22Apr

Week 5: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness

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Last time I wrote I was disappointed in my progress with my work-outs, as I gained a bit of weight (not the direction I was looking for) but I knew my lack of moving upward was my own fault. I had a million excuses in that post - lack of time, excessive matzo eating (for real!), falling off my routine. My trainer gave me simple tips, all of which I outlined in my post. I was determined to take the plunge and follow his commands tracking my food, doing more cardio, trying different forms of exercise and more. You can read my laundry list here. And Read More

20Apr

Chasing Holocaust Ghosts in Paper Love by Sarah Wildman

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Is it possible to chase ghosts? One woman would say that it is. It all started with just one letter. After consulting with her grandmother about it, she found out that the woman in the photographs had been her grandfather's "true love". With knowledge of his escape from Vienna during the Holocaust, Wildman wanted to know more about her and started to chase her ghost. No longer able to ask him, as he had passed away prior to her discovery, she would have to venture into the unknown, a chapter not discusssed much by her family. Armed with a a cache 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

09Apr

“Coming Out” Soon: Grace and Frankie on Netflix

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The trailer for Grace and Frankie, a new Netflix original program debuting on May 8th, was released today. I watched it and can't wait to see the 13. I have a feeling this binge will be fast and furious and over in a flash. When I love a show (like Orange is the New Black, like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), I just can't stop. Not only do you have Jane Fonda, who plays Grace, and Lily Tomlin, who plays Frankie - I know, I could stop there and you'd be happy with these two acting goddesses- but now I find you have Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who Read More

08Apr

Review: The Revival of Gigi on Broadway

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When I invited my mom to attend a press viewing of the revival of Gigi on Broadway, she was ecstatic, claiming it's one of the most memorable shows she ever saw as a teenager in the 1950s. She remembered the songs and story very clearly from the show, as well as the film. I'm also in that celebrated category of remembering the story. While spending time in Paris in my 20s, I went to see the film again at a small repertory cinema and embraced the performances of Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold. This was the first time Read More

08Apr

Announcing Finding Neverland and a Giveaway

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If you're a Peter Pan, Glee and Frasier fan like me, you're surely excited about the upcoming FINDING NEVERLAND on Broadway. Starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, FINDING NEVERLAND (produced by the folks at the Weinstein Company) follows the story of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write Peter Pan. The musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. 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

03Apr

Giveaway: It Shoulda Been You on Broadway

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I can't say much about It Shoulda Been You right now as it's in previews, but I can tell you a few things: It's a wedding inspired show. It's about a Jewish family. It's pretty hilarious as the wedding doesn't go quite according to plans. It's directed by David Hyde Pierce and stars Tyne Daly,Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard, Montego Glover, and Chip Zien. And I also have a pair of tickets I'm giving away - they're valid for 8 PM on Saturday, April 25 only! To win, just comment below and tell me your favorite wedding gone Read More

01Apr

On Saying “No”: Disney Social Media Moms Conference

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I've been blogging for five years now and every year I've quietly hoped to be invited to a blogging conference called Disney Social Media Moms. It's a very big deal in the social media community, or seems to be. Besides getting an opportunity to delve into the world of social media with other women for a weekend, you get to bring your family along to experience Walt Disney World in a very magical way with Disney as host. When I didn't make the cut the first year, I thought I'd make it eventually. But when I didn't make the cut the next year, I began to Read More