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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

Spring Styles by cooper & ella

Spring Styles by cooper & ella

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This weather has me wanting to ditch my winter coat and go shopping for spring-  I’ve discovered this brand and decided to share.   Can be found online or in Bloomingdales, Saks and Nordstrom.   Recently too on Amazon!    It’s called cooper & ella and super cute.  Check it out.

http://www.cooperandella.com/ 

Teacher Appreciation Day Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Day Ideas

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Teacher Appreciation Day is one of my favorite days of the year.   There’s no one I appreciate more than my kids’ teachers.  Having spent 11 years in the classroom, I know that teachers do not need this day to feel appreciated, because most feel appreciated every day in the work they do with their kids.  The simple gestures and interactions are the rewards that parents will never even know took place.  But, I like this day because it’s an opportunity for kids to see others show their teachers just how much they are respected and it gives teachers a special day for themselves.

This year, it falls on Tuesday, May 9th, during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12.  Some schools choose to observe the week, the day or not at all.   In some places, PTA’s will organize breakfast or lunch for their entire staff.   I’m lucky to live in a district where families find it to be a meaningful day.  Over the years, I have seen posts/comments where someone comments that they didn’t know this day even existed.  This is why I wanted to get this post out there early, so you can think of fun ways to celebrate the teachers in your kids’ lives.

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – Tuesday of the first full week in May

Over the years, I’ve come up with different ideas and projects.  Some years, I was the class mom, and chose to organize a group gift from the class.  Our PTA stresses that the gift should be thoughtful and meaningful and the cost should be minimal.   On years that I was not the class mom, I chose to do small things each day during teacher appreciation week, sending in a small, $5 or less item each day of the week….Monday, nice fine tip markers…..Tuesday, post it notes…..Wednesday, a $5 Starbucks gift card…..etc.

Two of my favorite ideas though, were when I involved the class.   When my daughter was in kindergarten, I sent out this email to the parents of her classmates:

Dear Parents,

Next Wednesday, 4/25 is the day that ABC School PTA has decided to celebrate their teachers, by having a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  

While the teachers will enjoy this day with their colleagues, we felt that it would be nice to involve the children in this celebration.   Having the children participate and be involved in this day, helps them to understand the meaning of the word “appreciation.”   Our children learn this by the example that we, as parents, model for them.

With that said, we are asking all of the children to do the following:

  1.   Select an 8×10 sheet of paper of any type. (Printer or construction paper.  Color of their choice.)
  2.   Using the letter that they are assigned (see below) they will make a block letter on their paper.   The paper will be in the portrait/vertical position.  The block letter will be capitalized and will fill the paper.
  3.   The children will color in their letter or decorate their letter in any way they choose: with stripes, with polka dots, in a solid color, with collaging materials, elbow macaroni, etc.  It is their choice.   
  4. Children will bring this paper/letter to school on Wednesday 4/25 (not in their folder, but loose in their backpack.)  Teachers collect the folders as part of their their morning procedures.   This is a surprise! 
  5. At 11am, upon returning from library the children will get their letters out of their backpack and line up in the following order (see below) and it will spell out the message:  Happy Teacher Appreciation Day.    It will appear bright and colorful and the children will love surprising their teachers!  🙂 

I know….this sounds like a LOT of work but amazing when the kids pulled it off.  I assigned each kid in the class a letter starting with H, then A, then P….and so on.   I arranged for the teacher to let me come in at 11am that day so I could give her the gift from the class.   They pulled it off perfectly.  I’d share the pic of each child holding up their letter, but for privacy reasons, I won’t.   The teacher loved it so much that she hung it up in the hallway outside the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another year, I sent an email out to the parents asking them to look at the sample Wordle (or word cloud) that my Girl Scouts had made for me.  I asked each parent to simply reply to the email with three words that described their teacher.   I made her a Wordle, framed it and found a printer paper that served as an iron on and ironed it onto a tee shirt for her.    The cute thing about the wordle is that the words that are used most often are larger than the others.  By looking at this Wordle, it shows how many kids called her kind, fun, smart, helpful, etc.    Once finished you can change the font, the color, the size, etc.   I picked colors that I thought she would like.   This one took less time and planning and was managed from my computer.   When they gave her the shirt, I had them sign the back of the shirt with fabric markers.

 

 

 

 

You can follow this link to use WordItOut to make a word cloud:

Word cloud made with WordItOut

Other Gift Ideas: 

Teacher Appreciation Gift Printable Free

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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I met this vendor at two different holiday events; one in Westchester and one in Greenwich.  I was shocked that these “mommy necklaces” had not taken off in Westchester.   Another vendor in the area sells them too.  I purchased a necklace from each of them and the quality was very different.   I would never name the other vendor, in fairness to them, but I will tell you that Alix Fray Jewelry was the better of the two, by far.

Besides these necklaces, the have an entire line of amazing gift items for moms, graduates, grandmothers, sisters and any female on your list for any occasion.    You can visit her site for pricing and ordering information.  Initial necklaces, leather clutches, mommy necklaces and bracelets and more!    I’m posting this now so you can place your order in time for Mother’s Day delivery.    Happy Shopping.

https://alixfray.com/?rfsn=536975.c5eb7Hi

10 Things To Do in April

10 Things To Do in April

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We don’t keep a calendar of events.   We considered it and realized that every other site has one and that’s where people go for “things to do.”  However, the other sites usually list things for the kids– Not the moms.  So we’ve decided to publish things for the moms to do, alone or with kids.  Each month, we get so many requests to post events, so here’s your “end of the month” blog post: 10 things you might want to do in April.

  1.  Shop the Booked Marketplace Pop-Up on 4/20.  Its being held at LIFE The Place to Be in Ardsley.  Guest will enjoy a unique shopping experience, lite bites, mini-massages and more.   Tickets are $20 per shopper and can be purchased via this link.      https://www.eventbrite.com/o/booked-parties-13201894868

2. Visit the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market.

It’s now outdoors, on Saturdays starting April 1st from 8:30am to 1pm.

56 vendors will provide the community with the highest quality regionally grown foods including seasonal vegetables (with 3 Certified Organic producers), humanely raised meat, fresh fruit and berries, prepared foods created with ingredients from regional farms, allergen-free baked goods, flowers, wine, and many other offerings.

Responding to shoppers’ requests, the Market is adding a hot breakfast and a new lunch option this summer, to complement the popular Aba’s Falafel. The Pleasantville Farmers Market attracts an average of over 3000 visitors every Saturday and has become a major regional destination. “Our research shows shoppers come from all over the county for the quality and diversity of vendors present at the Market, as well as the engaging weekly Culinary, Kids and Music programming held throughout the season,” says Steven Bates, Executive Director of Market Operations, Foodchester, Inc, the non-profit operator of the Pleasantville Farmers Market. “Another draw is that the Market is in the center of a walkable Village, close to restaurants, shops and the Burns theater.”   The location is at Memorial Plaza, right at the Pleasantville Train Station.  For more info, visit pleasantvillefarmersmarket.com

3.  Enjoy a Jazz Brunch!   

Starting Sunday April 2nd at East End in Greenwich and Mediterraneo in Norwalk.  So very NYC, finally out here in the suburbs!  (Remember the GIRLS episode where they went to the jazz brunch?  I think Marnie was singing, if I remember it correctly…. )  After watching LaLa Land last week, I am more interested in checking this out.    Menus and pics below.

Guests will enjoy bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and $1 oysters. Live Jazz music will entertain guests every Sunday in April between 12:00-4:00pm. Artists’ featured will include up-and-coming New York City Jazz musicians Margi Gianquinto and Albert Rivera. Reservations are suggested especially for large parties of 8 or more. To make reservations you may call: (203) 229-0000     

4.  Take a Calligraphy Class

Classes are on April 8th and May 6th.    I took this class a few weeks ago and loved it.    By no means am I a calligraphy master but my Crayola Markers are being taken a lot more seriously since then.  Register here:    https://www.lillianliming.com/calendar/workshop-brush-calligraphy-koi-april

5.  Mindfulness Workshop at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale- 4/28, 4/29 and 4/30.

Mindfulness Matters Training Class for Parents

6.  Hudson Edit Spring Shopping Event-  4/21 and 4/22.

THE HUDSON EDIT offers Westchester a rotating selection of carefully curated pieces by exceptional designers.

Friday, April 21 10a-3p
Saturday, April 22 10a-3p

Celebrate Spring with food, wine, and fashion! Follow The Hudson Edit on Facebook for more information on our upcoming events.

The Hudson Edit is excited to partner with Meritage restaurant for our spring event! Come browse five incredible lines while enjoying selections from Meritage’s catering menu.   Free admission.

 

7.  Westchester Children’s Museum Private Playdate- 4/26

Explore the museum and enjoy a special storytime with local author and Scattered Books Bookstore owner, Laura Scott Schaefer. Books will be available for purchase if you’d like to have a copy signed!  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. $6 per person.  Available by following this link: https://discoverwcm.salsalabs.org/westchesterwithkidsplaydate/index.html

8.  Visit One World Trade.

Beautifully written blog post from fifi + hop.   A great day trip for over the Spring Break.

One World Observatory: Complete Visitors Guide

 

9.   Meet Bill Nye the Science Guy at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester on 4/6.   Wristbands are for sale at 9am and the event is from 7pm to 9pm.  Wristbands guarantee entry for the evening event.     http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061855006-0  

10.  Book your ticket for Soul Camp on June 10th.

Yes, I am aware that this is not really an April event, but I’d buy now so as not to get sold out!   These events are usually on weekends, but for the first time they are on a single day in this area for NY and NJ folks.    A full day of a variety of healthy, wellness, outdoor activities.

For more info, visit https://soul.camp/ or follow Soul Camp on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/soulcamplove/ 

 

 

Nordstrom Rack’s Tech Finds

Nordstrom Rack’s Tech Finds

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The camera that all the tweens have. Polaroid-style, print your pics on the spot. $69.97, lots of colors. Originally around $99. My daughter and friends all love theirs.
This is the second one for our household. When I bought my/our first one, someone helped themselves to it– so now we have two. Great for keeping in your bag on a train ride, in the glove compartment, etc. Trick is to have it juiced up when you need it.
These are for Ellie…. Love these. Like clothespins with lights for her pics! No one prints pics, never mind framing them! This might encourage her to display some of her favorites in a cute way. 16 clips and mini lights on a clear cord.
Bought this without even know what it was! It’s a cable, for when you don’t have a white USB to phone cable? Does it connect your phone to your laptop? It’s a cute tassel or keychain….with a purpose!!!
Best selection of iPhone cases. Kate Spade and great styles. Way better than the Apple Store or the Verizon Store. And cheap, $14.97 or less. This one w the cupcakes was adorable. I liked the glittery ones!
For my desk. Loved this saying. My mouse pad is so old. It has pics from 2009 before my son was born in 2010. Time to update it to this one.
Guest Blogger:  Lauren Mascia

Guest Blogger: Lauren Mascia

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Guest Blogger: Lauren Mascia

Last month, I was looking at my March calendar and realized that I needed some new and fresh topics.  I needed guest bloggers.   People who would write about topics that women are interested in, related to eating, shopping and playing in and around Westchester.   There’s a lot of topics that I can’t write about myself, because I don’t know enough about them and I fear that I would misrepresent them.  I had a few responses (thank you Facebook) and one was from Lauren Mascia, a local mom, who volunteered to be my first guest blogger.   The rest of this post is in Lauren’s voice.  (Bold text off to differentiate.) 

My story is one many of you can most likely relate to.  I had a successful career in Buying and Planning with a large retailer.  I proposed a flextime scenario when I first became a mom.  At the time, I was turned down and told that they were worried it would set a precedent.  Forward many years and several unfulfilling part time gigs and a health issue; a commute and an office job would be difficult for me.  Beautycounter’s mission resonates with me and the products are incredible, so becoming part of the company was a no-brainer. 

I’m about to tell you something that you don’t want to hear.  But it’s really, really important.  The average American woman uses 12 products a day, which may contain cancer causing, endocrine disrupting chemicals.  This is what lead me to Beautycounter, a company who’s mission it is to get safer products into the hands of everyone by educating consumers and as a business, to support and help pass better public health protective laws. I was so impressed with the company’s efforts and products that I decided to become part of it.  We are on a mission. 

Beautycounter is doing all it can to get Congress to enact health protective laws in the beauty industry.  We are actively involved in discussions with our elected leaders in our country and in Canada.  I am excited and energized to be attending a meeting with Charles Schumer’s office next week. 

I will be at Athleta Scarsdale on Friday March 10th and I would love to meet you, and for you to see and sample our products.  You can you can also email me at lmasciabc@gmail.com and/or check out my website www.beautycounter.com/laurenmascia and hey, if this resonates with you I am always looking for passionate people to join my team.

To learn more about our health and skincare products, read on. We are a DISRUPTIVE brand.  Why? We are disruptive because our products are not only safer, they are high performing. Our sunscreen was on my radar before I joined the company.  For years I drove my kids crazy by not allowing them to use any of the widely available drugstore brands.

My reasoning for this is that most of these brands fall into 3 categories: 1) Chemical Sunscreens- like those with the ingredient Oxybenezone, they absorb through the skin and may disrupt the hormone system.  2)Nanoparticles- they’re extremely small molecules, one billionth of a meter and are often found in mineral sunscreens.  Although zinc or titanium nanoparticles do not easily penetrate the skin, they may cause lung damage if inhaled in spray sunscreens.  3)Retinyl Palmitate or Retinol- these forms of Vitamin A may speed the development of skin tumors when applied to sun-exposed skin.  So what to do? Look for non-nano mineral sunscreens such as those using non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  My problem was that a lot of these sunscreens I tried were hard to rub in and leave you looking white and chalky.  Not ours! Beautycounter sunscreen goes on easily and is sheer.  It smells yummy and it’s water resistant.  It’s even kid approved! You can choose from the All Over Sunscreen, the Protect Stick Face, The Protect Stick Body, (all SPF 30) and the Protect Lip Balm (SPF 15).  We also have a fantastic Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 that comes in 5 shades also an ALLURE Best Of Beauty Winner. 

  If you’re a new mom concerned about what products to use on delicate, vulnerable baby skin or you’re looking for a baby gift, look no further.  We have a full line of wash, oil (which can double as mom eye makeup remover or as a carrier for essential oils. I love multi-use products!), Balm (which can also be used for eczema, cracked heels, etc.), Rash Cream and a super functional diaper bag (which can double as a bag for the market, pool or beach, picnics, tennis, etc.)  All items are sold separately and in fabulous collections or sets.  VOGUE listed our products among their Favorite Baby Shower Gifts in 2016 and REAL SIMPLE voted us #1 Best Skincare Products for Babies in April 2016.

I could go on and on about all the transformative skincare, super mascara, fun lip-glosses, body and kids line but I know you don’t have all day so I’ll tell you about one more must have product that I’m addicted to.  Our Lip Conditioners.  Either Peppermint (peppermint & rosemary oil) or Calendula (calendula and chamomile oils-soothing, softening and anti-inflammatory).  They’re thick and nourishing without being sticky.  Get one for your car, nightstand, desk, bag, etc.

Hope to see you on Friday afternoon at the Emma Westchester Shopping Event.   I’ll be there from 4-6, available to answer questions, show you the line of products that Beautycounter has to offer. You can purchase, sign up for a hostess party of your own and if nothing else, learn about the steps women just like ourselves are taking to make products safer for all of us!


Custom Framing is Now Easier, More Accessible and Less Expensive

Custom Framing is Now Easier, More Accessible and Less Expensive

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Twitter has become my new Google.  It used to be that when I needed something, I went to good old Google, searched and found what I needed.  Now I go to Twitter, especially if I am looking for a business.  Twitter is a great way to interact with businesses and they respond to inquiries so quickly.

Years ago, my husband came home with this painting from an art store in Manhattan. He is not typically a gift giver; in fact, most gifts are ones that I buy for myself and let him know about once they are purchased. But this painting was in a store window on Madison Avenue and he went in and bought it for me. I asked why and he said, “Because this is my view every morning when you are getting ready for work.” Very sweet and thoughtful and typical of my husband.

As I have been redecorating my house in the past couple of months, I found this painting and remembered that I had intended to have it reframed after the original gold frame broke when we were moving in 2011. It has been on the top shelf of a cabinet ever since. The color scheme in my new family room is “shades of blue” and when I was looking for artwork, I remembered this piece and thought, this would be the perfect time to have it reframed! I went to Twitter…searched “frames” or “framing” and up popped Framebridge; a relatively new business, with a great site, a video on the steps in the process and I was sold.

Framebridge allows you to enter the dimensions of your print, select a frame and they mail you a postage paid box to send it to them, they frame it and return it to you framed, ready for hanging. My print was just under 8×10 and the cost was $79, postage and all included.

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When the postage paid box arrived, I was amazed at how easy it was. The same box (or tube) that is sent to you is what it is returned in.   They include the postage-paid label as well as instructions and everything down to the tape needed to reseal the box for shipping. I wrapped up my painting in the plastic, sealed the box and dropped in the UPS box less than a mile from my house. Now…I wait. I dropped the package in the box on Friday afternoon and I anxiously await the returned package to my front door.  🙂

If you have a digital photo that you would like to upload from your computer, there is also the option to “upload now” and send the print over that way.  They will print it out and frame it for you.  Does it get any easier??

As I think about the ease of this process, I recall many visits to local framing stores, even Michael’s where the frame material, colors and choices all come with a different price tag. The pricing is inflated and you feel like you’re saving a bundle with your 40% off framing coupon. Most items that I have had framed over the years have cost between $150-$400 for the framing once I was finished.  I love the upfront pricing.

I am looking forward to the return of my beautiful artwork and displaying it on the shelf in my new family room. The real test is to see how long it takes my husband to notice….

Framebridge, Inc. was founded in 2014 by Susan Tynan, Framebridge aims to take away the cost and hassle of traditional custom framing – the upselling, the overwhelming selection of styles and the multiple trips to the store – by offering a limitedselection of frames, inspired by current interior design trends, online and through an iPhone app. For more information visit www.framebridge.com or follow Framebridge on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

This review is based on opinions of the reviewer.  Emma Westchester was provided with framing free of charge by Framebridge in exchange for an honest review.  No other type of compensation was received for this review.