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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school.

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What Families REALLY Think About Snowstorms [INFOGRAPHIC]

I love the snow and I think snow days are the BEST. Unless we lose power, in which case I totally freak the freak out. Getting ready for a snowstorm is always sort of a pain in my keister, too. I mean, I don’t want to participate in the mass hysteria at Wegmans buying all MORE »


The 12 Days of Christmas Things I Always Forget

The day after Thanksgiving starts the official Christmas season for me. Let me be totally honest – I LOVE CHRISTMAS AND IT’S MY FAVORITE. In the past few days, I have trimmed trees and decked halls and strung more lights than you can count. I have listened to a million holiday songs and watched Christmas MORE »

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Happy Hanukkah 2013 from the Maccabeats!

You might remember these adorable aca-cuties from their viral acapella Hanukkah video from a couple of years ago (a wonderful adaption of “Dynamite” that never gets old). Well this year, they’re back with a video featuring Ellie Goulding’s “Burn”. Their website talks a little about their inspiration for the new song: In the weeks and MORE »


What Families REALLY Think About Thanksgiving [INFOGRAPHIC]

We all love Thanksgiving, right? But the act of preparing a feast is a huge undertaking and for some reason, I forget about this. I’m very lucky because my husband does all the holiday cooking. I cook everything else all year long – but on major holidays he kills it in the kitchen. Have you MORE »

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GoldieBlox: It’s What’s for Christmas

I saw the GoldieBlox ads last year, when it was all still a Kickstarter campaign. These toys are awesome and amazing. I’m a huge believer in helping get more girls into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). I just started coaching my kids’ Odyssey of the Mind team and I’m amazed at the creativity and MORE »

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10 Things Your Kids Will Do at Disney World — So Be Ready

I love Disney World so much it’s not even funny. I’m maybe one trip away from being one of those people who wears their Disney visor and flair pins on a lanyard like ALL THE TIME. I’ve only been twice with my kids, but the last time, we went for a full week. And I MORE »


What Families REALLY Think About Halloween [INFOGRAPHIC]

I love, love, love Halloween, and so does my family. We take it pretty seriously and have lots of fun traditions. There’s this whole thing about going to the pumpkin patch and me spending way too much money (even after swearing I will not do it — but then I get there, and there’s KETTLE MORE »


Blog Advice: To Tell the Truth

This is part 4 in my series of advice for new bloggers. Part one is tackles whether should you start a blog. Part two is newbie mistakes I made. Part three is pimping your work and getting it out there. Part four is this – telling the truth. Here’s my usual disclaimer: I have no MORE »


The Clothesline Project Is Amazing

I teach part-time at a local university. I was not prepared for what I saw when I walked onto campus last week. In conjunction with a Take Back The Night event and other violence prevention and awareness activities, I walked directly into The Clothesline Project. T-shirts with hand painted messages and artwork were hanging from MORE »

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