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  • The One Thought that Continuously Haunts You After a Miscarriage

    The One Thought That Continuously Haunts You After a MiscarriageThe One Thought That Continuously Haunts You After a Miscarriage After a miscarriage, everything is a reminder of what could have been. Since the loss of my twins at 17 weeks pregnant, I have tried five more times to get pregnant.


    With each unsuccessful attempt, I have the same haunting thought.

    This wasn't how my life was supposed to be.

    I know enough of the sayings about things falling apart so other things can fall into place, everything happening for a reason, being exactly where you're supposed to be, timing is everything, creating your own happiness, counting your blessings, being happy with what you have, and blah blah blah. They're great and inspirational. But you know what?

    They're also a crock of sh#t.

    Sometimes, life is just hard. Actually, most times life is hard. Life is hard.

    But it's not just the hard times that make me think this isn't how my life was supposed to be. It's the great times too.

    I was recently promoted at my day job after five months on the job. It's a big promotion. I'm honored and excited by it.

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  • Never Yell at Your Husband Again: One Woman’s Amazing Marriage Secrets

    Never Yell at Your Husband Again: One Woman's Amazing Marriage SecretsNever Yell at Your Husband Again: One Woman's Amazing Marriage SecretsFawn Weaver is starting a revolution.


    Her power is not in a fashion blog, or an exercise movement, or even a gluten-free diet. It's in taking a stand along with over 722,000 followers to proclaim herself -

    A happy wife.

    "I was and am, a happily married woman who wanted to see portrayals of me in the media," explains Weaver. She started the Happy Wives Club, a simple online group, in 2010 to connect with other women like her. "I wanted to show a positive image and basically say, 'I'm a happy wife, and that's it.' It was just about getting people to recognize that there were happily married women in the world, and this seems to be a new concept in the media, which always surprises me."

    Today, the movement has spiraled, spanning internationally to more than 100 countries and leading to the recent release of Weaver's book, Happy Wives Club, which is now a New York Times bestseller.

    But what exactly is all the fuss about? Is it really that revolutionary to proclaim yourself

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  • Can You Be Too Good-Looking? Rob Lowe Thinks So

    Can You Be Too Good-Looking? Rob Lowe Thinks SoCan You Be Too Good-Looking? Rob Lowe Thinks SoIt must be tough being Rob Lowe. What with his lengthy career, happy marriage, two sons, and chiseled looks and all. But according to him, being ridiculously good-looking ain't all it's cracked up to be.


    Say what Rob?

    In an interview with The New York Times magazine, 50-year-old Lowe stated, "There's this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can't be in pain or they can't have rough lives or be deep or interesting." He went on, "They can't be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I'm getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol, I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously."

    I wonder if he and Brad Pitt could trade notes on this? Isn't this just a little denigrating to leading actors who played interesting roles - ones "in pain?" After all, Tom Cruise masked his handsome features for Born on the 4th of July, and the stunning Charlize Theron won an Oscar® for her utterly

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  • Do the Twist! 7 Pretty Twisted Hairstyles for Spring

    The weather is warming up (finally!), and it seems as though people are starting to come out of hibernation. What better time to try out some new hairstyles than the season of rebirth? I've found 7 beginner-friendly updos and styles that incorporate simple twists. If you can twirl your hair around your finger, you can create a twist. Master the technique and create countless styles from loose and casual to clean and polished. The majority of these twisted hair styles are incredibly versatile and work just as well for trips to the playground as they do for a baby shower or garden party. These looks are also fantastic for kids, so if you have girls, give them a try! Visit the slideshow below for 7 gorgeous, easy-to-create twisted hairstyles for spring. -By Sonya Lee Benham


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  • "American Blogger" Documentary Debuts Trailer, and Everyone Gets Upset

    I am a professional blogger and I, for one, would never want a movie made of my career for a couple of reasons. First, my work day is totally boring. I sit at my desk, usually in sweats, and type on a laptop all day. This is not compelling in any way, shape, or form. Secondly, I'm so busy with my day job of writing, writing, and more writing that I don't have time to perfectly accessorize and clean my home and make it ready for the cameras. And forget about lounging in a hammock with a cute hat and waxing poetic about life as a blogger - that will never happen. That said, a documentary about bloggers is not the first thing I would rush out to see. But perhaps others would feel more inclined? The filmmakers behind American Blogger certainly hope so.

    The upcoming documentary examines this profession, my profession, and attempts to take what is normally a low-key landscape and a world that is usually only examined in its own blog posts and conferences and turn it into a slick feature

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  • Baby Arrested for Attempted Murder in Pakistan: 4 Other Crimes He Could Commit

    Oh those mischievous babies … one minute, they're throwing Cheerios on the floor and earning your ire. The next minute, they're throwing stones at police and getting arrested for attempted murder.

    It's true: In Lahore, Pakistan, 9-month-old Musa Khan has been charged with attempted murder after a scuffle between police and the relatives at the baby's home. The police were there to collect money for an unpaid gas bill, CNN reported. The baby was charged, according to Reuters, because "an assistant sub-inspector complained in a crime report that Musa's whole family [beat] him up and injured his head."

    At Musa's first court appearance last week, he cried while being fingerprinted.

    "He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" Musa's grandfather told the press, Reuters reported.

    I don't know … maybe grandpa is being a little naive when it comes to his grandson. If a fussy baby can throw a meatball clear across a room, is

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  • Why I Considered Getting a Divorce Halfway Through My Pregnancy

    Why I Considered Getting a Divorce Halfway Through My PregnancyWhy I Considered Getting a Divorce Halfway Through My PregnancyHad there been a divorce pill to swallow, I would have thrown it down my gullet in a heartbeat -- something I could have gulped down and -- poof -- my husband and I would be living in our own homes, setting off on our own separate journeys. You can even romanticize the notion in your head. Here's the kicker, though -- I was halfway through my pregnancy with my second child when my husband and I decided to separate. Even just typing that right now, it almost seems like a terrible nightmare.

    Revealing our decision to our family and friends at the time made us appear crazy, and I often wondered whether we were. Things had been said, however, that I didn't think we could ever get beyond. I honestly don't remember a lot of the specifics, as our psyches do a pretty bang-up job of protecting us from the memories of all that "bad stuff," but the bottom line was something like this -- I called him an unemotional robot and he called me the word used for a female dog. Like I said, the comments

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  • Despite it All, I Still Support Gwyneth Paltrow

    Despite it All, I Still Support Gwyneth PaltrowDespite it All, I Still Support Gwyneth PaltrowIt's been just over a week since the earth's rotation was jarred by the conscious uncoupling announcement of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. My own personal views on divorce aside, my thoughts on this announcement were few and succinct, mainly feeling sad for the kids involved. While the world speculated on the who, what, how, and why, I went about my business and cooked up a batch of Gwyneth's risotto and greens, one of my favorite recipes from her book, and also one which closest resembles traditional comfort food.

    Then, just days later, came the news that in true Gwyneth fashion, she had stuck her foot in her mouth when comparing the life of working mothers on set to regular old office workers:

    "I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set," Paltrow said.

    Within hours an "open letter" was drafted, and the Internet was ablaze with fury over her remarks. My social media stream was one hate-filled rant

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  • 8 Reasons Why You Need to Vacation Without Kids

    8 Reasons Why You Need to Vacation Without Kids8 Reasons Why You Need to Vacation Without KidsMy husband and I were a couple for almost a decade before we had children. We traveled the world. We slept in and spent entire rainy Sundays at bookstores, sipping coffee, and leisurely reading novels.


    Sometimes we read out loud to each other.

    Sadly, I can't remember much more about what we did with all that time. We were a couple for such a long time before kids. What the hell did we do?

    We had no idea that the clock was ticking on our leisure time.

    Things have certainly changed. Our chaotic home is full of humans besides us. On any given weekend you'll find all four of my kids and at least a few stragglers, here for a sleepover. We split up the driving duty.

    We try to plan for date nights. Grand plans of dinner and a show. This inevitably gets downgraded to dinner and a movie, then someone catches a cold and a sitter flakes, and we've got exactly one hour for a rushed "date night" in between drop off birthday parties and community theater rehearsals.

    We sip decaf

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  • The Definitive Ranking of Teens on TV (From Least to Most Accurate)

    In pop culture, especially TV shows and movies, teenagers are often portrayed as being selfish, constantly doing the wrong thing, and the bane of their parents' existence. In reality, however, we're not all bad. Yes, we're totally self-centered. I'm not going to lie, the majority of the time we don't think about how our actions will affect anyone but ourselves. We also have our moments where we scream like a 2-year-old and say horrible things to our parents that we later regret, followed by a slam of our bedroom door that shakes the whole house. Sure, we sometimes make mistakes, but who doesn't?

    Our bad rep is pretty much deserved, as far as these things go. Other things that are considered synonymous with teenagers though, (like sneaking out your window to meet a boy, getting arrested, and having a house party and breaking everything) is less stemmed from reality and more from pop culture, in my opinion. While we're not the most considerate of people, we can also act mature (it's Read More »from The Definitive Ranking of Teens on TV (From Least to Most Accurate)

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