• By: Ivy Jacobson from TheBump.com

    Alysia Montano runs women's 800 meter race at the USATF Outdoor Championships. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Alysia Montano runs women's 800 meter race at the USATF Outdoor Championships. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    If you're in need of some pregnancy inspiration, look no further than Alysia Montano. She's a US Track and Field Championship runner who ran 800 meters in 2 minutes and 32 seconds on Thursday in Sacramento, California - and she's almost nine months pregnant.

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    Once you pick your jaw up off the floor, get this: The five-time national champion's race time was only 35 seconds slower than when she ran 800 meters in 1 minute and 57 seconds in 2010.

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    Even though she came in last in her heat this week, you can bet that everyone in the crowd was cheering for Alysia when she crossed the finish line.

    "I've been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process," Alysia says in an AP report. "I just didn't want to get lapped and be the first person to get lapped in the 800."

    She didn't get lapped (partly because she's awesome) and

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    By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com

    Stop freaking out! Every instinct may be telling you to be more careful, more attentive and more reactive, but what you really need is to chill (just a little bit). We promise -- it won't make you a bad mom.

    Trust baby to be able to tell you what he wants -- even as a newborn.

    They may seem helpless, but babies can communicate with you through their gestures, noises and cries. In fact, psychologist and author David Chamberlain reports in The Mind of Your Newborn Baby that studies have shown newborns can tell you what they're thinking well before they can speak through their actions, like baby reaching out his arms ("hold me"), giving you a curious look ("tell me about that"), grimacing or screaming ("I don't like that", or "I need that!"), cooing or gurgling ("I love that", or "that feels good!") or gasping ("I'm excited!"). "Believing babies are competent as opposed to helpless fundamentally changes how you interact with them," advises Deborah

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  • Facebook/MatchmiFacebook/MatchmiFor some, the idea of moms and their daughters wearing matching clothes sounds a little over the top; for others it seems downright adorable. The latter is the target consumer base for Matchmi, a new clothing company launched this month that sells matching dresses for mothers and daughters. It’s the brainchild of creative director Lacie Thorne, 32, a former New York City designer behind celebrity brands such as Jennifer Lopez Apparel at Kohl’s and Kmart's Nicki Minaj Collection and Adam Levine Collection .

    “I got the idea for Matchmi back in December after stumbling across a Facebook page for a company that sold mother-daughter outfits — I was surprised that it had almost 100,000 likes,” Thorne, a married mother of one, tells Yahoo Shine. “I realized there was a real market for mothers and daughters who got a kick out of dressing alike.” Thorne began immediately sketching her own designs and drafting a business plan. “Most people were supportive but some were skeptical,” she admits. “I

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  • The viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine SpeareThe viral image. Photo: Tumblr/Kristine Speare
    A photo of a dad in a “Feminist Father” polo shirt has gone swiftly viral on Tumblr, where it’s been liked and shared more than 196,000 times since being posted by the man's proud daughter on Sunday.

    "He's very supportive of me and the decisions I make for myself; he cares so much about me and my passion for feminism," Kristine Speare, 20, tells Yahoo Shine through a Twitter message regarding her father, Chuck, a restaurant owner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. "He completely agrees with the shirt's message."

    The buzzed-about black shirt — available on Zazzle for $48.90 — is emblazoned, on its back, with the following warning:

    “Rules for dating my daughter
    1. I don’t make the rules
    2. You don’t make the rules 
    3. She makes the rules 
    4. Her body, her rules 
    Feminist Father”

    Speare, a part-time Burlington County College student who also works in her dad's restaurant, describes herself on Twitter as a “feminist, coffee addict, book lover." She is fond of posting playfully empowered selfies, tweeted

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  • Foods for a Fast MetabolismFoods for a Fast Metabolism

    Make these five subtle tweaks to your daily diet to see a big payoff (and a smaller waistline)!

    Related: Kickstart Your Morning with Healthy Breakfast Recipes »

    1. Eat Your Vitamins
    B vitamins, especially niacin, can help crank things up by increasing energy production from the mitochondria, the power drivers of our cells. Produce, dairy products, eggs and whole grains are all rich sources of B vitamins.

    Take Charge: Try quinoa, a grain that's rich in B vitamins, or add a half cup of chopped bell peppers and some shredded, low-fat cheese to your morning egg scramble.

    Plus: A Guide to Healthy Whole Grains »

    2. Go for Green Tea
    Green tea contains caffeine and the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), stimulants that increase the number of calories you burn during a 24-hour period. The boost is slight, roughly 100 calories, but it can make a difference if you drink the beverage regularly, suggests an article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

    Take Charge: Sip

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  • How to Save Money on Energy This Summer

    Cleaner. Smarter. Better. Going green just sounds intimidating, right? We thought so, too. That is, until Kate L. Harrison, a green-living expert and founder of the greenbrideguide.com, walked in and told us how even tiny changes can make a big difference. And those small changes will save you money (go on, book that summer vacation!).

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    Brighter ChoicesBrighter Choices


    Replace regular lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), which use a quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 15 times longer.

    energy gained. For every 75-watt incandescent bulb you replace with a 20-watt CFL, you keep the equivalent of 500 pounds of coal from being burned.

    money saved. Replacing four bulbs will save $30 per year and $205 over the lifetime of the bulbs. According to the Consumer Energy Center, if you replace 25 percent of your lights in high-use areas (think living rooms, family rooms, kitchens) with CFLs,

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  • Summer is upon us and that means Americans are getting their grill on. We asked Kevin Kolman, Weber's grilling expert (and a man who has 30 grills in his backyard), how to get your grill in tip-top shape for the busy summer season.

    Related: 35 Pantry Staples for Healthy Eating

    Do I Really Need to Clean My Grill?

    How important is cleaning that grill? Well, if you don't, "you'll have more schmutz, and that will mean you won't get the same performance," says Kolman. He explains that a cleaner grill makes for better airflow. When the grill is grimy, energy is absorbed into the debris.

    Related: 25 New Ways to Eat Avocados

    What You Need:

    Rubber gloves
    Clean rags
    Terry cloth
    Mild glass cleaner
    Stainless-steel cleaner
    Stainless-steel grill brush
    Paint scraper

    Wear rubber gloves "because of grease and debris inside the grill," advises Kolman. He also says, "It's important to use the right tools so you don't damage your grill." Read on for the whats, whys, and hows of grill

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  • By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    I spend a lot of time looking into claims about the best way to eat--in part because it's my job to cover health, but also because it's very much a personal obsession. I know I'm not alone--trying to look and feel our best is a major focus for loads of American women.

    While it's fascinating to grill experts on why their gluten-free/Paleo/whole-foods diets reign supreme, I'm a skeptic. That's why I found myself so interested in Matt Fitzgerald's new book, Diet Cults, which explores how certain ways of eating can create the same cultish tendencies as fanatic religious sects, especially as the "diet wars" move online. "Social media platforms allow everyone to participate in promoting and defending their favorite diet and attacking others," he says. If you've ever wanted a reason to stop blaming yourself for why these doctrines haven't worked for you, Fitzgerald boils it down.

    Related: 25 Foods That Banish Bloat

    "What makes every diet cult part of the same phenomenon

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    According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, millions of people don't sleep well each night-not only do they find it difficult to initially fall asleep but stay asleep all night long, too. And when it comes to getting a good night's sleep, you probably focus on what you think will make it super comfy-i.e. luxe linens, a fluffy blanket and your favorite pillow.

    Related: Eat Your Way Slim: The Plant-Based Diet

    However, experts say that the one crucial factor you might not pay much attention to could be the most critical-temperature. As in your body temperature and that of your bedroom. Here's why: you'll sleep better-and wake up throughout the night less often-when your body is cool (anywhere from about 65 and 72 degrees). And since a range of factors play a role-from it heating up outside yet not enough to turn up the AC, to still having your wintertime comforter on your bed and not yet transitioning to summer-worthy sleepwear, your body-as well as room-temperature could be way

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  • Want to save on air-conditioning? You can still keep cool when the weather heats up. Stephanie Sisco, associate home editor at Real Simple magazine, talks about the best ways to cool yourself and your home.


    • It's all about the windows. When it comes to cooling the home, start with the windows. "Close your curtains and blinds, ideally with a sun-deflecting white on the window side," Stephanie explains. "That will actually help reduce the amount of heat that passes through your home by up to 45 percent." Another great tip comes from rangers in Death Valley, Calif. "Hang a damp sheet across an open window, so that when the breeze comes in, it will cool you and your entire home," she adds.


    • Air-dry everything. "Machines use so much heat, and during the summer, you just don't want to add that to your house." Stephanie says. Instead, let dishes air-dry after running a wash cycle, and hang your clothes on the line after doing a load of laundry to avoid the excess heat from the dryer.


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