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

7 Biggest Facebook Posting Blunders

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Facebook is the granddaddy of all social media platforms. With more than one billion users, it offers marketers unlimited possibilites. I could be wrong, but chances are you already have a presence on there either as a page or a profile with the Subscribe feature turned on. And that’s a good thing. As a part-time social media consultant, however, I regularly see mistakes being made by rookies and seasoned Facebook page owners and administrators. These mistakes could be detrimental to your efforts in generating awareness of your page and brand and also hurting your ability to engage and connect with your audience.

Below are the 7 biggest Facebook posting blunders I see happening time and time again. How many are you guilty of? Read more

“Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook”, A Crock Pot Lovers Paradise

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I religiously use a crock pot (slow cooker) when preparing food. I love the convenience of throwing everything into one dish and just walking away – hours without worry. From chicken recipes to gooey, delightful desserts, crock pots are convenient and produce superior results. There’s also very little clean up, which makes them ideal for busy moms and families.

Given my love of these “gadgets”, I was excited to get my hands on the “Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook (Pink).” Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Express Yourself

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The last few weeks have been a shitstorm around the Ponti household. This has left me feeling particularly, let’s say, volatile. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to jump off a bridge or assassinate my family while they’re sleeping. By volatile, I mean my attitude is more or less: bite my ass. My favorite pins of the week express in pictures what I would love to say in words: Read more

Experiment: You Write the Blog Post!

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Hey MommiFried Community,

I’d like to try a writing experiment, and I’m asking for your help. It’s my goal to broaden the depth of content here on the blog by inviting guests to post and also reaching out to readers for their thoughts, commentary and funny outtakes. Although I started this little project and it’s still my “outlet”, I want to share this experience and platform with all of you. I’m not sure what I’m calling it yet. Maybe Community Voice, which has a nice ring to it. I do know that this will be crowdsourcing and collaboration at its finest. Be a part of it! Read more

Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge Cake

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Ladies, before reading this post and embarking on a heavenly journey of chocolate and peanut butter, I’d like you to do something. I’d like you to feel your boobs. I’m not kidding. Go find a private place and do a breast self-exam (BSE). Don’t put it off – Procrastination is Cancer’s Breast Friend. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you have got to take an active role in maintaining your health. Please. Do this now. Read more

An open letter to my kid…

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Dear Kid,

You’ve never been the easiest child and, gawd knows, I have not been the easiest mother. I know some of the choices that I’ve made have had an impact on you. Not all have been positive and, for that, I am sorry. I have always tried to do my best by you. I hope – I think – you know that.

Our journey together has been a crazy one – a 20-year roller coaster ride! For me, it started on your very first Christmas; a Christmas you spent in a hospital bed. With a fever of 105, a part of me thought I was losing you. That was the first time you showed me just how resilient you are – that a fighter lived inside of you. Even at that young age, you kept smiling and pushed through. Read more

What do you miss most from your childhood?

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After poking around on Pinterest for awhile last night, I found myself reminiscing about things that I miss from my childhood. The biggest thing I miss is my grandmother. Gosh how I adored that short, grey-haired spitfire. She was definitely the anchor that kept us all grounded and glue that kept things together. Her passing left a wake of brokenness in the family and void that could never be filled. Some of my fondest memories are of her knitting endlessly and magically and always kicking her leg out to block me from trying to sit on her lap – both of us laughing in hysterics the entire time. Sheesh. I really miss those days.

Here are some other things from my childhood and teen years that I desperately miss: Read more

Left-Handed Monks

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In the Ponti household, conversations are often strange, off topic and inappropriate. I will say that this is the first time we have ever talked about monks. Read more