A Week in Review: The Normal Heart and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana


What a crazy week.  School ended (yea and boo!).  Gay marriage is now legal in NY (yea!).  Lice broke out in my daughter's class (boo!).  San Franciso is deciding whether or not to ban circumcision (boo!).  U.S. Jews are no longer allowed to fly to Saudi Arabia on Delta Airlines (boo!).  People at my synagogue are in frenzy because the educational director  is having a baby on her own, with no husband (are these people living in the stone age? Big boo!)  And I have six days to prepare for our trip to Europe and so much to do. But in spite of it all, I Read More


Review & Giveaway: “Monte Carlo” with Selena Gomez (Out July 1st)

Monte Carlo Selena Gomez

    Monte Carlo, a new film starting Selena Gomez, is hitting theaters nation-wide on July 1st.  I saw it last week at a special press preview with my daughter in tow.  You can read more about that here. When Grace (played by Selena Gomez), a new college graduate, and her best friend (played by Katie Cassidy) and step-sister (played by Leighton Meester) get to Paris, they check into their not very nice hotel and set off on an organized tour around Paris.  They hit the Louvre, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, where their Read More


On Meeting Selena Gomez and Seeing “Monte Carlo” (Out July 1st)

Monte Carlo

  We're headed to France in a few weeks and my 8YO daughter has been very non-chalant about the upcoming trip.  Sometimes I wonder if taking my kids around the world since they were a few months out has impacted their love of travel.  In the weeks before we leave, they both complain about leaving their friends and everyday lives behind.  As soon as we arrive in our destination, they tend to be as happy to experience new sights and sounds as much as we do. When I received the invite to screen a preview of the film Monte Carlo (out July 1st) and a Read More


FREE NYC: South Street Seaport Celebrates Children’s Day

Children's Day South Street Seaport

Children’s Day returns to South Street Seaport on Saturday, June 25 from 12:00-5:00 pm for its 10th Anniversary. This multi-faceted event draws over 30,000 parents and children from across the Tri-State area to the Stage at Pier 17 and features a host of musical and theater performances, walk-around characters, hands-on art projects and story time events to entertain kids of all ages. This year’s event will be hosted by Elmo and Gordon from “Sesame Street” and will also feature interactive performances by the School of Rock NYC House Band, which is made Read More


Travel Tuesday: Family-Friendly Mexican Resorts

Villa del Palmar Loreto

If you're looking for a family-friendly destination this summer, why not consider Mexico?  We took our kids when they very young , ages 2 and 3, and it really was a great vacation for us. We relaxed while they were entertained in the Kid's Club, which is when I became a fan of all-inclusive resort kind of travel.  There's nothing wrong with a parent getting a little R&R and a break from their everyday life. When I recently came across the Villa Group resorts, I was excited.  All of the Villa Group resorts are incredibly family-friendly, with both Read More


Product Review: Ridemakerz for Car-Serious Kids


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


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


Product Review: Teaching Our Children About Money

kids and money

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


Social Media Summer Travel Round Up


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


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


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