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5 Ways to Help Afford Your Family

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Do you worry about money? Do your bills outweigh the amount of money you bring home each month? Are you paying the bills but want to have money left over to increase your savings? I’m sure a lot of you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. The cost of living today is expensive and it will just keep increasing. If you have kids, they burn an even bigger hole in your pocket. According to CNN Money, it will cost an average of $233,610 to raise a child who was born within the last two years. That’s a lot of money! Since money doesn’t grow on trees (although that would be nice wouldn’t it?), I’m going to give you 5 ways that can help you afford your expenses…. More

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Tips for Figuring Out Your Birth Plan

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Do you picture your delivery room quiet and dim, or will it be packed with rowdy friends? Do you envision a water birth, or have strong feelings about episiotomies and circumcision? It’s okay not to know the answers to those questions yet, but you won’t want to think about them while you’re in labor. A birth plan doesn’t have to be comprehensive to be useful, says Allie Sakowicz, a Chicago-based doula with more than five years experience. She shared some of what she’s learned helping countless clients create their own plans…. More

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Finding a School After a Move

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You’re already stressed out because you’re moving and have a million things to do, all of which seem monumentally important. And some of them probably are, especially if you want to move into a good school district. You want options for elementary, middle, and high schools so that you don’t have to bounce around every time your child needs a new school, but because you’re new to the area, you don’t have much information. Unfortunately, a real-estate agent is prohibited by law from telling you anything—good or bad—about schools. It’s a violation of the Fair Housing Act and it presents a particular challenge to families with school-age children who are moving to a new area…. More

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Get Fit After Baby

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Whether you just had your baby two months ago, or you finished your family planning two years ago, if you’re ready to get back in the gym… THIS is the secret to your Postpartum Success.

With the help of celebrity trainer, Adam Rosenthal, I’m showing you how to take a different spin on your fitness journey. Here, we’re building and reactivating your muscles so you can avoid injury later and get to your fitness goals sooner. And we’re doing it all from your own Living Room, in earshot of your Little Ones…. More

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Rattails and Faux Hawks

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My mother grew up in wartime England, my dad was a Depression Era child. They were fiscally and socially conservative Catholics, older and more traditional than the parents of my friends.

I was one of four kids, all girls, and not one of us was allowed to grow our hair past our collars because my mother was deathly afraid of ‘nits’ (lice)…. More

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