Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shopping Savings: Einstein BOGO Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer travel season. According to an AAA survey, more than 41.5 million people are expected to take to the road, skies, rails and water in the U.S. this year.

Consumers on the go are typically rewarded with all kinds of perks, but what about those who prefer to just stay put? Einstein Bros. Bagels has the solution.

The nation’s larger bagel retailer is celebrating staycationers throughout key summer travel holidays by taking their taste-buds on a cross-country road trip without ever having to leave the familiar comforts of their hometown.

Beginning Saturday, May 26 until Monday, May 28, guests who visit participating Einstein Bros. Bagels locations and present proof of local residence will receive a buy-one, get-one offer on the company’s newFlavors Across America menu. For those who miss out, the offer returns during Fourth of July week and Labor Day weekend.



The limited-time breakfast and lunch sandwiches are inspired by popular flavors from the Midwest, South and Southwest regions of the country:
  • Cheesy Mac Breakfast – Mac & Cheese Bagel featuring Thick-Cut Bacon, Cage-Free Eggs and Cheddar Cheese (Midwest)
  • Cheesy Mac Lunch – Mac & Cheese Bagel featuring Ham, Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Mayo (Midwest)
  • Crispy Chicken & Tater Breakfast – Cheesy Hash Brown Bagel featuring Crispy Chicken Breast, Cage-Free Eggs, Cheddar Cheese and Country Pepper Shmear (South)
  • Crispy Chicken & Tater Lunch – Cheesy Hash Brown Bagel featuring Crispy Chicken Breast, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Mayo (South)
  • Green Chile Egg White – Green Chile Bagel featuring Turkey Sausage, Egg Whites, Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomatillo Salsa and reduced fat Plain Shmear (Southwest)
  • Green Chile Club – Green Chile Bagel featuring Turkey, Thick-Cut Bacon, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Mayo (Southwest)

Parenting Pointers: Age Discrimination and #MeToo in the Workplace

In a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the authors suggest two possible reasons why older female job seekers face more age discrimination than males. While age discrimination is illegal, in practice it's difficult to prove. A federal law called the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects people who are 40 years and older from age-based employment discrimination. This law prohibits discriminating against a person because of her age with respect to any term, or condition of employment, including promotions, compensation, benefits, assignments, training and of course, hiring itself. (Read the Forbes story).

I had a chance to interview Dr. ArLyne Diamond, President of Diamond Associates, Workplace Consultant, & #MeToo expert. 

She says:
  • Men feel more comfortable working with other men. Knowing they could get away with it – they pay women less.
  • Men network and offer each other jobs much better than do women. Some women, clinging to their newly found seat at the C-level table don't want the competition from other women and so are not overly eager to mentor and support their sisters.
  • If women aren't assertive – they get lost in the crowd. Whenever a woman is trying to ask a question – if there is a man on line behind her he has no problem ignoring her and asking his question of the speaker as though she weren't even in the room.
  • All too often women seek professions that aren't the ones that are usually fast-tracked for C level promotions. If we are still being "good girls" we are not standing out as better and more qualified.
  • Now with the #MeToo movement – men are afraid of being near women.

How can age and gender discrimination be a double-whammy for women?
·      Since both kinds of discrimination exist, women can be rejected more easily than men – because of assumptions about age and gender.  For example:
  • The presumption is that older men and women  can’t keep up – they aren’t current – their faculties have slowed down.
  • Women are presumed to be inferior in hard skills hard thinking. Thus in the workplace not as good as men. In addition, the #MEtoo movement has frightened many men away from working collegially with women

What can women do to make sure they're on a level playing field with men?
·      We were almost there – women have made great strides and many are now in positions of serious power and responsibility.  They earned their way to the top – but we need to be careful we don’t lose ground.
·      We want parity – but we want special treatment at the same time. Now, some women, part of the #Wetoo movement, are asking to be treated like cotton candy – sterilize the workplace, make sure we are protected from any inappropriate behavior, no matter how minor, and even protect us from working in open spaces….. so  to the extent that we are being overly-sensitive we are losing parity – not gaining it.
·      I am not suggesting that the #Metoo movement is bad, or that women should accept harassment and abuse. I am suggesting that we don’t go too far to the other extreme.
·      Being on a level playing field means being as competent, working the same crazy long hours, and in many cases, not having a life outside of work. Do we really want that? Most of the time women have additional interests and responsibilities. We are the primary caretakers of our family/children. We don’t want to work 24/7 – but some of us do.
·      So for those that do it is important that they have equal opportunities for promotion, equal opportunities for the same compensation as men in similar positions.

How has #MeToo impacted women in the workplace?
·      The good – the bad – and the ugly
·      The good:  Women are far safer physically and psychologically
·      The bad:    men are shying away from working with – mentoring – or otherwise having one-on-ones with women
·      The ugly:  some are using it as a weapon to get rid of people in power – we see this in politics currently.  This has made men very afraid to interact with women except in a highly artificial formal manner.

How can men make sure their actions are professional and appropriate?
·      Pretend your mother – wife – grandmother – and the TV cameras are watching you.
·      Don’t get over-friendly. We want equality – but we aren’t one of the boys.
·      Clean up your language – and your jokes – and your comments about our looks
·      Don’t touch – ok to shake hands.

About Dr. ArLyne Diamond
Dr. ArLyne Diamond (www.diamondassociates.net) is an internationally recognized Leadership, Management, Professional Development, and Organizational Development consultant specializing in people and processes in the workplace. As the President and Founder of her consulting firm, Diamond Associates,Dr. Diamond's clients range from boards of directors and upper management to support staff in many industries, both public and private.


Freebies!

Totally Calcium Drink Mix
Celebration Slime at Michael's 5/26 1-3pm
Cuties Diapers

Giveaway: Baby Magic and Boudreaux's Butt Paste



I have the chance again to give away some convenient products for new moms - Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Baby Magic baby care.

As the temperatures start warming up, diaper rash will also be on the rise. Protect your baby’s bum during the time when it’s most susceptible to getting diaper rash! Enter: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste –  the perfect product to help soothe your little cutie ’s diaper rash! Their top-selling product, Maximum Strength Butt Paste, has twice the rash-kicking ingredients with 16% zinc – This thick diaper rash cream is great for sensitive skin in the hot Summer weather!

Baby Magic wants to share how busy mothers can save time on their skincare routines – by using your favorite baby care products! While baby washes and lotions are gentle and soothing on baby’s skin, moms can also incorporate these items into their daily beauty habits. 
·         Baby Magic's Original Hair & Body Wash (SRP: $2.99) is a perfect hypoallergenic product for both baby and mom’s sensitive skin! This wash can be used to bathe a little one and also as a gentle makeup remover. Plus it’s also tear-free and perfect for taking off stubborn mascara!
·         To keep your skin hydrated, Baby Magic’s Creamy Baby Oil (SRP: $2.99) is an amazing product to use after shaving! This Creamy Oil soothes and moisturizes skin and will give skin a beautiful glow.

To enter, leave a comment with your best tip for new moms. Deadline is May 30th.

Mealtime Magic: Cheese Soufflé and Watermen Salad

May is a busy month for cheese lovers! National BBQ Month (add cheese to those burgers!), National Hamburger Month (more cheese for your burgers!), National Salad Month (cheese is a great way to add protein), National Salsa Month (which makes tasty nachos with chips and cheese), National Eat What You Want Day (May 11th - of course that's cheese), National Cheese Souffle Day (May 18th), National Pizza Party Day (3rd Friday in May), National Quiche Day (May 20th - egg dishes are always better with cheese), and National Blueberry Cheesecake Day (May 26th - cream cheese is still cheese).

There are "holidays" and months for cheese lovers throughout the year, and for all you cheese lovers I want to share this recipe on behalf of Jarlsberg® Cheese. They sent me a thank-you package with some of their tasty cheese and cracker options - it's a lovely mild cheese that I've used in baking, salads, sandwiches, and even as a snack.


Depending on what ingredients you use, the Soufflé can be served both as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. Here we’ve combined this French classic with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and a fresh tomato and watermelon salad which makes it perfect as an appetizer or main course, preferably enjoyed outdoors on one of those warm summer evenings.
Ingredients
JARLSBERG® CHEESE SOUFFLÉ
1 cup milk
2 dried bay leaves
2 shallots, finely chopped
4 small ramekins
Baking paper
1 cup butter
4 tbsp. plain flour
salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 cup grated Jarlsberg® cheese
5 eggs with the whites and yolks separated
Jarlsberg® cheese for the topping
WATER MELON SALAD
watermelon
1 cup tomatoes
1 cup hazelnuts, roasted
1 lime
1 orange
2 cups olive oil
MAKES 4 PORTIONS


TO MAKE THE SOUFFLE

Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F. In a pan, heat the milk, bay leaves and shallot until boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and let the contents rest for 20 minutes. Grease the inside of the ovenproof ramekins.
The soufflé mixture will rise quite high, so don’t overfill the ramekins. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour.
Cook, stirring, for 1 min.
Strain the rested milk mixture, and gradually whisk it into the butter and flour mixture.
Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard, salt, cayenne pepper and grated Jarlsberg® cheese. Then stir the egg yolks into the mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the mixture, a little at a time. Divide the mixture between the greased ramekins.
Sprinkle a little extra Jarlsberg® cheese on top, if desired. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes until the soufflés are golden and well risen. They should be slightly soft in the middle. Slice the tomatoes and melon.
Make the vinaigrette by whisking the juice of the lime and the orange together with the oil and mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soufflés immediately after they are taken out of the oven.
Serve with the tomato and watermelon salad garnished with roasted hazelnuts and with the vinaigrette.

About Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It's all part of the legend...and Norway's most guarded recipe!  Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. All Jarlsberg Cheese varieties are naturally lactose and gluten free.
For a complete product list and recipes, go to www.jarlsberg.com

Book Nook: The Little Girl with the Big Voice and Neema's Reason to Smile


I had a chance to review two books from Lightswitch Learning:

 The Little Girl with the Big Voice by Wé McDonald tackles the issues of bullying and empowerment with an inspiring tale of how one young girl overcomes bullying and finds success; a story based on McDonald (famous for being a much beloved finalist on NBC’s The Voice) own childhood experiences. This is a book that will resonate with anyone - particularly with little girls who love music. Wé's voice was soft and squeaky - different from everyone else's, and she just didn't fit in. But she learned to use her voice, and this book will encourage kids to work for their dreams. It includes a glossary and standards-aligned activities for classroom (or home) use, to help reinforce the message and provide for discussion and extension of the story.

Neema’s Reason To Smile by Sibert-honored author Patricia Newman. This book is a vibrant and lyrical tale of Neema, a young Kenyan girl who dreams of going to school and becoming financially independent. In Neema, young readers everywhere no matter their location or upbringing, will find commonality and lessons in the power of entrepreneurship and financial literacy. In addition, they’ll gain a unique perspective into how different life can be for those not afforded the same opportunities for education. My daughters already know that not all kids everywhere have the same access to education, and this book helped reinforce that. This book is great for parents who want to teach their kids that not everyone has the same privileges as them, and can help subtly reinforce the message that they should be grateful for their education and opportunities. 


About Lightswitch Learning:
Lightswitch Learning is a division of Sussman Education Company, a leader in K-12 digital and print educational resources for over 45 years. Lightswitch Learning’s mission is to provide the most engaging and relevant resources parents and teachers need to help children succeed socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
To support its mission, Lightswitch Learning publishes inspiring picture books, informational text collections, fiction collections, and bullying prevention programs for students. These titles model positive behaviors that can help students build the self-confidence they need to manage academic and social stresses, while improving literacy skills and subject knowledge. Resources for teachers include professional development materials, companion teacher’s guides, classroom activities, and more. Parents are supported with parent guides created by leading practitioners to provide practical strategies to support their children in today’s complex world. These resources help students build 21st century skills and are available in grade appropriate bundles for schools and community engagement programs.
Lightswitch Learning donates a portion of the proceeds from their books to a number of non-profit organizations with related social missions, including: pacer.orgnobully.orgreason2smile.orgafroamcivilwar.org and many others.
For more information on Lightswitch Learning and to view the full catalogue visit www.lightswitchlearning.com.

Parenting Pointers: Stain Fighting Guide


It’s Spring. And that means soccer games, BBQs and grassy picnics. Our clothes take a beating this time of year as they are particularly vulnerable to all kinds of stains and odors during the warm weather months.

Different stains require different cleaning agents, and unfortunately, there is no one single ingredient that cleans all kinds of stains well. For example, milk and grass stains require enzyme cleaners, while ink or wine stains require peroxides. 


This information provided by BIZ STAIN FIGHTERBiz has more stain fighters than other brands, while also brightening clothes. Available in powder, liquid and liquid boosters, independent, third party tests have shown that Biz works 80 percent better than detergent alone.

Book Nook: Retire Securely - Insights on Money Management from an Award-Winning Financial Columnist

We've all heard the message - early planning for retirement is the best bet. I had a chance to review the book Retire Securely, which is appropriate for anyone approaching retirement from any distance, whether it's entering into the job force, years out from retirement, or coming right up to it (although with information titled "financial literacy starts early" it obviously is better the earlier you are).

The book is easy to read, no matter what your current level of financial literacy. It covers a lot of topics - a brief financial history to provide context, 401(k)s and IRAs for working years and retirement, wise choices for investment and financial advisors, common financial scams, and estate planning and giving. I most appreciated the information on financial history, as that section contained the newest information for me, but it still is a great book and I learned tidbits of information in each section. Some of it confirmed what I'm already doing, and some if it inspired changes and adjustments to my financial plan.

Julie Jason, JD, LLM, started out on Wall Street as an attorney, developing her views on financial services in the trenches.  Twenty-five years ago, Jason founded her own Investment Counsel firm—Jackson, Grant, Investment Advisers, Inc. of Stamford, CT, a fiduciary boutique—where her team manages personal portfolios for high net worth families. 

Through her award-winning weekly investor education column, Jason troubleshoots financial problems for a broad audience of readers of every financial means. Jason is also the author of The Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times & Bad (Sterling 2017, update to the 2009 AARP Retirement Survival Guide); Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad (Sterling 2016/2011); Julie Jason's Guide to Connecticut Probate (Law First, 2006); JK Lasser's Strategic Investing After 50 (Wiley, 2001); You and Your 401(k) (Fireside, 1996); and The 401(k) Plan Handbook (Prentice Hall, 1997).

Visit Julie at juliejason.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Nook: How Clients Buy - A Practical Guide to Business Development for Consulting and Professional Services.

Most people in client-based professions are very comfortable in the type of work they do, whether it's accounting, design, PR, or other professional services. It can be tricky, however, to figure out how to sell the work - and that can be hard for people starting to get off the ground in a freelance profession, or for small businesses trying to grow a customer base. I had a chance to see an e-book written by Tom McMakin, the CEO of Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE), and professor and business strategist, Doug Fletcher. They are a Montana-based team on a mission to arm every professional service expert with the right tools as they build their own business to succeed as rainmakers.

In How Clients Buy: A Practical Guide to Business Development for Consulting and Professional Services (Wiley, March 5, 2018), they provide a framework, method, and structure for making sense of the maddening process of trying to sell the work that they do. Their 7 Elements Framework provides a better understanding of how clients buy so that each of us can increase our success.  

The book discusses how to become a "rainmaker" in one's field, and the best ways to market - not by selling work, but by developing competence and building trusting relationships. I liked that the book didn't take a one-size-fits-all approach, but instead encourages readers how to use their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as preferences and personality, to become a rainmaker in an authentic way.

Book Nook: Disney Descendants Evie's Guide to Isle Style

If you have a kid who likes the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants and is also interested in fashion, you might be interested in a book I got to review - Disney Descendants Evie's Guide to Isle Style, available on both Amazon (http://amzn.to/2nsOIGZ) and Barnes & Noble (http://bit.ly/2E6zocM).

One thing that immediately struck me was that this book tries to have something in it for every kid - there are styles for both girls and boys (which was great, because one of my daughters prefers boy styles), and there are fashions for a variety of style types. Even my older daughter isn't super girly, but she found a lot that she liked - girls who like dressing even more feminine will find things that suit them as well. It doesn't just focus on clothes, but also includes hair tips and makeup regimens. My girls are a little young for makeup (and even I don't wear it), but my older one loved trying out some of the hair styles before we cut her hair (and there are even some that work with her new shorter bob).