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
Join Local Cape Cod Moms from Cape Cod Mommies & The Holistic Mama in: The Family Spring Cleanse!
Are you tired of your children begging for junky foods? Does processed packaged food seem to find a way back into your kitchen? Are you feeling like you need to do a diet clean up? Now is a great time to clean things up a bit. That's why I am participating this new online program called, The Family Spring Cleanse. I am super excited about this program because I have not seen anything like this before. Most cleanse diets are created with an individual person in mind but this program was created with the FAMILY in mind. It is safe for everyone to participate, has delicious kid-friendly recipes, and has a simple step by step get started guide. Let's face it, we're Moms, and we don't have time to make separate food for everyone. That's why this program is perfect for busy Moms and their families. All recipes have been kid-tested so you don't have to worry about trying to negotiate with your children to eat "weird" food.
Imagine your family happily eating nutritious whole foods and feeling satisfied with their new choices.
Here's What People are Saying About Past Programs from The Holistic Mama
Getting Your Family On Board:
"I've been dabbling with real foods for a few months now, but your challenge has given me more focus. I could eat this way with no problems whatsoever; I was raised mainly on a real food diet. However, the rest of my family...not so much. I really wanted to show my daughter that there are many yummy options other than junk. Thanks for your daily guidance!" - Lisa Belles
Trying New Things:
I believe that this challenge has led me on a road to more discoveries. I plan to purchase only real foods from now on, at least the majority of the time. I will incorporate some items I already have in the cupboards (that are not real) until they are used up. A couple of new purchases that I have never tried before were coconut oil, chia seed and brown rice flour. There are so many new choices out there and I plan on continuing to try new items to see what I like and what I don't. - Jodi Cooney
So, What is The Family Cleanse?A simple, easy to follow, cleanse program made with Families in mind. You will have a system to follow to help you save time and get the process started as soon as you download the cleanse guide. You will also have some AMAZING support during this program - not only from me - but also from all of these fabulous bloggers:
Option # 1 (Free)Join us and make the commitment to clean up your diet and get rid of processed packaged foods. Work on your own to create a meal plan full of healthy real food - heavy on the veggies, low on junk. You will receive:
To enter this program for free & download the free guide click here
you will have the option to upgrade to the premium option anytime before May 28th.
Option # 2 - Premium Membership ($49)You will receive:
How to Make Cinnamon Honey Grain-free Granola
How to Make Fermented Fruit Leather
How to Make Yogurt in a Dehydrator
This is a group program that starts on May 28th through June 6th.
Are you ready to clean up your family's diet??
$500+ of GiveawaysThis program includes the chance to win one of these wonderful prizes from our sponsors. This giveaway will go live once the group program begins on May 28th. Also, as a participant of this program (free or paid) you are entitled to enter the giveaway for the chance to win some prizes from our real food sponsors! These are some of the things you can win:
If you have any questions about this program please don't hesitate to Contact Roxanne.
We want to share a really awesome new Mom Shopping site that was recently recommended to us. Moms Flourish is a new website where you can shop Mom invented products. We became aware of this great group from a fellow Saline Ambassador aka Boogie Wipes (we are Boogie Wipes Ambassadors and love to share their stuff with our fans!)
The group was founded by a fellow Mom named Shelley. She had the great idea to take all these amazing Mom made products out there that we all support and love and get them onto one spot to help get these products out to more people.
These women had terrific ideas and worked hard to develop their products exactly how they knew they should be made. They cared about their products because they had originally created them for their own use and wanted to share the solutions with other moms. But, getting on a retail shelf is not easy - or cheap. They needed a way to get their solutions to other moms & Shelley helped create the environment to do so.
We have checked out the website which is constantly adding new inventory and have decided to share a few of our favorite things! There are some really amazing useful products on this site so make sure you check them all out!
The water extender immediately caught our eye. A simple device that sends the water out further for the Tiny Little Hands trying to get clean! This immediately went into our shopping cart so we would no longer have to worry about the Tiny One balancing on the edge of the sink! Score!
The cute little booboo mittens were a neat idea for kids when they get hurt. We really like the kissy lips on them ;) The place mat chalkboard also caught our eye! You would not understand (well maybe you might) the amount of times we have had meltdowns during meal time when we are out and about. This easy to transport chalkboard helps make the wait for your food tremendously easier! We have actually seen this product before and own one made by a military mom and we adore it! This stays in our car all the time and gets used frequently!
There are tons of other fun and unique and inventive ideas on Moms Flourish, please stop on by and take a peek and let us know what you think!
To celebrate Moms in Business, Moms Flourish has given us a very special discount code for our fans and readers. Simply use the code to the right and you can save 10% on all your orders. This would be the perfect time to get a last minute gift for Mother's Day (you all know which one I want right?), a shower gift, birthday present or even just something you could use around the house.
Help other Moms Flourish and Enjoy your shopping and savings while you do so!
Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders During Better Hearing and Speech Month
8%–9% of Children Suffer From Speech Disorders,
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
With 8%–9% of young children suffering from speech disorders, May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs of these disorders. I am encouraging parents to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders—a major barrier to treatment for the more than 40 million total Americans who suffer.
Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. However, unlike many other disabilities, these disorders often are reversible and even preventable with early intervention. Unfortunately, many parents do not recognize the first signs of these disorders. In young children, early treatment can help prevent them from falling behind academically, socially, and in other key areas at a critical time in their development.
As an ASHA member and certified speech-language pathologist, I see the benefits of early intervention every day. Unfortunately, I also see the consequences of parents’ and others’ waiting too long to seek treatment—which is why the Identify the Signs campaign is so important.
While it is certainly never too late to seek help, treatment is most successful, less expensive, and takes the shortest amount of time when a parent or loved one is able to pick up on the earliest signs of these disorders. As May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, I suggest all parents familiarize themselves with these signs at IdentifytheSigns.org and seek an assessment from a certified speech-language pathologist if they have any questions. One should not assume a child will ‘outgrow’ speech or language difficulties. There is never harm in seeking an assessment, whether it results in putting a parent’s mind at ease or identifying a potential issue in a child that can be treated.
In children, parents should watch for the following signs of speech and language disorders:
· Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
· Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
· Says only a few sounds or words or makes only a few gestures (18 months to 2 years)
· Says words that are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
· Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
· Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)
In adults, signs of speech and language disorders include:
· Struggles to say sounds or words (stuttering)
· Repeats words or parts of words (stuttering)
· Says words in the wrong order (expressive aphasia)
· Struggles with using words and understanding others (global aphasia)
· Has difficulty imitating speech sounds (apraxia)
· Speaks at a slow rate (apraxia)
· Produces slurred speech (dysarthria)
For more signs, treatment information, and other resources, visit http://identifythesigns.org.
To schedule a screening or assessment please contact Golden Speech Therapy today. www.goldenspeechtherapy.com
Golden Speech Therapy
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Belly Books Giveaway!
You may have recently read our review of the local Belly Books Collection and just how awesome we think both the collection and the two authors, Jacqueline Boyle & Susan Lupone Stonis are. To celebrate our excitement at this great literacy collection that every family should have, we are hosting a giveaway for Belly Books! One lucky reader and fan will receive a copy of "I Can't Wait to Show You" as well as a $20 Amazon code!! Maybe you can use it to buy a friend the next book in the Bello Books Collection for the whole family to enjoy! It is super easy to enter! Good luck!
Disclosure: Cape Cod Mommies was sent a complimentary copy of Belly Books in order to facilitate an honest review.
We recently had an amazing opportunity to check out the first book in the Belly Book collection: Can't Wait to Show You! Local Cape Cod Moms & Authors Jacqueline Boyle & Susan Lupone Stonis collaborated on this book which seeks to bring literacy to our children right from the beginning!
Recent research from the University of Helsinki have found that newborn babies learn and remember words that they heard repeatedly in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
Belly Books are great because they help deepen the connection between the new baby to be and the family. The babies will remember the voice and rhythm of the story after they are born and it will help soothe them.
Local Cape Cod Mom Lauren had this to say about the Belly Book she reviewed from a mom's point of view to her baby.
"The book fits well to belly and is a comfortable size and weight. The majority of the book rhymes nicely with upbeat and positive whimsical images of childhood such as first experiences of sun beams and snowflakes. The babies vary in appearance throughout the book and it is a great bonding experience to have with baby to be. I look forward to rereading it once the baby arrives."
Below, Amy was able to interview both Jacqueline & Susan regarding this awesome venture. Check out the video below for some great insight from the authors, their backgrounds, how they balance their families and this project and where they are heading!
Overall the Belly Book Collection and Authors get big thumbs up from Cape Cod Mommies. We love supporting our local moms especially when they have a great product!
Stay tuned for our giveaway being featured soon on our blog for our lucky readers!
You can check out and connect with Belly Books below:
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
We are getting ready for Easter and this upcoming weekend we are going to dye eggs. As always, I look for ways to tie in speech/language tasks to our activities! Here are some suggestions for how to incorporate speech/language skills into egg dying.
Egg-Dying/Easter Vocabulary Words:
· Egg Hunt
· Egg White
While you prepare the dye:
· Talk about the different colors of egg dye that you will be using
· Allow your child to help you measure and mix the ingredients
· Consider blending some of the colors to create new colors and talk about how this happens
Before you dye the eggs:
· Use a white or clear crayon to write/draw on the eggs – once the eggs are dyed you will be able to see what you drew
· Write letters to work on letter identification
· Draw shapes to work on shape recognition
· Have your child write his/her name
While you dye the eggs:
· Think and talk about some of the vocabulary words listed above as you mix, dip, dye and dry your eggs!
After you dye the eggs:
· Check out the letters and shapes you drew on the eggs
· If your child is a beginning reader, use the letter-eggs to spell out some CVC words
· Use describing words to talk about an egg and have your child guess which egg you are describing
· Hide the eggs and use direction words to find the eggs
· Crack one of the eggs open and talk about the different parts of the egg
As always, every task can be a learning experience that is full of language if you make it that way for your child! Enjoy and I hope you and your child create some awesome eggs!
Golden Speech Therapy
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
Cape Cod Academy Speaker Series
May 15, 2014
at Cape Cod Academy
Stephen Prothero, Author and Professor of Religion
"Our Uncommon Creed: America's Political Bible from George Washington to Barack Obama."
Open to the public, free event.
ALL NEW from Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
Proper behavior, manners and knowing how to present oneself are the backbone for confidence, self-respect and respect for others. Contrary to what many people think, intelligence is a poor predictor of personal, academic and professional success.
Pair manners with confidence and our girls are going to be winners and leaders!
Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
Meeting New People and PTSD
This is part of our PTSD series by Melissa.
By: Melissa Thurber
As mothers we like to be able to take our children out and do things with them. Things like bowling, going to the park, arcades, parades, events, etc. We want our children to experience all the joys life has to offer.
As a mother with PTSD I have a very hard time doing these things. PTSD causes an immense amount of social anxiety. It is hard to even go to the grocery store at times.
This past weekend, I was invited to go out bowling with one of my son’s friend and his family. I hummed and hawed over the idea and was really nervous because I had not met his mother in person. We only conversed on Facebook (Facebook is a safe haven for communication for me and others I know with PTSD).
I finally decided that I was NOT going to punish my children just because I had a hard time with social settings. I was not going to make them miss out one more time because I have a fear of crowded areas and restaurants. I was going to take them come hell or high water!!
We started out by meeting the other family at a local restaurant for dinner. When we got there it was just us. My anxiety was so very high that I could barely sit still in my seat. I was a nervous wreck. BUT, my kids were very excited and I didn’t want to show them how anxious I was. So I put on that hypothetical mask that I use when I try to hide my feelings to my kids. It worked too. They had no clue what was going on. They didn’t know that all I wanted to do was go into the bathroom and cry it out so I could come back and TRY to have a normal fun night.
When the other family arrived my palms started to sweat. I was super anxious and wanted to just tell the kids to get in the car so we could just go home. But I didn’t. I stayed and kept a smile on my face. It was so hard though.
I started talking with the other mom and started to feel a little at ease as she was an EXTREMELY nice person. She made me feel comfortable and I was able to talk to her without any issues other than my normal babbling self. THEN the boys started to get a little crazy! They were smashing peanuts all over the table, laughing uncontrollably, and playing with cars on the table while we waited for our meal.
Im sure most of you are thinking, “That’s just boys. They should be allowed to play like that without anyone getting upset”. Yes, I 100% agree. PTSD doesn’t though. It makes you want to crawl out of your own skin when there is uncontrolled chaos and makes you want to curl up in a ball and hide from everything that is loud, obnoxious, or out of your normal comfort zone.
After dinner we rode over to the bowling alley. When we walked in it was pretty crowded and my anxiety started to go through the roof. But I stood there for a second while the other family was giving the girl at the counter their shoe sizes and took a deep breath. I had to remind myself that this was about the kids and not about me. I was able to get past that initial anxiety!! It worked!!
We started bowling and my son and his friend had their own lane. Everyone was having a blast and it seemed as though my PTSD was at bay for the time being UNTIL……my son started to get upset because he thought he wasn’t doing good. This is where I started to get that major anxiety again. I wanted to just say “Lets go home” . Instead, I whispered nicely in his ear. I said, “It’s ok if you don’t win. Mommy is losing too, but I am having fun”. Although I was having a good time, I don’t really think I can say it was real fun due to being way out of my comfort zone. It definitely made him relax and continue to have fun.
We continued to bowl and it was actually a great time. Once we were all done, we said our good byes for the night and went our separate ways. When we got in the car my son was still on his little high from having a good time. He said to me, “Mom, you are the best mom ever. Thank you for taking us tonight. It was so much fun”. That right there is when I knew I did the right thing.
I realized then that I need to try to continue to fight through this crappy thing called PTSD for my children. I needed to keep pushing through this and let my kids be kids more often than not. I needed to put my personal struggles aside for them as much as I possibly could.
This stuff may seem to you like it is just normal to allow kids to be themselves. And yes, it is normal. But for a mother with PTSD it can be a VERY hard thing to do. I am trying and that is the best I can do for now!
You can check out my work at: www.melissajthurber.com
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