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I haven’t put a photo in an album since 2007. Let that sink in.

Springtime gatherings always remind me how I totally blew it as my family’s photo archivist. With graduation parties and other milestone celebrations popping up like dandelions, I’m facing the beast almost daily. My eyes fall upon impeccable, thorough, chronological picture displays. They’re theme-infused art installations, always monstrously lovely. The orderly shots of others’ lives tell such sweet stories, yet leave me in a dark room of guilt.

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Educational sites offer activities, videos, quizzes

For elementary school-age kids who are diving into a variety of topics and practicing new skills, websites are a great place for them to find engaging worlds where the learning often comes with a light touch and lots of fun. And unlike apps, which often focus on one skill or subject, websites can offer a wider selection of games and activities in a one-stop shop. Many websites are also at least free to try - if not totally free - which makes them a good bet for kids and parents. Check out our selections to find the right fit for your kid's interests and age.

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Movie review: 'X-Men Apocalypse,' '80s-set action flick has superhero-size violence and fab effects

Parents need to know that "X-Men: Apocalypse" (the third film in the "X-Men: First Class" reboot series), pits the super-powered heroes against a mighty foe who's bent on nothing less than laying waste to the whole world. Expect plenty of superhero-style action violence; aside from one sequence with some disturbing slashing, it's not particularly gory, but it does involve lots of combat, destruction, and weapons. There's also some swearing (mostly "piss," "damn," etc., but there's one use of "f--k"), a couple of scantily clad characters, and a few intense scenes centering around one character's loss of his family. Most of the popular X-Men from the prior movies are back, and there are a few new ones, too; overall, they're a pretty diverse bunch, with several strong women. And in the end, the story showcases the value of teamwork.

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Mama's Gotta Move: Labor and childbirth should empower women

Recently, I watched my sister Natalie labor for eight (of 12 total) hours and deliver a beautiful baby girl. She made it the whole way with no drugs, a feat she desired to achieve, but that she was fully willing to relinquish if things were not going smoothly or if the pain was too much to handle.

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Last-minute ways to make money this summer

Finding a summer job this late in the school year can be extremely challenging and sometimes even impossible. If you're in need of some cash flow stuck seeing "we are no longer hiring" in every storefront, here are quick ways to get some money in your wallet over the summer.

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An ode to Zayn

In junior high, two friends invited me to a One Direction concert. Like any awkward, full-of-angst preteen, I was terrified - 1D was a boy band, existing in categorical defiance of everything "alternative or cool" in the mind of a budding pseudo-critic. Still, full of doubt, I went to the concert.

 

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