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Feb 14, 2019
I Thought My Workaholic Mom Had Left Me Unprepared to Be a Parent — I Was so Wrong
I didn’t learn about motherhood from watching my mom. I was an only child, and for whatever reason, it’s hard to observe the act of mothering when you are the one being mothered. What my mom did...
Feb 2, 2019
How the Gabriel Method Helped Me Shed 30 Pounds — And Become Best Friends With My Body
It’s no secret that the mind and body are connected, and by now you’ve probably heard about mindful eating and meditation for weight loss. If you haven’t, mindful eating can be best described as...
Feb 1, 2019
The One Habit I Broke That Helped Me Save An Extra $5,000 in A Year
Have you ever purposely avoided information that would expose an inconvenient truth? If you’re like me, this may apply to your finances. We do this all the time: avoid checking our bank statements...
Jul 30, 2018
How One Woman Saved $38K Towards Her Dream Home in Just One Year
Savvy Australia-based entrepreneur and author Rachel Smith, 40, managed to save herself an impressive $52,000 AUD (about $38,500 USD) in one year just by changing a few simple habits. After...
Jul 24, 2018
One of the Twins I Had at 42 Has Down Syndrome — They're Both the Babies I Was Meant to Have
"All I've ever wanted is to have children, so there's really no point in us seeing each other unless you want the same," I told my date Richard. We'd known each other for years after meeting...
Jul 5, 2018
After Giving Birth to Conjoined Twins, I Had a Choice to Make
My knees bounced up and down with excitement. "How should I tell him?" I wondered. I could bake a cake, or leave a trail of Post-it notes. Then I heard a key in the front door. Before my husband...
Jun 25, 2018
3 Simple Ways to Practice Humility Every Day
I call my oldest sister almost every day. She is eight years older than me, a psychologist, and everything that I am not: calm, rational, selfless, and patient. So as my life is unfolding before me...
Jun 13, 2018
My Son Is Allergic to the Sun — He and Others Like Him Deserve a Cure
I watched as my two boys ran outside to play with their new puppy. A few minutes later, Harrison, who was six at the time, came back. "I was starting to cook like a sausage!" he complained as I got...
Jun 7, 2018
7 Ways to Find Hope When Both Partners in a Relationship Are Depressed
Ten years ago, married couple Marc and Angel Chernoff felt like they were drowning in tragic news: They’d just lost a best friend to a heart attack, a sibling to suicide, and their livelihood...
May 17, 2018
Joan Lunden Reveals How Cancer Changed Her Life for the Better
In First For Women’s exclusive cover story, bestselling author, journalist, and mom-of-seven Joan Lunden opens up about the wellness strategies that keep her slim, healthy, and...
May 12, 2018
I Was Every 'Alcoholic Mother' Cliché for Years — Now Things Are Different
Four years ago, my children and I unexpectedly started a new Mother’s Day tradition. Mother’s Day, 2014, is now a day seared into my memory, a day I will never forget, marking a tradition I’d like...
May 11, 2018
For Years, My Mother-in-Law and I Bonded Over Coffee — Until One Day We Didn’t
Mother’s Day can seem odd when you are childless by choice. It’s even odder when your own mom has passed away. You want to celebrate — something — but what? For me, it’s my mother-in-law. That...
Apr 19, 2018
My Seven-Year-Old Survived a Heart Transplant — And Now She's Unstoppable
As her little girl Azri was dying in a hospital, Khylie Brown wrote a text message no mother would ever want to write. "I told my partner, Anna, I was going to bring our daughter home to die," she...
Apr 13, 2018
How I Finally Conquered Excess Sweating
Australian journalist Jessica Rowe will be the first to tell you, much to the horror of her husband and daughters, that she's an over-sharer. From documenting her daily meal disasters to exposing...
Apr 2, 2018
IKEA Workers Share Funny Customer-Meltdown Stories, And We Can't Stop Laughing
There are few things in life more stressful than furniture shopping with your partner, except maybe attempting to navigate an IKEA showroom. Thousands of furniture choices all crammed into one...
Mar 30, 2018
We're Failing Women With Autism
Close your eyes and picture an autistic person. Someone awkward who finds it hard to make eye contact? Aloof and socially detached? Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man,...
Mar 29, 2018
Unpopular Opinion: I’m a Working Mom Who Doesn’t Believe in Snow Days
This is going to make me very unpopular with my son when he’s old enough to understand that mommy can be a cold-hearted cow at times, but "snow days" are nonsense. There. I said it. Children should...
Mar 19, 2018
'You Have 48 Hours to Live' — One Woman's Battle With an Eating Disorder
Warning: This article contains information that may be triggering or distressing to those affected by eating disorders. On the crowded beach, I was surrounded by lithe limbs and toned tummies....
Mar 12, 2018
Mom Loses 77 Pounds After Being Body-Shamed on a Plane
Mom Kayla Martin will never forget the moment that she was body-shamed on a flight from New Zealand to Australia, but thankfully she was able to turn what was the most embarrassing moment of her...
Feb 27, 2018
Goodbye, Mrs. Fat: How I Lost More Than 150 Pounds After a Kid's Blunt Comment
Sarah Schmeider, 30, from Queensland, Australia, shares her true story. Squeezing myself into the carriage, I looked at my friends in excitement. "I'm not scared!" I told them. A group of us had...
Feb 26, 2018
Improving Your Gut-Brain Connection Can Put an End to Fatigue and Anxiety
Angie Spuzak, 43, suffered extreme fatigue and anxiety. When doctors chalked it all up to “getting older,” she took her health into her own hands and discovered the surprising cause — and easy...
Feb 16, 2018
Doctors Sewed Me Up Too Tight After My Episiotomy
It's surprising how taboo stories about birth are, especially since we're all alive because someone gave birth to us. So, to say I didn't know what I was getting myself into is an understatement....
Feb 12, 2018
I Donated My Eggs to a Stranger
Most women dread their first pap smear. We're young, terrified, and in many cases, experiencing an intrusive procedure for the first time. But I was relaxed about mine. A year earlier, I lay back...
Feb 9, 2018
I'm Breaking With Tradition and Having My Mom Give Me Away at My Wedding
There are certain expectations that come with weddings: The bride should always wear white, the groom will always give a speech, and the father of the bride should always be the person to walk the...
Feb 7, 2018
My Wedding Day Wasn’t the Happiest Day of My Life
They say that your wedding day is the best day of your life — that brides are so blissfully happy they don’t notice the small details and all the little things that don't go according to plan. But...
Feb 2, 2018
My 25-Year-Old Daughter Has a Full-Time Job — Why Does She Still Live at Home?
When we dropped my daughter off at college across the country, I thought it was the beginning of her journey into independence. She’d worked hard in high school (maybe not as hard as she’d have us...
Feb 1, 2018
I Survived Ovarian Cancer — Twice
For many people diagnosed with cancer, the symptoms are obvious: bumps, lumps, and blood where it shouldn't be are all warning signs that something could be wrong. But for Narell Whitehead, a...
Jan 19, 2018
Wedding Fails So Bad You'll Be Glad You Weren't There
If you were nervous about your nuptials (or someone else's), allow us to put everything into perspective for you. Seven people from the Now to Love team shared the worst things they have ever seen...
Jan 3, 2018
I Tried the Victoria’s Secret Model Diet and Survived
It’s that time of the year when many of us are thinking about getting shape — whether that means cutting back on calories, hitting the gym, or a combination of the two. And when it comes to...
Jan 3, 2018
Man Mistakes Superglue for Eye Drops, Glues His Eyes Shut
You know what we don't talk about enough? The fact your eyelids normally seem so weak, but when eye drops are involved, it's suddenly near impossible to use your much stronger fingers to pry them...