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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: New Data Reveals Nation’s Seasonal Preferences

Which states are most (and least) likely to buy pumpkin spice products?

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The Descendants Royal Wedding Is Finally Airing This Friday

It looks like happily every after is finally in the cards.

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My Spectrum Superhero

“I realized superheroes aren’t just a reality in his world, they are a reality in mine as well. In my world, there lives the strongest, most benevolent superhero of all—his name is Murphy and he’s my son.”

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Season 2 of “Gigantosaurus” Drops on Jan. 4th

Not only will you meet new characters (there might be a new baby dino), but the team will head to brand-new locations.

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Maternity Leave Shouldn’t Set Women Back

“There’s an unspoken bias surrounding maternity leave. We hope to help well-meaning companies do better.”

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What This Widowed Father Wants You to Know

“It’s been three years since I lost my wife to ovarian cancer—this recent stretch of time has highlighted the joys and the challenges of parenting for all of us. How do we Dads talk to our kids about these issues while holding emotional space for them and being the steady source of calm?”

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5 Ways to Reduce Pet Anxiety as We Get Ready to Leave Home Again

“It’s important to know that new routines can be tricky for humans and animals alike, but rest assured that with patience and persistence, you and your pup can get through it together.”

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They Said the Days Would Go by Fast

Creative, intuitive, and open to the world around them, my kids have hopefully learned among the piles and dust that life isn’t about being perfect. It is about spending time, not orchestrating time.

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Here’s What Happened When I Recognized My Social Media Addiction

“I hate to admit it, but I had become addicted to my phone. I would get anxious if I could not find it. I would get literal sweats thinking about messages I was missing, or comments that were left unaddressed.”

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Thinking about Divorce? Here’s 10 Things Every Wife Should Know

Like childbirth, I feel that no one tells you the real truth about the divorce process.

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Honey, We Need to Talk about This Rough Patch We’re Going Through

“Let’s face it. We’re going through a rough spot.”

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This Beloved Toy Store Is Coming Back After Closing—Just in Time for the Holidays

Our childhood favorite toy store is officially making a comeback and we can’t wait!

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12 Things No One Ever Tells You about Being a Single Dad

Nothing can fully prepare you for raising your children as a single dad.

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Kylie Jenner Wasn’t on the Kardashian Christmas Card & Everyone’s Freaking Out

There was plenty of speculation that the final Christmas card photo would be Kylie’s belly-baring reveal. But alas, no such luck.

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Back from the Brink

Occasionally, I wear a delicate golden necklace in the shape of a heartbeat, with a tiny heart accenting to the left. At a funeral, a friend lightly asked me whose heartbeat it symbolizes. I smiled and said my own, unwilling…

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18 Reasons the Tooth Fairy Was a No-Show

The Tooth Fairy was recently a no-show in my house. Sheesh! Is there anyone we can depend on these days? What a lazy, unreliable, no good, piece of… oh wait, I’m the Tooth Fairy.
My son was devastated. I told…

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Should You Take Your Kids Out of School to Travel? 4 Factors to Consider

So you want to pull your kids out of school for a week-long trip to Disney World. The winter is a great time to visit Disney World, after all, and if they can get their homework done in advance, everything…

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10 Art Projects That Feature Fall Foliage

It’s time to celebrate autumn’s beauty. We raked through the web to bring you tons of ideas.

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Kids Raised by Single Moms Do Just Fine

According to a new study, kids raised by moms who choose to raise their babes solo do just as well as children in homes with two parents.

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Why I’m Saying Yes To Sleepovers This Summer!

Photo: Bruce Szalwinski
Sleepovers, one word that elicits that look from moms of all walks of life. That look of dread, that look of defeat, that look of annoyance, that look of horror. One word that makes Moms from all…

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Best Tips on Finding the Perfect Childcare

I was talking to a mom the other day—let’s call her Beth—who shared with me a daycare horror story. Beth put her daughter in a daycare near her home that looked quaint. As a new mom, she didn’t know any…

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Sleep Experts Recommend Later School Start Times for Middle and High School Students

Find out why experts believe a later school start will lead to better academic achievement.

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Daily Challenges оf Being a Blended Fаmily

What is a blended family?

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5 Ways Camping Helps Your Family Grow

Photo: Jenna Gilbert
I know that not everyone loves the great outdoors. But, if you don’t, bear with me here for a minute. Have you been outside??
Early last year our little family bought a little trailer on a little…

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To My Pediatrician, I’m Sorry I Can’t Answer All Of Your Questions

Photo: Anne Metz
To my Pediatrician:
First of all, let me say thank you for taking such good care of my babies and also for putting up with all my questions. You think by now, 10 years and four kids…

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A Thank You Letter to My Child’s Teacher

Photo: Stacey Lynne Photography
To my child’s teacher/principal/babysitter/daycare,  
When I first met you a thousand questions went through my head. Will she appreciate her humor? Will she understand his subtle whines? Will she have the patience for her strong…

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Why I Love Reading Books to My Daughter

Photo: popofatticus via Flickr Creative Commons

I love books. I love to be surrounded by them. I love to touch them. I love the crispness of thick glossy paper and the rugged feel of cloth binding. I love the shine…

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Nothing Beats A Kid-Made Valentine’s Day Card

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, kids are determined to bring out all the feels. While some kid-made cards are filled with love and joy, others have a bit of a different feel.

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When the Moment Hits You: You and Your Spouse Are Separated

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My little girl was crying her lungs out last night, she was having growing pains. I ran to my medicine cabinet just to find one expired bottle of ibuprofen. It had been so long since I last needed…

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Mom’s Night Out: The Best San Diego Wine Bars for Mommy Juice

We love our kids, but absence makes the heart grow fonder — even if that absence entails just three hours out with your girlfriends. There’s a reason websites dedicated to moms and their wine are popping up all over the…

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Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner: The Burger Lounge

Heads up kids!  A new burger joint!  In Los Angeles!
We know.  Even our kids know.  Like a hole in the head this town needs a new place to get a burger.  But bear with us.  We’re on your side…

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The East Bay’s Newest Mini-Golf Venue

There’s new indoor fun in store for the East Bay. With the much-anticipated opening of Subpar Miniature Golf on Park Street in Alameda, many kids in the area will have the opportunity to swing a putter for the first time.…

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