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When the 2013 US Popular Baby Names list came out in May, we ran Kelli Brady's, aka The Name Freak, wonderful Playground Analysis blog, with her count of the real top 50 baby names. Brady tallies all spelling variations of the top names in calculating their rank, which puts Aiden et al instead of Noah at No. 1 for boys, for instance, and bumps Jackson (and Jaxen, Jaxon, and Jaxson) up to No 2.

Summer just doesn't seem complete without a trip to the beach; and as with most outings involving small children, they can either be stressful or enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time playing with your little ones at the beach.

Tex-Mex refers to a cuisine that combines American and Mexican food products and ingredients into a unique regional blend. Originating in the southwestern border states, Tex Mex combines ingredients like shredded cheese, meat, beans, spices and tortillas into dishes like fajitas and chili con carne. While most popular in Texas, Tex Mex dishes enjoy widespread popularity throughout the country.

High on the list of questions from expectant moms is: "What should I eat to keep my baby healthy?"

In last year's Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel's adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Meet the digital diapered set.

So ... interesting little story recently that has now gone viral. A woman's fed-up husband sent her an Excel spreadsheet, recording every time she shot down his attempts to have intimate relations over the last seven weeks, including her verbatim excuses.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

Prince George turns one and happy birthday to the little Royal. His birthday has drawn lots of attention - including the cover of Vanity Fair magazine - and I mostly get that. But not how what the little tyke wears has also become a draw, so much so that the overalls and shoes and rompers he's donned have quickly sold out once the public (or at least a certain segment of) learns what shop or designer sold them.

Some days 24 hours in a day just doesn't seem like enough time to get everything on your "To-Do" lists done. Busy moms are always trying to squeeze more into each day. Between having a full-time job, carpooling, and taking care of a busy family finding shortcuts to increase productivity can help save mom's sanity. Check out these organizational tips to help you pack more into each and every day.

Being engaged and informed in your child's health is one of the most important roles that a parent can fill, but dealing with a health issue can be anxiety-inducing for most parents. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate health concerns for your child.

With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the Pennsylvania legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news:

There's a giant tent frame outside my beach rental blocking my view of the ocean. It was here when I got here and it's clearly been abandoned. I understand canopy tents are a pain to take down, but to just strip the canopy and leave the frame? Talk about pitching a tent . . . .

1. Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor Names

Moms looking for a pair of sturdy aquatic shoes for their kids may want to try the Summer Slip-on Sneakers made by Native Kids and available through retailer Chasing Fireflies. The shoes, with holes in the tops and sides, provide breathability for those feet. They are also a terrific alternative to flip-flops because they offer sturdiness and support.

Every family relies on a babysitter from time to time, but how do you choose the right one? I've compiled a list of 5 traits that'll help you choose a babysitter that your kids will love - and you'll feel confident trusting, too.

What do young explorers need when they visit distant shores? The latest in sturdy beach toys and water-resistant backpacks.

Summer holidays are often the time when divorced or separated parents spend the most one-on-one time with their children. When young children are involved they can tend to become more anxious and difficult during this time as they are still too young to understand change and find the distance between their parents difficult to comprehend. They often become overwhelmed especially if it involves more sleepovers than usual and can be difficult to manage. Here are some tips to help ease your young child through this transition.

I was talking with a co-worker yesterday, and she was recalling something her young son said to her that surprised her.

Summer break is a great time to introduce children to planning and preparing meals. While children as young as 3 can help scrub potatoes or tear lettuce, once children reach school age, they can take a more active role in meal preparation. Learning to follow a recipe is a life skill that all children need and is applicable to many aspects of life even out of the kitchen. If you are hesitant to set your Junior Chefs loose with the stove or oven, these "no cooking required" recipes might be just the thing for starters.

Given the history of climate change science - predictions that, no matter how draconian, are often so vague that the dangers are easily ignored or misinterpreted - the specificity of new research out earlier this month from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is intriguing: measurable rises in the number of kidney-stone cases at hospitals and doctors' offices that can be linked to increases, even small ones, in the average daily temperature.

Toddlers can be demanding and unrelenting. And if you have one, you know they're also kind of strange. Doorknob licking and barking like a dog are commonplace. But these freaky behaviors do pass. "The vast majority of strange toddler behaviors are short-lived phases," says Heather Wittenberg, PsyD, psychologist and author of "Let's Get This Potty Started! The BabyShrink's Guide to Potty Training Your Toddler."



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