5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day we remember the Men and Women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we take some time to enjoy our family and friends, we catch up on those outdoor projects and of course we barbecue. Here is a round up of some of my favorite ideas to help you celebrate Memorial Day and Honor our Heroes!

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A Story about Community, Caring, Fate & Doors?

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Living in New Jersey we felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy and having a home at the shore just magnified the impact. Our renovations are moving slowly at our beach bungalow and I am excited to share the process as we get closer to Spring. Today I wanted to share a story about a restaurant owner at the Jersey Shore that I read about this week in The Star Ledger, New Jersey’s largest local newspaper. In the aftermath of the hurricane this story is about community, caring and fate. Read more

There are No Words

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Yesterday as I dropped my son off to his babysitter who we just love, my heart was heavy. I called her after an hour to check in which I rarely do (he is only there for 3 hours) but I just wanted to connect with them and know they were safe. She had just dropped her son off to Kindergarten and could not contain the tears as she pulled away. We spoke about the unimaginable pain the families and survivors must be going through and how we wanted to help in some way. We are two hours away from Newton but I found a fellow blogger who lives only a few towns away from Newton that came up with several things people can do. I have listed a few ways to help here but her article lists even more ways and she will be updating it as well, read her entire post here. In her article she describes her day and it is how so many of us are feeling. Trying to get through our daily routines and holding on to our kids, thankful that they are with us. Ways to help: Read more

A True Hero

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A few years ago my close friend’s son, Matt turned eighteen and followed his heart, enlisting in the Navy hoping to become a Navy Seal.The training to become a Navy Seal is the most rigorous type of training you could ever imagine and is commonly referred to as the most challenging training program in the world. A six-month training program that shapes potential Seals into warriors. Matt successfully completed and graduated from the Seals training program receiving orders to the elite Navy Seal unit in Virginia Beach. He began his deployment to Afghanistan in September at age twenty-two fully prepared to serve his country, preserving our freedom.

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Lending a Hand

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I decided that once the tree was removed from our street and we could leave that it was time for us to get out and help out. For some of us it meant collecting clothes for a family that lost everything at the Jersey Shore, for others it meant spendng time with friends that needed a pick-me-up and informing everyone we could where gas was available for sale. It also meant getting my little guy out for some much needed running and fun at the park. These are baby steps of course and this evening we began researching greater ways that we can give back. Here is what we came up with;

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The Calm After The Storm

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Anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I am extremely optimistic by nature, the glass half full type of gal but I have to say these last few days have been a bit trying. Living in Central New Jersey our weather is generally mild with calm transitions from season to season so a hurricane stopping in to visit is not anything we are use to. Above residents from Jersey City pull together to prepare for the hurricane with a strong sense of community.

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Listen To Your Heart: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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At Adore Your Place we are all passionate about Giving Back and living a compassionate life. This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and we wanted to encourage you to understand the condition more and provide you with ways to volunteer your time or to make a donation.

The National Down Syndrome Society is the perfect place to start; their mission is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. 
 What is Down Syndrome? In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. Read more

In Rememberence

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What I remember most about the days following the attack of 9/11 was the way people deeply cared for each other and the strongest sense of patriotism I had ever seen. I’m dedicating this post to the brave men and women who lost their lives and the families they left behind. The firemen and police officers who rushed into the buildings, the office workers going about their day and all of  the hero’s that risked their lives to save others. We will never forget. Read more

Harlem Hospital Mural:Project Sunshine NYC

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This year my Girl Scout troop painted a mural for the renovation of a treatment room in Pediatrics at the Harlem Hospital. They worked in conjunction with Project Sunshine to help make a more positive atmosphere for the children. They created an I-Spy theme mural that the nurse’s could use as a form of distraction during treatments. Excellent job Girls!