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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. She's the voice for Mompreneurs who want to get Sh!7 done! www.IAmCoachAndi.com.

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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Active Moms Recovering After Baby: Cinch It

Congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or 5th, as an active mom, you surely deserve and need your down time with your new baby. However, it’s no secret that you probably are longing and desiring to get back to your active lifestyle. One of the drawbacks new or veteran moms deal with is the restoration of your core – the belly. Your belly did an amazing job of holding your child within your womb, now it’s time to give it back some love. With a loving hug by Cinch Signature Tummy Wrap, it’s the perfect solution to help support and tone your belly after a natural or c-section birth!

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Autumn Fashion From Melody Lane

If you didn’t have to ask yourself, “What am I going to wear?”, how much time would it save you – allowing you more time to savor your spouses’ glances rather than the glares of, “We’re going to be late… again”. Welcome to your wardrobe’s savior – Melody Lane; where fashion meets everyday real life. Discover fashion that meets all the needs and all the seasons of your life. From being a singleton woman straight through to motherhood, Melody Lane has you covered… literally. This fall, adorn yourself in autumn colors – dressing you casually or formally from head to toe. 

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What’s Really Going On In Your Dog’s Head?

We take our dogs to daycare when we’re at work. When we go to the vet, the doctor asks, “What’s going on today with your baby?” That’s because for most of the 54 million households in America that have a dog, our pet is truly a member of the family. Yet, a new survey reveals that dog owners have a lot to learn about our pets when it comes to healthy aging, the human/dog bond, canine brain health, and what it takes to help keep our best friend’s cognitive skills strong.

Dr. Brian Hare, canine cognition expert/researcher at Duke University and Founder of Dognition, has teamed up with Purina Pro Plan to educate dog owners about brain health and give us tools to help support our dogs’ physical, cognitive and emotional well being. Let’s play smart with our furry kids!

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The Diagnosis That Leaves A Legacy

In the summer of 2008, one July morning, I woke up feeling very dizzy. It was a hot day so I thought it was the heat… But when I saw myself in the mirror, I noticed I couldn’t move my eyeballs. They were stuck looking forward. I called a friend of the family who is a neurologist and asked him to recommend a good ophthalmologist. When he asked me for my symptoms, he was alarmed and asked me to come to his office first. After my examination, he said he wanted an MRI of my head to discard the possibility of Multiple Sclerosis. I immediately went to get tested and the picture revealed white spots on my brain, my neurons were attacked by my own immune system: I have MS. 

Meet Oyuki Aguilar – who turned a devastating illness into a mission for the children yet to come into her life. Discover – The Sport Of Parenting.

Soon after the doctor confirmed the news and lab results (spinal fluid from her back) proved that she was in the early stages, Oyuki took cortisone to bring the inflammation of her optic nerves down and the swelling was gone within a couple of days. But what next? She decided to write a book, and currently lives through the moments as each day blinks by. Her mission: To leave a legacy of her life’s lessons to her children. 

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Breastfeeding In Comfort: Every Mom’s Dream + Giveaway

As soon as you hold your newborn bundle of joy, it’s time to get to work. Whether you are a new or veteran mom, breastfeeding effectively, confidently and comfortably makes it easier on you and your newborn who deserves all the snuggle-me-mom time they can get. Congratulations new mom, you’ve got quite the job ahead of you – bonding, caring and raising your new baby.

A mother’s comfort during the most critical time of a newborn’s life is paramount to lasting health, connection and even happiness for you, Mom. We’ve got a few tips for you to increase your comfort throughout your breastfeeding days, even when you aren’t at home.

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Why Not Donate Some Blood?

If your loved one had an emergency and needed an immediate blood transfusion, but the hospital didn’t have any blood available, what would you do? This situation is very real and probable. According to the American Red Cross, hospitals are 40,ooo units behind their normal blood supply. Summertime is the place to be for vacations, fun, school-free zone and… accidents. This is where you come in – your blood and your generosity can lead to saving a life in an unexpected emergency. Meet Christ Hrouda, the Red Cross Executive Vice President of Biomedical Services. 

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Anaphylaxis – The Reaction To Be Prepared For

Everyone responsible for a child may be at risk for witnessing an anaphylaxis reaction – including parents, school staff, family, friends and doctors. Meet Dr. Herman Sharma, whose nieces prompted him to study and become an allergy specialist. Anaphylaxis – not an easy word to say, but it can be simple to control and possibly save a life if the right actions are taken promptly.

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The #1 Disaster In The Home

Despite the most common preventive measures, house fires are still the #1 disaster in the family home out of the 66,000 disasters that occur each year. Gail McGovern shares her insight as the CEO and president of the American Red Cross since 2008 that has helped save lives across the country. One hero was just 5 years old because she remembered the teachings of the Red Cross. 

Hear her insight and what you can do to make sure you and your little ones get to safety in under 2 minutes. 

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