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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?
Pregnant Olympian Goes for Gold and Gets Encouragement from Baby
On Saturday, July 28th, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi who's 8 months pregnant competed in the London Olympic games. Nur Suryani was a shooter who placed 34 out of 56 in the women's 10-meter air rifle competition, so she did not win a medal.
Piglets in Mazes Used to Study Baby Brain Development
There's a new method to study your baby's brain development. Would you believe that piglets in mazes are how researchers are doing it? It's true! See how piglets are paving the way for new study results.
Celebrity Round-Up: Bachelorette Ends, Jackson Drama, and the Kardashians
This week, we're giving credit where credit is due. In the aftermath of the tragedy in Colorado, actor Christian Bale took time to visit the injured at the hospital. Both President Obama and Presidential candidate Romney refrained from gun discussions for several days thereafter.
Baby Bottle Ads Targeting Men to "Reclaim" Their Wives Fall Flat
This isn't part of a "Mad Men" script but it certainly could be! Couldn't you just see Don Draper and crew sitting around, smoking their cigarettes, drinking their scotch, when someone says, "Reclaim Your Wife!" and they all shout, "Yes!" and toast to that.
Wordless Wednesday: Puppies and Babies -- What Could Be Cuter?
Let's face it, there are few things more adorable than the sweet interaction with a dog and a baby, especially when it's a big dog playing gently with a little baby.
Father Refuses to Approve Daughter's Make-a-Wish Disney Trip
Four-year-old cancer patient McKenna May of Haskins, Ohio, was granted her wish for a Disney World trip by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but her father nixed it and refused to sign the required approval.
FDA Behind in Banning BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups
The FDA announced in July 2012 that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol-A. This comes after manufacturers had already phased out the chemical in these products due to safety concerns and consumer pressure. Why was the FDA late to the party?
Women are Smarter Than Men Recent Study Confirms
For the first time, studies officially show women scoring higher than men when it comes to IQ tests. It's been assumed that women are more "cerebral" where men are more "physical." This isn't the case according to the latest research conducted by James Flynn, an emeritus professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
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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