Tackling Spring Cleaning – Out With the Old & In With the New

(This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®, Finish®, Woolite®, and Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.) Spring cleaning has to be one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, this might sound a bit crazy, and I know sometimes the thought of cleaning can be overwhelming, but I have to say I have grown to love the spring cleaning season (and yes, I’m saying that with a straight face). I know what you’re thinking, how is it even possible to like cleaning? Well, spring cleaning brings around a time for...

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The 17 Best Companies for Maternity and Paternity Leave

Bella Breakdown The United States is one of only two countries out of 185 in the world that don’t require paid maternity leave for new moms. In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s a look at some companies in America that are leading by example with unusually robust paid leave policies. In the US, new parents can take 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. But it’s unpaid, and more than 40% of employees don’t qualify. Out of the 185 countries in the world with available info, the US is one of two without guaranteed...

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The Colors And Textures Of Morocco

The world we live in is such a beautiful place, and it has so much to offer. Life can get pretty busy and if you don’t take the time to look at your surroundings and realize just how wonderful it is it can pass you by! Traveling is something that is so important to me because not only do you get to see cool places, but it’s a learning experience you can’t read out of a textbook. It’s something that you have to go out and experience for yourself. It’s really fascinating to see how other people around the...

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Travel Obsessed: The Great Escape

Sometimes it’s hard to escape reality, expecially when you have a family that needs your constant attention. It can be hard to get away and to get your mind out of your daily routine, but it’s so important to get out and travel and discover what the world has to offer. Think about it, if you never leave your state it’s like you never left your bedroom your whole life. Life is full of exciting adventure and trust me, I know how hard it is when you have a busy schedule, but sometimes you just have to break away....

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Great Ways to Get Kids Reading, No Books Involved

Tips & Tricks for Dealing with Reluctant Readers While many children love to read, there are plenty of other kids who either dislike it or absolutely hate it. This makes it really tricky for parents who know that their kids are required to read for a certain amount of time each night as part of their homework.  Reading is an important part of life, beginning in school and extending all the way into the business and working world.  If your child is a reluctant reader, the best way to encourage them to at least start to like it is...

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These Tampon Companies Are Merging Feminism with Feminine Care

Bella Breakdown Feminism in the tampon aisle isn’t limited to the sport-specific variety, nor is it embodied by a woman clad in white who dances on the beach, accompanied by a script telling you to enjoy your flow. L. When you buy a box of these organic cotton tampons, the company will donate a box to a female entrepreneur in a developing country. Monthly Gift Totes, sweatshirts and makeup bags appropriately tagged with “feminist AF” across the front. Cora Besides giving pads to girls in India, Cora also hires the women there to create the products. It empowers them...

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