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Kids… It’s The Start of the Holidays! We are visiting……

25 Nov

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to visit, have dinner, share gifts and catching up!   This is when YOUR children are told to be on their best behavior!  This is where you try to get out of your mind; that you know your kids are absolutely crazy and how dare you let them out of their world; into the crazy world of having Thanksgiving dinner with other people!  The ones that don’t live with you, but they have asked throughout the year – “How’s things going?”

The truth is it’s chaotic!  Your busy with the day to day stuff; that you can’t do everything – even though you think you are Super Mom or Super Dad!  So the Thanksgiving Holiday is finally here and you now have keep your  word on the dish you said you’ll bring and start prepping…your children!   “Guys lets set some guidelines for dinner!”

“Be respectful, say PLEASE and say that little thing like Thank You…..a lot! And no fighting!!!”  You are hoping by the time you reach your destination, that your military tactic of running the guidelines will some how stick!  Only to remind yourself that these are little people and it’s probably going to be a bust within 20 minutes of your arrival; maybe 10 minutes!

Then you also decide perhaps to give yourself a mental pep talk! Yes, you will be saying “Sorry” more than often that not, demand time outs throughout the entire day and hope your little prayers are answered for that favorite inappropriate word that you giggle about at home………… isn’t said! 🙂

Nevertheless, you are going to have a good time and it’s about family, friends, family and all the food you like!  For those next visits…….I have a little help for you!Delia Ephron, Author

You remember the book “The Sisters of Travelling Pants”, written by the beautiful Delia Ephron?

Well here’s another great book she has written called “Do I Have to Say Hello?  Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown Ups”  

It has a quiz for you and your children, just to see what things to brush up on when venturing out amongst the world!

This delightful book shares her encounters with her nephew shown with funny illustration depictions by the famous Edward Koren; cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

The book doves into many scenarios; such as bubble gum, a bathroom wait, the playground and how to handle that horrible thing on a dinner plate!

The book is so much fun and can be easily shared with children.  It’s doesn’t feel like a lesson; giving you a resource to have some really good results! You may find this may also be good for some grownups as well <you probably are thinking of a few people, right now!>.

Well I have to head back to the kitchen! Wishing everyone the best during the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy!!!!

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

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Letia 🙂





Delia Ephron the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Her movies include You’ve Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and the recent The Lion Is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and More, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Ephron won an Athena Film Festival award for creativity and panache as a screenwriter.

Edward Koren has lifetime freelance relationship between Koren and The New Yorker. The magazine has published thousands of his cartoons and illustrations, including dozens of full-color drawings published on the magazine’s cover. He has also contributed to many other publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, GQ, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Nation and The Boston Globe.

All illustrations copyrighted Material  / Copyright © 2015 Delia Ephron. All rights reserved.  Incredibles Dinner scene All rights belong to Pixar and Disney.

Votre Dans Mes Prieres Paris

13 Nov

When you hurt, we hurt!  I’m so heartbroken! Love to all Parisians at this time! 


“Faced with terror, France has to be strong, she has to be grand. We also need to call everyone to be responsible. If these terrorists want to make us afraid, to fill us with fear. But while we are facing fear we are a nation that knows how to defend itself. We have not finished these operations. At this very moment the special forces have launched their attack on a place in Paris”.

Letia ❤️

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast 1 on 1 Tips

13 Oct

Breast cancer is an illness!  It should not be used to define a woman’s body and spirit!! The two words are absolutely terrifying to hear!

Some woman are so afraid to talk about it and because of this fear; October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month to make it easier, educate, support and take care of ourselves better! There is nothing more beautiful, than being a breast cancer survivor!

To begin a conversation with a family member or friend, here are a few Breast 1 on 1 tips:

  • Get properly fitted for a bra, every six months.  The right cup size is important.
  • Your breast should have supple skin.  Any area that swollen, thickened or inflamed – please see your doctor for a breast examination.
  • Self breast examinations should be performed a week after your period ends.
  • Schedule your appointments to see a your gynecologist and internal medicine physician, six months apart.  This will allow a clinical breast exam every six months.  Remember a breast examination should be performed, if not.. ask for it!
  • Obesity amongst woman is high and the risks of breast cancer are increased, due to the tumors may be harder to feel.  So this an incentive to begin shedding some pounds and scheduling annual mammograms to be more proactive.
  • Don’t skip your mammogram this year! Yes.. self breast examinations should be performed, DO NOT STOP.  A mammogram should be scheduled every year.
  • When performing your monthly self breast examination, if you feel something different; don’t ignore it.  Yes, fear sets in, push back the panic and get checked out!  It may be benign, fibrocystic due to hormonal changes – a professional exam should be scheduled because every lump should be evaluated.
  • If you have a bloody, pink or brown discharge from the breast, see your doctor immediately.
  • If you are called back for a second mammogram, GO! It may be a scar tissue or a calcification which showed on the film!
  • If a lump is detected, know your options.  Women often automatically opt for a mastectomy.  A less invasive surgery or avoid surgery altogether if a cancerous tumor shrinks presurgery via chemotherapy called the neoadjuvant treatment.  It’s possible to change a mastectomy to lumpectomy if the treatment is successful.
  • Breast reconstruction is an option too, don’t assume that is only for the rich and famous, a luxury item beyond budget.  It is not considered cosmetic surgery, it’s restoration of a woman as close to her precancerous as possible; not just to remove the cancer.  There are health insurance benefits who will cover, a check with your provider to ask these important questions, including the percentage that will be covered for the surgery.
  • Remember…You always have the option to push for a second opinions or discuss reconstruction options when initially diagnosed.
  • Often a breast cancer patient refuses to let family members or close friends know they have cancer.  It is very important that support is provided and with all the visits, treatments and psychological emotions which will occur, the patient should not go through it alone.

For additional information on Breast Cancer Awareness and a slew of information, please click the icon to be brought to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® site!  

Letia 🙂

Information provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 
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