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How to deal with motion sickness

How to deal with Motion Sickness

Do you worry about traveling because you suffer from motion sickness? It is possible to reduce motion sickness symptoms and even prevent them.   Know the symptoms Nausea and vomiting are the best known motion sickness symptoms. They are usually preceded by feelings of discomfort accompanied by pallor of the skin, especially around the mouth, …

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Best Way To Hydrate This Winter

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. All opinions are our own. When I lived in a warm climate, I was constantly told to, “stay hydrated” or make sure you’re drinking water and not just soda. It was kind of obvious …

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How to Build Your Sick Day Kit | 11 Items Every Sick Kit Should Have

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. All opinions are our own. Now that the chillier days of the year have arrived, it’s time to be extra vigilant in the fight against those pesky viruses ready to wreak havoc on your …

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Air purifiers are great for ridding your home of musty odors and relieving allergies. Check out our picks for the best air purifiers for under $200.

Fight Seasonal Allergies With These Best Air Purifiers for Under $200

Air purifiers are ideal for homes that smell dusty or feel stuffy. They’re also great for families dealing with allergies because they help remove the stale and pungent air that causes the dusty smell or causes you to feel congested. The goal of an air purifier is to circulate the air throughout the room and uses its …

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Once your braces come off, you'll most likely need to wear a retainer for a little longer. Taking good care of retainers is a must to keep those teeth healthy! Check out five tips to make it easier!

5 Tips to Take Good Care of Your Retainers

Yay! You’re at the end of your journey with braces, and now it’s time to move on to retainers. After years of wearing braces, retainers will seem like a breeze. Don’t think you can get lazy, though! Taking proper care of your retainers is one the best things you can do to ensure a lifetime …

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5 Possible Effects of Stress & How to Cope With Them

This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Modern life is fast-paced and it’s common to feel stressed from time to time. Many of us worry about work, school, money, love – even the pressure to destress can become a stressor. April …

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Do you recognize the importance of your child's eye care? Here's a guide to the common problems and how to get ahead of them! Check it out!

Recognizing the Importance of Your Child’s Eye Care

Do you recognize the importance of your child’s eye care? Here’s a guide to the common problems and how to get ahead of them! Check it out! Parenting, as every parent will wholeheartedly agree, brings with it not just joy but many anxieties too. As a parent it’s your job not just to treat coughs, …

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I was really surprised by some of the questions my kids asked when we talked about underage drinking! Here’s how I handled it! Check out 5 tough questions your kids may ask about alcohol and find out where to get more help!

5 Tough Questions Your Kids Have About Underage Drinking That May Surprise You

Thank you Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for sponsoring this post. Learn more about how you can prevent underage drinking at KnowWhenKnowHow.org.  A few weeks ago, I shared with you a few tips for talking to your kids about underage drinking. Today, I want to share with you some of the questions that came up from my son …

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Nervous about talking to your kids about alcohol? These 5 tips helped me get through it! Check out 5 tips for talking to kids about underage drinking and find out where to get more help!

How to Talk to Your Kids About Underage Drinking

Thank you Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for sponsoring this post. Learn more about how you can prevent underage drinking at KnowWhenKnowHow.org.   With one in three kids trying alcohol before age 8 (and no, that’s not a typo), talking to your kids about underage drinking is definitely a conversation that can’t wait until the teen …

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After the excitement and buzz of the holiday and New Year’s celebrations, it’s easy to start feeling the blahs. Short days and dreadful weather can really zap your energy. Everyone has their own way of uplifting themselves, and here are some things I do!

5 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.   After the excitement and buzz of the holiday and New Year’s celebrations, it’s easy to start feeling the blahs. Short days and dreadful weather can really zap your energy. Everyone has their own …

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Do you know what to avoid with braces? Check out five types of food that are totally off limits while you’re waiting for your pearly whites to straighten!

5 Types of Food to Avoid When You Have Braces

Do you know what to avoid with braces? Check out five types of food that are totally off limits while you’re waiting for your pearly whites to straighten!   Congratulations – you have (or are getting) braces! Seems crazy to congratulate someone on something that many people would rather avoid, but as a 20-year braces …

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Is there a difference between ADHD in girls and boys? Find out how it affects your daughter and how best to help her cope!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About ADHD in Girls

Is there a difference between ADHD in girls and boys? Find out how it affects your daughter and how best to help her cope! When I was a kid, not many of my classmates were diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Those few classmates I knew who had ADHD were boys, and for years, I was …

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Do you know how to stop the signs of mental illness in your child? While we hope our kids never have to deal with that, it’s important to be aware.

How to Spot the Signs of Mental Illness in Children

Do you know how to stop the signs of mental illness in your child? While we hope our kids never have to deal with that, it’s important to be aware. There’s a popular myth that childhood is a golden, carefree time when everything is easy, but somewhere inside us, most of us know that this …

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What makes NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy so innovative? Check out 5 things you really need to know about this incredible depression treatment option!

5 Things You Need to Know about NeuroStar Advanced Therapy for Depression

We are proud to partner with NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy to talk about their innovative approach to treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). All opinions are our own. Depression affects more than 300 million people around the world, nearly 16 million of whom live in the United States. The World Health Organization lists it as THE leading …

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Check out 4 must-know tips for staying healthy at any age and prepare now for what’s to come in your future!

4 Must-Know Tips to Staying Healthy & Fit At Any Age

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. It’s time to face the facts, my friends: we can’t stay young forever. Well, not physically, anyway! Young at heart and mind, sure! Mentally, I feel like a 25-year-old in many ways! Unfortunately, physically, …

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Looking for an easy way to increase your daily intake of vital minerals like calcium and magnesium? It doesn’t get any easier than with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water!

5 Ways Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water Helps Support a Healthy Lifestyle + Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. All opinions are our own.   Looking for an easy way to increase your daily intake of vital minerals like calcium and magnesium? It doesn’t get any easier than with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water! Today, we’re going to talk about five fabulous ways that …

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Looking for more ways to get motivated to make healthy changes? Check out these 11 quotes that inspire health and wellness!

11 Quotes to Inspire Health and Wellness

Looking for more ways to get motivated to make healthy changes? Check out these 11 quotes that inspire health and wellness!   We all know that making healthy choices is vital to our existence. I don’t think I need to tell you that you should eat right, exercise, and try to cut down on stress. …

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While there’s no way to completely get rid of stubborn stretch marks, you can make them virtually invisible! Check out 7 ways to deal with them.

7 Safe & Practical Ways to Deal with Stubborn Stretch Marks

Dealing with stubborn stretch marks that just won’t go away months, or even years, after you’ve given birth? I’m going to let you in on a little secret: there is no “magical” fix for them. You can’t just rub on a cream and watch them vanish overnight. However, there are a few tips, tricks and …

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See how you can help your teens Help your teens zap acne anytime, anywhere with OXY’s new On-The-Go acne stick! No water needed! It’s perfect for taking on summer camping trips! Check it out!

How to Help Teens Zap Acne Anytime, Anywhere with OXY On-the-Go Acne Stick

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of OXY Skincare. All opinions are my own. Oh acne, how I hated it when I was teenager. I had it bad enough that I still have acne scars on my cheeks. I was so self-conscious and awkward as a teenager. I always felt like my acne …

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Don’t have time to go to the doctor? Bring one to you with Doctor On Demand! Make them part of your Live Life Well plan! See how!

Bring the Doctor to You with Doctor On Demand & #LiveLifeWell

Compensation was provided by Doctor On Demand. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Doctor On Demand.  As moms, it’s hard to find time to take care of ourselves. We’re always so busy taking care of everyone else! We don’t really get sick days, do …

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Your smile makes a huge first impression, so make sure you're taking care of it! Check out 6 ways to get brighter, whiter teeth for the whole family!

6 Brilliant Ways to Get Brighter, Whiter Smiles for the Whole Family

Since our smile is often the first thing people see, we want it to make a great impression. In honor of National Oral Health Care Month, we teamed up with Church & Dwight to bring you some fabulously easy tips to help get brighter, whiter smiles for your entire family. These tips not only make sure …

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Celebrate Heart Month by getting to know your hardest working organ with these five fascinating facts about your heart + the signs of a heart attack. Read it now!

5 Fascinating Facts About Your Heart to You Need to Know

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. It’s Heart Month in Canada, and I’m not talking the chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day treats we give each other to celebrate our love! I’m talking about that hard-working blood-pumping organ in your chest that makes …

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It's never too late to start new healthy habits! Check out four that will benefit your entire family!

4 Fabulously Healthy Habits That Benefits Your Whole Family

Like most of us, I bet you started off this month and the new year planning to start a ton of new healthy habits. I know I did! Then life got in the way. My son went back to school, work piled up after winter break and we all came down with nasty colds. Needless …

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Looking for anxiety relief and self-esteem activities for women? These mental health apps will help monitor and improve your mood!

5 Mental Health Apps to Monitor & Boost Your Mood

Are you looking for informative mental health apps to help you feel better in 2017? Although there are tons of these apps available, not all of them will end up being what you’re looking for. Don’t worry, we did the hard work for you!  Keep reading, to learn more about some of the apps (relating to …

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Cold and Flu season giving you a pounding headache? Check out a few of our favorite natural remedies to soothe that aching noggin!

8 Natural Remedies for Headache Relief

What do you do when your head is pounding, but you don’t want to take medicine? Try these natural remedies for headache relief! As a sufferer of chronic headaches for more than half my life, I know how debilitating they can be. Regardless of whether you experience chronic migraines or even just the occasional sinus …

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Entire Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

This post is brought to you by Vicks Humidifiers. All opinions are our own. Can you believe that it’s the start of another cold and flu season? It feels like just yesterday we were heading back to school, and here we are prepping for winter! Last year, my family got hit with one cold after …

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5 Eye-Popping Facts About Vision Health

Did you know that October is Children’s Vision Month? I did NOT, and both my kids wear eyeglasses. Talk about being out of the loop!  However, I do know that each year my kids should get their eyes examined. Rain, shine or snow, I book an exam with a doctor of optometry (optometrist) and make …

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Cold weather means the return of flu season! Check out these home remedies to help your sore throat feel better fast!

7 Tried & True Home Remedies to Soothe a Sore Throat

With the beautiful changing colors of the leaves comes something much less lovely – sore throats resulting from seasonal allergies or the common cold. Throat lozenges have their place, but what can you turn to when they just don’t cut it? Look below for some tried and true home remedies to soothe your sore throat. …

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5 Things Every Mom Needs to Keep in Her Bathroom to Look and Feel Her Best

Attention all mothers: we know how busy you are – between being a multitasker, supporter, and a shoulder to cry on, being a mother takes a lot of hard work, stamina, and energy. Today, we put together a few, simple items with you in mind. Yes, mama: you and only you. The following products are key …

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A breast cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest moments in a woman’s life. Learn a few tips to help your loved one cope & lift her spirits a bit.

5 Ways to Help A Loved One Cope with Breast Cancer

As I’m sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this very important month, I’m sharing a few ways that you can help a friend or loved one cope with a diagnosis of breast cancer. While this type of cancer has touched my life only in an “on the outskirts” sort of …

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Do you know the benefits of probiotics for babies & kids? Check them out, then learn more about how BioPron can help keep your tot's tummy healthier!

3 Benefits of Probiotics for Babies & Children + Giveaway

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BioPron. The opinions and text are all mine. Have you ever given much thought to the benefits of probiotics? I’ll have to admit that I really didn’t up until recently. I’ve heard of them, even used them, but never really delved into the “why” …

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How do you soothe chickenpox in a baby? Check out our tips to help your tiniest tot make it through the worst of the virus!

How Do You Soothe Chickenpox in a Baby?

How do you soothe chickenpox in a baby? That’s a tough one, isn’t it? It’s hard to see any of our kids uncomfortable, but when it’s your infant or toddler who doesn’t understand why they feel miserable, it’s even more heartwrenching! One of our readers recently shared that her 8-month-old was diagnosed by their pediatrician with …

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The Smart Mom’s Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Combatting Fall Woes #KnowTheDifference

Fall is supposed to be all about back-to-school learning, fun and exploring new things, right? I remember as a kid, I would climb trees, build forts out of golden leaves and roam the forest near my house after school. I tried not to let the end of summer break get me down! Now that I’m …

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Become a Dementia Friend and Help Dispel the Myths & Stigma Once and For All

Let’s talk about dementia, because honestly, not enough people do. Despite the fact that our society is becoming more and more open about other medical conditions every single day, we still have a tendency to sweep the subject of dementia under the rug- especially when it comes to the people closest to us. Dementia Friends …

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Why Bringing Your Toddler To The Dentist is So Important

Bringing your toddler to the dentist for the first time is a milestone!  I know as a Mom I am obsessive about their teeth; making sure they are clean, are there more coming in, are they coming in too early, you know, typical stuff Moms worry about.  My experience at the dentist with my first …

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9 Actually Helpful Tips to Riding Out A Panic Attack

Right, here I have for you 9 actually helpful tips to riding out a panic attack.  It is hard enough at the moment to try and get through it, but having zero tools at your disposal can make it seem pretty bleak at best.  Although it may feel like it, this moment will not last …

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I have found these 5 helpful tips to help your anxiety work for me. When anxiety starts to creep up on you, it can be hard to ground yourself if you don’t know what to do. It is not something anyone else can see from the outside. I hope these tips help you as much as they help me!

5 Helpful Tips to Bust Your Anxiety

I have found these 5 helpful tips to help bust your anxiety work for me.  When anxiety starts to creep up on you, it can be hard to ground yourself if you don’t know what to do.  It is not something anyone else can see from the outside.  If you bust your arm, someone can …

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Think cukes are just for salads? Think again! Check out 9 awesome beauty uses for cucumbers, then stock up on this fabulous budget-friendly veggie!

9 Awesome Beauty Hacks with Cucumbers

Cucumbers aren’t just for your salad! Did you know that there is a myriad of beauty uses for cucumbers? The veggie is loaded with awesome skin-beneficial vitamins, like K and C. Plus it’s relatively inexpensive, ranging from $0.80-$1.25 per cucumber, so you can load up your cart and reap the benefits without breaking your budget! …

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Does Gluten Affect Weight Loss?

One of our mommy readers posted a very serious question that will benefit all of us; Does gluten affect weight loss? She said she wasn’t diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but noticed that she was losing weight after cutting out gluten. When she added it back, she noticed the weight coming back on. So, does gluten …

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Stop Worrying About SUI & Start Laughing Again, Thanks to Poise Impressa!

A few months ago, we told you about Poise Impressa, a fabulous new way for women with SUI to feel confident while doing the things they love. Sadly, it wasn’t yet available in Canada. As of mid-February, though, that’s all going to change! Poise Impressa is coming to Canada! This is very exciting news for …

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Busy Moms & Picky Kids Both Agree: EMERGEN-C® Kidz® is Awesome!

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5 Self-Esteem Activities for Adults That Will Make Your LIFE easier?

Are there self-esteem activities for adults that will help you to feel better about yourself? Yes, there are plenty of things you can do daily that will contribute to raise your self-esteem, and they aren’t things that will make you feel even worse (like kiddie games and worksheets). My suggestions are simple, everyday things you …

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Visit With Doctors & Therapists from Your Couch with Amwell #MOMSLOVEAMWELL

This post is brought to you by Amwell. All opinions are my own. Today I want to share a great option for those of you who, like me, have been searching for a way to see a doctor or therapist without actually leaving your house. Let’s be honest, most of us are short on time …

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Teaching Kids About OTC Medicine Safety

This is a post sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. All opinions and text are mine. In a time where we’re bombarded with news stories about the misuses of prescription drugs, deadly new designer drugs and drugs that don’t even sound like drugs, it’s really easy to forget that Over the Counter (OTC) medicines can also …

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Stop Bladder Leakage Before it Happens with Poise Impressa Bladder Supports

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Poise for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let’s talk bladder leakage for a moment, shall we? It’s something that 35-million women deal every time they cough, sneeze or laugh too hard, yet we all seem shy about discussing it. I’ll tell you a …

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Digital Health for Your Child: Keeping All Your Doctors on the Same Page #ThinkDigitalHealth

In many areas of our lives, we deal with one person for one specific need. We call one insurance agency when something happens to our car. One plumber when our pipes freeze. We have our favourite mechanics and banks! When it comes to healthcare, it is not always as simple as calling one doctor. We …

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Wondering how to choose the right mattress for your body? Follow our easy tips and you'll be off in dreamland in no time, then waking up refreshed!

How to Choose the Right Mattress for Your Body Type

There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to recharge your body and your mind. To ensure we get a good night’s rest, you need to have the right mattress. Sleeping on the wrong mattress will provide you with restless sleep and back pain in the morning. Choosing the right mattress for your body …

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Is the Red Meat Cancer Connection a Real Threat or Media Hype? YOU Decide!

The news is abuzz with the latest reports from the World Health Organization: processed meat is a carcinogen and red meat may cause cancer too. The meat industry is completely flipping out and bacon lovers worldwide are crying tears of despair. Hold on there, sad friends! Is this story all it’s cracked up to be? Is …

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Don't let that Halloween candy rot away those pearly whites! Find out how to get a truly radiant smile with these easy tips and the right brushing tools!

Brushing 101: Tips for Getting Those Teeth Truly Radiant!

We cannot avoid Halloween candies, can we? Even if set strict rules, even if I hide the candies, kids will eat Halloween candies at school, at their friend’s, during trick or treating. I am not crazy about it, but I cannot help it. Besides, it’s once a year (for most of the kids). However, if we …

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Must-Haves for Your Lice Prevention Tool Kit

It is the start of a new school year which means lice prevention might be on your mind.  I know it seems to be flooding my Facebook newsfeed!  Thankfully we have yet to have an issue, but there are some precautions you can take to help prevent a lice infestation.  Schools and daycares are a …

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These best remedies for dealing with hand, foot and mouth disease pain will help alleviate the symptoms while your child heals.

Best Remedies for Dealing with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Pain

We recently saw a question from a frantic mom wondering if there were any remedies for hand, foot, and mouth disease pain. She said “Hi Moms, any thing to help with mouth ulcers of HFM disease for one-year-old? He is in bad pain and didn’t drink since last night!”  We could feel her desperation; no …

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Knowing what to expect when your child gets his adenoids or tonsils out helps make this common childhood surgery just a tiny bit less scary for parents.

What to Expect When Your Child Gets His Tonsils Out

When I was 6 I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out.  The reason why is a little fuzzy, I have been told I slept with my mouth open and snored a bit.  Whatever the reason was, I sleep just fine now (well, as well as any mom can with 2 kids, one being 6 …

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Hand Foot Mouth disease is a common childhood illness, but can adults get sick too? Learn about this virus, and how to protect your family.

Help, My Kid Has Hand Foot Mouth Disease! Can Parents Get Sick Too?

When your child gets sick, it can send some parents into panic mode. You start monitoring their temperature, eyeing the color of your child’s skin and calculating every drop they consume. Sickness can cause havoc in your family, and it can be more miserable if the parents become ill also. Hand, Foot Mouth disease is …

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When your loved one is fighting breast cancer, it's hard to know what to do to help. This chemo care package is both practical and shows that you care.

Lift Spirits with a Breast Cancer Chemo Care Package

These tips for how to create a Breast Cancer Chemo Care Package will help you to easily reach out to friends or family going through this tough time. Chemotherapy can be very traumatic, but mostly it is exhausting. These little items will help you to show your love for your friend or family member while …

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Get a jump on cold & cough season by adding the SayAhh! Sore Throat Home Exam Aid to your tool kit! Learn to identify different causes of sore throats.

Get a Jump on Cough & Cold Season with SayAhh! #SayAhhHAmoment

Back to school means back to germs! Cough & cold season, here we come. It’s not my favorite time of year, that’s for sure! Jacob has a stellar immune system. He rarely ever got sick for the first 8 years of his life. Then last year, either the germs got hardier or he lost his …

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9 Inspiring Breast Cancer Awareness Quotes

9 Inspiring Breast Cancer Awareness Quotes

These 9 Inspiring Breast Cancer Awareness Quotes are perfect for remembering what Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about. So many women have succumbed to the horrible illness that is breast cancer. As survivors fight for better research and medical advancements, we can help support the cause by remembering these quotes to share with our …

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Sleep health is so important to child development! Check out the five bad sleep habits you need to break in your child now, plus one that you really don't have to worry about!

5 Sleep Habits You Need to Break Your Child of Now-And 1 You Don’t Have to Worry About

Raising kids is not easy and neither is dealing with their bad sleep habits.  Some things become habit before we even realize what is happening.  I admit, some things become habit because it is just easier than the alternative.  What bedtime routines should you be breaking now?  I have listed a few bad sleep habits below.  Keep …

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Finding sunscreens safe for kids with allergies and eczema can be a challenge, but they do exist! We compared dozens of brands on the Skin Deep Database and came up with what we think are the best!

Which Sunscreens are Safest for Kids with Allergies and Eczema?

It’s almost summer which means we start to lather our children up in sunscreen.  If your child suffers from eczema or has skin allergies, you might find it difficult to find a sunscreen that doesn’t irritate their skin.  Rest assured, there are some sunscreens safe for kids with allergies and eczema you can use to …

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Don't let allergies ruin your fun outside! Check out our tips for conquering allergy season when you and your family love adventuring outdoors!

Allergy Season Alert- Be Prepared!

With spring finally here and the flowers blooming, allergy season has officially arrived! Anyone else feeling the pressure building up in their sinuses? I can relate! Since my family LOVES getting outdoors during the warm months, I know I can’t become a hermit and hide inside all season long. I’m sharing some tips on how …

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With the Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot®. program, you can help save two lives at once when you get a whooping cough vaccine! Find out more about whopping cough and how it can affect your baby.

Prevent Whooping Cough and Save Two Lives with One Shot at Walgreens

This post is brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are our own. Ever wish you could do more to help children in developing nations but feel like you’re limited because of your budget? I know I do. I watch the news stories of kids suffering from outbreaks of preventable diseases and feel utterly helpless. …

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Don't let bug bites, bumps and bruises ruin your fun at the park! Check out our summer picnic safety tips to make sure everyone has a fun time!

Picnic Safety: Treating Bumps, Bruises and Bites in Kids

Want to go on a picnic? Before packing that picnic basket, it’s important that you prepare for the unexpected. Injuries such as bumps, bruises and bites commonly take place when children are outdoors. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to treat any injury. Here are some summer picnic safety tips you …

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Looking for a fun and easy way to get your child's sleep schedule on the right track? Find out if the Gro-Clock sleep trainer is right for your child!

Is A Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer Right For Your Child?

What exactly is a Gro-clock sleep trainer?  When you were a kid, did you ever get up before the sun and go in and wake your parents up? Your parents probably told you to go back to bed until you saw the sun.  Or maybe your child has a tough time sleeping at night and …

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Relieve Sensitive Teeth Pain with Colgate® Sensitivity Toothbrush

Relieve Sensitive Teeth Pain with Colgate® Sensitivity Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Colgate® Enamel Health™. All opinions are 100% mine. If you have sensitive teeth, you know what a challenge it is to get through the day without wincing in pain at least once. A sip of hot coffee, a scoop of your favorite ice-cream, even …

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Which Side of Effects of Vaccines Should You Worry About?

Vaccination is a hot subject on parenting forums, especially when it comes to the potential side effects of vaccines. With measles on the rise, the topic is all over the news lately. Many new parents or parents to be often find themselves wondering: what are the side effects of vaccines, and just how worried should …

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Can you boost your child’s immune system to those icky daycare plagues? While there's no surefire way to prevent colds & flu, these tips can help curb them!

Can You Boost Your Child’s Immune System to Avoid Daycare Plagues?

Sending your child to daycare can be hard enough, but when you consider all of the sicknesses and germs that your child can pick up, it becomes even harder. That’s why it’s so important to boost your child’s immune system. Honestly, kids are still going to pick up germs, but by giving their little immune …

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Dry, itchy skin making it difficult to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities? See how La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ helped my daughter enjoy winter!

Stop Dry Itchy Skin on the Spot with La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+Giveaway

Dealing with extremely dry, itchy skin is no fun. Just ask my daughter! She is prone to flare-ups of incredibly dry patches of skin. The cold air makes it so much worse. Since we’re a big skiing family, winter is so tough on her. She loves hitting the slopes with us, though. I don’t want …

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Are probiotics safe for children?

Is it Safe to Give Your Kids Probiotics?

Are probiotics safe for children? I am sure you have heard the word ‘probiotics’ everywhere.  You might be wondering if you should be taking them, or maybe they would be helpful for your child, or even, what are they?  Hopefully I will be able to give you a little insight as to what probiotics are, …

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worst things to do during spring allergy season

5 Worst Things to Do During Spring Allergy Season

Spring allergy season will be here before you know it. Even though it’s frigid outside in many parts of the country, warmer weather IS on its way. If you suffer from horrible allergies in the spring, you may want to start preparing now. Soon we’ll be seeing it on the news: worst spring allergy season …

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Getting a Cold? Fight back with gravol

Getting a cold? Fight Back With These Tips!

Getting a cold? It’s really no surprise, if you think about it, and not just because it happens to be cold season. Now that the holidays are behind us, all the flurry of activity from the past few months is finally taking its toll. We managed to keep going through the parties, decorating, crafting, shopping, …

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Got the sniffles and sneezes? Check out the best home remedies for colds that really work! These remedies include ONLY things you can easily find at home.

Best Home Remedies for Colds that Actually Work

Search the internet and you’ll find a million home remedies for colds. You’ll find everything from the simple chicken noodle soup remedy to the bizarre onions in your socks. The question is, do these remedies actually work? The answer, of course, isn’t simple. Some do, some don’t. Before you smell up the house with garlic …

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Kick Your Winter Skin Care Routine into High Gear with Shoppers Drug Mart

Kick Your Winter Skin Care Routine into High Gear with Shoppers Drug Mart

I don’t know about you, but I really need to kick my winter skin care routine into high gear this season! Winter weather may be fun for skiing, skating and chilling by the fireplace with a cup of yummy cocoa, but it sure wreaks havoc on my skin! Between the dry heat in the house …

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Kids Optmism Survey

How Optimistic are Canadian Kids about the Future? #KidsOptimism

Thank you RBC for sponsoring this conversation and for committing to creating brighter future for our kids.  Just how optimistic are Canadian kids and teens about their future? That’s the question RBC (the Royal Bank of Canada) set out to answer in their Kids Optimism Survey. The answers may surprise you. We’ve all heard of …

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Child Safety Fail: My Son Got Stuck in a tire Well

Child Safety Fail: My Son Got Stuck in a Tire Wheel Well!

We share a lot of parenting tips about child safety on OurFamilyWorld because we want to make sure every family has all the tools they need to keep their children as safe and healthy as possible. That doesn’t make us perfect though. Today, I’m going to tell you about my biggest child safety fail to …

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Project Sunlight Turns the Tables on Child Hunger

Unilever Project Sunlight Turns the Tables on Child Hunger

This post is brought to you by Unilever Project Sunlight. All opinions are our own. No child should ever go to bed hungry. Ever. Sadly, millions of children do just that every single night. Right HERE in the United States. In our own back yard. Your neighbor’s child could be going to bed hungry. It …

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Take the Pledge Against Drowsy Driving & Keep Your Family Safe #drowsydriving

Did you know that this week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week? The National Sleep Foundation is urging everyone to take the Pledge Against Drowsy Driving. They’ve partnered with us to share the Pledge and tips to help keep you more alert on the road. Dangers of Drowsy Driving We all know about the dangers of …

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Ebola Should We Be Afraid

Ebola: Should We Be Afraid for Our Families?

You cannot turn on the TV or check social media lately without seeing news of the latest medical crisis to hit.  Ebola: Should We Be Afraid?  That is the question on many minds as we navigate what we had believed was a disease that would never touch our shores.  With our first death in the …

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Do you go to heroic efforts to instill healthy habits in your kids? Find out about my craziest efforts and share your own!

Taking Heroic Methods to Instill Healthy Habits

Instilling healthy habits in our kids sometimes requires extraordinary measures, especially when your child is as stubborn as mine! I can’t really blame him, though, he takes after me. I was a stubborn child too, apparently. Our two biggest challenges: bedtime and dinner time. I’ve gone to some pretty crazy measures over the years to …

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Rainbow Light

Give Your Family a Healthy Boost with Rainbow Light Vitamins #RainbowLight

This post is brought to you by Rainbow Light. All opinions are our own. While the majority of your family’s nutrient needs should come from healthy meals, sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. We all need a bit of a boost every now and then, especially with cold season coming up! Taking a …

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Talking Breast Cancer Awareness with Girls Without Scaring Them!

How To Talk Breast Cancer With Teens: Without Scaring Them

As important as it is to teach your young girls about breast cancer awareness, it’s just as important to do it in a way that doesn’t scare them off of them. According to a Breastcancer.org survey, a whopping 30% of girls ages 8-18 think they have breast cancer, even though it’s incredibly rare for such …

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Don't Let Indigestion Ruin Your Holiday Meal!

Don’t Let Indigestion Ruin Your Holiday Meal!

This post is brought to you by Church & Dwight. All opinions are our own. While Thanksgiving may be over here in Canada, the holidays are just getting started. That means plenty of family gatherings, parties and more big meals! If you ask me, indigestion is the fastest way to ruin the memory of a delicious …

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PediaCare

PediaCare® Celebrates 30 Years of Easing Your Child’s Colds & Pain #keepkidshealthy

We’re excited to work with PediaCare® to help them celebrate 30 years of dedication to easing children’s pain and cold symptoms! All opinions, of course, are our own. Ever since my son was a baby, he’s been almost impossible to medicate. I mean, this child has gone to extreme measures to avoid taking medicine! Fortunately, …

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Today, we’re talking parenting tips for teenagers with braces! Learn all the things no one told you about having braces, how to help your teen care for them, and more! Let’s get started!

5 Things No One Tells You About Braces for Teens

 Today, we’re talking parenting tips for teenagers with braces! Learn all the things no one told you about having braces, how to help your teen care for them, and more! Let’s get started!  Ah, braces. Everyone is quick to tell you how much they cost (a lot!), but no one prepares you for all the …

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Will Lack Of Sleep As A Teen Make You Fat?

Will Lack Of Sleep As A Teen Make You Fat?

Will Lack Of Sleep As A Teen Make You Fat?  If you are a parent of a teenager, then you know the ongoing struggle to keep them on top of school work, sports and managing a few hours of sleep at night.  Yet, recent studies bring up another concern for parents of teens.  While you …

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Take the “Yuck” out of Medicine with Dr. Cocoa #DrCocoaReliefWithaSmile

Take the “Yuck” out of Medicine with Dr. Cocoa #DrCocoaReliefWithaSmile

Well, it’s official: cold season is here. How do I know? Because I’m sitting here with the stuffy head to prove it! My son started it last week, when he was out of school for two days. I knew it wouldn’t be long before I stared suffering too. Since kids get an average of 8-12 …

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Should We Be Worried About Enterovirus D68

Should We Be Worried About Enterovirus D68? #Enterovirus68.

Should We Be Worried About Enterovirus D68?  Back to School officially arrived and along with it came the threat of illness in our children.  This year, we are faced with a more concerning virus on the horizon?  Or is it?  With more and more social media posting fearful commentary about this virus, we felt it …

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Could Your Home Town Cause Childhood Cancer?

Could Your Home Town Cause Childhood Cancer?

Could your home town cause childhood cancer? What seems like a silly question is actually a rather logical and serious query according to a to a study in Pediatrics magazine.   Although it seems odd, the study found that kids in living the northeast are much more likely to be diagnosed with Cancer when compared to …

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Addiction Recovery: The Right Therapy is Everything! #AdelphiCHIPoll

Addiction Recovery: The Right Therapy is Everything! #AdelphiCHIPoll

Did you know that September marks the 25th anniversary of Recovery Month- a month dedicated to spreading the awareness about treatments to aid in addiction recovery? Sadly, I am no stranger to the damaging effect addiction can have on a family. I won’t get into too many details to protect the privacy of those in …

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Shopper’s Drug Mart #GetTheMostOutofLife

Show off Your Pearly Whites with Shopper’s Drug Mart #GetTheMostOutofLife

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice about you? Keeping that smile healthy and beautiful is the best way to make sure you always make a great first impression! I shared some of my favorite tips for improving your overall oral hygiene over at Shoppers Drug Mart Media Hub. …

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How to Help Your Child Stay Positive in the Face of Childhood Cancer | OurFamilyWorld.com

How to Help Your Child Stay Positive in the Face of Childhood Cancer

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire world tends to stop spinning. Everyone is stunned and disbelief can quickly lead to despair. The bottom line to any childhood cancer situation, however, is hope. Hope in a cure. Hope in the things that are good around you. Hope in something bigger than ourselves. Your …

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Financial Assistance For Childhood Cancer Patients

Financial Assistance For Childhood Cancer Patients

Today we are going to share some great resources for Financial Assistance For Childhood Cancer Patients. When your child is diagnosed with a form of cancer, there are no words to explain the pain and fears that you are hit with.  We strive to bring you useful information that can help you in your daily …

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Should Parents Be Punished For Leaving Kids In A Car

Should Parents Be Punished For Leaving Kids In A Car?

With recent news bringing up the concept of criminal charges against parents who leave their children in the car, we decided to approach the subject here for discussion.  Should Parents Be Punished For Leaving Kids In A Car?  This question is one that has multiple answers, and of course many opinions.  We want to look …

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Say Goodbye to ALLERGY FACE® with ZYRTEC® #ALLERGYFACE

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®. Allergy season is well underway for me here in the Poconos. While our area is a tourist attraction primarily because we still have some nature left (although not nearly as much as we used to!), that proximity to so much nature wreaks havoc …

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IKEA Foundation: Kids Should Be Kids

Join the IKEA Foundation in Fighting Against Child Labor

This post brought to you by IKEA Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that millions of children as young as 5 are forced to leave school and work long hard days in hot fields and stagnant factories, all for as little as pennies a day? In India alone, 13 million children live …

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Distracted Driving Turtles

Decide to Drive: Vow to Put an End to Distracted Driving #DecideToDrive

See those little guys above? They’re baby snapping turtles. They don’t really look all that dangerous, do they? I mean, when they get big, they’re nothing to mess with, but as babies, they’re pretty docile. Hard to imagine one being responsible for a car accident, right? Well, technically, the snapper wasn’t responsible, I was, because …

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Smile Train

Help Smile Train Spread the Power of a Smile Across the Globe #PowerOfASmile

Just how powerful is a smile? Why is the work of Smile Train so important? Think about it for a moment. Have you ever had a horrible day that suddenly brightened a bit when a toddler in line behind you flashed you a half-toothy grin? Or felt your spirits lift a bit by a fellow …

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Childhood vaccines

Childhood Vaccinations: What are the Pros and Cons?

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a story about a family in Canada that was livid after their daughter was vaccinated against their wishes. The family chose not to vaccinate after their first-born child has a serious reaction to a vaccine. Childhood vaccinations are such a hotly debated topic, we thought it was important …

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Dental Health Tips from Infancy to Adulthood with Arm & Hammer

Dental Health Tips from Infancy to Adulthood with Arm & Hammer

Good dental health habits need to start at a young age. In fact, they need to start earlier than you might think: before your baby even pops that first tooth! The right habits can mean the difference between coping with traumatizing dental visits and having a healthy smile. Trust me, I know! My son has …

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CharcoCaps

Eat Your Favorite Foods without Worry with CharcoCaps

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a 36-count carton of CharcoCaps® Anti-Gas Formula dietary supplement. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. At OurFamilyWorld, we share a lot of healthy recipes filled with ingredients like broccoli, spinach and other amazingly healthful vegetables. Healthy eating is an important part …

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Family Fitness for the Environment

6 Family Fitness Activities That Help the Environment

We know how important exercise and family fitness are to prevent childhood obesity. Time spent outside, in nature and the fresh air, is important for children. We also want to help the environment in any way we can. Why not combine all three? Spring is around the corner. Get moving, get outside, and help the …

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Aetna Health Care

Aetna’s Digital Health Technology: Making Health Care Accessible to All #digitalhealth

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Aetna Foundation. Technology has made life so much easier in so many ways. It allows us to instantly connect with loved ones across the ocean and makes our kids’ book reports a breeze to write. We’ve become intertwined with technology in just about …

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Fellowes Air Purifier

Thwart Cold & Flu Germs With the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX55 Air Purifier

This post brought to you by Fellowes . All opinions are 100% mine. Remember a couple of weeks ago, we talked about the not-so-top-secret secrets to preventing colds & the flu? To refresh your memory, we talked about the 4-step process, which included: washing your hands, cleaning with sanitizing products, inquiring about the flu shot …

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Prevent Cold & Flu

Preventing Colds & the Flu: It’s a Process! Make Fellowes AeraMax Part of It

This post brought to you by Fellowes . All opinions are 100% mine. If you want to prevent colds and the flu, you can’t just do one thing and expect to be covered. It’s really a whole process! Just like there is no cure for the common cold, there is also no sure-fire way to …

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Polysporin Eczema Essentials featured

Relieve Eczema Symptoms with POLYSPORIN Eczema Essentials #EczemaAndMe

Dealing with eczema is no fun for moms or kids. Thankfully, POLYSPORIN® Eczema EssentialsTM helps soothe those eczema symptoms as soon as they start. Just about every parent has dealt with itchy skin with their children. Many of you may have even tried to cope with eczema!  It’s very uncomfortable for children and as a parent …

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Heart age calculator

How Old is Your Heart? Find out with the Heart Age Calculator on shoppersdrugmart.ca! #TreatYourHeart

Hearts and February go hand-in-hand. It is, after all, the romantic month of Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate those who hold the keys to our heart. You know what’s even more romantic than going out to a special dinner, though? Taking care of your heart health so you can spend many more Valentine’s Days …

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Parenting Tips: When Should you treat a fever?

Kid’s Health Parenting Tips: Read This Before You Treat Your Child’s Fever!

This parenting tips article is not a substitute for medical advice! If your child is sick, has any preexisting medical conditions or you are concerned about a fever, seek the advice of your pediatrician. As parents, our kid’s health is everything to us. We can’t stand to see our children sick. The moment they start …

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Piercings and Teenagers

Parenting Advice: Would You Let Your Teen Get Her Nose Pierced

Need parenting advice on Piercings and teenagers?! Many teens are getting more than just their ears pierced and parents have very different thoughts on this topic. Check out our thoughts on this subject and tell us yours! When my boyfriend’s daughter was 13, he took her to a tattoo parlor to get her first facial …

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Gerber Arrowroot Biscuit

The Gerber Arrowroot Biscuit Makes a Great Easy Snack for Toddlers #GERBERARROWROOT

Nestlé Gerber has always been my go-to brand for great nutrition for babies and toddlers. When my kids were little, I couldn’t wait to start trying out delicious Gerber goodies on them. Let me tell you a secret: there were a few Gerber goodies that even I thought were pretty yummy. Now, they are proud …

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Sponsored: Get a head start on head lice this back-to-school season – Visit ExpertAdviceOnLice.com

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  It’s almost that time again! The back to school season is just around the corner, and with that comes preparing for a new teacher, …

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Canadian Better Living Shares the Secrets of Where Food Comes From #WhereFoodComesFrom

This post brought to you by Canadian Better Living. All opinions are our own. Ever wonder where  food comes from? Oh sure, you know that beef comes from cows, corn from fields and honey from bees. I’m not talking about the actual plant or animal source. I’m talking about where it really comes from! It’s …

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Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer: Is Your Child at Risk for the Most Common Types?

As a parent, the words “childhood cancer” strike fear into my heart. I remember when my son was complaining of bone pain in his legs my mind went to “bone cancer.” Turns out it was growing pains! Of course it was! The chances of childhood cancer striking my son are low, right? I’ve always been …

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Summer Safety Tips Tick Bites

Summer Safety Tips: Dealing with Tick Bites

This post on summer safety tips may contain affiliate links to help you find products to protect against tick bites. Did you know that tick bites are second only to mosquito bites when it comes to spreading diseases? Think about it, the little arthropod spends its entire life drinking the blood of other animals and …

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Heatstroke Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips to Recognize and Avoid Heatstroke

Of all the summer safety issues that can occur, heatstroke is among the most dangerous. In fact, it can actually lead to death if not properly treated! Children are at a particularly high risk. Fortunately, although heatstroke is incredibly severe, it is also fairly easy to prevent if you follow basic summer safety tips. Understanding …

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Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD: Learning How To Help My Child #lifescript

This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com. All thoughts on the symptoms of ADHD are ours.  When my daughter, Desiree, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it was not a complete surprise, since I have it myself. What I was not expecting was for her medication to not work as …

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Growth and Development: Reasonable Expectations

Growth and Development: Setting Reasonable Child Rearing Expectations

Your expectations of your child play a large role in encouraging proper emotional growth and development.  If you push too hard, there is a chance that your child will become frustrated and push back. On the other hand, if your expectations are too low, you run the risk of stunting emotional growth and development. It’s …

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Kid's Seaonal Allergies

Kid’s Seasonal Allergies: How to Cope

For kids with seasonal allergies, spring through fall can be a very uncomfortable time.  Between pollen practically raining from the sky and people cutting grass on every corner, it seems like there is no escape! If you’ve ever suffered from allergies, you know how uncomfortable it can be. It may be even worse for your …

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Understanding Emotional Child Abuse

Understanding Emotional Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Awareness month, but it’s such an important topic that it should be discussed year round. When many people think of child abuse, they tend to think of children getting physically abused in some way. Sadly, there are many children who suffer through emotional child abuse as well. The only difference in …

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Teen Health

Teen Health Survey: Millions of Teens Not Receiving Regular Checkups

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by National Foundation for Infectious Diseases! All opinions are ours As parents, we care about our children’s health and that they see the doctor on a regular basis for checkups. These appointments make sure that your child is healthy and does not have any health conditions that may …

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Air Canada Foundation

Air Canada Foundation: An Inside Look at the Mission to Help Sick Children

    Last week, I shared with you my wonderful experience aboard Air Canada on my recent trek from Montreal to Dallas to attend Blissdom. When I think of Air Canada, I think of their comfortable flights and excellent customer service. What many people may not realize is how involved the airline is in providing …

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Growth and Development Delays: Should You Be Concerned?

Growth and Development Delays: Should You Be Concerned?

Growth and development charts have to be one of the most stressful things ever invented for new parents. I remember when my son was born 8 weeks early I obsessively read every growth and development book out there to make sure he was on the right track. Whenever he missed a milestone, I panicked. I …

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Benefits of Boy Scouts on Self-Esteem

The Benefits of Boy Scouts on Self-Esteem

The Boy Scouts of America was officially incorporated back in February of 1910. Over the last 100+ years, the organization has welcomed millions of boys into its folds and taught them valuable life skills. The effect of Boy Scouts on a child’s self-esteem can be tremendous, especially for a boy who may not feel like …

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Cold Weather

Cold Weather and its Impact on Your Health

You know how your mother always told you to put on a hat in the cold weather or you’ll catch a cold? Well, that’s not exactly accurate. The cold alone can’t make you sick. It takes a virus or bacteria to bring on illnesses like the common cold, flu, and stomach bugs. You could stand …

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How to Cope with a Speech Delay

Coping with a speech delay in your child can be a major challenge. It’s hard when all your friends tell you about how their baby was speaking in complete sentences by age two, but your toddler has yet to even call you “mama.” Experts suggest that, while speech development varies, most babies should be able …

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prevent the flu

Tips to Prevent the Flu

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for just about everyone, and the worst time to come down with a serious illness. Unfortunately, it’s also the prime time to pick up an illness like the flu, because you’re typically out and about around so many people. Following these tips to …

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Cutting: A Disturbing Trend Among Teenage Girls

While it’s difficult for a parent to imagine their teenage girl cutting herself on purpose, this type of self-injury is becoming alarmingly popular, and not just among depressed girls. Even girls who appear happy and well-rounded are engaging in cutting! Understanding why girls engage in this behavior and knowing the signs can help parents put …

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Aftermath of Sandy

Staying Healthy in the Aftermath of Sandy

Two weeks ago today, Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast and left a massive wake of destruction in her path. As hard as it is to believe, some people are still without power after 14 days, and still trying to figure out how to survive without heat or hot food. Sadly, those are the lucky …

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Is it a Cold or the Flu

  During the winter, when you’re feeling congested and miserable, you may find yourself wondering which you’re suffering from: a cold or the flu.  After all, winter is the height of flu season. Of course, it’s also the height of cold season, so determining which virus you’re dealing with can be a little confusing. Only …

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Find the Right Bra Fit with the Butterfly Collection

Claire feels that busty women should feel confident about their curves and enjoy wearing gorgeous bras that fit just right. She and her husband are the creative team behind the Butterfly Collection, an online boutique that offers more than just great bras. Their bra school helps women choose the right fit for the best comfort, …

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flu shot

What You Need to Know About Flu Shots

October is just around the corner, which means flu season is also just around the corner. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from influenza range from a low of 3,000 to as many as 49,000 in one year. The flu is extremely unpredictable, so it’s difficult to say how severe it …

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Childhood cancer

Childhood Cancer: How to Cope When Your Child is Diagnosed

Each year, over 10,000 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer, and over 1,500 die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Society. While this may not seem like many compared to the adult cancer rates, it makes it the leading cause of death in children under age 15. Even one child with cancer is …

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#AdultEssentials Gummy vitamins: 3 months later, ShesConnected

I have been taking Adult Essentials gummy vitamins for the last three months. I am proud of myself because I didn’t give up on them! I took them everyday. I stored them in the kitchen next to my coffee mugs. When I wake up and sip my coffee, I take my vitamins. What I love …

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Simple Measures To Get Rid Of Lice And To Prevent Re-attack

Head lice (Pediculosis capitis) are small insects that are found on the scalp of almost all mammals .They feed on blood squeezed from the scalp and lay eggs called nits. Head lice cannot carry or transmit diseases. But they cause itching that is uncomfortable and embarrassing. In few cases it may even lead to skin …

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DuPont Calls for Common Food Security Metrics, #foodsecurity

DuPont Commissions Interactive Tool to Foster Collaboration Regardless of your income level, one thing is certain. You have to eat. No matter where you live in the world, you need to have access to safe and affordable food. However there was really no way to know how accessible this food was depending on where you …

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Guest post: Is Whole Wheat Making You Sick?

Have you ever wondered why no matter how many whole grains and no matter how much whole wheat you eat, you just can’t seem to feel your best? Let me start off with a disclaimer; I am not a healthcare professional, nor do I play one on TV. My observations are my own, and my …

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Causes of Depression in Women

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people across the world. It can make performing daily tasks difficult and wreak havoc on lives. For reasons experts do not fully understand, women are two times more likely than men to become depressed. Numerous theories exist on the causes of depression in women, but …

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Mosquito Bites Treatment Options

Like sunshine, beaches, and barbeques, mosquito bites also go along with summer. Even if you follow all the available tips on how to avoid mosquito bites, chances are you’re still going to end up with at least a few itchy bumps over the course of the season. Scratching yourself raw is always an option, but …

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How to avoid Mosquito Bites

Summer is almost here: that wonderful time of year when everyone heads to the great outdoors for some fresh air, barbecues, beach fun, and hiking. While the outdoors are filled with many opportunities for adventure, it’s also filled with bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. Nothing ruins a fun day out quite like coming home itchy …

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Child Abuse Prevention: Signs of Child Abuse

April is officially Child Abuse Prevention month, and learning the signs of child abuse is at a forefront. Preventing children from being hurt or abused, however,  should be a daily concern. In 2010, the last year for which there is solid statistics available, approximately 695,000 children were victims of some type of child abuse, including physical abuse, …

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Kids and Tooth Decay: The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Cavities

Healthy teeth and gums not only increase confidence and create a more pleasant smile, they’re also essential to the overall health of your child’s body. However, when it comes to kids and tooth decay, it can be a challenge to stay ahead of the “sugar bugs,” especially if your child likes making brushing time a …

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Lessons from a Hockey Mom about Concussion

“One thing you can feel good about, Chris, is you are going to recover from this.” When I heard those words come out of my son’s doctor’s mouth I felt a weight lift off of me. I had heard about concussions, but this was the first time I really understood the seriousness of this type …

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X-rays are a normal part of medical visits for children, whether at the dentist to monitor growing teeth or at the hospital for a broken bone. However, parents should know about the potential risks involved in x-ray exposure. Although routine bone scans are normal and quite safe, too much exposure can increase these risks.Here’s what you should know about x-rays and your child’s safety.

X-Ray Safety for Kids

X-rays are a normal part of medical visits for children, whether at the dentist to monitor growing teeth or at the hospital for a broken bone. However, parents should know about the potential risks involved in x-ray exposure. Although routine bone scans are normal and quite safe, too much exposure can increase these risks.Here’s what …

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Allergy Control for Special Needs Children

As many parents of children with special needs know, diagnosing and treating allergies can be a difficult process. Many special needs children are unable to communicate that they are having an allergic reaction while others may not understand what is happening to their bodies.Here are a few tips on handling allergies with a special needs …

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Treating and Preventing Bad Breath in Children

Treating and Preventing Bad Breath in Children

Bad breath or halitosis is common in children. That’s the sad truth that we parents, should face every day because we cannot just take to see our children without friends.   That being said, you should know that halitosis in children is not a laughing matter or something you should neglect because it could have a …

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Don’t forget their eyes when you are taking care of the Kid’s health!

  As parents, our kid’s health should be extremely important to us and if it is not then we should be asking ourselves why not! As an Optometrist I often find that whilst parents are extremely vigilant when it comes to their kid’s general health, the same cannot always be said of their eyes and vision. The …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Things Parents Should Know

One of the things that often parents couldn’t avoid is dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is common in children.Parents as we are, we always want our children to have a good night sleep considering it is one of the essential factors that would greatly affect their growth. However, it is sad to know …

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Alzheimer’s Disease—Decrease Your Risk Factors by Making Simple Lifestyle Changes Now

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease are much more than forgetting where you left your keys or the inability to remember an important date.  Alzheimer’s is a degenerate brain disorder and is the most common form of dementia.  As the disease worsens the ability to perform daily tasks is significantly affected.  It is the 6th leading cause of …

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Does it Really Matter Which Bug Repellent Your Family Uses/

  Yes. It does matter which bug repellent your family uses. Not all bug repellents are equal. What do you need to know before purchasing your next bug repellent? Why bother to use any repellent at all? Are there any natural alternatives compared to the more potent chemically-laden repellents? Since nobody enjoys a good bug bite …

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How sleep can improve children’s health

Sleep,for both adults and children, represents one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle alongside diet and exercise. It is particularly important amongst younger people as they are still developing and need all the health boons that come with slumber which include weight maintenance and protection from illnesses. Hormones One of the …

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E.Coli Food poisoning: How to prevent it

A major E coli outbreak hit the Europeen countries these days. Many people got sick and unfortunately some of them were killed. As a mother of 2 little ones, I am always worried by these news and afraid that this outbreak reaches our home. I am worried that my family and friends get hit by this terrible …

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Are You Unknowingly Exposing Your Family and Pets to Pesticides?

Reduce your family’s pesticide exposure within the home by using less toxic products and natural products on your pet. Read my newest article on the dangers of spot-on flea and tick products and the exposures to your family. You just might be surprised.

Safe in the Sun – Summer Safety Tips

Summer is all about fun in the sun, but make sure you and your children are safe too. Year round parents need to be concerned about sun safety. Try to keep infants under 6 months in the shade as much as possible. Prevention is the first line of defense, for older children too. Find a …

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Beware of Working Too Many Hours—It May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Working longer hours may put you at a higher risk for heart disease. Beware of working 11 hours or longer.

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My Toddler doesn’t have very Many Words yet—should I be worried?

This is one of the most common questions I hear as a pediatric speech-language therapist!  Answering it first requires a definition:  A “late-talker” refers to a child who isn’t yet using any words at 15 months or who hasn’t reached the magic 50-word mark by the time she’s two years old.  If your child fits …

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Developmental Milestones:18 to 24 months

Throughout the last months leading up to your toddler’s second birthday, he’ll be making some amazing leaps and bounds in developmental milestones. He may be talking a lot more and should be cruising along all over the place. This is both an exciting time and a challenging time for parents. It’s exciting because your little …

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Developmental Milestones: 15 to 18 months

Congratulations! Your baby is no longer an infant. He’s not a full-fledged toddler. During the next three months, developmental milestones will still continue to focus on getting him mobile, much as they did during 12 to 15 months. He is also working on his language skills more and more every day. By the end of …

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Developmental Milestones: 12 to 15 months

Happy Birthday to your little one! He’s no longer an infant; now he’s officially a toddler! The next two years will be filled with him reaching developmental milestones in what seems like a rapid-fire succession. During the three months after his first birthday, he’ll most likely start walking and maybe even talking a bit more! …

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Developmental Milestones: 9 to 12 months

Once your baby reaches nine months, the developmental milestones really start flying by. This is a very busy time for your little one! During these next three months, it’s quite possible he’ll go from sitting up to crawling to standing to walking! That’s a lot of major gross motor skills development. Your days of putting …

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Developmental Milestones: 6 to 9 months

If you thought developmental milestones during 4 to 6 months were occurring quickly, wait until you see how busy your baby is during 6-9 months. He’s mastering major new motor skills and ready to really start exploring the world. Just don’t go too far away from him, he’s not ready to get out there on …

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Developmental Milestones: Birth to 2 months

You may not think that a whole lot goes on during the first two months of your baby’s life in terms of developmental milestones, and you’re kind of right.During this time, your baby is focused almost solely on adapting to life outside the womb. He eats, he sleeps, and he fills his diapers on a …

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Developmental Milestones: 4 to 6 months

Parents of babies age 4 to 6 months know that this is a very busy time for developmental milestones. If you recall, during the first two months, not a whole lot happened outwardly. Even the 2 to 4 month developmental milestones seemed to focus more on very basic skills, like learning how to master holding …

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Developmental Milestones: 2 to 4 months

During the first two months of your baby’s life, it may not seem like a whole lot was going on. Babies spend those months basically sleeping, eating, and filling up their diaper! Around month two, though things begin to change. While your baby may not look like he is making major leaps and bounds in …

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Developmental Milestones in Children

Some children start walking around 10 months, others around 12 months. Some children say their first words at 12 months others at 13 months. Each child develops in a different way but all children learn their skills during predictable time periods. It is called: Developmental milestone : a child acquires a skill within a specific …

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Growth patterns in Children with Handy PDF Guide

  Some children are taller, heavier, others are shorter, lighter. Although children may be different in size and height, they follow a certain pattern and a certain growth chart. These growth patterns or charts help parents and pediatricians show if the child grows in a healthy way. Breast fed babies grow gain weight on a …

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Dealing with Food Allergies in Kids

Your child is struggling with shrimps? Petrified of peanuts? Sorry you gave him or her shellfish? Maybe he or she has a food allergy. They are not alone. Many children in the US struggle with food allergies. Food allergies are caused by an oversensitive immune system that reacts to certain foods or additives.  These substances  …

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Constipation in Children: Causes and Solutions

Constipation in children can be a miserable situation for both the child and the parents. A constipated child has bowel movements that happen less often than usual and are hard and dry. It can cause abdominal pain as well as pain when trying to go. In some cases, it can even cause bleeding, which can …

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