4 Tips for Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Everyone will have at least one surgical procedure in their lifetime, and children aren’t an exception to that. In fact, it’s quite common. Throughout the years, there are plenty of children’s shows that even discuss experiencing surgery, such as getting tonsils removed.  Sure, it’s common for children to have surgeries, since this is going to be new for each individual child, it’s going to be very overwhelming. 

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The Top Ways To Protect Your Car When Traveling With Kids

While we all love bringing our children along on grand family adventures, it’s no secret that they can wreak havoc on our cars. From car sickness to food fights to just general messes and spills, there’s no end to the damage your car could sustain over this time on the road. This means that you should know how to keep your car’s interior safe. Here are a few effective ways to protect your car when traveling with kids so you don’t stress over the mess.

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10 Magical Events to attend with Kids Christmas 2021 in Toledo

It’s funny, I couldn’t tell you what I wore the Christmas of 1990 (I’m sure it was a gorgeous dressed that matched my siblings and we all looked adorable, mom), or what gifts I opened from under the tree, or even if we had snow that year. What I do remember is sipping hot chocolate as we walked through the zoo at night (that in itself is pretty cool to kids) in wonderment at the Lights before Christmas with close family friends, rushing ahead of my parents in awe of the Christmas magic at Children’s Wonderland, touring the over the top decorations at Holidays in the Manor House with my grandparents, seeing the classic, A Christmas Carol, & watching the joy on my father’s face as he recited lines as we watched the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. That’s the thing about Christmas; it really isn’t about the perfect gift it’s about the time spent with loved ones. So this Christmas let’s focus less on the quantity of goods under the tree and more on the quality of time spent making childhood memories that our children will cherish for a lifetime.

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Essential Tips for Happiness and Good Health

Staying healthy is important. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about health and wellness, and some of it can have adverse effects on your wellbeing if it is taken seriously. Here are six hard and fast health rules to live by.

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Warning Signs of Student Mental Health Issues

Mental illness isn’t often the first thing parents or teachers consider when dealing with rebellious, sullen, or highly emotional behavior. But during the isolation and distress of the pandemic, when families juggled work-from-home and online school, children and teens began to suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders at unprecedented rates. Now that most schools are back to in-person learning, these issues may intensify as kids re-adapt and re-learn social skills.

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Five Tips for Choosing a Fish Tank for Your Child

Fish are excellent pets for children and help teach them responsibility. Before you give them a new fishy friend, you should first make sure you’re getting the right aquarium to maintain and provide sustainable living conditions for them. Continue reading to learn five tips for choosing a fish tank for your child.

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Must-Have Supplies for Your Emergency Survival Kit

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst—that seems like a job that typically lands on moms. As parents, we all experience a variety of unplanned events, from sick kids to cars breaking down. That’s why even while you’re hoping you’ll never need them, you should have these must-have supplies for your emergency survival kit ready to go when the unexpected happens. 

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Quick Tips That Can Make Small Spaces Look Larger

Furniture can take up more space than you expect. Between a couch, a coffee table, and additional accents such as lamps and end tables, an area can fill up more quickly than you think, especially when you have little room to play with. The visual effect can result in a space that feels cramped and stuffy. 

Luckily, you can use a few tricks to manipulate the eye into seeing more space without pulling the hammer out. Here are a few quick tips that can make small spaces look larger without much work needed on your part.

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Quick & Easy Ways To Rework Your Home’s Style

Everybody wants their home to be as stylish as possible. While functionality will be a core factor behind all of your furniture and appliances, their design comes in at a close second. You could find yourself bored with how your house looks, however.

Changing things around sounds quite easy. It could be trickier than you’d think. Knowing how to rework your home’s style quickly and easily will overcome much of this. While there’s a wealth of things that you could do, a few come more than recommended.

Despite being relatively minor, they could make a significant impression on your home’s style.

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Wonderful Hacks to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

Having an outside space is such a privilege, and, as the global pandemic taught us, it can be an essential area to relax, unwind, and let off steam. So, there are a lot of ideas that you need to try to get right when it comes to looking after your outside space and trying to improve it as much as you can. It’s a great way of being able to improve and enhance your home, as well as adding value and curb appeal to your property at the same time. 

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Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday for gathering friends and family together and reflecting on everything we’re thankful for. However, some folks might look at the holiday and see stress, endless preparation, and pressure—especially over the meal. The turkey, in particular, is a daunting Thanksgiving tradition that takes some practice to get right. Don’t let the woes of hosting Thanksgiving get you down—follow these tips for cooking the perfect Thanksgiving turkey to wow your family and friends.

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Holiday Road Trip Essentials You Don’t Want To Forget

Most people look at holiday vacations and road trips as exciting and happy occasions, as they get to celebrate cheer among their loved ones. But a road trip without the essentials can turn into a nightmare if you leave without checking your boxes. What’s worse: sitting through an incredibly long road trip or sitting through an extremely long road trip knowing that you might have left something crucial behind? Here are a few holiday road trip essentials you don’t want to forget on your next journey.

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5 Chores That Teach Your Child Responsibility

Chores are a critical part of helping a child grow and mature while learning independence (and keeping our houses clean!). Some chores teach your child responsibility, while others teach them the importance of cleaning. When a child performs their tasks around the home, they gain valuable skills that they bring into adulthood. Here are five chores that teach your child responsibility. 

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The Most Common Room Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

Room renovations are exciting in that they present the opportunity to repurpose or revamp a space. Although exciting, these area upgrades can also present challenges if you don’t have a vision or plan to guide you during your project. For this reason, here are the most common room renovation mistakes to avoid that can save money, time, and headaches during an upgrade.

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Things a Novice Welder Should Know To Become Successful

No rules state that women can’t become welders. I mean, who won’t feel powerful welding pieces of metal together? No one. If you’re interested in a career change or searching for a new side hobby that could make you some extra cash, welding may be the thing for you. Let’s dive into a few things a novice welder should know to become successful. 

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A Day in a Life of Mom: Your Guide to Finding Balance

A day in the life of mom looks different for most, but the duties and experiences that come with this title are generally quite similar. Aside from maintaining a never-ending job as a parental guardian for your children, your schedule is likely full of other responsibilities like a full-time career, cooking, cleaning, and so on. 

And while the role of motherhood may be something you will forever continue to cherish, there’s no denying how overwhelming it can be at times to fulfill all the commitments that come with it. And now, with school just around the corner, delegating tasks can become all the more difficult.

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Ways To Make Your Barbecue More Environmentally Friendly

We make choices that contribute to our carbon footprint every day, often in ways that we don’t expect. For instance, although there are worse activities, cooking can have environmental consequences if you aren’t careful.

However, there are a few ways to make your cooking activity greener if you want to try something new. Learn some ways to make your barbecue more environmentally friendly.

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Personal Protective Equipment All Firefighters Need

More and more women are getting involved in male-dominated careers like IT, STEM fields, and even emergency services. In this particular instance, let’s discuss what personal protective equipment all firefighters need with them while they’re on the job. This will ensure anyone aspiring to fight fires and save lives is able to keep themselves as safe as possible so that they may devote their attention to the task at hand.

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When the Technician can’t find the Heartbeat

I don’t really know what to write on this topic. I’m exhausted with the whole process. When we were  just starting to deal with infertility (5.5 years ago)  and then finally had our first baby I was able to write an article in a few minutes but now I am lost for words. Maybe it’s because at any given day, at any given moment my thoughts, feelings and hopes on the subject change. We are in the midst of infertility and the loss of our dear miracle/ “rainbow baby”, a child we will never hold and a child we were so desperately happy to finally conceive. Our fertility doctor was surprised and delighted we had conceived back in January. He was going to use our video (of surgery) and story to give hope to others with stage IV endometriosis that they too may have hope. So we finally had our miracle baby, we could breathe for a minute and even put our adoption process on hold (due to the agency’s policies). 

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Mourning a Loss: How did they pass? What if we started asking, how did they live? 

When you lose a loved one people often ask,  how did they pass? What if we started asking, how did they live?  How did their life inspire your life? What if we truly celebrated their life instead of focusing on death? After being in Hospice for a few days my grandfather placed an end date on his lifespan…but his dash (that small dash on a headstone that represents life) was epic! And I’m so blessed to have had his dash overlap mine by 41 years. Though, it might surprise you to learn that my earliest memories weren’t necessarily so fond.

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Common Home Problems That You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you haven’t inspected your home in a while, now’s the time to do so. Whether it’s cracked foundation or clogged gutters, persistent problems can become a hassle, and if they’re not fixed, they can result in dangerous conditions. As a homeowner, the issues you shouldn’t brush off these problems. Here’s a list of the common home problems that you shouldn’t ignore.

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