26Nov

Time to Rebrand

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When I started to conceptualize this blog in late 2009, I spent months agonizing over everything.  The URL, the logo, the content, my writing.  I was not technical in the slightest.  I remember starting out on Blogger.com and writing my first post.   I remember thinking, what do I have to say?  I wanted to start a travel blog, but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to travel enough.  And then this came out, my first blog, titled "No...Wire...Hangerrrs!" Joan Crawford said it in the classic film “Mommy Dearest”. We never forgot it. Such a great line. Read More

23Nov

Exploring NYC with My Tween

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This past week was an adventure for both my 9 year-old daughter and I. We ventured into NYC several times for some real mother-daughter time. We spent one night celebrating American Girl’s newest historical character, Caroline Abbott, while learning about her home in Sackets Harbor, NY, and its role in the War of 1812. There were 1812 re-enactment actors from Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, which was recently designated as a historically significant site on New York State’s ‘Path Through History,’ dressed in period attire, there to Read More

21Nov

Our New Thanksgiving Tradition

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I wasn't looking forward to Thanksgiving.  With my mom unable to join us this year, the holiday leaped out of nowhere and threw me for a loop.  Two days ago I had a blank slate before me, which I needed to fill in order to provide a fruitful holiday for my children. Having never witnessed the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Blow Up after living in NY for more years than I'd like to admit, I jumped at the chance today when I was invited to a special event at the New York Historical Society which overlooks West 77th Street where it all takes place. First Read More

20Nov

Getting Back on the Make-Up Train with Benefit

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On Saturday my daughter and I headed into NYC for an event at the Benefit Boutique in Soho.  It was coined a "Bonding Over Beauty" event for mothers and daughters.  We hopped on the train with her girlfriend and sped into town, all eager for a day of pampering. Who doesn't deserve that? Even my daughter, at age 9, knows that she deserves one every now and then.  She learned that from me. Back in the day, pre-marriage, I actually wore make-up and guess what brand it was....Benefit!  I remember taking a trip to the brand's flag ship store in San Francisco Read More

20Nov

Chilling Out in Mesa at Fushsia

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  My visit to Mesa was so relaxing.  Yoga in the desert, tea at the Ritz Carlton, a morning hike, time to go shopping and even a visit to a spa called Fushsia.  The spa trip was unexpected and certainly welcome.  My regular life at home is pretty hectic and there is not much time to focus on myself.  With work, the kids, my husband , my friends and family, my "to-do" list is long and never-ending.  The amount of time I get to spend on myself is minimal.  In the heart of Mesa, a tranquil city in the heart of Arizona, there is a spa that was created Read More

19Nov

A True Travel Adventure: Paddle Boarding on the Salt River

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  While recently on a visit to Mesa, Arizona, I was taken on a real adventure: paddle boarding on the Salt River.  I will admit upfront that I did not stand up on the board like you're supposed to.  When we arrived, I was ready to stand up and paddle but was advised by the instructor that the winds were pretty bad and she didn't recommend it as a first-timer.  Looking back, I wish I had tried, but I really enjoyed riding around the river in the middle of the desert on my knees. I took deep breaths, ogled at my surroundings and as I thought about Read More

18Nov

Didn’t I Tell You to Listen to Your Mother?

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  It's hard to believe that just about a year ago, Listen to Your Mother entered my life. It was so life changing and magnetic that I wrote about it again and again and again and again and again. In one post, I wrote: I enjoyed every waking minute of it and nourished the experience.  Words can not even express how grateful I was to be a part of it.  I kept thinking that the chance of ever working on a NYC stage production again in my lifetime was slim, so I’d better make the most of it.  And I did. I also wrote: So, would I do it Read More

17Nov

A Culinary Tour of Phoenix and Mesa

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First, let me get one thing straight.  I am not a food aficionado.  I have never lived to eat and my eating tastes are narrow.  That is why on my recent trip to Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, I was shocked to see myself turn into a foodie in the course of the five days I was there. I looked fervently eager to each meal and felt the urge to devour everything that was put in front of me. The food in Phoenix/Mesa is fresh, innovative and mouth-watering.  And I'm from New York, where I've always declared the food is the best in the world!  Go figure. We started Read More

15Nov

Saying “Namaste” to Nature in the Sonoran Desert

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On my recent trip to the Mesa Valley in Arizona, I was blessed with a yoga class in the Sonoran Desert at Usery Mountain Regional Park.  And you know what, yoga in the desert is as dreamy as it sounds!  Misty Campeau, our instructor, decided that it was too chilly that morning to do the class outside but we had the most tremendous view from our room and it truly was Namaste in nature.  Campeau's motto is "You must be the change you wish to see the World" (a'la Mahatma Ghandi).  The facility offers all-levels of yoga daily and were created to ensure Read More

14Nov

Chocolate, Chiles and Plenty of Cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden

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This past week I was fortunate to be invited to explore the Desert Botanical Garden while visiting the city of Phoenix, Arizona.  Located in Papago Park, not far from downtown Phoenix, the park is a local gem for any visitor either living in the area or coming from another place, like me.  A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” it's one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. And it feels like a museum!  The 20,000 plants from around the world represent 3,931 plant classifications in 139 plant families.  They accurately Read More