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Dear Teachers

“I know it hasn’t been easy over the last year but thank you!”

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Review: Disney Frozen 2 Magic in Motion Elsa Doll

This 13-inch doll is just what your little Frozen fans will want.

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A Different Kind of Cat Grooming Salon

Photo: Janet Coburn
I do so love to watch cats grooming themselves. I find it hypnotic and soothing – the smooth play of muscles as they twist and stretch, the sensual splayed toes, the darting little pink tongue, the occasional glimpse of…

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You Were Born on a Saturday Morning in Philadelphia

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You were born on a Saturday morning in Philadelphia. It was early, and the January sun was shining. It wasn’t like it was in the movies. There was no rush of activity or newborn screams. The room was calm…

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When Your Business Partner Is Your Life Partner

“If you’re managing to stay afloat at work and home right now, you’ve got to high five yourself—and your partner. Remember, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t in this together.”

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Sorry, Not Sorry: Why Girls Need to Stop Apologizing

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You may have heard of a “little” best seller called, Girl, Stop Apologizing (2019) by multi-media company founder, Rachel Hollis. I don’t’ know about you but I’ve read it three times now, going on four. Hollis, speaker, author,…

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Duncan Hines Unicorn Cake Mix

Duncan Hines Launches Single-Serve Unicorn, Mermaid & Galaxy Cake Cups

These colorful desserts are as easy to make as they are pretty.

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My Truth: I’m Not a Big Fan of Babies

“Are babies adorable, tiny miracles that smell like heaven? Sure, of course they are. But do I want one living in my home? Not particularly.”

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The Joy in Irresponsibility

“Where do I get off thinking that I can get away with something so fun?”

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The Magic of Making Memories: Spoke Holiday Writing Challenge Winners

We loved all the sweet traditions and awesome stories our Spoke Contributors shared with us.

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: Dec. 21, 2018

Nothing but the best parenting tweets––all for you!

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I’m a Single Mom. I Won’t Let Santa Take Credit for the Good Gifts

“I want my kids to have the magic of Christmas in their own homes every year. I also want them to appreciate the season for what MATTERS.”

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When the Santa Claus Jig Is Up

Do I feel like the magic of Christmas is ruined forever? Not at all.

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Doctors Give Birthing Moms the Green Light to Push When They Please

Ready to push? Doctors are giving the okay earlier.

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Women’s Equality Is a Little More Personal for Me, Thanks to My Family

NBA player Steph Curry sounds off: “I want them to grow up in a world where their gender does not feel like a rulebook for what they should think, or be, or do.”

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I’m That Dad Who Always Complained about His Kids

I like to think I have become much closer to achieving my childhood dream of becoming a good father.

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Here’s What Science Has to Say About Curious Kids

They say curiosity killed the cat, but it’s actually really important for kids.

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Teaching Our Children Life’s Most Valuable Lessons

Here’s how we teach our children some of life’s fundamental lessons.

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This Viral Photo of a Newborn Still Attached to Its Placenta Is Beautiful & Powerful

The photograph has received thousands of reactions and shares, and it’s no wonder why.

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That’s Amore! Say Ciao to These 5 Gelato Spots

Read our guide for where to take the famiglia to ‘ciao’ down on the best gelato in town—it’s an offer you can’t refuse.

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My 10 Commandments for Being a Badass Mom

Being a better mom is NOT trying harder.

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We are generally taught that more is better. But, when you want to be a better mom, or human, actually LESS is more. Doing less, trying less,…

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The Fascinating Thing Kids Who Like to Play Dress-Up Have in Common

photo: Delia Creates
Does your super tyke insist on wearing a cape wherever he goes? While that might spell annoyance when you’re trying to get him dressed for a fancy occasion, that superhero costume might actually have some real benefits.…

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Break Out Your Fancy Pens, Cursive is Making a Comeback

photo: Ann Marie Michaels via Flickr
No one can pinpoint the exact year cursive writing was phased out of classrooms, but for New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the moment it became a problem was when she realized young voters…

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Don’t Go, Mom

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Like many moms, we are almost always on the go.
Last year I faced big challenges and stress and have been recovering after making some life-changing compromises.

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I often encourage my kids to go do…

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The Question I Dread: “Do You and Dad Give Us Presents Instead of Santa?”

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I had just gotten out of the shower, wet towel still wrapped around my head when our youngest, Nick, burst into the room and looked me squarely in the eye and asked the question I was…

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We Had ‘The Talk’! Yep, Told My Kids The Truth About Santa!

No I don’t mean the sex talk… we’ve had that a couple of times… and will continue to have it…
I’m talking about ‘the Santa’ talk.

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Overall it went well, it was actually quite a…

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Fairy Tales Where Different is Powerful

 
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.

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If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. –Albert Einstein
What are your favorite childhood memories? In…

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5 Reasons the New Show “Pitch” Is Great for the Whole Family

Looking for a new family TV show? We found one and it’s a total home run.

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Motherhood Has Turned Me into a Christmas Maniac

Motherhood has turned me into a full on Christmas maniac. I’ve already bought several gifts, though I’m still trying to figure out the perfect hiding spot (I’m looking for the right mix of “out of the way” and “won’t forget…

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Why will I be celebrating my child’s failures?

I walked into my parents’ apartment and fell facedown onto the couch. Breaking into tears, I cried uncontrollably for what seemed like hours.
It happened over 10 years ago, but I remember how I felt to this day — the…

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Two Mamas, For Real!

My twins are in elementary school at a local school in our neighborhood. They walk to school on sunny days, they spill contents of their lunches into their backpacks, they learn to make friendship bracelets, and they are ridiculously hungry…

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Chicago’s Newest Sweet Spot: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Traversing the mag mile with the kiddos isn’t always appealing to a local, but we have a sweet spot that just might change your mind.

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