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Summer Is Here-June 22nd 2017

Happy Thursday #DivaMoms and welcome to summer! The solstice might not have been until the 21st, but I know I’m not the only one feeling the New York heat. And what a hot week it has been; if there’s two things I’m grateful for, it’s ice cream and swimming pools! LOL! Luckily we have Juice Generation and their amazing juices and smoothies to keep us cool. Nothing is more refreshing than their watermelon smoothie; it’s my absolute favorite. That and some #delysscious lobster salad from Sable’s Smoked Fish and you’re set for the summer. Speaking of appreciation, a special thanks to all the #Fabulyss fathers out there, we can’t forget all that you do! Hopefully all the dads out there had a lovely weekend to kick up their feet, crack open a beer, and enjoy the great, sunny weather. I know my kids and I are so proud of my husband, Brian Stern, for all that he does for us!



Last Tuesday evening, I was fortunate enough to host the New York Pediatric Oncology Committee at the beautiful Aurora Lopez Mejia Gallery auroralopezmejia.com and it was such an amazing experience to see so many people gather for such a great cause. We were surrounded by such beautiful art and jewelry. All of her work is breathtaking, I highly recommend that you check out this #fabulyss woman. Hopefully with so many strong people joining the cause, we can finally eradicate children’s cancer!  We have a lot of work ahead of us!



It was also an eventful week for my children as well! The Stern kids must have a superstar gene, with Ollie killing it in his school’s talent show and Blakey’s dance recital; my heart is so full! Blakey looked so cute at her recital in a sparkly red tutu dress with glittery polka dots! It was almost


tu tu cute! LOL! The whole family enjoyed a celebration treat after the recital at Serendipity 3, which makes the most amazing frozen treats. We all tried the frozen hot chocolate! Definitely a sweet way to cool off from the humid New York summer!


And a special happy tenth birthday to my son, Ollie! I’m so proud of all that he’s done, I can’t believe he will be double digits in just a few weeks! We celebrate his birthday every summer at our beach club before he leaves for camp. Yikes! How time flies! Lol! I’m gonna miss him so much while he’s at Camp Greylock for 7 weeks. Who knows maybe next year I’ll be one of his camp counselors… I dream about that!

Have a great weekend, #divalysscious moms!


FabULyss Find! Preminente College Counseling-June 8th, 2017

http://preminentecollegecounseling.com/A new #FabULyssfind for families that are starting the College & Graduate School Process.

PREMINENTE offers expertise, guidance, confidentiality, exception service and proven results


Q & A Below


Premier College & Graduate School Counseling Services


Q: Please tell our readers what your main focus is…


A: Our goal is to assist students in finding the best educational environment thereby allowing them to thrive and reach their fullest potential.


Q: How long have you been around and what makes you a leader in the industry?


A: We have been in this business since 1998. We are an industry leader because of our holistic approach and the highly customizable concierge services that we provide to each family.


Q: Please tell our readers about the many services that your provide, and which are most popular? 


A: Our team works with families to counsel them through their very first educational decision (Private K-12) and continues to provide expert guidance all the way through the graduate school application process and first job applications. Our most popular services are our Private School K-12 and our College Concierge services.


Q: At what grade level do you begin to start working with students applying to colleges and why that age?


A: We ideally like to start college advising in 9th grade with our students because we are able to start identifying areas of strengths. This helps us focus on how to package the student to maximize their college choices and chances of gaining acceptance to their top choices.


Q: Where have members of your consulting team worked before working with Preminente?


A: We have an incredibly passionate and highly qualified team that comes from a diverse career and educational background. We have former college admissions officers, teachers, attorneys, educational and business consultants, professional athletes; all of whom bring a unique perspective that allows us to offer targeted advice to our families.


Q: What is your philosophy? 


A: To find the best fit for our students where they will thrive, be happy, and able to achieve their dreams.


Q: With so many teens applying to many colleges, how do you help make the process much more focused?


A:  We like to begin advising our students as early as possible because this allows us to craft their packaging early on. This ensures that each class and activity will support this packaging. We set short-term and long-term goals with each of our students, and we meet regularly to ensure that our students are on track.


Q: What is the best way for families to be in contact with you? Via Email, Phone, Text? Please provide all…


  1. Email and Office Phone


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


A: preminentecollegecounseling.com see our website


Q: What are the costs associated with your services? 


A:  A very detailed list of our individual packages and the costs associated is available on our website.


Q: How long do you typically work with a family and is it from start to finish?


A: It depends on when they enter our pipeline. I recently attended the wedding of a young lady whom I had the pleasure of working with from the time she was entering middle school. We have many longstanding relationships with our clients that have spanned almost two decades.

Summer Academic Planning- June 7th, 2017


Grab your calendar, your kids and let’s get to work!

By: Mary Miele, Founder of The Evolved Education Company


Guest Blog Post

Hello Diva Moms #divamoms and #glama Happy May! I am so grateful for Lyss’s offer to write this blog to help you all learn ways to keep your children engaged in the summer time. Please feel free to read, share this, and contact me with any questions you have!MARY

Before I assign you any summertime homework, I will do what I would do with my students, and conduct a proper introduction. My name is Mary Miele and I am currently a mother to three amazing children. I am the CEO of two companies, The Evolved Education Company, which provides tutoring and education consulting services to families in their homes in NYC, the Hamptons, and the larger Tri-State Area, and SEPAQ Inc., which provides inventories to help professionals, parents, educators and students to survey social, emotional and physical well-being. I come to these roles from a long career in education – working as a learning specialist in both public and private sectors.  My passion is in the learning process! I LOVE unlocking students’ highest academic potential. Glamour to me is intelligence and empowerment that comes from truly addressing and improving all areas of oneself.

In my younger years, I grew up as the oldest of four daughters. We lived all over the country, in the mid-west, west coast and east coast, as my father worked within scientific, academic research. I gain my friendly attitude from these early moving experiences. I was fortunate to attend NYU where I gained the foundation for my career in education, and where I met my husband. Since then, we’ve settled in NYC where we also raise our three children, ages 10, 6 and 3. I embrace all of my roles as a parent, wife, community member, educator and businesswoman.

I founded Evolved Education in 2014 because I saw a void in the tutoring and education consulting industry. There needed to be a place for parents to come for everything needed to support their whole student from pre k through college. At the time, I was a busy learning specialist working with families in New York City. I witnessed too many tutors coming to their role with workbooks, curriculum and a one-sized-fits-all philosophy. In addition, too many companies were hiring less experienced educators without support, or not fully celebrating seasoned, qualified educators. As a result, on the front lines, the student’s experiences were not as meaningful as they could have been. Evolved Education provides families with a true partnership around their student’s overall education process, and it is a place for the very best educators to thrive.

Now that you know about me, what kind of work I do, and how Evolved works, I would love to empower you to help the students in your life to take advantage of the summertime so that they can start the FALL 2017 in a strong academic place. For many parents, summer time transitions include academic planning. For most school-aged children, summer lasts anywhere from eight to sixteen weeks. During that time, studies tell us that without any academic activity, a child may lose up to 2/3 of their academic aptitude and skill if they do not read, engage in math and other academic concepts. You, Diva Mom, have the power to avoid this summer slide by taking steps now – before the summer begins – to ensure your child is in a position to thrive once school starts again. #takecharge


This advice applies to all students as early as pre k- through college.


#calendar Now is a great time to sit down and get a plan together for how the summer is going to pan out for your student. If you can’t commit to the time needed to make a plan, outsource it, but don’t skip this assignment. Even if your child is away at camp for eight weeks, you still need a plan.

Step 1: Create a calendar of your summer.        

Create a calendar of your summer. You can print templates using Microsoft Word or use a wall calendar.

Step 2: What are you already committed to doing this summer?

Fill the calendar with what you are already committed to. Input dates and details for camps, classes, family commitments, and/or social events.

Step 3: Write down what academic work your child MUST do this summer.

Create this list by:

Talking with your child’s teacher. What does your child’s teacher believe he or she should work on this summer?

Make a note of what courses your child will take next year — are any of them going to be challenging for your child? If so, you may consider previewing course work. This is especially popular for students entering 8th through 12th grade.

Step 4: Categorize the academic work your student MUST do this summer.

Every day work = work your student needs to complete each day.

Every week work = work your student needs to complete each week.

Every month work = work your student needs to complete each month.

If you like to color-code, that works well for this step. Every day = Blue; Every week = Purple and Every month = Red

Step 5: Place the academic work your student MUST do this summer onto his or her summer calendar.                                                                                                        

For all children, at any age, it is helpful to work through this process alongside or with your child. In this way, your child will have ownership over when each task can and will be completed.

For instance, maybe your child would prefer to get up a half an hour early for camp to read and work on a math worksheet instead of doing this at the end of the camp day. How will you know this unless you ask your child?


A plan is only as good as its execution. You might need a few Diva Mom tricks to get your child to get to work!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Have answers ready for when you receive push back.

#notforme Student: “But mom, no one else has to do this summer work!”

Your response: “Yes, but in the [insert your family name here] house, we all do summer work. It is our way.”

#blamegame Student: “I am having the WORST summer. It’s all your fault”

Your response: [deep breath, call to fellow mom friend to vent] “I’m sorry you feel you are having the worst summer. Let’s look at the work you need to do and I’m happy to get your ideas for how it will get done.” – the key here is that the work is NON-NEGOTIABLE, but how and when they get it done may be negotiable.

*If you get other pushbacks, feel free call me and I’ll help you work through them!


Create a routine around completing summer work with your child. Write down this routine on a checklist sheet and laminate it. Grab a few dry erase markers and put the checklist in one spot in your house—preferably near the summer calendar.  

Have your student work through the checklist a few times with you before you allow your student to work through the checklist on his or her own.

Create a weekly review lunch or dinner for you and your child to reflect on work completed and to amend plans as needed.                                                     

Each week, it is important to schedule a time to sit with your child and review tasks completed and amend plans as needed.

Sometimes, a child will become sick, or a family will be invited to a friend’s place to swim and plans need to be changed. This is all okay as long as you have the ability to move tasks to another day!

Many children and families find that planning either on a Thursday evening or Sunday evening (or both) is a helpful routine to establish.


#aceit The start of school is always so much more pleasant when students are not cramming three books, a math packet and test prep into the last weeks of August. By planning out work to do over time (even around camp), students can establish longer-term balance and reap the benefits of summertime work.

Want to connect?

Call me! 917 388 3862


Can It Really Be June 1st? June 1st 2017

Hope you had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! It’s so great that we are able to get enjoy this long weekend with our loved ones, as well as have a day of remembrance for all the men and women in the service who have made great sacrifices for our safety and freedom.
There’s no greater pleasure than being able to take time off and spend quality with family, especially doing so in the Hamptons! Everything about this long weekend was beautiful; whether it was lounging by the pool with my kids or soaking up the sun and scenery, not a moment was spent unhappy. As always, my daughter Blakey Bleu, looked adorable splashing around in her Fasten swimsuit www.fastenswim.com, a summer necessity for toddlers (LOVE the emoji style)! The ombré designs are incredibly cute and stylish. She definitely had the spring flowers beat this weekend, her suit was so colorful!
Your children don’t have to be the only stylish ones during the holiday season, I didn’t forget about you, mommies! Using my Memorial Day Diva Moms discount you can get 10% off on your first purchase when you make an appointment with Club Privé NYC www.clubprivenyc.com!
And who says toddlers are too young to tee off? Blakey and I had so much fun playing mini-golf in Southhampton! I just might see a golfing career in her future…haha!
In the days leading up to the holiday weekend, I had the great pleasure of teaming up with Brittney Levine for Marie Clare magazine to bring you picnic tips and ideas to help celebrate the long weekend! Picnics are such a fun and easy way to bring family and friends together, while enjoying the fabulyss spring weather. Although it wasn’t as warm as we expected, Brittney and I still had a blast in Central Park, and I loved being able to share my new book with her, as well!
Food is an essential when it comes to holiday weekends and lucky for me, cooking is one of the things my amazong son, Ollie, does best! On Thursday he was invited by Bon Appétit Magzine and Condé Nast Entertainment to showcase his culinary skills. He is so talented; nothing makes me happier than seeing my kids pursue their passions. And a tasty one at that! LOL!
I’d like to give a special birthday wish to my #fabULyssfriend, Robin Dolch! I had a blast celebrating you this week at Polo Bar; I’m so blessed to have you in my life and I can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you!
         My thirteen year old just asked me to chaperone his field trip to see the new #wonderwoman film next week… how could I say no?! All the mamas on this field trip will be #wonderwomen if you ask moi 😉

        As Honorary Chair of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) New York City Chapter, I am thrilled to have you join me on Tuesday, June             13th 6:30pm-8:30pm for a gathering of FabULyss women interested in joining the chapter and supporting pediatric oncology research. The         Aurora Lopez Mejia Loft in Soho, 145 Avenue of the Americas (Loft 2A) (Between Spring and Dominick Street)..Right next           to the Ducati Showroom. 

PCF currently supports research projects at Columbia, Sloan Kettering, NYU, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Northwell Feinstein Institute (formerly LIJ) and the University of Chicago.  We will provide an overview of PCF, their mission and efforts, will discuss existing events that need renewed energy such as the NYC Walkathon and Bowlathon and gather ideas for new events and engagements to further the mission of PCF.

Here is the link to PCF for more information www.pcfweb.org

I look forward to seeing you there and working together on behalf of very sick children who are counting us!

Please feel free to forward to any friends that you think would be interested in joining this evening.

Please RSVP to jordana@jholovach.com

*Also, please note a portion of sales from the evening will be given to benefit the Pediatric Kids Cancer Foundation.



That’s all for my holiday weekend dish, I hope everyone is safe, happy, and Fabulyss in this upcoming week!XOXO,


What a week… and it’s only Wednesday-May 24th, 2017

  In light of Monday’s events, I just want to take time to say how devastated I am by what happened in Manchester. It is horrible that we live in a world where innocent lives are so easily taken without remorse. My heart goes out to Ariana Grande and all the families and survivors, I can’t imagine the type of pain they’re going through.



My son, Ollie, was able to beat the heat though in Frost Valley for his fourth grade overnight trip! It was only for a night, but that was long enough for me to miss him, and a good enough reason to take 40 million pictures before he got on the bus! LOL! He was so unbelievably ready for me to put the camera away, but I needed enough pictures to make up for the time he was away haha! I’m glad he had a really great time though, it’s so great for kids to learn about science and nature, especially when growing up in the city.


#Blakey Bleu, also had a photo shoot! Scott Rosenthal www.scottrosenthalphoto.com was so great to work with and perfectly captured my daughter’s adorable personality in ballet!


She and I also had a great time strolling around the Met, it’s always a priority of mine to set aside some mother-daughter bonding time and this was just the thing. Plus it gave me an opportunity to show Blakey amazing art, as well as get a break from the heat. Equipped with my amazing City Select Lux stroller, which are to die for, it made for a fun and easy day out. Can I just rave about these strollers for a minute? It makes traveling with toddlers so convenient and if you need extra room, it converts from a single to a double stroller! You can also add an infant car seat or a pram to it, so it’s the perfect fit for a growing family. I don’t know what I’d do without it!


One of my new #fabULyssfinds for the lil ones is  kidsshoes.com! Everyone keeps asking me about the #fabULyss new Sydney Jordyn Tassel Sneakers that #blakeybleu is sporting in one of my #instagram photos.

KidsShoes.com  is #1 place to shop for Kids Shoes!  They are your destination for the best in children’s footwear offering a variety of designer brands you know and love such as

  • Michael Kors
  • Sam Edelman
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Ash Sneakers
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Badgley Mishka
  • Sydney Jordyn

They are the only retailer to get styles in these brands made exclusively for them, with new styles added monthly in the latest trends in footwear. I promise you will thank me.

blake orange

In wake of the tragic event this week…coming together with your family is the most important thing! #familytime most important did you tune into the @marieclairemag #thefix to find some of my #fabULyssfinds for a wonderful#memorialdayweekend picnic! @upicnicnyc @fujifilm_instax_northamerica @barefootdreams @redvelvetnyc @frutapop @newpop @kiehls with @brittneyhlevine #motherhoodisab#tch #holidayweekend #centralparknyc


Loved ❤️ planning a @marieclairemag#fabULyssfix picnic @brittneyhlevine yesterday in the beautiful #centralparknyc making lasting memories with your family this #memorialdayweekend — at Central Park.


I hope all is well in this crazy May weather. As you may know, NYC was hit by quite the heat wave last week, catching everyone off guard after a rainy spring. To celebrate this taste of summer, as well as my son’s baseball team making it to the playoffs, we decided to try this amazing new restaurant, Wahlburgers, on the Upper East Side! The menu features amazing burgers, sandwiches, and #fabulyss frappes! The frappes are truly delysscious, built high with goodies, as well as candy on the outside of the glass. My son loved his chocolate frappe that came piled with toasted marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and crushed oreos; a true sugar overload! It was an amazing after game treat to celebrate a win.


Also speaking of summer, can we please talk about the beautiful Jeff Koons sculpture at Rockefeller Center! The Seated Ballerina is absolutely beautiful and was the perfect addition to the magical, warm week we were having. There’s really nothing more beautiful than New York in the spring. Everything just seems to take on a life of its own.


Hoping everyone has a safe and #fabulyss #memorialdayweekend!


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