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Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family

Now that summer is officially here, it's time to think about how you will spend it. Here at the Jersey Shore there is never a shortage of fun things to do in the summer. From exploring local parks and beaches to outdoor concerts to county fairs, you can find something that everyone in the family will enjoy.

To get input from the whole family, my husband and I like to take our daughters out for ice cream and while we sit outside enjoying one of summer's best treats, each of us jots…


Added by Sheila Hill on June 22, 2017 at 3:00pm — 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…


Added by Sheila Hill on October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — 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.…


Added by Sheila Hill on August 2, 2016 at 10:30pm — 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…


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

Back To School With Type 1 Diabetes

This time of the year fills me with a sort of dread and anxiety that I don't have any other time of the year. It's back to school season. Moms everywhere are in panic mode as we sort through supplies and clothes, dust off our alarm clocks, and attempt to replace some semblance of normalcy in our daily routines.

In addition to all of the above, I am frantically prepping to send my 9 year old type 1 diabetic back to school.…


Added by Sheila Hill on August 19, 2015 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

Surviving a First Sleepover with Type 1 Diabetes

When you are the parent of a child with a medical condition, any event or outing is a significant one. From a quick trip to the grocery store to an all-day visit to an amusement park, medical conditions are constantly on our minds, and we are always acutely aware of the health risks associated with them.

Over the weekend, my eight year old daughter attended her first sleepover since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2014. Her decision to go to the party was not one that…


Added by Sheila Hill on October 8, 2014 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Tips For Getting Your Children To Read During the Summer

For as long as I can remember I've had a love of reading. I think it started in first grade when I first learned to read, and it continues today. When I had children, my hope was to instill that same love of reading in them. I think I've done a pretty good job of that, but summers can be a challenge. A break…


Added by Sheila Hill on July 28, 2014 at 5:32pm — No Comments

How To Update Your Beauty Routine for Warm Weather Months

Along with the fewer cares and worries that come with the summer months, your beauty routine should involve less too. Less time spent putting on fewer products means more time to enjoy the season.

Here are a few ways you can streamline your process and shave some time off your routine.


Consolidate Products

Replace your moisturizer and foundation with a tinted moisturizer. It’s two products in one. Be sure to buy one with SPF (most have a SPF of…


Added by Sheila Hill on May 9, 2014 at 1:40pm — No Comments

The Lessons I Learned from My Daughter’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

I am now the mother of a diabetic child. I woke one morning to what would appear to have been a seemingly healthy child, but as a mother, I knew something was not right. Twenty-nine hours later, I was giving my first insulin injection to my daughter as she recovered in the pediatric ICU at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

The events that transpired two weeks ago during a 24 hour period seemed like they were dragging on for years. When I recall the day we landed in the ER, it all…


Added by Sheila Hill on March 13, 2014 at 3:37pm — 3 Comments

5 Steps To Take To Keep Your Tweens and Teens Organized and Focused

Being organized is one of the keys to success. Unfortunately, these skills do not come naturally to all of us, especially not to children. Often, children must be taught organizational abilities. By the time children hit their tween years, skills that help them focus and prioritize are a must as they become more independent both at home and at school.

My oldest daughter started middle school this school year. It was quite a transition for her and for our entire family. Her work load…


Added by Sheila Hill on January 30, 2014 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Winter

The harsh effects of winter can wreck havoc on our skin. From dry and flaky to dull and lifeless, our skin is proof that winter is not kind.

Rather than let winter win this round, I stand up to it with a few must-have beauty products that kick winter in the shins.

These must-have winter beauty products are inexpensive and can easily be worked into your daily beauty routine.

1. An Exfoliator

Using exfoliating products on a regular basis helps to…


Added by Sheila Hill on January 13, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

How To Make Thanksgiving Special and Fun for Kids

You've got to admit, Thanksgiving isn't one of those holidays that ranks "up there" with kids. There are no gifts or big baskets filled to the brim with sugary treats. There are no fun decorations to hang or scary costumes to don.

But that doesn't mean the holiday has to be a total bust for children.

Over the years, I've come up with a few ways to get my girls into the spirit of Thanksgiving so that the holiday is both fun and meaningful for them.

1. Make a…


Added by Sheila Hill on November 24, 2013 at 6:46pm — 2 Comments

The Best Social Network Apps for Parents and Families

When my daughter broke her arm two weeks ago, it came as quite a surprise…and an inconvenience to our family. This wasn’t just another skinned knee that required some antibiotic ointment and an adhesive bandage. This was full-blown. A compound fracture in her forearm that punctured the skin and required surgery.

Surgery meant an overnight stay in the hospital, something none of us was prepared for.

While I remained at the hospital with our 7 year old, my husband was at home…


Added by Sheila Hill on October 8, 2013 at 11:25am — 3 Comments

How To Explain To Your Children When Good TV Celebs Go Bad

A few weeks ago during the Video Music Awards (VMAs), Miley Cyrus gave us quite a show. You may have seen it, and if you did not, consider yourself lucky. I'm sure by now, most of us have seen, at a minimum, a picture or two of her debacle performance.

We had the VMAs on in our house, although I must admit, no one was an active participant in actually paying close attention to the show. The awards were on as background TV. We didn't…


Added by Sheila Hill on September 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Explaining Tragedy To Your Kids

It's becoming a natural part of our parenting landscape.

A human tragedy strikes. Sometimes it's a natural disaster. Other times it's at the hands of a fellow human being.

From Hurricane Sandy to Sandy Hook Elementary School to yesterday's Boston Marathon tragedy, my role as a parent has changed in the wake of these events. I have shifted from being a carefree, happy-go-lucky mother to being constantly worried about the safety of my children in everyday, normal situations. At…


Added by Sheila Hill on April 16, 2013 at 11:21am — No Comments

Technology: At What Age Should Children Start Using Social Media?

You can't deny it. Today's youth are incredibly techno savvy and wired to be mobile. My 7 year old has a better command of the iPad than most adults do, and my 10 year old knows the ins and outs of Instagram better than one its developers.

But the big questions is, "Does being tech savvy mean children are ready to handle the responsibility of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram?

Most social media sites such as Facebook…


Added by Sheila Hill on February 20, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Say Yes to the Pet: How to Know When You Are Ready for a Furry Friend

Last March, my husband and I were faced with the agonizing decision to put our beloved 19 year old cat down. It was a difficult but necessary decision. We were at peace knowing that our cat lived a long, thriving life. The loss was the most difficult for me. The cat was given to me when it was a mere 8 weeks old. I spent nearly half of my life with that cat. How could I not be heartbroken?

The kids? Well, let's just say that after about a week, they were ready to…


Added by Sheila Hill on January 10, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Halloween Hot Spots

Gather your little ghouls and goblins for some scary (or not-so scary) fun! The Jersey Shore area is filled with fall festivities and Halloween haunts. Look no further than the Colts Neck/Marlboro area. The stretch along Route 34, affectionately referred to as "Pumpkin Alley" is filled with hayrides, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards.

If a haunted hayride will get your adrenaline flowing, then head to C. Casola Farms in Marlboro. Casola Farms has been putting the fear in Jersey…


Added by Sheila Hill on October 12, 2012 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

Back to School: 5 Tips for a Smooth Transition

Parents everywhere are scrambling right about now. The countdown to the first day of school is on, and the eleventh hour is quickly approaching.

But with a little preparation and organization, you can avoid the mad dash and send the kiddos off to school on the right foot.

1. Early to bed. Early to rise.

This is always a tough one. My husband and I have been very lax about bedtimes this summer, and we'll be paying for it when it's time to put this…


Added by Sheila Hill on August 24, 2012 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

Hit the Road with a Distraction-Free Vacation

Summer is peak vacation season for most families. In this fast-paced world, filled with a multitude of electronic devices, it can be challenging to keep your family focused during a vacation. I learned a few lessons during a recent family vacation and wanted to share them. Here are some tips to eliminate distractions and keep everyone on the same page...and happy!

1. Ditch the electronics. We allow the video systems and MP3 players on the airplane, train or car. Once we get to our…


Added by Sheila Hill on May 14, 2012 at 9:58pm — 1 Comment


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