During the holidays, I have a love/hate relationship with wrapping gifts. I love the brightly colored wrapping paper, the ribbon and bows, and those cute little gift tags and stickers. But, admittedly, I am a horrible gift wrapper. I either use too much paper or not enough, and I can never figure out how to get the ends taped up just right. But at the end of the day, it is just something that is … [Read more...] about How to Make Homemade Wrapping Paper
As a mother of two, I've experienced the joys and disasters of a new baby. While motherhood is the greatest blessing imaginable, it brings on a slew of new challenges to face--some obvious, others not so much. When you think of a new baby, you typically imagine an adorable, drooling, sleeping bundle of joy. It is hard to imagine the dramatic life changes which that newborn brings. Below are just … [Read more...] about The Unexpected Surprises of Parenthood
Unexpected or unplanned pregnancy happens. When it does, many women who are without any emotional or financial support believe the only choice is to abort the baby. However, "Over 80 percent [of women] say they would have carried to term under better circumstances or with the support of loved ones, over 60 percent report having felt 'forced' to have the abortion by others or circumstances, and … [Read more...] about 5 Alternatives to Abortion
Are you ready to have a baby? This is a question every future mother must ask herself, and it’s a tougher one to answer. There are many variables to consider. You might think you are ready based on your job or financial situation. Maybe you just bought a new house or car and can't wait to fill them with … [Read more...] about Are You Ready to Have a Baby?
As a working mother, it can be difficult to balance your career and home life. You want to spend as much time with your kids as possible, but at the same time there are plenty of bills to be paid. Here are some childcare options for you to consider: The Obvious: Pre-school If your children are young enough, pre-school is a great alternative. They're interacting with kids their own age, making … [Read more...] about Childcare Options for the Working Mother
Marriage is most traditionally thought of as the promise and commitment between two people to spend their lives together; however, it has also, since its origins, held another more underlying meaning: the means to propagation, i.e. the first step in starting a family. There was a time when no married couple would even consider not having children; it simply was not done. Sure, there have always … [Read more...] about Childfree and Carefree: A Growing Trend toward Happiness
Sometimes life gets busy. You've got dinner cooking, the phone is ringing, and the kids are screaming. You ask your firstborn to pick up their mess, and from their mouth comes the dreaded word "no." With all the chaos mounting around you, it would be easy to blow off your child's attitude and worry about the clean-up later. My tip to you: don't wait. Ignoring the situation at hand is only going to … [Read more...] about Never Let Your Child Tell You "No"
Congratulations! You just bought a car, a house, started a new job, or had a baby. Lucky you - now you’re being inundated with advice and tips from those around you, and the stress is beginning to take its toll. You’re thankful for their care but some of the advice you’re given makes you rethink your relationship with them. Their advice, simply put, is terrible. It may be that you just don’t … [Read more...] about How to Graciously Accept Unwanted Advice
This month, Miss Millennia celebrates and discusses the issue of pregnancy—its wonders, its challenges, and several health and safety tips to ease its concerns. Pregnancy is thought of as a beautiful, exciting, even magical experience, and, of course, one of life’s most vital. Having children is obviously life-changing; however, pregnancy is not the only method for going about it. Adoption is and … [Read more...] about Reasons to Consider the Adoption Option
There are many preconceived notions that moderate and strenuous exercise can be harmful to expecting mothers and their unborn children; however, this is simply not the case. Exercise helps keep your body fit and healthy, making your pregnancy and contingent labor easier on your body. Exercise keeps your muscles and joints in shape, which will help alleviate a great deal of discomforts caused by … [Read more...] about Fit Mamas-To-Be
In today's modern society, it's commonplace for women to hold careers while raising children. With women being outnumbered and underpaid, as compared to men in the work field, according to recent studies, many don't want to lose their positions of recognition to become a stay-at-home mom. This is a tough choice and something every mother must decide for herself. If you choose to work while … [Read more...] about Pregnancy in the Workplace: How Pregnancy Affects Your Career