24Aug

Experiencing Nostalgia on Our Summer Vacation

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When I was younger, summer vacations were really special.  My grandparents and uncle would fly down to my home in Atlanta from Philadelphia and we'd all cram into a large station wagon and drive places. Often it would be Florida, which is the source of most of my childhood vacation memories.  But we also spent several summers visiting Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My dad used to wake us up early to leave - around 4am - getting us on the road well before rush hour.  We'd always be ready the night before and sleep for a few hours before departure. Read More

23Aug

Conversations with Coca-Cola: Celebrating Women

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  When I was invited to the Conversations with Coca-Cola conference in Atlanta, GA, I was torn.  It was set to take place during my family's summer vacation in Atlanta, GA.  We were heading there anyway, but I was hesitant to leave my family while on holiday. On the other hand, I was intrigued.  Coca-Cola is a brand that I have known all my life and one that I highly respect. Here they were inviting me to a conference, along with other bloggers who I know and value.  However, as you know, here on the Culture Mom, I don't often push products, Read More

21Aug

When Your Child’s Words Are Like Daggers

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Before I had kids, I began to make sacrifices.  I suffered through morning sickness, nausea, back pain, a fluctuation in weight and exhaustion.  Then they came along, and I endured late nights, leakages through my shirt during meetings at work and even more exhaustion.  Life changed dramatically and quickly. Then there were decisions about work.  I let my job go, one I assumed I would be at forever more, to stay home with my children. It was a total upheaval, as it is for all of us moms and dads. I'm not sorry for any of it.  I've witnessed all of Read More

20Aug

Charleston Place: Elegant and Cozy Family Travel in Charleston

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On our recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we had the most perfect visit at the Charleston Place Hotel.  It was our first visit to the city as a family and we could not have asked for a better location to make as our base.  Built in 1840, the hotel is very elegant yet comfortable, cozy, and the service defines southern hospitality to a tee.  As soon as we walked though the door into the refined lobby with a grand staircase and chandelier shining down from the ceiling, we were enchanted.  We knew we were in for something special.  Something Read More

18Aug

A Day in Savannah with Kids

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We spent some time in Savannah with the kids late last week.  I grew up in Georgia and have fond memories of family visits there as a child so I was eager to return.  Plus, I knew the city's British influence would be of great interest to my English husband.  Savannah is truly one of America's most beautiful and historical cities and after a day spent touring around, I can honestly say that I have to go back.  Maybe without the kids, so I can truly experience as much as I want to see, and it's certainly a romantic city so it might warrant a visit with my Read More

18Aug

A Quick Gripe About Feeding My Kids on the Road

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We've been traveling through America for the last week or so, and we've eaten a lot of meals in restaurants.  We've had everything from fast food to upscale dining and we've looked at menu after menu after menu.  When I make the statement I am about to make, please note that I know that I have very picky eaters and I blame no one for that but my husband and myself.  However, when I make meals for my kids at home, I'm always sure to include a vegie and fruit.  I also try to make different types of food and diversify their menus.  I no longer buy chicken Read More

17Aug

Atlanta with Kids: The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola

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We paid a visit to the remarkable  Georgia Aquariam in Atlanta last week. Being a native Atlantan who now lives in NY, I must admit that I was really really, impressed.  Located in Pemberton Place, right across the way from the World of Coca-Cola , it’s one of the world’s largest aquariums.  With more than 8.5 million U.S. gallons of marine and fresh water fish, it houses more than 100,000 animals of 500 species.  It’s elaborate with moving creatures every which way you look. We saw so many creatures we’ve never seen before in their five incredible Read More

15Aug

A Day at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC with Kids

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We recently spent a day exploring the Biltmore House in Ashville, North Carolina.  I had visited as a young girl and was eager to take my family.  Home to one of the most famous and wealthy families in the world, the Vanderbilts, it's truly a glimpse into how they lived in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos inside, but I can tell you that my kids were just as impressed by the architecture and art as we were.  I was worried that the tour would bore them, but I was wrong. The Biltmore Estate is the realization of George Read More

14Aug

My Small Role in Listen to Your Mother’s Open Mic at BlogHer

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This past spring, I had the joy of being involved in the NYC production of Listen to Your Mother.  The experience has changed my life in more ways than I describe.  Now being involved in a REAL off-Broadway show is just ONE small example of how it changed in life as I'm on the crew of The Best of Everything coming to the Here Arts Center this October.  This never would have happened to me had it not been for LTYM and meeting some very special people involved with the show.  A long time theater goer, more avid than you would ever realize, LTYM has allowed Read More

14Aug

Recharging at the Omni Charlotte

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Our stop at the Omni Charlotte Hotel has been a highlight of our road trip. The location was wonderful - right in the heart of Charlotte's financial district.  We were so excited to explore the area and get to know a city that we didn't know very well.  Linked to 12 city blocks via sky bridge, the Omni Charlotte Hotel is moments away from the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, the Charlotte Convention Center, and the EpiCentre entertainment district.  Given the location, it would appear to be more of a business hotel, but we were Read More