35 Years Young: What My Life Has Taught Me About True Beauty

Lately, my children have been telling me that I look beautiful. I have to admit, I take a moment – just a few seconds – each time they look at me with those sparkling, wondrous eyes and truly genuine smiles, and compliment my appearance in unadulterated admiration and awe, and I bask in the feeling it gives me. It’s been a long time since someone has acknowledged my outer beauty. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know the reason why.

From the moment my son was born nearly 6 years ago, motherhood just swallowed me whole. It consumed all of me, wrapped me up in its massive arms and held me hostage. It took hold of my heart, and my love became singularly focused on my little creation. It syphoned my energy – every ounce of it – and left me with what so often in those early days felt like the shell of a person, depleted and barely functioning, but surviving on baby snuggles and a euphoric new sense of worth. In other, far less poetic words, I looked like a walking zombie.

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Giveaway: Personal Trainer Food

A new year means new beginnings for many of us. We start off with making resolutions that we vow to keep throughout the whole year. But shortly after the year begins, those resolutions tend to fall to the wayside because, well, life. One of the most common resolutions is to eat healthier or to lose weight. Personal Trainer Food can help make sure that this is the one resolution you do keep by offering delicious, healthy, easy to prep meals right to your door. And to help you get one step closer to reaching your goals, Daily Mom is giving away a 14-day Personal Trainer Food subscription to one lucky Daily Mom reader. 

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Your Kids DO Benefit From Having A Working Mom

Got mom-guilt while being a working mom with either a home business or a job? Feel judged by other moms who have the luxury of the exclusive home-maker life? Not certain if you can effectively raise your children and contribute financially using your natural or learned skill sets in a job or business? Relax, Mom, you are right where you need to be for yourself and especially for your children. Believe it or not, your children do benefit from having a working mom.

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Bath Tub Toys – Daily Kids Review Toys

Kids love bath time, especially when it is filled with bubbles, toys, and tons of fun! Make this nightly experience enjoyable and educational with bath toys that will incite the imagination, inspire creativity, and teach important skills. Babies, toddlers, and even older children will beg to take a bath until their fingers and toes are wrinkled and pruned just to play with these awesome toys loved by our own Daily Kids!

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What Parents Need To Know About The Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with 2/3’s of those deaths from opioids. Recently, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. So what do you need to know as a parent to keep your child safe? As a parent, you should educate yourself about this crisis and know what to do if your child has a problem with drugs.  

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Why you should be wearing a face primer

If you’ve been wearing makeup for years but you’ve never used (or even heard of) a face primer, you’re missing out! Not only does it change the way your makeup applies, but it makes all the difference in how it wears and how long it lasts throughout the day. Read on to find out how to choose the right primer for your skin and the benefits that come with wearing one.

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Legoland Florida for Kindergartners

Kindergarten is such a special time in the life of a child. They are in school everyday but there is still a sweetness to it. The pressure isn’t really on yet. This age is fun because kindergartners have amazing imaginations and endless energy to explore and experience the world. Kindergarten is this magical place between toddlerhood and older childhood and as parents we want to make the most of this unique time. We recently visited LEGOLAND in Florida with two kindergartners and discovered that this theme park is perfect for children this age. A visit to LEGOLAND Florida is all enjoyment and no stress even with a young five year old. Here are all the reasons why LEGOLAND Florida should be on your to do list with your Kindergartner…

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Mentor: Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

As parents, we so often take for granted the difference that an adult role model or mentor really makes in the life of a child. For most of us, we are either raising our children together with our spouse under one roof or as part of a larger blended family. Many of us have extended family as well with aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins either down the street or just a phone call away. Unfortunately, for a large part of our society, this is not the case. Take a walk through the inner-city streets, the projects or even just the low-income neighborhoods present in every city and state, and look around. There you will see young children through young adults who are trying to make it in this world virtually all alone. Whether it is kids living in foster care, living with an elderly grandparent, or living with an overtired, overworked single mom, there are millions of children in need of some quality adult attention. An invaluable resource for these children is a mentor. If you or someone you know wants to make a difference in the life of a child or teen, consider becoming a volunteer mentor.

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5 Pregnancy Safe Stretches

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now, bring on the back and hip pain. Want to do something about it? Try stretching.  For the most part, stretching does not require any equipment or gym membership, so it is an easy way to maintain a fitness regimen during pregnancy. Aside from its accessibility, prenatal stretching offers many benefits. Stretching helps you prepare for labor, eases hip pain, and helps you relax. Pregnancy is a time when your body constantly changes. Because your body is different everyday, so is stretching. During pregnancy, most stretches are still safe as long as they are done correctly and modified. Here are five safe stretches that are safe throughout pregnancy.

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Meccano Robot Toy Review: M.A.X. and MeccaSpider

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has infiltrated our homes, becoming a huge part of our public school curriculum and introducing many of our children to concepts and practices that they never would have experienced at such an early age. These days, the majority of our children’s toys are well-advanced beyond anything we ever had to play with and our kids are excelling rapidly with many of the these new technologies.

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The benefits of free cord blood banking

The business of staying healthy has become a billion dollar industry. From high cost prescriptions to elective cosmetic procedures, the range of available medical investments is unending.

What if someone told you for just a few hundred dollars each year, you could invest in having a perfectly matched set of stem cells approved for treating over 80 medical conditions, ranging from leukemia to lymphoma. It’s a minimal cost, helping the guarantee the health of your child for years to come.

Even with the benefits, and the low cost, this article isn’t here to tell you that you should pay to make this investment. Public cord blood banking is 100% free and helps ensure that the precious and valuable stem cells can go directly to a family in dire need of medical assistance.

Donating cord blood is a safe and painless procedure that can save lives.


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Lorena Canals: The Perfect Playroom Rug

As a parent, it is a constant battle to find a balance between a child friendly home and one that suits your adult taste. Children are known to leave a trail of messes wherever they go, no matter what surface they are told to play on. Whether it is juice, paint, or food, parents sometimes feel as though they are following their child’s trail, making sure there are no permanent stains left. In the constant parental search for products that make sense for families, rugs can be especially difficult to find when it feels like your only option is a cheap “play room” rug that can be replaced with each major stain. Anyone channeling their inner Joanna Gaines knows rugs are one of the most important parts of any room; they can either pull together a room’s décor or add another visually interesting element.  Once you have kids, playrooms become one of the most loved and essential rooms in the house and luckily Lorena Canals is on board with providing you the perfect rug option.

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Photographers Guide on How to recoup from busy season burn-out

We know that many of our loyal readers at Daily Mom are mom-turned-photographers, or professional photographers themselves. Every year, we strive to publish relevant information within the photography world such as gift guides, and informative posts. For many of us in the realm, we’ve made it through the busiest season of all: fall. From all the families that have to schedule a photo session to proudly display on their annual Christmas cards, to those brides and grooms that want that perfect, crisp, fall weather, we know first-hand that, come January, you’re ready for some down time. We’re here today to give you some amazing suggestions, and be the photographers guide on how to recoup from busy season burn-out.

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