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Your Weekly Pregnancy Guide

The good, the bad, and the belly. We help you get through your pregnancy, one week at a time.
Apr
24
2015

WATCH: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Having a Baby

Number One is guaranteed to open the floodgates

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How do you prepare to become a parent? All over the world parents are busting a gut, LOLing at this question.

Truth is, you can't. Nothing can truly prepare you for the title of Mom or Dad. But the parents in the latest must-see video by Extra Space Storage have some pretty sweet and sound advice to get you on the right track.

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Apr
24
2015

5 Easy Actions You and Your Kids Can Take to Reduce E-Waste

How Kids Can Help Combat Electronics In Our Landfills

How Our Kids Can Help Combat the E-Waste Problem

Many of us tend to want the latest and greatest when it comes to gadgets. Because of the work I do, for certain electronics, I'm definitely one of those people. I'm going to take a wild guess and say you like to keep up to date with the latest too! Am I right? The latest smartphone with all the new must-have features, the hottest e-reader that can hold more books than your old one, or the latest PVR so you can record two shows at a time while you watch another.

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Apr
24
2015

This is What Every Stressed Out Parent of a Toddler Needs

Knowing more about the nature of toddlers helps parents interact with them better.

I won’t forget the day I slumped into bed, sobbing uncontrollably, thinking, “I actually don’t know if I can do this,” which was the moment I knew myself and my family were in trouble. This was spending another day as a mother of a one and three-year-old.

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10 Great Reads to Get Your Book Club Talking

Stumped for your next Book Club selection? We've got you covered with these conversation-inspiring novels.

10 Great Reads to Get Your Book Club Talking

Jennifer Hicks lives a fairy tale life…she toils in an ivory tower by day, and in a dungeon of homework and dishes by night. A frazzled mother of two teenage boys and a precocious tween girl, she seeks sanity in dark coffee and light reads. She considers a night out laughing with friends to be the best medicine, and is on the constant search for the twin Holy Grails of the perfect red lipstick and classic white dress shirt. 

Follow Jennifer on Goodreads to see what she’s been reading, and on Twitter at @JenTrend to see what she’s thinking.

- See more at: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/jennifer-hicks-reading-between-the-lines/20150204/5-books-to-read-if-you-re-missing-parenthood#sthash.58E88q81.dpuf

Jennifer Hicks lives a fairy tale life…she toils in an ivory tower by day, and in a dungeon of homework and dishes by night. A frazzled mother of two teenage boys and a precocious tween girl, she seeks sanity in dark coffee and light reads. She considers a night out laughing with friends to be the best medicine, and is on the constant search for the twin Holy Grails of the perfect red lipstick and classic white dress shirt. 

Follow Jennifer on Goodreads to see what she’s been reading, and on Twitter at @JenTrend to see what she’s thinking.

- See more at: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/jennifer-hicks-reading-between-the-lines/20150204/5-books-to-read-if-you-re-missing-parenthood#sthash.58E88q81.dpuf

Jennifer Hicks lives a fairy tale life…she toils in an ivory tower by day, and in a dungeon of homework and dishes by night. A frazzled mother of two teenage boys and a precocious tween girl, she seeks sanity in dark coffee and light reads. She considers a night out laughing with friends to be the best medicine, and is on the constant search for the twin Holy Grails of the perfect red lipstick and classic white dress shirt. 

Follow Jennifer on Goodreads to see what she’s been reading, and on Twitter at @JenTrend to see what she’s thinking.

- See more at: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/jennifer-hicks-reading-between-the-lines/20150204/5-books-to-read-if-you-re-missing-parenthood#sthash.58E88q81.dpuf

Jennifer Hicks lives a fairy tale life…she toils in an ivory tower by day, and in a dungeon of homework and dishes by night. A frazzled mother of two teenage boys and a precocious tween girl, she seeks sanity in dark coffee and light reads. She considers a night out laughing with friends to be the best medicine, and is on the constant search for the twin Holy Grails of the perfect red lipstick and classic white dress shirt. 

Follow Jennifer on Goodreads to see what she’s been reading, and on Twitter at @JenHicks26 to see what she’s thinking.

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It doesn't matter how long Seinfeld has been off the air: whenever I hear the words "Kung Pao," I think of George Costanza. George likes spicy chicken! Fortunately for me, my children have started to take an interest in Seinfeld reruns, and so they do not immediately raise their eyebrows and exchange meaningful glances when I repeatedly say "Nicole likes spicy cauliflower!" while preparing this meal. 

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Apr
24
2015

10 Avocado Dishes to Enjoy Before the Shortage Hits

THE AVOCADO SHORTAGE THAT WILL DEVASTATE US ALL

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I am trying not to panic. I am deep breathing right now, because there is a drought in California that indicates a pending avocado shortage. YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. AN AVOCADO SHORTAGE. 

Sorry, I didn't mean to alarm you. BUT THERE IS GOING TO BE AN AVOCADO SHORTAGE. 

*deep breathes*

RELATED: How to Properly Open a Avocado

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Apr
24
2015

Spring Clean Your Sleep Routine!

Start the Summer Season Well-Rested

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It’s the time of year where we de-clutter, clean, and purge all that’s accumulated throughout the winter.

Have you thought about also giving your sleep a Spring clean? Sometimes our sleep routine and environment needs a little sprucing up too, so while you’re windexing the windows, give thought to what needs to be done in the bedroom.

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Apr
23
2015

How to Fuel Active Kids - the Healthy Way!

Plus A Game to Make Smart Snacking Fun for Kids

How to Fuel Active Kids - the Healthy Way!

Summer means lots of active play for kids. This year, my six year-old son will begin his third year of soccer. He loves to run, and I love any sport requiring no special equipment besides a jock, cleats, and shin pads. But the thing that I don't love about soccer? The foods parents usually bring for the team as an after-practice snack when the kids are hot, sweaty, and in need of refueling.

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Apr
23
2015
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We grew up during a golden age in children's entertainment. We had Raffi, and Polka Dot Door, and The Friendly Giant. We had gentle adults who spoke kindly and sang sweet songs about elephants and spider webs.

We had Sharon, Lois & Bram.

These performers had careers that lasted through a generation (and sometimes two) and plenty of our own children enjoy them today. It is a circle of what I consider a gentler breed of children's television. 

That circle just got smaller.

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Apr
23
2015

5 Reasons Your Book Club Should Read Historical Fiction

Plus, Get Up Close and Personal with Historical Fiction Authors During the Timeless Tour

5 Reasons Your Book Club Should Read Historical Romances

Being a member of a book club is an excellent excuse to escape everyday life where you have to deal with everything from toddler tantrums to tween drama time and teen tribulations. As a mom, I know this strategy first hand! As the host of both virtual and real life book clubs, I also know how important it is to mix things up and bring some variety to the book club table. A book club is the perfect opportunity to add some history, mystery, and romance to your reading list through historical fiction novels. Why not have your book club venture into this genre?

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