Giveaway: Curly Hair Handbook and DevaCurl Products

Curly Hair

If you read my blog, you know I have curly hair and I've been battling it my whole life.  I loved the "Sesame Street" video that came out last year with the little girl who sang about her hair: Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop, ’cause I love what I got on top. It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there! You know what I love? That’s right, my hair! I really love my hair. When I moved to NYC, I was thrilled to find out that I could go to a hair dresser who specialized in curly hair.  For the first time in my life, I was told that having … [Read more...]

Visit the Locations Behind Your Favorite 2011 Oscar-Winning Films

Paris

The films that won this year's Oscars were powerful and memorable.  They were also filmed in some of the most exciting locations here and abroad.  Nicole Hockin, hotels.com spokesperson and author of the Travel Smart Blog, has shared some of her favorite hotels in the cities where this year’s Oscar-nominated movies were filmed.  These locations include: New York City: Known for its collection of arts and culture, fans of the movie Black Swan can experience a show at the New York Ballet where scenes of the movie were filmed. Recommended by 95 percent … [Read more...]

Winter Break Activity with Target: READ with Me at the New York City Library

target

If you're home with the kids this week, I can't think of anything better to do than this event.  Target shares our desire to spread the word about the important role reading plays in shaping our children's futures and is inviting you to come share their passion. As part of its commitment to education and focus on reading, this coming Thursday Target will unveil a 26-foot tall installation on the steps of the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and host celebrity reading events and kid-friendly activities inside of the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Fashion And Race: A Shopaholic Mom Abandons Her Favorite Designer

Fashion and Race

(This piece was originally posted on Technorati by author, Christina Simon.) I’m an admitted shopaholic. I’ll spend my last dollar on a great designer handbag or a good-fitting pair of jeans. I devour virtually every fashion magazine and clip pictures of my favorite looks. I even buy pricey European fashion magazines. And, I’ve recently started buying my ten-year-old daughter pieces from J. Crew’s fabulous Crew Cuts For Kids. So, the other day, on National Public Radio (NPR), a story about NY Fashion Week 2011 caught my attention. Pulitzer Prize … [Read more...]

A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo

Brooklyn Baby Expo

If you are a new or expecting parent, this is an event you'll want to put in your diary, A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo. This very well organized event will have mini demos and mini seminars on everything from setting good sleeping habits to learning CPR and making baby food, product testing of carriers, strollers, organic mattresses and more, and demonstrations. Moms will be pampered with mini-manicures, blow-outs and yummy food from Brooklyn Fare.  Children will have their share of fun, too: baby yoga, first lock cuts, or playing in a fully … [Read more...]

Book Review:Middle-Aged Spread Meets Motherhood in The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43-1/4

Secret Diary of a New MomAged 43-1/2

On our recent trip to the UK, we brought back a few copies of a new book by first-time author, Cari Rosen, called  The Secret Diary of a New Mom Aged 43-1/4.  Cari and I have quite a few things in common.  While I have never met her personally, I know many people who have.  My husband grew up with her.  Our friend inspired her to write this book.  My brother-in-law worked with her father.   I am also a big fan of her Jewish Chronicle column,which inspired this book so I knew I liked her writing style before digging in.  But even more important than our … [Read more...]

I’m Not Perfect. How Do I Know? Just Ask My Kids.

Max's Monster Book

Before I had kids, I knew I wasn't perfect.  But since having them, I have daily reminders.  From whom, you may wonder?  From both of my children.  Today, for example, I forgot that my daughter's after-school club was called off, so my daughter was left sitting in the school office for 20 minutes...before they called to let me know..and to remind me that I'd been emailed about the cancellation several days before.  The funny thing was that my daughter wasn't bothered by my being late; the school clearly was.  But I was annoyed that I had forgotten to … [Read more...]

The Culture Mom Partners with NYC Alliance for the Arts

NYC Arts

I am happy to report my involvement with NYC Alliance for the Arts.  It's an organization that is in line with everything that The Culture Mom stands for and which I am about: the arts and advocacy.  I 'm also about New York City, the city that had me to drawn to it the moment I first set my eyes on it at age 15.  It was my destiny to live here and I have devoured every minute that I been in this city, filling my time with theater, music, dance, art and charity work.  These are the areas that I do try to stress on my blog, and I am happy to partner with … [Read more...]

Westchester Land’s Trust Event with Environment and Travel Writer, Alex Shoumatoff

Alex Shoumatoff

Legendary journalist, travel writer, world explorer, environmental activist — and Bedford native — Alex Shoumatoff will be the featured speaker at Westchester Land's Trust’s Leon Levy Environmental Symposium. The event happens Sunday, March 6th, at 3pm, at the Bedford Village Historical Hall.  Admission is free and will be followed by an informal reception. Mr. Shoumatoff is one of the most far-flung of environmental and travel writers.  He writes for Vanity Fair, is a former New Yorker staff writer, has authored 10 books, and his website … [Read more...]

little birdie, a New Resource for Insider Child-Friendly Tips

Little Birdie

I'm always looking for child-friendly deals, aren't you?  That's why I was glad to hear about little birdie, a newresource for insider tips for local, kid-friendly deals.  little birdie will be landing in two great cities - NYC (where I live) and Atlanta (where I was born and raised) - in early March.  Parents (expecting or with children 12 years or younger) in those cities will be the first to experience these deals with savings up to 90% off on kid-friendly activities, dining and so much more. To celebrate, little birdie is holding the Feather Your … [Read more...]