27Sep

AMAZE: Taking the “Weird” Out of Sex Ed

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I was recently introduced to AMAZE, an online sex ed resource providing accurate and relatable information to 10-14 year-olds. The timing couldn't be better, after all, I have two kids in that age range and I often wonder what they need to know from me and my British-born husband (who does not happen to be very open about these kinds of things). While they do receive sex ed in public school where we live, I'm not 100% sure that it's enough. I remember what it was like being their ages. I had a lot of questions. One day while watching an Read More

26Sep

Wrapping up NYC’s 2016 Dumpling Festival

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This past weekend I went to the annual NYC Dumpling Festival in NYC's Sara D. Roosevelt Park for the first time. It was paradise for a dumpling lover and thousands came to show their support. The festival was really, really crowded and had a lot of hungry people standing in long lines, but I guarantee you that for those who decided to stick it out, it was worth the wait. After all, the theme of the year was "There's a Chef in Everyone." In addition to the classic dumpling consumption, there were a few new things to see as well: a dumpling making Read More

21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More

20Sep

My Social Good Summit Experience

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I just wrapped up two days at the annual Social Good Summit in New York City. While I have been attending the SGS for the past five years, this year had particular meaning as I was asked to be a United Nations Foundations Fellow. I was given special access to speakers and exclusive events going on around the conference and that was very invigorating, both as a writer and cause marketer. To get up close and personal to many of the people behind major movements that are creating major change around the world was something special. I'm a strong believer Read More

15Sep

On Seeing “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and Meeting the Women Behind the Movie

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I read Bridget Jones's Diary during a pivotal period of my life: my 20's. I related to Bridget in so many ways. We were both single city girls who could hardly balance a check book yet alone keep a job. We both worked in media - she worked in publishing, I worked in television. We both had quirky friends and loved our city lives, hers in London, mine in NYC. We both kept diaries (I really did!) about our love lives. We both screwed things up and made rather clumsy mistakes with men. I wore platform shoes, she wore mile high heels and short skirts. At the Read More

12Sep

Let’s Stop HIV Together

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I'm a child of the 1980s, so HIV is not an unfamiliar term for me. It was more widely known as AIDS, but everyone knew about the virus. I heard story after story of people dying from the disease. Stories of all people, men and women, young and old, black and white. I probably didn't hear enough, partly because the U.S. President at the time tried to brush the enormity of the situation away. However, what I did hear stayed with me. Later as a young woman living on my own in New York City, I headed to a clinic in Harlem to get tested, just as I was Read More

10Sep

Hotel Review: Copenhagen’s Hotel D’Angleterre

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 Hotel D'Angleterre is the ultimate hotel for families to stay while visiting Copenhagen. It's a five-star hotel, and it truly deserves each and every one. On our recent visit, all four of us were visiting a new city and were full of wonder and excitement, not knowing what this part of the trip had in store for us. When our taxi pulled up to the hotel, we were all immediately in awe of its exterior. The hotel was constructed as a neoclassic palace, and it has maintained its 1870s historical aspects and is truly stunning from both the outside and the Read More

09Sep

Hotel Review: Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

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If you're headed to Amsterdam and can afford to indulge, I implore you to stay at the Conservatorium Hotel. Built in 1897, the hotel is situated in a beautiful Neo-Gothic building that was originally the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music. In 2011, it was transformed into a deluxe hotel brand. It's the first member of The Set, a collection of of hotels for sophisticated, design, literary travelers in the 21st century, and let me tell you, it's classy - it's classic - yet it stays true to its roots. Besides the magnificent violin display you encounter when Read More

08Sep

Hotel Review: Hampshire Hotel – Amsterdam American

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When I found out we would be staying at the Hampshire Hotel - Amsterdam American, it immediately rang a bell. Why? One reason. Take a look. Recognize this bench? It's the bench used as a prop in the motion picture, Fault in Our Stars.  Yes, my tween aged daughter and I loved that film. The Hotel De Filosoof in the movie is actually portrayed by the American Hotel, the retro, art deco hotel that sits in the center of the bustling Leidseplein. The real Hotel De Filosoof isn't far, though, and it's conveniently located right around the corner from Read More

06Sep

Hotel Review: Old Swan & Minster Mill in England’s Cotswolds

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When we first pulled up to the Old Swan & Minster Mill, I was instantly intrigued and inwardly delighted. The hotel is a village within a village, literally 60 rooms and a few cottages that resembles a small village. It has so much charm with its dose of traditional English culture and stunning setting, with a 18th century mill located on the River Windrush across 65 acres. It's right down the road from a cathedral and authentic ruins from Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, and the nearby scenery is dynamic. In addition, the Read More