Friday, January 30, 2009

Vote For Us!

We are not above shameless self-promotion!:)

We are entered in the 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition. If you have a moment and feel is a worthwhile start-up created by 2 moms, please vote for us! You can vote once a day!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Goal Setting Tips from Weigh2B

We don't know about you, but we are obsessive list makers. Turns out, writing things down - such as your weight-loss goals - is something Weigh2B founder Susan Kaden encourages. "Write your goals in the positve versus the negative," Susan suggests. "Our subconscious mind does not know right from wrong or how to judge. It does what it is told - the more positive thoughts you feed it, the more positive results you will get!"

Susan also suggests you write out your goals in detail. As she says on her Website, "Let's say you want to change your dress size. Change it to something more specific like, 'I see myself becoming a size six wearing a pair of form-fitting jeans with boots and looking fabulous!'"

One other goal-setting tip Susan offers is to develop goals in six areas of your life: family, spiritual, social, financial, health and emotional. When developing goals in each area, make sure they do not conflict. She gives this example: "You want to lose weight and also want to dine out every night. That will present quite a challenge. Look at your goals carefully and how they fit together."

Check out more of Susan's very helpful advice on her Weigh2B Website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cool Chocolate Favor

At the Celebrate! Party Showcase this past weekend, we got the chance to meet the team behind Wacky Wax. They were very kind and made us a few chocolate lollipops with our faces on them! Very cute! Great favor idea! And according to our kids, the chocolate is delicious!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

i.d. Salon

Posted by Sheri: I know first-hand that when you go to i.d. Salon, you are in good hands. Whether you need a routine cut, or are getting ready for a special occasion, the talented staff at i.d. Salon can skillfully handle all of your needs. Their professional team of stylists offers the highest quality in color, cutting, styling formal hair and make-up. They would be happy to help you plan your special event today and look forward to working with you in the future.

Take advantage of the current Sponsored Reward that i.d. Salon is offering:

REWARD: First time clients please accept 20% off all hair and makeup services. Tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Give them a try! 20% of is nothing to sneeze at; you'll be thrilled with the results.

i.d. Salon - 25 S. Oyster Bay Road - Syosset, NY - 516-921-5541

Monday, January 26, 2009

Teen Pix

Sometimes finding the perfect dress for a special occasion feels like looking for a needle in a haystack! Start your search at Teen Pix and your first stop will be your last!

Teen Pix in the Muttontown Plaza Shopping Center in Syosset, NY, has something new for moms, daughters and sisters. With their hand-picked elegant merchandise, the knowledgeable staff at Teen Pix can outfit you for your Jr/Sr prom, cocktail parties, formals, sorority events, Bat Mitzvahs and Sweet 16 parties. Come in and check out their new selection of gowns, ball gowns, dresses, shoes and accessories.

Mark your calendar: Teen Pix is hosting a fabulous trunk show all of President's week, Feb 16-21.

And take advantage of the current SPONSORED REWARD Teen Pix is offering Mitzvah Mail readers: Teen Pix is offering a 10% Discount on any purchase. Just tell them the
Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Teen Pix - 1/2 mile West of The Syosset Hospital - 222 B West - Jericho Turnpike - 516-921-2863

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mitzvah Tears Poem

The Truth Behind Bar Mitzvah Tears

I don't remember much about my own bat mitzvah many years ago, but I do remember this: My father cried as he turned to speak to me after the conclusion of the Torah reading.

I can't remember a single word that he said, not a one, but I do remember his wet eyes and that sound that your voice makes when the words come from your heart rather than your head.

He cried when he spoke to my brother at his bar mitzvah a year later, when he told my sister how proud he was at her bat mitzvah four years after that, and he cried again at my baby sister's bat mitzvah 13 years and two months after mine. (If you were doing the math, you have correctly guessed that my mother was very pregnant at my bat mitzvah. This was very disconcerting because it meant that all of my friends knew that my elderly, 30-something parents were still having sex. Talk about gross.)

Considering that I had only heard my father crying one other time during my 13 years of existence - the sound of his sobs snuck under the crack of his closed bedroom door after he learned that his close college friend dropped dead before his 34th birthday - I was stunned by his tears.

The image of my father crying at my bat mitzvah came back to me this month as I witnessed two of my closest friends stand on the Bimah facing their own children on two different Shabbats. Each of these lifelong friends were ambushed by tears as they tried to express to their children the joy that they have brought into their lives and their dreams for their futures.

My 12-year-old daughter Rachel, after observing these two normally cool, collected women and their husbands become victims of their emotions, wondered why parents always seemed to cry when they spoke to their newly bar and bat mitzvahed children. I didn't know the answer to that question when my father (and it goes without saying my mother) cried at my bat mitzvah, but I think I understand it now.

Rachel, this is why parents cry at bar and bat mitzvahs:

We cry because we can't believe we are old enough to have a 13-year-old child.

We cry because there are many people that we love and desperately miss - grandparents, aunts, uncles, and sometimes parents or friends - who passed away, but should have been sitting among the other beaming friends and relatives that fill the congregation.

We cry because it is one of the few times in your life where nearly everyone who cares about you will be in the same room, at the same time.

We cry because we wasted so much time agonizing a bout finding the perfect caterer, invitations, DJ, photographer and videographer; choreographing seating charts (Aunt Martha can't sit within 100 feet of her ex-husband and his new trophy wife); and finding the perfect mother-of-the-bat-mitzvah dress (conservative yet fashionable), when it suddenly becomes clear that this is the moment that really mattered all along.

We cry out of happiness that we will no longer have to listen to your endless complaints about attending Hebrew school and have to nag you to study your Torah portion; and out of sadness that yet another chapter of your life is behind you.

We cry because your innocent childhood years are gone, and the angst-filled teenage years lie ahead.

We cry because we remember all of the moronic things that we did when we were teenagers, which could have ruined or ended our lives but didn't, and we are terrified that you won't be as lucky.

We cry because we can foresee that the opinion of the kids who sit together in the back row of the congregation, whispering during the service and checking out each other's evolving bodies, will matter more to you in a year or two than our opinion.

We cry because we wanted to leave the world to you in a better condition than we found it, and that seems unachievable.

We cry because we are terrified that you might make one seemingly small mistake - forget to wear a seat belt, get in a car with a driver who had too much to drink, have sex without a condom, or become addicted to a drug - and forever alter the course of the life that we envisioned for you months before your umbilical cord was cut.

We cry because we are grateful that we live in a country that allows us absolute religious freedom.

We cry because millions of Jews haven't been as lucky.

We cry because even though we spent hours thinking about what we would say to you at this moment, we really just want you to understand how much you are loved, but the words don't exist.

And we cry because we are frustrated that you can't possibly comprehend why this day, this moment, is so compelling. We know you won't get it until you are standing on the Bimah talking to your own child many years from now. We know this because we didn't get it when our parents stood on the Bimah of our childhood synagogues with tears in their eyes, talking to us with voices choked by emotion.

But Rachel, I can promise you this: If your father and I are lucky enough to sit in the front row seats reserved for grandparents at your child's bar or bat mitzvah, we will cry again too, thrilled and relieved that you had the opportunity to cry at your own child's bar mitzvah.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Getting Organized: Big Showcase Weekend

We like to practice what we preach here at Mitzvah Market and Mitzvah Mail! And since we touted the value of a Mitzvah Showcase (check out our past article on the topic!), we decided to go and check one out and cover it editorially. We will be at the Celebrate! Party Showcase event in Teaneck, NJ, this Sunday, Jan. 25th. If you attend as well, please introduce yourself. We will be the ones in the white MM tee shirts! (Thanks to And That... Gift Boutique in Syosset, NY, for the shirts!)

If you live in the Merrick, NY area, be sure and check out the showcase on Saturday, Jan. 24th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Temple Beth Am. Glorious Affairs Caterers and Eventeurs is hosting a Saturday night buffet dance party! You are invited to bring the family to see Temple Beth Am’s banquet room transformed into a chic celebration space. For more information or to RSVP, please call Sharon at 516-208-5373.

Have a great showcase weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Vintage

There's something about fabric with a vintage feel that just looks rich, luxurious and classy. The Isabel Toledo dress Michelle Obama wore at yesterday's Inauguration ceremony had a vintage, brocade look. And we loved it!

If the thought of wearing an an entire dress made of vintage fabric to your next Mitzvah feels like too much, a vintage handbag is always a good option. It adds just a splash of the look and feel.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Andrea's Invitations and Luggage Tags

Posted by Sheri: I recently met with Andrea of Calligraphy and Invitations Plus by Andrea, who is based in East Meadow, NY. Andrea’s Mitzvah-related services caught my eye, because she makes gorgeous, customized Mitzvah invitations (and a host of other party themed products!) at a very reasonable price.

I absolutely loved her personalized luggage tags. So much so that I bought 8 right on the spot! Andrea took down all the information and my order was ready the very next day! I think her luggage tags can even make great party favors.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Arbonne: A good-looking opportunity

For some of us, working from home offers a chance to stay connected with the real world and a chance to make some extra money. If you are interested in starting a home-based business by blending family, friends and fun, then consider becoming an independent consultant for Arbonne.

Arbonne offers anti-aging, weight loss, health and wellness products. You can become an Arbonne Independent Consultant and sell superior products, get a generous compensation plan and set your own hours. Not to mention, you'd be able to get revolutionary products for yourself at a discount!

The Arbonne family is made up of thousands of individuals who are working to make their dreams come true. To learn more, contact Arbonne Independent Consultant Evan Shapiro at or at 516-680-3900. Tell him the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Estilo Salon Event THIS WEEKEND!

Special Event this Sunday: Estilo Salon is hosting a brunch on Sunday, January 18th from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm with Dr. Peter Schwartz M.D., a renowned plastic surgeon. Save on Botox ($199 first area) and Juvederm ($600); enjoy a complimentary consultation; be entered to win raffle prizes. Call 516-921-1116 TODAY for reservations.

About Estilo Salon
Estilo Salon in Woodbury, NY, is your one-stop shop for hair design and custom color for men, women and children. The salon features one-day Brazilian treatments, other straightening procedures and everything from makeup and airbrush applications, nail services, waxing and laser hair removal, to total skin care treatments. They also have a board-certified plastic surgeon on staff!

Visit Estilo Salon at 7941 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY. Or call for more information at 516-921-1116.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Do you know The Magnetman?

The Magnetman makes things pretty easy if you hire him to create personalized favors at your Mitzvah. He and his team set up right at your venue and with their state-of-the-art equipment, they make personalized photo magnet favors on the spot. The Magnetman is proud to say that he and his team know what they're doing and long lines are never a problem. We love a well-oiled machine!

Of course, a picture tells a thousand words (we think The Magnetman would agree), so we wanted to post some samples of his work. You can see these and others in his gallery. And remember! The Magnetman is offering a $200 discount on any color photo package. Just tell him the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Raising A Child With Soul

Posted by Sheri: Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an event in which Slovie Jungreis-Wolff spoke. It was terrific and I left feeling very uplifted. Check tomorrow's Mitzvah Mail to see which lucky MM reader will win a copy of Slovie's new book, Raising A Child With Soul.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Close to Couture Cake

Posted by MMIT Erica: So, before the holidays, we wrote and blogged about couture cakes. We showed amazing photos of cakes that just seemed too gorgeous to eat! Well, since this past weekend was my daughter's first birthday, I was feeling inspired from seeing those phenomenal cakes, and decided that instead of ordering a cake (like I usually do) I would make one! I enlisted my 4-year-old to help, and we tackled the ever-popular "Barbie cake." I am posting a photo of the result. Let's just say, I have a new respect for those high-end cakes!:)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Getting Red Carpet Ready

At last night's Golden Globes, we were inspired by many fashion hits. (And frightened by some misses!) Many of the celebrities were asked how they keep in shape. Some said pilates, others said a personal trainer and one joked that she just never ate.

Here at MM, we recently reported on a sponsor called Isagenix, which is a cleansing and fat-burning system that can help you rid your body of impurities and while doing so, help you lose 5 to 15 pounds in the process. The program boasts you can do this as part of their signature 9-day system. If losing weight is a resolution of yours, you might be able to take a major step toward your goal in less than two weeks!

Since our Sponsored Reward ran about Isagenix, we've learned that some of our readers have reached out to Isagneix representative Rahni Silver to learn more. We too were curious and watched the video on her Website and poked around the site.

If you are interested in learning how to take a step toward a healthier (and slimmer) you, feel free to find out more about the Isagenix cleansing system by visiting Or if you have questions, feel free to contact Isagenix representative Rahni Silver at

Friday, January 9, 2009

Book Signings

Slovie Jungreis-Wolff's newest book Raising A Child With Soul uses the Torah as inspiration for tackling "big" parenting issues - discipline, setting limits and instilling self-respect in your kids. Check out for more info!

If you live in the NY area and would like to meet Slovie in person, feel free to attend one of her book signing events:

Barnes and Noble, Manhasset, LI
Thursday, January 29th

Barnes and Noble, West Side NYC
82 Broadway
Monday, Feb 23

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, NYC
Thursday, February 26

Sid Jacobson JCC
300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY
Wednesday, March 4

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Showcase Fever

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah showcase is a great way to gather a lot of information in a short amount of time. In one of our recent newsletters, we interviewed Elyse Davis, co-founder of Celebrate! Party Showcase. Elyse gave us some great tips, so feel free to read the article.

Elyse also made us aware of her Celebrate! Party Showcase on Sun, Jan 25th in Teaneck, NJ at the Glenpointe Marriot. Celebrate! is also holding a showcase on Sun, March 29th at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn.

To round out our list, we wanted to mention an upcoming showcase in Merrick, NY, on Sat., Jan 24th at Temple Beth Am. Glorious Affairs will be transforming Temple Beth Am’s banquet room into a chic celebration space. Here are some more details the organizers shared with us:

+ Indulge your senses with the gourmet culinary sensations of Chef Sharon Forstadt, as she showcases epicurean delights from around the globe.
+ Experience creative, spectacular room transformation and floral arrangements by
+ Mormile Florist and Event Decorators.
+ Dance to the hottest tracks from E.J. The D.J.
+ There’ll be games for the kids in the Tween Lounge.
+ Unique Party Favors by The Image Maker & Arrow Prod.
+ Videography by Shereck Video Services
+ Stimulate your imagination as you experience the possibilities for your next celebration at Temple Beth Am with Glorious Affairs Caterers & Eventeurs.

So bring the family!
Casual Cocktail Attire
Temple Beth Am of Merrick
2377 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566
For more information or to RSVP, please call Sharon at 516-208-5373.

Monday, January 5, 2009

MM Hits Home

We recently ran a story on AlphabetPIX which is a very cool company that makes custom artwork from architecture-inspired photos. I -- Mitzvah Mom In Training Erica -- liked the idea so much, I decided to order one for my husband. I used the simple interactive Website to choose which letter photos I wanted to spell "SALMON" my last name. I chose the frame and matte and could see what the finished product would look like on the screen. It was so easy! And the best part was -- I ordered it on a Wednesday, and it was sitting on my doorstep two days later! I'm including a photo of what it looks like above our piano. Oh, my husband loves it too!