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Pregnancy fact or fiction?

Now that I've found myself plum in the middle of my second pregnancy, I thought it might be interesting to really take a look at all those wives tales we're always being reminded of when we find ourselves in the family way. The first pregnancy for...

The fibs moms tell

I remember it clearly. When we finally got a TV, my mother repeatedly told us not to sit too close to the telly or we would go blind. Well, according to this site, that's just one of a number of white lies moms tell their kids. It apparently was true...

Caffeine linked to miscarriages

A new study links caffeine consumption with increased rate of miscarriage. Just two cups of coffee--or 200 milligrams--per day was found to double the rate of miscarriage. In addition to that, the study found that women who consumed less than 200...

Starbuck's admits to marketing to kids

My older two children love Starbuck's, as in looooove. And why not? The drinks are sweet, topped with whipped cream and leave them bouncing off the walls. This is why I go to all ends of the earth to avoid the place. My children get enough sugar...

Codeine and breastfeeding a deadly combo for baby

Now, I'm not one to fan fires when it comes to everything we hear is harmful to mothers and their children (unborn or among us), but I took strong notice of this article. Last Friday, the US FDA put out an advisory that mothers who breastfeed and...

Addiction of the Week: Illy Decaf Lattes

I have written before about my pregnant aversion to caffeine. For those of us who choose to limit our caffeine intake during pregnancy, it's hard to find a good-tasting decaf. Most decafs pale in comparison to their super-charged counterparts,...

Teen overdoses on coffee

Has the pressure of extra homework, an after-school job, and a demanding social life got your teen started drinking coffee just so they keep can up? You might want to warn them that, even though caffeine seems harmless, too much could put them in the...

Energy drinks appeal to the young, not such a good thing

Last winter my son returned home from a day of snowboarding with more random energy than I had ever seen in him. Not only was he talking a mile a minute but he was also pacing back and forth. I asked what he had done, crossing my fingers that it...

Wireless cafes, are there any rules?

For the most part I am technically challenged. I can turn my computer on, get to a few sites, write my posts; anything more than that I find to be rather mysterious. So one of the aspects of the techno age that I find so amazing is wireless internet....

Sleep and Fertility

Although I have yet to officially read it anywhere, I'm pretty sure there is a strong link between getting enough sleep and maintaining one's fertility. I think about this link periodically because I am officially exhausted. Maybe it's the...

Bedwetting can be curbed through diet

I wish I had known about this a year ago! My son Christian was a late bedwetter. He hasn't had trouble with it for several months (knock wood!), but this information would perhaps have been useful. According to a pediatric urologist at Baylor All...

Children can now caffeinate their Furbies online

Thanks to my eight-year-old daughter Neve for alerting me to the interactive site for Hasbro's Furbies, the little dolls that fellow BB writer Karen Walrond aptly described as "Gremlins prior to being doused with water". Why would Neve...

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