Is “WTF” OK to Say?

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I was attending a workshop last month and someone casually said “STFU” in conversation, which I found simultaneously pleasing and jarring. While I am by no means proud of this fact, the truth is that I am a bit of a potty mouth, so when someone swears around me, I sort of feel like I [...]

Summer Solstice

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This summer has been the season of transformation, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And I mean that in the literal sense. Physical: I got my nose pierced about two weeks ago and I know exactly what possessed me: I was afraid that with three young kids (and a Jeep with an entire row of car seats [...]

Bringing Sexy Back

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I met an old friend for drinks a few weeks ago and a conversation we had has been on my mind ever since. Understandably, she was quite upset because her husband asked her why she never dressed provocatively or sexy anymore. I feel like the fact that she has three little kids at home is [...]

Summertime Safety

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Summertime triggers an American ritual: the rolling out of the grills, the dusting off of the patio furniture, and the beginning of BBQ season! Unfortunately, each year, many hungry participants end up bent over the porcelain throne, suffering from the ill effects of grill-side grubbing. Why? With most of us grazing our way through lazy [...]

Dads Deserve More Credit

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In a recent article from Huffington Post, a clear and obvious statement was made: Dads deserve more credit! But, more importantly, there’s science to prove it! Lots has been said about the bond a mother and child share, but studies show the bond between a father and child can be just as important. Playtime helps [...]

When the House Finally Sells

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The offer that changed the game came in as we were drying off from taking a dip in the pool. Just like that, our home was sold. Well, “under agreement” or “contingent” as they like to say, but, in that very moment, our home sorta, kinda became someone else’s and it sorta, kinda simultaneously feels [...]

Decoding our Digital Footprints

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How many times have you been at the playground and then saw your kid doing something cute? You probably thought to yourself, “Hey, I should snap a picture of this and post it on Facebook!” I do this more often than I realize. And so as I was driving home from work the other day [...]

The Restaurant Rodeo

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A few weeks ago I was sitting in a chair at a restaurant, spaghetti sauce all over my shirt, parmesan cheese crumbs all over my lap, with a writhing two year-old whimpering and fussing on my lap. I looked at my husband across the table and firmly declared, “I am NOT going to another restaurant [...]

Family Rules!

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I had a “sit-down” with my in-laws about some family rules that were causing disagreement. Specifically: please only buy presents on birthdays and Hanukkah. And also, please choose organic when you have the opportunity. And yet somehow these requests triggered a larger debate – er – conversation about [...]

Easing Into Unloading

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Now that we have a new house under construction, I am in full-blown get our house on the market and get packing mode, which, as many of you know, is no easy feat. We have ten years, two dogs, and two children’s worth of “stuff and things” in pretty much every nook and cranny of [...]