Families in the News This Week

Family, Celebrity and Parenting Stories That Made the News This Past Week.

What Your Child Should Really Know Before Starting Kindergarten - PopSugar

'Mean Girls' Lacey Chabert is Going To Be a First-Time Mommy! - Yahoo.com

Jennifer Gardner Talks Kids, Ben and 'The Nanny' - Vanity Fair

7 Ways to Answer Your Kids Questions About Sex - U.S. News

Super Lice is Here....What Parents Should Know - PopSugar

For Mothers Who Have a Hard Time Talking to Their Tween Daughters - Babble

Food and Recipes in the News:

Sunday Morning Breakfast: Yummy Banana Whole Wheat Waffles - Mom.Me

Carrot, Cantaloupe and Yogurt Face Mask You Are Going To Love

DIY Face Mask For Dry Skin

What is better than nourishing your body with natural healthy food? How about nourishing your skin with natural healthy food too? Yep, your next awesome face mask can be made using food that you may already have in your kitchen. By blending together cooked carrots, cantaloupe and yogurt, you will create a fantastic exfoliating face scrub that will leave you loving what you see in the mirror when you are done!

{ Try this easy exfoliating apple face scrub too!}

Carrot, Cantaloupe and Yogurt Face Mask

What you'll need:

1/4 cup cooked carrots that have cooled 

1/2 cup cantaloupe

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1/4 cup white sugar

To make:

Blend carrots, cantaloupe, yogurt and lemon juice together in a food processor until smooth. Stir in the sugar and mix well.

Make sure to clean your face before starting. You may want to place a warm washcloth on your face for a few minutes as well before starting. This will help open the pores on your skin, and helps you relax as you get ready to pamper yourself for a few minutes.

Gently massage the carrot-cantaloupe mask into your skin, taking care to focus on the uneven patches on your face. Then put your feet up and relax for 15 minutes or so.

Rinse gently with lukewarm water, pat dry and enjoy your refreshed glowing reflection in the bathroom mirror!

And if your hair needs some TLC, try this luscious healthy coconut hair mask.

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Scary Reason Why You Should Be Monitoring Your Child's Phone - PopSugar

St.Patrick's Day Fun For Preschoolers

Have an adorable little leprechaun in your house who just loves to have a little mischievous fun now and again? There are so many ideas, recipes and crafts to explore on the internet, it was challenging to pick just a few for this list. If you love simple and fun, then these 5 St. Paddy's Day ideas might make you want to do a quick jig. Or not.

 5 Fun St. Patrick's Day Projects To Do With Your Preschooler

1. Let your little leprechaun use finger paints to make an adorable fingerprint rainbow pot of gold. Easy, messy fun for preschoolers (and parents too!)

2. Preschoolers love hunting for stuff, so go hunting for a few cool small rocks. Get some green paint and have a blast making a Blarney Stone, or let your kids paint the rocks green with cute leprechaun faces, shamrocks, and pots of gold.


3. Make these fun mini-shakers. They are easy to make, preschoolers will love shaking them and dancing to the sounds, plus you will be re-using plastic bottle caps! Find out how to make these cute St. Pat's Day music-makers at Buggy and Buddy.


4. Hide 'golden treasures' for your little leprechauns to find in this awesome St. Patrick's Day rice treasure box! Get the complete tutorial from Stephanie Morgan over at her eHow Mom Blog (or visit her at Modern Parents Messy Kids.com for more of her great ideas!)


Now what preschooler would not love these cool rainbow binoculars made from toilet paper rolls?? These are perfect for kids to take when they go leprechaun hunting! Get the complete step-by-step directions for this fun St. Patrick's Day preschool  project  from sassydealz on Pinterest.

Happy Healthy Families is looking for awesome kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day Recipes. If you have one you would like to share, send a us a note!

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The Truth About Pulling Out Gray Hair Myths

We all (okay, at least some of us) remember that feeling we had when we first saw it: that first gray strand of hair boldly claiming its' place amidst all the other nice normal hair on our head. Chances are, you grabbed the nearest pair of tweezers and plucked that gray intruder out as fast as possible.

Or just pulled it out with your bare hands.

But wait a minute. What about the old wives tale that plucking one gray hair will lead to even more gray hairs growing in even faster?

Is this just a myth, or is there some truth to the theory?

Today.com spoke with cosmetic scientist Randy Schueller about this crucial question. And his answer?

Basically, it is fine to pluck or pull those gray hairs. It is not going to do much difference either way.

The uninvited strand of hair will be gone, but only temporarily. Another one will soon appear in the same place. This is because the follicle (the little tube beneath the skin that produces the hair) is still alive and will simply send in reinforcements as needed.

So there is that.

As for the myth that plucking gray hairs will make more gray hairs grow in even faster, Schueller says that that is not true either.

Apparently one follicle's situation does nothing to neighboring follicles. They each do their own thing in their own time, in other words.

There is one word of caution here.

If you become overly-obsessed with your tweezers and gray hair, you could potentially damage the follicle to the point where it will no longer grow any hair at all, warns Schueller. Yikes!

So there we have it. Pull out any unwelcome gray hair if you so choose. Just be be careful to not over-pluck.

There is another option worth considering too.

Simply embrace the gray and show off your sexy confidence.

An Incredible High School Senior Hands Out Valentine's Day Flower To Every Girl in His School

Hayden Godfrey, a 17-year-old student at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, just showed us what Valentine's Day is really all about.

"So I did a thing today," he wrote on Facebook Thursday . "Today I passed out 900 carnations, one to every girl at SVHS and it was totally worth it. I don't think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls."

Can we just all say 'awe' together now, please??

Apparently, this is not the first time this amazing teenager has handed out flowers. Godfrey's mom explains that her son first got the idea in middle school, when he noticed that some girls didn't receive anything on the romantic holiday.

"That broke his heart on Valentine's Day," she told ABC News, calling her son a "sensitive soul." She added: "He wanted every girl to feel joy."

In his freshman year of high school, Godfrey anonymously sent flowers to about 30 girls. "I thought as many people as possible should be happy on Valentine's Day," he says.

To earn the $450 needed to buy the 900 flowers this Valentine's Day, Godfrey says he began working as a cook at a nearby McDonald's and a dishwasher at a Mexican restaurant, and for the last 10 months, he's been bagging groceries at a local store. And he does not regret one day of work:

"I think it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life," he says. "I got a lot of thank yous that day. It was really cool."

Godfrey ordered the carnations from a wholesaler online about 3 weeks before Valentine's Day. When they arrived at his home, he and about 20 of his friends cut the stems. On the big day, Godfrey loaded the carnations into the family van and took them to school.

The high school's principal gave Godfrey and his volunteers permission to pass out a Valentine's Day flower to each of the 834 girls during the last class of the day on Thursday.

He hasn't yet decided what he'll do with the extra flowers, but said he's sure he'll "find something."

Godfrey's girlfriend of six months and fellow classmate, 18-year-old Lilyan Sharp, told ABC News her boyfriend did a "very special" thing.

"I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine's Days not receiving anything," she said. "I know how it feels." She added, every girl walked out of school with a "giant smile on their face."

This Video Will Make You Giggle: Baby Can't Decide Who The Real Daddy Is

Some might think this is a dastardly trick to play on an adorable baby, and then again, many of us will giggle at the cuteness overload in this video.

Sweet 16-month-old Reed Ratpojanakul 's father, Stephen, introduced him to his twin brother, Michael. The little guy first reached out for Stephen. But then Michael took off his glasses and he reached for him. Then he went back to Stephen.

Stephen decided to post the video on Facebook, where it's been viewed over 9 million times. Stephen told BuzzFeed News that they tried to recreate the experiment with Reed's mother, Carroll, who also happens to have a twin sister. This time, though, he wasn't fooled.

"No matter how identical they are, a baby always knows his mama," he said.


Dad Warns Parents About Dangerous Hair Tourniquet in Babies Socks

Hair tourniquet syndrome is when a strand of hair or a thread gets wrapped extremely tightly around a toe or a finger. Unfortunately, the hair can cut off circulation if it gets tightened too much. Often an unnoticed loose thread or errant hair in babies socks can create this dangerous condition, as in this family's case.

One dad shared his own story on Facebook about the day when his baby daughter, Molly. was becoming increasingly agitated while out to lunch with her parents. As their baby continued to cry miserably, she became overheated. Her mom took off her baby's socks to help cool her down, and that is when they saw the scary reason why their baby was inconsolable.

There was a thin strand of hair wrapped around the baby's toe. It was wrapped so tightly that it was cutting through the skin, potentially cutting off circulation.

Thankfully everything turned out okay for Molly and her parents. Molly's mom is a nurse who removed the hair with tweezers and a magnifying glass within minutes.

In the photo Molly's dad posted, you can easily see the mark from the hair around her toe. In fact, it looks like the hair is still around her toe, even though the picture was taken 45 minutes after the hair was removed.

"Unfortunately, the hair managed to cut all the way through Molly's skin,  "It was completely around her toe, but it could have been worse had it gone much longer untreated, or if the hair wasn't accessible," explained the new father.

His post has since been shared more than 16,000 times and liked more than 27,000 times.

According to Parenting and youth development expert, Dr. Debi Gilboa, who spoke with Today, a hair tourniquet happens because a lot of parents have long hair and babies tend to grab it or a piece of it can end up in places like their diaper or sock without you evening noticing.

"If you feel like your child is behaving in a way that's unusual, pay attention to it. You're usually right," Gilboa said. "A hair tourniquet is a great thing to check for and it's not hard to spot. There's not really any way to prevent it, but they're not that hard to remove. Use something like a bobby pin, so it's thin and not sharp, slide it between the hair and the skin and it pops right off. If you feel uncomfortable call your doctor."

An excellent reminder from one caring parent to other new parents to check for hair tourniquets when a baby is crying, miserable and inconsolable.