Feeling Pretty

November 5, 2012
Shopping at Nordstrom for a Black Tie Dress | Ciao Mom

Thanks for visiting! Ciao Mom has grown up and moved over to LiveDoGrow“What does it matter if you are pretty as long as you are with your uncle and having a good time?” Wise words from an eight year old fashionista daughter to her mom. Words that came after spending an hour watching her mom […]

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Daily Life with Listerine SMART RINSE

November 2, 2012
Listerine Smart Rinse Sweet Smart Challenge

21 days. It takes 21 days to create a habit according to many studies. We embarked on 21 days to create a better oral care habit thanks to the LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Sweet Smart Oral Care Challenge.  So…the big question is…how did we do? Did we create a habit and foster not just better oral […]

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Glamping for the Non Camper

November 1, 2012
Glamping for the Non Camper | Ciao Mom

A personal defnition of travel: Exploring a new place (or an old one) in search of adventure, relaxation, pampering, good food, good wine.  Should also include getting lost at least once. Usual accommodation preferences include hotels, resorts, apartments, or boats. The nicer and more luxurious the better. (Yes, I am well aware that I am a brat- […]

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Making a Travel Wish-List for 2013

October 30, 2012

Wish lists are a hot topic on our house right now. My daughter has made three wish-lists recently: her birthday,  Hanukkah, and one for her school book fair. So instead of persusing her wish-lists I decided to make my own, focused on travel for 2013.  (Because also, looking outside at the pouring rain coming from Hurricane Sandy, […]

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Learning from Other Runners

October 29, 2012
What every runner can learn | Ciao Mom

Runners like to give advice almost as much as moms do.  New runners, veteran runners, fast runners, injured runners, we can always learn something from a fellow runner. There are strategies and techniques to improve our form, get faster, recover from injury…advice is vast and never in short supply. I suppose that is the beauty […]

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Educational and Engaging Online Play

October 26, 2012

Games are a standard and engaging way to hook and motivate students. After twelve years in the classroom, countless games were used to review concepts, teach logic, and foster problem solving and reasoning. Interestingly enough though, I have never personally been a huge game player myself. Sure, I have let myself get distracted by games […]

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Half Marathon Playlist

October 24, 2012
Yurbuds Sport Earphones | Ciao Mom

Listening to music while running is something that people either love or hate. I am one of the lovers…I have always listened to music on headphones while running outdoors. Music helps me stay motivated, it helps propel me, and it helps energize me. But every now and then, a music playlist needs to be revised, […]

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Finishing the Runners World Half Marathon with a Smile

October 23, 2012
Mile 4 of the Runners World Half Marathon | Ciao Mom

It was a bright and beautiful morning. The pre-sunrise sky gave way to a sea of blue.  It was one of those mornings that made you think anything was possible. The inaugural Runners World Half Marathon was, after eleven years of running starts and stops, a personal “reboot” in my running life.  My goals for […]

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Half Marathon Gear Must Haves

October 20, 2012
Packing favorite running things for an out of town half marathon | Ciao Mom

Packing for a half marathon that is “out of town” involves a lot of thinking and planning. The last thing a runner wants to do is find themselves far from home, without their favorite things for a run.  So when I started packing for the Runners World Half Marathon, I put together my favorite gear […]

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Efficiency and Organization with Ringya

October 19, 2012
Ringya welcome screen

Email addresses. Telephone numbers. Unorganized contact lists for school clases, soccer teams, PTA groups, neighborhood groups, and colleagues. We are inundated with information and data to keep track of our day to day lives.  But if you are anything like me, that information is less than helpful because…it is incredibly poorly organized.  I try to […]

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