Cat Bowen

Cat Bowen is a deaf mom, writer, and perpetually curious individual. After graduating college studying nursing and English, she kept writing while being a stay-at-home-mom. Now working towards a PhD and writing for Romper, she'd be best described as "busy." She/Her

OMG, Amazon Has A New Oreo Subscription Box & It's Like A Dream Come True

I am Oreo's number one fan. In fact, it's gotten to the point that when I stroll down the cookie aisle at Target, my kids just grab a pack of my favorite chocolate cream or peanut butter Oreos and we keep moving. I am also a huge fan of the seasonal…
By Cat Bowen

Share These Hilarious Halloween Memes If You Want *All* The 'Haha' Reactions

Halloween is the best holiday in the history of ever. How can you go wrong with a holiday steeped in history, fun, and chocolate? I legitimately start decorating for Halloween in the middle of September, and I don't care if people judge me for it.…
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These Family Costumes Including Pets Are Your Furry Friend's Worst Nightmare

I love my dog. I have an adorable 4 year old Shih Tzu mix named Montana Wildhack. She's the scruffiest, cutest little thing, and my kids adore her even more than I do. Naturally, she's a huge part of all of our holiday celebrations, Halloween most…
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You Might Want To Be Extra Careful About Nitro Cold Brew During Pregnancy

I am a coffee fanatic. If I don't have my morning coffee, the world collapses, time starts running backwards, and the zombies win. I'm simply not designed to live an uncaffeinated life. Needless to say, pregnancy was not easy for me. Suddenly, I had…
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When It Comes To Breastfeeding & Birth Control, Here's What You Really Need To Know

It seems preposterous that our bodies should be able to get pregnant soon after giving birth. Seriously, evolution, give us a break. But even if you're not ready for another baby, you may be concerned about how contraception affects your current…
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Y'all, Literally Everything At Gap Is 40% Off, & You're Going To Want To Stock Up

I am a dyed-in-the-wool Gap fan — I started wearing their clothes way back when their logo was just GAP on a white t-shirt. I've had countless pairs of Gap jeans, Gap khakis, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I recently purchased a pair of Gap…
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Labor Might Be On Its Way If You Can't Stop Vacuuming & Washing Baby Clothes

In the last weeks of my pregnancies, I became a tornado of cleaning, organizing, decorating, and yes, nitpicking. I went deep into nesting mode and didn't see the other side until I was so exhausted from giving birth that I no longer cared if I…
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Some Women Swear By Tacos For Inducing Labor, But Does It Actually Work?

Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, and in honor of that, I thought I'd thought I'd take a look at one of the most talked about foods that supposedly send you into labor — tacos. Specifically, Taco Bell. There are scores of women in message boards across…
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If You're Looking For Halloween Costumes For Your Triplets, These 10 Are *Perfect*

Kids' costumes are adorable in general, but there is just something magically cute when multiples are involved. Twins and triplets are so much more common now than they were back even when I was growing up, and parents are finding even more creative…
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These Halloween Costumes For Adults Are Less Than $30 & You Can Find Them On Amazon

Halloween can get oh-so-expensive. Between all the decorations, the candy, and don't forget the party booze, the dollars start to add up. Potentially the most expensive piece of Halloween is the costume. For people like me (read: former theater…
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Here's How An Epidural Really Impacts Your Blood Pressure During Labor

Everyone knows that medical procedures have risk. It's the nature of the beast that even routine interventions can have unintended consequences. While many of the risks and side effects of certain popular procedures — like an epidural — are well…
By Cat Bowen

Non-Toxic Halloween Makeup That's Safe For Kids Is Easier To Find Than You Think

Halloween is fast approaching, and for many families, this means going all-out on costumes and cosmetics to achieve the perfect disguise for all of the partying and trick-or-treating. Often that requires quite a bit of either theatrical-style makeup…
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These Are The 10 Most Anticipated Books Of Fall 2018, & You're Going To Want Them All

I am a compulsive reader. It's the one activity in my life that's an absolute non-negotiable. I need to read every day. I am so obsessed, I actually have a spreadsheet devoted to the books I've read, what I want to read, and a spreadsheet dedicated…
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OK, Here's The Actual Science Behind Essential Oils & Preventing Tears During Birth

Anyone who has ever had a baby vaginally can tell you how pushing out a human affects "down there." I am pretty sure my son actually designed his own exit out of my body, perhaps with a tiny hacksaw he somehow smuggled into my uterus. (At least…
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6 Of The Biggest Babywearing Mistakes You May Not Even Realize Are Dangerous

I wore my children from the time they were born until they were almost 3 years old. I loved the ease and convenience of strapping them in and going about my day, and while I loved the stroller for some things — like mall trips and amusement parks —…
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Kate Middleton Has Had These Boots For *14* Years, & Here's Where You Can Get Them

Kate Middleton is a style icon. Since she first burst onto the scene as Prince William's girlfriend, royal watchers everywhere have been glued to commentary about the Duchess' particularly well-kept fashion choices. Never one to be afraid to re-wear…
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You May Be Feeling Extra Emotional As Labor Gets Closer, & Here's Why

I was a moody mama when I was pregnant. Nary a day went by when I didn't want to unload on a random stranger or my husband. I was not great at being pregnant. In fact, I hated every minute of it, and I noticed that the more pregnant I got, the…
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What To Eat To Reduce Swelling During Pregnancy, Because You Really Miss Your Ankles

There was a period of my pregnancy where I felt more like a swollen balloon than a pregnant woman. My hands were like tennis balls tethered with strung sausage, my feet were full and achy, and let's not talk about my cankles. I think I had a calf…
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What Happens In A Man's Brain When He Has A Son Is More Surprising Than You Think

I will never understand what it's like to become a father. I imagine it is as central to one's own existence as motherhood, but colored by a different set of expectations and desires. When my husband and I first learned that I was pregnant, we were…
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This New Toilet Toy Is Every Kid's Gross Dream Come True

Have you ever played a board game where you're so bored that you start cheating just to finish it faster? I've thrown so many games of Chutes and Ladders and Memory that at this point, my kids probably question my ability to roll dice and count.…
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