Support Group In Your Back Pocket – NJ Digital Moms
Oct18

Support Group In Your Back Pocket – NJ Digital Moms

By Kathy Zucker • Friday, October 18, 2013 When I look at my life since winning a Shorty Award, I have a hard time believing it belongs to me. I attended NYC Fashion Week, became a Shorty Awards judge, spoke at Columbia Journalism School and most recently, talked shop with an Emmy-award winning star NFL player. Of all the incredible things that have happened to me in the last six months, hands down the most amazing has been membership in the New Jersey Digital Moms (NJDMoms) community. I first found out about NJDMoms when Metro Moms Network VP of Branding Jenifer Semenza (@jenifernyc1) noticed the #JerseyLove tag on Twitter and found a marketing brochure stating the goal is “Using our social media influence to bring life back to Jersey in 2013.” The document went on to state that the members had average Klout scores of 62 with monthly readership of over one million. Jenifer’s immediate reaction? To send me the link and say, “WHY isn’t Kathy a part of this?” And when I read through the prospectus, my response was, “Why ISN’T Kathy a part of this?” So I joined, and ever since then it’s been like having an instant emotional support group/professional development/tech forum in my back pocket. You know, where I keep my smartphone. Whenever I have a question about client pricing or my website gets hacked, the perfect answer pops up immediately, usually within a couple of hours at any time of day or night (apparently moms don’t sleep). The data is always accurate and reliable, and the leads are simply superb. I have had so many doors open for me in a seemingly magical manner, and much of it is due to this group. Before you race off to join the NJDMoms, there are a few things you should know. You need to blog. Not as an occasional dalliance, but frequently. And you have to generate relevant, original content, to the point where you have a serious following. You have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and stick to it. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can leave the confines of the group. I occasionally get nervous that I am on the edge of violating the NDA by telling people I found out about something via NJDMoms. Be ready to engage frequently and regularly. If you are prone to pulling disappearing acts for months, this is not the group for you because you will get kicked out. Be prepared to wait. The group is relatively small, and that is a deliberate move on the part of the administrators. Someone has to leave before a new member...

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Getting Fancy with Gap, Stride Rite and Jade and Jasper
Oct13

Getting Fancy with Gap, Stride Rite and Jade and Jasper

By Kathy Zucker • Sunday, October 13, 2013 I am completely clueless when it comes to fashion. The last eight years have passed in a bleary blur of breastfeeding and chasing after shrieking toddlers. That entire time, my idea of fashion was to wear something clean. So the last six months have been very exciting as I slowly emerge from the baby blur. A few things happened: 1) my youngest child turned one, officially ending the difficult transition period of going from two kids to three, and 2) I won a Shorty Award for a “#Mom or #Dad who are passionate about their family and have done an exceptional job using social media to inspire others to do the same— focusing on the positive in life.” All of a sudden, I – and my kids – are frequently on camera. From becoming a Dove model to being photographed by Marvel Comics and appearing in a Liberty Science Center ad, I need to have wrinkle-free, attractive outfits ready to go at all times for every member of the family. Another challenge? Fitting in with the latest fashions without straining our household budget. My solution? To get advice from the experts. Last week, I attended the Vogue Bambini petitePARADE as a guest of the Stride Rite group. My friend Rita Cheng (@YippyMomma) took some amazing photos for her blog, Yippy Momma. I always try to buy Merrell shoes for my kids – daily trips to the playground and walks around our mile-square city mean their footwear takes a lot of abuse. Weekend nature walks and blogger events also mean the same shoes do double duty for dress up. Rapidly growing feet mean I don’t buy more than two pairs of shoes in each size – nothing drives me crazy more than to find an unworn, outgrown pair of shoes in the wardrobe where I keep stuff for future use by my three kids, ages 7, 5 and 1. Merrell shoes never let me down – I always snag them when I see a pair on sale in a bigger size. So what about mom? One of the biggest lessons I have learned in the last year is that when mom looks good, the kids are much more likely to get hired for modeling jobs. I have made two trips to the Edgewater Gap to get styling tips from general manager Paula and stock up on sales to outfit the entire family for school and work. The basic modeling gear for adults is a white top and blue jeans, so I have three identical Gap outfits steamed and hanging in my closet...

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Get Real at Hoboken babyGap Storytime
Oct12

Get Real at Hoboken babyGap Storytime

By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, October 12th, 2013 Yesterday, people all over Hoboken, NJ did doubletakes when I walked past pushing a stroller containing my baby daughter and the Eleanor Wai Ling doll sculpted by acclaimed artist Laura Tuzio Ross to look exactly like her. The doll will be appearing in the Metro Moms Network Halloween fashion show next week in Hoboken, so that is why I have been schlepping it all over town – baby needs style! You can get a fashion show sneak peak TODAY at 10:30 a.m. at Hoboken babyGap at 222 Washington Street. See you there! More – Trick or Treat and See the Latest Fall Fashions this Saturday 10/19 in Hoboken, NJ Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on...

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Hoboken Family Weekend Activities – October 11, 2013
Oct11

Hoboken Family Weekend Activities – October 11, 2013

By Kathy Zucker • Friday, October 11, 2013 Morning mist is in the forecast for Hoboken, NJ this Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th. With temps in the mid-sixties, fingers crossed the rain dries out by early afternoon so families can hit the playground. Outdoor Events True Mentors is holding its 3rd annual scavenger hunt this Saturday at 2pm at Church Square Park for ages 7-17, details here. For the younger set, if the rain holds off, you can head to the Hoboken Family Farmer’s Market (@HobokenFFM) on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Indoor art and outdoor music on Saturday AND Sunday from 12pm-6pm at the Digable Arts Festival at the Monroe Center. Visit the festival website. On Sunday, the 6th Market is holding its grand opening in Hamilton Park from 11am-4pm, there will be tons of food trucks, vendors and activities. Visit their Facebook page. Indoor Events I am hosting FREE storytime at Hoboken babyGap on Saturday at 10:30am, details here. Make unique, handcrafted cards to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Mama Elephant stamps on Saturday at 1pm at the Crop Shop. Details here. Indoor art and outdoor music on Saturday AND Sunday from 12pm-6pm at the Digable Arts Festival at the Monroe Center. Visit the festival website. Next Weekend Sneak Peek Next Saturday 10/19 the Metro Moms Network (my company!) is hosting the 3rd annual Healthy & Green Halloween bash at 301 Garden Street from 2pm-5pm in Hoboken. Kids can make their own treat bags and assemble Halloween costumes with K.C. Kids, get their passports stamped by vendors and pickup goodies along the way. There’s a fashion show, blogger meetup and kid rock concert with antifolk legend Joe Bendik, who usually plays at Maxwell’s when he comes to Hoboken. Schedule is here, $5 admission for the entire family. Have a great weekend! More – Meet the Moms Read By Millions in Hoboken, NJ Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on...

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Meet the Moms Read By Millions on 10/19 in Hoboken, NJ
Oct08

Meet the Moms Read By Millions on 10/19 in Hoboken, NJ

By Kathy Zucker • Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 I am incredibly fortunate to have met three of these ladies in the six months since I won a Shorty Award. Knowing them has enriched my life in many ways, and their shared knowledge has helped me catapult my blogs into the media eye. Because of these ladies, I have attended Fashion Week and am a Dove model. I have known Dana Trentini for over three years. Our kids attend group swim classes together and over the years, Dana has picked my brain on my blogging experience. Little did I know that she was storing away that information for good purpose – exactly one year ago Dana launched her blog, Hypothyroid Mom, to instant acclaim and a huge following that skyrocketed to 240,000 within 12 months. On Saturday, October 19th, you can meet them too and ask them anything you want. Hypothyroid Mom – Dana Trentini (@HypothyroidMom) Blog Description: Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of our necks could affect our lives so completely? A blog for moms with hypothyroidism. Metro Moms Hat Tip: Every single mom who meets Dana adores her. She is one of the kindest, smartest, most caring women you will ever meet, and it comes across in her writing. With 30,000 readers three months after her blog launched and 240,000 on her one year anniversary, Dana will teach you how to plan and launch your blog to make a splash. Better Way Moms – Sarah Walton (@BetterWayMoms) Blog Description: Huffington Post contributor. Public speaker. I talk about the woman behind the mom. Modern motherhood is a lot to handle. There’s gotta be a Better Way! Metro Moms Hat Tip: Corporate refugee. Planner of dream trips to Italy. Sarah Walton launched her blog while managing a team of 15 as general manager of Mindspark, a leading app maker. Vivacious with a direct, calm gaze, Sarah is the consummate leader. Learn from Sarah how to leverage your professional experience to create a blog. Trendy Latina – Claudia Krusch (@ckrusch) Blog Description: Linguist, Teacher, Author, Content Creator, Mom, Fashionista, Dog Lover. Reviews and Giveaways. CEO of EasyLearn Languages. Metro Moms Hat Tip: Nobody ever says no to Claudia. Give Claudia 30 seconds with a company decision maker and she will make an impact that leads to business. Learn from Claudia how to source potential clients and successfully pitch to them. Yippy Momma – Rita Cheng (@yippymomma) Blog Description: Mom, wife, sister, entrepreneur, geek, writer, crafter, photographer. Known 4 the best virtual hugs. Also tweet at @YippyBeBe @RitaPCheng @PuiPuiPhoto Metro Moms Hat Tip: Rita is the most...

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Hoboken Family Shopping Deals – Saturday October 5th, 2013
Oct05

Hoboken Family Shopping Deals – Saturday October 5th, 2013

By Kathy Zucker • October 5, 2013 I had an epic day of shopping yesterday in Hoboken, NJ, walking from the southwest to the southeast corner, up to Maxwell Place in the northeast and then back downtown. Here are pics of my favorite finds. My tiny fashionista saved some bucks for mom and dad at babyGap. Scored 70% savings on ADORABLE moto jacket at @babygaphoboken – store opens at 10! http://t.co/0xCRl82ZgZ #Hoboken pic.twitter.com/faLeBRn0dC — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) October 5, 2013   Stopped by Wee Babe for the first time – a little bit of neatness and sweet go a long way. Scored adorable hot pink hair twistband for fine baby hair – $1.50 at @weebabe #Hoboken. Bonus cupcake! pic.twitter.com/9wnmBF4qWX — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) October 5, 2013 Weekend warrior crayon and tablet storage for my second grader from K.C. Kids Hoboken. Scored sparkly backpack for 7 year old – brand new WITH tags at @kckidshoboken, 60% off retail. #Hoboken #deals pic.twitter.com/uiRuXsYhxD — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) October 5, 2013 The absolute highlight of my all-day shopping expedition? The kindness of a good Samaritan. HUGE thank you to the rescuer of my baby’s brand-new @babyGapHoboken jacket. #hero #Hoboken pic.twitter.com/Z1zmAaJ7kI — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) October 5, 2013   More – Bob Builds the Future at Liberty Science Center Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children, New York Life #KeepGoodGoing Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on...

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