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

Pool Party Games for Kid Birthday Parties (Guest Post)

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I sure didn’t want to see the kids at my son’s birthday party sitting around looking like they were not having fun. When we had the party at our family pool – the pool was the main entertainment, and fun was in abundant supply. The kids would play for a while on their own, but they still might need some organized games to liven things up. Here are some great possibilities I found: Read more

What Having Five Kids Has Taught Me

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In December, I was honored and humbled to be featured on Jill Smokler’s site Scary Mommy. My post How to Raise a Small Army was well-received, with other moms nodding in agreement (I’m not a creeper. I couldn’t actually see them. I’m just assuming that’s what they were doing.) or sharing their own stories about raising a buttload of kids. Reflecting on this post, I thought of some of the things having five kids has taught me.

Here they are in no particular order (like my kids): Read more

7 Parenting Classes That Don’t Exist But Should

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Before and after we become moms and dads there are a host of classes that we can take to make us better parents. Some are straightforward like Breastfeeding Basics and Attachment Parenting. Others are a little, well, you know. They’re out there flying alongside Superman.

Most parenting classes are awesome, teaching us the basic fundamentals and bringing us up-to-speed on things we’d never expect to happen once we have kids. But there are some gaps. There are some classes that have yet to be offered and I’m here to point them out.

Here are 7 parenting classes that don’t exist, but should: Read more

And Then She Was 2…

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Where does time go? It seems like just yesterday I heard you cry for the very first time. And here you are, two-years-old today, my Alessandra Rayne! I waited over 20 years for you to arrive and not a moment goes by that I don’t cherish having you in my life, my beautiful daughter. Thank you for giving mom everything she had always hoped for and more! I love you. Every moment, every day, for always!

XOXOXO

 

Our Little Sunshine – Gone, But Never Forgotten

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You were a little miracle, born of love, yet totally unexpected. At first, your dad questioned your existence. Could you just be late, well, because you’re late, he asked me repeatedly. I knew better. I knew you were there before the first little pink plus sign appeared. And the second and the third, just to be sure. I felt your presence, the little flutters of life growing inside of me. And I loved you. I loved you deeply and could not wait to grow with you…to feel your kicks and see your little nose, hands, and feet on a blurry black and white picture. I would hang it on the refrigerator. Proud to be your mama.  Read more

Family Time Pictorial

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I’ve seen more of my family in the last few weeks than I have in the past year. It’s been AWESOME! I love having my kids around and enjoying some downtime with them. There’s nothing like family time. Here are just a few pics we’ve snapped along the way… Read more

MommiFried’s Laws of Toddlers

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“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” said the infamous Murphy. He (whoever he was or is fabled to be) must have time traveled and discovered my house eons into the future. Lately, it’s been a lot of down and relatively little up. But that’s a story for another day. From Murphy, a lot of makeshift “laws” have been written. Some of the more popular include, “The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet” and “The buddy system is essential to your survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at.” Well, maybe those aren’t the most popular, but they made me smile. It also makes me wonder what Murphy would have said about toddlers. 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