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Shot@Life Blogust

For those of you who think blogging is just about people sitting in front of a computer, writing posts, tweeting out random thoughts and waiting to get famous, you're all wrong.  Blogging is about so much more than that.  One year ago, I ran a fundraising campaign right here on The Culture Mom to raise money to provide leading-edge prosthetic limbs to women & mothers who became amputees as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.  A year later, I raised many more thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through an integrated Read More


Taking the “Mom” Out of BlogHer (& Other Thoughts)


I can't believe I've only been blogging for 2-1/2 years.  So much has happened and I've learned so much about myself and the world since this all started. This small blog that you're reading has led to so many opportunities and has truly been a window both into myself and what I want to do in life. Because of social media, I'm plugging back into skills and abilities that I thought were long gone, particularly after I had the kids.  It basically pulled me out of the darkness. Because of social media, I truly know that anything is possible and I don't Read More


Don’t Tell Me Breast Milk is Best for My Baby, NYC

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I’m irked.  It took me 2 days before I could post about this but Bloomberg has me steaming.  First he passes a law banning over-sized sugar drinks in NYC.  I understand what he’s trying to do, but come on…you can’t tell people what to drink. That’s not going to solve anything, including obesity.  Like with marijuana, people will just try to get it elsewhere (imagine the stock piles of large cups about to be bootlegged all over NYC).  So, that pissed me off but his new rant is far worse. Starting in September, NYC is launching the “Latch On NYC” Read More


Family Matinee “Into the Woods” at Shakespeare in the Park

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There is NOTHING better than Shakespeare in the Park.  Sitting in the center of NYC, watching some of the finest performers the city has, performing some of the finest plays ever written.   The experience becomes one that an adult will remember forever, yet alone a child.  That's why this is so exciting.  The folks at Shakespeare in the Park are planning a Family & Youth Matinee of their current show, INTO THE WOODS.  Yes, Sondheim!  What a way to introduce your children to one of the best composers and lyricists of our lifetime. This FREE Read More


A Day in Philadelphia (as Tourists) with the Kids

Jewish Museum Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a place I've been to many, many times.  My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I've covered it from head to toe in my lifetime. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones and eating (if you know food in Philadelphia, you know what I mean).  So, when we were given the opportunity to be tourists for a day by the folks at Visit Philly, we jumped at the chance. We kicked off our day at the Read More


Tween Chatting Over at KidzVuz

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  I just posted my first official post on a site called KidzVuz.  If you don't know about it yet, you should.  It's a completely safe, carefully monitored online destination for tweens to have their say and share their views.  Tweens leave, watch, and comment on video reviews of the books, tech, movies, toys, celebs and tv shows they love.  It's a place for tweens to have their say  (including my son, Max, who will debut on the site this Sunday when he reviews a fabulous new book he's reading) and a place I want my kids to spend time Read More


Minted: Design Your Own Stationary with Art from Around the World

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A few weeks ago came across a new line of stationary that caught my eye instantly.  You have to understand that I am not typically into design - I tend to buy a lot of Hallmark cards.  I have never really discovered a line that excited me.  But this card made me linger and want to explore the line futher: A totally new concept for me has come into my life: Indie stationary.  Made by a company called Minted, a design-your-own stationery site, these pieces of stationary are made by designers all over the world, in 43 countries.  Minted believes that Read More


Review: Ghost on Broadway: Nostalgic and Tech All in One

Image Credit: Joan Marcus

Remember Ghost, the 1990 Oscar-winning movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg?  It was definitely one of my favorite movies back in the day.  I never would have expected to be converted into a play, but after seeing it I can tell why it has.  It has a beautiful love story and is full of suspense. The music for the show was written by the collaborative team of Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics), Grammy-winner Glen Ballard, and Oscar-winning scribe Bruce Joel Rubin.  They're a first-time song-writing team.  The musical hit the Read More


Pool Time: From Then to Now

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I just read my friend's post over at her site, The New York Mom, both laughing and commiserating. It's called "Not Another Day at the Pool" about her extreme dislike for going to the pool daily with her young daughter.  She talks about the pain and tedium of the routine and says: Lily loves the pool and I LOVE seeing her so happy and that is my prize and my salvation for enduring the pool on the daily.  BUT…My skin turns 50 shades darker, I have this skin condition that leaves patches all over my neck and back because of the sun and that gets activated Read More


FREE Israeli Concerts at Lincoln Center Out of Doors This Summer

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I love Lincoln Center.  I used to live 4 blocks away and imagine how much time THE CULTURE MOM spent there.  You honest would never guess.  Every summer they bring Lincoln Center Out of Doors (running July 25th-August 12th) which features 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center) and I used to go there and soak in music from around the world for FREE (aahh, the pleasures of living in NYC, there are so many!). This year the festival is bringing noted Israeli musical artists are scheduled to perform throughout the Festival. For a complete Read More