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Carpool Goddess

Hi! I m a Shine Parenting Guru and my blog is about my humorous journey from motherhood to empty nest. Come along for the ride!
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  • Parenting Guru: The Talk You Need to Have Before Your Kid Goes Off to College
    Lots to talk about before Mini-Me leaves for college. Even though she’s heard the speech, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t say it, yet again. I cringe as the words come out of my mouth, knowing what’s coming, “Mom, you don’t have to te
  • How to Rock a LBD (Little Black Dress) with a Mommy Body
    I love wearing dresses. They are a little more forgiving than pants, especially if you're curvy like me. And there is nothing like the Little Black Dress (LBD). It's every woman's secret weapon. Black is my favorite color to wear, because it's sleek, sexy
  • Parenting Guru: Hot fun in the summertime
    I have such warm wonderful memories of my summers as a child: Pool parties, BBQ’s, long lazy days and nights, sleeping late, sleepovers in the middle of the week, no homework, my birthdays. As a kid I wished it were summer all year round.
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  • Parenting Guru: No One Puts Baby in a Corner...Well, Yeah, Actually They Do
    My Dad had an interesting way of handling these things. When my siblings and I would be screaming, fighting, and crying with no end in sight, he would call a cease fire and ask us what happened. Of course, we each had our own version of the truth. And as
  • Parenting Guru: You win some, you lose some
    Growing up as the youngest of three, I was the last to learn to ride a bike, roller skate (which I gave up altogether since I was so klutzy), play checkers, backgammon and most other games. And although I loved playing with my older siblings and sometimes
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  • Parenting Guru: When love is meant to be
    When my kids were little, they used to love hearing the story of how my husband and I met.
  • Parenting Guru: Eight Feet and One TV
    After dinner we all like to curl up on the couch (or if we’re on vacation we pile on the bed) and watch TV. Mini-Me and I get sandwiched between Big Daddy and College Boy, (6’3 and 6’5), so it gets pretty cozy.
  • Brussels Sprouts Aren't that Scary
    I used to think Brussels sprouts weren't for the faint of heart because they were bitter. I just didn't know how to cook them. Good news, I have discovered the world of roasting. And roasting, my cooking challenged friends, is the easiest thing you c
  • Parenting Guru: Memories of a "Daddy's Girl"
    I think a lot about my dad at this time of year and I become very nostalgic. He had a way of making everyday feel special. If I were granted one holiday wish, it would be that my father were still alive, so he could meet his precious grandchildren. I know he would have been the best grandpa. Here ar
  • 8 Reasons Why I No Longer Jog
    On my blissful morning walk, I gazed at a young runner and thought wistfully, that used to be me. Young. And able to run. Don't get me wrong, if the house were on fire (heaven forbid) or I wanted to beat out a crowd to get to the front of the line at Sprinkles Cupcakes, I could run. Though, I might
  • Parenting Guru: Halloween, Bring it On!
    I love Halloween. The trick or treating, the haunted houses, the kids in costumes, the decorations, the candy! It's even better than Valentine's Day, because you get to dress up. When my kids were little and had no choice but to hang with the hubby and I on Halloween, friends would gather at our ho
  • Parenting Guru: Backpacks and College Apps and SAT's, Oh My!
    Every year when my kids go back to school the feeling is bittersweet. I'm sad to see the lazy days of summer go and the relaxed attitude of the kids, but I do breathe a long sigh of relief (Ok, it's more of a "Yippie"!) when I drop them off on their first day of school. As much as I cherish our care
  • Parenting Guru: Vegas Baby!
    Like every family we have our rituals. The summer is no exception. Just about every 4th of July we go to Sin City for fun and fireworks. That's right. Las Vegas baby! We've been going since the kids were in preschool.Now I know, Las Vegas might be the last place you'd think to take a child, but Vega
  • User Post: How Do You Know When You've Had Too Much To Drink?
    I'm suffering from jet-lag. You know the kind when the room is a little unsteady and you have a migraine. Kind of like a hangover. So I figured now was as good a time as any to write about drinking. Anyone who knows me well, knows I'm a total light weight when it comes to alcohol. A good sniff of th
  • Parenting Guru: Camp- It's Not All Fun and S'mores
    As the baby of three, I grew up watching my older brother and sister hop on the big yellow bus for day camp almost every summer morning, right outside our front gate. Mom would blow them a kiss and yell, "Watch out for the bees!", with a cheerful smile, while I waved excitedly and smushed my nose ag
  • Parenting Guru: Surviving a High School Junior's Final Exams-One Mother's Story
    Final exams are coming up in three weeks. Mini-me's high school JUNIOR YEAR finals! And do you know what that means? The fun is over. We go into Defcon 4 total lock-down mode. We did this last December, too. I barely survived.I stopped watching Glee, Khloe & Lamar, and 90210 as an act of solidarity.
  • Parenting Guru: Things Only a Mother Could Say
    In honor of my Mom on Mother's day, I would like to share some of her mommy wisdom. Though we didn't always see eye to eye, her words are worth their weight in gold. Thanks Mom for caring. I love you.1. This too shall pass. It annoyed me endlessly when she said this, but it's probably the best advic
  • Parenting Guru: How to Survive Spring Cleaning
    I love Spring. It's my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the days are longer and the promise of a lazy summer (I can dream, can't I?) is just around the corner. All that sunshine and fresh air, energizes me and puts me in the mood for a good spring cleaning (a
  • Parenting Guru: My Husband Married the Tooth Fairy
    I'm not just another ordinary Tooth Fairy. I don't just slip cash under kids' pillows. I also pull teeth. My kids' teeth and even their friends' teeth. Moms love this, as I save them a small fortune in dentist bills.
  • Parenting Guru: My First Crush
    In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I decided to take a walk down memory lane and pass a note (ah, write a letter) to my very first crush. It was a special time in the world. He was blond, it was 3rd grade and you could still find Scooterpies in the market.Dear Crush,
  • User post: Does this lipstick make me look fat?
    Sometimes all it takes to get me out of a rut, beauty or otherwise, is buying a new lipstick. It all started years ago when I got my hands on my first Bonne Bell Bubblegum Lip Smacker. One swipe of that sticky sweet gloss and I was never the same. It's the cheapest fix I have for being in a bind. E
  • Parenting Guru: 10 little things I love about being a mom
    Parenting is tough stuff. There are sleepless nights in the beginning, with a brief period of rest during prepubescence, and then sleepless nights again when they're teenagers. The young kids think you're a superhero, and the older kids think you're only there to ruin their lives. Aside from that, b
  • Parenting Guru: To shine or not to shine-the messiness of parenting
    Parenting is a messy job. Definitely not for the faint of heart. So instead of making a list of New Year's Resolutions, I decided to make a list of when I really shined or didn't shine as a parent last year. However, in an effort to protect the innocent (and the not so innocent), and the fact I can
  • Survival Tips for Parents: When your college kid comes home for vacation
    Christmas, Spring, and summer break are when many parents of college age offspring, look forward to their student coming home with hope, excitement and a little trepidation. You hope you don't say too much, ask too much, or commit the worse crime of all, give unsolicited advice. It is such a strang
  • Parenting Guru: Less Holiday Stress and More Holiday Zest
    With Thanksgiving rolling into Hanukkah this year, (I jokingly refer to it as "Thanukkah"), I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and way behind the eight ball with shopping for gifts. Hanukkah moves around every year (based on the Jewish calendar), and unlike Christmas or New Years, it can sneak up on y
  • User Post: Getting Comfortable with a Little Me Time
    What a bizarre concept…To begin finding time for me, when its been all about them. For the last 20 years, 21 if you count the pregnancy, (and my body was clearly not my own!) it's been all about my husband and kids (and not necessarily in that order). I've never found anything that fit me as well
  • Parenting Guru: Spreading the Love on Thanksgiving
    Around this time of year, I start pulling out the few Thanksgiving decorations I own.
  • Parenting Guru: Eating it Up (and Sweating it Out) as a Family
    Our most important family tradition is a cross between everything centering around food and taking grandma on vacation. We are a small, tight knit family with all the quirks and we move together like a little pack of wolves. Mealtime is especially important. We eat, we fight, we make up and then eat

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