Visiting Philly During Spring Break

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I've grown up spending a lot of time in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I’ve explored it from head to toe. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones. When I realized recently I would have both kids home for a week, I decided to head to Philly for a bit of family, as well as sight-seeing. Once again, I teamed up with the folks at Visit Philly to give my kids a real taste of what the … [Read more...]

My Latest Binge Watching (With My Tween): The Fosters

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A few weeks ago, my 11 year-old stumbled into a show on Netflix called The Fosters. I'd heard of it before but had never really paid attention. We eased our way into the first episode and by its end, we were completely and utterly hooked. Hence began a week of a total binge fest in our house. My husband was away on business, so we watched two episodes a night. If you haven't watched it yet, you should know that the show follows the lives of two two foster mothers (partners) that share a home with their biological son, adopted twins, and two new foster … [Read more...]

A 1980s Film Binge Fest on Netflix

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I'm a child of the 1980s and the pop culture from that time period stands out in my memory and will forever more.  I loved the music, TV shows and the movies...ahhh, the movies. Films back then were kind of ground-breaking. They delved into topics of teenage-dom and adulthood that had never been touched on. Some were hits and we all saw them over and over. Some just wasted away into oblivion and returned as cult favorites many years later. I've spent the last few months pulling some out of my memory's list and have been re-watching them with my … [Read more...]

Where You’ll Find Me Friday

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  I've been a bit quiet on the blog lately but I haven't been quiet in the internet universe! I've been writing and I wanted to share a few of my recent clips. - I interviewed author Jennifer Keishen Armstrong over on Bitch Flicks: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted Examining Feminism in the Mary Tyler Show - I also talked to her for a story on Women & Hollywood: How the Mary Tyler Moore Show Got Women's Stories Just Right - I wrote 12 Years a Slave over on BlogHer: Harsh Realities in '12 Years a Slave' - I covered my recent trip to … [Read more...]

A Few Days in San Francisco (with 1/2 the Family)

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    If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I love to travel, take photos, explore, with kids/without kids, eat, study a city's history while I'm there and wander.  Head over right now and you'll follow my recent travels while visiting the wonderful city of San Francisco.  It's a city I've ventured to many times in my life, probably around a dozen, having had close friends and family out there to visit throughout my adulthood. Each time I go, I experience a new feeling. When I was younger, I experienced its culture seeing Lily … [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts of 2013 and Hello, 2014

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  It's my annual tradition to look back at the year in review.  When I started to think about 2013, I thought I had nothing to write about.  It hasn't been my best year, but somehow along the way, I managed to get more accomplished than I realized. Rather than bore you to tears with a long post, I'm going to give it to you in small chunks. My most popular posts: A visit to the set of Orange is the New Black seems to have hit a nerve with my readers and also happens to be have been my favorite blogging experience of the year.  I interviewed … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Joffrey Ballet School’s Nutcracker

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Joffrey Ballet School, a world-renowned dance center offering the most versatile and highest quality training, will once again present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker this holiday season with 355 dancers – the largest cast in the school’s 60-year history. Returning to the Skirball Performing Arts Center, Joffrey Ballet School will perform five performances of the holiday favorite with three casts, December 13 – 15, 2013. In addition to delighting in the timeless tale of The Nutcracker, audiences will also enjoy its rich legacy of culture, with dances … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday: Helping Others with the Help of Mommy Nearest

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I've written about a lot about advocacy and how helping others is an important part of my familys' life. I once read that it’s important to start teaching how to give back at a very young age, as young as age 3, and that it’s best to treat the act of helping as a family activity. I actually started to encourage the act of volunteering when they were both less than a year old. Every week we would go to an old age home and play on a rug in the middle of a roomful of the elderly.  It filled my heart with pride knowing how much our presence was … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Tweens

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Last weekend I went to the Kidzvuz Holiday House Party and got the complete low down on truly awesome picks for holiday gifts for tweens. If you've been wondering what to get this year, look no further.  They had all the right bases covered for the two kids in my house, starting with... Travel: We are a traveling family, so I was happy to find out more about Hilton Homewood Suites, for extended travel or residential style visits.  As a family, we always like spreading ourselves out, making our own meals, having a swim and chilling out with comforts. … [Read more...]

Where to Spend Thanksgivukkah in New York City

Spiced Pumpkin Donut with Turkey-Cranberry Filling at Zucker Bakery

This year Hanukkah is coming very early.  It starts the night before Thanksgiving which means we have to celebrate during our traditional meal, so for this reason it’s being dubbed Thanksgivukkah.  The convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is happening for the first time in over 100 years this November and there is no better way to celebrate than in NYC.  This year there is so much to do throughout the holiday. I've gathered some details here: Eat sweet potato donuts at Zucker Bakery, 433 East 9th Street For Thanksgivukkah, Zucker Bakery  on the … [Read more...]