A TRUE DISCOVERY AT DISCOVERY COVE

unnamed-2This past April, my family was invited down to Discovery Cove at SeaWorld to experience the wonders and all the ways in which SeaWorld is protecting wildlife. I had never even heard of The Discovery Cove before our visit. We didn’t know what to expect at all and we were mesmerized from the moment we walked into this all-inclusive tropical day resort. Families can experience breathtaking animal encounters while bonding with your children in an educational and relaxing setting. This can include a Dolphin swim that is not only fun but educational and the snorkeling is beautiful as well as the lazy river, but there is so much more which left me wanting to return as soon as I could, and I did. Read more

"It’s Amazing What Happens When You Ask!"~ Brooke Shields, The MOMS & Kidbox MAMARAZZI® 

We asked Brooke Shields how she came to be a part of her latest film Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted and she answered and added in some great words of wisdom!

Set your DVR and look out for the fabulous Brooke Shields in Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted on June 26th on the Hallmark Movie Channel!

Head over to our MAMARAZZI® page for more on Brooke and her latest film!

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Chronicles Of A #FutureCancerSurvivor "A Thank You To My Cancer"

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“It’s not all bad, all the time.”~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

By Denise Albert

We all know that cancer sucks. That’s the obvious. You may feel sick. You may look sick. You have to go through treatment, surgery, loss of hair, exhaustion, mood swings, bathroom issues, rashes. Nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, guilt, scary thoughts and possible death.

This is what we know about cancer. Cancer sucks. I even let my kids say, “F–k Cancer.”

I’m in the midst of it, so most of it does suck. I had surgery in January and have been in chemotherapy since March. It continues through the summer and then on to radiation. I won’t be done with treatment until next May. Whilst I have found some 5mg edible cannabis gummies that help with the vomiting and nausea, it is still an understatement to say it’s unpleasant. I will say that things like CBD are a great relief whilst recovering from cancer because there are many different aches and pains that happen due to the medication. For this reason, it might be beneficial for cancer survivors to read into the likes of We Be High’s comparison post and the other online resources that can guide them in the direction of reputable CBD providers and products. It helped to alleviate this pain and make it much easier to be motivated to beat this nasty illness. Not to mention when our little dog also got cancer it was shown that CBD treatments worked with him as well, where you can get these treatments from places like cbddoghealth.com, so it is a very good way to combat pain during this difficult time, humans and animals alike. There will be more medications for the next 10 years, and I’m already over it. Two weeks ago I had surgery to put in a mediport because my veins have had it. As positive as I’ve been, this procedure and the thought of it set me back emotionally. It hit me hard. I now need a device implanted in my chest. If a port sticking out of my chest with a wire you can see running up to my collarbone isn’t enough of a reminder that I have cancer, then my 11-year-old telling me I look weird without makeup is what does.

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Moments That Make You Go “Ugh."

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Scrubbing Bubbles® and SC Johnson.

As moms we can agree that raising kids is one of the toughest jobs out there, but also the most rewarding. From their first steps to their graduation procession and every moment and mess in-between, we have, or will see it all.

We’re talking about those small moments that make motherhood a bit more interesting. We’re sure you’re familiar with those toothpaste paintings that appear in your bathroom sink that have you screaming “ugh” in your mind but also have you thinking that you have a mini Picasso or two on your hands. You wouldn’t mind so much except for the fact that they did it in your polaris vessel sink and although you can’t help but love them, you just wish they would leave it alone. Or the trail of dirt that your little soccer star brought home after a tough soccer game after school on an afternoon leading right up to and into the bathtub that always leaves a small ring of dirt to remind you of the hard work left on the field and for you later… We’ve just had our bathroom redecorated with after choosing to buy frameless shower doors and going on from there, and so I’m a bit protective of it. It’s funny though, when you get into the swing of remodeling a space there are so many things to think about! Honestly, it can be helpful to look around online for advice. Check out this guide for more help if you’re thinking of redecorating your bathroom. If you plan on renovating your bathroom, it might be worth keeping a reputable plumbing company in mind to make sure anything new is fitted correctly. One of my friends actually recommended these Vancouver plumbers for any plumbing needs that we might have when remodeling. It’s always good to keep a company like that in mind.

You never know what you’re going to find behind those closed doors, especially in the bathroom. That is why Scrubbing Bubbles®, the bathroom cleaning expert, is The MOMS go-to brand to clean up those “ugh” moments. It’s not easy dealing with the tough messes that happen when you share the bathroom with your kiddos, but Scrubbing Bubbles® helps with an array of products to tackle everyday messes. Read more

Chronicles Of A #FutureCancerSurvivor "In Cancer and in Health: The Vows My Partners Never Took"

“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, so is that person’s significant other.” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

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Do you, [insert partner’s name)] take Denise Albert to be your partner? To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or with cancer, for richer or poorer, with cancer and in health?

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Chronicles of a #FutureCancerSurvivor: "When Your Job Requires You Look Pretty Every Day, and You Have Cancer"

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Can you imagine not having any hair?

Imagine having just a few eyelashes left. Imagine the eyebrows that shape your face thinning out, until they must be filled in with pencil to even exist. Imagine that you always look sad, because your eyes tear and drip all the time. Maybe the tears fall out because there are no lashes to catch them, or maybe this is another chemo side effect no one told you about.

Picture your boyfriend rubbing under your nose for you, because you have gotten so used to your nose running all the time that you no longer notice the dribbles. Imagine thinking you have a cold, and then realizing your nose runs because you no longer have nose hair inside.

Maybe the tears fall out because there are no lashes to catch them.

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Chronicles of a #FutureCancerSurvivor: "I Have Cancer. Here's What You Can and Can't Say About It to My Kids"

“I encourage them to feel sad and cry and scream … but they don’t need to get that negativity from anyone else.??” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

The worst part about having cancer is that my kids now have a parent with cancer.

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Part of that guilt and pain comes when someone says something to my kids without thinking. I’ve always believed that language is everything. When I was first separated from my ex-husband, I sent an email to everyone in our world to share the language that we were using with our kids. I know I can’t protect my kids from everyone or every word in the world. However, if it’s possible to help people think before they speak, then I have to try.

Cancer killed their paternal grandfather. Cancer killed their great aunt. But they need to know cancer comes in a lot of different forms.

My kids already knew the word “cancer.” They know “cancer sucks.” They’ve even said “f-ck cancer.” I didn’t even care. I can’t change that word, “cancer.” Cancer killed their paternal grandfather. Cancer killed their great aunt. But they need to know cancer comes in a lot of different forms. And so while they know cancer has killed and can kill, they also need to know that many are cured of cancer. Nonetheless, I’m grateful that a friend encouraged me to put in a life insurance application when I was healthy. I’m aware that a lot of people don’t think about these kinds of things until it’s too late.

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Chronicles of a #FutureCancerSurvivor "Cancer Means No Hair, Don't Care"

“I shaved all my hair off before chemo could take it from me.” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

For the first time in my life, I don’t have hair issues. When I was a teenager I hated my 1980s thick, long, curly pouf. All I wanted was straight hair. In college, I spent at least an hour a day dealing with my hair and learning every trick in the book to get it straight. I finally did – but it was hard work and God forbid if it was humid.

I’ll never forget the time I went backpacking in Europe after college. I was staying in youth hostels blowing my hair in the stairwell because our rooms didn’t have outlets. When going on vacation to warm climates, my hair was always on my mind and a topic of conversation. Brown, dark blonde, wavy, beachy, ironed straight, keratin-treated – I’d gotten so sick of dealing with my hair.

Then the unimaginable happened. My hair started to thin out, mostly in the back. Was it having kids, or was it stress and divorce? I would have done anything to get all of my hair problems back. Extensions became my new best friend – though they came with their own drama. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, she recommended that I tried products like full spectrum hemp to try and strengthen my hair. This wasn’t something I was familiar with, but I was willing to do anything to get my hair back. I’ve also been told to take a look at stress-reducing treatments like medical marijuana where washington dc marijuana delivery is available for those who are having a hard time leaving their house. These types of deliveries, I’ve been told, are in quite a lot of places so that bodes well for people like me and other sufferers.

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Chronicles Of A #FutureCancer Survivor "Why I Booked A "Chemo-Moon"

“Before treatment started, I wanted to pack in as much fun as possible.” ~Denise Albert, The MOMS, #FutureCancerSurvivor #ThisIsChemo

In many ways, the build up to chemotherapy compares to giving birth. I wanted to get everything done beforehand. So instead of a baby-moon, I planned a couple “chemo-moons” – the trips before life would change.

My lumpectomy was scheduled for January 23. I wanted to plan the surgery around trips I had planned with my kids. My boys were supposed to be ball boys at The NBA All-Star Game in Toronto the weekend of February 13, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

Luckily, chemo doesn’t start until 4-6 weeks after surgery. I had even more time to play with since my kids were off from school the whole week after the All-Star Game. Why not plan another trip?

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How I'm Surviving Cancer

“For now, I’ll continue to live as I always do. With some little bumps in the road.?” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

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Denise Albert did everything you’re supposed to do. Her routine mammograms at ages 35 and 40 were clear, as was one last August. “I’ve been careful. I don’t have any family history,” says Albert, co-founder of The MOMS. But she received a notification letter last fall about having dense breast tissue. Then in November, she felt a lump in one breast which hurt – a lot. A December ultrasound and biopsy revealed that she tested positive for early stage breast cancer. Because she’s been open about divorce, parenting, dating, and much of her life, Albert decided to share her journey through treatment.

Since I first shared my story, I have been inundated with calls, texts, emails and messages from friends and strangers. Some are asking me questions like “if other family members have been diagnosed with cancer, do I need critical illness insurance?” or “How long does the treatment take?” and I have done my best to answer them as honestly as possible. But most people are saying how brave I am. In this moment I didn’t feel so brave. Then I re-read some of the emails. Read more

‎#FUTURECANCERSURVIVOR‬ Part 1

By: Denise Albert

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Part 1 of ‪#‎FUTURECANCERSURVIVOR‬ now past me! Before and afters! So grateful for my “D*A* Team”, the rest of my family and friends and for all of YOU! Your messages, personal stories, love and support are truly incredible and have helped me get to this point. My doctor must know me well and made me promise to rest this week…as much as I wanted to pop into The Moms Mamarazzi event tomorrow with Kate Hudson and Lucy Liu. So will be back in action soon before rest of treatment begins!

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Prepping For Surgery #FUTURECANCERSURVIVOR

By: Denise Albert

As I prep for surgery tomorrow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I can’t stop thinking about my intro years ago to Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson through someone else I had just met through work. I was inspired by Elizabeth, not only as a mom of 4, a radiation oncologist but also as an entrepreneur. She started BFFL Co (“Best Friends for Life”), it provides information, 12644899_10153340506667966_383255150925218396_nsupport and a wide range of products that help patients recover from surgery and other medical treatments in comfort and with dignity. We connected immediately.
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'I Call Myself a Future Survivor'~Denise Albert, co founder of The MOMS Shares Shocking Breast Cancer Diagnosis

When Denise Albert, co founder of The MOMS – a multi-media mom-centric brand and event company – found out she had breast cancer five weeks ago, she made a decision to share her discovery. “On our radio show, on our TV segments and at our events we talk about our lives,” Denise, 41, tells PEOPLE. “If I wasn’t open about this, I wouldn’t feel I was being honest.

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The mom of two, who brings together celebrity moms with moms across the country to talk about parenting, has been open about everything from her divorce to dating on her blog Divorce Diaries for The Huffington Post and on the weekly Sirius XM radio show The MOMS. Divorce is always a heavy situation to deal with, with many choosing to go to Wolfe & Stec or other similar legal help. Here, she writes about the lump she discovered last December. Read more

The MOMS Holiday Survival Tips 2015

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The holiday season is a time to be should be cherished with your family and friends. The holiday season is also a hectic time where your stress is on overload. Everyone is dashing around, preparing for holiday parties, shopping for the perfect gifts for family and friends, and attempting to complete what seems like the never ending To-Do list. Which is why I present to you my holiday survival tips and tricks for 2015. Read more