Why Moms Need Exercise

The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be. 

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Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas

For many people, a visit to the Bahamas is on their travel bucket list. Maybe you’ve traveled to the Bahamas without kids or maybe you’ve never been there at all. As parents, the first thing we research when picking a destination for a getaway is how family friendly that city or area happens to be. Traveling somewhere and realizing there is literally nothing for your kids to do is a nightmare! Please keep the Bahamas on your list of must visit locations and plan a family vacation with kids in tow. Nassau is very family friendly from the accommodations to the activities. Everyone in your family is welcomed here and everyone will have a wonderful time. We’ve made it easy for you to plan your next vacation. Here is Daily Mom’s Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas. 

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5 Reasons to Shop at Bealls This Fall

This is a sponsored post written by Daily Mom on behalf of Bealls Stores. All opinions are 100% ours.

As fall creeps in and everything magically becomes pumpkin spiced, you are probably ready to do some shopping for your family. The kids need new jeans; nothing fits from last year. You hate everything in your closet and if your husband tries to wear that gross hoodie from college one more time, your head might explode. If you live in Florida, we’ve got the perfect place for you to get your fall shopping done. Bealls Florida is a Florida staple and if you are not already shopping at Bealls, you are missing out! Here are 5 Reasons to Shop at Bealls this fall.

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Trying To Keep It Together After An Affair

Days, weeks, and months went by, but these feelings… the feelings of mistrust, betrayal, depression, stress, and fear, and still having to hold it all together while being a “good” mother, seemed impossible. The marriage was fine, everything was good. There were no hang ups, major fights, or even un-attraction issues, and yet it still happened. It happened, and even though life continued on, there was this standstill. No movement forward nor backward. Nothing but the betrayal, the affair – it was the existence of the marriage: The Affair. Life still moved forward, mothering had to be done, so just keep it together, right? 

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An open letter to my introverted son as he enters Kindergarten

I don’t remember ever feeling as alive as I did the moment you were placed into my arms. Everything before you – experiencing every first, momentous occasion during my childhood, my first awkward kiss in high school, falling in love (not once, but twice) in college, standing at the church alter in a breathtaking couture gown and marrying your Daddy in front of all of our loved ones, spotlights shining down on me as I stood on countless stages throughout my life in front of hundreds of people – none of it compared to the day you were born, my baby boy. You made me a mother, the greatest role I’ll ever play on life’s stage. And since that day, motherhood has ignited a flame in my soul and has let me truly feel emotions I never knew existed.

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How A Vacation Can Reconnect Loved Ones

When friends or family live far apart, it can be hard to stay truly connected. Of course you can text, Facetime, or follow each other on social media, but as the weeks and months go by, that helps less and less, and you feel further and further apart. This summer we discovered how powerful a beach vacation can be when it comes to reconnecting with loved ones you haven’t seen in a long time. We took the perfect vacation to bring together kids and adults, families and friends, and it left our hearts so full that we just have to share with you the secrets we learned to reconnecting by getting away together.

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Teaching Our Children to Trust – Building Sustainable Relationships with Authority Figures

Growing up we always heard adults say, “it’s all about respect,” when addressing relationships between children, teens, and young adults with teachers, pastors, police, and parents. But that is not altogether accurate. It is not “all about respect” and it is most certainly not just about respect. Relationships on both a personal and public level are built not only on respect, but on trust, understanding and the consistency of fulfilled expectations. As a firm believer that respect is something which must be earned, when it comes to these other characteristics they are the building blocks of a respectful relationship, thus inherently must come first.

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Florida Residents Rescue Dolphin after Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma whipped through the coast of Florida, residents who stayed behind wondered if they made the right decision. As the eye wall of the hurricane passed Marco Island, Florida, the howling winds and torrential downpours pounded the sides of homes, ripping off roofs, splitting trees, and flooding roads. The storm surge overtook this tiny island around 3:30pm on Sunday, September 10th with winds up to 130 mph and the seawall breaking several feet. Once the storm had passed, those who stayed behind- rescue crews, National Guard, EMTs, police, fireman, and brave residents- went out to assess the damage. They were met with water flowing through the streets, up to mailboxes in some areas. Trees were torn down, blocking roads and thrown through living rooms. And for a few Marco Island residents, they were met with another unexpected visitor- a dolphin who had washed up out of the bay and into the streets as a result of Irma’s catastrophic winds and rocky seas. 

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Remembering September 11th

Do you remember where you were the moment you heard that a plane flew into one of the Twin Towers in New York City? Most of us cannot only remember where we were, but also the pure shock we felt when we saw the horrifying footage on television. It’s hard to believe that our country experienced the worst terror attack in history 16 years ago when it feels like just yesterday that we watched it all unfold with tears in our eyes and an indescribable fear that most have never experienced before.

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Getting Over The Shyness of Having Mind-blowing Sex

It’s a natural part of life, and yet, having sex may seem over or under-rated for many women. Is there a happy medium, an appropriate satiable desire in a healthy relationship, or is it simply dirty and dutiful in order to procreate and satisfy a man? Simply put: yes. Because of your environment, how you were raised, your mindset, or what you have personally experienced with sex, will inevitably dictate how you experience it. We’re here to show you three very doable (pun intended) tips, or rather give you permission to have a ravishing desire to have mind-blowing sex for the rest of your life.

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Post Vacation Depression: When Too Much Happy Leaves You Sad

Vacations are often planned months (if not years) in advance. Much time and thought is put into the details. There is lodging, packing, meal planning, area google searches, plane tickets, and transportation to be sorted out. In addition to all of the logistical planning that must take place, there is a fair amount of emotional excitement that typically goes into a vacation. The thrilling anticipation of an upcoming holiday or vacation is destined to be horribly matched with its counterpart, a sadness so surreal you won’t understand what has hit you. This Post Vacation Depression, or PVD, is the real deal. After experiencing the highs that come with family, fun, and fascination, the lows that follow are seriously sad. Numbness, feelings of isolation, exhaustion, anxiety about returning to work, easy distractibility, and binge eating are all likely side effects of PVD.

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10 Books Every High School Student Should Read Before Graduation

High school is the time when our kids truly begin to test their wings and gain some freedom while still in the safe confines of their parent’s embrace. On the verge of young adulthood with many more freedoms and responsibilities than ever before, this is such a critical period of development, maturity, and decision-making for our teens that we need to set them up for success. As parents, we need to gently direct them, support them, and accept them, regardless of many of the decisions they make. Mistakes made now matter, but hopefully are still correctable with Mom and Dad’s constant love and attention. Soon our children will spread their wings and fly out into a bigger, scarier, and much more competitive world than where we have sheltered them so far. As such, our children need to learn about the past, present, and future, and there is no better way to educate oneself than to read.

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Family Reunion Games for All Ages

For families that don’t get to see each other regularly, family reunions are a prime opportunity for taking photos, making memories and creating the bonds that makes that togetherness so special. As we get bogged down in the day to day of our own smaller family units, it’s important to spend time making sure the kiddos know who they are and where they come from. Family reunions are a great way to build family memories that you’ll laugh about for years. While just getting together is sometimes a challenge, once you are together, games can ensure that everyone will have fun and get to know each other. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite games that will keep the whole crew in stitches.

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Poison-Proofing Your Home: Identifying Common Household Poisons

Statistics show that over 300 children in the United States are treated everyday in an emergency department from being poisoned. The CDC reports that at least two children die daily as a result of exposure to poisons. These numbers are dramatic, so it is necessary to check your home and property for potential hazards.

There are many items in every room of your home that can be poisonous, especially to children. Many of us use these common household items multiple times a day and do not think twice about their hazardous effects; however, it is important to recognize that these products are toxic and can result in serious injury or death.

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Mom Cards: A License to Friend

Have you ever been handed a mommy business card? You probably thought that mom was straight-up crazy. The small, rectangular-shaped card may have served as a poster promotion of “STAY AWAY, I’M CRAZY.”

Only the more you got to know this mom, you realized she wasn’t crazy. And you all of a sudden kind of, sort of, possibly loved the idea of a piece of paper that you could easily slip to a friend to give and get each other’s info. While moms are responsible for the sippy cups, Nuks, stuffies, koosh balls, and random hair barrettes, there simply aren’t enough hands to program someone’s contact info into your phone while your little ones (not-so-patiently) wait next to your waist.

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