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Katie Roberts

Fabulous Females: Katie Roberts

By Maria G. Fernandez
Instagram: @mz_maria_g

What do you do when it’s 18 degrees and you are trudging through Manhattan with 30 lbs of cargo on your back, en route to one of your major distributors? When you’re fingers are so frozen you can’t operate your cell phone? When you’re sick and tired of taking multiple modes of transportation to get to work? You go home and write your letter of resignation! Several years ago, Rutherford native Katie Roberts made the brave move to resign from her corporate job and become a momtrepeneur.

Katie Roberts

Katie left the corporate world behind and decided to follow her passion. What is her passion? Her desire is to “supply women with the tools and support they need to feel like the virtuous women they are intended to be, exposing that power to the world and in doing so, becoming a movement that shapes the world.” Such a powerful and moving statement! Her vision, and passion, where the catalyst for her to start World Momination. As a stay at home single mom (to two boys!), Katie tackles the daily challenges that come along with that in order to have a successful business. She makes it look easy, but it requires a lot of discipline and will power. Katie explained to me that she had to be very regimented in her application of time managements skills, and it was the hardest work she’s ever known. She’s reaping the rewards however, with a successful business, and by being an example to her children and other moms.

Katie has helped hundreds of women through her Bikini Model Mom challenge, Fitmergency (including yours truly, who lost 10 lbs in 10 days with this program!) and recently Juicy Bubbles. She’s also a motivational speaker, and you can catch her on her Instagram or Facebook live with her in your face real talk or tips, tricks for weight management. Her trademark “Goooooodddd morning!” and smile will put a pep in your step. Katie has taken it a step further and recently started a dating blog. There’s nothing that Katie won’t tackle, with vigor and spunk, to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Katie is an inspiration to many in that you can take big chances, work hard and make your dreams a reality. You can find out more about Katie here or check her out on her social media in case you need a kick in the pants!

leaf peeping season

Leaf Peeping Season at Crystal Springs Resort

From now through mid-October, the Northeast gets to experience the peak of leaf peeping season. During this time, all the Autumn colors start to appear throughout the foliage. What better way to watch the leaves change than booking a weekend getaway at Crystal Springs Resort?

Crystal Springs Resort is conveniently located in New Jersey’s Skylands Region. This is one of the absolute best leaf peeping destinations, an hour west of NYC and amidst 2,700 acres along the Appalachian Trail, with views of the Kittatinny Mountains. This is a great place to view, photograph, and just enjoy the scenery. 

Crystal Springs is made up of two hotels with amazing views of the fall foliage, six golf courses, two highly ranked spas, ten restaurants including 4-star Restaurant Latour, a working farm, and an award-winning Wine Cellar with the largest collection of fine wines in the Northeast. Visitors can explore the towns, go apple picking, go hiking, and even taste ciders and spirits at Black Dirt Distilling or Warwick Distillery. Skeet and trap shooting is also available at Clove Spring Range’s Clay and Oak Sporting Club nearby. 

Every year, the mountains are covered in beautiful fall colors, setting the perfect Autumn scene. Start the season off with a visit to Crystal Springs for a nice tranquil getaway! 

Kai Yang

NOW OPEN: Kai Yang, Thai Restaurant in Montclair

Are you craving some authentic Thai food? Do you have a taste for something new? Well luckily for you, Kai Yang, an authentic Thai food restaurant, has recently opened in Montclair. With its traditional decor and intimate seating, Kai Yang puts you right in Thailand, without the hassle of flying!

Thai food features rich combinations of flavors, making it a very popular and favorable cuisine. Sweet, spicy, tangy, savory, they have it all! Kai Yang specializes in authentic Thai Rotisserie Chicken and street food. Their name, “Kai Yang”, actually translates to “grilled chicken”. Served half or whole, their platters of organic marinated chicken, along with traditional sides such as papaya salad, sticky rice, and dipping sauces are shareable for the whole family.

If you are craving more, there are add-on options for their marinated chicken dish. These include Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers), Nuea Yang (sliced grilled beef), and Larb Kai (minced chicken). Their menu also features many other traditional Thai dishes which include stir fry, curry and noodle dishes like Pad Thai and Panang, duck, specialty entrees, seafood, and fried rice. They also offer several Thai desserts which include fried ice cream, fried banana, and sweet sticky rice with ice cream. Kai Yang is BYOB and they offer drinks such as Thai iced tea, lemongrass iced tea, coffee, and more. 

Owner and Chef Sheree Sarabhaya is an award-winning veteran restaurateur, who owns Boon Thai Kitchen in Livingston, Spice II in Montclair, and now Kai Yang. Sarabhaya grew up on these foods in Bangkok, and wants to share them with us all.  Kai Yang is open for lunch and dinner, Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. They are closed on Tuesdays. Take our and delivery are available. Reservations can be made for four or more at (973)-509-2110. 

Remember, September is National Chicken Month!