Saying Goodbye – Lego Creative Crew
Feb18

Saying Goodbye – Lego Creative Crew

BY Kathy Zucker • Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 My kids recently learned a valuable life lesson – all good things must come to an end. On January 30th, 2015, my kids and I attended the farewell party for the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester first-ever Creative Crew. Emily and Joshua Zucker had a truly amazing year as Creative Crew members. They got to select the new LEGO master, Veronica Watson. They met the Rockettes. Thank you for year full of wonderful memories @LDCWestchester – kids excited for #CreativeCrew goodbye party today! pic.twitter.com/i2F5x9dwJl — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) January 30, 2015   They test drove the latest Lego models. But the most amazing part about their experience? The friends they have made. We went to the beach and petting zoo with other social media families and created bonds that will endure long after their Creative Crew term. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to meet amazing people and spend so much time with them. And we look forward to seeing the next Creative Crew create incredible memories – applications are open from now until March 8th, you can apply here. Thank you for a year of #friendship. @ldcwestchester #creativeCrew #2014 A video posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Jan 30, 2015 at 2:53pm PST In the spirit of saying goodbye, this will be my last post on MomCondoLiving.com. You can follow along on my journey at KathyZucker.com. Hope to see you there! More – Own Yourself Kathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network. Follow Kathy on Twitter:...

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College Reunion At Your Doorstep – NYU Invitational at Jersey City Cobra Fencing
Jan26

College Reunion At Your Doorstep – NYU Invitational at Jersey City Cobra Fencing

BY Kathy Zucker • Monday, January 26th, 2015 Some days, you wake up to find that people you adore and haven’t seen in ages are gathered outside your front door. My husband and I met twenty years ago on our college fencing team. Yesterday, we found out that the competition that is the annual social event of the New York City college fencing scene was taking place steps from our home in Hoboken, NJ. Of course, we had to go. I saw people I have not seen in over a decade. I reconnected with friends who came to cheer on their college teams, as well as seeing new friends I met at recent competitions. It was an amazing experience to have a playdate both for kids and adults while revisiting the fiery memories of college fencing competitions. [View the story “International Action Goes Local – NYU Invitational at Cobra Fencing” on...

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Live Olympic Skating At Your Fingertips – Ice Theatre in Newport, NJ
Jan23

Live Olympic Skating At Your Fingertips – Ice Theatre in Newport, NJ

I was honored to be a VIP guest at a skating event at Newport Skates in Jersey City, NJ on Monday, January 19th, 2015 featuring a live performance by professional ice dancing group, Ice Theatre of New York. Here is the unedited video of the amazing leaps, twirls and ballet on ice so close to the audience that members could reach out and touch the performers – video is presented in chronological order. Introduction by Kristin Ninko Egan, performance by eight year old Aiden Lee – Un Amor. Music by Gypsy Kings, choreographed by Craig Maurizi. Ten year old Newport resident Emily Zhang – Angel of Music, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographed by Craig Maurizi. Laura Jacobson – Let It Go from the hit movie musical Frozen, choreographed by Steven Rice. Professional skaters Valerie Levine and Matthew Thomas – self-choreographed Autrefois, music by Pink Martini. Ilana Sherman – Someone Like You sung by Linda Eder, choreographed by Justin Dillon. Triple US Figure Skating gold medalist Sally Jeanne Watkins – self-choreographed Heartbreaker, music by Pat Benatar Professional skater Wesley Campbell – self-choreographed All of Me, music by John Legend. More – Setting the Startup Stage For 2015 – Meet the Kids Kathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network. Follow Kathy on Twitter:...

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Setting the Startup Stage For 2015 – Meet the Kids
Jan04

Setting the Startup Stage For 2015 – Meet the Kids

BY Kathy Zucker • Sunday, January 4th, 2015 One year ago, my life changed forever. When you are an entrepreneur, money is a constant struggle no matter how big you are. I have met startup founders who sleep in the closet at their Manhattan office in order to put the rent money into their business. There are stories about founders who lived in a car, a tent and a commune with bunk beds. Founders tout the advantages of self-funding a.k.a. bootstrapping, which basically means you are living on ramen noodles to pursue your dream. I am not one of those founders. For starters, I have three little kids. And while they love the idea of camping, the whining would probably start right around the point where my picky eater couldn’t have strawberries and rice for 100% of his meals. Child care is crazy expensive in my area. For three kids I am easily looking at $20+ per hour. On top of that, the overwhelming majority of babysitters want to be paid in cash. For 99.9% of people this isn’t a problem, but I’m the kind of person who would get caught. You know, being a public figure and all that. And the other factor is that I want to spend time with my kids. The whole reason why I stayed home from my corporate executive career was because I didn’t want somebody else to raise them. I want to be the one they come to when they get hurt, the one who knows what foods they eat and when it’s time to put them down for a nap. The last thing I have ever wanted is to have a succession of paid helpers parading through my home. I am the center of my family. I have been present every single day of my kids’ lives for the last nine years, and I would like for that to be the case for as long as they need me. Which, based on the rising statistic of kids moving home after college, may be forever. I am raising the future here. What is the point of my slaving endless hours to pay for education, enrichment and sports if I never see my kids? I could easily step back into the corporate world – I spent the summer fielding calls from numerous companies looking to headhunt me. And I have to say, the thought of earning a paycheck was really tempting. I actually went through the motions of finding child care before I realized that there was no amount of money any company could pay me that would make me want to leave...

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Playdate In Space With Real Housewives of New Jersey – Liberty Science Center
Dec22

Playdate In Space With Real Housewives of New Jersey – Liberty Science Center

BY Kathy Zucker • Monday, December 22nd, 2014 Some of my dearest friends pop up every day on my phone. I see their pictures, laugh at their kid and pet antics, and send virtual hugs. Seeing them in person? Is extremely rare. So when I received the invitation to hang out with bloggers at Liberty Science Center, I instantly RSVPed YES! Because the odds were very high at least a few of the ladies near and dear to my heart would be there with their families. And I was correct in my assumption. I got to have lunch and chat with friends while comparing parenting notes with Melissa Gorga of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Here are some pics of my kids’ playdate in space last Saturday, December 13th. [View the story “Spiderman Meets Real Housewives of New Jersey at Liberty Science Center” on...

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