Nina Pajak

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Nina In New York: Deep Thoughts After Two Years Of Motherhood

Last week, my daughter turned two. It was exciting for her and everything, but I think we can all agree this is mostly about me.


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Nina In New York: Cheers To Gender Equality

A new report in The American Journal of Public Health has found that the female binge drinking rate has increased significantly over the past ten years.


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Nina In New York: At Least Mosquitoes Love Me For Who I Am

I’ve long been mocked in my family for “claiming” that I’m being “eaten alive in the manner of a horror movie” after mere minutes in the backyard, when everyone else is completely fine. And now, I have my comeuppance.


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Nina In New York: Are You Sitting Down? Good, Stay There (But Ditch The Cookie).

A team of doctors has published an impassioned op-ed in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, asserting that only diet—not exercise—can combat obesity and weight-related diseases.


The lips of reality star Kylie Jenner (left) has inspired a "social media challenge" involving suctioning bottles to swell the lips. Lexie Chadwick (right) was among those who took the "challenge." (Credit: left --Craig Barritt; right -- Lexie Chadwick, via Twitter)

Nina In New York: Kardashian Times Call For Kardashian Measures

I know I beat this drum fairly often and with relative hysteria, but THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET.


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Nina In New York: Muddy Puddles Aren’t For Everyone

So it rains, and then it stops, and you have a great idea: you will introduce your toddler to the joy that is splashing in mud puddles.


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Nina In New York: See You On The Martian Coast, Suckers

A lighthearted look at news, events, culture and everyday life in New York. The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.


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Nina In New York: Cheetahs Are The Best (People Are The Worst)

Parents do stupid things all the time, and I try not to judge (mostly). But there’s a pretty visible line between hapless dope and dangerous idiot, and a shocking number of people cross it.


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Nina In New York: There’s No Such Thing As A Mommy War

On any given day, I am engaged in a number of small-scale wars.


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Nina In New York: Is It Me, Or Is The Smart Stove Totally Crazy?

It’s not that I’m a luddite. I love technology, mostly. And, like every other kid, I’ve enjoyed dreaming about a future filled with jet packs and flying cars. But certain things about the future in which we’re living just give me the willies.


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Nina In New York: Lactating For Fun And Profit (Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be)

According to a new study in the journal Parenting, online sites that help parents buy and sell breastmilk are proliferating and they aren’t always on the up and up.


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Nina In New York: Parenting For Dummies, Chapter 132: Toddlers Don’t Get Sick Days

Last week, I accidentally broke my kid. Here’s what happened: she got sick. Nothing scary or life-threatening. Just plain old, little kid sick.


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Nina In New York: HGTV Laughs At Our “Spring” And Our Tiny Lives

A lighthearted look at news, events, culture and everyday life in New York. The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.


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Nina In New York: Ye Olde Antibiotic

This has been a week of ill health for the Pajak clan. We’re all rheumy and sneezy and coughing and runny, which would be manageable were it not for the fact that one of us is two and therefore responds to physical discomfort in a manner so unhinged.


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Nina In New York: Well, This Is Awkward.

The Internet is so weird. I’m not even talking in the fetishistic, deep, deep niche sense. I’m talking about how it interferes in a bizarre and unnatural way in basic, old fashioned human interactions.