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50 Leap Year Freebies & Deals including 10 just for ‘Leap Year Babies’

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There are 187,000 leap year babies currently living the United States and since their birthdays only come around once every four years, several brands and companies use the opportunity to celebrate these special babies by offering them freebies!

Others have jumped on the wagon and extended offers to the rest of us, who equally are happy to get one extra day in February because, ‘why not’?

Here are 10 freebies just for Leap Year babies and 40 deals for the rest of us.

1. Benny’s Chop House (Chicago): Guests with Leap Day birthdays receive a complimentary 8 oz. filet mignon on 2/29/2016, for parties of 2 or more.

2. Great American CookiesLeap year babies  get a free cookie cake to celebrate your birthday if you have an ID to prove you were born on February 29.

3. Holsteins -Guests with Leap Day birthdays receive a free Birthday Cake Bamboozled Milkshake and a Classic Burger with proof of ID on 2/29/2016.

4. Houlihan’s:All customers with Leap Day birthdays can have one free entree on Monday, Feb. 29, and that’s only the start. Leap Day babies are welcomed to 28 additional free entrees–one per visit–over the following 30-day period, for a possible total of 29 free entrees. Bring photo ID with proof of DOB.

5. Olive Garden –If your birthday is Feb. 29, use the linked coupon for four free “Dolcini” desserts, valid for dine-in orders at Olive Garden restaurants from Feb. 29 to March 6.

  1.  McAlister’s Deli: Show an ID proving that you’re a Leap Baby born on February 29 and you’ll get a free cookie on Monday.

7. Hard Rock Cafe: Is giving away a free meal for anyone celebrating their birthday.

8. Pizza Hut: Anyone who shows a valid government-issued photo ID proving they were born on Leap Day will get a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut. The deal is for carryout only.

9The Plaza Hotel (New York): Guests with Leap Day birthdays can receive a special $229 package, rate only valid for 2/29/2016.

10. Villa Italian Kitchen: Guests with Leap Day birthdays receive a complimentary slice of pizza at participating locations on 2/29/2016.

OUR PICK FOR THE BEST DEALS For the REST OF US ON LEAP YEAR DAY!

1. VerizonCoupon code VZWDEAL will save you up to $50 off select smartphones through Feb. 29. New device payment is required and upgrades are excluded.

2. Frontier Airlines: $29 flights to select cities. Must book by 2/26, 2/29 or 3/2

3. Caribou Coffee: Buy one beverage and get the second for just 29 cents on Leap Day.

4. Chick-fil-A– Check with your local Chick-fil-A, but we’ve caught wind that some locations are offering free chicken sandwiches if you stop by 29 minutes past the hour all day on February 29.

5. Legal Sea FoodGet two one-pound lobsters (and two sides) for $29. (Typically, a one-pound lobster at the restaurant costs $25.95.)

6. Dell Refurbished ComputersTake $600 off servers of $2000 or more with code SERVER$600 through Feb. 29.

7. Aeropostale: Extra 29% off your order with code LEAP29.

8. Airport Express Get 20% off shared-ride shuttle services.

9. Betsey Johnson: Take 29% off your order with coupon code LEAP and have it shipped to you for free. Some exclusions apply.

10. Urban Outfitters: Shop a selection of products priced at $29 or less.

THE OTHER GREAT LEAP YEAR DEALS

11. CheapOAir: Use code GETAWAYS30 to save up to $30 on Getaway Vacations through Feb. 29.

12. Destination Hotels: Make reservations on Feb. 29 to receive 29% (or more) off room rates in the weeks ahead, and/or $29 daily credits at this group’s hotels, which include locations in Snowmass, Colorado, San Francisco, and New Orleans.

13. Marriott Stanton South Beach: On Feb. 29 use the code ADP when making reservations to get 29% off rates for stays between March 3 and May 31.

14. Travelocity: Get $29 off a $229 hotel with the code LEAP29 and $129 off a $1229 hotel + flight deal with the code LEAP129.

15. Arby’s: The fast food chain is offering a special vegetarian menu all day.

16. Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Get any small plate for $2.29 with every $10 spent with this coupon. Or you could receive 20% off your check with this coupon.

17. Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & MoreGet a free Leap Year 2016 t-shirt at any of the retailers participating locations on Feb. 29 — no purchase required.

18. Columbia Sportswear: Save 30% on select sale items with code COLSALE30, ends 2/29/2016.

19. Dog Haus: Free patty upgrade from a single to a double on all burgers on February 29! A $2.49 value.

20. Honeybaked Ham: Free or discounted sandwich on 2/29/2016.

21. Hungry Howie’sGet a large, one-topping pizza for 29 cents with the purchase of a large pizza with one or more toppings at its regular price, Feb. 29 and March 1.

22. Krispy Kreme: On Monday, February 29, 2016, buy a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts and get a second dozen for $2.99.

23. Margaritas Mexican RestaurantsThe Fried Ice Cream Dessert (normally $6.49) and the Leap Year Margarita (normally $7.99) are both $2.29.

24. Noodles & Company: Save $4 off a $10 purchase with code LEAPTHELINE on 2/29/2016 when you order online.

25. Olive GardenReceive four free Dolcini desserts with coupon offer, valid from 2/29/2016-3/6/2016.

26. Starbucks$29 Off Orders $100 on 2/29/2016.

27. Tropical Smoothie Café: Loyalty program members can get a a Classic Smoothie for $2.29, instead of its regular price of around $4.49, at its 465 locations.

28. Dollar GeneralUse code FEBSAVE to get $5 off orders of $50 or more through Feb. 29.

29. Folica: Use code LEAPYEAR16 to get 25% off Solia, Theorie, Nth Degree and AbsoluteHeat products or 30% off Sedu products through Feb. 29.

30. Foot Locker: Use code LKS16F3L to save 15% on purchases of $70 or more through Feb. 29.

31. The Greene Turtle Chow down on 29-cent wings all day on February 29.

32. Golfsmith: Take $20 off orders of $125 or more with code 86PUB022 through Feb. 29.

33. Lands’ EndThis coupon will save you 20% off regularly priced swim merchandise at all Sears locations through Feb. 29.

34. Lane Bryant: Save $35 off your online purchases of $150 or more, plus free shipping, through Feb. 29  with coupon code FEBDRTLB.

35. LidsEnjoy free shipping on orders of $50 or more through Feb. 29. No coupon code required.

36. MOOGet 15% off greeting cards with code 7C2W8B through Leap Day for new customers only.

37. OneHanesPlaceSave $10 off purchases of $50 or more through Feb. 29 with this printable coupon or follow this link to have the discount automatically applied to your online order.

38. OshKosh B’goshSave 25% off orders of $40 or more with code CARU2F29 and 15 percent off site wide with code CARU2F19 through Feb. 29.

39. Target$5 gift card with an online movie pre-order of Mockingjay Part 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or The Peanuts Movie from Target.com/preorder through Monday 2/29/2016.

40. Urban Outfitters: Shop a selection of products priced at $29 or less.

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Adoption Agencies are Looking for Volunteers to Cuddle with Newborns

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Sign us up for this one!

Adoption agencies all across America are recruiting volunteers to cuddle and spend time with newborns.

ABC News reported that the agencies need temporary caregivers to nurture and care for newborn babies that are waiting to be adopted. Volunteers must be willing to cuddle, hug, and love the babies during their first few weeks of life.

The research is indisputable that body contact, warmth, love and affection are crucial for the first few days and weeks of a newborn’s life and development. One of the reasons of high infant mortality in developing nations is the lack of attention and body-to-body connection in understaffed and ill-equipped orphanages.

If you are interested in the job, search here for your local agency and see if there is a need you can fill.

Interim Care Provider, Lewis, relaxing with baby. #InterimCare

Posted by Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

h/t ABC

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Olympics: Things get Real as CDC Tells Pregnant Athletes to Skip It

 

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In a travel advisory Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterated that pregnant women consider not going to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games or to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

The agency issued the travel advisory along with its first report about infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in pregnant U.S. women. While the illness caused by the Zika virus is usually mild, the Brazilian outbreak has been especially concerning because of its link to a sharp rise in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by brain abnormalities and an unusually small head.

“We know Zika and microcephaly are associated, although we do not yet have definitive proof that Zika infection alone is the cause of microcephaly,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said at a press briefing, adding that “the evidence for this is getting stronger by the day.”

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So Scientists Can now Build Sperm in a Lab…that Creates an Offspring!

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Scientists have figured out how to create sperm from stem cells to produce a healthy offspring.

A study published in the journal Cell Press summarized the work of researchers who were able to genetically engineer functioning mice sperm cells from stem cells. These sperm cells were injected into egg cells and produced fertile offspring.

“Reproducing germ cell development in vitro has remained a central goal in both reproductive biology and reproductive medicine,”Nanjing Medical University researcher Jiahao Sha said about the study he worked on . “We established a robust, stepwise approach that recapitulates the formation of functional sperm-like cells in a dish. We think that it holds tremendous promise for treating male infertility.”

Until now, researchers have struggled to create useful sperm and egg cells in the lab – especially as certain gold-standard criteria have to be checked in the process. These include showing a normal number of chromosomes and organisation within the cells, as well as a correct nuclear DNA content.

Men who suffer from fertility when their  sperm cells cells fail to divide in the testes. Stem cells, however, can divide normally when cultured.

Even though this research may not necessarily translate to humans, scientists may be able to recreate the results from this research in humans, and if they do, they will be able to use stem cells from infertile men to create fully functional offspring. Then these cultured stem cells when divided outside the body can be combined with an egg to make an embryo.

“If proven to be safe and effective in humans, our platform could potentially generate fully functional sperm for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilisation techniques,” said Sha. “Because currently available treatments do not work for many couples, we hope that our approach could substantially improve success rates for male infertility.”

This could be a game changer for men struggling to have children.

 

h/t IB Times

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New Law: Prove You’re Not Pregnant & You can get a Fast Divorce in Japan 

The Justice Ministry in Japan is considering allowing women to remarry immediately after their divorce is finalized, if they can medically prove they were not pregnant at the time they separated, ministry sources said Friday.

Japan’s Civil Code has a century-old rule that prohibits women from remarrying for six months to avoid confusion over the paternity of children conceived shortly before or after a divorce. But the ministry is seeking to ease the restrictions following a top court ruling in December that concluded that the six-month ban is unconstitutional.

Under the envisioned revision, the ministry is considering shortening the period of the ban to 100 days from the current 180 days. Women with a doctor’s certificate proving that they were not pregnant at the time of their divorce, however, will be exempt.

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Verdict: Revenge Couple that Planted Weed in PTA Prez’s Car must Pay her $4M

 

 

When I heard there was a reality TV show about an Atlanta PTA, I thought, really? There is that much drama in PTAs?

Apparently!

A now-divorced California couple will have to pay a $5.7 million dollar civil verdict to anothe parent whose car they planting with drugs inside the car of the

It was the end of a sinister revenge plot over a school drop off and pick up line!?!

Um…

In 2010, Jill Easter was waiting for her 6-year old son to arrive in the school pick up line following an after-school tennis practice at the Plaza Vista School in Irvine after school. Another parent Kelli Peters remarked to Easter that her son was “too slow” to come outside. 

Easter regarded the retort as an insult to her son’s intelligence & vowed revenge

First, Jill and her husband Kent Easter, both lawyers, attempted to get Peters removed as the PTA president. When that endeavor ended with the school finding no just cause to remove Peters, the Easters came up with a more sinister plot. 

Kent planted drugs into Peters’ car and called the police from a hotel room stating he was a concerned parent who suspected Peters was on drugs. 

When police went to Peters and searched her vehicle, they discovered marijuana in the car and arrested Peters in front of her daughter even.  

Though Peters was never charged, she still said the ordeal was humiliating. 

“I  was crying and begging for him to not put the drugs on the car, because people would see it,” Peters said during her trial. “Everybody was looking at me and I felt very humiliated.”

Eventually, Jill got a plea deal and testified against her husband, who she eventually divorced. He admitted the crime. 

When asked in court if he planted the drugs on Peters, he replied: “Very stupidly, and unfortunately, yes.”

He has since filed for bankruptcy & says he is unable to pay.

It’s a high price to be petty. 

“This was really not about money, this was about standing up to people that pick on other people and telling them it’s not OK to do this,” she said in court after the verdict. “I feel like justice has been served.”

Wow!

H/t ABC News

Death Row Inmate impregnates Herself with Sperm Purchased from fellow Prisoner 



You can’t make this stuff up.

A death row inmate in Vietnam was able to escape her death sentence by getting pregnant with sperm of a fellow prisoner that she later inseminated into herself.

Nguyen Thi Hue was sentenced to death in 2014 after losing an appeal to a 2012 conviction for drug trafficking.

The 42-year old convict convinced a 27-year old fellow inmate at her Quang Ninh province prison to sell his sperm to her for $2,300 (£1,600), the state-owned Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

The male prisoner passed over syringes twice to Hue in August 2015 and as a result of successful insemination, Hue is now due this April.

Now, her sentence is expected to be converted to life imprisonment because she has a child under three years old.

Vietnamese law prohibits execution of mothers with children under 3 years of age. Under the law, Hue’s sentence will get commuted to life imprisonment.

Hue probably got the idea after reading up on another case back in 2007 where two prison guards in the northern province of Hoa Binh were jailed after they allowed a female inmate on death row to get pregnant with a male inmate, the paper said.

So many questions. Where did she get all that money from? Are female and male prisoners in the same facility? How did they exchange money for product?

The answers probably lie with the four guards suspended for negligence after Hue pulling this amazing stunt off.

The Chutzpah, eh!? Wow!

H/t BBC

Study: Women with Asthma Suffer more Infertility

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Asthma in women maybe linked to a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate, according to a new study.

Researchers studied 245 women with unexplained fertility problems aged between 23 and 45 years. They underwent asthma and allergy testing and questionnaires during their fertility treatment. As many as 96 women in the study had either an existing doctor’s diagnosis of asthma or were diagnosed with asthma when they entered the study.

The researchers from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Denmark monitored the women during their fertility treatment for a minimum of 12 months, until they had a successful pregnancy, stopped treatment or the observation ended. The results found that the median total time to pregnancy was 32.2 months in non-asthmatic women and 55.6 months in those with asthma.

Women with asthma also had fewer successful conceptions – 39.6 per cent achieved pregnancy in the asthmatic women compared with 60.4 per cent in the women without asthma. The results also found this trend was more apparent as

the women got older.

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#KissAndContribute: Your Instagram Post Equals A $10 (RED) Donation

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Today, you can contribute to AIDS research and help an HIV+ pregnant woman avoid passing on the disease to her unborn baby.

All you have to do is Kiss.

(RED) the AIDS awareness and research support organization created by U2 lead singer Bono has teamed up with Queen guitarist, Brian May, to encourage people to #KissAndContribute on Instagram.

Simply share a “Kissing Selfie” on Instagram with the hashtag #KISSANDCONTRIBUTE and Fresh will donate $10 to (RED)’s fight against AIDS up to $10,000. That $10 amounts to 30 days of lifesaving medication.  It can help someone living with HIV and prevent an HIV+ pregnant woman from passing on the virus to her unborn baby.

Do it today thru Monday, February 15!!

May’s song “The Kissing Me Song” featuring Kerry Ellis is the promo video for the campaign. Check it out and Kiss and Contribute this weekend!!

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Chinese Baby Survived 15 hours in a Morgue; Awoke before Cremation



Call it a miracle. A newborn baby in China who had been pronounced dead and was in a morgue for 15 hours suddenly awoke, hours before scheduled to be cremated.

A worker at the Pan’an funeral home in Xiuana, China pulled the infant out of the negative 12 degrees celcius refrigerator for cremation only to hear the baby begin to cry.

The baby boy called Lu was apparently delivered prematurely at the 7th month of his mom’s pregnancy in a hospital in Zhejiang, a a coastal province in southeastern China.

Lu’s dad took him out of his incubator a week before doctors recommended only to later lose his color at home, and rushed back to the hospital where he deteriorated and eventually was pronounced dead by hospital pediatrician Dr Chen Shuanghua. The doc said the baby had no heartbeat and was not breathing.

That evening, around 6pm, the dad wrapped the baby in a cloth and took him to the funeral home where he was placed in the morgue for cremation.

But Lu, the fighter, was not planning to stay there forever. Miraculous!

What a story, eh?

h/t UK Telegraph