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  • 10 Things My Daughter Will Reveal in Her Tell-All...

    Have you heard about Martha Stewart's daughter's new tell-all? I don't think anyone believed Martha to be a saint, but from the leaked excerpts of Alexis' book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, Martha may have been one crazy mom.

    According to reports, Alexis alleges that on Halloween "There were no costumes. There was no anything." She also says Martha went to the bathroom without closing the door and made her do everything perfectly.

    Sounds scary, right? Actually, now that I think about it, that sounds a lot like me.When did I become Martha Stewart?

    Okay, actually, I'm not at all like Martha. In the crafty, Susie homemaker sense anyway. But I can be a bit, umm, rigid when it comes to raising my daughter. So before she turns 21 and realizes I've scarred her for life, I'm preemptively airing my dirty laundry. Here are 10 of the things you'll probably read in my daughter's tell-all 20 years from now...

    1. I'm paranoid. I sometimes suffer from debilitating fear

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman

    There are certain things you can say to a pregnant woman that are universally acceptable like "Congratulations!" and "I'm so happy for you." And then there are things that you should keep to yourself. For example, any comment about how 'huge' she is? Not cool. That being said, here are 10 things you should never say to a pregnant woman.

    1. Are you having twins? You're huge! Or any comment about how big she is. Or how small she is, for that matter. Women are sensitive about this sort of thing even when they're not pregnant, so to say it when she's expecting? Not a good idea. If you absolutely must comment on her appearance, focus on something positive instead. No, it doesn't include something along the lines of "You make cankles look sexy."

    2. Can I rub your belly? It's nice of you to ask, unlike some people who just freely cop a feel, but unless you're really close, don't ask. If mom-to-be wants you to feel her belly, she'll tell you. And unless the baby's kicking,

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  • 10 Things Only a Parent Could Appreciate...

    People often say that parents are high maintenance--we think the world revolves around our children. But I beg to differ. Since having a child, I've come to appreciate the small things in life. I don't need a fancy handbag (although I'd gladly take one!) or trips around the world. Nope, just give me a lifetime supply of baby wipes and I'd probably kiss the ground you walk on.

    Once you become a parent, everything you value and appreciate totally shifts. You celebrate successes you would have never even considered before. Like what? Take these 10 things you really have to be a parent to truly appreciate.

    1. Nylon handbags. You won't find them in any fashion magazine and not many stars carry them, but let me tell you they will change your life when you have a baby. They're wipeable, which means if that breastmilk or sippy cup leaks, no stains! Bet your $5000 leather handbag can't promise that.

    2. Baby wipes. They're truly a gift from heaven. Yes, they're excellent for

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  • Top 10 Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween

    Already picked out your kid's Halloween costume? Then it's time to move on to the Halloween decor (just please don't decorate like this). And if you want to have the best jack-o'-lantern on the block this year, check out these cool pumpkin carving ideas that range from hilarious and creepy to downright genius for inspiration. Which one is your favorite?

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  • 10 Reasons Why I Wish Halloween Would Hurry Up and Go Away Already...

    I don't mean to come across as a party pooper, but if there is one holiday I'm just not into it's definitely Halloween. I only remember celebrating it once as a child and that one time it was a total bust. My costume was lame, I didn't get a ton of candy and the candy I did get my mom made me throw in the trash. Sounds fun, right?

    Now that I have a little girl I've tried to make Halloween fun for her, but it hasn't worked. Last year I bought her a cute costume only for her to get sick and fall asleep in it before we even went anywhere. This year I've been trying to get her excited about dressing up, but she's just not feeling it.

    So even more so than in years past, I'm dragging my feet as we approach another Halloween. Because in the back of my mind, I can only think of all the reasons that I kind of hate Halloween...

    1. WTH am I supposed to do with all that candy? If we go trick-or-treating, my daughter is bound to get more candy than I would ever allow her to eat.

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  • 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Mom

    You know how they say that kids say the darndest things? Well, adults say some pretty terrible things, too, and it's worse because they actually know what they're saying! Don't believe me? Let's start with these five things you should never say to a mom.

    1. How far along are you? I get this one all the time...maybe it's because I look like I'm five months pregnant with my big a** belly. But just because a woman looks pregnant, doesn't mean she is. As my mother-in-law wisely says, "Don't assume anything because it makes an "ass" out of "u" and "me".

    2. You look tired. I said this to one of my mom friends back in the day when our sons were babies, and you should have seen the look on her face. It was a mix between shock, anger, embarrassment and sadness. Apparently, she wasn't tired; her son slept through the night for once and she did, too. Boy did I make her day.

    3. Are you the nanny? I've been asked this question, too. So what if my two-year old daughter has light

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  • 10 Things I've Stopped Saying Now That I Have a Kid...

    Are any of you watching the new show Up All Night? I'm obsessed with it. I knew I'd love it when I saw the first episode and Will Arnett and Christina Applegate were like "She's so f*cking beautiful"... about their baby!

    Much like Will and Christina's characters, I can curse with the best of them when I'm not around my daughter. But when we're together, you'd think I was the spawn of Mother Teresa. My daughter is the queen of repeating things so I've trained myself to watch everything I say around her. No cursing, no disparaging remarks about myself or other people, the list goes on. It's hard, of course, but it's important to me that she doesn't go around shooting off at the mouth. Here's what you'll never catch me saying in front of my kid:

    1. I look fat in this. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my post-baby body, but that doesn't mean I don't have my days. But because my daughter loves watching me get dressed and do my makeup in the morning, I never let on when I'm

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  • 5 Awesome Stroller Costumes for Baby's First Halloween

    Here's the thing about baby's first Halloween costume. After you take those requisite Halloween photos, baby will probably wear it for a few more minutes before he spits up on it or decides it's the worst thing in the world. And even if baby ends up loving his costume, half the time he'll be in his stroller where it'll be covered up.

    Solution? Outfit baby's stroller in one of these stroller Halloween costumes. Yes, there is such a thing and they're pretty awesome. Just note that each one is handmade and takes up to 4 weeks for delivery, so if you're interested in any of them, get your order in ASAP.

    By the way, are you doing this for Halloween or are you leaving the fun all to the kiddies?

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  • Close or Gross? 10 Ways My Daughter and I Freak Other People Out

    My daughter is only 3, but in some ways I feel like she is my best friend. I do just about everything with her and despite the fact that she's still so young, I really like who she is as a person. I love her because she's my child, but I also really like her.

    Given the fact that it's just she and I, we're really close. Too close if you ask some of our friends and relatives. Some of the things we think are totally normal apparently freak out the people around us.

    But isn't this true with all moms and their kids? There's a bond there that literally makes you do things you'd never imagined. For example...

    1. My daughter and I take baths together. She loves when I join her in the bathtub and play with her bath toys. Likewise, she'll sometimes join me in the shower and she gets a kick out of using my "fancy" soap and a body pouf.

    2. We also go to the bathroom together. Part of it is this for me, but I've also sort of gotten used to having company when I'm doing my

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  • Do You Let Your Kids Pick Out Their Own Outfits?

    That's my two-year old above, and I'm proud to say she picked out everything she's wearing. Actually, she usually picks out most of her outfits and it's always a treat to see what she puts together. I mean, I never would have paired her brother's old "I'm with the band tee" with a green tiered skirt. And that red velcro belt? I didn't even know we still had it!

    True, there are days when she looks like this or like she dressed herself in the dark, but that's the fun of it. How often can you wear mismatched clothes and still look adorable? And what's the harm, really? It's a fun way for her to get creative, and she's gotten really good at dressing herself...from pulling shirts over her head, and zipping up pants, to slipping on socks and even strapping belts around her waist. Now if only she could be better at cleaning up the mess she makes when she decides on her outfits. We're working on it.

    Oh, but it's not always "everything goes." I will veto her picks for the

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