My Mommy's Neighborhood

serving moms for 10 years

My Mommy's Neighborhood - serving moms for 10 years

Family Pizza Night with Marco’s Pizza

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then I am sure you probably have pizza on your meal plan at least twice a month. My family would eat it every day if I let them.  They were screaming with joy, when I told them that we had been invited to sample Marcos Fresh Pizza.  It was even funnier that the day before a circular had arrived announcing their pizza specials.

Marco’s Pizza, the nation’s fastest growing pizza franchise, has found a new way to combine authentic Italian and Mediterranean flavors, reinvigorating traditional pizza for families craving new tastes! Starting March 24, Marco’s Pizza will serve up its new Grilled Chicken Florentine Pizza!  Imagine, tender grilled chicken, parmesan garlic sauce, four cheeses, fresh spinach and sliced tomatoes, with chopped red onions on dough made daily? Delicious! This new pizza will please any pizza lover’s appetite. And, just in time for National Spinach Day, Marco’s Pizza is introducing fresh spinach to its pizza toppings! Add fresh spinach to Marco‘s Cheese Pizza, a three cheese blend of fresh never frozen cheese on fresh never-frozen dough made daily”

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Mouth watering yet?, well mine was and I could not wait for family pizza night.  I will admit that I was a little worried because of my picky eaters. My son especially hates veggies so I normally disguise and/or trick him into eating them. My daughter loves veggies but her preference is a plain cheese pizza. The promise of ice cream (which is a week day no-no) convinced them to at least try. Hearing the mouthfuls of “yummy and can I have another” was like music to my ears. I was able to squeeze in a piece of each and I had to agree their responses. The fresh spinach was a great addition to the pizza sauce which was spiced just right, not too sweet or salty. My daughter loved the Grilled Chicken Florentine as it tasted very similar to her favorite pasta dish. It was a truly a win-win!

Our pizza was made to perfection and the ingredients were definitely fresh. We could look over the counter and see each thing as it was added and the aroma of the store spoke to our hungry bellies.  I felt great about my decision to have our family pizza night at Marco’s. It was as close to homemade as we could get. They are in no way your typical neighborhood pizza shop. The online ordering option will make our next visit even easier.  The kids have already circled what else they want to try on the menu.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Niche Parent Network & Conference and Marco’s Pizza. All opinions are my own. 

Fitness Challenge

fitness runningWith spring around the corner and so many of us have broken resolutions of getting fit, I decided to start a challenge. I realize I do much better with a tangible goal and figured you might also. I promise this challenge will be easy and the weekly prizes will be fun.

My hope is that the end of this challenge you will not only have lost a few pounds but are feeling better overall and will continue to push yourself. It takes 30 days to create a habit so this challenge will run for 12 weeks.

Monday, March 10, 2014 will be the official start date.  Here are a few suggestions is preparation.

  1. Weigh yourself and record the number. You not be required to share unless you want.
  2. Take a picture of yourself wearing a bathing suit – front and back. This will serve as your before pic. Of course you do not have to share unless you want:)
  3. Have a full body composition test done if possible. Many gyms have analyzers that can tell you your percentage body fat and BMI.
  4. Appoint an accountability partner or two.
  5. Think about a previous time when you attempted to be more conscious of your fitness and health, why didn’t it work? What was missing? What can help you succeed this time?

I am looking forward to sharing in this journey with you.

It’s Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day

I met these great fighters at the C4YW Conference.

I met these great fighters at the C4YW Conference.

When you hear triple negative you probably think it is a good thing. This is what most people thought when I shared my diagnosis. Unfortunately it is not.

A breast cancer diagnosis is usually based upon the presence, or lack of, three “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). The most successful treatments for breast cancer target these receptors.

Unfortunately, none of these receptors are found in women with triple negative breast cancer. In other words, a triple negative breast cancer diagnosis means that the offending tumor is estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative and HER2-negative, thus giving rise to the name “triple negative breast cancer.” On a positive note, this type of breast cancer is typically responsive to chemotherapy. Because of its triple negative status, however, triple negative tumors generally do not respond to receptor targeted treatments. Triple negative breast cancer can be particularly aggressive, and more likely to recur than other subtypes of breast cancer.

This is not a day to celebrate but to raise awareness and funds to continue research and help others.  Pink Ribbon Stiletos was founded to do just that. Please take this time to donate to support our cause. Every little bit helps.

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