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Liz Kozak
Liz Kozak is a former television producer at Harpo Studios. She is currently a freelance writer... but has an ironclad contract with her baby. You can follow her blog at

Entries by Liz Kozak

8 Pathetic Excuses I Made for Not Anchoring My Baby's Dresser Before It Fell On Her

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:28 PM

IKEA North America teamed up with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this week to launch a program that distributes free wall anchoring kits for several of their chests and dressers. The initiative is not a recall -- the product "repair" safety kits are actually already included...

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Fall Movies Every Mom Will See

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:27 PM

As the Guardians of the Galaxy-sized summer blockbusters give way to the more subtle grown-up films of fall, moms everywhere can manage their entertainment expectations with one simple truth:

You won't get a chance to see any of them in an actual movie theatre. (Hire a sitter just...

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Second City's All-Time Favorite Chicago Movies

(13) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 2:24 PM

Emanuel? Emanuel? Emanuel?

Mayor Rahm declared that today's Blackhawks celebration would give everyone in the city a chance to "feel like Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks.

About Last Night

Based off...

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What If Staying Home Was the Wrong Choice?

(113) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:08 PM

Exactly seven minutes into her first morning of daycare, my daughter took a giant step. Well, it was actually a pretty small, shaky step, but the important thing is -- it was her very first step.

I know there are plenty of moms who would kill to watch their baby...

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10 Things Not to Say to Someone Going Through Fertility Treatments

(25) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 12:09 PM

In celebration of National Infertility Awareness Week, here's a list of what not to say to someone going through fertility treatments.

"Why don't you just adopt?"

I may choose adoption down the line, but my desire to have a biological child is the same as any of the other 800...

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Leave Our Princesses Alone

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 3:55 PM

What if there were an evil queen who sat on high in her castle, blogging away about the bodies of our favorite princesses?

...That flabby-finned Ariel could stand to swim away from the all-you-can-eat seaweed buffet!

...Is it just me, or does it look like Cinderella's been making pies outta...

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Could My Daughter Be the Next Tina Fey?

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 10:16 AM

Last night, millions of viewers bid farewell to one of television's most beloved characters of all time: Liz Lemon. For so many of us awkward, nerdy, trying-to-make-it-in-this-crazy-world gals, she was an icon. For me specifically, a struggling writer who posts here with the intent to tickle your Mommy...

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Mom, By Memory

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:02 PM

I'm trying to hold on to everything, including the idea that holding on to everything is actually possible.

That sentence meant something very different to me when wrote it early last week. I'd been dealing with the mom-wrenching realization that if, for some unfathomable reason, I was no longer with...

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7 Things on Mom's Holiday To-Don't List

(125) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 10:03 AM

The holidays are a special time to carry on time-honored family traditions of yore and, if you're a parent, they're a golden opportunity to create brand new ones that your kids will one day pass on to their own children. Or else... they're a time to think about a bunch...

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Should I Be Sad My Baby Will Never Eat a Twinkie?

(16) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Team Edward or Team Jacob. Team Obama or Team Romney. Life is full of choices, and today... I've never been so conflicted.

When news broke that Hostess will shut its cream-filled doors forever, I wasn't sure what to feel. On the one hand, I panicked. "O,...

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10 More Types of Moms on Facebook

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:14 PM

Hey, Facebook Moms! I heard ya, loud and clear. It seems I left quite a few of us off the list of 10 Types of Moms on Facebook. Thanks to your responses, I added to it. Think we can get to one hundred?

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The 10 Types of Moms on Facebook

(107) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 1:30 PM

If you spend as much time on Facebook as I do, you've noticed a recent influx of proud moms posting kid pictures and updates about the new school year. While so much is brand new with the kiddos, I can't help but notice some patterns emerging with the moms. Here...

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The Spice Girls Reunion: 7 Things I Learned

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Legend has it that a naked runner named Coroebous of Elis won the sole event during the first-ever recorded Olympic Games in 776 BC. Things haven't changed too much, because last night, we -- the people of 2012 -- were treated to Jessie J in not one but two nude...

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Aurora Shootings: Thinking Of The Shooter's Mom

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 12:23 PM

The news this morning is almost too heartbreaking to take in. A midnight audience full of excited moviegoers, all set to watch the summer's most anticipated blockbuster, tear gassed and massacred by 24-year-old James Holmes. At least 12 killed, at least 38 injured, and a 3-month-old...

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5 Ways Parenting is Like The Newsroom

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2012 | 10:59 AM

Oscar-winning superscribe Aaron Sorkin's much-hyped show, The Newsroom, premiered on HBO last Sunday night to mixed reviews. Love it or hate it, there is no denying that parenting is a lot like being the executive producer of your own live news broadcast. Here are...

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6 Reasons to Hit the Farmers Market with Your Baby

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 6:09 PM

This morning, I put on my finest maternity pool cover up from last summer and took my 8-month-old to the farmers market.

It was a triumphant moment.

When my husband and I were trying to have a baby, going to the farmers market was one of the top...

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Advice for New Mom Jessica Simpson

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:58 PM

Dear Jessica,

Let me be among the first to offer you my heartfelt congratulations -- you did it! Good grief. If it felt to all of us like you'd been pregnant since 2007, to you it must have felt like at least since Employee of the Month was released. Now...

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A Mom's Guide to HBO's 'Girls'

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock -- or you just chose to be swept up instead by Brad 'N Angie Engagement Fever -- you know that HBO's new show "Girls" premiered last night. Created, written and directed by 25-year-old-breakout phenom Lena Dunham, I probably don't...

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Are You A New Girl, A Broke Girl ... Or Just an Old Broke-Down Girl?

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 3:53 PM

I distinctly remember turning eight years old and being ecstatic that I was officially halfway to 16. Sixteen was the age of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, the "Sweet Valley High" twins. The matching gold lavalier-wearing twins. The red Fiat-driving twins. The double-loving, double-awesome twins.

Then I was 12 (halfway to...

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49 Parent Fears and How to Ease Them

(30) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 12:31 PM

It seems that lately I've changed from the "Every Stranger is a Friend You Haven't Met Yet" kind of person into a "Get Away from Me and My Baby; I Have Pepper Spray" kinda gal. My husband recently remarked, "It seems like overnight you became scared of everything."

Why yes,...

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