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Amy Arndt
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Amy Arndt is an Austin-based writer, working mother, stepmother, wife and recovering one-term Girl Scout cookie mom. The author of lifestyle blog Never Wear Anyone Else’s Hat, Amy writes about parenting, modern-day etiquette, her love/hate relationship with gadgets, and her husband Tim, a marvelously patient fellow. Amy’s career highlights include teaching water aerobics to elderly East Texas ladies at 16 to working in editorial at Bon Appetit. She has guest blogged for the New York Times parenting blog, Motherlode, and her work has appeared in Texas Runner and Triathlete. Amy is currently writing a book on step parenting.

Entries by Amy Arndt

An Open Letter to Apple: I Know You're Trying to Date Me

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Dear Apple,

We need to talk. I know you're trying to date me.

Given that we've been good friends since the late 90s, it's a wonder I didn't see this coming. Never mind that I'm a happily married woman -- we both know that we share something unique. I can't...

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My Week as a Temporary Bachelorette

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:14 AM

This week, planned and unplanned events resulted in a rare opportunity for me to stay at home alone for five full days. No kids, no husband -- just Taco, our 15-pound rescue dog, and 007, our 95-year-old cat.

Most people would look forward to a week to themselves. Not me....

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10 Ideas for a Simple, Healthy Summer

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Don't you just love the beginning of summer? There's something so exciting about the time of year that marks the end of the school year, longer days, and an opportunity to delight in the simple things. It's the season for picnics by the lake, the smell of sunscreen, and fresh...

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The Ultimate Lice Survival Kit

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:47 PM

When I was around 4 years old, I had a neighborhood friend named Dawn. I would go to her house to play Candy Land, and I would cheat and win frequently. Looking back, that was a really crappy thing to do. Dawn's family didn't celebrate holidays for religious reasons, so...

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The Best Gift Divorced Parents Can Give Their Kids

(10) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 10:21 AM

I've always had a Hollywood movie vision of divorce. In post-divorce scenarios, I picture the parents sitting together at soccer games, cheering on their kids in unison. I imagine birthday parties where the kid is blowing out candles and both parents are present -- perhaps with new spouses or partners...

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Mommy, I Need a Gay Friend

(9) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:43 AM

My husband Tim and our 11-year-old daughter and I were in the car, driving home from a party a few weekends ago when my daughter asked, "What's a gentleman's club?" Tim gripped the steering wheel and blinked, looking a little afraid of where this conversation might go.

"A gentleman's...

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A Positive Spin on Bossy

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Earlier this semester, my fifth grade daughter started deciding what to do about middle school. Her elementary school offers an optional sixth grade year, a gentle, loving cocoon that my husband and I found extremely appealing, mainly because we love the school and the teachers, but also because it felt...

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I Hated Cameras... Then Two Big Things Happened

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:25 PM

I've never been a fan of cameras.

For as long as I can remember, when someone tried to take my picture, I complained. I was never ready. On Christmas morning, I looked sleepy. For pre-dance photos, my make-up wasn't perfect. Every spring, for the entire season, my hair was "flat."...

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Confessions of a Cookie Mom

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:29 PM

As much as I would love to tell you that I'm the kind of working mother who has her act together, it's simply not the case. I'm the mom who keeps a razor in her car because inevitably, I'll be driving to a meeting and realize I have one hairy...

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8 Business Etiquette Tips Everyone Should Follow

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Ages ago, I applied for a job as a flight attendant, and the airline flew me to their headquarters for the first interview. Beforehand, I consulted a flight attendant, and she handed me the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given me.

"They'll have someone on the plane...

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10 Reasons You Should Try Walking for Transportation

(10) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:47 AM

A year ago, I sold my car and committed to walking to work. Most weekdays, I walked a little under three miles to my office in downtown Austin. I encourage others who live within a reasonable walking distance from their offices to give it a try.

I've never been a...

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Fondue and Vision Boards: A New Take on New Year's Traditions

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 7:33 PM

Years ago, we started a family tradition of staying in on New Year's Eve. I don't exactly remember why, but it probably began one year when my husband and I waited until the last minute, couldn't get a sitter, and decided to create our own celebration at home. However it...

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Letting Go of the Custody Agreement

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:12 AM

In August of this year, my lovely stepdaughter turned 18. We celebrated by squeezing in family dinners, shopping for dorm room bedding and snapping photos for posterity, all the while wondering how it zipped by so quickly. With all of the excitement swirling around my stepdaughter's entry into adulthood, another...

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