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

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

Valentine’s Day Ideas – A Heartbeat Away

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It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been this excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s not that it has been without meaning or significance, since I’m happily married and adore the beautiful flowers that typically arrive on this day. I’ve just discovered a renewed desire to decorate since Aless is older and can now enjoy the festivities. Read more

Boy or Girl? Don’t Know? Don’t Guess!

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I woke up a little pissed off today, which was a rollover from yesterday, and it’s not because Pontilicious got drunk on cheap farm wine last night or that the house looks like Santa’s workshop collided with Whole Foods smashed with Toys-R-Us or that we are literally in the middle of decorating a 9-foot Christmas tree that is more cooperative than we are. Nope. These little calamities are not what has me wanting to pluck the fingernails slowly from two ladies hands while making them drink Kool-Aid straight from the packet – unflavored and raw. Read more

Elephants and Butterflies Baby Shower

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This past weekend we celebrated the upcoming birth of my first grandbaby – Genavera Thor – by throwing a baby shower for my son, Keith, and his girlfriend, Darian. It was an elephants and butterflies themed baby shower decked out in light pink, hot pink, white, brown and lime green. For the decor I incorporated a lot of tulle, hanging tissue balls, butterfly and elephant accents, pulled in some outdoorsy elements and added lots of chocolate and candy. Festive Christmas music and softly lit candles set the overall ambiance of this laid back, “soothing” affair.

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No More Passive Parent Homework Participation

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As parents, we are held accountable for our kids doing their homework. I totally get this and completely agree with the mentality and approach. What I don’t agree with is a relatively new tactic that teachers are using. Google docs! Just look: Read more

An open letter to my kid…

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Dear Kid,

You’ve never been the easiest child and, gawd knows, I have not been the easiest mother. I know some of the choices that I’ve made have had an impact on you. Not all have been positive and, for that, I am sorry. I have always tried to do my best by you. I hope – I think – you know that.

Our journey together has been a crazy one – a 20-year roller coaster ride! For me, it started on your very first Christmas; a Christmas you spent in a hospital bed. With a fever of 105, a part of me thought I was losing you. That was the first time you showed me just how resilient you are – that a fighter lived inside of you. Even at that young age, you kept smiling and pushed through. Read more