A Brooklyn Discovery: Raaka Chocolate


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


A Weekend in Scranton, Pennsylvania


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


Only in New York City: THE RIDE NYC


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


Where You Can Find me

where you'll find me

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


2015 in a Nutshell – The Year of Life


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


Get the Gift of Netflix – Win Twelve Days


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


MOTHERSTRUCK! at NYC Culture Project


Last week I was on Facebook and happened to see several posts by women I really admire about a new show they'd seen called MotherStruck! As a frequent theater goer, marketer and producer, I was instantly intrigued. It appeared to be a raw, honest show about motherhood starring a single Jamaican poet named Staceyann Chin living in Brooklyn. Motherstruck! The show is also directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O'Donnell, two women I admire immensely, particularly for the contributions to NYC theater they have both made over the years. I Read More


Review: “School of Rock” on Broadway


When my 11 year-old son asked me to take him to see School of Rock on Broadway, I was both surprised and thrilled. I haven't taken him to a show since 2010, when I took my cue at Stomp, when his sensorial issues took over. It was a combination of being over stimulated and noise that were just too much for him. But he loved the movie this show is based on - so much so that he's watched it several times on Netflix. Somehow during the summer he took note of its pending Broadway arrival, as did I with Andrew Lloyd Webber's name attached, and we both Read More


On Traveling with Tweens


If you've been reading this blog, or any of my writing over on the many sites I contribute to from time to time, you know I'm a HUGE traveler and have taken my kids pretty much everywhere. From the moment they came out of my belly, they became world travelers - at first because my husband and I love to travel and refused to let parenting stop us, and then later because of my work, both as a marketer and as a travel writer. Well, it appears that life as we once knew it has come to an end. Gone are the days where we could pick up and head to a place, Read More


Giveaway: #SistersMovie


There are so many reasons I'm excited about the new movie SISTERS. First of all, TINA FEY AND AMY POEHLER. Need I say more? Secondly, they play sisters summoned to their childhood home before it's sold. I have two sisters and I know I will be able to relate in more ways than one. Lastly, I know it will be a film about REAL women with REAL issues. Lastly, this is a movie my tween wants to see with me and that makes me very happy. The trailer also makes me happy. After all, Fey and Poehler act like sisters in real life, so watching them on screen for two Read More