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Back from Berlin!

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Hello! We just came back from our trip from Berlin, where we just finished petsitting for our former NYC client, Thunder the dachshund. It’s a bit of an adjustment getting back to life here, but fortunately this morning I booked a last minute petsit that has us living back in another person’s apartment with two extremely adorable dogs, Waverly and Truffle! The house is a bit of a mess as their owner has just moved in and has been nonstop traveling ever since, so we are living among piles of boxes, magazines, and clothing. Can’t be helped, and as always … Read More

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Living Solo in NYC – Two Weeks In

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What will I do when my tour ends? Return to NYC?

It was two weeks ago today that I dropped off Jen at the airport.  So what have I been up to since she left?  Well, for starters, I’ve tried to keep busy.  Very busy.  I’ve been lucky enough to marry a planner who finds fun activities for any open gaps in our schedule.  She’s helped me move away from 100 hour work weeks and find a better balance between work and pleasure (though they aren’t always mutually exclusive).  My main goal for the time that Jen is away is to not drift back to the all work and no play Sandy of yesteryear.  Here are some of the activities that I’ve filled my time with.

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Tutoring Barron Trump

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Have you Tutored Barron Trump?

Over the years I have tutored many students and managed a company, Bright Kids NYC, that tutors NYC students for admissions into private schools and gifted programs. Considering the high percentage of students that enroll in test prep to gain admissions into kindergarten programs in NYC, there is large likelihood that a student like Barron Trump, among many other celebrity children, has been one of the thousands of 4 year olds streaming through our doors to prepare for the IQ-like exam that determines admissions into one of NYC’s elite privates schools. While friends have asked, “Have you tutored Barron Trump?” my answer continues to stand that all student information is private and confidential.

Ok… So if you did tutor Barron Trump? Does it make you feel guilty?

No matter who the parents are of the children I work with, I never feel guilty about educating a child. Providing education to a child is one of the greatest gifts I can give. While I may not agree with every child’s parents that I work with, I would never deny a child a fair and equal education. In fact, I’m hoping in the next couple of seasons to generate a Kickstarter to launch either free or low-cost tutoring material that I would publish online, allowing many parents, including those that cannot afford tutoring or expensive tutoring books, to access test prep material to prepare for the private school and gifted and talented kindergarten admissions exams…

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The Cheapest Way to Change Your Hair Color in NYC

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Have you heard of Salon Apprentice? If you’re willing to spend a little extra time at the salon, you can receive free or discounted services – hair cuts, colors, bayalage, highlights, the works! Salon Apprentice links you up with hair stylists – many who have years and year of experience, but are looking to improve or join a very exclusive salon and therefore need to train in a 4-5 year apprentice role. You do not need to have professional hair model or modeling experience to volunteer, and all you need to is choose your city and read through the … Read More