A Dose of Fashion Week at Barbie’s Dream Closet


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


Review: Assistance at Playwrights Horizons


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


Two Book Reviews: Cutting For Stone and A Reliable Wife

Cutting For Stone

I usually like to record my thoughts about books that I read on this site and the last two are worth reporting on. So, without further ado, they are A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  I highly recommend one, the other not so much.   I'll start with the one I adored. I knew nothing about Cutting for Stone before I started it, I just knew that it was very, very long, over 700 pages and I was wondering how I'd get through such a ong book.  Once I got into it, the length became no problem.  As a matter Read More


Win a 4-Night Trip to Beaver Creek, Colorado


I recently spent a weekend in Beaver Creek.  If you’re looking into planning a ski trip this winter with the family, you should definitely consider Beaver Creek Resort in Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado, as a top option on your list.   Known as a village in the mountains that offers the promise of “not exactly roughing it,” it is a place that offers the perfect amount of rustic luxury for any family to travel comfortably and affordably.  It was ranked the #1 Ski Rsort resort in the United States by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in 2011. So for Read More


Bella’s Vietnam Adventure: The Cultural Experience Continues

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"C'mon, Bella, it's all part of the adventure."  This is a line from the book Bella's Vietnam Adventure by  fellow blogger, Stacey Zolt Hara, about a little girl's travels through the country for the first time.  And my favorite chapter in the series to date. We loved Bella’s Chinese New Year, based on the real life adventures of her daughter, Bella, and my daughter was very excited when her new book arrived at her door.  Bella is a very lucky little girl, with a travel enriched life passed down to her by her travel-loving mama, and we have loved Read More


How She Does It by Britt Reints

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This is the ninth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Britt Reints from a wonderful blog called In Pursuit of Happiness.  Britt is also a freelance writer  who writes about traveling around the country with her family in an RV.  I met Britt last summer at BlogHer and it was one of those IRL connections that I cherish. When Holly first emailed me and asked if I wanted to participate in this series, my first thought was that I was woefully unqualified to discuss Read More


Winter Family Travel Idea: Adirondack Winter Festivals

Ice Palace SL Winter Carnival

Carnival season has officially begun in the Adirondacks of Northern New York, and I am making plans for my family to hit the region this winter.  Saturday marked the beginning of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival’s 10 days of revelry. Check out the Ice Palace, snag a front row seat for the Gala Parade and join in a 115 year-old tradition at one of National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Winter Carnivals in the world. The Adirondack Region of Northern New York is a six-million-acre wilderness park, offering unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities Read More


Getting Up Close and Personal with The Lorax

The Lorax

I was a huge fan of the Dr. Seuss series growing up and was eager to take my kids to see the new motion picture, The Lorax. So, when I was invited to a special screening last week, I jumped at the chance. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on March 2nd, on what would have been the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss (he died in 1991 at age 87).  It's the 4th feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss himself (Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat being the predecessors).  Fortunately, my kids have seen and Read More


Remembering Daniel Pearl, My Friend and Hero


Ten years ago this month, millions became witnesses to the kidnapping and murder of the journalist Daniel Pearl at the hands of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an Al Qaeda operative also alleged to be behind the 9/11 attacks. Pearl had recently been named the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal; he was in Pakistan retracing the steps of the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, when he was kidnapped. Pearl thought he was heading for an interview with Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani.  He never returned and his final days made international headlines, Read More


Introducing Your Kids to Superheroes in Contemporary Art


I feel blessed to live right near NYC.  Not only can I enjoy what NYC has to offer but every now and then something unique ends up right outside my door.  This one happens to be in Riverdale, New York and appeals to the culture vulture part of me. Elisa Contemporary Art presents My Hero, a new art exhibit focusing on Superheroes in today’s contemporary art. The exhibit runs though March 31st, 2012 and the gallery will be offering workshops to introduce the work to children later this month and in March. From the days of Greek and Roman Gods and Read More