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Hello fellow moms, dads and caregivers!

I am back with your weekly parenting news update. Here is what we recently discussed at MotherTalkers:

Parents magazine ran a comprehensive list of homemade Halloween costumes. Only a few were mentioned online, but there were many in the mag that I dug like the "crayons." Three kids were wearing pointy party hats with matching colored outfits that simply said the word "CRAYON." Cute.

Unfortunately, I already purchased my kids' costumes even though I entertained the idea of making them. Because I am lazy, Eli will go as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz courtesy of Target. Ari will be Bumblebee of the Transformers thanks to a sale at Toys R' Us some months ago. What will your children be for Halloween?

The New York Times ran a column about how the decline of UC-Berkeley, easily one of the nation's top three universities, is bad for public colleges -- and the country.

More than 32,000 members of MomsRising.org signed a petition urging the CEO of Kraft Foods to eliminate Yellow No. 5 from its mac and cheese products. The European Union does not allow it to distribute products with Yellow No. 5 there. The company responded to U.S. moms by sending a form letter, which I published on MotherTalkers. Some of us felt that Kraft's response was not good enough while others said you couldn't pry their non-organic Kraft mac and cheese from their dead, cold hands. Either way, some moms on our site posted recipes for homemade mac and cheese. Yum!

Here is a funny story by Anne Fitten Glenn over at the Mountain Xpress newspaper of North Carolina about how beer actually makes your bones stronger. Yes, folks, there is an actual study on this. Cheers!

What else is in the news? What's up with you?

Originally posted to Elisa on Sat Oct 10, 2009 at 07:41 AM PDT.

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