When my 41-year-old husband died of lymphoma, I was left a 36-year-old widowed mother of four: a 3-year-old son and 17-year-old triplets, my stepchildren. (We had full custody of one and partial custody of of the other two). After my husband’s death, my life was in shambles — financially and emotionally. To make matters worse,
Almost five years ago, when I was 29, I decided to undergo genetic testing to learn whether I had inherited a BRCA2 mutation. My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and we had discovered that she had a BRCA2 mutation during my senior year of college. This meant that I had a fifty percent
If you’re expecting a baby boy today or tomorrow (well, first of all, good luck!), you may be somewhat stressed about selecting the perfect name to honor the season. Or maybe you just hope your soon-to-be kid will grow to love holiday cheer so much he wants to carry it with him all year. Either
It might be news to toy stores that label their aisles “boys toys” and “girls toys” (or grandparents who insist your daughter would really like a miniature vacuum cleaner for her birthday while your son needs a train set), but kids don’t care about gender. And if they do, it’s because we have conditioned them
Pin Getting any sort of health-related testing can be nerve-wracking: Odds are that you’re fine, but you know there’s always a chance of getting bad news. Sometimes, though, the results aren’t straightforward. In other words, you might get a call letting you know you need further testing. This is especially common after a mammogram, when
Chia seeds have been our go-to for a few years now, whether we’re making a healthy pudding for breakfast or dessert, adding them to our kombucha for a nutritional boost or using them as an egg substitute in our vegan baking. But there’s another seed out there that could be chia’s long-lost twin: the basil
"The Pioneer Woman," Ree Drummond, wants you to cook up some fun — not just in your actual kitchen, but with her new Barbie kitchen play set too. Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Barbie kitchen play set comes complete with a neon-hued kitchen, cooking tools and a Barbie doll that looks just like her too. (Well,
Everyone on the planet now knows that Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, will spawn a new royal in the spring of 2019. The big announcement was made with great fanfare on Monday. Palace officials said very little, though — which is why we were tickled pink (or blue?) to find that ET dug
Pin It happens every. Single. Year. As soon as kids are back in school and day care after summer break, the sniffles start. At first, they sound innocent enough; then, you hear a little cough or two. And finally, just as the weather starts to turn really chilly, everyone in your household is showing full-on flu symptoms.
As a kid, waiting to see if there would be any new Girl Scout cookie flavors was always one of the most exciting parts of the year. There were hits (I would sell my husband for one more box of Praline Royales) and flops (cinnamon-oatmeal raisin bars aren’t cookies for the love of God), but
For a long time, I thought getting shingles was something that could only happen to you once you reached the age of 60 or older. But after a friend of mine had it in his 30s and was in quite a bit of pain, I realized it’s not a virus only older people can get.
Your crab cakes are trying to kill you. In what can only be treated as their final act of revenge, crabs from Venezuela have been discovered to be contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio parahaemolyticus that’s now infecting people who dare to consume them. The crab that is suspected to be the source of the
We’re always trying to add more veggies to our diet, but it seems like every time we do, we’re thwarted by news of yet another outbreak. Usually, we find ourselves cowering in fear of being contaminated by E. coli, listeria or salmonella, but this time, it’s parasites that we need to watch out for. Yeah,
A few weeks ago, I tweeted the following: “No offense to literally all of you, but if the entirety of Twitter disappeared except for @chrissyteigen and @Adaripp, I would be just fine with that.” I wouldn’t say this tweet went “viral,” but it did reach slightly beyond the audience of people who choose to follow
Thomas Markle — the only person in the world who can get away with calling the new Duchess of Sussex, formerly known to us Americans as just Meghan Markle, by her childhood nickname "Bean" — isn’t exactly shy about talking to the media about his famous daughter. We can’t imagine Meghan and Prince Harry are
If you ever thought bell peppers, spaghetti squash, zucchini or peppers were bland, boring and were never main-course material, oh, you were sorely mistaken. Some of the best meals are as simple as taking your favorite vegetables and stuffing them with tasty, ooey-gooey goodness. And you can be as healthy or as decadent as you