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Can Essential Oils Help With Acne?

<b>My teenage daughter had acne.</b> So I did what many other concerned mothers do. I bought her a popular chemical-based acne treatment system. This …

Skin Care

5 Breastfeeding Tech Solutions

<i>By Allaya Cooks-Campbell</i><p>I knew before I had a baby that breastfeeding would be challenging. As far as I knew, no one in my immediately family had done it because they didn't want to be "chewed up." That turned out to be the perfect way to describe how I felt for the first several weeks of my …

I’m Hard On My Kids Because I Don’t Want To Raise A**holes

I’m a mean mom and I’m okay with that distinction. In fact, I’m quite proud of the title my kids often bestow upon me. It’s taken me years of soul …

Motherhood

How to Save Your Marriage from Parenthood

I became a parent a year and a half ago, and my life changed forever.When I was pregnant, lots of parents gave me advice (<i>Enjoy going to the grocery</i> …

Parenting

Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler From Crib to Bed

Maybe your toddler has learned how to crawl out of the crib or they’re just so long that their arms and legs are always sticking out through the crib …

Parenting

Clear Skin Is Just 2 Spices & A Lemon Away

Acne has always been my nemesis. I spent the best years of my life not knowing what would make it wake up and ruin my skin for another fortnight. I …

How to Raise a Happy Baby

From the moment we first see their slimy (but totally adorable) little heads, we want the best for our babies—and that includes their happiness. The …

Parenting

12 New-Mom Noms You NEED to Pin Before Coming Home

If you’re in the late stages of pregnancy, you know that nesting is <i>totally</i> natural in the weeks leading up to birth. You meticulously check and re-check the nursery to make sure everything is perfect, you have your hospital bag packed to the brim and you’ve even pinned a few lactation cookie …

Breakfast

11 parenting podcasts worth checking out

<i>An earlier version of this post included a reference to “Making Dad” by Chip Dolce and Zach Anderson. One of the hosts recently left the podcast, and the listing has been removed.</i><p>Do you know how to use that little podcast app on your smartphone yet? It’s time. Podcasts are having a cultural moment, …

Parenting

Why you shouldn’t stop traveling just because you have a baby

So you’ve had your first child. Congratulations. Enjoy the ride and tear up that passport because you won’t be needing it for some time.<p>Or so goes …

This App Is Basically the Google Doc of the Outdoor World—And It Makes Trip Prep Way Easier

My wife and I were a wreck the first time we took our kids camping. She was worried about bears and venomous snakes. I was worried I was going to forget the marshmallows for the s’mores. And the fuel for the stove. There’s so much pressure to get that first camping trip right, because if you forget …

No more time-outs and reward charts: Psychologist advises parents ditch traditional approaches to discipline

As a parent of a four-year-old and a two-year-old, there’s rarely a time in our household when at least one of our kids isn’t misbehaving. Whether …

The 6 Best Drugstore Pimple And Acne Treatments According To Real Women

March 8, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty<p>As reported by Bath & Body Works employees.<p>March 8, 2018 by Stephanie Melia<p>March 8, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty<p>These 5 makeup …

5 New-Mom Tricks for Working Out and Eating Healthy With Your Baby

Becoming a new mom brings a lot of joy, love and confetti-filled fun into your life. But it also means it might be more difficult to find time to keep up with those workouts and healthy food resolutions you made. When it’s impossible to work in a workout when you have kids, there are still ways to …

Parenting

A Letter to My Husband: The First Year of Parenting

There are few milestones in life that will alter your perspective on everything you thought you knew before they occurred. The first is marriage, and the second is children. I often watch, a bit nostalgically, as first-time soon-to-be parents revel in unapologetic excitement, completely oblivious …

Parenting

Essential Oils For Labor And Delivery

Essential oils have been taking the world by storm lately, and for good reason. Essential oils* are a fantastic way to enhance and sustain your …

Cook These Dishes On Sunday, Eat Healthier Throughout The Week

With the right foods waiting for you in the fridge, eating healthy is a breeze. But what recipes to make? Lucky for you, we have five perfect dishes that'll encourage you to make healthy choices all week.<p>As part of our month-long Eat Well, Feel Great Challenge, we found recipes for you to prep on …

Healthy Eating

Pushy Parenting Doesn't Pay

Confessions of an innumerate: though well aware of the risk to my academic career, as a teen I refused to struggle with math, so much so that my …

Parenting

How to Get Over the Breastfeeding Hump

<i>By Allaya Cooks-Campbell</i><p>"Breastfeeding is awesome! It's easy, it's convenient, it's free, it's super healthy for you and baby - I love it and I can't imagine feeding my baby any other way!"<p>Yeah, sure. After a few months, maybe, but when my daughter was four days old, I wanted to quit.<p>Okay, "quit" …

The Best Ways to Workout Without a Gym

It’s a universal truth: The fewer stumbling blocks on the way to a workout (it’s raining; the class is booked; I’m just a beginner), the more likely …

Yoga

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

<i>*Primary author is Angela Braden</i><p>Many books and baby sleep consultants advise to condition your baby to not cry out for your attention at night and …

Parenting

Here Are 19 Insanely Popular Crock-Pot Recipes

Spoiler: There's a lot of chicken.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Hospital Births

Can you fire your nurse? Snack during labor? Check out these surprising facts about giving birth in a hospital.<p>Wondering how your labor and delivery will go? If, like most women, you're planning on a hospital birth, you probably learned some basics in your parenting class or on your hospital tour. …

Pregnancy

Staying Strong as a Couple While Parenting Little Ones

When couples share their exciting news about having a baby, part of me cheers for them, and part of me sends them a quiet wish. This wish is to hang in there, because life after a baby is incredibly different than before.<p>I see articles about how to increase your connection when babies arrive, or …

Self-help

6 Tips For Creating A Stunning Eco-Friendly Nursery

1<p>Repurposed furniture<p>That old bookcase that’s just collecting dust in your basement just needs a fresh coat of paint before it’s nursery ready. …

5 Surprising Parenting Methods: Do They Work?

<b>1. Never saying the word "no"</b><p><i>"I can't stand it when kids say 'no' or 'mine' over and over. So I never said that word to my son. I found other ways to</i> …

7 Workout Moves You Can Do With Just A Foam Roller

The foam roller is a magical tool used to ease muscle tightness or soreness before or after workouts. But not everyone knows that a foam roller can also be used <i>during</i> a workout to tone and strengthen muscles.<p>General benefits of the foam roller include improving range of motion and muscle …

Workouts

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The "Relational Work" of Children's Bedtime Routines

Grow your child's relational capacity by using using these routines at bedtime.<p>Research shows that a consistent bedtime routine helps children sleep …

Parenting

8 Things You Can Make In A Rice Cooker That Aren't Rice

Rice cookers are much more versatile than the name lets on.<p>Whether you're a rogue chef experimenting with new kitchen tools or a college student looking for a be-all and end-all appliance, this gadget might be everything you need and more.<p>Basic electric rice cookers work by heating liquid in an …

Cooking