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Valentine’s Day Guide

Valentine’s Day Guide

    Today let’s talk Valentine’s Day! Whether you are looking for the perfect set of lingerie, or ideas to throw the best party, we have you covered. For the adults! There’s nothing like a holiday to give you an excuse to buy yourself a little something special—especially when that holiday is Valentine’s Day and that little something special is…

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What is Fifth Disease

What is Fifth Disease

  By Anita K. Henry Fifth Disease is a viral infection that can bring on coldlike symptoms and a bright-red face-and-body rash in infants, young children, and, occasionally, adults. This disease is just one of a lengthy list of skin conditions that can target young kids. In fact, the name Fifth Disease is a historical term dating back to when…

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  Re-Writing Our Stories: Changing the Narrative for Stepmoms and Moms Erin Careless & Kristen Skiles The Wicked Stepmother What image comes to mind when you hear the word stepmother? Is it the cruel glare of a woman yelling at a beautiful Cinderella to mop the floors? The harsh, unloving woman who leads her stepchildren, Hansel and Gretel, to their…

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Dealing with Discrediting Comments

Dealing with Discrediting Comments

Featured by Ashley Coleman One of the hardest parts of being a stepmom- no matter how functional your blended family may be- is regularly hearing discrediting comments. Everyone makes them… those on the outskirts of your life, and those in the inner circle. Comments can range from discrete, to downright disrespectful and oftentimes, they don’t even realize how they’ve come…

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Erin Careless’s Challenge to YOU

Erin Careless’s Challenge to YOU

I sealed the envelope, stuck on the stamp, and dropped the card into the mailbox. Too late to turn back now…   I sent a Christmas card to my husband’s ex-wife. The mother of my stepchildren. The “other woman”. Why? Because she’s in my life, for better or worse. The mom and I are civil, but not friends. I wouldn’t…

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Erin Careless’s Tools of the Trade – The #1 Key to a Lasting, Happy Marriage!

Erin Careless’s Tools of the Trade – The #1 Key to a Lasting, Happy Marriage!

Well, of course friendship, trust, and communication are essential. But I just finished reading Mark Manson’s article on successful relationships (https://qz.com/884448/every-successful-relationship-is-successful-for-the-same-exact-reasons/) and was struck by his findings: “What I can tell you is the #1 thing, most important above all else is respect. It’s not sexual attraction, looks, shared goals, religion or lack of, nor is it love. There are…

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