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

6 Foods that Should be Banned from Highchairs

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I’m convinced there’s a reason why 30 or 40 years ago babies and toddlers were placed into hard, wooden highchairs with stiff, rigid backs. There were no fluffy padded inserts like those found in today’s seats. Back then they were smart and had it figured out. Forget comfort! They were not about to waste their time washing down seat padding and trying to scoop gunk from all the little cracks and crevices found in modern highchairs. Babies are freakin’ messy eaters! Read more

5 Things We Wish Our Kids Didn’t Do

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As parents, we love our kids unconditionally. Through their ups and downs, during and after every hissy fit and temper tantrum and even when they push us to our absolute limits, we never stop loving them. It’s parenthood and, while stressful and challenging at times, it’s the most rewarding job on the planet.

There are things, however, that our children do that gnaw away at us like someone dragging their nails on a chalkboard; little annoyances and irritations that question our sanity. I’m sure the triggers differ from parent to parent, but we can all relate to those things we wish our kids didn’t do.

Here are five things that top my list (and other parents I spoke to): Read more

What I’m Really Thinking While Watching Kids’ Cartoons

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Caden officially outgrew watching cartoons about a year ago. Aless, on the other hand, has just reached the age of being totally intrigued by dancing sponges and doodling dogs. What does that mean for mom? Well, whether I like it or not, I’m subjected to watching hours of nausea inducing animated characters doing things that would cause us real people to get arrested. As you can tell, I’m not a big cartoon fan. Never have been. But I do behave as my daughter enjoys the colorful escapades unfolding before her tiny, impressionable eyes. Inside, however, is a whole different story. Inside, I’m flipping off Johnny Test and trying to figure out how to pronounce “Lalaloopsy”. La-la-loop-say. Lala-loop-see. I know. I’m going to hell.

Here’s what I’m really thinking while watching kids’ cartoons: Read more

Why Kids Find Food Yummier When There Is a Cartoon on the Box (Guest Post)

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Sometimes getting children to eat properly can be a nightmare. Most of the time children only want sweets, crisps and chocolate because these are foods they see as exciting. They know they can only have such treats now and again and, thus, they become an exciting choice. However, when it comes to eating other foods – such as cereal, fruit, biscuits, bread, vegetables and so on and so forth –  children seem to simply move their food around the plate and barely eat anything. They sense that you want them to eat the food and, therefore, in their eyes it is deemed boring. However, there is a way you can try to get your children to eat all sorts of foods. Read more

Confessions of an Older Mom: Being a Teen Mother

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I’ve decided to start a weekly thread called: Confessions of an Older Mom. Each week I’ll share or confess something from my years of parenting. This week, I’m confessing that I was indeed a teen mom and, yes, it was freaking hard. Read more

Help Kids Beat Type 2 Diabetes this New Year (Guest Post)

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The holidays are a time of struggle for many people as they try to balance eating healthy while still enjoying all the delicious goodies that tend to come around in November and December. My family is the same as any, but this year we had to make a drastic change in how we spent the holidays. November was American Diabetes Month, and ironically, November was the same month that we found out that one of my younger cousins was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Read more

5 Unconventional Ways to Choose a Baby Name When at Odds

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iStock_000021783862_SmallExpecting a baby is a magical, yet very busy time for parents. Amidst the flurry of preparing an ideal room, purchasing all the necessities and attending doctor’s appointments galore, there’s also that minor detail of choosing the perfect baby name – one that both parents like and can appreciate. Although this might seem like an easy task, there are times when mom and dad find themselves at odds. If you’ve suddenly found yourself in this situation, don’t fret. Rather than toss pacifiers at one another, here are five unconventional ways to find the middle ground and choose a great name for your baby: Read more