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November 16, 2015 | No comments yet

No, I Don’t Want to Donate $1 to the United Way

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Checkout charity requests are out of control. You know the drill – the store’s cashier asks you to donate to some charity while you’re paying for your items.

Some people donate one dollar without batting an eyelash. I respect this decisiveness and admire your good-naturedness. But a recent survey shows that the majority of you hate this question as much as I do.

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November 7, 2015 | 1 comment

Jagged Little Pill: 20 Years Later and I’m Still Angry

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Alanis Morissette’s seminal album Jagged Little Pill celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Just a few days ago, she released a 20th anniversary edition.

She was only 19 when she wrote it. It was more caustic than the typical teenaged angst that say Taylor Swift’s early albums speak to. She was more than angry: she was downright f-ing mad. At men, at relationships, at female inequalities, at not being taken seriously.

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November 3, 2015 | 2 comments

Who Wants to Marry my Six-Year Old Son?

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As my kindergartener exited the bus today, the little girl who’s seated next to him yelled through the open door to me, “I’m going to marry him.”

“What?” I squealed to my son who bounded down the bus steps beaming from ear to ear. “I send you to kindergarten and you come back with a wife?”

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October 27, 2015 | No comments yet

The Worst Thing About Being A Mom

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The Worst Thing About Being A Mom

My new Spanish sister-in-law asked me on our summer vacation at the beach, “What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?”

A million things flashed through my mind. None of them original, however. They were the standard complaints that you always hear about lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of exercise, lack of adult interaction, lack of self, lack of decent clothes, lack of sex.

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October 20, 2015 | No comments yet

10 Random Collections that i Never Thought I´d Have in my Home

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As a mother of a six and four-year-old, I realize that my home is going to contain some amount of plastic crap. The endless collections of dolls, LEGO sets, action figures, books, kindles, DVDs, CDs, cars, trains, trucks, board games, Disney figurines, BarbiesPretty Ponies, crayons, and makers are standard issue for any boy and girl. For my husband and me, I stock plenty of bottles of wine (see my post – 6 Things My Kids Know About Alcohol). But, I’ve compiled a list of the random things that my kids love to collect.

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October 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Are My Kids Too Big for a Double Stroller?

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We’re celebrating my son’s sixth birthday and my daughter’s fourth this weekend.

After several outings this past summer, I’d come home and think, it’s time to retire the double stroller. My husband disagreed. “It’s so great that they still want to go in it,” he’d said. “You get to extend all your outings since they can rest in there.”

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October 12, 2015 | 1 comment

6 Things My Kids Know About Alcohol

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It’s pretty scary how much my children know about alcohol already.

My kids know that when my in-laws from Ireland stay, the icemaker in our bar is fired up for the duration of their visit. My kids love to eat ice. Even though, I taught them otherwise, they still eat it direct from the icemaker. Don’t tell Granny that the ice in her white wine may have been touched by my kids’ grubby little fingers.

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October 7, 2015 | 4 comments

Halloween Shopping Has Gone Awry

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Two months ago, we’d just arrived back home from our summer vacation. The kids were happily playing in the backyard while my husband unpacked, so I snuck off to grocery shop.

The grocery store by myself! What bliss to do a shop without having to drop them into the store’s playroom or avoid the entrance with the Red Box videos. On a Saturday evening too. It was a real night out for me.

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September 30, 2015 | 1 comment

Hearing the F-word on the bus

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The first several weeks of kindergarten have passed uneventfully for my five-year-old son. Considering all that I have done to get him ready for full-day school, I’m very thankful.

My husband and I were nervous about him riding the bus. I’m sure every parent of a kindergartener goes through this

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September 23, 2015 | 4 comments

Worst Place to See your Ex

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I moved back to my hometown a few years ago after a six-year stint on the West Coast. It’s the city where I grew up and where I went to law school. So, there’s ample opportunity for me to see someone that I went to high school with or someone that I knew in law school.

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