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Amanda Metcalf
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Don't Buy What They're Selling: Parenting in the Age of Excess
      After half a decade in the parenting trenches, I've come to a difficult realization: I just might be going about this all wrong. For someone who has essentially dedicated every waking moment to raising their children, this is a particularly difficult ...

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The Work Within These Walls
1700 square feet. 3 bedrooms. 2 baths.  A dining room that somehow evolved into a playroom somewhere along the line..and a living room that now works double duty as a family space and the place that meals are served. 1700 square feet.   That's where I've sp...

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Wildly Inappropriate Children's Book Reviews: Volume I
Let me address the elephant in the room and go out of my way to state that " wildly inappropriate " will include the random, and often explicit stream of rubbish that is perpetually running through my mind. It does not imply that your little Sophia should t...

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New Years Resolution Ramblings: On Making Them Count
  Today, my girl friend and I were discussing the influx of New Years resolutions, gym selfies, and tuna salad pics that have taken up residence in our newsfeeds this week. Seems that everyone and their dog is on the "new year, new you" bandwagon and appare...

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20-Something Mom Approved Holiday Gift Guide: 2015 ed.
               My husband has been having a good laugh at my expense because he says nobody posts a holiday gift guide the week of Christmas. Everybody is already done with their shopping and 3 sheets to the spiked eggnog wind by now. Even though this made ...

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