America’s 7 Best Small Towns for Christmas

Bella Breakdown These places will definitely get you into the holiday spirit! We have found America’s best small towns to celebrate the holidays! Durango, CO: The Durango & Silverton local steam engine offers snowy rides along the Animas River. Asheville, NC: Much of Asheville‘s holiday focus is on Biltmore, the historic Vanderbilt mansion. Newport Beach, CA: The Newport Beach Christmas boat parade features more than 100 boats that light up for the holidays. Leavenworth, WA: 21 miles of lights trace each peaked roof of the half-timbered village during the month of December. Jackson, WY: Stick around until New Year’s...

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Simple Ways To Fend Off Colds & Flu

Bella Breakdown Here are some simple ways to fend off sickness. 1. Wash your hands using warm water and a lather for a full 20 seconds. 2. Don’t touch your face. Your nose mouth and eyes are entry points for germs. 3. Keep your hands off public fixtures. Elevator buttons, door handles and railings are crawling with germs. 4. Avoid crowds. Enclosed, crowded spaces are likely to harbor the latest bug going around. 5. Try some honey. Honey has been used for centuries as a healing agent. 6. Stay hydrated. Pay attention to your thirst throughout the day. 7....

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Skip the Gym and Spend a Night at the Theater: Here’s Why

Bella Breakdown Cue the standing ovation. We bet you never thought a night at the theater could be a boon for your health. A British study collected stats from 12 volunteers during a performance of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre in London. They monitored participants’ heart rates, brain activity and various psychological cues throughout the show. The researchers found that the volunteers’ heart rates rose of the shows drama unraveled to between 50% and 70% of their maximum. According to the British Heart Foundation, this range is optimal for your cardiovascular health and for boosting stamina. Dr. Joseph Devlin,...

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The No-Fail Plan for Avoiding Toddler Meltdowns When You Travel

Bella Breakdown Are you planning on traveling with a toddler anytime soon? Here are some tips and tricks to help make your journey smooth sailing. 1. Pre-boarding? Forget about it! The less time your toddler spends cooped up in a buckled seat, the better. 2. Bring boxed milk. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated! 3. Skip the stroller in the terminal. The more they move, the more likely they will sit or sleep on the plane. 4. Maximize your fun at the airport. Some airports have museums or viewing decks where you can watch the planes take off. 5....

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This Bride And Grandmother’s Photoshoot Will Melt Your Heart

Bella Breakdown Having a loved one with cancer stirs up a lot of stressors and emotions for the entire family. Ellen Haynes has stage 4 breast cancer, and was fearful she would miss her granddaughter’s big day. The fear of not being able to dance with her granddaughter on her wedding night prompted Ellen to do a pre-wedding photoshoot with her bride-to-be granddaughter, and let’s just say, it’s not for the faint-hearted. This emotional photoshoot is a must see. Brittany, Ellen’s granddaughter, surprises her with a first look at her beautiful gown. The look on Ellen’s face is priceless....

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