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How U2’s technology is changing concerts for the better

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Proof That ‘Queer Eye’ Is Changing Our Beauty Habits

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A Look Back: Givenchy on the Changing World of Fashion

It’s easy for one to get stuck thinking about the past, even obsessing over it, but that wasn’t a trap Hubert de Givenchy ever fell into.
Although the legendary designer, who died March 10 at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early Fifties — aided in part by his high-profile and lasting friendship with Audrey Hepburn who famously wore exclusive Givenchy designs in some of her most beloved movie roles — Givenchy refused to pine for that time.
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” he told WWD in 1978, when fashion had veered very far from the structured chic that had once been his calling card.
While the friendship between Hepburn and Givenchy was a much more genuine precursor to the actor-brand-sales matrix we see in fashion today — now an industry all its own — he also dressed society doyennes like Jackie O and Bunny Mellon and never ignored his stable of non-famous devotees.
It’s likely that none of those women were caught limping around Paris in early 1968 after stepping on a needle while trying on brand new Givenchy designs in the house

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Kim Kardashian West Is ‘Over’ Her Blonde Hair, 6 Months After Changing Her Look

Kim Kardashian West may be prepping another big hair change!

The 37-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star seems to have grown tired of her light locks.

I can’t even tell you how over my blonde hair I am!” the KKW Beauty mogul tweeted on Saturday.

This comes six months after the new mom-of-three debuted her major hair change — first going platinum during New York Fashion Week back in September. Since then her waist-length hair has gone through a variety of changes thanks to hair artist Chris Appleton. She chopped it into a sharp bobwent back to extensions, and altered the color ever-so-slightly throughout.

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In January, Kardashian West — who rose to fame with her dark locks – admitted she wouldn’t be going back to her old color “for a few of weeks,” since it was newly bleached.

“Maybe when the roots grow out too much,” she told a fan on Twitter. “It will be years before I go blonde again so have to enjoy it.”

She appeared to be thinking about ditching the blonde locks and returning to her natural hair color months earlier, too, posting a series of throwback photos. “Dark hair for the new year?” she captioned one shot.

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Whatever she decides, the mother of three is sure to receive her husband Kanye West’s input — whether she takes his suggestions or not.

After all, it was West who inspired her to give the lighter shade another shot after her brief experiment with blonde back in 2013.

“Kanye likes the blonde,” Kardashian told PEOPLE in 2014. “I was talking about this yesterday actually with Kanye. He asked if I would ever go back to blonde,” she said.

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“I always ask his opinion on everything and he always helps me put together my looks,” she added of the rapper, who she credits with making her style more distinct.

When Kardashian West debuted her icy white platinum hue at the end of 2017, she even joked on Instagram that she did it with Kanye in mind. “I’d go blonde for that D,” she captioned an shot of herself with her new hair.


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Guido Van Helten, Mr. Estes And Changing ‘The Nations’ In Nashville

Brian Siskind documented on Guido Van Helton painting for 17 days to complete the enormous figures. This is his record the
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10 Guys Who Are Changing the Face of Modern Men’s Style

This year’s biggest trend is to break all the rules.

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Here's how Whitehouse.gov and the @POTUS Twitter handle are changing

Here's how Whitehouse.gov and the @POTUS Twitter handle are changingJust as Donald Trump was sworn into the highest office in the land at noon on the steps of the Capitol building, the Whitehouse.gov webpage rolled over from the one the Obama White House maintained for the past eight years to one the Trump team will take over. Obama’s speeches, briefings and executive actions have been removed, leaving a clean slate for Trump and his Cabinet to make their mark on. Interestingly a Google search for “Obama Whitehouse.gov” turned up a link for a website titled “President Barack Obama | whitehouse.gov,” though that’s likely a caching issue and should change over soon.



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Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman on Changing Hollywood: ‘We Have to Start Seeing Women on Film as They Really Are’

“For 25 years, I’ve been the only woman on set so I had no one to talk to,” Reese Witherspoon said, as she sat with her many female co-stars of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. “They call it the Smurfette syndrome,” the Oscar-winner joked of being the… Read more »

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Baby Changing Handbag in Pink Argyle

Baby Changing Handbag in Pink Argyle


If you don’t want to always carry a big diaper bag? Try the Baby Changing Handbag from Royal Beginnings. It has plenty of storage for the baby’s essentials, looks trendy for mom and folds out to become a comfy, soft changing pad. Care instructions: machine washable, be sure to wash products with like colors, no bleach and hang to dry.
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The Rules of Life are Unpublished Because They are Constantly Changing

How and why are the rules of life constantly changing? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Dave Consiglio, Chemistry and Physics High School Teacher and Community College Professor, on Quora:

The rules of life are constantly changing because the environment in which life exists is constantly changing.

Many millions of years ago, our ancestors lived in trees in what is now central Africa. Life was good. Fruit was abundant. Predators lived on the ground (mostly), and we were pretty brainy and communicative and these could be easily avoided.

But then the rules changed.

Shifts in climate dried out our environment and forests receded. Grasslands emerged, and our lives became chaotic. We had two options: follow the trees or adapt to the grass.

Some of our ancestors did not adapt. They moved with the forests, staying where life didn’t change much. And they, consequently, didn’t change much. We call them chimpanzees and bonobos today, and there they are, living in what is left of the forests of Africa.

But others adapted. Evolutionary pressures favored upright walking, tool use, bigger brains, the ability to communicate, opposable thumbs, etc. These traits passed on, and others were lost. But every day was different. Species rose and fell, weather and climate changed, relationships between individuals were changed. We were faced with a perpetual race to keep up with the changes around us.

And we still are.

Success today depends on the ability to deal with 2016 life. But 2017 life will be slightly different, and new skills will be heavily favored.

30 years ago, my mother insisted that I learn to type. I have been enormously grateful for this skill. But there will come a time when it is not needed, having been replaced by something better.

The rules of life are always changing because the world is always changing. Tomorrow will be different than today, and so you must be different to succeed.

Prepare to change.

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Changing Media, Changing China

Changing Media, Changing China


Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are still unfolding as the Chinese government, media, and public adapt to the new information environment. Edited by Susan Shirk, one of America’s leading experts on contemporary China, this collection of essays brings together a who’s who of experts-Chinese and American-writing about all aspects of the changing media landscape in China. In detailed case studies, the authors describe how the media is reshaping itself from a propaganda mouthpiece into an agent of watchdog journalism, how politicians are reacting to increased scrutiny from the media, and how television, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based news sites navigate the cross-currents between the open marketplace and the CCP censors. China has over 360 million Internet users, more than any other country, and an astounding 162 million bloggers. The growth of Internet access has dramatically increased the information available, the variety and timeliness of the news, and its national and international reach. But China is still far from having a free press. As of 2008, the international NGO Freedom House ranked China 181 worst out of 195 countries in terms of press restrictions, and Chinese journalists have been aptly described as dancing in shackles. The recent controversy over China’s censorship of Google highlights the CCP’s deep ambivalence toward information freedom. Covering everything from the rise of business media and online public opinion polling to environmental journalism and the effect of media on foreign policy, Changing Media, Changing China reveals how the most populous nation on the planet is reacting to demands for real news.

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Geometry: Tools for a Changing World – Workbook

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New Arrivals CHANGING PAD COVER – Urban Ikat in Pink

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The Changing Pad Cover – Urban Ikat in Pink is a perfect match for your New Arrival Crib Bedding Set. Fits both flat and contoured changing pads. Elastic trim around edges make for a secure and snug fit on your changing pad. 17″ wide by 35″ long.
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The One Simple Way Millennials are Changing the Wedding Industry

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As Honeyfund turns ten, I’m often being asked to talk about how wedding traditions have changed over the last decade. Perhaps the most impactful change has been a demographic one—this year more than ever, members of the millennial generation are starting to get married. And readers, let me tell you, they are changing everything.

In the spring of 2006 Honeyfund launched a niche wedding registry where less than 5% of couples were registering for a honeymoon, and crowdfunding wasn’t yet a word. Today more than 20% of US wedding couples register for their honeymoon (according to recent data from the XO Group). Even more are turning to Honeyfund as a universal registry solution, where wedding guests can crowdfund anything from a home down payment to a charity fund. After a ‘Shark Tank’ win in 2014 and investment from Kevin O’Leary, Honeyfund is now one the #1 universal wedding registry and one of the top seven wedding registries in the country.

Here’s what we know after ten years helping wedding couples make their dreams come true: For this generation, it’s all about simplicity.

The Simple Life
Today’s brides and grooms strongly believe the simple things are essential to enjoying life—for example, that positive experiences are far more important to a happy life than accumulating things. What’s more, their wedding guests of all generations continue to rave about the chance to give an once-in-a-lifetime experience to honor the young couple’s monumental occasion. From spending time in nearby nature to exploring the globe, a chance to simply “be” in the world appeals to this generation of wedding couples.

Simple Tools
When we started Honeyfund, our vision was to provide a pleasing and easy-to-use website where friends and family could contribute to a couple’s dream honeymoon. Today, we go further with pre-built honeymoon wish lists and easy-to-use universal registry tools. If our users want to add something from the web to your Honeyfund, they can do it with a few clicks of our simple browser tool. If they’ve also registered at another site, Honeyfund automatically matches registries from the nation’s top retail registries to couples’ pages, and seamlessly links givers out to those store registries to make a purchase. All the couple needs to do is click once to confirm. This year we launched the Honeyfund app, which brings the power of Honeyfund into the hands of our user, and allows them to set up and customize their honeyfund in a series of 1-2 minute tasks. As a tech provider, we work harder to make their lives easier.

Simply the Best – For Less
Today’s couple is looking to create a fun and unique wedding — on a realistic budget. Honeyfund’s current and future customers are well connected and engaged with each other via social media, and hence they know more than ever about throwing a fantastic wedding for less. With a quick Pinterest search they instantly know the best DIY flower arrangements, the top money-saving strategies, and the wedding trends that are hot, and not. They are skeptical of the ballooning costs of weddings and of the possibility of being manipulated into blowing their tighter budget. This makes them smart consumers—and thoughtful about aligning their values with those of the companies they do business with.

With their eye on great experiences, not things; because they demand simple tools to make the complex task of planning a wedding easy; and because they know more than ever, ,millennials will change the wedding game by spending less on their weddings. The average cost of a wedding in the US today is about $ 31,000—watch that decline with a Gen Y mindset taking over.

The Next 10 Years
As the founders of Honeyfund, my husband Josh and I strive to be our couple’s “friends in the wedding industry”—an easy-to-use honeymoon budget solution they can trust. In the coming months and years, we’ll be pushed to go further: culling our ten years of wedding-planning experience to offer more resources, expanding our relationships with national travel providers and retailers to save them real money through exclusive offers. And we’ll offer it as simply as we can with the goal to continue to make couples’ once-in-a-lifetime wedding and honeymoon dreams come true.

About Sara Margulis and Honeyfund

Sara Margulis is the CEO and co-founder of Honeyfund and sister-site Plumfund. She writes about wedding gift etiquette, crowd gifting, entrepreneurship and women in leadership roles, as well as inspirational topics like financial freedom, corporate social responsibility and work-life balance. Sara and her husband Josh founded Honeyfund in 2006 after their wedding guests contributed more than $ 5,000 toward their honeymoon to Fiji. The couple launched Plumfund in 2013, expanding Honeyfund’s crowd gifting technology beyond the wedding. Both sites offer 100 percent free options as well as the lowest third-party fees in the crowdfunding industry. With 10 years personal gifting and etiquette experience, Sara’s mission is to ensure that giving feels good.

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MIU Color 100ml Color Changing Aroma Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier

MIU Color 100ml Color Changing Aroma Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier


MIU COLOR is based on the theme of slow life, simple, environmentally friendly, comfortable daily necessities for consumers everywhere, focusing on the development and extension of the day-to-day supplies, products ranging from home, office, travel, to clothing. MIU COLOR stores cover all over the world, and provide a relaxing and harmonious, natural enjoyment for the fans of slow life to enjoy the sun, air, water, exercise and the source of life and health. Application: Beauty salon, SPA, Yoga, Bedroom, Living room, Conference room, Office, Reception center, Corridor, Pet room, Toilet, baby room, Hotel, Hospital or any other private / public circumstance

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Fisher Price Changing Station – Espresso

Fisher Price Changing Station – Espresso


Bring convenience to your baby’s nursery with the Fisher Price Changing Table – Espresso. This Fisher Price dressing table coordinates with the Fisher-Price Cribs, which are sold separately. It provides a safe and functional place to change your baby’s clothes and diapers. The top shelf features a pad and built-in safety strap for comfort and security.
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Is Apple finally changing the name of OS X?

Apple seems to be in the process of renaming one of its most important products, as evidenced by the wording of some documentation added to the company’s website yesterday. The text of a now-amended FAQ page about Apple’s relationship with the environment initially referred to Mac OS X as MacOS, prompting speculation that a rebranding is in the works. For well over a decade, OS X has been the name for the operating system used on millions of Macs around the world — but it’s fair to say that Apple has changed a lot since the OS was implemented in 2002. This minor edit would bring its moniker in line with the likes of iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. This isn’t the first indication that Apple might be mulling such a change. Last month, the term “macOS” was found in the name of a file included in the OS X 10.11.4 update which was distributed to users on March 21, as referenced in reporting by 9to5Mac.Related: Developer survey shows growing preference for OS X Of course, there is a minor difference between these two pieces of evidence; one capitalizes the word Mac, whereas the other does not. The lower-case style certainly fits the pattern of Apple’s other platforms, but it also makes sense that the company would continue to treat the word Mac as a proper noun. Regardless, the fact that the software development team and the copywriter behind the FAQ page both seem to be familiar with the label MacOS seems to suggest that the rebranding is common knowledge in the halls of Apple HQ. It remains to be seen how long it’ll be before we hear official word from Apple on the situation. Since the release of OS X 10.7 in 2011, Apple has stuck to an annual schedule for the launch of its incremental updates. If OS X is indeed set to transform into MacOS, we can perhaps expect the announcement to be made when the next version is unveiled to the public — which will likely take place in the fall.Also watch: Apple OS X El Capitan – Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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5 Imminent Things Changing the Future of Driving

Electrification, automation, and the sharing economy will soon revolutionize how we get around.

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How Los Angeles Is Changing the Way Men Dress

As menswear grows less formal, L.A. is emerging as a new style capital. Here’s how to ace its smart take on casual, even if the nearest palm tree is 1,000 miles away.
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Arian Foster's speedy rehab is changing things for the Texans

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Badger Basket 02400 White Sleigh Style Changing Table With Hamper-3 Baskets

Badger Basket 02400 White Sleigh Style Changing Table With Hamper-3 Baskets


This changing table keeps everything tidy and concealed for a clean look in the nursery- Large pull out hamper for dirty duds, or for storing bulk packs of diapers, blankets, and toys- Three pull-out baskets are ideal for changing supplies, clothes, socks, shoes, and toiletries- Includes top pad and safety belt- Overall unit measures 37-5 inches L x 19 inches D x 37-5 inches H- Hamper bag measures approximately 14-5 inches W x 15-5 inches D x 23 inches H- Baskets measure approximately 12-75 inches W x 17-5 inches D x 7 inches H- Hamper and baskets are white, canvas-type/texture fabric- Changing area has safety rails on all four sides- Metal support bar beneath the changing surface provides additional stability- Wood and wood composite table has a non-toxic finish and hardboard top shelf- Fabric on the baskets and hampers is 80% polyester/20% cotton- For use up to 30 lbs (13-6 kg)- When Baby outgrows this table, it becomes a useful and attractive piece of furniture for holding clothes or toys- Illustrated assembly instructions included- Wipe clean with mild soap and a damp cloth when needed- Spot clean baskets as needed- Hamper bag can be removed for washing- Actual color/finish may vary slightly from screen display- Toys and accessories shown with the table are for illustration purposes only and are not included with the product- Meets all current, applicable ASTM, Lead, and CARB ATCM safety standards- All measurements approximate- Product includes a warranty of 30 Days Parts to the original purchaser- This item ships in its original carton which may include a photo of the product- SKU: BGBK114

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JH Specialties 80412 LED Battery Operated Tea Lights- Color Changing 12 Ct

JH Specialties 80412 LED Battery Operated Tea Lights- Color Changing 12 Ct

  • Color changing from Red Green Blue TeaLight Battery Candle Lights are safe indoor and outdoor Luminaria lights.
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  • Legume Nitrogen Fixation in a Changing Environment

    Legume Nitrogen Fixation in a Changing Environment


    The world population will grow more rapidly during the few coming years. This must be accompanied by a parallel increase in the agricultural production to secure adequate food. Sustainability considerations mandate that alternatives to chemical nitrogen fertilizers must be urgently sought. Biological nitrogen (N2) fixation, a microbiological process which converts atmospheric N2 into a plant-usable form, offers this alternative. Among these renewable sources, N2-fixing legumes offer an economically attractive and ecologically sound means of reducing external inputs and improving internal resources. Environmental factors such as drought, elevated temperature, salinity, soil acidity and rising CO2 are known to dramatically affect the symbiotic process and thus play a part in determining the actual amount of nitrogen fixed by a given legume in the field. Understanding how nodule N2 fixation responds to the environment is crucial for improving legume production and maintaining sustainability in the context of global change. In this thoughtful and provocative new Brief, we provide critical information on how current and projected future changes in the environment will affect legume growth and their symbiotic N2 fixing capabilities. Each section reviews the main drivers of environmental change on the legume performance that include drought, elevated temperature, salinity and rising CO2, and soil acidity. Importantly we discuss the molecular approaches to the analysis of the stress response in legumes and the possible biotechnological strategies to overcome their detrimental effects.

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    A Changing Wind

    A Changing Wind


    In 1845, Atlanta was the last stop at the end of a railroad line, the home of just twelve families and three general stores. By the 1860s, it was a thriving Confederate city, second only to Richmond in importance. A Changing Wind is the first history to explore the experiences of Atlanta’s civilians during the young city’s rapid growth, the devastation of the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era when Atlanta emerged as a “New South” city. A Changing Wind vividly brings to life the stories of Atlanta’s diverse citizens-white and black, free and enslaved, well-to-do and everyday people. A rich and compelling account of residents’ changing loyalties to the Union and the Confederacy, the book highlights the unequal economic and social impacts of the war, General Sherman’s siege, and the stunning rebirth of the city in postwar years. The final chapter of the book focuses on Atlanta’s historical memory of the Civil War and how racial divisions have led to separate commemorations of the war’s meaning.

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    Color My Bath H2O La La! Color Changing Bath Tablets, 200-Count

    Color My Bath H2O La La! Color Changing Bath Tablets, 200-Count


    Make bath time fun and exciting with Color My Bath H2O La La! Color Changing Bath Tablets. Each jar of tablets contains 200 assorted tablets in the primary colors – red, blue and yellow. These baby bath toys are a great way to make bathing time a fun experience for your little ones. The tablets allow you and your child to create dazzling, colorful baths over and over again! Because there are a variety of colors, each experience will be different than the one before it. The 200-count Color My Bath tablets won’t stain the tub, the towels or your child, but they will last until bath time is over and then wash cleanly down the drain. They are completely safe as well as earth friendly. This baby bath toy is made in America.

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    Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World

    Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World


    It is widely-believed that China''s entrepreneur has grown and their businesses are succeeding primarily due to their knowledge of the domestic market, quick adaptation to market changes, and their resourcefulness. But innovation? Forget about it.Well, not quite.Drawing on a wealth of on-the-ground stories and thorough research, Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators Are Changing the World shows how Chinese companies of every stripe have dispelled this myth and overcome the barriers to successful, profitable innovation. How did Neil Shen, co-founder of CTRIP Capital China, see the opportunity for a Chinese travel site? How did Ray Zhang, CEO of Ehi, scale up one of the most innovative hybrid car-rental companies in China? How did Zhang Tao, CEO of Dianping, start a ZAGAT-inspired user-review site for restaurants and establish a continuous process of innovation?Yinglan Tan has spent more than five years learning the secrets of Chinese innovators, a fast-growing subculture playing key roles in China''s transformative transition from Made in China to Innovated in China. Learn:What is the path that an innovative Chinese private-owned enterprise take?  How blue-chip innovators remix business models successfully in China?What are the capabilities that these innovative companies acquire? How they harness the necessary resources and navigate around legal restrictions?How do they attract, train and retain talent? How do these companies experiment with innovative approaches and also manage the risk of innovation? What are the lessons learnt and how would these entrepreneurial innovators advise others who are embarking on the same journey?China''s rapid economic growth has made it a crucial market but multinational corporations are now competing with China''s own homegrown businesses. Chinnovation: How Chinese Innovators Are Changing The World uncovers the common threads amongst Chinese entrepreneurs as they reach into a wider world.
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    Ju-Ju-Be HoboBe changing bag Platinum Petals

    Ju-Ju-Be HoboBe changing bag Platinum Petals


    Is it a purse or is it a diaper bag? We don’t know, but isn’t it fun to say? It will be that much fun (or more) to carry it! Packs up great for baby. And when you are ready, take out the changing pad for a full-fledged purse. How’s that for flexible and fun? Be yourself and more with the HoboBe. Mommy Pocket … get organized! 2 exterior insulated beverage pockets … with Thinsulate by 3M. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure! Plenty of zippers and pockets for excellent organization. Adjustable strap includes a top-notch shoulder pad with memory foam and a grippy textile underneath … no more straps sliding off your shoulders. Light changing pad included. Teflon. so stains don’t stick. AgION Antimicrobial Linings. kills germs, mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, and other bad stuff. Metal Hardware. we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff. Light Colored Linings. you can actually see what’s inside, it’s not just a big black hole in there. Machine Washable. air dry.

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    New MyPsychLab with Pearson Etext – Standalone Access Card – for Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World

    New MyPsychLab with Pearson Etext – Standalone Access Card – for Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World


    This access code card gives you access to all of MyPsychLab’s tools and resources, including a complete eText of your book. You can also buy immediate access to MyPsychLab with Pearson eText online with a credit card at www. mypsychlab.com. Puts a human face on the study of Abnormal Psychology, now with DSM-5 coverage throughout. Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, 9/e uses first-person narratives from people struggling with psychological disorders as a pedagogical framework. Updated to reflect the revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the authors endeavor to bring research developments and advancements in abnormal psychology to students. Through illustrative case examples drawn from the authors’ own experiences, they recognize there is a human dimension to the study of abnormal psychology. The 9th edition includes coverage of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), with updated text references and examples throughout. MyPsychLab is an integral part of the Nevid / Rathus / Greene program. Key learning applications include MyPsychLab video series with new virtual case studies. Teaching & Learning Experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience – for you and your students. Here’s how: * Personalize Learning – MyPsychLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance. * Explore Theory – Integrating Theoretical Perspectives – The authors examine the many different theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary understanding of abnormal psychology and help students integrate these diverse viewpoints in the Tying it Togetherfeature. * Improve Critical Thinking – Controversies in Abnormal Psychology- Spotlighting controversies encourages students to think critically about these important issues and examine different points of view. The Controversies in Abnormal Psychology feature includes several critical.

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    Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World

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    Wendy Whelan. Photo: Nisian Hughes

    This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other. Ballet to the People caught up with Wendy Whelan, Carla Körbes, Paloma Herrera, Xiomara Reyes, and Julie Kent to ask:

    What in your view has been the most significant change in the dance world since you started out as a young dancer. How would you counsel a young dancer who is just starting out?

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    Wendy Whelan. Photo: Nisian Hughes

    Wendy Whelan left Louisville, Kentucky, as a teenager to attend the School of American Ballet then spent her entire career at New York City Ballet. “… [A]n ideally modern woman, dancing with men as if part of a team, together on equal terms,” says The New York Times of her qualities as a ballerina. This modern woman acknowledges:

    I’m from a very different generation. There were the giant choreographers – Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown – who were creating huge volumes of work… I came in at the tail end of the Balanchine [era], surrounded by his dancers.

    Dancers today are not so bound by the idea of a patriarch like Balanchine. Maybe that’s a good thing. They’re more open to other influences… But something gets a little bit lost, watered down. Now a New York City Ballet dancer is not surrounded by Balanchine’s dancers – it’s a huge change for a company that represents his work. We’re now floating a little more than the previous generation was. Dancers have more freedom today in how to dance Balanchine – and more opportunity to dance other artists’ work. While New York City Ballet no longer has one strong, profound resident choreographer, they do have an amazing young one in the ranks [Justin Peck].

    Mr. B grew his company like a garden. It’s harder to find a company built around one choreographer’s work these days; it makes dancing in a company very different. It’s up to each dancer to choose one [environment] over the other: whatever makes you a better dancer.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes in George Balanchine’s Diamonds. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Brazilian-born Carla Körbes also trained at SAB and started her career at New York City Ballet, but spent the last decade at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. Her interpretive power astonishes, from the delicate airiness of her partnership with Karel Cruz in the central slow movement of Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH to her haunting, feverish Sleepwalker in George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula. Though only 33, she has witnessed a sea change in the dance world:

    Thanks to technology, dancers today have a much wider view of the dance world than when I first moved to New York. At age 14, coming to the U.S., all I knew was American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov, Nureyev, and some of the European companies. I barely knew anything about Balanchine. Today, dancers have so much more information, and are much more mobile. Kids are traveling everywhere to go to summer programs, funding themselves with Kickstarter – putting their dreams on the Internet and seeing if they will pan out.

    There are positives to moving around, and changing companies: you put things in perspective, you can compare living and working conditions. Living in one city, you tend to take things for granted, your view is much more narrow. In Europe, a dancer can leave for a year and still keep her original contract. You get to explore and grow as a person and as a dancer. A legacy like Wendy’s of 30 years in one company is so rare today.

    Technology can be amazing: for example, last year at Vail [the Vail International Dance Festival], I had been working with [choreographer] Brian Brooks. I had to leave, but he said “No problem. If we need more time, we can work via Skype.”

    In 1996, when I first arrived in New York, Skype was not an option!

    Then again, sometimes too much information is confusing. Sometimes knowing less, having fewer options is good. Dancers haven’t really changed as much [as some people believe] – even with new training and all the information we get about diet and physical therapy. Dancers will still push too hard, will still get injured. We get clashing advice from nutritionists. We’re always trying to learn from the experts. But, eventually, we go back to our instincts. I’ve learned, after 18 years of gathering information, to eat then check in with my body – how do I feel? I’ve learned to eat whatever makes my body feel good. As a teenager, I was just so confused, overwhelmed by all the information.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Paloma Herrera, like Körbes, came to New York at a very young age. At 15, she was offered a contract with American Ballet Theatre, and, like Whelan, has spent her entire career with one company.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Paloma Herrera in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    Even the most jaded ballet-goers rhapsodize over the luxurious unfolding of her leg in développé out of a supported pirouette, and in the articulation of her gloriously arched feet. While her passion onstage has hardly dimmed, she concedes:

    It’s a new generation now, especially with the new media. I’ve danced with the most incredible partners, including Angel Corella, Jose Manuel Carreño, and Vladimir Malakhov – I loved that time, it was a golden era.

    Now I want to watch ballet from the audience, to join the people who take the time to go to the theatre, to experience live theatre. I don’t feel connected with this generation anymore. People don’t seem to have the time anymore, to meet, to have coffee, to have a conversation over dinner. They walk around but they don’t see things, don’t see the city they live in.

    I took chances when I was very young. I was offered a contract with the most wonderful company in the world. I didn’t think too hard about it, made a very quick decision. My parents back in Argentina were incredibly supportive. They gave me so much freedom – that security, knowing you had their love no matter what. But I could never advise anyone else to live their life like I’ve lived mine: 100% in the moment, with no plans for the future, ever. I never thought about what was coming next – I still don’t. Of course I worked really hard and gave my life to dance. You also have to be lucky. Some people have all the talent, but not the passion, or the luck. Some work so hard but simply don’t have the talent. You have to look at your own gift, and your own limitations.

    And you need humility. Because ballet is about going back into class every single day, rehearsing everyday, fixing everything – it’s about the working process, not about being a superstar. Some dancers today want to be celebrities. But that is not why I dance. I’m not on Twitter and Facebook, I live in the theatre, on the stage. That’s where the excitement is. No two performances are the same. Even in the same role in the same ballet, night after night, every performance is unique: some are great, some disastrous.

    One of my most thrilling experiences was performing at the International Ballet Festival of Havana. Ballet in Cuba is like soccer in Argentina – such a commotion! Naturally it was televised. And the audience knows the choreography by heart – you don’t dare change a step!

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    Paloma Herrera with American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie in rehearsal for The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    Cuba is very much on Xiomara Reyes‘ mind. A tiny dynamo whom Bachtrack describes as “bringing sunshine wherever she goes,” Reyes trained at Cuba’s National Ballet School. For her, the recent defrosting of U.S.-Cuba relations is earthshaking:

    Anything that can mend a rip in our world is an Alleluia moment for me. The Cuban soul is very deeply hurt, and I believe it will be a long process of healing. This [announcement] is a step in that direction, I hope. For a Cuban dancer it means the opening of more choice and possibility, and that is of infinite value.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes in Giselle. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    She bids farewell to American Ballet Theatre after 14 years, before which she spent seven years with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She, too, notes with ambivalence the rise of social media and its impact on the dance world:

    With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other media, dancers have new opportunities to be noticed and, while I think these are wonderful outlets that give more people the opportunity to follow dancers whom they might never see perform live, I also believe it may be overwhelming for a young dancer who is trying to find her own voice. Social media can become a rat race. Dance is not only an external endeavor but also an internal search… Our need for exposure, this thirst for communication and public recognition, has a tendency to push us outward before we work inward.

    To a young dancer I would say: be aware of that trap. Take the time to find out what dancing really means to you, how it shapes you as a human being. Nourish yourself with the art you create – explore what that means. And then: dance, live, share!

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

    Recently dubbed by The Washington Post “a font of regal beauty” in the role of fairy queen Titania, Julie Kent will bow out in a final performance of Romeo and Juliet.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent in Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Roy Round

    Looking back over her 29 seasons with American Ballet Theatre, she marvels at the sweeping social change:

    Perestroika. The end of the Cold War. The fall of Communism. The arrival of the Internet, cellular communications, social media and branding. All had great impact on society, the arts, the ballet world.

    Because the world is now smaller, Russian dancers no longer have to defect to be seen in the West. Everyone is everywhere, all the time – in reality, and virtually on Facebook. This is not necessarily good or bad: everyone has to understand life is forward-moving. Dancers often look back and think their time was the greatest compared to today – but they think that mainly because they were young then!

    It’s more challenging now for a young dancer. They want international careers, so they feel they can’t stay with one company.

    Yet some things haven’t changed much for dancers. When I debuted in Swan Lake in 1993 that was one performance, one matinee. My next Swan Lake was a year later, and also just one performance. It’s difficult to develop as a dancer with so few opportunities to tackle the big roles in multiple performances – because the process of learning in the rehearsal studio is different than the process of learning on stage through multiple performances. Talking with Isabella Boylston who debuted as Odette-Odile in 2013, I realize it’s been a similar challenge for her.

    It’s a tough balancing act for big companies to give dancers opportunities to grow. Audiences also want to see foreign guest stars – which is exciting for us, too, in the company, but it makes it harder for up-and-coming dancers to develop. I was fortunate to have partners who wanted me to dance with them around the world – Julio Bocca in Argentina, Vladimir Malakhov in Finland, Jose Manuel Carreño in Japan, Roberto Bolle in Italy, etc. So even though I stayed with one company, I had opportunities to perform roles multiple times, and grow in that way.

    For younger dancers today, there is also more pressure to be a star. It used to be that people wanted to do something, now they want to be something. “I want to be a principal,” instead of “I want to dance.” But being a star and having a fulfilling career are not always the same thing.

    Soon after I was given my corps de ballet contract, I was invited to appear in the movie Dancers, opposite Baryshnikov. After the film came out, I visited Nora Kaye [the former dancer, who collaborated with her husband, director Herbert Ross, on the film] who was on her deathbed in Los Angeles. She said, “You could have a career in film. Are you interested?”

    “I want to dance,” I replied. It was so simple – that is what I had wanted to do since I was 7. I always had that sense of purpose, that driving force.

    One of my platforms for young people is to focus on the process and the pursuit of excellence, not the destination. The work is our labor and our reward. Once you get where you’re going, it’s over!

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Julie Kent and Cory Stearns in rehearsal for Lady of the Camellias. Photo: Gene Schiavone

    What’s next for each of these ballerinas? Ballet to the People wanted to know.

    Wendy Whelan will crisscross the country with Restless Creature, a series of contemporary duets by four young choreographers, which premiered at Jacobs Pillow last summer then traveled to the Royal Opera House in London. Restless Creature‘s American tour starts in San Francisco in mid-January and winds up at the Joyce Theatre in New York in May.

    A new project with Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet will premiere in London in July. And a third piece of opera/dance theatre is simmering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: an adaptation of the ancient Japanese Noh drama Hagoromo, about a celestial spirit whose magic power resides in a robe of feathers.

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    Wendy Whelan with Alejandro Cerrudo in rehearsal for Restless Creature. Photo: Christopher Duggan

    Carla Körbes wraps up a splendidly varied season at PNB this spring then powers on to Vail again this summer. Her knee is getting better, she says, and she’s excited to immerse herself in the festival. What would she like to dance? More Balanchine, if she had her wish! But she is also keen to work with new choreographers, found the experience working with Brian Brooks hugely inspiring.

    Retiring at this age, I’m still young and I’m excited. It’s the end of company life for me, which gives me new options, frees me to do other things in the art world. Before I left City Ballet, at a time when I was struggling, I spoke with Eliot Feld, who told me: “Leave when you’re happy.” I never forgot this. I never take any of this for granted.

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    Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes. Photo: Angela Sterling

    Julie Kent will write a memoir, a book which she hopes will reflect her voice as an American dancer, a female artist, a passionate arts advocate, as well as a wife and a mother of two children.

    I have expressed myself without words for so long. The life of a ballerina seems so mysterious from afar, but the reality is that there are things that many people from different backgrounds and professions can connect with.

    Ballet to the People looks forward to her setting the record straight – after Darren Aronofsky’s blood-and-feathers study in ballerina paranoia, the Black Swan horror flick.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent. Photo: Rosalie O’Connor

    Paloma Herrera bids American audiences Adieu with a final performance as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in June, but her Argentinian farewell comes later in the year. Globe-trotting balletomanes are prepared to travel long distances to catch her Tatiana in Onegin in October at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, a dramatic role she has long prized. After her final curtseys, she plans to indulge her love of theatre, of reading, and listening to music.

    Ballet has been my bubble, my life, my religion… Now I will enjoy this time in a different way.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Paloma Herrera. Photo: Alicia Sanguinetti

    Xiomara Reyes will dance a final Giselle in May. Reflecting at this crossroad, she knows dance will continue to be an important part of her life:

    Dancing has been my life’s journey ever since I can remember. I have found that to stand at the barre every morning is a kind of meditation, a spiritual experience.

    I love teaching and sharing with young people the amazing world of ballet, which is why I’ve been co-directing the IBStage program for two years.

    I feel like I’m standing in front of this huge buffet of possibilities and I’m taking my time to chose. Not because I don’t like what I see, but because I want to honor my standstill point: that moment where you have to stand still and regroup, before throwing yourself back into the whirlpools of life.

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    American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Xiomara Reyes. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

    Collectively, these five ballerinas have redefined virtuosity and grace for the art form in the 21st century – their natural gifts honed by artistic sensitivity and perseverance. No one is born to be a prima ballerina: it takes extraordinary discipline, acumen and gutsiness.

    Will one of them eventually take a leadership role in the ballet world? None of the five appear to have sought it out.

    One thing that has not changed over the span of these ballerinas’ careers is the shortage of women at the helm of ballet companies. Karen Kain is now the longest-running incumbent artistic director of a major company, having run the National Ballet of Canada for ten years. Tamara Rojo took over English National Ballet two years ago. When Brigitte Lefèvre retired after a remarkable 19 years of steering Paris Opera Ballet in a bold, new direction, she was succeeded by Benjamin Millepied. In Britain, Monica Mason called the shots at the Royal Ballet for ten years, replaced by Kevin O’Hare in 2012. In America, Lourdes Lopez has been at the head of Miami City Ballet for just two years.

    As audiences for live theatre and dance continue to shrink, along with the public and private funding so critical to keeping these companies afloat, can new artistic leadership make a difference? Is it time for a reigning ballerina to be handed the reins?
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    If you don’t want to always carry a big diaper bag? Try the Baby Changing Handbag from Royal Beginnings. It has plenty of storage for the baby’s essentials, looks trendy for mom and folds out to become a comfy, soft changing pad. Care instructions: machine washable, be sure to wash products with like colors, no bleach and hang to dry.
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    Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Cream Alligator

    Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Cream Alligator


    The Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Cream Alligator is the stylish changing pad for the Mom on the go. The perfect accessory for the Moppet Diaper Bags by Soapbox Baby Bags.
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    How Movies And TV Shows Are Changing The Way You Think About Love

    The movies and TV shows watched by millions aren’t just entertaining; a new study says they’re affecting how people view romance and changing how they behave in relationships.

    Researchers from The University of Michigan studied 625 college students (392 of whom were female) to determine if movies and TV shows were influencing their love lives.

    Participants were given a list of 93 romantic films, such as “500 Days of Summer,” “Crazy Stupid Love,” and “In Time” and asked how many they had seen.

    Next, they were given a list of 17 sitcoms including “How I Met Your Mother” and “Big Bang Theory” and were asked how many they watch and how often. Lastly, they were asked if and how often they watch marriage-themed reality shows like “The Bachelor” and “Millionaire Matchmaker.”

    Researchers then analyzed the students’ ideas about love and also gauged whether or not participants believed that TV portrayed real life or saw it as total fantasy.

    At the end of the study, three conclusions emerged:

    • More exposure to romantic movies led to a greater tendency to believe “love finds a way” and can overcome all obstacles.
    • More exposure to marriage-themed reality shows led participants to believe in “love at first sight” and that true love will be nearly perfect (what researchers call “idealization”).
    • On the other hand, watching TV sitcoms led to a negative view of romance and very little endorsement for concepts like “love finds a way,” “love at first sight,” “idealization” and the “one and only”.

    Thus, the researchers suggest that the behaviors shown in each entertainment genre are actually being imprinted into our views of romance. For example, watching lavish dates on “The Bachelor” leads viewers to idealize love, while watching a couple bicker on a sitcom leads to a more negative impression of marriage.

    So what does this mean for your own love life?

    “Previous research suggests that beliefs about relationships can have implications for relationship satisfaction and longevity,” study author Julia Lippman wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

    Indeed, past studies have illustrated that people who can be classified as romantic appear to have more successful romantic relationships: they report high levels of love for a current partner, higher levels of relationship satisfaction, greater commitment, and a decreased tendency to engage in extramarital sex.

    However, as Lippman points out, while certain romantic ideals can lead to stronger relationships, they can have negative consequences as well.

    “Seeing your partner through rose-colored glasses is associated with higher levels of relationship satisfaction, but it is easy to see how seeing a partner who is bad news through rose-colored glasses (say, someone who is abusive) could have negative implications,” such as staying in a bad relationship for too long. More research is needed to explore that topic further.

    The findings were recently published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

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    Storkcraft – Jane Changing Table and Fixed-Side Crib, Oak (box 2)

    Storkcraft – Jane Changing Table and Fixed-Side Crib, Oak (box 2)


    Storkcraft Jane Wooden Changing Table and Fixed-Side Crib: Crib features: For use by child 35″ or less Converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full-size headboard and footboard Bed rails are not included for full-size bed option All sides are stationary to add to the security and stability of the crib 3 mattress-support positions allow the crib to adjust as baby grows Solid wood and wood product construction Non-toxic finish Also available in other finishes Meets or exceeds US and Canadian safety standards JPMA certified Bedding not included Easy to assemble with the included instructions Clean with damp cloth with mild soap and water Dimensions: 55″L x 29.75″W x 47″H Mattress sold separately. Changing Table features: For use by child less than 31 lbs Solid wood and wood product construction 2 large, open shelves for storing your changing essentials Dimensions: 36″L x 19.5″W x 35.5″H Shelf Dimensions: 34″ x 17.5″ Includes a waterproof, vinyl change pad and extra-secure safety strap Meets or exceeds all US and Canadian safety standards Easy to assemble Meets or exceeds all US and Canadian safety standards

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    Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management

    Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management


    The “Fourth Edition” of “Changing the U.S. Health Care System” addresses the key topics in health care policy and management, presenting evidence-based views of current issues. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field who integrates evidence to explain the current condition and presents support for needed change. The book examines all the levers in the setting and implementation of health policy, and includes extensive coverage of impact of the Affordable Care Act, particularly on Medicare, Medicaid, and large and small group insurance markets. Also new to this edition is expanded coverage of nursing, disease management, mental health, women’s health, children’s health, and care for the homeless.

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    EuroSpa Bath and Changing Center in Honey & Cream

    EuroSpa Bath and Changing Center in Honey & Cream


    The Primo Eurospa Bath and Changing Center Combination (Bath stand with 4 locking wheels, 2 position baby bath 0-18 months, colorful vinyl changing pad with strap, 3 large adjustable accessory trays).Features: Color: Honey & CreamBath stand with locking wheels & 3 accessory trays, two position bath (0-18 months), changing table with waist strap.
    List Price: $ 199.95
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    Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Black Patent

    Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Black Patent


    The Moppet Diaper Bag Changing Pad – Black Patent is the stylish changing pad for the Mom on the go. The perfect accessory for the Moppet Diaper Bags by Soapbox Baby Bags.
    List Price: $ 19.99
    Price: $ 19.99