Decorating The College Dorm Room: Guys Vs. Girls

September 5, 2017
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Like many other parents of college-aged kids, I recently moved my oldest son into his college dorm room. Since he spent the past two years in boarding school, I considered myself a seasoned pro at purchasing all needed room supplies and took great pride in the fact that I could set up his dorm room in […]

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4th Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand…Why We Continue To Do This

June 5, 2017
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For the 4th year in a row, we are holding our Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser to raise money for a cause that means SO much to us: childhood cancer. Middle Dude and I are getting ready to make our homemade lemonade and we hope you’ll be eager to drink a cup either in person or donate to our stand online… Did you […]

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A Different View of High School Graduation

May 10, 2017

Embed from Getty Images   “Can you believe he’s graduating?!” a friend asked me when I told her my son was graduating high school in a few weeks. “Actually, yes I CAN believe it,” I answered, not giving her the usual replies of, “no, I can’t believe it. Where did the time go? How did my […]

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Why We Are Donating Our Son’s Umbilical Cord Blood (After Storing it for 13 Years)

January 25, 2017
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[NOTE: I used the least gross picture of an umbilical cord that I could find.] When I was pregnant with Big Dude back in 1997, I didn’t know anything about umbilical cord blood and why people might pay to store it. However, when I was pregnant again two years later, I started to hear more about it […]

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Thoughts On An Approaching New Year

December 15, 2016
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Embed from Getty Images   It’s almost 2017 and…I’m READY for it! I think 2016 was a mixed bag for some. I know for Christina and Tarek of “Flip or Flop” fame, it was a downer. And, I too am soooo down about their breakup…how could this be??? And, they’ve been dating other people too…say […]

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Halloween Grows Up

November 1, 2016
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As I sit here in a chocolate-induced haze after Halloween night, I have mixed emotions about how the night unfolded. This year, Halloween was different — different, good, but also different, bad. Or maybe I mean sad. This was the first time our whole family wasn’t together for Halloween. So yeah, that makes me kinda sad. Both […]

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A Mom, Her Son and The Hope Of One More

September 14, 2016

As many of you know, the cause I support the most now and always will be to help raise funds for childhood cancer research. Sometimes, however, I like to support fundraising for happy reasons too and this one is a goodie. The woman I am about to tell you about has photographed my children on […]

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3rd Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Why We Do This

June 7, 2016
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For the 3rd year in a row, we are holding our Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser to raise money for a cause that means SO much to us: childhood cancer. Middle Dude and I are getting ready to make our homemade lemonade and we hope you’ll be eager to drink a cup either in person or online and help us raise […]

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Shopping With and Without My Mother

May 5, 2016

Embed from Getty Images My mother and I used to go shopping in a typical mother-daughter sort of way. But, if you ever saw us weaving in and out of the stores, we looked anything but typical. Neither of us ever dressed the part of avid shopper. My mom was usually wearing a pair of […]

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How The Blue Oyster Cult Taught Me My Parents Were Cool

April 21, 2016
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This post is in honor of my mother, who would have been 78 years-old today.  Unless your father is David Beckham and your mother is a Spice Girl, most kids don’t grow up thinking their parents are cool. My parents were regular people with regular careers, who wanted my brother and me to have a […]

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Learning To Drive…Again

March 23, 2016
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Here we go again! Middle Dude turned 16 this past January, which meant we once again have a dude in the house learning to drive. The first time around, when Big Dude got behind the wheel, I thought I was going to be terrified, but as you may recall, it wasn’t as harrowing an experience as […]

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