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Mommy Makeover: Is having children necessary to get one?

Becoming a mother entails many physical changes that can greatly affect your self-esteem. And while maintaining a healthy lifestyle does help you resolve the undesirable outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth, it can still fall short at times. However, thanks to advancements in the field of…

How to Easily Order Your Favorite British Brands from the United Kingdom

If you have visited the United Kingdom as much as we have you already know that there are products and brands that you love there that you simply cannot buy in the United States no matter how hard you look. What’s a mom to do when she wants British…

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The price of fame

I don't ever want to be famous. Not that anyone is actively offering this as an option for me, but fame is not on my short list. There seems to be an undercurrent thread of heartbreak and downward spirals often associated with being a celebrity (at least according to all those Behind the Music episodes I watched and all those news stories on former child stars). I aspire to live a quiet life with my family and friends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 8, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

My husband's other mom

Sometimes my Mother and my husband trade texts. I have decided this is unbelievably sweet (as long as they aren't discussing me).



For her part, my Mom adores my husband - she calls him when she needs help with something, they have been known to refer to each other as "son" and "mom," and she has always…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

When you didn't go home for the holidays

The holidays are a big deal in our household. Although Christmas is not my favorite holiday (it's Halloween, in case you are wondering), I really enjoy giving the "perfect" presents, and the food and the extra time spent together. I like the decorations and find joy in the idea that we are celebrating each other and another year of being together.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 30, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments

When the breath stops, for a while

At the beginning of December, on my birthday I gave myself a very peculiar gift. I found a lump in my right breast. A little round, pea sized, lump. My breath stopped by the idea, by the feeling, by the enormity of it.

What did I do? I went on google. The biggest mistake a person could make? Probably, so. I went to my husband. His breath stopped.

Yank’s worst nightmare? His mom had breast cancer, 23 years ago. Nightmare, shitload of it, the feeling of the biggest fear and a…

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Added by Anna Rathkopf on December 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Privacy and Identity: Theft in the 21st Century

Privacy and Identity: Theft in the 21st Century

In the digital age, the privacy and identity of you and your family are always in danger even though a wide range of technological advances can make you safer than ever before. Thieves strike at any moment offline and online using a variety of tactics to steal your personal information. Especially at risk are aging, technology-illiterate parents and your innocent, not-yet-jaded-but-knows-how-to-use-your-phone-better-than-you…

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Added by Rachael Murphey on December 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to Turn Your Basement into a Teen Hangout Space

As any parent can attest, having a teenager in the house can be challenging. Along with the hustle and bustle of a teenager's life, there is the task of making sure everyone can have enough space to themselves. For teenagers, this may involve finding a spot in the house to create a hangout especially for them and their friends. While some people may have a spare bedroom for this purpose, many parents are converting their basements into hangout spaces that teens can have…

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Added by Suzanne Winchester on December 22, 2016 at 5:29am — No Comments

4 Great Holiday Stocking-Stuffer Ideas for Your Teen Daughter

As any mother will attest, the relationship she has with her daughter is truly something special. With the holiday season in full swing, there's no doubt there will be numerous opportunities for moms everywhere to show just how much they care. However, trying to find that perfect gift idea for your daughter to use as a stocking-stuffer can be more complicated than you might think. However, there's no need to…

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Added by Suzanne Winchester on December 19, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Thanksgiving: Focus On Gratitude

Thanksgiving is this week, and I am going to be honest with you. I’m not feeling very thankful. Things have been a little rough for me lately, and it’s not just the presidential election bumming me out. Every morning my kids head off to school, and I mindlessly go through the motions of my day. I exercise, I eat…

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Added by Rachel Braun on November 21, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dinner at home

As mentioned before, I am the primary cook in my family. I love cooking. And I feel secure enough to admit that the idea of cooking for my family has been integrated with what I think constitutes Mommyness for me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

The TV isn't invited to dinner

Sometimes when my husband has to work late, I give my son a special treat and let him watch a movie while he eats dinner. It's a rare event, but one that I can justify since most of our dinners are spent around the family table, eating and talking about our days. That together time at dinner is important to me, as it is one of the best parts of my day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

All those vacation days...gone

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing group of people who report into me at work. But I am on their case right now: I want them to take some time off. I'm asking them to look at their calendars from now until the end of the year and plug in the days they want off. I am not worried about being understaffed over the holidays or about them taking days all at once - I am worried that they will not use their vacation days at…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 26, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

Vacationing at home

My son wants to know when we are going on vacation again. It is a subject he is highly interested in as of late. It may be because we've had some really memorable ones as a family and he wants to recreate the adventure, but my guess is that he just wants a break from school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Q-Wunder Games

Hello sweeties, my family and I had the amazing opportunity to play this truly fun board game from EQtainment called Q-Wunder.  My son who’s 3 years old have wanted to play everyday since receiving in the mail and to be honest we all love playing it too.

EQtainment is on a 

mission to improve emotional…

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Added by Daphine H. on October 7, 2016 at 4:31pm — No Comments

The World's First Smart Trampoline is Available for Your Family

Trampolines offer an exciting way to get in shape, and they provide hours of laughter-filled fun for your family. This bouncy form of cardio helps strengthen your back muscles and takes the pressure off of your knees and spine, without the trauma of a hard surface workout. It's also hailed by celebs, fitness gurus, acrobats, gymnasts and even NASA astronauts, who rely on trampoline workouts to rebuild lost bone tissue from being in a weightless state, as one of the best exercises. However,…

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Added by Angela Smith on September 22, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Spending too much time alone

Like most parents, sometimes I just want to be left alone. You know, just for a few minutes. Long enough to read a few emails, or take a bath or write a blog post. But, I think most parents wish to be left alone because we all know that it is a short-term situation. Eventually, we will be surrounded by loud noises and chaos and faces with peanut butter on them.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 14, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments

How Motherhood may change Us

-You will never get your figure back

-You will always need more sleep

-You may develop bladder problems

-Your house will be a mess

-You will not be interested in sex

-Your boobs will sag…

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Added by Mari Corona on August 19, 2016 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Party

In this post: The Force Awakens games, food, costumes, art, and our parody video. Please join us :).

Star Wars

Hello, dear ones! I’m so excited to share this post with you. I will admit that I was never a fan of the original Star Wars movies. My husband and eldest son love them. I really enjoyed the new Star Wars movie, though.…

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Added by Amber Dover on August 12, 2016 at 2:41am — No Comments

Titus 2 Word Study Part 3: Motherhood

Titus 2 Motherhood

Hello, dear ones! Please join me for a word study on motherhood. Even if you are not a mother, you can use what you learn in other relationships. You are an example to the children in your life, whether that is a niece/ nephew, or kids in the youth group at your church. Also, I encourage all Godly women to find…

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Added by Amber Dover on August 12, 2016 at 2:21am — No Comments

Love Letter To My Sis-in-Law About To Have Baby #5

Dear Amazing Mom, Beautiful Sis, Faithful Friend, Devoted Wife to My Brother & Loving Aunt to My Kiddos,

Can I be you when I grow up?

Sure, I’ve got you by eleven years and your current four children are age 7 and under, while my three are 18 and over.

So what?

Age and family dynamic are relative. We’re all “growing up” each day. The journey of life is timeless. Wisdom merely represents a singular point on a static spectrum.

Moms out there need to…

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Added by Shelby Spear on July 4, 2016 at 9:27am — No Comments

Please go home, Mom

Sometimes, I work late.



It's not intentional, but things happen, and I work a little later than I originally intended to. It's not frequent, as I am a huge advocate of the work/life balance for my employees, and I believe in setting a good role model for them and showing them that I don't work late (at least…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

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