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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10 Places to Find Unique Halloween Costumes

Are you sick of seeing your child in the same store-bought Halloween costume as fifty other children in your neighborhood? Do you want to find them something unique without having to make it yourself? Avoid a last minute trip to your local big box store by checking out the costumes available in our round up of ten places to find unique Halloween costumes.

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Preparing for a Repeat C-Section

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 Whether your first cesarean section was emergency, or planned due to special reasons, you will most likely decide with your doctor early on whether you will be trying for a vaginal birth after cesarean (commonly referred to as “VBAC”) or will schedule a planned c-section this go around. Here are some tips on how to properly prepare yourself for a repeat c-section.

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How to Prepare Your Child for a Sibling

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be overwhelming and even more so when it isn’t your first child. Instead of just worrying about how you are going to adjust to being a parent, you are worrying about how your first born will adjust to being an older sibling. Will they welcome their baby brother or sister with open arms or react with anger and jealousy? While there is no way of knowing exactly how your child will react to a new baby in the household (and a lot of it depends on their age) there are several things you can do to prepare them for the big arrival.

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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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Baby Monitor Guide and Giveaway: Levana- Innovative Monitors For Modern Moms

Baby video monitors are a vital element to getting a good night’s sleep when you become a parent. Leaving your little one in his nursery for the first time can be an overwhelming and emotional task; but finding the right monitor can put your mind to ease. If you’re looking for a reliable, high tech monitor that not only functions at the highest standards but looks sleek and modern in your baby’s nursery, look no further than Levana.

Levana, a branch of the well known security brand name SVAT, introduced the very first color video baby monitor to the world over a decade ago, and continues to be a leader in baby monitors worldwide today. While Levana offers a line of various styles of monitors to suit the needs of every type of parent and fit every style of home, the following are two of our very favorites:

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September Photo Contest!

We love getting to know our readers, and interacting with you on a more personal level. We also love giving you the opportunity to win some of our favorite products!

We’ve had photo contests in the past that have been specifically geared towards parents of babies, and now we’d love to hear from the parents of school-aged children.

Submit your favorite “Back To School Themed” photo on the Daily Mom facebook page wall, and you will be automatically entered into our photo contest for September.

The prize up for grabs is a personalized I See Me lunchbox with a chalkboard inside. 

We can’t wait to see all the backpacks, school busses, and smiling faces wearing new school clothes!

For more contest information, visit our photo contest page.

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Beating Back Mommy Guilt

Oh, Mommy Guilt. No one told you that it came with the baby! Whether working out of the home or staying at home, “mommy guilt” manages to rear its ugly head. Think: Where is your guilt stemming from? Is the source of your guilt something that you can easily change? Decide what you can do to make a positive change to rid yourself of these feelings, take a step in that direction, and send that mommy guilt packing.

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