The Fish Who Shall Not Be Named

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Pets help make our house a home. A hairier and sometimes smellier version of home, but home nonetheless. We had tons of pets growing up. At one point, I think we had four cats and three dogs (although it may have been more). As a result, I never thought twice about sharing my space with […]

Why Every Parent Should Volunteer At School

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I’ve had a few defining moments at the mother of a school-aged child. Some of them are more typical, like crying as I pulled away from preschool when I dropped my four year old son off for the first time. It was only a two hour separation but it felt like I was sending him […]

One Day, he’ll thank me for this app

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It’s often debated how much a blogger should involve their children in the online world. We tell some of their stories and share lots of their pictures. And then we wonder how much is too much? My son Evan has been a big part of my blog since I started in 2009 but not because […]

How Netflix Gets My Kid Ready for Back to School

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First of all, I can’t believe some of you are already posting pictures of the first day of school. I mean, IT’S JULY! Is summer vacation not sacred anymore? And don’t even get me started on year-round schooling. I know there are lots of advantages to it but I’m pretty old school. I believe in […]

The Trouble with Wubble

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If you’re a Trekkie, you’ll probably get the reference to the post title. It comes from the infamous episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.” Tribbles were cute, furry little ball-like creatures that quickly took over the Enterprise wreaking havoc on the food supply and generally annoying the Klingons. They were cute, but troublesome. Much like the Tribbles, […]

Field Trip Friday: A world of Hard Rock, Discovery, and very colorful parking

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It start with a Living Social deal posted by my friend Cara. Super discounted tickets to the local children’s museum, Port Discovery, in downtown Baltimore or a greatly reduced membership rate. In the back of my mind, I heard Evan last summer ask repeatedly to go to Port Discovery, which we did. A few times. […]

5 Sports for Kids Who Don’t Like Sports

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If video games were a sport, I’m pretty sure my 7 year old son would already be on a varsity team somewhere being eyed up by major colleges in preparation for a career in the big leagues. But alas, video gaming is not really considered a sport. And I can’t base my retirement on my […]

A Day at the UTZ Potato Chip Factory

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As summer is approaching, I’ll soon be managing my days alongside a 7 year old child wondering what he can do all day (besides play video games and watch TV). It’s especially hard when I’ve got work to do and all my work involves screen time. When I was better at managing life a few years […]

Getting Your Kids to Talk at the Table

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From the moment my son learned to form words, he has literally never. shut. up. I’m not complaining. I’m a talker. I come from a family of talkers. I’m also a nervous talker. When it’s quiet, I feel the need to fill up the silence, which I find really odd because when I’m alone, I […]

What’s Funnier – Cats or Wine? #RefreshYourFunny

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You know what I love? Wine. You know what I don’t love? Too much wine. Or wine as a necessity. Or wine as a crutch. You know what I’m starting to become even more aware of? Wine as a punchline. I’m as guilty as any mom or parent of having a very long day and saying in […]

Who Creates a Child’s World? {Giveaway}

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The age old question of parenting and child-rearing comes down to nature vs. nurture. Is a child simply a product of their environment or can you take a child out of the environment and change the course of their life? Of course, the question is rhetorical but I’ve always been fascinated by studies of twins […]