Mandy Velez
Mandy is currently an editor at A+, where she edits, writes and assists in managing the site's freelance team. Prior to A+, Mandy was Associate Editor of the Family & Relationships vertical at The Huffington Post and has published pieces with The Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal magazine and WHIRL Magazine. The Philadelphia native graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, dual majoring in English with a nonfiction specialization and Communication. She was a recipient of the Frank E. Bolden Endowment for excellence in journalism in 2012.

Entries by Mandy Velez


(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 11:52 PM


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Teens Are Blogging About Suicide on the Internet -- And No One Is Talking About It

(11) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Around 2:30 am Sunday night, a truck traveling on Ohio's 1-71 hit, and killed, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. Her mother first posted to her Facebook account, alluding to her daughter's death as an accident. But later, the world would discover from a scheduled Suicide Note, that Leelah,...

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'Blended' ('Mezclados'): las fotos más emocionantes de un bebé adoptado y su familia

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 3:56 AM

La fotógrafa Kate T. Parker es una orgullosa tía.

Su hermana y su cuñado adoptaron un niño de cinco meses, Sam, el pasado febrero. Parker sabía que quería celebrar la llegada del miembro más nuevo de la familia de un modo especial desde el primer momento. "A lo...

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신발끈 가장 쉽게 묶는 방법 (동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:39 PM

아이들에게 신발끈을 제대로 묶게 가르치는 건 그리 쉽지 않다. 왜냐면, 이 글을 보는 당신도 신발끈을 제대로 묶는 법을 잘 모르니까.

그렇다면 미국 로스 초등학교의 학부모 연합이 올린 아래 동영상을 참고 하시라. 이 동영상은 아이들에게 가장 쉽게 신발끈 묶는 법을 가르치기 위해 만들어졌다.

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Hilarious Mom Sends Kids Back To School With A Catchy Rap Song

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Kids, let your parents take a first-day-of-school photo or they might just make up a rap song to punish you and put it on the internet.

That's what Tonette Mouton did when her children, Donavon and Dillion, wouldn't allow her to take back-to-school photos of them. She came up...

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Easy Shoe-Tying Trick Makes The 'Bunny-Ear' Method Look Complicated

(70) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:46 AM

If you're struggling to teach your kiddo how to tie his or her shoes, you're in luck.

Last year, Ross Elementary School's Parents Teacher Association (PTA) posted a video, borrowed from the Rosemeade Elementary PTA, on their Facebook page with the caption, "On the 'wish list' of...

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Little Girl Stars In Her Own One-Woman Rock Video

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Just because you don't have a band, doesn't mean you can't make an awesome music video.

When David Medus' daughter, Leila, didn't have friends available to make a music video, the North Carolina dad helped her improvise. He edited footage of her playing different instruments and then cut...

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13 Back-To-School Hacks, Tips And Tricks For An Easy Transition Into Fall

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Here's the bad news: Back-to-school season is upon us. Camp bags filled with swimsuits and sunscreen give way to backpacks laden with books, and the care-free games of summer morph into homework. Hunting for deals on school supplies and fall clothes just puts the cherry on...

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Nothing Will Stop This Toddler From Cuddling Her Bull Terrier

(9) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:10 PM

No couch is too small for a cuddle sesh, especially for this toddler and her dog.

This kiddo wiggles and turns until she finds the optimal cuddle position while her buddy, Alfie the Bull Terrier, stays sound asleep. Ultimately, she decides that a bear hug and laying side-by-side is the...

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Grown-Up's Interpretation Of Baby Babble Makes About As Much Sense As You'd Expect

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:42 PM

From a dad who showed us what life would be like if adults acted like children, comes perfectly nonsensical lip reading of baby babble.

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Little Boy Buys A Domino's Pizza With His Dad, Signs Receipt With A Very 'Legit' Signature

(6) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:16 AM

Today's Cute Kid Note shows just how amusing a simple pizza run can be.

Title: DAD at Domino's

Author: Boy ordering pizza with his dad

Age: Young enough to think his father's name is "Dad"

Backstory: A boy paid for his Domino's pizza using his father's credit card...

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13 Common Pregnancy Myths, Debunked

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:37 PM

You've heard it all -- no drinking this or eating that, spicy food induces labor -- but what if some of that commonly-known pregnancy advice isn't actually accurate? Baby product site Pish Posh Baby sifted through articles and expert advice to get to the bottom of these "rules"...

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21 Oft-Overlooked, Must-Have Items For Your Baby Registry

(31) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:06 PM

You're standing in the store, scan gun ready to go and then it hits you: you actually have no idea what you really need to put on your registry for baby. Do you want this set of animal bibs or do you need them? Even if you've done...

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Couple Uses The #ShareaCoke Campaign To Make A Classic Pregnancy Announcement

(25) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 10:44 AM

If you thought the #ShareaCoke campaign was limited to names on bottles, think again.

Patrick and Whitney McGillicuddy used the brand's new marketing tactic to their benefit when they made the above pregnancy announcement video. As they each took turns drinking from differently-named Cokes, they became the character...

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Twin Girls' Intricate Braided Hairstyles Are Works Of Art

(73) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:45 AM

No, you're not seeing double.

Jill Ehat has been on her hair game lately. The mother of three, including 6-year-old twin girls, has amassed quite the following on Instagram, where she has been posting photos of her daughters' elaborate hairstyles. Although Jill runs the account, her daughters Hallie...

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Mom's Time-Lapse Video Shows The Nightmare That Is Putting Twins To Bed

(60) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Most parents would agree that putting kids to sleep is comparable to running a triathlon: the longer it goes on, the more tired you get, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

We feel a special type of sympathy for Norwegian mother of twin boys Henriette Jonassen,...

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Diretor de escola pede para mãe "amamentar o bebê discretamente"

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Quando Andrea Scannell levou suas crianças para almoçar numa escola de ensino médio de Utah jamais esperava que dar de mamar para seu bebê fosse gerar uma carta de reclamação do diretor da escola.

Segundo Scannell, um funcionário da escola lhe entregou a carta (abaixo) do diretor da Mount Logan...

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These Parents Got Candid About Sex After Kids. What They Divulged May Shock You.

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:02 AM

They say that everything changes after having kids. But what exactly is everything? Your sleep schedule? Yes. Your bank account? Most likely. Your sex life? Definitely.

Whisper, an app that allows users to upload a secret anonymously, collected confessions from parents about the current state of their relationship...

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15 Retro Kids' Toys That Are Making A Serious Comeback

(17) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Brighter, shinier, more modern. If you thought you had a serious case of deja vu in the toy aisle recently, you're onto something. They may take on a different form or new packaging, but 10, 20, or even 30 years later, toys that were major players during your childhood are...

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(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:57 AM


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