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When school starts back after Labor Day, there will be several moments for me to take in — my oldest will finish middle school and my youngest will start Kindergarten.

My bookends have no idea how emotional that first day will be for me. All they can think about right now about going back to school is seeing their friends again and meeting their new teachers.

And wearing new clothes as they walk through the hallways.

True Religion #TrueStyle

In 2002, True Religion was created. 14 years later, the brand “designed by the Fearless, for the Fearless” can be found in Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. And this school year, they’ll be found on my 13 year old daughter and five year old son.

TrueReligionOutfit

My five year old loves his True Religion True Buddha tee and Fashion Geno style jeans. They are perfect for how active he is. And how much he will get into during the school year.

truereligionbuddha

TrueReligionBuddhaFront

TrueReligionBuddhaTeeandJeans

My daughter instantly remarked how the words on her True Religion raglan tee were on the back instead of the front like her brother’s tee.  Something to set them apart on school days. No one really likes to be “matchy, matchy” with their younger siblings.

True Religion Raglan Back #TrueStyle

truereligionraglan

And she told everyone within earshot about how soft her Casey super skinny midnight single end classic jeans were. They were the perfect shade of blue for her. And the length was great for her height. Too often we have trouble finding jeans that work for her.

Heading back to school in September will be a tad bit easier for me knowing these two are wearing quality clothing that fits their style and personality.

truereligionkids

Thanks True Religion!

When school starts back after Labor Day, there will be several moments for me to take in — my oldest will finish middle school and my youngest will start Kindergarten.

My bookends have no idea how emotional that first day will be for me. All they can think about right now about going back to school is seeing their friends again and meeting their new teachers.

And wearing new clothes as they walk through the hallways.

True Religion #TrueStyle

In 2002, True Religion was created. 14 years later, the brand “designed by the Fearless, for the Fearless” can be found in Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. And this school year, they’ll be found on my 13 year old daughter and five year old son.

TrueReligionOutfit

My five year old loves his True Religion True Buddha tee and Fashion Geno style jeans. They are perfect for how active he is. And how much he will get into during the school year.

truereligionbuddha

TrueReligionBuddhaFront

TrueReligionBuddhaTeeandJeans

My daughter instantly remarked how the words on her True Religion raglan tee were on the back instead of the front like her brother’s tee.  Something to set them apart on school days. No one really likes to be “matchy, matchy” with their younger siblings.

True Religion Raglan Back #TrueStyle

truereligionraglan

And she told everyone within earshot about how soft her Casey super skinny midnight single end classic jeans were. They were the perfect shade of blue for her. And the length was great for her height. Too often we have trouble finding jeans that work for her.

Heading back to school in September will be a tad bit easier for me knowing these two are wearing quality clothing that fits their style and personality.

truereligionkids

Thanks True Religion!

Outdoor Fun

July 14th 2016

Having three active sons means I would be lying if I said I ever sat down.

Parenting boys means I have no shortage of opportunities to stay active throughout the day. From cheering them on as they create their own Olympics challenge using the park equipment to racing with them up the hill to see their friends; I feel like we spend more time outdoors than indoors.

playinguno

One of our favorite summer activities is to have a dinner picnic. When the day’s temperature starts to cool off, we take dinner and games to have fun outdoors. Sometimes when we are lucky, our favorite neighborhood picnic spot also shows family friendly movies!

CarlSchurzParkMovieSign

No matter our outdoor picnic plans, we always include beverages. My oldest son and I stopped in Rite Aid recently and picked up Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions juice drink which combines juice, with 30 calories or fewer (per serving), plus cranberry PACs.

Frisbee

I know… I had never heard of PACs — proanthocyanidins — before, either. They are natural elements found in cranberries. By adding PACs to real fruit juice and purified water the (no sugar added!) juice drink has a fraction of the sugar and calories.

Ocean Spray PACt #evenbetter #powerof50

Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions Cranberry Cherry Blueberry is a great tasting way to hydrate. And we may have gone back to Rite Aid and picked up the other three bottles that were on the shelf! Hey! When all four of your kids like something, you have to take advantage of it as long as possible!

EnjoyingOceanSprayPACt

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with PACt/Ocean Spray to share my thoughts on Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions

Having three active sons means I would be lying if I said I ever sat down.

Parenting boys means I have no shortage of opportunities to stay active throughout the day. From cheering them on as they create their own Olympics challenge using the park equipment to racing with them up the hill to see their friends; I feel like we spend more time outdoors than indoors.

playinguno

One of our favorite summer activities is to have a dinner picnic. When the day’s temperature starts to cool off, we take dinner and games to have fun outdoors. Sometimes when we are lucky, our favorite neighborhood picnic spot also shows family friendly movies!

CarlSchurzParkMovieSign

No matter our outdoor picnic plans, we always include beverages. My oldest son and I stopped in Rite Aid recently and picked up Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions juice drink which combines juice, with 30 calories or fewer (per serving), plus cranberry PACs.

Frisbee

I know… I had never heard of PACs — proanthocyanidins — before, either. They are natural elements found in cranberries. By adding PACs to real fruit juice and purified water the (no sugar added!) juice drink has a fraction of the sugar and calories.

Ocean Spray PACt #evenbetter #powerof50

Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions Cranberry Cherry Blueberry is a great tasting way to hydrate. And we may have gone back to Rite Aid and picked up the other three bottles that were on the shelf! Hey! When all four of your kids like something, you have to take advantage of it as long as possible!

EnjoyingOceanSprayPACt

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with PACt/Ocean Spray to share my thoughts on Ocean Spray® PACt® Fruit Infusions


You might be tired of hearing all of these reasons from your kids but there are actually a few that bear thinking about. Usually kids will tell you they need a cell phone because all of their friends have one but there are some real reasons you should look into the prospect.

girlswithcellphones

Parental Control

One of the big things that may be putting you off getting a mobile phone for your child is what they could be accessing. Parental control to the rescue! Block off the things you don’t want them to access and monitor what they do with the phone.

You can password protect some elements of the phone, maybe if you only want them to contact you with it, and leave others intact. If you’re sharing a phone then you can unlock it and go back to using your phone as normal. Maybe you want to access mobile slots but don’t want your kids to and with these tools it needn’t be difficult. You can still play on your mobile device then block them out of the other parts of the phone before passing it off to them.

teenselfies
Give them Responsibility

Do you remember that childhood item that you cherished above all else? Give your children a chance at the same kind of responsibility with a phone. Make it clear to them that it is a privilege, not a given and that it can be rescinded if they don’t look after it. Aside from the ability to call you if they’re sick or lost, a phone can be useful for instilling some responsibility in the kids.

We all know how tough it is being the ‘bad guy’ parent all the time, so taking away the cell phone can be a hard step. Stick to your guns and your kids will be more likely to respect you for it.

Let them Keep in Touch

If you’re going through a divorce or separation it can be difficult to keep the family together at this time. If your partner has left the home then a cell phone can help your child feel like they’re still connected and in control.

kidswithcellphones

Show them you Trust them

Even kids understand that a cell phone doesn’t come cheap, so by purchasing one for them you’re putting your faith in them. It doesn’t have to be a top of the range phone either, as it’s a symbol of you trusting them. Of course, this means that if they lose or break the phone they need to work hard to regain that trust again.

teensandcellphones

Social Interaction

Now this point on our list is a sensitive one and one that should be approached with caution. We know that kids spend more time talking online and over text message than in person during their teen years. You don’t want your child to be left out of all this interaction but you also don’t want to see them get into trouble, right?

Allow them a phone as a starting point but tell them it comes with conditions too. You should be able to check their messages, Facebook, Snapchat and anything else on there. If you think they may be deleting messages then check with your service provider for records. This might seem over the top but you can’t be too careful.

You might be tired of hearing all of these reasons from your kids but there are actually a few that bear thinking about. Usually kids will tell you they need a cell phone because all of their friends have one but there are some real reasons you should look into the prospect.

girlswithcellphones

Parental Control

One of the big things that may be putting you off getting a mobile phone for your child is what they could be accessing. Parental control to the rescue! Block off the things you don’t want them to access and monitor what they do with the phone.

You can password protect some elements of the phone, maybe if you only want them to contact you with it, and leave others intact. If you’re sharing a phone then you can unlock it and go back to using your phone as normal. Maybe you want to access mobile slots but don’t want your kids to and with these tools it needn’t be difficult. You can still play on your mobile device then block them out of the other parts of the phone before passing it off to them.

teenselfies
Give them Responsibility

Do you remember that childhood item that you cherished above all else? Give your children a chance at the same kind of responsibility with a phone. Make it clear to them that it is a privilege, not a given and that it can be rescinded if they don’t look after it. Aside from the ability to call you if they’re sick or lost, a phone can be useful for instilling some responsibility in the kids.

We all know how tough it is being the ‘bad guy’ parent all the time, so taking away the cell phone can be a hard step. Stick to your guns and your kids will be more likely to respect you for it.

Let them Keep in Touch

If you’re going through a divorce or separation it can be difficult to keep the family together at this time. If your partner has left the home then a cell phone can help your child feel like they’re still connected and in control.

kidswithcellphones

Show them you Trust them

Even kids understand that a cell phone doesn’t come cheap, so by purchasing one for them you’re putting your faith in them. It doesn’t have to be a top of the range phone either, as it’s a symbol of you trusting them. Of course, this means that if they lose or break the phone they need to work hard to regain that trust again.

teensandcellphones

Social Interaction

Now this point on our list is a sensitive one and one that should be approached with caution. We know that kids spend more time talking online and over text message than in person during their teen years. You don’t want your child to be left out of all this interaction but you also don’t want to see them get into trouble, right?

Allow them a phone as a starting point but tell them it comes with conditions too. You should be able to check their messages, Facebook, Snapchat and anything else on there. If you think they may be deleting messages then check with your service provider for records. This might seem over the top but you can’t be too careful.


Does even the thought of trying out the latest trends make your day even before you are actually able to get a taste of it? Well, most of the individuals on earth especially women exhibit a strong interest in keeping themselves updated with the new changes.

You can like to watch the latest movie or go for a holiday in the most well known spot or try your taste buds on the newest dish in town- did newness ever have any limits? A matron’s thirst for variety extends further to trying out the hottest lip color or the latest designed dress or the pair of shoes making news in the market!

Whatever category of things it may be, exhibiting modernity is a never ending process. Every now and then, things come up with changes with change in seasons or times. A thing that is popular today, is never popular tomorrow.

Tomorrow calls for change and all the aspects undergo changes or modifications to satisfy the need of the hour. This way a string of change in every sphere reduces sameness or monotony from your life and surely makes the world the most suitable place to live in! Needless to say, such inculcation of creativity and innovation in the everyday aspects spice up your life.

Have you savored the in-thing named online bingo? The terrene of bingo has gone a remarkable change from a game being played in the traditional halls to the one being played online.

The fashionable games of online bingo have proved that change is for good as people can now play such games at their finger tips any where and at any time. Unlock the convenience and fun value of the game at any moment as these games are always just a touch away!

So, sign up on the incredible site New Look Bingo today and play bingo games to your heart’s content. Also try your luck on other games like slots, casino and freebets to experience the beauty of the world of online bingo as a whole- Good luck!

Does even the thought of trying out the latest trends make your day even before you are actually able to get a taste of it? Well, most of the individuals on earth especially women exhibit a strong interest in keeping themselves updated with the new changes.

You can like to watch the latest movie or go for a holiday in the most well known spot or try your taste buds on the newest dish in town- did newness ever have any limits? A matron’s thirst for variety extends further to trying out the hottest lip color or the latest designed dress or the pair of shoes making news in the market!

Whatever category of things it may be, exhibiting modernity is a never ending process. Every now and then, things come up with changes with change in seasons or times. A thing that is popular today, is never popular tomorrow.

Tomorrow calls for change and all the aspects undergo changes or modifications to satisfy the need of the hour. This way a string of change in every sphere reduces sameness or monotony from your life and surely makes the world the most suitable place to live in! Needless to say, such inculcation of creativity and innovation in the everyday aspects spice up your life.

Have you savored the in-thing named online bingo? The terrene of bingo has gone a remarkable change from a game being played in the traditional halls to the one being played online.

The fashionable games of online bingo have proved that change is for good as people can now play such games at their finger tips any where and at any time. Unlock the convenience and fun value of the game at any moment as these games are always just a touch away!

So, sign up on the incredible site New Look Bingo today and play bingo games to your heart’s content. Also try your luck on other games like slots, casino and freebets to experience the beauty of the world of online bingo as a whole- Good luck!


My nine year old has always loved one superhero more than others. He’s a big fan of Captain America. He even wore his Captain America Halloween costume three years in a row to school! And yes, if you were wondering, the photos ARE hilarious.

This year, when Marvel released the latest Captain America movie, my kiddo was found on the day it was released watching the latest installment with his dad. There was no way he was going to miss being on Team Captain America the first chance he got.

Holding Cross Pen Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

Although I’m divorced, I still help my children pick out Father’s Day gifts. My nine year old’s pick for his dad is the CROSS Marvel Century II pen. It’s part of the CROSS Marvel series of pens featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man. When your child thinks his dad is a real life superhero this is a fun way to honor him.

Cross Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series ($150) finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card. And the second is the Tech2 series ($45), which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash.

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!

My nine year old has always loved one superhero more than others. He’s a big fan of Captain America. He even wore his Captain America Halloween costume three years in a row to school! And yes, if you were wondering, the photos ARE hilarious.

This year, when Marvel released the latest Captain America movie, my kiddo was found on the day it was released watching the latest installment with his dad. There was no way he was going to miss being on Team Captain America the first chance he got.

Holding Cross Pen Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

Although I’m divorced, I still help my children pick out Father’s Day gifts. My nine year old’s pick for his dad is the CROSS Marvel Century II pen. It’s part of the CROSS Marvel series of pens featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man. When your child thinks his dad is a real life superhero this is a fun way to honor him.

Cross Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series ($150) finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card. And the second is the Tech2 series ($45), which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash.

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!


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I’m not a fan of shopping for clothing for myself.

I no longer fit half the clothing in my closet.

Because ever since Harrison was born; I’ve had these hips that won’t go away.

I want them to go play houseguest with Jennifer Lopez and leave me alone.

There is also the topic of the pesky “last few” baby weight pounds I still haven’t lost.

And I can no longer blame pregnancy when my son will be turning two in May!

I haven’t dieted one bit since having him so what did I expect?! In addition to me never rarely passing up dessert.

So I’ve joined a group of moms on Twitter called Shredheads who have decided to try the 30 Day Shred workout DVD by Jillian Michaels.

I haven’t bought the 30 Day Shred DVD because Exercise TV On Demand has Level 1 and Level 2 for free right now.

(Honestly though, I highly doubt I’ll be anywhere near the other levels.)

For the next 30 Days, I will be crying trying to get myself back into shape or as Jillian Michaels says Shredded.

I watched some of Level 1 last night. Cringed at the 29 minutes of craziness I will be trying today.

But I know I need to at least try.

You can follow my progress on Twitter. Follow me @veepveep

Here goes –

BEFORE PHOTO (coming soon, maybe…)

Code Name:     Victoria

Tag Line:     Hips Don’t Lie

Weight:     137lbs (ironically stepped on a scale called “Thinner” to find this out.)

Goal:         To get back to the pre-pregnancy weight I was before baby #3. I don’t need to lose the 20lbs promised if you stick with the workout.

Diet Plan:     Healthy choices. Gave up restaurant take-out and delivery for Lent which will definitely help.

Rules:         Only drinking water and hot tea. Still have work events and work dinners to attend so I’ll try to be good about the wine and dessert when not at home.

Shred Plan:     Level one, 5lb hand weights.

P.S. I’m asking all of you reading this to be my Richard Simmons support system. If it looks like I’ve given up, call and motivate or yell at me. J Thanks.

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I’m not a fan of shopping for clothing for myself.

I no longer fit half the clothing in my closet.

Because ever since Harrison was born; I’ve had these hips that won’t go away.

I want them to go play houseguest with Jennifer Lopez and leave me alone.

There is also the topic of the pesky “last few” baby weight pounds I still haven’t lost.

And I can no longer blame pregnancy when my son will be turning two in May!

I haven’t dieted one bit since having him so what did I expect?! In addition to me never rarely passing up dessert.

So I’ve joined a group of moms on Twitter called Shredheads who have decided to try the 30 Day Shred workout DVD by Jillian Michaels.

I haven’t bought the 30 Day Shred DVD because Exercise TV On Demand has Level 1 and Level 2 for free right now.

(Honestly though, I highly doubt I’ll be anywhere near the other levels.)

For the next 30 Days, I will be crying trying to get myself back into shape or as Jillian Michaels says Shredded.

I watched some of Level 1 last night. Cringed at the 29 minutes of craziness I will be trying today.

But I know I need to at least try.

You can follow my progress on Twitter. Follow me @veepveep

Here goes –

BEFORE PHOTO (coming soon, maybe…)

Code Name:     Victoria

Tag Line:     Hips Don’t Lie

Weight:     137lbs (ironically stepped on a scale called “Thinner” to find this out.)

Goal:         To get back to the pre-pregnancy weight I was before baby #3. I don’t need to lose the 20lbs promised if you stick with the workout.

Diet Plan:     Healthy choices. Gave up restaurant take-out and delivery for Lent which will definitely help.

Rules:         Only drinking water and hot tea. Still have work events and work dinners to attend so I’ll try to be good about the wine and dessert when not at home.

Shred Plan:     Level one, 5lb hand weights.

P.S. I’m asking all of you reading this to be my Richard Simmons support system. If it looks like I’ve given up, call and motivate or yell at me. J Thanks.

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By Victoria

One journalist mom and four delightful kids living in Manhattan

2 comments
Getting Rid of the Pounds

  • Well, I for one think you look fab. But if you are looking for support–go,go,go. One of my tips–besides walking everywhere–I mix seltzer with everything. It is calorie free and with just a dash of juice makes a low calorie (and cheap) drink.

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  • Nikki says:

    Thanks so much for watching ExerciseTV! Have you seen our post-baby body workouts! Also, if you love Jillian (for FREE!), you should check out our new website http://www.todaysfreeworkout.com. New free workout everyday, and some of them feature Jillian! Good Luck!

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