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The Pro’s and Con’s of children spending 7 hours a day on media!!

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#MoMA PS1 #Volkswagen reach a worldwide audience including my #family!

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Its so true the arts transcend people and places. The MoMA had to be one of the most glamorous and exciting places in NYC to be! I went with my daughter, to support the arts.  As a mother and On Air Parenting Expert, arts and my work  go hand and hand in our household, inspiration comes in so many forms and it pops out brings happiness to all areas of our life.The arts have so many benefits for adults and children, from reducing stress, to aid in real life problem solving, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of our life. Art is a way of making things better! I love creating and the creatives of the world, as you can see me on the far left in pink having a great conversation about the beautiful event. The food, guests, the atmosphere were amazing.

 

 

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For the next two years, the Volkswagen Group of America will be the lead sponsor of educational programming for the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), and will back major exhibitions including MoMA PS1’s survey of local artists, Greater New York, opening this autumn at the Queens museum.

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Since 2011, the North American arm of the German carmaker Volkswagen has supported a number of special events and shows at both museums. Now, the collaboration will expand to cover further educational projects, particularly focusing on the museums’ digital learning initiatives, such as online courses and multimedia guides. The sponsorship deal will also include a series of talks to take place at MoMA and internationally, a curatorial training fellowship at MoMA PS1, and the extension of the Queens museum’s popular Sunday Sessions series of installations and performances, which took place in a distinctive temporary dome in its courtyard. MOMAPS1-20150625-7557


My friend is in the blue hat to the right!! "hi"


Volkswagen will also continue to sponsor exhibitions, including the survey show Greater New York 2015 (11 October-March 2016), which takes place every five years. Instead of focusing on emerging artists, however, this iteration will include more established artists and take a historic view of the city’s art scene. The curatorial team, led by MoMA PS1’s curator and associate director of exhibitions and programmes, Peter Eleey, includes the art historian Douglas Crimp, who organised the influential exhibition on the Pictures Generation of artists in the late 1970s; Thomas Lax, MoMA’s associate curator of media and performance art; and Mia Locks, the assistant curator at MoMA PS1.MOMAPS1-20150625-7463MOMAPS1-20150625-7497“Volkswagen is das auto, and MoMA is das museum,” says the chairman of the board of directors for Volkswagen Group of America, Martin Winterkorn, in a press release. “The renewal of our partnership is a reflection of our commitment to an internationally recognised art institution, and it demonstrates Volkswagen’s engagement in the fields of arts, education and social matters.”

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Pool Safety Tips, Read maybe you will save a life!

 

Maintaining a Safe Environment Around Your Home Swimming Pool


Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:

       Have the local fire department and police phone numbers in contacts on your phone.The call will go directly to them vs going to cell tower first if you call 911.

       Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

       Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S.A.. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

       Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.

       Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

       Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

              Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.

My daughter Julia Corso and her good friend Nell were awesome in this segment, anything for pool safety and getting the message out to the public. Its was a cold morning outside the News Corp Building in NYC, but they hopped right in the unheated pool and did a great job. Even star and great MOM Elisabeth Hasselbeck jumped in the pool.

 

 

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#HughJackman says “wear #sunscreen” I say “whatever you say HUGH!!”

 

#HughJackman says "wear #sunscreen" I say "whatever you say HUGH!!"

IMG_2090I had a amazing breakfast with The Moms at The Hunt and Fish Club in NYC, the breakfast was delicious, but meeting Hugh again was amazing. He is so dreamy, sweet, sexy, smells great  tall and a family guy. When he talks I don't think there was a women in the room that was not smitten with him. I'm so happy he survived his bout with skin cancer. The sun seems so much stronger now then I remember it as a child. As Mom's know we all need to cover up but man this hit home when I met and had breakfast with Hugh Jackman, he spoke about his skin cancer. He wants to raise awareness of the growing skin cancer problem. Hugh Jackman spoke about his native Australia, the ozone layer is thinner than in most other locations and the rates of skin cancer are higher. Shockingly in the U.S.A. the numbers are still high, with a chance of one in five Americans getting skin cancer, and a one in two chance among people who never wear sunscreen, according to Jackman.IMG_2364

“No one should ever have skin cancer; it’s all about protection and spotting it early,” he said.

My heart sank while he spoke about his conquering skin cancer and and about ways in which the number of skin cancer cases can be lowered. Simply wearing sunscreen on a daily basis and reapplying throughout the day. His newly launched sunscreen Pure Sun Defense is geared towards children. IMG_2444http://www.puresundefense.com. The product line features Frozen®, The Avengers®, Spider-Man®, and Princesses®. Jackman hopes that having sunscreen with recognizable characters will make kids more excited about putting on lotion, similar to how toothpaste companies have made brushing teeth more appealing by including licensed characters. Jackman emphasized the importance of making applying suntan lotion a priority, even for people with darker skin tones and on cloudy days. I love how Pure Defense is geared toward children but what about us MOM's? I personally need  sun screen and anti aging. I found the perfect product, that I have been using and starting to see the results.  Proof of the sunscreen in this product screened me was sitting for hours in the hot sun at a Yankee Game, I was protected and beautifying with MD Complete Skincare I am addicted to MD Complete, it works! I was completely protected and my skin felt great!

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Hugh Jackman  had to go through multiple surgeries to remove the skin cancer He wants everyone to know dangers of the sun, nobody is safe!

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IMG_2417 I am fair skinned and love being outside, swimming, tennis, golfing going to a ballgame. I worry about skin damage and wrinkles. Lets face it, at my age after years of being in the sun without protection. I do have damage and now want to pretty it up. I tried and found this product that has sunscreen and also helps with the lines and lots of other aging issues! BUT ladies, if you have a tendency to breakout with sunscreens you wont have that problem with this brand, they already figured it outfor us. http://mdcompleteskincare.com/5023-skin-clearing-clear-skin-suncreen.html#.VWjLvpUznHgmultiple_ysss2

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A few easy ways to go green at home!

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Going green is an increasingly popular trend these days. Protecting our environment and staying healthy are important parts of our lives. Although everyone is reading/hearing about this craze, it seems that many are having trouble figuring out where to begin. Yes, recycling is a great way to start, but there are a number of easy ways you can make a difference in your own home

1. Grow and herb garden (good reminder of where our food comes from as well as one to stay away from processed food… dual function of serving environment and your self)

2. Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs

3. Stop using disposable shopping bags and invest in reusable ones, they can be found at any local food store

4. If you must buy water,buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle and stop buying the plastic ones. here in Westchester we have great water from the faucet

5. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room; try and wait as long as possible to even turn them on, natural sunlight is more enjoyable anyway

6. Turn off your computer completely at night

7. Pay as many bills as possible online

8. Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot and then hang it to air dry 

9. unplug unused chargers and appliances

10. Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper ones

11. Switch to “shade grown coffee” with a “fair trade” label on it 

12. Conserve water as much as possible! Try and shorten your showers, never leave the sink running when its not being used (aka when brushing your teeth), and fix all your leaky faucets! 

Simple right? Its so easy it makes you wonder why everyone is not’t doing it. Put in the extra effort to make these small changes. Spread the word to your friends and family as well. Every little thing counts! 

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It’s time to change the kids menu! Stop with fries and fingers!

Its's about time, restaurants are changing the menu's I think they should just give 1/2 potions of menu items to the children at a discounted price. I can't stand when the children menu just offers, pizza, chicken fingers, grill cheese. The upper scale restaurants do offer better "kids menu" but the eating habits of children start when they are kids. Common sense says saute the veggies and cut them small, give a kid a toothpick and dig in and enjoy.IMG_1696
 
 

When Restaurants Offer Healthy Kids' Fare, Children Eat It

 

 
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FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children ate healthier meals at a restaurant chain after the kids' menu got a makeover with healthy options replacing soda and fries, new research indicates.

"Our study showed that healthier children's menu options were ordered a lot more often when those options were more prevalent and prominent on kids' menus, highlighting the promise of efforts to shift the status quo and make healthier options the new norm," said study lead author Stephanie Anzman-Frasca. She is a research associate at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.

 

"Given how frequently kids go to restaurants, and evidence that this can be linked with consuming excess calories, offering and promoting healthier menu options could play a role in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic," she added in a university news release.

The Silver Diner, a family restaurant chain in the eastern United States, made changes to its children's menu in April 2012. Healthy options, including strawberries, mixed vegetables and side salads, were automatically included with orders. French fries, soda and lemonade were taken off the kids' menu, though these items were still available if requested.

After the change, almost half of orders from the children's menu were for healthier options compared with just 3 percent before. Also, 70 percent of orders included at least one healthy side option compared with 26 percent before, the investigators found.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 350,000 children's meals and nearly 19,000 individual checks from before and after the changes.

The chain's overall revenue continued to grow despite the healthy menu changes, the study authors pointed out.

The study was published online April 28 in the journal Obesity. The restaurant provided no funding for the study.

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Happy Mother’s Day, the best gift is seeing your family eat healthy #LoveYoBaby #Stonyfied #NewHampshire #Organics!

 

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From the time kids are born they are watching you, observing everything you do. I hear they do 90% of what you do and 10% of what you say. My daughter was born on Mothers Day, this year we share the day. Truly the best gift is seeing my family happy and healthy. 

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Children model the behaviors of those around them, and when children are young, parents (and sometimes siblings) are the main role models in their lives. Children are likely to adopt the same eating habits as their parents. Since parents have the biggest influence  in a child’s life, it is important that they set good examples.  Raising children to adopt healthy eating behaviors may seem daunting, but it does not have to be. I think parents should expose their children to a wide variety of foods starting at an early age. Like Mommy like me, I love to eat a variety of foods and in our house the kids always see us enjoying and sharing healthy food such as Stonyfields yogurt. In our home it  started with YoBaby http://www.stonyfield.com/products/baby-kids/yobaby/plain and  continues to smoothies,  plus a variety of healthy food. Nothing was outlawed, just in moderation, cookies, chips, candy all in moderation. Children who eat the same food as their parents rather than being indulged with 'kids' meals' are far more likely to have healthy diets, research has found. I had the best lunch celebrating sweet 16 of Yobaby at Bouley Botanical Resturant in NYC, with guest speaker and mother and registered dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak shared her own feeding troubles and offer her tips for raising a successful eater. I loved the communication specialist from Stonyfield, they were fantastic and had great energy. I can't wait to go to the farm and see them again.

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Stonyfield is more then yogurt! Its the vibration of a healthy life and happy family! As a MOM thats all I want is a happy healthy family!

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Mom Click Here feeling good! #LoveYoBaby This is the way I feel when I eat healthy!!

 

 

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Professional Organizer & Feng Shui will get the positive energy going ! Tips for you!

Professional Organizer  will get the positive energy going !  Tips for you!
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A little teaser on #liveitup show! Stay tuned to official video and more tips on my blog! @coririst @donnadrakeliveitup

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I loved having a fresh eye when I had a professional organizer come to my home, after I used the ideas she gave me I noticed the chi was flowing, yes the energy felt so much better, after bags were donated and old toys and furniture given away. Organization is an integral part of feng shui. Feng shui is, ultimately, about energy flow. Clutter, disorganization and grime are all energy blocks. Those energy blocks can be removed with an investment of time, attention and sometimes, money. When you make a point of surrounding yourself with only the things you love and use regularly and you spend time caring for them, there’s going to be more flow in your life. Everywhere you look you’ll see things that remind you of love and purpose. You’ll be able to spend more time in appreciation. That’s focus first on organization, clutter clearing and a good green cleaning with my clients. All of those things set the stage for enhanced energy flow and allow space for new, beneficial things and experiences to come in. Katia was great, she had two baskets and we sorted and thre away in seconds, as my heat raced thinking…omg I might need that! LOL, some of the doodads have been in the draws for years, never !Beauty and Inspiration A common feng shui strategy is to choose art and other objects that depict things you'd like to see manifest in your life, whether success, love or inner peace. In the bedroom, practitioners suggest hanging your favorite piece of art on the wall opposite your bed. "The last thing you see before you go to sleep and the first thing you see when you open your eyes should be something that makes you feel joyful and inspired," 

IMG_1662If your direct view from the bed is of an adjoining bathroom or a messy closet, screen those views with curtains, folding screens or simply by closing the door. Also, put down the toilet seat at night, lest the bedroom's energy go right down the drain.

Another thing not to place opposite, next to or over the bed (and definitely not on the ceiling, which is a crime against more than just feng shui) is a mirror. In addition to bouncing too much energy around the room to allow for good rest, these reflective surfaces are thought to magnify problems and worries — and some feng shui practitioners even say that mirrors in the bedroom can invite a third party to interfere in your relationship. But no worries, just move or soften the mirror, hang a curtain, place plant in front.

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Energy:  Here, I’m talking about “raising your vibrations”. If that’s setting off your woo-woo meter, please stay with me. The purpose of organizing is to raise your energy levels. When we focus on expansion and increasing our energy levels, we’re able to do more, have more fun, spend more time in appreciation and enjoyment. We have more energy to transform our negative thought patterns and feelings into ones that feel better. I’m talking about being “on top of your game”. That’s the goal, here. Getting to that goal requires that you focus energy, time and appreciation on your physical space because you are a part of reflects who you are.

COLOR, go for it!

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Like Mother like Daughter #KrisJenner and #KimKardashian YES HICKIES! @thehickeystick

Like Mother like Daughter #KrisJenner and #KimKardashian YES HICKIES! @thehickeystick

EarthDay and Mother's Day just around the cornor I could not resist, just  talking about what natural and organic  Mother like daughter, they both are women of passion and like a good hickey.   G2 Organics, my company has the best product to cover and conceal, www.g2organics.com. Yes, I'm a Mom, and helped create this cover conceal and heal stick with my students from Fordham University

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. The stick has many uses for bug bites, cover tattoos and more. Easy to carry for men and women, I actually keep it in my medicine cabinet and everyone in my family uses it. MULTI- use even has zinc so it protects from sun.

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'KUWTKKris Jenner Gets A Hickey From Corey Gamble On Hot Date.

 

 

You’ve tried cold spoons to break up the blood vessels, even concealors but nothing could get the job done…until now.

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Mar 23, 2015 – Um, gross! After a sexy date night with her much younger boyfriend,Kris Jenner was caught rocking a hickey on her neck.

The Hickey Stick is a high performance cover-up, with a formula that is thicker than a concealer and easily covers bruises, pimples and blemishes in 2 easy steps!

For the past few months, there had been a lot of rumors about whether or not Corey Gamble and Kris Jenner were really a couple, but the latest episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians" has definitely confirmed the relationship – after Kim made some seriously awkward comments! I remember it was confirmed with Kim and Kanye after her spotted hickey now its confirmed with Kris and Corey after her spotted hickey. The men like to mark their territory and the women wear them proudly, then like to conceal. 

 

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13 MANNERS to review with our kids! A refresher never hurts anyone! Parents we need reminders too.

 13 MANNERS to review with our kids! A refresher never hurts anyone! Parents  we need reminders too.

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1. Say "please" and "thank you." The two benchmarks of good manners, but sadly lacking today, despite the fact that teaching kids to say them is a simple process of reminding them.

2. Make eye contact. Personal interaction requires some level of engagement, and unless there are special circumstances, eye contact is the bare minimum.images-9

3. Chew with their mouths closed. Nobody likes the site of chewed up food, and open mouths increase the chance of things falling out.

4. Don't interrupt. Unless it's an emergency (it usually isn't), kids need to learn patience and allow an interaction to continue.

5. Don't text at the table. Seemingly a no-brainer, I am constantly astounded by how much kids (and adults) check their phones during meals. I'm guilty, but trying not to do it!

6. Don't text during conversations. Nothing relays the message that you've got better things to do than checking your phone during a conversation.

7. Honor Privacy You don't have to read someone's diary to invade her privacy. In a world of reality TV and 24/7 social media, it's challenging to maintain a sense of privacy. 

  • Knock on the door before entering a room.

  • Do not eavesdrop on others' conversations.

  • Don't spread gossip and rumors.

  • Don't share and forward the personal information (or photos) of others.

  • Do put an end to forwards that land in your lap. It stops here.

8. Learn to say "excuse me." Always appropriate when interrupting a situation or when releasing "gas."

9. Have integrity  "Honesty and integrity are at the very foundation of one's character," says Sena. Our children must learn how powerful their words are, and how using them wisely is at the core of good manners.

  • Tell the truth. "It's not always easier to tell the truth, but it's always better in the long run," says Nickell. "Our children should know that lying won't get them anywhere, and that honesty really is the best policy."

  • Stick to your word. "Teach the importance of following through and living by your word," says Nickell. "It's an essential part of life, and it's a lesson children can begin to learn at a young age." If you say you're going to do something, stick to it.

10.Respect your elders "Speak to adults respectfully and look them in the eye when they are speaking to you," says Liz Taylor, an etiquette consultant in Minneapolis. Refer to them as Mr. or Mrs. unless they tell you otherwise. (If you don't know their names, refer to them as sir or ma'am.) Politely offer them your seat or let them go before you (through a door, in a buffet line, or anywhere).

11. Lose gracefully. If you do your best, then it doesn't matter whether you win or lose. We can't win every game, so when you lose, be sure to thank your opponent, shake hands and say, "Well done!" or "Good job." No sore losers, please.Unknown-8

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Sports and games should emphasize building each other up, taking turns, playing as a team, working hard and striving to improve. By focusing on these positives, there will be fewer bad manners when there is a loss.

12. Acknowledge friends and acquaintances. A simple nod or smile is all it takes, versus ignoring them completely.

13. Eat your food,with mouth closed, just another reminder!

 

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