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RoadTrip MustHave: This App Tells You Where the Nearest Clean Bathroom Is

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If you are heading on a road trip this summer, you know the pains of finding a clean bathroom to do a diaper change or take a fidgety toddler who you would need to physically hold over a dirty toilet seat in a public bathroom.

Good thing for technology to rescue modern parents.

Charmin toilet paper sponsors the Sit or Squat free app which determines your current location and gives you an array of options of bathrooms near you. When you click on the location, there is the option to vote for it’s rating and view what others have to say.

During a road trip, you will know whether it would be easy to take your kid in the stall or whether you should make him hold it and find another one.

Similar to Sit or Squat, Whizzer app gives you the location of bathrooms near you. There is a rating system showing overall cleanliness scores as well as the amenities that the facility offers (such as changing tables and if there is a fee to use a particular restroom). I think that app has tanked tho since it launched a couple years ago.

Nice. Download Sit or Squat HERE on iTunes or Google Play!

CBS did a report last year about another app that tells you when is the best time in any movie to run to the bathroom. It’s great for parents too who may not want to miss the best or most important parts of a film.


If you’re heading to the movies this weekend, an app could help with the one thing you might not be thinking about until it’s too late to ignore, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

For audiences torn between leaving a great movie and the pain of a needed bathroom break, the RunPee app comes to the rescue.

RunPee is the brainchild of Dan Florio, a former software engineer in Asheville, North Carolina. The 48-year-old was inspired to design it in 2008 after he saw “King Kong” in theaters — a three-hour epic.

Ninety minutes in, it was that time.

“By the end of the movie I couldn’t enjoy it. All I wanted was for King Kong — for his heart to stop so the movie would be over and I could run to the restroom,” Florio said. “Out of that pain came the RunPee app.”

Florio watches movies differently than most. We want the high drama, the big laugh or the memorable one-liner, while he’s looking for any three-to-four-minute stretch viewers can live without seeing.

“You don’t want to come back into the theater and someone to be like, ‘Hey Darth Vader is Luke’s father,'” Florio said.

The app gives audiences several opportunities to go every movie and a quick summary of what they missed.

When it’s time to think about going, the user’s phone vibrates with an alert. The app now has 1 million downloads, and 450,000 active users with active bladders and occasional complaints.

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I also love the names of these apps and their liberal use of colloquial and slang terms for everyday things. ha!


No Disney for You! UK Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid Travel to Florida

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British Health Officials Suggest pregnant women consider postponing non-essential trips to the US state of Florida, amid concerns over the Zika virus.

The UK is advising British women to avoid traveling to Florida after news of four confirmed cases of the Zika virus were released.

The country’s Public Health England updated its travel advice warning expectant mothers postpone non-essential trips to the US state of Florida. Before recently, US cases were only found with people who had traveled abroad but these new cases are from mosquitoes carrying the virus are native to a small section of south Florida.

The US Center for Disease Control does not expect a widespread outbreak of Zika in the country, but says it is preparing for small clusters of infections.

Florida has announced more aggressive mosquito-control efforts, and politicians are keen to assure tourists the state is safe to visit.

Paul Cosford, medical director and director of health protection at Public Health England, said Public Health England was monitoring the international situation closely.

Man ‘Low-Key’ Plays Pokémon Go While Wife is In Labor

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Pokémon Go is addictive for adults, including men whose wives are in labor at the hospital. Last month, dad-to-be Jonathan Theriot screenshot a Pokémon sighting by his wife Jessica who was in labor at the time awaiting a C-section delivery.

He shared the screenshot on Imgur with the caption, “When your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokemon shows up and you have to low-key catch it…”

If you haven’t heard the online buzz surrounding the release of Pokémon Go, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past week.

This popular smartphone app, created by the makers of Nintendo Gaming systems, blends a fictional virtual world with real life. The goal is to catch as many different Pokémon as you can by literally walking around with a Google Maps-esque screen as your guide. The creators plant the creatures that originated in an s Japanese cartoon that was wildly popular in the US in the 1990s.

The game has been the subject of many news stories including stories of a guy getting caught cheating by his girlfriend, a guy who quit his job as a bartender to catch them all, people falling off of cliffs and getting shot while playing the game in people’s yards and being charged with trespassing on zoo grounds while playing. The game is also being used by thieves to rob victims playing the game and not paying attention of their surroundings.

The game has positive benefits as many parents report that their children now want to go for long walks. In order to make a Poke egg hatch, you have to walk it. One guy reported losing weight playing it and a shut in finally got outside because he had to in order to play the game. A couple of marines playing the game noticed a suspicious guy while playing and helped detain the man until police arrived.

Meanwhile, several national monuments, museums and landmarks like The Arlington Cemetery, The National Holocaust Museum and the Auschwitz Museum have asked people to not play the game in their locale.

This week, Niantic, the division that makes the game said it will start removing historic places from the game to discourage people from being disrespectful.

And now, The Theriots’ baby, a third daughter, Ireland Sage Theriot, was born later that morning of the photo.



Report: Iron Deficiency Puts 1/3 Pregnant Women At Risk


Around 35 percent of expectant mothers may be at risk of pregnancy complications – such as miscarriage or preterm birth – as a result of iron deficiency. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

Iron deficiency is a common form of anemia, arising when the body does not have enough iron – a mineral present in a number of foods, including beef, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dried fruits.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30 percent of the global population are anemic, with most cases attributable to iron deficiency.

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Best Baby Book Ever: Dad Does 32 Sec. Time Lapse Video of Daughter and Son from Birth to Teen

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And you thought updating your kid’s baby book was cumbersome. Master time lapse photographer Frans Hofmeester captured a few moments of his children’s lives each week from birth to age 16 and 13, respectively, and assembled the finished product in an amazing video that he unveiled to much fan fair.

I mean one edit of the videos was shown in the Spanish National Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, Spain in 2013.

Each day, the Dutch photographer took out his video camera and snapped Lotte, now 16, and Vince, now 13. He first shared the video he did of Lotte capturing her life in a 4 1/2 minute video and then when Vince was born, he continued the tradition. His initial finished capture of his son was 3 1/2 minutes long.

“Sometimes they did not feel like it,” writes Hofmeester of the weekly filming sessions. “Then I said ‘Just one minute. Tell me about your ball game, did you win?’ That way I stalled them so I could complete the shot.”

Then to make it more awesome, he put together a side-by-side of the two in a 32 second video! Wow! Check out the final product here!

Study: Iron Deficiency in Pregnancy Linked to Thyroid Dysfunction 

Over one-third of pregnant women had iron deficiencies in their first trimester, which were likely to be associated with increased risk of thyroid-related conditions, a small Belgian study found.

In both univariate and multivariable analyses, iron deficiency in pregnancy was linked with a significantly increased risk of thyroid autoimmunity and dysfunction, reported Flora Veltri, MD, of Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and colleagues.

The link was also associated with an increased risk of subclinical hypothyroidism in multivariate analyses, the team wrote in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

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Study: Parents Will Move and Pay Higher Rent to Be Near Good Schools


All around the nation, there are certain pubic school districts known for their academics, sports programs, curriculum, and other amenities. Parents are usually willing to pay higher rent or mortgage to live close enough to the best schools so their children can get the best possible education. Look for Guardian Housing near your dream school if you can’t find any affordable properties in the area.

We know from personal experiences that some people even use the address of friends and relatives in order to register their children in those top notch schools. The practice of moving close to quality schools is not new.

RentCafe.com did a study with the local Los Angeles school district which confirmed this ritual. The site wanted to see how much more parents have to pay to live near the best schools in Los Angeles. Here is a summary of what they found:

  • Rents near top-ranking public schools in L.A. are 38% higher than near low-ranking schools
  • Home prices near top-ranking public schools are 185% higher than near low-ranking schools
  • Only 12% of public elementary schools in L.A. perform above average

Curious?  Get the full story.

So…Your Fitbit Can Help You Get Pregnant Now


Getting pregnant can be tricky. One way an aspiring mother can make it easier is to know when she’s most fertile, a period spanning a few days every month when her body undergoes hormonal changes. And certain body-tracking wristbands may be able to detect these subtle shifts in your biometrics, like your heart rate and body temperature. Depending on the device, it could even help you go one step further and actually conceive.

Recently, the women’s health data startup Clue ran an internal test to see if Fitbits could improve the experience of women who track their periods on its popular app and are trying to get pregnant. Scientists put Fitbits on five employees and found that the devices could track their resting heart rate patterns during their menstrual cycles.

The devices also showed that resting heart rate spiked shortly before ovulation began, according to the Berlin company, which presented data from the small, preliminary study at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual meeting this month.

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Are these the 4 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America?

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Selecting where to raise your kids is one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent. In addition to great schools and plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities, the best cities also have lower crime rates and a decent cost of living for your budget.

If you are considering a move either prior to becoming parents, or you already have a couple of little ones and want to relocate to a more family-friendly area, check out the following suggestions. (Please note, while small towns can be great places to raise a family, the focus here is on larger cities that offer more in terms of jobs, housing and other factors.)

Houston, Texas

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. This is definitely true for Houston in regards to several of the factors that make it an immensely livable place. For example, Houston is one of the nation’s top job creators and it features a medical center that is bigger than the largest one in Dallas. The cost of living is quite reasonable, and Houston is brimming with great restaurants, amazing schools and plenty of cultural attractions.

Houston also boasts a thriving housing market, though you’d be wise to rent for a bit to allow time to get a feel for your favorite areas in this sprawling metropolis.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Parenting.com compiled a list of the top cities for families using statistics like crime data, school ratings and job information to help determine which places made the cut. A thriving economy and safe neighborhoods, combined with great schools and a commitment to renewable energy and clean transportation, helped make the state capitol of North Carolina a shoo-in for the list. If you love being active, Raleigh offers plenty of outdoor recreation options, and the city’s year-round 75-acre State Farmers Market includes fresh produce and other foods that can keep your family healthy.

Chandler, Arizona

The suburb of Phoenix was ranked by Livability as one of the 10 best cities for families. The Chandler Unified School District is a top-performing district with outstanding schools and teachers, and the 330 days of sunshine a year beckon residents to go outside and use the city’s many inviting aquatic centers and parks. Chandler also boasts an impressive 325 miles of paved bike lanes and paths, as well as plenty of fantastic shopping, a large mall, a beautiful performing arts center and outstanding hospitals and medical facilities. Baseball fans will enjoy taking their kids to spring training games that are held in the area and the annual Ostrich Festival is a hoot for families.

Portland, Oregon

There is a good reason why the City of Roses consistently places at or near the top of lists of the best cities in America. The largest city in Oregon has an exceptionally high quality of life that is demonstrated in a variety of ways. In addition to its top school systems, access to exceptional healthcare and charming neighborhoods filled with families, there are also relatively low rent prices and there’s easy access to tons of outdoor activities. Oregon’s lack of sales tax will help paychecks go farther and makes it much more affordable than other west coast cities like Seattle or Los Angeles.

Of Course Half of the ‘Least Stressful Cities to Live in’ are on the West Coast

Don’t worry. Be happy. With all that is going on in the nation and the world, I sometimes want to escape it all.

Some places are just stressful to live in altogether and Wallet Hub, the personal finance website, crunched some numbers in order to identify where Americans cope with stress better than others. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 27 key metrics.  Their data set ranges from average work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

Here are the top 10 most and least stressed cities:

Most Stressed Cities Least Stressed Cities

1 Detroit, MI

2 Mobile, AL

3 Birmingham, AL

4 Memphis, TN

5 Cleveland, OH

6 Shreveport, LA

7 Columbus, GA

8 New Orleans, LA

9 Newark, NJ

10 Montgomery, AL


Least Stressed Cities

141 San Diego, CA

142 Sioux Falls, SD

143 Overland Park, KS

144 Plano, TX

145 San Francisco, CA

146 San Jose, CA

147 Madison, WI

148 Honolulu, HI

149 Irvine, CA

150 Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Greensboro, N.C., has the lowest commuter stress index, 1.11, which is nearly 1.5 times lower than in Los Angeles, the city with the highest, 1.62.
  • Lincoln, Neb., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.5 percent, which is about five times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 12.4 percent.
  • Overland Park, Kan., has the lowest poverty rate, 6.0 percent, which is nearly seven times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 39.8 percent.
  • Fremont, Calif., has the lowest divorce rate, 12.24 percent, which is about three times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest, 41.29 percent.
  • Seattle has the lowest percentage of single parents, 9.54 percent, which is about four times lower than in Newark, N.J., the city with the highest, 37.79 percent.
  • Minneapolis has the lowest percentage of adults in fair or poor health, 10.77 percent, which is about two times lower than in Mobile, Ala., the city with the highest, 25.71 percent.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the lowest number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 0.49, which is more than 40 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 19.89.
  • Fresno, Calif., has the most psychologists per 100,000 residents, 80.1, which is about 22 times more than in Baton Rouge, La., the city with the fewest, 3.7.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit Wallet Hub here!