23Aug

School’s Almost Here and We’re All Leaving Home

Tiny Prints

This coming back to school season has special meaning for me.  I feel like I've graduated. Both my kids will be in school full time, until 3pm everyday. My daughter is 8, my son is nearly 7.  The occasion is momentous for all of us. For me, it marks a milestone in my own life.  The pre-school years are over.  No more 9am drop-offs and 12pm pick-ups. No more having to fill the day with constant activity.  No more school days filled with just playtime.  This year both my kids will have more intense academics, they'll both have homework.  They'll have 6 Read More

21Aug

A Star is Born

Fashion Playtes

Picking out clothes for my daughter isn't as easy as it used to be when she was younger.  I used to go shopping and she loved everything I brought home.  Usually, I just picked up any item that was pink or purple, and it was an instant hit. Unfortunately, we no longer always see eye to eye.  I bought her home a pair of shoes last week that she nix'ed, and I can tell that her fashion sense is fast forwarding itself past my own, and she now looks to some of her friends and heroes, like Selena Gomez, for fashion advice and approval.  It's sad but true. Read More

21Aug

Traveling with Kids: Lunch at the Hotel del Coronado

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On my recent visit to San Diego for Blogher, I went a day early to stay with some very good friends.  They picked me up from the airport and we headed right to Coronado Island with her two young children for lunch.  I had been flying all morning and was quite hungry and ready to enjoy their company. I have been to the Hotel Del Coronado many times, yet I have yet to stay there.  It is a luxury hotel right on the water.  In the 1990s, my mother and sister were staying there while I was visiting friends in the city.  I have vivid memories of spending Read More

20Aug

Brooklyn Discovery: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

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            Leave it to my Brooklynite sister to introduce us to FARMACY, the most amazing old-fashioned, but very hip, soda fountain in Carroll Gardens (513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260).  It's total nostalgia - everything from egg creams to milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes, to the counter and leather seats where you can sit comfortably, to the girls wearing white hats, aprons and old-fashioned glasses.  You feel like you've gone back in time, but you can't help but remember Read More

19Aug

Review: Catch Me if You Can (Closing September 4th)

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When I heard "Catch Me If You Can" was coming to Broadway, I was intrigued.  Based on the Dreamworks film that was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002, it starred Leonardo DeCaprio and told the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr.  Abagmale was a con-artist who posed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot.  A FBI agent, played by Tom Hanks, in the film, searched for him for years and the two men had a tumultuous yet hilarious relationship. A blogger's night was planned well before the closing was planned, and it was tonight.  I'm glad I saw, because it turns out Read More

17Aug

Review: The Digital Mom Handbook and What Being One Means to Me

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I just finished reading The Digital Mom Handbook by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla, both of whom I have met through the blogosphere.  I have to admit, I read it rather quickly but only because I was so intrigued.  I was curious what these two mompreneurs had to say about making a living off blogging.  On the back of the book, it says that they've "literally skyped, blogged, vlogged, tweeted and Facebooke their way to the top" and indeed, they have.  I also wanted to read their words of wisdom about balance, something I'm constantly striving for as Read More

16Aug

Why Gloria Steinem Makes me Proud

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Last night I watched “Gloria: In Her Own Words” on HBO, an engrossing documentary about the woman who helped spearhead the women’s movement of the late ’60s and ’70s, the one and only Gloria Steinem.  It was informative and inspiring, about a woman born at a time when women had limited rights and Steinem's upward battle to improve her every women's lives.  She believed that talking wasn't enough and that women had to take the streets to demand change. And indeed she did. Early on in the hour-long portrait, we learned that she never wanted to cover Read More

14Aug

Shopping Smarter at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx and Giveaway

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As a 40+ year-old woman, I am constantly on a quest to become a better dresser.  My body's changing.  I can no longer just slip into a size 6 like I used to.  Whether it's true or not, two pregnancies have taken a toll on my body. In addition, I don't have as much time to color coordinate my clothes, and I find myself spending less and less time trying to figure out what I'm wearing.  I generally always feel under-dressed, like I'm wearing the wrong thing, like I don't have enough dressy clothes.  Now that I am re-entering the workforce in more full Read More

12Aug

My Kleenex Field Trip to the American Museum of Natural History

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When I was invited to spend the morning at the American Museum of Natural History with my friends from The Motherhood, I couldn't resist. The museum has long been one of my favorite places to visit in NYC, and my kids and I have spent hours exploring the dinosaur exhibit and we love our visits to the Planetarium.  The museum is located in my old neighborhood, the Upper West Side, so it's always special to go back and the museum holds many special memories for all of us. Funnily enough, it being summer, my kids are crazy about their day camp.  So in Read More

11Aug

Review: Why I Recommend “The Help” (the film)

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I've been quiet this week for a reason but it's kind of ironic.  I've been hanging out with 3,000 other bloggers at a conference called BlogHer in San Diego but I've hardly blogged.  I have so many posts to write post BlogHer, but I feel compelled to write about The Help, since it premiered in the theaters today.  I attended an advance screening hosted by Dream Works, which was a highlight of the weekend, and also a rest from the craziness. I had a feeling I'd like this movie.  I read the book by Kathryn Stockett last year and finished it in 2 or 3 Read More