Andrew Kardon

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I'm a happily married dad with two amazingly awesome boys. I met my wife in college and only took seven years of dating before I finally popped the question. So yeah, I'm a bit impulsive.

I'm a freelance writer and a daddy blogger who can't get enough of the Muppets, comic books, Legos, and video games. Oh, I once ate 56 pieces of raw fish in a sushi eating contest ... and came in third. I also own JoeShopping.com, the friendliest coupons and deals site on the web. 


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    Your wedding day. It's probably one of the most special, incredible, magical days in a person's life. Well, let me rephrase that last part to "... in a woman's life."

    Yes, there are always exceptions, but women for the most part, seem way more into the wedding thing and even the idea of getting married, than men do. That's not a slight, just an observation.

    When a woman tells her girlfriends she's getting married, it's usually followed by high-pitched squeals, lots of jumping up and down, and 20 or 30 minutes of hugging.

    When a guy tells his buds he's getting married, more often than not, the first thing they ask him is, "Is she pregnant?" That's quickly followed up with a "Then why are you getting married?"

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    This summer marks my 15th wedding anniversary. I guess it's my wife's 15th anniversary too, huh? Funny how anniversaries lose a bit of their luster once you have kids. Everything just seems to take a backseat to those little bundles of joy.

    But 15 years is a milestone number, so I need to do something big, something memorable, something to make her go, "Wow! Now THAT was worth spending 15 years of my life with this guy."

    I suppose I could get her a bowling ball with my name on it or the coolest Avengers DVD box set ever made. I would kill for that thing it's so incred... I mean, I bet she would kill for that thing.

    But I've got a better idea. There's a list of traditional anniversary gifts you're supposed to give to your spouse. Every year, it's a different "material" to theme your gift around. Things like paper, bronze, wood, etc. What if I gave her 15 years worth of gifts on one single day?

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    I've never been a fan of dress codes. Whether it's a school uniform or "business casual" at the office, I've hated them all. We're individuals in a great big melting pot of a country. Clothing conformity seems to spit in the face of our very existence.

    I know the arguments pro-dress code fans offer. It evens the playing field. No kid will feel left out or jealous because they don't have the newest pair of skinny jeans or Angry Birds T-shirts. I understand your argument. I just don't agree with it. Wearing an offensive T-shirt is one thing, but just showing you're a fan of a product is another.

    And then there's Ethan Clos. The Ohio-based kindergartner was recently suspended from Reid Elementary School for sporting a mohawk. I'm sorry, what? They kicked a 5-year-old kid out of school for a silly haircut?

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    Most guys have a type. Whether it's blond or brunette, petite or curvy, sporty or sophisticated, men go after their type, swoop in, and hope to score.

    Granted, for some guys, their type is pretty much any woman who will actually have a conversation with them. But that's an article for another day...

    The thing is, guys are pretty clear about the kind of woman they want to date, but at some point they'll meet "the one." She may not even be their usual type at first, which could actually be the cause for the insatiable fascination and infatuation.

    And just as women have ways to tell he's husband material, guys can do the same in choosing someone to marry. So here are 14 ways to tell she's wife material.

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    Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can go through. It's impossible to even put into words what it's like bringing a little bundle of mess, er, joy into this world and watching them grow up.

    Along with the rewarding part, however, comes fear. Kids aren't the only ones to get scared, you know. Since the little buggers don't come with any sort of instruction manual, there's a lot of trial and error. Hopefully, there's a lot more trial and success.

    Fear is only natural when you're dealing with your most precious "possessions." Fear of losing them temporarily or forever just comes with the territory. But there are a lot of very specific moments in a child's life that can scare the bejeezus out of any parent. And I'm not just talking about doctor bills. So let's take a look at 7 of the Scariest Moments in a Parent's Life.

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