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What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day
Every year I text my dad to ask what he wants for Father's Day, and every year I get the same answer.  Barbecue sauce.  He's so low maintenance!  We've got some other gift ideas too, in case your pops aims a little higher.
Is This a Lame Mother’s Day Gift?
No flowers, no brunch.  Just a gift card for my mom for Mother's Day, and it's black and white and doesn't even have any pretty decorations on it. Is this a huge Mother's Day disappointment?
How Do You Talk to the Kids When the Dog is Dying?
This is the worst part of pet ownership.  We've learned that Harry has major health issues and he's in noticeable pain, and we're faced with that big decision that no dog owner wants to make.  How do you talk to the kids about what's coming?
My Gym Just Got Busier
It's January and the gym parking lots are a little more crowded. It's awesome that so many people are resolving to get in better shape.  But there are some things we should work together on so we can all be good gym members, right?  Like don't wear too much perfume.
There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think
If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.
Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revoluti…
What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?
Doesn't it feel good to vote?  I think it does. There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious opportunity to weigh in on the next four years.
The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What el…

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