22Jan

Something to Get Excited About: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #StreamTeam

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I've written about Netflix often here on ye olde blog. I've written about my binge watching habits, getting my Indie film fix, what I watch with my tween and my deep, fervent love for Orange is the New Black. In a piece on The Broad Side, I wrote that Netflix is championing women's voices: With a staff full of female executives starting from the top down, Netflix is producing original programs that truly are telling important stories about women and raising the bar like no other network to date. Now I'm excited about another one of their Read More

21Jan

Advocating for Children’s Health is a Global Effort #MDGmomentum

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I can’t believe that I had my first daughter 11-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to Read More

18Jan

Time is of the Essence (and the New Citizen Sunrise Watch) #BetterStartNow

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I've always thrived on chaos. My mom used to ask me constantly how I managed to do so much in a day. Between the kids, work, community projects and everything else, I'd fill my days with so much activity that it seemed more than enough to fit one person's schedule. After all, who says that being a mom doesn’t have its daily challenges?  As a working mom, I've always prided myself on multi-tasking. Put me in front of the television and I’ll be on my laptop.  While washing dishes, I'm on the phone.  While breastfeeding, I used to read books at the same Read More

12Jan

Our Recent Visit to Family-Friendly London

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Our recent visit to family-friendly London took us to spots we love, as well as spots we haven't yet been to. Every time we visit, which happens to be annually due to the fact that it's my husband's birth country, we see more and more of this historical, beautiful city and I leave loving it even more. I know that my kids are lucky to go as often as they do, and they surely don't appreciate it enough, but we manage to take advantage of our time there and soak in the sights whilst visiting family and friends. I've written about our time there again and Read More

09Jan

My Recent Travels and Where You’ll Find Me

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  My travels as a freelance travel writer have taken me out of Larchmont, New York a bit over the past few months, both with and without the kids, and have been sharing my whereabouts all over the web. Here's where you'll find me: MiniTime: 5 Tips for a Family Day at Universal Studios Hollywood Best Things to Do in York, England with Kids Family Vacation Critic: 10 Ways to Spend Days with Kids in Long Beach, California Ciao Bambino Why Dana Point is Worth a Visit with Kids GoGirlfriend A Mom/Tween Getaway in Long Read More

07Jan

Wanted: A NEW Year

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As 2014 has officially closed, all I can say is WANTED: A new year. There was plenty of good that came out of this year, but there were plenty of hardships, too, and a new year often comes with new dreams, new possibilities. First, the positives: The year took me to places far and near - from the Bahamas to a cruise in the Caribbean to the UK to California (3 times) to the North Fork to the Catskills to Philadelphia. My freelance travel writing career took a new course, which was really exciting and I plan to beef it up in the next year. I had a Read More

05Jan

A Few Days in York, England

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As a traveling mom, it’s always key for me to incorporate a few ingredients into our family trips: adventure, education, history, culture and solid bonding experiences. A recent trip to England took us to the northern city of York, located in the heart of Yorkshire, England and incorporated all of these elements. Known as one of England’s most historic cities, the experience provided two days of looking up and gazing at medieval architecture, walking down winding cobble streets, learning about its diverse and sometimes troublesome history and wandering Read More

31Dec

My Holiday Travel Journey (+ Tips for Better Photos)

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If you haven't noticed, I've been kind of quiet lately. Well, I haven't been idle, I've been away in the United Kingdom, visiting family and friends, and playing tourist. Having come here once a year for the last 15-20 years, I'm certainly not your typical visitor but each time is filled with new experiences and I record everything faithfully on Instagram as I am photograph crazed. It may because I was provided with a Samsung Galaxy Phone 4 zoom to bring along on the trip to take better photos and really learn the tricks of the trade. I was provided Read More

20Dec

Annie: A Very Modern Take on a Beloved Story – Does it Work?

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Last weekend my 11 year-old daughter and I headed to NYC to catch a preview of Annie the Movie. She had extremely high hopes about the movie and I was excited to see this seemingly very modern update of a story I have loved all of my life. From the original version starring Andrea McArdle to the 1982 film directed by John Huston to the Broadway show my daughter and I saw last year, the story and songs from Annie have been a staple in my life for just about ever. But after seeing this new film, it's hard to give you a fair opinion on whether it's a Read More

17Dec

Giveaway: A Customized iPhone Case by Casetify

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If you want to give a really creative holiday gift to someone you love this year, I have a great idea. A personalized Casetify phone or iPad case is a personal, different and the recipient will deem it a very thoughtful gift. They'll be likely to think of you every time they use it and it's something that nearly everyone will want. I'm talking about a personalized smart phone or tablet case made by Casetify, a digital tool that enables you to customize a case using Facebook or Instagram photos. Use your favorite selfie photos! The cases are compatible Read More