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Don't forget Valentine's Day

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts can make the day even more special for sweethearts.
While certain gifts are common, there are ways to make them seem fresh and exciting.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, are some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifting.
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show the ones you love just how much you care about them. This is achieved through various gestures, including giving heartfelt gifts.

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Happy Birthday!

Thirty-two years ago today I gave birth to my second born, a daughter.
The birth was a terrifying experience because I did not expect to deliver her as a C-birth (Cesarean). My OB/gyn doctor during this time was Dr. Ferrazzano in Opelousas. He was a great doctor for her and my oldest daughter. I trusted in his care during my pregnancies and the delivery of my first born.
When it was almost time to deliver, my heart rate started to become erratic, and then the baby’s rate started to decline. That’s when my doctor informed me and my husband it’s surgery time.

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Night-time snacking best bets

Nighttime snackers should choose healthy foods when reaching for a late night bite to eat.
A rule of thumb for myself, I try my best not to eat anything at all after 7 p.m.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives you suggestions on healthy late night snacks.
Calorie-conscious individuals may wonder if eating at night or after a certain time can derail their diets and fitness regimens. The jury is still out on whether eating at night can pack on the pounds or not, with various health recommendations contradicting one another.

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Strategies to control appetite

Controlling your appetite does not have to be a complex undertaking. In fact, some of the simplest strategies can be highly effective.
Fiber-rich vegetables produce feelings of fullness. By eating them before other portions of a meal, people can avoid overeating. I just wish that I liked vegetables more. However, after reading the following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, I do drink a lot of water everyday. I rarely drink soft drinks.
Hunger can be a formidable foe, especially for people attempting to lose weight.

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Get to know the month of January

January may be best known for resolutions, new beginnings and snowy weather. But there’s plenty of other trivia tidbits that make the first month of the year stand out.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives you some January trivia tidbits about the month.
1. January is named for the Roman god Janus. Janus was the protector of gates and doorways. Janus was always depicted with two faces and purportedly could see into the past and into the future simultaneously.

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