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My Father’s Day Gift Guide with USAToday.com

Father's Day Gifts

I’m still trying to milk Mother’s Day for all it’s special perks, but Father’s Day is approaching, so I better shift out of getting and into giving right quick. When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, dad seems infinitely simpler than mom— a new razor, a fresh pair of kicks, or a good bottle of Scotch might be the surefire ways to his heart. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t up the ante by offering up some luxurious versions…

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Family Security + Safety

Ready to Have “The Smart Talk” With Your Kids?

Lifelock: Online Safety

This post was created in partnership with Lifelock. If you have a human child of almost any age, you are likely worried about their activity online. When they’re little, it’s about limiting screen time, but as they get older and jump on the internet, things get dicey: Are they sharing things they shouldn’t? Are they being cyberbullied? Are they safe from predators? Is porn or profanity or violence lurking behind the next click? If there’s a mom or dad who…

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Family Work + Travel

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

We’re off to Malibu for the weekend to enjoy a little beach air and surf. This is the third year in a row that we’ve rented this adorable beach cottage on Airbnb and I’m so excited to drop my bags, run down the steps, and put my feet in the sand for three whole days. I can hardly believe this long weekend is finally here: It’s going to be JUNE next week, and then I’ll have a 6th grade graduate and ZERO…

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Family

When Rules Slide

In a family, every member is in perpetual motion. Kids are evolving, getting smarter. Their needs are shifting— they progress, regress. Parents have their eye on the ball, and then they don’t. Distracted, tired, sick, preoccupied, traveling… we lose our grip, and the rules start to slide. Our kids know this all too well, and can sometimes use it to their advantage. As much as it’s a pain, I expect this to happen in my home. In fact, if your…

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Family

3 Pet Tech Products I’m Rolling Over For

PetCube Play: Pet Tech

If you’re a pet owner, you know that a pet isn’t just a pet— they’re part of your family. You likely have a framed photo of your pet somewhere in your house. If you could set a place for your pet at the dinner table, you probably would (and I have it on good authority that some of you do).  So, if you’re sporting a Fitbit and slipping sensors into your shoes, it makes sense that your pets wouldn’t be far behind…

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Family

Is Technology Hurting Your Relationship?

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My husband and I will be married 20 years this May, so we both remember a time before personal technology entered our marital orbit. I’m happy to say that we’re a closely knit unit and a great partnership. And yet a mistress makes tiny assaults on our relationship daily. I’m not talking about another woman, but rather lots of other women, and men too. And YouTubers and fake news and cat videos and gossip sites— all packed neatly in a device that’s pocket-sized…

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