Go to the Dermatologist and get a new haircut to improve your career! WHAT??!!??!!

So this month I have been trying to work on improving myself and working on my leadership skills. I decided to go to dinner with someone I know and would think of as a mentor and this person told me that I should go to a dermatologist to get my skin cleared up with I wanted to advance my career. He didn’t say it in so many words but that is how I interpreted it. I am 37 will be 38 in two weeks, and still have acne and I am forever concerned with the pimples and I try to cover it up. I do not always do it so successfully though. The other thing he said was I should get a new haircut. I understand that my hair is frizzy and curly but lots of people like it and compliment me often. I guess though it is a little more crazy then it should be if I want to advance my career. Seriously!?!?!?! I was taking in all of the suggestions but those two suggestions have been baffled. So it just confirms that this world is all about beauty and no brains. I may not be a goddess but that should not stop me from advancing my career and professional leadership in an organization.

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Fill Your Mouth with Food Until You Choke!

Well yesterday my 6 year old daughter came home and told me that one of her friends made her choke. I asked her how and she told me this friend told her to fill her mouth with food and told her not to stop otherwise she wouldn’t be my daughter’s friend anymore. Really I asked. She said yes and she wouldn’t let me stop cause she told me that she wouldn’t be my friend anymore and I really want her to be my friend! I was flabbergasted by the fact that my daughter let someone control what she did by dangling whether or not they would be her friend.

 

I was bullied growing up and dealt with terrible girls and boys from 4th grade to 12th grade. My daughter is in 1st grade. I want to teach her to stand up to people like this and maybe they are not worthy of being her friend. It is hard for me to determine what to do. I don’t want to call the mother of the friend that did this but I also do not want this to happen again. I told my daughter to never do something that will hurt her whether or not someone threatens to not be her friend. Either they will be her friend or not and it’s not going to be because she shoved food in her mouth until she choked. Thank goodness she didn’t inhale a piece of the food and really choked where she needed the heimlich maneuver or for the school to call 911.

 

What would you do?

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Scam Alert

It is the time of year where students (especially high school seniors) are applying to college and also looking for scholarships and preparing to apply for other types of financial aid. So Moms of college age children please remind your kids that the government WILL NOT CALL THEM to offer them grants.

 

I received a message from the U.S. Department of Education saying that students have been scammed by telemarketers who contact them, and tell them they have won a government grant, then they ask for their bank account information. Many students are savvy enough to realize the call must be a scam, but some are taken in.

 

Help your kids avoid such scams by reviewing the following information at  ”Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to College,” available at www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs.

 

(direct link to US Department of Education Consumer Protection publications section: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/publications.jsp#04)

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Be Happy Now on Etsy

So yesterday I was introduced (online) to a wonderful artist at BeHappyNow Her name is Jenny Meilihove and she was born in Russia. When she was 11, her family moved to Israel. There she studied in Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, in Jerusalem. She was studying Visual Communications, and majoring in Illustration. Currently, she is living in Tel Aviv, and is a freelance illustrator, and most of the time you can find her drawing or making tiny dolls. She wants her artworks to bring happiness to everyone.

 

Check out her work if you can! What do you think of her work? http://www.etsy.com/shop/behappynow 

 

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I went to a SECRET INDIE ROCK CONCERT!

Ok so as this title implies I attended a Secret Indie Rock Concert this weekend. I found out about it through the Facebook fan Page of LI Pulse. They advertised that there were 10 spots available and I replied to see if I could get a spot. The address was unknown until they told you that you got one of the spots. secretshow_oct11[1]

It all happened in Bellmore, NY and it featured The New Years, Alan Semerdjian, Aeroplane Pageant and Beat Radio. The show was sponsored by LI Pulse and Blue Point Brewery. It was advertised as a concert and when my husband and I put the address in the GPS it showed it was at a school however it was held as a backyard jam at one of the members of BeatRadio’s house. There were approximately 80 people expected and the bands were set up on the back patio of the house. It was a pretty awesome idea to get a Brewery and a Magazine to sponsor a small local event like this supporting local musicians. There was food, drinks and great music. It was cool and I felt hip (I don’t think the word hip is so hip anymore though) for the time I was there. I look forward to attending more shows sponsored by LI Pulse because they know that it is important to sponsor the Long Island region and provide strength by being part of events like this!

All of the bands were great although my family and I were only able to stay for the first two, which were The New Years, and Alan Semerdjian. I was able to listen to some of the songs from the other bands on their bandcamp or band websites which are linked within this post so check them out and buy their songs! I also got to personally speak with Alan Semerdjian and talk to him about his series in the LI Pulse. It was all very cool and a genius idea to get new fans to come listen to your music in a different venue rather than a bar. Kudos to Brian Sendrowitz from Beat Radio who hosted the event in his backyard and coordinated the logistics! The food was awesome too so Kudos to Brian’s wife (who I think made all the food!).

Have you ever been to a secret show?

Too bad I didn’t have my good camera with me. These are the shots I was able to take of The New Years, Alan Semerdjian and Brian Sendrowitz from Beat Radio.

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First Grade – “Can you give her another chance?”

On the Back to School Night handout that my daughter’s Teacher gave us “Remember- just as your child did not first speaking in full sentences, they will not be able to spell perfectly at first!” what is wrong with this sentence? I think this was either the clue that something was wrong or a confirmation of what my daughter was telling me.

 

Doesn’t it seem wrong that my daughter is being taught by someone who didn’t proof read the hand out and gave it to parents. I don’t want to argue with anyone or start a fight with the Teacher it’s only the first month of school. We all have jobs where we are expected to perform and prepare for the next day. If I submit a grant proposal with spelling errors it gets rejected and I could lose millions of dollars for my job, if I make a grammar error on an IRB approval letter I could change the meaning of an approval and make the college lose its license to have faculty do research with human subjects.

 

This error seems to have let to me finding out about how the teacher treats the students in the class. It makes me concerned when I meet the teacher at Back To School Night, she sounds drab, unenthusiastic, annoyed to be there, unconcerned about the classroom and yes I know she was there at 8am that day and I know she has to have a new lesson plan tomorrow but I was at work all day also and ended up working at home the night before so that I could make sure I could leave early so that I can come to back to school night. Two other parents I know have expressed similar experiences about this teacher. There are some teachers that are excellent, however when my daughter comes home hysterically crying telling me the teacher is mean, singles her out when she does something and hates school I know there is something wrong. I spoke to the teacher yesterday about Gabriella’s asthma and when I was done with the conversation the teacher said “and”…… Really so my point about the spelling error seems to have led to a much larger problem and maybe that error was just the first clue. I have to wonder is my daughter a pathological liar or is there a real problem.

 

I have convinced my daughter to give the teacher “another chance”. What would you have done?

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The World of Teacher’s

As a friend of mine put it on a recent Facebook comment on my wall “Gabriella hasn’t won the teacher lottery, now has she?” It seems I need to figure out what the problem is quickly or we might be cursed to repeat last year’s experience with the Kindergarten Teacher.

 

It all started last school year when her real Kindergarten Teacher came back from maternity leave in January.  I did not get the opportunity to brief her on the activities that transpired in the Fall and the transition issues because I did not think it was necessary. In the 4 months following Gabriella continued to be doing well however in conversations that we had with her she explained that her teacher yells at her often and yells at the class. I thought that maybe it was some transitional issues again because of a new teacher and there were some incidences of yellow lights or red lights (behavior punishments in the school district she is in). Also I did not think anything major of it because there were times that Gabriella’s actions might have warranted stern speech because she is very nosy and tells other children what to do how to do it and that they are doing it wrong. In addition I just assumed that since it was a new teacher that the students might not be listening because they were used to listening to the first teacher. However as the months went on Gabriella continued to tell me about this yelling.

 

Then on 5/5 Gabriella came to me and said that her tummy was hurting and if her tummy hurt does that mean she can stay home from school. She was pointing to her chest when she told me this and she said it hurt when she breathed. I was concerned at that point with whether there might be a real health issue or an issue in the classroom. I decided to call the teacher and speak with her and also bring Gabriella to the Doctor. I understand that getting a phone call like that might be a surprise and may put a teacher on the defensive however I needed to find out if my daughter was sick or had a problem with something in school. At the end of the conversation I told the teacher that I was going to bring Gabriella to the Doctor to make sure nothing was wrong and the teacher said that when Gabriella returned to the class she would try to get to the bottom of the problem and I agreed. I also asked that the teacher follow-up with me so that I knew what was going on and didn’t just hear it from my daughter. I thought maybe something larger was happening or someone was  bothering her in the classroom.

 

The Doctor gave her a clean bill of health so we brought her to school and she cried hysterically. I had to get school nurse to help get Gabriella into the classroom. This behavior made me suspect something was really wrong. When I picked Gabriella up from aftercare I spoke with the aftercare supervisor and she explained that Gabriella told her that the teacher told Gabriella she was lying and that she should not lie to her parents. I started to get a little upset but thought it best to discuss at this point directly with my daughter. She repeated the same thing. She told me that the teacher said that she is lying about her yelling and that she shouldn’t lie. I was concerned with this statement and I wanted to better understand the conversation because I am hoping that my daughter does not lie and maybe misinterpreted what the teacher was trying to communicate with her. I know we all wish that our children are perfect but I pride myself on the fact that Gabriella is brutally honest sometimes too honest and ends up confessing everything about circumstances where she gets in trouble or other actions. I am concerned with Gabriella’s interpretation of this conversation because now she thinks that her teacher thinks she is a liar and I was concerned with the fact that instead of trying to find out what the problem was with Gabriella that from what Gabriella said the teacher called her a liar. I know that it was almost the end of school and I did not want to have this information impact negatively on Gabriella however I was concerned with how my daughter now feels in the classroom.

 

I waited days before I did anything because I thought that the teacher would follow-up with me as I requested. This never happened. I tried to contact the principal and she did not understand my concerns and thought I was worried about the health of my daughter instead of the environment that she was in. It is unfortunate that this happened and I did not want to continue causing issue and since Gabriella was still doing well in school I paid close attention to the activities and any mention of the teacher. I did not meet with the principal and I regret not meeting with her. We will see what happens this year. We are already not having a good start to the school year but I will make that a new post.

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LI Pulse Fashion Show Cover Party

I love the fact that I am a subscriber to LI Pulse Magazine. It is because of them that I have been to some cool events! Tonight I attended the LI Pulse Cover Party and the theme was Fashion in honor of the NY Fashion Week! The event was at FOUR Restaurant in Melville, NY. It featured cocktails and finger food from FOUR which are always delicious!

The event was jam packed with people chatting and networking and making new friends! Then the main event was the awesome fashion show featuring new fashions for the upcoming seasons! It was fun a fabulous! Thanks to LI Pulse for having this opportunity available to your subscribers! I will definitely go to the next one!

Have you ever been to a Magazine Cover Party? Sooo Cool!

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Carla and Leo’s World of Dance: Book Review

untitledRecently I was invited to attend a book launch party for the book titled “Carla and Leo’s World of Dance” a children’s book, written by Agatha Relota, Illustrations by Thierry Perez, foreword by Jessica Alba, copyright 2011, and published by Thames and Hudson.

 
Agatha Relota’s motivation for the book was her love of dancing and the fact that she wanted to share the different cultures which inspired the diverse dance steps from throughout the world with children. The book is written from the point of view of two ten year old children who become intrigued about a dance school and go investigate. When they enter the school they find an elegant dance teacher named Miss Paulina. Carla and Leo observe students in the school dancing and it looks like they are having lots of fun. They decide to ask Miss Paulina to sign them up to learn all of the different dance steps. I have a six year old daughter who is interested in dance and gymnastics and she told me that this was her favorite part of the book. Carla and Leo look like they are about to embark in a lot of fun and excitement while learning all the dance steps.

 
The book on first glance looks like it is going to be a two night read with a child, however because of the creative design of the pages with large words, so that a child beginning to read (like mine) can join along, it turned out to be a one night read. The illustrations beautifully crafted by Thierry Perez make the pages exciting and we looked forward to turning to the next one to learn and see more about the fascinating, educational, diverse world of dance. The waltz, foxtrot, mambo, cha-cha, rumba, and samba are just a few of the dances that are skillfully presented in the book. If you and your child want to learn about the history of these dances and the quick beat of the steps this is the book for you. It would appeal not only to the little girls who want to take dance lessons but it also shows that it is cool for boys (because Leo always looks very cool and debonair in the illustrations) to learn about the history of dance and the steps. The next day my daughter and I had some of the beats to the steps in our heads like “quick, quick , slow.” It is a catchy memorable book that has led to fun conversations about dancing and the steps.

 
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in order to do a review.

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Carla and Leo’s World of Dance Book Launch Party

Joann and I at Carla and Leo's World of Dance Book Launch PartyI had an amazing night at Carla and Leo’s World of Dance Book Launch Party at Swarovski Crystallized in New York City. I want to thank Matt Walker from Period Media and Faye Rogaski Founder, Fayeelizabeth Communications for finding my blog and inviting me. In addition special thanks to Agatha Relota the author of the book and whole reason for the night. Ms. Relota who was in attendance for the whole night graciously took pictures, did interviews and signed books for the event. Last but not least I want to thank my friend Joann who joined me at the event and if it wasn’t for her I probably would not have been able to attend because I rarely go into the City but this particular event warranted a special trip!

 

Joann and I joined other mommies at this wonderful children’s book launch party that featured Dancing Demonstrations from Dancing Classrooms which is a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Company. It is an arts-in-education program teaching ballroom dance to the 5th, 8th and 12th grade students of participating schools. A portion of sales from the night at Swarovski were donated to Dancing Classrooms. The children from the program were very talented. They did demonstrations of the Waltz, Mambo, and other dances throughout the night. Dancing Classrooms also asked the kids in the audience to join in and learn the Macarena. The children in attendance enjoyed dancing with the Executive Director Pierre Dulaine learning the steps and letting loose on the dance floor. It is so important to support programs like this because their mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.

 

The night also included complimentary champagne and finger foods made by the exquisite SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ Café a luxurious small café in the back part of the store where they have pastries and other items for sale. The Café is a perfect spot for quick meetings and other little gatherings in the Soho area.

 

Now for a book review I will make a new blog entry. Thanks again to all those who made this night possible it really was great!

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