About Ciao Mom

Hello there, and welcome to my personal website. This is a website that is written by a mom, who has lived through a lot. I am a cancer survivor, mother, retired teacher, triathlete, and all around go-getter. And my website features all of my musings and the different things that I have encountered in my life. You can read all about what I have written through my various posts. Those posts are also arranged by different categories. So if you want to read about my health tips, just head on over to my website’s health section. The website is organized neatly into different sections, to make it easier for my website’s readers to navigate around.

You can find inspirational posts, stories and other content on my website. So if you want to grow a little bit every day, you can go on the same journey I am going through. Life is full of surprises and little adventures. And you can read about my little adventures as well. You can look through all of the old posts that I have on this website, to be able to read through all of the past adventures that I have gone through. My travels, lessons, and so much more are all on my blog posts. I promise that you can learn something if you just take the time to read through my blog.

Growing together

Ciao mom in a nutshell

My website is all about the different things I can teach to other people. I write about my life, productivity, health tips, and a whole range of other topics as well. You can look through these individual website categories to read what I have personally learned through my life. My inspirations are numerous, and I want to share what inspires me, to my readers. And I hope by reading through my website, you can learn to get inspired too!

My family is one of the most important things in my life. And being a mother has taught me a lot about caring for a full family. You can read about my cooking, homemaking, and child-rearing tips and guides on my website. I try to cover a wide range of different topics as it relates to family life. So there are a lot of parenting tips, baby guides, cooking guides, and a whole lot more on my website.

Family life

My life

I also try to write about my personal life as well. So I try to include the details about what I have been doing day to day. This is a personal blog in addition to a website, after all. So all of my readers can read about what I have been doing lately. I try to write about my day job, what movies I have seen, books I have read, etc. And on all of my posts, I try to include a little inspirational content for my readers to get a benefit out of!

Since I am a cancer survivor, I am much more conscious about my own personal health. Ever since I beat back cancer in my life, I have become much more proactive about taking better care of my health. I am a mother, and I want to be there for my children as they grow older. So I try to take care of my health as much as possible. I also try to spread health awareness to anyone that takes the time to read through my blog. So I try to share tips and guides on how to take better care of your personal health.

Yoga, dieting, sleeping habits, nutrition, and many other health topics will be covered by my blog. All of the readers, who come to my website, will learn a thing or two, about taking better care of their health. There are a lot more in-depth guides on health on my website.

Health and fitness tips


I am a retired teacher, and throughout my career in education, I have learned quite a few things about maximizing personal productivity. And I share all of those tips to help everyone do more in their lives. By sharing my posts on productivity, I hope to spread more productive habits among my readers. And to that end, I try and write about tips and guides on how to be more personally productive in life. I also try to live as an example to my readers as well. So this will means that I also try to practically follow the productivity tips on my website. I am still learning about personal productivity, so there is a lot more to write about the subject.

Doing more is a personal mantra of my mine. And doing more in life requires more than just being busy. It takes inspiration to also increase personal productivity. So I hope to feed your personal inspiration. I try to lead as much of a positive life that I can. And I share that positivity with all of my readers. My posts are all positive, and I want to inspire the readers who read my website. So I try to share some of the best stories and moments of my life!

There is a lot more that you can find on my website, so just browse through my archive if you would like to read more about me. There are a lot of old posts on the archive of my website, which you can read through at your own convenience. So be sure to check out what I have written in the past to see what else I have been up to. This website has been on the internet for several years now, so there is sure to be something that you can read on my post’s archive if you look hard enough.

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Fresh From Our Blog

We Made Family T-Shirts With Our Heat Press

We had the 2017 family reunion a few days ago. It was an absolutely amazing time! We had over 50 of our immediate family and cousins there! This is by far the biggest showing that we ever had. To commemorate the occasion, we created T-Shirts for our family using our brand new heat press!

We chose to make our own using a heat press rather than buy them because we are such a creative family! Buying them from your usual shirt manufacturer would have been more cost effective, but would not have been nearly as much fun.

We spent about 30 hours making all 50 shirts. I’m sure that we could have done it faster, but spending quality time with our family was much more important than being very efficient.

We used a PowerPress heat press machine with Siser glitter vinyl; simply because we wanted our shirts to be fabulous! The shirts took about 20 minutes each to make.

Typically the Ciao Mom family will do some sort of family unity craft. In the past we have crafted ribbons to coordinate with what branch of the family tree we are on.

We did have an assembly line crafting the t-shirts comprised of several generations of our family. The grandparents were in charge of actually using the heat press. The moms and dads were in charge of making sure all of the transfer vinyl was properly lined up on the shirts. Of course, the kids had the most fun out of anyone since they were the ones designing the shirts.

While we liked to think that they would follow the crafting guidelines that us adults had set forth, they surely did not. However, the end result was amazing!

What resulted was the finest family made shirts that I have ever seen. Okay, maybe I am a bit biased since they were made by my family; but I couldn’t have been prouder of how everything came out! Coming together as a family to make something so wonderful and seeing everyone get all crafty with a heat press and vinyl was really a joy in my life. I’ll cherish these memories forever!

4 benefits of using sous vide machine a family kitchen

Cooking for a family is difficult, as any person should know. And that fact is even truer for a larger family. There is a lot of preparation to go through whenever you are cooking for any large meal. And the pressure can even increase when you are trying to cook for a special meal, such as the holidays or a family get-together. However, one piece of cooking equipment can really help you prepare your dishes much faster. If you want to cook meat the sous vide style, you should be using a sous vide machine. Having this kind of machine in your family kitchen can be beneficial in the following ways.

  1. Faster preparation

Usually preparing any kind of meat for a recipe can take a really long time. There is just a lot to do whenever you want meat in a recipe to taste good. With the use of this machine, a lot of that preparation time can be speeded up. You just have to put the meat and its sauce in a plastic bag and let the machine handle the rest of the preparation.

  1. More convenience

Using these kinds of machines is actually really convenient. You will only need to set a timer, and then add the piece of meat. You then just have to wait until the timer is up, and you can get the meat out and it will be ready for further cooking or even consumption!

  1. Better tasting food

Any kind of meat that you prepare using the proper cooking machine is going to end up tasting much better. The meat will be tenderized in its own juices, so it will ensure a juicier and more flavorful piece of meat. And since the meat will be sealed in a vacuum, it will also end up really soft. In fact, if cooked right it will end up butter soft in the mouth!

  1. Versatility

You can use this kind of cooking machine to prepare any kind of meat dish. If you want, you could use it to prepare everything from pork to poultry. You may even use a vacuum-sealed cooking method for fish dishes as well. And every time that you use it on any kind of meat dish, the meat will come out tasting juicier and be so much softer to chew on.

  1. Easier to cook sous vide style

The sous vide style of cooking, when translated from French, literally means vacuum-sealed cooking. And while that may sound fancy, it is not all that different from normal cooking at all! You can also have that same method of cooking at home if you have got a machine that can do the sous vide style of cooking.

This kind of cooking machine is not only for professional kitchen restaurants. Any cook in their own family home kitchen will be able to benefit from cooking it. You will have a much easier time preparing for any kind of family meal if you have got this piece of cooking equipment in your own kitchen. And even if you are not a cooking enthusiast or a seasoned chef, you will still be able to get a lot of use out of this kind of cooking machine. There have been a lot of people who have successfully cooked steak and even fish dishes with just the use of this cooking equipment. So you can expect to get a lot of delicious dishes with this kind of cooking equipment.