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The Gift of Teenage Autonomy Is Now Free On Amazon
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The Gift of Teenage Autonomy Is Now Free On Amazon

This teenage autonomy post is brought to you by Amazon and The Motherhood. All opinions expressed above are honest and unbiased, as always. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t think I knew what ‘autonomy’ meant as recently as 5 years ago. The concept of it, sure, but the word ‘autonomy’ […]

Reason #2 Why I Love Soccer
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Reason #2 Why I Love Soccer

I published a sprawling ‘reasons I love soccer‘ story already but there are so many reasons, some tiny and obscure, some massive and obvious, why I absolutely love soccer / English football so this is going to be a series. Here’s reason #2 Why I Love Soccer. America is descending […]

Avoid The Flu, Save The Likes
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Avoid The Flu, Save The Likes

Sometimes we modern folk do stuff solely because we think it’ll look awesome on social media. It’s okay, we all suffer for our art at one point or another. For example, we know in our heads and in our hearts that the annual county hot air balloon festival is going […]

Make Halloween Handmade Again with Boxtumes
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Make Halloween Handmade Again with Boxtumes

*This DIY Halloween costume story is sponsored by Amazon and Mom It Forward. All opinions expressed below are honest and unbiased, as always. It’s a cliche for a reason: cats and babies alike would be perfectly happy with just a box. We’re seasoned vets at this parenting game and yet […]

The Young Man I Met Last Night
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The Young Man I Met Last Night

The band was still finding its footing, having just placed their drinks down and positioned themselves at or picked up their instruments moments earlier, but you had gone from zero to 60 with the first note. You bounced along to “I Am A Runner” with more spring than I have […]

Braces, Fractures, Spurs, Wolves, Digital Photo Frames and Finding Pure Joy All Alone
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Braces, Fractures, Spurs, Wolves, Digital Photo Frames and Finding Pure Joy All Alone

We’ve managed to avoid major childhood injuries and medical procedures, and the accompanying debt-inducing healthcare bills, for the first 13.5 years of family life but the streak has ended with a momentous clattering. Both of our daughters need braces. Oof. And the right-handed teenager took a nasty spill whilst playing around […]

I Get Better With A Little Help From My Friends
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I Get Better With A Little Help From My Friends

My definition of a friend was as rigid as glass when I was young. It all started with a song lyric from the album that changed my life when I was an impressionable 17 year old kid: “Your ideas, your image, your definition of a friend” Before this song, before […]

How To Raise Daughters To Love Their Bodies When You Hate Yours
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How To Raise Daughters To Love Their Bodies When You Hate Yours

I finish pissing and step up onto the digital scale for the 3rd time today, with more eagerness than the occasion warrants. There are water stains on the reflective black surface from the kids swinging their wet hands over to reach the hand towel after washing up. Every once in […]

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