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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 Goal Achievement Coach for Mompreneurs who want to surpass every goal they set in motion! Find her over at www.IAmCoachAndi.com.

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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Smokin’ The New Season of Grilling

If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.

He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is! 

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To Nanny or Manny? That Is The Question

If you ever thought about hiring a nanny… think again. There are “Manny’s” out there too! Meet Florence Ann Romano, author of Nanny and Me, a literary depiction to help children and parents understand the difficult transition of hiring a nanny. Just ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! They have their very own copy as this vital tool has been graciously accepted in households across the country and the world. During her whirlwind moments, Ms. Romano has discovered her lovely moments as an author after 15 years of being a nanny and caring for over 30 children! 

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.

She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy AppleIf you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply. 

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Save Big $$$$ On Your Family Summer Getaway

She’s part foodie, part tech geek, part mom, and part traveler. When she’s not strolling through the shops of Manhattan or sitting poolside in Mexico, she hangs her hat in the burbs of Seattle, Washington at the intersection of travel, technology, and motherhood. Working side by side with Expedia, she’ll reveal to us the true savings from this popular online travel booking company. Get ready to save hundreds… even while traveling abroad AND with kids! 

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How Many Foster Kids Can You Help?

When your work is about motivating and maximizing a child’s potential, you just may be on to something greater outside of the typical family unit. As a mother of three herself, Dr. Laura Jana considered the essential needs of foster children – going beyond food and shelter by providing toys, books, and school supplies; all the things taken for granted when a child has to leave the home suddenly and unexpectedly. Dr. Jana is particularly focused on collective impact, technology-driven innovations in health and education, social impact finance, and fostering cross-collaborations to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.

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Celebrity Fitness Expert Brings You Yogalosophy

Meet the creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD Yogalosophy, Mandy Ingber. As popular as yoga is around the world, Yogalosophy is in a world of its own and it’s just in time for Mother’s Day. Her second book, Yogalosophy For Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy will be released May 10, 2016.  

Be prepared to conquer any doubts and apprehensions about your body since becoming a mom. As Mandy’s body changed, she too had to adjust to not being thin and in shape – leaving the body image she adored behind with only a 50 lb weight gain to comfort her – and no baby to show for it.

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Growing A Greener World Through Coffee

Organic gardening, environmental stewardship, canning and preserving the harvest – improving how we live on this planet is Joe Lamp’l’s biggest passion. Showcasing his passion through television, Growing A Greener World, is filled with stories of people across the country doing really good things for the planet, which has been broadcasted to millions with over 160 episodes in seven years. Despite this movement towards a greener world, convenience driven single serve coffee plastic cups in our landfills can circle the globe over 11 times! 

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