Chaplin, the Musical: All the World Loves a Tramp

I have long had an obsession with Charlie Chaplin.  As the daughter of a mother with a fetish for old movies, I was raised on films like "Modern Times" and "The Kid".  I continued following his life and career as a film minor in University and wrote a paper or two on his movies.  Coming to live in NY as a young girl, I used to flee to the Film Forum or wherever they were showing a retrospective on his life an career. Needless to say, when the film came out in 1992 about his life, with Robert Downey, Jr. playing the lead, I was memorized by the truth Read More


Balance. My Daily Struggle.

Balance.  That's a word I've struggled with since the kids were born.  It's not easy to have as a mom, it definitely takes work.  It's a skill that I've developed over time but I'm still perfecting.  I'm definitely a mom that loves being with my kids and one that needs my own time, as well.  The kids take up a lot of energy and just slipping away to read a book, catch a film or play in the city, taking a long, hot shower and belting out 80s tunes gives me the power I need to march on and be a better mom. But I also see the value of spending time alone Read More


Reduce Infant Mortality with Save the Children

Did you know that every year, more than 7 million newborns and children die before their 5th birthday—mostly from preventable and treatable causes, such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria?  Wondering what you can do so that more children survive? How can we make basic life-saving health care available to children around the world and improve children’s health in the world’s poorest and most remote communities? To discuss this and more, come to the next MamaDrama (my alter ego) Twitter Party. We’ll have several members on hand who are passionate Read More


Exploring Greater Williamsburg with Kids

Colonial Williamsburg is a place I've been wanting to take my family for some time.  I have vivid memories of traveling to the historical town as a child and have been waiting for them to be of a certain age to appreciate it. My kids are 7 and 9, maybe a little bit younger than needed to understand about the American Revolution, but its an education in its own rite and gave them a basic understanding of how life in America evolved over two hundred years ago.  But I also didn't remember it being so big and diverse in its history, as this was the first Read More


Experiencing Nostalgia on Our Summer Vacation

When I was younger, summer vacations were really special.  My grandparents and uncle would fly down to my home in Atlanta from Philadelphia and we'd all cram into a large station wagon and drive places. Often it would be Florida, which is the source of most of my childhood vacation memories.  But we also spent several summers visiting Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My dad used to wake us up early to leave - around 4am - getting us on the road well before rush hour.  We'd always be ready the night before and sleep for a few hours before departure. Read More


Conversations with Coca-Cola: Celebrating Women

  When I was invited to the Conversations with Coca-Cola conference in Atlanta, GA, I was torn.  It was set to take place during my family's summer vacation in Atlanta, GA.  We were heading there anyway, but I was hesitant to leave my family while on holiday. On the other hand, I was intrigued.  Coca-Cola is a brand that I have known all my life and one that I highly respect. Here they were inviting me to a conference, along with other bloggers who I know and value.  However, as you know, here on the Culture Mom, I don't often push products, Read More


When Your Child’s Words Are Like Daggers

Before I had kids, I began to make sacrifices.  I suffered through morning sickness, nausea, back pain, a fluctuation in weight and exhaustion.  Then they came along, and I endured late nights, leakages through my shirt during meetings at work and even more exhaustion.  Life changed dramatically and quickly. Then there were decisions about work.  I let my job go, one I assumed I would be at forever more, to stay home with my children. It was a total upheaval, as it is for all of us moms and dads. I'm not sorry for any of it.  I've witnessed all of Read More


Charleston Place: Elegant and Cozy Family Travel in Charleston

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On our recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we had the most perfect visit at the Charleston Place Hotel.  It was our first visit to the city as a family and we could not have asked for a better location to make as our base.  Built in 1840, the hotel is very elegant yet comfortable, cozy, and the service defines southern hospitality to a tee.  As soon as we walked though the door into the refined lobby with a grand staircase and chandelier shining down from the ceiling, we were enchanted.  We knew we were in for something special.  Something Read More


A Day in Savannah with Kids

We spent some time in Savannah with the kids late last week.  I grew up in Georgia and have fond memories of family visits there as a child so I was eager to return.  Plus, I knew the city's British influence would be of great interest to my English husband.  Savannah is truly one of America's most beautiful and historical cities and after a day spent touring around, I can honestly say that I have to go back.  Maybe without the kids, so I can truly experience as much as I want to see, and it's certainly a romantic city so it might warrant a visit with my Read More


A Quick Gripe About Feeding My Kids on the Road

We've been traveling through America for the last week or so, and we've eaten a lot of meals in restaurants.  We've had everything from fast food to upscale dining and we've looked at menu after menu after menu.  When I make the statement I am about to make, please note that I know that I have very picky eaters and I blame no one for that but my husband and myself.  However, when I make meals for my kids at home, I'm always sure to include a vegie and fruit.  I also try to make different types of food and diversify their menus.  I no longer buy chicken Read More