Spike Lee On Fashion Culture Panel for New Era Heritage Series Baseball Caps

I’m excited to announce that I did a guest post on Mommy Factor who I met earlier this year online and finally in person. She needed someone to cover a pretty cool event and given that the kids were off in OH, I had the time and a fresh NYC Metrocard!  I just wish I had known about the 25th anniversary of “Do The Right Thing” held in Brooklyn just the weekend before.  Darn!

Here’s my recap and be sure to check out Mommy Factor in the meantime.

As a fan of Spike Lee’s very first film and on, I had no idea he would have such an impact upon the fashion behind baseball caps. Yankee fans will now be able to add to their collection a wool, leather or wool 59/50 red Yankees cap.

Back in the ’90s, film writer Spike Lee simply wanted a red cap to match his red down Yankee jacket. They couldn’t be found in stores so he had the audacity to call up former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on a whim and ask him to make one. Lee said it took the sports giant a day or so to call him back with a response. He said yes, but not before he checked with the New Era folks who have now been making caps for baseball teams for four generations.

It’s said that Steinbrenner, known as a traditionalist then, said if it’s good for New Era, it’s good for the Yankees, then it’s good for baseball.

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Tips to Help Moms Prepare To Return to Work #HowSheDoesIt



A few months ago, I announced on my Facebook page that I was going to start a series for moms who have been home with the kids for a few years with the desire to return to the working world.  Women who want to work from home part or full time, do consulting work, temporary work, or whatever category you want to fit in.

But in the back of your mind, do you find it a little difficult to understand or believe that you can make working life with children sing in harmony while keeping your sanity?  All too often I hear of stressed moms who BEG me to stay home. Moms who remind me of how good I have it.  The thing is that I feel as if it’s time now to get paid for the work I do given that my youngest is in Kindergarten.  There’s no reason for me to not be able to work, right?  Continue reading

How We Beat the Odds of a Long Distance Relationship & Are Still Married…11 Years Later.

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This week, my husband and I will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary.  A union that beat all of the odds and is still winning today.  A marriage that is rooted in God’s word and love.  A marriage that no man shall or can put asunder.

We met at Floods Bar & Grille, a well known club in Detroit, MI about 15 years ago.  What were the odds that a man and woman would meet, marry, have two lovely children and still be together?  At a club? Oh, did I forget that we dated long distance for almost 4 years?  I lived in the suburbs of Detroit and he in New York City.

We attribute the early part of our relationship to cheap airfare on ProAir which is now defunct.  We flew back and forth weekends monthly for as little as $50.  Maybe even less than that.

One day during a visit to NYC, he took me to Central Park and proposed.  I was irritated, my feet hurt, flight was delayed and he wants to take a walk in the park.  Steps away from The Boathouse, the restaurant where we were to dine that evening, was steps away.  Why were we stopping?

To play a quick game of Scrabble.


As I turned my back, the words he spelled were, “Will You Marry Me?”

He won.

I got my man, the ring, and a wonderful marriage.

We beat the odds.

But marriage isn’t easy.  What’s the key?  Communication of course.  We struggled in the beginning, sought couples counseling to get over this hurdle, and are doing much better at it.  We still have an occasional issue, but who doesn’t?  When you take the time to learn HOW to communicate, things work out much better.

I still like him too….

Would you consider dating someone long distance?



Michelle Obama’s “Eat Before You Come” Invitation is Fine with Me

The ultimate Queen Mom, in my eyes, is getting some bad press.  Leave her alone.  She is celebrating the big 5-0 and she isn’t thinking about any of you and her eat-before-you-come invitation.  When you turn 40 as I did almost 2 years ago, the best gift that arrived with the new decade was the F-U factor.

I can only imagine what happens at 50.  The double F-U factor hits?  Whoa, I have to get ready for this power!!

Everyday elegance sometimes gets boring and you just want to be you anyway you want to be you.  That’s probably how Mrs. O feels right about  now.  Her life has taken a significant shift since her husband decided to run for President.  Maybe this wasn’t in her life’s plan but because she wanted to be a supporting wife, she obliged.

Certain protocols come with being the First Lady and sometimes you want to break from what’s right for everyone else and do what you want.  Never mind that the party will be at “The Peoples House” and no, you weren’t invited.  I have met her twice and even had a 60-second conversation with her on the new school lunch mandate.  I’m still awaiting my invitation though…

“I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman,” the first lady told Parade magazine last summer when asked about approaching the big 5-0.

And that’s why she told you to eat before you come.  Those on her guest list are capable feeding themselves.  I would appreciate knowing that there will be minimal food at an event.  How many times have you shown up hungry and ready to go IN, only to find out that Pizza Bites and chips were the only thing on the table?

Now, don’t you wish you would have known before hand?

The only thing tacky about this is if the invitation actually said, “eat before you come.”  However, if the invitation simply said that light hors d’oeuvres will be served then that’s fine.

Mrs. O, celebrate your weekend like you want to.  It’s your party and you can not feed your guests if you want to.

Now, where’s my invitation again?

*F-U can also stand for “forget you” because a Queen never curses.

Katy Perry Rocks Royal Dolce & Gabbana Headband

Dolce & Gabbana Headband

I am a fan of Katy Perry and have actually been in the same room as she during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Because my husband and I were set on seeing the POTUS and FLOTUS up close and personal we did not move from our spot.  We were 1 row of ticket holders back from the actual stage in which the First Couple had their final dance at President Obama’s second Inauguration.

Back to Katy.

She where’s girly clothing and I absolutely adore that about her.  Very feminine and the way young girls need to get back to dressing. Who wants to see your stomach and behind all the time?  I don’t.

How much is it you ask?  Well, if you have to ask you simply can’t afford it.  How about a DIY version?

Let’s dress and act like Queens.  Royally cute.

Abby Cadabby’s Parents Divorce

Sesame Street has the best ways of dealing with and explaining various situations when it comes to children.  This clip explains divorce along with a cute little song sang by pink, puffy pigtailed Abby Cadabby herself.

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Part 2: My Conversation w/Michelle Obama + School Lunch Mandate Update

Back in October, many of you may remember that I had a 1-minute conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama the following day after the Presidential Debate held here on Long Island.  Valley Stream Dad and I had tickets to a fundraiser she hosted at Crest Hollow I believe.  I decided to hold off with writing Part 2 of our conversation because we were in the midst of campaign season and didn’t want this blog to be seen as political.  Never mind that my husband is a politician making me a politician’s wife.  Sigh….Now that the election is over, I can share with you my conversation (paraphrased, of course) with Michelle Obama.

As Mrs. Obama came closer to where I was standing in the receiving line, a topic of conversation hit me.  I needed this opportunity to be meaningful to both FLOTUS and I.  She finally approached me.   She extended her hand to me which was warming after the Secret Service slammed my phone down onto the barrier just moments before and said, “No phones.”  No complaints from me.  Boy, did THAT make me nervous!  Even after that episode, I still felt welcomed in her presence and that she was genuinely interested in meeting me and hearing what I had to say.

I placed my hand into hers and as we shook hands I immediately began speaking.  I didn’t know how much time I had and wanted to capture her attention.

“Mrs. Obama, before coming to hear you speak, I attended my school’s PTA meeting where many parents were not in favor of the new school lunch mandate.  There were a lot of complaints and concerns about the program.”  (She’s still holding my hand!)  She said that change doesn’t happen over night and that it will take time.  She said a bit more but I was trying to hold it together while talking and I forgot what she said exactly….wow!  I said, “I personally don’t see the problem with the new menu.  I think if parents aren’t happy with what is on the menu, there are options to send your child to school with a packed lunch.  She agreed.  She said that we need people like you (me) to be a voice for our children.

Of course, this is paraphrased and she did more talking than this, but our conversation was well over 6 weeks ago and I should have written it down the moment she moved on to the next person.

I think many of you who are not in favor of the new school lunch mandate will be happy to hear that there is more flexibility in the program than when it first began at the start of the school year.

Black beans

My child wasn’t able to purchase lunch while in Kindergarten last year.  They ate in their classrooms and had to bring in a packed lunch so I can’t compare last year’s portions to this year’s portions or menu.  However, I have been told that there were fewer chicken nuggets and that the pizza was made with white flour and not wheat as it is today.

Fresh pears

After many complaints, the updated mandate now allows for more fruits, vegetables, and more grains to help fill our children’s tummies.  But what child is going to eat more vegetables?  I also saw a headline that read the flexibility includes more meat but I think that is if the child wants to purchase additional servings.  I would suggest you read the updates and Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010 yourself.

I didn’t know Doritos were considered healthy…

Personally, I saw what our kids were eating and while my child likes the cafeteria food, I would still recommend that you pack their lunch.  I haven’t tasted the food but my child seems to like it.  However, she is a good eater unlike many children.  I only allow her to buy lunch once a week and it’s usually on whole wheat pizza or chicken nugget day.  I also let her buy on days where I’m being lazy and I know she will eat at least 4 out of 5 of the items on the menu.  If you do not like what is on the menu, there is usually an option for a deli sandwich, PB&J or salad.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010

What are your thoughts on the school lunch mandate?
Does your child pack lunch or buy?

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