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Skylanders, Lego Dimensions, Pokemon: What the Hell is my kid talking about?

My kid turned six this week. He asked for two gifts for his birthday: a Nerf Zombie Strike gun and Lego Dimensions, a video game to play on his hand-me-down X-Box. I turned to my BFF, Google,to figure out what in Sam Hill this child was talking about. Ultimately, I opted for a single shot... Read more »

Netflix's Orange is the New Black slams the criminalization of mental illness

After months of waiting, Orange is the New Black’s (OITNB) season four was released in late June, and yes, I binged the Hell out of all 13 episodes. If you aren’t familiar with OITNB, what, pray tell, is wrong with you? the show, which boasts an amazing ensemble cast, initially revolves around Piper Chapman (played... Read more »

Make the most out of screen time:10 film adaptations your family will love

Who doesn’t love a good book to Hollywood film adaptation? Some studios do an exceptional job bringing a book to the big screen(e.g., Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and others miss by the mark by a zillion miles (e.g., live- action The Cat in the Hat). And  let’s be honest, comparing what the  writers and directors perceive... Read more »
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Spring Break 2016: Moms Gone Wild

It’s almost April, which means we’re heading to Cocoa Beach, FL to high-five manatees and sip drinks served in coconuts. There will be boobs, however, they’re strictly dedicated to the nine-month-old joining us. LAME. via GIPHY I’ve never been much of a spring break person. I’d watch MTV’s Spring Breakers like my life depended on it... Read more »

Four documentaries that will restore your faith in humanity

While my husband and I are physically capable of sitting down and watching whathaveyou together, I tend to opt for an 8PM bedtime while he watches ESPN until his eyeballs fly out. He also hates to watch my “stories”. Hate is a strong word; my taste in television “bums him out”. Between Trump’s freakish rise... Read more »

Caregiving Chronicles: Easy gifts to help caregivers survive

The holidays may be over, however, you can help out caregivers year-round with thoughtful gifts that will ease their minds and help pass the time. 1. Sundries. Stuff like dry shampoo and chapstick are often overlooked when you’re rushing to the ER. What happens after you sit in a waiting room for eight hours? You... Read more »
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Unique gifts for the '80s movie lover on your list - 2015 edition

It’s holiday shopping time again, y’all. And, as usual, I’m inspired by the Internet and all of the goodies on which I can waste spend cash. Go American consumerism! Clueless turned 30 this year. 3-0. Sweet Lord. Aside from that creepy step-sibling incest sub-plot, the movie is solid. Bring it back with a sweet dazzle feather... Read more »

4 "must watch" documentaries for this fall

The season of insomnia is upon us – daylight savings time + holiday shopping stress + bills are what gets me amped up. That and the fact that my mom has no concept of time when it comes to late night/early morning calls to tell me she is out of make-up. What to do to... Read more »

Get into the Halloween spirit with these freaktastic Chicago events!

This year, we are skipping the pumpkin patches/apple farms because frankly, THEY’RE ALL THE SAME (I know, womp womp). Basically, we spend an hour driving to wait in line to park, pay a $12 bazillion entry fee, eat a donut, feed some nasty goats, pick some apples and drive home. It’s always the same “experience”... Read more »
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Awkward TV: Sometimes it's Fun to Cringe

I’m definitely growing weirder as I age. Like a lot weirder. A few weeks ago a nurse asked, “how are you doing?”, to whit I responded, “I’m overbearing.” Yikes. Luckily people seem to like weirdos (at least on television), which gives me a sliver of hope. 1. Mortified Nation. My childhood diary consisted of some... Read more »
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