Pi Day: Get Blaze Artisanal Pizza for $3.14 Today

blaze-pizzaToday is March 14 also known as Pi Day, the numerical figure for the ratio of a circul’s circumference to its diameter is 3.14. The day is celebrated by the eating, purchase and making of actual pies. But a pizza pie is also a pie, right?

So Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza’s nationwide are offering its yummy artisanal pizzas for just $3.14 each.

My family loves these pizzas because they, like & Pizza, Custom Pizza and other chains, allow customers to build their own personal pies. Last year, we lined up with dozens of coeds that live in our college town to get our heavily discounted pizza.


An assembly-line format allows guests to select a number of toppings from fresh ingredients – all for under $8.

 Then, the 11-inch pies are sent to the oven for 180 seconds, emerging “fast-fire’d” and ready to eat.

Blaze Pizza makes its dough from scratch, using a recipe designed by Executive Chef Brad Kent to ensure a crisp, thin crust.

Other signature menu items include fresh salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The restaurant can cater to dietary needs with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

A quickly expanding company, Blaze Pizza’s first opened in California in 2012.

If you live near a Blaze pizza and aren’t blanketed under the Northeast storm, head out there for dinner this evening or for lunch.

 

Say What? Studies Say We’ve Been Doing Parenting Wrong All These Years?

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You think you should be helping your child with his homework or making your daughter finish her meal, right? How about washing your baby every day or talking baby talk to her  because you think it will help her with her future vocal skills?

Yeah, those are the things all the books and parenting theories tell us.


Well, like with a lot of social science studies that give us conflicting data year after year, what if these theories are false?

Cracked.com hypothesizes that as the new millennia tries to figure out how to raise children to be conscientious and not little monsters, it turns out that our “well-meaning habits are in fact making things worse.”

Think not-so-smart parents steering their kids wrong. Think scrubbing away good bacteria. Think contributing to negative emotions to food. sigh  Yeah.

Interesting. Curious? Read the post HERE!

Study: Kids Need Help Deciphering Real from Fake news

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If you wondered whether we need to do more to help our kids recognize “fake news,” a new report makes it clear the answer is a resounding yes.

Although 44% of tweens and teens in a recent survey said they can tell the difference between fake news stories and real ones, more than 30% who said they shared a news story online during the past six months admitted that they didn’t get it exactly right.


They said they later found out that a story they shared was wrong or inaccurate, according to the survey by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization focused on helping parents, kids and educators negotiate media and technology.

The survey of 853 children ages 10 to 18 in the United States also asked kids how much they trust the information they received from each of their news sources.

Family got higher marks than teachers, news organizations and friends. Sixty-six percent of tweens and teens said they trust the information they received from family, compared with 48% for teachers and other adults, 25% for news organizations and just 17% for friends.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/health/fake-news-kids-common-sense-media/index.html

International Women’s Day and A Day Without Women become A Day Without School too


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Today is International Women’s Day, a day created by the United Nations set aside to call attention to the need for equality, education and rights for women worldwide.

This year, a movement has decided to host “A Day Without A Woman” on today in order to call attention to the importance of women to the economy.


Women were encouraged by organizers to wear red, not go to work or spend any money and to engage in solidarity activities.

In some schools systems nationwide, so many teachers and bus drivers called off that school had to be called off for all students today.

Several schools in at least four states were closed Wednesday so teachers can participate in gender equality demonstration.

Although the Day was planned before the US election and the school systems insist that the days off aren’t political, some are equating the movement to a protest against the Trump administration.

It is not without reason because the organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of Trump, are supporting the strike.

Among the groups supporting Wednesday’s demonstration are Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org and Amnesty International, according to the Women’s March website.

On Monday, school officials in Alexandria, Va., North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and New York announced they are canceling classes in anticipation of staff shortages due to the event.

 

In a last minute decision, school officials  in Prince George’s County in Maryland closed school for today, Wednesday, after 1,700 teachers asked for the day off to participate in the protest. About 30 percent of the transportation staff also requested an absense.

In Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools  after more than 300 staff members requested a leave.

“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Alexandria Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said in an email Monday to parents.

“We have been closely monitoring requests for leave on March 8, including communicating with school leaders and our education association,” Crawley said. “The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction. It is not based on a political stance or position.”

The announcement had many parents scrambling to make child care arrangements, or, in some cases, request a leave of absence from work to stay home with their children.

The Alexandria City Public School district’s Facebook page has become a forum for parents to share their opinions over the cancellation of classes.

Designer Nicole Miller Hit With Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

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Pregnancy is not in fashion at Nicole Miller, a lawsuit charges.

A former high-level employee of the Midtown-based women’s fashion line alleges that its eponymous president took an “unsympathetic and truly reprehensible disposition” toward a pregnant staffer.


Wendy Simchi-Levi, 34, says in the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was an employee in good standing, reporting directly to Miller, until she revealed she was 20 weeks pregnant with twins in September.

During the meeting, Miller noted that Simchi-Levi had been hired in July, the suit claims.

“Oh, so you knew you were pregnant when you interviewed?” Miller asked, according to papers.

“The disdain in Ms. Miller’s voice was impossible to miss,” the suit adds.

“You won’t want to come back to work after having twins,” Miller allegedly said.

 The statement “evinces Ms. Miller’s undeniable discriminatory animus,” papers charge.

Following that conversation, Miller ostracized Simchi-Levi, even refusing to address her directly during meetings, papers claim.

“Nicole hates you,” Simchi-Levi’s co-workers allegedly told her.

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VA Dad Who Wore Fake Belly to Gym to Empathize with Wife Welcomes Son!

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One Virginia dad-to-be took pregnancy empathy to another level when he decided to don a fake baby belly while working out with his wife at their Virginia Cross Fit gym.

When 9-months pregnant, Kristin Milchuck headed out to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck. One day, one of the couple’s coaches at at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, suggested that Blake sport a faux belly to really see what it’s like for his wife at the gym.


He strapped a 14-pound medicine ball with duct tape and began their work out, which included running, modified burpees, rowing and biking.

 “It was different,” Blake Milchuck told ABC News. “You definitely feel the frontal load, so things that I can normally do pretty easily weren’t as easy.”

The gym made a video of Blake’s workout which quickly went viral on Instagram with more than 18,000 people watching the funny video.

 Blake said the experiment helped him appreciate his wife and it helped her laugh, which “was the main purpose,” he added.

 “It’s different at times to understand where your wife is coming from with the pregnancy … so doing something like this makes it a little bit more fun for her, which makes it fun for me,” Blake Milchuck added.

The couple welcomed a baby boy they named Brayden.

“Its a Boy….Were a little tired after our first day with Brayden but have loved every second of the experience,” Blake captioned a joyful photo of the family yesterday evening. “@kmilchuck killed the pregnancy game and is already killing the mom game. #fullheadofhair #doinggreat”

By now the couple should have welcomed their newest addition which is due around this time. Sweet story!

photo: Remy Biase/Remy Photography

h/t WTOP

Zika-infected Pregnant Women 20X More likely To Birth Baby with Birth Defects

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Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Even worse, “when you look just at brain abnormalities and microcephaly, what we are seeing is more than 30 times higher than the prevalence before Zika was introduced to the Americas,” said Margaret Honein. She is chief of the birth defects branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


With microcephaly, babies are born with a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. Since the mosquito-borne virus first began to spread through South America in April 2015, thousands of babies have been born with Zika-linked microcephaly. The large majority have been born in Brazil, but the consequences of Zika infection during pregnancy are now being seen in the United States.

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Judge Rejects Dad’s $4M Lawsuit Against One Night Stand That Got Pregnant

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A Canadian judge rejected a Father’s $4 Million Dollar lawsuit against his child’s mom who he says lied about taking birth control when they hooked up and had unprotected sex in 2014.

The man had previously lost in lower courts before appealing his case. The question presented was: can an alleged “fraudulent misrepresentation” on the part of the mother — whether she was taking birth control as prescribed — render the father’s consent to sex invalid and therefore open up the mother to being sued for sexual battery?”


The judges answered both questions with a resounding “no.”

“It is to be hoped that the appellant will, as the child’s father, contribute to the child’s upbringing in a positive way. It is also hoped that he will see this contribution as being pleasurable and positive,” Rouleau wrote.

“If, however, he views it only in a negative light, I see no basis on which to impose liability on the mother for any net negative impact the appellant may consider that he has suffered due to his having fathered the child and contributed to his or her upbringing.”

The father said he was okay with paying the child support he was paying and he wants to have a relationship with his child and was not tryign to avoid his obligation. The reason for the lawsuit, according to the dad, is so the mother of his child could compensate him nonetheless for the emotional, professional and/or financial impact the birth of the child has had on him.

The judge ruled that if he found against his child’s mom, he would essentially be permitting the dad to “circumvent the equal obligations to the child imposed on the parents by law — obligations that are imposed without regard to fault or intention.”

The father was also ordered to pay the mother $8,000 in costs for the appeal.

The judge also rejected the complainants claim of sexual battery because there was no risk of serious physical injury to the dad when he consented to sex with his child’s mom.

 

Read more about this case in Star.com

Where to Raise Kids: Maryland Is Most Culturally Diverse; New England Least (REPORT)

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Even though the United States is growing increasingly culturally and racially diverse, some parts of the country are more multicultural than others.

When couples start to think about their future, and begin planning their family and determining where to raise their future children, some think about the diversity of the area because they want their children to be exposed to a variety of peoples.


To identify the most culturally diverse places in America, personal finance site WalletHub’s analysts compared 501 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics, including ethnoracial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.

The results show that the state of Maryland has the most diverse cities in the entire nation. (Interestingly enough, Maryland also ranked number 5 in terms of best high performing school so there could be something to say about how that diversity actually enriches the education and learning process). Coming in second is the Bay area  with two cities; Oakland and San Jose among the top 10.

The New England area is home to the least culturally diverse cities with three Vermont and one New Hampshire cities in the bottom ten. West Virginia comes a close second with two cities ranking in the bottom. Those cities are over 90% white while Hialeah, Florida boasts a near 100% Hispanic, Spanish-speaking and foreign-born population in all categories.

Most Culturally Diverse Cities Least Culturally Diverse Cities
1 Jersey City, NJ
2 Germantown, MD
3 Gaithersburg, MD
4 Silver Spring, MD
5 Spring Valley, NV
6 New York, NY
7 Oakland, CA
8 San Jose, CA
9 Rockville, MD
10 Kent, WA

492 Miles City, MT
493 Laconia, NH
494 Bennington, VT
495 Barre, VT
496 Jamestown, ND
497 Rutland, VT
498 Hialeah, FL
499 Watertown, SD
500 Clarksburg, WV
501 Parkersburg, WV

Here are some other Key Stats to consider:
Oakland, Calif., has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is four times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest.

Hialeah, Fla. has the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, 95.64 percent.

Rutland, Vt. has the highest concentration of whites, at 95.45 percent.

Gary, Ind., has the highest concentration of blacks, at 81.41 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest concentration of Spanish speakers, 92.25 percent.

Waipahu, Hawaii, has the highest concentration of speakers of Asian and Pacific Islander languages, 49.18 percent.

Greenville, Miss., has the highest share of population born in their state of residence, 87.16 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest foreign-born population, 72.75 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/

Tomorrow is National Day of Unplugging which Women Need More, Per Study


img_2931Tomorrow, March 3rd,  is the National Day of Unplugging and to no surprise a recent national survey found that women, moreo than men, may need a 24-hour break from their devices.

The survey of 1,000 people conducted on February 14, 2017 revealed that 77% of women and 68% of men spend 3 hours or more per day on their computer, phone, or tablet.

Also, half of women and 41% of men spend 5 hours or more per day looking at a screen.


The three most interesting insights the survey discovered:
#1: When I have down time, I spend it on my phone, computer, or tablet (35%)
#2: I spend more time interacting with people online than I do in person (13%)
#3: I feel like I’m addicted to my phone (13%)

Is it any surprise that most Americans spend over three hours a day on their devices?

Shockingly, 75% of those surveyed admitted to this fact, and close to half (48%) said they spend almost 5 hours or more per day.

Then there is the hopelessly addicted: the 13% who say they spend 10 hours or more on a screen! Wow!

And most of the screen time is spent in bed.

The research showed that for 58% of Americans, their bed is the most popular place to check their phone, be it when waking up (32%) or when going to sleep (26%).

Here is how the top 5 broke down:
#1: When I wake up (32%)
#2: When I’m in bed going to sleep (26%)
#3: On work breaks (20%)
#4: In the bathroom (10%)
#5: On my morning commute (4%)

And the devices they’re using while in bed is;
#1: Smartphone (76%)
#2: Computer (17%)
#3: Tablet (7%)

And here is a twist. While it would seem that women care more about “likes” than men, the survey showed that actually men care slightly more

While 5% of women say they closely monitor how many “likes” they get on social media, compared to 7% of men who say the same.

Who knew. We hope you take some time tomorrow to unplug.