Preeclamptic Pregnancy

My sister was just recently pregnant with her second baby boy, scheduled for her second C-section and for the second time was diagnosed at 30 weeks with preeclampsia. Her symptoms began with severe swelling as well as high blood pressure.

Because of this, she quickly became a high-risk pregnancy, so what did she do?

First, she went straight to her doctor when the swelling began and that’s when her doctor recommended weekly visits every Friday to check on her and baby.
This was to check that baby’s heart rate was good and that the lungs were developing fast enough to be able to deliver at any time. Mama was given a steroid shot to help them develop quicker.
Also, it was to check on mom to make sure she was able to keep carrying baby. At 34 weeks she was put on bed rest to help with the swelling and an attempt to stabilize blood pressure.

Second, she went to her friends and family and asked for help. There is so much that needs to get done before baby arrives and naturally, at 34 weeks, she did not have everything done. She turned to her loved ones to help her complete the tasks that she was unable to do because of her preeclampsia. For example, putting away clothes and diapers, assembling the crib and packing her hospital bag.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help, people are more than willing to help you in your time of need!

Third, play the waiting game. Pay close attention to all of your symptoms and tell your doctor about every single one.
In my sister’s case, at 36 weeks, she woke up with the most painful headache she had ever experienced. This was the day baby came because, for my sister’s safety, she could no longer carry him.

My sister was never scared, and you shouldn’t be either. As long as you have a doctor that you trust and supportive family and friends, you will be in good hands!


Last Days of Summer – Family Fun

The last days of summer are upon us as hours of daylight are shorter.  But…. before you pack away the swim suits and start implementing the strict bedtime routines there’s still time to squeeze in some summer fun with the family in the tri-state area!


We hope you’ll enjoy this list of things to do in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


New York


Altamont Fair – August 15 to August 20

Altamont Fairgrounds 129 Grand Street, Altamont, NY 12009

Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans – August 26

9 am to 10 pm

Lakeside Park NY Route 394, Mayville, NY 14757

Honey Harvest Festival – August 23

1 pm to 3 pm

Voelker Orth Museum 149-19 38th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354

National Buffalo Wing Festival – September 2 to September 3

Noon to 9 pm (Sat) Noon to 7 pm (Sun)

Coca Cola Field 275 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

New Jersey


Melons! Melons! Melons! -August 26-27

10:30 am to 4 pm

Oasis Family Farm

3 Circle Drive., Robbinsville

23rd Annual Clam Festival -August 26

5pm to 7pm

Breakwater Beach Waterpark 800 Ocean Ter. Seaside Heights

Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest: Farm to Table Edition – August 12-13

11 am- 7pm (sat) 11am- 5pm (Sun)

The Tuckerton Seaport 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton

Wine Down Summer and River Winds – August 26-27

1-7 pm (Sat) noon- 5pm (Sun)

RiverWinds Community Center 100 Riverwinds Dr., West Deptford



McKean County Fair – August 14th to August 19th 

McKean County Fair Grounds

7172 Rt. 46, Smethport, PA 16749

Great American Banana Split Celebration – August 25 to 27

Downtown Latrobe, PA

PO Box 463, Latrobe, PA 15650

Satellite Ranch Music and Arts Festival – September 1st to 2nd

Mountain Sky

Still Meadow Ln, Jermyn, PA 18433



Bridgewater Country Fair – August 18

Bridgewater – 100 Main St. South

Fairfield Summer Flea Market – August 20

Fairfield, Fairfield Warde High School Parking Lot

Hot Air Balloon Festival and Outdoor Arts and Crafts Show – August 25

Plainville, Norton Park

Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival – September 8

Norwalk, Veterans

What You’re Really Getting From Meal Subscription Boxes

It’s six o’clock and you haven’t even thought about putting dinner on the table yet, oops. It seems like the only options are the dusty box of pasta in the back of the pantry or fast food. But wait; what if I told you there was another option? Yes, meal subscription boxes might be the answer to your prayers that come in the form of pre-packaged food with easy to follow ingredients that can arrive on your doorstep every week. Sounds perfect, right? Well before you turn your car around and leave the golden arches of McDonalds behind let’s discusses the positives and negatives of meal subscription boxes. Continue reading “What You’re Really Getting From Meal Subscription Boxes”

My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?

It happens suddenly one day when you’re playing with your baby; you notice the red rash and bumps on their cheeks or scalp. Eczema. Don’t panic. A few things you should know is that about 20% of babies have this condition, it’s more likely to show up if another family member has it, it isn’t contagious and there’s a good chance your child will outgrow it by age 2. Breathing easier yet? No? No need to worry, I’ve got a few tips to help calm both your baby’s skin and your mind. Continue reading “My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?”

Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs”

It’s 4 a.m and the baby monitor in your bedroom bursts to life thanks to the hungry baby in the next room over. Oh, you haven’t heard? 3 hours of sleep is the new 8 hours of sleep. Don’t stress, there’s a way to skip the tired fumbling around in the dark as you struggle to get a bottle of formula together. How you ask? Imagine a Keurig for babies where formula mixes with pre-heated water and drips directly into a bottle, the three products listed below do just that. I’ve listed the pros and cons of each machine and attached a link where you can purchase them but before you make up your mind let’s get into the Battle of the Baby Formula Kuerigs: Continue reading “Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs””

Parental Guidance: Getting Smart with Social Media

In this age of social media what one posts online holds more weight now than ever. A fact that 10 prospective Harvard students found out the hard way when their acceptances were revoked due to what they posted on social media. We’ve all heard this song before and like any other top 40 hit it won’t be the last time it’s played, but what can we take away and learn from these students? Continue reading “Parental Guidance: Getting Smart with Social Media”

We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  Over 39 million people in the United States participated in the program in 2016.   This national program encourages workers to not only take their own children to work, but also reach out to take relatives and displaced children to work for the day.   The suggested age range for participating in the day is between 8 and 18.

young-entrepreneursOftentimes, we ask children “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  The youngest children will typically answer teacher, doctor, fire fighter or lawyer.

But, do they really know what choosing a career really means?  Would the answer change if we asked the right questions?  How would we shape their thoughts around education and career if we exposed them to a different workplace each year starting as young as third grade?

Instead of asking broad questions that elicit general answers, parents should try asking specific questions that will enable them to ascertain their children’s interests.  This will help parents plan activities for their children on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and beyond. Continue reading “We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day”