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

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 Read more

What to Do if Your Teenager or Young Adult Has a Drug Problem

Drug addiction can happen at any age, and nobody is exempt from the risk of becoming an addict. Teenagers may become addicted to drugs for a number of different reasons, whether they started trying a drug simply to experiment or have fun or as a result of more serious underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If your teenager is using drugs and continues to use them despite the real risks of harmful consequences, you may need Read more

8 Surprising Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

We humans need our sleep. Most of us feel at our best when we have had around seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We then wake up full of the joys of life, ready to face the world. It is a different story if you haven’t slept well. You wake up feeling like death, hollow-eyed and groggy, and then spend the rest of the day fighting to stay awake. Everyone has a few bad nights here are there, usually when kids Read more

Women’s Guide to Anti-Aging Skin

You can never start too early to prevent your skin from showing signs of ageing. What you need is the right skincare and lifestyle tips to send them packing. Here are some tips to help you save face. Pack Your Moisturizer No matter what moisturizer you use, anything that will soften your skin will go the distance to giving you supple skin that is less likely to show wrinkles. However, there are some ingredients that will make your skin even softer, Read more

8 Ways Gardening Cultivates a Blossoming Childhood

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According to Scarborough, almost half of American homeowners are gardeners. While we might perceive gardening to be an activity enjoyed by older adults, the gardening trend also is captivating younger generations. As budgets tighten and prices rise, many families are integrating a green lifestyle that includes growing their own produce, herbs and flowers.  And even kids are pitching in a green thumb. Read more

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Science More [Infographic]

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Even though we know that STEM subjects are the foundational subjects of the modern world, they are still subjects that can be easily ignored by children, and even well-meaning parents. But some of that ignorance can be attributed to the disconnect between the learning of STEM subjects and real-world application of that knowledge. Read more

Activities for Toddlers When Mommy is Tired

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As a mum, there are days when you simply can’t muster enough strength to play with your charming toddler.  It could be as a result of exhaustion or as a result of other commitments. Whatever it might be, you don’t have to always turn on the TV and hope for the best.  This piece takes a look at some activities you should try. Many of them are dependent on having cooperative slightly older children though! Read more

Uses of Hook and Loop as an Educational Tool (Guest Post)

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Hook and loop material (commonly referred to as Velcro®) has a vast range of practical and creative applications. Using it as an educational tool generates possibilities for all types of learning at all different ages. Read more

Quick and Easy Centerpiece for Any Occasion

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Many moons ago I owned a flower shop in the heart of a small, yet affluent Maine community. Given the demographics, there were a ton of dinner parties and other events that took place in this town on a regular basis. When it came time to order flowers for these get-togethers, one of the things that consistently surprised me about the shop’s clientele, was their preference for simple elegance. More often than not they preferred (and ordered) a simple bouquet of cut flowers arranged in a clear vase. I’d often ask for the particulars of the different functions – colors, themes, times of day, etc. – so that I could add a few special touches to the final product. One of the most appreciated things I did was match the color of the vase water to the event. Crazy simple, right? A quick and easy centerpiece was all the rage back then – and still is today. Read more

Easter Centerpiece: Bunny Carts

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With Easter right around the corner, I was inspired this weekend to make an Easter centerpiece. Glancing through some of the pins on my Easter Ideas board on Pinterest, I decided to make a couple of Bunny Carts – idea courtesy of Martha Stewart. Overall it took about four hours to put these together, including a couple of layers of paint on the baskets, wheels, axles and harnesses. I deviated from the original how-to by using fabric ribbon for the trim on the carts and harness straps, filling with shredded paper grass and topping with colorful Sweet Tart jelly beans. The store was also short on regular white chocolate bunnies, so I used a cookies and cream variety instead. Read more

Book Page Ornament

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This year we’re going with an Old World, vintage hybrid theme for our Christmas tree. We’re also trying to keep costs down, because last year we went a little crazy matching the tree to the house we were renting. And wouldn’t you know, the colors are not ideal for the place we moved into five months ago. So I’ve decided to get crafty and make the bulk of our tree decorations. Today, I experimented with a few book page ornaments, inspired by several awesome projects I found on Pinterest. Read more