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  • The Impact of an Only Child on Motherhood

    The Impact of an Only Child on MotherhoodThe Impact of an Only Child on MotherhoodThere are many days where I feel like I've missed out on full motherhood.

    The days when my friends have no down time, laundry galore, dirt and mud tracked on the kitchen floor, never-ending meals, nighttime wake-ups, and a desperation for naps -- those are the days I keenly feel an absence.

    My house is clean. The laundry is usually done in a day. Bella takes naps and sleeps through the night. We have no diapers, no bottles, no rooms filled with the baby's toys and hers mixed together.

    All of that sits in a little box in the garage. Once again unused and untouched.

    They're hauling carseats and laughing about their third cup of coffee in an hour because the baby was up all night -- and I'm knitting on the couch while Bella plays at my side.

    If this was by choice, it might be different. This scenario might even have sounded snarky or bragging to some. But when the cause is those other littles being taken away by death and loss -- then it's a very hard thing.

    After I lost

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  • My Son Would Rather Do Anything with His Mom Than Hang Out with Me

    My Son Would Rather Do Anything with His Mom Than Hang Out with MeMy Son Would Rather Do Anything with His Mom Than Hang Out with MeYesterday, Felix had a day off from pre-k. I was coming off a busy work-filled weekend and so thought I'd leave the computer sleeping and spend a nice day with him, daddy and son doing something fun. Now what that fun thing was, I had no idea, and I became aware early on that he didn't either, when my wife made some suggestions over breakfast.

    "My library books are due today. Maybe you guys can take them back," my wife said.

    "No. I don't want to go to the library with Daddy. With you, Mommy," Felix said.

    "Well, you could hit the library and then stop in at the zoo."


    "You could try visiting a museum, maybe."


    She looked at me, lips pursed in exasperation, her eyes asking for a little help. What could I say? The library's children's room is hot and full of coughing kids. The lighting in there makes everything look kind of dirty and washed-out, which leaves me itchy and bothered -- like my immune system's fighting off a million germs. And I've taken

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  • 8 Things to Do Before You Start a Weight Loss Program

    8 Things to Do Before You Start a Weight Loss Program8 Things to Do Before You Start a Weight Loss ProgramLike most things in life, before you start a weight loss program you need to prepare. I know there are a lot of you out there who probably had "lose weight" as one of your New Year's resolutions, whether you wrote it down or just said it to yourself in your head doesn't matter, it was still something you wanted to do. But more than half of you have either not gotten out of the starting gate yet or did, but didn't make it past the first lap. Don't worry, you aren't alone. Losing weight has been one of my resolutions for years now. I have made some headway but have always fallen off of the horse for one reason or another … or three if you count my children. (Yes, of course I blame them. It's incredibly convenient, if not 100 percent true.)

    Honestly, I wasn't even going to try again this year I was so burnt out, but then a friend hooked me up with a national weight loss program to try for free. How could I say no right? Well, I didn't. I started without much fanfare. I lost a few

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  • 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Jewelry Care

    7 Do's and Don't for Jewelry Care7 Do's and Don't for Jewelry CareTaking care of jewelry can be a little high-maintenance. Even if you're not a fine jewelry type of girl, you have to put some thought and effort into caring for your accessories or you'll end up with dingy, discolored pieces that will probably be tossed in the Goodwill pile. If you're not sure how to keep your favorite accessories in tip-top shape, check out these jewelry care tips below!

    1. Do: Use Water

    Natural stones are sensitive and some of the cleaning solutions on the market can damage them. When in doubt, use water and a soft toothbrush to gently clean each piece, and let them air dry on a cloth. For pearls, use a wet cloth to gently scrub the build-up off. This is the best way to ensure you won't damage your good jewelry. Water is gentle, but for most jewelry, you'll just want to wipe it down and not let it soak.

    2. Do: Soak Your Diamonds

    Diamond rings can get dingy, especially if you're wearing them everyday. I'm a mom so gross stuff is bound to end up on my

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  • 7 Ways Employers Drive Away Working Moms

    7 Ways Employers Drive Away Working Moms7 Ways Employers Drive Away Working MomsIn the year since the publication of Lean In, more and more women have been asking themselves how they can overcome "internal obstacles" to achieve career success, as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg urges in her popular, much-debated book. But while Sandberg's advice hinges largely on what women can do for themselves, she also acknowledges some of the external challenges facing mothers in the workplace.

    "Too few workplaces offer the flexibility and access to child care and parental leave that are necessary for pursuing a career while raising children," she writes.

    What happens when professional responsibilities become totally incompatible with parenting duties? Many mothers leave their positions - either to go to other companies, take on part-time work, or stop paid work all together. In the interest of disclosure, I should note that I fall into the second group - after the birth of my second child, I went from full-time news producer to freelance writer.

    While women like me may face

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  • Marriage is Better Than Simply Living Together — Research Proves It!

    Marriage Is Better Than Simply Living Together — Research Proves It!Marriage Is Better Than Simply Living Together — Research Proves It!I'm a big proponent of marriage and all the amazing benefits that come with it. I understand people who decide to live together or "shack up" as some call it, but I don't agree with it. I say get married or be in a relationship living separately, but don't shack up.

    I've been married for almost 13 years, but before you think I can't relate or don't understand shacking up, let me share that I also have experience living with someone else, and it was nowhere near as good as my marriage.

    Oddly enough, the person I was shacking up with actually became my wife. We were young(er) and thought living together was the best thing, but our relationship was rocky at best. I've always said shacking up lacks the commitment that marriage has, and this was evident in our relationship.
    There was lack of trust, a lack of security, and even a lack of faithfulness. Our communication was very shallow, and although we were great friends prior to living together, our friendship suffered. Of course

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  • Kevin and Danielle Jonas Talk Diapers, the Paparazzi, and More!

    Babble Exclusive: Kevin and Danielle Jonas Talk Diapers, the Paparazzi, and More!Babble Exclusive: Kevin and Danielle Jonas Talk Diapers, the Paparazzi, and More!It's been almost two months since the birth of Baby Jonas - also known as Alena Rose Jonas - and it seems like people just can't stop talking about how adorable she is. And of course there are two people who would totally agree with that statement, parents Kevin and Danielle Jonas.

    Kevin and Danielle recently took a little time to sit down with Babble to talk about their new lives as celebrity parents and how they are handling the round-the-clock feedings, sleepless nights, and diaper duty shifts with their new bundle of joy. The Jonas family also gave Babble a first look at Alena's stylish nursery, designed by Vanessa Antonelli of NessaLee Baby which set the couple back $14,000. But hey, when you've got the world's cutest baby and two parents that are head-over-heels in love with her, only the best will do, right?

    Check out our Q&A with Kevin and Danielle Jonas below, along with pics of Alena's nursery too and let us know what you think!

    What have been the best surprises

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  • 7 Ways to Experience the Magic of Disney’s "Frozen" in Canada

    Yesterday, I shared some interesting tidbits about the inspiration behind the film Frozen as well as information for families who are looking to visit Norway, the land of Elsa and Anna. For those of us who can't make the trek to Europe, there is another option! During my trip to Quebec City last week, Disney immersed us in the world of Frozen by taking us to the incredible Hotel de Glace and arranging for us to experience activities in the surrounding area. Everything tied in quite beautifully, and it occurred to me that this would be the ideal trip for families who want to experience the film in an interactive and educational way. If you plan on visiting Montreal, Quebec City is just a three hour drive away, or you have the option of flying directly in to the Jean Lesage International Airport. The two nights and three days that I spent in Quebec were just about perfect, and it's quite easy to replicate! Click below to find out where to go and what to do in Quebec City in order to

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  • 10 Things to Do when Fighting Foreclosure

    10 Things to Do when Fighting Foreclosure10 Things to Do when Fighting ForeclosureI am fighting foreclosure. I got into trouble when I lost my job and my health insurance a few years ago. My daughter got very sick, my marriage broke, and things just snowballed from there. Unfortunately for me, I fell into foreclosure before the government got involved with programs like Making Homes Affordable. That has hurt me greatly because the money I owe in areas on my mortgage is more than many of the program limits for participation. Regardless, I am still fighting foreclosure, and I'm nowhere near being done yet. One reason why I am still in the game is because I stay on top of everything. I don't let the banks, and their foreclosure lawyers, bully or intimidate me, and I especially don't let them trip me up with their highjinx and double talk. I don't know if I will win the war and save my house, but I do know that I will go down fighting foreclosure to the very end.

    I am sharing my tactics for survival here because I have seen so many people at the courthouse resigned to

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  • Here's What's Causing Your Bad Relationships

    Here's What's Causing Your Bad RelationshipsHere's What's Causing Your Bad RelationshipsIs being alone or single something you fear? Does the thought of never finding that one person to commit to and have them commit to you cause some serious anxiety issues? You are not alone. This fear is more common than it seems. And this fear may be the biggest reason you have bad relationships.

    An article on YourTango not only addresses the fear of being alone or single, but also the fear of being in a great relationship. The article states the following:

    "Your unconscious mind is always moving you away from whatever you fear and trying to keep you in your comfort zone, so if you are alone you aren't afraid of being alone. You may fear the opposite -- finding true love."

    Remaining in your comfort zone may lead you to choose a relationship even if you think it isn't the best relationship or the right person. You'll find the greatest relationship when you step outside of your comfort zone.

    Over time this cycle can repeat; you'll continually find yourself in bad

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