Amanda RodriguezAuthor

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes, petting her Baby Dog Daughter, high-fiving her stuck-in-the-90s husband, and eating cupcakes in her garage to escape the crazy. You can Tweet with her online as @dumbparent, but don’t expect her to be serious. It’s virtually impossible.

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affordable family gifts

The holiday gifting season can quickly get expensive if you’re a family with a lot of gifts to buy. We have a number of friends with whom we exchange gifts and, as awesome as it would be to purchase an individual something (or even DIY something, but who has the time?!) for each individual family [&hellip
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15 Gifts Dads Really Want

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

best gifts for fathers that dad might actually like

They act happy because they know you spent half of the week working on them with your kids, but those dad favor coupons you’ve been making for three straight years are not the hit you think they are. Dad doesn’t want the kids to wash his car, because he uses the chore he actually enjoys [&hellip
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This week, I was planning to share this epic DIY ornament post with you. You were gonna pin it and share it with all of your friends, and then you were going to go to the craft store and head back home and make it yourself. I’m not sure who I thought I was when I [&hellip
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holiday tradition

I spent all of the early 90s in Germany. We celebrated our first Christmas there just two weeks after arriving, and I still remember so much of it today. One thing I remember vividly was a holiday procession where Kris Kringle, who, at the time, I thought was the for-real Santa (because he looked so [&hellip
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holiday gift idea

The holiday season is upon us, and when you’re a festive lover-of-everything-about-the-holidays-aside-from-the-weather person like me, that means celebrating! I don’t mean the buying of material goods and commercialized celebrations (although I do find that element fun, too), I mean the spreading of joy and cheer to all of those around you. It is the season [&hellip
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best holiday photos

Basketball shorts. That’s what my children want to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Because that’s what my children want to wear everywhere. No regard for weather, or dress code, or occasion. Just basketball shorts and those dri-fit shirts and sneakers and tall socks. All day. Every day. No matter what. Only, guess what? Mama don’t play [&hellip
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books for boys

Reading is a passion I’ve had since 4th grade when my teacher read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to my class.

I’ve shared this and countless other titles with my dudes over the years. Here are some they love and some I know yours will, too
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When I think about all of the things I love about raising my boys, the top of that list for sure is their brotherhood. The idea that these three dudes will get to grow up together and not kill each other in the process as lifelong besties brings tears to my eyes. I know sometimes [&hellip
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leftover halloween candy

Halloween is capping off the week, and if you’re still struggling to costume your kiddo (shame on you; although, I can’t really talk), we’ve got you covered with some last-minute costume ideas. Once that’s squared away, though, it’s time to think of what’s to be done with all of that candy. Sure, all of the [&hellip
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halloween costume DIY last minute

Halloween will be hitting the streets in T-minus eight days. Are you ready? Probably not, because, ugh, Halloween, with the indecisiveness and the Mommy-I-wanna-be-all-of-the-things and the $40 price tag for a cape. Here are some super easy DIY costume ideas for Dudes (or non-Dudes!) in case you’re like me and you need them. Nacho Libre. [&hellip
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