21Jun

Product Review: Ridemakerz for Car-Serious Kids

Ridemakerz

This past Saturday I dragged my husband and kids into the city bright and early, not an easy feat in my house.  For one thing, my hubby is english and he likes to call home on Saturday mornings.  For another, my family just aren't morning people, none of us really are.  On the weekends, we all like time to CHILL OUT.  But I was invited to what I thought was going to be quite a special event hosted by Disney and I was quite demanding that we get up and out. And indeed it was worth the early trip in.  It was a an event hosted by the folks behind the new Read More

20Jun

Giveaway: Tickets to the Tony-Winning Play, The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart

I don't know about you, but the night of the Tony's had a very special meaning to me.  "The Normal Heart", a show about a group of friends who refused to let doctors, politicians and the press ignore the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, won three Tony Awards.  Ellen Barkin won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play; John Benjamin Hickey won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play; and the play won Best Revival of a play. In his acceptance speech, playwright Larry Kramer said, “To gay people everywhere, whom I Read More

20Jun

Product Review: Teaching Our Children About Money

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When it comes to teaching kids about money, the sooner the better.  This is something I've known for a long time. My six year-old son has an obsession with money.  I'm telling you, it's a genuine obsession.  A few months ago he went to a friend's house whose older brother had a computer, and my son decided he had to have one.  He immediately started saving every penny he got a hold of.  Unfortunately, some of that involved stealing money out of my husband's wallet, but in any case he became intrigued with the concept of money.  He had piggy banks for Read More

18Jun

Social Media Summer Travel Round Up

Italy

I can't believe that we leave for our annual summer holiday in less than two weeks.  I have so much to do to get ready.  It's funny--we plan trips for months and they seem forever away.  Now we are approaching the finish line.  We are off to England and France for a few weeks in July and we're all excited. My kids have been Traveling Kids since they right out of my womb, and they will soon have yet more stamps to add to their passports. So, I got to thinking, where are all my social media compadres off to this summer?  I heard from a lot of my social Read More

18Jun

Product Review: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides in Lego Form

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Every once in a while, a new toy line comes out that captures the fantasy, action and adventure of a movie that our kids love. Kids love Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and Blackbeard from the new film that released last month, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tide , and now Lego has made a set of models based around them. Their new Pirates set includes 3 minifigures: Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard and Barbossa with wooden leg.  It features the Fountain of Youth with skeleton figure, waterfall and translucent elements.  There are 125 pieces and the Read More

18Jun

Giveaway: Spend an Evening Laughing at “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom”

Judy Gold

Emmy-winning actress and comic Judy Gold returns to the New York stage June 30 in a brand-new show entitled The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom. Building on the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, funny-woman Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multimedia, original music, laughter and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition with a little help from our favorite 70s, 80s and 90s TV shows. She is really hilarious.  I saw her last Read More

16Jun

Wonderopolis: Creativity and Literacy All in One

wonderopolis

This morning I had the privilege to be invited to a special event about Wonderoplis, a new web site created by the National Center for Family Literacy. When I got the invitation, I was intrigued by an organization's goals that seemed to speak to me.  Words jumped off the invitation: discovery, imagination, creativity, literacy. With Jenna Bush Hager as the spokesperson. I knew that this was an event worth waking up for and heading into the city to. After an introduction and video, I learned that Wonderolopolis was Created by National Center for Family Read More

16Jun

Guest Post: Dockers Partners With Futures Without Violence To Prevent Abuse

dockers

Dockers has teamed up with Futures Without Violence to promote the RESPECT! Campaign. During the “Month of Respect,” which began on Mother’s Day (May 8, 2011) and ends on Father’s Day (June 19, 2011), Dockers has committed to working closely with the organization to bring light to the widespread, and often undisclosed, problem of relationship abuse. Dockers has not only pledged to donate $25,000, which will go to the campaign that mentors young boys to ensure that they are “respectful men of tomorrow,” they have also created a promotional video in Read More

15Jun

Family Travel Tips for the Novice (Sponsored Post)

Jet Set Vacations

When I was young, family vacations consisted of piling into the station wagon every summer and heading south to Florida. Daytona, Panama Beach, Daytona, Miami.  Beach vacations were all that I knew.  We hardly ever flew anywhere, except to Philadelphia where my grandparents lived.  If we weren't visiting them, they always flew down to join us wherever we were going.  Traveling with extended family made the trips extra-special.  They also make for extra-special memories. Somehow, despite ever leaving the country before I was 16, I have managed to develop Read More

14Jun

Review: Strangers No More, an Oscar Winning Documentary

Strangers No More

  I saw the most amazing documentary last night called Strangers No More.  My neighbor across the street told me about the film yesterday and I thought I would never make it.  It was to start at 7pm. When my husband walked in at 6:55, I ran out the door.  This was a film that I knew I had to see. I remember when it won the Oscar for documentary short last year, and it got my attention then.  I also love when there are documentaries and quality films playing locally, and the JCC in Scarsdale is a hop, skip and a jump away. The film is about a Read More