10Oct

Giveaway: Tickets to The Love Note, an Anti-Bullying Musical

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I fully support and love sharing shows with a social conscience. The Love Note is one such show. It's an anti-bullying musical playing in New York City, written by playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf, is directed by Russell Garrett, with music direction by Rachael Ziering, produced by James Farrelly. I have two kids, ages 9 and 11, and bullying is definitely something I worry about. Just look at some of the statistics: - 15% of girls are bullied 2-3 times a month. - It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack Read More

08Oct

Jennifer Garner, My New Kindred Spirit

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My heroine of the week is Jennifer Garner. She's the first celebrity I've ever seen admit that her belly grew after pregnancy and never returned to its normal size. I'm literally in awe of her for admitting that people are RUDE to ask her about it and tabloids have even posted headlines underneath her photo declaring her upcoming 4th child with Ben Affleck is on its way. It's just goes to show you: Don't believe what you read! Ellen DeGeneres put the question out there on the table recently on her show and Jennifer said this: "I get congratulated Read More

05Oct

Binging Gilmore Girls All These Years Later

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I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Gilmore Girls on Netflix for a few reasons. For one thing, I selfishly wanted to revisit Stars Hollow, the fictional town in Connecticut in which the show was based. I missed its eccentric residents and I certainly missed Loralai and Rory. From Miss Patty's Dance School to Luke's Diner to Kim's Antiques to Weston's Bakery, I was eager to revisit parts of the show that remain etched in my memory. I have often wondered how I would perceive these characters and places today, as a mother and resident of a place not Read More

02Oct

Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child

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Traveling with special needs children can be challenging, but the reward of seeing the world runs deep and the experience is like no other. While the urge to stay home may take over your conscious as a parent, it’s important to remember about your own desire and urge to explore while you are young, too Your child may be a stickler for routine or want all his foods separated. He may take medication and need an early bedtime. For all these reasons and more, you may be hesitant to take him out of his rhythm, but there are tactics to help cope. We’ve made Read More

28Sep

My Freelance Writing: Where You’ll Find Me

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Wondering where I've been? It's that time again to let you know where I've been writing and wondering. Here goes: I've been featured over on Medium with a piece called A Chance Encounter with Two Women from the Lodz Ghetto. This is a  piece I'm extremely proud of, so I hope you'll read it. My travel writing recently appeared on The Huffington Post (twice!): Ten Wonderful Reasons to Visit Paris with Kids and End of Summer Festivals In and Around New York City. I write bi-monthly for a wonderful family travel site called MiniTime. My recent Read More

28Sep

A Tween Friendly You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway

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The other night I ventured to a Broadway show with my daughter in tow; we went to see You Can't Take it With You starring the formidable James Early Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, amongst many other great theater actors. I admit to knowing very little about it other than that it was a show for all ages. Since I am a great fan of introducing my kids to all kinds of art, particularly stage, I took her. It was only natural that on a Friday night, there weren't many kids in the audience, something she noticed right away. While it concerned her mildly, we were both Read More

24Sep

Review & Giveaway: The Butterfly Girl at The Vital Theatre

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The Vital Theatre is one of my favorite theaters in NYC to see shows with my daughter. We've seen several there over the last few years: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical; Show Way; Angelina Ballerina; A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Pinkalicious, and we've loved them all. Their shows have a social conscious and bring meaning through lyrics, dancing, singing and laughter. The Butterfly Girl is no exception to the rule. It captures the integrity and vibrance of the Vital Theatre. It's for kids aged 2-7, but my daughter, now 11, was able to enjoy it Read More

21Sep

Rosh Hashanah: A Time to Reflect, Recharge (and Cook!)

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After I deal with my worry about getting food on the table for Rosh Hashanah this year (brisket, pomegranate chicken, kugel, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, to name just a few dishes), I need to take time to reflect on this past year and think about the year ahead. The holiday is a time to renew, to realign ourselves with what we really, really want, to think back on our mistakes or errors and make repairs. The problem is finding the time to reflect. Finding time is as challenging as anything else in my life right now, but having the time to make Read More

17Sep

From Book to Screen: A Chat with “This is Where I Leave You” Author Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper is on a roll. Not only did he watch his novel, This is Where I Leave You, shoot to the top of the best-selling charts, but he optioned it to a film studio. Then they asked him to write the screenplay and he got to keep the story and characters as faithful to its original concept as possible, a rarity these days in Hollywood. After seeing the film, which stars an ensemble that includes Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, I felt even closer to the characters he brought to life on celluloid so vividly, and I was eager to talk to him (along with a Read More

15Sep

Giveaway: Big Apple Circus in NYC on 10/17

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I took my daughter to see the Big Apple Circus when she was 3 years-old.  We trekked into NYC mid-week and entered the a large tent at Lincoln Center.  I remember it being just like an-fashioned circus with clowns, jugglers, flying trapeze performers, horse back riders, acrobatics, puppies and more.  It was her first circus experience and it certainly left a mark on her memory.  She has never forgotten it…. …which is why I’m excited about its upcoming arrival in NYC. It's making its triumphant return to its hometown from October 17th to January Read More