Summer is approaching. No doubt you’re looking forward to many lazy afternoons spent curled up in a hammock with your favorite book, with nothing but the birds keeping you company...get real! More likely, you’ll be hard pressed to find a few minutes to yourself. Your days will be overflowing with the incessant chatter of your kids enjoying some time out from school. While this can be great for a few days, summer vacation enthusiasm can be quickly dissolved by bored, whining children - faster than hot pavement melts a fallen scoop of ice-cream... >>
The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is located on Ka‘anapali Beach at the foot of legendary Black Rock. From the moment you arrive in the lobby (or on the Island for that matter) you know you are some place very special. There is a common vibe amongst the vacationers that Maui is the favored Island. I hear the conversation in front of me as I stand in line of a deflated man checking out of what he says is his favorite place on Earth. I can hear his small daughter ask “what place Dad, Maui?” his response no silly the Sheraton... >>
Fun Tips to Catch and Keep Creepy Crawlers
Put away your fly swatter. This summer, head to the woods, a local park or your own backyard for a major bug-collecting expedition. Follow our directions to make a "critter keeper jar," or simply use a jar and punch several holes in its metal lid. Arm yourself with curiosity, and you've got all the tools you need for an interesting and educational adventure that literally leaves no stone unturned.... >>
Smoky Corn on the Cob
Kids love fresh corn because it’s sweet and fun to eat. What they don’t know is that it’s packed with vitamins and zeaxanthin, a carotenoid that helps support eye health. If your family likes a lot of butter on corn, consider using the light kind, which will save you half the calories and fat grams..... >>
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Nobody’s perfect. Rips, snags and stains happen to even the most fastidious of fashionistas on a daily basis. And there is nothing more embarrassing than ripping the seat of your pants or finding a big run in your stocking in public—especially during a big presentation, interview or date! Fortunately, that discomfort is short-lived because in those cases, quick fixes are a snap. Here are 10 common fashion emergencies and how to save face—and your clothes!... >>
Mom Rivalry? Check yourself
We’ve all experienced it. A certain disdain, competitiveness or flat-out jealousy toward another mom who seems to always be doing everything better. Perhaps it’s over making more lofty school choices, attaining the perfect work/home balance, breastfeeding or plastic surgery. Or maybe your mom-competition is over one’s children, who are—dare I say—are besting our own in grades, activities or even physical traits such as height or weight... >>
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How Sleep Savvy Are You?
Can you catch up on lost sleep? Will a cup of warm milk send you to la-la land? Are naps only for babies? MORE
Isn’t It Time to Stop Judging Yourself?
By Stacey Colino
Bad habits aren’t limited to things like nail biting and procrastination. For women, one of the most common and insidious habits is being overly critical or judgmental of themselves. What’s worse, a pattern of self-criticism can become so ingrained, you might not even notice you’re doing it. “It’s a huge issue for women,” says Alice Domar, who has a doctorate in health psychology and is the author of Be Happy Without Being Perfect. “We criticize ourselves from morning to night, and all that negative self-talk puts you at risk for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.” ... Read More »
Why You Need More Folic Acid in Your Pregnancy Diet
By Jill Tomlin
If you’re going to the store for an ovulation predictor kit, add orange juice, beans, liver and broccoli to your shopping list. These foods are natural sources of folate, an important B vitamin for your pregnancy diet that prevents birth defects. Don’t like liver and broccoli? Fortunately, vitamin B is available in pill form... Read More
A Step-by-Step Guide to Checking Your Breasts For Signs of Cancer
If you regularly examine your breasts for potentially worrying changes, you have a greater chance of finding any breast cancer more quickly. The more quickly you find cancer, the more likely you are to recover. Most women know these facts, but many are not sure how to examine themselves properly. It can be difficult at first, but with practice you will learn what is normal for your breasts and what constitutes a concerning change. This overview of how to examine yourself will help you learn how to do it most effectively... Read More »
By Susan M. Keenan
Mother’s Day is celebrated in many different countries including the United States, Canada, and India. Each May on the second Sunday of the month millions of children take the time to honor their mothers with love and gratitude. Over the years, many famous individuals have had their thoughts on mothers and motherhood written down for future generations to enjoy. A few of the exceptional ones are included here.
“Mother’s Day is in honor of the best mother who ever lived- the mother of your heart.” -Anna Jarvis .... Read More
Buying Organic Food on a Budget
You do a lot to keep your family healthy, including making smart choices about the food you buy. And chances are, you’d buy everything organic if you could. But for most moms, a totally organic kitchen isn’t realistic, considering the items can cost upward of 50 percent more than their conventional counterparts.
“We all need to prioritize our purchasing based on what’s important to us,” says eco-cuisine expert Jackie Newgent, a registered dietitian and the author of Big Green Cookbook. Your first priority may, obviously, be to provide your family with plenty of healthy fruit and vegetables, calcium-rich dairy, and whole grains -- organic or not... Read More
Four Ways to Freshen Up Your Home
It’s the time of year that we really start to crave those long, sunny days, a garden bright with blooms, and gentle breezes permeating the house. Why not hurry up your springtime? Here are four simple household refreshers that will kick-start that much-needed transition from dreary winter to glorious spring....Read More »
How to Get Kids to Eat More Fruit...
Do you want your kids to eat healthier? Most parents do, but it can be a challenge to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables in place of the many sweet treats that are constantly vying for their attention. Well, there may be an easier way. A new study shows that getting kids to eat healthy foods such as fruit could be as simple as making them more visually appealing....Read More »
5 Tips for Perfect Summer Feet
Feet don't usually require much attention when it comes to looking good; they are usually hidden from view under socks, shoes or boots. But the summer months mean that feet are often on show, and need some extra attention to look attractive. Here are 5 tips for perfect summer feet.....Read More »
Fans ready to show their “Monsters University” spirit can ”go team go” to Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre to see “Monsters University” and take part in a monstrously fun pep rally being held at the venue. The excitement happens exclusively at the El Capitan Theatre June 21- Aug. 7, 2013, before each showing…Continue
WHAT: Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific…Continue
Country singer Georgia Holt , 86, mother of the legendary Cher, releases her first CD 'Honky Tonk Woman' today. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1980 when Georgia hooked up with Elvis Presley 's musicians, the country/pop album was never released. The tapes sat in Holt's garage for over 30 years before being rediscovered, restored and mixed by The Voice's Musical Director Paul…Continue