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How to Keep Your Back To School Spending in Check

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It’s that time of year again. The time retailers (and our bank accounts) know that we’re gearing up to spend in droves. Back-to-school shopping is second only to the December holidays when it comes to spending. We are set to throw down…
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Game On!: Mamis are the New Hardcore Gamers

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Women are hardcore gamers and who knew? A recent survey by Info Solutions Group (ISG) revealed that the average person playing online games, such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, is a 43-year old woman. In the United States, 55% of online gamers…
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Mamiverse Guide to Cabo San Lucas

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My friend called me recently and instead of saying "hello," she greeted me with those five words every new mami has uttered in desperation, "I. Need. To. Get. Away." That's exactly how she said it. A period after each distressed word. She…
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Toyota Prius: A Review

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“I wish they had this car when you were growing up,” my mother tells me. She’s talking about her new Prius. And she is in love. My mother raised us children in the era of THE BIG FAMILY TANK. She started with a station wagon in the late…
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A Journalist’s Journey of Reinvention

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The high school principal, voice shaky, eyes glimmering with tears, stood behind the podium. Letting bad teachers go was part of her job, she explained, the next words scraping against her throat. Letting good teachers go was just…painful.…
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Should You Stay at Home or Go Back to Work Post Baby?

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Exclusive excerpt from The REAL COST of LIVING (Perigee/Penguin) by Carmen Wong Ulrich. Weighing the costs of staying at home vs. going back to work should be personal. Weigh your sanity and happiness against and alongside the financial…
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Safety Tips For Sharing Your Child's Photos Online

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It’s another ordinary day, scrolling down Facebook’s newsfeed, eyeing the pretty pictures. Oh look, there’s a photo of little Luz peering her head out of a SpongeBob costume. And oh, Anita’s sporting her new headset of braces at school…
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Education Daycations: How to Fight Summer Boredom

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Summer is the time to relax, to have fun, to chill, to sit on your lounge chair in the backyard and soak up the sun and silence. Riiiight. Any well-seasoned mami knows that as soon as she sits her butt on any chair and closes her eyes, those…
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Three Steps to Negotiating the Pay Raise You Deserve

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The number one mistake women make when asking for a pay raise is focusing on themselves instead of on the value they bring to their organizations. So take note: Do not make your pay raise request all about you, especially to your employer!…