Friday, October 24, 2014

Be Perfectly Imperfect

Life is a crazy journey on which we see so many other people at a glance. We see all the prettiness of the outsides of their lives. We see their perfect house that they own, their shiny cars, their well behaved children, their calm demeanor. We see their status updates, tweets and Instagram pictures and feel that twinge of envy wondering how they do it. It’s so easy in the moment to compare ourselves to others especially if we are going through a rough patch. It’s so easy to think, “Why do they have it all together? How can they do it? Maybe I’m doing this all wrong?”

This way of thinking and comparing can be so destructive. It is a habit that is so easy to get into and one that is also so hard to break. We are all different and just because what we see on the outside looks perfect doesn’t mean that it truly is. With technology today and social media it’s so easy to make things look pretty, perfect and put together. I’ve seen this quote recently and I find myself repeating when I find myself starting on the comparison cycle…

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As a women and mothers we need to work on not only being easier on ourselves but also being honest with others. We need to know that it’s ok to fail. If your having a bad day, put it out there. Let other mommas know that you’re normal and that it’s OK to have a bad day. Did you yell at your kids too much today? That’s OK! We all have our moments. We are human after all. Be honest with your momma friends AND your kiddos and use that moment as a teaching moment. Show your kids that you’re not perfect and that  you don’t expect them to be either. That we all make mistakes and when we do we just have to pick ourselves back up and try to better next time. 

Let’s be mentors, not martyrs or fakes. Let’s live our life with our heart on our sleeve. Let’s show other women that perfection isn’t attainable and that imperfection is beautiful and perfect. Let’s live our lives with the goal to lift each other up and help each other through the tough times so we can celebrate the victories together. Let’s be perfectly imperfect.

On November 15 there is a unique conference coming to Pittsburgh called The Mom Con…A conference for moms, by moms, created to inspire, empower and connect moms. Why not join me at the Mom Con? Not only will you have an opportunity to meet some amazing women but I think you will find yourself lifted and encouraged by the speakers that will be presenting that day. Take a day for you. Sometimes us mommas need a little break and that’s OK! We have to be whole and happy ourselves so we can be a complete and content momma for those little ones who depend so much on us. Want to win a pass to The Mom Con? Just enter below for your chance for a free pass to the Saturday session. I hope to see you all there for a wonderful event that I know will leave us all changed for the better. xo

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Friday, October 17, 2014

#RiverRide100 – Raising awareness for arthritis one mile at a time.

Recently I had a story brought to my attention. A story of a group of friends biking 100 miles to raise awareness for a disease very near to my heart…Arthritis.

On Saturday, October 18, five friends will be riding a more than 100-mile stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage from Rockwood, Pa., to the Point in downtown Pittsburgh in one day to raise awareness and money for the Arthritis Foundation.

Last year, a similar group of bike riders traveled from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. over five days and raised more than $6,000 in just two weeks. 

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This year, the ride is being sponsored by Krakoff Communications, Inc. and Steelcoast creative, whose founders Jeff Krakoff and Scott Bowlin respectively, are participating in the ride.

Krakoff, 50, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis two decades ago, and fellow rider Pete Chiste, 56, has osteoarthritis in his knee. Both agree that bike riding has really been a boost both physically and also emotionally. The other three riders are also very active people who have their share of injuries, aches and pains, and are candidates for arthritis.

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This year’s team includes Jeff Krakoff and Vic Walczak, Upper St. Clair; Scott Bowlin, Mt. Lebanon; Pete Chiste, Peters Township; and Craig Hoffman, Bethel Park. To read more about RiverRide 100 and follow this years journey be sure to like their Facebook page and check out their website, riverride100.com.

It warms my heart to see a group of people getting together on their own to raise awareness for arthritis. Being a parent to a child who suffers from Juvenile Arthritis this gives me hope. Not only hope that the funds they raise will help lead to better treatments and possibly a cure but also hope that some day our Monkey will lead others to raise awareness as well.

If you would like to help support this wonderful group of friends you can donate here. I know you may not know these friends personally but know they they are doing this for others suffering from arthritis and the children like our Monkey who will life with JA for the rest of his life. Thank you Jeff, Vic, Scott, Pete and Craig for riding for my Monkey and all the others who suffer from this disease.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is back and headed to CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh November 5-9!

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY®PRESENTS BUILT TO AMAZESM AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER

Ringling Bros.® Presents Built To Amaze! a Circus Spectacular Extraordinarily Engineered by The Greatest Show On Earth® comes to CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh November 5-9
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 25, 2014) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes from November 5 through 9 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Built To Amaze!
opens with the All-Access Pre-show where everyone is invited to join the fun and meet the Built To Amaze! international cast of performers as they prepare for the show. The Ringling Bros.® Ringling Girls and Barnum B-Boys encourage kids to participate in a tug-of- war and kick off what will soon become an insane battle of girl power versus boy power in Built To Amaze! Audiences also can pick up some hip dance moves during the dance party, try on custom designed costumes, learn circus skills like juggling from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to witness and win a one of a kind masterpiece created by Asia, Ringling Bros. very own painting pachyderm!

Andre McClain, Ringmaster and America’s favorite cowboy takes the Ringling Bros. reins and accompanied by his horse Comanche, leads his Built To Amaze! funny and mischievous super circus supervisors, to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances. Ringling Bros. is thrilled to introduce nine-time international award winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia. Also new to Ringling Bros. is the Tower Tumblers, a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City!

You can only experience this design of excitement at Ringling Bros. Built To Amaze! Get your tickets for super circus fun today!

For more information, go to Ringling.com and visit us at www.facebook.com/RinglingBros.
Performance Schedule:

  • Wednesday, November 5: 7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, November 6: 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, November 7: 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 8: 11:00 a.m., 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 9: 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey PRESENTS Built To Amaze start at just $30. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the CONSOL Energy Center Box Office. For group rates and information, call 412-804-7904.
If you haven’t made it to a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show you do NOT want to miss this chance!! This show is entertaining for the whole family and will leave you with amazing memories for years to come! I have a family four pack of ticket vouchers for one lucky reader as well! These vouchers are good for either the Wednesday, November 5 or Thursday, November 6 show. Good luck and I hope to see you there!

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