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Dec 12, 2017 6:31 pm
12 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain and Still Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Prepare yourself for a double-edged sword: It's holiday party season! While we love the food and festivities, we're not huge fans of the seemingly inevitable weight gain that comes with them. If...
Dec 10, 2017 4:11 pm
How to Avoid Holiday Travel Weight Gain
Ready to visit family for the holidays but don’t want to gain weight and undo all of your hard-earned weight-loss efforts from the past year? The holidays are, of course, a chance to indulge, but...
Dec 8, 2017 10:48 am
6 Ways to Support an Ill Loved One From Far Away
In February of 2007, I was working full time, taking care of a toddler and newly pregnant with my second child. Life was busy and full and wonderful, and then a bomb was dropped on our family: My...
Dec 7, 2017 5:05 pm
10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Raising ‘Smart Enough’ Kids
Raising kids doesn’t appear on any lists of the world’s most stressful jobs but — no disrespect to mountain guides or stuntmen — I think parenting is right up there. Emotionally, at least. A...
Dec 5, 2017 7:36 pm
How I Finally Got the Courage to Break Up With My Hairstylist
“Well, here is the fall look you wanted,” said my hair stylist as she swirled the salon chair so I faced the giant mirror above her station. “What do you think?” What do I think? I think my...
Nov 30, 2017 9:54 pm
Defying the Divorce Statistic — If I Can Do It, So Can You
Eighteen years into my marriage, I am not the wife I’d thought I’d be, and my marriage isn’t the fairy tale I’d envisioned. I can’t speak for my husband (although I often try), but my guess is that...
Nov 22, 2017 2:44 pm
4 Reasons Why I Have Totally Given Up on Black Friday, and You Should Too
To say that I have a dislike of Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving where retailers offer massive discounts — is an understatement. I loathe everything about this day, and I think you should,...
Nov 21, 2017 5:18 pm
5 Ways to Keep Family Strains From Ruining Your Holiday
Every single holiday season, my mother was convinced that our extended family would happily gather – think Modern Family but not nearly as pretty or wealthy – and frolic our way through the...
Nov 15, 2017 1:27 pm
A Doctor’s Story: How Women Can Lose Weight
This advertorial was written by Kelly G. Bagnell, MD, FACOG at the Lake Lifestyle Medical Clinic in Polson, Montana, on behalf of Ideal Protein. As an OB-GYN physician treating women of all ages,...
Nov 10, 2017 7:15 pm
My Menopause Treatment Caused Me to Grow a Tiny Penis
As a woman who has witnessed the sun set on her 40s, I've experienced it all — memory lapses, voice changes, murderous rages, leaky bladder —and was certain the best days of feeling “normal” were...
Nov 9, 2017 3:43 pm
How I Overcame My Fear of Being Alone After My Divorce
What is it that can sometimes be so scary or uncomfortable about being alone? When we’re kids, we fear it because being alone makes us feel vulnerable (well, that, and we’re afraid of monsters…a...
Nov 7, 2017 2:55 pm
How to Survive Empty Nest Syndrome as a Single Parent
Empty-nesting is a bit of a shock for any parent. One minute, you have a house full of teens, plotting their post-high school lives and eating you out of house and home, and the next, you’re...
Nov 3, 2017 11:34 pm
How to Deal With Ambivalent Grandparents
As every parent knows, children change everything. Many parents are surprised to discover that becoming a parent can even alter the relationship they have with their own parents or in-laws. While...
Nov 1, 2017 11:13 am
Could People With a “New” Type of Diabetes Be Wrongly Diagnosed With Type 2?
According to researchers from the United Kingdom, people who have been diagnosed with a new type of diabetes — known as type 3c diabetes — are “frequently labeled” as having type 2. And the...
Oct 27, 2017 5:02 pm
How a Fight Over a Pan of Fudge Changed My Marriage Forever
After only one date and five weeks, mostly apart, my husband and I were married. It was a kind of storybook ending, falling in love and tying the knot so quickly. We came from different countries,...
Oct 22, 2017 3:59 pm
How to Be a Good Middle-Aged Daughter to an Aging Parent
There are thousands of books, articles, and classes offered to women about how to be good and successful mothers at every stage from infancy to adulthood, yet there is very little attention or...
Oct 12, 2017 6:51 pm
Letting Go of the Fairy Tale: How I Found My Path to Motherhood
“I want to have 11 kids when I grow up.” This could regularly be heard coming out of my mouth as a child. But then I went to college and law school and somehow lost my conviction. First and...
Oct 7, 2017 10:53 pm
How to Handle It When Your Kid Is the Bully
When your child is the bully, how do you handle it? One grandma shares her story. My daughter called me upset one day on her way home from work to tell me about a problem she’d been having with...
Oct 6, 2017 11:16 pm
My ‘Dense Breasts’ May Have Put Me at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer
Perhaps you’ve heard of ‘dense breasts’ – you may even have been told by your OB-GYN that you have them: 40 percent of American women are in the Dense Breast Club. Until I had my first mammogram,...
Sep 26, 2017 4:44 pm
How I Nearly Died at Costco — and Why I'll Never Buy in Bulk Ever Again
“First of all – let me start by saying I’m OK,” I began the call to my husband. “But I had a little incident…” “Oh no,” he responded. “I tried to go to shopping…” I explained. He sighed. “What...