Purim Issue! For a lifestyle in the know. Purim Parties made simple! ask maurice Interview with Wine Expert Jay Buchsbaum 11 Purse Essentials Quiche & other delicious recipes Issue 15 March 2015 FYI Magazine | 1
Purim Issue  For a lifestyle in the know.  Purim Parties made simple  ask maurice Interview with Wine Expert  Jay Buchsbau...
BATH In This Issue BATH BATH BATH BATH Editor’s Note 4 Letters to the Editor 5 Contributing Writers 46 7 Fall in Love with Life Why Am I So Unhappy? 8 The Little Things That Matter Most 14 Should We Mask Our Veggies? 18 Five Minutes to Fitness 20 49 you gotta know! Basil’s Pizza and Wine Bar 23 You Gotta Know 26 Top Rated Product Reviews 28 11 Purse Essentials 29 Run While You Can 32 Magic Helpers KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN 21 Interview With Jay Buchsbaum 34 Get a handle on things Ask Maurice TILE 46 Pesach Tips Simplified 49 52 Your Voice TILE TILE TILE TILE 44 Planning your Purim Party A Little Bit of Fashion ILE 41 Parenting 101 58 37 Downsize...Right Size...Organize 59 35 5 Things To Avoid 55 Sharpen your appetite Salami Quiche 60 Clip & Save These Recipes! Were your homecomes together. es together.Were homehome comes together. Were your homeyourhomecomes together. Were comes comes Were your yourtogether. together. 59 Persian Truffles 62 41 I M HO I S T I ESIGN B N S Y O U S E II N ITN I-RNI NORUSD -EH NNUNEEERRIO OTREERPIIPGONIGDTEM YBNYYPEAROP O T N T M O NN T M E N T N P P I O MP P T I T BY A ENE I N -H O T U S E EI IN T E R I O R D S S S G NRE R I BBY A P P O I N T M E N T T E T E IN Y A E H A P P O N T N -EH- HUONEE ISIOGN S R O R RD DD EOI R E NEERRE GAT A P P N II N T M E N T E US I RI B I 5 3 .U T R E0CN E W5VUTU RTILE.CKITCHEN.EU3E2EEE 71188.E 85. 3 23. 2 0 4 6 4 6 2 5 4 6 2 5 KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. 4 E W U N UR EU H AAA H T U 7 7 1 8 .8 5 3 08 5 0 3 2 0 0 E WC HH T .V V E .BATH. 7 6 8 N T W UET T E C H1RTAC5E N U V 0 848 2 551 ..3 2 0 0 . 4 6 2 5 TILE. E E N U0 0 W 3 2 0 N6 2AWNTRR EEC 7TT8E8VV3NNAE 1 N.U .5 37 3 .83TILE.3KITCHEN. BATH.KITCHEN. BATH. HE E N 200 25 TILE. KITCHEN.BATH. TILE. BATH. TILE. TILE. KITCHEN.KITCHEN. 2 | FYI Magazine 28 18 FYI Magazine | 3
BATH  In This Issue BATH BATH BATH BATH  Editor   s Note   4  Letters to the Editor   5  Contributing Writers   46  7  Fal...
BATH In This Issue BATH BATH BATH BATH Editor’s Note 4 Letters to the Editor 5 Contributing Writers 46 7 Fall in Love with Life Why Am I So Unhappy? 8 The Little Things That Matter Most 14 Should We Mask Our Veggies? 18 Five Minutes to Fitness 20 49 you gotta know! Basil’s Pizza and Wine Bar 23 You Gotta Know 26 Top Rated Product Reviews 28 11 Purse Essentials 29 Run While You Can 32 Magic Helpers KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN 21 Interview With Jay Buchsbaum 34 Get a handle on things Ask Maurice TILE 46 Pesach Tips Simplified 49 52 Your Voice TILE TILE TILE TILE 44 Planning your Purim Party A Little Bit of Fashion ILE 41 Parenting 101 58 37 Downsize...Right Size...Organize 59 35 5 Things To Avoid 55 Sharpen your appetite Salami Quiche 60 Clip & Save These Recipes! Were your homecomes together. es together.Were homehome comes together. Were your homeyourhomecomes together. Were comes comes Were your yourtogether. together. 59 Persian Truffles 62 41 I M HO I S T I ESIGN B N S Y O U S E II N ITN I-RNI NORUSD -EH NNUNEEERRIO OTREERPIIPGONIGDTEM YBNYYPEAROP O T N T M O NN T M E N T N P P I O MP P T I T BY A ENE I N -H O T U S E EI IN T E R I O R D S S S G NRE R I BBY A P P O I N T M E N T T E T E IN Y A E H A P P O N T N -EH- HUONEE ISIOGN S R O R RD DD EOI R E NEERRE GAT A P P N II N T M E N T E US I RI B I 5 3 .U T R E0CN E W5VUTU RTILE.CKITCHEN.EU3E2EEE 71188.E 85. 3 23. 2 0 4 6 4 6 2 5 4 6 2 5 KITCHEN. BATH. BATH. 4 E W U N UR EU H AAA H T U 7 7 1 8 .8 5 3 08 5 0 3 2 0 0 E WC HH T .V V E .BATH. 7 6 8 N T W UET T E C H1RTAC5E N U V 0 848 2 551 ..3 2 0 0 . 4 6 2 5 TILE. E E N U0 0 W 3 2 0 N6 2AWNTRR EEC 7TT8E8VV3NNAE 1 N.U .5 37 3 .83TILE.3KITCHEN. BATH.KITCHEN. BATH. HE E N 200 25 TILE. KITCHEN.BATH. TILE. BATH. TILE. TILE. KITCHEN.KITCHEN. 2 | FYI Magazine 28 18 FYI Magazine | 3
BATH  In This Issue BATH BATH BATH BATH  Editor   s Note   4  Letters to the Editor   5  Contributing Writers   46  7  Fal...
Letters to the Editor Editor’s Note Editor Yitty Denciger Art & Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing inter surprises me every year. You would think that after all the winters I’ve been through (think: Canadian winters!), I would be used to it. But, no, I am not. I am legitimately surprised each and every year. I don’t seem to remember two key factors: the brutal cold and the length of winter itself. Summer is definitely my season of choice. And this is one reason why I love Purim. It’s the beginning of the end - of winter, that is. I’ve come to know many strong entrepreneurial women in our community that are trailblazers in business. While there are many triumphs that come along with having a business, there are also many times that we (myself included) can use expert guidance. Therefore, I am so excited that Maurice Stein has agreed to write our business column. Maurice is an internationally renowned success coach and will be answering your questions about business and success. And right after Purim comes - yep, you guessed it - Pesach! That’s when my excitement turns into slight panic. The preparation for Pesach can be very overwhelming. Thankfully, Dini Harris breaks the cleaning down into very doable, easy-to-follow steps. We also reviewed some great items that will help you get your cleaning done hassle-free. Thank you to all of those who took the time to share amazing feedback regarding the magazine! I really appreciate every single e-mail, text, call, and post more than you can imagine. I feel so thankful and honored to be able to bring you the very best in home and lifestyle information. Feel free to drop me a note at info@fyimagazineny.com. I’d love to hear from you! Happiness and wine seem interconnected, especially during this time of the year. A very interesting read is Suri Frenkel’s thoughts on happiness. And regarding wine, you’re sure to learn a lot from my interview with world-renowned sommelier Jay Buchsbaum. Due to popular demand - and your amazing responses, we have started to distribute FYI Magazine in Brooklyn. Chanie prepared delicious and easy recipes that you can serve on Purim. Don’t worry about table decor; we’ve got that covered, too - by Davii and Chany of MiChicas. Simple and elegant does the trick. You’re going to be the hostess of the neighborhood! Wishing you a genuinely happy Purim, W Stay posted by continuing to read! We’ll be having very exciting and informative issues coming out monthly. managing Editor David Zilberberg Food Editor Chanie Apfelbaum Advertising Sari Reiss Contributing Writers Dini Harris Nissi Unger Malka Winner Chanie Apfelbaum Dr. David Simai Maurice Stein Leah Berg Rebecca Blue Esty Brogna Suie Frenkel Reva Lieberman Chaya Guttman & Leah Davidowitz Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger Phone: 516.331.1885 Yitty Denciger Follow me on Instagram and Facebook! @FYIMAGAZINE 4 | FYI Magazine Proofreader Rifka Waxman E-mail: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES Pesach Issue: March 19 May Issue: April 23 I just wanted to say thanks for your magazine. I was truly impressed by the articles and helpful information. I’m a writer and copyeditor myself, so I am pretty picky when it comes to these things, and I was sure I was in for just another glossy ad circular disguised as a magazine. What a pleasant surprise to find such simply but well-written and informative articles! Great job. Yasher ko’ach. I wish you much success as you embark on this endeavor. Anna Lee, Far Rockaway I just got my mail and am sure glad I asked you to mail me a copy! I love it, love it, love it. My husband, an avid reader, was impressed, too. The title of the magazine is attractive, the pages are airy and easy to read, and the content is intriguing and interesting. What a breath of fresh air! I will read it - every word of it and will give you more specific feedback as I do. Nissi Unger Writer, Brooklyn I really enjoyed reading your magazine. It had all the information without much fluff. I appreciate that it’s a guide for so much household information. I tried the stain removal method described in your article and it worked amazingly! Finally, spanking-clean shirts! D.A. FYI Magazine | 5
Letters to the Editor Editor   s Note Editor Yitty Denciger Art   Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing  inter surprise...
Letters to the Editor Editor’s Note Editor Yitty Denciger Art & Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing inter surprises me every year. You would think that after all the winters I’ve been through (think: Canadian winters!), I would be used to it. But, no, I am not. I am legitimately surprised each and every year. I don’t seem to remember two key factors: the brutal cold and the length of winter itself. Summer is definitely my season of choice. And this is one reason why I love Purim. It’s the beginning of the end - of winter, that is. I’ve come to know many strong entrepreneurial women in our community that are trailblazers in business. While there are many triumphs that come along with having a business, there are also many times that we (myself included) can use expert guidance. Therefore, I am so excited that Maurice Stein has agreed to write our business column. Maurice is an internationally renowned success coach and will be answering your questions about business and success. And right after Purim comes - yep, you guessed it - Pesach! That’s when my excitement turns into slight panic. The preparation for Pesach can be very overwhelming. Thankfully, Dini Harris breaks the cleaning down into very doable, easy-to-follow steps. We also reviewed some great items that will help you get your cleaning done hassle-free. Thank you to all of those who took the time to share amazing feedback regarding the magazine! I really appreciate every single e-mail, text, call, and post more than you can imagine. I feel so thankful and honored to be able to bring you the very best in home and lifestyle information. Feel free to drop me a note at info@fyimagazineny.com. I’d love to hear from you! Happiness and wine seem interconnected, especially during this time of the year. A very interesting read is Suri Frenkel’s thoughts on happiness. And regarding wine, you’re sure to learn a lot from my interview with world-renowned sommelier Jay Buchsbaum. Due to popular demand - and your amazing responses, we have started to distribute FYI Magazine in Brooklyn. Chanie prepared delicious and easy recipes that you can serve on Purim. Don’t worry about table decor; we’ve got that covered, too - by Davii and Chany of MiChicas. Simple and elegant does the trick. You’re going to be the hostess of the neighborhood! Wishing you a genuinely happy Purim, W Stay posted by continuing to read! We’ll be having very exciting and informative issues coming out monthly. managing Editor David Zilberberg Food Editor Chanie Apfelbaum Advertising Sari Reiss Contributing Writers Dini Harris Nissi Unger Malka Winner Chanie Apfelbaum Dr. David Simai Maurice Stein Leah Berg Rebecca Blue Esty Brogna Suie Frenkel Reva Lieberman Chaya Guttman & Leah Davidowitz Davii Mandel & Chany Kleinberger Phone: 516.331.1885 Yitty Denciger Follow me on Instagram and Facebook! @FYIMAGAZINE 4 | FYI Magazine Proofreader Rifka Waxman E-mail: ads@fyimagazineny.com AD DEADLINES Pesach Issue: March 19 May Issue: April 23 I just wanted to say thanks for your magazine. I was truly impressed by the articles and helpful information. I’m a writer and copyeditor myself, so I am pretty picky when it comes to these things, and I was sure I was in for just another glossy ad circular disguised as a magazine. What a pleasant surprise to find such simply but well-written and informative articles! Great job. Yasher ko’ach. I wish you much success as you embark on this endeavor. Anna Lee, Far Rockaway I just got my mail and am sure glad I asked you to mail me a copy! I love it, love it, love it. My husband, an avid reader, was impressed, too. The title of the magazine is attractive, the pages are airy and easy to read, and the content is intriguing and interesting. What a breath of fresh air! I will read it - every word of it and will give you more specific feedback as I do. Nissi Unger Writer, Brooklyn I really enjoyed reading your magazine. It had all the information without much fluff. I appreciate that it’s a guide for so much household information. I tried the stain removal method described in your article and it worked amazingly! Finally, spanking-clean shirts! D.A. FYI Magazine | 5
Letters to the Editor Editor   s Note Editor Yitty Denciger Art   Marketing Tzivia Cohen Sandbox Marketing  inter surprise...
We’ve all experienced our share fair of downright bad customer service. Horror stories of being treated poorly are plentiful, but there are exceptions. We’d like to acknowledge businesses that offer outstanding, extraordinary service. • Int r od u c in g • FYI’s Customer Excellence Award Every month FYI will choose a winner to be awarded based on your submissions. Did you have a particularly great experience with a business lately? Please email or text your submissions for entry to info@fyimagazineny.com or 516.331.1885. Contributing Writers Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check her column for the latest trends, how to dress your best, and general fashion advice. Esty can be contacted at estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. Chanie Apfelbaum is a food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer who writes about her cooking adventures at www.busyinbrooklyn.com. She combines her love of food, family and tradition to create fun and original dishes that your whole family will enjoy. Leah Berg is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. She provides nutritional counseling in the Five Towns area for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases and illnesses. You can reach Leah at 646-530-1453 or e-mail Leahbrg@gmail.com. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. Rebecca received her personal training/fitness instructor license from ECITS, AFAA, ISCA. She is constantly learning and studying to make sure she is always at the height of the newest trends, thoughts and theories of exercise. Her training techniques incorporate every aspect of the fitness industry, including kettle bells, TRX, kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics and more. Rebecca is available to train clients at several of the Five Towns fitness centers, or in the privacy of their homes. rblue1994@yahoo.com 516-426-9911 6 | FYI Magazine Dr. David Simai is a board-certified pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full-time practitioner in his own private practice in Cedarhurst, New York since 2007. In addition, he is an attending physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516-374-2228 or via email Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman, LCSW, and Leah Davidowitz, LCSW. Chaya and Leah are both clinical social workers in private practice with extensive experience counseling parents and children of all ages. Individual sessions are available upon request. For more information e-mail muffinsnmoms@gmail. com or call 516.340.0288. You can follow them on Instagram @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. Maurice Stein Internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. His global client base turns to him for his ideas, resourcefulness and motivational skills, which have propelled many companies to unprecedented heights – some to the tune of a $1,000,000 in less than 12 months! He has spent the past 12 years being a coach, an adviser, a mentor, and an honest friend. He is a creative spark plug to CEOs, managers and everyday people who strive to get more out of their lives and livelihoods. www.askmaurice.com Surie Frenkel is a writer, speaker, certified life coach and co founder of JEWEL, a community for Jewish Empowered Woman Enriching Lives. She is passionate about empowering woman to be their best. To schedule an appointment call 718-4376600 or via email surie@jewel.community Davii Mandel and Chany Kleinberger, of Michicas, have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, experience, and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible. Phone: 845-426-0747 In Issue 14, we accidentally omitted Ellen Blonder’s contact information. She can be reached at 516-343-8190. Reva Lieberman is a court stenographer turned professional organizer. She’s had a passion for organizing as long as she can remember. Reva provides services in Brooklyn, Queens and The Five Towns. To contact her call 347-909-0900. FYI Magazine | 7
We   ve all experienced our share fair of downright bad customer service. Horror stories of being treated poorly are plent...
We’ve all experienced our share fair of downright bad customer service. Horror stories of being treated poorly are plentiful, but there are exceptions. We’d like to acknowledge businesses that offer outstanding, extraordinary service. • Int r od u c in g • FYI’s Customer Excellence Award Every month FYI will choose a winner to be awarded based on your submissions. Did you have a particularly great experience with a business lately? Please email or text your submissions for entry to info@fyimagazineny.com or 516.331.1885. Contributing Writers Esty Brogna is a fun loving, free spirit and a highly admired fashionista. Check her column for the latest trends, how to dress your best, and general fashion advice. Esty can be contacted at estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. Chanie Apfelbaum is a food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer who writes about her cooking adventures at www.busyinbrooklyn.com. She combines her love of food, family and tradition to create fun and original dishes that your whole family will enjoy. Leah Berg is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. She provides nutritional counseling in the Five Towns area for children and adults, addressing weight loss and various diseases and illnesses. You can reach Leah at 646-530-1453 or e-mail Leahbrg@gmail.com. Rebecca Blue is a fitness enthusiast for over 27 years. Rebecca received her personal training/fitness instructor license from ECITS, AFAA, ISCA. She is constantly learning and studying to make sure she is always at the height of the newest trends, thoughts and theories of exercise. Her training techniques incorporate every aspect of the fitness industry, including kettle bells, TRX, kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics and more. Rebecca is available to train clients at several of the Five Towns fitness centers, or in the privacy of their homes. rblue1994@yahoo.com 516-426-9911 6 | FYI Magazine Dr. David Simai is a board-certified pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full-time practitioner in his own private practice in Cedarhurst, New York since 2007. In addition, he is an attending physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516-374-2228 or via email Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com muffins-N-moms is an interactive educational parenting workshop facilitated by Chaya Guttman, LCSW, and Leah Davidowitz, LCSW. Chaya and Leah are both clinical social workers in private practice with extensive experience counseling parents and children of all ages. Individual sessions are available upon request. For more information e-mail muffinsnmoms@gmail. com or call 516.340.0288. You can follow them on Instagram @muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. Maurice Stein Internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. His global client base turns to him for his ideas, resourcefulness and motivational skills, which have propelled many companies to unprecedented heights – some to the tune of a $1,000,000 in less than 12 months! He has spent the past 12 years being a coach, an adviser, a mentor, and an honest friend. He is a creative spark plug to CEOs, managers and everyday people who strive to get more out of their lives and livelihoods. www.askmaurice.com Surie Frenkel is a writer, speaker, certified life coach and co founder of JEWEL, a community for Jewish Empowered Woman Enriching Lives. She is passionate about empowering woman to be their best. To schedule an appointment call 718-4376600 or via email surie@jewel.community Davii Mandel and Chany Kleinberger, of Michicas, have a collective 25 years in the catering business. They bring their knowledge, experience, and love of decorating & culinary arts to make sure their clients have the best experience possible. Phone: 845-426-0747 In Issue 14, we accidentally omitted Ellen Blonder’s contact information. She can be reached at 516-343-8190. Reva Lieberman is a court stenographer turned professional organizer. She’s had a passion for organizing as long as she can remember. Reva provides services in Brooklyn, Queens and The Five Towns. To contact her call 347-909-0900. FYI Magazine | 7
We   ve all experienced our share fair of downright bad customer service. Horror stories of being treated poorly are plent...
{ Fal l in Love with Li fe } Why Am I So Dear Deena, Unhappy? To begin, I want to point out that you are actually in a much better place than you imagine. You have demonstrated three very important qualities that substantially increase your likelihood of attaining true happiness. Awareness. By recognizing the role you play and acknowledging the effects your thoughts have on your state of happiness, you have taken the first step on your own. By Surie Frenkel Dear Surie, I am a 40-year-old woman with a picture-perfect profile. My husband is a loving and honest man with a thriving business, the kids are in good schools and we own a beautiful home in the city and a second home in the mountains. It’s shameful to say, but my problem in life is that I am always unhappy. I do try to hide it, but don’t do a very good job at it. My husband is constantly trying to do more and be more so that he might be rewarded with a happy wife. My children, who were once happy and carefree, are developing depressive tendencies as they mature. My guilt just adds to my unhappiness. Please help me get out of this rut! It’s ruining my life and the lives of all those around me! - Deena Responsibility. Rather than blaming your spouse, children or circumstances, you recognize the consequences of your feelings and actions and are taking full responsibility. Honesty. It’s refreshing to read your words. You are not hiding behind a wall of denial. You didn’t contrive stories to support your position of dissatisfaction. The honest disclosure is raw, revealing and real. Utilizing these three elements as a starting point gives you a tremendous vantage point toward achieving your goal, which is to be a content, fulfilled and happy human being, and spread the positive energy to those you love and care about. Now, for the million-dollar question: Where does happiness come from? In your letter, you inadvertently stated that happiness can come from many places: beautiful homes in the right neighborhoods, belonging to the right crowd, having a family, money in the bank, being young and attractive. In other words, you are saying that all these people, things or concepts should and could determine your level of happiness. But, according to you, it isn’t working. The reality is that happiness is completely an internal state. There isn’t a person, thing or idea on this planet that has the power to make us happy. Conversely, there isn’t a person, thing or idea on this planet that has the power to make us unhappy. The key to our happiness or, for that matter, any emotional state, rests completely and unequivocally with us. This fact is our ticket to everlasting freedom. We never need to rely on or expect anyone to give us the right to experience what is inherently ours. 8 | FYI Magazine I will share three very powerful concepts that will help you take control of your own happiness: 1. Rules Human beings have a conscious and a subconscious mind. When things show up in life, we assess our options with the conscious mind, make a decision and relegate it to our subconscious so that we can free up our brain space for the next task. The subconscious mind eventually runs the majority of our everyday lives. Months - even years - later, we are still operating on autopilot, using the decisions we made originally. These become the rules we live by. Here’s an example: Say that, some thirty years ago, when you were a ten-year-old child, your friend told you that in order for you to be accepted into the group you need to be “cool.” Your subconscious accepted it as fact and you never stopped to reconsider if the standard or rule she established with her advanced little mind at the time is actually still binding you thirty years later. This rule now dictates how you feel and your level of happiness. A very simple solution is to reevaluate the rule and make a new decision with your conscious forty-year-old brain about whether this rule still applies. If you determine that it is outdated, then dump it! I watched a group of young children playing a game of belts. It was a very frustrating game. The children kept on placing the belts far beyond the reach of all the young players, and the kids were ready to call it quits. One brilliant ten-year-old finally came up with a solution. She picked up the belt and placed it considerably closer to the next player and advised her to take her turn. Voila! She jumped right over and was declared a winner. Happiness was written all over her little face. Eventually all successive players got to experience the thrill of the win, just by the simple readjusting of the rules of the game. In life, as in a game, we get to decide what the rules will be. If your present rule states that it needs to be a sunny, warm day for you to be happy, then living in New York City basically ensures that you will be miserable 75 percent of the year. But if you choose to rewrite it, creating a more reasonable rule that states that so long as the temperature inside your home can be set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll be more comfortable, you stand a much better chance of smiling. Another very typical self-destructive rule that many of us have “written” at one point or another is the need to have a certain amount of dollars in the bank for us to have permission to be happy. It works like a charm. If I cleared $10,000 this week, great. And if I missed it by a few dollars, I feel like a failure. Why set the stakes to lose? How about resetting all those personal rules that make it impossible to win this game called Happiness? The reality is that nothing in life has to happen for us to experience happiness. When we structure our life according to the rule that states that I am dependent on anything outside of me, we will experience pain. Create a set of rules that empower you rather than the opposite. The question that begs to be asked then is: Should I stop caring about goals and achievement? Is the recipe for happiness found in lowering our standards? The answer is a absolute resounding no. Your standards or goals could and should be increasingly raised. Move your belts further and further. Keep stretching yourself. However, you must remember that regardless of the outcome, you always need to give yourself permission to be happy. FYI Magazine | 9
  Fal l in Love with Li fe    Why Am I So  Dear Deena,  Unhappy   To begin, I want to point out that you are actually in a...
{ Fal l in Love with Li fe } Why Am I So Dear Deena, Unhappy? To begin, I want to point out that you are actually in a much better place than you imagine. You have demonstrated three very important qualities that substantially increase your likelihood of attaining true happiness. Awareness. By recognizing the role you play and acknowledging the effects your thoughts have on your state of happiness, you have taken the first step on your own. By Surie Frenkel Dear Surie, I am a 40-year-old woman with a picture-perfect profile. My husband is a loving and honest man with a thriving business, the kids are in good schools and we own a beautiful home in the city and a second home in the mountains. It’s shameful to say, but my problem in life is that I am always unhappy. I do try to hide it, but don’t do a very good job at it. My husband is constantly trying to do more and be more so that he might be rewarded with a happy wife. My children, who were once happy and carefree, are developing depressive tendencies as they mature. My guilt just adds to my unhappiness. Please help me get out of this rut! It’s ruining my life and the lives of all those around me! - Deena Responsibility. Rather than blaming your spouse, children or circumstances, you recognize the consequences of your feelings and actions and are taking full responsibility. Honesty. It’s refreshing to read your words. You are not hiding behind a wall of denial. You didn’t contrive stories to support your position of dissatisfaction. The honest disclosure is raw, revealing and real. Utilizing these three elements as a starting point gives you a tremendous vantage point toward achieving your goal, which is to be a content, fulfilled and happy human being, and spread the positive energy to those you love and care about. Now, for the million-dollar question: Where does happiness come from? In your letter, you inadvertently stated that happiness can come from many places: beautiful homes in the right neighborhoods, belonging to the right crowd, having a family, money in the bank, being young and attractive. In other words, you are saying that all these people, things or concepts should and could determine your level of happiness. But, according to you, it isn’t working. The reality is that happiness is completely an internal state. There isn’t a person, thing or idea on this planet that has the power to make us happy. Conversely, there isn’t a person, thing or idea on this planet that has the power to make us unhappy. The key to our happiness or, for that matter, any emotional state, rests completely and unequivocally with us. This fact is our ticket to everlasting freedom. We never need to rely on or expect anyone to give us the right to experience what is inherently ours. 8 | FYI Magazine I will share three very powerful concepts that will help you take control of your own happiness: 1. Rules Human beings have a conscious and a subconscious mind. When things show up in life, we assess our options with the conscious mind, make a decision and relegate it to our subconscious so that we can free up our brain space for the next task. The subconscious mind eventually runs the majority of our everyday lives. Months - even years - later, we are still operating on autopilot, using the decisions we made originally. These become the rules we live by. Here’s an example: Say that, some thirty years ago, when you were a ten-year-old child, your friend told you that in order for you to be accepted into the group you need to be “cool.” Your subconscious accepted it as fact and you never stopped to reconsider if the standard or rule she established with her advanced little mind at the time is actually still binding you thirty years later. This rule now dictates how you feel and your level of happiness. A very simple solution is to reevaluate the rule and make a new decision with your conscious forty-year-old brain about whether this rule still applies. If you determine that it is outdated, then dump it! I watched a group of young children playing a game of belts. It was a very frustrating game. The children kept on placing the belts far beyond the reach of all the young players, and the kids were ready to call it quits. One brilliant ten-year-old finally came up with a solution. She picked up the belt and placed it considerably closer to the next player and advised her to take her turn. Voila! She jumped right over and was declared a winner. Happiness was written all over her little face. Eventually all successive players got to experience the thrill of the win, just by the simple readjusting of the rules of the game. In life, as in a game, we get to decide what the rules will be. If your present rule states that it needs to be a sunny, warm day for you to be happy, then living in New York City basically ensures that you will be miserable 75 percent of the year. But if you choose to rewrite it, creating a more reasonable rule that states that so long as the temperature inside your home can be set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll be more comfortable, you stand a much better chance of smiling. Another very typical self-destructive rule that many of us have “written” at one point or another is the need to have a certain amount of dollars in the bank for us to have permission to be happy. It works like a charm. If I cleared $10,000 this week, great. And if I missed it by a few dollars, I feel like a failure. Why set the stakes to lose? How about resetting all those personal rules that make it impossible to win this game called Happiness? The reality is that nothing in life has to happen for us to experience happiness. When we structure our life according to the rule that states that I am dependent on anything outside of me, we will experience pain. Create a set of rules that empower you rather than the opposite. The question that begs to be asked then is: Should I stop caring about goals and achievement? Is the recipe for happiness found in lowering our standards? The answer is a absolute resounding no. Your standards or goals could and should be increasingly raised. Move your belts further and further. Keep stretching yourself. However, you must remember that regardless of the outcome, you always need to give yourself permission to be happy. FYI Magazine | 9
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { Fal l in Love with Li fe } The Little Things That Matter Most Part I By: David Elazar Simai M.D. This week, I decided to write the first of a three-part series on some interesting cases I have witnessed as a physician. It goes without mention that, as you will read in these exciting and memorable stories, there is always Divine intervention that guides us as healthcare providers in each step that we take. The main point of these stories is not to point out that, very often, persistence by the parents and doctor is required to avoid a medical crisis. I will purposely change some details in each case to protect the identity of the patient. The first case occurred in the middle of my third year as a pediatric resident at Schneider Children’s Hospital (now known as Cohen’s Children’s Hospital). During my residency there, we were assigned to cover small community hospitals. As third-year residents, most of us had more down time, assuming a more senior role and leaving the juniors to do most of the hard work: drawing blood, writing notes and reporting to us on the progress of the patients. It was on a winter day that I assumed the role of senior resident at a small hospital in Queens. The pediatric floor was considerably smaller than the one at Schneider’s and the usual census ranged between two to eight patients per day. Scanning the patients that day, I saw much of the run-of-the-mill cases - an infant with bronchiolitis, two toddlers with gastroenteritis (stomach virus), a 9-yearold asthmatic and an 11-month-old with pneumonia. The usual arrangement was that the junior residents would gather all the information about the patients and present to the senior residents at 8:30 a.m. At some point in the day, an outside attending physician would join us and sign our charts. Most attending physicians were extremely busy, and did not show much interest in teaching us or arguing with us about patient plans (in those days, the hospitals would force outside attending physicians to cover the pediatric floor for a few weeks and would not compensate them for their time). 14 | FYI Magazine After being briefed about all the patients on the floor, I decided to go from room to room and personally address any of the parents’ concerns. The first room housed the baby with pneumonia. I always had a meticulous order when making rounds. Before stepping into the room, I would glance over the vital signs recorded on the patient’s clipboard. The vital signs give very important information about the progress of the patient. In this case, my junior resident reported to me that the patient was an 11-month-old girl who was in her third day of hospitalization for pneumonia. Her chest X-ray was reported as being negative, but she had a cough and fever, along with a mildly elevated Surprisingly, even when the baby was comfortable and smiley, her oxygen saturation did not exceed 91%. white blood-cell count. My junior reported that she was doing great, her fever was down and her parents were anxious to take her home. Being that her fever was down, her attending physician was okay with the idea and advised that she would see the patient at her office a day or two later. The clipboard did show that the patient’s fever had disappeared and her oxygen saturation level was at 99 percent on regular air. I peeked inside the room, and the sounds of the vital-signs monitor caught my attention. The baby was moving a bit, but her oxygen saturation was at a mere 90 percent. Any level below 92 percent is considered dangerous. Being that I was a senior resident and had the liberty to spend as much time as I wanted with patients, I took the opportunity to do some detective work. I introduced myself to the parents, who appeared to be a young Orthodox family from Kew Gardens Hills. They were anxious to leave the hospital after three days and were thankful that everything was going well. I asked them if they would mind if I checked the baby before they left. “Sure” they replied, perhaps wondering why another young doctor wanted to “experiment” on their child, but they were kind and allowed me to spend a few minutes listening to her lungs. If you’ve ever examined an infant at that age - or taken one to the doctor - you know that it’s quite a challenge to examine their lungs. In order to listen properly, the child has to be breathing regularly, without crying. So, I sat down next to the parents, had the baby sit on her father’s lap, and spent a few long moments listening and playing simultaneously. All along, my eyes were looking at that oxygen saturation monitor. Surprisingly, even when the baby was comfortable and smiley, her oxygen saturation did not exceed 91 percent. Seeing that, I listened even more carefully. After all, the child came in with fever, received three days of intravenous antibiotics, and her fever had disappeared. Why would her oxygen level be so low? She was definitely not wheezing. But after listening for a full five minutes, I was suspicious that one small area in the lower right side of her lungs was not moving air at all! I kept my concerns to myself and calmly asked the parents, “Do you mind repeating the whole story to me?” Reluctantly, the mother recalled the entire story... On Saturday night, while performing Havdalah, they noticed that the baby had a piece of clove in her mouth. A day later, she developed a cough. Their doctor examined the baby and sent her for an X-ray to make sure that she did not aspirate the clove. The X-ray was negative. The next day, the cough worsened and the child developed fever. At this point, the baby was seen at the emergency room at Flushing Hospital. FYI Magazine | 15
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { Fal l in Love with Li fe } The Little Things That Matter Most Part I By: David Elazar Simai M.D. This week, I decided to write the first of a three-part series on some interesting cases I have witnessed as a physician. It goes without mention that, as you will read in these exciting and memorable stories, there is always Divine intervention that guides us as healthcare providers in each step that we take. The main point of these stories is not to point out that, very often, persistence by the parents and doctor is required to avoid a medical crisis. I will purposely change some details in each case to protect the identity of the patient. The first case occurred in the middle of my third year as a pediatric resident at Schneider Children’s Hospital (now known as Cohen’s Children’s Hospital). During my residency there, we were assigned to cover small community hospitals. As third-year residents, most of us had more down time, assuming a more senior role and leaving the juniors to do most of the hard work: drawing blood, writing notes and reporting to us on the progress of the patients. It was on a winter day that I assumed the role of senior resident at a small hospital in Queens. The pediatric floor was considerably smaller than the one at Schneider’s and the usual census ranged between two to eight patients per day. Scanning the patients that day, I saw much of the run-of-the-mill cases - an infant with bronchiolitis, two toddlers with gastroenteritis (stomach virus), a 9-yearold asthmatic and an 11-month-old with pneumonia. The usual arrangement was that the junior residents would gather all the information about the patients and present to the senior residents at 8:30 a.m. At some point in the day, an outside attending physician would join us and sign our charts. Most attending physicians were extremely busy, and did not show much interest in teaching us or arguing with us about patient plans (in those days, the hospitals would force outside attending physicians to cover the pediatric floor for a few weeks and would not compensate them for their time). 14 | FYI Magazine After being briefed about all the patients on the floor, I decided to go from room to room and personally address any of the parents’ concerns. The first room housed the baby with pneumonia. I always had a meticulous order when making rounds. Before stepping into the room, I would glance over the vital signs recorded on the patient’s clipboard. The vital signs give very important information about the progress of the patient. In this case, my junior resident reported to me that the patient was an 11-month-old girl who was in her third day of hospitalization for pneumonia. Her chest X-ray was reported as being negative, but she had a cough and fever, along with a mildly elevated Surprisingly, even when the baby was comfortable and smiley, her oxygen saturation did not exceed 91%. white blood-cell count. My junior reported that she was doing great, her fever was down and her parents were anxious to take her home. Being that her fever was down, her attending physician was okay with the idea and advised that she would see the patient at her office a day or two later. The clipboard did show that the patient’s fever had disappeared and her oxygen saturation level was at 99 percent on regular air. I peeked inside the room, and the sounds of the vital-signs monitor caught my attention. The baby was moving a bit, but her oxygen saturation was at a mere 90 percent. Any level below 92 percent is considered dangerous. Being that I was a senior resident and had the liberty to spend as much time as I wanted with patients, I took the opportunity to do some detective work. I introduced myself to the parents, who appeared to be a young Orthodox family from Kew Gardens Hills. They were anxious to leave the hospital after three days and were thankful that everything was going well. I asked them if they would mind if I checked the baby before they left. “Sure” they replied, perhaps wondering why another young doctor wanted to “experiment” on their child, but they were kind and allowed me to spend a few minutes listening to her lungs. If you’ve ever examined an infant at that age - or taken one to the doctor - you know that it’s quite a challenge to examine their lungs. In order to listen properly, the child has to be breathing regularly, without crying. So, I sat down next to the parents, had the baby sit on her father’s lap, and spent a few long moments listening and playing simultaneously. All along, my eyes were looking at that oxygen saturation monitor. Surprisingly, even when the baby was comfortable and smiley, her oxygen saturation did not exceed 91 percent. Seeing that, I listened even more carefully. After all, the child came in with fever, received three days of intravenous antibiotics, and her fever had disappeared. Why would her oxygen level be so low? She was definitely not wheezing. But after listening for a full five minutes, I was suspicious that one small area in the lower right side of her lungs was not moving air at all! I kept my concerns to myself and calmly asked the parents, “Do you mind repeating the whole story to me?” Reluctantly, the mother recalled the entire story... On Saturday night, while performing Havdalah, they noticed that the baby had a piece of clove in her mouth. A day later, she developed a cough. Their doctor examined the baby and sent her for an X-ray to make sure that she did not aspirate the clove. The X-ray was negative. The next day, the cough worsened and the child developed fever. At this point, the baby was seen at the emergency room at Flushing Hospital. FYI Magazine | 15
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } Her X-rays did not reveal any pneumonia, but she did have an elevated white blood-cell count that pointed to possible bacterial pneumonia. After hearing these details, I informed the parents about my concern regarding the baby’s low oxygen saturation, along with the findings that one small segment of her lungs was not ventilating well. “What do you suggest?” The parents asked me sadly, not wanting to believe that their departure from the hospital might be delayed. “I would like to do some more tests before sending you home, but I will discuss this with your pediatrician,” I answered. I called the pediatrician and informed her of my suspicion. “David,” she answered, “I sent her for an X-ray on Sunday, which was negative- but do whatever you think, is best.” A few minutes later, the X-ray technician came to the floor and did another test. I went down to the basement of the hospital where the X-rays were developed in order to review the X-ray with the radiologist. This time; however, the diagnosis was pretty clear. The X-ray revealed a collapse of approximately half of the right side of the lungs. Within two hours the little girl left the hospital. No, she did not go home; she went via ambulance to Schneider Children’s Hospital. Three operations later, the entire clove was removed from her lung. It seems that cloves are one of the hardest foreign objects to remove from the lungs, because they have a sharp edge that embeds deep in the lung tissue. The baby spent a few weeks in the ICU before being discharged from the hospital. Two years ago, I ran into the baby’s mother and was happy to hear that the little girl is doing well and is almost completely recovered. Since then; however, my wife monitors the passing of the cloves at Havdalah very carefully. Personally, I feel special gratitude to G-d when I smell the sweet, buoyant aroma of the cloves every week. It reminds me that Divine intervention guides us as parents and doctors. It also reminds me to look at the small things in life. These little things are G-d’s blessings! As parents, we should try to do our utmost to prevent our infants and toddlers from choking or aspirating small toys, nuts, screws and other household items. So when you smell those cloves this week, please have in mind the importance of every aspect of your child’s life - large and small! 17 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 17
  Fal l i n Love with Li fe    Her X-rays did not reveal any pneumonia, but she did have an elevated white blood-cell coun...
{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } Her X-rays did not reveal any pneumonia, but she did have an elevated white blood-cell count that pointed to possible bacterial pneumonia. After hearing these details, I informed the parents about my concern regarding the baby’s low oxygen saturation, along with the findings that one small segment of her lungs was not ventilating well. “What do you suggest?” The parents asked me sadly, not wanting to believe that their departure from the hospital might be delayed. “I would like to do some more tests before sending you home, but I will discuss this with your pediatrician,” I answered. I called the pediatrician and informed her of my suspicion. “David,” she answered, “I sent her for an X-ray on Sunday, which was negative- but do whatever you think, is best.” A few minutes later, the X-ray technician came to the floor and did another test. I went down to the basement of the hospital where the X-rays were developed in order to review the X-ray with the radiologist. This time; however, the diagnosis was pretty clear. The X-ray revealed a collapse of approximately half of the right side of the lungs. Within two hours the little girl left the hospital. No, she did not go home; she went via ambulance to Schneider Children’s Hospital. Three operations later, the entire clove was removed from her lung. It seems that cloves are one of the hardest foreign objects to remove from the lungs, because they have a sharp edge that embeds deep in the lung tissue. The baby spent a few weeks in the ICU before being discharged from the hospital. Two years ago, I ran into the baby’s mother and was happy to hear that the little girl is doing well and is almost completely recovered. Since then; however, my wife monitors the passing of the cloves at Havdalah very carefully. Personally, I feel special gratitude to G-d when I smell the sweet, buoyant aroma of the cloves every week. It reminds me that Divine intervention guides us as parents and doctors. It also reminds me to look at the small things in life. These little things are G-d’s blessings! As parents, we should try to do our utmost to prevent our infants and toddlers from choking or aspirating small toys, nuts, screws and other household items. So when you smell those cloves this week, please have in mind the importance of every aspect of your child’s life - large and small! 17 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 17
  Fal l i n Love with Li fe    Her X-rays did not reveal any pneumonia, but she did have an elevated white blood-cell coun...
{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { Fal l in Love with Li fe } Should We Mask Our Veggies? By: Leah Berg, MS RD CDN With Purim coming, many of us will be donning masks and costumes and will be concealing our true appearances. When it comes to vegetables, should we be hiding them in our children’s foods as well? If your child would rather push his peas around the plate than eat them, you have likely considered sneaking a few veggies into his foods. But is this the best way to get your child to eat his or her veggies? While a little “stealth nutrition” can help your child consume more vegetables, it shouldn’t be your only strategy. If you are constantly concealing your children’s veggies, then, how will they ever get to know and accept them? By putting a few strategies in place, you will increase your chances of successfully raising a true vegetable lover over time. Step 1: Smuggle veggies in (sometimes). According to the American Dietetic Association, there is no need to hide vegetables in foods on a regular basis. However, if you have a very picky eater who will not try vegetables at all, disguising them in food every so often can be a helpful way to start introducing vegetables to your child. Additionally, eating “veggies in disguise” gives your child an opportunity to explore the tastes, textures, and aromas of various vegetables without the child even realizing what he’s eating. Therefore, go ahead and fold mushrooms into meatballs, shred carrots into spaghetti sauce and blend broccoli into your favorite dip; your child won’t suspect a thing! Step 2: Don’t be afraid to ditch the disguise. By offering un-camouflaged vegetables, you’re allowing your child to develop a taste for the actual vegetable, which will last a lifetime. Plus, when kids see vegetables served center stage, they learn to internalize what a healthy plate should look like. Since most vegetables require a lot of chewing, eating vegetables also naturally slows a child’s eating and encourages children to linger at the table longer. Step 3: Hide vegetables in plain sight. An easy way to serve more vegetables without making it overwhelming is to use vegetables to compliment more familiar foods. For example, you can top pizza with broccoli, mushrooms or spinach, sprinkle tomatoes and avocadoes in tacos or wraps, and fold peppers and onions into your favorite pasta. This will allow children to taste the veggies in a non-threatening way because they already recognize and enjoy the taste of the main food. 18 | FYI Magazine Step 4: Mix it up! Eating the same boring plate of steamed vegetables would be tedious even for an adult, so be sure to keep it interesting and diverse. Try serving vegetables cooked in a variety of ways and with assorted flavors. For example, steam them one night, roast them another, and sauté for a third option. Get creative with garlic, herbs and spices. If your child isn’t a fan of cooked veggies, don’t fret. Try offering raw veggies with a dip or in a crunchy salad with a delicious dressing. Step 5: Serve, eat, repeat. If, like so many of us, you have tried offering vegetables without success, be patient! Learning to eat and enjoy vegetables is like anything else - it takes a lot of exposure and repetition. But just remind yourself that when vegetables are regularly available in plain sight during meals and snack time - and they’re deliciously prepared - kids, too, will eventually want to eat them. FYI Magazine | 19
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { Fal l in Love with Li fe } Should We Mask Our Veggies? By: Leah Berg, MS RD CDN With Purim coming, many of us will be donning masks and costumes and will be concealing our true appearances. When it comes to vegetables, should we be hiding them in our children’s foods as well? If your child would rather push his peas around the plate than eat them, you have likely considered sneaking a few veggies into his foods. But is this the best way to get your child to eat his or her veggies? While a little “stealth nutrition” can help your child consume more vegetables, it shouldn’t be your only strategy. If you are constantly concealing your children’s veggies, then, how will they ever get to know and accept them? By putting a few strategies in place, you will increase your chances of successfully raising a true vegetable lover over time. Step 1: Smuggle veggies in (sometimes). According to the American Dietetic Association, there is no need to hide vegetables in foods on a regular basis. However, if you have a very picky eater who will not try vegetables at all, disguising them in food every so often can be a helpful way to start introducing vegetables to your child. Additionally, eating “veggies in disguise” gives your child an opportunity to explore the tastes, textures, and aromas of various vegetables without the child even realizing what he’s eating. Therefore, go ahead and fold mushrooms into meatballs, shred carrots into spaghetti sauce and blend broccoli into your favorite dip; your child won’t suspect a thing! Step 2: Don’t be afraid to ditch the disguise. By offering un-camouflaged vegetables, you’re allowing your child to develop a taste for the actual vegetable, which will last a lifetime. Plus, when kids see vegetables served center stage, they learn to internalize what a healthy plate should look like. Since most vegetables require a lot of chewing, eating vegetables also naturally slows a child’s eating and encourages children to linger at the table longer. Step 3: Hide vegetables in plain sight. An easy way to serve more vegetables without making it overwhelming is to use vegetables to compliment more familiar foods. For example, you can top pizza with broccoli, mushrooms or spinach, sprinkle tomatoes and avocadoes in tacos or wraps, and fold peppers and onions into your favorite pasta. This will allow children to taste the veggies in a non-threatening way because they already recognize and enjoy the taste of the main food. 18 | FYI Magazine Step 4: Mix it up! Eating the same boring plate of steamed vegetables would be tedious even for an adult, so be sure to keep it interesting and diverse. Try serving vegetables cooked in a variety of ways and with assorted flavors. For example, steam them one night, roast them another, and sauté for a third option. Get creative with garlic, herbs and spices. If your child isn’t a fan of cooked veggies, don’t fret. Try offering raw veggies with a dip or in a crunchy salad with a delicious dressing. Step 5: Serve, eat, repeat. If, like so many of us, you have tried offering vegetables without success, be patient! Learning to eat and enjoy vegetables is like anything else - it takes a lot of exposure and repetition. But just remind yourself that when vegetables are regularly available in plain sight during meals and snack time - and they’re deliciously prepared - kids, too, will eventually want to eat them. FYI Magazine | 19
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } 5 Minutes to Fitness Five Minutes to Fitness By Rebecca Blue “How do I get rid of my flabby arms?” The jiggling fat on the back of one’s arms is a common “trouble zone” and, more often than not, the biggest complaint of many of my new clients. Today’s focus is on toning and defining the triceps. The triceps brachii muscle is the longest muscle in the arm, taking up two-thirds of arm space, and it is responsible for most of the definition behind the arm. So, when you admire someone’s toned arms it is probably because of his or her dedication to triceps training. First and foremost, realize there is no such thing as spot reduction - fat needs to be burned through a total body workout (including aerobic exercise) and proper diet. Once you acknowledge that, you can concentrate on proper triceps-strengthening exercises to help those stubborn triceps get strong and tight. Today’s exercise has several variations: It can be performed at home or in a gym setting and it can be modified for all levels. Focus of the week: Toning and defining the triceps. 1 We begin by sitting tall and straight on the edge of a bench/workout bench, sturdy chair or even a raised aerobic step. Where We Dine Basil’s Pizza and Wine Bar Place your feet in front of you on the floor with legs straight out. You will begin by gripping the chair with both hands behind the body, keeping the arms shoulder-width apart, and bending the elbow to 90 degrees - not more, so as not to put too much pressure on the shoulder. Lower your hips toward the floor and straighten your arms by pressing them upward (Do not lock the elbows). To modify this exercise for a beginner, you can bend the knees to an almost-sitting position, while lowering your hips and bending the elbows to that 90-degree angle. The more advanced exerciser can add another bench or chair at the same level and rest his feet on it, while holding his arms in the same position as he sits on the opposite bench or chair. Keep repeating for three sets of 12-15 repetitions. Try to work your triceps 2-3 times per week to see those results happen. 20 | FYI Magazine FY Resta I ura of th nt e Mont h By: Sarah Lezell 2 Basil is my sister’s favorite upscale dairy restaurant. She has tried to convince me to eat there before, with her rave reviews, but it wasn’t enough to get me to go to Crown Heights. Now I had the perfect reason! All the tables in Basil were full, yet the modern rustic decor and layout gave it a very cozy feel. Soon after we ordered, our Arugula and Beet Salad ($14) arrived. The salads on the menu are really funky mixes of foods that you wouldn’t expect to go together, like the Watermelon and Pea Shoots, and Golden Beet Carpaccio, but they’re known to be amazing. I can speak for the salad I tried. It came with warm goat cheese, cubed beets and had a truffle vinaigrette dressing that blended all the tastes of the salad together really well. The seasonal menu is changed quite frequently, sometimes even weekly, but there’s a regular menu as well. The regular items include their famous pizza, soups, sides, pasta and fish entrées. I chose an appetizer from the seasonal menu - Grilled Asparagus with Truffle Oil, Hardboiled Egg, Salmon Lardon ($15), which was garnished with sprouts. The dish was very tasteful and the asparagus perfectly done. Basil Fries ($8) are a perfect spin on a classic fast food dish. They were sprinkled with parmesan cheese and came with a side of garlic mayo. When I asked for bread I was surprised about a $5 fee, as bread would normally come gratis. FYI Magazine | 21
  Fal l i n Love with Li fe      You G ot ta Kn ow     5 Minutes to Fitness  Five Minutes to Fitness By Rebecca Blue     H...
{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } 5 Minutes to Fitness Five Minutes to Fitness By Rebecca Blue “How do I get rid of my flabby arms?” The jiggling fat on the back of one’s arms is a common “trouble zone” and, more often than not, the biggest complaint of many of my new clients. Today’s focus is on toning and defining the triceps. The triceps brachii muscle is the longest muscle in the arm, taking up two-thirds of arm space, and it is responsible for most of the definition behind the arm. So, when you admire someone’s toned arms it is probably because of his or her dedication to triceps training. First and foremost, realize there is no such thing as spot reduction - fat needs to be burned through a total body workout (including aerobic exercise) and proper diet. Once you acknowledge that, you can concentrate on proper triceps-strengthening exercises to help those stubborn triceps get strong and tight. Today’s exercise has several variations: It can be performed at home or in a gym setting and it can be modified for all levels. Focus of the week: Toning and defining the triceps. 1 We begin by sitting tall and straight on the edge of a bench/workout bench, sturdy chair or even a raised aerobic step. Where We Dine Basil’s Pizza and Wine Bar Place your feet in front of you on the floor with legs straight out. You will begin by gripping the chair with both hands behind the body, keeping the arms shoulder-width apart, and bending the elbow to 90 degrees - not more, so as not to put too much pressure on the shoulder. Lower your hips toward the floor and straighten your arms by pressing them upward (Do not lock the elbows). To modify this exercise for a beginner, you can bend the knees to an almost-sitting position, while lowering your hips and bending the elbows to that 90-degree angle. The more advanced exerciser can add another bench or chair at the same level and rest his feet on it, while holding his arms in the same position as he sits on the opposite bench or chair. Keep repeating for three sets of 12-15 repetitions. Try to work your triceps 2-3 times per week to see those results happen. 20 | FYI Magazine FY Resta I ura of th nt e Mont h By: Sarah Lezell 2 Basil is my sister’s favorite upscale dairy restaurant. She has tried to convince me to eat there before, with her rave reviews, but it wasn’t enough to get me to go to Crown Heights. Now I had the perfect reason! All the tables in Basil were full, yet the modern rustic decor and layout gave it a very cozy feel. Soon after we ordered, our Arugula and Beet Salad ($14) arrived. The salads on the menu are really funky mixes of foods that you wouldn’t expect to go together, like the Watermelon and Pea Shoots, and Golden Beet Carpaccio, but they’re known to be amazing. I can speak for the salad I tried. It came with warm goat cheese, cubed beets and had a truffle vinaigrette dressing that blended all the tastes of the salad together really well. The seasonal menu is changed quite frequently, sometimes even weekly, but there’s a regular menu as well. The regular items include their famous pizza, soups, sides, pasta and fish entrées. I chose an appetizer from the seasonal menu - Grilled Asparagus with Truffle Oil, Hardboiled Egg, Salmon Lardon ($15), which was garnished with sprouts. The dish was very tasteful and the asparagus perfectly done. Basil Fries ($8) are a perfect spin on a classic fast food dish. They were sprinkled with parmesan cheese and came with a side of garlic mayo. When I asked for bread I was surprised about a $5 fee, as bread would normally come gratis. FYI Magazine | 21
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{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } We had to get Basil’s famous pizza - calories I definitely don’t regret. The pizza is thin-crusted and baked in a wood oven, making it perfectly crunchy and tasty. The only downside is that you can only order a pie (but, of course, the leftovers can make for a fast delicious lunch the next day). Our waitress was very helpful with explaining the menu options. For an entrée, the Pan Roast Bluefish ($36) was calling my name. It came with small roasted eggplant, zucchini, potato gnocchi and caviar. This dish was gorgeously plated and the bluefish was perfectly seared with a very naturally delicious taste, but I was expecting something bigger with that kind of price tag. Interview With Wine Sommelier Jay Buchsbaum By Yitty Denciger Chocolate Mousse ($10), Balsamic Strawberries and Figs made for an awesome dessert. Oh, and I did forget to mention Basil’s large selection of wines that would enhance any meal. Now I can definitely say it’s worth the trip from anywhere. ««««« 270 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 718-285-8777 basilny.com Service: Helpful, friendly Hashgachah: Circle K (Chalav Yisrael) 22 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 23
  Fal l i n Love with Li fe    We had to get Basil   s famous pizza - calories I definitely don   t regret. The pizza is t...
{ Fal l i n Love with Li fe } We had to get Basil’s famous pizza - calories I definitely don’t regret. The pizza is thin-crusted and baked in a wood oven, making it perfectly crunchy and tasty. The only downside is that you can only order a pie (but, of course, the leftovers can make for a fast delicious lunch the next day). Our waitress was very helpful with explaining the menu options. For an entrée, the Pan Roast Bluefish ($36) was calling my name. It came with small roasted eggplant, zucchini, potato gnocchi and caviar. This dish was gorgeously plated and the bluefish was perfectly seared with a very naturally delicious taste, but I was expecting something bigger with that kind of price tag. Interview With Wine Sommelier Jay Buchsbaum By Yitty Denciger Chocolate Mousse ($10), Balsamic Strawberries and Figs made for an awesome dessert. Oh, and I did forget to mention Basil’s large selection of wines that would enhance any meal. Now I can definitely say it’s worth the trip from anywhere. ««««« 270 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 718-285-8777 basilny.com Service: Helpful, friendly Hashgachah: Circle K (Chalav Yisrael) 22 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 23
  Fal l i n Love with Li fe    We had to get Basil   s famous pizza - calories I definitely don   t regret. The pizza is t...
{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Sight. When you pick up a glass of wine, look through it. When it’s white, it should be anything from almost-clear to golden. Not brown - brown means that it’s oxidized. Too clear means it’s probably too light and too young. Swirl. Place your glass on the table and swirl the wine around in the glass. The wine gets pressed against the sides of the glass, thereby exposing it more to the air. Increased air exposure allows a lot of the aromatics to escape, which is good because now you’re going to use the third S. Smell. Take your nose and inhale from the wine glass. What you’re searching for is any fragrance that you already recognize. The obvious smell that people might perceive is alcohol. Or, as you become more adept, you might discern a woody aroma emanating from wine that spends time in oak barrels. There are also fruit smells, like a grapy scent. And then there are a whole host of other bouquets you might smell over time. Some whites for example, exhibit a very strong grapefruit, lemon or a freshly cut grass smell. Red wines sometimes exhibit a cherry or a blackberry aroma. Savor. Really savor simply means tasting (but it starts with S and works better with the mnemonic device!). Tasting means that you involve all parts of the tongue, because there are different taste buds in different places on it. Each type of taste bud detects different molecules in the wine. Take the wine and you swish it around in your mouth so that the entire tongue is coated with the wine. A lot of people make this mistake - they just kind of sip it to the center of the mouth, wasting the opportunity to use all your taste buds to detect all the flavors. Spit or Swallow. Once the wine leaves your mouth, take a moment to notice: How long does the flavor last in your mouth? Is that lingering flavor a good one? It adds to your experiential feeling about the wine. You briefly mentioned white and red wines earlier. What’s the difference between them? There is a wealth of information involved in wine and wine tasting - and it’s not just for the experts. Wine can add an entire new dimension to dining that we can enjoy and gain from. I sat down with world-famous sommelier Jay Buchsbaum to learn some more about wine. Thank you so much for your time. How did you get started in the wine business? I had a degree in accounting, and I worked in the city as a junior auditor for two years and hated every minute of it. Then someone offered me a job working for a tiny wine company in Lower Manhattan. I did that for a year, loved every minute of it and the rest, as they say, is history. For those who are not well-versed in wine, what should they do to get started? There are two things that I would suggest. The first is to taste a lot of different wines. The second is to practice the Five S’s method, which I’ll explain. Tasting a lot doesn’t mean one has to drink a lot - just taste a lot. Taste a lot of different wines over a period of time. Tasting means you can taste and spit. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s quite acceptable and even encouraged! Just like anything else: When you do cooking, if you cook a lot, you’ll get better at it as you get more experienced. The same thing goes with wine tasting; you’ll improve with experience. You’ll be able to differentiate between what is sweet, what is sour, what is rich, what is light-bodied and more. There is an easy technique that I use to teach people about tasting wine; it’s called the Five S’s: 24 | FYI Magazine That’s a great question. A lot of people don’t realize that all grape juice is white. All grapes produce clear juice. So how does it get the red color? The red pigment comes from the skin of the grapes. When we crush grapes, we leave the juice with the skins, so that it draws the pigments into the color of the juice. The obvious difference between red and white wine is the color of the grapes. More often than not, red wines spend a lot more time with their skins than the white wines do. Do the skins also make a difference in the taste as well? Absolutely. There are a lot of tannins (reddish acids that come from plants) and all kinds of flavor molecules that seep out. They also make the wines richer, thicker and more interesting. What are your current favorite wines? I’ll get in trouble by telling you that! Instead, I’ll share my favorite category of wine. I would say that we don’t drink enough white wine. White wines are much more versatile, complementing many different kinds of foods. Why not have a glass of white wine with pizza on Thursday night? Or with fish sticks on Tuesday evening? Or with your spaghetti and meatballs, or spaghetti and cheese? Or with your turkey sandwich that you take to work with you? I think that we should be drinking a lot more white wines. My favorite whites are Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, by Baron Herzog. And, I love some Israeli wines, too. My favorite Israeli wines come from the Judean Hills, in and around Yerushalayim. For people who want to play it safe, what would be a good wine to include in mishlo’ach manos? White wines can do the same thing. Some winemakers insist on making their wines with the skins. But keep in mind that the skins are golden, yellow or green. You can always give a blue bottle away. Everybody loves that. If they don’t, they know someone who does, so they can always re-gift it. But I will give you a higher-priced and lower-priced option. What’s the trick to pairing wine with food? The inexpensive wine that I love is the Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc. It’s a great bottle of wine, under ten dollars and available anywhere. On the high end, I would say to pick one of the reserves from Israel, preferably from the Judean Hills. The objective of any meal (when you have wine with it) is for the wine to be in harmony with the food. It should not overpower the food, and the food should not overpower the wine. They should complement each other, like a good marriage. Since white wines are, generally speaking, lighter, they naturally go better with lighter fare, like fish and chicken, compared to meat and lamb, which require something richer and thicker. of a big wine show in Bordeaux, France! It was all non-kosher, but because they were so sensitive and aware of our needs, they invited the rabbinic crew, the Herzogs, and myself to one table that had a special caterer for the twelve or fifteen of us. That caterer created an exact duplicate of what all the non-Jews were having. It was unbelievable. They matched the dishes and all the silverware and they tried to match every single dish that the others were eating. Of course, they allowed us to bring in other wines from around France so that we could enjoy the meal with different wine for each course. It was just magnificent. Any final thoughts? People ask me all the time, “Jay, how do you know the difference between all these wines?” Being the Jew that I am, I answer a question with a question. I turn to them and ask, “How many people know the difference between Coca-Cola and Waldbaum’s cola? Or between Tropicana and store-brand orange juice?” And, of course, 80 percent raise their hands. And I ask them, “Well, how do you know the difference?” The answer, of course, is always the same. “We drink a lot of orange juice. Or we drink a lot of Coke.” You’ve had a phenomenal career in the wine industry. What were your personal highs or unforgettable moments? And that’s really the answer. You want to learn how to differentiate between various wines? Drink. And when I say drink, I mean taste. You don’t have to swallow everything. One of my personal highs was many, many years ago, when we first brought in Rothschild wine. I was invited to the Rothschild estate in Chateau Clarke for a magnificent dinner during the course Every night take a different bottle of wine and share it with somebody you love or somebody you want to share it with. Have a glass or two. Believe me, in a year’s time you’ll be quite the expert. FYI Magazine | 25
  Yo u G ot ta Know        You G ot ta Kn ow    Sight. When you pick up a glass of wine, look through it. When it   s whit...
{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Sight. When you pick up a glass of wine, look through it. When it’s white, it should be anything from almost-clear to golden. Not brown - brown means that it’s oxidized. Too clear means it’s probably too light and too young. Swirl. Place your glass on the table and swirl the wine around in the glass. The wine gets pressed against the sides of the glass, thereby exposing it more to the air. Increased air exposure allows a lot of the aromatics to escape, which is good because now you’re going to use the third S. Smell. Take your nose and inhale from the wine glass. What you’re searching for is any fragrance that you already recognize. The obvious smell that people might perceive is alcohol. Or, as you become more adept, you might discern a woody aroma emanating from wine that spends time in oak barrels. There are also fruit smells, like a grapy scent. And then there are a whole host of other bouquets you might smell over time. Some whites for example, exhibit a very strong grapefruit, lemon or a freshly cut grass smell. Red wines sometimes exhibit a cherry or a blackberry aroma. Savor. Really savor simply means tasting (but it starts with S and works better with the mnemonic device!). Tasting means that you involve all parts of the tongue, because there are different taste buds in different places on it. Each type of taste bud detects different molecules in the wine. Take the wine and you swish it around in your mouth so that the entire tongue is coated with the wine. A lot of people make this mistake - they just kind of sip it to the center of the mouth, wasting the opportunity to use all your taste buds to detect all the flavors. Spit or Swallow. Once the wine leaves your mouth, take a moment to notice: How long does the flavor last in your mouth? Is that lingering flavor a good one? It adds to your experiential feeling about the wine. You briefly mentioned white and red wines earlier. What’s the difference between them? There is a wealth of information involved in wine and wine tasting - and it’s not just for the experts. Wine can add an entire new dimension to dining that we can enjoy and gain from. I sat down with world-famous sommelier Jay Buchsbaum to learn some more about wine. Thank you so much for your time. How did you get started in the wine business? I had a degree in accounting, and I worked in the city as a junior auditor for two years and hated every minute of it. Then someone offered me a job working for a tiny wine company in Lower Manhattan. I did that for a year, loved every minute of it and the rest, as they say, is history. For those who are not well-versed in wine, what should they do to get started? There are two things that I would suggest. The first is to taste a lot of different wines. The second is to practice the Five S’s method, which I’ll explain. Tasting a lot doesn’t mean one has to drink a lot - just taste a lot. Taste a lot of different wines over a period of time. Tasting means you can taste and spit. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s quite acceptable and even encouraged! Just like anything else: When you do cooking, if you cook a lot, you’ll get better at it as you get more experienced. The same thing goes with wine tasting; you’ll improve with experience. You’ll be able to differentiate between what is sweet, what is sour, what is rich, what is light-bodied and more. There is an easy technique that I use to teach people about tasting wine; it’s called the Five S’s: 24 | FYI Magazine That’s a great question. A lot of people don’t realize that all grape juice is white. All grapes produce clear juice. So how does it get the red color? The red pigment comes from the skin of the grapes. When we crush grapes, we leave the juice with the skins, so that it draws the pigments into the color of the juice. The obvious difference between red and white wine is the color of the grapes. More often than not, red wines spend a lot more time with their skins than the white wines do. Do the skins also make a difference in the taste as well? Absolutely. There are a lot of tannins (reddish acids that come from plants) and all kinds of flavor molecules that seep out. They also make the wines richer, thicker and more interesting. What are your current favorite wines? I’ll get in trouble by telling you that! Instead, I’ll share my favorite category of wine. I would say that we don’t drink enough white wine. White wines are much more versatile, complementing many different kinds of foods. Why not have a glass of white wine with pizza on Thursday night? Or with fish sticks on Tuesday evening? Or with your spaghetti and meatballs, or spaghetti and cheese? Or with your turkey sandwich that you take to work with you? I think that we should be drinking a lot more white wines. My favorite whites are Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, by Baron Herzog. And, I love some Israeli wines, too. My favorite Israeli wines come from the Judean Hills, in and around Yerushalayim. For people who want to play it safe, what would be a good wine to include in mishlo’ach manos? White wines can do the same thing. Some winemakers insist on making their wines with the skins. But keep in mind that the skins are golden, yellow or green. You can always give a blue bottle away. Everybody loves that. If they don’t, they know someone who does, so they can always re-gift it. But I will give you a higher-priced and lower-priced option. What’s the trick to pairing wine with food? The inexpensive wine that I love is the Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc. It’s a great bottle of wine, under ten dollars and available anywhere. On the high end, I would say to pick one of the reserves from Israel, preferably from the Judean Hills. The objective of any meal (when you have wine with it) is for the wine to be in harmony with the food. It should not overpower the food, and the food should not overpower the wine. They should complement each other, like a good marriage. Since white wines are, generally speaking, lighter, they naturally go better with lighter fare, like fish and chicken, compared to meat and lamb, which require something richer and thicker. of a big wine show in Bordeaux, France! It was all non-kosher, but because they were so sensitive and aware of our needs, they invited the rabbinic crew, the Herzogs, and myself to one table that had a special caterer for the twelve or fifteen of us. That caterer created an exact duplicate of what all the non-Jews were having. It was unbelievable. They matched the dishes and all the silverware and they tried to match every single dish that the others were eating. Of course, they allowed us to bring in other wines from around France so that we could enjoy the meal with different wine for each course. It was just magnificent. Any final thoughts? People ask me all the time, “Jay, how do you know the difference between all these wines?” Being the Jew that I am, I answer a question with a question. I turn to them and ask, “How many people know the difference between Coca-Cola and Waldbaum’s cola? Or between Tropicana and store-brand orange juice?” And, of course, 80 percent raise their hands. And I ask them, “Well, how do you know the difference?” The answer, of course, is always the same. “We drink a lot of orange juice. Or we drink a lot of Coke.” You’ve had a phenomenal career in the wine industry. What were your personal highs or unforgettable moments? And that’s really the answer. You want to learn how to differentiate between various wines? Drink. And when I say drink, I mean taste. You don’t have to swallow everything. One of my personal highs was many, many years ago, when we first brought in Rothschild wine. I was invited to the Rothschild estate in Chateau Clarke for a magnificent dinner during the course Every night take a different bottle of wine and share it with somebody you love or somebody you want to share it with. Have a glass or two. Believe me, in a year’s time you’ll be quite the expert. FYI Magazine | 25
  Yo u G ot ta Know        You G ot ta Kn ow    Sight. When you pick up a glass of wine, look through it. When it   s whit...
{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } You Gotta Know By: Miriam Schwartzman Tidbits of information that’s good to know when in a conversation with your friends, kids, or even with yourself! 44 23 The New York Post reports that a recent study claims Americans are sitting on $44 billion in unused gift cards. “I’m not surprised by that number at all,” said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards. “People get these cards and often put them away in a drawer and then forget about them. And that’s too bad.” Twenty-three percent. That’s how effective this year’s flu vaccine is. While that isn’t very effective, doctors still recommend getting the shot since 23 percent is better than 0. How does that happen? Experts must decide or forecast, much like meteorologists, by examining existing flu strains, which strains of the flu virus to put into the vaccine way before the flu season begins. That’s because they need to ensure 856 that enough flu vaccines are prepared and delivered to doctors and pharmacies across the country - about 150 million doses. Unfortunately, flu viruses change from one season to the next and even within one Amazon.com is celebrating ten years of season (this is known as drifting). So there Amazon Prime, their membership shipping is always the possibility of a less-than-opti- service. Members pay a one-time annual mal match. A strong flu vaccine will offer 70 fee and receive free shipping on all their percent protection against the flu. orders. According to the retail giant, one Why can’t the vaccine be changed now? It can order over 856 Prime items every day would take about six months to build an of their lives and still not have ordered all adequate supply and, by then, the flu season Prime items available! would long be over. If you think you have the flu, try to get prompt medical treatment There are actually over 20 million items and then stay home so not to spread the flu that Amazon will ship to you for free if you amongst others. are a Prime member. And they ship it fast, usually within two days. The option called Prime Now delivers things even faster. The fastest delivery to date for Prime Now is 23 minutes in New York City for an Easy Bake Oven. 251 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 251 babies are born in the world every minute. In the United States alone 3,957,577 babies were born in 2013. Out of every 1,000 U.S. births, about 33 of them are twins. Babies are expensive little people. It is estimated that new parents in the United States will spend an average of $7,000 the first year on a new baby’s diapers, formula, and day care. This does not include medical expenses. Are you one of those who have received a gift card and don’t need anything in the store you got it from? There are gift-card exchanges you can visit that will pay you cash in exchange for your card. You get about 80 to 85 cents on the dollar. CardHub, CardRescue and CardPool are some of those. 200 Two hundred million dollars. That’s what New York City lost in the fizzled blizzard of January 2015. The hardest-hit were small businesses and hourly workers, especially those who rely on tips, like taxi drivers and restaurant employees. Adam Kamins, an economist with Moody’s Analytics, explains that though it sounds like a huge loss, “When you think about last year, where we had a polar vortex, several weeks of that, more population centers impacted as well as above-normal snowfall, last year’s overall economic impact is pegged at anywhere from $15 billion to $50 billion. So in comparison, this is actually a relatively small event.” Amazon Prime saves billions of dollars in expedited shipping for customers every single year. Not a member yet? Sign up and become one of nearly a million Amazon Prime members. 26 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 27
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } You Gotta Know By: Miriam Schwartzman Tidbits of information that’s good to know when in a conversation with your friends, kids, or even with yourself! 44 23 The New York Post reports that a recent study claims Americans are sitting on $44 billion in unused gift cards. “I’m not surprised by that number at all,” said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards. “People get these cards and often put them away in a drawer and then forget about them. And that’s too bad.” Twenty-three percent. That’s how effective this year’s flu vaccine is. While that isn’t very effective, doctors still recommend getting the shot since 23 percent is better than 0. How does that happen? Experts must decide or forecast, much like meteorologists, by examining existing flu strains, which strains of the flu virus to put into the vaccine way before the flu season begins. That’s because they need to ensure 856 that enough flu vaccines are prepared and delivered to doctors and pharmacies across the country - about 150 million doses. Unfortunately, flu viruses change from one season to the next and even within one Amazon.com is celebrating ten years of season (this is known as drifting). So there Amazon Prime, their membership shipping is always the possibility of a less-than-opti- service. Members pay a one-time annual mal match. A strong flu vaccine will offer 70 fee and receive free shipping on all their percent protection against the flu. orders. According to the retail giant, one Why can’t the vaccine be changed now? It can order over 856 Prime items every day would take about six months to build an of their lives and still not have ordered all adequate supply and, by then, the flu season Prime items available! would long be over. If you think you have the flu, try to get prompt medical treatment There are actually over 20 million items and then stay home so not to spread the flu that Amazon will ship to you for free if you amongst others. are a Prime member. And they ship it fast, usually within two days. The option called Prime Now delivers things even faster. The fastest delivery to date for Prime Now is 23 minutes in New York City for an Easy Bake Oven. 251 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 251 babies are born in the world every minute. In the United States alone 3,957,577 babies were born in 2013. Out of every 1,000 U.S. births, about 33 of them are twins. Babies are expensive little people. It is estimated that new parents in the United States will spend an average of $7,000 the first year on a new baby’s diapers, formula, and day care. This does not include medical expenses. Are you one of those who have received a gift card and don’t need anything in the store you got it from? There are gift-card exchanges you can visit that will pay you cash in exchange for your card. You get about 80 to 85 cents on the dollar. CardHub, CardRescue and CardPool are some of those. 200 Two hundred million dollars. That’s what New York City lost in the fizzled blizzard of January 2015. The hardest-hit were small businesses and hourly workers, especially those who rely on tips, like taxi drivers and restaurant employees. Adam Kamins, an economist with Moody’s Analytics, explains that though it sounds like a huge loss, “When you think about last year, where we had a polar vortex, several weeks of that, more population centers impacted as well as above-normal snowfall, last year’s overall economic impact is pegged at anywhere from $15 billion to $50 billion. So in comparison, this is actually a relatively small event.” Amazon Prime saves billions of dollars in expedited shipping for customers every single year. Not a member yet? Sign up and become one of nearly a million Amazon Prime members. 26 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 27
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Top-Rated Product Reviews We review popular products, so that you don’t have to. Vacuum Cleaners Clean floors are something that really makes a difference when it comes to the neatness of a home. So what’s the best way to keep your floors spick-and-span? We looked through many items and these floor cleaners were at the top of our list. Bissell Steam & Sweep The Bissell Steam & Sweep ($80) clears hard floors of dry debris and steam cleans all in one pass. It has a long, strong cord, allowing you to mop large areas at once. It also has a cool Dyson-like ball joint that makes it easy to maneuver and works well under counters and furniture. The suction is not super-strong and you have to hold the trigger down the entire time while you’re steaming, which can lead to an achy finger. But it’s small and light, and it does a great job cleaning and steaming hardwood floor and tile! Swiffer SweeperVac Say good-bye to your dustpan! The Swiffer SweeperVac ($45) is a vacuum and duster in one and is perfect for small spills and crumbs. The flexible sweeping head swivels easily to reach into corners and under cabinets with no problem. The SweeperVac is battery-operated and is rechargeable. The downside is that it does take about 14 hours to charge and will die if you plan on cleaning your entire house with it. But if company calls and says they’re five minutes away, grab your Swiffer SweeperVac and you’ll be ready in perfect timing! 1. Hand sanitizer: There isn’t one situation where hand sanitizer wouldn’t come to good use. From cleaning the handle on the grocery cart to coughing into your hands, it’s great to have a bottle of this at the ready. 2. Hair accessories: Ponytail holders and bobby pins - sure, they might migrate to the bottom of your purse and stay there, but at least you’ll have them when you need them most. iRobot Scooba 450 Did you ever wish you had a robot to sweep and mop for you? Well, now you can have your wish! With the push of a button, the iRobot Scooba 450 ($600) will sweep up loose dirt, then scrub and, finally, mop your floors. While the price tag is high, it comes into very good daily use. This particular iRobot is not “smart,” in that it does not return the charging station to automatically recharge when done. Additionally, although the Scooba is great for flat surfaces, it might run into some trouble with deeply grouted tile. But this device is perfect for routine cleaning. 28 | FYI Magazine 3. Ibuprofen: Headaches can put such a damper on the day. A bottle of Advil may very well be the best investment for your purse. 4. Cash ($20): Always be prepared. Who doesn’t hate coming up to a toll booth and discovering that they don’t have cash on them, or finding out while in line that the store doesn’t accept credit cards. The possibilities are endless. 11 Things Every Woman Needs in Her Purse 5. Breath mints or mint gum: Did you ever catch a conversation with your coworker right after she ate a tuna salad for lunch? Then you’ll agree with me on this one. 6. Fresh wipes: Fresh wipes are great for sticky spills, and stains on your clothes that you didn’t notice before you left the house. 7. Makeup essentials: Concealer and lipstick are my our musthaves. These two will take you from drab to fab at any given moment. 8. Pen and notebook: Who hasn’t found themselves frantically looking for a pen and a piece of paper, other than a napkin or the back of a receipt? 9. Sunglasses: Having the sun glaring right in your eyes is never fun, especially when driving. Sunglasses to the rescue! 10. Phone charger: Being stranded without a phone is never an option any busy woman. Whether at the mall, at work or even a restaurant, having an extra charger in your purse will always come to your rescue 11. Tiny perfume: For those times that you can use a little pick-me-up. FYI Magazine | 29
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { You G ot ta Kn ow! } Top-Rated Product Reviews We review popular products, so that you don’t have to. Vacuum Cleaners Clean floors are something that really makes a difference when it comes to the neatness of a home. So what’s the best way to keep your floors spick-and-span? We looked through many items and these floor cleaners were at the top of our list. Bissell Steam & Sweep The Bissell Steam & Sweep ($80) clears hard floors of dry debris and steam cleans all in one pass. It has a long, strong cord, allowing you to mop large areas at once. It also has a cool Dyson-like ball joint that makes it easy to maneuver and works well under counters and furniture. The suction is not super-strong and you have to hold the trigger down the entire time while you’re steaming, which can lead to an achy finger. But it’s small and light, and it does a great job cleaning and steaming hardwood floor and tile! Swiffer SweeperVac Say good-bye to your dustpan! The Swiffer SweeperVac ($45) is a vacuum and duster in one and is perfect for small spills and crumbs. The flexible sweeping head swivels easily to reach into corners and under cabinets with no problem. The SweeperVac is battery-operated and is rechargeable. The downside is that it does take about 14 hours to charge and will die if you plan on cleaning your entire house with it. But if company calls and says they’re five minutes away, grab your Swiffer SweeperVac and you’ll be ready in perfect timing! 1. Hand sanitizer: There isn’t one situation where hand sanitizer wouldn’t come to good use. From cleaning the handle on the grocery cart to coughing into your hands, it’s great to have a bottle of this at the ready. 2. Hair accessories: Ponytail holders and bobby pins - sure, they might migrate to the bottom of your purse and stay there, but at least you’ll have them when you need them most. iRobot Scooba 450 Did you ever wish you had a robot to sweep and mop for you? Well, now you can have your wish! With the push of a button, the iRobot Scooba 450 ($600) will sweep up loose dirt, then scrub and, finally, mop your floors. While the price tag is high, it comes into very good daily use. This particular iRobot is not “smart,” in that it does not return the charging station to automatically recharge when done. Additionally, although the Scooba is great for flat surfaces, it might run into some trouble with deeply grouted tile. But this device is perfect for routine cleaning. 28 | FYI Magazine 3. Ibuprofen: Headaches can put such a damper on the day. A bottle of Advil may very well be the best investment for your purse. 4. Cash ($20): Always be prepared. Who doesn’t hate coming up to a toll booth and discovering that they don’t have cash on them, or finding out while in line that the store doesn’t accept credit cards. The possibilities are endless. 11 Things Every Woman Needs in Her Purse 5. Breath mints or mint gum: Did you ever catch a conversation with your coworker right after she ate a tuna salad for lunch? Then you’ll agree with me on this one. 6. Fresh wipes: Fresh wipes are great for sticky spills, and stains on your clothes that you didn’t notice before you left the house. 7. Makeup essentials: Concealer and lipstick are my our musthaves. These two will take you from drab to fab at any given moment. 8. Pen and notebook: Who hasn’t found themselves frantically looking for a pen and a piece of paper, other than a napkin or the back of a receipt? 9. Sunglasses: Having the sun glaring right in your eyes is never fun, especially when driving. Sunglasses to the rescue! 10. Phone charger: Being stranded without a phone is never an option any busy woman. Whether at the mall, at work or even a restaurant, having an extra charger in your purse will always come to your rescue 11. Tiny perfume: For those times that you can use a little pick-me-up. FYI Magazine | 29
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Run While You Can My clock is ticking and I know it. We were friendly with each other, but we weren’t close. After getting over the flu, I went to Sara’s room to borrow notes from the psychology class I’d missed. If one person would have the notes, it would be her. She had a perfect attendance record and organized notes to match. “Are you feeling better?” she asked me. I nodded. “It was a bad flu. But I think I’m finally getting back to normal.” by Malka Winner Sara lived on the same floor as me in our university dorm. She was one of those girls who did it all. She was in the university’s honors program, she participated in Model U.N., she ran track, she was friendly, outgoing, and warm. She was gorgeous, too. She enjoyed hiking, dancing, swimming, and thrived on trying new things. And she changed my life. “My notes are in my backpack.” As she stood up, she winced, letting out a soft groan. “Track workout – a real killer,” she explained, giving me a lopsided grin. “Why don’t you take a break?” I asked. “You work so hard, you exercise so much, you’re always on the go. Maybe it’s too much?” I felt genuinely concerned for this perfect girl; she could burn out. She’d still be amazing if she didn’t run track. She turned to face me and paused. “I’ve got to run while I still can.” There was something about her that was so serious, so grave. “W-what?” I stammered. “Run while you still can?” “Yeah, that’s my motto: Run while you still can.” “You have a motto?” I asked, searching her face. I saw she wasn’t joking. “You never know when your time will be up, when your legs will stop working, when you won’t be able to do new things anymore. So you gotta do while you still can do. Run while you still can.” now. I’m not waiting for tomorrow! When I’m wheelchair-bound, I don’t want to have regrets. I’ll know I did so much already.” “But we’re so young! We’re not even twenty!” I protested. There was a feeling rising up inside of me, a shadow of fear, of mortality I had never tasted before. I swallowed hard, forcing it down. She paused and a little sadness crept onto her face. Sara shook her head. “You don’t know?” “Know what?” “I have MS.” She wasn’t sad or bitter. She was just relaying the truth. She was still smiling. “I don’t know when my legs will slow down, when it will be too hard to run and then too hard to walk. I don’t know when I’ll be in a wheelchair and unable to backpack through the Appalachians or hike in the Alps. I don’t know when I won’t be able to do things I love or try new things. So I’m trying to fit it all in. This is my chance! Run while you still can!” “Wow. I didn’t ...I didn’t know,” I sputtered. “That’s amazing.” “No. Not amazing. I’m just a person. A person who wants to get the most out of her life. It’s not just about ‘seizing the day. It’s about filling my day with things I value, about doing things that matter to me.” “I’m one of the lucky ones. There are so many people who are just trying to pass the time, sticking headphones on, and gluing themselves to screens to get through the day. What about people who don’t even realize they’re wasting time, who push everything off until tomorrow, who wait for another time? Everyone’s clock is ticking. I’m just fortunate enough to see mine.” I left the room, shocked and inspired. I couldn’t believe that someone my own age was so far ahead of me in living – really living – her life. I wanted to drop my notes and run, trying to grab life before it passed me by. I got a lot more than psych notes that day. After freshman year, Sara and I lost touch. But I never lost sight of her message. I decided to not wait for the future. I strived to change my life for the good, to climb spiritual mountains and explore vistas of my soul. And when I’m tempted to slow down and zone out, I picture her in my mind and hear her saying to me, “Run while you still can.” She handed me the notes. “I have MS, so I already know the clock is ticking. I’m doing everything “It’s not just about ‘seizing the day. It’s about filling my day with things I value, about doing things that matter to me.” Reprinted with permission from Aish.com. 32 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 33
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Run While You Can My clock is ticking and I know it. We were friendly with each other, but we weren’t close. After getting over the flu, I went to Sara’s room to borrow notes from the psychology class I’d missed. If one person would have the notes, it would be her. She had a perfect attendance record and organized notes to match. “Are you feeling better?” she asked me. I nodded. “It was a bad flu. But I think I’m finally getting back to normal.” by Malka Winner Sara lived on the same floor as me in our university dorm. She was one of those girls who did it all. She was in the university’s honors program, she participated in Model U.N., she ran track, she was friendly, outgoing, and warm. She was gorgeous, too. She enjoyed hiking, dancing, swimming, and thrived on trying new things. And she changed my life. “My notes are in my backpack.” As she stood up, she winced, letting out a soft groan. “Track workout – a real killer,” she explained, giving me a lopsided grin. “Why don’t you take a break?” I asked. “You work so hard, you exercise so much, you’re always on the go. Maybe it’s too much?” I felt genuinely concerned for this perfect girl; she could burn out. She’d still be amazing if she didn’t run track. She turned to face me and paused. “I’ve got to run while I still can.” There was something about her that was so serious, so grave. “W-what?” I stammered. “Run while you still can?” “Yeah, that’s my motto: Run while you still can.” “You have a motto?” I asked, searching her face. I saw she wasn’t joking. “You never know when your time will be up, when your legs will stop working, when you won’t be able to do new things anymore. So you gotta do while you still can do. Run while you still can.” now. I’m not waiting for tomorrow! When I’m wheelchair-bound, I don’t want to have regrets. I’ll know I did so much already.” “But we’re so young! We’re not even twenty!” I protested. There was a feeling rising up inside of me, a shadow of fear, of mortality I had never tasted before. I swallowed hard, forcing it down. She paused and a little sadness crept onto her face. Sara shook her head. “You don’t know?” “Know what?” “I have MS.” She wasn’t sad or bitter. She was just relaying the truth. She was still smiling. “I don’t know when my legs will slow down, when it will be too hard to run and then too hard to walk. I don’t know when I’ll be in a wheelchair and unable to backpack through the Appalachians or hike in the Alps. I don’t know when I won’t be able to do things I love or try new things. So I’m trying to fit it all in. This is my chance! Run while you still can!” “Wow. I didn’t ...I didn’t know,” I sputtered. “That’s amazing.” “No. Not amazing. I’m just a person. A person who wants to get the most out of her life. It’s not just about ‘seizing the day. It’s about filling my day with things I value, about doing things that matter to me.” “I’m one of the lucky ones. There are so many people who are just trying to pass the time, sticking headphones on, and gluing themselves to screens to get through the day. What about people who don’t even realize they’re wasting time, who push everything off until tomorrow, who wait for another time? Everyone’s clock is ticking. I’m just fortunate enough to see mine.” I left the room, shocked and inspired. I couldn’t believe that someone my own age was so far ahead of me in living – really living – her life. I wanted to drop my notes and run, trying to grab life before it passed me by. I got a lot more than psych notes that day. After freshman year, Sara and I lost touch. But I never lost sight of her message. I decided to not wait for the future. I strived to change my life for the good, to climb spiritual mountains and explore vistas of my soul. And when I’m tempted to slow down and zone out, I picture her in my mind and hear her saying to me, “Run while you still can.” She handed me the notes. “I have MS, so I already know the clock is ticking. I’m doing everything “It’s not just about ‘seizing the day. It’s about filling my day with things I value, about doing things that matter to me.” Reprinted with permission from Aish.com. 32 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 33
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Magic Helpers ASK MAURICE Ingenious products that will make your day easier. Maurice Stein 347.916.6448 Maurice@AskMaurice.com Dear Maurice, I am just starting out in life, I have a lot of energy and I am full of ideas on what I can do to make the world a better place and make a lot of money in the process, but I find myself constantly procrastinating on taking action, it seems that when I have to take any action I freeze. What can I do? Your guidance is greatly appreciated. Sara B. Cuisipro Magnetic Scrubber Cyber Clean Crumb Cleaner Get dirt and gunk out of a multitude of things quickly and efficiently. It’s great for cleaning cell phones, keyboards, and even those hard-to-reach crevices in closets and drawers. Now you can actually get rid of dust and crumbs without blowing it away. About $10, amazon.com This ingenious product cleans areas that can’t normally be reached with a brush or sponge (like decanters or vases). Simply drop the smaller magnetic piece into the glassware with soapy water and use the larger magnet to guide the scrubber around to clean it. About $10, bedbathandbeyond.com of change, we would rather distracted ourselves with useless activities that bring no long term benefits to us, then to take action and get into the unknown. As you can see on the chart, we spend a lot of time worrying and avoiding projects, when the action to get them done would take very little time, which means that logically it makes a lot of sense to just get it done and then we would have so much extra time to have fun or do other projects, but since human beings operate on emotions not on logic, we will spend 2 weeks worrying and avoiding a phone call that takes 5 min. Over time we build habits of distractions that we keep using through our days and through life to keep distracting us to avoid the fear of taking action. Dear Sara. Thanks for a great question, let me start by pointing out that you did take action to send the letter, so you are not always procrastinating, there are certain areas in life where you are procrastinating and we wane figure out why. Lets look at the steps you will take to cure the ‘life threatening’ disease of procrastinating: Most people would say that if you want something really bad, you will not procrastinate, which means that if you find yourself procrastinating, it’s not really important to you. • Realize that life can provide and endless flow of distraction, I disagree with this, because all of us have things that we really want, they are very important to us and we still procrastinate taking action. The real answer on why we procrastinate is because of fear, due to a combination from our DNA and our upbringing we are afraid • Realize that you are distracting yourself to avoid taking action. enough that you should find yourself at the end of your life without accomplishing any of the projects that were really important to you. • The solution is to create new habits of taking action imme- diately, you start of with small action steps and you build up the new habit until it becomes second nature and you don’t have to think about it. • The key is consistency, if we can take small action steps every Time Allocation for Project Management Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaning Say good-bye to those expensive dry-cleaning bills! Simply place up to four items in the dryel bag along with a dryel sheet. Then put the bag in the dryer for about thirty minutes. Out comes your newly clean and refreshed garment! Safe for your favorite fabrics including cashmere, cotton, linen, wool, and silk. About $15, amazon.com 34 | FYI Magazine • Take your project and break them down into small action 10% Amco Rub Away Bar Can’t get your hands to smell clean from tough odors? Use this stainless-steel tool like a regular bar of soap. It will completely remove any odor from hands, feet or whatever else you want to use it for. About $8, stacksandstacks.com day, after a few weeks we will naturally take bigger action steps and the feeling of success and accomplishment will drive you to keep going reaching bigger goals. steps, then commit to do one action per day consistently, the important word here is ‘consistently’ because this will permanently change your brain… • Schedule two times a time an amount of time when you will 30% 60% do all the distractions, like checking emails, searching news, or whatever distractions you do daily. Forcing yourself to spend time on those things every day, will do magic to your day, because you will feel guilty to do the distractions at other times of the day. Make it a great day! Maurice FYI Magazine | 35
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{ Yo u G ot ta Know ! } { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Magic Helpers ASK MAURICE Ingenious products that will make your day easier. Maurice Stein 347.916.6448 Maurice@AskMaurice.com Dear Maurice, I am just starting out in life, I have a lot of energy and I am full of ideas on what I can do to make the world a better place and make a lot of money in the process, but I find myself constantly procrastinating on taking action, it seems that when I have to take any action I freeze. What can I do? Your guidance is greatly appreciated. Sara B. Cuisipro Magnetic Scrubber Cyber Clean Crumb Cleaner Get dirt and gunk out of a multitude of things quickly and efficiently. It’s great for cleaning cell phones, keyboards, and even those hard-to-reach crevices in closets and drawers. Now you can actually get rid of dust and crumbs without blowing it away. About $10, amazon.com This ingenious product cleans areas that can’t normally be reached with a brush or sponge (like decanters or vases). Simply drop the smaller magnetic piece into the glassware with soapy water and use the larger magnet to guide the scrubber around to clean it. About $10, bedbathandbeyond.com of change, we would rather distracted ourselves with useless activities that bring no long term benefits to us, then to take action and get into the unknown. As you can see on the chart, we spend a lot of time worrying and avoiding projects, when the action to get them done would take very little time, which means that logically it makes a lot of sense to just get it done and then we would have so much extra time to have fun or do other projects, but since human beings operate on emotions not on logic, we will spend 2 weeks worrying and avoiding a phone call that takes 5 min. Over time we build habits of distractions that we keep using through our days and through life to keep distracting us to avoid the fear of taking action. Dear Sara. Thanks for a great question, let me start by pointing out that you did take action to send the letter, so you are not always procrastinating, there are certain areas in life where you are procrastinating and we wane figure out why. Lets look at the steps you will take to cure the ‘life threatening’ disease of procrastinating: Most people would say that if you want something really bad, you will not procrastinate, which means that if you find yourself procrastinating, it’s not really important to you. • Realize that life can provide and endless flow of distraction, I disagree with this, because all of us have things that we really want, they are very important to us and we still procrastinate taking action. The real answer on why we procrastinate is because of fear, due to a combination from our DNA and our upbringing we are afraid • Realize that you are distracting yourself to avoid taking action. enough that you should find yourself at the end of your life without accomplishing any of the projects that were really important to you. • The solution is to create new habits of taking action imme- diately, you start of with small action steps and you build up the new habit until it becomes second nature and you don’t have to think about it. • The key is consistency, if we can take small action steps every Time Allocation for Project Management Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaning Say good-bye to those expensive dry-cleaning bills! Simply place up to four items in the dryel bag along with a dryel sheet. Then put the bag in the dryer for about thirty minutes. Out comes your newly clean and refreshed garment! Safe for your favorite fabrics including cashmere, cotton, linen, wool, and silk. About $15, amazon.com 34 | FYI Magazine • Take your project and break them down into small action 10% Amco Rub Away Bar Can’t get your hands to smell clean from tough odors? Use this stainless-steel tool like a regular bar of soap. It will completely remove any odor from hands, feet or whatever else you want to use it for. About $8, stacksandstacks.com day, after a few weeks we will naturally take bigger action steps and the feeling of success and accomplishment will drive you to keep going reaching bigger goals. steps, then commit to do one action per day consistently, the important word here is ‘consistently’ because this will permanently change your brain… • Schedule two times a time an amount of time when you will 30% 60% do all the distractions, like checking emails, searching news, or whatever distractions you do daily. Forcing yourself to spend time on those things every day, will do magic to your day, because you will feel guilty to do the distractions at other times of the day. Make it a great day! Maurice FYI Magazine | 35
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{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } 5 Things To Avoid Telling Your Children By: Nissi Unger Will your next event be extraordinary? www.michicas.com 36 | FYI Magazine 845-426-0747 Howard Jackson Brown Jr., bestselling author of Life’s Little Instruction Book, said, “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” While raising children is a tough job for anybody, the rewards of doing so are far greater than any company benefits I ever came across. Here are some things not to say to your child. 1. “Leave me alone. Don’t bother me now. I am busy.” Telling a child repeatedly not to bother you makes him or her feel alone and unimportant. Suzette Haden Elgin, PhD, founder of the Ozark Center for Language Studies, in Huntsville, Arkansas, says, “They begin to think there’s no point in talking to you because you’re always brushing them off.” Certainly though, there are times - like when you’re finishing dinner preparations, taking an important phone call or getting ready to go to work - that do take precedence over the child’s need to show you his artwork. So instead of telling your child not to “bother” you, set a limit or a timeframe. For example, “When I get off the phone, we will look at your arts and crafts together.” FYI Magazine | 37
  Get a Han dl e on Thin g s    5 Things To Avoid Telling Your Children By  Nissi Unger  Will your next event be extraordi...
{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } 5 Things To Avoid Telling Your Children By: Nissi Unger Will your next event be extraordinary? www.michicas.com 36 | FYI Magazine 845-426-0747 Howard Jackson Brown Jr., bestselling author of Life’s Little Instruction Book, said, “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” While raising children is a tough job for anybody, the rewards of doing so are far greater than any company benefits I ever came across. Here are some things not to say to your child. 1. “Leave me alone. Don’t bother me now. I am busy.” Telling a child repeatedly not to bother you makes him or her feel alone and unimportant. Suzette Haden Elgin, PhD, founder of the Ozark Center for Language Studies, in Huntsville, Arkansas, says, “They begin to think there’s no point in talking to you because you’re always brushing them off.” Certainly though, there are times - like when you’re finishing dinner preparations, taking an important phone call or getting ready to go to work - that do take precedence over the child’s need to show you his artwork. So instead of telling your child not to “bother” you, set a limit or a timeframe. For example, “When I get off the phone, we will look at your arts and crafts together.” FYI Magazine | 37
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WILL YOUR GENERATOR START? A generator must be serviced once a year, so it is there for you when you need it. { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } 2. “Why can’t you be more like your sister/brother/neighbor/ friend?” It’s so natural for parents to compare siblings or their own child to a neighbor or friend, especially if they’re the same age. But comparing children to others is not fair. Each child has different needs and emotions and may develop at a different rate than siblings or friends. Comparing children makes a child feel inadequate and not good enough, often leading to problems of low self-esteem and resentment if the phrase is often repeated. Instead of comparing, look out for each milestone your child has reached and compliment that. Instead of saying, “Why can’t you close your own buttons like your friend Miri does?” you can say instead, “I see you already close your snaps alone every day! Wow, you are a big girl.” 3. “You always …” or “You never …” Telling your son he that never uses his napkin or always leaves his socks near his bed will only reinforce the behavior you are desperately trying to avoid. Then, it becomes more likely that the child will repeat that behavior because children become what you tell them they are. Besides, there is no point in making a child feel bad about yesterday. Children should learn that in mature, healthy relationships they should focus on the issue at hand and how to correct that, not on past misdeeds and arguments. Jenn Berman, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids claims, “At the heart of ‘You always’ and ‘You never’ statements are labels that can stick for life.” Instead of telling your child, “You never remember to bring home your homework,” try this, says Dr. Berman: “I notice you seem to have trouble remembering to bring home your textbooks. What can we do to try to help you remember?” Children should learn that in mature, healthy relationships they should focus on the issue at hand and how to correct that, not on past misdeeds and arguments. DON'T BE LEFT IN THE DARK Call us today for a free service quote. 845-414-2320 Authorized Service Provider Sales | Service | Installation Residential - Business - Industrial 845-414-2320 | info@phgenerators.com | phgenerators.com 38 | FYI Magazine 4. “Let me help you get it right.” It’s tough watching your three-year-old struggle to tie her laces. It’s even tougher watching your seventeen-month-old dribbling soup all over herself as she tries to eat alone. But telling your kids to relinquish their independence so you can help them do it right is not the answer. They learn to stop trying. It’s hard not to show a child the right way to do things, especially if you are a perfectionist. “But that’s a mistake, because then she never learns how, and is less likely to try anything else you ask down the line,” says Dr. Berman. In fact, a friend of mine advised me to allow my fiercely independent sixteen-month-old to eat alone. She suggested I put a huge disposable plastic tablecloth underneath his high chair. I did so and never tried to show him the “right” way to eat. At eighteen months he was feeding himself everything, including soup. I have followed this protocol with the rest of my children. As soon as they fight for the spoon I allow them a month of “learning” how to eat on their own and they eat alone from about eighteen months of age easily. Never underestimate the capabilities of a toddler. 5. “I am ashamed of you/disappointed in you.” There is never a reason to make a child feel like a failure or a disgrace to his or her family. It is also important for a child to know that you will always love him or her no matter how badly they messed up. I have a routine with my kids where I ask them all the time “Do you know why I love you?” And they know to answer, “Just plain. Because you are my mom.” Try relaying this message to your child by saying, “Even though I feel bad about what you said/did, I still love you for who you are and I hope you will never do that again.” Or, to express disappointment in a kid who got into trouble at school or failed his test, you can say, “I wasn’t expecting the principal to call me today about the trouble you made at school.” Then you get into a respectful dialogue how to change the behavior you are talking about. FYI Magazine | 39
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WILL YOUR GENERATOR START? A generator must be serviced once a year, so it is there for you when you need it. { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } 2. “Why can’t you be more like your sister/brother/neighbor/ friend?” It’s so natural for parents to compare siblings or their own child to a neighbor or friend, especially if they’re the same age. But comparing children to others is not fair. Each child has different needs and emotions and may develop at a different rate than siblings or friends. Comparing children makes a child feel inadequate and not good enough, often leading to problems of low self-esteem and resentment if the phrase is often repeated. Instead of comparing, look out for each milestone your child has reached and compliment that. Instead of saying, “Why can’t you close your own buttons like your friend Miri does?” you can say instead, “I see you already close your snaps alone every day! Wow, you are a big girl.” 3. “You always …” or “You never …” Telling your son he that never uses his napkin or always leaves his socks near his bed will only reinforce the behavior you are desperately trying to avoid. Then, it becomes more likely that the child will repeat that behavior because children become what you tell them they are. Besides, there is no point in making a child feel bad about yesterday. Children should learn that in mature, healthy relationships they should focus on the issue at hand and how to correct that, not on past misdeeds and arguments. Jenn Berman, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids claims, “At the heart of ‘You always’ and ‘You never’ statements are labels that can stick for life.” Instead of telling your child, “You never remember to bring home your homework,” try this, says Dr. Berman: “I notice you seem to have trouble remembering to bring home your textbooks. What can we do to try to help you remember?” Children should learn that in mature, healthy relationships they should focus on the issue at hand and how to correct that, not on past misdeeds and arguments. DON'T BE LEFT IN THE DARK Call us today for a free service quote. 845-414-2320 Authorized Service Provider Sales | Service | Installation Residential - Business - Industrial 845-414-2320 | info@phgenerators.com | phgenerators.com 38 | FYI Magazine 4. “Let me help you get it right.” It’s tough watching your three-year-old struggle to tie her laces. It’s even tougher watching your seventeen-month-old dribbling soup all over herself as she tries to eat alone. But telling your kids to relinquish their independence so you can help them do it right is not the answer. They learn to stop trying. It’s hard not to show a child the right way to do things, especially if you are a perfectionist. “But that’s a mistake, because then she never learns how, and is less likely to try anything else you ask down the line,” says Dr. Berman. In fact, a friend of mine advised me to allow my fiercely independent sixteen-month-old to eat alone. She suggested I put a huge disposable plastic tablecloth underneath his high chair. I did so and never tried to show him the “right” way to eat. At eighteen months he was feeding himself everything, including soup. I have followed this protocol with the rest of my children. As soon as they fight for the spoon I allow them a month of “learning” how to eat on their own and they eat alone from about eighteen months of age easily. Never underestimate the capabilities of a toddler. 5. “I am ashamed of you/disappointed in you.” There is never a reason to make a child feel like a failure or a disgrace to his or her family. It is also important for a child to know that you will always love him or her no matter how badly they messed up. I have a routine with my kids where I ask them all the time “Do you know why I love you?” And they know to answer, “Just plain. Because you are my mom.” Try relaying this message to your child by saying, “Even though I feel bad about what you said/did, I still love you for who you are and I hope you will never do that again.” Or, to express disappointment in a kid who got into trouble at school or failed his test, you can say, “I wasn’t expecting the principal to call me today about the trouble you made at school.” Then you get into a respectful dialogue how to change the behavior you are talking about. FYI Magazine | 39
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{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } DOWNSIZE…RIGHT SIZE ORGANIZE! THE SECRETS OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER BY: REVA LIEBERMAN Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a neat freak. I was forever putting things in order and everything had to be in its proper place. I was compulsively obsessed with order. Not only did I arrange my books by color … they were alphabetized as well. I admired and strived to emulate Martha Stewart’s homemaking. It was no stretch of the imagination that my penchant for organization would ultimately become my profession. I had a driving aspiration to share what I know with others - minus the obsessive compulsion and alphabetized books! Are you a hoarder or pack rat? Do you have trouble throwing things out? If you’re like many people out there, you might have a mess of papers on your desk or clothing hanging on every hook, chair and handle in your bedroom. Or maybe you can’t find things or make room for other items because everything is just so cluttered. It’s a pretty normal problem. But it can drag you down, make life less efficient and just be plain annoying! 40 | FYI Magazine After all, to be organized is to be energized. Does clutter make you mutter? Does litter make you bitter? Does a mess give you stress? If so, the bottom line is that you need to clear the clutter. Where do you want to start? Closets, kitchens, bedrooms, spare rooms, basements, children’s rooms, dens, recreation rooms, laundry rooms - they’re all good places to start and can be real hot spots for clutter. If you’re short on space and strapped for time, I can help you make the transition from chaos and confusion to nice and neat. Getting organized is not as tough as it sounds. Although there is hard work, time, energy and decision making involved, there is no need to feel enervated or incapacitated. Take it one step at a time and work on decluttering in bite-size portions. Let the purging process begin. FYI Magazine | 41
  Get a Han dl e on Thin g s    DOWNSIZE   RIGHT SIZE  ORGANIZE  THE SECRETS OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER BY  REVA LIEBERMA...
{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } DOWNSIZE…RIGHT SIZE ORGANIZE! THE SECRETS OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER BY: REVA LIEBERMAN Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a neat freak. I was forever putting things in order and everything had to be in its proper place. I was compulsively obsessed with order. Not only did I arrange my books by color … they were alphabetized as well. I admired and strived to emulate Martha Stewart’s homemaking. It was no stretch of the imagination that my penchant for organization would ultimately become my profession. I had a driving aspiration to share what I know with others - minus the obsessive compulsion and alphabetized books! Are you a hoarder or pack rat? Do you have trouble throwing things out? If you’re like many people out there, you might have a mess of papers on your desk or clothing hanging on every hook, chair and handle in your bedroom. Or maybe you can’t find things or make room for other items because everything is just so cluttered. It’s a pretty normal problem. But it can drag you down, make life less efficient and just be plain annoying! 40 | FYI Magazine After all, to be organized is to be energized. Does clutter make you mutter? Does litter make you bitter? Does a mess give you stress? If so, the bottom line is that you need to clear the clutter. Where do you want to start? Closets, kitchens, bedrooms, spare rooms, basements, children’s rooms, dens, recreation rooms, laundry rooms - they’re all good places to start and can be real hot spots for clutter. If you’re short on space and strapped for time, I can help you make the transition from chaos and confusion to nice and neat. Getting organized is not as tough as it sounds. Although there is hard work, time, energy and decision making involved, there is no need to feel enervated or incapacitated. Take it one step at a time and work on decluttering in bite-size portions. Let the purging process begin. FYI Magazine | 41
  Get a Han dl e on Thin g s    DOWNSIZE   RIGHT SIZE  ORGANIZE  THE SECRETS OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER BY  REVA LIEBERMA...
{ Get a Han d l e o n Th i ng s } THERE’S NOTHING LIKE PURIM AT The first step is to use your common sense. Think about the things cluttering your house … • • • • • • • Do you have a bunch of expired medications lying around? What about ointments or creams you haven’t used or needed in years? Are there old, unwanted or expired items in your pantry that can be gotten rid of? Do you have clothes hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year or more? • • Are there torn books on your shelf? Coloring books that are all filled up? Scratched CDs lying around? Take care of them accordingly. • Newspapers and magazines pile up quickly. Recycle or give away the ones you’re never going to get around to reading. • Are there supplies for crafts, hobbies or other recreational activities lying around unused? We - or our kids - often start different projects but don’t complete them. Why not get rid of all the unused stuff that’s just taking up precious space? Old catalogs, user manuals, phone books and takeout menus are another source of mess. Go through them and see which ones you really use and want to keep. Take a peek through your kitchen drawers. Do you have gadgets and utensils in there that just take up space or that you know you’ll never use? What about impulse purchases and other things bought on a whim? Is your wallet or purse cluttered with old tickets, receipts, tissues and other things that don’t need to be in there? Check the playroom and toy bins. Broken toys, games with missing pieces, dolls with missing parts and the like can all be thrown out. As you make your way through the drawers, closets and baskets around your home, sort stuff into categories of things you want to: keep, store away, give away, sell, donate, recycle or throw out - and then take care of it. It takes time and perseverance, but anyone can clear their clutter. And once the mess is under control, I’ll coach you on how to maintain that organized and clutter-free home and office. There is one thing I urge you to collect - and collect as many as you can: fond memories! JOIN OUR MANY SATISFIED FIVE TOWNS AND BROOKLYN CUSTOMERS! ICON ICONDECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 42 | FYI Magazine DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBINGAVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE SUPPLY 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI Magazine | 43
  Get a Han d l e o n Th i ng s    THERE   S NOTHING LIKE PURIM AT  The first step is to use your common sense. Think abou...
{ Get a Han d l e o n Th i ng s } THERE’S NOTHING LIKE PURIM AT The first step is to use your common sense. Think about the things cluttering your house … • • • • • • • Do you have a bunch of expired medications lying around? What about ointments or creams you haven’t used or needed in years? Are there old, unwanted or expired items in your pantry that can be gotten rid of? Do you have clothes hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year or more? • • Are there torn books on your shelf? Coloring books that are all filled up? Scratched CDs lying around? Take care of them accordingly. • Newspapers and magazines pile up quickly. Recycle or give away the ones you’re never going to get around to reading. • Are there supplies for crafts, hobbies or other recreational activities lying around unused? We - or our kids - often start different projects but don’t complete them. Why not get rid of all the unused stuff that’s just taking up precious space? Old catalogs, user manuals, phone books and takeout menus are another source of mess. Go through them and see which ones you really use and want to keep. Take a peek through your kitchen drawers. Do you have gadgets and utensils in there that just take up space or that you know you’ll never use? What about impulse purchases and other things bought on a whim? Is your wallet or purse cluttered with old tickets, receipts, tissues and other things that don’t need to be in there? Check the playroom and toy bins. Broken toys, games with missing pieces, dolls with missing parts and the like can all be thrown out. As you make your way through the drawers, closets and baskets around your home, sort stuff into categories of things you want to: keep, store away, give away, sell, donate, recycle or throw out - and then take care of it. It takes time and perseverance, but anyone can clear their clutter. And once the mess is under control, I’ll coach you on how to maintain that organized and clutter-free home and office. There is one thing I urge you to collect - and collect as many as you can: fond memories! JOIN OUR MANY SATISFIED FIVE TOWNS AND BROOKLYN CUSTOMERS! ICON ICONDECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 42 | FYI Magazine DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBINGAVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE SUPPLY 732.367.7515 | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ | SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI Magazine | 43
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{ Get a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Parenting 101 By Chaya Davidowitz and Leah Guttman Have you ever heard the expression, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Chances are you may have seen it on a magnet or key chain. Whether or not you are familiar with this particular adage, we’re sure you’ll agree that when a mom is unhappy, it is difficult for anyone in the home to be happy. Whether it’s a vacation, a simcha, or a last minute business trip, PEYD will handle your travel plans with the service and integrity you’ve come to trust. *Acknowledge that your personal crisis has spilled over and impaired your ability to be there for your children. Figure out your next move. (Examples: Ask for help; place the negative feelings aside until after the children have gone to bed.) *Avoid or limit your exposure to negative people in your life who have a way of dragging you into emotional distress (sometimes known as Drama Queens). It is impossible to be there for everyone, and your family comes first. A mother who finds herself spending an abundance of emotional energy and time helping a friend or neighbor may need to reevaluate her priorities. Make it a habit to be honest with yourself and think: Does this particular issue need to be dealt with now? Does it have to take precedence over my availability to my children? Remember that children thrive on routine, consistency, and a sense of what is coming next. A “crisis” does not allow for structure to maintain. It will often cause even the calmest of mothers to become irritable and impatient with their children. Time spent on the phone will probably be accompanied by a nagging child at her side pleading for attention. Engulfed in her distress, Mom may miss the child’s message (“I need you”) and scold him for pestering and creating negative interactions that could have been avoided. *Children have an uncanny way of blaming themselves when things are not right in their immediate environment. They may fabricate ideas as to why it is their fault that mommy is mad. Do not underestimate the power of speaking to your children in an open and honest way and be sure to stress that they are not at fault. State clearly that this is your struggle and things will soon return to normal. www.sandbox-marketing.com *Admit to yourself when you have taken on too much and seek support. If you realize that the favor you promised to do is too stressful for you, articulate that before you reach the point of being overwhelmed. This is frightening and confusing to children, particularly younger children. Depending on the child’s nature, he or she may act out to seek attention that is lacking, or withdraw and stay out of mom’s way until all feels safe again. a mother does not mean that everything else in the world fades into the background. Our lives continue, and challenges will present themselves. So how do we juggle our personal distress whilst raising these helpless adorable faces that rely on us for every little thing? Before we look at some possible strategies, ask yourself if this seems to be happening more often than not - and, if so, what can be done on your end to limit these interruptions from bringing stress into your home environment. Here are some tips that you may find helpful for the next time you find yourself in a similar situation: *Explain to your children in a brief, age-appropriate way what you are going through and how they can be most helpful to you. (Example: Mommy is having a problem at work. Please play quietly so that I can talk on the phone and take care of it.) Yet, since (shockingly!) mothers are human, they, too, will encounter emotional struggles, be it conflict with a friend, sibling or colleague, or general feelings of hurt or pain. Day-to-day mothering responsibilities, coupled with these feelings, are extremely challenging to balance. It is highly likely that Mom’s emotions will leak into her parenting. She may be distracted and emotionally unavailable. She may walk around deep in thought and require more time on the phone with her support system. Most probably, she will not be her usual self. She may become easily irritated with her child or be unable to tune into his or her needs. Think back to a challenging time in your life as a mom. Do you recognize yourself in the description above? Did you feel a sense of guilt after that particular hardship subsided? Did you regret time spent excessively texting or on the phone, rather than being there for your children? Being AIRLINE RESERVATIONS A I R L I N E R E S E R VAT I O N S • B U S I N E SS T RAV E L T R AV E L C O N C I E R G E • C R E D I T C A R D A D V I S O R Y MILEAGE REDEMPTION • MILEAGE BARTER PAY W I T H P O I N T S • L U X U R Y VA C AT I O N V I L L A S B U S I N E S S & P E R S O N A L R E WA R D S M A N A G E M E N T As always, remember to keep calm and eat muffins with mom! CALL NOW FOR A CONSULTATION 44 | FYI Magazine 646.801.7393 • WWW.GETPEYD.COM FYI Magazine | 45
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{ Get a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } Parenting 101 By Chaya Davidowitz and Leah Guttman Have you ever heard the expression, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Chances are you may have seen it on a magnet or key chain. Whether or not you are familiar with this particular adage, we’re sure you’ll agree that when a mom is unhappy, it is difficult for anyone in the home to be happy. Whether it’s a vacation, a simcha, or a last minute business trip, PEYD will handle your travel plans with the service and integrity you’ve come to trust. *Acknowledge that your personal crisis has spilled over and impaired your ability to be there for your children. Figure out your next move. (Examples: Ask for help; place the negative feelings aside until after the children have gone to bed.) *Avoid or limit your exposure to negative people in your life who have a way of dragging you into emotional distress (sometimes known as Drama Queens). It is impossible to be there for everyone, and your family comes first. A mother who finds herself spending an abundance of emotional energy and time helping a friend or neighbor may need to reevaluate her priorities. Make it a habit to be honest with yourself and think: Does this particular issue need to be dealt with now? Does it have to take precedence over my availability to my children? Remember that children thrive on routine, consistency, and a sense of what is coming next. A “crisis” does not allow for structure to maintain. It will often cause even the calmest of mothers to become irritable and impatient with their children. Time spent on the phone will probably be accompanied by a nagging child at her side pleading for attention. Engulfed in her distress, Mom may miss the child’s message (“I need you”) and scold him for pestering and creating negative interactions that could have been avoided. *Children have an uncanny way of blaming themselves when things are not right in their immediate environment. They may fabricate ideas as to why it is their fault that mommy is mad. Do not underestimate the power of speaking to your children in an open and honest way and be sure to stress that they are not at fault. State clearly that this is your struggle and things will soon return to normal. www.sandbox-marketing.com *Admit to yourself when you have taken on too much and seek support. If you realize that the favor you promised to do is too stressful for you, articulate that before you reach the point of being overwhelmed. This is frightening and confusing to children, particularly younger children. Depending on the child’s nature, he or she may act out to seek attention that is lacking, or withdraw and stay out of mom’s way until all feels safe again. a mother does not mean that everything else in the world fades into the background. Our lives continue, and challenges will present themselves. So how do we juggle our personal distress whilst raising these helpless adorable faces that rely on us for every little thing? Before we look at some possible strategies, ask yourself if this seems to be happening more often than not - and, if so, what can be done on your end to limit these interruptions from bringing stress into your home environment. Here are some tips that you may find helpful for the next time you find yourself in a similar situation: *Explain to your children in a brief, age-appropriate way what you are going through and how they can be most helpful to you. (Example: Mommy is having a problem at work. Please play quietly so that I can talk on the phone and take care of it.) Yet, since (shockingly!) mothers are human, they, too, will encounter emotional struggles, be it conflict with a friend, sibling or colleague, or general feelings of hurt or pain. Day-to-day mothering responsibilities, coupled with these feelings, are extremely challenging to balance. It is highly likely that Mom’s emotions will leak into her parenting. She may be distracted and emotionally unavailable. She may walk around deep in thought and require more time on the phone with her support system. Most probably, she will not be her usual self. She may become easily irritated with her child or be unable to tune into his or her needs. Think back to a challenging time in your life as a mom. Do you recognize yourself in the description above? Did you feel a sense of guilt after that particular hardship subsided? Did you regret time spent excessively texting or on the phone, rather than being there for your children? Being AIRLINE RESERVATIONS A I R L I N E R E S E R VAT I O N S • B U S I N E SS T RAV E L T R AV E L C O N C I E R G E • C R E D I T C A R D A D V I S O R Y MILEAGE REDEMPTION • MILEAGE BARTER PAY W I T H P O I N T S • L U X U R Y VA C AT I O N V I L L A S B U S I N E S S & P E R S O N A L R E WA R D S M A N A G E M E N T As always, remember to keep calm and eat muffins with mom! CALL NOW FOR A CONSULTATION 44 | FYI Magazine 646.801.7393 • WWW.GETPEYD.COM FYI Magazine | 45
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{ Ge t a Hand l e o n T h i n g s } P Purim is here and that means you’re hosting again! Purim tablescapes can be very tricky because you’re out all morning delivering mishlo’ach manos and when you arrive home you have people coming and going until the meal starts. So how can you make a big impression in a short amount of time and, of course, on a budget? We have featured two fun centerpieces using items you might already have at home, or can buy at low cost. Look #1: Funky, bright, fun…the perfect Purim look Choose a bold-colored cloth (we recommend the limegreen burlap cloth from Tablescapes NY 845-445-5102) that will set the mood without any effort. We added black runners for contrast (tableclothsfactory.com). We wrapped empty boxes with matching and coordinating wrapping paper to create height. Make it something your guests will enjoy looking at for a couple of hours! Locate interesting glass jars or vases of different shapes and sizes (raid your cupboards) and fill them with inexpensive colored candy in your chosen colors. Keep them monochromatic (don’t mix colors in the same vessel). In the center we have filled the largest container, as well as the chevron boxes, with cut paper. The cut paper, chevron boxes and bright wrapping paper were all ordered online at nashvillewraps.com. If you’ve got extra Purim masks around, throw them into the mix! Look #2: Classic floral with a twist Planning your Purim Party We chose a printed cloth (Tablescapes NY) that isn’t too serious, but with a bold, unique pattern to bring out the Purim spirit. The secret to this centerpiece is an ordinary covered cake platter! Pull out cake platters, cupcake holders (these can be purchased at Amazing Savings or other home goods stores) or other unique serving dishes you have. Buy very minimal flowers, use rose petals, tulips or other seasonal flowers to create an elegant, but effortless centerpiece that will surely make your table the nicest in the neighborhood with the least effort! By Davii Mandel and Chany Kleinberger 46 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 47
  Ge t a Hand l e o n T h i n g s    P  Purim is here and that means you   re hosting again  Purim tablescapes can be very...
{ Ge t a Hand l e o n T h i n g s } P Purim is here and that means you’re hosting again! Purim tablescapes can be very tricky because you’re out all morning delivering mishlo’ach manos and when you arrive home you have people coming and going until the meal starts. So how can you make a big impression in a short amount of time and, of course, on a budget? We have featured two fun centerpieces using items you might already have at home, or can buy at low cost. Look #1: Funky, bright, fun…the perfect Purim look Choose a bold-colored cloth (we recommend the limegreen burlap cloth from Tablescapes NY 845-445-5102) that will set the mood without any effort. We added black runners for contrast (tableclothsfactory.com). We wrapped empty boxes with matching and coordinating wrapping paper to create height. Make it something your guests will enjoy looking at for a couple of hours! Locate interesting glass jars or vases of different shapes and sizes (raid your cupboards) and fill them with inexpensive colored candy in your chosen colors. Keep them monochromatic (don’t mix colors in the same vessel). In the center we have filled the largest container, as well as the chevron boxes, with cut paper. The cut paper, chevron boxes and bright wrapping paper were all ordered online at nashvillewraps.com. If you’ve got extra Purim masks around, throw them into the mix! Look #2: Classic floral with a twist Planning your Purim Party We chose a printed cloth (Tablescapes NY) that isn’t too serious, but with a bold, unique pattern to bring out the Purim spirit. The secret to this centerpiece is an ordinary covered cake platter! Pull out cake platters, cupcake holders (these can be purchased at Amazing Savings or other home goods stores) or other unique serving dishes you have. Buy very minimal flowers, use rose petals, tulips or other seasonal flowers to create an elegant, but effortless centerpiece that will surely make your table the nicest in the neighborhood with the least effort! By Davii Mandel and Chany Kleinberger 46 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 47
  Ge t a Hand l e o n T h i n g s    P  Purim is here and that means you   re hosting again  Purim tablescapes can be very...
{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Pesach Tips Simplified By: Dini Harris There’s no shortage of Pesach cleaning tips, and Pesach cleaning checklists and calendars abound. Sifting through the recommendations and advice available in print and online could take hours hours you certainly don’t have during this intense pre-Purim and Pesach season. So we’ve done the work for you. The following suggestions are simplified and clarified tips that will help you reach the Pesach deadline in an orderly, relaxed manner. 48 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 49
  Get a Han dl e on Thin g s    Pesach Tips Simplified By  Dini Harris There   s no shortage of Pesach cleaning tips, and ...
{ Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Pesach Tips Simplified By: Dini Harris There’s no shortage of Pesach cleaning tips, and Pesach cleaning checklists and calendars abound. Sifting through the recommendations and advice available in print and online could take hours hours you certainly don’t have during this intense pre-Purim and Pesach season. So we’ve done the work for you. The following suggestions are simplified and clarified tips that will help you reach the Pesach deadline in an orderly, relaxed manner. 48 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 49
  Get a Han dl e on Thin g s    Pesach Tips Simplified By  Dini Harris There   s no shortage of Pesach cleaning tips, and ...
{ Get a Hand l e o n T h i n g s } No spring cleaning. This seems to be the number one recommendation to simplify Pesach cleaning. The Pesach-cleaning pros point out that dust and dirt are not chametz and don’t need to be removed. In other words, windows and ceilings don’t need to be Pesach cleaned. De-cluttering, getting rid of old clothes and toys and the like doesn’t either need to be done now. There are people who like incorporating spring cleaning into their pre-Pesach routine. Once they’re cleaning anyway, they think it’s worthwhile to invest the time in this extra housework. We suggest a spring-cleaning deadline for those who insist: Spring cleaning is allowed until Purim. Once Purim is over, time is too short. Now you must focus exclusively on “de-chametzing” your house. What’s considered chametz? The prohibition against owning chametz only applies to something that is edible - the crumbs that people wouldn’t eat can be in your house on Pesach, even if they’re cookie crumbs. Keep this in mind when you clean your bedrooms. You only need to look for chametz that is larger than a kezayis. Look through the bottom of your closets; shift things on theirs shelves; quickly look through your drawers. If you find a whole pretzel or a cracker, remove it. That’s chametz. The dust and crumbs - they can stay. But the prohibition against eating chametz is much more severe. If even a drop of edible chametz falls into food, it is forbidden to eat the entire mixture. This means that everything in the kitchen and dining room areas has to be meticulously cleaned. Focus your Pesach-cleaning on these areas. 50 | FYI Magazine { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Schedule. The prohibition against owning chametz only applies to something that is edible - the crumbs that people wouldn’t eat can be in your house on Pesach, even if they’re cookie crumbs. Books and toys made easy. Some people go through every book and shake them out. Other people make sure to throw every Clic, Lego and Matchbox car into the washing machine. Is all this necessary? It depends. Like we said, there’s no intrinsic problem with a chametz crumb on a toy that won’t be brought to the kitchen or dining room. But it would be a big problem if a kid brings this toy to the table. I personally find this idea frightening. Because kids are kids, and no matter what you tell them regarding Pesach and the severity of crumbs, they’re still bound to bring chametz-crumbed toys into areas with food. So, yes, you must shake out crumbs from the books and wash all toys unless - and this is what I suggest - you invest in some Pesach toys. Then you can lock up all your toys and sell them with the chametz. Keep smiling. This should really start the list of Pesach-cleaning suggestions. But, now, after reading through the tips for Pesach cleaning, you should be better able to estimate how long it will take you to Pesach clean. No matter how many tips you adopt and how cooperative your children and husband are, Pesach cleaning is still a challenge. It’s challenging to incorporate Pesach cleaning time into your maxed-out schedule. And it’s challenging to clean the house while the kids want to be entertained and eat chametzdik food. Calculate how many rooms you need to clean for Pesach. How long will it take to clean each room? Figure at least two days for cleaning the kitchen. How many days can you designate for Pesach cleaning each week? Now work a plan into the calendar. For instance, the first week of Pesach cleaning you’ll clean one bedroom, the second week two bedrooms, the third week the playroom and so on and so forth. Leave your schedule clear the week before Pesach. There are always unanticipated events that keep you from following the Pesach cleaning schedule. This empty week will allow you to re-calibrate your cleaning schedule without too much stress. Mapping out a cleaning plan and doing each job when it’s listed, depressurizes the whole Pesach cleaning project. But a challenge doesn’t have to be unpleasant or disagreeable. The Pesach cleaning challenge can be stimulating and rejuvenating. It’s your attitude that will determine if Pesach cleaning is enjoyable or a horrible chore. No matter what you say, your children and husband will pick up on how you really feel. If you think Pesach cleaning is exciting, they will think it as well. And if it’s exciting, they’ll be happy to help. It really can be fun and exciting. Put on music. Ask the kids which jobs they like the best and distribute accordingly. Eat on disposables and order pizza and falafel the week before Pesach. The kids will love that. Compliment your children. Let them know you appreciate their contributions. Overcome the Pesach-cleaning challenge with a smile and enthusiasm, and you’ll be in the proper frame of mind to enjoy Pesach itself once it arrives. Pesach is only a week long, so the kids don’t need that many games, books and toys. Every year you can buy one or two new ones. Then you put them away with the Pesach dishes at the end of Yom Tov. When you bring them out from year to year, the kids will greet them excitedly, as if they’re brand-new. Kitchen. Hard work ahead: You can simplify much of Pesach cleaning, but the kitchen always requires time and hard work. I find that cleaning my fridge can take an entire day. The only tip to help make the kitchen easier is detergent. Since it is only an edible crumb that renders food non-kosher for Pesach, use detergent to transform your edible crumbs into ones which are inedible. After doing a thorough cleaning, liberally spray your cabinets, fridge shelves, and counters with detergent so the remaining crumbs become unfit for human consumption. Then kasher and cover as per your traditions. Lenny Koegel 516-594-6010 www.distinctivewindowfashions.com FYI Magazine | 51
  Get a Hand l e o n T h i n g s    No spring cleaning.  This seems to be the number one recommendation to simplify Pesach...
{ Get a Hand l e o n T h i n g s } No spring cleaning. This seems to be the number one recommendation to simplify Pesach cleaning. The Pesach-cleaning pros point out that dust and dirt are not chametz and don’t need to be removed. In other words, windows and ceilings don’t need to be Pesach cleaned. De-cluttering, getting rid of old clothes and toys and the like doesn’t either need to be done now. There are people who like incorporating spring cleaning into their pre-Pesach routine. Once they’re cleaning anyway, they think it’s worthwhile to invest the time in this extra housework. We suggest a spring-cleaning deadline for those who insist: Spring cleaning is allowed until Purim. Once Purim is over, time is too short. Now you must focus exclusively on “de-chametzing” your house. What’s considered chametz? The prohibition against owning chametz only applies to something that is edible - the crumbs that people wouldn’t eat can be in your house on Pesach, even if they’re cookie crumbs. Keep this in mind when you clean your bedrooms. You only need to look for chametz that is larger than a kezayis. Look through the bottom of your closets; shift things on theirs shelves; quickly look through your drawers. If you find a whole pretzel or a cracker, remove it. That’s chametz. The dust and crumbs - they can stay. But the prohibition against eating chametz is much more severe. If even a drop of edible chametz falls into food, it is forbidden to eat the entire mixture. This means that everything in the kitchen and dining room areas has to be meticulously cleaned. Focus your Pesach-cleaning on these areas. 50 | FYI Magazine { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } Schedule. The prohibition against owning chametz only applies to something that is edible - the crumbs that people wouldn’t eat can be in your house on Pesach, even if they’re cookie crumbs. Books and toys made easy. Some people go through every book and shake them out. Other people make sure to throw every Clic, Lego and Matchbox car into the washing machine. Is all this necessary? It depends. Like we said, there’s no intrinsic problem with a chametz crumb on a toy that won’t be brought to the kitchen or dining room. But it would be a big problem if a kid brings this toy to the table. I personally find this idea frightening. Because kids are kids, and no matter what you tell them regarding Pesach and the severity of crumbs, they’re still bound to bring chametz-crumbed toys into areas with food. So, yes, you must shake out crumbs from the books and wash all toys unless - and this is what I suggest - you invest in some Pesach toys. Then you can lock up all your toys and sell them with the chametz. Keep smiling. This should really start the list of Pesach-cleaning suggestions. But, now, after reading through the tips for Pesach cleaning, you should be better able to estimate how long it will take you to Pesach clean. No matter how many tips you adopt and how cooperative your children and husband are, Pesach cleaning is still a challenge. It’s challenging to incorporate Pesach cleaning time into your maxed-out schedule. And it’s challenging to clean the house while the kids want to be entertained and eat chametzdik food. Calculate how many rooms you need to clean for Pesach. How long will it take to clean each room? Figure at least two days for cleaning the kitchen. How many days can you designate for Pesach cleaning each week? Now work a plan into the calendar. For instance, the first week of Pesach cleaning you’ll clean one bedroom, the second week two bedrooms, the third week the playroom and so on and so forth. Leave your schedule clear the week before Pesach. There are always unanticipated events that keep you from following the Pesach cleaning schedule. This empty week will allow you to re-calibrate your cleaning schedule without too much stress. Mapping out a cleaning plan and doing each job when it’s listed, depressurizes the whole Pesach cleaning project. But a challenge doesn’t have to be unpleasant or disagreeable. The Pesach cleaning challenge can be stimulating and rejuvenating. It’s your attitude that will determine if Pesach cleaning is enjoyable or a horrible chore. No matter what you say, your children and husband will pick up on how you really feel. If you think Pesach cleaning is exciting, they will think it as well. And if it’s exciting, they’ll be happy to help. It really can be fun and exciting. Put on music. Ask the kids which jobs they like the best and distribute accordingly. Eat on disposables and order pizza and falafel the week before Pesach. The kids will love that. Compliment your children. Let them know you appreciate their contributions. Overcome the Pesach-cleaning challenge with a smile and enthusiasm, and you’ll be in the proper frame of mind to enjoy Pesach itself once it arrives. Pesach is only a week long, so the kids don’t need that many games, books and toys. Every year you can buy one or two new ones. Then you put them away with the Pesach dishes at the end of Yom Tov. When you bring them out from year to year, the kids will greet them excitedly, as if they’re brand-new. Kitchen. Hard work ahead: You can simplify much of Pesach cleaning, but the kitchen always requires time and hard work. I find that cleaning my fridge can take an entire day. The only tip to help make the kitchen easier is detergent. Since it is only an edible crumb that renders food non-kosher for Pesach, use detergent to transform your edible crumbs into ones which are inedible. After doing a thorough cleaning, liberally spray your cabinets, fridge shelves, and counters with detergent so the remaining crumbs become unfit for human consumption. Then kasher and cover as per your traditions. Lenny Koegel 516-594-6010 www.distinctivewindowfashions.com FYI Magazine | 51
  Get a Hand l e o n T h i n g s    No spring cleaning.  This seems to be the number one recommendation to simplify Pesach...
{ Get a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } A Little Bit of Fashion (and a lot-a-bit of how) by: Esty Brogna Type 2: Shirt, Lord and Taylor. Skirt, asos.com. Shoes, Lord and Taylor. Jacket/blazer, H&M. Last issue I promised to tell you more about determining and dressing right for your type. So this issue and next, I'll be covering the characteristics of each type. This will seem like a personality test- Which it sort of is- but once I'll teach you how to apply it to fashion, bam! Im pretty sure you'll find yourself wondering how you managed without this knowledge until now. Because some people have been taught to be another type, some personality traits may not be true to your type. That's why I included body language and facial expressions in how to figure out what type you are. Facial features are also a no fail way to tell what type you are. Type 1- Air If we were to describe air we would say it moves around alot, it's very random and it doesn't really have a consistent way of moving. Well, lo and behold, type one people are exactly like that. They tend to have alot of energy and are very spontaneous. They're that "bubbly" person, usually the life of the party and extremely spontaneous. Their personal space is usually messy, mostly because they don't have a consistent routine because they like to stay random. They are very creative and have alot of ideas- more ideas than they can follow through with and complete. Type ones absolutely love thinking of ideas and planning the creation of their ideas but don't appreciate the follow up process as much. If you are often told that you are "cute" (no matter how old you are- my 50 something year old mother, who is Mrs. Type One, still gets that all the time) you are most likely a type one. Type ones are very youthful and can be described with words such as random, buoyant, crisp, free, fresh, bright, and upbeat. If I would describe type one in shapes they would be hearts, circles, polka-dots, stars, a curl pattern- anything that makes you think happy and bouncy. 52 | FYI Magazine Body Language Facial Features Type ones walk purposefully and with a bounce in their step. When they sit, they always fidget - they'll tap their foot, play with a pen in their hands or shake their knee. If type ones need to sit still, they'll rely on their vast imagination to take them places in their minds. They speak very animatedly and their voices are usually high pitched- childlike evenand the intonations fluctuate a lot. Type ones doodles often include flowers, hearts, facial features and smiley faces. (Fyi, My mother always has a smiley face next to her signature even when she signs legal documents.) As was already mentioned, type ones look very youthful. They usually look younger than they are and very "cute". Their face shape is either round or heart shaped and they commonly have apple cheeks or dimples. Their eyes are round and their laugh lines tend to go upward. Their smiles are usually the shape of a half circle. Even when their not smiling, the corners of their mouths turn up making it look like their always smilingpart of why they give off such a happy energy. Type 1: Jacket, H&M. Skirt, dailylook.com. Shoes, Steve Madden. Top, Vulgaire.com. Type 2- Water Think of a calmly flowing rivernow think of that as a person. Very fluid, soft, downward flowing movement. Type twos are the most feminine of all four types and are very sensitive . They have have a very soft aura bout them- they love comfort and pleasure. They tend to be very caring, are big on relationships and absolutely love connecting with other people. They are the detail queens of the four types- they gather details by asking questions. Some type twos will even get overwhelmed by the thought of details because they get so involved with them. Their personal space is most often organized in piles- there is an order to those piles though, so don't touch them. Type twos are most often seen as elegant and can be described as soft, connected, subtle, relaxed, blended and comfortable. Shapes that describe them include teardrop shape, an oval or a rectangle with with rounded edges, an 's' curve and a relaxed curl pattern- things that make you think flowy connections. Body Language: Facial Features: Comfort being key here, type twos have a flowy stride. They walk with their feet closer to the ground and very light footed. When sitting, they're often draped in a chair- and it's very important that they are- you guessed it- comfortable. They are very soft spoken and are most gentle in speech and voice. When type twos doodle, they draw connected and s shaped lines- connected hearts, script writing and figure 8's. Type twos reflect their softened and blended qualities in their face and body. Their face shape is usually a very soft oval and their cheeks come down and blend into their jaw. They tend to have very "dreamy" almond shaped eyes. Their lips are often very similar to the colour to their skin with a blended upper lip. Type two hands are very soft and youthful looking with long fingers and oval nailbeds. And that’s the first two types! If you don’t identify with these, not to worry! Next week I’ll be discussing types 3 and 4.
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{ Get a Hand l e o n Th i ng s } { Get a Han dl e on Thin g s } A Little Bit of Fashion (and a lot-a-bit of how) by: Esty Brogna Type 2: Shirt, Lord and Taylor. Skirt, asos.com. Shoes, Lord and Taylor. Jacket/blazer, H&M. Last issue I promised to tell you more about determining and dressing right for your type. So this issue and next, I'll be covering the characteristics of each type. This will seem like a personality test- Which it sort of is- but once I'll teach you how to apply it to fashion, bam! Im pretty sure you'll find yourself wondering how you managed without this knowledge until now. Because some people have been taught to be another type, some personality traits may not be true to your type. That's why I included body language and facial expressions in how to figure out what type you are. Facial features are also a no fail way to tell what type you are. Type 1- Air If we were to describe air we would say it moves around alot, it's very random and it doesn't really have a consistent way of moving. Well, lo and behold, type one people are exactly like that. They tend to have alot of energy and are very spontaneous. They're that "bubbly" person, usually the life of the party and extremely spontaneous. Their personal space is usually messy, mostly because they don't have a consistent routine because they like to stay random. They are very creative and have alot of ideas- more ideas than they can follow through with and complete. Type ones absolutely love thinking of ideas and planning the creation of their ideas but don't appreciate the follow up process as much. If you are often told that you are "cute" (no matter how old you are- my 50 something year old mother, who is Mrs. Type One, still gets that all the time) you are most likely a type one. Type ones are very youthful and can be described with words such as random, buoyant, crisp, free, fresh, bright, and upbeat. If I would describe type one in shapes they would be hearts, circles, polka-dots, stars, a curl pattern- anything that makes you think happy and bouncy. 52 | FYI Magazine Body Language Facial Features Type ones walk purposefully and with a bounce in their step. When they sit, they always fidget - they'll tap their foot, play with a pen in their hands or shake their knee. If type ones need to sit still, they'll rely on their vast imagination to take them places in their minds. They speak very animatedly and their voices are usually high pitched- childlike evenand the intonations fluctuate a lot. Type ones doodles often include flowers, hearts, facial features and smiley faces. (Fyi, My mother always has a smiley face next to her signature even when she signs legal documents.) As was already mentioned, type ones look very youthful. They usually look younger than they are and very "cute". Their face shape is either round or heart shaped and they commonly have apple cheeks or dimples. Their eyes are round and their laugh lines tend to go upward. Their smiles are usually the shape of a half circle. Even when their not smiling, the corners of their mouths turn up making it look like their always smilingpart of why they give off such a happy energy. Type 1: Jacket, H&M. Skirt, dailylook.com. Shoes, Steve Madden. Top, Vulgaire.com. Type 2- Water Think of a calmly flowing rivernow think of that as a person. Very fluid, soft, downward flowing movement. Type twos are the most feminine of all four types and are very sensitive . They have have a very soft aura bout them- they love comfort and pleasure. They tend to be very caring, are big on relationships and absolutely love connecting with other people. They are the detail queens of the four types- they gather details by asking questions. Some type twos will even get overwhelmed by the thought of details because they get so involved with them. Their personal space is most often organized in piles- there is an order to those piles though, so don't touch them. Type twos are most often seen as elegant and can be described as soft, connected, subtle, relaxed, blended and comfortable. Shapes that describe them include teardrop shape, an oval or a rectangle with with rounded edges, an 's' curve and a relaxed curl pattern- things that make you think flowy connections. Body Language: Facial Features: Comfort being key here, type twos have a flowy stride. They walk with their feet closer to the ground and very light footed. When sitting, they're often draped in a chair- and it's very important that they are- you guessed it- comfortable. They are very soft spoken and are most gentle in speech and voice. When type twos doodle, they draw connected and s shaped lines- connected hearts, script writing and figure 8's. Type twos reflect their softened and blended qualities in their face and body. Their face shape is usually a very soft oval and their cheeks come down and blend into their jaw. They tend to have very "dreamy" almond shaped eyes. Their lips are often very similar to the colour to their skin with a blended upper lip. Type two hands are very soft and youthful looking with long fingers and oval nailbeds. And that’s the first two types! If you don’t identify with these, not to worry! Next week I’ll be discussing types 3 and 4.
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ORDER NOW Sharpen Your Appetite! with Chanie Apfelbaum CUSTOM COLOR SOFAS Purim has got to be the most universally loved holiday. Kids and adults alike get to dress up in fun costumes, eat more candy than they’d like to admit, and celebrate with family and friends. What’s not to love? Okay, maybe the mishlo’ach manos shopping isn’t always easy, and getting the perfect costumes can be a bit of a chore, but instead of letting it get to you, remember what this holiday is all about — joy! Purim is a great time to tune in to your talents — if you’re good with sewing, baking, wrapping, rhyming, there’s truly something for everyone! Thinking back on some of the mishlo’ach manos I made over the years, there were definitely some hits and some misses (or I should say messes!). My favorite was probably my “Shushan Sushi Salad,” where I sent platters of sushi salad on Asian-style plates, along with chopsticks, wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. My biggest fail was when I tried to make candy apples (from the “Apple” Baums). I was a young newlywed, and all I can remember is lots of burnt caramel all over the kitchen! BEFORE THE PESACH RUSH Whether you like to think up elaborate themes, or you prefer to keep things simple, I’ve got something for everyone in this special Purim issue. My easy salami quiche is just the thing for your Purim feast, and if you’re looking for a healthy dessert, my Persian-inspired fruit and nut truffles are virtually guiltfree. You can even box up some mini-quiches or wrap the truffles in cellophane for a beautiful and thoughtful mishlo’ach manos treat. Wishing you a very happy and delicious Purim, Chanie SAVE 5% Now is the time... Refresh every room in your house Sofas • Love Seats • Sofa Beds • Reclining chairs Large selection of Fabrics • Genuine leather • Bonded leather 204 Broadway Bet Roebling & Driggs 718-799-5912 Sunday - Thursday: 10:30am - 6:30pm 56 | FYI Magazine Bedroom Sets • Recliners • Sofas • Lamps & Decor • Mirrors • Consoles • End Tables & More FYI Magazine | 57
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ORDER NOW Sharpen Your Appetite! with Chanie Apfelbaum CUSTOM COLOR SOFAS Purim has got to be the most universally loved holiday. Kids and adults alike get to dress up in fun costumes, eat more candy than they’d like to admit, and celebrate with family and friends. What’s not to love? Okay, maybe the mishlo’ach manos shopping isn’t always easy, and getting the perfect costumes can be a bit of a chore, but instead of letting it get to you, remember what this holiday is all about — joy! Purim is a great time to tune in to your talents — if you’re good with sewing, baking, wrapping, rhyming, there’s truly something for everyone! Thinking back on some of the mishlo’ach manos I made over the years, there were definitely some hits and some misses (or I should say messes!). My favorite was probably my “Shushan Sushi Salad,” where I sent platters of sushi salad on Asian-style plates, along with chopsticks, wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. My biggest fail was when I tried to make candy apples (from the “Apple” Baums). I was a young newlywed, and all I can remember is lots of burnt caramel all over the kitchen! BEFORE THE PESACH RUSH Whether you like to think up elaborate themes, or you prefer to keep things simple, I’ve got something for everyone in this special Purim issue. My easy salami quiche is just the thing for your Purim feast, and if you’re looking for a healthy dessert, my Persian-inspired fruit and nut truffles are virtually guiltfree. You can even box up some mini-quiches or wrap the truffles in cellophane for a beautiful and thoughtful mishlo’ach manos treat. Wishing you a very happy and delicious Purim, Chanie SAVE 5% Now is the time... Refresh every room in your house Sofas • Love Seats • Sofa Beds • Reclining chairs Large selection of Fabrics • Genuine leather • Bonded leather 204 Broadway Bet Roebling & Driggs 718-799-5912 Sunday - Thursday: 10:30am - 6:30pm 56 | FYI Magazine Bedroom Sets • Recliners • Sofas • Lamps & Decor • Mirrors • Consoles • End Tables & More FYI Magazine | 57
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{Sha r pe n You r A ppe tite! } Fast & Fresh Salami Quiche Salami Quiche I once read that some people have a custom to eat salami on Purim to remember the hanging of Haman (salami is also hung). I am unsure of the origin of this custom, but I’ve taken it on as a fun challenge each Purim. Last year I made Drunken Hasselback Salami- candied salami that is baked accordion-style in a spiked apricot sauce. The recipe went viral and soon became the most popular post on my blog! It’s going to be hard to top that one, but this salami quiche is equally delicious, and makes a wonderful addition to your Purim feast. 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, frozen 1 1/2 cups chopped salami (approximately 8 oz.) 1 large onion, thinly sliced into half-rings 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced 3 large eggs 1 cup coconut milk (see note) Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil, as needed Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the frozen pie crust for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Meanwhile, sauté the salami until it begins to crisp and renders some of its fat. Remove the salami from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and sauté until golden and caramelized, adding more oil as needed. If your pan starts to burn, add a splash of water. KITCHEN TIP: If your pie cr ust begins to brown, bu t your filling is not yet set, cover the ed ges loosely with foil to preven t over-browni ng. When onions are soft and caramelized, add garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté until they release all of their moisture and there is no liquid left in the pan. Set aside to cool. Stir the salami into the vegetables and place the mixture on the bottom of the pie crust. In a bowl, mix the eggs with the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the filling. Place the quiche on a foil-lined baking sheet, in case of spillage, and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Note: I use coconut milk from the carton, which has a very mild coconut flavor that does not come through in the quiche. If you prefer not to use coconut milk, you may use soy milk, almond milk, or any creamy pareve milk. Make ahead: Quiche may be made up to 3 days in advance. Serve cold or reheat gently at 250 degrees. Variation: You can make individual quiches using mini-crusts. 58 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 59
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{Sha r pe n You r A ppe tite! } Fast & Fresh Salami Quiche Salami Quiche I once read that some people have a custom to eat salami on Purim to remember the hanging of Haman (salami is also hung). I am unsure of the origin of this custom, but I’ve taken it on as a fun challenge each Purim. Last year I made Drunken Hasselback Salami- candied salami that is baked accordion-style in a spiked apricot sauce. The recipe went viral and soon became the most popular post on my blog! It’s going to be hard to top that one, but this salami quiche is equally delicious, and makes a wonderful addition to your Purim feast. 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, frozen 1 1/2 cups chopped salami (approximately 8 oz.) 1 large onion, thinly sliced into half-rings 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced 3 large eggs 1 cup coconut milk (see note) Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil, as needed Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the frozen pie crust for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Meanwhile, sauté the salami until it begins to crisp and renders some of its fat. Remove the salami from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and sauté until golden and caramelized, adding more oil as needed. If your pan starts to burn, add a splash of water. KITCHEN TIP: If your pie cr ust begins to brown, bu t your filling is not yet set, cover the ed ges loosely with foil to preven t over-browni ng. When onions are soft and caramelized, add garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté until they release all of their moisture and there is no liquid left in the pan. Set aside to cool. Stir the salami into the vegetables and place the mixture on the bottom of the pie crust. In a bowl, mix the eggs with the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the filling. Place the quiche on a foil-lined baking sheet, in case of spillage, and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Note: I use coconut milk from the carton, which has a very mild coconut flavor that does not come through in the quiche. If you prefer not to use coconut milk, you may use soy milk, almond milk, or any creamy pareve milk. Make ahead: Quiche may be made up to 3 days in advance. Serve cold or reheat gently at 250 degrees. Variation: You can make individual quiches using mini-crusts. 58 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 59
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{Sh ar pe n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Nutritious & Delicious Persian Truffles Persian Truffles Hamantaschen are the ultimate Purim delight, but making a healthy version is pretty labor intensive. Instead, I explored some of the most popular Persian dishes to come up with a healthy Purim treat that works great for dessert as well as for mishlo’ach manos. I took inspiration from Persian jeweled rice, an aromatic dish of basmati rice that is perfumed with cinnamon, cardamon, candied orange peel, dried fruit and nuts. Mixing those flavors with dried apricots and pistachios yields a decadent truffle that’s practically guilt-free! 10 ounces dried Turkish apricots (about 1 1/3 cups) 1/3 cup roasted shelled pistachios (unsalted) 1/4 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cardamom Chopped pistachios, for coating Place all the ingredients (except the pistachios) in a food processor and blend until a paste forms. If you need help to get things going, add a splash of water or orange juice. Using wet hands, form the mixture into balls and roll them in chopped pistachios. Variation: Feel free to mix in other dried fruits that are popularly used in Persian cuisine, such as raisins or barberries. You can also experiment with different coatings such as shredded coconut or dried edible rose petals. Yield: About 15 truffles 60 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 61
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{Sh ar pe n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Nutritious & Delicious Persian Truffles Persian Truffles Hamantaschen are the ultimate Purim delight, but making a healthy version is pretty labor intensive. Instead, I explored some of the most popular Persian dishes to come up with a healthy Purim treat that works great for dessert as well as for mishlo’ach manos. I took inspiration from Persian jeweled rice, an aromatic dish of basmati rice that is perfumed with cinnamon, cardamon, candied orange peel, dried fruit and nuts. Mixing those flavors with dried apricots and pistachios yields a decadent truffle that’s practically guilt-free! 10 ounces dried Turkish apricots (about 1 1/3 cups) 1/3 cup roasted shelled pistachios (unsalted) 1/4 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cardamom Chopped pistachios, for coating Place all the ingredients (except the pistachios) in a food processor and blend until a paste forms. If you need help to get things going, add a splash of water or orange juice. Using wet hands, form the mixture into balls and roll them in chopped pistachios. Variation: Feel free to mix in other dried fruits that are popularly used in Persian cuisine, such as raisins or barberries. You can also experiment with different coatings such as shredded coconut or dried edible rose petals. Yield: About 15 truffles 60 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 61
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{Sh ar pe n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Clip & Save These Recipes! Salami Quiche 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, frozen 1 1/2 cups chopped salami (approximately 8 oz.) 1 large onion, thinly sliced into half-rings 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced 3 large eggs 1 cup coconut milk (see note) Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil, as needed Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the frozen pie crust for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Meanwhile, sauté the salami until it begins to crisp and renders some of its fat. Remove the salami from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and sauté until golden and caramelized, adding more oil as needed. If your pan starts to burn, add a splash of water. When onions are soft and caramelized, add garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté until they release all of their moisture and there is no liquid left in the pan. Set aside to cool. Stir the salami into the vegetables and place the mixture on the bottom of the pie crust. In a bowl, mix the eggs with the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the filling. Place the quiche on a foil-lined baking sheet, in case of spillage, and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Note: I use coconut milk from the carton, which has a very mild coconut flavor that does not come through in the quiche. If you prefer not to use coconut milk, you may use soy milk, almond milk, or any creamy pareve milk. Make ahead: Quiche may be made up to 3 days in advance. Serve cold or reheat gently at 250 degrees. Variation: You can make individual quiches using mini-crusts. Persian Truffles 10 ounces dried Turkish apricots (about 1 1/3 cups) 1/3 cup roasted shelled pistachios (unsalted) 1/4 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cardamom Chopped pistachios, for coating Place all the ingredients (except the pistachios) in a food processor and blend until a paste forms. If you need help to get things going, add a splash of water or orange juice. Using wet hands, form the mixture into balls and roll them in chopped pistachios. Variation: Feel free to mix in other dried fruits that are popularly used in Persian cuisine, such as raisins or barberries. Serving the 5 Towns for all your auto leasing needs. South Shore Leasing Debrah Oppenheim 516-668-1687 debrahoppenheim@gmail.com 62 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 63
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{Sh ar pe n Yo u r A ppe ti t e ! } Clip & Save These Recipes! Salami Quiche 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, frozen 1 1/2 cups chopped salami (approximately 8 oz.) 1 large onion, thinly sliced into half-rings 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced 3 large eggs 1 cup coconut milk (see note) Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil, as needed Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the frozen pie crust for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Meanwhile, sauté the salami until it begins to crisp and renders some of its fat. Remove the salami from the pan and set aside. Add the onions and sauté until golden and caramelized, adding more oil as needed. If your pan starts to burn, add a splash of water. When onions are soft and caramelized, add garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté until they release all of their moisture and there is no liquid left in the pan. Set aside to cool. Stir the salami into the vegetables and place the mixture on the bottom of the pie crust. In a bowl, mix the eggs with the coconut milk and whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the filling. Place the quiche on a foil-lined baking sheet, in case of spillage, and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Note: I use coconut milk from the carton, which has a very mild coconut flavor that does not come through in the quiche. If you prefer not to use coconut milk, you may use soy milk, almond milk, or any creamy pareve milk. Make ahead: Quiche may be made up to 3 days in advance. Serve cold or reheat gently at 250 degrees. Variation: You can make individual quiches using mini-crusts. Persian Truffles 10 ounces dried Turkish apricots (about 1 1/3 cups) 1/3 cup roasted shelled pistachios (unsalted) 1/4 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cardamom Chopped pistachios, for coating Place all the ingredients (except the pistachios) in a food processor and blend until a paste forms. If you need help to get things going, add a splash of water or orange juice. Using wet hands, form the mixture into balls and roll them in chopped pistachios. Variation: Feel free to mix in other dried fruits that are popularly used in Persian cuisine, such as raisins or barberries. Serving the 5 Towns for all your auto leasing needs. South Shore Leasing Debrah Oppenheim 516-668-1687 debrahoppenheim@gmail.com 62 | FYI Magazine FYI Magazine | 63
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