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April Walker

April is a proud Iowan, who now lives in Minnesota with her hubby and their three cherubs. After nearly a decade teaching, she is on a break from the classroom and enjoying life as a work-from-home Mom. You can find her writing on Scary Mommy, and her blog, Mojitos and Munchkins, that she uses as a creative outlet to escape the craziness that comes with life. She loves movies, cocktails, the color purple, homemade spaghetti sauce, day dates and sunny afternoons. She thinks the world would be a better place without temper tantrums, soup, the color navy, temperatures that dip below 20 degrees, and the distance between people she loves. Her insomnia allows her to pin things that she may (or may not ever) try. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Post Vacation Depression: When Too Much Happy Leaves You Sad

Vacations are often planned months (if not years) in advance. Much time and thought is put into the details. There is lodging, packing, meal planning, area google searches, plane tickets, and transportation to be sorted out. In addition to all of the logistical planning that must take place, there is a fair amount of emotional excitement that typically goes into a vacation. The thrilling anticipation of an upcoming holiday or vacation is destined to be horribly matched with its counterpart, a sadness so surreal you won’t understand what has hit you. This Post Vacation Depression, or PVD, is the real deal. After experiencing the highs that come with family, fun, and fascination, the lows that follow are seriously sad. Numbness, feelings of isolation, exhaustion, anxiety about returning to work, easy distractibility, and binge eating are all likely side effects of PVD.

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Mom Cards: A License to Friend

Have you ever been handed a mommy business card? You probably thought that mom was straight-up crazy. The small, rectangular-shaped card may have served as a poster promotion of “STAY AWAY, I’M CRAZY.”

Only the more you got to know this mom, you realized she wasn’t crazy. And you all of a sudden kind of, sort of, possibly loved the idea of a piece of paper that you could easily slip to a friend to give and get each other’s info. While moms are responsible for the sippy cups, Nuks, stuffies, koosh balls, and random hair barrettes, there simply aren’t enough hands to program someone’s contact info into your phone while your little ones (not-so-patiently) wait next to your waist.

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6 Gifts to Give to a Friend Who Is Grieving

When tragedy and sadness strikes, everyone wants to help. Frozen lasagna and homemade cookies are great, but what happens after the meals are eaten? Where do you turn when everyone goes back to their daily lives? What can you do if you see a friend hurting, and you want to let them know you care, above and beyond treats and time?

Check out these simple, but sure-to-please gifts that will help a grieving colleague, friend, or relative know you care. In addition to letting them know you care, these gifts can truly help sustain the relationship that they’ve lost.

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Fun Easter Basket Alternatives

This Easter, why not try something different and fun for your Easter baskets? According to the National Confectioners Association, 77% of Americans participate in giving Easter baskets each year.

The origin of modern day Easter traditions, such as the Easter basket, are believed to have been introduced to America by German immigrants who moved with their stories of a bunny that delivered eggs. As is the case with any holiday, families can choose if they want to go lavishly over-the-top, or stick with practicality. Here at Daily Mom, we prefer practical basket goodies that we know will be loved and appreciated long beyond the egg hunt. In a world of STUFF, why not think of a way to turn our NEEDS into WANTS.

The Easter basket is the perfect start to practical gift giving, while preserving the time honored traditions that accompany the Easter holiday. Whatever your preference, lavish or low key, check out these ideas on making this Easter unique and fun.

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An Edible Easter Basket… Yum!

When it comes to the family Easter spread, why not leave the main meal to Grandma and the scrumptious sides to siblings! Everyone knows dessert is the best part of a holiday spread, and Easter is no different. This edible Easter basket will have everyone ooh’ing and aah’ing, and the best part is that you can make it as easy-peasy or over-the-top as you’d like.

This cupcake is adaptable to your cooking comfort, but doesn’t skimp on cuteness. Keep it simple and allow the taste of the cupcake to speak to your stomach, dress it up to let your inner kitchen goddess out, or make it a fun activity to do with the kids. Whatever you decide, the edible Easter basket will be a hit!

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