Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is a wife and mom to four 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.

Your Dog Actually Loves To Cuddle For Pretty Much All The Same Reasons You Do

They’re not called man’s (or, ahem, woman’s) best friend for nothing — dogs and their owners have had a notoriously close relationship for generations. These days our furry friends are more likely to be emotional companions than hunting partners,…
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A Cheese Advent Calendar Is Coming To Target & You'll Want To Eat It All At Once

Christmas junkies everywhere, take note: A new Advent calendar is on the market and people are losing their minds. Target has announced that this holiday season it will be carrying a groundbreaking little countdown to Christmas made of, wait for it,…
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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Baby Could Be Born Under A Stubborn Zodiac Sign

The internet is all abuzz with the the latest news out of Kensington Palace: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby, just months after the fairy tale wedding we all drooled over not long ago. When the news was officially…
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Get Yourself In The Halloween Groove With These Spooky, Silly Quotes

With Halloween just around the corner, creative juices everywhere are pumping. After all, is there any other holiday that ignites the imagination quite like All Hallow’s Eve? Whether you are sewing handmade costumes, carving elaborate jack o’…
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Here's Why Fundal Height Changes Shouldn't Stress You Out

Your doctor or midwife has been measuring your belly to assess fundal height, or the size of your uterus, at each of your monthly or bi-weekly appointments. And so far, your baby has appeared to be growing right on track. But now that you're at the…
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Here's What's Really Happening To Your Kid When They Become An Older Sibling

When I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant with our fourth child, I immediately worried about our third, who was still less than a year old. We'd never had children so close together, and I was concerned that it would be damaging for my sweet…
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If You've Gone Past Your Due Date, Here's The Baby Movement You Need To Look For

My first two labors were right on time, so I was completely unprepared for the horror show that was being a week overdue my third time around. Sleep deprived and highly uncomfortable, I obsessed not only about when I would be put out of my very…
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For Pain Relief During Labor, You May Want To Try The Double Hip Squeeze

The pain of labor is renowned for a reason: it's pretty excruciating. And while epidurals and other pain medications are awesome, not every woman wants to or can use them in labor. Luckily, Mother Nature has gifted women with countless ways to…
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Here's How Your Baby Actually Affects The Start Of Labor & Your Contractions

It's the end of what feels like an eternal pregnancy, and you're looking for any and every sign that labor might be starting. Maybe you're having Braxton-Hicks contractions. Maybe you've even lost your mucus plug. You're on pins and needles waiting…
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Baby Laundry Detergent Smells Like Heaven, But Is It Really Necessary?

When you're preparing for the arrival of your first baby, many people will advise you to purchase a laundry detergent specifically designated for infant use. Mainstream wisdom says that everything your newborn is going to touch — onesies, burp…
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OK, Your Kid's Actually Doing A *Ton* Of Brain Work When They Stand On Their Heads

The world of toddlerhood is a fascinating one. People frequently tell me that they could watch my toddler explore the world all day long, so insatiable is his curiosity — not to mention that contagious joy we all want to soak up. But little kids do…
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Love It Or Hate It, Sour Patch Kids Candy Corn Halloween Candy Is Baaack

For those of us who have just barely finished the mad dash that are the "back to school" days, it seems awfully early to be thinking about Halloween. Can I get a moment to catch my breath before diving in to plans of whose going to wear what costume…
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10 Quotes For Grandparents Day That Will Give Them All The Feels

Nothing invokes my envy like having a friend mention that her kids went to grandma's for the weekend. As someone raising children states away from extended family, I'm certain that friends like this don't know what a good thing they've got. Still,…
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It Sounds Legit Terrifying, But Here's Why Your Pregnant Belly Is Measuring "Ahead"

As if the comments from strangers in the checkout line on the size of your belly weren't enough, your OB-GYN's measuring tape is now confirming what you felt to be true: Your baby bump is more of a boulder. And while you might be ready to snap at…
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Here's What Science *Really* Knows About The Effects Of Caffeine During Pregnancy

If you've been pregnant for more than a minute, you've picked up on the fact that society has some serious prejudices against expectant mamas drinking coffee. And perhaps it's fair enough: When our mothers were pregnant, the standard medical advice…
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I Was Determined Not To Have A Picky Eater — I Got One Anyway

When my first baby started eating solids, I was determined to do everything right. I exposed him to a wide variety of flavors and textures and strictly limited the amount of sweets he took in — even healthy sweets like fruit. I didn't want my child…
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If Your Picky Eater Would Rather Starve, Here's What A Nutritionist Wants You To Know

My 4-year-old is driving me bananas. Every morning we wake up to the same thing: He's grumpy, yet won't eat more than a couple of bites of anything I put in front of him. Within half an hour, he's throwing tantrums and beating up his brothers. I…
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If Your Due Date's Come & Gone, Here's When Your Doctor May Mention An Induction

I've only had one baby go past his due date — and that was one too many for my taste. My midwife finally got things going by stripping my membranes for the second time (she had tried once the week prior), so I didn't have to have a formal induction.…
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There's A Really Important Reason Why Your Baby Loves Snoozing On Your Shoulder

There's just nothing like snuggling with a squishy newborn. The combination of the sweet smell, deep breathing, and perfect contentment is a sensation unmatched by anything else I've known. And since every parent knows that the phrase "sleeping like…
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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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