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ClubZ!Manhattan #NYC tutors, ready to help your kids succeed! #Spooktacular &More … October 28th ’14

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I would love to introduce you to ClubZ! Manhattan. You will not be disappointed by the #FabULyss attention and dedication that these tutors have for your children.Teachers are saddled with too little hours and too many students. Get personalized attention in #reading, #writing, #math, #science, #SAT & #ACT test-prep, #SATIIs #Regents exams, ISEE/SSAT private-school entry exams, and so much more! Call Club Z! Manhattan tutors at (646) 429-9643 or visit them on the Web at http://clubzmanhattan.com. #parenting #education.  Club Z! Manhattan expert tutors instill the confidence and mastery needed to succeed academically and reach long-term higher education and career goals. Call them and say DIVAMOMS for FREE consult and registration, normally $75! Call (646) 429-9643.  They are truly experienced, expert academic #NYC tutors, ready to help your kids succeed!Club Z books

Below are 10 ways tutors can improve your child’s academic performance:

1. A different voice


Tutors can offer a different approach to school material compared to teachers, and this gives students another way to understand tough subjects.


2. Homework help


Sometimes students see their grades suffer because they don’t properly complete their homework. Tutors can work with students and make sure they are completing homework the right way.


3. Develop strong working habits


By spending time dedicated to extra schoolwork, students will start to see the effort needed to learn a subject thoroughly. Tutoring can help instill this discipline towards studying and allow students to carry it through in all of their academic endeavors.


4. Testing


Tutors help students prepare for tests with study tips and test-taking strategies. They also use sessions to give students practice tests, allowing students more opportunities to have test-like conditions.


5. Expertise in subject areas


Club Z!’s tutors have a great deal of experience teaching and tutoring. They have attained advanced levels of education and expertise in their tutoring area, meaning that students will get expert advice and teaching during tutoring sessions.


6. Giving focused attention


In a classroom, teachers can only give each student so much attention. However, tutoring allows for students to receive individualized interaction with a trained educator. This can help spot and correct problematic academic areas.


7. Overcome struggles

When a student’s difficulty with a particular subject or test results in poor grades, it can cause every mistake to be magnified. Students sometimes need to make mistakes to learn. Tutors can work through the mistakes that were made and help explain to students how and why the mistakes are happening. This corrective learning greatly improves performance over time.


8. Tailored learning


Each student learns differently, be it verbal, visual, auditory, tactile, or otherwise, and a tutor can individualize lessons in a way that helps each student learn best. This approach simply can’t be attained in a classroom setting, where teachers have to teach the lesson in the most effective way given a multitude of students with different learning preferences and limited time in the school day. An in-home tutor can bring the lesson to you.


9. Improve confidence


By working through academic struggles and overcoming them, students can develop a great deal of confidence. They may even grow to like subjects that had formerly given them trouble. Feeling comfortable with one’s understanding of the subject matter is one of the most necessary components to gaining mastery.


10. Build academic skills


Mostly importantly, tutors will work with a student in depth to develop and learn a subject area. Students will get much more time working on that subject to overcome previous areas of weakness than they get in school. They’ll get focused attention that approaches the subject in a way most conducive to your student’s personal learning preferences and strengths. And most importantly, they’ll instill the confidence and mastery needed to succeed academically and reach their long-term higher education and career goals.


If you think your son or daughter could benefit from an expert tutor, give them a call at (646) 429-9643, or visit their website at http://clubzmanhattan.com. They can’t wait to help Diva Moms’ kids reach their fullest potential!


You can also find Club Z! Manhattan tutors on Facebook by visiting http://facebook.com/clubzmanhattan, and on Twitter @ClubZManhattan.  Their community shares educational tips and tricks, free homework help, and more daily!


Can you believe it’s almost Halloween? This Friday Halloween is the same day as Shabbat! How #DeLysscious does a candy-filled Challah sound? I cannot wait to see all the #FabULyss babes/tots at our annual Halloween Spooktacular @Dylan’s Candy Bar! I have a #Ted, #Olaf and #CandyGirl this #Halloween in my family.


My boys  flipped out over the #DeLysscious @bakedbymelissa #Halloween cupcakes #BBMmoment


The cutest pumpkin amongst all the #Pumpkins! Happy 8 month Birthday my #DeLysscious baby doll! #Happiness #HiYa #Joy #Love


Just an FYI.. all moms have Badass Superhero Powers!


Did you catch me on @foxnews @TeamCavuto #FoxNews… always be prepared to fly with your children


Does anyone else ever feel like they are having a  #MarcelTheShell kind of day?


Pure #Joy!


How much do I love this blinged out “L” pumpkin! Love how creative and talented some people are.


I hope everyone has a safe, fun, filled Halloween! Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here! I am going to enjoy the candy corn for a few more days!



#FluSeason-Introducing A New #FabULyss Pediatrics Office Downtown … October 24th ’14


Parents are always emailing me questions about everything?! Including what are the best pediatricians in NYC? I would love to introduce you to the #FabULyss Flatiron Pediatrics.  This  is a new neighborhood pediatrician’s office that recenlty  opened downtown. With the #Flu season upon us I want everyone to know about the new amazing practice.

Dr. Victoria Riese has made it her mission to create a unique practice in a caring, compassionate environment. Her staff will work collaboratively with patients and their families to provide the best care in the neighborhood.

Located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, Flatiron Pediatrics intends to provide the quality pediatric care experience that patients and families are looking for. Dr. Riese’s friendly and experienced staff, welcoming office and high tech health care technology means that patients get the best of old-school bedside manner, with the all of the benefits of the latest technology. “Taking care of patients in a way that makes them feel comfortable and cared for is my goal in every patient encounter,” says Dr. Riese. Unlike most doctors in Manhattan, she sees newborns for their first visit AT HOME. She also provides lactation consultation services through her nurse practitioner, performs in-office labs, and has extended office hours both early, late and on weekends.

In addition to being accessible to parents of newborns, patients can take advantage of a ‘patient portal’ where they can access their medical histories, print out vaccination records, send secure messages to the practice and much more without having to call the office. “We want to make sure that patients have convenient access to us 24/7. Why spend 10 minutes on the phone when you can spend 1 minute printing off the information you need from the portal?” says Dr. Riese.

Flatiron Pediatrics was set up to be a small, neighborhood practice as compared to the many new “big box” and hospital-based practices seen today.  Dr. Riese says, “I wanted to get away from the typical packed pediatric office where patients have long waits and doctors are overworked. Instead, my vision is to create a practice where patients know that in addition to benefitting from the latest evidenced-based medicine and being seen in a much more comfortable way, we are also leveraging technology for efficiency and creating a practice that allows us to get back to being collaborators in patient care. These families will be with our practice for years. Building healthy, caring relationships is what Flatiron Pediatrics is all about.”

Flatiron Pediatrics also offers monthly talks on relevant topics like developmental milestones, potty training, breastfeeding and taking care of newborns.

For more information, go to www.flatironpediatrics.com, or call (212) 460-5600.

Flatiron Pediactrics is located at 27 East 22nd Street New York, NY 10010


#FabULyss Fall Fun ! … October 19th ’14


Cannot believe we are already carving pumpkins! My #Olliepop has me baking pumpkin pie and roasting the seeds. I do hope everything comes out #DeLysscious. The DivaLysscious Annual Halloween #Spooktacular @Dylan’s Candy Bar is at capacity (sorry for those that wanted to come). Next year please make sure to sign up before we sell out. Cannot wait to see all the DeLysscious children in their costumes. I am going to have one candy baby, and Olaf and Ted for Halloween. I am going to be dressed up as well. Can you guess what I am going to be?

My babydoll is getting so big! She’s sitting up on her own, crawling and really moving and grooving!


FrenchToast bagels really do exist #DeLysscious


Most #FabULyssFind… Sunday morning with the awesome #FastFundamentals

#Skills #Training #Speed #Accuracy

Moms and dads are always asking me about the best new programs for their children! I must introduce you to Fast Fundamentals.

Fast Fundamentals is truly incredible! They work with your children on:

Motor Skill Development

Hand-Eye Coordination • Balance • Reaction • Body & Object Control

Sport-Specific Movement

Speed • Agility • Coordination • Acceleration • Mobility

Performance Training

Conditioning • Strength • Core Stability • Power • Gameday Confidence

I promise you will not be disappointed! Your children are going to beg for two hours.. (not one). My younger son thought the session was the best game of “Wipe Out” his favorite TV show.

NYC – 212.879.4465
Long Island – 516.629.5878
Email – info@fastfundamentals.com


I spot the cutest muppet… #SesameStreet #NYPL 45 Years Of Sesame Street. Definitely a great exhibition to take your children to.


Did you catch me on #FoxNews

I was on this week discussing parents and how they need to be responsible with social media… A constant discussion with the boys #SnapChat



Blake could not have asked for a better big brother! #Olliepop loves playing with her and “swinging” her on beautiful fall days in the park.


 WOW #Birdman 

The screening #92Y #ReelPieces  was just incredible! The film has a lot of Oscar Buzz and with great reason. As many of you know I LOVE going to the movies. It’s one of my favorite “MTO”s Mommy Time Out!





#FabULyss #ParentingPanel Saturday morning @foxandfriends @foxnews. Who knew we would tape from outside middle of October…#GlobalWarming xo


Last, my son has a terrible cough :( and he was refusing to take any cough medicine. Luckily I found Dr. Cocoa for children. It’s non drowsy cough medicine that has a real #DeLysscious chocolate taste. He loved the flavor and told me the next morning that his cough felt better and the cough medicine was very soothing.


With all the germs going around please make sure to talk to your children about the importance of washing their hands and staying away from friends with colds.

I recently had to stop watching the news because the Ebola coverage has me up all night. I have switched back to watching tv shows on demand. Speaking of TV shows, you must watch Transparent on Amazon Prime. I cannot wait for the second season!

Have a #FabULyss week ahead!






It’s official…summer is over, fall has begun. School is in session and it is time to get the kids organized for their classes, activities, homework, weekend plans, the babysitter…oh my! But wait…it is not just about them, it is time to get YOU organized too. After all, happy mom equals happy family, right? It’s time to pack away those summer clothes and reorganize the closets for the upcoming season….but who’s going to help you??  JODI STARR IS!


There is a solution to taking that all away and Clarity is the answer. We love finding the best peop;e who can make our busy lives easier, and know our Divamoms will love Jodi and what Clarity has to offer! As Jodi Starr celebrates being in business for 10 years, here are 10 reasons why you should hire her to help you free your mind and closet space.


  1. She’s a mom herself so organizing for families is a no brainer for her
  2. Her motto and method is “Declutter.Organize.Breathe.”
  3. Jodi will give you solutions to keep your home clutter free after she leaves
  4. Of course, she will provide you with support and follow ups-she is a mom after all!
  5. If you have a crazy schedule, do not worry; Jodi is flexible
  6. Jodi will travel far and wide to get the job done
  7. Treat yourself to her services. You work hard enough and deserve it!
  8. It is a known fact that decluttering is beneficial to your health. Who doesn’t want to get healthy?
  9. Your closets will sing “ahhhhhh!” every time you open them
  10. Jodi is the ‘declutter doctor’ and can ensure your future will be full of peace and Clarity


Check out these amazing before and after pictures….lets face it, you aren’t going to get your mess in order, so let Clarity do it for you!


Before photoDuring photo



After photo



Contact Jodi at  http://www.claritynyc.com/contact/





The New Fall #DivaMustRead You Were Meant for Me by Yona Zeldis McDonough
I know it’s Autumn which means back to school for the kids, which means back to the books. As a busy mom, I know how hard it is to read a new book. That’s why our DivaMoms Book club is #FabULyss. I always read the book first before I recommend to you. Nothing worse than spending valuable time reading a book you don’t like…that’s where we come in! My pick of the month is Yona Zeldis McDonough’s new novel You Were Meant for Me. Touching, funny, and heartbreaking all at once, this captivating story draws you in as it relates to our connection with our children and our never-ending quest for love.
Yona’s storytelling is beautiful and I look forward to reading her previous and future works.
About You Were Meant for Me: Thirty-five-year-old Miranda is not an impulsive person. She’s been at Domestic Goddess magazine for eight years, she has great friends, and she’s finally moving on after a breakup. Having a baby isn’t even on her radar—until the day she discovers an abandoned newborn in a Brooklyn subway station. Rushing the little girl to the closest police station, Miranda hopes and prays she’ll be all right and that a loving family will step forward to take her.


Yet Miranda can’t seem to get the baby off her mind and keeps coming up with excuses to go check on her, until finally a family court judge asks whether she’d like to be the baby’s foster parent—maybe even adopt her. To her own surprise, Miranda jumps at the chance. But nothing could have prepared her for the ecstasy of new-mother love—or the heartbreak she faces when the baby’s father surfaces….


A #FabULyss tidbit from the book…

Miranda Berenzweig, the protagonist of You Were Meant for Me, loves #DeLysscious cupcakes, and in her work as the food editor for Domestic Goddess magazine, she is thrilled when she scores an original recipe from real-life cupcake mavens, Alan Richardson and Karen Tack, co-authors of What’s New. Cupcake? etc.





I don’t want to give all the amazing details of the book away.. make sure to purchase your copy at amazon.com

Yona Zeldis McDonough was educated at Vassar College and Columbia University. She is the award-winning author of six novels and twenty-three books for children, and she is also the editor of two essay collections. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, two children (18 and 23) and two small, yappy Pomeranians. Please visit her at www.yonazeldismcdonough.com; she loves to hear from and connect with her readers.
Yona is a DivaLysscious mom and her children are her world. How much do I love this photo of her beautiful family!
Whether you read the book on your way into work, during the kids soccer practice, or at night before bed, this book will keep you totally engaged and longing for more.
Please note Yona is kind enough to send DivaMom Book Club readers a #FabULyss book mark from the book (I love the illustrations of the book cover). Send Yona an email pmcdonough1@nyc.rr.com and she will send you the lil gift.
To learn more about the book please visit
Happy Fall reading! I can promise you that you will have all your friends reading the book after you finish yours!
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