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Finding Joy in "Whoville" after Loss

In the holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” a curmudgeon green Grinch learns that Christmas really resides in the heart. But what if said heart is broken?

Navigating the holidays after the loss of a loved one is stepping carefully through a minefield of emotions. Navigating the holidays after the loss of a loved one while parenting young children—well, that’s nearly indescribable.

It’s a delicate balance of sobbing in showers after lovingly baking cookies. It’s…

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Added by Gabriella Heizler on December 30, 2016 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Staying Connected Takes More Than a Power Button

With Christmas just around the corner and gift-giving season in full swing, what parent doesn’t want to make their child’s wish list come true?

Remember though, when it comes to kids, gifts and gadgets, moderation and discipline are truly the gifts that keep on giving.

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions… Like it or not, expensive technology isn’t just for adults anymore, and with the level of technology available at the fingertips of children and adults alike, it’s easy…

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Added by Christie Rampone on December 20, 2016 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Keeping the Holidays Magical for Non-Believers

5 out of 5 - seems to be the ratio of believers to non-believers in our house this year.  

Our youngest is 9 years old. I feel like, when we were younger, the magic of believing lasted well beyond double digits. I blame this whole Elf on the Shelf movement for the reason for younger realization. I mean, it's one thing to believe in a jolly man in a red suit coming down your fireplace, but asking kids to buy into a stuffed toy that flies back to the North Pole each night {well, if I'm…

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Added by Chrissy Fleming on December 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Traveling with Kids

Over the past few years, my family and I have been lucky enough to take some really wonderful vacations. Before our youngest son, who has special needs, entered public school, most of our extra money was spent on therapies so there was a few years lag on family vacations. The first family vacation that we went on as a complete family of five was while funds were still relatively tight, so it was on the less expensive side. That particular vacation is still my favorite to date (we…

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Added by Maria on December 5, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Want to Start Your Day at 100%? Start the Night Before

It doesn’t matter if you’re a mother, an athlete, both, or neither. To perform at our best every day, no matter what we do, we need to reserve time for recovery.

Adequate rest and healthy sleep every night are essential to maintaining peak performance. It’s recommended that kids get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep per night. For adults, it’s somewhere between 7 and 9 hours.

I say, be in tune with your body and what it needs; maybe that’s six hours a night, maybe it’s 10.…

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Added by Christie Rampone on December 2, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

Charitable Children: Showing your Kids How to Help Others

We got a flier home from school this week from the PTA asking families if they'd like to 'adopt' an anonymous child for a holiday gift program. I saw, "9 Year Old Boy" and instantly thought, "I have no idea what a nine-year-old wants for Christmas -- my kiddos are much younger!," (and almost tossed it without thinking). Since I was reading this flier in my son's room, I thought, 'Let's see if my kids would help out...'

It…

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Added by Alix Hayes on November 23, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Stress: Embrace it, handle it, then let it go.

Okay… deep breaths.

Life is stressful. Every day, it feels like we’re getting pulled in all possible directions, overwhelmed with things to do, people to see, and places to be. And before you know it, your entire day feels like complete chaos.

Just remember… deep breaths.

Understanding and managing stress is so important, but it takes work. Whether it’s physical wear-and-tear or emotionally draining mental stress, awareness is key. Why are you stressed? Although…

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Added by Christie Rampone on November 9, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Standing Tall Against Breast Cancer - Expert Article with Denise Johnson Miller, M.D.

Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D.

Medical Director for Breast Surgery

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Early detection remains one of the single most effective tools in the fight against breast cancer. Armed with the right amount of information, vigilance and awareness, women of today can be properly equipped to stand tall -- and…

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Added by Meridian Health on October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

You Must Travel

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. ~ William Hazlitt

When I was a child, my family did not travel much. My parents owned and ran a deli and it was very hard for my parents to leave their business, so I only have a few memories of traveling as a child. There always seemed to be a “situation” when the entire family traveled together. For example, there was the time we missed about six flights…

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Added by Maria on October 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

When the Going Gets Tough, Champions Bounce Back with Their Heads Held High

If I’ve learned anything on my journey as a mother, an athlete, and a woman, it’s this: Life isn’t always fair. There are highs and there are lows. There are things you can’t control. Accept those things, and empower yourself with what you can control.

When life is hard, how you react is up to you. What matters isn’t that you got knocked down, what matters is how you bounce back.

For me, the most important factors for staying happy, healthy, and resilient have been focus and a…

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Added by Christie Rampone on October 5, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

Ways To Combat Germs During Back To School Season

I love the routine and fresh start a new school year brings. What I don't love are the germs. Inevitably during the first two weeks of school, my girls come home sniffling and sneezing. Before long those sniffles and sneezes turn into full-blown coughs and colds, and soon after, I am making chicken soup, and we are waiting at the pharmacy for a prescription for an antibiotic to be filled.

This school year I have vowed that things will…

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Added by Sheila Hill on October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rock it, Woman!

“I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.”…

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Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on September 30, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Balancing activities FAIRLY...when you have multiple kids: Is this possible?

Growing up a middle child, I think I sometimes had major feelings of getting shafted (probably unwarranted!) by my parents…things like “Well, Tanya (my sister) got to do THIS and THAT, and I DIDN’T!”  Bratty things, sure. 

My parents were pretty awesome about hardly denying us opportunities, and for that I am forever grateful, but on those rare chances that…

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Added by Alix Hayes on September 6, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Tips For Taking Photos of Your Children

I’ve been taking photos of my daughters for years. When I bought my first DSLR about 10 years ago, they were my test subjects, much to their dismay. In those early days, I never thought I’d get a good photo. My girls’ lack of patience coupled with my need for perfection was not a winning combination.…

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Added by Sheila Hill on August 2, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Eye-Opening 1st Trip to the ER with the Kiddos!

Not having to make a trip to the ER until your kid is practically 6 years old is pretty good, huh?

Hubby and I count ourselves lucky that we have never had to rush our kids to the local Emergency Room (which, in our case, is JSUMC) at any time in their lives: no broken bones, no car or bike crashes -- knock on wood -- no asthma or allergy attacks...Nothing has ever seemed that urgent enough to us or a pediatrician, until a couple weeks ago, when THIS happened.…

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Added by Alix Hayes on July 15, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Resenting My Forty-Year-Old Metabolism

At the start of this year, I vowed to get back to myself. That meant a few different things, one of them being to lose weight and get fit again. Last year I lost some weight, but it crept back on and, even worse, I became heavier than I had ever been (except after a pregnancy). I had very few options for clothing because everything was either tight, or didn’t fit at all. It was very frustrating to say the least. So at the beginning of this year, I started pilates regularly, got a…

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Added by Maria on June 13, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Things We Didn't Say...

“Your mother is in A-fib. We can run some tests, but there is a good chance it will result in us having to crack her chest open.”

Not the words you want to hear when you are alone in a hospital in NYC as you watch your mother dying from pancreatic cancer. Not really the words you want to hear,…

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Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on June 2, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Keeping the Fire in Your Soul Alive

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me."― Erma Bombeck

The first thought I have as I begin this blog is that I am blessed. There are too many reasons to list right now. I always first think about my children, and that when their needs…

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Added by Maria on May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

My Relationship with Fitness

Let's start by saying it's complicated. As a child and teenager, I was both a gymnast and a cheerleader. Daily practices and workouts were part of my sport, so I never thought twice about it. I thrived on meeting up with my fellow cheerleaders after school to perfect our pyramids and routines for both high school football and basketball games as well as cheer competitions. It never felt like work, mostly because there was a social aspect to it and I loved the sports I was doing. But once I…

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Added by Sheila Hill on May 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

How I protect my kids from the sun!

So summer is slowly creeping up on us, so its time to get summer ready. I’m trying to recall the last time I had a tan that covered most of my body. lol The last time I can remember was probably in high school (I don't get out much with triplets).

Thinking back on my high school days, I was pretty thoughtless when it came to sun protection. In fact, I recall using tanning oil, not sunscreen. I would get so dark and burnt after the first couple of weeks. Knowing what I know now about…

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Added by Laura Gaedt on May 16, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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