Yasmin is a Southern newbie. Raised in the United Arab Emirates to a Californian mom and Syrian dad, she is a typical third culture kid (adult?). She graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Information Systems in 2001, spent eleven years in the corporate world, and escaped before the nylons were permanently grafted into her skin. Yasmin is a mom to two (Jul 2012, Sep 2014) and wife to one (Mar 1981). She knows a little about a lot, is a founding member of the Institute for Overanalysis Paralysis, and is addicted to reading reviews and sharing awesome finds. She enjoys building IKEA furniture, pilates and barre classes, following cookbooks, and taking things apart.
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DOOM SHOPPING: 7 Impulse Purchases to Squash 7 Bad Feelings

If you're an adult living in the United States, chances are you've noticed that a lot has happened around here over the last 12 months. It's possible that you have tiptoed through relatively unscathed....
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20 Things You Must Do This Fall, PSL Optional

I'm announcing it: fall-related cynicism has officially jumped the shark. It's over, people. It had its moment, where calling everyone out on their "BaSiC WHiTe GiRL" habits seemed clever, regardless of actual gender and...
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Outrage Fatigue: I’m Tired, Aren’t You?

2020, what a year, amirite? We started with koalas burning, clutched our pearls with speculation over WWIII with Iran, slid into a global pandemic, watched our jobs and markets crash and burn, flirted with...
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Can the Candy :: How to Partake in the Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project's official crusade is, "Raising awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters."...

Trader Joe’s Meal Hacks: Faking the “I TOTALLY meal plan” Vibe

Now that we have a Trader Joe's, it's time for some meal hacks. I'd start this with an ode to the quirky store, but that's been done, and if you know - then you...
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Let’s Be Real, It’s Time to End the “Bad Mom” Persona

Bad Moms are this generation's "woo girls." Fight me. And I'm not talking about the movie franchise - that's just fun weeknight rental entertainment. But I'm sick of the side-wink nudge-nudge Mommy Wine culture that...
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Chuck the Cologne :: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

So does your go-to Father's Day idea list contain preserved dried meats, razors, and books? While presents of any kind are inherently thoughtful and should be accepted with grace, these are all things he...
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Love Letters from Mom :: La Croix

Dear La Croix, For months, I lusted after you from afar. Living overseas meant we were behind on many of the new goodies the U.S. market pumped out daily (it took years before they could...
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Things Only Moms Google

Once upon a time, my Google searches were targeted and informative; used when I really couldn't figure something out, like "when to use VLOOKUP vs INDEXMATCH in Excel". Now? Google acts as my primary brain....
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I Paid Someone to Make me a Better Mom

Let's go back to a typical morning routine from about six months ago: 6:30 - Kids' wakeup alarm goes off, they come in for cuddles. 6:40 - We stumble into the spotless kitchen, untouched from the...