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Articles in Exceptional Lives, Nicole Green, Mari Walker, April Guides, May Guides and Holidays

Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Kids

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Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you just don’t feel like fighting traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. The key is to keep the kids occupied as the clock counts down. Here are a few family-friendly idea... Read full article

Suit Up, Mama!

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You’ll never consider my body bikini-ready or beach-worthy. I’ve never had six-pack abs or been a small person, even in my younger, pre-kid days. I have a soft, squishy tummy; big, strong thighs; big everything.... Read full article

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

My Dream Role: Being the “Yes” Mom

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Once upon a time, in a life not so long ago, I got a chance to play the role of a lifetime: the “yes” Mom.... Read full article

Thriving Theater Passion Follows Hearing Loss Recovery Journey

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For 21-year-old Grace Graugnard, hearing limitations never registered when she was a child, even though she wore hearing aids and eventually received cochlear implants.... Read full article



End of the Year Survival Guide

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Download this monthly guide to help you with End of the School Year Survival this year.... Read full article

Tackling Type 1 Diabetes

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Amelie, daughter of Alysia Evans, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was almost a year old. She is now 14, and both she and her family have learned a lot about the disease since her diagnosis.... Read full article

Christmas is the Best Season

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Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang... Read full article

15 Must-Have Apps for a Successful Holiday Season

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Surviving the holiday season requires a little super power, a little creativity, and a lot of organization. While it wouldn’t hurt to have Martha Stewart’s number in your phone contacts, most of us are not that lucky. Instead, we have come up with 15... Read full article

Finding Strength in the Struggle

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“I don’t remember a time when I was ever not conscience of my weight. I did a lot of swimming and played a lot of sports, but I was heavier. I was a bigger kid,” shares Jessica Stafford. When Jessica was 15 years old, she was in a bike accident tha... Read full article

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