Post-Baby Body: Abdominal Sculpting

Let’s face it, your abdominal muscles have been through the wringer this past year. Maybe your baby belly expanded slowly or maybe it popped suddenly overnight! Either way, your abdominal muscles have been stretched and weakened during your pregnancy. Your abs are part of your core and they are very important in supporting your back. If they stay weakened, you will have poor posture, back pain and could easily injure yourself simply by picking up your newborn. The Daily Mom Abdominal Sculpting workout is going to help you get your abs back.

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Post Baby Body: Arm & Shoulder toning

Post Baby Body Arm and Shoulder ToningSo your bundle of joy has been home for a couple of months (or a few years) and you both have settled into a routine.  Now what to do about this post-baby body?  You are lifting and carrying more than ever but your arms still don’t have the same tone that they used to have! Start the Daily Mom post-baby arm & shoulder toning exercises and your arms will be as buff as Madonna’s in no time!  Below you will find some of the most effective exercises for arm strengthening.  If your whole body needs a tune-up, keep an eye out for the Daily Mom fitness challenge coming soon!

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Ten At Home Dates for After Bedtime

The kids are finally asleep, the dinner dishes are cleaned up, and the nightly chores are complete.  You are exhausted and find yourself slumping backwards into the soft envelope of your couch cushions where you likely spend the next few hours zoned out in front of the television.  Sound familiar?  If you and your partner have slipped into a rut after the kids have gone to bed, read on for ten date night ideas that you can do without having to call the babysitter.

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Halloween Safety

“Trick or treat!?” You’ll hear that again and again as you parade your little goblin or ladybug around the block. Don’t be tricked! Daily Mom has advice that will keep your Halloween as sweet as the candy your kiddo just collected. From helpful safety tips that you may not have thought of to fantastic Halloween-friendly products that we love, we have some “treats” for you!

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Is Your Water Toxic?

You step out of the sweltering sun into your kitchen after an intense run. Sweat is running down your face as you reach for a glass in the cupboard. You turn on the faucet and watch the icy cold water run into your glass in anticipation. Your body tingles in delight as that first sip hits your lips. But wait! With every sip of water you take, do you know what else you could potentially be putting into your body? How about some Giardia lamblia… a little arsenic… a touch of lead and mercury… and some asbestos to top it off. That is just a small percentage of the toxins that could be lurking in your water legally under the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations.

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The Power of Aloe: surprising ways to use it

Take a look at the ingredients lists of some of your favorite bath, body and hair products. Chances are, many of them contain Aloe Vera. This powerful gel, that comes from the pulp inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, contains over 200 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more. It provides a creamy, softening base to products from hand lotions to shampoos, and everything in between. It’s no surprise that many people are starting to grow their own Aloe Vera plants just to reap in the benefits of this miracle gel. Below are some of the most useful and surprising uses for Aloe.

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How to Handle the Know It All Friend

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She’s full of unsolicited advice. This lady thinks that she knows how to live your life better than you do, and offers her pearls of wisdom at every turn. From your relationship with your partner to your finances, career, friends and children, she’s never without something to say. Nearly every sentence she says starts with “my kid would never…” You’re tired of convincing yourself that she means well. She’s opened her mouth and overstepped her bounds again, and it’s time to set her straight before you lose your cool and flip a table in true “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fashion. Sound like someone you know? Learn how to handle your know-it-all friend.

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5 Tasty Spices And Their Potential Health Benefits

We’ve come a long way from the simple days of enhancing our meals with salt and pepper. Today, it’s not uncommon to find elaborate spice racks in the decked out kitchens of top chefs all the way down to the 600 square foot apartment of a budgeted college student. In a day and age where food is not just a necessity, but an art form, and cooking shows rule the airwaves, unique spice combinations have become the focal point of dishes not only in upscale city restaurants, but in family homes across the country.

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What’s Really In Your Toothpaste?

With dozens of different types of toothpaste on the market today, displaying slogans across their brightly colored boxes like “Triple Whitening Action” and “Extreme Clean,” it can be a daunting task to decide which brand is right for you and your family. But don’t be fooled by flashy catch phrases and over-hyped promises that come “Dentist Recommended.” Behind the pricey marketing ploys hides a list of toxic ingredients, that are quite honestly, completely unnecessary in order to achieve a bright and healthy smile. All you need to do is flip that box over, and you will find out just what’s really in your toothpaste.

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Hotel Germ Safety: Staying Healthy From Check-In To Check-Out

Traveling with your family can be an exciting experience. Introducing your children to new people and places is not only fun, but educational and developmentally stimulating. While most people find vacations away from home relaxing, many parents might find it stressful to bring their children into a new environment, such as a hotel, that they had no control over cleaning and sanitizing. The following are some of the most important warning signs to look for when staying at a hotel, and tips on how to keep your family healthy from check-in to check-out!

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Starting An Oral Hygiene Routine With Your Baby

Your baby’s first tooth has finally popped through. Now what do you do? Start a good oral hygiene routine! That’s right, once that first tooth makes its shining debut, it’s time to invest in some quality products and get cleaning. Don’t wait until your baby is eating solids. If he has a tooth, he can get cavities! Oral hygiene is an important, but often overlooked, part of maintaining a baby’s health and well-being. The following is a list of some helpful hints in beginning a good oral hygiene routine with your little one, and some of the best, innovative products on the market.

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