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The Mysterious Round Object That Appeared in My Yard

Yesterday my youngest son, who is 6, was having a double playdate with two of his dear friends. (A.K.A. practically the best day of life.) I was trying to be a Very Good Mom and was in the backyard with the boys, building a lean-to. Our backyard has this small wooded section that was once, if not an ancient Indian […]

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What’s the Best Part of Your Day?

In the spirit of positivity, we asked Real Simple Facebook fans to share their very favorite moments in the day. The answers ranged from spiritual to sweet to side-splitting—it’s hard not to read them without smiling. Take a look at the highlights: • In what was close to 500 total responses, the biggest reoccurring theme was waking up, going into […]

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Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest from Entertainment Weekly

Our colleagues at Entertainment Weekly recently blogged about an upcoming PBS Kids special featuring our favorite mischievous monkey, Curious George, in a spooky (family-friendly, of course) Halloween broadcast. Curious George is a household name around my house so we’ll surely be tuning in for it. To read more (and see a musical clip) about Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest, click […]

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How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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Tips for Transitioning from a Crib to a Big Kid Bed via Apartment Therapy

It’s time to start thinking about transitioning my toddler from his crib to a big boy bed, whether I like it or not. My little guy escaped from his crib the other night and the whole ordeal was a little unnerving for us both (it wasn’t exactly a graceful escape, more of a climb then fall, followed by lots of […]

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Halloween Scares Me

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Real Simple.] Halloween scares me. It’s not the teenagers roaming local streets wearing Scream masks, although that’s pretty creepy. It’s not the fact that complete strangers are ringing my doorbell from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although that’s pretty unnerving. It’s not even the presence of […]

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A Son Has Gone to College, Leaving His Adoring Mother Behind…Wait, Did I Have Three Kids?

In March of this year, I had to get a root canal. I’d never had a root canal before and, in preparation, I interviewed every acquaintance I could get my hands on to figure out how awful it was going to be. I came to the following conclusion, expressed by many: “It’s not that bad.” Right. It wasn’t that bad—it […]

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Anything is Possible With…

Yesterday I was walking to a meeting and wondering—as I often do at 3:00 p.m.—how I was going to get through it. Not that I don’t completely love my job every waking minute of the day. But there is that midafternoon exhaustion that always seems to hit me like a wave. Weirdly, chanting “IlovemyjobIlovemyjob” does not make it go away. […]

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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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