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Guys, I am lucky. As a small business owner, I don’t have the normal 9 – 5 schedule. I don’t have to be in a certain place for 40 hours a week. I don’t have to count my vacation days or call in when I’m sick. It is up to me to fit it all […]

Personal, YP Life

April 18, 2019

Waiting…

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“All the kids are staying up as late as they can before they pass out.” Shana, my sister, WhatsApped me. I laughed when I read the message. There is nothing like staying up for Passover Seder when you are a kid. Drinking what feels like galloons of grape juice, smelling the bitter horseradish but not […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

April 11, 2019

The Magic of Passover…

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“Let’s welcome Yael Pachino to the stage!” and everyone started to clap. I stood up from my seat in the back of the room. Took a deep breath in. I tried to smile as I walked up to the stage. The lights were bright. The clapping was loud and the butterflies in my stomach were […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

April 4, 2019

Facing my Fears

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“Do you see that girl in that picture?” Jon asked as he pointed to a rustic looking photo on the wall in their apartment building right outside of their front door. “That’s my grandmother. It’s my family’s apartment building.” He said as we walked down the stairs. I was in awe. Chevi and Jon, the […]

Engagements, words of the week, YP Life

March 29, 2019

An Early Spring Carl Schruz Park, New York Engagment Session: Chevi & Jon

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“OK, I think I am going to run to the grocery store and…” my phone started buzzing from my back pocket, ARMANDA in bright white letters showed up on the caller ID.  “It’s your grandmother!” I said with a huge smile. I sit down next to Robert and put my phone on speaker so we […]

Personal, YP Life

March 28, 2019

Robert’s Grandmother calls us Tech Support

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” I think I just got a minor concussion” I told Robert as soon as he picked up the phone. “What!?” I laughed at my ridiculousness. “I sneezed as I was pulling the car door open and BAM, I smacked my head . Really hard!” Robert paused, and then burst into laughter. I made a […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

March 21, 2019

Guys…I got a mild concussion

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  Full Disclaimer: The photo above is missing 3 nephews and 2 nieces. I will be capturing photos of them all when Robert and I visit Israel in May!   “It’s 5:15am. It will be raining and a high of 31 degrees in Philadelphia today.” I quickly snatch my phone off the bedside table and press […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

March 6, 2019

What it feels like being the aunt that lives in a different country…

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“I figured I’d find you here” Ayelet said as she walked up the stairs of Cornerstone Grill & Loft. I was sitting at one of the High Tops in my black yoga pants and Cornerstone zip-up, wrapping silver-wear, getting ready to start my waitressing shift. “Where else would I be?” I said as I smiled […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

February 27, 2019

What I Struggle With Most: The Truth about Being an Entrepreneur

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  “We might have to get a doubt-conversion .” My Mom announced as I kicked off my fake Uggs and put my backpack down from my long day of Jewish Day School. “What do you mean?” I asked walking into the kitchen. “Well, if I can’t find out who my birth-mom is… We don’t really […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

February 21, 2019

What makes me Jewish…

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There hasn’t been a wedding dress I met that I didn’t love. From beaded to lacy, from an Empire Silhouette to A-line and from sleeveless to backless. I could photograph a dress for hours and be happy! I love them all and don’t even get me started on how absolutely stunning my brides look once they […]

words of the week, workouts, YP Life, Yp wedding tips

February 15, 2019

Yael’s Tip of the Week Vol. 23: The YPP Dress Work Out Routine