18Aug

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

18Aug

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

17Aug

Atlanta with Kids: The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola

georgia aquarium

We paid a visit to the remarkable  Georgia Aquariam in Atlanta last week. Being a native Atlantan who now lives in NY, I must admit that I was really really, impressed.  Located in Pemberton Place, right across the way from the World of Coca-Cola , it’s one of the world’s largest aquariums.  With more than 8.5 million U.S. gallons of marine and fresh water fish, it houses more than 100,000 animals of 500 species.  It’s elaborate with moving creatures every which way you look. We saw so many creatures we’ve never seen before in their five incredible Read More

15Aug

A Day at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC with Kids

We recently spent a day exploring the Biltmore House in Ashville, North Carolina.  I had visited as a young girl and was eager to take my family.  Home to one of the most famous and wealthy families in the world, the Vanderbilts, it's truly a glimpse into how they lived in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos inside, but I can tell you that my kids were just as impressed by the architecture and art as we were.  I was worried that the tour would bore them, but I was wrong. The Biltmore Estate is the realization of George Read More

14Aug

My Small Role in Listen to Your Mother’s Open Mic at BlogHer

This past spring, I had the joy of being involved in the NYC production of Listen to Your Mother.  The experience has changed my life in more ways than I describe.  Now being involved in a REAL off-Broadway show is just ONE small example of how it changed in life as I'm on the crew of The Best of Everything coming to the Here Arts Center this October.  This never would have happened to me had it not been for LTYM and meeting some very special people involved with the show.  A long time theater goer, more avid than you would ever realize, LTYM has allowed Read More

14Aug

Recharging at the Omni Charlotte

Our stop at the Omni Charlotte Hotel has been a highlight of our road trip. The location was wonderful - right in the heart of Charlotte's financial district.  We were so excited to explore the area and get to know a city that we didn't know very well.  Linked to 12 city blocks via sky bridge, the Omni Charlotte Hotel is moments away from the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, the Charlotte Convention Center, and the EpiCentre entertainment district.  Given the location, it would appear to be more of a business hotel, but we were Read More

13Aug

Eclectic and Comfortable Family Visit at Hotel Monaco

We kicked off our two week long road trip from New York to Georgia with an overnight stop in Alexandria, Virginia, a quaint historic town in Northern Virginia.  Located thirty minutes right outside Washington, DC, it was an ideal location for us to stop.  We were able to drive five hours and not have to venture into the hustle and bustle of the city.  Unbeknownst to us, at various points in her past, Alexandria has been part of the District of Columbia, a regional slave trading market, an occupied city, a washed-up post-industrial hamlet, and a hometown Read More

11Aug

Random Thoughts While Road Trippin’ with Kids

I haven't been writing much over the last few days as I'm away with my family.  We're driving from New York to Atlanta and stopping along the way all the way down and all the way back up.  I have so many posts to write, but I'm determined not to wile my hours away on the computer during this trip.  I want to be fully with my kids on this trip, literally and figuratively. Wherever we stop, my son asks me if I'm blogging about whatever it is that we're seeing, so I'm trying to really be here in the moment and focus all my time and energy on my them and Read More

08Aug

A Celebration of Family & Community during BlogHer

I was lucky to attend some pretty special events at BlogHer last weekend. One of them was for Zarbee’s new all natural extra strength line of cough products for adults and children 12 and up on the rooftop at the The Kimberly Hotel (where we happily stayed almost exactly two years ago).  In addition to introducing the new products, the event was a celebration of  individuals that are an inspiration to their families and communities.  Zarbee’s is committed to keeping them healthy so they can continue to do amazing things. It was an honor to be included Read More

06Aug

Comments Can Save Lives

Shot@Life Blogust

For those of you who think blogging is just about people sitting in front of a computer, writing posts, tweeting out random thoughts and waiting to get famous, you're all wrong.  Blogging is about so much more than that.  One year ago, I ran a fundraising campaign right here on The Culture Mom to raise money to provide leading-edge prosthetic limbs to women & mothers who became amputees as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.  A year later, I raised many more thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through an integrated Read More