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Mama’s question of the week: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving week!  This Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for in your life?  Do you have any special family traditions?  How do you encourage your children to be grateful?

My son is four this Thanksgiving and slowly understanding a bit more about the holiday.  He knows it centers around our family, who will all be coming here for dinner on Thursday.  At preschool he learned from the folks at the Briar Bush Nature Center a bit about the Lenape Indians who once lived in our region.  He also learned a bit about the Pilgrims and their first Thanksgiving foods.  I did find it amusing that instead of hearing the term “pilgrim” he heard the word “criminal.”  He kept insisting to me that the criminals ate corn and dried out pumpkins!  We will continue to read books at bedtime about Thanksgiving and turkeys and discuss what we are thankful for this year.  Some books that we’ve been enjoying are 10 Fat Turkeys, A Plump and Perky Turkey, and T is for Turkey.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!

Mama Diane

Featured Mama of the Week: Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston

This week’s Featured Mama of the Week is Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston, a mom to two little girls; one is almost four years old and the other is two. Jean Marie was employed as an eighth grade teacher at a charter school until she became disabled and was later diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  This past spring, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer.  She blogs about her life experiences with her disability and illness at We Vow for Worse or for Worse, sharing what life is like living with disabilities.  Jean Marie was gracious enough to share her story with Mama’s Little Helper despite being a few weeks post double mastectomy surgery and just days post hernia repair surgery!  She is an amazing woman and mother, and this is her story, mostly in her own words.


Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston and her daughters

Jean Marie and her husband went from being newlyweds to expectant parents in a matter of days and were very happy about it!  Starting a family was very exciting for them.  They now have two beautiful little girls who both enjoy singing, dancing and music, playing dress up and being crafty with mom.  Sharing hobbies and interests with the girls is something that Jean Marie really enjoys about being a parent.  While she would encourage them to do whatever activity they found interesting, she loves that they both enjoy craft activities, even if the youngest isn’t quite ready developmentally to participate all the time.  Being a teacher and a mom helps Jean Marie in providing educationally appropriate activities for both girls.

Being a stay at home mom due to health reasons has also been a blessing.  Jean Marie is grateful to have time at home with her girls while they are young.  She said, “it may create lots of limitations for my family when it comes to income, but I prefer to look at it as a blessing since it gives me the opportunity to watch my children enjoy their childhood and reach each and every special milestone, something I would have missed out on if I was teaching other people’s children instead.”

Regarding handling challenges as a parent, Jean Marie shared the following:

Until recently, my greatest challenge was my disability, fibromyalgia.  I was diagnosed when my daughter was eight months old, over a year after my symptoms started during my first pregnancy.  Fibromyalgia took away a lot of my independence, endurance and stamina as well as qualities that made me the kind of teacher I was proud to be, such as excellent reading comprehension, grammar and spelling, a good memory, strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and the abilities to multi-task and quickly change my course of action when the need presented itself.  As a mom, I had to find ways to do things differently.  For example, diaper changes were done only in the living room to reduce the amount of lifting that needed to be done. When my oldest was 10 months old, I was no longer able to take her (and later her sister) out without help as I was unable to get her in and out of car seats, high chairs, or strollers without difficulty. I found I was only able to drive short distances from my home. My ability to do housework was greatly affected too, and many days cooking dinner was impossible.  So my husband and I had to find ways to work around my difficulties.  Unfortunately since my husband doesn’t know how to cook very much, we relied heavily on takeout or easy-to-prepare meals on the nights I couldn’t cook, but I did my best to be sure we had lots of healthy foods in the house to balance it out.  Routines were created to work around my limitations, and we had to rely on family, friends and other helpers to help get the girls and me out of the house for fun.  It was only recently that I was able to take my oldest out with me for easy errands because she’s now old enough to help get herself in and out of the car.

Once the cognitive dysfunction set in, I realized I couldn’t keep this condition to myself.  I was starting to upset newly found friends by misspeaking, and my memory problems were affecting my relationships as well.  I didn’t want to upset others by canceling plans with little explanation.  So I made a very difficult decision to share my condition with others so they knew all the personal faults that come with it and can understand why I need to say no so often as well as why I’m the sore, tired self I become after a very busy day with them.  Some activities put me out of commission for several days, so I had to figure out what I could do and what I needed to say no to in order to be able to care for my children afterwards.

This past spring, after dealing with fibromyalgia for about 3 1/2 years, I was diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer.  I’ve been hospitalized three times, had three surgeries and two transfusions, and completed six cycles of chemotherapy.  I still have two surgeries ahead of me as well as six weeks of radiation that will require daily trips to the hospital.  While my chemo is finished, I still need Herceptin treatments every three weeks that will be completed next May.  I’m also starting Tamoxifen in the coming months.  Cancer has been a huge hurdle for me as a parent.  I’m lucky enough to have a great support system.  My husband is a teacher, so he was able to be available the entire summer to accompany me on my treatment appointments.  When he wasn’t available, my father took me.  This was extremely important to me because chemotherapy caused my fibromyalgia to flare badly, affecting my ability to drive even more than usual.  My mother lived at our house for days on end to care for my children and help me get through the tougher days of side effects.  Friends and family took my children for full days of play date fun or they dropped off dinners for my culinary-challenged husband.  My Facebook page has been covered with supportive comments and prayers for my recovery as well as wishes of strength for my family to get through this!  I haven’t had one day that I felt alone during this journey! However no matter how many friends and loved ones tell me I need to put myself first in this fight, as a mother it’s been probably the toughest part of this fight!  I have a very strong caregiver personality which explains my desire to go into teaching as young as fifth grade.  This whole time I have been very concerned about how my children are getting through all of this.  Their very limited social life (due to my disability) seems even more reduced.  I’ve seen evidence of their difficulty dealing with my many “disappearances” due to treatments, surgeries and doctors’ appointments in their behavior.  My oldest is still having problems completing her potty training, and my youngest has had problems at different times with separation anxiety when I leave.  But we’re all just dealing with everything the best we can, one day at a time.  Cancer can impose stress on pretty much every aspect of life…financial stresses as we deal with greater medical expenses and the need for even more help than usual; fear of the unknown as I start each new step in the treatment process; physical and emotional stresses as we all deal with the side effects of treatment, whether it be me suffering the side effects, my husband acting as my caregiver while trying to work full-time and care for our children, or my children trying to figure out as a toddler and preschooler what’s going on with Mommy and why is she still too sick to spend time with us.  Those who care about me tell me everyone else is doing just fine and I should worry about me getting better, but I don’t know how to stop worrying about those I love.  I’ve fought for over four years to attain a balance with fibromyalgia, and I’ve been unsuccessful.  Having cancer isn’t going to just magically make “balance” appear.

My fight against both cancer and fibromyalgia is far from over, but I know I’m not in this alone!!!  I am forever grateful to my husband, my parents and other family, and my friends for all the endless love and support they’ve shown me!  They’ve done everything within their power to take away added stress so I can focus on winning the fight of my life.  And they’ve been working hard to give my girls the childhood they deserve despite the obstacles Mommy’s health has imposed.  I’m very blessed, and for that I’m thankful!


Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston

Through everything medically Jean Marie is dealing with, she is still parenting her daughters to grow into healthy, strong, and kind people.  She wants her daughters to understand the importance of standing strong for oneself.  Through everything she has experienced in the past four years she said she has “learned who my real friends are, I’ve learned how to be my own advocate when it comes to finding answers, and I’ve learned I have an inner strength I never knew I had.  I knew I was strong, but I don’t think I’ve ever known the true strength and optimism I was capable of until I really had to open my eyes wide enough to see it!  I want my daughters to see how hard I fought to be well so they can know how to do the same if their lives ever call for it.  And I want my daughters to also understand why I have shared my story with others, in the hopes of showing others they’re not alone in their fight!  Just as important, I want them to see how love helps pull you through tough times and how when you love someone you do your best to stand by their side and help them find the strength they need to overcome.  While I did have a huge support system while battling cancer, there were some who I never expected to completely disappear from my life.  I want my daughters to learn that’s not acceptable…you don’t do that for people you love who depend on you.  No matter how busy you are or how tough it may seem to remain strong for them, you stand strong by the side of your friends and family when they need you.”

Thank you Jean Marie, for sharing so much insight into parenting while dealing with disabilities and medical issues.  Mama’s Little Helper wishes you and your family well during your healing journey!

Jean Marie Keenan-Johnston and her family


Featured Mama of the week: Barb Hoyer

This week’s Featured Mama of the Week is Barb Hoyer, blogger at A Life in Balance and mom to five kids!  She has four sons, ages 15, 7, 5, and 3 and one daughter, age 4.  Her kids love to play with Legos and most days you’ll find their basement floor covered in those little bricks.  Barb loves to see the creative side come out of her kids and she encourages them to express themselves in creativity and through play. Her oldest son has developed into a wonderful writer and she is encouraging him to explore his talents in high school.  Barb herself has always needed a creative outlet, whether it be writing, photography, drawing, painting or knitting.

Family meetings held weekly are a great way to connect with the family!

Being the parent of five and running a household of seven people takes a lot of organization and comes with challenges.  Managing all of those people in one house, with all of the noise and mess, is difficult.  Barb mentioned that during this school year she plans to implement some changes at home to make life go more smoothly, especially with all of the activities the school year brings. Barb and her husband are planning to hold weekly family meetings during their Sunday night dinners when they know the family will all be together.  This is such a great idea for any size family!

Barb is currently a stay at home mom (SAHM) although she was also a working mom for a while in the past.  She said, “I’m a SAHM, though I did spend a year working on a Shaklee business. I became a SAHM when my oldest was about 4, and we decided I would homeschool him. When I was working, I worked in the fundraising offices of several nonprofits. My last gig was an Office Manager/Special Events Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Library Development Office, my favorite job. My boss was fabulous and being a dad himself, very flexible about my working from home at times.  I love being a SAHM because my skills in running an office have translated to the home though it’s taken me awhile and 5 children to realize this.”

Barb’s blog, A Life in Balance is all about how she is working to keep balance in her and her family’s life. She mentioned regarding her blog, “No one has exactly the same situation as me, but they can identify with the issues I deal with whether it’s replacing an appliance or feeding a family while watching the grocery prices continue to rise and rise. I also want to discuss as a mom how to have a healthy balance in our lives and what that looks like. I want my readers to take what they like and leave the rest.”  Barb is an avid gardener too, and shares a great deal about gardening on her blog.  Barb shared her favorite family recipe with Mama’s Little Helper readers too: Chicken Parmesan.

Social media has become a resourceful tool for Barb, especially when talking on the phone can be challenging with five kids interrupting!  “I use Facebook and Twitter a lot for my blogging, and Facebook for connecting with my family and my husband’s family. I love both as social media tools and yet, I am mindful that they are tools. I think face time is just as important, and I also like to pick up the phone to chat with distant relatives from time to time. I tend to rely more on Facebook and Twitter right now because my kids have phone radar and always want my attention when I’m on the phone. I usually have to retreat into the bathroom (my Gibbs-style office) to have a conversation. Interruptions from the kids are not interruptions when I’m using social media.”

Teaching respect in a family of seven is very important, especially in regards to other’s toys, possessions and space.  With four kids sharing a bedroom, Barb found that using a combination of boundary setting with locking cabinets and gates, along with reinforcement of rules repeatedly helps. She mentioned that one of the first topics to be covered during family meetings will be formulating a written list of rules for the family and posting them publicly.

Having five kids means Barb’s received lots of tips and advice from others over the years regarding parenting.  She said “the best piece of advice was to pay attention to what might be affecting my kids when they misbehave. I can tell when they’re tired, and I will often suggest that they spend a little time by themselves until they’re ready to be with us again. For the really young ones, I make sure that they get the much needed nap to be their happy, bright selves again.  Barb’s advice to a new parent is “a baby can never be held too much. I used a Bjorn to carry my four young ones, and my oldest spent a lot of time in car seats or strollers. I think that level of touching between a mom and baby has made a huge difference in my children’s lives. If I could raise my oldest again, I would carry him a lot, have a family bed, and breastfeed him.”

Barb likes to spend her “alone time” walking.  She used to be a longer distance runner before being a parent and loved to run five miles at a time.  Currently her best walks are up to an hour long.  Pounding the pavement really helps her walk out things and de-stress.  She uses her cell phone and sends herself emails while walking if she thinks of things to do, that way she doesn’t risk forgetting a thought before she gets home.  Then she can move on to the nest issue.  What a great way to wind down!

Barb Hoyer from A Life in Balance

Thank you Barb, for being a featured mama of the week on Mama’s Little Helper!


Mama’s question of the week: do you use a slow cooker or crock-pot?

Question of the week:  Do you use a slow cooker and have a favorite recipe to share?

With September almost over and school schedules, after school activities, and sports schedules keeping parents and their kids busy, planning healthy family meals can be a challenge.  It seems more popular than ever to rely upon the good old crock-pot or slow cooker for easy to prepare meals.  There is a surge of Facebook pages about sharing slow cooker recipes, along with many blogs on the subject as well.  Do you use a slow cooker and if so, can you share your favorite recipe with Mama’s Little Helper readers?

Personally, this mama tries to use her crock pot at least once a week and I would like to  use it even more.  I search weekly for new recipes for it that will appeal to my family while also being healthy.  A great blog for slow cooker recipes is A year of slow cooking by Stephanie O’Dea.  She started her blog as a New Years resolution a few years ago and has since published cookbooks of her collected recipes.  It’s a great way to start if you are new to using a slow cooker to find a large variety of recipes.  The Crock-Pot website lists many recipes for their famous brand of slow cookers and is another great resource for home chefs.  A family favorite in our house is a recipe for chicken cacciatore, a meal that a good friend brought us after our son was born.  I’ve made it many times since then!  The recipe that I make almost weekly in my slow cooker is called sticky chicken. It is so simple and cooks a whole chicken that can be used for multiple meals.  I often use the chicken for enchiladas or quesadillas, chicken salad, or as a green salad topper.  The spice mixture used can be adjusted to your personal taste, or to whatever you have on hand even.

Please share your favorite slow cooker recipe or link to a recipe!  Maybe it will help out another reader in discovering something new to make for their family!


Mama Diane

Being safe during Hurricane Irene

This weekend’s weather forecast is sounding more ominous every minute!  The threat of hurricane Irene, due to arrive to the Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County and New Jersey regions Sunday morning, means lots of cancellations and evacuations.  While everyone hopes that this storm is being hyped more serious than it really will be, it is so important to be safer than sorry.   I can’t help but think of those tragic news stories that followed hurricane Katrina, when people were not as prepared as they could have been.   There are many resources online that provide helpful information on how to prepare for a storm.  Here are a few resources for Mama’s Little Helper readers:

Be prepared for during and after Hurricane Irene!

If your area has not been evacuated, there are a few things you can do to help your family shelter at home during and after the storm, when power outages are possible.  While this list is not inclusive, here are a few tips I learned about from reading various places online to help deal with this storm:

  • Have a good supply of drinking water on hand.  Approximately one gallon per person for at least three days, up to seven.
  • Set your refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting in case of a power failure.
  • Freeze extra ice packs or even bottles of water to use to help keep your freezer contents cold in case of a power outage.
  • Be sure to have a good supply of any prescriptions you need on hand.
  • Have some extra cash on hand.  If there is a power failure in the area, ATMs will not work.
  • Fill your gas tanks of your car and generator if you have one.
  • Keep non perishable foods on hand, such as peanut butter and jelly, bread, snack bars, fruit, and your kids’ favorite snacks!
  • If there are babies at home, be sure to have diapers, food, milk/formula supplies for them.
  • Have flashlights with batteries on hand, as they are safer than candles.
  • Keep a box of activities that can be used to entertain your kids during a power outage.  Games, crayons and coloring books, and even something new to be a nice surprise for the kids during this stressful time.
  • Clear your yard and decks/porches of potential hazards…store lawn furniture, bird feeders, toys indoors if possible.

Natural disasters are scary for adults and confusing for children.  It is important to teach your kids about how to be safe without frightening them.  It’s good for the adults to have a plan for evacuation from the home if necessary and share as much as that plan as is appropriate for your children based upon their age.  Watching the news with kids can provoke anxiety for some kids.  Share with your kids just enough information about what is going on with out going in to too much detail to curb anxiety.  Some kids won’t care, but there are lots of kids who will be scared.  Plan to have a little fun while you are stuck inside during the storm.  It might help relieve everyone’s anxiety or stir-craziness!

Be safe during the storm!  I hope that everyone who has been evacuated from the Jersey shore is able to return home safely soon.


Mama Diane

Question of the week: Kids and Chores

Mama’s question of the week is all about kids doing chores!

For this question of the  week, Mama is wondering about kids and chores, specifically, at what age is appropriate for assigning kids chores and what types of chores?  When did you start asking your kids to help out around the house?  Was it a formal agreement with a chore chart, or was it more casual?  Did you give rewards, such as an allowance, for completion of chores?

I found a great chore chart online that gives suggested chores for different ages of kids.  For example, it said:

2-4 year olds

help dust

put napkins on table

help put away toys

put laundry in hamper

help feed pet

4-7 year olds – “Help” is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently!

set the table or help set the table

put away toys/things

help feed pets

water plants

help make bed


put laundry in hamper

help put dishes in dishwasher

water the garden

help wipe up messes

help with yard work (rake with child’s rake or plant flowers, etc.)

help clear table

help put away groceries

At what age should a chore chart be used?

I have a dear friend who is the parent of a 15 year old son.  She told me that when he turned three years old, she started to assign him one new chore, every year on his birthday.  So when he turned three, his chore was to fold the washcloths in the laundry every week.  This graduated to trash duty, laundry duty, pet care, kitchen clean up, and on.  We often joke about what his next birthday chore will be!

Another mom I know has her two girls, ages four and two years, clear their dishes from the table after every meal.  All they have to do is walk their plates and utensils over to the kitchen counter near the sink.  Even the two year old does this well!

My son is three, almost four years old.  He helps with matching socks in the laundry, putting his dirty clothes in the hamper, picking up his toys, dusting and sweeping the kitchen floor.  He isn’t consistent at any of these, but he is excited to help, so for now it works out well.  I personally think he is too young for a chore chart, as we haven’t had a problem yet with him helping, most of the time.  Over the next six months or so I plan to add helping clear his dishes from the table and setting the table to his responsibilities, as he is finally tall enough to comfortably reach the table and counter without using a step stool.

I personally think it is important to assign chores to kids, as not only does it teach responsibility, but it helps them feel like they belong to the family and are competent to help out.  Starting young helps instill the importance of helping out at home.  As children age, they may naturally begin to refuse to do their chores, but if it is something they have always been expected to do, there may be less of a battle.  Suddenly assigning chores to a ten year old who never had to do them will certainly result in defiance or refusal!  My theory is that responsibilities need to develop and increase over time and be consistent.  At least that’s what I think now!

So what do you think about kids and chores?  Do your kids have chores?  Do you have any tips for getting them to complete their assigned chores?  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section!

Mama Diane blogs about her adventures in parenting, cooking, and crafting at Knitting Zeal.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Family Vacationed In Atlantic City NJ

Thinking about your next family vacation?

I’ll have the family time entree with the side of already known for night life please!

Like date nights, but don’t want to sacrifice family fun? All kidding aside….its tough trying to build a vacation.

Best Vacation Tip I Ever Received

It doesn’t have to be perfect, to be great. So often we set out on planning the BEST vacation that our budget can buy. We spend countless hours reading blogs looking for the one destination that will give us everything we are looking for in a vacation. Finding vacation was a little easier for me prior to having a child. If there was great nightlife, yummy restaurants, relaxing beaches, a day spa and a beautiful pool all for under $1000 and 4 hours fly time, it was perfect for me! I wasn’t interested in sight seeing, activities that made me walk, or events that made me think. I vacationed because I needed to relax. Now I have a child and I vacation for reasons that are very different than relaxing, I’m not sure I really relax at all while I’m on vacation. I’m sure the majority of you Moms & Dads will agree with me on that.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Family Vacation

  1. Expose my child, myself and my family to new experiences – others behave and live differently than we do and its nice to see that IRL (in real life)
  2. Quality fun time alone with my daughter – when it’s just her & I, there is no one to distract either one of us
  3. Family bonding time – it’s hard to not make a family relationship stronger while away for 24 hours in a day, several days in a row
  4. Get away from the normal daily grind of our lives – just stopping doing something for a few days, takes you away long enough to make a change
  5. Appreciate successes in our lives – rewarding ourselves with a little trip in celebration makes the success feel sealed and delivered for me
  6. Sponsors send me away to review their destination, event or activity – it’s a little easier to stop your life, rearrange a schedule when someone else is paying
  7. Relieve stress – it’s hard to be worried on vacation
  8. Get me away from technology – some how being charged $2 per minute or 50 cents per text message will make a person power down the cell phone
  9. Give myself a break from chores – dishes and laundry can’t be done if I’m not there to do them
  10. Save mileage on my car – It’s a short drive, save mileage on my car. Take that lease!

Harrahs Pool at Family Fun Center

Family Fun Activities in Atlantic City

  • Dolphin watching on Atlantic City Cruises – or your money back guaranteed, $34 adults, $18, 4 and under FREE – tip 1pm cruise is the dolphin watching cruise
  • Chicken Bone Beach Concert Series – every Thursday night in July & Aug, 7pm to 10pm on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza (Mississippi Avenue) – FREE
  • AC Summer Concert Series – Live jazz, R&B, soul and disco concerts at Gardner’s Basin, Sat at 1pm until dusk (raindate will be Sun of the same weekend) – FREE
  • Storybook Land – amusement park good for ages 1-10 years old, $21.95pp, under 1 FREE
  • Cape May County Park and Zoo – FREE
  • The Water Show – Find this dazzling illuminated water effects show every hour on the hour at the end of The Pier Shops – FREE
  • Summer International Nights – multi-cultural live music and dance performances at Kennedy Plaza on Boardwalk at Mississippi Wed in July and Aug at 7pm
  • Sunday Family Fun Days – AC Free Public Library offers free Sunday programs at the Main Branch (1 North Tennessee Ave), movies, art projects
  • Absecon Lighthouse – 228 steps, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, views of the AC skyline, cool events each month, $7 adults, $5 children, under 4 FREE
  • Golf – Atlantic City ranked among Top Ten Golf Cities in America by
  • IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

The theater is located in the quarter on the 2nd floor. It was tricky to get to, so just really plan ahead, heck even call ahead to get walking directions and a good spot to park, so you’re not running all over the Tropicana and then the Quarter looking for the place. In my opinion, it wasn’t clearly marked when we did find it, but again I was rushing from trying to find parking and find the IMAX itself because we parked no where near where we should have. We saw the Coral Reef Adventure and this was my first IMAX experience. Wow! It was amazing! I learned a ton of new information and the movie was breath taking on the IMAX screen. When the movie was over, we were in a rush trying to make it to our next event, valet messed up getting our car to us and we were late, thinking valet was our best bet turned out to be not the best choice. We should have done a little more home work and parked as close as possible to the IMAX theater in the Tropicana. Also, just give yourself a little more time in between activities, so you don’t feel like your rushing all day.

With several touch tanks throughout this aquarium, you and your children get an up close view and feel of many featured fish and animals, such as: sharks, juvenile rays, cow nose rays, and bat rays, horseshoe crabs, living fossils, and invertebrates. Be sure to time your visits around the Live Diver Feeding Show, The Exotic Animal Show and Story Time. For the tiny tots, you’ll want to stop by the Coloring Station, Sea Shell Sand Box and Mariner’s Maze. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and FREE for children 3 and under. FREE parking. While we were there, this fish took a liking to Al, the sweet man in my life.


Atlantic City Aquarium

Atlantic City Bayside Attractions

After all AC is an island, so there is a bay well known for it’s no no need for a  fishing license attitude along the jetties on Maine Avenue and the Boardwalk and also in the inlet off of the Boardwalk. However, if you prefer to fish off a boat on the water, there are many fishing and cruising charters at several city locations.

While visiting Atlantic City, consider checking out the Beach Bars, Boardwalk activities, bay festivities and year round events as well as the beach and the Boardwalk because, from the beach to the bay, Atlantic City is “Always Turned On.”

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