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

How to Respond When Your Kids Are Disrespectful (Guest Post)

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Hello, hello!

Melissa here, from CloudMom, writing today about a topic that many parents struggle with – how to respond when your kids are disrespectful. Your babies are growing up so fast and sooner or later, they’ll start to get an attitude, or as many like to call it, the “terrible two’s.”  So how should Mom or Dad react when their child is throwing their sippy cup across the room, or even worse, having a tantrum in the middle of the shopping mall? Here’s my go-to plan of action when my children get out of hand! Read more

7 Things Your Teen Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Teens. Pre-adults with attitudes. This age group loves to put our parenting skills to the test. They’re also master manipulators with a lot to hide! Think I’m kidding?

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Super Simple CPR: A Free eBook That Could Save a Life

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I’m so excited to share the news about a FREE eBook that’s available for download. It’s called Super Simple CPR (http://www.preciousheartsbygrace.com/free/) from pediatric nurse and CPR instructor Grace Ghazarian. For years I was certified in CPR, a life-saving technique that EVERYONE should properly know how to administer when and if the time comes. Although I have not attended a class for quite some time, I’m certain that I could apply the skills I’ve learned and give someone a shot at living another day. This book was a great refresher, reminding me in very simple terms when, how, and what to do. Read more

Hearing Loss and Headphone Use (Infographic)

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Have you ever told your teenager to turn their music down because you can hear it blaring through their headphones? For years, listening to music at a high volume has been labeled a “typical teen behavior”; however, research shows that the rate of hearing loss among teens today is about 30% higher than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, and 46% of teens show potential signs of hearing loss with occasional ringing, roaring, buzzing, or pain in their ears. Read more

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Bloggers: 10 Places to Get Paid for Your Writing (Hobbies Edition)

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Every other week I share a list of 10 places where bloggers can get paid for their writing. This week I’ve compiled a list of places where your hobbies just might pay off. Whether you’re a weekend crafter or a hardcore golfer, those skills are worth their weight in gold. Well, paper, really.

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25 Tried and True Copycat Recipes

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When we run out of ketchup, you’d think there was a national emergency. Around here ketchup goes on everything… from eggs to macaroni and cheese. It also works well covering up some of the cooking mishaps like slightly burnt meatloaf. Rather than settle for mass panic, the last time we ran out I reached for my grandmother’s recipe tin. Inside was a recipe for… you guessed it… ketchup. In fact, it was a copycat recipe of Heinz’s infamous brand. This is one of the last recipes she placed in the tin (date stamp), but I could tell it had been used. Probably more than a few times. Read more

Outdoor Adventures: 5 Apps to Help You Explore Nature with Your Kids

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Kids ages 8 to 18 spend an average of over seven and a half hours a day consuming entertainment media, according to a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. With nearly as much screen time as sleep time, it’s no wonder that kids today spend significantly less time playing outside than past generations. Read more

How to Boost Your Social Influence

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Five years ago the more followers and fans you had on social media, the better. It was a numbers game. Numbers meant that you were someone influential. How things have changed. Social influence is no longer measured in quantity. Today this important metric is all about quality, particularly the quality of your engagement. How are you effecting others’ emotions? When you post an update on Facebook, do your followers comment in droves? Do they share your tweets like they’re on crack? Are they interested in your product and service recommendations? If so, you just might be influential. Read more

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