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Tonight, @katiecouric discusses teen dating violence.  Nearly 30 percent of teenagers say that they have experienced teen dating violence, according to a survey by the Liz Claiborne and Family Violence Prevention Fund.  Katie Couric takes an in depth look at this serious and troubling issue.

Did you know the average person doesn’t wear 25% of the clothes in their closet?!  thredUP is a new service that allows you to swap clothes you no longer wear for ones that you will! The thredUP team shops in other people’s closets to find you hidden gems in your size and style that they think you will love.  Think: Netflix meets consignment.  Here’s how it works:

Let thredUP know the great items you’re no longer wearing. The team finds thredUP members who are interested in your clothes and then manages the peer-to-peer exchange. You send and receive items using our pre-paid envelopes – no trips to the Post Office, ever!  Frugal, affordable and hassle free.

That’s not all…thredUP kids is launching in February.  Marvelous Girl readers are invited to be founding members.  Click here to sign-up:  First 1,000 thredUP kids members get their first swap for free!

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There’s only five days until Christmas, and if you’re a last-minute shopper then look no further.  Here are some marvelous gifts for the mom, sister, daughter, grandmother or best friend in your life, under $50:

Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs ($14.99/each or $49.99/all five) – Help your loved ones live better with an at-home program that works!! For stress reduction, weight loss, quitting smoking, etc, Hyp-Yoga opens up the body and calms the mind with expansive, full-body poses and deep breathwork, making the gentle hypnosis (on topic of choice) that follows incredibly effective. The Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs each include 10 minutes of yoga poses (with pictures included for guidance), followed by a hypnosis session. There are 5 CD editions: Freedom from Emotional Eating, Sleeping Better, Learning to Flow (Stress Prevention), Increased Energy, and Living in the Present Moment. For purchasing information, click here.

Meltology self-heating spa mitts ($30/2 pair) and socks ($30/2 paris) – It’s like Botox for your hands and feet!  Soyaffin™ serum drenches hands and feet with long lasting moisture protection to lock in results for younger looking hands.  Natural, moist heat helps lotions absorb deeper than ever, while Soyaffin™ Serum inside the liners leaves your hands and feet feeling relaxed and pampered.  To learn more about  Meltology products, click here.

Yak Pak Nobu Hobo bag ($45) – The Nobu bag is the biggest hobo offered in the Yak Pak collection, with the Megu coming in right behind it.  The Sabrina is a more petite version of the hobo and also comes with an adjustable tied shoulder strap.  Ranging from just $25- $45, all the hobos are made with a soft cotton twill exterior and a shiny satin interior and come in a plethora of stylish prints that are classic to the Yak Pak look.  To find a retailer near you, click here.

Vanitymark Dr. KISS ($12) – This hydrating lip balm (in a cute pill case) has a natural tint thanks to a pinch of the ingredient found in the mood lipsticks of our past. Kukui Nut Oil and Vitamins A, C & E give a healthy, antioxidant-full and moisturizing hug to keep lips soft and smooth, and sweet vanilla and peppermint give this lip balm a yummy taste and minty zing. Great for anyone who likes their lips!  To find a retailer near you, click here.

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries ($18) – A political gardening handbook that calls up images of Mao Tse-tung and Che Guevara.  The focus is on illicit activities, where individuals are inspired to enhance their communities by reclaiming garbage-strewn vacant lots, empty flower boxes, and neglected street-side strips of dirt.  Click here to purchase the book.

Lauris Faith believes that, in large measure, we are responsible for the life we have, and that the choices we make shape and mould us into the persons we are.  Little did she know that Reggae music would be a source of salvation in her life.
Like many parents, her relationship with her son Damon was tested during his “Teenage Years”. After a period of estrangement from her younger son – which lasted far too long – a wonderful reconciliation occurred. And as they grew closer, they found ways to communicate and relate and a new mother son relationship was discovered. This relationship had blossomed and matured due to the lyrics they had found together in Reggae music.
Years later, Damon suggested she write down her thoughts and share what was on her mind. So she did and found that she enjoyed writing immensely.
The resulting book, My Life I Make, is a living legacy to her children and an example for others about the pleasures and wonderful gifts a parent can give to her children while alive. It is a collection of 65 thought-provoking, inspirational pieces based on the philosophy that each of us is responsible for the choices we make in life.
Lauris says that it is true that in some cases there may be little room to make choices; but there is always a choice to be made, even if it is how to approach the fact that the choices are limited.
She has learned that it’s not wise to worry about things you have no way of changing. She says you just have to constantly try to recognize the things that can help you become a better person.
“We take our chances in life and we live with the results of the decisions we make. Life owes us nothing – it is up to us to do the best we can with whatever gifts or trials life puts in our path,” she says. “We need to be grateful for whatever we have.”
In two words, her writing dispenses effervescent hope. Her book captures her personal, contemporary “Prodigal Son” experience and allows people to experience and benefit from the heightened knowledge that comes from relating to her sons using the lyrics of Reggae music as a starting point.  It has allowed her to express and sharpen her “philosophy on the run” perspectives on life.

For more on Laura’s book, click here.

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The items topping your teen’s wish list this holiday are probably Wii games and an iPod, but how about giving the best gift of all: Adventure through imagination!  Here are a couple novels that are sure to reach Twilight and Harry Potter popularity with your teen this holiday as well as an advice guide for teen girls:

The Hole in the Sky, by Barbara Mahler ($20.95):  An unusual visitor leads 13-year-old Kaela and her cousin on a fantastic journey to a cursed land where they find beauty, adventure, strange and magical friends, and deadly enemies.  The key that unlocks the curse lies hidden in the mystical butterfly breath, but to uncover it, Kaela has to overcome her grief from her mother’s death and face her deepest fears before time runs out. (My 15-year-old niece loved this book!)

For more on the The Hole in the Sky, click here.

Rebel Stone and The Ghost Whisperers, by Walter Rouzer ($18.95):  Rebel Stone and his parents temporarily relocate to a grey stone castle overlooking the Mississippi river, but they are strictly forbidden to enter one room during their stay – a master suite sealed shut for more than 100 years. No stranger to paranormal events, Rebel is confronted by the dark forces within the mansion. Rebel eventually befriends the Ghost Whisperers, twin girls living in the mansion, and begins attempting to free their spirits, but is swept along an extraordinary adventure.

For more information on Rebel Stone and the Ghost Whisperers, click here.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence, by Carrie Silver-Stock, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. ($14.95):  Girls love secrets. In many ways, teen girls are trapped by the cult of secrecy that exists today. It is as part of this cult that so many girls hide their depression, eating disorders, pregnancies, and sexual relationships. Secrets Girls Keep by teen expert Carrie Silver-Stock, shows teens that when they help share their stories, they begin to break down the walls and ensure better and safer choices for their futures. Many girls today struggle with feelings of low confidence, loneliness, rejection, and depression and then look to unsafe sex, drugs and alcohol for comfort and answers.

For more on Secrets Girls Keep, click here.

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Photo by binababy12

Kids have headed back to school and parents everywhere are about to be confronted with a wild new set of fears and mind-boggling situations that they may not feel properly equipped to handle.
What is the best thing to say to your children about the swine flu?  Unemployed parents? Money problems? Cell phones? What about rampant sexuality on TV and elsewhere?
A new book by seven top family parenting experts, Parenting By Strengths, helps parents cope with the most challenging situations. Here are some of the ideas they offer to guide the conversations with your children on the topics of the day:
Swine Flu:
With the ever present real time media coverage and aggressive prevention at school, children will be coming home worried and confused about the risk of illness. Talk with them and let them open up and express their concerns.  Ask them about what they are worried about specifically. Then teach them about the different types of flu and tell them specifically what precautions the school and your family are taking to be safe. Make a game of washing hands, keeping things cleaner than ever, keeping healthy and working as a team. Make sure they are equipped with a hand sanitizer and that they use it frequently. Tell them not to share foods and drinks, especially with friends who are sick. Without nagging and with a bit of humor, review the importance of staying healthy with good eating, hygiene and sleeping habits!

Job Loss and Money Problems
Tell the truth.  Tell your kids that there won’t be as many presents this holiday season.  Tell them that your family budget is really strained right now. (Delete this next sentence: fewer presents said 3 times in this paragraph.) Yes. It’s reasonable to tell your children that you have less money this year, so there will be fewer presents. The key is to reassure them that you love them, that your family is safe and that their basic needs will be met. There will be fewer presents, however, and everyone can chip in to cut down on costs.
When framed in a positive way this is an opportunity to teach your children how to save money and spend wisely.  Have your child make gifts, teach your children how to shop clearance aisles first, go to second-hand or dollar stores, do product comparisons, shop from a list to avoid impulse buys and use coupon sites.
Limit TV and Cell Phones for School Success
Get with it! Today’s technology is ever-changing and will never be as innate to us parents as it is to our children.  Nonetheless, it is crucial for parents to be aware and stay informed about what your children are watching on TV, the music they listen to, and how they use the Internet and cell phones.  Create a set of rules that identify proper use and the consequences of improper use.  Go over the rules and get the child to sign on the dotted line. 
Take control! Look over your TV channels and your computers and use your power to block unwanted channels and Internet sites from your children’s use.  There are many tools available to help. It’s perfectly reasonable to set limits around cell phone and TV use. Have a basket in the kitchen where the cell phone is “checked in.” During homework time, meal time, family activities and bedtime, the cell phone is checked in to avoid distractions. You should also model this behavior unless your work requires that you are reachable 24/7. If his/her grades are bad enough, you can also keep the cell phone Mon-Fri until the child’s grades improve.
Be savvy!  Don’t assume other parents have the same rules you do—share your limits before your child plays at another child’s home.
Sexy Halloween Costumes 
Children need reliable, accurate information from trusted adults to handle the messages about sexuality they receive on a daily basis from media sources and peers. For parents with young girls, especially, Halloween can mean going through racks of costumes with short skirts, bare midriffs, and laced up heels. Use these teachable moments to discuss your values and limits around costumes. For older children, have a talk about how companies use sex to sell products. It’s important to talk with kids about all aspects of sexuality—the positives, the marketing, and how to avoid abuse. Keep the conversation and lines of communication open. Teach your values, and give your children reliable, accurate information about the many ways sexuality messages enter their lives.

whole wheat raspberry breakfrast bar kidsBerries may be tiny, but they’re a mighty source of nutrition and energy.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have been shown to improve eyesight, brain function and protect us against environmental pollutants, so it’s no surprise they’re a smart choice at any meal.
Registered Dietitian Tina Ruggiero teamed up with Driscoll’s Berries to develop a nutritious and delicious recipe that is great for on-the-go breakfasts when your kids are running to catch the bus.

Whole Grain Raspberry Breakfast Bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Makes 12 servings

Raspberry filling:
1 package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Breakfast Bars:
1-1/2 cups regular or quick oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup walnut pieces
1/4  cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 large egg

Raspberry Filling:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer, stirring constantly for 2 minutes until sauce is thick and translucent. Remove from heat.

Breakfast Bars:
Combine oats, flour, sugar, walnuts and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until oats and walnuts are finely ground. Add oil and egg; pulse to evenly combine, scraping sides of work bowl.
Press half of the crumb mixture evenly on bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Spread raspberry filling evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs and pat down gently. 
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Per Serving: 229 calories, 9.63g total fat, .94g saturated fat, 4.15g protein, 33.52g carbohydrate, 17.62mg cholesterol, 3.53g fiber, 10mg sodium

Lighten Up:

Helpful Tip:
Two minutes is the magic time it takes for cornstarch to thicken and turn clear – be sure to stir the fruit and cornstarch while simmering.

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