A few nights ago at dinner (heavy topics always seem to come up at dinner), my son asked me why people would want to smoke. We talked about smoking being bad for people's health and all the negative effects it has. He was able to list a lot of them as we talked, but then he pressed a little further. "But if people know it is bad for them, then why do they start?"…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 15, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments
My little bear hears his alarm, turns it off and shuffles out of his bedroom to my desk where I write this blog. He scrambles into my lap, we snuggle and I ask him some basic questions to determine his morning mood.
(Bad mood days are generally turned around by showing my son pictures of cute baby animals or…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments
I recently went through my work calendar and made a whole lot of appointments with myself to move more. I figure that if it is on my work calendar I will be more likely to do it, and it will also prevent someone else from getting on my schedule if I show as booked. I then went the extra step (no pun intended) of recruiting someone at work to do this with me. (I have found that accountability helps me stay on task.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
Breathe easy is often easier said than done, especially when you are trying to keep up with a busy family. But you need to take care of your health to be able to take care of others. Mental capabilities and stamina are both affected by the health of our lungs to some extent, and life can be…Continue
Added by Stacey Doyle on February 3, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments
As human beings, we are definitely creatures of habit. We find a routine we are comfortable with, one that fits into our daily lives, and we happily stick to it. Oftentimes to the point where we don’t even realize we have fallen into a rut, and have become uninspired and unmotivated. Many people are afraid to try…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on February 1, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
I was looking through our family photo albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I love that he still does that.) He was about three years old in that particular album and as we looked through the photos and I told him stories, I realized how much time he spent following me around. If I was in the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 30, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication such as texting, emails, social media, and image and video to harass, intimidate, defame, or otherwise harm another person. It can be an individual or a group against another individual or group. It can range in severity from…Continue
Added by Rachael Murphey on January 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Because my son is an only child, he tells me that he gets "bored" and "lonely" quite frequently on the weekends. I am not sure if this is a result of him being an only child or not, as it generally happens after his screentime is up and he is unsure of what he wants to do next.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
I'm back to work and lots of my coworkers have stated that they plan on getting healthier in the New Year. I'm not big on resolutions (I like challenges instead), but I try to remain supportive of their efforts and take walks with them whenever they need a buddy. I think that anything we can do to move more in the day is a good goal.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 11, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Anna Rathkopf on December 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I have a knack for remembering the theme songs to 80s television shows and commercials. (My husband is both in awe and disturbed by this "talent.") I would like to think that this is some sort of mental agility on behalf of my amazing memory, but the reality is that I watched too much TV and those jingles were meant to be catchy. So, they stuck in my brain, much like how I was stuck on Band-Aids brand ('cause Band-Aids stuck on…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 28, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
Most moms have so little time to get into a regular home exercise program. Not only do they get so busy taking care of the kids, some of the today's moms also work at home, which makes it even harder to get to the gym or join a health club. There are errands to run, shopping to do, housework, soccer practice,…Continue
Something very silly occurred to me the other day, as I was thinking about how I don't make enough time in my day for exercise. My problem is that I have been looking at my schedule for a large block of time, but the truth is I don't need that. I just need 15 minutes.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
I am happy being the mother of one. My husband and I are satisfied with our family size and neither of us is pining for another baby. Don't get me wrong - I do sometimes wonder what life would be like with a second child (and it usually scares me a bit). Also - at least in my mind - I think of myself as too old to have another baby.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
I have not been running as regularly as I should. Every morning, I flip through the list of excuses of why I shouldn't run today:…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments
I took yoga in college, and I loved it. I felt that it was a great way for me to relax my body and my mind in the middle of a hectic workload. I learned how to stretch out my body, how to move for both relaxation and for energy and how to breathe.
It's funny how often I forget about that last…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments
Questions You Must Ask Your Surgeon Before Breast Augmentation…Continue
Added by Virginia Eastman on November 9, 2016 at 12:22pm — No Comments
Creams Vs. Pellet Therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy, also known as natural hormone therapy helps with the normal restoration of biochemical balance in our body. It does not aggravate your risk of any side effects or complications in the long term as is seen with synthetic hormonal formulas. Having said that, the benefits and efficiency of the BHRT depends largely on its…Continue
Added by Olivia Clark on November 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Selecting a primary care provider for your family is no easy task especially since it can trickle down into a matter of life and death if the wrong decision is taken. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind to ensure that you make the right choice.
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Added by Zyana Morris on October 20, 2016 at 7:40pm — No Comments
It must have been a particularly bad dream.
My son doesn't have bad dreams very often, but this one was awful enough for him to leave his bed, make his way down the stairs and traverse through the dark all the way to our bedroom. I woke at the sound of our door opening. He wasn't crying, but I did let him…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 19, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments