10Apr

Giveaway: American Girl’s The Body Book for Girls (5 copies)

My daughter turned 10 today and we are entering the dark abyss of what could be tough conversations about her changing body.  I want to teach her to make the right dietary choices, explain that growing hair under her armpits, teach her about hygiene and teach her to know what to expect when she's not expecting all these changes to transpire at some point in the next few years. There are also social pressures and situations that could impact her body image and self-esteem and I want her to understand and take them full on when they occur. When I got a Read More

10Apr

Intuition

How do you feel about intuition? Do you hear a bell go off in your head when the world wants you to go in a specific direction and do you make your decisions based on what your gut feeling is telling you? Intuition can be very powerful, particularly when you don't even know it's standing right in front of you, trying to tell you something. I'm the kind of person whose life is led with my heart. I tend to lean toward projects and jobs I am hopeful will plug into my passion.  This can be both an asset and a flaw.  I'm hoping my kids are more rational Read More

06Apr

Inspiration Found at Daily Beast’s Women in the World: The Lost Orphans

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I feel lucky.  I've spent the last two electric days mesmerized by the likes of the most incredible women in the world at Daily Beast's Women in the World conference in NYC at Lincoln Center.  I listened to the Honorable Hillary Clinton motivate the audience to get out there and fight for women's rights on a grassroots level, Meryl Streep salute her idol Irish feminist Inez McCormack, Angelina Jolie salute Malala who loved wearing a pink dress and said "All I want is an education and I am afraid of no one" and got shot by the Taliban in the head, Tom Read More

05Apr

Review: ANN, a Play with a Conscience

ANN

This week I noticed a lot of other parents juggling work/home balance.  It was every which way I turned.  At an 8am end of year party for my son's French class, the teacher ran in 10 minutes late in a complete frenzy because her son had gotten sick right before she had to leave to entertain a classroom full of parents and children.   On a conference call, I heard crying while a working mom tried desperately to resume our call.  At art appreciation session training this morning, one of the creators  chased her daughter around the room while chiming in on Read More

03Apr

A Mother’s Day fashionABLE Gift That Will Change Lives

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A few months ago I read my amazing friend Liz's recount over at Mom-101 of what it was like to watch her mother run a small clothing label out of her attic when she was growing up.  She connected the story (beautifully) to a group of women that she met at the non-profit, FashionABLE while visiting Ethiopia. It's a place where all the proceeds on the scarves that they create go towards helping the artisans, not only through wages but with medical care, medicine for TB or HIV, counseling, a housing stipend, educational tools and daycare for their Read More

02Apr

The Listen To Your Mother Reading Series on May 12th in NYC

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On Sunday, May 12 at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West Side, the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series will give “Mother’s Day a Microphone” as the city and an inspirational group of women and men come together to celebrate motherhood and parenting in a meaningful new way. Included in the cast of the New York City show are former Editor in Chief of Redbook Magazine Stacy Morrison (now Editor in Chief of BlogHer.com), comedian Jaime Fernandez, New York City creative writing teacher Susan Buttenwieser, social justice attorney and Read More

01Apr

Review and Giveaway: The New Victory Theater, NYC

bello mania

One thing I love about the New Victory Theater is that I always know I'm going to get high-quality, innovative and completely original programming.  Literally every production is mind-blowing. So, of course, after seeing the latest New Victory production, Bello Mania, I can say the same thing.  I  knew very little about former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown Bello Nock, who directs and stars in this new show along with a talented troupe of circus performers.  When he first came out on stage, looking exactly like he does in the photo above, Read More

30Mar

A Meaningful Passover (w/a Bit of Girl Power)

This year Passover took a whole new meaning in my house.  For one thing, it's the first time my children have ever kept the holiday's strict dietary rules.  In prior years, I felt they were too young for me to change their dietary habits and I couldn't get them to eat enough Passover food to keep them going.  This year I decided that at ages 8 and 9, they could survive a week without bread, pasta and rice.  For another thing, going to Hebrew School twice a year seems to be paying off.  This is the first time they were genuinely excited to sit down at the Read More

28Mar

Ditch the Mom Jeans and Get Ready to Get Your Cool Back!

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Join the first Culture Mom Media Twitter Party to talk about taking the cool back with Tracy Beckerman, author of the new book LOST IN SUBURBIA, A Memoir  this Tuesday night, April 2nd, from 9-10pm EST! "When you're a mom, you get a 'Get Out of Fat Jail Free' card for as long as you have young kids. Whenever you feel fat, you can tell someone you still haven't lost 'the baby weight,' and they will nod in understanding. It's like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Fat Pants. We all wear Fat Pants, otherwise known as Mom Jeans, after the baby is born Read More

26Mar

Review: Cirque du Soleil TOTEM

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This post was written by guest writer, Brian Fink.   Cirque du Soleil has arrived to Citi Field, marking  TOTEM’s 18th tour stop since its April 2010 World Premiere. In over two years and a half, more than 2 million people across Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have been mesmerized by the TOTEM experience that The San Francisco Chronicle described as “whimsically seductive and the most enjoyable show to come along from Cirque du Soleil in quite awhile”, and The Toronto Star proclaimed as “spectacular, artful. Read More