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  • Photo: Getty ImagesThe trend in baby naming took a shift of biblical proportions in 2013, with "Noah" moving into the top spot for boys. It was the first time a name other than "Jacob" or "Michael" has been No. 1 since 1960. "Sophia" remained the most popular girls’ name for the third year in a row, according to the Social Security Administration, which released its latest data on Friday morning.

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    Another surprise for boys’ names was Liam, which rose to No. 2 in 2013 after just entering the top 10 the previous year.

    “'Noah' and 'Liam' are both smooth little names,” Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard” book and website, tells Yahoo Shine. “I call them ‘raindrop names’ — they’re tiny, but they have more than one syllable, and they are totally smooth, with no hard stops or rough edges.”

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    The only surprise with top girls’ names this year, she notes, was that there’s

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  • Mother’s Day in a Jar

    For Mother’s Day, what better way to celebrate mom than with a treat you can eat? culinary expert Ashton Keefe stopped by to share great ideas for mother’s day… in a jar!

    Gifts in a mason jar can create a charming look. Plus, they’re sturdy, they come in a variety of sizes, and best of all - they’re inexpensive and reusable. They’re great for canning, making salad dressing, and storing leftovers and pantry items, but they’re also great for making a meal and surprising mom!

    Mason Jar Yogurt Parfait
    Serves 1


    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup granola—any flavor
    • 1/2 mixed berries
    • pinch of ground flax seed meal


    1. Spoon half the Greek yogurt into the bottom of a Mason jar.
    2. Next, layer granola over the yogurt.
    3. Sprinkle in ground flax seed meal.
    4. Add blueberries and raspberries.
    5. Spoon the rest of the yogurt over the fruit
    6. Continue layering until you reach the top of your jar
    7. Enjoy!

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    Mason Jar S'mores
    Makes 4

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  • Plus the smart picks you should be sipping
    By Jessica Girdwain, Men's Health

    Lovers of bottled fruit juices may have to rethink their infatuation. A new report from researchers at the University of Glasgow in the U.K. equated your glass of fruit juice to your can of soda--just with a few more vitamins. And your perception of how healthy juice actually is can be way off as well. When researchers polled more than 2,000 adults, people underestimated the sugar content in juice by a whopping 48 percent. (Americans consume 23 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Try these 6 Ways to Beat Your Sugar Habit and save your gut.)

    We're not saying it's time to ignore the juice aisle. While some varieties can be sugar bombs, others are still a healthy option for men, says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D. and a certified personal trainer. "Especially after a workout, the natural sugars from juice can help restore calories to jumpstart recovery and provide a boost of hydration," she says.

    If you're trying to cut

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  • Affordable Gifts for TeachersAffordable Gifts for Teachers

    School's out all too soon, and it's time to show your appreciation to your child's teachers. Who gets what? And how much should you spend? We've got the answers.

    1. How much should I spend?
    First rule of gift giving: There are no hard-and-fast rules. Only you know what your wallet can handle. Our informal poll of parents revealed that when it's within one's means, doling out between $10 and $25 is pretty much standard. But what parents spend can vary from community to community, household to household. Know that some schools prohibit personal gifts or place a cap on expenditures (so check the policy with the school office).

    2. Who should get a gift?
    Typically, the top priority is the teacher, since he or she has shared the most time with your child. After that, consider who has had the greatest impact. If your child connected more with an inspiring coach than the principal, then that's whom you should acknowledge.

    Think about thanking the…
    • Assistant teacher
    • Literacy tutor

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  • By Olivia Lin,

    Whether it's healthcare, clothing, food, housing, or transportation, the cost of raising a child keeps climbing. According to a 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, a middle-income couple will spend an estimated $241,080 over 18 years to care for a child born in 2012. For single-parent families with one income, that figure can seem daunting. Following is a collection of tips and resources that can help single parents navigate the financial shoals of child-rearing.

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    Maintain a Budget and Track Expenses. Single-parent households are completely dependent on one income, which makes it imperative to practice thrifty saving and spending habits. Drawing up a monthly budget that includes funds for the proverbial rainy day is always wise. A variety of free online resources that import bank accounts and credit card charges can help single parents track spending. Popular options include and LearnVest. Each

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  • Dog Washing 101

    A dog can add a lot of love to your home, but our canine companions can also cause quite the mess. On this episode of "Easy Does It," veterinarian Brett Levitzke, medical director of Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group in Brooklyn, shares his best advice for dog washing.

    Start early and often. Get your dog used to regular baths as a puppy. He or she will tolerate them more as time goes on.

    Have everything you need at hand. Dogs tend to have short attention spans, so make sure you have shampoo, a towel, and treats within reach before you even begin the bath.

    Be mindful of water temperature. "You don't want it too hot or too cold, or they're going to resent being in the tub," Dr. Levitzke says. Keep the water at a nice, lukewarm temperature for your pet's comfort.

    Use a pet-specific shampoo. "A lot of owners think they can use their shampoo, when in reality that can be too harsh and dry out their skin," he explains. Instead, look for a variety of pet shampoo that lends itself to your

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