If You See This Symbol On A Baby's Crib, Here Is Why You Do Not Ask The Parents About It

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Purple butterflies are new stickers on cribs in the hospital nursery. If you have never seen one, it is because they are just now becoming a thing. They were created by Milli Smith who was an ordinary pregnant mother awaiting the birth of her twins, until she got the bad news. However, instead of dwelling on the bad, she found a way to cope with the purple butterfly.

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Milli Smith and Lewis Cann were told that one of her twins would not live long. The unborn baby was diagnosed with anencephaly. This news was devastating because there is no cure for this. The brokenhearted mother had to continue her pregnancy knowing only one baby was healthy enough to survive. The joy of impending motherhood was smothered by grief.

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Skye and Callie were born, but Skye only lived a mere three hours. They let both babies share a crib in the nursery for a brief time. These brief moments were precious for Milli and Lewis because they could see their girls together. The babies were tiny and precious.

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Although they had one daughter left, they were still grieving. Another mother of twins was feeling a bit overwhelmed and mentioned that they were lucky that they didn’t have twins. Milli Smith knew that the other mother didn’t know of her loss, After she had been dismissed, she thought of a way to help other parents not experience such thoughtless words.

She created the purple butterfly logo to be displayed on the crib of a surviving sibling. The purple butterfly announces that the family is grieving the loss of another baby. The parents don’t have to share the news with strangers. The purple butterfly does it for them.

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If you see a purple butterfly, wrap the family in love. The baby in the crib is a blessing, but the family is going through a tragedy. Milli found a way to cope with the loss of her baby by helping other families. The purple butterfly is forever linked with her missing daughter. It helps extend the legacy of the brief three hour life.

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Butterfly stickers not only alert other parents and families in the hospital, it also alerts other medical professionals who may not be aware of the loss. The families don’t have to repeat the story of their tragedy over and over because the purple butterfly tells the story for them. Other parents who have experienced the tragedy wish that the purple butterfly had been posted for them. The stickers do make a difference.

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With the proceeds from the purple butterfly stickers, they are fundraising for support groups for grieving families. The butterfly can’t replace a life, but the proceeds can help those left behind. Milli and Lewis faced one of the most devastating tragedies. They found a way to help others in similar situations.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is the fifteenth day of October each year. At 7 p.m. in every time zone, a candle is lit in honor for the memory of the babies who were lost. This Wave of Light burns around the entire world. President Reagan proclaimed October as the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October 1988. The awareness month helps others to reach out to the grieving families.

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SIDS is one of the most common causes of death of infants. There are about 4,000 sleep-related infant deaths every year in the United States. Often SIDs is an unpreventable event, but there are risk factors that can be reduced by parents. We have compiled a list of ways to reduce the risk here.

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Get rid of the cigarette smoke. Don’t smoke before the baby is born. Keep cigarette smoke away from the baby. Cigarette smoke is harmful to the unborn baby, and this includes secondhand smoke.

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When you are pregnant, avoid cigarettes and smokers.

Be cautious about where you and the baby fall asleep. Never fall asleep while holding your baby in a chair, on the sofa, or in your bed. Bed sharing with other children or adults is dangerous to the baby. If you breastfeed, remember to put the baby back in bed before you nod off. Allowing an older sibling to sleep with the baby is also too risky.

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It may seem mean to leave a baby in a crib without a pillow, but pillows can be dangerous. Use a firm crib mattress and put only the baby in the bed. Extra toys, blankets, and bumper pads should be taken out of the crib. Only the baby belongs in the baby bed. If something gets close to the baby’s face, rebreathing affects infant arousal.

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The baby’s crib should be left in the room with the parents until the baby is at least 6 months old. After 6 months, the baby has the ability to roll over both ways. If the baby is less than 6 months old and has a cold, it needs extra comforting. Keep the crib close to you because babies with colds are at an extremely high risk for sudden death.

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Cribs and bassinets are ideal places for baby to sleep. Stuffed animals don’t need to be cribmates until after the baby is old enough to roll over and sit up. Infants should be sleeping alone. You don’t want the toy to smother the baby.

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  • The creation of components that emulate human genomes will help scientists understand how people's bodies react differently to nutrients depending on their genes
  • Organ chips mimic the chemistry and function of human livers, lungs and intestines
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Doctors have long dreamed of a day when they would be able to monitor how particular foods, chemicals and medicines affect individual patients — without ever placing anyone at risk of adverse or unintended reactions.

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The work to date has been focused on disease treatment. But the company's top scientist says the same technology also lends itself to the kind of custom, genetically varied testing that nutritionists see as crucial to crafting unique dietary regimens for individuals.

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It's hard to say exactly when personalized chips will be ready for use, but already the company and its partners are taking steps in that direction, Emulate's president and chief scientific officer, Geraldine Hamilton, told Nutrient Science News.

For instance, human stem cells have already been put on chips, allowing researchers to "basically program them" to become specific cells within certain organs, Hamilton said.

"We have this on chips (that) provide a home away from home for the cells," she said.

Emulate's advances have been met with inquiries from companies hoping to work with individualized aspects of human health such as the human microbiome, that biologically important mix of gut bacteria that varies from person to person.

"There is tremendous interest from multiple industry partners on research (on) nutraceuticals, as well as the use of food for therapeutic development," Hamilton said.

Emulate seized the imagination of the scientific world when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced April 11 that it had entered into a multi-year research and development agreement to evaluate the company's organ chips. The work is to be done at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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Because of the chips' modular nature, the agency said, researchers can use instrumentation to watch and analyze cells in real time. These simulated organs can be linked together, in some cases, to determine how different organs exposed to various materials ultimately interact with each other.

The fact that the FDA has stepped in has been particularly encouraging to nutritionists. Though they applaud any effort to re-create a human intestine — or liver, for that matter — researchers in that field are most excited about the potential to produce a chip that reflects an individual patient's unique genetic makeup.

Hamilton was cautious about when individualized chips will be fully developed, saying "we're not putting a timeline on it yet." But she said the company definitely intends to create components that emulate patients' genomes, thereby paving the way for tests that reflect people's unique dietary systems.

When that capability comes about, she said, "it's basically testing the patient's own cells."

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  • Malnutrition redefined in the modern age of fast food, obesity and diabetes
  • Obesity-related malnutrition is the real problem
  • The U.S. food supply is calorie rich and nutrient poor
  • Nutrient-rich diets are more effective than calorie restriction

One of mankind's most laden words — malnutrition — is being redefined in the modern age of fast food, obesity and diabetes.

For centuries the word referred mainly to a person being dangerously underweight as a result of inadequate consumption of calories or protein. Malnutrition manifested in conditions such as physical wasting. Simply put, people were deemed malnourished if they couldn't get enough to eat.

Although malnutrition, as classically defined. continues to be a significant problem in some emerging economies, the circumstances associated with malnutrition in the United States have changed dramatically during the last four decades.

According to USDA/Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, there are 4,000 calories available per person from the overall food supply. Yet American diets are out of balance with dietary recommendations. It has become clear people who eat plenty of calories — too many quite often — suffer from malnourishment if they don't get enough of the right nutrients.

"A person who overeats is just as much at risk for malnutrition as some who under eats," said Kim Shapira-Ochacher, a registered dietitian in Southern California.

Competing definitions exist, but modern science generally defines malnutrition, or malnourishment, as resulting from eating too few nutrients ("undernutrition") — or eating too much ("overnutrition"), such that overconsumption causes health problems. In either case, the body suffers from a shortage of necessary micronutrients.

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Different nutrient deficiencies can lead to particular health problems. Young children with iron deficiencies can suffer reduced brain function, for example, while iodine deficiency is known to lower intelligence in pregnant women and infants. Lack of vitamin A, iron and zinc can also increase the risk of death.

It turns out being overweight, a condition affecting more than half of all U.S. adults, can have the same result as severe hunger: heightened susceptibility to disease, reduced productivity and a shortened life expectancy.

Obesity-related malnourishment is a complex problem stemming from various factors, including sedentary lifestyles and lack of availability or affordability of healthy foods. Too often, calorie-rich and nutrient-poor foods typically with high levels of fat and sugar take precedence over nutrient-rich fare.

Given skyrocketing rates of obesity, considerable research has been devoted to micronutrients' role in promoting or preventing type-2 diabetes. Findings suggest certain deficiencies can impair glucose metabolism and potentially cause resistance to insulin — just as increasing intake of certain nutrients appears to be helpful in improving these conditions.

Studies have shown obese and diabetic individuals tend to have insufficient levels of vitamin D. Multiple studies suggest vitamin D supplementation can lower the chances of developing type-2 diabetes among people at highest risk. Similarly, randomized trials have demonstrated that type-2 diabetics can gain better glycemic control through the use of vitamin D.

Identifying and Treating Malnutrition

Administration of chromium has been shown to quickly and completely resolve severe insulin resistance and hyperglycemia for people highly deficient in the nutrient. There is evidence, too, that obese people at risk of developing diabetes may benefit from the use of chromium p.

Other studies have linked thiamine, biotin and vitamin C deficiencies to greater risk or severity of type-2 diabetes.

Registered nutritionist Wendy Phillips, corporate director of clinical nutrition at Atlanta-based food service provider Morrison Healthcare, noted that more than half of all hospitalized patients are malnourished upon admission, yet most overweight or obese. In an article in Practical Gastroenterology published in 2014, she called for greater vigilance on the part of medical professionals.

"Identifying and treating malnutrition in hospitalized patients is essential to improving patient outcomes," she wrote.

Healthcare is dynamic, and so are the terms used to define conditions such as malnutrition. A large segment of the population is left behind when old definitions prevail. The new face of malnutrition in the U.S. more closely resembles the normal to obese person. In a fast food environment, a focus on nutrient-rich foods may be more effective in promoting good health than calorie-restriction .

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  • The fat you need from birth to death
  • Not all fat is created equal
  • Omega-3s are easy with a nutrient-rich diet
  • Omega-3s are essential for brain health

Evidence continues to pour in that polyunsaturated fats play critical roles in brain health and may even reduce the risk of cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.

One recent study linked higher intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — termed "essential" because the body does not readily synthesize them — to having a larger fornix, the group of nerve fibers in the central brain. Subjects in the study who had a large fornix tended to do better on memory tests.

The idea that people should seek out more fat to eat may sound confusing considering popular dietary advice is to consume a low-fat diet. But in fact, the research builds on a growing understanding that not all fat is created equal; humans need essential fatty acids in their diets from infancy through late adulthood.

"There's no question about it," said Bruce Ames, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley who now serves as a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. "Even old people have to take them (fatty acids), because it prevents Alzheimer's and things like that."

All human cell membranes contain long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids known as omega-6 and omega-3. One omega-3, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid present in fatty fish), is highly concentrated in neuron membranes.

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It has long been understood that the last trimester of pregnancy and early postnatal life are important times for accumulating DHA. But more recent studies point to a longer-lasting need: Omega-3s play important roles in adult brain health and disease prevention. These studies suggest DHA may help keep synaptic membranes flexible and that it inhibits cell death resulting from oxidation-related stress.

Unsaturated fats have double chemical bonds, making them distinct from saturated fats like those in meats and dairy, which have single bonds and are not associated with similar health benefits. Saturated fats are generally solid at room temperature, where polyunsaturated fats are typically liquid.

A great deal of scientific research has linked higher consumption of omega fatty acids, omega-3 in particular, to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure (slightly).

There's also evidence low concentrations of DHA may be a risk factor for some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, and that boosting DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 known as EPA, may help people with type 2 diabetes.

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Though omega-6s are considered "good" fats because they lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high amounts or very high ratios of omega-6s to omega-3s may increase inflammation in the body, which in turn may contribute to heart disease, cancer, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic health problems. The IOM dietary reference intakes recommend a ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s between 5-to-1 and 10-to-1.

Omega-6 fatty acids are abundant in the food supply, and Americans get much of their omega-6s from processed and fast foods, such as chips, cookies, margarines and French fries. Thus, a high intake of omega-6s is usually a sign of a calorie-dense, nutrient-poor diet.

Despite IOM specific omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and grams per day recommendations, experts agree that adequate amounts of essential fatty acids can be achieved if Americans focus on a nutrient-rich style of eating, one that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, contains a moderate amount of fish, and limits processed and fast foods. Essential fatty acid supplements, like fish oil, is an option for folks who shy away from seafood and plant-based omega-3 foods.

Bottom line, fat is back. Essential fatty acids are needed from birth to death for an array of metabolic functions including nervous tissue and brain health.

Nutrients Trump Exercise

  • Ninety-eight percent of Americans are not living a "Healthy Lifestyle." Is there hope?
  • Hand-to-mouth exercise is as important as pumping iron
  • Exercise is only half of the weight loss equation
  • Nutrient-rich foods are the No. 1 factor

Only 2.7% of all adults have four healthy lifestyle characteristics, says the Mayo Clinic: being sufficiently active, eating a healthy diet, being a nonsmoker, and having a healthy body fat percentage.

There's an understandable first impulse when Americans want to make a healthy lifestyle change: Exercise like mad. But aren't they forgetting something?

Proper nutrition is just as or more important to a healthy turnaround as physical activity. Nutrients not only fuel muscle movement and support every single cell in the human body, they also maximize the benefits of all that exertion.

Research has shown that despite all the good exercise does — from boosting cardiovascular health to improving mood — physical activity by itself is not a predictor of weight loss. Science has also demonstrated how muscle performance diminishes when the body has insufficient access to nutrients.

Clearly the two work together. But a problem often arises in which a shift toward healthy living comes with an abrupt move toward vigorous exercise and no accompanying change in dietary habits.

Exercise physiologist and dietitians agree the best approach is to focus on ensuring appropriate intake of nutrients first. This can lead a personal health transition in a way that won't overwhelm the patient, and it's easily preferable to a vigorous exercise regime that is unsupported by proper nutrition.

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Leslie Bonci, sports dietitian for the Kansas City Chiefs football team, said muscles require fuel to perform optimally, and patients should watch what they eat and drink — plus when and in what quantities — to get the most out of exercise.

She emphasized, too, that muscle protein synthesis happens not just during resistance training, but with adequate macronutrients — protein, carbohydrates and fat-containing foods — and most important with the right intake of essential nutrients, which power all metabolic activity.

"The hand-to-mouth exercise is as important as pumping iron, running or shooting hoops," said Bonci, a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Nutrition is also critical to losing weight — more so even than exercise.

An international study done by researchers at Loyola University Chicago tracked participants' physical activity levels using waist-mounted accelerometers. They found exercise did not correlate to weight loss.

What's more, weight gain was found to be greater among people who met guidelines for physical activity, leading researchers to suggest exercise may sometimes increase appetites and lower activity in other parts of the day.

The study's lead author, Loyola assistant professor Lara Dugas, concluded people don't pay enough attention to portion size — that the problem of weight gain is on the "intake side" of the equation.

It appears to be much more complex than just counting calories, however.

Muscle Function Depends on Nutrients

A seminal study published in 1986 by researchers at the University of Toronto's department of medicine and Toronto General Hospital shed light on muscle function's dependence on nutrients.

The team of researchers used precise jolts of electricity to stimulate human and rat muscle tissue at various frequencies, and measured for levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and other electrolytes essential in muscular contraction. . Participants were selected largely based on their varying degrees of nutrition.

The authors ultimately suggested lowering food intake — like during restrictive dieting — depresses muscle glycolytic enzyme activity, these means less glucose is available to the working muscle during contraction.. It turns out nutrition really does fuel the body.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Kelsea Cregut said poor nutrition and bad eating habits really do keep people from reaching their health goals. On the other hand, a proper diet can increase energy, aid weight loss and increase muscle synthesis, she said. Cregut advises combining a nutrient-rich diet with exercise.

"What should you be eating?" she asked rhetorically. "Focus on a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains." All nutrient-rich foods are the No. 1 factor in weight control and achieving fitness goals.

Superfoods Are Super Confusing

  • "Superfoods" is a marketing term with no basis in nutritional science
  • Eat too much of any food, even superfoods, and gain weight
  • Only 55% of Americans can name one food associated with the benefits they seek
  • Energy dense foods to nutrient rich foods — "It's all about the ratio"

It's no wonder marketing campaigns tout "superfoods." They're nutrient-dense and typically offer extra benefits like cancer-fighting antioxidants and oils thought to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

But nutritionists have begun to push back against the cultural phenomenon of these apparently heroic foods, deeming them a distraction at best and, at worst, an overpriced class of consumer goods that don't necessarily deliver on their advertised claims.

Superfoods — not a well-defined term to begin with — generally include plant-based foods like blueberries, kiwifruit, kale and quinoa, as well as fish such as salmon. All are nutritious, and most can be found on any medically recommended diet.

The problem is the tight focus on superfoods. Nutritionists worry consumers buy these foods, perhaps overindulge in them, and fail to eat other products that are also of high nutritional value.

"When we label these foods as 'super' and 'healthy,' people think they can eat them in unlimited quantities. But you do have to be cautious of the amount you eat, because you can gain weight from eating too much healthy food," registered dietitian Despina Hyde, with the weight management program at New York University's Langone Medical Center, told LiveScience.com.

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Understandably consumers are confused, as evidenced by the results of the International Food Information Council Foundation's 12th Annual Food and Health Survey.

The March 2017 survey found 78% of 1,002 participating Americans encounter conflicting information about what to eat or avoid — and a little more than half of them are left to doubt their food choices.

And while 96% look for health benefits from the foods they take in, only 45% of them could name even one food or nutrient associated with the benefits they seek.

What's more, about three-quarters reported relying on friends and family for dietary advice — but only 29%have strong trust in the information they receive from such sources.

"As in previous years, the Food and Health Survey has shown that Americans feel overwhelmed by conflicting food and nutrition information," IFIC Foundation CEO Joseph Clayton said in a news release. "But this year, we're finding troubling signs that the information surplus is translating into faulty decisions about our diets and health."

With that shaky understanding of nutrition, superfoods are an alluring, easy solution. Unfortunately, sticking to an inflexible list of ingredients may shut out less-dazzling but also excellent foods, such as greens, nuts and bell peppers.

The Company They Keep

Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and director of the school's nutritional sciences program, sees the term itself as problematic.

"I don't like 'superfoods' because it's a kind of — it doesn't have the scientific ring it ought to have. Not every food is a fantastic medication," he told Nutrient Science News.

To him, the better approach is to maintain a healthy balance between foods that are energy-dense versus those that are nutrient-rich. "It's about the ratio," he said.

Drewnowski advises people to keep in mind food patterns when they decide what to eat. For example, blueberries tend to be paired with yogurt, just as French fries go with ketchup. He said knowing this may help keep people on the right track.

"It's not the superfoods themselves," he said. "It's the company they keep."

There are few families as notable as the Jenner clan. It seems as though every Jenner leads her own specific existence with her own drama and life events. Whether it's Kylie's cosmetics or Kendall's perfumes, each member of one of America's most entertaining families has her own story to tell, through interactions with pop culture and other aspects of the world.

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Kendall and Kylie specifically often get left out of the Jenner familly, with the larger discussion centering around their sister, Kim, and her mother, Kris. The two have had pretty interesting lives; did you know, for instance, that Kendall once fell off a horse five times in a row. Turns out, her and her sisters love horseback riding but she didn't have great luck one day.

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Kendall and Kylie both like sweets; they can be seen chowing down on cake and plenty of other baked goods in "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". They both have vastly different taste palettes, however; Kendall hates chocolate ice cream, while Kylie can't stand the taste of chocolate cake, even though she loves chocolate.

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​Kylie is a big fan of her sisters' work, citing Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West as her primary fashion inspirations. Her and Kim do tend to dress alike a lot, which is the best way I can think of to show off your sisterly love. That's a pretty good compliment, too, because the sisters tend to dress to kill for all occasions.

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Kendall, like her sisters, started her stint in the limelight working as a model. They've worked for a number of different publications and companies over the years on various modeling campaigns​. Kendall's first gig was for Forever 21, in which she made her New York Fashion Week debut modeling Marc Jacobs in 2014.

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Dogs and other pets are so good because of just how sweet and well-behaved they can be. However, it's important for any potential owner to consider how positive reinforcement can play a role in raising your pet to behave and go potty responsibly. It's not good enough to see your animal behave in a good way; you have to make sure they continue to behave that way.

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That's what positive reinforcement is- reward-influenced behavior. When you're teaching your kid how to use the toilet, you don't just smile at them when they hop of the seat after doing things correctly. You usually give them some kind of reward or other form of verbal recognition so that they associate good feelings with using the bathroom right.

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The same is true of domestic animals. If you want to teach your dog to go to the bathroom outside instead of on your floor, you give her a little treat after you bring her back inside. Training any kind of living thing isn't super easy, but there are methods of doing it that make your work less tedious.

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According to Pet MD, there are plenty of ways to show appreciation for your dog in ways that both you and your pet can understand. The first thing to remember is to always greet your pup with an exceptional amount of energy. Any time you return home, you have to realize that your pet has been waiting for you for hours, depending on how long you were gone.

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Since dogs are highly social animals that directly benefit from interacting with humans, odds are they're going to want to give you a big hello. This usually involves about 5 minutes of comfortable petting or vigorous playing. Though you may have just gotten home from a long day at work, keep in mind that you'll have to greet your dog to ease the loneliness of the day.

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Names are interesting. It's cool hearing how people came up with them for their kids, and it's important to know what name would best suit someone. I have this little theory that people with more common names are destined to act like other people that have those names; the Rachels and Brads of the world, for example, fit a specific archetype.

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Of course, I've met many different Rachels and many different Brads, but I still think it's an interesting concept. Maybe someone could write a book about that. Ooh, maybe I could write a book about that. Names are important, is the point, and that goes for several reasons. A kid is going to hear his or her name several times a day every day, so it better be something special.

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That's why I could never advicse someone naming their child something so normal like Matt or Ryan. I know so many Matts, so many Ryans. You would think that mothers have some idea what most other mothers are naming their babies and would try to be at least a bit creative, but no. I guess those names are popular for a reason.

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Some preopl end up getting really strange with the names. Just for kicks, I looked up a list of "Cool Baby Names" on a website called nameberry. There I was delighted to see a headline that says "Attitude Names for Boys". Wow, how crazy. I wonder what kind of names convey attitude.

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If your wants your son to seem edgy, it seems like your best bet would be to name him something like Lazarus or Gunner. Something that would look good on a patch in a war movie. If you're really looking to push the craziness, consider naming him Zeke, Magnus or Moses. Nothing sounds more hardcore than Moses.

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Is there anything more beautiful than nature? For as long as I can remember, I've always seen amazing works of art and writing that capture the essence of nature's beauty through sights, sounds or descriptions. It's undeniable that nature exerts a large influence over minds creative and grounded alike.

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Why, though? What could it be about the world around us that transfixes us so? In a day in age when technology is readily available and many of the conveniences we need in life are available within the comfort of our own homes, it can be easy to ask questions like this. It's important to remember your roots, however.

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Nature is always there for you. It's like the friend that you can go several months without talking to and still manage to hold an enjoyable, cordial conversation with them next time you meet. I wish it didn't have to be that way, but our interactions with nature are often limited by busy schedules or mindsets that there's nothing to see out there.

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That's why it's important to consume art and literature that does a good job of establishing why nature's so important in the first place. Whether it's a landscape painting or a perfect still photograph of a serene pond, there's plenty of works that give you insight into what it is that makes the natural world so important.

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​The artists who capture this exotic and often-changing world understand that nothing is constant; things happen and events transpire quickly, meaning that few things will stay the way they are forever. This is a creative mindset that few can manage to reach; capturing the perfect nature scene is as much about time as it is place.

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Fall is just right around the corner, and it's got me thinking about my favorite things about the autumn season. Whether it's the food, the clothes, the colors, the music, the festivities... there's just so much to enjoy! Like most people, my favorite season is indeed fall; I really just like the way it feels to walk around outside as all the leaves change colors.

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Though who can forget the sweet, sweet taste of the season's first pumpkin spice latte? Many people spend their entire year waiting for the pumpkin puree to hit store shelves, opening up the gate for plenty of different coffees and baked goods that remind one of the harvest season. Not to mention the delicious and hearty apple ciders.

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Fall is really the time to start bulking up for the winter, so you don't have to worry about cutting calories like you would in the spring or summer. Have as much pumpkin bread as you darn well please. Pumpkin cream cheese? Easy buy. Same with pumpkin bagels. Oh, are those apple flavored mini powdered donuts? No question I'm having some of those.

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​Every year I feel like we go farther down the rabbit hole of fall food. It started out with the pumpkin craze, but I feel like maple is slowly taking over as the hip fall flavor. That sweet flavor doesn't have to be confined to syrup; you can add maple to beverages, sweets and even your scented candles.

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The scents of fall are absolutely wonderful; things have a tendency to stink up the air more in the summertime than they ever would when it's cold out, meaning you don't have to smell anything nasty when you go outside. Instead, you're greeted with the refreshing scent of nature in a state of change. There are fewer allergens, too, so those with allergies will be happy the seasons are changing.

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Yearbook photos are simultaneously one of the most fun aspects of high school as well as one of the most stressful. Looking good is hard enough on a normal day, and it can be absolutely maddening when everyone's in their best clothes on picture day. Some people go the extra distance to really make their photos memorable.

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Whether it's dressing up in a strange costume or putting a funny saying as their senior quote, there's plenty of ways that the best class clowns can really stand out when senior year hits. Some of these yearbook photos have managed to go viral if they end up being funny enough.

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Some people bring in little props to help make their mark, while particularly creative twins might dress up similarly to highlight their sameness. As someone who used to freak out about picture day, however, I never wore any outfits that were particularly interesting or funny.

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In reality, I was pretty terrified that my picture wouldn't look good in the yearbook. It's important; that's how a lot of my former classmates will remember me in the future. It would have been helpful if someone would have given me some good tips for how to dress well for school pictures.

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The best way to make sure a school picture turns out well is to make sure the child is helped by his or her parents. No kid in grade school is gonna be too great at matching their clothes or doing their hair; that kind of knowledge comes with age and experience. You need to have a parent around if you want a fitting outfit for picture day.

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Over the past few years, Chipotle has become one of the biggest names in fast food. By combining quality ingredients with short wait times and a comfortable yet sleek atmosphere, Chipotle is able to charge as much as they want for a meal and still get away with it. They deserve to, though, based on their food quality.

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Every time I pass by a Chipotle near lunch or dinner there's always a massive line wrapping its way to the door. Working there must be horrible, honestly; you never seem to catch a break. I've talked to employees who have said they've been trapped there until midnight or even 1 a.m. on nights they had to close.

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The food is unbeatable, though. Whereas Taco Bell was the reigning kind for Mexican fast food during the mid 2000s, Chipotle has upped the price and upped the quality to deliver a more holistic experience. With such a focus on eating and behaving healthily these days, it's easy to see why Chipotle's such a popular choice.

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At the core of Chipotle's strategy is a knack for quality above all else. They're ingredients are of a pretty ridiculous quality; where else can you get cilantro rice in your burrito bowl or lime chips as a side? The only issue is cost; depending on what you get, a decent meal from Chipotle could run a single person anywhere from $10 to $15.

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While that's not terrible compared to some establishments, you still have to factor in guacamole, one of Chipotle's most-beloved items. Customers can be expected to pay upward of $2 just for a side of guac. Sure, you get a hearty amount, but $2 is as much as you would pay for one single menu item at Taco Bell.

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Who doesn't remember watching Hocus Pocus, the 1994 family-Halloween classic, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Having a tough time remembering? Even though it was 22 years ago, we remember and will prime your memory banks a little.

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The film is about the Sanderson sisters, three once-dead witches who've returned from their graves to hunt children again. Despite the terrifying premise, they were sometimes-funny and not all that evil-seeming. Sure they wanted to eat your kids, but they were fun?

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Then there's Dani Allison and she's upset her older brother won't go trick or treating with her anymore. Her and her family had just moved to Salem before the witches were freed.

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Her older brother Max doesn't want to but he does it for his sister. They go out on the town for Halloween trying to have as much fun as they can, even though times are now different. But what happens next?

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Well, Max meets Allison, the local beauty and his little sister asks if Allison wants to come trick or treating with them? Embarrassed, Max rebuffs his sister's offer, only until Allison agrees to tag along. So they set out to the "Sanderson House", a place where witches once lived.

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Welcome to Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a hot-springs theme park south of Tokyo. This s one of the most exotic hot-springs theme parks one could travel to for a variety of reasons.

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Not only does it boast its beautiful sites and sounds without any hesitation, it makes sure that when you visit these springs, you remember them. So just how does it guarantee that?

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For one, it has these incredible slides that you can ride. What wouldn't you kids want to do here with the amazing variety of slippery slides for them to shoot down into a pool of chlorine-washed goodness? If this were their only feature, I'd say they're doing alright.

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At first glance, this seems like your normal everyday theme park. It has pools, hot tubs, saunas, slides, and snack bars, just like the community centers you remember growing up. So what makes this Japanese resort stand out among the rest?

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Other than fantastic designs to make the place come alive, what is it this theme park did to keep themselves ahead of the competition? What could their minds have come up with to be unique and special? Well, the actual truth of what they do will either shock or thrill you.

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Residents spotted the creepy sight of blood leaking onto the road from a Louisiana undertaker's business on Thursday afternoon. The images sent a shock wave throughout the community and the internet. We are going to try to figure out what caused this bizarre incident...

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So right off the bat, what comes to your mind when you think of the cause of blood leaking from a nearby funeral home? What could have possibly happened inside the cold walls, among the cadavers? For a lot of people, one thing comes to mind.

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Well the scene is right for this to be the work of none other than The Tall Man, the murderous undertaker from the Phantasm series. He was an undertaker who sought fresh humans for his zombie army. He even had flying spheres that would bore into people and drain them of their blood.

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If its blood someone, or something, is after, maybe it was this guy? The classic blood-fiend Count Dracula, could've stopped by for a fresh vial. Is it possible he tripped on his cape and spilled it all?

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The first movie to ever show a pool of blood leaking from an unknown source, was this film, The Leopard Man. Master filmmaker Jacques Tourneur crafted a terrifying cinematic gem for the 1940s, which first depicted the now infamous stock use of a pool of blood gathering under a door way.

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Surely everyone has heard or seen the Owen Wilson Vince Vaughn hit comedy, The Wedding Crashers. No? (Wow, you're either really young or really old.) But the gist of it is…

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The two actors play divorce mediators who spend their free time crashing wedding receptions. For the irrepressible duo, there are few better ways to drink for free and bed vulnerable women.

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So when Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary (Christopher Walken) announces the wedding of his daughter, the pair make it their mission to crash the high-profile event.

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This has become a practice much better developed amongst weddings now. And extra caution has been implemented into the wedding planning process. But there's always been that one person that ruins everything,not just at weddings, but also at parties.

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However, not until now did I hear about someone who crashes funerals… I wish I were lying. In England, a serial funeral crasher has been blasted for turning up at services uninvited and tucking into food at the wakes afterwards.

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