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Fall Reading Selections

Fall Reading Selections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

“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.”

Gardening 101:  Thursdays in July

Gardening 101: Thursdays in July

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

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

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

 

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

madeline.sulla@foodbankforwestchester.org

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

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LOLA New York – Now Open in Tuckahoe

LOLA New York – Now Open in Tuckahoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cristin Grogan

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cristin Grogan

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

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

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

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

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)

DeskGlam is #PrettyProductivity

DeskGlam is #PrettyProductivity

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DeskGlam is a wonderful new monthly subscription box service that just launched and Emma Westchester was lucky enough to receive one of their May boxes before they SOLD OUT.  Sign up to get on their waiting list for next month’s subscription boxes.  When you are ready to place your order make sure you use “DESKGLAMVIP” at checkout to receive a special 10% discount as an Emma Westchester reader.

 

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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/