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

Gestational Diabetes: Tips for Keeping You and Your Baby Safe

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Each year, gestational diabetes affects 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States. Inevitably, the female body undergoes several common alterations while pregnant. Having increased levels of blood sugar is one of them. For some, it gets to an all-time high that needs to be carefully regulated and may result in prescribed medications. Whether you’re diagnosed or not, educating yourself is crucial when maintaining a healthy balance for you and your developing child. Read below for some tips on keeping you and your baby safe during pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Read more

Acts of Kindness Bucket Lists

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Has it been difficult to find the silver lining in life’s challenges lately? If you’re like many families who feel like 2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. But what to do to combat summertime blues? Why not try an activity that provokes generosity and kindness!  Read more

Boost Your Resume With An Online Certification

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Given the unfortunate reality that many people have been laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis, ResumeNow has put together a comprehensive list of free courses that can help individuals bolster their resumes and stand out as job applicants.

If you’re not looking for work or to enhance your resume at this time, these courses are also a great way to expand your knowledge base. If you are currently working from home, you may have more time to dedicate to learning. If you’ve wanted to deepen your knowledge in a particular area or learn something new entirely, now may be a great time to do just that. Read more

7 Best Online Games for Kids to Play in 2020

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Most children play video games for about 2 to 2.5 hours per day, according to a recent survey. If you’re working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and wishing they would play more to keep them occupied, there are plenty of games that they can play on the Internet. Here is a list of some of the best online games for kids to play in 2020. Read more

Acts of Kindness Ideas for Your Whole Family (Free Printables)

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As most of us are spending a little more time at home, it’s the perfect time to show those close to you how much you care about them. Even though social distancing may still be in place, there are some easy ways to brighten up someone’s day without coming to close in contact. From randomly calling up someone you love to just tell them how awesome they are to smiling at a stranger, it may be fun to spread random acts of kindness with your family.

You may find yourself happier the more you contribute your time and energy to your community — maybe even feeling like a million bucks. Not to mention, that heartwarming feeling you may get when you see your family want to help out those who need it. Even though you may have to keep your distance, there are a few ways you and your family can show your community support without breaking your budget. Read more

Mammogram FAQs: What You Need To Know

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Each year in the U.S. there are about 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men and 230,000 in women. Mammograms, along with regular clinical assessments and monthly breast self-examinations, are a key factor in the early diagnosis of breast cancer.

A mammogram is an X-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any signs of abnormality. Knowing what to expect during your first mammogram can help reduce anxiety about the procedure. Read on to learn more about the process. Read more

How To Prevent Hearing Loss In Your Children

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Discovering hearing loss in a child may come as a shock. However, it is not as uncommon as you might think. Compared to 20 years ago, 15% more kids experience issues with hearing. Additionally, 20% of children in the U.S. aged 6 to 19 have permanent hearing loss.

In order to make a proper diagnosis, it is important to recognize the symptoms and causes. For instance, if your child does not respond to your instructions or jokes, he or she might have trouble hearing. Additionally, playing music at a higher volume could suggest more than teenage rebellion. Read more

Fun Ideas for a Family Game Night

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Are family members just too busy with their devices and smartphones to interact with each other like they used to? Gathering together in the hall with fun games to play or having conversations around the dining table might seem like a distant memory.

There are plenty of things to do on the weekend, and it might be a good idea to bring back that old-fashioned game night (without electronic devices). Families are getting together on a Saturday night to spend quality time playing family board games and having fun at home. They can sound thoroughly quaint and unique these days. Game night at home might just be a refreshing alternative to going out to restaurants or movie theater. What’s more, there are many fun ideas for family-friendly games.

Here are just a few options that you might be able to implement right away. Read more

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