Why Decent Sleep Is Crucial for Kids

With the first-day-of-school approaching, there’s a heightened concern to make sure that the kids are well rested.  Recent literature shows how crucial decent sleep is for growing children and adolescents and highlights the ways in which inadequate sleep can negatively affect their health, emotional well-being, and academic performance.  Check out the full story over on Mode.

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by Monica Marino at Mode


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Underwater Kids: Breathtaking Underwater Photography

Stunning, captivating and awe-inspiring – underwater photographs are unlike any images snapped on land.  We’ve rounded up wonderfully creative and breathtaking photos of children, taken by talented photographers, beneath the surface for our latest story over on Mode.

Have a look, and enjoy.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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On Comfort Zones and Filming a Commercial With The Home Depot

Consideration provided by The Home Depot via Mode Media.

There’s something to be said about stepping out of one’s comfort zone. In what almost feels like a former life, challenge was a constant. As a springboard diver; a new undergrad who took a vacation to Hawaii and didn’t get on that plane back home; a twenty-something year old who tried to conquer surfing (despite never being good at it) – the list goes on.  Motherhood, of course, presents a new set of mind-blowing challenges, with pieces of your heart literally running around outside of your body – that said, perhaps caution set in with the passing of years.  And so I’ve been trying to examine and challenge the ways in which I push myself both personally and professionally – and when an opportunity to film a commercial with The Home Depot came my way, I hung up my reservations and gave it a go.

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The funny thing is that as a builders’ wife I spend more time at our local Home Depot than I suppose I’d like to.  I tend to discuss all brand opportunities with my husband when determining if they resonate as a good fit, and he seriously tried to sell their Pergo Outlast+ flooring to me!  No persuasion needed, as the idea of leaving a spill for up to twenty four hours (without visible liquid damage) makes me want these sort of floors in my home. And just like my role in the commercial, I’m often the one to blame for the spills. Whoopsy Daisy!

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It’s definitely a trip to see my head pop up in the ads in my sidebar, and I’ve greatly appreciated the support among other writers who reached out to let me know that the commercial has been circulating in their website ads.  Although I’m far from Emmy material – I’m glad that I joined in this cool experience and had a look at the inner workings of production and all that goes into the filming process. It’s a ton! Thanks to team MODE and Home Depot for being so kind and supportive. Catch the full video below!

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Children’s Toys That Need To Be Broken Right Now

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While we often share things that we love, our latest story over on MODE focuses on things that we have grown to strongly dislike – the worst and most annoying children’s toys that need to be broken right now.  From insufferable, noisy, horrid and unsafe toys to mind-numbing things that create nothing but an epic mess.  Check out our full list of intolerable toys and perhaps use this list as a reference for gifting to children of parents that you despise.  While my own kids would have major beef with this list, as several of their current favorites have been deemed serious offenders – do let us know if you have anything to add.  And at all costs avoid letting these toys take residence in your precious home.

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by Monica Marino at Mode

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On National Siblings Day

Tomorrow, April 10th marks National Siblings Day, and I’m honoring my one-and-only with a bit of a walk down memory lane.

Here we are in our full-on 1980’s childhood glory. Just check out that slick suit on my big bro, my serious sock game, and that fantastic milk-box!

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Things have certainly changed from the days of having fresh milk delivered straight to our door – but unlike so many other things in life, sibling-hood remains a reassuring constant.

My children have their fair share of squabbles, but their steadfast bond is one of my greatest life blessings.  I’ve previously written about their tight-knit relationship, and I continue to be grateful to be able to bear witness to the uniqueness of it all.  In celebration of siblings and National Siblings Day, cheers to siblings everywhere!

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Signs From Deceased Loved Ones According To Psychics and Mediums

Perhaps someday I’ll be able to write about grief, but for right now, I’m merely bracing myself. Two weeks into losing a parent, I find grief of this magnitude to be suffocating.  And while I’m putting one foot in front of the other and moving on with life, and its obligations, I unexpectedly joined the ranks of people looking for signs from their deceased loved ones. Perhaps I’ve just gone loopy, and maybe I’ll always be looking for reassurance that my father’s soul, spirit, and love somehow live on. If you’ve found yourself in similar circumstances, visit my recent story for MODE, sharing what top psychics and mediums believe are in fact signs sent from deceased loved ones.

Check out What the Psychics Say About Signs From Deceased Loved Ones

by Monica Marino at Mode


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