I’m a Teen. I have a messy room. I spend all of my time on my phone. And I Care about One Person: Myself.

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We’re a blended family. And like many other blended families, I’m sure, or any other family for that matter, we have problems. Problems seem a bit problematic, but “issues” are too general and overused for me. The problem is the proper verbiage here. My daughter is the product of my first, marriage which was an EPIC fail. And for a while, it was just the two of us. Then my husband (current) comes along. And things changed. And for a while, things were GREAT. But then sixth grade happened.

I’ve never been a mom of a teenager before. Think about…


The corporate giants reach is getting larger and more invasive than ever.

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You’re Being Watched

Amazon is watching. Yes, the retail, internet, data mining, e-commerce giant has spent years trying to convince you otherwise although they are wiring homes, neighborhoods, offices, entire cities with cameras, microphones, speakers, and other means to invade your privacy. Not to mention they power the nation’s intelligence services. All under the guise of being able to offer you any and everything you need at the literal touch of a button. Or the sound of your voice. According to a new survey conducted by researchers at Georgetown University, Amazon is the second most trusted institution in the U.S. only behind the…


As if Co-Parenting Wasn’t Hard Enough Already

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Getting a divorce or separating from your significant other can be difficult in itself (or not) depending on the circumstances. For some, it can be an empowering, uplifting, enlivening experience. For others, it can lead to dark, unknown places you never want to visit again. In either case, it’s pretty life-changing. And in most cases, when you separate from that person, there’s a pretty good chance you no longer want to see them again. At least not regularly.

But what about when you can’t cut him or her out of your life? When you have to deal with them, for…


You’re better off without them, there’s a better way.

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Debt can be overwhelming. If you have a lot of it, overwhelming can seem like an understatement. You’re struggling with debt, dealing with a disfigured credit score and you’ve exhausted all of your available options, leading you to feel like you’ve just gotten in over your head. And you read an article, you have a discussion with a friend or trusted mentor, you watch a commercial, something, and you get the idea to ask for help. “Apply in Minutes. Save for Years.” “Finally Take Control of Your Debt.” “Be Debt Free in Just Three Easy Steps!” All of these headlines…


The difference is….

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Stay with me here, I promise there’s a deeper meaning to this

Usually, when someone starts off an essay or writing of any kind, with a definition, I typically respond with a huge resounding sigh, and an eye roll. In almost all cases, I respond with both. But I will break my own unspoken rule, just this once because I think it’s appropriate in this context.

As defined in Merriam-Websters dictionary:

Mom: noun: a female parent

That’s it. It’s also listed as an abbreviation and makes a reference to the more formal term, mother.

Mother: a female parent. A woman in authority. (Think Mother Teresa). An old or elderly…


Your debt doesn’t define you, only you can do that.

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At some point in our lives, we all have probably had some type of debt. And if you haven’t? Lucky you. If you were to listen to any of the popular finance “gurus”, like Suze Orman, or Dave Ramsey, “debt is evil”, and having it makes you a corrupt, foul, dishonorable person. Ok, they don’t come outright and attack your character, but their tones can be a tad bit judgmental. Regardless, millions of people have sought out and “bought” into their advice and methods, making these so-called ‘gurus” millionaires in…


Yes, We Really Do

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Try saying that to your child. “Mom’s have feelings too.” You’ll either receive the blankest of stares (my teenager), or they may just walk away, like my four-year-old. Either way, when you become a mom, it can feel like that becomes your sole identity. And as I’m sure moms around the world can agree, when you become a mom, you take on the role of caregiver, therapist, cook, chauffeur, teacher, disciplinarian, clown, entertainer, etc. And this is not a post against being a mom, I have three children myself, I love them all dearly. (I just…


This isn’t happily ever after, this is more than that.

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Marriage is HARD.

About four months ago, I wrote a piece questioning if the love and devotion I have for my husband was enough to keep me married to him. I didn’t have the answer then, still don’t now. And I have to say, I prefer it that way. I’m not saying that I prefer a marriage shrouded in doubt and uncertainty because I don’t. But as a self-proclaimed control freak, I have to say that each and every day I am increasingly growing “ok” with not knowing how this thing is going…


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As a matter of fact, so is my son. But again, I’m ok with it. Being an addict myself, it’s natural I would pass down these addictive tendencies to my children. My youngest daughter, who’s not quite four months, will probably be one when she comes of “age” as well. What’s this addiction that I’ve passed on to my children, you ask? Well, it’s technology addiction. For those who thought it was to alcohol or drugs or any other nefarious condition of the sort, my parenting techniques, yes, are admittedly questionable, but give me some credit. Should I be ashamed…


This may sound a little crazy, but hang in there with me will ya?

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Marriage is Hard.

No, I’m not divorced today. I often find myself teetering on the edge of possibility, however. Nothing and no one can prepare you for marriage. Not even when you have lived with the individual beforehand. It’s like some magic switch is turned on the minute you say I do, and the person who you used to know, is no more. And you have to start all over again. Only this time with different expectations. As a girlfriend, you’re a partner, you’re a friend, a lover, someone…

Adrienne Scott

I’m a mom who’s children and husband are her muses. I love writing about parenthood, relationships, tech, or whatever else I’m curious about.

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