Giveaway: Gone Girl Film Release {Soundtrack + Book}


I have to admit that I saw GONE GIRL the first weekend of its release. I was dead curious to find out how the book translated to the screen (excuse the pun). It was precisely a year ago that I wrote about my book club's reaction to the book. The title of my post was A Book Club's Response to Gone Girl: Don't Marry a Psychopath.  It was a great discussion. As my book club discussed the book, we realized just how many layers the book had and how twisted the characters were. It was a roller coaster for each one of us. Most of us liked, loved it. We all Read More


On Being Judged as a Mom


I don't think I truly ever gave motherhood a thought before I stumbled into it 11-1/2 years ago after the birth of my first daughter. I didn't really know what how much my life would change after having kids. I was very young (in my opinion) when I had my first and I just wanted to do it all. But I found out quickly that I couldn't and over the years I've made decisions to enable to be a better parent, while not forgoing all my dreams, and unfortunately, I have been judged for them, even here on this blog. My original tag line was "For moms not ready to Read More


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

The Love Note Poster 2014

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


Jennifer Garner, My New Kindred Spirit


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


Binging Gilmore Girls All These Years Later


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


Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Child


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


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


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


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


Review & Giveaway: The Butterfly Girl at The Vital Theatre


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


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