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Andi LaBrune

Andi is all about having a joyous life, living in the present moments. Rocking it out on the homestead with her husband, 9 blessed children and some chickens and ducks, it's home for her in northern VA. Using her background as a certified Holistic Practitioner and dabbling in numerous hobbies, she also freelances & blogs the skinny on the latest @ www.GetTheSkinnyOnEverything.com.

When You Aren’t Ready: Freeze Your Eggs

When You Arent Ready Freeze Eggs

It’s time; your biological clock is ticking, you are single and you want a baby, now! However, there’s one thing missing… the father.

Meet Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, a woman who was ready to have children, but she had yet to meet the father. Unfortunately, as life continues, so does the age of her viable eggs. In such a fast-paced atmosphere called life, the options available to you through technology are so diverse, you simply have to choose which one. So what did she do? She froze her eggs, of course! 

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“Cut it Out!” Cereal Box Tops With Dave Coulier

Remember those red dotted lines on the top of your favorite cereal box? The Box Tops; and now Box Tops is celebrating a major milestone by reinforcing its commitment to schools and offering new ways for people to get involved. Imagine if critical items like musical instruments and library books went missing from elementary schools around the country. Actor and comedian, Dave Coulier joins General Mills and Box Tops 4 Education to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday and show what the world might be like without Box Tops in the “Don’t Be Absent from School” campaign. As part of the initiative, he will be featured on specially marked packages of Cheerios cereal to help launch a sweepstakes that will give away $1 million in Box Tops for schools and remind people that every clip counts. Are you ready to cut-it-out?

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Need The Love Spark Back In Your Marriage?

Arguments, misunderstandings, the kids, and overall busyness of life are the makings for a strained marriage if left unchecked. So what do you do if this has been left unchecked for way too long? Tolerate it? Live in it anyway and hope that things will get better just going through the same mundane motions day after day? If you are expecting a different outcome while relying on hope alone, continuing through the motions… let’s face it, you could use a bit of the love spark in your life. How about 30 days of LoveSparkMe? 

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How to Avoid 10 Typical Parenting Blunders

Parenting is one of the noblest privileges known to mankind, and like anything worthwhile it comes with particular challenges and lessons to be learned along the way. Making mistakes and fumbling around a bit can be a vital part of the adventure and the learning process. That’s if we recognize our failures, and use them to hone our parenting skills as we press on bravely raising our kids as best we know how. Sitting back and taking stock every once in awhile is a valuable exercise which can help you go forward with renewed insight. This article will describe how to avoid ten typical blunders and stumbles which can easily happen along the parenting road. With these few tips under your belt, hopefully you can dust yourself off and continue on parenting… with a smile.

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Relax, Rejuvenate & Revive With Akasha Meditation

Stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, and drained… when life happens, this is just a snippet of emotions and feelings that can wash over you like a relentless wave – pounding away repeatedly at you day in and day out. There’s more to life than just struggling to survive and pushing through the hardships that come your way. When you desire to gain more from your life, destress with ease, and intentionally give up the the way of life that constantly beats you down, meditation may be the key to unlocking your greatest potential.

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Building Character In A Selfie World

We all want to raise our children to be good people with strong character, and in a recent national parent survey, an overwhelming majority believe that in today’s social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Compassion, Honesty, Generosity – How Soon Should Parents Start Helping Their Kids Develop These Traits? Believe it or not, nearly half of parents surveyed think that preschool age is too young to begin learning social-emotional skills, skills like how to be generous, getting along with others, and compassion. So, how soon should you start… the answer may surprise you.

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Valentine’s Day Travel Deals

Whether you want to plan a casual romantic getaway or an adventure whirlwind romance trip, you’re sure to find exactly what you desire, not only in your lover’s eyes, but within your final destination. While you are shopping around and looking for the perfect place, don’t forget about the thing to do this Valentine’s Day. Forget doing just the getaway, get out there and do something different, fun, and amazingly sexy, for couples and singles! 

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Can You Afford A Large Family?

… of course that depends. How many times have you heard, “If we were in a better financial place, we’d have more”? What exactly does that mean? When pressured a little bit more into what that really means, you realize that that was just the short cop out response. No actual dollar figure was ever mentioned, or location preference; nothing tangible as far as being measurable. So how do you really afford a large family if you want more children? What is your measurement? And if your spouse isn’t into having more children because they have been deemed “too expensive”, well then, perhaps they are, or perhaps there’s more to discover about children and how much they really cost once you put a figure to it.

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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Germ Etiquette

You don’t necessarily have to be in the throes of the “cold and flu” season to effectively spread germs. So in order to minimize your exposure when you are under the weather, there are a few gestures you want to instill as well as some well intentioned actions in order to stop the spread of germs. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that it’s not just about lathering yourself in antibacterial creams, lotions, and soaps. Perhaps the best way to stop the spread of germs is to practice these etiquettes as well as a course of action your employer will appreciate.  

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10 Tips For Choosing A Gym Membership

It’s about that time of year where you may be thinking: I need to get healthy and start working out. You’ve already decided that joining a gym, whether it was the constant voice of your nagging best friend (who had the best of intentions of course) or your inner critic, is your next step. Whether you live inside the city limits or not, you’ve got more than just ‘I need a place to get healthy at’ to consider when it comes to signing up for a gym membership. Do they provide child care, lockers, or even decent equipment? Whether or not you are a beginner gym hunter (or huntress), here are ten tips to help you make that leap into fitness before signing on the dotted line and beginning your venture to a healthier lifestyle with a gym membership. 

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Warm, Dry, And Fashionably Cute with The Original Muck Boot Company

All you want this winter is to bundle your little people up, keep them warm, and looking halfway decent. It would be a bonus if not only were they bundled, warm, and looking so adorably cute, but they’re dry! There’s nothing more challenging with snow (and melting snow) than having your kids feet stay warm and dry after hours of playing. Not only that, but some of us have outdoor chores and our own playtime to do – keeping your feet warm, dry, comfortable is exactly what you want in a winter boot. There’s nothing wrong with also adding in a bit of sass to the functionality of your boot. Muck Boot Company has combined comfort and high performance with style to bring you the best footwear on the market. 

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The Gift of Life From Womb To Womb

This may not be a story you’re accustomed to hearing, but it’s a story many mother’s who struggle to have their own children may long to hear. The story of the opportunity to simply be… a mom. To carry a child in her womb, experience the hiccups, kicks, and the precious heartbeat that exhibits a new life growing within her body. Now, this has been made possible through embryo adoption. An adoption that was made possible straight from conception, giving you the full experience to “Mom”  even though the child is biologically someone else’s, just like adoption. Through the heart and eyes of Anabelle Peterson, she gave life from her womb into another’s.  

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DIY – A Recipe for Budget-Friendly Bathroom Renovations

From simple updates like switching out hardware and paint, to more complex installations like a new vanity or floor – there are some go-to techniques and products from The Home Depot to help make any bathroom project easy.

Meet Kelly Edwards, lifestyle expert and HGTV and STYLE Network TV host, she’ll show you that adding a bit of vintage charm to a basic bathroom or turning a dated bathroom into a contemporary space is a breeze with the right equipment and know-how. It is possible to spend as little as $200 or as much as $2,400 transforming a bathroom. Here to help you cook up some tips for a simple and stunning bathroom makeover is lifestyle expert and host of “Design on a Dime” and “Tacky House”- Kelly Edwards. Grab a power tool, it just may be your new toy to your newfound hobby. 

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Giving Thanks The Fried Turkey Way

John McLemore is at it again, but this time, not only is it tasty and delicious with his signature techniques, but it will save you copious amounts of time this Thanksgiving. Imagine spending the holiday season actually giving thanks for the time you have to gather with friends and family. Instead of the traditional way of cooking a turkey, meaning hours of basting and watching that bird – be with your family and use all of your oven for the delicious side dishes that will beautifully compliment the tasty bird that we’ll show you how to fry up just right. Save time, infuse flavor, impress guests, and indulge this holiday season – all the while, giving thanks. 

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Daily Mom’s Toys LIVE Holiday Extravaganza

“What am I going to get the kids this year??” If that’s not the most forefront question on everyone’s mind, we don’t know what is! After all, if you aren’t thinking about your own little prince and princess, you’re more than likely an “auntie” or “uncle” to someone special in your life. 

Our Holiday Toy Bash on Facebook Live provides you with some of the best ideas for gifts this year. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that we’re not featuring the latest digital gadget that seems to even outsmart the best of us! Nah, we’re featuring amazing brands that have your child’s developmental, creative, and thought-provoking interests in mind.


Be sure to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,600 worth of giveaways! We have partnered with several brands to bring you some of the things you may not have realized existed out there beyond the latest big-box game system. We are bringing these ideas to you LIVE on our Facebook page on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM EST. Check out the information below to learn more so you don’t miss out on some cool toys and amazing giveaways!

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