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…Continue
Added by Maria on October 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christie Rampone on October 5, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Sheila Hill on October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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
Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on September 30, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alix Hayes on September 6, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Sheila Hill on August 2, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
“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,…Continue
Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on June 2, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
"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…Continue
Added by Maria on May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Sheila Hill on May 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
I have never purchased a new or leased car without either my parents (#judgemegoahead!) or my husband's advice and help with the money crunching and negotiating. And, agree with me or not, I feel like car salesmen often have different attitudes towards women, or mothers, walking into their shops solo.
So, when I went car shopping recently, and a sales man offered to have someone watch my two kids so I could actually take a test drive, AND accepted my low-yet-researched offer -- I…Continue
Added by Alix Hayes on May 9, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Did you know May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? What better way to honor 31 days of fitness than with a breath of fresh air for you and your workout? Get out there and try something new!
Challenge yourself with a new fitness goal. Maybe add in some friendly competition to keep you motivated.
Running can provide the perfect balance of camaraderie and competition, and the Jersey Shore is blooming with competitive races to suit runners of all skills and…Continue
Added by Christie Rampone on May 6, 2016 at 1:24pm — No Comments
It surprises me when people assume I exercise for two or three hours a day. I have to smile because, when I’m not with the team, I train for about 20 minutes a day, 30 at the most.
The secret to a successful workout routine isn’t quantity or duration, but finding something you love and committing to it. What are you passionate about? For me, it’s my cross-training class. It’s a blast and never feels like a chore. Maybe for you it’s surfing. Maybe it’s martial arts.
Added by Christie Rampone on April 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This year we are preparing our middle son for his first Holy Communion. Right now, I am in the thick of sending out invitations, arranging entertainment and figuring out menus. We decided to go big this time: 130 people are invited!!!! We love seeing family and friends for happy occasions, and are thrilled we have a chance to host this time around. In addition to my preparations for the party, my middle son and his fellow second graders have been preparing all year for their first…Continue
Added by Maria on April 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Growing up, I never believed in organized religion. I went to Sunday school at a Presbyterian church every week and learned all the stories, but never really took them to heart. I never understood how a group of people could all believe the same thing at once. It all…Continue
Added by Cindy Dudas on March 22, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Looking to turbo-charge your fitness routine? A fitness coach could be just the boost your body needs.
We all need to be pushed now and then, myself included. I’ve been an athlete all my life, but no amount of fitness experience can replace having someone there to push you to reach your highest level…and beyond.
A fitness coach will also help you add variety to your workouts, which is important for achieving maximum, long-term results. Remember, it’s all about tricking your…Continue
Added by Christie Rampone on March 22, 2016 at 5:20pm — No Comments
Almost 10 years ago, I lost my father unexpectedly. I was the mother of only one child, who was three and a half years old at the time. He was a bright child, but when we received the news of my father’s passing, he didn’t completely grasp the depth of someone dying. He cried, but when we got to my sister’s house he was happy to see and play with his cousins. He opted out of going to the wake in exchange for hanging out at a friend's house to play with the children, and I was fine…Continue
Every time my husband does something that makes my eyes roll, he says, “You bought your ticket…you knew what you were getting!”
If you know us, you are laughing right now. It’s so us.…Continue