The best finds of October a la Lyss Stern

Have a ghoulishly, fabULyssly fun Halloween this month. I’m looking forward to raising a pumpkin-spice latte toast to all the little ones in their creative and amazing costumes. How many “Fortnite” costumes will we see around New York City? If I had to guess … a lot!

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A new fabULyssfind that I am personally loving is “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books,” a popular podcast for busy moms (or dads, or teachers, or anyone!) who might not have time to read. Each week, host Zibby Owens, a writer and mother of four in New York City, interviews authors about their work.

Recent guests have included Jill Kargman, Dylan Lauren, Andre Agassi, Jill Santopolo, Kwame Alexander, Piper Weiss, Lea Carpenter, Charles Duhigg, and other best-selling authors. Zibby’s down-to-earth conversations get to the heart of some of today’s best books and lets book-loving moms like her stay in the know, even when their time is scarce. This podcast delights listeners around the world and gives a dose of literary fun to the every day.

Listen on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are found. For more info, check out:

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It’s a messy world out there; however, my new fabULyssfind for my kids’ clothing is here to help. is on a mission to eradicate unwanted marks and discolorations from your laundry, and their products use professional-grade formulas for easy, at-home stain removal. These are great for when the kids come home from school covered in paint from head to toe.


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A new, fabULyss play, based on the extraordinary life of Gloria Steinem, will make its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 E. 15th St.) on Oct. 2.

“Gloria: A Life,” by Tony nominee Emily Mann (“Having Our Say”), is about the life and legacy of the women’s rights activist, writer and editor (played by Christine Lahti, a veteran of the stage and the small screen’s “The Blacklist” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). Directed by Diane Paulus, “Gloria” is an important and very timely show.


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It’s no secret that Americans love their coffee, so the deLysscious McCafé set out to see just how deep the connection really is to coincide with the official launch of the brand’s latest beverage innovation.

Bottled McCafé Frappés, a line of 13.7-ounce, resealable, ready-to-drink beverages, come in three delicious flavors: caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Parents prove they need that extra boost: respondents with kids are more likely to grab an iced or cold coffee to brighten their day than non-parents (53 percent vs. 38 percent). If you know moi, I always have an iced coffee in my hand.

Have a spookyLysscious Halloween!

— additional reporting by Lisa J. Curtis

Lyss Stern is the founder of DivaLysscious Moms (