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Jessica McNeill Azar
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Jessica McNeill Azar, author of the popular blog, Herd-Management.com, is a happily married SAHM to four kids ages 7, 6, 4 and 2. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Writing from Auburn University Montgomery and also writes for websites like Mamapedia and BLUNTMoms. Her work will appear in three humor anthologies that will be published later this year. As a writer and Mental Health Advocate, Jessica is co-authoring an Anthology which will be called Laughter is the Best Medicine; Using Humor to Survive Mental Illness. She enjoys running, and drinking single malt Scotch in the evenings. You can find her on Facebook, Google +, Instagram (buaidhnobas315), Twitter (@jazar31583) and Pinterest (jessicaazar)

Entries by Jessica McNeill Azar

The 12 Guests of Christmas Whether You Want to See Them or Not

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:54 PM

It's the season of holiday gatherings -- some will be low-key family dinners, others will be ritzy cocktail parties, some may be dull office Christmas parties. Although the food is certainly an important component, as are the gifts that will be exchanged, the people you will see will truly be...

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New Outlander Trailer Shows Darker Times Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 11:15 PM

Outlander Interim

The compelling story lines of the Outlander series by Starz Entertainment have garnered praise from critics the world over, as it currently represents some of the most intelligent yet entertaining programming on television. Evidence of the show's influence can be...

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9 Things Moms Are NOT Thankful for This Thanksgiving

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday with amazing food and a chance to make amazing memories with our amazing families... in theory. While a lot of fantastic things DO happen, and we are reminded of the blessings in our lives, there are things that Moms do NOT look forward to dealing...

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6 Books That Babies Would Buy

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Books for Babies

We've all seen the Parenting "How-To" books... you probably bought some before your little one was even born, or others may have given them to you as shower presents. After hearing about the misadventures of parenting from others,...

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15 Halloween Costumes That Truly Terrify Parents

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:51 AM

After becoming a parent, I was forced to get over things that used to freak me out. Nasty poopsplosions, the gore and guts in horror movies, the dark... (OK, I admit I am still freaked out by the dark, but if one of my kids needs me, I am willing...

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Full Moon Riot: The Perils of Mothering a Werewolf

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Now that this month's hideous full moon is finally waning, I feel like it's semi-safe to write about the onslaught of terror that occurs in my house every month... and I'm not referring to MY "time of the month." My husband will tell you that he comes from a long...

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Will She Ever Be Royal? The Story of a Toddler Queen Wannabe

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:38 PM

I've always been radically opposed to kids having a sense of entitlement or "status." Before I had kids, I always slightly cringed when people would tell their daughters that they were princesses. I felt like it was setting them up for failure somehow... by making them think that the world...

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Outlander Episode 107 'The Wedding' Ties That Bind

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:38 AM

Outlander wedding review

To catch up on previous Outlander episodes, go HERE.

Episode 107 begins with a flashback to Claire's and Frank's wedding day.

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Where Were You? Life Goes On... Even After 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Throughout history, there are events so monumental in impact that they are burned into the mental timelines of everyone living during its occurrence. As a kid, I heard my parents and other people of their generation exchange their answers to "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" I wondered if...

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Outlander Starz Episode 105 Review: 'Rent'

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:54 AM

rent review
To catch up on previous Outlander episodes, go HERE.
As the episode begins, we see Claire alone, reciting "Present in Absence" by John Donne as she...

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Outlander Episode 3 Review: Faith vs Logic

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:26 PM

Outlander Review 103

To better understand the analysis in this review, be sure to read this synopsis Of "The Way Out" (Outlander Episode 3) before reading it if you haven't seen it yet!

As a woman who embraces her...

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'Outlander' Starz Episode 2 Review: Women's Rights Reversal

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 1:49 AM

Outlander Review

When watching the second episode (read the "Castle Leoch" episode synopsis first, if needed) of the riveting Outlander series by Starz, it's fascinating to see the carefully-crafted depictions of life in 18th...

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Outlander: First Episode Review

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 2:25 PM

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When watching Starz Outlander, it's impossible to NOT be captivated by the breathtaking scenery of Scotland and the beauty of the incredibly talented actors on screen, but Ron D. Moore, the show's producer, has carefully crafted a masterpiece of impressive depth...

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Starz Outlander World Premiere and Tartan Carpet Gala

(12) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:18 AM

Walking up to the scene of the Starz Outlander Red Carpet Premiere on Friday, July 25, 2014 was a truly thrilling sight to behold. A huge, stories-high banner of the official Outlander poster hung on the front of the Spreckels Theatre, and the marquee flashed brightly, welcoming everyone to the...

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8 Ways to Combat Mama Drama

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:41 PM

As a card-carrying member of the sorority of motherhood for the past eight years, I've encountered a wide variety of social situations with other moms. Some of these meetings have been incredibly positive, uniting experiences, while others have been downright hostile... or led to people "actin' ugly" as we say...

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When the Doctor Says 'You're Bipolar'

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:36 PM

"I know what's wrong with you," the doctor said, as she folded her hands behind her head. "You're Bipolar. You have Bipolar Disorder, Type II. That's why the antidepressants you've been taking work great for awhile, then just STOP working. Your body chemistry must have a mood stabilizer to temper...

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Yes, Dads Really Can Handle It

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:05 AM

As I sit here, on a flight to a blogging conference, I can't help but think about some of the comments that people make whenever I leave my household for a few days. Generally speaking, whenever I go on a trip away from my family, someone inevitably asks me, "Well,...

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