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When you think of fall, you probably think cooler temps, earlier sunsets, changing leaves, Halloween, and pumpkins.

I love the cooling off of fall, I'm good with getting The Dudes in bed earlier, I have offspring to rake my leaves, and Halloween is my favorite holiday.

But, pumpkins?

Shiver.

They're a mess to carve and I hate pumpkin pies, passionately. I swore off of pumpkin flavored things in the 8th grade and haven't looked back.

Until I got this pumpkin ...

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A few months ago an article featuring the word SEXY crossed my feed. It gave me enough pause to take a look, but the content made me keep scrolling: photos of women mid-orgasm. I’ll admit that my mind started wandering with important questions, mostly about the logistics – where was the photographer? What did the pre-photo session sound like? Just… how? And… why? I did, indeed, keep scrolling, but one of the first comments in the thread caught my eye: Why is sex the only thing ...

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is honored every year on October 15th as a way to honor and celebrate our babies who are no longer here. It's a wonderful way to give back to the community in a positive way in honor of your child and help spread awareness and support for others grieving loss.

In the child-loss community, a "Rainbow Baby" is a child who has been born after the child you lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant loss. And while they in no way ...

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15 Awesome DIY Halloween Costumes

Whether it's baby's first Halloween or he's a seasoned pro at the trick-or-treating thing, you want your child to look awesome this Halloween! And rather than settling for a store-bought costume, you should look into creating something unique yet adorable. Need some inspiration? Here are 15 awesome DIY Halloween costumes!

#1 No-Sew Elsa Dress

This beautiful Elsa dress was created out of a white t-shirt, fabric, and tape by Carrie from Carrie Elle, and it cost her less than $15 ...

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slacker-parenting

If you're currently expecting a little bundle of joy, you may be wondering only one thing:

How on earth will I survive parenthood if I'm constantly this tired?

So, in response to that, I have good news and bad news. The bad news? That exhaustion really never goes away. In fact, it may get worse.

But the good news?

We have a few tried-and-true tips for surviving as a "slacker" parent without guilt. Your secrets are safe with us.

I trick the kids into cleaning the ...

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We all know what word association games are, right? You know, the ones where I say a word and you tell me the first thing that pops into your head? Well, we're going to play that right now.

Here's the word(s):

Baby Bump.

Did you think of pregnancy? 

Of course you did. Baby bumps and bumpies are all the rage now, and they should be! Pregnancy is awesome! But there is one aspect of pregnancy that isn't necessarily a crowd favorite.

The post-baby body. You've got ...

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Babies come with a lot of responsibility.

Perhaps that goes without saying, but when I first became a parent, I could never have dreamed about how much my brain would expand to incorporate all of the tasks that become natural to me on a day-to-day basis. A peek into my flow of thinking these days may go something like this:

"Ok, the baby's turning two months, better make a doctor's appointment for her and next week's her baptism, better send out some invitations and check ...

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Every year on October 15th, families around the world remember. If it's not a significant day to you, chances are you're not a part of this club, one no one asks to be a part of, but one that we take seriously if we've been made a member.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - where we honor, celebrate, and remember babies who have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and other causes of infant loss. It's a day where the community of other ...

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For days, I knew that something was amiss. She whispered her worries, as she does every night, while we snuggled up in her bed and waited for sleep to set in. She told me the best parts of her days and she told me the worst. I listened, empathized, and hugged her worries away. I sent her off to sleep with happy thoughts and relaxing stories, but, still, I knew there was more to the story.

They were isolating her. At age 7, her friends were isolating and manipulating her. She didn't ...

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When I came across an article the other day shockingly titled, "Cry It Out: The Method That Kills Baby Brain Cells," I felt an internal wave of mom guilt and hurriedly clicked on it. 

Because, allow me to admit it: 

I have let a baby or two "cry it out" on occasion. 

And I never stopped to ask the question--does crying it out hurt your baby?

According to an article on Psychology Today, this idea theorizes that because babies release the hormone cortisol when ...

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