Arming Teachers Is A Horrible Response To School Shootings, And This Is Why

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I was teaching high school when the Columbine High School shooting happened. Between periods, one of my students ran into my classroom and turned on the TV. As students trickled in, we all stared at the screen, dumbfounded. We watched aerial footage of kids pouring out of the school, some of them splattered with their […]

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Wanted: Mom Friend (Debbie Downers Need Not Apply)

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Since I’ve had kids, I’ve created a whole new network of friends who have kept me on course throughout this wild journey. What I never expected about parenthood, was how hard it would be to create and maintain new friendships with people. Things like naps, parenting techniques, and exhaustion end up making or breaking potential […]

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Just When You Thought Your Kids Couldn’t Get Any Grosser, They Become Teenagers

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Of all the parenting lows we have to endure, it’s safe to say the lowest of the lows come from having to deal with (and clean up after) all the gross shit our kids are capable of doing around (and on) us. From that first newborn diaper blowout that literally leaves us scooping up foamy […]

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I Was Brave Enough To Ask For Help, But My Doctor Dismissed Me

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It was somewhere between bouncing a screaming baby and medicating my bleeding, cracked nipples when I knew I didn’t see the silver lining anymore. This wasn’t sustainable; I was pale, sleep deprived, so hungry I wasn’t hungry anymore, and this wasn’t the romantic fourth trimester I envisioned. I knew it was hard, but surely what […]

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Why I’m Not Planning on Breastfeeding This Baby Either

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Wow. What a horrible mom. Or some variation on that theme. I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking. But hear me out. Hear me out from the place of a mother who adores her offspring unconditionally. Hear me out from a place of someone who has been on a journey, and learned something, and is using […]

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As A Foster Mom, This Is What I Want All Moms To Know

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I want you to know something. Most of the time when I write, I aim to encourage people by sharing real life — oftentimes, this means opening up about the daily struggles of life and the challenges of being a foster mom. As a foster mom, I often fall into the dangerous pit of self-martyr-dom. […]

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Mothers Fix Things, So Let’s Fix The Gun Violence Problem

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As mothers, we fix a lot of small things. We put Band-Aids on skinned knees, glue action figures back together, mend holes in beloved stuffed animals. When our children come to us for help, whether it’s with second grade math homework or because they are scared of the monster under their bed, we find a […]

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My Sister’s Death Taught Me How To Advocate For My Own Health

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My sister died because of a false negative breast cancer screening. She was 52. At 15, she started getting benign cysts in her breasts. These were indicators she was more likely to develop breast cancer. Her cysts — about 20 in total — required numerous surgeries, but every biopsy came back negative for cancer. In […]

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5 Easy Home Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

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We often underestimate the need to clean our kitchen. Perhaps, it is just because we choose to forget it. Probably, it is because we visit this place every day and nothing happens. Well, do you know how much food leftover you have every day? Do you know how much food you cook every day? Do […]

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6 Pieces of Clothing that the Man in Your Life Needs

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Shopping for a man can be a little challenging. You want him to look polished but appropriately dressed for the occasion. There are a few pieces of clothing that every man should have. Most of these pieces can be worn multiple times, and achieve different looks. Let’s take a look. Dark Denim Dark denim pants […]

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5 Things to Consider When Getting a Graduate Degree from Home

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The popularity of and accessibility to higher education is paving the way for more and more people to gain a formal education or a higher-level degree than ever before. The benefits are many including increased potential for getting hired with a quality company, specialized industry training, better positioning for on the job promotions, and the […]

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Making Great Food– No Degree Necessary

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Eating is essential for life, but over thousands of years, humans have found countless ways to make it more than just something that must be done. Food is prepared in unique and delicious ways, and the time we spend eating it is often celebratory, social, or even professional. The proliferation of television shows about food […]

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Easy Ways to Make Your Chaotic Car Organized

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You’re at your kids’ soccer game and some well-meaning moms offer to help you carry equipment and snack tables back to your car. Oh boy. You already parked clear across the parking lot so no one would see the mess that is your car. “Um, I wouldn’t want to put you out. I’ll just make […]

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What You Might Not Know About That MLM Saleswoman

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The shrinking of the middle class. Rising health insurance prices. The cost of childcare. No paid maternity leave. It’s the few and far between who can thrive in a single (or even dual) income household with a white picket fence and braces for the kids. The American Dream has changed – and no matter what political party you […]

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Adam Rippon Is A National Treasure, And This Is Why

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The world is struggling right now, y’all. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Just a few minutes watching the evening news or dipping your toes in the cesspool that is the Internet right now, and you’ll see it. Maybe if we unplug the country for a few minutes, we can reboot? Or […]

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The Bittersweet Ache Of Being Done Having Kids

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On the bright summer morning the nurse came around the curtain carrying the wrapped bundle that was my son, I knew we were done having kids. I saw his little scrunched up face and all the pieces fell into place. We were complete — me, my husband, our daughter, and now our baby boy. My […]

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What My 20-Year-Old Self Would Say About My Current Life

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As I settled into my couch, wearing my favorite yoga pants and eager to dive into my DVR queue, I suddenly realized it was Saturday night. I also realized I didn’t care one bit that I was any place other than my family room on what I used to consider the biggest night of the week. […]

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11 Things You Need After Having A Baby (But No One Tells You About)

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Baby number one joined a well-prepared household. For nine months, I rested in my baby-free bed and read about what to expect. I took classes on breastfeeding and infant care. I studied the correct holds to stop a crying baby. I organized the baby’s room with tons of new baby gear. Each room had a […]

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What I Realized About Why My Son Melts Down At Home But Not At School

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Tonight my son walked through the door from school, and immediately I knew. He didn’t have to say or do anything. I just knew. Call it mother’s intuition, or call it years and years of practice, but I knew something was wrong. It was the delayed effect. My son has had a tricky day at […]

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13 Simple Things You Need To Live Your Best Life

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It’s one thing to live. It’s another thing to live life fully. To live your best life. Now that requires certain things. And yes, we know your kids/partner/vibrator/dog/sense of purpose and self-worth is one of them. But, let’s assume you’re all good on the kids/partner/vibrator/dog/sense of self-worth and purpose front. Other than those things, we’re […]

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Why I’m Breaking Up With Pinterest (For Good This Time)

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I know, it will probably be one of those temporary break-ups because one Saturday morning I will think about the fact that we have a Crock Pot I should use and you’ll lead me to some kind of healthy turkey chili recipe that looks way better in pictures than the pile of brown I’ll be […]

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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

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Confession: My love for coffee is only slightly tainted by the unpleasant side effect of coffee breath. And while I used to think that the two were par for the course, I recently learned that 90% of bad breath is caused by bacteria on the tongue. If you want to get rid of bad breath, […]

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What Lies Beneath… The Dangers Of Basements

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The basement can be one of the biggest draws to a home, but it can also be one of the biggest drawbacks. Nowadays, we can convert them into living spaces that are comfortable and practical, but there are potential issues and dangers you should bear in mind. The Dangers Of Mold While mold is common […]

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How To Get Silky Smooth Hair: DIY Healthy Hair Care

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Most women love for their hair to be strong and healthy, shiny and thick but sometimes this can be a challenge! Finding the right products that will help hair grow and stay strong can be difficult and become downright frustrating! No one wants to spend money on product after product that doesn’t work! If you […]

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Prepping for College at Any Age, Any Time and AnyWhere

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College is expensive, and taking entrance exams can be not only mentally taxing but exhausting. Not to mention costly. That’s where prepping with help comes into play.  There are several options that are out there, and some simple solutions are at the ready. With Study.com, you’ll be READY! First, let’s tackle CLEP.  What is CLEP? […]

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How to Get Tickets to Hamilton

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Hamilton is coming to Orange County and I can’t tell you how much excitement is in the air surrounding the award-winning musical! Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton, the musical details the life of the American Statesman and United States Founding Father. The show is widely popular and has been selling out in each […]

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Creative Gifts for Boyfriends

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For some reason, the hardest people to shop for in your life are the men. Whether it be gifts for your brother, father, or boyfriend, finding just the right gift is difficult. Don’t worry, it’s something that everyone woman struggles with. You may know everything about your boyfriend but knowing what he wants for the […]

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This Is Why Parenting A 1-Year-Old Is Beyond Exhausting

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You see those commercials—the diaper ones, the cleaning supply ones. Maybe it’s the coffee commercials where the person happily yawns and is rolling out of bed to that sweet, sweet aroma filling the house. But they all have a few things in common. Their homes are spotless. Everything is in its own place and organized, pretty […]

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7 Things I Don’t Give A Damn About Anymore

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In life many people strive for perfection.  There is an image of a perfection that seems completely unobtainable. Guess what, it is unobtainable. I am now a mom of three under five, in my thirties, and there are just so many damns I do not give. Damn not given #1: Toxic relationships Growing up I […]

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How Parenthood Affects My PTSD

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It is 7:30 in the evening or, as I like to call it, bath hour. Bed hour. The witching hour. My daughter runs around the house — hopped up on sugar, adrenaline, and “I’m not sleepy” energy — and my husband runs after her. He tells her it is time to go potty. It is […]

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I’m Ignoring Your Facebook Posts, And This Is Why

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Shut up. Just shut up. I am this close to unfriending you. And you. And you and you and you. Social media has a way of making people—namely mothers—feel inadequate. Feel like failures. Not creative enough. Not involved enough. Not fun enough. Not motherly enough. Just not … well … enough. And it pisses me off […]

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3 Things To Remember During The Early Days Of Divorce

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Several months ago, my husband and I separated. I was blindsided. He, for all practical purposes, dumped me after 17 years of marriage. As I reached out for support, I found women with similar stories. There were some who knew it was coming, and those who initiated it. Either way, it’s a gut-wrenching, life-changing event. […]

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When You’re Still Pregnant After Your Due Date, Life Kind Of Sucks

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If another person asks me if I’ve had my baby yet, I’m going to punch them in the face. Okay, maybe not really, but c’mon people. It’s not as irritating when it’s a text or a call, even though they’ve been assured they’d be alerted when the event arose. It’s not as though I’m notorious […]

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This Fighter Pilot Running For Congress Is The Hero We Need

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Recently, a friend sent me a link to a campaign video with a message that simply said, “You have to watch this with your daughter.” My day was busy and I was in the midst of carpool logistics and school activities but I took a moment and watched the video. And I immediately started crying. […]

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Help! Fashion Trends And Beauty Products Confuse The Hell Out Of Me

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Oh, great. Another evite to a “Girls Night Out!” Come try our new products! Hair treatments! Nail wraps! Body wraps! Foot wraps! Candles! Oils! Natural chemical free cleaners! Shabby chic Bohemian antique-looking (but not really antique) home decor! AAAAAAH. This is when I just want to crawl under a blanket with a book and hide. […]

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Win FREE milk for a YEAR with Borden’s Future Champion Contest

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To enter the contest, click here! In support of Milk Life’s partnership of Team USA, Borden Dairy Company, one of America’s leading dairy brands, has launched a new, interactive promotion that offers consumers the unique opportunity to win a year’s worth of FREE Borden Dairy milk by supporting the Team USA athletes competing at the […]

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Why Eating Healthy Is Only One Part of the Equation

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As the saying goes: ‘you are what you eat’. It’s definitely true that eating healthy does contribute to gaining a better and healthier body and lifestyle. Unfortunately, eating a balanced diet only takes you so far. There are other parts of the healthy life equation that should not be ignored. Life requires balance, and to […]

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Why Baby’s First Year is Stressful for New Moms

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While parenthood is a difficult journey for anyone, there’s something about a baby’s first year that takes a real toll on new moms. That applies particularly to those experiencing motherhood for the first time. From sleepless nights and hectic days to an overwhelming sense of confusion, anxiety, and isolation, new moms are often thrown in […]

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Shrimp Jambalaya Pasta Recipe

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I tried crawfish for the first time three years ago when I found myself back in New Orleans for a travel story. And this was not the first of my foodie experiences while traveling. Tapas in Spain, Fondu in Switzerland, and Gelato in Italy are just some of the many diverse culinary experiences I’ve enjoyed […]

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Chinese Dumplings Recipe From Chinese Soul Food

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We love Chinese dumplings. You can have them as a side dish but at my house, we have them as a feast! They are just so delicious and the sauce is so tangy, sweet, and salty all at once. Just thinking about them makes my mouth water. Chinese dumplings are actually inexpensive and easy to […]

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Calm Down About Grades — Harvard Says College Applicants Should Focus On This

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It never lets up in parenting, does it? One minute we are potty-training them and the next they’re graduating. And neither is easy. Ask any parent of a high schooler and they’ll probably say that preparing for college is exhausting, both mentally and financially.Are they taking enough AP classes? What about that one B- in […]

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When Your Anxiety Means You’re Terrified — Of The Car

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I was nine months pregnant with my first son, and my worst nightmare almost came true. On a quiet Sunday night in December, my husband had gone out to grab some staples from the grocery store. Suddenly, from the wrong direction, a drunk driver nearly slammed into small Honda, swerved at the last minute, and […]

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This Is Why I Let My Kids Stay Up Past Their Bedtime

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My living room is a straight-up ruckus. My kids are shrieking with laughter, hopping and tumbling gleefully, darting out of the reach of their dad – who looks to be having a pretty good time himself. When I dreamed of having a family of my own, this was the type of bonding I envisioned (okay, […]

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News Flash: Husbands Are Not Children, So Let’s Raise The Bar A Bit

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I ran across a blog post this week written by a woman who was tired of having to ask her husband to do things around the house. It’s not the first such post I’ve read and it won’t be the last. It’s a runnning joke among women to complain about our husbands being an additional […]

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How Giving Up On My Child’s Happiness Helped Me Find My Own

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I was at a one-year-old’s birthday party with some friends from my college days, when one of them posed a perfectly innocent question. “How are you doing?” he asked. “It’s really hard,” I replied, surprised to hear my voice quivering and feel tears welling up in my eyes, “when I just can’t seem to make […]

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This Is What It’s Like To Be A Hypochondriac Mom

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I think all moms are slight hypochondriacs. It’s part of our make-up as mothers. When our children become sick, we are supposed to keep vigil and act quickly should anything turn serious. A little uptick in anxiety seems normal. It’s never fun when our kids feel unwell, and we are programmed to want to protect […]

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We Need To Let Our Kids Be Little — At Home And At School

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“Let them be little.” Those four little words are more than a song title or a trending hashtag. They’re important, and it is a phrase that schools should keep in mind. I teach first grade. We have 20 minutes of recess. They spend almost 7 hours sitting. I have discussed—nay, argued with as much respect […]

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I’m A Mom Who Hasn’t Had Sex In Years (Yes, YEARS)

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The last time I had sex was on my son’s 1st birthday — and he just turned 4. As he blew out the candles on his cake, I silently blew out candles on my own imaginary cake: “Happy not having sex for three years.” The last time I had sex, my son’s dad and I were […]

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Easy King Cake Recipe

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Every year around this time, I see an influx of King Cakes on display at my local grocery store. Their vibrant colored sugars always compel a second glance, but I’ve never actually purchased or tasted one. From a quick survey, I know that this is the type of dish I prefer to make. The store-bought varieties […]

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7 Signs That You’re An Adult-Child

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I have a confession to make: I’m an adult-child. What is an adult-child? Well, it’s when you’re basically a child living in an adult body. Sure, you enjoy wine and the occasional R-rated movie, but you also love fruit snacks and you just binge-watched Boy Meets World over the holidays. Oh, and you still rock […]

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I Want To Teach My Children To Love America, But Not This America

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I love my country. I love the beauty of its diverse landscapes as well as its diverse people. I love the ideals of a representative government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I love the well-planned balance of powers within our government, and the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. I have […]

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My Husband Isn’t My Best Friend, And This Is Why

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There are lots of predictable occurrences in life. You can pretty much bet that if you straighten your hair or wash your car, it’s going to rain; or that Googling any number of random symptoms, no matter how minor, will convince you that you’re afflicted with a life-threatening illness. And when someone posts a Facebook […]

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This Is What It Feels Like When A Friend Lies To You

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The realization that my friend had lied to me hit me like a punch to the gut. As I pieced together the events of the past few months and the reality of her lies washed over me, I was dumbfounded. We were so close. We shared intimate details of our lives. She listened to me […]

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I’m Not Excited To Be Pregnant

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Seven days ago, I found out I was pregnant. It had been six weeks since my last period and a part of me knew, when I bought the test, that it would come back positive. My husband paused the video game he was playing when I walked into the room. I told him it was […]

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If You’re Having Trouble Getting Pregnant, It Could Be Due To This

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Human conception truly is an amazing thing, and the fact any of us are able to get conceive is pretty unreal.  When you think about all the biological processes that need to properly function in just the right way and at just the right time, it’s a bit mind blowing. So many healthy functions need […]

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My Child Will Not Have Naked Physicals Until He Is Old Enough To Consent

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I was molested by my pediatrician when I was 7 years old. It was difficult to convince my mom of it because I didn’t have all the legal terms at my disposal, so all I kept saying was that I don’t think my doctor should have touched me there if I had only been taken […]

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Is More Prevalent Than We Thought

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Most of us think of fetal alcohol syndrome—where a mother’s alcohol consumption has an adverse effect on her gestating baby—as problem of the past. Women know better than to drink during pregnancy, right? Or maybe we think of it as something reserved for only a small portion of people. But a new study published in […]

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Getting Older: Some Guidelines To Looking Divine

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As you get older, your looks fade. That’s a simple fact of life. Of course, the most important thing is your personality; your loved ones care about what’s on the inside. But, for the sake of your self-esteem, looks are probably important to you. We all care about our appearance to some extent. It’s not […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Accepting Child Support

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It is a common reaction in cases where parents are separated for one reason or another for the person who is entitled to child support to have doubts about receiving these payments. There might be a myriad of reasons why this is so. The mother might still have a cordial relationship with the father and […]

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What You Should Never Forget Before Using Marijuana in Las Vegas

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The neon-soaked Strip region, with all its gambling floors and entertainment platforms, characterizes the archetypal Las Vegas. It is no surprise that you find vast hotel complex, as well as high-end and mainstream restaurants and different shops that make your stay more memorable than ever. And as a cherry on the icing, the state of […]

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A Thank You To The Big Kids

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You didn’t sign up for this position. You didn’t choose to be the ones born first, a few years earlier, and if you asked to be in this situation, you probably didn’t know what being the older one actually entailed. Real babies and real toddlers, well, they’re a whole lot different than the stuffed animals […]

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Want To Get Better At Oral Sex? There’s A Class For That

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I had dinner with one of my single girlfriends last night, and as we sat across from each other, enjoying our smoked chicken, we got to talking about sex and how much men love getting blow jobs. It’s no secret lots of women use them as currency because, really, it’s just too easy. A good […]

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This Is What I Want To Say To My Students About Mass Shootings

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A letter to my students: Just days ago, you watched while children your age flee from their school, hands on heads, while some were able to send photos and videos of a scene in a classroom much like your own where they were locked down. You learned later that day that 17 people were killed. […]

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This Is The Problem With Blaming Gun Violence On Mental Illness

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Again. It has happened again. Another mass shooting. This one at a high school in Florida. We’ve turned on each other again. But turning on one another didn’t end with the shooting. It never does because, as always, social media immediately became a war zone. People were fighting about gun violence and gun control. Some […]

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7 Movie Cult Classics That Are Actually Kind Of Terrible

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I am a child of the 80s. So by all definitions, I should be able to quote The Princess Bride, know the founding members of the Brat Pack, and worship at the altar of Carrie Fischer. The trouble is, our family didn’t have cable and I rarely went to the movies. I didn’t know Carrie […]

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Being Rich Increases Your Chances Of Being An A**hole

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“Let me tell you about the very rich,” says F. Scott Fitzgerald in his 1926 short story, The Rich Boy. “They are very different from you and me.” We quote the old saw and shrug: this is the brave new world of 2018 and we’re all the same now, right? At least when it comes […]

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4 Maddening Things People Say When You Aren’t A ‘Real’ Mom

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When people tell me I am not a “real” mom, I get the look of rage in my eyes so quick they know they need to back up ten steps. Not only is it ridiculous to say I am not real, but it is incredibly condescending to suggest one must push a child out of […]

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Don’t You Dare Discipline My Kids

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If there’s one basic tenet of parenting I know to be true, it’s that it really does take a village. From having a friend bail me out and pick my kids up from school because I’m stuck in traffic, to having neighbors bring us soup and Gatorade when we all had the flu, to a […]

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How to Capture a Warm and Welcoming Feel Within Your Hallway

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The hallway is the first room of your home that people see, and as the welcoming area, it’s important to ensure its warm and inviting. There are lots of different elements that add up to create this kind of atmosphere, but if you take them all into consideration then you’ll have the perfect hallway for […]

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Moms Talk About Helping Their Children Survive Addiction

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The difficult and sensitive subjects of addiction and the war on drugs are hard enough to broach with adults; but when teenagers are concerned, it gets far harder. Parents live in fear of their children becoming involved with drugs – for good reason – but there are ways to talk to children and teenagers about […]

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Beat the Boring Weekends with Thrilling Altitude Trampoline Park!

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Are you one of those crazy adventure sports lovers, who is always keen to fight against gravity and explore out the most thrilling activities? If yes, then you might need to discover out the exotic environment and fun provided at Altitude Trampoline Park! These are actually one of the most significant parks that now prevail […]

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How to Make Early Man Hognob Cupcakes and Printables

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Animation has evolved since its inception, and today’s animated films are primarily crafted using computer generated imagery (CGI). But the inception of animation was marked by stop-motion photography used to create motion. Even today, there are filmmakers like Nick Park, who prefer the technique because of the realism it affords. His latest film Early Man, […]

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Hot Toys For Kids From The 2018 Toy Fair

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Today on Nashville NBC I will be sharing some hot toys for kids from the 2018 Toy Fair. It is the largest toy trade show in the western hemisphere so it is a very big deal and it happens every year in New York City. It showcases hundreds of thousands of toy and youth entertainment […]

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I Am A Teacher, And This Is How I Feel About My Lockdown Key

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My keychain is heavy. It holds the keys to three separate classrooms, and a technology cabinet filled with expensive gadgets that help make my lessons more fun and entertaining. The largest key on the ring is my lockdown key. It’s held onto the keychain with a conspicuous red loop. That makes it visible, so if […]

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My Kids Are Picky Eaters — Does That Make Me A Bad Mom?

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Dinnertime. A chance for family camaraderie. A mother’s opportunity to nourish her children. A reprieve from the daytime rush and chance to sit down and slow down…. With toddlers? Nope. In fact, is there anything more thankless and depressing in a mother’s day than the disappointment that is dinner time? I’m so over dinner. I’m […]

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6 Relationship Tips For My Teen

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You’ve been wearing my shoes and stealing my mascara, lately. Though it feels like just yesterday I was searching for your favorite stuffed zebra so you could fall asleep. Enrique the Zebra lives in a box in your closet now, and you’re turning thirteen next month. Of course, I knew these teen years were coming. […]

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Why Addicts Need Empathy And Compassion — Not Judgment And Shame

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My husband is a physician. Every day at work, he sees devastating illness and death. I don’t know how he does it, to be honest. I’ve always been in awe of the folks who work on the front lines of our health care system. I wonder how they can see the most heartbreaking moments of […]

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Calm Down With The Perfume And Cologne, Folks

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I sit down in my airplane seat next to the window. Almost immediately, my eyes start watering, and I find it hard to take a deep breath. I open the fresh air valve on above my seat, but it doesn’t help. I realize I’m going to be trapped here for the next three hours, and […]

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My Girlfriends Got Me Through My Divorce

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The night my ex and I decided to separate, I called my best friend and we talked into the wee hours of the morning. When we hung up, I felt stronger than I had in a long time. The next day, I had lunch with my sisters. I literally texted them at 2 in the morning and […]

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The Ultimate Flu Season Survival Kit

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The world can feel like a very scary place during flu season. Armed with only bleach wipes and hand sanitizer, you may glare daggers when strangers sneeze in your kids’ direction, or look at people in horror if they think you are actually going to shake their hand. I don’t believe that anybody washes their hands like […]

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This Is The Hardest Part Of A Spouse Traveling For Work

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My husband. I love you. When you are working away, our house doesn’t quite feel like home; our family is incomplete. I yearn for your return. I look forward to sharing out the parental duties; to your company. I miss the warmth of your smile, your hug and the cups of tea and chats on […]

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5 Tips for Boosting Your WooCommerce Shop with Little Effort

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About 30% of all online stores today are powered by the WooCommerce platform. This WordPress eCommerce plugin is simple to use and very efficient, which explains why it’s so popular. However, this simplicity is what makes it hard to stand out if you are running a WooCommerce online shop. In order to achieve the best […]

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Makeup Tips for Blondes: Get a Bombshell Look Easily

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Being a blonde makes you stand out by default as only about 2% of the global population have that hair color. Of course, that number goes up a bit if you count bleached blondes. However, this look is still rare and it’s an undeniable fact that it’s stunning. These simple makeup tips for blondes will […]

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How to Create a Subscription Box Business for Moms

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The birth of Birchbox started a whole new e-commerce industry known as subscription e-commerce or subscription box business. It is a $5 billion industry that’s growing fast. Entrepreneurs all over the world are in love with subscription box business model mainly due to its benefits including: Predictable revenue High retention rate High-profit margin Automation Novelty […]

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Happy National Singles’ Awareness Day

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All the single ladies, all the single ladies….. put your hands up! Why, you ask? Because it is time to celebrate your singlehood! February 15th is National Singles’ Awareness Day. Don’t let yourselves get overlooked in the chaos of Valentine’s Day roses, chocolates, and dinner reservations; February 15 is your day. It is a day […]

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I Sought Help for My Anxiety, And It Made Me A Better Parent

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I have struggled with clinical anxiety since college, and am no stranger to its debilitating, nightmarish affects. Even now, remembering how those attacks would sneak up on me, killing my joy at a fun party, or squashing my confidence while attempting to take a test — ugh. It makes my stomach turn. To make matters worse, […]

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Parasite Cleanses Are A Thing Now, And Oh God Why

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New Year’s has long disappeared in the rearview mirror and with it go its many resolutions. But spring cleaning is around the corner, so naturally, people are gearing up to clear their closets of outdated clothing, their cabinets of expired food, their homes of accumulating dust bunnies, and their guts of a shitload of worms. […]

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Good Skin Care Is NOT An Indulgent Scam — It Actually Makes A Difference

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I fully admit to being skin care obsessed. I like glowing, dewy, healthy skin because it makes me feel good. I like using products that will help fight some of the signs of aging and sun damage, and if that makes me vain, so be it. I’ve seen what the proper moisturizer and serums can […]

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12 Petty AF Pet Peeves

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There is a whole lot to be pissed about in the world these days. Women are still fighting for equal pay. Our country has a racist man-baby for President. And watching the nightly news is like getting the daily damage report to assess the level of rage-sadness-fear we should be feeling. The world is a […]

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Face Yoga Is A Thing, And We Are Intrigued

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Confession: I’m allergic to yoga. Or rather, I have a deep and visceral dislike/hatred of it. I’m exactly the kind of natural, organic-eating, vinegar-and-baking-soda cleaning, regularly meditating chick one would assume would be totally into yoga, but I’m totally not. Every time I try to do yoga, I get ragey.  I know. Hating yoga feels […]

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Just A Few Things That Are Harder To Obtain Than A Gun

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At least 17 people were killed and several more were wounded on February 14 at a middle school in Parkland, Florida. This is the 18th school shooting in the first 45 days of 2018. Take a minute to let that sink in. It is the 18th school shooting in just 45 days. One more time for the […]

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I Am A Gun Owner, And Here’s What I Have To Say About Gun Laws

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I’m a gun owner. I have two pistols, a rifle, a shotgun…and a (now-expired) concealed carry permit. I’ve been shooting since I was a kid. I also support every single gun control measure out there. Why? Well, because of a number of logical reasons: 1. I go to gun shows, and I’ve witnessed more illegal cash […]

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How To Make Bunny Finger Puppets Kids Will Love

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I love watching my kids’ imaginations! Isn’t it so fun to see their little minds working. My two children love puppet shows. We have made many puppets through the past couple years but these Bunny Finger Puppets were particularly fun for us! These are so easy to make and it is a totally mess free […]

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The Mindset of an Entrepreneur

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In order to achieve success, an entrepreneur must cultivate a certain mindset in order to lead and expand their business. Whenever we think of entrepreneurs, we think of innovators such as Richard Branson or Alan Sugar. We understand their dedicated laser focused drive to be successful and think outside the box, but when it comes […]

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Benefits of Adding Face Masks to Your Skin Care Routine

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Every day, you wash your face in the shower, use a facial scrub, apply some toner, and then moisturize—right? Hopefully, you have some sort of skincare regimen in place to take care of your lovely face and to protect it against dry air humidity, environmental factors, and free radicals. Without a high-quality face mask, however, […]

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Loving Her Came All At Once

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For us, everything happened all at once. That night of our first kiss was also the night we were each reborn. The moment we touched each other’s skin, we knew life as it had been was over. It was a kiss that said I’m in love with you, I’ve been waiting for you my entire […]

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After Turning 40, My Sex Drive Went Through The Roof

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After turning 40, I felt liberated in a way I didn’t see coming. Yes, I’d heard that 40 is the new 20–we all have. But I  disagree with that sentiment so strongly. You see, when I was 20, I was insecure. When I was 20, I had no idea who I was. When I was […]

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Drivers’ Education Has Changed A Lot — And Not Necessarily For The Better

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I got my driver’s license in 1998, which doesn’t sound all that long ago, but turns out I’ve been driving for 20 years now. I know, I know, when I say “driving for 20 years,” it feels like I came to America on the Mayflower. But things have changed a lot since 1998. Since my […]

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Warning: This Is Not A Love Story

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February 14, 2012. I am at dinner at a fancy flatbread place whose tiny pizzas leave you with the feeling of having just taken a year’s worth of communion. I’m still hungry and I really want a glass of wine. Everybody else is doing it. I can hear the glasses clinking. But I am six […]

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What You Should Know About The Girl With Unwashed Hair

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The main thing people ask about my mental health is how I cope when it gets bad. The answer is, I don’t. I spend days upon days in bed or zoned out. I barely eat, drink or even move. The problem is that I have college on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and I still have to […]

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Why Women Really Quit Their Jobs

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This might make me sound like a feminist, so be it. But my entire feed is blowing up about the survey “Why People Really Quit Their Jobs” conducted by some pretty amazing people at Harvard Business Review. There’s so much to love about this article, and the idea of job creation makes me swoon, especially as […]

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Hey Moms, It’s Okay To Buy Something Nice For Yourself, And This Is Why

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To the mom who really wants to buy herself something, but is having second (and third, and fourth, and eighth) thoughts: I see you. I see you because I am you. I know how it is to be shopping, and see something that catches your eye. Not something the kids need, or the spouse needs, […]

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I Sleep Naked, And This Is Why You Should Too

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I enjoy being naked. Not the walking-around-all-day kind of naked. I mean, I don’t like to cook or clean in the nude or anything. But I do enjoy peeling off my clothes at the end of the day before slipping into bed. It feels so damn freeing. I didn’t always used to feel like this […]

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Fight cold, flu virus with University of Manitoba-tested and approved Colflex Super Oregano Oral Spray

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Cold and flu season is in full swing, and 2018 is on track to being one of the worst years in recent memory, according to the Center for Disease Control. Influenza kills between 12,000 and 49,000 people and hospitalizes more than 700,000 people each year. The CDC said in a Feb. 2 press briefing that […]

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The Power Of Positive Affirmations For Kids

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I was first introduced to the concept of positive affirmations when I was a teenager. I was telling a friend of mine about a problem I was having and she gave me a book off her bookshelf called “You Can Heal Your Life”, by Louise Hay. It really opened my mind to the power of […]

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An Exclusive First Look at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

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We walked into the LEGOLAND Hotel that Spring afternoon and into every kids’ LEGO dreams. The hotel was the first LEGO-themed hotel in North America and boasts 3,500 LEGO models built with over 3 million LEGO bricks. Each of the three themed rooms take kids on an exciting adventure where imagination and their favorite colorful, […]

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Black-ish Is Nailing Modern Motherhood, And We’re Here For It

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Motherhood isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Anyone who is a mother knows this. But for some reason, many television shows and movies only show the good parts. And if they do show the not-so-good parts, the character is always seen as “wrong.” If motherhood isn’t coming naturally for them, clearly they’re the problem. This season, […]

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Midwives Are Amazing, And Here’s Why You Should Consider Using One

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Both of my babies were born into the gentle hands of midwives, and I will sing the praises of these amazing woman for the rest of my life. My midwives were highly trained, experienced, and educated (i.e., they knew their shit and based their practices on the latest medical recommendations). But besides all that, their […]

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The Hell That Is A UTI, And What You Need To Know

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I have given birth twice without medication, and although I would never minimize the hellish pain I experienced while bringing my two sons into this world, I can say without a doubt that there were two other instances of pain that ranked right up there with my labor pain. And one of them is something […]

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What You Don’t Know About That ‘Controlling’ Wife

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Growing up, our tiny childhood world is all we know. If you grow up with eight siblings, all you know is noise and crowded bathrooms and jostling for your parents’ attention. If you are raised by free-range parents, your reality is freedom to explore with few restrictions to confine you. For me, life seemed normal […]

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I Got A Boob Job, And Here’s Why I Don’t Care What You Think (Anymore)

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For most of my life, I have had small breasts. Perky, tiny, less than a handful, mosquito bite breasts. On a good day, I was a full A cup. On a bad one, it felt like I hardly filled out a training bra. But when a modeling agent (at least that’s what he called himself) […]

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We Need To Remember It’s Hard Being The Oldest Child

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It had to be his brother’s Lego Millennium Falcon that was destroyed. The four-year-old decided it looked interesting, or shiny, or adult or whatever four-year-olds decide when they decide they want to mess with something. He peeled off one piece. Then another. Then another and another. Then he carried all those pieces to various parts […]

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These Were The Best Thirty Minutes Of My Week, And This Is Why

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The call came on Saturday night around 9:40pm. “Hi Mom” the familiar voice said.  I stopped, smiled and without thinking found myself gravitating towards his bedroom, a place that once kept him safe every night and cocooned him from the world. But now — as a college sophomore — he had a new home, a […]

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Other Moms Tell Me To Drink, And This Is Why It Matters

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On Saturday afternoon, my eldest daughter and I went to Dollarama to stock up on slumber party supplies. We skipped into the store holding hands because she was happy to have her mother to herself. She wore a pink dress over mermaid leggings and couldn’t stop twirling in the aisles. We filled our cart with an […]

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A New Kind of Children’s Yearbook That Gets Everyone Excited About School

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I am a collection of thoughts and memories and likes and dislikes. I am the things that have happened to me and the sum of everything I’ve ever done. I am the clothes I wear on my back. I am every place and every person and every object I have ever come across.-Macaulay Culkin This […]

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Kwik Stix Tempra Paints Giveaway 1st and 2nd Place Winners

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Welcome to the Kwik Stix Tempra Paints Giveaway.  If you have not read about Kwik Stix you can go here and read all about them. This giveaway has 2 winners but the 1st place winner gets more than the 2nd place winner. 1st place receives: Kwik Stix 12 pk of classic colors, 6 pk neon […]

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Kwik Stix and Michael’s Will Help You Create for Valentines Day with Ease or Any Craft

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Kwik Stix are solid tempera paints that make creativity fun without the added mess.  They are wonderful to use for Valentines Day activities or anytime you want to allow your kids to let their imagination run wild.  Did I mention they are not messy?  Anytime I had my kids get their creativity going it always […]

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How an Extension Can Improve and Add Value to Your Home

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Choosing to extend your house will mean that you get more enjoyment from your home, can customize it to your family’s specific needs and requirements, and add immense value to it should you ever want to sell. Simply consult with a contractor (who holds a full license for general contractors) to get an idea of […]

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Shifting to a New Place in London, Hire the Man Van

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Are you shifting to a new place in London? Or are you shifting your office? You need home and office removals services that can make your work easier and faster. Hire the man van to get the affordable and best facilities in London. Do you know about them? Who are they and what they do? […]

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Top Family Vacation Destinations Everyone Will Love

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Do you enjoy traveling with family? Thinking of taking a vacation and you need some inspiration for where to travel?  We have you covered. We love to travel as a family and here are some of our top picks for kid-friendly destinations.  The truth is there are almost an infinite number of places you could […]

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Functional Household Items With Witty Unexpected Twists by OTOTO Designs

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If you have not heard about OTOTO Design you are going to want to learn all about them.  If you are like me you probably are curious what OTOTO stands for.  OTOTO is Hebrew for “any minute now”.  This means that you never know when an idea is going to come to mind for the […]

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Even An Amicable Divorce Is Brutal

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Two weeks ago, I sent my ex-husband a text as we were discussing our kids’ schedules. I told him I felt like we’d turned a corner, like we’ve all settled, and I felt a feeling of peace and calm come over me — something I hadn’t recognized inside myself for years — maybe even a […]

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My Husband’s Fitness Journey Is Pissing Me Off, And Here’s Why

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I thought I was opening an Amazon box o’fun. I didn’t know what kind of fun, but maybe some surprise goodies, like the unicorn mug my husband bought me that proclaims, “I AM FUCKING MAGICAL.” We Amazon-prime incessantly, often presents for each other, and often fun stuff we’d never buy. Could it be a dress? […]

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What I Realized After My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—it’s difficult for me to express exactly what feelings stirred up inside of me the first time I heard these words in reference to my child. My thoughts were one jumbled mess as I attempted to settle into the fact that we would be stepping into a new normal, one which my […]

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Why It’s So Hard To Re-Enter The Workforce After Being A SAHM

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About 10 months ago I started writing again. I hadn’t written anything in probably over 15 years. It was by chance that I started, and it turned out to be something I didn’t even realize I desperately needed to do again. I started writing every moment I could. I felt like, after 12 years of […]

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These Are A Few Of The Ways I Totally Screwed Up Parenting Today

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Today my five-year-old daughter screamed the whole way home because I would not buy her a pottery wheel. Today I lost my patience. I will lose my patience again tomorrow. I sometimes clean up her messes, because I can’t deal with the potential meltdown, or the calm presence it would take to walk her through […]

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Mom Writes ‘Mouse Ears For Everyone’ — A Disney Guidebook For Visitors With Special Needs

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There are dozens of different Disney guidebooks — guides for kids, dining, saving money, and even guides for runners — but before Amy Schinner’s “Mouse Ears for Everyone” there were no guides for families with disabilities. Schinner, a former Disney employee and mother to two children, including a son with autism, was shocked by the […]

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Hallelujah! Science Says Beer And Wine Are Good For Our Brains

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I’m having a love affair with Moscato lately. A few evenings a week, I love nothing more than to tuck my kids in bed, turn on the fireplace, and relax in front of a documentary reality television show and sip on my adult Kool-Aid.  While this might have to do more with me taking some […]

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Why I Decided Not To Divorce My Husband

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Sometimes it’s the way he looks at me when he’s exasperated. It’s the way I feel when I feel like he is being too critical of me or of one my many perceived shortcomings. Sometimes it’s just the things he says and, my God, the way he says them that makes me want to rip […]

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Why I’m Not Looking For Love After My Divorce

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I remember the early, post-divorce years, I was eagerly excited about dating, finding a boyfriend, remarrying even. I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say? I envisioned everything just falling into place and, with the blink of an eye, I would have an instant, blended family and live happily ever after. But things are never as […]

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What Happened When We Asked: ‘Do You Love Me As Much As Our Kids?’

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We had a short courtship. My husband and I had known each other a long time — we grew up in the same town — so when we started dating in our mid-twenties, things moved quickly. Within six months, we were engaged. Within a year, we were married and settling into a tiny new apartment […]

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Friluftsliv Is The Scandinavian Parenting Practice We Can Get Behind

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“Just go outside and play! Go be with nature! Get out of this damn house!” I have been saying (yelling, begging, screaming?) these sentences to my children for almost two decades. There is just something biologically unnatural about having little bodies that are warehouses for stocked energy, to be held metaphorically captive inside the  four […]

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It Is Literally Impossible To Snuggle A Baby Too Much

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I love cuddling babies. The way they scrunch their little bodies up to fit into the nooks of your body, their sweet little faces looking up at you, and, of course, that delicious baby smell. Someone hand me a baby STAT. Cuddling babies is pure bliss, and yet some people (I’m looking at you, grandparents) […]

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High Fives And Fist Bumps To All The Okayest Moms Out There

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Hey there, sister. I see you Febreezing those toddler jeans for the third time this week and scraping the crumbs off the kitchen table onto the floor, hoping the dog will eat them before anyone notices and you can get away without sweeping in there another day. That’s right. You can’t hide that shit from […]

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Trump’s Medical Policy Spreads Fear Among Gay Parents

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Doctors like Dr. Vesna Roi keep gay parents awake at night. The now little-known, little-remembered case (at least by mainstream America) happened in Michigan in 2015. A lesbian couple, Krista and Jami Contreras, had vetted pediatricians and decided on a Dr. Vesna Roi, who knew their sexual orientation, says the Washington Post. But when they brought […]

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Dear Friend Selling MLM Products, It Isn’t You

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Oh hey, old friend. It’s so good to hear from you. I can’t believe it’s been, what, ten years? Fifteen? It feels like just yesterday we were sharing a bathroom mirror, and painting on smoky eyeliner for a night out in some college town club. Do you remember the time we tried to share a […]

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Who Is This Woman My Husband Sees When He Looks At Me?

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My husband loves the way I look. If asked to describe me, he would say I have thick, platinum hair that falls in waves. He would say I don’t need make-up; my blue eyes carry enough secrets and mischief to light up my face. He especially loves my lips. He would say they are red, […]

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Creating Adorable Memories with Your Pet Is Now Easy

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Our pet forms one of the important parts of our lives. It is not about taming an animal just for fun but to create that perfect bond between us and the animals. People who love their pets besides taking care of them, try to create various memories so that they can cherish those moments which […]

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To The Sports Parents Who Were Mocking My Child

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My husband and I are not sports people. I mean, sure, we can tell you what teams are played in the Super Bowl, but only when we sit down to watch the halftime show. Our family is active and while we enjoy entering local running races together as a family, our kids have tended to […]

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New Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable For Food Stamp Recipients

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One of the most difficult aspects of living on a low income is that eating healthfully is often out of reach. Healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, are simply more expensive than pre-packaged and processed foods, and when you are on a shoestring budget, you usually have to buy the cheaper items just to […]

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I Know Not ALL Men Are Creepers, But I’m Teaching My Daughter They Are

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My husband and I have this argument pretty frequently. I assume the worst and prepare for it. Just in case. He thinks I should give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Because 98% of the time, nothing wild is going to happen. He’ll cite some statistic (that he’s probably made up on the spot) as […]

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What I Want To Say To My Molester

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With all of the #MeToo stories in the news lately, it’s getting harder and harder to stay quiet about my own #MeToo moments. There is no longer a reason to be shamed or embarrassed by these things, but more so there is an empowerment in each person’s story.  So in that regard I would like […]

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3 Questions People Ask About Surrogacy

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Even though surrogacy technology and success rates are increasing, it’s still a relatively uncommon thing and there’s a lot of confusion about what’s involved. I know, because I was a gestational surrogate (we called me the tummy mummy) for 9 months and I birthed a beautiful surrogate baby (sometimes called a surrobabe) for friends of […]

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What Sex Therapists Want You To Know

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People like sex; that much is a given. But for many of us, it’s easier to think about having sex, and actually have sex, than it is to talk about it. Even though it’s the most intimate act we can share with another person, it makes us so freaking uncomfortable to talk about — even when […]

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I’m Not Sensitive, You’re Just Rude

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It’s been countless times now when I’ve been forced to gather my anger and shrivel into a small apologetic mouse to pacify others that — looking back on it — were quite in the wrong. My high school boyfriend got me to agree that him flirting with other girls and going on car rides with […]

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This Is Love In The Age Of Parenting Young Children

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My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years, and we’ve had 6 kids in the last 7 years. Every day is a marathon, where we hope to just crawl across the finish line and collapse into bed. So right now, love isn’t big, romantic, make-me-swoon love. It’s tiny love, every day, in […]

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Pinterest Home Decor Ideas That Will Make You Swoon

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Let me start by saying that I have a very nice home and while I am grateful for it, I still day dream of a nicer home!  You know, one that looks like I put a lot of effort into making it so fabulous.  Yes, as I scroll through Pinterest, I am always captivated by […]

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What to Eat During Knott’s Peanuts Celebration

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As a young girl, my father and I bonded over Sunday morning Peanuts comics and The Great Pumpkin, one of his favorite specials based on Charles M. Schulz comic strips. The comic strip came to be known as one of the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, and focused on Charlie […]

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A Modern Day Peter Rabbit

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As I sat down to watch Sony Pictures Animation’s latest film, Peter Rabbit, I found myself immersed in a lush, storybook world that I imagine resembles what author Beatrix Potter envisioned when she wrote the beloved children’s stories. Peter Rabbit is a modern, live-action/CGI animated film, inspired by Potter’s stories of this mischievous rabbit. The […]

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A ‘Taco Cleanse’? Sign Us Up!

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Okay girls, truth time. When I hear the word “cleanse,” I think of juices made out of beets and fish eyes and having to shit every 20 minutes. I mean, I’m sure you feel absolutely fab afterwards, but I’m not really into blending up kale and then living on the toilet. Plus, Mama likes her […]

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Sometimes We Need To Drop Everything To Talk To Our Spouse

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The other day, I was chatting on the phone with my wife, Mel, while at work. I was mostly speaking in, yeahs and okays, but not giving her my full attention. Then I said something to the tune of, “Sounds good… I better go” and she cut me off with, “I’ll let you know when I’m […]

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Don’t Let Anyone Else Define Gender Roles For Your Relationship

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My mom believes in traditional gender roles. She also believes being married is one of the highest achievements in a woman’s life. I’m not saying she’s right or wrong. I am saying not even my mom knows what’s best for me. Like many moms, she draws from her own experiences and failures. She wants me […]

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Don’t Be A Selfish Jerk — Keep Your Family’s Sick Germs At Home

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First, I would like to establish, I am a stay-at-home mom and caretaker to a family of 5 with three littles ones, ages 7, 5, and 1 1/2. I am aware that being able to stay at home with my children when they are sick is a “luxury” others may not have, but it also […]

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What I Learned After A Nightmare Trip Across The Atlantic

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A week after my perilous journey across the Atlantic with my two small children, ages 4 and 15 months, I’m only finally starting to feel like myself again. Traveling with more than one tiny human being is not for the faint-hearted. I thought I could handle it. I mean, I know a thing or two […]

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I Used To Spank My Child, But This Is Why I Stopped

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I grew up in the heart of spanking culture, in a southern, small town. As a child, I knew that if I was gonna do something naughty, I’d better be sneaky or prepare to pick my own switch. I didn’t find myself in the hot seat very often, but I have very intense memories of the […]

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I Don’t Have Working Mom Guilt, But I Feel This Instead

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Working mom guilt. Just typing the phrase alone makes me cringe. Not for the reasons you might imagine though. I’d venture a guess that when you think about this phrase, you picture something like this: a mom in heels, running frantically from a school drop off to an important meeting, forgetting that her kid’s lunch […]

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10 Reasons Redheads Are Awesome

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I have always had a thing for red hair. Maybe it was my obsession with Anne of Green Gables growing up. Or maybe it’s because my name is Annie, and I watched my namesake movie so many times as a kid that my older brother still complains about it. Regardless, I find red hair stunning. […]

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How to Get More Luxury for Your Money

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Oliver’s Travels have put together this fabulous infographic that shows you how to get more luxury in your life by cutting down on the little things in your life like takeaways and over-priced gym memberships. It’s incredible what you can do instead! What would you be ready to give up? Let me know in the comments! The post How to Get More Luxury for […]

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Exploring The Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From The Flu

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Flu season is in full force and deaths have already been reported throughout the United States. While it is impossible to avoid contact with the influenza virus, there are ways to keep your children healthy during flu season. One thing is for sure you will want to avoid taking them around people who are reporting […]

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Style Tips for the Busy Mom: Three Ways to Wear 2018’s Hottest Gemstone

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Raising kids is a full-time job, no question about it. Many moms today are the glue that holds their families together, from getting the kids ready for school to pay the bills to meal prep and schedule planning. Maybe there’s even a side hustle or full-time job on top of all that. To say today’s […]

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4 Most Sought After Cosmetic Procedures

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It is not uncommon for us to find our eyes falling upon on a model flaunting their attractive body on the internet, magazines or newspapers. Modern times have changed our lives and the way we view perceive things. People have started accepting these models as an epitome of beauty. Every person, especially women, has fallen […]

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Gift Guide to Valentine’s

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Some people just seem to have a knack for finding creative gift ideas that always delight the recipient, but most of us really struggle when it comes to finding something special. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the pressure to find the perfect gift for the person you most want to impress can lead to quite a […]

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How To Get Toddlers To Eat Vegetables And Fruits

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Everyone wants their children to be healthy and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an important element of supporting their health. However, many parents find that they have picky eaters and they just don’t know how to get toddlers to eat vegetables. Well, today I have partnered with Beth Dunlap, a registered Dietitian […]

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Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

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Breastfeeding is not only a process involved in feeding a child, or just the act of a child latching on to his or her mother’s breast. It is a way of life, a bonding mechanism between the mother and the child. As a new mom, your aim and purpose should not be focused on how […]

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Toys for Girls and Boys this Valentine’s Day is a Sweet Deal

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Candy is sweet but toys can be neat.  Save on your little ones dental bills and give some awesome toys for girls and boys this Valentine’s Day! From Peek-A -Boo Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Star Wars Spinners…little ones won’t miss the candy at all. Disney’s Baby Peek-A-Boo Mickey and Minnie Mouse – keep babies […]

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A Message For My Racist Family Members

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This letter has been a long time coming, and I bear the burden of responsibility for not having written it sooner because I had the privilege not to. I am accountable for not having written it the first time I heard you use the n-word at a family holiday. Issuing a simple, “It’s not okay to […]

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What To Do When Your Child Starts Seeing Ghosts

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I have a three-year-old with a speech delay. Her vocabulary has increased significantly since she started a special preschool program, but she’s not talking in fluent sentences yet. So when things go wrong, it’s usually a game of twenty questions to figure out what happened. About three weeks ago, my daughter started complaining that her room […]

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8 Skin Care Products For People Who Suck At Skin Care

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I suck at taking care of my skin. Aside from slathering some Nivea Crème on my face in the morning and wearing a foundation with a tiny SPF, I do nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. I’m lucky if I remember to swipe my face with one of […]

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‘Saggy Boobs Matter’ Is The Hashtag We’ve Been Waiting For

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I was reading a dear-God-get-me-through-this-next-few-days book called The Hamilton Affair this week: a Lin-Manuel Miranda spin off, basically a more historically accurate fanfic-on-paper publication. It seemed to promise bodice ripping, but no bodices were rippeth. Instead, at its raciest, Alexander Hamilton looks down to see a woman’s nipple peeking out from the low, low, low-ass […]

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Why Is It So Hard To Get A Date Night With My Husband?

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I love my soon-to-be 9-year-old daughter with all of my heart. She is empathetic, an avid reader, does cartwheels and backbends, and loves the beach and chocolate just like her Mommy. However, Mommy and Daddy haven’t had a date night since…..since….I swear, if we get one night out a year, we are lucky. I have […]

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Our Family Photo Went Small Town Viral, And This Is Why

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We won a bag of free groceries.  That’s how the whole thing started. We live in a small Midwestern town. Our town is blessed to have any grocery store at all, let alone one that is incredibly active in the community. This little store was celebrating 10 years in business. There were tons of raffle […]

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White Women, If Your Feminism Isn’t Intersectional, GTFO

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In the realm of feminism, intersectionality is crucial to the movement, and yet so largely ignored. Intersectionality, a term coined by black civil rights activist Kimberle Williams Crenshaw in the 1980s, studies how intersecting identities (race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) work within the structures of oppression and discrimination. As a black woman, I had […]

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Celebrate Galentine’s Day at Burke Williams – Giveaway

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When Burke Williams Day Spa and Massage Center paired my friend Mary Tran and I together to celebrate Galentine’s Day, they saw what we already knew. As an only child, I pleaded with my parents for a sibling, to no avail. Their plan was always to have one child, and as I learned that having a brother […]

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24 Uses for Baby Wipes Beyond the First Year

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Just because you are over the first year doesn’t mean that baby wipes still won’t come in handy.  If anything, you may even use them more. As your baby begins to explore his or her world and get into more things, you’ll be happy you have wipes “at the ready. During that first year, wipes […]

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The Best Avocado Toast Recipe and 10 Places to Get Avocado Toast in Orange County

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Avocado Toast is one of those dishes that is so delightful, it’s hard to imagine life before it. The simplicity of the dish is perhaps what makes it so enjoyable. Combine that with variations only limited by your imagination, and you can easily see why avocado toast can be so addicting. In fact, I’ve found […]

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Eight Ways to Temporarily Escape Your Parental Duties

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If you are in charge of raising a young family, it is vital that you are making your little ones a priority. The moment that you become a parent, you learn the importance of putting other people’s needs before your own. While this is an admirable attitude to have, there will be times when you […]

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4 Tips to Protecting Your Home and Family

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Sometimes, the world can be a scary place. If we could just keep our home and loved ones in a safe box to protect them, we would. But that is not how life works. We can’t keep our children safe in our hands all the time, which is why we need to teach them and […]

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Skip the Chocolates and go Straight to the SHEETS this Valentine’s Day! ❤

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If you are looking to treat yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day, I am here to tell you that PeachSkinSheets are the perfect gift, even for those that are hard to buy for. They are also calorie free, last longer than flowers, and add an extra touch of romance on Valentine’s Day! “The […]

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Entenmann’s Celebrates 120 Years – Giveaway

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Birthdays are a big deal in our family. Every year, my parents would wake me up with balloons, singing, and an ice cream cake. And it was not uncommon for us to have cake for breakfast (highly recommended!). This year, Entenmann’s will celebrate their 120th birthday, and in honor of the big day, they are […]

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4 Items You Might Not Have Thought About Buying Online

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The internet is a wonderland of marketplaces to buy all kinds of items. However, there are some things that it is still hard to believe you can buy online and get the same thing as the same quality you could if you went to a brick and mortar store. Some of this is because we […]

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How To Make Bath Fizzies In Cute Heart Shapes

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My kids and I both love baths. They like to play in the tub, I like to soak! We all love bath fizzies though! And these Heart DIY Bath Fizzies make great gifts! All ages love these heart bath fizzies. Kids love the cool effect of the fizz and adults enjoy the spa like feel […]

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11 Things People With Anxiety Often Do

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1. We see danger in every situation. No matter what we are doing, we fear the worst in every activity. We definitely see the glass half empty and in our heads we are questioning why we even go outside. 2. We fear even the simplest of tasks. Going to work, going to a party alone, […]

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The ‘Detox’ Trend Is Bullshit, So Save Your Money

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Everyone’s fantasized about it. You take some pills, you drink some juice, you stick some pads to the bottoms of your feet, and it — almost magically — sucks the evil right out of you. By “evil,” of course, I mean “toxins,” that amorphous term for “things that make us sick and aren’t supposed to […]

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Women Are Having Exercise-Induced Orgasms, And We Are Intrigued

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If you need yet another reason to workout on the regular, I’ve got it for you. But hold on to your hat, because this one takes the cake: You can totally have a gym-gasm. Yes, you read that right, and it’s exactly what it sounds like — a delicious, orgasmic release while working out. And […]

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Middle School Can Be Brutal, Especially For My Autistic Son

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Hallways lined with rows and rows of colorfully painted lockers. I never knew that something like this would strike such panic and anxiety in my Mama Bear heart. When I was in middle school, those were some of the best years of my life. My biggest worries were how many Pound Puppies I could collect, […]

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5 Kinds Of Childhood Emotional Abuse We Don’t Talk About

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Trigger Warning: Childhood emotional or sexual abuse. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741. When we think of “childhood abuse,” usually the first types that come to mind are physical and sexual abuse. And while we should talk about these types of abuse, oftentimes they are the only categories that get […]

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Always Cold? Here’s What You Need To Get ASAFP

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If you’re constantly bumping up the heat on the thermostat when your family isn’t looking, or bringing home a new throw blanket from Target, or asking your waiter for a cup of hot water to hold, you know what it’s like to be cold all the time. You just want to be cozy and warm, […]

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Confessions Of A (Former) Go-To-Parent

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As a pregnant feminist expecting parenthood to be 50/50 with my feminist husband, I was very optimistic. Four years later, I found myself being the Go-To-Parent both inside and outside the home. I was doing more than 50% of the parenting and household duties while working enough part-time jobs to earn a full-time salary. Even […]

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The ‘One Hour Rule’ I Use When Mental Illness Makes It Hard To Get Out Of Bed

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As much as I would love to be one of those people who jumps out of bed in the mornings, wide eyed, refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead, it just isn’t me. I am not a morning person at all. That being said, on the good days when I plan things to […]

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The Benefits of Doing What You Love

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Are people who do what they love happier? We’re told they are. Their list of benefits includes better health, better relationships, better life. The idea is that, if we do what we love, our stress will lower, we’ll appreciate the little things more, and overall, we’ll be kinder people. Those things can improve the way […]

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Advantages of Choosing a Metal Roof

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Metal roofing has fast become one of the most popular elements of home improvement. Today more people than ever before are selecting metal as a material of choice. The reason people are choosing metal over other materials is due to the considerable benefits it brings, and to give you an indication of how you can […]

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Learn How To Read Online With Reading Eggs For Kids

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Reading is not only a skill that is necessary to succeed in school, it is also a skill that can bring joy your entire life. Sometimes though, learning how to read can be frustrating for a child and you don’t want them getting left behind in this super important subject area. You want them to […]

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Worried About Online Safety For Kids? Facebook Is Listening.

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Unless you’ve been living completely off-grid or are inhabiting a tent in the wilderness without a Wi-Fi connection, chances are the Internet plays a role in your and your kid’s lives. In fact, these days, most of my conversations with other parents have something to do with the Internet, technology and screentime. We roll our […]

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If You Feel Like You Didn’t Do Enough Today, Remember This

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I am not a lazy person. But there are days when my surroundings seem to make me feel otherwise. Let me explain. Do you see all of those frames? We moved into our home nearly five years ago. I unpacked those photos and put them on the floor — temporarily, of course — in the […]

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We’re All Weathering This Flu Season Together

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It is 3:37 a.m. and I am holding my five-year-old in my lap in the dark of the living room. He is shirtless and shaking. His birdwing shoulder blades rub together when he signs “more” to my tuneless song. It is Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” in the off-key of half-sleep. […]

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4 Things I Learned From My Husband

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I’ve been a mom three and a half years now. Over four, if you count when I was pregnant. As such, I would like to think of myself an expert on literally ALL things life related. I pride myself on always knowing the weather 10 days in advance, I organize the family schedule, and I […]

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Yes, You Really Do Need To Close The Toilet When You Flush, And Here’s Why

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We have a rule in our house that you must put the toilet seat down after peeing or pooping. It decreases the gross factor of sharing a family toilet, and is just common courtesy, in my opinion. And as a woman who lives with three males, it minimizes the chances of me going to pee […]

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I Was In An Abusive Relationship, And I’m Still Trying To Rebuild

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If you would have said that I would be the victim in an abusive relationship I would have scoffed, brushed you off and even laughed in your face. I am a strong woman, I work with abuse victims. I am not a victim. I am not someone who is abused, battered and scared. I never […]

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I Was Estranged From My Mom, But I Still Miss Her

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I miss my mother. Am I allowed to even say that? Can someone who basically estranged themself from someone when they were alive still miss them when they are not? Is that a thing? I think it can be. I think it has to be, because I do. And the thing is, I missed her […]

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This Post About Being ‘Done’ Breastfeeding Is So Relatable It Hurts

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Cameran Eubanks is “done” nursing and her reason is the only one she needs Cameran Eubanks, star of the Bravo docuseries Southern Charm, had a baby three months ago. Before her child was born, Eubanks clued in the internet about her plans to nurse her baby in a brilliant video she shared to silence those with […]

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Give This is Us Season 1 for Valentines Day this Year

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**Disclosure: I received a copy of the season below in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own. If you haven’t had a chance to see This is Us yet, you will want to grab your copy of their season one.  This way you will be ready to get season 2. The writing […]

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Tips How to Keep Rodents Out of the Garden

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Ask anyone who’s encountered a rat or mice infestation of these animals and they will tell you with certainty that they aren’t as cute and cuddly as some people might think. They’re a danger to our health, and the health of our pets. Rodent infestations are no joke; not only can they carry diseases (which […]

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Tips to Buy the Stylish Swing Chair

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Quit hunting more down the best furniture locales. We are here for your assistance in finding the reasonable furniture for your home. On the off chance that you will keep the best furniture for your fantasy house then it will demonstrate your taste. The snazzy swing seat is likewise a piece of the principal furniture […]

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4 Ways That You Can Use Essential Oils to Live A Healthier Life

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While going through the hustle and bustle of the present world, it is hard to create a schedule that fosters healthy living. Despite having all the intentions to pursue a healthy lifestyle, issues like time and other factors can keep you from fulfilling your best intentions. However, leading a healthy lifestyle is not hard if […]

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The Risk Revision – 6 Tips For Boosting the Security of Your Home

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Home security has been a steadily rising industry for a long time now, and it’s no surprise when you consider the concept of burglary. A stranger you’ve never met enters your house, more often than not through an unlocked door, and rifles through your things finding what is most precious and valuable to you in […]

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Baby Brain Building Games Help Children 5 And Under Learn And Develop

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Babies are really miraculous, wonderful gifts. They make you slow down and appreciate the world in a whole new way- as a parent. You develop a new sense of responsibility with the realization that this little human is depending on you for everything! You will be amazed as your baby grows and passes developmental milestones […]

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7 Ways to Choose the Right Living Room Furniture

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The living room is your space in a home that welcomes guests. With that, homeowners make confident it’s well-designed and that it could give comfort to all – not just for guests but homeowners as well. In designing a living room, the furniture is essential as aside from the visual appeal of this space, additionally, […]

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My Spouse Is My Best Friend, And This Is Why That’s So Amazing

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I asked my wife, Mel, the other day if I was her best friend and she gave me a twisted, I’m confused by your question, face and said, “Well… yeah.” Her response made me feel like I was asking if water was wet. She answered with a simple certainty that almost made the question feel […]

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‘Having It All’ Is A Myth, And This Is Why

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“The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children, while raising one’s children as if one did not have a job.”  – Annabel Crabb Our mothers and grandmothers changed the world. They campaigned, they marched, and they fought for women’s rights, […]

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I’m Done Asking My Husband For Help Around The House

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Yesterday was a completely normal day. I got up, showered, got ready, and went to get the kids. My husband got up, showered, got ready, and went to walk the dogs. We loaded the kids in the car. Dropped them off at school (okay, day care). We worked all day. We picked the kids up. […]

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Moms Can’t Win No Matter What We Do

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Society doesn’t know what the hell it wants from mothers. Everywhere we go, there is somebody with a very strong opinion on how we should parent our children. And if we change what we are doing, two seconds later another somebody will come along with a different opinion. It’s the damnedest thing, y’all. Everyone disagrees, […]

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This Is Why Women Need Each Other

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Last night, I laid in bed awake, mind spinning out of control. This is not uncommon. The bedtime reel in my mind was reviewing the day’s events, making multiple to-do lists, remembering something I’d forgotten earlier and would undoubtedly forget by morning. But the replay button seemed to be stuck on one phrase: “Too much […]

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This Is The Secret To A Long (And Happy) Life

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We think we know the keys to a long life — eating right, exercise, sleep, and all that. But there is one thing that leads to a long life that we probably don’t consider: Friendship. Friendship, on any level, is the true key to living a longer, healthier life. Science says so. In a recent […]

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‘Lotus Births’ Are A Thing, And We Have Questions

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Okay, I consider myself to be very open-minded when it comes to choices women make about their births — or anything else, for that matter. If you want to give birth in a tub in your backyard, do it. And if there’s no way you’d give birth without your beloved epidural, awesome. I believe that what matters most […]

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Today I Will Live In The Joy Of My Blackness

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For as long as I can remember, I have felt the weight of the melanin in my skin like uranium. Blackness in America is fucking heavy. I have felt this every one of the hundreds of times I’ve been pulled over by police while driving for a “routine check.” I’ve felt it every time an […]

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This Is What It Means To Love Someone Through The Hurt

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Last night, when my hairy, handsome husband snuggled up and kissed me goodnight, I cried. I knew I had to write this because his response to my tear-filled words was so unexpected. All I wanted was to have the man I love hold me, but I couldn’t stop sobbing. I wanted to be present in […]

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Doctors Said My Postpartum Anxiety Was Just The ‘Baby Blues’ — It Wasn’t

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Having a baby is no easy task. For 9 months, your body is no longer your own. Some days you feel great, some days you want to rip someone’s head off, and some days you can barely walk without being in pain. But you know that all of the mood swings and pregnancy symptoms are […]

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Babies Shouldn’t Drink Water Until 6 Months, And Here’s Why

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One afternoon when my first baby had just turned five months old, we were out and about with my mom. It was summer, and the sun was blazing. Despite the fact that my mom knew my son was exclusively breastfed, she thought that he must be thirsty sitting there in the heat, and she started […]

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How My Son Found His Voice With Conversation Hearts

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“Only twenty-three more days,” I tell him, as we pull up to his preschool on another cold January morning. Numbers are important when every day looks the same. We count down the days to Valentine’s Day like most people count down to Christmas. It starts just after New Year’s. If only he liked chocolate, I think […]

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Hey, Ramsays, Marriage Is So Much More Than A Number On The Scale

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My husband and I have been through some serious marital growing pains in the last 18 months. After 18 years of marriage and 22 years together, our marriage had become one filled with resentment and irritation. After a particularly damning fight a year and a half ago, we made the choice to work together to […]

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Let’s NOT Go Back To ‘Back Alley’ Abortion Days, Please

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One more time, for the people in the back: pro-choice is not the same thing as “pro-abortion.” Pro-choice means that we believe abortion is part of women’s reproductive rights and that no woman should be forced to carry a child to term against her will. Last week was the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, […]

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This Is What It’s Like To Be A Woman In This World

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Joana Carpenter: A Woman’s Perspective “Look at this pretty little thing. Can’t wait until she gets older and we can see what she’s got.” She was 10. “Do you think she’ll be this cute when she’s legal?” She was 8. Producer/Director: Joanna Carpenter/@thejoannac on Instagram and Twitter Cinematographer: Colby Moore Associate Producer: Amanda Bruton   […]

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This Is What Older Parents Really Mean When They Say ‘Enjoy Every Minute’

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We’ve all been there at least once. You’re standing in line at the grocery store. You’re bouncing in place to keep the baby strapped to your chest asleep and trying to distract a toddler who is mere minutes away from a late-for-naptime meltdown. Your eldest child has been whining all morning, you’d give your left […]

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I See Me! On Valentine’s Day

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Valentines Day is coming up quickly… If you are like me, then you are probably on the hunt for the perfect Valentine for the little sweetie in your life. If your precious ones are like my grand children, then they probably already have one too many stuff animals and the thought of them receiving more […]

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What The Young ‘Beauty Specialist’ At The Makeup Counter Doesn’t Understand

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I am not a woman who puts a lot of value in makeup. It is more of a nuisance to me than a necessity. That being said, makeup has its place. I would feel foolish walking into a big event without a few strokes of mascara and a dash of color. Because of this, I […]

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This Is Why Girls’ Weekends Are So Important

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Girlfriends ROCK. I’m sure I’m not the only person who thinks “MY GIRLFRIENDS ROCK.”  To this day, I still have friends I have collected from every stage of my life — elementary school, high school, college, my single (“aren’t we just like those girls on Sex and the City?”) days, through work, and as a […]

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Stop Being Gross And Rude At The Gym, People

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As I made my way into the locker room from the pool at my local gym, I braced myself as I pushed the door into the ladies dressing area. Having been a patron for several years, I knew I was going to be met with a whole lot of nakedness when I padded my way […]

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When Your Thoughts Terrify You

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Long before I ever had a child, I was educated in postpartum depression. Due to a friend’s advocacy, I became a supporter of the Post Partum Resource Center of New York. I made donations, and attended the yearly gala event held by the fundraising arm of the organization, The Sounds of Silence, Friends of the […]

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Hot Baths Are As Good As Cardio? F*ck Yeah!

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I am a sucker for bath bombs, salts, and yummy-scented bubble bath. I love to peruse the skincare aisles and smell things while imagining myself soaking in the tub as my candles flicker next to my glass of wine. Before long, my troubles slip down the drain, and transform me into a relaxed version of […]

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Why Is It So Damn Hard To Find Decent Jeans That Fit?

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I haven’t owned a pair of jeans that fit – like, really fit – since the 90s. Literally. They were a boot-cut pair of Mavi’s that looked fabulous with either a sweatshirt or heels. The denim was soft, but substantial. They hugged my body in all the right ways, and I didn’t have to worry […]

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What You Need To Know Before You Give Your Pubes The Ax And Go For A Wax

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Going for a wax can seem scary. Hello! Having a stranger slather you with hot wax might seem like a big deal…but it’s not. Nope. It’s as easy as a figure four. What the hell does that mean? Let’s put it this way, you’re not going to be doing crazy positions or be completely naked. […]

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Inspired Endurance Necklace and Tank Giveaway ($100arv)

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Welcome to the Inspired Endurance Necklace and Tank Giveaway.  One winner will be able to choose their tank size.  The total arv of the tank and necklace together are $100. If you would like to read the review you can do so here. This giveaway will go from 2.2-15 11:59pm est You must be 18 […]

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Family Believes Tamiflu Led To A 16-Year-Old Boy Taking His Own Life

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Now his family is speaking out about the possible dangers of Tamiflu An Indiana teenager was diagnosed with the flu last week and prescribed the antiviral drug Tamiflu to hopefully shorten its duration. Two doses later, his uncle found the child’s body in the family’s garage. Now, his family is speaking out, as they believe […]

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How to Choose the Right Curtains: Made to Measure or Ready Made?

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Window coverings are among the most important decorative decisions you can make when moving into a new house or redecorating your existing home. There are plenty of things to consider, but often the first question you should be asking yourself is the most important – should you go with ready-made or made-to-measure draperies? It’s an […]

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Enter to Win these 3 Best New Chickens Books for 2018

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Welcome to this giveaway.  One winner will receive the 3 books mentioned below which are a $50 value.  If you haven’t read about them you can read the review here. Epic Eggs: The Poultry Enthusiast’s Complete and Essential Guide to the Most Perfect Food. The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, […]

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How Sustainable Shopping Focuses on Quality Over Quantity

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As a busy mom who cares deeply about the environment, you try to “think green” as often as you can — both in regards to the Earth and your money. Nothing drives you crazier than spending some of your hard-earned cash on some cheaply made product that wears out right away and ends up in […]

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Need WordPress Tech Support? ByteShip Is The Answer

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Whether you are a hobby blogger or a small business owner, having a WordPress website is useful for so many things these days. In fact, WordPress is often the vehicle that makes it possible for so many moms to be stay-at-home moms. As such, I have always regarded WordPress with high respect, much love, and […]

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Chinese New Year Traditions and Recipes

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This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Chef Katie Chin learned everything about life and cooking from her mother. Her mother’s story of seamstress to chef is remarkably inspirational. And as I listened to Chin talk about the late Leeann Chin, the respect and closeness they […]

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Your Complete Guide to Dining at Disneyland During Lunar New Year

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Food is an integral part of my culture, and every holiday, birthday, celebration, or gathering includes a variety of dishes that represent who we are. Many of the memories I shared with my family as a child involve recipes passed down by my grandparents, and I can appreciate the dynamic interplay between food and culture. […]

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Humans (Like P!nk) Have Nipples And People Are Losing Their F*cking Minds About It

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P!nk’s latest video “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” recently dropped, and we are so here for it. But some people were not quite as enthusiastic about the video. Among a handful of grumblings about the aesthetics of the photography, which is obviously just a matter of taste, a different and more ominously common complaint emerged. […]

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Science Confirms We Are Only As Happy As Our Least Happy Child

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I remember standing in my kitchen, the night before my first born child was about to start kindergarten. I was bawling. Like hot-mess-ugly-cry-swollen-eyes-for-days face. I was so scared for him—all of his success and happiness consuming my every thought. Because that’s what we do, as mothers. Well, a recent study in The Journals of Gerontology […]

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14 Moms You’ll Find In Every Online Mom Group

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I belong to several mom groups on social media and love the generally supportive community that they are. I can ask a question and within minutes, or even seconds, I have 4 or 5 people telling me where I can find the best local chiropractor or which grocery stores do price matching. There do, however, seem […]

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My Family Stayed In A Yurt. It Was A Hellish And Muddy Nightmare.

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I asked my son, D, what he wanted to do for his sixth birthday. Anything, I told him, within reason. He’d choose the cinema. I was confident of that. And if he didn’t fancy a film, he enjoys the beach, so we’d possibly be driving down to the coast. A couple of weeks ago, he’d […]

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I Had To Break Up With My Mom To Be Happy — But It Still Hurts

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Making the decision to eliminate a toxic person in your life is a very personal decision and a very hard decision — and it’s exactly what I just did. I thought after I made that decision I would somehow feel lighter, freer. That’s not at all how I feel. I am experiencing awful anxiety, I’m […]

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It’s Never Too Early To Start Talking To Your Kids About Sex

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My sons know where to find my stash of condoms, and they know they’re welcome to dip into it freely – once they can reach it without a stepstool, that is. Right now they recoil at the idea that they’ll ever want to be intimate with anyone in that way (“Gross, Mom!”) but one of […]

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This Is What It Means To Be Broken

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I was making dinner one night and my 3-year-old daughter was prancing around the kitchen dancing to her own little toddler tune. I saw her pause for a moment and glare at the side of the refrigerator. She was pointing to a picture she had painted that was carefully hung by a ceramic snowflake magnet […]

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For The Last Damn Time, Stop Being An A**hole In The Car Line

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The other day I was picking my kids up from school, when I noticed the principal standing guard at the door. She was stopping every parent as they exited the building. “Please read and sign,” she said, handing out copies of her freshly-printed letter. “Sure thing,” I responded, while ushering my kiddos out of the […]

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Pictures on Gold Sterling Silver Bracelet Giveaway

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Welcome to the Pictures on Gold Sterling Silver Bracelet Giveaway.  You can read the review here. One winner will be able to order their personalized Pictures on Gold Sterling Silver Bracelet. This giveaway will go from 2.1-14 11:59pm EST US Only, 18 years or older to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We reserve the right […]

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Personalized Sterling Silver Women’s Round Photo Engraved Bracelet from PicturesOnGold.com for Valentine’s Day

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PicturesOnGold.com is an online jewelry company specializing in transferring photos on to jewelry, using a highly specialized laser engraving process. The results are amazing. The engraved images are so exact, precise, detailed, vivid, and naturalistic. This is the go-to company that can always be relied on when you’re looking for personalized photo engraved jewelry. So, if you’re looking for a […]

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What Should You Do If Your Child Gets Travel Sickness?

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Travelling with kids can be fun and rewarding, but when one of your children suffers from travel sickness, it can become more difficult. Also known as motion sickness, travel sickness is nausea or vomiting that is caused by repeated motion, such as going over a bumpy road or waves hitting a boat. It can be […]

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Natural Ways to Fight Allergies

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While it may still be chilly outside, spring will be here before you know it. In a few weeks, early flowers will start to pop up out of the ground and in a couple of months, there will already be pollen in the air. For those people with seasonal allergies, this can be a problem! […]

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Employee Counseling: Frivolity Or Fundamental?

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The trouble with cliches is that as much as we may try to dismiss them, they have a basis in undeniable fact. It’s universally acknowledged that a happy workforce is a productive workforce (by an estimated 12%), yet translating that cliche into actionable strategy is a quandary that businesses of all shapes and sizes must […]

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How to Maintain Your Tummy Tuck Results

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I caught a glimpse of myself in my full-length mirror and did a double take. It took a minute to fully comprehend that what I was looking at was my own body. “I look skinnier than I did before I became pregnant with my son,” I texted my friend.  I twisted and turned, still in […]

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To The Single Woman Who Has Given Up On Relationships — But Still Wants One

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To the single woman who has completely given up on dating and relationships, but still has the desire for a partner: I want to tell you something. I may not be in your shoes at this moment because I’m now married, but I was once perpetually single. I gave up. I didn’t even go out […]

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Beyond Flowers: Some Amazing Gifts To Give (Or Receive) This Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day, also know as the day you celebrate the one you love. The Scary Mommy Team put together a list of our favorite items we think moms will enjoy. We’ve included something for every mood, so whether you’re planning a sexy night, want to lounge on the sofa with some wine, or are […]

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This Is What It’s Like For A Family During A Military Deployment

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It feels like it has been forever, but also like it was just yesterday. It’s the halfway mark of the military deployment, and it goes so fast and yet, oh…so…very…slow… In a nutshell, here’s how it plays out in our family. Pre-deployment phase Ladies and gentlemen, LET THE BICKERING BEGIN! Everyone is on edge and […]

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Ladies, We Deserve To Be Having Multiple Orgasms. Here’s How.

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We all love an orgasm. And at its best, a good climax can take you and your downstairs to a different world–a world you never want to leave. Even if it’s not a mind-blowing, off-the-charts kind of explosion, it still feels great. We all crave feelings of pleasure, whether we know it or not. In […]

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Ear Candling May Be Trendy, But It’s A Dangerous Hot Mess

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Holy smokes, do ear candling folks love their ear candles. If you’re one of those people, and you clicked on this post, ear candles in hand, ready for fightin’ words, relax. You and I would probably be friends. I’m totally the kind of person would check out ear candling on the recommendation of a friend. […]

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9 Things Our Parents Did That Are Total No-No’s Today

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As I tracked my son’s cell phone with a GPS app on my phone while simultaneously texting my daughter as she rode home from school on the bus, I chuckled to myself at how different my parenting experience is from that of my parents’. From apps designed to alert us when our teens are speeding […]

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One Day Your Child Will Be Gay

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Years ago it was on some levels probably possible to pretend like LGBTQ people don’t really exist. Like we are bizarre and disordered individuals faraway, mere products of a dysfunctional society, or worse. It was possible to know not a single gay man or woman, other than Uncle Ed or Aunt Susan who never really […]

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My Mom-Purse Is A Dumping Ground For My Kid’s Sh*t

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My pre-kid life was full of things I didn’t even realize I was taking for granted: boobs that stayed where they’re supposed to, for one, and a lack of stretch marks. The ability to sit on the toilet without an audience. Expendable income. Free evenings. A car that wasn’t littered with stale French fries. But […]

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Get Ready for Spring with Floral Stained Glass Lights from Moonrays

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I am not sure about you, but I am counting the days until the weather is no longer freezing.  It seems winter always lasts so much longer than spring and summer in our area.  So what I have been doing is planning on the things I will be doing once spring weather comes to brighten […]

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7 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

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Research undertaken over the course of the past 25 years has revealed that there exist a variety of important health benefits associated with owning a pet, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indeed, in some instances and for some individuals, the health benefits associated with a pet, or companion animal, ownership […]

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5 Tips to Saving Time and Money the Next Time You Move

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Moving houses from one place to another can be tiring, discouraging and an expensive affair. It can also take a lot of your time and end up stressing you out. However, with proper planning, you can move houses, towns or cities without having to spend too much time and money. In this article, we shall […]

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How Technology Can Teach You

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You can never know too much. Sure, you should keep the focus on learning things that are required of you in your career or daily life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t venture off here and there to collect more knowledge for yourself, regardless of what you do. More knowledge may not only help you […]

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Metro Walk Model Grand Opening Event – Giveaway

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After spending a year away from the comforts of SoCal life, I moved back to the LA area and began attending college at Azusa Pacific University. It was my first exposure to the quiet, suburban city, which sits against the mountains.  Located in the San Gabriel Valley, Azusa approximately 30 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles.  Metro […]

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Easy Moisturizing DIY Liquid Soap

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Is anyone else washing their hands much more than usual? I am for sure. With all the sicknesses and germs going around, hand washing is a must. But with lots of hand washing comes dry and even cracked hands! The dry winter weather doesn’t help either. This easy DIY liquid soap recipe for Moisturizing Foaming […]

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Kinky Boots at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Five years ago, Kinky Boots debuted on Broadway with mixed reviews. But one month later, the production was bolstered by increasing ticket sales, and the show went on to win 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. Based on the film by the same name and inspired by true events, Kinky Boots will […]

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This Is Why Moving From Your Family Home Is So Hard

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It’s impossible not to feel overwhelmed with sentiment and emotion as I pack up my family and ready us to move out of the first home we ever owned. A decade ago, a young, excited engaged couple made the traditional migration from a thrilling life in the big city to settling down into quiet suburban […]

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I Want To Be Brave Like Kesha, But I’m Not Ready Yet

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Kesha’s performance of “Praying” at the Grammy’s has made me feel brave. As I watched her powerfully pour her soul into her gut wrenching performance, I typed his name into the search bar of Facebook while wiping my ugly cry tears from my cheeks. His face appears, and suddenly I am face to face with […]

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Self-Care For The Solo Parent

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“Self-care” is such a buzz word right now. When I first started treatment for my postpartum depression and anxiety, my therapist would always ask what I did for “self-care” or what my “self-care routine” was. At first, I really thought she was asking me about my hygiene…which isn’t really a ridiculous thought considering one huge […]

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It’s Ovulation, Not Rocket Science (But When You’re TTC, It Sure Feels Like It)

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Judging by all the “surprise” babies and people who annoyingly brag, “My husband just has to look at me and I get pregnant, tee hee,” it would seem that getting knocked up was an easy feat. And for some, it isn’t that difficult. Others (*raises hand*) must agonize through years of trying and a multitude […]

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Why I Wish Mothers Knew About Postpartum Psychosis

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Two weeks after my daughter was born, my husband checked me into an outpatient mental health hospital. I hadn’t slept for 11 days after Brynn came into the world: I was figuring out (and attempting to keep up with) breastfeeding, adjusting to my newborn’s sleep schedule, and overthinking this new motherhood lifestyle which comes at you at […]

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I Didn’t Have My First Orgasm Until I Was Over 30

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Orgasms don’t come easily to everyone. My first one happened last weekend, after years of fucking the same person. Before that, I fucked different people with disappointing results. Maybe this one’s magic, or maybe there’s a better explanation. It’s not like I’ve dated beneath me, either. I’ve shared beds with super seriously attractive, smart, cultured, […]

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My 7-Year-Old A**hole

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Tyler stands before me mimicking and mouthing the words I say as I ask him to take a time-out for ignoring me for the third time. His face is contorted and completely disrespectful as he pretends to be me. He looks young and silly as he badly copies me, yet my blood boils on the […]

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In Defense Of Co-Sleeping

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Fact: My second baby and I co-slept. I simultaneously adored my time sleeping with my newborn son and dreaded it. I adored feeling his body next to mine. I adored the sounds of his breathing. I adored the smoothness of his skin next to mine. I adored watching him fall asleep while nursing. I adored […]

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The Definitive Guide to the Gig Economy For Moms

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You’ve probably heard about the “gig economy,” or the new flexible, on-demand workforce leveraging digital tools and platforms like Uber, Lyft or Instacart. The number one thing moms want from the new economy is not money necessarily, it’s a flexible schedule that allows us to spend quality time with our offspring! What you may not […]

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What You Need To Know About Getting a Custom Chemical Peel

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As I walked out of CosmetiCare that afternoon, it would have been impossible for anyone on the outside to know that I had just received my first custom peel. Years of intermittent breakouts and inadvertent exposure to the sun resulted in uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Prescription and over-the-counter remedies just didn’t realize the results […]

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Top Tips to Limit Arthritis Pain When Using Your Joints

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There are many sufferers of Arthritis around the world. Together with Acorn Stairlifts, we provide some top tips for dealing with the pain associated with the condition.   Although it comes in many forms, arthritis is broadly defined as a condition which causes inflammation and pain in one or several of the body’s joints. The […]

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How To Make The Perfect Crock Pot Chicken Wings

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My husband LOVES chicken wings. He is always experimenting with a new chicken wings recipe and a new way of cooking them. He loves to cook chicken wings every which way- fried, baked, grilled, and in the crock pot. Most recently he has settled into a crock pot chicken wings routine because we like how […]

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Escape to Nogginsland With Noggin Stickers

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The thing about Nogginsland is that anywhere your Noggins are, makes it Nogginsland. Here, in a place where our tiny friends live to serve our little loved ones in bringing more finesse to their fine motor skills while keeping them entertained. Noggin Stickers along with the Noggins Starter Set can lead to hours of learning […]

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LulaRoe Sides With Top Sales Vendor After He Publicly Mocks People With Disabilities

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Fashion retailer LulaRoe, known for its buttery soft leggings that often rip like “wet toilet paper,” is in hot water. Again. Only this time, their troubles don’t stem from treating their retailers poorly, suing mommy bloggers or screwing their consultants out of thousands of dollars in returned merchandise. Their troubles have nothing to do with […]

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20 TV Character Deaths We Will Never Get Over (Spoilers. Obviously.)

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When you watch a television show regularly, it’s impossible not to get attached to the show’s characters. So when one of them dies, it can be absolutely devastating. Sometimes we have a stronger attachment to these characters than we do to people we actually know. They are in our homes once a week (or if […]

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20 Hilarious Tweets You’ll Love If You Hate People

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There are two kinds of people: People who admit to hating people sometimes and people who are full of shit about hating people sometimes. We all go through stages of being depressed by the stupidity of others. Some of us have considered being a hermit in the mountains, at one point, just to avoid having […]

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The 2-Minute Rule I Use When I’m Too Depressed To Clean the Kitchen

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Keeping things orderly is not my strong suit, especially when I’m dealing with depression. While all areas of my home suffer, no area suffers more than my kitchen. Dishes pile up, clutter is not organized and surfaces are not wiped down. Of course, over time it only becomes worse, making it all the harder to […]

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Don’t Freak Out: Abnormal Pap Smears Are Not Uncommon

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When I was in my early 20’s, I got a call from my gynecologist’s office saying that my Pap smear had been abnormal. I was told on the spot that there was nothing to worry about, but that I needed to come back in a month for a follow-up. Now, being the extreme worrier that […]

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10 Great Things About Having 3 Kids

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Today I will regale you with the ten best things about having as many kids as you have…. hmmm. Can’t really finish that comparison because are no body parts that come in threes. How about eyes since you have to grow one in the back of your head to have three kids? Ba dum ching! […]

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I Am Determined To Be A Different Mom Than My Own

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My journey through pregnancy has not been easy. In my first trimester, I suffered from morning sickness and nausea that just would not stop – even when it was the afternoon. In my second trimester I started experiencing horrible, brain-busting migraines — daily. Oh, did I mention that my husband and I also chose this […]

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This Is The No-Bullshit Guide To Screen Time We’ve Been Waiting For

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Does it feel like your kids are pretty much always on some sort of screen? Are you wracked with guilt about it? Confused about “what counts” as screen time, and whether your kids’ screen time habits are permanently destroying their brains or their lives? If that sounds like you, you are definitely not alone. These […]

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Type 2 Diabetes – How to Prevent/Manage It

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What is Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes is a disorder that negatively influences the production of insulin in the body. The hormone Insulin is secreted by the pituitary gland and directed toward different areas of the body through the bloodstream. The hormone helps in controlling the blood sugar levels by stimulating cells […]

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Three Ways Grocery Delivery Can Save You Time

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Shopping for groceries is never high on the list of things we like to do in our spare time. Fortunately, as technology improves, it has become easier than ever to simplify the way we shop, and this counts for groceries as well. Delivery services have expanded exponentially in recent years, and are saving Canadians countless […]

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The Top Netflix Shows of All Time

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Oh yes, we’ve all been there: the kids are in bed, the chores are all done, the couch is inviting and Netflix is fired up and ready to go – but then, the choice on offer is so overwhelming. With so much to choose from, it’s hard to decide what is really worth our (precious […]

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How to Clean Coins (if You Really Must)

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The first rule of cleaning coins is, bizarrely enough, don’t clean coins! As a collector you won’t have to do this very often, if ever, especially if you buy sealed (or slabbed) coins from a dealer like Golden Eagle Coins. Cleaning metal coins can cause chemical reactions or abrasions on the surface which can affect […]

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5 Tips For Managing Personal Finances

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This is often the time of year that we take stock of our personal finances and find opportunities for improvement. Consider some of these important tips to help you manage your money wisely and save money for healthier household finances. Managing money wisely starts with a basic plan, discipline, and saving money where you can. […]

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Enter to win 2 Motorola Talkabout T480 arv $139.98

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Welcome to the Motorola Talkabout T480 giveaway.  Motorola has been generous enough to allow us to giveaway 2 Motorola Talkabout T480s to 1 winner! You can read the review here.  The giveaway will go from 1.29-2.11 2018 11:59mpm est.  You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US to enter. The […]

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Nothing Prepares You For The Death Of A Friend

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From across the concourse underneath Rockefeller Center, I heard a high pitched screech. My eyes scanned the crowd and there, amidst irritated businessmen hustling past Starbucks, was my friend, Beth. I ran towards her and we devoured each other into a hug while jumping up and down screaming, as normally nonplussed New Yorkers stopped to […]

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Why Are So Many Preventable Stillbirths Happening?

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Trigger warning: child loss An explosive study out of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology made some shocking findings about the United States’ rate of stillbirths. In the study, researchers defined stillbirth as occurring after 24 weeks and excluded fetuses with congenital deformity — then discovered that nearly 25% of stillbirths in the United States […]

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Parenting Apps Are Ruining My Life

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This morning when I woke up, I had no less than 15 emails about whose turn it was to bring snacks to the high school soccer game tonight. Yep, you read that right, snacks for high school soccer players, but we’ll get back to that in a minute. I also had about 10 emails about […]

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We Need Our ‘Brutally’ Honest Friends, And This Is Why

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When I was going through my divorce, I was talking to my sister on a particularly rough day. She told me I make it very hard to let people in and it takes a lot of work to make sure I am okay. “It’s worth it,” she said, “but you pull away too much and […]

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Today’s Competitive Dance Circuit Is Nothing Like Dance Class Used To Be

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When I was a kid, my entire life was centered around dance. I started taking lessons when I was two, and danced until I was eighteen. At one point, I was at my dance studio three days a week for at least two hours. I spent most of my Fridays there, going right after school […]

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If Your Kids Are Fighting Nonstop, I Feel You

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My kids have been home from school for barely ten minutes, and my throat is already raspy and raw from yelling. I know it’s not the best solution, and it makes me miserable – but then again, so does their fighting, which is the reason I’m yelling in the first place. It’s constant, man. And […]

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I Desperately Need A Break — But This Is Why Getting One Is So Hard

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I wrote the title for a post — “Mama Needs A Break” — when I was about nine months pregnant with my second baby boy — who is now six months old. I was so tired that all I got to was the title. I think I then fell into a deep sleep with my […]

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Food Addiction Is Real, And This Is What It’s Like

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Hi, my name is I’m Mary Katherine…and I’m addicted to food. Yes, I said “addicted,” and no, I’m not trying to be funny. I only wish this were a joke. But the truth is, food addiction is an actual condition, and a serious issue, and it affects more people than you probably realize. This is […]

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Motorola Talkabout T480 Helps You Keep in Touch with Those You Love

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Disclosure: I received product from Motorola in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. You might not think of a Motorola Talkabout T480 for Valentines Day as a gift but why not?  Valentines Day isn’t just for couples.  There are many reasons you will find that a Motorola Talkabout comes in very […]

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Calling All Chicken Enthusiasts These Books are For You

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Disclosure:  I received the books mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. Even though I will admit chickens make me a little nervous, my Mom loves hers.  She has had them for a few years now and they are like her own little babies.  She has Barred […]

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America Should Take Notes On Australia’s Public Parks

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Over the holiday break, my family and I traveled to Melbourne, Australia for 2 weeks with our two toddlers. Like any young child, they have a lot of energy, and they’re happiest when they can run and play outside. We knew that they’d need plenty of time at the nearest playground. Erin Skinner Cochran Aussie […]

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There Is An Emotional Toll To Breastfeeding, And This Is Why

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Yesterday, as I was driving home from work, I received a text from my husband Josh, who was home watching our seven-month-old daughter, SJ. “How long ‘til you get home? Had a problem with the milk.” My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach, and I instantly panicked. I called him back right away […]

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Why We Should Give Cancer Patients All The Marijuana They Want

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Cancer sucks. If you undergo chemotherapy, you willingly poison your entire body to kill that effing cancer. And when you do that, your body will protest. There is pain and nausea. There is weight loss and loss of appetite. There is an ever-present fatigue and a weakened immune system. Your hair sometimes falls out. Your […]

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Want To Help Boost Your Teens’ Self-Esteem? Encourage Them To Do This.

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Last year, my teenage son was asked to volunteer at our local Red Cross by a senior at his high school who was in charge of recruiting a team to help out as an assignment for a class. He didn’t want to do it, but I told him it would be a great opportunity to […]

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5 Things We Should Say More Often To Our Kids

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“Do as I say, not as I do” is no longer a sufficient parenting method. I’m not sure that it ever was, actually. Kids copy us, so we have to set the example. There are many things I’m sure my son hears that I wish he didn’t, so these are the phrases I’ve been trying […]

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Study Confirms That Labor Can Take A Long F*cking Time, And It’s Okay

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Back in the 1950’s, an obstetrician named Emanuel Friedman came up with a graph called “The Friedman Curve,” which depicted how childbirth was supposed to work. He divided the event into stages, estimating how long each stage should take. He also came up with rules about how frequent contractions should happen, and how quickly the […]

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3 Things I Will Never Apologize For During Maternity Leave

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Maternity leave is a beautiful thing. You worked your way through a pregnancy under the pressure of a full-time job. You’ve earned 6 to 12 weeks of bonding time with the most important person in your life. Congratulations! Except, there is a lot of crap to deal with. If becoming a mom wasn’t enough, there is a miniature […]

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Please Stay Away From My Kids When You’re Sick

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I can’t believe this is something that people don’t quite comprehend. I understand there are germs everywhere, daycare, sports, playground, even the house, but when a grown adult deliberately comes face-to-face with my children knowing they are sick is what I have a problem with. I don’t care who you are. I know you love […]

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How To Make Hot Air Balloon Decorations

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I think hot air ballon decorations are adorable and they embody the spirit of dreaming big. It is hard to even imagine what it must have been like for the first person jumping in a hot air balloon and actually taking flight but you know it must have taken vision, courage, and self-belief. For hot […]

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Five Lessons For My Daughter, And Five For My Son

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No matter who you are, it’s impossible to parent without fear. We’re scared of everything, from the flu to broken bones to allergies. The moment you have a child, the world turns into a minefield, made all the more terrifying because we’re the ones who are supposed to shepherd our kids to the other side, […]

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Please Don’t Smoke Near My Kids (Or Any Kids)

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There is a father I see every morning walking his 8-year-old son to school. And every day, he’s holding his son’s hand a block or so away from the elementary, and smoking at the same time. Every single day. It’s all I can do to not stop the car and scream at him for being […]

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Awesome Things From The 80s Kids Today Will Never Know

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There are so many things I miss about the decade of my childhood and teendom, the ‘80s. Sure, we had the obvious best things … music, movies, fashion, and hair – they were THE BEST! But there’s also the simple things. The little things that sometimes come to mind that make me yearn for my […]

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How Our Society Raises Young Boys — And What I’m Doing To Change That

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I’ve been told that I take things beyond where they need to go. Getting up from a comfortable position on the sofa — and living in Wisconsin, that means removing a warm quilt off my lap — I will walk across a room and in front of my three children, without saying a word, pick […]

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Is My Kid Old Enough To Watch That?

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In the age of practically unlimited entertainment, parents frequently have to decide what is and is not okay for their children to watch. And those content decisions are rarely simple. My husband and I have always erred on the side of caution when it comes to what our kids consume. Perhaps it’s because our first […]

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Yes, You Can Love Your Stepchildren As Your Own ― And What That Really Means

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Throughout my step-parenting journey, I’ve faced roadblocks, bad attitudes, careless words, and just plain old ignorance. Perhaps not so surprisingly, much of this negativity came from other adults ― not my stepchild. Due to my experiences, I’ve come to an interesting realization in regards to how we, as a society, perceive the stepparent role in […]

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I Didn’t Redshirt My Son, And This Is My One Regret

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There’s not much positive you expect to hear when your child’s teacher calls and asks if you have a moment to talk. I suppose, on occasion, that question is followed by, “Your child’s a genius and we need to start prepping him for his first TED Talk.” But generally it’s not great news. This call […]

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10 Most Annoying Things On YouTube Kids

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Yeah, I know. Screen time. My kid should be outside clipping a topiary out of the crabapple tree I planted during the full moon over the space where I buried her placenta after her homebirth, but instead she’s atrophying her creative muscles inside on the iPad. Sorry, but my organic garden isn’t exactly thriving, and […]

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LovePop Kids’ Measure Tool

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New Try! Electric Height Measurement by LovePop – the First Movable, Creative Height Measurement. How do you measure the heights for your kids? I am shocked because I have never measured my kid’s height at home before. I just took them to health examination anniversary and measured the heights casually. As kids growing up, the […]

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Ways To Burn Fat Naturally

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Losing weight is not just about eating less. In fact, studies show that eating less can actually cause you to gain weight if not done properly. Starving yourself will cause your metabolism to slow down to a crawl. Restricting calories sends messages to your brain that say, “I’m hungry,” causing your body to want to […]

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How Online Gambling Companies Attract Female Gamblers

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Gambling of any kind has historically been viewed as a male hobby. This is because gambling is an adrenaline-packed activity that taps into masculine traits like risk-taking and the craving for adventure. Women tend to be more averse to risk and prefer more mild and predictable games. A quick survey of most casino halls will […]

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How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

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Bird watching can be a fun family activity. Children tend to love wildlife and encouraging an appreciation of nature is an important concept for parents to teach. Before you start your bird watching adventures, however, you need to know how to attract birds to your yard. Staring out the window at nothing will only lead […]

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Here’s What You Need To Know About At-Home Tests For Food Intolerances

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Remember when the only home diagnostic medical test available at your local pharmacy was a pregnancy test? Times have changed, and with it, so have at-home medical testing technologies — which means the average person now has the ability to self-diagnose a whole variety of medical maladies right in the comfort of their own homes.  […]

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Parenting Traditions From Around The World That We Need to Adopt ASAP

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I’ve been parenting for 15 years now and, at least once a day, I have that uneasy feeling that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Should I run after the 12-year-old I just grounded and acknowledge her anger because I’m an empathetic mom? Should I give in to the 6-year-old and read one […]

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It’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Month — Here’s What You Need To Know

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“Can you scoot your butt down the table a little more?” Hearing that sentence (as well as freezing cold stirrups) is an all too familiar scene for women, and one too many of us try to avoid at all costs, even to the risk of our own health. But as unnerving and uncomfortable a yearly […]

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Being A Mother Doesn’t Make Me Any Less Of A Bisexual

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I’ve known I was attracted to women since I was 11 years old. I also knew that I was absolutely, one hundred percent in love with men. I have engaged in more relationships with men than I have with women, but that doesn’t make my feelings toward women any different. I was in a long […]

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Yes, My Family Co-Sleeps, And This Is Why

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When our daughter Ever Elizabeth was less than 1 month old, she was hospitalized. Night after night she lay in the hospital bed, a high-rise crib surrounded by snaking tubes, wires, all springing from our tiny baby as if she were an alien pod, providing priceless energy. She lay still. I tested the side rail. […]

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The Day I Buried My Last F*ck

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One of my friends recently posted this hilarious meme on Facebook and tagged me and a few other friends in it. It’s the cover of an old Nancy Drew novel with three girls burying something outside at night. The title on the book is “The Mysterious Night We Buried Our Last F***.” I cracked up […]

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Hi, My Name Is… And I’m A Diet Coke Addict

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Hi. My name is Turney and I’m a Diet Coke addict. I have been for years. Countless times I’ve hopped in my car upon waking up, clad in my pajamas and not showered, and driven to the closest gas station to get my early morning fix. The craving for that diet soda high is just […]

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The Surprising Question I Get Asked As A Stay-At-Home Mom

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I have been amazed at the number of times I hear this very thing each week: “Hey Jonielle! Cute kid! Are you staying home with him full time? What ELSE are you doing?” At what point did being a stay-at-home mom for a child cease to be enough? If I am honest, I am totally […]

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Five Unique Recipes You Should Add to Your Menu

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Do you want to build a name in the food industry? You probably already know that the first thing restaurant owners need to consider is their menu, aside from the restaurant’s supply and the location. The food industry is like a traffic jam during rush hours and a shopping mall during a mall-wide sale – […]

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Beautiful Shrubs that Will Brighten up Any Garden

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If your garden is looking a little drab and boring, there is a fast way to brighten it up. Ornamental shrubs are easy to plant and take care of, which makes them an ideal choice for any homeowner. There are literally hundreds of varieties available. So, to help you to narrow down your options we […]

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Drawn to Discover Giveaway- 10 Winners Each $120arv (ea prize)

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Welcome to the Drawn to Discover Giveaway.  Drawn to Discover has been generous enough to allow Mom Blog Society to give away 10 Annual Subscriptions each valued at $120 a piece. If you have not heard about Drawn to Discover make sure you read the review here. This giveaway will run from 1.25-2.8 11:59pm est […]

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Febrile Seizures: When A Fever Isn’t ‘Just’ A Fever

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Every mother knows that having a sick baby is no fun at all. Even something as simple as the common cold becomes magnified ten-fold when it’s your child experiencing the symptoms. Throw in a fever and that can be a game changer. Navigating fevers in small children can be confusing. What temperature actually constitutes a […]

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Director Of The Movie ‘A Boy Called Po’ Explains What Autism Is Really Like For A Family

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No one can tell the story of A Boy Called Po — the 2016 movie that just became available on Netflix –quite like John Asher can. While he’s the film’s director, producer, and editor, Asher also knows firsthand the complex dynamics of parenting a child with autism. Considering that he is the proud father of an autistic son, […]

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I Feel Guilt About My Abortion, But It Was Still The Right Choice

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I remember exactly when I knew. I was hanging on the wide porch with my BFF. We were talking about girl stuff, and the conversation winded its way around to periods. I was clockwork, regular as a traffic light, 28 days. “I got mine …” I started counting. “Six weeks ago.” Then, my stomach sunk […]

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I Suffered From Postpartum Depression, And This Is What I Realize Now

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It’s a summer Sunday evening and I’m standing in line at a grocery store checkout lane, leaning against my heavily laden cart. It’s a quarter after eight, and I realize I won’t make it home in time to get the baby ready for bed. She and I always go up to her bedroom together for […]

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Seriously, Stop Giving Moms Unsolicited Advice — And This Is Why

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Everyone knows that new moms get a ton of unsolicited advice; it comes with the territory. So what’s the big deal, and why shouldn’t you impart some well-intentioned wisdom without waiting for them to ask? The reason is asymmetric information. Asymmetric information simply means that in a given scenario, one party holds more complete information […]

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22 Funny Tweets About Aging That Are Painfully Real

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I don’t want to be that chick in her mid-30s who complains about getting older, because when I hear chicks in their mid-20s complain about being old, it makes me want to burn everything to the ground. So, I can only assume anyone older than me would be collectively rolling their eyes. But I am […]

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Women Everywhere Are Saying #TimesUp, But What Are We Doing To Help Foster Children?

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There’s this little thing that’s been eating away at the corner of my conscience for weeks, maybe months now. More than a week after Oprah reignited #TimesUp, months after Alyssa Milano reignited #MeToo, I find myself thinking of Tarana Burke’s initial intent behind Me Too more than a decade ago. She wanted to support young […]

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Some Friendships Need To End, But It Still Hurts

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When we first moved to our town, I didn’t know a single person. For several years, I found it difficult to connect with other women in our suburban town, and it was only after the birth of my first child that I was able to start to make close friends, usually bonding over breastfeeding and […]

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How to Protect Your Child Online

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Child safety online is a modern-day parental responsibility. Does your child know how to block or report someone? Does your child know how to navigate the settings menu to set their info to private? What about spotting age restrictions and avoiding usernames that give away too much personal information? There’s a lot of bases to […]

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Fitness Fashion for the Pool: How to Choose a Plus-Size Swimsuit that Flatters

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Lap swimming, water aerobics, and other aquatic workouts are a great way to burn fat and keep your heart healthy. But water workouts require supportive swimwear, and when you’re a curvy girl, finding a swimsuit to feel comfortable and confident in isn’t always easy. Fortunately, swimsuit manufacturers these days are catching on to the fact […]

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Winter Care For Your Lawn and Garden

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Rain, snow, and cold cold temperatures. Winter’s not even close to half over and already it seems like forever. Whatever the weather where you live, the season can take a hard toll on your lawn and garden. But if you bundle up and take some time now to see how everything is making out, you […]

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The Right Ways to Raise Tech-Savvy Kids

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Most moms grew up in the era just before the internet made its way into the home. We remember the pleasant thrill of phone calls and the frustration of being barred from going to the mall to visit friends. Compared to how we experienced childhood and adolescence, today’s children are almost aliens. Most little ones […]

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Mother Of The Bride Q And A

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Your daughter is getting married and just the thought of it has you thrilled and nervous at the same time. You’ve read all the horror stories about crazed mothers of brides and you don’t want to make the same mistakes they made. Most of all, you want the whole experience of planning and attending the […]

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Want Kid And Pet Friendly Rugs? Try These Machine Washable Area Rugs

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As a mom, we have a never ending struggle of trying to keep the floors clean for our children who spend a fair amount of time rolling around on them. If you have pets, you can just triple the effort! My family has two kids, a dog, and a cat so it is all out […]

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Is “Technology Addiction” Becoming A Danger For Upcoming Teens?

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“Religion is Poison” – These are the infamous words that the Chairman of the People’s Communist Party of China, Mao Tse Tung, said to the Dalai Lama on the final day of his journey to Beijing. He was paraphrasing Karl Marx, the founder of the political system that Mao followed, “Religion is the opiate of […]

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The One Thing Not To Say To Moms Struggling With Postpartum Depression

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As someone who struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, I was a prime candidate for postpartum depression. I have three kids, and with every one of them I had postpartum depression to varying degrees. There was the postpartum anxiety with my first child, which was expressed by frequent trips to the […]

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I Want Another Baby, But This Is Why I’m Starting Birth Control

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The list of things I wouldn’t do to conceive a second child is short, but I’m going back on birth control. My husband and I have been struggling with secondary infertility for a couple of years now. Two years is a long time to be in your own head. It’s a long time to track […]

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These Are The Problems With Teaching Religious Abstinence

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I was raised in a quintessential, small town. And the truth is I loved (almost) everything about that life: farms, football, and churches on every single corner. A small town gets in your blood, in a way. So even after I left, went to college, and met the love of my life — I wanted […]

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Dad Creates Diaper Bag For Men After Realizing Selection Sucked

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In the spring of 2011, Gavin Lodge and his partner were anxiously preparing for the birth of their first child. As they added necessities like baby bottles and crib sheets to their registry, it quickly became apparent to Lodge that diaper bags were not designed for men. Not by a longshot. After scouring big box […]

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Why ‘Do Your Best’ Is Horrible Advice

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There’s a mantra I’m exiling from my place. It’s lived with me for decades now, and I’m honestly so done tripping over the guilt it leaves lying around my heart and the rigid parameters it imposes on my mind. It has bullied me into submission and backed me into a corner with its well-meaning intentions […]

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5 Mom Friends Every Mom Needs In Her Life (And Where To Find Them)

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I’m here to say it: there is no way I could survive motherhood without my mom friends. Some of them live in my phone, some of them live down the street, but all of them are my saving grace. For me, having a well rounded roster of Mom Friends has proven to be an invaluable […]

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Women Aren’t The Only Ones Who Fake The Big O

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Everyone has either seen or heard about the epic scene in When Harry Met Sally where Sally shows Harry just how it’s done, and by that I mean, how you can trick a man into thinking he’s giving you an actual orgasm when, in reality, you are having a snoregasm. Translation: Please, let’s get the […]

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10 Things I Learned From Being Raised By A Single Mother

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Today is a milestone birthday for my mother — the woman who raised me and my brother, and the one who blessed me with a warm heart and good manners. In honor of her big day, here is an article I wrote a few weeks ago, inspired by her: 1. How to live on a […]

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Don’t Get Caught Unprepared with Out Of Pocket Medical Cost this Year

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Having to deal with healthcare and the out of pocket medical cost is something that I have found to be very important in these past few years.  I always took for granted that healthcare would be there to take care of our needs.  I never realized when my husband lost his job in 2017 just […]

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How to Make Immune Boosting DIY Bath Salts

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There always seems to be quite a bit of sickness during the Winter months. Just like me, I’m sure you try to prevent getting sick and try to prevent your children from getting sick as well. No one wants to be down and feeling terrible for a week that’s for sure and us moms don’t […]

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Be One Confident Mama

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You know how they say the sexiest thing a woman can wear is her confidence? Well “they” are right. So, if you’re still scrolling Nordstrom’s site trying to find that perfect Valentine’s Day dress – consider this; YOU are the one in control of your confidence. No designer dress, Spanx shaper or shoes alone can […]

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LEGOLAND Kids Go Free Offer – Giveaway

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Consideration provided by LEGOLAND California Resort. On display in our living room, is a LEGO Star Wars battlefield that my son created from the LEGO Advent calendar he received over the holidays. And that is just one of the endless creations he has made over the years. To say my kids are LEGO fans is […]

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Enough With The Facial Hair Already

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Dear Face, I thought you were aware of this, but it seems you may have forgotten lately, so I’m just going to issue this friendly reminder: I’m not a dude. And I don’t want a beard, or any of the other random thatches of hair you’ve been so interested in giving me, so please. Staaahhhp. […]

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To The Couples Who Share A Facebook Account, We Have Questions

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Dear Joint Facebook Account Holders, This isn’t going to be fun for you, I’m afraid. You know how it feels when a stranger points out the huge chunk of spinach you’ve had stuck in your teeth all day? Yah, maybe a little like that. But once you’re done being pissy at me, I hope you […]

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France Is Banning Cellphones In Schools, And I Say ‘Oui’

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I remember back in 2003 when I got my first cell phone for my seventeenth birthday. It was a clunky Nokia and I bought a bright blue faceplate for it because there is something about being a teenager that makes you want to personalize everything you come into contact with. Even though texting was a […]

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When Depression Makes You A Hermit, This Is How Friends Can Help

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Living with depression has never been easy. I’ve tried different medications and I’ve tried therapy, but there is something about this disease that waits, lurking in the shadows. No matter what I do, I can always feel that it’s there. I can feel it wanting to pounce, waiting for a moment of weakness which can […]

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Transitioning To School Is Stressful AF For Parents Too

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Our kiddo started kindergarten this year. One word sums it up: Overwhelmed. This process has involved a trajectory of emotion. Anxiety, excitement, fear, joy, relief, anticipation—you name it, I felt it. All we wanted was for him to get into our local, alternative, lottery-based elementary school. If he could just get in there, everything would be […]

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What Parents Need To Know About The New Facebook Messenger App For Kids

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Just in case your kids aren’t staring into a tablet, laptop, or smartphone screen enough, last month Facebook released its now “kid exclusive” messenger app. Targeted specifically for the 13 and under crowd, Facebook wants a piece of the Snapchat and heavily-monetized YouTube pie, so they plan on seducing their way to it by innocently […]

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What I Want All Single Moms — Including My Own — To Know

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I remember those afternoons when my mother would come home, bone-tired, from work. She would greet us after school, throw a quick dinner together, and then retreat into her bedroom for a nap. Usually she would wake up in time to feed us the dinner; other times, we had to help ourselves to it. Same […]

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This Is What It’s Like To Parent Through Suicidal Thoughts

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It is just after 6 a.m. when the sunlight reaches my bedroom. It sneaks in — slipping between a thin, vertical crack in our curtains — and rouses me from my sleep. I take a long, deep breath: the warmth of the day fills my mouth, my throat, and my lungs. But when I exhale it […]

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How Do You Know If Your Car is Road Trip Ready

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Going on a road trip is a classic American tradition, but before you take to the highway you need to be ready. Organization is key, and a little research and planning can go a long way in avoiding bumps in the road (literal and figurative). If you want to avoid breakdowns, make sure the vehicle […]

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America’s Favorite Running Jewelry and Tanks

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**Disclosure: I received a necklace and tank in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. Do you have a runner in your life?  If so this Valentine’s Day why not get them a gift they will love? It will not only be thoughtful but right up their alley.  Inspired Endurance has so […]

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Can’t Qualify for Life Insurance? Think Again

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The reasons for life insurance are countless.  We all want to protect our families, and make sure they would be financially secure if you pass unexpectedly.  Nobody wants to think about this every single day of their life, but it is an important to discuss from time to time. Like most people, it’s easy to […]

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6 Tips to Avoid Baby Name Remorse

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Brainstorming baby names with your significant other can be one of the most exciting aspects of being pregnant. It’s a huge privilege to get to choose the name of your child. But, it can also feel like a lot of pressure. After all, your child will be carrying this name with them for the rest […]

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Five Health Benefits for Bingo Seniors

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Description: An informative article for those interested in bingo and the effects the game has on the older player listing five of the most interesting health benefits that the game provides. Bingo has been enjoyed in many forms over the centuries and the game has stood the test of time. Sure, it’s changed its format […]

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4 Facts That are Important to Know About Excavators

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Excavators were a critical revolution in the construction business. This new mechanical piece of equipment allowed builders to work the landscape quicker and more efficiently unlike in years past. The excavator heralded the way for progressively intricate construction projects to be completed properly due to the improving technology of the machine. Over the years, earthmovers […]

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Boredom Can Be A Sign Of Postpartum Depression

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You may have heard about postpartum depression from a friend or a friend of a friend. It may be a vague concept in your mind that you simplify to depression after childbirth. It is actually a severe form of clinical depression and Web MD says, “If you have it, you might feel sad, hopeless, and […]

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I Sucked As A Mom Today — And It Was Amazing

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I admit it, ladies: today, I sucked as a Mom. I’m pregnant, tired, and hormonal. My 3-year-old daughter is being especially needy and strong-willed at the same time.  Enough is enough. I need a sick day. A mental health sick day. But, as we all know, sick days are non-existent in the Mom world. Sure, […]

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It’s Not Just Women; Men Experience Libido Loss Too

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When I was in my early 20s, just before I got married, I remember listening to a shock rock radio DJ with a gravely voice talk about how when he was in his 20s, the number one thing he wanted to do was have sex. It was always at the top of his list. In […]

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Furniture-Free Living Is A Thing, And It’s Fascinating

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I know I’m not the only one who regularly fantasizes about getting rid of half the stuff in her house. I hate clutter. It makes me ragey and anxious. And with two young kids at home, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the mess. I feel like I spend every waking second either stepping […]

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Becoming A Mother Made Me Grateful For My Abortion

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This January, Americans will mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide for the first time in our country’s history. Abortion was already a controversial topic prior to the 1973 ruling, but few could have expected the furor with which abortion opponents would fight back. […]

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Even More Ways To Keep Your Child Warm AND Safe In The Car Seat This Winter

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that it’s super-duper important not to dress your kid in puffy winter coats or snowsuits in the car seat. The average puffy coat adds up to 4 inches of extra bulk to the car seat harness. The reason why this is a problem […]

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I Love My Big Kids, But I’m Mourning The Baby Years

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The words gobsmacked me, kicked me in the chest. “I never realized that my kids growing up would feel like losing someone,” wrote an anonymous mom in the Scary Mommy Confessional. “It’s like my babies disappeared and my school aged children are strangers. Sometimes I cry because I miss my babies and know I’ll never […]

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This Is What It’s Like To Find A ‘New Normal’ After A Life-Changing Diagnosis

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During a recent staff meeting at work, we each took a moment to share what we were most thankful for. A million things came to my mind, and I tried to figure out how to narrow it down for my moment of sharing. And then I realized there was a common theme to much of […]

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Buying Tampons For Your Wife And Other Signs Of True Love

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The other night, I texted my husband while he was on the train home from work, and asked him if he could pick up a box of tampons. It was the end of a long day at the end of a long week, and I’m sure the last thing he wanted to do was stop […]

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Sex As A Bartering Tool? Hell Yes!

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Throughout the course of a long-term relationship, you’ll have all kinds of sex. There’s “so turned on you drop everything” sex (remember, like before the kids were born?). There’s “okay, but let’s just make it quick ’cause I’m tired” sex and “I’m sorry” make-up sex and “I’m ovulating” baby-making sex and “the kids are at Grandma’s, […]

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Let’s Talk About The Awfulness That Is Puke Season

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Right now might be a good time for me to admit that I don’t handle puke well. Not that anyone really does, honestly. But I have a real issue with it, from the sound, to the smell, all of it makes me want to puke too. When I went into this whole parenting gig, I […]

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What If This Is My Last Baby?

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I’m at a crossroads. I feel it every time I box up an entire season of little girl’s clothing and carry it to our storage closet. Baby Girl is growing up quick. She’s in 2T now. I’m in denial. That storage closet is full of onesies and blankets and tiny little hats. As my husband […]

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Coping With An Explosive Child Is Challenging, But This Is How To Survive

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All children can get angry; they’re human. But there is a difference between a child who occasionally gets angry and stomps around for a few minutes, and a kid who gets extremely angry and has an intense outburst. The latter is what is considered an “explosive” child. Being the parent of an explosive child isn’t […]

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The Truth About ‘Underperforming Schools’ That Parents Don’t Want To Admit

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I was on a tour of my neighborhood elementary school last week when the reality of school segregation hit me with new force. I had known, going in, that the school is only ranked 1 out of 10 by the district’s own metrics. Ninety-five percent of the students are children of color, and 89 percent […]

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This Is What To Do (And Don’t Do) When A Friend’s Infant Dies

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Earlier today I received a phone call from my youngest sister asking me what tips she can pass along to a co-worker whose friend’s child was stillborn this week. Our firstborn, Isabella, was born seven months ago and only lived 29.5 hours. She was born full-term after a healthy pregnancy, and we had no idea […]

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11 Shows You’ll Want To Binge Watch ASAP

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Seriously, what did we do before streaming services? Whenever I try to explain to my children that I used to have to wait a week at a time to watch episodes of my favorite shows, they look at me with blank stares. And, when I mention words like “premiere week” and “Must-See TV” Friday nights, […]

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This Is What It’s Like To Lose A Parent At A Young Age

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To the young adults out there that lost a parent, this one is for you.You experienced a great loss and your still so young with so much life ahead of you. You often wonder how you can make it through the rest of your life without the parent who is no longer here. I see […]

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Must-See Movies 2018

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Every Friday is movie night in our household, and while we’ve gotten quite cozy streaming films on Netflix, we enjoy seeing movies in the theater. This year, the film slate is outstanding and includes a variety genres including comedy, action/adventure, fantasy, and drama. Additionally, there will be a number of exciting sequels, remakes, book adaptations, […]

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Doctors And Parents Of Uncircumcised Babies: Stop Retracting The Foreskin

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When my son was a newborn, we took him for his first well-baby visit at the pediatrician. After all his vitals were taken, the doctor started to examine his cute wee parts, working his way down from his head to his toes. When he got to my son’s penis (which wasn’t circumcised), he slid down […]

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I Wouldn’t Call Marriage ‘Bliss,’ But It Sure Is Real

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Here’s a fun fact for you: I haven’t written a single blog post specifically about marriage since I was engaged, and for one simple reason: I feel I am highly UNqualified to speak on it. David and I just celebrated five years of marriage. Though it may be a small milestone in the grand scheme […]

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Grocery Store Car Carts Are Torture, And This Is Why

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Grocery shopping with kids is stressful by itself. Trying to remember everything, stay on budget, and not lose my mind while wrangling small children in public is no easy feat. Then enter the level of hell that is the grocery car-cart. On the surface, one would assume that the car cart is a fun distraction […]

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If You Can’t Orgasm With Intercourse, You Aren’t Alone

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Confession: I’ve never had an orgasm through intercourse alone. I used to wonder if there was something wrong with me because I needed extra stimulation to reach the big O and I found other things like oral sex and fingers way more pleasurable than intercourse itself. Am I greedy? Am I stubborn? Are all my […]

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Smoking Pot Improves My Quality Of Life, And Makes Me A Better Mom

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You’re going to call me a deviant. You’re going to say they should take my kids away. You’re going to sneer that I’m not in high school any more, and I should grow the fuck up. Because if you live in a state where pot isn’t recreationally legal (i.e., every state except Oregon, Washington, Nevada, […]

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There’s No Such Thing As ‘Too Social’ For Autism

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We have been blessed with two daughters on the autistic spectrum who have pretty opposite struggles when it comes to socialization. For many years before Sno was diagnosed, I was told she was “just shy” or “very serious.” She would often struggle in large groups, noisy crowds would scare her, and she has always taken a while to […]

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What ‘I Hate You’ Really Means, And Other Teen Translations

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“I hate you so much!” She screeched. “You won’t be invited to my wedding, and you will never, ever see your grandchildren!” My teenage daughter was in a full blown rage, spewing poison into the air. Her words sounded like an explosion and smelled like toxic burning chemicals. My skin sizzled as her venomous words hit […]

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When People Ask How Many Children I Have, This Is My Answer

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Trigger warning: child loss Every school open house, every parent huddle on the side lines, every waiting room, every clogged check out like, there’s one question asked: “How many kids do you have ?” And I always answer four. That’s when the math starts. The person asking always does a quick count and notices that […]

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Drawn to Discover Makes Learning FUN!

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Having 3 children ages 1, 4, and 8 means that one of my sons and daughter-in-law, have many “battles to fight” on a daily bases with each child. These fights range from changing a diaper to picking up their bedroom. Thankfully, they will have one less fight thanks to Drawn to Discover! Here’s what my […]

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Airfree Onix 3000 Filterless Keeps Your Air Space Cleaner and No Maintenance

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*Disclosure: I received an AIRFREE Airfree Onix 3000 Filterless in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. When you are in your home more hours than you are not, it is important to have clean air.  While you are sleeping it is also important, this is where the Airfree Onix 3000 comes into play.  […]

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Lunar New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles and Orange County

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I always use the week after Christmas to catch up…on sleep and laundry and life. I also use this time to reflect, in order to be intentional about how I will approach the new year. The wave of nostalgia I often feel is tempered with the excitement surrounding the new year. Change and growth and renewal are […]

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The New Challenges Of Moving From Home Office To Commercial Premises

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Having achieved success from the comfort of your home, the time to transition into commercial workspace has arrived. But are you ready to make the most of this evolution for continued success and progress? Let’s find out.  Here are just four elements that you’ll need to keep a close eye on. Make sure that you […]

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Seven Secrets to Cleaning Your Home Quickly

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Between balancing your job and your personal life, you may not have plenty of the time to do all your chores. You may neglect to clean your house, resulting in accumulated clutter, dust, and dirt. When this happens, it’s twice as hard to summon the motivation to clean your space. However, there are ways to […]

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Trolls Birthday Party Ideas- Rainbow Sparkly Fun!

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Trolls has already become a popular birthday party theme for kids since the Trolls movie but I think it is going to become an even more popular choice. Today marks the release of Trolls: The Beat Goes On, an original Netflix series and it is going to be huge. Poppy and Branch are just such […]

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Honoring America’s Heroes

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The US has a proud tradition of brave men and women taking on the responsibility of keeping us safe. From firefighters to law enforcement, military to EMT, and everything outside and in between, the courage of many of our neighbors and peers in the face of adversity keeps the nation ticking. Moms all over the […]

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5 Facts About Nontraditional Jobs for Women- Shatter the Glass Ceiling

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Have you tried to move up in your career, but been unsuccessful? Do you feel that you are left behind while the men at your company get promoted? If this sounds like you, have you ever tried or considered a nontraditional career? Contemplate a career where only 25 percent or less of the workforce of […]

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10 Tips to Heed When Filing a Medical Negligence Claim

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Medical negligence is a surprisingly common problem worldwide, with millions of cases happening each year. Sadly, only a small percentage of those incidents are actually brought to court or remedied, as many times victims of medical negligence aren’t aware of the law and their right to compensation. Fortunately, for those who are willing to do […]

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These Thigh-High Uggs Are Peak Frump

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These thigh high Uggs are the answer to your frumpy prayers Hey there moms, if you’re fresh out of fucks and searching for a way to let the world know (and also, to spend $1000 in order to let the world know) we’ve got what you need. Thigh. High. Uggs. We know you’re probably already […]

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Enjoy Whopping Discounts at TJ Maxx with these 7 tips – Guaranteed!

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Though shopping at TJ Maxx is all about saving on your favorite brands, the truth is; if you do not shop smartly, you will not save a penny. To save outrageously, you have to shop SMARTLY and at the RIGHT TIME. Here are a few tips through which you can save abundantly and make the […]

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6 Things Every Mom Needs to Have in Her Wedding

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Weddings are a magical experience, whether they’re gigantic, or intimate, but everyone wants it to be perfect. When you already have kids, that’s when you’ve got even more people to please, but even more sources of fun for everyone. These are six things you should include that will make your wedding great for you, and […]

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Everyday Energy Efficiency

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One of the hot buzzwords of the moment is “efficiency.” Employers are asking workers to do more work with fewer people. Instead of printing out a coupon and taking it to a fast food restaurant, you can just show the coupon on your phone. We want competence, but we want it done as cheaply as […]

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Extra-Tough Tech That Stays Safe in Little Hands

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Many modern gadgeteers have suffered the consequences of a phone drop, which frequently results in coming face-to-face with a cracked screen, scrambling for a bag of rice for drying maneuvers or even worse. There aren’t many things more maddening to someone who has just invested their earnings in something that has been visibly and functionally damaged. Whether […]

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It’s Not Too Late To Get The Flu Shot!

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Flu season isn’t even close to over After 13 years of monitoring the spread of flu, the CDC has announced a first — as of this month, every part of the continental United States is being affected by “widespread” flu activity. That’s pretty frightening info, but the good news? It’s far from too late to […]

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Sometimes I Want to Be Held By A Man, Naked, Without Having Sex – Is That Okay?

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Apparently not. If you are a human, then you’ve heard about the Aziz Ansari debacle. You know, the incident in which “woke bae” Ansari pushed and pushed and pushed his date to have sex even though she was clearly not into it. Many women are uniting in solidarity over their own similar experiences. However, just as […]

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How to Get Your Free Family Disney Decal

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Show your Disney Side with an adorable (and free!) Disney Decal!  Thanks to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney fans can create and share their Disney Parks stick figure family plus receive a printed decal in the mail for free. Here is how to get yours! Free Disney Decal Visit BuildYourDisneyFamily.com to begin […]

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Practical Presents – A Gift Giving Guide to Buying For New Parents

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With friends and family becoming new parents, baby showers are quickly appearing on the horizon. Getting presents for a baby shower or new parents can be a little difficult, especially when it comes down to what exactly they need. To help you plan and prepare, here is a simple guide on what to give new […]

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This Is Not A Drill: There’s A Lucky Charms-Frosted Flakes Cereal Combo

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Lucky Charms + Frosted Flakes = Dream Quick…what are your favorite cereal guilty pleasures? If your immediate answer is not the sugary goodness of Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes, I’m going to have to ask you to reassess your breakfast choices immediately. The tasty, delightfully un-nutritious treats are the perfect way to start your morning AND […]

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Artist Swaps Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads To Prove How Absurd They Are

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“In a Parallel Universe” shows what it would look like if we treated men how we’ve always treated women Since pretty much the dawn of time, women have gotten the short end of the stick. From workplace harassment to pay gaps to outright assault, the world is having a reckoning right now with all the […]

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Abuse Survivors Confront Larry Nassar In Court

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Larry Nassar is finally being held accountable Dozens of women and some of their parents are confronting former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar about the sexual abuse he inflicted on them as young girls. Each took to the stand to recount their horrific experiences during several days of court set aside for survivors and […]

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Should You Go On Vacation With Your Dog? Travel Tips For Pets

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Last summer we brought our dog on a three week road trip family vacation- you can see my Southwest road trip itinerary here. We absolutely loved taking our dog on vacation with us but we realize it is not the right choice for everyone. I have had lots of people ask me, “Should you go […]

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We Should All Take Hints On Salary Negotiation From Ellen Pompeo

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Ellen Pompeo’s latest interview is not one to miss Who knew Meredith Grey was such a business powerhouse? If you haven’t read her latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter, buckle up buttercup. Because it’s one hell of a ride — and you won’t be sorry you got in the car. For starters, she shares exactly how […]

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Mom Finds Son With ’12-Word Vocabulary’ Singing Duet With Sister

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Mom credits music therapy with helping her son learn to talk Usually, when a mom steps into the shower while the kids are awake, she has no clue what scene she’ll be walking out to a few minutes later. The time it takes to use conditioner may be all your kids need to go from […]

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Patton Oswalt’s Daughter Is Making Everyone Want To Move To ‘Fart Land’

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Alice Oswalt deserves a Pulitzer for “Fart land” Patton Oswalt is a brilliant comedian and it looks like his eight-year-old daughter Alice is following in her father’s footsteps if a recent story she wrote is any indiction. It’s about farts, of course. Because no matter her genetics, an eight-year-old is an eight-year-old. Oswalt shared his […]

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Matt Damon Finally Says Something We Want To Hear

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The actor apologized during an interview yesterday He can be taught, ladies and gentlemen. During an interview with Kathy Lee Gifford yesterday, Matt Damon finally addressed his controversial statements on sexual harassment, saying, “I don’t want to further anyone’s pain…and for that I’m really sorry.” It’s about damn time. Damon has gotten a lot of well-deserved […]

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Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe With Fresh Apples

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I love apples. They are just so juicy and sweet and good for you! I was recently sent a box of Pazazz apples to try in the hopes that I would share them on the blog. They were in fact delicious so I decided to whip up an apple crisp recipe with fresh apples to […]

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This Video About Life As A ‘Boy Mom’ Is Way Too Real

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This mom’s hilarious video nails what it’s like raising boys If you have a son, you know a few things to be true: there will be messes, there will be Minecraft, and there will be farts. So. Many. Farts. That’s why if you have a little guy or two (or three, or more — bless […]

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These Are The Best Fake Eyelashes Ever, And They Only Cost $4

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I’ve always wanted to play around with fake lashes after having them done for my wedding, but I always thought I was too clumsy and wouldn’t be able to get them on right. Women pay a ton of money for extensions which look great, but that’s out of my price range and I’m not that […]

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Weather Center Map Looks Like Giant Penis, Hilarity Ensues

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It’s impossible not to make jokes about a storm that looks like a penis If you live in the US, chances are you’ve seen some interesting weather this winter. There’s been record-breaking cold, flooding, shitloads of snow, and even bomb cyclones to contend with. But the winter weather advisory issued by a Gulf Coast storm […]

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Safety – It’s More Than A Dance

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Children are daredevils. No matter their age, their imaginations or sheer rebellious nature put them in precarious positions that give parents heart attacks. Your child sees the leap from sofa to the sofa as a way to dodge the lava on the floor, while you see their head split open and the impending hospital trip. […]

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Aerie Model Proves How Liberating It Is To Finally Celebrate Your ‘Flaws’

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Aerie model Nià Pettitt opens up about her insecurities Aerie model Nià Pettitt shared an inspiring post on Instagram about overcoming her own body insecurities to shoot a swimsuit campaign that could be featured all over the world. Even though Pettitt blogs and shares a lot of her life with the internet, she’s just like […]

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Chrissy Teigen Offers $100K To Help McKayla Maroney Against Abusive Team Doctor

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Former USA gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by 140 women After filing a law suit against the USA gymnastics team last fall for alleged sexual abuse McKayla Maroney suffered at the hands of former team physician Larry Nassar, it came to light that the USA gymnastics team paid a hefty […]

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The ‘Enchanted’ Sequel Is Finally Happening

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Disenchanted catches up on Giselle’s life 10 years later We learned so much from Enchanted: that getting engaged to someone you just met isn’t always the best idea, that life isn’t always like a fairy tale, and that everyone walking through Central Park is a professional dancer who magically knows the lyrics to the song you […]

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Snow Globe Winter Art Project For Kids

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This winter weather has us crafting all the snowy things! Today it is snowing so my kids wanted to make a fun craft that had to do with snow. We had quite a few ideas but they settled on a paper snow globe! We grabbed things from our arts and craft box and were all […]

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This Father’s Intuition Helped Him Find His Missing Son Alive

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Instead of listening to police who believed his son had run away, this dad hired a helicopter to find him An Australian father went with his gut when it came to his missing son, and thankfully, it paid off. Instead of listening to police who suggested his 17-year-old son Samuel had simply run away, Tony […]

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Delivery Man Sends Unsolicited Texts To Woman He Just Brought Food To

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Company offered her a $7 discount for harassment We love meal delivery apps — they’re easy, convenient, and allow us to have cake delivered to our house within an hour. But there’s a downside to this convenience, and that downside is that it puts women in danger (because doesn’t everything?) That’s what one woman experienced […]

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The Women’s March Is Back And Here’s What You Need To Know

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The largest protest in American history is back Nearly a year ago, almost 5 million women gathered worldwide to stand together for reproductive rights, equal pay, safety for women in the workplace and more. They stood against racism, sexism, sexual assault and harassment. They stood against Donald Trump, the newly inaugurated president, and his policies […]

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Sharon Stone Is All Of Us Responding To The ‘Have You Ever Been Sexually Harassed’ Question

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A man asks Sharon Stone if she’s ever been sexually harassed and her response is relatable AF During a recent interview, a man asked Sharon Stone, a woman who has been around Hollywood longer than I’ve been alive (and I’m not young), if she’s ever been sexually harassed. Ha. Ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha. Stone’s reaction […]

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3 Easy Interior Home Decor Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

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After you pack away all the Christmas decorations, your home can feel a little bare. The New Year is the perfect time to spruce up your home a bit with new interior home decor ideas and make it feel fresh and inviting. I am so happy to have Laura Thurman, the interior designer behind Thurman […]

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‘Trading Spaces’ Is Coming Back And The Trailer Is Finally Here

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The new series premiere will air on April 7th so get your recording devices ready Calling all Trading Spaces fans — although the series premiere of their much-anticipated reboot is still a few months away, TLC just dropped a trailer of the first show and it’s everything you wanted it to be and more. Trading […]

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4 Reasons to Hire an Adult Day Care Facility to Take Care of a Family Member

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Adult day care centers are meant to relieve caregivers of their duties for the day while ensuring that the care recipient is well taken care of in an environment that is safe and friendly. There are over four thousand care centers in the United States. Generally, there are 3 types of adult care facilities in […]

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Bearded Mermen Dudeoir Calendar Is Raising Money For A Great Cause

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Beard club raised money by posing as mermaids in calendar Some sweet, bearded souls from Canada dressed as mermaids and posed for a photo shoot for a hilarious calendar to raise money for a charity that helps people manage their mental health. Gentlemen from the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club turned their fun […]

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Simone Biles Shares Story Of Sexual Assault By US Olympic Team Doctor

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Simone Biles accuses former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has added her name to the sickeningly long list of women who’ve come forward to accuse former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Biles issued her brave statement via Twitter, one day before the start of Nassar’s […]

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Is Your PDA Good For Your Kids?

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When we hug and kiss in front of our kids, it can make them squirm. Yes, public displays of affection can make the kids super uncomfortable but is it good for them? Nacia and Tiffiny reveal what a new study is saying about PDA.

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Making Ice Has Never Been Easier or More Cost Effective

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Disclosure:  I received the products in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own. When it comes to entertaining or having family gatherings or parties ice always seems to be in high demand.  With the portable countertop ice maker, this will now be an issue of the past.  This year we have a […]

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I’m Not Surprised About The Sexual Assault Scandals, And Here’s Why

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It seems like everyday, a new story is breaking about a sexual assault scandal. How many of our favorite actors, producers, and news anchors are going to be exposed this year for their heinous actions? Louis CK Harvey Weinstein Kevin Spacey Matt Lauer Charlie Rose Roy Moore Ben Affleck The list goes on…. But do […]

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Couple’s Baby Kitten ‘Birth’ Photos Go Viral

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Couple’s kitten birth photos go viral Who says professional birth photos are only for human babies? Nobody says that. Nobody. Especially not photographer Lucy Shultz and her partner, who welcomed their first kitten with professional photos shot by friend and fellow photographer Elizabeth Woods-Darby. In a series of photos that went viral this weekend, Schultz shared […]

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Blackness In America Is Really F*cking Heavy, And I’ll Tell You Why

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For as long as I can remember, I have felt the weight of the melanin in my skin like uranium. Blackness in America is fucking heavy. I have felt this every one of the hundreds of times I’ve been pulled over by police while driving for a “routine check.” I’ve felt it every time an […]

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Finding Residential Treatment for Your Teenage Son or Daughter

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If you are a parent hoping to find the best residential treatment center for son or daughter, you might be overwhelmed with the number of choices you have. While every place you encounter may claim to be “the best”, the fact of the matter is that while many centers provide great service, other ones do […]

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Creative Instagram Marketing Tips You Don’t Hear Every Day

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Marketing is the most important thing a business needs to make its presence visible in the market. How a business is supposed to reach its targeted audience without having a proper marketing strategy and implementing that strategy on time. Social media marketing is all the hype today especially Instagram marketing. As Instagram recently reached 800 […]

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5 Home Features You Can Install to Protect Your Privacy

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It may be fulfilling to show off your gorgeous house to guests, but you don’t necessarily want the entire world to peek into your home all the time. At the same time, you don’t want to make your home seem easy to enter for any would-be thieves. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely […]

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Stranger Things Star Loses Bet, Poses In Hilarious Senior Pics With Fan

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For the best senior photos in the yearbook, you just need David Harbour and a trombone When it comes to senior pictures, there’s not a ton of variability. Sure, there are seniors who get creative on occasion, but pretty much everyone has the classic set: a pose by a window, a pose by a plant, […]

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WOMEN. DO. NOT. OWE. MEN. SEX.

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The Aziz Ansari story is a disturbing reminder that men are taught to feel entitled to sex — and we allow them to I was traveling through Greece in my 20’s when my travel companion caught a bad case of food poisoning. I’d stayed with her for days, but when she was on the mend, […]

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British Politician’s Girlfriend Sent Racist Texts About Meghan Markle

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Henry Bolton’s girlfriend Jo Marney sent racist messages about Prince Harry’s fiancée A British politician is facing calls for his resignation after racist texts his girlfriend sent about Meghan Markle surfaced. Henry Bolton, 54, is a leader in the UK Independence Party political party. His girlfriend, 25-year-old Jo Marney, is a model. In November, news […]

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Genius Mom Makes 5-Year-Old Daughter Pay ‘Rent’

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This mom makes her daughter pay “rent” to teach her the value of money Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you’re really nailing the parenting thing? Your kids are mostly behaving, they haven’t cut 4 inches off their hair in at least a month, and they actually ate one quarter of […]

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Easy Ways To Be Healthy This New Year

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Many of us make a New Year’s Resolution to be healthier in the New Year because after all, our health is so important to our everyday well being. However, many people end up with a long list of reasons they don’t stick to their resolutions. To help you succeed at achieving your resolution this year, […]

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Powerful Video Shows Process Of Manually Moving Breech Baby

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The expectant mom was thrilled doctors were able to reposition her breech baby Every pregnancy is magical. Sure, it may not always feel like it to every woman, but the thought of bringing another life into this world eventually makes it all worth it. One woman shared what she went through to try to have […]

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This App Will Tell You What Work Of Art You Look Like

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One selfie is all it takes to find out what famous painting you look like If you’ve ever wondered what famous Renaissance figure you most resemble, you’re in luck. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture app, you can figure out just that. Or perhaps your features fall more into an impressionist category? Maybe something […]

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Michelle Williams Responds To Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Time’s Up’ Donation

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Michelle Williams wins all the awards today. A very icky Hollywood salary discrepancy situation has been solved in the most graceful, proactive way possible. Mark Wahlberg, who was paid $1.5 million for film reshoots, while his co-star Michelle Williams was paid $1,000, donated his salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, following a week of […]

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Eliza Dushku Shares Story Of Being Sexually Molested On Set At 12 Years Old

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Dushku was just 12 years old when a stunt coordinator allegedly assaulted her Actress Eliza Dushku is sharing her own #metoo story and her account of what happened at just 12 years old is heartbreaking. Dushku, who has been a working actress since she was a child, bravely went into painful detail about what she […]

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Aziz Ansari Has Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

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The details shared by Ansari’s alleged victim are disturbing Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari is now the latest member of Hollywood to face sexual assault allegations, brought forth by an anonymous woman who went on a date with him last fall. The detailed story she relayed to Babe under the condition of anonymity is a disturbing recount […]

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Former Obama Staffer’s Story Will Make You Yearn For A President With A Heart

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Lee’s Twitter thread highlights the differences between Obama and Trump It can almost be hard to remember, after the last year of seemingly perpetual indignities and offenses emanating from Pennsylvania Avenue, but we once had a president who was respectful of everyone. The Obama administration was led by a man whose personality and policies showcased […]

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This Is What To Expect If You Visit My Home Unexpectedly

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If you visit my home unexpectedly, be prepared to be shocked and possibly disgusted. I have a three and a half year-old little boy, a six month-old, and a 75-pound black lab. Disclaimer: I also have a husband named Logan, but he does not usually cause people to be shocked and disgusted so I’m leaving […]

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To The Racist Cop Who Stopped Me, This Is What I Want You To Know

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Dear Sergeant, It has taken me many years to write about how I feel and what has transpired since our only 5 minute interaction in April of 2009. You see, for many years I was embarrassed and didn’t want anyone to know what happened because, initially, I believed that I was the reason this all […]

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My Biracial Son Notices Race, And This Is Why That’s Not A Bad Thing

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“Look, it’s Uncle Gerald!” I initially wondered how my younger brother, who lives two states away, managed to teleport into our living room before seeing that my 2-year-old son was pointing to the image on the TV screen. It was NBA legend Kobe Bryant. In contrast to Bryant’s 6-foot-6 height, my brother might be 5-foot-9 […]

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Simple Ways of Entertaining at Home

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Many people love nothing more than to have friends and family around in order to enjoy great food, a few drinks, and great company. Whether you are entertaining indoors or in the garden, this is a great way to get together with your loved ones which is why so many people decide to entertain at […]

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LEGO NINJAGO Days at LEGOLAND California Resort

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The LEGO NINJAGO Movie opened last Fall, and LEGO fans cannot get enough of these Ninja warriors!  Last night, LEGOLAND California Resort premiered the next chapter in the NINJAGO saga, LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension. LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension debuted […]

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School Nurse Posts Heartbreaking Plea For Feminine Hygiene Products

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Not all schools provide free pads and tampons A school nurse took to Reddit to put out a heartbreaking plea for feminine hygiene product donations. Buying tampons can be a difficult expense on some families and many students can’t afford to purchase them. “Out of 400 menstruating girls maybe 20 have a hard time getting access […]

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Apparently Lots Of Families Have ‘Poop Knives’ And We Don’t Even Know How To Process This

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Brace yourselves: the poop knife is coming Life comes at you pretty fast. One minute you’re just happily going about your day, without a care in the world (if you ignore your kids and your spouse and your job and also the actual world), the next day you pop online and you read a story […]

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These ‘Professional’ Family Photos Are Going Viral Because OH MY GOD

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These family photos must be seen to be believed Having professional family photos taken can be an ordeal, but it’s basically a necessary one to endure. Because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love having a perfect-looking family portrait to hang on the wall? Unless you’re a member of the Zaring family, that […]

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Research Shows Most Americans Are Giving Babies Solid Food Too Early

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As many as two-thirds of caregivers introduce “complimentary food” too early, study says A new study supports the World Health Organization recommendation that children should not be introduced to “complementary foods,” meaning food or drink other than breast milk or formula before six months of age. The World Health Organization has long recommended that children under six […]

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People From ‘Sh*thole Countries’ Are Sharing Their Achievements On Twitter

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Many people from ‘shithole countries’ shared their impressive accomplishments Following Trump’s irredeemable comments made in an official White House meeting with lawmakers — where he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shithole countries” — people on Twitter are speaking out. Specifically people from those “shithole” countries, who are sharing their personal and […]

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When A Friend Has Depression, Try This

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I’ve heard it said that if you drop a frog into water and slowly turn up the heat, it’ll stay in the pot. It just swims around, completely oblivious of the danger, until it boils. A pretty morbid picture, to be sure…but it’s the best way I can explain my bout with clinical depression. My […]

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Stop Telling Women Over 40 What They Should (Or Shouldn’t) Wear

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The other day while scrolling through Facebook, the same damn article kept showing up in my feed. As a writer, I try to be objective, but I could tell by the title I was going to give this damn list of 50 Things No Woman Over 40 Should Own the middle finger. First of all, as […]

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Things My Mother Never Told Me — And Probably Should Have

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A list. Of sorts … 1. When everything turns to shit, laughter is gold. 2. If the shoe fits — buy it in every color. 3. Commit to the moment. It’s gone in a blink. 4. In need of a support group? No worries. Cocktail hour with the girls will never fail you. 5. Life is always more […]

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How To Make Troll Hair Headbands- A DreamWorks Trolls Craft

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I was recently invited to a DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On event and it was so much fun getting to learn about the animation process. As a little surprise follow up, DreamWorks sent me a fun DreamWorks Trolls Craft box. I just love fun crafts for the kids and I to do together so […]

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Farming in California – What it Takes To Feed a Nation

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The sun is setting over the Coachella Valley, and the desert warmth has long been replaced with the region’s evening chill. It is almost winter in Southern California, and in any other region of the country, it is unlikely that farmer Jeff Percy would be pulling fresh, ready-to-eat artichokes from the farm (peak season traditionally […]

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Think Outside the Box of Chocolates This Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day can be such a fun celebration. Kids and parents love to make the day special with cards, decorations, chocolates, and candy. Little gifts can really add some real excitement. On Valentine’s Day, kids get lots of candies and chocolates from friends, family and at school. It is nice to think outside the box […]

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4 Reasons New Moms Should Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

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There are only a few experiences as precious and unique as giving birth for the first time. The memory of hearing your baby cry and coo for the first time, watching its little arms move as if calling out to hold you is something you will cherish forever. But apart from being rewarding, it can […]

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When Mold Damage Needs Professional Remediation Services

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Most people have seen and dealt with mold in their lifetimes. A small patch of mold growing somewhere outside may be able to be cleaned without further problems. When mold damage is found inside a residential home or any commercial business, the property owner should immediately contact a mold remediation service. These experts on mold […]

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The ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Exists, Please Make Sure Your Teens Aren’t This Stupid

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“Tide Pod Challenge” is all kinds of WTF and dangerous There have been a lot of stupid, dangerous internet trends over the years. The “Tide Pod Challenge” probably takes the cake as the stupidest and most dangerous of them all. No, really — please find me a worse idea than people literally eating laundry detergent. In […]

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3 Unintrusive Ways to Protect Your Home From Intruders

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Keeping your home and your family safe from burglars and intruders sits firmly at the top of every homeowner’s list. The thought of a stranger rummaging through your home and your belongings is enough to unnerve anyone and is something we would all rather avoid. Not only is it an invasion of your privacy, but […]

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This Senator Is Not Letting Trump Get Away With His Shit

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Sen. Dick Durbin is the first to go on record confirming Trump’s racist words in yesterday’s immigration meeting As an American, it’s become easy to feel disillusioned by our current political situation. The person occupying the Oval Office is not only a repulsive, racist, xenophobic creep — he’s a habitual liar. It sometimes feels like […]

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ScholarShare 529 Matching Grant Program Makes College More Accessible For Families

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with ScholarShare. You can learn a lot about your kids by simply listening to their conversations, particularly when those conversations do not involve you. “I’m going to NYU,” my son proclaimed confidently. “And then I’m going to work at Google!”  “Well I’m going to study to be a […]

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These Books Will Help You Talk To Your Kids About Race

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Children’s books that are essential right now. In case you missed it, Donald Trump said something truly awful and racist — again. A number of newspaper outlets are reporting that the president called African nations “shithole countries,” and wondered out loud why America should admit Haitians into the country. There’s really no easy way to […]

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Anderson Cooper Slams Trump’s Comments While Fighting Back Tears

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Cooper also didn’t shy away from calling the president’s remarks “racist” Though Trump’s most recent racist remarks — where he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shithole countries” — are hardly surprising, they’re still infuriating. CNN’s Anderson Cooper choked back tears while delivering powerful commentary on the people of Haiti, whom he […]

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Trump Calls Haiti And African Nations ‘Sh*thole’ Countries

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Trump’s disgusting remarks about Haiti and African nations came during a meeting about immigration In the last year, Donald Trump has said more wildly offensive and hurtful things than we can even keep track of, but if it’s possible, he’s finally outdone himself with unbelievably racist remarks made during a meeting about immigration yesterday. According […]

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Vans Satin Sneakers Are Here To Help You Up Your Mom Fashion Game

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Van’s new Satin Lux sneaker line is almost too cute to wear Vans, makers of the slip ons you’ve been wearing for decades that magically never go out of style, just released a line of sneakers so pretty you might mistake them for works of art instead of functional footwear. The collection is called Satin […]

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Sons’ Ode To Her Last Day Of Chemo Is The Best

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ two sons inherited their mom’s comedy chops in this video Ever since Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed her breast cancer diagnosis three months ago, people everywhere have been cheering her on. Her VEEP costars, fellow actors, friends and family have all publicly shared their support. Her sons, however, take the cake when it comes to honoring […]

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This Is The Best Gel Polish Ever, And It Costs Less Than $5 (No Light Required)

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There’s nothing that makes me feel like I have my shit together like painting my nails. I love to splurge and get a manicure a few times a year, but for the most part, I’d rather do it at home and spend the money on something else. And it’s rare that I even do that, […]

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Best 7 Stories for Kids

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Since we can remember, we all have enjoyed stories. Every day we use stories to communicate to others our thoughts and feelings. We all started from Children’s stories, and Kids Story Books, until one day we we’re able to handle bigger words and read much more effectively. This list is a compiled list of the […]

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Thank You, Nurses – Nominate a Nurse! #thankyounurses

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From the moment I became pregnant with my first baby, Lucas, both Mike and I were filled with every emotion imaginable – love, joy, hope, excitement, nerves, and many more. We spent 9 months researching and planning for this little baby boy who would enter our lives. We wanted everything to be perfect – starting […]

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Leave YOUR #Duckprint in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100% mine. The C-word. Cancer has become a word that is all too familiar to families around the world. In my circle of friends and family alone, I know dozens of people who have gotten cancer over the years. […]

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Pampers Easy Ups Unboxing Video and Potty Training Tips

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Potty training or underwear training is a rite of passage for parents and children. But, it’s important to know the tricks of the trade if you will. There are a few things that can make the transition from diapers to underwear a little bit easier. Watch the video below for a few tips and tricks I have […]

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I Was Brave Enough To Ask For Help, But My Doctor Dismissed Me


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It was somewhere between bouncing a screaming baby and medicating my bleeding, cracked nipples when I knew I didn’t see the silver lining anymore. This wasn’t sustainable; I was pale, sleep deprived, so hungry I wasn’t hungry anymore, and this wasn’t the romantic fourth trimester I envisioned. I knew it was hard, but surely what […]

February 22, 2018

Wanted: Mom Friend (Debbie Downers Need Not Apply)


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Since I’ve had kids, I’ve created a whole new network of friends who have kept me on course throughout this wild journey. What I never expected about parenthood, was how hard it would be to create and maintain new friendships with people. Things like naps, parenting techniques, and exhaustion end up making or breaking potential […]

February 22, 2018

5 Easy Home Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen


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We often underestimate the need to clean our kitchen. Perhaps, it is just because we choose to forget it. Probably, it is because we visit this place every day and nothing happens. Well, do you know how much food leftover you have every day? Do you know how much food you cook every day? Do […]

February 21, 2018

6 Pieces of Clothing that the Man in Your Life Needs


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Shopping for a man can be a little challenging. You want him to look polished but appropriately dressed for the occasion. There are a few pieces of clothing that every man should have. Most of these pieces can be worn multiple times, and achieve different looks. Let’s take a look. Dark Denim Dark denim pants […]

February 21, 2018