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

Showing Your Children How to Stay Safe in the Sun (Infographic)

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Playing outside in the sun is an important part of growing up. Parents have shooed their children out of the house to get a moments rest as well as helping their kids get some exercise. It is important to make sure that they are well protected. Along with some common sense the only other thing you can arm them with is some good sunscreen lotion and proper clothing. Once they’re outside and out of sight they may adventure in ways you may not have expected but knowing that they aren’t going to get a sunburn takes at least one of the worries away. Read more

6 Ways Your Life Gets Harder After Your Children Have Grown

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If you’re one of the millions of people who believe that life gets easier after your children have grown, please form a single line so I can forehead thump the first person and watch the rest of you fall like dominoes. Life does not get easier when the birds have flown the coop!

Here are 6 ways life gets harder after your children have grown: Read more

Our Brush With Death and Support of GiveForward

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On the night of April 1, 2006, an attending ICU physician walked sheepishly into a small crowded family room where we huddled together waiting for news. “Your son only has a 5 percent chance of making it through the night. We believe he has encephalitis,” he said nervously. At that moment, the world around me came to a screeching halt. It was as if time froze. Only when I felt my oldest son’s arms around me, would I find myself standing in the far corner of an unfamiliar room, unable to process what was happening. I immediately fled the room and rushed down a long corridor. I had to get to my son Adam. I had to help him hold on, to fight whatever was happening to his body. This was not the end. 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