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Dear Santa

When people ask me what I’m getting The Beast for Christmas, I tell them the truth. I’m probably just going to give him a new paper bag from Tim Horton’s. What? It’s his favourite toy next to the paper towel...Read More
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  • Apple Bites

    Back when Pinterest was just a twinkle in someone’s eye, I relied on magazines for ideas. I found this one while planning a snack for my son’s class Halloween party back in 1st grade. Knowing that...

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  • Bad Hair, Bad Day!

    Today I am sad. It’s kind of ridiculous, sort of embarrassing and I feel way too old for this sort of thing but…I’m having a bad hair day! And it’s all because I got a bad haircut. My friends are being supportive, encouragin...

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  • Lessons

    The Holidays Before Kids VS The Holidays After Kids

    If there’s one indisputable fact about motherhood, it’s that kids change everything. The holidays are no exception. When you have kids, you can practically hear the pitter-patter of reindeer feet on your roof. Santa is alive, well and magical. There...Read More
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    Complaints

    Seven Ways Christmas has Changed

    I’m not sure about everyone else, but I believed in Santa for much longer than what is probably reasonable. This is really thanks to my father. He’d get out his ladder every Christmas Eve and – Colorado winters be damned...Read More
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  • This Poor Girl Doesn’t Look Like She’ll Make It Through Trick or Treating

    Hey, who can blame her? Sometimes when you get home from a long day at preschool, you just want to plop on the couch and watch Netflix with a glass of wine. Wait. That’s how it goes, right? ...

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  • The Magic of Animation + Giveaway – Last Chance

    A month ago, What the Flicka? sent me on an incredible adventure to the DreamWorks Animation Campus for a prescreening of the upcoming film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, (you can read about the movie here,) which included a chance to learn, stra...

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  • Confessions

    Okay, Who Ate The Baby Jesus?

    T’was the night before Christmas and Addie (15 months) was the perfect age for wreaking holiday havoc. No tree, tinsel, or mistletoe was safe. For that reason, Christmas swag was downgraded to a ridiculously high wreath on the door and...Read More
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  • I’ll Never Meet You But I Love You

    I only knew you existed for such a short time and while it was so hard for me, I thought my feelings about your loss would start to be more manageable, not get worse like it has....

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  • Don’t Try This At Home

    Merry-go-rounds are dangerous business....

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    Maureen Morin

    Our Family Christmas Letter – Volume 2

    Dear friends and family (yes, that includes you, high school friend who I haven’t seen or spoken to since 1986…remember me?), READ MORE

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  • 5 Ways To Celebrate Having The Kids Back In School

    Next week, my youngest is entering kindergarten. We moved my son into his new place for his second year of college this past weekend. It will be the first time in forever since I’ve had the house to myself, so I’m struggling with ‘go ...

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  • Besotted Brand

    As a kid, I had a long list of pen pals. Every evening before dinner, I would spend a few minutes writing notes or drawing pictures to friends. One pen pal lived just down the street, but most lived hundreds of miles away. Our regular corre...

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  • Lessons
    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Is Really Just A Song About A Creepy Kid

    I’ve never been big into Christmas at all, so Christmas songs are just not my jam.

    Fortunately, I’m using this post as an excuse to feature photos of random dogs in Santa gear.  That is totally my jam.

    It’s not that I hate Christmas, it’s just that I don’t feel the Christmas spirit people talk about, unless that Christmas spirit is feeling drunk.  Then I totally get that feeling.  I get that year-round. READ MORE

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  • Ever Wondered Why You Shouldn't Run Down A Bowling Lane?

    Well, this kid and her mom are about to demonstrate....

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  • TV Mom Tuesday: Motherly Advice

    It’s one of every parent’s worst nightmares—but it’s something that they all have to go through at one point or another. What are we talking about? Letting your teenager go to a party! And obviously you want to send your...

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