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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lifestyle

Lifestyle
A bit of everything -- parenting, fitness, humor, health.

How to look like you’re playing with your kids

I'm a mom, not a full-time entertainer. Sometimes, feeling like I'm a circus ring-leader gets old. Here's a list of things I actually do in my house that look A LOT like I'm playing: 1) The "OLD GRANDMOTHER" trick Tell them you are pretending to be an "old grandmother" so you can't do anything besides sit on the couch with a blanket on your...

Sneak Peek at Brick Farm Tavern

I had the unique opportunity to get a peek at the not-yet-open Brick Farm Tavern and receive a tour of some of the farm operations by the Brick Farm Tavern and Brick Farm Market owner / farmer / business man / local economy supporter,  Jon McConaughy. Jon, and his wife Robin, are the owners of several related businesses in the Hopewell area...

MercerMe Hosts 2nd Annual Cut Throat Cookie Exchange, A Contest with Delicious Results

As the spirit of the holidays was shifting into 3rd, the bakers in the 2nd Annual MercerMe Cut Throat Cookie Exchange were preheating, rolling, filling, piping and baking their way to patisserie glory.  Twenty-three would-be Cut Throat champions gathered at the home of Ron and Amie Rukenstein, presenting their best freshly baked offerings.  Chocolate, lemon, peppermint, matcha and chai were...

Music on the Vine Event to Benefit Musical Arts Programs in Hopewell and Trenton

Hopewell Valley Central High School PTO is hosting a celebration to benefit the musical arts programs of two schools, Hopewell Valley High School and Trenton High School, at a one-night event called “Music on the Vine - Building Community Through Music.” The goal is to raise funds for both performing arts programs to collaborate, learn, grow, and perform together. The event is the second...

How I Survived Week 5: Buckle Down

What happened to Week 4? I miscounted the weeks. I guess week 1 was the week I had my first weigh-in. It's Week 5. And it is buckle (the f) down time. This week, I ignored whether I'm that werewolf from Week 1 (which is really 2). This week, I've continued to very faithfully count calories, worked out and kept busy like...

Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Farm

This Saturday and Sunday is the Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Living History Farm. There are so many activities throughout the day -- sheep sheering, animal costume contest, magic show, goat milking contests -- you name it! Plus pony rides and hay rides and crafts. The schedule for the 2-day fair is available online. The website also mentions something about...

Upcoming free concert set at Mercer Oaks Clubhouse

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission are excited to welcome Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band with Danielia Cotton to the Mercer Oaks Clubhouse on Friday, Feb. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music will start at 7. Danielia Cotton will start the evening off with her eclectic mix of soulful...

Just Friday, no Fitness

It's been a rough one, folks.  An entire week of no fitness and poor eating choices.  Eh.  We'll have this.  Time to regroup and get focused.  We have just over 6 weeks until the new year, and then 6 weeks after that I have a birthday where the age category "early 30's" starts to get less accurate.  So let's...

How to survive a 3-year-old

Struggling with a 3-year-old?  Dealing with tantrums?  Want to rip your hair out because the pink plate was in the dishwasher and there were no other acceptable plates in the house?  NO PLATES.  OH THE HUMANITY.  The very wise community of Ask Moxie commentors have a theory about the terrible, no good, very bad 3's: HIRE A BABYSITTER.  My...

Daycare Drop Off

My girls are both in full-time, year-round daycare.  Now that they’re both out of the infant/toddler age group, they start a “new” school year every September.  This year, they’ve been moved to the preschool and pre-K classes.  This is BigC’s last year in daycare and LittleC has 2 years to go.  So basically, in about 731 days, our household...

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