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    Most of us have a type. Whether it's blondes, athletes, intellectuals, or jerks, we find ourselves drawn to certain types of people -- and probably don't even know why. Breaking out of your type can be one of the hardest things to do. But also one of the most rewarding.

    Says dating expert Kimberly Dawn Neumann, "Sometimes breaking 'type' can be a positive move for your dating life. You may be attracted to the same kind of person over and over because it feels familiar, like a dynamic you grew up with or saw in your parents' relationship without even knowing it. Open up your options if you haven’t been finding the love you want because at the very least, you can better define what it is that you want in your life, and not what you find comfortable that could possibly be dysfunctional." Here are six stories from women who broke type -- and had it work out great.

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    My wife's clock radio starts blaring at 6:30 every morning just as the kids are slowly stirring from their slumber. The news of the day is usually tame -- weather, politics, business -- but some mornings, it's all tragedy. Hours of it. Tragedy so plainly wrought that I wonder if I shouldn't throw the clock radio out the window.

    So how do we talk to kids about this stuff? How do we hide the news when it comes at us from all angles? How do we keep a plugged-in generation in the dark? Should we?

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    In an absolutely terrifying incident this weekend that had to feel like something out of a nightmare, a woman in Kansas walked into a bathroom and saw a huge, real-life tiger staring at her. Seriously, this isn't the start of a joke.

    It was a real tiger, who's estimated to weigh more than 250 pounds, with no cage, no collar, just staring down local resident Jenna Krehbiel. According to the Salina Journal, it happened Saturday night at the Shrine Circus after the beast somehow escaped.  

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    Recently, I wrote a post about the phrases we all heard growing up and swore we would never repeat. It made me realize that 1) I have truly become my mother, and 2) we all speak in a similar "Mommy" code language.

    Let's be honest, there are a myriad of things we say when we really mean something else.

    So here's a handy translation of some of the most common "Mom" terms and phrases:

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  • Kids With Cellphones Scare the Crap Out of Me

    posted by Aunt Becky January 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM in Big Kid
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    My family was one of the first to own a computer. We only owned one because my dad is a gadget freak, not because my parents are cutting edge -- my mother STILL doesn't understand how call waiting works.

    But I'd sit there in my footie pajamas while my dad inserted these gigantic floppy discs into the large machine so that I could do things like "learn to tell time" by reading a gigantic green clock. Not quite on the level of Angry Birds, but I digress.

    My son is 11 and a half (the half being of utmost importance), and he's asking for a cellphone, which freaks me out. I didn't have one until I was 21, and even then, the thing took up half my purse.

    Ah, how the times have changed!

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    When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I convinced her that we'd be surprised with the baby's sex. She wanted to know; I didn't. We compromised and said we wouldn't for the first kid, but it's her choice on the second. I believe that was the first (and last) time I ever won an argument.

    She ended up loving the surprise and decided to stay in the dark the second time as well. And as luck would have it, we had boys both times. To be honest, I originally didn't care about the sexes, I just wanted a completely healthy baby. There were too many horror stories that hit close to home, so a healthy boy or girl was all I cared about.

    Fast forward a good seven or so years and I'm now quite happy, make that ecstatic, that we have two incredibly awesome boys. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I'm totally relieved we never had a girl.

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    Some people think Halloween is scary. Others think it's just loads of fun. Personally, I think it can be both. But above all that, Halloween is so damn sexy!

    See, Halloween costumes have gotten just a tad bit hotter over the years. Don't tell me you haven't noticed. Practically every adult woman's costume is pretty much a super short skirt and halter top, it seems. I've even seen a sexy Pikachu costume. No, really!

    Forget all that walking and candy collecting. Instead, moms should be picking up sexy outfits to go trick-or-treating in the bedroom. Though we guys would really prefer the treats to the tricks. (I don't even want to think about those.)

    Stores put all their leftover Halloween merchandise on sale immediately after October 31, so all you ladies out there, stock up and give your hubbies a real treat. A sexy outfit ... and you're saving money? You'll so have him eating out of the palm of your hand!

    Need some help? Here's a list of 10 of the sexiest costumes you can buy:

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    I’m still kind of reeling from the fact that this totally boring of season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is worthy of a three-part reunion series, but tonight brought us part two. While last week started off with a surprising bang, tonight I was worried we would be in for a lot of boring filler. Instead the ladies brought it once again.

    It didn’t look promising at first what with the men joining the ladies on the couches, which I always hate because, as we saw tonight, it's boring. Then, of course, we had to move on to Black Baby Gate -- the only defining moment of the season (Ridickulous aside, of course) -- which started to heat things up.

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    Your Kid Asked What?!? is a great new series by CafeMom Studios. Oh, how I love this series. It takes all those questions that your kids ask you, the ones that you have no clue as to what the answer is or how to explain it, and it answers it for you.

    There is nothing worse than being caught with your jaw hitting the ground or your eyes doing that crazy, “Oh sh*t, can I Google this from my phone?” look. CafeMom Studios has made it easy peasy for us. Tune in to CafeMom Studios YouTube channel and you can show junior a cute little video with just the right age-appropriate answer. Junior will think you are awesome and tech-savvy because you didn't just answer his question, you went full-on video!

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    If you found out that this was your last day on Earth, what would you want to leave with your children? What life lessons should they know? What strengths of character would you instill? Who could you trust to fulfill your parenting plans in your absence? Who could help mother your child if you died?

    I just read the story of the Council of Dads. It’s a story about a man, Bruce Feiler, who is diagnosed with cancer, and finds himself faced with the question, “Who will be the father to my daughters if I die?”

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