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How I Survived Week 6: Balancing Act

I can barely survive these updates. But I'm doing it. Along with counting my calories. And drinking lemon water. I'm all for delayed gratification but this seems eternal. Like everything else in life, BALANCE is so hard to strike. Some days, I eat cheesecake for a snack (roughly counting the calories) and some days I eat a green pepper with...

Kid approved healthy spin on pizza

No pressure but summer is in 109 days. This might delight those super-humans who are ready to break-out the string bikini in the dead of winter -- no personal grooming, no extra poundage to shed. For us real humans: summer is coming even though the ground is still covered with snow. I'm not down with this whole carb-free thing but, even if...

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...

How to get that raisin out of your kid’s nose

Here's a useful "how to" inspired by my little Daughter #2 who recently SHOVED a raisin up. her. nose. This sounds like an irresponsible parenting story. I swear it isn't. Daughter #2 is a very slow eater so I have to let her graze and take her time, and her plate is always the last to be cleared because if...

“How I Survived…” Week 3: Sobering Up

Here's Week 3 of "How I Survived an Eight Week Diet." I'm sobering up in many ways. Firstly, I'm drinking a lot less. I make a lot of jokes about the quantity that I drink but, truthfully, it isn't that frequently. My biggest problem is moderation once the bottle is open. I know, I know, I've got you already. Now...

How I survived an 8-week diet: Valentine Edition

Happy Valentine's Day. Hearts. Health. Heart health. There, I've acknowledged it. It's week 2 of my diet. Last week was a bit of a bumpy road but I lost over 2 pounds. Beginner's luck. Just one billion left to go. Also, it helps to remove your sneakers for your second weigh-in. Maybe it's not quite beginner's luck because I lost...

What 5 Looks Like

Something amazing happened to me this weekend.  Something profound and eye-opening.  My child, my first-born, the daughter of my soul, turned 5 years old.  Five.  She's been a real live person for 5 whole years.  I find that to be spectacularly terrifying. To be perfectly honest, the first week of her life, I didn't think we were going to make...

Response to “Please Don’t Help My Kids”

If you haven't read "Please Don't Help My Kids," do that now and then come back here. You know I make jokes about my "independent good time" together approach to parenting but I'm not totally joking. The author makes some points that I completely agree with: allow children to discover what they are capable of and permit them to challenge themselves. I...

50th Anniversary of The Beatles in the US

When I think of The Ed Sullivan Show, I think of two things: 1) The Beatles live performance on February 9th, 1964, and [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiPgresYJ0s] 2) Kim McAfee & Conrad Birdie. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPU3ymk2ms] Obviously, both of those events are WAY before my time, and yet, they've left a major impression on my life.  We'll leave my Broadway musical obsession for another day.  Because... This weekend...

Olympians Among Us

The 22nd Winter Olympics kick off today in Sochi, Russia, and athletes from around the world have traveled to the seaside town to compete in sports including skiing, ice skating, bobsled and more. But did you know that right here in Hopewell Boro, former Olympic rower Patrick Todd lives with his wife and two young children? Todd participated with the men’s...

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