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10 Gifts For People You Don’t Like

Adulthood means that, sometimes, you have to buy gifts for people you don’t like. Maybe it’s a family gathering and you’re assigned to buy for one of the difficult aunts. Or a work shindig where it’d be amiss if you gifted everyone except that jerk Chad who keeps taking credit

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Must I Go by Yiyun Li

Reviewing Must I Go by Yiyun Li wasn’t on my content calendar. But it haunted me. This book dug into me, claws first. At first glance, Must I Go doesn’t seem so insistent. Just an old lady narrating and annotating an ex-lover’s journal. Must I Go is shocking with brilliant

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Lessons Learned From Two Years of Blogging

I can’t believe all the lessons learned from two years of blogging. This time has flown by. Wasn’t it yesterday that Ish Mom was a gleam in my eye, then a loud intruder that kept me up nights and dominated all my thoughts? Now she’s toddling on fat little legs,

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10 Creepy Books to Read Before Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time for creepy books. I embraced the horror genre as a kid, cutting my teeth on Dean Koontz and R.L. Stine. These days, I appreciate wordplay more than gore. Let’s shrug on some flannel, pour a pumpkin spiced anything, and explore some creepy books. Zone One

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Parent’s Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism

It’s a quiet weekday morning for our occupational therapy appointment at Reid Health Pediatric Therapy and my autistic toddler is terrified. “We’re just going to look at it today,” his occupational therapist reassures. Stephanie Van Slyke, OTD, OTR/L, is referring to an innocuous swing. But Big A sees something big

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Election 2020: A Conversation with Jeannine Lee Lake

Jeannine Lee Lake is running for Indiana’s 6th congressional district with a desire to help her community. She is an astoundingly available and transparent candidate. One glance at her Facebook page shows her intense activity traveling her district, connecting with voters. “Wherever a voter is, I want to reach them.

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QRxLabs Review: The Best Skin Care Brand You’ve Never Heard Of

QRxLabs brings affordable skin care to the masses. It’s me, I’m masses. Or, at the least, I’m a veritable skin care junkie. Keeper of half-filled bottles and those cardboard samples from magazines. I’m a sucker for anything offering that anti-aging trifecta: brightening, tightening, and smoothing. Enjoy my QRxLabs review. Half

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Parent’s Guide to a Quarantine Halloween, Despite COVID-19

I’m gonna be honest, I’m not a big Halloween person. But do you know what I am a big fan of, especially this year? Marking time. COVID-19 has made the months of 2020 run together. Celebrating Halloween will act as a clear fall indicator. Let’s celebrate our Quarantine Halloween safely

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