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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a number of reasons that our bodies look and feel different after pregnancy – the weight gain, hormone fluctuation, fluid retention. We tend to focus on the weight gain, but there is another culprit to the after baby bulge that you may not have heard of. It’s not fixed by jogging, crunches or fad diets. So what is it?
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.
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!
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.
Premature and seriously ill infants can benefit greatly from breast milk. Learn about the requirements of becoming a donor and the different avenues to get those important nutrients into the little babes who are desperately in need.
Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners known to mankind, providing us with a natural alternative to using processed sugar in cooking, baking, or just sweetening our tea. However, the benefits and uses of this golden bee nectar go far beyond its taste. Read on for 10 beneficial ways you can put that jar of honey in your cupboard to use.
Take-out containers have come a long way from the bulky white Styrofoam boxes of years past. In recent years, the demand for a new and improved travel food container has graced us with a variety of sizes, shapes, and uses. Today, take-out containers are more functional and sturdier; and some can even be used for reheating the food they carry.
With the advancements of the take-out container (as well as high quality plastic food containers from store-bought products such as yogurt and tubs of butter) many people have decided to utilize them beyond their original function; to wash and reuse them multiple times. While this can save you money on buying permanent containers, such as Rubbermaid or Ziploc; not all take-out containers are made to be reusable. The following are some helpful hints on determining whether your containers are meant for one-time use, or can be used over and over again.
For some moms, nothing says summer like having your toes in the sand, and a book in hand! With kids, it’s not always easy to find the time to read for pleasure, though. So we rounded up the 5 best books of the summer. Whether you have time to read one of them or read all of them, you won’t be disappointed!
Do you ever spend time flipping through photos of your pre-baby body, wishing you could return to the days of having an actual waistline? Or maybe you wish you could feel more fit, more comfortable in your own skin, but you just haven’t found a workout that you enjoy. Well, there’s a ballet-inspired fitness trend sweeping the nation with promises of sculpted thighs and lifted rears. Let’s take a look at some of the premiere ballet barre workouts that may be just what you need to get your pre-baby body back.