Best Holiday Gifts for Teen Boys.

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Deepbreath. Deepbreath. Super-big-deep-breath-probably-I’m-hyperventilating-now-OMG.

It’s hard to even think about the fact that I am the mom to an official teenager.

So many feelings. Okay, I’ll just say it, ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

I’m sad and excited and anxious and proud.

And having a really hard time figuring out what Santa is going to bring him this year (he’s over it, but he’s still “believing” for my his little brothers’ sakes).

Teen boys are just so hard to shop for.

They don’t play with toys anymore, they don’t care that much about clothing, and everything else is expensive.

And they are so unhelpful about it.

When you ask them what they want they say really unhelpful stuff like, “Ummmmm, a video game or something.”

A video game? Which video game? And, something? What exactly do you mean by “something”? I need details, dude, DETAILS!


So it requires creativity.

And research.

And, lucky for you all of you have me because, thanks to Microsoft, I have the inside scoop on something hot for teen techies.


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Best Apple Pie Recipe Ever. Because, Bacon.


I stumbled upon a discovery last week while hanging around my mom’s kitchen trying NOT to be suckered into helping with things. I know, that makes me sound horrible, but in my defense, my mom’s house is the only place on this entire planet that I can go and be taken care of while healthy […]

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Friday Finds: Cozy Sweater Weather


And never-ever-go-outside-again-unless-you-have-a-portable-fire weather. And, hello-it’s-technically-still-fall-so-why-are-you-trippin-Mother-Nature weather. And even-the-dog-goes-to-the-door-and-is-all-pshaw-as-if weather. I could go on here, but I’m sure you get the picture. Winter decided to sneak in early and, for someone who loathes winter, I’m dramatically unhappy about this. I fully expect Mother Nature to refund me my fall in the form of an early spring. […]

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Know What You Need? DudeMom as Your Personal Shopper!


That’s right, I want to take you shopping! I know. I live in Maryland. You live in Kansas. Our schedules, gah, so busy. And, as much as it feels like it, we aren’t real life friends, and meeting up at a random shopping center, in a random city, for a random shopping date, is random. […]

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Vegetarian Protein Supplements for Health and Wellness.


Today’s blog post is being brought to you by GNC and the Motherhood. All opinions are my own, because no one is the boss of me. I’m going to spend the next 4 minutes of your life telling you everything you need to know about plant based vegetarian protein supplements. Now, before you sigh and […]

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It’s Like a Uniform, Only Stylish


It has been ages since I busted out a style post. So many reasons. Feel free to choose the one you like the most… I’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time as a fashionless heap, sitting in my basement in my jammie pants and college tees trying to finish up all of my client’s […]

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Haircuts for Curly Hair: What to do When They Fail


I have a long and exciting history with haircuts. And, when I say long and exciting I really mean terrible and frightening. I think it’s a shared experience of curly girls everywhere because it seems that we pose a particular challenge to stylists. One that only certain, well trained, fearless people can overcome. I’m probably […]

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Black Friday Shopping Tips for Black Friday Avoiders


I’ve never been a huge Black Friday shopper. As in, I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I’ve been out of my house and at a retailer on Black Friday. Something about getting up at 4am to be kidney punched by people trying to get one of 7 available […]

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Marriage Advice: What Your Sons Teach You About Your Husband

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There are a lot of things about being a DudeMom that I didn’t anticipate. Like the amount of noise, and the never ending energy, and their desire to leap from things in a single bound.  Their obsession with Axe Body Spray (seriously, I think they put some sort of pheromone inside that makes them feel […]

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