Let’s start a Facebook #DanceForBreastCancerChallenge!

Friends! Let’s start a Facebook #DanceForBreastCancerChallenge. Thank you to my dear friend Lisa Sharkey for the suggestion after seeing this video. Dancing into my surgery took away anxiety & fear & though I have NO dancing moves…my #workwife leads the way & I started dancing this year with her like no one is watching but everyone should!

My kids only allow me to dance in public on my birthday but after surviving Breast Cancer my kids will have to learn to live with me dancing through life. Now we want to see you DANCE because it makes everything better. Because I want to remind you to check yourselves. Read your reports in full (I didn’t). Listen to your body (I had a bump that hurt. It was cancer). Support your friends. Support someone who needs your love and help.

Support Breast Cancer Research and even a dollar helps if you want to honor #myBreastYear and my 2017 Survivor Impact Award with Susan G. Komen

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE DANCE?  Give them a Dance Shout Out!

Austria and Musen Family Roots

I grew up as Melissa Musen.  I loved the sound of it. I knew that our name Musen was Austrian and that our ancestors were from Austria, but from where?  Shortly after I was married, I became Melissa Gerstein and missed my maiden name Musen.  Then I became a mother and as my children grew up they started to ask me questions about my side of the family; the Musen Family.

I spoke with my dad often about his Austrian roots, and we had very little information.  He visited Austria years ago and found nothing. But I was curious, I wanted my children to see Austria with their grandparents.  We decided with lots of planning to set out on an adventure to explore Austria and all its glory.

We boarded Austrian Airlines, all 7 of us! It was my family of 5 and my parents from St. Louis.  Even the flight was fun with the activities and sweets they offer kids.  You live once and life is short so we went with excitement and the unknown.

We flew overnight and arrived into Vienna with the most beautiful Spring Day! We checked into the Hotel Altstadt, which was one of the most magnificent hotels we have ever stayed at.  It’s a boutique hotel with 45 suites that are all individually designed right in the heart of all the Vienna attractions.  Everywhere you look you feel like you’re in “old Europe” with an artistic modern flair.  According to my son, it was “the coolest” place we have ever stayed.

We headed out and had a wonderful brunch at Café Ulrich and then walked straight to the Ring, which surrounds the historical city.  The kids were totally in awe.  Everywhere you looked there was such beauty and history.  They were a bit tired from the flight so we were able to take a horse and carriage ride with a guide who explained all the history and sights we were taking in.  This included Imperial Palace, City Hall and the gorgeous State Opera House.  We pushed through the day and had an early Italian dinner and fell asleep dreaming about Vienna.

We woke early and Dad headed to City Hall to find out more about our Musen Family. He found nothing and that possibly our name had been changed.  That left us all a bit sad of course. We then had a delicious buffet breakfast that is included at The Hotel Altstadt and met a guide who took us through Judeplatz (old Jewish Vienna).  We stopped by the oldest synagogue, took in the Jewish Museum and also found many Easter Markets along the way with candy and treats for the kids.  From the foods and sweets to our favorite Café Dilgas, Spring time in Vienna was simply marvelous.  We took the kids to Haus der Musik which is an interactive sound museum where we could all learn more about Mozart and other musical composers who came from Austria.  Following our afternoon of music, we stopped at Café Mozart, which is where we also found the Sacher TorteThe Sacher Hotels and their chocolate torte is the best chocolate cake I have ever had in my entire life.

Next stop, we headed to Graz.  This is the city not to be missed while in Austria.  Our children actually loved Graz the most.  This train ride to this medieval town in the South of Austria was one of the most beautiful train rides I have ever experienced.  We found ourselves taking photos outside the train windows the entire time.  You pass through these old villages that make you feel as if you are inside a painting.  Graz is like a hidden treasure for families.  We checked into the Hotel Wiesler, which is right in the heart of town and quite a special little boutique hotel.  We had a late lunch at their restaurant Speisesaal and it did not disappoint.  Make sure you order the chocolate ball if you find yourself dining with them.

That afternoon we wandered and shopped in this charming city.  The kids found some Austrian gifts that included a dress from Gerstner’s, and a famous chocolate shop, Linzbichler.  Of course it was all gone by the time we got back to the hotel.  The most incredible thing to do in Graz was to visit the top of Schlossberg and the old clock tower.  This was the most memorable day in Graz.  The views from the top and the funicular up and down were truly magical.  We did visit the City Hall before our next stop to try and find out more about our Musen family and we came up empty handed.  I could see that my Dad was disappointed, and I told him we would not give up.

After Graz, we adventured onto Salzburg, the “City of Mozart.”  Yes, also the home of Sound of Music but home to so much more.  We took the train and headed straight to The Sacher hotel for breakfast. It was like stepping back into time or into an old painting.  We had coffee and a delicious brunch and then walked across the street to The Mirabell Palace and Gardens, which was an original shooting location for The Sound of Music.  Following the gardens we went to Hohensalzburg Fortress, which is the biggest preserved castle in Central Europe. We took the funicular up and walked around admiring the Alps and the views!  We also visited the Marionette Museum, which was one of my “favorite things”, and I actually tried to work one of the puppets, it was like being in that famous scene in The Sound of Music.

We toured as much of Salzburg as we could.  But to be honest, you could easily sit in a café and have a glass of wine and look out at the Alps all day too.  We did that at the end of our day.

For our last night in Vienna we stayed at the Pension Sacher apartments, which is a wonderful alternative when traveling with a family.   They are located in the heart of Stephansplatz right in the center of Vienna, with full kitchens and views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.  They even have a washing machine, which is quite handy when traveling abroad with children.  On our last evening, we celebrated my baby’s birthday, which topped off the entire trip!  She got to celebrate for 30 hours since we left Vienna on her birthday and arrived back home to New York City on the same day.  The captain on Austrian Airlines even wished her a Happy 8th Birthday too.  Maybe we will get to celebrate her birthday again one day in Austria.  Maybe we will be able to find our Musen family ancestors one day too.  But what we do know is that Austria is our greatest family trip thus far and we cannot wait to return to #FeelAustria again.




as Christy Turlington Burns joins us. (It’s been 6 years since we first met at one of our first events ever!). Did you know she almost died after giving birth? Since then, she is saving moms around the world because Every Mother Counts!!! How does she get her kids involved? Would she change her experience? Is she guilty when she travels? (Hint hint hint – she tells us something about her husband Ed Burns that will make us love them more!).

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This Mom, a Recent Quadruple Amputee, Is Now Fighting to Survive

In June 2016, Ilysa Winick contracted a rare blood disease that caused her body to go into septic shock, shutting down her vital organs. Now, she needs your help.

I’ve learned so much this year. My journey began in December 2015, when I decided to call myself a #FutureCancerSurvivor. I’m now almost done with treatment (though it really never ends) and can call myself a survivor. I recently wrote that though it was my worst year, it was also #myBrEaSTyear. I’ve learned throughout my journey from so many of you. Your openness inspired me. Your own challenges taught me. Your survivor stories makes me want to keep hearing and sharing more. Your stories of survivorship will help others survive.

So I decided to share just of few of your stories on my latest episode of The MOMS podcast.

Read the Full story at GoodHousekeeping.com.

#myBrEaSTyear celebration

I choose my family. I choose my friends. Thank you Amanda Uprichard for making my dream shirt. Thank you Nelson Braff for this special night at Southern Hospitality. I planned this last minute party though treatment is not done for a month but it was on an off NBA night for my dad. I keep my mom pretty busy between my work as our attorney and the kids but she changed her plans too.

Luckily David Blaine was in town prepping for his upcoming tour. My brother had a home Ranger game. My #workwife and I took a break from Mamarazzi and our podcast. While missing some, so many of my friends celebrated with me. The biggest stars…my two boys…who worked the room like pros and clearly like a good party..like their mom.

Thank YOU. All of you.  

#survivor #futurecancersurvivor 📷 Jonathan Breton (and thx Hanky Panky too).

Multi Generational Travel at Generations

Recently a friend mentioned to me that I travel with my parents a lot. The truth is I travel with them any chance I can get. First of all, time is precious as we all know, and when you have parents who adore your children, you want them to share in every moment possible. I also travel with my folks all the time because we don’t live in the same city.

Any school break or vacation we have, we all just want to be together. We met my parents, and sister’s family down in Riviera Maya last month at Generations by Karisma. The kids had off for February break and we decided to all meet in Mexico. I had never been to a Karisma property and I was excited to explore all of their offerings.

One of my favorite things about Generations is that it feels like a boutique hotel. It is an all-inclusive resort that feels private and secluded. You don’t have to walk miles to get to the beach it is literally steps away from your room. You don’t have to race to get chairs at the pool, there are plenty and you don’t feel crowds of people. This is because there are only 144 rooms that are oversized ocean front suites and they include Butler service.

Vacations mean something different to everyone. My work wife, Denise Albert craves action. She is looking for every water slide she can get her body onto and every zip line out there. I on the other hand want relaxation and that is exactly what we did. Our group plopped ourselves on the beach in a cabana and read, swam, walked the beach for shells and snorkeled. We never left the property (found no reason to do so) and we just took in the scenery and loved the quiet.

Now there are incredible activities to be found at Generations. Our son joined a cooking class, played beach volleyball daily and basketball poolside. There is also a Kids Club, if you want to duck into the Spa, which is exactly what we did. We had the most magnificent massages on the beach! But one of the most unexpected highlights of the trip was the entertainment at night. We were blown away by the Brazilian performance group that got us up and out of our seats dancing as well as the Casino night for families.

Generations made our multi generational get away relaxing, extra easy and extra luxurious. The bonus of traveling with your parents is that mom and dad (aka us, the parents) get a vacation too.


(…and apparently our timing is right according to today’s NY Times article about Podcasts!) So here is our latest addition to The Moms!

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Behind The Scenes With Boss Baby Mamarazzi

We have been hosting and producing our Mamarazzi events since 2012! This has included work with all the major film studios, publishing houses and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jen Garner, Pitbull and so many more!  We are coming up on a major celebration and announcement with our Mamarazzi events that we cannot wait to share.

In the meantime, we have put together a “behind the scenes” of what goes on.  There are so many factors that make an event come together for us.  We work around a celebrity’s schedule, a film release and our Moms schedules and take it from there.  We often pray for good weather and no traffic on the day of our event.  We have a “Run of Show” that we have to stick with and if one thing goes wrong it can impact many things.  That’s when we just smile and dance and put on our best show.  Someone once told us that “it’s PR not ER” and that has forever stuck.

For those of you who are new to our community and our Mamarazzi events, take a look at behind the scenes and stay tuned because you will get to experience them in a whole new way very soon.

What My Best Friend and I Say When We Talk About Our Breast Cancer

We’ve had very different journeys, but both of us wanted to show our kids that Mom is a fighter.

One year ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer — just a month after my diagnosis. Our journey’s would be so different. She celebrated at my pre-chemo party with me (above, right) and the next day told me of her own diagnosis. We wrote this piece together shortly afterward, but she wasn’t ready to share her story. Now she is. Now, just a year after her double mastectomy, Ashley Phillips is not only ready to share her journey, she’s also an inspiration to me and will be to so many others when you read what she just did!

Read the Full story at GoodHousekeeping.com.

Women Crush Wednesday

I have lots of crushes.  But today on #WCW (women crush Wednesday) I want to intro you to masbisjoux and Morgan, the mom of 3 behind it.

Morgan read about my #FutureCancerSurvivor Journey and wanted to send me some magic with her 🦄necklace.  She told me “It’s everything to me . Hope and Magic.  I believe it brings love into my mind body and soul and beams love out to others. It is a piece that reminds me of all of our childhood innocence, that despite race religious, culture, we all are born pure and we are all sisters and brothers on this earth and we all need to believe and come together. It reminds me of my late incredible mother who passed away but is still with me everyday, when I think of her I touch my necklace and am  reminded of the Magic she shines on me always. Because magic never ends, and neither does love.” Now I proudly wear this little piece of magic from my new friend.  We all need magic.  We all need love.  We all need support.  I hope you support this entrepreneurial mom who hopes to get her line into more stores and give back to charity with each sale!

Visit masbisjoux to shop the collection and use promo code The MOMS and 10% of each sale will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

#moms #love #charity#unicorns #magic #friendship #survivor #cancer #LiveLaughLove 📷by @photos_by_jb

The MOMS & Miles Bakshi, Ramsey Naito, Tom McGrath and Marla Frazee

The MOMS hosted a Mamarazzi event with Miles Bakshi, Director Tom McGrath, Producer Ramsey Ann Naito, and Author Marla Frazee to discuss their new hit film The Boss Baby, and The Dolby 88 screening room.

Take a look at some shots from the event where our guests had the chance to meet The Boss Baby himself! The Boss Baby that arrives in theaters next Friday, March31!

Denise Surprises Her Boys With No Wig

When I decided to go for a blow out yesterday for the first time since chemo …it was right before I had to pick up my boys from school. I didn’t have my video rolling initially but I had my hood up and right away Jaylan said, “Mom, you aren’t wearing you wig!”

Take a look for the rest! I’m so proud of these two. They have been through so much and are my strength if you can believe that of an 8 and 12 year old!

Denise’s 1st Hair Blow out since shaving her head!

This is a BIG deal.  Almost 1 year ago today (March 15th), I shaved my head.  I had my 2nd chemo treatment for Breast Cancer and woke up to most of my hair on my pillow case.

I shaved my head at Bitz & Pieces, put my wig on and went right to work at our Mamarazzi event with Jennifer Garner.

Today, I was working with Melissa and for some reason decided to go for a blowout…..

What are the most important things you look for when planning a family vacation?

by Denise Albert

Here’s my top 5:

  • Inclusive.  The bills and meals add up otherwise
  • Weather.  It’s never a guarantee, but certain places have better odds than others.
  • Convenient to get to.  A few hours on the plane, then a short drive always makes it best when traveling with kids.
  • Continual Options for Activities for the kids, for me and for us together.
  • Luxury Property and nice rooms.

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

My recent trip to the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana with my boys and extended family excelled in all of those! Everything on site was included! The weather was dreamy. It was a 3 1/2 hour plane ride from NY and less than 30 minutes in a taxi once we arrived. We were at the pool an hour after we landed. And they even had a separate check in for my boys which was such a special experience. The Fantasia property has guest rooms with the ability to accommodate families of up to five people, allowing for larger families to stay together and save even more.

The activities were endless. I did a yoga class by the pool. My entire family took a water aerobics class together. My kids participated in so many other activites that just popped up throughout the day in the pool. From a fun course to water polo. It was a beautiful short walk to the beach, kids and teen club and the night entertainment at the theater was a perfect way to relax after our full days. There was never a moment to be bored and I got to just chill and watch in the fun. The Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia is a new concept for the brand, having a luxury all-inclusive offering in a family setting that is suited for the whole family.

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

We took a chocolate making class at the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro. We tried this on-site rope course. We relaxed on the beach. We did it all. In a close, beautiful, luxurious way without breaking the bank.

Bahia Principe

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana

I Never Expected a Year with Cancer to Be My Best

Since my diagnosis, I embraced life more fully than ever before.

You only live once. 

Life is short. 

Live life to the fullest.

I want to believe that I have always lived this way; but I probably didn’t. After a year in treatment for breast cancer, though, I can now say all of these sayings and really mean it. It was a long year. It was my worst year. But it may have also been my best year.

Read the Full story at GoodHousekeeping.com.

Who works from The B’office?

Working from home has its challenges. I work out of my Boffice aka, the bedroom and office.  There are many pros and also cons to this.  Everyone’s situation is different.  For me, it allows me to be more present with my children everyday. It allows me to be there when they get home from school, it allows me to run to school pick up for my little one and yet it is also a curse.

I hate when they are home and I am stuck on calls in another room and I hate when I have to shove them aside while focused on work.  I guess I dont like that they have to see that.  I want to give them all my attention when they want it. On the other hand, I love that they see a hard working mom, who is trying to do it all.

Today I have found the balance while working from home.  It could possibly be because my children are older now and more independent.  It could be that they are more self sufficient.  It could be that I am out at meetings most of the day, so not constantly at home.  It could be that I own a company called The MOMS, and people are more undestanding given the nature of our business.

There have been those moments, where you go on mute during a call and tell your kids to shut up nicely or where you go on mute while cooking dinner and cleaning dishes so your clients dont hear the pots and pans and water. It is almost quite comical sometimes all the chaos, but that is also parenting.

I think the bottom line is that we are just trying to do the best that we can as working parents, and we are now blessed and cursed with devices that allow to us work from really anywhere.

So, on that note, this video just made our day over here at The MOMS.

Take a look…..

BIG NEWS For Denise! Susan G. Komen NYC’s Impact Award Recipient 2017

Thank YOU! I wouldn’t wish Cancer on anyone. But since I didn’t have a choice, I wanted to make a difference. When I attended this event last year when Sandra Lee received this award, I was nervous, in the midst of chemo, and honored to have been invited. Now, apparently, Susan G. Komen Greater NYC thinks I’m making an impact. I’m incredibly honored and humbled to be the recipient of their Surviving With Impact Award on May 23rd, 2017. I have so many people to thank including each and every one of YOU for your love, support, likes, and shares to allow me to try to make an impact. Thanks to my #workwife Melissa Musen Gerstein for her partnership with me in The Moms which allowed me to have this voice, my parents Benita Caress Albert Oberlander and social-media shy Marv, my boys, family and friends for everything. I’m one lucky Surviving (#FutureCancerSurvivor) Mom. If you can join us, please do. If not, please continue to share so we can do our best to fight breast cancer! CLICK HERE www.komennyc.org/impactawards for tickets and donations!