Thursday, February 25, 2010

White House Easter Egg Roll 2010- Lottery Opens Today!

It's that time of year again! The annual White House Easter Egg Roll!

Chocolate Chip will be in the house this year and we hope you will be too!

Submit your online application to participate in the lottery today through Sunday 2/28/10 at

Check out for more details.

Monday, February 22, 2010

SAT a 3 Letter Word That Sounds Like a 4 Letter Word and Mother/Daughter Webinars by RIISE

Our friends at RIISE: Resources In Independent School Education are hosting the following webinars.  TUNE IN!

February 23 7:30p – 8:30p

SAT a 3 Letter Word That Sounds Like a 4 Letter Word and more thoughts on how to keep the family sane and solvent while prepping for the SAT. You don’t want to miss out on hearing from another great RIISE partner in Akil Bello, President of Bell Curves as he shares some trade secrets. Akil is a guru when it comes to standardized testing. This and more FAQ’s on the call! This virtual event will be kind to the environment and worth your time. Virtual-seating is limited. RSVP at and for information on how to participate.

Presented by Bell Curves & RIISE


SPRING SERIES - Sunday, April 18 & Sunday, April 25

Mother/Daughter Executive and Life Coaching Series is an innovative live workshop being brought to Mothers - who strive to strike a balance with their personal and professional lives while raising a family and for their high achieving middle and upper school Daughters - who work hard to make the grade while maturing in a popular culture that demands strong and positive self images. Walk away with tools for optimal happiness and success in life.

Karen Elizaga, independent school mom, successful lawyer, Executive Life Coach & Founder of Forward Options and Venus in Balance, will be the facilitator of this signature series.
Presented by Visionary member, Riverdale Country School and RIISE

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Black History Gift for You: Brainwashed

As a fellow marketer, I am thrilled by Tom Burrell's latest gift to our community, Brainwashed : Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority. Founder of the renowned African American owned advertising agency, Burrell Communications in Chicago, IL, Tom Burrell has been a pioneer and catalyst in the industry for almost 50 years. One of the champions of target marketing, Burrell made a significant impact on my senior thesis, Images of African Americans in Advertising.

"His award-winning work promoted positive and realistic images of blacks and acknowledged the purchasing power of the African American community. Burrell is the founder of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes intra-racial dialogue and community-based new media “stop the brainwash” campaigns. "

The very premise of this book is the very soul of what gave birth to Chocolate Chip. Our families are much greater than how the media depicts us. As Burrell says we must counter the negativity with "positive propaganda" and change the very definition of who we are, not just for the mass media, but for own communities.

As caregivers and esteem builders for our children, this is an important read for our families. We must undo the brainwashing that exists with this generation so we can finally take off the shackles that bound our ancestors but still entrap some of our minds. Continue on to read the synopsis from

And from the Chocolate Chip Archives.... Black History for Young People

We've added 2 more titles to the list for 2010:

Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True: Ruby Bridges
My husband felt like a militant when he read this book to Brooke's 1st grade class during Parent Involvement Day:) Ruby Bridges actually visited Fieldston some years ago and shared her story. Our 8 year old neighbor still remembers that memorable afternoon.

Beautiful Ballerina: Marilyn Nelson, Susan Kuklin (Photographer)
Scholastic's recent partnership with the cultural institution , Dance Theatre of Harlem. Brooke and I had the pleasure to meet and be inspired by one of the young featured artist.
Shout of to Hamptonian, Michael Armstrong- VP, DTH Board of Directors

Synopsis: Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority- Tom Burrell
“Black people are not dark-skinned white people,” says advertising visionary Tom Burrell. In fact, they are much more. They are survivors of the Middle Passage and centuries of humiliation and deprivation, who have excelled against the odds, constantly making a way out of “No way!” At this pivotal point in history, the idea of black inferiority should have had a “Going-Out-of-Business Sale.” After all, Barack Obama has reached America’s Promised Land.
Yet, as Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority testifies, too many in black America are still wandering in the wilderness. In this powerful examination of “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”—the masterful marketing of black inferiority, aka the BI Complex—Burrell poses ten disturbing questions that will make black people look in the mirror and ask why, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, so many blacks still think and act like slaves. Burrell’s acute awareness of the power of words and images to shift, shape, and change the collective consciousness has led him to connect the contemporary and historical dots that have brought us to this crossroads.
Brainwashed is not a reprimand—it is a call to action. It demands that we question our self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. Racism is not the issue; how we respond to media distortions and programmed self-hatred is the issue. It’s time to reverse the BI campaign with a globally based initiative that harnesses the power of new media and the wisdom of intergenerational coalitions. Provocative and powerful, Brainwashed dares to expose the wounds so that we, at last, can heal.

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Healthy Nutritious Lunchboxes? Is it too good to be true?

First Lady Michelle Obama's call to action last week to stop childhood obesity inspired me to dust off a project I had been working on for 2 years. I've been on a mission to find healthy lunch options not only for my children, but all the families at my son's school. In 2008 I started packing lunches because it was the only alternative to the greasy spoon the school ordered from with a menu consisting of chicken nuggets, mac n cheese and the like on a daily basis.

While commiserating with another mom during a play date, she put me on to this great brand that I couldn't help but share with our Chocolate Chip family.


"We believe that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are essential to a child’s growth, health and well being. We have worked hard with nutritionists and chefs to create fun, nutritious meals that kids will actually enjoy while providing convenience and peace of mind to busy, caring parents."

They offer lunchboxes, dinners and mini meals including nutritional facts and ingredients which is particularly important for children with food allergies.

The website itself is AWESOME and a great source of information for parents. It includes nutrition tips, resources and the cutest testimonials from kidfresh's littlest fans and of course moms and dads too.

So where can you get kidfresh? The good news is the brand is now sold at your local WholeFoods.

I'm looking forward to testing this product out next week. Lord knows I'm tired of making turkey sandwiches just as much as my kids are tired of eating them:) Of course, we'll blog next week to let you know what we think.

Here's to our healthy children!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign

Can First Lady Michelle reduce childhood obesity in 1 generation? Well that's her plan as the President signs a memorandum on childhood obesity in the Oval Office today launching the Let's Move campaign.

Limiting television to tackle the development of sedentary lifestyles, smaller portion size, infusing fruits, vegetables and water into their daily diet and exercise are suggestions to help battle this nationwide epidemic. We personally saw a significant change in our daughter's body when we added gymnastics and tennis to her extracurricular activities which already included swimming and dance classes. The greatest benefit- she LOVES being physically active. You can always find her doing roundoffs and dancing around the house. The long term health benefits are numerous.

Data shows that 1 in 3 children are either over weight or obese. The number of overweight children ages 6 to 19 has tripled since 1970, according to a 2007 New England Journal of Medicine study. "We've seen the surge in obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis, and it's threatening our children, it's threatening our families, and more importantly it's threatening the future of this nation," said First Lady Obama. "Higher rates of obesity are directly linked, as you've heard, to higher rates of chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer and diabetes", she added.

Check out your neighborhood department of recreation for affordable programs to increase your child's level of physical activity. You never know what you might find from basketball and baseball clinics to ice skating lessons. Let your tax dollars work toward improving your family's health.

Watch the First Lady introduce the campaign tonight 2/9/10 on CNN's Larry King Live at 9pm EST. Need to gear up to battle childhood obesity in your home/community? Check out the links below for 7 stories on childhood obesity and an illustration of the physical complications of childhood obesity.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Casting for Fences with Denzel Washington

Chocolate Chip has turned 1!

Thanks so much for becoming a part of the family! We have so many exciting things in store for you....Family of the Month, Strengthening our Marriage Series and our Black History for Children feature all coming soon!

In the mean time, if you have a budding actress at home see below for casting details for Fences coming to Broadway! Break a leg!!

SEEKING 7-14 Year old African American Girls
For the BROADWAY Revival of
March through July 2010

If interested in auditioning for this play, please email the following information to
or mail materials to: MelCap Casting260 W. 44th Street , 3rd FloorNY, NY 10036