04Aug

Blogger Bash Post Mortem

bloggerbash

  A few months ago, my dear friend, Charlene DeLoach of Charlene Chronicles invited me to a unique event called Blogger Bash. Billed as "10 themed parties that will serve as networking opportunities between bloggers and big-name brands from baby to travel," my immediate thought was 'how would this appeal to me?'  After all, I'm not going to many blogging conferences anymore. After blogging for more than a few years, I feel that I've typically aged out of a lot of the information that is presented at these events. I'm also not much of a Read More

04Aug

Netflix to the Summer Dulldrums Rescue

netflix

With summer in its final few weeks and a hectic back-to-school season on the horizon, Netflix has been instrumental to keeping my kids not only entertained but educated this summer. Whenever we have downtime, which is often lately as both kids are home without camp or activities for the next four weeks (help!), we flip on Netflix, do an intensive search and find films that fits the edutainment bill. Here are five of the films we've watched to beat the summer dulldrums this summer: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) I like to introduce my kids to films Read More

03Aug

On Getting Gorgeous (Literally and Figuratively!)

getting gorgeous

(Note: I am dreadfully late on this post. I always post on an event that I attend, so I regret my tardiness.) I am not known for being very beauty or fashion centric, so when I receive invitations to event that revolve around either of the two, I am usually stunned and have to think about my RSVP very carefully. However, some of these invitations are easier to consider. Like this one: Getting Gorgeous. Its organizers, Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney, are two of the most amazing, giving and savvy people I've met in this space. I love that they met Read More

31Jul

Welcome to My Mid-Life Blog Crisis

midlifeblogcrisis

Well, if you've been paying attention to my streams as of late, you might have noticed some serious changes taking place. In the course of six months, I changed the name of this blog to The Culture Tripper, changed it back to The Culture Mom, started a new site The Holly Chronicles which I've since shelved and done some irreversible damage to my social media channels. What was my reason for my midlife blog crisis? The reason? Couldn't really tell you other than the fact that I must have had a mid-life crisis and taken it out on the Internet! In all Read More

30Jul

A Visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

hudson valley with kids

On a recent visit to Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley, we took our son for a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. It’s a remarkable property was built over a hundred years ago in 1898 by Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The tour took us to see about 15-20 rooms of the 50-room Classical style mansion. One of eight heirs to his family’s fortune, Frederick purchased the property in 1895 and hired architect Charles McKim to decorate a “country house” in which the family could entertain guests during the Read More

24Jul

The Hundred-Foot Journey, a Tale of Food and Travel

one hundred foot journey

You can't deny the thrill of seeing a film, in this case The Hundred-Foot Journey, that so beautifully weaves together the things you love most in life. About a month ago, Chef did that so skillfully, weaving together food, social media, humor, travel and great story-telling. I left the theater craving Spanish food and was also hungry for more movies with relevance to the times we are living in. It also made me think more about the life of a chef, something I had never really thought about. I was looking for a another chance to do it again. And here Read More

15Jul

What Really Matters

you-can-not-outsource-motherhood

When you get asked questions like these, they make your heart stop: "Do you have a living will?" "Do you plan to donate your organs should anything happen to you?" "Who will make decisions for you in the event you are not able to?" Needless to say, as the mother of two children heading into my third surgery this year, these questions brought tears to my eyes. As I entered the operating room, and a nurse asked me my name to confirm my identity, I held out my wrist so she could check my information on my plastic band. I knew if I opened my Read More

11Jul

A New Day: Chasing Life

Chasing Life

I'm not going into too much detail, but I've spent the last ten months chasing life. I admit I'm stealing that phrase from the new ABC Family TV show, which I just happen to be watching right now, but when the shoe fits...... On the show, the main character is given a scary diagnosis just as she's kicking off her career as a writer. She's hesitant to tell her family and she wonders how it's going to impact every aspect of her life. Well, I had the same thing happen to me not so long ago, the difference between she and I being age. I'm older, I have Read More

06Jul

A Reunion of Holocaust Survivors from the Lodz Ghetto

Salomea Kape

A few weeks ago, I had an extraordinary experience that I feel I have neglected to tell. I have been hesitant to tell this story for a few reasons. For one thing, I haven't been sure of the outlet in which to feature it. I have wondered if the Culture Mom is the right venue for a story of such an important, historical nature. I often write about plays I see, trips I see, my children. Is this the right forum for such a story? Well, to answer that question, this blog is anything that I want it to be, so I have to say it is. For another thing, I didn't Read More

04Jul

A Family-Friendly Visit to Palm Springs

living desert and zoo

My guess is that when you think of Palm Springs, you think of exotic cocktails, lying by the pool, hiking in the desert, exploring art galleries, dining at retro eateries and nightclubbing with the likes of Frank Sinatra impersonators. Little did you know that the town is actually full of child-friendly spots. Whether you go for a few days or a full week, you won't run out of things to do with the kids. Palm Springs is really easy to get to, as well. It's a mere two-hour drive from Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico and an easy flight from Phoenix, Read More