These Saint Patrick’s Day-Themes Nail Art are Cutest


If you’re one of those people who is not an adventurous dresser but go all out on your nail art, you’re gonna love these Saint Patrick’s Day themed nail designs we curated over on our DIY Nails board. 

These are my fave:

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Dr. Seuss Day: 35 Of His Best Quotes for Adults too


Today is the anniversary of the birthday of that great children’s book author Dr. Seuss (real name Theodor Seuss Geisel) who was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote over 60 books before his death on September 24, 1991.

Many of the author’s quotes from his various stories are actually beneficial for adults as well.

Here are 35 of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that I rely on to motivate me and get me through life and various bumps in the road. They uplift and inspire and great to know and share! Enjoy!

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

  1. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  2. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss

  3. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

  4. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

  5. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

  6. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ― Dr. Seuss

  7. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss

  8. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss

  9. “You’re off to Great Places!
    Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting,
    So… get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  10. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”― Dr. Seuss

  11. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”― Dr. Seuss

  12. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  13. “Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”― Dr. Seuss

  14. “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” ― Dr. Seuss

  15. “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and The Lorax

  16. “Only you can control your future.” ― Dr. Seuss

  17. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

  18. “They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” ― Dr. Seuss

  19. “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”

― Dr. Seuss
21. “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” ― Dr. Seuss

  1. “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”― Dr. Seuss

  2. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss

  3. “Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ― Dr. Seuss

  4. “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  5. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss

  6. “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” ― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

  7. “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  8. “Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!” ― Dr. Seuss

  9. “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” ― Dr. Seuss

  10. “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?” – Dr. Seuss

  11. “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

  12. “Everything stinks till it’s finished.” ― Dr. Seuss

  13. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.” ― Dr. Seuss

  14. “Sometimes you will never know the value of something,until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss

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This is why Some Men Experience Pregnancy Symptoms


Yes, men do get pregnancy symptoms when their partners are expecting. Watertown Daily Times’s Armin Brott explains:

Men’s symptoms are often similar to women’s: food cravings, mood swings, weight gain. Other common symptoms are a bit stranger (but plenty of women experience them too), including toothaches, headaches, nosebleeds, cramps (admittedly, pretty weird for a guy) and cysts.

Couvade symptoms in men tend to appear at the same time as their partner starts showing — around four months. They may fade after a month or so, but will often reappear a month or two before the baby is born. For most, symptoms tend to disappear right after the birth.

Why does this happen? No one knows for sure, but there are plenty of theories. The first has to do with the way that men in our society are expected to be the providers and protectors, keeping families safe and easing their pain. Unfortunately, in the case of pregnancy, there’s nothing we can do about our partner’s pain. So our brain decides that the next best thing is for us to share it — especially if we’re feeling guilty about being responsible for the partner’s pain in the first place.

Another theory is that couvade may be a subconscious attempt by the expectant dad to get people to pay some attention to him. Everyone asks him how his partner is doing, but rarely does anyone ask how he’s doing.

Interestingly, there may also be some biological reasons that cause men’s pregnancy symptoms. We’ve all heard of the hormonal roller coaster that women are on during pregnancy.

According to several recent studies, expectant dads’ hormone levels (we all have the same ones, just in different amounts) follow a similar up-and-down pattern as their wives’, rising and falling at the same times. This may explain why most expectant dads find themselves paying more attention to children in the months before their own are born.

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This Brit Ex-Model is Getting Roasted for Emulating Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Announcement


Brit former model Daniele Lloyd didn’t expect her OK! Magazine cover shoot that emulated Beyoncé’s twin pregnancy announcement to net so much backlash, but it did.

Last week, the mom-to-three boys with ex footballer husband Jamie O’Hara announced that she and her electrician fiancé Michael O’Neill were expecting their first child together.

‘So it’s official Am expecting a baby. I loved this Beyoncé inspired shoot with @ok_mag #pregnant #baby #excited,” she captioned an Instagram version of the cover photo.

The TV personality said inside the magazine that she was 16 weeks along and did not yet know the sex of her baby. She is mom to sons, 6-year old Archie, 5-year old Harry and 3-year old George. .

Posing in nothing but a burgundy bra and satin briefs, the former beauty queen appeared to align herself with the Crazy In Love crooner as she revealed her growing bump for the first time.

Committing wholly to the imitation, she then draped the iconic green veil also sported by Beyoncé across her tumbling brown hair as she flashed an excited smile at the camera.

Afterwards, online trolls and Beyhive members stung her with harsh criticism over the copy move, while others gave their congratulations and called the copy move creative.



Study: Women Who Don’t Take their Husband’s Last Name Seen as Less Committed to Marriage

weddingWomen who elect to not take their husband’s last name after getting married are still seen as uncommitted to the marriage and would be blamed during a divorce, a recent study showed. That was the attitude mainly among the lesser educated men surveyed in a recent report.

However, that contradicts with an even more recent study published in Gender Issues which found that most Americans don’t think women who take their husbands’ last names are any more committed to their husbands than women who do not, nor do they hold women with their own surnames to a different standard.

This newer study builds on existing research around perceptions of surname choice for women. A survey conducted in 2006 found that 50% of Americans think women should be legally obligated to take their husbands’ last names, and 70% said it would be better if a woman changed her name.

“Women have made a lot of inroads in terms of employment, but what is more stalled in terms of gender inequality is in terms of what goes on in the home,” said Emily Fitzgibbons Shafer, the study’s author.

In one survey, conducted in 2010, presented respondents with a fictitious scenario: Carol has spent extra time in the office working toward a promotion while her husband, Bill Cook, is having to do more around the house. Respondents were then randomly assigned to situations where Carol took Bill’s last name, kept her maiden name, Sherman, or hyphenated to Sherman-Cook.

The survey asked how committed Carol was to her husband, how many days each week Bill should be OK with Carol working late and how justified Bill would be in divorcing Carol. On all three questions, Shafer found that almost all respondents did not think differently of the woman regardless of surname choice. Yet men with low education did think that Carol was less committed if she kept her name and that Bill would be more justified in divorcing her.

Shafer said she included information about Carol’s job as a way to eliminate bias for people who may think they were supposed to say that they do not care whether the woman changed

The results show that women may still get push back in their personal lives once they are seen as putting themselves before their marriage or their family, Shafer said. While people may not judge a woman who keeps her surname, they might have strong opinions as to what is best for a woman, Shafer added.

While Shafer’s overall findings indicate these perceptions around surname are changing somewhat, she still thinks the issue is here to stay, a  USA Today report on the study surmised.

“Surname choice is one of those things that has really stuck,” she said. “The changes in women’s personal lives are behind those in their professional lives.”

Beyoncé Bumped it Up at Sis Solange’s Post-Grammy Party

There’s nothing better than an intimate party to celebrate a Grammy win!
Solange Knowles won her first Grammy ever for her song “Cranes in The Sky” and got to toast it up at a post-Grammy party she hosted a post-award show party in a private residence near Los Angeles, California.
Among the guests that attended the party Solange co-hosted with her husband Alan Ferguson was her expecting sister Beyonce in a white gown with a plunging neckline and deep split.


Other guests included another one of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, Kelly Rowland,  Tracee Ellis Ross and Janelle Monáe.

“There were lot of A-list stars in attendance, a source told E!  “Beyoncé was sitting down in a beautiful white long dress, and Jay Z stood by her side, head bobbing to the music. Solange was very hospitable and chatted with all her guests.”


The source said that Bey spent most of the night sitting down but was kind and gracious to everyone who came up to her.

Bey and her husband Jay-Z are expecting their  second and third child, a pair of twin. They are parents to 5-year old daughter Blue Ivy, who they welcomed on January 7, 2012.

10 Sledding Safety Tips For Kids



Nothing says winter quite like a pile of snow, a child all bundled up, and a sled. Unfortunately, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that there are about 46,000 sledding injuries that are seen in emergency rooms each year, most of which include children under the age of 15 who suffer a head injury. Thankfully, there are some simple tips that you can follow to help avoid an emergency room visit this winter.

  1. Wear a helmet – We have kids wear helmets while biking and skiing, so it makes sense to also have them wear one while sledding. Wearing a helmet will help prevent head injuries in the unfortunate event of an accident while sledding.
  2. Always sled sitting up – Adults should instruct children to sled sitting up and with their feet facing forward. This will allow the child to see where they are going and be more in control of the sled while going downhill.
  3. Choose a safe location – Choose a hill that is appropriate for the children who are doing the sledding. It should be free of obstacles such as trees, open water, and roads. Make sure that the hill mn’t too steep or large for the children who are participating.
  4. Make sure the sled is safe to use – The sled should have no cracks or other signs of wear and should have handles that children can hold.
  5. Never ride on a sled pulled by a car or snowmobile – Teach children to never ride on a sled that is being pulled by a car or snowmobile, as the injuries that can be sustained by doing so can be severe and even fatal.
  6. Dress in layers – It’s important to dress for the weather. Staying warm is an essential part of participating in outdoor winter activities, and you should have your child dress in layers so that they may be taken off and added back on as necessary. If you are sledding in a highly populated area, it is wise to also dress children in bright colors so that they are visible at all times.
  7. Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite – Be vigilant about checking on kids for weather related illnesses. Children don’t always recognize that they are getting too cold or thattheir skin is too exposed for the conditions outside, so it’s your job to make sure that they are well protected.
  8. Be aware of the weather – Be aware of the air temperature outside, as well as the wind-chill factor, and set time limits based on this information.
  9. Make sure an adult is present when sledding – Always have an adult present while sledding. They can help children make good decisions about sledding and be there (with a cell phone) in case of an emergency.
  10. Instruct children how to safely sled – If they fall off the sled while sledding, instruct them to roll to the side and get out of the way of the led. If they find themselves on an out-of-control sled, they should roll off to the side to safety. Children should observe the hill before beginning their descent to make sure that the path is free of any obstacles, including other children who are sledding.

Sledding is often part of fond memories of childhood and winter days. Safe sledding will ensure that those days are filled with hours of fun and not hours spent in the local hospital emergency room.

President’s Day: DC Area Kids Can See Pres Obama and/or Trump this Monday FREE!


If you live in the Washington, DC area, for President’s day this year, you can take your kid to meet President Donald Trump inside the White House Rose Garden and/or the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama and other notable African American figures including Frederick Douglass.

Famed wax figures museum Madame Tussauds will allow guests to travel through time in chronology, embarking on a historical journey interacting with everyone from Washington to Trump. The museum includes an exhibit of the new Rose Garden along with a replica of the President’s military helicopter, Marine One.

While there is a modest cost to enter the museum, for FREE this Monday, February 20 for all students who have the day off, they can head to the Kennedy Recreation Center on 7th Street beginning at 11am. Marion Barry, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and other historic figures will be on display along with activities and giveaways from Madame Tussauds.

Also, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, students from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (who’ve traveled the nation with their “Blacks in Wax” show) will bring the figures to life as they portray  these iconic legends. This is a phenomenal opportunity for students, children, youth, adults, families and visitors to learn about African American history in a fun, instructive, interactive way.

The event is part of a partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation as they celebrate ‘Black History Month’.


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Find Out the New Scientific Way to Tell If You’re Having a Girl or Boy without an Ultrasound


Here is a brand new way of finding out if you’re having a girl or boy without getting an ultrasound or amniocenteses, and before waiting until around 16 to 20 weeks.

A recently released study by the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discovered that the immune samples of women who are carrying girls  produced more of a specific type of protein that caused an inflammatory response than those carrying boys.

Amanda Mitchell, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute followed a group of women through pregnancy and exposed their immune cells to bacteria in the lab.

Mitchell and her team noticed some significant differences that later was revealed in the gender of the baby the women carried.

“This could mean that inflammation may play a role in why some women who are carrying girls have more severe reactions to illnesses, making symptoms of conditions like asthma worse for them during pregnancy,” said Mitchell.

“Too many of these cytokines or too much inflammation can really be unhelpful for our bodies’ functioning,” Mitchell said. “It can create or contribute to symptoms like fatigue or achiness.”

So, there’s now some evidence behind the notion that women carrying girls may be more likely to have a harder time with illnesses during pregnancy than if they were carrying a boy.

Melissa Fox, a woman who took part in the study, says the results made a lot of sense based on her experience. Fox said her allergies abnormally flared up during the pregnancy with her daughter, so much so that she had to take and over the counter allergy pill almost every day. Check out her story below:


Blake Lively is Learning to Love Her New Mom Curves

Actor Ryan Reynolds (R) holds his daughter James as his wife Blake Lively holds their unnamed new baby during the Deadpool actors Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 15, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Blake Lively is feeling good about herself and her body, just five month after giving birth to her second child with Ryan Reynolds.

The mother-of-two chatted with E! NewsZanna Roberts Rassi at the L’Oréal ParisGalentine’s Day” event Monday night—entirely curated and party-planned by Lively—where she was joined by her sister, Robyn Lively. Blake, 29, got to chatting about how pregnancy has not only changed her body, but taught her to appreciate it so much.

In fact, the actress got candid about getting back into shape after baby No. 2, saying, “It’s all a process. You know after the second kid it’s really different. So this is not my normal body, but I like it.”

She continued, “I’m learning to love my body in every iteration and that’s hard for women, and I learned a lot.”

Blake took that confidence with her to the event, looking stunning in a flirty, navy SemSem dress adorned with hearts and polka dots. She accessorized the look with a pair of Christian Louboutin spike-studded stilettos and a maroon purse.

That radiating confidence is something Blake was hoping to spread at the L’Oreal party with women celebrating women.

“L’Oréal told me this idea they had to have a Valentine’s event with your gals—your best girlfriends,” she told us. “I thought, ‘Right now, more than ever, it’s so great that women are coming together and supporting each other and building each other up.’ I got a little too involved. I said, ‘I don’t really just want to show up. I sort of want to plan it.’ It’s a lot more fun to plan a party when it’s not on your dime. I changed the party a bit.”

But party-planning aside, it was the message behind the event that was most important to the mother of two daughters.

“This is the first time in my lifetime where I have been aware of a women’s worth being questioned. I know it happens all the time everywhere, but I never felt it,” the actress explained. “It’s made me so much more aware and empathetic to the challenges that women face always, because I’ve been really fortunate. I think it’s just so important that we come together and build each other up—and that we remind women of their value. It’s really beautiful to see women come together. It’s something I’ve never seen.”

Reprinted with permission