16Oct

Sony Wonder Technology Lab Gets in the Halloween Spirit

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The Sony Wonder Technology Lab invites all ghouls, witches and goblins to a “spooktacular” Halloween celebration at its 13th annual Wonderween event on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unlike many Halloween festivities in the New York City area, Wonderween is a free, family-friendly event that invites children of all ages to come in costume for some hauntingly good fun.   Children will participate in various Halloween-themed activities such as Face Painting, Batty Bingo, Spooky Story-telling, and more. Guests will also have a chance Read More

14Oct

Review: M.O.M (Mom Operating Manual)

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I was sent a copy of a new book called M.O.M. last week. I took a look at the cover with the image of superwoman in a box being passed from one child to another and decided that it was reading material for my 6 year-old son and I.  So we sat down on the floor and started to read. Very quickly, I realized this was actually a book for me, not him.  On page 3, when I read that moms are the "the most advanced human models on the planet," I thought, "hmmm....kid's book?  I kind of got the idea on page 6 when the book started talking about signs of wear and Read More

14Oct

Where You’ll Find Me

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From time to time, you can find my writing popping up on other web sites, so I thought I'd take you on a short tour.  I started writing as a regular contributor to CBS New York about a month ago, and I've had a few articles appear that I'm quite proud of.  As you know, I love NYC.  I wasn't born here, but you would never think that.  I'm all NYC - my total being.  To be able to write about what to see and do in the Tri State area for CBS a few times a week is a treat.  Here are some of my articles that have been posted recently: The 7 Best Pumpkin Read More

14Oct

NYC with Kids: Halloween Hoorah at the NYC Botanical Gardens

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We love the NYC Botanical Gardens in the Bronx at all times of year.  My kids adore the train show during the winter; I love the orchid show during the summer.  It is a day trip that we all cherish, and it happens to be just 20 minutes from home. So, on Columbus Day, when I found myself with a day alone with the kids, I closed my laptop and decided to spend the day, which happened to be beautiful, outside, in the fresh air, at the Botanical Gardens.  Little did I know, but the Everett Children's Adventure Garden was celebrating Halloween in a very Read More

12Oct

NYC without Kids: Conversation and Coffee at the Jewish Museum

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When my kids were very young, I remember dropping them at nursery school and having a small window of time during which I either wanted to work out my body or my mind.  I'd take an exercise class and then go to a cafe and read my book.  When the amount of time grew, I'd venture to one of the wonderful museums in NYC to stretch my mind even further. Thats why this program appeals to me.  The Jewish Museum, at Fifth Ave and 92nd St, is starting a new program series called am@thejm that begins on Monday, October 24 at 9 AM.   It will be a morning of Read More

12Oct

Casting Call for Gap Kids “I Want Candy” Holiday Video (NYC)

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On Friday, October 14, 2011, girls between the ages of six and ten are invited to an open casting call at Gap's Fifth Avenue store in New York City. One lucky girl will be selected to fill the final spot in the GapKids "I Want Candy" Holiday video, which will launch online in November. The winning girl will star in the "I Want Candy" video alongside viral music sensation Maria Aragon.   WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2011 Open Casting: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Callbacks: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM WHERE: Gap, 680 5th Avenue (at 54th Street) New Read More

11Oct

Wordless Wednesday: This One Says it All

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Don't get me wrong.  I love my kids.  I'd do anything for them.  I'd jump off the cliff for them.  They are my life. But some days are hard.  Really hard.  When I'm sick, I don't get a day off.  Sometimes I run from school to work in the city or Connecticut to the grocery store to the dry cleaners to dance to soccer to homework to making dinner to an event at their school, and I have no time to sit down. The other day, I was cleaning out my jewelry box and my daughter asked me why I never wear earrings anymore.  Since I've had my kids, my personal Read More

10Oct

Review and Giveaway: Moshi Monsters (get one month free)

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  In February, I was introduced to the online game for kids, Moshi Monsters. while touring around Toy Fair in NYC.  At that time,  I was told that one in five children were already Moshi Monsters users.  I had no idea how the brand would soon sweep into my own household in a very big way not long after. Moshi Monsters has been likened to a cross between Facebook for kids, Tamagotchi and Brain Training as it combines nurturing virtual pets with social online gameplay and engaging educational puzzles for both boys and girls aged 6-12.  My Read More

07Oct

My Response to The Bloggess Episode (and Bad Pitches)

Courtney Kardashian

The other day I got a pitch that caught my eye.  I get a lot of bad pitches every day, but this one really took the cake.  Subject: Our Favorite Mommy! Kourtney Kardashian It went like this: Hi There! Just wanted to share this season’s Mommy must have accessory! Have a great day and if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you J “Teaching Mason the ABC’s is as Easy as 1-2-3!” Our favorite celebrity mom Kourtney Kardashian is proving that fashion doesn’t have to stop on the streets, but instead showing that “education Read More

06Oct

Meeting the Real Hugh Jackman

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When I was invited to a screening of Real Steel and a chance to interview and meet the real Hugh Jackman (his Twitter handle is @RealHughJackman and he apparently tweets from that account himself!) this week, I was elated.  I have been a fan for a long time when I first saw him in the movie Kate & Leopold and have been following his career ever since, from Australia to The Prestige to Wolverine.   Of course, as the Culture Mom, I have always been keenly interested in his theater career and have often knocked myself on the head for not seeing The Boy Read More