Giving thanks for a new baby stroller, parenting book, and personal chef

Having a child changes a lot of things, but it doesn’t need to change everything.

A picnic in the park might sound like an unpredictable and challenging outing — intimidating enough to keep everyone home. And taking the family on a trip? That can feel more like work than play!

Austlen Baby Co. believes that baby gear should allow parents the ability to go and do, and that’s what their products have been designed for — to give parents more freedom to live in the moment. This new #fabULyss stroller is perfect for taking the little ones Thanksgiving food shopping and more. You will love the extra storage and want to take this stroller everywhere. www.austlen.com

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“Coach Parenting: Raising Teenagers with Advice from Pro Football’s Greatest Head Coaches” by Erika Katz is a #Divamomsbookclub must-read book. Did you ever wonder why your teenagers listen to their coaches and not to you? It’s because their coaches hold them accountable! Show up on time or get benched! If you want to turn your family into a championship team, take a page out of the playbook of the NFL’s greatest head coaches and start parenting like a coach!

Between the constant texting, the crazy sleep habits, the insatiable appetite, and the pushback at every turn, it’s easy to wonder how you’re going to raise your sons and daughters to be responsible young adults. Grab your clipboard, because Katz has sought the advice of Super Bowl-winning head coaches John Harbaugh, Tom Coughlin, and Jimmy Johnson, Hall-of-Famers Troy Aikman and Howie Long, and so many more! Katz took their coaching advice and developed a parenting technique that is life-changing for parents of teenagers.

Katz’s unprecedented access to these renowned coaches provides parents with a guide to commanding the respect of their home and getting the whole family to work toward common goals! Through entertaining anecdotes and easy-to-follow tips, Coach Parenting gives parents the tools they need to put their teenage sons and daughters on the path to success! Every parent raising a tween today should read this book.


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Carried Away brings the finer points of dining to everyday meals while making your life easier, healthier, and more #deLysscious. Your chef creates custom menus from seasonal ingredients tailored to your family’s taste buds, comes to your house to prepare the meals, and leaves you with wholesome food to enjoy throughout the week. With the hustle and bustle of NYC, the ultimate goal of this service is to get families back to the dinner table to enjoy a convenient, affordable way of eating together.

They take the stress out of mealtime. They make it easy and enjoyable to eat healthier, stay fit, and keep control of your diet. Busy New York City parents will love having Carried Away Chefs come into their apartments. Focus on the family! You’ll have more time to sit down for a meal with your loved ones after a long day without the hassle of menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. For more information, visit www.carriedawaychefs.com

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I wish everyone a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving filled with lots of #DeLysscious food. If you are cooking, taking your kids to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or watching it on TV, make sure to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Lyss Stern is the founder of DivaLysscious Moms (www.divamoms.com).

Chocolate-Maple Pecan Tart

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday wouldn’t be the same without pecan pie. In this recipe, Martha Stewart adds a delicious twist to the tradition by adding chunks of chocolate to the crust and maple sugar to the filling.



Five tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs, separated

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon coarse salt

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (1/2 cup)


One-half cup granulated maple sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites (reserved from yolks used in crust)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted


1. Crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine butter and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in yolks, then flour and salt until mixture resembles coarse meal and holds together when pinched. Fold in chocolate. Press evenly into bottom and up sides of a 13-by-4-inch, fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. 2. Bake crust until golden and set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Increase oven heat to 350 degrees. 3. Filling: Whisk together maple sugar, flour, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs and whites, butter, and corn syrup until smooth. Place crust on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Scatter pecans evenly onto crust. Slowly pour in filling. Bake tart until puffed slightly and set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Remove from pan; serve.