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5 things you need to know before tackling a home reno

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  1. Set a budget. Then add 20-30% contingency fund on top of your “ideal budget”. That additional contingency fund will definitely be tapped. Because along the way of your reno there will be many more hidden costs, unexpected repairs/upgrades that need to be addressed. Once your contractor starts ripping up walls, floors etc.…
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Added by candy tamano on October 17, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The ties that bind us

Common gene pool, bloodline and heritage aside, what makes siblings bound together for life?

This great article from the NY Times  (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/bruni-the-gift-of-siblings.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1) made me ponder and reflect on my own relationship with my 8 siblings. * Copy paste the link to your browser to read…

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Added by candy tamano on May 29, 2013 at 10:31am — No Comments

Why moms with sons have shorter lifespans than mom with only daughters

A recent study published in the Scientific American offered up some interesting findings that any mothers out there who have sons should pay some attention to.

Excerpts from the study are the following:

“Women who bear sons can have slightly shorter lives than those who bear daughters, researchers have found. Their study showed that a woman’s risk of death increased by 7% per year for each son born..”

They found that if a…

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Added by candy tamano on March 19, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Hitting the pause button

Today I heard about a tragic incident involving the brother and infant niece of my sister’s friend.

The friend’s brother and infant daughter perished in a car accident. The brother and his daughter were passengers, while the driver and the driver’s girlfriend survived.

Even though I don’t personally know the  people involved in this tragedy, nonetheless I choked up when I saw pictures that the deceased brother’s sister put up on on Facebook. Her caption was “celebrating the…

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Added by candy tamano on March 15, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

JT brings sexy back (because funny is the new sexy)

Justin Timberlake was welcomed into SNL’s 5-timers club this past Saturday. And what a prestigious club it is. A hint of what a monumental episode this was, are the cameos of Comedy legends Martin Short, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Alec Baldwin and Dan Akroyd members of the élite SNL- 5-time host club to welcome JT’s inclusion into this stellar circle.

If you missed this epic episode of SNL, click on the link below to see what the hype is all about:…

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Added by candy tamano on March 11, 2013 at 11:12am — No Comments

From trash to treasure

“One man’s garbage is another man’s gold.”

Coming from a culture where one never throws away their belongings but rather passes it down to the next generation, it always amazes me the stuff that people throw out or leave on the curb (here in the US)  for the garbage truck to haul away!

My sister-in-law has the best luck when it comes to picking up pre-loved furniture that people dispose of on the curb. One of the advantages of living in her part of Long Island is that people…

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Added by candy tamano on March 4, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Have kids, will travel (top ten tips on traveling with kids)

I admit I am a bit of a worry wart. Sometimes I sweat the small stuff. I can’t help myself but agonize over details. But nothing makes me more anxious than traveling with my 3 kids, aged 8 and 4 year old twins. Especially traveling 18 hours halfway across the globe!

 The last time my husband and I traveled overseas with child, was 6 years ago when our now 8-yr old was only 2. Now that our family has gone from party of 3 to party of five, the stress level for traveling has gone up…
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Added by candy tamano on February 26, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Positive energy and thoughts= positive results

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As I sit here reading back my earlier post, I had a sudden urge to expand on the subject of visualization exercises and my personal experience with it.

When I started this blog I made a deal with myself to keep it authentic and relevant. My goal was to write about subject matters that inspired or moved me, and had relevance in the world as we know it today.

But I also pledged not to…

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Added by candy tamano on February 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Positive visualizations lead to successful transitions

This winter has been fraught with bouts of 18-in piles of snow and arctic temperatures not only in my neck of the woods but in other parts of the country as well.

When it seemed unbearable and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) was knocking on my door, I set forth in motion a series of visualization exercises that would help me cope with the winter doldrums. I began writing a series of articles on warm weather destinations to give me something to look forward to. After all, depression…

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Added by candy tamano on February 23, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

Open letter to Lena Dunham

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Today I have to unleash my inner bee-yatch to gripe about a show I’ve been raving about to friends and family.

I share with you an open letter to the writer, director, star of the HBOseries, Girls.

Dear Ms. @Lena Dunham,

I have been a big fan of your work since your show’s freshman season. I love…

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Added by candy tamano on February 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

where's the fast forward button?

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Added by candy tamano on February 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Blogged

One of the pitfalls of being a stay-at-home mom is the feeling of disconnect with the outside world. When your main conversations are between you and your 8 y.o. and  3 1/2 y.o. twins, 24/7, 365 days, your world becomes really tiny and insular. You begin to live in a bubble.  Especially during the winter months when leaving the house (except for the occasional Target run, and picking up your second grader from school) is usually not an option. Its not an option especially when there’s been a…

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Added by candy tamano on February 2, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

YOLO

Its 25 degrees out tonight and  just five minutes outside will make your nose and fingers feel like frozen popsicles if you’re not appropriately garbed.

Which is why my recent series of posts/articles on warm weather destinations, an ongoing visualization exercise I’m practicing right now is getting me really stoked. And yes, I had to borrow a 90′s term to label this feeling of anticipation and excitement I’m experiencing.

Because I just dated myself by using a 90′s term, my…

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Added by candy tamano on February 1, 2013 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Dreaming of sunshine series, part 3

SUNLOVERS HAVEN # 3 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS

I love SouthPadre Island for many reasons. One is the proximity to my husband’s family.( I’m blessed to have the nicest, most loving and caring in-laws).  Although my in-laws are native New Yorkers, they retired to South Texas in the mid-80′s and have called it home since.

But family aside, South Padre Island is definitely the gem of the state of Texas. Situated in the tropical tip of Texas, SPI is bordered by the…

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Added by candy tamano on February 1, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Dreaming of sunshine series part 2

SUN LOVERS HAVEN # 4  ST. LUCIA

One of the advantages of traveling to St. Lucia or any of the Caribbean Islands, is its proximity to the east coast. Just a few hours of  jetting and you’re in paradise.

St. Lucia is simply stunning. Located midway down the eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, this exotic destination is only 14 miles wide and 27 miles long. On the eastern shore of the island is the Atlantic Ocean while its west coast delivers the calmer…

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Added by candy tamano on January 31, 2013 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Dreaming of sunshine

Yesterday  I wrote a piece on seasonal affective disorder. Writing that piece made me reflect on my first years as a transplant in New York.

Moving to New York was an exhilarating, pivotal episode in my life. One memory that sticks out to me on my first year as an official resident of NY is getting bundled up to watch the parade down 5th Avenue for St. Patrick’s Day. Who cared if I wasnt Irish, I was there to partake of the revelry and stand in awe of the new life ahead of me.…

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Added by candy tamano on January 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

The 411 on getting your 1,2,3's on 747's

note: this was posted on my blog during Thanksgiving week 2012

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and for many Americans that means clocking many windshield hours should the mode of transport preferred is by car.

But for many families Thanksgiving means hauling the kids to grandma and grandpa’s using up all the sky miles mom and dad have been saving all year long.

And for families like mine who have…

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Added by candy tamano on January 29, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Winter Blues a.k.a. SAD

Looking out the window and it’s snowing again. Feeling the pitter patter of cabin fever creeping up on me once more. Or the onset of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.  But what exactly is SAD?

 According to the American Academy of Family Physicians,
“patients with seasonal affective disorder have episodes of major depression that tend to recur during specific times of the year, usually in winter. Like major depression, seasonal affective disorder probably is under…
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Added by candy tamano on January 28, 2013 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

Fun Family Destinations

With winter recess fast approaching, spring break and summer are not far behind.

If you are lucky enough to have a vacation fund tucked away to dip into, check out these family friendly destinations. There’s still time to get those search engines rolling to find the perfect get-away for the family.

1. A Disney theme park

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Whether you’re West Coast or…

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Added by candy tamano on January 25, 2013 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Classical music, opium of the people

In my culture, our generation grew up in a time when our moms made their kids take piano lessons or karate . It was the “thing” back then. More specifically, any parent who had kids under 12 made their daughters take up either ballet or piano, and the sons had to endure weekends of karate or judo classes.

My mom put me in both ballet and piano. I took ballet classes on and off from 3rd to 6th grade. That lasted significantly longer than the piano lessons. My piano teacher came to…
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Added by candy tamano on January 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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