$500 First Prize Giveaway PLUS You Can View Prime Photos with Alexa on your Amazon Fire TV!

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Last time, I told you guys all about the new Amazon Prints feature  – THIS time, I’m talking about the new and improved Amazon Fire TV Stick, which has an Alexa Voice Remote, and a $500 first prize Amazon gift card giveaway, along with five 2nd prize giveaways of $100 Amazon gift cards! FIRST of all, the Fire TV Stick … Read More

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$1,000 Giveaway in Amazon Gift Cards! Plus, Easy Photo Printing with Amazon Prints!

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You guys, if you shop at Amazon as much as I do, here’s your chance to win BIG BUCKS in Amazon gift cards! But first things first: I don’t know about ya’ll, but I have been living under a rock when it comes to discovering all the things included in my Amazon Prime membership. I just recently discovered Prime Video … Read More

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Where Are You, Christmas?

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I may be more like a child than my own children when it comes to saying goodbye to Christmas. Even though some old-school Catholics like my mom believe that Christmas doesn’t truly end until after the feast of the Epiphany (when the wise men came to visit), I personally am not an old school Catholic (shocker). So I start feeling … Read More

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My Boy Wore A Tigger Costume To the Thunderdome

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This morning is “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day” at my kids’ public school. My 4th grader Sam is OVER dressing up for Book Character Day (that’s for babies). Drew, in 1st grade, tends to follow his older brother’s lead. Plus he knows that at school, he can be laughed at for something as simple as an untied shoe; … Read More

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I’m An Embarrassing, Tired, Scotch-Tape Mom Who Loves Her Kids

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“I KNOW! It’s soooo embarrassing,” I heard my nine-year-old, Sam, say to his six-year-old twin brothers. “What’s embarrassing?” I asked, walking into our toy room, where they were building with Legos. “THIS,” Sam gestured impatiently with a swirling motion meant to encompass all the things. “This toy room. It’s full of baby stuff!” The twins nodded their agreement emphatically. “These … Read More

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All That Need: My First Six Years With Twins

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Six years ago, I scooted my big army-tank ass out the door for an OB appointment. One hour later, I was sent to the hospital to have my SEVEN POUND twins! I was so anxious because our townhouse was in boxes; we were about 7 days away from moving to a new house, new neighborhood, new town with our almost 3-year-old … Read More

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Tears, Laughter, and Poop Soup: My Listen To Your Mother Flashback

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Yesterday, May 3rd, at 2:00 PM, the sound of Listen To Your Mother DC’s opening music, “Uptown Funk” reached my ears from my last place in line, as I waited with my cast mates back stage. I heard a burst of wild cheering and clapping from the audience, and I was overcome with emotion. I can’t cry now.  Not NOW!  Even … Read More

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Dear Blue Bear (You S.O.B.)

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Four weeks ago, something traumatic happened in this household. As a result, I wrote a letter on Facebook to the person, er, thing that was causing all the strife. The letter was met with an avalanche of support from people who wanted to help. So I wrote a letter to them too. Here are those letters.   Dear Blue Bear, … Read More

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Signings, Readings, and Nervous Poopings: Oh My!

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You guys have known me a long time now, so you know that I am VERY comfortable, wide open, and mouthy in my blog posts (which I type safely from my living room sofa). That is WRITER ME. SOCIAL ME is a much different person. SOCIAL ME takes a long time to open up and warm up to people, especially … Read More

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Overcoming My Fears: Writing, Blogging, and Peeing With An Audience

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When I first had the idea for this blog, it was September of 2013. I started researching family humor bloggers, and the very first blog I found was a hugely popular one (with hundreds of thousands of fans) called People I Want To Punch In The Throat, by Jen Mann. On Jen’s home page, there was a Q&A category where … Read More

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