This Mom Adopted A Teen And It Changed Everyone’s Lives For The Better

“Family is priceless…We weren’t put on this planet to be alone…One thing that makes adoption special is that you get to choose one another,” says Ramona about her decision to adopt Ashley when she was 15 years old. In fact, this whole family has grown together and can no longer imagine life apart. Teens who are adopted by permanent families are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who age out of foster care. So if you’re considering adoption, please consider adopting a teen; they need love and support, too. Learn more at AdoptUSKids.org.

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Here Are 8 Ways To ‘Hakuna Matata’ Your Parenting

As a parent, there are probably a million thoughts racing through your head that have zero chill. Was that a cough or hiccup? Did she wash her hands before picking up my baby? If I don’t buy this locally-sourced, organic thing shipped from a puffy cloud full of rainbows, is my family doomed? 

See, parenthood can be rough. 

Sometimes, though, we find inspiration where we least expect it. Like from Simba’s friends Timon and Pumba in Disney’s The Lion King — now available on Digital, Movies Anywhere & Blu-ray. There is so much to be anxious about, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to sometimes tell yourself, “Hakuna matata, we have no worries!” 

We asked the Scary Mommy community, “Tell us one thing about motherhood that keeps you up at night?” And Scary Mommies shared a range of things — from the safety of your kids to what the future holds to asking, “When will all this laundry end?” Because seriously. Make it stop. With your worries, we sprinkled some hakuna matata over those fears. Because, after all, you’re doing great, mamas.   

1. Parenting Comes With Lots Of Worries.

It’s normal to feel like everything is a concern when you’re a parent. You’re only one person, though. Try to deal with things one at a time, and only focus on what you can deal with in the moment.

2. Oh, They Know.

The sign of a great parent is that they even care about their kids knowing that they love them. If you’re wondering about this, they already know. They might not show it now, but as they get older, you’ll see how much they appreciate you.

3. Goodness, When Will It End?

As long as you have kids, you’ll have laundry. There’s no use in worrying about it. If the laundry gets folded, great. If not, so what? The family still has clean clothes, and a few wrinkles never hurt anybody.

4. At Some Point the Kids Grow Up.

Even if your kids choose a path that takes them down a rocky road, as long as they have you, they’ll be okay. No one is going to have a problem-free life, but it’s nice to give your kids a safety net in case things don’t go as planned. 

5. The Good Thing Is That Kids Bounce Back Quickly.

What is is about beds that turn a sleeping kid into a gymnast? Children have been rolling off of beds for centuries. Trust us, they were built for this life. 

6. Trust Those Instincts, Mama.

It’s natural to be unsure about whether you’re doing things right when you’re a new parent. You leave the hospital and it’s like you’re being set free in the wild with a newborn. Trust your instincts. They’ll be a great guide for what you need to do to take care of your baby.

7. Safety Is Always A Concern.

As much as parents whine about kids and their screens, thank goodness for technology. There are so many apps and programs that help you to track your kids and know where they are at all times. Check them out and let that a little bit of that worry go!

8. If You’re Showing Up, You’re Doing Fine.

While you’re stressing out about how you’re doing as a parent, your kids are thriving and other folks are watching you rock out this parenting gig in awe. As long as you show up for your kids, they’ll be just fine. Just make sure to hakuna matata!

Disney’s The Lion King is available now on Digital, Movies Anywhere & Blu-ray. 

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Parallel Parking With Kids is the Worst And I’m Over It

No more parallel parking anxiety. No more sweating while traffic waits not-so-patiently for me to complete my 17-point turn as I squeeze into that spot. This car lets me relax while it does the majority of the work for me, and it even has back-massaging seats. I think I’m in love.

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The 4 Types of Neighbors We’ve All Had

Unless you live on a ten acre farm, you’re susceptible to the same struggle as the rest of us…neighbors. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Whether it’s the nosey neighbor who’s all up in your business or that neighbor whose name you can NEVER seem to remember, we’ve all had at least one of these relatable personalities live next door.

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How To Survive Travel Sports

Having a kid who plays sports means that lazy weekends are a thing of the past and meals on the go are part of your future. But planning ahead can make things feel less chaotic, even when your kid is practically living out of their gym bag. And your car can even help you feel more organized and more efficient. What a time to be alive.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Electric Cars

We encourage our family to recycle, so it might be a good time to switch to an eco-friendly, electric car. These are stylish and have NO tailpipe emissions. (If only we could say about our husbands, amiright?) And best of all, they’re the next best thing to complete silence, and us moms know that we can’t handle any more excessive noise in our lives. Which is great news, because my kids have been singing the same song on repeat for months.

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3 Things Moms of Teens Worry About

Ah, high school. Exams, hormones, TikTok. It’s all a bit confusing for teenagers, but let’s be real. It’s way more confusing for moms. We’re the ones who REALLY worry, right? All we want is for our kids to graduate happy, healthy and set up for success…with as little drama as possible (wishful thinking, I know). This episode of Momsplained gives moms a rundown on some things every mom of teens worry about and how to handle them. 

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3 Ways To Make Sunscreen An Easy Part Of Your Skincare Routine

Applying sunscreen on our kids should come with prize money. After all, it’s kind of like a sport — with its obstacle course of squirming limbs and defensive line of tears and bargains. There’s never a need to actually pay for a gym membership when you have a tiny human and harmful rays to block. 

But what about our own mom bods and lady faces? When it’s crunch time, we let it go. Because we’re jammed up in hallways, just trying to get through doors or telling our kids to STOP as they hit the ground running. 

Plus, we have some requirements — that sunscreen can’t be gross and greasy, it shouldn’t smell like science, and it definitely can’t clog our pores. This means we’re looking for a multitasking sunscreen that applies fast, has some kind of dual action going, and protects our skin without destroying the environment. You know, basically the Mother of All Sunscreens. 

Stick It To Ya

If you’re anything like me then you’re loving stick skincare products. From face wash to moisturizer, sticks have been having an extended moment. I adore skincare sticks because they make traveling so much easier — they take up less room and, with no pump, it’s not like you’re going to find a liquid explosion all over your clothes. Plus, and I don’t know how they do this, skincare sticks seem to make everything go faster. 

In the past, I skipped sunscreen sticks. I didn’t see the value in adding yet another layering product into my skincare routine. I have 10 minutes each day, and it’s so important that each product I use doubles as something else. But most of the foundations with sunscreen I’ve found have limited SPF coverage, and tinted moisturizers with SPF are far too expensive. “Why,” I asked the skincare goddesses, “is sunscreen and foundation in a stick so hard to pull off?!” We have flip sequins and burgers made of vegetables that taste like the real thing, WE CAN DO THIS. 

Multitasking Like A Motha’

Earth Mama has done it y’all, they went ahead and cracked the code creating not only a tinted mineral sunscreen stick that’s safe for pregnant women and our oceans but also a sunscreen + foundation stick that’s affordable. And check this out: the tinted titanium dioxide in Lady Face may also block ghastly blue light from our computer screens — there’s some evidence that blue light might be contributing to increased redness and pigmentation in our skin. Lady Face, honestly, I bow down. 

Earth Mama’s Lady Face tinted sunscreen stick comes in two buildable shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark tint. Both are sheer enough to use on a range of skin tones, and yet they’re also buildable for custom coverage (think contouring with a sunscreen stick) to target blemishes. Lady Face is made with premium skin-loving ingredients like moisturizing organic shea and cocoa butter, and comes with an eye-popping and much appreciated 40 SPF. Plus, Lady Face is free of toxic chemicals, which means it’s reef and breastfeeding safe. 

Yes, You’ve Got Time For That

There’s so much to love about Earth Mama’s Lady Face, but I’ll start with how much time and space it’s saved me. As a 3-in-1 product, Lady Face meant I wasn’t dragging my own product weight around on a recent vacation — I was able to swipe and go. And, I wasn’t constantly thinking and saying to my fam, “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” Which is the slowest of tortures until you realize what it is, and then you just go ahead and live through the pain of loss. Thank you for saving me from that nightmare, Lady Face. 

But my absolute favorite thing about Lady Face is the buildable formula. This tinted sunscreen works when I need to pick up my kids, and I’m committed to my loungewear but not committed enough to look like a scrub. 

It’s a fine line, folks. 

We’re never going to get that prize money we so rightfully deserve for medaling in tiny-human sunscreen application. Now, though, we’ll have more than protected palms. We have a full-on protected lady face. Eat it, sun. 

Earth Mama Organics believes that mamas need one another because we’re all in this together. Lady Face is a new multi-purpose, sheer and blendable sunscreen stick safe for reefs, breastfeeding moms, and everyone else just trying to get out the door already. 

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Weird Skin Things That Are Normal When You’re Expecting

Congrats, you’re having a baby! Congratulations, also, on all the weird skin things that come along with pregnancy. Did you know that your nipples darken to make it easier for your new baby to breastfeed? And no matter how much lotion you use, stretch marks (AKA tiger stripes) are inevitable. But there’s a new cream that’s great for healing stretch marks and wrinkles that you’ll want in your life ASAP, no matter how old your kids are.

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