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New Baseball and Softball Classes, as well as Free Workshops, at RBIs in Randolph, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/17/12 @ 12:36 pm

RBIs in Randolph, NJ has just announced a series of November and December Baseball and Softball classes for ages 9 and up. The classes are designed for players to not only work on fundamentals and mechanics but also their approach at the plate, defense in the field, and the mental part of the game. [...]

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Christmas Present Crisis…John’s Painting and Basking Ridge Electric to the Rescue!

By: Roxy on 12/22/11 @ 9:58 am

This year, the big item on London and Maddie’s Christmas wish list was “new bedrooms”…and we’ve been working on making it happen this week. Yesterday, John’s Painting (908-604-8759) from Basking Ridge did an awesome job. Maddie asked for Benjamin Moore’s Aquarius (788) blue walls and Bainbridge Blue (749) trim; London also chose Aquarius [...]

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Roxy’s Secret Is Out…I Love Love Love My Mechanic: Moro Automotive in Mendham, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/25/11 @ 6:11 pm

Before I met Dennis Moro of Moro Automotive in Mendham, my service calls at the car dealer sounded something like this:

“It’s gonna cost you a grand just to open her up and take a look.  Of course, we’ll credit that against your [sky's-the-limit] total repair bill once we find the problem.”
“I know you brought her [...]

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Peanut Butter and Honey Love Their New Groomer: A+ Style Leash in Gladstone, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/13/11 @ 10:50 am

As many of my loyal readers know, our family has two beautiful cockapoos from Mulberry Farm.  Peanut Butter is 19 months old, and Honey is just a 6-month-old puppy.  Now my loyal readers also know that the road to hell is paved with Roxy’s good intentions, and poor Peanut Butter’s fluffy coat had become shaggy and matted [...]

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Dog Nose Best…New Dog Training Class for Kids at Somerset Hills YMCA

By: Roxy on 07/6/11 @ 8:57 am

For the first time ever The Family Dog is offering group classes for children and their dogs. It’s just in time for summer and promises to be great FUN for all. Held for one hour each Tuesday evening at the YMCA in Somerset Hills, Dog NOSE Best classes will turn your dog into a SUPER [...]

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London and Maddie are Rockin’ the Steven Tyler Feather Hair Extensions Thanks to Madeline at the Arrangement in Ledgewood, NJ

By: Roxy on 06/15/11 @ 9:26 am

Every week since Steven Tyler started sporting feathers in his hair on Season 10 of American Idol, one more of London and Maddie’s friends shows up at school with feather hair extensions. And no, if London and Maddie’s friends show up with tattoos or nipple piercings, my girls won’t be following that trend…but the feathers seemed [...]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

By: Roxy on 05/29/11 @ 12:04 pm

It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due next weekend.  Right now, it feels [...]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

By: Roxy on 05/29/11 @ 11:07 am

It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due [...]

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Best Mother’s Day Present Ever…Life in Motion Photography Captures Mendham Minors Mets in Action

By: Roxy on 05/7/11 @ 8:11 pm

Yep, I’ve neglected my blog lately, right here at Roxy’s Best Of… and over on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives.  However, I have a terrific reason, and it starts with Mendham Little League girls softball.  As my 9-year-old daughter Maddie puts it, “none of the dads had enough time to coach our softball team full time, so my [...]

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Best Hairdresser in Morris County, New Jersey: Madeline at The Arrangement in Ledgewood, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/8/10 @ 4:48 pm

Have I mentioned how spoiled and pampered a Roxiticus Desperate Housewife I am? Ever since we moved out here to the Roxiticus Valley from New York City in October 2003, my hairdresser, Madeline (who has been doing my haircuts and highlights for over 25 years), has been making house calls. Every six weeks, she comes out [...]

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Peanut Butter, Fetch!!

By: Roxy on 08/2/10 @ 5:42 pm

Photos to come.  And they’ll be cute.  I just have to figure out how to manage the camera, the puppy, and the toy all at once.
Now, my loyal readers know I can’t say enough good things about our personal puppy nanny 911, Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog. She’s helped us through housebreaking, separation anxiety, [...]

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Peanut Butter Recommends: Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ

By: Roxy on 07/31/10 @ 8:09 pm

Since we got our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, back in May, we have certainly been remiss in not posting Peanut Butter’s personal recommendation of Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ.  We found Dr. Turner through a referral by our personal puppy nanny 911, Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog.  [...]

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Our Cockapoo Puppy Peanut Butter’s Progress with the Family Dog of Morris County, NJ

By: Roxy on 06/13/10 @ 8:32 am

Hard to believe it’s been three weeks since we drove up to Mulberry Farm in Duchess County, New York to bring home our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter. You can see from the photos that little Peanut Butter has settled right in with our family. As I write this post, Rex is out in the [...]

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Peanut Butter’s Progress

By: Roxy on 06/12/10 @ 2:18 pm

Hard to believe it’s been three weeks since we drove up to Mulberry Farm in Duchess County, New York to bring home our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter. You can see from the photos that little Peanut Butter has settled right in with our family. As I write this post, Rex is out in the [...]

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Big Surprise In Store for Maddie and London This Weekend: We Need Puppy Nanny 911!!

By: Roxy on 05/19/10 @ 2:32 pm

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know that we’ve been planning to add a cockapoo puppy to our family this summer.  We originally thought that our puppy would come from a cocker spaniel mom due in the first week of May, and we’ve been planning to bring our eight-week-old puppy home from the [...]

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Pavan’s Spring Tennis Camp for Ladies June 1st - 4th at Flanders Valley Tennis Club

By: Roxy on 04/16/10 @ 1:45 pm

How many times have you heard how envious I was of London and Maddie’s Munchkin tennis classes with Coach Pavan?  Well, I have no more excuses… now Pavan’s Tennis Training Acadmey is offering a Ladies Spring Tennis Camp from Tuesday, June 1st through Friday, June 4th from 10am until Noon at the Flanders Valley Tennis Club.
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Swine Flu H1N1 Vaccine Update for Mendham Township, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/29/09 @ 8:29 am

We’ve just received the following H1N1 Influenza Update via London and Maddie’s “Backpack Mail,” so I thought I would share it with any of you who are seeking information about swine flu shots in the Mendham, Bernardsville, and Morris and  Somerset County NJ area.  The first part of the letter outlines basic healthy and hygiene [...]

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London and Maddie Recommend… Mendham Extended Day Program for Before and After School Care at Mendham Township Elementary School and Mendham Borough Hilltop School

By: Roxy on 08/31/09 @ 12:52 pm

I just hung up the phone with one of Maddie and London’s favorite people… Andrea Castiglione (aka “Mrs. C”) of Mendham Extended Day Program.  We all met Mrs. C. back in February when Rex and I moved our investment banking practice into another firm and began commuting more regularly into New York City.  As a mom, [...]

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Get Back to School and Clean Out Your Closets: It’s Time for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ

By: Roxy on 08/29/09 @ 7:51 pm

Our family is down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ until Labor Day, but when we get “back to school” at Mendham Township Elementary, it will also be time to clean out our closets for the semi-annual Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ. Back in the Spring, our family was so busy that [...]

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From Pure Exhaustion to a Feeling of Momentum… Thanks to Nutritionist Corinne Bush at the Far Hills Pharmacy in Far Hills (actually Bedminster), New Jersey

By: Roxy on 08/2/09 @ 5:08 pm

Over on  my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blog, I’ve decided to chronicle my latest 90-day-plan to a lifetime of diet and fitness (I’m actually about two weeks in with my 43rd birthday approaching as a milestone in October).  While my most loyal readers can say they’ve heard this song and dance before when I try to [...]

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Awesome News! MRC Cleaners Found My Pants!

By: Roxy on 06/19/09 @ 1:27 pm

Even before he could distribute the $100 Reward flyer for my missing pants to MRC Cleaners’ customers, our regular dry cleaning delivery guy, Javier, came running back to the door. “Are these your pants?” he said, handing me my favorite pair of Yves Saint Laurent pants that match the jacket in the photo, as well [...]

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Have You Seen My Pants? $100 Reward for Safe Return to MRC Cleaners in Cedar Knolls

By: Roxy on 06/19/09 @ 9:27 am

In mid-May, I sent in two pairs of pants to MRC Cleaners in Cedar Knolls, NJ (via their convenient home pickup and delivery service) to be dry cleaned. My favorite pair of pants matches the jacket in the photo: black pin-striped ladies’ Yves Saint Laurent, originally European size 42, but tailored to a smaller fit. [...]

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From Roxy’s Best Of… Mailbag: Haircuts for Kids?

By: Roxy on 04/6/09 @ 8:12 pm

Hi Roxy,
Your website is amazing! My family and I just moved to Randolph from Germany and I am trying to figure things out in the area. Do you have any recommendations for kid hair cuts?
I am really looking forward to reading more on your website - it will keep me happily entertained and distracted!!
Sarah [...]

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Exposed as a Pack Rat! This Just In from Roxy’s Mailbag: Ready-Set-Organize in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/11/09 @ 11:40 pm

The other day when I returned to my home office after a snack in the kitchen, I found this anonymous message in ransom note style cut-out letters, taped to my computer:
Dear Roxy,
Someone (one of your fellow Roxiticus Desperate Housewives?  your husband?  your children?) has turned you in… If you don’t get help soon you’ll turn [...]

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County NJ… or Ring in the New Year at Home with a Little Help from the Best Butchers and Caterers

By: Roxy on 12/30/08 @ 12:25 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the New Year 2009 with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. I’ve put together a list of Roxy’s Best Of… [...]

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Quick Holiday Shout Out to CRP Music Store in Rockaway, New Jersey: Thanks for Fixing London’s Guitar

By: Roxy on 12/23/08 @ 6:16 pm

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know that my two girls, London and Maddie, have started a basement band (the garage is too cold this time of year) called the Butter Bites. The girl band has asked Santa to bring them a set of drums for Christmas to add to their [...]

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Holiday Celebrations at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/9/08 @ 6:15 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the holidays with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. It’s a work in progress, but I’ve put together a list [...]

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Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot at MinuteClinic, CVS in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/1/08 @ 2:55 pm

Whether I’m surfing the blogosphere or catching up with friends and family in New Jersey, I’ve been hearing a lot about bad colds and the flu.  Just in the past couple of years, Rex and I have become diligent about taking London and Maddie for flu shots, and being good role models by protecting ourselves [...]

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Looking for Clues: Is There A Fluoride Shortage in the United States?

By: Roxy on 11/26/08 @ 11:58 pm

It’s all I can do to keep up with the bizarre fluctuations in gasoline prices, nevermind what appears to be a national shortage of fluoride. In October 2003, our family left New York City, where there’s flouride in the city water, and moved to the Roxiticus Valley , where we have well water and with [...]

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London’s Nanny Diaries

By: Roxy on 11/16/08 @ 12:11 am

As part of the Columbia University Writer’s Workshop being implemented by our daughters’ teachers at Mendham Township Elementary School, Maddie’s first grade class has been gearing up for a Publishing Party in December by beginning to write their autobiographies.  Maddie did an amazing job of gathering interesting facts about our family life, listing and illustrating ideas for [...]

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London’s Nanny Diaries

By: Roxy on 11/15/08 @ 11:19 pm

As part of the Columbia University Writer’s Workshop being implemented by our daughters’ teachers at Mendham Township Elementary School, Maddie’s first grade class has been gearing up for a Publishing Party in December by beginning to write their autobiographies. Maddie did an amazing job of gathering interesting facts about our family life, listing and illustrating [...]

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Roxy’s Pants Are Falling Down… D’Apolito! D’Apolito and Son Tailors in Far Hills, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/11/08 @ 11:35 pm

Please sing along with Roxy to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down“:
Roxy’s pants are falling down, falling down, falling down
Roxy’s pants are falling down…. D’Apolito!
My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know that when London and Maddie headed back to school at Mendham Township Elementary this Fall, their out-of-shape mom started a diet and exercise program with the [...]

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Best Hairdresser in Morris County, New Jersey: Madeline at The Edge in Landing, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/9/08 @ 8:03 pm

UPDATE September 2010: It’s a new school year, and Madeline my fabulous hairdresser has a new location… you can make an appointment with her at The Arrangement Salon and Spa in Ledgewood, NJ. Phone (973) 584-5101.
Have I mentioned how spoiled and pampered a Roxiticus Desperate Housewife I am? Ever since we moved out [...]

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Mary’s Doll Hospital in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 06/24/08 @ 10:06 pm

I was a tomboy from birth through high school… playing softball and Capture the Flag with the neighborhood boys, begging my parents to let Skipper (nee Lester) or Eddie (who played on the high school baseball team and envied my fast-pitch) be my teenage babysitter (a heartbreaking no go, as my parents recognized my predilection [...]

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Kessler Rehabilitation Center at Mendham Health & Racquet Club

By: Roxy on 05/10/08 @ 12:58 pm

Today’s shout-out goes to Vytas Rugys, Rex’s physical therapist at Kessler Rehabilitation Center. I’m typing this post in the reception area while Vytas puts Rex through his paces on the equipment: 30 minutes or so on the passive motion machine, maybe 10 minutes on the exercise bike. Vytas was in charge of Rex’s outpatient physical [...]

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My Shameful Confession… I Stole New Jersey Life Magazine from Rex’s Doctor (Chester Medical Associates in Chester, NJ)

By: Roxy on 04/25/08 @ 11:13 am

Due to Rex’s recent knee surgery, I have spent quite a bit of time in various doctors’ offices over the past month or so. During a quick visit to Chester Medical Associates (Dr. Alan Chanin and Dr. Glenn Davis) on Monday, I started reading New Jersey Life magazine. While I had never taken much interest [...]

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Speaking of Weddings….You Need a Cake Lady: Carol Falcone, As You Like It Cakes

By: Roxy on 04/23/08 @ 10:23 pm

Here’s another tip for Wedding Girl. No matter where she and her fiancee (or you and yours) decide to have their wedding reception, there’s only one person to trust for your wedding cake.
People are always asking us about our “cake lady” — Carol Falcone, who does all of our fancy (and delicious) birthday cakes. So [...]

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