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The Nutella of Friendship

What better way to end the summer than by bumping into a good friend you haven't seen in awhile? Plus, what's more fun than bumping into this friend in a supermarket and peeking inside her basket only to find a totally random and totally fun array of items that exemplifies why this person is your friend? Case in point: I bumped into my friend, Betsy, the other day in the check-out line and these are the only 5 items she had in her basket: 1 jar of Nutella 1 bottle of Brandy 1 jar... read more

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Grandmother Angry about Gaining Two More Grandchildren

My son, who has custody of his two children (a girl and a boy), is going to marry a woman with two girls of her own. The four children are all between the ages of 9 and 12. My husband … read more

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It’s My Body And I’ll Hug If I Want To

“Grandma is leaving – give her a hug.” “Your aunt is here, go give her a kiss and a hug, don’t be rude.” This makes me cringe. Why do we feel that it is OK to make children touch or … read more

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Keeping Your Kids Healthy and Fit During the School Year

Your child’s health is your first priority, and one of the best ways to keep her strong and active is with fitness programs designed for younger children. These programs are not intended to increase muscle mass or definition, but rather … read more

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The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Just recently, several friends and family members of mine had new babies, and it reminded me of how often new moms have questions regarding breastfeeding.  Additionally, a lot of advice is given to new moms and often it may differ … read more

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Empowering You With Safe & Natural Alternatives – Maty’s Baby Ointment: S.O.S. Product Review

Review by Jessie J. Rubin There’s a lot of baby ointment out there – so what make’s Maty’s different? Well here’s what Maty’s founder, Carolyn Harrington (mother to daughter Maty – whom the company was named after), had to say: “Your … read more

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits: Teleclass Re-cap

This week, we held a highly informative teleclass for new parents who were interested in learning about infant sleep. Generously sponsored by Happy Family, renowned sleep expert Janeen Hayward covered such topics as eliminating night wakings, naps, and much more – including the opportunity … read more

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Ask Dr. Gramma Karen: Grandson Ponders Leaving the Family Business

About 25 years ago our son, Randy, bought an assisted living residence. Over the years he has built this business into a successful chain of residences worth millions. It was always assumed his two sons (our grandsons) would join the … read more

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