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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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The mother-in-law relationship is one many struggle with. She gave birth to the man who helped you create the children you gave birth to. In many ways, you get her protectiveness. You can probably empathize with her desire to be as close to and involved with the care and keeping of the babies her baby [&hellip
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dealing with anxiety disorder

My youngest son is 6 years old. He is smart and funny and fast. Crazy, super, unbelievably fast. He is a great friend and an awesome brother. He is a dedicated student, a super athlete, and he’s crazy good at Minecraft. He collects cards. All different kinds of cards. And he would SO be Lord [&hellip
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dudes 3

  I didn’t ask for the blessing of boy motherhood. In fact, when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was hoping for a daughter. Just like I was when I was expecting Dude 2. And, again, with Dude 3. Because I desired the experience of being a mother to a [&hellip
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2015 joy

Every year starts off with the same six words: I’m gonna look like Gillian Anderson be a better me. I know, it’s silly, but I’ve been doing it all of my life, and it’s become sort of routine — make-New-Year’s-resolutions-you-will-not-keep-because-it-feels-right-even-though-you-know-it’s-totally-not. Only last year I tried a different approach. I got more intentional about my resolutions. [&hellip
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gifts

Christmas, for those of us that celebrate, will be here in T-minus two days, which means, technically we only have one shopping day left! GAH! What to get? What to get? Don’t panic. I checked in with some of my closest friends and asked them to share what the best gift they’ve ever given or [&hellip
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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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IMG_8420

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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