13Jun

Making 1 Simple Change to Keep Our Children Safe

1 simple change

  It's hard to believe that the unspeakable events in Newtown now occurred six months ago.  What began as a normal school day for everyone ended with 26 dead, a town changed forever, and a nation struggling to understand the worst kind of tragedy humanly possible.  I've made it clear on this blog where I stand on gun control, attending the Million Moms March back in January. We marched in freezing temps, hoping a law would be passed on stricter background checks as a start to relieving us all of any future pain.  However, Congress sadly shot down Read More

13Jun

Temptation on the Norwegian Breakaway

norwegian breakaway

Last Sunday we were invited by Conde' Naste Traveler to spend a day on the new Norwegian Breakaway. I was immediately intrigued as my kids have never been on a cruise and I was eager to teach them more about the whole cruising phenomenon   They have long lusted over the idea of going on one, so why not spend a day showing them what it's about? Nothing wrong with that. Getting to the pier was easy.  The ship was docked at pier 88, right around West 57th Street and 12th Avenue and there was easy parking access right there.  At fist sight, we were all Read More

10Jun

A Big Night for Female Directors

Pam MacKinnon

  I love theater.  There is so much about it that resonates with me.  The ability that people have to weave together the words, acting, staging, choreography and costumes to tell a story for me is unique and magical. Every year when the Tony Awards come on TV, I inform my family that I'm hibernating for a few hours to watch the industry I support by seeing practically every show that hits the NYC stage.  I love Neil Patrick Harris' energy, the musical numbers, the glitter, the glitz, the familiar faces from Broadway. It's always Read More

07Jun

Getting Creative with Instagram

instagram

On my recent trip to Vietnam, I became fascinated with Instagram.  I fell in love with the country and wanted to share my experience and photos with the world. As the likes and comments began to spill in, I realized I had a new way to communicate with people back home, as well as travelers who could make recommendations and share travel tips about the places I was visiting. It added a whole new dimension to my travel experience but I knew it was just the tip of the iceberg. I've been wanting to learn more about it ever since. So when my friend, Katja Read More

03Jun

My Return to TBEX

tbex

I just got back from Toronto where I attendedTBEX 2013, Travel Bloggers Exchange. Founded by Kim Mance of Go Galavanting, it's the largest travel blogging conference of its kind.  Mance was the commander at the TBEX conference I last attended in 2010, and I could tell it was all very over-whelming for her to organize  back then. I was so impressed that she had brought all these cool people together from around the world to discuss travel writing. There were sponsors  - not many, but she had them. Anyway, she sold TBEX to Blog World in 2012 (she needed Read More

31May

Revisiting the Blue Man Group 25 Years Later

blue man group

1988.  That was the year I set foot into the Astor Place Theatre to first catch The Blue Man Group. At the time, the show was ground-breaking.  I had never seen a show so excellently combine music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. My memories of the show are quite vivid and that is something to say about my aging memory.  So when my daughter recently asked me to take her to see the show, I found the idea incredibly exciting.  For both of us. It's also a sign that the Read More

28May

Kitchensurfing: Bringing the Family Back to the Basics

kitchen surfing

My kids love to cook.  I do, too, but my repertoire has been rather limited lately and as their culinary demands increase, I've wondered how to satiate them.  A few weeks ago, they told me they were going to start cooking dinner for us every Saturday night, and I wondered how it would go past pizza, macaroni and cheese and eggs.  After all, my daughter does make a mean plate of cheesy eggs. On Saturday night we decided to try something different, something that has woken us all up to the fact that more spectacular meals can be made with a little Read More

26May

Review and Giveaway: Five Summers by Una La Marche

five summers

I seem to know a lot of people writing books lately.  One of these friends happens to be Una La Marche, author of the new book Five Summers.  It's coined Young Adult but I enjoyed it every much as my 10 year-old who happens to be heading off to sleep-a-way camp this summer for the first time. FIve Summers is very much a homage, if not a love letter, to a child's camp experience. It couldn't have been published, or fallen into my hands, at a better time.  I admit that I'm the driver of my daughter's pending camp experience.  She wasn't that keen, nor Read More

24May

Guest Post – Epic: The Actors Speak About Their Characters

epic the movie

On May 24th, the creators of Ice Age present their latest film Epic, which will be released in theaters nationwide. I had a chance to interview the a few of the actors and find out what they thought about their characters after I attended the New York City Premiere. I also got to speak to director Chris Wedge and covered some of his thoughts on the film in my post about walking the green carpet. The funniest parts of the interviews came from actors Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd. They play Mub and Grub the snail and slug comedy duo in the film. Read More

23May

Guest Post: Walking the Green Carpet: Epic Movie Premiere

epic

  Last Saturday my family and I had the opportunity to walk the green carpet at the Epic movie premiere in New York City. It was exciting to witness all the production it takes to put on a premiere. I'm sure you've all heard about Epic by now. It is a 3D CG adventure comedy from the creators of Ice Age and Rio. Epic explores the battle between good and evil and how it effects the natural world. The story unfolds as a teenage girl finds herself shrunk in a magical land that is right in her own backyard. She teams up with a crew of nature Read More