Saturday, November 29, 2014

How Now Brown Belt??

Congrats to Maria!! We tested on Tuesday. Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull. Traditional Shito Ryu Karate-do.     Team Momjas!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Retro Thanksgiving!!!

My mom and sister bought me this cranberry server. It matches my Mom's!!! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kicking Zumba Fundraiser

We had a great time and raised a generous amount of money at our Mantone Family fundraiser last Sunday, 9/7. Both parents are battling cancer and they have 12 year old twin girls, one with special needs. Thank you to Heatherly Law and her Zumba team for making the event a success. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!



Sai with the guys!

Tonqua vs. Bo


Sai kata


Gedan (low) block

Nunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train

This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a desire to work hard, learn and practice at your own pace and level.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! 

Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.

Bo staff kata. 

Sai kata.

Watching. Absorbing.

Kama kata. 

Tonkuwa kata.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bakery On Main Granola Sandwich Cookies

Target had this great brand Bakery On Main  on sale so I snatched up every bag.  I made a chocolate chip cookie base (gluten free) and a peanut butter fudge protein cream filling. A new lunch for the girls this week. 

Recipe? Hmmm, I wing it but here is a try.

1 cup Spectrum butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 Brown sugar
Mix until smooth
Add 2 eggs mix
Add 1 tsp vanilla
Combine 1 1/2 cup Pamela's Artisan GF baking mix, 1 cup GF granola, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt in bowl
Add to wet ingredients
Add walnuts, raisins, chips as desired
Bake 350 10-12 min based on size
I use either melon ball scoop for small cookies (8 - 9 minutes) or a Pampered Chef MEDIUM scoop for a 3" or so cookie 12 minutes.


1 cup natural peanut butter
1 melon scoop coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered.sugar
Smidgen of water as needed to spreadable consistency
Mix in mixer

Make sandwiches!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Pies!

I made whole milk, organic ricotta cheese yesterday. And two pies today. Delish! Happy Easter. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Donuts!

Gluten free, spinach juice dyed green. I kid thee not!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Give Autism A Chance Summit Austin

Great event! Panel format was fabulous. Thank you Autism Trust USA and Polly Tommey, Andy Wakefield and the entire team. Some photos.   Food truck fried Oreos! Rupert "Horse Boy" Isaacson. Rob Schneider. Aiden Quinn. Many friends old and new. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

FREE Autism Telesummit with Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, Kim Stagliano & 12 Other Experts

FREE Telesummit!

I hope you will consider logging  into this fantastic telesummit featuring 15 experts including  Soma Mukhopadhyay of HALO - the Rapid Prompt method (featured in a beautiful parent report story on AofA) Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, of Nourishing Hope, yours truly and just look at the list above!   Tackle diet, behavior, communication, medical treatment, alternative treatments and so much more! It's FREE and available for 48 hours if you can't listen LIVE - plus you can purchase the teleseminar after the fact if you would like. 

Register for the FREE Telesummit with Kim Stagliano
Retro phone fashion hats
Brain food telesummit!


This Telesummit is for you if you know that more is possible for your child but need some encouragement and solid info to figure out HOW to help your child make the next leap in his or her development.

Imagine your child…
  • Having a healthy digestive system and improved immunity.
  • Experiencing more physical comfort in his/her everyday life.
  • Overcoming his/her challenging eating habits.
  • Having fewer episodes of hitting/biting/head banging and temper tantrums.
  • Breaking through communication barriers so s/he can more fully understand and be understood.
  • Deepening his relationship with you, family members and peers.
  • Fully engaging in games with you and his/her peers.
Plus, imagine knowing how to best take care of YOU so you can be most effective in helping your child and experience more energy and joy in your life.

Click here to view more details and to register for this FREE virtual event.  Once you click this link you will be brought directly to the registration page so you can 'meet' the panel of experts and save your spot. Make sure that you don't miss out on this value-packed event by registering today!

I hope you will join me in the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2014"  so you can discover the key to unlocking your child's potential,

P.S. Do you know anyone who could benefit from the knowledge and tools that will be shared in the  "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2014"?  Please Register for the FREE Telesummit with Kim Stagliano so we can reach as many families as possible!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Shito Ryu Karate Test

My dear friend Maria and I tested last week. I can hardly believe the change in fitness, strength, flexibility, hand eye coordination, endurance, power and speed we have gained from training. And security. Self made. Hard work. Discipline. Osu.

Happy Mardi Gras!!

A childhood memory in my own kitchen.