Monica Beyer


Northwest Missouri

Monica Beyer



These Are the Germiest Places in Your House

You don’t eat on your toilet seat, but did you know your bathroom is probably not the germiest place in your house? In fact, that sponge you used to clean your plate is loaded with far more germs than the bathroom doorknob. Let’s take a look at which parts of your house may be home to the most bacteria. Link to Story

Everything You Need to Do to Prepare Yourself & Your Home for a Hurricane

As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, we thought it might be wise to review the most important precautions your family can take in preparation for a storm. Knowing what to do well before the storm comes ashore can make a huge difference in your comfort, health, safety and even survival. While the phrase “batten down the hatches” stems from 19th century sailors who had to prepare a ship when rough seas were ahead, it really isn’t so far off the mark in modern times, especially when it comes to hurricanes. Link to Story

20 ‘Star Wars’ home goods you can’t live without Link to Story

Simply seeing reminders of coffee can perk up the brain


Sorry, Vitamin C Isn’t the Miracle Cure Your Mom Told You It Was

You’ve probably heard that to avoid getting sick, you need to make sure you’re taking in plenty of vitamin C. Maybe you’ve also heard it helps you feel better sooner if you’ve already developed a nasty cold. Is there any truth to vitamin C being a big cure-all for what ails you? Probably not, but there is a little bit of good news. Link to Story

20 U.S. Road Trips With Stunning Scenery You Have to See

Gas prices are at their lowest point since 2009, which makes the idea of a road trip more attractive than it has been in years, especially when the journey is more important than the destination. These trips are for those who like to stop and take in the view -- and maybe do some Instagramming that will make office-bound friends more than a little jealous.
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Why We Opened Our Home to More Than 40 Foster Kids

Jeff and Kelley Lane live in a densely populated area nestled between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a welcoming home — full of children. Over the last decade, they have fostered more than 40 children, four of whom they have adopted. While foster parenting is not always an easy road to travel, both the challenges and the joys have taught them how to fight for what they know, in their hearts, is the right thing to do.
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What It Means If You See a Teal Pumpkin This Halloween

Trick-or-treating is an age-old tradition, but for parents whose kids can't just eat whatever they get their hands on, it can be a completely stressful endeavor for Mom and Dad—and it may be confusing and not much fun for the kids. What am I talking about? Food allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, food intolerances and other special diets. Link to Story

The American High School Is Obsolete. Let’s Do Something About It.

For nearly two centuries, American high school students have taken essentially the same daily journey: Not long after the crack of dawn, they head to a classroom of about 800 square feet, seated with 30 or so other students. Then they’re lectured to on a topic dictated by an established standard.

Finally, a simple test for celiac disease may be on the horizon

Testing for celiac disease isn't an easy process — in other words, you can't go to the doctor and request a single blood test and get a definitive "yes" or "no." Fortunately, that may be changing in the future, and sooner than anyone had dreamed. A research team in Norway recently broke the news that they are in the clinical trial phase of such a test — a blood test that can accurately diagnose celiac disease. Link to Story

How to Beat Down Insomnia Without Any Drugs

Pretty much everyone has suffered through a night of tossing and turning. But for some people, it's the norm. If you have trouble getting consistent, high-quality shut-eye, but aren't quite ready to go the Ambien route (or even the Tylenol PM route), make sure you try these tips first. If you can't sleep, don't wallow in your misery; get out of bed.
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Who's Buried in Westminster Abbey?

London's Westminster Abbey is not only a grand and glorious place of worship, but also the final resting place of monarchs and their consorts, nobility, greats from literary history, composers, and scientists who contributed to the history and culture of England. The English naturalist Charles Darwin was buried at the Abbey shortly after his death in 1882.
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Monica Beyer

Monica Beyer has been providing online content in the parenting, home, health, and lifestyle spaces for over 10 years.