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    Think your not-so-little one is ready to make the leap from diapers to a potty? Good for him! But moms and dads should know that potty training typically doesn't come without its share of challenges.

    To help parents make the transition from diapers to potty as smooth as possible, we talked to top experts on how they can overcome the 9 most common potty training hurdles.

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    Sara Haley doesn't think twice about being a month out from giving birth and continuing to hit up the gym. She does push-ups, step-ups, tricep dips, dead lifts, lunges, and more six days a week. Then again, she's a personal trainer who specializes in pregnancy fitness, so it's second nature to her. And as she tells us, "Obviously, I wouldn't go to the gym if I didn't feel comfortable. For me, the gym is a really safe place." At the same time, she admitted to the NY Daily News this week that at 35 weeks pregnant, she has fielded crazy comments that run the gamut from outright rude to cringingly patronizing: From "I can't believe how big you've gotten!" to "the classic eye contact with a big thumbs-up."

    As far as the latter's concerned, Haley says she appreciates encouragement, but she's "just pregnant, not trying to save the world."

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    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Kid Reporter gaggle in the White House Library during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)  

    Yesterday I was part of a group of 7 Kid Reporters who met with First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll (that's me in the light blue dress on the left). We met in the White House library to talk about the program she started four years ago called Let's Move and how kids can stay healthy. As a kid, there are a lot of reasons I like this program.

    Here they are:

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    On Monday, April 21, 2014, the day of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, I went to the White House to interview Michelle Obama. I was nervous and excited.

    Here's how my day went.

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    One of the biggest decisions any mom-to-be has to make is her birth plan and where she wants to deliver her baby. For some, home birth is a given, while others have always seen themselves giving birth in a hospital. But more and more, women are looking to have a natural, medical intervention-free delivery at a hospital, or "natural hospital birth."

    "Women may be comfortable having a home birth, but maybe their partner is or their mother isn't," explains midwife Kristin Mallon, C.N.M. "And a lot of women risk out of having a home birth for various reasons, like they get gestational diabetes or have high blood-pressure. Home birth is really only for the lowest risk women, so other women, who are low-risk but not the lowest risk, can still have that home-like birth they want in a hospital setting."

    Here, 7 steps women can take to plan and have their own natural hospital birth experience ...

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    Here we go again, America. Another magazine has put a breastfeeding mom on its cover, only to face controversy. Hip Mama magazine opted to feature a self-portrait by Barcelona-based artist Ana Alvarez-Errecalde on the cover of its May issue. In the photo, Alvarez-Errecalde is seen with a Spider-Man mask on her face, breastfeeding her 4-year-old, who is also clad in Spider-Man garb.

    Cute mother and son shot? Hip Mama editor Ariel Gore thought it was gorgeous, and she posted the cover to Facebook to let readers know the issue would hit newsstands next month. That’s when the trouble started. Vendors told Gore not to send the magazine; they wouldn’t put it on newsstands. Then Facebook banned the image.

    So what’s a magazine about motherhood to do when vendors have a problem with moms? The Stir asked Gore how Hip Mama is handling the controversy.

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    When America first met Kailyn Lowry, she was 17 and giving birth to a son on MTV's 16 & Pregnant. Then came a starring role on the network's hit series, Teen Mom 2. But the mother of two is entering a new era: prepare to meet Kailyn Lowry, best-selling author.

    In Pride Over Pity, her highly anticipated memoir, Kailyn breaks away from the story line fans have seen unfold on MTV and dives into her troubled childhood. Nothing is too tough for her to talk about -- from her alcoholic mother to an abortion at just 15 to a brutal rape after the birth of her first child, Isaac.

    Many of the stories are shocking, but what may be even more shocking is that the reality star has been able to keep them under wraps for so long. The Stir sat down with Kailyn to find out why she's opened up her closet and brought out so many skeletons.

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    Ladies, we are entering a new age of eyebrow anxiety, and Kim Kardashian is partly to blame. But it's not just her -- it's models like Cara Delevingne who are making women go to extreme lengths for darker, heavier eyebrows. I'm talking eyebrow transplants -- thousands of dollars to implant hairs from the nape of your neck onto your face. According to an article in Harper's Bazaar, eyebrow transplants are all the rage now. But come on, that's crazy, right? They cost between $4,000 to $10,000 and take hours. Is that really the best option for transforming your eyebrows?

    We talked with New York City eyebrow stylist/guru Joey Healy to get the scoop on this cosmetic surgery trend and to find out how we ordinary mortals can get bolder brows without blowing 10 grand.

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    Emilee Hickert was dismayed when she returned from a brunch to discover that her car was missing. She assumed it had been stolen. "It was utter disbelief," said Emilee, who works at The Stir's parent company CafeMom. "I was sure that was where I had parked it, so I knew it must have been stolen." But what really happened is a lot weirder.

     
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    Easter candy is delicious, but it can also be a pain -- literally. Canker sores, tiny but painful ulcers that appear on the gums and mouth, aren't always something we associate with what we eat. But it sounds like we should.

    There are two types of canker sores. The first, simple sores, are the ones we tend to associate with childhood. They are common during adolescence. No one is really sure what causes simple sores, but they are usually attributed to stress or a diet rich in acidic foods (like citrus fruits and candies heavily flavored with lemon, lime, or orange). 

    The second type of sore is called (shockingly) a complex canker sore. These are more commonly found in adults. They too can be caused by diet or stress. But in adults they can also indicate that something else isn't quite right in the body. Sometimes complex canker sores can be your body's way of telling you that you have an immune deficiency disorder or an allergy. 

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