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    If you are a parent living in a house with any outdoor space, then you know the pain of trying to kill weeds without resorting to using any number of the dangerous chemicals and pesticides that make your lawn pretty, but are known to be carcinogenic -- or worse.

    This summer, my husband and I finally broke down and hired a landscaping service that doesn't use harsh chemicals because it seemed so incredibly daunting. But not everyone has to resort to paying a landscaper. In fact, if you have the desire (or the time), killing weeds without chemicals is actually quite easy.

    There are several low-cost, highly effective ways to rid yourselves of those annoying plants once and for all without being forced to compromise your family's health.

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    Now that the season finale of The Bachelorette has aired, and hottie Josh Murray was officially taken off the market when Andi Dorfman gave him the final rose and he proposed, it's time to start speculating on who the next Bachelor will be.

    We had some good ones this season, huh? Nary a Juan Pablo in sight! We hope. Oh please let there not be another Juan Pablo ... one Juan is more than enough. Assuming God broke the mold on JP, let's take a look at some of the contenders for the next season of The Bachelor and discuss.

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    Whether we're consumed by work, play, or something in between, "busy" only begins to describe how most of us feel. Even in the summer, there's no denying that most moms' itineraries are jam-packed. As a result, you might feel like you're not doing everything you can in the way of charity. The truth is we all wish we could give more.

    But busy moms actually do cover a lot of ground, even if you don't realize it. We're helping one another -- and our communities -- all the time! Here, 10 ways busy moms give back every day.

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    My 2-year-old nearly got me kicked off a plane. The reason? She refused to sit in her seat during takeoff, and that was just takeoff. How would I survive the next five hours? Suffice to say, long plane flights with kids can shave years off a parent's life. Children just aren't designed to stay in the cramped confines of an airplane seat for hours, and even an endless stream of on-demand movies can only entertain for so long. That's why British Airways conducted a study on the best toys for plane trips with kids, placing 30 youngsters aged 2 to 10 on a flight with a selection of toys, then observing what happened. (Believe it or not, the iPad paled in comparison to more basic options.)

    Here are the toys that occupied the kids for the longest amount of time.

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    In what no doubt had to be the most predictable ending in Bachelorette history, Andi Dorfman chose Josh Murray over Nick Viall. Now they're engaged and happy and all that good stuff.

    She may have had her doubts about his character from time to time, but as far as any of us can tell, Josh is truly head-over-heels for Andi and has every intention of being with her for the long haul.

    But aside from his dark, handsome good looks and the fact that he too lives in Atlanta, some of you are probably asking, "Who is this dude?"

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    We all know the celebrities who are givers. The ones who donate good portions of their hard-earned money to charities and people less fortunate than they are. Oprah, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift -- classic celebrity philanthropists. But did you know there is actually a whole slew of famous folk who are equally (or almost equally) as charitable as their more well-known altruistic counterparts?

    Prepare to be shocked, people. Here are 8 incredibly charitable celebrities you truly never knew about!

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    The placenta is the ugly stepchild of pregnancy: No one likes to think about it much. Its nickname, "afterbirth," drives home the idea that this blobby, bloody mess is just an unappetizing afterthought best disposed of as soon as possible. Yet let's not forget that that darling infant in your arms wouldn't even exist without this highly unusual organ, and a growing number of scientists and women alike are finally giving it some long-overdue attention. Here are 10 surprising facts about the placenta will give you a new-found appreciation for its many powers.

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    Smile a lot. Touch his arm. Compliment him. Mirror his physical movements. Twirl your hair. We've all heard these flirting tips before, and they're all actually pretty effective (yeah, even that dumb hair-twirling trick). But what if you hate flirting -- that way? What if you think it's intimidating, or just "not you," but you still want to attract that cute guy?

    Do it anyway -- but your way. At its essence, it's just about connecting to someone you're attracted to in a way that shows them you're really, really interested. And what's wrong with that? Here's a few ways to flirt that won't make you feel like a faker.

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    Most moms' reaction to celeb baby names like Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter), Bodhi (Megan Fox and Brian Austin-Green's little one), and North (West, of course) usually amounts to one gigantic eye roll. After all, isn't it crazy to name your kiddo something so "trendy"? Well, turns out, those quirky names aren't nearly as trendy as we think, according to intriguing statistics from scientist-blogger David Taylor.

    Taylor charted name popularity via chromatographs (graphs that indicate the speed at which something reaches its peak popularity, versus its volume/popularity overall) to pinpoint the truly trendiest names, which will most definitely surprise you! Here, the top 10 trendiest girls' and boys' names.

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