Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is a wife and mom to three boys through adoption and her birth canal. Shannon enjoys hosing mud off children, scrubbing sticky furniture, and rushing to the ER to have nails extracted from small intestines.

These Pregnancy Sweat Relief Tips Will Help Keep The Pit Stains Away

The miracle of life is beautiful, but let's be honest: Pregnancy comes with some totally whack symptoms. What will your body do next? Who knows! It should be a drinking game — except, oh yeah, you can't drink. One such inconvenient pregnancy side…
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There's A Reason Why Mom Jealousy Is So Exhausting, & It's All Because Of Your Brain

I'm as guilty of it as anyone: I see another mom and immediately assess how I'm falling short. Whether I'm scrolling through social media or having a playdate at a friend's house, it seems there is no escaping the green monster. I don't want to be…
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Here's When It's Safe To Give Your Toddler A Pillow, According To Experts

My best friend and I have 2-year-olds who are only weeks apart, and while her little boy has been sleeping in a toddler bed for months, I have no plans to move mine out of the confines of his crib anytime soon. When my friend's son transitioned to a…
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Here's The Nitty Gritty On How Day Care *Actually* Affects Your Baby's Brain

For working moms, putting a baby in day care is often one of the hardest and most emotional parts of new motherhood. It's never easy to leave your baby in the hands of someone else, no matter how capable or qualified they may be, and it is natural…
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Here's How Breastfeeding Over A Year *Really* Impacts Your Baby's Brain

I'm currently breastfeeding a baby for the third time and debating how long to continue. One son nursed for about 17 months, but I weaned the next one at 12 months because I had gotten pregnant again. That baby is now 7 months old and my age,…
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Experts Say Mom Brain Is From Lack Of Sleep, But What Else Is Causing That Fog?

My friends and I joke about it all the time: Since about mid-way through our first pregnancies, our brains seem to have stopped working and have coasted on half juices ever since. We forget appointments, deadlines, and our underwear. We can't…
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Here's How To Help Your Baby Avoid The Dreaded Car Seat Sweats This Summer

My son was born the day after Christmas in the Midwest, so for months I fretted extensively about whether he was warm enough, especially when we were in the car. But now that summer has rolled around, the temps are so high that those days feel like…
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The 10 Biggest Sunblock Mistakes Might Not Be As Obvious As You Think

'Tis the season, parents — the season for sunburned shoulders and tantrums over sunblock application, that is. As fun as the long summer days can be with children, its no secret that putting sunscreen on kids is kind of the bane of a parent's…
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Here's Why You May Want To Remove That Cradle Cap ASAP

It's a sad fact of life, but a fact nonetheless, that the more babies I have, the fewer baths they get. And if my informal polls are any indication, I'm not the only one this happens to. So when, after a few months of life, my youngest son developed…
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Turns Out, Your Baby Can Chow Down On Eggs Earlier Than You Thought

My son is 6 months old and we've begun trying solid foods. At this age, eating solids is still mostly a learning experience, allowing him to touch, taste, and smell the sensory delights; he also loves the social aspect of joining in with the rest of…
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If Your Toddler Has Cavities, Here's How Their Dentist Will Fill Them

I'll admit it: My supervision over the dental hygiene of my third toddler is way worse than it was with my first. When my oldest son was 2, I was a veritable tooth brushing machine; now, entire days might go by before I look twice at my third son's…
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OK, So Apparently Some Really Gross Stuff Can Happen If You Don't Wash Your Swimsuit

Summer is definitely time for a laid-back attitude: Responsibilities lighten, schedules open up, and the daylight drags on for hours. It's positively delicious to be able to finally just chill out, but it can be all too tempting to use summertime as…
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Here's When You Can Expect To See Your First Drops Of Breast Milk During Pregnancy

Before having children, I naively assumed that the only thing to really change about a woman's body during pregnancy was the growth of her stomach. (Ignorance is bliss.) But now, after three pregnancies, I've seen my body do wackier things than I…
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Here's What You Need To Know About Lighting Fireworks In Georgia This 4th Of July

So you live in the great state of Georgia and, in fine Southern fashion, are plotting an epic 4th of July celebration next week. You've invited friends, planned the barbecue menu, and even picked up some new red, white, and blue shirts for every…
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20 Inspirational Quotes From Presidents For The 4th Of July

Remember when we had U.S. presidents who were thoughtful and intelligent enough to actually quote? Those were the days. Even if we disagreed with their politics, most of us could find at least some redeemable quality about either their character or…
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Here's What Experts Want You To Know About Teaching Your Kid To Swim Underwater

I hit the summer jackpot with my first kid: He is an absolute fish. Even as a toddler, his love of water knew no bounds. He was never scared to put his head under, never scared to let go of our hands, and he was a natural swimmer doing flips in the…
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Here's What You Need To Know If You're Suddenly Hit With Diarrhea Near Your Due Date

As the days after my due date began ticking by unceremoniously last December, I started looking for any and every possible sign that labor was impending. Although I had given birth twice before, I didn't feel like a veteran. On the contrary, most…
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Midwives *Swear* By These Remedies For Those Dreaded Pregnancy Leg Cramps

I've now been pregnant three times and they've all been uncomplicated and relatively mild. While carrying a human being for nine months is never a walk in the park, I've had the good fortune to not have to worry about the health of my baby or deal…
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7 Pregnancy Shaving Tips, Because Personal Hygiene Is Getting Harder These Days

I'll admit it: By the eighth month of my last pregnancy I completely abandoned all attempt at shaving my legs above the shins. Luckily for me, it was November in the Midwest so only my husband knew the difference thanks to a closet full of maternity…
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5 Old Wives' Tales About Your Baby Being Born With Lots Of Hair

I can't go to a salon without the stylist commenting on the massive amount of thick hair on my head; it's happened every trip for as long as I can remember, even when I was a little girl. So I guess it should come as no surprise that my babies have…
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