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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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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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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