A very nice married couple from Canada struck up a conversation in a restaurant where we were having dinner. At one point the husband said that, earlier in his life, he had played with some buddies in a rock band.
While consumer advocacy groups continue to shake their fists at the likes of Ronald McDonald and Count Chocula for enticing children with fatty, sugary fare, many companies are refocusing advertising on other susceptible, more mature babies. Baby boomers, that is.
I wasn't a neat freak when I married, but I'd be the first to tell you that somewhere between having two kids under age 3 and the consequent explosion of Cheerios, teeny white socks, puzzle pieces, sippy-cup valves, and "Plastic Things That Play Mozart", I have lost my mind and changed my ways.
Sales of General Mills Inc. products like Cheerios and Betty Crocker dessert mixes rose in the first quarter as more consumers abandoned pricier restaurants, but the increase wasn't enough to stave off high commodity costs
Between kids, pets, friends, and little ol' you, the sanctity of your car's interior is always in peril. So, how do you keep it clean when you've got kids spitting up and spilling, pets drooling and tracking in dirt and people eating four-course meals in your car?
Even if you were a gung ho housekeeper before you had a child, there are probably a few Cheerios and toys (or toy parts) hiding between your sofa cushions now. And if you were a little lax before, you're most likely facing more muddy shoes, broken crayons, and smudgy fingerprints than you ever imagined.
Every milestone -- from when your baby first holds up her sweet little head to when she speaks her first word -- is thrilling. These moments aren't just exciting and fun; they're also markers that can clue you in to your baby's development. Most parents already know to look for the much-lauded ones, like rolling over and walking. But of the multitude of milestones cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, some are considered more significant. Here, 10 milestones that are worth paying a little extra attention to during your child's first two years:
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When PepsiCo wanted to differentiate its Mug root beer from competing products, it called David Altschul, the co-founder of a small marketing firm called Character in Portland, Ore., who helped create a mysterious bulldog to spice up Mug's soda cans.
Chances are you're not training for the Olympics, but if you exercise regularly, take a cue from elite and professional athletes regarding how to eat to gain the most from every workout. Sports nutritionists encourage the following strategies for eating before and after exercise depending on when -- morning, noon, or after work -- you exercise.
Forget fat and carbs - the key to weight loss could lie in micronutrients like amino acids, according to groundbreaking new research that will be of interest to food and pharmaceutical companies alike.
General Mills, one of the nation's largest food marketing companies with brand names like Cheerios, Yoplait yogurt, and Pillsbury, recently raised prices on several of its signature products, a company spokeswoman told CNNfn.
BIG BLUE LANGUAGE Maybe Lou Gerstner of IBM has watched too many sneaker ads: The theme of his current stump speech echoes Nike's ''Just do it'' theme. Says Gerstner, 51: < ''IBM's problems are abo...