Real “Mom Life” – Handling Incontinence Discreetly

There are a lot of things that come to mind when someone says “Mom Life.” You have visions of messy buns, leggings, runs to Walmart, lots of coffee and wine and not enough sleep. “Mom Life” means working hard to provide for your family while still caring for everyone, and oftentimes, putting yourself last. Some parts of “Mom Life” are left over from the ultimate event in motherhood, pregnancy. Stretch marks, soft tummies, and less than perky boobs are all part of “Mom Life” and for many moms, so is urinary incontinence. If you experience leaks when you laugh or sneeze, that’s incontinence and there is a discreet way to deal with this “Mom Life” issue without spending a lot of money.

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Vegetarian Meals Recipe Round Up

Monday, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month which takes place all of October.  You’ve read the research – vegetarians are less likely to get cancer, live longer, are slimmer, and have better heart health.  It’s also been proven to be healthier for the environment – the Food and Agriculture Organization says that livestock farming emits 18% of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Many scientists agree that by cutting down on meat consumption, it can help halt climate change. There is no better time than the present to jump on the vegetarian bandwagon. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all in just yet.

Confused on where to start? Maybe you are a long time vegetarian and just in a food rut? Or you kids won’t eat anything you make? Whatever the reason, no need to worry, here are seven perfectly scrumptious recipes your whole family will love.

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The Burden of Overspending

Today, many families are burdened with confusing their best intentions to give kids all that they want with what they need.  Nice cars, the newest gaming systems, the best clothes, the newest electronics – all to help keep their kid “with the times”. But do our kids really need all of this? Are these necessities, or are they taking over our lives, deepening our debt, and adding to our stress level? The saying goes, “we were born with nothing and we will die with nothing,” so, what is the point of overworking ourselves to provide every possible thing to our kids? What happened to kids working for what they wanted? Why do parents feel the need to stress over providing the biggest and best, when really the moderately priced off brand works exactly the same? Why can’t parents say no?

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Makeup Mistakes to Avoid & What to Do Instead

Do you feel like you’re doing something wrong with your makeup, or you just can’t quite achieve the look you want? We’ve compiled a list of our best tips for achieving a makeup look the pros go for. From choosing the right colors for your skin to proper application techniques, this info will help you step up your makeup game whether you like a natural look, full glam, and everything in between.

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How to Manage Your Caffeine Intake

There is so much out there about the benefits of caffeine, but there are also the harmful effects of caffeine. Like everything else… if it is in moderation, people can utilize the benefits and avoid the bad effects. To learn more about if caffeine is right for you or if you are intaking too much, try testing your body off caffeine. Learning to read your body when on and off caffeine is a good idea to make sure your body is functioning well without the caffeine and also when on caffeine.

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Hands-Only CPR

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation which is a lifesaving emergency procedure that involves the repeated compression of a person’s chest who is suffering from cardiac arrest. The purpose of CPR is to restore a victim’s blood circulation and breathing.

Hands-Only CPR is the alternative form of conventional CPR for those who are not certified. Hands-Only CPR is a method of CPR that requires only the use of your hands to provide chest compressions. No rescue breaths are involved in Hands-Only CPR, so you are not required to implement “mouth-to-mouth”. Studies show that adults who receive Hands-Only CPR have a similar chance of survival as those victims who receive conventional CPR. Hands-Only CPR can double, and in some cases triple, a person’s chance of survival.

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Luxury Baby Products Worth the Investment


Shopping for a new baby is a daunting task. Just step one foot into any baby store and you are suddenly surrounded with various products from floor to ceiling. And, there are some baby things that might cost a little more, but they cost more for a reason. Not all baby products are created equal. After personally experiencing countless baby products as a team, we’ve put together this list of luxury baby products that are worth the investment. Invest in baby products based on your lifestyle and priorities. When you choose any of these products for your family, you are investing in better safety, in products that keep baby close and promote bonding, in enriching toys, and in products that simply make your life as a parent easier – and we think all of that is worthy of the investment!

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Gifting Unforgettable Experiences: 36 Hours in Vancouver with the Fairmont Hotel

Known in recent years for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, British Columbia is gem among gems when it comes to vacations for those who love natural landscapes and the outdoors. It is the ultimate eco-friendly escape made for foodies who love international fair and a quick, active, yet relaxing jaunt to our neighbors in the north.  “Gifting” experiences are one of the hottest new trends in this age of minimalism, so if you are looking for an awesome gift that will be unforgettable (and undoubtedly the best gift in the pile), a long weekend trip to Vancouver is the perfect thing. There are plenty of things to do for everyone in your group, whether you are taking a girls weekend, going with family, or venturing out for a solo tour. And finding a great hotel that is central to all the action, like the Fairmont Hotel, you will be sure to get in all the action during a quick getaway.

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7 Ways to Prevent Bully Behaviors

We spend a lot of time encouraging our children to do well in school, make good grades, study hard, and to prepare for the future. But sometimes we forget that the most important lesson for our children is to teach them to be good humans. The most important lesson we can teach them is to be kind. We hear the horrific stories of bullying and the sad consequences. We spend a lot of time talking about teaching middle schoolers and high schoolers not to bully, when bullying is at its forefront. Perhaps, we should spend more time at home when our children are young, teaching and showing them how to be kind from the very beginning.

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36 Hours in Seattle with the Edgewater Hotel

Although Seattle is a well-known metropolitan city in the US, it’s still somewhat of a hidden gem when it comes to tourist attractions and vacation spots. Known mostly for it’s damp weather and the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee, this area of the Pacific Northwest has more natural beauty in it’s surrounding area than most experience on a typical vacation. And, having a gorgeous hotel with magnificent views, like the Edgewater Hotel, is the perfect compliment to this quick hop to one of the nation’s lesser known vacation spots. From Mt. Rainer down to Pike Place Market and over to Fremont, the list of spots to visit are as numerous as the coffee shops. 

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20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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Chat With Your Teen (Or Tween) About Snapchat Safety

The drive for technology, ease of use, and endless entertainment possibilities have vigorously overtaken the once simple-to-use device: the telephone. Not only has it gone cordless, it has become one of America’s most necessary devices to stay in touch with life, family, business and… entertainment. Now this technology falls into the hands of our younger counter parts, accessing the many worlds beyond their front door – right in the palm of their hands. 

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Preparing for Baby: Registry and baby shower tips to get you started

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Gymboree. All opinions are 100% ours.

Pregnancy is an exciting time. Not only are you looking forward to the arrival of your baby, but shopping for all of the incredibly cute baby gear only adds to this excitement as you picture your new little one wearing the trendiest fashions or swaying side to side in the most up-to-date baby swing. If you’re an old pro already, you have probably noticed that baby gear and fashion has changed drastically in just a few short years. If you’re a new mom, you lucked out in entering into THE age of advanced technology and the push to make raising children not only easier, but a lot of fun! It seems that the market for baby products has become one of the hottest in recent years, and as moms, we aren’t complaining! Give me all. the. stuff.

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My Baby Died from Cancer: A Mom’s Raw Story

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Last September I didn’t even know that this was a “thing.” I didn’t know that there was a whole month dedicated to children who were dealing with the unimaginable pain of treatments for their cancers. I didn’t know there was a time each year where the families affected by pediatric cancers make a push for more awareness, research, and cures for their babies. And how should I know? Last year at this time I had two healthy children- a three year old little boy who loved his baby sister- then only 2 months old- so fiercely that it made my heart skip a beat. Never in a million years did I think that I would be sharing this story; that I would be one of those parents whose child was diagnosed with cancer.

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Exploring the World with Science: The Basis of Our Food Chains

Plants are the foundation of our food web. Every living thing depends on them. Plant growth is stimulated by the sun and rainfall. We must understand the importance of plants and how they are of vital importance to our planet – plants clean our air, help prevent erosion, they provide habitats, help keep our environment steady, and they can even provide important medicines. We must protect our earth, and we must teach our kids how and why plants are important early on. Start simple and explain the very basics so our kids grow up learning the importance of plants in our world.

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