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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

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A lot of my writer/blogger friends are posting retrospectives. Lists, if you will, of their top ten 2010 posts. The posts that got them the most traffic. Inspired, I went and looked at my Google Analytics. My top ten posts in terms of traffic were no surprise. My main URL — NaturalasPossibleMom.com — got the [...]

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I don’t know how it started, but for much of my adult life I have been an anti-giftee. I don’t like getting gifts. Not for Christmas. Not for birthdays. Not even for new babies. Maybe it’s the money thing. Maybe it’s a self-esteem thing. (Do I really deserve something so extravagant?) No matter, I am [...]

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REVIEW: UBI Soft’s Just Dance 2

UBI Soft’s Just Dance 2; $34.95 from Amazon; Rated E Pros: Very interactive; lots of great songs; easy to learn. Biggest plus: You can download up to 16 additional songs as of 12/28/2010 via an Internet connection (for a fee). Cons: Some of the songs are not all kid-friendly. Different enough from the original Just [...]

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Something strange is happening this holiday season. People are saying it. You know, the phrase that’s sort of gone by the wayside: Merry Christmas. I noticed it earlier in the month, and it’s a trend that just hasn’t waned. The first sneaky salutation happened at A.C. Moore. Granted, I was buying ornaments for my Brownie [...]

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Here is a summary of facts related to Big Girl’s holiday party: 1) There are 20 kids in Big Girl’s class. 2) The class moms get to go to every party. 3) Parents of children with food allergies get to attend parties automatically. 4) Only one other parent gets to go to the holiday party. [...]

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Recycle That Wrap!

I’m super-busy right now trying to finish a few large projects so I can actually take a week off from writing. (I will still be editing and reporting, but that’s nothing as compared to the stress of staring at an empty page and a looming copy deadline.) That said, I am recycling, naturally, and using [...]

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The View from My Window

It’s cold here in New York — too cold for a two-year-old who doesn’t like gloves or hats. This is why, every morning this month, I’ve sending Big Girl out to the bus stop by herself. Ever the helicopter parent, I park myself in front of the window so I can watch her obsessively until [...]

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Paul McCartney Gave me the Shivers

I was born too late to truly appreciate the Beatles in their prime. They broke up before I was born after all. As I got older I was never into the Beatles, although several of my boyfriends loved the Fab Four. For example, I remember sitting in the radio station at Manhattan College playing records [...]

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Losing It or Why I am a Mean Mommy

Every day when Big Girl brings home her backpack I feel compelled to start my own betting pool. What will be missing? Will her glasses be left at school? Or at home so I have to make a trip to school and drop them off? Maybe it will be her green dot notebook. Could it [...]

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I just read a story about comments made by Kate O’Beirne, MSNBC talking head and editor of the conservative National Review. Ms. O’Beirne moderated a Republican strategy session (The 112th Congress and The New Promise of American Life: Less from Washington, More of Ourselves) at the Hudson Institute Friday. During the discussions, she said the [...]

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