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Women Decoded

  You know the old story, when it comes to sex men are easy, and women are complicated. Want to get a guy hot and bothered? Show him a naked woman. Done. Hot and bothered guy. Want to get a woman hot and bothered? Supposedly it’s far more complicated, right? Sure, a simple picture of a naked guy isn’t going to do the trick for the average mom. We’re a little busy, I don’t know if you’ve noticed that or not. This isn’t June Cleaver’s heyday, we’re not running the vacuum cleaner in our high heels and pearls waiting for

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Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

It can be a difficult decision to let your teenager transition from wearing glasses to contacts. Not only do you have to worry about the costs (and whether they are covered by your insurance), but you also need to decide if your teen will be comfortable in contacts and responsible enough to take care of them. Keeping the contacts clean is crucial for eye health. An eye infection even at this young age can permanently scar their eye and mean they’re unable to wear contacts in the future. For us, once our daughter began being very active in dance, we

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The Up Side of Loving Someone with ADHD

Loving someone who has ADHD, or any similar condition, is not always easy. There are definitely struggles, and arguments, and hard days when you love someone who is always moving, always thinking, always busy, and so easily distracted sometimes you can hardly stand it. This is especially true for someone like me, who is happy with a quiet room, a book, and nowhere to go and no one to talk to outside the people and stories I’m creating in my imagination. The saying opposites attract is definitely true! My husband, and my son are the opposite of me in many

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time at all then you know that I have an amazing friendship with Crystal Ponti. Crystal and I had a telephone call (technically a job interview via phone) several years ago and as strange as it sounds we have been instant friends ever since that day. We talk daily via email, we have not spoken on the phone since that interview! And we have never met in person! But, I can tell you she’s one of my closest friends, when she cries I cry, when she celebrates I celebrate and

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Moving day can be exciting since you are starting over in someplace new, after all. Besides, that new home is just waiting to be occupied. However, even though it can be all that, it can also prove to be quite stressful. There’s just so much to think about and do and, of course, you want it to be as smooth a process as it can be. Don’t fret because you can make your moving day easier. Here are 5 things to remember: Draw your floor plan – Drawing a floor plan saves you time. It also removes any confusion. Before

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Today’s guest post is a topic that might not have appealed to me a few weeks ago but after a recent experience I was excited to share it with you! Here’s what happened to me: A few weeks ago I noticed that my car seemed to have a funny wobble to it when I drove it.  When I drove at a slow speed it literally felt like it was bouncing up and down, kind of like a clown car. Since I don’t drive much, as a stay at home mom, it actually took me several days to remember to mention

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Today’s guest post is written by someone who has been a close personal friend of mine for over 15 years, and we have never met in person! I first met Christina when she was the moderator and I applied to be a volunteer host of a community for romance writers on the channel she ran.  Luckily for me she said yes, because not only did I get to embrace my love of writing romance, I stumbled upon a career that has allowed me to work from home with my kids all these years. I’ve also been lucky enough to work

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Top 6 Things

I have worked from home for the last twelve years. When I first started working from home I had a newborn and a 4 year old. I remember doing the interview for that job while my son, who was supposed to be napping but you know how that goes, lay on my lap happily filling his diaper. A few weeks later I was doing training meetings online for that job while he lay in my lap drinking a bottle. I definitely knew after those first two incidents that working from home was not going to be the cake walk that

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As any parent who has stepped on a LEGO at 2 a.m. knows quite well, many kids have plenty of toys. Rather than taking trips to the toy store this summer, focus on unique ways you can make memories with your kids. To get started, find some common interests and then get busy making plans. For Theater Lovers: Musicals If you and your kids love the theater, treat the entire family to tickets to a live production. Your town might have some great community or kid theater options, or you can plan a trip to New York City for the

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10 Awesome Playground Activities that Will Make You the Cool Mom!

It saddens me whenever I see kids playing with iPads nowadays. I could only think about all the things they’re missing out like playing with real kids outdoors! This is why I promised to allot time and enforce playing active games to my kids once they grow up. So far, they’ve learned how to play 3 active, outdoor games. However, I observed that they’re getting bored whenever we go to the park for a stroll or for a picnic. Here are 10 awesome kiddie playground games that will make you the coolest mom for them: Hens & Chickens As the

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5 Child Safety Tips to Minimize Risks at Home

There are a lot of hazards that can be present at home and it’s almost impossible for you to isolate your kids from all of them. However, these reminders can help you minimize the risks associated with these hazards: Burning and scalding – Because of the inherent curiosity that all kids have, a pot or a pan that has bubbling content is going to attract them. A lot of children have had scars that lasted a lifetime because of the burning and scalding that can result when they reach up and grab the handles of these cooking utensils. For you

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slide the city

When I saw the segment on the Today show this week about fun things to do with our families over the summer the segment on Slide the City was definitely the one that caught my interest the most! My kids have always loved an afternoon playing with the Slip n Slide, and this takes that fun to the next level and then some! When I saw they’re coming to St Louis in July and closing down Market Street to have fun I was all in! On Saturday, July 11th – Market Street will be transformed as participants ride inflatables down

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Summer Camp Checklist

It’s that time of year again — summer camp is around the corner. Soon, school will be out and your kids will be off exploring nature and making new friends at sleepaway camp. Follow this checklist to make sure he or she is prepared for camp away from home. Backpack and Gear Invest in a lightweight backpack or pack made specifically for camping so he or she is as comfortable as possible on long hikes. Travel backpacks also reduce risk of back strain. Also stock the backpack with camping supplies (i.e. flashlight, batteries, canteen, first aid kit and a camera).

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If you’re like me you’ve collected recipes over the year from an amazing number of sources.  I have recipes that I have clipped from magazines, printed out from online blogs or websites, been given from friends and family! Literally dozens of different sources for some recipes that my family loves! I would hate to lose any of them, but I also don’t take the time to organize them properly. A few years ago my mother-in-law gave me this beautiful recipe organizer and I was so excited until I realized that it literally meant I would have to re-write every single

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Over recent years Facebook has made a lot of changes that affect what appears in users’ newsfeed. You may have noticed that you don’t always see posts from your friends like you used to, or maybe you see a whole lot more posts from other friends than you used to? The good news is there are some simple ways you can regain control of what you see in your newsfeed, and which of your posts are seen by your friends! First, let’s talk about who you “Follow” on Facebook. If there are friends you want to make sure you see

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Reader's Dream Giveaway- Summer Kick

There are few things that I love more than going to the mailbox and finding that someone has sent me a book to read! Even if I ordered the book, and I totally knew that it was coming, it’s still the best prize the mail carrier ever leaves me! If someone has sent me a book for free, then it’s even more of a bonus! If you’re like me, and would love to find your mailbox stuffed full of free books then this giveaway is for you! I have gathered up some of my favorite authors—some you’ve heard of, and

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Advice for the Graduates

There are boxes lining the hallway from your bedroom down to the family room.  Waiting to be carried downstairs and loaded carefully into your car so you can leave.  Once you get in that car and drive away this house won’t be ‘home’ for you anymore, it will be the house you grew up in, it will be your parents place, and it will be somewhere you visit for holidays, but it won’t ever be home for you again. That makes me sad in unspeakable ways, but it also makes me think back to the day I moved out of

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As a parent, it’s your duty to protect your child from unsuitable content. However, as we progress into an increasingly digital age, it becomes harder to monitor what children see online and on TV. Use these tips to take control of your child’s media consumption:

As a parent, it’s your duty to protect your child from unsuitable content. However, as we progress into an increasingly digital age, it becomes harder to monitor what children see online and on TV. Use these tips to take control of your child’s media consumption: What Do The TV Ratings Mean? In the mid ’90s, the television industry created the rating system for TV shows. The rating labels are shown in the corner of the TV screen for about 15 seconds at the beginning of a television program. These labels were created to help caring parents identify which TV shows

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I knew that this day would come eventually, I admit that I’m glad it has come later rather than sooner! There is a lot of time for dating, and there was no reason to rush into it. As she has with everything, my daughter is very level headed, she wants more from life than just a boyfriend, or series of boyfriends. But as my beautiful daughter came running down the stairs this past week to tell me that the cute boy from school had asked her out on her first real date I knew there were a few things I

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First let me say that I absolutely love blogging. I love that it gives me a creative outlet, and sometimes just an outlet! I love that I have made some amazing friends! I love that a woman at home with her children can have a thought, write a post, have it go viral and maybe—just maybe—change the way people think about something, about motherhood, about parenting, about life, about the world as a whole! I love that blogging makes our world feel smaller because I can be best friends with someone who lives half a country away that I have

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When you were pregnant, you probably spent a pretty good chunk of change on cute maternity clothing. Once your adorable baby was born, your focus understandably shifted to taking care of your infant, and you no longer had the time or energy to focus on your clothing. But just because you’re a mom, doesn’t mean your style should go out the window.   The following four signs will help determine if your personal style could use an upgrade: 1. Is Your Child Better Dressed Than You? If so, it is definitely time to treat yourself to some new duds. It’s

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There is NO greater agony than

  Yesterday I made a commitment. I made a commitment to myself, to my family, to the person I used to be, and to the person I hope to become someday. That commitment was to follow my dream and not to give up. Let’s be perfectly honest here and admit that most days giving up is the easier choice.  Giving up means not doing anything and just watching that dream wither and die, giving up means pining away for that memory of the dream instead of working your ass off to achieve the dream. Giving up is easier, and yet

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As part of trying to figure out why my teenage daughter suffered from a migraine that lasted 3 1/2 years, we saw every specialist under the sun and that included seeing a sleep specialist. We discovered that she suffers from restless leg syndrome as a result of low ferratin (stored iron) in her system.  She now takes medication for the RLS as well as an iron supplement daily.  We learned a LOT about sleep during that process and it’s an ongoing learning process as we still see the sleep specialist at our local children’s hospital every 3 months.  Sleep is

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5 friends every woman should remove from her life

I wrote recently about the 5 Types Of Friends Every Woman Needs To Have In Her Life. Since I first wrote that post I haven’t stopped thinking about the flip side of those friendships. The friendships we all have in our lives that we need to remove from our lives!   The Gossip Girl-The friend who acts interested in our life only so she can gather information about us and gossip behind our back. You know the type, the one who is all interested in your recent weight loss, but you know it’s just so she can talk about how

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Mommy is crying because she is frustrated, she sees your potential more than anyone else, and she’s tired of banging her head against the wall of the education system. Mommy is crying because she knows you can succeed if she can just get the teachers to realize that we’re all on the same side, the side that has you successful in life and in school. Mommy is crying because she is so tired from tossing and turning last night wondering what is the right thing to do? Should she call the school—again—and complain? Should she look into home school options?

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Financial Safety Nets: Best Services on the Market

When you take steps to secure your financial security, it isn’t just about protecting yourself — it’s about protecting your whole family and their future. But which services are the best on the market when it comes to financial safety nets? Here is a list of the top services that can help keep your family’s finances secure and allow to you rest assured that you’re well protected where it counts. 1. Home Security System Your home is your castle, and protecting that home is the first step in keeping your family and personal belongings safe. Employ a security system to

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