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Is a Bad Hair Day a Good Excuse to Call in Sick?

I can't say that I've actually done this, but 1 in 10 women have called in sick because they were having a bad hair day. I'm definitely a hair and makeup kinda girl. And there are days when my hair has a mind of its own, but I certainly don't let it keep me from living life.

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Is $35 a Week Too Much for an Allowance?

Do your kids get a weekly allowance? If so, how much?

A new study by American Express Spending and Saving Tracker finds that 79 percent of parents give their school-aged kids $35 a week!

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Taylor Swift + Sam Hunt = Dream-Come-True Duet!

Taylor Swift is currently on her 1989 World Tour and Sunday night she performed in Chicago at Solider Field. She brought out a surprise special guest -- Sam Hunt!

They performed Sam's smash hit "Take your time."

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Adult Coloring Books Help Grownups Relieve Stress

As a kid I would get lost for hours coloring in a color book. I'd color pages for certain family members, which always brought smiles to their faces.

It's such a joy to see the same thing happen with my own kids.

Why stop coloring when you grow up? Well, you might not have to -- now there are adult coloring books with stress-relieving patterns.

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Are You the Artist in Your Family? Michele’s Not, But Look What Her Daughter Made

There is not one single artistic bone in my body! My mom is the crafty/artistry family member. It must have skipped a generation because my little Shaylee seems to be quite the Picasso.

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What Sights Should a Girl See in Sin City?

It's a girls' weekend in Las Vegas, and one of us has never been to Sin City.

I'm trying to make sure that I plan out everything she needs to see while we are there -- Fountains at Bellagio, Eiffel Tower at Paris, Volcano at Mirage and the famous Las Vegas sign on the strip

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The Morning Bull Pen Takes the #dontjudgemechallenge

There's always some new challenge going around on social media and the latest is #dontjudgemechallenge.

The challenge was originally started as an anti-body shaming campaign.

You post a picture or video of yourself with a blackened tooth, unibrow, acne or other physical feature that often gets shamed.

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New Bubble Wrap Doesn’t Pop — Does That Burst Your Bubble?

It's the one thing that you looked forward to more than the actual package arriving in the mail ... the bubble wrap!

I LOVED laying the bubble wrap out on the floor and stomping all over it! And I even passed on the bubble-wrap popping tradition to my kids.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Can Be Traumatic to Combat Veterans — Please Be Courteous

Every year around the Fourth of July, we are reminded to keep our pets safe because it's the one day out of the year that the most animals go missing.

But there's someone else you should be mindful of this holiday weekend: veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan.

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The Best Thing About the Fourth of July Is All the Food!

There is one thing that I look forward to more than anything else when it comes to the Fourth of July -- and nope, it's not the fireworks. It's all the delicious food!

It makes sticking to my diet almost impossible, but that's what cheat days are for!!

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Will the ‘Merman’ Trend Float?

We've seen some odd trends with dudes ... lumbersexuals, beards decorated with flowers, dad bods, the man bun and now the latest trend: "merman."

Merman hair is guys dyeing their hair purple, green and blue, or ocean-inspired colors.

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What’s An 18-Year-Old Need to Know to Survive in the Big City?

My son Mathew is currently at the University of Washington working on his summer research project. He went from graduating from high school and YVCC right onto the college campus.

He decided that he didn't need his car and would instead be taking public transit.

He went to a dance Thursday night and didn't get home until 1 a.m., which meant riding the bus at 12:30 a.m.!

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