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I used to workout at a gym. Then for a while I PAID to workout at a gym that I never actually went to. For some, the gym is a healthy break mentally and physical, but for me, as...
Smoking during pregnancy has been taboo for at least a generation or two now, but with more and more states legalizing marijuana researchers are finding it too can negatively impact a baby’s health. Researchers from the University of Buffalo Research...
My daughter is a creative-type person. She always has been and will spend hours quietly coloring, crafting and doing just about anything that involves markers and imagination. So, I was shocked when she walked onto the soccer field last...
With summer in full swing throughout the United States most people are thinking of sunshine, swimming and backyard barbecues. But this year there is also something else you should be thinking about; bugs. Due to the unusually warm winter and...
It took me seven years to convince my husband to paint the fireplace. Seven. Long. Years. I honestly don’t think he ever really agreed to it. He just accepted that I was going to do it, like the way someone...
My husband and I have a bit of an idealized vision of Austin, Texas. Billed as a family-friendly destination full of culture and music, he and I have discussed wistfully moving there in the past. However, we thought maybe...
Postpartum depression can be gripping for mothers of newborns, debilitating even. Now a new study says men may be dealing with PPD too after a new baby. The study, which was published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, found that...
I don’t often post about make-up here and there’s two reasons for that. 1. I’m very strict about using make-up products that are cruelty free. A few years ago, I found out the main brand I was using, a very...
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Online bullying is a problem that’s plaguing our society. Perhaps made more evident by the actions of adults in this no-holds-bar world of tweet storms and Facebook attacks, online bullying doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But...
A diverse cast of characters tug at your heart as you’re plunged into life on the Mississippi River in Before We Were Yours. Written by Lisa Wingate,  this is a fiction book that centers around the systematic kidnapping and...
Being a single parent can be tough on anyone, but research is now showing that being a single dad can have a greater impact on the lifespan of a man. New research from the University of Toronto reveals that single...
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