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Adventures in Engineering: Kid Tested, Mom Approved STEM Fun

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Last summer a dear friend of mine, one of those friend who seems to know everyone, asked me if I’d be interested in a summer gig. As an adjunct between semesters, I said, “sure,...

PARENTS GONE WILD: Adults Only Theme Park Day

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I can’t be the only one who, during the last holiday season, was just SHOPPED OUT, even for myself. When my dear husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, my only response was “I...

The Only Cookie Recipe You Will Ever Need

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I try to limit sugar, I really do. But once the holidays roll around, I feel societally empowered to live out all my Suzie Homemaker fantasies and bake to my heart’s content. It’s also...

October is Stressful: a Complaint and Request

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October stresses me out. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels the pressure to squeeze every drop out of the “Halloween season” during this, the lovely 10th month of the year....

Helping a Mommy Cancer Warrior

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So this is for sure not the article I hoped I would be writing for you all this fall. Last September, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and after a radical hysterectomy (though I...

Sneaky Geeky: How I’m Trying to Raise the Next Generation of Nerds

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Geek culture no longer exists only outside the mainstream, as witnessed by the huge success of movie franchises such as Lord of the Rings, the X-Men series, the Marvel movie franchise, the hugely profitable...

The Gift of Car Line Time

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So it’s back to school time again, and while kids bemoan the loss of summer and parents bemoan that the busses on the road make driving to work so much slower, I’d rather focus...

A Crafty Birthday Party

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So my last missive from mommy land was a lamentation of the plight of those of us with summer birthdays, and I entreated the gentle readers to try to spin that situation into a...

Dealing with a Summer Birthday

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Confession time: I’ve always resented people with birthdays during the school year. My birthday is mid-June. As a kid, my family traveled to California by car from Orlando every summer (the story of which should...

Making Omnivores: 5 Ways to Encourage Adventurous Eating

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A few Fridays ago, I was at a friend’s house on a play date. Her two kids were busy running around with my two, and as it was close to “bye bye time,” we...