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Morey’s Piers, Wildwood NJ – Same As it Ever Was, Only Better!


Mariner’s Landing Pier is the Center Pier and a Good Place to Start as Any!

Mariner's Landing Pier View, Just 1 of Morey's 3 Piers in Wildwood NJ

Our View Of Mariner's Landing Pier as we approached our first ride of the day! It's go time!!!

 

What a great day in Wildwood NJ we had! My family and I arrived in Wildwood NJ around 12:30pm impressing Grandpop Harry, my father, when we picked him up in the amazing Hybrid Yukon Denali that was on loan to me from @GMNortheast for our Jersey Shore Vacation this year. My father lives in Wildwood year round, most times he gets stuck with the trek up for holiday gatherings and such, but when it comes to summer time, I find it in myself to drive down to visit him at least once a summer. What can I say, I’m a giver like that…lol. We scoop up my fun loving dad (read takes out his teeth to show them to my daughter) and head for the boards arriving at 1pm, found parking for $5 in a lot, got on the boards and headed towards Mariner’s Landing Pier.

View From Airplane Ride is PopPop Harry's Head

We had an excellent view of Pop Pop Harry's balding head from on top of the airplanes.

With my daughter being Preschool age, the height requirement eases and she enjoys more thrilling rides with each new visit. Some rides she was able to ride solo and proud starting just this year were the Airplanes, the Convoy & the Pink Elephants. Accompanied by an adult this year, she got to ride even more rides including: the Doo Wopper & Flitzer, 2 moderate thrill rides that are considered kiddie roller coasters. If you ask my daughter, she would most likely tell you that she, “LOVES, LOVES, LOVES roller coasters”. I as her mom think it’s totally cute she is saying the LOVES 3x now to stress how much she LOVES something.

 

Jump Around on Surfside Pier part of Moreys Piers in Wildwood NJ

Jump Around is Hopper with Wheels Instead of Frog Legs!

 

I digress…afraid beyond my wildest imagination of roller coasters most of my entire life straight into adulthood, let alone as a 3 year old child, she must get this dare devil side from her Father. Roller coasters were just one of many terrors placed in this world to scare me, so clearly this courage and bravery for high thrill rides was not bestowed upon her from myself. I’m proud and happy she has this excitement along with the courage to try activities such as these higher thrill rides without being too afraid. She even convinced Me (aka Mama Chrissy) to go on The Great Nor’Easter. I’ve only dared to ride this upside down roller coaster, classified High Thrill Ride in the Inside’s Guide provided by Morey’s Piers, one other crazy time in my life a few years back just to be able to check a goal off of my life’s bucket list and to conquer a fear. At that time in my life, I had decided that fears deemed mostly safe by me, needed to be tried at least once in my life. I was sick of being the one that stood below and watched everyone else have fun, so I made some goals and had at them. For a few years in a row, each year I selected a different fear I had been carrying around with me. Some years I conquered high thrill rides, 1 year I rode jet skis and another year I had a conversation with someone I thought I would never go through with that involved me having to ask for an apology that I believed was long overdo.

 

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Mama Rides The Great Nor'Easter

It was a GREAT feeling giving up all control, being FREE in the air as the heavy machine whipped us around like rag dolls. I could barely turn my head to look over at Al to see how he was handling it. Nothing I could say or do was or could have stopped that roller coaster machine, I was helpless and somehow that was exciting, thrilling, invigorating all rolled up into 1 minute of my life (which I knew would end in 1 minute). When I staggered off the Nor’Easter, getting my footing as I got back on solid ground I had a plastered smile on my face as I searched the crowd for my Daughter and my Dad to see their shocked and pleased looks on their faces. When my eyes finally met their eyes, I was greeted with those looks in addition to my daughter’s look of disappointment because I didn’t let her go on the roller coaster with me….lol.

Not gonna lie, my arthritic/fibromyalgia body took a beating on this ride, so I stopped at that one roller coaster because today was about my daughter having fun and I didn’t want Mama unable to move even though my mind was saying give me more.

The Insider’s Guide Was More Useful Than I Had Thought it Was Going to Be!

The Insider’s Guide was super for finding the rides that were best geared toward my daughter on each pier. Of course maps of the piers are shown with rides numbered, which makes finding information, such as height requirements and thrill level a breeze. I would love to see a small description on some of the rides that I just couldn’t figure out from the ride’s name what kind of ride it would be, like the Doo Wopper. Clearly everyone knows what the Tilt-a-whirl goes a round and a round, but the Doo Wopper, that could have been anything. In their defense it does sort of look like a roller coaster in the guide now that I’m looking back…ha! That was the only confusing part of the guide for me. The weekly specials are worth your time to check out for two reasons. 1. if you are looking for a deal, stay tuned for savings and/or 2. if you are looking to go during non peak times, don’t go on the biggest deal day which appears to me to be Tuesday. You can find all this information on www.MoreysPiers.com as well. Happy Riding :)

Morey’s Piers Parent Friendly Program Thrills Parents!!

I liked seeing “The Parent Friendly” Program where parents ride free on select rides if the child doesn’t met the exact height requirement. Very cool to see Morey’s Piers acknowledging that 1. Parents don’t want to buy wristbands and/or tickets for themselves just to be able to ride a child’s ride = so not cool and 2. Gives the child more respect by saying we recognize you’re not quite tall enough for this ride, but if you can convince an adult to get on, you can get on too.

Morey’s Piers Official Height Measurement Program Saves Parents Stress on Fun Time Days!!

Also, if you would like you may visit Guest Services to have your child’s height officially measured and a wrist band issued noting your child’s height in case their is a case of question at the ride. Nice to see this option available for those children that are failing right in between the cutoffs of most rides, which seems to be 36″, 42″, 48″or 56″. So instead of causing Mama or Papa Bear to ask for re-measurement (read holding up the lines and annoying everyone including themselves and their child) and assuring the ride attendant your child is tall enough, you can save yourself the stress and have this little measure done before setting out for the days amusements. I myself LOVE this idea. I haven’t tried it out yet for ourselves, because my daughter is clearly over 36″, but not anywhere near 42″. I will use this program when necessary, but didn’t want to overburden the system just to try it out.

What’s New in 2011 for Morey’s Piers?

 

"It" New Ride Just This Year, Morey's had it customized like no other ride you've seen beforel

Courtesy of Morey Family Archives, Photo by Rob Kulisek

New Pier Attractions – “it” on Surfside Pier, Jumbo’s Boardwalk Grille & Eatery gets a face-lift and now serves a selection of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

New Events- The Wild Half Marathon, Morey’s Fears: Terror on the Boardwalk Halloween event, Souper Sunday Chowder and Chili Cook Off

Breakfast in the Sky, Morey’s Piers, Wildwood NJ

Did you know that since 2010 with an advance reservation, on specific days in July & August you can have breakfast on the Ferris Wheel? Yes, you read correctly. You can have a meal while enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean along with the amusements and boardwalk at the same time. How amazing is this? Ok, you’re thinking they throw together some cheap food and call it a meal and send you on your way. Think again, because this meal is prepared by their executive chief, served on china that’s placed upon fresh white linens. Pricing is on par with such a treat, but it’s not out of line for the exclusive experience. Click Breakfast in the Sky Reservations to find out prices and click Breakfast in the Sky Details to see the food selection, along with available time slots and FAQ.

Dreams Do Come True in Wildwood NJ

Pop Pop Harry & Jenna On The Way to the Boardwalk

Pop Pop Harry & Jenna On The Way to the Boardwalk

All in all this day reminded me of my childhood and coming to the boardwalk every summer with my family, mostly my dad who dreamed of living in Wildwood since he was a little boy. A few years back his dream became a reality. Now, each year that I visit the Jersey Shore with my daughter I’m sure to pick my dad up and take him with us to walk the boardwalk (his favorite park every time we went down), rides and enjoy the day with his granddaughter, who thinks he is the hoot he sets out to be, teeth or no teeth! The boardwalk still feels the same to me, only I’m different. I’m grown up, with my own child and my own life. I really enjoy these trips and enjoyed writing this review.

Disclosure: These thoughts are of my own opinions even though Morey’s Piers provided me with a pass to review the piers.

Love Mama Chrissy

Publisher for MamasLittleHelper.org
Columnist for Parents Express Magazine
Writer for Examiner.com
Wildwood New Jersey

Type A Parent Conference with RA & Emergency Flight Home!


Lawyers, Money, Disease, Drugs, Friends, Depression!

This year I decided to head to TypeA despite my health not doing so well. The break from my somewhat emotionally challenging life along with the fun times I was sure to have with my comupter freinds that I would now be seeing In Real Life would be like a retreat for my soul.  I was certain I would walk away from TypeA with a new lease on life and ready to take on all things going on in my personal life and beyond. Well, there were other plans for me because I ended up leaving #TypeAConference early via an emergency flight home to Philly on Friday after spending all day Thursday in bed, b/c my RA & Fibro were flaring up in addition to uncontrollable sobbing that I was experiencing. Latter I find out that was depression. Homeward bound to seek medical treatment from my doctors and TLC from my family, I left TypeA defeated and confused with lots questions for my doctors and lots of of decisions to think about for myself on the plane ride home, ahem make that rides…I had a layover in Charlette (which I must say, one of the most beautiful airports, I’m actually glad I got to experience. 
Since my daughter was born, I’ve been torn whether or not to go back on my RA drugs, they are hard core, they are toxic and my feelings are that some of them will run through my body doing more damage than they are able to cure. Of course my doctors warned me flare ups of this nature were in my future if I elected to not go back on the drugs. I’m already in chronic pain and unable to live a normal life without a flare up. A flare up just makes my life even worse. The RA docs urged me to start Remicade right away after my daughter was born and I was so scared to go on this hardcore drug at the age of 36, but I really do think it’s one of my last resorts along with a major diet adjustment. I need to try eliminating certain foods in my diet to see if I can’t bring my body some pain relief. I’m looking to remove gluten, carbs and lots of the sugars. I have a feeling, it won’t be an end all b/c after all, I do have an auto immune disease that’s causing my chronic pain. However, I do think things such as the food I eat and the stress I’m under exacerbate my condition. Just this week I realized oatmeal in its most procesesd form is causing me such inflamation, redness, heat and I’m down sleeping for hours after I eat it. I would normally blame such an episode on my RA, however, I’ve noticed this has happed the last 4 times I’ve eaten oatmeal, so it’s the damn oatmeal causing me to feel like garbage this paticular time. And, how many other food are out thre that I’m sensitive to? How many will I find out that make me sick like this and I’m slowly killing myself eating them and finding myself in the bed in pain, never puttint two and two together. Hey, I was told I have chronic pain from RA & Fibro….who was I to go poking around looking for any other reasons to be causing my pain? Well, I’m poking and I’ll be poking a lot people, so you may want to steer clear of Mama right now as she pokes her way back to health for crying out loud! Jeez Louis….what’s a girl got to do to get a doctor to do some poking around so we kind find a diagnoses already instead of giving me lame answers such as RA & Fibro. Sure, I belive I have them both, but come one….tell me about the poking that can be done, tell me about the food mood connection. Enlighten me, is that not your jobs?

TypeAParent Conference and MamasLittleHelper.org

I made it to one session and could barely keep my head up during it, I felt like I was going to pass out from the pain I was in. Sarah Phinx and Amanda Jenson did a wonderful job discussing the transition from blogger to social media consultant. This is one of my dreams when my disability gets out of my way. I feel like I fight so hard to have a normal life, a pain free life…a life that I can just get out of bed and go do what normal people do. One where I don’t need to worry if I have all my pain medication with me, one where I don’t need to worry if I can make it through a whole day of Sesame Place with my 3 year old, one where I can work at least part time after my daughter is in bed or while she is with her father. I want my life back!!

Are My Health Challenges Related to My Hormones?

I know some of you will think I’m nuts, but I have good reason and proof to sway your mind otherwise, so read on.

Sometimes I wonder if my health challenges aren’t related to my hormones, such as adrenal fatigue. Seriously, I know when I was going through my infertility treatments (Yes 4 years ttc, 6IUI’S,1IVf/ICSI (great cycle), some of my hormones were replaced and I got different levels of energy back as doctors switched me from hormone to hormone with the hopes of that helping me to conceive, which it did! It worked, their master plan, intense as it was, worked. Side effects were less pain for me during the ttc phase from the hormone replacements and less RA pain while I was pregnant from my own body’s natural ability to produce a hormone to take away my pain. It was great. I’ve also tried hormone replacement drugs as a way to reduce my pain and inflamation with my RA. There is something to be said about giving the hormone replacement significant research to relieving chronic pain. I hope doctors are doing what they can to connect the two and for now we as consumers can do our own research and trial and error.
As I stated above since my return from the conference I’ve been under my doctor’s care for depression. With all my health challenges, my divorce with custody issues, the loss of good friends and others just doing me wrong as they use me to make their way to the top….I caved to the thoughts of sadness. Since I’ve been seeing my seeing my doctor, I feel more like myself each and every day, but I’m not going to kid you…its rough. I still cry. I still feel sad. I’m going to talk more about this in my column in the August issue of Parents Express Magazine. If others can not make the mistake that I made, which was not seeking help when I started feeling down originally especially when my family started noticing the changes and begging me to see the doctor, then I’ll feel like I’ve done my part in educating parents that we, the strongest of them all are susesptable to feeling of depression, so seek help as soon as you notice a change in yourself, even if you think you are fine.
Thank you @GMNortheast for the sweet TahoeHybrid to drive to and from TypeA in NC. What an amazing truck. I want one bad. It was great on gas! I can’t wait to exeperience more vehicles like this in your class. I’m thinking hybrid in my futrue. Thanks :)

Fun Sunday at Dutch Wonderland with RA & Fibromyalgia!


Dutch Wonderland Family Fun Weekend Vacation

Dutch Wonderland

We surprised our princess and wrapped up our Lancaster weekend with a Dutch Wonderland visit! Being too young to enjoy the rides last we visited, the stroller was her ride of choice. If your little one is under 36 inches tall, you should wait until once they rise above this milestone as the rides aren’t as exciting compared to the rides for the 36″ or even more remarkable the 42″ child, that is if they are going with children who fall into one of the taller brackets. It was hard for my daughter last year to not be going on the same rides as her taller cousin as he went running all over the park screaming with delight from ride to ride that she wasn’t tall enough to ride. However, if it’s just them and you (no older/taller children), then the 36″ and under tot most likely wouldn’t even realize what they were missing, because there are plenty of cool rides to keep them busy all day long.

We were headed to Lancaster County to check out the Double Tree Hilton in Lancaster…again, special thanks to the Hilton for the wonderful invite and beautiful accommodation, we were only 6 miles away from DW. Instead of heading directly home, why not head over to Dutch Wonderland for some fast moving excitement, which is right up this 3 year old’s alley.

For moms with Fibromyalgia, moms with Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any health challenges, like myself…trips like this can be scary before you even leave. I worry if I will have enough energy to keep going, how many times I will need to stop, what my pain level is going to be, will it be too humid and my RA really flair up- I pray for little pain so we as a family can enjoy the weekend. As any parent does, you need to find a way to make this happen for your child, so I’ve come up with a few strategies I utilize to help insure I’ll have the best time possible, while staying the longest time in the park as I can.

Healthy Tips for Enjoying Summer Trips to Theme Parks While Struggling with RA & Fibromyalgia!

  • plenty of rest the night before
  • healthy eating to keep energy up
  • limit sugar intake to reduce highs and lows in energy level
  • secure fitting sneakers not only soothe achy feet, protect your back too
  • staying hydrated keeps you feeling well
  • stretch and take breaks (stand/sit) even if you feel well keeps your muscles/joints from tightening
  • pack ice packs or plastic bags to fill with ice you get from the snack shop, use on achy joints alternating different locations
  • bring your China Gel/Bio Freeze/Tiger Balm or whatever arthritic ointment you love best
  • take your anti-inflammatory along with any supplements such as acai berry that reduce inflammation
  • give yourself a mini massage in spots that are exhausted throughout the day, watch you don’t hurt those hands
  • go in the pool (immediate anti-inflammatory)
  • go in air condition buildings to combat tender, hot joints
  • enjoy shows, monorails, sky line or train rides (anything that takes longer than 5 min that can give your body at least a min break without you being a lame duck for stopping to sit at every park bench
  • enjoy a fruit smoothie or another very cold treat that gives you the overall sensation of being cool
  • take a warm bath with Epsom salt back in the hotel room and go to bed early
  • don’t plan for an entire day of walking, just pick the most important rides- get to them and then spend time in the water park in the afternoon

When we first arrive, I was sure to inquire about the special id bracelets (neon green) available free of charge, write my phone number on the inside and put it on my daughter’s wrist in case we are separated. Pointing out all the employees in dark blue and light blue shirts as safe people that she may approach should should find herself lost, I begin my conversation explaining that she shouldn’t get lost if she follows the rules of staying close by Mom and not running off.

Dutch Wonderland Lost Child Id Bracelet

Today was an awesome day to go, because it was a very iffy day for weather, mid 60′s, cloudy and a 35% chance of rain in the forecast kept the park pretty low key all day. Everyone knows this means no lines for anything, food or ride related!! woot! woot!

First stop is the Joust Family Coaster, which was her first roller coaster. Followed by many, many rides, all of which fulfilled her thrill seeking side. We even went on one of the two new rides this year, Leapen’ Frogs. This was a special trip for us, my daughter did a lot of the rides independently, really emphasizing her fast approaching “big girl” world. For me this was bitter sweet, as I want her to be independent, proud of her accomplishments, but be my baby forever!

 

Thanks again to the great weather, we were able to skip the air conditioned eateries in the park (Castle Cafe & Mill Stream Eatery) an opt for pizza and fries. Potato Patch has fresh cut fries – which can also be a yummy snack to hold you over till after 2pm when the crowds aren’t so bad in the eateries on extremely busy days at the park. As I walked through the park, there were plenty of spots to rest and fill up on my ice as well as the water rides to cool off. This park had a lot of the strategies I utilize to keep me going during my theme park trip.

Free Parking & Free Hours at Dutch Wonderland

What a great time we had at Dutch Wonderland! We will be back for sure! Free Parking! One last cool thing I want to point out is about the Preview Plan they offer 3 hours before Park closing. Purchase a regular admission ticket for a full day at the Park tomorrow – and join them FREE for the remainder of the evening! Also returning this year, is the free wonderland mini golf- just show your ticket stub and you’ll be ready for your hole-in-one! This is one amusement park you can’t afford to not have on your list of things to do this summer!

Philly Mom Blogger

Does Massage & Chiropractic Help Your Fibromyalgia?


In one word, YES!

Massage & Chiropractic

Dr. Heidi Bencsik

Help This Mom’s Fibromyalgia!

Since my twenties, I’ve been getting massages to relax my muscles. The massages always had an added bonus of helping my mind to deal with the chronic everyday pain I had which was my parting gift of being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Fibromyalgia (Fibro). My massages never really took away all the pain, but once I started doing both massage and chiropractic together, strategically working on various sections of my body with both Melanie Boyd of Wellness, Naturally! and Dr. Heidi Bencsik of Willow Wellness & Chiropractic Care of Doylestown, things started to feel a little better.  Continue reading Does Massage & Chiropractic Help Your Fibromyalgia?

Acai Berry Juice Helps Mom With Arthritis Morning Stiffness


Lately Mama hasn’t been able to close my hands in the morning. It takes me about an hour of activity before my joints loosen up and I’m able to use them again (not pain free, but the body is moving a little better). Continue reading Acai Berry Juice Helps Mom With Arthritis Morning Stiffness

Mama's Disability Holds Me Back!


Mama’s Health Challenges

I have health challenges that I do a good job of hiding when I’m out and about on my so called “Good Days”. Most people would never know I have such pain and limitations. When I drop off of life’s radar most of my friends just think I’m out hanging with other friends, when I’m really home trying to get my body moving. I don’t like to feel sorry for myself and I know friends/family don’t want to hear about my illness every time they speak with me, so I keep quiet about it mostly. Most friends/family think they would be ok with hearing about it all the time, however I know it gets old and it’s a downer to hear someone complain all the time. The past month it’s been hard to be quiet about how I feel because my body is not my friend lately. I’ve missed playdates/classes, rescheduled coffees, bailed on events and haven’t stayed in touch with family/friends as much as I’m used to.

So, your first question is probably what’s wrong with Mama and for how long has she been this way? I remember as far back as elementary school when I missed many school days or came home early because I just didn’t feel well…I wasn’t sick with a cough or fever, yet my body hurt all over. My mom was skeptical, but always trusted in me….thanks to her being a super protective Italian Mommy she, mostly thinks with her heart when it came to her little ones. Once I was older, we got a diagnose that I had Rheumatoid Arthritis & (what is now called) Fibromyalgia. I have good days and bad days. The Fall is the worst time for my body….I think it’s the weather changes.

I would love to connect with other people out there in similar situations. What is your day like? How do you deal with your disability and taking care of your little ones?

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