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    As much as I love how the Internet has made it easier to find information, it's got a pretty heavy-duty downside, especially when you're dealing with a mysterious illness or, in my case, a blemish.

    I admit that I'm one to Google health symptoms or ask my social media followers medical questions, only to discover that I've got either rheumatoid arthritis or a head cold.

    But after what happened recently on my Facebook page, I will never ever EVER ask the Internet for health advice again.

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    We know how often we should be taking our children for their checkups, tests, and immunizations. But what about our own health? How often do we need to get a physical, a pap smear, a tetanus shot?

    Sometimes it's easy to let our own health care slide when we're so busy juggling our kids' doctor's appointments. We're here to help you, moms!

    We've gathered all that info for you so you have a checklist of your own of sort. It's everything you need to know about which checkups and tests to get done, when -- all in one place!

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    As busy moms, we often don't have a second to spare for ourselves or our workouts. That's why doing double duty on our errands and exercise is the best gift we can give ourselves.

    That's where the playground comes in. It's just for children, right? Wrong.

    It turns out you can get one of the best workouts of your life using only what you find at the playground. Swings, slides, monkey bars, ladders -- all of it can become your own personal ninja warrior circuit!

    To make it even more like a game, rest while your child plays -- so in other words, you do an exercise on the slide while she climbs the ladder, then you rest while she slides down. She'll love it, too!

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    Everyone strives to achieve some semblance of work-life balance, but thanks to the blessing/curse that are our electronic devices (er, leashes), it can be harder and harder to disconnect and focus on the world beyond your career.

    "The irony of prioritizing a work-life balance is that it's incredibly hard to do when you're in the headspace of having no balance," says life and career coach Caitlin Graham of Unapologetic Coaching. "It's almost impossible to get a clear picture of what's really important when you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed out." 

    Graham suggests making a list of activities that "are crucial to making you feel like a person and living what you consider a full, fulfilled life, on a daily basis." She says the best time to do this is when you're on vacation so you're not susceptible to feeling like everything on your to-do list is pressing. 

    Here are 5 tricks to getting that work-life balance you so desperately crave.

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    No need to wait for October for Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns that are woefully out of step with what raising awareness around the disease should actually look like! The U.K.-based CoppaFeel! joined forces with The Sun's "Page 3" for a 6-month partnership to "encourage more women to know their boobs." On paper, it sounds like a worthy ambition. But when you SEE just how The Sun chose to package the campaign -- with overtly sexualized images of skinny, fit, topless women -- it's no wonder breast cancer charities and organized efforts such as one called "No More Page 3" have come out swinging against it. One woman in particular is making headlines for taking a stand against the misguided effort.

    33-year-old Sarah Perry was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with breast cancer. In response to the "Page 3 v Breast Cancer - Check 'em Tuesday" campaign, Perry published an open letter on her blog yesterday, which pretty much sums up precisely why it's so infuriating.

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    Most of us have coveted Jennifer Aniston's beachy-glam hair, youthful glowing skin, and obviously lean muscular body for years. Forget SmartWater -- the woman must be drinking straight from the fountain of youth, right?

    All right, perhaps, but she definitely has another secret weapon that's not really much of a secret at all ... The actress has worked for more than 10 years with yoga instructor and wellness expert Mandy Ingber. The go-to Hollywood fitness guru, who also trains Kate Beckinsale, is a huge proponent not just of working out, but tapping into simple relaxation techniques that work holistically to help Jen -- and all of her clients! -- looking and feeling their best.

    The Stir recently caught up with Ingber, and she shared with us her 5 easiest, quickest, and most effective tips for toning up your body and mind.

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    By now, you have to have been living under a rock not to know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I mean, pssst! Everyone is doing it, from Martha Stewart and Kris Jenner to Jimmy Fallon and the folks at Good Morning America. Even Oprah and President Obama have been dared.

    You know how it works, right? A person or group is challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. They either accept -- or donate to the ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease. If they take the plunge, they in turn challenge others ... and a viral sensation bigger than "Call Me Maybe" was born. But this one has a good cause attached: to raise awareness and money for a deadly, crippling illness with no known cure.

    Well, we here at CafeMom's The Stir were recently challenged by other bloggers at SheKnows. Sneaky! And we are NOT ones to take something like that sitting down. No, we're more likely to take it on a New York City sidewalk at rush hour instead.

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    We know one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of HIV is to wear a condom during sex. But for many too many women around the world, getting a man to use protection before sex is nigh unto impossible. Now there may be a new way for these women to shield themselves: Tampons that deliver anti-HIV medication. If it works, it could put prevention into the hands of women and save millions of lives.

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    Vacation! Yay! Sun, surf, lying out instead of working out.

    Ummm ... no. Unless you want to come home 10 pounds heavier, adding activity to your otherwise lazy time is a good plan (read: multiple pina coladas by the pool will go to your butt if you just sit on it the whole time).

    "While you're on vacation, you might be consuming more alcohol and food than you normally do," says New York Sports Club instructor Melissa Morin. "Fitting in a good sweat session keeps your metabolism working, and helps you burn off the extra calories."

    If you're at the beach, walking or running on the sand is a great way to get cardio (the unstable surface challenges your muscles in new ways). Or just try these toning moves demonstrated by Morin for a little "beach blanket workout." Exercise you can do without even leaving your towel? Sign us up!

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    If you're in your mid-30s and feel like you've never been more stressed in your entire life, you’re probably right.

    The combination of juggling kids, a relationship, and a career while trying to stay on top of expenses and manage a household is causing stress levels in some women to hit their absolute peak smack in the middle of their fourth decade. According to a new study of 2,000 British women, 34 is the age at which they felt the most harried, whereas just nine years prior, at age 25, women felt the most carefree

    Well, as my 9-year-old likes to say, "Duh." Sure, at 25 you may have "stress," as in, "Oh no! My roommate ate all my yogurt and used all my laundry detergent!" or "What should I wear to happy hour this week?"

    But, let's be honest, that can't hold a candle to the stressors that come with being a mom. 

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