How to Properly Vet a Nanny/Babysitter

The Ins-and-Outs of Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter The first time I ever had to hire a babysitter was when my daughter was six months old and I was going to do some part-time work. I was a nervous wreck about finding someone who would be just perfect for my firstborn child. I found a lovely nanny through people I trusted and although I was nervous about leaving my child, I knew she would be in good hands. However, I was shocked when, after leaving her for the first time, I came home to find her sitting in her...

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Quick Kitchen Hack: How to Salvage Rock-Hard Brown Sugar in 30 Seconds Flat

  Bella Breakdown This hack for softening brown sugar will save your cookies. Is your brown sugar hard and lumpy? Here is a solution for you! Measure the amount of sugar you need in a bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel, and then plastic wrap. Microwave for 30 seconds and remove the plastic wrap and paper towel. Mash it up and you are ready to...

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Britney Spears’ Best Looks from the Early 2000s

Bella Breakdown Take a look at some of Britney Spears’ best red carpet looks from her “Britney” era back in 2001. On November 5, 2001, Britney Jean Spears released her third album. It included hits like “I’m a Slave for You”, “Overprotected”, and “I’m a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”. The album launched the sold out Dream Within a Dream world tour. Here are some other iconic moments from the Brittany era. Britney shot Crossroads, which was written by Shonda Rimes and stars Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning. Let’s break this down: chunky highlights, embellished tank top, denim floor...

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Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

Bella Breakdown Weddings aren’t cheap, but these celebrities take lavish ceremonies to the next level. The average American wedding costs $26,444. However, these celebrities didn’t get that memo. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky spent $5 million on their wedding. The bride wore $250,000 worth of jewelry. The glass – walled tents cost $600,000, which was just a bit more than the $500,000 worth of flowers. Security was important, and cost over $200,000. But the most extraordinary expense was $15,000 for the toilets! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel spent $6.5...

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Winning the War on Whining

Bella Breakdown Somehow, over the years and generations, children have perfected a technique that can truly drive any parent out of their mind – whining! Whining is usually a result of a child being overtired or just overdone in some other way. However, they also might adopt this annoying habit when they learn how effective it is and they are not getting what they want. Since this is something that often leads parents to lose their resolve and to give in to whatever it is our child wants, our smart kids know how well this technique works, and will...

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