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 felt like a scam to me at the time.
But then I got older and my husband and I decided to have…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.
Yes. I did buy my ticket. But despite what…Continue
I've never been fond of taking the kids on a vacation during Spring Break. Almost every family I know usually plans some sort of trip when the kids are off from school for an extended period of time, so vacationing through crowds has never seemed relaxing to me.
Spring Break is the perfect time of year to spend some quality time with your family. If you prefer braving the crowds for that dose of quality time, good for you. But if you are more like me, and are looking to stay local,…Continue
Added by Chrissy Fleming on March 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
There are so many Easter events happening this month! Besides the usual Pinterest craft ideas to do at home with my kids (which I have noticed I do a little less this month, since everything coming home from preschool seems to have a bunny or an egg on it!), there are a multitude of resources for local parents to see what activities are going on throughout the next few weeks.
Added by Alix Hayes on March 2, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Cooking has never been one of my favorite activities, but I learned that deciding what to cook was more of a chore than the actual cooking. It could take me forever to come up with a list of meals I'd want to make for the week before I could make my grocery list and head to the store. Recently I moved into a monthly meal planning routine and it has changed the way I…Continue
Added by Beth Keklak on February 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I’ve been doing this for a long time, so certain things are now second nature to me: Eat right. Stay hydrated. But as kids are young and still learning the value of their choices, it’s our job to not just lead them, but guide them toward that place of self-reliance bred from experience, education and healthy decision making.
When it comes to educating my children, I’m a believer in “showing,” not just “telling.” If my kids are feeling sluggish and not 100 percent, I’ll ask them, “Why…Continue
Added by Christie Rampone on February 24, 2016 at 3:02pm — No Comments
February has an extra day this month, as we all know. It might just feel like any other day and could possibly fly past you without any fanfare. With a golden opportunity of an extra 24 hours, why not use it to have some fantastic pay-it-forward fun? Sure, April 25th is the official Pay-it-Forward Day according to the Pay it Forward Foundation, but I don't think they…Continue
Added by Cindy Dudas on February 24, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Seriously, I could go on and on regarding this topic that looks back at the much younger, and dare I say it, very naive version of me as a mom. I started motherhood with a colicky baby (possibly the worst colic ever!!!), who turned out to have a sensory disorder. This child did not eat solid foods until he was two and a half because of the sensory disorder, and the doctors were stumped for over a year as to why he would gag every time he tried to eat any food with a consistency…Continue
Added by Maria on February 19, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I will be honest: we don't do many date nights. But we SHOULD.
I am definitely one of those wives that likes to do things besides plain-old-dinner-and-a-movie for when we get to go out sans kids. My husband playfully makes fun of me when I counter his "Where do you want to go out to dinner next Friday?" with, "Hey, how about paintball or mini-golf?"
I loathe boring date nights. I like to do fun, creative, interesting, out-of-the-box things...probably because…Continue
No matter how much the temperature…Continue
Added by Cindy Dudas on February 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Life is funny – just when you hit your stride, it throws you a curveball. Sometimes its minor. Sometimes it’s a doozy.
I’m not just talking about running. I’m talking about life. Every part of your life has a…Continue
This year, in an attempt to devote more time to taking care of myself, I bought a planner. When you are the default parent, creating “me-time” can be nearly impossible. My youngest son started full-day preschool a little over a year ago. There were many reasons that this was a HUGE transition for me. For the first time in almost 13 years, I would not have anyone to take care of six hours a day. Also, my youngest has special needs, so I went from an intense 20 hours a week of…Continue
Added by Maria on February 2, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
One of the most important parts of staying on track toward long-term health goals is paying attention to cues from your body. If you’re in pain or sense a possible injury, it’s time to see a doctor. If you ignore the signs, you’re not helping yourself or your family, and you’re not being the best mother you can be.
An injury that takes three weeks to recover from might only take a week with the proper care and attention from a doctor. It’s up to you to maintain a dilligent recovery…Continue
Added by Christie Rampone on February 2, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments
You have heard it before, New Year New You. Is it for real this time? Make this year the year it sticks. Whether it is weight loss, a fitness goal, going back to school, or finding a better job. It can be anything!!! But take some steps to make it real!! YOU CAN DO IT!
You will see my obvious fitness and nutrition undertones here, but these can also be applied to everyday life. And why not start to workout or eat better! Remember, a clear, sugar free head will help you stay way more…Continue
Added by Lori Sawyer on January 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
A few months ago I decided I needed to start taming the clutter. While I admit, I still have a long way to go, I feel that I have made progress. What is more, I now have a system that helps me tackle the clutter without becoming overwhelmed and that is what I'd like to share with you.
1. Create a donation station. Find somewhere in your house where…Continue
Added by Beth Keklak on January 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Like sugarplums, visions of becoming a strong, lean, determined, amazing woman are dancing in my head!
Added by Tria Karamanos Deibert on January 1, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
'Tis the Season for holiday gift giving and those of us with kids often wonder what to give teachers. I am blessed to have many teachers among my friends and family so I went straight to the source and asked them what they love to receive. Keep in mind, teachers NEVER expect gifts and if you do choose to give, you don't have to break the bank to show your appreciation.
BEST GIFTS FOR TEACHERS:
Gift Cards: Gift cards are great for many…Continue