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Kim Shannon

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children’s books, each containing about 4-6 chapters before the project was abandoned². Kimberly gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Hannah, in the midst of all her aspirations (also known as June 2007). It wasn’t long before she realized that Hannah was a mini-version of herself, and the greatest adventure began (also known as Karma³). “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West ¹ Has not found perfect balance yet. ² Is currently working on 11th. ³ Sorry Majah.

pregnant at work

Is it time for all working, pregnant women to rejoice? Or shall we pick up our pitchforks and begin marching in protest against the latest label given? What will our signs say?  “LET US BE DISABLED!” or “WE ARE NOT DISABLED!” “This is an enduring problem in America’s workplaces – we’re not where we need [&hellip
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sick child

Wyatt Schmaltz is a charming three-year-old boy. Like many other boys, he likes to pretend he’s a policeman and enjoys placing his brothers in “jail.”   There’s a new sheriff in town … Except, instead of running rampant through hallways and backyards as children often do, Wyatt is in a hospital bed at Indiana University [&hellip
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baby and mother co-sleeping

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re exhausted. But your ravenous little one, whom you only just fed a few hours earlier, is once again screeching for immediate relief from this life-threatening hunger you’ve imposed upon him. “81 percent of SIDS deaths in infants under the age of 3 months could have been prevented by not co-sleeping.” [&hellip
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woman in labor

A woman goes through pregnancy with a confident vision of where and how she will deliver her child. By confident vision, I mean the unwavering assumption that once she arrives at her pre-selected birthing location, her body will naturally do what it was intended to do: serenely push her new child into this world as [&hellip
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awesome mom sunscreen

Our ever-so-knowledgeable experts are at it again! New reports claim that sunscreen: increases your chances of getting skin cancer, causes developmental issues in animals, irritates your lungs, and triggers asthma attacks. “Lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.” – The Vitamin D Council So if you’ve spent the majority of your [&hellip
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She’s just so: fat, skinny, obese, anorexic, butch, sinewy, thick-boned, bean-poled … With all of society’s predefined hypercritical judgments that outline what makes a woman “beautiful” and “healthy,” it will come as no shock to learn that your precious newborn baby’s body has been included into culture’s rulings.  Mothers “eating for two” are seemingly at [&hellip
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crying baby

The gloves are off! California’s Nightmare Nanny recently declared that she’s not a squatter—she’s a victim! Once you’ve learned both sides of the story, it’s hard to not wonder what really happened … When Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte fired Diane Stretton, their 64-year-old live-in nanny, she refused to leave their home and also refused to work. [&hellip
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During your first trimester of pregnancy, your body experiences many changes. While some of these changes are exhilarating, others can stifle your breathtaking journey. Exercising will not only improve your mood, it will also prepare you for childbirth; but you’ll need to proceed with care. Make sure you discuss your exercise routines, new or old, with your healthcare provider. If he or she gives you the green light, give these 14 exercises a try – we promise you’ll love them!
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About Kristin Ripley

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


Kristin Ripley is a Tampa, Florida native, and has been active in sports and fitness throughout her life. She was a competition level dancer for 9 years and was involved with various sports such as cheerleading, tennis, track and field, and volleyball as a child and teenager. Kristin has always found a great interest in [&hellip
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During your third trimester of pregnancy, your body is continuing to experience exciting changes; but with your due date nearing, your body’s rapid development can be exhausting. Instead of exercising, you probably feel like taking a nap. Remember that keeping a regular exercise routine can make labor and delivery much easier. Stick to these 14, wonderful exercises – with your healthcare provider’s permission – and you’ll be snuggling your little one in no time
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