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

Shop Local – 5 Places You Never Thought To Christmas Shop

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As you know, I’m a huge fan of online shopping – especially this time of the year. I’m also a big supporter of shopping local and keeping our small businesses growing and thriving. When we continually bypass corner markets for large supermarket chains or opt to buy holiday presents from big box stores rather than independent ones, we are doing ourselves a huge disservice. We are cutting the lifeblood of our economy – small business.

As you cross off your shopping list this year, try to support the business down the street when possible. To give you a jumpstart, here are 5 places you never thought to Christmas shop (and they’re local!): Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

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For every mom with a kid who wants a separate plate for each individual food item on the menu – Happy Thanksgiving!


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On this day before Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for many of the same things I keeping reading over and over again on Facebook (slight sarcasm, my apologies). Over and over again (okay, I’ll stop). Like hundreds of FB buds, I’m thankful for my kids, husband, family and friends, for having a roof over my head and food on the table and also for being in relatively good health. Thanksgiving really is a time to pause and reflect on those things we sometimes take for granted.

With that said, I have to admit I’ve felt as if I’ve been drowning in mushy, lovey, honey-do gratitude for the last 21 days. I’m glad everyone is so thankful, but I’m ready for it to be over with and Christmas to kick into full gear with people trampling each other on Black Friday. Really – be careful out there!

To break away from the norm, I’ve decided to list 5 alternative things that I am thankful for… Read more

Best Mom Blogs for Holiday Craft and Decorating Ideas

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Since starting my blog, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering activities like cooking, gardening and reading – things I placed on the back burner because of other responsibilities and duties. This upcoming season, I decided to set the goal of decorating for the holidays, something I have not been too passionate about in recent years. Life has a way of catching up with you and, as busy as I have been, I haven’t wanted to add more stress by getting whimsically creative. This year will be different. I’m still going for simple, but there will be more décor come hell or high water.

Here’s a look at some of the blogs that I am taking inspiration from and what I consider to be the Best Mom Blogs for Holiday Craft and Decorating Ideas: Read more

Confusing Fashion Trends of 2013

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It’s hard to believe, but I have clothes in my closet that are older than my husband – seriously. Once upon a time clothes were actually quality-made, in the good ole’ US of A no less, and lasted beyond a few wears and washes. Today, we’re lucky if we can get an item from the clothing rack to our closet without it falling apart in the process. Modern clothing lacks the loving touch of seamstresses and the proliferation of consumer-conscious companies. What we’re left with is nothing more than curtains with a few ruffles and sequins added to cover the shoddy fabrication. We’re all a bunch of walking windows. Imagine that!

But enough bitching about how clothes are made… I really want to talk about what’s on the horizon for 2013. Read more

Top 25 Family Blogs – MommiFried Was Nominated!

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Forget Romney. Move over Obama. You want MOMMIFRIED! Time is of the essence! I need your help in getting MommiFried into the Top 25 Family Blogs of 2012 on Circle of Moms! The blog was recently nominated for this coveted list (Thanks unknown groupie! I owe you one!). You’re probably sick of me asking for your vote, but this one is pretty important to mommy bloggers like me. Read more

Thank You Food.com!

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I was super excited to hear from Food.com several weeks ago informing me that I was one of their winners of their first ever Food.com Thanksgiving Pinterest contest. They asked entrants to show their ultimate Thanksgiving meals, starring Food.com recipes and to give our boards a theme. After struggling with several ideas, including a Hearty New England Dinner, I decided to go with the theme “A Busy Mom’s Fast and Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner“. Have you ever tried cooking Thanksgiving dinner while holding and caring for an infant? Or while three little ones do circles around you? Moms need fast, easy and dependable recipes to get them through the day and all of those major holiday MUDD moments! Here’s a peek at a few of the recipes I chose  (all images are direct from Food.com): Read more

Strange Parenting Rituals and Traditions

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During a blog hop this weekend, I read a hilarious post about one family’s weird parenting rituals. From making the teens recite Little Bunny Foo Foo 20 times when they’ve been naughty to tenting in the backyard once a month to promote bonding, it was a hoot from start to finish. I wish I had some strange Ponti parenting traditions to report, but we’re just not there yet. I was inspired, however, to take a look at some of the bizarre parenting customs and traditions from around the world. Here are five worth mentioning: Read more

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