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  • Graduation Gift Guide

    Graduation is an exciting time for the graduate. New things are coming! You, as a friend, parent, sibling or other relative, are could not be more proud. But what gift do you shower your favorite graduate with to show them how truly proud of their accomplishment you are? It's hard to know what to buy! Never fear, ModernMom has got you covered. Whether you are buying for a boy or a girl, a high school grad or a college grad, we've got some great ideas.

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    For A High School Grad:

    1) Anything for their dorm- try patterned sheets (always extra-long twin) or funky alarm clocks. 2) Book bags- every student has to carry those textbooks somehow. 3) For a girl, try a real, grown-up purse -she can't carry a Paul Frank Monkey Bag forever. 4) A camera- every college student needs a camera to commemorate what will inevitably be the best four years of their life. 5) Victoria's Secret PINK personalized collegiate sweatshirt.


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  • The History of Baby Showers

    Betting on the baby's weight, weird baby shower games, favors shaped like diapers. From a rocker glider ottoman set for the nursery to a luxury spa treatment for the mom-to-be, a baby shower is the most common way for family and friends to pamper expecting parents. But did you even wonder how baby showers came to be? This guide will take you on a journey through one of society's most common celebrations:

    When I Was A Girl...

    Humans have celebrated birth as a rite of passage for both mother and child as far back as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. While it's true that new mothers were sometimes confined to the home after birth because it was considered an "impure" process, ancient peoples honored new life. For example, the Greeks shouted to signal peace after labor was over. It was also common to visit temples or hold festivals to celebrate the baby's arrival. Ten days after birth, friends and family treated the new mom with special meal. Instead of showering mom with

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  • Easy Steps to Fighting the Aging Process

    You may recall I wrote a post on aging gracefully. I pointed out the simple fact, that no matter how rich, how poor, how thin, how happy, how unhappy you are, there is one thing in this world you cannot fight, and just happen to be battling at the EXACT same rate as the next person… AGING. Madonna is over 50. Yes, Even Madonna turned 50! Enough said. But in that Blog post, I talked about my desire to age without any help from Dr. 90210. I wrote about how to age "gracefully." But, today, we're taking it one step further. Today, we're talking how to put that aging process on slow-mo. And I'm not on the fence here. I just turned 35 and because I don't intend on going the plastic route, I'm gonna fight the crap out of this aging process.

    I messed up!

    Now, this morning didn't quite help the whole aging thing. In fact, this morning just helped speed up the process instead of slow it down. I was all ready for the gym and on my way to carpool, when I got a frantic call from my husband to

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  • Sleep with Your Pet? It Might be a Bad Idea

    Do you sleep with your pet? Well, you're not alone. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of all dogs sleep in their owner's beds. Additionally, 62% of cats also sleep with their owners. What could be better than curling up next to your furry little friend and being gently awakened in the morning by a little nuzzle? For many pet owners, few things in life can top this feeling. But, is sleeping with your pet a good idea or not?

    Allergies, Schmalergies

    It is no big surprise that people who suffer from allergies or asthma should not sleep with their pets, or have them anywhere in their bedroom for that matter. However, upon discovering that their pets are causing allergic reactions, many pet lovers will still refuse to kick their pet out of their bed. The best solution in this case is allergy shots, which would gradually help build up a tolerance for pet dander left in the bed.

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  • Easy Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles

    They may come with cute names like "laugh lines" or "crow's feet," but they are really just wrinkles--and chances are good, motherhood is going to add a few of them to your face. Though surgery and skin care products can help you send wrinkles packing, several easy ways to fight wrinkles are possible that might surprise you...

    Yoga

    It's not just for bodies anymore. Face yoga uses the same principles as traditional yoga--mindful movements and measured breathing--to increase the flexibility and suppleness of the skin on your face, which practitioners tell "O, The Oprah Magazine," works like a mini-face lift and improves control of your facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Poses target specific problem areas. A pose to eliminate lip lines requires puffing first your upper and then your lower lip with air, while you raise your eyelids to smooth wrinkles around your eyes, according to the article in "O, The Oprah Magazine," written by beauty editor Valerie Monroe.

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  • You Are NOT Your Child's Friend!

    The other day my son had a sore on his lip. He has had these sores on and off throughout his life. He knows that we have medicine that will stop the spread of the virus, but he also knows that the medicine hurts. When I saw the sore, I told him that I was going to put the medicine on it. He screamed and pulled away. Eventually, after trying to reason with him, I told him that as much as I did not want to, his father and I would need to force him to put the medicine on because a) it would save him long-term pain, and b) it would protect others from the spread of the virus.





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    It's Not Always Easy...

    In the end, we did need to force him to put the medicine on, and he cried and complained--for a very short time. As much as he protested, he understood the decision that we made. He knew that we were doing it for his own protection. And in the end, it reaffirmed his knowledge that we were there to keep him safe, even if

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  • Get Your Yellow On!

    YELLOW. It doesn't have to be a scary color! In fact, as summer's hottest trend, this color is taking the world by storm -- not just in the fashion sphere, but everywhere. And it's not confined to a single palate either -- canary, banana, sunshine, buttercup, and lemon are just a few of the shades of this multi-dimensional tint. There's a reason this playful hue is popular: it's the color of sun, sand, happiness, and friendship...and everything you'll own from here on.







    You Can Totally Pull it Off

    Let's start with the basics. Yellow is so easy to wear! Seriously, everyone looks good in this color. Say you're out shopping and you see a shirt or dress you really like. Try it on in yellow! A piece in this color instantly adds pizazz to your wardrobe and totally spring-ifies any outfit.

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    Balance It Out

    If you're not wearing yellow or it's only an accent color in what you've got on, try some bold gold-hued jewelry. Gems, beads, cords, chains

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  • Lunchtime Makeovers: 5 Minutes to a New You

    For most of moms out there, we don't have the time (or the dough), nor do we necessarily want to, have invasive surgery to look younger. But it seems that many of you, if surgery was free, would dive into changing your body and/or your face. It turns out though, that you don't have to go under the knife to look ten years younger, or to preserve your youth -- Modernmom visited Laser Away in Santa Monica, California and got the scoop on all the latest treatments that can be done in a matter of minutes. Check this out:

    Photofacial

    Photofacials are gaining popularity, because they make such a difference in your skin and take only about 15 minutes. It's an all over laser treatment that plumps up the skin and erases sun spots or damage. It also produces collagen giving the face a fresh, younger look, and it kills bacteria, so it's great for acne-prone skin. The treatments are somewhat on the expensive side but have long lasting effects. They are roughly $300 per treatment, but if you get

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  • Create Your Own Retreat At Home

    Has it been a while since you've had time to go to the spa? Does the idea of spending money on a massage or facial feel a little too indulgent with your family's current budget? The good news is you can create your own retreat at home. Take an afternoon or even an hour and transform your home, backyard, or a room into your own private get-away. Taking time for much-needed self-care is an important part of renewing your energy so you can be the best you can be, as a woman and a mother. Here are some simple suggestions for creating your own retreat at home.

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    Empty the House

    That's right, tell everyone to beat it. Or, said in a nicer way, make an agreement with your family that they'll schedule time away from home so you can have quiet time for yourself. This may sound like a crazy idea, or nearly impossible, but if you plan ahead you can make it happen. In fact, time alone might be all you need in order to feel refreshed and renewed.

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  • If He Cheated, Would You Leave or Stay?

    With all the recent cheating celebrity dad drama, our office was buzzing on what to do if we were to ever get into a situation like that. Some of us said it would depend on the situation, but some were very clear we would leave immediately. So we went to you readers and asked -- if your man cheated would you leave or would you stay and try to work it out? Though we expected the answers to vary, we were shocked that so many of them were so black and white! Here's what you said:

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    I'd Stay

    Some of you said you would stay and work on the relationship, and for the kids: Marykate Ficca Menapace: "For better or worse in good times AND bad, if there are children and it wasn't a Jessie james or Tiger Woods type of thing the point of marriage is to work through the tough stuff and become stronger for it. Otherwise why do you get married if you only want perfection? Humans make mistakes, to err is human to forgive is divine." Jennifer Harvey: "Cheating for men

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