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    Just 16 weeks into her pregnancy, expecting mom Candie Baber got disturbing news: Her unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Essentially, baby Gracie was born with half a heart. "It was really hard," Baber says, "because it's like someone telling you your baby is not going to be OK." And yet amazingly, Gracie is now 4 months old and thriving enough to go home with her family.

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    At least 21 people have died in the horrific mudslide that took out dozens of homes in Oso, Washington, but at least one baby has made it out alive -- thanks to a Good Samaritan who refused to listen when he was advised to leave the dangerous area. After Kody Wesson heard a baby's whimpers and watched as his mother, lying helpless with two broken legs, begged him to help, he did what he needed to do.

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    Nine out of 10 times, I really hate when my child gets a favor from a birthday party she has attended. But at this point in the game, party favors are expected, and when she or her peers leave a soiree without something, they feel cheated. But why do they have to be so cheap and cheesy? Personally, I'm especially tired of those bags of junk that we have received multiple times with those tiny plastic tops, little bright-colored slinkies, and random stickers. Seriously, the kids spend like one minute playing with them and then they just end up as under their bed or in the trash.

    As a public servive, we have put together a list of 5 party favors that won't annoy fellow moms and won't add to the clutter in our homes. You're welcome!

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    We are used to seeing amazing footage of toddlers who -- thanks to the miracles of modern medicine -- are able to hear for the first time. It's something we never get tired of. It's heartwarming, thrilling, and instantly brings a smile to your face. However, we never see that moment with an adult ... that is, until now. A 40-year-old woman received an implant and finally heard for the first time, and it may change everything you thought you felt about your health.

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    Recently we painted our living room, and during our planning, we had amassed dozens and dozens of paint chip strips. After we had FINALLY decided on a color, these cheery and bright paint chips just sat there on my desk, collecting dust. But then it hit me: This was an upcycling opportunity if I ever saw one! And you know what? I was surprised by how many awesome paint chip crafts there are out there, including oodles that are easy to do with the kids.

    Check out these 8 super cool paint chip crafts. Which one would you want to try?

     

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    Remember a few weeks ago when we heard about Katheryn Deprill, the 27-year-old mom of three who had once been abandoned, hours old, in the restroom of a Pennsylvania Burger King? She had taken to social media to try and find her birth mother, and we were inspired by her compassion for the woman who many in her shoes may have hated.

    Just three weeks after launching her campaign to find her biological mother, the two were reunited Monday in an attorney's office. Deprill said she felt "pure joy" upon meeting the woman that gave birth to her. She also said, "She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy."

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    Everyone knows Channing Tatum is one hot papa, but did you know he is one helluva sweet guy too? And did you know he goes by "Chan"? I didn't know, but Alisa Finley, an 18-year-old from Colby, Kansas, knows. In fact the teen, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, is on smooching terms with the Magic Mike hunk -- at least via video. Facing the devastating reality that she might not be here much longer, Alisa made a bucket list of 48 things she wanted to do. Number one on that list? Kiss Channing Tatum.

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    I was visiting a friend this past weekend and we got to talking about baby advice. As you might guess, with four kids, I often get asked what tips I'd give to new moms.

    Over the years, I've come up with some pretty great answers, but the advice my friend gave at a recent baby shower topped any of mine. In fact, it's so awesome, I'll be doling it out whenever I can (with credit to her, of course).

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    Today marks the ninth anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Why March 21? It's a little play on numbers, because people with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two copies. The purpose of this important day, quite simply, is to bring awareness. Down Syndrome International hopes every year March 21 will be a day to educate people on what Down syndrome is; what it means to have Down syndrome; and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. And it seems to be working; we, as a society, have a much better knowledge of what Down syndrome is now than we did years ago. And thanks to research, the life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome is 60, as opposed to 25, as it was forty years ago. Pretty amazing.

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    Even if you don't consider yourself a dancer, you'll want to indulge in some celebratory moves after reading about this. It may be just a little in-your-chair-rumba for humanity's awesomeness, but it still counts. Dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis experienced something devastating during the bombing of the Boston Marathon, which took place last year. When the wreckage was cleared away, Adrianne was left missing a portion of her leg. But she did not let depression take her over. She swore she would dance again.

    This Wednesday, less than a full year after the attack took place, Adrianne took to the stage at the 2014 TED Conference and made good on her vow. With the help of doctors and new technology, Adrianne's back to doing what she was born to do: Dancing. Like Adrianne, Boston won't be held back either. The marathon will continue to be a Boston tradition, but like Adrianne's dancing, there will be some changes made.

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