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Sep01
Get your juices flowing. (Back-to-School: best getting-ready-for-school books)

Get your juices flowing. (Back-to-School: best getting-ready-for-school books)

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Do you remember an orange juice commercial from the late 80′s where a family was getting ready to rush out on their day? Kids for school, parents for work all gathered around the table frantically eating breakfast? I have a vivid memory from the summer before eight grade, that Citrus Hill Select commercial seemed to […]

Aug31
Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)

Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)

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It seems even the kids in my little group of friends are ready to go back to school. My children are punching each other in the face, not because they’re fighting, but because they’re so bored. My girlfriend’s three daughters spent the other day laying on the floor with their new backpacks on asking if […]

Aug30
Or you could just buy lunch at school. (Back-to-School: best lunch boxes)

Or you could just buy lunch at school. (Back-to-School: best lunch boxes)

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Yesterday we had our last Summer Tuesday Playgroup with my group of friends and their kids. As I’ve mentioned, I’m ready for school to start and have been ready for school to start for most of the month. Today as we said our goodbyes I told Max to tell his friends to have a good […]

Aug29
Back-to-School: the best backpacks

Back-to-School: the best backpacks

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When my mother chose the name Melissa for me in 1973, she thought it was a beautiful name and unlike any of the names she’d heard around the neighborhood. She thought it was ‘unique’. She hadn’t heard of any other babies with my name at least until she arrived at the pediatrician’s office for my […]

Aug01
Because My Laptop Battery is About to Die ThisVerySecondWhoops

Because My Laptop Battery is About to Die ThisVerySecondWhoops

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I am writing this week’s column on the plane, while on my way to BlogHer. Whooo! Dedication! Multi-tasking! The guy in the seat next to me repeatedly whacking my elbows and reading over my shoulder! (HI. WHAT. STOP LOOKING AT MY BOOBS.) This also means, however, that I had to select questions that I could […]

Jul18
Because Handbags and Babies and Panties, Oh My!

Because Handbags and Babies and Panties, Oh My!

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Dear Almighty Amalah, I love your blog and I share your love for Coach handbags. Luckily I have received two over the years as gifts. However, that was several years ago and they are showing signs of wear, particularly in the bindings. A friend told me that Coach will recondition and rebind its bags, but […]

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