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Back-to-School Clothes Shopping: Online vs. (Standing) In Line

Aug 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Carissa Rogers, Back to School

Are you kidding me? School starts in less than two weeks! There’s no time for back-to-school clothes shopping! We just got back from a huge family vacation, before-school activities have already begun (marching band any... Read more
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Weeknight Dinner’s No Problem With Versatile “Simple White Sauce”

Aug 08, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Recipe Share, Carissa Rogers

Everyone should learn how to make an easy, simple “white sauce.” Also called “gravy”—and similar to a roux or remoulade in fancy French circles—the uses for this sauce include everything fr... Read more
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Teen Texting and a Parenting Lesson

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Texting, Teenagers, Carissa Rogers

The cell phone representative looked over my account and asked if I had a teenager. “Of course I do,” I said, adding, “Why?” Apparently my 14 year old sent out and received more than 9,000 texts last m... Read more
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Best Summer Salads For Potluck Gatherings!

Jul 25, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Recipe Share, Carissa Rogers

Family reunions, neighborhood potlucks. and church gatherings. What do they all have in common? Don’t say crazy Aunt Erma. I’m talking about the food of course! Specifically SALADS, which are perfect for summer po... Read more
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Jumping on The High-Maintenance-Mom Treadmill

Jul 13, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Carissa Rogers

Be honest:  Are you the type of mom who shaves her legs every single day? Does the thought of stubble make your eye twitch and inflame your OCD tendencies? OR, are you a closet European? Is your razor rusty from UN-use b... Read more
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Moms: What’s Your Super Power?

Jul 08, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Carissa Rogers

Recently, I was asked to answer this question (and do so in a serious tone): “What are you good at?”  And I was completely stumped. I couldn’t come up with a single fabulous response. I’m an impat... Read more
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Baking & Banking Lessons: GoodNCrazy Teen Bakes For Money

Jun 29, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Cooking, Carissa Rogers

My daughter did it. She made her first sale—of cupcakes! A friend needed 60+ birthday cupcakes for her daughter’s class at school and the after school birthday party. After checking with a gourmet shop my friend r... Read more
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The Honor of Winning the Meanest Mom Award

Jun 25, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Carissa Rogers

The sweetest words any mom will ever hear: “Mom, I’m so glad you told us NO when we were little, and you meant it!” I did a complete double take when I heard them. We were in the car, and I may or may not h... Read more
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Mom’s Role in PTO Rummage Sale Changes Rank

May 31, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Fundraising, Carissa Rogers

Let me set the scene: TIME: Last spring, at the end of the school year. LOCATION: The library at my kid’s school, Roosevelt Elementary. SETTING: The last PTO meeting of the year. I was tempted to pretend to be sick. I&r... Read more
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What Happens When This Mother-Daughter Share Fashion...and Music?

May 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, High School, Carissa Rogers

I just “accidentally” spent $100 on clothes. I figured only half of the stuff would fit and/or look decent so it was really like I spent $50 and I’d just take the ugly back, right? Um. Yeah. “Accidenta... Read more