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The Perfect Party (Without the Stress)

Jessica Shaool | Posted 02.24.2015 | HuffPost Home
Jessica Shaool

The most important element of any party, in my opinion, is the theme. Having a theme directs the party and makes planning and decorating for the event significantly easier. There are so so many fun, cute and unique themes out there -- a theme doesn't have to be traditional either.

Deputies Save Boy's Birthday Party After None Of His Friends Show Up

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News

"To serve (birthday cake) and protect" is not the motto for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in Florida. But after their heroic rescue of a birthda...

Birthday Party Planning for the Recovering Perfectionist

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

"Oh, so this for you, then?" That's what my neighbor said when I told him a) I was thinking about a Lorax themed birthday party for my almost-3-year-old, and b) she'd probably be happy if the only decor were the three big, white balloons she'd chosen herself that morning.

Advice As I Turn 30

Abby Draper | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Abby Draper

Since it feels so big and important, I asked friends of mine who have survived their thirtieth year to give me one piece of advice that they felt would be of value when I hit the big milestone.

The 25 Best Gifts You Could Give Yourself

Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Holmes

Give yourself the gift of following your dreams, your heart and your mind. Give your desires the merit they deserve and go after them wholeheartedly and unbiasedly. Who cares what other people think?

Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

One beautiful afternoon in Central Park, my husband and I sat and discussed having a child. Today, that child turned five. Though I'm not quite sure how that happened.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Why Life Is Beautiful

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 02.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

I write for anyone wondering and asking why am I here, why should I keep on going, what about this life is so beautiful that I should want to smile in my day?

Get Your Safety Freak On

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Everyone thinks their parents grew up in the Stone Age but most kids today would be shocked if they knew the details of how their parents were raised. It's amazing any of us survived childhood after drinking water out of the kitchen faucet, the garden hose and the local pond.

All we Have is Time: Celebrating 90 Years of Life

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Aubrie Przybysz

At 21-years-old, I have recognized that the most valuable thing I have in this world is time. And if you are like me, you do not like that time to be wasted. I am only on the precipice of my life, especially when I look at my Grandpa Joe.

The Bucket Stops Here

Charlie Carillo | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

Not long ago I was helping my father with a job at his house, and a five gallon bucket of water had to be carried outside. I grabbed the handle t...

Aging Gracefully: 10 Anti-Aging Strategies

Margaret Marshall | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Aging is a luxury. One you should embrace and enjoy. Beginning these anti-aging strategies at a young age will yield a greater benefit for you, but it is never too late to start.

To My Daughter, At Halftime

Whitney Fleming | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

Although other moms have warned me that the second half is hard -- perhaps the hardest -- part of having a daughter, I think we're ready to tackle it. Like any good coach, I've got a game plan, and I know what worked in the first half probably won't work in the next.

To My Daughter, Who Turns 5 Today

Farah L. Miller | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

I saw it happen this fall. You turned from a toddler into a little girl right before my eyes.

The Importance Of Being 7

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Today you are 7 and I am amazed. You don't know this, but every night I check on you before I go to sleep, and last night, I stared at you for an hour because I cannot believe how big you are. Of all of the things in my life, you are the thing of which I am most proud.

How We're Celebrating Our Twins' Third Birthday When One of Our Birthday Boys Is No Longer Here

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I own the heartache of Micah. I celebrate Micah, speak his name, and share his story in ways that bring me peace. I love that I can now confidently and calmly say: It is Micah and Zachary's birthday.

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

This Is What Birthdays Are Like When You're A 43-Year-Old Single Mom (Hint: They're Great)

Terri Linton | Posted 12.30.2014 | Divorce
Terri Linton

I could be crazy in love, or at least deeply in like, with a fantastic man. I could be 10 pounds slimmer. I could have more money than I'd know what to do with. I could not be a divorced single mom. But at 43, with all of its twists and turns, life has been good to me.

What I Learned This Year

Ari Andersen | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Ari Andersen

There's a weird phenomenon that exists, and I think this year was the first time I've begun to recognize it: The more you learn, the more you realize that the number of things you know divided by the number of things you don't know is an infinitesimally small figure.

A Tale of 2 Elsa-Themed Birthday Parties

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

First, I will go ahead and say it, so you don't have to: #firstworldproblems. Okay, now that that's out there, here is the tale of two back-to-back 4-year-old Frozen-themed birthday parties that I attended last month with my daughter... and what I learned.

Being Born on New Year's Day Taught Me How to Make Resolutions I Actually Keep

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

Instead of creating an endless list of New Year's resolutions that I will naturally not complete -- because let's be honest, we are all way too ambitious on Jan. 1 -- I choose one word that will be my word, my way of life, for the year to come.

The Act of Truly Living

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The candles on my cake represent the life I have lived and the life I have yet to live: all a beautiful gift. They are all filled with immense hope and goodness. Each day I am stronger, more grateful, and filled with more love. This will be a birthday that will live with me always.

Cooking My Way Through A 50th Birthday By Making Coeur A La Creme

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

My birthday was coming up. Nifty fifty. The oldest I've ever been. The beginning, perhaps, of the end. Or the end of the beginning. Whatever your view, turning 50 is a milestone, and you ignore its implications at your peril.

Writing Through Chronic Pain

Annie Chagnot | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Annie Chagnot

NPR has not called to interview me about chronic pain, by the way. Recently, the "NPR Asks" question was, "What is your experience with chronic pain?"...

So, What Do You Do?

Molly Fosco | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Molly Fosco

Why do we start to hate our birthdays in our late 20s? The answer might seem obvious. We're not satisfied with we're careers, we still haven't found the love of our life, we haven't lost those few extra pounds we swore would be gone by now... But has it always been that way? Did our parents feel an impending sense of doom come their 27th birthday?