How Do I Do it ALL? by Holly Pavlika

Holly Pavlika

This is the seventh entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Holly Pavika, a dear friend and an award-winning creative marketing industry veteran and was recently the Managing Director of Big Fuel, the nation's largest pure play social media agency. Taking her social media expertise and with particular knowledge of moms and women-focused marketing, she has recently moved over to lead MOMentum as President, of this marketing subsidiary of Big Fuel. MOMentum connects Read More


Weekend Getaway Suggestion: The Inn at Serenbe


  Nestled just thirty minutes from the Atlanta Airport lies a true gem of a place to stay, the Inn at Serenbe.  I grew up in Atlanta yet had never heard about it until my mother mentioned it to me recently.  Curious about the grounds, gourmet dining, hayrides, bonfires, chickens. the trails and the folk art that fills the property, we made our reservation and met there this past weekend.  One sister arrived from Brooklyn, the other from Philadelphia, I arrived from Westchester, NY and my mom came in from the middle of Atlanta.  We had not Read More


Attention NYC Writers and Performers: AUDITIONS

Listen to Your Mother

As you know, I am involved with bringing a wonderful show to NYC called LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER.  The show is by women, for women, about women, and I have proudly blogged about it here. Seeking New York City-area writers and/or performers to read their original essays on any aspect of motherhood in the NYC premiere of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, to be held at the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at the JCC in Manhattan on Sunday, May 6th, 2012. People of all ages, types, backgrounds, and experience levels are invited to audition.  No previous stage Read More


Review: “The Artist” – Where Silence is Truly Golden


It came as no surprise to me whatsoever that I adored the new French film that has been sweeping up every award, The Artist.  Unlike the filmgoers in England, who recently demanded their money back after finding out that this is a silent film, I relished the opportunity to go back in time to an era that is responsible for the birth of the motion picture industry.  Who hasn't thought about what happened to some of the legendary actors who so skillfully played non-speaking characters in motion pictures when talking pictures were introduced?  Just a few Read More


Women and Success – The Heidi Klum Effect by Elissa Freeman

Elissa Freeman

This is the sixth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Elissa Freeman, the Vice President, Communications & Public Relations for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  She lives in Toronto, Canada with her extremely tolerant husband and precocious 11 year old daughter.  She refuses to believe there is such a thing as work-life balance and prefers to liver her life one moment at a time - as long as her carpool doesn't fall apart.  You can chat with Elissa Read More


My Life Works, but my Feelings About It Don’t by Emily Paster

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This is the fifth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Emily Paster, editor and founder of WestoftheLoop.com.  Emily, a mother of two, teaches legal writing at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. She writes about parenting, cooking and the struggle to stay cool in the suburbs at her blog West of the Loop.   Emily is another blogger that I loved as soon as we met at BlogHer last summer, and she is someone I look up to. She tweeted recently that writing Read More


I Don’t Know How She Does It, Either by Shari Simpson

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This is the fourth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Shari Simpson, the co-writer of the comedy “Maybe Baby, It’s You” ,  (Dramatic Publishing, Inc.) and the non-dizzy redhead behind the blog “Earth Mother just means I’m dusty.” She is also the editor of Mommy Poppins NJ and writes a weekly humor column for Aiming Low. Shari won a 2006 Telly Award in the “Social Issues” category for her short film script “Positive Choice” and writes for the HOPE Worldwide Read More


Three Writers for the Price of One with Relatively Speaking on Broadway

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 I was so happy to finally see Relatively Speaking: 3 One-Act Comedies last night at the Brooks Atkins Theatre, just a few weeks before it is set to close.  When I heard the creative talent behind this play, my mouth began to water and I had to see it.  The show features one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen.  Directed by John Turturro, the cast includes Caroline Aaron, Max Casella, Bill Army, Lisa Emery, Ari Graynor, Steve Guttenberg, Danny Hoch, Julie Kavner, Allen Lewis Rickman, Grant Shaud, Marlo Thomas, Katherine Borowitz, Jason Read More


Social Good Cause of the Week: Malaria No More

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I'm always looking for a good social good campaign and Malaria No More's "Dream Big Campaign" is certainly that and is hence my social good cause of the week (my NEW Tuesday feature).  Malaria No More is an effort to help end malaria deaths in Africa and help children achieve their dreams. I saw Mandy Moore speak about the danger of Malaria at the 92nd Street Social Good Conference last year and it's a cause that we all need to get behind. Malaria robs more children of their dreams than any other disease in Africa, killing a child every minute. Yet, Read More


On Finding Balance: Who, What, Where, Why, and How by Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino

  This is the third entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Elena Soninno, the founder of Ciao Mom and Just.Be.Enough.  Italian by birth, a mom, a teacher, a wife, a runner & triathlete, and a cancer survivor, Elena strives to carry the extra weight of empowerment and self-confidence through her writing.  She started Just.Be.Enough. last year in the hope of  inspiring women, parents, and children to believe in themselves.   I met Elena at BlogHer in 2011 Read More