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A Son Leaves for College, and Mom’s Life Miraculously Goes On

My oldest child, my firstborn son, went to college on Saturday. I say “went,” although my husband and I (and my two other sons, and my father-in-law-with-the-mini-fridge) dropped him off. I say “dropped him off,” although it was actually a slow separation, like a boat going down a ramp into the water and then gradually disappearing into the distance. And […]

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Use Your Phone to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Looking to score some deals on last-minute school supplies? Foursquare (the app synonymous with “checking in”) can help you save your (lunch) money with these offers specifically catered for back-to-school season. To unlock a deal, fulfill the below requirements and then show your phone to the store’s cashier: Best Buy: Spend $250, get $25 back when you check in and […]

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Free Entrance to National Parks

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? In honor of the National Park Service’s birthday, this Saturday, August 25, the entrance fee to the country’s national parks will be waived.

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How to Save on Pet Grooming

Need to tame your spending? Charlotte Biggs, president of the Pet Care Services Association, an industry trade group, recommends bringing your four-legged friend in for her haircut midweek.

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How to Save at the Dentist

If you’re trying to cram all those doctor’s appointments in before the kids head back to school, use this advice to save some dough on dental care. For regular checkups, visit a dental school. Most schools have clinics that treat patients (under the supervision of a dentist) for about 50 percent less. If you’re in need of a filling, consider […]

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How to Prevent Car Sickness

If the kids (or you!) are prone to car sickness, planning a family vacation–especially one on the open road–may be downright stressful. When driving is unavoidable, follow these smart tips to soothe the stomach.

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Wednesday Trivia: Happy Birthday, Six Flags (one day early)

Tomorrow marks the 52nd anniversary of many a family’s favorite summer destination: Six Flags. The first park in the now-famous chain opened on August 1, 1961 in Arlington, Texas, with an admission price of $2.75. (Today, admission to the same park costs 60 bucks.)

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Chic and Stylish Baby Gifts from InStyle.com

Our colleagues over at InStyle.com have pulled together a list of chic and stylish baby gifts perfect for any new bundle of joy.

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How to Build a Better Sand Castle

The next time you’re headed to the beach, toss an old ice cream scoop into your beach bag.

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Drawing on the Walls: Dry-Erase Paint from Remodelista.com

Our friends over at Remodelista.com have come up with a solution for parents that are interested in chalkboards paint, for their budding little artists, but prefer a neutral paint palette.

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