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Friday, September 19, 2014

I Walk For Katie


I walk for Katie. 

As you know from Rebecca’s recent post about childhood cancer, September is childhood cancer awareness month. Every September in Boston, they hold the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. 

This is something that is close to my heart. 

This walk raises the most money for a single-day walk in the nation and has raised nearly $95 million for the fight against cancer since 1989. It fundraises for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.
This is the foundation that helped my cousin Katie during her battle with cancer.
Katie and the best dog around, Cocoa

So, on September 21, 2014 I will be walking 26.2 miles for Katie. 

Katie suffered from two-forms of cancer simultaneously: a germ-cell cancer called “immature teratoma,” and another virulent strain known as PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor), which essentially feeds off the teratoma and grows at a rapid rate.
The Jimmy Fund treated her for 15 months during her battle...

Katie and I 
My beautiful cousin loved the color purple. 
She loved to dance. 
She loved school. 
She touched everyone’s lives. 

This is a great organization that is at the forefront against cancer. I am honored to walk with “Katie’s Keepers” and raise money to help everyone whose lives (young and old) have been effected by cancer.  
Katie's best Keepers - her mom and sisters

Please help Katie’s Keepers and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by donating to my page. 

Click the Link Below to check out my personal page and donate. Every dollar helps! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Youth Athlete & The Mouth Guard

Fall is here and school is in session, as well as sports!
For most of you sports parents, the fall also brings after school practices, busy sports schedules, and crisp Saturday mornings in the stands with a hot cup of coffee in your hands. 

What you may not be thinking about is your little athletes face and jaw protection.   
How many of your kids play sports and do not wear a mouth guard? It may seem unimportant, however, it can protect them from serious injury. 

More kids than ever are participating in competitive sports and with that is an increase of injury. The American Dental Association reports that 36% of all unintentional injuries involving youth are sports related and of that, 20% are maxillofacial (jaw and face) injuries. That is startling. 

What can you do to protect your children during games? 
It is a simple answer: have them wear a mouth guard while playing sports. 

What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is made of a laminate material or soft plastic. They are worn during sports for maxillofacial protection. 

What does a mouth guard do?
They help prevent injuries that can happen during sports. They help prevent injuries to the mouth, teeth, tongue, cheeks, and jaw. They also protect against injuries to the head and neck. A mouth guard will cushion blows that could potentially cause concussions or jaw fractures. 

Those in orthodontic treatment should especially wear mouth guards for even lower contact sports to prevent damage to their lips from the brackets.

What kind of mouth guard is best?
Definitely bring this up with your dentist. She will discuss all the options available from custom-made guards to the over-the-counter kind you can find at sporting goods stores. 
There are plenty of options. Depending on your child's specific needs, you can get the best recommendation from your dentist. 

When it comes to your youth athlete, remember that they are still growing! Changes to their teeth, mouth, and jaw will happen over time. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly and bring the mouth guard along. A dentist can evaluate the guard and will be able to ensure it is still fitting properly. 
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Monday, September 15, 2014


During the year many of  us look for fun day trips to do with our kids.  I know our family likes to take a day and venture out from the normal routine.  Last year my daughter and I went to Adventure Aquarium for her 1st Grade Field Trip.  She LOVED it and wanted to bring her sister and cousins to see how cool it is.  Adventure Aquarium is very hands on!  You can touch so many amazing things as you can see in the pictures.  If you are comparing Adventure Aquarium to Baltimore you will find that Adventure Aquarium in smaller.  However at Adventure Aquarium you have many opportunities to touch different types of things you would find in our oceans.

Their tanks are also very cool!  From sharks to stingrays they have a wide variety of fish to explore!  

They have a very cool tank you can walk through so there are fish all around you. I couldn't get a great picture but my kids loved seeing sharks, stingrays and many more fish overhead and swimming all around them.   

On the 3rd level they have a great area where kids can play through different exhibits relating to all different types of water.  They have so many fun hands on opportunities for kids to explore.

Out side you can see the penguins.  They do have different times they feed the penguins.  It is a great opportunity for the kids to learn more about them. They also have a sting ray exhibit where you can actually feed them.  This was my girls favorite part!  The stingrays reminded me of dogs.  They begged for attention and looked for food.

They have a place to get food and it is expensive.  You may want to consider bringing in snacks or lunches to eat at the many tables or even outside along the river.  We chose to eat there and the food was pretty good but pricey as you could imagine but it was very convenient.

Hope your family checks it out!  It was a great time had by all.  If you are looking for more information such as pricing and hours, please click HERE.  THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET THE GROUPON CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Things to do the weekend of 9/12-9/14

 Here are some fun things to do this weekend!  

Delaware County Fair at Granite Run Mall

Pumpkinland is open at Linvilla

Kite Making- Check out Radnor Library and make a kite!

Binoculars- Make your own binoculars at Lowes.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Day of the 5 Days of Gratitude Challenge

1.  I am grateful for my country.  I feel blessed and honored to live in a country that allows us so many freedoms. 

2.  I am grateful for the men and women who serve our country. They are amazing.  Thank you to each and everyone.

3.  I am grateful for YOU the readers.  Thank you for going on this 5 day journey with me!

Don't stop remembering how grateful you are just because the challenge is over.  Try to stop and think of something even if it is something really small that you are thankful for!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MOMS Club ®

With all talk about "back to school" I know there are many moms out there that are not in that phase yet.  There are many wonderful groups out there for moms.  The one that has been the most helpful for me as I was making my way through the infant and toddler stages, and now preschool and elementary, was the MOMS Club ®.  There are many throughout Delaware County. As much as the foundation of this organization is for stay at home moms, the definition of stay at home is vastly different from a few years ago. We have moms who work part-time, from home and even full time.  Being able to make connections with other moms in your area, and with kids in different stages in life was the best thing I ever did.  Because when I had questions about preschool, there were moms who had already waded their way through that journey and I was able to get feedback on what there was out there.  And now with my oldest entering Kindergarten it's nice to have other moms to tell me it will be okay when he goes into this whole new world of experiences.   But the best part is having a diverse group of women, with whom I have made great friends, to talk to and get together with for a much needed moms night out!

MOMS Club,” the “Mother-To-Mother Fund” and the Mother/Children logo are registered service marks of International MOMS Club 

If you live in Penn Delco or Rose Tree Media Click HERE

The MOMS Club ® is an international  organization.

Day 4 of 5 Days of Gratitude

1.  I am grateful for my MOM Prom Team.  Three years ago the MOM Prom was born!  MOM Prom is the ultimate ladies night out all in the name of charity.  I am very lucky to have these amazing women pictured above as my core team!  I love them and can't thank them enough for making dreams reality.  

2.  I am grateful for all of my mentors.  Over your lifetime you will find people who become your mentor and help guide your way through both personal and professional facets of your life.  I am grateful for all of them.

3.  I am grateful for the little things in life that make me happy.  Sometimes it is the little things that are the big things.

Keep being positive, keep spreading the challenge, and keep being YOU!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Fest PA

Pacifiers: Pros & Cons

According to a very quick google search, the pacifier was invented in 1902 by James Meacham. If that is true, I don’t know if it’s because he was desperate to quell the new screaming baby in his house or if he simply had a grand idea. Either way, moms have been unknowingly praising him ever since. When the sweet infant that just took over your life won’t stop crying, you thank God for that little piece of rubber and plastic! 
As wonderful as they may be, at what point should you be concerned about the use of a pacifier? Here is a simple list of the pro’s and cons of the paci. 

Lower the risk for SIDS. This is the biggest pro in my opinion. SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, grips mothers with fear. With a growing list of things that all of our mothers have responded to with “I never/always did that and you turned out fine!” anything that gives us a little relief from that stress is appreciated. Docs say that using a pacifier during naps and overnight sleep may reduce risk of SIDS by half

Happy baby = happy parents.  When you bring home the baby for the first time you realize that life is about to get crazy. Amazing and beautiful, but crazy. When some of those crazy things happen they are much easier to deal with without the screaming. Giving a baby a pacifier will help them learn to self sooth. It helps them relax and feel secure. 

That smile. Long term pacifier use can effect the way the teeth meet together. Before age 2, it’s unlikely that a problem can arise. If it does, growing teeth may be able to self correct. As time passes, problems can become worse with slanting and tilting of the front teeth. By age 4 to 6, there will be long lasting effects on the teeth. Around this age is when adult teeth begin to make their appearance. 

If your child has a pacifier habit, discuss with their dental hygienist/dentist if there has been any changes to your child's teeth, or any other implications that may arise. 

Buying a pacifier with a ventilation hole can help prevent oral problems. 
When the baby closes down on the teat, the air from inside the teat is pushed out through the ventilation system thereby flattening the teat and adapting to the baby´s individual oral cavity. So, the ventilation hole is needed in order to allow for proper development of your baby's jaw and mouth.” ~MAM products

A few things to keep in mind with pacifier use:

  • If the pacifier falls on the ground, do NOT use your own mouth to cleanse it. There are many more damaging bacteria in your own mouth that you do not want to pass on. 

  • Do not sweeten a pacifier to make it more enticing. It will damage their teeth. 

  • Pick a pacifier with a ventilation hole. 

  • Wash pacifiers with soap and water to keep them clean between uses. 

  • Get the right size. Pacifiers are designed to fit your baby’s mouth based on age. 

As always, ask if you have any questions! 

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Day 3 of 5 Days of Gratitude : Keep on being positive!

Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. 
You open the door through gratitude. 
~Deepak Chopra

Here we are on day 3!  

1.  I am grateful for my friends.  I feel very lucky for the friends that surround me.  I can't thank them enough for all of the love and support they give me.  I am thankful for my friends that are in my life for a season, reason, or a lifetime.  Each one of them has taught me more about myself.  

2.  I am grateful for my education.  I feel very fortunate that I was able to go to college and get my master's degree.  They provide me with opportunity.  

3.  I am grateful for my professional career and my ability to stay at home.  Three years working in Drexel's Admissions Office gave me an opportunity to see higher education in another light. Then the ability to be a teacher in the classroom for 8 years was my goal when I went to college.   My passion lies in the classroom helping students discover how amazing the world is, how truly special they are, and how much they have to offer.  I feel honored to have been a part of their lives.  Now I have been afforded the opportunity to be at home and raise my girls.  Something that I would never trade for the world.  

Keep being positive and keep seeing how truly amazing your life is.  Remember YOU are nominated!  Spread the word!  

Monday, September 8, 2014

DAY 2 of 5 Days of Gratitude

Okay it is Monday.  Trying not to have a case of the Munday's for all you Office Space Fans!  LOL  So her goes day 2.

1. I am grateful for my children.  They are the best thing that has ever happened to me.  They are my world, they amaze me, and they have shown me love I have never known until I had them.  I am blessed.  

2.  I am grateful for my furry kids, nephews, and brothers/sisters.  I love my animals and they bring me so much joy.  This past year we lost Reagan our black lab.  My youngest may have taken it the hardest.  She and Ray Ray as we affectionately called her were BFF.  Ray Ray loved everyone.  Ray Ray had a traumatic injury called FCE and made a remarkable recovery.  She fought and lived 11 amazing years.  She went from not being able to walk on her own to being only paralyzed in her back foot, but you would have never known it.  She was resilient. My parents helped her through the last year of her life because FCE was back in a different way.  Our stairs became her worst nightmare and THANK GOD for my parents and their one story home.  They took care of her beyond anything a dog could hope for.  We always joked our yellow lab Ace is hoping he can get into their "retirement home" one day. lol  

3.  I am grateful for my grandmother.  My grandmother was a giver.  She gave of herself unconditionally to everyone.  I will never forget our Saturday trips to nursing homes to visit her "friends" and take them their favorite treats.  I will never forget the cabinet in her bedroom filled with treasures just in case she needed to brighten someone's day.  I will never forget the boxes of stuff she would send my sister and I off to college with.  I will never forget the love and compassion she had for animals.  She will always be a part of me because I hope I can be half the woman she was and continue to be a giver like she was.  She passed this past April and I feel it is hitting me harder now then it did then.  Miss you Gram.  

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

5 Day Gratitude Challenge: I nominate YOU!

Me, Jess (my sister) and Mom rocking the SELFIE!

Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, 
but the parent of all others. - Cicero 

So, my friend Kathleen nominated me to do the 5 Day Gratitude Challenge! For 5 days you list 3 things you are grateful for.  This year I am all about being positive and keeping focused on the things that matter in life and try to steer clear of anything else.   Each day I am going to nominate 3 personal friends to join.  I also nominate YOU if you are reading this to help spread the challenge and keep the positivity flowing.  I hope that some of you will join me on my 5 day journey and start your own.  Sooooo here it goes:

1.  I am grateful for my parents.  I start with them because without them I wouldn't be the person I am today.  At 40 I realize the significant role they have played in my life.  I can't thank them enough for everything they have done.  My parents aren't perfect and that is GREAT!  Life isn't perfect and they have showed me through THICK and thin how to maneuver through life.  

2.  I am grateful for my "little" sister.  She isn't so little anymore.  At 35 she is an outstanding mother and teacher but she will always be my little sister.  Growing up my mom always said that one of the most important relationships is one with her.  She was right.  I can't image my journey without her.  

3.  I am grateful for my husband.  He is my best friend and love of my life.  We aren't perfect, but we are perfect together.  Love that guy forever.

My fun loving husband.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Concert for Childhood Cancer Patient, Charley!

Want to help fight Childhood Cancer in yet another way????  Want to help a local family?  Join Jeff Campbell Friday night as he gives a special concert for Team Charley!  Check out this out!CONCERT INFORMATION

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Here are the facts...

Here are the facts about childhood cancer.  I don't know about you, but the stats scare me.  I don't have a child living with cancer but know too many people who have lost a child to cancer, have a child in remission, or are  currently fighting the fight of their lives.  Take the time to educate yourself about the statistics. Thanks Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for all of your hard work and sharing this information! 


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