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    Now that I am an experienced and somewhat jaded mother of three, I look back longingly to my very first pregnancy.

    Everything was so brand-new and exciting. My husband came with me to every single doctor’s appointment. He rubbed my belly. He rubbed my feet. We went eagerly and early to our childbirth classes. We both read books. Lots of books. I subscribed to parenting magazines, spent incredible amounts of time on the Internet, and welcomed advice from any woman who had ever had, wished to have, or would eventually have a baby. I shared sonograms, bare belly photos, and had three different baby showers thrown in my honor. I kept a journal of my deepest thoughts and feelings all the way through my pregnancy and beyond.

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    The instant I set foot in my daughter's school, WHAM! I was overwhelmed by the scent of Eau de School. It's a heady blend that brings back memories of cafeteria lunches, sweaty locker rooms, musty textbooks, and more. School scents can be powerful memory triggers, so don't be surprised if the smells in your child's school send you on a powerful nostalgia trip. Here are a few to keep an eye (or rather nose) out for this fall.

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    Back in elementary school, my Garfield lunch box was my pride and joy. Today, if I spot one in a little kid's grip, I get almost teary eyed with memories. And with the retro lunch box craze booming, your own kids might want one, too -- which is why we decided to highlight 10 of the best old school lunch tins we've seen and have you guess what era they're from.

    Check these out to test your pop culture savvy combined with a good ol' kick of school days nostalgia.

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    Faces thrown into shadow by flickering flames, your mouth sticky with the remains of a melted marshmallow (or ten), the night gloom closing in around you as you listen to an increasingly creepy tale about a killer with a hook for a hand and obviously it's not true, but um does anyone have an extra flashlight it just seems kind of dark right now … when it comes to creating visceral childhood memories, is there anything quite like a good old-fashioned campfire ghost story?

    For the sake of nostalgia and passing along this wonderful (and only slightly psychologically damaging) ritual to our own kids, here are 5 of the most memorable and scary campfire stories, perfect for sharing during a campout this summer.

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    Kim Kardashian may have graced the cover of Vogue and attended the Met Gala in Lanvin, but she wasn't always a style icon. In fact, it wasn't that long ago that Kim looked like something out of an '80s video. She posted some pics of herself from a long-ago photoshoot for "Flashback Friday" -- taken before she was world famous -- and woah! Can't you just see her crawling over a car hood, gyrating to the sounds of some hair metal band?

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    As long as there are cars and families, there will be family road trips. And just like in the olden days of our childhoods, there are still those classic road trip moments today that simply have to be captured on camera (and cameraphone and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and ...). Things may look a little different now than in the days of 35mm film, but the need to capture those irresistible pit stops and roadside views from the family vacation remains the same.

    Let's take a look at some of those classic snapshots from then and their modern, must-have versions.

    Happy travels!

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    Acting icon Mickey Rooney has died after a long illness at age 93. At one time, the 5'2" powerhouse was easily the most famous and highest-paid star in the world. Rooney got his start working as a baby with his vaudevillian parents and went on to anchor the immensely popular Andy Hardy film series and co-star with just-starting-out legends like Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow. He's also starred in many films that are synonymous with "childhood" and is an important part of many childhood pop culture memories. He may be gone, but he will live on forever. Here are six of Rooney's most cherished moments in film.

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    Not too long ago, I turned 40...

    I was telling a friend that I'd be willing to trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses (for statement, not vision, purposes). Then, I'd never have to admit that I spent the Saturday nights of my childhood hoping beyond hope that Charo would be the surprise guest on The Love Boat or that somehow, Shari and Lambchop would find themselves in an eerie episode of Fantasy Island where Shari was the puppet. (What, I'm the only one who wished for that story line? I think not.)

    No, I wouldn't know a lot of things like, the pain of seeing Chachi marry Joanie or the name of my first Cabbage Patch Kid or the "awesome" effects of Sun-In, had I not been a poster child for Generation X. Things like this:

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    Happy birthday, World Wide Web! Remember when we still called it that? The Internet turns 25 years young today, and whether you think it's the greatest invention since the light bulb or the entire reason our society is falling apart, you must admit it's difficult to imagine our lives without it. Think about it: many of us wouldn't have met our soul mates if not for the Internet. We'd still be faxing thousands of pages of paper a day at our jobs instead of sending email attachments. Lots of us wouldn't even have jobs, or would have very different jobs, if not for the Internet.

    Still, as someone who celebrated all of my single-digit birthdays before the Internet was born, I'd be lying if I said life is so much better now. Here are 4 things the Internet totally destroyed and 4 ways it made life even better.

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    Drama, drama, drama. You'd think (given that it's what they do for a living) most celebrities would be sick of it. But year after year of salacious Hollywood feuding had proved that it isn't the case. From reality stars to A-Listers and everyone in between, no one is immune from getting their feud on from time to time.  

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