B”SD For a lifestyle in the know. 6 MAKEUP SWAPS FOR SUMMER FASHION FINDS INTRODUC TORY PRICE! $1.99 GREAT VACATIONS FOR ANY AGE EASY STEPS TO A HOME MAKEOVER HOW TO BEAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES 21 USES FOR BAKING SODA + NEW BUSINESS SECTION! HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORKING FROM HOME ASK MAURICE June 2015 | Issue 5 FYI MAGAZINE | 1
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THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS editor’s note KITCHEN · CABINETS · TILE · COUNTERTOPS · CUSTOM CLOSETS R FREE CONSULTATION WITH DESIGNER WE WORK WITH YOUR CONTRACTORS AND INTERIOR DESIGNER BRING IN YOUR DESIGNER OR CONTRACTOR & RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT 690 CENTRAL AVE. · CEDARHURST 1736 RICHMOND AVE. · STATEN ISLAND 516.218.2840 718.208.4273 will help you plan the best summer vacation for your family of all ages. Do you have a small box of baking soda in your fridge? I do. Mine just sits there and it doesn’t do much else. I was pleasantly surprised to learn the many things you can do with baking soda! Additionally, in this issue, we bring you many new, informative and exciting columns. “Take a Break- How to Treat Yourself this Month” is an article you’ll definitely want to read. Another must-read article by Miriam Manela is on deciphering your child’s behavior. You’ll also find a fascinating interview with CEO and Entrepeneur Susan Axelrod in these pages. Finally, what screams fun and fresh more than fashion and makeup? Plus, “How to Update Your Home for Summer” written by Susan Strauss. That’s right, we have it all! Go ahead and relax while you read this issue of FYI. Feel free to email me with your comments and feedback at editor@fyimagazineny.com. Enjoy the beautiful weather, ecently, I’ve been labeled as a workaholic by my dear family and friends, but I beg to differ. I really love what I do and I want to do it all the time! Fine…maybe I am a workaholic. I know that women are benefiting from FYI, as am I (I love reading the articles!) and this makes my work all that more important to me. My mission with this magazine is to give women knowledge and information to manage their busy lives and to find happiness in everyday tasks. My aim is to lighten your load, give you guidance, and supply you with helpful tips and information. I’m happy to let you know that due to the many requests to expand our distribution, FYI is now in stores throughout New York and parts of New Jersey. I am looking forward to the feedback from the larger readership. Not too long ago, my husband began having symptoms of seasonal allergies as the weather changed to spring. I never knew just how bad allergies could be until now. His itchy nose, congestion, and watery eyes are really getting in the way. Dr. Simai points out ways to beat these allergies and how to deal with it. Speaking of warmer weather, we brought you an article on DIY gardening by Gardener’s Supply Company. Another informative feature article Yitty Denciger Yitty Suggests: pg pg 65 “White canisters are very chic. Plus, the chalkboard, which is used label the contents, makes these very useful for organizing.” “This vase set is perfect to brighten your home. It goes well on a side table or coffee table.” pg 55 “I love this innovative beach bag! Now I can relax a little more at the beach, knowing that I won't be bringing all the sand home.” (INSIDE CASILE TILE) WWW.INHAUSKB.C OM 25 “Blue eyeliner says summer- wear it to brighten your look!” pg 48 FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE FYI MAGAZINE | 3
THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS  editor   s note  KITCHEN    CABINETS    TILE    COUNTERTOPS    CUSTOM CLO...
THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS editor’s note KITCHEN · CABINETS · TILE · COUNTERTOPS · CUSTOM CLOSETS R FREE CONSULTATION WITH DESIGNER WE WORK WITH YOUR CONTRACTORS AND INTERIOR DESIGNER BRING IN YOUR DESIGNER OR CONTRACTOR & RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT 690 CENTRAL AVE. · CEDARHURST 1736 RICHMOND AVE. · STATEN ISLAND 516.218.2840 718.208.4273 will help you plan the best summer vacation for your family of all ages. Do you have a small box of baking soda in your fridge? I do. Mine just sits there and it doesn’t do much else. I was pleasantly surprised to learn the many things you can do with baking soda! Additionally, in this issue, we bring you many new, informative and exciting columns. “Take a Break- How to Treat Yourself this Month” is an article you’ll definitely want to read. Another must-read article by Miriam Manela is on deciphering your child’s behavior. You’ll also find a fascinating interview with CEO and Entrepeneur Susan Axelrod in these pages. Finally, what screams fun and fresh more than fashion and makeup? Plus, “How to Update Your Home for Summer” written by Susan Strauss. That’s right, we have it all! Go ahead and relax while you read this issue of FYI. Feel free to email me with your comments and feedback at editor@fyimagazineny.com. Enjoy the beautiful weather, ecently, I’ve been labeled as a workaholic by my dear family and friends, but I beg to differ. I really love what I do and I want to do it all the time! Fine…maybe I am a workaholic. I know that women are benefiting from FYI, as am I (I love reading the articles!) and this makes my work all that more important to me. My mission with this magazine is to give women knowledge and information to manage their busy lives and to find happiness in everyday tasks. My aim is to lighten your load, give you guidance, and supply you with helpful tips and information. I’m happy to let you know that due to the many requests to expand our distribution, FYI is now in stores throughout New York and parts of New Jersey. I am looking forward to the feedback from the larger readership. Not too long ago, my husband began having symptoms of seasonal allergies as the weather changed to spring. I never knew just how bad allergies could be until now. His itchy nose, congestion, and watery eyes are really getting in the way. Dr. Simai points out ways to beat these allergies and how to deal with it. Speaking of warmer weather, we brought you an article on DIY gardening by Gardener’s Supply Company. Another informative feature article Yitty Denciger Yitty Suggests: pg pg 65 “White canisters are very chic. Plus, the chalkboard, which is used label the contents, makes these very useful for organizing.” “This vase set is perfect to brighten your home. It goes well on a side table or coffee table.” pg 55 “I love this innovative beach bag! Now I can relax a little more at the beach, knowing that I won't be bringing all the sand home.” (INSIDE CASILE TILE) WWW.INHAUSKB.C OM 25 “Blue eyeliner says summer- wear it to brighten your look!” pg 48 FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! @FYIMAGAZINE FYI MAGAZINE | 3
THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR REMODELING NEEDS  editor   s note  KITCHEN    CABINETS    TILE    COUNTERTOPS    CUSTOM CLO...
contents june 2015 in your business on the cover 78 | HE MORE YOU KNOW T Buying Summer Homes Avoiding the Nightmare in Your Dream Vacation 10 | HOW TO BEAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES 26 | 21 NEW USES FOR BAKING SODA 80 | OUT OF THE BOX Unbelievable Businesses Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. 46 | FASHION FINDS 48 | 6 MAKEUP SWAPS FOR SUMMER sharpen your appetite 62 | HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER 89 | AIN COURSE M Pineapple Chicken The perfect chicken dish to serve for dinner or at your next party. 76 | HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORKING FROM HOME 100 | GREAT VACATIONS FOR ANY AGE 91 | DESSERT Strawberry Creamsicles Kid-tested and mother-approved! you gotta know 17 | ECIPHERING YOUR CHILD’S D BEHAVIOR All people can be helped to live a life filled with meaningful activities 24 | FOR LESS Kitchen Must-haves under $50 just ask 32 | MONEYWISE Managing your Finances The best financial plan is based on you and your concerns and goals. letters to the editor EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen www.sandbox-marketing.com COPY EDITOR fall in love with life FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Shevy Gross shevygphotography@gmail.com @shevygphotography 49 | TAKE CARE OF YOU Tea Time Ten-minute Tea Time: small Cup, Big Break MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Sari Reiss 35 | LIFE QUESTIONS Eliminate Co-dependent Relationships Sometimes, my friend would take advantage of me in small ways PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com get a handle on it 53 | PARENTING 101 Too much praise? What do you say to express how proud you are? 60 | THE GUIDE Party Outdoors Easy tips for hosting the perfect outdoor soiree. FYI MAGAZINE | 4 D.B. Woodmere, NY 25 ways to keep your children busy during vacation for a lifestyle in the know. 5 things never to keep from your spouse Interview with author and parenting expert g sprin ! e Issu sora yaroslawitz FYI’s Customer Excellence Award teach your children how to manage their finances Issue 16 | April 2015 Lieba Bard-Wigdor 43 | A LITTLE BIT OF FASHION The 4 types “I love the new FYI magazine and I look forward to reading it every month! I especially look forward to the recipes by Chanie Apfelbaum.” features 94 | SUNCREEN What You Need to Know Will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? 97 | DIY Goofproof Gardening Growing in containers saves space, but it’s also a smart alternative AD DEADLINES July Issue: June 28 Thank you for bringing such a wonderful, practical and informative magazine to our community. Your article on soft addictions really hit home. I have been struggling with this for a while, as I wasn’t sure how and what to do to help myself. Your article came at the perfect time! Thank you for your article on “25 Ways to Keep Children Busy During Vacation.” I thought it was so creative. I have to say I did use numerous tips over vacation. Thanks again! Anonymous, Queens, NY First, I’d like to compliment you on your outstanding magazine! I read it cover to cover. “Teaching Children about Finances” is such an important topic and I’m always looking for information and tips in this regard. I thought your article was very informative. Thank you! Lovely magazine you have! It’s really bright, vibrant and professional. I really enjoy your fashion articles regarding the four types of people. I have read about it in the past and really identify with type three. I plan on using the tips and information mentioned in the article. Chanie W., Monsey, NY Esty H., Lakewood, NJ Hilary S., Marine Park, NY Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of artlices or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. FYI MAGAZINE | 5
contents june 2015  in your business  on the cover  78     HE MORE YOU KNOW T Buying Summer Homes Avoiding the Nightmare i...
contents june 2015 in your business on the cover 78 | HE MORE YOU KNOW T Buying Summer Homes Avoiding the Nightmare in Your Dream Vacation 10 | HOW TO BEAT SEASONAL ALLERGIES 26 | 21 NEW USES FOR BAKING SODA 80 | OUT OF THE BOX Unbelievable Businesses Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. 46 | FASHION FINDS 48 | 6 MAKEUP SWAPS FOR SUMMER sharpen your appetite 62 | HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER 89 | AIN COURSE M Pineapple Chicken The perfect chicken dish to serve for dinner or at your next party. 76 | HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORKING FROM HOME 100 | GREAT VACATIONS FOR ANY AGE 91 | DESSERT Strawberry Creamsicles Kid-tested and mother-approved! you gotta know 17 | ECIPHERING YOUR CHILD’S D BEHAVIOR All people can be helped to live a life filled with meaningful activities 24 | FOR LESS Kitchen Must-haves under $50 just ask 32 | MONEYWISE Managing your Finances The best financial plan is based on you and your concerns and goals. letters to the editor EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen www.sandbox-marketing.com COPY EDITOR fall in love with life FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY Shevy Gross shevygphotography@gmail.com @shevygphotography 49 | TAKE CARE OF YOU Tea Time Ten-minute Tea Time: small Cup, Big Break MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele ADVERTISING Sari Reiss 35 | LIFE QUESTIONS Eliminate Co-dependent Relationships Sometimes, my friend would take advantage of me in small ways PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com get a handle on it 53 | PARENTING 101 Too much praise? What do you say to express how proud you are? 60 | THE GUIDE Party Outdoors Easy tips for hosting the perfect outdoor soiree. FYI MAGAZINE | 4 D.B. Woodmere, NY 25 ways to keep your children busy during vacation for a lifestyle in the know. 5 things never to keep from your spouse Interview with author and parenting expert g sprin ! e Issu sora yaroslawitz FYI’s Customer Excellence Award teach your children how to manage their finances Issue 16 | April 2015 Lieba Bard-Wigdor 43 | A LITTLE BIT OF FASHION The 4 types “I love the new FYI magazine and I look forward to reading it every month! I especially look forward to the recipes by Chanie Apfelbaum.” features 94 | SUNCREEN What You Need to Know Will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? 97 | DIY Goofproof Gardening Growing in containers saves space, but it’s also a smart alternative AD DEADLINES July Issue: June 28 Thank you for bringing such a wonderful, practical and informative magazine to our community. Your article on soft addictions really hit home. I have been struggling with this for a while, as I wasn’t sure how and what to do to help myself. Your article came at the perfect time! Thank you for your article on “25 Ways to Keep Children Busy During Vacation.” I thought it was so creative. I have to say I did use numerous tips over vacation. Thanks again! Anonymous, Queens, NY First, I’d like to compliment you on your outstanding magazine! I read it cover to cover. “Teaching Children about Finances” is such an important topic and I’m always looking for information and tips in this regard. I thought your article was very informative. Thank you! Lovely magazine you have! It’s really bright, vibrant and professional. I really enjoy your fashion articles regarding the four types of people. I have read about it in the past and really identify with type three. I plan on using the tips and information mentioned in the article. Chanie W., Monsey, NY Esty H., Lakewood, NJ Hilary S., Marine Park, NY Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of artlices or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. FYI MAGAZINE | 5
contents june 2015  in your business  on the cover  78     HE MORE YOU KNOW T Buying Summer Homes Avoiding the Nightmare i...
contributors 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 counselling in the Five Towns area for children and adults addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. 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 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. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Ashley Cohen is currently receiving her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She is a teacher, writer, and the author of “Inside Out - A Jewish Girl Blog.” She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Fashion Merchandising, Business, and Creative Writing. She currently lives in New York with her husband. FYI MAGAZINE | 6 Josh Faizzadeh provides practical financial advice and guidance for success to individuals, families, and small businesses. Part of Josh’s process and methodology is to be real with his clients, understand every facet of their financial picture, and develop a single strategy unique to their goals. Josh dedicates his professional life to the financial well-being of all of his clients. josh_faizzadeh@strategiesforwealth.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. surie@ jewel.community Raizy Fried is a very passionate homemaker and is all about creativity, practicality and organization. A writer, recipe developer and professional makeup artist are just some of her titles. Check out her instagram page @raizyscookin, where she shares her joy of creating quality family time and great meals. Betty Gulko is an Orthodox, freelance fashion stylist based in NYC. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, E Online, and other media outlets. Her styling work has been featured in major ad campaigns. For styling or media inquiries, feel free to contact her at: bettygulko1@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram for a daily dose of the #LifeOfaStylist @such.a.betty! Batya Hess is a full time makeup artist and attends Brooklyn College for pre-law in her spare time. Makeup has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She loves making people feel beautiful and enjoys testing out every new beauty product launch. Batya can be reached at @makeupbybatya Nancy Hilsenrath LCSW,CASAC,SAP is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the field for over 20 years. She works with individuals, children, couples, and families. Nancy provides a warm, safe environment and is easy to talk to. She specializes in the different types of addiction: drugs, alcohol, food and gambling. She also works with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, and time-management issues. Nancy loves what she does, and thrives by making a difference in people’s lives. Her offices are in West Hempstead and Douglaston, Queens. nhilsenrath@gmail.com 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. Davii Mandel & 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. Miriam Manela’s occupational therapy practice, Thrive, is housed in a unique sensory gym, and offers a safe space where children have the freedom to explore and grow. Miriam is known for her exciting educational workshops for parents, teachers, college students, and therapists. She recently published her new book The Parent-Child Dance. For workshops in your school or home or personal appointments, email miriam@otthrive.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. You can follow them on Instagram @ muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. muffinsnmoms@gmail.com Erika Prafder is a veteran writer and product reviewer for The New York Post and the author of a book on entrepreneurship. A long-time yoga enthusiast and teacher, she edits KidsYogaDaily.com, a news source for young yogis. The time pressed working mother of three also serves as marketing and communications director for her synagogue. Sarah Presser lived in Manhattan before she moved to the Five Towns. It took her about three years to get over the lack of a subway system and she is still adjusting to the airplanes overhead. She attended Stern College and Polytechnic University, and enjoys being a student mentor for Partners in Torah. bookprisms@gmail.com Rochelle Silberman & Bess Rappeli, the owners of ReDeaux by Two, love their craft. Although Rochelle has a successful career as an orthotist, her passion has always been for anything she can paint, re-decorate or “up-cycle.” Bess is a graduate from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. She majored in Fine Arts and has a minor in Art History. Her work has been displayed in Italy and New York, as well as on HGTV’s show Spontaneous Construction. If you have a piece of furniture that you are afraid to tackle on your own, feel free to reach out to Rochelle or Bess on Facebook @ReDeaux by Two. Debbie Sassen is a money coach, financial planner, and Mesila speaker currently completing her counselor’s certification with the Financial RecoverySM Institute. As a former Wall Street investment banker with 30 years of experience, Debbie uses her broad background to help people move beyond money, stress, and anxiety toward a healthy and confident relationship with their wealth. Her unique coaching technique combines practical tools with emotional guidance, enabling you to take control of your money and live a life you love. debbiesassen.com. 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 LIJCohen Children’s Hospital, NorthShore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. 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. askmaurice.com Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. From residential homes to retail, restaurants, offices & senior care facilities worldwide. The SSD Team is a group of experienced designers with a very specific vision- the vision to perform beyond client expectations and create iconic spaces that defy definition. With a well-earned reputation as one of the premiere firms on the East Coast, SSD’s client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients. Shushy Turin Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shushy has always had a great love for delicious food. It wasn’t until a year after her marriage that she started learning about the various places where foods originate, diverse culinary styles, and great techniques. Her Instagram account @cookinginheels is a peek into her daily food adventures and her obsession with shoes. Her recipes have been featured in Ami Magazine, Binah Magazine, Joy of Kosher Magazine, a Website, TheNosher.com, and several blogs. She is currently living in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and 47 pairs of shoes. You will most likely find her avoiding schoolwork and cooking something up in the kitchen, or reading a cookbook and “not” eating chocolate. Rav Shaye L. Wachsman is the chief rabbinical consultant at The Halachic Documents Institute, a professional contract-drafting firm located in Brooklyn, New York, and he is the author of several popular halachic works, among them “Leshon Marpeh” - on the laws of emergency medical care on Shabbos, and “Haskeil Ve’Yodoa” - a responsa to more than 500 unique questions covering numerous Jewish-themed topics. halachicdocs@gmail.com Malka Winner is a wife, mother, editor and writer living in northern Israel. For more information visit www.fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 7
contributors Chanie Apfelbaum is a food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer who writes about her cooking adven...
contributors 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 counselling in the Five Towns area for children and adults addressing weight loss and various diseases/illnesses. 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 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. Drop her a note or leave her any questions you want to see featured here. estybrognafashion@gmail.com. Ashley Cohen is currently receiving her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She is a teacher, writer, and the author of “Inside Out - A Jewish Girl Blog.” She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Fashion Merchandising, Business, and Creative Writing. She currently lives in New York with her husband. FYI MAGAZINE | 6 Josh Faizzadeh provides practical financial advice and guidance for success to individuals, families, and small businesses. Part of Josh’s process and methodology is to be real with his clients, understand every facet of their financial picture, and develop a single strategy unique to their goals. Josh dedicates his professional life to the financial well-being of all of his clients. josh_faizzadeh@strategiesforwealth.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. surie@ jewel.community Raizy Fried is a very passionate homemaker and is all about creativity, practicality and organization. A writer, recipe developer and professional makeup artist are just some of her titles. Check out her instagram page @raizyscookin, where she shares her joy of creating quality family time and great meals. Betty Gulko is an Orthodox, freelance fashion stylist based in NYC. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, E Online, and other media outlets. Her styling work has been featured in major ad campaigns. For styling or media inquiries, feel free to contact her at: bettygulko1@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram for a daily dose of the #LifeOfaStylist @such.a.betty! Batya Hess is a full time makeup artist and attends Brooklyn College for pre-law in her spare time. Makeup has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She loves making people feel beautiful and enjoys testing out every new beauty product launch. Batya can be reached at @makeupbybatya Nancy Hilsenrath LCSW,CASAC,SAP is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the field for over 20 years. She works with individuals, children, couples, and families. Nancy provides a warm, safe environment and is easy to talk to. She specializes in the different types of addiction: drugs, alcohol, food and gambling. She also works with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, and time-management issues. Nancy loves what she does, and thrives by making a difference in people’s lives. Her offices are in West Hempstead and Douglaston, Queens. nhilsenrath@gmail.com 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. Davii Mandel & 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. Miriam Manela’s occupational therapy practice, Thrive, is housed in a unique sensory gym, and offers a safe space where children have the freedom to explore and grow. Miriam is known for her exciting educational workshops for parents, teachers, college students, and therapists. She recently published her new book The Parent-Child Dance. For workshops in your school or home or personal appointments, email miriam@otthrive.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. You can follow them on Instagram @ muffinsnmoms_parenting for your daily dose of parenting tidbits and humor. muffinsnmoms@gmail.com Erika Prafder is a veteran writer and product reviewer for The New York Post and the author of a book on entrepreneurship. A long-time yoga enthusiast and teacher, she edits KidsYogaDaily.com, a news source for young yogis. The time pressed working mother of three also serves as marketing and communications director for her synagogue. Sarah Presser lived in Manhattan before she moved to the Five Towns. It took her about three years to get over the lack of a subway system and she is still adjusting to the airplanes overhead. She attended Stern College and Polytechnic University, and enjoys being a student mentor for Partners in Torah. bookprisms@gmail.com Rochelle Silberman & Bess Rappeli, the owners of ReDeaux by Two, love their craft. Although Rochelle has a successful career as an orthotist, her passion has always been for anything she can paint, re-decorate or “up-cycle.” Bess is a graduate from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. She majored in Fine Arts and has a minor in Art History. Her work has been displayed in Italy and New York, as well as on HGTV’s show Spontaneous Construction. If you have a piece of furniture that you are afraid to tackle on your own, feel free to reach out to Rochelle or Bess on Facebook @ReDeaux by Two. Debbie Sassen is a money coach, financial planner, and Mesila speaker currently completing her counselor’s certification with the Financial RecoverySM Institute. As a former Wall Street investment banker with 30 years of experience, Debbie uses her broad background to help people move beyond money, stress, and anxiety toward a healthy and confident relationship with their wealth. Her unique coaching technique combines practical tools with emotional guidance, enabling you to take control of your money and live a life you love. debbiesassen.com. 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 LIJCohen Children’s Hospital, NorthShore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Community Hospital. Drsimaipediatrics@gmail.com Maurice Stein is an internationally renowned success coach. His debut book, Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM, has helped turn around many struggling businesses. 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. askmaurice.com Susan Strauss Design is well established as a leading full service design firm, founded by principal, Susan Strauss. The firm has been creating luxurious living environments for clients of the most discerning tastes for over a decade. From residential homes to retail, restaurants, offices & senior care facilities worldwide. The SSD Team is a group of experienced designers with a very specific vision- the vision to perform beyond client expectations and create iconic spaces that defy definition. With a well-earned reputation as one of the premiere firms on the East Coast, SSD’s client base is firmly built on referrals and repeat clients. Shushy Turin Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shushy has always had a great love for delicious food. It wasn’t until a year after her marriage that she started learning about the various places where foods originate, diverse culinary styles, and great techniques. Her Instagram account @cookinginheels is a peek into her daily food adventures and her obsession with shoes. Her recipes have been featured in Ami Magazine, Binah Magazine, Joy of Kosher Magazine, a Website, TheNosher.com, and several blogs. She is currently living in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and 47 pairs of shoes. 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you gotta know you gotta know Common Seasonal Allergens • • how to beat seasonal allergies BY DR. DAVID SIMAI The incidence of allergies is definitely on the rise, and there are several theories that explain this fact. The “Hygiene Theory” claims that our generation is “too clean” and since our immune system is not constantly bombarded with a “healthy dose of germs,” our immune mechanism shifts to a more allergic mode. Since allergies are definitely on the minds of many parents today, I wanted to share some useful information with you from a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics. FYI MAGAZINE | 10 When to Suspect an Allergy • • • Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or develop at about the same time every year. These could include a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes. Recurrent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms may be a sign of asthma. Coughing may be an isolated symptom; symptoms that increase at night or with exercise are suspicious for asthma. Recurrent red, itchy, dry, sometime scaly rashes in the creases of the elbows and/or knees, or on the back of the neck, buttocks, wrists, or ankles. • After eating a particular food, symptoms that occur repeatedly, including hives, swelling, gagging, coughing or wheezing, vomiting or significant abdominal pain. • Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth, throat and/or ears during certain times of year or after eating certain foods. Dust mites (dust mites are microscopic and are found in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpet as well as other places) Pollen (trees, grasses, weeds) How to Manage Allergic Nasal Symptoms Allergy testing should be performed to determine what, if any, of these environmental allergens your child is allergic to. An important step in managing allergy symptoms is avoidance of the allergens that trigger the symptoms. Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Padded furnishings such as mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers. Wash linens weekly and other bedding, such as blankets, every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water (The minimum temperature to kill mites is 130 degrees. If you set your water heater higher than 120 degrees, the recommended temperature to avoid accidental scald burns, take care if young children are present in the home). Dehumidify - If your child is allergic to outdoor allergens, it can be helpful to use air conditioners when possible. Showering or bathing at the end of the day to remove allergens from body surfaces and hair can also be helpful. For patients with grass pollen allergy, remaining indoors when grass is mowed and avoiding playing in fields of tall grass may be helpful. Children with allergies to molds should avoid playing in piles of dead leaves in the fall. Medications to Control Symptoms Your child's allergy treatment should start with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist for additional evaluations and treatments. Antihistamines Taken orally, these can help with itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, as well as itchy skin and hives. Some types may cause drowsiness. Nasal Corticosteroids Highly effective for allergy symptom control and are widely used to stop chronic symptoms. Safe to use in children over long periods of time. Must be used daily. Allergy Immunotherapy Immunotherapy or allergy shots may be recommended to reduce your child's allergy symptoms. Allergy shots are prescribed only for patients with a confirmed allergy. If allergen avoidance and medications are not successful, allergy shots for treatment of respiratory allergies to pollen, dust mites, cat and dog dander, and outdoor molds can help decrease the need for daily medication. Vitamin C Nasal allergies are estimated to affect approximately 50 million people in the United States, and its prevalence is increasing, affecting as many as 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. 8.3 million Approximately American children have respiratory allergies. Allergic diseases, which include asthma, are the fifth most prevalent chronic diseases in all ages, and the third most common in children. Studies have shown that Vitamin C aids in preventing and treating allergy symptoms. Peppermint Tea has natural anti-bacterial and anti-histaminic properties. Wasabi Anyone who has taken too big a dollop of wasabi (or plain old horseradish) knows that it makes sinuses and tear ducts spring into action. That's because allyl isothiocyanate, a constituent in wasabi, promotes mucus flow. FYI MAGAZINE | 11
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you gotta know you gotta know Common Seasonal Allergens • • how to beat seasonal allergies BY DR. DAVID SIMAI The incidence of allergies is definitely on the rise, and there are several theories that explain this fact. The “Hygiene Theory” claims that our generation is “too clean” and since our immune system is not constantly bombarded with a “healthy dose of germs,” our immune mechanism shifts to a more allergic mode. Since allergies are definitely on the minds of many parents today, I wanted to share some useful information with you from a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics. FYI MAGAZINE | 10 When to Suspect an Allergy • • • Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or develop at about the same time every year. These could include a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes. Recurrent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms may be a sign of asthma. Coughing may be an isolated symptom; symptoms that increase at night or with exercise are suspicious for asthma. Recurrent red, itchy, dry, sometime scaly rashes in the creases of the elbows and/or knees, or on the back of the neck, buttocks, wrists, or ankles. • After eating a particular food, symptoms that occur repeatedly, including hives, swelling, gagging, coughing or wheezing, vomiting or significant abdominal pain. • Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth, throat and/or ears during certain times of year or after eating certain foods. Dust mites (dust mites are microscopic and are found in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpet as well as other places) Pollen (trees, grasses, weeds) How to Manage Allergic Nasal Symptoms Allergy testing should be performed to determine what, if any, of these environmental allergens your child is allergic to. An important step in managing allergy symptoms is avoidance of the allergens that trigger the symptoms. Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Padded furnishings such as mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers. Wash linens weekly and other bedding, such as blankets, every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water (The minimum temperature to kill mites is 130 degrees. If you set your water heater higher than 120 degrees, the recommended temperature to avoid accidental scald burns, take care if young children are present in the home). Dehumidify - If your child is allergic to outdoor allergens, it can be helpful to use air conditioners when possible. Showering or bathing at the end of the day to remove allergens from body surfaces and hair can also be helpful. For patients with grass pollen allergy, remaining indoors when grass is mowed and avoiding playing in fields of tall grass may be helpful. Children with allergies to molds should avoid playing in piles of dead leaves in the fall. Medications to Control Symptoms Your child's allergy treatment should start with your pediatrician, who may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist for additional evaluations and treatments. Antihistamines Taken orally, these can help with itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, as well as itchy skin and hives. Some types may cause drowsiness. Nasal Corticosteroids Highly effective for allergy symptom control and are widely used to stop chronic symptoms. Safe to use in children over long periods of time. Must be used daily. Allergy Immunotherapy Immunotherapy or allergy shots may be recommended to reduce your child's allergy symptoms. Allergy shots are prescribed only for patients with a confirmed allergy. If allergen avoidance and medications are not successful, allergy shots for treatment of respiratory allergies to pollen, dust mites, cat and dog dander, and outdoor molds can help decrease the need for daily medication. Vitamin C Nasal allergies are estimated to affect approximately 50 million people in the United States, and its prevalence is increasing, affecting as many as 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. 8.3 million Approximately American children have respiratory allergies. Allergic diseases, which include asthma, are the fifth most prevalent chronic diseases in all ages, and the third most common in children. Studies have shown that Vitamin C aids in preventing and treating allergy symptoms. Peppermint Tea has natural anti-bacterial and anti-histaminic properties. Wasabi Anyone who has taken too big a dollop of wasabi (or plain old horseradish) knows that it makes sinuses and tear ducts spring into action. That's because allyl isothiocyanate, a constituent in wasabi, promotes mucus flow. FYI MAGAZINE | 11
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you gotta know 6 ways to keep your allergies under control: June is a key grass pollen month in many areas, and it’s likely that grass pollen will start to trigger your spring allergies by this time of year if not sooner. As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, you’ll probably want to spend more time outdoors. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may have good days and bad days - the temperature, the rainfall amount, and even the time of day will affect grass pollen levels, and you’ll need to adjust accordingly. Turn on the AC. Air conditioning will not only keep you cool, but it also cleans and dries the air, lessening the flare-up of allergies. Honey. Drinking a warm tea with honey will help with your itchy throat but can also desensitize you to the pollen (much like allergy shots). Showering. The steam from the shower alone can offer temporary relief, but there is another reason why you should shower. After spending time outdoors, washing the pollen off your hair and skin prevents pollen in other areas of your home such as your pillowcases, clothes and furniture. Nasal Rinse. Rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution is one of the best remedies for allergies because it rinses out the allergens and thins the mucus. You can purchase solutions at a drugstore, or make your own using salt, baking soda and lukewarm water. 2015 update going on now Is your business listed? Call smart list today to register your business on the app available for five towns boro park flatbush monsey williamsburg lakewood montreal POST YOUR BUSINESS BANNER AD IN THIS SPOT ON SMARTLIST. BE SEEN BY 1000s OF SHOPPERS DAILY. kiryas yoel staten island 5 Towns Far-Rockaway chicago bergen county seagate cleveland melbourne, australia England: golders green stamford hill gateshead & more! israel & europe coming soon! Text the word SMART to 99629 for an automatic link Vacuum Once or Twice Weekly. Vacuuming phone 732.730.5330 www.smartlistlocal.com email banners@lionscribe.com web 12 WRITTEN BY LEAH BERG, MS, RD, CDN Now that the holidays are over and summer is finally here, it’s time to get back in shape! It’s okay, you can admit it; it’s been 4 months since you’ve seen the inside of a gym. It happens to all of us. Between working long hours, getting sick, cooking, cleaning, and not wanting to step outside in the bitter cold, we have all made legitimate excuses why we haven’t been in the gym. Now the question is, how do we start again? Once you have an exercise routine, it becomes automatic and there is no force involved. But it can be hard to start again after a month, two months, or even six months off. Here are some tips to create that helpful and necessary exercise habit so you’ll be looking and feeling great this summer. As Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” I’d venture to say that 80% of forming an exercise habit is achieved just by making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, the amount of miles you run, or the number of crunches you crunch later on. First, actually get your foot in the door. manchester to throw open your windows and feel the warm breeze. But doing so is inviting pollen in with every gust of wind. Keep your windows closed in your home and car. FYI MAGAZINE | getting back on track Show Up Keep Outside Air Out. It feels so refreshing helps keep allergens to a minimum. Look for a vacuuming device that doesn’t put dust in the air. you gotta know Make it Fun If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it’ll be hard to keep the habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise. If exercise machines don’t pique your interest, look into classes that are given at your local gym. Whether it be Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, or spinning, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. If you’re an outdoorsy person, try finding a scenic route to jog, run, climb, or hike. Stress Relief What do you do when you’re stressed out? Chances are it doesn’t involve running or weight-lifting. However, exercise can be a great way to relieve stress. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, feel-good hormones which will automatically relax you and improve your mood. Scientists have found that regular exercise decreases overall levels of tension, elevates one’s mood, improves sleep, and increases self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Get a Buddy Grab a friend to join you in your pledge to exercise. Giving a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the habit. When you have a friend who is depending on you, you will be more motivated to stick to your endeavor. Start Small Trying to run 15 miles in your first workout is not a good way to build an exercise habit. Instead, in the first few weeks of your new routine, work below your capacity. If you bite off more than you can chew, you may scare yourself off after a brutal workout and decide that exercise is just too hard. Create a Ritual Your workout routine should become so ingrained in your daily life that it becomes a ritual. This means that at the same time every day (or every other day), you should automatically grab your bag and head out. On the other hand, if your workout times are completely random, you will not have the benefit of the momentum that comes from an established ritual. Habits first, Equipment Later Lastly, fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit of exercise. Trust me, I learned the hard way; buying a thousand-dollar machine will not make up for your inactivity. 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you gotta know 6 ways to keep your allergies under control: June is a key grass pollen month in many areas, and it’s likely that grass pollen will start to trigger your spring allergies by this time of year if not sooner. As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, you’ll probably want to spend more time outdoors. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may have good days and bad days - the temperature, the rainfall amount, and even the time of day will affect grass pollen levels, and you’ll need to adjust accordingly. Turn on the AC. Air conditioning will not only keep you cool, but it also cleans and dries the air, lessening the flare-up of allergies. Honey. Drinking a warm tea with honey will help with your itchy throat but can also desensitize you to the pollen (much like allergy shots). Showering. The steam from the shower alone can offer temporary relief, but there is another reason why you should shower. After spending time outdoors, washing the pollen off your hair and skin prevents pollen in other areas of your home such as your pillowcases, clothes and furniture. Nasal Rinse. Rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution is one of the best remedies for allergies because it rinses out the allergens and thins the mucus. You can purchase solutions at a drugstore, or make your own using salt, baking soda and lukewarm water. 2015 update going on now Is your business listed? Call smart list today to register your business on the app available for five towns boro park flatbush monsey williamsburg lakewood montreal POST YOUR BUSINESS BANNER AD IN THIS SPOT ON SMARTLIST. BE SEEN BY 1000s OF SHOPPERS DAILY. kiryas yoel staten island 5 Towns Far-Rockaway chicago bergen county seagate cleveland melbourne, australia England: golders green stamford hill gateshead & more! israel & europe coming soon! Text the word SMART to 99629 for an automatic link Vacuum Once or Twice Weekly. Vacuuming phone 732.730.5330 www.smartlistlocal.com email banners@lionscribe.com web 12 WRITTEN BY LEAH BERG, MS, RD, CDN Now that the holidays are over and summer is finally here, it’s time to get back in shape! It’s okay, you can admit it; it’s been 4 months since you’ve seen the inside of a gym. It happens to all of us. Between working long hours, getting sick, cooking, cleaning, and not wanting to step outside in the bitter cold, we have all made legitimate excuses why we haven’t been in the gym. Now the question is, how do we start again? Once you have an exercise routine, it becomes automatic and there is no force involved. But it can be hard to start again after a month, two months, or even six months off. Here are some tips to create that helpful and necessary exercise habit so you’ll be looking and feeling great this summer. As Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” I’d venture to say that 80% of forming an exercise habit is achieved just by making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, the amount of miles you run, or the number of crunches you crunch later on. First, actually get your foot in the door. manchester to throw open your windows and feel the warm breeze. But doing so is inviting pollen in with every gust of wind. Keep your windows closed in your home and car. FYI MAGAZINE | getting back on track Show Up Keep Outside Air Out. It feels so refreshing helps keep allergens to a minimum. Look for a vacuuming device that doesn’t put dust in the air. you gotta know Make it Fun If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it’ll be hard to keep the habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise. If exercise machines don’t pique your interest, look into classes that are given at your local gym. Whether it be Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, or spinning, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. If you’re an outdoorsy person, try finding a scenic route to jog, run, climb, or hike. Stress Relief What do you do when you’re stressed out? Chances are it doesn’t involve running or weight-lifting. However, exercise can be a great way to relieve stress. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, feel-good hormones which will automatically relax you and improve your mood. Scientists have found that regular exercise decreases overall levels of tension, elevates one’s mood, improves sleep, and increases self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Get a Buddy Grab a friend to join you in your pledge to exercise. Giving a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the habit. When you have a friend who is depending on you, you will be more motivated to stick to your endeavor. Start Small Trying to run 15 miles in your first workout is not a good way to build an exercise habit. Instead, in the first few weeks of your new routine, work below your capacity. If you bite off more than you can chew, you may scare yourself off after a brutal workout and decide that exercise is just too hard. Create a Ritual Your workout routine should become so ingrained in your daily life that it becomes a ritual. This means that at the same time every day (or every other day), you should automatically grab your bag and head out. On the other hand, if your workout times are completely random, you will not have the benefit of the momentum that comes from an established ritual. Habits first, Equipment Later Lastly, fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit of exercise. Trust me, I learned the hard way; buying a thousand-dollar machine will not make up for your inactivity. Start building the exercise habit first; only later should you consider having your own personal gym in your home. FYI MAGAZINE | 13
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you gotta know you gotta know you gotta know TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! Eighty-seven years is a long time for someone to be sitting on something. That’s how long Andrew Jackson has been on the 20-dollar bill. Women On 20s, a nonprofit organization, wants to change that by bringing famous women to the twenty. The company’s founder, Barbara Ortiz Howard, has set a goal for 2020. In that year, the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, will be 100 years old. Howard noticed that her young daughter had no idea of the story behind many famous women in history and asked her friend Susan Ades Stone, a journalist, to join her in promoting the cause. Amongst all the presidents and Founding Fathers, only two women’s faces can be found at any U.S. Mint. A rare dollar coin hosts Susan B. Anthony, and Sacagawea can be seen on the gold dollar coin. No women’s faces appear on paper currency.Some of the faces Howard aims to put on 20-dollar bills are those of Eleanor Roosevelt, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. FYI MAGAZINE | 16 60 You may just be breathing a sigh of relief that the hectic tax season is behind you. But 60% of Americans have never gotten answers to the tax questions they wanted to ask the IRS. The Washington Times reports that Commissioner John Koskinen claimed, towards the end of March, “that service at his agency has gotten so bad that they are ignoring more than 60 percent of taxpayers’ phone calls during this tax season.” IRS customer service has gone down the drain. In February of this year, staffers were still answering 43 percent of phone calls. As U.S. taxpayers got closer to April 15, fewer of their questions were being answered. 2.5 Love your iPhone? Gadgets and phones keep getting sleeker and more lightweight. The first cellular phone ever developed weighed 2.5 pounds-that’s half a bag of flour! It measured 9” x 5” and was designed by Dr. Martin Cooper, who worked for Motorola. 50 That’s how old the candy desk in the Senate turns this year. The candy desk, started by Senator George Murphy in 1965, was a well-kept Senate secret until the 1980s, when Slade Gordon publicly announced that he’d be situated at the “candy desk.” Murphy has long since left the Senate, but his tradition lives on today. The Senator who sits at the desk is in charge of stocking the candy, mostly from the donations of confectioners in his home state. In 2011, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois took the seat and stocked the desk with Jelly Belly beans, Snickers bars, Lemonheads, gummy bears and Hubba Bubba bubblegum-all made in Illinois. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania is the lucky guy now since he has the desk in 2015. His candy desk has Pennsylvania Hershey bars, Hot Tamales and Twizzlers, amongst other varieties. the reasons behind your child’s behavior WRITTEN BY MIRIAM MANELA, OT 8.8 It may seem like a small number, but not if you add “million tons.” That’s about how many sundry items of plastic end up in the world’s waters each year, claims the Associated Press. Just so you can visualize it, that is equal to “five grocery bags full of plastic debris dotting each foot of coastline around the world.” Fifty percent of that plastic pollution comes from only five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The U.S. takes spot 20 on the list with a “mere” 77,000 tons of plastic. Developed countries like the U.S. and European nations contribute less pollution to the world’s water, thanks to their more sophisticated garbage removal systems. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN All people can be helped to live a life filled with meaningful activities. For this reason, I attempt to clarify some “normal” yet challenging behaviors that children may exhibit, which can be modified with the proper approach and therapy. © LEAH-ANNE THOMPSON / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB 87 This will allow your child to enjoy life up to his potential and enhance your parent-child relationship. Dr. Jane Ayres, the founder of sensory integration, defines it as the brain’s ability to take in information coming from our senses, organize it and create an appropriate response. This gives us an understanding of ourselves and what is going on in the world around us. Our perceptions of taste, touch, smell, hearing, vision, balance, movement and body awareness are combined and organized at once by our brain, to give us a clear “picture” of the environment in which we live. Typically, this takes place automatically; one does not have to think about it. Some children, though, have difficulty processing sensory stimuli. Therefore, they need to regulate the amount and type of sensory occurrences they receive during the day to help balance their neurological state. These individuals find it challenging to remain in a calm, but alert, focused, and adaptable state of mind; therefore, they may require occupational therapy. Children with sensory modulation dysfunction and/ or poor core strength frequently exhibit unusual patterns of sensation, seeking or avoiding. Associated emotional states include anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and emotional lability. Related attentional difficulties include distractibility, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Children with sensory modulation dysfunction often have difficulty with FYI MAGAZINE | 17
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you gotta know you gotta know you gotta know TIDBITS OF INFORMATION THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHEN IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, OR EVEN WITH YOURSELF! Eighty-seven years is a long time for someone to be sitting on something. That’s how long Andrew Jackson has been on the 20-dollar bill. Women On 20s, a nonprofit organization, wants to change that by bringing famous women to the twenty. The company’s founder, Barbara Ortiz Howard, has set a goal for 2020. In that year, the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, will be 100 years old. Howard noticed that her young daughter had no idea of the story behind many famous women in history and asked her friend Susan Ades Stone, a journalist, to join her in promoting the cause. Amongst all the presidents and Founding Fathers, only two women’s faces can be found at any U.S. Mint. A rare dollar coin hosts Susan B. Anthony, and Sacagawea can be seen on the gold dollar coin. No women’s faces appear on paper currency.Some of the faces Howard aims to put on 20-dollar bills are those of Eleanor Roosevelt, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. FYI MAGAZINE | 16 60 You may just be breathing a sigh of relief that the hectic tax season is behind you. But 60% of Americans have never gotten answers to the tax questions they wanted to ask the IRS. The Washington Times reports that Commissioner John Koskinen claimed, towards the end of March, “that service at his agency has gotten so bad that they are ignoring more than 60 percent of taxpayers’ phone calls during this tax season.” IRS customer service has gone down the drain. In February of this year, staffers were still answering 43 percent of phone calls. As U.S. taxpayers got closer to April 15, fewer of their questions were being answered. 2.5 Love your iPhone? Gadgets and phones keep getting sleeker and more lightweight. The first cellular phone ever developed weighed 2.5 pounds-that’s half a bag of flour! It measured 9” x 5” and was designed by Dr. Martin Cooper, who worked for Motorola. 50 That’s how old the candy desk in the Senate turns this year. The candy desk, started by Senator George Murphy in 1965, was a well-kept Senate secret until the 1980s, when Slade Gordon publicly announced that he’d be situated at the “candy desk.” Murphy has long since left the Senate, but his tradition lives on today. The Senator who sits at the desk is in charge of stocking the candy, mostly from the donations of confectioners in his home state. In 2011, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois took the seat and stocked the desk with Jelly Belly beans, Snickers bars, Lemonheads, gummy bears and Hubba Bubba bubblegum-all made in Illinois. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania is the lucky guy now since he has the desk in 2015. His candy desk has Pennsylvania Hershey bars, Hot Tamales and Twizzlers, amongst other varieties. the reasons behind your child’s behavior WRITTEN BY MIRIAM MANELA, OT 8.8 It may seem like a small number, but not if you add “million tons.” That’s about how many sundry items of plastic end up in the world’s waters each year, claims the Associated Press. Just so you can visualize it, that is equal to “five grocery bags full of plastic debris dotting each foot of coastline around the world.” Fifty percent of that plastic pollution comes from only five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The U.S. takes spot 20 on the list with a “mere” 77,000 tons of plastic. Developed countries like the U.S. and European nations contribute less pollution to the world’s water, thanks to their more sophisticated garbage removal systems. WRITTEN BY MIRIAM SCHWARTZMAN All people can be helped to live a life filled with meaningful activities. For this reason, I attempt to clarify some “normal” yet challenging behaviors that children may exhibit, which can be modified with the proper approach and therapy. © LEAH-ANNE THOMPSON / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB 87 This will allow your child to enjoy life up to his potential and enhance your parent-child relationship. Dr. Jane Ayres, the founder of sensory integration, defines it as the brain’s ability to take in information coming from our senses, organize it and create an appropriate response. This gives us an understanding of ourselves and what is going on in the world around us. Our perceptions of taste, touch, smell, hearing, vision, balance, movement and body awareness are combined and organized at once by our brain, to give us a clear “picture” of the environment in which we live. Typically, this takes place automatically; one does not have to think about it. Some children, though, have difficulty processing sensory stimuli. Therefore, they need to regulate the amount and type of sensory occurrences they receive during the day to help balance their neurological state. These individuals find it challenging to remain in a calm, but alert, focused, and adaptable state of mind; therefore, they may require occupational therapy. Children with sensory modulation dysfunction and/ or poor core strength frequently exhibit unusual patterns of sensation, seeking or avoiding. Associated emotional states include anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and emotional lability. Related attentional difficulties include distractibility, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Children with sensory modulation dysfunction often have difficulty with FYI MAGAZINE | 17
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you gotta know functional routines such as dressing, play, mealtime, bath time, social interactions and sleeping. Persons who are under-aroused can easily have their sensory needs overlooked because they are inclined to be sedentary as they operate below the average state of attention. In addition, they are unable to arouse themselves appropriately to meet normal social demands (participating in sports, completing chores, finishing homework in a timely manner, etc.). As these children grow older, their failure to adapt can result in painful labels such as “lazy/ not putting in an effort,” “unintelligent,” “dull,” or “slow.” A hyperactive individual may be unaware when his/ her bouncing/touching invades another’s personal space. Likewise, the child who is under-stimulated is equally unaware when he/she requires “moving” in order to be ready for the next task, like catching the school bus. Reflex integration is another factor that can influence the behavior of children. Reflexes are automatic movements that start developing during infancy and are extremely useful in the healthy development of the brain, body, nervous system and sensory system. The reflexes we have change during our lifetime: some stay with us all of our days, and some become inactive when their purpose is reached. However, when some movement patterns FYI MAGAZINE | 18 Here are some case studies of children with “challenging” behaviors: 1. Chaim is an 8-year-old, the oldest child in his family. His teacher frequently calls the parents from school, because he bullies other children. He pushes, hits, bites, and “starts up” with his classmates. His baffled parents do not know what is causing this behavior. 2. Nachum is a 5-year old, in a regular education kindergarten. He has a low frustration tolerance, meaning he is easily irritable and overly sensitive when he falls or gets hurt. He does not sleep through the night and likes only a few foods which are all sweet and/ or crunchy. In addition, he has never enjoyed being hugged, even by his parents. 3. Sara is a 5-year-old, in a regular education kindergarten. She pockets her food in her mouth without realizing it, and seems unable to feed herself with a spoon without making a mess. She often walks on her toes, loves the playground and swings, and enjoys crunchy, salty foods and a lot of ketchup. When Sara gets scraped and bleeds, she doesn’t notice. She is rough with her siblings, doesn’t like crowds, and sometimes bumps into objects and people. When she goes down the stairs, she is unsteady and it takes her a long time. She runs to her room whenever her mother operates the food processor. She has a hard time staying alert during class and focuses on background noise instead of listening to the person talking to her. persist past the first year of life, they will interfere with automation of skill and prevent the development of mature motor patterns. They also have an impact, from mild to severe, in learning processes, handling emotions and behavior. From these examples, it is easy to see that something must be done to balance these individuals. A sensory diet is a schedule of activities which helps an individual prepare to undertake a task. These activities serve to balance one’s neurological state, so that a child can engage in a given task without being over- or under-aroused. Some sensory activities take a while to complete and often leave the individual with a sense of contentment, so they can completely change one’s ability to approach a task. Other activities are quick and can help tide one over until there is time for a more satisfying experience. Through my work at Thrive Occupational Therapy, I have seen evidence that a comprehensive reflex integration program, when used in conjunction with a sensory diet, gives the brain a “second chance” to develop maturely, thus curbing behavioral and learning challenges. In the coming months, I will attempt to clarify some challenging children’s behaviors and show how you, the parent, teacher, or caregiver, can help your child be more comfortable in the world. Appropriate and timely use of sensory integration and reflex integration activities can help eliminate yelling, nagging, and other negative methods of caregiving which are largely ineffective. In addition, the activities and methods I present will help reduce the need for inappropriate bouncing/touching behaviors. In time, this can help prevent the tension arising from a repeated invasion of one’s personal space. Children often cannot match their level of awakening to the activity, so these activities and ideas will help the overall function. With the proper use of sensory integration and reflex integration treatment, we can stimulate the motor pathways of the nervous system, which go up to the brain and down again through the spinal system. 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you gotta know functional routines such as dressing, play, mealtime, bath time, social interactions and sleeping. Persons who are under-aroused can easily have their sensory needs overlooked because they are inclined to be sedentary as they operate below the average state of attention. In addition, they are unable to arouse themselves appropriately to meet normal social demands (participating in sports, completing chores, finishing homework in a timely manner, etc.). As these children grow older, their failure to adapt can result in painful labels such as “lazy/ not putting in an effort,” “unintelligent,” “dull,” or “slow.” A hyperactive individual may be unaware when his/ her bouncing/touching invades another’s personal space. Likewise, the child who is under-stimulated is equally unaware when he/she requires “moving” in order to be ready for the next task, like catching the school bus. Reflex integration is another factor that can influence the behavior of children. Reflexes are automatic movements that start developing during infancy and are extremely useful in the healthy development of the brain, body, nervous system and sensory system. The reflexes we have change during our lifetime: some stay with us all of our days, and some become inactive when their purpose is reached. However, when some movement patterns FYI MAGAZINE | 18 Here are some case studies of children with “challenging” behaviors: 1. Chaim is an 8-year-old, the oldest child in his family. His teacher frequently calls the parents from school, because he bullies other children. He pushes, hits, bites, and “starts up” with his classmates. His baffled parents do not know what is causing this behavior. 2. Nachum is a 5-year old, in a regular education kindergarten. He has a low frustration tolerance, meaning he is easily irritable and overly sensitive when he falls or gets hurt. He does not sleep through the night and likes only a few foods which are all sweet and/ or crunchy. In addition, he has never enjoyed being hugged, even by his parents. 3. Sara is a 5-year-old, in a regular education kindergarten. She pockets her food in her mouth without realizing it, and seems unable to feed herself with a spoon without making a mess. She often walks on her toes, loves the playground and swings, and enjoys crunchy, salty foods and a lot of ketchup. When Sara gets scraped and bleeds, she doesn’t notice. She is rough with her siblings, doesn’t like crowds, and sometimes bumps into objects and people. When she goes down the stairs, she is unsteady and it takes her a long time. She runs to her room whenever her mother operates the food processor. She has a hard time staying alert during class and focuses on background noise instead of listening to the person talking to her. persist past the first year of life, they will interfere with automation of skill and prevent the development of mature motor patterns. They also have an impact, from mild to severe, in learning processes, handling emotions and behavior. From these examples, it is easy to see that something must be done to balance these individuals. A sensory diet is a schedule of activities which helps an individual prepare to undertake a task. These activities serve to balance one’s neurological state, so that a child can engage in a given task without being over- or under-aroused. Some sensory activities take a while to complete and often leave the individual with a sense of contentment, so they can completely change one’s ability to approach a task. Other activities are quick and can help tide one over until there is time for a more satisfying experience. Through my work at Thrive Occupational Therapy, I have seen evidence that a comprehensive reflex integration program, when used in conjunction with a sensory diet, gives the brain a “second chance” to develop maturely, thus curbing behavioral and learning challenges. In the coming months, I will attempt to clarify some challenging children’s behaviors and show how you, the parent, teacher, or caregiver, can help your child be more comfortable in the world. Appropriate and timely use of sensory integration and reflex integration activities can help eliminate yelling, nagging, and other negative methods of caregiving which are largely ineffective. In addition, the activities and methods I present will help reduce the need for inappropriate bouncing/touching behaviors. In time, this can help prevent the tension arising from a repeated invasion of one’s personal space. Children often cannot match their level of awakening to the activity, so these activities and ideas will help the overall function. With the proper use of sensory integration and reflex integration treatment, we can stimulate the motor pathways of the nervous system, which go up to the brain and down again through the spinal system. Thus, we can actually grab the lower attention system and “turn on” the proper responses to stimuli. This is why sensory integration, postural activation and reflex integration can bring immediate effects. Completely Customizable Swings & Playsets RESIDENTIAL AND 319 $ COMMERCIAL ECONOMY WOOD • DELUXE WOOD • SUPERIOR VINYL C O N TA C T U S TO D AY TO PL A N Y O U R S E T 516.666.8866 845.422.8566 732.746.0315 over 1000 Happy Customers SINCE 2005 info@swingitplaysets.com www.swingitplaysets.com f Loads oies or s Acces& ns Add-Omize o t to Cusour Y Playset FYI MAGAZINE | SETS STARTING AT CALL FOR OUR SON 2015 SEA RE BROCHU 19
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you gotta know you gotta know book review WRITTEN BY SARAH PRESSER measure of a man “Would that I could live inside those dreams forever.” That is how Martin Greenfield, originally Maximilian Grünfeld, describes dreams in which he sees his father, whom he last saw in Auschwitz when he was a 15-yearold boy. In his memoir, Measure of a Man ($28), written with Wynton Hall, Greenfield describes those dreams: “[My father] comes to me, strong and smiling. He tells me he’s proud of me and loves me.” With such emotionally honest language, Greenfield chronicles his life’s story, beginning with his childhood in a small village near Hungary, to his Holocaust experiences, to his only-in-America rise to success. In Auschwitz, the Nazis put him to work at the laundry, where he tore an SS shirt. He got a beating - but also an epiphany when he kept the shirt and wore it under his prisoner’s uniform. He realized that he was treated better because of it and learned that clothes possess power. That lesson shaped his destiny. In Buchenwald, he was assigned work at the home of the mayor of Weimar, where he discovered a rabbits’ FYI MAGAZINE | 20 cage complete with food - a brown, slimy lettuce leaf and a piece of carrot. The mayor’s wife discovered him and told the Nazi overseer. Greenfield was flogged, and promised himself that if he survived Buchenwald, he would return to kill her. After liberation, he went back and found her. This kind of determination and daring, along with hard work, enabled him to take advantage of every opportunity America gave him. He started his career as a floor boy in a garment factory in Brooklyn. There he slowly learned the tailoring and custom suit business, and rose through the ranks until exactly 30 years later, he purchased the factory. He still works there today, at Martin Greenfield Clothiers. Greenfield’s company has dressed four U.S. presidents, including the current one. Donald Trump, Michael Bloom , Jimmy Fallon, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant are among the many influential men who have worn Greenfield’s clothing. His designers also create period clothes for Hollywood; characters in Gotham, James Spader in The Blacklist, and the entire cast of Boardwalk Empire have appeared in their costumes. Perhaps Greenfield’s past and present came together when, in The Great Debaters, Denzel Washington wore a suit which was modeled after one Greenfield had worn as a child in Europe. In Auschwitz his father told him, “If you survive by yourself, you must honor us by living, by not feeling sorry for us.” His words were prescient. Greenfield was the sole survivor of his family, empowered by his father’s words to find fulfillment both personally as a father and professionally in business. A superbly written and well-crafted book, Martin Greenfield’s story, though wrenching at times, leaves the reader uplifted and inspired. Please be aware that this is a literary analysis of the book, not an endorsement. It is for mature audiences only, due to various factors. children’s book review Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. P. Zonka Lays an Egg By Julie Pachkis In this colorful storybook of a barn yard filled with chickens, P. Zonka, an unproductive loner, just doesn’t lay eggs like the other chickens. The text for the story flows beautifully, as the chickens chastise P.Zonka for not laying an egg. Eventually, they get her to “conform” to what all good chickens do and she lays an egg. And oh, what an egg! This book’s most important lesson teaches children about diversity, as well as counting, shapes, and colors. Ages: 4-8 Tallulah’s Tap Shoes By Marilyn Singer Tallulah has been dancing for a while now. She loves ballet, and is an outstanding student in her camp ballet class. But in mandatory tap class, Tallulah can’t even produce a decent FLAP! The teacher constantly corrects her. It’s a new experience for Tallulah to be, what she feels is surely, the worst student in the class. To top it off, Kacie, the black haired girl in tap class is a pro! Learning a new skill can be a challenge, especially if you are really good at your old skill. A new friend can help make the challenge more fun! This book teaches young girls about problem solving, patience and friendship. Ages: 4-8 Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina Caps for Sale is a timeless classic that has been read for over 50 years. Follow the troubles of a peddler, as he bumps into a bunch of mischievous monkeys. This easy-to-read book is filled with humor, and teaches children about problem solving. It also includes pattern repetition and colors, which are great for early readers. Ages: 4-8 FYI MAGAZINE | 21
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you gotta know you gotta know book review WRITTEN BY SARAH PRESSER measure of a man “Would that I could live inside those dreams forever.” That is how Martin Greenfield, originally Maximilian Grünfeld, describes dreams in which he sees his father, whom he last saw in Auschwitz when he was a 15-yearold boy. In his memoir, Measure of a Man ($28), written with Wynton Hall, Greenfield describes those dreams: “[My father] comes to me, strong and smiling. He tells me he’s proud of me and loves me.” With such emotionally honest language, Greenfield chronicles his life’s story, beginning with his childhood in a small village near Hungary, to his Holocaust experiences, to his only-in-America rise to success. In Auschwitz, the Nazis put him to work at the laundry, where he tore an SS shirt. He got a beating - but also an epiphany when he kept the shirt and wore it under his prisoner’s uniform. He realized that he was treated better because of it and learned that clothes possess power. That lesson shaped his destiny. In Buchenwald, he was assigned work at the home of the mayor of Weimar, where he discovered a rabbits’ FYI MAGAZINE | 20 cage complete with food - a brown, slimy lettuce leaf and a piece of carrot. The mayor’s wife discovered him and told the Nazi overseer. Greenfield was flogged, and promised himself that if he survived Buchenwald, he would return to kill her. After liberation, he went back and found her. This kind of determination and daring, along with hard work, enabled him to take advantage of every opportunity America gave him. He started his career as a floor boy in a garment factory in Brooklyn. There he slowly learned the tailoring and custom suit business, and rose through the ranks until exactly 30 years later, he purchased the factory. He still works there today, at Martin Greenfield Clothiers. Greenfield’s company has dressed four U.S. presidents, including the current one. Donald Trump, Michael Bloom , Jimmy Fallon, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant are among the many influential men who have worn Greenfield’s clothing. His designers also create period clothes for Hollywood; characters in Gotham, James Spader in The Blacklist, and the entire cast of Boardwalk Empire have appeared in their costumes. Perhaps Greenfield’s past and present came together when, in The Great Debaters, Denzel Washington wore a suit which was modeled after one Greenfield had worn as a child in Europe. In Auschwitz his father told him, “If you survive by yourself, you must honor us by living, by not feeling sorry for us.” His words were prescient. Greenfield was the sole survivor of his family, empowered by his father’s words to find fulfillment both personally as a father and professionally in business. A superbly written and well-crafted book, Martin Greenfield’s story, though wrenching at times, leaves the reader uplifted and inspired. Please be aware that this is a literary analysis of the book, not an endorsement. It is for mature audiences only, due to various factors. children’s book review Our reviews on the best children’s books, from classics to hot-new releases. P. Zonka Lays an Egg By Julie Pachkis In this colorful storybook of a barn yard filled with chickens, P. Zonka, an unproductive loner, just doesn’t lay eggs like the other chickens. The text for the story flows beautifully, as the chickens chastise P.Zonka for not laying an egg. Eventually, they get her to “conform” to what all good chickens do and she lays an egg. And oh, what an egg! This book’s most important lesson teaches children about diversity, as well as counting, shapes, and colors. Ages: 4-8 Tallulah’s Tap Shoes By Marilyn Singer Tallulah has been dancing for a while now. She loves ballet, and is an outstanding student in her camp ballet class. But in mandatory tap class, Tallulah can’t even produce a decent FLAP! The teacher constantly corrects her. It’s a new experience for Tallulah to be, what she feels is surely, the worst student in the class. To top it off, Kacie, the black haired girl in tap class is a pro! Learning a new skill can be a challenge, especially if you are really good at your old skill. A new friend can help make the challenge more fun! This book teaches young girls about problem solving, patience and friendship. Ages: 4-8 Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina Caps for Sale is a timeless classic that has been read for over 50 years. Follow the troubles of a peddler, as he bumps into a bunch of mischievous monkeys. This easy-to-read book is filled with humor, and teaches children about problem solving. It also includes pattern repetition and colors, which are great for early readers. Ages: 4-8 FYI MAGAZINE | 21
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you gotta know Product Recalls a closer look How much do you really know about items you purchase all the time without a second thought? Here’s a closer look at… nail polish STOKKE® TRAILZ™ STROLLERS This trendy stroller may not be as cool as it appears. Nine reports have been made of the handlebar breaking, posing a fall hazard to your baby. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but Stokke® has recalled some strollers as a precautionary measure. Stokke® customers who purchased the versatile Trailz™ Stroller between November 2014 and December 2014, are being asked to return the chassis of the stroller to their place of purchase. The chassis will be replaced for you free of charge. FLY BOY AIRPLANE ROCKER ied y satisf r man Join ou s e town n fiv y Brookl! and rs e custom icon DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 844-534-icon (4266) | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM | WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI MAGAZINE | 22 This adorable toy poses a choking hazard for your child. Two reports have come in of red knobs on the steering panel detaching. Parents who purchased the popular baby rocker are being advised to immediately take the toy out of their child’s reach and contact the company. If you have purchased the Fly Boy Rocker with Model number RAB00038, please call the company toll free at (866) 9802536, Monday through Friday. You can also contact them online via www.levelsofdiscovery. com – click the product safety tab at the top of the page for more information. You will receive a replacement model. Did you know the nail polish we use today was adapted from high-gloss enamel used for car paint? Yup! Makeup artist Michelle Minard worked for a little cosmetics company called Revlon, who refined her formula and started producing nail polish for the masses. Painting nails quickly became trendy, as people flocked to buy what all the movie stars were wearing. Some brands of nail polish are non-toxic; however, we suggest a basic Google search before buying something expensive, because the lack of toxic ingredients may jeopardize the product's quality, especially if it's water-based. There is a side to nail polish that can be troubling, particularly the so-called “toxic trio” often included in the ingredients: formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen; DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), which is toxic to reproduction; and Toluene, which can affect the central nervous system. Although many major polish manufacturers have promised to omit harmful ingredients from their products, they probably haven't, since nail polish is not a regulated substance. Wearing nail polish for too long and removing it with acetone remover too often, can dry out and discolor the nails, so you may want to give your nails a breather now and then. Pediatricians warn that young girls, especially habitual nail-biters, should not wear polish, as DBP can trigger developmental issues. Nail polish is fun to use and it holds a VIP spot in weekly beauty routines for many women. Taking note of the necessary precautions, enjoy your manicure, as it is a great way to pamper yourself. You deserve it! WRITTEN BY RIVKY FOLLMAN FYI MAGAZINE | 23
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you gotta know Product Recalls a closer look How much do you really know about items you purchase all the time without a second thought? Here’s a closer look at… nail polish STOKKE® TRAILZ™ STROLLERS This trendy stroller may not be as cool as it appears. Nine reports have been made of the handlebar breaking, posing a fall hazard to your baby. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but Stokke® has recalled some strollers as a precautionary measure. Stokke® customers who purchased the versatile Trailz™ Stroller between November 2014 and December 2014, are being asked to return the chassis of the stroller to their place of purchase. The chassis will be replaced for you free of charge. FLY BOY AIRPLANE ROCKER ied y satisf r man Join ou s e town n fiv y Brookl! and rs e custom icon DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND PLUMBING SUPPLY 844-534-icon (4266) | 205 CEDAR BRIDGE AVENUE | LAKEWOOD, NJ SALES@ICONPLUMBING.COM | WWW.ICONPLUMBING.COM FYI MAGAZINE | 22 This adorable toy poses a choking hazard for your child. Two reports have come in of red knobs on the steering panel detaching. Parents who purchased the popular baby rocker are being advised to immediately take the toy out of their child’s reach and contact the company. If you have purchased the Fly Boy Rocker with Model number RAB00038, please call the company toll free at (866) 9802536, Monday through Friday. You can also contact them online via www.levelsofdiscovery. com – click the product safety tab at the top of the page for more information. You will receive a replacement model. Did you know the nail polish we use today was adapted from high-gloss enamel used for car paint? Yup! Makeup artist Michelle Minard worked for a little cosmetics company called Revlon, who refined her formula and started producing nail polish for the masses. Painting nails quickly became trendy, as people flocked to buy what all the movie stars were wearing. Some brands of nail polish are non-toxic; however, we suggest a basic Google search before buying something expensive, because the lack of toxic ingredients may jeopardize the product's quality, especially if it's water-based. There is a side to nail polish that can be troubling, particularly the so-called “toxic trio” often included in the ingredients: formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen; DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), which is toxic to reproduction; and Toluene, which can affect the central nervous system. Although many major polish manufacturers have promised to omit harmful ingredients from their products, they probably haven't, since nail polish is not a regulated substance. Wearing nail polish for too long and removing it with acetone remover too often, can dry out and discolor the nails, so you may want to give your nails a breather now and then. Pediatricians warn that young girls, especially habitual nail-biters, should not wear polish, as DBP can trigger developmental issues. Nail polish is fun to use and it holds a VIP spot in weekly beauty routines for many women. Taking note of the necessary precautions, enjoy your manicure, as it is a great way to pamper yourself. You deserve it! WRITTEN BY RIVKY FOLLMAN FYI MAGAZINE | 23
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you gotta know you gotta know Clamp Canister with Chalkboard $18.95-$21.95 - Crate & Barrel Mainstays 18-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set $39.97 - Walmart These fine-looking red pots and pans are lightweight, yet durable. They feature an interior nonstick coating for easy cooking and cleanup. The lids are made of heat-resistant and shatter-resistant tempered glass which is transparent so you can watch your food as it cooks! This cookware even comes with a solid spoon and a slotted spoon as well as a fold- up steamer. The set is dishwasher-safe and compatible with gas, electric and ceramic cook tops. You have the option of free in-store pickup, or free shipping with orders over $50. for less These stylish canisters will help you organize your kitchen while keeping your food noticeably fresher with their airtight clamps. Each canister comes with its own stainless steel scoop conveniently stored on the side. The chalkboard strip is perfect for labeling the contents with a neat and modern look, and when you want to put something new inside, it is as easy as erasing a chalkboard to change the label! The canister comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. Expandable Bamboo Cutlery Tray $29.99 Bed Bath & Beyond Made of 100% bamboo stock, this sturdy cutlery tray expands to optimize your drawer space. It measures 13- 23" W x 18" D x 2 1/2" H. The tray can fit anything and everything you need in a kitchen drawer, from cutlery to ladles to serving pieces. You can even use it in your junk drawer. This sleek tray with its beautiful finish is the solution to keeping your drawers neat and organized while eliminating wasted drawer space! Great deals for under $50! Cuisinart DSA3028 Dishwasher Safe HardAnodized 11” Round Grill Pan $28.20 – Amazon.com This high-quality grill pan offers evenly distributed heat with features as fine as an outdoor grill. It has stay-cool handles and is metal-utensil safe. It is lightweight and dishwasher-safe, but so easy to clean, you may not even need the dishwasher! It has a nonstick surface, so no oil is needed. Perfect for an indoor BBQ in the winter or any other time! WRITTEN BY ESTY FRIED FYI MAGAZINE | 24 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set $39.95 - williams-sonoma.com This set includes glass bowls made of durable tempered glass in 10 different sizes for all your kitchen needs. One thing we all know is that you can never have too many bowls for prepping or combining ingredients. The bowls are microwave-safe and suitable for hot or cold foods. The simple design allows for the flexibility of using them as serving pieces too. They are stackable for compact storage. Definitely a winner for every kitchen! FYI MAGAZINE | 25
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you gotta know you gotta know Clamp Canister with Chalkboard $18.95-$21.95 - Crate & Barrel Mainstays 18-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set $39.97 - Walmart These fine-looking red pots and pans are lightweight, yet durable. They feature an interior nonstick coating for easy cooking and cleanup. The lids are made of heat-resistant and shatter-resistant tempered glass which is transparent so you can watch your food as it cooks! This cookware even comes with a solid spoon and a slotted spoon as well as a fold- up steamer. The set is dishwasher-safe and compatible with gas, electric and ceramic cook tops. You have the option of free in-store pickup, or free shipping with orders over $50. for less These stylish canisters will help you organize your kitchen while keeping your food noticeably fresher with their airtight clamps. Each canister comes with its own stainless steel scoop conveniently stored on the side. The chalkboard strip is perfect for labeling the contents with a neat and modern look, and when you want to put something new inside, it is as easy as erasing a chalkboard to change the label! The canister comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. Expandable Bamboo Cutlery Tray $29.99 Bed Bath & Beyond Made of 100% bamboo stock, this sturdy cutlery tray expands to optimize your drawer space. It measures 13- 23" W x 18" D x 2 1/2" H. The tray can fit anything and everything you need in a kitchen drawer, from cutlery to ladles to serving pieces. You can even use it in your junk drawer. This sleek tray with its beautiful finish is the solution to keeping your drawers neat and organized while eliminating wasted drawer space! Great deals for under $50! Cuisinart DSA3028 Dishwasher Safe HardAnodized 11” Round Grill Pan $28.20 – Amazon.com This high-quality grill pan offers evenly distributed heat with features as fine as an outdoor grill. It has stay-cool handles and is metal-utensil safe. It is lightweight and dishwasher-safe, but so easy to clean, you may not even need the dishwasher! It has a nonstick surface, so no oil is needed. Perfect for an indoor BBQ in the winter or any other time! WRITTEN BY ESTY FRIED FYI MAGAZINE | 24 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set $39.95 - williams-sonoma.com This set includes glass bowls made of durable tempered glass in 10 different sizes for all your kitchen needs. One thing we all know is that you can never have too many bowls for prepping or combining ingredients. The bowls are microwave-safe and suitable for hot or cold foods. The simple design allows for the flexibility of using them as serving pieces too. They are stackable for compact storage. Definitely a winner for every kitchen! FYI MAGAZINE | 25
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you gotta know you gotta know 13 21 uses for baking soda 11 13. Keep flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the vase. Find out why baking soda is one of the most powerful products in the household department. 14. 8 1. Keep your barbecue fresh all summer long by brushing the grate with baking soda. Dampen the brush, then rinse. 2. Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the clothes hamper to keep funky smells at bay. 3. Extinguish a grease fire by pouring baking soda over it. 4. Polish your silver! Rub ¾ parts baking soda and one part water onto the silver with a cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry. 2 5. Place a small amount of baking soda in your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Baking soda will leave your hair cleaner, removing residue from styling products. 7. For a sparkly kitchen sink, sprinkle some baking soda and then spray some vinegar. Let sit. Then rinse. Create your own antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ cup water. 26 12. Add baking soda to your laundry loads to make your detergent go even farther. Baking soda will freshen and brighten your clothes! 9. Scrub burnt or crusted pots and pans. Sprinkle with baking soda, let sit for five minutes, then wash normally. 10. Make your own exfoliator. Mix three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub gently in a circular motion, then rinse. 17. Soothe your feet. Place 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak your feet. Clean the interior and exterior of your car. Mix ¼ cup baking soda and one quart warm water and apply with a sponge or cloth. Use to clean car lights, floor mats, and seats. 16. 18. 15. Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain/liner by scrubbing with baking soda on a sponge. Rinse and hang to dry. 19. Remove odors from carpets by sprinkling baking soda liberally all over the carpet. Let sit overnight. Then vacuum as normal. 6. Skip shampoo for a few weeks, and use baking soda instead to fight off dandruff. 8. FYI MAGAZINE | 11. Clean crayon from walls! Dampen cloth and apply baking soda. Rub lightly and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Add baking soda to your bath to relieve itchy or sunburned skin. Deodorize your sink drain and remove lingering odors. Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain while running warm water. 16 20 20. Shoes and sneakers get smelly. Shake baking soda into your shoes when not in use, and shake out before using them to keep sweaty smells away. 21. Clean your dishwasher. Sprinkle some baking soda in the dishwasher before you run a regular wash. FYI MAGAZINE | 27 FYI Magazine | 27
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you gotta know you gotta know 13 21 uses for baking soda 11 13. Keep flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the vase. Find out why baking soda is one of the most powerful products in the household department. 14. 8 1. Keep your barbecue fresh all summer long by brushing the grate with baking soda. Dampen the brush, then rinse. 2. Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the clothes hamper to keep funky smells at bay. 3. Extinguish a grease fire by pouring baking soda over it. 4. Polish your silver! Rub ¾ parts baking soda and one part water onto the silver with a cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry. 2 5. Place a small amount of baking soda in your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Baking soda will leave your hair cleaner, removing residue from styling products. 7. For a sparkly kitchen sink, sprinkle some baking soda and then spray some vinegar. Let sit. Then rinse. Create your own antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ cup water. 26 12. Add baking soda to your laundry loads to make your detergent go even farther. Baking soda will freshen and brighten your clothes! 9. Scrub burnt or crusted pots and pans. Sprinkle with baking soda, let sit for five minutes, then wash normally. 10. Make your own exfoliator. Mix three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub gently in a circular motion, then rinse. 17. Soothe your feet. Place 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak your feet. Clean the interior and exterior of your car. Mix ¼ cup baking soda and one quart warm water and apply with a sponge or cloth. Use to clean car lights, floor mats, and seats. 16. 18. 15. Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain/liner by scrubbing with baking soda on a sponge. Rinse and hang to dry. 19. Remove odors from carpets by sprinkling baking soda liberally all over the carpet. Let sit overnight. Then vacuum as normal. 6. Skip shampoo for a few weeks, and use baking soda instead to fight off dandruff. 8. FYI MAGAZINE | 11. Clean crayon from walls! Dampen cloth and apply baking soda. Rub lightly and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Add baking soda to your bath to relieve itchy or sunburned skin. Deodorize your sink drain and remove lingering odors. Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain while running warm water. 16 20 20. Shoes and sneakers get smelly. Shake baking soda into your shoes when not in use, and shake out before using them to keep sweaty smells away. 21. Clean your dishwasher. Sprinkle some baking soda in the dishwasher before you run a regular wash. FYI MAGAZINE | 27 FYI Magazine | 27
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just ask ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! pg 30 Your Housekeeping Problems, Solved pg Money: Personal Finance Advice from an expert subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price FYI MAGAZINE | 28 Visit www.fyimagazineny.com © AFRICA STUDIO / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE! Subscribe now online for only $3 a month! 32 35 “Being close to someone, even in an intimate relationship, does not mean allowing them to come in and take control of you in any way.” - HOW TO ELIMINATE CODEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS
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just ask ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF MONTHLY HOME DELIVERY! pg 30 Your Housekeeping Problems, Solved pg Money: Personal Finance Advice from an expert subscription page to the magazinewith the cover and low introductory price FYI MAGAZINE | 28 Visit www.fyimagazineny.com © AFRICA STUDIO / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE! Subscribe now online for only $3 a month! 32 35 “Being close to someone, even in an intimate relationship, does not mean allowing them to come in and take control of you in any way.” - HOW TO ELIMINATE CODEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS
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just ask just ask your homemaking problems, solved “There are no perfect homemakers – just real moms, deciding what’s right for their families and working to create a warm, nurturing home for those they love.” WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED FYI MAGAZINE | 30 If the egg sinks but stands on end, it is approximately one to two weeks old and it is okay to eat. These will be great for hard-boiled eggs, as the larger air sac will make them easier to peel. If the egg floats, it is stale. Do not consume. The reason for this is that an egg forms a small air sac when it cools down after being laid. Since eggshells are porous, as the egg ages, the air sac becomes larger. This means that an older egg is lighter; therefore, it will float in water. In general, eggs should be used within two to three weeks. Q. How do I get rid of the frying after-smell that lingers around long after the food has been served, eaten and the dishes have been washed? A. Take a small pot, put in a few cinnamon sticks and water to cover them, plus a bit more. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for a while (uncovered). Sit back and enjoy as the aroma of fresh cinnamon overtakes any traces of previous smells. Q. Is there any way to prevent clothes from fading? A. Your summer wardrobe is still looking fresh and nice. You want to see those colors no less vibrant after the wash than from before. Use this simple and amazing trick- toss your clothes in the wash with a teaspoon of salt. This will keep your brights brighter and prevent color from bleeding in their first wash. Q. How do I remove stubborn wax stains from a tablecloth? This happens often, especially after Shabbos. A. You can remove the wax easily by using heat. Place a sheet of paper towel on each side of the stain. Set your iron to warm or medium and iron over the paper. Do not use steam while ironing. The heat from the iron will cause the remaining wax to melt off the tablecloth and soak into the paper towel. Magic happens! Repeat the ironing if necessary, using a fresh paper towel. Keep changing the paper towel and repeating the ironing until the wax is removed. Launder the tablecloth as usual once all the wax is gone. Q. We always seem to have leftover challah. Is there anything I can do with it so that it shouldn’t go to waste? A. There are a few delicious foods you can make from leftover challah bread. French toast makes a great breakfast or lunch, loved by everyone from mommy to the kiddies. Another idea is to cube and toast them in the oven untill they are slightly browned. Then, grind them in the food processor and you’ve got homemade breadcrumbs: a great staple to have in the cabinet. You can also treat your family to bread pudding, if you want to try something a little more time- consuming. Q. When hosting guests, what is the right thing to do? Do you serve your standard meal, or go all out and prepare gourmet dishes? A. A nice meal definitely makes guests feel welcome. Keep in mind that there is a big difference between a simple chicken and potatoes dinner and a six-course meal. There are many different options, and you need to know what you can handle. To start, whipping up an easy dessert and having a variety of drinks adds a lot to a simple meal. Feel free to contact Raizy with any of your homemaking questions at raizyscookin@gmail.com. B R O A D WAY K I T C H E N S MUCHMANIA @DOLLARPHOTOCLUB Q. Oftentimes, I am not sure how long a carton of eggs has been sitting in my fridge. How long are they good for, and how can I know if they are still safe to eat? A. All overworked moms can attest to this- running back and forth to the grocery is just not your thing. The only issue with keeping a house fully stocked is that it is so easy to lose track of how long products have been sitting around. Here’s a quick tip to check how fresh eggs are: Place an egg into a deep bowl filled with cold water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is very fresh. These are great for poached eggs! Q. I have one problem area in my home- the entryway. What is your best tip to keep it clean and clutter-free? A. Bins! They can be pretty baskets or practical plastic; I find them to be the best solution for containing clutter. Organize ‘em - one for umbrellas, one for bags, and even one for odds ‘n’ ends that always seem to pile up someplace. We all have those problem areas in our house, the places that get messy almost automatically. I find that giving 7 minutes a day can do much to keep these spots in order. Put it into your morning or evening routine. You will see the vast difference it makes. EXCEPTIONAL KITCHEN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. STRESS FREE. EXPERT ADVICE. 307 CENTRAL AVENUE | LAWRENCE, NEW YORK 11559 | P: 516.792.9300 FYI MAGAZINE | 31
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just ask just ask your homemaking problems, solved “There are no perfect homemakers – just real moms, deciding what’s right for their families and working to create a warm, nurturing home for those they love.” WRITTEN BY RAIZY FRIED FYI MAGAZINE | 30 If the egg sinks but stands on end, it is approximately one to two weeks old and it is okay to eat. These will be great for hard-boiled eggs, as the larger air sac will make them easier to peel. If the egg floats, it is stale. Do not consume. The reason for this is that an egg forms a small air sac when it cools down after being laid. Since eggshells are porous, as the egg ages, the air sac becomes larger. This means that an older egg is lighter; therefore, it will float in water. In general, eggs should be used within two to three weeks. Q. How do I get rid of the frying after-smell that lingers around long after the food has been served, eaten and the dishes have been washed? A. Take a small pot, put in a few cinnamon sticks and water to cover them, plus a bit more. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for a while (uncovered). Sit back and enjoy as the aroma of fresh cinnamon overtakes any traces of previous smells. Q. Is there any way to prevent clothes from fading? A. Your summer wardrobe is still looking fresh and nice. You want to see those colors no less vibrant after the wash than from before. Use this simple and amazing trick- toss your clothes in the wash with a teaspoon of salt. This will keep your brights brighter and prevent color from bleeding in their first wash. Q. How do I remove stubborn wax stains from a tablecloth? This happens often, especially after Shabbos. A. You can remove the wax easily by using heat. Place a sheet of paper towel on each side of the stain. Set your iron to warm or medium and iron over the paper. Do not use steam while ironing. The heat from the iron will cause the remaining wax to melt off the tablecloth and soak into the paper towel. Magic happens! Repeat the ironing if necessary, using a fresh paper towel. Keep changing the paper towel and repeating the ironing until the wax is removed. Launder the tablecloth as usual once all the wax is gone. Q. We always seem to have leftover challah. Is there anything I can do with it so that it shouldn’t go to waste? A. There are a few delicious foods you can make from leftover challah bread. French toast makes a great breakfast or lunch, loved by everyone from mommy to the kiddies. Another idea is to cube and toast them in the oven untill they are slightly browned. Then, grind them in the food processor and you’ve got homemade breadcrumbs: a great staple to have in the cabinet. You can also treat your family to bread pudding, if you want to try something a little more time- consuming. Q. When hosting guests, what is the right thing to do? Do you serve your standard meal, or go all out and prepare gourmet dishes? A. A nice meal definitely makes guests feel welcome. Keep in mind that there is a big difference between a simple chicken and potatoes dinner and a six-course meal. There are many different options, and you need to know what you can handle. To start, whipping up an easy dessert and having a variety of drinks adds a lot to a simple meal. Feel free to contact Raizy with any of your homemaking questions at raizyscookin@gmail.com. B R O A D WAY K I T C H E N S MUCHMANIA @DOLLARPHOTOCLUB Q. Oftentimes, I am not sure how long a carton of eggs has been sitting in my fridge. How long are they good for, and how can I know if they are still safe to eat? A. All overworked moms can attest to this- running back and forth to the grocery is just not your thing. The only issue with keeping a house fully stocked is that it is so easy to lose track of how long products have been sitting around. Here’s a quick tip to check how fresh eggs are: Place an egg into a deep bowl filled with cold water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is very fresh. These are great for poached eggs! Q. I have one problem area in my home- the entryway. What is your best tip to keep it clean and clutter-free? A. Bins! They can be pretty baskets or practical plastic; I find them to be the best solution for containing clutter. Organize ‘em - one for umbrellas, one for bags, and even one for odds ‘n’ ends that always seem to pile up someplace. We all have those problem areas in our house, the places that get messy almost automatically. I find that giving 7 minutes a day can do much to keep these spots in order. Put it into your morning or evening routine. You will see the vast difference it makes. EXCEPTIONAL KITCHEN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. STRESS FREE. EXPERT ADVICE. 307 CENTRAL AVENUE | LAWRENCE, NEW YORK 11559 | P: 516.792.9300 FYI MAGAZINE | 31
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just ask just ask managing your personal finances enough, you can’t take advantage? My point is NOT to avoid paying back student loans. However, be careful in sacrificing your monthly savings, and even lifestyle, in favor of paying back a student loan “sooner.” While every situation is vastly different, proper budgeting must be completed based on impeccable analysis. WRITTEN BY JOSH FAIZZADEH Saving is a habit. So the question really isn’t “How do I start saving,”but rather “How do I form great habits that stick, specifically saving?” The best way to start forming any habit is to find the smallest part of the habit, complete it over and over and gradually build on small victories. For example, one technique I have employed dozens of times with my clients is to hand them an envelope with a simple request: every Sunday, place a $20 bill into the envelope. I generally ask my clients to try this for four weeks. More often than not, when I ask my clients if this action impeded their lives, the answer is generally “not at all.” Now, we can both build on this great success! Slowly, they start to add a few dollars every week and the habit actually becomes fun and productive because it produces positive feedback in an awesome feeling. Before FYI MAGAZINE | 32 they know it, I watch them turn into worldclass savers. The idea is simple: forming habits, especially saving, is difficult. However, we have the ability to “hack our brains” with the right habit-forming activities and coaching. We’ve been living paycheck to paycheck and lately we’re noticing that we are actually going into debt every month. How can we fix this issue? This is a common obstacle many people share. The truth is, more and more people work harder, only to feel they are falling by the wayside financially. So first off, if you face this challenge, know that you are not alone. In today’s extremely noisy environment, we are not only asked to do more than ever before, but more is also expected of our money. To ask our dollar to complete the task of only one dollar is not asking enough of our money. Part of the reason a great financial plan is so powerful, is because it provides peace of mind. What is the best way to put away for our future? We have accumulated over 100k in debt (student loans, credit cards). How do we get out of this hole? Full disclosure, this is a personal issue for me. I too, was once saddled with a heap of looming student debt. The first option to consider is consolidation of the student loans via a program like SoFi, which can save you up to $14,000! Once the loans have been “treated,” you must understand that there is good debt and bad debt. Credit card debt, a prime example of bad debt, should be eliminated at all costs. Student loans are an example of good debt, so breathe! Many people I know suffer immensely because of the pressure they feel by owing a student loan, and they go to great lengths to pay back every dime as soon as possible. Often, this mentality can do more harm than good. Where will the bank be when you have an unforeseen emergency in your home and the roof needs to be replaced? Will the bank help out when you come across a great opportunity, only to find that because your savings rate isn’t high I’ve always wanted to develop a financial plan and talk to a professional, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the financial industry; how do I deal with this? There is no one iron-clad best way to put away for the future- whether for retirement, college planning, or even an emergency fund. The best financial plan is based on YOU and YOUR concerns and goals. The good news is that there are plenty of options for just about every future opportunity. The common denominator, however, goes back to the previous principle we discussed: regardless of the tool, each of your dollars must perform the task of MANY dollars. Again, to ask our dollar to Knowing that all the leaks and factors are accounted for allows you to focus on whatever it is that you do best in life. With that burden off your shoulders, free to tackle the world, you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish with the right guidance! While it all starts with a great budget (habit forming again!) and proper coaching, it ends with getting your money to do more for you. @ ARINAHABICH/DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB I’ve been working for quite a few years now but have never put away money. How do I start saving? complete the task of only one dollar is not asking enough. While it’s often a paradigm shift for my clients, matched with disbelief and dubiousness, it is absolutely possible to ask more of our money. Speak to a financial professional to learn more. Of all the questions I am asked, this is probably the most difficult one to answer. Let me start with the truth: Yes, banks and financial institutions do evil things all the time. To hide behind that fact is simply unrealistic; however, to suggest that all financial professionals and entities are inherently untrustworthy, is as equally one-sided. In the end, we live in a world that is not black and white; everything is grey. When was the last time you got a ticket for 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. People ages 30-49 are the most likely of any age group to have no emergency savings. “The best financial plan is based on you and your concerns and goals.” going 45 MPH in a 40 MPH zone? Do you feel 100% certain that your last tax return was completely accurate? The point is, there is good in the world, and there is bad. Unfortunately, those two entities are generally hard to distinguish and packaged closer together than ever before. Find someone you are comfortable with by asking the right questions. Keep going until you find someone that earns your trust. In the end, you will be happy you did. More than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. One in five people who are near retirement age have zero money saved. FYI MAGAZINE | 33
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just ask just ask managing your personal finances enough, you can’t take advantage? My point is NOT to avoid paying back student loans. However, be careful in sacrificing your monthly savings, and even lifestyle, in favor of paying back a student loan “sooner.” While every situation is vastly different, proper budgeting must be completed based on impeccable analysis. WRITTEN BY JOSH FAIZZADEH Saving is a habit. So the question really isn’t “How do I start saving,”but rather “How do I form great habits that stick, specifically saving?” The best way to start forming any habit is to find the smallest part of the habit, complete it over and over and gradually build on small victories. For example, one technique I have employed dozens of times with my clients is to hand them an envelope with a simple request: every Sunday, place a $20 bill into the envelope. I generally ask my clients to try this for four weeks. More often than not, when I ask my clients if this action impeded their lives, the answer is generally “not at all.” Now, we can both build on this great success! Slowly, they start to add a few dollars every week and the habit actually becomes fun and productive because it produces positive feedback in an awesome feeling. Before FYI MAGAZINE | 32 they know it, I watch them turn into worldclass savers. The idea is simple: forming habits, especially saving, is difficult. However, we have the ability to “hack our brains” with the right habit-forming activities and coaching. We’ve been living paycheck to paycheck and lately we’re noticing that we are actually going into debt every month. How can we fix this issue? This is a common obstacle many people share. The truth is, more and more people work harder, only to feel they are falling by the wayside financially. So first off, if you face this challenge, know that you are not alone. In today’s extremely noisy environment, we are not only asked to do more than ever before, but more is also expected of our money. To ask our dollar to complete the task of only one dollar is not asking enough of our money. Part of the reason a great financial plan is so powerful, is because it provides peace of mind. What is the best way to put away for our future? We have accumulated over 100k in debt (student loans, credit cards). How do we get out of this hole? Full disclosure, this is a personal issue for me. I too, was once saddled with a heap of looming student debt. The first option to consider is consolidation of the student loans via a program like SoFi, which can save you up to $14,000! Once the loans have been “treated,” you must understand that there is good debt and bad debt. Credit card debt, a prime example of bad debt, should be eliminated at all costs. Student loans are an example of good debt, so breathe! Many people I know suffer immensely because of the pressure they feel by owing a student loan, and they go to great lengths to pay back every dime as soon as possible. Often, this mentality can do more harm than good. Where will the bank be when you have an unforeseen emergency in your home and the roof needs to be replaced? Will the bank help out when you come across a great opportunity, only to find that because your savings rate isn’t high I’ve always wanted to develop a financial plan and talk to a professional, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the financial industry; how do I deal with this? There is no one iron-clad best way to put away for the future- whether for retirement, college planning, or even an emergency fund. The best financial plan is based on YOU and YOUR concerns and goals. The good news is that there are plenty of options for just about every future opportunity. The common denominator, however, goes back to the previous principle we discussed: regardless of the tool, each of your dollars must perform the task of MANY dollars. Again, to ask our dollar to Knowing that all the leaks and factors are accounted for allows you to focus on whatever it is that you do best in life. With that burden off your shoulders, free to tackle the world, you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish with the right guidance! While it all starts with a great budget (habit forming again!) and proper coaching, it ends with getting your money to do more for you. @ ARINAHABICH/DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB I’ve been working for quite a few years now but have never put away money. How do I start saving? complete the task of only one dollar is not asking enough. While it’s often a paradigm shift for my clients, matched with disbelief and dubiousness, it is absolutely possible to ask more of our money. Speak to a financial professional to learn more. Of all the questions I am asked, this is probably the most difficult one to answer. Let me start with the truth: Yes, banks and financial institutions do evil things all the time. To hide behind that fact is simply unrealistic; however, to suggest that all financial professionals and entities are inherently untrustworthy, is as equally one-sided. In the end, we live in a world that is not black and white; everything is grey. When was the last time you got a ticket for 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. People ages 30-49 are the most likely of any age group to have no emergency savings. “The best financial plan is based on you and your concerns and goals.” going 45 MPH in a 40 MPH zone? Do you feel 100% certain that your last tax return was completely accurate? The point is, there is good in the world, and there is bad. Unfortunately, those two entities are generally hard to distinguish and packaged closer together than ever before. Find someone you are comfortable with by asking the right questions. Keep going until you find someone that earns your trust. In the end, you will be happy you did. More than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. One in five people who are near retirement age have zero money saved. FYI MAGAZINE | 33
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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. UNLESS IT’S JULY 2 . ND On July 1st, energy grants are proposed to be reduced by $1,000. So with respect to the phrase, stop being wishful and take action. IT’S A NO BRAINER! New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™, in conjunction with NJNG, is deeply interested in reducing energy waste and is offering $15,000 in incentives and interest-free loans. Let us help you to access this subsidy, so you can upgrade your home’s equipment without costing a dime! just ask how to Eliminate Codependent Relationships WRITTEN BY SURI FRENKEL Q: I saw your column recently and I really enjoyed it. I like that your answers are very practical and have real solutions. Perhaps you’d be able to help me with an issue I’ve been dealing with for over two years now. A couple of years ago, I became very close friends with a neighbor in the community that I had just moved into. We did everything togethershopping, cooking, menu planning, and our kids also spent a lot of time at each other’s houses. We were each other’s support system and it was really the best thing I could have asked for. Sometimes, my friend would take advantage of me in small ways (eg. leaving her kids at my house longer than expected) but I always chose to look past it. Slowly, she took more and more advantage of me and it was really taking its toll on our friendship. I tried setting my boundaries, but she somehow always managed to make me think that it was my bad. To say that things turned out badly is putting it mildly. After all that advantagetaking and manipulating, she suddenly cut me off. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. Making homes more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. HEATING & COOLING | WATER HEATER SPRAY FOAM - INSULATION | AIR SEAL | OIL TO GAS CONVERSION I can’t seem to get past it. It’s been two years now and I’m still so hurt. How do I get over this so I can build new friendships and carry on? q732.444.8321 info@EnergyAnalysisGroup.com www.energyanalysisgroup.com Kayla New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ Is Brought To You By The New Jersey Board Of Public Utilities And Does Not Endorse Any One Particular Contractor. FYI MAGAZINE | Dear Surie, 34 Hi Kayla, Giving of ourselves is the biggest investment, and when the returns are less than zero, it hurts. The scenario you described is very common, especially among women, and I will venture to assume that versions of the same story show up in other relationships in your life as well. The reason I say that is because of the terminology you used: “She took advantage of me. She managed to make me think it was all my fault," and "She cut me off.” Let us establish a very important fact. SHE cannot take advantage of you, or make you feel hurt. She actually cannot do anything to you, or make you feel anything without your consent. This rule is basic, yet so overlooked in our daily life. Yes, children or minors, by virtue of their being dependent on adults in their lives, can be abused and manipulated. Adults are by definition independent. We cannot be controlled, manipulated or abused, unless we give permission, consciously or not. Once you acknowledge this truth, you will feel liberated. I am not blaming you for what happened. Rather, I want to help you take responsibility to prevent ANYONE from making you feel, or think a certain way, or do anything to you in the future. Modern psychology is a big proponent of the abuse factor. The truth is, when we tap into the power of our A: own free will, which is given to every one of us, then the premise of abuse almost vanishes. Abuse or being manipulated, exists only when we are dependent to some degree on the other party. Our work in this world as adults with free choice, is to become completely independent from people. Kayla, you don't need this friend or anyone else who doesn't appreciate and validate you. Your problem is that you think you need her, and that is the source of your ongoing hurt. It's true that you want her friendship and that is okay, but you don't NEED it. Take the keys of your own feelings back into your hands. When you have them back in your possession, they cannot be misused by anyone. When you don’t give control to anyone, including those closest to you, then you will never be hurt. Being close to people, even in an intimate relationship, does not mean allowing them to come in and take control of you. This should always remain in your domain. We all need to practice the fine art of allowing people into the chambers of our heart without giving them the rights to control it. When you master this art, you can freely reach out to build new and successful relationships. Remember, YOU are always the one making the ultimate final decision. FYI MAGAZINE | 35
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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. UNLESS IT’S JULY 2 . ND On July 1st, energy grants are proposed to be reduced by $1,000. So with respect to the phrase, stop being wishful and take action. IT’S A NO BRAINER! New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™, in conjunction with NJNG, is deeply interested in reducing energy waste and is offering $15,000 in incentives and interest-free loans. Let us help you to access this subsidy, so you can upgrade your home’s equipment without costing a dime! just ask how to Eliminate Codependent Relationships WRITTEN BY SURI FRENKEL Q: I saw your column recently and I really enjoyed it. I like that your answers are very practical and have real solutions. Perhaps you’d be able to help me with an issue I’ve been dealing with for over two years now. A couple of years ago, I became very close friends with a neighbor in the community that I had just moved into. We did everything togethershopping, cooking, menu planning, and our kids also spent a lot of time at each other’s houses. We were each other’s support system and it was really the best thing I could have asked for. Sometimes, my friend would take advantage of me in small ways (eg. leaving her kids at my house longer than expected) but I always chose to look past it. Slowly, she took more and more advantage of me and it was really taking its toll on our friendship. I tried setting my boundaries, but she somehow always managed to make me think that it was my bad. To say that things turned out badly is putting it mildly. After all that advantagetaking and manipulating, she suddenly cut me off. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®. Making homes more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. HEATING & COOLING | WATER HEATER SPRAY FOAM - INSULATION | AIR SEAL | OIL TO GAS CONVERSION I can’t seem to get past it. It’s been two years now and I’m still so hurt. How do I get over this so I can build new friendships and carry on? q732.444.8321 info@EnergyAnalysisGroup.com www.energyanalysisgroup.com Kayla New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ Is Brought To You By The New Jersey Board Of Public Utilities And Does Not Endorse Any One Particular Contractor. FYI MAGAZINE | Dear Surie, 34 Hi Kayla, Giving of ourselves is the biggest investment, and when the returns are less than zero, it hurts. The scenario you described is very common, especially among women, and I will venture to assume that versions of the same story show up in other relationships in your life as well. The reason I say that is because of the terminology you used: “She took advantage of me. She managed to make me think it was all my fault," and "She cut me off.” Let us establish a very important fact. SHE cannot take advantage of you, or make you feel hurt. She actually cannot do anything to you, or make you feel anything without your consent. This rule is basic, yet so overlooked in our daily life. Yes, children or minors, by virtue of their being dependent on adults in their lives, can be abused and manipulated. Adults are by definition independent. We cannot be controlled, manipulated or abused, unless we give permission, consciously or not. Once you acknowledge this truth, you will feel liberated. I am not blaming you for what happened. Rather, I want to help you take responsibility to prevent ANYONE from making you feel, or think a certain way, or do anything to you in the future. Modern psychology is a big proponent of the abuse factor. The truth is, when we tap into the power of our A: own free will, which is given to every one of us, then the premise of abuse almost vanishes. Abuse or being manipulated, exists only when we are dependent to some degree on the other party. Our work in this world as adults with free choice, is to become completely independent from people. Kayla, you don't need this friend or anyone else who doesn't appreciate and validate you. Your problem is that you think you need her, and that is the source of your ongoing hurt. It's true that you want her friendship and that is okay, but you don't NEED it. Take the keys of your own feelings back into your hands. When you have them back in your possession, they cannot be misused by anyone. When you don’t give control to anyone, including those closest to you, then you will never be hurt. Being close to people, even in an intimate relationship, does not mean allowing them to come in and take control of you. This should always remain in your domain. We all need to practice the fine art of allowing people into the chambers of our heart without giving them the rights to control it. When you master this art, you can freely reach out to build new and successful relationships. Remember, YOU are always the one making the ultimate final decision. FYI MAGAZINE | 35
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just ask just ask your voice Q JOIN THE DISCUSSION What is something you believe that most people would disagree with? Rivky L.. Lakewood, NJ “I honestly don't think young school-aged kids should have cell phones or play on electronic devices. They miss out on all the fun and creative play we used to have way back when.” Melissa Stollman Monticello, NY “I teach my children not to talk to strangers. People in grocery stores or on the street try to talk to my children and ask their names or how old they are etc. I don't want my children comfortable while conversing with people I don't know, for their own safety. People seem to disagree and think they are unfriendly (which they obviously aren't). I just want them to be safe.” Yosefa Feldhamer Bergenfield, NJ FYI MAGAZINE | 36 “Mothers should not be homeschooling unless they themselves have Master’s degrees in education. Otherwise, they are doing a disservice to their children.” E.A. Toronto, Ontario “All people should go to therapy. It should be mandatory.” “Some mental conditions which people take medication for are not really conditions. It’s just that society doesn’t want to tolerate them.” Beth Fried Teaneck, NJ “I believe that the educational system should eliminate the SAT/ ACT tests.” “I BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT HEALTHY FOR A CHILD UNDER 15 MONTHS (THE EARLIEST) TO BE IN A PLAYGROUP.” Malka Polonetsky Miami, Florida “I believe that homeschooling is ideal for the future with schools being too expensive, too backward and not geared enough to each child's individual needs. Our whole society needs a massive overhaul and it should begin with new educational methods, and no more outdated school systems with teachers that are not tuned into today's world.” Yides Fekete Brooklyn, NY “I believe that a college education is no longer the most important thing to have in order to get ahead in life, but rather good ideas and passion.” Ally Weiner Woodmere, NY Rachelli Glasser Far Rockaway, NY “I very strongly believe that children shouldn't be watching TV/videos every day. Not for religious reasons, but for cognitive development reasons.” “I don’t believe schools should have any say on what parents do with their children for recreation.” “I believe that kids who live in an urban or suburban setting, with neighbors within walking distance, (as opposed to a rural area) should be homeschooled until age six or seven.” “I believe all Jews should greet every single person they walk by on shabbos, even if it's a nod or smile.” S. A. Brooklyn, NY Gila Brownstein Brooklyn, NY Malki Gartenburg Wesley Hills, NY “I believe co-sleeping is best for the baby and mommy, along with extended nursing.” “I believe that children should be raised with one stay-athome parent or adult - at least a relative- at least until the age of 13 or 14 years old. The gender of the parent or relative doesn't really make a difference but the concept of having one there as an active presence does.” “I believe parents should have a choice whether to vaccinate their children or not.” R.N. Chicago, Illinois “Certain sects of Judaism have turned into something completely different from what I believe to be Judaism.” R. L. Brooklyn, NY Y.G. Jerusalem, Israel “Rabbi is only a title. It doesn’t mean the person is a good person.” “I also believe that antibiotics are grossly overused and people should be turning to herbs as first means of healing themselves.” Bruchy S. Brooklyn, NY “I believe we should go back to the barter system.” “Parents have to learn to accept children the way they are. Many people disagree with this argument anytime you bring it up.” Rachel Goldman Far Rocakaway, NY Chava Leah Gluck Brooklyn, NY R.W. Brooklyn, NY “If you really live the belief that the sum total of your experience is the sum total of your thoughts, you do not need years of therapy to heal. Rather you learn to use your thoughts to create the reality you want moment by moment.”Blimie Heller, Lakewood, NJ Beth Wendy Grundfest-Frigeri Spring Valley, NY “I believe only some men should learn fulltime for the first year or two after marriage, but should go to work after that. Everyone should always stay inspired, but learning full time forever, I don't think is good.” Anonymous Jerusalem, Israel “I believe it's very important as parents to apologize to your kids if you make a mistake… children learn by example.” Randi Sina Brooklyn, NY Anonymous Brooklyn, NY “I think parents should treat a child as a real person with feelings and give him whatever respect s/he feels the child should be giving.” E.L. Far Rockaway, NY “I don't believe that someone having a psychiatric label/diagnosis makes him either a bad parent or a bad prospective parent.” Anonymous Brooklyn, NY “As a Jewish woman, I believe our greatest allies in the United States against anti-Jewish/anti Semitic rhetoric and actions are our Semitic cousins- the Muslims.” “I believe no school should reject a child without making sure he has a place to go.” M.W. Queens, NY Anonymous Cedarhurst, NY “I think that every marriage could benefit from good marriage counseling!” “I believe young couples that are becoming more “modern” than their parents are doing their children a great disservice. Most people don’t agree with me but I think that’s because they are living now and not looking into the future.” Jessica Zelikovich Queens, NY R.G. Flatbush, NY “I don't believe children should be forced to eat something they don't want. If your kid doesn't want your dinner, at least give him bread and cream cheese. Making them go to bed hungry is wrong.“ Abby Fox Miami, Fl Question for the next issue: What memorable lesson have you learned recently? We want to hear from you! Be featured in our next issue. Text your answer to 516-331-1885. FYI MAGAZINE | 37
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just ask just ask your voice Q JOIN THE DISCUSSION What is something you believe that most people would disagree with? Rivky L.. Lakewood, NJ “I honestly don't think young school-aged kids should have cell phones or play on electronic devices. They miss out on all the fun and creative play we used to have way back when.” Melissa Stollman Monticello, NY “I teach my children not to talk to strangers. People in grocery stores or on the street try to talk to my children and ask their names or how old they are etc. I don't want my children comfortable while conversing with people I don't know, for their own safety. People seem to disagree and think they are unfriendly (which they obviously aren't). I just want them to be safe.” Yosefa Feldhamer Bergenfield, NJ FYI MAGAZINE | 36 “Mothers should not be homeschooling unless they themselves have Master’s degrees in education. Otherwise, they are doing a disservice to their children.” E.A. Toronto, Ontario “All people should go to therapy. It should be mandatory.” “Some mental conditions which people take medication for are not really conditions. It’s just that society doesn’t want to tolerate them.” Beth Fried Teaneck, NJ “I believe that the educational system should eliminate the SAT/ ACT tests.” “I BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT HEALTHY FOR A CHILD UNDER 15 MONTHS (THE EARLIEST) TO BE IN A PLAYGROUP.” Malka Polonetsky Miami, Florida “I believe that homeschooling is ideal for the future with schools being too expensive, too backward and not geared enough to each child's individual needs. Our whole society needs a massive overhaul and it should begin with new educational methods, and no more outdated school systems with teachers that are not tuned into today's world.” Yides Fekete Brooklyn, NY “I believe that a college education is no longer the most important thing to have in order to get ahead in life, but rather good ideas and passion.” Ally Weiner Woodmere, NY Rachelli Glasser Far Rockaway, NY “I very strongly believe that children shouldn't be watching TV/videos every day. Not for religious reasons, but for cognitive development reasons.” “I don’t believe schools should have any say on what parents do with their children for recreation.” “I believe that kids who live in an urban or suburban setting, with neighbors within walking distance, (as opposed to a rural area) should be homeschooled until age six or seven.” “I believe all Jews should greet every single person they walk by on shabbos, even if it's a nod or smile.” S. A. Brooklyn, NY Gila Brownstein Brooklyn, NY Malki Gartenburg Wesley Hills, NY “I believe co-sleeping is best for the baby and mommy, along with extended nursing.” “I believe that children should be raised with one stay-athome parent or adult - at least a relative- at least until the age of 13 or 14 years old. The gender of the parent or relative doesn't really make a difference but the concept of having one there as an active presence does.” “I believe parents should have a choice whether to vaccinate their children or not.” R.N. Chicago, Illinois “Certain sects of Judaism have turned into something completely different from what I believe to be Judaism.” R. L. Brooklyn, NY Y.G. Jerusalem, Israel “Rabbi is only a title. It doesn’t mean the person is a good person.” “I also believe that antibiotics are grossly overused and people should be turning to herbs as first means of healing themselves.” Bruchy S. Brooklyn, NY “I believe we should go back to the barter system.” “Parents have to learn to accept children the way they are. Many people disagree with this argument anytime you bring it up.” Rachel Goldman Far Rocakaway, NY Chava Leah Gluck Brooklyn, NY R.W. Brooklyn, NY “If you really live the belief that the sum total of your experience is the sum total of your thoughts, you do not need years of therapy to heal. Rather you learn to use your thoughts to create the reality you want moment by moment.”Blimie Heller, Lakewood, NJ Beth Wendy Grundfest-Frigeri Spring Valley, NY “I believe only some men should learn fulltime for the first year or two after marriage, but should go to work after that. Everyone should always stay inspired, but learning full time forever, I don't think is good.” Anonymous Jerusalem, Israel “I believe it's very important as parents to apologize to your kids if you make a mistake… children learn by example.” Randi Sina Brooklyn, NY Anonymous Brooklyn, NY “I think parents should treat a child as a real person with feelings and give him whatever respect s/he feels the child should be giving.” E.L. Far Rockaway, NY “I don't believe that someone having a psychiatric label/diagnosis makes him either a bad parent or a bad prospective parent.” Anonymous Brooklyn, NY “As a Jewish woman, I believe our greatest allies in the United States against anti-Jewish/anti Semitic rhetoric and actions are our Semitic cousins- the Muslims.” “I believe no school should reject a child without making sure he has a place to go.” M.W. Queens, NY Anonymous Cedarhurst, NY “I think that every marriage could benefit from good marriage counseling!” “I believe young couples that are becoming more “modern” than their parents are doing their children a great disservice. Most people don’t agree with me but I think that’s because they are living now and not looking into the future.” Jessica Zelikovich Queens, NY R.G. Flatbush, NY “I don't believe children should be forced to eat something they don't want. If your kid doesn't want your dinner, at least give him bread and cream cheese. Making them go to bed hungry is wrong.“ Abby Fox Miami, Fl Question for the next issue: What memorable lesson have you learned recently? We want to hear from you! Be featured in our next issue. Text your answer to 516-331-1885. FYI MAGAZINE | 37
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fall in love with life A Picture Perfect Simcha. Sheva Brochos • Upsherins • Vorts Bar/Bas Mitzvahs • Kiddeishim pg © TANOUCHKA / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB 6 Makeup Swaps for Summer The New JCC Simcha Hall of Marine Park Seating for 180 • Buffet events for 250 For booking information, please call Menucha at the JCC: 718-407-1832 or email menucha@jccmp.org FYI MAGAZINE | 38 48 Jewish Community Council of Marine Park pg 49 How to Pamper Yourself this Month
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fall in love with life A Picture Perfect Simcha. Sheva Brochos • Upsherins • Vorts Bar/Bas Mitzvahs • Kiddeishim pg © TANOUCHKA / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB 6 Makeup Swaps for Summer The New JCC Simcha Hall of Marine Park Seating for 180 • Buffet events for 250 For booking information, please call Menucha at the JCC: 718-407-1832 or email menucha@jccmp.org FYI MAGAZINE | 38 48 Jewish Community Council of Marine Park pg 49 How to Pamper Yourself this Month
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in your business fall in love with life quotes that inspire “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” VINCE LOMBARDI “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” GEORGE BERNARD SHAW “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit it.” “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched they must be felt with the heart.” Fashionably Late ZINFANDEL | WHITE RIESLING | CHENIN BLANC | ORANGE MUSCAT HELEN KELLER “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” FYI MAGAZINE | 40 FYI MAGAZINE | 41
in your business  fall in love with life  quotes that inspire    Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to ...
in your business fall in love with life quotes that inspire “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” VINCE LOMBARDI “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” GEORGE BERNARD SHAW “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit it.” “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched they must be felt with the heart.” Fashionably Late ZINFANDEL | WHITE RIESLING | CHENIN BLANC | ORANGE MUSCAT HELEN KELLER “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” FYI MAGAZINE | 40 FYI MAGAZINE | 41
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fall in love with life fall in love with life 5 MINUTES TO FITNESS a little bit WRITTEN BY REBECCA BLUE How often do we see magazine covers with a photo of great abs and an intriguing article inside that describes the ten best exercises to lose belly fat? The sad truth is, you can do hundreds of crunches till you plotz, but you will still have your “Ab Flab.” The six-pack abs you dream about are accomplished only through healthy, clean eating habits. That being said, we still need to strengthen and define those abdominals, since they are the core of our body. They link our upper and lower body together and assist in supporting our spine. This month’s focus exercise is the basic Plank. This exercise has now superseded the crunch and the sit-up. The Plank is a static, isometric strength exercise that works the upper and lower body and improves posture. Planks work the abs the way abs are supposed to function: by stabilizing and supporting posture and alignment of the spine. fashion of (and a lot-a-bit of how) WRITTENBY ESTY BROGNA FOCUS OF TH MONTH: E The Basic Plank In the last issues we’ve discussed the four types of beauty. (Newcomers, see information box). Since by now you probably have a pretty good idea about which type you are, let’s begin learning how to go about dressing for your type! When dressing for your type, there are 4 components of style: Clothing, Hair, Makeup, and Accessories. BASIC PLANK Begin your basic Plank by getting into push-up position; your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. You must engage your core by sucking in your belly button to your spine, keeping yourself in a neutral position on your hands; or to vary, you can bring it down to your elbows, keeping elbows or hands always aligned with your shoulders. As a precaution, make sure your hips do not drop, as this can put unwanted pressure on your lower back. Hold your Plank for 30-60 seconds maximum, and focus on perfecting proper alignment for more effective results. Next months’s focus will be the Plank with variations. FYI MAGAZINE | 42 Tip: Instead of trying to add time to your Planks, which gives no real benefit because Planks burn very few calories, add variations. Hair Let’s start with hair because, in my humble opinion, hair is most important to your look. You may be surprised, but in my experience with fashion and styling, I’ve seen that a good color and cut can really pull everything together and take any outfit from mediocre to super-duper glamorous. The question to ask yourself when deciding which color and cut to go for is, “Will my hair reflect the overall movement (see information box) of my type in its color, cut, and style?” And remember, as good as your hair stylist is, don’t rely on him/her to decide how to style your hair. Because although a stylist may be able to give you a great, fashionable cut, it is always best to go with what will look good on you. The words that describe your hair should also be key words for your type. Type 1s’ hair should be upward, light, buoyant, messy, and random. Messy and curly hair looks great on type 1s. Type 2s look great with soft curls and fringe, never a blunt bang; again, very connected and flowy would best describe it. They also look great in Dutch braids and other very feminine hairdos. Type 3s’ hair should be edgy and have texture and volume. Because your facial features tend to be angled, flat hair against your face directly competes with those shapes. Type 3s look great with highlights and lowlights because it adds texture to the hair. Type 4s look great in flat-ironed sleek and smooth hairdos. They look super-chic in blunt cuts and middle parts. Because, hey, they are described as bold and striking, after all. FYI MAGAZINE | 43
fall in love with life  fall in love with life  5 MINUTES TO FITNESS  a little bit  WRITTEN BY REBECCA BLUE  How often do ...
fall in love with life fall in love with life 5 MINUTES TO FITNESS a little bit WRITTEN BY REBECCA BLUE How often do we see magazine covers with a photo of great abs and an intriguing article inside that describes the ten best exercises to lose belly fat? The sad truth is, you can do hundreds of crunches till you plotz, but you will still have your “Ab Flab.” The six-pack abs you dream about are accomplished only through healthy, clean eating habits. That being said, we still need to strengthen and define those abdominals, since they are the core of our body. They link our upper and lower body together and assist in supporting our spine. This month’s focus exercise is the basic Plank. This exercise has now superseded the crunch and the sit-up. The Plank is a static, isometric strength exercise that works the upper and lower body and improves posture. Planks work the abs the way abs are supposed to function: by stabilizing and supporting posture and alignment of the spine. fashion of (and a lot-a-bit of how) WRITTENBY ESTY BROGNA FOCUS OF TH MONTH: E The Basic Plank In the last issues we’ve discussed the four types of beauty. (Newcomers, see information box). Since by now you probably have a pretty good idea about which type you are, let’s begin learning how to go about dressing for your type! When dressing for your type, there are 4 components of style: Clothing, Hair, Makeup, and Accessories. BASIC PLANK Begin your basic Plank by getting into push-up position; your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. You must engage your core by sucking in your belly button to your spine, keeping yourself in a neutral position on your hands; or to vary, you can bring it down to your elbows, keeping elbows or hands always aligned with your shoulders. As a precaution, make sure your hips do not drop, as this can put unwanted pressure on your lower back. Hold your Plank for 30-60 seconds maximum, and focus on perfecting proper alignment for more effective results. Next months’s focus will be the Plank with variations. FYI MAGAZINE | 42 Tip: Instead of trying to add time to your Planks, which gives no real benefit because Planks burn very few calories, add variations. Hair Let’s start with hair because, in my humble opinion, hair is most important to your look. You may be surprised, but in my experience with fashion and styling, I’ve seen that a good color and cut can really pull everything together and take any outfit from mediocre to super-duper glamorous. The question to ask yourself when deciding which color and cut to go for is, “Will my hair reflect the overall movement (see information box) of my type in its color, cut, and style?” And remember, as good as your hair stylist is, don’t rely on him/her to decide how to style your hair. Because although a stylist may be able to give you a great, fashionable cut, it is always best to go with what will look good on you. The words that describe your hair should also be key words for your type. Type 1s’ hair should be upward, light, buoyant, messy, and random. Messy and curly hair looks great on type 1s. Type 2s look great with soft curls and fringe, never a blunt bang; again, very connected and flowy would best describe it. They also look great in Dutch braids and other very feminine hairdos. Type 3s’ hair should be edgy and have texture and volume. Because your facial features tend to be angled, flat hair against your face directly competes with those shapes. Type 3s look great with highlights and lowlights because it adds texture to the hair. Type 4s look great in flat-ironed sleek and smooth hairdos. They look super-chic in blunt cuts and middle parts. Because, hey, they are described as bold and striking, after all. FYI MAGAZINE | 43
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fall in love with life Clothing & Accessories Next, onto clothing and accessories. We need to take a few things into consideration when buying clothing and accessories for our types – color, clothing design, and what accessories can add to our outfit – because no ensemble is complete without accessories. Type 1 colors are tints, which means any color with white added will look good on you (see type 1 color card). If the design reminds you of fresh/airy, happy/ bubbly and the pattern is fun and random, it’s for you. (Just a tip: fit and flare dresses look great on type 1s.) And make sure your accessories add “pop” to your outfit. For type 2, tones (any color with grey added, muted colors; see type 2 color card) will look best on you. The design should represent subtlety and connectedness in pattern, and the material and design lines should have a downward flowing movement. Because you are the detail queen, your accessories should definitely add detail to your outfit. Type 3’s look best in shades (any color with black added; see type 3 color card). Type 3 clothing should be very textured (ex: tweed, bold stitching) and the patterns should be edgy; angles work really well for type 3’s. The shape of your clothing should also include angles. Accessories for a type 3 should add substance and again, texture. Because type 4’s are characterized by boldness, they look best in hues (any true color – no black or white added – see type 4 color card). Their clothing can be super bold in design, using striking colors together with vivid patterns. The design lines should be straight and symmetrical; the materials, more stiff than “flowy.” Accessories for a type 4 can add even more boldness. Makeup Now let’s talk about makeup. You may be surprised, but the consistency of your makeup, not color alone, also makes a difference in your appearance. Your makeup’s colors and textures should reflect the characteristics of your type. Type 1’s should be wearing fresh and fun colors with a natural look. They can wear several colors at once (as long as they don’t clash) but usually won’t look good in heavy eye shadow. Powder foundations are best, and type 1s can look amazing with a highlighter that bestows a light and airy look and feel. Type 2’s look best in subtle, feminine makeup, so they, too, should keep it natural. Eye shadow, lip and blush colors should be more subtle than loud; tinted moisturizer looks better than foundation. Type 3’s can wear rich colors, even eye shadow in gold or some other color that wouldn’t work with any other type. They can pull off rich red (it should be a “shade” of red – see clothing for type 3). Foundation should be liquid, not too heavy. Type 4’s are the only ones who can wear heavy makeup well: bold colors for their eyes, cheeks and lips, or “smoky” eyes. Because their energy level is lower than that of the other types, their foundation can have a heavy consistency, as well as the rest of their makeup (see information box). Just in time for spring To see your color chart, visit fyimagazineny.com. TYPE 1: AIR TYPE 2: WATER TYPE 3 – FIRE TYPE 4 – EARTH Very youthful and can be described with words such as random, buoyant, crisp, free, fresh, bright, and upbeat. Type 1 shapes are hearts, circles, polka dots, stars, a curl pattern – anything that makes you think happy and bouncy. Most often described as elegant – also soft, connected, subtle, relaxed, blended and comfortable. Type 2 shapes include the teardrop, an oval or rectangle with rounded edges, an “S” curve and a relaxed curl pattern- things that make you think flowy connections. Type 3s are very dynamic and rich. They can also be described as swift, sure, angular, and textured. Type 3 shapes are either the triangle or rectangle, or any lines that come to a point. Type 4s are often seen as regal, precise and structured. Shapes that describe type 4s’ character are parallel lines and elongated ovals and rectangles. AHEAD OF THE CURVE www.yonanewyork.com 855-YONA-NYC FYI MAGAZINE | 44
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fall in love with life Clothing & Accessories Next, onto clothing and accessories. We need to take a few things into consideration when buying clothing and accessories for our types – color, clothing design, and what accessories can add to our outfit – because no ensemble is complete without accessories. Type 1 colors are tints, which means any color with white added will look good on you (see type 1 color card). If the design reminds you of fresh/airy, happy/ bubbly and the pattern is fun and random, it’s for you. (Just a tip: fit and flare dresses look great on type 1s.) And make sure your accessories add “pop” to your outfit. For type 2, tones (any color with grey added, muted colors; see type 2 color card) will look best on you. The design should represent subtlety and connectedness in pattern, and the material and design lines should have a downward flowing movement. Because you are the detail queen, your accessories should definitely add detail to your outfit. Type 3’s look best in shades (any color with black added; see type 3 color card). Type 3 clothing should be very textured (ex: tweed, bold stitching) and the patterns should be edgy; angles work really well for type 3’s. The shape of your clothing should also include angles. Accessories for a type 3 should add substance and again, texture. Because type 4’s are characterized by boldness, they look best in hues (any true color – no black or white added – see type 4 color card). Their clothing can be super bold in design, using striking colors together with vivid patterns. The design lines should be straight and symmetrical; the materials, more stiff than “flowy.” Accessories for a type 4 can add even more boldness. Makeup Now let’s talk about makeup. You may be surprised, but the consistency of your makeup, not color alone, also makes a difference in your appearance. Your makeup’s colors and textures should reflect the characteristics of your type. Type 1’s should be wearing fresh and fun colors with a natural look. They can wear several colors at once (as long as they don’t clash) but usually won’t look good in heavy eye shadow. Powder foundations are best, and type 1s can look amazing with a highlighter that bestows a light and airy look and feel. Type 2’s look best in subtle, feminine makeup, so they, too, should keep it natural. Eye shadow, lip and blush colors should be more subtle than loud; tinted moisturizer looks better than foundation. Type 3’s can wear rich colors, even eye shadow in gold or some other color that wouldn’t work with any other type. They can pull off rich red (it should be a “shade” of red – see clothing for type 3). Foundation should be liquid, not too heavy. Type 4’s are the only ones who can wear heavy makeup well: bold colors for their eyes, cheeks and lips, or “smoky” eyes. Because their energy level is lower than that of the other types, their foundation can have a heavy consistency, as well as the rest of their makeup (see information box). Just in time for spring To see your color chart, visit fyimagazineny.com. TYPE 1: AIR TYPE 2: WATER TYPE 3 – FIRE TYPE 4 – EARTH Very youthful and can be described with words such as random, buoyant, crisp, free, fresh, bright, and upbeat. Type 1 shapes are hearts, circles, polka dots, stars, a curl pattern – anything that makes you think happy and bouncy. Most often described as elegant – also soft, connected, subtle, relaxed, blended and comfortable. Type 2 shapes include the teardrop, an oval or rectangle with rounded edges, an “S” curve and a relaxed curl pattern- things that make you think flowy connections. Type 3s are very dynamic and rich. They can also be described as swift, sure, angular, and textured. Type 3 shapes are either the triangle or rectangle, or any lines that come to a point. Type 4s are often seen as regal, precise and structured. Shapes that describe type 4s’ character are parallel lines and elongated ovals and rectangles. AHEAD OF THE CURVE www.yonanewyork.com 855-YONA-NYC FYI MAGAZINE | 44
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fall in love with life fall in love with life F A S H I O N F E E D Hey, ya’ll! I'm beyond thrilled to bring you “Fashion Feed,” my new column, where I will be bringing you all the latest fashion trends directly from the runway. I'll even show you where you can get the finds related to my “top picks”! (For prices that won't empty your wallets, of course.) TOP PICKS It is finally time to spring into all those ‘fab’ fashion trends you’ve been pinning to your favorite board the past few months since NYFW SS15. Below is a supply of my personal top picks of the month: 2. Gingham 1. Bohemian This loose dress with a touch of hippie chic vibe has never looked so good, thanks to the likes of designers such as Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana. Wear this gorgeous and soft silhouette (a personal favorite), for your Sunday around town or to that special night out. You’ll look cool, hip, and feminine. FYI MAGAZINE | 46 This versatile gridlock pattern was popular in the 1960's, but is back again today by Bottega Veneta and Michael Kors. Clearly, this is a trend that’s here to stay, and I couldn’t be more excited to rock this style! FASHION EDITOR: BETTY GULKO HOW TO WEAR Now that we’ve narrowed down some trends to obsess over for the next month, let's talk about how to move these items from our pinterest boards into our closet and at a price our wallet (and husband) can handle. Bohemian Gingham Suede 3. Suede Despite what you may be thinking – Suede has now become a season-less fabric. Don’t just go with the ordinary neutral tones of suede; go with all the gorgeous pops of colors the suede trend is offering! Derek Lam and Marni show us how this classic trend has turned fun and whimsical. Go for it! Beaded Lariat Necklace: bohogal.com, $53. First Kiss Dress: freepeople.com, $148. Birkenstock Boho Strappy Camper Sandal: modcloth.com, $90 .Bag: target.com, $30 Blouse: landsend.com, $38. Missguided Helena Gingham Full Midi Skirt: missguided.com, $30. Bag: Nordstrom. com, $320. Elalla Shoes, aldo.com, $80 Skirt: Zara.com, $60. TopShop Lilith Suede Chunky Platform Sandal : topshop.com, $135. Bag in Mustard: Asos.com, $105. Suede Jacket in Wine: mango.com, $150. FYI MAGAZINE | 47
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fall in love with life fall in love with life F A S H I O N F E E D Hey, ya’ll! I'm beyond thrilled to bring you “Fashion Feed,” my new column, where I will be bringing you all the latest fashion trends directly from the runway. I'll even show you where you can get the finds related to my “top picks”! (For prices that won't empty your wallets, of course.) TOP PICKS It is finally time to spring into all those ‘fab’ fashion trends you’ve been pinning to your favorite board the past few months since NYFW SS15. Below is a supply of my personal top picks of the month: 2. Gingham 1. Bohemian This loose dress with a touch of hippie chic vibe has never looked so good, thanks to the likes of designers such as Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana. Wear this gorgeous and soft silhouette (a personal favorite), for your Sunday around town or to that special night out. You’ll look cool, hip, and feminine. FYI MAGAZINE | 46 This versatile gridlock pattern was popular in the 1960's, but is back again today by Bottega Veneta and Michael Kors. Clearly, this is a trend that’s here to stay, and I couldn’t be more excited to rock this style! FASHION EDITOR: BETTY GULKO HOW TO WEAR Now that we’ve narrowed down some trends to obsess over for the next month, let's talk about how to move these items from our pinterest boards into our closet and at a price our wallet (and husband) can handle. Bohemian Gingham Suede 3. Suede Despite what you may be thinking – Suede has now become a season-less fabric. Don’t just go with the ordinary neutral tones of suede; go with all the gorgeous pops of colors the suede trend is offering! Derek Lam and Marni show us how this classic trend has turned fun and whimsical. Go for it! Beaded Lariat Necklace: bohogal.com, $53. First Kiss Dress: freepeople.com, $148. Birkenstock Boho Strappy Camper Sandal: modcloth.com, $90 .Bag: target.com, $30 Blouse: landsend.com, $38. Missguided Helena Gingham Full Midi Skirt: missguided.com, $30. Bag: Nordstrom. com, $320. Elalla Shoes, aldo.com, $80 Skirt: Zara.com, $60. TopShop Lilith Suede Chunky Platform Sandal : topshop.com, $135. Bag in Mustard: Asos.com, $105. Suede Jacket in Wine: mango.com, $150. FYI MAGAZINE | 47
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fall in love with life fall in love with life SIX SWAPS to update your makeup collection for summer! WRITTEN BY BATYA HESS is good 1. SPF is a must! The secret to good makeupdamage skin. Protecting your skin from environmental is an Summer is in the air! Finally! We New York gals are definitely ready to put away our burgundy lipsticks and break out the bronzer! For me, summers are about effortless nonfussy makeup that actually stays put! I look for products that are multi-purpose, easy to apply, and quick, but most importantly, gorgeous! Here are some tips on preparing for the long hot days we’ve all been waiting for: all-year-round essential, but absolutely imperative in the warmer months. But let’s be honest. Nobody is sitting there rubbing on a hundred creams before running out the door. A good way to go is swapping your everyday foundation with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (Nordstrom, $39) that does it all! The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers are absolutely beautiful and easy to slap on to give you everything you need in one go! Time to 2. My personal favorite part about summer is the glow!give that swap our dull winter powder with an illuminator to dewy, fresh glow. A little Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Sephora, $41) tapped in on the tops of your cheekbones is a summer essential and will make you feel like a new woman! take a break Ten-Minute Tea Time: Small Cup, Big Break No matter what keeps us busy - at home, in the office, in the community, or all of the above - we all need to take time to refresh ourselves and rejuvenate. The fast-paced, high-tech world in which we live is becoming increasingly conducive to burnout. In fact, the American Psychological Association reports that 77 percent of Americans experience physical stress-related symptoms each month, 73 percent report psychological stress, and 50 percent of Americans blame stress for difficulties they experience in their home and professional lives. With such statistics and our own personal experience to back it up, it’s essential to take a little time for oneself each day. Studies show that those who take short breaks in the workplace are able to return to their jobs with better efficiency, more focus, increased productivity, and fewer errors. Perhaps that’s why the state of Colorado has made it mandatory to give employees a 10-minute break for every 4-hour work period. Maybe, we should make it mandatory for ourselves, too, even when we’re not on the (official) job. Even a 10-minute tea or coffee break can work wonders in refreshing and revitalizing ourselves. that heavy black be severe and 3. Time to ditchsummertime, and liner! It can in the eyes. harsh in the really close Replacing the liner with a few extra coats of Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara (Ulta, $21) will really open up those eyes for a fresher, more awake feel. Use waterproof or water-resistant formulas to stop any under-eye smudging! WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER of a little color! Neutrals 4. Don’t be afraid a little pop of color in theget the job done in the winter, but summer can brighten up your whole face. A tiny amount of Turquoise Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (CVS, $5) smudged underneath your lash line is a quick easy way to add a little fun into your routine. for this season has been 5. The trend Two- in-one blush and lipall about multi-use products! products are exploding all over the market, from the drug store to department stores. Tap a little Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Oil (Sephora, $18) onto the apples of your cheeks and blend out with your fingertips. Pat the same product onto your lips, throw it into your purse, and you’re good to go the whole day! not least, we’re ditching touch-ups! Urban Decay All 6. Last but Setting Spray (Macy’s, $30) is an absolute lifesaver! Nighter Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 48 Three sprays all over your face will set your makeup in place all day. FYI MAGAZINE | 49
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fall in love with life fall in love with life SIX SWAPS to update your makeup collection for summer! WRITTEN BY BATYA HESS is good 1. SPF is a must! The secret to good makeupdamage skin. Protecting your skin from environmental is an Summer is in the air! Finally! We New York gals are definitely ready to put away our burgundy lipsticks and break out the bronzer! For me, summers are about effortless nonfussy makeup that actually stays put! I look for products that are multi-purpose, easy to apply, and quick, but most importantly, gorgeous! Here are some tips on preparing for the long hot days we’ve all been waiting for: all-year-round essential, but absolutely imperative in the warmer months. But let’s be honest. Nobody is sitting there rubbing on a hundred creams before running out the door. A good way to go is swapping your everyday foundation with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (Nordstrom, $39) that does it all! The Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers are absolutely beautiful and easy to slap on to give you everything you need in one go! Time to 2. My personal favorite part about summer is the glow!give that swap our dull winter powder with an illuminator to dewy, fresh glow. A little Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Sephora, $41) tapped in on the tops of your cheekbones is a summer essential and will make you feel like a new woman! take a break Ten-Minute Tea Time: Small Cup, Big Break No matter what keeps us busy - at home, in the office, in the community, or all of the above - we all need to take time to refresh ourselves and rejuvenate. The fast-paced, high-tech world in which we live is becoming increasingly conducive to burnout. In fact, the American Psychological Association reports that 77 percent of Americans experience physical stress-related symptoms each month, 73 percent report psychological stress, and 50 percent of Americans blame stress for difficulties they experience in their home and professional lives. With such statistics and our own personal experience to back it up, it’s essential to take a little time for oneself each day. Studies show that those who take short breaks in the workplace are able to return to their jobs with better efficiency, more focus, increased productivity, and fewer errors. Perhaps that’s why the state of Colorado has made it mandatory to give employees a 10-minute break for every 4-hour work period. Maybe, we should make it mandatory for ourselves, too, even when we’re not on the (official) job. Even a 10-minute tea or coffee break can work wonders in refreshing and revitalizing ourselves. that heavy black be severe and 3. Time to ditchsummertime, and liner! It can in the eyes. harsh in the really close Replacing the liner with a few extra coats of Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara (Ulta, $21) will really open up those eyes for a fresher, more awake feel. Use waterproof or water-resistant formulas to stop any under-eye smudging! WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER of a little color! Neutrals 4. Don’t be afraid a little pop of color in theget the job done in the winter, but summer can brighten up your whole face. A tiny amount of Turquoise Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (CVS, $5) smudged underneath your lash line is a quick easy way to add a little fun into your routine. for this season has been 5. The trend Two- in-one blush and lipall about multi-use products! products are exploding all over the market, from the drug store to department stores. Tap a little Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Oil (Sephora, $18) onto the apples of your cheeks and blend out with your fingertips. Pat the same product onto your lips, throw it into your purse, and you’re good to go the whole day! not least, we’re ditching touch-ups! Urban Decay All 6. Last but Setting Spray (Macy’s, $30) is an absolute lifesaver! Nighter Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 48 Three sprays all over your face will set your makeup in place all day. FYI MAGAZINE | 49
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get a handle on ıt Make It Yours • • • Make it sacrosanct. Pick a time of day when, no matter what else is happening, you can put everything on hold for a few minutes. If your kids are home, set them up beforehand with an activity to occupy them until you’re done. Don’t answer the phone, check e-mail, or take the laundry out of the dryer. Just make the time your own. Drink something you love. Your break is meant to rejuvenate you – and part of that is treating your taste buds! Splurge on your favorite fresh-ground or flavored coffee for your daily break. Save an exotic aromatic tea for this time of day. Make it something you enjoy. Drink from your favorite cup or mug. You may not realize it, but you probably have something from which you prefer drinking. Mine is a light-blue mug that says “Introverting” on it. My mother’s is a thin-handled white mug. My grandmother had her delicate, floral-patterned bone china. Save your special cup for your break. • Get comfortable. Drink your tea or coffee in your favorite spot on the couch or while reclining in your beloved easy chair. Claim the best seat for your break! • Set the mood. We can’t always control background noise – especially if you choose to take your break at an exceptionally busy, noisy time of day like I do. (I need mine at 5:30 p.m.!) But one can certainly try. Calming music, a scented candle, a window with a view, or even a cozy pair of slippers can improve the atmosphere. • Focus. As you enjoy your tea or coffee, make note of the fact that you are taking a break and that this time is yours and yours alone. Close your eyes and inhale the scent. Feel the steam on your face. Sip slowly. Enjoy the taste and the sensation of a warm, soothing liquid in your mouth. Don’t think about anything except enjoying! FYI MAGAZINE | 50 COFFEE VS. TEA: The Pros & Cons Tea is the second-most-consumed beverage in the world, (after water), while coffee ranks highest in the United States. What are the benefits and disadvantages of these popular hot drinks? Coffee Tea – especially green and black – is known to be full of antioxidants, polyphenols and potential cancer-fighting nutrients. Some studies show that green tea might also help burn fat and increase bone strength. A high caffeine content can be a boon if you want an energy boost, but it can also keep you up at night if you drink it too late in the day. Instant coffee can contain around 100 mg of caffeine per cup, while brewed coffee contains about 120-150. Coffee reportedly delivers a faster energy burst than tea. While some teas are naturally decaffeinated, others are not, so know what you’re drinking. White tea has less than 25 mg of caffeine per cup, while black tea comes in highest, at around 65. Caffeinated tea supposedly delivers a longer-lasting (but weaker) energy boost than coffee. Drinking lots of coffee can cause tooth discoloration. Like coffee, tea can also cause tooth discoloration when consumed in large quantities. But it can also contain fluoride, which protects the teeth. Adding milk or cream and sugar can dramatically increase the calorie content of your coffee. Just 1 tablespoon of cream and 2 teaspoons of sugar can add up to 80 calories and 6 grams of fat. Many teas are flavorful enough to drink without adding anything. Others are improved with milk or sweetener. 58 Streamline Your Play Room and Your Space Tea Potential health benefits include reducing risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia and possibly type-2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee can also help alleviate migraine and asthma symptoms, and improve shortterm memory pg 66 Rejuvenate Your pg Furniture DIY © AFRICA STUDIO / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB Your cup of coffee or tea can become a relaxing oasis in the midst of a hectic day. 53 “The goal of praise is to empower your child to see himself as a capable and compassionate person, who can set goals and accomplish them.” - PARENTING 101
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get a handle on ıt Make It Yours • • • Make it sacrosanct. Pick a time of day when, no matter what else is happening, you can put everything on hold for a few minutes. If your kids are home, set them up beforehand with an activity to occupy them until you’re done. Don’t answer the phone, check e-mail, or take the laundry out of the dryer. Just make the time your own. Drink something you love. Your break is meant to rejuvenate you – and part of that is treating your taste buds! Splurge on your favorite fresh-ground or flavored coffee for your daily break. Save an exotic aromatic tea for this time of day. Make it something you enjoy. Drink from your favorite cup or mug. You may not realize it, but you probably have something from which you prefer drinking. Mine is a light-blue mug that says “Introverting” on it. My mother’s is a thin-handled white mug. My grandmother had her delicate, floral-patterned bone china. Save your special cup for your break. • Get comfortable. Drink your tea or coffee in your favorite spot on the couch or while reclining in your beloved easy chair. Claim the best seat for your break! • Set the mood. We can’t always control background noise – especially if you choose to take your break at an exceptionally busy, noisy time of day like I do. (I need mine at 5:30 p.m.!) But one can certainly try. Calming music, a scented candle, a window with a view, or even a cozy pair of slippers can improve the atmosphere. • Focus. As you enjoy your tea or coffee, make note of the fact that you are taking a break and that this time is yours and yours alone. Close your eyes and inhale the scent. Feel the steam on your face. Sip slowly. Enjoy the taste and the sensation of a warm, soothing liquid in your mouth. Don’t think about anything except enjoying! FYI MAGAZINE | 50 COFFEE VS. TEA: The Pros & Cons Tea is the second-most-consumed beverage in the world, (after water), while coffee ranks highest in the United States. What are the benefits and disadvantages of these popular hot drinks? Coffee Tea – especially green and black – is known to be full of antioxidants, polyphenols and potential cancer-fighting nutrients. Some studies show that green tea might also help burn fat and increase bone strength. A high caffeine content can be a boon if you want an energy boost, but it can also keep you up at night if you drink it too late in the day. Instant coffee can contain around 100 mg of caffeine per cup, while brewed coffee contains about 120-150. Coffee reportedly delivers a faster energy burst than tea. While some teas are naturally decaffeinated, others are not, so know what you’re drinking. White tea has less than 25 mg of caffeine per cup, while black tea comes in highest, at around 65. Caffeinated tea supposedly delivers a longer-lasting (but weaker) energy boost than coffee. Drinking lots of coffee can cause tooth discoloration. Like coffee, tea can also cause tooth discoloration when consumed in large quantities. But it can also contain fluoride, which protects the teeth. Adding milk or cream and sugar can dramatically increase the calorie content of your coffee. Just 1 tablespoon of cream and 2 teaspoons of sugar can add up to 80 calories and 6 grams of fat. Many teas are flavorful enough to drink without adding anything. Others are improved with milk or sweetener. 58 Streamline Your Play Room and Your Space Tea Potential health benefits include reducing risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia and possibly type-2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee can also help alleviate migraine and asthma symptoms, and improve shortterm memory pg 66 Rejuvenate Your pg Furniture DIY © AFRICA STUDIO / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB Your cup of coffee or tea can become a relaxing oasis in the midst of a hectic day. 53 “The goal of praise is to empower your child to see himself as a capable and compassionate person, who can set goals and accomplish them.” - PARENTING 101
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get a handle on ıt BROOKLYN PROMO es Brooklyn suit starting at $149 hts Stay three nig night free. get the four th PA R E N T I N G 1 01 Does the Concept of Too Much Praise Exist? Stay Miami Stay Brooklyn Love the warm weather? Canʼt get away? Consider LXURE Miami your year round luxury destination. Experience the ultimate luxury vacation without any travel. • • • • • Family sized villas Luxurious amenities included Private heated pool Full kosher kitchen Close proximity to shuls and restaurants LUXURY REDEFINED • • • • • WRITTEN BY MUFFINS-N-MOMS | CHAYA GUTTMAN, LCSW AND LEAH DAVIDOWITZ, LCSW Spacious and sophisticated living space Indoor heated private wave pool Breakfast in bed Close proximity to shuls and restaurants Perfect chosson and kallah suites BROOKLYN / MIAMI 718. 501. 3911 INFO@LXURE.COM LXURE.com FYI MAGAZINE | 52 Picture the following scenario. Your child has surprised you by dressing herself. She comes to you beaming with pride, waiting for you to notice. What do you say to express how proud you are? a) Great job, sweetie! Or b) I see that you got dressed all by yourself! You even got the buttons all straight! P raise is an essential and vital aspect of parenting; children benefit greatly from the recognition and pride bestowed by their parents. When children feel that their parents view them as competent and capable, their chances of developing a strong sense of self vastly increase. In today’s parenting world, positive reinforcement and reward charting have been presented as staple items, leading some parents to believe that their children require constant and consistent praise in order to thrive and develop into confident individuals. Herein lurks the notion of too much praise, and leads us to our question: At what point can praise be deemed harmful? One of the dangers lies in using very general phrases. Some examples are “You are so smart” or “You are the best artist!” The child who is constantly told how smart he is may begin to fear taking on new challenges at which he may not excel, causing him to appear less smart to his parents. Similarly, a child who is told he is the “best” at art may feel like a failure if one of his projects is unsuccessful, or if he perceives that his peers are doing better than he is. FYI MAGAZINE | 53
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get a handle on ıt BROOKLYN PROMO es Brooklyn suit starting at $149 hts Stay three nig night free. get the four th PA R E N T I N G 1 01 Does the Concept of Too Much Praise Exist? Stay Miami Stay Brooklyn Love the warm weather? Canʼt get away? Consider LXURE Miami your year round luxury destination. Experience the ultimate luxury vacation without any travel. • • • • • Family sized villas Luxurious amenities included Private heated pool Full kosher kitchen Close proximity to shuls and restaurants LUXURY REDEFINED • • • • • WRITTEN BY MUFFINS-N-MOMS | CHAYA GUTTMAN, LCSW AND LEAH DAVIDOWITZ, LCSW Spacious and sophisticated living space Indoor heated private wave pool Breakfast in bed Close proximity to shuls and restaurants Perfect chosson and kallah suites BROOKLYN / MIAMI 718. 501. 3911 INFO@LXURE.COM LXURE.com FYI MAGAZINE | 52 Picture the following scenario. Your child has surprised you by dressing herself. She comes to you beaming with pride, waiting for you to notice. What do you say to express how proud you are? a) Great job, sweetie! Or b) I see that you got dressed all by yourself! You even got the buttons all straight! P raise is an essential and vital aspect of parenting; children benefit greatly from the recognition and pride bestowed by their parents. When children feel that their parents view them as competent and capable, their chances of developing a strong sense of self vastly increase. In today’s parenting world, positive reinforcement and reward charting have been presented as staple items, leading some parents to believe that their children require constant and consistent praise in order to thrive and develop into confident individuals. Herein lurks the notion of too much praise, and leads us to our question: At what point can praise be deemed harmful? One of the dangers lies in using very general phrases. Some examples are “You are so smart” or “You are the best artist!” The child who is constantly told how smart he is may begin to fear taking on new challenges at which he may not excel, causing him to appear less smart to his parents. Similarly, a child who is told he is the “best” at art may feel like a failure if one of his projects is unsuccessful, or if he perceives that his peers are doing better than he is. FYI MAGAZINE | 53
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get a handle on ıt In response to the question posed above, most parents automatically choose general praise. Yet, the most recent research in the fields of parenting and psychology concludes that praise should target the effort rather than the outcome. “I see how hard you are working on building that tower!” is a statement that recognizes diligence and effort. A child who shows her mother a painting will benefit greatly from Mom taking a moment, looking at her work, and then commenting on how beautifully the roses are drawn. This specific and targeted praise is far more effective than a quick “Wow! This is nice!” It demonstrates to the child that the parent took a moment to really admire her work, and to appreciate the care that was put into it. In addition, authenticity in praise is integral. Children know when a parent is praising to make them feel good, or if the parent’s praise is based on truth. A child who is constantly given “fake” praise may stop having faith in the parents’ words and look elsewhere for approval. He may even engage in risky behaviors that will allow him to receive commendation and acceptance, albeit negative, from peers. We do not want our children to exhibit positive behavior only when their parents are around to see and praise it. Their positive actions should come from within, driven by their own desire to be good people. The parent can help foster this by mirroring the child’s positive feelings about his actions. For example: “You must feel so great about how you helped your friend!” “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.“ - Mary Kay Ash get a handle on ıt The goal of praise is to empower your child to see himself as a capable and compassionate person, who can set goals and accomplish them. Here are some things to consider when praising your children:    The most effective form of praise is when the parent positively describes what she sees or feels. “I see that you lined all your dolls up against the wall!” The child, after hearing that the parent appreciated her effort, will then feel pride in herself. Instead of evaluating the child, parents can convey praise simply by connecting and being present. Instead of “You are doing a great job with that puzzle,” try, “Even though the puzzle is tricky, you keep trying different pieces until you get it right!” Mirror the child’s joy in accomplishment, thereby empowering the child to take pride in herself: “You must feel so accomplished after cleaning your closet on your own.”   A child who has become accustomed to constant praise may become dependent on it in order to feel worthy. This may backfire in real-world scenarios, when the accomplished child may feel like a failure simply because she has not been praised. Think about how you feel when you know someone has given you a false compliment, or when you believe the praise you received was not merited. Chances are you may interpret this praise as manipulation, or begin to lose faith in the “praiser.” Praise is most powerful when children can acknowledge their success and take pride in their achievements from within. magic helpers Ingenious products that will make your day easier. Shake Bag Card Ninja Who doesn’t love the beach? Minus the sand, of course. When you go to the beach, you inevitably bring home lots of (unwanted) sand. Shake bag to the rescue! This bag features a mesh bottom so you can shake the bag to get rid of the sand! $29.99, quirky.com Gone are the days of forgetting your wallet at home. Apply this stretchable pocket to your smart phone, and then insert your important cards. Viola! You have your “wallet” with you wherever you go. You can carry credit cards, cash and your driver’s license, all in this nifty Card Ninja. $12, www.amazon. com The concept of praise, like so many other parenting strategies, is most effective when utilized in a balanced way. Perfect Slicer Cordies Don’t you hate when all your electrical wires and cords are all over the place? And you can never find the correct cord? Cordies resolves this issue simply by separating and organizing your cables. Perfect for power cords, USB cords, cell phone chargers, audio cables, headphones, FireWire cords, and more. $5, thecontainerstore.com Cutting watermelon can be tough and dangerous. The perfect slicer will easily cut 12 uniform slices if you simply push this gadget down. Not only will it cut your watermelon, it also works great for cantaloupe, pineapple, and cakes. 'Tis the season for watermelon! $14, amazon.com Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 54 FYI MAGAZINE | 55
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get a handle on ıt In response to the question posed above, most parents automatically choose general praise. Yet, the most recent research in the fields of parenting and psychology concludes that praise should target the effort rather than the outcome. “I see how hard you are working on building that tower!” is a statement that recognizes diligence and effort. A child who shows her mother a painting will benefit greatly from Mom taking a moment, looking at her work, and then commenting on how beautifully the roses are drawn. This specific and targeted praise is far more effective than a quick “Wow! This is nice!” It demonstrates to the child that the parent took a moment to really admire her work, and to appreciate the care that was put into it. In addition, authenticity in praise is integral. Children know when a parent is praising to make them feel good, or if the parent’s praise is based on truth. A child who is constantly given “fake” praise may stop having faith in the parents’ words and look elsewhere for approval. He may even engage in risky behaviors that will allow him to receive commendation and acceptance, albeit negative, from peers. We do not want our children to exhibit positive behavior only when their parents are around to see and praise it. Their positive actions should come from within, driven by their own desire to be good people. The parent can help foster this by mirroring the child’s positive feelings about his actions. For example: “You must feel so great about how you helped your friend!” “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.“ - Mary Kay Ash get a handle on ıt The goal of praise is to empower your child to see himself as a capable and compassionate person, who can set goals and accomplish them. Here are some things to consider when praising your children:    The most effective form of praise is when the parent positively describes what she sees or feels. “I see that you lined all your dolls up against the wall!” The child, after hearing that the parent appreciated her effort, will then feel pride in herself. Instead of evaluating the child, parents can convey praise simply by connecting and being present. Instead of “You are doing a great job with that puzzle,” try, “Even though the puzzle is tricky, you keep trying different pieces until you get it right!” Mirror the child’s joy in accomplishment, thereby empowering the child to take pride in herself: “You must feel so accomplished after cleaning your closet on your own.”   A child who has become accustomed to constant praise may become dependent on it in order to feel worthy. This may backfire in real-world scenarios, when the accomplished child may feel like a failure simply because she has not been praised. Think about how you feel when you know someone has given you a false compliment, or when you believe the praise you received was not merited. Chances are you may interpret this praise as manipulation, or begin to lose faith in the “praiser.” Praise is most powerful when children can acknowledge their success and take pride in their achievements from within. magic helpers Ingenious products that will make your day easier. Shake Bag Card Ninja Who doesn’t love the beach? Minus the sand, of course. When you go to the beach, you inevitably bring home lots of (unwanted) sand. Shake bag to the rescue! This bag features a mesh bottom so you can shake the bag to get rid of the sand! $29.99, quirky.com Gone are the days of forgetting your wallet at home. Apply this stretchable pocket to your smart phone, and then insert your important cards. Viola! You have your “wallet” with you wherever you go. You can carry credit cards, cash and your driver’s license, all in this nifty Card Ninja. $12, www.amazon. com The concept of praise, like so many other parenting strategies, is most effective when utilized in a balanced way. Perfect Slicer Cordies Don’t you hate when all your electrical wires and cords are all over the place? And you can never find the correct cord? Cordies resolves this issue simply by separating and organizing your cables. Perfect for power cords, USB cords, cell phone chargers, audio cables, headphones, FireWire cords, and more. $5, thecontainerstore.com Cutting watermelon can be tough and dangerous. The perfect slicer will easily cut 12 uniform slices if you simply push this gadget down. Not only will it cut your watermelon, it also works great for cantaloupe, pineapple, and cakes. 'Tis the season for watermelon! $14, amazon.com Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 54 FYI MAGAZINE | 55
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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt 5 TIPS TO MANAGING YOUR IN-LAWS By Nissi Unger Office executive: “Sir, can I have a day off next week to visit my mother-in-law?” Boss: “Certainly not!” Office executive: “Thank you so much, sir! I knew you would understand.” Countless mother-in-law jokes abound, thanks to the complicated relationship between many mothers-in-law and their married children and their spouses. Before I even met my husband, I promised myself that no matter who his mother was, I would treat her nicely so that my husband and kids would benefit from a warm relationship between us. Luckily, for all the time I spent thinking about it, it wasn’t very difficult. My mother-in-law and I are fast friends. She is warm, generous, humorous and kind. But not all in-laws are. Here are some fast tips to ensure a good relationship with your in-laws, no matter who they may be. 1. INCLUDE THEM Once you have a child, this is quite easy to do. Visit as often as you can. Involve them in decisions that affect your kids and have your children call them on the phone to tell them about their day or to thank them for any gifts, food or mail they may have sent. And if you think you can handle it, invite them to be included in your vacation. We want our kids to know their grandparents intimately and to have the most positive memories of them. People are often horrified, shocked and/or amused when they hear that I invite my in-laws every single weekend! But my kids are so excited they can’t breathe, and my in-laws get to see their arts and crafts, give advice about issues or just see their new clothing or toys. They get to know their grandchildren in a way they never would from afar. FYI MAGAZINE | 56 It’s not only about the kids. A smart woman once told me how much joy it brings parents to hear nice things about their married children. A friend of mine once related that she did this a lot more when she was younger and less busy, but frequently, she still calls her in-laws to thank them for raising such a wonderful son. She tells them about specific gracious things her husband has done both for her and the kids that day. The wonderful, warm feeling that it generates is a true relationship builder. After all, your in-laws raised your terrific husband (they worked on him; it’s not a fluke he’s so great!); they cannot possibly be all that terrible! 2. BE SENSITIVE Especially to your mother-in-law. Up until now, it is highly likely that her son was the center of her life. Now, thankfully, most mothers do not consider their daughter-in-law to be competition, but for those that do, “losing” their son to you may be a painful experience. I once met a woman who had raised a small family of only two sons. She had married off her younger son recently and said, “I can’t get used to the quiet in my house. It’s so painful.” I said to her, “Don’t worry, before long you will reap dividends and your home will be loud and noisy and full of grandchildren.” She knew I was right, but it was hard for her to look ahead. If your mother-in-law cooked or shopped a certain way and her son liked it, don’t flout your own cooking or shopping skills that your husband now loves. Treat her the way you would treat someone whom you knew might be extra sensitive about something. Be nice and loving. And don’t forget that your gain may just be her loss, so be compassionate. 3. RESPECT THEM You don’t have to love them, but you must treat them with respect. After all, they are your spouse’s parents and an integral part of your family. One way you can tell yourself to respect your in-laws even when you don’t appreciate things they do or say is to keep in mind that by respecting and honoring your in-laws, you are honoring your spouse! That makes it so worth it. Also, remember that your mother-inlaw is NOT your mother and naturally you will have very different ideas about the right way to do things, including shopping and cooking. Be curious and explore those differences instead of judging and arguing! So much of my cooking now reflects my mother-in-law’s, and I am so grateful for that-and most certainly my husband and kids are too! 4. ACCEPT THEM THE WAY THEY ARE “Treat the way her would you someon treat you kne e whom w extra se might be nsit abou ive someth t ing.” “My mother-in-law never buys my kids anything. Why would she not want to give to her own grandchildren?” “My mother-in-law never wants to see or babysit my kids.” Many daughters-in-law have unreasonable expectations of their in-laws. Not every mother-in-law can or wants to spend time with her grandkids, and some don’t have the frame of mind to be generous. Each person has her own style and ideas she brings into any relationship. And the fact is, in the same way that you are planning to stick with your husband even after the honeymoon is over and he does some things you don’t love, stick with your in-laws too! Plenty of mother-in-laws and daughterin-laws would get along better if they didn’t try to change each other- it just doesn’t work. My in-laws are the most giving people on the planet. I used to be uneasy with the amount of junk food they offered my kids every time we went to visit. Once, my mother came to my home and gave my kids sugar-laden treats that I didn’t appreciate. When I voiced my uneasiness, she said candidly, “Grandparents were made to give. Look the other way.” That was a turning point for me. My attitude about my kids eating junk at their grandparents’ home matured! I learned not only not to cringe, but to encourage them. When my in-laws now send my kids to ask me if they can have another candy, I say, “When you are in this house, Bubby and Zeidy are in charge. You can have whatever they give you!” It makes everyone happy (kids included, of course) and my kids aren’t any worse for the wear. 5. OVERLOOK THE LITTLE THINGS Any relationship is built on a million little things- both positive and negative. It is not usually one little thing that damages a relationship. Quite likely, your in-laws will say things that annoy you, but it’s best just to let it go. When I feel like rolling my eyes I often say to myself or my husband, “Look, I am annoyed, but chances are great that I annoy them too. Let’s just forget about it.” I wouldn’t blow it up if it were my best friend, so why make an issue when it is my parents-in-law? They are at least as important as my best friend-and probably a lot more! To conclude, in-law relationships can be multifaceted, and sometimes difficult. But when all of the involved parties treat each other with kindness, respect, honesty, compassion, and sensitivity, in all likelihood, the relationship will blossom! Go for it! FYI MAGAZINE | 57
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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt 5 TIPS TO MANAGING YOUR IN-LAWS By Nissi Unger Office executive: “Sir, can I have a day off next week to visit my mother-in-law?” Boss: “Certainly not!” Office executive: “Thank you so much, sir! I knew you would understand.” Countless mother-in-law jokes abound, thanks to the complicated relationship between many mothers-in-law and their married children and their spouses. Before I even met my husband, I promised myself that no matter who his mother was, I would treat her nicely so that my husband and kids would benefit from a warm relationship between us. Luckily, for all the time I spent thinking about it, it wasn’t very difficult. My mother-in-law and I are fast friends. She is warm, generous, humorous and kind. But not all in-laws are. Here are some fast tips to ensure a good relationship with your in-laws, no matter who they may be. 1. INCLUDE THEM Once you have a child, this is quite easy to do. Visit as often as you can. Involve them in decisions that affect your kids and have your children call them on the phone to tell them about their day or to thank them for any gifts, food or mail they may have sent. And if you think you can handle it, invite them to be included in your vacation. We want our kids to know their grandparents intimately and to have the most positive memories of them. People are often horrified, shocked and/or amused when they hear that I invite my in-laws every single weekend! But my kids are so excited they can’t breathe, and my in-laws get to see their arts and crafts, give advice about issues or just see their new clothing or toys. They get to know their grandchildren in a way they never would from afar. FYI MAGAZINE | 56 It’s not only about the kids. A smart woman once told me how much joy it brings parents to hear nice things about their married children. A friend of mine once related that she did this a lot more when she was younger and less busy, but frequently, she still calls her in-laws to thank them for raising such a wonderful son. She tells them about specific gracious things her husband has done both for her and the kids that day. The wonderful, warm feeling that it generates is a true relationship builder. After all, your in-laws raised your terrific husband (they worked on him; it’s not a fluke he’s so great!); they cannot possibly be all that terrible! 2. BE SENSITIVE Especially to your mother-in-law. Up until now, it is highly likely that her son was the center of her life. Now, thankfully, most mothers do not consider their daughter-in-law to be competition, but for those that do, “losing” their son to you may be a painful experience. I once met a woman who had raised a small family of only two sons. She had married off her younger son recently and said, “I can’t get used to the quiet in my house. It’s so painful.” I said to her, “Don’t worry, before long you will reap dividends and your home will be loud and noisy and full of grandchildren.” She knew I was right, but it was hard for her to look ahead. If your mother-in-law cooked or shopped a certain way and her son liked it, don’t flout your own cooking or shopping skills that your husband now loves. Treat her the way you would treat someone whom you knew might be extra sensitive about something. Be nice and loving. And don’t forget that your gain may just be her loss, so be compassionate. 3. RESPECT THEM You don’t have to love them, but you must treat them with respect. After all, they are your spouse’s parents and an integral part of your family. One way you can tell yourself to respect your in-laws even when you don’t appreciate things they do or say is to keep in mind that by respecting and honoring your in-laws, you are honoring your spouse! That makes it so worth it. Also, remember that your mother-inlaw is NOT your mother and naturally you will have very different ideas about the right way to do things, including shopping and cooking. Be curious and explore those differences instead of judging and arguing! So much of my cooking now reflects my mother-in-law’s, and I am so grateful for that-and most certainly my husband and kids are too! 4. ACCEPT THEM THE WAY THEY ARE “Treat the way her would you someon treat you kne e whom w extra se might be nsit abou ive someth t ing.” “My mother-in-law never buys my kids anything. Why would she not want to give to her own grandchildren?” “My mother-in-law never wants to see or babysit my kids.” Many daughters-in-law have unreasonable expectations of their in-laws. Not every mother-in-law can or wants to spend time with her grandkids, and some don’t have the frame of mind to be generous. Each person has her own style and ideas she brings into any relationship. And the fact is, in the same way that you are planning to stick with your husband even after the honeymoon is over and he does some things you don’t love, stick with your in-laws too! Plenty of mother-in-laws and daughterin-laws would get along better if they didn’t try to change each other- it just doesn’t work. My in-laws are the most giving people on the planet. I used to be uneasy with the amount of junk food they offered my kids every time we went to visit. Once, my mother came to my home and gave my kids sugar-laden treats that I didn’t appreciate. When I voiced my uneasiness, she said candidly, “Grandparents were made to give. Look the other way.” That was a turning point for me. My attitude about my kids eating junk at their grandparents’ home matured! I learned not only not to cringe, but to encourage them. When my in-laws now send my kids to ask me if they can have another candy, I say, “When you are in this house, Bubby and Zeidy are in charge. You can have whatever they give you!” It makes everyone happy (kids included, of course) and my kids aren’t any worse for the wear. 5. OVERLOOK THE LITTLE THINGS Any relationship is built on a million little things- both positive and negative. It is not usually one little thing that damages a relationship. Quite likely, your in-laws will say things that annoy you, but it’s best just to let it go. When I feel like rolling my eyes I often say to myself or my husband, “Look, I am annoyed, but chances are great that I annoy them too. Let’s just forget about it.” I wouldn’t blow it up if it were my best friend, so why make an issue when it is my parents-in-law? They are at least as important as my best friend-and probably a lot more! To conclude, in-law relationships can be multifaceted, and sometimes difficult. But when all of the involved parties treat each other with kindness, respect, honesty, compassion, and sensitivity, in all likelihood, the relationship will blossom! Go for it! 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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt BOOK ‘EM THINK OUTSIDE… THE TOY BOX BY REVA LIEBERMAN CUT THE CLUTTER Shelves full of books look great, but can be overwhelming for little ones. Showcase the ones they are into at the moment and the rest can be stored at higher or lower levels. You can also put them in an under- bed rolling storage crate. There they will be, ready for your bedtime story. Try to keep some books handy in the living room, in case the moment arises for some quiet reading time. Over-the-door shoe organizers provide great storage and effectively eliminate clutter. Cubbies, canisters and cubes are also great containers. If you have a designated toy closet, put all the larger toys (work benches, kitchens, doll houses, pianos, tricycles, electric cars, etc.) that don’t fit into containers on the bottom. TIP: Never allow food nor drink near the toys because they will cause a big crumby, sticky mess. toy tips • If there are no toddlers in the home, discard “baby” toys. Teethers, rattles, blankies, etc. (although you may want to keep one box for company when they bring their babies). • If a toy has a missing or misplaced piece, dump it. Get rid of broken, unused and outgrown toys – donate them, dump them or sell them (one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure). • Throw out unused stuff. Your kid will never realize that the paper dolls she made three months ago are no longer in the toy chest. Out of sight… out of mind. • Rotate toys in your storage compart- BASKETS. BOXES. BINS. BUCKETS. Between the Lego, Duplo, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Magna-Tiles in my possession, I could probably build housing and shelters for all the homeless people in New York City. In our home, toys rule (actually my boys rule and they love toys… I am sure you can figure out the next step in this logical equation by yourselves!) CORRAL THE CHAOS Container lids disappear in my kitchen cabinets. Socks disappear in the dryer. However, my accumulation of toys keeps on growing. They miraculously multiply overnight and the piles keep getting bigger. No matter how often my boys “clean” their room, it seems as though a constant tornado is plowing through, leaving an influx of toys and random junk all over the floor. I am always seeking innovative ways to keep clutter out of the toy FYI MAGAZINE | 58 room, and a practical, easy system to store toys – not under the bed and particularly off the floor! It’s time to take charge. Transform that disaster zone into a friendly place. Clutter makes me crabby. And you know what they say: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” So, let’s make me happy and get organized. Not all toy storage units have to be big and bulky. Here are some great ideas, some simple and savvy solutions to help you be victorious against the nefarious Invasion of the Toys! We will win the war! SORT. STORE. SIMPLIFY. If you think adults are hoarders… try dealing with kids. They are the original pack rats. They keep every toy and trinket they’ve ever received or appropriated. The cuteness factor dissipates and goes downhill very quickly as the piles expand exponentially. The first thing to decide is which organizational system works best for you. Which items belong where: basement toys, car toys, bathroom toys, kitchen toys, bedroom toys, playroom toys, family room toys, etc. Once this is done, we can start storing. These suggestions are not etched in stone. They are not rigid systems, just guidelines to help you get started. You can mix and match ideas until you find the one that works best for you. Skip the toy chest; it usually ends up being a dumping ground. And worse, when your kids are looking for something, they will inevitably empty the box straight onto the floor and then you have to channel their energies to clean it up… a battle for the ages. Stock up on clear Lucite boxes of various sizes. These will help your children clearly see which toys are in which box. Divide toys in separate boxes for easy accessibility. Each bin/box should contain one specific themed plaything: Smurfs, Ninjas, cars, figurines, dinosaurs, building blocks (again, sorted by explicit type), books, balls, jigsaw puzzles, board games, coloring paraphernalia, arts and crafts supplies, trains, planes, stuffed animals, dress-up jewelry, collectibles, action figures, farm and jungle animals, Barbie and her clothes, American Girl Doll and her clothes, Build-A-Bear and its wardrobe, baby doll accessories, Play-Doh, CDs, cassettes, Bitty Babies, Polly Pockets, video games, and all their assorted gadgets and gizmos, thingamajigs and thingamabobs. If you prefer colored boxes, to create a cohesive look, whip out your handy label maker and place a sticker on each box to identify its contents. If your kids can’t read, place a picture of the stored item on the box. The message will be loud and clear. MAGNET OPUS It’s a pleasure watching my boys play for endless hours with their Match Box and Hot Wheels cars: racing around the floor, building traffic jams, crashing into each other and then having their emergency vehicles come to the rescue. But then, the battle of the universe begins when it is time to clean up! I used to keep the cars in boxes, and still do, but their favorites are now mounted on magnetic strips hanging on the wall – within their reach. This way, they don’t have to haul out all the cars, all the time. No more arguments. Clean-up becomes a snap, and maybe your kids will learn the meaning of responsibility (always think positive). ments every six months. Store half the toys. If they aren’t requested on a regular basis, get rid of them. • Swap instead of shop. Family and friends whose children are the same age as yours will be delighted to “share” toys. You get theirs, they get yours. It doesn’t cost a penny and your kids get a whole range of “new” toys. • One thing in, one thing out. Get your kids into the habit of putting one thing away before taking another out. This routine will help avoid massive toy build-up, and make cleanup fun, fast and almost effortless. • Establish a family rule that before bedtime, every toy must be put away. This is a great way to wind down, and it gets the room clean. • Stay away from yard sales and dollar stores. They are inexpensive, but you end up throwing out your purchases before the week is done. So, invest in a few well-made toys instead of piling up on scrap and useless items. Quality instead of quantity. • Toss out party favor toys, Cracker Jack toys, fast food toys, etc. They just attract dust and create a mess. • Donate, Donate, Donate. Explain to your kids that some children have few toys or none. You will be teaching them an invaluable lesson and most of all, you will be bringing great joy into the lives of children in need. FYI MAGAZINE | 59
get a handle on   t  get a handle on   t BOOK    EM  THINK OUTSIDE    THE TOY BOX BY REVA LIEBERMAN  CUT THE CLUTTER  Shel...
get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt BOOK ‘EM THINK OUTSIDE… THE TOY BOX BY REVA LIEBERMAN CUT THE CLUTTER Shelves full of books look great, but can be overwhelming for little ones. Showcase the ones they are into at the moment and the rest can be stored at higher or lower levels. You can also put them in an under- bed rolling storage crate. There they will be, ready for your bedtime story. Try to keep some books handy in the living room, in case the moment arises for some quiet reading time. Over-the-door shoe organizers provide great storage and effectively eliminate clutter. Cubbies, canisters and cubes are also great containers. If you have a designated toy closet, put all the larger toys (work benches, kitchens, doll houses, pianos, tricycles, electric cars, etc.) that don’t fit into containers on the bottom. TIP: Never allow food nor drink near the toys because they will cause a big crumby, sticky mess. toy tips • If there are no toddlers in the home, discard “baby” toys. Teethers, rattles, blankies, etc. (although you may want to keep one box for company when they bring their babies). • If a toy has a missing or misplaced piece, dump it. Get rid of broken, unused and outgrown toys – donate them, dump them or sell them (one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure). • Throw out unused stuff. Your kid will never realize that the paper dolls she made three months ago are no longer in the toy chest. Out of sight… out of mind. • Rotate toys in your storage compart- BASKETS. BOXES. BINS. BUCKETS. Between the Lego, Duplo, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Magna-Tiles in my possession, I could probably build housing and shelters for all the homeless people in New York City. In our home, toys rule (actually my boys rule and they love toys… I am sure you can figure out the next step in this logical equation by yourselves!) CORRAL THE CHAOS Container lids disappear in my kitchen cabinets. Socks disappear in the dryer. However, my accumulation of toys keeps on growing. They miraculously multiply overnight and the piles keep getting bigger. No matter how often my boys “clean” their room, it seems as though a constant tornado is plowing through, leaving an influx of toys and random junk all over the floor. I am always seeking innovative ways to keep clutter out of the toy FYI MAGAZINE | 58 room, and a practical, easy system to store toys – not under the bed and particularly off the floor! It’s time to take charge. Transform that disaster zone into a friendly place. Clutter makes me crabby. And you know what they say: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” So, let’s make me happy and get organized. Not all toy storage units have to be big and bulky. Here are some great ideas, some simple and savvy solutions to help you be victorious against the nefarious Invasion of the Toys! We will win the war! SORT. STORE. SIMPLIFY. If you think adults are hoarders… try dealing with kids. They are the original pack rats. They keep every toy and trinket they’ve ever received or appropriated. The cuteness factor dissipates and goes downhill very quickly as the piles expand exponentially. The first thing to decide is which organizational system works best for you. Which items belong where: basement toys, car toys, bathroom toys, kitchen toys, bedroom toys, playroom toys, family room toys, etc. Once this is done, we can start storing. These suggestions are not etched in stone. They are not rigid systems, just guidelines to help you get started. You can mix and match ideas until you find the one that works best for you. Skip the toy chest; it usually ends up being a dumping ground. And worse, when your kids are looking for something, they will inevitably empty the box straight onto the floor and then you have to channel their energies to clean it up… a battle for the ages. Stock up on clear Lucite boxes of various sizes. These will help your children clearly see which toys are in which box. Divide toys in separate boxes for easy accessibility. Each bin/box should contain one specific themed plaything: Smurfs, Ninjas, cars, figurines, dinosaurs, building blocks (again, sorted by explicit type), books, balls, jigsaw puzzles, board games, coloring paraphernalia, arts and crafts supplies, trains, planes, stuffed animals, dress-up jewelry, collectibles, action figures, farm and jungle animals, Barbie and her clothes, American Girl Doll and her clothes, Build-A-Bear and its wardrobe, baby doll accessories, Play-Doh, CDs, cassettes, Bitty Babies, Polly Pockets, video games, and all their assorted gadgets and gizmos, thingamajigs and thingamabobs. If you prefer colored boxes, to create a cohesive look, whip out your handy label maker and place a sticker on each box to identify its contents. If your kids can’t read, place a picture of the stored item on the box. The message will be loud and clear. MAGNET OPUS It’s a pleasure watching my boys play for endless hours with their Match Box and Hot Wheels cars: racing around the floor, building traffic jams, crashing into each other and then having their emergency vehicles come to the rescue. But then, the battle of the universe begins when it is time to clean up! I used to keep the cars in boxes, and still do, but their favorites are now mounted on magnetic strips hanging on the wall – within their reach. This way, they don’t have to haul out all the cars, all the time. No more arguments. Clean-up becomes a snap, and maybe your kids will learn the meaning of responsibility (always think positive). ments every six months. Store half the toys. If they aren’t requested on a regular basis, get rid of them. • Swap instead of shop. Family and friends whose children are the same age as yours will be delighted to “share” toys. You get theirs, they get yours. It doesn’t cost a penny and your kids get a whole range of “new” toys. • One thing in, one thing out. Get your kids into the habit of putting one thing away before taking another out. This routine will help avoid massive toy build-up, and make cleanup fun, fast and almost effortless. • Establish a family rule that before bedtime, every toy must be put away. This is a great way to wind down, and it gets the room clean. • Stay away from yard sales and dollar stores. They are inexpensive, but you end up throwing out your purchases before the week is done. So, invest in a few well-made toys instead of piling up on scrap and useless items. Quality instead of quantity. • Toss out party favor toys, Cracker Jack toys, fast food toys, etc. They just attract dust and create a mess. • Donate, Donate, Donate. Explain to your kids that some children have few toys or none. You will be teaching them an invaluable lesson and most of all, you will be bringing great joy into the lives of children in need. FYI MAGAZINE | 59
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get a handle on ıt outdoor party guide Now that summer has finally arrived, we are all aching to get outside. Here are some easy and fun tips for hosting the perfect outdoor soiree. get a handle on ıt Be Practical Feed the Masses If your space has water or trees, you’ll likely have lots of insects. Our secret tip: use Bounce dryer sheets all around the area. Flies, bees and other bugs don’t like the smell and will disappear quickly. Make sure you use the dryer sheets wherever there is food, like on the buffet. You can partially hide them under bowls and platters; just make sure they are out in the open enough to drive away the pests. Make sure you have seating for at least half the guests. People won't linger for long if there’s no place to rest their feet. The nice thing about an outdoor event is it’s usually a little less formal, so you can mix and match your seating with some rented cocktail tables, lounge furniture (outdoor couches and padded chairs), picnic tables, etc. Add a pretty runner and garden flowers and you have a beautiful table! If you're unable to obtain a caterer for your party, you can do it yourself with a minimum of fuss. Prepare as much as possible ahead of time so you aren’t spending the whole party in the kitchen. Make salads the day before, make the dressing in a separate container and dress the salads on the way out the door. Fresh fruit can be cut into chunks the day before, covered tightly and refrigerated. Even foods that need to be cooked at the last minute can usually be prepared, marinated or seasoned a day ahead and tossed in the oven or on the grill as the guests arrive. Keep it simple and delicious. People are looking for light, healthy and refreshing foods in the summer. It doesn’t have to be complicated or require a lot of handiwork. For dessert, go with three flavors of sorbet set out with assorted fruit and colorful sundae toppings with whipped cream in a can. Let the guests have fun making their own sundaes! For beverages, try picking up some cute juice dispensers and make lemonade and watermelon margaritas. Fill the dispensers with lemons, limes, watermelon spears, and mint & lemon leaves. Light It Up Y ou’re planning a party. Whether it’s a bar/bat mitzvah, Sheva Brachot, birthday party or just a family get-together, if you have a backyard, use it! There is absolutely nothing more gorgeous than a natural backdrop of grass, trees, flowers and/or water. Get Creative Hang colorful ribbon from overhanging trees or (if you are using a tent) your tent walls. Don’t choose only one or two colors for your décor... think BIG AND BOLD. Patterns and textures paired with solids. Bring in 4-5 complementary and contrasting colors. These can be incorporated in interesting ways with large pillows, chair pads & Chinese lanterns, along with centerpieces & linen. If it will be turning dark before the event is over, plan for lighting. Dollar stores and other discount shops sell string lights which are easy to use and hang (be prepared with extension cords). Oversized pillar candles are great because they are safe (they don’t tip over easily) and can provide comfortable, ambient lighting on all the sitting and buffet tables. You can also buy citronella candles which provide both light and insect repellant. They come in many shapes and sizes. Have all these items prepared in advance so it’s simple to plug them in or light them up when needed, while still enjoying your party! Keep in mind that pathways to bathrooms and driveways should be lit up as well, for safety. Centerpieces Keep it simple and outdoorsy. Pick fresh flowers in your own garden or buy garden mix bunches at Costco or your local flower store. Use old garden watering cans or wooden buckets to hold the flowers. Burlap or other moss runners add a great dimension to the tables. Tablecloths aren’t always necessary if your tables are wood, rustic or some other medium that is compatible. Fabric or wood placemats can easily take the place of a tablecloth. In conclusion, mix it up! Don’t worry about everything matching. Just keep the general theme and have fun. WRITTEN BY DAVII MANDEL & CHANY KLEINBERGER FYI MAGAZINE | 60 FYI MAGAZINE | 61
get a handle on   t  outdoor party  guide Now that summer has finally arrived, we are all aching to get outside. Here are ...
get a handle on ıt outdoor party guide Now that summer has finally arrived, we are all aching to get outside. Here are some easy and fun tips for hosting the perfect outdoor soiree. get a handle on ıt Be Practical Feed the Masses If your space has water or trees, you’ll likely have lots of insects. Our secret tip: use Bounce dryer sheets all around the area. Flies, bees and other bugs don’t like the smell and will disappear quickly. Make sure you use the dryer sheets wherever there is food, like on the buffet. You can partially hide them under bowls and platters; just make sure they are out in the open enough to drive away the pests. Make sure you have seating for at least half the guests. People won't linger for long if there’s no place to rest their feet. The nice thing about an outdoor event is it’s usually a little less formal, so you can mix and match your seating with some rented cocktail tables, lounge furniture (outdoor couches and padded chairs), picnic tables, etc. Add a pretty runner and garden flowers and you have a beautiful table! If you're unable to obtain a caterer for your party, you can do it yourself with a minimum of fuss. Prepare as much as possible ahead of time so you aren’t spending the whole party in the kitchen. Make salads the day before, make the dressing in a separate container and dress the salads on the way out the door. Fresh fruit can be cut into chunks the day before, covered tightly and refrigerated. Even foods that need to be cooked at the last minute can usually be prepared, marinated or seasoned a day ahead and tossed in the oven or on the grill as the guests arrive. Keep it simple and delicious. People are looking for light, healthy and refreshing foods in the summer. It doesn’t have to be complicated or require a lot of handiwork. For dessert, go with three flavors of sorbet set out with assorted fruit and colorful sundae toppings with whipped cream in a can. Let the guests have fun making their own sundaes! For beverages, try picking up some cute juice dispensers and make lemonade and watermelon margaritas. Fill the dispensers with lemons, limes, watermelon spears, and mint & lemon leaves. Light It Up Y ou’re planning a party. Whether it’s a bar/bat mitzvah, Sheva Brachot, birthday party or just a family get-together, if you have a backyard, use it! There is absolutely nothing more gorgeous than a natural backdrop of grass, trees, flowers and/or water. Get Creative Hang colorful ribbon from overhanging trees or (if you are using a tent) your tent walls. Don’t choose only one or two colors for your décor... think BIG AND BOLD. Patterns and textures paired with solids. Bring in 4-5 complementary and contrasting colors. These can be incorporated in interesting ways with large pillows, chair pads & Chinese lanterns, along with centerpieces & linen. If it will be turning dark before the event is over, plan for lighting. Dollar stores and other discount shops sell string lights which are easy to use and hang (be prepared with extension cords). Oversized pillar candles are great because they are safe (they don’t tip over easily) and can provide comfortable, ambient lighting on all the sitting and buffet tables. You can also buy citronella candles which provide both light and insect repellant. They come in many shapes and sizes. Have all these items prepared in advance so it’s simple to plug them in or light them up when needed, while still enjoying your party! Keep in mind that pathways to bathrooms and driveways should be lit up as well, for safety. Centerpieces Keep it simple and outdoorsy. Pick fresh flowers in your own garden or buy garden mix bunches at Costco or your local flower store. Use old garden watering cans or wooden buckets to hold the flowers. Burlap or other moss runners add a great dimension to the tables. Tablecloths aren’t always necessary if your tables are wood, rustic or some other medium that is compatible. Fabric or wood placemats can easily take the place of a tablecloth. In conclusion, mix it up! Don’t worry about everything matching. Just keep the general theme and have fun. WRITTEN BY DAVII MANDEL & CHANY KLEINBERGER FYI MAGAZINE | 60 FYI MAGAZINE | 61
get a handle on   t  outdoor party  guide Now that summer has finally arrived, we are all aching to get outside. Here are ...
| get a handle on things | | get a handle on things | how to update your home for summer w a cc en t s ye l l o ! ng t h e fu n bri Hello, summer! If you take the traditional spring cleaning route and de-clutter your home, you just might notice after all the dusting and shining, that your home is starting to look a bit boring. Summertime can stimulate a cleaner, brighter, fresher perspective on your space. It’s a great time of year to evaluate how you live and consider ways to update and refresh your home. Try one or a few of these simple and affordable ideas, and see for yourself how a few small changes can impact the look of an entire room. WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DESIGN FYI MAGAZINE | 62 | FYI Magazine 62 FYI MAGAZINE | 63
  get a handle on things      get a handle on things    how to update your home for  summer  w a cc en t s ye l l o   ng t...
| get a handle on things | | get a handle on things | how to update your home for summer w a cc en t s ye l l o ! ng t h e fu n bri Hello, summer! If you take the traditional spring cleaning route and de-clutter your home, you just might notice after all the dusting and shining, that your home is starting to look a bit boring. Summertime can stimulate a cleaner, brighter, fresher perspective on your space. It’s a great time of year to evaluate how you live and consider ways to update and refresh your home. Try one or a few of these simple and affordable ideas, and see for yourself how a few small changes can impact the look of an entire room. WRITTEN BY SUSAN STRAUSS DESIGN FYI MAGAZINE | 62 | FYI Magazine 62 FYI MAGAZINE | 63
  get a handle on things      get a handle on things    how to update your home for  summer  w a cc en t s ye l l o   ng t...
get a handle on ıt BLOOMING FLORALS REFRESH ACCENT PIECES Create a casual living room that sings “summer” and brims with juicy citrus colors. Add brightly-colored vases, spunky patterned pillows and rugs. If you are on a tight budget or just don’t want to spend a fortune, visit your local flea market or outlet home store for some great finds. Resurface the dresser top to make a beautiful display area for art, decorative boxes, and a few vintage pieces. No one likes to look at a dark, empty fireplace. For summer, fill it with something unexpected like a sculptured piece of coral or a few sparkly agates. Mix some colorful and exotic VIBRANT WALLS Add bursts of bright color, energetic patterns, and lively motifs to the walls of your home to effortlessly transition it into summer. Repainting your walls is easy and affordable. Some fresh colors are surprisingly versatile, like playful neutrals and pastels. You can also repaint one main wall in a room in a different hue to refresh and modernize the entire room. Add fresh, pretty wallpaper to the back of a linen closet or cabinet. It’s a quick hit of “pretty” every time you open the doors. plates and bowls with standard white ware. It adds great energy and spice to dinner parties. Plates in unexpected colors make a fresh wall arrangement too. Vary hues (within a family), sizes and textures while placing the most dramatic plate toward the center. Sometimes all you need is just one pop of color. Select a theme color and purchase a few new accessories in that shade. A pair of lamps or a few pillows on a sofa will automatically brighten up the room with charm. Let summer bloom indoors. Even if you have no space for a greenhouse or garden, fill up a new or vintage bar cart with tons of pots and trailing plants. Greenery adds great color and texture to any corner. Floral artwork is also a great way to add a summery touch to any room. To keep it sophisticated, add a piece with a modern or oversized print. OUR PICKS! Bright Ceramic Vase Set: wayfair.com, $43 DIY DECOR For a unique centerpiece, simply fill a clear glass vase with lemons or tangerines, and add water. You can top these with freshly-cut flowers or leaves. Fill the coffee table with big, bright books to create the sort of gorgeous display you would see in a bookstore window. Make a pretty stack by piling up books in an array of complementary colors. An inspiration board in the office or family room fuels creativity and gives blank walls interest and depth. Fill your board with images, inspirational quotes, or fabric swatches ...anything that inspires you for the season. Wall Art: etsy.com, $79 Yellow Chevron Accent Pillows (set of 2): kohls.com, $27 $21.99 5. Basic Essentials Dinner Plates: Kohls.com, $14 Accent Wallpaper: houzz.com, $32 Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 64 FYI Magazine | 65 FYI MAGAZINE | 65
get a handle on   t BLOOMING FLORALS  REFRESH ACCENT PIECES Create a casual living room that sings    summer    and brims ...
get a handle on ıt BLOOMING FLORALS REFRESH ACCENT PIECES Create a casual living room that sings “summer” and brims with juicy citrus colors. Add brightly-colored vases, spunky patterned pillows and rugs. If you are on a tight budget or just don’t want to spend a fortune, visit your local flea market or outlet home store for some great finds. Resurface the dresser top to make a beautiful display area for art, decorative boxes, and a few vintage pieces. No one likes to look at a dark, empty fireplace. For summer, fill it with something unexpected like a sculptured piece of coral or a few sparkly agates. Mix some colorful and exotic VIBRANT WALLS Add bursts of bright color, energetic patterns, and lively motifs to the walls of your home to effortlessly transition it into summer. Repainting your walls is easy and affordable. Some fresh colors are surprisingly versatile, like playful neutrals and pastels. You can also repaint one main wall in a room in a different hue to refresh and modernize the entire room. Add fresh, pretty wallpaper to the back of a linen closet or cabinet. It’s a quick hit of “pretty” every time you open the doors. plates and bowls with standard white ware. It adds great energy and spice to dinner parties. Plates in unexpected colors make a fresh wall arrangement too. Vary hues (within a family), sizes and textures while placing the most dramatic plate toward the center. Sometimes all you need is just one pop of color. Select a theme color and purchase a few new accessories in that shade. A pair of lamps or a few pillows on a sofa will automatically brighten up the room with charm. Let summer bloom indoors. Even if you have no space for a greenhouse or garden, fill up a new or vintage bar cart with tons of pots and trailing plants. Greenery adds great color and texture to any corner. Floral artwork is also a great way to add a summery touch to any room. To keep it sophisticated, add a piece with a modern or oversized print. OUR PICKS! Bright Ceramic Vase Set: wayfair.com, $43 DIY DECOR For a unique centerpiece, simply fill a clear glass vase with lemons or tangerines, and add water. You can top these with freshly-cut flowers or leaves. Fill the coffee table with big, bright books to create the sort of gorgeous display you would see in a bookstore window. Make a pretty stack by piling up books in an array of complementary colors. An inspiration board in the office or family room fuels creativity and gives blank walls interest and depth. Fill your board with images, inspirational quotes, or fabric swatches ...anything that inspires you for the season. Wall Art: etsy.com, $79 Yellow Chevron Accent Pillows (set of 2): kohls.com, $27 $21.99 5. Basic Essentials Dinner Plates: Kohls.com, $14 Accent Wallpaper: houzz.com, $32 Find these products on fyimagazineny.com FYI MAGAZINE | 64 FYI Magazine | 65 FYI MAGAZINE | 65
get a handle on   t BLOOMING FLORALS  REFRESH ACCENT PIECES Create a casual living room that sings    summer    and brims ...
get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt furniture painting DIY Save money and get crafty by reviving furniture for your home. Most of us have one piece of furniture that can use a good face lift. If you don’t, don’t be a afraid to frequent flea markets. They are a great source for finding furniture to remodel and to up-cycle a vintage find. You can create beautiful pieces from old furniture, with just little bit of time and creativity. WRITTEN BY REDEUX BY TWO + End tables + Lamps directions for painting furniture: Clean the 1. up. A greatwood to removeisold dirt or waxy buildproduct to use Krud-Kutter (you can find it in most hardware stores for about $5). Buff out any bumps or 2. medium-grit sandpaperblemishes by usingany (Can be bought in hardware store for $1 per sheet). Prime the furniture using coat of latex primer. 3. (We love Sherwin-Williams1Premium Wall and Wood Primer, $15 per quart). Allow it to dry overnight. 2 coats of paint 4. Apply microfiberyour desired colorpaint towith a small roller. Allow the dry at least 4 hours between coats. (We useSherwinWilliams Pro-Classic Acrylic Enamel, $26 per quart. It dries harder and it is very durable). Allow the 2nd coat to cure overnight. + Pa i n t i n g s + Sconces + Curios + Breakfronts + Chairs + Armoires (after) + Mirrors + Chandeliers (before) + Vi t r i n e s + And More Also see our beautiful selection of porcelains, including Herend. Optional: you want an “antiqued” look, 5. sand downIfcertain areas to “reveal” the original wood. Add a few words for a better rag good clear polyure6. Seal the finish with a coat ofrepel dirt and water thane to add durability and (We use MinWax Waterbased Polycrylic Protective Finish, $18 per quart). NOTE: It’s always good to ask questions at the paint store. The more you know, the easier your job will be. FYI MAGAZINE | 66 718.851.4700 4514 11th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11219 Follow Us on Instagram FYI MAGAZINE | 67 @UNIKANTIK4514
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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt furniture painting DIY Save money and get crafty by reviving furniture for your home. Most of us have one piece of furniture that can use a good face lift. If you don’t, don’t be a afraid to frequent flea markets. They are a great source for finding furniture to remodel and to up-cycle a vintage find. You can create beautiful pieces from old furniture, with just little bit of time and creativity. WRITTEN BY REDEUX BY TWO + End tables + Lamps directions for painting furniture: Clean the 1. up. A greatwood to removeisold dirt or waxy buildproduct to use Krud-Kutter (you can find it in most hardware stores for about $5). Buff out any bumps or 2. medium-grit sandpaperblemishes by usingany (Can be bought in hardware store for $1 per sheet). Prime the furniture using coat of latex primer. 3. (We love Sherwin-Williams1Premium Wall and Wood Primer, $15 per quart). Allow it to dry overnight. 2 coats of paint 4. Apply microfiberyour desired colorpaint towith a small roller. Allow the dry at least 4 hours between coats. (We useSherwinWilliams Pro-Classic Acrylic Enamel, $26 per quart. It dries harder and it is very durable). Allow the 2nd coat to cure overnight. + Pa i n t i n g s + Sconces + Curios + Breakfronts + Chairs + Armoires (after) + Mirrors + Chandeliers (before) + Vi t r i n e s + And More Also see our beautiful selection of porcelains, including Herend. Optional: you want an “antiqued” look, 5. sand downIfcertain areas to “reveal” the original wood. Add a few words for a better rag good clear polyure6. Seal the finish with a coat ofrepel dirt and water thane to add durability and (We use MinWax Waterbased Polycrylic Protective Finish, $18 per quart). NOTE: It’s always good to ask questions at the paint store. The more you know, the easier your job will be. FYI MAGAZINE | 66 718.851.4700 4514 11th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11219 Follow Us on Instagram FYI MAGAZINE | 67 @UNIKANTIK4514
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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt “WHAT WOULD I DO IF WHAT DEFINED ME WAS TAKEN AWAY?” make your world A BETTER PLACE BY ASHLEY SEENER I was watching a popular TED talk by Amy Cuddy the other day, listening closely for some inspiration for the coming week. As she explained her extraordinary journey, a point struck me that was not her main one. FYI MAGAZINE | 68 She spoke about being labeled the “smart” kid growing up and how as she got older, she defined herself by just that. However, when she was 19 years old, she got into a terrible car accident and awoke in a head injury rehab ward. The doctors told her that due to the accident, her IQ had dropped two standard deviations. As you can imagine, this was a terrible revelation for her. The one thing that most defined who she was had been taken away. She asked herself how she would ever get through it. Remarkably, she overcame her difficulties and is now a leading expert in social psychological research. Her story made me ask myself, “What would I do if what defined me was taken away?” Now there are two big assumptions in that thought: (1) that I am certain of that which defines me and (2) that it can in fact be taken away. Any aspect of myself that I hold dear - my writing ability, my sense of style, my affinity for or pursuit of knowledge or my blonde hair - would all be hard to lose. On second thought, however, Hashem must have a sense of humor, because I have parted with some of these things, starting with my blonde hair. As a Jewish woman who follows the laws of Torah, I began covering my hair when I got married. Adjusting to this mitzvah was a challenge for me, as for many women, and while I do cover my hair with a blonde wig, it’s just not the same. However, I am able to do it, and that which once defined me is now concealed. In addition, when I began keeping Torah and mitzvahs, I told my rabbi I didn’t think I’d be able to cover my hair. My reason? Well, I told him, I just loved fashion too much! He laughed at me. He knew my love of truth was much greater. Over time, I was able to alter that which I felt defined me: my sense of style. So in some ways, though not completely, I have “lost” what defines me, yet I don’t feel the loss of definition at all. Why? A child defines himself by that which he has and that which is taken away from him. When Mommy takes the lollypop from Leah because it’s too close to dinnertime, Leah cries. Not only because she misses the sweet taste of the candy, but also because at that moment, she can’t see beyond the current defeat to a future happiness. She is consumed with the loss of her perceived source of satisfaction: the lollypop. Why do we recognize how silly this is with children, and not with ourselves? When we define ourselves by a tangible asset, a physical reality, and then lose it, we don’t see the future clearly anymore. We wonder how we can go on existing without that which defined our happiness, purpose, and essence. When we limit ourselves to something so simple and superficial, we limit who we are. Hashem created us with a uniqueness, a purpose, well beyond anything we could explain on paper. The proof of this is that when our “self-definition” has been taken away, like Amy Cuddy’s smarts or my blonde hair, we continue to go on living. Why? Because we have a purpose beyond that which can be measured. We must be defined by our essence. By our existence. That which we cannot lose by giving. What can we give and not lose? Our humility, our patience, our sincerity, our honesty, our faith. And when we give these to others, not only are they retained, but they expand and grow and triple in size. When we define ourselves by these things, not only do we better ourselves, but we find a new taste for happiness, one sweeter and more satisfying than any we’ve known before. FYI MAGAZINE | 69
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get a handle on ıt get a handle on ıt “WHAT WOULD I DO IF WHAT DEFINED ME WAS TAKEN AWAY?” make your world A BETTER PLACE BY ASHLEY SEENER I was watching a popular TED talk by Amy Cuddy the other day, listening closely for some inspiration for the coming week. As she explained her extraordinary journey, a point struck me that was not her main one. FYI MAGAZINE | 68 She spoke about being labeled the “smart” kid growing up and how as she got older, she defined herself by just that. However, when she was 19 years old, she got into a terrible car accident and awoke in a head injury rehab ward. The doctors told her that due to the accident, her IQ had dropped two standard deviations. As you can imagine, this was a terrible revelation for her. The one thing that most defined who she was had been taken away. She asked herself how she would ever get through it. Remarkably, she overcame her difficulties and is now a leading expert in social psychological research. Her story made me ask myself, “What would I do if what defined me was taken away?” Now there are two big assumptions in that thought: (1) that I am certain of that which defines me and (2) that it can in fact be taken away. Any aspect of myself that I hold dear - my writing ability, my sense of style, my affinity for or pursuit of knowledge or my blonde hair - would all be hard to lose. On second thought, however, Hashem must have a sense of humor, because I have parted with some of these things, starting with my blonde hair. As a Jewish woman who follows the laws of Torah, I began covering my hair when I got married. Adjusting to this mitzvah was a challenge for me, as for many women, and while I do cover my hair with a blonde wig, it’s just not the same. However, I am able to do it, and that which once defined me is now concealed. In addition, when I began keeping Torah and mitzvahs, I told my rabbi I didn’t think I’d be able to cover my hair. My reason? Well, I told him, I just loved fashion too much! He laughed at me. He knew my love of truth was much greater. Over time, I was able to alter that which I felt defined me: my sense of style. So in some ways, though not completely, I have “lost” what defines me, yet I don’t feel the loss of definition at all. Why? A child defines himself by that which he has and that which is taken away from him. When Mommy takes the lollypop from Leah because it’s too close to dinnertime, Leah cries. Not only because she misses the sweet taste of the candy, but also because at that moment, she can’t see beyond the current defeat to a future happiness. She is consumed with the loss of her perceived source of satisfaction: the lollypop. Why do we recognize how silly this is with children, and not with ourselves? When we define ourselves by a tangible asset, a physical reality, and then lose it, we don’t see the future clearly anymore. We wonder how we can go on existing without that which defined our happiness, purpose, and essence. When we limit ourselves to something so simple and superficial, we limit who we are. Hashem created us with a uniqueness, a purpose, well beyond anything we could explain on paper. The proof of this is that when our “self-definition” has been taken away, like Amy Cuddy’s smarts or my blonde hair, we continue to go on living. Why? Because we have a purpose beyond that which can be measured. We must be defined by our essence. By our existence. That which we cannot lose by giving. What can we give and not lose? Our humility, our patience, our sincerity, our honesty, our faith. And when we give these to others, not only are they retained, but they expand and grow and triple in size. When we define ourselves by these things, not only do we better ourselves, but we find a new taste for happiness, one sweeter and more satisfying than any we’ve known before. FYI MAGAZINE | 69
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you gotta know you gotta know 9 ways to FALL IN LOVE WITH MONEY BY DEBBIE SASSEN A ll relationships need to be nurtured. It takes effort, attention and communication to build a warm and fulfilling connection with any person. With effort, love grows; with neglect, it withers and dies. 3. As a money coach and financial planner working with people to get their financial houses in order, I find that our relationship with money is similar. When we ignore, neglect, or misunderstand our money, it can cause major problems in our lives: the sort of things that fester underground for a while until they one day blow up in our faces. Throwing in the towel on your relationship with money is not the path to bliss. All relationships have ups and downs. Face the discomfort with love and know that happier times are just around the corner. That’s never pretty. 4. When we nurture and create a positive relationship with our cash, we enable money to serve us and we reduce the likelihood that finance will distract us from the things we value most. You don’t have to buy flowers for your checkbook or send love notes to your bank account, but here are ten simple steps which you can take to keep the love alive and the money flowing towards you. 1. 5. Be there. Nobody wants to be FYI MAGAZINE | 70 6. CREDIT TO GO IN 7. 8. Compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness. Part two of handling your mistakes. Be gentle on yourself and learn to forgive. Most of us didn’t learn this money stuff growing up. If you’re suffering from losses, challenges, or all- around money shame, a little compassion goes a long way in getting you through the tough times. 9. Make your relationship with money a priority. Validation and compliments. Rekindle the Romance. Do you associate money tasks with drudgery and stress? Intimacy and romance are the cornerstones of a loving relationship. So light a candle, play some soft background music and take a look at your numbers. Add a glass of wine. It might be more romantic than you think. Learn to communicate. We all know that a relationship will only flourish with open, honest communication. Learn to talk to and listen to your money. What’s it telling you? The numbers on that bank statement are screaming for attention. Hear what they’re saying and answer them with love. Is it time to pay down your debts, invest for your retirement, or wipe away your money fog? Without positive communication, your money relationship will stay tied in knots and be fraught with tears. It won’t survive. The more you communicate, the closer and more supportive you will be with each other. Laugh about it. A large dose of humor and a light-hearted attitude can work wonders for your money relationship. Ever noticed how much fun it is to hang out with happy, cheerful people? Don’t get heavy with your money. It’s there to serve you, not drag you down. We all love a good word. A passerby complimenting your gorgeous sweater lifts your spirits for the whole day. Your money is no exception. Tell your money “Thank you for supporting me.” pushed away or examined with suspicion. Your money is no different. It wants to honor you and serve you, to enhance your life and support your values. So honor and respect your money. Open up, invite it in, pay attention to your money and let abundance flow. 2. Be willing to work through the tough stuff. Admit mistakes. We all mess up. None of us go through life without bumps and bruises and maybe a broken bone. Recognize your money mistakes for what they are - stepping stones to a more aware and knowledgeable you. Learn from your foibles and then let go. Move on and create more joy. Our lives are full and frantic. We juggle work, homework with our kids, soccer practice, piano lessons, laundry, grocery shopping and date nights with our honey. Money gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. We pay attention to it only when it’s causing us problems or we need to ask it a favor. Schedule in a regular, weekly money date and get to know your money matters in a new and beautiful light. Are you living with money anxiety? Trying to maneuver your way through financial fog? Aren’t you so ready for a more loving relationship with your money? Money is part of our lives. We have a relationship with it whether we want it or not. Adopting these steps and giving your money relationship what it needs to thrive is a truly loving gesture. And who knows, you may get more money back in return. FYI MAGAZINE | 71
you gotta know  you gotta know  9 ways to  FALL IN LOVE WITH MONEY BY DEBBIE SASSEN  A  ll relationships need to be nurtur...
you gotta know you gotta know 9 ways to FALL IN LOVE WITH MONEY BY DEBBIE SASSEN A ll relationships need to be nurtured. It takes effort, attention and communication to build a warm and fulfilling connection with any person. With effort, love grows; with neglect, it withers and dies. 3. As a money coach and financial planner working with people to get their financial houses in order, I find that our relationship with money is similar. When we ignore, neglect, or misunderstand our money, it can cause major problems in our lives: the sort of things that fester underground for a while until they one day blow up in our faces. Throwing in the towel on your relationship with money is not the path to bliss. All relationships have ups and downs. Face the discomfort with love and know that happier times are just around the corner. That’s never pretty. 4. When we nurture and create a positive relationship with our cash, we enable money to serve us and we reduce the likelihood that finance will distract us from the things we value most. You don’t have to buy flowers for your checkbook or send love notes to your bank account, but here are ten simple steps which you can take to keep the love alive and the money flowing towards you. 1. 5. Be there. Nobody wants to be FYI MAGAZINE | 70 6. CREDIT TO GO IN 7. 8. Compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness. Part two of handling your mistakes. Be gentle on yourself and learn to forgive. Most of us didn’t learn this money stuff growing up. If you’re suffering from losses, challenges, or all- around money shame, a little compassion goes a long way in getting you through the tough times. 9. Make your relationship with money a priority. Validation and compliments. Rekindle the Romance. Do you associate money tasks with drudgery and stress? Intimacy and romance are the cornerstones of a loving relationship. So light a candle, play some soft background music and take a look at your numbers. Add a glass of wine. It might be more romantic than you think. Learn to communicate. We all know that a relationship will only flourish with open, honest communication. Learn to talk to and listen to your money. What’s it telling you? The numbers on that bank statement are screaming for attention. Hear what they’re saying and answer them with love. Is it time to pay down your debts, invest for your retirement, or wipe away your money fog? Without positive communication, your money relationship will stay tied in knots and be fraught with tears. It won’t survive. The more you communicate, the closer and more supportive you will be with each other. Laugh about it. A large dose of humor and a light-hearted attitude can work wonders for your money relationship. Ever noticed how much fun it is to hang out with happy, cheerful people? Don’t get heavy with your money. It’s there to serve you, not drag you down. We all love a good word. A passerby complimenting your gorgeous sweater lifts your spirits for the whole day. Your money is no exception. Tell your money “Thank you for supporting me.” pushed away or examined with suspicion. Your money is no different. It wants to honor you and serve you, to enhance your life and support your values. So honor and respect your money. Open up, invite it in, pay attention to your money and let abundance flow. 2. Be willing to work through the tough stuff. Admit mistakes. We all mess up. None of us go through life without bumps and bruises and maybe a broken bone. Recognize your money mistakes for what they are - stepping stones to a more aware and knowledgeable you. Learn from your foibles and then let go. Move on and create more joy. Our lives are full and frantic. We juggle work, homework with our kids, soccer practice, piano lessons, laundry, grocery shopping and date nights with our honey. Money gets shoved to the bottom of the to-do list. We pay attention to it only when it’s causing us problems or we need to ask it a favor. Schedule in a regular, weekly money date and get to know your money matters in a new and beautiful light. Are you living with money anxiety? Trying to maneuver your way through financial fog? Aren’t you so ready for a more loving relationship with your money? Money is part of our lives. We have a relationship with it whether we want it or not. Adopting these steps and giving your money relationship what it needs to thrive is a truly loving gesture. And who knows, you may get more money back in return. FYI MAGAZINE | 71
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in your business you gotta know getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for each mysterious bottle can make your food - and your life- a little brighter. SALT BLACK PEPPER TURMERIC Salt is the only spice that brings out the natural taste of the food it is sprinkled on, rather than just adding flavor. It can be used on almost anything. It tenderizes proteins and adds a great tang to sauces and marinades. Vegetables reveal their inner sweetness with a little speckle of salt; in desserts, salt can enhance flavor and add nuance. Salt is used in ice cream to lower the freezing temperature and to keep it soft (the same quality that makes it handy for clearing ice off frozen roads or in antifreeze). And if you’re brave, you can try your hand at the ancient art of curing your own fish (usually salmon). Much ado has been made over the dangers of ingesting too much salt; however, recent studies are inconclusive on the connection between salt and hypertension. Did you know salt is vital for your health? It helps the body retain water, actively participates in digestion, and stimulates muscle contraction. It can also help prevent sunstroke, which is something we should all keep in mind as the days get hotter. We need salt in order to sweat, to cry, and to carry children (in amniotic fluid). Turns out, salt is not just another spice. It is THE spice, and we could not survive without it. Whether the peppercorns you’re grinding are red, green, white or black, they are all differently prepared variations of the same plant, called piper nigrum, produced in India, Vietnam, Brazil, and other tropical regions. All experts agree that grinding peppercorn releases more flavor than the already-ground version. Since whole peppercorns are no more expensive than ground spice, I would definitely advise getting a peppermill to get as much as you can out of your pepper. Pepper is versatile. Add it to virtually anything for a bit of a kick. Spice up your sweets. Liven up your meats. Go wild! Pepper is amazing in salad dressings, protein dishes, and pasta. It is the third most commonly used ingredient, right behind water and salt! Experiment with different types of peppercorns to see which you like best. Pepper has many health benefits as well. Although little research has been conducted, pepper has long been used as a home remedy for various ailments: In tea form, it is said to aid digestion, arthritis, nausea, and migraine headaches, amongst others. It also works well as a natural insecticide. When combined with turmeric, it has been proven to reduce risks of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are already eating some turmeric on a regular basis. It is used commercially to color many products, including cheeses, baked goods, yogurt, even ice cream, and especially, to flavor and color mustard. At home, you can use it on any Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern dish, or anywhere you want to impart a warm, earthy flavor. Use turmeric to accent soups and stews, and use it to color rice and salad dressings. You can also form a paste and smear it on your face for a healthy glow. Turmeric may be known as the Queen of Spice because of its popularity, but research yielded more information on its health benefits than its culinary use! The main component in turmeric, called curcumin, is a potent substance with many medicinal uses. Research has indicated that turmeric can ward off cancer and diabetes before they manifest, and it can also relieve some symptoms once these diseases have actually taken hold. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping to relieve rheumatoid arthritis. It can prevent heart attacks, aid in weight loss, boost immunity, and prevent Alzheimer’s. Although not all the uses have been studied and proven, turmeric in spice form is not toxic. FYI MAGAZINE | 72 WRITTEN BY CHAYA ADLER 74 “Giving up the security of a job is always a frightening experience, which is why most people choose the security of the job versus the freedom of self-employment.” - ASK MAURICE 76 How To Succeed at pg Working from Home pg 80 Interesting Business that you wouldn’t believe exist
in your business  you gotta know  getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for each myst...
in your business you gotta know getting to know your spice cabinet Acquaint yourself with your spice rack, for each mysterious bottle can make your food - and your life- a little brighter. SALT BLACK PEPPER TURMERIC Salt is the only spice that brings out the natural taste of the food it is sprinkled on, rather than just adding flavor. It can be used on almost anything. It tenderizes proteins and adds a great tang to sauces and marinades. Vegetables reveal their inner sweetness with a little speckle of salt; in desserts, salt can enhance flavor and add nuance. Salt is used in ice cream to lower the freezing temperature and to keep it soft (the same quality that makes it handy for clearing ice off frozen roads or in antifreeze). And if you’re brave, you can try your hand at the ancient art of curing your own fish (usually salmon). Much ado has been made over the dangers of ingesting too much salt; however, recent studies are inconclusive on the connection between salt and hypertension. Did you know salt is vital for your health? It helps the body retain water, actively participates in digestion, and stimulates muscle contraction. It can also help prevent sunstroke, which is something we should all keep in mind as the days get hotter. We need salt in order to sweat, to cry, and to carry children (in amniotic fluid). Turns out, salt is not just another spice. It is THE spice, and we could not survive without it. Whether the peppercorns you’re grinding are red, green, white or black, they are all differently prepared variations of the same plant, called piper nigrum, produced in India, Vietnam, Brazil, and other tropical regions. All experts agree that grinding peppercorn releases more flavor than the already-ground version. Since whole peppercorns are no more expensive than ground spice, I would definitely advise getting a peppermill to get as much as you can out of your pepper. Pepper is versatile. Add it to virtually anything for a bit of a kick. Spice up your sweets. Liven up your meats. Go wild! Pepper is amazing in salad dressings, protein dishes, and pasta. It is the third most commonly used ingredient, right behind water and salt! Experiment with different types of peppercorns to see which you like best. Pepper has many health benefits as well. Although little research has been conducted, pepper has long been used as a home remedy for various ailments: In tea form, it is said to aid digestion, arthritis, nausea, and migraine headaches, amongst others. It also works well as a natural insecticide. When combined with turmeric, it has been proven to reduce risks of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are already eating some turmeric on a regular basis. It is used commercially to color many products, including cheeses, baked goods, yogurt, even ice cream, and especially, to flavor and color mustard. At home, you can use it on any Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern dish, or anywhere you want to impart a warm, earthy flavor. Use turmeric to accent soups and stews, and use it to color rice and salad dressings. You can also form a paste and smear it on your face for a healthy glow. Turmeric may be known as the Queen of Spice because of its popularity, but research yielded more information on its health benefits than its culinary use! The main component in turmeric, called curcumin, is a potent substance with many medicinal uses. Research has indicated that turmeric can ward off cancer and diabetes before they manifest, and it can also relieve some symptoms once these diseases have actually taken hold. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping to relieve rheumatoid arthritis. It can prevent heart attacks, aid in weight loss, boost immunity, and prevent Alzheimer’s. Although not all the uses have been studied and proven, turmeric in spice form is not toxic. FYI MAGAZINE | 72 WRITTEN BY CHAYA ADLER 74 “Giving up the security of a job is always a frightening experience, which is why most people choose the security of the job versus the freedom of self-employment.” - ASK MAURICE 76 How To Succeed at pg Working from Home pg 80 Interesting Business that you wouldn’t believe exist
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in your business in your business Big Businesses that started on the side: Yankee Candle Company ask maurice In 1969, at 16 years old, Michael Kittredge made his scented candle in his garage out of melted crayons as a gift for his mother. Kittredge sold the company in 1998 for $550 million. Craigslist Dear Maurice, I have a full-time job in a school, but over the past year, I started a side business, which has picked up nicely. The challenge is that at this point, I can’t service the clients from my side business, because I simply don’t have the time to call them back. I feel like I am ruining my company name and my future potential at this business because I am not taking care of my existing clients, and I am not calling back potential ones. I would love to quit my day job and focus fully on my side job, but I am afraid to leave the security of my paycheck. I’m hoping my new business will generate enough money for me to cover my bills. Right now, it’s providing about 60% of what I need for my monthly expenses. I was thinking of hiring an employee to help me out, but because of the way my business runs, I am afraid that he will start doing it on his own, since it’s very simple to do once I teach him how. Looking forward to your insights, S. Greenfield FYI MAGAZINE | 74 Dear Mrs. Greenfield, Let me start by congratulating you on starting a successful business while being employed full-time. I know that it wasn’t easy; it takes a strong commitment and focus to pull it off, but you’re doing it the right way, because you have the flexibility to build it up and learn from your mistakes as you grow your business, without the pressure of supporting yourself from it. Right now you are overwhelmed with new and existing customers from your side business, and because you don’t have enough time to take care of their needs, you are ignoring them, which is damaging the business image you worked so hard to build. Giving up the security of a job is always a frightening experience, which is why most people choose the security of the job versus the freedom of self-employment. But you are one step ahead of them, because you have already built a company that’s generating enough money to cover over 50% of your monthly expenses. Based on your situation, I would suggest that you set a goal to put away 3 months’ worth of living expenses, and after you reach that goal, you can make the transition of leaving your current job to build your business. Once you make that decision, you will know that you have a plan of action. This will allow you to find the time right now to service your customers well, because you know it’s only a temporary challenge, and soon you will be able to focus on your side business full-time and also have more time for yourself. Make it a great day! Maurice In 1995, Craig Newmark saw the internet as a way to meet like-minded people who lived nearby. To that end, he started an e-mail distribution list for programmers to share local events they might want to attend. The e-mail list was a hit, and it grew from there. Craigslist is now worth $3 Billion. Twitter It wasn’t very long ago, in 2006, Jack Dorsey thought it would be a it be cool if there was a phone-based social network. Today, Twitter has over 200 million active users and is said to be worth about $10 billion. Google As students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started what’s now known as Google from a garage in September 1998. Now, Google is the most trafficked site in the world and is worth $367.6 Billion. FYI MAGAZINE | 75
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in your business in your business Big Businesses that started on the side: Yankee Candle Company ask maurice In 1969, at 16 years old, Michael Kittredge made his scented candle in his garage out of melted crayons as a gift for his mother. Kittredge sold the company in 1998 for $550 million. Craigslist Dear Maurice, I have a full-time job in a school, but over the past year, I started a side business, which has picked up nicely. The challenge is that at this point, I can’t service the clients from my side business, because I simply don’t have the time to call them back. I feel like I am ruining my company name and my future potential at this business because I am not taking care of my existing clients, and I am not calling back potential ones. I would love to quit my day job and focus fully on my side job, but I am afraid to leave the security of my paycheck. I’m hoping my new business will generate enough money for me to cover my bills. Right now, it’s providing about 60% of what I need for my monthly expenses. I was thinking of hiring an employee to help me out, but because of the way my business runs, I am afraid that he will start doing it on his own, since it’s very simple to do once I teach him how. Looking forward to your insights, S. Greenfield FYI MAGAZINE | 74 Dear Mrs. Greenfield, Let me start by congratulating you on starting a successful business while being employed full-time. I know that it wasn’t easy; it takes a strong commitment and focus to pull it off, but you’re doing it the right way, because you have the flexibility to build it up and learn from your mistakes as you grow your business, without the pressure of supporting yourself from it. Right now you are overwhelmed with new and existing customers from your side business, and because you don’t have enough time to take care of their needs, you are ignoring them, which is damaging the business image you worked so hard to build. Giving up the security of a job is always a frightening experience, which is why most people choose the security of the job versus the freedom of self-employment. But you are one step ahead of them, because you have already built a company that’s generating enough money to cover over 50% of your monthly expenses. Based on your situation, I would suggest that you set a goal to put away 3 months’ worth of living expenses, and after you reach that goal, you can make the transition of leaving your current job to build your business. Once you make that decision, you will know that you have a plan of action. This will allow you to find the time right now to service your customers well, because you know it’s only a temporary challenge, and soon you will be able to focus on your side business full-time and also have more time for yourself. Make it a great day! Maurice In 1995, Craig Newmark saw the internet as a way to meet like-minded people who lived nearby. To that end, he started an e-mail distribution list for programmers to share local events they might want to attend. The e-mail list was a hit, and it grew from there. Craigslist is now worth $3 Billion. Twitter It wasn’t very long ago, in 2006, Jack Dorsey thought it would be a it be cool if there was a phone-based social network. Today, Twitter has over 200 million active users and is said to be worth about $10 billion. Google As students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started what’s now known as Google from a garage in September 1998. Now, Google is the most trafficked site in the world and is worth $367.6 Billion. FYI MAGAZINE | 75
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N ON IRON • WRIN KLE FRE E • C LASSIC FIT • SLI M F I T in your business in your business NANCY HILSENRATH LCSW,CASAC,SAP how to succeed at working from home A re you a mom working from home and juggling a family? Do you feel like you never shut down? Do you love working from home but feel like there is never enough time? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have a few simple ideas to help you feel calm and serene. Isn’t that one of the reasons you work from home? You want to spend more quality time with the kids, have flexibility, value the family’s needs, and not have to commute. It has become more common for moms to work from home and juggle a family. As this trend is more popular, moms are finding themselves on the never-ending treadmill. Now it’s time to get off. How? Here are a few tips to guide you: Set Boundaries. Set an actual work schedule as best as possible (as if you were actually in an outside office). Stick to that schedule. Stay focused, as this will enable you to get work done more efficiently. Put time with your children on the schedule as well. It may be a bit more challenging to maintain those boundaries if there are little children at home; however, it is important to keep these boundaries. This will enable you to be more pro- FYI MAGAZINE | 76 ductive and successful at juggling your career and children. Sometimes, there are distractions when working at home, like errands, household chores, sick children or friends wanting to meet for coffee or lunch simply because you are home. Keeping those boundaries brings greater success and balance. If you aren’t focused,working from home may leave you feeling exhausted. If you need to “return” to work after the kids go to sleep, have specific time frames. Be Present. When it is time to be with the kids, be with the kids. Be completely present. Put your work and computer away and turn off the phone. Remember you are a role model to your children- no matter their ages; they observe everything and pick everything up. “Do as I do, not as I say” is very important. Children will appreciate the quality time together, and then it is easier to return to work if need be. Set a time frame. Determine how many total hours you need to work at home each day or week. This may fluctuate. Establish a starting time and a stopping time and stick to them as much as possible. Remember there must also be a scheduled shutting down time or you might not shut down. This could be a drawback of working from home. It may feel like a challenge to do this at first, but know that you can achieve it. It is important to keep at least 1-2 nights a week free for yourself. Allow yourself time to play. C Otherwise, working from home can M trickle into working continuously. Have you ever thought, “Let me just Y do this one thing and then one more CM quick thing”? Studies show that people who incorporate play into MY their daily routine are less stressed CY and more productive. Creating boundaries and structures is imperCMY ative if balance is to be maintained. K Today people multi-task more than ever, and women take pride in this. We all want to be ‘Supermom’. We tend to think we can do it all, by ourselves. Unfortunately, we are often left feeling drained and “zonked.” Ask for help and support. Although people sometimes want immediate answers and results, remember things can wait. Not everything is urgent. If your family is your priority keep it your priority. They need to know they are valued, and that they come first, above everyone else. One can be preoccupied, continue working and get “stuck.” Sometimes, it’s easier to walk out of an office, close the door, and be done until the next day. So walk out of your “imaginary door,” or your real office door, until tomorrow. Children will respect and value when you are working and when you are truly present. They will realize the difference between “Mom is working” and “Mom is playing.” When you stick to your boundaries, it is easier for everyone else to follow suit. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K SLIM FIT FYI MAGAZINE | 77
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N ON IRON • WRIN KLE FRE E • C LASSIC FIT • SLI M F I T in your business in your business NANCY HILSENRATH LCSW,CASAC,SAP how to succeed at working from home A re you a mom working from home and juggling a family? Do you feel like you never shut down? Do you love working from home but feel like there is never enough time? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have a few simple ideas to help you feel calm and serene. Isn’t that one of the reasons you work from home? You want to spend more quality time with the kids, have flexibility, value the family’s needs, and not have to commute. It has become more common for moms to work from home and juggle a family. As this trend is more popular, moms are finding themselves on the never-ending treadmill. Now it’s time to get off. How? Here are a few tips to guide you: Set Boundaries. Set an actual work schedule as best as possible (as if you were actually in an outside office). Stick to that schedule. Stay focused, as this will enable you to get work done more efficiently. Put time with your children on the schedule as well. It may be a bit more challenging to maintain those boundaries if there are little children at home; however, it is important to keep these boundaries. This will enable you to be more pro- FYI MAGAZINE | 76 ductive and successful at juggling your career and children. Sometimes, there are distractions when working at home, like errands, household chores, sick children or friends wanting to meet for coffee or lunch simply because you are home. Keeping those boundaries brings greater success and balance. If you aren’t focused,working from home may leave you feeling exhausted. If you need to “return” to work after the kids go to sleep, have specific time frames. Be Present. When it is time to be with the kids, be with the kids. Be completely present. Put your work and computer away and turn off the phone. Remember you are a role model to your children- no matter their ages; they observe everything and pick everything up. “Do as I do, not as I say” is very important. Children will appreciate the quality time together, and then it is easier to return to work if need be. Set a time frame. Determine how many total hours you need to work at home each day or week. This may fluctuate. Establish a starting time and a stopping time and stick to them as much as possible. Remember there must also be a scheduled shutting down time or you might not shut down. This could be a drawback of working from home. It may feel like a challenge to do this at first, but know that you can achieve it. It is important to keep at least 1-2 nights a week free for yourself. Allow yourself time to play. C Otherwise, working from home can M trickle into working continuously. Have you ever thought, “Let me just Y do this one thing and then one more CM quick thing”? Studies show that people who incorporate play into MY their daily routine are less stressed CY and more productive. Creating boundaries and structures is imperCMY ative if balance is to be maintained. K Today people multi-task more than ever, and women take pride in this. We all want to be ‘Supermom’. We tend to think we can do it all, by ourselves. Unfortunately, we are often left feeling drained and “zonked.” Ask for help and support. Although people sometimes want immediate answers and results, remember things can wait. Not everything is urgent. If your family is your priority keep it your priority. They need to know they are valued, and that they come first, above everyone else. One can be preoccupied, continue working and get “stuck.” Sometimes, it’s easier to walk out of an office, close the door, and be done until the next day. So walk out of your “imaginary door,” or your real office door, until tomorrow. Children will respect and value when you are working and when you are truly present. They will realize the difference between “Mom is working” and “Mom is playing.” When you stick to your boundaries, it is easier for everyone else to follow suit. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K SLIM FIT FYI MAGAZINE | 77
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in your business in your business THE MORE YOU KNOW drafting firm can assist you with to save you from potential aggravation. At What Cost? Avoiding the Nightmare in Your Dream Vacation S WRITTEM BY RAV SHAYE L. WACHSMAN Summer is almost here and with it, comes the annual prospect of buying and selling of summer homes and bungalows in the mountains. Generally, properties sold in developments or in bungalow colonies are sold as co-ops, a purchase of co-operative stocks in the corporation which owns the premises, joined at the hip with a long term lease for a unit situated on the premises. Co-ops afford a buyer the peace of mind that each shareholder, in cooperation with the other shareholders, can control who the other buyers are. This is a huge advantage in any case, all the more so in a summer colony where crowd is everything. Co-ops also afford a buyer with a shared burden of maintaining the property. Being well prepared before going into contract is key to the success of your purchase. Here are several areas you’d be well advised to consider when dealing with co-ops, the most abundantly available homes for purchase in the Catskill Mountains: Some Restrictions Apply… What’s in the Can [and Can’t]? Co-op bylaws are restrictive by nature. If written correctly, these bylaws can protect you from mindless actions taken by other shareholders, in a way that sole ownership cannot. For example, co-op bylaws typically require that all units share esthetic conformity, hence your neighbor will not be able to paint their exterior in a FYI MAGAZINE | 78 color that is unsightly; they will not be allowed to build a large storage shed which blocks your view or access; or be accompanied by threatening animals or pets. The bylaws may also afford protective measures against a shareholder who does not shoulder its share of the maintenance burden, by allowing for the termination of its lease. Still, there’s no denying the disadvantages to restrictive regulations that may prevent you from creating the best and most convenient living environment most suited to your personal needs. In the past, shareholders are known to have even been prevented from installing a security alarm because of noise level objections, or security window bars because of appearance issues. Customize the Lease So, do your homework and study the lease and its bylaws very carefully to ascertain that your needs and fears are taken care of. Do not hesitate to request revisions to the lease, or that certain leniencies or exemptions be made to accommodate you. If the lease cannot be altered, but the board is willing to work with you or they simply promise not to stand in the way, be sure to receive their permission in writing. Side note: There are halachic issues, such as what is known as Bar Metzra if, perhaps, you wish to extend your unit or have a child move in near you, that a professional halachic contract Because the cost of maintaining and repairing the premises is typically carried collectively by all share members, you can expect that a colony which houses many units, may charge a lower fee for the superintendent or property caretaker than smaller premises that nonetheless, require the same amount of management personnel. On the other hand, larger premises have more amenities i.e. larger grounds to upkeep, multiple swimming pools etc. that carry a greater risk of wear and tear and require more constant upkeep and repairs versus smaller properties. Additionally, say that the majority of dwellers desire a new tennis court, or perhaps a new indoor swimming pool; collective living means that a change or alteration which is desired by the majority of shareholders will be paid for collectively. However, bear in mind that, in turn, the same will require of you to participate in costs for additions or alterations which you deem unnecessary. Since there are no standard rates for co-op maintenance fees, it is important that you understand exactly what the scope of your assessment entails. Do not accept vague generalities. Verify what exactly is included in the maintenance fee, i.e. gardening; interior/ exterior repairs, fixture and facilities repair, appliance updates, rabbi on premises, day camp, etc. Prepare a checklist of what’s important to you and match it against what’s included and what you’ll need to cover out of pocket. Accept ‘As Is’ As Is? If the purchasing contract has an “As Is” clause, meaning that you represent and declare that you are satisfied with the condition of the unit as is, you will need to be super vigilant in making sure that all of the plumbing, heating, and cooling units are in working order. Check for signs of leakage, mold spots, rodents, and see if there are any loose wires or other electrical issues. Ensure that the foundation is not cracked and that the ventilation is in order, and test all cabinet doors, etc. Spot the Specks… If you are in a position to ask for it, try to obtain some recent financials from the corporation. What you are looking for is a pattern of a constant surplus which can carry the corporation going forward for about three to four months. Failure to collect cooperative dues by the management, or not maintaining a healthy surplus, will result in over-thetop reassessments and hikes in the maintenance fees over the years. Sloppy management will eventually result in a drastic devaluation of your purchase. So, if you can spot it early on, you may want to reconsider closing on the purchase. It’s A Board Game! Who’s on Board?... In most instances, the members who comprise the board of directors are fellow dwellers on the cooperative premises. Though, a good neighbor can still make a difficult board member. Do your due diligence to find out if any of the board members are prone to egregious behavior such as a tendency to focus on personal gain, be it financial or egotistic, on expense of the general good of the cooperative; projecting contentious behavior towards stockholders, i.e. is argumentative or disrespectful when conducting cooperative business and affairs; or is absent or neglectful when the need for decisive action is needed. Jump on Board? Investigate what procedures are in place to acquire board membership. If you have found the summer home of your dreams, but are concerned that one or more board members exhibit any of the habits described above, your best option might very well be to go ahead with the purchase with the hope of ousting or replacing the problematic board member. A disruptive board member can make your life miserable, so find out if the option to remove and replace is viable. Of course, you’ll need to assess your own capabilities at serving on a board - no easy feat. Since a co-op board can re-assess your maintenance dues, object to potential buyers of your cooperative stake and otherwise make life difficult with restrictive rules and regulations, so doing some character research is wise and in place. In Conclusion In the end, it’s a balancing act, and preparation is empowerment. Have your purchase offer reviewed by a professional contract drafting firm, and never be afraid to walk away from a deal that works against you. The heartache that follows a walkout does not compare in enormity to the pain caused by not walking away. Hopefully, your summer experience will truly be a dream come true, and you’ll be the proud key holder of a summer home worth your efforts. FYI MAGAZINE | 79
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in your business in your business THE MORE YOU KNOW drafting firm can assist you with to save you from potential aggravation. At What Cost? Avoiding the Nightmare in Your Dream Vacation S WRITTEM BY RAV SHAYE L. WACHSMAN Summer is almost here and with it, comes the annual prospect of buying and selling of summer homes and bungalows in the mountains. Generally, properties sold in developments or in bungalow colonies are sold as co-ops, a purchase of co-operative stocks in the corporation which owns the premises, joined at the hip with a long term lease for a unit situated on the premises. Co-ops afford a buyer the peace of mind that each shareholder, in cooperation with the other shareholders, can control who the other buyers are. This is a huge advantage in any case, all the more so in a summer colony where crowd is everything. Co-ops also afford a buyer with a shared burden of maintaining the property. Being well prepared before going into contract is key to the success of your purchase. Here are several areas you’d be well advised to consider when dealing with co-ops, the most abundantly available homes for purchase in the Catskill Mountains: Some Restrictions Apply… What’s in the Can [and Can’t]? Co-op bylaws are restrictive by nature. If written correctly, these bylaws can protect you from mindless actions taken by other shareholders, in a way that sole ownership cannot. For example, co-op bylaws typically require that all units share esthetic conformity, hence your neighbor will not be able to paint their exterior in a FYI MAGAZINE | 78 color that is unsightly; they will not be allowed to build a large storage shed which blocks your view or access; or be accompanied by threatening animals or pets. The bylaws may also afford protective measures against a shareholder who does not shoulder its share of the maintenance burden, by allowing for the termination of its lease. Still, there’s no denying the disadvantages to restrictive regulations that may prevent you from creating the best and most convenient living environment most suited to your personal needs. In the past, shareholders are known to have even been prevented from installing a security alarm because of noise level objections, or security window bars because of appearance issues. Customize the Lease So, do your homework and study the lease and its bylaws very carefully to ascertain that your needs and fears are taken care of. Do not hesitate to request revisions to the lease, or that certain leniencies or exemptions be made to accommodate you. If the lease cannot be altered, but the board is willing to work with you or they simply promise not to stand in the way, be sure to receive their permission in writing. Side note: There are halachic issues, such as what is known as Bar Metzra if, perhaps, you wish to extend your unit or have a child move in near you, that a professional halachic contract Because the cost of maintaining and repairing the premises is typically carried collectively by all share members, you can expect that a colony which houses many units, may charge a lower fee for the superintendent or property caretaker than smaller premises that nonetheless, require the same amount of management personnel. On the other hand, larger premises have more amenities i.e. larger grounds to upkeep, multiple swimming pools etc. that carry a greater risk of wear and tear and require more constant upkeep and repairs versus smaller properties. Additionally, say that the majority of dwellers desire a new tennis court, or perhaps a new indoor swimming pool; collective living means that a change or alteration which is desired by the majority of shareholders will be paid for collectively. However, bear in mind that, in turn, the same will require of you to participate in costs for additions or alterations which you deem unnecessary. Since there are no standard rates for co-op maintenance fees, it is important that you understand exactly what the scope of your assessment entails. Do not accept vague generalities. Verify what exactly is included in the maintenance fee, i.e. gardening; interior/ exterior repairs, fixture and facilities repair, appliance updates, rabbi on premises, day camp, etc. Prepare a checklist of what’s important to you and match it against what’s included and what you’ll need to cover out of pocket. Accept ‘As Is’ As Is? If the purchasing contract has an “As Is” clause, meaning that you represent and declare that you are satisfied with the condition of the unit as is, you will need to be super vigilant in making sure that all of the plumbing, heating, and cooling units are in working order. Check for signs of leakage, mold spots, rodents, and see if there are any loose wires or other electrical issues. Ensure that the foundation is not cracked and that the ventilation is in order, and test all cabinet doors, etc. Spot the Specks… If you are in a position to ask for it, try to obtain some recent financials from the corporation. What you are looking for is a pattern of a constant surplus which can carry the corporation going forward for about three to four months. Failure to collect cooperative dues by the management, or not maintaining a healthy surplus, will result in over-thetop reassessments and hikes in the maintenance fees over the years. Sloppy management will eventually result in a drastic devaluation of your purchase. So, if you can spot it early on, you may want to reconsider closing on the purchase. It’s A Board Game! Who’s on Board?... In most instances, the members who comprise the board of directors are fellow dwellers on the cooperative premises. Though, a good neighbor can still make a difficult board member. Do your due diligence to find out if any of the board members are prone to egregious behavior such as a tendency to focus on personal gain, be it financial or egotistic, on expense of the general good of the cooperative; projecting contentious behavior towards stockholders, i.e. is argumentative or disrespectful when conducting cooperative business and affairs; or is absent or neglectful when the need for decisive action is needed. Jump on Board? Investigate what procedures are in place to acquire board membership. If you have found the summer home of your dreams, but are concerned that one or more board members exhibit any of the habits described above, your best option might very well be to go ahead with the purchase with the hope of ousting or replacing the problematic board member. A disruptive board member can make your life miserable, so find out if the option to remove and replace is viable. Of course, you’ll need to assess your own capabilities at serving on a board - no easy feat. Since a co-op board can re-assess your maintenance dues, object to potential buyers of your cooperative stake and otherwise make life difficult with restrictive rules and regulations, so doing some character research is wise and in place. In Conclusion In the end, it’s a balancing act, and preparation is empowerment. Have your purchase offer reviewed by a professional contract drafting firm, and never be afraid to walk away from a deal that works against you. The heartache that follows a walkout does not compare in enormity to the pain caused by not walking away. Hopefully, your summer experience will truly be a dream come true, and you’ll be the proud key holder of a summer home worth your efforts. FYI MAGAZINE | 79
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@ in your business @ in your business they do what? Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. WRITTEN BY RAIZEL KATON Some businesses help their customers pull pranks, some try to solve life's weirdest problems (like where does that one sock always disappear to?), and some are just so “niche,” most people wouldn't even think of starting them in the first place. Surprise Purchase If you are one of those people that enjoy spending money, yet desire absolutely nothing of the vast online retail market out there, you might actually enjoy SomethingStore! SomethingStore gives customers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new (never-used or refurbished) mystery item, or a "something" for $10. According to the company's website, "your something may be anything, from a cool shiny gadget or rare book to a set of kitchen knives. It can be a pair of handmade earrings, a garden tool, or an office supply item." Basically, anything goes, so long as it's legal to trade in the United States and is worth at least $10. The company has sold more than 200,000 somethings since its inception in 2007. FYI MAGAZINE | 80 More than just a pair of socks We have all lost or misplaced a favorite sock at one time or another. With Throx, you never need handle another lonely sock again. The company helps customers fight the infamous “sock monster” by selling socks in threes, not pairs. That way, if you lose one, you have a backup sock to keep the other company, so you can continue to wear your favorite pair and do your laundry worry-free. Throx's socks are one-size-fits-all and range in price depending on the design (and there are tons to choose from), though most cost around $10. A used cardboard box marketplace Whether you're moving and need containers, or you spend too much time online shopping and don't know what to do with all those pesky cardboard boxes, BoxCycle can help. Founded in 2008, BoxCycle is a used-box marketplace based in San Francisco, that streamlines the processes of obtaining and getting rid of cardboard boxes. Retailers, recyclers and individuals can sell their used boxes with minimal time and effort. They can go online to BoxCycle.com and post how many boxes they have, and what sizes. Then, potential buyers can see a list of sellers and their box sizes in their local area at convenient pickup locations. The entire transaction is completed online. Boxes on the site sell for between 38 cents and $1.25 apiece. A grow-your-ownmushroom kit Back to the Roots has quite a unique back-story. It was started by two college students who were inspired by something they learned in a class: You can grow mushrooms using recycled coffee grounds. In an effort to get people more connected with their food, Back to the Roots created an easy, 10-day growyour-own organic-mushroom kit. Their organic mushroom farm comes in a small box (the mushrooms grow right out of the box) and simply requires watering twice a day. One kit sells for $19.99 on their website. We live in a bizarre world, so let your imagination run wild! Don’t label any idea as too weird. You never know; it might spring into a successful business one day! 5 essential apps to Social Media Social Media help your business Social Media Running your own business and trying to stay on top of everything can be a Social Media Social Media juggle. Sometimes, you get so caught up with the day-to-day minutiae, you Social Media lose sight of the bigger picture of actually growing your business. However, where once you may have needed to hire an extra staff member to deal with that endless stream of admin, now there are Apps that can help you save you time and become more organized and productive. Here are five of the best Apps to assist you whether you’re in the office or on the go. WRITTEN BY SARAH ANSBACHER EVERNOTE POCKET This is the tool I probably use more than anything else. It replaces those scraps of note paper scattered all over the place that often get lost, or those multiple notebooks that, invariably, you don't have when you need them most. Evernote can be used in limitless ways. You can use it to make notes, checklists, “To Do” lists and presentations. You can also store images and PDF documents with it. To optimise it further, you can set up individual notebooks for different subjects and add tags. Add to this Evernote's powerful search facility, and from here on, you’ll always be able to locate those essential notes in a matter of seconds.Best of all, Evernote syncs with your mobile, tablet and desktop, so you'll have your notebooks with you wherever you are. No more carrying around piles of paper. How many times have you found an interesting article online, which you planned to read later, only to lose it? Or you stopped to read it when you were in the middle of something else, breaking up your flow of productivity? This is where Pocket comes in handy. Save all those articles, videos, and interesting pieces of content to your free account. Then, when you’ve got a few minutes to spare while commuting, waiting for a meeting to start, or standing in line in the supermarket, you can catch up on all your reading. HOOTSUITE By now you’re probably aware that almost every business needs a social media presence, but who has time to sit and post updates on your different accounts all day long? With Hootsuite, you can schedule posts so they are optimised to be sent out at the best time to reach your followers even if that’s when you’ve already clocked off for the day. FOLLOWUPTHEN TOGGL Where does your time go every day? Do you know exactly how you are spending your working hours? With Toggl, you can keep track of the time spent on different tasks to enhance your productivity. If you are a freelancer and you have several different clients, you’ll find it especially useful. You can set it up for different projects and clients to record the time spent working for each of them, for billing purposes. It also generates useful reports with graphical charts which you can filter by time, project or client – or a combination of these parameters. How many of us struggle with our email inbox? Sometimes it seems like an ongoing battle to keep it under control. Even more problematic, is remembering the important emails which require your attention, but are buried under hundreds of others. If you recognise this scenario, Followupthen is your answer. Whether you want to remind yourself to deal with an important email tomorrow, to follow up with a customer next week, or an event next month, you can clear your inbox now and have those messages returned to you exactly when you want them. FYI MAGAZINE | 81
  in your business    in your business  they do what  Interesting businesses that you wouldn   t believe exist. WRITTEN BY...
@ in your business @ in your business they do what? Interesting businesses that you wouldn’t believe exist. WRITTEN BY RAIZEL KATON Some businesses help their customers pull pranks, some try to solve life's weirdest problems (like where does that one sock always disappear to?), and some are just so “niche,” most people wouldn't even think of starting them in the first place. Surprise Purchase If you are one of those people that enjoy spending money, yet desire absolutely nothing of the vast online retail market out there, you might actually enjoy SomethingStore! SomethingStore gives customers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new (never-used or refurbished) mystery item, or a "something" for $10. According to the company's website, "your something may be anything, from a cool shiny gadget or rare book to a set of kitchen knives. It can be a pair of handmade earrings, a garden tool, or an office supply item." Basically, anything goes, so long as it's legal to trade in the United States and is worth at least $10. The company has sold more than 200,000 somethings since its inception in 2007. FYI MAGAZINE | 80 More than just a pair of socks We have all lost or misplaced a favorite sock at one time or another. With Throx, you never need handle another lonely sock again. The company helps customers fight the infamous “sock monster” by selling socks in threes, not pairs. That way, if you lose one, you have a backup sock to keep the other company, so you can continue to wear your favorite pair and do your laundry worry-free. Throx's socks are one-size-fits-all and range in price depending on the design (and there are tons to choose from), though most cost around $10. A used cardboard box marketplace Whether you're moving and need containers, or you spend too much time online shopping and don't know what to do with all those pesky cardboard boxes, BoxCycle can help. Founded in 2008, BoxCycle is a used-box marketplace based in San Francisco, that streamlines the processes of obtaining and getting rid of cardboard boxes. Retailers, recyclers and individuals can sell their used boxes with minimal time and effort. They can go online to BoxCycle.com and post how many boxes they have, and what sizes. Then, potential buyers can see a list of sellers and their box sizes in their local area at convenient pickup locations. The entire transaction is completed online. Boxes on the site sell for between 38 cents and $1.25 apiece. A grow-your-ownmushroom kit Back to the Roots has quite a unique back-story. It was started by two college students who were inspired by something they learned in a class: You can grow mushrooms using recycled coffee grounds. In an effort to get people more connected with their food, Back to the Roots created an easy, 10-day growyour-own organic-mushroom kit. Their organic mushroom farm comes in a small box (the mushrooms grow right out of the box) and simply requires watering twice a day. One kit sells for $19.99 on their website. We live in a bizarre world, so let your imagination run wild! Don’t label any idea as too weird. You never know; it might spring into a successful business one day! 5 essential apps to Social Media Social Media help your business Social Media Running your own business and trying to stay on top of everything can be a Social Media Social Media juggle. Sometimes, you get so caught up with the day-to-day minutiae, you Social Media lose sight of the bigger picture of actually growing your business. However, where once you may have needed to hire an extra staff member to deal with that endless stream of admin, now there are Apps that can help you save you time and become more organized and productive. Here are five of the best Apps to assist you whether you’re in the office or on the go. WRITTEN BY SARAH ANSBACHER EVERNOTE POCKET This is the tool I probably use more than anything else. It replaces those scraps of note paper scattered all over the place that often get lost, or those multiple notebooks that, invariably, you don't have when you need them most. Evernote can be used in limitless ways. You can use it to make notes, checklists, “To Do” lists and presentations. You can also store images and PDF documents with it. To optimise it further, you can set up individual notebooks for different subjects and add tags. Add to this Evernote's powerful search facility, and from here on, you’ll always be able to locate those essential notes in a matter of seconds.Best of all, Evernote syncs with your mobile, tablet and desktop, so you'll have your notebooks with you wherever you are. No more carrying around piles of paper. How many times have you found an interesting article online, which you planned to read later, only to lose it? Or you stopped to read it when you were in the middle of something else, breaking up your flow of productivity? This is where Pocket comes in handy. Save all those articles, videos, and interesting pieces of content to your free account. Then, when you’ve got a few minutes to spare while commuting, waiting for a meeting to start, or standing in line in the supermarket, you can catch up on all your reading. HOOTSUITE By now you’re probably aware that almost every business needs a social media presence, but who has time to sit and post updates on your different accounts all day long? With Hootsuite, you can schedule posts so they are optimised to be sent out at the best time to reach your followers even if that’s when you’ve already clocked off for the day. FOLLOWUPTHEN TOGGL Where does your time go every day? Do you know exactly how you are spending your working hours? With Toggl, you can keep track of the time spent on different tasks to enhance your productivity. If you are a freelancer and you have several different clients, you’ll find it especially useful. You can set it up for different projects and clients to record the time spent working for each of them, for billing purposes. It also generates useful reports with graphical charts which you can filter by time, project or client – or a combination of these parameters. How many of us struggle with our email inbox? Sometimes it seems like an ongoing battle to keep it under control. Even more problematic, is remembering the important emails which require your attention, but are buried under hundreds of others. If you recognise this scenario, Followupthen is your answer. Whether you want to remind yourself to deal with an important email tomorrow, to follow up with a customer next week, or an event next month, you can clear your inbox now and have those messages returned to you exactly when you want them. FYI MAGAZINE | 81
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in your business how they it did FYI meets with successful business women to get an inside look at their success Susan Axelrod T has an appetite for business. Since starting Love and Quiches Gourmet from her Long Island kitchen over forty years ago, the food industry icon has grown her entrepreneurial venture into a multimillion dollar family enterprise, shipping her frozen quiche and dessert products worldwide and employing 250 people. oday, Axelrod’s drive is still razor sharp, although she says she is now motivated by necessity; she is currently heading up a project aimed at assimilating 100% of her company’s formulas within its software system. “Ingredients change and we’re moving more towards all-natural,” she says. “With 342 recipes banked, each one has a distinct filling, frosting and other parts, so the process is complicated.” Recently, Axelrod added yet another accomplishment under her belt: Authorship. In With Love and Quiches: A Long Island Housewife’s Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom (Greenleaf Book Group Press, $24.95), Axelrod chronicles her “accidental” journey of wholesaling a few quiches to New York restaurants in 1973, to becoming a global brand. Having personally knocked on such establishments’ doors, she carved out a niche for quiche as a staple item on their menus, alongside standard pub fare. “I knew the time had arrived to do something, and I turned to my grand passion for anything and everything connected to food,” says Axelrod, recalling her days as a suburban homemaker and mother. Initially, she had partnered with a fellow housewife, who later dropped out. “This is not a hobby,” says Axelrod. Without a strategic vision, business plan, or preparation for business ownership, “I learned everything on the job by doing it – and from my suppliers, competition, customers, and later, my employees.” WRITTEN BY ERIKA PRAFDER FYI MAGAZINE | 82 FYI MAGAZINE | 83
in your business  how  they  it  did  FYI meets with successful business women to get an inside look at their success  Sus...
in your business how they it did FYI meets with successful business women to get an inside look at their success Susan Axelrod T has an appetite for business. Since starting Love and Quiches Gourmet from her Long Island kitchen over forty years ago, the food industry icon has grown her entrepreneurial venture into a multimillion dollar family enterprise, shipping her frozen quiche and dessert products worldwide and employing 250 people. oday, Axelrod’s drive is still razor sharp, although she says she is now motivated by necessity; she is currently heading up a project aimed at assimilating 100% of her company’s formulas within its software system. “Ingredients change and we’re moving more towards all-natural,” she says. “With 342 recipes banked, each one has a distinct filling, frosting and other parts, so the process is complicated.” Recently, Axelrod added yet another accomplishment under her belt: Authorship. In With Love and Quiches: A Long Island Housewife’s Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom (Greenleaf Book Group Press, $24.95), Axelrod chronicles her “accidental” journey of wholesaling a few quiches to New York restaurants in 1973, to becoming a global brand. Having personally knocked on such establishments’ doors, she carved out a niche for quiche as a staple item on their menus, alongside standard pub fare. “I knew the time had arrived to do something, and I turned to my grand passion for anything and everything connected to food,” says Axelrod, recalling her days as a suburban homemaker and mother. Initially, she had partnered with a fellow housewife, who later dropped out. “This is not a hobby,” says Axelrod. Without a strategic vision, business plan, or preparation for business ownership, “I learned everything on the job by doing it – and from my suppliers, competition, customers, and later, my employees.” WRITTEN BY ERIKA PRAFDER FYI MAGAZINE | 82 FYI MAGAZINE | 83
in your business  how  they  it  did  FYI meets with successful business women to get an inside look at their success  Sus...
in your business in your business “Make a conscious effort to turn it off after work, and keep the social out of it, otherwise it swallows you up.” While Axelrod admits her children were “somewhat neglected” during the start-up phase, “They’re better off for it, because I became a role model,” she says. Later, they joined the business, as did her husband, Irwin. “I’ve always had my family’s support,” says Axelrod. “It strengthened the business. We have a succession plan in place.” To succeed at this family affair, she advises, “Make a conscious effort to turn it off after work, and keep the social out of it, otherwise it swallows you up.” As her product line evolved to include pecan pie, cheesecake, and other desserts, its client roster expanded, too, throughout the tri-state area, as well as continentally and globally. Eateries like Zabar’s, Ruby Tuesday, and Denny’s came aboard, as did customers and airlines. Her business soon outgrew her home kitchen, garage, small shop, and first commercial space, before settling in to its facility in Freeport, New York, where her company also operates its Retail Factory Outlet Store. With progress, however, came obstacles, like the 1980 recession, when interest rates soared to 22% and higher. The spike “affected us profoundly- our biggest challenge to date,” writes Axelrod. The 9/11 crisis and Hurricane Sandy led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancelled orders, and more in losses of obsolete inventory. Even today, as the economy recovers, “Business is very difficult. Everyone is cautious and reluctant FYI MAGAZINE | 84 to spend money. The weather was horrendous this year. Tens of thousands of flights were cancelled, which for us, means brownies that didn’t get served,” says Axelrod. To weather this storm, “We have a hiring freeze. And, if orders are low, we have furlough days and close down on Fridays.” “Thankfully”, notes Axelrod, “One of the most important things I ever did was put people in the right seats. With their individual skills in distinct areas of expertise, we were able to grow to the size we are.” To aspiring food industry purveyors, Axelrod advises testing out your product in licensed, incubator kitchens which can be found in most cities. “You can rent space by the day or hour and use the freezer. You’ll network and receive feedback. It’s the best thing you can do.” Entrepreneurs have missteps, but as Axelrod asserts, “Mistakes are highly underrated learning tools. Sometimes a chance doesn’t work out and you need to change directions. Don’t beat yourself up. Readjust and regroup.” “Competition is a given, and never goes away, but it keeps you on your toes”, she says. “Do your research. Find out if you have something that’s saleable or if that need has already been filled. Is there something you can do better? Cheaper? There’s room enough for everyone if you focus and do what you do best.” *Love and Quiches products are Kosher Dairy, K of-K certification. Axelrod, who has journeyed the globe for work, pleasure and inspiration, says that recharging your batteries is essential, too. Her favorite foodie travels include Bangkok, India, and Rome. For all her success, the international recognition and respect she’s gained are the real fruits of Axelrod's pioneering efforts. “Having started 42 years ago on a lark and knowing it was our product that put quiche on the map as an alternative to the hamburger, it is a big accomplishment.” the inside scoop on learning, growing & leading An interview with LTB 2015 founder Meny Hoffman What is LTB 2015? LTB 2015 is the Jewish community’s premier business event. It was created to help businesspeople learn, grow and lead in the world of business. Unlike a traditional business seminar, which involves only speeches, this event will provide participants with a broad array of innovative programs - and it's been designed to let the aspiring businessperson learn about new strategies they can use to grow, lead, and reach higher levels of success. We're rolling out a content-driven agenda that includes inspiring keynotes, one-on-one networking opportunities, interactive focus sessions, The Launch Pad™ event, and more. Basically, LTB 2015 is a vibrant platform for growth that many in our community never had access to previously. It will take place on July 8th at The Rockleigh of New Jersey, and we expect to have a sellout event. How did you come up with the idea to start the LTB 2015 concept? Around three years ago, I attended a large conference in Arizona geared toward entrepreneurs and business owners. As I sat in the audience and listened to one dynamic speaker after another reveal powerful strategies and techniques to achieve endless business success, it struck me: the Jewish community was lacking this unique learning model. That's what sparked my dream of creating a professional event geared toward the Jewish businessperson. It would educate, enlighten and inspire the Jewish business community think bigger and achieve more. My dream became a reality with the launching of the very first LTB back in 2013 and, Boruch Hashem, has since evolved into a thriving movement. It's changed lives, impacted people, and is considered the frontrunner of success for leaders in the Jewish business community. Who is the target audience and who should attend? LTB 2015 will be attracting a very diverse crowd of active and serious businesspeople from across the greater Jewish community. The common denominator, though, is that they’re all looking to grow their business bigger and achieve higher levels of financial success. You can be anything - a working professional, store owner, warehouse manager, business owner, salesperson, consultant, employee or any other title you can imagine - and you can be operating in any industry. Can you share some of the featured speakers for this year's event with us? We've formed a superstar lineup featuring some of today's most popular business speakers. There's Brian Scudamore, the CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, who's brought his entrepreneurial success story to stages across the globe. We're bringing in New York Times bestselling business author Michael Port, who's sales and marketing insights helped thousands of business owners promote themselves and their companies. There's the reality show celebrity, Prof. Sean Wise, PhD, who was a featured consultant on Canada’s popular Dragons’ Den business real- ity show series, and will be hosting The Launch Pad. We've got Charlie Harary as LTB 2015 emcee - and a long list of accomplished speakers who'll be covering a variety of critical business topics. One of the things people are looking forward to is The Launch Pad™. What is it? And who are the investors? This is a live, reality-show experience based on the world-famous Shark Tank show. At The Launch Pad™, you’ll witness entrepreneurs trying to obtain funding from a group of investors. More than just entertainment, you’ll watch how the investors determine which candidates are worth investing with, how they negotiate, and what factors are needed to land the deal. Can you share past success stories from The Launch Pad™? There's a fellow named Eli Rosenbloom who pitched at LTB 2013. Eli was running a successful business called FR Conversions and needed serious capital to expand. He pitched to the LTB investors and landed a $500,000 investment for a 30% stake of company equity, allowing him to break into new markets and boost profits. To date, Eli expects FR Conversions to exceed $50 million in gross revenue this year - a staggering 350% increase from 2013. How can people register for this amazing event? Just visit www.ltbsummit.com or call 718.513.2222 to learn more and register for LTB 2015. FYI MAGAZINE | 85
in your business  in your business     Make a conscious effort to turn it off after work, and keep the social out of it, o...
in your business in your business “Make a conscious effort to turn it off after work, and keep the social out of it, otherwise it swallows you up.” While Axelrod admits her children were “somewhat neglected” during the start-up phase, “They’re better off for it, because I became a role model,” she says. Later, they joined the business, as did her husband, Irwin. “I’ve always had my family’s support,” says Axelrod. “It strengthened the business. We have a succession plan in place.” To succeed at this family affair, she advises, “Make a conscious effort to turn it off after work, and keep the social out of it, otherwise it swallows you up.” As her product line evolved to include pecan pie, cheesecake, and other desserts, its client roster expanded, too, throughout the tri-state area, as well as continentally and globally. Eateries like Zabar’s, Ruby Tuesday, and Denny’s came aboard, as did customers and airlines. Her business soon outgrew her home kitchen, garage, small shop, and first commercial space, before settling in to its facility in Freeport, New York, where her company also operates its Retail Factory Outlet Store. With progress, however, came obstacles, like the 1980 recession, when interest rates soared to 22% and higher. The spike “affected us profoundly- our biggest challenge to date,” writes Axelrod. The 9/11 crisis and Hurricane Sandy led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancelled orders, and more in losses of obsolete inventory. Even today, as the economy recovers, “Business is very difficult. Everyone is cautious and reluctant FYI MAGAZINE | 84 to spend money. The weather was horrendous this year. Tens of thousands of flights were cancelled, which for us, means brownies that didn’t get served,” says Axelrod. To weather this storm, “We have a hiring freeze. And, if orders are low, we have furlough days and close down on Fridays.” “Thankfully”, notes Axelrod, “One of the most important things I ever did was put people in the right seats. With their individual skills in distinct areas of expertise, we were able to grow to the size we are.” To aspiring food industry purveyors, Axelrod advises testing out your product in licensed, incubator kitchens which can be found in most cities. “You can rent space by the day or hour and use the freezer. You’ll network and receive feedback. It’s the best thing you can do.” Entrepreneurs have missteps, but as Axelrod asserts, “Mistakes are highly underrated learning tools. Sometimes a chance doesn’t work out and you need to change directions. Don’t beat yourself up. Readjust and regroup.” “Competition is a given, and never goes away, but it keeps you on your toes”, she says. “Do your research. Find out if you have something that’s saleable or if that need has already been filled. Is there something you can do better? Cheaper? There’s room enough for everyone if you focus and do what you do best.” *Love and Quiches products are Kosher Dairy, K of-K certification. Axelrod, who has journeyed the globe for work, pleasure and inspiration, says that recharging your batteries is essential, too. Her favorite foodie travels include Bangkok, India, and Rome. For all her success, the international recognition and respect she’s gained are the real fruits of Axelrod's pioneering efforts. “Having started 42 years ago on a lark and knowing it was our product that put quiche on the map as an alternative to the hamburger, it is a big accomplishment.” the inside scoop on learning, growing & leading An interview with LTB 2015 founder Meny Hoffman What is LTB 2015? LTB 2015 is the Jewish community’s premier business event. It was created to help businesspeople learn, grow and lead in the world of business. Unlike a traditional business seminar, which involves only speeches, this event will provide participants with a broad array of innovative programs - and it's been designed to let the aspiring businessperson learn about new strategies they can use to grow, lead, and reach higher levels of success. We're rolling out a content-driven agenda that includes inspiring keynotes, one-on-one networking opportunities, interactive focus sessions, The Launch Pad™ event, and more. Basically, LTB 2015 is a vibrant platform for growth that many in our community never had access to previously. It will take place on July 8th at The Rockleigh of New Jersey, and we expect to have a sellout event. How did you come up with the idea to start the LTB 2015 concept? Around three years ago, I attended a large conference in Arizona geared toward entrepreneurs and business owners. As I sat in the audience and listened to one dynamic speaker after another reveal powerful strategies and techniques to achieve endless business success, it struck me: the Jewish community was lacking this unique learning model. That's what sparked my dream of creating a professional event geared toward the Jewish businessperson. It would educate, enlighten and inspire the Jewish business community think bigger and achieve more. My dream became a reality with the launching of the very first LTB back in 2013 and, Boruch Hashem, has since evolved into a thriving movement. It's changed lives, impacted people, and is considered the frontrunner of success for leaders in the Jewish business community. Who is the target audience and who should attend? LTB 2015 will be attracting a very diverse crowd of active and serious businesspeople from across the greater Jewish community. The common denominator, though, is that they’re all looking to grow their business bigger and achieve higher levels of financial success. You can be anything - a working professional, store owner, warehouse manager, business owner, salesperson, consultant, employee or any other title you can imagine - and you can be operating in any industry. Can you share some of the featured speakers for this year's event with us? We've formed a superstar lineup featuring some of today's most popular business speakers. There's Brian Scudamore, the CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, who's brought his entrepreneurial success story to stages across the globe. We're bringing in New York Times bestselling business author Michael Port, who's sales and marketing insights helped thousands of business owners promote themselves and their companies. There's the reality show celebrity, Prof. Sean Wise, PhD, who was a featured consultant on Canada’s popular Dragons’ Den business real- ity show series, and will be hosting The Launch Pad. We've got Charlie Harary as LTB 2015 emcee - and a long list of accomplished speakers who'll be covering a variety of critical business topics. One of the things people are looking forward to is The Launch Pad™. What is it? And who are the investors? This is a live, reality-show experience based on the world-famous Shark Tank show. At The Launch Pad™, you’ll witness entrepreneurs trying to obtain funding from a group of investors. More than just entertainment, you’ll watch how the investors determine which candidates are worth investing with, how they negotiate, and what factors are needed to land the deal. Can you share past success stories from The Launch Pad™? There's a fellow named Eli Rosenbloom who pitched at LTB 2013. Eli was running a successful business called FR Conversions and needed serious capital to expand. He pitched to the LTB investors and landed a $500,000 investment for a 30% stake of company equity, allowing him to break into new markets and boost profits. To date, Eli expects FR Conversions to exceed $50 million in gross revenue this year - a staggering 350% increase from 2013. How can people register for this amazing event? Just visit www.ltbsummit.com or call 718.513.2222 to learn more and register for LTB 2015. FYI MAGAZINE | 85
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sharpen your appetite ‫בס”ד‬ THE NATION’S PREMIER JEWISH BUSINESS SUMMIT WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2015 ROCKLEIGH, NJ for updates visit WWW.LTBSUMMIT.COM Do you have a good business idea? Do you need an investment? Join The Launch Pad™ and pitch your ideas, products or services to investors live at LTB 2015. There’s potential $1 million investment payoff on the line. FROM ZERO-G TO $1 MILLION FYI MAGAZINE | 86 Email us at ltbsummit@ptexgroup.com © PHOTOGRAPHER NAME / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB or text ‘LTB’ to 774-430-3175 menu Appetizer: Crostini with Strawberry Tomato Basil Salad Side Dish: Peach and Red OnionFocaccia Main Course: Easy Pineapple Chicken Dessert: Strawberry Creamsicles
sharpen your appetite                   THE NATION   S PREMIER JEWISH BUSINESS SUMMIT  WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2015 ROCKLEIGH, N...
sharpen your appetite ‫בס”ד‬ THE NATION’S PREMIER JEWISH BUSINESS SUMMIT WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2015 ROCKLEIGH, NJ for updates visit WWW.LTBSUMMIT.COM Do you have a good business idea? Do you need an investment? Join The Launch Pad™ and pitch your ideas, products or services to investors live at LTB 2015. There’s potential $1 million investment payoff on the line. FROM ZERO-G TO $1 MILLION FYI MAGAZINE | 86 Email us at ltbsummit@ptexgroup.com © PHOTOGRAPHER NAME / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB or text ‘LTB’ to 774-430-3175 menu Appetizer: Crostini with Strawberry Tomato Basil Salad Side Dish: Peach and Red OnionFocaccia Main Course: Easy Pineapple Chicken Dessert: Strawberry Creamsicles
sharpen your appetite                   THE NATION   S PREMIER JEWISH BUSINESS SUMMIT  WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2015 ROCKLEIGH, N...
sharpen your appetite sharpen your appetite Goat Cheese Crostini with StrawberryTomato Salad Sweet Hawaiian Chicken This sweet and delicious chicken is a recipe I grew up eating. My mother has been making it for years, and it’s just one of those dishes that’s a keeper. The pineapple and maraschino topping provides a lovely garnish, making this the perfect chicken dish to serve for dinner or at your next party. 1 French baguette, sliced into 1-inch slices horizontally 4 ounces creamy goat cheese 1 carton strawberries, cleaned and checked 2 medium tomatoes, firm and fresh 2 tbsp. basil 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. olive oil 8 chicken quarters, skin on 1 can pineapple rings 1 cup ketchup 1 cup brown sugar Maraschino cherries Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain the juice from the can of pineapple rings into a bowl. Whisk in the ketchup and brown sugar. Place the chicken skin-side up in a baking dish and top with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover, baste with the sauce, and bake for an additional 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes. 1 tsp. honey Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste While the bread is toasting, dice the strawberries and tomatoes in even small squares and place in a medium size bowl. Roll the basil leaves into a cigar and slice them super-thin (This is called a chiffonade), then add to the tomato and strawberries. Place about a tablespoon of the salad on top of the goat cheese toasts immediately before serving. Sprinkle some black pepper and chiffonade of basil on top and drizzle with honey. Enjoy immediately. Shoshana Turin | Cooking in Heels FYI MAGAZINE | 88 @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY Toss the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey with the tomato and strawberries, and season with salt and pepper. @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY I love Crostini. It’s an easy and quick way to finish day-old bread, it always makes an elegant appetizer, and it’s the perfect way to cram a bunch of fantastic flavors together in one bite. Strawberries and tomatoes both pop up around the same time of year, so it just makes sense to put them together, and the other ingredients follow suit. The honey and goat cheese coax out the natural sweetness of the strawberry and tomato. It’s the perfect treat for a summer day! Toast the bread slices until lightly browned. Cool the toasts and spread with about a tsp. of goat cheese. Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn FYI MAGAZINE | 89
sharpen your appetite  sharpen your appetite  Goat Cheese Crostini with StrawberryTomato Salad  Sweet Hawaiian Chicken Thi...
sharpen your appetite sharpen your appetite Goat Cheese Crostini with StrawberryTomato Salad Sweet Hawaiian Chicken This sweet and delicious chicken is a recipe I grew up eating. My mother has been making it for years, and it’s just one of those dishes that’s a keeper. The pineapple and maraschino topping provides a lovely garnish, making this the perfect chicken dish to serve for dinner or at your next party. 1 French baguette, sliced into 1-inch slices horizontally 4 ounces creamy goat cheese 1 carton strawberries, cleaned and checked 2 medium tomatoes, firm and fresh 2 tbsp. basil 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. olive oil 8 chicken quarters, skin on 1 can pineapple rings 1 cup ketchup 1 cup brown sugar Maraschino cherries Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain the juice from the can of pineapple rings into a bowl. Whisk in the ketchup and brown sugar. Place the chicken skin-side up in a baking dish and top with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover, baste with the sauce, and bake for an additional 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes. 1 tsp. honey Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste While the bread is toasting, dice the strawberries and tomatoes in even small squares and place in a medium size bowl. Roll the basil leaves into a cigar and slice them super-thin (This is called a chiffonade), then add to the tomato and strawberries. Place about a tablespoon of the salad on top of the goat cheese toasts immediately before serving. Sprinkle some black pepper and chiffonade of basil on top and drizzle with honey. Enjoy immediately. Shoshana Turin | Cooking in Heels FYI MAGAZINE | 88 @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY Toss the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey with the tomato and strawberries, and season with salt and pepper. @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY I love Crostini. It’s an easy and quick way to finish day-old bread, it always makes an elegant appetizer, and it’s the perfect way to cram a bunch of fantastic flavors together in one bite. Strawberries and tomatoes both pop up around the same time of year, so it just makes sense to put them together, and the other ingredients follow suit. The honey and goat cheese coax out the natural sweetness of the strawberry and tomato. It’s the perfect treat for a summer day! Toast the bread slices until lightly browned. Cool the toasts and spread with about a tsp. of goat cheese. Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn FYI MAGAZINE | 89
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sharpen your appetite sharpen your appetite Melinda Strauss | Kitchen Tested Peach, Red Onion & Arugula Focaccia Easy Focaccia: 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast 1 tsp sugar 3/4 cup warm water 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ extra to drizzle over bread) Place the dough in a clean bowl with the olive oil and coat all sides of the dough. Cover with a damp towel and put in a dry warm place for 1 hour to allow the dough to rise. Toppings: 1-2 fresh peaches, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup arugula 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, optional Split the dough into two balls and stretch each one out into a long rectangle the length of the baking sheets and at least 5 inches wide. Press your fingers into the dough to create dimples. Drizzle the dough with more olive oil and top with the peaches and red onion. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of dough begin to brown. Separately, combine the flour and salt, then add the yeast mixture and stir until all flour is absorbed. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. Top with fresh arugula, more peaches and pomegranate seeds and serve warm. @CHANIEAPFELBAUM Combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl and let it stand for 10 minutes, to allow the yeast to activate and bubble. Paleo Strawberry Basil Creamsicles After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY When I think of summer, I go right to fresh fruit, crunchy salads and bright colors to put a smile on my face. I also love recipes that I can make with my kids since they somehow have so much more energy when the weather gets warm. So when I want to spend some quality time with my kids inside the house (with the air conditioner on whenever possible), we go right into the kitchen and bake. They love to get their hands dirty, measure ingredients, and help their blogger mommy test recipes. Does it get any better than kneading dough, pressing and stretching it into the pan, then topping it with beautiful ingredients? The great thing about focaccia is that you can top it with anything you want, and that means the kids can pick their favorite fruits and vegetables as toppings. There's just no wrong way to top your focaccia! Ah, the sweet smell of summer. I thought it would never come! Nothing says summer more than sweet fresh berries and fragrant basil, and now you can marry them in these blissful Paleo creamsicles! Kid-tested (they asked for doubles!) and mother-approved! 1 can full-fat coconut milk 1 pint strawberries, hulled 8 large basil leaves 1/3 cup honey 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Yield: approximately 10 popsicles, depending on size. KITCHEN TIP: to easily remove popsicles from their molds, run under warm water for 30 seconds. Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn FYI MAGAZINE | 91
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sharpen your appetite sharpen your appetite Melinda Strauss | Kitchen Tested Peach, Red Onion & Arugula Focaccia Easy Focaccia: 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast 1 tsp sugar 3/4 cup warm water 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ extra to drizzle over bread) Place the dough in a clean bowl with the olive oil and coat all sides of the dough. Cover with a damp towel and put in a dry warm place for 1 hour to allow the dough to rise. Toppings: 1-2 fresh peaches, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup arugula 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, optional Split the dough into two balls and stretch each one out into a long rectangle the length of the baking sheets and at least 5 inches wide. Press your fingers into the dough to create dimples. Drizzle the dough with more olive oil and top with the peaches and red onion. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of dough begin to brown. Separately, combine the flour and salt, then add the yeast mixture and stir until all flour is absorbed. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. Top with fresh arugula, more peaches and pomegranate seeds and serve warm. @CHANIEAPFELBAUM Combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl and let it stand for 10 minutes, to allow the yeast to activate and bubble. Paleo Strawberry Basil Creamsicles After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. @SHEVYGROSS PHOTOGRAPHY When I think of summer, I go right to fresh fruit, crunchy salads and bright colors to put a smile on my face. I also love recipes that I can make with my kids since they somehow have so much more energy when the weather gets warm. So when I want to spend some quality time with my kids inside the house (with the air conditioner on whenever possible), we go right into the kitchen and bake. They love to get their hands dirty, measure ingredients, and help their blogger mommy test recipes. Does it get any better than kneading dough, pressing and stretching it into the pan, then topping it with beautiful ingredients? The great thing about focaccia is that you can top it with anything you want, and that means the kids can pick their favorite fruits and vegetables as toppings. There's just no wrong way to top your focaccia! Ah, the sweet smell of summer. I thought it would never come! Nothing says summer more than sweet fresh berries and fragrant basil, and now you can marry them in these blissful Paleo creamsicles! Kid-tested (they asked for doubles!) and mother-approved! 1 can full-fat coconut milk 1 pint strawberries, hulled 8 large basil leaves 1/3 cup honey 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Yield: approximately 10 popsicles, depending on size. KITCHEN TIP: to easily remove popsicles from their molds, run under warm water for 30 seconds. Chanie Apfelbaum | Busy in Brooklyn FYI MAGAZINE | 91
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FEATURES FEATURES S unscreen for grocery shopping? You would definitely dab on sunscreen before leaving for a trip to the pool, but you plan on driving to the grocery store. You'll only be outside as you walk between your car and some stores. At most, you'll pick up a few more minutes of sun time while picking up your daughter from playgroup. Though many of us think this way, our perception of sunscreen, its usage, and application, is based on outdated information. As the heat revs up and summer launches, it's time to update our sunscreen knowledge. Before we get into sunscreen, we need to understand something about the sun: It's dangerous. Yet, it is also essential to humankind. Without the sun, human life would cease to exist; however, when absorbed in large quantities, the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. what you need to know about SUNSCREEN It’s summer and it’s hot outside. The sun is out in all its glory. The weather forecast predicts afternoon temperatures in the high 90s. So will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? @JAG_CZ/ISTOCKPHOTO WRITTEN BY DINI HARRIS FYI MAGAZINE | 94 Myths Debunked How to Apply On the aesthetic end, you protect yourself from the sun in order to avoid wrinkles; but on a medical end, you do it to avoid skin cancer. Across the board, in all medical literature, it is accepted that it is absolutely necessary to protect yourself against the sun. There are a lot of myths associated with sunscreen. The biggest of them are based on misinformation. One such myth is that sunscreen is necessary only on really sunny days. But that myth disregards the Okay, so now you know that you always need to apply sunscreen. Now you need to learn how to apply it. This is very important, because, paradoxically, studies show that the use of sunscreen actually increases the likelihood that users will burn in the sun. This inconsistency is based on the fact that most users don't apply sunscreen properly. Then, erroneously thinking they're protected, they expose themselves to the sun for hours. No wonder they burn! To be effective, sunscreen should first be applied twenty minutes before leaving your home. This gives the sunscreen time to bind to your skin. You should use at least 1 oz. of sunscreen for good coverage. Most people apply only 1/4 or a 1/2 of that amount. Most importantly, according to current studies, sunscreen must be reapplied after two hours out in the sun, and also after swimming or extensive sweating. Found an old bottle of sunscreen in the back of your medicine cabinet? Check its date before you use it. Outdated sunscreen can be completely ineffective. Besides, if you have sunscreen left over after a busy summer, you're probably not applying enough! “After sunscreen, the next element in your sunprotection program should be shade.” fact that the sun emits two different types of ultraviolet rays. These UV rays are known as UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause sunburn. They are shorter rays that hit and damage the outside layer of your skin. They are the rays that cause sunburn and cancer. They also vary in intensity: They are weaker in the mornings, evenings and in the winter, and they are stronger in the afternoons and in the summer. In contrast, UVA rays penetrate our skin more deeply. They were previously known to be the cause of aging and wrinkling. But, over the past two decades, research has shown that they also cause skin cancer. These rays are present all the time, with equal intensity, and can penetrate clouds and glass. The ever-present UVA rays necessitate constant protection against the sun - during the afternoon and evening hours, during the winter, and when driving in a car. It's suggested that even people working inside should wear sunscreen, because sun - and UVA rays - streams through the windows. Decisions, Decisions Now onto the big question: What type of sunscreen should you use? Before deciding, let's discuss a term you've seen on all sunscreen bottles: SPF, or sun protection factor. The SPF number should give a person that much more time in the sun. For instance, if it normally takes ten minutes for a person to burn in the sun, with a sunscreen of SPF 15, he should only burn after 150 minutes (10 minutes X SPF 15). However, this number is imprecise because there are many factors that come into play such as skin type, intensity of the sun's rays, and the amount of sunscreen applied. FYI MAGAZINE | 95
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FEATURES FEATURES S unscreen for grocery shopping? You would definitely dab on sunscreen before leaving for a trip to the pool, but you plan on driving to the grocery store. You'll only be outside as you walk between your car and some stores. At most, you'll pick up a few more minutes of sun time while picking up your daughter from playgroup. Though many of us think this way, our perception of sunscreen, its usage, and application, is based on outdated information. As the heat revs up and summer launches, it's time to update our sunscreen knowledge. Before we get into sunscreen, we need to understand something about the sun: It's dangerous. Yet, it is also essential to humankind. Without the sun, human life would cease to exist; however, when absorbed in large quantities, the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. what you need to know about SUNSCREEN It’s summer and it’s hot outside. The sun is out in all its glory. The weather forecast predicts afternoon temperatures in the high 90s. So will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? @JAG_CZ/ISTOCKPHOTO WRITTEN BY DINI HARRIS FYI MAGAZINE | 94 Myths Debunked How to Apply On the aesthetic end, you protect yourself from the sun in order to avoid wrinkles; but on a medical end, you do it to avoid skin cancer. Across the board, in all medical literature, it is accepted that it is absolutely necessary to protect yourself against the sun. There are a lot of myths associated with sunscreen. The biggest of them are based on misinformation. One such myth is that sunscreen is necessary only on really sunny days. But that myth disregards the Okay, so now you know that you always need to apply sunscreen. Now you need to learn how to apply it. This is very important, because, paradoxically, studies show that the use of sunscreen actually increases the likelihood that users will burn in the sun. This inconsistency is based on the fact that most users don't apply sunscreen properly. Then, erroneously thinking they're protected, they expose themselves to the sun for hours. No wonder they burn! To be effective, sunscreen should first be applied twenty minutes before leaving your home. This gives the sunscreen time to bind to your skin. You should use at least 1 oz. of sunscreen for good coverage. Most people apply only 1/4 or a 1/2 of that amount. Most importantly, according to current studies, sunscreen must be reapplied after two hours out in the sun, and also after swimming or extensive sweating. Found an old bottle of sunscreen in the back of your medicine cabinet? Check its date before you use it. Outdated sunscreen can be completely ineffective. Besides, if you have sunscreen left over after a busy summer, you're probably not applying enough! “After sunscreen, the next element in your sunprotection program should be shade.” fact that the sun emits two different types of ultraviolet rays. These UV rays are known as UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause sunburn. They are shorter rays that hit and damage the outside layer of your skin. They are the rays that cause sunburn and cancer. They also vary in intensity: They are weaker in the mornings, evenings and in the winter, and they are stronger in the afternoons and in the summer. In contrast, UVA rays penetrate our skin more deeply. They were previously known to be the cause of aging and wrinkling. But, over the past two decades, research has shown that they also cause skin cancer. These rays are present all the time, with equal intensity, and can penetrate clouds and glass. The ever-present UVA rays necessitate constant protection against the sun - during the afternoon and evening hours, during the winter, and when driving in a car. It's suggested that even people working inside should wear sunscreen, because sun - and UVA rays - streams through the windows. Decisions, Decisions Now onto the big question: What type of sunscreen should you use? Before deciding, let's discuss a term you've seen on all sunscreen bottles: SPF, or sun protection factor. The SPF number should give a person that much more time in the sun. For instance, if it normally takes ten minutes for a person to burn in the sun, with a sunscreen of SPF 15, he should only burn after 150 minutes (10 minutes X SPF 15). However, this number is imprecise because there are many factors that come into play such as skin type, intensity of the sun's rays, and the amount of sunscreen applied. FYI MAGAZINE | 95
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FEATURES It is commonly accepted that, if applied properly, sunscreen with a SPF of 15 blocks 93% of the sun's rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. These small differences in percentage are particularly important to people with light or sensitive skin or with a history of skin cancer. Note that there is no SPF that blocks all of the sun's rays. Another term to look for when choosing a sunscreen is "broad spectrum." A broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays. So if you're concerned about the long-term carcinogenic effects of UVA rays, you want to make sure that your sunscreen has a SPF of 15 or higher and that it provides broad spectrum protection. Recently, there has been growing concern regarding some of the chemicals used in most sunscreens. Chemicals are important, because they work to absorb or scatter the UV rays, but they can have unwanted side effects. Avobenzone, for example, a common chemical used in sunscreens, may disrupt the endocrine/hormone system, according to some laboratory tests. Despite these concerns, the FDA, backed by other studies, maintains that sunscreens containing this chemical are safe to use. To avoid spreading chemicals on the skin, some people use mineral sunscreens, based primarily on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which physically block the sun from entering your skin. These sunscreens are broad spectrum – they effectively block both UVA and UVB rays; however, they are usually harder to spread than chemical sunscreens and they wash off in the water, so they're not a good choice for the pool or beach. It's clear that using sunscreen, particularly the broad-spectrum, FYI MAGAZINE | 96 high SPF kind, is an important component of proper sun protection. But no matter how religiously you apply sunscreen and how often you reapply it, sunscreen never provides full protection from the sun. You need a broader sun-protection program to protect your family. After sunscreen, the next element in your sun-protection program should be shade. Keep your family out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, particularly in the summer, when the UVB rays are very intense at midday. Stay indoors; read books, play a game and take out the arts & crafts box. Take the kids to the pool in the mornings or late afternoons. Whatever you do, keep in mind that babies under six months of age should not be exposed to the sun at all. Their skin is too sensitive for the sun's rays and for the chemicals in the sunscreen. Keep them in the shade. Give them a hat. Talking about hats brings us to the subject of clothes. Clothes offer a great protection against the sun's rays - an extra benefit of modest dress. Different types of materials offer various levels of protection. Choose clothes with darker colors and with a close weave – like a t-shirt. When choosing a hat, look at its brim. You want a wide brim that goes all the way around: Baseball caps offer great protection for your FEATURES face – but what about your neck? Start a new style by wearing a floppy straw hat. Now, let's ask again: Will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? The answer should now be a definite yes – no matter what the temperature is outside. Furthermore, you will liberally apply the sunscreen at least twenty minutes before you leave the house, you will bring along more sunscreen for future applications, and you will limit your grocery shopping to early morning or late afternoon/evening hours. Now you'll have done your all to protect yourself from the sun's rays – especially if you're grocery shopping wearing a floppy straw hat. CONTAINER GARDENING WRITTEN BY GARDENER’S SUPPLY COMPANY G rowing in containers saves space, but it's also a smart alternative if you are restricted by too much shade, poor soil, too little time, limited mobility or a difficult climate. Container gardens can be much more productive than a regular garden while allowing you to avoid most pest and disease problems. Best of all, they bring your garden up close, creating a sense of intimacy that you don't get in an ordinary backyard garden. FYI MAGAZINE | 97
FEATURES  It is commonly accepted that, if applied properly, sunscreen with a SPF of 15 blocks 93  of the sun s rays, SPF ...
FEATURES It is commonly accepted that, if applied properly, sunscreen with a SPF of 15 blocks 93% of the sun's rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. These small differences in percentage are particularly important to people with light or sensitive skin or with a history of skin cancer. Note that there is no SPF that blocks all of the sun's rays. Another term to look for when choosing a sunscreen is "broad spectrum." A broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays. So if you're concerned about the long-term carcinogenic effects of UVA rays, you want to make sure that your sunscreen has a SPF of 15 or higher and that it provides broad spectrum protection. Recently, there has been growing concern regarding some of the chemicals used in most sunscreens. Chemicals are important, because they work to absorb or scatter the UV rays, but they can have unwanted side effects. Avobenzone, for example, a common chemical used in sunscreens, may disrupt the endocrine/hormone system, according to some laboratory tests. Despite these concerns, the FDA, backed by other studies, maintains that sunscreens containing this chemical are safe to use. To avoid spreading chemicals on the skin, some people use mineral sunscreens, based primarily on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which physically block the sun from entering your skin. These sunscreens are broad spectrum – they effectively block both UVA and UVB rays; however, they are usually harder to spread than chemical sunscreens and they wash off in the water, so they're not a good choice for the pool or beach. It's clear that using sunscreen, particularly the broad-spectrum, FYI MAGAZINE | 96 high SPF kind, is an important component of proper sun protection. But no matter how religiously you apply sunscreen and how often you reapply it, sunscreen never provides full protection from the sun. You need a broader sun-protection program to protect your family. After sunscreen, the next element in your sun-protection program should be shade. Keep your family out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, particularly in the summer, when the UVB rays are very intense at midday. Stay indoors; read books, play a game and take out the arts & crafts box. Take the kids to the pool in the mornings or late afternoons. Whatever you do, keep in mind that babies under six months of age should not be exposed to the sun at all. Their skin is too sensitive for the sun's rays and for the chemicals in the sunscreen. Keep them in the shade. Give them a hat. Talking about hats brings us to the subject of clothes. Clothes offer a great protection against the sun's rays - an extra benefit of modest dress. Different types of materials offer various levels of protection. Choose clothes with darker colors and with a close weave – like a t-shirt. When choosing a hat, look at its brim. You want a wide brim that goes all the way around: Baseball caps offer great protection for your FEATURES face – but what about your neck? Start a new style by wearing a floppy straw hat. Now, let's ask again: Will you put on sunscreen when you go out grocery shopping? The answer should now be a definite yes – no matter what the temperature is outside. Furthermore, you will liberally apply the sunscreen at least twenty minutes before you leave the house, you will bring along more sunscreen for future applications, and you will limit your grocery shopping to early morning or late afternoon/evening hours. Now you'll have done your all to protect yourself from the sun's rays – especially if you're grocery shopping wearing a floppy straw hat. CONTAINER GARDENING WRITTEN BY GARDENER’S SUPPLY COMPANY G rowing in containers saves space, but it's also a smart alternative if you are restricted by too much shade, poor soil, too little time, limited mobility or a difficult climate. Container gardens can be much more productive than a regular garden while allowing you to avoid most pest and disease problems. Best of all, they bring your garden up close, creating a sense of intimacy that you don't get in an ordinary backyard garden. FYI MAGAZINE | 97
FEATURES  It is commonly accepted that, if applied properly, sunscreen with a SPF of 15 blocks 93  of the sun s rays, SPF ...
FEATURES FEATURES A lmost anything can serve as a container for growing plants. In addition to terra cotta, plastic or pressed fiber pots, you can use whiskey barrels, 5-gallon food buckets, bushel baskets, plastic tubs, wooden planter boxes, even old tires! Self-watering planters, which have built-in water reservoirs, are great solutions. The size of your containers should be determined by the plants you plan to grow. Radishes may get by in a 6-inch deep container, but don't try to grow a tomato plant in a container that holds less than 5 gallons of soil. A foolproof option for tomatoes is the Tomato Success Kit. The general rule is to use the largest container possible, because the more soil there is, the more root space there will be-and the longer your plants can go between waterings. Make sure the containers have drainage holes-on the sides rather than the bottom, if possible-so excess water can drain and roots won't get waterlogged. For large pots with drainage holes on the bottom, elevate the pots on bricks or scraps of wood so that the water can escape. In general, a 20-gallon pot should have four to six 3/4-inch holes; a 30-gallon pot should have at least eight 1-inch holes. You can put stones or bits of crockery in the bottom of the pot, but with a well-aerated soil mix, this is unnecessary and will only steal valuable root space. Caring for Your Plants It's easy to grow plants in containers, but they do require attention at regular, frequent intervals. Three Watering Innovations for Containers • Water-holding crystals absorb and retain up to 200 times their weight in water. When blended into the soil, polymers can reduce your watering chores by 50 to 70 percent. Terra-Sorb is made of potassium-based polymers, so in time, it breaks down into fertilizer. • Self-watering containers have an inner pot that holds the plant and soil, and an outer pot or bottom reservoir that holds extra water. A wick joins the two and pulls water up into the root ball as it's needed. Most reservoirs are large enough to supply water for several days or more, depending on the weather. Liquid fertilizer can be added to the reservoir to ensure an adequate supply of nutrients. These containers can generally be used both indoors and out. Modular, self-watering planters, such as the Terrazza line of planters, have special reservoirs that help reduce watering chores. Plants can draw moisture from the reservoir whenever • Drip-irrigation systems are simple, easy to install and take the work and worry out of watering. Add a timer and your plants will be content even if you can't be there to give them daily attention. Soil Mixes Once you have chosen the right container, you are ready to pick a soil mix. It’s easy to purchase a pre-mixed blend, such as Container Mix or Self-Watering Container Mix, which is especially formulated for planters that wick moisture from a built-in reservoir. You can also create your own mixes, using the following recipes as a guide. Soil for container-grown plants should be light and friable, well-drained and moisture-retentive. Garden soil is much too dense and can introduce disease and insect problems. Most container-grown plants are happiest in a soilless blend comprised of sphagnum moss, vermiculite or perlite, with the addition of finished compost. • Organic Blend: 5 gallons finished compost, 1 gallon builder’s sand, 1 gallon vermiculite or perlite, 1 cup granular, all-purpose organic fertilizer. • Standard Blend (Cornell Mix): 1 bushel vermiculite, 1 bushel ground sphagnum moss, 8 tablespoons super phosphate, 8 tablespoons ground limestone, 2 cups bone meal. • Light Blend (for rooftops): 5 gallons ground sphagnum moss, 5 gallons vermiculite or perlite, 2 gallons compost, 1 cup granular allpurpose organic fertilizer. Any soil mix will become compacted over time. If your containers seem water-logged and heavy, you may need to replace your soil mix with a fresh mix at the start of a new growing season. Or, you can replenish the soil with Container Booster Mix, which recharges depleted soil. FYI MAGAZINE | 98 Watering: If you go off to work in the morning without watering your window boxes or patio containers, you are likely to come home to droopy, if not dead, plants. When plants get too dry, their delicate feeder roots die and the plants must concentrate their energy on re-growing damaged roots rather than producing fruit or flowers. If you don't use self-watering planters or have a drip-irrigation system, you'll probably need to check on your plants daily, maybe twice a day if the weather is really hot. If you have more than a few planters, and especially if you travel, a drip-irrigation system is a smart investment. Fertilizing: Most container mixes provide few nutrients, so your plants will be totally dependent on you for their food. Add granular organic fertilizer at planting time, then water weekly with half-strength, water-soluble fertilizer. Foliar feed with seaweed or fish emulsion for a quick pick-me-up if your plants look stressed or have been cut back. Maintenance: Each week during the growing season, remove spent flowers and pinch back leggy stems. When necessary, replace tired plants with some fresh annuals, especially late-season favorites, such as ornamental kale and mums. FYI MAGAZINE | 99 WATERING TIPS • Start with a moisture-retentive soil mix, such as Container Mix or Self-Watering Container Mix. • Water until all the soil in the container is moist and water runs out the drainage holes. • For large containers, reduce evaporation by covering the soil surface with a thin layer of mulch (shredded bark, leaf mold, dry grass clippings or straw). • Reduce moisture loss from leaf surfaces by using a lattice, trellis, awning or umbrella to shield plants from midday heat. • Never water your plants with softened water. It contains dissolved salts that are toxic to plants. Rainwater (collected in a barrel from your roof) is best. • Cluster your potted plants to create a little microclimate that will minimize moisture loss and increase humidity. If you plan to overwinter some of your potted plants (assuming they're not annual flowers), they should be cut back and put in a cool location. Water sparingly and do not fertilize until spring. Once warm weather arrives, remove plants from their containers, tease away old soil, and repot the plants in a fresh soil blend. Trellises and Supports: Some sort of vertical support is a necessity for container-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowering vines. Trellises can also add a beautiful vertical accent when covered with morning glories or sweet peas. Keep the scale of the trellis in proportion to the pot, and be sure to attach it securely using brackets or wires. Losing a mature tomato plant or flower-covered trellis to an August thunderstorm can be heartbreaking. ____ At Gardener’s Supply, we believe gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place. More information can be found at gardeners.com
FEATURES  FEATURES  A  lmost anything can  serve as a container for growing plants. In addition to terra cotta, plastic or...
FEATURES FEATURES A lmost anything can serve as a container for growing plants. In addition to terra cotta, plastic or pressed fiber pots, you can use whiskey barrels, 5-gallon food buckets, bushel baskets, plastic tubs, wooden planter boxes, even old tires! Self-watering planters, which have built-in water reservoirs, are great solutions. The size of your containers should be determined by the plants you plan to grow. Radishes may get by in a 6-inch deep container, but don't try to grow a tomato plant in a container that holds less than 5 gallons of soil. A foolproof option for tomatoes is the Tomato Success Kit. The general rule is to use the largest container possible, because the more soil there is, the more root space there will be-and the longer your plants can go between waterings. Make sure the containers have drainage holes-on the sides rather than the bottom, if possible-so excess water can drain and roots won't get waterlogged. For large pots with drainage holes on the bottom, elevate the pots on bricks or scraps of wood so that the water can escape. In general, a 20-gallon pot should have four to six 3/4-inch holes; a 30-gallon pot should have at least eight 1-inch holes. You can put stones or bits of crockery in the bottom of the pot, but with a well-aerated soil mix, this is unnecessary and will only steal valuable root space. Caring for Your Plants It's easy to grow plants in containers, but they do require attention at regular, frequent intervals. Three Watering Innovations for Containers • Water-holding crystals absorb and retain up to 200 times their weight in water. When blended into the soil, polymers can reduce your watering chores by 50 to 70 percent. Terra-Sorb is made of potassium-based polymers, so in time, it breaks down into fertilizer. • Self-watering containers have an inner pot that holds the plant and soil, and an outer pot or bottom reservoir that holds extra water. A wick joins the two and pulls water up into the root ball as it's needed. Most reservoirs are large enough to supply water for several days or more, depending on the weather. Liquid fertilizer can be added to the reservoir to ensure an adequate supply of nutrients. These containers can generally be used both indoors and out. Modular, self-watering planters, such as the Terrazza line of planters, have special reservoirs that help reduce watering chores. Plants can draw moisture from the reservoir whenever • Drip-irrigation systems are simple, easy to install and take the work and worry out of watering. Add a timer and your plants will be content even if you can't be there to give them daily attention. Soil Mixes Once you have chosen the right container, you are ready to pick a soil mix. It’s easy to purchase a pre-mixed blend, such as Container Mix or Self-Watering Container Mix, which is especially formulated for planters that wick moisture from a built-in reservoir. You can also create your own mixes, using the following recipes as a guide. Soil for container-grown plants should be light and friable, well-drained and moisture-retentive. Garden soil is much too dense and can introduce disease and insect problems. Most container-grown plants are happiest in a soilless blend comprised of sphagnum moss, vermiculite or perlite, with the addition of finished compost. • Organic Blend: 5 gallons finished compost, 1 gallon builder’s sand, 1 gallon vermiculite or perlite, 1 cup granular, all-purpose organic fertilizer. • Standard Blend (Cornell Mix): 1 bushel vermiculite, 1 bushel ground sphagnum moss, 8 tablespoons super phosphate, 8 tablespoons ground limestone, 2 cups bone meal. • Light Blend (for rooftops): 5 gallons ground sphagnum moss, 5 gallons vermiculite or perlite, 2 gallons compost, 1 cup granular allpurpose organic fertilizer. Any soil mix will become compacted over time. If your containers seem water-logged and heavy, you may need to replace your soil mix with a fresh mix at the start of a new growing season. Or, you can replenish the soil with Container Booster Mix, which recharges depleted soil. FYI MAGAZINE | 98 Watering: If you go off to work in the morning without watering your window boxes or patio containers, you are likely to come home to droopy, if not dead, plants. When plants get too dry, their delicate feeder roots die and the plants must concentrate their energy on re-growing damaged roots rather than producing fruit or flowers. If you don't use self-watering planters or have a drip-irrigation system, you'll probably need to check on your plants daily, maybe twice a day if the weather is really hot. If you have more than a few planters, and especially if you travel, a drip-irrigation system is a smart investment. Fertilizing: Most container mixes provide few nutrients, so your plants will be totally dependent on you for their food. Add granular organic fertilizer at planting time, then water weekly with half-strength, water-soluble fertilizer. Foliar feed with seaweed or fish emulsion for a quick pick-me-up if your plants look stressed or have been cut back. Maintenance: Each week during the growing season, remove spent flowers and pinch back leggy stems. When necessary, replace tired plants with some fresh annuals, especially late-season favorites, such as ornamental kale and mums. FYI MAGAZINE | 99 WATERING TIPS • Start with a moisture-retentive soil mix, such as Container Mix or Self-Watering Container Mix. • Water until all the soil in the container is moist and water runs out the drainage holes. • For large containers, reduce evaporation by covering the soil surface with a thin layer of mulch (shredded bark, leaf mold, dry grass clippings or straw). • Reduce moisture loss from leaf surfaces by using a lattice, trellis, awning or umbrella to shield plants from midday heat. • Never water your plants with softened water. It contains dissolved salts that are toxic to plants. Rainwater (collected in a barrel from your roof) is best. • Cluster your potted plants to create a little microclimate that will minimize moisture loss and increase humidity. If you plan to overwinter some of your potted plants (assuming they're not annual flowers), they should be cut back and put in a cool location. Water sparingly and do not fertilize until spring. Once warm weather arrives, remove plants from their containers, tease away old soil, and repot the plants in a fresh soil blend. Trellises and Supports: Some sort of vertical support is a necessity for container-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowering vines. Trellises can also add a beautiful vertical accent when covered with morning glories or sweet peas. Keep the scale of the trellis in proportion to the pot, and be sure to attach it securely using brackets or wires. Losing a mature tomato plant or flower-covered trellis to an August thunderstorm can be heartbreaking. ____ At Gardener’s Supply, we believe gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place. More information can be found at gardeners.com
FEATURES  FEATURES  A  lmost anything can  serve as a container for growing plants. In addition to terra cotta, plastic or...
FEATURES GREAT VACATIONS for ANY AGE When it comes to travel, one size definitely does not fit all. We left no stone unturned as we searched for the best vacations for all ages. Let the trips begin! WRITTEN BY CHAVY HELFGOTT FYI MAGAZINE | 100 FEATURES < VERMONT Find something for everyone in Vermont, where you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking Green Mountain range wherever you go. The kids will squeal in delight as they make their very own teddy bear at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. For a spectacular view, drive up Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont. Appalachian Trail Adventures provides you with a personal tour guide to take you hiking, kayaking, and caving – a thrilling scramble up the rocks leads you to a cave experience you’ll never forget. If you like the rocks, be sure to visit Smuggler’s Notch for a variety of rock climbing and rock scramble activities, and enjoy a tour of the quarries at the Rock of Ages quarry, where your children can make their very own sandblasting creation. It’s raining? No fear! Check out one of the many glassblowing studios, cheese factories and maple syrup farms dotting the countryside, or visit the one and only Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Take a private sailing trip with the Whistling Man Schooner Company to experience the brilliant sunset on Lake Champlain. If you’re a fan of The Sound of Music, be sure to visit the Trapp Family Lodge, where the real-life von Trapp family settled after leaving Austria! Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, biking, and history tours. For a grand finale, experience the historic back country roads of Vermont with a one-of-a-kind ATV Tour with NEK Adventures. Just thirty miles from the Canadian border, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a moose! ORLANDO, FLORIDA Welcome to the city that celebrates childhood! Let your kids delight in the fun and let your own inner child loose as you experience the thrills and joys of Orlando. The famed Walt Disney World, consisting of 30,000 acres with four theme parks, two water parks and more, has enough to keep you on your toes for several days. But that’s not the only thing Orlando has to offer! SeaWorld Adventures will have your thrill-seekers raving about the Kraken and Manta Coasters, and offers the more low-key Shamu Express or Journey to Atlantis for those who are not so strong of heart. Be enchanted by the acrobatics of the animals in the sea lion show, “Clyde and Seamore take Pirate Island,” and the dolphin performance, “Blue Horizons.” For a hands-on natural experience, visit Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins, float through the park on the Wind-away River, or snorkel with tropical fish and rays in the coral reef. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out Gatorland, a preserve of alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles and more. More affordable than many of the city’s other attractions, this park allows you to touch some of these scaly creatures at the petting zoo. You can also check out the White Gator Swamp and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. To really get away from it all, visit the out-of-this-world (pun intended!) John F. Kennedy Space Center. This features more than 60 interactive exhibits and simulators that let your learn, hands-on, about NASA’s space shuttle program. Make your children's dreams come true with a stop at the Astronaut Training Experience, where they’ll get to experience a full-scale shuttle mock-up. The IMAX Theater offers two amazing films, or you can enjoy the Angry Birds Space Encounter interactive exhibit. FYI MAGAZINE | 101
FEATURES  GREAT VACATIONS for ANY AGE When it comes to travel, one size definitely does not fit all. We left no stone untu...
FEATURES GREAT VACATIONS for ANY AGE When it comes to travel, one size definitely does not fit all. We left no stone unturned as we searched for the best vacations for all ages. Let the trips begin! WRITTEN BY CHAVY HELFGOTT FYI MAGAZINE | 100 FEATURES < VERMONT Find something for everyone in Vermont, where you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking Green Mountain range wherever you go. The kids will squeal in delight as they make their very own teddy bear at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. For a spectacular view, drive up Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont. Appalachian Trail Adventures provides you with a personal tour guide to take you hiking, kayaking, and caving – a thrilling scramble up the rocks leads you to a cave experience you’ll never forget. If you like the rocks, be sure to visit Smuggler’s Notch for a variety of rock climbing and rock scramble activities, and enjoy a tour of the quarries at the Rock of Ages quarry, where your children can make their very own sandblasting creation. It’s raining? No fear! Check out one of the many glassblowing studios, cheese factories and maple syrup farms dotting the countryside, or visit the one and only Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Take a private sailing trip with the Whistling Man Schooner Company to experience the brilliant sunset on Lake Champlain. If you’re a fan of The Sound of Music, be sure to visit the Trapp Family Lodge, where the real-life von Trapp family settled after leaving Austria! Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, biking, and history tours. For a grand finale, experience the historic back country roads of Vermont with a one-of-a-kind ATV Tour with NEK Adventures. Just thirty miles from the Canadian border, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a moose! ORLANDO, FLORIDA Welcome to the city that celebrates childhood! Let your kids delight in the fun and let your own inner child loose as you experience the thrills and joys of Orlando. The famed Walt Disney World, consisting of 30,000 acres with four theme parks, two water parks and more, has enough to keep you on your toes for several days. But that’s not the only thing Orlando has to offer! SeaWorld Adventures will have your thrill-seekers raving about the Kraken and Manta Coasters, and offers the more low-key Shamu Express or Journey to Atlantis for those who are not so strong of heart. Be enchanted by the acrobatics of the animals in the sea lion show, “Clyde and Seamore take Pirate Island,” and the dolphin performance, “Blue Horizons.” For a hands-on natural experience, visit Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins, float through the park on the Wind-away River, or snorkel with tropical fish and rays in the coral reef. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out Gatorland, a preserve of alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles and more. More affordable than many of the city’s other attractions, this park allows you to touch some of these scaly creatures at the petting zoo. You can also check out the White Gator Swamp and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. To really get away from it all, visit the out-of-this-world (pun intended!) John F. Kennedy Space Center. This features more than 60 interactive exhibits and simulators that let your learn, hands-on, about NASA’s space shuttle program. Make your children's dreams come true with a stop at the Astronaut Training Experience, where they’ll get to experience a full-scale shuttle mock-up. The IMAX Theater offers two amazing films, or you can enjoy the Angry Birds Space Encounter interactive exhibit. FYI MAGAZINE | 101
FEATURES  GREAT VACATIONS for ANY AGE When it comes to travel, one size definitely does not fit all. We left no stone untu...
FEATURES FEATURES CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE ATLANTA, GEORGIA Revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the South as you enjoy the wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities Atlanta has to offer. Of course, you can’t miss the intriguing World of Coca-Cola. With a multi-sensory 4-D theater, an 1880’s soda fountain, and the opportunity to watch a live bottling line, this attraction is one your children will never want to leave. Now you can also enjoy the newest exhibit, the Vault of the Secret Formula, to experience the quest for one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Let your children’s imaginations go wild at the LEGOLAND® Discover Center as they enjoy hours of hands-on, interactive fun and play. They can watch some of the mostloved children’s stories come to life at FYI MAGAZINE | 102 the Center for Puppetry Arts. You can also check out The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to give your little tykes a chance to shop for groceries, paint a masterpiece and milk a (fake) cow. The more scholarly and history-loving members of the clan are sure to enjoy the closest thing to a 3D Civil War-era film at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, where “Young Abe” guides you through a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta. Music and sound effects help to create a real-life effect. People with inquiring minds may take the Inside CNN Studio Tour to see how news is made, or a fully narrated tour on Peachtree Trolley Tours to learn the history of Atlanta’s top historic sites. Your nature lovers will be thrilled with the Georgia Aquarium, the nation’s largest, where they can snorkel or scuba dive with the whale sharks and interact with belugas, otters and even penguins. Movies can be watched under the night sky at the Starlight Drive-In Theater, named one of America’s Five Coolest Drive-ins. The thrill seekers and athletes will love SkyHike, one of the largest family adventure courses, where you can balance on vertical net bridges, balance on a single rope high above the ground and master suspended wooden bridges. You can also take the Summit SkyRide to the top of Stone Mountain for a spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta’s skyline, and more. This not-so-well-known city will surprise you with its varied fun activities and attractions. Rock City is a marvelous natural attraction featuring massive ancient rock formations and spectacular views, including the breathtaking “See 7 States” view. Your little ones will love the magic of Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. The Chattanooga Zoo is the perfect place for your toddler, where the animals are close and easy for little children to see. The Lake Winnie Amusement Park will delight your children as well; they can fly their own “Bumble Bee,” bounce-bouncebounce on the “Frog Hopper,” navigate their very own “Kiddie Boat,” and more! Check out the Escape Experience, where you are locked into a room and can’t leave until you have solved all the puzzles. Your vehicle-loving boys will be in seventh heaven at the Tennessee Vally Railroad Museum, where you can ride an old diesel engine and watch the restoration of older steam engines. At the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, you can see exhibits of tow trucks and towing equipment dating back to 1916, toy truck collections, and much more. Visit the Raccoon Mountain Caverns for a wild cave expedition experience. You’ll be geared up with head lamps and knee pads to help you belly crawl, climb, slide, jump and squeeze your way through the two-mile trek, passing fossil-covered ceilings and breathtaking underwater waterfalls. If you don’t want to get dirty, you can opt for the Crystal Palace Tour with its unusual formations of stalactites and stalagmites, or go gem panning and search for arrowheads, quartz and amethysts. You might even discover a ruby, emerald or sapphire! Or, you can visit Lookout Mountain and see the unbelievable Ruby Falls, the 145-foot high waterfall located 1120 feet underground. KOSHER GUIDE VERMONT Kosher groceries can be purchased from Price Chopper in Burlington, VT. Minyanim can be found at Chabad in Burlington. To find out times contact Rabbi Raskin: 802.658.5770 x 2 ORLANDO Kosher Food Kosher Gourmet Restaurant (Meat) 7504 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 407-354-1296 Kosher Grill (Meat) 5615 International Drive Orlando, FL 407.392.2292 Simka's Sweets 600 Cagan Park Ave #105 Clermont, FL 34714 352.242.2444 Kosher Groceries can be purchased from Central Florida Kosher, Whole Foods, Publix, Winn Dixie and BJ's. Kosher Food is also available for purchase in Disney World. ATLANTA There are many Kosher food establishements in Atlanta. Visit kosheratlanta.org for more information. Minyanim can be found at Anshe Sfard, Academy, Beth Jacob and at more locations. CHATANOOGA Kosher groceries can be purchased in Publix and and Bi-Lo. Abraham’s Kosher Bakery (not pas yisrael) 1913 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN‎ 423.553.8805 Davening can be found on Monday and Thursday, while there is a Minyan on Shabbos at Chabad 20 Pisgah Ave Chattanooga, TN 37411 FYI MAGAZINE | 103
FEATURES  FEATURES  CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE  ATLANTA, GEORGIA Revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the South as you enjoy the...
FEATURES FEATURES CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE ATLANTA, GEORGIA Revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the South as you enjoy the wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities Atlanta has to offer. Of course, you can’t miss the intriguing World of Coca-Cola. With a multi-sensory 4-D theater, an 1880’s soda fountain, and the opportunity to watch a live bottling line, this attraction is one your children will never want to leave. Now you can also enjoy the newest exhibit, the Vault of the Secret Formula, to experience the quest for one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Let your children’s imaginations go wild at the LEGOLAND® Discover Center as they enjoy hours of hands-on, interactive fun and play. They can watch some of the mostloved children’s stories come to life at FYI MAGAZINE | 102 the Center for Puppetry Arts. You can also check out The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to give your little tykes a chance to shop for groceries, paint a masterpiece and milk a (fake) cow. The more scholarly and history-loving members of the clan are sure to enjoy the closest thing to a 3D Civil War-era film at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, where “Young Abe” guides you through a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta. Music and sound effects help to create a real-life effect. People with inquiring minds may take the Inside CNN Studio Tour to see how news is made, or a fully narrated tour on Peachtree Trolley Tours to learn the history of Atlanta’s top historic sites. Your nature lovers will be thrilled with the Georgia Aquarium, the nation’s largest, where they can snorkel or scuba dive with the whale sharks and interact with belugas, otters and even penguins. Movies can be watched under the night sky at the Starlight Drive-In Theater, named one of America’s Five Coolest Drive-ins. The thrill seekers and athletes will love SkyHike, one of the largest family adventure courses, where you can balance on vertical net bridges, balance on a single rope high above the ground and master suspended wooden bridges. You can also take the Summit SkyRide to the top of Stone Mountain for a spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta’s skyline, and more. This not-so-well-known city will surprise you with its varied fun activities and attractions. Rock City is a marvelous natural attraction featuring massive ancient rock formations and spectacular views, including the breathtaking “See 7 States” view. Your little ones will love the magic of Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. The Chattanooga Zoo is the perfect place for your toddler, where the animals are close and easy for little children to see. The Lake Winnie Amusement Park will delight your children as well; they can fly their own “Bumble Bee,” bounce-bouncebounce on the “Frog Hopper,” navigate their very own “Kiddie Boat,” and more! Check out the Escape Experience, where you are locked into a room and can’t leave until you have solved all the puzzles. Your vehicle-loving boys will be in seventh heaven at the Tennessee Vally Railroad Museum, where you can ride an old diesel engine and watch the restoration of older steam engines. At the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, you can see exhibits of tow trucks and towing equipment dating back to 1916, toy truck collections, and much more. Visit the Raccoon Mountain Caverns for a wild cave expedition experience. You’ll be geared up with head lamps and knee pads to help you belly crawl, climb, slide, jump and squeeze your way through the two-mile trek, passing fossil-covered ceilings and breathtaking underwater waterfalls. If you don’t want to get dirty, you can opt for the Crystal Palace Tour with its unusual formations of stalactites and stalagmites, or go gem panning and search for arrowheads, quartz and amethysts. You might even discover a ruby, emerald or sapphire! Or, you can visit Lookout Mountain and see the unbelievable Ruby Falls, the 145-foot high waterfall located 1120 feet underground. KOSHER GUIDE VERMONT Kosher groceries can be purchased from Price Chopper in Burlington, VT. Minyanim can be found at Chabad in Burlington. To find out times contact Rabbi Raskin: 802.658.5770 x 2 ORLANDO Kosher Food Kosher Gourmet Restaurant (Meat) 7504 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 407-354-1296 Kosher Grill (Meat) 5615 International Drive Orlando, FL 407.392.2292 Simka's Sweets 600 Cagan Park Ave #105 Clermont, FL 34714 352.242.2444 Kosher Groceries can be purchased from Central Florida Kosher, Whole Foods, Publix, Winn Dixie and BJ's. Kosher Food is also available for purchase in Disney World. ATLANTA There are many Kosher food establishements in Atlanta. Visit kosheratlanta.org for more information. Minyanim can be found at Anshe Sfard, Academy, Beth Jacob and at more locations. CHATANOOGA Kosher groceries can be purchased in Publix and and Bi-Lo. Abraham’s Kosher Bakery (not pas yisrael) 1913 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN‎ 423.553.8805 Davening can be found on Monday and Thursday, while there is a Minyan on Shabbos at Chabad 20 Pisgah Ave Chattanooga, TN 37411 FYI MAGAZINE | 103
FEATURES  FEATURES  CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE  ATLANTA, GEORGIA Revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the South as you enjoy the...
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