13Jan

Review: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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In preparation for another story, I saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical last night, and I have only one question: what took me so long? Beautiful: The Carole King Musical In 2-1/2 hours, I learned so much about not only Carole King but also the history of rock and roll. Did you know that "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", penned with Gerry Goffin, was Carole's first Number One hit, when she was just 17? I had no idea that she entered the music industry as a teenager after meeting the legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin and went on to produce hits like Read More

11Jan

On Missing David Bowie

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David Bowie is gone. It's the end of an era. Of a beautiful song writer. Of a man who changed the face of music forever. It feels like a fabric from my being was removed. He was poetic. He was brave. He was a chameleon. He paved the way for so many magical talents. Without him, music would not be the same. He seemed immortal. Remembering David Bowie I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, hence I lived through the peak of his career. I don't remember the first time I heard his music, but I remember loving him at first sight. From his early appearances on Read More

09Jan

My Bat Mitzvah Card Snafu

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My tween aged daughter and I have been busy planning all the details for her Bat Mitzvah for the past six months. I've sunk my heart and soul into the planning phase of this life-altering event. We've been choosing a venue, picking out a DJ, photographer and photo booth vendor, making lists of invitees, picking out dresses and of course, she's been hard at work learning her Torah portion and how to lead the congregation in a service. From the get go, I made it clear to her that this Bat Mitzvah is hers, not ours, as much as my husband would beg to Read More

08Jan

My 2016 Pop Culture Resolutions

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2015 was such a good year for pop culture. From books to TV shows to movies, it was just very satisfying. Streaming video and binging kind of took over my life, as I fell in love with shows like Grace & Frankie on Netflix, Casual on Hulu and Transparent on Amazon. Over on the networks, shows that I became addicted to were Jane the Virgin and Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, which I of course binged on Hulu and rarely watched live. Books like The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Paper Love by Sarah Wildman and Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox by Joanne Read More

29Dec

A Brooklyn Discovery: Raaka Chocolate

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If you're looking for something unique to do in Brooklyn with the kids, look no further than Raaka Chocolate. The home of "virgin chocolate," Raaka a factory where they make 20,000 chocolate bars a month and offer tours, as well as classes, where kids can taste raw cacao from different parts of the world and make their own creation. Raaka Chocolate On a recent Friday night, my family and I ventured to Red Hook, where the Raaka factory is based. Immediately upon walking in, we smelled the fermented cacao beans, imported from small growers in Belize, Read More

28Dec

A Weekend in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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A few weeks ago, my husband, tween-aged daughter and I headed to Lackawanna County for a bit of exploration. Having never been to that neck of the woods after living in the Northeast for over 20 years, I was looking forward to it. We were also in the midst of home renovations and living in flux, so it was going to be nice to get away for a few days and do what I love most - traveling, of course. Our Weekend in Scranton When I heard Lackawanna County, I immediately looked to Google to find out more about it (have you done that yet?). It's an area just Read More

27Dec

Only in New York City: THE RIDE NYC

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On Christmas Eve, my family and I ventured into NYC for a day of holiday sight-seeing. We started at the tree at Rockefeller Center, went by department windows at Sax Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, went shopping at Bryant Park market and idled in the fantastic lobby at the Algonquin Hotel. The Ride NYC But we had one thing on our mind: our 4pm reservation on THE RIDE NYC. I had a feeling it would be inclusive of everything I love most in life. For example, NYC is my oasis. I've lived here for years but never tire of the buzz this city radiates. Read More

22Dec

Where You Can Find me

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I may have been quiet here as of late (hence the dip in traffic, I presume?), but I've been eloquent and prolific elsewhere! Here's where you can find me on the Internets:   PUBLICATION: YAHOO 12/23/15 How to Celebrate the Holidays in New York City PUBLICATION: THE HUFFINGTON POST 11/30/15 Must Avoid Popular Winter Destinations… And Where to Go Instead PUBLICATION: FINDERY 11/24/15 Traveling through moments of Ireland PUBLICATION: THE CULTURE TRIP 12/1/15 NYC’s Unmissable Holiday Markets PUBLICATION: PARENT Read More

20Dec

2015 in a Nutshell – The Year of Life

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A few weeks ago, I put my rings back on my left hand for the first time since May. It was a major achievement. Though I have only mentioned it a few times here on this blog, I was involved in an accident that nearly took my life in the spring. Since that day, I have quietly thanked G-d for being alive and while making moment each more meaningful than the one before. The limbs I injured in this accident have still not returned to the way they once were and certainly activities that I used to love and do (like yoga and running) are still Read More

14Dec

Get the Gift of Netflix – Win Twelve Days

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With the holiday season just around the corner and 2015 winding down, there’s a lot to be grateful for. Friends. Family. Good health. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Orange is the New Black. House of Cards. Grace and Frankie. In the spirit of the holidays, Netflix has curated a list of 12 reasons it makes the best holiday gift for everyone on your list. 12 Reasons To Spread the Netflix Love This Holiday Season 12. You can watch anywhere -- by the fire on the big screen or at the breakfast nook on a tablet. 11. See what Piper’s piping on Orange is the New Read More