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  • We had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with our old friend Debbie Archangeles and chat a little about a lot: work life blend, re-evaluating and reinvesting to help business growth, personal causes and of course franchise business.Hear the whole interview HERE

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  • At Beyond Mom we often discuss how to start a business from ground up! But what about building a business and growing it over 8-10 years and beyond? We turn to the founders of apple seeds indoor play spaces and songs for seeds music classes, Alison Qualter Berna and Allison Schlanger. They met 9 years ago and bonded over having twins and quickly realized they shared a desire for a new Beyond Mom l...

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  • photo credit Buck EnnisAn excerpt from the Crane's Business Article...Alison Qualter Berna and Allison Schlanger became fast friends at a baby music class in 2005. Besides sharing a name, both were working moms with twins trying to solve the work-life balance conundrum.A dozen years later their company is making millions of dollars helping parents keep their preschool kids active and stimulated. N...

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  • Here's an excerpt from our interview with LollygagBlog.com. You can see our full interview HERESo now you’re offering the opportunity to franchise! Tell me a little bit about your ideal market and who your ideal franchisee might be!Our ideal market is really any community where there are enough babies and young children! We are excited to see just how much songs for seeds could thrive in a city li...

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  • photo credit: Keelyn MitchellThere are many women who change careers once they have children— either by necessity (like me) or by choice, like Alison Berna and Allison Schlanger, two new friends I made recently who started the apple seeds playspace in NYC.Just to give you a bit of background— I was introduced to the Al(l)isons shortly after my book came out. We have a mutual friend who gave them a...

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  • Prior to starting a business together, we both were in careers that we loved. Allison Schlanger was a television producer. She worked at MTV for most of her career in the News and Docs department and also volunteered as a teacher for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders teaching conflict resolution and current events.photo credit Keelyn MitchellMommybites Chit-Chat: Conversations with luminaries, entrepreneur...

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  • Photo Credit: Karen Haberberg Check our latest article in Forbes Magazine!For those of you who reside in Manhattan, there’s a very good chance you’re familiar with apple seeds . For those of you who aren’t familiar, apple seeds is a unique and extremely high-quality children’s play center that attracts the likes of Chelsea Clinton.Their flagship location is enormous, especially by New York standar...

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  • by Allison SchlangerI made some of my closest and most incredible friends through my kids (those are not them pictured above...). One of those friends is named Julie Rudd. Julie has been part of my loving, supportive and super fun mom village since our 12 year old boys were in kindergarten. She recently wrote Fun Mom Dinner, the funniest, most honest movie about mom friends you will encounter -- a...

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  • Credit: Karen Haberberg Entrepreneurs are, by nature, creative people. They thrive on discovering new ways of doing things and are often quick to reject the status quo. However, when it comes to fueling growth in their businesses that innovative spirit quickly vanishes.Over the last six years at BodeTree, I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands upon thousands of entrepreneurs from all walk...

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  • Three years ago, a math teacher from  the United Nations International School (UNIS) -- named Jamie Dougherty -- went to Nepal and was deeply impacted by her experience.  She couldn’t shake what she saw in Nagarkot, Nepal that summer; children going hungry and villagers without an education.  So Jamie came home and started a club at UNIS -- a school that revolves around global cultures and giving ...

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  • Check out this blog post about Alison and Allison’s incredible Mystery Trip last year!  In May 2016, Alison and Allison went to Newark airport without a plan. They only had their passports and a suitcase filled with a little bit of everything to cover any weather condition…You can read more about their adventure here (hint: they ended up on the beaches and rainforests of Panama!)They leave this Fr...

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  • Tell us a little about you (your background, your job, what makes you tick or anything else you think our Mommybites moms will find interesting).Prior to starting a business together, we both were in careers that we loved. Allison Schlanger was a television producer. She worked at MTV for most of her career in the News and Docs department and also volunteered as a teacher for 3rd, 4th and 5th grad...

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  • by Allison SchlangerFor the past two years, my older boys, Sam and Ari, and I have gone on an amazing volunteer vacation together. We worked with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans to rebuild homes that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The homes are then re-sold to teachers at affordable rates to encourage educators to come back and continue revitalizing this amazing city. Here is the story of how ...

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  • I met Ilysa Winick (or Lees as everyone calls her) through my good friend, Nicole. Nicole connected us, years ago, because she thought we had a lot in common. Ilysa is a mom of two kids – Benjamin (7 years old) and Ryan (5 years old) who founded Reade Street Prep – a well-loved Tribeca preschool/enrichment center. 10 months ago, I was shocked and saddened when Nicole told me that Ilysa’s life cha...

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  • by Alison Qualter BernaI am honored to be a Freedom Seeker!  This week I am celebrating the launch of my friend Beth Kempton’s inspiring new book by Hay House, Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love. Freedom Seeker is the story of a woman who went from high-spirited, risk-taking adventurer to grown-up, settled-down, stressed-out mother, wife and business owner, before realizing th...

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  • Just to thank all our apple seeds families for their support over the years?10 years ago we left our careers to figure out a way to bring our kids to work with us.On March 1, 2007 we opened up apple seeds.We would like to thank all the families of Chelsea (many who have become some of our closest friends) that have supported us over the years, and most importantly, trusted us with their beautiful ...

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  • Kili in the Dark

    Hello from Africa! I am in Nairobi, Kenya and will soon drive to Tanzania to guide my friend Dan Berlin up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain on the African continent. We’re not simply going to climb the mountain – we’re going to climb it at night.Naming our trek “Kili in the Dark,” we’re raising money to support children who are vision impaired (see causes below). If you would like to make a d...

  • Ilysa Winick – a mom just like us -- whose life changed on her birthday with no warning

    Ilysa Winick is just like us. NYC mom of two kids – Benjamin (7 years old) and Ryan (4 years old).Ilysa left her job on Wall Street and founded Reade Street Prep – a well-loved Tribeca preschool/enrichment center. She is an incredible artist…and loved to work out. 5 months ago Ilysa’s life changed forever. The weekend of June 8th she celebrated her birthday with her sister and friends. By Monday s...

  • Andy: A Bout of Bravery by Ari Schlanger (11 years old)

    Today is the time of year when I write a blog post about my cousin Andy. Let me just say it is almost impossible to explain her in words. I’ll do my best. Ever since I met her, (which was a very long time ago) she was one of the bravest people I’ve ever known. She’s funny, smart, nice, and a million other qualities that everyone wishes they had. And they all fit Andy perfectly. Right before Andy t...

  • Hope at the Base of Kilimanjaro

    by Alison Qualter Berna Twelve-year-old Priella called out to me as I walked out of the overcrowded classroom in Moshi, Tanzania and simply said, “Wait, Alison, before you go…” I turned to approach her with a smile and in that moment I knew she was a kid who believed she could do more than her circumstances allowed. She wanted to fly.A few days earlier, I had fulfilled a lifelong dream to climb Mo...

  • A great Saturday afternoon activity for your whole family. Join us!

    apple seeds is a PROUD and devoted supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.We will shout from the rooftops anything Cookies is involved in or attached to…because every nanosecond of every single day they are working to save the lives of children battling cancer.How do they do that? They raise money all year long and use it to help to fund research to develop new and improved treatments for childhood...

  • Helping the Childen of Kenya and Tanzia

    by Alison Qualter BernaI've just returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro "in the dark" with my friend Dan Berlin, who is blind, and our fellow co-founders of Team See Possibilities, Charles Scott and Brad Graff. It's hard to put into words the tremendous impact of this experience. We are raising money to support several local charitable causes (see below). Many thanks to those of you who have alrea...

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