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Make-Up and Shoes: What’s Too Much Too Soon?

February 9, 2021

Suri Cruise really started this, ya know? Maybe not the act of children wearing high heels and make-up, but given her fame, she definitely started the media and public debate over what is too much, too soon. And even though I got totally worked up about Toddlers and Tiaras, I’ve never really paid much attention to [...]

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Giving Your Brain a Break: Easy Ways to Do Nothing

February 7, 2021

I’ll admit it. I’m a doodler. And a colorer. A connect-the-dot, Peggle-playing, Words with Friends-fanatic. In short, I have a few “toys.” I also have a soft spot for anything crafty. Why do I tell you this? Because, until recently, it never occurred to me that my brain might need a break. The epiphany came [...]

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The New JCP

February 7, 2021

So lately I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for the “new” JCP. But they were kind of confusing. Like, were they not ever having a sale again? Were they becoming a bargain basement retailer? I couldn’t figure it out. And the commercials were really no help at all. Then I opened today’s newspaper and [...]

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The Mommy Files: Can We Ever Accept Our Post-Baby Bodies?

February 7, 2021

It’s a funny thing. Yesterday I was “pottying a tinkle” (as my toddler calls it) when I felt a bit of skin on my belly sort of tuck under…that’s the only way to describe it. I thought, this couldn’t possibly be happening…not to me. It was fine when I was standing up. There was no [...]

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Stop Your Kid From Stalling

February 6, 2021

Cute kid, right? Playing in the leaves all jovial like. That’s our toddler, perfecting the art of the stall. The, “If I’m really cute right now, they really won’t make me go inside” face. Hrmph. This has happened with both of our kids. In fact, the only days that our oldest has not stalled when [...]

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Always Playing Catch-Up? Stay on Task!

February 4, 2021

I’m notorious for always playing catch-up. If it’s not on work, it’s on sleep, bills, exercise…you name it. I even have to play catch-up with my book club sometimes! Argh. It’s aggravating and stressful. But with the new year, I made a commitment to get my catch-up pile caught-up and to make it a new [...]

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The Mommy Files: Coping with “The Sickness”

February 3, 2021

Cold and flu season is definitely upon us. And while I’m no doctor, I try to believe that my methods of getting rid of germs are pretty effective. It goes something like this: Quarantine sick person Fill them with over-the-counter meds to alleviate discomfort Provide a cooler full of popsicles and juice on ice to [...]

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Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham, Coming to a Target Near You!

February 2, 2021

Here’s one of the things I love most about Target: the whole “designers doing it for a dime” thing they have going on. These celebrity partnerships have allowed millions of people to get super-fashionable goods at a fraction of the price…and the reality is, in many cases, these duds would have been unobtainable otherwise. Like [...]

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How Far Would You Go to Get Your Kid Into Private School?

February 2, 2021

As many of you know, we don’t live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We don’t live in an exclusive neighborhood in San Francisco. We live in Portland, Maine. Now, that’s not to say that we don’t have our fair share of challenges within the school system. As with every other state, the budget [...]

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Kids Love to Cook: Season 2

February 2, 2021

Are you done drooling yet? Can you believe those were made by a kid no older than my twelve-teen? And I’m not sure which I admire more: her cooking prowess or her ability to keep from licking the spoon. These were created on the online-only show Kids Who Love to Cook. Part of the Season [...]

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How Our Body Image Is Ruining Our Girls

January 24, 2021

Note: As much as I’d like this post to be a tangent on a certain television show that exploits children’s self-images for the sake of beauty pageants, I won’t. But that might be coming later down the line…now back to your previously scheduled programming. ********************** I like to think that I’ve got a pretty healthy [...]

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Why Adult Ed Deserves a Second Look

January 20, 2021

When’s the last time you were in school? For some of us, it was recent…maybe we got married and had babies in the middle of our college careers and went back after the kids were in school. For others of us, it’s been a while. We finished up college, then decided to work for a [...]

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My Love/Hate Relationship with iGuy

January 16, 2021

Last week, over at Smart Mom Deals, I had featured a sale at Brookstone. And while I was scoping out the site for the best way to use the sale, I spied with my little eye the iGuy. Which I immediately fell in love with. It’s like a Gumby on steroids and it protects your [...]

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