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Cindy Haley

Cindy is the mom to Wyatt, the wife of Jason, and a lover of Jesus. She teaches middle-school English in a tiny town in northeastern Oklahoma, and has a long list of hobbies, including photography, reading, cooking, and gardening.

20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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5 Signs That Your Child is Struggling to Read

For many parents, there is nothing quite like snuggling up with your children and a good book and traveling off into an imaginary world of awe and wonder. Reading to our children not only fosters a love of reading, but it has been proven to give children a higher aptitude for learning in general. Sometimes, however, children can develop reading disabilities that rob them of the joy of reading they once had, and if the markers of their struggle to read go unnoticed, the child is at risk of falling far behind. Being able to recognize the signs of reading deficiencies early can make a huge difference by getting your child the help they need. Because early intervention is key to a child’s success in overcoming such difficulties, we have listed for you some of the most common signs of a child’s struggle to read.

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How to Throw a Birthday Party on the Cheap

Birthday parties have evolved since the time when most of us were growing up. Simple family celebrations have been replaced with over-the-top, themed bashes. While no one doubts you would love to spare no expense when celebrating your kid’s birthday, the truth is that you may not be able to afford such extravagance, especially if you have several children. And if you did splurge on such a party, you might have to scrimp on gifts. But what if you could throw a birthday party that covers all of the bases… fun, games, food, gifts, and friends… that doesn’t break the bank? You can! We have gathered some great tips for cutting costs while building traditions and memories, as well as some low-budget party theme ideas so that you can do just that.

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5 Misconceptions About Type I Diabetes

Most people have heard of diabetes and understand that it has something to do with how the body metabolizes sugar, but unless you are one of the 10% of Americans who suffer from the disease, that may be where your knowledge of the disease stops.  

Though there are actually many forms of diabetes, the two most commonly diagnosed are Type 1 and Type 2. Since misinformation about the differences between these two forms of the disease abounds, today we’ll help you understand the main points that set these two types apart, as well as debunk some common misconceptions about Type 1 diabetes.

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3 Old-School Hobbies Today’s Kids Should Revive

In this world of instant gratification and constant entertainment, so many old-school hobbies have fallen by the waysideRemember the good old days when we didn’t have something electronic to keep our attention, so we had to use our imaginations or busy ourselves with something productive? Today’s generation of kids really don’t know what they’re missing. When was the last time you met a kid who spent hours upon hours seeking out a precious item to add to a collection? Or one who invests real time and energy into getting to know someone through written correspondence? Or what about a kid who is determined to master an intricate skill or craft? Now is the time to revive some of these classic hobbies that stir imaginations and foster a heart for learning!

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4 Critters You Should Stop Killing NOW!

Summer has finally arrived, and many of us have been anxiously awaiting the warmer weather that accompanies it. As you spend more time outside, your odds of crossing paths with a creepy-crawly are exponentially increased. The general knee-jerk reaction of most people is to squash first, and ask questions later. Or run screaming. Or scream wildly while you psychotically hack away at the nasty thing with whatever tool is readily available to you, be that a book, your shoe, or your child’s toy. When confronted with even a photo of a spider or snake, most people cringe and comment, “The only good snake/spider is a dead one!” But what many people don’t realize is how beneficial many of these so-called vermin actually are for our ecosystem. Here at Daily Mom, we’d like to encourage you to think twice before you go all Chuck Norris on any of the following critters.

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5 Tips for Landscaping on the Cheap

Anyone who’s ever been to a botanical garden or driven through a swanky neighborhood with professionally landscaped flower beds has likely had serious plant envy. Nothing creates curb appeal quite like a lush garden full of colorful blooms. Flowers soften up the hardscapes of concrete and brick, and brighten any yard. Like most things nowadays, though, a bountiful landscape comes with a big price tag. If cost has been keeping you from planting the garden of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place! The following tips can help you fill up your flower beds without emptying your wallet.

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Junior Explorers: Teaching Kids Conservation One Classroom at a Time

In this day and age of environmental awareness and conservation, you often hear adults talking about leaving a better planet for the children who are going to inherit it… but is anyone talking to those kids about how to love and protect the planet and the life it sustains? Actually, yes, someone is! Junior Explorers Inc., a Brooklyn, NY-based edtech social enterprise, is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards by developing products and digital experiences that connect kids to the planet. There has never been a greater time – or a greater need – to connect kids to nature and wildlife.  

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A Savior for Stinky, Sockless Feet

Socks are like straitjackets for feet, and finding a pair that doesn’t bunch up or have annoying toe seams is near impossible. No wonder kids act like rabid squirrels when forced to wear them. Adults get the option of going sock-free thankfully, and most casual shoes nowadays would look downright dorktastic with them anyway. There is just one teeny, tiny problem with going sock-commando: the putrid stench that comes from sockless feet. It’s awful… not to mention embarrassing!

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Taco Tuesday: 6 Easy Twists on a Weekday Favorite

Taco Tuesday! So much fun to say, but after several weeks in a row with little to no variation, what once was novel becomes mundane. It’s time to spice up your Tuesday night repertoire! We’ve gathered six delicious Tex-Mex recipes (including three soups) that will get dinner on the table in no time at all, won’t make too many messy dishes, and will satisfy everyone’s taste buds!

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When I Run, I Pee a Little: The Truth about Urinary Incontinence

There are some things you just don’t talk about in mixed company… unless you’re a mom. Somehow, holding a Mommy Card in that bottomless-pit-of-a-purse enables you to speak freely with any random human about all things related to bodily functions. Admit it, you’ve discussed most of these topics within the safe confines of your Mom circle: poop color, diaper blow outs, poop in the bathtub, bribing someone to poop, overnight diaper leaks, frantic searches for restrooms while shopping, always having a change of clothes in the car… you get the idea.  But what happens when it isn’t your kid who’s wetting the bed or peeing his pants, but instead it’s you? Rest assured, you are not alone, and this does not have to be your new normal.  

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Thinking Outside the Toy Box: Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

“Oh, yay! A dozen more toys which will be played with for maybe 15 minutes then be scattered, in pieces, all over my house for the rest of eternity, never to be touched again except by me! Joy of joys!” said no mom ever. If you’re drowning in a sea of long-forgotten and neglected toys, you probably have a mild panic attack at the thought of a tidal wave of more mishmash coming in on birthdays and holidays. And it’s also likely you’re harboring some guilt over your contribution to the heaps of toys at the homes of your friends and family. The solution: think outside of the toy box and give gifts that encourage learning and imagination! 

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