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Back to School, the Case for Home
by Katie Newingham

I've been avoiding writing on this blog topic for multiple reasons. Mainly because as all of my friends are getting their children ready to go back to school, I'm pretending like the summer is never ending. As most moms are pushing back bedtime by 15 minutes every night to ensure their child gets a full night of rest before the first day of school, I'm letting my children stay up until they crash.  read more


Lifestyle Category

It Takes a Village: the cost of competitive parenting

About a year ago, I took a step back from writing about my experiences as a new mom. I started to feel like I had nothing to offer our readers. An observer... , I noticed other moms making three layer Elsa cakes, keeping their homes immaculate, their children were dressed in matching outfits with bows, and I was barely making it to the preschool pickup line on time. During this period, I'll call envy, I had faced a series of personal failures: my novel got rejected, wasn't bringing in enough money to sustain itself, my writers were fatigued, and my son nearly drowned – this was the last article I wrote. Coming so close to losing him, I was ultimately derailed from writing anything, much less parenting articles. I came to believe I was a terrible mother and my kids weren't safe with me. There were really good people in my life, a

Health Category

Swim Safety + Learn CPR Online

by Kristen Townsend We spend month's planning our summer vacations: booking family friendly hotels, getting the best deals on tickets to attractions and packing just the right a... mount of clothes and toys to make our adventures fun.  But many of us overlook planning for our children's safety in new locations.  Hotels have pools, attractions often have water rides and beaches have rip tides. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1-14 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and most of these deaths can be prevented.  Consider this, a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under as reported on the Orange County California Fire Authority website.  Yet many parents arrive to the pool or beach without the proper s

Fitness Category

Plank Your Way to a Stronger Core

by Amy Welch After having a baby, most moms feel the urge to get that baby weight off… FAST!!! Despite your enthusiasm, please be patient. Doctors recommend waiting ... eight weeks before exercising after a c-section and six weeks after vaginal birth. After giving your body time to heal, focus on the core muscles, including back and stomach muscles. They help control movement of all our extremities, so even when picking up children or their toys, the core muscles are used. Watch Video on Planking There are many exercises you can perform to target these muscles, including the While

Beauty Category

3 Skintastic Fixes for Summer

Want fabulous, glowing skin but your mommy routine barely allows for a daily shower? Pamper yourselves with these 5 minute fixes for summer skin!  ...   1.  Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate. Exfoliating is crucial to maintaining healthy skin, sloughing off the old so the new skin can shine through. One of the quickest ways to exfoliate includes something called "Dry Brushing." You can pick up a bath brush near the loofahs at any major drug or grocery store for usually under $8. Right before you hop in the shower, shed your chapped layers by literally brushing your skin. Simply "Dry Brush" from your feet up paying special attention to your ankles, knees, and elbows. It takes 5 minutes and it's one of the least expensive w

Charleston, SC

Family Friendly Festivities to Celebrate Independence

Red, White, Blue and Green (Summerville Town Square) Sund... ay, June 30th, 2013 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (843) 821-7260 Admission: FREE Downtown Summerville will be transformed into an Independence Day street festival. Summerville D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) will be hosting the annual Red, White and Blue on the Green. There will be face painting and crafts for kids. There will be a dunk tank for adventurous adults. The $3.00 ‘games wristband’ will include unlimited games, unlimited jumping in the jump castles and unlimited tries to hit the target and burst a water balloon…over someone’s head!!!! There will be live music by Bad Moon Band and food vendors with scrump

DC Metro

Getting Great Family Photos

by Courtney Richardson With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are thinking about having our family portraits taken for gift giving. But if professional portraits don’t... fit into your budget, here is a suggestion for getting great pictures without breaking the bank: Get together with friends. This is a dual-purposed activity. You get higher quality pictures and a fun time with friends, for the low price of FREE! Find another family that’s willing to trade off photographer and posing duties. Choose either one of your houses or a meeting place in the area, and take turns taking photos for each other. This way, you avoid the hassle of the ten-second-timer and your friends are likely to elicit some genuine smiles. Either you can each bring your own cameras, or you can share (preferable if only one family has a professional quality camera).

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