12Dec

My Latest Million Moms Challenge: You are Your Child’s Biggest Advocate

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I have loved being a member of the Million Moms Challenge, and I'm sad to say that this wonderful campaign is coming to an end this month. The Million Moms Challenge was sponsored in part by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It has been an honor to be part of this prestigious group of women to write about topics of extreme importance, topics meant to improve the lives of women and children all over the world.  I am so proud to be a member of this group and would LOVE it if Read More

11Dec

Review and Discount Code: “Catch” The Flying Latke at The Flea Theater

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Have you heard the tale of The Flying Latke by Arthur Yorinks?  If you had, you'd remember it.  It's the tale of a soaring pancake that's mistaken for a UFO and the havoc it causes one family during the festival of Hanukkah.  I have to admit that I didn't know the story so when I was invited to see the show, I laughed at the name and was curious to find out how a latke could fly.  As a matter of fact, my son and I talked about it all the way to the Flea Theater from Westchester yesterday to make the 11am show.  I had a feeling the show would be unique, Read More

09Dec

ONE’s 12 Days of Change: Fighting Local Hunger

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It only takes ONE mom.  ONE mom can make a difference; she can tell another mom’s story. She can help a child with homework; she can tweet, blog and use her voice for mothers in the world’s poorest places.  It only takes ONE mom to inspire hope.  I'm inspired by the ONE campaign and I'm going to be one of those moms today by joining their 12 Days of Change.  The organization has launched 12 ways to give back and change the world right in your own community, without writing a single check. Each day, a different ONE Mom blogger from around the country is Read More

06Dec

Review: Mamma Mia! on Broadway

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I have a confession. I can not stop singing ABBA songs today!  All for good reason. I was treated to a night at the theater last night at a show I've been dying to see since its debut. Yes, of course I am referring to Mamma Mia!, playing at the Winter Garden. Yes, "My, my how can I resist you" is right.  The show is exactly what I expected: a delicious treat. Frivolous and mind-numbing but who cares?  It's about love, both young and old, and it's a slice of heaven with all my favorite ABBA songs. Don't be a theater snob.  Even if you think this is Read More

06Dec

At the Movies with Steven Spielberg and Emily Watson

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Today I was lucky to attend a private screening of War Horse, the new film directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. I was thrilled to go into Manhattan on a Monday morning and sit in a dark theater for several hours at the beautifully restored Film Society of Lincoln Center.  No kids, nowhere to be until much later in the day. This was an atypical morning for me and I didn't take it for granted. The film is about a strong friendship between a boy and a horse.  Their bond is fierce and when they get separated at the outbreak of World War I, the film Read More

04Dec

Theater Non-Review: The Mountaintop

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I have to admit that I didn't know a lot about The Mountaintop, the new play by Katori Hall starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, before I saw it late last week.  I knew that it was about a fictional last day in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and I was quite curious about the play and it's retelling of this very dramatic period in our lives.  I couldn't help but have high expectations with not only the story, but also the casting. Samuel Jackson plays MLK, who is spending the evening in his motel room in Memphis the night before his Read More

02Dec

Support Childrens Theater and an Important Cause

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FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERY, the hit off Broadway family musical has teamed up with Save The Children and will present a special benefit performance on Saturday, December 10th at 3 pm at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), 248 West 60th Street off of West End Avenue. Last year when I saw and covered Freckleface, I mentioned that I enjoyed it as much as my kids. Not only that, but it was the first show that my son ever liked so much that he had to wait after the show and get every single cast member's autographs. Julianne Moore, Academy-Award Read More

01Dec

ONE Mom Can Make a Difference on World AIDS Day

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Can you believe that 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS?  This World AIDS Day - December 1st - join me, along with millions of ONE and (RED) supporters and create your own panel on the (2015)QUILT. The (2015)QUILT is a groundbreaking piece of digital artwork from people all over the world who are fighting for the first AIDS free generation in 30 years. And before they officially launch the  (2015)QUILT on World AIDS Day, we want to give you a chance to create and share your own panel. Check out mine on the left and then make your own. Get Read More

30Nov

Hanukkah Activities in New York City

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Every year during this time we are reminded that we live near the greatest city on earth.  Christmas is spectacular and we love seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, the decorated department store windows, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and so much more.  But, NYC has just as much to offer its Jewish residents who celebrate Hanukkah.  Whether it be a massive candle lighting with hundreds of other New Yorkers or Family Day at the Jewish Museum with art and music, you and your child will have many opportunities to celebrate and learn Read More

28Nov

Passports with Purpose: Supporting Literacy and Going to Disney

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When I try to imagine a world without books, it's just too hard.  My whole world revolves around the written word, it always has.  When I was a child, I ran home from school to read books.  My mother took us to the library all the time.  When I finally got around to reading the classics, it was as though a whole new world opened up to me.  I majored in Journalism, started my career in television but naturally found my way into the publishing industry where I have worked for the last eleven years.  My love for reading and books has never waned and I am Read More