07Sep

A Mother’s Fight: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

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Eight weeks of waiting. That's what mothers in Lesotho, in Southern Africa, face when waiting for HIV results for their children. Poor roads and lack of transportation mean not only a horrendous delay in relaying lab results, but many mothers never return to the clinic to learn if their baby is HIV positive. Without treatment, half of these HIV-positive infants won't live to see their second birthday. Mobile phones are the perfect solution to this tragic problem. For mere pennies health workers can send test results via text messages. Thousands of Read More

06Sep

Dear Mrs. Gordon: Notes on Our Road Trip By My 9 Year-Old

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I had to post my nine year-old daughter's letter to her teacher.  Be aware: there are typos, many of them.  She typed this on my lap top and had me edit but I didn't have the heart to make every correction.  We've been back from our trip for two weeks, so I'm very impressed that she remembered so much about our trip and I would definitely qualify it a success in terms of what she learned.  But the last line is VERY funny and you have to read to the end. Dear Mrs. Gordon, During the summer I went on a road trip to Atlanta we went through New Read More

05Sep

Twitter Therapy

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When I started having kids, I honestly had no idea how much my life was going to change.  I went from living a fancy-free life living in Manhattan with just myself and husband to look after to living in the suburbs with a life full of strollers, diaper bags and car seats.  I was about to quit the job I loved due to raging hormones and enter into a world joining a group of women in a playgroup who talked about nothing other than cutting our babies' nails and nap time. I was never a mom who loved playground banter. I spent the next few years struggling Read More

02Sep

Kicking Childhood Obesity with Tips from the Experts

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Yesterday my kids and I attended a press event that addressed the crisis of physical inactivity among America's youth at the U.S. Open here in New York.  To highlight the importance of healthy, active lifestyles and unveil a set of essential elements for increasing the quality and quantity of youth physical activity programming in America, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), hosted the event.  It's a partnership with Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative and featured U.S. Read More

31Aug

Dreaming of NYC

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I spent some of my pivotal years living and working in NYC on the Upper West Side.  I moved to NYC at the age of 24 and vowed never to leave.  I loved walking out of my building into city life.  I loved everything about it and rarely complained about the high price of living, particularly when I was making a mere 23K in my first job as an assistant.  I thought I would never leave.  I was home. Fast forward to now.  I've been living in the suburbs for the last 10 years. Don't ask me how that is possible.  Granted, I live only 15 miles from the city and Read More

29Aug

My Bad Pitch Rant and Easy Practices for a Better One

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Hi Holly, for any baby product stories that you are currently working on, please consider the NEW line of eco-friendly reusable baby wipes, burp cloths and bibs that have just launched by Bambooee.  Holly, I love these do-it-yourself wall murals from Elephants on the Wall!! Decorating a kids room will never be the same when you use Elephants on the Wall! Take a look at the release below and let me know if you are interested in samples, images or additional info. Greetings, Imagine newborns falling asleep or waking up cradled in incredible Read More

28Aug

Chaplin, the Musical: All the World Loves a Tramp

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I have long had an obsession with Charlie Chaplin.  As the daughter of a mother with a fetish for old movies, I was raised on films like "Modern Times" and "The Kid".  I continued following his life and career as a film minor in University and wrote a paper or two on his movies.  Coming to live in NY as a young girl, I used to flee to the Film Forum or wherever they were showing a retrospective on his life an career. Needless to say, when the film came out in 1992 about his life, with Robert Downey, Jr. playing the lead, I was memorized by the truth Read More

26Aug

Balance. My Daily Struggle.

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Balance.  That's a word I've struggled with since the kids were born.  It's not easy to have as a mom, it definitely takes work.  It's a skill that I've developed over time but I'm still perfecting.  I'm definitely a mom that loves being with my kids and one that needs my own time, as well.  The kids take up a lot of energy and just slipping away to read a book, catch a film or play in the city, taking a long, hot shower and belting out 80s tunes gives me the power I need to march on and be a better mom. But I also see the value of spending time alone Read More

25Aug

Reduce Infant Mortality with Save the Children

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Did you know that every year, more than 7 million newborns and children die before their 5th birthday—mostly from preventable and treatable causes, such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria?  Wondering what you can do so that more children survive? How can we make basic life-saving health care available to children around the world and improve children’s health in the world’s poorest and most remote communities? To discuss this and more, come to the next MamaDrama (my alter ego) Twitter Party. We’ll have several members on hand who are passionate Read More

24Aug

Exploring Greater Williamsburg with Kids

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Colonial Williamsburg is a place I've been wanting to take my family for some time.  I have vivid memories of traveling to the historical town as a child and have been waiting for them to be of a certain age to appreciate it. My kids are 7 and 9, maybe a little bit younger than needed to understand about the American Revolution, but its an education in its own rite and gave them a basic understanding of how life in America evolved over two hundred years ago.  But I also didn't remember it being so big and diverse in its history, as this was the first Read More