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I’m willing to bet that if you stopped and thought about your group of friends you would be able to identify a need that each one of them fulfills for you, and if I asked them to do the same about you there’s a spot that you fill that no one else would be able to.   Friend relationships are not a one-size-fits all proposition, we have different types of friends, and different types of friendships.  When you have a crisis, or a funny story to tell, or you need advice, you know immediately who you are going to call.  You

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I know as well as anyone that the holidays are insanely stressful and that stress multiplies by about a gazillion when you add being a mom to the mix.  Just the things we have to accomplish on a normal day seem impossible to get done, add the extra holiday insanity to the mix and you can practically feel a nervous breakdown stalking you around every corner! Between kids, spouses, and in-laws there’s a constant, never ending demand for our attention and our time!  The pressure to create the Norman Rockwell holiday picture is endless!  If you’ve ever browsed for holiday

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Marcia Kester Doyle is one of my blogging idols, not only is this woman fall-down, pee your pants, hilarious she is also the most kind and giving blogger friend a woman could ask for in this world.   I don’t know how she manages to be as prolific in her writing as she is, but figuring that out is definitely a goal of mine! When she asked if I would be interested in guest blogging on her site as part of her Wacky Wednesday Writer series I jumped at the chance and then had a mild panic attack about HOW

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  Help make a dream come true! I’d love to hit the Amazon Best Seller’s List. Here’s how we can make that happen… Download your copy of Clash of the Couples (a book I co-authored along with forty-five fellow bloggers) for just $0.99 – TODAY ONLY. That’s less than the Starbucks you’re currently sipping and would sure make this lady very happy! VERY. HAPPY. So please, please, please…download today! Thank you for your support! Angela P.S. After you’re done reading and laughing don’t forget to leave us an honest review on Amazon!  Yes, I never stop asking you for things…it’s

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7 Rules of Hiring a Teento Babysit

Hiring a babysitter so you and your spouse can enjoy a “date night” out of the house, without little people demanding to have their butt’s wiped, or their food cut into bite size pieces is a special treat for any couple.  But, for the teenager who is taking your place in the role of caregiver to your kids for the night, it’s a part-time job.  One they do not because they simply love children, but because they want a chance to earn some spending money of their own that they don’t have to beg from their parents. If your children

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  It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?  Just focus!  Simply pay attention and finish the task in front of you.  To those without attention deficit disorder it sounds like the most simple, obvious thing in the entire world.  To those with attention deficit disorder it sounds like a pipe dream, something they so desperately wish that they could do but they are just unable to pull it off. We wouldn’t shout “just lower your blood sugar” to a diabetic.  Or, “reduce your blood pressure” to someone with heart disease.  We know that these things are out of the person’s control.

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    I could not be more proud, excited and thrilled to announce that as of today you can purchase my second book, Clash of the Couples from Amazon!  Along with 45 other completely amazing writers–both men and women–we are sharing those ridiculous arguments that all couples have in a way that will have you laughing, shaking your head, and thinking “oh my god I thought I was the only one who did that!” My contribution to the book is titled “Dirty Socks, EVERYWHERE!” and is a story about a situation that happened between my husband and myself many years

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I am probably the most avid reader you will ever meet in your life. Growing up, my mom used to say that I would read the back of the cereal box if there was nothing else to get my hands on with printed words on it.  She was absolutely right.  I remember reading the box of cereal every single morning while I ate my bowl for breakfast.  If there were words printed on it, I read it.  The only exception?  Anything that was assigned reading. Call it stubbornness, or whatever you like but there’s something about having a book assigned

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11 Ways to Stop Your Kids from Bullying

October is Bullying Prevention Month. However, bullying behaviour happens all year round and the ones doing the bullying can come in various shapes, sizes as well as ages. They can also come from different ethnic groups, genders, socio-economic classes and religions. Parents can be shocked in learning that your kid has been the reason for the pain and the humiliation of another child, or worse, more than one child. Kids’ bullying one another isn’t exactly something new. A lot of people have come across a bully at a certain time of their lives. Parents usually worry that their kids are

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This story was originally written to be included in the book Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.  Only, I neglected to note the cut off date for submissions and I missed it!  Jill is amazing and she loved this story so she tried to juggle things but in the end the story couldn’t fit into the book without causing a whole lot of trouble for editors and publishers and ultimately Jill who already has plenty on her plate! I decided to use the essay as a post on my site and as a way to generate more support for

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No matter what type condition you are pursuing a diagnosis for your child in it can be a road filled with potholes, nerves, and detours.  Whether you are trying to get a diagnosis so your child can do better in school, or just so they can receive treatment for a condition that is causing them pain, sometimes it seems like a process of ruling things out so you can be left with an only thing left option. Is that really the best we can do?  It’s so frustrating! Navigating the medical process can be confusing, frustrating, and frankly terrifying!  I’ve

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One year ago today I realized a dream that was a lifetime in the making. I became a published author, and today my very first book turns a year old! You can help me realize another dream by purchasing a copy and helping the book return to the Best Sellers list! Today only the book is available for just 99c on Amazon! If you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, now is your chance to score a copy for less than that morning cup of coffee you’re holding right now!  Download a copy, read it, and laugh

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My teenage daughter attended her first dress up dance at high school this past weekend.  She’s a sophomore but opted not to attend the dances last year.  This year she went to the homecoming dance with a group of friends, had a blast, and made me realize there are still a few things we need to be teaching these teenagers before we turn them loose on the world.  No, I’m not talking about teaching them how to achieve world peace, or how to assemble a high quality resume that will get them hired by Fortune 500 companies post-graduation.  I’m not

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There are few things I enjoy more than reading a really good book.  If that book can make me laugh out loud then that’s an extra bonus, Stacey Gustafson not only had me laughing but several times I was receiving sideways glances from the people around me when I realized I was laughing so hard I was rocking back and forth in my chair! Yeah, that tends to make people think maybe you forgot your meds that morning or something.  Still, it was totally worth it! “Are You Kidding Me?” is filled with those stories you’d tell only your very

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I’ve always wanted to say that line, the radio DJ’s say it all the time and it sounds so…super top secret and exclusive!   We are so excited about the upcoming release of Clash of the Couples we decided to do a quick giveaway before the actual release!  So you could actually win a copy of the book before anyone else can buy it!  Even the authors of the book have only gotten a preview recently!  The book is fan-flipping-tastic, so you’ll be wanting a copy anyway!  Might as well win it for free, right? Click here to enter!!   

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I’ve never been the type of person who throws her own parade.  I don’t do countdowns to my own birthday, I don’t make lists of things I want to receive as gifts.  Generally, when someone asks me what I want for my birthday I can’t come up with a single thing!  Even though I can always find things I want when I’m casually browsing Target.  Especially if I have no money in my bank account to spend at the moment. This year my family has asked me numerous times, I love that they want to treat me and pamper me

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Judy feels pretty good about herself this morning, as she twirls in front of her bedroom mirror.  It’s picture day so she got up early and fixed her hair, and even snuck a little bit of her mom’s mascara!  The new dress her mom bought for her to wear in her pictures flutters around her legs when she spins, and even though she’s not a little kid anymore–she’s almost a teenager!–she still likes to twirl in front of the mirror as long as no one is watching. As she rushes down the driveway to catch the bus she is all

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Even before my son, now 11, was officially diagnosed as having ADD I knew that he had difficulty focusing and staying on task for very long.  Like most parents, I wondered where the line was that determined what was typical boy behavior, and what was a problem.  Even before the official diagnosis happened I knew that the nightly Taekwondo classes helped him to focus, helped his mood, and helped his confidence in ways that nothing else had ever done. For a long time I chalked it up to the physical exercise releasing endorphins and improving his mood.  I’m sure that

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It’s no secret that I love a good book, and I’m absolutely over the moon for a new book that’s part of a series I already love from an author I adore!  Roxanne St. Claire has been one of my favorites since I first discovered her many years ago when I was writing book reviews for a print magazine.  (Yeah I actually got paid, and I got free books, it was a dream job…too bad I can’t figure out how to live on $50 a month) A few months ago I shared other reviews for Roxanne’s latest series, be sure

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Have you ever heard the expression “necessity is the mother of invention?”  Well, there’s a lot of truth to that! Especially if you’re a mother yourself, and that necessity is getting your child to eat something besides chicken nuggets and fruit snacks. Melissa Desrochers had the genius idea to try and get her picky eater to try and eat new things by serving them to him on a toothpick.  It’s a genius idea!  And it’s totally born of necessity.  Trying to get a picky eater to eat nutritious foods is a truly frustrating thing!  You’re pretty much faced with two paths

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  Do you know if your child is a bully? I think that you would be hard pressed in 2014 to find a parent who wouldn’t agree with the statement that bullying is a big problem, and something we all hope that our children are never a victim of.  We spend time talking to our children about how to handle a bully, who to tell if something is happening to them, and the school system has even gotten on board with major anti-bullying campaigns.  Bullying falls under their zero tolerance policy for most school districts.  But, what does that really

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I am beyond excited to announce that I am once again joining the published authors ranks!  I will have a story included in the upcoming anthology Clash of the Couples which is scheduled for release in very early November!  Today we are excited to share the first peek at the cover for the new book! Tell the truth, is that the most GORGEOUS thing you have ever seen?  Of course we couldn’t share a collection of stories about couples without paying tribute to the ultimate couple, Adam and Eve! There are some truly amazing bloggers in this lineup and I am

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I knew when I started dating my husband that he’s the kind of guy who believes that farts happen.  He’s not a ‘hold it in’ kind of guy.  I firmly believe he has never, ever had the urge to pass gas and suppressed it.  No pun intended. Not only is he a guy who believes that holding a fart in will give him some kind of excruciating stomach ache and probably worse, he also believes that farts are meant to be heard.  The louder the better!  And he takes pride in the stench he creates. Yes, you read that correctly.

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It is only the third week of school in our house and I am already completely and totally fed up with the homework battle. Last night was by far the worst night yet as my son and I spent 3+ hours doing homework at the dining room table. Three hours of homework in fifth grade is nothing short of total insanity! Expecting any child to sit and concentrate on homework for that long is ridiculous, but when that child has ADD it’s absolutely impossible. Part of the problem was that a good chunk of the homework involved writing.  Guess what

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  As most of the Internet now knows some nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities were released over the weekend after a hacker obtained them illegally from their cloud server accounts.   I’m not here to debate the various terms that have been bandied about the Internet in the last few days like “scandal” or “leak” or even to discuss the gigantic breach of privacy and how violating that must be for the women involved.  What I want to discuss is that this goes to prove what I have always told my children, that if you share

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