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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The College Tour Season Begins

March 15, 2016
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Spring break for some means relaxing at home, or skiing, or perhaps a trip to a tropical island. But, if you’ve got a high school junior at home, spring break can also mean it’s time to start touring colleges. Maybe not the dream vacation of sipping margaritas under the palm trees that you hoped for, […]

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What I Learned in 2015…

January 28, 2016
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I know we’re a month into 2016 already, but it’s always a fun exercise to reflect on the previous year..Was it good? Did it suck? Did I travel? Was it a blur? (Aren’t they all?) And, most importantly, what did I learn last year? I was trying to decide if I could pick just one thing that […]

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One Word for the New Year

January 7, 2016
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Forget those dumb resolutions. But, a word for 2016 makes a lot of sense to me. A word that has meaning and is motivating. A word that will remind me to keep following my passion, even when I’m busy and/or lazy. So, my 2016 word of the year is…. WRITE! And yes, I need that […]

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Self-Balancing Scooters: Good, Bad, or In-Between?

December 7, 2015
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Unless you’ve been locked away from the world these past six months, you’d know that electric self-balancing scooters are the “IT” mode of transportation among the teen and tween set. (And, no our dog Matilda pictured at the left, has not learned to ride it…yet). Little Dude had been begging for one for months, but […]

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Picking The Perfect Pumpkin

October 13, 2015
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Every October my mother used to love to go pumpkin picking with my kids and me. We’d usually drive to an orchard that had both apples and pumpkins and she would delight in watching her grandkids romp around the trees looking for apples, and sampling a few along the way. When the boys tired of […]

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One Less Dude In The House

September 22, 2015
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Well, it finally happened: My first Dude has left the nest. As you may recall, Big Dude has chosen to go to boarding school for his remaining time in high school. He found the right fit school, for both his academic and athletic development. In the weeks leading up to his departure, my Facebook newsfeed […]

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The Dreaded Summer Job

August 18, 2015
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Anybody who follows me on Facebook may have noticed this past summer that I’d occasionally receive comments or messages on my Wall from Big Dude that made it seem as if he was being held captive at a job in New Hampshire. Yes, he claimed to be miserable, that he wanted to come home early, […]

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