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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.
Aug
27
2015

That Time I Tried A Home Network Marketing Business

I JAMMED MY FOOT INTO THAT GLASS SLIPPER, DAMNIT. IT JUST WOULDN'T FIT.

That Time I Tried Network Marketing

So. I did it. I took the plunge - and I did something I never thought I'd do: network marketing.

I even wrote a blog post a couple of months ago talking about it as a great 9-5 career alternative for mom's (and it is). But here is the thing:

It wasn't for me. 

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Aug
27
2015

Which Back-to-School Outfit Would Your Daughter Choose?

A Dad’s Survival Guide to Dressing a Fashionista at Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh

Which Back-To-School Outfit Would Your Daughter Choose?

My eldest daughter is a fashionista, she comes by it naturally. My wife and I both worked in retail clothing stores as young adults, and looking good has always been something that was impressed upon me. My mom always made sure I was dressed well - as my Vuarnet shirt and Ikeda overalls will attest to. The understanding that there’s a difference between looking presentable and being obsessed with beauty standards is a tricky line to walk.

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Aug
27
2015

Is Pornography Bad For Your Relationship?

It could be, if it's done in secrecy or with shame

man watching porn alone

Is watching pornography when you’re in a relationship a problem?

The answer depends on the people involved and their feelings about porn and each other.

Pornography, in and of itself, is a form of entertainment. Yes, it has very naked people, and some of those people can perform astounding feats of sex the likes of which ye have never seen! But for many people, porn is similar to books, TV, movies, sports or hobbies. It’s a fun, pleasurable pastime - something they might enjoy with a partner or on their own.

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Aug
27
2015

Learn From This Mom's Scary Close Call With A Bath Chair

Always stay beside your baby when taking a bath

safety first swivel bath seat

Mom Suzie Dyball had a terrifying close call while bathing her seven-month-old daughter, Felicity, and doesn't want the same thing to happen to other parents. 

Everything was going swimmingly when Felicity's bath chair tipped and became unbalanced, causing the baby's head to slip underwater. 

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Aug
27
2015
Chicken doesn't need a slow braise to be tender, which is why you can prepare this dish in 30 minutes. And here’s a tip: you can even make this in 20 minutes if you brown the chicken and chop the vegetables ahead of time; just grab them from the fridge at mealtime and you’ll be dishing up dinner in less time than it takes to have pizza delivered!

Chicken stew is one of the heartiest, most comforting meals. My kids have always loved it, and these days they frequently ask for it so they can take the leftovers in a thermos for lunch. Unlike beef, chicken does not need a long, slow braise to be nice and tender, which is why you can actually prepare this dish in 30 minutes. And here’s a tip: you can even make this in 20 minutes if you brown the chicken and chop the vegetables ahead of time; just grab them from the fridge at mealtime and you’ll be dishing up dinner in less time than it takes to have pizza delivered.

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Aug
27
2015
how to bond with your teen using books

I love teenagers. Really… no sarcasm font required. They’re such a fascinating mix of bravado and vulnerability, developing their own sense of self and sense of humour. They’re fun and funny… but they are not communicative. Without real effort on my part, I think my own teen boys could devolve from full sentences to caveman grunts in a matter of hours. 

Books are a great way to communicate with your teenager, and these are my top five tips for making that connection.

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Aug
26
2015

Back-To-School Sleep Prep 101

Make sure your kid has the healthy sleep habits they need to do well in the fall

While the summer brings us endless days and fun family trips with sun, surf, and sand, it also can take away your family’s usual sleep routine. For two months, bedtimes are pushed out later, and morning lay-ins are the norm. It’s not surprising that when kids head back to school, they struggle to get back into their routine—and everyone feels it.

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Aug
26
2015

7 Common Reasons Why Your Baby Is Struggling With Solids

Why your baby might not be munching as well as expected

Feeding from six to 24 months is often referred to as “the honeymoon stage of feeding” because babies and toddlers tend to accept foods well, experimenting with and tasting anything parents put on their trays, or offer by spoon. This is why picky eating rarely occurs during this stage and surfaces in the older-toddler or preschool years instead.

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Aug
26
2015

Nacho Everyday Vegan Cheese Sauce

A DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE, SOY-FREE, FLAVOUR-FULL ZESTY nacho "CHEESE" SAUCE

Vegan and nut-free nacho cheese sauce. It works great as a cheese sauce substitute for macaroni and cheese too!

When I was pregnant with my younger son, my number one craving was Greek salad. My number two craving was - wait for it - Cheez Whiz on toast. I don't know how many loaves of bread and jars of Cheez Whiz I went through for those nine months, but I probably should have bought shares in Kraft. 

During that time, I also fell in love with nacho cheese sauce, the kind that comes in a jar and gets heated up in the microwave before being eaten with a family-sized bag of tortilla chips. What? The baby wants what the baby wants. 

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Aug
26
2015

The 'Star Wars' Inspired Baby Name That's On The Rise

May the baby naming force be with you...

This Star Wars Inspired Baby Name That's Becoming More Popular

When it comes to choosing a baby name, may the Force be with you. For some parents, settling on the perfect fit for your newborn may pit moms- and dads-to-be against each other in the ultimate galactic battle of wills. 

According to the Social Security Administration's top 1,000 names in the U.S., more and more parents are drawing their inspiration from popular TV shows and movies, including the Star Wars franchise.

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