10Mar

Giveaway: #LoveBlooms at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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If you saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I know you're as excited as I am to see the sequel. In addition to the fact that it's set in India (the part of the world that ranks highest on my bucketlist) and that it's a romance (my favorite kind of film), it stars a dreamy cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. Does the word "swoon" sum it up for you? Here's the plot: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, Read More

09Mar

Kissing the Cold Away in Kissimmee, Florida (and Win a FREE Trip!)

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Last week I was invited to tour Kissimmee, Florida and I jumped at the chance. I was curious about the town neighboring Orlando and what it has to offer tourists. After all, how can one compete with the lure of Disney? I can honestly say I was surprised with just how much the city has to offer in terms of luxury hotels, great restaurants and a plethora of activity for families looking to do something other than amusement parks. Here's a wrap-up of what I did, where I stayed, where I dined, so you can plan your next visit to Kissimmee...with or without Read More

08Mar

In Honor of International Women’s Day: Poverty is Sexist

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Now this is a campaign I'm thrilled to get behind...every step of the way. It has to do with girls, equality, equity and fighting extreme poverty to make the world a better place. The name of the campaign: POVERTY IS SEXIST. According to new analysis published by The ONE Campaign today, International Women’s Day, girls and women are hit hardest by extreme poverty across every area of life, but they also hold the key to change. ONE’s report, “Poverty is Sexist: Why girls and women must be at the heart of the fight to end extreme poverty” shows how Read More

08Mar

Review: A Happy End at the Abingdon Theatre

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  When I got the invite to A HAPPY END, a play by Iddo Netanyaho, a physician and playwright who happens to be the Israeli Prime Minister's brother, I accepted immediately. I tend to gravitate toward Holocaust themed films, plays and TV shows. In 2015, I feel it is moe important than ever to be reminded what happened, as Anti-Semitism is taking hold in places not so very far away, like in Paris and other parts of Europe. The play is appearing at the Abingdon Theatre, in an off-Broadway run through March, and is about a Jewish family in Berlin Read More

06Mar

How I Face My Fears Through Travel

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Like anyone else, I have my share of fears. I always have from a very young age. As the youngest of three children, I felt a sense of closeness to my mother that was hard to break away from, and I used to wonder how I would ever leave her behind. But there is one thing that's helped me spread my wings, and that has been travel. I have learned to face my fears through travel. I left home for the first time at age 16 for a semester in Israel. We were pretty poor and didn't really have the money to send me, but my grandfather offered to fund the Read More

06Mar

Previewing and Loving Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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The week before last, I attended a private screening for Netflix's new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC. I drove myself into the city on a cold winter night for this special event. I had already screened the first episode and was intrigued by the show's premise about a young girl who escapes after spending  15 years as part of a cult and heads to NYC. NBC initially passed on this new comedy, co-created by the fabulous Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and I can't figure out their rationale. The event was so very Netflix and Read More

05Mar

Getting Places with Google Flights

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Last week I attended a small press breakfast hosted by Google about their new and expanded tool, Google Flights. As you know or would think, Google has the most intelligent people on the planet behind the production of their tools so spending an hour with them during a snow storm was truly the most perfect morning I could ask for. The most interesting thing about the conversation for me was the discussion of how the consumer is evolving. Since I last worked in travel publishing just five short years ago, so much has happened and now nearly 50% of Read More

04Mar

Becoming a Shot@Life Champion

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If you've read my blog before, you know of my passionate and fervent interest to help others. Using it and other streams over the years, I've raised large amounts of money for St. Jude Hospital and the Haitian Amputee Mothers Alliance. I've raised awareness for Every Mother Counts, Mothers 2 Mothers, Save the Children, Dress for Success and ONE. I write over at The Broad Side and BlogHer when given the opportunity and really try to raise the bar on issues I care about, most pertaining to women and children. Yet I am not known for this work. I'm the Read More

04Mar

10 Ways to Make a Difference on International Women’s Day (with Tips from GVI)

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How are you observing International Women's Day? I get to go hear Cherie Blair speak. She's the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women¡¯s rights and the founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which supports women entrepreneurs in developing countries. You can count on the fact that I'll be live tweeting and blogging about what she has to say right here on The Culture Mom.  Having just come from the Shot at Life conference, I am more inspired than ever to make a difference in the Read More

03Mar

Guest Post: Review of The Light Princess at The New Victory Theater

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Have you ever seen a six years old reaction to an adults kissing? Well, sit in the play, The Light Princess at the New Victory Theater, and you’ll get dozens of kids screaming, “ewweeeee”. Before the kiss, you’ll hear the kids asking each other frantically, “Are they going to kiss?” and when they kiss, many of them will turn their heads and refuse to look at the "scary" kiss. This musical, performed at the New Victory Theater by the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard follows the journey of a young princess cursed to live without gravity, based on the Read More