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

27Feb

Going Back in Time with Netflix

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One of the things I love about Netflix is that it takes me back in time to my own childhood. We’ve already watched many of my own favorite films from childhood like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and I’ve recently come across a whole slew of films based on books I grew with like A Wrinkle in Time, The Babysitters Club, Hugo, The Babysitter’s Club, James and the Giant Peach, Escape to Witch Mountain and Goosebumps. We've also watched some of my favorite shows like Gilmore Girls, a show that I loved (but after rewatching nearly 200 Read More

25Feb

Review: Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre

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Today I experienced one of those "only in NYC" experiences: BROOKLYNITE, a new show playing at the Vineyard Theatre. The show has a lot of star power behind it - book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, with characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The show opens this 2/25 and plays for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 22nd. I found it to be electrifying, vibrant and incredibly unique, akin to when I saw Rent in its early days playing the off-Broadway Read More

25Feb

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to the NY Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show

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I'm a big fan of the annual Orchid Show at The NY Botanical Garden, and I'm thrilled to be hosting a giveaway to send a family to experience it for themselves. Beginning February 28, The Orchid Show: Chandeliers will dramatically transform the NYBG's landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. Each year this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids, captivating New Yorkers and visitors from across the country and around the world. This year the exhibition is designed by the Read More

24Feb

Postpartum: The Musical

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A while ago, I wrote about Hello Flo, a company whose idea to send tampons through the mail to young girls via subscription went viral last year. They had two videos that hit You Tube to promote a Period Starter Kit for girls: The company has had two hilarious viral successes in advertising its Period Starter Kit for girls— "Camp Gyno" and "First Moon". I interviewed founder Naama Bloom about how she's helping kids grow up last year and was so impressed with her goals - they're so genuine. And now she strikes again with a genuine mission - to help Read More

23Feb

The Beauty of #AskHerMore

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Last night my dear friend and fellow blogger, Aliza Worthington, invited me to join a group on Twitter called "AskHerMore". At first, I was confused by its meaning, but once I figured it out, I was overjoyed. For years, women have been complaining about news reporters the red carpet, having primarily been asked about their gowns rather about the hard work they've put in to make it where they are. It looks like times are changing, and E's Fashion Police should be very interesting tonight! Last night Reese Witherspoon posted the image above on Read More