Join us in welcoming the newest Adviser and local
Cape Cod Mom to our team: Jeni A. Landers, Esquire.
Born and raised in Dennis, Jeni is a graduate of Smith College (French Literature) and Northeastern University School of Law. Since her admission to the Massachusetts bar in 2007, Attorney Landers has concentrated her practice in family law, civil litigation, and personal injury. Attorney Landers is fluent in French and is a member of the Barnstable County Bar Association. Jeni volunteers for several local non-profits and community agencies and received a Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2012. Jeni lives in Dennis with her husband, her 4 ½ year old son, and her parents.
Memberships & Activities
Board of Directors & Board Development Committee Chair, Latham Centers Inc.
Board of Directors & Treasurer, Smith College Club of Cape Cod
Barnstable County Bar Association
Pro Bono Legal Services Provider & Chair of Legal Advisory Committee, WE CAN
Scholarship Review Committee Member, Cape Cod Foundation
Member, Village Improvement Society of Dennis and Chair Ad-Hoc Playground Committee
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Board of Directors & Clerk, Cape Cod Young Professionals 2011-2013
Winner, Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 Under 40 Awards 2012
Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod
Jeni A. Landers, Esquire
Wynn & Wynn, P.C.
300 Barnstable Rd.
Hyannis, MA 02601
We are excited to welcome new Advisor Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN, owner of RNutrition Health & Wellness. Jennifer will be sharing current health, wellness & nutrition information & sharing tips on how to stay healthy with each passing season. We look forward to her blogs and welcome her to the team!
Hello everyone, name is Jennifer Long. I was born at Cape Cod Hospital at 11:32am on September 22, 1980. I grew up in the town of Yarmouth Port where I attended Trinity School of Cape Cod, now known as Trinity Academy. I was sent to public school for the first time in fifth grade to Mattacheese Middle School & went on to graduate from D-Y High School in 1998.
Being the oldest of seven children, my passion for helping & caring for others came to me at an early age. I always wanted to make people happy by making a difference in their lives. I truly began working towards this dream when I became an infant/toddler and preschool teacher. After years of potty training toddlers and teaching them to share toys, I was given the BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT job ever, being a mommy. By the time my first-born son was about 2 years old I had put in 15 years of teaching and decided I was ready to change careers. I started working as a personal care assistant for a home care agency. It was here that I found a passion for the medical field and started on my goals to becoming a registered nurse. I enrolled at Cape Cod Community College in 2006 and by 2010 I had earned my Associate Degree in Science in Nursing, then passed my state boards in August 2010. I was officially an RN! I enrolled within the next year at Curry College to get my BSN; I will be graduating with that degree in May 2014. While working various nursing jobs, I was quickly disappointed by what I envisioned myself as and what I was actually doing. Pushing meds and barely seeing patients was NOT what I went to school for, I went to promote wellness, better health and disease prevention, this was disease care! I decided to take a break from nursing and had my second baby boy.
After my pregnancy, I gained more weight post-partum. This was extremely upsetting because I had never let myself go like this! I was up to 246 pounds! I had just had enough of feeling helpless and hopeless. I knew that I had the power to change and I could totally help myself. I decided to completely take back control of my life and my body. I did not want my kids to have an overweight unhealthy mother and I was going to do everything I could to change!
Being part of one of the top health and wellness companies, I had access to an amazing weight management product, program and support. I took it on 100% and made it NOT optional. On February 25, 2012 I began my weight-loss, confidence-gaining program. I posted my before pictures on Facebook, which was
extremely difficult for me to do but I felt it was necessary to empower others and let them know they are not alone. I really wanted to help people and without even realizing it, I was already doing it. I was going to take my story and my struggles and help others change. If I could do it, they can do it!
Being involved with this company has and is still opening so many doors for me. Our spokesperson, Mark Macdonald is a fitness and nutrition expert, NY Times best selling author and is featured on CNN weekly. He is also the owner of Venice Nutrition and because of his involvement with the company I am involved with, I was able to become a Nationally Certified Nutritionist through Venice Nutrition. Now with 60 pounds of fat and countless inches off my body gone, dropping from a size 18/20 to a 10/12 and with this added credential to my name, I KNEW I could really change lives. I founded my own practice, RNutrition Health & Wellness in the spring of 2013. I have already helped a handful of people in this short time become successful. My significant other has lost 25 pounds, my best friend has shed 40 and I have others that are dropping inches and pounds
So I’m sure the question is how does it work? By stabilizing your blood sugar. By eating less, more often and eating in 3’s you can keep your body in a state of homeostasis, allowing the release of stored fat to be burned up in the muscle when you exercise. The result? More energy, less cravings, better moods and sleep, increase in libido, decrease in stress response, looking leaner and losing fat and gaining lean muscle. Imagine walking by a mirror to admire your hard work rather than avoiding it. That is body confidence!
I know that everyone learns differently and at their own pace, for that reason I start people at their own readiness level. Everyone has different needs, skills, struggles and weaknesses. I help people where they are and give them personal attainable goals. It’s about making small permanent changes. It takes 30 days to learn a new habit and 90 days to make that habit a lifestyle. Some people need more time than others; my clients and I discuss what they will need. I believe in a hands-on approach. I make myself available 24/7 via email, text and phone. I incorporate all aspects of health and nutrition into my assessments and teaching as well as a complete history.
My goal for the RNutrition program is to help people realize their full potential, to know that they can have success and to understand that through quality nutrition, fitness and strong relationships, they can and will achieve their own body confidence.
My mission as owner and founder of RNutrition Health & Wellness, is to teach everyone that counting calories is a thing of the past and to provide each client with the simple tools necessary to take back control over their health. By learning how to stabilize their blood sugar they will ignite their metabolism and transform themselves into fat burning machines. I want to eliminate the emotional stress of yo-yo dieting for my clients. My goal is to help people realize they don’t have to spend a fortune to be told how to restrict or deprive
themselves to get the results they want. They can learn how to look AND feel amazing at affordable rates, while still enjoying the foods they love. The uniqueness of being a Registered Nurse, a Nationally Certified Nutritionist and fitness coach means that I am able to provide a nutritional, health and fitness approach to each client.
Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
DBA RNutrition Health & Wellness
"Transformation Begins With Nutrition"
For more information I can be reached via:
Phone: (508) 360-2032
Please join us in welcoming New Cape Cod Mom Advisor: Melinda Lancaster! We look forward to her blogs and her expertise! Comment below on topics you would like to see her discuss in the future! Welcome Melinda-great to have you!
By: Melinda Lancaster
Good day all! My name is Melinda Lancaster and I’m new to the Cape Cod Mommies blog, so let me introduce myself. I am a US Navy veteran, a member of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers Group, published author of “Tyler and the Spider” and “Grandma, Tell Me If You Can,” and a poet, with a piece of poetry hanging in the Hyannis JFK Museum. But mostly, I’m a mom to three amazing children (my daughter, Katelin has Rett Syndrome), two step children, and a grandma of four.
Reading and writing has always been a passion, even more so since I became an author. The wonder of the written word can never be overestimated, it teaches, encourages you to dare, explore, dream and opens up new worlds, connecting the reader to ideas, cultures, and amazing, wonderful places. But, I have learned that beyond that, or rather the crux of it all, is communication.
As a parent of a special needs child, I have been given a challenge-how to help my child, who cannot speak, communicate. So as I venture into this world of blogging, I hope that I can give other moms of special needs
children, or children just beginning to read, some tips they may find helpful on the amazing journey of learning to read, as well as review apps that I have found helpful (or not), the difficulties and successes of Katelin’s progress and some fun ways for hands on learning and some of Katelin’s favorite books.
I am available for readings of my book, “Tyler and the Spider”, which was inspired by my daughter as a way to address differences in general, for classrooms and daycares- it comes with a fun craft, easily adapted to any child.
I am looking forward to this new adventure!
Melinda Lancaster is a children's author and a poet. Her books ("Tyler and the Spider" and "Grandma, Tell me If You Can) are published through Wiggles Press and her poem "Echoes" hangs in the Hyannis JFK Museum. After studying
Congratulations to Gary DellaPosta, CPA on receiving the highest ratings on his triennial peer review required by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. This process evaluates whether engagements are performed and reported on in conformity with applicable professional standards in all material results.
We appreciate Gary's blogs and advice in regards to saving for our children, best filing status and how to prepare for the future!
If you want to catch up with Gary's blogs, check them out now or visit his website: www.dellapostacpa.com
Please join us in welcoming the newest Advisor to join our team:
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist!
Suzanne (Suzy) lives in Plymouth with her husband and their 3-year old daughter. She also holds a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology and owns a private speech therapy practice in Plymouth. Suzy has been a speech therapist since 2008 and has experience in public schools, early intervention and private practice. She strives to provide comprehensive and family-centered speech therapy to children with a variety of speech and language disorders.
Suzy obtained an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Bridgewater State College and a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from Worcester State College. Suzanne holds the
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts and holds her teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
Suzanne has experience providing therapy in a variety of settings. She has spent time working in early intervention, private practice, public schools and private schools dedicated to servicing children with severe special needs. She has experience assessing and treating various speech and language disorders. These disorders include, but are not limited to: articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive/receptive language disorders, communication disorders in children with Autism, and feeding/swallowing impairments.
Suzanne is also a member of the special interest division for Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). She is experienced with various AAC devices (Dynavox, iPad) and is trained in the Picture Exchange
Communication System (PECS).
Golden Speech Therapy will be offering free screenings beginning the first week in August. We will provide more information regarding this soon! We look forward to her sharing her expertise in her blogs!
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming: Linda Bartosik. Linda is a Certified Elementary Teacher, with a M.S. in Reading, M.S. in educational Administration.
Linda taught fourth grade and kindergarten in the Broadalbin-Perth School
District for thirty- five years in upstate New York. Linda's passion for writing
and children's literature encouraged her students to become enthusiastic
readers and writers. Each year, Linda's kindergarten class published a hard
cover book. Titles include "Look What Kids Can Do" and "I Want To Be A Rockstar and...".
Currently, Linda lives on Cape Cod, and has become an inspired writer who speaks to the hearts and minds of young children. She believes children should be encouraged to follow their dreams, so she writes books that motivate children to become whoever they want to be when they grow up.
To date, Linda has written six picture storybooks, one ready to be submitted for publication, is currently illustrating a picture book for another author, and writes a daily blog called Another Day Goes By, professing to make writing a part of her every life. Her blog can be found at: www.anotherdaygoesby.com
Linda sits on the board of directors of the Cape Cod Writers Center as second vice-president, belongs to a blog group, and is a member of the Cape Cod Children's Writers group. Linda participates in writer conferences and retreats whenever possible to perfect her craft In the summer months, Linda teaches her own Young Authors Workshop, encouraging out-of- the-box creative thinking and writing to elementary age children.. Info can be found at: http://www.lindabartosik.com/
Linda has two adult daughters and lives with her husband, marsh-side on East Sandwich Beach. She is an avid reader, enjoys drawing and painting, is interested in spirituality and personal growth, and is also a Bikram yoga enthusiast. Daily beach walks and meditation keep Linda grounded and inspired.
We are extremely excited to be having Linda join our team and we look forward to her blogs and expertise that she shares with all of us!
Her contact email is:
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add once again to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming: Joan Walsh, a local children's author! Joan brings tremendous experience to our Advisor team. Her blog will offer ideas to moms about the importance of early childhood exposure
to great literature.
Joan is the author of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS series of
interactive picture book journals. Joan is the leader of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) critique group in West
Falmouth, MA. She is the founder of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers (www.capecodchildrenswriters.com), and the Cape Cod Children’s Writer Retreats. Joan is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center (CCWC), Pen Women, and she participates in conferences on a regional and national level. She published fiction entitled Two Times Two in the literary journal The Write Place at the Write Time. Joan is a former elementary and special needs educator, who earned degrees from Anna Maria College, Nazareth College, and Lesley University.
We are extremely excited to be having Joan join our team and we look forward to her blogs and expertise that she shares with all of us!
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add once again to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming: Emily Accrocco ~ Doula
Emily grew up in Barnstable, Cape Cod and after graduation, attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Women's Studies. In 2010, she gave birth to her daughter Lena Rose with the assistance of a doula. She had never considered or been educated about natural childbirth or hiring a doula. Emily had an amazing experience and it motivated her to become a doula herself. Her dream was to work with teen girls and as a labor and delivery nurse, but found doula-ing satisfies both passions. Emily believes in the transitive powers of childbirth on women and believes that every woman should have doula support to have the most fulfilling birth and most positive experience. Childbirth is so empowering and humbling at the same time, that to be a part of another's special moment means so much to the doula. Birthing is a spiritual event and women can take back the personal power and innate strength to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical interventions. Emily works as a mental health counselor for children and adolescents. She draws on her experiences in social work and birth work to be successful in both fields. She is currently a
midwifery student and has dreams of opening a pregnancy and birth services center on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add once again to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming:
Gabrielle Hathaway, M.S., IBCLC!
Gabrielle is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and holds a Master's degree in Health Communication and a B.S. in Maternal/Child Health. been a La Leche League Leader for 12 years and an IBCLC since 2008.Gabrielle works part-time for the Outer Cape WIC program, counseling mothers and teaching classes in both breastfeeding and parenting. She has a love for children and a desire to support and empower mothers. Gabrielle and her family live in North Eastham.
We look forward to her blogs and advice! You can contact Gabrielle at:
Gabrielle Hathaway, M.S., IBCLC
P.O. Box 202,North Eastham, Ma 02651
Join me in welcoming the newest addition to our Cape Cod Mommies Advisor Team: Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS! We look forward to her blogs and expertise!!!
Tracy holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has a private practice in Orleans. Tracy is committed to helping to strengthen marriages and families who in turn contribute to a healthy and safe community. She provides psychotherapy to all ages, offers educational services such as parenting support, sexual abuse prevention and safety training, and consultation services for tough community issues. Tracy is married with two children and has lived most of her life on Cape Cod.
Tracy Lamperti has always valued prevention of family, personal and social issues and as such, has enhanced the number of professional offerings over the last few years to include a variety of trainings and workshops. These offerings are mostly centered around safety trainings, prevention of crimes against
children and adults, parenting issues and sexual integrity for youth and adults.
Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
dba Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
57 Route 6A
Orleans, MA 02653
Bachelor of Psychology
Master of Counseling Psychology
Mental Health Counselor, LIC #4195
1996-2002 Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker #3027123
Authorized Facilitator, Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children
Authorized Trainer, National Rifle Association's, Refuse to Be a Victim
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
Rape Crisis Counselor
Early Childhood Education
American Association of Christian Counselors
New Life Counseling Ministries
American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress
A limited deduction is allowed for "qualified higher education expenses" -- tuition and related expenses under the same definition as for tuition credits, above. A $4,000 above the line deduction (Form 8917) is allowed for qualified tuition expenses in 2012. Deduction up to $4,000 is allowed on if taxpayer's (modified) adjusted gross income is $65,000 or less ($130,000 or less on a joint return). If taxpayer's modified adjusted gross income is more than $65,000 but not more than $80,000 (more than $130,000 but not more than $160,000 on a joint return), deduction is allowed up to $2,000. The tax deduction reduces your amount of income, reducing amount of tax you pay. You do not need to itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) in order to take this deduction, which benefits higher earners who cannot take the Lifetime Learning Credit because
their income exceeds the limits.
Business expense deduction is allowed, without dollar limit, for education that serves the taxpayer's business, including employment. Deduction is also allowed for student loan interest, but a taxpayer may not take more than one deduction for the same item. In addition, you cannot claim this deduction if your filing status is married filing separately or if another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return.
"Qualified higher education expenses" must be reduced by any such expense paid with an amount treated as tax-free under the rules for excluding income from Series EE bonds, or Section 529 or 530 programs.
If you have any questions please comment below or feel free to contact us at our office (508) 540-3683 or visit our website!
Until next week, Happy Financial Planning
~Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
With the 2012 hurricane season now under way and memories of tornadoes and other natural disasters fresh in our collective minds, now is the time for
individuals and businesses to safeguard their tax records by taking a few simple steps.
Take Inventory. Gather all of your documents and make an inventory list. You may find everything in a single location, but more likely than not, you’ll have to hunt around to find all of your documents. Don't forget to check computer files, storage boxes, file cabinets, old and new computers and laptops, thumb drives, and external hard drives and backup disks.
Depending on how complex your finances are, you may opt for a single list or choose to make two separate lists. The first list might include items such as insurance policies, mortgages and deeds, car titles, wills, pension and retirement-plan documents, powers of attorney, medical directives, and so on. The second list might contain a list of less essential documents such as brokerage accounts, loans that have been paid off, end-of-year bank statements, and copies of old tax returns and supporting documentation.
Create a Backup Set of Records and Store Them Electronically. Keeping a backup set of records -- including, for example, bank statements, tax returns, insurance policies, etc. -- is easier than ever now that many financial institutions provide statements and documents electronically, and much financial information is available on the Internet.
Even if the original records are provided only on paper, they can be scanned and converted to a digital format. Once the documents are in electronic form, taxpayers can download them to a backup storage device, such as an external hard drive, or burn them onto a CD or DVD (don't forget to label it).
You might also consider online backup, which is the only way to ensure that data is fully protected. With online backup, files are stored in another region of the country, so that if a hurricane or other natural disaster occurs, documents remain safe. Contact us if you need assistance with this.
Visually Document Valuables. Another step you can take to prepare for disaster is to photograph or videotape the contents of your home, especially items of higher value. Call us for more help compiling a room-by-room list of belongings.
A photographic or video record can help prove the fair market value of items for insurance and casualty loss claims. Store the photos or video with a friend or family member who lives outside the area, or as part of your online document backup.
Update Emergency Plans. Emergency plans should be reviewed annually. Personal and business situations change over time, as do preparedness needs. When employers hire new employees or when a company or organization changes functions, plans should be updated accordingly and employees should be informed of the changes.
Check on Fiduciary Bonds. Employers who use payroll service providers should ask the provider if it has a fiduciary bond in place. The bond could protect the employer in the event of default by the payroll service
If disaster strikes, call us right away. We can help you get back copies of tax returns and all attachments, including your Form W-2. We're here to help.
Hello! My name is Heidi Ingram and I have owned and operated a large family daycare for 13 years. and have been in the fitness world for approximately 17 years.
My personal philosohy is: I believe everyone has the potential to achieve excellence, given the right tools and methods, the possibilities to achieve your goals are greatly increased... encouragement, engagement and enthusiasm are my key ingredients in producing success.
I have been teaching Pilates for 6 years both Mat and Reformer, group and privates. I am also comprehensively certified in classical Pilates through the Peak Pilates System. I have worked with teenage girls and boys for the last 5 years in both summer and winter fit camps with excellent results.
Having worked in various gyms and studios throughout the Cape including Balance Health & fitness, Gym Express, Falmouth Sports Center, Cynthia Lane Studios and most recently Fitness Directions; I have gained tremendous experience and knowledge. I also owned and operated my own personal training business for 5 years before I opened Heidi's Daycare.
I have an Associate in Early Childhood Education and Medical Assistant, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in both. I am certified in Nutrition and have worked with personal training clients as well as the children in my care for about 15
years. I am also an avid runner and triathlete and have also competed in the Falmouth Road Race for 15 consecutive years with my best time of 49 minutes. Last year I participated in the Pan Mass Challenge and intend to do so again this year.
I look forward to answering your questions regarding fitness and nutrition!
Thank you so much for welcoming me as an Advisor. I’m excited to be a part of the Cape Cod Mommies group and hope my insights will help you through your young family’s sleep challenges. Since Amy mentioned early rising, a very common sleep issue, I thought I would make that the focus of my first blog.
If your adorable little alarm clock wakes up at 6:15am refreshed and ready for action – though it may feel like the middle of the night to us parents – you may have to just go with the flow. 6-7am is a biologically appropriate time for babies to wake. However, if she is groggy, falling apart by 7am, or consistently waking before 6am, you’ll want to tackle the early rising once and for all.
Here’s a look at the most common reasons for early rising…
Too late of a bedtime.
I know this doesn’t seem logical. We tend to think that if our children stay up late, they will crash hard and sleep in the following morning. Alas, this is rarely the case. Depending on their age, most babies and young children naturally want to fall asleep (not start bedtime routine) between 7-8pm. Missing their “sleep window” triggers the release of cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone, which can make for a harder bedtime, more wakeful night, and early rising.
Nap deprivation in general.
Babies and young children who are not getting adequate naps on a regular basis tend to wake early in the morning. It’s important to know approximately how many hours of naps your child needs based on their age (understanding that these are averages – some children will need more, others slightly less). For example, a six month old needs approximately 3.5 hours of naps spread out over 2-3 naps, whereas a two year old needs approximately 2 hours of sleep during their afternoon nap. For more information on how much sleep your child needs, click here.
Too big of a wakeful window
Too long of a wakeful window prior to bedtime means that your child is going to bed overtired, with cortisol running through their body. This means we need to base bedtime partly on when our baby woke up from their last (or only) nap. For babies under 6 months, the maximum wakeful window is about 2 hours. As babies approach one year, the window extends to about 3 hours. Some well-rested toddlers and preschoolers can handle a 4-hour window, max. It’s important to watch for your child’s sleepy cues and tinker with bedtime to find out what works best for them.
Too drowsy at bedtime
Bedtime is the easiest time to get to sleep. If we act as our child’s sleeping pill, getting them to sleep at bedtime by holding, rocking, feeding, or patting them down, then how can we ask them to do it themselves when they stir at 5am,
the hardest time of the day to get to sleep?
If none of these ring a bell, take a look at your child’s sleep environment and make sure that there’s nothing external contributing to the early rising. Perhaps the birds chirp in the tree near their bedroom window or the morning light is streaming in through their curtains. White noise or blackout shades can make a big difference during the early morning hours, when babies are feeling relatively well rested after 9-10 hours of sleep.
Wishing you and your little ones many happy mornings together!
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