• Study Finds Women Should Eat During Labor

    The following post has been scheduled in advance. We are currently awaiting the arrival of our second child and details in this post may or may not be relevant at this time.  Forget about chewing on ice cubes to keep yourself going during contractions. Contrary to what most medical officials have stated in the past, a recent Canadian study has found that women who are in labor actually benefit from eating a meal.   By avoiding meals during labor, women are less likely to aspirate, or inhale liquid or food into their lungs, possibly causing pneumonia.  Today, advances in anesthesia care means

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  • What Death And Sickness Has Taught Me About Living

    Losing someone you love is tough, and when it happens unexpectedly, it hurts even more.  Over the years, I have met people who have inspired me to live. From family to friends and even those who I’ve crossed paths, each have left an imprint in my life.  Getting The News  When I received the news that my uncle had been diagnosed with lung cancer, I thought about how much it would dampen his spirits.  As a happy-go-lucky guy, I’ve watched my uncle receive bad news after bad news. First, he went through surgery for a brain aneurysm. Then, he found

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  • Simple Things That Make This Mom Happy

    Whoever said pregnancy would be easy the second time around probably didn’t have to care for a toddler during all three trimesters. But I can’t complain, my little guy has been pretty helpful around the house and Jeff and I have a tag team match going on. I deal with the tantrums during the day and Jeff handles them at night.  To keep sane, I try to think of all the things that put a smile on my face:  An extra 5 minutes in the shower.   Kisses from daddy.  Hugs from baby.  A clean baby.  A clean home.  Slipping

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  • How To Enjoy Fall In South Florida

    It may sound odd to those of you who have never lived in Florida, but it actually does get a bit chilly in the later months. I remember when we first moved almost two years ago, I would wake up freezing. Of course, Jeff would joke and suggest turning down the A/C, but it would drop to the high 50s on some mornings. Covered head to toe — and yes, in sweats! — I would turn on the space heater we brought from our home in NJ. Who knew we’d actually use it down here. There are fall/winter nights I’ve

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  • 10+ Things To Buy For Your Home At Dollar Tree

    When I first moved in with Jeff I noticed he had a lot of disposable dishware. Although that might come in handy at times, I didn’t think it was a way to live. Yes, doing the dishes isn’t always fun, but I grew up in a home where we used disposable plates and forks if there was a party or if we were on the go. And moving in with Jeff wasn’t going to be any different.  Because I enjoy shopping at Dollar Tree, I decided to check out the dishware aisles. When I spotted glass plates, I feel in

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