Signs Your Kid Might Grow Up To Be a Super Villain

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A lot of times people show their careers at a very young age. Like you see Little Timmy behaving a certain way and you’ll say, “Oh, he’s going to grow up to be such a good policeman.” And then in a few years, you have Officer Timothy, heading up the Block Parent Association meeting at [...]

When Your New BFF Doesn’t Know She Wants To Be Your BFF Yet

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So, you’ve met this mom at 5:30 a.m. CardioPump, and she’s wicked funny and laughs endearingly with her hand over her mouth when the breast-implants-bought-on-a-girls-roadtrip-to-Mexico nasty neighbor up front hits herself in the face with the hand weights. When you see that your new crush’s travel mug reads, “Yeah. I said it. So What,” you [...]

I Want the Truth

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If you could impress one lesson upon your children, what would it be? A tough question, I know. As parents we teach our children just about every little thing; from using the toilet to expressing gratitude. But if I had to pick one, it would be about honesty. I’ve tried valiantly to instill this quality [...]

Your Spring To-Do List

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Spring is coming (the groundhog said so). On the way is warmer weather, budding flowers, and Easter candy. In the spirit of renewal, rebirth, and chocolate bunnies, I’m giving you a little to-do list for happiness and fulfillment, some things you can do to give your life a little kick in the pants. 1. Learn [...]

Confessions of a Former Hoarder

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I used to be a hoarder. And by hoarder I mean someone who would surround herself with paper products like magazines with cover lines like, “200 Fashion Tips for the Fashion Foolish,” “101 Great Canapes,” or “The Sexless Marriage: You Decide.”  All of which I was always *thisclose*  to using in my work as a [...]

From Straight-ened to Scared Sloppy

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The cat bounds into the bedroom, pulling the rug with her like some kind of feline magic carpet. My six year old, witnessing the mayhem and in an immediate and instinctive show of OCD solidarity toward his mother, straightens said rug, making sure all the corners are neatly turned down, tassels straightened. My Goddess… what [...]

How To Buy a House

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My husband and I are trying to buy a house. I say trying because I don’t think obsessing over real estates sites and then sitting around on our butts really counts for doing anything at all. Real estate is my latest procrastination tool. Gee, I really need to update my blog, but first I need [...]

5 Ways To Change Your Mind For A Happier New Year

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Welcome to 2013! Traditionally the beginning of a new year is a time to start over, to make changes. Here’s a secret: Most of those changes involve changing your mind. True story. To be successful in eating better, exercising more, being more patient, you need to change the way you think. Being happy is no [...]

Dining Out with a Toddler

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Pre-baby, my husband and I swore that we wouldn’t turn into one of those couples who vanishes when they have a child, who doesn’t do anything adult and fun anymore. “We’ll still travel! And eat out!” we declared to our friends – most of whom justifiably rolled their eyes at us. Post-baby, we were determined [...]

A Guide to Surviving The Holidays with Chronic Illness

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I’ve written for Aiming Low before about what it’s like to survive stressful times, like, say the entirety of parenthood, with chronic illness. As anyone with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or lupus, or a dozen other auto-immune disorders knows, the holidays don’t just put themselves off because you’re tired or achy, or because your [...]

What Your Boss Wants From You

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As I’ve gotten older, a strange thing has started happening to me. I’ll be doing my usual daily stuff *coughtwittercough* and suddenly, a long distant part of my life will flash before my eyes. And it’s not good stuff, either. Pretty much memories that make me shudder. Some are bad dating scenarios, crazy girlfriends, wondering [...]

How to Make New Friends After Having Kids

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When you become a parent, many of your old friends fade away. Maybe they’re tired of hearing about where Jr. has smeared his poo… or maybe you’re tired of hearing about which corner of the pub they’ve throw up in. It’s somewhat harder making new friends as an adult. It’s not like when you were [...]