Mashable’s Social Media Day 2014 Celebrated with a Google+ Hangout On Air #SMDayHOA

SMDayHOA Hosts Mia Voss Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo

Social Media Day #SMDay was Celebrated

 June 30th, 2014 Globally.

Social Media Day is an annual global event on June 30 that recognizes the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. Mashable invited Social Media particpants to join fellow social media enthusiasts by hosting or attending a Social Media Day Meetup in their area.

Chef Dennis Littley, Mia Voss and me, Kathleen DeCosmo held our Social Media Day celebration on Google + by hosting a #SMDayHOA which brought some supercharged  *Networking*!

There were many social media personalities representing all the different social media platforms we all know and love with many special guests popping in to say hello!

You are INVITED to VIEW the #SMDayHOA by CLICKING the IMAGE below:

SMDayHOA Recap Hosts Dennis Littley Kathleeb DeCosmo Mia Voss


SMDayHOA Guests with Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss



Sweetery @SweeteryNYC:
NYC’s favorite gourmet dessert truck & full-service experiential marketing company! Follow us for news, contests & sweet deals!

GEV Magazine

GEV Magazine @GEVMagazine
Haute couture and cuisine… Prepare to salivate endlessly… Join GEV on FB: Follow Editor @Cloutwoman too!

Markets of New York #SMDayHOA

Markets Of New York @MarketsNYC
Karen Seiger – Author, Blogger, Market Enthusiast! Find out about about the best artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC! (Guidebook and Blog)


Fundafeast @fundafeast
#Crowdfunding platform exclusively for#food + #drink industry. Looking for#funding for a #foodstartup#cookbook, #restaurant, #wine bar? Crowdfund with us!

all the tastes of New York #SMDayHOA

NYC Food Crawls @AllTheTastesNYC
3 Restaurants in1 Evening! to reserve. Event Planning/Experiencial Dining/Brotherhood Winery Rep.

mommy factor #SMDayHOA

Onica {MommyFactor} @MommyFactor
A mom’s opinion on #parenting, pr/media events, #tech products & more. Mom to biracial son. Lifestyle#blogger and #socialmedia rockstar.

winerist #SMDayHOA

Winerist @TheWinerist
#Winerist is wine travel made simple. Find and book your perfect wine experience to 50 wine regions! #winetravelmadesimple

LaLaLunchbox #SMDayHOA

LaLa Lunchbox @LaLaLunchbox
Say goodbye to meal time stress! LaLa Lunchbox is the #1 meal planning app for kids. Parents love it too!

Happy Wives Club #SMDayHOA

Happy Wives Club™ @happywivesclub
Twice voted #1 Marriage Site. 750,000+ women strong. The book, Happy Wives Club, is now a USA Today® & New York Times® Best Seller! All tweets by Fawn Weaver.


SMDayHOA Sponsors w Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss


Kelly and Jones

Kelly & Jones  @kellyandjones

Caught wearing perfume in the tasting room. Blending fragrance inspired by the vineyard. Created by @SaludScents.#wine #perfume a SMDayHOA Sponsor  Hosted by Chef Dennis Littley Kathleen DeCosmo Mia Voss  @NewYorkcom                   Your essential source for Broadway, entertainment, travel, & everything New York! #WeLoveThisCity


Markets of New York

Markets Of New York @MarketsNYC
Karen Seiger – Author, Blogger, Market Enthusiast! Find out about about the best artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in NYC! (Guidebook and Blog)



Happy Wives ClubHappy Wives Club™ @happywivesclub

Twice voted #1 Marriage Site. 750,000+ women strong. The book, Happy Wives Club, is now a USA Today® & New York Times® Best Seller! All tweets by Fawn Weaver.


The Pillow PlusThe Pillow+ @thepillowplus

The most versatile pillow you will ever need! Simply clip on your swim bag, back pack, or purse & go! Perfect for swimming, camping, sports, or just relaxing!

Remembering 9/11 by Katie Shea Design

9/11 Remembrance Rose By Katie Shea Design

9/11 Remembrance Print By Katie Shea Design

Remembering 9/11

Brooklyn ….Memorial Day Weekend 2010 Surrounded by Family, Friends….!

The conversations were heartwarming, diversified and comedic.  My husband even had one of the guests prank phone call our daughter asking her just one more time “Is it All about Trendz” a jewelry store in Manhattan that we all could not get straight in our heads.   Maybe it was the sun or the wine or just both.  We laughed so hard we could not breathe as our daughter called us all jerks and hung up for the third time!

My husband’s family have their roots in Brooklyn so many of the guests were from “The Neighborhood” and there was a lot of reminiscing. Our cousin Big Art joined in and the conversations ranged from how his hearing became impaired by the gunshots that were fired by his ears during his career as a NYC Transit cop to the POW bracelet he wears on his wrist.

We all examined the copper looking piece and discussed the names and inscriptions.  Big Art can appear to be rough and tumble but is in fact a kind and deeply caring man.  The bracelet has been worn by him since the late 60’s.  The POW represented on the bracelet was dated as missing since 1965.  My husband, myself and a few others recalled our grammar school years during the Vietnam War there were many bracelets worn with names inscribed representing men serving and missing in Vietnam.  Upon further inspection we became aware of another name inscribed more recently.  Big Art explained it was one of “His” that perished 9/11.  We all fell silent out of respect for the fallen.  My heart was silently breaking for him.  Big Art is immersed in taking care of “His own” meaning the families of the 9/11 fallen.  He is extremely proactive in preserving the memories of the men and honoring them.  Big Art, although retired for many years was one of the first responders arriving at the BIG Hole and piles of rubble hoping to rescue any survivors.

All of us briefly flashed back at the mention of the fallen man represented on Big Art’s bracelet to that day of horrifying tragedy, loss and uncertainty.  My mind flooded with the images of the second plane hitting the second tower and then both towers imploding shortly thereafter!

My husband and I had the longest phone call that day since he was blessed with one of the only working telephone lines.  He was awaiting his assignment from the Hospital he works for.  There were thousands of body bags arriving throughout the city hospitals and all were bracing for a rising death toll and injuries galore.  He was mandated to stay and work for however long it took to take care of the injured.  Phone service in NYC was at a minimum if any, so I was the conduit from the hospital staff to family members informing them of their loved ones safety.  We kept the line open for hours as I dialed on my cell phone and even put the cell phone to the receiver so people could connect and be comforted by the sound of the live voices.

Hours went by and finally my husband said we had to free the line.  I was deeply troubled since I did not know if this was going to be the last time I would ever hear his voice.  I became immobilized and kept repeating myself in an effort to keep him on the line.  Hanging up with him was like letting go of a drowning man.  I told myself I had to keep it together since we have 3 children and if I looked worried they would be worried.  I left them in school while all this was going on because I needed to collect myself to present to them a calm, confident mother.

Our drive home from Brooklyn brought us right past the World Trade Center site.  I usually do everything I can to avoid that whole area and today of all days we HAD to pass by because of Holland Tunnel traffic.  This time I forced myself to face the Big Hole and the beginnings of rebuilding.

Our friends James and Shea were snoozing in the back of the Van unaware that they were in the presence of a sacred ground.   All of my senses became heightened and I became acutely aware of utterances, murmurings and physical pain just being in close proximity to this tragic parcel of land.

I feel sad and guilty at the same time.  Sad for all the loss that is still being felt throughout our surrounding area and guilty because I was not in the midst of the first responders.

I want to do something of significance in remembrance of all those that were lost in the 9/11 attacks.

This Memorial Day let us remember the Men, Women and Children that have FALLEN on our own Soil.

Let us Never Forget!

September 11th, 2001 – 2011

July 4th 2011, Let Us Never Forget

Happy July 4th

This Independence Day let us all take a minute and reflect on all that have contributed to our “Independence”

Never Forget 2001-2011

This Sept 11 will be 10 years from that fateful day.
  Let us Never Forget