Category: Life

Car Drama

Mr. Chris Schaffer, 28, who was driving from his girlfriend’s home in Alabama was discovered around 1:00 am sleeping helplessly in his Ford Flex, moments before the car blew up and burned into ashes. According to a statement from the local sheriff, Mr. Schaffer was discovered in a nearby thicket lying unconscious and in what

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Is it my birthday yet?

I thought I was turning 40 this week. That’s how stressed out I’ve been; I lost a year. I’m actually going to be 39 on Friday. I still get excited about my birthday. Dave calls it “Mandi Awareness Month,” because I start reminding him well in advance of the big day and make it very

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A pumpkin is more dangerous than you think

Billy’s got a black eye again this week. It’s not his first, and most certainly not his last. It’s never a normal accident that causes these publicly obvious injuries. Clearly, people are going to ask how my four-year-old got his black eye. I’d like to be able to say something run-of-the-mill like “He fell off

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Willow’s Words 2: Hello to Tooth Cat

While I wasn’t looking, my daughter became a friggin’ genius. At least, that’s how it seems to me. Everything comes so easily to her: words, numbers, letters, imaginative play. I’m so used to the feeling of working so hard to help Billy accomplish those normal milestones that when Willow does something completely normal it seems

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There are worse role models than princesses. Jenny McCarthy, for instance.

I keep wanting to stop writing about Jenny McCarthy, and the crazy just continues. More on that later … First of all, I’d like to report that Willow had her one-year vaccinations yesterday, and suffered no ill side effects. I gave her a half-dose of Tylenol in case the injection sites hurt her, but she

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How do we stop Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the possible effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD affects one in 100 infants each year, yet is 100 percent preventable. Some of those possible effects can include seizures, facial and other physical malformations, and developmental delays and

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Learning to read, a boring pond and three magical fish

I can still remember learning to read. It was a very exciting time. I was in first grade, and we were taught phonics with the Open Court system. If you’re around my age, you’ll remember the wall cards with the letters and pictures on them, and the chant that we stood and recited every morning:

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