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50/50. For Real. (Parents Magazine)

As I write this story, my 4-year-old’s preschool has been closed for two days due to a snowstorm. So she’s home on a weekday, along with her baby sister. But I’m squirreled away in our home office, typing furiously, while my husband, Dan (currently on paternity leave), changes diapers, supervises art time, and makes the nap schedule happen. When the roads are finally plowed, he takes the girls to the grocery store to replenish our dwindling supplies from the shared list we sync on our phones. When they’re back, I pop down to do lunch so he can shovel our steps and grab a shower. “Three people told me I was a hero,” he reports of their shopping expedition. We laugh. We both know nobody has ever congratulated me—or any mom—for being with my kids and buying milk at the same time.


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[Never Say Diet] Sofia Vergara is Just Like Us (I Think)

iVillage Never Say Diet Sofia Vergara Virginia Sole-Smith

Okay, to be honest, this (iVillage-not-Virginia-generated) headline is overstating things a bit: You do not need to watch Sofia Vergara’s new commercial.

If you watch any television at all, chances are, it will stumble across your field of vision along with 54 billion ads for that new sitcom Whitney, which I’m now not watching just because they seem to want it too much. To say nothing of the Old Navy-rips-off-Tiffany commercial that I am really beside myself about.

So anyway, commercials are generally terrible (oh! I have even more on this theme tomorrow!) and you should DVR everything and do your best never to watch any of them.


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[Never Say Diet] Julie Bowen Doesn’t Need Your Sandwich Suggestions

iVillage Never Say Diet Julie Bowen Doesn't Need a Sandwich Virginia Sole-Smith

She is perfectly capable of ordering her own lunch, thankyouverymuch.

More to the point, this whole hating on skinny actresses thing has really got to stop. Or at least, just call it what it is: Good, old-fashioned, body snarking, just like when the kids on the playground called you fatty. (If they did that. In which case, I’m really sorry because it must have sucked. Just like… see where I’m going with this?)


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