Kidecals Review #BTS

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We are all ready for school!  Well, at least we are ready with our school supplies, as I mentioned in our previous post on Back To School Supplies.  I am not ready yet mentally, but that will come soon, I imagine!  Not only do we have all our school supplies, I have taken the time to label all of the boys’ books, folders, school and lunch bags and supplies – and we’re ready to rock!

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I ordered the labels with our last name and my cell phone number (If found, please call…) I have four kids, three elementary aged boys. While I would have loved the option to break up my sheet of labels with each boy’s first name, that is not an option on ordering, so I thought it best to order with just our last name and I added in their first initials...

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Back to School with School Smart and some #BTS Coupons! #OurSpecialty

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For the first time in the eight years I have been parenting school aged children, I am proud to announce that I am prepared with school supplies.  I took advantage of the school supply order forms that the Massapequa School District sent home in the springtime to order the supplies for my boys for this coming school year, and I have gotten the suggested list of items for my daughter to start 7th grade at Berner.  I cannot believe school is starting in two weeks, but I also cannot believe I am READY!

In all honesty, since my husband’s hospitalization, we feel like we’ve lost half our summer, so I *could* use a few more weeks of summer vacation, but since this is not an option, I am happy to say I am ready...

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Healthy eating with FOOD AND FAMILY

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As an Italian girl, food has (and always will be) a huge part of “family”.  We still gather around my parents’ table on Sunday afternoons for our Sunday family dinner.  Now that we are committed to healthier eating for our healthier lifestyle, food and family has become more important than ever.

In case you missed it, last Saturday, Chicken Soup for the Soul®, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, joined the fight for healthy eating with a new PBS show, which premiered on PBS stations. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: FOOD & FAMILY, a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting Media and Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, shows that how we eat is as important as what we eat.

Among the topics covered in the show are:

• The importance of gathering people together around the...

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Our Wildwood Vacation Part 2: @CapeMayMac #CapeMay

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Earlier this week I shared Our Wildwood Vacation: Part 1, which focused on Wildwood, the Boardwalk, and Morey’s Piers.  Just ten minutes away from all the action of Wildwood is a beautiful, quiet little town called Cape May.  I remember my very first trip I went on without my parents, when I was 17 years old, with 4 girlfriends to Wildwood.   The girls and I wanted to sunbathe but wanted to be able to say we did a boat trip, and we looked for a boat to cruise on for a few hours.  And so we took the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

YES, I DID SAY I WAS SEVENTEEN!  No, we did not know Lewes was in Delaware.  Yes, we were all silly teens who didn’t realize it was a FERRY, and we’d have to get BACK on the ferry to get back to our hotel room.  YES, I KNOW...

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UP by Jawbone… Can’t wait to use it!

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As you may have read, our family has recently began on our Journey to Health.   I had gotten a recommendation of the iPhone App Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal from a client of mine and then again from a good friend.  Both Paul and I began to use it when he got out of the hospital on July 22.  I’m tracking my daily calories, my weight loss and more.  Paul is using it to track these things plus his daily sodium intake.  We are doing very well on it, and it is very easy to use.

About two weeks ago, I decided to add an exercise element to the My Fitness Pal app.  I added Map My Walk - GPS Walking, Jogging, Running, Workout Tracking for Diet Weight Loss – MapMyFitness.  I love the functionality of the Map My Walk App within My Fitness Pal...

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Join the Journey with us… The Journey to Health

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A few weeks ago I shared that our lives changed in an instant when we learned that my husband had a heart attack.  Paul and I had just quit smoking a few months ago and I had been planning on losing weight for the longest time.  Although I knew I needed to work on my health and the health of our family, we had no idea how important this was until we were staring fear in the face.

I have my Masters in Counseling, and I am a Behavioral Coach.  I work with people EVERY DAY to help themselves with better eating habits, better sleeping habits, better exercise habits.  I share ideas and strategies on quitting smoking or quitting drinking, on lessening anxiety or depression EVERY DAY.  I know what a healthy lifestyle looks like.  Ask me if I had one – the answer is NO.

This JOURNEY TO HEALT...

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Carnival Day at Summer Rec #postcandyland

My kids have been on “GO” since the last day of school.  Even through their dad’s hospitalization, my kids have had a busy summer.  It may be a tough summer, but it is a busy summer.  Yesterday was Carnival Day at Marjorie Post Summer Recreation.  This is our second summer at Post Rec, and once again, it was an AWESOME event!

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Our Wildwood Vacation – Part 1 @MoreysPiers

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Last week we went to Wildwood for a family vacation.  After the first 24 hours of overcast skies and a few raindrops, we had a week of beautiful sunshine and amazing temperatures.  We had a great week.

DSCF0870Yes, it may be a beach town, but Wildwood is much more than a beach town!  Yes, there are miles and miles of beach to enjoy, but our family can only take so much sand!  We live on Long Island, after all!  We can go to the beach any time we want to!  So three beach days for our family was more than enough.  What else is there to do in Wildwood?

One word: BOARDWALK...

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Marvel Universe Live is a MUST SEE! #marvelontour #MULNYNJ

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Marvel Universe Live_Heroes Assemble As you may know, Massapequa Family is part of my bigger site “Mommy’s Links”.  Mommy’s Links is made up of a handful of local NY Metro Area Blogs, written by myself and my two closest friends.  Lynda and Kathleen both took their kids to see Marvel on Tour last week at the Izod center.  If you have not already bought your tickets to see it when it comes to Nassau Coliseum, what are you waiting for???

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My Best of Both Worlds (written by my friend Kathleen) shared this post with her readers: Marvel Universe Live was SUPER!

Main Street Mama writer Lynda has told me it was the BEST show she has seen with her son, EVER!

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Date your spouse! And win a First Things First Family Prize Pack!

A few weeks ago, I shared my article “Pina Coladas and Romance After Kids“.  As a therapist (and a mom of four), I know firsthand how life can get in the way of the husband and wife.  There is always something to do, always someone to take care of, always work, cleaning, cooking, laundry, taxiing someone and so much more.  But it is so important to spend some time every day with your spouse.

Paul and I have a crazy house.  Sometimes, that is actually an understatement.  I work from home, so some days I feel like I am ready to pull my hair out (one strand at a time).  When Paul walks in the door some nights, I am just about ready to run away.  But we keep on going and at the end of the day, when the kids are in bed, we spend some time each night to just talk...

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