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Maybe We CAN Have Nice Things

Posted by on December 5th, 2018, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

The things we parents do and the sacrifices we make for our kids are pretty countless. We give our lives to theirs, so their lives can be better than ours, or the best we can manage. Even if it means wearing underwear that’s older than they are. There’s a running joke about kids: “this is […]

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“Holiday Shopping” : Convos With My 6-Year-Old

Posted by on December 14th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I went shopping with my 7yo son recently, and I made use of the drive there to go over (over and over and over) the trip’s one ground rule. I had him repeat it. “What’s the one rule for this trip?” I asked as we rolled into the parking lot. “No asking for you to […]

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Epic Target Black Friday Pep Talk

Posted by on November 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I know people in the US are a bit divided over Black Friday. Some are opting outside, while others still camp out overnight for the best deals. Meanwhile, other stores are starting ON Thanksgiving. So, it can be a confusing time for many Americans, especially for those bent on massive overconsumption and an obsession with […]

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Gift Card Hacks: 8 Ways We’ll Prove It’s More Than a Piece of Plastic

Posted by on December 22nd, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

Gift cards. They seem impersonal and rushed, but the truth is they’re the swiss army knife of gifting. If only we could transform the gift-card-giving experience into something that makes the process feel both meaningful and practical. I know I change my mind a great deal, so the whole concept of the gift card gives […]

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“Shopping” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

Posted by on January 20th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

Every parent that takes their youngling out and about, no matter the age, has probably suffered from Post Tantrum Stress Disorder. You would have bet a Bugatti that they weren’t anywhere near the corner of hungry and tired. You totally thought that nap did the trick. You almost couldn’t believe the plate wasn’t part of […]

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How to Give Gifts that Are Actually for You

Posted by on December 17th, 2013, under EQUIPMENT

Every holiday season, we shop for our kids, our family and our friends, but let’s admit it, we’re pretty frigging interested in what we might get. There are so many rad things! Gotta look out for number one, even if we’re not supposed to say that. Hmmmm… Ah ha! What if there were a way […]

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Parenterms: “Awkwurchase”

Posted by on October 8th, 2013, under SNAPSHOTS

Some people experience buyers remorse as they are buying something. Sucked into the inescapable gravitational pull of the purchasing process, maybe they feel they’ll look like a moron or worse, a poor person, abandoning items in front of store clerks and their fellow shoppers. Always watching. Always judging. “Ooooooo you grabbed a pack of size […]

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My Wife Just Said… #91

Posted by on December 24th, 2012, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“I did one of those purchases. Where it turns out it’s the wrong thing but I just can’t bring myself to tell them so I buy it anyway. So yeah. It was a Christmas album. And yeah, I’ll be returning it later.” -Elizabeth   – Previous “My Wife Just Said…” 

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Brain Failure on Aisle 9!

Posted by on August 4th, 2011, under NOTEBOOK

When I go shopping, something happens. I enter some magical space-time distortion, where time oozes and store aisles and racks shift around like the stairs at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with accompanying little goblins that move around the products I’m looking for in some kind of demonic three-card monte of retail. The […]

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