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Getting to the Finish Line #runDisney


Yesterday, bright and early, I ran my FIRST race!  Yes, WOW, a HUGE accomplishment for this mom who hasn’t exercised in years!  It was only a 5K run, but it was an amazing 5K runDisney Fun Run as part of this years Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, through Disneyland and California Adventures!  Boy was it fun!  It was so amazing to run through the empty parks, cheering castmembers at every turn, friends side by side, supporting one another another and finally hitting that finish line in the gorgeous jaw dropping background of Radiator Springs in Cars Land. While I didn’t train […]

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Doctor Doctor! #OTCSafety


You’d be surprise to know, despite being a nurse, I am always questioning when I should or need to call a doctor.  Sometimes I think that question is a LOT harder for me because I am a nurse.  I teeter on the line of being either too caution or too nonchalant about my children’s health.  My husband tends to get mad at me because of my “inconsistency” but let’s face it, when it comes to our children, we are always worried. When I encounter new families, even if they have a pediatrician selected, I always ask them to interview them […]

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Mets Baseball is Back!! #MetsFamilyFun

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In our house, the official first day of spring isn’t March 21st. The first day of spring is the day that the Mets begin their new season at Citi Field! This year, we celebrated the return of warm weather and baseball by taking the boys to their first game of the season on Sunday, April 6th. Now, we have obviously been to Citi Field before, but this year, there are so many wonderful upgrades to the park that even my four year old son took notice! Given that we attend games with both kids, my husband and I have grown […]

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Disney Magic at Play by Jumping Beans #MagicAtPlay


In just a few days my family and I are off to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration being held for the first time at Disneyland.  We can’t wait!  This is my family’s first trip to California and Disneyland and I am beyond excited to show them the beauty of the west coast.  Truth be told, this trip is a huge expense and my husband has me pinching pennies at every corner.  One of biggest savings we are making is by buying Disney gear (clothing) outside of the park and everyone wants their Disney gear! We are just loving the […]

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The 1st Year

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Today is my sweet Lucas’ first birthday and it is filled with sadness and yet so much joy.  I am trying to savor every last second of my very last baby moments.  The smell, the smile, the babbling, the laugh, those beautiful bright eyes.  Yes these are the very last moments that I have as a baby’s mom. I often wonder how Lucas will feel when he grows up and reads all about himself in utero and birth.  I chronicled it all for posterity.  I feel a lot of guilt when it comes to Lucas, and maybe that’s not quite […]

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Something to Sneeze About #OTCSafety


If there is one thing my family knows too well (and wishes we didn’t) is Allergies.  We’re not just talking Marcus’ well known food allergies, but seasonal allergies that plague our entire family.  Everyone’s got allergies.  In fact, Allergies are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children! What’s almost laughable is that each member has their own set of allergies set off entirely by different triggers than the next person!  My seasonal allergies are at its worst come fall.  I still haven’t pinpointed it exactly, but when the weather changes from summer to fall, my skin starts, for a […]

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Spreading Seeds of Kindness with Lollipop Seeds


{ disclosure: I received a review copy of Lollipop Seeds that Spout for Kind Deeds and no other compensation. The idea of sprouting kindness in my own children is a tradition I wanted to grow. } Growing up my family had very few traditions that we kept.  Along with that comes a deep sadness that I have nothing to pass onto my children… or so I thought.  My aunt, who knows my childhood well, has been helping me create traditions and memories for my children, because she believes that I can change the course of my children’s history with little […]

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If You Can Do It, So Can I! #RunDisney #DisneyKids

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{ disclosure:  I attended a #DisneyKids Preschool FAM Tour, where a portion of our expenses and lodging were covered by the Walt Disney Company.  The invitation did not include an agreement for coverage or posting, nor were we compensated for this post.  All images were taken with the #Nikon #D3300, a gift from Nikon, the newly announced Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own  } If I was ever to run, I’d definitely do it to do a runDisney race.  In fact, it’s inspired me to at least wishfully […]

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