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.

What Docs Say About Using Epsom Salts During Pregnancy With High Blood Pressure

Even on the most sedentary of days, a pregnant woman's muscles can ache. Add in a long day at work, chasing after toddlers, and taking care of things around the house and you have a compelling reason for hopping into a soothing bath at night. When…
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5 Natural Tick Repellents That Are Totally DEET-Free & Actually Work

It feels like the best thing you can do for your kids in the summer is encourage them to play outdoors, but that can come with some scary health risks. Besides the bumps and bruises they can get while playing outdoors, there's also the chance they…
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9 Festive Fourth Of July Activities For Babies, Because You Want Them To Have Fun, Too

Celebrating the Fourth of July pre-parenthood a pretty easy affair — figure out what you want to do and go do it. Now that there's a baby in your family, it's slightly more complicated. In many ways, this is the most portable your baby will be and…
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13 Festive & Fun Fourth Of July Activities To Do With Your Toddler All Week Long

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, there's no clear weekend to designate "July 4th Weekend." This can be really freeing — you can celebrate the weekend before, on Wednesday itself, the weekend after, or any combination of the…
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Change The Way You Read With These 8 Hacks From Speed Reading Coaches

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the reading you've been meaning to do. Whether you've got a ton of beach reads on your Kindle, you have lots of papers to get through for work, or you're finally enrolled in that class you've been…
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Is Safeway Open On July 4th? Because There's Always Something You Need At The Last Minute

It's almost July 4th and while you can't control the weather for your get together, you can make sure you have all the food and drinks you need. Some folks think the holiday isn't complete without some grill time. Others rely more on salads or…
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Backyard Fireworks Aren't Totally Banned In New Jersey — Here's What's Allowed

Thinking of July 4th, we picture backyard barbecues, picnics on the beach, hanging with friends, and after the sun goes down, fireworks. Some families light the night waving around sparklers, some blast bottle rockets on their driveways, and others…
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Is Trader Joe's Open On July 4th 2018? Don't Expect Their Usual Wednesday Hours

If you are a Trader Joe's groupie (and once you go, you tend to join the following), you come to count on their unique-to-them products when planning a get together. Head into a Trader Joe's and you find all these delicious things that you didn't…
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If You Plan On Shopping At Whole Foods On July 4th, Get There Early

Getting ready to have a house full of people on July 4th? Bringing your fave dish to the neighbor's house or dragging coolers of meat to the beach or the park? If so, it only follows that sometime before the holiday, you'll need to stock up on all…
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Is Publix Open On The 4th Of July? You Might Need Some Last Minute Items For Your BBQ

Whether you're having a small family dinner or a big gala barbecue in your backyard this July 4th, it's vital to know what your food resources are, especially if you are super-busy or a high-level procrastinator and can't shop until the big day. The…
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Here's Why Some Babies Have Watery Eyes All The Time, Even When They're Not Crying

You have a new baby and can't stop staring at them. They are gushingly adorable and absolutely perfect. Except you look a little closer and notice something's amiss: their beautiful eyes look like they are a little watery. Or they wake up after a…
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13 Movies On Netflix That You & Dad Can Both Enjoy Watching On Father's Day

No matter what kind of relationship you have with your dad, you might be looking for something to do with him on Father's Day after brunch and before the barbecue. It could be fun to take a little time a pick a flick you both might enjoy. If you…
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Meghan Markle's Go-To Nail Salon In London Is Surprisingly Affordable

When you become a duchess, your new country and, really, the whole world, expects you to be perfectly polished and coiffed at all times. There's no room for chipped nail polish or a scruffy pony tail when you run to the market for a quart of milk.…
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Yes, Dogs Can Get Mosquito Bites, & They Can Actually Be Really Dangerous

Summer is a great time to play outside with your dog. The grass is green and inviting and the weather is great – what better time to throw a ball with your dog or go on an hours-long walk? Unfortunately, all this natural beauty and the extra…
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11 Best Father-Daughter Movies On Netflix, That Will Totally Make You Appreciate Your Dad

Ever since Sophocles wrote Electra and Shakespeare wrote King Lear, father-daughter relationships have been the stuff of high drama. It's a relatable bond and the emotions are extremely powerful. Anyone who has ever watched Full House knows that…
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Give Your Single Mom Props This Father's Day With One Of These Sweet Memes

Single moms are superheroes. They do everything that parents want to and don't want to do without any backup. There's ample opportunity to celebrate them on Mother's Day and heartfelt social media tributes are plentiful on that holiday, but if Mom's…
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Here's When Dentists Want You To Bring Your Baby In For Their First Checkup (Hint: ASAP)

Taking care of your kids' teeth is as important as taking care of the rest of their bodies. Looking at your toothless wonder, it may be hard to imagine a life full of dental visits, orthodontia, and maybe even oral surgery (because wisdom teeth…
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10 Ways To Insta-Declare Your Love For Your Doggy BFF

A friend of mine, whose kids got her a dog she didn't ask for and didn't want, recently posted a pic on Facebook of the dog, declaring, "Happy Puppy Day to MY best friend" with a whole bunch of love emojis. That a dog could convert a non-lover into…
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10 Sentimental Instagram Captions That'll Warm Your Bestie's Heart On National BFF Day

June 8 is Best Friend Day and this is the kind of holiday that's perfect for social media. Find your fave pic of you and your best buddy hanging out and think of something to say that will tell the world how you feel about them. Feel free to gush.…
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How Do You Know It's Time To Use Toothpaste? Hint: Peek In Their Mouth

Tooth care is something that's drilled into us at an early age. Brush! Floss! Don't eat sticky sweets! And if you don't take good care, you get the ultimate punishment — cavities, or holes in your teeth that now require a Novocaine shot and a drill.…
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