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OK, so this morning I actually bought yet another brand new backpack for the Boy Wonder (this one with wheels), because I have felt so bad seeing him stagger into school this week with his huge, heavy school backpack and his soccer practice backpack. TWO separate ones, and both full to the top.

I know this is old news, how much our kids have to carry to school, but this new backpack thing has really pushed all my buttons. And not just because I’m annoyed that I didn’t buy a rolling backpack first. Read the rest of this entry »

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kit.jpgIt’s opening tomorrow: The first feature-length American Girl movie, “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.” Sweet Abigail Breslin, our absolute favorite part of the hilarious “Little Miss Sunshine,” plays Kit, and if you’ve been dreading sitting through this movie with your girls and their friends, don’t. It’s surprisingly engaging, the plot has enough twists to keep you guessing, and the good guys win in the end. What could be better for a summer weekend? Read my column today for more Abigail Breslin scoop, and more. Want to win a pair of free tickets to see the movie? Go to the Memphis page at

and register to win.

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megcabot.jpgEven this mom-of-a-boy loved “The Princess Diaries,” and if you’ve got a teen or tween girl, you’re going to want to know about this: Justine magazine, the national magazine for teen girls published right here in Memphis, is bringing author Meg Cabot, who wrote “The Princess Diaries,” “Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls,” and all kinds of other great girl books, to town NEXT WEEK. On June 19, Meg will be the featured speaker at a luncheon and fashion show just for girls at the Memphis Hilton — click here for an invitation and to reserve your spot (seating is limited). Best of all, though, is that Meg’s visit is to celebrate the launch of a new nationwide online book club for teen girls, called Spark, that Justine is starting, just in

time to give you and your girls a little extra push through those summer reading lists.

And, oh yeah, Macy’s will put on the fashion show at the luncheon … with prizes and goodies for all. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a summer afternoon. 

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I am currently going on my THIRD week of suffering from , something I’ve never had before, and hope I never have again. It’s quite painful, and unfortunately the meds that make me feel best also make it nearly impossible for me to work, so I only take them at night. In short, I’m miserable.

But I’ve also been surprised at how culpable I feel. “You know, it’s caused by stress,” said one of my pals, helpfully. And yes, the past few months have been pretty intense, with my doing essentially four jobs (you’ve seen Skirt!, right?) for better or worse. Jeez, I keep wondering, did I bring this on myself? Read the rest of this entry »

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SATC MovieWow. Sex & the City sure can bring out the heartfelt opinions.

Either the ladies illustrate all that’s good about girlfriends, or they’re personally responsible for the whoring of America.

Either they’re strong, independent women, or they’re too reliant on men for their happiness.

Either the fashion is fun and inspired, or completely unrealistic and silly. (Seriously. Was that bird on her head supposed to recall Bride of Frankenstein? It’s like they invited the comparison.)

Whatever your opinion of the show or the movie, it had a huge opening weekend, with an estimated $55.7 million take. They’re calling it the largest opening ever for a  romantic comedy. The only part of that that surprises me is that they’re calling it a “comedy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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