B”SD INTRODUC TOR PRICE! Y $1.99 For a lifestyle in the know. HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO 27 GENIUS LIFE HACKS SIMPLE ROOM MAKEOVER: DRAB TO FAB 5 IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY TIPS THE TRUTH ABOUT SARNO’S METHOD + NEW BBQ RECIPES YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE! THE SECRET TO RECONCILING WITH YOUR CHILDHOOD MOMMY DAY CAMP? TIPS FOR ACTIVITIES ON A BUDGET SLEEP BETTER STARTING TONIGHT July 2015 | Issue 6
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Ad EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen sandbox-marketing.com COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor Completely Customizable Swings & Playsets RESIDENTIAL AND SETS STARTING AT 319 $ COMMERCIAL ECONOMY WOOD • DELUXE WOOD • SUPERIOR VINYL C O N TA C T U S TO D AY TO PL A N Y O U R S E T 516.666.8866 845.422.8566 732.746.0315 f Loads oies r s Acces&o ns Add-Omize t to Cusoor Yu t Playse FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY over 1000 Happy Customers SINCE 2005 MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Sari Reiss PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES August Issue: July 28 info@swingitplaysets.com www.swingitplaysets.com CALL FOR OUR SON 2015 SEA RE BROCHU 2 | fyimagazineny.com Shevy Gross shevygphotography@gmail.com @shevygphotography fied ny satis r ma Join ou s e town n fiv y Brookl! and ers Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of artlices or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. custom icon DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 844-534-icon (4266) | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM | WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM
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Ad EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen sandbox-marketing.com COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor Completely Customizable Swings & Playsets RESIDENTIAL AND SETS STARTING AT 319 $ COMMERCIAL ECONOMY WOOD • DELUXE WOOD • SUPERIOR VINYL C O N TA C T U S TO D AY TO PL A N Y O U R S E T 516.666.8866 845.422.8566 732.746.0315 f Loads oies r s Acces&o ns Add-Omize t to Cusoor Yu t Playse FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY over 1000 Happy Customers SINCE 2005 MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Sari Reiss PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES August Issue: July 28 info@swingitplaysets.com www.swingitplaysets.com CALL FOR OUR SON 2015 SEA RE BROCHU 2 | fyimagazineny.com Shevy Gross shevygphotography@gmail.com @shevygphotography fied ny satis r ma Join ou s e town n fiv y Brookl! and ers Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of artlices or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. custom icon DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 844-534-icon (4266) | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM | WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM
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THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS KITCHEN · CABINETS · TILE · COUNTERTOPS · CUSTOM CLOSETS Ad contents july 2015 on the cover fall in love with life 40 | SHOP GUIDE Trends you need to know about 69 | HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO 64 | 27 GENIUS LIFE HACKS 43 | REVEALING Drugstore Dupes vs High End Splurges 62 | SIMPLE ROOM MAKEOVER: DRAB TO FAB get a handle on it 55 | 5 IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY TIPS 58 | EXPERTISE Organize your home office 28 | THE SECRET TO RECONCILING WITH YOUR CHILDHOOD 68 | GETTING TO KNOW Your Spice Rack 81 | NEW BBQ RECIPES YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE! you gotta know 13 | LOWDOWN Ticks and Lyme Disease FREE CONSULTATION WITH DESIGNER 20 | GET A GRIP Say goodbye to dinner drama 17 | TRIED & TESTED Spiralizers recipes just ask 30 | YOUR VOICE What is something you believe that most people disagree with you about? 32 | ONEYWISE M What’s your secret number? 34 | QUICKFIX Your Homemaking Problems Solved 82 | APPETIZER Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce 83 | SIDE DISH Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil 84 | MAIN COURSE Kofta Burgers 85 | DESSERT Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten-Free) in your business WE WORK WITH YOUR CONTRACTORS AND INTERIOR DESIGNER BRING IN YOUR DESIGNER OR CONTRACTOR & RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT features 72 | ADVICE Ask Maurice Should my husband be my partner? 93 | SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS Mommy day camp on a budget 77 | PRODUCTIVITY GOALS Time Management 80 | MARKETING MISTAKES 690 CENTRAL AVE. · CEDARHURST 1736 RICHMOND AVE. · STATEN ISLAND 516.218.2840 Avoid these at all costs 718.208.4273 (INSIDE CASILE TILE) WWW.INHAUSKB.C OM 5 | fyimagazineny.com 97 | SARNO’S METHOD Can your mind heal your body?
THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS  KITCHEN    CABINETS    TILE    COUNTERTOPS    CUSTOM CLOSETS Ad  contents...
THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS KITCHEN · CABINETS · TILE · COUNTERTOPS · CUSTOM CLOSETS Ad contents july 2015 on the cover fall in love with life 40 | SHOP GUIDE Trends you need to know about 69 | HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO 64 | 27 GENIUS LIFE HACKS 43 | REVEALING Drugstore Dupes vs High End Splurges 62 | SIMPLE ROOM MAKEOVER: DRAB TO FAB get a handle on it 55 | 5 IMPORTANT POOL SAFETY TIPS 58 | EXPERTISE Organize your home office 28 | THE SECRET TO RECONCILING WITH YOUR CHILDHOOD 68 | GETTING TO KNOW Your Spice Rack 81 | NEW BBQ RECIPES YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE! you gotta know 13 | LOWDOWN Ticks and Lyme Disease FREE CONSULTATION WITH DESIGNER 20 | GET A GRIP Say goodbye to dinner drama 17 | TRIED & TESTED Spiralizers recipes just ask 30 | YOUR VOICE What is something you believe that most people disagree with you about? 32 | ONEYWISE M What’s your secret number? 34 | QUICKFIX Your Homemaking Problems Solved 82 | APPETIZER Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce 83 | SIDE DISH Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil 84 | MAIN COURSE Kofta Burgers 85 | DESSERT Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten-Free) in your business WE WORK WITH YOUR CONTRACTORS AND INTERIOR DESIGNER BRING IN YOUR DESIGNER OR CONTRACTOR & RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT features 72 | ADVICE Ask Maurice Should my husband be my partner? 93 | SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS Mommy day camp on a budget 77 | PRODUCTIVITY GOALS Time Management 80 | MARKETING MISTAKES 690 CENTRAL AVE. · CEDARHURST 1736 RICHMOND AVE. · STATEN ISLAND 516.218.2840 Avoid these at all costs 718.208.4273 (INSIDE CASILE TILE) WWW.INHAUSKB.C OM 5 | fyimagazineny.com 97 | SARNO’S METHOD Can your mind heal your body?
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editor’s note A few weeks ago, my sisters and I planned a group night out. It had been a long time since we’ve all been out together; therefore, we wanted to do something memorable and exciting, yet cost effective and not too time-consuming. We were debating our many options- with food being the most popular choice, of course. In the end, we decided to do a paint night. It was better than I had expected and I learnt a few things about myself, too. I would never have believed that I could paint something so intricate and beautiful. I also learned that painting is therapeutic and therefore something I plan on doing more of in the near future. Loren Minsky’s article on bringing out your artistic side reveals just that. We need to bring out our inner child every now and then, and this is something we can practice this month to take care of ourselves. I love a great lifehack; therefore, I had to share my favorite ones with all my readers. They really do work! Summer vacation is upon us; it’s a great time to get away for a little while. I can say confidently that packing is not my strong suit. I am constantly over-packing and over-stuffing. “How To Pack Like a Pro” by Sara Ansbacher is a must-read for any traveler. Learn how to pack correctly and efficiently. Our new business section has received such wonderful feedback! Check out our new marketing column which will encompass different areas of monthly marketing tips. Have you ever been to a business meeting that was efficient, useful, and helpful? Apparently this is an uncommon phenomenon. We give you “7 Tips to Run an Effective Meeting” in these pages. You may have heard about spiralizers, which are used to create vegetable pasta. It’s all the rage right now. There are so many new foods you can create with this simple tool. Like most, you may be confused about which spiralizer to purchase. We give you the lowdown on the top spiralizers to help you out. Something else we all may need more of is sleep. “Sleep Better Starting Tonight,” written by Dini Harris, includes practical tips and information that will actually help you catch more zzz’s. Makeup is something that helps us look our best (when we are lacking sleep for example) but most of the time, it comes with a large price tag. Is it really necessary to be spending so much money? Batya Hess breaks it down for us in her fun and informative article “Drugstore Dupes vs. High End Splurge.” There are so many more great articles in this issue: simple room makeover, delicious BBQ recipes, everything you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease, and so much more. Go ahead and take a look, and enjoy! Thank you all so much for taking the time to send me your feedback. I really appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you. Yitty Denciger editor@fyimagazineny.com FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE 6 | fyimagazineny.com letters to the editor : yitty suggests I really enjoyed the article on creating a better relationship with your in-laws. However, the title sounded a little demeaning. “Managing” in-laws isn’t really a title with a positive connotation. No one wants to be “managed.” Just a thought I wanted to point out. Thanks for a beautiful magazine. Y. H. Monroe, NY “Use a spiralizer to create delicious healthful dishes for your family” pg. 17 “This mirror will wow your family and friends and they would never guess what it’s made of!” pg. 66 “I love a good life hack. It makes life that much simpler” pg. 65 “These cookie smore’s are the most perfect dessert for the entire family. Even better, they’re gluten free!” pg. 85 What an amazing magazine you put together! It's obvious that you put a tremendous amount of hard work into it. Kudos! Miriam M. Passaic, NJ My husband brought home this new magazine. I didn't as much as glance at it, to confess the truth. Until he came skipping down the stairs pointing out his ingenuity in buying FYI. He studied the article "The More You Know" until he knew it by heart. We were about to meet with the board of directors of the cottage settlement we were contemplating getting into. Needless to say, he stood his ground at the meeting and got himself some perks to gloat about the entire summer! Since then, the magazine has not left my side! It is so chock full of information and more information and even more information! I loved the Susan Strauss Design children’s room! We are going to decorate our kids' bedroom like it! I hope you make it into the homes of everyone looking to learn and grow: it's such an amazing read. Loads of success on your upcoming issues! Faigy Stern-Balinsky Monsey, NY P.S. I phoned my mother-in-law for the first time in many months, thanks to your article! It was relieving! As I said, you have a wonderful magazine! This magazine is so good. You have encompassed so much within, and it is so relatable. The Jewish world needs a light and informational magazine. The nail polish article really opened my eyes to the dangers of manicures. I was also impressed with Surie Frenkel’s answer on how to eliminate a codependent relationship; she answered spectacularly. I really enjoyed the fashion section, too. Being big into fashion myself, I found it to be very concise and to the point. Michal Levine Toronto, Ontario 7 | fyimagazineny.com B”SD For a lifestyle in the know. 6 MAKEUP SWAPS FOR SUMMER FASHION FINDS INTRODUC TORY PRICE! $1.99 GREAT VACATIONS FOR ANY AGE EASY STEPS TO A HOME MAKEOVER HOW TO BEAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES 21 USES FOR BAKING SODA + NEW BUSINESS SECTION! HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORKING FROM HOME ASK MAURICE June 2015 | Issue 5 FYI MAGAZINE | The egg tip mentioned in “Your Homemaking Problems, Solved” column is a winner! This dilemma is something I constantly deal with - I’m never quite sure if my eggs are still fresh. Thanks for the trick! Rivka Weiss Cedarhurst, NY I was disturbed by a comment in the “Your Voice” column in the June issue. The commentator said “I believe it's very important as parents to apologize to your kids if you make a mistake…children learn by example.” I strongly disagree. The above can mislead children to believe that they can disobey their parents and that their parents don’t know best. In my opinion, this is a dangerous thing to do. Anonymous Lakewood, NJ 1
editor   s note A few weeks ago, my sisters and I planned a group night out. It had been a long time since we   ve all bee...
editor’s note A few weeks ago, my sisters and I planned a group night out. It had been a long time since we’ve all been out together; therefore, we wanted to do something memorable and exciting, yet cost effective and not too time-consuming. We were debating our many options- with food being the most popular choice, of course. In the end, we decided to do a paint night. It was better than I had expected and I learnt a few things about myself, too. I would never have believed that I could paint something so intricate and beautiful. I also learned that painting is therapeutic and therefore something I plan on doing more of in the near future. Loren Minsky’s article on bringing out your artistic side reveals just that. We need to bring out our inner child every now and then, and this is something we can practice this month to take care of ourselves. I love a great lifehack; therefore, I had to share my favorite ones with all my readers. They really do work! Summer vacation is upon us; it’s a great time to get away for a little while. I can say confidently that packing is not my strong suit. I am constantly over-packing and over-stuffing. “How To Pack Like a Pro” by Sara Ansbacher is a must-read for any traveler. Learn how to pack correctly and efficiently. Our new business section has received such wonderful feedback! Check out our new marketing column which will encompass different areas of monthly marketing tips. Have you ever been to a business meeting that was efficient, useful, and helpful? Apparently this is an uncommon phenomenon. We give you “7 Tips to Run an Effective Meeting” in these pages. You may have heard about spiralizers, which are used to create vegetable pasta. It’s all the rage right now. There are so many new foods you can create with this simple tool. Like most, you may be confused about which spiralizer to purchase. We give you the lowdown on the top spiralizers to help you out. Something else we all may need more of is sleep. “Sleep Better Starting Tonight,” written by Dini Harris, includes practical tips and information that will actually help you catch more zzz’s. Makeup is something that helps us look our best (when we are lacking sleep for example) but most of the time, it comes with a large price tag. Is it really necessary to be spending so much money? Batya Hess breaks it down for us in her fun and informative article “Drugstore Dupes vs. High End Splurge.” There are so many more great articles in this issue: simple room makeover, delicious BBQ recipes, everything you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease, and so much more. Go ahead and take a look, and enjoy! Thank you all so much for taking the time to send me your feedback. I really appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you. Yitty Denciger editor@fyimagazineny.com FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE 6 | fyimagazineny.com letters to the editor : yitty suggests I really enjoyed the article on creating a better relationship with your in-laws. However, the title sounded a little demeaning. “Managing” in-laws isn’t really a title with a positive connotation. No one wants to be “managed.” Just a thought I wanted to point out. Thanks for a beautiful magazine. Y. H. Monroe, NY “Use a spiralizer to create delicious healthful dishes for your family” pg. 17 “This mirror will wow your family and friends and they would never guess what it’s made of!” pg. 66 “I love a good life hack. It makes life that much simpler” pg. 65 “These cookie smore’s are the most perfect dessert for the entire family. Even better, they’re gluten free!” pg. 85 What an amazing magazine you put together! It's obvious that you put a tremendous amount of hard work into it. Kudos! Miriam M. Passaic, NJ My husband brought home this new magazine. I didn't as much as glance at it, to confess the truth. Until he came skipping down the stairs pointing out his ingenuity in buying FYI. He studied the article "The More You Know" until he knew it by heart. We were about to meet with the board of directors of the cottage settlement we were contemplating getting into. Needless to say, he stood his ground at the meeting and got himself some perks to gloat about the entire summer! Since then, the magazine has not left my side! It is so chock full of information and more information and even more information! I loved the Susan Strauss Design children’s room! We are going to decorate our kids' bedroom like it! I hope you make it into the homes of everyone looking to learn and grow: it's such an amazing read. Loads of success on your upcoming issues! Faigy Stern-Balinsky Monsey, NY P.S. I phoned my mother-in-law for the first time in many months, thanks to your article! It was relieving! As I said, you have a wonderful magazine! This magazine is so good. You have encompassed so much within, and it is so relatable. The Jewish world needs a light and informational magazine. The nail polish article really opened my eyes to the dangers of manicures. I was also impressed with Surie Frenkel’s answer on how to eliminate a codependent relationship; she answered spectacularly. I really enjoyed the fashion section, too. Being big into fashion myself, I found it to be very concise and to the point. Michal Levine Toronto, Ontario 7 | fyimagazineny.com B”SD For a lifestyle in the know. 6 MAKEUP SWAPS FOR SUMMER FASHION FINDS INTRODUC TORY PRICE! $1.99 GREAT VACATIONS FOR ANY AGE EASY STEPS TO A HOME MAKEOVER HOW TO BEAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES 21 USES FOR BAKING SODA + NEW BUSINESS SECTION! HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORKING FROM HOME ASK MAURICE June 2015 | Issue 5 FYI MAGAZINE | The egg tip mentioned in “Your Homemaking Problems, Solved” column is a winner! This dilemma is something I constantly deal with - I’m never quite sure if my eggs are still fresh. Thanks for the trick! Rivka Weiss Cedarhurst, NY I was disturbed by a comment in the “Your Voice” column in the June issue. The commentator said “I believe it's very important as parents to apologize to your kids if you make a mistake…children learn by example.” I strongly disagree. The above can mislead children to believe that they can disobey their parents and that their parents don’t know best. In my opinion, this is a dangerous thing to do. Anonymous Lakewood, NJ 1
editor   s note A few weeks ago, my sisters and I planned a group night out. It had been a long time since we   ve all bee...
featured contributors Q&A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH’S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS SHEVY GROSS Photographer MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ERIKA PRAFDER REBECCA BLUE Writer Personal Trainer Writer I feel my best when...I start my day by going to the gym. My favorite indulgence... is a runny chocolate soufflé with whip and ice cream, or when in health mode, arugula and beet salad with warm goat cheese and pine nuts. I wish someone would ask me...to join them on a world tour. That way I get to see the world! I feel best when…I'm relaxing with my family. My favorite indulgence is...candy! You are never too old for candy. I wish someone would ask me…to write their biography. My favorite ice breaker question...What is the one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime? I feel my best when... my life is in balance. My favorite indulgence is…long, uninterrupted baths. I wish someone would ask me to…be a back-up singer for a major pop star - just for a night! My favorite icebreaker questions is...So, how did you wind up here? My favorite ice breaker question...If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? I feel my best when... I can help others accomplish their fitness goals. My favorite indulgence is …. (would be) music. I appreciate all kinds of music. Music puts a smile on my face and sets my mood to a higher degree of happiness. The vacation of your dreams up to $10 ,000 I wish someone would ask me to... star in a Broadway show. It's always been a dream of mine to act and sing on the Broadway stage. My favorite icebreaker question is... Do you have kids? Drawing Date October 13th Here’s how it works: BUY SEND WIN! Purchase 8 of any Mehadrin ice cream or ices products.* Email receipt images to: win@mehadrinfan.com Scan or snap a photo of your receipt(s), or hold onto them. Or mail the receipts to: Mehadrin Win, 694 Myrtle Ave, Suite 389, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Receipts must show proof of purchase of 8 Mehadrin ice cream or ices products.* Multiple entries welcome Every submission must have a clearly visible name, address and phone number Choose the destination of your dreams, pack your bags, and bon voyage! Yup, that simple. Now don’t turn up your nose with a “I never win” THIS TIME YOU JUST MIGHT! *Excludes all individual ice cream bars and ices. 8 | fyimagazineny.com 9 | fyimagazineny.com
featured contributors Q A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH   S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS  SHEVY GROSS Photographer  MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ...
featured contributors Q&A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH’S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS SHEVY GROSS Photographer MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ERIKA PRAFDER REBECCA BLUE Writer Personal Trainer Writer I feel my best when...I start my day by going to the gym. My favorite indulgence... is a runny chocolate soufflé with whip and ice cream, or when in health mode, arugula and beet salad with warm goat cheese and pine nuts. I wish someone would ask me...to join them on a world tour. That way I get to see the world! I feel best when…I'm relaxing with my family. My favorite indulgence is...candy! You are never too old for candy. I wish someone would ask me…to write their biography. My favorite ice breaker question...What is the one goal you would like to accomplish in your lifetime? I feel my best when... my life is in balance. My favorite indulgence is…long, uninterrupted baths. I wish someone would ask me to…be a back-up singer for a major pop star - just for a night! My favorite icebreaker questions is...So, how did you wind up here? My favorite ice breaker question...If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? I feel my best when... I can help others accomplish their fitness goals. My favorite indulgence is …. (would be) music. I appreciate all kinds of music. Music puts a smile on my face and sets my mood to a higher degree of happiness. The vacation of your dreams up to $10 ,000 I wish someone would ask me to... star in a Broadway show. It's always been a dream of mine to act and sing on the Broadway stage. My favorite icebreaker question is... Do you have kids? Drawing Date October 13th Here’s how it works: BUY SEND WIN! Purchase 8 of any Mehadrin ice cream or ices products.* Email receipt images to: win@mehadrinfan.com Scan or snap a photo of your receipt(s), or hold onto them. Or mail the receipts to: Mehadrin Win, 694 Myrtle Ave, Suite 389, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Receipts must show proof of purchase of 8 Mehadrin ice cream or ices products.* Multiple entries welcome Every submission must have a clearly visible name, address and phone number Choose the destination of your dreams, pack your bags, and bon voyage! Yup, that simple. Now don’t turn up your nose with a “I never win” THIS TIME YOU JUST MIGHT! *Excludes all individual ice cream bars and ices. 8 | fyimagazineny.com 9 | fyimagazineny.com
featured contributors Q A WITH FOUR OF THIS MONTH   S TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS  SHEVY GROSS Photographer  MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ...
ADVERTISEMENT you gotta know pg 24 LET’S CHILL WITH MEHADRIN Outdoor Toys for Under $500 Now here is another reason to love Mehadrin! Besides for bringing you the most delicious and creamiest variety of luscious ice creams and mouthwatering ices ever, Mehadrin now is offering you the vacation of your dreams! pg It is simple. Next time you shop for a Mehadrin (of course Mehadrin - who else?) ice cream or ices purchase, hold onto the receipt or snap a photo of it. You just need 8 purchases and the receipt(s) to back it up to enter our drawing. Ah yes, you buy more than 8 of Mehadrin’s huge variety of ice cream and ices per summer? Mehadrin’s line of ice cream and ices are irresistible, after all. That’s why we allow you multiple entries, as long as you provide us with previously unused receipts to prove any 8 of Mehadrin’s ice cream or ices purchases. Told you it’s simple! Now let’s talk about the prize. Oh, and what a prize! You can choose any destination. Anywhere at all! Well, don’t choose Iraq or Dubai, but Mehadrin will fund your dream trip up to $10,000! Yup, $10,000!!!! Now what are you waiting for? Let’s party and bring on the ice cream! Bon Apetit! *Ice cream tubs or family boxes of any ices or ice cream bars only. 10 | fyimagazineny.com 20 Say Goodbye to Dinner Drama 13 “Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing Infectious Diseases in the U.S.” - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TICKS AND LYME DISEASE
ADVERTISEMENT  you gotta know pg  24  LET   S CHILL WITH MEHADRIN  Outdoor Toys for Under  500  Now here is another reason...
ADVERTISEMENT you gotta know pg 24 LET’S CHILL WITH MEHADRIN Outdoor Toys for Under $500 Now here is another reason to love Mehadrin! Besides for bringing you the most delicious and creamiest variety of luscious ice creams and mouthwatering ices ever, Mehadrin now is offering you the vacation of your dreams! pg It is simple. Next time you shop for a Mehadrin (of course Mehadrin - who else?) ice cream or ices purchase, hold onto the receipt or snap a photo of it. You just need 8 purchases and the receipt(s) to back it up to enter our drawing. Ah yes, you buy more than 8 of Mehadrin’s huge variety of ice cream and ices per summer? Mehadrin’s line of ice cream and ices are irresistible, after all. That’s why we allow you multiple entries, as long as you provide us with previously unused receipts to prove any 8 of Mehadrin’s ice cream or ices purchases. Told you it’s simple! Now let’s talk about the prize. Oh, and what a prize! You can choose any destination. Anywhere at all! Well, don’t choose Iraq or Dubai, but Mehadrin will fund your dream trip up to $10,000! Yup, $10,000!!!! Now what are you waiting for? Let’s party and bring on the ice cream! Bon Apetit! *Ice cream tubs or family boxes of any ices or ice cream bars only. 10 | fyimagazineny.com 20 Say Goodbye to Dinner Drama 13 “Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing Infectious Diseases in the U.S.” - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TICKS AND LYME DISEASE
ADVERTISEMENT  you gotta know pg  24  LET   S CHILL WITH MEHADRIN  Outdoor Toys for Under  500  Now here is another reason...
you gotta know you gotta know everything you need to know about TICKS & LYME DISEASE The summer has just arrived and many parents have already called me to report suspicious rashes that their kids have developed, and the possibility that they are infected with “Lyme Disease.” WRITTEN BY DR. DAVID SIMAI Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing Infectious Diseases in the U.S. The State of New York, being in the Northeastern U.S., is a prime breeding ground for Lyme Disease. The reason this disease is so detrimental is because if left undetected, it can spread to two major organs: namely the heart and the brain, where it can leave irreversible damage. Let’s go over the basic facts about this important disease. First, it has an interesting cycle in nature. The most common bacterium that is the main culprit of the disease type in the U.S. is called Borrelia Burgdorferi. These bacteria are commonly found in dead rodents and subsequently carried over via deer ticks to infect humans. These ticks multiply best on the skin of certain types of deer (hence the name “deer ticks”). How can you or your child contract Lyme Disease? Deer ticks can be found on any open field, especially in tall grass. Camping, hiking, or even simply lying down on the grass for a few minutes can expose us to these dangerous ticks. 12 | fyimagazineny.com 13 | fyimagazineny.com
you gotta know  you gotta know  everything you need to know about  TICKS   LYME DISEASE The summer has just arrived and ma...
you gotta know you gotta know everything you need to know about TICKS & LYME DISEASE The summer has just arrived and many parents have already called me to report suspicious rashes that their kids have developed, and the possibility that they are infected with “Lyme Disease.” WRITTEN BY DR. DAVID SIMAI Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing Infectious Diseases in the U.S. The State of New York, being in the Northeastern U.S., is a prime breeding ground for Lyme Disease. The reason this disease is so detrimental is because if left undetected, it can spread to two major organs: namely the heart and the brain, where it can leave irreversible damage. Let’s go over the basic facts about this important disease. First, it has an interesting cycle in nature. The most common bacterium that is the main culprit of the disease type in the U.S. is called Borrelia Burgdorferi. These bacteria are commonly found in dead rodents and subsequently carried over via deer ticks to infect humans. These ticks multiply best on the skin of certain types of deer (hence the name “deer ticks”). How can you or your child contract Lyme Disease? Deer ticks can be found on any open field, especially in tall grass. Camping, hiking, or even simply lying down on the grass for a few minutes can expose us to these dangerous ticks. 12 | fyimagazineny.com 13 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know WRITTEN BY LEAH BERG LOCATING THE TICK After enjoying your outdoor activities, thoroughly check yourself and your kids for any ticks. Deer ticks are usually very small, about the size of a sesame seed! Please check carefully in areas where the skin is exposed: the scalp (especially behind the ears), neck, hands and feet. Here, I would like to break some good news: 1. Large ticks are usually dog ticks that do not contain the harmful bacteria. 2. It takes about 24 hours for the deer tick to transfer its bacteria to humans. Therefore, if you find small, sesame-sized ticks on your child right after a trip, he may not have been infected yet. 3. Midsize Ticks - these can be ticks that rested on your child a little too long (they grow larger because they actually feed on our blood and grow). I would suggest saving these ticks after removal and showing them to your physician. REMOVING THE TICK This step is very important. I have had many parents bring me “parts and pieces” of ticks, or who accidentally left a piece of the tick’s mouth or head stuck in their child’s skin. • Generally, the recommended method is simply to pull the tick out with fine tweezers as close to the skin as possible, without twisting or jerking. Avoid crushing the body of the tick or removing its head, thereby leaving it stuck in the skin. • If you must use your fingers for this operation, cover them with a clean tissue during this procedure and wash them after the tick has been removed. • Wash the bite with antibacterial soap and place the tick in a sealed plastic container marked with the date, in case the tick is later needed for confirmation of the illness. • Resist using other methods to free the tick from the body (i.e. applying a soapy cotton ball, petroleum jelly, nail polish or a hot match on the tick). These methods may actually stimulate the tick to quickly inject its harmful bacteria into the body. GENERAL SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE IN EARLY STAGES • Flu Like Symptoms. Fevers, chills, muscle soreness and fatigue in the first days or weeks after the tick bite. • Bull’s-eye Rash, aka Erythema Migrans. Luckily, in about 80% of infected patients, within 3-30 days after the tick bite, the body will show a distinctive rash that can be easily identified as Lyme Disease. The rash is red and circular, outwardly expanding and usually painless. Classically, the innermost portion remains dark red and the outer edge remains red; the portion in between clears, giving the appearance of a bull’s-eye (see attached picture). The rash can appear anywhere on the body, not just in the vicinity of the tick bite. I must say that Lyme Disease, like other diseases, does not always follow the textbook description. I you see a rash that is suspicious, even if it doesn’t resemble the classic rash of Lyme Disease, be safe and show it to your physician. • Joint Swelling/ Lyme Arthritis. In our area, where Lyme Disease is endemic (prevalent), consider Lyme Disease with any joint swelling that can not be fully accounted for by other causes. The swelling occurs most commonly on the knees, followed by the ankles, hips and elbows. • Headaches. Usually Lyme Disease is caught long before it spreads to the brain. Lyme Disease can cause persistent headaches with or without fevers. 14 | fyimagazineny.com LATE SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE Neurological & Cardiac Deficits can cause: • “Bell’s Palsy” which paralyzes the facial muscle on one or both sides of the face and leaves the distinctive “facial droop.” • Polyneuropathy - involves shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet. • A neurologic syndrome called “Lyme Encephalopathy” is associated with subtle cognitive problems, such as difficulties with concentration and short-term memory. • Heart Block - If Lyme Disease spreads to the heart, a person may feel an irregular or slow heartbeat (Rarely, this may happen in the early stages of the disease). Diagnosing Lyme Disease can be tricky, so please partner with your physician to prevent it from affecting you and yours. If caught early, Lyme Disease can be treated with a course of a simple antibiotic such as Amoxycillin. Dr. David Simai is a board certified pediatrician in his private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. He is also an attending physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com these decisions are made quickly and instinctively, without much thought. Most people don’t have time to analyze what they’re eating or whether or not they’re full and should put down the fork. Instead, the CAN approach suggests rearranging one’s environment so that it will lead to more healthful food choices without having to think about them . So how do you put the principles of CAN into practice? the CAN approach Do you wish you could choose healthy food over junk food, but just can’t seem to do it? New research from Cornell University has found that a CAN approach is the way to a successful diet. After reviewing more than 100 studies, researchers conclude that there are three things that help people choose healthier foods: they must be Convenient, Attractive, or Normal. The study, published in the May issue of Psychology and Marketing, suggests that the CAN approach is more effective than telling people what they are not allowed to eat, or expecting them to rely on willpower to resist tempting food. Although willpower alone may work for some people, about 95% of “willpower” diets fail. A typical person makes approximately 200 + food-related decisions per day, according to the study. The majority of CONVENIENT The first step is to make nutritious food choices convenient. For example, at home, place a fruit bowl within two feet of where people walk most often, and have at least two options of fruit availablesuch as apples and bananas. Another suggestion is to keep the fruit bowl near your car keys. This will remind you to grab a fruit as you head out the door, providing a healthy and convenient option if you get hungry while you’re out. Aside from the fruit bowl, stock your fridge with fruits and veggies which are easily accessible and ready to eat. Prepared, cut-up produce makes it easy to grab a container when hunger strikes. ATTRACTIVE. In addition to being convenient, healthy choices should look attractive. A fruit bowl on the counter is not only expedient, it also looks good. It certainly pleases 15 | fyimagazineny.com the eye more than when it’s out of sight in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator. If you want to easily choose healthy foods over unhealthy ones, make the healthy choices look as appealing and delicious as possible. NORMAL Lastly, make healthy food choices part of your normal routine. By making nutritious foods easily accessible and readily available, you alter your standards, and eating them becomes a habit. If you rearrange things so that when you come home, you can grab a piece of fruit instead of cookies or chips, then before you know it, fruit will become your normal snack. The CAN approach works in reverse for the less healthy food options. Make them less convenient, less attractive, and less normal. For example, one researcher reported that in his household, less nutritious snacks are kept in the laundry room, where they are easily forgotten. The CAN approach is practical and makes perfect sense. One should make healthy foods easy to choose and consume. Make it difficult for yourself to eat unhealthily and then, healthy foods will become your go-to choice. Leah Berg is a registered dietician and provides nutritional counseling for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. leahbrg@gmail.com
you gotta know  you gotta know WRITTEN BY LEAH BERG  LOCATING THE TICK After enjoying your outdoor activities, thoroughly ...
you gotta know you gotta know WRITTEN BY LEAH BERG LOCATING THE TICK After enjoying your outdoor activities, thoroughly check yourself and your kids for any ticks. Deer ticks are usually very small, about the size of a sesame seed! Please check carefully in areas where the skin is exposed: the scalp (especially behind the ears), neck, hands and feet. Here, I would like to break some good news: 1. Large ticks are usually dog ticks that do not contain the harmful bacteria. 2. It takes about 24 hours for the deer tick to transfer its bacteria to humans. Therefore, if you find small, sesame-sized ticks on your child right after a trip, he may not have been infected yet. 3. Midsize Ticks - these can be ticks that rested on your child a little too long (they grow larger because they actually feed on our blood and grow). I would suggest saving these ticks after removal and showing them to your physician. REMOVING THE TICK This step is very important. I have had many parents bring me “parts and pieces” of ticks, or who accidentally left a piece of the tick’s mouth or head stuck in their child’s skin. • Generally, the recommended method is simply to pull the tick out with fine tweezers as close to the skin as possible, without twisting or jerking. Avoid crushing the body of the tick or removing its head, thereby leaving it stuck in the skin. • If you must use your fingers for this operation, cover them with a clean tissue during this procedure and wash them after the tick has been removed. • Wash the bite with antibacterial soap and place the tick in a sealed plastic container marked with the date, in case the tick is later needed for confirmation of the illness. • Resist using other methods to free the tick from the body (i.e. applying a soapy cotton ball, petroleum jelly, nail polish or a hot match on the tick). These methods may actually stimulate the tick to quickly inject its harmful bacteria into the body. GENERAL SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE IN EARLY STAGES • Flu Like Symptoms. Fevers, chills, muscle soreness and fatigue in the first days or weeks after the tick bite. • Bull’s-eye Rash, aka Erythema Migrans. Luckily, in about 80% of infected patients, within 3-30 days after the tick bite, the body will show a distinctive rash that can be easily identified as Lyme Disease. The rash is red and circular, outwardly expanding and usually painless. Classically, the innermost portion remains dark red and the outer edge remains red; the portion in between clears, giving the appearance of a bull’s-eye (see attached picture). The rash can appear anywhere on the body, not just in the vicinity of the tick bite. I must say that Lyme Disease, like other diseases, does not always follow the textbook description. I you see a rash that is suspicious, even if it doesn’t resemble the classic rash of Lyme Disease, be safe and show it to your physician. • Joint Swelling/ Lyme Arthritis. In our area, where Lyme Disease is endemic (prevalent), consider Lyme Disease with any joint swelling that can not be fully accounted for by other causes. The swelling occurs most commonly on the knees, followed by the ankles, hips and elbows. • Headaches. Usually Lyme Disease is caught long before it spreads to the brain. Lyme Disease can cause persistent headaches with or without fevers. 14 | fyimagazineny.com LATE SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE Neurological & Cardiac Deficits can cause: • “Bell’s Palsy” which paralyzes the facial muscle on one or both sides of the face and leaves the distinctive “facial droop.” • Polyneuropathy - involves shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet. • A neurologic syndrome called “Lyme Encephalopathy” is associated with subtle cognitive problems, such as difficulties with concentration and short-term memory. • Heart Block - If Lyme Disease spreads to the heart, a person may feel an irregular or slow heartbeat (Rarely, this may happen in the early stages of the disease). Diagnosing Lyme Disease can be tricky, so please partner with your physician to prevent it from affecting you and yours. If caught early, Lyme Disease can be treated with a course of a simple antibiotic such as Amoxycillin. Dr. David Simai is a board certified pediatrician in his private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. He is also an attending physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com these decisions are made quickly and instinctively, without much thought. Most people don’t have time to analyze what they’re eating or whether or not they’re full and should put down the fork. Instead, the CAN approach suggests rearranging one’s environment so that it will lead to more healthful food choices without having to think about them . So how do you put the principles of CAN into practice? the CAN approach Do you wish you could choose healthy food over junk food, but just can’t seem to do it? New research from Cornell University has found that a CAN approach is the way to a successful diet. After reviewing more than 100 studies, researchers conclude that there are three things that help people choose healthier foods: they must be Convenient, Attractive, or Normal. The study, published in the May issue of Psychology and Marketing, suggests that the CAN approach is more effective than telling people what they are not allowed to eat, or expecting them to rely on willpower to resist tempting food. Although willpower alone may work for some people, about 95% of “willpower” diets fail. A typical person makes approximately 200 + food-related decisions per day, according to the study. The majority of CONVENIENT The first step is to make nutritious food choices convenient. For example, at home, place a fruit bowl within two feet of where people walk most often, and have at least two options of fruit availablesuch as apples and bananas. Another suggestion is to keep the fruit bowl near your car keys. This will remind you to grab a fruit as you head out the door, providing a healthy and convenient option if you get hungry while you’re out. Aside from the fruit bowl, stock your fridge with fruits and veggies which are easily accessible and ready to eat. Prepared, cut-up produce makes it easy to grab a container when hunger strikes. ATTRACTIVE. In addition to being convenient, healthy choices should look attractive. A fruit bowl on the counter is not only expedient, it also looks good. It certainly pleases 15 | fyimagazineny.com the eye more than when it’s out of sight in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator. If you want to easily choose healthy foods over unhealthy ones, make the healthy choices look as appealing and delicious as possible. NORMAL Lastly, make healthy food choices part of your normal routine. By making nutritious foods easily accessible and readily available, you alter your standards, and eating them becomes a habit. If you rearrange things so that when you come home, you can grab a piece of fruit instead of cookies or chips, then before you know it, fruit will become your normal snack. The CAN approach works in reverse for the less healthy food options. Make them less convenient, less attractive, and less normal. For example, one researcher reported that in his household, less nutritious snacks are kept in the laundry room, where they are easily forgotten. The CAN approach is practical and makes perfect sense. One should make healthy foods easy to choose and consume. Make it difficult for yourself to eat unhealthily and then, healthy foods will become your go-to choice. Leah Berg is a registered dietician and provides nutritional counseling for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. leahbrg@gmail.com
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you gotta know you gotta know Product Recalls LA-Z-BOY POWER RECLINER If the user exits the chair without resuming an upright position beforehand, the furniture can tip forward, causing a fall hazard. This recall involves three series: the single-seat recliners, loveseat recliners, and the loveseat with console recliners. These recliners were sold nationwide from January 2015 through March 2015, ranging in prices from $600 to $4,300. Call La-Z-Boy, toll-free at (855) 5929087, for a refund or repair. DR. PRAEGER’S GLUTEN FREE CALIFORNIA VEGGIE BURGER Dr. Praeger’s is recalling 950 cases of their California gluten-free veggie burger as it may contain soy. This poses a risk to consumers who are allergic to soy. There have been no reports of illness or injury. Each box is marked with UPC code 080868000602, lot code F15BC and an expiration date of 5/12/17. J. CREW BABY COVERALLS Snaps on the coveralls can detach, causing a choking hazard to children. This recalled item includes numerous styles, sizes newborn to 2T, in various colors and designs. The coveralls were sold exclusively at J. Crew stores from April 2014 to March 2015. Contact J. Crew for a refund at (800) 261-7422 anytime daily, by email at 24-7@ jcrew.com. tried & tested SPIRALIZERS GEFU Spiralfix ($50) THE GOOD: Has four easy-to-switch settings. Easy to clean and store. Works on almost all fruits and vegetables. THE BAD: Expensive. THE BOTTOM LINE: Best handheld spiralizer. Vegetti ($12) THE GOOD: Dual slicer which cuts thick or thin pasta. It is small which makes it easy to store. Very simple and affordable. Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer ($33) THE GOOD: Includes THE BAD: Hard to clean between the tiny blades. THE BOTTOM LINE: Best bang for your buck. MAKE HEALTHY, TASTY FOOD WITH YOUR SPIRALIZER! three blades which make spaghetti strands, ribbon strands and thick spiral strands. Great quality and easy to use. Potato Noodle Pizza Sesame Cucumber Noodles Curly Fries Zucchini Noodle Soup Kale Waldorf Salad Parsnip Noodles Cucumber Dill Salad Rutabaga Chips Zucchini Fettuccine Broccoli and Carrot Slaw THE BAD: The plastic stains easily, takes up a lot of space, and leaves the core of vegetables. THE BOTTOM LINE: The most functional and multi-use spiralizer. Find these products on fyimagazineny.com Mi Chicas Catering & Events 845-426-0747 www.michicas.com 17 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know Product Recalls LA-Z-BOY POWER RECLINER If the user exits the chair without resuming an upright position beforehand, the furniture can tip forward, causing a fall hazard. This recall involves three series: the single-seat recliners, loveseat recliners, and the loveseat with console recliners. These recliners were sold nationwide from January 2015 through March 2015, ranging in prices from $600 to $4,300. Call La-Z-Boy, toll-free at (855) 5929087, for a refund or repair. DR. PRAEGER’S GLUTEN FREE CALIFORNIA VEGGIE BURGER Dr. Praeger’s is recalling 950 cases of their California gluten-free veggie burger as it may contain soy. This poses a risk to consumers who are allergic to soy. There have been no reports of illness or injury. Each box is marked with UPC code 080868000602, lot code F15BC and an expiration date of 5/12/17. J. CREW BABY COVERALLS Snaps on the coveralls can detach, causing a choking hazard to children. This recalled item includes numerous styles, sizes newborn to 2T, in various colors and designs. The coveralls were sold exclusively at J. Crew stores from April 2014 to March 2015. Contact J. Crew for a refund at (800) 261-7422 anytime daily, by email at 24-7@ jcrew.com. tried & tested SPIRALIZERS GEFU Spiralfix ($50) THE GOOD: Has four easy-to-switch settings. Easy to clean and store. Works on almost all fruits and vegetables. THE BAD: Expensive. THE BOTTOM LINE: Best handheld spiralizer. Vegetti ($12) THE GOOD: Dual slicer which cuts thick or thin pasta. It is small which makes it easy to store. Very simple and affordable. Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer ($33) THE GOOD: Includes THE BAD: Hard to clean between the tiny blades. THE BOTTOM LINE: Best bang for your buck. MAKE HEALTHY, TASTY FOOD WITH YOUR SPIRALIZER! three blades which make spaghetti strands, ribbon strands and thick spiral strands. Great quality and easy to use. Potato Noodle Pizza Sesame Cucumber Noodles Curly Fries Zucchini Noodle Soup Kale Waldorf Salad Parsnip Noodles Cucumber Dill Salad Rutabaga Chips Zucchini Fettuccine Broccoli and Carrot Slaw THE BAD: The plastic stains easily, takes up a lot of space, and leaves the core of vegetables. THE BOTTOM LINE: The most functional and multi-use spiralizer. Find these products on fyimagazineny.com Mi Chicas Catering & Events 845-426-0747 www.michicas.com 17 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! 222 3 Make that 222 million! That’s how many passengers are expected to fly the skies in the US from June 1 to Aug 31. If you are planning to be one of them, don’t expect any empty seats on your flight this summer. Space will be tight. On average, there will be 2.4 million passengers in the skies each day- 4.5 percent more than last summer. 42 Speaking of summer vacation, very few people today take a break from work without checking in on work-related matters. Technology has made it impossible to disconnect entirely! According to a study released by Randstad, an HR consulting firm, 42% of employees said they felt obligated to check their email during vacation—and that they would do so. Technology has not only created a more stressful day-to-day life, it even makes us feel guilty to go on vacation! There are many advantages to working in an ice cream warehouse. And if it happens to be a Ben and Jerry’s, you are especially lucky! Ben and Jerry employees get 3 free pints of ice cream per day. They’re also well paid. The Huffington Post reports that an entry-level Ben & Jerry’s worker earns $15.97 per hour, That’s about double the federal minimum wage. Interestingly, Ben and Jerry’s is around because Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were the two most “unfit” kids at the gym. They first met while running around a track in seventh grade gym class. “We were the two slowest, fattest kids in the class,” Cohen told the Independent. Thanks to that initial meeting, the world now has Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! 3,010 Speaking of ice cream, the biggest ice cream scoop ever weighed 3,010 lbs and was created by the Kemps Ice Cream company of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. For this particular scoop, Kemps used about 733 containers of strawberry ice cream. When it was completed in June 2014, the strawberry flavored ice-cream scoop measured 5’ 6” tall and 6’ 2” wide. Thousands lined up at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival for their free serving of the ice cream during the weekend. ad subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price SUBSCRIB E NOW TO G E T OU R L OW INTRODUC TORY RATE- IT W ON’T L AST LON G! 168 Happy (first) Birthday Verruckt! (That’s not anyone’s great-aunt.) The Verruckt, the largest water slide in the world, opened Memorial Day weekend of 2014. Part of the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, it is a whopping structure at 168 feet tall. The Verruckt is steeper than a ski slope and in such high demand, reservations are necessary to ensure a ride. Riders are required to be at least 54” high and weigh no more than 300 pounds. SUBSCRIBE NOW ONLINE FOR ONLY $3 A MONTH! 18 | fyimagazineny.com 19 | fyimagazineny.com Visit www.fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! 222 3 Make that 222 million! That’s how many passengers are expected to fly the skies in the US from June 1 to Aug 31. If you are planning to be one of them, don’t expect any empty seats on your flight this summer. Space will be tight. On average, there will be 2.4 million passengers in the skies each day- 4.5 percent more than last summer. 42 Speaking of summer vacation, very few people today take a break from work without checking in on work-related matters. Technology has made it impossible to disconnect entirely! According to a study released by Randstad, an HR consulting firm, 42% of employees said they felt obligated to check their email during vacation—and that they would do so. Technology has not only created a more stressful day-to-day life, it even makes us feel guilty to go on vacation! There are many advantages to working in an ice cream warehouse. And if it happens to be a Ben and Jerry’s, you are especially lucky! Ben and Jerry employees get 3 free pints of ice cream per day. They’re also well paid. The Huffington Post reports that an entry-level Ben & Jerry’s worker earns $15.97 per hour, That’s about double the federal minimum wage. Interestingly, Ben and Jerry’s is around because Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were the two most “unfit” kids at the gym. They first met while running around a track in seventh grade gym class. “We were the two slowest, fattest kids in the class,” Cohen told the Independent. Thanks to that initial meeting, the world now has Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! 3,010 Speaking of ice cream, the biggest ice cream scoop ever weighed 3,010 lbs and was created by the Kemps Ice Cream company of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. For this particular scoop, Kemps used about 733 containers of strawberry ice cream. When it was completed in June 2014, the strawberry flavored ice-cream scoop measured 5’ 6” tall and 6’ 2” wide. Thousands lined up at the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival for their free serving of the ice cream during the weekend. ad subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price SUBSCRIB E NOW TO G E T OU R L OW INTRODUC TORY RATE- IT W ON’T L AST LON G! 168 Happy (first) Birthday Verruckt! (That’s not anyone’s great-aunt.) The Verruckt, the largest water slide in the world, opened Memorial Day weekend of 2014. Part of the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, it is a whopping structure at 168 feet tall. The Verruckt is steeper than a ski slope and in such high demand, reservations are necessary to ensure a ride. Riders are required to be at least 54” high and weigh no more than 300 pounds. SUBSCRIBE NOW ONLINE FOR ONLY $3 A MONTH! 18 | fyimagazineny.com 19 | fyimagazineny.com Visit www.fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know dinner without the drama “Many families struggle with keeping order at mealtime. Luckily, I have some amazing tips to help you bring the joy back to dinner.” Linda is not alone. Many families struggle with keeping order at mealtime. Luckily, I have some amazing tips to help you bring the joy back to dinner. 1. SET THE MOOD WITH MUSIC. If a family has small children, a parent can help focus their attention and calm them down by singing simple rhythmical songs before or during mealtime. The repetition will even help the adults in the family to focus and settle down. The same effect can be achieved by using a metronome, reciting a rhyme, or listening to a Quickshift CD.  These are available at the Therapeutic Listening app (Vitalsounds.com), or can be purchased through vitalsounds. com. These specialized compositions, played before or during meals, can help support regulation, centering, and readiness to eat. It can even help fussy kids to be willing to try new foods. LINDA'S STORY: When my young self imagined dinnertime with my future family, I thought of a nicely-set table and three well-behaved kids sitting quietly around it, eating what I had cooked and making polite conversation. Then I had my first kid and my bubble was burst. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM MANELA, OT E mily, the baby in the family, is extremely picky. If a food isn't the texture, color, or temperature she thinks it should be, she will refuse to eat it. Her preschool teacher says she "eats with all her senses." I think it is probably more accurate to say she doesn't eat much because of her senses, but at least she stays seated at the table most of the time, keeping busy touching and exploring the food. Kevin is a kindergartner. We have to constantly remind him to sit while he eats and even when sitting, he is never still. He takes a bite and schmoozes to me about his day as he walks round and round the table, stopping only to refill. He is a very small eater since he is less interested in his food than in what everyone else in the household is doing. Some days, he comes home with an almost-full lunchbox, saying he wasn't hungry and wanted a longer playtime at recess. My third grader, Jesse, is a ravenous eater. She eats not only her own food, but usually whatever Kevin doesn't want. This is less of an issue, except she is picky about the food’s temperature and often asks me to get up mid-meal to microwave something that has cooled a little too much for her taste. Andrew, my teenage stepson, hates to eat at the table with us. He basically would rather pile his plate full, douse what he is eating with condiments ( ketchup, hot sauce etc.), and then devour it quickly so he can rush away to play ball. My husband is a noisy eater. He sounds rather like a buffalo chewing its cud. Additionally, he is super picky about the texture of his veggies and fruits. He judges the fruit based on how firm it is. “Please don’t give me any fruit that has low blood pressure”, he jokes about any soft fruits. I don't want you to think my kids are the only problem when it comes to poor mealtime behaviors. At lunch, I like to read while I eat and honestly, there are days I wish I could bring a book to dinner as well to help me relax. I also feel compelled to eat whatever the kids have left over. I think dinnertime is one of my least favorite hours of the day! 20 | fyimagazineny.com 2. IF YOU HAVE A HIGH-ENERGY CHILD, TRY PUTTING A CRAZY STRAW INTO HIS CUP. The extra work involved in drinking through a long, curly, crazy straw incorporates a regulatory activity into meal and snack time. Kids find them entertaining, so they will be more likely to sit still. Testing different types of straws, such as coffee stirrers, can be a fun and soothing exercise as well.   3. DIGESTIVE OR BOWEL ISSUES OFTEN INDICATE THAT A PERSON’S INNER CORE IS WEAK. Blowing activities during meal time can help this, like the ice cream cone activity from my book, The Parent-Child Dance. Children can blow bubbles in milk, but it is preferable to blow into larger amounts of liquid, such as in a large bowl or pail. Blow string pipes from Dysphagia Plus are another option. 4. CHILDREN UNDER AGE THREE CAN BENEFIT FROM RHYTHMIC MOVEMENTS AT THE TABLE TO HELP THEM REMAIN STIMULATED. They can rock on an adult’s lap, in a rocking chair or in a swing. 5.  MAKE SURE MEALS CONTAIN FOODS WITH VARIOUS TEXTURES SO YOU CAN LEARN YOUR CHILD’S  PREFERENCES. Crunchy foods in particular tend to wake up and stimulate the mouth. For instance, serve nuts in the salad or crackers with cheese as a side dish. Use continued exposure within reason. Some kids will eventually like foods they have been exposed to again and again, but never wanted to try. 7. IF YOU HAVE HIGH-ENERGY CHILDREN WHO NEED TO MOVE, HAVE THEM WALK IN A FIGURE 8. (For more details on this, see the activity called “Figure Eights” in my new book The Parent-Child Dance). This can also be done with an infant - the caregiver can walk in a figure eight while feeding him. Walking in a figure 8 can even help children eat more and varied foods. 8. EXTERNAL PACING: GIVE FOOD IN SMALL CONTROLLED AMOUNTS RATHER THAN PUTTING LARGE AMOUNTS OF VARIOUS ITEMS ON THE PLATE . This helps small or picky eaters to not feel overwhelmed. You can also take away the food before they refuse it and then reintroduce it after a moment. 9. SMALL CHILDREN WILL APPRECIATE FOOD CUT UP INTO BITE-SIZED PIECES, just right for their small mouths. 10. FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE TO FOODS, use ice cubes or juice pops to numb the mouth up a bit before a meal. Making the mouth less sensitive increases the likelihood of eating. 11. BEFORE MEALTIME (FROM FRICK, FRICK, OETER, AND RICHTER’S OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES), get kids in activities to promote a strong suck swallow breath. I recommend activities that involve biting, crunching or chewing. Some objects to use are blow whistles, bubble toys, and ice cream cones (from my book The Parent-Child Dance). The children can crunch on ice, vibrate their lips with a kazoo, play the “puffy cheeks” game, play with noises (i.e., raspberries/lip smacks/kisses), play with speech sounds like m/p/b and motor noises such as “mmmm/puh puh.” Mealtime satisfaction is possible for any family, even yours and Linda's. Using the ideas above will allow families to have a more peaceful and productive mealtime. Incorporate them consistently for best results. Repetition is key. Enjoy your newer, calmer, and less stressful mealtimes. Miriam Manela is the owner of Thrive, an occupational therapy practice and recently published her new book The Parent-Child Dance. Miriam is known for her exciting workshops for parents, teachers, college students and therapists. miriam@otthrive.com 21 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know dinner without the drama “Many families struggle with keeping order at mealtime. Luckily, I have some amazing tips to help you bring the joy back to dinner.” Linda is not alone. Many families struggle with keeping order at mealtime. Luckily, I have some amazing tips to help you bring the joy back to dinner. 1. SET THE MOOD WITH MUSIC. If a family has small children, a parent can help focus their attention and calm them down by singing simple rhythmical songs before or during mealtime. The repetition will even help the adults in the family to focus and settle down. The same effect can be achieved by using a metronome, reciting a rhyme, or listening to a Quickshift CD.  These are available at the Therapeutic Listening app (Vitalsounds.com), or can be purchased through vitalsounds. com. These specialized compositions, played before or during meals, can help support regulation, centering, and readiness to eat. It can even help fussy kids to be willing to try new foods. LINDA'S STORY: When my young self imagined dinnertime with my future family, I thought of a nicely-set table and three well-behaved kids sitting quietly around it, eating what I had cooked and making polite conversation. Then I had my first kid and my bubble was burst. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM MANELA, OT E mily, the baby in the family, is extremely picky. If a food isn't the texture, color, or temperature she thinks it should be, she will refuse to eat it. Her preschool teacher says she "eats with all her senses." I think it is probably more accurate to say she doesn't eat much because of her senses, but at least she stays seated at the table most of the time, keeping busy touching and exploring the food. Kevin is a kindergartner. We have to constantly remind him to sit while he eats and even when sitting, he is never still. He takes a bite and schmoozes to me about his day as he walks round and round the table, stopping only to refill. He is a very small eater since he is less interested in his food than in what everyone else in the household is doing. Some days, he comes home with an almost-full lunchbox, saying he wasn't hungry and wanted a longer playtime at recess. My third grader, Jesse, is a ravenous eater. She eats not only her own food, but usually whatever Kevin doesn't want. This is less of an issue, except she is picky about the food’s temperature and often asks me to get up mid-meal to microwave something that has cooled a little too much for her taste. Andrew, my teenage stepson, hates to eat at the table with us. He basically would rather pile his plate full, douse what he is eating with condiments ( ketchup, hot sauce etc.), and then devour it quickly so he can rush away to play ball. My husband is a noisy eater. He sounds rather like a buffalo chewing its cud. Additionally, he is super picky about the texture of his veggies and fruits. He judges the fruit based on how firm it is. “Please don’t give me any fruit that has low blood pressure”, he jokes about any soft fruits. I don't want you to think my kids are the only problem when it comes to poor mealtime behaviors. At lunch, I like to read while I eat and honestly, there are days I wish I could bring a book to dinner as well to help me relax. I also feel compelled to eat whatever the kids have left over. I think dinnertime is one of my least favorite hours of the day! 20 | fyimagazineny.com 2. IF YOU HAVE A HIGH-ENERGY CHILD, TRY PUTTING A CRAZY STRAW INTO HIS CUP. The extra work involved in drinking through a long, curly, crazy straw incorporates a regulatory activity into meal and snack time. Kids find them entertaining, so they will be more likely to sit still. Testing different types of straws, such as coffee stirrers, can be a fun and soothing exercise as well.   3. DIGESTIVE OR BOWEL ISSUES OFTEN INDICATE THAT A PERSON’S INNER CORE IS WEAK. Blowing activities during meal time can help this, like the ice cream cone activity from my book, The Parent-Child Dance. Children can blow bubbles in milk, but it is preferable to blow into larger amounts of liquid, such as in a large bowl or pail. Blow string pipes from Dysphagia Plus are another option. 4. CHILDREN UNDER AGE THREE CAN BENEFIT FROM RHYTHMIC MOVEMENTS AT THE TABLE TO HELP THEM REMAIN STIMULATED. They can rock on an adult’s lap, in a rocking chair or in a swing. 5.  MAKE SURE MEALS CONTAIN FOODS WITH VARIOUS TEXTURES SO YOU CAN LEARN YOUR CHILD’S  PREFERENCES. Crunchy foods in particular tend to wake up and stimulate the mouth. For instance, serve nuts in the salad or crackers with cheese as a side dish. Use continued exposure within reason. Some kids will eventually like foods they have been exposed to again and again, but never wanted to try. 7. IF YOU HAVE HIGH-ENERGY CHILDREN WHO NEED TO MOVE, HAVE THEM WALK IN A FIGURE 8. (For more details on this, see the activity called “Figure Eights” in my new book The Parent-Child Dance). This can also be done with an infant - the caregiver can walk in a figure eight while feeding him. Walking in a figure 8 can even help children eat more and varied foods. 8. EXTERNAL PACING: GIVE FOOD IN SMALL CONTROLLED AMOUNTS RATHER THAN PUTTING LARGE AMOUNTS OF VARIOUS ITEMS ON THE PLATE . This helps small or picky eaters to not feel overwhelmed. You can also take away the food before they refuse it and then reintroduce it after a moment. 9. SMALL CHILDREN WILL APPRECIATE FOOD CUT UP INTO BITE-SIZED PIECES, just right for their small mouths. 10. FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE TO FOODS, use ice cubes or juice pops to numb the mouth up a bit before a meal. Making the mouth less sensitive increases the likelihood of eating. 11. BEFORE MEALTIME (FROM FRICK, FRICK, OETER, AND RICHTER’S OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES), get kids in activities to promote a strong suck swallow breath. I recommend activities that involve biting, crunching or chewing. Some objects to use are blow whistles, bubble toys, and ice cream cones (from my book The Parent-Child Dance). The children can crunch on ice, vibrate their lips with a kazoo, play the “puffy cheeks” game, play with noises (i.e., raspberries/lip smacks/kisses), play with speech sounds like m/p/b and motor noises such as “mmmm/puh puh.” Mealtime satisfaction is possible for any family, even yours and Linda's. Using the ideas above will allow families to have a more peaceful and productive mealtime. Incorporate them consistently for best results. Repetition is key. Enjoy your newer, calmer, and less stressful mealtimes. Miriam Manela is the owner of Thrive, an occupational therapy practice and recently published her new book The Parent-Child Dance. Miriam is known for her exciting workshops for parents, teachers, college students and therapists. miriam@otthrive.com 21 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know book review children’s book review orange groves by rachel pomerantz Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. P REVIEW BY M. WISEMAN olitics can be sticky. That’s what makes politics so… political, if you will. It’s the mess of differing opinions, the clash of separate mindsets and separate worlds. Novelist Rachel Pomerantz has never been scared of tackling difficult issues in the most enjoyable way. She wrote the charming novel Wildflower back in 1989, when the topic of infertility was still quite taboo and hush-hush. In her latest novel Orange Groves, she does not disappoint. The story opens in the chaotic minefield that is our beloved Israel. A melting pot of different races, cultures, and ethnicities, it is the perfect Petri dish of political unrest. In her novel, Pomerantz skillfully portrays different characters grappling with various political challenges. One of the main characters is Barbara. She is dealing with her overbearing mother Laura, who is intent on furthering her daughter’s writing career. Laura will stop at nothing, even if Barbara herself is not on board. This delicate web of family politics is good fun, and introduces us to the main theme of the novel. Nothing is black and white. Laura can be quite domineering and pushy, but her motives stem from love and pride. Another interesting character is Ilan, a journalist intent on writing a groundbreaking piece involving the integration of Palestinian and Israeli worlds. Perhaps the most conflict-ridden topic in the media nowadays is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through Ilan, we are 22 | fyimagazineny.com presented with a fresh, objective perspective: all sides of this complicated issue are presented without bias. In an unexpected turn of events, we find ourselves rooting for both sides. The book is filled with quite an eclectic mix of complex individuals. Israel is known for its wide range of nuanced Jewish sects. From Chassidish to Litvish, Sefardi to Ashkenaz, Right Wing to Left Wing, different cultures are constantly clashing. Pomerantz gives us Ariel, an energetic and intelligent boy with a knitted Kippah; Dafne, who has heard many “horror stories” about the Chareidi world; and Ronny, a Chassidish Bachur with one foot in Yeshiva and another firmly lodged in the business world. Ronny is a single boy with an “imperfect” past who is trying to navigate another political saga altogether - the complicated Shidduch playing field. Here, the slightest blight on one’s background can create untold heartbreak. With sympathy, we follow Ronny's frustrating struggle, resulting from circumstances that were never in his control. Pomerantz’s exemplary writing allows us to relate and understand all sides of the coin. The characters, though fictional, are nevertheless people we recognize from our own lives, and characters to whom we can connect. Without flinching, Pomerantz presents controversial and sticky topics in a delightful romp, ending with a stunning and satisfying resolution. The Fruits We Eat By Gail Gibbons Little Red Henry By Linda Urban Almost every preschooler will instantly relate to this tale of redheaded little Henry, the youngest of three, whose well-intentioned but incessantly doting family never lets him do anything himself. They help him get dressed, eat, and brush his teeth, until he’s had enough and insists on performing these tasks alone. But will Henry get carried too far in the other direction? This book teaches children about independence, patience, and family. Ages: 3-6 We all eat many different types of fruit, in various ways: we eat part of the fruit, or the whole thing, frozen or fresh. Fruits are eaten raw or cooked, fried or baked. But where does all this delicious fruit come from? This colorful book is a wonderful first glance for children into where the fruit on their table originates. It tells the story of all sorts of fruit, from start to finish. Even adults will appreciate learning about fruit growing, farming techniques, and much more. Additionally, this book teaches how to classify, compare and contrast, and how to use diagrams and graphs. Ages: 4-8 I Live With My Mommy By Tzvia Ehrlich-Klein Rachel lives with her mommy and brother, but not with her father. In this sensitively-written story, well-known author Tzvia Ehrlich- Klein explores the challenges young children often face when their parents divorce. The book offers divorced parents a springboard for discussion with their young children, allowing these youngsters to express their pain, while realizing that their parents love them. It can also help children understand their friends who may be experiencing this. “I Live with My Mommy is a valuable tool to mitigate the distress of a child who is a victim of divorce. It can help the juvenile mind cope with this difficult adjustment.” - Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, MD Ages: 4-8 23 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know book review children’s book review orange groves by rachel pomerantz Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. P REVIEW BY M. WISEMAN olitics can be sticky. That’s what makes politics so… political, if you will. It’s the mess of differing opinions, the clash of separate mindsets and separate worlds. Novelist Rachel Pomerantz has never been scared of tackling difficult issues in the most enjoyable way. She wrote the charming novel Wildflower back in 1989, when the topic of infertility was still quite taboo and hush-hush. In her latest novel Orange Groves, she does not disappoint. The story opens in the chaotic minefield that is our beloved Israel. A melting pot of different races, cultures, and ethnicities, it is the perfect Petri dish of political unrest. In her novel, Pomerantz skillfully portrays different characters grappling with various political challenges. One of the main characters is Barbara. She is dealing with her overbearing mother Laura, who is intent on furthering her daughter’s writing career. Laura will stop at nothing, even if Barbara herself is not on board. This delicate web of family politics is good fun, and introduces us to the main theme of the novel. Nothing is black and white. Laura can be quite domineering and pushy, but her motives stem from love and pride. Another interesting character is Ilan, a journalist intent on writing a groundbreaking piece involving the integration of Palestinian and Israeli worlds. Perhaps the most conflict-ridden topic in the media nowadays is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through Ilan, we are 22 | fyimagazineny.com presented with a fresh, objective perspective: all sides of this complicated issue are presented without bias. In an unexpected turn of events, we find ourselves rooting for both sides. The book is filled with quite an eclectic mix of complex individuals. Israel is known for its wide range of nuanced Jewish sects. From Chassidish to Litvish, Sefardi to Ashkenaz, Right Wing to Left Wing, different cultures are constantly clashing. Pomerantz gives us Ariel, an energetic and intelligent boy with a knitted Kippah; Dafne, who has heard many “horror stories” about the Chareidi world; and Ronny, a Chassidish Bachur with one foot in Yeshiva and another firmly lodged in the business world. Ronny is a single boy with an “imperfect” past who is trying to navigate another political saga altogether - the complicated Shidduch playing field. Here, the slightest blight on one’s background can create untold heartbreak. With sympathy, we follow Ronny's frustrating struggle, resulting from circumstances that were never in his control. Pomerantz’s exemplary writing allows us to relate and understand all sides of the coin. The characters, though fictional, are nevertheless people we recognize from our own lives, and characters to whom we can connect. Without flinching, Pomerantz presents controversial and sticky topics in a delightful romp, ending with a stunning and satisfying resolution. The Fruits We Eat By Gail Gibbons Little Red Henry By Linda Urban Almost every preschooler will instantly relate to this tale of redheaded little Henry, the youngest of three, whose well-intentioned but incessantly doting family never lets him do anything himself. They help him get dressed, eat, and brush his teeth, until he’s had enough and insists on performing these tasks alone. But will Henry get carried too far in the other direction? This book teaches children about independence, patience, and family. Ages: 3-6 We all eat many different types of fruit, in various ways: we eat part of the fruit, or the whole thing, frozen or fresh. Fruits are eaten raw or cooked, fried or baked. But where does all this delicious fruit come from? This colorful book is a wonderful first glance for children into where the fruit on their table originates. It tells the story of all sorts of fruit, from start to finish. Even adults will appreciate learning about fruit growing, farming techniques, and much more. Additionally, this book teaches how to classify, compare and contrast, and how to use diagrams and graphs. Ages: 4-8 I Live With My Mommy By Tzvia Ehrlich-Klein Rachel lives with her mommy and brother, but not with her father. In this sensitively-written story, well-known author Tzvia Ehrlich- Klein explores the challenges young children often face when their parents divorce. The book offers divorced parents a springboard for discussion with their young children, allowing these youngsters to express their pain, while realizing that their parents love them. It can also help children understand their friends who may be experiencing this. “I Live with My Mommy is a valuable tool to mitigate the distress of a child who is a victim of divorce. It can help the juvenile mind cope with this difficult adjustment.” - Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, MD Ages: 4-8 23 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know you gotta know for less GREAT DEALS UNDER $50! Happy Giddy Tunnel by Melissa and Doug $23.99- target.com Melissa and Doug is a company known for its durable and well-made toys. Certainly, you will not be disappointed by the quality of the Happy Giddy Tunnel. It will withstand many hours of outdoor play. It’s easy to set up and fold (just three attached Velcro pieces) for convenient storage. Toddlers and children love crawling back and forth through this colorful rainbow tunnel. The manufacturer recommends this item for children ages 3+; however, it is appropriate and enjoyed by toddlers as young as 21 months. Oversized Bowling Set by Hearthsong $34.98- amazon.com If your child is a budding bowling fan, this is for him or her BIG TIME! This bowling set can be used in either outdoor or indoor parties, as long as you have the space for it. It provides hours of entertainment without any trips to the bowling alley The giant inflatable pins can be set up almost anywhere and can easily be played by children aged four or older. Pins are about 29" high. Hearthsong also sells a Dual-Action Foot Pump to make ball and pin inflation easy and convenient. Splash N Scoop Bay $44.99- amazon.com No wonder it tops the Amazon Bestseller List in Amazon Outdoor Toys! For kids ages 24 months to 5 years old, the Splash and Scoop Bay serves as a combination sand and water table, providing hours of imaginative outdoor play. A large cover can be used to keep the sand and water separate when you don’t want your kids to use both. A drain plug for the table is included, as well as a seven-piece accessory set: a water tower, a removable cup, a slide, a shark-scoop, a spinner, a cup, and a shovel/ rake. You will not be disappointed by the quality of the Happy Giddy Tunnel. It will withstand many hours of outdoor play. It’s easy to set up and fold (just three attached Velcro pieces) for convenient storage. My Very Own House Cottage $43.99- myveryownhouse.com Playhouses and play tents can be very pricey, but this one’s under fifty bucks! It provides hours of pretend play right in your ordinary backyard. Not only can kids pretend to live in their own cottage, they get to decorate it too. The ready-to-color design on the outside walls of the cottage allows children to be artistic. The cottage comes with eight huge, washable markers. It looks realistic, with four windows, two mail slots and two doors. It easily folds up and down for fantastically simple storage. The manufacturers boast that this is the “only single-piece constructed cardboard playhouse on the market.” Luckily for parents, it is 97% assembled, and well made so it can withstand plenty of play. Suggested for ages 3-15. 25 | fyimagazineny.com Bunch o’ Balloons $20.00- amazon.com Say goodbye to those sore fingers! No longer will you have to abuse them filling and tying hundreds of balloons for a summer carnival. With Zuru Bunch o’ Balloons, you can fill 100 in under one minute, and their self-tying mechanism leaves your fingers free to enjoy the water blasting, throwing fun! It’s easy. Just connect the balloon attachment to a hose or other water source, fill the balloons and watch as they self seal! Over 100 water balloons in seconds! These balloons make a perfect gift for both boys and girls, and they are an outstanding outdoor party favor for any occasion. Having a family picnic? Take along a pack of these for easy fun and some serious water balloon fights. The balloons are biodegradable and the tubes and coupling are recyclable.
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you gotta know you gotta know for less GREAT DEALS UNDER $50! Happy Giddy Tunnel by Melissa and Doug $23.99- target.com Melissa and Doug is a company known for its durable and well-made toys. Certainly, you will not be disappointed by the quality of the Happy Giddy Tunnel. It will withstand many hours of outdoor play. It’s easy to set up and fold (just three attached Velcro pieces) for convenient storage. Toddlers and children love crawling back and forth through this colorful rainbow tunnel. The manufacturer recommends this item for children ages 3+; however, it is appropriate and enjoyed by toddlers as young as 21 months. Oversized Bowling Set by Hearthsong $34.98- amazon.com If your child is a budding bowling fan, this is for him or her BIG TIME! This bowling set can be used in either outdoor or indoor parties, as long as you have the space for it. It provides hours of entertainment without any trips to the bowling alley The giant inflatable pins can be set up almost anywhere and can easily be played by children aged four or older. Pins are about 29" high. Hearthsong also sells a Dual-Action Foot Pump to make ball and pin inflation easy and convenient. Splash N Scoop Bay $44.99- amazon.com No wonder it tops the Amazon Bestseller List in Amazon Outdoor Toys! For kids ages 24 months to 5 years old, the Splash and Scoop Bay serves as a combination sand and water table, providing hours of imaginative outdoor play. A large cover can be used to keep the sand and water separate when you don’t want your kids to use both. A drain plug for the table is included, as well as a seven-piece accessory set: a water tower, a removable cup, a slide, a shark-scoop, a spinner, a cup, and a shovel/ rake. You will not be disappointed by the quality of the Happy Giddy Tunnel. It will withstand many hours of outdoor play. It’s easy to set up and fold (just three attached Velcro pieces) for convenient storage. My Very Own House Cottage $43.99- myveryownhouse.com Playhouses and play tents can be very pricey, but this one’s under fifty bucks! It provides hours of pretend play right in your ordinary backyard. Not only can kids pretend to live in their own cottage, they get to decorate it too. The ready-to-color design on the outside walls of the cottage allows children to be artistic. The cottage comes with eight huge, washable markers. It looks realistic, with four windows, two mail slots and two doors. It easily folds up and down for fantastically simple storage. The manufacturers boast that this is the “only single-piece constructed cardboard playhouse on the market.” Luckily for parents, it is 97% assembled, and well made so it can withstand plenty of play. Suggested for ages 3-15. 25 | fyimagazineny.com Bunch o’ Balloons $20.00- amazon.com Say goodbye to those sore fingers! No longer will you have to abuse them filling and tying hundreds of balloons for a summer carnival. With Zuru Bunch o’ Balloons, you can fill 100 in under one minute, and their self-tying mechanism leaves your fingers free to enjoy the water blasting, throwing fun! It’s easy. Just connect the balloon attachment to a hose or other water source, fill the balloons and watch as they self seal! Over 100 water balloons in seconds! These balloons make a perfect gift for both boys and girls, and they are an outstanding outdoor party favor for any occasion. Having a family picnic? Take along a pack of these for easy fun and some serious water balloon fights. The balloons are biodegradable and the tubes and coupling are recyclable.
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you gotta know just ask a closer look WRITTEN BY RIVKY FOLLMAN What do burnt eggshells, burnt bread, powdered ashes of oxen hooves, burnt snail shells, crushed bones, powdered charcoal and bark have in common? Yup, they all used to be toothpaste! Soap was added to the mix of burnt bread and other ingredients, and the powder was kept in a bucket; the entire family would take turns dipping their toothbrushes in it. It was as unhygienic as it sounds. Choose wisely when buying toothpaste. It should not be too abrasive, or it will damage your enamel. How much do you really know about items you purchase all the time without a second thought? Here’s a closer look at... TOOTHPASTE In 1950, Crest came out with a toothpaste that contained fluoride, one of the most crucial elements in toothpaste even today, because it strengthens tooth enamel. Toothpaste containing fluoride has led to a remarkable drop in cavity rates. The to 28 Secret with pg Reconciling Your Childhood Y 32 our Secret in pg Number Planning for the Future There are so many varieties of toothpaste today, it can be hard to choose. It comes in flavors like apricot, lavender, fennel, ginger, vanilla, lemon, and orange, among others. Or take an unflavored tube-whatever cleans your teeth! Try to find a company that is ADA-certified for quality standards and fluoride content. The FDA also cautions to stay away from toothpastes that are made in China. Toothpaste still contains abrasives that scrape plaque and stains off our teeth, but they are much gentler; all the above items scrape off the enamel along with the dirt, leaving teeth yellow, sensitive, and exposed to bacteria. Most toothpastes contain detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which makes the toothpaste foamy, so it is thick enough to keep inside your mouth as needed; however, people who are prone to canker sores should be aware that SLS can cause canker sores or worsen them. SLS also distorts your taste and makes orange juice taste bitter right after a brushing. On the other hand, it makes apple juice taste better! Don’t forget that most of the work is done by you! You need to apply the toothpaste and elbow grease to get optimal results. 30 “What is something you believe that most people would disagree with you about?” - YOUR VOICE 26 | fyimagazineny.com
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you gotta know just ask a closer look WRITTEN BY RIVKY FOLLMAN What do burnt eggshells, burnt bread, powdered ashes of oxen hooves, burnt snail shells, crushed bones, powdered charcoal and bark have in common? Yup, they all used to be toothpaste! Soap was added to the mix of burnt bread and other ingredients, and the powder was kept in a bucket; the entire family would take turns dipping their toothbrushes in it. It was as unhygienic as it sounds. Choose wisely when buying toothpaste. It should not be too abrasive, or it will damage your enamel. How much do you really know about items you purchase all the time without a second thought? Here’s a closer look at... TOOTHPASTE In 1950, Crest came out with a toothpaste that contained fluoride, one of the most crucial elements in toothpaste even today, because it strengthens tooth enamel. Toothpaste containing fluoride has led to a remarkable drop in cavity rates. The to 28 Secret with pg Reconciling Your Childhood Y 32 our Secret in pg Number Planning for the Future There are so many varieties of toothpaste today, it can be hard to choose. It comes in flavors like apricot, lavender, fennel, ginger, vanilla, lemon, and orange, among others. Or take an unflavored tube-whatever cleans your teeth! Try to find a company that is ADA-certified for quality standards and fluoride content. The FDA also cautions to stay away from toothpastes that are made in China. Toothpaste still contains abrasives that scrape plaque and stains off our teeth, but they are much gentler; all the above items scrape off the enamel along with the dirt, leaving teeth yellow, sensitive, and exposed to bacteria. Most toothpastes contain detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which makes the toothpaste foamy, so it is thick enough to keep inside your mouth as needed; however, people who are prone to canker sores should be aware that SLS can cause canker sores or worsen them. SLS also distorts your taste and makes orange juice taste bitter right after a brushing. On the other hand, it makes apple juice taste better! Don’t forget that most of the work is done by you! You need to apply the toothpaste and elbow grease to get optimal results. 30 “What is something you believe that most people would disagree with you about?” - YOUR VOICE 26 | fyimagazineny.com
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just ask the secret to reconciling with your childhood Do I move on from needing my mother's validation or risk upsetting her by confronting her? Growing up, I was on my own - I didn't receive any praise or love from my mother. As a result, our relationship is hurting. We now live far from each other, so I don’t see her often. We also don’t talk more than once every two or three weeks, and the conversation is kept very basic. I realize that I crave her validation so badly, but it's something I may never get. I just want her to understand my need for her validation, but I'm afraid that confronting her would hurt her feelings. So should I try to move on from needing validation from my mother (and if so, how?) or do I risk upsetting her by confronting her? 28 | fyimagazineny.com Dear Sarah, First, it's wonderful that you are able to acknowledge the pain which you are experiencing- about not feeling loved and understood as a child. It is also amazing to note the tremendous need that you in particular, and children in general, have for the connection to our parents. In addition, the sensitivity you display towards your mother’s feelings, in the present, is truly commendable . In your question you state that you "didn't receive ANY praise or love” from your mother. Would you consider the possibility that this may be your personal perception rather than actual reality? Objectively speaking, it is highly unlikely that a mother would demonstrate 0% love and praise to a child that she bore and raised, and with whom she still maintains some semblance of a relationship to this day. Yet, it is clear and crucial to acknowledge that your needs as a child to feel loved and validated were not satiated to any significant degree. If we agree that this is your perception rather than fact, then I can further assume that if we were to step into your mother’s shoes for a moment, we would see a very different picture. Starting from the 9 months she carried you, consider the endless nights she put you to bed, the food she provided, the schooling she arranged, the clothing she purchased, and the home that you lived in until adulthood that she created. This is just a small part of how I would assume your mother remembers your childhood. In your mother’s language, all this equals LOVE, yet at the same time, ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH YUD just ask your tender little heart was craving for a very different interpretation of the word. It is unfortunate that very often our languages get miscommunicated. In his classic book The Five Love Languages, Gary D. Chapman writes about the 5 universal love languages, which are: 1. Gifts 2. Acts of Service 3. Words of Affirmation 4. Quality Time 5. Physical Touch All 5 are valuable to humans, but every individual has a primary language that most strongly communicates love to her individually. Because every individual has one dominant language, the caring and love can get lost in translation! This phenomenon often also happens between couples, parents with their children, neighbors and friends. We want to demonstrate our love, but we communicate it through our own primary language rather than the language of the one we care about. Knowing this, we can assume that your mother, in her own particular or peculiar way, felt that she was loving you. She might have even experienced frustration sensing that you, her daughter, were not connecting to her and having no clue why this was occurring. As a result of not receiving adequate love and praise from your mother, you may not have connected to your self-worth. This is painful for a little girl, and you lived with a void in your heart. Your valid need for experiencing love and praise through your mother was not met. Today you are an adult. You can still WANT to feel your mother’s love and praise, but you no longer NEED it. As a child, you were dependent on her, but today, you are an independent woman. When you acknowledge that she loved you in her own way, albeit limited and unfulfilled for you as a child, you can look at it in a different way. Once your judgment of your mother is completely eliminated due to your expanded perspective, you can expect a mutually satisfying outcome when finally airing your grievances. Confrontation and conflict occur only when judgment and accusation are present. Bringing your maturity and independence to the table allows you to have a real and meaningful conversation with your mother. “WE WANT TO DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE, BUT WE COMMUNICATE IT THROUGH OUR OWN PRIMARY LANGUAGE RATHER THAN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ONE WE CARE ABOUT.” Feel free to talk with her and express that your needs as a child were not met, as long as you acknowledge that her perspective was different. True, as a mother it was her responsibility to learn your particular love language so that she would be able to fulfill her job and provide you with your needs. On the other hand, you can better understand her now and therefore forgive her completely with your adult perspective. I am so glad you allowed yourself to own your feelings and I believe that you will now bring this full circle. I would like to clarify what was mentioned here. • You desire a relationship with your mother. • You are sensitive to your mother’s feelings. • You acknowledge that as a child, your particular needs for love were not met. 29 | fyimagazineny.com • You can appreciate that your mother loved you in her own language, which unfortunately meant that you didn't receive the love you needed as a child, since your language is unknown to her. • You can recognize that as an independent adult you don't NEED her validation anymore, but you will naturally always WANT it. • You can refrain from passing judgment on any human being, especially those that you love. • It is possible for you to forgive your mother wholeheartedly with your expanded understanding. • Remember to respect that everyone has her individual primary love language and it is wise to learn both our own language and those of the people we care about. • You can now initiate a healthy and mature relationship with your mother, minus the fear of conflict and confrontation. • Trust that your mother will respond to your sincere desire to finally connect in a meaningful way. One more valuable thought worth mentioning is the realization that everything we experience on our journey is for a reason. Learning this concept personally through your mother has made you exponentially more aware of your impact on the important people in your life now, such as your own children. Use this knowledge and wisdom to improve all the existing relationships in your life. This will provide you with the deepest feelings of love and validation that you desire and deserve! Surie Frenkel is a certified life coach and co-founder of JEWEL. She is passionate about empowering women to be their best. surie@jewel.community
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just ask the secret to reconciling with your childhood Do I move on from needing my mother's validation or risk upsetting her by confronting her? Growing up, I was on my own - I didn't receive any praise or love from my mother. As a result, our relationship is hurting. We now live far from each other, so I don’t see her often. We also don’t talk more than once every two or three weeks, and the conversation is kept very basic. I realize that I crave her validation so badly, but it's something I may never get. I just want her to understand my need for her validation, but I'm afraid that confronting her would hurt her feelings. So should I try to move on from needing validation from my mother (and if so, how?) or do I risk upsetting her by confronting her? 28 | fyimagazineny.com Dear Sarah, First, it's wonderful that you are able to acknowledge the pain which you are experiencing- about not feeling loved and understood as a child. It is also amazing to note the tremendous need that you in particular, and children in general, have for the connection to our parents. In addition, the sensitivity you display towards your mother’s feelings, in the present, is truly commendable . In your question you state that you "didn't receive ANY praise or love” from your mother. Would you consider the possibility that this may be your personal perception rather than actual reality? Objectively speaking, it is highly unlikely that a mother would demonstrate 0% love and praise to a child that she bore and raised, and with whom she still maintains some semblance of a relationship to this day. Yet, it is clear and crucial to acknowledge that your needs as a child to feel loved and validated were not satiated to any significant degree. If we agree that this is your perception rather than fact, then I can further assume that if we were to step into your mother’s shoes for a moment, we would see a very different picture. Starting from the 9 months she carried you, consider the endless nights she put you to bed, the food she provided, the schooling she arranged, the clothing she purchased, and the home that you lived in until adulthood that she created. This is just a small part of how I would assume your mother remembers your childhood. In your mother’s language, all this equals LOVE, yet at the same time, ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH YUD just ask your tender little heart was craving for a very different interpretation of the word. It is unfortunate that very often our languages get miscommunicated. In his classic book The Five Love Languages, Gary D. Chapman writes about the 5 universal love languages, which are: 1. Gifts 2. Acts of Service 3. Words of Affirmation 4. Quality Time 5. Physical Touch All 5 are valuable to humans, but every individual has a primary language that most strongly communicates love to her individually. Because every individual has one dominant language, the caring and love can get lost in translation! This phenomenon often also happens between couples, parents with their children, neighbors and friends. We want to demonstrate our love, but we communicate it through our own primary language rather than the language of the one we care about. Knowing this, we can assume that your mother, in her own particular or peculiar way, felt that she was loving you. She might have even experienced frustration sensing that you, her daughter, were not connecting to her and having no clue why this was occurring. As a result of not receiving adequate love and praise from your mother, you may not have connected to your self-worth. This is painful for a little girl, and you lived with a void in your heart. Your valid need for experiencing love and praise through your mother was not met. Today you are an adult. You can still WANT to feel your mother’s love and praise, but you no longer NEED it. As a child, you were dependent on her, but today, you are an independent woman. When you acknowledge that she loved you in her own way, albeit limited and unfulfilled for you as a child, you can look at it in a different way. Once your judgment of your mother is completely eliminated due to your expanded perspective, you can expect a mutually satisfying outcome when finally airing your grievances. Confrontation and conflict occur only when judgment and accusation are present. Bringing your maturity and independence to the table allows you to have a real and meaningful conversation with your mother. “WE WANT TO DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE, BUT WE COMMUNICATE IT THROUGH OUR OWN PRIMARY LANGUAGE RATHER THAN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ONE WE CARE ABOUT.” Feel free to talk with her and express that your needs as a child were not met, as long as you acknowledge that her perspective was different. True, as a mother it was her responsibility to learn your particular love language so that she would be able to fulfill her job and provide you with your needs. On the other hand, you can better understand her now and therefore forgive her completely with your adult perspective. I am so glad you allowed yourself to own your feelings and I believe that you will now bring this full circle. I would like to clarify what was mentioned here. • You desire a relationship with your mother. • You are sensitive to your mother’s feelings. • You acknowledge that as a child, your particular needs for love were not met. 29 | fyimagazineny.com • You can appreciate that your mother loved you in her own language, which unfortunately meant that you didn't receive the love you needed as a child, since your language is unknown to her. • You can recognize that as an independent adult you don't NEED her validation anymore, but you will naturally always WANT it. • You can refrain from passing judgment on any human being, especially those that you love. • It is possible for you to forgive your mother wholeheartedly with your expanded understanding. • Remember to respect that everyone has her individual primary love language and it is wise to learn both our own language and those of the people we care about. • You can now initiate a healthy and mature relationship with your mother, minus the fear of conflict and confrontation. • Trust that your mother will respond to your sincere desire to finally connect in a meaningful way. One more valuable thought worth mentioning is the realization that everything we experience on our journey is for a reason. Learning this concept personally through your mother has made you exponentially more aware of your impact on the important people in your life now, such as your own children. Use this knowledge and wisdom to improve all the existing relationships in your life. This will provide you with the deepest feelings of love and validation that you desire and deserve! Surie Frenkel is a certified life coach and co-founder of JEWEL. She is passionate about empowering women to be their best. surie@jewel.community
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just ask my secret number WRITTEN BY JOSH FAIZZADEH ad Remember that New Year’s resolution you made just a few months ago? What happened to that gym membership? How’s the Paleo diet going? Do we think about the end result? Or do we think about the steps necessary to reach our goals? How about trying both? “I am going to lose 30 pounds by March 30.” That’s never going to happen unless you clearly outline the steps to get there. If the goal is a touchdown but you don’t have specific tactics to reach the goal line, then getting all the way to the end zone will seem unreachable. How about a more defined goal: “I am going to exercise 3 times a week.” Without a goal, we will never succeed in turning the specific action/steps into a concrete, definable habit. If you can’t see the goal line, then your aspiration becomes only a continuous series of first downs. What value is there in repetitively achieving first downs if you do not move closer to the end zone? In finance, there is much talk about “the number.” The “number” being the amount of money you’ll “need” for retirement. First of all, that’s a proposition no one can possibly assess. It’s like asking how many points a team will need to win a football game. Consider some of the factors beyond a team’s control that may affect the number of points needed: How many points will the other team score? The weather? The other team’s play? Home field advantage? So too in finding your retirement number. How much will necessities cost? How about health care? How healthy will you be? How about your wife? Will you get laid off? Will you be able to sell your house for more or less than you bought it? What will taxes be on your retirement accounts? You don’t know! But you can set your sights on a goal. You just have to include some “first downs.” If you want to quit your job and work from home, how much will you need to earn in order to do so? If you’d like to finally take that family vacation, how much do you need? Or how much to send your children to college? In order to achieve my goal, I’ve set a concrete “big picture” number of what I’d like my income to be. Let’s say $120,000. But instead of putting it down as my annual income, I’ve broken it down to a monthly number- one that is front and center of my daily life. $10,000. 32 | fyimagazineny.com Those are the first 5 digits of “my number.” Since it’s a new goal, consistency is going to be a challenge. I may succeed in the first month, but what happens if I go on a family vacation in month 2 or 3? So part of my number represents consistency. I will need to save $10,000/month for 12 months straight to make it a habit. My 6th and 7th digits are 12. The final two digits of my number represent the actual date at which I will reach the goal. Committing to a touchdown and using first downs to get there is useless if I don’t set a deadline. Achieving the goal by the end of the 4th quarter isn’t realisitic. $60,000 at $1,000/month will take me 60 months - 5 years. January 1, 2020. The last two digits of my number are 20. My number therefore is 10000 12 20. Now there’s a commitment/resolution that started with the end zone in sight, and has the requisite steps (or number of first downs required to get there). If you want to have a chance at achieving your financial goals, come up with a 9-digit number and watch yourself soar to new heights this year. + End tables + Vi t r i n e s + Lamps + Mirrors + Chandeliers + Pa i n t i n g s + Sconces + Curios + Breakfronts + Chairs + Armoires + And More Also see our beautiful selection of porcelains, including Herend. Josh Faizzadeh provides practical advice and guidance for success to individuals, families and small businesses. Josh dedicated his professional life to the financial well-being of his clients. josh_faizzadeh@ strategiesforwealth.com 718.851.4700 4514 11th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11219 33 | fyimagazineny.com Follow Us on Instagram @UNIKANTIK4514
just ask  my secret number WRITTEN BY JOSH FAIZZADEH  ad  Remember that New Year   s resolution you made just a few months...
just ask my secret number WRITTEN BY JOSH FAIZZADEH ad Remember that New Year’s resolution you made just a few months ago? What happened to that gym membership? How’s the Paleo diet going? Do we think about the end result? Or do we think about the steps necessary to reach our goals? How about trying both? “I am going to lose 30 pounds by March 30.” That’s never going to happen unless you clearly outline the steps to get there. If the goal is a touchdown but you don’t have specific tactics to reach the goal line, then getting all the way to the end zone will seem unreachable. How about a more defined goal: “I am going to exercise 3 times a week.” Without a goal, we will never succeed in turning the specific action/steps into a concrete, definable habit. If you can’t see the goal line, then your aspiration becomes only a continuous series of first downs. What value is there in repetitively achieving first downs if you do not move closer to the end zone? In finance, there is much talk about “the number.” The “number” being the amount of money you’ll “need” for retirement. First of all, that’s a proposition no one can possibly assess. It’s like asking how many points a team will need to win a football game. Consider some of the factors beyond a team’s control that may affect the number of points needed: How many points will the other team score? The weather? The other team’s play? Home field advantage? So too in finding your retirement number. How much will necessities cost? How about health care? How healthy will you be? How about your wife? Will you get laid off? Will you be able to sell your house for more or less than you bought it? What will taxes be on your retirement accounts? You don’t know! But you can set your sights on a goal. You just have to include some “first downs.” If you want to quit your job and work from home, how much will you need to earn in order to do so? If you’d like to finally take that family vacation, how much do you need? Or how much to send your children to college? In order to achieve my goal, I’ve set a concrete “big picture” number of what I’d like my income to be. Let’s say $120,000. But instead of putting it down as my annual income, I’ve broken it down to a monthly number- one that is front and center of my daily life. $10,000. 32 | fyimagazineny.com Those are the first 5 digits of “my number.” Since it’s a new goal, consistency is going to be a challenge. I may succeed in the first month, but what happens if I go on a family vacation in month 2 or 3? So part of my number represents consistency. I will need to save $10,000/month for 12 months straight to make it a habit. My 6th and 7th digits are 12. The final two digits of my number represent the actual date at which I will reach the goal. Committing to a touchdown and using first downs to get there is useless if I don’t set a deadline. Achieving the goal by the end of the 4th quarter isn’t realisitic. $60,000 at $1,000/month will take me 60 months - 5 years. January 1, 2020. The last two digits of my number are 20. My number therefore is 10000 12 20. Now there’s a commitment/resolution that started with the end zone in sight, and has the requisite steps (or number of first downs required to get there). If you want to have a chance at achieving your financial goals, come up with a 9-digit number and watch yourself soar to new heights this year. + End tables + Vi t r i n e s + Lamps + Mirrors + Chandeliers + Pa i n t i n g s + Sconces + Curios + Breakfronts + Chairs + Armoires + And More Also see our beautiful selection of porcelains, including Herend. Josh Faizzadeh provides practical advice and guidance for success to individuals, families and small businesses. Josh dedicated his professional life to the financial well-being of his clients. josh_faizzadeh@ strategiesforwealth.com 718.851.4700 4514 11th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11219 33 | fyimagazineny.com Follow Us on Instagram @UNIKANTIK4514
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just ask just ask 2015 update going on now your homemaking problems, solved “There are no perfect homemakers - just real moms, deciding what’s right for their families and working to create a warm, nurturing home for those they love.” A great trick is to keep a marshmallow in the container with the brown sugar- it’ll prevent the sugar from clumping in the first place. Once it’s already become hard, place the brown sugar in a bowl and top with a dampened paper towel. Microwave for 20-25 seconds a pop. Don't get overzealous with the time, as the brown sugar will eventually melt into goo;this method works fast. It’s important to store brown sugar properly. Brown sugar gets hard because it contains a lot of moisture, and when that moisture evaporates, the sugar clumps together and becomes rock-hard. The easiest way to keep your sugar soft is simply to store it in an airtight container, to minimize evaporation. Tightly pack the sugar into a small container to help keep the ratio of air to sugar, low. My children bring home their wet swimsuits & beach towels after a long day at camp and before I have a chance to wash them, mildew sets in. No matter how many times I wash them, the smell won’t go away. This is an old-time solution for mildew. Fill a bathroom sink with lukewarm water and 1 cup of white vinegar plus 1 tablespoon of salt. Add suits or towels and swish around for a minute. Allow to soak for 30 minutes (The salt and vinegar will kill the mildew). Drain the sink, squeeze out most of the water, but do not rinse. Place item(s) in sun for several hours, until dry. Sun exposure will further kill any remaining mildew. Wash item(s) in warm, soapy water and rinse very thoroughly. Repeat the rinse cycle. Dry thoroughly, in the sun if possible. In general, hanging any laundry to dry in the sun will help remove mildew, leaving you with fresh-smelling linen and clothing. My brown sugar tends to clump up and harden too often. Every time I need to use it, I’m stuck with a hard rock of sugar; any solutions? What can I do with leftover sauces from meats or other dishes? Any way I can salvage them? I hate dumping good food. Don’t toss them. Freeze leftover sauces in the big-sized ice cube trays. Then you can just punch out a cube or two at another time when you need a quick sauce. Reheat them, and you’ve got fresh sauce, all over again! At what age is the right time to start teaching kids table manners? You should be starting to teach some basic manners to kids under age 3. How to say “please” and “thank you”, for example. Once your child is 3-4 years old, some basics to start with are: chewing with the mouth closed, asking for food politely, and not making negative comments about food. 34 | fyimagazineny.com I often rip out recipes from various magazines. I have a large unorganized stack of random recipes. What’s the best way to keep them all in order for future reference? Art Portfolios with plastic sleeves are great to store recipes and keep them all intact. The plastic protects them from getting wet, and it's simple to wipe the pages clean if they get dirty while cooking. [You can put a post-it note onto each recipe after trying it, on how your family liked it, so you remember for next time.] If you have a lot of different recipes, you can do a few portfolios and divide them according to categories. Label one for meats, one for sides, etc. It’s a pleasure just to leaf through these bounded portfolios and view the recipes and pictures, as with any cookbook. It’s so annoying when I open my cutlery drawer or my kitchen tool drawer and the tray slides back and forth. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Putting down a drawer liner will help this problem a little. If you want something more stable, use picture hanging strips - they work beautifully! Put one tab at the back of the drawer, and one on each front side. Remove the adhesive tab and carefully place the tray in the drawer. There you have it - a quick and inexpensive solution to a common kitchen dilemma. Is your business listed? Call smart list today to register your business on the app available for five towns boro park flatbush monsey williamsburg lakewood montreal POST YOUR BUSINESS BANNER AD IN THIS SPOT ON SMARTLIST. BE SEEN BY 1000s OF SHOPPERS DAILY. kiryas yoel staten island 5 Towns Far-Rockaway chicago bergen county seagate cleveland melbourne, australia England: golders green manchester stamford hill gateshead & more! israel & europe coming soon! Text the word SMART to 99629 for an automatic link WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED phone 732.730.5330 www.smartlistlocal.com email banners@lionscribe.com web
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just ask just ask 2015 update going on now your homemaking problems, solved “There are no perfect homemakers - just real moms, deciding what’s right for their families and working to create a warm, nurturing home for those they love.” A great trick is to keep a marshmallow in the container with the brown sugar- it’ll prevent the sugar from clumping in the first place. Once it’s already become hard, place the brown sugar in a bowl and top with a dampened paper towel. Microwave for 20-25 seconds a pop. Don't get overzealous with the time, as the brown sugar will eventually melt into goo;this method works fast. It’s important to store brown sugar properly. Brown sugar gets hard because it contains a lot of moisture, and when that moisture evaporates, the sugar clumps together and becomes rock-hard. The easiest way to keep your sugar soft is simply to store it in an airtight container, to minimize evaporation. Tightly pack the sugar into a small container to help keep the ratio of air to sugar, low. My children bring home their wet swimsuits & beach towels after a long day at camp and before I have a chance to wash them, mildew sets in. No matter how many times I wash them, the smell won’t go away. This is an old-time solution for mildew. Fill a bathroom sink with lukewarm water and 1 cup of white vinegar plus 1 tablespoon of salt. Add suits or towels and swish around for a minute. Allow to soak for 30 minutes (The salt and vinegar will kill the mildew). Drain the sink, squeeze out most of the water, but do not rinse. Place item(s) in sun for several hours, until dry. Sun exposure will further kill any remaining mildew. Wash item(s) in warm, soapy water and rinse very thoroughly. Repeat the rinse cycle. Dry thoroughly, in the sun if possible. In general, hanging any laundry to dry in the sun will help remove mildew, leaving you with fresh-smelling linen and clothing. My brown sugar tends to clump up and harden too often. Every time I need to use it, I’m stuck with a hard rock of sugar; any solutions? What can I do with leftover sauces from meats or other dishes? Any way I can salvage them? I hate dumping good food. Don’t toss them. Freeze leftover sauces in the big-sized ice cube trays. Then you can just punch out a cube or two at another time when you need a quick sauce. Reheat them, and you’ve got fresh sauce, all over again! At what age is the right time to start teaching kids table manners? You should be starting to teach some basic manners to kids under age 3. How to say “please” and “thank you”, for example. Once your child is 3-4 years old, some basics to start with are: chewing with the mouth closed, asking for food politely, and not making negative comments about food. 34 | fyimagazineny.com I often rip out recipes from various magazines. I have a large unorganized stack of random recipes. What’s the best way to keep them all in order for future reference? Art Portfolios with plastic sleeves are great to store recipes and keep them all intact. The plastic protects them from getting wet, and it's simple to wipe the pages clean if they get dirty while cooking. [You can put a post-it note onto each recipe after trying it, on how your family liked it, so you remember for next time.] If you have a lot of different recipes, you can do a few portfolios and divide them according to categories. Label one for meats, one for sides, etc. It’s a pleasure just to leaf through these bounded portfolios and view the recipes and pictures, as with any cookbook. It’s so annoying when I open my cutlery drawer or my kitchen tool drawer and the tray slides back and forth. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Putting down a drawer liner will help this problem a little. If you want something more stable, use picture hanging strips - they work beautifully! Put one tab at the back of the drawer, and one on each front side. Remove the adhesive tab and carefully place the tray in the drawer. There you have it - a quick and inexpensive solution to a common kitchen dilemma. Is your business listed? Call smart list today to register your business on the app available for five towns boro park flatbush monsey williamsburg lakewood montreal POST YOUR BUSINESS BANNER AD IN THIS SPOT ON SMARTLIST. BE SEEN BY 1000s OF SHOPPERS DAILY. kiryas yoel staten island 5 Towns Far-Rockaway chicago bergen county seagate cleveland melbourne, australia England: golders green manchester stamford hill gateshead & more! israel & europe coming soon! Text the word SMART to 99629 for an automatic link WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED phone 732.730.5330 www.smartlistlocal.com email banners@lionscribe.com web
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BROOKLYN fall in love with life PROMO es Brooklyn suit starting at $149 ghts Stay three ni night free. get the four th pg 48 How to Pamper Yourself This Month pg 38 Advance The Plank Ad Stay Miami Stay Brooklyn Love the warm weather? Canʼt get away? Consider LXURE Miami your year round luxury destination. Experience the ultimate luxury vacation without any travel. • • • • • Family sized villas Luxurious amenities included Private heated pool Full kosher kitchen Close proximity to shuls and restaurants • • • • • LUXURY REDEFINED Spacious and sophisticated living space Indoor heated private wave pool Breakfast in bed Close proximity to shuls and restaurants Perfect chosson and kallah suites BROOKLYN / MIAMI 718. 501. 3911 INFO@LXURE.COM LXURE.com 36 | fyimagazineny.com 43 "Is there a cheaper alternative that works just as well?" -DRUG STORE DUPES VS HIGH END SPLURGES
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fall in love with life five minutes to fitness Last month, our focus was on the abdominals, the core of our strength. The isometric exercise we discussed was the basic plank, which works the upper and lower body, stabilizes the spine, and improves core strength to the maximum. We also described how, after holding the plank for 30-60 seconds, you can add variations to target other areas of the body and expend more calories. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. She is the co-owner of Rounds Elite Fitness a unique paleo fitness studio. rblue1994@yahoo.com Just in time for spring ad My first favorite plank variation is the spiderman plank, which also targets the obliques. Start in basic plank position, on elbows (or hands). Make sure your spine is neutral by positioning yourself in a straight line, so as not to drop your hips, risking back injury. Squeeze your glutes to stabilize the bottom half of your body, and avoid locking the knees. Draw one knee at a time towards the outer tricep without twisting or moving your upper torso. Push your heel back towards the starting position, and keep repeating. Another great variation that works the obliques, is the side plank with a twist. Lie on your side with your knees straight. Push up on your elbow and forearm. Raise your hips to form a straight line from head to ankle. Extend your upper arm to the sky, then reach under your body, twisting the upper body, and reaching behind you. Hold the twist for a second or two, and then repeat. Make sure both sides are symmetrical. Planks can be performed before, during or after any part of your day, even in the supermarket aisle. Use your judgment, but there is no reason not to perform these effective and quick exercises that will enhance your whole body strength. AHEAD OF THE CURVE www.yonanewyork.com 855-YONA-NYC 38 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  five minutes to fitness Last month, our focus was on the abdominals, the core of our strength. The...
fall in love with life five minutes to fitness Last month, our focus was on the abdominals, the core of our strength. The isometric exercise we discussed was the basic plank, which works the upper and lower body, stabilizes the spine, and improves core strength to the maximum. We also described how, after holding the plank for 30-60 seconds, you can add variations to target other areas of the body and expend more calories. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. She is the co-owner of Rounds Elite Fitness a unique paleo fitness studio. rblue1994@yahoo.com Just in time for spring ad My first favorite plank variation is the spiderman plank, which also targets the obliques. Start in basic plank position, on elbows (or hands). Make sure your spine is neutral by positioning yourself in a straight line, so as not to drop your hips, risking back injury. Squeeze your glutes to stabilize the bottom half of your body, and avoid locking the knees. Draw one knee at a time towards the outer tricep without twisting or moving your upper torso. Push your heel back towards the starting position, and keep repeating. Another great variation that works the obliques, is the side plank with a twist. Lie on your side with your knees straight. Push up on your elbow and forearm. Raise your hips to form a straight line from head to ankle. Extend your upper arm to the sky, then reach under your body, twisting the upper body, and reaching behind you. Hold the twist for a second or two, and then repeat. Make sure both sides are symmetrical. Planks can be performed before, during or after any part of your day, even in the supermarket aisle. Use your judgment, but there is no reason not to perform these effective and quick exercises that will enhance your whole body strength. AHEAD OF THE CURVE www.yonanewyork.com 855-YONA-NYC 38 | fyimagazineny.com
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fall in love with life fall in love with life FA S H I O N F E E D HOW TO WEAR: DENIM: TOP PICKS GAP shirtdress gap.com $70 Silence & Noise tote $59 urbanoutfitters.com Lille lace up point flats $138 bodenusa.com MicroFloral Trade those large floral printed pieces for a smaller bloom. This look can be boldly edgy, yet still feminine. We all love florals, so when shopping, just opt for the look in a smaller print. Victoria Beckham shows us a beautiful skirt in this trend This look is super versatile and definitely a staple for every fashionista! Denim Jeans have gone to an entirely new level. Not only can you wear denim for those #CasualFridays, but denim has now become the staple that can be worn even in a dressier style. Designers like Saint Laurent bring us the basic jean skirt, and Junya Watanabe implements the patchwork pattern into its pieces. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the denim trend for any occasion! Menswear Flats Yes, heels are fabulous, and even a necessity for many of us (me included with my petite size of barely 5’2”), but they are simply either unbearable or unpractical. This leaves us with the flats style, and if you’re gonna wear flats, they’d better be just as fab! Try this super strong and modern trend in a loafer or brogue. You’ll feel refreshingly simple and alluring. FASHION EDITOR: BETTY GULKO 40 | fyimagazineny.com MICROFLORAL: Equipment Reese button down wild floral print blouse $93 (sale), neimanmarcus.com Auberta White Pleated Midi Skirt In Scuba $40 misguided.com Step squad black high heel sandal $38 lulus.com Sequined shoulder black bag $25 (sale) romwe.com MENSWEAR: Knotted collar loose black blouse $13 (sale) romwe.com Nicole Miller Artelier floral lace pencil skirt $153 (sale) neimanmarcus.com Patent toe bluchers $70 zara.com Betty Gulko is an Orthodox freelance fashion stylist based in NYC. She has been featured on Huffington Post, E Online, and other media outlets. Contact her at bettygulko1@gmail.com, follow her for a daily dose of the #LifeOfaStylist @such.a.betty 41 | fyimagazineny.com
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fall in love with life fall in love with life FA S H I O N F E E D HOW TO WEAR: DENIM: TOP PICKS GAP shirtdress gap.com $70 Silence & Noise tote $59 urbanoutfitters.com Lille lace up point flats $138 bodenusa.com MicroFloral Trade those large floral printed pieces for a smaller bloom. This look can be boldly edgy, yet still feminine. We all love florals, so when shopping, just opt for the look in a smaller print. Victoria Beckham shows us a beautiful skirt in this trend This look is super versatile and definitely a staple for every fashionista! Denim Jeans have gone to an entirely new level. Not only can you wear denim for those #CasualFridays, but denim has now become the staple that can be worn even in a dressier style. Designers like Saint Laurent bring us the basic jean skirt, and Junya Watanabe implements the patchwork pattern into its pieces. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the denim trend for any occasion! Menswear Flats Yes, heels are fabulous, and even a necessity for many of us (me included with my petite size of barely 5’2”), but they are simply either unbearable or unpractical. This leaves us with the flats style, and if you’re gonna wear flats, they’d better be just as fab! Try this super strong and modern trend in a loafer or brogue. You’ll feel refreshingly simple and alluring. FASHION EDITOR: BETTY GULKO 40 | fyimagazineny.com MICROFLORAL: Equipment Reese button down wild floral print blouse $93 (sale), neimanmarcus.com Auberta White Pleated Midi Skirt In Scuba $40 misguided.com Step squad black high heel sandal $38 lulus.com Sequined shoulder black bag $25 (sale) romwe.com MENSWEAR: Knotted collar loose black blouse $13 (sale) romwe.com Nicole Miller Artelier floral lace pencil skirt $153 (sale) neimanmarcus.com Patent toe bluchers $70 zara.com Betty Gulko is an Orthodox freelance fashion stylist based in NYC. She has been featured on Huffington Post, E Online, and other media outlets. Contact her at bettygulko1@gmail.com, follow her for a daily dose of the #LifeOfaStylist @such.a.betty 41 | fyimagazineny.com
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fall in love with life fall in love with life quotes that inspire “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” “Learning is a gift, even when pain is your teacher.” “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” SUZY KASSEM “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” MAYA WILSON “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” THOMAS EDISON “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” 42 | fyimagazineny.com high end splurge VS drugstore dupes This past month, I’ve been putting this question to the test. I looked for products with extremely similar ingredients, with the same texture and color payoff, and used them with as little bias as possible by repackaging them for an entire month. This is what I’ve found after testing out 5 high-end splurges against their drugstore dupes. Maybelline the Falsies Mascara, $7 vs. Lancome Hypnose Mascara, $26 Extremely similar brush and formula; both even contain jojoba oil and palm oil. Both of these mascaras are amazing and leave the lashes full but not clumpy, but through testing these products against each other, I found that Maybelline the Falsies is the clear winner. It doesn’t smudge all day, and it stays on longer because of an ingredient called Acrylates Copolymer, which the Lancome product doesn’t have. The effects of these mascaras are similar, but because of the long-lasting ingredient and the incredible price, I have to give the trophy to the drugstore dupe! Mascaras need to be replaced pretty often, around every 6 weeks, BY BATYA REZNIK Milani baked Blush in Luminous $5.99 vs.Nars Blush Orgasm $30 This Nars blush is possibly one of the most hyped-up makeup items, like ever… and for good reason. It gives the skin a gorgeous, luminous rose/gold sheen and goes on smooth like butter. Also, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. You can just keep slapping it on and it’s never too much or too little. It’s hard to go wrong with it. I’ve personally been a cult follower of Nars blushes for years, and I was extremely skeptical about trying out ones from the drugstore, because of my experience with chalky cakey cheap pharmacy products. But I picked up this one from Milani, and I must say, I’ve been cheating on my Nars! Although there are some minor differences, like the Milani blush is definitely sheerer, it still gives that gorgeous glowing effect to the skin. The color is a gorgeous mixture of peach, pink, and dusty rose, so it looks natural on most skin tones. Although I still love my Nars blush, if you want to save yourself $24, definitely try out the Milani. 43 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  fall in love with life  quotes that inspire    If it doesn   t challenge you, it won   t change yo...
fall in love with life fall in love with life quotes that inspire “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” “Learning is a gift, even when pain is your teacher.” “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” SUZY KASSEM “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.” MAYA WILSON “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” THOMAS EDISON “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” 42 | fyimagazineny.com high end splurge VS drugstore dupes This past month, I’ve been putting this question to the test. I looked for products with extremely similar ingredients, with the same texture and color payoff, and used them with as little bias as possible by repackaging them for an entire month. This is what I’ve found after testing out 5 high-end splurges against their drugstore dupes. Maybelline the Falsies Mascara, $7 vs. Lancome Hypnose Mascara, $26 Extremely similar brush and formula; both even contain jojoba oil and palm oil. Both of these mascaras are amazing and leave the lashes full but not clumpy, but through testing these products against each other, I found that Maybelline the Falsies is the clear winner. It doesn’t smudge all day, and it stays on longer because of an ingredient called Acrylates Copolymer, which the Lancome product doesn’t have. The effects of these mascaras are similar, but because of the long-lasting ingredient and the incredible price, I have to give the trophy to the drugstore dupe! Mascaras need to be replaced pretty often, around every 6 weeks, BY BATYA REZNIK Milani baked Blush in Luminous $5.99 vs.Nars Blush Orgasm $30 This Nars blush is possibly one of the most hyped-up makeup items, like ever… and for good reason. It gives the skin a gorgeous, luminous rose/gold sheen and goes on smooth like butter. Also, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. You can just keep slapping it on and it’s never too much or too little. It’s hard to go wrong with it. I’ve personally been a cult follower of Nars blushes for years, and I was extremely skeptical about trying out ones from the drugstore, because of my experience with chalky cakey cheap pharmacy products. But I picked up this one from Milani, and I must say, I’ve been cheating on my Nars! Although there are some minor differences, like the Milani blush is definitely sheerer, it still gives that gorgeous glowing effect to the skin. The color is a gorgeous mixture of peach, pink, and dusty rose, so it looks natural on most skin tones. Although I still love my Nars blush, if you want to save yourself $24, definitely try out the Milani. 43 | fyimagazineny.com
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fall in love with life Mac Snob Lipstick, $16 vs. Revlon Pink Pout, $7.99 Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation, $12 vs. Dior Airflash Foundation, $62 Both of these foundations claim to give an airbrushed finish to the face, and the Dior Airflash has been a staple in my kit for years. Sprayed onto a brush, and then buffed into the skin, it gives a lightweight smoothing effect that covers tiny imperfections because of the miniscule, densely-packed particles. I was excited to try the Revlon foundation, because it claims to have the same effect for a fraction of the price. However, after using it a few times, I realized there was no comparison. The Revlon foundation, while being extremely thick and heavy on the skin, also contains chunky bits of glitter that look completely unnatural. Yes, we all want a glow, but we are not vampires in Twilight and we do not need to literally sparkle in the daylight. Sorry, Revlon; the Dior Airflash still has my heart! Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bronze, $6.99 vs. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage, $36 Finally! Drugstore cream eye shadows that are super-creamy, pigmented, and stay on all day! These Maybelline Color Tattoos have completely won me over. They blend out just as well as the Chanel lllusion D’Ombre ones, and the color payoff is even better. Oh… and I can actually pronounce their name! Total bonus. But seriously, if you’re looking for a gorgeous long-wearing cream eye shadow for Shabbos or just every day, pop by your local CVS. You can wear these beauties by themselves blended out all over the lid, or as a base to prolong the wear of your other shadows. Most importantly, don’t forget to blend! Use the warmth of your fingertips to quickly smudge out the edges of the cream shadow, and you’re good to go. Three-second makeup, done! 44 | fyimagazineny.com Both stunning cool-toned, baby pink lipsticks with just the right amount of nude to make them go from Barbie to totally wearable. With these on, your smile will look wider, your teeth whiter, and your eyes brighter. Although these lipstick colors are pretty similar, Mac Snob is a tiny bit more matte, while Revlon Pink Pout is slightly creamier, with a glossier finish. If you’re looking for an everyday moisturizing lipstick that feels great and has a gorgeous sheen, Revlon Pink Pout was made for you. If you want a slightly more matte but still moisturizing lipstick that smells like vanilla, goes on like silk, and “magically” lasts for hours, you’re a Mac lippie gal like me. But seriously, although the Revlon ones are gorgeous, there’s just something about a Mac lipstick that makes my heart skip a beat. How to Write A To Do List of Love WRITTEN BY ASHLEY COHEN Batya Hess is a full time makeup artist. She loves making people feel beautiful and enjoys testing every new product launch. @makeupbybatya AS WOMEN, we all live busy, hectic lives. We are constantly in a frenzy, governed by the things on our “To Do” list. I’m not talking about our normal “To Do” list, though - the one with our chores. I’m talking about the one that says, “Be thinner…you really need to lose some weight.” “Why haven’t you gotten to that yet?” “Be kinder to the kids!” Sound familiar? This “To Do” list haunts us and never lets us breathe. I call it the “To Do List of Doom.” Instead of crossing things off, we add more on, and instead of feeling good, we feel only doom. We’ll never make it through our normal “To Do” list if we’re always adding doomed things to the list. Instead of writing and rewriting our “To Do List of Doom,” we must learn to write a “To Do List of Love.” 45 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  Mac Snob Lipstick,  16 vs. Revlon Pink Pout,  7.99 Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation,  12 vs. ...
fall in love with life Mac Snob Lipstick, $16 vs. Revlon Pink Pout, $7.99 Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation, $12 vs. Dior Airflash Foundation, $62 Both of these foundations claim to give an airbrushed finish to the face, and the Dior Airflash has been a staple in my kit for years. Sprayed onto a brush, and then buffed into the skin, it gives a lightweight smoothing effect that covers tiny imperfections because of the miniscule, densely-packed particles. I was excited to try the Revlon foundation, because it claims to have the same effect for a fraction of the price. However, after using it a few times, I realized there was no comparison. The Revlon foundation, while being extremely thick and heavy on the skin, also contains chunky bits of glitter that look completely unnatural. Yes, we all want a glow, but we are not vampires in Twilight and we do not need to literally sparkle in the daylight. Sorry, Revlon; the Dior Airflash still has my heart! Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bronze, $6.99 vs. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage, $36 Finally! Drugstore cream eye shadows that are super-creamy, pigmented, and stay on all day! These Maybelline Color Tattoos have completely won me over. They blend out just as well as the Chanel lllusion D’Ombre ones, and the color payoff is even better. Oh… and I can actually pronounce their name! Total bonus. But seriously, if you’re looking for a gorgeous long-wearing cream eye shadow for Shabbos or just every day, pop by your local CVS. You can wear these beauties by themselves blended out all over the lid, or as a base to prolong the wear of your other shadows. Most importantly, don’t forget to blend! Use the warmth of your fingertips to quickly smudge out the edges of the cream shadow, and you’re good to go. Three-second makeup, done! 44 | fyimagazineny.com Both stunning cool-toned, baby pink lipsticks with just the right amount of nude to make them go from Barbie to totally wearable. With these on, your smile will look wider, your teeth whiter, and your eyes brighter. Although these lipstick colors are pretty similar, Mac Snob is a tiny bit more matte, while Revlon Pink Pout is slightly creamier, with a glossier finish. If you’re looking for an everyday moisturizing lipstick that feels great and has a gorgeous sheen, Revlon Pink Pout was made for you. If you want a slightly more matte but still moisturizing lipstick that smells like vanilla, goes on like silk, and “magically” lasts for hours, you’re a Mac lippie gal like me. But seriously, although the Revlon ones are gorgeous, there’s just something about a Mac lipstick that makes my heart skip a beat. How to Write A To Do List of Love WRITTEN BY ASHLEY COHEN Batya Hess is a full time makeup artist. She loves making people feel beautiful and enjoys testing every new product launch. @makeupbybatya AS WOMEN, we all live busy, hectic lives. We are constantly in a frenzy, governed by the things on our “To Do” list. I’m not talking about our normal “To Do” list, though - the one with our chores. I’m talking about the one that says, “Be thinner…you really need to lose some weight.” “Why haven’t you gotten to that yet?” “Be kinder to the kids!” Sound familiar? This “To Do” list haunts us and never lets us breathe. I call it the “To Do List of Doom.” Instead of crossing things off, we add more on, and instead of feeling good, we feel only doom. We’ll never make it through our normal “To Do” list if we’re always adding doomed things to the list. Instead of writing and rewriting our “To Do List of Doom,” we must learn to write a “To Do List of Love.” 45 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  Mac Snob Lipstick,  16 vs. Revlon Pink Pout,  7.99 Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation,  12 vs. ...
fall in love with life 1. Pray This does not necessarily mean structured prayer. It means being alone with your thoughts, the Divine and silence, at least once a day. This helps set intentions for the day and gives a little boost of energy. Prayer reminds us of life’s truths and commits us to them. It brings us back to ourselves, and helps us face the challenges of the day with strength, conviction, and love. THERE IS 2. Be present. Check in with your inner self When the day is getting hectic and you haven’t paused for a moment, step away for just a second. Check in with yourself and the present moment. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “am I present right now? Am I happy right now?” If not, ask, “what must I do to fix that?” Your inner self knows exactly what you need. It will give you the answer and all you have to do is listen to it. You will be surprised how much the inner you knows about you. 3. Practice kindness It’s a well-known fact that helping others helps ourselves. Practicing kindness doesn’t have to be a huge burden. It can be as simple as calling your mom to say “I love you,” holding open the door for someone, smiling at a cashier, or even sending a text saying, “thinking of you.” It’s amazing how far the little things go in brightening up another’s day. In the simple act of giving away, you’ll feel better as well. 4. Practice self-care Self-care is probably self-love’s best-kept secret. It is the key to unleashing true self-love. Self-care can be a few different things and I advise making a list of each: things you do for fun, things that make you feel good, things that keep you healthy. Practice one from each list per day. See how much better you feel when you do! 5. Leave yourself notes Instead of the mean notes you might usually leave yourself, like “you should lose some weight,” leave yourself love notes instead. Put them in your lunch bag or on the mirror. Put them by your coffee machine or on the fridge. Leave notes everywhere! Remind yourself, “You are beautiful, amazing, and lovely.” 7. Count your blessings Developing a deep appreciation for all you have can transform your life. Set a timer on your phone and a few times day, say, “I am grateful for…” Take that moment, right then and there, to recognize the gifts you have. It might be that your car is getting you from point A to point B. It might be that your fingers are helping you to type. It might be that you are breathing! Anything and everything is acceptable. The key is finding and feeling the gifts you are given at every moment of your life. 46 | fyimagazineny.com 6. Take note of the day’s accomplishments Days tend to just fly by and rare is the moment we pat ourselves on the back. At the end of each day, sit down and think, “what did I accomplish today? Who was I kind to? How did I progress on my goals? Is the house cleaner today than yesterday?” None of these could have happened without You! So instead of nagging yourself for all that you didn’t do, start praising yourself for all that you did! When we use the “To Do List of Love,” our days are much brighter and our lives are much sweeter. We can put aside the “To Do List of Doom,” knowing this “To Do List of Love” is keeping us busy enough! GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS The bad news is that the state approved the reduction of energy grants by $1,000...the good news is that the deadline to receive the full grant has been extended until August 1, 2015. IT’S A NO BRAINER! New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™, in conjunction with NJNG, is deeply interested in reducing energy waste and is offering $15,000 in incentives and interest-free loans. Let us help you to access this subsidy, so you can upgrade your home’s equipment without costing a dime! Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. Making homes more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. HEATING & COOLING | WATER HEATER SPRAY FOAM - INSULATION | AIR SEAL | OIL TO GAS CONVERSION q732.444.8321 info@EnergyAnalysisGroup.com www.energyanalysisgroup.com New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ Is Brought To You By The New Jersey Board Of Public Utilities And Does Not Endorse Any One Particular Contractor. 47 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  1. Pray This does not necessarily mean structured prayer. It means being alone with your thoughts,...
fall in love with life 1. Pray This does not necessarily mean structured prayer. It means being alone with your thoughts, the Divine and silence, at least once a day. This helps set intentions for the day and gives a little boost of energy. Prayer reminds us of life’s truths and commits us to them. It brings us back to ourselves, and helps us face the challenges of the day with strength, conviction, and love. THERE IS 2. Be present. Check in with your inner self When the day is getting hectic and you haven’t paused for a moment, step away for just a second. Check in with yourself and the present moment. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “am I present right now? Am I happy right now?” If not, ask, “what must I do to fix that?” Your inner self knows exactly what you need. It will give you the answer and all you have to do is listen to it. You will be surprised how much the inner you knows about you. 3. Practice kindness It’s a well-known fact that helping others helps ourselves. Practicing kindness doesn’t have to be a huge burden. It can be as simple as calling your mom to say “I love you,” holding open the door for someone, smiling at a cashier, or even sending a text saying, “thinking of you.” It’s amazing how far the little things go in brightening up another’s day. In the simple act of giving away, you’ll feel better as well. 4. Practice self-care Self-care is probably self-love’s best-kept secret. It is the key to unleashing true self-love. Self-care can be a few different things and I advise making a list of each: things you do for fun, things that make you feel good, things that keep you healthy. Practice one from each list per day. See how much better you feel when you do! 5. Leave yourself notes Instead of the mean notes you might usually leave yourself, like “you should lose some weight,” leave yourself love notes instead. Put them in your lunch bag or on the mirror. Put them by your coffee machine or on the fridge. Leave notes everywhere! Remind yourself, “You are beautiful, amazing, and lovely.” 7. Count your blessings Developing a deep appreciation for all you have can transform your life. Set a timer on your phone and a few times day, say, “I am grateful for…” Take that moment, right then and there, to recognize the gifts you have. It might be that your car is getting you from point A to point B. It might be that your fingers are helping you to type. It might be that you are breathing! Anything and everything is acceptable. The key is finding and feeling the gifts you are given at every moment of your life. 46 | fyimagazineny.com 6. Take note of the day’s accomplishments Days tend to just fly by and rare is the moment we pat ourselves on the back. At the end of each day, sit down and think, “what did I accomplish today? Who was I kind to? How did I progress on my goals? Is the house cleaner today than yesterday?” None of these could have happened without You! So instead of nagging yourself for all that you didn’t do, start praising yourself for all that you did! When we use the “To Do List of Love,” our days are much brighter and our lives are much sweeter. We can put aside the “To Do List of Doom,” knowing this “To Do List of Love” is keeping us busy enough! GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS The bad news is that the state approved the reduction of energy grants by $1,000...the good news is that the deadline to receive the full grant has been extended until August 1, 2015. IT’S A NO BRAINER! New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™, in conjunction with NJNG, is deeply interested in reducing energy waste and is offering $15,000 in incentives and interest-free loans. Let us help you to access this subsidy, so you can upgrade your home’s equipment without costing a dime! Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. Making homes more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. HEATING & COOLING | WATER HEATER SPRAY FOAM - INSULATION | AIR SEAL | OIL TO GAS CONVERSION q732.444.8321 info@EnergyAnalysisGroup.com www.energyanalysisgroup.com New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ Is Brought To You By The New Jersey Board Of Public Utilities And Does Not Endorse Any One Particular Contractor. 47 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  1. Pray This does not necessarily mean structured prayer. It means being alone with your thoughts,...
fall in love with life fall in love with life take a break / how to pamper yourself this month Go on a Crea t ive Da te wit h You rsel f! Feeling worn out yet simultaneously guilty at the thought of giving yourself what you crave and need? You’re not alone. Here, we suggest an accessible and affordable way to feel more connected and cared for. WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY Women who spend their days giving could reap magnificent benefits from a little playtime with their own child within. Time set aside for something fun (something you deeply loved as a child, but perhaps feel is too frivolous now) will leave you feeling nurtured and renewed. Julia Cameron, best-selling author of The Artist’s Way, “a 12 week course in discovering and recovering your creative self,” advocates a weekly artist date as a primary recovery tool. According to Cameron, this date is a weekly block of time, say two hours (or something realistic) that is dedicated to pampering your creative consciousness, “your inner artist.” But what if you don’t consider yourself an artist or creative type? Cameron believes we’re all creative, and everyone can benefit. When we spend regular time with ourselves having fun, “we can find our greater selves.” The date need not involve anything arts or crafts-like, but should include what you love - think magical and engaging. Most of us agree that in any relationship, quality time is vital. Yet, we fail to internalize that truth when it comes to the relationship we have with ourselves. The result: we find ourselves feeling off center and not as present or relaxed as we could be. On the flipside, when we spend time in solitude with our “artist child,” we find ourselves feeling more whole and at peace, and thus able to give more fully when interacting with the world. Cameron includes questions in The Artist’s Way that may help spark date ideas: “If I had five other fun-filled lives to lead, what would I do in each of them? What do I wish for? What would I do if it weren’t too crazy or selfish? What do I love but am not allowed to do?” You could consider making an expedition to the beach for sunrise or sunset, joining a drum circle or just going for a long walk in an unexplored part of town. One idea is to take five dollars to your local five-and-dime and buy silly things like postcards, stickers, sparkly sequins and crayons. CONSISTENCY We all know starting is the hardest part, so set aside time for the upcoming weeks. Savor the anticipation before each date, and rest assured that the time will come again next week. Some people try to wriggle out of the date initially. Simply recognize this resistance as a fear of spending time with yourself and do it anyway. PREPLAN If you have kids, organize a babysitter or get your husband on duty well in advance. Things may come up, but wherever possible, try to defend the time wholeheartedly. As with any special outing, it’s worthwhile planning in advance. This does not, however, rule out being flexible or spontaneous. Remember, this is not another “to do,” but whatever feels like play. GO SOLO Make sure that you take only yourself on this date - no nursing babies or anyone else who expresses interest in tagging along. COST A creative date need not cost much; the time itself is more precious than what’s spent. It is, however, worthwhile setting aside a small budget for the activity in order to treat yourself and to alleviate any doubts in the moment (Do I really deserve this? Is this extravagant?). It may be hard to believe the impact that a date in solitude can have on you, but getting in touch with your fun and creative side can awaken your soul and enrich all areas of your life. Those who swear by it consider it pervasive, refreshing and absolutely necessary. “WE ALL KNOW STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART, SO SET ASIDE TIME FOR THE UPCOMING WEEKS.” 48 | fyimagazineny.com HOW TO GO ABOUT IT 49 | fyimagazineny.com
fall in love with life  fall in love with life  take a break   how to pamper yourself this month  Go on a Crea t ive Da te...
fall in love with life fall in love with life take a break / how to pamper yourself this month Go on a Crea t ive Da te wit h You rsel f! Feeling worn out yet simultaneously guilty at the thought of giving yourself what you crave and need? You’re not alone. Here, we suggest an accessible and affordable way to feel more connected and cared for. WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY Women who spend their days giving could reap magnificent benefits from a little playtime with their own child within. Time set aside for something fun (something you deeply loved as a child, but perhaps feel is too frivolous now) will leave you feeling nurtured and renewed. Julia Cameron, best-selling author of The Artist’s Way, “a 12 week course in discovering and recovering your creative self,” advocates a weekly artist date as a primary recovery tool. According to Cameron, this date is a weekly block of time, say two hours (or something realistic) that is dedicated to pampering your creative consciousness, “your inner artist.” But what if you don’t consider yourself an artist or creative type? Cameron believes we’re all creative, and everyone can benefit. When we spend regular time with ourselves having fun, “we can find our greater selves.” The date need not involve anything arts or crafts-like, but should include what you love - think magical and engaging. Most of us agree that in any relationship, quality time is vital. Yet, we fail to internalize that truth when it comes to the relationship we have with ourselves. The result: we find ourselves feeling off center and not as present or relaxed as we could be. On the flipside, when we spend time in solitude with our “artist child,” we find ourselves feeling more whole and at peace, and thus able to give more fully when interacting with the world. Cameron includes questions in The Artist’s Way that may help spark date ideas: “If I had five other fun-filled lives to lead, what would I do in each of them? What do I wish for? What would I do if it weren’t too crazy or selfish? What do I love but am not allowed to do?” You could consider making an expedition to the beach for sunrise or sunset, joining a drum circle or just going for a long walk in an unexplored part of town. One idea is to take five dollars to your local five-and-dime and buy silly things like postcards, stickers, sparkly sequins and crayons. CONSISTENCY We all know starting is the hardest part, so set aside time for the upcoming weeks. Savor the anticipation before each date, and rest assured that the time will come again next week. Some people try to wriggle out of the date initially. Simply recognize this resistance as a fear of spending time with yourself and do it anyway. PREPLAN If you have kids, organize a babysitter or get your husband on duty well in advance. Things may come up, but wherever possible, try to defend the time wholeheartedly. As with any special outing, it’s worthwhile planning in advance. This does not, however, rule out being flexible or spontaneous. Remember, this is not another “to do,” but whatever feels like play. GO SOLO Make sure that you take only yourself on this date - no nursing babies or anyone else who expresses interest in tagging along. COST A creative date need not cost much; the time itself is more precious than what’s spent. It is, however, worthwhile setting aside a small budget for the activity in order to treat yourself and to alleviate any doubts in the moment (Do I really deserve this? Is this extravagant?). It may be hard to believe the impact that a date in solitude can have on you, but getting in touch with your fun and creative side can awaken your soul and enrich all areas of your life. Those who swear by it consider it pervasive, refreshing and absolutely necessary. “WE ALL KNOW STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART, SO SET ASIDE TIME FOR THE UPCOMING WEEKS.” 48 | fyimagazineny.com HOW TO GO ABOUT IT 49 | fyimagazineny.com
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N O N I R O N • WR I N K L E F R E E • C L AS S IC F IT • S L IM F IT get a handle on it pg 55 POOL SAFETY TIPS to Keep Your Family Safe This Summer AD C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 69 “The process of packing can cause so much stress that it’s enough to put you off the idea of vacationing.” - HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO SLIM FIT 50 | fyimagazineny.com
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N O N I R O N • WR I N K L E F R E E • C L AS S IC F IT • S L IM F IT get a handle on it pg 55 POOL SAFETY TIPS to Keep Your Family Safe This Summer AD C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 69 “The process of packing can cause so much stress that it’s enough to put you off the idea of vacationing.” - HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO SLIM FIT 50 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it parenting in the age of distraction SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO BEGIN PARENTING IN A NONDISTRACTED MANNER: As with most things in life, the first step to making a lifestyle change is acknowledging that you have a problem. Be honest with yourself as to how often technology gets in the way of your best attempts at parenting. WRITTEN BY MUFFINS N MOM Spending quality time with my children has always been at the center of my parenting approach. So one sunny school day, I found myself settling into a booth at a cafe with my son after a particularly grueling dentist’s appointment. takes precedence over our children’s needs at the moment. Here are some relatable scenarios: Homework hour, during which the phone beckons as your child asks for your complete focus on a tedious math problem, or picture the bewilderingly late bedtime hour, where you wonder where the time has gone after spending just a “few” minutes lost in the world of Facebook despite the chaos around you. As we often point out to our clients, the best form of parenting is by example. Consequently, the first step to guiding your children through the paradox of technology and its impact on their lives is to practice what you preach. No media or technology during homework hour means no media or technology for the entire family (a la The Berenstain Bears in Too Much TV). The same holds true for dinner time, bedtime and whatever other restrictions you put in place for your family. In this way, you will model for your children the meaning of balance and the “time and place” aspect of learning how to handle technology in a positive and rewarding manner. muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman, LCSW, and Leah Davidowitz, LCSW. Follow @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. muffinsmoms@gmail.com 52 | fyimagazineny.com Commit to change: make a conscious decision every morning to stick to your family rules regarding technology. Be consistent. No parenting technique will “take” without consistency. Inconsistency sends mixed messages to your children, throwing them off balance and benefiting no one. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHAYA YITTY WALKIN Feeling slightly self-congratulatory for allowing him to take off from school to spend this time with me, I took a few minutes to scan my e-mail as we waited for the waiter to take our order. ‘Mom’, my son said firmly. I heard his voice piercing through the fog of my intense concentration. ‘Hmmmm’ was my lukewarm response to him. ‘Mom’, he said, sounding strangely familiar. ‘Can you hand me your phone? I don’t think this quite qualifies as special time.’ Feeling deeply ashamed, I sheepishly tucked the phone into my bag where it lay for the duration of the meal. Not coincidentally, this turned out to be a fabulous bonding experience for me and my son. If you identify with the mom in the paragraph above, you are not alone! Many parents today wage battle against their children’s technological devices in an attempt to bring up confident and well-adjusted children. By the same token, however, most of us face the same battle within ourselves. A large majority of parents today can relate to this phenomenon and agree that it has been detrimental to them and their children at times. The result of this type of parenting is a so-called “pseudo-parenting”, in which parents go through the motions of parenting, yet are not fully present. In this manner, parental guidance takes on a non-genuine ring. This distracted parenting often leads to resentful and impatient parents as the technology Decide what your family’s rules are. Each family will have different priorities due to its values and principles. For some, it may mean a complete “cold turkey” approach where technology is banned from the home. For others, technology is acceptable only during certain days and hours. There are many options. Regardless of the approach, make sure to include yourself. Be forewarned: You will probably face a small revolution from a kiddie army, but remember that you are instituting this change for their own well-being and that of your entire family. 53 | fyimagazineny.com
get a handle on it  get a handle on it  parenting in the age of distraction  SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO BEGIN PARENTING I...
get a handle on it get a handle on it parenting in the age of distraction SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO BEGIN PARENTING IN A NONDISTRACTED MANNER: As with most things in life, the first step to making a lifestyle change is acknowledging that you have a problem. Be honest with yourself as to how often technology gets in the way of your best attempts at parenting. WRITTEN BY MUFFINS N MOM Spending quality time with my children has always been at the center of my parenting approach. So one sunny school day, I found myself settling into a booth at a cafe with my son after a particularly grueling dentist’s appointment. takes precedence over our children’s needs at the moment. Here are some relatable scenarios: Homework hour, during which the phone beckons as your child asks for your complete focus on a tedious math problem, or picture the bewilderingly late bedtime hour, where you wonder where the time has gone after spending just a “few” minutes lost in the world of Facebook despite the chaos around you. As we often point out to our clients, the best form of parenting is by example. Consequently, the first step to guiding your children through the paradox of technology and its impact on their lives is to practice what you preach. No media or technology during homework hour means no media or technology for the entire family (a la The Berenstain Bears in Too Much TV). The same holds true for dinner time, bedtime and whatever other restrictions you put in place for your family. In this way, you will model for your children the meaning of balance and the “time and place” aspect of learning how to handle technology in a positive and rewarding manner. muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman, LCSW, and Leah Davidowitz, LCSW. Follow @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. muffinsmoms@gmail.com 52 | fyimagazineny.com Commit to change: make a conscious decision every morning to stick to your family rules regarding technology. Be consistent. No parenting technique will “take” without consistency. Inconsistency sends mixed messages to your children, throwing them off balance and benefiting no one. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHAYA YITTY WALKIN Feeling slightly self-congratulatory for allowing him to take off from school to spend this time with me, I took a few minutes to scan my e-mail as we waited for the waiter to take our order. ‘Mom’, my son said firmly. I heard his voice piercing through the fog of my intense concentration. ‘Hmmmm’ was my lukewarm response to him. ‘Mom’, he said, sounding strangely familiar. ‘Can you hand me your phone? I don’t think this quite qualifies as special time.’ Feeling deeply ashamed, I sheepishly tucked the phone into my bag where it lay for the duration of the meal. Not coincidentally, this turned out to be a fabulous bonding experience for me and my son. If you identify with the mom in the paragraph above, you are not alone! Many parents today wage battle against their children’s technological devices in an attempt to bring up confident and well-adjusted children. By the same token, however, most of us face the same battle within ourselves. A large majority of parents today can relate to this phenomenon and agree that it has been detrimental to them and their children at times. The result of this type of parenting is a so-called “pseudo-parenting”, in which parents go through the motions of parenting, yet are not fully present. In this manner, parental guidance takes on a non-genuine ring. This distracted parenting often leads to resentful and impatient parents as the technology Decide what your family’s rules are. Each family will have different priorities due to its values and principles. For some, it may mean a complete “cold turkey” approach where technology is banned from the home. For others, technology is acceptable only during certain days and hours. There are many options. Regardless of the approach, make sure to include yourself. Be forewarned: You will probably face a small revolution from a kiddie army, but remember that you are instituting this change for their own well-being and that of your entire family. 53 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it Swimming Sa 5 magic helpers t o Keep i Ingenious products that will make your day easier. WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER The summer is here and so are those wonderful hours spent at the pool. Being a certified lifeguard makes me sensitive to pool safety and pool rules. It is every parent’s responsibility to teach children safety and respect for all pool rules. It is something you will never regret! Sunsella Mighty Pops TrackR Sticker Never lose your keys again! Apply the quarter-sized sticker to your keys, wallet, or any other valuables that you lose often. Then use the phone app to give you the location and/or ring the tracker to quickly find lost items. It also has separation alerts which notifies you before you forget your belongings. thetrackr.com, $30 Make your own push-up pops with these easy-to-use silicone molds. Simply fill the molds with your favorite smoothie or juice, cover and freeze. They take up very little space in the freezer, are dishwasher safe and come in six fun colors. These Mighty Pops are great for kids, and adults will love them too! amazon.com, $11 n Mi Invisaband Corkcicle Air This easy peasy, beautiful and breezy cork is a 4-in-1 tool for wine bottles. Chill. Aerate. Pour. Stop. Perfectly chill red and white wines by placing the Corkcicle in the freezer before use. The aerator expands the aromatic profile as you pour. Here’s the coolest feature: You don’t need to remove the Corkcicle to pour; just tilt the bottle as usual. The Corkcicle Air makes a good bottle of wine that much better. corkcicle.com, $25 CREDIT TO GO IN THERE Stop getting mosquito bites with this all-natural mosquito repellent wristband. Invisaband is made from a cloth-like material and is fully adjustable for all wrist sizes. It can even be worn on the ankles, belt, bag and stroller. The five bands come in a resealable bag, and each band lasts over 120 hours. Just put on an Invisaband and you’re ready to go outdoors! amazon.com, $20 Find these products on fyimagazineny.com 54 | fyimagazineny.com 55 | fyimagazineny.com get a handle on it fe t y Tipser mm nd Th i s Su
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get a handle on it Swimming Sa 5 magic helpers t o Keep i Ingenious products that will make your day easier. WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER The summer is here and so are those wonderful hours spent at the pool. Being a certified lifeguard makes me sensitive to pool safety and pool rules. It is every parent’s responsibility to teach children safety and respect for all pool rules. It is something you will never regret! Sunsella Mighty Pops TrackR Sticker Never lose your keys again! Apply the quarter-sized sticker to your keys, wallet, or any other valuables that you lose often. Then use the phone app to give you the location and/or ring the tracker to quickly find lost items. It also has separation alerts which notifies you before you forget your belongings. thetrackr.com, $30 Make your own push-up pops with these easy-to-use silicone molds. Simply fill the molds with your favorite smoothie or juice, cover and freeze. They take up very little space in the freezer, are dishwasher safe and come in six fun colors. These Mighty Pops are great for kids, and adults will love them too! amazon.com, $11 n Mi Invisaband Corkcicle Air This easy peasy, beautiful and breezy cork is a 4-in-1 tool for wine bottles. Chill. Aerate. Pour. Stop. Perfectly chill red and white wines by placing the Corkcicle in the freezer before use. The aerator expands the aromatic profile as you pour. Here’s the coolest feature: You don’t need to remove the Corkcicle to pour; just tilt the bottle as usual. The Corkcicle Air makes a good bottle of wine that much better. corkcicle.com, $25 CREDIT TO GO IN THERE Stop getting mosquito bites with this all-natural mosquito repellent wristband. Invisaband is made from a cloth-like material and is fully adjustable for all wrist sizes. It can even be worn on the ankles, belt, bag and stroller. The five bands come in a resealable bag, and each band lasts over 120 hours. Just put on an Invisaband and you’re ready to go outdoors! amazon.com, $20 Find these products on fyimagazineny.com 54 | fyimagazineny.com 55 | fyimagazineny.com get a handle on it fe t y Tipser mm nd Th i s Su
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get a handle on it DO YOU AVOID DO YOU WAIT 2. Never leave kids unattended and don’t run on the deck unless you are chasing a runaway child. 1.Never speak to the lifeguard. Regardless if there is one child or a hundred in the pool, the lifeguard needs to be watching them, and answering your questions or conversing with you, takes focus away from her job. Don’t be insulted if the lifeguard does not make eye contact when she does answer your questions. She is keeping her eyes on the pool. Anything you need to discuss with her can be arranged after pool hours. Tripping or slipping is just as much a danger as drowning. If you see a child running on the deck, stop him/her immediately. If you need to leave the pool area even for a second, take all of your kids with you. It is NOT the lifeguard’s job to watch your toddler on the deck. I still have nightmares of a little blonde two-year-old boy running around in the pool area when I was a lifeguard. His mother would read while he ran around or bent over the pool. Since this mother was putting herself and her child in danger and refused to be responsible, the head lifeguard barred both of them from the pool. While it may be a pain to drag three toddlers to the bathroom along with your-six-year old-never mind all the sweat— it beats accompanying a drowning child to the hospital anytime. 3. Do not eat in the pool area. Where do many snack wrappers and bottles end up? In the pool! First, it is imperative to keep the pool clean. Snack and candy wrappers can get stuck in pool filters, causing them to stall and break. In addition, soda cans and glass bottles may pose a danger to swimmers: they are responsible for cuts and lacerations in the pool and on the deck. 5.Don’t consider children “drownproof” because they learned 4. Protect your children by installing a pool alarm While many people don’t think a pool alarm is necessary, many lives could have been saved if parents had been alerted to an open pool door. Too many children get into the pool area unattended. Before you leave the pool area, don’t leave pool toys or buckets floating in the pool. A child or toddler may get into the pool area unattended in an attempt to retrieve them. 56 | fyimagazineny.com how to swim. You may have paid a lot of money to get your son the greatest swimming trainer. It doesn’t matter. any swimmer, even the advanced, can have an unexpected injury and should not be in the pool alone. Keep your eyes on the pool and don’t ever hesitate to get your floundering kid out of trouble..Any swimmer, even the advanced, can have an unexpected injury and should not be in the pool alone. Keep your eyes on the pool and don’t ever hesitate to get your floundering kid out of trouble. ad accepting a customer’s credit card payment due to high processing fees? for your customer to mail a check instead of accepting an immediate credit card payment? DO YOU THINK it costs 3% or more to process credit cards on large transactions? Looks like YOU ARE NOT PROCESSING with Banquest Payment Systems. Banquest Payment Systems has developed proprietary systems that allow you to process large transactions If you are processing large monthly volumes you must CALL US TODAY to learn about our special WITH RATES AS LOW 1.70%! LARGE VOLUME PROGRAM. CALL BANQUEST PAYMENT SYSTEMS TODAY TO STREAMLINE YOUR COLLECTIONS AND REDUCE YOUR PROCESSING COSTS. THE RESULTS ARE PRICELESS! 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com KFrisch@Banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 57 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it DO YOU AVOID DO YOU WAIT 2. Never leave kids unattended and don’t run on the deck unless you are chasing a runaway child. 1.Never speak to the lifeguard. Regardless if there is one child or a hundred in the pool, the lifeguard needs to be watching them, and answering your questions or conversing with you, takes focus away from her job. Don’t be insulted if the lifeguard does not make eye contact when she does answer your questions. She is keeping her eyes on the pool. Anything you need to discuss with her can be arranged after pool hours. Tripping or slipping is just as much a danger as drowning. If you see a child running on the deck, stop him/her immediately. If you need to leave the pool area even for a second, take all of your kids with you. It is NOT the lifeguard’s job to watch your toddler on the deck. I still have nightmares of a little blonde two-year-old boy running around in the pool area when I was a lifeguard. His mother would read while he ran around or bent over the pool. Since this mother was putting herself and her child in danger and refused to be responsible, the head lifeguard barred both of them from the pool. While it may be a pain to drag three toddlers to the bathroom along with your-six-year old-never mind all the sweat— it beats accompanying a drowning child to the hospital anytime. 3. Do not eat in the pool area. Where do many snack wrappers and bottles end up? In the pool! First, it is imperative to keep the pool clean. Snack and candy wrappers can get stuck in pool filters, causing them to stall and break. In addition, soda cans and glass bottles may pose a danger to swimmers: they are responsible for cuts and lacerations in the pool and on the deck. 5.Don’t consider children “drownproof” because they learned 4. Protect your children by installing a pool alarm While many people don’t think a pool alarm is necessary, many lives could have been saved if parents had been alerted to an open pool door. Too many children get into the pool area unattended. Before you leave the pool area, don’t leave pool toys or buckets floating in the pool. A child or toddler may get into the pool area unattended in an attempt to retrieve them. 56 | fyimagazineny.com how to swim. You may have paid a lot of money to get your son the greatest swimming trainer. It doesn’t matter. any swimmer, even the advanced, can have an unexpected injury and should not be in the pool alone. Keep your eyes on the pool and don’t ever hesitate to get your floundering kid out of trouble..Any swimmer, even the advanced, can have an unexpected injury and should not be in the pool alone. Keep your eyes on the pool and don’t ever hesitate to get your floundering kid out of trouble. ad accepting a customer’s credit card payment due to high processing fees? for your customer to mail a check instead of accepting an immediate credit card payment? DO YOU THINK it costs 3% or more to process credit cards on large transactions? Looks like YOU ARE NOT PROCESSING with Banquest Payment Systems. Banquest Payment Systems has developed proprietary systems that allow you to process large transactions If you are processing large monthly volumes you must CALL US TODAY to learn about our special WITH RATES AS LOW 1.70%! LARGE VOLUME PROGRAM. CALL BANQUEST PAYMENT SYSTEMS TODAY TO STREAMLINE YOUR COLLECTIONS AND REDUCE YOUR PROCESSING COSTS. THE RESULTS ARE PRICELESS! 855.323.8300 ext. 101 | www.banquest.com KFrisch@Banquest.com | K. Frisch, CEO 57 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it the official guide for the home 30 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 January, 10 2015 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Friday 21 22 23 25 26 27 24 28 29 30 31 office pro Whether we like it or not, most of our time is spent in the office. We clock in, we clock out, and in between, we sit at our desks looking busy. Now, when that office is right smack in the middle of your home, your work hours increase exponentially and you can truly say the work is never done. You go there for your morning cup of coffee, you eat lunch at your desk, and when you are there, you avoid the clinging hands of the kids. It’s off limits to everyone. It’s your personal, private domain… it’s the home office! You are a domestic CEO! WRITTEN BY REVA LIEBERMAN LET’S GET TO WORK If you are under the impression that you need a spare room to set up a workspace in your home, you are wrong. Every square foot of your home is valuable. Work-friendly spaces can emerge from a spare corner and a few inches of wall. Find a nook or cranny and make it work for you. Blend style and function to create a space in which you will be inspired to work. As I have emphatically articulated in each of my articles, EMBRACE YOUR SPACE! In order to build an effective and efficient business, you need a professional, well-organized workspace. This will save time and money and lay the groundwork for success. Your office can not be a hodgepodge of carton boxes, improvised desks, and faux filing cabinets. It cannot be a haven for clutter. Constantly working around clutter can seriously impede productivity. CLEAR IT Does your desk look like it’s been ransacked? Don’t worry. You are not terminally disorganized. I’ll help you get your office back on track and under control. 58 | fyimagazineny.com First, clear your mind and accept the fact that it’s time to get serious about the disposition of your home office. Once you get your mindset to get started, do exactly that - roll up your sleeves and get started. Clear out the area you plan to use. Don’t do it little by little. Make a clean break and start from scratch. Take everything off your desk and out of your drawers. Evaluate the items. Are they redundant? Are they outdated? Do you have them because you need them or “just in case”? I’ll bet you’ll find things you didn’t even remember you owned! You’ll be amazed at what you have accumulated: duplicate staplers, cords to electronics that no longer exist, outdated equipment, ink cartridges for pens that have long gone into the circular file, old adapters, computer components (for a PC you threw out during the Bush Administration), broken CD’s, and don’t be surprised if you find an overdue parking ticket stuck in there somewhere! Make sure that what you keep is absolutely vital to the work you are doing. If you don’t need it, dump it and ditch it. PURGE THE PAPER PILE How do you know when it’s time to dispose of those piles of files? • You have to rearrange things before you can sit down. • Your desk is so covered with paper, you can hardly find it. • The files that were stacked on the edge of your desk have been moved to the floor - temporarily, of course. • And the biggest clue of all that your office is dysfunctional? Losing items has become a frustrating and vexing daily occurrence. You have to take a stand against the ongoing onslaught of paper. Eliminate, shred and dispose of those piles. The less time you spend muddling through the encumbrances, the more time you have to build your business. After sorting through and shredding all excess files, take action. Set up a filing cabinet to keep track of important documents that aren’t necessarily active, but will eventually be needed. Have a section for projects in progress, for daily routine activities, and for things to do later. Systemize the information: mail, bills, personal papers, medical data, insurance records, etc., by using labeled and color-coded folders, desk caddies, and paper trays. Make sure you check the “in” trays every single day so that the accumulation does not start all over again. Please remember your desk is not a dumping ground. The sanitation department does not make a personal pickup at your home office. ORGANIZE, CATEGORIZE, UTILIZE Minimize the number of picture frames, knick-knacks, decorative items and tchochkes on your desk. Designate a specific section of your office to hold your fax machine, printer and all your printing supplies. Reva Lieberman is a court stenographer turned professional organizer. Reva provides organizing and decorating services in NY. @yourpersonalorganizer points to consider: Trade in your old printer, fax machine and scanner and invest in a multifunction printer - you’ll have fewer electronics on the desk and it will increase the functionality of your office. The same holds true for all your mailing needs - envelopes (letter-sized and manila), stamps, address labels, folders, stationery, greeting cards, etc. Store office supplies (scissors, staplers, staples, staple removers, push pins, clips, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, hole punchers, sticky notes, writing tablets, calculators, etc.) in containers, baskets and bins. Putting these supplies out of sight will declutter your desk and give you more room to work. Having an organizer tray in your desk drawer will provide a distinct home for all the flotsam and jetsam that would otherwise create a junk drawer. Use your wall! Install shelves. Hang your calendars and post a bulletin board. The back of a door is a wonderful blank area to use for hanging file sorters. It’s also a great spot for a cork board (if you didn’t hang one up on the wall). Consider using wall pockets for ingoing and outgoing mail boxes. This will reduce the clutter on the desk| and create order out of your disorder. 59 fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it the official guide for the home 30 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 January, 10 2015 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Friday 21 22 23 25 26 27 24 28 29 30 31 office pro Whether we like it or not, most of our time is spent in the office. We clock in, we clock out, and in between, we sit at our desks looking busy. Now, when that office is right smack in the middle of your home, your work hours increase exponentially and you can truly say the work is never done. You go there for your morning cup of coffee, you eat lunch at your desk, and when you are there, you avoid the clinging hands of the kids. It’s off limits to everyone. It’s your personal, private domain… it’s the home office! You are a domestic CEO! WRITTEN BY REVA LIEBERMAN LET’S GET TO WORK If you are under the impression that you need a spare room to set up a workspace in your home, you are wrong. Every square foot of your home is valuable. Work-friendly spaces can emerge from a spare corner and a few inches of wall. Find a nook or cranny and make it work for you. Blend style and function to create a space in which you will be inspired to work. As I have emphatically articulated in each of my articles, EMBRACE YOUR SPACE! In order to build an effective and efficient business, you need a professional, well-organized workspace. This will save time and money and lay the groundwork for success. Your office can not be a hodgepodge of carton boxes, improvised desks, and faux filing cabinets. It cannot be a haven for clutter. Constantly working around clutter can seriously impede productivity. CLEAR IT Does your desk look like it’s been ransacked? Don’t worry. You are not terminally disorganized. I’ll help you get your office back on track and under control. 58 | fyimagazineny.com First, clear your mind and accept the fact that it’s time to get serious about the disposition of your home office. Once you get your mindset to get started, do exactly that - roll up your sleeves and get started. Clear out the area you plan to use. Don’t do it little by little. Make a clean break and start from scratch. Take everything off your desk and out of your drawers. Evaluate the items. Are they redundant? Are they outdated? Do you have them because you need them or “just in case”? I’ll bet you’ll find things you didn’t even remember you owned! You’ll be amazed at what you have accumulated: duplicate staplers, cords to electronics that no longer exist, outdated equipment, ink cartridges for pens that have long gone into the circular file, old adapters, computer components (for a PC you threw out during the Bush Administration), broken CD’s, and don’t be surprised if you find an overdue parking ticket stuck in there somewhere! Make sure that what you keep is absolutely vital to the work you are doing. If you don’t need it, dump it and ditch it. PURGE THE PAPER PILE How do you know when it’s time to dispose of those piles of files? • You have to rearrange things before you can sit down. • Your desk is so covered with paper, you can hardly find it. • The files that were stacked on the edge of your desk have been moved to the floor - temporarily, of course. • And the biggest clue of all that your office is dysfunctional? Losing items has become a frustrating and vexing daily occurrence. You have to take a stand against the ongoing onslaught of paper. Eliminate, shred and dispose of those piles. The less time you spend muddling through the encumbrances, the more time you have to build your business. After sorting through and shredding all excess files, take action. Set up a filing cabinet to keep track of important documents that aren’t necessarily active, but will eventually be needed. Have a section for projects in progress, for daily routine activities, and for things to do later. Systemize the information: mail, bills, personal papers, medical data, insurance records, etc., by using labeled and color-coded folders, desk caddies, and paper trays. Make sure you check the “in” trays every single day so that the accumulation does not start all over again. Please remember your desk is not a dumping ground. The sanitation department does not make a personal pickup at your home office. ORGANIZE, CATEGORIZE, UTILIZE Minimize the number of picture frames, knick-knacks, decorative items and tchochkes on your desk. Designate a specific section of your office to hold your fax machine, printer and all your printing supplies. Reva Lieberman is a court stenographer turned professional organizer. Reva provides organizing and decorating services in NY. @yourpersonalorganizer points to consider: Trade in your old printer, fax machine and scanner and invest in a multifunction printer - you’ll have fewer electronics on the desk and it will increase the functionality of your office. The same holds true for all your mailing needs - envelopes (letter-sized and manila), stamps, address labels, folders, stationery, greeting cards, etc. Store office supplies (scissors, staplers, staples, staple removers, push pins, clips, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, hole punchers, sticky notes, writing tablets, calculators, etc.) in containers, baskets and bins. Putting these supplies out of sight will declutter your desk and give you more room to work. Having an organizer tray in your desk drawer will provide a distinct home for all the flotsam and jetsam that would otherwise create a junk drawer. Use your wall! Install shelves. Hang your calendars and post a bulletin board. The back of a door is a wonderful blank area to use for hanging file sorters. It’s also a great spot for a cork board (if you didn’t hang one up on the wall). Consider using wall pockets for ingoing and outgoing mail boxes. This will reduce the clutter on the desk| and create order out of your disorder. 59 fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it Joseph’s name was cut out of oak tag and mini photo key rings were stuck all over the letters with photos of the bar mitzvah boy, as well as a sticker with a name and table assignment. 6 creative placecards 4. WRITTEN BY MICHICAS CATERING Place cards, escort cards, seating cards… whatever you call them, they are usually the same old thing—a little white card that goes on a boring table in the outer hallway of a catering hall, with your name and table assignment. How can we make these cards more exciting and fun? That card table is the first thing your guests see upon entering your event. Do you want to portray a theme, an atmosphere, a taste of what’s to come? Then start by blowing people away with a unique or out-of-the-box place card. Here are some gorgeous ways to create a really special card table experience: 3. This hostess prepared the guests’ names on clear labels and we stuck them to votives and positioned them at each place setting. The tables looked stunning with all the extra lit candles! For this beach-themed wedding, we placed lighthouse stands with rope strung across them on the beach. The homemade place cards were glued onto a blue backing with little gems to add sparkle. The hanging cards were clipped on with mini wooden clothes clips and the standing cards were pushed into sand in a Lucite tray. Adorable! 1. 2. The bar mitzvah boy loved apples, so the place cards were chocolate apple lollipops with name stickers, standing in a bed of wheatgrass. These simple cards were made prettier by attaching a small piece of pine to each one, for an outdoor feel at this tent party. 5. 6. This photo, courtesy of event planner Erick Suazo, displays small logs with hand-designed wood slices featuring each guest’s name painted in a rustic theme. Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger of Michicas have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, expereince, and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible. 60 | fyimagazineny.com 61 | fyimagazineny.com
get a handle on it  get a handle on it Joseph   s name was cut out of oak tag and mini photo key rings were stuck all over...
get a handle on it get a handle on it Joseph’s name was cut out of oak tag and mini photo key rings were stuck all over the letters with photos of the bar mitzvah boy, as well as a sticker with a name and table assignment. 6 creative placecards 4. WRITTEN BY MICHICAS CATERING Place cards, escort cards, seating cards… whatever you call them, they are usually the same old thing—a little white card that goes on a boring table in the outer hallway of a catering hall, with your name and table assignment. How can we make these cards more exciting and fun? That card table is the first thing your guests see upon entering your event. Do you want to portray a theme, an atmosphere, a taste of what’s to come? Then start by blowing people away with a unique or out-of-the-box place card. Here are some gorgeous ways to create a really special card table experience: 3. This hostess prepared the guests’ names on clear labels and we stuck them to votives and positioned them at each place setting. The tables looked stunning with all the extra lit candles! For this beach-themed wedding, we placed lighthouse stands with rope strung across them on the beach. The homemade place cards were glued onto a blue backing with little gems to add sparkle. The hanging cards were clipped on with mini wooden clothes clips and the standing cards were pushed into sand in a Lucite tray. Adorable! 1. 2. The bar mitzvah boy loved apples, so the place cards were chocolate apple lollipops with name stickers, standing in a bed of wheatgrass. These simple cards were made prettier by attaching a small piece of pine to each one, for an outdoor feel at this tent party. 5. 6. This photo, courtesy of event planner Erick Suazo, displays small logs with hand-designed wood slices featuring each guest’s name painted in a rustic theme. Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger of Michicas have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, expereince, and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible. 60 | fyimagazineny.com 61 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it DECLUTTER Before we start adding anything to stylize a specific room, de-clutter and get rid of dust collectors - start with a clean slate! As they say, “Less is more.” Too many pieces of furniture or over-accessorizing can kill the look, and even make the room feel tight. Remove all except the key pieces of furniture. Decide the style and approach you’d like to use in the room, then reassess whether those pieces of furniture will suit the chosen style. Often, having a fresh perspective may be the easiest route - invite a friend over to do a walk-through and get an honest opinion on what should stay, what should be tossed away, and what may be revamped and updated. take any room from drab to fab Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. With a well earned reputation as one of the premier firms on the East Coast, SSD’s client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients. WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DESIGN ACCESSORIZE FOCAL POINT Before you arrange your furniture and accent pieces in the room, determine a focal point. A focal point, in its simplest definition, is a point where lines converge. The first thing you notice when you walk into a room would be its focal point. It can be anything from a fireplace to a view, or it can be an ugly picture or a large blank wall. Creating a fabulous focal point is a great way to re-energize a space and take the focus off the less-attractive features. In addition, it can usually be done for free. Add a fabulous painting or modern wall art to create an attractive focal point in a room. Enlarge a family photo and mount it in a sharp eye-catching frame. Mirrors are the rage right now - place a beautiful large mirror on the wall, accented by sconces or smaller mirrors. Another affordable idea is to repaint just one wall in a vibrant hue that coordinates with the other walls. Printed or textured wallpaper gives the room a dynamic 3-D feel. Painting molding trim and doors in an accent color automatically stylizes the entire room. 63 | fyimagazineny.com Once you have created the “wow” factor and focus of the room, have fun accessorizing and injecting a bit of loveliness into your interiors. A side chair with bright cushions can give a room a modern twist. A versatile trunk can add a vintage vibe while creating chic storage. Change up some pillows and lamp shades in fresh new hues - and you’ve instantly given the room a whole new look. Adding a cute rug is a great way to cover wood flooring that has seen better days. Update your space by changing up old window treatments and linens, or by just replacing old door hardware with cool new ones. Be creative and use anything that you love; chances are that others will appreciate it too. Add pieces that define your style, such as designer books or abstract sculptures. Follow your heart and your style while making your decisions. It’s your home, and you’ve got to love it!
get a handle on it  get a handle on it  DECLUTTER Before we start adding anything to stylize a specific room, de-clutter a...
get a handle on it get a handle on it DECLUTTER Before we start adding anything to stylize a specific room, de-clutter and get rid of dust collectors - start with a clean slate! As they say, “Less is more.” Too many pieces of furniture or over-accessorizing can kill the look, and even make the room feel tight. Remove all except the key pieces of furniture. Decide the style and approach you’d like to use in the room, then reassess whether those pieces of furniture will suit the chosen style. Often, having a fresh perspective may be the easiest route - invite a friend over to do a walk-through and get an honest opinion on what should stay, what should be tossed away, and what may be revamped and updated. take any room from drab to fab Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. With a well earned reputation as one of the premier firms on the East Coast, SSD’s client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients. WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DESIGN ACCESSORIZE FOCAL POINT Before you arrange your furniture and accent pieces in the room, determine a focal point. A focal point, in its simplest definition, is a point where lines converge. The first thing you notice when you walk into a room would be its focal point. It can be anything from a fireplace to a view, or it can be an ugly picture or a large blank wall. Creating a fabulous focal point is a great way to re-energize a space and take the focus off the less-attractive features. In addition, it can usually be done for free. Add a fabulous painting or modern wall art to create an attractive focal point in a room. Enlarge a family photo and mount it in a sharp eye-catching frame. Mirrors are the rage right now - place a beautiful large mirror on the wall, accented by sconces or smaller mirrors. Another affordable idea is to repaint just one wall in a vibrant hue that coordinates with the other walls. Printed or textured wallpaper gives the room a dynamic 3-D feel. Painting molding trim and doors in an accent color automatically stylizes the entire room. 63 | fyimagazineny.com Once you have created the “wow” factor and focus of the room, have fun accessorizing and injecting a bit of loveliness into your interiors. A side chair with bright cushions can give a room a modern twist. A versatile trunk can add a vintage vibe while creating chic storage. Change up some pillows and lamp shades in fresh new hues - and you’ve instantly given the room a whole new look. Adding a cute rug is a great way to cover wood flooring that has seen better days. Update your space by changing up old window treatments and linens, or by just replacing old door hardware with cool new ones. Be creative and use anything that you love; chances are that others will appreciate it too. Add pieces that define your style, such as designer books or abstract sculptures. Follow your heart and your style while making your decisions. It’s your home, and you’ve got to love it!
get a handle on it  get a handle on it  DECLUTTER Before we start adding anything to stylize a specific room, de-clutter a...
get a handle on it 27 Life Hacks You didn’t know about get a handle on it 1. Want whiter teeth? Gently rub the inside of a banana peel around your teeth for two minutes; the minerals will absorb into your teeth and whiten them! 12. Use a hair straightener to iron the collars of your shirt and for lastminute ironing touch-ups. 13. Place toothpicks in a freshly-made cake and cover with Saran Wrap to avoid the icing getting ruined. 14. Use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning bottles and supplies, to save much-needed space and to keep them out of reach of children. 15.When heating food in a microwave, space out a circle in the middle for even heating. 16. Febreeze kills ants instantly on contact, and won’t leave your house smelling like chemicals. 2. Put your phone number on a beaded bracelet for your child, just in case he gets lost in public. 3. Try baking cookies in a muffin tray. They’ll come out fluffier and won’t run into each other. 4. Mount towel racks on the inside of a cupboard door and store pot lids there to save space. 5. Make ‘unpoppable’ bubbles by mixing 6 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, and 2 cups dish soap. 6. Remove permanent marker from clothes with hand sanitizer. 7. Want to prevent a mosquito bite from itching? Rub a glue stick on the affected area,  The itch will be gone in 15 minutes and won’t come back. 8. Remove rainbow-like discoloration from the bottom of stainless steel pots, by pouring in some lemon juice and scrubbing gently. 9. Tired of the pancake batter mess? Put pancake mix in an old ketchup bottle, and squeeze directly into the pan for a no-mess experience. 10. Place old newspapers or magazines at the bottom of your garbage bag to absorb any liquids that get thrown into the trash. 11. Cutting the tops off strawberries, but don’t want to waste any fruit? Insert a straw on the bottom and push up; the stem will come right out. 64 | fyimagazineny.com 17. Light a stick of spaghetti in place of long matches- for shabbos candles, or igniting a gas burner. 18. Don’t want to throw out wine that’s getting old? Pour it into an ice cube tray and use for cooking as needed. 19. Make an ice pack by placing a saturated dish-washing sponge in a Ziploc bag and freezing. 20.Want thicker, fuller eyelashes? Simply apply translucent powder to your lashes, between coats of mascara. 21. Rub half a raw potato on the hot grill of a barbecue to prevent your food from sticking to it. 22. Want your stainless steel sink to look good as new? Simply scrub it with a ball of silver foil, soap and water to remove grime, rust and discoloration. 23. Take Vitamin B Complex during the summer to ward off mosquitoes and flies. Insects don’t like the way it makes you smell to them. 24. To unclog a toilet without a plunger, pour in hot water and soap  let it sit for five minutes. 25. Turn your toaster sideways to make grilled cheese. 26. Keep plastic wrap on banana stems to keep them fresh over a week or longer. Cut bananas off as needed. 27. Clean an old shampoo container and cut off some of the top. Place your cell phone, car keys and cash in it to keep it safe at the beach. 65 | fyimagazineny.com
get a handle on it  27 Life Hacks You didn   t know about  get a handle on it 1. Want whiter teeth  Gently rub the inside ...
get a handle on it 27 Life Hacks You didn’t know about get a handle on it 1. Want whiter teeth? Gently rub the inside of a banana peel around your teeth for two minutes; the minerals will absorb into your teeth and whiten them! 12. Use a hair straightener to iron the collars of your shirt and for lastminute ironing touch-ups. 13. Place toothpicks in a freshly-made cake and cover with Saran Wrap to avoid the icing getting ruined. 14. Use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning bottles and supplies, to save much-needed space and to keep them out of reach of children. 15.When heating food in a microwave, space out a circle in the middle for even heating. 16. Febreeze kills ants instantly on contact, and won’t leave your house smelling like chemicals. 2. Put your phone number on a beaded bracelet for your child, just in case he gets lost in public. 3. Try baking cookies in a muffin tray. They’ll come out fluffier and won’t run into each other. 4. Mount towel racks on the inside of a cupboard door and store pot lids there to save space. 5. Make ‘unpoppable’ bubbles by mixing 6 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, and 2 cups dish soap. 6. Remove permanent marker from clothes with hand sanitizer. 7. Want to prevent a mosquito bite from itching? Rub a glue stick on the affected area,  The itch will be gone in 15 minutes and won’t come back. 8. Remove rainbow-like discoloration from the bottom of stainless steel pots, by pouring in some lemon juice and scrubbing gently. 9. Tired of the pancake batter mess? Put pancake mix in an old ketchup bottle, and squeeze directly into the pan for a no-mess experience. 10. Place old newspapers or magazines at the bottom of your garbage bag to absorb any liquids that get thrown into the trash. 11. Cutting the tops off strawberries, but don’t want to waste any fruit? Insert a straw on the bottom and push up; the stem will come right out. 64 | fyimagazineny.com 17. Light a stick of spaghetti in place of long matches- for shabbos candles, or igniting a gas burner. 18. Don’t want to throw out wine that’s getting old? Pour it into an ice cube tray and use for cooking as needed. 19. Make an ice pack by placing a saturated dish-washing sponge in a Ziploc bag and freezing. 20.Want thicker, fuller eyelashes? Simply apply translucent powder to your lashes, between coats of mascara. 21. Rub half a raw potato on the hot grill of a barbecue to prevent your food from sticking to it. 22. Want your stainless steel sink to look good as new? Simply scrub it with a ball of silver foil, soap and water to remove grime, rust and discoloration. 23. Take Vitamin B Complex during the summer to ward off mosquitoes and flies. Insects don’t like the way it makes you smell to them. 24. To unclog a toilet without a plunger, pour in hot water and soap  let it sit for five minutes. 25. Turn your toaster sideways to make grilled cheese. 26. Keep plastic wrap on banana stems to keep them fresh over a week or longer. Cut bananas off as needed. 27. Clean an old shampoo container and cut off some of the top. Place your cell phone, car keys and cash in it to keep it safe at the beach. 65 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it get a handle on it DIY INCREDIBLE EGG CARTON MIRROR FRAME THIS ELEGANT FRAMED MIRROR WILL ADD A GORGEOUS ACCENT TO ANY HOME. IT IS COST-EFFICIENT, SIMPLE TO CONSTRUCT, AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOU MADE IT! THEY DEFINITELY WON’T BE ABLE TO GUESS WHAT ITS MADE OF! How to do it: 1. Cut egg cartons (Diagram 1). Three cups make one flower. Layer 1: The innermost layer will be the smallest and has 6 petals. Layer 2: The middle layer will be medium height and has 4 petals. Cut slits evenly. Layer 3: The outermost layer will be the tallest and has 4 petals. Cut slits evenly. 2. 3. 4. 5. To make this frame you’ll need: Take layer 1 and roll it. Glue it to hold it in place (Diagram 2). Place glue under layer two and put it into layer three. Make sure that the petals don’t overlap; they should all be visible. Then place glue under layer one and put into layer two. You now have a rose. Lay all the roses out and spray-paint them. When they’re dry (after five minutes), turn them over and spraypaint the back side. Let them dry (If you are using a framed mirror spray, paint the frame the same color as the roses). (DIAGRAM 1). Layer 1 (DIAGRAM 2). You can now glue the flowers onto the mirror by placing glue under the rose. Hold down for 20 seconds to allow for strong drying. That’s it! SCISSORS, 12 CUP EGG CARTONS, GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS, SPRAY PAINT $8, MIRROR (WITH OR WITHOUT FRAME) $15 66 | fyimagazineny.com 67 | fyimagazineny.com Layer 2 Layer 3
get a handle on it  get a handle on it  DIY  INCREDIBLE EGG CARTON MIRROR FRAME  THIS ELEGANT FRAMED MIRROR WILL ADD A GOR...
get a handle on it get a handle on it DIY INCREDIBLE EGG CARTON MIRROR FRAME THIS ELEGANT FRAMED MIRROR WILL ADD A GORGEOUS ACCENT TO ANY HOME. IT IS COST-EFFICIENT, SIMPLE TO CONSTRUCT, AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOU MADE IT! THEY DEFINITELY WON’T BE ABLE TO GUESS WHAT ITS MADE OF! How to do it: 1. Cut egg cartons (Diagram 1). Three cups make one flower. Layer 1: The innermost layer will be the smallest and has 6 petals. Layer 2: The middle layer will be medium height and has 4 petals. Cut slits evenly. Layer 3: The outermost layer will be the tallest and has 4 petals. Cut slits evenly. 2. 3. 4. 5. To make this frame you’ll need: Take layer 1 and roll it. Glue it to hold it in place (Diagram 2). Place glue under layer two and put it into layer three. Make sure that the petals don’t overlap; they should all be visible. Then place glue under layer one and put into layer two. You now have a rose. Lay all the roses out and spray-paint them. When they’re dry (after five minutes), turn them over and spraypaint the back side. Let them dry (If you are using a framed mirror spray, paint the frame the same color as the roses). (DIAGRAM 1). Layer 1 (DIAGRAM 2). You can now glue the flowers onto the mirror by placing glue under the rose. Hold down for 20 seconds to allow for strong drying. That’s it! SCISSORS, 12 CUP EGG CARTONS, GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS, SPRAY PAINT $8, MIRROR (WITH OR WITHOUT FRAME) $15 66 | fyimagazineny.com 67 | fyimagazineny.com Layer 2 Layer 3
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get a handle on it get a handle on it getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for each mysterious bottle can make your food - and your life- a little brighter. cumin Cumin may be part of the parsley family, but it bears no resemblance to its mild green cousin. Cumin enhances dishes by adding warmth and an earthy, slightly bitter undertone. It comes in white, amber and black, and each has its own distinctive flavor. It is used mostly in Spanish, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, although it is slowly gaining popularity around the globe. Cumin is a major player in many spice blends, including curry powder, garam masala, and chili powder. The most American dish you’ll find featuring cumin is chili, but it can be used in endless ways. It’s great on strong-flavored meats like lamb, goat or venison. Use it in spice rubs for meat, fish and poultry, or add it to rice and/or couscous to warm it up. Definitely use it in curries, Mexican/Tex-Mex food, and Middle Eastern foods. Try it in falafel, hummus and tahini. Sprinkle it into guacamole and salsas for an authentic earthiness. Just don’t overplay your hand cumin is pretty powerful. A little drop goes a long way.Cumin has many, yet unproven medicinal purposes; however, it is undeniably packed with vitamins and minerals - magnesium, iron, folates, Vitamin C, calcium and potassium, among many others. It is also a great source of dietary fiber. ginger Perhaps you are familiar with ginger as the spicy kick that warms your mouth when you dine at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Ginger is actually ubiquitous in nearly every cuisine, from Asian, to Arabic, to American. Ginger pairs well with pretty much everything; it brightens proteins, spices up fruits, adds flavor to soups (including chicken), and jazzes up vanilla desserts. You can make your own syrup and have a daily gingerbread latte. Ferment ginger to make homemade ginger ale. You can even grow it in your own backyard! Ginger also has great health benefits Gingerol (which provides the heat in the spice) helps relieve arthritis, fight infection, relieve menstrual pain, and is used to alleviate nausea in both chemo patients and pregnant women. It is used by athletes to mitigate muscle pain and soreness. Ginger is also being studied to determine its effectiveness against diabetes, cancer and stomach ulcers, amongst other diseases. Check with your doctor before taking ginger for medicinal purposes, since it can interfere with some medications. Do not give medicinal ginger to children under the age of two. In almost every culture, ginger is used medicinally in many ways, not all of them scientifically proven. cinnamon There are two types of people in the world: those who like cinnamon, and those who don’t. Cinnamon is the inside bark of the cinamomum tree. The two main varieties we use are Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, which is milder, sweeter, lighter and healthier, and Cassia, which is more prevalent since it is a lot cheaper. The cinnamon you are familiar with is likely the Cassia variety. Add it to chilis and curries for a hint of sophistication. Use it in rubs for chicken, meat, and even fish! Cinnamon is amazing in sweet potato and on squashes, and will also enhance rice, beans, and various soups. Don’t forget desserts! Cinnamon works well with virtually every fruit or fruit-based dessert, and is paired with ginger to spice pumpkin recipes. Cinnamon is not only delicious, it is also good for you- especially Ceylon cinnamon. It contains many antioxidants and has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, fight bacterial and fungal infections, and lower blood sugar. It is being studied for possible effects on cancer, Parkinson’s, HIV, and respiratory distress. On the other hand, consuming too much of a cinnamon ingredient called coumarin can induce damage in the livers of susceptible people. how to pack like a pro WRITTEN BY SARA ANSBACHER M ost of us love to travel, whether for a relaxing vacation or just going to someplace new. But ask people what they like least about the experience, and invariably most will say the packing. The process of packing can cause so much stress that it’s enough to put you off the idea of vacationing. Yet, we all know those people who appear so organized when they travel. Somehow, they are able to pack their suitcase at a moment’s notice and still know exactly what to bring. How do they do it? The secret is technique and some advanced planning. I’m going to share some tips and tricks so that you too can pack like a pro. WRITTEN BY CHAYA ADLER 68 | fyimagazineny.com 69 | fyimagazineny.com
get a handle on it  get a handle on it  getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for eac...
get a handle on it get a handle on it getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for each mysterious bottle can make your food - and your life- a little brighter. cumin Cumin may be part of the parsley family, but it bears no resemblance to its mild green cousin. Cumin enhances dishes by adding warmth and an earthy, slightly bitter undertone. It comes in white, amber and black, and each has its own distinctive flavor. It is used mostly in Spanish, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, although it is slowly gaining popularity around the globe. Cumin is a major player in many spice blends, including curry powder, garam masala, and chili powder. The most American dish you’ll find featuring cumin is chili, but it can be used in endless ways. It’s great on strong-flavored meats like lamb, goat or venison. Use it in spice rubs for meat, fish and poultry, or add it to rice and/or couscous to warm it up. Definitely use it in curries, Mexican/Tex-Mex food, and Middle Eastern foods. Try it in falafel, hummus and tahini. Sprinkle it into guacamole and salsas for an authentic earthiness. Just don’t overplay your hand cumin is pretty powerful. A little drop goes a long way.Cumin has many, yet unproven medicinal purposes; however, it is undeniably packed with vitamins and minerals - magnesium, iron, folates, Vitamin C, calcium and potassium, among many others. It is also a great source of dietary fiber. ginger Perhaps you are familiar with ginger as the spicy kick that warms your mouth when you dine at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Ginger is actually ubiquitous in nearly every cuisine, from Asian, to Arabic, to American. Ginger pairs well with pretty much everything; it brightens proteins, spices up fruits, adds flavor to soups (including chicken), and jazzes up vanilla desserts. You can make your own syrup and have a daily gingerbread latte. Ferment ginger to make homemade ginger ale. You can even grow it in your own backyard! Ginger also has great health benefits Gingerol (which provides the heat in the spice) helps relieve arthritis, fight infection, relieve menstrual pain, and is used to alleviate nausea in both chemo patients and pregnant women. It is used by athletes to mitigate muscle pain and soreness. Ginger is also being studied to determine its effectiveness against diabetes, cancer and stomach ulcers, amongst other diseases. Check with your doctor before taking ginger for medicinal purposes, since it can interfere with some medications. Do not give medicinal ginger to children under the age of two. In almost every culture, ginger is used medicinally in many ways, not all of them scientifically proven. cinnamon There are two types of people in the world: those who like cinnamon, and those who don’t. Cinnamon is the inside bark of the cinamomum tree. The two main varieties we use are Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, which is milder, sweeter, lighter and healthier, and Cassia, which is more prevalent since it is a lot cheaper. The cinnamon you are familiar with is likely the Cassia variety. Add it to chilis and curries for a hint of sophistication. Use it in rubs for chicken, meat, and even fish! Cinnamon is amazing in sweet potato and on squashes, and will also enhance rice, beans, and various soups. Don’t forget desserts! Cinnamon works well with virtually every fruit or fruit-based dessert, and is paired with ginger to spice pumpkin recipes. Cinnamon is not only delicious, it is also good for you- especially Ceylon cinnamon. It contains many antioxidants and has been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, fight bacterial and fungal infections, and lower blood sugar. It is being studied for possible effects on cancer, Parkinson’s, HIV, and respiratory distress. On the other hand, consuming too much of a cinnamon ingredient called coumarin can induce damage in the livers of susceptible people. how to pack like a pro WRITTEN BY SARA ANSBACHER M ost of us love to travel, whether for a relaxing vacation or just going to someplace new. But ask people what they like least about the experience, and invariably most will say the packing. The process of packing can cause so much stress that it’s enough to put you off the idea of vacationing. Yet, we all know those people who appear so organized when they travel. Somehow, they are able to pack their suitcase at a moment’s notice and still know exactly what to bring. How do they do it? The secret is technique and some advanced planning. I’m going to share some tips and tricks so that you too can pack like a pro. WRITTEN BY CHAYA ADLER 68 | fyimagazineny.com 69 | fyimagazineny.com
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get a handle on it Activities and weather The first thing to consider is the activities at your destination so you can pack appropriately. Are you planning on doing sports or just relaxing at a resort? Perhaps you’re travelling for a family wedding? Next, check the weather forecast of your destination; find out the climate and temperature in advance. All this will determine what you’ll need to bring. • Place heavy items at the bottom of your suitcase. Lighter items, and those that are likely to crease, go on the top. in your busıness How to pack your case Edit Before you pack anything, lay out on the bed everything you want to take. Try to eliminate everything that isn’t essential. It’s a good idea to create a capsule wardrobe by sticking to a base palette of two or three colors. That way you can mix and match all your items, and create more outfit combinations with fewer clothes. You can add extra color and interest to your outfits with accessories. At this stage, choose what clothes you’ll be wearing on the day you travel. If possible, wear the heaviest shoes to keep your case lighter. It’s also advisable to carry a sweater (even if you’re travelling somewhere hot) in case of chilly air conditioning. Plus, it saves some room in your case. Toiletries Instead of taking full-size containers that take up space and add weight, decant toiletries into smaller travel-sized bottles. A clever trick to prevent leakages is to place a square of plastic kitchen wrap over the bottle before you screw on the lid. As an extra precaution, store bottles in a leak- proof bag; you can also wrap a towel around it. • Start with your shoes. Fill them with small items like socks,in small resealable bags. This helps the shoes keep their shape and uses every bit of available space. Place shoes in bags to prevent damage or staining of other clothing items. You can use special shoe pouches if you like - but regular plastic bags will also work fine. Pack each pair heel to toe, which will help to create a flat base. • Place your toiletry bag in the center of your case. This will give those containers maximum protection and prevent any excessive pressure against them during transit. • Stuff the gaps with small items, like socks and underwear, to create an even base. Preferably, pack them in small bags first, according to item. This will make it easier to locate everything when you unpack. • T-shirts and other items that don’t crease much can be folded and rolled up. This will maximise the space. Place them in one layer, working from one side of the case to the other. • Longer items like skirts or dresses can be layered on top of one another in the suitcase with the long end hanging out of the 70 | fyimagazineny.com side, and with each layer on an alternate side. Fold them one over the other in an overlap formation. • A jacket should be placed sideways in the centre of the suitcase. Fold one arm over the other and stuff the shoulder area with small items of clothing to hold the shape. Next, place some smaller garments (such as tops and shirts) on top of the jacket. Finally, fold the end of the jacket over to prevent heavy crease marks. pg 74 Entrepeneur Feature: Lauren Klein and Alexa Chaitoff • If you have delicate necklaces, thread them through drinking straws to prevent them from getting tangled up. Alternatively, place them between two layers of press-and-seal plastic wrap. Then roll up and store somewhere safe. • If you’re packing for a family and travelling by plane, it’s advisable to divide your family’s clothes between the cases. That way if one case gets lost, you’ll all still have some clothing. • For security, keep a photocopy of your passport and travel documents in a separate place from your passport. Alternatively, scan them and email a copy to yourself. • Another little travel hack is to hide some emergency cash in an empty lip balm tube. 72 “The statistics in the tech industry show that 84% of people who founded companies did it with co-founders, vs. only 16% who solo founded their company.” - ASK MAURICE
get a handle on it  Activities and weather The first thing to consider is the activities at your destination so you can pa...
get a handle on it Activities and weather The first thing to consider is the activities at your destination so you can pack appropriately. Are you planning on doing sports or just relaxing at a resort? Perhaps you’re travelling for a family wedding? Next, check the weather forecast of your destination; find out the climate and temperature in advance. All this will determine what you’ll need to bring. • Place heavy items at the bottom of your suitcase. Lighter items, and those that are likely to crease, go on the top. in your busıness How to pack your case Edit Before you pack anything, lay out on the bed everything you want to take. Try to eliminate everything that isn’t essential. It’s a good idea to create a capsule wardrobe by sticking to a base palette of two or three colors. That way you can mix and match all your items, and create more outfit combinations with fewer clothes. You can add extra color and interest to your outfits with accessories. At this stage, choose what clothes you’ll be wearing on the day you travel. If possible, wear the heaviest shoes to keep your case lighter. It’s also advisable to carry a sweater (even if you’re travelling somewhere hot) in case of chilly air conditioning. Plus, it saves some room in your case. Toiletries Instead of taking full-size containers that take up space and add weight, decant toiletries into smaller travel-sized bottles. A clever trick to prevent leakages is to place a square of plastic kitchen wrap over the bottle before you screw on the lid. As an extra precaution, store bottles in a leak- proof bag; you can also wrap a towel around it. • Start with your shoes. Fill them with small items like socks,in small resealable bags. This helps the shoes keep their shape and uses every bit of available space. Place shoes in bags to prevent damage or staining of other clothing items. You can use special shoe pouches if you like - but regular plastic bags will also work fine. Pack each pair heel to toe, which will help to create a flat base. • Place your toiletry bag in the center of your case. This will give those containers maximum protection and prevent any excessive pressure against them during transit. • Stuff the gaps with small items, like socks and underwear, to create an even base. Preferably, pack them in small bags first, according to item. This will make it easier to locate everything when you unpack. • T-shirts and other items that don’t crease much can be folded and rolled up. This will maximise the space. Place them in one layer, working from one side of the case to the other. • Longer items like skirts or dresses can be layered on top of one another in the suitcase with the long end hanging out of the 70 | fyimagazineny.com side, and with each layer on an alternate side. Fold them one over the other in an overlap formation. • A jacket should be placed sideways in the centre of the suitcase. Fold one arm over the other and stuff the shoulder area with small items of clothing to hold the shape. Next, place some smaller garments (such as tops and shirts) on top of the jacket. Finally, fold the end of the jacket over to prevent heavy crease marks. pg 74 Entrepeneur Feature: Lauren Klein and Alexa Chaitoff • If you have delicate necklaces, thread them through drinking straws to prevent them from getting tangled up. Alternatively, place them between two layers of press-and-seal plastic wrap. Then roll up and store somewhere safe. • If you’re packing for a family and travelling by plane, it’s advisable to divide your family’s clothes between the cases. That way if one case gets lost, you’ll all still have some clothing. • For security, keep a photocopy of your passport and travel documents in a separate place from your passport. Alternatively, scan them and email a copy to yourself. • Another little travel hack is to hide some emergency cash in an empty lip balm tube. 72 “The statistics in the tech industry show that 84% of people who founded companies did it with co-founders, vs. only 16% who solo founded their company.” - ASK MAURICE
get a handle on it  Activities and weather The first thing to consider is the activities at your destination so you can pa...
in your busıness in your busıness and together you will make a great team for success. Now the question is: is it a good idea to work together with him? While there is no clear answer, lets look at the pros and cons, which strangely enough are the same: A: ask maurice Q: I have a idea for a technology company and would like to to develop my idea and bring it to the marketplace. I don’t think I can do it myself, so I was thinking of bringing my husband on board as a co-founder. I feel that we are a great team and together we can make the business a success. My questionu is: a) do I need a co-founder or should I rather do it myself, and b) is it a good idea to work together with a spouse? I This is a great question. You didn’t write about the financial aspect of this new company, who will invest the money and how will you support your family until it becomes profitable if you and your husband are both working in this new company, so I will assume that it’s taken care of, and your question is only if you should have a co-founder and if so, should it be your husband? The statistics in the tech industry show that 84% of people who founded companies did it with co-founders, vs. only 16% who solo founded their company. The reason is that your chances of succeeding in your new business go up a lot when you have a team on board that’s fully invested in the success of executing the idea and bringing it to the marketplace. The reason why it’s important to have a team on board is because it takes a lot of skill and hard work to make a startup successful; in most cases, you have to focus on product development while at the same time, build a strong plan for sales and marketing. While you can hire people to do those parts of the business, if they are your employees, it will all come back to you as the leader of the company to give them guidance and direction, vs. if you bring on board co-founders who excel in areas where you don't, you will be able to focus on your strengths while trusting your co-founders with the other areas. The other reason for having co-founders is that they will keep you going when the going gets tough, and it always does. You can’t expect employees to motivate and encourage you when you face challenges, but co-founders will keep each other going and survive the initial phase of launching the business. But before you go and take on co-founders, you want to make sure that you are clear on why you are bringing them on board. Take a closer look at your own working style and your values to see where and how you will need the other founder to compensate for you. Sometimes, we make the mistake of bringing on co-founders who are like us because we feel comfortable in their presence, but that’s not what we need. We need someone who is not like us, who thinks differently in order to have a healthy balance. Over the years, I have seen a lot of businesses struggle because the co-founders are friends who think the same way and have similar strengths, which means they don’t have anyone on the founders' level to balance their shortcomings. Let’s assume that you do your homework and you conclude that your husband is the perfect balance to your weak points 72 | fyimagazineny.com • Pro/con: You will be together more often. Being together is great, as it strengthens your relationship. On the other hand, sometimes you need a break from your significant other in order to appreciate him. When you work together, you can’t go away. • Pro/con: You will have your life partner with you. A lot of start-ups have succeeded with a husband-andwife team working together to build something that will support their family and give them the life of their dreams, so on one hand, there is nothing stronger than a husband-and-wife team. But when things are not going as planned, it can become very hard to keep your personal life separate from your business life, and if the business struggles, it can affect your relationship at home; then you don’t have a spouse to support you after a hard day at work. • PRO/CON: You will always have something to talk about. We all talk about work to our spouses. When they don’t work with us, we can share work news or feelings with them, and then move on to talk about other things that are not business-related. When you work together, however, the conversation will always come back to work because both of you share the same company and are thinking about the same issues. And while it’s always good to have a topic to discuss, it’s not so good that the topic is “work.” As you can see, there is no clear answer; it depends a lot on your personal style and way of working and communicating. If you decide to take him on as your co-founder, I would suggest that together, write down some rules on how to separate your personal and business lives as much as possible. Make it a great day! Maurice Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. askmaurice.com B R O A D WAY K I T C H E N S EXCEPTIONAL KITCHEN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. STRESS FREE. EXPERT ADVICE. 307 CENTRAL AVENUE | LAWRENCE, NEW YORK 11559 | P: 516.792.9300 73 | fyimagazineny.com
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  and together you will make a great team for success. Now the question is  is it a go...
in your busıness in your busıness and together you will make a great team for success. Now the question is: is it a good idea to work together with him? While there is no clear answer, lets look at the pros and cons, which strangely enough are the same: A: ask maurice Q: I have a idea for a technology company and would like to to develop my idea and bring it to the marketplace. I don’t think I can do it myself, so I was thinking of bringing my husband on board as a co-founder. I feel that we are a great team and together we can make the business a success. My questionu is: a) do I need a co-founder or should I rather do it myself, and b) is it a good idea to work together with a spouse? I This is a great question. You didn’t write about the financial aspect of this new company, who will invest the money and how will you support your family until it becomes profitable if you and your husband are both working in this new company, so I will assume that it’s taken care of, and your question is only if you should have a co-founder and if so, should it be your husband? The statistics in the tech industry show that 84% of people who founded companies did it with co-founders, vs. only 16% who solo founded their company. The reason is that your chances of succeeding in your new business go up a lot when you have a team on board that’s fully invested in the success of executing the idea and bringing it to the marketplace. The reason why it’s important to have a team on board is because it takes a lot of skill and hard work to make a startup successful; in most cases, you have to focus on product development while at the same time, build a strong plan for sales and marketing. While you can hire people to do those parts of the business, if they are your employees, it will all come back to you as the leader of the company to give them guidance and direction, vs. if you bring on board co-founders who excel in areas where you don't, you will be able to focus on your strengths while trusting your co-founders with the other areas. The other reason for having co-founders is that they will keep you going when the going gets tough, and it always does. You can’t expect employees to motivate and encourage you when you face challenges, but co-founders will keep each other going and survive the initial phase of launching the business. But before you go and take on co-founders, you want to make sure that you are clear on why you are bringing them on board. Take a closer look at your own working style and your values to see where and how you will need the other founder to compensate for you. Sometimes, we make the mistake of bringing on co-founders who are like us because we feel comfortable in their presence, but that’s not what we need. We need someone who is not like us, who thinks differently in order to have a healthy balance. Over the years, I have seen a lot of businesses struggle because the co-founders are friends who think the same way and have similar strengths, which means they don’t have anyone on the founders' level to balance their shortcomings. Let’s assume that you do your homework and you conclude that your husband is the perfect balance to your weak points 72 | fyimagazineny.com • Pro/con: You will be together more often. Being together is great, as it strengthens your relationship. On the other hand, sometimes you need a break from your significant other in order to appreciate him. When you work together, you can’t go away. • Pro/con: You will have your life partner with you. A lot of start-ups have succeeded with a husband-andwife team working together to build something that will support their family and give them the life of their dreams, so on one hand, there is nothing stronger than a husband-and-wife team. But when things are not going as planned, it can become very hard to keep your personal life separate from your business life, and if the business struggles, it can affect your relationship at home; then you don’t have a spouse to support you after a hard day at work. • PRO/CON: You will always have something to talk about. We all talk about work to our spouses. When they don’t work with us, we can share work news or feelings with them, and then move on to talk about other things that are not business-related. When you work together, however, the conversation will always come back to work because both of you share the same company and are thinking about the same issues. And while it’s always good to have a topic to discuss, it’s not so good that the topic is “work.” As you can see, there is no clear answer; it depends a lot on your personal style and way of working and communicating. If you decide to take him on as your co-founder, I would suggest that together, write down some rules on how to separate your personal and business lives as much as possible. Make it a great day! Maurice Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. askmaurice.com B R O A D WAY K I T C H E N S EXCEPTIONAL KITCHEN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. STRESS FREE. EXPERT ADVICE. 307 CENTRAL AVENUE | LAWRENCE, NEW YORK 11559 | P: 516.792.9300 73 | fyimagazineny.com
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in your busıness in your busıness how they did it FYI MEETS WITH SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMEN TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THEIR SUCCESS W A YOGIC RECIPE FOR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP Q&A with Yogi Beans Co-Owners, Lauren Chaitoff, founder and Alexa Klein, CEO WRITTEN BY ERIKA PRAFDER 74 | fyimagazineny.com inning business partnerships take a union of skill sets: communication, respect, flexibility and open-mindedness. Alexa Klein and Lauren Chaitoff have that very yogic-type of relationship. In fact, they credit their success as co-owners of Yogi Beans, in part to being both practitioners and teachers of the practice that they sell. Since opening their doors four years ago, their kids’ yoga company and studio now employs a sizable team of instructors, offers 25 on-site classes weekly, and has additional studio locations in view. We caught up with this pioneering, ambitious, and entrepreneurial duo to learn how they built and continue to expand their business venture and relationship. FYI: How did you connect with yoga and with each other? LAUREN: I practiced in college at Northwestern University and got certified to teach in 2007. My personality suits working with children, as I have a background in children’s theatre, and I wanted to be of service. Find something you love and don’t think about the dollar sign right away. Consider how you can be of service and give back. Kids are under enormous stress and pressure, especially on the upper east side of Manhattan. I started with small classes at a gym, and then for preschoolers after school. It grew organically and I soon realized that I didn’t want or know how to run this business the way it needed. That’s when I met Alexa. ALEXA: I have a corporate law background and practiced for a while. I’ve also taught adult yoga and wanted to do something that resonated more with my heart and passion. While looking to get into the business side of the yoga world, I found Yogi Beans online and thought it was awesome. At the time, Lauren was doing a fair amount of behindthe-scenes administrative stuff, but the minute you meet her, you realize that she needs to be teaching kids yoga. We both knew we could help each other and decided to formalize a partnership. FYI: What key next steps and challenges did you tackle to move the business forward? LAUREN: We needed a home studio, since until then, I’d been teaching in random places. We found a lease, raised capital privately through our own efforts, and since 2011, we have been in the same space , which is now the largest of its kind in our neighborhood. I head up our 15 teachers, who are independent contractors, and teacher training sessions, which are held once every other month. We offer 25 classes per week at the studio and at least as many classes and trainings through partnerships with venues such as the 92nd Street Y, Pure Yoga on the West Side, and elsewhere in Westchester and on Long Island. Our curriculum is fine-tuned and age-specific for infants through teens. When we hire, we look for someone who has a spark - someone who’s Beanirific! And we train our employees extensively. ALEXA: There is constant opportunity. I receive calls all the time from people who want to be involved in our business’ growth from around the country and the world. Ideally, this will mean studios in other locations, moving toward the digital world, and partnerships with more schools and camps. We have both a solid business and teaching side. It doesn’t really exist elsewhere in the kids' or yoga world. It’s an exciting time. FYI: Your partnership has remained strong. What does it take to maintain the vision, drive, and commitment? ALEXA: As yogis, we’re willing to roll with the punches. We really believe in what we’re doing and how important it is to be able to change children’s lives. It underlies every conversation we have. Kids are taking what ALEXA: We average between three and ten students per class, but an ongoing hurdle is convincing kids to choose yoga over soccer, ballet or any number of other after-school activities. FYI: What are your plans for growth? 75 | fyimagazineny.com they’re learning and using it when they can’t fall asleep at night, have a test, or are upset with their parents. We each continue to practice yoga ourselves too, and believe in it on a deep level. FYI: What advice can you offer those who are in a business start-up phase or pondering one? LAUREN: Find something you love and don’t think about the dollar sign right away. Consider how you can be of service and give back. If you think of it like that, the universe sends you good stuff. ALEXA: Be willing to work your head off and give up some things in order to pursue your commitment. Find joy in it and believe in the end result. Give it your best shot and don’t let yourself get too out of sync or balance. You can’t bring your whole self to your business otherwise.
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  how they did it FYI MEETS WITH SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMEN TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT TH...
in your busıness in your busıness how they did it FYI MEETS WITH SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMEN TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THEIR SUCCESS W A YOGIC RECIPE FOR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP Q&A with Yogi Beans Co-Owners, Lauren Chaitoff, founder and Alexa Klein, CEO WRITTEN BY ERIKA PRAFDER 74 | fyimagazineny.com inning business partnerships take a union of skill sets: communication, respect, flexibility and open-mindedness. Alexa Klein and Lauren Chaitoff have that very yogic-type of relationship. In fact, they credit their success as co-owners of Yogi Beans, in part to being both practitioners and teachers of the practice that they sell. Since opening their doors four years ago, their kids’ yoga company and studio now employs a sizable team of instructors, offers 25 on-site classes weekly, and has additional studio locations in view. We caught up with this pioneering, ambitious, and entrepreneurial duo to learn how they built and continue to expand their business venture and relationship. FYI: How did you connect with yoga and with each other? LAUREN: I practiced in college at Northwestern University and got certified to teach in 2007. My personality suits working with children, as I have a background in children’s theatre, and I wanted to be of service. Find something you love and don’t think about the dollar sign right away. Consider how you can be of service and give back. Kids are under enormous stress and pressure, especially on the upper east side of Manhattan. I started with small classes at a gym, and then for preschoolers after school. It grew organically and I soon realized that I didn’t want or know how to run this business the way it needed. That’s when I met Alexa. ALEXA: I have a corporate law background and practiced for a while. I’ve also taught adult yoga and wanted to do something that resonated more with my heart and passion. While looking to get into the business side of the yoga world, I found Yogi Beans online and thought it was awesome. At the time, Lauren was doing a fair amount of behindthe-scenes administrative stuff, but the minute you meet her, you realize that she needs to be teaching kids yoga. We both knew we could help each other and decided to formalize a partnership. FYI: What key next steps and challenges did you tackle to move the business forward? LAUREN: We needed a home studio, since until then, I’d been teaching in random places. We found a lease, raised capital privately through our own efforts, and since 2011, we have been in the same space , which is now the largest of its kind in our neighborhood. I head up our 15 teachers, who are independent contractors, and teacher training sessions, which are held once every other month. We offer 25 classes per week at the studio and at least as many classes and trainings through partnerships with venues such as the 92nd Street Y, Pure Yoga on the West Side, and elsewhere in Westchester and on Long Island. Our curriculum is fine-tuned and age-specific for infants through teens. When we hire, we look for someone who has a spark - someone who’s Beanirific! And we train our employees extensively. ALEXA: There is constant opportunity. I receive calls all the time from people who want to be involved in our business’ growth from around the country and the world. Ideally, this will mean studios in other locations, moving toward the digital world, and partnerships with more schools and camps. We have both a solid business and teaching side. It doesn’t really exist elsewhere in the kids' or yoga world. It’s an exciting time. FYI: Your partnership has remained strong. What does it take to maintain the vision, drive, and commitment? ALEXA: As yogis, we’re willing to roll with the punches. We really believe in what we’re doing and how important it is to be able to change children’s lives. It underlies every conversation we have. Kids are taking what ALEXA: We average between three and ten students per class, but an ongoing hurdle is convincing kids to choose yoga over soccer, ballet or any number of other after-school activities. FYI: What are your plans for growth? 75 | fyimagazineny.com they’re learning and using it when they can’t fall asleep at night, have a test, or are upset with their parents. We each continue to practice yoga ourselves too, and believe in it on a deep level. FYI: What advice can you offer those who are in a business start-up phase or pondering one? LAUREN: Find something you love and don’t think about the dollar sign right away. Consider how you can be of service and give back. If you think of it like that, the universe sends you good stuff. ALEXA: Be willing to work your head off and give up some things in order to pursue your commitment. Find joy in it and believe in the end result. Give it your best shot and don’t let yourself get too out of sync or balance. You can’t bring your whole self to your business otherwise.
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in your busıness in your busıness 5 MARKETING MISTAKES EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD AVOID Marketing is an important element of any business strategy. Marketing can help increase your customer base, brand awareness, and ultimately increase your sales. Most entrepreneurs are not savvy at marketing and make fatally common mistakes that actually decrease revenue. But don’t worry - we can help you. Here are the top five marketing mistakes to avoid: AIMING AT ALL AUDIENCES. No company can be everything to all people; it just doesn’t work. Aiming at all audiences is an oxymoron. Figure out who your target audience is and market only to them. MARKETING ONLY TO NEW CUSTOMERS. You may be so busy trying to get new customers that you’re forgetting your current loyal customers. They are your biggest advertisement right now, as they can bring more customers by word of mouth. Stay in touch with them via email, and be sure to include interesting and current content. ABUSING SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook, Twitter, and all other social media are a great free tools to get others to know about your business. But posting every once in a while isn’t enough. You should be posting at least once a day with professional pertinent content. Don’t spam your friends or they will leave you. NOT KNOWING YOUR MARKETING BUDGET. Do not overspend your marketing efforts. Assess your budget and stick to it. When your revenue increases, only then can you increase your marketing budget. This way, you can scale up your budget accordingly, to assure flow and more leads. NOT HAVING A PLAN. You need to have a plan that includes goals so that you can move ahead towards your goal. With a plan you can also measure success of campaigns and track return of investment. “You may be so busy trying to get new customers that you’re forgetting your current loyal customers.” 76 | fyimagazineny.com time management tips to help you get the most out of your day HOW TO WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER. Do you wish that you did not wait until the last minute to complete things? Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed knowing there are deadlines? Do you procrastinate? Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Managing time is about simplifying things, working more efficiently and relieving stress. Here are a few strategies: WRITTEN BY NANCY HILSENRATH, LCSW CASAC SAP USE A CALENDAR. Make sure you put the deadlines and events in your calendar. Putting reminders in on earlier dates is a good idea to ensure you are working on it, like a tickler. MAKE LISTS. Make a "today" list of things you need to accomplish for one specific day. Break it down into categories such as calls, errands, desk work, housework, so you can group them together and organize your time more efficiently. A “later” list is helpful for things during the week or for the following day. This list is for things you know you will need to take care of in the near future. This may seem like too many lists, but the idea is to keep things off your mind. At the end of each day, revise your lists, hoping to have completed much of what's on them. HAVE A START AND END TIME. Guesstimate how long it may take to complete a task. Always build in extra time or wiggle room for things that get in the way. If you think it may take two hours to complete something, plan on two and a half or three (depending on the task). Create your start time and finish time and finish at that time- put it away and be done. Do not get distracted with other things. Value your time and others will too. PRIORITIZE YOUR LIST and be clear about it. There are four quadrants (read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey): urgent important, non urgent important, urgent non important and non urgent non important. When you look to see where you spend the most time, it will give you insight. It is advisable to do the hardest things first. When you complete the hardest thing first, there is freedom and relief. 77 | fyimagazineny.com BE FOCUSED AND MINDFUL of what you are doing. Sometimes we multi-task to a flaw. People who are mindful, complete tasks quicker and with greater ease. Stay away from distractions. People often check emails and play games in the middle of working on something. Stay focused! SET PLAY TIME in your schedule. You may feel like you don't have time for this, so you must generate space to play. Down time is productive for mental health as well. ESTABLISH SMART AND EFFICIENT SYSTEMS. Create a system for every task you have to do daily. With systems, there is no guesswork. It is familiar and it becomes routine. DO IT ONCE. Handle the paper one time. Do not let things linger on. Make the calls that you may be avoiding. Read emails, open your mail and respond, throw out or place in a “later” folder. REMOVE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK or thoughts that you can't get it done or don't have enough time. SAY NO. If you find you have no time because you are too busy with things for other people, like cooking and volunteering, then say no. Helping others is excellent, but not when you feel like you are in a constant whirlwind, being pulled in many directions. HAVE FUN! Remember, life is not a to do list. Enjoy it as much as possible and don't get stressed; stress will only slow you down. Nancy Hilsenrath, LCSW, CASA-C, SAP is a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. She specializes working with people with addictions, anxiety, depression, anger and time management issues. nhilsenrath@gmail.com
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  5 MARKETING MISTAKES  EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD AVOID Marketing is an important element ...
in your busıness in your busıness 5 MARKETING MISTAKES EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD AVOID Marketing is an important element of any business strategy. Marketing can help increase your customer base, brand awareness, and ultimately increase your sales. Most entrepreneurs are not savvy at marketing and make fatally common mistakes that actually decrease revenue. But don’t worry - we can help you. Here are the top five marketing mistakes to avoid: AIMING AT ALL AUDIENCES. No company can be everything to all people; it just doesn’t work. Aiming at all audiences is an oxymoron. Figure out who your target audience is and market only to them. MARKETING ONLY TO NEW CUSTOMERS. You may be so busy trying to get new customers that you’re forgetting your current loyal customers. They are your biggest advertisement right now, as they can bring more customers by word of mouth. Stay in touch with them via email, and be sure to include interesting and current content. ABUSING SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook, Twitter, and all other social media are a great free tools to get others to know about your business. But posting every once in a while isn’t enough. You should be posting at least once a day with professional pertinent content. Don’t spam your friends or they will leave you. NOT KNOWING YOUR MARKETING BUDGET. Do not overspend your marketing efforts. Assess your budget and stick to it. When your revenue increases, only then can you increase your marketing budget. This way, you can scale up your budget accordingly, to assure flow and more leads. NOT HAVING A PLAN. You need to have a plan that includes goals so that you can move ahead towards your goal. With a plan you can also measure success of campaigns and track return of investment. “You may be so busy trying to get new customers that you’re forgetting your current loyal customers.” 76 | fyimagazineny.com time management tips to help you get the most out of your day HOW TO WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER. Do you wish that you did not wait until the last minute to complete things? Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed knowing there are deadlines? Do you procrastinate? Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Managing time is about simplifying things, working more efficiently and relieving stress. Here are a few strategies: WRITTEN BY NANCY HILSENRATH, LCSW CASAC SAP USE A CALENDAR. Make sure you put the deadlines and events in your calendar. Putting reminders in on earlier dates is a good idea to ensure you are working on it, like a tickler. MAKE LISTS. Make a "today" list of things you need to accomplish for one specific day. Break it down into categories such as calls, errands, desk work, housework, so you can group them together and organize your time more efficiently. A “later” list is helpful for things during the week or for the following day. This list is for things you know you will need to take care of in the near future. This may seem like too many lists, but the idea is to keep things off your mind. At the end of each day, revise your lists, hoping to have completed much of what's on them. HAVE A START AND END TIME. Guesstimate how long it may take to complete a task. Always build in extra time or wiggle room for things that get in the way. If you think it may take two hours to complete something, plan on two and a half or three (depending on the task). Create your start time and finish time and finish at that time- put it away and be done. Do not get distracted with other things. Value your time and others will too. PRIORITIZE YOUR LIST and be clear about it. There are four quadrants (read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey): urgent important, non urgent important, urgent non important and non urgent non important. When you look to see where you spend the most time, it will give you insight. It is advisable to do the hardest things first. When you complete the hardest thing first, there is freedom and relief. 77 | fyimagazineny.com BE FOCUSED AND MINDFUL of what you are doing. Sometimes we multi-task to a flaw. People who are mindful, complete tasks quicker and with greater ease. Stay away from distractions. People often check emails and play games in the middle of working on something. Stay focused! SET PLAY TIME in your schedule. You may feel like you don't have time for this, so you must generate space to play. Down time is productive for mental health as well. ESTABLISH SMART AND EFFICIENT SYSTEMS. Create a system for every task you have to do daily. With systems, there is no guesswork. It is familiar and it becomes routine. DO IT ONCE. Handle the paper one time. Do not let things linger on. Make the calls that you may be avoiding. Read emails, open your mail and respond, throw out or place in a “later” folder. REMOVE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK or thoughts that you can't get it done or don't have enough time. SAY NO. If you find you have no time because you are too busy with things for other people, like cooking and volunteering, then say no. Helping others is excellent, but not when you feel like you are in a constant whirlwind, being pulled in many directions. HAVE FUN! Remember, life is not a to do list. Enjoy it as much as possible and don't get stressed; stress will only slow you down. Nancy Hilsenrath, LCSW, CASA-C, SAP is a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. She specializes working with people with addictions, anxiety, depression, anger and time management issues. nhilsenrath@gmail.com
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  5 MARKETING MISTAKES  EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD AVOID Marketing is an important element ...
in your busıness in your busıness 7 points on 4. STICK TO YOUR AGENDA: It’s very easy to derail into topics that were not on the meeting’s agenda, but you will lose focus and after a while, the participants will be too tired to focus on the main objective. It’s your responsibility as the moderator of the meeting to keep it focused on the agenda. If someone brings up a different issue, tell him nicely that you will write it down and schedule another meeting to discuss it. how to make your meetings more productive 5. STICK TO A TIME SCHEDULE: Does this happen to you? You are sitting in a meeting, when you look up and you realize that everyone at the table is looking at his smartphone; or have you been to a meeting where you wondered “Why am I here?” According to statistics, 37% of employee time is spent in meetings, and it costs companies a lot more money than they think; it’s the largest expense a company has, which is unseen on the P&L. While meetings are important, unnecessary or poorly-structured meetings waste a lot of time. WRITTEN BY JON FRIED 1.HAVE A CLEAR OBJECTIVE: 2. FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME: Be clear on why you need a meeting.Do you want to make a decision unanimously? Is it to generate ideas on how to solve a problem? Do you want to communicate a message? The more clear you are on the objective of the meeting, the more productive it will be. It may look like a good idea to have one meeting to accomplish a long list of things that you have in mind, but in most cases, the long meeting ends without clear results. It’s more efficient to have each meeting focus on one important topic which needs a discussion or decision. This will allow you to keep the meeting short and get the needed 3. INVITE WITH CAUTION: results. It’s better to have 5 weekly 30-minute meetings, each one accomplishing a clear task, than to have one 2-hour meeting discussing 5 topics. It’s not easy for the mind to switch from one topic to the other and get clear results, so keep it focused. 78 | fyimagazineny.com The more people present at the meeting, the less productive it will be. Before you invite anyone to a meeting, ask yourself: “Does this person have to attend this meeting in order for it to be successful?” Sometimes, you only need one person at the meeting and the others can be updated with a quick email. If the meeting is called for 30 minutes, make sure that you start and finish on time; show your team members that you value their time and will meet only for the scheduled time. Knowing that you only have 30 minutes will keep you focused to achieve your objective. 6. KEEP THE CONTRIBUTIONS FAIR: Don’t let anyone monopolize the conversation; you want input from everyone in the room. If you notice one person taking over the meeting, be open about it by saying, “I value your input, but let’s give other people a chance to share their view.” 7. FOLLOW UP: Some meetings will end with a new approach on how to do things at your company, or tasks for different participants. Make sure to follow up within 24 hours with a clear summary of what was decided.
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  7 points on  4. STICK TO YOUR AGENDA  It   s very easy to derail into topics that we...
in your busıness in your busıness 7 points on 4. STICK TO YOUR AGENDA: It’s very easy to derail into topics that were not on the meeting’s agenda, but you will lose focus and after a while, the participants will be too tired to focus on the main objective. It’s your responsibility as the moderator of the meeting to keep it focused on the agenda. If someone brings up a different issue, tell him nicely that you will write it down and schedule another meeting to discuss it. how to make your meetings more productive 5. STICK TO A TIME SCHEDULE: Does this happen to you? You are sitting in a meeting, when you look up and you realize that everyone at the table is looking at his smartphone; or have you been to a meeting where you wondered “Why am I here?” According to statistics, 37% of employee time is spent in meetings, and it costs companies a lot more money than they think; it’s the largest expense a company has, which is unseen on the P&L. While meetings are important, unnecessary or poorly-structured meetings waste a lot of time. WRITTEN BY JON FRIED 1.HAVE A CLEAR OBJECTIVE: 2. FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME: Be clear on why you need a meeting.Do you want to make a decision unanimously? Is it to generate ideas on how to solve a problem? Do you want to communicate a message? The more clear you are on the objective of the meeting, the more productive it will be. It may look like a good idea to have one meeting to accomplish a long list of things that you have in mind, but in most cases, the long meeting ends without clear results. It’s more efficient to have each meeting focus on one important topic which needs a discussion or decision. This will allow you to keep the meeting short and get the needed 3. INVITE WITH CAUTION: results. It’s better to have 5 weekly 30-minute meetings, each one accomplishing a clear task, than to have one 2-hour meeting discussing 5 topics. It’s not easy for the mind to switch from one topic to the other and get clear results, so keep it focused. 78 | fyimagazineny.com The more people present at the meeting, the less productive it will be. Before you invite anyone to a meeting, ask yourself: “Does this person have to attend this meeting in order for it to be successful?” Sometimes, you only need one person at the meeting and the others can be updated with a quick email. If the meeting is called for 30 minutes, make sure that you start and finish on time; show your team members that you value their time and will meet only for the scheduled time. Knowing that you only have 30 minutes will keep you focused to achieve your objective. 6. KEEP THE CONTRIBUTIONS FAIR: Don’t let anyone monopolize the conversation; you want input from everyone in the room. If you notice one person taking over the meeting, be open about it by saying, “I value your input, but let’s give other people a chance to share their view.” 7. FOLLOW UP: Some meetings will end with a new approach on how to do things at your company, or tasks for different participants. Make sure to follow up within 24 hours with a clear summary of what was decided.
in your bus  ness  in your bus  ness  7 points on  4. STICK TO YOUR AGENDA  It   s very easy to derail into topics that we...
in your busıness they do what? sharpen your appetıte Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. Some businesses help their customers pull pranks, some try to solve life's weirdest problems (like where does that one sock always disappear to?), and some are just so “niche,” most people wouldn't even think of starting them in the first place. A Professional Cheese Sculptor If you ever thought you love cheese, you’ll discover your love pales compared to Sarah Kaufmann, “The Cheese Lady", who makes her living as a traveling cheese sculptor. Kaufmann creates cheddar-cheese carvings for grocery stores, sporting events, festivals, photo shoots, and any other business or event that needs a giant hunk of cheese. She has carved everything from a scene of the first moon landing to the Chicago skyline. Though she makes most of her money carving cheese, Kaufmann also hosts seminars, where she informs audiences about the art and traditions of cheese making. Rent-A-Chicken Some people who are interested in urban farming want to get chickens; however, that’s a big step. What if they discover they don’t like caring for chickens? Then they’re stuck with a coop and several unwanted birds. This is where Rent-A-Chicken comes in. The husband and wife team in Traverse City, MI will bring you everything you need to care for a brood of hens for the summer. For $250, you can see whether or not you really want to try raising chickens on your own. The Smashing Place The Smashing Place is a business located in Tokyo, where clients come in, buy a plate or a cup of their choice, and smash it against a concrete wall. They can swear, stomp their feet, or do anything else they want to relieve stress. When you’re burning mad, this is your perfect destination. Come hurl a plate or two across the room and take pleasure in watching it smash against the wall. I have a feeling a business like this would really take off in New York. A Prank Candle Company Prank Candles start out smelling wonderful, with popular scents like apple pie and freshly-cleaned laundry, but after a short while, things get ugly. The sweet-smelling aroma of fresh forest pine, for example, eventually gives way to the stench of skunk, and the victim won’t know until it’s too late. The trick candles come in innocent packaging and last for approximately 30 hours of burn time (the first 40% smells wonderful). They sell for $11.95. We live in a bizarre world, so let your imagination run wild! Don’t label any idea as too weird. You never know; it might spring into a successful business one day! WRITTEN BY RAIZEL KATON 80 | fyimagazineny.com it’s barbecue season! Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil Kofta Burgers Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten-Free)
in your bus  ness  they do what   sharpen your appet  te  Interesting businesses that you wouldn   t believe exist. Some b...
in your busıness they do what? sharpen your appetıte Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. Some businesses help their customers pull pranks, some try to solve life's weirdest problems (like where does that one sock always disappear to?), and some are just so “niche,” most people wouldn't even think of starting them in the first place. A Professional Cheese Sculptor If you ever thought you love cheese, you’ll discover your love pales compared to Sarah Kaufmann, “The Cheese Lady", who makes her living as a traveling cheese sculptor. Kaufmann creates cheddar-cheese carvings for grocery stores, sporting events, festivals, photo shoots, and any other business or event that needs a giant hunk of cheese. She has carved everything from a scene of the first moon landing to the Chicago skyline. Though she makes most of her money carving cheese, Kaufmann also hosts seminars, where she informs audiences about the art and traditions of cheese making. Rent-A-Chicken Some people who are interested in urban farming want to get chickens; however, that’s a big step. What if they discover they don’t like caring for chickens? Then they’re stuck with a coop and several unwanted birds. This is where Rent-A-Chicken comes in. The husband and wife team in Traverse City, MI will bring you everything you need to care for a brood of hens for the summer. For $250, you can see whether or not you really want to try raising chickens on your own. The Smashing Place The Smashing Place is a business located in Tokyo, where clients come in, buy a plate or a cup of their choice, and smash it against a concrete wall. They can swear, stomp their feet, or do anything else they want to relieve stress. When you’re burning mad, this is your perfect destination. Come hurl a plate or two across the room and take pleasure in watching it smash against the wall. I have a feeling a business like this would really take off in New York. A Prank Candle Company Prank Candles start out smelling wonderful, with popular scents like apple pie and freshly-cleaned laundry, but after a short while, things get ugly. The sweet-smelling aroma of fresh forest pine, for example, eventually gives way to the stench of skunk, and the victim won’t know until it’s too late. The trick candles come in innocent packaging and last for approximately 30 hours of burn time (the first 40% smells wonderful). They sell for $11.95. We live in a bizarre world, so let your imagination run wild! Don’t label any idea as too weird. You never know; it might spring into a successful business one day! WRITTEN BY RAIZEL KATON 80 | fyimagazineny.com it’s barbecue season! Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil Kofta Burgers Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores (Gluten-Free)
in your bus  ness  they do what   sharpen your appet  te  Interesting businesses that you wouldn   t believe exist. Some b...
sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil chicken Shoshana Turin | Cooking in Heels Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce Summer cookouts are inevitable, but all of us have had our fair share of awful barbeques with overdone meat, underdone chicken, and not a vegetable in sight. Your summer bash doesn’t have to be that way. A delicious barbecue can totally be up to you. Give your guests a taste of what’s to come and show them you mean business with these chicken and pineapple skewers. Don’t be daunted by the long list of ingredients. The whole recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together. But don’t worry, because it tastes like it took hours! Servings: 12 appetizer portions Prep time: 5 minutes +2-24 hours Cooking time: 10 minutes 4 chicken cutlets sliced into 1-inch cubes 1 cup pineapple cubes 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. turmeric 1 tsp. chopped garlic 1 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. salt 2 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped Lime wedges 16-24 small skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill 82 | fyimagazineny.com Place the chicken into a large Ziploc bag. Mix the pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, brown sugar, coconut oil, soy sauce, lime juice, worcestershire, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the bag along with the chicken cubes. Marinate in the fridge for 2-24 hours. When ready to cook the skewers, stir chicken in its marinade and then thread each cube, alternating with the pineapple chunks onto a skewer, skewers are done when the chicken has turned golden brown and crispy along the edges. Top with the scallions and cilantro and serve with the peanut sauce and lime wedges. Sauce: 3/4 cup natural-style creamy peanut butter It’s grilling season and that means we are all hosting tons of barbecues for friends and family! There are steaks, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, grilled veggies and so much more. With all of that prep, sometimes you just want to serve something simple, yet packed with flavor and color. This grilled corn with herb oil is perfect for that. The corn goes on the grill for only a few minutes and then you just whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the hot corn. Does it get any easier? 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 1/2 medium limes) 4 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar 2 1/4 tsp. chile-garlic paste ½ tsp. sriracha 1/3 cup coconut milk Cook for a little more than 3-4 minutes each side, turning fairly often to prevent burning, and baste once more with oil or coconut milk. Check with an internal thermometer to be sure the chicken reaches at least 165 F. The 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. sea salt Grill corn and place on a serving platter. Top with the mixture of olive oil, garlic, fresh cilantro, cumin and sea salt. Enjoy!! Melinda Strauss | Kitchen Tested 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce Baste the chicken and pineapple with oil or coconut milk and grill on a barbecue or under the broiler. 4-6 corn on the cob 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil 1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Serve together with the chicken skewers. 83 | fyimagazineny.com
sharpen your appet  te  sharpen your appet  te  Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil  chicken  Shoshana Turin   Cooking in ...
sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil chicken Shoshana Turin | Cooking in Heels Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut-Coco Sauce Summer cookouts are inevitable, but all of us have had our fair share of awful barbeques with overdone meat, underdone chicken, and not a vegetable in sight. Your summer bash doesn’t have to be that way. A delicious barbecue can totally be up to you. Give your guests a taste of what’s to come and show them you mean business with these chicken and pineapple skewers. Don’t be daunted by the long list of ingredients. The whole recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together. But don’t worry, because it tastes like it took hours! Servings: 12 appetizer portions Prep time: 5 minutes +2-24 hours Cooking time: 10 minutes 4 chicken cutlets sliced into 1-inch cubes 1 cup pineapple cubes 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. turmeric 1 tsp. chopped garlic 1 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. salt 2 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped Lime wedges 16-24 small skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill 82 | fyimagazineny.com Place the chicken into a large Ziploc bag. Mix the pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, brown sugar, coconut oil, soy sauce, lime juice, worcestershire, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the bag along with the chicken cubes. Marinate in the fridge for 2-24 hours. When ready to cook the skewers, stir chicken in its marinade and then thread each cube, alternating with the pineapple chunks onto a skewer, skewers are done when the chicken has turned golden brown and crispy along the edges. Top with the scallions and cilantro and serve with the peanut sauce and lime wedges. Sauce: 3/4 cup natural-style creamy peanut butter It’s grilling season and that means we are all hosting tons of barbecues for friends and family! There are steaks, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, grilled veggies and so much more. With all of that prep, sometimes you just want to serve something simple, yet packed with flavor and color. This grilled corn with herb oil is perfect for that. The corn goes on the grill for only a few minutes and then you just whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the hot corn. Does it get any easier? 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 1/2 medium limes) 4 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar 2 1/4 tsp. chile-garlic paste ½ tsp. sriracha 1/3 cup coconut milk Cook for a little more than 3-4 minutes each side, turning fairly often to prevent burning, and baste once more with oil or coconut milk. Check with an internal thermometer to be sure the chicken reaches at least 165 F. The 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. sea salt Grill corn and place on a serving platter. Top with the mixture of olive oil, garlic, fresh cilantro, cumin and sea salt. Enjoy!! Melinda Strauss | Kitchen Tested 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce Baste the chicken and pineapple with oil or coconut milk and grill on a barbecue or under the broiler. 4-6 corn on the cob 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil 1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Serve together with the chicken skewers. 83 | fyimagazineny.com
sharpen your appet  te  sharpen your appet  te  Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil  chicken  Shoshana Turin   Cooking in ...
sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte Kofta are kebabs made up of ground beef mixed with spices and herbs. They are often served with tzatziki sauce, a Greek condiment consisting of yogurt, cucumbers and dill. I’ve Paleofied the traditional dish to create a mouthwatering burger that’s packed with flavor and perfect for summer barbecues! KOFTA BURGERS 1 lb ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 heaping Tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. cumin lightly to incorporate the herbs and spices. Divide the meat into burger patties and grill or broil for about 5 minutes per side. YIELD: approximately 4 burgers or 8 sliders. VARIATION: use lamb instead of beef for a more authentic kofta flavor. 1/2 tsp. allspice Kosher salt and pepper, to taste PORTOBELLO “BUN” Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Try not to handle the meat too much; just mix 8 portobello mushrooms (roughly the size of your burger patties) olive oil PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE S’MORES (GLUTEN-FREE) salt and pepper, to taste Lightly clean the mushrooms and brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. TZATZIKI TAHINI 1/2 cup tahini paste 1 cup shredded cucumber (from about 1/2 of an English cucumber) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. chopped dill juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup water Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until emulsified. If the mixture is thick, add a bit more water until desired consistency is reached. YIELD: 1 cup To assemble the burgers, place a kofta burger on a portobello mushroom and top with tzatziki tahini. Add additional condiments, if desired, and cover with another portobello mushroom. 84 | fyimagazineny.com Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: 2 cups creamy peanut butter (best if it’s not natural peanut butter) 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda Marshmallow Cream: 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar ¼ tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache: 1 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate 1/2 cup soy/almond milk Yield: About 20 sandwiches (40 cookies) COOKIES: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl (or in a machine with a paddle attachment), stir together the peanut butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth and no longer grainy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until mixture is smooth again. Round about a tablespoon of dough between your palms and place it onto the baking sheet. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand to around ¼ inch thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, not longer. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a few minutes to finish setting and firming before moving them. MARSHAMALLOW CREAM: Pour the egg whites and sugar into the bowl of your electric stand mixer and whisk together. Place the bowl over simmering water (to make a double boiler), ensuring the bottom of your top bowl isn’t touching the water. Whisk the mixture constantly for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt. Transfer the bowl to your machine fitted with a whisk attachment and beat marshmallow on high for a few minutes until it’s glossy and stiff. CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Place your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a 85 | fyimagazineny.com small bowl. Heat the soy/ almond milk in a small pot over a medium flame until the milk is hot to the touch (alternatively, heat in a microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate, let it sit for a minute, and then whisk the mixture till the chocolate melts and you get a smooth mixture. ASSEMBLY: Smear marshmallow cream (or pipe with a star tip) on the bottom of one cookie. Drop a spoonful of ganache onto the bottom of another cookie. Press the bottoms of two cookies together, forming a sandwich. If desired, toast the visible marshmallow with a kitchen blowtorch. Leah Nagel Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn Kofta Burgers on a Portobello Bun with Tzatziki Tahini
sharpen your appet  te sharpen your appet  te  sharpen your appet  te  Kofta are kebabs made up of ground beef mixed with ...
sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte sharpen your appetıte Kofta are kebabs made up of ground beef mixed with spices and herbs. They are often served with tzatziki sauce, a Greek condiment consisting of yogurt, cucumbers and dill. I’ve Paleofied the traditional dish to create a mouthwatering burger that’s packed with flavor and perfect for summer barbecues! KOFTA BURGERS 1 lb ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 heaping Tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. cumin lightly to incorporate the herbs and spices. Divide the meat into burger patties and grill or broil for about 5 minutes per side. YIELD: approximately 4 burgers or 8 sliders. VARIATION: use lamb instead of beef for a more authentic kofta flavor. 1/2 tsp. allspice Kosher salt and pepper, to taste PORTOBELLO “BUN” Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Try not to handle the meat too much; just mix 8 portobello mushrooms (roughly the size of your burger patties) olive oil PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE S’MORES (GLUTEN-FREE) salt and pepper, to taste Lightly clean the mushrooms and brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. TZATZIKI TAHINI 1/2 cup tahini paste 1 cup shredded cucumber (from about 1/2 of an English cucumber) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. chopped dill juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup water Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until emulsified. If the mixture is thick, add a bit more water until desired consistency is reached. YIELD: 1 cup To assemble the burgers, place a kofta burger on a portobello mushroom and top with tzatziki tahini. Add additional condiments, if desired, and cover with another portobello mushroom. 84 | fyimagazineny.com Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: 2 cups creamy peanut butter (best if it’s not natural peanut butter) 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda Marshmallow Cream: 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar ¼ tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache: 1 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate 1/2 cup soy/almond milk Yield: About 20 sandwiches (40 cookies) COOKIES: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl (or in a machine with a paddle attachment), stir together the peanut butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth and no longer grainy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until mixture is smooth again. Round about a tablespoon of dough between your palms and place it onto the baking sheet. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand to around ¼ inch thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, not longer. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a few minutes to finish setting and firming before moving them. MARSHAMALLOW CREAM: Pour the egg whites and sugar into the bowl of your electric stand mixer and whisk together. Place the bowl over simmering water (to make a double boiler), ensuring the bottom of your top bowl isn’t touching the water. Whisk the mixture constantly for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt. Transfer the bowl to your machine fitted with a whisk attachment and beat marshmallow on high for a few minutes until it’s glossy and stiff. CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Place your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a 85 | fyimagazineny.com small bowl. Heat the soy/ almond milk in a small pot over a medium flame until the milk is hot to the touch (alternatively, heat in a microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate, let it sit for a minute, and then whisk the mixture till the chocolate melts and you get a smooth mixture. ASSEMBLY: Smear marshmallow cream (or pipe with a star tip) on the bottom of one cookie. Drop a spoonful of ganache onto the bottom of another cookie. Press the bottoms of two cookies together, forming a sandwich. If desired, toast the visible marshmallow with a kitchen blowtorch. Leah Nagel Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn Kofta Burgers on a Portobello Bun with Tzatziki Tahini
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CLIP & SAVE THESE RECIPES! Because the music makes the event... Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy PeanutCoco Sauce www.sandbox-marketing.com 4 chicken cutlets sliced into 1-inch cubes 1 cup pineapple cubes 1tsp. black pepper 1tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. turmeric 1tsp. chopped garlic 1Tbsp. brown sugar 1Tbsp. coconut oil 1Tbsp. soy sauce 1Tbsp. lime juice 1tsp. worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. salt 2 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped Lime wedges 16-24 small skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill Place the chicken into a large Ziploc bag. Mix the pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, brown sugar, coconut oil, soy sauce, lime juice, worcestershire, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the bag along with the chicken cubes. Marinate in the fridge for 2-24 hours. When ready to cook the skewers, stir chicken in its marinade and then thread each cube, alternating with the pineapple chunks onto a skewer, The skewers are done when the chicken has turned golden brown and crispy along the edges. Sauce: 3/4 cup natural-style creamy peanut butter 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 1/2 medium limes) 4 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar 2 1/4 tsp. chile-garlic paste ½ tsp. sriracha 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil Top with the scallions and cilantro and serve with the peanut sauce and lime wedges. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Serve together with the chicken skewers. Baste the chicken and pineapple with oil or coconut milk and grill on a barbecue or under the broiler. Cook for a little more than 3-4 minutes each side, turning fairly often to prevent burning, and baste once more with oil or coconut milk. Check with an internal thermometer to be sure the chicken reaches at least 165 F. Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil 4-6 corn on the cob 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 1 tsp. cumin ORCHESTRA & PRODUCTIONS All of our customers receive our undivided attention & unparalleled professionalism, benefiting from our creativity & years of experience. Contact us to help you plan an affair you will never forget. 1/2 tsp. sea salt Grill corn and place on a serving platter. Top with the mixture of olive oil, garlic, fresh cilantro, cumin and sea salt. Enjoy!! 718.256.7200 • www.aaronteitelbaumproductions.com • aarontproductions@gmail.com t tweet us @aaronteitelbaum ` facebook.com/aarontproductions ™Follow us on instagram @aaronteitelbaum 87 | fyimagazineny.com
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CLIP & SAVE THESE RECIPES! Because the music makes the event... Pineapple Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy PeanutCoco Sauce www.sandbox-marketing.com 4 chicken cutlets sliced into 1-inch cubes 1 cup pineapple cubes 1tsp. black pepper 1tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. turmeric 1tsp. chopped garlic 1Tbsp. brown sugar 1Tbsp. coconut oil 1Tbsp. soy sauce 1Tbsp. lime juice 1tsp. worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. salt 2 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped Lime wedges 16-24 small skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning on the grill Place the chicken into a large Ziploc bag. Mix the pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic, brown sugar, coconut oil, soy sauce, lime juice, worcestershire, and salt in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the bag along with the chicken cubes. Marinate in the fridge for 2-24 hours. When ready to cook the skewers, stir chicken in its marinade and then thread each cube, alternating with the pineapple chunks onto a skewer, The skewers are done when the chicken has turned golden brown and crispy along the edges. Sauce: 3/4 cup natural-style creamy peanut butter 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 1/2 medium limes) 4 1/2 tsp. soy sauce 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar 2 1/4 tsp. chile-garlic paste ½ tsp. sriracha 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 medium garlic clove, mashed to a paste 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil Top with the scallions and cilantro and serve with the peanut sauce and lime wedges. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Serve together with the chicken skewers. Baste the chicken and pineapple with oil or coconut milk and grill on a barbecue or under the broiler. Cook for a little more than 3-4 minutes each side, turning fairly often to prevent burning, and baste once more with oil or coconut milk. Check with an internal thermometer to be sure the chicken reaches at least 165 F. Grilled Corn with Cilantro Herb Oil 4-6 corn on the cob 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 1 tsp. cumin ORCHESTRA & PRODUCTIONS All of our customers receive our undivided attention & unparalleled professionalism, benefiting from our creativity & years of experience. Contact us to help you plan an affair you will never forget. 1/2 tsp. sea salt Grill corn and place on a serving platter. Top with the mixture of olive oil, garlic, fresh cilantro, cumin and sea salt. Enjoy!! 718.256.7200 • www.aaronteitelbaumproductions.com • aarontproductions@gmail.com t tweet us @aaronteitelbaum ` facebook.com/aarontproductions ™Follow us on instagram @aaronteitelbaum 87 | fyimagazineny.com
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sharpen your appetıte features Kofta Burgers on a Portobello Bun with Tzatziki Tahini Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Try not to handle the meat too much; just mix lightly to incorporate the herbs and spices. Divide the meat into burger patties and grill or broil for about 5 minutes per side. YIELD: approximately 4 burgers or 8 sliders. VARIATION: use lamb instead of beef for a more authentic kofta flavor. KOFTA BURGERS PORTOBELLO “BUN” 1 lb ground beef 8 portobello mushrooms (roughly the size of your burger patties) olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 heaping Tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. allspice Kosher salt and pepper, to taste PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE S’MORES (GLUTEN-FREE) Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: 2 cups creamy peanut butter (best if it’s not natural peanut butter) 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda Marshmallow Cream: 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar ¼ tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache: 1 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate 1/2 cup soy/almond milk COOKIES: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl (or in a machine with a paddle attachment), stir together the peanut butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth and no longer grainy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix Lightly clean the mushrooms and brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. until mixture is smooth again. Round about a tablespoon of dough between your palms and place it onto the baking sheet. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand to around ¼ inch thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, not longer. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a few minutes to finish setting and firming before moving them. MARSHAMALLOW CREAM: Pour the egg whites and sugar into the bowl of your electric stand mixer and whisk together. Place the bowl over simmering water (to make a double boiler), ensuring the bottom of your top bowl isn’t touching the water. Whisk the mixture constantly for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt. Transfer the bowl to your machine fitted with a whisk attachment and beat marshmallow on high for a few minutes until it’s glossy and stiff. CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Place your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a small bowl. Heat the soy/almond 88 | fyimagazineny.com TZATZIKI TAHINI 1/2 cup tahini paste 1 cup shredded cucumber (from about 1/2 of an English cucumber) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. chopped dill juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup water SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT > MOMMY DAY CAMP > SARNO'S METHOD Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until emulsified. If the mixture is thick, add a bit more water until desired consistency is reached. YIELD: 1 cup To assemble the burgers, place a kofta burger on a portobello mushroom and top with tzatziki tahini. Add additional condiments, if desired, and cover with another portobello mushroom. 93 90 milk in a small pot over a medium flame until the milk is hot to the touch (alternatively, heat in a microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate, let it sit for a minute, and then whisk the mixture till the chocolate melts and you get a smooth mixture. ASSEMBLY: Smear marshmallow cream (or pipe with a star tip) on the bottom of one cookie. Drop a spoonful of ganache onto the bottom of another cookie. Press the bottoms of two cookies together, forming a sandwich. If desired, toast the visible marshmallow with a kitchen blowtorch. Yield: About 20 sandwiches (40 cookies) 97 “Can your mind heal your body?” - A LOOK AT SARNO’S METHOD 89 | fyimagazineny.com
sharpen your appet  te  features  Kofta Burgers on a Portobello Bun with Tzatziki Tahini Add all the ingredients to a bowl...
sharpen your appetıte features Kofta Burgers on a Portobello Bun with Tzatziki Tahini Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Try not to handle the meat too much; just mix lightly to incorporate the herbs and spices. Divide the meat into burger patties and grill or broil for about 5 minutes per side. YIELD: approximately 4 burgers or 8 sliders. VARIATION: use lamb instead of beef for a more authentic kofta flavor. KOFTA BURGERS PORTOBELLO “BUN” 1 lb ground beef 8 portobello mushrooms (roughly the size of your burger patties) olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 heaping Tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. allspice Kosher salt and pepper, to taste PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE S’MORES (GLUTEN-FREE) Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: 2 cups creamy peanut butter (best if it’s not natural peanut butter) 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda Marshmallow Cream: 4 egg whites 1 cup sugar ¼ tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache: 1 cup chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate 1/2 cup soy/almond milk COOKIES: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl (or in a machine with a paddle attachment), stir together the peanut butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth and no longer grainy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix Lightly clean the mushrooms and brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. until mixture is smooth again. Round about a tablespoon of dough between your palms and place it onto the baking sheet. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand to around ¼ inch thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, not longer. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a few minutes to finish setting and firming before moving them. MARSHAMALLOW CREAM: Pour the egg whites and sugar into the bowl of your electric stand mixer and whisk together. Place the bowl over simmering water (to make a double boiler), ensuring the bottom of your top bowl isn’t touching the water. Whisk the mixture constantly for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm to the touch. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and salt. Transfer the bowl to your machine fitted with a whisk attachment and beat marshmallow on high for a few minutes until it’s glossy and stiff. CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Place your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into a small bowl. Heat the soy/almond 88 | fyimagazineny.com TZATZIKI TAHINI 1/2 cup tahini paste 1 cup shredded cucumber (from about 1/2 of an English cucumber) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. chopped dill juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup water SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT > MOMMY DAY CAMP > SARNO'S METHOD Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until emulsified. If the mixture is thick, add a bit more water until desired consistency is reached. YIELD: 1 cup To assemble the burgers, place a kofta burger on a portobello mushroom and top with tzatziki tahini. Add additional condiments, if desired, and cover with another portobello mushroom. 93 90 milk in a small pot over a medium flame until the milk is hot to the touch (alternatively, heat in a microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate, let it sit for a minute, and then whisk the mixture till the chocolate melts and you get a smooth mixture. ASSEMBLY: Smear marshmallow cream (or pipe with a star tip) on the bottom of one cookie. Drop a spoonful of ganache onto the bottom of another cookie. Press the bottoms of two cookies together, forming a sandwich. If desired, toast the visible marshmallow with a kitchen blowtorch. Yield: About 20 sandwiches (40 cookies) 97 “Can your mind heal your body?” - A LOOK AT SARNO’S METHOD 89 | fyimagazineny.com
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FEATURES sleep better starting tonight Take one look at your To-Do list, and the first thought that comes to mind is, "If only there were more hours in the day." The list is endless. You need to keep the house clean and organized while entertaining, feeding, dressing and bathing a batch of kids. Many of us have found a way to add hours to our days: We steal them from the night. We stay up late to finish cleaning the kitchen or to put in some extra work hours from home. As long as we think we're managing, we transform more and more hours of sleep-time into full-gear daytime. FEATURES T he problem is that though we think we're managing, we're really not. Sleep has incredible physical, emotional and mental benefits. So when we consistently eschew sleep, we condemn ourselves to waking hours in which we don't feel as good as we should, we don't interact with others as well as we should, and we don't perform as well as we should. BENEFITS OF SLEEP Sleep helps us maintain our health. When we're in a deep sleep, our blood pressure drops, the blood supply to our muscles is increased, and tissue growth and repair occurs. The hormones that help young people grow are released during sleep. These same hormones increase muscle mass and strengthen the bones of older people. In addition, studies show that lack of sleep doubles the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Sleep is also a great asset for our beauty routine. First of all, it helps us maintain or lose weight. When we sleep, our body regulates our hormones, particularly the ones that create our internal feelings of hunger and fullness. If we don't sleep enough, we are hungrier. If we're hungrier, then we eat more. If we eat more, we gain weight. So sleep more if you want to diet successfully. An adequate amount of sleep also adds luster to our skin and helps keep it smooth. Lack of sleep compromises us emotionally and mentally. Insufficient sleep is strongly linked to depression and mood disorders- at the least, it makes us whiny. When you're tired, it's much harder to deal calmly with your trouble-making two-year old. The cup of milk on the floor is a justifiable reason to scream at and punish him. But when you're well-rested, you can calmly help him clean up his mess even if it was a whole container that he tried pouring into his cornflakes. Lack of sleep also affects mental alertness, performance and memory. You might put in more hours of work if you sleep less. But you'll do a much better job if you sleep more. You might even be sitting at your desk looking at your computer thinking you're working, while in reality you're microsleeping. Microsleep occurs when the brain of a sleep-deprived person begins emitting low, sleep waves. The person doesn't even realize that he's only semi-conscious. Microsleep can be embarrassing if it causes a person's head to nod at an office meeting - but it can be deadly if it happens while he's at the wheel of his car. YOUR OWN CIRCADIAN RHYTHM How much sleep do you really need to perform at an optimal level? Each person is different and there's no one clear-cut answer; however, the range is between six to eight hours of sleep a night. Very few people can perform optimally on less. When is the best time for you to sleep? That depends on your personal circadian rhythm. No, a circadian rhythm is not rare disease or a bug that haunts your laundry room. It’s the way your body changes physically, mentally and behaviorally during a 24-hour cycle. This rhythm is generally in tune with the light and darkness in your environment. Though most people's rhythms are very similar, each one is slightly different. So it's worthwhile to get to know your own. Some people sleep better earlier, say bedtime at 10:00 p.m., and then enjoy an early morning, seven hours later at 5:00 a.m. Night owls might prefer sleeping from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. One thing that's been clarified by studies is that you should stick to whichever sleep hours work better for you. Once you figure out which are your best sleeping hours, designate a strict bedtime and wake-up time. Go to bed at the same time every single night and wake up at the same time every single morning - even on Shabbos, yom tov, and vacation. WRITTEN BY DINI HARRIS 90 | fyimagazineny.com 91 | fyimagazineny.com YOU MIGHT PUT IN MORE HOURS OF WORK IF YOU SLEEP LESS. BUT YOU'LL DO A MUCH BETTER JOB IF YOU SLEEP MORE.
FEATURES  sleep better starting tonight  Take one look at your To-Do list, and the first thought that comes to mind is,  I...
FEATURES sleep better starting tonight Take one look at your To-Do list, and the first thought that comes to mind is, "If only there were more hours in the day." The list is endless. You need to keep the house clean and organized while entertaining, feeding, dressing and bathing a batch of kids. Many of us have found a way to add hours to our days: We steal them from the night. We stay up late to finish cleaning the kitchen or to put in some extra work hours from home. As long as we think we're managing, we transform more and more hours of sleep-time into full-gear daytime. FEATURES T he problem is that though we think we're managing, we're really not. Sleep has incredible physical, emotional and mental benefits. So when we consistently eschew sleep, we condemn ourselves to waking hours in which we don't feel as good as we should, we don't interact with others as well as we should, and we don't perform as well as we should. BENEFITS OF SLEEP Sleep helps us maintain our health. When we're in a deep sleep, our blood pressure drops, the blood supply to our muscles is increased, and tissue growth and repair occurs. The hormones that help young people grow are released during sleep. These same hormones increase muscle mass and strengthen the bones of older people. In addition, studies show that lack of sleep doubles the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Sleep is also a great asset for our beauty routine. First of all, it helps us maintain or lose weight. When we sleep, our body regulates our hormones, particularly the ones that create our internal feelings of hunger and fullness. If we don't sleep enough, we are hungrier. If we're hungrier, then we eat more. If we eat more, we gain weight. So sleep more if you want to diet successfully. An adequate amount of sleep also adds luster to our skin and helps keep it smooth. Lack of sleep compromises us emotionally and mentally. Insufficient sleep is strongly linked to depression and mood disorders- at the least, it makes us whiny. When you're tired, it's much harder to deal calmly with your trouble-making two-year old. The cup of milk on the floor is a justifiable reason to scream at and punish him. But when you're well-rested, you can calmly help him clean up his mess even if it was a whole container that he tried pouring into his cornflakes. Lack of sleep also affects mental alertness, performance and memory. You might put in more hours of work if you sleep less. But you'll do a much better job if you sleep more. You might even be sitting at your desk looking at your computer thinking you're working, while in reality you're microsleeping. Microsleep occurs when the brain of a sleep-deprived person begins emitting low, sleep waves. The person doesn't even realize that he's only semi-conscious. Microsleep can be embarrassing if it causes a person's head to nod at an office meeting - but it can be deadly if it happens while he's at the wheel of his car. YOUR OWN CIRCADIAN RHYTHM How much sleep do you really need to perform at an optimal level? Each person is different and there's no one clear-cut answer; however, the range is between six to eight hours of sleep a night. Very few people can perform optimally on less. When is the best time for you to sleep? That depends on your personal circadian rhythm. No, a circadian rhythm is not rare disease or a bug that haunts your laundry room. It’s the way your body changes physically, mentally and behaviorally during a 24-hour cycle. This rhythm is generally in tune with the light and darkness in your environment. Though most people's rhythms are very similar, each one is slightly different. So it's worthwhile to get to know your own. Some people sleep better earlier, say bedtime at 10:00 p.m., and then enjoy an early morning, seven hours later at 5:00 a.m. Night owls might prefer sleeping from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. One thing that's been clarified by studies is that you should stick to whichever sleep hours work better for you. Once you figure out which are your best sleeping hours, designate a strict bedtime and wake-up time. Go to bed at the same time every single night and wake up at the same time every single morning - even on Shabbos, yom tov, and vacation. WRITTEN BY DINI HARRIS 90 | fyimagazineny.com 91 | fyimagazineny.com YOU MIGHT PUT IN MORE HOURS OF WORK IF YOU SLEEP LESS. BUT YOU'LL DO A MUCH BETTER JOB IF YOU SLEEP MORE.
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FEATURES Theoretically, if you're getting enough sleep, you will soon wake up on your own, without an alarm clock, if you follow your sleep schedule. STOP TOSSING AND TURNING Everyone experiences temporary insomnia at some point or other. But long-term insomnia can be agonizing for its sufferers. Their health is affected, they're sleepy the whole day long, they're irritable, and they can't concentrate on the work at hand. Insomniacs can be dead tired, but they still have trouble falling asleep. And even when they do, they sleep fitfully - waking up throughout the night, then having trouble falling back asleep. Luckily, there are many practical and technical tips that can help people get a better night's sleep, so their seven-eight hours of rest provides them with all the benefits they need to lead a healthy and happy life. The first thing you need to know when trying to regulate your sleep schedule is the function of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that controls your sleepiness. You want less melatonin in the morning when you're awake, and more in the evening when you're going to bed. The secret of melatonin is that its secretion is controlled by light: the less light, the more melatonin. Shower yourself with light during daytime hours. This will suppress melatonin secretion and keep you up and alert. Work by an open window and use bright lights. Take a walk in the bright sunlight instead of waiting for evening hours. As your bedtime approaches, do the opposite. Start turning off the lights or change to low-wattage fixtures. Turn off the computer, and don't read from portable electronic devices that are backlit. When you're ready to get into bed, make sure the room is completely dark. Cover the electrical displays on your clock, air conditioner unit and computers. You can even wear a sleep mask over your eyes. Other tips for getting a good night's sleep are technical. Make sure you're comfortable. Is your pillow giving you enough support? Maybe it's time for a new one. What about the mattress? Does it sag in the middle? Putting a board under it may help you sleep more comfortably. Check your room temperature. You won't sleep well if you're too hot or too cold. And it's important to get rid of all unnecessary noise. Close your windows tightly so you don't hear car doors slamming or dogs barking. Consider using earplugs so you don't hear any noise (other than the baby crying to be fed). RELAX If you've just finished a power day, jammed with activities that take planning and thought and still require your follow-up care, you can lie in your comfortable bed, in a dark noiseless room at a perfect temperature and still have trouble falling asleep. Your mind refuses to turn off as it thinks about the different options and possibilities and the myriad of things that require your attention. In order to sleep well and to fall asleep when we get into bed, we need to teach ourselves to relax firstly, our minds and feelings. If it's anger that's keeping you awake, think about your emotion, pinpoint why you're angry and think about what you 92 | fyimagazineny.com FEATURES save on summer camp! can do to remedy the situation. If worry is robbing you of sleep, ask yourself if the worry is justified. Is there something you can do about the situation? If so, you can think of a practical plan. If not, try to think that everything will work out for your benefit. After you've done your best to clear your mind of the worries and emotions of the day, actively think of something else. Imagine a restful scene- the beach, a meadow, the park or going on a trip with the kids. Once you've relaxed your mind, you can calm your body. With your head on the pillow, close your eyes and take deep breaths, involving not just the chest, but also the stomach and rib cage. Breathe slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe deeply until you fall asleep. It might take time to figure out your best sleep hours; it might take resources to make your bedroom comfortable and it might take practice to learn how to relax your mind and body before falling asleep. But the results are worth it. When you're well rested, you'll have a calm perspective on life. You'll be able to concentrate on everything around you and take care of all your obligations with optimal efficiency. On a tight budget? Wish you could avoid spending thousands of dollars on summer day camp? Make your own day camp at home! Here are a couple of tips on how to give your kids fun-filled days that rival any regular day camp, on a small budget. WRITTEN BY CHAVIE HELFGOTT
FEATURES  Theoretically, if you re getting enough sleep, you will soon wake up on your own, without an alarm clock, if you...
FEATURES Theoretically, if you're getting enough sleep, you will soon wake up on your own, without an alarm clock, if you follow your sleep schedule. STOP TOSSING AND TURNING Everyone experiences temporary insomnia at some point or other. But long-term insomnia can be agonizing for its sufferers. Their health is affected, they're sleepy the whole day long, they're irritable, and they can't concentrate on the work at hand. Insomniacs can be dead tired, but they still have trouble falling asleep. And even when they do, they sleep fitfully - waking up throughout the night, then having trouble falling back asleep. Luckily, there are many practical and technical tips that can help people get a better night's sleep, so their seven-eight hours of rest provides them with all the benefits they need to lead a healthy and happy life. The first thing you need to know when trying to regulate your sleep schedule is the function of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that controls your sleepiness. You want less melatonin in the morning when you're awake, and more in the evening when you're going to bed. The secret of melatonin is that its secretion is controlled by light: the less light, the more melatonin. Shower yourself with light during daytime hours. This will suppress melatonin secretion and keep you up and alert. Work by an open window and use bright lights. Take a walk in the bright sunlight instead of waiting for evening hours. As your bedtime approaches, do the opposite. Start turning off the lights or change to low-wattage fixtures. Turn off the computer, and don't read from portable electronic devices that are backlit. When you're ready to get into bed, make sure the room is completely dark. Cover the electrical displays on your clock, air conditioner unit and computers. You can even wear a sleep mask over your eyes. Other tips for getting a good night's sleep are technical. Make sure you're comfortable. Is your pillow giving you enough support? Maybe it's time for a new one. What about the mattress? Does it sag in the middle? Putting a board under it may help you sleep more comfortably. Check your room temperature. You won't sleep well if you're too hot or too cold. And it's important to get rid of all unnecessary noise. Close your windows tightly so you don't hear car doors slamming or dogs barking. Consider using earplugs so you don't hear any noise (other than the baby crying to be fed). RELAX If you've just finished a power day, jammed with activities that take planning and thought and still require your follow-up care, you can lie in your comfortable bed, in a dark noiseless room at a perfect temperature and still have trouble falling asleep. Your mind refuses to turn off as it thinks about the different options and possibilities and the myriad of things that require your attention. In order to sleep well and to fall asleep when we get into bed, we need to teach ourselves to relax firstly, our minds and feelings. If it's anger that's keeping you awake, think about your emotion, pinpoint why you're angry and think about what you 92 | fyimagazineny.com FEATURES save on summer camp! can do to remedy the situation. If worry is robbing you of sleep, ask yourself if the worry is justified. Is there something you can do about the situation? If so, you can think of a practical plan. If not, try to think that everything will work out for your benefit. After you've done your best to clear your mind of the worries and emotions of the day, actively think of something else. Imagine a restful scene- the beach, a meadow, the park or going on a trip with the kids. Once you've relaxed your mind, you can calm your body. With your head on the pillow, close your eyes and take deep breaths, involving not just the chest, but also the stomach and rib cage. Breathe slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe deeply until you fall asleep. It might take time to figure out your best sleep hours; it might take resources to make your bedroom comfortable and it might take practice to learn how to relax your mind and body before falling asleep. But the results are worth it. When you're well rested, you'll have a calm perspective on life. You'll be able to concentrate on everything around you and take care of all your obligations with optimal efficiency. On a tight budget? Wish you could avoid spending thousands of dollars on summer day camp? Make your own day camp at home! Here are a couple of tips on how to give your kids fun-filled days that rival any regular day camp, on a small budget. WRITTEN BY CHAVIE HELFGOTT
FEATURES  Theoretically, if you re getting enough sleep, you will soon wake up on your own, without an alarm clock, if you...
FEATURES There are two ways to do this: • Recruit five families. Each mother will host the day camp one day of the week, leaving you free the rest of the time. This works best in families with only younger children. • Do it yourself and bond with your children like never before! You’ll discover things you never knew about them. • Whether you do it as a group or just with your family, there are many ways to make this a fun, exciting experience. 1. GRAND SUMMER PROJECT Choose one major project to work on slowly throughout the summer. Some ideas: Family Yearbooks: Make a photo journal or family yearbook for each year, a sort of scrapbook highlighting the main events of each year. You can do one year each week, and have each child in charge of completing one or two pages. Younger children can be assisted by a parent or older sibling. 2. INSTITUTE GROUND RULES • Everyone must be up by 8:30 • Everyone must have davened and eaten breakfast by 10:00 • Breakfast and lunch dishes must be washed and leftovers put away • Put on sunscreen in the morning and after lunch 3. THEMES. Create a feeling of variety and excitement by picking a theme for each week. Plan activities and crafts projects to fit the theme. Some ideas: Old fashioned Week, Around the World Week, Animal Week, Space Week, Patriotic Week, Five Senses Week. 4. FIELD TRIPS. Set aside one day each week for field trips. 5. NIGHT ACTIVITY. One night a week, everyone gets to stay up late for a fun activity such as game night or watching a nice film. 6. SCHEDULE. Create a basic daily schedule, for example: 10:00-10:30: Shiur on parsha or other topic 10:30-11:30: Backyard activity 11:30-12:30: Crafts project or indoor activity 12:30-1:30: Lunch and free time 1:30-2:30: Work on summer project 2:30-3:30: Free outdoor playing Relative Interview: Interview an elderly grandparent or other relative and write a book about her life, including copies of pictures and documents. Have the book professionally printed and bound. Get in touch with all relatives, and plan an end-of-summer family reunion at which the interviewed relative will be the guest of honor and the book will be distributed. FEATURES BACKYARD ACTIVITY IDEAS Water balloon fights! Backyard campfire - can even be done with a grill. Plant a garden (even if you don’t have land, this can be done in window boxes or planters. There’s nothing like eating a carrot or tomatoes you grew on your own!) Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool, using straws to propel them. Let kids paint each other with washable paint and then run through the sprinklers to wash it off. Take lots of pictures! Kan Jam - a popular new game in which one Frisbee must be thrown into a garbage can- sized container. The goal is to score the most points by getting the Frisbee into your team’s allotted container. Set up a tent in the backyard to be used as a summer playhouse. Nine Pin - a backyard bowling alley. Collect nine empty milk cartons or soda bottles and a plastic ball heavy enough to knock them down. Draw a lane using sidewalk chalk. Award one point for each “pin” that is knocked over. Player with the most points after ten rounds wins. Slip n’ slide - take the tarp you use for Sukkos and cover with shaving cream. See who can get all the way across without falling. boxes and have everyone color them in. For the previous day’s crafts project, have the children paint a bunch of paper plates black or red. Make teams and begin the game! Relay races - try some original ideas, i.e. place two large buckets of water on one end of the yard and two empty ones on the other side. Team members run to the full bucket holding a plastic cup, fill the cup with water, run back without spilling, and pour into the empty bucket. First team to fill their empty bucket wins. Outdoor Checkers - turn staid old checkers into an exhilarating outdoor game. Draw a giant checkerboard using chalk. Make an “x” in alternating Mini Golf - create your own mini golf course by arranging containers on their sides. The golf ball must be pushed into the opening of the container. Run through the sprinklers! Fun and Original Ball Games BRIDGE BALL All players must stand with legs wide. The player with the ball must try to get the ball between the other players’ legs before they stop it with their hands. Redecorate the house: Paint a different room at the beginning of each week, and spend the rest of the week rearranging and redecorating. You can shop at bargain stores such as Amazing Savings or Closeout Connections to find beautiful “tchachkes” to decorate the room at low prices. Build a Clubhouse: Buy wood and equipment and work together on building, painting, and furnishing. 94 | fyimagazineny.com BLANKET VOLLEYBALL FOUR SQUARE CATS IN THE CORNER It only works if there are eight people. Form two teams. Each member holds one corner of a blanket. A ball is placed in the center of one blanket, which is then lowered and lifted quickly to jump the ball to the other team’s blanket. The opposing team must catch the ball on their blanket and toss it back. Mark off a six foot square with chalk and divide it into four squares. One child stands in each square. The first child gets a ball, bounces it once and taps it into another player’s square. That player must tap the ball into another square before the ball bounces again. If the ball bounces more than once, he is out of the game - either the square is left empty or a new player comes in. If the ball bounces out of the grid or onto an empty square, the player is also out. The child with the ball stands in the center, while the other children stand in designated corners around the yard. When the thrower calls “Cat in the Corner,” the children have to run from one corner to another without getting hit by the ball. If they are hit, they are out. 95 | fyimagazineny.com
FEATURES  There are two ways to do this       Recruit five families. Each mother will host the day camp one day of the wee...
FEATURES There are two ways to do this: • Recruit five families. Each mother will host the day camp one day of the week, leaving you free the rest of the time. This works best in families with only younger children. • Do it yourself and bond with your children like never before! You’ll discover things you never knew about them. • Whether you do it as a group or just with your family, there are many ways to make this a fun, exciting experience. 1. GRAND SUMMER PROJECT Choose one major project to work on slowly throughout the summer. Some ideas: Family Yearbooks: Make a photo journal or family yearbook for each year, a sort of scrapbook highlighting the main events of each year. You can do one year each week, and have each child in charge of completing one or two pages. Younger children can be assisted by a parent or older sibling. 2. INSTITUTE GROUND RULES • Everyone must be up by 8:30 • Everyone must have davened and eaten breakfast by 10:00 • Breakfast and lunch dishes must be washed and leftovers put away • Put on sunscreen in the morning and after lunch 3. THEMES. Create a feeling of variety and excitement by picking a theme for each week. Plan activities and crafts projects to fit the theme. Some ideas: Old fashioned Week, Around the World Week, Animal Week, Space Week, Patriotic Week, Five Senses Week. 4. FIELD TRIPS. Set aside one day each week for field trips. 5. NIGHT ACTIVITY. One night a week, everyone gets to stay up late for a fun activity such as game night or watching a nice film. 6. SCHEDULE. Create a basic daily schedule, for example: 10:00-10:30: Shiur on parsha or other topic 10:30-11:30: Backyard activity 11:30-12:30: Crafts project or indoor activity 12:30-1:30: Lunch and free time 1:30-2:30: Work on summer project 2:30-3:30: Free outdoor playing Relative Interview: Interview an elderly grandparent or other relative and write a book about her life, including copies of pictures and documents. Have the book professionally printed and bound. Get in touch with all relatives, and plan an end-of-summer family reunion at which the interviewed relative will be the guest of honor and the book will be distributed. FEATURES BACKYARD ACTIVITY IDEAS Water balloon fights! Backyard campfire - can even be done with a grill. Plant a garden (even if you don’t have land, this can be done in window boxes or planters. There’s nothing like eating a carrot or tomatoes you grew on your own!) Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool, using straws to propel them. Let kids paint each other with washable paint and then run through the sprinklers to wash it off. Take lots of pictures! Kan Jam - a popular new game in which one Frisbee must be thrown into a garbage can- sized container. The goal is to score the most points by getting the Frisbee into your team’s allotted container. Set up a tent in the backyard to be used as a summer playhouse. Nine Pin - a backyard bowling alley. Collect nine empty milk cartons or soda bottles and a plastic ball heavy enough to knock them down. Draw a lane using sidewalk chalk. Award one point for each “pin” that is knocked over. Player with the most points after ten rounds wins. Slip n’ slide - take the tarp you use for Sukkos and cover with shaving cream. See who can get all the way across without falling. boxes and have everyone color them in. For the previous day’s crafts project, have the children paint a bunch of paper plates black or red. Make teams and begin the game! Relay races - try some original ideas, i.e. place two large buckets of water on one end of the yard and two empty ones on the other side. Team members run to the full bucket holding a plastic cup, fill the cup with water, run back without spilling, and pour into the empty bucket. First team to fill their empty bucket wins. Outdoor Checkers - turn staid old checkers into an exhilarating outdoor game. Draw a giant checkerboard using chalk. Make an “x” in alternating Mini Golf - create your own mini golf course by arranging containers on their sides. The golf ball must be pushed into the opening of the container. Run through the sprinklers! Fun and Original Ball Games BRIDGE BALL All players must stand with legs wide. The player with the ball must try to get the ball between the other players’ legs before they stop it with their hands. Redecorate the house: Paint a different room at the beginning of each week, and spend the rest of the week rearranging and redecorating. You can shop at bargain stores such as Amazing Savings or Closeout Connections to find beautiful “tchachkes” to decorate the room at low prices. Build a Clubhouse: Buy wood and equipment and work together on building, painting, and furnishing. 94 | fyimagazineny.com BLANKET VOLLEYBALL FOUR SQUARE CATS IN THE CORNER It only works if there are eight people. Form two teams. Each member holds one corner of a blanket. A ball is placed in the center of one blanket, which is then lowered and lifted quickly to jump the ball to the other team’s blanket. The opposing team must catch the ball on their blanket and toss it back. Mark off a six foot square with chalk and divide it into four squares. One child stands in each square. The first child gets a ball, bounces it once and taps it into another player’s square. That player must tap the ball into another square before the ball bounces again. If the ball bounces more than once, he is out of the game - either the square is left empty or a new player comes in. If the ball bounces out of the grid or onto an empty square, the player is also out. The child with the ball stands in the center, while the other children stand in designated corners around the yard. When the thrower calls “Cat in the Corner,” the children have to run from one corner to another without getting hit by the ball. If they are hit, they are out. 95 | fyimagazineny.com
FEATURES  There are two ways to do this       Recruit five families. Each mother will host the day camp one day of the wee...
FEATURES FEATURES INDOOR ACTIVITES: Make-your-own jewelry purchase some good quality beads and string/wire and make your own jewelry. Make your own colored sand and use to make sand art. Collect rocks and paint to look like animals. Can be used as paperweights. “Ice-Cream Cupcakes” - bake cupcakes in ice cream cones and decorate. Bake homemade pizza with assorted toppings to eat for lunch. Make homemade smoothies. Buy an electronic ice cream maker and make your own frozen treats every week. For even more fun, get the YayLab ice cream ball - everyone has to take turns rolling and churning the ball until the base liquid becomes ice cream. Any fun baking or cooking activity - popcorn balls, homemade donuts with filling, Rice Krispy treats. Toothpicks and mini-marshmallow buildings - create 3D sculptures by connecting toothpicks with marshmallows. Write and illustrate your own book. Have it published into an actual hardcover book using an IlluStory book kit. Backyard carnival - have the kids create booths and clown costumes. Invite the neighborhood for a fun-filled afternoon. Purchase a few new games to play together. FIELD TRIP IDEAS Scavenger hunt in park or mall A to Z hunt - find something that begins with every letter. Find Everything on the List - make a list of specific items that every person has to find. Video or Photo hunt - if you have a few cameras or phones with cameras, make a list of things your kids have to take pictures of. Farm - pick fruits or berries and make a pie, sorbet or smoothie with the fruits you pick. Canoeing or rowing in a nearby lake! Visit a local fire station or pet store. Call up a local Jewish magazine or newspaper and ask if you can bring your kids for a behind-the-scenes tour. Lumber Mill - great for boy families! Local zoos and aquariums - Buy a membership to keep the prices down. Tips: - Recycle regular household items for craftsshoe boxes, egg cartons, empty bottles, magazines, bottle caps, and yogurt containers. - Make your own bubbles: 6 cups water, 1 cup Dawn dish soap. Stir slowly until soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form. Add ¼ cup corn syrup and stir until evenly mixed. CAN YOUR MIND HEAL YOUR BODY? An in-depth look at the Sarno method WRITTEN BY SARA BLUMENTHAL 96 | fyimagazineny.com
FEATURES  FEATURES  INDOOR ACTIVITES  Make-your-own jewelry purchase some good quality beads and string wire and make your...
FEATURES FEATURES INDOOR ACTIVITES: Make-your-own jewelry purchase some good quality beads and string/wire and make your own jewelry. Make your own colored sand and use to make sand art. Collect rocks and paint to look like animals. Can be used as paperweights. “Ice-Cream Cupcakes” - bake cupcakes in ice cream cones and decorate. Bake homemade pizza with assorted toppings to eat for lunch. Make homemade smoothies. Buy an electronic ice cream maker and make your own frozen treats every week. For even more fun, get the YayLab ice cream ball - everyone has to take turns rolling and churning the ball until the base liquid becomes ice cream. Any fun baking or cooking activity - popcorn balls, homemade donuts with filling, Rice Krispy treats. Toothpicks and mini-marshmallow buildings - create 3D sculptures by connecting toothpicks with marshmallows. Write and illustrate your own book. Have it published into an actual hardcover book using an IlluStory book kit. Backyard carnival - have the kids create booths and clown costumes. Invite the neighborhood for a fun-filled afternoon. Purchase a few new games to play together. FIELD TRIP IDEAS Scavenger hunt in park or mall A to Z hunt - find something that begins with every letter. Find Everything on the List - make a list of specific items that every person has to find. Video or Photo hunt - if you have a few cameras or phones with cameras, make a list of things your kids have to take pictures of. Farm - pick fruits or berries and make a pie, sorbet or smoothie with the fruits you pick. Canoeing or rowing in a nearby lake! Visit a local fire station or pet store. Call up a local Jewish magazine or newspaper and ask if you can bring your kids for a behind-the-scenes tour. Lumber Mill - great for boy families! Local zoos and aquariums - Buy a membership to keep the prices down. Tips: - Recycle regular household items for craftsshoe boxes, egg cartons, empty bottles, magazines, bottle caps, and yogurt containers. - Make your own bubbles: 6 cups water, 1 cup Dawn dish soap. Stir slowly until soap is mixed in. Try not to let foam or bubbles form. Add ¼ cup corn syrup and stir until evenly mixed. CAN YOUR MIND HEAL YOUR BODY? An in-depth look at the Sarno method WRITTEN BY SARA BLUMENTHAL 96 | fyimagazineny.com
FEATURES  FEATURES  INDOOR ACTIVITES  Make-your-own jewelry purchase some good quality beads and string wire and make your...
FEATURES FEATURES "FOR YOU, ONLY SARNO'S METHOD CAN HELP." I couldn't believe the text I had just read. My nutritionist, on whom I had spent many hours and thousands of dollars in a 12-month period, was saying she couldn't help me, but Sarno's method could. In a shocking coincidence, I had heard this same thing just a few days before. A close friend, after hearing me whine again, said: "You have to check out Dr. Sarno." I had been struggling for close to 20 years with no clear diagnosis or solution. It started off with stomach problems similar to Crohn's Disease, followed by muscle pain in my hands and feet. For most of the past 20 years, I was walking around with flu-like symptoms, feeling pain and weakness. The biggest pain was that no doctor seemed able to explain my symptoms. I took every test available in the medical field, including two colonoscopies and endoscopies, but every single one came back perfect. I also consulted with some well-known professors, but even they could not explain what was wrong with me. Since traditional medicine offered no solution, I turned to alternative medicine, starting with homeopathic drops and vitamins, taking up to 30 vitamins every day. Over the years I tried many diverse healing methods, including zapping my body with small electric shocks, and putting metal plates around my house to cure any bad energy. I went on extreme diets in a desperate attempt to cure my stomach problems, and while most things seemed to help me cope with the daily challenges, none of them cured me. I was ready to give up, and accept that I would just have to live with this apparent immune disorder. And then it happened: Dr. Sarno came into my life. While processing the advice from my nutritionist and friend, I remembered that I had actually bought Dr. Sarno's book a few years back but had never read it. After some searching, my daughter finally found it: it was The Mindbody Prescription. I locked myself into my room and started reading it. Three hours and a few smoothies later, I had a new way of looking at my challenges and a clear path on how to deal with them. Over the next two weeks, I soaked up as many of Dr. Sarno's interviews as I could find online. Amazingly, after two weeks, I realized that most of my symptoms had disappeared. I would say that I am now 80% cured. WHO IS DR. SARNO? Dr. John E. Sarno was born in 1923, and graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians in 1950. In 1965, he was appointed director of the outpatient department at the Rusk Institute in New York University, where he served as a professor of rehabilitation medicine and as attending physician until his retirement in 2012. Sarno started off as most of his colleagues did- diagnosing and treating back, neck, and shoulder pain, but he was disappointed with the results. Sarno was trained to look for abnormalities in the spine, then subscribe medicine or surgery to fix those abnormalities which seemed to be causing the pain. He discovered two truths, however: The spinal abnormalities were not always connected to the pain. Some of his patients experiencing terrible pain had perfectly normal spines, and other patients with spinal abnormalities had no pain at all. Additionally, fixing the 98 | fyimagazineny.com abnormalities didn't necessarily cure the pain, but shifted it to a different area in the body. Sarno began to look for underlying causes for the pain his patients suffered. After years of research, he concluded that the pain was created by the subconscious mind as a distraction for emotional problems (like hidden anger and the feeling of imperfection). He then created a new diagnosis, TMS (tension myositis syndrome). WHAT IS TMS? Dr. Sarno realized that most people have suppressed feelings in their subconscious brain. Some have anger that has never been released, aimed at a specific person. Others try constantly to please people, while never feeling they are good enough. We all have basic human needs and are constantly under pressure to fulfill them. Some of these needs are: • To be perfect (to excel, achieve, succeed; having high expectations and standards, while being self-critical and very sensitive to criticism from others). • To be liked (to gain approval, love, admiration, and respect; a desire to please and be a “nice guy”). • To be taken care of (a desire that forever remains, no matter how old or independent we are) • To be soothed (leading to a search for gratification through food, drinking, smoking, entertainment, etc.). • To be physically invincible (strong, unrestricted). When these needs are not met, it can cause a subconscious buildup of anger and frustration. Our subconscious does not want us to think about our unmet needs and the resultant anger, because it thinks we can't deal with it emotionally. In a protective effort, it creates physical pain to distract us from our emotional issues. According to Dr. Sarno, the subconscious mind can create all kinds of bodily changes, creating the symptoms needed for distraction. For example, patients can have actual herniated discs which can be very painful, but are caused by the subconscious mind. When you deal with the emotional cause, the abnormalities will disappear or the pain will stop (while the abnormalities remain). THE SOLUTION Some people are cured of their pain by simply accepting the fact that they are physically helathy, but that their subconscious is causing pain as a distraction. Dr. Sarno instructs his listeners to talk to their subconscious mind as if it were a person. They may say something like this: “I know what you are doing to me and I won't let you get away with it. I will ignore the pain and deal with my issues instead of letting you 'protect' me from them.” As soon as the subconscious realizes it can't distract you, the pain will stop. Sometimes patients may notice that the pain has disappeared from its original place, only to take up residence elsewhere in the body. This means that the subcon- scious mind is trying to create another distraction, in which case it must be addressed again. Another big part of the cure is not to allow the pain to limit oneself. While this may sound strange, hundreds of testimonials support it. Some people who were wheelchair-bound due to severe pain started walking normally in a matter of days. NOT JUST BACK PAIN While Dr. Sarno is famous for healing back pain, his research reveals a long list of disorders which are affected by our emotions and the subconscious mind, including: Gastrointestinal disorders Disorders of the circulatory system (tension headaches, migraine headaches) • Skin disorders (acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis) • Disorders of the immune system • Allergies • Common infections • Epstein Barr Syndrome • Tinnitus • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 99 | fyimagazineny.com IS THERE PROVEN EVIDENCE THAT IT WORKS? While some medical studies over the last 10 years prove the effectiveness of his work, Dr. Sarno insists that his biggest evidence is the 15,000 patients which have been mostly cured. On this list are senators and other celebrities, who shared their success stories publicly. Sarno’s first taste of fame came in the 1980’s when New York Magazine ran a cover story about him and back pain. A big debate ensued, where most medical doctors disagreed with Sarno’s approach, although others began practicing his method after being cured by it themselves. Sarno’s method might hold the secret cure to most of our illnesses, yet a lot of research still needs to be conducted in order to understand Dr. Sarno’s findings fully. The medical world should not consider this a threat, because most people would choose medicine or even surgery rather than face their emotional issues.
FEATURES  FEATURES   FOR YOU, ONLY SARNO S METHOD CAN HELP.  I couldn t believe the text I had just read. My nutritionist,...
FEATURES FEATURES "FOR YOU, ONLY SARNO'S METHOD CAN HELP." I couldn't believe the text I had just read. My nutritionist, on whom I had spent many hours and thousands of dollars in a 12-month period, was saying she couldn't help me, but Sarno's method could. In a shocking coincidence, I had heard this same thing just a few days before. A close friend, after hearing me whine again, said: "You have to check out Dr. Sarno." I had been struggling for close to 20 years with no clear diagnosis or solution. It started off with stomach problems similar to Crohn's Disease, followed by muscle pain in my hands and feet. For most of the past 20 years, I was walking around with flu-like symptoms, feeling pain and weakness. The biggest pain was that no doctor seemed able to explain my symptoms. I took every test available in the medical field, including two colonoscopies and endoscopies, but every single one came back perfect. I also consulted with some well-known professors, but even they could not explain what was wrong with me. Since traditional medicine offered no solution, I turned to alternative medicine, starting with homeopathic drops and vitamins, taking up to 30 vitamins every day. Over the years I tried many diverse healing methods, including zapping my body with small electric shocks, and putting metal plates around my house to cure any bad energy. I went on extreme diets in a desperate attempt to cure my stomach problems, and while most things seemed to help me cope with the daily challenges, none of them cured me. I was ready to give up, and accept that I would just have to live with this apparent immune disorder. And then it happened: Dr. Sarno came into my life. While processing the advice from my nutritionist and friend, I remembered that I had actually bought Dr. Sarno's book a few years back but had never read it. After some searching, my daughter finally found it: it was The Mindbody Prescription. I locked myself into my room and started reading it. Three hours and a few smoothies later, I had a new way of looking at my challenges and a clear path on how to deal with them. Over the next two weeks, I soaked up as many of Dr. Sarno's interviews as I could find online. Amazingly, after two weeks, I realized that most of my symptoms had disappeared. I would say that I am now 80% cured. WHO IS DR. SARNO? Dr. John E. Sarno was born in 1923, and graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians in 1950. In 1965, he was appointed director of the outpatient department at the Rusk Institute in New York University, where he served as a professor of rehabilitation medicine and as attending physician until his retirement in 2012. Sarno started off as most of his colleagues did- diagnosing and treating back, neck, and shoulder pain, but he was disappointed with the results. Sarno was trained to look for abnormalities in the spine, then subscribe medicine or surgery to fix those abnormalities which seemed to be causing the pain. He discovered two truths, however: The spinal abnormalities were not always connected to the pain. Some of his patients experiencing terrible pain had perfectly normal spines, and other patients with spinal abnormalities had no pain at all. Additionally, fixing the 98 | fyimagazineny.com abnormalities didn't necessarily cure the pain, but shifted it to a different area in the body. Sarno began to look for underlying causes for the pain his patients suffered. After years of research, he concluded that the pain was created by the subconscious mind as a distraction for emotional problems (like hidden anger and the feeling of imperfection). He then created a new diagnosis, TMS (tension myositis syndrome). WHAT IS TMS? Dr. Sarno realized that most people have suppressed feelings in their subconscious brain. Some have anger that has never been released, aimed at a specific person. Others try constantly to please people, while never feeling they are good enough. We all have basic human needs and are constantly under pressure to fulfill them. Some of these needs are: • To be perfect (to excel, achieve, succeed; having high expectations and standards, while being self-critical and very sensitive to criticism from others). • To be liked (to gain approval, love, admiration, and respect; a desire to please and be a “nice guy”). • To be taken care of (a desire that forever remains, no matter how old or independent we are) • To be soothed (leading to a search for gratification through food, drinking, smoking, entertainment, etc.). • To be physically invincible (strong, unrestricted). When these needs are not met, it can cause a subconscious buildup of anger and frustration. Our subconscious does not want us to think about our unmet needs and the resultant anger, because it thinks we can't deal with it emotionally. In a protective effort, it creates physical pain to distract us from our emotional issues. According to Dr. Sarno, the subconscious mind can create all kinds of bodily changes, creating the symptoms needed for distraction. For example, patients can have actual herniated discs which can be very painful, but are caused by the subconscious mind. When you deal with the emotional cause, the abnormalities will disappear or the pain will stop (while the abnormalities remain). THE SOLUTION Some people are cured of their pain by simply accepting the fact that they are physically helathy, but that their subconscious is causing pain as a distraction. Dr. Sarno instructs his listeners to talk to their subconscious mind as if it were a person. They may say something like this: “I know what you are doing to me and I won't let you get away with it. I will ignore the pain and deal with my issues instead of letting you 'protect' me from them.” As soon as the subconscious realizes it can't distract you, the pain will stop. Sometimes patients may notice that the pain has disappeared from its original place, only to take up residence elsewhere in the body. This means that the subcon- scious mind is trying to create another distraction, in which case it must be addressed again. Another big part of the cure is not to allow the pain to limit oneself. While this may sound strange, hundreds of testimonials support it. Some people who were wheelchair-bound due to severe pain started walking normally in a matter of days. NOT JUST BACK PAIN While Dr. Sarno is famous for healing back pain, his research reveals a long list of disorders which are affected by our emotions and the subconscious mind, including: Gastrointestinal disorders Disorders of the circulatory system (tension headaches, migraine headaches) • Skin disorders (acne, eczema, hives and psoriasis) • Disorders of the immune system • Allergies • Common infections • Epstein Barr Syndrome • Tinnitus • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 99 | fyimagazineny.com IS THERE PROVEN EVIDENCE THAT IT WORKS? While some medical studies over the last 10 years prove the effectiveness of his work, Dr. Sarno insists that his biggest evidence is the 15,000 patients which have been mostly cured. On this list are senators and other celebrities, who shared their success stories publicly. Sarno’s first taste of fame came in the 1980’s when New York Magazine ran a cover story about him and back pain. A big debate ensued, where most medical doctors disagreed with Sarno’s approach, although others began practicing his method after being cured by it themselves. Sarno’s method might hold the secret cure to most of our illnesses, yet a lot of research still needs to be conducted in order to understand Dr. Sarno’s findings fully. The medical world should not consider this a threat, because most people would choose medicine or even surgery rather than face their emotional issues.
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