99 Problems Only Teenagers Understand


You think you have problems? Try being a teenager. With big changes, bigger questions, and even bigger ideas, teenaging can only be described as tumultuous.

It’s no secret teenagers got 99 problems, but rolling their eyes ain’t one.

The Shy Girl’s Guide to Boudoir Photography

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Once upon a time there was a shy girl named Lori. Wearer of cover-ups always and displayer of cleavage never. Lori didn’t know where all her modesty came from, she just knew she always had it.

So OK, that one Christmas her mom gifted her training bras in front of her dad may not have helped, but Lori always thought of her body as her business. Besides, she thought, modesty does not a prude make.

Lori wished she could rock a crop top with confidence or brave backless just because. She marveled at sexually empowered women, but when it came to flaunting her figure, she felt sexier under wrap.

It wasn’t that Lori hated her body; it was beautiful in its own way. I mean, it was practically made for bridesmaid dresses and birthing babies, but bodies can be timid sometimes, and no one knew this better than she did.

Lori’s husband was a really good guy who thought her body the most beautiful in all the land, so when it came time for his 40th birthday, she put on her big girl sexy panties to brave a boudoir photo shoot. She did it because she knew he’d love it, sure, but she also did it because she was finally ready to see herself the way he saw her.

This is how she did it.

The Small Parenting Change That Made the Biggest Difference


I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a bit of a multitasking marvel. I’m able to check homework, prepare dinner, and fold laundry in a single bound, my git-er-done philosophy has allowed me to beat motherhood at her own game — or so I thought. My practice of doing more in less time started innocently […]

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Kids Attempt to Finish 15 Famous Movie Quotes to Adorable Results


We’re big movie buffs at home. When we’re not watching flicks, we’re quoting them. (I’d even go so far as to say much of our daily communication depends on them.) When we’re not quoting Elf, Enchanted, or Zoolander, we’re borrowing lines from Finding Nemo, The Sandlot, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Why? Because these scripted sayings […]

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10 Things I Do That My Children Never Will


Last week a weird thing happened, so I did what I do with all weird things — I took it to Facebook: I made three errands this morning resulting in three purchases on my debit card. For each of these purchases, I did what I’ve done since I was 16 years old — I recorded […]

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10 Ways a Dog Absolutely Prepares You for Kids


Let me start by saying I don’t know much about dogs. I didn’t grow up with a furry best friend, I don’t know how to be a pack leader, and I never understood “dog people” who treated their fur babies like real babies. That was, until about four months ago when a Maltese named Vito […]

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What Your Period Is Really Like, According to Stock Photos


Ladies, if you think you know what having a period is like, think again. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve known Aunt Flo since puberty, tried every feminine product on the market, or have even found yourself up crimson creek without a tampon; stock photography would like to educate you on what it means to be […]

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25 Thoughts You Have Before Your In-Laws Come to Stay (as Told by Disney Characters)

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Snow White may have known that someday her prince would come, but she probably never expected his parents to come and stay. And because whistling while you clean up, bunk up, and stress out just isn’t going to happen, nod along to the 25 thoughts you have before your in-laws come to stay, as told […]

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Christmas Falls Entirely On Me


If ever there was a season I loved as much as I loathed, it would have to be Christmas. Is any other holiday as naughty as it is nice? Ho-ho-no. While some might argue Christmas is what you make of it, for those doing the making, the holidays are hard. I, alone, am the not-so-merry […]

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The 10 Commandments of Christmas Morning


If your house is anything like ours, Christmas morning is a frenzied wrap-ripping, package-destroying, gift card-losing free-for-all. Without so much as a breath or momentary pause for pictures, my kids tear through the underbelly of the Christmas tree as though winner takes all. And every year it rubs me the wrong way. It’s not that […]

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