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

All Heart on the Football Field

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Caden played his first middle school football game today. It was bittersweet. On one hand they lost. On the other, having just enough players to make it onto the field, they played with tremendous heart and soul. I imagine from our team’s perspective it seemed like a formidable task lied before them. It sure appeared that way to the adults.

Pulling up to the field, it looked like an NFL farm team, if there were such a thing, was getting ready to play. These kids were huge – towering over our average size team members. We later concluded that human growth hormones were being pumped through the water lines or there had to be an educational deficit in the school system with boys being held back two and three years. They were so gosh darn big. There were also 25 or more of these young giants, greatly outnumbering our boys. Read more

A Pictorial of My Mood Today

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Today sucks ass. There is no way to sugarcoat what I have experienced since waking up at 4:30 (thanks Aless) this morning. It actually started last night just before I was going to bed. I went back to reread my latest blog post and discovered that some of the sharing links were not working. I frantically tried to fix the “issue” for two hours before finally giving up. This put me to bed well past midnight. I couldn’t sleep because I was aggravated and pissed off that I couldn’t fix the “issue”. Read more

Is the term “mommy blogger” unacceptable?

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I’m rather new to this whole mommy blogger world. It’s been exactly two months since I started my mommy blogging efforts, and I’ve been having a fantastic time meeting other mommy bloggers and moms around the world. It was brought to my attention, however, by a mommy blogger no less, that mommy blogger is now an unacceptable description; that I should use a term like “lifestyle blogger” or just blogger. What?

Unsure if I should take this advice to heart, I went in search of an answer as to why “mommy blogger” might be considered an unacceptable description (because I didn’t think to ask – I was too shocked to hear this) and what the general consensus was on using the terminology. In a recent article mother and author Kate Hopper stated, “Once something is labeled “momoir” or a “mommy blog” people don’t take it seriously as literary venture.” Fair enough, but a difficult statement to substantiate. Heather Armstrong, whose writing is impeccable, is one of the most well-known mommy bloggers. She is taken seriously as literary venture and deeply respected in the literary world. There are others, as well, including Scary Mommy’s Jill Smokler, The Bloggess Jenny Lawson, Alice Bradley of Finslippy and the list goes on. These women have written bestsellers, author popular columns and have been featured in countless publications. And they have achieved literary venture through their respective mommy blogs. Read more

I learned something about myself this week

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The past three weeks have been particularly rough – the trying to fit a square into a circle kind of rough. Alessandra’s sleep schedule has been upside down and I fell into a state of perpetual exhaustion. Just the thought of having to walk to the bathroom or fold a load of laundry was enough to wear me out. It has also been a period of adjustment with Nick returning to work and not being here to help. He doesn’t have the most daytime-friendly hours right now either, so we are currently doing the “two ships passing in the night” thing, making life even more tiring. Until today, which I’ll explain later, I’ve been a walking zombie. But the truth is I have no one to blame but myself. Read more

Pass the placenta, please.

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Am I the only person who doesn’t get the whole “give birth, devour the placenta” trend? Seriously, I am forever scarred at the thought of parents cooking and biting into their child’s afterbirth. I’m even more mortified that some would eat this raw. What.the.f. are you people thinking? To me, it’s the equivalent of eating a kid’s dried up umbilical cord piece after it falls off or even gobbling up their first poop. You wouldn’t eat those, would ya’? Of course not. All of it – gross. Read more

Rewards & Responsibility: How I Got My School-Aged Child To Stop Pooping His Pants

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On one of my favorite mom blog discussion boards, a fellow member spoke openly about her frustrations with her 7-year-old son constantly pooping his pants – even while at school. Despite their best efforts, she has been unable to break her son of this less than pleasant habit.

I had a similar experience with one of my own school-aged sons – who shall remain nameless. For a period of more than two years, he constantly pooped his pants and then tried to hide the “evidence”. I’d walk into his bedroom and instantly smell something hideous. Somewhere lingering in a drawer, behind a bureau or tucked behind boxes in his closet, I knew there was a pair of underwear with days-old poop stuck to them. To make matters worse, my son would also hold his poop causing ongoing problems with constipation.

We tried many tactics – from talking opening with him and trying to reassure him that it was okay to have an occasional accident, but it was not okay trying to hide it to scolding (not appropriate in this situation, but we were desperate) and taking away special privileges – but nothing worked. We did seek the help of his pediatrician, who prescribed mineral oil daily and Miralax as needed. This helped with the constipation end of things, but not with the accidents.

After constantly having to buy new underwear and bombarded with accident after accident, I, as a mother, couldn’t take it anymore. I finally broke down and set up an appointment with a local child psychologist. It was the best decision I ever made with respect to this situation. The psychologist came up with a game plan that literally saved our lives. Read more

Decadent Whoopie Pie Cake Recipe

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As many of you know, I was born, raised and still live in Maine. I love this state which is home to the likes of L.L. Bean, lobster, Moxie and the infamous whoopie pie. Although some states claim to have “invented” whoopie pies, it is considered synonymous with New England and believed to have been “invented” in Maine back in the 1920s.

Also “invented” in Maine is the whoopie pie cake, a decadent, melt-in-your-mouth dessert fit for a King (or Queen). It’s relatively easy to make and a great treat for the kids! Enjoy! Read more

I Won A Pinterest Contest!

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In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that I had been slightly addicted to Pinterest contests for a few weeks back in June. I also said I wasn’t going to spend any more time entering future ones. Well, I kinda’, sorta’ didn’t follow through with that statement. During my vacation a few weeks ago, I entered a few that looked particularly interesting. And wouldn’t ya’ know, I won one! I received notification yesterday that I was one of two Grand Prize Winners of the “Creating Home OutsidePinterest contest from Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio and Home Outside. My winnings – a complete home landscape design makeover. Read more