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Kim Stagliano

Welcome! Come to Boston to meet Kat Cavicchio in my new e-book House of Cards available through Amazon on Kindle and supported devices!

Updated: 2018-01-23T13:03:18.998-05:00


How Now Brown Belt??


Congrats to Maria!! We tested on Tuesday. Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull. Traditional Shito Ryu Karate-do.     Team Momjas!!!


Happy Retro Thanksgiving!!!


My mom and sister bought me this cranberry server. It matches my Mom's!!! 

Kicking Zumba Fundraiser


We had a great time and raised a generous amount of money at our Mantone Family fundraiser last Sunday, 9/7. Both parents are battling cancer and they have 12 year old twin girls, one with special needs. Thank you to Heatherly Law and her Zumba team for making the event a success. 

A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts


We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!SaiNunchakuSai with the guys!Tonqua vs. BoSaiSai kataBlockingGedan (low) blockNunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai[...]





Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!

Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train


This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a desire to work hard, learn and practice at your own pace and level.  

Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts


So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! 

Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.

Bo staff kata. 

Sai kata.

Watching. Absorbing.

Kama kata. 

Tonkuwa kata.

Bakery On Main Granola Sandwich Cookies


Target had this great brand Bakery On Main  on sale so I snatched up every bag.  I made a chocolate chip cookie base (gluten free) and a peanut butter fudge protein cream filling. A new lunch for the girls this week. 

Recipe? Hmmm, I wing it but here is a try.

1 cup Spectrum butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 Brown sugar
Mix until smooth
Add 2 eggs mix
Add 1 tsp vanilla
Combine 1 1/2 cup Pamela's Artisan GF baking mix, 1 cup GF granola, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt in bowl
Add to wet ingredients
Add walnuts, raisins, chips as desired
Bake 350 10-12 min based on size
I use either melon ball scoop for small cookies (8 - 9 minutes) or a Pampered Chef MEDIUM scoop for a 3" or so cookie 12 minutes.


1 cup natural peanut butter
1 melon scoop coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered.sugar
Smidgen of water as needed to spreadable consistency
Mix in mixer

Make sandwiches!


Easter Pies!


I made whole milk, organic ricotta cheese yesterday. And two pies today. Delish! Happy Easter. 

Easter Donuts!


Gluten free, spinach juice dyed green. I kid thee not!(image)

Give Autism A Chance Summit Austin


Great event! Panel format was fabulous. Thank you Autism Trust USA and Polly Tommey, Andy Wakefield and the entire team. Some photos.   Food truck fried Oreos! Rupert "Horse Boy" Isaacson. Rob Schneider. Aiden Quinn. Many friends old and new. [...]

FREE Autism Telesummit with Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, Kim Stagliano & 12 Other Experts


FREE Telesummit!I hope you will consider logging  into this fantastic telesummit featuring 15 experts including  Soma Mukhopadhyay of HALO - the Rapid Prompt method (featured in a beautiful parent report story on AofA) Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, of Nourishing Hope, yours truly and just look at the list above!   Tackle diet, behavior, communication, medical treatment, alternative treatments and so much more! It's FREE and available for 48 hours if you can't listen LIVE - plus you can purchase the teleseminar after the fact if you would like.  Register for the FREE Telesummit with Kim StaglianoBrain food telesummit!Thanks: This Telesummit is for you if you know that more is possible for your child but need some encouragement and solid info to figure out HOW to help your child make the next leap in his or her development.Imagine your child…Having a healthy digestive system and improved immunity.Experiencing more physical comfort in his/her everyday life.Overcoming his/her challenging eating habits.Having fewer episodes of hitting/biting/head banging and temper tantrums.Breaking through communication barriers so s/he can more fully understand and be understood.Deepening his relationship with you, family members and peers.Fully engaging in games with you and his/her peers.Plus, imagine knowing how to best take care of YOU so you can be most effective in helping your child and experience more energy and joy in your life.Click here to view more details and to register for this FREE virtual event.  Once you click this link you will be brought directly to the registration page so you can 'meet' the panel of experts and save your spot. Make sure that you don't miss out on this value-packed event by registering today!I hope you will join me in the "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2014"  so you can discover the key to unlocking your child's potential,P.S. Do you know anyone who could benefit from the knowledge and tools that will be shared in the  "Autism Empowerment Telesummit-2014"?  Please Register for the FREE Telesummit with Kim Stagliano so we can reach as many families as possible![...]



Shito Ryu Karate Test


My dear friend Maria and I tested last week. I can hardly believe the change in fitness, strength, flexibility, hand eye coordination, endurance, power and speed we have gained from training. And security. Self made. Hard work. Discipline. Osu.

Happy Mardi Gras!!


A childhood memory in my own kitchen. 

Chomp Wallpaper Remover!!


It works!!!!!!!!   Holy cow am I happy. Goodbye icky DIF. Goodbye fabric softener!!! 

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!


Better than the Book!


This is The Cake Mix Doctor cake book. My mom gave it to me years ago. I love it! Tonight I made a gluten free dairy free cake for "the girls" and realized "hey! That looks familiar!"   Want a slice? Better hurry over. Thanks Mom!! 

Hanko Ryu Martial Arts Self Defense class


Students from age 14 - 76 learning self defense with Kyoshi Torri. Important knowledge for everyone. Stay safe![...]

New Momja!!


Here's Shirley, our newest Karate Momja at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts! I wrote about her experience in the dojo (see post below) and she is now training.  OSU!

Karate, Kim, Kare


My Facebook friends know that I train in Karate and  Kobudo (weapons) five or six days a week. On Saturday  I had completed a one hour kickboxing class in the morning and a ninety minute weapons class in the afternoon. Feeling tired, and ready to go home, I was chit chatting with a few other students and the dojo owner when I heard a keening cry outside. A sound all too recognizable having heard my own daughters cry out the same way. An "autism cry."  "That's my next student, my private lesson," said Kyoshi Danilo Torri, a 6th Dan black belt instructor who has trained since the age of seven and owns Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT.  I had met an autism Mom at a meeting with our mutual Department of Disability Services case manager last Fall.   We had much in common.  She is a writer, and is looking at all options to help her son. She's a Warrior Mom.  I told her about the dojo's private classes for children with special needs. My own daughters train every week in simple exercises suitable to their abilities. Sure enough, a few moments later, the beautiful blonde woman I had met opened the door and cajoled her crying son to enter the dojo.  She gently guided him to a seat to take off his shoes. He was crying out, as if in pain. "It's his gut," Mom said in her elegant Israeli accent. "He is often in pain."  Ah, called that one.  Wish I hadn't. She did her best to ease his discomfort as he squatted on the bench, posturing and holding his head. We greeted each other and I continued to gather my belongings before leaving.As she was explaining to Kyoshi about her son's needs and behaviors, the child lashed out as quick as Bruce Lee himself, smashing his mother in the face.  Kyoshi instantly stopped the attack with very firm but resp----  well, I could explain what happened, but I think Mom can do a better job. This is what she wrote on her FB wall later in the day.  And what I wrote as well. Please meet attorney and author of Autism Mom Shirley Blaier-Stein.Today at karate class I had a very special surprise. "Dan has been crying and whining all day today. Abdominal pain, as usual. When it was time to go to his new karate class (we’ve only been to one – absolutely amazing – class), he was whining, but still managed to get ready and come with me to the car. When we got there, even though he was in pain, when I gave him the option to go in or go home, he chose to come inside with me. Just after I helped him take off his shoes and explain to Kyoshi, the teacher, and Kim Rossi Stagliano, a fellow autism mom and a phenomenal writer, who also recommended this teacher to us, about what’s going on with my boy, Dan smacked me in the face really hard. It was his way of saying ‘I feel terrible and I don’t want you to talk about me with these people while I’m present,’ and he had a point, but it really hurt. What happened seconds after that smack, was so surprising and touching. Kyoshi grabbed Dan’s arm and told him to never hit his mother again and to say sorry (which Dan did!), and soon after that he took Dan inside the studio to start karate practice. Within seconds Dan started to cooperate with him. Kim wrapped her arms around me and let me cry in her hug. When I felt a little better she ran to grab tissue paper and sat really close to me until I was OK. She did not leave until Dan’s practice was over and until she convinced [...]

50 Is Nifty!


I had such a beautiful birthday. Thank you to my friends and family!! Retro Albert Nipon dress and COOL vegan handbag.Shelly and me!A dozen roses from a wonderful black belt father and son team at Hanko Ryu!TRUE retro canisters as I slowly turn back the clock in my kitchen.Vanilla custard filling - Boston Creme Pie Cake.  Mmmmmmm!My girls![...]