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One World Observatory Holiday Experience From 1776 Feet

One World Observatory Holiday Experience From 1776 Feet

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Festive ‘Winter ONEderland’ a Family Friendly Experience Features Snowy Sky Pod Journey, Interactive Displays and Visits with Santa.  Returning for its second year, the family-friendly experience will be one of the many must-see seasonal attractions at the new World Trade Center throughThe experience will run continuously through the holiday season, ending on January 7.

“Winter ONEderland: A Holiday Experience Above It All” will include:

  • One World of Wonders – A multi-media experience where guests join Winter ONEderland mascot Ollie the Owl as he takes flight, journeying past the wonders of the world – both ancient and modern;
  • Glacier Cave:  Guests will wander through a magical underground winter grotto ornamented with crystals and icicles;
  • Snowy SkyPod Journey – Visitors will delight in the thrill of snowfall while riding above New York City’s sparkling skyline in the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere;
  • Giant Snow Globe – Visitors can marvel at a giant snow globe showcasing New York City’s famous skyline, and enjoy the ultimate social media selfie moment;
  • Santa’s Sleigh – Parents can reserve a time for kids to visit with Santa and ride with him in his sleigh over New York’s roof tops.  Professional photographers will capture this once in a lifetime moment!


Shawna’s Favorite Hair Salons…Full-Service to Simple Blow Outs

Shawna’s Favorite Hair Salons…Full-Service to Simple Blow Outs

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Surviving Summer!  Time to put away the blow-dryer, let my hair dry naturally and live with a pony-tail for work or a high messy bun for the next few months…for those that know me well, I live with a high messy bun year long  🙂 .

If going minimalist and au naturale is not for you, these are my current favorite hair salons from full-service to simple blow outs that you should check.


Momotara Hair & Beauty Salon :  Designed with a mid-century modem theme, the salon is still has a fresh and open feel.  The service and hospitality are very Japanese.  Tea and coffee are offered immediately upon checking in.  Though there are many different services offered, the salon is always very quiet almost peacefully zen.  The thoughtful attention to detail makes this place special…small eye pads placed across your eyes so you don’t get sprayed with water when having a shampoo, hot towels placed behind your neck during the wash and rinse, and small plastic ear covers are provided during the color treatment so there is never any misplaced color.

Located:  2 Spencer Place, 2nd Floor – Scarsdale (914-472-5897) Hours of Operation are Tue – Sat 9AM – 6PM; Sun 8:30AM – 6PM.


Hair By Alex Jackson:  You may pay a little more, however it’s well worth it for the convenience.  Alex Jackson works from her home and if you need a last minute touch-up on Sunday evening before a business meeting on Monday; or want the privacy of bringing you son or daughter while sitting for a 90-minute color treatment than book an appointment with Alex Jackson is worth it.  During a snow-storm when most salons were closed, I was able to make an appointment for a cut and color with very little notice.  I brought along Korben and he comfortably watched a movie on his iPhone while Alex worked her magic – giving me a deep conditioning treatment, color and cut.

Located in White Plains – Alex is a “By Appointment Only” #914-310-6940


Plush Blow:  One of the first places I went to for a quick blow out when I moved to Westchester and now they have four locations (Rye, Scarsdale, White Plains & Yonkers).  A simple no frills blow-out starts at $40 with a special Treat Yourself Tuesday blow-outs are $30.

Dry Bar:  Their philosophy is simple…”Focus on one thing and be the best at it” and they certainly have the write formula with 100+ locations across the country. The White Plains location is the only one in Westchester and opened last year.  What I love most are their hours (7AM – 8PM Mon-Wed and 7AM – 9PM Thur-Sat) of operation and products that never make my hair feel heavy but yet the blow outs and styles tend to last longer than most places.

Southern Table Kitchen & Bar

Southern Table Kitchen & Bar

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“The owners of Southern Table wanted to create a new dining experience in Westchester, New York” and they sure did.  This Pleasantville restaurant opened by the owners of Wood & Fire and Stone Fire New York a few months ago and I couldn’t be happier.

There was a comfort food restaurant missing in my rotation of places to go since the closure of Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry and Q Restaurant BBQ in Port Chester has not reopened in their soon to be announced location, however Southern Table Kitchen & Bar has filled it nicely.  Spending many years in Texas I feel that I know a thing or two about Southern cuisine and y’all don’t have to take my word for it, take a drive to Pleasantville and enjoy this east coast interpretation of Southern Hospitality…Yum!

Three tips on a having an enjoyable dining experience:

  1. Make Reservations. I’m not big on making reservations in advance, especially at a restaurant like Southern Table, however this place is extremely popular regardless of the time or day.  It’s super easy and in less than 5-minutes making a reservation online you can be guaranteed a table without the headache of having a long wait.
  2. Be Prepared to Valet.  Did I mention the restaurant is extremely popular?  They don’t seem to have enough parking to accommodate all the cars, so don’t be surprised if you are asked to valet your car even though it seems that the parking spots are adjacent to the restaurant.
  3. Save Room.  There are so many items on the menu to try, this is easily a 3-course meal – appetizer, entree and dessert (with some sides to share).

 

 

Village Computer Shop

Village Computer Shop

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Erin recently introduced me to a new retail store called the Village Computer Shop located in the Scarsdale Village and I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about them, however I’ve been out of pocket as my day job has consumed so much of my life these past few months.  Luckily, I have an amazing supportive partner in Erin that she’s been holding down the fort and manning all things Emma Westchester solo longer than I would’ve liked.

Not as splashy or in the news as often as the AT&T and Time Warner merger, however the telecom company that I work for was acquired by a much larger company last year in a $30B merger and now I’m one of 50K employees.  I’ve been “keeping my head above water”, “drinking from a fire hose”, and trying to navigate the changes in my work environment while still trying to meet and exceed expectations of my clients, my colleagues and my new boss.

What has allowed me to cope and survive these past few months?  The ability to work from home when needed, though telecommuting brings on it’s own sort of challenges.  No longer do I have a local IT resource to help me re-set my computer and troubleshoot the many gremlins that can cause havoc in a work day when not connected to a server, which brings me full circle to the Village Computer Shop and why I choose to highlight this company as my first blog post in 2018.

The unassuming retail storefront is likely to be missed but the services offered by the owner, Miles Spisiak at the Village Computer Shop are simply AMAZING! I live in a very connected world where at any given time Korben is downstairs playing x-box with his friends, I’m working in my home office on my PC likely on a video conference and Frank is streaming a German show on our Mac upstairs – phew, that’s a lot of internet being used.  It’s not about having enough bandwidth coming into the house, if the home network is not set-up correctly.  Bandwidth + Proper WiFi Set-Up = Happy Connected Family.  Looking forward to my home consult with Miles and getting our home network optimized.

Services I wanted to highlight and what first had me interested in checking out more about the Village Computer Shop.  

Home Diagnostics & Consultation:  Walk through the house, identify problem areas or issues (WiFi dead spots) and provide recommendations.

  • $199 Home Networking Consult and Set-Up/Re-Configure Existing System up to 10 Devices
  • $330 3-Point WiFi Mesh System (up to 2200 square foot) – Installation of NetGear and Google WiFi

In-Store Consultation:  Catch up with the technology…repair, explain and educate.

  • $89.95 Simple Back-up (more complex rebuilding can go up to $359)
  • $139 Clean-up, Update, Optimize

Unique Custom Solutions:  You have a need, the Village Computer Shop may have the solution with custom design, support and building of your computer system.

Additional services (note that at this time, services are only offered on computers, no tablets iPhones or mobile devices) offered by the Village Computer Shop

Stop by the Village Computer Shop located at 17 Boniface Circle – Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914-575-4900) speak with the owner, Miles Spisiak to set-up a home consult and get you and your family’s home network and devices updated and optimized.

Enjoy the Holidays @ City Perch

Enjoy the Holidays @ City Perch

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I’m all about comfort food done right in a casual atmosphere with attentive service.  Adjacent to the iPic Theater in Dobbs Ferry, the City Perch restaurant opened last spring, my family and I have gone many times and have yet to have a bad meal.  I love ordering a variety of items and their Bread Platter is the perfect starter where Korben gets his cayenne and parmesan popovers and I can have the honey-dipped corn bread.  Frank usually orders the “Everything Waffle” which is the Norwegian smoked salmon, dill creme fraiche and salmon roe.  For the entrees we have tried the Grilled Berskshire Pork Chop, Perch Burger, Gulf Shrimp and Grits, Pan Seared Scallops, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Filet & Lobster and Pizzas…Yes, we are thoroughly enjoing eating our way through the menu and if you can save room for their desserts and coffee – perfect endings to a great meal.

This holiday season – take a little stress out and enjoy the time spent with family and friends with a wonderful meal prepared by City Perch or make reservations for their Prix-Fixe Menu between December 23 – December 25th and on New Year’s Eve December 31st.

Spins Hudson Aerial Rope Course

Spins Hudson Aerial Rope Course

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No school for the next few days, what to do?  How about heading up to Peekskill and visiting SPINS HUDSON a 40,000 sq. ft. new entertainment complex located at Charles Point Marina.  Not everything is open at Spins Hudson as they are still in Phase-2 of their development, however the aerial ropes course is open and we decided to check it out.

First impression – we were underwhelmed.  We could see an outdoor ropes course where we parked by the marina, but it didn’t seem very impressive.  After checking-in and signing the necessary waivers we proceeded to the aerial ropes course.  Korben and Frank received an overview of the course and training on how to use the clamps by the instructors and off they went.  WOW!  So glad that we didn’t turn around and go back home.  Once again, teaching me not to judge basted on first impressions.

Frank and Korben had so much fun that they ended up using every minute of their 90-minute session.  There are four levels with over 70 elements, which meant there were sections that were challenging for Frank but also doable for Korben.

 

Taco Project Opens in Yonkers

Taco Project Opens in Yonkers

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I lived in Texas prior to moving to NY and am always on the quest to find a great fast casual Mexican restaurant that lives up to my standards of “Tex-Mex” goodness.  The Taco Project checks off all my boxes (quality, freshness, value for your money, clean surroundings and items on the menu that my whole family will enjoy) and has become a staple in our rotation of restaurants.  We have been going to their original location in Tarrytown for a few years and they never disappoint.  Recently The Taco Project opened a 2nd location in Yonkers at the beautifully renovated Boyce Thompson Center – just as good as the original location but with plenty of parking and additional seating.  Make sure you save room for the Churros…Korben’s favorite.

 

Verizon Fios Network Extender

Verizon Fios Network Extender

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Korben has had the X-Box gaming system for a few years, however it was only recently that we allowed him to activate Xbox Live and play in a private community with his friends over the summer.  He was thrilled!  Though that excitement quickly turned into frustration as our Wi-Fi connection was not the best where we set-up his X-Box (all the way in the basement) which is the furthest from our home office where our internet router is located.  Luckily Verizon Fios has a solution with their Fios Network Extender.  As their website says, “range is everything when it comes to Wi-Fi, and the Fios Network Extender is the best way to get it.  It receives the signal from your current router and throws it farther, so you get Wi-Fi almost everywhere you need it and around your home or office.”

Last week, I ordered the Fios Network Extender online and Korben and I picked it up the same day at a local Verizon store.  When we got home, Korben (with a little help from me) was able to easily set-up the Network Extender device in less than 10-minutes.  We re-booted our system and when Korben signed in to X-Box, his entire face lit up when he saw five bars. 

Additional Gaming Tips from Verizon Fios…

Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Which is better for online gaming?  If you’re looking for the best online gaming experience, then Ethernet cables are the safer bet. Sure, Wi-Fi might be more convenient but being hard-wired offers advantages such as faster speeds, lower latency (less lag) and no wireless interference problems. With Fios Internet, you know you have our fastest and most reliable internet service, which means virtually no lag, no packet loss and faster ping rates.  Get a fast and reliable internet service, such as Fios Internet, which means less lag and packet loss. Faster ping rates, faster refresh rates and a low number of server hops can also provide serious gamers an advantage where timing is a factor. Don’t let lag kill your kill ratio.  Speed is a critical factor in game play, and if your internet connection slows you down, you’re at a huge disadvantage.”

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“My Other Bag” Classic Tote $38

“My Other Bag” Classic Tote $38

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One of my ultimate favorite summer fashion item has turned into an all-season all-purpose item that was first introduced to me by Erin a few years ago…The Classic Tote by My Other Bag. Made in the USA, CEO & Founder Tara Martin who was inspired by Designer Handbags and producing an “eco-friendly, sustainable tote bag parodying the designer bags we love, but practical enough for everyday life….Because every girl needs the perfect other bag”.

“Ever need that extra tote in addition to your everyday handbag? My Other Bag is your fashionable and fun carry-all! Take it to the grocery store, on your errands, to the gym, as your carry-on. Whatever’s on your to do list, My Other Bag is the perfect accessory to your daily life.  This amazing CarryAll just got more amazing!  Big enough to carry all the day’s necessities (like, um, 12 different lipsticks), this bag will bring major style to your everyday routine.”

Common Sense Media:  Helping Families Make Good Media Choices

Common Sense Media: Helping Families Make Good Media Choices

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School’s out for the summer which means Korben will be seeing a lot more moves, TV shows and spending time on his X-BOX with his friends.  Its hard to not want to “over” parent him, but summer should be a time that we slow down and ease up on his schedule and let him be a kid.  That being said, it doesn’t mean that we check-out of still being a parent.  I wouldn’t let Korben eat ice cream and cookies all day every day nor would I let him watch relentless amounts of TV or allow him to be on his iPhone watching YouTube gamers and playing his games all day ever day.  But, we are trying to allow him more independence and teach him to make the right choices.  We’re still working on him to chose to eat more fruits and vegetables, but hopefully we are instilling in him to make good choices when it comes to what he watches and plays on TV, his iPhone or X-Box with the help of one of my favorite parenting websites & APPs called Common Sense Media.

I use the APP version regularly when choosing a movie that is age appropriate for Korben, but recently have been checking out the website to review the “Best Of” Lists  to get age-appropriate ideas for movies, games, Apps, websites, TV and so much more.  They offer recommendations for all ages from preschoolers to teenagers.  Common Sense Media is for Moms, Dads, + teachers navigating media/tech issues so their kids can thrive in our 24/7 digital world. Media ratings/reviews, tech/device advice available on their website, Instagram, Facebook Page

Having difficulty finding TV shows for your 8-12 year-olds? Check out this list of eight tween-friendly picks by Common Sense Media.

Is Wonder Woman okay for kids? Find out what Common Sense says about safety, violence, scariness, sexy stuff, language and positive messages.

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

  • Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
  • Common Sense Education provides high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities. Together, we work to empower students to harness technology for learning and life. Our free resources include ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
  • Common Sense Kids Action works with policy makers, business leaders, and other advocates across the nation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Kids Action works to drive policies at the state and national levels that ensure all kids 0-5 have access to vital education and health resources; that all children have high-quality digital learning experiences; that their online data and privacy is protected; and that child poverty is reduced in America. With millions of Common Sense parents and educators, and potential advocates in homes and schools across the nation, Common Sense’s advocacy platform is building a movement dedicated to making kids our nation’s top priority.

We believe in sanity, not censorship:  Achieving a healthy approach to media and technology can make a big difference in kids’ lives today.  Kids who learn to use digital media wisely can accomplish amazing things — learn new skills, explore new worlds, build new ideas, and change the world. Yet every kid has different needs. As parents and educators, we know our kids best.  Common Sense is here to help.  We can steer you away from things that are developmentally inappropriate, and help you find the hidden gems that are right for your family and your kids. Learn more about our Ten Beliefs here.

We tell it like it is:  We think the media and technology industries should put kids’ needs first when they create and market their products and services. Since that is all too often not the case, we believe there should be clear policies and regulations to hold these industries accountable. We advocate on behalf of kids on a wide range of issues, including the educational impact of technology, protecting kids’ privacy online, and improving the impact of media on child health and development.

Get involved:  Help us raise a generation of kids who think critically, act responsibly, and interact positively in the digital world. We hope you’ll get involved.  Use our ratings to make smart media choices. Learn how to harness digital media to help your child thrive. Get your school connected to Common Sense. Join us and help make media and technology a positive and powerful force in all children’s lives.

Savor The Westchester

Savor The Westchester

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So much more than “just a food court”, after a multi-million dollar renovation, The Westchester has opened Savor which is a collection of upscale restaurant quality dining options in an elevated food hall like setting.

Erin and I had an opportunity to meet the owners and try the variety of food options now available at Savor – which offers something for everyone.

Bluestone Lane “dedicated to producing the highest quality coffee and complementary foods, delivered in an engaging way. Focused on creating environments where customers are immersed in the experience and leave feeling like a local. Bluestone Lane Coffee is influenced from the renowned coffee culture hub of Melbourne Australia, where premium coffee is a way of life.”

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque “is familiar and still unlike any barbecue you have ever had.  They cook their barbecue the old school way with plenty of wood and time, adding just the right amount of salt and spice to let that lovely marriage of process and product evolve into something transcendent.”

Whitmans New York “serves burgers and seasonal fare with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Opened by native New Yorkers, the concept was born by friends whose vision was to provide the neighborhood with delicious comfort food in a cozy, intimate setting. The main attraction, modeled after the Minneapolis-originated phenomenon, the “Juicy Lucy,” features two thin beef short rib blend patties pinched together encasing a scoop of pimento cheese, the result: a molten core of cheese oozing from the patty. Whitmans introduced their take on the cult burger in 2010 to rave reviews. In addition, Whitmans offers a vast array of specialty crafted burgers including The Hound, Spicy Patty, and The Mangold just to name a few.”

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Stress Free Streaming

Stress Free Streaming

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Verizon Wireless & Verizon FiOS residential customers can use the FIOS Mobile App to watch live and recorded shows all DATA FREE (aka Stress Free) for easy summer entertaining.  Whether you are at the beach, the pool or on a road-trip the entire family can access Access over 140+ live channels or watch recorded DVR shows.  Catch up and binge watch On Demand titles without worrying about data overage charges.

Order Verizon FIOS online and save $10/mo. for 2 years and the standard setup charge is waived ($90 value).  Plus, get out of your contract with up to a $500 credit to help cover your early termination fee.

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City Perch – New Seasonal American Restaurant Now Open in Dobbs Ferry

City Perch – New Seasonal American Restaurant Now Open in Dobbs Ferry

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Chef Sherry Yard, Tuck Hospitality Group Chief Operating Officer and three-time James Beard Award winner recently inducted into the Foundation’s prestigious Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, officially brings her critically acclaimed City Perch Kitchen + Bar to Dobbs Ferry, NY.

“Priding itself on a menu of contemporary comfort food with ingredients sourced from nearby farms and waters, City Perch Kitchen + Bar will be the largest iPic-owned Tuck Hospitality Group concept to date, housing 4,600 square feet of spacious drinking, dining and private event space.  City Perch Kitchen + Bar’s playful dishes are complemented by a sophisticated beverage program designed by nationally lauded Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, specializing in handcrafted farm-to-glass cocktails, local beers and boutique wines.”

We recently had an opportunity to try out this restaurant and the food was as delicious as the pictures depict.  This is the perfect restaurant to meet for Happy Hour, host a dinner with friends and family celebrating good food and good company or enjoy a leisurely brunch over the weekends!

CITY PERCH NOW OPEN – ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS – LOCATED AT 1 LIVINGSTON AVENUE – DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914-348-7007)

DINNER Served Daily: 5-10pm

BRUNCH Served Saturday + Sunday: 10:30am-3pm

BAR Open Daily: 10pm-close

HAPPY HOUR Open Daily: 3-6pm

LIVE DJ SPINNING Friday + Saturday: 9pm-12:30am

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German Style Biergarten Opens in Port Chester (Thursday – Sunday)

German Style Biergarten Opens in Port Chester (Thursday – Sunday)

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Love checking out new restaurants and can’t wait to try out the Village Beer Garden .  I’m a little biased, but I’ve always thought that it was about time that that we have a German style Biergarten in Westchester.  This new addition to the large Port Chester restaurant scene is now open, though only on Thursday & Friday from 4PM and Saturday & Sunday from 12PM located at the Metro-North Port Chester Station.

Our House Hospitality, whose eating and drinking establishments include the Rye House in Manhattan and Port Chester, and Sala One Nine, Tapas Bar & Restaurant in the Flatiron District of New York, has created an open-air urban retreat reminiscent of a German Biergarten – only now with the whistle and hum of a north and south bound locomotive in the background.   Steeped in history, the Port Chester tracks were laid circa 1840, coinciding with the originating Munich beer gardens which have since inspired decades of beer halls and breweries around the globe. Village Beer Garden paints the picture of one such gathering place, filled with communal butcher block tables with seating for 200, dotted with red patio umbrellas, and wrapped in steel-glass framing and green shrubbery. Overlooking an active downtown retail, dining, and entertainment district, Village Beer Garden is at the center of a historic town which continues to evolve.  An extensive local craft and imported beer list and creative cocktails mark their territory, complimented by an authentic-meets-A-typical Oktoberfest style menu. Bar pickins include house made pretzel nuggets, sweet/spicy/dill pickles, German meatballs, and fried cheese curd. Lighter fare comes in the form of chicken or salmon Niçoise, chilled shrimp cocktail, and German cucumber salad. A sausage menu ofkielbasa, bratwurst, sweet and hot Italian sausage, and boudin blanc share the plate with krauts and slaws. Crispy chicken schnitzel, juicy burgers, and frankfurters round out the food offerings, with added tater tots, sprouts, spaetzli, and fries.

3 Broad Street – Port Chester, NY 10573 -(914) 481-8771 – https://www.villagebeergarden.com

Eyelash Extension – My Beauty Treatment Obsession

Eyelash Extension – My Beauty Treatment Obsession

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I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my make-up regiment.  Especially in the summer months.  In fact, other than a tinted moisturizer, powder and lip gloss my make-up bag is quite small and I usually have my “face” on within 5 minutes in the morning. However, that wasn’t always the case as I would spend a lot of time on my eyes and was constantly on the search for the perfect mascara.  The goal was to make my eyes pop without looking like I was trying too hard.

I’ve tried many products over the years, whether purchased from a department store or drugstore, even trying mascara primers and so-called eyelash growth products, however as a Korean-American my almond shaped eyes would eventually have smudges on the top and/or bottom lids within a few hours of any make-up application and my eyelashes never really looked long but rather clumpy and not very attractive.

I’ve heard about eyelash extensions and I was always tempted to try the procedure but was too scared.  That was until an aesthetician whom I trusted convinced me to try them out.  WOW!  What a difference.  I can’t believe that I had been missing out on this AMAZING beauty service and am now OBSESSED!

When I first started going for regular eyelash extensions there were not that many places in Westchester offering this service.  Now women have many choices.  Though, my favorite place by far is Peony Nail & Day Spa in Scarsdale which I’ve trusted my lashes to for almost 2-years. Fundamentally, this place is a nail salon, however in the back rooms they have ladies who apply eyelashes all-day every day.  My absolute favorite aspect of Peony’s is that while my extensions are being placed on my eyelashes I can have a gel manicure and/or pedicure at the same time – who doesn’t love mutli-tasking and saving time?.  The women are extremely professional and are so good at what they do that I’ve actually fallen asleep many times.  I wake up 60 minutes later not only refreshed from a power nap, but with an amazing set of long, naturally looking eyelashes and a fresh gel manicure.

For those that are still nervous or want to learn more, Huffington Post published a great blog called, “Lash Extensions:  Tips You Need To Know Before Heading To The Salon”.  The article was published a few years ago, however the information is still relevant.

Peony’s is becoming very popular so I would suggest calling to make an appointment.  Normally, they can squeeze you in the same day if you call in the morning.  Give yourself at least 90 minutes for the first set and around 60 minutes for touch-ups after.

Peony Nail & Day Spa – 862 Scarsdale Avenue – Scarsdale, NY 914-472-2230

Top Picks for the Perfect Guy Gift

Top Picks for the Perfect Guy Gift

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and as Korben and I finished our shopping last weekend, I thought I would share my top picks that any guy would love to receive….whether it’s Father’s Day, Birthday or Graduation across all price spectrums.

#1 Timeless & Classic Gifts ($$$)

Can’t go wrong giving a quality classic gift that will last YEARS.  My picks would be the TUMI backpacks, messenger bags or travel kits, wallets and writing accessories from Mont Blanc.

#2 Gift Certificate for Personal Services or Personal Trainer ($$)

Esthetician or Massage Therapy from the Steiner Sisters located at 6 Palmer Avenue in Scarsdale.  Call or text 914-924-7744 to book an appointment with Julianne Steiner for facials and call or text 914-924-7744 to book a massage from Jessica Steiner.  For further detail check out our “Westchester Woman Wednesday” Blog Post.  Purchase a session with a Personal Trainer or Private Pro Lessons (improving one’s game of choice – squash, golf, tennis, etc.).

#3 Bespoke Subscription Box ($)

Why do men have to miss out on the subscription box trend?  Try out BESPOKE which offers a single box for $55.

If You Don’t Strava, It Didn’t Happen

If You Don’t Strava, It Didn’t Happen

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and to get motivated you need to try out the fitness tracking app called STRAVA.

I only recently learned of STRAVA when Korben was showing me on Frank’s phone how many miles he had recently rode one Sunday afternoon.  I asked him what we were looking at and he just shook his head and said, “Oh Mommy, don’t you know STRAVA is like Facebook for Dads that work-out”.  So cute, right?  Actually, I learned that STRAVA is a fitness app that Frank has been using for a few years to track his progress mountain biking and more recently road riding.

In Frank’s opinion, STRAVA is the Gold standard for cycling, there are other apps out there, but any serious cyclist is using STRAVA and so are all of his/her friends.  If you don’t “STRAVA” the ride, it didn’t happen.

Without having to carry another device while riding, STRAVA through Frank’s iPhone tracks, records his altitude and provides a hill profile and map with his GPS coordinates after every work out, so you see precisely where he went riding. Calories burned are recorded, but they can be a bit misleading, since they are calculated for road riding and mountain biking burns more calories (climbing and descending).

What Frank likes most about this app is that he’s able to view his analytics and compete with others that he follows; whether they are friends or professional athletes.  For example, Frank’s following Lance Armstrong.  Yes, he’s controversial and what he did is unforgivable in the world of cycling, but Lance is still an amazing cyclist.  By following his friends and professional athletes, Frank is able to compare his stats with theirs which he says motivates him to push harder.

Like other social media platforms, you can comment, give kudos, and interact.  Everything is divided up into sections and Frank checks out the King of Mountain (KOM) and Personal Records (PR).  KOM is the designation given when someone in a particular section (area ride) has the fastest ride.  In the PR section, one can dig deeper into the stats and see who holds the KOM in each section and what one’s PR is compared to others. 

Funny enough, Frank learned about STRAVA from one of his Swedish friends (Marcus) who was training for a triathlon and thought that the name was made up but it actually does means “to strive”.   This fitness app is most used by runners and cyclists, but STRAVA can actually be helpful to track your progress and stay motivated with many outdoor activities.

Strava is the Swedish word for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do: If you’re striving to improve, no matter your goals or ability, you’re one of us.  Strava is the social network for athletes. We’re a global community of millions of runners, cyclists and triathletes, united by the camaraderie of sport. Our website and mobile apps bring athletes together from all walks of life and inspire them to unlock their potential – both as individuals and as communities. From Olympians to weekend warriors, we’re out there on the road and trail, all over the world, day after day.

Frank’s Top 5 Favorite Sandwiches

Frank’s Top 5 Favorite Sandwiches

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Summer is just around the corner, and as my husband recently said his “winter fat is gone and now he’s working on his spring rolls”.  Gotta love men’s humor and their appetites.  Not a fan of just getting a salad for lunch, I had Frank put together a list of his favorite “go to” sandwich spots in our area.  The best part of this list is that all of his suggestions are locally run (not chain) businesses that offer more than just sandwiches.

Favorite Simple & Fresh Sandwich…”Prosciutto & Mozzarella” at Dante’s Deli (429 Central Avenue – White Plains, NY).

Favorite Hearty Sandwich…The “Meatball Sub” with mozzarella, tomato sauce & parmesan on garlic bread at Cooked & Co

Favorite Fork & Knife Sandwich…”The Chickwich” at Mason Sandwich Co (photo courtesy of Westchester Magazine)

Favorite New York Classic Sandwich…The “Pastrami & Swiss” at Giannoni’s Deli in Scarsdale Village known as “Nonni’s” to the locals (22 Garth Road – Scarsdale, NY)

Favorite Chicken Cutlet Sandwich…Chicken Cutlet, lettuce, tomato, avocado and aioli spread at Martine’s Tuckahoe location (10 Fisher Avenue – Tuckahoe, NY)

 

Protect Yourself & Your Family from Cyber Attacks

Protect Yourself & Your Family from Cyber Attacks

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The RANSOMWARE cyber attack called WANNNACRY that affected business in nearly 100 countries over the weekend is a wake up call for all of us to protect ourselves so that we don’t become victims of this latest trend of hackers.

What is RansomWare?  Ransomware as defined by Wikipedia, “is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, and display a message requesting payment to unlock it. More advanced malware encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them.”

What to do to prevent being a victim?

  1. BACK-UP:  Invest in an external hard-drive and get into the habit of backing up your important files (documents, pictures, etc) on a regular basis.  There are numerous options that one can purchase at Best Buy and Staple for as little as $59.
  2. DONT’T CLICK:  Don’t click on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.  This is the most common way that hackers gain access to your computers.
  3. PROTECT:  Keep your operating system and software updated and protect yourself, your home network and devices with the latest antivirus software.

Fortunately as a Verizon FIOS customer I have access to their Verizon Internet Security Suite of services.  I don’t have to be an IT Security Specialist or Computer Tech to know that I’m doing everything I can to protect my family’s digital life from hacker for less than two Venti Caramel Macchiatos (my favorite drink at Starbucks at the moment).

There are a few different options for customers who can chose to bundle or order service a la carte.  At a minimum, I would recommend their Security Suite Multi-Device Plan which offers antivirus protection on all your devices for as little as $6.99 /month.

Digital Security Pro is Verizon’s more comprehensive security service that combines device-based security, identity theft protection and advanced parental controls for $10.00 /month.

For more information about keeping you and your family safe online, bookmark the below sites and check back frequently…

Verizon Tips: Learn how Verizon is keeping you safe online

Online Safety – Verizon Communications Online Safety

StaySafeOnline.org – National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)