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Fall Reading Selections

Fall Reading Selections

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By now, you have your summer books picked out or even finished.  I’m still working on mine, picking up new things each day and finishing them not as quickly as usual.  But, I received this list with some interesting titles and wanted to share it.  I can’t vouch for them personally, as they are not even released yet– but I liked these trending topics!   The titles below will be released in August, September and October.

The Technology Tail, by Julia Cook (September 2017). The newest book from the award-winning author, The Technology Tail delivers a timeless message to a new generation just learning how to navigate the fast-changing digital age. Written for children in grades 1-6, this storybook uses rhymes and colorful illustrations to grab their attention. There are also tips for parents and teachers who want to reinforce online safety, kindness and respect in a digital world.

 Lou Knows What to Do: Supermarket by Kimberly Tice and Venita Livack (August 2017) The first title in a series of “social stories”  written to show children how an intriguing character such as Lou can be comfortable and successful in any situation that could be a challenge. Each Lou Knows What to Do title is written for students in grades K-6 including those with a variety of developmental levels and learning styles. Lou Knows What to Do is an excellent read for students living with an autism spectrum disorder.

 Mindset Matters by Bryan Smith – part of the Without Limits series. (September 2017) teaches children how to see problems and dilemmas as opportunities to learn and grow, and reveals why failing doesn’t make them failures. Written for readers in grades K-5, this storybook also includes tips to help parents and teachers foster a healthy “gonna get it done” mindset in every child.

 Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? By Lisa Griffin. (September 2017) A heartwarming tale about spreading your wings and finding yourself, teaching readers that stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you to exciting and unexpected places.

Freddie the Fly: Motormouth by Kimberly Delude. (October 2017) A humorous take on the problem of never opening your ears while always flapping your yap. Appropriate for readers in pre-k to third-grade, this colorful storybook teaches kids how to control their conversations and be excited about listening to, and learning from, others.   

Get Your Glam On at BLVD in Scarsdale

Get Your Glam On at BLVD in Scarsdale

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(Sponsored Post)

Scarsdale is now home to a new “beauty playground” called BLVD , a multi-brand salon delivering a variety of services under one roof.   BLVD is the ultimate beauty destination where you can experience anything and everything related to beauty from the best in the business – blowouts, nail art, lash extensions, makeup application, laser hair removal, brow shaping, and everything in between!    It’s one easy phone call to schedule your brows, a blowout and your nails– or a simple visit to the website to use their online scheduling feature.  I actually prefer this over calling, so I can see all of the time slot options without having to ask!   https://yourbeautyblvd.com/

BLVD is inviting one lucky Emma Westchester reader to experience a “Day of Beauty” and see what it’s all about!    

A Day of Beauty includes:  a blowout from DreamDry, a gel manicure with nail art from Valley, a peelLAB service from Spruce & Bond and a makeup application from Pucker.   If you’re interested in a day of beauty simply email us  (subject line: BLVD) at info@emmawestchester.com between 7/28 and 8/4.  The winner will be announced on Saturday 8/5, via newsletter and our Facebook Page!  

   In addition, BLVD is offering 20% off beauty services to our readers!  Just mention “Emma Westchester” when you call to book!   Get your girls out for an afternoon of beauty and take advantage of this offer.  🙂   



Shawna and I attended an event there last week and received some of their services.  I do have a great hairdresser (whom I feel like I am bothering when I want a blowout, on a busy Saturday, when she is at her busiest) and I have a nail salon that I love as well, but I think for nails, it’s easy to bounce around.   I love the convenience of having a place where I can get both hair and nails done back to back without having to bounce from place to place (or worse parking meter to parking meter!)   And brows!  I absolutely LOVED my brow shaping (done by Vicki– who reverse commutes from NYC to Scarsdale–highly recommend her) and plan on going back for some other services soon.  Braids for my daughter is probably next– or the hair conditioning treatments for dry summer hair.

Here are the 4 brands that share this amazing space.

  • VALLEY – Valley has offered fashion-forward New Yorkers must-have nail designs created by talented manicurists since 2006.
  • SPRUCE & BOND – Spruce & Bond is your go-to for results-driven beauty treatments including Laser Hair Removal, Wax, Brow Shaping, & Peels. We offer the latest technology, the most highly trained specialists, and chic, spotless facilities that will make you feel at home. With over a million treatments and counting, you will receive the results you are looking for. 
  • DREAMDRY – DreamDry, co-founded by Rachel Zoe, is your ultimate style solution – for blowouts, braids, and beyond.The entire hair experience has been redefined and elevated with a curated style menu, sophisticated decor, best in class retail offerings, excellence in training and more.
  • PUCKER – Pucker is the new face of beauty. We are a chic and sophisticated destination with hand picked professional artists who are committed to designing the look and style that best fits your face from makeup to eyelash extensions. We invite you to experience our services and the beauty products deemed essential by top industry experts around the world. 

BLVD is located at 12 Chase Road in Scarsdale.

 

Meet Laurie Gelman, Author of Class Mom

Meet Laurie Gelman, Author of Class Mom

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I’ll keep this short and sweet. This book is coming out on Aug 1st.  You can get a copy and meet the author Laurie Gelman at Athleta in Scarsdale on Aug 3rd.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Class-Mom-Novel-Laurie-Gelman/dp/1250124697

Laurie Gelman’s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom―a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom―or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max―this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction―the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.

You’re welcome.

Athleta’s Fall Collection will be out– Healthy treats–  Autographed books…..and more!

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Andrea Worthington

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Andrea Worthington

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Happy Wednesday!   Today’s Westchester Woman Wednesday feature is all about Andrea Worthington, of “Baby Got Chat” aka www.babygotchat.com  

Here’s her story:

I came to Westchester from NYC in 2014, as a soon-to-be new mom in my second trimester. I expected to buy a house near the train and use it as a crash pad while I continued doing everything I loved in the city. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the lifestyle this county offers: suburban perks with an urban mindset. I also didn’t expect to fall in love with being a parent to the point where I left my job as an art director at a media/publishing company to raise my daughter and newborn son. My passion for discovering everything Westchester has to offer our children has led me to BabyGotChat. My aim is to try everything so you don’t have to, and report back with direct and honest reviews and recommendations. 

Interestingly, I connected with Andrea via a Facebook moms group and we realized we kind of do the same thing, only hers is for kids 0-5 and mine is mostly for kids 5 and up.  She keeps an awesome calendar and reviews just about anything that moms would like to try, reporting back to her readers.  We both like to write for moms, connect with moms and we share a love of Westchester County; I am a Westchester native and I love when newcomers feel at home. Andrea recently posted this article on her site, The Cheap Moms Guide to Westchester, which I loved.    I also really loved her solo Momcation story this spring.   So here are links to both:

http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/2017/7/9/the-cheap-moms-guide-to-westchester 

http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/2017/5/8/time-for-a-momcation?rq=cruise

Over lunch recently, I had to ask her where her favorite places to eat, shop and play were.  With zero hesitation she answered:  Emma’s Ale House in White Plains, Ridge Hill in Yonkers and Lifetime Fitness in White Plains.   🙂      Here’s how you can follow Andrea’s blog Baby Got Chat and social media outlets:

www.babygotchat.com

Instagram: babygotchat

Facebook: babygotchat

Twitter: babygotchat

 

Yoga Hike, Book Club, Food Trucks, Art Show and Teen Classes!

Yoga Hike, Book Club, Food Trucks, Art Show and Teen Classes!

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We don’t keep a proper calendar of events but from time to time we post an article with some things that we think you might want to know about!    Here are our top eat/shop/play suggestions for the coming months.

August 26th, Hike + Yoga + Meditation 

Start your day with a heart pumping hike over the rolling hills of Rockefeller State Park to the historic Rockwood Hall situated on the banks of the mighty Hudson River. Here we will practice an invigorating yoga flow followed by a guided meditation. Next, it’s time for lunch and free time to explore, journal, and take photos. After that we will practice a walking meditation as we hike it back to home base. Once the retreat is complete leave time to explore the area! The nearby Rivertowns (Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings on Hudson) have a wide array of shops and restaurants, many with stunning views of the Hudson River. And the world renowned Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is just down the road from the preserve!

For more info and to sign up: https://www.mindbodyfitnessny.com/yogahikes

 

September 10th, Food Truck Mash Up at Empire City in Yonkers.  

https://tickets.lohud.com/e/food-truck-mash-up/ 

NJ vs. NY FOOD TRUCKS!

Vote for your favorite truck!

The best food trucks facing off for one day only!

Full beer and drink bar, live music, kids carnival games AND MORE!

September 15th,   Emma Westchester’s Friday Night Shopping Party at Athleta Scarsdale.  For those who have attended our Athleta Events in the past, you know they’re not something you want to miss.  You can get styled for fall!   Will have some great vendors and information booths as always.   (Am in the process of lining up some this week and will share as they’re confirmed! )

September 21st, Meet Author Gabrielle Nevin at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester.   Bring your whole book club!    Her book Young Jane Young doesn’t come out until Aug 22nd, so plan ahead, pre-order here and pencil in 9/21 for your meeting.  I’ve gone to the author events at the store and they do a great job!

 

Save the Date:  September 23 and 24.   Armonk Outdoor Art Show.   More info to follow.   A great event, this year with some added activities for the kids!   http://www.armonkoutdoorartshow.org/

Here are some things for the kids, tweens and teens:  

365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583

(914) 449-4411 | 

The perfect class for athletic or inactive teenagers, CP Teen aims to build healthy habits in young participants. Build self esteem, strong muscles, and coordination in a body that is changing and growing. Club Pilates is a fun, safe environment where proper movement and body alignment is learned using the Reformer, springboard, TRX and more.

Gardening 101:  Thursdays in July

Gardening 101: Thursdays in July

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Summertime is a great time to expose kids to some things that are new and different.  School is out, most activities are over and many of us are looking for fun and educational opportunities for our kids.   I worked with my Girl Scouts and the Food Bank this spring on some volunteer projects and was happy to see this one being offered this summer.   It’s located right here in Westchester (Valhalla) with afternoon sessions to accommodate kids who go to day camp.

I love working with the Food Bank for many reasons but mainly because of the need that exists in Westchester.   Westchester Magazine ran this article in 2016 and it stuck with me.  1 in 5 residents go hungry in this suburban, affluent county in which we live.   This shocking statistic gave me the push I needed to get my daughter and her friends involved with the Food Bank.   This spring, the girls packed bags of groceries for families of preschool children in need, made sandwiches for the hungry in NYC and served local residents at a soup kitchen in White Plains.

Follow 10,000 PB&J’s to learn more about this program. https://www.facebook.com/10000PBandJs/
Packing up healthy grocery bags for families in need. (Food Bank) #FB4W

 

You can learn more about the gardening classes and other programs by following the link below or contacting Madeline at

madeline.sulla@foodbankforwestchester.org

http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org/events/gardening101

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Summer Cooking

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Summer Cooking

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June is a crazy month for everyone.  With all that’s been going on, Shawna and I did not have time for monthly “lunch” with one of our favorite Westchester Women.   Instead we decided to share posts from three Westchester bloggers instead.    The focus is food and summer cooking.    We think you will enjoy these three articles.  One is on homemade, healthy ice pops;  Another is on the T-Fal OptiGrill (an indoor grill) and the third is on a place called The Twisted Branch in Valhalla.   For those who like to cook, these summery ideas should come in handy.   Happy Summer!

Popsicle Recipe: Carrot Apple Almond Milk Ice Pops

Optigrill + by T-fal

The Twisted Branch: Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room

Guest Blogger:  Westchester Daddy

Guest Blogger: Westchester Daddy

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We’re so happy to feature a Westchester dad today for Father’s Day.    It’s always interesting to me to hear how people who aren’t Westchester natives discover Westchester, decide to make it home and best of all, hear what they love most about their town.  I believe that Westchester has something for everyone.  This dad does too!  🙂

(You can follow him online at www.westchesterdaddy.com or @westchesterdaddy on Instagram)

From Claremont to Claremont

by Kevin Hylton

I knew I was going to be ok in the burbs when I found the Bronxville coffee shop Slave to the Grind.” I have two daughters (four years and 16 months) and I’m basically stitched together with a delicate recipe of caffeine (by way of coffee) and IPA.

I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic. I was excited to move to the suburbs.  I was the riot leader in our family trying to make the move happen for years.  But even when our one bedroom apartment in Morningside Heights was bursting at the seams, the possibility and eventual reality of a signed contract of sale to move to southern Westchester kinda made me regurgitate my fish tacos.

I moved to NYC after I graduated from law school and worked for a large law firm.  But I actually moved to NY to try become a screenwriter/take advantage of the entertainment industry in Manhattan. Soon after moving to Harlem I pivoted from the law and started writing as a theater and film journalist, then a playwright and eventually I got a gig screenwriting for Disney animated TV.  All this I did from my tiny apartment in Harlem on Claremont Avenue.

When we had our second daughter, I decided to shelf the screenwriting dream for a bit.  I turned my interest in architecture and real estate into a job and became a Real Estate Broker with Houlihan Lawrence’s Bronxville office (where I still work).  Still, I secretly held on to the desire to do some screenwriting on the side but assumed moving to the burbs was the end of the writing dream.

But within months of moving, I found a HBO producer, production company owner, and a comedy central contact all while walking our dachshund in our new Fleetwood neighborhood.  Huh, I guess the suburbs are not a total cultural wasteland where dreams must go to die.

I was never cool enough to be a hipster. But I liked to feel as if I was a bit ahead of the curve. When I moved to Claremont Ave and 124th in the City it wasn’t a Columbia U outpost yet.  It was a bit dodgy. It was, however, a great place to grab an amazing taco for a buck at an authentic hole in the wall. My friends uptown were a collection of my neighbors (who at that time didn’t move every 2 years), the postal and ups workers, the woman in the laundromat, and the guys who owned the liquor store.  And my fears of moving out of this wierd NY City neighborhood was that we’d lose everything that made life feel real: diversity of culture, opinion, and genuineness.   All that and solid tacos, cafe con leche, and a decent selection of beers at the local bar. 

Little did I know that what I’d find in Westchester is exactly what I loved about Morningside when I moved uptown some 12 years ago.  Mom and pop coffee shops, restaurants (including Cuban, Cajun, Mexican, you name it), indie pharmacies and bookstores all are either in my town or a neighboring one. It’s walkable, people are friendly, and I can be at grand central in 24 minutes on the train (15 to Harlem). 

I still can’t quite fathom how we ended up buying our house on Claremont Avenue in Fleetwood.  The coincidence that years of searching for a house would lead us to move from Claremont Ave in Manhattan to Claremont Ave in Fleetwood is bizarre and oddly, really comforting (my 4 year old already knowing what street we live on.)  Regardless I’m happy we made the leap.    

If you follow my blog at www.westchesterdaddy.com or track me on Instagram (#westchesterdaddy) you’ll see some parenting cartoons, resources for parents in the burbs, and the occasional piece on real estate in the area.  I started the blog primarily due to my experience searching for a home for my family in Westchester.  We couldn’t find a site that combined parenting resources with details on towns and info on real estate. Hope you like it.

If you are still in one of the Boroughs contemplating how you could possibly find another place to call home, check out my site to learn more about Westchester.  Or just give me a call (646.388.0030). I’m partial to Fleetwood but if you like Park Slope maybe Hastings or Dobbs Ferry will be your thing. Regardless, you’ll be surprised by what you find. I now believe Westchester has a home for everyone.

If you’re in southern Westchester, below are some of the local spots I’ve found that made me feel right at home.

Slave to the Grind

(Bronxville. Solid coffee and treats in what could be an East Village coffee shop.  Piercings, suits, and flip flops all appropriate)

The Bayou

(Fleetwood.  The most amazing Cajun food and music outside The Crescent City. Like in the Big Easy you don’t have to spend a lot to have a good meal.  Order the red beans and rice some Monday and you’ll see what I mean)

Tecalitlan

(New Rochelle authentic taco spot. Legit tacos. If you’re in the know you already known about Bar Taco in Portchester.  If you are down south check this spot out.)

Bronxville Diner

(Bronxville.  Kitschy diner with nice attention to detail.  Small but mighty. This place reminds me of EJ’s in the City.)

Joes of Fleetwood

(Fleetwood. Many claim this to be the best pizza in Westchester. It gives any old school spot in the City a run for it’s money.  Grab a slice in their no frills spot or sit down to dine in the adjoining restaurant.

Beer Noggin

(Bronxville. If you’re serious about beer you best stop in here. Excellent collection of bottles and rotating taps at this beer shop with regular, daily happy hour and growler options.  Their website has a blog covering beers as well)

For more spots to hit in the Many villages and towns around Westchester check out my site at  www.westchesterdaddy.com

LOLA New York – Now Open in Tuckahoe

LOLA New York – Now Open in Tuckahoe

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I’ve been shopping at LOLA for years.   It began as a private in-home boutique where friends could shop by appointment only.   Denise sourced the trendiest fashion items, mostly bags and jewelry/accessories.   It was a unique experience to shop this way but there were bigger plans in mind for LOLA.    Denise brought on her fashionista/BFF/business partner Dawn, who brings her own background of fashion, retail and merchandising.    Together, the two opened up LOLA New York in White Plains and last week, their second location LOLA New York in Tuckahoe, just opposite the Crestwood Train Station.

Both locations carry unique brands;  Some local and some national.  Each piece has a story, which Dawn and Denise will tell you while you shop.  Things like:  “Those pretty note cards your holding were created by a local artist who just got picked up by Nordstrom.”  (and she did!) 

“These S’well bottles are going to be the next big craze.” (They were right!)

While shopping at LOLA you’ll find what’s “in” for this season and you’ll actually be ahead of the curve, being the first to have the next big thing.  Those cool ripped jeans that everyone is wearing, they’ve had them since last season.  Long tassel necklaces, they had them before most stores carried them.   Anything that I buy there seems to catch on….It’s like they have a magic crystal ball and the inside scoop on fashion season after season.

So proud of Dawn and Denise as they opened their 2nd location in Tuckahoe.  Grand Opening Party was last Thursday!

“LOLA New York is inspired by today’s modern woman, she likes nice things and wears what she’s got with confidence. Dawn and Denise met 10 years ago at a kindergarten roundup for their boys and have grown their friendship with a bond so close they were able to turn their dreams into a successful business. Their love of fashion and savvy business sense has worked hand in hand to get them to where they are today. With five kids between them and supportive men in their lives, LOLA New York was born. With two locations in the lower Westchester area, they are dedicated to offering their clients the very best of what fashion has to offer. The brands you find are hand picked and wonderfully curated for that perfect look. Their taste is undeniable, the boutiques offer the prettiest of accessories along with classic and trendy pieces to make you look and feel your very best.”

Host an Art Partay

Host an Art Partay

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In recent years, I’ve organized a lot of art parties.  A couple of years ago my daughter decided that she wanted a duct tape themed birthday party. After searching all over Westchester for this kind of party, I hired Gina Zohar Fine Art to come and make duct tape wallets and jewelry with them.  In Girl Scouts, I’ve worked with a number of artists on drawing/sketching, painting and art appreciation badges.  Teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there, but teaching kids (or adults for that matter) to draw or paint has to be the most challenging task.

A few months ago, I was looking for someone to do a Paint Night Party for my daughter and friends at the end of the school year and thanks to Instagram, I found Carey at Art Partay. Before graduating from our neighborhood elementary school,12 girls and their moms got together to paint a canvas painting of their school.  Carey made up a sample and created another alongside the girls, instructing them every step of the way.   Carey had a wonderful way with the girls and each one was able to complete their own version of the school they’ve grown up in over the past 4 years.

What I liked most about working with Art Partay was that it was customized and we had a choice of locations.  We went with Tequila Sunrise (a Mexican restaurant) for the music, energy and menu.   We selected the day and time that we wanted and most importantly, the painting was our choice.  Carey works out of her locations or will come to your home.

If you’re interested in hosting your own art party, you can find these artists/teachers online by following the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/GinaZoharFineArt/

http://www.artpartay.com/Art_Partay/Painting_Parties.html

 

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cristin Grogan

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cristin Grogan

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This month’s Westchester Woman Wednesday is Cristin Grogan.  Among other things, Cristin is the founder and creator of DeskGlam, a subscription box that launched just over a month ago.   And she calls Westchester home.  In fact, she’s a White Plains native, born and raised in the county, attending White Plains High School and currently residing in Scarsdale.

Shawna and I have known Cristin since we launched our blog about 4 years ago.  At the time, she was working as a social media strategist and what struck us when we first met her was how modest she was.   She’s well-educated, uber professional, hard working and quite a fashionista.   In addition to holding a full-time job, she had some part-time ventures of her own, balancing a relationship with her wonderful boyfriend Rob and being “big sister” to her equally adorable younger sisters.

Fast forward and Cristin is still doing great things, which is not at all surprising to us.   Her newest venture DeskGlam is where all of her skill sets come together.  Put together her web design and marketing brain, her communication skills, her creative/artistic brain, her aesthetic and her overall need for “all things pretty” and DeskGlam was born.    (http://deskglam.com/)   For Cristin, it’s a labor of love and she’s utilizing all of her strengths.   The first of it’s kind (that we know of) DeskGlam delivers pretty desk and office supplies to subscribers each month.   She supports a lot of independent creative-preneurs (new word for me) and gives them a platform to introduce their products to consumers.  She sources items to share each month and each item has a story.   In her June box, she has a handmade notebook all the way from France– The designer?  She found her on Etsy and they spoke via webcam!

At the end of the day, Cristin is a normal twenty-something.   She enjoys going out to local favorites such as Emma’s in White Plains, Pastina’s in Hartsdale and The Beehive in Armonk.   She loves beauty supply stores and scoring a bargain at Nordstrom Rack.  For fun, she takes classes at pure barre in Greenwich or goes out for a hike.   It will be interesting to see DeskGlam take off in the upcoming months, knowing it all started as one woman’s great idea, right here in Westchester.

Regents Review Classes in June

Regents Review Classes in June

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So often, people ask me:  “Do you know someone who tutors?”  My answer is, “Sure!”   Plenty of people I know tutor.  Then they tell me it’s for a high school subject, like Math or Science and I’ve got no one.   Now I have a go-to team of high school teachers/tutors for all of our kids!   With the new state standards being what they are, the Common Core math curriculum being our current reality, I’d only trust Evolve Exam Prep and Tutoring to help my teen.   These are teachers who are teaching these subjects on a daily basis and can quickly identify where our kids need help in time for the big test.   Right now, kids are in crunch mode, a month before an exam and need an intensive program to sharpen up a years worth of material.

https://www.evolveexamprep.com/

As a local resident and teacher with 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience, I am a strong supporter for education and advocate of my community. I was concerned with hearing my students criticize some of the test prep companies in the local area. With my years of experience, I knew that I could create a better program – and so I established Evolve Exam Prep & Tutoring, LLC.

One of the complaints that I heard most often was the other test prep companies were using unqualified tutors and college students to tutor and teach their courses.  I have seen many brilliant people fail as teachers because there is so much more to teaching than just knowing the material. A good teacher will convey the material to the student and differentiate teaching strategies to fit each student’s individual needs.

At Evolve we use only hand-picked, highly effective NYS Certified teachers who have multiple years of teaching experience and training.

Another major complaint that I heard was that other test prep companies had class sizes that were too big. Research shows, and any good teacher will tell you, that class size has a huge impact on how a student learns.

This is why at Evolve our class sizes are capped at 18 students. At Evolve, we also offer private tutoring for individuals and small groups of 2-5 students. These small class sizes help us to maximize our contact and attention for each individual.

Please visit www.evolveexamprep.com or email me at evolveexamprep@gmail.com to learn more about our Regents Review classes at Iona College, SAT and ACT prep classes, and our tutoring programs.

Sincerely,

David Crino

Evolve Exam Prep and Tutoring

Our teachers will prepare you for the Regents exams in a small, comfortable classroom setting! 

Small Class Size

(All classes capped at 18)

NYS Certified Teachers

Take-home materials with practice problems

 

Register today! Classes start soon!

Register for classes in:

Visit www.evolveexamprep.com for all class schedules.

Call us at 914-522-6270 or email us at Evolveexamprep@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

If a classroom setting does not suit your needs then contact us about individual and small group tutoring and test prep sessions in your home.  Email us to schedule a session. 

Evolveexamprep@gmail.com

Got Sneakers?

Got Sneakers?

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My daughter and her friends all have the same sneakers. White Adidas Superstars, with three stripes on the side. You know, the ones that were cool in the 80’s? Look around at the mall and you’ll see every kid is wearing them. She’s on her third pair since April 2016 and keeps getting the black stripes. When I take her out looking for sneakers, I have tried to steer her towards “cuter” ones (without laces) especially slip-ons which are easier for summer. In our travels recently, I have found some pretty ones so decided to share them.

Got Sneakers?

Sk Studio Art Gallery Grand Opening

Sk Studio Art Gallery Grand Opening

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I recently discovered an incredibly talented artist.   Simone Kestelman, born and raised in Brazil, is new to Westchester and is really making her mark.  She’s a lot of things;  an interior designer, installing custom pieces for your home and gallery owner that rivals the hippest art studios in Brooklyn.  Her space in White Plains doubles as a gallery to visit and enjoy her displayed work but has an area for #momslikeus to purchase some of her original pieces.   Currently, there are thousands of pieces for sale in her beautifully restored, 9,000 square foot location in White Plains.

Simone’s work is inspired by her education and travels and reflects current social issues.  Being as well traveled as she is, she’s had the opportunity to observe and understand first hand, the physical and emotional pains of injustice and inequality that affects different societies.   Each piece in her gallery tells a story and comes from a place of deep thought and passion.  Interestingly, her use of the color red symbolizes the magic of children.  She attempts to see the world through the eyes of a child, filled with magic and bright moments.

Simone is a multimedia artist focusing on ceramics, glass and photography. Simone is an internationally acclaimed artist with over 30 years experience. Simone recently moved her gallery from Brazil to White Plains. Her work has been at exhibitions in Greece, Brazil and the US.

Join Simone in a discussion and presentation of her works on June 9th at 7pm and 8pm.

“I think art is the physical expression of our souls at a point in time. I put my feelings and aspirations into my art. Having a living art gallery enables me continuously record my inner state, while also having the freedom to reinvent myself. “-Simone Kestelman

Meet Simone at Sk Studio Art Gallery Grand Opening Event

June 9th, 2017 6pm-9pm

Melissa Tomlin of New York Style Life, is proud to present a Grand Opening Reception for local Brazilian artist Simone Kestelman

Sk Studio Art Gallery

122 Westmoreland Ave
White Plains, NY

(entrance to gallery is on Intervale Street)

Please RSVP by May 26th to gruyich@hotmail.com

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

If you are unable to attend the event there will also be an open house Saturday June 10th from 11am-3pm (no RSVP needed)

Follow Simone online:

http://www.simonekestelman.com/

@sk_studio_ny

 

Epic! Like Netflix for kids books!

Epic! Like Netflix for kids books!

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Epic! is an unlimited eBook subscription service ($4.99/month and FREE for elementary school teachers and librarians) with the largest catalogue of high quality books from well known publishers that creates a unique and fun experience to get kids excited about reading. Similar to Netflix, Epic! provides personalized reading recommendations based on age and interest and instant streaming. To date, over 20 million books per month are read by children across the nation.   Epic! makes a great gift for a child who loves technology.  

Epic! has become one of the most popular apps in kids and education categories because of its unique ability to provide quick, streamable literature that is controlled by kids. There is a read-to-me feature that provides an audio reading experience to enhance early learners, as well as, quizzes that help educators provide assessment and learning while remaining fun for students.

Kids use technology, and they like engaging in games. The efforts of companies like Epic! bring a melding of education with entertaining technology. It’s comforting to see that there are people like Markosian who choose to dedicate their entrepreneurial creativity to developing technology that benefits learning.

Read more of this article from Scholastic: http://blogs.scholastic.com/rodberger/2017/03/children-self-managed-reading-that-promotes-literacy.html#.WQ0kq1PytTY

You can find more info online at:   https://www.getepic.com/





Maple & Rose Delivers Dinner (and more)

Maple & Rose Delivers Dinner (and more)

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Maple & Rose, a new market-driven catering company in Westchester, is cooking up outstanding seasonal eats for the home, office, and special events. Co-founded by Eastchester resident, Matt Gorney, and Larchmont resident, Chef Ryan Hart, Maple & Rose aims to bring together friends, family and community through its rustic, elegant, and comforting food experiences.
In addition to their event catering services, they are offering two delivery services that are of particular interest to #momslikeus. The first is Simple Supper, which is a seasonal, three-course dinner, delivered to your door. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner or an easy way to impress some guests, Simple Supper will change what you think when you think delivery. Currently they are delivering Wednesday through Saturday, South of 287 and East of the Bronx River Parkway.
 
The second is an amazing Mother’s Day Brunch complete with five different seasonal dishes. Drop a hint to your loved ones this year and relax in your home while enjoying this elegant meal with family and friends.
MENUS: 
A Simple Supper
Mother’s Day Brunch
Delivered, Serves 6-8.  $225
Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Lillian Huang

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Lillian Huang

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Before this month comes to a close, I realized I must post our Westchester Woman Wednesday.  Where did April go?  Weeks ago, I had lunch with Lillian Huang and decided she’d be our Westchester Woman of this month.  We literally met on Instagram earlier this year because for some reason, I follow calligraphy accounts.  If you don’t follow them, you should.  I swear they’re therapeutic.   Some of the pics are artsy photos with an inspiring word or phrase above it.   The videos are incredible, where you find yourself watching someone handwrite the letters of the alphabet to a full quote.   I guess because I love language and the physical art of handwriting, these accounts sort of capture both in an artistic way.   Anyway, Lillian is my new favorite Instagrammer and once you follow her account, you’ll see why! https://www.instagram.com/lillianliming/ 

Lillian is somewhat new to the area, but has already introduced me to new dining spots in the area.   (She has a background as a food blogger, so I trusted her choices immediately.)  She highly recommended Bibille, a Korean Fusion restaurant in Tarrytown and Cafe Trois in Northvale, NJ (review) which is really a few miles over the Rockland/NJ line.  She also raved about T Swirl Crepe in White Plains; which I learned has many locations in NYC and a menu of both sweet and savory crepes as well as some amazing teas!  (check out this menu)

She’s not a shopaholic, but loves to support projects and enterprises that support women.   Certainly not what I had expected in the “shop” category and it’s giving me some time to think and reflect on how many people there are out there who work to help others achieve a quality of life, through their passion.

FashionABLEwww.livefashionable.com – They create opportunities for women in developing and at-risk communities and their beautiful products are a result of empowering and teaching the women how to earn a living rather than depending on charity.

Nozomi Project – www.nozomiproject.com – Nozomi (means hope) is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products.  Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery.

Lillian’s idea of fun is exactly what I expected.  She enjoys traveling and visiting new places, one of which is Westchester, which she is new to.  She likes immersing herself in places and seeing how others live, exploring what makes each place unique.  She’s someone who really stops to “smell the roses” which I think so many of us don’t take time to do.  Many #momslikeus are busy with our work and family responsibilities and we forget to absorb the beautiful things around us.  I guess that’s why I enjoy her IG account so much….there’s a sense of beauty and calm that I crave.

Check out Lillian’s website and course offerings here: https://www.lillianliming.com/

 

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is OPEN!

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is OPEN!

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My son James turned 7 a few weeks ago.   Days before his birthday, I had nothing in mind for him.  He has every single LEGO set available and rarely asks for things.  I was scrolling through my inbox and when I saw LEGOLAND in a subject line, I assumed it was from the location in Ridge Hill.   I looked again and it said “Beach Retreat” so I opened it and realized that this location was now open!   Birthday present dilemma solved– We’re taking James to LEGOLAND Beach Retreat (brand new, opened earlier this month) for a stay in a LEGO mini-house or bungalow.  

LEGOLAND Florida is located midway between Tampa and Orlando, about 45 min from either airport.  The (original) LEGOLAND Hotel is not quite 2 years old and the LEGOLAND theme park is filled with activities, rides and attractions for kids to enjoy.

 

Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain. They’re an ideal solution for families and groups traveling together, or for those seeking a fun new way to vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids romp and run.

Opening less than two years after the debut of the popular 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, and with its own unique, outdoor-themed amenities, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat more than doubles accommodations at the Florida vacation destination. Along with picturesque lake views and a giant LEGO lighthouse featuring a real rotating beacon, highlights also include:

  • A giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and the resort’s biggest outdoor play structure for kids.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • A hands-on LEGO building station where kids can contribute their original creations to a giant sandcastle made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the site.
  • Complimentary transportation to the theme park entrance, as well as complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot for guests who choose to drive.
  • Early access to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including the all-new LEGO NINJAGO® World and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

I will be posting pics and comments next month from LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Mamaroneck’s Food Truck Makers & Market –  April 30th

Mamaroneck’s Food Truck Makers & Market – April 30th

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Kicking off Small Business Week, join the Village of Mamaroneck in bringing together an eclectic mix of local food, artists & artisans in the Industrial Area of Mamaroneck, NY with special highlight on the area’s small businesses.

EVENT:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
(Rain Date To Be Announced)
Noon – 5PM
Mamaroneck, NY
Location Fayette Avenue between Fenimore Rd & Ogden Ave., near the Mamaroneck MetroNorth Station (Entrance Between Majestic Kitchens & Bath & Vincent Service Station, Inc. (Mamaroneck, NY)

LOCAL BUSINESSES:
The Bott Shoppe – Art Gallery & Gift Store (Mamaroneck, NY)
Chatsworth Antiques & Consignments LLC Lounge (Mamaroneck, NY)
MADE: my art + design experience (Mamaroneck, NY)
Bullseye Glass Resource Center New York (Mamaroneck, NY)
Breadcrumbs Mag (New Rochelle, NY)
Mamaroneck Self Storage (Mamaroneck, NY)
Chocolations (Mamaroneck, NY)

PERFORMANCES BY:
School of Rock Mamaroneck (Mamaroneck, NY)
Artistree Performing Arts (Mamaroneck, NY)

FOOD TRUCKS:
Walter’s Hot Dogs (Mamaroneck, NY)
Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream – Rye, NY
Boxcar Cantina – TexMex (Greenwich, CT)
HAPA Food Truck – Asian Fusion / Vegeterian (Stamford, CT)
The Souvlaki Truck – Greek (Yonkers, NY)
Dough Girls – Fire Oven Pizza (Greenwich, CT)

ART ACTIVITIES:
Mesh Print Studio – Mobile Print Station (Mamaroneck/New Rochelle, NY)
A Party With A Plan – Glitter Tattoos & Face Painting (Hartsdale, NY)
Henna Tattoo by Naty (Queens) – Henna art
Yard Games & More!

ARTISTS & ARTISANS:
GK Designs Jewelry – Handstamped Metal & Crystal Crfeations (New Rochelle, NY)
Soapz Unlimited – Handmade Soaps (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Three Peas Jewelry – Upcycled Accessories (White Plains, NY)
Cynthia Wyffels – Handkit & Adorned Accessories (New Rochelle)
Yapa Artisanal Collections, LLC – Charity Collective (White Plains)
Spook Bunny Deliriums – Art Prints (Dobbs Ferry)
Hillary Short Photography (Rye, NY)
Dennis Dempsey Illustration – Paintings & Prints (Mamaroneck/New Rochelle, NY)
Half Pak designs – Bow Ties for Men & Kids (Rye, NY)
Grass & Clovers _ Upcycled Home Goods & Clothing (Hartsdale, NY)
Dennis Cucinella – Handmade wooden bowls and furtniture (Mamaroneck, NY)
Arts ThreeSixty – Laser Etched Products (NYC)
Jewelry from Washingtonville Housing Alliance‘s Women’s Artisan Collective (Mamaroneck, NY)

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Community Resource Center (Mamaroneck, NY)
LMCTV Public Access Television (Larchmont/Mamaroneck, NY)
Relay for Life of Mamaroneck/Larchmont
American Cancer Society – Relay For Life
Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment
Save the Sound (Mamaroneck, NY)
Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (Irvington, NY)
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network (Mamaroneck, NY)
Artisan NR (New Rochelle, NY)
Mamaroneck High School Impressions Magazine

GETTING HERE:
MetroNorth Mamaroneck station, walk, skate, bike.
Directions> https://goo.gl/maps/nQJL7isLdRk

PARKING:
Limited parking. Check signs for EVENT PARKING, street parking also available in the area including at MetroNorth station. Please check the signs to avoid a ticket.

RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mamaroneck-food-truck-makers-market-spring-tickets-32676634694

VENDORS:
Our line up is set but if you want to be a considered a vendor for future events? Submit your info on the vendor form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/AxJRsP2lV49Ap42Q2

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM:
Village of Mamaroneck, New York
Village of Mamaroneck, New York – Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum News
— Village of Mamaroneck Industrial Area Steering Committee
Village of Mamaroneck Recreation Department
Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce
Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council
CityBurb Magazine