Ovulation Facts

What is ovulation?

Each month, your body prepares for a possible pregnancy by releasing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), causing eggs to mature in individual follicles located in your ovaries. Each follicle produces estrogen, another hormone, which must reach a certain level for ovulation to occur. When enough estrogen has been produced -- usually 12 to 18 days after the cycle begins -- a ripened egg, smaller than the head of a pin, bursts from the most mature follicle. The release of the egg is known as ovulation.

Ovulation Predictor

Getting pregnant should be simple, right? So why does conception practically require a Blackberry to schedule? Simplify the situation with our free ovulation calendar, which tells you when you're most likely to get pregnant.

TODDLER TIME AT SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK

Thank you to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Wallingford, CT for giving my family complimentary admission for this visit. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cut to the chase. Take me to the Momsense.

Here’s the thing about writing a blog about things to do with kids: you are always, always, ALWAYS thinking about new things to do with your kids. Always. So when a Facebook friend of mine (who doesn’t even live in Connecticut!) posted some pics of her kids playing at a trampoline park called Sky Zone that looked like a ton of fun, the first thing I thought was, gee, I wonder if they have a location in my neck of the woods. And guess what? They do! In fact, there are two Sky Zone locations already in CT, and two more in the works (including one that has just been announced for the Hartford area!). So I contacted the one currently closest to me in Wallingford, CT and asked if I could bring my crew down for one of their bi-weekly “Toddler Time” sessions for kids ages 5 and under.

OPEN GYM AT THE NEW ROMP N’ ROLL

Thank you to our sponsor, Romp n’ Roll, for providing me and my family with complimentary admission to their open gym program. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Cut to the chase. Take me to the Momsense.

Back in January, there was a bit of a buzz in the world of indoor play as a new venue opened its doors in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Readers contacted us, friends contacted us, and everyone wanted to let us know that the first Connecticut location of Romp n’ Roll was now open for business. Both Shawna and I were excited to visit (and of course share this new destination with our readers) and I FINALLY made it happen last week when I took my little ones there to check it out.

Survival Tips for Stepmothers

Getting married and becoming a stepmother can be quite a daunting situation, particularly with all of the "evil stepmother" stereotypes that exist. Stepchildren are often reluctant to establish trust with stepparents for a variety of factors, from being afraid of betraying a biological parent to anger and resentment over a parent's new marriage.

How Can I Honor My Mother & Stepmother in My Wedding

When you have a complicated family tree, you must find a way to include everyone who's meaningful to you without stepping on anyone's toes. You want to include your stepmother in your wedding, but you don't want to take away any of your mother's important duties. Finding a role for each woman makes them both feel honored and guarantees you a day free from drama. Share your plans with both women long before the ceremony so that everyone knows what to expect on the wedding day.

Good Gift Ideas for My Stepmom's Birthday

Watching your stepmom’s face light up as she opens the birthday gift you worked so hard to find is a rewarding experience. When someone is a new addition to your family, shopping for a gift can seem like an overwhelming task. With the right planning and thought, finding something she’ll enjoy does not have to be hard. Focus the gift on a hobby she enjoys or treat her to an experience she’ll never forget.

What Should Step Kids Call Their Stepmom?

When two families start a new household, the transition can be hard. The relationship between a stepmother and children can be particularly challenging and will take time to define. Stepchildren might not know what to call you initially, but every family is different. Discuss your titles and roles with your new partner and family.

Step Mom Gift Ideas

Whether they are a new addition or integral part of the family, gifts can make step moms feel welcome, included and appreciated, no matter the occasion. Though shopping can be tough, there are a few methods and ideas for any budget that celebrate step moms and show them they are well loved.

How Should a Step-Mom Handle Teens?

Stepmothers often find themselves in an awkward spot when it comes to knowing how to handle their husband's children from a previous relationship. Conflicts with your stepchildren can also upset your marriage. Learning how to build good relations among the members of the family can go a long way in easing tension and encouraging marital bliss.

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