January 8, 2009

Parenting doesn’t get easier just because you’re rich

Guess what? If you are rich, you could probably afford to hire more household help. But at the end of the day, unless you are a terrible parent who will let your nannies raise your kids, you still have to deal with them.

“The marriage is experiencing frustrations because of the added stress of the twins (11-month-old Max and Emme),” a close source revealed. “But they will work things out. They love each other, and that will dictate what happens. I don’t think divorce is in the picture.”

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June 28, 2007

‘Momblocked’ mothers feel edged out by dads

“While I never thought that I would end up staying home with Sarah, I knew that I was fully capable of doing so,” says Brian Metz, McClure-Metz’s husband.

But almost four years into it, McClure-Metz began to feel her husband was maybe too capable. He had become more competent and assertive in the child-care arena and it showed in small ways. Metz took over when his wife struggled with the car seat, or put the kibosh on plans when he thought their daughter needed down time.

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February 8, 2007

How to Keep Passion Alive During Pregnancy

SAN DIEGO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — February 08, 2007 — Popular family-fitness therapist Sara Holliday, MFT, CPT, introduces “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” — an engaging and information-packed weekly program for pregnant women. Each week, beginning February 10th, 2007, Sara and a “guest expert” will conduct a live conference call designed to help expecting mothers learn about and discuss the issues that are most important to their pregnancy. These include relationships, fitness and nutrition, makeup, skincare and fashion, how to prepare for labor and more. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and ask questions of Sara and her experts in the comfortable and familiar venue of a telephone conversation. The program is free and requires a simple registration via Sara’s company website, Fit By Sara, Inc., at FitBySara.com.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” will kick off with “Be My Baby, Valentine,” scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The program will highlight tried-and-true ways to keep passion alive during pregnancy, no matter what the mood. For many moms-to-be, pregnancy often coincides with feeling unattractive, uncomfortable and decidedly not sexy. This may create a conflict with the desire to be loved and comforted, leading to depression. Sara will discuss tips and techniques to help women overcome these feelings.

Sara says, “I wanted a way to bring pregnant women together from all over the country in a dynamic and relaxed environment while providing real-life answers to the most pressing questions about one of the most important events in their life — their pregnancy. The ‘Pregnancy Talk with Sara’ program is an opportunity for women to learn about and discuss pregnancy-related concerns and ask questions they may be afraid or reluctant to ask — all in an intimate and supportive environment.”

A licensed marriage-family therapist specializing in pre- and postnatal issues and a mother of two young boys, Sara looks forward to bringing her pregnancy-related expertise to pregnant women across the country. “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” programs are held each Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST beginning February 10, 2007 and ending March 3, 2007 and will have a conversational-style format ranging between 30 to 60 minutes, including a question-and-answer segment. There will also be a weekly contest for prizes and a grand prize giveaway of an InStep stroller (SRP $99.95) from InStep for one lucky participant.

All information and registration materials for the “Pregnancy Talk with Sara” program can be found at www.fitbysara.com.

January 28, 2007

The Best Gift for Your Guy This Valentine’s Day is You


(ARA) – With the most kissable day around the corner, couples scramble to find the most meaningful and personal gift for Valentine’s Day. With flowers, candy and stuffed animals being so stereotypical and other gifts being costly, why not give the one thing that brought you together in the first place: You!

Valentine’s Day is a great reason to get a makeover and unveil the new you. Not only will you feel great, your special guy will adore the dreamy new look of the woman he fell in love with. A hot new you doesn’t need to come from expensive doctors or spa treatments. Try these ideas at home for a ravishing appearance that is bound to surprise and delight him:

So many of us fall into hair ruts each day as our mornings are short and styling time is sacrificed. For Valentine’s Day, do something out of the ordinary. If you wear your hair down, try an updo; if you often wear a ponytail, leave locks to flow down your back. Wispy curls can add romance to any hairdo. If you are really ambitious, try a new shade or add some highlights.

Despite the large wardrobes that most women have, the amount of clothing they actually wear is small. Look through some of those items that got pushed to the back of the closet. Maybe there’s that little black dress you forgot about that you wore on your first date. Does he have a favorite outfit that you don’t usually wear, but could surprise him with? And don’t forget about shoes! High heels give you a feminine confidence and make legs appear sleek and long, something he is sure to notice.

A study conducted by Kelton Research of 600 men determined the high importance of a kiss-worthy mouth. A beautiful, white smile is one of the first things partners find attractive in one another and nearly half of the men surveyed stressed that white teeth are a deciding factor for a second date. It’s easy to keep smiles bright with Crest Whitestrips Premium. Use them just twice a day for 30 minutes and start to see results after just three days, with full results in seven. They’re perfect for men and women alike who don’t want to spend a lot of money. So pucker-up and give your sweetie a whiter, more kissable smile this Valentine’s Day.

The finishing touches to your look are in the details. For example, jewelry with a little sparkle can add glamour to your look and dangle earrings can draw more attention to your face. Maybe there’s something special he’s given you that you can wear. Make sure you smell delicious by lightly spraying on his favorite perfume. Polish with a bit of makeup. Try dark smoky eyes for an exotic, mysterious look. A glossy lipstick will add to your already beautiful smile.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t fret over what gift to give your special guy. Give him what he loves above anything else…you! He will be surprised at your new romantic look and impressed that you went through all the effort just for him (we won’t tell him that you didn’t mind all the work). For more information on a gorgeous white smile, visit www.whitestrips.com.

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February 11, 2006

8 Tips for Enjoying Valentine’s Day Even If Your Marriage Isn’t Perfect

Marriage Counseling Advice: Eight Tips for Enjoying Valentine’s Day Even If Your Marriage Isn’t Perfect

Marriage counseling coach Nancy Wasson has Valentine’s Day advice for spouses in “less-than-perfect” marriages: “Keep the day in perspective, plan ahead, and find ways to show love to yourself and others.”

Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) February 6, 2006 — Marriage counseling coach Nancy Wasson says that Valentine’s Day brings up a mixture of feelings for many spouses. “For some,” she states, “it’s a happy day, full of anticipation and fun. But for others, it’s a painful reminder of what’s missing in their marriage.”

Wasson shares that when spouses are having serious marriage problems or even just an unresolved minor tiff, Valentine’s Day can present a challenge. “It’s hard for wives to watch co-workers receive bouquets of roses at work and to hear friends talk about special dinner plans and other romantic gestures from their husbands when they’re not in the same situation.”

She adds that it’s also difficult for husbands who want to show love and affection but are stymied by their wife’s lack of response or passion. According to Wasson, “Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration time for lovers. For couples who aren’t feeling romantic towards each other, February 14th can be a depressing day.”

She has an eight-step strategy for coping with Valentine’s Day, even when a marriage relationship is strained:

• Keep Valentine’s Day in perspective. It gets a lot of publicity at the time, but remember that it’s only one day of the year. As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” On February 15th, it’s all over except for the half-price left-over Valentine’s candy in the drug store.

• Remember that just because it looks like others have wonderful or desirable marriages and attentive, loving spouses doesn’t make it so. If you could see behind the scenes, you’d see that the truth is often very different from the exterior appearance. Just because a spouse gives the partner a flashy Valentine’s gift doesn’t mean the marriage is healthy and satisfying.

• Plan ahead so that you have some fun activities for the day or evening. If things are strained with your spouse, plan a special lunch or dinner with a close friend. Or you might decide to see a movie or have a massage after work. Be proactive about making plans and schedule something you’ll look forward to.

• Give yourself a Valentine’s Day present. Gifts to consider include a new CD, a book, clothing, sports equipment, a facial, a session with a personal trainer, or enrollment in a gym or night class. While you’re at it, buy a bouquet of tulips or other fresh flowers to brighten up your house or office.

• Pamper yourself. Slow down and take time for yourself in the little ways that count. Eat well, get enough rest, slow the pace down, and build in some relaxation time. Be good to yourself—you deserve it. And don’t forget to laugh. Be your own valentine and treat yourself with love and respect.

• Count your love blessings. Make a list of all the people who show their love and caring for you throughout the year. Include family and friends, as well as the neighbor who always volunteers to feed your cat when you’re out of town and the co-worker who looks out for your interests. Then take a moment to savor the feeling of gratitude for being so richly blessed.

• Send cards, notes, emails, or phone messages to the people in your life who are your “loved ones.” Remember how much fun it used to be when you were a child to get valentine cards and little candy hearts with messages such as “I Love You” or “Be my Friend”? Find a way to express your caring and gratitude to the special people on your “Love Blessings” list. You’ll make their day!

• Let your love, caring, and compassion for others shine brightly in everything you say or do on Valentine’s Day. Give the gift of yourself to others all day long. Print out the following quote and read it throughout the day to remind you of the power of love and giving:

“Each time anyone comes into contact with us,
They must become different and better people
Because of having met us…
We have been created in order to love and to be loved.
Love does not measure…it just gives.”
—Mother Teresa

Spouses don’t have to wait until their marriage is problem-free to enjoy Valentine’s Day, says Wasson. “And even more importantly, the bigger picture is that they don’t have to wait until their marriage is perfect to enjoy life. Now that’s something to celebrate!”

Marriage counselor Nancy Wasson, Ph.D., has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for more than twenty years. She coaches couples in unhappy marriages and provides immediate help through the privacy of telephone and email consultations. She is the author of “Keep Your Marriage: What to Do When Your Spouse Says ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore!’ ” She offers a free weekly marriage advice newsletter at www.KeepYourMarriage.com.