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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I have three sons, two of which were born via planned cesarean section following the near-death, traumatic birth experience I endured with my first son. Something about my pelvis not being equipped to squeeze out big heads. Or something. They never really could explain why he got stuck in the birth canal and had to [&hellip
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spring style

It’s time to refresh your spring style ladies! Know what that means?! Open your closet, start having a panic attack at the sight of the mess, and then quickly throw everything away. Kidding. But, sometimes I admit, I feel like doing just that, especially when the seasons are in the middle of changing, and nothing [&hellip
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spring activities for kids

Spring break starts Thursday. SPRING BREAK STARTS THURSDAY! So far, I’ve got an appointment with my chiropractor and a conference call scheduled for that day. Thank goodness I have a post to write to inspire me to do better! For those of you who need some mostly unplugged, way fun spring break (or any break) [&hellip
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curly hair care

Oh my gosh the curls! I love his hair! Where did he get that hair?! Can I touch it?! OK, slow your roll, Miss Lady. He’s a human, not a puppy. He doesn’t want to be petted. But I get it. The hair is big, and interesting, and eye-catching, and cool. It’s fun to look [&hellip
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spring cleaning tips

Spring is here! Well, nearly. Positive thinking should push it into existence — that’s what I’m hoping, anyway. Because spring means less freezy mornings (hooray!), and new flowery wardrobes (cute!), and longer days (finally!), and allergies (sniffle), and muddy paws (gross), and cleaning (booooo, boo for cleaning). And, if you’re anything like me, there are [&hellip
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best jeans for women

When it comes to fashion and style, there is one thing every single human mother needs in her wardrobe. Nope, I’m not talking about capris, or cross-body bags, or sensible and arguably entirely unattractive footwear. No one needs those things. The one thing every mother, no, scratch that, every woman needs in her life is [&hellip
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newborn baby sleeps

I got pregnant for the first time unintentionally. I was theoretically on birth control for crying out loud.  Zero planning, little bit of trying, and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am I’m just pregnant. Twenty-two years old, not married, living in a studio apartment I paid for with my paltry first year teacher’s salary. Not awesome. Fast forward three years. [&hellip
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new mom help

Everyone experiences new-motherhood differently. Some people have great support at home, some not so much. Some new mothers have babies with special circumstances or just really big personalities and well-developed lungs that they enjoy using to their fullest capacity. Some newborns adjust more easily to their new environment and sleep and eat easily while finding [&hellip
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My two youngest Dudes share a room out of necessity. We have three bedrooms upstairs, and three kids, so we jam two of them in a room together, and no one has to sleep in the depths of the basement. I thought it would be a thing but, as it turns out, it’s also a [&hellip
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valentine's day recipes

Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal in my neck of the woods. DudeDad has never been a fan, and The Dudes don’t enjoy pink or hearts or girls at school getting the wrong idea about love. Buuuuut, everyone loves an excuse to enjoy something yummy. Here are some easy, edible treats to help you say [&hellip
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