Shari Maurer

Shari Maurer gets to relive her teen years through her YA novels, including CHANGE OF HEART. Her favorite days are spent eating ice cream, reading a good book and hanging with her summer camp boyfriend/now husband and their three kids.
Recent Articles

If Your Toddler Has White Spots On Their Teeth, They're Getting Too Much Of This One Thing

Toddler teeth are adorable. They come in all shapes and sizes to create the most genuine smiles, and without a lifetime of coffee, tea and red wine, you'd think their teeth would be perfectly white. Sometimes they are, but sometimes toddlers have the…
By Shari Maurer

6 Ways Not Vaccinating Your Child Affects Them Later In Life

The issue of vaccinating babies is a bit of a hot button topic, with most people valuing and adhering to the recommended schedule of vaccines, but others expressing concern about the number, frequency, and safety of these routine shots. All of these …
By Shari Maurer

Breastfeeding Moms Should Be Exempt From Jury Duty, But Only These States Recognize That

Jury duty is a civic responsibility and with every defendant entitled to a jury of their peers, the courts need bodies in the seats of the jury box. Each week, citizens receive summonses that compel them to report to their local court, federal court,…
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7 Creepy Movies To Stream On Netflix On Friday The 13th

This April includes a Friday the 13th, typically known as the unluckiest day of the year. This might be the perfect night to break out your secret scary-movie-lover side and binge on a few of the best. If you are a Netflix user, you won't have access…
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These 23 Celebrities Shared Their Pregnancy Cravings & It Got *Weird*

Celebrities, they're just like us, right? While so many of them must be really disciplined eaters to maintain their model and actress-worthy bodies, I have to believe that when they are pregnant they indulge themselves, even if it's just a little. Wo…
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12 Things You Need To Add To Your Diaper Bag When Potty Training

Potty training is probably the messiest experience you'll go through when your kids are little. Even a kiddie who seems like they've mastered it can have accidents, and a parent needs to be prepared for every possibility. The key to this is planning.…
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9 Healthy Ways To Fall Asleep, Because You Could Use A Little Help Winding Down

It's very stressful when you can't fall asleep. Then the lack of sleep makes you feel more stressed. Worrying about why you aren't sleeping? That causes even more anxiety. Suddenly you're awake all night and useless the next day. While it may be temp…
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Fido Feeling Under The Weather? Here's How To Know If Your Dog Has A Cold

It's hard to watch our children suffer when they are sick, and the feelings can be similar when it's our canine kiddies who are under the weather. Doggie coughs, sneezes, and goopy eyes can cause concern. Your dog may also not be eating as much and j…
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Yes, Whole Foods Will Be Open On Easter, But Not With Their Normal Sunday Hours

Whether you're cooking an Easter feast for a big crowd or just making a typical Sunday dinner, it's always good to know if your go-to supermarket is open. Many shops close on big holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's) so they can give their e…
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What Parents Need To Know If They're Hoping For A Child Care Tax Benefit This Season

As Ben Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." It's that time of year again, when we try to wade through our finances from the previous year to file our state and federal taxes. As parents, you m…
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7 Cool Advantages Of Being Left-Handed (Looking At You, Obama)

Only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed, but lefties seem to have a big presence in the world of high-achievers. Though the difference seems to just simply be on the surface (which hand you use), research actually shows that are left-h…
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15 Kid-Friendly April Fools' Day Pranks That Won't Cost You A Penny

April Fools' Day Pranks can be fun and achieved with just a little effort and no cost. Life can be so rushed and serious these days, it's great to take advantage of this time and just be silly. April Fools' Day pranks can also become a family traditi…
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6 Fascinating Facts About Spring Babies: You Could Have A Leader On Your Hands

Does the season in which you are born affect you or are all seasons pretty equal? It turns out that there are many ways in which the your child's birth season could give you an insight into things to come. Whether you are expecting a baby in the next…
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7 Reasons Why A Fake Pregnancy Announcement Is Literally *The Worst* April Fools' Day Joke

We all have different ideas about what is truly funny. To some, the idea of spending April Fools' Day posting a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram update, complete with cutesy picture or cryptic message, that tells the world you're pregnant but ends in …
By Shari Maurer

The Most Popular Spring Birthday Comes With So Many Perks

Apparently, Spring is not a particularly popular time to give birth. Looking at the birth stats, you have a much greater chance of having a baby in the fall than in the spring, with nine of the top 10 dates falling in September. Upon calculation, tho…
By Shari Maurer

From $6 DIY Kits To $7 Action Figurines, The Toys "R" Us Easter Sale Is Pretty Amazing

With Toys "R" Us closing all of their stores in the next few months, this Easter might be a great time to shop their sales, as they're probably trying to get rid of as much as possible. It's sad that this kid-shopping icon is going out of business, b…
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Here's The History Of The Easter Bunny, Which Has Been Around Forever

Despite Easter being a deeply religious Christian holiday, for many people it's all about the bunny. If you played a word-association game and asked someone to give their answer to "Easter", you would very likely hear the word "bunny". Yet, nowhere i…
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14 Adorable Easter Basket Gifts Under $5 That Your Kids Will *Love*

Easter baskets can be tons of fun, both for you to make and for the kiddies to enjoy. Whether you are celebrating with your single child or a house full of kids, it's easy to put together some treats in a colorful basket, and doing it doesn't have to…
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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Bathe Your Baby Every Day

Nothing smells better than a freshly bathed baby. They're really cute after the bath, too, all cuddled up in a towel. Baths are also great for bedtime routines and for parent-baby bonding. They are calming and can bring order to your day. The only pr…
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7 Alcohol-Free St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas: You Don't Have To Be Drunk To Have Fun

St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland but his holiday has devolved into such a big party he seems to be the patron saint of booze, especially on March 17. There are so many reasons to keep this St. Patrick's Day a little drier or even totally f…
By Shari Maurer