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March 2013

Some of Them Are Revisiting Their Childhood, Already?

She insisted on going "back to childhood" because, you know, it was sooooooo long ago (snort!) The kids are on their spring break from school, which is sort of funny considering it snowed, this week and, well, now that they're older (me too, dammit!) let's just say I'm sort of cursing myself for ever having uttered the word: staycation. Excuse me while I start shaking my virtual cane, but spring break used to be SO MUCH easier...when they were way younger. Give me clear skies, a full tank of gas, an empty playground and we could go for hours without... Read more →

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New York's Finger Lakes: The Canandaigua Wine Trail

I had the extreme pleasure of being invited by new friends at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection in Ontario County, NY for a girlfriends weekend getaway and join them as guests of the Finger Lakes Foodie Awards. We were treated to a wonderful foodie tour and met with some of the most amazing folks spearheading the farm to table (a.k.a. field to fork) food revolution. Our 4-day visit was packed with SO MANY wonderful experiences, so I am very excited (and most eager) to share with you the fun things to see and do in the Finger Lakes region of... Read more →

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Sleeping Quadruple in a Sofa Bed

CONFESSION: I have this thing about sleeping, in the dark. I know, considering humans are not generally classified as being nocturnal, sucks for me, right?!? It's like my internal clock crossed wires (or something) because, at the end of the day, no matter how physically tired or mentally exhausted I may be (and let me tell you, raising 3 teens and my youngest a teen by default, I totally be!) as soon as the light goes out...[sound of a pin, dropping]...my senses automatically kick into...HOLY CRAP!!!!...WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?!? No, my husband is NOT very happy about it. In... Read more →

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S.O.S. The Jersey Shore is Open!

National news crews were very good at bringing the rest of the country (if not, the world) to our doorsteps, when broadcasting heart-breaking images of devistation along our ENTIRE Jersey shoreline (all 130 miles of it) in an effort to record the storm that changed the topography of our state, forever....aaaaand then they left. We spent many staycation afternoons hanging out in Belford, NJ: I taught my kids how to fish at the pier here. It's been 5 months since Hurricane Sandy made landfall here in New Jersey (I blogged about our experience, once we got power back) so, some... Read more →

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Parenting Tip #45,371,381: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Shove a Slushy Snowball Down Someone's Shirt, Instead!

My husband, Garth (not his real name) is really good at not panicking, especially dealing with an emergency situation; when, considering I took to Twitter when my middle girl's butt exploded, clearly I am not. On the other hand, I have made it my life's mission to NOT sweat the small stuff AND have consistently failed said mission (it was more like a guideline, anyway, really) for the last...ummmm, let's see...how old IS my oldest kid, again?!? Aaaaanyway, point being (and I really do have one, promise) Garth (not his real name) and I have taken to handling this whole...parenting... Read more →

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Share Breakfast with a Child During National Breakfast Week

Growing up, my family was no stranger to hunger. So, yes, it pains me to learn that nearly 1 in 5 kids across our communities go without breakfast, every day. I am very proud to once again partner with Kelloggs, Action for Healthy Kids and Mr. Taye Diggs in the Share Breakfast effort to provide breakfasts to kids who might otherwise go without. How? By sharing ways in which you can help share breakfast with a child in need, too. It's really super-simple, promise: For each view, share and comment on their PSA featuring Taye Diggs, Kelloggs will share a... Read more →

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Girl Scout Cookies Are Evil, We Must Eat Them!

My husband, Garth (not his real name) and I went food shopping, together (I know, don't be jealous!) and it was a really big one (that's what SHE said)! So, after quickly scanning the sales receipt, to make sure we didn't accidentally purchase another child, or something, we were all, like...oh yeah...THAT'S why we haven't been to Disney (yet!) and I suddenly heard someone holler the 3 most scariest words in parenting. Girl scout cookies. Long story, short (we can only hope, right?!?) I broke up with girl scouts a few years ago and, well, it was a really difficult... Read more →

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