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Linda Wolff
Linda Wolff writes the humorous lifestyle blog Carpool Goddess, where she shares her adventures from carpool to empty nest, and why midlife's not so scary. She is the mom of a freshman and senior in college who had to experience dorm food in order to fully appreciate their mother’s cooking. Though they still have nightmares about her dreaded "Chicken Night." (Click here for College 101.) You can find Linda on Facebook and Twitter when she's not online shopping.

Entries by Linda Wolff

15 Unmistakable Signs You've Hit Middle Age

(92) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 7:18 AM

Middle age is a tricky thing. Does it happen at 35 or is it 55? No one really knows for sure.

In the stone age, middle age truly would have been old age.

There are young people who act old. Old people who act young. Perhaps best not to judge...

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April Fool's Day: Is There Such a Thing As Going Too Far? I Think Not. (Just Kidding!)

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:27 PM

How far is too far for an April Fool's Day joke? It's supposed to be a day filled with practical jokes and hoaxes and silliness. Until it's not.

Years ago, on April Fool's Day, I told my mom I was getting engaged to someone I had recently started dating. My...

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My New Year's Resolution? Talk On The Phone!

(17) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:11 AM

Years ago, if I misbehaved, missed a curfew, or brought home a less than ideal report card, privileges would be taken away. If I was really naughty (so hard to imagine!) I would be grounded. No TV, no friends on the weekend, nothing. Nada.

However, the worst punishment by far...

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How to Survive Spring Cleaning

(15) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:10 PM

I love spring. It's my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the days are longer and the promise of a lazy summer (I can dream, can't I?) is just around the corner.

All that sunshine and fresh air energizes me and puts me in...

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7 Great Tips For When Your College Kid Comes Home For The Holidays

(10) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:00 AM

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, and Summer break are when many parents of college age offspring, look forward to their student coming home with hope, excitement and a little trepidation. You hope you don't say too much, ask too much, or commit the worse crime of all, give unsolicited advice.

It is...

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9 Things Only a Mother Could Say

(16) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:57 AM

My Mother's 81st birthday is coming up soon. In honor of her, I would like to share some of her "mommy" wisdom. Although we didn't always see eye to eye, her words are worth their weight in gold -- or at least a generous helping of her delicious...

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Aging Gracefully? Not On My Watch!

(11) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:52 AM

I recently had a birthday. No, it wasn't the big one. But, I'm getting so close I can almost feel its hot breath whispering in my ear. I am holding onto my 40s by a thread.

When the day comes that I do turn 50 -- I mean 49+1 --...

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Writer's Block: When Life Gets in the Way of Inspiration

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Some mornings I can't wait to jump out of bed to write, even if it's just a Facebook or Twitter update. And some days, well, I feel I've lost touch with my writing mojo -- that spark to create something that excites me. I forget this is my playground that...

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5 Days Without Internet: A Blessing Or A Curse?

(62) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:31 AM

The five days I didn't have Internet access at home were painful and strangely wonderful -- just not at the same time. It all started one morning when I went to my desk, coffee in hand, as I always do, to start my day. A few clicks and nothing. No...

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21 Things I Learned From My Dad

(134) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:38 AM

Last weekend as I was helping my daughter pack to go back to college to begin her second year I couldn't help myself from going into mommy mode and giving parental advice. It's the same spiel I've been giving her and her brother for years, and though they know it...

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Dropping Your Child Off at College

(31) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Dropping your child off at college is one of the biggest milestones of your child's life and a parent's day of reckoning -- having to let your child go. It's a day filled with great anticipation, emotion, mixed feelings and, of course, stress. And it's your job to make sure...

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Do You Ever Let Your Child Win?

(18) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Growing up as the youngest of three, I was the last to learn how to ride a bike, roller skate (which I gave up altogether since I was so klutzy), play checkers, backgammon, KerPlunk and most other games. Although I loved playing with my older siblings and while sometimes they...

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Memories of a 'Daddy's Girl'

(14) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:36 PM

I think a lot about my dad at this time of year and I become very nostalgic. He had a way of making everyday feel special. If I were granted one holiday wish, it would be that my father were still alive, so he could meet his precious grandchildren. I...

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It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Let's Celebrate!

(22) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Though in my house Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is everyday of the year (which explains why everything is fitting so tight these days).

Fresh from the oven. Try not to lick the screen.


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How to Buy a Bathing Suit Without Crying

(21) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 3:37 PM

Bathing suit shopping isn't for the faint of heart. It involves nudity, bad lighting and the awareness of your every flaw. But I've found a few tricks to make bathing suit shopping a little less painful.

Go to your nearest department store (I usually prefer Bloomingdale's) a day (or two,...

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Having 'The Talk' Before Your Child Goes to College

(14) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 11:39 PM

There is lots to talk about before Mini-Me leaves for college. Even though she's heard the speech, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't say it yet again. I cringe as the words come out of my mouth, knowing what's coming, "Mom, you don't have to...

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Farewell, My Uterus

(64) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 7:24 AM

They say you never really appreciate something until it's gone, and well... I miss you. Sort of. It's complicated.

It's been almost three years, and I never gave you the proper goodbye you deserved. Yes, we had our disagreements. Clearly we had our struggles. But we also had history. And,...

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Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Flight... Yeah, Right

(37) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Sitting at 36,000 feet above ground is not my favorite place to be. It takes a lot to get me airborne. The twenty-four hours before any flight is filled with tremendous anxiety and a need to finish every project ever imagined. I'm like a whirling dervish, coordinating and packing my...

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How to Rock a LBD (Little Black Dress) With a Mom Body

(36) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 4:01 PM

I love wearing dresses. They are a little more forgiving than pants, especially if you're curvy like me. And there is nothing like the Little Black Dress (LBD). It's every woman's secret weapon. Black is my favorite color to wear, because it's sleek, sexy and sophisticated (think Audrey Hepburn in...

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One More Thing Before You Go: Having 'The Talk' Before Your Child Leaves for College

(35) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:45 PM

College acceptances are rolling out and even if your child doesn't know exactly where they are heading, it's not too early to have "The Talk." You know, the one about the birds and the bees, alcohol, drugs, parties, the buddy system at parties, boys, boys and safety, safety in numbers,...

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