25Mar

A Mother-Son Weekend in the Catskills

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My son and I recently spent some time in the Catskills. We basically jumped in our car and headed to the mountains for some R&R and a bit of bonding. He loves to ski, so knowing that was part of our plan was a big motivator for him. The Catskills is an interesting getaway choice because it offers so much to do for both children and adults, and we were both up to the challenge of checking it out. Equipped with a full tank of gas, we set out from Westchester for two days of adventure with a group of writers and their children. Where We Stayed Our Read More

16Mar

Review: A Contemporary Pinocchio at New Victory

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I'm mad about the productions brought to the NYC stage by my friends at the New Victory Theater. I've been blogging about them since the beginning of TheCultureMom in early 2010. I always know I’m going to get high-quality, innovative and completely original programming and bring it into the creative minds of my children.  Literally every production is mind-blowing. They ooze with talent and creativity, often from around the world. The New Victory Theater's latest production, PINOCCHIO, making its U.S. premiere at The New Victory Theater through March Read More

11Mar

Explore India with Insight Vacations

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We recently attended a media event in New York City hosted by Insight Vacations®. That particular night they were promoting their journeys to India, Bhutan and Nepal. We were joined by Insight Vacations President Phil Cappelli and Global Brand Ambassador and Bollywood actress, Lisa Ray, and an exclusive group of media for an evening of authentic Indian food and inspirational travel conversations. The results were tantalizing and we can easily see the attraction of visiting India in 2015, and it's now on our bucketlist even more than it was Read More

09Mar

Kissing the Cold Away in Kissimmee, Florida (and Win a FREE Trip!)

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Last week I was invited to tour Kissimmee, Florida and I jumped at the chance. I was curious about the town neighboring Orlando and what it has to offer tourists. After all, how can one compete with the lure of Disney? I can honestly say I was surprised with just how much the city has to offer in terms of luxury hotels, great restaurants and a plethora of activity for families looking to do something other than amusement parks. Here's a wrap-up of what I did, where I stayed, where I dined, so you can plan your next visit to Kissimmee...with or without Read More

06Mar

How I Face My Fears Through Travel

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Like anyone else, I have my share of fears. I always have from a very young age. As the youngest of three children, I felt a sense of closeness to my mother that was hard to break away from, and I used to wonder how I would ever leave her behind. But there is one thing that's helped me spread my wings, and that has been travel. I have learned to face my fears through travel. I left home for the first time at age 16 for a semester in Israel. We were pretty poor and didn't really have the money to send me, but my grandfather offered to fund the Read More

05Mar

Getting Places with Google Flights

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Last week I attended a small press breakfast hosted by Google about their new and expanded tool, Google Flights. As you know or would think, Google has the most intelligent people on the planet behind the production of their tools so spending an hour with them during a snow storm was truly the most perfect morning I could ask for. The most interesting thing about the conversation for me was the discussion of how the consumer is evolving. Since I last worked in travel publishing just five short years ago, so much has happened and now nearly 50% of Read More

16Feb

A Solo Trip to Hawks Cay Resort

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Solo travel can be so... Empowering. Restorative. Enlightening. My recent trip to the Hawks Cay Resort was all of those things and more. For just a few days, I left my family at home, well taken care of, and went to cover the new renovations at Hawks Cay Resort. The resort is on Duck Key, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Key Largo is 46 miles north, and Key West is 61 miles south. It was a 2-2-1/2 hour journey from Miami, where I flew into. For a few days, I'd explore the hotel with a group of writers and have experiences Read More

13Feb

A Mom in Pursuit of Solo Travel (Sans Guilt)

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I've just spent a few days in the Florida Keys at a resort that's ideal for families. While I'm here, I've experienced several activities my kids would love - from fly fishing to jet skiing to a sunset cruise to a bike ride beyond the property. Only there's one catch - my kids aren't here. I'm on my own after a pursuit of solo travel. I'm actually covering the resort. It was recently renovated and I'll reviewing its new features for several publications I write for. I'm on a press trip with four other journalists. Some have kids, some don't. There Read More

07Feb

Where You’ll Find Me

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  Very happy to say that this blog has led to so many freelance writing opportunities over the course of the last few years and that my Journalism degree is paying off! This is the time of month where I share some of my clips, which are listed here, too. My travels, with the kids and without, took me far and near in mid 2014 and I've been writing about them all over the web. Look for future clips on some of my upcoming trips including Hawaii, Washington, DC and Florida (and the year just started): Parade Magazine Five Family-Friendly Read More

12Jan

Our Recent Visit to Family-Friendly London

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Our recent visit to family-friendly London took us to spots we love, as well as spots we haven't yet been to. Every time we visit, which happens to be annually due to the fact that it's my husband's birth country, we see more and more of this historical, beautiful city and I leave loving it even more. I know that my kids are lucky to go as often as they do, and they surely don't appreciate it enough, but we manage to take advantage of our time there and soak in the sights whilst visiting family and friends. I've written about our time there again and Read More