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After leaving my husband to tuck the kids into bed one night, I headed downstairs to indulge in my secret "me" time–walking on my treadmill at the lowest possible speed setting and watching trashy reality shows on my phone.

After about an hour of my "workout," I heard the distinct sounds of my two-hundred-and-then-some pound husband sprinting full-speed upstairs.

Never a good sign. 

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I remember when I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy - I was excited, scared, and soaking up all the information I could about the next stage: labor and birth. The idea terrified me, I'm not going to lie. It didn't have a lot of experience with this whole thing - and being the first of my friends and siblings to have a baby, I relied a lot on reading about it.

There was a big difference between what I read about labor and what it was actually like to go through it. I realized I ...

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thank you gifts

Now that school is in full gear, the next few months will be a blur. Before you know it we will be roaming the store aisles searching for Halloween costumes for our little ones; after that, the holidays creep up quickly and you are once again wandering around the stores, searching for gifts for people who are hard to buy for. From distant relatives to grandmas who truly don't need another coffee mug, nothing says "thank you" or "I love you" like a handmade craft from your child.

Here ...

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I was pregnant with my oldest son on September 11, 2001.

It’s one of those days that every American adult seems to have a story about. Most of us can easily recount what we were doing when we heard, how we found out, who we talked to first, who we lost.

It’s a piece of our history that is still difficult to talk about. But giving voice to the events and the emotions surrounding it is important, and sometimes, that voice will be heard by our children.

As a mother to a ...

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reduce the risk of postpartum depression

After suffering from postpartum depression with my son, I was bound and determined not to go through it again with my daughter. During my son's babyhood, I was sad and anxious, and chalked it up to being a first time mom. After crashing in a fit of rage and tears almost eight months after my son was born, I decided I needed to finally address my feelings - and I never looked back.

I was nervous before I got pregnant that I would have to go without medication for anxiety, but fate ...

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One parenting challenge that I've faced in the past couple of years is teaching my children responsibility. I want to instill this in them at an early age because I believe teaching them this is guiding them to a life of independence and reliability.

Deborah Gilboa, M.D., also known as Dr. G, says in her book Get The Behavior You Want ...Without Being The Parent You Hate! that teaching kids responsibility early on sets them up for ...

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At almost nine months' pregnant, I plopped down at the top of the stairs and started sobbing. 

My 2-year-old had just pooped in his crib, removed his diaper, and proceeded to make an indescribable mess, the 4-year-old and 6-year-old had been playing "crafts," which meant sneaking scissors into their room and cutting up papers into teeny, tiny little pieces all over the floor, and it was barely 10 o'clock in the morning. 

I was exhausted, it was 90 degrees outside, and I felt ...

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The topic of female friendship--especially its ebb and flow--absolutely fascinates me. I'm not the only one. In 2013, editors Jessica Smock and Stephanie Spengler exploded onto the book scene with an anthology filled from cover to cover with poignant essays about friendship. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the golden were all delved into. Readers devoured each essay, but this duo kept finding themselves drawn into dialogue about a gutsier portion of the book--the one that covered friendship ...

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digital photos

I am guessing that most of us feel lucky if we even manage to get all of our photos off of our phones and cameras and onto our computers. But once the photos are there, the process of reviewing them and then doing something with them is just too much!

But just think--if you had a system of storing and organizing photos, you would actually be able to find and enjoy the photos you have, find a particular photo if you are looking for it, and perhaps even turn some of your photos into ...

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When you find out you're pregnant, you pretty much brace yourself for the nausea and vomiting since it's one of the first signs you anticipate. While not every woman will experience pregnancy nausea, most do and for me - it was brutal.

I had terrible nausea and vomiting for the majority of my pregnancies and it didn't relieve itself until after I delivered my babies. At the beginning in the first trimester, I wondered how I was going to survive the morning sickness (well, truthfully it ...

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