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The Twin I Lost

My third child was a twin. It’s taken me 4 1/2 years to say that sentence.  It’s not something I share, mostly because the loss of Roman’s sibling was so traumatic I’ve kept the experience tucked away in a drawer with the hospital blanket and memory box the nurses provided me. From the moment I…

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Greens For The Whole Family

  This Post Has Been Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom.   I swore one of best predictor of a child’s eating habits would be by looking at the parents.  Bobby and I love our vegetables, but like most parents we struggle with getting our kids to feel the same.  I can’t even count how…

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Is It A Cold or Is It Allergies?

  This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! With sports schedules starting and the new school year slowly unraveling, its been a dragging crawl finding our rhythm as a family.   September, though one of my favorite months, seems like one of my busiest due to all the new routines.  I am trying to…

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Getting Back To “ME”

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! The transition from summer to back-to-school is never an easy one.   Like most parents, sending the children off to school, giving them a big hug with a kleenex is always bitter-sweet.  Pulling in the reigns on their loosely bound summer is not just tough for…

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9/11 The Day That Never Ends

It’s really hard to imagine that 15 years have gone by.  I could still remember the chaos, terror and confusion of that day.  I could still smell the rancid air if I think about it.  We all know where we were on 9/11 and if you were from NY, you saw the carnage right before your…

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Don’t Mess With The “MOM”

I think we can all relate to the feeling of wanting to move to a farm and keeping our precious babies safe and far from harms way.  Tending to the animals, sipping on warm drinks, rocking in a rocking chair could sound like the perfect setting.  Sure, there is an appeal to country living over raising…

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The Wild Life

This Post Is Sponsored, Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! One of the greatest things I loved about teaching was making real world connections for my students.  Kids who were less interested in school, always seemed to respond to a dose of real life.  Even after all these years my students still thank me for taking them…

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Young Melody

  This Post is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! Pre-kids… actually pre-husband, I was quite the avid concert-goer.  As a twenty-something I remember anxiously waiting to see what the summer line-up would entail.  Would I be “Living On A Prayer” with Bon Jovi, or would I be in a “New York State of Mind”…

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Why Every Mom Should Get Out Of The Car This School Year

Last school year was quite the debacle for my family.  I was nine months pregnant with my 4th, shuffling my kids to a school that was literally 25 miles away.  I could have sworn I’d give birth on the freeway.  Our new house was almost complete, and I thought it was best to let the…

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Kids Medicine 101: Back To School, Back To Germs

  “This Post Has Been Sponsored, Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom.”   The end of summer is bittersweet.  For the kids, it’s the end of those mid-week swim sessions and lazy weekday mornings at the house.  The barefoot beach days of sun, sand and surf will soon be replaced by the hurried scramble of getting up and…

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Traveling With Families- The More The Merrier

This summer we had the opportunity to pack our bags and use our passports. Destination: CABO! Before I even talk about the beauty of my luxurious resort in Mexico, lets relish in the fact that we are still winning in the big-family department.  After having our last baby, making my party of six loud and plentiful, we thought we…

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Engaging Her Limitless Potential

“This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom!” It’s not a typical childhood growing up in New York City.  I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Staten Island and exposed to many career opportunities in Manhattan that most could only dream of.  New York City…

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Let My Baby Be Baby

It’s been ten months since we brought our sweet little surprise home.  Brody Hudson, such the beautiful boy if I may say.  I have to admit settling into our new normal when so many things were happening for our family was quite the challenge.   No matter how full your plate is, a newborn takes a lot…

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Back To School- 1 Shirt, 4 Looks

  “This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.” This is it.  We are in the last stretch of lazy mornings, chasing ice cream trucks and plenty of sandy toes.   The kids go back to school in just a few weeks,…

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Be A Kid For A Day

San Diego is known for a lot of things, but for the past 40 plus years Comic-Con has attracted movie, television and comic book fans from all walks of life.  Celebrities like Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Junior, Justin Timberlake and Angelina Jolie are just a handful of A-listers you could find at this massive pop-culture…

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Staying On Task This Summer

Living in a perfect climate like San Diego, it should come to no surprise that we have non-stop visitors all summer long.  My friends joke around with me and call our home “Chateau Schaffer.”  With the unforgettable memories being made with our loved ones from afar, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We relish…

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Embracing Their Identity, Konnichiwa!

This Post Has Been Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! People often assume that to experience ones culture, you have to go to that particular country.  The beauty of being born and raised in New York City was the exposure to a melting pot of many cultures right in my very own concrete playground.  As…

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Please Don’t Touch My Baby!

Picture This:  Out to lunch with my family and the waitress thought my baby was so cute that she kept bending down to talk to him.  Brody was acting like his normal, flirtatious self and just when I was about to take a bite of my salad, she did the unspeakable.  She picked up my…

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Our New Trend In Family Fitness, The 5K!

After Bobby graduated dental school at New York University, he became an officer in The United States Navy.  He definitely had his share of boot camp training before deploying to Afghanistan.  I have always been proud of my husband as he was one of only a few that were given this Navy scholarship to attend…

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How I lost My Baby Weight in 12 Weeks

When I met Bobby while he was a dental student at New York University, dieting was the furthest thing from my mind.  We would frequent the trendiest, hippest restaurants in New York City, ordering anything our hearts desired.  Fast forward ten plus years, four babies later,  and a pristine coastline as our backyard, you can be…

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Making Summer Safe For Kids

Sunshine, s’mores, water sports and lazy mornings. That’s summer for the Schaffers. With hundreds of activities at my kids’ disposal this summer, I’ve made it my mission to be prepared for the summer mishap before it happens. With the temperature on the rise and three out of four of my kids being so active, I’m ready…

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Mom’s Guide To Buying A Camera

So you’re a mom who loves her kids and you want to capture all those milestones.  However, with so many cameras on the market you just don’t know what to buy.  I have been into photography for over twenty years and I am very persistent on saying you need an SLR.  But first, you need to…

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Parenting, We are all in this together!

When it comes to parenting, we are all in this together.  I wouldn’t know where to begin without my mom tribe of friends.  It takes a village to get through life with four kids, especially with no family near by.  I am not talking about the village that stands back pointing fingers when things go…

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Teaching Acts Of Kindness

In the wake of the Orlando shootings I have felt very sick and perplexed like most Americans.  I can’t help but think about my own brood of children and what I could possibly do to make our world a better place.  After all, it’s us parents that have to teach our kids to do better…