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My Biggest Parenting Mistake Is One I Still Struggle With

The biggest of the parenting mistakes I made during my first year of motherhood is the same one I struggle with 20 years later. I am too rigid, too uptight. In fact, I’m so tightly wound I’m wondering when a spring might literally pop out of my head.

Freshman Drop Off Is Not The Real Goodbye

If you think freshman drop off was hard, think again. All those Bed, Bath & Beyond runs and pillow fluffing were child’s play. That’s right, the big shebang isn’t at drop off, it comes later. At least four years later. When their comings and goings don’t lead them back home again, but to jobs and […]

College & Empty Nest

Dorm Shopping Dos and Don’ts

Acceptances have been received, deposits have been made, your child is going off to college in just a matter of weeks. In fact, you’re probably wearing a t-shirt bearing the name of their soon-to-be alma mater. Congratulations! You and your freshman have worked years to get to this place. They’ve studied. You’ve worried. (Maybe that […]

Slow Starts, Guilty Pleasures, And One Word Resolutions

2015 began with a slower start than I had planned. Usually, I hurl myself into the new year with renewed vim and vigor and a To-Do List a mile long. My body and mind tingling from the excitement of a new beginning and probably too much caffeine. But I was sidelined… Unplugging from most of […]

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Parenting & Mom Confessions

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To

My favorite magazines as a young girl were, of course, Tiger Beat, with all the latest heartthrobs, and Cosmopolitan, with their racy covers. Most of my allowance went towards purchasing these magazines, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and lip-gloss. I eventually outgrew Tiger Beat, but Cosmo remained a staple for a long time. (Reese’s and lip […]

10 Universal Truths Of Parenting A Teenager

Most parents of typical toddlers are constantly challenged, mentally drained, and extremely exhausted. Not much changes when you’re raising a teenager.   Though unlike the “Terrible Two’s,” teenagers are extremely verbal and, while you will still hear the emphatic “NO,” are like well-versed little lawyers: ready, willing, and able to defend or plead their case. […]

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Midlife Musings

Life Lessons From Judge Judy

I recently had the opportunity to hear Judge Judy speak at a women’s event. I admit, I don’t watch The Judge Judy show which has been on air for 20 years, but I heard she is quite the character and a dynamic speaker, so I was eager to go. She did not disappoint. I left […]

What To Do When Your Favorite TV Show Ends

My favorite TV show ended…hold me. I fall into a funk when my favorite shows go on hiatus. Yes, when that season ends I get down. Really down. Down like the time my BFF left the entire summer for sleep-a-way camp, and I was stuck in summer school doing Folk Dancing. It was a heck […]

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Books on my Nightstand

Summer Reading List 2015

Now that my favorite TV shows are on summer break it’s the perfect time for me to catch up on my reading. I’m not sure if I’ll get through my entire list because of the pull of sunshine, kids, and no homework, but it’s worth a try. So grab your iced cold lemonade or chilly […]

My Favorite Books I’ve Read This Month

Whether book lover or wordsmith, humorist or romantic, each book will delight, entertain, provoke, and inspire. Another thing they share?  They are all wonderful books for writers. Happy reading! The Big Book of Parenting Tweets-Featuring the Most Hilarious Parents on Twitter:  From the clever gals who created the blogs you love: Science of Parenthood and […]

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Living Out Loud In My Second Half: I’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

Learning to live out loud in my second half wasn’t originally my goal, but it happened anyway. I pretty much spent a lifetime fluffing the pillows in my cushy comfort zone. But all that changed four years ago when I took a chance as the empty nest began to creep up on me. Fueled by […]

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