Frequently Asked Questions for Savvy Mommy:
Hi from Victoria! I get a lot of emails. Believe me, I’m not complaining. I love hearing from moms across the country – and around the world. But starting my day with 2,204 new emails can be overwhelming (just a tad!). In an attempt to cut back on the number of emails which have to wait for replies, the following is a list of 20 of the most common questions asked. If you don’t see the answer to your question, click here to contact me. (And yes, these are all actually 20 questions or comments received more than once. For some, I can’t believe it either.)
1. Where are you located?
New York… more specifically, Manhattan. Oh, I’m sorry were you trying to send me something? Click here for the only address where you can send me product. I live and work in Manhattan. Neither my home nor my office address is published information. Trust me, whatever you are sending is best sent to the address listed here. You can always send me an email giving me a heads up if you've sent me a creme brulee. Mmmmm.... dessert. Oh sorry. Back to my address. Seriously, just send things here.
2. But I was just online at (insert any search engine /media list database name) and saw a different address when I looked you up.
Savvy Mommy is almost six years old. Chances are you could have found an old address from when it was just started. There are no forwarding orders on any office address I may have had so please do not send products to those addresses since I will not receive them and I won't be notified anything was sent to that old address. If you thought it was a good idea to send products for review to one of those old addresses, I can assure you I have not received it and it should be considered lost. Sorry. I also suggest you do not mail samples in my name to any of the 400 television stations I appear on. So update your mailing lists to the address listed here. It doesn't matter what Vocus, Bacon's or Cision lists say, trust me those listings are not correct.
3. We'd like to hire you to be our mom spokesperson for television segments as part of an SMT, multi city media tour or radio news release (RNR) or to be a family lifestyle expert for our expert advisory panel. I'm happy to hear you are considering me for this opportunity. Thank you! Please email me.
4. What does "100% Advertorial Free Since 2002" mean?
Since I started SavvyMommy.com, I have written the reviews you read on the site without being paid by businesses (or extremely large corporations) hoping that cash would guarantee my kudos. While I don't knock mom blog editors who do accept money in order to write editorials on their site -- which yes, are then called advertorials -- I do believe that route is not right for me. And I also don't believe its right to disguise advertorial reviews as editorial ones. Moms deserve better.
5. Do you work from home? Are you a work at home mom? A stay at home mom?
Ahh, the answer to the million dollar question. I’m in my office all the way downtown three business days a week. The other days I’m either working from home on the Upper East Side or from a hotel room since I am always traveling to appear on television shows across the country. (Yes, I really do appear live in-studio in places like Phoenix or Albany -- why not!?) On the days I work from home, I get to have lunch with my children if they are home from school. Yum. Bunny Pasta for everyone. There are times my children travel with me for a television segment but until recently only my son Luke was a veteran of live television. Now all three of my children have been in a television segment.
6. Who are the designers you wear in the television segments I see you on?
I get this question so much, I’m in the process of creating a page so everyone can easily find what I wear. But just a quick answer… All jewelry besides my earrings.. especially my necklaces are from Moon River Pearls. And clothing comes from stores including: lucy, Calypso, BCBG, Betsey Johnson, Banana Republic and gap. Throughout my pregnancy with Harrison, I wore Maternal America, momzee and Isabella Oliver. (I’ll update this answer when the page is up.)
7. Will you speak at my mommy group, visit my book club, talk to expectant moms in our organization? By the way, we are located 20 states away from you. Sure! Wait, I just heard Laura cringe. Laura handles my schedule and she doesn’t like when I say yes because it usually conflicts with other appointments she’s scheduled or with my travel schedule. I would love to attend your event and would be delighted to speak but I have to check my schedule. While I do not publish my travel schedule, there may be a chance I will be in your town so feel free to email your request here…. Even if you are 20 states away from where I live.
8. I’d like to invite you to my book launch party, media lunch, charity event or store opening. Would you please stop by my booth at ABC Expo/Kids Show? Where should I send the invite or tickets?
Click here for the mailing address or here to email the invite.
9. I represent XYZ hotel/resort and would like to invite you and your children to experience our property.
How lovely. But unfortunately my schedule doesn’t allow for me to make very many media visits outside of Manhattan with or without my children. I appreciate the offer and suggest you email me to see if I have a block of time coming up which would allow me to visit your property as part of a press trip.
10. I represent XYZ hotel/resort and would like to create a contest for some of your site visitors to win a stay at our hotel. I know your moms would love our resort.
Fantastic. They will be thrilled. Send the information to this email.
11. How can I get a copy of the segment you did that included my company/my client? Do you know how many viewers watch XYZ show when you appeared?
Unfortunately I do not sell copies of the television segments I do each week. There are several national clipping services out there and all of them can obtain the clip for you whether my segment was local or national. They can also provide you with numbers of how many viewers watched the show and the approximate media value. Please note: I am not affiliated with any of them and I do not ask them to contact any of the brands featured in my television segments.
12. Don’t you think you are just the perfect mother!
Actually I don’t. My daughter is five years old and everyday I learn something new. I’ve never claimed to know everything. I just use common sense every day to raise my children and tried to do the same throughout my pregnancy.
13. Can we pay you to include our product in one of your upcoming television segments?
No. Never. No way. You can’t pay to be included in an upcoming television segment I am appearing on or in an editorial I am writing on my site. But you can pay to include your product in the As Seen On listing on the Savvy Mommy website if you were chosen for a television segment. You can see an example As Seen On listing by clicking here. As Seen On listings allow for your product to be easily found after they are seen by the viewers of various shows I appear on.
14. Hi Valerie, I’m a friend of (insert one of my acquaintances’ names) and I’d love to be on your site. Click here for the only address where you can send me product samples and media information. Thanks, Victoria.
15. Veronica, Can I send Luke a onesie and burp cloth from my new company?
My son Luke is three and a half years old, he no longer uses burp cloths but if you want to send it to my newborn son Harrison, feel free to do so. Love, Victoria
16. Hey Vicki, would you write a blurb for my book if I sent you a galley or ARC?
I am happy to write a blurb for your book provided the book could be read on a flight and you give me at least a week’s time to do so. Click here for the address where you can send me a review copy, galley or ARC of your book. The same goes for authors interested in me providing them with a book review. Thanks from Victoria.
17. You wrote a blurb after reading a galley / ARC for my book, what should you be attributed as?
That’s up to you entirely, some people have used “Savvy Mommy Victoria Pericon, author of Mommy Land” while others liked “Victoria Pericon, author and national television correspondent” I've also seen "Victoria Pericon, editor of Savvy Mommy magazine (www.savvymommy.com)"
18. Your last name is Pericon. Are you related to Dr. Nicholas Perricone? My last name is also Pericon and I am researching my genealogy, please tell me what you know about your last name.
I am not his ex-wife and I am not related to Dr. Perricone. And if you look closely, you will notice that our last names aren’t even spelled the same way. Pericon is the last name of my second husband who is the father of my three children. Since it is not the last name I had at birth, I don't know very much about its origin, sorry.
19. I like your mommy blog. Can I link to you? Would you link to me?
Just to clear up some confusion, Savvy Mommy is not a blog. For four years I only had a website called Savvy Mommy. In 2006, I started a blog called Veep Veep. And if you are interested, you can find it, by clicking here. Of course you can link to my website and/or blog.
20. Who takes care of your kids if you are always traveling to do television shows?
One word. Family. More specifically – Nana. I don’t believe in employing people to take care of my children or leaving them in a day care center when I have extremely willing and able family members who want to spend time with my children. When they aren't in school, which is rare because Natalie and Luke go to school five days a week -- my children are visiting various family members. I understand many people aren’t lucky enough to have family close by who want to take care of their grandchildren when the parents are out of town. Everyone has to make a choice. This is mine.
IMPORTANT BONUS QUESTION
21. Your children look nothing like you. Are they really yours?
Yes. They are my biological children. I was there for the birth of both of them after I personally carried them for 40 weeks each (and 41 weeks in the case of Harrison). But if I did adopt them, I would still consider them mine.