Over-the-top proposals: Yay or nay?

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I was part of someone’s forever love story

It definitely depends on the person. If you have a shy girlfriend, you definitely don’t want to do something with a large crowd. You definitely have to know your girlfriend. I got to be a part of somebody’s proposal. I served them dessert along with the engagement ring. It was so cool.

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What’s your go-to kids’ school lunch?

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My kids get either cheese or Nutella

My go-to school lunch is one of two things. It’s either a plain cheese sandwich on a sandwich thin (those 100 calorie bread options) without any condiments. Or it’s Nutella. I know. I know. Nutella isn’t the best option. But one of my children doesn’t like peanut butter and one of them doesn’t like jelly. So, where does that leave me?! Confused, that’s where. I tried for a very long time to get them to eat cold cuts – but that didn’t work out. And don’t get me started on homemade soup. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. We just stopped fighting it.

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Man who bullied children gets a unique sentence

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Edmond Aviv, from Ohio, was recently handed an unusual sentence for bullying children with disabilites and their family — in addition to jail time and community service, he was ordered to sit on a busy street corner holding a sign that labeled him a bully.

Aviv, 62, was ordered to the unusual punishment after his neighbor, Mike Prugh, told the court the details of 15 years of harassment, which included smearing dog feces on his house and using a fan to spread a kerosene smell over his yard. Prugh’s family includes children with disabilities who were often the target of their neighbor’s bullying efforts.

The sign reads, “I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

I, for one, am glad that South Euclid Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers took the matter seriously and handed down this sentence. The card-carrying portion was carried out during a five-hour timespan on Sunday on a busy street corner, as Aviv sat with his chin in hand, undoubtedly in a glum state of mind.

I don’t see how anyone can think it’s okay to tease or bully anyone, especially a child with a disability. I can’t imagine the nightmare this family has gone through over the last 15 years, and I honestly don’t know if I could hang in there and continue to live near someone with such a mean spirit. Even if you’re not good friends with those who live in your neighborhood, all members of such a community should make an effort to add value to the area and be kind to one another. I’m not sure if Aviv has learned his lesson, but I certainly hope so — and as he’s been ordered to not have contact with Prugh and his family again, he should hope so as well.

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Fill in the blank: I’m terrified my kid is going to______

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I can’t prevent heartbreak

I’m most terrified of any of my kids suffering their first heartbreak. I know it’s bound to happen, but seeing them sad about a lost love will just kill me! Unlike a scrape or a cut, I feel like this kind of internal injury is something I can’t prevent or cure. There’s only so much a mom can do until we stand back and let our kids work through the hard times. I’m not looking forward to it!

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What’s one piece of mom clothing you never thought you’d wear, but do?

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I’m not advocating mom jeans

You know how you and I both swore there were things we’d never do: let our kids have candy for dinner, buy a mini-van, say, ‘because I said so’? Right? Well, it is naturally easy to say all of this before you have children. Just like I swore there were certain ‘mom clothes’ I would never wear. Don’t worry – I’m not advocating mom jeans or anything crazy like that (I have maintained some of my style), but there are a few things I wouldn’t have ever imagined slipping on – and yet? Now, I do – much to the pleasure of my children. Watch the video to see.

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