09Aug

The Unintentional Opt Out

The Unintentional Opt Out

When my first child was born, I had feelings that I never thought I would have. As a staunch feminist...as the daughter of a mother who's business afforded my college tuition..as an independent working woman who had lived in NYC for 10 years prior to getting married....I was the last person you would have ever thought would choose to stay home with my kids.  I was the girl who had spent the first part of my career looking for the right fit and had finally found it in a job that I loved. I was the girl who loved splitting the check while we were dating. Read More

29Jul

Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

I haven't been writing as much recently and if you are an avid reader, which I hope you are, I thought I'd let you know where I've been and where else you can find me when there is nothing new here. Other than binging on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, catching shows like Matilda, The Assembled Parties and Shakespeare in the Park and hanging out at the pool and beach with my kids, here's what I've been up to. I'm honored to call myself a sometimes contributor to two sites that I personally love reading very much, Women & Hollywood and Read More

17May

When Mom Goes Away

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I've been away from home  a lot more than usual the last few weeks. I've been traveling with a client and have really cranked up the air miles, traveling to Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Charlotte and Washington, DC. The timing collided with the start of a new job for my husband, so I knew it would prove difficult for him.  It also coincided with a show I was producing, Listen to Your Mother.  But the bulk of my priorities remained at home as the primary caretaker, and I needed to plan to be away for days at a time. Now I'm on the last leg of the tour, Read More

22Mar

Doing Motherhood Together

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As the Mommy Wars are heating up again for the umpteenth time this week with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement, Marissa Mayer’s ridiculous telecommuniting policies and the NY Magazine article on the “retro feminist wife,” I know only one thing. I do not judge or blame Kelly Makino, the young woman profiled in this article as a complacent stay-at-home mom who is being compared to Phyllis Schlafly for setting the woman’s movement back.  Schlafly is known for her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights Read More

15Mar

Will I “Lean In”?

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I have to admit that I've been mystified by all the criticism of Sheryl Sandberg new "Lean In" movement. Here we have a female who's making every attempt to help women rise up and succeed and there is a large group of women (and men) criticizing her for what she's trying to do.  And why is that? She wants every little girl who people perceive as bossy to know they have leadership skills and potential. I certainly want my daughter to grow up feeling that way. I've been sitting on the sidelines watching the debate unfold online about her because she is Read More

08Mar

Announcing Culture Mom Media

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  I'm so excited to announce the creation of my new company, Culture Mom Media! After nearly two years as working as co-founder of MamaDrama Consulting, I realized I wanted to form a different type of marketing consultancy. Ellen Schmidt from Baby Meets City is joining me as Social Media Director.  You can find out more about our new company in the press release on our new web site. Our goal is to create mindful social media. With a strong hand in the mom market, we'll connect initiatives and brands with influencers in that arena, as Read More

12Oct

A Week of Kvelling and Changes

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This week was a week full of ups and downs. It started with a true high when the play I've been working on, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING based on the book by Rona Jaffe, got a 4 star rating and was the "critic's pick" in the New York Times and my name was mentioned.  I'm not kidding, scroll down to the bottom of the piece and there is my name in lights!  This play is so deserving and I can't tell you how honored I am to have my name attached. The writing, the casting, the direction, the set, the costumes and the fact that the story is utterly timeless make Read More

05Mar

The Working Mom Debate by Sara R. Fisher

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This is the Tenth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Sara R. Fisher, co-founder of Moms 2 Media.  A graduate of the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program, Sara has managed integrated marketing communications campaigns for internet companies, sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. In her time at the world's largest independent public relations firm, Edelman, Sara ran international and cross-functional marketing programs for United Airlines, Toys "R" Us Read More

29Feb

An Organized MOMent

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As a mom who works both in the office and at home, I have organization issues.  First of all, I have multiple clients and multiple projects at the same time and tend to jump from one project to another.  I write articles, have deadlines, have major projects going at the same time.  I have boxes of business cards that need to be filed with data that needs to be dumped onto spreadsheets, one of my biggest grievances. Oh, and did I mention the kids?  They rank into the equation, too.  Kids ages 7 & 8 have a lot going on and a lot to keep track of, Read More

07Feb

How She Does It by Britt Reints

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This is the ninth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Britt Reints from a wonderful blog called In Pursuit of Happiness.  Britt is also a freelance writer  who writes about traveling around the country with her family in an RV.  I met Britt last summer at BlogHer and it was one of those IRL connections that I cherish. When Holly first emailed me and asked if I wanted to participate in this series, my first thought was that I was woefully unqualified to discuss Read More