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

13Aug

Eclectic and Comfortable Family Visit at Hotel Monaco

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We kicked off our two week long road trip from New York to Georgia with an overnight stop in Alexandria, Virginia, a quaint historic town in Northern Virginia.  Located thirty minutes right outside Washington, DC, it was an ideal location for us to stop.  We were able to drive five hours and not have to venture into the hustle and bustle of the city.  Unbeknownst to us, at various points in her past, Alexandria has been part of the District of Columbia, a regional slave trading market, an occupied city, a washed-up post-industrial hamlet, and a hometown Read More

11Aug

Random Thoughts While Road Trippin’ with Kids

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I haven't been writing much over the last few days as I'm away with my family.  We're driving from New York to Atlanta and stopping along the way all the way down and all the way back up.  I have so many posts to write, but I'm determined not to wile my hours away on the computer during this trip.  I want to be fully with my kids on this trip, literally and figuratively. Wherever we stop, my son asks me if I'm blogging about whatever it is that we're seeing, so I'm trying to really be here in the moment and focus all my time and energy on my them and Read More

08Aug

A Celebration of Family & Community during BlogHer

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I was lucky to attend some pretty special events at BlogHer last weekend. One of them was for Zarbee’s new all natural extra strength line of cough products for adults and children 12 and up on the rooftop at the The Kimberly Hotel (where we happily stayed almost exactly two years ago).  In addition to introducing the new products, the event was a celebration of  individuals that are an inspiration to their families and communities.  Zarbee’s is committed to keeping them healthy so they can continue to do amazing things. It was an honor to be included Read More

06Aug

Comments Can Save Lives

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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

06Aug

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

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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

01Aug

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