Birthdays are a special time in any part of the world — cue the lavish parties, presents, and cake pops! — but there are many celebratory traditions that are unique to a country. Already an expert on placenta traditions around the world? Try your hand at what you know about global birthday traditions, from the World Family Policy Center!Take the Quiz
iGiftThanks ($1) gives parents the option of thanking friends and family for a gift by taking a photo, dressing it up with pre-styled frames and "stickers," and then either sending it via email or posting it on their Facebook or Twitter page. The app allows users to classify gifts by occasion and keeps track of notes that have been sent. Should the electronic thank-you take the place of the traditional handwritten one?
Birthdays — love them or hate them, they come every year. Ones that end in round numbers can cause a serious freak-out, or you can face them head-on. To celebrate the beginning of a new decade, my husband decided riding a metric century would be the most appropriate form of celebration — and ride 66 miles we did.The Harvest Ride in Hopland, CA, provided just the right amount of challenge for our pedaling party of two. Grateful for the rest stops every 12 miles or so, we stayed well hydrated and ate grapes, bananas, and cups of trail mix as needed — mmm, salted peanuts with M&M's. The route through southern Mendocino County took us past many vineyards, one large pot farm, and the stable of famed horse Sea Biscuit's great-great-great-granddaughter. Most of the roads were quiet country roads, but there was some bizarre routing through Ukiah (population 15,500). Upon finishing our metric century, we were treated to barbecue and beer — my fave recovery drink. This small ride was super fun with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. Once back at our hotel we swam (as close to an ice bath as I will ever get) and hot tubbed, both of which I highly recommend for easing aches and pains after a long ride.
I am good friends with both of them. He broke up with her about 5 months ago and they dated for 3 years. She is still not going because apparently she is not over him and I really want her to be there. I feel like she should just suck it up and pretend that everything is OK for a few hours because it's my birthday party.
Am I being unreasonable? All my friends seem to think so. But it's my special day. On everyone else's special day we do things we don't like to do, but we suck it up because it's THEIR DAY. So what do you guys think? Am I being unreasonable?
When I was eight months into my pregnancy last year, my doctor and I sat down to discuss the birthing options for my second child. Having had a c-section with my first, and wary of a VBAC with this one, we pulled out the calendar and picked the date 10 days before when I was actually due, called the hospital, and booked it. Little did we know that my son would be celebrating his birthday with about 968,000 people — 218,000 more than the number of people who typically celebrate their birth on an average day of the year. While LilSugar has special birthdays plotted out every four years for her leap year baby, l'll plan celebrations for my Oct. 5 guy along with 967,999 other moms in America!
There's nothing I like more than celebrating my or my friends' birthdays. Making a big deal about them, dressing up, and taking way too many pictures are all part of the fun. But whether you're the birthday girl or a birthday guest, chances are you may end up with an unwanted birthday surprise—paying more than you bargained for. Check out my tips for saving at your next birthday bash!
For a piece that ran this past weekend, the New York Times interviewed people born on 9/11. One woman says she attends a memorial service each year before she feels entitled to celebrate. And many say they forego celebrations all together, feeling that it's inappropriate to go all out when people around the country are mourning the loss of family and friends. Others don't take it personally. Another woman explained: "When I look back on 9/11, it’s an event that happened on one day in the monumental number of birthdays I hope to have in my life. That day does not represent me, it represents a horrible event."
I bet most of us know someone born on Sept. 11. It's an unfortunate coincidence, but I think I would feel comfortable celebrating my birthday. What about you?
How do your pets react if you sing at or in front of them?
Actress Kristen Bell gave us all a good excuse to get nostalgic this week when she discussed her recent birthday. Kristen said that since turning 30, she feels like it's been her best year yet. I asked you all to share your favorite age so far, and here are some of the sweeter answers.
- "25! I had a good job, enough money to buy my first designer dress for my 25th birthday, and a really fun party with tons of lovely friends at a downtown cabaret. I just remember feeling really loved and like my life had hit its stride." — jadenirvana
- "Age 8 instantly popped into my head. I loved where I lived, was surrounded by great friends, had tons of freedom & places to explore, few responsibilities and didn’t know much about the world beyond my favorite little town." — Stephley
- "23 (because my adult life really started that year) and 17 (because being a senior in high school is tons of fun)." — onlysourcherry
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"I love 30 more than I've ever loved anything. I feel like I was born on my 30th birthday. It's finally the time where I've fully accepted and loved myself, which I'm realizing more and more each day."
So far in your life, which year would you consider your best? Was it a milestone year like 30? That year you spent studying abroad? The year you reached an important career goal? Or maybe this year?