02Jul

Guest Post: Minions Review

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Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, and certainly since the beginning of my children's time. I couldn’t have hoped for three more lovable characters than Stuart, Kevin and Bob - the cute yellow heroes of the new movie out this week, Minions. Uh Oh! I took my children (ages 7 and 11) to see a preview of the movie last weekend. There has been a lot of build up to the prequel to Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), and I was hopeful it would live up to our expectations. Needless to say, it Read More

17Jun

On Motherless Children (and Nearly Making My Own Kids Motherless)

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I have several friends who are motherless. I still have my mom, so my heart is full of sympathy when I hear and read their stories, but I've never been able to fully relate because she's here....very much here, living just 25 minutes away. But how often did I ever think that I would possibly leave my own children motherless? Pretty much never. I'm scared of dying in a car crash, but I just drive slower as a result. So, several weeks ago, when I nearly died, saving myself by breaking my wrist in the worst place possible, breaking a rib, spraining a Read More

04Jun

Where I’ve Been

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Since I last wrote a piece on where I've been, I've certainly fed into my strong, evergrowing wanderlust. I've circled the globe and have visited ah-mazing, breathtaking places like Hawaii, Mexico and Iceland. And I've managed to hold down a job, raise a family  and write A LOT: Huffington Post 10 Places You Must Visit with Kids Skip the Crowds: Peak Days to Avoid Disney World (and When to Go!) Today's Mama A Family-Friendly Film and TV Bus Tour of NYC Five NYC Hotels That Are a Favorite Among Celebrities Four Affordable Hotels in Read More

26May

Diary of a Breeder

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It is with immense interest that I've been following the conversation that has developing around what is being coined "non breeders," women my age who have decided not to conceive, or have set out to explain why they are not conceiving. From Meghan Daum's book Shallow, Selfish and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids to , the conversation has been both deep and contemplative about a new generation of women who are not having children. I respect every single one of these women's decisions. As the mother of a 10 and 12 Read More

20May

How Travel Has Transformed Me

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"As you move though this life ...you leave marks behind, however small. And in return , life -- and travel -- leaves marks on you." - Anthony Boudain Do you want to hear how travel has transformed me? I'm about to tell you. Last week I was in the middle of the most amazing trip in Iceland when something quite unexpected happened to me. I got hurt. Not just hurt, badly hurt. Without going into detail on what happened, I will just say that I'm okay and that everything was done to make me comfortable while I was in Europe. I got home a few days ago Read More

17May

A Toyota Adventure to Hilton Short Hills to see Listen to Your Mother

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Last weekend my family and I ventured to New Jersey for a bit of an adventure. I was given a Toyota 4Runner to test out for our journey and was eager to set out on our family road trip. We had big plans: a weekend stay at Hilton Short Hills and a trip to see the New Jersey production of Listen to Your Mother, a show I have had much to do with since its inception. I hadn't known where the producing road would take me then and I certainly didn't know where the weekend's traveling roads would take us, but I was looking forward to finding out. The Toyota Read More

09May

Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway

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If you've been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn't avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I've been more determined than ever to keep everything I'm learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I've also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up. So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and Read More

16Apr

Where You’ll Find Me

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  I've been quiet on the blog because I'm currently on a wellness trip in Kauai. Yes, I mean Hawaii. Sometimes these trips come at exactly the right time and I feel very privileged to be on assignment here. I have had several articles featured on the web recently and wanted to share a few of the links. Travel YES, You Can See Disney on the Cheap - Here's How (Yahoo Travel) America's Best Family-Friendly Resorts (Huffington Post) Unusual Family-Friendly Attractions in Kissimmee (MiniTime) A Weekend of Skiing and Maple Sugaring in Read More

10Apr

Week 4: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness

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"Are you sure you want to know?" These seven words started off my forth training session at Encore Fitness NY this week. After a two-week hiatus, imposed upon me by the kids' spring break and then Passover, I had finally been able to return to my regular routine and to my weekly sessions with Robert. I was eager to get back on track. While I had been off schedule over the two week period, I had attempted to engage myself in deeper work-out sessions. I started taking short runs, planking when I had time during the day, and really pushing myself at the Read More

05Apr

Our NYC Staycation

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This past spring break was an interesting one. After living in and near NYC for a lot of years, I decided it was time for my kids to have a NYC staycation. We stayed in hotels, went to museums on 42nd Street like Madame Tussaud's, took a bus tour, ate in Chinatown and Korea Town, went to the top of the Empire State Building, visited the Statue of Liberty and toured Ellis Island, went to the 9/11 Memorial, explored the orchids at the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and had pizza on Arthur Avenue, indulged in cupcakes at Carlos Bakery, strolled through Read More