Stickhandling Son

28 Jul

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My boy just wrapped up a week of intensive hockey camp….well at least I thought it was intensive.  I mean when you drop your 8-year-old boy off at the rink and he plays hockey for 3 and a half hours straight with just a few breaks it seems like hockey boot camp!  The week was about strengthening stickhandling skills.  Stickhandling is all about moving, maneuvering and gaining control over the puck.

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The first hour was played on “dry land” in the blazing hot sun.  The camp was led by a guy, Sean Skinner, who is a world-renowned hockey trainer.  The last two hours were on the ice.

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The first day home he was exhausted and starving but as the week progressed he was energized and excited, each day coming home, racing out of the car and practicing his new skills!

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This is the I wonder what he’s thinking about shot………but I can pretty much guess……..daydreaming about a potential future in the NHL…..?!?!?

Any other hockey moms out there?  I love it….stink and all!

disclaimer……..just so you don’t think I was a complete stalker mom at the camp….my hubs volunteered me to be the camp photographer :)

 

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up – Review and Giveaway #BalanceShapeUp #spon

23 Jul

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It’s pretty sad that as a mom I’m constantly working on making sure my kids eat healthy and then I have my son saying to me, “Mom how come you never eat?” I think he’s referring to the fact that I don’t eat breakfast, which, I know is bad. But on days that I go to the gym I pretty much realized it’s awful and not a good plan.

I’ve been trying various shakes and bars but recently was given the opportunity to head over to Walmart and grab some Balance Bars to try out…

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I found them by the pharmacy and I was looking for the Cookie Dough or Peanut Butter flavor but they were sold out but for one Peanut Butter bar I snatched along with a Dark Chocolate Coconut.

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I love the fact that there are 15 grams of protein in one bar and only 7 grams of fat.  I like to get a good dose of protein before I head to the gym and this worked for me.  I also like the flavor and consistency….it’s good!!!!!!!!!!  In each bar, 40% of your calories are from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat – making a Balance Bar a great choice for taste and energy.

And, there are so many choices to find a Balance Bar that suits your palate best!

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Balance Bar is currently running a  Summer Shape Up Challenge - which is a 40 Day Challenge filled with 30-minute workouts from NASM Certified Personal Trainer Holly Del Rosso, healthy eating tips, and lots of giveaways on their various social media networks:

Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter(***Balance Bar will be having a Twitter Party on July 31, 2014 at 3pm***)

One Just Another Manic Mommy reader will win a $10 Walmart gift card and a variety pack of Balance Bars !!!

To enter, leave a comment stating which flavor you think you will like the most.

Each of the following will also earn an entry:

  1. Follow @justmanicmommy on Twitter, re tweet the giveaway and leave a comment here stating it.
  2. Became a fan of Just Another Manic Mommy on Facebook, post on the wall about this giveaway, and leave a comment here stating it.
  3. Follow justmanicmommy on Instagram.
  4. Become an email subscriber of Just Another Manic Mommy, and leave a comment here stating it.

Giveaway will end on July 31, 2014.

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card and additional product as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar and Walmart.  All opinions are 100% mine!

 

 

Destination: Cape Cod

20 Jul

Last week we spent a few days in in Cape Cod.  My parents rented a cottage for the week in West Dennis, MA just steps away from the beach, so we visited for the first half of the week while my sister visited for the last half.  As my parents are Bostonians, I was raised vacationing in Cape Cod so it was funny to travel around and here them saying “Bahhhbra, you wah heeah as a child!”

It was about a 5 hour ride for us from Long Island and it wasn’t too bad, especially since we had a pit stop in a beloved Cracker Barrel (we only get to go when we are on the road!).  As soon as we arrived my girls launched themselves into the waves.  They are fearless.  It’s a little scary.  And they couldn’t have had a better time.

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That night we had LOBSTAH! It was so amazing…but even better was the New England Clam Chowder.  I had been craving it and was totally satiated.

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After dinner my parents got my little one all excited about flying a kite on the beach. You can see what a quick walk it was for us to get to there!

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I loved this moment. :)

Unfortunately, the weather turned bad the next couple of days, so our activities went indoors.

We all tried candlestick bowling for the first time and LOVED it.  We even went back the next day and did it again.  Turns out my little one has mad candlestick bowling skills and smoked us all :)

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My parents took the kids to a bumper car place for another fun experience.

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What my parents love about the Cape is that it is very family friendly.  I think we ate ice cream every day we were there and I probably brought home 4 lbs of fudge :)

Have you ever been?

July 4th…Best Holiday…

12 Jul

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Why? Because it is in my favorite season….summer!  The only bummer is that once it hits, you blink and summer is over. We spent ours celebrating last Saturday night at my husband’s golf club.

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There were rides and games for the kids and psychics and caricaturists and tatoo artists too.  The highlight of the evening for me is when we all sat for a family caricature!  A lady nearby remarked that we all looked “so cute” and I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a photo…my fave!

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And my hubs who cracks me up everyday thinks he looks better as a caricature than in real life :)

Then before we knew the fireworks started…they were stupendous and wonderful!

Oh summer hang on, we’re having too much fun!!! How was your 4th?!

 

PLANES: FIRE and RESCUE (in 3D) Advanced Screening #DisneyPlanes

11 Jul

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On Wednesday night we were invited to an advanced screening of Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE!

The kids were excited because they remembered seeing Planes last year, and enjoying it, so it we were curious to see what Dusty Crophopper would be up to in this movie.

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Here’s some basic info about Planes: Fire and Rescue:

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (in 3D)

Rated PG

In theaters July 18

Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Danny Mann, Barry Corbin, Regina King, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, Captain Dale Dye, Kevin Michael Richardson, Patrick Warburton 

Director: Bobs Gannaway

 

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite 

firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous 

air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift 

gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter 

Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie 

Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale 

Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team 

battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway 

(“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits 

theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

My kids really loved it!  They’re still buzzing about it today 2 days later.  They said they enjoyed even more than Planes because it was “exciting…a cliffhanger…!” Really I didn’t even know that word was even their vocab. :)  But I think the fire scenes, especially in 3D, did make this movie, very entertaining for them, and, it was the first time my little one sat through an entire movie without getting squirmy and asking when it was going to end.  If that’s not a resounding thumbs up, then I don’t know what is!

We enjoyed it very much.  Planes: Fire & Rescue is in theatres in 3D on July 18, 2014…check it out!

***tickets provided for review***

Getting Gorgeous with VO5! #GettingGorgeous

9 Jul

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Every year I attend a fabulous event for moms called Getting Gorgeous developed by masterminds Vera and Audrey who are iconic mom bloggers.  It’s an excuse for me to go into NYC and get a little bit of pampering.  This was my 4th Getting Gorgeous (I think)….I remember when Vera and I were sitting in our town library as our kids attending story time all those years ago and she told me this idea she and her “new friend” had :)

Vera, Me, Audrey

Vera, Me, Audrey

VO5 was the title sponsor and I as I got there a bit early, I raced over to that section and got GORGEOUS with a fabulous hairstyle as I heard about all of the great products.

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You know I love any and all fitness related stuff so I was intrigued to hear about ReXist360 who was there doing workouts with the guests! I’m excited to try it at the gym.

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BALI Intimates was there doing bra fittings and definitely the quote of the day was when the bra fitter said to me “You’re so small yet you’re so big!” :) :)

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Vitabath introduced me to some new smells and it was awesome. And then I headed to Stop & Shop who was there showing some summer dishes!

Calgon was there featuring a fortune-teller for all of the attendants! That was pretty cool.

And before I headed back to Long Island I got an amazing mini foot rub!

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Great day!

And here’s a full list of everyone who was there….

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Celebrating Special Birthdays

5 Jul

Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s 79th birthday…how great does she look!?

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And I remind you that my dad, who doesn’t like his age revealed, took us all away on a big trip to Mexico last summer to celebrate his BIIIIIG birthday!!!  (Seriously if I looked like them I would tell everyone in sight my age!)

To celebrate, we gathered my sister, my brother, spouses, kids and my brother’s friend and we took over half of a little Italian restaurant.

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Because really that’s all my mom wants….to have all her family in one place.  And since it happens so infrequently, we took just a few pictures…

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Love my little poser in the foreground!

How do you celebrate family member’s birthdays?

A Family Wedding

29 Jun

Another thing I love about summertime is the sometimes influx of family parties.  My husband is one of seven so there’s usually some event happening beginning around May…a graduation, wedding, a baby shower, wedding shower…etc.  And when the gathering happens, it’s never small!

Last Saturday night my sister-in-law got married and we had such a fun time celebrating with her.  Because the family is so large (21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way!), when the majority is together the opportunity is grabbed to snap some photos!

I snuck this shot in of most of the grand and great-grandchildren with their grandparents (some couldn’t make the wedding) while the photographer was setting up):

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Before kids you could never find me on the dance floor but my girls had me up there all night…

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Their fun and delight was contagious.  I didn’t care how uncoordinated I looked. :)  And I wasn’t the only one who got worn out by the end of the night!

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But the best part was that we got a great family photo before we even raced off to the wedding!

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I cherish these days. :)

(Sorry I neglected to snap a photo of the bride and groom!)

The Last Hour of 1st and 3rd Grades

26 Jun

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Today is the last day of school and all of us coincidentally are in blue, similarly to the first day.  It’s hard for me to believe they will all be together in the ‘big school’ next year…my babies!

For the past couple of half days I’ve been racing around, running to Target, stocking up as if I were hurricane prepping.  My last hour this morning will be a continuation of the stockpiling because we all know what it’s like shopping with kids!

Good thing it’s my favorite season!

Do You Remember Field Day?

23 Jun

I attended field day at both kids schools over the past couple of weeks and the delight I observed was contagious!

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I was so thankful the twins were playing for the same team this year…grey!

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Field day really marks the beginning of the end of school, so there’s lots of joy around here.

We are saying farewell to 1st and 3rd grades!

 

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