September finds a la Lyss Stern

Back to school, back to cool! I hope everyone had a fabuLyss summer, and now it’s back to school! New backpacks, pencils, erasers, school books, and more. The kids are all off to a fresh start.

Wishing all the tots, kids, teens, and tweens a wonderful transition back to school and a great academic year ahead. If you have teens and tweens, I highly recommend taking them to see Bo Burnham’s film “Eighth Grade,” staring Elsie Fisher. Although the film is rated R, it should be seen by every parent with their teens and tweens, if you ask me. This coming-of-age dramedy is not to be missed, and a viewing should provide the opportunity for an important discussion with your kids.

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I have a new #FabULyss book that I want to share, “Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media,” by Jessica Abo. “Unfiltered” is for anyone who needs to be reminded that we’re all a work in progress, no matter what judgments we make when measuring our lives against what others share online. In Abo’s debut book, the award-winning journalist, sought-after speaker, and new mom addresses the relationship between our psychology and technology and how we can take back our happiness in real life without falling into the compare-and-despair trap.

Abo helps you push the reset button with bite-sized chapters full of practical insights from experts and psychologists, as well as funny anecdotes and inspiring stories from celebrities such as Alysia Reiner of “Orange is the New Black” and Baked by Melissa CEO Melissa Ben-Ishay. You will love this new book.


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Thinking about going to the theater this month? Don’t miss “Pretty Woman: The Musical” on Broadway and “Be More Chill” Off-Broadway. I cannot wait to take my boys to see “Be More Chill” at the end of the month. I am glad they extended the show through Sept. 30, so we were able to purchase tickets. I felt like we won the “Hamilton” lottery when I found out more tickets were for sale.

Critics are saying “Be More Chill” is the coolest new musical about being a loser. It’s already “one of the most popular new musicals in America,” raves The New York Times. And Forbes declares, “It’s a viral obsession!” In “Be More Chill,” achieving that elusive “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology — but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow.


“Pretty Woman: The Musical” is a diva-must if you loved the movie. Grab a friend or plan a mom’s night out to see this new, wonderful Broadway show. I recently went with a friend, and we did not know what to expect. But after seeing it, we could not stop raving about the fabULyssly fun show.


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With Halloween right around the corner, I will give you a tip: If your kids are into “Fortnite,” hurry and purchase the costume ASAP. Rumor has it that “Fortnite” costumes are going to be the hottest and most in-demand this Halloween.

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