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Odile Fredericks is mom to two and Carolina Parent's web editor. Look in Daily Post for family fun in the Triangle, especially freebies, as well as opinions and news that matters to local parents. She welcomes your comments. Check our home page on Thursdays to see her weekend fun planner.

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Beth Shugg, is editor of Carolina Parent and mom to two boys and one girl who keep her on the go.

Books, Bytes and Bits

Beth Shugg is editor at Carolina Parent magazine and mom to two boys and one girl who keep her on the go. She loves to read and play with iPhone apps in her spare time, and will share "Books, Bytes and Bits" of information with you each month in her blog posts that expand on what we cover in our magazine.

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Fit Family

Our Fit Family blog highlights the 2014 Fit Family Challenge, which takes place April 15-June 9, 2014. This healthy family lifestyle program for our parent community, sponsored by Coca-Cola, offers fitness classes, expert advice and nutrition information. During the challenge, famlies set goals, keep track of healthy habits online and log weekly minutes of activity to win prizes. Read this blog for healthy tips, recipes and exercises your family will love.

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Enter to win great prizes through our contests and giveaways.

Contests and Giveaways

Enter our contests and giveaways to win great prizes.

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The College Transitions Team (from left): Dave Bergman, Andrew Belasco and Michael Trivette.

College Transitions

College Transitions is a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. As counselors and published higher education researchers, we aim to bring perspective (and some sanity) to college planning, and we strive to provide students with the support they need to enroll and succeed at a college that is right for them. Please visit our website—www.collegetransitions.com—to learn more.

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Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables.

Get Organized

Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables. She works with clients to help them clear the space to be in deeper relationships with themselves, their loves and their lives. And, yes, she lives what she preaches at home with a clean playroom, a clothes closet organized by color and an empty attic.

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Publisher's Note

Carolina Parent publisher Brenda Larson is mom to a teenage daughter, which sometimes explains the exasperated sigh. She enjoys her work with the amazing team at Carolina Parent and welcomes your comments and suggestions about the magazine and Web site any time.

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Courtney Haswell is the blogger behind the website, Family Gone Healthy, which follows her family's journey to cutting out processed food and eating clean.

Clean Eating

Courtney Haswell is the blogger behind the website, Family Gone Healthy, which follows her family's journey to cutting out processed food and eating clean. She is a biomedical engineer by day and has two young daughters, ages 1 and 4. She lives in Morrisville and enjoys zumba and bicycling.

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Tony Delmedico, LMFT, is a fully engaged co-parent for 5 (five!) girls ages 10 to 16.

Go Ask Your Dad

Tony Delmedico is a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in North Raleigh. He is a fully engaged co-parent for five girls ages 12 to 17 and can be found at www.TonyDelmedico.com.

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Jennifer Durbin

The Clueless Chick

Jennifer Durbin is a working mother of two and author of the Tips forThe Clueless Chick book series. Through her books and www.CluelessChick.com Jennifer brings you all of the tips and tricks you need to uncomplicate everything from planning a party to planning for a new baby. Jennifer received her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, has a successful career in IT and runs a popular event design business in Raleigh.

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Andrea Fisher is a marketer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv.

Movies for Children

Andrea Fisher is a writer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv. She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Check out more of her tips @andreafisher007.

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Valerie DeLoach is a mom of two amazing kids who married a dad with two equally amazing kids. She blogs about her experiences in a blended family.

Blended Family Finesse

Valerie DeLoach is a mom of two amazing kids who married a dad with two equally amazing kids. She blogs about her experiences in a blended family while sometimes reminiscing about lessons learned in her former life as a single mom. She is currently working on a book on successful co-parenting. Visit her blog at ournewpartyofsix.com.

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Hot Topics for parents blog

Hot Topics

Stay abreast of changes that affect your tots, tweens and teens in the Triangle. From national trends to local stories, you'll find important updates and opinions here.

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Heba Salama is excited to be sharing her journey from infertility through her first year of motherhood candidly.

Snapshot of a First-time Mom

Heba Salama is a Family Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer in Chapel Hill. She also was one of the winners on Season 6 of NBC's Biggest Loser alongside her husband, Ed Brantley.  She is excited to be sharing her journey from infertility through her first year of motherhood candidly. Heba and Ed reside in Chapel Hill, with their first baby, a  Beagle, Sammy.

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Movie Reviews

Ready to head to the movies? Find out what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen before you head out.

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Guest Bloggers

See what parent bloggers near and afar are talking about.

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Joy Goggles

Cara McLauchlan celebrates the simple joys of life in her blog, Joy Goggles. It's a chance to look at our days through "Joy Goggles" and discover the beauty in ordinary moments.

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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters! is written by clinical staff at the The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Cary, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children's mental health services in the Triangle. The Center is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children through its preschool and kindergarten programs, mental health services, and outreach programs including Lucy's Book Club.

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Surburban Rebel Mom

Brittany is the mom of three rambunctious boys. If you liked this blog and wish to read more stories about her perspective as a mom, please visit her personal blog at Suburban Rebel Mom.

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Southern MOMentum

Southern MOMentum is a collaboration of sleep-deprived, Gen X gals who started out as friends and became grounded together in a wonderfully, challenging journey called motherhood ... some Southern by birth and others, transplants, who fell in love with front porch swings and sweet tea. Each mom contributes her unique blend of witty, realistic approaches by encouraging moms to put away their SuperMom cape and enjoy the journey of motherhood!

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Healthy Living from UNC

Heathy Living is written by practitioners at UNC Family Medicine Center (FMC), who understand how important your pregnancy, birth experience and the first years of your child's life are to you and to your family. FMC's Maternal and Child Health Program offers evidence-based and family-friendly prenatal care, personalized care during labor and delivery, and early childhood pediatric care.

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Frugal Family

Tough times demand creative solutions. Our goal? Live better with less. CarolinaParent.com's staff brings you easy ways to save on products and services for kids, moms and dads in our Frugal Family blog.

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Lady of the House

Writer and blogger Sharon O'Donnell shares her humorous insights on being a mom and wife. Her blog, "Lady of the House," refers to the moms in every house who experience the challenges and rewards of motherhood, as well as of being a woman.

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Caitlin Dunlevy is a new mom, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist.

Fit Mom

Caitlin Dunlevy is a new mom, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist. Since moving to North Carolina in 2012, she has started her own business called Tuff Mother, and she also works at the YMCA in downtown Raleigh. Her passion lies in helping others live a healthier lifestyle. Caitlin and her husband, daughter and dog reside in Raleigh.

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Summer Stories

Carolina Parent  celebrated the warm weather season of lazy days, vacation getaways, new friends and discoveries with our "My Summer Stories" campaign. We invited readers to tell us a great summer memory for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Congratulations to our winner, Lori Long for her post, "A Walk on the Beach." The contest has ended, but you can still read the submissions here.

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Blending A Family: Even When It's Easy, It's Still Hard

April 15, 2014 2:05 pm
Written by: Valerie DeLoach

It's hard to believe that our new party of six is almost a year old., Overwhelmingly, it has gone a lot smoother than I expected. ...Read More
It's hard to believe that our new party of six is almost a year old., Overwhelmingly, it has gone a lot smoother than I expected. ...Read More
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Seeking Help for Traumatic Teen Years?

April 15, 2014 11:17 am
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Terrible twos? Temper tantrums? Potty training? It’s all rough but wait until you hit the teenage years! When children truly start to manifest their own ...Read More
Terrible twos? Temper tantrums? Potty training? It’s all rough but wait until you hit the teenage years! When children truly start to manifest their own ...Read More
Listed in: Carolina Parent Daily Post
 

What Do You Do With Baby Blankets?

April 14, 2014 11:04 am
Written by: Leah Friedman

I love baby blankets. Maybe it's because I loved the baby phase. But, really, most blankets are beautiful. I have some hand-sewn ones from my ...Read More
I love baby blankets. Maybe it's because I loved the baby phase. But, really, most blankets are beautiful. I have some hand-sewn ones from my ...Read More
Listed in: Get Organized
 

Is there a Private School Advantage in College Admissions?

April 13, 2014 1:15 pm
Written by: Dave Bergman

Before the 1920s, attendance at a top-flight prep school was nothing less than a prerequisite for admission into an Ivy League college. Absurdly, a diploma ...Read More
Before the 1920s, attendance at a top-flight prep school was nothing less than a prerequisite for admission into an Ivy League college. Absurdly, a diploma ...Read More
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Raleigh Kicks Off Triangle's Fit Family Challenge

April 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Last Thursday, on a beautiful spring morning, leaders from the City of Raleigh, Coca-Cola, CVS and Carolina Parent got together at Lake Lynn Park in ...Read More
Last Thursday, on a beautiful spring morning, leaders from the City of Raleigh, Coca-Cola, CVS and Carolina Parent got together at Lake Lynn Park in ...Read More
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Enter to Win in Our Bellybuds Giveaway

April 10, 2014 4:01 pm
Written by: Lauren Bell Isaacs

A baby's hearing develops in utero at about 20 weeks, and studies have shown that memories begin at 30 weeks. Bellybuds, a specialized speaker system ...Read More
A baby's hearing develops in utero at about 20 weeks, and studies have shown that memories begin at 30 weeks. Bellybuds, a specialized speaker system ...Read More
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Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Nature, Fitness and Cultural Events

April 10, 2014 1:14 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, children can enjoy a variety of egg hunts across the Triangle. The towns of Apex, Cary, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh, ...Read More
This weekend, children can enjoy a variety of egg hunts across the Triangle. The towns of Apex, Cary, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh, ...Read More
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I-N-T-I-M-A-C-Y

April 10, 2014 11:00 am
Written by: Tony Delmedico, LMFT

Many couples say that it is hard to stay connected during the early years of child rearing. Often, they report a lack of intimacy as ...Read More
Many couples say that it is hard to stay connected during the early years of child rearing. Often, they report a lack of intimacy as ...Read More
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Spring Into Activity

April 9, 2014 1:24 pm
Written by: Ryan Fahey

Spring is a great time of year. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and seasonal festivals and camps are beginning to ...Read More
Spring is a great time of year. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and seasonal festivals and camps are beginning to ...Read More
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Piedmont Farm Tour, CSAs, Fit Family Challenge Celebrate Spring

April 9, 2014 10:55 am
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Spring is finally here. If you’re looking to eat more fresh foods, get exercise and learn about nature with your family, take a look at ...Read More
Spring is finally here. If you’re looking to eat more fresh foods, get exercise and learn about nature with your family, take a look at ...Read More
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Wine Walk, Egg Hunts to Support Pajama Program

April 8, 2014 2:06 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Looking to help needy kids in our area while enjoying an outing? Lafayette Village, in North Raleigh, is sponsoring two separate fundraisers next week that ...Read More
Looking to help needy kids in our area while enjoying an outing? Lafayette Village, in North Raleigh, is sponsoring two separate fundraisers next week that ...Read More
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Tips for Healthy, Fun Easter Egg Hunts

April 6, 2014 8:03 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

With Easter egg hunts already begun in Triangle towns and more coming this weekend, you might be worried about the effects of sugar overload on ...Read More
With Easter egg hunts already begun in Triangle towns and more coming this weekend, you might be worried about the effects of sugar overload on ...Read More
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Playing Your Way into an Elite College

April 4, 2014 2:20 pm
Written by: Dave Bergman

Ivy League schools and many elite colleges with Division III athletics purport not to grant admissions favor or any edge in scholarship consideration to student-athletes. ...Read More
Ivy League schools and many elite colleges with Division III athletics purport not to grant admissions favor or any edge in scholarship consideration to student-athletes. ...Read More
Listed in: College Transitions
 

Artificial Sweeteners: Why You Should Avoid Them

April 3, 2014 8:07 pm
Written by: Courtney Haswell

Have you ever wondered if artificial sweeteners are safe? With so many on the market, you might be using them already or thinking of trying ...Read More
Have you ever wondered if artificial sweeteners are safe? With so many on the market, you might be using them already or thinking of trying ...Read More
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Weekend Fun: Free Festivals, Egg Hunts, Bunny Visits

April 3, 2014 1:47 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

With spring finally in the air, this weekend is ripe for family fun, and you’ll find lots of things to do in the Triangle. Kick ...Read More
With spring finally in the air, this weekend is ripe for family fun, and you’ll find lots of things to do in the Triangle. Kick ...Read More
Listed in: Carolina Parent Daily Post
 

Are You an Emotional Overeater?

April 3, 2014 1:05 pm
Written by: Cindy Goulding

Do you eat in response to your feelings and not hunger? Do you crave specific foods like chocolate, chips or ice cream? Do you eat ...Read More
Do you eat in response to your feelings and not hunger? Do you crave specific foods like chocolate, chips or ice cream? Do you eat ...Read More
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Get Fit With Free Week of Stroller Strides Workouts

April 2, 2014 2:03 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Ready to get out for exercise this spring? Fit4Mom is offering a free week of Stroller Strides workouts at all locations around the Triangle April ...Read More
Ready to get out for exercise this spring? Fit4Mom is offering a free week of Stroller Strides workouts at all locations around the Triangle April ...Read More
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Triangle Events Raise Awareness of Autism

March 31, 2014 7:17 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Will you be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2? Around the world, across the nation and right here in the Triangle, people will ...Read More
Will you be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2? Around the world, across the nation and right here in the Triangle, people will ...Read More
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Win a Myrtle Beach Vacation Getaway

March 31, 2014 9:28 am
Written by: Carolina Parent Staff

'Tis the season for sun-drenched dreams and vacation getaways. As you bask in the glow of the warm, spring sun, think sandy, beach thoughts. Tell ...Read More
'Tis the season for sun-drenched dreams and vacation getaways. As you bask in the glow of the warm, spring sun, think sandy, beach thoughts. Tell ...Read More
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Nutrition Tips for Almost Everyone

March 31, 2014 8:32 am
Written by: Maria Kennedy, MPH, RD, LDN

As we are getting ready for the Fit Family Challenge, I am looking forward to helping our families reach their health goals. I plan to ...Read More
As we are getting ready for the Fit Family Challenge, I am looking forward to helping our families reach their health goals. I plan to ...Read More
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AllergyEats Announces Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

March 30, 2014 7:10 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

For parents of children with food allergies, eating out can be an anxious time. Rather than being able to relax and enjoy the dining experience, ...Read More
For parents of children with food allergies, eating out can be an anxious time. Rather than being able to relax and enjoy the dining experience, ...Read More
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Get Fit With a 'No Excuses' 20-Minute Home Workout

March 28, 2014 9:51 pm
Written by: Alisha Woodroof

"I don't have enough time!" That's the most frequently used reason people tell me for why they can't work out. It's time to change that ...Read More
"I don't have enough time!" That's the most frequently used reason people tell me for why they can't work out. It's time to change that ...Read More
Listed in: Fit Family
 

How Many AP Classes Should You Take?

March 28, 2014 9:05 pm
Written by: Dave Bergman

Most students are familiar with the basics of Advanced Placement courses: they offer a chance to experience a college-level curriculum while still in high school, ...Read More
Most students are familiar with the basics of Advanced Placement courses: they offer a chance to experience a college-level curriculum while still in high school, ...Read More
Listed in: College Transitions
 

Sofia Coppola to Direct The Little Mermaid

March 28, 2014 8:32 am
Written by: Andrea Fisher

Best known for hard-edged, whimsical films like Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, director Sofia Coppola is in talks to shoot the live-action adaptation of ...Read More
Best known for hard-edged, whimsical films like Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, director Sofia Coppola is in talks to shoot the live-action adaptation of ...Read More
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How to Make Spring Cleaning a Little Easier

March 27, 2014 8:48 pm
Written by: Jennifer Durbin

Spring cleaning, spring training or springing forward. I choose spring training hands down. If you ask me, springing forward for daylight savings is for ...Read More
Spring cleaning, spring training or springing forward. I choose spring training hands down. If you ask me, springing forward for daylight savings is for ...Read More
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