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Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer, a Pilates instructor, a dance teacher, a choreographer ... 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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Kim Shannon
Have you heard how the privileged “1 percent” does Disney? They hire handicapped tour guides so that their children don’t have to wait in lines.
It’s gross – I know.
After hiring their Dream Tours guide, these upper-crust families are then able to enter Disney World through a “more convenient entrance” and proceed to the front of every line with their wheelchair- or motorized scooter-using guide.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Kim Shannon
Do you frequently experience social network-inflicted stress? After seeing other image-sharing mothers’ posts and pins, do you feel pressure to ante-up your motherhood skills?
If so, you are not alone! According to a TODAY Moms survey, Pinterest is stressing out at least half of us moms! In fact, “A whopping 42 percent of [surveyed Moms] said that the image-sharing site has caused them anxiety.”
The survey also proved that most of the anxiety/stress/pressure/I’m-not-good-enough Moms feel is self-inflicted. And Pinterest isn’t the only vehicle to blame.
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Kim Shannon
You might know Sherri Shepherd as a comedian, co-host on The View, and actress. But did you also know that she is a loving mother, a dedicated wife, and suffers from Type 2 Diabetes? In her latest book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It), she teaches us how to reevaluate our relationship with food and find true health (and happiness!).
Sherri’s story isn’t about spending a lot of money on expensive gym memberships and gourmet chefs, nor is it about finding that extra time to work out. “Extra time” just doesn’t exist for us mothers! She wrote about the little things she did along the way, which resulted in a more than 40 pound weight loss and a new attitude for life.
Monday, May 06, 2013 by Kim Shannon
I knew it. I just knew it. Remember when our children dropped their pacifiers on the floor and we didn’t have anything to rinse them off with, so we used our mouths? (Don’t lie – you know you did this too.)
Now we pacifier-sucking parents have our validation. Not only are we resourceful during a crisis, we make our children stronger and healthier at the same time. According to recent findings, parents who suck on their child’s pacifier to clean it may be inadvertently reducing that child’s risk of developing allergies.
See? A mother just knows these things.
Friday, May 03, 2013 by Kim Shannon
Would you let your children begin their college educations at the age of 12?
Mona Lisa and Kip Harding have 10 homeschooled children – six of whom started college by the age of 12. Four of their children have already received college degrees and went on to become a doctor, an architect, a spacecraft designer, and a master’s student.
Finding this hard to believe? There’s more! Here is the breakdown ...
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Kim Shannon
More than 800 people have been arrested for smuggling a white powder out of Hong Kong; but this “white powder” is not a dangerous drug. It’s baby formula! The amount being smuggled is getting out of hand, so much so that authorities have stepped in and set some serious rules.
Are we looking at a future that involves an international ring of baby formula smuggling?
Chinese parents look outside of mainland China for baby formula because in 2008, the formula available in China was contaminated with a thickener, called melamine, and 6 babies died from it and hundreds of thousands were sick. And now, because Chinese parents are still worried about the formula sold within the country, Hong Kong authorities are dealing with a nasty formula shortage.
Friday, April 26, 2013 by Kim Shannon
There is a time and a place for everything, right?
When a woman is dating or falling in love, her mind, heart, and soul are consumed with thoughts of him. Is he thinking about me? Will he call me later? He was a little standoffish last night. Did I say something wrong? I wonder if I can accidently “BUMP" into him later today … And between the late night phone calls filled with conversations about life, and the mid-day texts to just say hello, I bet it’s difficult to find time to schedule that 22-week prenatal checkup appointment.
Pregnant and Dating, a new WE tv reality show that’s set to air on June 1, will focus on “five single moms-to-be who are on the lookout for love.” According to a press release for the series, “Not even pregnancy will keep these women ‘out of the game.’”
Monday, April 22, 2013 by Kim Shannon
A breakthrough treatment for women with an aggressive type of breast cancer has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new medicine has helped those affected by the disease live longer, such as Atlanta resident Ann Wertz.
Ann played a crucial part in the clinical trials for this new treatment. She was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in May 2005; but in 2011, after the cancer had spread to her liver, bones, and lymph nodes, Ann was told she did not have long to live. With a husband and two children to inspire and push her to live, she began receiving an investigational medicine, called Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine), through a clinical trial.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Kim Shannon
Did you know? This week is National Painting Week! And whether you’re planning a big home makeover as part of your spring cleaning or simply imagining your little one’s nursery in a new, exciting color, style expert and TV design star Paige Davis knows exactly what you should do to revive and brighten your home!
EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson, director of content, chatted with Paige to learn what sort of changes people are currently making to their homes, which paint products are best, how to use color to breathe new life into our homes, and why NOW is the time for homeowners to take their homes (and nurseries) from drab to fab! This is what Paige had to say ...
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Kim Shannon
Do you value your best friend’s advice, your mother’s experiences, and your online communities’ opinions, more than your pediatrician’s? When you decided to vaccinate your child, delay a vaccination, or disregard the immunization schedule entirely, how did you come to that decision? Who makes up your “source network”?
You might have turned to doctors, read books, looked at websites, and checked magazine articles for information on the benefits and risks of immunizations, but your real influence came from of your social network, according to recent studies.
Parents are “more than 1,500 times more likely to not adhere to the CDC’s vaccination schedule for their children” when their network recommends to not follow the guidelines.