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Don’t get me wrong. I loved it when my kids were babies. They always smelled so good and could light up my world with just a smile. I loved washing their cute tiny toes in the bath and hearing them giggle as they splashed in the water. Having a baby is wonderful, even magical. As much as I sometimes miss my kids being little though, life without a baby is so much easier and more fun for five reasons:   1. No More Diapers This is a big one for many reasons. First of all, diapers and baby wipes can put a dent in your bank...

Nowadays, children start getting a pretty hefty load of homework beginning in Kindergarten.  Children start their elementary school years learning how to write, spell, read, and add/subtract.  It is a very exciting time in a child’s life, but it can also be an overwhelming one.  Getting your child to sit still and concentrate on their homework can be challenging, so I created a fun, stimulating, and engaging Homework Center with all the bells and whistles (literally).  I cannot stress how important it is for your child to start...

Music has always been a big part of my life.  My alarm clock wakes me up with music and I always have the radio on when I’m in the car.  I even clean the house better if there is music playing.  For the past six years, I have sung lullabies to my children at bedtime.  I am no Celine Dion by any means, but my children love it when I sing to them and it’s something I have done since they were born.  Singing traditional lullabies, like “Hush Little Baby” and “Brahms’s Lullaby” got boring and tiring...

Hi.  I’m 32 years old and I love Dumbo.  The Disney film was made over 70 years ago and the main character doesn’t say a single word during the entire one hour and four minutes, but Disney still found a way to pull at my heartstrings.  I loved watching Dumbo as a child.  The circus always appealed to me and I loved seeing all of the vibrant colors on the TV screen.  As an adult and a mother of two now, I love the film even more, because I can appreciate the important message it teaches. In the film, a stork brings Dumbo...

Cristina Margolis, 26, was able to have a corneal transplant for her right eye on Dec. 2008. Margolis has now been chosen to ride in a float in the Rose Parade that will promote organ donation. (Dai Sugano/Mercury News) With the recent news of the two friends from Texas contracting the terrible eye infection called Acanthamoeba Keratitis (I’ll do you a favor and call it AK for short), I thought I’d share my personal experience with the little monsters that invaded my eye. In 2007, I was diagnosed with the very same eye infection and I...

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