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

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

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