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December 2022

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Business Insider

Red-cup season at Starbucks is well underway, and holiday cheer has begun to fire on all cylinders. The signature reusable cup started out as a marketing tool, and now nearly everyone on the planet looks forward to its release as the mark of the start of the holiday season — even baristas. 

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November 2022

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28 Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts

NBC Select

Chances are, you know someone whose favorite place to be is out in the fresh air, surrounded by nature. Perhaps you have a partner, friend or family member who enjoys runningcyclingcamping or hitting the slopes. Or maybe there’s someone on your list who you’re hoping to gently push off the couch by enticing them with some stylish athleisure wear.

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November 2022

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I've hosted Friendsgiving for two decades — here's how I throw the perfect party

TODAY Show 

Some would argue that our friends on the Mayflower hosted the first Friendsgiving. Others would say the cast of "Friends" started the trend. This debate will go on for centuries, but regardless of who started Friendsgiving, I will boldly claim that my friends and I OWN Friendsgiving.

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November 2022

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21 cozy gifts for anyone who loves to stay home and chill

NBC Select

Who doesn’t love to throw on some fuzzy socks, snuggle up in a warm blanket or read an edge-of-your-seat suspense novel next to a luxuriously scented candle at the end of a stressful day? Giving someone a cozy gift is like sending them a warm hug and the all-clear to relax and enjoy some “me time.”

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October 2022

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The House That Almost Wasn’t Because of the Shed That Is About to Be

Bob Villa

This series ends with the renovation of a shed, but begins with the search for a home. Maybe that reads more like the start of your daily horoscope rather than an opener of a before-and-after renovation story, but allow me to explain.

Summer Girls
July 2022

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13 Genius Things to Help You Stay Cool in the Heat This Summer

Bob Villa

When summer brings hot temperatures and muggy humidity, sometimes even the best air conditioning systems aren’t enough to cool you off. If you’re a warm-blooded individual—or anyone living in the current heat wave in the United States—you might be looking for more ways to stay cool in the sweltering weather

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June 2022

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As a single mama, I’m celebrating on Father’s Day too

Motherly

It’s coming…It’s so close you can almost hear it. For single mothers everywhere, it nearly deserves its own Jaws type theme song.  “Duunnn dunnn… duuuunnnn duun …” Father’s Day is nearly upon us, and with it comes the inevitable “boo-hoo” comments and questions for single moms.

“Oh, are you just going to stay home and ignore the day?”

“Oh, your poor buddy. Father’s Day must be so sad for him.”

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March 2022

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Did I Just Pee Myself?

Scary Mommy

You’ve heard and probably even said: “I have to pee every two seconds!” It’s an exaggeration for most, including myself — but not so far from the truth, either. For two years, I have had the constant sensation that I have to pee. When I told folks about it, they would giggle and tell me it’s what happens when you have a baby. For a while, I thought the gaggle of gigglers was right. 

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January 2022

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I used a sperm donor to get pregnant. This is how I'm preparing to tell my son about it.

INSIDER

When I became a single mother by choice, I knew one day I would need to have a big conversation with my son about his anonymous sperm donor

I've never been scared to have this conversation, but I've been intimidated. I just don't want to mess it up. There's a small part of me that wishes a Netflix show would take the wheel and drive this home for me, but a larger part knows that as his mom I need to prepare for the big question: "Where's my daddy?"

Buying Gifts
November 2021

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Best gifts for teens 2021: 63 gifts teenagers will love

TODAY Show

We all know that shopping for a middle- or high-schooler can be tricky.

Gift cards and video games have been the usual go-to presents for years. But why not show how gift-savvy you are by opting instead for one of these gifts for teens. We know you'll find a winner in this list of not-so-boring stuff — it's all made just for them! Whether your teenager is into sports or makeup, this list has a gift for everyone

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November 2021

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Cooking with kids: 9 safe cooking tools and toys for young ones

TODAY Show

Like most toddlers, my son is eager to help — or as he so gently puts it, “Wyatt do it!”

Wyatt wants to take out the trash. Wyatt wants to mow the lawn. Wyatt wants to vacuum the rug. Wyatt also seems to want to talk about himself in third person.

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October 2021

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Block play: Benefits and best building sets and blocks

TODAY Show

Did you know you can build a sand castle without sand? I know this sounds a little like a morning riddle you might get from your Starbucks barista, but evidently it’s a fact. Well, according to my two-year-old son, it’s a fact. Every morning, as I make some frozen pancakes for his breakfast, my boy sits on his playroom floor, surrounded by a zillion colorful blocks and builds “sand castles”.

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July 2021

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13 mom-approved products to put on your baby registry

TODAY Show

Years before my pregnancy test went from minus to plus, I was nesting for my baby. Like most first-time moms, I had pinned several crafty and whimsical versions of a nursery for my future son or daughter. 

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June 2021

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Motherly

It's fair to say that in my life I've watched a lot of TV. Okay, that's not completely true: It's more accurate to say that in my life, I've watched an absolute boatload of TV.

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May 2021

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10 best diaper bags to add to your registry in 2021

TODAY Show

Like many women, I have a bunch of bags and purses I've amassed over the years. They're all perfect for a day in the office, a casual hang at the local coffee shop, ideal for a zany night out on the town and — as I quickly learned — none that helpful to a new mom with zero clue of what she’s doing.

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April 2021

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How to potty train your child, with tips shared by a pediatrician

TODAY Show

I knew this day would come, but as with all of my son’s developmental milestones, it shocked the bejesus out of me. It was a Saturday. I was sipping lukewarm coffee, minding my own business, when out of nowhere my almost two-year-old son waddled up to me, looked me dead in the eyes and asked to go to the bathroom.

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January 2021

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Racism and Bias Make Infertility Treatment Even More Inaccessible to Couples of Color

Well+Good

Medically defined, infertility is the inability to become pregnant after one year or longer of unprotected sex. Emotionally, it’s a nightmare for any person who has ever dreamed of becoming a parent. It’s a medical condition that many suffer in silence, treat in secret, and pay for out of pocket. And the worst part is: Not everyone has equal access to the treatments that offer hope for couples struggling to conceive.

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December 2020

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Motherly

When I tell you I am part of a musical family, I am really underselling things. In most "musical families" there is usually one kid that plays a mean guitar or a dad that was the star baritone of his high school choir.

My family bypasses that brand of musicality and orbits right into Partridge Family territory.

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November 2020

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ASSOCIATION DASHBOARDS WORK FOR YOU

AssociationSuccess

I may be dating myself with this reference, but much like Johnny 5, I need input! (For those of you who are confused and staring at your computer screen, do not let the generation gap completely separate us. Do a quick Google search, download the 80s classic “Short Circuit,” and resume reading.) 

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October 2020

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InStyle

When I was eight years old and signed up to run cross country, I was aware that I would be participating in a race and that there would be a lot of running. I did it anyway. Six years ago, I joined my friend Kelly — who, like me, was raised by television — to create the most powerful team ever to participate in a Friends-themed trivia night. Every participant was well aware that there would be Friendly foes. When I was 30-none-of-your-bees-wax, and captain of team Switzerland in the Beer Olympics, there was nothing neutral about it. I wanted gold. 

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October 2020

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Jewelry that celebrates me as a mom is my kind of *bling*

Motherly

My ears are too sensitive for most earrings. My hands are too small, like comically sideshow small, to pull off most rings. My neck is less swan-like and more inner tube-esque. I wouldn't even know where to begin to find a necklace fit for an inner tube.

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September 2020

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4 Steps to Consider When Moving Your Data

AssociationSuccess.org

I will be the first to admit it, I hate to move. Houses, apartments, furniture, out of an extremely comfy chair — moving is oftentimes a huge chore

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September 2020

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Need a good indoor activity? This sticker mosaic kit is a hit at my house

Today Show

Winter is coming. Sorry for the dramatic statement, but it is ... it’s coming. So are rainy days and lazy days and days where you just can’t seem to find another activity to entertain your kid. No parent wants to hear this and I really don’t want to say it, but realistically, more e-learning days may be coming too.

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September 2020

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Email Strikes the Right Tone

AssociationSuccess.org

We have all been there, the vague email, the bold wording, the unnecessary use of caps lock.  What does it all mean, or does it mean nothing it all? 

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September 2020

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What You Should Know About Colon Cancer

Lifehacker

The passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman due to colon cancer is tragic. He was young, he was successful, and he carried the weight of his devastating diagnosis quietly and privately. He is also not alone.

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August 2020

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10 products to help your child make the adjustment to virtual learning

Today Show

In the understatement of the year, school is going to look very different this fall. Your kitchen isn’t just your kitchen, it’s your child’s art studio. The living room now doubles as a geometry classroom and a gymnasium. 

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August 2020

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Alanis Morissette and Ryan Reynolds's Split Ruined My Hopes of Getting the Hot Guy

InStyle

Whether I realized it or not, I have always been a huge fan of Canadian exports. Barenaked Ladies has always been my favorite band. South Park was always my favorite show. Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette, my favorite celebrity couple.  

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July 2020

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How to Parent a Teenager Who Has Different Political Views

Lifehacker

Up until a few years ago, Abigail Reed’s politics were in line with those of her parents. She understood their point of view, and she followed it.

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July 2020

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Lifehacker

Summer jobs are more than a backdrop for 1980’s teen romcoms—they are an adolescent right of passage. 

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June 2020

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Lifehacker

The world is in overwhelming flux right now. On one hand, you have a terrifying global pandemic; on the other, a society in the midst of a social injustice awakening.

Many families want to be a part of the movement but are still apprehensive about venturing too far from their quarantine safe space.

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April 2020

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Choosing to Have a Child on My Own

Shondaland

I always thought that motherhood was in the cards for me. I assumed that because I was a woman, and because I wanted children, it was a guarantee that life owed me. 

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Lifehacker

My family and I have been in quarantine for approximately 14 days and already we have begun to run out of our cache of emergency junk food supplies. Already, two half-gallons of death by chocolate ice cream have been devoured, and as of 2pm today, our Pop-Tart reserves have diminished to a single lowly strawberry one that nobody wants but someone will eventually eat. It’s desperate times.

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March 2020

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If You're Pregnant, Here's What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Lifehacker

This time last year, I was 36 weeks pregnant with my son. It was my first pregnancy, and I was a rule follower to the extreme. No caffeine. No lunch meat. No jumping on trampolines. I loved doing all those things, pre-pregnancy, but it wasn’t just about me anymore. 

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March 2020

Photo Credit: Angela Hatem

Why So Many People Have to Travel for IVF Treatment

Parents.com

The cost of IVF treatment in the U.S. can be prohibitive for many. But that's not the only reason some patients, including myself, are making short and long hauls for their fertility treatments.

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2019

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Tale Of Two Embryos

Pregnantish

I was 39 and 349 days old, dancing in the middle of an Indianapolis field to Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al,” while wearing a captain’s hat and hugging a cardboard cut-out of my high school Glamour Shots photo...

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November 2022

Photo Credit:  Angela Hatem

Bob Villa

Last time on Angela bought a house with a ginormous barn, I had recently come to terms with the house I wanted, and the shed I wasn’t so sure about. The house was a home run. It was the size we needed, in an area I loved, and it came with not one, but two fireplaces. As an added “bonus,” some would say, the home also came with a very large partially finished shed. When I finally sat down with my friend who has a doctorate in Psychology, I figured out it wasn’t the maintenance of the barn I was afraid of, it was the promise.

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November 2022

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11 gift ideas for seniors that they'll love — plus the one thing not to buy them

TODAY Show

Recently my Grandma Patty turned 98 years old. She had a party to celebrate her big day and feasted on angel food cake, soup and breadsticks. She was, and I quote, “tickled” by the whole day and the great party turnout. She kept saying to our family, “Can you believe I am 98 years old?!”

Nope Grandma, we don’t.

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November 2022

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Calmerry Online Therapy Review

Verywell Mind

If you are looking for a speedy outlet to vent your feelings or talk through an issue, Calmerry offers that convenience with a few taps of the keyboard. If you are looking to really dig deep, though, or if you are dealing with a serious mental health condition, Calmerry may not be a good option for you.

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November 2022

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Best Online Karate Classes

VeryWell Fit

Choosing an online karate class comes down to three key variables; your needs, your starting level, and your goals.  

When looking for a class, consider the cost-benefit of attending online vs. in person. Would you benefit more from the camaraderie and hands-on environment of an in-person class, or would you be better suited to a course that offers flexibility and the ability to train and practice in your own space at your own pace?  

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September 2022

Photo Credit:  Angela Hatem

I survived Hurricane Andrew as a kid. Here’s what parents facing Ian should remember

NBC News

While the nation tracked Hurricane Ian’s movement throughout Florida, I was reminded of 14-year-old me, nearly 30 years ago, being thrust into adulthood in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. My hometown of Homestead, Florida, was rocked to ruins by the unforgiving winds of Andrew. With sustained gusts of 165 mph, the Category 5 storm snapped utility poles, flipped semis, leveled over 50,000 homes and stole 23 lives

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July 2022

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I Grew Up In The 80’s With A Mom Who’s Favorite Scent Was Bleach

Scary Mommy

You know the ole saying, “God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt”? I’m a super fan. My mother on the hand, not so much. In her world, “God made dirt, and dirt makes germs.

My mom is germ-aversive in a big way. Bleach is her favorite scent and disinfectant wipes are her favorite accessory.

Teen Prayer Group
May 2022

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When upsetting current events shake kids’ worlds

National Geographic

It's a tragedy no parent wants to talk to their children about. And yet, after the news that an 18-year-old man murdered at least 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, many parents are wondering how—and even if—they should bring up the topic with their kids.

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March 2022

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To my friends going through IVF, I’m sorry I didn’t understand

Motherly

Growing up, maybe I watched way too many ABC Afterschool Specials. In one hour of teen-focused television, I was pretty convinced that any amount of sex would result in an insta-pregnancy.  

Sidebar on me, if you couldn’t already tell, I went to loads of Catholic school, and while my naivete was off the charts, I wasn’t a complete fool.  I knew that people didn’t get pregnant each and every time they had intercourse. Duh. 

Event Planner
December 2021

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I was an event planner for 20 years. Here are some of the wildest things I witnessed on the job.

INSIDER

I've planned every sort of event — from a citywide fireworks show to a drive-up wedding shower. I used to work as a project coordinator for Emmis Communications, as a sponsorship and promotions coordinator for Live Nation, and on planning committees for events such as Super Bowl XLVI, the Big Ten Football Championship Game, and the US Olympic Diving Trials. Man, was it a wild 20-year ride.

College Friends
November 2021

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The 31 coolest holiday gifts college students want — and need

TODAY Show

The college years are an interesting life space. These 18- to 21-year-olds are old enough to vote and buy a lottery ticket yet far too young to rent a car or run for president. Yes, college is this weird intersection of life where you are still fairly footloose and fancy-free, yet frighteningly aware that responsibility will soon be nipping at your heels.

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October 2021

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Baby's first Christmas: The best baby gifts and first presents

TODAY Show

So there was the vision I had for my son’s first Christmas, and then there was the reality. In my head, my 1-year-old son would wake up on Christmas morning filled with excitement for this special milestone day. We would make Christmas cookies, we would read a holiday classic while nestled by the fire, and I would watch with motherly delight as my boy opened his very first Christmas gift.

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October 2021

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Becoming a Single Mom By Choice Increased My Earning Potential

Parents

Remember how a barefoot and agitated Bruce Willis flung himself off the top of the Nakatomi Plaza in "Die Hard"? That’s exactly what I picture when I think about my 2-year-old attempting to rappel out of his crib. Obviously there are way less fireballs and helicopters involved, but for this mom, the amount of danger is on par.

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June 2021

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The 11 best baby bath products your baby will love

TODAY Show

24 hours after my son was born, it was time for his first bath. This, I learned, is a big newborn deal. I had no idea this was such a major rite of passage, but, it turns out, I wasn’t completely wrong.

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June 2021

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10 best sound machines to help your child sleep better

TODAY Show

My 2-year-old son Wyatt has so many wonderful gifts. He’s amazing with words, he’s awesome with music and you should see this guy do a puzzle. (I have often joked that if there was a Bobby Fischer of puzzles, it would be Wyatt.) But unfortunately, being a solid sleeper has never been one of them.

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May 2021

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Holding Everything In To Keep Everything Together—How One Mom Is Surviving These Pandemic Times

Well + Good

It’s been a year since our collective world’s came to a quarantined halt. Since I, as a single mother by choice, began working from home with a then 11 month old. It’s been a year since I have seen my parents, my siblings, and my 96-year-old grandma. It’s also been a year since I last cried.

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April 2021

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When upsetting current events shake kids’ worlds

National Geographic

Children’s worlds were turned upside down in May 2020, when George Floyd died after former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned the Black man’s neck to the ground with his knee for nine minutes.

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December 2020

Design Credit: Ashley Britton

Please Stop Asking if I’m My Son’s Grandma

SheKnows

I’m the first to admit to the world I’m not Forever 21. I’m more like, Presently 42. More like presently 42 with a 20-month-old baby, that is.

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November 2020

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Stocking stuffers for teens that will make the perfect holiday gift

Today Show

Never in the history of teenagerdom has a tween or teen ever wished for a pair of sensible school shoes to be wrapped up under the Christmas tree. Their current shoes may be tattered and even a half size too small, but practical gifts should not take up valuable present real estate under the tree. Tree space is reserved for bicycles, new speakers and if you have one heck of a tree, a brand new car! Everyone knows that practical gifts are reserved for the oversized sock hung by the chimney with care.

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November 2020

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What Pelvic Organ Prolapse Feels Like—and What To Do About It

Parents

When I had my son 17 months ago, seasoned moms everywhere warned me about the standard things. The never sleeping again thing, the sore nipple thing, the "you're going to poop on the table" thing.

My son was a behemoth of a baby, so he was delivered via C-section. No pooping on the table for me. My milk never came in, so my nipples were salvaged. I lost the battle when it came to sleep, but I figured two out of three isn't so bad.

Teenage Group
October 2020

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The best 13-year-old gifts for boys and girls

Today Show

If you ask the average 13-year-old how successful their parents are at gift-giving, they'll likely tell you it's a struggle. A six pack of sensible new socks? Boo! A pair of reversible slacks? No, thank you! School shoes? Skip!

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October 2020

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Why famous people with COVID-19 can be upsetting to kids

National Geographic

Sofia Pierce of Carmel, Indiana, won’t be shy about telling you all the things she knows. After all, at seven years old, she knows a lot. But when she learned that even presidents can get sick, her mind was blown. 

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September 2020

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Talking to kids about natural disasters

National Geographic

When three-year-old August Collisson peeks outside the windows of his house in Los Angeles County, he can see that it’s raining. But it isn’t the puddle-jumping rain that he’s used to. It’s raining ash from a wildfire that’s been burning since March, 10 miles from his home

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September 2020

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Sperm donors are almost always white, and it's pushing Black parents using IVF to start families that don't look like them

Business Insider

In 2017, I started buying sperm over the internet.

I was 38 years old and in the very early stages of becoming a single mother by choice. The best way to start a family, I figured, was to use an anonymous sperm donor. My fertility specialist provided me a list of FDA-regulated cryobanks and wished me luck.

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September 2020

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5 Things You No Longer See in Driver's Ed

Mental Floss

Pimples and braces. The death grip on the steering wheel. The chicken brake on the passenger side floorboard. These are just some of the things you can still count on seeing in modern day driver’s ed classes. But not everything was meant to last: Buckle up for a quick rundown of five driver’s ed staples that have been left on the side of the road.

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August 2020

Photo Credit: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock)

How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in a Virtual Classroom

Lifehacker

This school year is going to be downright bizarre. There is a lot of new in our new normal to adjust to—especially if, in addition to everything else, you’re also the new kid in what is suddenly a virtual classroom

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August 2020

Photo Credit: Tanya/AdobeStock. Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows.

What Dating While Pregnant Is Really Like

SheKnows

When people find out I am 42, and a mom, and have never been married, there is a face. The face has a very standard look, but it can be interpreted a couple of different ways.

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August 2020

Photo Credit: Joel Muniz on Unsplash

4 Ways for Your Staff to Volunteer Virtually

AssociationSuccess

Going from an office of 30 to an office of one can really make a dent in the staff camaraderie.  Teams that used to lunch together now Zoom together, and it’s not at all the same thing.  

Collating Data
July 2020

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How To Pivot Away From Old Bad Data

AssociationSuccess.org

Just when you think we’re about to close out the pandemic chapter of our lives, you turn the page and alas, the saga continues.

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June 2020

Photo Credit: Angela Hatem

How I Bought That: In Vitro Fertilization Treatments That Cost Over $30k

HelloGiggles

The title of “wife” was never a high priority on my bucket list, but “mother” was one I didn’t want to miss out on.

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June 2020

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Sleeping in During Quarantine? How to Revamp Your Routine for the ‘New Normal’

Healthline

This long into quarantine, many of us have gotten used to hitting the snooze button.

Who am I kidding? I haven’t even set an alarm since February.

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April 2020

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I Paid $36,839 for Infertility Treatments all out of Pocket

Well and Good

I knew raising kids was going to be expensive. The bottles, the crib, the diapers, the clothes, the care… those are known expenses that are going to add up. But when you add the caveats of “single household earner” and “woman with fertility issues,” suddenly your costs expand exponentially.

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March 2020

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Lifehacker

Right now, you and your family are on your own little Gilligan’s Island. It was supposed to be a three-hour tour, but thanks to COVID-19, you and your crew will be stranded for at least a few more weeks. Just like the merry castaways, you are probably feeling pretty isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world.

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February 2020

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We Asked a Pediatrician and a Sleep Consultant The Best Way to Sleep Train, Here's What They Said

Parents.com

My infant's sleepless nights were affecting me so much that I had a fender bender. I decided it was time to sleep train and turned to the experts to get their tips. Here's what I learned.

Holding Tummy
March 2020

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Scrambled Eggs Seasoned with Holy Water – a personal story to become a single mum by choice

FertilityRoad

It’s hard to be a competitive person and be subpar egg creator.  But that’s what I am. I am basically a dilapidated hen.

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December 2022

Photo Credit:  Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

TODAY Show

Let me set the scene. Homestead, Florida, December 25th, 1987. My siblings and I had torn open the last of our individual presents. There were Barbies, action figures and books as far as the eye could see. It was a glittery and paper disaster — except for one gift. One big gift that had not yet been opened, and was addressed to the whole family.

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November 2022

Photo Credit:  Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

10 art gifts for kids that'll keep them busy for hours (and hours)

TODAY Show

My 3-year-old son might be the next minimalist art sensation; legit, the kid may be the next Frank Stella. The little guy draws three squiggly lines in two different colors on a blank paper plate, and boom — we got art. Today my fridge, tomorrow the Smithsonian.

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November 2022

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11 a-roar-able dinosaur toys for kids that'll keep them entertained (and learning)

TODAY Show

Did you know that Diplodocus poop weighed about two tons, or that the T-rex was known as the Lizard King (sorry Jim Morrisson)? I didn’t, well, not until my 3-year-old son told me. He knows EVERYTHING about EVERY type of dinosaur.

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November 2022

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21 essential gifts for anyone who works from home

NBC Select

Whether we're talking hybrid or full-time remote, commuting from the bedroom to the living room is here to stay. While working from home allows for more focus, more flexibility and a morning routine with less time stuck in traffic, sometimes our remote-working loved ones need some help beating loneliness or unplugging at the end of the day.

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October 2022

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24 best gifts under $25 for everyone on your list

NBC Select

Finding the perfect gift already feels like a gamble. Finding the perfect gift under $25 might feel like a mission impossible. The line between thoughtful gift and dust-covered tchotchkes is thin, especially this holiday season: Between inflation and quality concerns, there is a healthy fear of the old adage “You get what you pay for.” But fret not, friends: Select has curated a thoughtful, fun and practical list of proven gifts all within that $25 price zone.

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September 2022

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Best Online Kickboxing Classes

VeryWell Fit

Martial arts-based Kickboxing classes combine cardio fitness, speed, and power with boxing moves that challenge every muscle in your body. Research has found that not only is the workout great for the body, but regular exercise like kickboxing causes you to become resistant to the emotional effects of acute stress, which in turn, may protect against diseases related to chronic stress burden.

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July 2022

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Bring Pride and Inclusiveness Into Your Organization’s Data

Arkus, Inc.

Editor's Note: There's one name in the byline above but this post was written by two star Arkies and experts: Angela Hatem and Maddie Kahl. 

 

Happy Pride Month friends of Arkus!  I know what you are thinking, “Maddie and Angela, it’s July.  Pride Month just ended.”  Well friends you are right, June is over, but much like all the major holidays, we like to keep Pride in our hearts and in our actions all year long!   

 

As you may know, Pride Month is a powerful time of year for the LGTBQ+ community and their Allies.  There are fantastic parades, peaceful protests and most importantly, the recognition and the freedom to be one's true and awesome self. While a parade and a party might not be feasible each and every month, we CAN bring the spirit and power of Pride with us 365/24/7!

Mom with Stroller
April 2022

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As a Single Mom, I Struggled to Accept Help During the 4th Trimester

What to Expect

In 2019, I gave birth to my son on Good Friday. As someone who comes from a big Catholic family, and as someone who looks for signs from the universe, I believed that his birth date was a positive omen. I wouldn’t say it was a magical kind of omen. It was more of a, “Hey, he’s measuring to be about a 10- to 12-lb. baby. Let’s schedule a C-section! What day is good for you?” practical kind of omen.

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March 2022

Photo Credit:  iStock; Rebecca Zisser

After 11 years at the same company, I became bored and bitter. The pandemic was the kick in the pants I needed to find a role in another field that gave me joy

INSIDER

When it comes to choosing careers, I consider myself a realistic dreamer. I shoot for positions that merge the skills I'm professionally good at with my passions and pipe dreams.  

Growing up, I was hugely into music. I knew my chances of becoming the next Adele were slim to none, so when I was 23 I took a job in event planning at a radio station.  

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December 2021

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9 budget-friendly strollers that earn Mom's seal of approval

TODAY Show

When my son Wyatt was born, I was thunderstruck with love. For those first 10 days, I just stared at him, mesmerized by this perfect chubby little baby. There was no place on earth I would rather be.

Christmas Mood
November 2021

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48 best gifts for 16-year-old boys and girls in 2021

TODAY Show

High-schoolers and the perfect holiday gift. It’s a riddle, a maze and myth all in one.

Last year you thought, too babyish. The year before that, you skewed too grown up. But not this year. This year, with a little help from our editors, of course, you will hit the bulls-eye when it comes to the high-schooler you have no idea what to buy for.

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October 2021

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10 kids indoor fort ideas to transform your living room

TODAY Show

I grew up in a technologically dark yet neon lit time known as the ‘80s. There were no streaming services, phones were chained to walls and Facetime involved looking at someone’s actual, physical and in-person face. Instead of relying on Netflix or PlayStation for entertainment, we had to make our own unstructured fun by ourselves. Fun required imagination, creativity, a slew of comfy couch cushions and free reign over the linen closet. That's right — this was the golden age of the play fort.

Baby Sleeping
July 2021

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How to prepare your child for a big kid bed, according to a pediatrician

TODAY Show

Remember how a barefoot and agitated Bruce Willis flung himself off the top of the Nakatomi Plaza in "Die Hard"? That’s exactly what I picture when I think about my 2-year-old attempting to rappel out of his crib. Obviously there are way less fireballs and helicopters involved, but for this mom, the amount of danger is on par.

Woman Sleeping
June 2021

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Sleep.com

Someone in a grumpy mood is said to have woken up “on the wrong side of the bed.” But is there truly a “right” side? I conducted a quick social media poll asking about sides, and found that where we like to sleep on the bed is a deeper issue than just right versus left.

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May 2021

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11 best bubble machines and makers for family fun in 2021

TODAY Show

Sometimes, all you need to deliver instant happiness in your child is some soap and a wand. Bubbles are astonishing, really, and a good reminder that when it comes to kids, we just need to keep it simple.

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May 2021

Photo Credit: ADOBESTOCK / IVF STORE

IVF Costs Can Approach $100K—Here's How One Woman Saved Thousands

Health

My father's life motto has always been, "I could have found it cheaper," which is perhaps why I have never looked at a sticker price and instantly accepted it myself. This attitude has served me well, but I never expected it would save me thousands on my IVF treatment and eventually afford me a family.

Cars and Smiles
February 2021

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How to Teach Your Teenager to Drive

Lifehacker

Teaching a teenager to drive has never been easy. While it can be (or you want it to be) a fun and exciting rite of passage, it can also be stressful and panic-inducing for both of you. But even in a pandemic, the roads are open and teens are on them. 

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December 2020

Illustration Credit: Katarzyna Bogdanska

What Does It Take To Become A Single Mom In Indiana?

Indianapolis Monthly

It’s 7:30 in the evening and I am sitting down for the first time. As I look over at my sliding glass door and my floor-length curtains now tied up four feet above the ground, I see this has become a toddler’s house.

Christmas Stockings
November 2020

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The best stocking stuffers for kids in 2020

Today Show

He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice. My son and my nephews that is. Surely, Santa will be conducting his annual quality assurance checks soon enough, but he has a smidge of time left before reporting for duty.

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October 2020

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15 best STEM toys for kids in 2020

Today Show

As a child of the '80s, my STEM abilities were, in a word, limited. My biggest scientific feat was realizing that the lizards I caught in my backyard couldn’t survive in the oxygen-depriving tupperware I housed them in. As a self-aware kid, I knew my best chance of becoming scientific was to hitch my wagon to a scientist — which is exactly what I did. Determined to at least place in my elementary school science fair, I hitched my wagon to my best friend/future medical wizard, Nicole.

Fallen Tooths
October 2020

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Everything You Need to Know About the Tooth Fairy: From Fun Traditions to How to Field Your Kids' Tough Questions

Parents

If you were to look inside the bottom drawer of my mother's old jewelry box, you would find treasures from days long since passed: a simple gold bracelet she picked up in the '80s, four sets of earrings that have been missing from their mates for decades, and tucked in the very back of the drawer, just behind the macaroni necklace I made her in kindergarten, you will find three sets of 38-year-old baby teeth that were rescued and stockpiled by the tooth fairy.

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September 2020

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8 ways to make Halloween feel special if you're skipping trick-or-treating this year

TODAY Show

It sounds like the title of a spooky movie, but really it’s just another chapter in the saga that is 2020. Coming this October to a neighborhood near you, “The Year There Was No Halloween”. A chilling title when you’re an adult, a downright tragedy when you’re a kid.

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September 2020

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This product is my one trick to get my baby to sleep (and it always works!)

Motherly

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

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September 2020

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Motherly

When my son was born, it's hard to say who was more angry. Obviously, my ginormous 9 pound 13 ounce baby seemed pretty upset. The OB/GYN probably would have preferred to yank out a standard-sized baby instead of a full linebacker. But if you are going by looks alone, my brand new baby's skin was probably the most rageful thing in that delivery room.

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September 2020

Photo Credit: Louis Ward

What it Feels Like:  I Lived Through a Hurricane

Metro.co.uk

On 23 August 1992, I was 14 years old and living in Homestead, Florida. I was oblivious to struggle, pain and my own mortality. But within 24 hours, that all changed.

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August 2020

Photo Credit: FamVeld (Shutterstock)

You Don't Need to Go Crazy Disinfecting Your Kids After School

Lifehacker

Back in March, when COVID-19 was almost completely mysterious, I spent an insane amount of time disinfecting everything in my path. I sprayed down mail with Lysol. I scrubbed groceries clean before they crossed the threshold of our house. I sterilized every toy my son could have possibly slobbered on

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August 2020

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Motherly

The moment is different for every parent. Maybe it's when you put your curling iron in the fridge. Or perhaps it's when you poured formula into your coffee. For me, it was when I backed my car into a Toyota Camry named Doug that was parked in my own driveway.

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July 2020

Photo Credit: Angela Hatem

HuffPost

I always assumed that once I made the decision to start a family, and put myself in the stirrups, that science and my body would just do their jobs

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July 2020

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It’s Already Inappropriate for You to Touch My Baby — Mid-Pandemic, It’s Worse

sheknows

I’ve never liked it when strangers squeeze and snuggle my son. And now, there’s a pandemic thrown into the mix. As stay-at-home orders begin to ease up in favor of social distancing, I’ve noticed that adults are quite respectful of my space. But they’re feeling surprisingly free about sashaying into my baby’s. 

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June 2020

Photo Credit: Angela Hatem

Thank you for making our son possible

Lacuna Voices

Dear Andrew,

We have never met but I am writing to thank you for our son, Wyatt.

I call you Andrew because your anonymous four-digit donor number seems so impersonal, plus your donor profile described your celebrity lookalike as Andrew Garfield.  

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May 2020

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Lifehacker

Recently, my son turned one year old, and with this milestone, he was due for his 12-month wellness visit. Or—wait—was he...

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Lifehacker

Do you know what Zoom-bombing is? Neither did I—until about 2 minutes ago. My 15-year-old cousin was Zoom chatting with her high school basketball teammates. It was all hoops and happiness until—boom!—they were hacked by an unknown predator and his not-so-private parts.

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March 2020

Photo Credit: Patty Wood

How to Stay Connected With Elderly Relatives in Quarantine

Parents.com

My 95-year-old grandma is in quarantine at her nursing facility. Here are a few ways my family and I are staying in touch and lifting her spirits.

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January 2020

Photo Credit: Illustration by Eva Vázquez

My Fertility Treatment Ended My Closest Friendship

Parents.com

My best friend and I were going through fertility treatment at the same time. I thought it would bring us closer. But she feared I would get pregnant before her and that destroyed our longtime friendship for good.

Pregnancy
July 2019

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Desperately Seeking Wombmate

FertilityRoad

Womb available for possible wombmate.  Spacious enough for either one or potentially two residents. Described by one doctor as picturesque. Owner raves, “It’s the Napa of uteruses!” Ready for immediate occupancy, preferred 40-week occupation. References and numerous sonogram photos are available upon request.

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