Two Years After Sandy – Save the Children Helps Families #GetReady
Oct29

Two Years After Sandy – Save the Children Helps Families #GetReady

BY Kathy Zucker • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6 a.m. Exactly two years ago, on Monday, October 29, 2012, I was in the same position I occupy now. I sat at the desk in my home office in Hoboken, NJ, frantically typing on a computer. What was I doing? Research to tabulate the size of the storm surge hours away as Hurricane Sandy hovered off the US Atlantic coastline. Scheduled to make ground that afternoon in New York and New Jersey, the surge was definitely going to be higher than one year before when Hurricane Irene paid us a visit. The question was, how much higher? I raced around my 47-unit condo building with a measuring tape, looking at the sewer grates which just barely got wet during Irene and calculating how much higher the water could go before it was in the cars. Not touching the wheels, not lapping at the bumpers. But in the cars, soaking carpets and damaging engines. The difference? One foot. And that is the moment when I decided to move my car. And to tell all my neighbors to move theirs. Throughout that frenzied day, as I sped between parking garages and stores in a frantic race against time before the power went out, there was one thought constantly in the back of my mind. My children, ages six months, four and six years. How could I keep them safe, fed, warm, hydrated and entertained through the coming crisis? I quickly ruled out evacuating since the logistics simply did not work. We had too many people and supplies to cram into one small vehicle. Also, many homes and hotels throughout New Jersey lost power during Irene. Caring for three small children in a cramped hotel room during a blackout is not for the faint of heart. My family was not the only one impacted during Sandy. Sandy affected 24 states, killed 162 people, caused more than $50 million in damage and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes and hundreds of child care centers and schools. Entire families lost not just their physical possessions, but their sense of stability. Today, two years after Sandy, the world’s top independent charity for children in need, Save the Children, is working to help them recover their lives. What can you do to protect your children during the next crisis? Create an evacuation plan Stay connected Plan Find local resources Create change Help other families We can’t stop crises from happening, but we can help our families and communities weather them safely. Read More Keeping Watch for Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, NJ Keeping Watch for Hurricane Irene in Hoboken,...

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Bring Your Past Into the Future – Columbia Fencing Alumni Meet
Oct27

Bring Your Past Into the Future – Columbia Fencing Alumni Meet

BY Kathy Zucker • Monday, October 27th, 2014 Exactly 19 years ago, my husband and I met in the fencing room at our college, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York. I was wearing black bike shorts and looked up at him with a smile, saying, “Hi, Noah.” I had heard so much about him that it felt like we already knew each other. Fast forward 19 years, and I am sitting here in our Hoboken, NJ apartment, with our sleeping baby steps away and the two older kids in peaceful slumber in other rooms. We have survived two hurricanes, eight job changes, three career transitions, and three startups. So it seemed appropriate to go full circle and return to the place where it all began. Yesterday, Sunday, October 26th, 2014, my family of five attended the Columbia Fencing Alumni Meet, where veteran fencers face off against current team members. Here are some pics of the Zucker family adventure into the past. Racing across campus so we aren’t late – this looks strangely familiar. Welcome to the Columbia University Athletics fencing meet! Warming up. All two year olds can lunge, right? Finding Daddy on the Wall of Fame. Coach Michael Aufrichtig announces the lineup. 3 fencers make the cut – they will be taking on the entire roster of 44 lions. A video posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:53pm PDT Hands in for #TeamAlum – CC 1973 Greg Gall, CC 1998 Noah Zucker and CC 2010 Jeff Spear. Foil takes the piste first. Épée is second. The clock isn’t running – what do you think this is, the Olympics? Brothers face off in saber. But first, an injury break when a blade whips around and smacks Jeff Spear on the back of the head. And breaks. Powering through injury, #TeamAlum wins! Final score 45-43. Yes, we have a ringer – 2012 Olympic team member Jeff Spear anchored this victory. Tiny people get in on the fighting. The future never looked so bright. Thank you for a wonderful walk down memory lane. More – Honoring #WorkingParents Day By Helping Parents Create Dream Lives 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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Finding Fun and Friendship From Hoboken, NJ to Times Square, NYC Olive Garden
Oct13

Finding Fun and Friendship From Hoboken, NJ to Times Square, NYC Olive Garden

BY Kathy Zucker • Monday, October 13, 2014 I have been thinking a lot lately about why I blog. If you are looking to get rich via blogging, you need to look elsewhere. So why have I continued to be tech support, lead writer and editor on MomCondoLiving.com for the last six years? To meet people. I have met the most amazingly kind and accomplished people through this blog. They email me and connect on social media, and little by little, we get to know and trust each other. And then we bring our friends into the mix and suddenly, we have a community that is there for each other through good times and bad. And laughter. There is a lot of laughter whenever I hang out with blogosphere friends. I am grateful to be able to spend time online and in real life with people who bring so much laughter and delicious food into my life. Here are some pics from our latest meetup a.k.a. #twEATup. [View the story “Lunch, Laughter and Love at NYC Blogger #twEATup – Times Square Olive Garden” on Storify] More – Honoring #WorkingParents Day By Helping Parents Create Dream Lives 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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Saturday Walk In The Rain = Stumbling On Secret Jersey City Indoor Play Gym
Oct04

Saturday Walk In The Rain = Stumbling On Secret Jersey City Indoor Play Gym

BY Kathy Zucker • Saturday, October 4, 2014 It all started with a walk in the rain. I needed to return a dress I had bought on Washington Street, the main drag in Hoboken, NJ. My husband had the car since he had the two older kids plus huge heavy fencing bags. When he left this morning, he texted that it was pouring rain. Instead of waiting for a sunny day like a sane person, I decided to brave the elements with my two year old. Reexperiencing the terrible twos after a hiatus has been..no fun. As in, oh yes, I remember this! And no, it’s not any easier the third time around. The way I save my sanity is by getting this kid out of the house and on adventures. The more fun she has – provided it fits around her naptime – the less likely I am to experience the wrath of the Toddler Who Does Not Like Her Shoes. And makes sure everyone knows about it in a two-block radius. So. We bundled up in foul weather gear – a prerequisite for living in Hoboken – and made the rainy trek to Washington Street. Because I was in no rush, I let the baby walk for much of the way (we live allll the way on the opposite side of town so it was close to a mile), carrying a big black umbrella that made her look like a mobile mushroom. With silver shoes. We jumped over and through puddles, and made it to Washington Street, in and out of a couple of stores, and then across the walkway connecting Hoboken to Jersey City, making stops along the way at the Lackawanna rest room, Newport Green beach and Morton Williams grocery to pickup gourmet Asian treats for my kiddoes. And chocolate chunk cookies that the entire family adores. Our final destination? Newport Centre Mall, to pickup yet another princess dress for my tiny princess. I’m tired of handwashing the Cinderella nightgown she has worn EVERY.SINGLE.DAY for the last three weeks. Those things are amazingly durable, withstanding daily washes and a toddler pushing her feet against the tulle overskirt. Because of the rain, the streets and train station were largely deserted, so we had plenty of room for my little one to make her meandering way across two towns. We finally made it to Newport Mall, and pushed open the door to the nearest entrance. And encountered this. Loading If you want to #meetup this #winter, you will find me at the #free all-day #IndoorGym at @newportctr #mall. #mompreneur #momlife View on Instagram There are no words...

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Honoring #WorkingParentsDay By Helping Parents Create Dream Lives
Sep16

Honoring #WorkingParentsDay By Helping Parents Create Dream Lives

BY Kathy Zucker • Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 I first launched MomCondoLiving.com on February 2, 2009, under the name Hoboken Mom Condo. My goal? To provide one central place to answer the hundreds of questions flooding my inbox about parenting in Hoboken, NJ. In the process of trying to help people, I watched myself change into someone who gets questions from parents around the world. Today, in honor of Working Parents Day, I launched KathyZucker.com. My new goal? To help parents create their dream lives without sacrificing finances or family. I will still be updating this site but I don’t know how frequently it will happen. Thank you all for following along on this wild ride, I have loved interacting with everyone I met here. My first post for KathyZucker.com is below, I hope you will continue to follow me on this new chapter of my life! How To Create Your Dream Life – Step One A gorgeous woman walks past you on the street, pushing a stroller and talking to a little boy beside her. You think, nah, that can’t possibly be her baby in the carseat. She looks way too thin and svelte to have given birth six weeks ago. But as you stand next to them at school pickup and see her accepting congratulations, you realize it is indeed her newborn baby. You look at her adorable form-fitting outfit and cute kids and think, why can’t I have that life? Every time that happens, take notes. Literally, make a mental note, and when you can, email it to yourself. If it happens online, email yourself a link to whatever caught your attention. Create a label in your inbox and file the email under it. I call my aspirational folder, “Blog Post Material/To Do.” Why am I saving social media posts and taking notes on other people’s lives? Because I am compiling data. Everyone has an opinion. Your mother, aunt and next-door neighbor all think you should be doing something different from what you are doing. But the question is, what do YOU really want? Because ultimately, you are the one who owns your decisions, whether you felt powerless or not when you made them. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to making choices but when there are consequences, they all disappear. So you may as well own your decisions and move in a direction that makes you happy. And how do you know what makes you happy? By paying attention to those moments when you have a visceral reaction of envy. Envy isn’t pretty. We all experience it, the same way we judge ourselves and...

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