2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Brain Breaks

If you’re trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I’ve personally tested on my kids..  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. We're quite into family night, and the new game Brain Breaks by Cranium is quickly becoming one of our favorites. With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using Read More


Giveaway: Family Four Pack to the NYBG Annual Holiday Train Show

NYBG Holiday Train Show

I've talked about this before and I'll talk about it again, but the NYC New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is always a highlight of our holiday season. It has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  Now that they're entering tweendom, on a recent visit they began to ask about the incredible landmarks scattered through the Read More


Getting Up and Giving Back with Striiv


I have to admit.  Since I started this whole work at home/some office time/being a mom thing, I'm exercising less.  What can I tell you?  My time is more limited than ever.  I have multiple projects going on at the same time, and with the constant children/babysitter/mom breaks and mishaps (last week my sitter was in the hospital), there is less time than usual to get up and move, I am exercising less than I ever have in my adult life. I still have a membership at the gym, but I refuse to give that up, knowing and hoping that one day I will return on a Read More


Review: Seminar on Broadway

Seminar on Broadway

I have a been a longtime fan of Alan Rickman.  The first time I fell in love with his acting was in the film "Truly, Madly, Deeply".  His performance has stood out in my mind ever since, and that was about 20+ years ago.  I havecontinued to watch his career progress with roles in "Sense and Sensibility", the "Harry Potter" films, "Love Actually" and most notably for me, Noel Coward's "Private Lives" on Broadway over 10 years ago.  He garnered a Tony Award nomination for that performance, and it was well deserved. So, when I found out about his latest Read More


Listen to Your Mother Coming to a Town Near You

listen to your mother

About a year ago, I was surfing the internet and came across a show called Listen to Your Mother.  I was immediately intrigued.  As a social media marketer who lives and breathes NYC theater, I wanted to be a part of it.  Here was a show that merged two worlds I care most about.  Created by humorist Ann Imig of Ann’s Rants, the show was a “live reading by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood.” It was amazing, and I was intrigued.  I made sure that before BlogHer ended, where I finally came face to face with the Read More


Buy an App, Save Chilren’s Lives

st jude

As many of you know, I work for Ruckus Media Group, an independent children's media company that produces quality story-telling and learning experiences for young children.  I am currently working on a campaign that I am so proud of and want to share with you.  First to tell you the background: A few years ago, our CEO, Rick Richter, worked on a book at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers with Marlo Thomas titled Thanks and Giving.  It was a collection of stories, poems, and written music about helping others and appreciating what we have. Read More


Giveaway: Hanukkah Fever! Mama Doni Concert Tickets

chanukah fever

Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band are coming home for the holidays, highlighting the Chanukah season with four special “Chanukah Fever” shows in the NYC tri-state region from December 11 – 18.  New York families can join in Mama Doni’s high-energy pre-Chanukah festivities at concerts in Manhattan and West Nyack . There will also be shows in West Hartford, CT and Hoboken, NJ.  Performance details are as follows: CHANUKAH FEVER! WITH MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND WHERE:          JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY Read More


A Night at the Westchester Philharmonic

Tomomi Nishimoto

Last night my husband I had the pleasure of being invited as guests to an evening at the Westchester Philharmonic.   It was just luck to have chosen a night when Japanese conductor Tonoma Nishimoto and Ann Hobson Pilot, a well-known harpist, were joining forces and performing together on stage.  To say that it was a real treat is a bit of an understatement. Nishimoto led the Westchester Philharmonic though Liszt’s haunting symphonic poem, Les Preludes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exultant Scheherezade and  Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams’ On Read More


Holiday Gift Suggestion: StinkyKids, Dolls with Purpose


Today my daughter and I attended a very special event at the Madame Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.  I was a HUGE doll fan when I was a child and knew I'd be in element.  I stopped by the Madame Alexander booth at Toy Fair earlier this year and knew about the quality of dolls that they produce.  I was told the event was to promote a new line called the StinkyKids, and I had a feeling that this would be an event for both my daughter and I. So, you can only imagine my delight when we walked into a mini showroom, with thousands of dolls from their Read More


Never Forget: Observing Kristallanacht with Ruth Bachner, Holocaust Survivor


This week on November 9th was the annual observance of Kristallanacht, "Night of the Broken Glass". It was a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938.  Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers.  Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed. Every year I lead a group of women from my synagogue to the Westchester Jewish Read More