Dealing with Volcanos & Travel Insurance

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According to blogofasaneperson, the last time the volcano erupted in the 1800s, it was active for 14 months.  Today air travel could be disrupted for a lot longer, in which case we will all be left in limbo whenever we plan to go abroad.  We’ll all be wondering if everything will go according to plan.  And when you are traveling with kids, you have to plan, plan, plan. To read the entire post, please go here. … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Chookooloonks’ The Beauty of Different

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Mamapalooza at Summer on the Hudson

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Rock out with mothers and the people who love them at Summer on the Hudson's annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands Swingset Mamas, KORE, AudraRo and Moey's Music Party, Catholic Girls, Jump with Jill, Skye The Soul Poet', Nacny Lombardo, 'Momedy' MC, as well as Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, Smart4Kidz, food, vendors, interactive fun and more.  It's all happening on Sunday, May 23rd from 12-5pm at Pier 1 on 70th Street & the Hudson River.  Come an hour early for a special PURE Yoga-Thon … [Read more...]

Putamayo Rock & Roll Playground CD FREE Launch Concert

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Award-winning children’s music label Putumayo Kids will celebrate the June 29th release of its newest CD, Rock & Roll Playground, with a concert by featured artist StarFish June 19th at the Scholastic Auditorium.  Enter to win the Culture Mom contest for the new Putamayo CD here by June 1st! The five life-long musicians from New Jersey known as StarFish are featured on Rock & Roll Playground in “The StarFish Stomp.“ Inspired by good old-fashioned classic rock, the band gives parents the opportunity to share a real rock concert experience … [Read more...]

Joanie Leeds Live at 92YTribeca

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Joanie Leeds’ songs reflect a sense that life is a joyful adventure. She has three full length CDs: City Kid, Challah, Challah, and her new release, I'm a Rock Star, and is working on her fourth album, a DVD, and a children's book.  You can see her live on Sunday, June 6th, at 11am.  Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased here. As a musical theatre major at Syracuse University , Joanie began composing her own songs. After graduation, she made the rounds as a singer/songwriter in New York clubs (her favorites were The Bitter End, The Living Room, … [Read more...]

Visit to PBS Studios in New York City

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A few days ago, all of the PBS Kids Club 13 Ambassadors gathered at the new WNET Studios at Lincoln Center for a meet & greet luncheon.  Debbie Adler, PBS Channel 13/WNET's Director of Online Marketing, has put together such an amazing group of women to join the team of ambassadors, including some of my favorite NYC bloggers, there are 14 total, and I am extremely honored to be a part of it all.  In addition, I am doubly honored to be associated with PBS Kids, a brand that I have known all of my life.  From the minute my own children were born, I … [Read more...]

ImaginOcean Ticket (4) Giveaway

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As you know, I'm all about introducing my kids to everything cultural in New York City.  That's why I'm thrilled to be joining forces with John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean, an innovative live black-light puppet show currently running in New York City.   My family is fascinated by the world that exists under the sea and what better way to learn about sea life than through a theatrical musical production?! ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel and three best friends who just happen to be fish, and … [Read more...]

Atari’s Backyard Sports Sandlot Sluggers

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Yesterday my kids and I went to the launch of Atari's new game offering called Sandlot Sluggers.  We celebrated the upcoming release of this new action-packed baseball game with other bloggers and journalists in New York City hosted by Rolemommy.com and Atari. The games come in either Xbox, Wii or DS format.  Sandlot Sluggers, based on one of the best selling kids’ sports video game series, allows players to join their favorite neighborhood friends and play ball in fun and exciting arcade style sports action. Sandlot Sluggers is the next … [Read more...]

An Evening with Gabriel Byrne at the Pelham Picture House

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Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for a night with the fabulous stage and screen actor, Gabriel Byrne at the Pelham Picture House. Byrne, the star of the HBO series In Treatment and such iconic films as The Usual Suspects, will discuss his long, trans-continental acting career and give us a glimpse of what’s still to come.  Prior to the discussion, they will hold a 20th anniversary screening of Miller's Crossing.  The film is set in an unnamed Eastern city in 1929.  The friendship between the local political boss (Albert Finney) and Tom (Byrne), the … [Read more...]

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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I've never been a fan of short stories, but I adored Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth that came out about two years ago.  Just like in her two previous books, The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri writes stories that revolve around relocated Bengali Americans and their adaptation to their new culture.  It's about arranged marriages and how they work out once they come across the ocean, the high expectations they have on their children, the traditions and past that bind them all together, love, hate, betrayal and … [Read more...]