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Not All Spring Flower Pictures Turn Out Great

It's the time of year in Idaho when a wildflower patch can draw dozens of freshly bathed kids in their cutest clothes, along with those amazing parents-of-the-year armed with high tech zoom lenses ready to upload the photos to online scrapbooks right away to share with Grandma and Grandpa in Poughkeepsie.  And then there are the rest of us.  This was kind of a disaster. 

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Kids Can Fall Asleep Anywhere

Life gets to be too much for a 4-year old sometimes, and they have the ability to just nod off anytime, anywhere, like right in the middle of a busy steakhouse on a Saturday night.  Where is the oddest place your kids have fallen asleep?

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If You’re Sleep Deprived, It’s Kinda Like Being Drunk

How much sleep do you get? One in three people are under 7 hours per night, and there are all sorts of scary new health risks that come with that.  And if you go without sleep long enough, it's just like being drunk.  Yikes!

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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The Secret To Marriage Success Involves Dressing Like Cows

These are my amazing parents, and I am so proud of them.  Not only do they make great cows, but today is also their 43rd wedding anniversary.  Not many couples make it that far!

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Some April Fool’s Day Pranks Are More Creative Than Others

For some really creative April Fool's Day joke ideas, all we have to do is watch an episode of The Office.  Remember the episode where Jim feeds Dwight an Altoid every time he hears the Windows login chime, to get him to try to salivate like Pavlov's dog?  Some pranks take more time than others to set up.

Here's the history behind April Fool's Day, and more prank ideas so you can get your kids and co-workers good on Friday.

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Parents and Kids Can’t Agree on Easter Candy

It's a good thing we have the Easter Bunny to be fair and neutral in dishing out the candy, because parents and kids tend to pick different favorites.  I think my kids are weird for liking the stuff they like!  What's your favorite?

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The Results Are In. Blondes Aren’t Dumb!

So why was the blonde staring at frozen orange juice can?

Because it said 'concentrate'.

Good one people, good one.   Blonde jokes are part of the reason why our hair color gets a bad rap.  But that's about to change.  Blondes will love this news!

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Your Kindle May Stop Working Without This Update

A Kindle can keep kids occupied for an entire grocery store trip.  I love it!

But if you've got a Kindle an you ignore this mandatory update from Amazon, you may start getting error messages on your beloved e-reader and it will become a blank slate, and suddenly the kids are climbing in and out of the cart and pulling fruity snacks off the shelves again.  Give us that update.

Today is the deadline to install the vital Kindle update.  Here's the scoop if you want to save yourself some headaches.

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Do You Owe A Dead Person An Apology?

I do.  I hope my hilarious and talented Aunt Jane in heaven heard me tell her how sorry I was for this, and I hope she sees how I've tried to make amends.

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What is the Happiest City in Idaho?

Some places seem happier than others.  They just do.  People in these spots have decent jobs, they have access to lakes and sports and shopping, there are lots of choices when it comes to restaurants, and the kids are in good shape with schools and baseball leagues. So which city in Idaho is the happiest?

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