11Dec

Review: “School of Rock” on Broadway

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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

10Dec

On Traveling with Tweens

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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

10Dec

Giveaway: #SistersMovie

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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

02Dec

Guest Post: Review of Flight School, The Musical

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How many of us have asked ourselves if we should try to do something although everyone tells us that it’s virtually impossible? Is our will more important than our capabilities? As adults, we know what our limitations are. We can make the best decision based on our knowledge. Now think about little kids. They are still learning their limitations and capabilities and it's impossible to make a difficult decision. What is the process to achieve a means Flight School, The Musical Flight School, The Musical, now playing at the Vital Theatre in NYC, will Read More

26Nov

Year Of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun And Be Your Own Person

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Year Of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun And Be Your Own Person starts with a very powerful quote by Maya Angelou: The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. I knew this book would resonate given my fixation with women like Shonda Rhimes. She's not only a creative force but a feminist - someone who speaks her mind and stands up for issues she believes in. She uses her Thursday night platform so carefully, telling stories that demand telling, exploring issues that demand exploration. She's also a working mom, like me, and Read More

20Nov

Guest Post: Big Apple Circus 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. You know a show is child-approved when your own kids tell you in the middle that it's amazing. When my kids did this very thing in the middle of Big Apple Circus, I knew it was worth the trip into the city to catch the show at Lincoln Center. I also knew it was a great choice by the happy adults in the audience. If you think to yourself, “Oh, I took my kids last year to the circus, it’s probably Read More

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