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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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“Get yourself a snack” and other sage advice for making it through the day from Instagram sensation Caitlin Murray (aka Big Time Adulting)

Motherhood requires the ultimate “two things can be true once” mindset. You’d starve in order to feed your children, but just thinking of making dinner again makes you want to hide in a closet. You’d move heaven and earth to make your precious angels happy but if they scream from the backseat one more time, […]

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How to pump and not dump while traveling without your baby

Traveling as a breastfeeding mom without your little one can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. Whether you’re jetting off for work obligations or a much-needed break, the thought of being away from your baby while still maintaining your breastfeeding routine can be daunting. As someone who’s been there, done that—juggling during my previous role as

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Mom’s brilliant breakdown of how to teach your kid to clean their room is SO helpful

It’s easy to forget that things that overwhelm us can likely also overwhelm our kids, too. Like cleaning, for instance. On one hand, you just want them to keep their room clean for longer than 24 hours. On the other hand, it’s also a skill they need to be taught. Now, there’s a difference between

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How to teach kids about cancer—from a Certified Child Life Specialist

There’s nothing normal about talking to kids about cancer, but unfortunately, it’s rather common. And just because adults aren’t talking about it, doesn’t mean the kids aren’t thinking or worrying about it. In fact, talking about it can provide them with a sense of relief that they don’t have to make sense of things on

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12 one piece bathing suits that look incredible–but still let you chase littles without flashing anyone

Before you became a mom, there’s a good chance the phrase “beach day” or “pool day” stirred up images of relaxing, drink in hand, working on your tan and occasionally taking a dip to cool off. But times have changed, haven’t they my friend? Now, a trip to the water means hauling 80 pounds of

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Taylor Swift comes to Lady Gaga’s defense after ‘invasive’ pregnancy speculation

Even though by now it should be common knowledge that you should never ask if someone is pregnant—yes, even a celebrity—women are still subject to cruel and invasive commentary about their bodies. So when tabloid outlets and internet commenters saw paparazzi photos of Lady Gaga at her sister’s wedding—an invasion of privacy, in and of

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How the travel expert does it: Samantha Brown’s money-saving family trip hacks

For over 20 years, Samantha Brown has been showing television audiences the best places to visit and how to make the most of every adventure. As the former host of several Travel Channel series like “Great Hotels” and “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love”, this globetrotting expert has explored destinations around the world. But some of

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Effective communication requires good listening: Here’s the key to improving ALL your relationships

Listening to others is one of the most important skills to acquire. It is a competency used in all life settings—work, school, home—and in various roles, whether as a parent, student, friend, significant other, employee, boss, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin or neighbor.  Life revolves around relationships. Listening well is key to fostering good

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Mandy Moore shows off baby bump after announcing she’s having her own ‘Big 3’

Life imitates art for Mandy Moore, because she recently announced she’s expecting her own ‘big three’ soon. “This Is Us” fans were delighted to share in Moore’s baby news, which she revealed in a super sweet Instagram post on May 31. The actress shared a photo of her sons Gus, 3, and Ozzie, 19 months,

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