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Posts from May 2013

Vacation...all I ever wanted!

Sue and I were planning our next vacation over the weekend.  We did a random survey among friends:  What’s the #1 vacation spot you’d recommend?

The place that kept popping up was Costa Rica. It has some of the world’s most amazing beaches in both the Pacific and Caribbean, active volcanos, rain forests and mountains.  We are definitely looking into a trip there possibly late summer or early fall.

What is your GO TO vacation spot?  Where would you recommend if you were our travel guide?

Here’s some of the suggestions from today’s show--
Aruba is beautiful

Tahiti!!! The huts are right in the water! Completely exotic!

New Orleans

Kiawah Island SC or Ireland, the west coast

Cruise Alaska

Maui!!!! You'll love it!!


You should try Atlantis in the Bahamas. Just got back so much to do. U would love it

Outer Banks NC

I love going to Puerto Rico and going to Banos de Caomos and it means the baths of Caomo which has a hot spring that help to relax you

Assateague island! Tent camping on the beach with the wild horses

Bar Harbor Maine

I truly recommend you vacation in Kuaii. It is the most luxurious island in Hawii islands. It has beautiful scenery and great food and drinks with awesome entertainment and everyone was extremely nice.

Bora Bora. Most beautiful place on earth

Gatlinburg TN!! Breathtaking views, hiking, white water rafting, many attractions and sights. Locals there are pleasant and so refreshing. Rent a cabin and relax in the evenings in your hot tub :-​) I'm going in July and can't wait.

Most definitely Australia and New Zealand

Massanutten Resort in Virginia. Condos built on the side of a mountain in the Shenandoah mountains. Beautiful. Indoor waterpark. Skiing. Snow tubing. Wineries.

Emerald Isle, NC!!! Beautiful lazy beach town! We love it there!

St. John...US Virgin Islands....omg...the water is breathtaking and the atmosphere is just so laid back.

Island of Mykonos,Greece

Santa Teresa Costa Rica!

Vegas baby

Finger Lakes, New York

St Martin, in the Caribbean. Amazing beaches great food. Half French, Dutch and Caribbean style.

Dreams resort, Punta Cana

I love South Carolina especially around Hilton head

Key West! And Milwaukee
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Invisalign with Dr. Lawrence : I'm HALFWAY!

This morning was a very exciting appointment with Dr. Lawrence . . . i'm not officially on the second half of my Invisalign treatment! Can you see a difference?

My last appointment will be at the end of September, just in time to be done with my Invisalign for the wedding. I am SO glad I started this process when I did . . . so i'll have a perfect smile for our big day! If you're self conscious about your smile or maybe like me had braces when you were younger and your teeth have shifted ... call Dr. L! This whole thing is flying by, i'm so happy I didn't wait any longer than I did and now i'm almost done! Dr. L is SO nice ... all of the ladies in his office are super friendly ... and they can hook you up with a consultation! 288-5588!
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May 25, 2013 ~ Star Wars never looked so good

STAR WARS DAY at Mall at Steamtown today! What an adorable array of Jedi, Wookies, Sith Lords, and Bounty Hunters! Wow. Check out these pics!

my favorites of the day!! The force is strong with them.

Yoda is SO precious!!

This is Jasmine - she's a Jedi Princess. She even MADE her costume herself! Isn't that cool?! What a beauty!

I asked if I could adopt these two. Their folks laughed. I wasn't kidding. Is this not the CUTEST thing you've ever seen???? Obi Wan would be so proud.

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This is your LAST CHANCE to choose what my NEW Blog Feature/Features will involve.

I've been so busy, running here and there and everywhere...and involved with a bunch of stuff, so the Manic Monday Menu Blog Feature I've been doing has been on a little vacation. I've still been cooking and baking A BUNCH of stuff and may post them eventually.
So Check Back Again Soon or Check Me Out On Facebook, as I always post my culinary creations there.

BUT, Right now I am giving you a chance to help choose my next NEW blog feature/features.

CONTACT ME with YOUR SUGGESTIONS on what my NEW Blog Feature/Features should be, since you read my blog...what do you want it to be about or involve?
(examples: food reviews, product reviews, restaurant reviews, etc or anything else you think would be worthy)


Thank you and I look forward to reading your suggestions!

~Manic Marc
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F Cancer???

(Photo courtesy of: 
DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer The Inquirer)

Did you hear about the sisters that were asked to leave the King of Prussia Mall because they were wearing hats that said "F*&% Cancer"?  The full word was spelled out, but the C was replaced with a pink ribbon.

They were wearing the hats to honor their Mom who recently passed away from cancer.  And here's the ironic part:  they were shopping at the mall to buy dresses to wear to their Mom's funeral.

Obviously the mall was insensitive here especially when the timing is taken into account.  But this is where Lissa and I disagreed.

Lissa thinks that if you can buy it at the mall you should be able to wear it at the mall.

We all have our own ways of dealing with personal tragedies, whether its cancer or the loss of a loved one.  But I still think the mall has every right to ask them to remove the hats since it is a public place.

Here's what some of you had to say this morning--

Saying f*** cancer is probably a way for those girls to grieve, however it is not appropriate in a public place where there are children.

This is absurd!!!! My mom has had cancer for 13 years and if you have ever personally dealt with a loved one battling cancer, it is a disgusting & ugly disease. There is no other way to describe it other than f*ck cancer. and if the mall has no posted rules concerning offensive language, they shouldn’t be allowed to make them leave. I know for sure I will NEVER shop at that mall.

I agree with Lissa. I lost both parents to cancer. So yea... F cancer!!!! I'm happy the girls did what they did & that they felt strong enough to do that. I lived in that area & wore ALOT worse to that mall & wasn’t asked to leave. My F-word was full & had the C-word on the back.. This was approx 15 yrs ago

Look around the mall. Do you know how many stores have stuff like that right in the windows. Hot Topics, Spencers,and more.

I have cancer and I don't agree with using the f word I have 2 daughters 17 and 14 and I tell them I am fighting this but I won't let them use that word unfortunately we are dealt things we don't like and don't understand.

People don't get kicked out of malls for having tattoos that have the f word.. But a hat isn't okay? At least this was for a good cause.

I work at a mall and I have seen more offensive things than that hat. Female body parts and young "men" walking around with their pants way below their butt cheeks. I feel anyone offended by this has never experienced cancer first hand. I have had 2 very close and wonderful people die from this ruthless disease. It is an awful way to die. Kudos to those women.

I agree w/ both of u usually I pick a side but this has 1 Hell of a gray area due to timing however, the hat still spells it out clearly

Would much prefer they begin approaching the young men who walk around with their ASSES hanging out of their jeans!!!! Extremely embarrasing.

There are better ways to show your support against cancer. That slogan isn't proving anything.

That is absolutely ridiculous wearing that was perfectly fine You can go to store inside the mall and buy worse than that If they're going to criticize people on the words they can wear on the clothing. Maybe they should make people wear more clothing because I'd rather read that than see parts of people that we’re not supposed to see.

I say F that. Have you seen what they sell in Spencer's? Also I'm offended by Red Sox jerseys but they let those people in!

Interesting question. If the ladies were wearing the curse word item they purchased in a store at that mall, would they have to kick them out?

What do YOU think?  Post your comments below.

And THANKS for listening.


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You Can Help!!!

Here's an EASY way you can help the victims of Monday's horrific tornado in Oklahoma.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation


CLICK HERE an donate via the American Red Cross site.

Your donation helps the American Red Cross be there for families in need.


Here's another way you can help.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are auctioning off a game-worn, red third jersey from the 2012-13 season worn by former defenseman Joe Morrow.  All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross tornado relief effort in Oklahoma.

Fans can place their bids via the Penguins Ebay page until noon on Tuesday May 28.

CLICK HERE to bid.

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Graduation Weekend in RI!

It's no secret that I cry easily ... but the things that make me cry are SO random. John and I went home to RI to attend a couple college graduations/parties and I teared up when they started playing Pomp and Circumstance and the graduates marched through the crowd to their seats. I don't know what it is about ceremonial things like that, but I tear up every time. My cousin Brett graduated from Roger Williams University and my mom's boyfriend's daughter, Dina, graduated from Rhode Island College.

Me, Brett, and my Fiance John! :)

We went from his luncheon to a surprise graduation party for Dina!

I ordered cake pops from Dipped in Pittston as favors for her party. Look how awesome they came out?! Amy at Dipped is amazing! She really goes above and beyond ... and LOVES custom orders! Definitely give her a call for your next party ... everyone loved them!

I made one of these GIANT cards for the graduates! They were a big hit!

A great weekend ended with me being rushed to the hospital in excrutiating pain for what we later found out was a KIDNEY STONE! Ughhhhhhh! It felt a lot like a gall bladder attack (but I don't have one of those anymore!) it was terrible. Thankfully feeling much better today! :)
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May 20, 2013 ~ pics from The Weekender Party

Thanks to everybody who came out to The Weekender Summer Kickoff Party at River Grille, hosted by yours truly! The fashion show by Bratty Natty's was truly spectacular! They even dressed my funky bod in their bangin' apparel. I haven't looked this good since I wore that princess Jasmine costume for six days straight in elementary school...


my Bratty Natty's dress :))

with the crew from Bratty Natty's

more with the Bratty Natty's babes

DJ Hersh! Love him!

another shot of my dress - I wish I could wear this every day!

with my best friend "twin sis" Desiree

MY crew! Me, Desiree, and Viviane = best buds in killer duds....  NOW LET'S GET THIS SUMMER STARTED!!!
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Always a GREAT Day to Make a Kid Smile

Greetings from Francis Slocum, the site of my Big Bro' event Saturday.

Meet Jacob, the newest little brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  Jacob is one cool (and energetic) kid!

Paddle boats + kickball + playground + ice cream = a fun day out.

Jacob is one of many kids in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match.  Can you spare a few hours a month?  Think you have what it takes to put a smile on a young kid's face?   Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

CLICK HERE for info.

The end of an awesome day:  making ice cream faces at Hillside Dairy.

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May 17, 2013 ~ learn from my mistakes

Went to get an oil change earlier this week and asked the mechanic if the vulcanized tires are excited for the new Star Trek movie. He did not laugh. Reminded me of the day I complimented the FedEx guy's "big package" (yuck yuck) and he turned around and it was a chick... I should not be allowed to talk to people.

So coming off the high of that beautifully placed joke, I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and run 10 miles. It's a CRIME to waste a beautiful day, right? I realized as I was trotting through a crosswalk that I get nervous if a car is waiting for me to cross. I get self conscious. Makes me change my stride, like a wounded gazelle, cuz I’m afraid I’m gonna fall. Imagine if the mechanic who didn’t get my joke earlier that day was the one driving the car waiting for me to cross the road in front of him. He’d assume I had a horrible accident, leaving me unable to work my legs or speak properly.

Again, the arguments for me staying in the house at all times are myriad.

But I hope YOU have a great weekend here in NEPA! Take advantage of the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes Barre and go outside to exercise! In case you need another reason to rely on natural endorphins instead of drugs: Rod Stewart said in an interview this week that years of steroid use made his pee-pee smaller. AND it left him looking like…… Rod Stewart. Let that be one to grow on.
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