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Why My Husband Took My Last Name

When my husband and I were engaged, I started doing what every excited, newly engaged twenty-something girl does: I started practicing signing my new name. Heather Lynch. Heather Lynch. Heather Lynch. I wrote it...

Varicose Veins During and After Pregnancy

Many women wonder why during pregnancy, and even after pregnancy, they develop blue or purple bulgy veins, known as varicose veins, on their legs. Varicose veins are the result of faulty valves within your superficial...

Top 4 Smartphone Video-Recording Tips for Moms

If you are reading this, then you are probably a mom and probably have a smartphone. You might even be holding that phone in your hand right now. It probably cost you a few...

Fun, Festive Fourth of July: Simple Party Planning for the Busy Mom

The Fourth of July has long been a favorite holiday of mine. My family hosts a big celebration where all are welcome. Family and friends come from throughout the South, and we spend the...
video

Kid-Friendly Container Gardening with Earth Works

Looking for something new to do with the kids this summer? Give gardening a try! Whether you want to create a butterfly garden or plant something edible, gardening is a fun, ongoing project that offers...

Playground Fail: What Happened When I Sent My Boys Solo

I learned the hard way how easy it is for a child predator to orchestrate an attack. We weren’t at the playground the day my son was targeted. We were in a music lesson...

Surviving a Surprise Stroke at Almost 40

I was 39 years old when I had a stroke. That morning, the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2015, I woke around 6 a.m. and laid in bed considering whether I was going to take my...
single dad

The Simple Cowboy: Don’t Spur the Bronco

So, I’m a newly single dad. Let’s just say my divorce hasn’t been the most amicable. We have three kids at home ages 12, 14, and 17, and it has been most difficult on...
baby

A Supermom’s Birth Story: My Baby Was Born in a Car

Parents Bethany Russel and Mikey Armanno had been anticipating the arrival of their third child on May 4. She was going to be their "Star Wars baby" but on Monday, April 29, their plan...
pregnancy

5 Common Pregnancy Myths Busted

As an Ob/Gyn, expectant mothers frequently come to me with questions about what they are reading and hearing when it comes to pregnancy. In some cases, these myths may be misguided or create unnecessary...

Charity Spotlight: Jax Student Making a Difference for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sam Morrisson's aunt Rita went to her doctor with flu-like symptoms. On her drive home that afternoon, she received an urgent call from her doctor. Rita was informed to pack her bags and drive...

More Than a Boo-Boo: What to Look For When It Comes to Childhood Sepsis

Each year more than 3 million children around the world die from sepsis, the body's overwhelming response to an infection or injury, making it the largest killer of children around the globe. As summertime...