10 Things I Want to Say to My Gynecologist

Can we skip the weigh in? I’m bloated twenty days out of every month. I don’t need three glaring numbers reminding me to skip Burger King on the way home. Can we do a visual estimation and call it good? She looks larger than last time but is not quite ready for a Richard Simmons intervention works for me. Where’s the panty coat rack? Just once, I’d love to enter an examination room and see a place to store/hang my Read more

The Fake Can of Peas and Choosing Your Parenting Battles

“Mama! Open it!” the three-year-old tyrant demanded. “Aless, I can’t open it! It’s a fake can of peas!” I fired back. “It’s plastic and all molded together. It doesn’t open!” As if this would have ended the war with my stubborn, sleep-deprived toddler. “OPEN IT! NOW, MAMA! NOW!” Red was clouding my vision. Anger morphed into lunacy. I reached for the nearest serrated butcher knife and began hacking away. “God damned, Santa,” I muttered to myself. “Had to bring an entire basket of Read more

How to Survive Walmart in Five Easy Steps

Walmart is a scary place. It’s like the convergence of Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa Land with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest all rolled up into a gigantic chocolate-covered meatball. Most of us could trade horror stories about trips to this Prozac-riddled fun park—one of the only places in the world where you can buy guns and ammo, knives and swords, and toys and groceries, yet have to be 18 or older (with a valid ID) to buy Wite-Out. Read more

I’m a Closet Pooper

I have a huge confession to make. I can’t poop when anyone is around. For some reason, I completely freeze up and my shooter shuts down. I call it the emergency shit switch. It’s like a catastrophic event when I need to poop and there are people nearby. The switch gets flipped and shit just stops. Literally. My husband, on the other hand, has an open door policy when using the bathroom. It’s like he needs morale support when taking Read more

6 Ways to Fix a Sexless Marriage Before It’s Too Late

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When you first meet someone and pass the courting stage you will probably enter a period where you enjoy sex at every opportunity you get, this could be daily or twice daily.  However, every couple experiences a reduced need for sex as the relationship becomes more comfortable.  This does not mean the love has gone, rather that the time available has reduced.  Commitments at work and at home will often drain you physically and emotionally leaving very little time for sex.

It is important to note that every marriage is different; if you and your partner are both happy with sex once a month then the intimacy has remained intact.  If, however, you feel you do not have sex enough then there is an issue; the following tips can help you to solve this and save your marriage before it is too late: Read more

5 Tips for a Calm & Happy Family Car

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As any parent knows, taking the family for a trip in the car can often be a stressful situation. Children seldom appreciating sitting still for too long so, in addition to trying to prepare everything and ensuring nothing gets left behind, you often have to deal with aggravated and restless children. Read more

Should You Stay Married for the Sake of the Children?

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Every relationship goes through difficult patches; this may be to do with external influences or simply a clash of personalities.  It can even be related to the pressures of insufficient time to deal with all the matters which need to be sorted.  Unfortunately, sometimes the problems can seem too large and the relationship seems doomed to failure.  The options are either divorce or consulting a marriage therapist.  This can trigger a huge range of emotions when there are children involved.  The traditional line of thought is that if the relationship is not working divorce is the right option; the children will be happier if the parents are happy.  However, there is also an argument for remaining together; this can be the right option when you have children for a variety of reasons. Read more

When Spending More Means Saving More

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A penny saved is a penny earned. Save for a rainy day. A fool and his money are soon parted.

Since we were little, we probably heard these expressions and more about the value of saving money compared to spending it. While it’s fine to live frugally and spend money carefully, it’s also important to know when it’s appropriate to spend a bit more for a better quality product that will last much longer. The following examples illustrate when buying cheap does not pay off. Read more

9 Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship

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Finding the right person to settle down with and share your life can be difficult.  Many people spend years finding the right one. Unfortunately many people also commit to a relationship which becomes negative and detrimental over time. These people are often not aware that this is happening to them and will not seek relationship advice or relationship counseling.  It is often seen in cases of domestic abuse. Fortunately, it is possible for anyone to identify a bad relationship; if your relationship has the following nine symptoms it is time to end it and move on: Read more

Mobile Security Tips for Online Shopping

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Shopping online is one of the best ways to find a bargain without running all over town. It’s also a godsend for busy moms who have to juggle the kids, work, and finding time to buy a birthday present in between soccer practice and music lessons. Mobile devices make it easier than ever to shop whenever, wherever you want, but with this convenience comes the added risk of credit card and identity theft. The last thing you need in your busy schedule is to have to deal with cleaning up the mess of credit card theft. Before you click “submit order,” be sure to follow these mobile security tips to keep yourself from being a victim of online theft: Read more

Have Parents Gone Too Far in Teaching Kids to Be Assertive?

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There is something to be said for teaching your children to stand up for themselves in the face of bullies, but somehow it seems that something went wrong along the way. Instead of a generation of young people who are no longer afraid of being bullied we have created a mindset that encourages our young people to strike first before they are struck. In so doing, they have become the new bullies of the 21st Century. Read more

How You Can Help Your Child Overcome Bed Wetting

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You’ve limited nighttime liquids, provided encouragement, and have made sure your child goes to the bathroom right before bed. Yet still, your child is frequently wetting the bed and you don’t know what else you can do. Nocturnal enuresis — the medical term for this condition — affects 15 to 25 percent of children around the age of five, and one to two out of 100 teens in the United States. Here is everything you should know about bed wetting and tips on how you can help your child overcome it. Read more

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