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An ode to the music shop: what was your first music purchase?

I have had a long term relationship with music stores since I was 11. My mom took me to see That Thing You Do! and I fell hard for everything: the dudes, the band, the music. I immediately asked if we could get the soundtrack, and shortly thereafter took my first intentional step into a music shop. Sure, I had been into them before, but never with a purpose — never when I was looking for something that would change my life.

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How and why endometriosis caused me to voluntarily become a single mother at 22

I know that I am the one who needs to get up with her every time, without exception. I have no one to be angry and resentful towards because they don't live up to whatever expectations I have put in place for them. I'll never worry about a custody battle or if her dad will let her get a tattoo after I say no. Doing everything yourself is immeasurably easier when you know that is the case from the start. Sure, there are great men out there and resentment is not always the case — I just prefer the ease of not worrying about maintaining a relationship along with my other responsibilities. A personal choice, for sure, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Want to get rid of extra clothes you're holding on to? Don't do laundry for a few weeks

I recently found myself feeling bogged down by all the clothing I owned, so I decided to perform an experiment. I didn't do laundry for 2-3 weeks, and then donated everything that was still hanging up on laundry day. Since it's still winter I kept a few summer items so I can perform the same experiment later in the year, but other than that all the extra stuff I had is gone. The best part is that I didn't have to deal with any of the emotional stuff that comes with trying to ditch stuff in one go — I was able to just look at my closet and realize how much I was holding onto for no reason.

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5 British comedies and soaps you should watch when you need a break from zombies, meth, and fantasy

I don't own a TV, but I'm the queen bee of streaming the shows I love to watch online, either via Netflix, Hulu, or some kind of third party. I'm not a fan of some of the bigger shows that are either on TV right now or recently ended (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones), so when Parenthood skips a week (heeeey network TV) or I'm all Grey's Anatomy-ed out, I head over to Netflix and start watching funny British comedies instead.

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Where can I find an awesome double laundry hamper that's easy to carry?

Right now our laundry system is a little all over the place: we're putting everything into one medium-sized wicker hamper my husband thrifted a few months ago. It's kind of driving me crazy, so I've decided the solution is a double hamper — one side for lights, one side for darks. But here's my problem: everything I've found online doesn't seem to be apartment/laundromat-friendly.

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A non-parent's holiday guide to picking out offbeat children's gifts

I love everything to do with gifting: giving them, receiving them, scheming them, you name it. Since I have a kid a lot of my non-parent friends and family members will often ask me what kind of fun, kind of weird, somewhat non-traditional gifts they should give their nephews, nieces, family friends (and so on..) and I've decided I should just compile a list to make it easy on everyone.