Renee Frawley

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Packing away the Legos and, with them, a piece of my son’s childhood

When my son exploded down the stairs and into the kitchen, in his typical 12-year-old way on a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon, my husband stopped him before he could run into the den.<p>“Maybe you should mention to Mom? What you’re doing upstairs?” my husband said. They exchanged glances.<p>“Why? What …

Parenting

Joanna Gaines's 5 Must-Read Tips For Creating Stunning Flower Arrangements

Like all things talented HGTV design pro Joanna Gaines does, her flower arrangements are spectacular — think romantic meets farmhouse chic and generally just gorgeous. Lucky for us, Joanna reveals her floral tips in the Spring 2017 issue of <b>The Magnolia Journal</b> (on stands Feb. 14). We got an advance …

Premature Baby Hippo is Totally Killing It, Thanks to Some Pool Noodles

She’s gonna be standing in no time!<p>Last Tuesday, a baby hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo six weeks early. Too weak to stand or even take a …

Why having just one child isn’t as bad (or selfish) as it’s made out to be

Is the single child doomed to a life of a lonely misfit? Are mothers of “onlies” making a selfish choice?<p>I am travelling with my four-year-old …

Welcome to Your Clean-Eating Plan For 2017

Eating clean is easy when you have all the ingredients on hand. Our 2-Week Clean-Eating Plan sets you up for success with easy-to-make and delicious recipes, printable shopping lists, and a weekly rundown of what to prep, make, and save. The plan, created by the registered dietitians Stephanie …

13 Christmas Decorating Ideas to Steal From Joanna Gaines

In case you had any doubts, <b>Fixer Upper</b> star Joanna Gaines's design talents extend to creating a breathtakingly festive holiday home. The talented designer and mother of four decorated her Waco, TX, farmhouse in stunning shabby-chic style. We were so inspired that we had to share a few of our …

Decorations

How I Decided I’m Done Having Kids

It’s a question I’ve thought about a lot: Am I going to have a second child? Deciding to have my daughter — my first child — wasn’t exactly easy, but …

Parenting

Low Light Houseplants - Plants That Don't Require Much Light

1 of 10<p>Getty/Verity Welstead<p>Calathea<p>Its patterned leaves (in colors like rose, white, and yellow) makes this plant a welcome addition to any room — …

Plants

Parents Of Successful Kids Do These 10 Things In Common, Science Finds

Every parent wants their kids to be successful. It is the purest wish a parent can have. Making this wish a reality is an entirely different …

Self-improvement

The 5 best vacuums for your home

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>When it comes to selecting the perfect model though, there's no one-size-fits-all solution — you'll need to consider your cleaning …

Shopping

10 Great Plants for Shade Gardening

<b>Lamium maculatum</b> (Dead nettle). A low, spreading plant with silvery foliage and purple, pink, red or white blooms in early summer. In shady …

This Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake Is Basically Magic

Poke it real good.<p>Servings: 9<p>Cooking spray<p>6 graham crackers, whole<p>½ box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package<p>1 pound strawberries with tops removed<p>1 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened<p>1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk<p>1 cup milk<p>8 ounces whipped topping<p>Strawberries for garnish<p>Preheat …

Vacation Sleep Tips for Babies

Getting infants to sleep through the night is something exhausted parents dream about!<p>At a recent Women's Conference, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Infant & Child Sleep Consultant, Christine Mizenko. She and I bonded immediately because this is a topic very near and dear to my own heart. …

40 Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Beautify even the tiniest backyard or windowsill.<p>You don't have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space — even with a petite patch of green, the creative planters and unique ideas here will make your garden fit for a king.

The Complicated Science Behind When Babies Are Conceived

Chances are you were told in school that you could get pregnant <i>any time you have sex so don’t have sex.</i> But that’s mostly a lie to get you to keep it …

No, really, go the f*ck to sleep

Parents of young children report dangerous side effects of sleep deprivation. Must bedtime be such a nightmare?<p>A friend of mine, an experienced mother who had her children before I had mine, told me once that every parent would find one of the basic biological functions of her child a nearly …

25+ Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes That'll Steal the Show

Because we all know it's all about the extras.<p>We've got tried-and-true spins on all your favorite recipes — stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce — and some surprises thrown in the mix just for fun.

21 Completely Genius Ways To Cook Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Because boneless and skinless doesn't need to mean flavorless.

35+ Thanksgiving Decorations to Celebrate the Season

There are so many beautiful ways to make this holiday extra special.<p>Between carving the turkey and baking the pie, flowers and pumpkins might be the last thing on your mind. But these decorating ideas prove a little extra prep makes the holiday feast a lot more festive.

9 Things I Didn't Know About C-Sections (and Birth)

Our son recently turned 7 months old. Which means seven months ago Myles and I were at the hospital for my third trimester fetal non-stress test -- a routine appointment that we expected to be in and out of the doctor's as we just had our last ultra sound the day before and got the seal of approval …

Pregnancy

Even George W. Bush Has To Go To Jury Duty

Apparently, former presidents aren't exempt from everyone's favorite civic duty.

Hot Cheesy Bean Dip Recipe

Ingredients<p>4 - 15 oz Cans of Refried Beans<br>• 1 - 16 oz Jar of Salsa<br>• 2 - Cups of Shredded Cheese<p>Instructions<p>Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees<br>• Mix together beans …

Green Chicken Enchilada Dip

Ingredients<p>2 (8oz) blocks cream cheese, room temperature<br>• 1 cup sour cream<br>• 1 cup shredded chicken<br>• 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese<br>• 1 teaspoon …

Spicy Corn Dip

Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons butter<br>• 1 yellow onion, chopped<br>• 5 garlic cloves, minced<br>• 1 red bell pepper, chopped<br>• 3 cups corn (frozen or fresh)<br>• 2 cups cheddar …

Baby boy boasting full head of hair has already had two haircuts at six months

While most babies do not require haircut for a few years, Cornwall toddler Fergus Hillman has already been to visit a barber twice<p>A mother claims her six-month-old baby has the fastest-growing hair in Britain.<p>Fergus Hillman was born with a full head of thick dark hair, which has already been cut …

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Quick Chicken Recipes

Pair pantry staples like artichokes and capers with golden skillet-fried chicken for a light, zesty meal that's just minutes in the making.

Cooking

Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

Stewart’s decision to retire as host of the satirical news show after 16 years has left liberal America in mourning. So why is he leaving just before an election – and what will happen when he steps out from behind the desk?<p>There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave …

Simon Cowell

5-ingredient chicken recipes for your slow cooker: Barbecue, tacos and more!

Perhaps the most brilliant thing about cooking chicken in a slow cooker is that you can simply fling the chicken from the packaging into the pot, without having to touch raw chicken. It’s almost a bonus that the chicken comes out fork-tender, to boot. Not only are these recipes almost completely …