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Beanie Babies

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I recently read an article that started off with the teaser line, “Did you collect Beanie Babies in the 90’s? Here’s why you’ll wish you still had them…”

You may remember how Beanie Babies were all the rage in the 90s, but then seemed to fade into obscurity once the market became saturated. I distinctly remember news reports of parents’ dang near scratching each other’s eye out over getting the latest Beanie Bear or Patti the Platypus. I watched all of this from afar because back in the 90’s, I didn’t have kids yet. BUT, once my young ‘uns came around in 2003 and 2005, there was a major landslide of these floppy little critters that could be found at every garage sale and my kids were instantly hooked. These once $5+ stuffed toys were also going for an average price of “three-for-a-buck” and were as common as mud…. More

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Is it Strange That I'm This In Love With My Child?

by Joy Page Manuel of "Catharsis"
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I am severely obsessed with my child.

There, I’ve put it out in the open and I admit that I’m quite on the defensive. As someone who’s active in the blogging and online world, I’m keenly aware of the fact that it’s far more popular to complain about one’s children, write about how difficult it is to raise these young creatures and celebrate the hours they spend away from us. Believe me, I understand all that. I have written a few of those too and don’t judge any parent who misses those carefree childless days…. More

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Are You Going Mad Or Is it Your Hormones?

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It’s taken me a while to write this because quite frankly, until recently, I was still at the behest of my raging hormone imbalance.

I was always convinced that I was destined to develop post natal depression when I had my little girl, but having somehow skipped out on that, I wasn’t prepared for the hormonal havoc that would ensue when I came off breastfeeding when she was aged 15 months…. More

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Death of the Birthday Party

by Brandi Puga of "Big Fit Fam"
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I have thrown 25 birthday parties in 9 years.

How I have survived I literally cannot fathom.

At first they seemed a right of passage, for both myself and my children. I surely deserved to celebrate the accomplishment of getting them through another year alive, and I felt that they should have a big to-do about not accidentally killing themselves. At first, I enjoyed proving myself a decent hostess and cook, I spent hours baking and decorating, we hemorrhaged cash on party favors, decorations and food…. More

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