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

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

How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child

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No one can replace you as a parent and the thought of someone else raising your child is unbearable. However choosing a guardian for your child is an arrangement all parents must make. Read more

Things to Think About Before Adding to Your Family

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Whether you only have one kid or you have several, sometimes baby fever comes knocking and you start to wonder if you should have another baby. You think about those sweet little fingers and toes, teeny tiny baby clothes, and that oh-so-wonderful newborn smell. While all those things are great, there are a lot of other things to think about before deciding to bring another life into the world and into your family.

If you or your spouse have got babies on the mind, here are some things to consider before deciding to add another member to your family: Read more

How Great Are Mothers? Find Out! (Infographic)

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Motherhood is is called a variety of things, from “thankless job” to “rewarding.” While it seems impossible to summarize a mom in one word—personalized gift company Personal Creations found one: Awesome. They compiled fun facts—from data on how children view their mother to a list of some inspiring moms—to prove how great mothers are. There’s a lot to thank mom for, but mainly thank her for being so awesome. Read more

4 Must-Have Items for New Parents

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Congratulations on your new baby!

Sorry, you’ve probably already heard that one too many times. Anyway, what you really want to hear are ways to make this whole parenting thing a little easier, right?

Fortunately, we live in the 21st century, which means there’s an abundance of gadgets that can help you stay sane during your first year of parenthood. Everything from nap time to bath time just got easier, thanks to technology.

As for diaper changes, you’re still on your own with that one. Read more

Stress-Busting Tips When Balancing Work and Family

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Working mothers are more stressed and spend more time multitasking at home than working dads, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. A survey by Pew Research reported 41 percent of moms who work full time and 40 percent of those working part time said they constantly feel rushed. But moms don’t need a survey to tell you that you’re feeling stretched thin without much left to give at the end of the day. There are ways to carve out some time and indulgence just for you. After all, a happy mom makes for a happy household. Read more

What We Don’t Share As Moms

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In my book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, I, along with twenty-nine of my closest blogging pals, bare our souls, sharing stories of motherly woes and full-on adult tantrums. Each of us took a risk by venturing into this often “unspoken” realm of motherhood. These are not the things we talk about while sipping champagne and chatting it up with our girlfriends. No ma’am. Like a slippery-mouth Gambino, these are the moments we often bury, the words we frequently hush.

We try to cover our tracks, because meltdowns are ugly. The tears fall, the anger unleashes, and suddenly Mom is in full-on Hulk mode. It’s never pretty, but the reality is, no woman who ever popped a living person from her hoo-ha is immune. Behind closed doors, at any second, and in all corners of the globe, is a mother losing her ever-loving shiznit. Read more

10 ‘80s Hits that Should be Parenting Theme Songs

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When I was 16, I had big hair and never left the house without my eyes plastered in blue eye shadow. My closet overflowed with stirrup pants in every conceivable color and I must have owned thirty shoulder pad-wielding blazers. No bare spots existed on my bedroom walls. They were covered ceiling to floor with posters of Jon Bon Jovi, Poison, and other rock gods. Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids sat in mounds on my bed, some wearing Walkmans around their ears, others dressed like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This, my friends, was the ‘80s! Read more