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Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the Web that I am loving this week:

1. Twelve mistakes women make in middle age via Health.

2. Seven thoughts healthy people have while grocery shopping via Well + Good.

3. How to recover from a long flight via Thrillist.

Tips For Hosting A Successful (and Fun!) Party

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Whether this is going to be your first official gathering or you’ve had so many you’ve lost count, it’s never too late to try to impress your friends all over again. Over the years we've hosted guests for everything from a small gathering for happy hour to 30+ guests to celebrate a special occasion. I've learned a thing or two about how to entertain so your guests feel special and welcomed in your home. Here are a few tips hat are sure to impress your guests at your next gathering!

Life Lessons: Lead By Example

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Now that our daughters are in 10th and 6th grade respectively, they are old enough to be taught some important life lessons. It goes without saying that every parent wants the best for their kids. This is especially true when it comes to education. The things they learn in their early years are going to stick with them. Hence, we set them up in the best schools, and even pursue educational activities during weekends.

But, while education is important, it’s not the only thing you need to teach. In fact, the most valuable lessons they’ll learn from you are life lessons they won’t learn in school. These are the things which will take them from children to adults and help set them up for success.

It may sound daunting, but for the most part, we teach our kids these things without realizing. How? By leading by example. Our children learn a lot about the ways of the world, just by watching us. Which is why it’s important for you to set a good example in the following areas.

Smart Investment Tips For Families

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Securing your family’s financial future should be at the top of your list of priorities. Making sure that you’re all provided for, for the rest of your lives, means being sensible with your money now. Saving up cash is one way to do it, but it can be difficult when you’re covering the costs of running a household and providing for a family. If you want to see that money grow into a healthy sum for the future, you need to invest it wisely. Here are a few suggestions for smart investments that are perfect for families.

Splurge vs. Save

A popular fall trend that you are likely to see a lot of this season is the deconstructed look. It's like an article of clothing was taken apart and put back together again in a more interesting way. It's not for everyone, and I have to admit, many of the pieces I am seeing do not appeal to me. But I have taken a liking to some of the shirttail hem items I am seeing. 

However, because deconstructed is a trend that isn't likely to stick around for years to come, I don't want to spend a lot of money on the items, but I still want to wear the trend. Here are two very similar items at very different price points.

Trends only come around once in a while, splurge on this solid and plaid top from Vince Camuto while this trend is still hot!

Save some cash and treat yourself to a mani/padi by purchasing the Drop Shoulder Checkered Hem Sweatshirt from SheInside.

How To Hurricane-Proof Your Home

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shore five years ago, coastal towns were devastated and outer lying areas were left reeling. We lost power for six days. School was cancelled for two weeks, and we were in a state of shock. We learned many lessons from our experience with Hurricane Sandy. First and foremost, we learned that it's definitely worth hurricane-proofing your own home and being prepared for the worst case scenario. You just never know when a natural disaster will happen and how extensive the damage and aftermath will be. It’s better to be prepared for it now than to regret it later. With Hurricane José ready to bear down on the Jersey shore, we are once again preparing for a potential hit. Here are some of the steps we've taken to hurricane-proof home:

Tips For Keeping Your Home Running Smoothly

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It's so important to make sure everything in your home is working as it should. What may start out as a barely visible crack in the wall, can amount to an even bigger crack that pours out dirty rain water and causes your basement to be infested with mold. We had a small leak in our dining room ceiling a few years ago that we casually ignored. It eventually became a larger leak which resulted in ripping out the dining room ceiling, replacing the sheetrock, and repainting the entire room. You've got better things to do than deal with home repairs that could have been avoided.

Here's how to regularly inspect your home and what to look for:

Win Tickets to See Danone Nations Cup on September 24th

On Sunday, September 24th the Danone Nations Cup will be held at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Danone Nations Cup is the world's biggest football (soccer) tournament for children aged 10-12. The best players, both boys and girls, will come together in New Jersey to compete. And you have a chance to be there!

The event will feature official ambassadors from all over the world including Abby Wambach from the United States. Wambach is a former American soccer player. She played for the US women’s national soccer team from 2003 to 2015 and won two Olympic gold medals and also two FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The boys' tournament features elite soccer players from 32 countries, and the girls' tournament features elite soccer players from 6 countries. You don't want to miss out on this chance to take your children to see some of the world's best young players compete for the world title.

Legendary stadiums all over the world have played host to this extraordinary event, and this year, it is being held in the United States. And to top it off, it's being held right here in New Jersey.

Sunday's World Final will be an all day family event from 10:30am until 5:30pm. It will include the final 20 ranking matches of the tournament as well as activities for the fans throughout the day – games, contest and other activations outside the stadium and in the stands.

Icing on the cake is DNCE, led by front man and NJ local, Joe Jonas, will be giving a special performance at the end of the day, including their hit single “Cake By The Ocean”! You won’t want to miss this.


Pieces of a Mom has 25 - two packs tickets to give away for anyone interested in attending. Please comment on this post with your name and email address if you'd like to be considered for this giveaway. Winners will be chosen on Thursday, September 24 and notified by the morning of Friday, September 22nd so you have time to plan to attend the event. Keep in mind that you each winner (there will be 25) will receive two (2) tickets and you will be responsible for your own parking expenses. All winners must be over the age of 18.

Winners will be notified via email so be sure the correct email is given.

Weekend Dispatch

After a weekend away in Brooklyn last weekend and a busy week full of back-to-school nights, we are staying put this weekend. I've quickly learned that having two daughters (one a teen and the other a tween) means they have a jam packed social calendar on the weekends, and I dare not mess with it. ;-)

The Hubs and I have gotten adept at planning around them, but sometimes our plans just don't work out due to playing the part of their personal chauffeurs. Here's what's happening this weekend.

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. America's most Instagrammed landmarks, by state via CBS News.

2. The most common birthday and most popular month for births in the U.S. via Real Simple.

3. How to know if you need a rest/mental health day via MindBodyGreen.