The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has been a culture installation for generations. Many people use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season, and businesses are more than happy to keep the tradition alive. There are certainly some fantastic deals you can find on Black Friday, but there are also some deals that are not as good as they seem. Some items are ideal to buy on Black Friday, but not Read more

6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface and all others sink, at the end of the day I would emerge a predominantly helicopter parent. The term "helicopter parenting" was coined back in 1990 by child development researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in their book, Parenting With Love and Logic. Helicopter parents, according to the official definition, take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of Read more

Top of the Tingles: The ASMR A-List

Relaxation. Euphoria. Tingling. These are the words used to describe the result of an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, trigger. In a piece I recently wrote for Sanity & Self, I describe the concept as "the physical response to auditory, visual, or tactile triggers, usually a tingly sensation similar to feeling chills. Think of the goosebumps you might get when someone whispers into your ear. That’s ASMR. Most experts attribute ASMR’s relaxing sensations to the release of endorphins, Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you're responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention Read more

Self-Care With Hygge

Taking time for yourself as a mom can be difficult between appointments, errands and keeping everyone fed, on time and in clean clothes. Finding ways to fit in self-care and moments to yourself are so important, even short breaks can have a positive impact on your day. One shortcut to make sure you get the change to recharge is make your house ready for relaxation whenever you are. You may have heard of it as an emerging decor trend, hygge Read more

Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

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Whether it’s the quarantine blues, the extra time on your hands or just an idea you’ve played with in your head for a while: now is the perfect opportunity to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen! Caring for houseplants can improve your mental health, is a great hobby to share with roommates or your family and having fresh herbs in your kitchen will inspire you to cook healthier and try out new recipes. 

You don’t need much to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen. Depending on the size of your space and how many herbs you’d like to plant, you’ll need pots or planters, potting mix and seeds or baby herbs from your local nursery. Make sure to find a sunny spot for your herbs, on a windowsill for example, or to choose herbs that do well under low-light conditions like peppermint or cilantro. Whatever the light conditions in your kitchen, keep in mind that you’ll have the most fun with your indoor herb garden when you pick herbs that you like to cook with or have always wanted to incorporate in your favorite dishes. Read more

Common Sexual Health Myths Debunked

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Myths and misconceptions about sexual health are surprisingly common. While over the decades there has been a shift towards more education on sex and reproductive health, it’s not always enought ot debunk the popular myths surrounding intimacy, STIs, and reproductive health that many people still have. In fact, as of 2017, only about half of adolescents (57% of females and 43% of males) admitted they received formal instruction about pregnancy and birth control methods before they had intercourse for the first time.  Read more

How to Spot Leaky Gut Syndrome in Kids

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Our children’s health and well-being are always a parent’s top concern, now more than ever. It can be especially difficult when a child is having difficulties or health issues that are not easily explained. A leaky gut can be the cause of a slew of symptoms and is actually a lot more common than you may realize. Understanding some of the common causes of a leaky gut as well as the remedies to try and fix it, you will likely relieve a lot of symptoms you may have thought were unrelated and finally get your kid back to feeling 100 percent. Read more

Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Emerge from Isolation with Your Health Intact

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If you’ve gained a few pounds during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Many of us have found that there is a little bit more to squeeze into our jeans. Fortunately, the same way the weight found itself to your waistline is the same way it will exit your body: through the way you eat. Read more

5 Family Vacation Spots Outside Florida

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Florida offers families Disney Land, LEGOLAND, and the Universal Resort all within driving distance. However, while this might sound ideal, it is not always the case that all families want this type of vacation every time. We all love the familiar, but sometimes a vacation should be an opportunity for families to explore, talk, relax, and reconnect through new experiences. The US is a vast and varied country with so much to see and do, so why not get out there with the kids and make the most of it? This article highlights 5 wonderful vacation spots for families looking to venture further afield. Read more

Three Ways Addiction Harms Your Skin

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If you’ve seen photographs of the progress of a person’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably been shocked by their appearance. With missing teeth, wrinkled skin, and cuts and sores, a person battling addiction can often look many years older than their actual age. While you might be aware of the adverse effects of addiction on internal organs such cirrhosis of the liver and lung cancer, did you know that the skin itself is also an organ? As such, drug and alcohol addiction can quickly take its toll on your skin, because substance abuse prevents your body from absorbing essential nutrients, and can prevent you from maintaining your health and hygiene. Here are three examples of how addition harms your skin: Read more

Babymoon Ideas for a Safe, Stress-Free Retreat

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Any millennial mom or mommy-to-be has heard of the babymoon, the pre-birth vacation that pregnant women take to seize their last moments of self-care and solitude before baby arrives. However, with COVID-19 still running rampant in many parts of the country, travel is tough—especially for soon-to-be moms. Of course, one of moms’ natural strengths is making the best of a situation, and there’s no reason to skip your well-deserved self-indulgence just because you have to stay local. Check out these ideas and printables for babymoon plans that you can put together at home, from low-budget indulgences to a full-on staycation. Read more

Allergy-Proofing Your Home With Kiddos

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If you’re parenting during this pandemic, you’re no stranger to cabin fever. Restless kids need to be entertained—and with summer upon us, spending time outside is a great way to stay active while socially distancing. Unfortunately, with spring and summer also come the arrival of new environmental allergens like pollen, cedar, and various grasses. While many families are tempted to shutter the doors and spend the summer indoors to escape these allergies, this might not be effective. That’s because allergens can be just as prevalent indoors as they are outside, thanks to pet dander, mold and dust mites. Read more