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LeapFrog Tag Reader and LeapPad Explorer Review

A toddler shuffling in Mom’s heels. A teen donning Dad’s hat. A preschooler reading Grandpa’s crossword puzzle. Kids just can’t seem to stop themselves from emulating the grownups in their life—and there are plenty of toys designed to encourage just that. Shopping carts, tool belts, kitchen sets and, now, tablet & smartphones toys—just like Mom […]

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On Reliving My Childhood (Plus Smurfs Dance Party Review)

When I was little, the Smurfs were huge. Huge. And, I loved them. I loved Smurfs so much that I wrote poems about them nonstop. True story. My dad and I used to create limericks about Smurfs at night before I went to bed. Oh, how I wish we still had some of those! (I’m […]

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On Making Room For Mom Time

Thanks to Crystal Light for sponsoring this post. To learn more about how Crystal Light can flavor your day with 30 refreshing flavors, visit http://www.facebook.com/crystallight. 11am: Student Yearbook Committee 12pm: Pickup Lorelai 3pm: Round table discussion with 25 mom bloggers and Indiana’s Lt. Governor. My life is pretty much awesome—and all over the map. From […]

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On Holiday Expectations

I’m taking down the Christmas decorations today—ALL OF THEM. Possibly even the ones I see in public, because I am all done with Christmas. I am usually the first to have my decorations up and be playing the music and planning the magic. But, this year was different. In the guise of compromise and fairness, […]

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On Memorable Vacations (and the GMC Acadia)

The memories I have of childhood at this point, are all a little fuzzy, except for the trips that we took as a family. I remember the St Louis Gateway arch, Disney World, the trip through Yellowstone, and many others. Those are some of the clearest and fondest memories of my childhood. I remember the […]

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On The (Not So) Perfect Holiday Photo (Plus free Shutterfly cards)

‘Tis the season for widespread panic over getting the perfect family photo to show off in your holiday cards. I know people who spend hours trying to capture a gorgeous photo, with smiling faces, well-dressed kids & family harmony. I’m not one of them. Because that’s not my life. I don’t have perfect children. We’re […]

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