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The Carnival is Just Like Summer School. Really.

Have you gotten to that point in the summer where, if your kids are anything like ours, you can actually see the knowledge oozing out of their ears like a Popsicle melting on a parking lot seven inches away from the concession stand? Was this the summer you weren’t going to let that happen? Did […]

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Enough with the Thigh Gap! Attacking Body Image is Not a Hobby.

Yoo-Hoo! Society! I’ve been thinking you should get a new hobby–something that will divert your attention away from creating new and ridiculous ways to tear apart the female body piece by piece like your latest weapon of mass destruction: thigh gap. How about you take up something like soap making instead of undermining women’s spirits?  […]

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Big Love Camping: 5 Moms, 13 Kids, and a Gazillion Memories

This was the sixth year of our annual Big Love camping trip! The gist is a bunch of moms (us plus three friends) gather a bunch of kids (mostly our own, but there are some tag-a-longs) and go to the biggest ol’ cabin/conference center in Janes Island State Park, near Crisfield, MD. Now we realize […]

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Thank You Summer—Jimmy Fallon Style

Nobody does gratefulness like Jimmy Fallon. His Thank-You Notes make US grateful we have a DVR, because Erin goes to bed too early to see him live.   1. Thank you, summer, for exquisite sunsets and blogging for making it impossible to just sit here and enjoy it. 2. Thank you chemistry for protecting our kids […]

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Hit it Out of the Ballpark With this Hot Dog Bar

Erin’s husband Steve is a purist. He likes his hot dog boiled and then topped with yellow mustard and a little relish. If you can wrap it in foil and he can eat it in a ballpark watching his beloved Orioles play, all the better. This post is not for him. It is,  however, most […]

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Disney Frozen Toy Giveaway!

Once upon a time we had little girls who loved to dress up as princesses. They loved Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. But as little girls are wont to do, they grew up. Now they no longer dress up, unless it’s for prom or homecoming, but we’ll tell you a secret . . […]

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How to Pick Where to Go for a Mammogram

The PR is good enough that we all know we have to take care of The Girls. You know . . . your milk bags, sweater hams, bee stings, tas-tas, boobies, or if we’re being absolutely mature and proper–your breasts. The first step is knowing when to get a mammogram. This is thankfully so straightforward […]

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Stop Locking Their Childhoods in a Closet

The good ol’ summertime is a fantastic time to slow it down and really smell the roses. So to speak. Erin: It’s also a perfect time to have it smack you in the face just how fast your babies are growing up. We just had our LAST first lost tooth over here. I know. Sniff. […]

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Books For Your Bedside Table through the Tween and Teen Years

In a little over a month, my fourth kiddo will cross over to the dark place known as Tweendom. This means for those of you keeping score at home that I will soon have a house bursting at the seams with teens and tweens. Please send reinforcements in the form of Diet Coke and chocolate. […]

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How to Save the World Without Really Trying: Pitch the Paper Towels

Having five kids means different things to different people. To my  parents, it means that they have lots of grandkids to brag about. To my friends, it means I’m the one who never completes her sentences and is always begging for a carpool . To my kids, it means hearing fifty times a day “siblings […]

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Catcrap Crazy Pintershizz on Pinterest

What is it about cats that makes them synonymous with crazy? Is it their aloofness or their murderous tendencies? Is it merely because of the alliteration? The term “Crazy Cat Lady” rolls off the tongue while “Crazy Dog Woman” or “Crazy Gerbil Guy” aren’t even things. Well, the gerbil guy may be a thing, but […]

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Reflected Light: Seeing My Father in a New Way

My father tells the worst jokes. He has never met a pun he didn’t like and he recycles his comic material with an efficiency and frequency that’s cringe-worthy. He also wears dark socks with cut-offs, is prone to reading the rules of board games, and thinks that Berger cookies are a legitimate food group. I […]

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Lean In is So Last Year: The Real Lessons For Our Daughters

Last summer, Leaning In was the “new black” of attitudes and catchphrases. God bless Sheryl Sandberg for kicking over the proverbial corporate ladder–women are not limited to one straight shot to the top. We girls are creative, we can forge our own path. Think of it like swinging from a jungle gym–there are different pathways […]

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7 Delicious Summer Recipes to Be Excited About

We’re summer girls, so we are super-excited to say this: Summer is here! Even if our kids are a little confused, we know exactly what this means: food, fun, and lots of free time! In addition to pulling out the flip-flops and trading in our jam-packed schedules for some lazy-hazy days, we are also psyched […]

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What is Wrong With People? P.S. Suck It Mean Girls

We interrupt this normally even-keeled blog for a good old fashioned rant. Erin: “Raise your hand if you’ve been victimized by Regina George.” Ellen: Are you quoting movies again? Erin: It seemed like the perfect place for a Mean Girls reference. In any case, it’s high time for everybody to step back, take a deep […]

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Block, Spot, and Stop Skin Cancer

If I had to choose a food to play me in my Food Network biography, Swiss Cheese would be reclining on the casting couch. She’d be dressed in just a whisper of Dijon mustard and accessorized by some lovely capers. Yes, this is the time of day when I desperately need a snack, but more […]

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