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Sue’s Tech Kitchen’s Premier Mission To Mars Summer Program- June 17th, 2019

We have a new #FabULyssfind for the kids this Summer that are interested in an immersive STEM Adventure for kids ages 8-11. Taste the future and enroll your kids in Sue’s Tech Kitchen’s Premier of Mission To Mars.

www.suestechkitchen.com

Q: Please tell the #DivaMom readers why Mission to Mars is called Adventure- Based Learning.

A: This is an exciting hands-on, minds-on camp for kids that leads them through an adventure story while they learn about science and technology! Designed by a team of STEM and education experts and drawing inspiration from role-playing games, escape rooms, and immersive theater, it’s called Adventure-Based Learning because it engages the imagination, curiosity, and intellect of students as they transform into STEM superheroes.

Q: What made you decide to open a STEM camp for children ages 8-11 this Summer? Have you seen a big request for this? I know that if my sister was younger this camp would have been something my mom signed her up for.

A: Kids are interested in space and excited by the possibilities of exploring the planets. In this camp, we’re connecting their fascination with Mars to learning about several different fields of STEM. Our goal is to use the experiences of this camp to empower children of all backgrounds, interests, and learning styles with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in cutting-edge careers. Kids always want to experience something new – and we’re sure our campers will go back to school with a deeper knowledge of science and a thirst to learn even more. That’s something your mom and sister BOTH would have loved – what parent wouldn’t?!

Q: Where are the camps located? How long do they go for? What is the cost? Where can you sign up?

A: The camps will be held at Alchemical Studios, 104 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011. They’re offered August 5-9 and August 12-16. Each camp runs for a half day, Monday – Friday, so you can choose either the morning or afternoon session. It’s $750, and you can sign up at https://www.suestechkitchen.com/

Fantastic news! We’ve got a HUGE special offer just for #DivaMoms readers – use offer code DIVAMOMSMARS when purchasing tickets to save 25%! This 25% discount offer expires June 30, so don’t wait. 

Q: What kind of activities and learning will kids experience at the camp?

A: While solving problems, unraveling mysteries, and completing missions together, students learn the basics of CodingMachine LearningEnvironmental Science, and Engineering and hone their skills as Ethical Innovators.

Q:  Who designed this program?

A:  The camp is created by Zuckerberg Media. Randi Zuckerberg’s experiences as a woman in Silicon Valley shaped the mission of the organization, which is to create an inclusive and diverse STEM workforce better able to handle tomorrow’s ethical and cultural challenges. As she raises her own young children, Randi recognizes the importance of exposing youngsters to a variety of experiences and learning opportunities, to broaden their minds and help them see the possibilities for their own futures.

Q: Where did you find the counselors for this program? Are they all trained in STEM? What is the counselor/teacher/child ratio? 

A: A highlight of the program, a tabletop Mars Rover Mission Control game, was designed in conjunction with Dr. Sam Pfister, who served on the Surface Operations team for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission. Our lead instructors are seasoned education professionals with a particular knack for engaging students’ imaginations and sense of adventure. Our overall staff to student ratio will be approximately one to six.

Q: The Mars Rover sounds so fun! What else will kids do?

A: Other planned activities include creating color-changing UV-detection wearables, designing AI weather prediction tools, and participating in a variety of themed “snacktivities” such as 3D-Printed (and edible!) Squad Badge Cookies that commemorate each participant’s contributions to the mission.

Q: If a child has never coded before, can they learn here in the program? Is the program for beginners as well? 

A: Students will start with active computational thinking challenges that get students up and out of their seats to teach them the basics of writing the code that controls Mars Rovers. They’ll also learn about binary code, the fundamental language of all computing, by constructing and enjoying edible 8-bit Binary Bytes snacks. The program is designed for 8-11 year olds, so beginners are welcome and expected!

Q: Can you tell us more about the custom 3D-printed edible snacks? They sound yummy to me.

A: What kid – or adult – doesn’t love a good snack?! 3D printing is now used for all kinds of things ranging from printing tools on the International Space Station when repairs are needed, to printing prosthetics that are custom designed to fit the recipient’s body. Students will learn about the technology and see it in action; then they get to taste the results and see that something 3D printed is as good as the original!

Q: What’s the best contact number and or email to sign up and ask questions about the camp?

A: Visit https://www.suestechkitchen.com/ to sign up. You can send questions to sue@suestechkitchen.com.

Don’t forget to use offer code DIVAMOMSMARS when you sign up by June 30 to save 25%!

Moving? A new #fabuyssfind For NYC Families-FlatRate Moving – April 26th, 2019

 

Lots of families are moving into different areas of NYC. A new #FabULyssFind is FlatRate Moving.

In 1991 FlatRate® began to offer customers in the Big Apple an all-inclusive, guaranteed, one-price move, with no surprises. The flat rate pricing model removed one of the biggest headaches in the industry and allowed them to seamlessly move over 100,000 New Yorkers. Everyday they strive to continue to improve the moving experience by investing in the best materials, trucks, technology, and teams to ensure your next move will be better than the last. We encourage you to read our Q & A with them below and see why this is the moving company for you.

www.flatrate.com

 

Q: With technology moving so fast today, please tell our readers about your new app, how it works and how easy it is to use and track

A:  Since New Yorkers are constantly “on the go,” we want to make sure our clients can manage their move whenever and wherever by using our FlatRate app to stay informed and be in touch with us before, during, and after their move.  The app can be downloaded from the mobile app store or on Google Play and it allows clients the ability to track their truck on move day, review & tip their mover, create a photo inventory, edit move details, and retrieve items from storage.

Q: You have been in business for over 27 years, how have you seen the business change especially in NYC?

A: Over the years, we have witnessed an increase in luxury condo moves, which is a different type of move because of the unique building restrictions including required elevator reservations and strict operating hours as well as the fact that weekends are not always an option for moving in some buildings. Also, many luxury condos require COI’s with very high coverage, which we are prepared to provide. So, although this is a major change in the moving industry, we know how and love to do these moves.

Q: How far in advance do you recommend that people plan their move, start packing, booking moving company, etc.?

A: It is always best to start the planning process for your move at least 30 days in advance and start getting quotes from moving companies at least three weeks before your move. To avoid last minute packing stress, it is always a good idea to pack in advance of your move day.

Q: What is the best way to contact you? Please provide your email, phone number and any other information.

A: You can contact us to get a free quote by phone at 212-988-9292 or on our website at www.flatrate.com

Q: What are some factors that set you apart from other moving services in NYC?

A: Not only do we move individuals, families, and businesses, but we are also able to move the world’s most respected organizations throughout the world as we are certified to move families in the U.S Military as well as diplomats at the United Nations. Also, our luxury white glove moving service sets us apart from other moving companies by providing a peaceful moving experience done with as little noise as possible. Our white glove services are perfect for clients moving in and out of luxury buildings who could benefit from our discrete black moving trucks, special handling of furniture, top-of-the-line packing materials, and custom wood crating.

Q: What is one of the biggest packing tips you wish more people knew before moving?

A: Pack essentials and items you will need right away when you arrive at your new place such as your cell phone charger, jewelry, and medicine in a separate labeled box or overnight bag that you can easily locate once you get to your new home. Packing is the most important part of moving because how well your items are packed determines in what shape they will arrive. The best approach is to let professionals do it or if you choose to pack yourself, do it carefully. See our Youtube videos for how to pack like a pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLyw1DQQyk8

https://www.flatrate.com/blog/how-to-pack-up-your-kitchen/

Q: Tell our readers about the boxing materials that you provide, is it more than just bubble wrap and the boxes?

A:  Our movers use professional packing boxes and materials to make sure your items remain in perfect condition throughout your move. With certain types of moves we have special procedures. We use high quality blankets, boxes, and tape to pack furniture and belongings as well as heavy-duty boxes for longer cross country or international moves. We always double wrap your items on Long Distance moves to protect them during the move and we shrink wrap items to protect from dust accumulation in storage! Also, for our clients moving antiques, chandeliers or fine art pieces, we provide custom wood crating for these fragile items. We also have special boxes for different items such as a lamp boxes for lamps, bike boxes for bikes, and we always use floor, corner, and wall protection to prevent any damage to your home and building during the move.

Q: Is there anything you would like to share with our readers about FlatRate?

A:  We are a customer service business first and we prioritize this but we also love to help others. One of our biggest values is being able to give back to our community by helping organizations of all types and sizes make a difference. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to participate in many charity events and causes including Feedingnyc, Upcycle, Move for Hunger, and New York Cares.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know of a charity or non-profit that could benefit from our moving services by emailing marketing@flatrate.com.

Q: Can families hire you to move them out to the Hamptons from NYC for the Summer and then back to NYC when the Summer is done?

Do you do this service for other Summer vacation Summer Homes outside of NYC?

A: Yes, of course! We do it all the time, even for one-month rentals. Many of our clients will have us move several furniture items in the beginning of Summer that they would like in their Summer homes in the Hamptons or other areas around NYC and then have us move these pieces back to their NYC homes once Summer is done including pianos, couches, and antique artwork.

 

 

A #fabuLyssfamilyfind America’s Cleaning Service LLC, NYC Janitorial Service and Office Cleaning Company- April 23rd, 2019

 

A new #FabULyssFind is America’s Cleaning Service LLC, NYC Janitorial Service and Office Cleaning Company, with over twenty years of experience this family owned business knows exactly what they are doing. Everyone I know, from busy moms, to busy corparations everyone is always looking for a great cleaning services. I am happy to bring you this cleaning service that will work with you and your families needs here in NYC. For more information, please read the Q and A that will hopefully answer some of your questions. Keeping offices in NYC clean along with apartments with kids clean is no easy task! This company can really help you.

www.nycjanitorialservices.com

 

Q: What is your most popular cleaning service for busy NYC Families?

A: Our most popular service is office cleaning in NYC, we also offer post construction services, janitorial services, and apartment cleaning services.

Q: Please tell our readers what the costs are and or where they can get information in a quote? Do you come to the apartment first to see the space and what is needed? Does the client send photos?

A: Most of the time for office cleaning, post construction or any janitorial service we would have to see the job in person for the best rate, our house cleaning rates are late, we don’t require a picture but it does help.

Q: How long does it usually take to book a cleaning service? Do you like your clients to book out for the month or week to week?

A: Booking a service with us could take a phone call or up to a week depending on the job but if its simply quoted we can have a cleaner to you next day.

Q: I know trustworthy is a big word when it comes to having your cleaning in your apartment done. How do you select your staff?

A: Our staff is well trained we hold daily training meeting every week to make sure our staff offers quality work.

Q: How many members of your team do you send to clean the apartment? Does it depend on the size and or how much work is needed?

A: It depends on the size for a 1500 sft apt we would send 2 cleaners and would take 2-5 hours, for office cleaning we have some jobs that require 20 of our employees. 

Q: Do you bring in the cleaning supplies and or does the client provide them for you? Can the clients buy them directly from you? Do you use “clean” products ones without chemicals?

A: We provide our own cleaning supplies however some of our clients prefer us to use there equipment.

Q: Can families hire you just for a morning and or afternoon? Do they have to book you for an entire day of services? Is there a cleaning menu of services for them to pick from?

A: We have 3 different time slots in the day mornings, evenings, and nightly cleaning to fit all of our clients needs.

Q: How did your family get started in the cleaning business? Have you seen the business change remarkably over the past twenty years? What are some of the biggest changes you have seen and want to continue to see?

A: Our Family has been in the cleaning business for over 3 generations we have been servicing NYC for over 20 years we have several locations around the US.

Q: What is the best way for our readers to get in touch with you? Email, Phone, website? Please provide all the information. 

A: Best way for readers to get in touch would be to visit website enter information or give us a call at (917)-818-4438.

Q: Do you travel all over NYC and the Tri-State Area? Do you travel out to the Hamptons in the Summer?

A: At the moment we currently cover all of NYC we travel for post construction, however we don’t not service the Hamptons but we do service the Catskills Upstate we currently have 2 locations in Orange County NY, & Sullivan County NY, Along with our NYC location.

Q: I read that you will even restock items in the bathroom for families. I love that service. Does the family send you a list of items needed? Can you do that for other rooms in the apartment as well? Can you restock the kitchen?

A: We do restock items but the customer would have to specify the request, and we would use there supplies or we can supply them and add it to the price what ever works for our clients.

#FabULyssFind/Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books by Zibby Owens Podcast April 16th, 2019

 

As a busy working mom of three, I can tell you that one of my favorite podcasts is Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books by Zibby Owens. Zibby Owens hosts THIS very popular and #FabULyss podcast. Zibby has conversations with the best AUTHORS of all types so busy people (like moms) can listen in and get the inside scoop on fantastic, #FabULyss books, articles and more.  Tune in on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Stitcher, Spotify or Podbean. Make sure to also sign up on her awesome website and yes, you can hear my interview on my last book Motherhood Is A B#tch.

www.zibbyowens.com

To vote for the Webby Award for the #FabULyss new podcast click here: wbby.co/vote-pod8

Q: What inspired you to start this amazing podcast? Which by the way, I think is a brilliant idea for busy moms that just do not have time to read.

A: Thanks, Lyss!! To be honest, I was going to write a book of parenting essays called, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books,” but it turns out, literary agents didn’t think that was funny! I decided to use the name instead to start a podcast which an author friend of mine, Sarah Mlynowski (of the WHATEVER AFTER series), thought would be a good idea. At the time, I was like, “What’s a podcast?!”

Q: How do you pick which Authors you want to interview? Do you read the books before you reach out to them and their team?

A: I started by asking authors who I’ve loved for a long time, whose books have moved me or stayed with me in some way. Now, publishers, PR firms and authors reach out via email/social media to ask if they can send me their books for the show. If the books look/sound interesting to me, I’ll accept a galley copy (an advance copy), otherwise I say no. Once I start reading the book, I know if it’ll be right for the podcast. I have to feel like, “Ooooh, I can’t WAIT to read this.” If the book is jumping off my shelf, I have the author on the podcast! I also reach out to many authors myself if the books look great or if I think they have something really interesting to add to the show.

Q: I know you are also a very busy mom! What do your kids and husband think of the new amazing podcast? Do they want to help you? My middle son always comes up with ideas for me. I love when the kids love what we are doing.

A: My kids have been AMAZING about the podcast!!! My older son and I read one of the books together and then actually interviewed the author, Jeff Norton, as a team! My son is also the one who suggested I read Kwame Alexander’s books, which I did and then had him on the podcast. Recently I took him — and my husband and older daughter — to meet Kwame at a reading at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn. It was so great!! My little kids have also been really into the podcast. They interviewed Chris Van Dusen with me. My son even started chanting, “Chris… van… Dusen… Let’s Go!” My older daughter is like my PR machine. She hands out bookmarks about the podcast, tells all her friends, recommends authors and comes up with great marketing ideas for me. And Kyle, my husband… there isn’t a single thing I do that I don’t run by him first. He’s incredibly creative. I don’t think I’d even have this podcast without him and his encouragement from day one.

Q: Has it become a full time job? How many hours a week would you say you put into the podcast? I must imagine many hours and I love the smart, thought out questions that you ask.

A: Oh gosh. I still believe I’m a full-time mom, but I do this on the side. The side has just gotten a little bigger recently. I’m in the middle of campaigning to win the Webby Award for Best Podcast: Arts & Culture. I’m nominated with podcasts like the New York Times and the Paris Review. I’m trying to win to show my kids that I can do it!! Or, that I won’t give up until I’ve tried my hardest. At the least I’ll be setting a good example. It takes me about 4-8 hours to read the book, 1 hour to prepare for the interview, an hour to do the interview and upload and then another 2 hours per interview of emails, technology/website updates which I’m still doing myself, and then publicizing the episode. And I’ve done about 100 episodes. So… kind of a lot. Plus I do author events, interviews… and then write myself. I basically just don’t sleep. I do have every other weekend “off” from the kids when they go to my ex-husband so I try to do a lot of reading when they aren’t with me.

Q: What’s your favorite part about having your own podcast? You must super excited to be nominate for the Webby Awards. How did you fee when you first heard the exciting news? I want all the moms reading this to vote for your podcast. click here https://zibbyowens.com/podcast-1

A: Thanks, Lyss. Yes, please vote, mamas!!! My favorite part is the flexibility. I do it all from home. The authors literally come to my house and sit at my desk with me so it doesn’t take time away from being with the kids. They can be playing in the next room and I just pop in to do the podcast. My other favorite part is that I have SO MUCH FUN. It’s like a dream come true!!! When I heard the news, I’d just gone for a run in Central Park and was walking upstairs, checking my emails, drenching in sweat and I just paused on the stairs to read it and then made my husband get out of the shower so I could tell him!

Q: How many Authors have you interviewed thus far? Have there been any that you just blew you away? Or any that really stand out? One or two of your favorites thus far?

A: I’ve interviewed 108 authors. They all blow me away in some way or another. Some stand out because I form a personal connection to them. Some stand out because of their work. I really love Claire Gibson, a Nashville-based mom of an adopted son whose book, BEYOND THE POINT, just came out. It’s about three women friends at West Point and what happens before and after they go to school together. It has already been optioned by a big shot production team! One of my first interviews was with Andre Agassi. I interviewed him over the phone and was so nervous, I was literally drenched in sweat. Thank God there wasn’t a video component of our Skype call!!!

Q: The only time these days that I get to read a book is before bed when the kids are asleep. Also on vacation if I can sneak in a bit why they are busy. Do you hear this a lot from other other moms? I know before children I read a lot. I loved and still love reading. I know my children see how excited I get when I really get into a new book that I cannot put down.

A: I hear this ALL THE TIME. And I feel it myself! Some weeks, I’m lucky to read two pages! Before bed is definitely my most reliable reading time, too. Now sometimes I get in bed and read for an hour or two. I also try to snatch a few minutes throughout the day, read on the elliptical machines, when waiting for appointments, while the kids are watching “Octonauts.” Whenever I can.

Q: I know a lot of moms are intrigued with the thought of starting a podcast. Was it hard for you to start? Do you have any words of wisdom for moms that might want to start one?

A: It was pretty easy actually! I would encourage moms to try it but to make sure they have something to say – some angle – that makes their podcast stand out in some way. They should listen to all their favorite podcasts (and mine!!!), see what they like and don’t like, see where they can add value, and then do it. It takes a LOT of time now but it’s really rewarding!

Q: In five years from now where to you see yourself? Do you think you will eventually write your own book? You are an amazing writer, I love the stories that you write for different publications. They are very real, funny and authentic.

A: You’re so sweet! I’ve actually written four books. One was published by McGraw-Hill in 2007. I helped write a fashion/fitness book for a fashion designer and fitness trainer called YOUR PERFECT FIT. I’ve also written a note, OFF BALANCE, based on my experience losing my best friend at business school (which didn’t sell to publishers, sadly)  and FORTY LOVE, about falling in love again at 40. I’m still tinkering with 40 LOVE and am changing it from a memoir to a novel. I think. Maybe a screenplay. And I just started another book about doing this podcast! In five years?! Well, here are my secret dreams. Be on the TODAY Show. Have a book on the NY Times Bestseller list. Write articles for the NY Times and the WSJ. (I wrote online for the NY Times once but want it in the Paper so my mom can rip it out while she eats breakfast.) And be in a place where a lot of people look to me for book recommendations.

Q: I saw your NY1 interview last week and loved your interview. Will you be doing more interviews in the near future?

A: I hope so. I LOVED it! I had so much fun!! I brought my older daughter with me. We had a blast in hair and make-up, creeping around the offices together and being on the set. It was SUCH a thrill!!!

Q: If there was one interview that you have done thus far that all moms should listen to, which one would you want them to listen to first? How LONG typically is each podcast?

A: Between 20-30 minutes. Listen to my interview with Delia Owens. Her book, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, has been #1 on the NY Times bestseller list for something crazy, like 20+ weeks. She was charming, funny and warm. It gives a good taste of the podcast.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to share with our readers about Moms Don’t Have Time To Read BOOKS?

A: I want to tell your readers that even if they don’t have time to listen to my podcast, I have the transcripts of all my interviews on my website,www.zibbyowens.com, so they can skim the interviews and find out more about the authors. Not everyone is a podcast person. Also, I want to tell them that they don’t have to feel bad about reading. It’s not another thing to add to the “should do” pile. They should just know that great books are always there for them. When they’re tired. Desperate. Exhausted. Lonely. A good book can help with all of it. And my podcast is just here to help moms decide what to pick up first. As a therapist once told me when I was going into a weekend when my ex-husband had custody of the kids: “You’ll never feel lonely if you’re reading a great book.”

*Words of wisdom from Lyss, listen to this podcast. I promise you will be hooked! 

The List Writer’s Lust is a hot and witty romantic comedy just for you- March, 28th 2019

We have a new #fabuLyss book just for you
Q and A with the #fabULyss author  Violette Salinger
http://www.violettesalinger.com
For DivaMoms:
Exclusive $100 Fleur du Mal (sexy, chic, and feminine lingerie!) gift card giveaway
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*Please note the contest ends April 10th*
https://www.amazon.com/List-Writers-Lust-Episode-ebook/dp/B07P8J78SS
 
 The List Writer’s Lust is a hot and witty romantic comedy about a 40-year-old woman who’d rather have an elevator quickie with a stranger than settle down with the man of her dreams.
Gwen is a cunning freelance clickbait writer. When Gavin, her rich, handsome, and devoted boyfriend, proposes marriage, she panics at the thought of happily ever after. Gwen puts her perfect relationship on hold for eight weeks, and instead of planning a wedding, she sets out on a provocative journey of one-night stand after one-night stand. Will she want her happily ever after when the eight weeks are up? And if she does, what are the chances that Gavin will want her back? This serial romantic comedy brings together the boldness and humor of Sex in the City with the naughtiness of 50 Shades of Grey. What you get is fantastically sexy chick lit (and the guys think it’s hot too).

Q:  Please tell our readers what inspired you to write The List Writers Lust?

A: I’ve been wanting to write sexy romance for so long, but between parenting and my day job, it was impossible to find the time. Now that my kids are a little older, I managed to find the brain space to start writing. I was thinking about romance in middle age, and I started to imagine a character who chooses the road not typically taken, who walks away from the fairytale, and embraces her naughty side. I like to write comedy and I like to write about sex, so I just kind of  went with what I like to do, put the words on the page, and Gwen was created.

Q: When you describe sexy chick lit what’s the first few things that come to our mind? 

A: A playful read that will make you forget about the stresses of real life for a bit! The List Writer’s Lust is a really naughty romcom.

Q: How long did it take you to write episode 1? When will episodes 2 and 3 come out? I know divamoms and glamas will want more after reading the first episode.

A: I worked on it sporadically for at least 6 months before I moved on to episode 2, which will be released in May. 

Q: Why do you think women in their 40s, and 50s will specifically relate to this book and series?

A: I think because it’s kind of an ironic reflection on what middle age is like for a lot of women today.

Q: What makes the main character draw you into the story so fast?

A: Well, it’s Gwen’s profession to draw you in! And I think Gwen is very relatable. And while a lot of women don’t try to make their fantasies come true IRL, Gwen does. She’s just going for it! And she’s testing her limits.

Q: Is there anything specific you want the divamoms and glamas to know about the book series?

A: After my friends read the book they told me their respective husbands said to say “thank you” to Violette. (wink)

Q: When would you ideally recommend downloading the book? Before bedtime, on the weekend, on the beach, on the subway?

A: I would recommend downloading it right away so it’s ready. Best time to read is whenever you have sometime alone to think and stuff. 😉

Q: How long have you been writing for? When did your passion begin for writing?

A: Writing has always been my thing. I started writing short stories in college.

Q: Do you think one man can really ever be enough? Please elaborate.

A: Haha. Of course! But we’ve all seen so many movies and heard so many stories about the man who is afraid to settle down with one woman. I wanted to flip the story around and show those sentiments from a woman’s point of view.

xoxo,
Lyss
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