Saturday, August 19, 2017


As moms, as parents we are always making decisions based on what we feel is in the best interest of our own children. And of course there are always those people who come along, either to your face or behind your back, who have an opinion on what you should do or not do. Many times "they" want you to do good, just not better than them. Always remember, that those who truly love you and support you will always "have your back and be honest with you, without judging. Those who judge your decisions and give unsolicited opinions, have no clue and no moral compass. If people are talking about you, your family and/or your decisions, they probably have no right to be speaking of you to begin with, as they are probably not even your friend. Sadly, sometimes, advice and topics like this still have to be discussed even well beyond, school years. Some adults, forget they're actually not on the playground anymore.

Just remember that "Wolves (and warriors) don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep!"  

If you believe in your heart that your decision is right, moral, legal, not hurting anyone and a good fit for you or your family, then warrior on and do not let the opinions of others hold you back and/or hurt you.  Unfortunately, sometimes closed minds don't always come with closed mouths.

Simply remind them, that until they have walked in someone else's shoes, no matter what the topic is, they have no right to judge...and even is best to either support or stay quiet! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


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Friday, August 4, 2017


Did you know that there was such a thing as pasta made of chickpeas?! I just found out about this last night, when I saw our youngest grandson (9 months) having dinner.  He was loving it.  I figured my kids will love it too. After all, they love chick peas and they love pasta, so why not try it? However, when I went online to look up where it was sold, I was shocked to find out, how expensive it can be. I wonder if it's because it's a pseudo-new thing" to eat or because the government and/or FDA just want us to keep eating crap?  It is mind-boggling why eating healthier has to be so expensive but I will not go off on that tangent for now!

The one I finally chose was the brand I found all over the internet: Banza.  According to their selling points it contains 2 x the protein, 4 x the fiber and nearly half the net carbs, you can make every night pasta night. It is also gluten-free! With stats like that, I can give my kids pasta more often!  

Thumbs up for easy dinners!

NOTE: Ideas to try with this new chickpea "pasta"

-Banza Elbow with White Cheddar Cheese
-Banza Rotini as a salad with Wishbone Italian dressing
-Banza Penne with grilled chicken and olive oil
-Banza Shells with grilled chicken and olive oil with your choice  
 or  marinara or alla vodka sauce 

Even though it's pricey, here is a variety of pastas below:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Here is a little reminder that can help when your kids get frustrated with something new. Whether they are trying out a new sport or are about to embark into a new grade with classes (subjects) they are unsure of or lack confidence. 

Remind them that before they can get "good" at anything, they have to practice and work hard. It is okay to not be an "expert" at something right away.

Sometimes, kids (and adults as well,) get a little too comfortable with what they know and are good at, and when a new challenge comes along, they can get easily discouraged. It is important to let them know they are doing a good job by trying and not giving up and that with time and lots of practice, they will eventually conquer their new goal - no matter what it is!

It is our job as parents to encourage them and remind them that before anyone becomes an "expert" at anything, they were once a beginner! Teach them that today and every day, is a great day to learn something new!

"The Expert in Anything was once a Beginner."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New moms are constantly faced with decisions to make regarding their newborn baby - where to give birth, what will they name the baby; should they co-sleep or not, what kind of milk will they drink: breast milk or formula?  There are really no wrong or right decisions, only those that are right for mom and baby at the time.  

While many new moms opt to feed their babies with formula, there are a growing number of moms, who choose breastfeeding. Often times, moms who choose to breast feed their babies must pump for a variety of reasons. Sometimes for convenience, sometimes because they have to go work, sometimes just so others (like dad) can feed the baby as well. Whatever the reasons are, having a good working breast pump is crucial in the life of a mom trying to feed her baby. Breast Pumps Direct is very well of this need and has created a program to help moms trade in their breast pumps for new ones. It is giving moms an opportunity to choose.  The program is called, "Chance to Choose."

Below is a question and answer session brought to you by Breast Pumps Direct to help you get a better understanding of what this program is all about, so that perhaps you or a mom in need, that you may know, can apply.


An innovative breast pump “trade-up” program which allows moms to trade-in their current or insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choosing at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps will be donated and distributed to moms across the globe via our charitable partners.

Moms are constantly faced with making decisions - especially early on when it comes to their baby’s nutrition and well-being. But what if you didn’t have a choice? What if you didn’t have access to clean water to mix formula or a breast pump to leave milk for your growing baby while you work to provide for your family?

We want every mom to have the chance to choose better for themselves and their baby. We want every mom around the world to have access to a breast pump in order to establish and maintain a healthy breastfeeding relationship. That is the foundation of the Chance to Choose trade-up program.

Did you know that breastfeeding can…
  Protect children from developing obesity or diabetes later in life
  Have the greatest potential impact on child survival of all preventive interventions
  Have the potential to prevent over 800,000 deaths in children  under five in the developing world
  Save the planet - formula generates tons of landfill waste

Any mom who is unhappy with her current pump provided through her insurance.

Did you know that several moms that receive an insurance-provided pump often purchase a premium pump at full price, leaving their insurance-provided pump collecting dust or thrown in the trash?

Often times, insurance-provided pumps are very basic and do not fulfill moms’ every need. That’s where we come in - mom gets the premium pump she wants at a great price AND the donated pump is distributed to a mom who would otherwise not have access to one.

No. We will ship and send out your new pump along with a pre-paid shipping label. Once you receive your new premium pump, you can ship us your donated pump.

You can learn more or trade-up your pump at

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Listen to how this Mommy Warrior, Lisa Nichols rescued herself from poverty! Today she is a successful motivational speaker, who happens to be a millionaire.

Believe in Yourself!

Monday, July 24, 2017

They say everything comes back in style and in my experience, so far, it certainly does.  Whether it is clothing, toys or trends, it is true, eventually it all comes back in one way or another and it's usually better. No matter which one it is, there is always a new twist on the old school way.

I was shocked to find out that the new show my teenage daughter is hooked on, "Riverdale," is based on one of my childhood favorite comics, Archie! I use to collect all their comic books. I loved it!
I had heard my daughter make reference to Riverdale and she also mentioned Dylan Sprouse, who I remember from "Suite Life of Zack and Cody," but when I started looking into the show, I soon found out that it is based on the same characters I remember: Archie and The Gang, Betty Veronica and Jughead!)


And one of the actors on Riverdale is from my own TV-obsessing days, Luke Perry, from 90210!) So when I mentioned to my daughter that I loved Luke Perry, she said, "Who's that?"  I Googled Perry's picture and showed her and she said, "Oh, I love him, he's Archie's dad!"  I laughed because back then in the 90's he was a heart-throb I loved and now he's someone's dad on a show my kid is obsessed with. Full circle moment. 

I see it as a wonderful way of meshing two worlds and bonding over new and old heart throbs. 

Guess, who will be watching Riverdale with her daughter? Me! LOL! Hey, I have to be able to relate to a teenager about something right?

I can see it now, cat ears becoming the hottest new trend for girls and guys wearing jackets with big letters on them (their initials on it!) I know, I know I get carried away with nostalgia but I think I am right, their merchandise is everywhere already!

I just love how old school stuff gets revamped for new generations and that I have a new way of communicating and sharing time with my teenager, who would otherwise probably be glued to her cell phone "Snap-chatting" her friends.

I'll take it!


Saturday, July 22, 2017


I first learned about Calm Keeper as I was browsing through the web, doing research on ADHD.  Although my child does not have ADHD, there are many times when it sure feels that way with the lack of attention and lack of focus and hyperactivity.  I am also well aware that 10 year old boys and kids in general have a lot of energy. 

Nonetheless,  I always try to find natural ways to help my family, with vitamins or supplements.   What I love about Calm Keeper (for children) is, first off, is the adorable packing that is visually-appealing but the main reason, of course, is that it is a "homeopathic formula that promotes relaxation and helps treat restlessness, irritability and inability to concentrate."  These are the exact symptoms that I am trying to address with my child.  Calm Keeper is great because they come in small pills that are tasteless (and I mean that in a good way) as my child doesn't like strange flavors in his vitamins. 

It doesn't have any lactose or artificial coloring and it's gluten-free! It is also made with a variety natural ingredients, one of them I like is, Chamomilla.  It is not something that makes my child fall asleep or get groggy. 

It simply helps to literally keep calm!

Friday, July 21, 2017

If you have been watching the news recently, you've probably heard that U.S. Senator, John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  He has a brain tumor called a Glioblastoma, which is the most aggressive type of brain tumor. It originates in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known.
If you've read my blog previously or know me personally, you know that I am a brain tumor survivor. When I hear of a diagnosis like that of Senator McCain, it takes me back and reminds me of how blessed I am. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful every day for my health and my life but when you hear news like this, that can be rather devastating, it just makes you extra grateful. 
I am aware of just how lucky I was to have the outcome I did regarding my brain tumor, and for that I am forever grateful! I am especially grateful for the doctors who treated me and specifically, my neurosurgeon, Dr. Ricardo Komotar!

"Dr. Komotar is an internationally recognized leader in the field of brain tumors and performs nearly 700 procedures for these conditions each year using advanced cutting-edge surgical/radio-surgical techniques, making him one of the highest volume brain tumor surgeons in the world."  
Honestly, Dr. Komotar is not only a brilliant neurosurgeon, he genuinely cares about his patients and is passionate about what he is doing. I knew from the moment I met him that he was the guy for the job! He absolutely knows what he is talking about and is an expert in his field. There is an instant connection and good vibe when you meet him and you know right away, you are in good hands.  Hopefully, you will never have to go through any of this but in my experience, I could not have asked to be in better hands, or at least my brain anyway! LOL!
Below is a video of some amazing technology, where Dr. Komotar and his colleagues perform an awake craniotomy on a man diagnosed with a glioma. That is a general term used to describe any tumor that arises from the supportive (“gluey”) tissue of the brain. This tissue, called “glia,” helps to keep the neurons in place and functioning well.

(WARNING: If you have get queasy easily, do not watch video)
 Emmy-Nominated video on extracting a deadly brain tumor.

No matter what you have gone through in your life or are going through, remember to always have an attitude of gratitude!



Summer vacation is in full swing and for many that means traveling with your family (including the furry members!) Just like the rest of your traveling companions, it’s important to keep your dog happy and healthy wherever you go this summer. Sometimes a checklist can be helpful when getting your pup prepared for vacation. 
For example, if you’re traveling by plane your check list should include:
  • Travel crate
  • Veterinary paperwork
  • Pet accommodation confirmation
For those planning trips closer to home, it’s equally important to make sure your four-legged friend is comfy in the car. Some things you might want to keep handy for your road trip are:
  • Water bottle & bowl
  • Food
  • Waste bags

For even more tips on check out this graphic PuppySpot put together laying out all the necessary precautions for your summer travels!

With the right preparations, traveling with your pup can make for a fun and relaxing vacation! Who better to travel with than man’s best friend anyway? If you’re feeling inspired to bring along a dog on your next trip, these puppies for sale make for great travel buddies!

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