How the Signature Mommy Bloggers Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together and enjoy great company and delicious food. See how the Signature Mommy Bloggers are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.


Heather O’Neill:
I love thanksgiving because it is the one holiday where our family gathers and is content with just being together. There is not the craziness and expense of Christmas, the forced flowers and cards of Valentine’s Day, the adult beverage consumption of St. Patty’s Day, the egg dye and candy of Easter, the heat and humidity of the 4th of July, or the scares and sweets of Halloween.  We spend time with one another, enjoying good food, good company and creating great memories.  

Tanya Pimental:
The fall has been flying by and it has not quite sunk in that the holidays have arrived. With Thanksgiving and the reminder of our blessings in life, I find that I am truly thankful for the family time the holidays give us. With the busy day to day activities, we find so little opportunity to be with one another and just relax. I’m thankful to have a few days to catch up and reflect on life in it’s current state. We take a walk after Thanksgiving dinner on the beach and the boardwalk each year at my in-laws. The cool ocean air is refreshing after filling our bellies. This has become a favorite tradition for me and reminds me each year just how thankful I am to have those moments to make memories.

Kathy Tranior:
We are rather boring for Thanksgiving and we try to keep things very small and very laid back.  Nothing ever really has happened to us- we just enjoy time together. However, this year we are leaving Friday morning VERY early to go to Six Flags New Jersey, Sesame Place and Crayola. The best part?  The boys don’t know. I feel this may be a Thanksgiving they will always remember.

Martianne Stanger:
My nine-year-old and eight-year-old love going to the parade in Plymouth; my five-year-old does, too, but he also cannot wait to bite into a big turkey leg again this year at our family gathering!   As for me, I relish the opportunity to focus on thanking Our Lord for all the blessings in our lives, to celebrate with family and friends, and to dive into history with my children.

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We Can Be Like Flashlights, Right Mom?

By: Anne Marie Holloway – Guest Blogger & Former Signature Moms Blogger


Sometimes my children…Wait, let me rephrase that.. Often times, my children remind me about our calling in the world… I believe we are called to be good… To love one another…To do something….It has also become apparent to me, that I cannot always protect them from the things that happen in the world.

This past week, there were violent acts of terrorism in Paris, France. What made it real and scary to my children was that their grandparents were visiting France. Waiting to hear that our loved ones were safe was unnerving for all of us, and although we put on our best face and try to smooth over the worst of things– children notice. I think it is ok to let them know that we are scared, but there is something we can do. Here is a conversation I had with my son, just before it was time to get on the school bus following the events in Paris.

He stood there, teeth chattering as his little hand gently slipped into mine. His blue eyes silently staring up at me.

As I gazed at my magnificent seven-year old creation, I realized that his gaze was a very intentional one…. His HUGE Blue Eyes were searching my face…

“Are you okay little man?” I asked him.  His face was awash of color as it turned up to gaze searchingly into my own my own. I watched as he rubbed his eye with his free hand to catch a runaway tear that he did not wish for me to see.

In a barely audible little voice he then whispered, “I am scared…”

1909979_1082461584834_8771_nThese three little words transformed the air around us as they left his little lips. They enveloped us – robbing us of oxygen for what seemed like the longest moment of silence that either of us has even felt.

It is so difficult to talk to our children about the world. Especially when the world seems so frightening. There is a truth that is very difficult to explain away…

Under the weight of it all I felt vulnerable… I felt seven years old again. The events of so many years of inexplicable acts of violence — against humanity, by humanity — came rushing towards me…  Attacking all hope… What would the future hold for this little boy? My little boy…

My mind raced to find a place where I could return my son’s confidence by saying something to make him feel better. Maybe I could just push aside his fears, and attempt to mask the truth so that maybe it would not be so very scary to him.

But, all I could say to him in the moment– was the truth.

“Me too. Buddy.”

I felt defeated.

My son looked down at his shoes, “Yeah…” is all my typically eloquent son could muster.

I looked down at my shoes and stepped forward so that our toes were touching, and echoed his “Yeah…”

He then tugged on my hand, pulled me down to his level and closer to him. I squatted in front of him. I had a job to do here and it felt like the future rested upon how I would respond.

I had exactly two minutes to find the right words to say. I could already hear the dull revving of the school bus engine as it began making its way towards our driveway. Today would have been the perfect day for the town to work on the roads, so that the bus might just have to run a few minutes late.

I just needed a few more minutes…

But I did not have more time. This was it…

So I blurted out some words… Powerful messages shared with me from the communities I am blessed to know. It just so happened that I was witness to the sharing of these messages yesterday.

A reminder that the Spirit works in just this sort of way… When we need it most.

Anyways, with sixty seconds left on the clock , my mind raced. My son and I locked gazes and I spoke these words;

“Ya, lots of scary stuff out there lately…There is something we can do though kiddo..”

Liam thoughtfully responded with a half statement/half question; “We can pray?”

“Yes Liam. Praying is powerful.” I responded.

“Being good is also powerful. Provoking others to do good Liam, take your goodness and spread it, be good, do good, put goodness back into the world, love people the way we love you…Our goodness changes things..”

He nodded, and as his nose touched mine, I could feel his breath upon my face. It was warm and smelled of Cheerios. I was falling short here.. I knew I had to do better. I wrapped my arms around him and kissed his forehead.

“Scary stuff is like being in the dark without a flashlight, isn’t it buddy?”

And Liam responded, in all his wisdom – well beyond my own. His response caused me to hold my breath..

“Yes, Mom, but you and I can be flashlights, right?”

“Yes Liam, you and I can be flashlights”, I whispered.


With that, he smiled and turned on his heel to run towards the bus that had pulled up at the end of our driveway. And as he peered back at me, I continued to hold my breath and thought, I wish it was that easy. I wish that we could just turn on our lights and instantly all the pain and suffering that exists would simply no longer exist.

12112492_10207769461497580_4813107047628344337_nBut, you have to start somewhere…

As the bus pulled away, his little face beamed at me through the window and as he held his little hand up to the glass,  he signed “I love you” using his three little fingers… Something he was taught by his older sister.

Way to go little man….

Be the Light…

I have never loved anything more….

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Signature Moms Blog Reaches 100,000 Views For 2015

With over a month remaining in 2015, the Signature Moms Blog is excited to announce that it has surpassed the 2014 total for visits to the blog. Last year, we celebrated over 93,000 visits- our highest year to date. Currently, the Signature Moms Blog has recorded over 106,000 visits this year. That’s more than 350 visits per day! We would like to thank all of our incredible bloggers and readers.



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IEP Meetings: The 3 Year Evaluation

By: Kathy Trainor 

As we know by now John is a 5 year old boy. John is bright and funny. John also has Autism.

Tomorrow, I fight hard for my little man. He has had an IEP (Individualized Education Program) for 3 years in preschool.  John missed the cut off so he gets a new IEP for Kindergarten because he had 3 years of preschool.

This is hard for me because I am have a  Special Education Degree (SPED ) and a Social Work Degree (MSW). I tend to use the 2 to become a powerhouse for other children. When it comes to John it is hard not to have my maternal emotion come through.

My SPED and MSW side says ok fight for a van for him verses a school bus and let the other pieces fall into place and call a meeting in October to discuss the amendment we may need. But, my mommy side says, “I want it perfect, now.” I have a LONG LINE of SPED and MSW needs I want to settle with them and become MEAN MOMMY.

I know no matter what happens I can get changes made as the come about.

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Win a VIP Patriots Game Day Experience!

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New England Patriots Raffle
VIP Game Day Experience
To Benefit Signature Healthcare’s OB/GYN Department

Prize Includes:

  • Two Prime VIP seats for Monday, November 23rd Patriots vs. Bills Game (seats located in Section 1 – lower level)
  • VIP Parking
  • Pregame Hospitality (located under the Dana Farber tent. Complimentary food and drinks with special events)
  • Sideline Visit- (Field access with the players are warming up)

Raffle tickets are $25.00 each

Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, November 18th

(You do not have to be present to win)

Cash, Check, or Credit Cards are accepted:

  • Checks (submitted to the Foundation office by Monday, November 16) made payable to: Signature Healthcare Foundation
  • Credit Card purchases online (accepted until Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00pm) go to: (if using IE, must be version 10 or later)

For any questions please call the Foundation Department. – 508-941-7187


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The Teal Pumpkin Project

This is post is from last Halloween, but the information is still very relevant for today. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!


For many kids with food allergies, Halloween can be extra frightening. Finding safe treats to enjoy can be challenging for children– chocolate, eggs, nuts, soy, and wheat are commonly found in Halloween treats – but they’re also common, and in some cases, life-threatening, food allergens.

So what is a child with food allergies to do? Sit out from trick-or-treating? That’s no fun. Many children still dress up, but understand that they will need to give many, or all, of their unsafe treats away.

Teal Pumpkin ProjectThis year, there’s a different option. The Food Allergy Research & Education organization launched the Teal Pumpkin Project to encourage communities to start a new tradition by providing non-food options for trick-or treaters.

Want to participate? Simply paint a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) and place it on your porch. You can also print out a sign to indicate that your house has non-food treats available.

Not sure what kind of non-food treats to provide? These items don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Think glow sticks, bubbles, bouncy balls, noisemakers, or stickers. You could get a pack of typical birthday party goodies from a party store or you could visit the dollar section in a super store.

Taking a few extra minutes to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project will help keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

For more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit

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Beating Acid Reflux During Football Season

For many of us, weekends during the fall can only mean one thing… Football! Every weekend, millions of Americans prepare to position themselves in front of the TV for a steady diet of touchdowns, unbelievable plays and end zone celebrations. Of course, it isn’t a football game without tables filled with lots of traditional tailgate treats. Between the greasy burgers, cold beer, and an afternoon nap on the couch, you’re preparing the perfect recipe for acid reflux. Just because spicy chicken wings are part of your game day prep, doesn’t’ t mean acid reflux needs to be!

Before you dig into the tailgate feast, here are a few things you need to know about acid reflux.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 5.30.23 PMAcid Reflux is actually a medical term that refers to a symptom that is very common! You may have experienced it before: the burning pain felt internally around the lower chest area. This is caused by stomach acid flowing back up into the esophagus, and if you experience acid reflux more than twice a week, you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, or GORD for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease).

Some common symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • Heartburn: a burning pain or discomfort that may move from your stomach to your abdomen or chest, or even up into your throat
  • Regurgitation: a sour or bitter-tasting acid backing up into your throat or mouth
  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea

The experience itself isn’t too pleasant, in fact, acid reflux can be painful enough to interrupt your every day activities. If you experience these symptoms two or more times a week or if medications don’t seem to bring lasting relief, it’s time to pay a visit to your primary care physician to get everything checked out.

Here are some things that are most likely to trigger your symptoms:

  • Snacking close to bedtime or lying down right after a big meal
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fatty or fried foods
  • Food containing tomatoes
  • Spicy foods
  • Garlic and onions

Don’t let acid reflux keep you from enjoying the big game this weekend. If you know you’re at risk for these symptoms, make sure you take the precautions ahead of time!

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