28Feb

Sponsored Post: Avoiding the Parking Perils of LAX

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This post has been written and sponsored by Air Port Parking Reservations. Air travel has its benefits -- especially when traveling with kids. It’s faster than driving, so there’s fewer complaints of “Are we there yet?” Plus, with gas prices through the roof, in some cases, it’s more cost efficient -- a big plus if your family is like mine and on a budget. However, just like motherhood, with these joys comes a few pains, and if you frequently fly out of Los Angeles’ LAX International Airport, you know parking at LAX is one of the worst. Finding a Read More

25Feb

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to Broadway’s How to Succeed with Nick Jonas

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While my kids were on February break, we headed to a matinee of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying with a new cast including Nick Jonas, Beau Bridges and Michael Urie.  I had seen Matthew Broderick in an earlier Broadway production years ago and was curious to see the difference in this production and the popular teen star's performance. In the revival of the musical comedy, Jonas stars as J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who works his way up the corporate ladder through a series of schemes and a self-help manual. Bridges plays his Read More

24Feb

Giveaway: 4 Tix to the Werner Chamber Quartet at Carnegie Hall

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If you live in or near NYC, this is an incredible opportunity to take your family to both see and hear  a group of four young cellists, who happen to be siblings and travel the world making music. They are the Werner Chamber Quartet and they're coming to Carnegie Hall late next month. Each of the four young musicians, who range in age from 18 and 22, will perform double duty, playing solo works on the cello while taking turns accompanying each other on the piano in works by Schumann, Beethoven, Boccherini, Stravinsky, Glière and César Franck, in Read More

23Feb

Bucket List: Woody Allen – Live at Cafe Carlyle

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If you haven't already figured it out from reading my many blogs about Woody Allen, I'm a huge fan.  I've written about his movies, his plays and his impact on my life and move to NYC from Atlanta, GA.  But he means so much more to me than I can write here on this blog and after many years of saying how much I want to see him in real life at the Cafe Carlyle where he plays clarinet regularly with his band, my husband finally listened and agreed that it was the perfect Valentine's Day gift for me this year. And indeed it was.  We got dressed up, a Read More

22Feb

A Weekend in the Lehigh Valley with the Kids

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Last weekend, we found an unexpected hidden gem of a family travel spot in the Lehigh Valley.  Located just less than two hours from where we live in the heart of Pennsylvania near the Poconos Mountains, lies several quiet towns filled with museums, restaurants, antique shops and things to do.  As my daughter correctly stated when we left, we have never really explored much of Pennsylvania other than Philadelphia (though we have actually been to the Poconos and the Amish Country).  After this trip, I can tell you for sure that we will be back.  We were Read More

21Feb

Giveaway: Two Tickets to the New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

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We are big fans of the New York Theatre Ballet.  Ever since my daughter started taking dance lessons, it has been a key part of our NYC experience every winter. They are about to conclude their family-friendly Once Upon a Ballet series with the audience favorite, James Sutton’s Sleeping Beauty on March 10 & 11. The hour-long production is the ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-8. The New Yorker says, “Amid the popular trend of commercial schlock for children, New York Theatre Ballet’s intelligent, imaginative storybook ballets shine all Read More

16Feb

Pan Am Season Finale Preview (and My Visit to the Set)

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Pan Am.  We toured the Silvercup Studios, the studio where it's shot in Brooklyn.  Inside we walked through the 707 used in the program and explored economy, first class, the plane's bar (yes, remember when they had bars on planes?) and the cockpit.  We found out useful tidbits about the actors on the show, like the fact that Mike Vogel, who plays the pilot, is also a pilot in real life.  We watched a scene being shot with Laura and Maggie in their apartment.  We met the show's prop master, Pete Read More

15Feb

A Life Free From Hunger with Save the Children

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This morning I headed to the Millennium Hotel near the United Nations to hear a very special talk co-hosted by Save the Children in support of the U.N. Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement for maternal, newborn and child health with a group of other bloggers from MamaDrama.   The session was empowering as we heard from leaders in the movement to eliminate hunger from around the world. The breakfast and discussion were being held to launch a new global report  “A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition,” marking a critically Read More

14Feb

A Dose of Fashion Week at Barbie’s Dream Closet

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One of the many perks of blogging is the events that I'm invited to.  From time to time, my children are also extended invites to these events.  I'm quite careful about the events that I choose to attend, for so many reasons.  For one thing, I live in Westchester and it's not easy to take my children into Manhattan. While I love going in, I choose what I bring them to as it is a good chunk of the day.  For another, I want to keep the thrill of going to these events very much alive and special. But when I get an invite that I know is going to mean Read More

13Feb

Review: Assistance at Playwrights Horizons

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Do you ever have flashbacks of particular experiences that weren't particularly pleasant but supposedly paved your future and helped you become who you are?  I did when I saw the film Swimming with Sharks with Kevin Spacey, for example. Who hasn't had vivid dreams of tying up their boss after one snide remark too many? Like everyone else, once upon a time, I was an assistant to someone in a high power position. While I respected my boss, I was subjected, sometimes inadvertently, to countless humiliations daily. Looking back, I realize I did learn a Read More