Go New Ro Go!

30_new_york_new_rochelle.jpgWhile perusing Facebook tonight, one of my friends posted a fabulous link which validated the reason why I love my neighborhood. It turns out Business Week named New Rochelle the #1 place for New Yorkers to raise a family. How cool is that? Ever since we’ve moved here I’ve always found myself defending my fair city to others who always give the obligatory “oh” when I tell them where I live and then add their ignorant comment, “How are the schools there? Aren’t you worried about the middle school and high school?”
Well, as a mom of two kids who are attending the local public school, things have been going just fine. My two children are challenged, they enjoy their classes, amazing teachers and after school activities (my daughter takes needlepoint, crochet and ceramics while my son has opted for culinary class) and they’ve also joined several of the local New Rochelle teams including softball, soccer, little league and basketball.
But my favorite part about our slice of suburbia that’s just outside the city are the people who I have become friends with over the last decade. Nearly every person I meet is down to earth, wants the best for their kids, will reprimand them when they’ve done the “wrong” thing and are some of the nicest people I have ever met. And even cooler are the New Ro sweatshirts that a few of the local teams have been selling this year. As a proud resident of New Ro, I’m thrilled that Business Week has given us the ultimate shout out…I guess the Dick Van Dyke show was onto something back in the day. So if you are contemplating moving out here, you can tell those snobby naysayers that they can keep their uptight towns and villages – I’ll take New Rochelle every day of the week.
(Photo courtesy Wikipedia.org)

My Love Affair With…My Computer

ist2_1246166_computer_love-1.jpgNow here’s a newsflash every blogging mom I know can relate to…in a new survey, women admit that they spend more time with their computer than their husband, friends (that would be real life not online) and kids!
The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive for Wellgate for Women found that ninety-six percent of women who work in an office claim to like or love their computer, with the average woman spending nearly triple the amount of time daily with her computer than she spends with her significant other (9.3 hours compared to 3.6 hours). This PC romance is not only taking a toll on women’s relationships but also on their physical health.
About one in five female office workers said they experience wrist pain while typing or using a mouse. Personally, I just ignore that nagging pain in my wrists and keep on typing, facebook-ing and twittering. But for those of you who are in serious pain, Wellgate for Women has created the Slimfit Wrist Support so women can relieve pain associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Available nationwide at most major mass retailers including Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart, the line of products range from $10.99 – $25.99. For more information or to purchase the products visit www.wellgateproducts.com.
To make you feel more guilty about all that time you’re spending with your keyboard and monitor, the survey found that female adults who work in an office actually spend more time with their computer than they do:
Shopping (62%)
Exercising (79%)
Being outdoors (62%)
With friends (58%)
Taking care of personal hygiene (43%)
With family (41%)
Judging from the size of my butt and the fact that I now wait at least two days to wash my hair (that was a tip from celebrity hair stylist Luke O’Connor), I tend to agree that this survey is right on the money.
Do you spend more time with your computer than your family? We want to know! Share your story and you could be a winner!

Subway and the Traveling Pants

DSCN2343.JPG Earlier this week I had the chance to dine with a very famous person. I bet you’re wondering – who could that be? Well, if you look at the photo on the left, you’ll discover that it’s none other than Jared from all those Subway commercials!
Turns out the very friendly folks at Subway invited a few bloggers to a breakfast at Sarabeth’s and while we were there, we got to hear about their philosophy on healthy eating in a fast food world and we also heard from Jared, who shared his personal story of how he tipped the scales at 480 lbs while in college and after sticking to a diet that consisted mainly of Subway sandwiches, the pounds literally melted away. Once Subway heard his incredible story, they recruited Jared to appear in their national commercial campaign, he made appearances on the Today Show and Oprah, among countless other media outlets, and the rest is history.
Today, Jared travels more than 250 days out of the year visiting cities and schools where he gets to share his inspirational story with kids and adults and spread the message about healthy eating and the fact that Subway offers a great solution to many parents who struggle to find healthy eating alternatives for their family when they’re on the run. (That would be me all the time).
DSCN2344.JPGFollowing our breakfast, I posed for a shot with Jared and fellow bloggers Martha McKittrick, RD, CDE from City Girl Bites, Katja from Skimbaco Lifestyle, Dr. Joanna Dolgoff from www.drweigh.com and Dave Kerpen from www.theKbuzz.com. A few hours later, when it was time for lunch, I decided to hit my local Subway and ordered a foot long sandwich for $5, ate half and took the rest home. And you know what? It was really good. So now that I’m still struggling to lose weight through Weight Watchers, I’ve decided to put a little Subway in my eating plan each week and hopefully that’ll help shed some pounds. And for those of you facing a similar scenario (too busy to cook and you grab the wrong things in the process), then give Subway a try – your kids will love it too -because guess what – they get prizes if they go there too – but the kiddy meal comes with apples (not french fries). Gotta love that one.
More to come on a whirlwind week that included meeting Coach Tom from Staples – the polar opposite from really sweet guy Jared; a Disney Interactive event where I got to belt out tunes from High School Musical (a true cheese ball moment) and an Nintendo Makeover event.