The Sweet Life

  • Stress and Motherhood

    Stress and Motherhood

    DIANNA FLETT I love stress. I respond to it and hug it up as my friend. It keeps me focused and strong. When I am in stressful points of my life or singular situations, I find that I get quite...

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  • Top 10 Staff Media Favorites of 2019

    Top 10 Staff Media Favorites of 2019

    The FredParent team has our Staff Media Favorites of 2019 for books, shows, movies and podcasts. What were YOUR media favorites? Any of them on the list? Get social and share yours with us -- we’d...

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  • Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

    Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

    Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ is an action-packed, points-based event that showcases athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions, driving three different vehicles – Monster...

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  • Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories!

    Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories!

    Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories! Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends....

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  • Christmas Surprise

    Christmas Surprise

    by Dianna Flett After reading a post about a group that comes together to do something special each holiday, I decided to organize friends to support a local waitress with a large tip at a...

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  • Good Fortune

    Good Fortune

    by Dianna Flett Christmas in Germany is a magical time. There are Christmas shops called Christkindlmarkts set up in the city centers of the larger cities. From November till just before Christmas...

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  • My New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting Teens

    My New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting Teens

    By Cheryl Maguire I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I would embrace change this year. As I reflect back on last year, my first thought is, “I survived being a mom to twin...

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  • Parent questions for the ENT

    Parent questions for the ENT

    Brought to you by Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center You can depend on Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center to provide expert compassionate care close to home when your child is sick or needs...

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  • 10 Tips on Making Your Child’s December Birthday Party Special 

    10 Tips on Making Your Child’s December Birthday Party Special 

    by Katy M. Clark When my daughter was born on a cold December night, I was overwhelmed with love. I cuddled with her as my husband and I listened to Christmas music. We found an ornament in the...

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  • Head off headaches

    Head off headaches

    by Sanjai Rao, DO Child neurologist and board-certified headache specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Kids’ headaches can range from occasional and minor to frequent and extremely...

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  • Have You Thought About a Side Hustle?

    Have You Thought About a Side Hustle?

    Written by Nikki Ducas Ever since I was a tween, I’ve been a jack of all trades and have had the good fortune of being able to turn my passions into lucrative money-making opportunities. The extra...

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  • Family Favorites: Tulip Salon & Day Spa

    Family Favorites: Tulip Salon & Day Spa

    By Chris Jones Whether you’re looking to level up your look for an upcoming office holiday party or give yourself a much deserved after Christmas “New Year, New You” makeover, Tulip Salon & Day...

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  • Cancer Sucks but Birthdays Keep Coming

    Cancer Sucks but Birthdays Keep Coming

    My daughter turned six last week, as did my cousin’s daughter.  It’s a special relationship, the two girls.  They were born within a day of each other and despite living an hour apart,...

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  • Snow Much Fun?!  Well Mostly Anyway!

    Snow Much Fun?! Well Mostly Anyway!

    Anyone feel like packing this cake and flying away to escape the snow?!   We’ve all been “stuck” home now for 3 days.  I have to confess, I like it.  We stocked up on all the food items we...

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  • TIme to Bake?

    People ask me all the time, when do you have time to bake?  Well I don't have time so I make time at the cost of too many other things, mostly taking care of myself (i.e. going to the gym!).  I...

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  • Kindergarten...An Almost Mid-Year Not So Bad, Not So Great Report

    Kindergarten...An Almost Mid-Year Not So Bad, Not So Great Report

    Here we are, over two months into Kindergarten and I was waiting to write a blog because it was going to have to entail much progress from the first week of school.  Well…I have to admit,...

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  • First Time Soccer Mom

    First Time Soccer Mom

    OMG…my son scored his first goal at the first game I did not attend on Halloween morning. I hope the person whose Harry Potter wedding cake I was working on appreciates the sacrifice that...

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  • Soccer Mom Wannabe!

    Soccer is our first team sport.   Prior to this we've attempted golf lessons, Tae Kwon Do and swimming and so far we’ve only been successful with Tae Kwon Do.  And by successful, I mean my son...

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  • Kindergarten: Two Tumultuous Days Down, One Year to Go

    Everyone else's kid is smiling for their first day of school picture,...

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  • Kindergarten...is she ready?

    Kindergarten...is she ready?

      My baby goes to kindergarten next week.  No just one of my babies...

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