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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hope and Help This Holiday Season

Note: This was originally posted last year. It has since been updated with more resources. 

There is something about this time of year. Whether it is the twinkling lights, the freshly fallen snow, or the silence that comes with it, or the beautiful decorations and lovely trees that are aglow in everyone's windows, it never fails to put a smile on my face when I see them. They make me happy, like they would most people.

But we have to talk about the other side of the coin as well...S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Nevermind I want to punch the person who came up with that acronym, however, that is another time and another place, but, this is the time of year that it kicks up full force. It gets darker sooner, it's freezing out, so our Vitamin D plummets, which doesn't help, there are many factors involved.

Many people don't want to talk about S.A.D. It comes back down to that stigma again, about mental illness. Did you know that more than three million people have Seasonal Affective Disorder? Sure, it isn't a long-term illness, and for most, can resolve itself within a few months when spring arrives. But for others, it can blow up into full blown depression. I know, I've had it happen to me.

 All these thoughts I've had, it's not worth it, you're not a good mom, anyway, you're a bad wife, too. A shitty daughter and sister, a burden to all around you. I've had them all. They are not fun, and it is not a good place to be in.

It took me a long time to actually step out of the shadows and talk to someone about my S.A.D. First, my family. Then, my psychiatrist. There is no shame in seeking help. I REPEAT, THERE IS NO SHAME IN SEEKING HELP. I know a lot of it is stigma related, and I keep saying that, because there is a problem with it. So many people are afraid of what people think. They don't know you, not like you know you.

So if you think you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, please, please talk to someone, anyone. I'm leaving a bunch of resources at the bottom of this post so you can check them out. Some are therapy websites, others are informational. There is hope and there is help. The holiday season doesn't have to be a time of sadness. Please seek help.

Have a beautiful holiday everyone. 

Have a beautiful holiday, everyone. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tackling Kid's Cancer This December

All we want for our children in this world is to be happy and healthy and to live long and full lives filled with happiness and joy. Sadly, though, this isn't the case for many families who have to face childhood cancer. Did you know that only 4% of government funding for cancer goes to pediatric cancer? With pediatric cancer being the number one cause of death by disease in children in the United States, we need to do more. Tackle Kids Cancer is a worthy cause deserving of our attention.

My child, Syrus, goes to elementary school. He is currently in the second grade. My husband and I thank goodness every day that he is healthy.

But a student in his school, a fourth grader is currently battling cancer. The school is taking all kinds of measures to make sure that this lovely girl doesn't miss out on too much going on at school via all different kinds of technology, where she can still be "in the classroom," while she is undergoing treatment. They have also instituted "Go Gold For Gabby" Fridays, where everyone is encouraged to wear gold for childhood cancer awareness.

No parent wants to face a cancer diagnosis. But Tackle Kids Cancer is committed to funding childhood cancer research and patient care programs that are innovative and helping to finding a cure to end pediatric cancer. So far they have raised over $5 million dollars from over 7,000 supporters.

These children that are battling such an awful disease are some of the strongest people on the planet. They have personalities that shine bright, and are positive through and through. Take for example the story of Matthew, who is committed to "Kicking Cancers Butt!";  

"I’m so excited, like super-duper excited, like blow my mind up. People should totally give money to help kick cancer’s butt."

You can become one of those supporters that helps kick cancers butt. This season, it is so easy for us to not only give thanks for the healthy children in our lives, but to give hope to those in need.  Donate to Tackle Kids Cancer. It is the season of giving, after all. Anything and everything that we can give is appreciated and put to good use.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Can you believe that it is that special time of year again? Bell ringers around every corner, holiday music blaring throughout the department stores, it's the holiday season all over again! This year sure went by fast enough, didn't it? As moms and dads, it can feel like you're going crazy trying to find this, that and something for your great aunt Gertrude. Let's add some levity to the season and let me walk you through what it's like during the holiday season!

We Plan Out Everything Meticulously

We Have To Get The Tree!

Don't Forget To Grab The Wrapping Paper! 

And The TAPE! We Can't Forget The Tape!

The Kids Are Getting Excited For Santa

Soon It's Time To Shop!

Everything Seems To Be Going According To Plan

Then, It's Time To Wrap The Presents

And The Wrapping Chaos Begins...

We Have To Stuff Stockings...

And Be Jolly

But At The End Of The Season We're Like

But It's All Worth It On That Special Morning

So here's wishing you and yours a happy, holly, jolly holiday season from Corter Moon!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quick Ways to Uplift Your Home’s Curb Appeal

What is it that turns our heads to see one house and ignore the other one? Curb Appeal! Did you ever feel like going inside a home because it made an incredible first impression on you? That was certainly because of that house's curb appeal. This appeal begins with the color of a front door and goes all the way to a walkway, garden, and plants incorporated in the landscape.

Outdoor Fountains Add Curb Appeal

Outdoor fountains are long regarded as a major contribution to elegance and prosperity. Outdoor fountains add curb appeal and make even a simple space eye-catching. Whether someone visits your house just for the sake of visiting or as a potential buyer, a fountain will grab their attention. It not only adds curb appeal but also increases the worth of your property. You may not realize but the type of fountain you choose can actually improve, balance out, or totally transform the look of a home and the yard altogether. Fountains come in various styles, making the inside and out of your home aesthetic.

Features of Water Fountains Contribute to the Curb Appeal

Fountains are now becoming a popular choice for people from all walks of life because of the diverse designs available. There are outdoor water fountains that can be merged within front or backyard to form fascinating looks. If a house carries traditional looks, a stone fountain will look majestic and natural while a metal fountain will look contemporary and avant-garde to such a place. Other important factors while choosing a design are colors and reflectivity that carry their own specific influences on the entire look of the house.
During summers, water fountains turn out to be a lot more than just a curb appeal contributor. They refresh the surrounding environment and create coolness in the air. A water fountain energizes one’s mind in the same way a water spray energizes one’s body. An Asian-inspired fountain can influence any garden to look as though it was created in the Orient. A stone or concrete fountain can instantly bring out the greatness of the Victorian Time gardens. Integrated with perceptive landscaping, a fountain can turn out to be much more than just a water feature.

Lit Your Home

A well-lighted outdoor area can surely enhance your home’s curb appeal. Heedfully put lighting can highlight a yard’s wonderful features and also promote an embracing feeling into the evening time hours. You can beautify your water fountains with the right use of lighting and add more curb appeal to your home. Fountains lit well at night in the front yard can make your home stand apart. Fine soft lighting will create a mystical effect and may have the same impact as Christmas lights, urging walkers to cease and have a look at the diligent landscaping. Another approach to adding a reason of interest to your yard near a water fountain is to include lawn embellishments, for example, statuary, bird baths, etc.

We say, let your home be an inspiration for the passersby and your neighborhood by creating appealing curb appeal. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

3 Ways Honey Maid S'mores Is ROCKIN'

If you haven't heard yet, Honey Maid has come out with a delicious new cereal, Honey Maid S'mores cereal, which sounds like heaven, does it not? I mean, come on, a delicious bowl of tasty s'mores anytime you want them? Um, yes, please! Here are three ways that you can rock Honey Maid S'mores cereal! You can find it at your local Shoprite Store!

1. Party Mix

Who wouldn't love to have a bowl of this delicious cereal at a party? It makes a great mix for a party! Everyone will be crowding around this bowl of yummyness for sure! Why? Because everybody loves s'mores! It's s'mores without the campfire, convenient and fun!

2. On The Go Snack

We all get busy, and we all have things to do, we have to get the kids here or there, or we don't have time at work to grab a snack, well, fret no more. Honey Maid S'mores cereal makes the perfect on-the-go snack! Plus, it can make a great refueling snack right before a big game or practice!

3. Cereal!

Of course, there is of course eating it just as a cereal! Who wouldn't want to try s'mores for breakfast? How delish does that sound? A big ol' bowl full of s'mores! That's why you have to try Honey Maid S'mores cereal for yourself!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

To My Second Grader

To my dearest little one, 

You're not so little anymore! In just a mere few days you will embark on your journey into second grade! I for one, cannot believe it! How fast you have grown how big you are getting, how large your vocabulary is, it's amazing to think that one day you'll be a man, and to say that your father and I raised you will be the greatest honor. 

I've watched you go from learning to roll over and lift yourself up off of a pillow, to crawling around the house. From tummy time to tickle times. From ABC's to 123's, to learning to read and write. There are so many milestones that you have hit, and so many more to come, I'm certain. 

You are the sweetest little boy that I know, bringing people tissues when they cry, giving out hugs and kisses all the time, and telling us we're "the best parents ever," warms my heart every time that I hear you say it. To say that time has flew is an understatement. You're seven now, and growing more and more each day. 

You're going to love second grade! I know I did. We got to do so much, and it was so much fun. You get to learn so much more, read so much more, enjoy so much more! I know that you are going to have a blast at school. But that doesn't mean I won't miss you. Having you home over the summer has been a blast for me, too. Even if I was battling depression, you were always right there, my little love, making sure I was okay. 

I love you more than you know, little guy, and I hope you have a blast this year in school. 

Love Always,


Friday, August 25, 2017

Why We Chose Cord Blood Banking

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When I first found out that I was pregnant, I experienced a multitude of emotions. I was scared, anxious, excited and freaked out all at the same time. The minute I saw the little "yes" on the digital pregnancy test, I knew that my life was going to change forever. There were so many things to think about! Nurseries, will it be a boy or will it be a girl? There was so much to think about!

In mid-April of 2010, we got to find out that we were having a little boy, whom we would eventually bestow the moniker of Syrus Voltaire upon. But past that, we had questions about certain things. As new parents, we were thinking about various other things. They were things that we didn't want to think about, but we had to think about, even though our child had not even been born yet.

Like, what if our child became ill? What would happen then? How would we deal with a situation such as that? Enter our search for answers, and that is how we found out about cord blood banking. But we still weren't sure if it was for us. It took a lot of thinking and talking about it to actually do it. Even though it may seem like an easy decision to make, it can be hard, and can hit hard, financially. 

We eventually looked through various companies that provided cord blood banking services. Ultimately, we went with CBR, Cord Blood Registry. We were pleased with the customer service they provided to us, how they walked us through the process over the phone, it was wonderful. As far as the financial aspect, we were given a credit line to pay for the process and collection fees. We were over the moon excited that we got to be a part of this process. 

The whole collection process is quick and easy, too. Your doctor performs the whole thing, you just have to sit back and relax (well, as well as you can right after giving birth)! The kit looks a lot like this: 

We chose cord blood banking for our child because it is the ultimate birthday gift that we could give him, the gift of life. Should anything ever come up, health wise for our son, he is covered with the stem cells that were collected at his birth. Plus, it can also be used on any member of our family, should something arise. But, I digress. The ultimate thing it gave us was peace of mind, knowing that our son is covered. All we pay nowadays is a modest fee of $150 for storage. It's totally worth it for knowing that we have that peace of mind.