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

No More Passive Parent Homework Participation

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As parents, we are held accountable for our kids doing their homework. I totally get this and completely agree with the mentality and approach. What I don’t agree with is a relatively new tactic that teachers are using. Google docs! Just look: Read more

Walking, A Bittersweet Milestone

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Aless recently started walking as shown in the video below (little bugger). She took her first steps at just 9-months-old and at 10-months, it was official. It’s crazy to see such a tiny, little thing running across the floor! Crawling is only an option now when we try to put shoes on her. She detests anything on her feet, even socks. You’d think we were sticking her tootsies into freezing water or hot coals! Silly girl! Read more

Poop Transplants, Exploding Ketchup & Yahoo! Oh My!

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 1 Comment

Since Marissa Mayer took over, a wild, crazy side has emerged at Yahoo!. Take, for example, their landing page. Arriving there today made me stop, scratch my eyeballs and look again. Here are a few of the headlines and popular stories:

Why Is Counterfeit Ketchup Exploding in New Jersey?

‘Poop Transplants’ May Combat Bacterial Infections

First ‘Klingon Wedding’

Skeleton of French man found in bed after 15 years

In case you’re wondering, they really do move poop from one human to another. From the article:

“Researchers transplanted fecal matter from healthy people into the colons of people infected with the notoriously hard-to-treat Clostridium difficile bacteria, which causes severe, watery diarrhea. The researchers found that 46 out of 49 patients got better within a week of the treatment.”

What.The.F. Read more

Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Crock Pot

Posted on by Crystal in Gram's Recipe Tin | 2 Comments

I tackled another recipe from the “Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook” yesterday. This time it was Chicken in a Pot, which I am officially calling Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Crock Pot. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more tender, flavorful bird in my life! It was to die for! We finished it off with garden-fresh steamed green beans and rosemary and garlic oven-roasted potato wedges. Check out the video of it simmering here: Read more

The Maine Earthquake (Assquake?)

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I’m a few days late posting about the events of this past Tuesday, namely the earthquake we had here in Maine. It’s made news around the globe, so I’m sure you’ve heard about it. If not, Twitter is a great place to get the scoop AND antidotes. You’ve been warned. 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

Posted on by Crystal in Book Reviews | 3 Comments

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