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Marriage is not easy and when you add in added responsibilities, change, and chaos - it can be even more challenging.

Parenting is not easy either and getting used to life with a newborn can be hectic and add in an unhappy coupling, it just makes for a miserable postpartum period.

There are many challenges that face couples who welcome a new baby into their life and learning how to navigate those common issues and problems can mean a big difference for the strength of your ...

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Your due date is just around the corner, and you're getting everything ready -- you've got the baby's room ready, you've got the house all clean (but not too clean), you've got a name picked out (one boy name and one girl name, just in case the doctor was wrong about the sex), and you've started lactating like crazy. Your boobs have just magically become the fountains for youth, and you need a little mouth to feed.

It's actually not all that easy for some moms -- the breast milk part, ...

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The Big Book of Parenting Tweets is a brand new just out today illustrated collection of 300+ tweet jokes, real-kid conversations, and snarky one-liners from more than thirty of the most hilarious Twitter comedians to ever change a diaper. It was curated by Kate Hall of Hall of Tweets, edited by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler of Science of Parenthood, and illustrated by Jessica Ziegler. As I flipped through my copy of The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, I just couldn’t stop ...

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holiday felt crafts

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is crafting with my kids. Since all three of my kids are young, the easier the craft the better. Felt is a favorite craft material in the Stavish house. Here are some adorable felt crafts you can help your child create.

Felt Countdown to Christmas

Cut various-sized ornaments out of felt and have your child decorate them with glitter and glue. String a festive craft ribbon somewhere in your house and hang the ornaments on the ribbon ...

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There is nothing wrong with embracing your status as a nerd. I couldn't have said it any better than John Green: "Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself love it. [...] When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'you like stuff.' Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, 'you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.' "

So, if you want to check out some stuff you might like -- a lot -- for you ...

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Basketball shorts.

That's what my children want to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Because that's what my children want to wear everywhere.

No regard for weather, or dress code, or occasion. Just basketball shorts and those dri-fit shirts and sneakers and tall socks. All day. Every day. No matter what.

Only, guess what?

Mama don't play that.

I may only be able to count on one hand the times that I put my fashion foot down and stomp on their style autonomy, but ...

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I can't believe we've hit the holiday season already! I swear I just dug out the shorts and t-shirts out of the back of the closet for the kids, and here we are already needing sweaters and winter jackets.

While it may seem like December is still a little while away (and we should wait until Thanksgiving has come and gone before we think too much about the holidays in December), it will creep up on us just as quickly as the cold has.

If you have a young toddler who is just at ...

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If a pregnant woman went to her doctor and said, "Guess what, Doc? I'm really short of breath these days," he or she may not think anything of it. 

After all, pregnant women are notorious for being out of breath due to the fact that there is a human being wedged near the lungs and all, right?

Well, the rather surprising (and scary) truth is pregnancy may be masking the very serious reason behind being short of breath -- and it could be deadly. 

What many pregnant women ...

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black friday

Way back when I was a career woman, I worked as a women's apparel retailer for a department store. One of my responsibilities was to plan for our sales events, including the after-Thanksgiving Sale, which is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And I can tell you from experience that there is tremendous pressure on retailers to deliver fantastic sales promotions that will drive customers into the store and get those customers to open their wallets and spend their ...

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When you first find out you're pregnant, there are probably a lot of things on your mind -- when your due date is, how much your body is going to change, what you're going to name your baby. There are a lot of exciting changes to happen over the next 9+ months.

It's important to not only talk about what your pregnancy is going to be like, but you also need to make sure you're planning for when the baby actually arrives -- yes, before your baby arrives. Just as you and your partner talk ...

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