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How Moms Can be Savvy When Shopping High End

When you become a mother, there are some sacrifices you have to make. Say goodbye to free-time, your pre-baby body and, of course, the biggest loss of them all, designer items. The most exciting purchases you’ll make now are cute baby booties and miniature clothing you…

What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

Who Was Your First?

Don't get your panties in a twist, I'm not asking about *that* first!  Who was your first favorite band/singer?  What was your first favorite song?  Do you remember?  I listened to a lot of music with my mom in the late 80s/early 90s.  I liked my mom's music a lot when I was little, and a lot of it I still really love (take Madonna, for example.  Loved her music back then, but not her new stuff).  It wasn't until I was 10 when I really found my own favorite band.



I was in 5th grade, it was 1995, and it was a great year!  Gas was $1.09 per gallon.  Toy Story made its debut as the first entirely computer generated movie.  The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup (have I mentioned I'm a Jersey girl?).  What did I care about gas prices in 5th grade?  Or even hockey, for that matter, except that "we" won?  What was the best thing I remember about 1995?  No Doubt released Tragic Kingdom.  You know the songs!  At least you've heard Don't Speak or Just a Girl.  They quickly became my favorite band.  My very first!

I never "grew out" of Tragic Kingdom.  If anything, I appreciated it more as I got older (Sixteen, anyone?).  And I still count Tragic Kingdom among my top favorite albums, still have a copy of it floating around here somewhere, even though I've had to replace it several times.  From Tragic Kingdom to Rock Steady, I've been a rock steady fan (and have discovered their earlier stuff, of course).  The only disappointment I have as such a longtime fan is that I've never been to a concert.  It makes me sad, actually.  I've never been to any concert, and there's no one I'd want to see more than No Doubt (although I'd like to see quite a few people/bands).

When No Doubt broke up took a hiatus I of course followed Gwen's solo career.  Her oldest son, Kingston, and my Matthew are only a few weeks apart in age.  Yeah, I kinda fantasized about them meeting and becoming best friends (and Matt growing up to marry Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, but whatever).  But I was also still loving the music!  Hollaback Girl?  Hell yeah, that sh*t is bananas!

Unlike my love for old-school Madonna, Eric joins me in being a huge No Doubt/ Gwen Stefani fan.  I don't think anything prepared my husband, though, for my reaction when I finally heard No Doubt's first new song back together.  There was a lot of screaming and jumping up and down.  It just felt SO GOOD to hear them all together!  I now have Push and Shove added to my collection and I'm thrilled with it.  So.. even though I've only played the album through less than 10 times and I might change my mind, here's my favorite song from the album.  Celebrate 17 years of fandom with me!  And tell me... who was YOUR first?

Who Was Your First?

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