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

My Favorite Pins of the Week

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It’s no secret…I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. Whether managing my clients’ various accounts or pinning to win something, I absolutely adore this social media platform. Here are a few of my favorite pins from this week:

We all need to do a little Poe Dancing via You Know it Happens at Your House Too‘s board TEE HEE:

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Things I Don’t Want My Daughter Growing Up Believing

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I always wanted to have a daughter. After having three boys and knowing instinctively each time that I was carrying XYers, I kind of gave up on the dream. I didn’t think being the mom of a little girl was in the cards for me.  And I accepted that reality. My boys were the greatest gifts, and I was a pro at raising the male population.

Things really do change in a heartbeat. Twelve years after having my last son, I became pregnant again. From the moment we first read the positive result on a home pregnancy test, I just knew. I knew she was coming.  Everything told me that inside I was carrying a little girl, an XXer.  She arrived in December 2011, Alessandra Rayne. Read more

Boys. Motherhood. Math.

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Caden is a great kid. He’s smart, personable, athletic and, most of all, loving. Not a day goes by that I don’t get a hug or a kiss goodnight, which really warms my heart considering he is at THAT age – the age when all kids pretend they don’t have parents and when in their presence, refer to them using their proper names. Boys have a tendency to do this much more often than girls – at least that has been my experience. I guess I’ll find out firsthand now that we have a little human girl in our lives. Thank you Miss Aless. Read more

MommiFried’s Easy, Awesome Meatloaf Recipe – Great for Busy Moms!

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Preparing meatloaf does not have to be complicated or include an endless list of ingredients – even though most recipe sites hint otherwise. Below is my easy, awesome meatloaf recipe, which is great for busy moms (and dads, too). Enjoy! Read more

The MOM League vs. The Lingerie League

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I didn’t realize until today that we have an entire realm of football being desecrated by foolish antics and women running around in thongs and push-up bras. I’m a BIG fan of college and NFL football, and take the game probably way too seriously. It’s a tough sport with a lot of injuries and to see a mockery being made of it by a bunch of women who failed to make the cut for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, well, I’m not impressed. Introducing the Lingerie Football League. Read more

What is in tapioca pudding? Frog’s eggs you say?

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It dawned on me the other day that I was told some wild stories when I was litte. From guacamole being lobster poop to liver being dried steak, it’s no wonder I don’t eat anything that I don’t immediately recognize. I was also told that the round, jelly looking things in tapioca were frog’s eggs. I never followed through on finding out what exactly was in this pudding, primarily because I don’t like it, I don’t eat it and, frankly, I don’t care. My kids took one look at this stuff on the store shelves and were like “NAH”, so there has never been a reason for me to poke around and find out if amphibians are hatched via pudding. On a freaky Friday, no less, I decided to poke.

Here’s a Skype conversation I had with my best friend regarding my lack of tapioca knowledge: Read more

Uninspired and Hostile

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I’ve been struggling in the writing department this week. My full-time job has been over-the-top stressful, leaving me feeling unmotivated and uninspired. Actually the issues and events that I’ve had to deal with have turned me into a walking assassin. It’s to the point where I even insulted a children’s program this morning. While watching the first five minutes of the first Barney episode ever I found myself asking out loud, “Who in the hell sings songs like this?” And, “Why are these kids pants pulled up to their necklines?” It was enough to make me want to gouge my eyeballs out with a spoon. I finally had to turn it on to Dora because half of what she says I can’t understand and you’ve got to give the girl a little respect for knowing how to read a printed map. Read more

What Really Happens at Kids’ Birthday Parties

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I’ve never been a fan of kids’ birthday parties – whether throwing or attending. I know this makes me sound like a horrible mother, but there’s something about these parties that, for me, is like having to go to the dentist on a Monday morning. They might look fun and innocent on the surface, but you can damn well bet there is shit going down – sinister, weird, mean, crazy shit. Read more