14Dec

Stumped at Holiday Card Time and Saved by Tiny Prints

olivia and max

The end of the year came fast, and here we are once again faced with the task of finding a good picture for a holiday card. As usual, we suffered through the same argument: do we feature just the kids or all four of us?  As usual, we disagreed.  I had no desire to be plastered on a card that would be sent around the world, finding its ways into the homes of our friends and family and ending up on a wall or mantle.  We found our task of finding good photos harder than usual this year.  Perhaps it's because we don't tend to all look into the camera lens at Read More

14Dec

Giveaway: The Amazing Max and the Box of Amazing Things (NYC)

Amazing Max

  Looking for something cool to do with your kids this holiday season in NYC?  I know what's on my bucket list: The Amazing Max and the Box of Amazing Things.  It's being billed as a magic show for the whole family.  According to the New York Times, "The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things' is a Magic Show with a mind of its own. Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces. As the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself, this Read More

13Dec

Freckleface, Save the Children, Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore

"Freckleface Strawberry The Musical" & "PETER PANtomime" Benefit Performances

Last weekend my son and I had a very special experience when we attended Freckleface Strawberry, the hit off Broadway family musical, at a benefit for Save The Children at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center).  Last year when I saw and covered Freckleface, I mentioned that I enjoyed it as much as my kids. Not only that, but it was the first show that my son ever liked so much that he had to wait after the show and get every single cast member’s autographs, so I was thrilled to see it again with him.  It's a wonderful play about diversity and Read More

12Dec

My Latest Million Moms Challenge: You are Your Child’s Biggest Advocate

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I have loved being a member of the Million Moms Challenge, and I'm sad to say that this wonderful campaign is coming to an end this month. The Million Moms Challenge was sponsored in part by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It has been an honor to be part of this prestigious group of women to write about topics of extreme importance, topics meant to improve the lives of women and children all over the world.  I am so proud to be a member of this group and would LOVE it if Read More

11Dec

Review and Discount Code: “Catch” The Flying Latke at The Flea Theater

flying latke

Have you heard the tale of The Flying Latke by Arthur Yorinks?  If you had, you'd remember it.  It's the tale of a soaring pancake that's mistaken for a UFO and the havoc it causes one family during the festival of Hanukkah.  I have to admit that I didn't know the story so when I was invited to see the show, I laughed at the name and was curious to find out how a latke could fly.  As a matter of fact, my son and I talked about it all the way to the Flea Theater from Westchester yesterday to make the 11am show.  I had a feeling the show would be unique, Read More

09Dec

ONE’s 12 Days of Change: Fighting Local Hunger

Flighting hunger

It only takes ONE mom.  ONE mom can make a difference; she can tell another mom’s story. She can help a child with homework; she can tweet, blog and use her voice for mothers in the world’s poorest places.  It only takes ONE mom to inspire hope.  I'm inspired by the ONE campaign and I'm going to be one of those moms today by joining their 12 Days of Change.  The organization has launched 12 ways to give back and change the world right in your own community, without writing a single check. Each day, a different ONE Mom blogger from around the country is Read More

06Dec

Review: Mamma Mia! on Broadway

Momma Mia

I have a confession. I can not stop singing ABBA songs today!  All for good reason. I was treated to a night at the theater last night at a show I've been dying to see since its debut. Yes, of course I am referring to Mamma Mia!, playing at the Winter Garden. Yes, "My, my how can I resist you" is right.  The show is exactly what I expected: a delicious treat. Frivolous and mind-numbing but who cares?  It's about love, both young and old, and it's a slice of heaven with all my favorite ABBA songs. Don't be a theater snob.  Even if you think this is Read More

06Dec

At the Movies with Steven Spielberg and Emily Watson

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Today I was lucky to attend a private screening of War Horse, the new film directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. I was thrilled to go into Manhattan on a Monday morning and sit in a dark theater for several hours at the beautifully restored Film Society of Lincoln Center.  No kids, nowhere to be until much later in the day. This was an atypical morning for me and I didn't take it for granted. The film is about a strong friendship between a boy and a horse.  Their bond is fierce and when they get separated at the outbreak of World War I, the film Read More

04Dec

Theater Non-Review: The Mountaintop

The MountainTop

I have to admit that I didn't know a lot about The Mountaintop, the new play by Katori Hall starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, before I saw it late last week.  I knew that it was about a fictional last day in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and I was quite curious about the play and it's retelling of this very dramatic period in our lives.  I couldn't help but have high expectations with not only the story, but also the casting. Samuel Jackson plays MLK, who is spending the evening in his motel room in Memphis the night before his Read More

02Dec

Support Childrens Theater and an Important Cause

Freckleface Strawberry

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERY, the hit off Broadway family musical has teamed up with Save The Children and will present a special benefit performance on Saturday, December 10th at 3 pm at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), 248 West 60th Street off of West End Avenue. Last year when I saw and covered Freckleface, I mentioned that I enjoyed it as much as my kids. Not only that, but it was the first show that my son ever liked so much that he had to wait after the show and get every single cast member's autographs. Julianne Moore, Academy-Award Read More