25Nov

NY Hall of Science’s Gingerbread Village

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What has 2,000 pounds of icing, four hundred pounds of candy and four hundred pounds of gingerbread dough and is at the Hall of Science? Between now and January 12th, you can head over to the New York Hall of Science to experience Gingerbread Lane, what could potentially be the world’s largest gingerbread village and a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit. We headed to Queens on a recent Saturday afternoon for a glimpse of the life-sized gingerbread village. Chef Jon Lovitch, the executive sous chef at the New Read More

24Nov

Where to Spend Thanksgivukkah in New York City

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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

23Nov

Defending GoldieBlox and LEGO Loving Girls

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My daughter and I just watched the new ad for GoldieBlox toys (click above to watch) together and I asked her to tell me what she thought it was trying to say at the end. Her response, direct from her mouth: "Girls want more than pink toys.  Girls can do anything they want when they grow up. Oh, and we have a brain!" Amen! What better message is there out in the world for my 10 year old daughter than this? As a staunch feminist, I try my best to encourage her to do and be anything in the world that she wants, but right out of my womb she wore pink Read More

21Nov

Cool Rainbow Loom Tips

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I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues Read More

21Nov

Empower a Woman w/ FashionABLE

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I've written about FashionABLE scarves here before.  I'm become slightly obsessed with them.  Not only are they beautiful, but every time I buy one, I am investing in a woman. I am helping the fight against poverty.  Just check out the story above, Kalkidan is one example.  Let me explain. In an effort to create sustainable business in Africa through scarf making; instead of making women dependent on charity, FashionABLE helps make women a vital part of a developing economy by employing them to make these beautiful creations and by giving them Read More

20Nov

Wordless Wednesday: A Look Back in Time

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Time is flying.  I can't believe that my kids are 9 and 10. They're changing all the time, as well as their interests, their skills, their likes and dislikes. They're growing up fast and I can't seem to turn back the clocks. There are moments that are so beyond beautiful and meaningful and I tell myself to stop and embrace these times, but as you know, times flies and we get so wrapped up in our everyday lives that it's often hard to take time out and think about the times that are no longer. While creating this year's holiday card, I took a look back Read More

19Nov

A Night Away Without the Kids at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa

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When I was invited to spend an evening at Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Connecticut, it sounded like the answer to my prayers.  It had been many years since my husband and I got away on our own.  I just looked it up on my blog and it was in 2009, before this blog was even born. We don't have much family support where we live, so it is never easy to orchestrate childcare so we tend to take our kids with us when we travel. Thankfully, when this invite came, the timing could not have been better.  We've both been working overtime with long commutes into Read More

17Nov

Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

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My kids are just as obsessed with Netflix as we are. Every night as soon as our kids are in bed, we immediately turn on Breaking Bad. We're in the middle of the third season and we're pretty fanatical.  I can't believe we missed out on the show when it ran on AMC, but thanks to Netflix, we're catching up on the wave and can't get off. Nor do we want to. When it comes to our kids, we want something less action-packed and more education-focused, and it's amazing how much choice there is on Netflix. We've already watched many of my own favorite films from Read More

14Nov

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

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I have never forgotten the time when, as a much younger girl that I am now, I went with my musical-loving mother to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. We were both memorized by the music, the costumes, the set (I've never forgot the hanging chandelier), the lighting, the magic. We both talked about the show and listened to the show's soundtrack for many days after that and the CD traveled me with me across many continents in my days during and after college. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show which is now Read More

12Nov

An Interview with Dr. Ruth

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After seeing Becoming Dr. Ruth last week, I was even more intrigued by the real Dr. Ruth than before.  Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America. I recently asked her a few questions about the show, her life and more. TCM: What is it like seeing yourself portrayed Read More