12Sep

From One Mom to Another: Take a Break

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I've got a friend who has three children and is a SAHM.  She's 100% devoted to her children and does everything for them 24/7.  She's a marvelous mother but sometimes I wonder, how does she never take a break and take some time to herself? She's always worried about leaving all the onus on her husband and she feels a tremendous amount of guilt even thinking about spending time on her own. Me?  I felt like that when my children were very small, but not now.  When my daughter was born, I breastfed her for a year, and for a good part of that time, I Read More

09Sep

The Day I Became a New Yorker

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I've been struggling with this post.  9/11 was one of the most difficult experiences I've ever had.  And it's been 10 years.  What could I say that hasn't been said?   But as I'm watching the images on the television that resurface every year on CNN tonight, the memories of the day are flooding into my mind like a tsunami.  It was the single most terrifying day of my life, one that changed everything as we know it.  But it was also the day I became a New Yorker. I say that because I'm not a born and bred New Yorker, but you'd never know it if you met Read More

08Sep

Rosh Hashanah Recipe Link Up

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Back by popular demand, I bring you my delicious Rosh Hashanah Fesenjan Persian Chicken with Pomegranate Walnut Sauce recipe.  I'm also adding a linky so we can all share our favorite recipes with each other.  Leave your recipes in the comment section below and I'll coordinate another post with all the links! A good friend introduced me to this chicken a few years ago, and it’s been a New Year staple of mine ever since.  To say that it tastes divine is an understatement.  As a matter of fact, my book club has me to bring it to our annual holiday party Read More

06Sep

A Weekend in Mystic, Connecticut with the Kids

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I had a definite image of Mystic before our recent visit. I imagined a seaside town full of nautical charm. It may or may not have had something to do with its movie namesake, but Mystic sure shone like a star in the 1980s hit film with Julia Roberts. Whatever the case, the town lived up to my expectations. It's very picturesque and has a rich maritime history with a few major attractions and plenty to do for families.  I'm actually glad I waited to go with my kids.  When I travel with them, I tend to see things through their eyes, and it makes my Read More

05Sep

Has Tweeting Made Me the Worst Mom of the Year?

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We were in Mystic, Connecticut this weekend on a family trip.  It was actually a press trip that was arranged through multiple channels.  I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet, but there will soon be featured articles on our trip here, on Traveling Mom, A Child Grows, CBS.com and possibly Project You Magazine.  It was a marvelous weekend, and every time I had a chance and Wifi availability, I tweeted about it.  I tweeted from the Mystic Aquarium, I tweeted from Mystic Sea Port, I tweeted from Mystic Pizza, I tweeted from all the fabulous Read More

05Sep

Review: Sarah’s Key, the Film

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One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about the book, Sarah's Key by Tatania de Rosnay.  I described it as "a very sad, haunting book, whose images and impressions will linger with you long after you’ve set the book down. De Rosnay is a brilliant story teller, and she certainly had an important story to tell."  There was so much about the book that I appreciated, particularly that De Rosnay was able to bring an important story to the mainstream public.  Even I had never heard of the Vélodrome d’Hiver round-up, when thousands of Jews were Read More

01Sep

Review: The Judy Gold Show – A Walk Down Memory Lane

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When I was growing up in the 1970's, sitcoms were an important part of my family life.  The TV was always on and I remember watching them so vividly with my two sisters.  From The Brady Bunch to The Facts of Life to Laverne and Shirley, we watched everything.  The characters in the shows meant more to me than just regular TV shows.  I wanted to be them, and I learned a lot about life through their experiences.  I loved the family on The Brady Bunch, and yearned to be like them and wanted someone like Alice in my life.  Getting stranded on Gilligan's Read More

31Aug

I’m Not Alone. Just Ask Twitter.

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Inspired by my friend at BitchinWivesClub and her article "School Can't Start Soon Enough," I have to be honest about what's been going on in my life.  My kids have been home full time.  Camp ended.  School doesn't start in my town until September 8th. And to be honest, the time has felt like an eternity. I hate to admit this publicly as I know these days, these years, are flying by.  All the moms around me seem to love the long days of summertime.  No routine.  No schedules.  Freedom to do whatever. Many have gone on vacation over the last half of Read More

30Aug

Review: Fooz Kids – A Tween’s Internet Heaven

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My kids are digital kids. There's no escaping it.  They've been digital since day one, since popping of my womb.  By age 3, they were both sitting at the computer, diligently learning how to use the mouse and started to become acquainted with the keyboard. Now at the ages of 6 and 8, they are terribly computer proficient, so much so that when I recently switched from a PC to Mac, they were able to work out the in's an out's of my new computer quicker than me. And now they can surf.  They no longer need me to type in the URL's.   They can whip around the Read More

28Aug

Guest Post: Live Irene Field Report

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By Lisa and Shay Zach   The following is a letter written by two very good friends of mine, a couple, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  They sent this to me tonight, along with these fantastically poignant photographs.  For those of you not living in NY, I thought you'd really appreciate an honest look at the slight over-reaction - thus far, anyway - made by everyone, from media to the authorities, on Hurricane Irene.  Of course, we may wake up to an utter disaster tomorrow morning, but today was something very different.  Read on. Dear Read More