WATCH: When Things Go Wrong on Summer Vacation

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By Brandy Black Some kids have gone back to school and some families are still wrapping up summer family vacations.  As parents, it seems that a vacation never really ends up being what you want it.  At least for us, something inevitably goes wrong, although usually it’s the kids and not me. As part of […]

Tylenol’s National Ad Campaign Redefines “Family”

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By Brandy Black When I founded The Next Family brand, my vision was to create a place inclusive to ALL types of families, not just those headed up by two moms, like mine.  Until very recently, television and magazines had only presented us with a myopic view of family: one man + one woman = […]

WATCH: Video Tip For Screaming Kids

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By Brandy Black With 3 kids there is bound to be a meltdown and my poor wife gets the brunt of it.  Our children are still at that age where all they ask for is Mama (that’s me!)  So Susan has come up with a great trick that works like a charm for parents who […]

Dude Ranch: Tanque Verde Inclusive To All

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By Brandy Black I’ve never been to a Dude Ranch before but I really wanted our children to get out of the city and experience ranch life so we ventured to Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.  I had no idea what to expect accept for extremely hot weather in the dead of summer. The […]

When Marriage Equality Becomes Irrelevant – The Future of Marriage Equality

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By Brandy Black We WON! Words alone cannot depict the significance this day holds. I -mother of three, married to the woman of my dreams- am living the life I always wanted, and yet not until now have I experienced true validation and… it’s everything.  This is no mere vote; it’s not just a piece of paper. This is […]

Lesbian Moms On Date Night In Vegas

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By Brandy Black Susan and I make date nights mandatory.  We even indulged on our family trip to Vegas.  Here’s a snippet of our time out. Warning this video contains explicit language. Not for the kids. Here are some more tips for things to do in Vegas: Take the kids to the Aquarium at Mandalay […]

Kid Summer Night’s Dream

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By Brandy Black Summer. Is. HERE. And that means my usual, maniacal dedication to bedtimes and scheduling can take an oh-so-relaxed backseat to long days and warm nights filled with sticky fingers, cartwheels in the grass, cherry popsicle mustaches, and sandy toes.  Outdoor concerts … movies under the stars … beach-y sunsets … picnics under […]