Maressa Brown


I am a writer and occasional editor. My work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First for WomenWoman's World, AOL, YourTango, and various other publications. Interests include holistic health/fitness, beauty/style, reading, pop culture, astrology, summer, baking, and cooking with lots of veggies and spices! I've lived in Chicago, Boston, London, L.A. and Manhattan and now reside in north NJ with my Jersey boy husband. In our free time, we frequent BYOB spots, buy overpriced (but so yummy!) eats at Whole Foods, and do bizarrely huge loads of laundry.

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    Natalie Blais, a parenting strategist, founder of A Passionate Parent, and a mom of three from Calgary in Alberta, Canada considers herself a natural-born researcher. So it's no wonder that after delivering her eldest daughter via C-section and deciding she wanted to go natural for her second, she hit the books. She made up her mind early on that she would do everything she could to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (also referred to as a VBAC).  

    Natalie talked to The Stir about how she came to this decision that's often seen as controversial in the medical community, how she faced her fears about the potential risks, and how she ended up doing it all over again for her third -- at home nonetheless!

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    A teen from Indiana and his dad wanted nothing more than to set a record for an around-the-world flight. But the expedition ended in complete tragedy on Tuesday night. The aircraft flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa, and the teen pilot died in the plane crash, family spokeswoman Annie Hayat reported to the press yesterday. Haris' body has been recovered, but crews are currently still looking for his father, Babar Suleman, whose fate has yet to be determined. Absolutely devastating.

    The father and son team had set out on June 19 in hopes of making the trip in 30 days to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command to do so. They also had a charitable goal in mind with the excursion, raising money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan.

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    The wait is over for the first photo of Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Roger Mathews' baby girl Meilani Alexandra! JWoww appears on the cover of In Touch Weekly with Meilani, and the couple also dished several details about how they're handling parenthood so far with the magazine exclusively. Moms, prepare to be GREEN with envy when you hear the revelation JWoww shared about her fiancé.

    Not to mention that "aww"s galore will be heard upon getting the first glimpse of little Meilani, whose name JWoww explained means "heavenly flower" in Hawaiian. Gorgeous!

    Check out the sweet pic of mama and baby on the In Touch cover ...

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    For more than two years, Fifty Shades of Grey fans have been waiting to see E.L. James' steamy trilogy translated to the silver screen. For more than two years, fan trailer after unofficial fan trailer has attempted to give us a taste of what we might expect. While those were all pretty good attempts, nothing beats the genuine article, right? And now, we have it. Yep, the official Fifty Shades trailer is FINALLY here!

    Thus, without further ado, Mr. Grey will see you now.

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    When pediatrician and childcare expert William Sears, M.D., coined the term "attachment parenting" over 25 years ago, he was referring to a parenting style many moms all over the world have been following for thousands of years. Sears observed that these mothers cared for and raised their kids in a natural, loving way, which, in turn, helped them form a strong, secure attachment. And it's this strong, secure attachment that much research has pointed to as the ideal foundation for a child to grow into a loving, trusting, and empathetic adult. No wonder so many moms gravitate to, incorporate, or fully follow the principles of attachment parenting.

    Here, all moms need to know about the basics of practicing attachment parenting -- from A-Z.

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