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    Surprising little girls with puppies for their birthdays and having it captured on video is a thing. It's a thing on YouTube, at least, but it's such a good thing, I think it should be a 24-hour network. Rupert Murdoch wants to buy Time Warner, but his initial $80 billion offer was rebuffed. Reportedly, Murdoch is still gunning for Time Warner because he wants influence in China.

    But heck, the puppy surprise video genre -- this stuff is universal! I dare any nation not to cry when they see little girls given puppies when they don't expect it. Have you seen these? Try not to melt from the cuteness.

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    The summer is flying by and college is right around the corner. Didn't expect it to sneak up on you quite so fast, did you, Mom? Well, you can sit around sobbing and eating pints of ice cream or you can get busy ... dorm DIY is all the rage, and, well, it may be your last chance to get out your glue gun and do something with your kid for a good long while.

    Remember when you used to sit down at the dining room table with crayons and butcher paper and waste away an entire afternoon? Ah, so long ago. Now your kids are all about their cellphones and trying to convince their university of choice that Keurigs are so much safer than hot plates.

    But if your teen is obsessed with having the coolest dorm on campus, you're in luck -- because we've rounded up 10 of the blogosphere's coolest crafts for college dorm rooms.

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    I don't know about you, but I become especially lazy in the summer. I don't want to cook, I don't want to clean, and I resent getting dressed if I'm not putting on a bathing suit! However, I'm not so lazy that I totally abandon my beauty routine. I still do my fair share of primping, but I'm all about streamlining.

    More From The Stir: 6 Beauty Products With SPF to Keep You Gorgeous All Summer

    Here are a few favorite summery beauty products that work double, or even triple, duty. This way, we can devote our non-working hours to more important matters, like reading trashy novels at the pool!

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    After attempting a rainbow French manicure recently (and getting lots of compliments on it!), I got inspired to find more rainbow nail art designs to try. There's just something really fun about having a rainbow at your fingertips as you go through life. We may be "adults" but we don't have to be so serious all the time, right?

    With that in mind, I found a bunch of pretty rainbow manicure designs. They're perfect for Pride month, or any time of the year! I've included links to tutorials for the trickier-looking ones, but for the most part, these are all pretty easy to do.

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    If you had to guess what one of the biggest baby name influencers of the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 is so far, what would you say? If you said Disney's Frozen, you're correct. For the first time ever, Elsa has cracked the top 100 most popular names, clearly due to Frozen's crazy insane success (and due to the fact that many parents have let older siblings help pick out a baby name). Other characters in the film -- Kristoff, Hans, and Sven -- have made sizeable jumps in the baby name world, as well. Olaf, sadly, is the only character who hasn't had a big influence on baby naming (it is up 4 percent, though!). Awww.

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    Baby showers are one of those things that can spend even the craftiest person into a tailspin. Is it better to go gender-neutral? Should you make a theme about mom? About the baby-to-be?

    Should there be games? What about favors? And what the heck is a sprinkle? How about we just dial back the anxiety for a moment? Before you get yourself in a tizzy, let's start with the basics: picking an epic baby shower theme!

    From Star Wars for the geeky mama to a vintage tea party for a classy afternoon, here's a list of shower ideas that's sure to spark something for every mom!

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    It's not surprising that another photo of a mom breastfeeding is causing a firestorm on the Internet. But this photo is causing a stir because it has a little something extra. It's a photo by new mom Sky Boucher tandem nursing her twins and showing her stretch marks. Wow, there's a whole lot going on there! Needless to say, people have a lot to say about this fearless photo, almost all of it extreme. I think how you respond to this photo says a lot about how you feel about motherhood and your own body.

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    Huge news for Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire nerds! Just as fans of the television show are gearing up for what's going to be an amazing season 4, series author George R. R. Martin released a new chapter from Winds of Winter.

    Martin told readers that he would be releasing another sample from the sixth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, and of course we had no choice but to geek out. Though he said it's an old chapter that no one's seen before, no one really cared, they just wanted to see the damn chapter. And it's got a pleasantly unexpected twist.

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    When it comes to love and marriage, millennials, which is what we call those young, spry folks between the ages of 18 and 33, are choosing not to drink that particular, delicious flavor of Kool-Aid. Instead, almost half -- 47 percent -- of millennial women who had babies in 2012 did it without a wedding ring on their finger. Just to give you an idea of how significant a change that is from the generation that preceded it, 35 percent of Generation X moms raised children unmarried when they were that age.

    So, why the loss of interest in getting married and raising a family? Many point to the fact that economic issues are getting in the way of tying the knot. Many millennials say they want to get married, but don't feel financially secure enough to do so. Maybe we can look at the fact that most are less religious than young adults were in the past. Whatever the reason: is it such a bad thing that young women are taking charge of their desires to have babies without the help of husbands?

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    I'm not sure what it is about St. Patrick's Day, but I find it really hard to resist dressing my kiddo up for the holiday. It's a mom's prerogative to make sure her kid is pinch-proof, right? And don't even get me started on all the things you can do with a little girl's hair on St. Patrick's Day. Green hair bows and shamrock headbands and rainbow hair do-dads ... oh my!

    The holiday is coming up on us fast, but if you don't already have a plan for your kiddo's hair, well, the luck o' the Irish is with you! We asked some of the craftiest bloggers on the web to share their cool St. Paddy's day hair creations!

    Best part? You can make these WITH your kids!

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