Theresa Duncan

Theresa is a recovering fake adult and is now proudly a child who refuses to grow up. She spent a decade developing and facilitating enrichment programs for at-risk youth. Through this work, she saw firsthand the power of play in the growth of emotionally, physically and mentally healthy children. The pressure of pretending to be an adult finally became too much, so in 2014 she and her father Todd (also NOT a grown-up) opened Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store on Amelia Island. Her two children, Adrian and Francine, often exhibit more maturity than she does and are, therefore, the ones in charge both at home and at Villa Villekulla. When she isn’t playing with toys, learning about toys, or talking about toys, she enjoys dance parties and listening to live music with her husband.

I Love You, Now Leave Me Alone.

I might hide it well, what with all the dance parties, goofy videos, local TV appearances, and public-facing job, but I am in introvert. Unless you're my close friend, you might never even know...
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Live Like A Local: Fernandina Beach & Amelia Island

Located northeast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is the northernmost barrier island in Florida. This is a special place filled with stories and adventures. From maritime forests with ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss to...

Love My Outfit? Thanks, It’s Not Mine!

I love fashion, but fashion doesn’t love me. I get an unreasonable amount of anxiety when invited to any place that requires that I put on something other than athletic wear. It’s not that...
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‘Having Some Adventures’ Is My High School Senior’s Life Plan

I know I’m not the only mom who bursts into tears every time I watch the "Surface Pressure" scene in Encanto. It’s all too relatable, right? Luisa sings, “I'm pretty sure I'm worthless if...

Gifts, Please

Hey Mom, when was the last time you were invited to celebrate one of your friend's birthdays, and the invite said "no gifts"? I, personally, have never seen an adult party invite like that,...
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Everything I Needed To Know About Life I Learned From The Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Lowe registered the Girl Scouts’ first 18 members on March 12, 1912, it was before women even had the right to vote. But she had a vision to build an organization...
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You’ll Put An Eye Out, Kid

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” In A Christmas Story, most of the adults knew that a Red Ryder BB Gun was going to put Ralphie in danger. His dad bought him one anyway,...
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Going Screen-Free Isn’t As Bad As It Sounds

People usually look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest they do it. But for those brave enough to try it, Screen-Free Week is a fun way to reframe your relationship with screens...
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Life Lessons: Trust Me, Take Your Kids To Work

As a kid, when I wasn’t letting myself into our house after school, I was either at my mom’s or dad’s work. At my dad’s office (an Army helicopter hangar), I learned dirty jokes...
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Easter Egg Decorating With Things You Already Have At Home

Whether you are like me and simply don't remember to grab Easter egg dye, or you want to do something a little different with your eggs this holiday, here are a few cute ways...
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Giving the Gift of Baked Goods During COVID-19

It’s a long-standing tradition in my house that the last week before Christmas is spent making somewhere around a million shortbread cookies. My dad expects at least half a million for his Christmas present...

Healthy Is the New Cool

I grew up watching Claire Danes on My So-Called Life hiding in the school bathroom smoking cigarettes and gossiping with her friends. And she dated Jared Leto, so you can see where my 13-year-old...