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Santa, Shopping & More

Santa, Shopping & More

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Every so often, I post a bunch of links from other bloggers that I think you might enjoy.  These all pertain to the holidays so figured now would be a great time to share some great info from those who want to do all the research for us. (Lots of hyperlinks below….click where it’s underlined!)

SANTA CLAUS 

The first share of this week is an incredible roundup of Santa Experiences in the area.  I have taken my kids to a few over the years, usually the easiest is the Santa at The Westchester Mall.  I have the photo of that same green chair year after year.   I loved Baby Got Chat’s summary of the good, the bad and the ugly– or as she called it the Naughty or Nice Santa’s.   I don’t know how she got all of this info on the Santa’s but this is some good scoop!   http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/santa2017 

BLACK FRIDAY

If you’re gearing up for Black Friday the online way, I recommend following MyPurseStrings Twitter posts on best deals, some of which are available right now!   I don’t know how she scours the site for the best deals, but when she posts, I know it’s the lowest it’s going to be.    She will share them on her Twitter page but her site is worth following too.  Her posts are about apps, technology and suburbia.   Oh, she just got a really cute dog too, if you’re interested in reading that!

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

LOVE fifi + hop for family travel stories.   Shawna and I worked with her recently on a post about a ski vacation to Whistler and this week she posted about Christmas in New York.   She’s Westchester based and a great resource for family travel, day trips, staycations and more!

Travel Exchange: Why Whistler Resort Makes for the Ultimate Ski Vacation

SHOPPING EVENTS

Last but not least….and there are many.  Shopping Events, live and in person, supporting local vendors and independent sales consultants.  I don’t have them ALL but I will share yours if you give me a shout.   The few I know off right now are:

Athleta Scarsdale– Black Friday, 11/24

Junior League of Central Westchester, Scarsdale, Friday 11/17

Moms of Pleasantville Holiday Boutique 12/4

Moms of White Plains Holiday Boutique, 11/30 at La Bocca 6:30-10:30

Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, 12/4

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet CC Benitez

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet CC Benitez

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Each month, we feature a Westchester Woman for our “Westchester Woman Wednesday” series.   This month, we’ve decided to feature CC Benitez, who is relatively new-to-Westchester mom.   CC is originally from Oregon (she and Shawna connected instantly) and believe it or not, we found each other by way of Twitter.   CC lived in Brooklyn for a time and recently moved to the suburbs, just over the city line to Yonkers with her husband and son, the way many city dwellers do.   The goal was space, schools and ultimately a new business!   Not the typical path for most of us, but CC decided to take her fashion and retail background, along with her Brooklyn sensibilities and open Lil Chameleon in Tuckahoe.

I find more and more, that women are not working in the fields they started out in.   So many of us “Westchester Moms” have gone to school for something, worked at it for a time and then veered off in another direction.   Sometimes it’s an entirely new career path (the lawyer turned yoga instructor) and sometimes it’s using the same skill set just in a different way.   CC decided to create the “mommy haven” that every mom wants and needs, that many of us did not have when we were new moms.   Lil Chameleon is exactly what she dreamed up: a play space for kids to take classes to learn and grow, a cafe for moms to hang out and meet other moms over a cup of coffee and a healthy mom and child snack and a resale boutique where moms can buy, sell and trade outgrown clothing items and toys.   It’s a 3 for 1, one stop shop and it’s not like anything else nearby.

People ask me: Is it a consignment store?  Not really.  Is it a jump-around play place?  No.  Is it a drop off?  Nope.  Really, it’s an experience and you won’t truly get it until you check it out for yourself.   It’s a place where moms can meet up with other moms while their kids play.  It’s a shop that takes things off your hands, gives you cash on site or store credit for future purchases.   It’s a place where your child can take a toddler yoga class or Intro to Spanish class, while you catch up on your email and make some new mom friends.  It’s clean and beautifully decorated and takes the stress out of hosting a playdate at home.   (I think of those embarrassing times when my son refused to share with a child we’d invited over our house.)   Everyone’s on neutral territory, you’re not locking up the dog or feeling like you have to prepare delicious and healthy snacks that your guests will enjoy.   I honestly would have loved Lil Chameleon when my kids were younger.  A place to eat, shop and play…. my three favorite things.

CC is a woman who recognized a need and made it happen.  She spent months researching and planning, settling on Tuckahoe as her desired location.  Since construction in the summer and her grand opening this fall, CC has learned a lot about Tuckahoe and the surrounding areas, including Eastchester, Bronxville & Scarsdale.   The locals are stopping in and supporting her store (yay!)  The moms have great taste and are savvy spenders (absolutely!)  The surrounding businesses offer city life in the suburbs, with great dining, shops and now a place just for moms (and dads) to buy, sell, trade, relax and play.

 

Lil Chameleon is located at 29 Elm Street in Tuckahoe.

You can find CC in the store pretty much any day and anytime or follow her happenings on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/lilchameleonresale/

Visit Lil Chameleon online, view class schedules and more:  https://www.lilchameleon.com/

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

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Today, on World Kindness Day, Seventeen.com reveals the results from a timely new poll on bullying, which finds that bullying is still a massive issue in school and that most of it is happening online in the form of cyberbullying. 

  • 68 percent of the 716 people surveyed between the ages of 13 and 24 said that they’ve had cyberbullying problems at their school, and more than half of those polled said that they themselves have been cyberbullied. It also revealed that 62 percent of those polled have considered transferring schools because of a bully.

 

  • Cyberbullying doesn’t only happen in the comments section on Instagram. More than 20 percent said that someone has stolen their password or cell phone and pretended to be them online as a means of humiliation. Those polled also said that appearance and weight are the top issues that drive the bullying they experience and witness.

 

  • With the presence of bullying in the classroom and online, teens today truly appreciate the power of kindness. When asked what characteristic is most valued in their peers, 90 percent said kindness (followed by 50 percent of those who value humor). Popularity was the lowest valued trait in peers.

You can read more about the survey results here: http://www.seventeen.com/life/a13452267/cyberbullying-is-the-school-epidemic-no-one-wants-to-talk-about/.

 

The survey also revealed that many young people actually don’t know what bullying is or what it entails, so Seventeen.com features a new piece breaking down the definition of bullying and cyberbulling, and how to stop a bully: http://www.seventeen.com/life/a13453003/what-is-bullying/.

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Julianne Steiner

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Julianne Steiner

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Our February choice for “Westchester Woman Wednesday” is Julianne Steiner.  I first met Julianne about 4 years ago when I bought a Groupon for a facial.  I never had a real aesthetician, that I saw regularly.  I would go to Tranquility Spa every 3-4 months or squeeze in a facial when I was away on vacation.  I remember talking with her at my first appointment about having an aesthetician, the way you would have a hairdresser.  I sort of put facials and skin care in the same category as nail care, where it didn’t matter who gave you a mani/pedi one month to the next.  I started to treat skin care the way I do hair care, and started to see the value of going to the same person for my skin over the years.

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Julianne is a Westchester native, now raising a family here in Westchester.  She’s lived all over, from Hartsdale to Pleasantville to Eastchester.  She briefly lived in Stamford, CT and in the Country Club section of the Bronx.  What’s remained constant is that she’s been in business for 13 years in the Heathcote Section of Scarsdale in what locals call “The Five Corners.”    She’s located on the 2nd floor of the Wilgrin Building on Palmer Avenue, opposite Balducci’s.   Julianne offers everything from skin care to laser hair removal to make up application for special occasions.

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Julianne and her sister Jessica Steiner (a licensed massage therapist, in the same location) have offered a special deal, “better than a Groupon” for Emma Westchester readers.   Julianne and Jessica are offering the following services/packages for first time customers.  Simply mention Emma Westchester when booking your first appointment.

  • One 45 min micro facial, regularly priced at $175 is being offered for $70.
  • Two 45 min micro facials, regularly priced at $350 are being offered at $145.
  • Three 45 min micro facials, regularly priced at $525 are being offered at $170.
  • One 60 min massage, regularly priced at $140 is being offered at $100.

These prices do not require a coupon purchase and do not have to be used by a certain time.  You can contact Jessica to arrange massage appointments by calling 914-924-7744.   You can contact Julianne to schedule skin care appointments by calling (or texting, yes texting!) 914-874-4453.  

Shawna and I met Julianne for lunch last week at one of our favorite spots, the Metro Deli in Scarsdale.  We asked her about our three favorite topics: eating, shopping and playing in Westchester, as we plan to ask all of our featured Westchester Women.   Shocking to me, Julianne loves eating at Korean BBQ in Yonkers (link to NYTimes article) I think it’s called Korea Gardens (link to restaurant) and The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry.  She likes kimchi pancakes (need to google image that one) and seasonal food items and considers herself a foodie.

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Not surprising is that she’s a Sephora junkie, always looking into the newest makeup and skin care products.  Her go to outfit is a maxi dress in the summer and she usually shops for clothing in department stores like Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  I had to ask what her favorite skin care products are, in case anyone wanted secret tips. She swears by MD Solar Science products because it’s truly a doctor-approved skin care/sunscreen and safe for your skin. She loves Dermaware because they are corrective products and her product of choice is Jurlique. Get this…the only line she has continued to sell in her 13 years.  She loves them because they are organic products.

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On the topic of “playing,” Julianne admits that her family and her work are what she needs the most.  I would have taken that as her answer, but Shawna pressed and asked her for something outside of home, work and family.  To complete the interview, without skipping the third piece of it, Julianne enjoys the outdoors, hiking, going to wine tastings, dining out, visiting the city and going to comedy clubs.  Between running a business and a household, I think she forgot for a short time, what her outside interests were!

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Julianne and her sister Jessica are BFF sisters. They work together all week long and choose to spend their time together on weekends. After moving out of their family home, they were roommates for some time.
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Julianne and her husband Adam, with their 3 girls, Danielle (12), Sarah (10) and Ally (18 months)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Hannah Fastov

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Hannah Fastov

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I’m a little early this month!  It usually takes me until closer to the end of the month to get my act together and get the Westchester Woman Wednesday post up, but for October I wanted it live before this woman’s one year work-anniversary.

Hannah Fastov is the designer, creator and founder of Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash (it’s Morse Code!) or simply shortened for the sake of her URL: https://godashdot.com/

Yes- Only ONE year ago Hannah launched this project.  Her goal was to design, create and manufacture a bag that would change the way women lived, in more ways than one.  This bag would do the job of many bags. The Infinity Bag is named for it’s infinite possibilities.  It’s an all-in-one bag that holds everything from gym clothes, a change of shoes, a laptop, lunch, a water bottle and more.  With many compartments and pouches, there’s a spot for everything– even a yoga mat!  The bag is functional, yet fashionable, with stylish tassels and straps (more on that below).  There’s also a Weekender (a larger Infinity bag) and a Backpack.

This little crossbody bag is a bag inside a bag. Easily snaps in and out.

 

Early in 2017 Hannah began selling her bags at trunk shows and in small boutiques across the country. Before hitting the one year mark on October 15th, she’s already in contract with Nordstrom!   A pretty impressive achievement for a woman who has been in business for less than one year.

Here are some local places that carry – – . – – – bags!   (Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash, which means GO)

New York

LUV2BFIT, Rye Brook

Great Stuff, Scarsdale

Great Stuff, Rye

Great Stuff, Chappaqua

Pedigree Ski Shop, White Plains

Connecticut 

Pedigree Ski Shop, Stamford

Great Stuff, Greenwich

Great Stuff, Westport

Online

www.freepeople.com 

Amazon

https://godashdot.com/collections/all

“This name was months in the making and feel it truly speaks to who we are; we are the bags that let you –.— GO! All of our handbags, and any future products we create, will enable you to carry your stuff, neatly and organized, so you can focus on living.

Morse code is the universal language. That is exactly what our products are, universal. No matter where life takes you: navigating your early years out of college, becoming a mother, dealing with long commutes, retiring and taking to the jet set life, we got you covered.

Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash is long. So as our friends, please call us by our nickname, Go Dash Dot.”

-Hannah 

Lastly, on the topic of changing the lives of women, it’s not just the modern American woman that Hannah has in mind.  She has partnered with artisans in Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan to make additional straps and tassels for her bags.  Locally, she’s partnering with My Sisters’ Place donating half of the proceeds to help struggling women here at home.  15% of ALL SALES WILL GO TO MY SISTERS’ PLACE DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Hannah Fastov is a Scarsdale native, living and working in NYC.  You can follow her on these social media platforms:

Instagram: @go_dashdot 

https://www.instagram.com/go_dashdot/

Facebook: @godashdot

https://www.facebook.com/godashdot/

 

 

LEGO Americana Roadshow in Staten Island: 10/7-10/22

LEGO Americana Roadshow in Staten Island: 10/7-10/22

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LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW: BUILDING ACROSS AMERICA TO BE HELD AT STATEN ISLAND MALL IN NEW SPRINGVILLE

LARGE SCALE LEGO® MODELS AND FREE BUILDING ACTIVITIES WILL DELIGHT ATTENDEES OF ALL AGES

The Staten Island Mall in New Springville will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks.  Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and Old North Church – take over Staten Island Mall and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts.

 Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY, 10314

 Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, October 22

 Exhibition Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm & Sunday 11:00pm-6:00pm

 

ADDITIONAL ON-SITE VISUALS AND ACTIVITIES:

LEGO Brick Play Area: Children of all ages can build whatever their imaginations dream up

LEGO Building Activity: Attendees can build their own LEGO Americana Roadshow inspired model and take it home with them (10/14 and 10/15 only). This stop will feature the Liberty Bell as the take away

LEGO Scavenger Hunt: Attendees can collect a special LEGO prize after completing the LEGO Americana Roadshow scavenger hunt.

Photo Credits: taken at the Glendale Galleria, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for LEGO)

Lil Chameleon OPENS on 10/4!

Lil Chameleon OPENS on 10/4!

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Announcing Lil Chameleon’s Opening Date & Live Online Class Registration

Lil Chameleon is proud to announce it is opening its doors Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 9:30 am-6:30pm.  

Where else can you buy carefully selected, nearly-new, high quality brands for a fraction of the price?  Where else are you able to buy, sell and trade your own child’s best outgrown stuff and earn 30% cash or 50% in store credit?  With the best immediate payout around, you’ll quickly see the value shopping at Lil Chameleon.

Why not enjoy a class while out running errands, too?  With online class registration now open, an expectant mother can enjoy the benefits of pre-natal yoga or bond with other moms in a Doula-Yogi guided Stretch & Circle Time. Your kids can explore unique art forms and expand their creative horizons.

Lil Chameleon offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for the entire family.   Maybe you want to learn how to decoupage like Marie Antoinette or explore the world’s reptiles and mammals with Critter Caravan.  Young children are introduced to Spanish through music, and you can express the exciting, overwhelming, powerful feelings that come with new motherhood while taking Art in the Midst of the Storm lead by a licensed art therapist.  

Classes at Lil Chameleon are designed to help mothers (and partners) relax and reflect.  They allow kids to get creative juices flowing, find hidden strengths through art or grow physically through toddler yoga adventures.

Find more information about all Lil Chameleon offers, how the buy, sell, trade process works and register for all available classes here.  Read more about the talented and diverse instructors here.

 

Join Lil Chameleon’s mailing list to stay up to date with the latest announcements and exclusive registration deals.  And visit Lil Chameleon starting Wednesday, October 4 as they proudly open their doors to the public!

 

 

Lil Chameleon

29 Elm Street

Tuckahoe, NY 10707

914.346.5148

info@lilchameleon.com

 

 

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Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Tracy Merolle

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Tracy Merolle

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You are going to love September’s Westchester Woman Wednesday.   Her name is Tracy Merolle and she’s the founder of this amazing Facebook Group:  Westchester County Rocks   Tracy started this page earlier this year for one reason:  to promote kindness among people in Westchester County. 

I decided to reach out and ask my many questions about this project.   How did she come up with this idea?  What inspired her?   Were there any incredible success stories?   Here’s what Tracy had to say about kindness rocks:

“Since election season began last year, I noticed a huge shift in our society.  Suddenly it seemed more acceptable to be unkind to others.  It was really bothering me.  I wondered how our children were going to be affected, long term by all the negativity around them, and what, if anything, could I do to make a difference.    During spring break we traveled down to Florida to visit with my parents who are snow birds.  While we were there my Mom shared with me a “Kindness Movement” that she had heard of.  There was a group in her county who were painting rocks and hiding them all around.  They called themselves Volusia County Rocks and they had over 5k members!  Of course we joined and my Mom encouraged me to see if there was such a thing going on back home in Westchester.  I created the Facebook page back in April and the rest is history!  We have had such a positive response in every community!  From local libraries to girl scout troops, to nursery schools, all joining in with the fun!  

I think the goal I had in starting Westchester County Rocks has come to fruition.  The main objective was to do my small part in changing the world.  I believe what you put out comes back to you.  I also believe that we are all a drop in a very large ocean.  Each one of us makes an impact and a difference.  If one rock that myself or someone else paints happens to change the course of someone who finds its day, then it worked!  I hope that this is showing children and adults that small acts of kindness add up and that people will pay it forward!  Hopefully, the movement will grow beyond measure and create  hope and kindness among all humans.  

I have personally gained hope for a better future just by starting this page!  I see the kind comments people leave on strangers posts.  I see friendships strengthen around a table of painters.  I see that there is such a thing as a ripple effect.  Here is an example from a post I read.  A man and women lost their newborn child and were waiting for the coronor to release the body.  The morning that they had received notice, the man was just getting done working the overnight shift at his job.  Obviously feeling great grief, he clocked out and happened upon a rock that was painted with a red cardinal and a line that said, “hello from heaven.”  He brought it home to his wife and they both embraced and cried, knowing it was a message from their little baby up in heaven.  He posted that to the Volusia County Rocks page.  When I read it, again it solidified the purpose of these groups.  There are lots of other serendipitous stories just like these.  It’s what its all about! “

The photos above are from her page, ones that she’s created or that have been shared to her group.   The messages are all positive and have a meaning.  Some are just there to put a smile on someone’s face.   Kids can recognize characters or logos that are familiar to them.  They’re placed under a park bench, in a playground or on the walkway to the library for another person to enjoy finding.  I am planning to do this myself with my sixth grade Girl Scout troop and I plan to share them to the Westchester County Rocks FB page!    Thanks for starting this Tracy!

Tracy Merolle is a Westchester native, currently residing in Harrison with her husband Tom and their three children, Dylan, Julia and Tyler.  She works as an aesthetician, makeup artist and microblader.    Outside of work and rock painting, she enjoys spending time with her family, usually hiking and scouring beaches in the area looking for sea glass.  

 

Northeast Etsy Artists in Katonah- Oct 7th

Northeast Etsy Artists in Katonah- Oct 7th

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Shop for exceptional quality handcrafted wares from the local artists, makers and designers of the Northeast Etsy Artists Association. Fourteen artists from the group will be on hand selling our unique handmade creations including beaded, gemstone and metalwork jewelry, fabric accessories including pouches, handbags, purses, travel wallets, custom hand-painted ornaments, colorful fused glass serving ware, original paintings, note cards and art prints, bath, skincare and body products, cozy knitwear and unique yarns, fair-trade vegan scarves, blankets and travel accessories and much more! A wonderful shopping experience for the entire family! Shop local, shop handmade!

Artists include:
Robin Larido, Denise Topkis, Carmen Scerra, Nicole Scerra, Dalia Renberg, Linda Awando, Phyllis Tarlow, Vanessa Black, Jeferson Echeverria, Robyn Warne, Jacquiline Awando, Najm Duran, Judy Secon and Abe Rosenthal

Visit us on the web at www.northeastetsyartists.org
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NortheastEtsyArtistsAssociation
For more info please contact us at northeastetsyartistsassoc@gmail.com

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.

 

Lil Chameleon: Opening Oct 2017 in Tuckahoe

Lil Chameleon: Opening Oct 2017 in Tuckahoe

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Are you staring at an overflowing closet, filled to the brim with great kid’s stuff, just a size too small for your lil one?  Or is your garage filled with nearly-new toys and gear that look straight out of the box? 

CC Benitez faced these first world problems after having her son a few years ago.  She was desperate to clear out her “graveyard of the outgrown”, but she quickly became frustrated with the process selling online, through social media, through resale shops and consigning. 

She knew there had to be a better way, a way that was fair and transparent, a way that paid today and didn’t mean running to the post office or all over town.

Introducing Lil Chameleon:

The cool kid’s resale boutique, a cool cafe, and even cooler happenings.

As a premiere kid’s resale boutique, Lil Chameleon buys, sells and trades both new and nearly-new clothes, toys, books and gear. By offering the highest payout around and a transparent 30% cash or 50% in-store credit based on the resale price, you’ll know what you’re making.

So here’s the hypothetical math…

You bring in a girl’s dress. Lil Chameleon wants to buy it and will price it for resale at $10.  You get 30% of that in cash ($3) or 50% in boutique trade ($5) valid for 6 months.  You get an itemized receipt with a product list, their retail price, and both your cash and trade value.  You choose how you want to get paid. 

And If there are items Lil Chameleon can’t buy, you choose to take your goods home again or you can even donate them. Lil Chameleon is working with The Sharing Shelf, part of Family Services of Westchester and The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester amongst others to facilitate your donation which help others in the Westchester community.

And by providing an area to enjoy healthy, locally sourced snacks in the self-serve, cashless cafe, families can take a break.  Lil Chameleon sells organic when possible and helps support other local small businesses by selling their yummy snacks and treats. Looking for additional enrichment for your lil one or even yourself?  Lil Chameleon offers classes ranging from Intro to Spanish through Music to Printing with Recycled Materials, from Expectant and New Moms Circle to Make Your Own Gourd Instrument.  Membership packages offer special discounts, class variety and even a concierge service with online buying appointments including free pick up. 

Wait, you need to throw a birthday party, too?  Lil Chameleon offers both DIY space rental, party ad-ons, a signature COLOR party or custom party packages.

Founded by a nearly 20-year veteran of the fashion industry, a mom, and a Brooklyn transplant, Lil Chameleon’s mission is to help mom with life’s lil things. Now there really is a way you can do it all. 

Sign up for the email list and be the first to learn about Lil Chameleon’s Fall programs including registration with early-bird discounts exclusive for email subscribers.

Classes tentatively start Oct 10 with registration starting at the end of September. 

Check out the website and social media for even more information about all of Lil Chameleon’s happenings.

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst- Sept 15-17

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst- Sept 15-17

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DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6 – 16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Mansion tours are additional. Show hours are Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions visit www.artrider.com or call 845-331-7900.

Crafts at Lyndhurst is held at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, New York (less than one hour from NYC), is under tents and is a rain or shine event. Pets are allowed on the Lyndhurst property but not inside the festival site.

 

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.   

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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Get Your Glam On at BLVD in Scarsdale

Get Your Glam On at BLVD in Scarsdale

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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.