02Oct

Guest Post: Jenna McCarthy on “7 Steps to a Perfect Marriage”

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I have a remarkably happy marriage, and people ask me all the time how I got so lucky. (Not as often as they ask me about autism, vaccines and Jim Carrey, so let’s get something straight before we go any further: Not. Her.) I used to wonder if it had something to do with pheromones or having relatively low expectations, but after eleven years of wedded bliss I am pretty sure the key is some combination of kindness, respect and my ability to read a road map upside down divided by my husband’s skill at tuning out my nagging. Okay, fine. We got Read More

01Oct

Review: New York City Photo Safari

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When I got an email about listing a photography course offered by a company called NYC Photo Safari, I decided I simply had to try it.  Photography skills are something I have mastered, and I also haven't mastered iPhoto which the course promised to teach.  I was instantly intrigued and signed up immediately. NY Photo Safaris are photography classes designed for small groups and people who want to learn how to "capture the life and allure that's distinctly the Big Apple".  It's a walking Safari.   They have a wide range of tours/classes around the Read More

01Oct

How to Find Out the Best Toys for Christmas? Head to Time to Play

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This past week, I stopped by the Time To Play showcase to see what was new for the holiday season this year. There was so much to look at and quite a lot stood out.  Here were some of my favorite products: 1. Moshi Monsters - My children are mad about the Moshi Monsters online games and I was pleased to see that the brand is making a big push to bring them offline, as well.  They are making a push for Moshi Monsters in offline toys and play with plush figures, collectible Moshling figurines, TV programming, and a magazine.  They understand that kids Read More

26Sep

Introducing MamaDrama NY and Motherhood Out Loud

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If you read this blog regularly, you know I love theater.  When I lived in NYC, I literally went to see shows a few days a week. Theater is in my blood and my soul, only I have never worked in it. That's why I am part of the team behind a new company called MamaDrama NY.  We are bringing the best of theater and the moms blogosphere together.   It's a collection of the best Mom-focused websites in the blogosphere giving you the real deal on the best shows for discriminating, theatre-loving parents, like me and like you.  And don't let the name fool Read More

26Sep

My Son the Fashionista

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Last week I got invited to the opening of Ann Taylor's new concept store, marking the brand’s first new concept store in White Plains and third in the state of New York. Ann Taylor opened two concept stores this past year. They were hosting an in-store party and styling clinic co-hosted by fashion expert Lucy Sykes.  It was also a fundraiser with the Junior League of Central Westchester Wayside Cottage, a not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the Read More

24Sep

Inspiration Found at Social Good 2011

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Social media has done so much for me.  Personally, it has changed my life.  It has reconnected me to skills that were dormant, it has introduced me to new paths and walkways in life and connected me with some of the most amazing people I could have ever imagined meeting from all over the world.  Not only do I use social media to promote this blog, but now I actually use it to promote my company, local events and I've even started up a local chapter of social media enthusiasts.  To say that social media has changed my life is an understatement. As I Read More

23Sep

Celebrate Off-Broadway’s “Motherhood Out Loud”

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I want to invite you to something very special.  A Twitter party for a very special NYC off-Broadway show.  Oh, and I'm running it, so you really have to come!  If you're a mom or theater lover or have an interest in women's issues, you won't want to miss this.  Plus, you'll have two chances to win a pair of tickets to the show! There's a new play at Primary Stages called Motherhood Out Loud.  Playing until October 29th at Primary Stages, it's a show that shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the Read More

20Sep

Giveaway: 4 tickets to the American Museum of Natural History

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© AMNH\\\\R. Mickens I recently wrote about my visit to the American Museum of Natural History and my glimpse into the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors Exhibit.  The museum is one of our favorite days out in the city.  We can spend hours there. A pioneer in modern frog research, the American Museum of Natural History has one of the largest frog collections in the world. AMNH expeditions to remote mountaintops, as well as surveys of local wetlands, continue to uncover new populations and species—but also reveal environmental changes that threaten Read More

18Sep

Review: Spiderman Turn Off the Dark

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Spiderman Turn Off the Dark has been on my list of plays to take my son to for some time. Neither of us are particularly Spiderman fans, but when it comes to NYC theater, whenever there's a show with kids appeal, I'm there with one or both of my children. In addition, who couldn't resist the temptation to see a show that took nine years to make and has cost about $100 million to produce?  And who couldn't resist the allure of Julie Taymor and U2?  Sadly, Taymor was let go from the production early this year, but I have read that her marks were left on Read More

16Sep

TripIt Tripped Up our Trip

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This past summer my family and I embarked on a fabulous European adventure to England and France.  I've blogged about it here, elsewhere and it was probably clear from my writing that we had a wonderful time. What I neglected to write about was an unusual and unfortunate experience that occurred while we were in London.  We were hoping to talk to the company involved to see if we could at least get a an apology for the inconvenience caused, but we haven't been able to. We've emailed them a few times and not received a response, not one attempt of Read More