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Maple cake on stand

Living in the Northeast, I always believed that maple syrup season happened during the fall, just as leaves began to turn from green to red and orange, the air grew cooler, and pancake making was in full swing, right? Not so! I just learned that spring is actually the time to harvest the syrup of the gods, which I guess makes more sense—trees begin to soak in the warmth of the April sun and weep out sap that has been stored after a long, cold winter. To celebrate this newfound knowledge, I ...

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Unless my son decides to appear on his own, I have, at most, eight days left of being pregnant for the last time, ever (well, that’s the plan, anyway!). Knowing that this special time as a woman is coming to an end for me, supposedly forever, has made me look back and think of all the things I’m going to miss.

I know, some of you are staring at the screen, as you try to keep your morning sickness at bay, and thinking, “Um, lady, are you crazy?”

No, I’m absolutely ...

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favorite finger foods

It’s hard to believe that my third child, Ryker, will be a year in just a few more months. This first year has certainly flown by! As a third child, he has met most of his milestones far earlier than my first two. He is also my biggest baby of the three. My first son struggled with weight gain and had a difficult time transitioning to solid foods. My second son was on the small side, too, yet he started eating table food at 6 months. We did a combination of baby food and solid food when ...

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second trimester

The second trimester is a huge time of growth for your little one. Here's a sneak peak at what's going on in there!

Your baby has doubled in size. 

Since the first trimester, your baby has more than doubled in size. Which, when you think about it compared to our growth as adults, is absolutely mind-boggling. From a tiny embryo invisible by the eye, to nearly 10 inches long by the fifth month, your baby is making some astounding strides in the growth department. 

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My mom always made sure to introduce new, healthy foods to my sister and me when we were little, which is how we learned that strange-looking foods like starfruit, pomegranates, and artichokes are delicious. She made trying new things and eating healthy things fun. I want to instill healthy eating habits in my kids while they're young so that they don't grow up shunning food that is good for them. So lately, I've been revisiting Japanese eating habits—the ones I learned when I was little ...

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Bullying is such a difficult topic to deal with, so you can probably imagine that different schools try different things in order to combat it. Just recently, fifth graders from Zeman Elementary in Lincoln, Nebraska, got a handout that listed the school's tips for combating bullying, and they are, might I say, the most ridiculous set of tips that I have ever seen for dealing with bullying. Not only do these rules create a sense of Stockholm Syndrome, but they turn the victim into the ...

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organize artwork

Even though my sons and I enjoy creating artwork at home, I have managed to keep the piles of artwork tame. Since they rarely do anything but worksheets at daycare (that's another topic altogether), I don't have a lot of their artwork laying around the house. When we create art at home, it's usually seasonal or a canvas that can be easily hung on the walls. This is all about to change this September when my oldest son starts kindergarten. When talking to other ...

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means, with the warmer weather, people will be flocking to the beaches and swimming pools. If you're pregnant this summer, maternity swimsuits have come a long way as far as fashion and comfort. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time, trying to find a maternity swimsuit was not easy. There were only the ugly one-pieces that seemed to ride up in the all the wrong places and not provide the coverage and support I needed. That's not the case ...

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It's true what they say about modesty during pregnancy -- it flies right out the window from the get-go. Tests, shots, and constantly dropping your pants in a sterile office are all hallmarks of the typical American pregnancy.

Today we're talking about some of the pregnancy realities that get a bad rap, from forcing pregnant women to fast to infection screenings that verge on TMI territory. Learn what you can expect, what these things all mean, and how they feel.

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Little kids are adorable. They’re sweet, full of love, and very silly. They love to hug, they give the best kisses, and when they learn to write, they write the best love notes.

The research is in, and it is clear that yelling is not a good thing. Neither is hitting of any kind. Or handing out random consequences in a moment of frustration.

So why isn't parenthood a breeze? Because those adorable little bundles of love can also be exhausting ...

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