Thursday, May 27, 2010

To Use Sunscreen or Not To Use Sunscreen...THAT Is The Question!

It is difficult to sort out all that we see and hear via the media but there are new reports regarding Sunscreen that bear examination. Here is a site to help you get the facts so that your family can have a safe and happy summer. This site will give you a list of approved sunscreens and you have the option to input your sunscreen to get specifics about it. This is a wonderful site in general to get information regarding cancer causing agents in products we use everyday and offers alternatives.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Congratulations Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir of Akron!!!

Jubilation! 2010 Church Choir Festival was held Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21 at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. This was a magnificent event and as the voices of the 6 choirs rang out within the tall ceilings of this beautiful church, it seemed the closest thing to hearing angels sing. But alas, the final choir to perform in this competition and live broadcast by WCLV took the lead and I am sure it was a difficult decision for the judges to make as each choir brought something special to this event.

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir of Akron demonstrated a very unique spark and their ability to hold the last note of a stanza was incredible! Congratulations once again!

This event truly blessed me and is just one of the many wonderful Free family events that takes place throughout the year in the Greater Cleveland area. Weather is getting nice. Get ready to celebrate Cleveland and its surrounding areas!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Spokeo - Another Site Invades Your Privacy

ATTENTION EVERYONE is an online telephone book that displays your personal information (credit score, profession, home value, income, # of children, age) along with pictures you have posted on Facebook!! ***Remove yourself by pulling up your profile and utilizing the Privacy button on the bottom right of their website. You do have to enter your e-mail address and they send you an unsubscribe verification. You may want to check by maiden name, married name, any hypenated names you may use, etc. Please pass the word.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Darlene's Message of Encouragement from The Mom Squad Luncheon

I asked Darlene to post her message from the luncheon here. It was so beautifully done. We grately appreciate the gift God has given her of the spoken and written word and that she shares that talent with us via the Blog, on air and at Mom Squad events. Enjoy!

Motherhood – The Great Adventure, by Darlene Outler is one of my favorite sites. It defines Motherhood as:
The state of being a mother, the qualities or spirit of a
And this one is my favorite:
Having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness
or goodness that is obvious or unarguable

WE ARE SPECIAL LADIES! (And by the way, if there are any men out there handling the dual role of Mom and Dad, YOU are special too). defines an adventure as:
An exciting or very unusual experience, an undertaking
or enterprise…
and further uses terms like:
bold, risky…an action of uncertain outcome.

I’d say that DEFINITELY describes motherhood as well, wouldn’t you?

My adventure has been filled with laughter and awe. I have learned from experience that as a Mom, I must have lightening fast reflexes and keen instincts. My oldest daughter, Shae, is 30 now…a very creative young lady. When she was about 9 she was forever the ballerina - dancing and spinning…One day I heard a terrible noise, boom, boom, boom, almost like she was playing the drums. Unfortunately, Shae had fallen down a flight of stairs and the wind had been knocked out of her. I quickly grabbed her and whacked her on the back. She took a deep breath and the rest is history. We laugh about it now but then it was critical. She asked me the other day, “Mom, how did you know to do that.” I shrugged and said, “Mom’s just know these things.”

I have learned that as a Mom I must have a natural investigative talent. My middle child, also a daughter, Beranda is 23 now. She was the type of child that rarely did anything wrong. One day when she was about 7, I notice her sitting quietly at the bottom of our black rod iron staircase but something seemed odd. I said a few things to her and she was just not herself but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I walked up the first landing then slowly turned around and noticed a couple bottles of White Out (the fluid used to correct typos on paper) hidden in a plant. As I turned slowly the other way, it was clear that she had taken the White Out and painted several of the black banister poles white. I learned that day that as a Mom, I have to be a loving disciplinarians too. “Off to the corner Beranda. Think about what you have done.” hahaha

I’ve learned as a Mom to take deep breaths and not take life too seriously. Moms are very adaptable. My son, Micah is now 17 but I remember how surprised I was at the difference in his actions and reactions as a boy versus my girls. He actually uttered his first sentence at the top of this very same staircase. He was very young, standing in his little pajamas with the enclosed feet and was barely walking when I heard him say “Hey watch this!” and he flipped over onto his stomach and slid with lightening speed down the stairs. What a shock and for many years he entered the livingroom in that fashion. As he grew there were tons of bouncing balls, weird noises and batteries missing from everything imaginable.

Whether we are a Mom or Mom figure, our love, care, words of instruction, acts of kindness and quality time we spend with each child we come in contact with helps to mold another human being. We are to be commended.

Some of us were not raised in the most loving of environments and thoughts of Mother might hurt us. But at the same time, there was someone …someone that showed us what love is all about and we in turn share that love today with a child. What a blessing.

Some of us have children that have now been delivered into the Heavenly Father’s arms. Holidays specifically may be filled with joy and sadness. We just trust that we will see our children again.

Some of us have children that are incarcerated or estranged from us. The Heavenly Father is a healer. He can mend these situations and when circumstances seem unbearable, we can call upon the name of Jesus. He is with us.

Ladies, we bring forth life literally and figuratively…we make a difference in this world…Here’s to our energy, fortitude, and perseverance. No matter how things turn out, we can find peace in knowing we try…we care; and once a child knows that we try and we care, they in turn care about us and try their best to be receptive to the seeds we plant. May we forever bask in the glory of the Great Adventure of Motherhood.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer is coming...really, so here's a recipe to try.

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Submitted by: Christine R.
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 163 members

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Yields: 8 servings

"Orzo pasta is tossed with spinach, red onion, feta cheese, pine nuts, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, creating a delicious, colorful cold salad."


1 (16 ounce) package

uncooked orzo pasta

1 (10 ounce) package baby

spinach leaves, finely chopped

1/2 pound crumbled feta


1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon ground white


1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar



Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil and white pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Motherhood: The Great Adventure!

We are still basking in the glow of a beautiful weekend with beautiful friends! The 2010 Mom Squad Mother's Day Luncheon was a wonderful success.....thank to you! A big thanks to all of our fantastic sponsors: Klaben Auto, Hartville Kitchen, Quail's Covey, Vitamix, Laus Deo Salon, Executive Sweets, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training of NE Ohio, Hartville Collectables, and Hartville Hardware.

Oh, and congratulations to our Vitamix "Mom of the Year": Peggy Joyce! Her winning video will be posted soon. For now, enjoy the slide show and thanks again for your amazing support!

Start Your Seedlings Growing Indoors

The Hydrofarm Grow Light System is great for raising one or two flats of vegetable seedlings indoors. The unit includes a high output light fixture and bulb. Set up for easy height adjustment to keep the light at just the right distance and to easily raise it as your plants grow taller. Available in either a two or four foot length to accommodate seedlings in individual containers or an entire flat of transplants for the garden. Click on following link for additional details on the Happy gardening!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


When I woke up this morning lying in bed, I was asking myself, "What are some of the secrets of success in life?" I found the answers right there in my very room.

The Fan said, "Be cool."
The Roof said, "Aim high."
The Window said, "See the world."
The Clock said, "Every minute is precious."
The Mirror said, "Reflect before you act."
The Calendar said, "Be up to date."
The Door said, "Push hard for your goals"
and most importantly
The Carpet said, "Remember to kneel down and pray."

A HUGE Thanks goes out to my dear friend Esther of Christian Fellowship Church, Ashburn, VA for sending this to me! I won't forget it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Big Weekend, Big Thanks!

We are officially in the "24 hour countdown" to the Mom Squad Luncheon! This year once again, we have so many wonderful sponsors who have stepped up to make this event fantastic! A big thanks to Klaben Auto for their partnership. Also Quail's Covey in Hartville, Vitamix, Laus Deo Salon, Executive Sweets and the Lukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

In addition to the Mom Squad Luncheon, this weekend is also the Cleveland Marathon (on Sunday). It's good motivation to think about different ways we can give glory to God for having a healthy body! If you have ever wanted to reach a fitness goal, whether it's walking a half marathon or running a full marathon, LLS Team in Training can help you achieve your dream! The best part, is that while you are being educated, motivated, and challenged to reach new heights, you will also be saving lives!
With personalized training, you'll have the time training and raising awareness and funds for local blood cancer patients. To learn more about Team in Training, check out or call 219-901-1245.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Diaper Drive!

Moms, we need your help! When women can work together, powerful things can happen! We need your help to lift up the moms at Laura's Home. If you are attending the Mom Squad Luncheon (and we hope you are), we are asking each attendee to bring one package of diapers (any size) to the event. The Klaben Mom Squad Luncheon will be held at Hartville Kitchen this Saturday at 11am! Click here for full event information. If you are able, we would love your help to give a big show of support from our 95.5 The Fish moms, to the families at Laura's Home. Just bring a bag of diapers to the Luncheon on Saturday and drop them off in the designated box. God bless you for your generosity and we'll see you on Saturday!

Click here for more information about Laura's Home

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

When I Think Of Mama, by Darlene Outler

When I think of Mama, I see a smiling face,
warm loving eyes, her style and grace
Starting and ending each day with prayer,
such an example of God's tender care
Her chores seem endless, a long list to do,
yet never too busy to tie a child's shoe
She's wiped more noses, administered more meds,
sat up long nights by a sick one's bed
Moms cook, they clean, attend PTA,
manage esteemed careers and car pool all in one day
You can call her anytime and get the best advice,
hear the latest sales, share a laugh, discuss your strife
Mothers get us through puberty, college, marriage and divorce,
childbirth, miscarriages, cancer and menopause of course
Moms provide more cakes, more presents and drive thousands of miles,
help with school projects, homework and do laundry in infinite piles
She's your first song, your first dance...a whisper in the wind,
your first teacher actually, your disciplinarian - faithful to the end
Sometimes she feels guilty after all her sacrifice.
She just wants what's best for you, your whole entire life
Now that I'm almost 60 and Mommy's 93,
it's time for me to care for her, the way she cared for me
I give a loving smile, a warm embrace, I bend to tie her shoe.
She's been my cheerleader, my BEST friend, it's the least that I can do
So thank you God for Mothers and the sisterhood we share.
So similar as a rare
Happy Mother's Day to each and every one of you. Hope to see you on the 15th for our Mother's Day Luncheon in Hartville! Blessings. D