To all of you beautiful women who work so hard every day caring and nurturing your babies, I applaud you. I just saw a piece on CBS news Sunday morning about how many couples are “opting out of parenting.” And on this mother’s day they chose to do that story, along with interviewing women on how they don’t want babies. How lovely. Whatever. Instead of focusing on the parents who don’t want kids I want to spotlight those of us who did or hope to. Children are expensive. They take and take. They will tell you they hate you. They will cause you a lot of emotional agony and worry. But that is life. These are the moments that are few. How about the hugs, and the laughter, and the beautiful moments together. The couple who is now a family. The holidays. The birthdays. Having children is a gift. Being a mother is the job of a lifetime. Once you sign up, you are in 24/7 with no guarantees. You give it your all and hope for the best. You won’t get paid , but it is the most important job there is and it should be highly regarded. And for those of us who try our best to be the best mothers we can be, the rewards are priceless. So happy Mother’s Day to us!
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Recipes & Tips
Written by Amy Grisak
Lasagna gardening sounds delicious just from the name, but it’s a great term for what others call “sheet composting” or composting in layers. In the end, it’s a fantastic method to create highly productive soil without much effort.
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MYO Baby Food
Control what goes into your baby’s food by making homemade baby food in your own kitchen. It is easier than you might think.
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Marriage & Parenting
Happy or Hopeless Housewives
Are we Happy or Hopeless Housewives?
There is a strong Mind and Body connection. Stress can be one of the strongest health hazards. Keep reading for tips on dealing with stress and learning to love yourself.
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I just joined ur email list and I admire u for this last email. Please keep them coming makes us feel normal. We don’t need advice its a since of reality check for us. Work on u and ur husband and forget about the teens. They will come back around in their later years trust me! God bless u and ur family!
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I just read your article about bullying and while I agree on most
points, I have to disagree with you about some others. I didn't see
the news story you saw,but I can tell you that it isn't always
possible to move a child to another school. Our daughter was harassed
in one school she went to for being gay. We were living in a small
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Cleaning & Organization
Know your zone before you plant
Do you know when your last frost is? How about what grows well in your climate? HGTV has taken the guess work out of it for you by providing a map of zones. Simply type in your zip code and find out when your first and last frost is and they even give you ideas on plants that will thrive in your zone!
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Health & Nutrition
Fitness tips for exhausted moms
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Budgeting & Work at Home
Marriage & Money: Learning to get along
By Dina Isola
If fighting about money has become a ritual in your household, you are not alone. Money is a leading cause of tension between couples. Before it goes too far, realize that you both have control of the situation. These steps can help you work together to fix your differences:
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Beauty & Fashion
My morning (beauty) routine
I hate getting up early. It is my absolute worst thing in the world. Well next to flying. I hate that too. But I set the alarm clock for an half hour before the children get up. If it’s a shower day I set it for an hour earlier. You know I only shower every other day, sometimes I push it to every third day. Hey! Shush! A spritz of perfume and you... [Read more >>]