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    Family road trip season is so close I can almost smell it. Or is that the scent of grease clinging to your hair as you walk out of yet another rest stop with some mediocre eats for the fam? Yes, road tripping can mean awful food. But it doesn't have to. Trust me. I'm married to a guy who refuses to fly anywhere, which means a healthy chunk of our vacations are spent in the car. I've had to learn how to feed a growing kid and two picky adults on the go without making us all sick to our stomachs. We pack a certain amount of our eats for the road (hello growing kid!), but when we do stop to stretch our legs, here are our standbys for something edible (and maybe even a little healthy):

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    It may be the world's cutest interview. Mila Kunis sits down with a newbie from BBC Radio to talk about her role in Oz the Great and Powerful, and the guy is just a nervous wreck. So what does the world's sexiest woman do? She acts absolutely awesome. The video is going viral right now, as well it should be. But I know the question in the back of everyone's minds is: is this an act? Or is this the real Mila Kunis? Allow me to answer! The Stir ALSO sat down with the actress who plays Theodora in the new Wizard of Oz movie (which opens Friday), and the way she geeked out about having an actual doll that looks like her that little girls will be cuddling with at night is 100 percent real. So is her indignation about the invasive press.

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    Embarrassing confession time! My husband and I are parents who like to stay busy with our daughter. We do trips to hockey games, Broadway plays, museums ... We're always looking for something to DO with our kid. And it's only just dawning on us that we've been missing out big time by ignoring all the good old sources of family entertainment that just about every family in the '80s indulged in.  Hold on, let me back up. We were watching Wreck-It Ralph with our daughter (disclaimer, I got a free copy of the DVD on a Disney trip for Oz) and realized that half the video game references were going straight over her head. Some were just really old and meant to give us adults something to chuckle over. But just as many required something we had never done as a family: a trip to the arcade. It made us a little sad, but it was also one of those light bulb moments for us.

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    Well, it happened. Casey Anthony came out of hiding yesterday for a bankruptcy court hearing, and she was forced to talk about how she's been living for the past year and a half since being found not guilty of murdering daughter Caylee. And if you believe what's she's selling, I hear there's a bridge for sale between two of New York City's boroughs. Casey was grilled by R. Scott Shuker, a lawyer for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman suing Casey for defamation. He asked her if she'd been approached to tell her story for a movie, book, or TV deal, but Casey insists she hasn't. Instead, she says she's living off the "kindness" of others.

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    There is something just so irresistible about itty bitty babies that makes me want to kiss 'em. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? They're just so delicious, you want to get your mouth on them. But what would you do if a grown man was smooching on your little pumpkin as if she were his own kid? What if your baby's pediatrician couldn't stop kissing her? Getting a little freaked out? So was the CafeMom who confessed she was "shocked" when she took her 11-day-old daughter into the doctor's office and watched her pediatrician plant one on her baby girl's forehead and the back of her head.

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    Ever had one of those days when you could really use a drink? Here's how not to enjoy your alcoholic beverage of choice: in a bar while your 1- and 4-year-old children are left outside in the car in 30-degree weather. That's what cops say a mom did in Florida (yes, it can get down to 30 at night in the Sunshine State) this week. Cops in Volusia County say Cheryn Scaggs even propped a visor on the windshield of her car to make sure that no one would take a peek inside and see her daughters. Well, duh, of course if you're the kind of mom who would leave her kids in the freezing cold so you could go drinking, you wouldn't want some Nosy Nelly to actually spot the kids and ruin all your fun, right? Right?

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    Do you ever have that nightmare about something awful happening to your child? We're not supposed to think like that, but for Ty Osman's parents, that nightmare is life. Their 18-year-old son died in a motor vehicle accident a year ago, and this month, the Osmans decided to honor him by meeting the people who received Ty's organs. And miracles of miracles, they were able to hear their son's heart beat again ... in the chest of a 68-year-old man.

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    Snooki has come a long way from her drunken Jersey Shore days. In the past few months, we've gotten to see a gentler Nicole Polizzi, a dedicated mommy to little Lorenzo, on her new reality show Snooki & JWoww. Like it? Don't get used to it! It sounds like Snooki's reality show days are numbered. And she could be leaving TV for the best reason ever.

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    We've been hearing a lot lately about how tough it is for transgender kids in American schools. Now there's a move afoot that could make it easier for them ... but it could change things big time for all kids. I'm talking about unisex bathrooms. High schools in spots like Medford, Massachusetts are already designating certain facilities for boys AND girls to go do their business. Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?

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    A few months ago, the Internet was outraged by a mom who was arrested at a theme park in Florida while her 3-year-old son was suffering, burned and badly beaten, at a hospital back in New Hampshire. Well, get ready to get outraged all over again! Cops said Jessica Linscott's boyfriend had been torturing the 3-year-old for weeks before he was dropped at the hospital way back in November. When they caught up with her and Roland Dow, they hauled both of them off to prison, him on charges of child abuse, her for allegedly not doing a thing to get her child help. Now, all of a sudden, Jessica Linscott has decided she wants to be a mom after all. She's petitioned a judge to get back into her 3-year-old's life.

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    The Bingo hall is pretty much the last place you'd expect to see the cops roll up with the blue light flashing. Now try telling that to the 72-year-old woman who got punched in the lunch line by a feisty 80-year-old Bingo opponent! These were no gentle geriatrics! Apparently the younger of the two, a spry 72-year-old, was eager to get back to her game, and she was urging the 80-year-old to get a move on. When that didn't work to hurry the octogenarian, she resorted to name-calling. And, well, you know what happened next. 

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    This week a photo of professional skater Tony Hawk went viral. In it the badass dad shows off his sparkly pink nails, courtesy of his daughter, Kadence. It wasn't the photo that really got me. It was Hawk's comments about how having a daughter is "different." Yes, it is. Having a girl is different from anything I ever imagined, and more to the point, it has made me different. My long-held ideas about being a woman have completely changed since I gave birth to a girl, and the more women I talk to, the more I find that I'm not alone. Having a daughter changes you! Just consider this:

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    When I was a kid and friends would call my house, they'd often ask, "Is Jeanne there?" My father would answer, "Yes," and then say nothing. He was waiting, of course, for them to politely ask to speak with me.  At the time, I was mortified. Now my daughter is getting several phone calls a night, and folks, I think I'm turning into my Dad! I haven't tortured the rude little brats yet, but ohhhh, I'm tempted! As it is, I cringe every time I note the number of one of her little friends on the caller ID. I know how this is going to go.

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    It's the age old argument: who decides how a parent disciplines their own kid? Is it the parents or the government? A mom who allegedly tased her 14-year-old son just found out the hard way that sometimes it's the latter. Yes, a mom tased her kid (well, allegedly tased her kid). Cops in Texas say Kimira Hysaw used a stun gun on her son's head, arms, back, and legs.

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    Olympic skier Bode Miller is embroiled in a bitter fight with ex-girlfriend Sara McKenna over the custody of their month-old son, and things are getting ugly. McKenna is telling the world that the gold medalist once pushed her to have an abortion. It's one of the reasons she says the new papa shouldn't get custody ... one of the silliest reasons, that is.  Sure, abortion is a touchy subject. But you know that babies change people, right? It happens all. The. Time.

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    We talk a lot about heroes in this country, but what makes a hero? Is it running into a burning building to save someone's life? Is that a hero? What about a woman who walks out of her house to go to work and finds a kidnapped baby on her front lawn and does the right thing, calls police, makes sure the baby gets back to his mom? Is she a hero? Because that's exactly what a woman known to the world only as Kristen G (or by her Twitter handle @NomadPDX) did this week. She stepped outside of her house in Portland, Oregon and there was a 4-month-old baby boy wearing nothing but a shirt and diaper.

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    If there's one sure sign that Teen Mom mania has swept America, it's the speed with which Farrah Abraham's memoir was snatched off shelves. Now another star of the reality series is talking authorship, and we can hardly wait to hear what she has to say. Just don't expect Kailyn Lowry to walk us back down the Teen Mom path, m'kay? In fact, when the reality star sat down with The Stir a few months back, the details she shared make her future book sound even more inspiring than the Kailyn we see struggling to get it right on TV.

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    Glee has left us hanging for nearly a month, leaving us all wondering whether Rachel Berry had gone and got herself pregnant. Everybody's favorite high school musical came back tonight with a special celebration of its 500th musical performance dubbed "Girls and Boys on Film." With a name like that, there's no surprise it was full of recreations of the mushiest, gushiest '80s era romances. From Footloose to Ghost to Say Anything, we got a hearty helping of schmaltz. So what didn't we get?

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    It's finally here! Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters today, and I can finally take my daughter! I wasn't sure if I would, to be honest. I wondered if the new Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and James Franco movie was going to be too scary for a 7-year-old. After all, the Wizard of Oz that generations of kids have grown up with is as feared as it is beloved by children. But after attending the red carpet premiere of Oz at Disney's El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles last month, along with the stars of the film, I felt like I had enough information to decide if she could handle it. Not sure if your kids will be scared by Oz the Great and Powerful? After watching the film, here's what I think parents need to know:

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    When we brought our daughter home from the hospital, we were scared of so many, many things. But perhaps weighing most heavily on our minds at that moment was the question every parent asks: how do I swaddle this baby? Can I possibly do it the way the nurses showed me? Because let me tell you, there is nothing like swaddling to calm down a screaming infant. It's more magical than anything in this world. Even unicorns. So what is this glittery bit of mysticism?

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