13Nov

Holiday Giveaway: Love the Coopers

I'm a sucker for holiday movies. Some of my greatest memories are of my sisters and I snuggling up with my grandparents on our annual visits to their home in Philadelphia and watching some of the best ever made.  We grew up watching Miracle on 34th Street to It's a Wonderful Life over and over, year after year. Holiday films bring families together and bring in a sense of warmth, nostalgia, family, tradition. In recent years, the classics have turned from black & white to color and my kids now love watching Elf, Home Alone and Scrooged. Love The Read More

12Nov

A NYC Tour with Gogobot

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When I received an invitation recently to go on a Gogobot field trip, I was completely intrigued. For one thing, I didn't know much about Gogobot, a travel app. For another thing, I was excited to go on the actual field trip. I've lived in and around NYC for over 20 years, but even I know that there are still dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of places I have not yet been to! The company arranged the trip to celebrate their 5th anniversary and the fact that its users have shared over five million photos and postcards. During its five years in Read More

08Nov

Gracing the Set of Netflix’s Grace And Frankie

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  Grace and Frankie is a show about friendship. It's a show about women. It's about aging. It's a show about life changes that hit you when you least expect them. It's about motherhood and what it's like later in life when the kids venture out on their own. It's about love - when it breaks and how one picks up the pieces. It deals with some very tough issues in a very realistic way. It's a show I've binge watched three times. It's also a show with legends (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen). Season one featured Read More

03Nov

Review: Brooklyn the Movie

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Every now and then a film comes along that offers a sense of connection and a reminder that it’s important to be happy where you are in life, with what you have, with whom you are. BROOKLYN the movie, which starts tomorrow, is one such film. It’s a story originally written by Com Toibin, with a deeper purpose, and its film adaptation by Nick Hornby does its story justice. I moved to New York City in my 20s, just as the main character, Ellis (pronounced Ay-liss) does. Her circumstances are very different to my own – I came to NYC as a theater lover who Read More

31Oct

A Luxury Solo Trip to Ireland

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I recently spent eight days in Ireland…on my own. Yes, I left my kids and husband at home and trekked all the way there. On my way I slept intermittantly, read a book and drank a glass of wine. For six hours, I was able to focus on myself, not something that's easy to do when we travel as a family. To clarify, my kids are naturally born travelers, but our trips tend to revolve around them. Solo trips bring out the best of me and pushes me beyond my comfort zone. Don't think that I'm alone. Taking a solo holiday isn’t strictly for the single women Read More

29Oct

Revisiting Finding Neverland on Broadway

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A few months ago, guest writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach reviewed Finding Neverland here on this blog. It was a passionate review and her final words have always stayed with me: Finding Neverland is the story of how sometimes it takes a band of “wild children” to allow yourself to dig deep and reconnect with the person you truly are…It is an inspirational departure from the bleakness of societal boundaries and expectations, overdone dinner parties and the insistence that we behave like adults just because… My only reservation was that no fairy dust made it Read More

27Oct

I’m in Love, I’m in Love, I’m in Love – with a New Show Called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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  When I first read the crypt for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, I was intrigued. It's about Rebecca (played by Rachel Bloom), a single girl who moves from NYC to L.A. for Josh (played by Vincent Rodriguez III), a guy  she dated briefly at summer camp when she was 16 years-old, giving up her lucrative law career (she's about to be promoted to partner), moving to a new city called West Covina that she's not only never heard of but also a place where she doesn't know a soul. Rebecca and I have a lot in common. I was once a single gal living in NYC and I Read More

24Oct

Guest Post: The Velveteen Rabbit Review

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Our society is consumed with look, beauty, celebrity and money. Parents are constantly struggling to teach kids that life is more than external beauty. The Velveteen Rabbit, now playing at the Linda Gross Theater in Manhattan, is a play that demonstrates to kids through a rabbit and a skin horse some very important lessons. The musical, which is directed by Anya Saffir and adapted from the book Read More

22Oct

Why I Recommend “Suffragette”

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Suffragette hits theaters today and I can't express how important it is for you to see this film...with your mothers, with your girlfriends, with your daughters. I can say it firsthand as I saw a preview screening it but I have also done something very special that accentuates my interest in the film and gives me credence when advising you to see this film. I spent a lovely afternoon having tea with the movie's production team: Director Sarah Gavron, writer Abi Morgan and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward. I was also thrilled to meet Helen Pankhurst, Read More

22Oct

My Tween’s Netflix Fix

When my tween daughter came home from camp this past summer, all she wanted to do was lie in bed and watch Netflix. She literally wanted to stay home 24/7 for several weeks. It was hard to get her out of the house. My mother told me that she reminded me of someone she used to know.....and that was the truth. I used to love my TV Here's a short list of TV shows my tween loves and your tween will love, too - bearing in mind, I may be a more lenient parent than many of you (she provided this list): Vampire Diaries I must admit, I don't watch many Read More