Etsy Find: Sea Glass Jewelry

At the beach, some people search for hidden treasure while others search for soft shell crab, but I search for sea glass! Why? Well, it’s pretty, and it doesn’t creep me out like crustaceans do.
For those not in the know, sea glass is aquatic trash — bottles and jars dumped in the ocean that broke, and through the sands of time, has become smooth. Interestingly, most sea glass found today probably belonged to items before the mid 1960s, when plastic started to replace glass.

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Realities of Teen Sex: Over-the-Counter Options

Plan B, or the morning-after pill, helps prevent the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours post-sex. It used to be available by prescription only, and in 2006, non-prescription use was approved if you were 18 or older.
But just this spring, the Food and Drug Administration, under orders from a federal court, changed the law so that anyone 17+ can get Plan B without a prescription. This is good news. It puts girls’ health — and their choices — ahead of politics and governmental judgment. And as of last week, there’s also a generic version of Plan B available by prescription to everyone under 17.

To clarify, that means you can get Plan B over-the-counter if you’re 17 or older, and you can get the generic version (by prescription) if you’re under 17. Got it? Good.

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Fred Flare Fridays: The Rainbow Edition

In our books, Fred Flare is the undeniable champion of All Things Cute and Awesome. Many I Heart Daily meetings have been derailed by a visit to their site that leads to hours cooing over its merch.
The Fred Flare love runs so deep that we decided that a partnership must be forged! Until July 31 we’re running Fred Flare Fridays! Every TGIF, we’re featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Suh-weeeeet!

To become eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do.

Now, read on for our third installment of FFF: The Rainbow Edition!

1. Wish Come True mini figures (pictured, $9 each). Melissa is obsessed with these little rainbow guys, and who can blame her? These blobs of love are weighted on the bottom, and have a chime in them so they make magical tinkling noises when you move them! *tinkle*

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Natural Toothpaste That Works

I’m actually not a one-toothpaste kind of girl. I switch it up, trying sparkly pastes or berry-flavored gels or whatever the new thing is. But lately, I’ve been feeling like my morning breath is out of control. I wanted a real solution, so I shopped around. And I think I’ve found true, monogamous, oral love (don’t go eww — you know what I meant).
The Natural Dentist is an all-natural oral care company that sells toothpaste without that bulky box packaging (seems intuitive for a green brand) and without chemicals like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and alcohol. That’s good news, because — hello! — this stuff goes in your mouth.

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Banned Books? Not Cool.

Banned books in school have always been a controversial subject. Famous works of literature like D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye have long been subject to debate on whether their content is appropriate for educational purposes.
Recently, a book that both Melissa and I have read and loved — The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie — was the topic of a censorship fight at a Chicago school. Parents objected to its sexual content, mostly in reference to the main character, a 14-year-old boy, who talks about masturbation. (Really, is this a big revelation?)

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5 Flip Flops You’ll Flip For

Every summer I make a vow to not wear socks until September. It’s partly because socks take up a lot of laundry room, and partly because I like having my footsies exposed and au natural during the warm weather. My solution? Flip flops! Here are five pairs that make my feet look good.
1. PacSun’s Billabong Nikki Sandal (pictured, $12.50). If you’re like me, all flowers make you want to do is take a Claritin. But this bright, summery floral print keeps my allergies at bay and saves me a trip to Rite Aid.

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Ken Baumann of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” Hearts…

Ken Baumann plays 15-year-old Ben Boykewich, the guy who’s in love with teen mom Amy Juergens on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” though he’s not the baby-daddy. The character of Ben is endearing and witty and passionate, and we found out that Ken is too, just by asking him to list 5 things he hearts…
1. “The book Light Boxes by Shane Jones.  It’s a beautiful story; compassionate, mythological, inspiring. One of my new favorite books. Oh, and full disclosure: Shane is a friend of mine, and wears V-neck t-shirts.”

2. “Any and all music composed by Jon Brion. Check out the soundtracks to Punch Drunk Love and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I want to work with Jon in some capacity, and soon.”

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Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Fred Flare!

Through July 31 we’re running Fred Flare Fridays! Every TGIF, we’re featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Suh-weeeeet!
To be eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do.

This week: The Food Edition!

1) Smiley PB&J Earrings ($10, pictured). These tiny little studs may go unnoticed at first, but when people look more closely at your ears they’ll meet two delightful childhood friends — both sides of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

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RED Hearts: MOON, the Movie

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Amy Goldwasser, RED’s editor, reporting from New York, NY, who writes about her new favorite sci-fi flick:

I usually leave these RED Hearts to the book’s authors. But it’s summer, work is slow, and I’m over the, um, moon about this one and can’t resist spreading the word on earth.

Moon is an amazing new sci-fi film that could just as well be an old sci-fi film — and I mean that in the best way. In the tradition of the space greats, like Silent Running, Outland, and the original Alien, Moon relies on human psychological drama over surround-sound explosions for its thrills; cool miniature modeling over computer-generated animation for its lunar craft; and the chilling evil of a not-too-distant corporation over gooey aliens as its baddies.

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Stay A Virgin, Go To College

Here’s a controversial news item: by staying a virgin, schoolgirls in the West African country of Sierra Leone will be eligible for academic scholarships, making it possible for them to attend universities. Furthermore, boys who are found guilty of impregnating a girl will be banned from all educational institutions.
This tactic makes some sense. The teen pregnancy rate in Sierra Leone is very high. According to the United Nations, 40% of women aged 25-29 had their first child by the time they were 18. The program comes from a good place — trying to better the youth of the country — but “testing” for virginity is not a class that a young girl should have to pass for an opportunity at higher education.

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