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Going trick-or-treating?
Children have a blast trick-or-treating and parents are pleased at the opportunity to show off their costumed charmers. Unfortunately, though, there are reasons to use caution before allowing kids (or you!) to dive into the treats! Read "Halloween candy safety tips" to keep you all safe this Halloween!

Do you take your kids trick-or-treating? How long do you typically stay out for?
A haunted gingerbread house? What do you think?
Santa won't be stopping by *this* house! Drop by our "Build a haunted gingerbread house" as you make your plans this Halloween season. Unlike its more cheerful holiday counterpart, this edible craft simply exudes an eeriness that tempts you to play the opening chords of "Thriller"… all with yummy concoctions -- to die for! If you make one, please come back and share a picture!

What do you think of this project? Will you be trying it out?
Midwife or OB/GYN?
Selecting a caregiver is one of the most important decisions you make for both you and your baby. It likely will determine what type of birth experience you can expect as well as dictate where you may deliver. Visit "Midwife or OB/GYN -- which is best for me?" to help you assess which is right for you! Which do you plan on using (or did you?)
Halloween -- how scary is too scary?
Parents have been having this "discussion" for ages. Some find Halloween the perfect time to introduce their children to overcome fears through harmless fright. Others prefer to play it safe -- sticking to cute vs. scary. Some draw an imaginary line in the sand at slightly creepy before it enters sheer terror. Read what our members had to say in Halloween -- how scary is too scary? Which category do you fall in? Share in the comments!
What are you looking forward to the most?
Be on the lookout for this week's features! Each day we have a touch of "spooky" planned as Halloween creeps in. You'll discover "Halloween -- how scary is too scary (launching today!); plans to build your own haunted gingerbread house; trending costumes for pregnant gals, Halloween candy safety tips; how to have a green Halloween; and Halloween Face Painting for kids!

Additionally, you'll find a little something for everyone! Midwife or OB/GYN launches tomorrow. On Thursday, we cover "Save a breast -- do the stroke!" -- an important read for all women! Friday, those with elementary age and older kids should watch for our "New school lunches" coverage. We also will share a scrumptious twist on a favorite recipe with "Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes." There's always something special happening here! Remember, we want to hear your feedback! Which of these are you looking forward to most?
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It's Spina Bifida Awareness month! Did you know that 95% of neural tube defects occur in women with no previous family history?
Have you taken...?
Have you taken your folic acid today? Many doctors recommend all women of child-bearing age insure that they add this important nutrient to their daily intake to reduce your risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. Check out "Folic Acid Critical for Early Embryonic Development" to learn more!

What source do you use primarily to add folate to your diet? Do you continue to maintain folic acid even when you are not pregnant?
What did you think?
Thanks to everyone for joining our efforts to raise awareness of spina bifida throughout this month! Did you find our article, "Types of Spina Bifida," discussing the types of spina bifida useful in increasing your understanding? What would you have found helpful to have included?
Toddler tragically dies after falling from home balcony
Last week, two-year-old Rihana Bralic Leonard of Surrey, managed to get onto the balcony of her family's ninth floor apartment, climbed out onto the ledge and tragically fell to her death. This is a parent's worst nightmare!
Pregnant Mom Delivers Her Own Baby After Hospital Sends Couple Home
When Josh and Stephanie Ihnen went to the hospital Tuesday, they didn't think they'd be holding their baby in their arms anytime soon. They were told that their baby's birth wasn't imminent. Surprise!
Celebrity Round-Up: Births, Divorces and Unwelcome Outings!
This week's round-up includes "Housewives," births, divorce and unwelcome outings! Could it get any better? Ready for the buzz? Let's go!
Boy Creates "Lick-it List" for His Dying Service Dog
Here's a story that's sure to pull at your heart-strings. A service dog who is dying is spending her last days under the most loving of circumstances.
Pregnancy Memories Gone "Wild" and Just a Bit Eccentric
Everyone wants to have mementos of their pregnancy. So we make belly casts, document our pregnancy with plenty of pictures, frame our ultrasounds, and get 3D, 4D ultrasounds.

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Wordless Wednesday: Coach Teaches Kid Good Manners Miles in the Sky
We can all take a lesson from this lacrosse coach. Seeing one of his students behaving badly while boarding their team's flight, he had him write an apology to the airline and fellow passengers and read it aloud.
Four-Year-Old Hero Who Saved Drowning Girl Dies
The selfless act of a four-year-old turns tragic as the hero didn't make it. Read about the amazing Xander Vento and the tough decision his parents had to make.
Celebrity Round-Up: Weddings for Brangelina and Justin Timberlake?
This week's celebrity round-up could be ringing with the sound of wedding bells...maybe! See what's the latest buzz. Will Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally tie the knot? Let's find out!
09/10/2013 - 09:32
Today is honestly a celebration of all of the wonderful people we have shared this journey with -- from conception to parenthood and beyond! Thank you to all of our incredible members over the years and all we've met on our social channels for your support! Finally - a special shout out to a few amazing women (you know who you are!!) that I am grateful to count as both blessings and friends. You continue to inspire me! Happy 12th Birthday! ~Missy Join us on Facebook Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!
07/22/2013 - 18:52
It's a boy! Congratulations are in order for the royal family today! Welcome to the world little Prince!
07/12/2013 - 02:10
As the temperatures rise, what better way to beat the heat than by hosting a "make your own ice cream concoction" party?! What's your favorite flavor?
07/04/2013 - 11:52
Enjoy your celebration of our freedoms! Top Ten Fourth of July Activities for Families
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