Author: Hannah Whittenly

Mom, You Got This: How to Stay Energized When You Have Wild Toddlers

There comes a point in every mother’s life when they realize that the “terrible twos” aren’t just a name. Fortunately, there are ways to preserve both your energy and your sanity despite the growing pains of rambunctious toddlers. Here are just a few ideas for putting some pep back in your step as a busy mom. Get Up Earlier This may sound counterproductive, especially if you’re the type of person who has to stumble to the coffeemaker before you feel remotely human. But getting up before the rest of your family has a number of benefits. For one, it...

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Birthing Struggles? 4 Celebrities Who Understand What You’re Going Through

Celebrities aren’t immune to risky births and pregnancies. Some of them have been outspoken about their difficulties in an effort to raise awareness for their children’s conditions and reassure other parents going through the same ordeals. Here are just four stars who navigated bumpy roads to parenthood. 1. Salma Hayek Salma Hayek faced a tremendously complicated pregnancy. Not only was she diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition that can cause everything from premature delivery to respiratory distress syndrome, but she was also told by her doctors that her baby would be born with Down Syndrome. However, little Valentina defied...

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Conquering Your Home: 4 Major Housing Disasters You Can Head Off Early

Your house is likely one of the most valuable assets you’ll ever own, so it makes sense that you want to avoid costly repairs in any way possible. However, it’s not always easy to foresee potential issues ahead of time. Whether you’re a new property owner altogether or this is your first stand-alone dwelling after years in a condo, here are four aspects of proactive home maintenance you want to keep in the forefront of your mind. Foundation Woes If you have a basement, it should be dry and watertight unless it is an extremely old, historic home with...

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Becoming One with the People: How to Immerse Yourself in Another Culture

One of the reasons to travel is to learn about other cultures. The more that you immerse yourself in the culture, the more meaningful your experience is likely to be. When done right, you can make new friends while gaining a new appreciation for everything that you may take for granted back home. Let’s look at some of the best ways to truly become a local when traveling abroad. Leave the Luxuries at Home If the locals live in mud huts or sleep outside under the stars, you should learn to do the same. If the locals get together...

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How Do You Know Whether or Not It’s Appropriate to File Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can be a traumatic subject for many people. Not only can it mean forfeiting some of your hard-earned assets, but it can seem like an embarrassing admission of failure. There are times when personal or career setbacks limit your cash flow and make it impossible to keep up payments. Bankruptcy is always a far better alternative than drowning in mounting debt. Here are some ways to help you decide whether or not to file for bankruptcy: Evaluate the Situation If you’re already behind on essential costs like utility bills or mortgage payments, your chances of getting caught up...

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Have 4 or More Kids? Top Car Tips for Big Families

If you grew up chanting the lyrics to the ants-go-marching song during long car trips, you know how challenging it is to travel with family. Car songs and games become all the more challenging the more people you add to the mix. If you have a big family and want your car rides to be more stress-free, you’ll have to plan for that. Fortunately, there are a bunch of little hacks that allow your big family to ride in comfort. Here are just four of them: 1. Car Care A lot of kids can mean a lot of fingerprints...

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Home Organization 101: 4 Unique Ways to Declutter Your Living Space

If the clutter in your apartment seems to multiply faster than the tribbles on a “Star Trek” episode, it might be time to declutter. But where to start, where to start? That’s always the big question in everyone’s mind. Maybe it’s on yours. If you’re facing a decluttering job, it’s likely that you’ll find these four decluttering tips a good place to start. 1. Throw Away First Many people start a declutter project by buying a bunch containers, shelves, and other storage items. Yet, Apartment Therapy cautions against this. Instead, go through your stuff and organize what you can...

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How to Survive the Outdoors Without Giving Up Electronics & Fancy Gadgets

Technology is the great equalizer. Modern technology has turned roughing it on its ear—camping has never been so luxurious! Modern technology allows camping enthusiasts to bring their most prized gadgets along. These gadgets make camping and trekking outdoors a luxury experience. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your next camping trip, you won’t want to live without the following gadgets: 1. Camp Stove If you’re a hiker, you won’t want to go on a day-long hike without the BioLite stove. Instead of using wood or pellets, this stove lets campers turn items they find along the way like...

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First Time Rider: How to Safely Ride a Motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience as you feel the wind in your hair and view the open road ahead of you. As with being on or inside any vehicle, you need to take the proper precautions to stay as safe as possible while on the road. If you’ve never been on a motorcycle, it’s best to ride with someone else so that you get an idea of what to expect and the proper placement of your hands, feet and body before riding alone. There are also a few tips to keep in mind to maintain your...

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Familiar Suspicions: What to Do When You Suspect Your Relative is Using Drugs

Coming to the realization that a loved one might be struggling with a drug abuse problem can be devastating. Many people are unsure of what they can do or say to help their friend or family member overcome their addiction in a safe and healthy way. Luckily, drug abuse treatments are more effective than ever, and thousands are able to permanently overcome their addictions every year with the proper support. Look Out for the Signs of Drug Abuse If you believe that a loved one is abusing drugs, then you have most likely seen at least some unusual behavior....

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