Dad Diaries: The Biggest Thing to Ever Happen

EDITORS NOTE:  THIS IS 'CUZ' NOT THE HUBBY! LOL Yes, someone asked.  Eh. No. But he rocks!

EDITORS NOTE:  THIS IS 'CUZ' NOT THE HUBBY! LOL Yes, someone asked.  Eh. No. But he rocks!

This June we will have been in Philly for 8 years.  I can't even believe it.  That's a VERY long time for this radio girl who has traveled the country in the business before settling here.  But truth be told, Philly was all my husband's idea when he got offered a job after his job moved to LA.  

I had never been to Philly until the day we drove in to this place.  Fast forward to a very tough first 5 years both personally & professionally.  As many of my dear friends and longtime readers know... I use to the be the 'talented' one. lol I was on the air after Boston was born doing afternoons on HOT AC, my DREAM job at Now 97.5.  But... in the back of my mind I always knew that this city was a rock & sports town & there was always the radio chance of a format flip.  Well... I wasn't expecting it only 3 months into my own show...

Nor did I expect the way that it would go down.  Finding out on Facebook while I was on the air at 4:30p in the afternoon that I was losing my job.  TO MY HUSBAND.  Yeah.  That was probably the worst weekend of my married life.  It was a lot of personal heartbreak because I had no idea it was coming.  I felt like the biggest loser after everyone hit the studio asking me if they were losing their jobs when in fact - it was the very first I had ever heard of it.  I felt blindsighted.

My husband who had this tiny - stinky - locker room - smelling - hole in the wall AM station that he moved into and took it all the way to being the FIRST FM sports station in Philly.  And any normal wife would have celebrated to high heaven for their husband because that is one heck of an accomplishment. 

Truth be told.... it was the ultimate test of our marriage.  Because personally.... I was livid.  Humiliated.  Mortified.  Professionally - it was horrific to be the center of media gossip columns.  It proved true to me when my general manager at Better Philly, the TV show I hosted on WPHL, told me that 'I was the talk of the station for a good month' because everyone knew we were married &  everyone had the 'what would you do?' conversation.  

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You see...my husband had to sign a confidentiality agreement and if he told me and it got out - we'd both be out of a job.  And I believe wholeheartedly it wasn't suppose to go down that way...some jackmunch from national ESPN wanted to be 'first' and leaked the news - therefore all hell broke loose.

Yeah.  It was a bizarre merge of my professional & personal life.  Brutal AND Bizarre.  Honestly, when big things happen like that - it is the nature of the business.  But that didn't help my heart from breaking over it at the time.

It took me years to realize & understand that he never intentionally meant to hurt me.  Oi.  By the grace of GOD we've moved forward from that awful experience. (Although... there were moments when I let resentment get the best of me.  Especially in the beginning when it happened.)  But as each day passes the healing moves forward.

Yes. I did spend a few years after that in the gutter.  But the light at the end of the tunnel happened when I made the decision to forgive him.  And to move forward for MYSELF.  

The past few years has been great.  And by the Grace of God we've learned and grown, survived & thrived.  He did his thing and I did mine.  And we supported each other in ways that rebuilt our relationship.  That's what marriage is all about isn't it?

So, I share the past with you so that I can celebrate the future.  

We have an ongoing joke in our house where he comes home and says 'but honey, you don't understand - this is the biggest thing to ever happen to the radio station'!  He's use that excuse often till finally I told him - he can't use that excuse anymore because he sounds like the 'boy who cried wolf'.

And today - I'm going to PROUDLY allow him to relish in his accomplishments.  One that he TRULY deserves.  

I'm a competitive person.  (That has a lot to do with my radio years - that old school crosstown rivalry was awesome!!)  And as I watch my husband always take the high road - it's so great to see this come to fruition for him.  He brought in a guy that he'd been going out to dinners with for years!!  He loves 'CUZ'! 

Today, this non-sports fan is her husband's BIGGEST FAN.  Anthony Gargano starts the first morning show in 97.5 The Fanatic history.  As a former morning radio host - having a morning show is the anchor to the rest of the day. Live & Local is a program director dream team.  

So, my dearest Matty.  Even though you've been so cordial about this & the magnitude of having Gargano on your station - I'm going to say it for you.

This is the BIGGEST thing to ever happen to your radio station.  

And a bittersweet long time coming.  I'm so proud of your professionalism.  Your desire to WIN.  Your dedication & your leadership has been the anchor of success to that station.  I admire you. To think of what you accomplished in the short time that we've been here is monumental.  As I watch from the wings how the 'other' station acts worse than 2nd graders - I love and admire how you act and not RE-act.  

You're a classy dude.  And our boys are so very lucky to have a role model like you in their life.  

May this be the biggest & best year for you yet.  Cause heaven knows you deserve it. 

Love,  your biggest fans

PS:  Does this event constitute handbag worthy? hahah  Ok, I just got a new car a week ago.  That's good enough.  =)

 

 

 

 

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#RealMomTravels Spring Break Rainy Day Ideas on Fox 29

Hey all!  

Back from a fast trip to Cape May where I got to spend sometime with my favorite tv mom in my favorite mom getaway place!  We went to Cape May and Congress Hall.  

I went down on Sunday because the thought of driving to Cape May from Philly at 4am wasn't gonna cut it.  Not to mention - I don't need a big excuse to get out of town and head to my happy place!

Congress Hall and Cape Resorts Group has fantastic things to do with families for the holidays of course - but what about you who are stuck at home and we're getting rain? 

Got some GREAT ideas for you to do with the kids!

BRICKLOOT 

We love this brand for many reasons.  I'm obsessed with the subscription services.  Totally. lol But this was one that came across my review desk and I've loved it since meeting it!  My brick loving almost 7 year old loves it too.  Get a monthly subscription delivered to your door from Brickloot!

THE STORYBOOK GAME

The Storybook Game from Ideal® is sure to be a hit at family game night! It’s a card game of tall-tale telling fun! In this memory game, children create a different story each time they play. The story develops one card at a time! This game is excellent for challenging kids’ creativity and improvisation skills! This fun card game comes in a lunch box tin, making it easy to transport to picnics, family game nights, camping trips, and more! Designed for 2 or more players, ages 4 and up!

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS

Scaventure Kids™ brings the fun of exploring into one great big party game. Find out who can come back to home base with the most activities completed. Find a fossil rock, or a sticker or a banana. Scaventure Kids has it all, whether playing with just 2 kids or in a large group. The fun and excitement never ends and the creativity will always be rolling. This is a great game for kids ages 7 and up and is designed to be played with 2 or more players.

3D SIDEWALK CHALK & YARN STORMING MACHINE

Make your own fun & colorful sidewalk chalk!  Yes, this is for FUN indoors... but you gotta MAKE the chalk inside, right?  The Airbrush T-shirt maker didn't make it into this segment - but it is awesome!  The Yarn Storming Maching is seriously a throwback for me!  I loved making those as a kid and Thames and Kosmos does a great job bringing it back around!

LITTLE LIVE PETS OWL & BABY BIRD

These are the new birds on the block with Little Live Pets!  I love the 'mom and baby bird feeding!  And yes, Alicia Silverstone did that with her kid.  Sorry - I HAD to bring that up! lol But the owl mama & baby are amazingly fun for kids of all ages.

PLAYTAPE

This is the product that I wish I would have thought of myself!  Playtape by InRoad Toys is the perfect on the go/rainy day product out there!  Just rip off some tape, put it whereever and let your kids go to town!  Literally!

SKECHERS GAME KICKS

These are the HOTTEST shoes on the block!  The day that we got these in to test out the neighbor kids were sooo jealous!  The Game Kicks are the new interactive kids shoe by Skechers that doubles as an electronic memory game!  With over 68,000 combinations - your kids are SURE to have their brains full!  They come in both boy and girl

 



#HonestFeeding with Honest Company

When Hudson was born 2 years ago one of the things that I wanted to do BETTER the 2nd time around was be more informed on my buying choices.  With Boston, I see now where the issues are developing from me not taking control of his eating situation. Or any situation where I am an educated consumer and fed him the RIGHT choices. 

It's tough.  You want your kids and family to BE healthy.  You want to know that you're doing the very best you possibly can to MAKE THEM EAT HEALTHY.  And then you find out that there is crap in your kids food that they use to make motor oil and you freak. 

At least I did.  

I got more interested in what I was feeding my kids and realized there was nothing on the market that is a non GMO baby food.  Yeah, yeah. I get it 'breast is best'.  But you are free to search my site and you'll see that my breast are crap.  My babies would have never survived if I did that. 

And frankly, I was medicated for PPD so they didn't want or would I allow them to have what I was having.  And I'm 100% ok with that!  I love my babies.  I'd do anything for them and that includes keeping my mind in good order to enjoy the moments with them along the way. 

Whoa. I'm getting WAY too deep with you about my motherhood policies, I guess.  But what mother wouldn't want their kids to get their very best in life?  Jessica Alba sure did.  I'd go on a limb to say that's why she teamed up with Honest Company. Co-founded more like it.  She found her daughter eating her DIAPER and couldn't figure out what the ingredients were and if they were toxic. 

So awesome that a woman like her had the resources and opportunity to MAKE A CHANGE in our household like millions of others.  We're officially obsessed and proud spenders at Honest.com.  Yes, I am teamed up with Honest Company to share their new NON TOXIC - NON GMO feeding lines - but it's a no brainer for me to share when we live the HONEST life. 

So yes!  Thats the fun of Honest lately!  They have a gorgeous feeding line out that is changing the way parents are feeding their children.  The only bummer is that I only wish they had this when my son was a baby because I couldn't find any non GMO formula!  Thankfully you have that option if you're a new mom. 

The #HonestFeeding has many products to make baby dining easier.  From Lactation Plus to Nursing Pillows and ORGANIC FORMULA.  Honest will offer options for moms who choose to breastfeed, formula feed or both!

What is your favorite product from the Honest Company? ME?  I LOVE their fruit and veggie wash. MMMMmmm!

 

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Mom Confessions: Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly

Knock Knock... you there?

Hi.  I'm Joey Fortman.  Mom to two boys; Hudson & Boston.  I have a dog Rocky and my husband is a sports nut who runs a sports radio station in Philly. Go figure.  And no, I'm not a sports fan.  I am the loudest one on the sidelines at my sons soccer games but don't tell anyone. 

So, I use to have this 'blog' where I'd go and share my deep dark secrets & struggles as a new mom in a new world of the unknown.  Fast forward to today.  In 2015.  And I'm about as far from that 'real mom' as I've ever been!  Blogging has changed over the years and as opportunities come by I take them which leaves this blog and the very creative side of the business taking a nap.  Cause unfortunately, when the job becomes a job, it's no longer a hobby, right?

Fortunately over the years one thing is consistent - my relationship with Just Between Friends in Philadelphia!   The national Just Between Friends sale has been around for a few years and was founded by a mom in Oklahoma who wanted a way to save money!  She went out and created franchise locations across the country and for the 4th year in a row I'm working with #JBFPhilly. 

Apart of this experience - I was able to grow a little personally. I needed to bring in someone who new how to do the entire process of purging and teach myself & JBF team members the value of compassion for sure!  Although most of us are moms and although I though I was ok with being done having more babies, this was a major eye opener for sure!  Darla DeMorrow from Heartwork Organizing has been a friend of mine for years.  I've always known she was a fab organizer but until I really got to experience her expertise - I had no idea how fab she really is!  

The little tidbits that Darla shared with me as she drained my junk drawers & help me find the bottom of my closets I'll take with me for the rest of my life, I think.  Honestly, that poor woman heard more from me in those few days of purging & putting items on hangers that I'm sure she won't forget what a crazy mom I am! ha.  Yeah, so I do happen to organize my kids LEGO's.  Honestly, I don't do it for the organization.  I do it for my own sanity!! Darla said 'don't organize your kids LEGO's'.  And I do.  But it's therapeutic for me!  It really is!  But I was shocked when she told me that it was a waste of time.  

I guess I never really thought about the truth that comes with this whole process.  It's like shedding a part of me.  Now that I'm on the other side of it, I'm able to look at things more clearly and really feel the need to shed those layers that hold me back. 

OH MY GOSH?!?!  WHO KNEW that this sale would be SO PHILOSOPHICAL! lol

I've been working with #JBFPhilly for about 4 years now and I have such a love and respect for Tracy, the woman behind the Oaks & Reading sales.  She's one heck of a mom, entrepreneur, business owner and friend.  The first sale that Tracy hired me to help with bringing influencers in she got Franchise of the Year!  Over the years I've watched her rock it big time and it's been fun to be her cheerleader.  She's helping families!  

Ok, now that I UNLOADED my JBF-Baggage on you! hahaha  Although it's a good baggage.  Purging is a process.  But, tomorrow I get to spend and buy more!  Wahoo!

Tune into my favorite morning tv personality Jennaphr Frederick of Fox 29 tomorrow as she will be there from 7-10a with me.  You'll catch the story of a woman who does JBF and took her ENTIRE family on vacation with the money she made & saved!  Also, Graco is doing a buy back with JBF - get the details on their latest recall and how you can profit from it. 

Ok friends, here's the schedule, what time/date are you coming?

CLICK HERE to download the schedule

Monday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 17th

  • 8am-7pm: Drop Off for all Consignors. Refer to the Drop Off page for details.

Wednesday, March 18th

Qualified Presale Entry Only - See window to the right for details.

Thursday, March 19th

  • 9am-8pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ $3 Admission   Children and strollers welcomed. 

Friday, March 20th

  • 9am-8pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~  No admission
  • 8pm-9pm:  2nd Chance Drop Off.  Consignors are welcomed to drop off toys, strollers, furniture, baby gear and anything else that does not require inspection - no clothing or shoes, please!

Saturday, March 21st

  • 8am-5pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ No admission

        50% Presale - Pass Required

  • 6pm-9pm Team Members + 2 Friends
  • 6:30pm-9pm Consignors + 2 Friends

Sunday, March 22nd

  • 8am-3pm:  50% OFF Sale!  Many items an additional 1/2 off all day!

Monday, March 23rd

SALE CLOSED

  • 5:00pm-8:00pm: Consignor Pick Up of unsold items

 

 


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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!