There's plenty of Royal Baby Buzz right now, and some retailers are already rushing to commemorate the royal birth, which isn't slated to take place until the end of July. "We do have some things in the pipeline," British Designer Jan Constantine told Yahoo! News in England. "We are thinking along the lines of mugs, baby blankets and small cushions to mark this momentous occasion. Similar designs we did for the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Jubilee sold amazingly well, so we are hoping these will, too." We're sure that once there's the paparazzi manage to snap a shot of the real royal baby, production will really ramp up -- that's what happened when Prince William was born, after all. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! ShineRead More »from Royal Baby Memorabilia: What's Out There Already?
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | SHE – Wed 27 Mar, 2013 12:11 AM IST
If you want to show off some cool body art over spring break, but you're not willing to have it permanently etched onto your arm, realistic-looking temporary tattoos seem like a healthy compromise. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned people to watch out. Apparently, certain temporary tattoos can still cause permanent damage.
"Just because a tattoo is temporary it doesn't mean that it is risk free," Dr. Linda Katz, director of FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said in a statement.
The FDA's warning has to do with temporary tattoos made with "black henna" ink containing para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a coal-tar product that is approved for use in hair dye but is known to cause skin reactions in some people. Traditional, reddish-brown henna and stick-on temporary tattoos (the ones that look like stickers and are applied with water) are not part of the warning.Read More »from Caution: Black Henna Temporary Tattoos Could Leave Permanent Scars
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | IT'S A PARENT THING – Mon 4 Mar, 2013 11:42 PM IST
Dylan Hayes not only survived the three-story fall, he landed on his feet. (Photo: KCNC-TV)When parents think about child proofing their homes, they're usually focused on keeping cabinets locked and storing sharp objects or dangerous chemicals out of reach. So when Jessica Hayes of Aurora, Colorado, was spring cleaning recently, she says says that she didn't think of the potential for danger when she pushed her couch out of the way, against the wall and under a window in her third-story apartment.Read More »from 4-Year-Old Falls Out of Third Story Window, Lands on His Feet
Also on Shine: Child-Proofing Tips to Protect Your Kids in Home Danger Zones
While she was shampooing the carpets and her mom was helping out in the kitchen, her 4-year-old son, Dylan, climbed up on the couch to chat with a downstairs neighbor through the window. As he leaned against the flimsy screen, it gave way and he fell three stories, landing on the rock-covered ground below.
Also on Shine: Danger on the Playground? Riding the Slide with Your Toddler Could Break Her Leg
"My mom was cleaning our fridge out and, all of a sudden, I hear her screaming, 'Dylan just went out the
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | SHE – Fri 28 Sep, 2012 12:50 PM IST
This picture of Balpreet Kaur sparked bullying -- and then inspiration -- on Reddit. (Photo via Reddit)After someone snapped a photo of her and posted it on online, Balpreet Kaur was ridiculed for following the tenants of her Sikh faith. But instead of hiding or lashing out, she politely posted a reply -- and turned a bullying situation into a inspiring example of tolerance, support, and inspiration.Read More »from Sikh Woman Balpreet Kaur Turns Cyber Bullying Incident into Inspiration
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The photo was taken apparently without Kaur's knowledge while she was waiting in line at the Ohio State University Library. In the photo, Kaur's hair is hidden by a large, black turban. She's wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants, glasses, and is looking down at her cell phone; her sparse facial hair is clearly visible. A Reddit user posted it to the "Funny" forum with the quip, "I'm not sure what to conclude from this."
Comments started pouring in, making fun of her appearance, asking if she was transgendered, and taking her to task for not plucking, waxing, or shaving.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | IT'S A PARENT THING – Tue 25 Sep, 2012 11:58 PM IST
Buzz Bishop and his son, Zacharie. Bishop has been under fire for calling Zacharie his favorite son. (Photo courtesy of Buzz Bishop)Let's face it: It can be easier to spend time with a sunny kindergartener than a tantruming toddler, and while most parents are quick to say that they love all of their children equally, they're also willing to admit, in private, that there are times when they like one a little more than another. But one dad has come under fire for publicly declaring that his older son is his favorite, sparking a debate about how we feel as parents -- and whether it's OK to say it out loud.Read More »from Dad Under Fire for Revealing He Has a Favorite Child. Do you have a favourite?
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"If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of the two," Buzz Bishop wrote at Babble.com, where he blogs as DadCamp. "He and I are adventurous partners in crime, and I can't imagine life without him. He was an accident waiting to happen, and I'm so glad it did."
There were plenty of other things for people to judge about the post -- he also confessed that his girlfriend discovered she was pregnant just two months after they met, while he
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | SHE – Fri 14 Sep, 2012 12:49 PM IST
Lizzie Velasquez, author of Be Yourself, Be Beautiful.When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed "The World's Ugliest Woman" in an 8-second-long YouTube video. Born with a medical condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it, Velasquez has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She has zero percent body fat and weighs just 60 pounds.Read More »from Lessons from the 'world's Ugliest Woman': 'Stop Staring and Start Learning'
In the comments on YouTube, viewers called her "it" and "monster" and encouraged her to kill herself. Instead, Velasquez set four goals: To become a motivational speaker, to publish a book, to graduate college, and to build a family and a career for herself.
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Now 23 years old, she's been a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than 200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies, and overcoming obstacles. She's a senior majoring in Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, where she lives with her best friend. Her first book, "Lizzie
Malia (far right) and Sasha Obama stand with their parents on stage at the end of the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this week. The Obama's strict rules usually keep their girls out of the limelight. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) The public rarely catches a glimpse of President Barack Obama's daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. Even an appearance onstage at the end of the Democratic National Convention wasn't reason enough to break the "you must go to school" rule; as the president promised in his speech, the girls were at their desks at Sidwell Friends School first thing in the morning. But when you're parenting in the White House, you have to be even more strict than your average mom or dad.
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How strict? The New York Times' Jodi Kantor listed a few rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has mentioned over the years:
- The girls must write reports about what they've seen on their trips, even if its not required by their school.
- Malia may use her cellphone only on the weekends, and she and her sister cannot watch television or use a computer for anything but homework during the week.
- Malia and Sasha have to pay two sports: one they choose and one selected by their mother.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Sat 28 Apr, 2012 4:25 AM IST
First Lady Michelle Obama greets participants following a women's online outlet roundtable on Yahoo! Shine senior editor Lylah M. Alphonse and her 7-year-old daughter, Alanna, joined first lady Michelle Obama and a handful of others for a discussion about fitness, friendship, role models and more this week. Given that it was also Bring Your Child to Work Day at the White House, the kids offered up questions of their own, and the conversation yielded some great advice on growing up. Here are the highlights.Read More »from Michelle Obama's Advice for Kids: On Friends, Role Models, Playing Sports, and More
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Make what you do count
Being the first lady is a surreal experience, she told Alphonse's daughter. "I feel like Michelle, like I've always felt. But now I have this work to do," she said. "So I'm just trying to make sure I do good work. Because you're not First Lady forever, you're First Lady for a short period of time -- so that when we're done, I want to make sure that the time I spent here, I helped some people, so that when it's time for me to move on and be something else, I'm
Head injuries are among the biggest health hazards student athletes face.With millions of student athletes in the United States, it's impossible to prevent sports-related health hazards entirely. More than 30,000 student athletes end up in the hospital with sports-related injuries every year, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and in 2010, 50 student athletes died because of them.Read More »from The Biggest Sport Health Hazards Kids Face
"It's inherent with high school athletics," Brian Robinson, the chair of NATA's Secondary School Committee, told Yahoo! Shine. "If you're going to have high school athletics, you're going to have injuries, and I think schools need to be aware of that."
[Related: 5 tips to help prevent youth sports injuries]
Concussions, spinal cord injuries, complications from asthma and diabetes, exertional heat stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest are among the biggest health hazards young athletes face right now, according to a NATA report.
Concussion rates, especially, are on the rise -- and some experts say that may be a good thing in the long run. The increase in
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