Author name: Maria Ellis

Maria Ellis is a news writer at Barclay Bryan Press. Her areas of interest include arts, automotive, travel, and fashion. Maria has always been a storyteller. She started writing in high school and continues to regularly contribute to various publications. In addition to her work at Barclay Bryan Press, Maria is also an avid reader who loves learning about new places and cultures.

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This egg donor received an emotional letter from a a grateful family, and she was left in tears

A first-time egg donor at California egg bank YourEggs was left in tears after receiving a heartfelt and touching letter from a family in need of a donation, saying the donation leaves an “indelible mark” on their lives. The family hoped their letter showed how much of a life-changing effect egg donation can have on […]

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Climate anxiety disproportionately burdens moms: Here’s why 

Recent research indicates that women tend to express more concern about climate change than men.  The underlying reasons for this disparity are not yet known. Some theorize that in their maternal roles, women may instinctively bear the emotional weight for themselves and their children, interconnected by an emotional bond. Moms understand when one child suffers, the entire family

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Teaching my children to be good citizens: How to foster empathy through philanthropic giving

In our house, donating to charity is as routine as washing the dishes.  But just like washing the dishes, my kids didn’t adopt this habit overnight or on their own. As someone with 15 years of experience in global health and human services, and now the Chief Program Officer at Charity Navigator, I’ve seen firsthand

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Easy ways to support your family’s brain health with Organic Valley® Family First™

As a mom, keeping your family healthy can feel like a never-ending marathon. From dodging that stomach bug that’s floating around your kid’s classroom to leading by example with eating and exercise habits, we’re all doing our best to raise healthy, strong kids (and prioritize our own health, too!). That’s where brands like Organic Valley®

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Right before he sets off for college, my teen wants to hang out with me—be still my heart

A few weeks ago, in the middle of a sunny, almost-warm late February day, Alex walked into the kitchen and uttered these shocking words. “Hey, do you want to go on a walk with me?”  This wouldn’t be remarkable for any reason other than he’s 17. And given that he’s now a driving, almost adult,

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Olivia Wilde’s 7-year-old daughter has the best attitude about crushing on boys

When it comes to raising a strong, independent little lady, it seems Olivia Wilde has got it in the bag. The mom of two recently took to Instagram Stories to share an empowering note she found that was written by her 7-year-old daughter Daisy, and it’s clear that Daisy is already fierce and fabulous like

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16 Target best-sellers we’d never regret adding to our carts

There’s no denying it–Target will forever have us in its clutches. It’s where we go to wander the bright aisles, fill our carts with new treasures, and inevitably spend more than we planned. The numbers are staggering–according to data from Numerator for Business Insider, U.S. households spent an average of $2,278 at Target in 2022.

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