Want to teach your children to help those children less fortunate?

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Then head to www.operationchristmaschild.org!

A friend of ours has her family make countless boxes for children in need which I was so enamored by last year.

Last week our children went to the store with me to pick out a few items to include in our boxes. Toiletries, coloring books, crayons, hairbrushes, a wash cloth & accessories are what is needed.

Each box comes with a letter to be filled out by your children to gain a pen pal which is so special!

It doesn’t matter which religion you are, it is imperative that children learn to help those in need, especially children!

Teaching empathy and donating to those less fortunate is a great way for your children to learn by example!

Take it from a Mom Who wants to make 10 boxes next year, two per person from our family for Operation Christmas Child!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with wonderful memories, love & laughter always!

We all have so many things to be thankful for. Enjoy your family & the memories that you make together, for it is those things that mean the most!

Take it from a Mom Who treasures her family & friends!

Want to get your children to eat fish?

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Then head to your local fish monger & pick up a pound of either grey sole, halibut, cod or salmon!

Fish is a great source of Omegas which aids in brain development. Of course they come from other sources, but many families hold off on fish. Why?

Parents fear mercury poisoning, as well as allergic reactions as the main reason for waiting. The fish that I listed above are all low in mercury, and are a great selection that is kid friendly by taste.

Our children eat their fish either breaded (like chicken cutlets), grilled or roasted with olive oil, and sea salt once or twice a week.

As always if your child develops hives, a rash, eczema, or has an allergic reaction, call your pediatrician right, or dial 911.

When purchasing fish always ask which temperature to cook it, as well as ask for how long. I always cut a piece in half to make sure it is fully cooked.

Mom Who Knows Fish Sticks
1 lb of cod or halibut cut it strips
2 eggs or egg whites whisked
1 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
Extra Virgin olive oil

*You will need 1 bowl, 2 dishes, a fork, cookie sheet, & a spatula.

Directions:
1.) Preheat the oven to 400*.

2.) In a dish add breadcrumbs, and the eggs in a bowl.

3.) Dip each slice of fish into the egg mixture, then roll in the breadcrumbs & set on a dish.

4.) Drizzle olive oil on a cookie sheet and heat in the oven for 5 minutes on the bottom shelf.

5.) Add fish sticks and place on the bottom rack. Cook for approximately 8 min until golden brown, then flip & place on the top rack for another 8 minutes.

*Each oven and thickness of fish can vary cooking time, so cut the thickest piece in half to check that it is fully cooked through before giving to your children.

Some great sides are string beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, baked sweet or mashed potatoes.

Enjoy!

Take from a Mom Who always makes a double portion to freeze in parchment paper in a freezer Ziplock for future on the go meals!

Want to go out clubbing… but with your kids?

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Then check out, www.babylovesdisco.com for the next event in your city!

Ten years ago I took our son at six months old to Webster Hall for the most amazing day with my fellow club going Mommanistas.

Baby Loves Disco originated in Philadelphia, then spread to New York City and beyond!

Kiddie music, no way! Baby Loves Disco only plays the hippest and most current tunes.

Each event runs once a month at different venues, and takes place during the day. Moms, babies, toddlers, kids and even dads hit the dance floor to get down.~LOVE this!

As parents we need to not completely loose ourselves when we become parents. It is important to go out with our friends and spouses.

Baby Loves Disco is a fab way to do both, so check out their website for dates & venues in your area.

Happy dancing!

Take it from a Mom Who LOVES Baby Loves Disco & so will you!

Want to know if you could survive a fire?

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Then check out Mom Who Knows on the Dr. Oz Show!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be a guest on the show, & experience a life lesson on fire safety.

A group of us were brought into a room and questioned if we were able to handle a fire extinguisher.

Afterwards a fire was ignited and we were put to the test, & it was a lesson I will never forget!

I do know how to use a fire extinguisher, yet was too far away from the fire, as well as should have started from the bottom to the top.

Instinct kicked in (when I thought what if my children were in the next room) and what the video didn’t show, was me being able to put the fire out.

Do you know how to operate a fire extinguisher? Do you know what to do if there is a fire? Do you and your family have a fire safety plan?

If you answered no to any of these questions then it is imperative that you do, for you could save a life!

Thank you Dr. Oz & Staff, as well as journalist Elisabeth Leamy for a learning experience I will keep with me forever!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows how to put out a fire the right way!

Want to have the best makeover, & try before you buy?

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Then head to the nearest Sephora store in your area!

There is nothing worse then purchasing makeup that is all wrong for your skin tone. Or how about having foundation that doesn’t match properly?

We have all been there, until now!

Yesterday I visited Sephora with one of my friends and had a lesson that was worth sharing!

They have two interactive machines, one for skincare & the other for foundation, with Pantone color technology.

Both systems take your information and find the just right products for you.~LOVE this!

Afterwards a skincare & makeup specialist work with you to provide information, as well as can make samples to take home & try.

What I like about this feature, is that you can see if the products are right for you without making an impulsive decision.

Sephora has a variety of amazing lines, as well as their own line of fab makeup.

From skincare, to makeup, nail polish, haircare, travel & body, this store has it all!

Check it out, and you too will be hooked!

Take from a Mom Who learned so much yesterday, and you will too!

Thank you Patricia, Miro & the staff at Sephora for a fab day!

Want a fab way in the am to peel & core apples or pears?

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Then use a vegetable peeler & a melon baller!

Every morning I am truly an Iron Chef!

From breakfast to lunch I like to use my 30 minutes wisely, & love finding ways of adding more time to my routine.

Peeling fruit is much easier with a vegetable peeler, versus a knife. Apples pears, peaches, plums or apricots are ready to eat in a flash!

I have found that a melon baller is another fab way of deseeding fruit, & adds another two minutes, lol!

Finding ways to make our lives easier is a path that I am trying to stay on, so come join me!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows her kitchen tools!

Want a fab tip for Daylight Savings Time?

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Then get your children adjusted two days before!

From infants to young children, putting your kids to bed just 30 minutes earlier for nap & bedtime will make the transition easier.

Children adjust easily, but prepping them can make Daylight Savings Time a breeze!

This obviously works twice a year, in which Mother Nature likes to keep parents on their toes, lol!

Take it from a Mom Who is enjoying her extra hour today, & hope you are as well!