Summer Serenity and Fun at Governor’s Island

Governor's Island

This past weekend was the first time we ventured on the ferry to Governor's Island.  I had been wanting to make the trip for quite a while, and I liked the experience just as much as I thought I would.  It is truly a special place.  It's quiet, bucolic and  in many ways it seems like a million miles from Manhattan.  If you're looking for a day where the kids can spend ample time outdoors, without getting bored, Governor's Island is for you.  A mere 8-minute ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, right next to the Staten Island … [Read more...]

Was Oprah Talking to Me?

oprahfarewell

If you haven't noticed, I've been a little quiet lately.  My husband has been traveling with work for two weeks, which has put the onus of responsibility 100% on me.  At night, I can hardly stay awake past 10pm, a rarity for me, and a time where I get much of my writing done. In the midst of it all, there was the "Oprah" finale.  I have been a huge fan of the show my entire life. Twenty-five years ago, I was a teenager (am I revealing my age? Yes, I am over 40).  My mom, who was a big fan of Phil Donahue, turned me onto Oprah.  I was a soon-to-be … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win Tickets to Zarkana, “Cirque Du Soleil on Steroids”

Zarkana

I was lucky to attend a special performance of Cirque Du Soleil's brilliant new show, Zarkana, at Radio Music Hall in Manhattan a few days ago.  I've always loved Cirque and knew I was in for a treat.  Seeing it in the city I live in and love, NYC, made it extra special, without a doubt. After seeing a few clips, I can honestly agree with what CEO Daniel Lamar stated, "Zakara is Cirque Du Soleil on steroids."  It's wild and grandiose at the same time.  The performers push the boundaries of creativity and go beyond anywhere you can go in your own … [Read more...]

Help Moms Around the World with the Global Poverty Project

The End Event

Mom-entumTM and Moms4Moms are joining to support The Global Poverty Project and Care in an initiative to fight maternal mortality issues around the world.  This is an effort I strongly believe in. Every mother remembers the day she gave birth. For most, it was a joyful and life changing event. But for some moms, childbirth is more complicated. In fact, every 90 seconds, a mother dies from pregnancy-related causes-and without access to the proper resources, technology and knowledge, this horrific epidemic will continue. It’s time for moms around the … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Cradle and All – Theater Tickets

CradleAndAll

  Manhattan Theatre Club's Cradle And All, new show that seeks to answer the age old question "TO BREED OR NOT TO BREED". The show is really clever and witty. You'll laugh, you'll maybe cry and you'll definitely recognize yourselves somewhere! It makes for a great date night, or night out with the girls. A The show runs through June 19th. Cradle and All: Relationships aren't Baby-proof Annie and Nat have a baby who won't sleep. Claire and Luke are losing sleep over the decision to get married and start a family. In adjacent Brooklyn … [Read more...]

Montreal: A Family-Friendly City with European Flare

Montreal with Kids

On my recent trip to Montreal, I was overwhelmed with the city’s European flare.  After a less than 60-minute flight from NYC, I was transported into a world of cafes, croissants, café’ au laits, signs and menus in French and French architecture.  Getting to Montreal is so easy, and the rewards of a weekend away are so abundant.  Plus, there are so many things to do with kids, and what better way to introduce them to French culture without breaking the bank on a trip to Europe? Montreal has so much to offer - it’s a city with so much history.  Situated … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Perfection is Perfectly Impossible

An early incarnation of the perfect mom

(The following post was originally written and posted by guest poster Gina Osher on The Twin Coach.)   Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen   “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen Where did we come up with the idea that we needed to be perfect?  At what point in our lives did this idea take hold so fiercely … [Read more...]

Cookies for Cancer

cookies for cancer

Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by parents inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies. And the reason for the lack of therapies was very simple: lack of funding. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved. Gretchen had a crazy idea for a larger-than-life bake sale with the goal of baking 96,000 cookies … [Read more...]

My Bloggy Boot Camp Experience

Bloggy Boot Camp

  Last week I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Boston.  Run by the SITS Girls,  it was 24 hours full of intense learning and schmoozing with some of my favorite bloggers like the gals behind Mommy Niri, Mommy Shorts, Squashed Mom, Sensible Cents, Random Handprints, Cozi and so many others.  I also met a lot of new bloggers and made fabulous connections. At the conference, I learned new blogging concepts and lessons that I hope to put into action on my personal blog and here on the Ruckus blog.  There were sessions about branding, content, pitches, … [Read more...]

10 Ultimate NYC Summertime Experiences

Bryant Park movie series

There is not time to visit New York that’s better than the summertime. After all the years I’ve been living in NY, I am the perfect summer tour guide. Come with me, and you’re set. I’ll take you for a walk on the waterfront in Battery Park City; to free concerts and festivals; for a long bike ride in Central Park; to a free, wonderful Shakespeare performance in Central Park. If you plan ahead, you can get great deals on flights to New York. For another, with the high exchange rates abroad, the exchange rate has never been better for non-Americans … [Read more...]