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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.



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


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.



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.


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! 

Dedicated Q and A with www.storenyc.com-March 22nd, 2019

Dedicated Q and A with www.storenyc.com

A new #FabULyssfind that all divamoms/dads and glamas on the Upper East Side are going to love!


No Hassle. Just STORE.

STORE is New York’s only local neighborhood storage solution.
Located at 1290 3rd Avenue in the heart of the Upper East Side,
STORE offers no-hassle storage starting as low as $8 per month.
Stop by STORE and try it out or just say hi and we will see you at the #fabULyss Divamoms event on April 3rd 7pm-9pm.



Q: Please tell our readers what inspired you to open STORE on the UES?

 A: We opened STORE on the UES because we knew the area lacked adequate storage facilities. Most are close to capacity and often a hassle to get to, so customers are forced to schlep all the way across town just to get to their storage unit. To make matters worse, with so few units available, customers are frequently forced to take whatever unit is still available, causing them to pay for space that they don’t fully utilize.

 Q: How did you pick the most amazing location that you did? How long did it take you to scout for this corner? 

 A: It took well over a year to find the perfect spot for our first location, and we knew it when we first saw the space at 1290 3rd Avenue! We were attracted to the neighborhood because we knew that Upper East Siders would appreciate the convenience of white-glove service and superb value that our solution provides. We also knew our STORE Valet pick-up and drop-off services would be a hit with busy neighborhood residents who don’t have the time to drag their stuff back and forth to their storage unit, and hate sitting in traffic or waiting around.

Q: Can you please tell our readers how easy your service is? Please elaborate on the valet part of the service.

 A: Using STORE is a breeze; our customers can just go online, create an account, pack up their stuff, and then request a time and date for our Valet Runner to drop by and pick everything up. Customers can also stop by STORE to setup an account, or simply give us a call and we’ll setup the account for them and answer any questions they may have about the process. We employ friendly and reliable Valet Runners who are just a phone call away and will quickly come pick up your stuff – saving you the time and hassle of schlepping everything to a storage unit across town. At STORE, our motto is ‘Leave the Schlepping to Us.’

Our Valet Service is modeled after the time when Doctors still made house calls; our Valet Runners are professional, friendly and fast. Because we use Valet Runners instead of moving vans, STORE can get to our customers quickly, saving them time so they can spend their days doing the things which bring them joy, like working out, spending quality time with family and friends, or just some quiet time alone.

 Q: What are the different costs to Store? Do you have monthly and or yearly packages that moms and dads can purchase?

 A: We like to think of ourselves like the Soul Cycle of Storage; only pay for what you use, as you use it! With STORE you only pay for the items you are actually storing. There are no minimums or contracts to sign. Each storage item is charged per item on a monthly basis. That’s it. This approach enables our customers to tailor make their own storage solution, adding or removing items from storage as they see fit. No one is forced to overpay for a storage unit which is only 1/2 full, nor are their things held hostage by lengthy contracts. We want your stuff to work for you!

 Q: Is there anything specific you want the divamoms/dad and glamas to know about how easy it is to work with you and Store? 

 A: STORE was designed entirely with convenience and ease-of-use in mind. We are only a phone call away to answer any questions – big or small. With our convenient retail location, Divamoms/Dads and Glamas can even make it a one stop event, dropping by STORE on the way back from their summer or winter house/share to unload and store their seasonal items so they don’t have to lug skis, bikes, or golf clubs back into their apartments. A simple heads up is all STORE needs, and we will literally lighten your load, so you can stop schlepping and get on with living.

Q: What seasons do you anticipate being most busy for you? I cannot wait to store all of my winter boots, kids jackets and skis with you. 

 A: Our busiest times of the year are spring and fall, as customers move winter items and sporting goods into storage and request the return of summer items. Those peep-toe Jimmy Choos & Manolos are just a cruel tease during the winter months and that Canada Goose jacket should fly to storage once spring has sprung!! With STORE, you can have what you need whenyou want it.

 Q: I love that you store strollers, cribs and baby beds.  Can you please explain to our readers where you store everything and talk about the blue bins.

 A: All stored items are kept at our 24/7 monitored, safe & secure, climate-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility located in Queens. The blue STORE bin is our most popular storage container because it is durable, weatherproof and lockable. It is the perfect size for winter or summer clothes, books, tax records, holiday decorations, or family keepsakes.

 Q: What do you see as being the most popular service for UES families?

 A: The most popular storage item is our multipurpose blue STORE bin and our most popular service is white-glove valet pick-up and drop-off. By using our Valet Runner our customers save time, space, and money; 3 things all New Yorkers can’t get enough of!

 Q: How many STORES do you think you will open over the next few years in NYC? We reach families all over NYC and they are going to want to Store with you as well.

A: We will open 3-5 more STORE locations in NYC, as we expand to neighborhoods like Chelsea, Murray Hill and the Upper West Side.  For those customers who want to use STORE but don’t live on the Upper East Side, we are able to make pick-ups and drop-offs with our STORE Van for a small fee, which varies based upon customer location. For customers who prefer to come to us, STORE will credit back transportation costs against any storage fees – up to $30.

 Q: Is there anything else that you want to share with our readers about STORE?

 A: STORE was designed to make city living more livable and help New Yorkers enjoy their stuff on their own terms.  We built STORE to serve our customers; if there is anything that we can do to improve our business or storage solutions- please stop by or give us a call and let us know, we’re here for you!



A New #FabULyss Family Casting Just For You- January 17th, 2019


Please note the last day to interview people for this casting is this friday. Please do not delay in sending in your submission today or tomorrow. They can interview people from anywhere in the United States not just in the New York area. The fastest way to submit is to just send an email to tcc@tiffanycompanycasting.com and you will receive the autoresponder for the google form.



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