Dorm Shopping Dos and Don’ts

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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 […]

Summer Reading List 2015

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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 […]

10 Universal Truths Of Parenting A Teenager

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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. […]

Life Lessons From Judge Judy

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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 […]

Family Movie Night: Russell Madness Movie Review

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From the makers of the beloved Air Bud movies (remember those adorable sports-playing Golden Retrievers?) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the newly released Russell Madness (PG). Russell Madness is a fun-filled family adventure that is both hilarious and heartwarming. It begins with Russell, a loveable and spirited Jack Russell Terrier, running away from […]

My Favorite Books I’ve Read This Month

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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 […]

Slow Starts, Guilty Pleasures, And One Word Resolutions

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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 […]

What My Father Taught Me About Winning

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My father and I used to play silly games in the car on the way to school when I was little. “What number am I thinking?” he’d ask. And no matter what number I said, he’d exclaim, “You’re right!” And I would squeal with delight. Instinctively, I knew never to try this game with my […]

Want To Find Love? Put Down Your Cell Phone

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I was in a long line at Starbucks this morning, happily waiting to feed my coffee addiction, when I noticed almost everyone looking down at their smart phones. This reminded me of a conversation I had at dinner the other night with friends, about how hard it seems for many young singles to meet “someone.” […]