Each month since she was 4 months old, Giavanna Schrecker (with a little help from her mom, Gina LaGuardia-Schrecker, VP of Content Development of CareerCo.) has been providing Staten Island Parent readers with an insight into life growing up on Staten Island.
Follow along with Gigi every month for the kid’s-eye prospective of what it’s like growing up today here on Staten Island, New York.
“I Think I’m Lovin’ It” August 2015. This month we are saying goodbye to the Gigi’s World column. After 12 years of allowing us insight into the world of a kid growing up on Staten Island, Gigi is onto new adventures. She’ll still be around town, loving life as she exemplifies the best Staten Island has to offer. So if you see her, be sure to say hi! Read more.
Mom’s Turn (Officially). May 2015. Past Mother’s Day columns have focused on my mom and my grandmother, which is why I thought it would just be nice to let Mom have “complete control” over this month’s column. Read more
Jordanna’s World. April 2015. The other night, my sister, Jordanna, asked my mom why I have a column and she doesn’t. We figured this day would eventually come. Mom said she told her that it’s simply because I was born first and that this is really about our family… Read more
Sales Star in Training. January 2015. It’s a new year, which means Girl Scout Cookie-selling season is fully baked. My troop and I have been selling the delicious goodies since December, and I’ve taken it very, very seriously. Read more
Reflections From Mommy. December 2014. This month marks the completion of 11 years sharing with “Gigi’s World” with you all! Since I was way too little for half of it, I’ll let Mom tell you more… Read more
I’m Thankful for Harvest Happenings. November 2014. I love how November is the last fall month. It means more school days off, chilly weather, and fall things like pumpkins, leaves, and hay bales to celebrate harvest. Read more
Fun, Family and Feasts. October 2014. Another fall season is upon us – one of my favorites! Of course, it’s because we get to enjoy all the Halloween and Harvest festivities, as well as all the candy and good baking opportunities that come along with them! Read more
Looking Forward to Fall. September 2014. September is always such an exciting month… I love how it always feels like a new beginning. In our family, the change of seasons does that for all of us. Mom is a big fan of changing our décor and bringing out fall candles to signify the switch, while my dad digs deep into the garage to pull out an autumn-awesome garden flag to set out on the front lawn. Read more
Ninjas, Boy Bands, Ice Cream, and Other Summer Fun. August 2014. For me, August is the month of ninjas. Yes, you read that correctly. I turn 11 this month and have decided that will be my birthday theme. You see, I love ninjas… they are sleek, stealth, and strong, so what better way to ring in the new exciting age than with a ninja-themed cake, banners, lollipops, the works?! While it may not be your typical 11-year-old girl birthday choice, I’m not typical, which – to me – makes it all the more exciting. My best friends are pretty much used to my unique choices by now, so I have a feeling they will enjoy it even if it is nontraditional! Read more
Like Mother, Like Daughter. July 2014. My mom has become one of those obstacle race addicts. You know, one of those people who actually likes running, climbing walls, and getting dirty in the mud. She’s done a few High Rock Challenges, a Mudderella race, MuckFest, and a few others here and there. She actually tries to schedule one race a month in the spring and summer, so we have to always listen to her talk about her training, her race “war wounds,” and how much fun it is to torture herself. You know… all that “blah, blah, blah” stuff. Read more
Two Peas in a Pod. June 2014. They say kids are copies of their parents in one way or another. We have the same eyes, dimples, shape of face, body type, personality, smile, etc. The bonds I share with my dad are not only shaped by what we have in common, they are strengthened by them. The jokes we laugh at, the songs we love, the food we crave, even the things that make us moody – they’re all part of what I call the “Gigi-Daddy Connection.” Read more
Far, Far Away. May 2014. I just got back from my very first Girl Scout camping trip to Camp Kaufmann in upstate New York, and it was so much fun. We arrived around 8 p.m. on the Friday night that began spring break (perfect timing!) and made the trek up to our cabin, which was really big and rustic. Read more
Warm Air, Excited Hearts. April 2014. Thank God it’s April. This winter was a lot of fun — we’re snow lovers in our family — but we all we’re long overdue for some real Spring weather. The last of the ice and snow mounds have recently melted and I’m hoping the warmer air and sunshine will dry up our yard, which has been a field of puddles for way too long. Read more
A New Activity: Worth the Wait. March 2104. I recently joined Girl Scouts – a little late in the game, I know. It’s something I’ve always thought about but for a bunch of reasons (Mom thought I was spread thin with activities), it never worked out until this year. After doing some Girl Scout-y things these past few months, I have to say, it was worth the wait! Read more
Random Thoughts of a 10-Year Old. January 2014. When Mom sat down to brainstorm this month’s column with me, she first asked if I had any New Year’s Resolutions. “Mom, 10-year-olds don’t do that,” I said very matter-of-factly, and tried to go about my business of choosing a snack before bedtime. Of course, with her deadline looming (isn’t it always!?), she pushed me a bit more… “So, what’s on your mind then, Gigi?” Read more
Holiday Pandemonium – What Memories Are Made Of. December 2013. I love Christmas… it’s my favorite time of the year. On the holiday scale, it falls right after Thanksgiving (since I’m a cook, I really enjoy that) and Halloween (free candy… hello!). The fact that we get a lot of presents and I get to cook makes Christmas a win-win for me. I also love eating the cookies we’ve baked and watching fun and festive shows like “Rudolph” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Read more