Monday, October 16, 2017

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING AND I AM READY TO SHOP!



My favorite time of year is upon us! The HOLIDAY SEASON!  I know some people get the "blues" during these times (I use to be the same way until I had kids.)  Now, I just love to decorate for every holiday from October through December.

Today, I was just at the Dollar Tree buying new Halloween decorations. I already have boxes full of decorations but at the Dollar Tree, I can totally afford to get new ones!  While I was there I saw a few advertisements coming up for Christmas time, so when I got home I looked it up online and found a lot of holiday items I want to buy!  Even though my family and I celebrate Hanukkah, I just love all the adorable decorations they have lined up for Christmas.
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In previous years, I have purchased some decorations and treats for Hanukkah based on their blue-themed snowmen Christmas line. It works out beautifully for everyone. You just need a little creativity!

No matter what you celebrate, you have to admit, it can be a fun and exciting time, especially for young kids. There is nothing more exciting than gathering the family together and having your house decorated beautifully for the holidays and when everything is a dollar!  It makes it all the more fun!

Monday, October 9, 2017

WHY I WALK IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Why I Am Making Strides?

I do it to honor my mother's memory and for so many others, like her, who lost their battle to cancer as well as for those who were lucky enough to beat it! I watched my mother die a slow and painful death from this horrible disease and felt absolutely helpless. It left me forever changed. However, her memory is not tainted by those years of suffering, instead, she taught me and all who knew her how to love selflessly and do good unto others. It is because of her and for her, that I strive to make a difference. 

MY MOM!


In the years after her passing, I lived in fear of my own morality. I walked in her memory and then became complacent, as many of us do in life. However, in 2013, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Self-fulfilling prophecy? Destiny? I don't know. What I do know, is that I am lucky to have survived and to be here to appreciate my family, friends and my health! 

My own health scare taught me to never take life for granted. I appreciate every day I wake up. Life is a GIFT to be shared in many ways.


I was/am truly BLESSED!

So, in conclusion, I am "Making Strides" to honor my mother's memory and to celebrate my own survival! I invite you to do the same thing, whether by donating or walking with me. If you have lost someone you love, whether it was to cancer or not or if you just want to feel empowered by doing something positive, I encourage to join our team, MOMMY WARRIORS.


It is about bringing awareness and raising funds, so diseases like breast cancer and so many others, will not take the lives of so many innocent people. It is about MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
 
Why I Support the American Cancer Society
Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer.

I have signed up to walk and fund raise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Miami Marlins Park.  I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts.

Together, we can make a difference.

Thank you so much!!!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

TO MY KIDS: SLOW DOWN

My greatest joy in life has been being mom to my little "rink-rats," who are growing so fast.  Even with the teenage eye-rolls, the endless battles of what is best for them, and all the sleepless nights, which I have yet to face, I wouldn't change it for the world! My only wish is that I could slow down time and keep them little for just a little while longer. I am sure every parent looks back at pictures of their kids and wishes that somehow time would slow down.

I made this compilation video for my kids or so I thought. Truth be told, it has actually helped me analyze and appreciate the wonderful moments that have gone by with my children. There are no guarantees how long we have here on Earth and I am of the belief that children our life's greatest blessings, a present from God to be treasured and nurtured as best we can, so while we are here, let's slow down and enjoy the moments.





One thing I have always done which makes my kids crazy, is take pictures!  If you have the chance, do the same! Take the pictures, be in them, be silly! Let them be themselves as you take the photos, even when they don't want you to. 

As they grow older, we are left with snapshots of memories, make them worthwhile!

What I have learned, is to treasure every single phase, as crazy and as frustrating as it may be. Like the song says. "it's all too fast!"

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

LET'S HELP TEXAS

https://www.gofundme.com/3sz95-lets-help-texas
With all the negativity in the world lately and the havoc being wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, it is a welcome relief to hear about positive stories. It is inspiring to see efforts like this being initiated by young people. A young Florida woman, named, Alexia Olivera started a GoFundMe page in an effort to bring help to those in Houston! Alexia and her friend, Julie, who each own a local dog kennel, will be bringing relief efforts to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas. It is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year period with no major hurricanes making landfall in the United States.

Alexia, who is 26 years old, and her friend, will be leaving the Tampa, Florida area on Friday Sept 8, 2017, en route to Houston, Texas to bring donations to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  "We will be going to help in whatever way we can" she said. When asked why she decided to do this, Alexia responded by saying, "I feel like this is my chance to make a difference in the lives of many people! I have a natural calling for helping people and this is something I feel I have to do! There is so many people and animals in need out there. In times like this, I feel it's our job to get out there and help!! You never know when your going to be in need of something so if you get the opportunity to help others I feel you should!!"

"We need items like towels, canned foods, toiletries, clothes, and many more things! We will be renting a U-haul and hoping to have it packed with donations!" said Alexia.  She asked, that if you can gather any donations possible, to please contact her via text (813) 299-1659  and she and her friend (and support crew) will come get them. If you are not in the Tampa, Florida area, and would still like to donate to this effort, you can always go online to the GoFund Me Page: Let's Help Texas" and offer a monetary donation. 

She reminded me of my favorite quote ever, which has many versions but one true meaning: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.




Kudos to you Alexia and your friend Julie, who signed up to go with you. And may the victims of Hurricane Harvey encounter many kind-hearted people like you, who are willing to stand up and do what is right! You are a WARRIOR!

Monday, August 28, 2017

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS

Dolphin DiscoveryIt may be a new school year but it's never too early to start planning your next getaway with the kids. Why not plan an adventure your kids are sure to remember for a long time - a chance to swim with dolphins!

Dolphin Discovery's swim with dolphins programs are well known for having special and unique features unlike any other! Dolphin Discovery has contributed to the study and conservation of Marine Mammals, creating a bond of love and respect through the best interaction experience in marine habitats around the world. There are plenty of Dolphin Discovery locations to choose from.

They have parks in the following locations:

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS: TORTOLA • GRAND CAYMAN • ANGUILLA ST. MAARTEN • PUNTA CANA • ST. KITTS.
AND ALSO IN PANAMA CITY BEACH FLORIDA AND IN JAMAICA WITH 4 MORE PARKS

MEXICAN CARIBBEAN: DOLPHIN CANCUN-ISLA MUJERES-GARRAFON • COZUMEL • COSTA MAYA IN MAHAHUAL • RIVIERA MAYA-PUERTO AVENTURAS • DREAMS IN PUERTO AVENTURAS • DOLPHIN MAROMA IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN • TULUM-AKUMAL.
IN MEXICO CITY AND PACIFIC AREA: DOLPHIN DISCOVERY SIX FLAGS • DOLPHIN VALLARTA-AQUAVENTURAS • LOS CABOS

This can be a once in a lifetime vacation for you and your kids with an interactive experience swimming with dolphins.

If you choose the Dolphin Discovery marine park in Florida,(USA,) it not only offers interactive programs with dolphins for your family and friends, you can also spend time with sea lions, stingrays, sharks and other animals where you'll learn how to protect the environment in your everyday lives.

They also have daily shows throughout the day for all the family to enjoy like: the bottle-nose dolphin show, sea lions and rough toothed dolphin show, feather & friends show, stingray feed, coral reef chat, shark and turtle feeding, among others.


Explore your options online and plan to have an experience of a lifetime!

Dolphin Discovery

Friday, August 25, 2017

GEOGRAPHY FOR KIDS

Now that summer is over, it's back to school and back to homework season.  I can't believe how quickly times goes by! It seems the school years just fly by.  After a long summer at home, I am back to "hockey mom" duty and after school "homework helper" in between my blogging and internet marketing.  

As I was helping my son with his geography homework, trying to help him learn the 7 continents, and 5 oceans, I figured, I'd share with you the information gathered, in case your kids need this kind of information for school or if you just want them to learn it and get a head start.

So here is a quick summary for your kids in case they are studying the continents and geography this year like my son is.

What are the 7 Continents of the World?

1. Africa

2. Antartica

3. Asia

4. Australia

5. North America

6. Europe

7. South America









NOTE:  If you would like this study guide emailed to you in PDF printable format, email: MommyWarriorLady@gmail.com with Subject line: 7 Continents Study Guide.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

DO NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE JUDGMENT OF OTHERS

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 then...it is best to either support or stay quiet! 



Thursday, August 10, 2017

FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENT WHO LOVES TO STREAM MOVIES OR READ

If you have a child, actually young adult of course, going into college or already there and loves to read, you should have them check out Amazon's "Prime Student" offer. Prime Student brings readers everything they love about Prime, and at a discounted price for college students. New members receive a 6-month trial and get 50% off Prime after the trial.  

Prime includes popular movies and TV shows. Make every night a movie night with Prime Video. Your Prime membership includes instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost

Your college student can try it out for 6 months, to see if it's something they will enjoy. Prime Student enables them to get fast, free shipping on over 50 million items, stream thousands of TV shows and movies, and get exclusive college deals.

Take advantage now of this 50% off offer for college students!


Friday, August 4, 2017

CHICKPEA PASTA FOR YOUR KIDS

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

ENCOURAGING OUR KIDS

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."