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Table of Contents mom 2 mom 6 Creating a Good Napper 8 Legally Divorced: Tips for Mom 11 What the Bleep?!? 6 Typical Toddler Tricks that Trip us Up 12 Where the Wild Things Are— in South Jersey 13 7 Tips about TV Tipover Danger

moms R women 2 14 Not Your Grandma’s Yard Sale: Make a Few Bucks Without Leaving Your Couch!

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How It’s Related to Autism: The Sibling Dynamic If You Build It, They Will Come School Uniforms—The Great Debate How Do I Ensure My Family Eats Healthily? The Downturn’s Effect?

features 16 Colorful Springtime Crafts 18 Home Improvement Special Section 27 Summer Camp Guide

also in this issue 35 business spotlight: sports and more 37 things to do 38 recipe corner

Dear Readers, I n this photo here, you’ll see a blond tween-aged cheerleader. The girl happens to be my almost 12-year old daughter Emily who cheers for the South Jersey Storm Twisters. What you may not realize is that she also has autism, and her special needs cheerleading team is made up of wonderful kids of varying disabilities as well as an excellent coach and her bevy of buddies who do nothing but offer friendship and assistance to the kids. When I was directed by Emily’s tutor to the team, I breathed a sigh of relief. She had expressed an interest in dance, but we failed to find a class that accommodated her schedule or our location. It was depressing that an aspect of my childhood that I took for granted was not available to her. However, with this program, my super-feminine girl could be a cheerleader instead! In the beginning, I feared she couldn’t handle the physical aspects of cheerleading due to her coordination skills, and that her shyness would prevent her from breaking out of her shell and performing in front of people. From the start, I assumed the team would perform at local high schools with small crowds, but no, Emily’s first competition with the Twisters was at the Atlantic City Convention Center in front of thousands of people. When I witnessed her role as a flyer, being lifted above the cheerleaders’ heads, my heart nearly stopped, and then bursted with pride and love for this sweet girl and her amazing teammates who were poised and happy to show off to the crowd who cheered them on. As a few years passed, I’ve noticed a difference in her when she does perform. Along with her various therapies, her motor skills have improved as a result of her participation in cheerleading, and she tries her best to smile and lift her arms to the sky when she flies. If she’s around strangers, she may keep her head down, blush and mumble terse replies but in performing, she fights her fear. It’s been such an incredible experience for my daughter, and

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I’m forever thankful for it! Another thing that I’m thankful for is the little boy you also see. Although she would undoubtedly disagree, Emily is so lucky to have her younger brother John. She was unofficially diagnosed a month before he was born, and I marvel how I survived the summer afterward without cracking (too much). I guess a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. Anyway, back to John, having him really helped Emily out without us even realizing it. He’s her biggest detractor but also her biggest supporter; he gets right in her face and talks to her, making her mad but also making her laugh out loud; they play together and fight with each other like any other sister-and-brother team which always reminds me of my childhood best friend and her brother. And it’s all good! She’s learned how to interact with neurotypical peers through him; and he’s gained an understanding and familiarity with special needs children. I really wouldn’t be where I am, doing what I’m doing without them. Life would be boring. I love them so much… Want to learn more about the South Jersey Storm Twisters? Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ SJSTwisters. Also you can read http://jerseymomsblog.com/2010/12/ catching-the-cheering-spirit/ and http://www.abreezylife.com/2014/02/ cause-i-am-champion.html about the team! Your friend & fellow MOM, MB✲

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Creating a Good Napper By Dolores Hoffman

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he experts unanimously agree naps are an important part of a child’s good health as well as much needed downtime for parents. More importantly, naps help keep kids from becoming overtired which makes it harder for them to fall asleep at night. Most children take two naps until they are about 18 months old, and then don’t give up their last nap until they are 4 to 6 years old. Getting your little one to take a nap can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help make naptime stress-free. Start Out With a Routine Naptime usually revolves around feeding schedules. Some parents choose a half-hour after the first bottle or snack for the morning nap and the same after lunch for the afternoon nap. A nap-time schedule gradually evolves on its own by taking cues from your child. With infants, watch for signs like fussing and rubbing eyes but for toddlers and preschoolers, sticking to a naptime schedule can be more challenging. Separation anxiety is common for toddlers.They get a sense of security when we’re predictable and know what to expect -- that’s why maintaining your toddler’s routine and schedule is so important. Build Excitement, Not Punishment Just think -- no one can force you to sleep on demand. Don’t let naptime become a battle. If your child won’t sleep, insist on quiet time. Children don’t want to miss a moment of the action and may fight a nap. Try having your child sit quietly and snuggle. Reading and talking softly also helps as well as darkened shades and furry friends. If your child hasn’t fallen asleep within 45 minutes, quiet time is over and bedtime is earlier. Transitioning From Naptime No one is sadder to see naps disappear than mom and dad. Some signs that your child is ready to abandon the nap include: • Consistent behavior all day, even without a nap                          • Sleeping somewhere around 11 to 12 hours a night             • Your little one resists all attempts at naps Before abandoning naps entirely, consider making some adjustments first. Try introducing more quiet time if your child wakes from a nap earlier than usual. The average transitional period for ending naptime can last around six months, so taking cues from your child is important at this stage and it’s fine to give up naps completely if your toddler doesn’t need or want one. Sometimes, it’s difficult to get children to sleep when you want them to so remember, sleep is very personal and individual but with patience and a consistent schedule, you may be lucky enough to have a good napper.✲

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Legally Divorced: Tips for Mom By Samantha Gill

gives the example of how she “explores resolving cases without litigation when appropriate and prepares Settlement Agreements which become incorporated into uncontested divorce judgments.” She says, “These matters often conclude within approximately three weeks.” When asked what tips from a legal standpoint she could offer moms beginning the process of separation and/or divorce, Tina offered the following: • Obtain a consultation with a matrimonial attorney: to better educate oneself on the parameters of an appropriate agreement and analysis of the family circumstances. • Prepare for the consultation: gather pertinent financial information including three years of income tax returns, social security earnings history statements for each party, current paystubs, information regarding the value of the family assets and debts, and information regarding budgetary expenses involving shelter, transportation and personal needs. • If possible, prepare a parenting plan for the children: This is the most important issue to consider even prior to the consultation. Tina says, “The trend today is for joint legal custody which means that both parties have a right to full access for all medical and education records of the children and have a right to be involved in major decisions of health, education and welfare of the children. “ • Maintain a record as to the daily parenting plan and activity arrangements: This means log a record of what daily happenings such as who does what, when, etc., as the courts are often guided by the conduct of the parties in this regard. Tina says, “It is advisable that a parent of primary residence is established which is usually the person which whom the children principally reside and the person who has provided most of the daily needs of the children.” • Make a list of concerns and issues: All issues concerning the client should be discussed with the attorney at the time of a consultation. This way the attorney has a good picture of what’s exactly happening in the home. Most importantly, it’s important for the mom to trust and feel comfortable with the attorney she chooses. Attorneys should help take the ‘worry’ away as they guide you through this difficult time.✲

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What the Bleep?!?

6 Typical Toddler Tricks that Trip Us Up By Lisa Figueiredo

f you’re a mom, aunt, caregiver, grandparent or anyone that ever encounters a toddler or preschool-age child, chances are something they’ve done has left you speechless. And likely you’ve probably asked yourself, “Is this normal?”

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Drinking Bathwater. This is just another way your little one comes to discover the world around him. Experts say this won’t harm them because likely they’ll spit out the water if it tastes too soapy. Also it would take a lot of soap to harm them.

Nose Picking. While it may not be the most appealing sight, a nostril is a new part of your child’s body for them to explore. Toddlers act using the right side of their brain with curiosity and exploration. The nose is just another part of the body for them to discover. Encourage your child to explore perhaps with a tissue or in the bathroom.

Diaper Toys. Many a new mother has probably gasped in horror when their little one found a new toy in their diaper. While this behavior is -- let’s face it -- gross, it is in fact considered normal. It’s a new play thing! Experts say give your child other options for “getting dirty” like playing in the mud or finger-painting.

Taking Off Clothes. Chances are your child has pulled down their pants or even taken all their clothes off and ran around the house naked. According to psychologists on WebMD, this is normal and just another way our little ones act on impulse. In a two-year old’s mind, any attention is good attention.

Imaginary Friends. Chances are your child has discovered the world of make-believe. Their favorite duck or penguin may serve as their own baby.They may line them up in a row and read to them or demonstrate a diapering routine. This is your child’s way of expressing their creativity in a world that may seem confusing and/or difficult for them to understand.

Eating/Drinking Pet Food & Water. What child hasn’t tried to eat the dog’s food or drink from their water bottle? While the very idea is horrific, most dog food contains meat-based products. Likely, a child eating a piece of dog food won’t warrant an emergency room visit, but it may cause an upset tummy. Obviously, this is behavior we want to discourage in our children. And who hasn’t seen their child pick something up off the floor to eat that wasn’t necessarily edible? When it comes to this behavior, the frequency and duration would decide if it’s cause for concern.

While many of the habits of our children may elude us and others have us in awe and adoration, chances are it’s all a part of the road to discovering and exploring the mysteries of their new world.✲

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Where the Wild Things Are— in South Jersey By Angela De Groot

For a while there, it felt like winter was never going to end, but now that spring is here, head on outdoors to enjoy the sights and delights of nature at one of these locations!

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, with its pine and cedar groves, rustic footbridges, sassafras stand and holly trees, is a two-hour ramble through nature that the whole family can enjoy. The four self-guided trails offer a view of hundreds of species of wading and song birds. However, this sanctuary has more to offer than rich birdlife.While strolling along the Holly Path, visitors will feel as though they’ve slipped back to a time when the Lenni-Lenape Indians lived along these shores. Families can explore the maritime forest, salt-water marshes and ancient dune system while watching Great White Egrets and Great Blue Herons. Along the freshwater ponds, visitors can view roosting Glossy Ibis and Night Herons. The area is lively with river otters, turtles, toads and butterflies. Two of the trails are flat and accessible for all ages. Information boards and benches are located along the trails for walkers to sit and soak in the sights and sounds of nature. In the summer, the sanctuary offers free docent-led walks every Sunday morning. The vistas at this National Natural Landmark change seasonally, making it a year-round destination. www.stoneharborbirdsanctuary.com 112th St. & 2nd Ave., Stone Harbor (609) 368-7447 E-mail: forthebirds@stoneharbor.com Free Admission

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors year-round to their wildlife housing area to view American Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Screech Owls, foxes and other wildlife. Families can take guided tours of the wildlife refuge and enjoy a meet-andgreet with some of the raptors and reptiles in the hands-on exhibits. The wildlife refuge is located on 171 acres of woodland, boasting a variety of hiking trails through native pineland habitats. There’s a one-mile hike around Cedar Run Lake leading to the nature center.Visit their website for details on guided themed hikes and night hikes. They also host wildlife education programs, summer camps and birthday parties. www.cedarrun.org 4 Sawmill Road, Medford (856) 983-3329 Nature Center Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children

Cranberry Trail – Brendan Byrne State Forest, New Lisbon: This 3.7 mile trail located in Brendan Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest) is the perfect setting for a family stroll through aromatic pine forest and cedar swamps. The Cranberry Trail begins in the parking lot of the ranger station located on Route 72, one mile east from the Route 7072 traffic circle. Trail maps and rest rooms are available at the ranger station. The Cranberry Trail is a relatively flat, packed dirt trail, wellmarked with red blazes. For the last half mile, it links up with a short portion of the Batona trail (pink blazes), leading to Pakim Pond, an ideal spot for a picnic or barbeque. There’s plenty of open space for the children to explore, look for frogs and turtles or do a little fishing. Whether you want to spend an hour or an afternoon hiking, there’s a trail for you at Brendan Byrne State Forest. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/ parks/byrne.html Mile Marker 1 Highway Route 72 East Woodland Township Free Admission

These are just a few of the options available to enjoy the flora and fauna that South Jersey has to offer.You’ll find a wealth of information and options to choose from at www.conservewildlifenj.org and www.stateparks.com. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the outdoors, remember to pack insect repellent, sunscreen, water and snacks. Now get on out there! 12 | April 2014

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7 Tips about TV Tipover Danger

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very three weeks, a child is killed when a TV tips over, according to a report of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children, 5 years old or younger, are most at risk for injuries. TVs, appliances and top-heavy furniture can topple over if pulled or climbed on by a young child. Flat screen TV’s can tip over from entertainment centers or from tables with a pull of a child. Large and heavy older-style TVs can slide off of dressers or other high furniture, seriously injuring a young child. Yet all of these tragedies can be prevented with just a few precautions.

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A safety check should be done of all TVs in your home. TVs should be checked to make surethat they’re stable and secure. Flat screen TVs should be mounted to the wall. This will help reduce the risk of having them topple off of stands. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions, so you can ensure a safe and secure fit. Large and heavy older-style TVs should be placed on low and stable pieces of furniture. Top-heavy furniture should be secured to the wall with brackets, braces or wall straps. Install stops on dresser drawers, so drawers can’t be pulled all the way out. Multiple open drawers can cause the weight of a dresser to shift, making it easier for it to fall. Rearrange household items, so heavier items are placed on lower shelves or in lower drawers. Avoid placing food, toys, remotes or other items in places where kids may be tempted to climb on something just to reach them.✲

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othing beats the spoils of a full day of yard sale-ing. Slipping on a comfy pair of shoes and spending hours perusing the front lawn wares of eager sellers can yield some great, thrifty finds. However, spare time is often a hard-to-find commodity, and the hard work that a yard sale entails can be too much for a busy mom to take on. Thankfully, great yard sales can be as close as your laptop and a seat on the couch! All you need is the camera on your phone to snap a picture, a short description of your item and an idea of what price you want. Then pour a cup of coffee and log on! These sites can not only help you sell, but you can also indulge in some retail therapy! eBay: This is the original online yard sale and a great resource if you have some big-ticket or popular items and want to make as much money as possible. Remember that you’ll have to pack and ship your items which take some care and time. Also, ads are not free; there’s a nominal fee to place a listing on eBay, and there are limits on how many pictures and what wording you can use. This is also not a great way to sell very large items like furniture. On your side is the fact that you can do all of this without ever having to deal with your buyers face-to-face and that 14 | April 2014

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those big-ticket items can entice a bidding war, increasing your potential to make money. Craigslist: Easy to access and user-friendly, Craigslist can help you sell your items to a local audience. Craigslist is free to use, and there are no limits in regard to content, allowing you to use as many pictures as necessary. Listing items as “pick-up only” which will allow you to sell a large item, such as a couch, without having to pack it up and ship it yourself. Remember that Craigslist sales almost always deal with a face-to-face interaction with your buyer, so take every precaution to keep yourself safe. Facebook: The online yard sale is a growing trend on Facebook, and nearly every community has a Facebook group with eager residents buying and selling. Often these groups are spearheaded by women, and group administrators take great care to keep transactions within the group, making interactions as safe as possible. With the majority of potential buyers being local, the sale of anything -- from children’s clothing to furniture -- can be arranged simply. Just know that these women are here to haggle, so be flexible with pricing.✲ Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter


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Bringing the Outside Indoors

Making Patio Space an Extension of the Home When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world.Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season? Bring the rejuvenating, refreshing and calming effects of nature into your personal space with a few simple touches. The best place for incorporating these organic elements is the space closest to your patio or outdoor space. Let this area serve as a transitional space where the outside world connects with the comforts of your interior. Here are a few tips to make your outside world an extension of your home:

Choose Natural Materials For chairs, sofas, rugs, pillows and other décor, choose natural patterns, textures and fibers. Pair materials like hemp, rattan, bamboo, wicker and jute, with softer textures, such as cottons, velvet and velour for added dimension. Light Up the Room Nothing pleases the senses like natural light, so be sure to rid windows and doorways of heavy drapery and other barriers. Bring this beautiful resource inside by adding a retrofit folding patio door, such as the JELDWEN® W-4500, which uses floor-supported technology for a simpler fit into an existing door opening. Choose Natural Colors Pick chairs, sofas, coffee tables and buffet pieces that are white or ivo20 | March 2014

ry. These light colors will make the outdoor tints of greens, blues and browns pop. For the woodsy look, choose faux bois upholstery, a textile pattern that mimics the grain of wood. Spruce Up the View Add trees or other lush landscapes to serve as your focal point when you look outside. Attach window boxes and plant flowers and shrubbery in colors that complement your décor. Add trees or other lush landscapes to serve as your focal point when you look outside. Truly access your serene views with a wider expanse and with ease by adding a folding patio door, such as the JELD-WEN W-4500, which comes in a variety of different colors, finishes and is available in 2-, 3- or 4-panel configurations. For more information on JELD-WEN windows and doors, visit www. jeld-wen.com. Add Natural Elements to Décor The right decorative tchotchkes can evoke the serenity of nature within your space. For a rustic look, add dried flowers, pinecones, rocks, wood and straw. For a seaside touch, use sea shells, starfish and jars of sand for a coastal inspiration. If you lack space to scatter throughout the room, place these items in a large decorative bowl and use as a centerpiece. Frame It The best way to incorporate your favorite natural nuances is to photograph it. Do you have photographs from that trip to the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park? Display those beautiful memories and scenery. Dust off your favorite old photos and place them in neutral-toned frames to set throughout the space. (Family Features)

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he changing season evokes a sense of renewal, inside and out, making it the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate you and your surroundings. It’s time to let a little sunlight in and celebrate the warmer months ahead. From trying a bold, new hue with living room accents to taking a yoga class, there are numerous ways to reinvent yourself and your surroundings as you mentally prep for the season ahead — even if the weather is saying otherwise. Use your senses and embrace the unbridled joy that comes with the change of seasons — from the bright pops of color that enliven your home to the comfort­ing floral scents that enhance your mood. Use these simple tips to transition into this exciting and vibrant time of year.

Be sure to set aside time for the hobbies you love most.

Freshen up your home From the drapes that adorn your windows to the artwork that lines the walls — your home is a true reflection of your personality and style. As you break free from last season’s routine, be sure to update your space too. Store away old decor and make room for more upbeat, invigorated gear. Add vibrant pops of color and bright patterns with new accessories for a simple update that feels fresh. Wake up your senses Fragrance offers another easy way to invig­ or­ ate your routine. Choose fragrances that embody the rejuvenation and excitement of the season. The new Glade Limited Edition Spring Collection for example, is a refreshing assort­ment of five fragrances inspired by the uplift­ing feelings of the season, such as Lift Off and Let Loose. Make time for hobbies you love As the weather warms up, you will likely find yourself attending more get-togethers, out­door sporting events and other celebrations with friends and family. As schedules become increasingly hectic, be sure to set aside time for the hobbies you love most. Whether it’s

gardening, cooking or reading, scheduling time for the activities you enjoy will help ensure they happen. After all, making “me time” a priority can benefit your overall happiness in more ways than one. Try something new This is a time of new beginnings and what better way to start fresh than by trying some­thing new? Work a new hobby into your routine, such as yoga or painting. Or, attempt something you’ve always been afraid to try. The thrill of accom­plishing something you haven’t done or feared doing will leave you feeling empowered. Feel the breeze When the birds are chirping and the tulips are blooming, take advantage of the beautiful, mild weather. Incorporate more outdoor activities into your schedule and find ways to enjoy time outside each day. Some fun outdoor activities include biking to work, hosting a dinner party on your patio or plant­ing a garden. And while you’re at home, be sure open up those windows and welcome the lovely breeze inside. (Family Features)✲ For more fresh ideas to embrace the season, visit www.glade.com.

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know 2 grow

How It’s Related to Autism:

The Sibling Dynamic

By Brie Latini

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he relationship between siblings is one that’s always amaz­ ing and complex. Often your best friend, chief antagonist and closest ally, a brother or sister can influence your life like no other, but can a diagnosis of autism in one sibling threaten this bond? Carolyn Walsh and Denise Moncayo are raising younger children, and while the topic of autism has not yet been raised formally, they already notice its impact in the relationships between their children. Walsh of Pennsauken is the mother of Ethan, age 8, who’s diagnosed with autism, and Gavin, age 3. “They’ve always had a great relationship. Gavin adores Ethan and looks up to him, and they play very well together. Gavin’s first word was ‘Ethan!’” With her younger son typically developing, Carolyn worries about jealousy if Gavin’s skills one day surpass Ethan’s. “Ethan has made comments that he doesn’t want Gavin to learn -- I think sometimes he is jealous,” Carolyn notes. She wonders if, later, this will cause a change in the relationship dynamic, but, for now, the boys share a classic brotherly relationship. Moncayo of Toms River is raising twin 5-year old boys. Antonio has a diagnosis of autism while Lorenzo is neurotypical. “It is beyond tough,” Denise says. “Lorenzo couldn’t possibly be more typical; he just wants to go, go, go all the time. He loves amusement parks, zoos… all kid-friendly places. Antonio is non-verbal, quiet and shy and overstimulates easily.” She describes the “juggling act” of trying to find a balance in keeping the boys entertained and happy. “Antonio doesn’t have much interest in playing with Lorenzo which makes me very sad. Lorenzo is all about cars, trucks, Lego’s -- all the ‘normal’ toys. Antonio is, very often, in his own world.” However, despite Antonio’s autism-related distance, the boys share a deep bond. “They will hug each other and have these ‘moments’ that just warm my heart.” Anne Marie Latini of Oaklyn is the parent of 12-year old triplets Carl, Delia and Grace. Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 3. Too young to understand the meaning of their sisters’ diagnosis then, Ann and her husband formally addressed the subject when the trip­ lets were in second grade. “We talked in generalities about how people are different, etc. It was an ongoing discussion, and, as situations arose, we would go over it again.” Now pre-teens, the kids enjoy what Ann describes as a “typical sibling relationship.” Carl and Delia are protective of Grace, making sure that none of their peers are making fun of her at dances or parties, and even remind her of social cues if she is becoming too chatty or going off on a tangent (which sometimes annoys Grace as it would annoy any pre-teen who’s been corrected by a sibling!). A librarian with the Camden County Library system, Latini utilized books such as Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families (San­ dra Harris and Beth Glasberg) to help her facilitate conversations with the triplets. She also recommends providing your children with age-ap­ propriate books on the subject. Autism Speaks offers parents “A Siblings Guide to Autism,” advising parents of how to broach the subject with other children and address any questions or concerns they may have. The guide encourages conversations that can “create an opportunity for sib­ lings to focus on their feelings, reactions to their sibling’s diagnosis and get information about autism.” You can find the guide at AutismSpeaks.com.✲

Ethan and Gavin Walsh

Lorenzo and Antonio Moncayo

Brie Latini lives in South Jersey with her husband and young son PJ. She writes about her life as a wife, mother, sister and friend at her blog http://www.abreezylife.com The Latini Family 22 | April 2014

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If You Build It,

They Will Come By Angela De Groot SUPPLIES: • Orange Juice or Milk Carton • Outdoor Acrylic Project Paint • Scissors/Project Knife • Project Glue

• Twine • Popsicle Sticks • Short Pencil

STEPS: • Rinse the carton and allow it to dry. • In the front, carefully cut out a circle for the opening using a project knife or scissors. • Form a perch by pushing a short pencil into the carton an inch below the opening. • Punch holes in the top and thread twine through the holes, then knot the ends. • Glue Popsicle sticks to the top to make a roof. • Using acrylic paints, decorate the carton. • Hang the birdhouse in your garden. There you go! You now have a beautiful home for a lucky pair of chickadees.

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School Uniforms–

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n February 1996 former President Clinton said, “If it means that the schoolrooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside instead of what they’re wearing on the outside, than our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms.” The topic of uniforms in public schools is subject to lively debate not only between students but also among parents and school administrators. According to those in favor of uniforms in public schools, uniforms promote school pride and unity, improve self-esteem, foster a more studious environment, improve attendance and enhance safety. In addition, uniforms: • eradicate peer pressure to wear trendy clothing (no fashion police!) • prevent the display of gang affiliations • make it easier to identify intruders on school grounds • bridge socioeconomic differences • put an end to apparel displaying vulgar and offensive slogans as well as immodest and inappropriate wardrobe choices • encourage students to realize that a person’s unique traits go deeper than the brands they’re wearing • allow students to express themselves in ways other than those motivated by the media machine • provide a safe, less judgmental arena in which children can learn Those opposed to uniforms contend that schools should have an environment where diversity is celebrated and that uniforms impart the message that conformity is the only way to prevent conflict. Furthermore, that uniforms: • limit a student’s freedom of speech and expression • don’t prevent the formation of cliques or gangs • are an unnecessary expense and can be a financial burden

By Angela De Groot

• may lead to compromised body image and low self-esteem because uniforms don’t suit all body types • force parents to spend more on clothing as students still need “play clothes” for after school and weekends Michelle Donahue who attended a parochial elementary school liked that with uniforms, “it was really easy in the morning because I didn’t need to decide what pair of shoes or hair accessories. It was already decided.” When asked about bullying, Michelle says, “You’re not going to knock the clothes that someone else is wearing since you’re wearing the same thing!” However, Michelle did notice that on “dress-down days” when students could wear regular clothes to school instead of their uniform, “If you were not wearing the clothes that were “in”, kids looked down on you.” Her mother Christine Donahue agrees, “I witnessed significant cattiness when our kids had dress-down days. Bullying happened!” Michelle now attends public school and loves the freedom of picking accessories and clothes that express her thoughts, opinions and feelings. “I can be creative with my outfits and be myself and comfortable in what I wear.” Debbie Powers, a mother from Cherry Hill whose son attended private school and loved wearing a uniform but whose daughters attend public school without uniforms, “really liked the idea of a uniform, especially in middle school. I thought it might level the playing field a bit.” On the other hand, “I think being part of a public high school allows you to experience a lot of different things including the differences in dress.” While the question of what children should wear to school rouses strong feelings on both sides, the real question may be whether uniforms make schools better.✲

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How Do I Ensure My Family Eats Healthily?

The Downturn’s Effect By Erin Flynn Jay

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he economic downturn has forced many working mothers to cut back on critical food pur­ chases for their families. One in six peo­ ple in America is going to bed hungry, and one in five families live at or below the poverty line. While food prices are rising, wages are clearly not. In March 2011, CNN Money reported that food prices in the US are rising once again, due to growing demand and tight sup­ Erin Flynn Jay plies of wheat, corn, and other key com­ modities. American consumers are seeing higher grocery bills when gas prices are at an all-time high. According to the US government’s Con­ sumer Price Index, food prices in January 2011 rose 1.8 percent from the prior year, marking the fastest pace since 2009. Healthy eating on the cheap, believe it or not, is pos­ sible, according to Jaime Bakoss, CHHC, AADP, certified nutri­ tion counselor and owner of Harmony Holistic Nutrition in Atlanta. ‘When I’m giving health-food-store tours, one of my favorite sections to intro­ duce my clients to is the bulk aisle – most people avoid it because they don’t know what to do with food that doesn’t come in boxes, bags, and other packaging, but this aisle is the land of real savings!’ Bakoss said. ‘For instance, at Whole Foods, you can buy two cups of brown rice (equals eight servings) or two cups of protein-rich quinoa (equals eight servings) for a few dollars. These nutrient-dense grains make fantastic side dishes and are loaded with vitamins and minerals.’ Dried beans are also inexpensive, and a great source of protein and dietary fiber. ‘You can buy a couple cups of chickpeas for a few bucks and make your own hummus, or add them to salads and stir-fries for an extra nutritional boost. I also teach my clients how to make more snacks for themselves and their kids – it’s a great way to eliminate the preservatives, artificial colors, and overly processed ingredients in many popular snack foods, plus it’s a big money-saver,’ Bakoss told me. ‘In the bulk aisle, you can pick up oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and coconut flakes for home­ made granola, breakfast bars, trail mixes, nut butters, raw truffles, and lots of other treats.’ ‘The produce aisle is obviously the most important section – spend most of your time there,’ Bakoss said. ‘Look for seasonal, local produce – that’s usually the least expensive and the most nutritious and envi­ 26 | April 2014

ronmentally friendly since it had to travel the least amount of miles to reach the store. Many people (I know because I used to be one of them!) spend too much money on superfoods and supplements boasting mega antioxidants and vitamins,’ she continued. ‘Forget these pricey and ex­ pertly marketed products, and buy some kale, collards, watercress, cab­ bage, root veggies, mushrooms, squashes, berries, apples, peaches, berries – whatever is in season! Feel good knowing that your body is getting the nourishment it needs for that particular time of year.’ Excerpt from Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids In Uncertain Times (Business Books, 2012) by Erin Flynn Jay. Erin is a writer and publicity expert who develops and implements public relations and branding campaigns for small to mid-sized companies in all types of industries. Erin has expertise in successfully obtaining media placements for experts and authors. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.Visit www.flynnmedia.com and http://erinflynnjay.com for more information.

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Should Your Child Go to Camp with a Friend?

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hen choosing a summer camp, many parents contemplate whether or not they should send their child to camp with a friend. While going to camp with a friend works for many campers, it doesn’t always work for others. Parents should keep the following in mind when weighing the decision. As parents search for a camp for their child, their friends and family may have children that go to a particular camp and will be eager to share information with you. This can be a great place to start and gather information; however, the American Camp Association (ACA), NY and NJ, doesn’t encourage parents to simply choose a camp based on where their child’s friends or cousins go. Parents should do their own research. While a friend’s camp may be a great fit for that family, it may not be for yours. Unless your child is similar to theirs with comparable needs and interests, and you both have the same values, you may find that the camp they find ideal for their child, might not be the right fit for yours. Parents want to make sure the camp’s philosophy compliments their own parenting style. While some parents are looking for a camp that develops selfesteem through team sports and healthy rivalry, others may be looking for cooperative learning and noncompetitive activities. Worried your child won’t make friends at Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

By Jess Michaels camp if he/she doesn’t go with a friend? Don’t be! Camp is a community where children bond quickly by sharing in the activities and traditions of the camp. Research by the ACA has found that 96% of campers say that camp helped them make new friends, and 69% of parents say their child remains in contact with friends made at camp. Parents should keep in mind that even before camp begins, many camps host a precamp day event for first-time campers. This is a good way for children to meet other children going to the camp for the first time. This can relieve any worry they may have about going to camp by themselves. If a camp doesn’t offer this type of event, your child will still make friends easily starting from the bus ride to camp. At camp, your child will quickly meet new bunk mates and children in their division and soon you’ll be receiving letters about all the great new friends they’ve met. Going to camp is a growth experience for children. For children who go without a friend, it lets them know that they can meet new friends and be independent Camp is a place where children can reinvent themselves. Your child has gone to school with the same children for years and may be thought of at home as the athletic child or the shy child. At camp, your child can be whoever they would like to be. It’s harder

to do that when your child is at camp with a friend from home. Your child can have their camp life and home life. When you send your child to camp with a friend, your child will feel they have that friend to count on and might not be as outgoing in making new friends. One of the friends may also get closer to another camper, and the child he/she came with could feel left out. You also might run the risk of the children not being as close when they return home after the summer. If your child wants to go to camp with a friend or you would feel more comfortable sending your child with someone, have a conversation with the camp director and let him/her know that these children are friends from home. Parents should consider putting the friends in separate bunks, and many camp directors will want to separate them as well. Keep in mind if you do decide to send your child to a camp that your child’s friend has gone to for a year or more before your child goes, the friend may already have other camp friends, and your child may feel like he/ she isn’t part of that group of friends. Whether a child goes to camp with a friend or goes alone, camp is a wonderful way for him/her to form new, long-lasting friendships and to become part of a caring community.✲ April 2014 | 27


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Rastelli’s Sports & More

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Summer Camp 2014 A True Family Experience

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You’re invited to the South Jersey Mom Magazine BUS TRIP to American Girl Place in New York City! Spend an extra special day with your daughter that you’ll never forget!! Right in the heart of the Big Apple’s most prestigious shopping opportunities is the American Girl Place New York. As you will see, it’s much more than a store…it’s a magical experience and memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Rastelli’s Sports & More wants you to become a part of our family! We have camps for children ages 21/2-14. • Over 56 Different Summer Activities • In-ground Outdoor Pool • Sport-Specific Camps • Special Needs Camp – New in 2014! • Weekly Cheerleading Camp • Before and After Care Available • Sibling Discounts • Lunch Provided

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2014-2015 Tiny Teams Registration May 12th and May 13th at 6:45 p.m. Only need to attend 1 day of placements To learn more about South Jersey Storm, visit www.sjstormallstars.com or contact us at 856-401-8111. Don’t forget to check out our cheerleading camps coming up this summer! 1855 Hurffville Road · Sewell, NJ 08080 · stormathletics@aol.com Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter


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By M.B. Sanok

hen searching for your children’s summer camp, you want them to be entertained but also educat­ ed, learning new skills and reinforcing old ones. You want them to feel comfortable, safe and part of a friendly community. Check out Rastel­ li’s Sports and More (SAM) in Sewell “where Fun, Fitness and Team Spirit come to life.” Run by the Rastelli family, they strive to create a family community while building your child’s confidence and competence through their camps and activities that incorporate sports, culture, nature and fun. With something for everyone in their camp programs and 56 different activities, you’ll find the right fit for your child who’ll be eagerly anticipating each exciting SAM camp session. Camp SAM offers a traditional, sports-oriented camp experience for boys and girls, ages 5-14, where kids will learn different sports basics through clinics and play. Weekly sports camps (soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball) are also avail­ able for those who want to focus on one sport. But what if your daughter, ages 5-14, is “so over” sports and really wants to embrace being a girl? Sign up for Camp GLAM, where she can enjoy fashion, arts and crafts, dancing, etc., and have fun her way, no sweat. At SAM Playcare, don’t leave out the little ones (ages 2 1/2 to 4) -- bring them to camp with their older siblings, at the same place, offering free play and the same, fun activities, modified for their age group. Ever hear of South Jersey Storm cheerleading? Your children, ages 5-14, can enroll in Camp Spirit and join in the fun of cheer, dance and tumbling with their superb cheer coaches. New for this summer is their special needs camp, Camp SHINE, where special needs children can show off their skills and learn much more with experienced, caring staff. Sales and Marketing Director Michael Bress states that the camps cover “all abilities – you don’t have to be the best; you just have to have fun…start out [small] and…see how far kids can go.” Along with three field trips, every Thursday is Theme Day which both staff and campers highly anticipate. Themes include Survivor fea­ turing their popular Jell-O War; Carnival featuring fair fun; Ghosts and Ghouls featuring Halloween costumes and Trunk-n-Treat; Maui Waui, a luau for campers and their families; and Talent Explosion where campers show off their talents. Activities include: pool, 56’ Dual Lane Tropical Water Slide and Slip-n-Slide, nature trail, rock climbing wall, low ropes course, Amazing Jumping Pillow, Defender Dome Bouncer, Tumble Times Gym, GAGA court, indoor/outdoor basketball, sand volleyball, soccer, tetherball, archery, arts and crafts, fashion, scrapbooking, dance and cheer, music and drama, photography, drawing, and the list goes on!

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The Summer Camp Search is Over --

Don’t break the “happy camper” momen­ tum yet. Since they’re open year-round, participate in the many activities they offer including Tumble Times, Little­ Kicks Soccer (new!) MusicTogeth­ er, swimming lessons (summer only), South Jersey Storm cheerleading, sports leagues and pro­ grams, and training on multiple levels. Celebrate birthdays in SAM style with several options for stress-free plan­ ning and preparation. They also host seasonal family events like Trunk-nTreat, Breakfast with Santa and an Eas­ ter Egg Hunt. Beyond their amazing programs, they maintain their high standards with staff they consider family. Owner Tara Carr says, “Our staff is valuable, trained, experienced with children…because they are from schools and child-based businesses… [and have] the same goals as SAM.” They come from all across the country and treat the job as a career. Their staff includes former 76er Tim Perry who entertains the kids with his slam dunks. With the rise of social media, the SAM staff is able to keep parents abreast of all their campers’ antics. They commu­ nicate with parents via e-mail, a weekly news­ letter and post camp pictures on social me­ dia and their website to keep them in the loop. SAM’s flexible camp schedule allows you to choose how many and which weeks or days to send your kids to camp.Three- or five-day camps are available and run all summer long with before and after care as need­ ed. For SAM Playcare, half- and full-day programs exist. So why select Sports and More for your camper? They offer lower prices than other area camps, find out what kids and parents want in a quality day camp and keep families involved as much as possible. “We motivate the kids to be good people,” says Tara. “It’s all about helping kids to develop into confident adults.” For more information, please contact Sports and More at (856) 4018111 or www.sportsandmorefun.com. Camp Open Houses held from 12-3pm on Sundays – April 13, May 18 and June 14.✲

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To submit your event, send an e-mail to michelle@superiorgx.com. Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited.

CAMDEN COUNTY Loss and Life Transition Program April 10 thru June 5, 2014 (skip May 22) Thursdays, 6:45-8:45pm Space Courtesy of The Starting Point, 215 Highland Ave., Haddon Township If you’re 1-5 years past a “forever change” due to divorce, death of a loved one, illness, job loss, etc., this innovative small group, 8-week program is for YOU. Combines the healing of therapy and self-empowerment of life coaching, helping you get unstuck and emotionally transition toward the next chapter of your life. The Afterwards Program is the critical link after being supported through therapy and support groups to actually gaining the ability to flourish. $375 Pre-registration required. Contact: Sharon (856) 270-2308, Pat (856) 905-9343, www.afterwardsprogram.com Girl Power Series for Tweens Saturday, April 12 12:30-5pm Monthly Enrichment Workshops hosted by Yoga for Living, Inc., and Advanced Wellness Solutions, LLC, for preteens aged 10-13. Promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, nutrition, movement, art, relaxation, life skills, fun and more positive friends! Summer Camps! Cost $49. To register, www. advanced-wellness-solutions. com “Upcoming Events” or (609) 320-6339. 5th Annual Pins 4 Pride Fundraiser Saturday, April 12 5 and 9 pm Pinsetters Bowling Alley The non-profit Pride Ventures, Inc., & Pride Paws will hold its Fifth Annual Fundraiser to support job training for young adults with developmental disabilities.

7111 Maple Ave., Merchantville. This event raises a significant percentage of the funds needed year-round to run Pride Paws, a special needs employment training, pet accessory store at 26 South Main St. in Medford. Tickets are a $50 donation for 3-4 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, appetizers, dinner buffet, 2 drink tickets (beer, wine, soft drinks) and dessert. Organizers are seeking attendees as well as sponsors, vendors and auction item donors. For more information, contact Sarah Moretti at sarah6autumn@yahoo.com, call (908) 377-2485 or visit www.prideventuresinc.org.

The Promise Walk supports the Preeclampsia Foundation’s mission to reduce infant and maternal illness and death due to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Face painting, bounce house, balloon characters, raffle and silent auction, strollerfriendly 3-mile walk. Payment required. $20 advance registration; $25 at event; children under 13 $10 each. Register online www.promisewalk. org/philadelphia . Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/promisewalkforpreeclampsiaphiladelphia . Contact Sarah Hughes, philadelphia@ preeclampsia.org .

Camden Children’s Garden and Camden City Garden Club Brunch with Bunny is Open for Registration! Saturday, April 19 3 Riverside Dr., Camden (856) 365-8733 There’s limited space available with just 2 seatings on Saturday, April 19. 10-11:30am or 12:30-2pm. Registration is required. Call (856) 365-8733 or e-mail education@ camdenchildrensgarden.org for more information.

Explore the Magical World of Theatre at the Summer Stage Open House/Performance Preview Tuesday, April 29 6:30pm Camden County College If your child enjoys acting, singing, dancing, building or making films, mark your calendar for South Jersey’s original Summer Stage Open House and Performance Preview. Dennis Flyer Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Camden County College, 200 College Dr., Blackwood. For more information about Summer Stage, please call (855) 936-2467, ext. 6 or visit www.mainstage.org.

March for Babies Sunday, April 27, 10am Virtua Hospital Registration starts at 9am. Virtua Hospital, 100 Bowman Dr., Voorhees For more information: (856) 874-9050 South Jersey’s 2nd Annual Bark Now for Autism Speaks Sunday, April 27 at 9am-12pm North Park Dr., Pennsauken Register online/early and save money off the registration fee. www.barknow.autismspeaks. org/snj Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Saturday, May 3 Registration opens at 8:30am Challenge Grove Park, Cherry Hill

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Girl Power Camps Teens: Tuesday, July 22-Friday, July 25 Tweens: Tuesday, August 19-Friday, August 22 8:30am–4pm. Register today! (856) 404-7287 or www.Yogaforliving.net.

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Registration Time starts at 9am. Ocean City Boardwalk, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk (The Music Pier) Ocean City. For more information: (856) 874-9050.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY Journey Of Youth (JOY) Women Series Friday, April 11 Little Red Schoolhouse Mickleton 10:30am-noon. Yoga, Tea, Health Knowledge, Vendors. Nancy’s Exercise Classes, LLC, and Advanced Wellness Solutions, LLC, inspire guests to stretch the body & expand the mind! Cost $15. Portion of registrations donated to charity! To register, www. advanced-wellness-solutions. com “Upcoming Events” or (609) 320-6339. March for Babies Sunday, April 27, 9am Rowan University Registration begins at 8am. Rowan University, Carpenter St. & Joseph Bowe Blvd., Glassboro.For more information: (856) 874-9050. Journey Of Youth (JOY) Women Series Monday, April 28 Little Red Schoolhouse Mickleton 6:30-8pm. Yoga, Wine, Health Knowledge, Vendors. Nancy’s Exercise Classes, LLC, and Advanced Wellness Solutions, LLC, inspire guests to stretch the body & expand the mind. Cost $15. Portion registrations donated to charity! To register, www. advanced-wellness-solutions.com “Upcoming Events” or (609) 320-6339.

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recipe corner

Here Comes the Sun and a

Springtime Menu By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

The air’s filled with the sound of twittering, chirping birds; the ground’s producing beautiful, sun-kissed daffodils, and the temperature’s on the rise! These are just a few sure signs that spring has truly arrived, and, with it, comes the de­ sire to put aside the Heavier, comfort foods most people enjoy during the cold winter months and replace them with lighter, springtime meals. Here are three recipes that are filling yet not too heavy -- perfect for a springtime menu!

Almond Coated Chicken • 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins • 2 cups almond flour • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder • 1/2 tsp. onion powder • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 3 eggs, beaten • Extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400º. In a bowl, toss florets with olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet greased with nonstick cooking spray. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roast 25-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick ol­ ive oil cooking spray, set aside. In a bowl, add the almond flour, parmesan cheese and seasonings, set aside. Dredge the chicken tenderloins into the beaten eggs, then into the almond flour mixture until well coated on both sides. Place the tenderloins in one layer onto the prepared baking pan. Drizzle the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil and place pan into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven, flip chicken over and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until clear juices flow when the chicken’s pierced. Serve.

Greek Quinoa Salad • 3 cups cold water • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked • 1/4 cup apple cider or balsamic vinegar • Juice from one lemon • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated • 3-4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped • 1 small onion, diced or sliced small • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Breadcrumbs • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets • 3–4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese • Garlic powder, to taste • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan, cook the quinoa in water for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk to­ gether vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, set aside. In a large bowl, gently toss the quinoa together with the olives, parsley, onion, tomatoes and cucumbers. Pour the olive oil mixture over the quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste and gently toss in the feta cheese. As always, Bon Appetit!

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love,Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog http:// lisaanndinunzio.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001935347501

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