your home will smell fresh, no matter what the season.