Kelli DiCesare, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

The Shade Tree

The Shade Tree

This past summer there were four of us engaged in a very complex and synchronized strategic mission. We honed our skills and operated with the precision and determination of soldiers heading into combat. Murmurs started the night before. Schedules were exchanged, coordinates were mapped, and secret plans were made under the cover of night. In the wee hours of the next morn... »

Barre3

Barre3 – Stronger in Mind & Body

When my editor asked me if I wanted to take a bar class, I got giddy. My head was spinning with the possibilities. Would I learn how to juggle vodka bottles? Would I learn how to muddle mint? Would I learn to stick my nose in a wine glass, sniff with exuberance, and be able to identify what region the wine was from? By the time my brain stopped, I pictured myself being a s... »

Bethlehem Steel Futbol

Bethlehem Steel Futbol Club

What has two thumbs and knows zip about soccer? Me. When I got the assignment to write about the new soccer team, the Bethlehem Steel FC, I was a bit apprehensive. I did a quick mental tally of soccer facts I DID know, and they amounted to four. Total. I know Brandi Chastain ripped her shirt off in some big game. I’m not sure how the unsmiling Posh Spice landed David Beckh... »

O Christmas Tree! One Family’s Quest for the Perfect Tree

O Christmas Tree! One Family’s Quest for the Perfect Tree

We are gearing up for Christmas in our house. I campaigned hard for a real tree this year because in my dream world, it seemed like a perfect idea. Be careful what you wish for. The Dream: My perfect world included us all dressed in Christmas sweaters, singing carols as we made our way to the Christmas tree farm. We would hike and hold hands. Then we would find the perfect... »

Adopt-a-Dog

Adopt-a-Dog

I have had dogs my entire adult life. Big hairy dogs, lean and mean dogs, a dog with one eye, a dog with three legs, and a dog with the IQ of a turnip, but all of my dogs have been adopted from a shelter. He is the dog that will be tucked in my heart forever. October is Dog Adoption Month, and I encourage you to think about adopting. If you are on the fence about getting a... »

Lost River Caverns

Lost River Caverns

You know how some days just work? Limited effort but heaps of fun? It all goes so suspiciously smoothly, without anyone really planning, worrying or even trying. It’s like the “Mom God” in the sky looked down and said, “Hey, I’m gonna’ give you a break today.” Well, we had one of those days recently, and it was at Lost River Caverns in Hellertown. My kids and I had a free ... »

Discovering  Disc Golf

Discovering Disc Golf

You see them around parks… strange looking chain baskets that are perched on a pole. A little metal tree of weirdness standing alone. What are they? They are frisbee golf hole baskets, and I wanted to try it. How hard could it be to throw a bunch of Frisbees into a basket? I had it all planned out. I invited four of my friends for a frisbee golf afternoon. But, trying to s... »

A Journey Through  Jim Thorpe

A Journey Through Jim Thorpe

The words “Let’s go to the dungeon,” are sometimes all they need to hear. But, I digress. Let me start at the beginning. We recently braved the Northeast Extension and made our way to spend the day in Jim Thorpe. As you come down mountain, you see this cute little town tucked in the valley. But you’ll soon find out, it is a lot more than a cute town. It is layered in histo... »

Let Me Paint You a Picture

Let Me Paint You a Picture

In college I had to take an art class so I chose watercolor. It was there I discovered I am great at painting bananas. For real. Still life – a banana. Landscape – a banana tree. Abstract – dancing bananas. However, it was also there that I discovered that if it is NOT a banana, I stink at painting. So when I had the opportunity to take some painting classes for this artic... »

Happy Kids = Happy Moms:  A Mother’s Day Revelation

Happy Kids = Happy Moms: A Mother’s Day Revelation

I like to assess the “State of the Union” of our house various times a year.  This is not a practice my family enjoys, but I do it anyway… because I’m the mom. We moved to Coopersburg not too long ago, and I wanted to see how things stood with my family. Plus, I wanted to go out to dinner. So, I picked the restaurant, and we made our way toward my much anticipated night of... »

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