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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5 Steps That Will Restore Your Family’s Sleep and Sanity

Sleep is essential to our body’s rest and repair. While adults need anywhere from seven to nine hours of solid sleep, there is also evidence to suggest that women need a slightly longer amount of sleep due to their more complex brains. Sadly, women, and especially mothers are typically expected to get by with the least amount of sleep of anyone in the family. Mothers are also most likely to receive interrupted sleep, which one study showed is actually as detrimental as no sleep at all!

“Our study shows the impact of only one disrupted night. We know that these effects accumulate and therefore the functional price new parents — who awaken three to ten times a night for months on end — pay for common infant sleep disturbance is enormous,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University.

The disturbance of sleep affects all of us and is especially detrimental to children. The National Sleep Foundation recently changed its sleep recommendations for various age groups. They now recognize that, depending on their age, children need anywhere from eight to 17 hours of sleep.

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Why Moms Need To Drink Coffee

Moms love coffee. It is no secret. It is the lifeblood of motherhood, especially in the morning. If we had a dollar for every meme we’ve seen about parenting and the necessity of coffee, we would have a lot more money and we’d probably spend it on more coffee. You may be concerned about your caffeine habit. You may want to quit coffee altogether. However, there are some compelling reasons to keep on drinking your latte in the morning. Don’t throw out that Starbucks gold card just yet. Mom’s need to drink coffee!

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Natural Air Cleaning Tips

As we head into the cooler months keeping the air clean inside your home becomes more challenging when you can’t open the windows for fresh clean air.

This August, researchers from the American Chemical Society presented findings on a study that demonstrated how house plants are the ideal solution for cleaning the air within homes and buildings by lowering volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside homes that can result in increased dizziness, asthma or allergies.

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7 Healthy Airport Eats and Tips to Stay on Track

The holiday season is one of the busiest times for traveling. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, one thing is certain – your options to eat healthy will be limited. Even if you are the healthiest of eaters, many of us tend to forgo our regular diets during the days in which we are traveling because of limited options, limited time, and a limited travel budget. Airports are known for having notoriously unhealthy foods for patrons like over-priced convenience store snacks, fast food joints, and greasy restaurants. However, there seem to be more and more healthy alternatives popping up – if you know how to find them. Below are some popular restaurants and food spots you might find on your next layover, and some of their healthier options. 

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Protecting your Oral Health During the Holidays

Candy cane infused sugar cookies. Hot chocolate laden with mini marshmallows. Tiny gingerbread men coated in sweet royal icing. Mulled wines and Christmas cocktails. Did we mention wine? The holidays are notorious for the amazingly decadent desserts and spirits that accompany the most special time of year. So, we indulge – and while most of us wait until after the new year to worry about the damage done, there’s one aspect of our health that shouldn’t wait until the clock strikes 12: our teeth.

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Sex and The Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationships are becoming a common occurrence today. Though technology makes our world seem smaller and smaller, many couples still find themselves in the situation where they do not live in the same area, and as a consequence, do not see each other as much as they would like. Distance can increase your desire for one another but not being able to act on that desire as much as you want can cause a strain in a relationship. Is it possible to have a long distance relationship that is fulfilling in all the ways you need? Is it possible to meet your physical needs for each other? We think so. Here are some tips to make sex work for you and your partner in a long distance relationship. This is obviously a post about SEX, so you probably shouldn’t read this one at work. 

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Balancing a Healthy Christmas: One Mom’s Advice on Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

When you think of holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the first things you think of is: food. Overindulgence just seems to be part of the plan. Willpower seems to go by the wayside, but it is pertinent to a diabetic.

Today, Antoinette Taranto, mom of two sons (one of which is a diabetic), offers some tricks and tips to help enjoy the holidays. With proper management, children with diabetes can enjoy the holidays as well. 

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8 Swim Safety Tips for Holiday Travels

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be preparing for a winter vacation or trip to visit family and friends. Chances are that in all the hustle and bustle of year end, you’re not thinking about water safety, but if you’re going to be near a pool, you should be.  

Whether traveling to warmer climates to visit grandparents with pools, plans to stay at beach resorts, or traveling to colder temperatures with frozen ponds and snow covered rivers, water safety is key to an accident-free, fun family vacation this holiday season. From the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country, here are 8 tips for water safety for your upcoming holiday vacation.

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Help Others Without Writing A Check

The world can be a sad and scary place. Every time we open up our computers or turn on our televisions, there is another tragedy taking place before our eyes. The gravity and magnitude of the problems are overwhelming. We can and should grieve about the sadness in the world but after the initial shock or grief passes, discouragement comes along and tells us there is nothing we can do to make the world less crappy. We turn away and move on with our day. You hear people asking for help all the time. Support this cause or that. The need can leave you feeling weary, especially if you don’t have any extra money to give to worthy causes. Budgets are incredibly tight for most American families. However, there is always something you can do, every single day, to make the world a better place. You can help others without writing a check. Here is how…

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My child was arrested! Now what?

Receiving a phone call from a police officer that your child has been arrested is one of those gut-wrenching moments for a parent. Immediately you have questions… what did they do? Is it drugs? Are they ok? Now what? As the initial shock wears off you will be left wondering what to do and where to go to get help for your child and you need to act quickly.

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Smart and Natural Baby Solutions by Natursutten & Fridababy

Remember your first pregnancy? If you were like us, you were so excited to create a baby registry in preparation for the multitude of showers being thrown for you, but that excitement quickly turned into anxiety as you stepped into the baby store. Who knew that there could be so many baby products, and why are they all so necessary? Or are they?

The truth is that much of what we had to have the first go round wasn’t really necessary (useful, but not necessary). In fact, as we prepared for baby #2, we realized that much beyond milk, diapers, and a car seat, babies don’t need much. That said, it doesn’t mean that we all don’t still enjoy buying baby products. However, having a little experience goes a long way towards choosing smarter, more natural, higher quality products. When you know better, you do better. Period.

With that in mind, today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Natursutten and Fridababy. 

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Anatomy 101: Big Words for Little People

When you have your first child something strange happens to your use of language. Your voice goes higher. You start adding -y’s to the end of your words. You make silly sounds and you make up ridiculous nicknames to call your baby. Your voice goes into singsong mode and you can’t seem to make it stop. But is all this baby talk good for the language development of your child?

The latest research says yes – extending your vowel sounds and making your sentences into more of a song help a child develop their own language skills. The caveat? You should still be using real words – not made up, nonsensical words. One of the most common areas of discussion that parents like to use euphemisms for when speaking to their children are body parts. Many parents feel uncomfortable using the formal terminology when discussing a person’s most private areas, but experts say that isn’t the way to go. 

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Gifts for Men Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

 

#dmholiday16 Gifts for Men

We all have different men in our life that we love and adore. He’s the backbone of the family. Whether you are shopping for your dad, your husband, a brother, or friend, he deserves a special holiday, full of thoughtful and unique gifts under the tree chosen just for him. Don’t even think about getting him another tired old tie; browse this list for our favorite 2016 gifts for men!

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