Free Ice Skating + Your Kid on the News = Newport Tree Lighting
Dec02

Free Ice Skating + Your Kid on the News = Newport Tree Lighting

BY Kathy Zucker • Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 The Rockettes. Ice skating. Cookies and hot chocolate next to the rink. Your kid’s classmates telling him, “I saw you on TV!” These are all things my children have experienced in the last year. And now, your child has a chance to experience them too. For the first time ever, the Newport tree team will be selecting a child to light the tree with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop at the Newport, NJ tree lighting today, Tuesday December 2nd. Bright lights. Cameras. A photo op with Olaf from Frozen. And after the tree lighting, hit the rink for an evening of fun with your family with free skating at Newport Skates plus al fresco cocoa and cookies from Morton Williams. So strap on your skates and throw your kid’s name in the hat. Because magic is in the air tonight in downtown Jersey City. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at 100 Town Square Place. See you there along with News 12 New Jersey Sports Director Nick Meidanis! Time for some #fencing cross-training in #JerseyCity. A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Dec 12, 2013 at 4:39pm PST More – Find a Warm Welcome on Cold Days – Newport Centre Mall 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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Toddlers Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in Hoboken, NJ
Nov28

Toddlers Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in Hoboken, NJ

BY Kathy Zucker • Friday, November 28, 2014 Thanksgiving travel is always a crapshoot. With flights canceled in New York and New Jersey and trains jampacked, my family of five – including three kids ages eight, six and two – opted to stay home to celebrate. I bought all the trappings for a vegetarian Thanksgiving celebration – plus a turkey for the meat eaters – on Tuesday, the day before the storm hit. As the first flakes started to fly, I began slicing apples and mashing potatoes in preparation for the big feast. #homemade #apple and #pumpkin #pies are ready for the #freezer – will #defrost on #thanksgiving while the #turkey is #cooking A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:10am PST On Thanksgiving Day, the kids took over meal prep. #toddler chopping #mushrooms for #thanksgiving #stuffing A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:59am PST The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade played in 4K while the kids cooked. Happy #thanksgiving from my #Rockettes line to yours. A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:05am PST After the turkey went in the oven, my eight year old made holiday gifts for the whole family on her brand new Sew Cool Sewing Machine. VIDEO: #Thanksgiving morning when you live in an apartment. https://t.co/IifmiV0FPA #artsandcrafts — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 27, 2014 When she discovered she could sew using regular felt, all three kids went nuts with #SewCoolWorld projects. 8 year old #sewed #holiday #gifts for all her #friends A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:43am PST After gobbling down the dinner and raving about how delicious it was (except for my picky eater, who ate carrots), the whole family took a traditional Thanksgiving nap. #toddler passed out in favorite chair after hours of #cooking and #eating. Happy #thanksgiving! A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:27pm PST More – Thanksgiving Treats to Delight Eyes and Tongues – Haier and Samsung 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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Thanksgiving Treats to Delight Eyes and Tongues – Haier and Samsung
Nov25

Thanksgiving Treats to Delight Eyes and Tongues – Haier and Samsung

BY Kathy Zucker • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 Cooking is a huge part of my life. I have a constant fridge inventory running in the back of my mind. What foods do I have in stock, and more importantly, what will these kids actually eat? With three kids ages eight, six and two, I never know what is going to be a hot commodity in the Zucker household. One week the kids devour every blueberry in the house, the next week blueberries are DISGUSTING, MOM. Meanwhile, I, of course, stocked up on blueberries so now I have pints of blue orbs turning white in my fridge. After watching mountains of fruit get consigned to the trash, I started thinking. You know, I do love dessert. That’s a stock photo. Didn’t get photo of actual dessert too busy doing this @HollyPavlika @RossanaWyatt @MommyFactor pic.twitter.com/BHBvnFEAzH — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) October 16, 2014   And I love baking. #homemade #apple and #pumpkin #pies are ready for the #freezer – will #defrost on #thanksgiving while the #turkey is #cooking A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:10am PST   So why not combine the two to make delicious treats for the whole family? #Baking. I call this, “Mom, that fruit you bought tastes yucky.” A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:51am PDT   The problem is, where do I store all these goodies? We can barely fit food for five people into the fridge of our apartment in Hoboken, NJ, let alone mountains of baked goods. After hearing friends rave about using mini fridges to store kid drinks and yogurt, I started googling options. I found a fridge on sale at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Jersey City when I was shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. Now the entire family can enjoy homemade treats in seconds. Meet my #new little #friend. @haieramerica A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:17am PST I also picked up a treat for Dad on an early Black Friday sale – a Samsung 55″ 4K Ultra HD 240Hz LED HDTV It feels like we have a movie theater in our home. #toddler watching #maleficent #streaming via #FireStick on #4k #tv @Amazonfire @samsungusa @disneystudios A video posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:08am PST   My kids know that not everyone is lucky enough to have a warm home with good food to eat. This Thanksgiving, we helped hungry families have a healthy and delicious meal. @cfbnj There’s a wet check headed your way. #icebucketchallenge #hungerheroes @HollyPavlika pic.twitter.com/6zEJLKqLoA — Kathy Zucker...

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Find a Warm Welcome on Cold Days – Newport Centre Mall
Nov23

Find a Warm Welcome on Cold Days – Newport Centre Mall

BY Kathy Zucker • Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 I love to walk. Four to five days each week, I walk for miles between my home in Hoboken, NJ, my kids’ school and the train station, often pushing a heavy stroller along crowded streets. I barely notice the blocks melting away as I glance into shop windows, check out cute chalkboard displays and pass people I have met in the past. Sometimes those encounters turn into curbside conversations where we stand, engrossed in discussion, for twenty minutes or longer. But more often an exchange is met with a delighted smile and wave, or a shoulder pat as a friend passes me sitting on a bench. When the temperature dips, I wind up driving a lot more. I recently invested in waterproof cold weather runners gear in an effort to keep the walks going, but it’s a tough sell to drag three kids ages 8, 6 and 2 along on freezing marathons. One kid forgets a hat, another refuses to wear gloves, and then there’s my all-time favorite – the “I don’t want to wear a coat.” So where can I go where we can keep walking and not worry about anyone freezing to death? Newport Centre Mall, steps from the light rail located one block from my home. The kids are always excited to visit, peering out of the glass elevator to see if Santa is there. Playing #peekaboo with #Santa. @newportctr A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:40pm PST   We often grab a bite to eat. #lunch out with my girlie. #mompreneur #momlife A photo posted by Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:44am PST On days when it is raining or too cold to play outside, we grab a $5 headband and let the kids work off energy in the Kidville Sears playspace. The kids always make new friends and I get to talk to the grownups manning the entrance. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I used to run into many Hoboken moms at Newport Mall as they came to find refuge, warmth and electricity in the months before our city was back up and running. Many of us have continued to head there to enjoy new offerings like Panera Bread on the ground floor and expanded food court options. I am planning to bring the kids this week to do their holiday shopping – I am handing each child $10 for each family member and telling them they can buy anything they want. We will also be buying for families in need – there is a tree...

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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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