FIAF presents Bon Voyage Workshop at the Jacadi Madison Avenue Boutique

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

As a member of a multi-cultural family and a travel writer, I get excited about introducing children to other cultures.  When my kids were young, we traveled over-seas often and I was able to introduce them to different languages, food, and more.  Still, to this day (well, they are not so old), we congregate with many foreign families and I make a conscious effort to expand their global horizons daily.  That is why this event threw itself out at me as something worth promoting.  It involves travel, music, language and more. The French Institute Read More


Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn – A Feminist, Moving Theatrical Experience

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When I ventured into the city for a Sunday night performance of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Playwright Horizons after a long, exhausting weekend full of work & personal obligations, domesticity and exhaustion, I had no idea that I was headed exactly where I needed to be.  As soon as the curtain went up, there was a certain vibe that generated on the stage both from the actors, the set and music, and when they started to speak the words off the brilliant script by Gina Gionfriddo, I was mesmorized for the next two hours.  The script deals with issues of Read More


Travel to Exotic Lands (without leaving NYC) at the Bronx Zoo This Weekend

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The Bronx Zoo and NY Aquarium have been staple institutions for families both in New York and tourists alike for more than 100 years and I am proud to announce my Ambassadorship!  We have been longtime members and visitors, and it's a place that we cherish as a family.  I'll be reporting on special events here and offering discounts and other deals to get into the zoo here, so stay tuned. Here's what coming up this weekend.  Travel to exotic lands (without leaving New York!) where kids can enjoy, dance, and play to the beat of this urban music Read More


Review: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect

  When I was pregnant, I glanced at What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff.  It wasn't until I had my first child that I really delved into the details of raising one.  It was on-the-job training.  Of course, I was interested in what was going on inside my body, but other than that, I wanted parenthood to be a surprise.  Pregnancy had taken me by surprise, when I found myself with child only after trying for six weeks (though I was exceedingly happy), and I remember the raging hormones and gradual changes in my life very well.  The Read More


Feel Guilty About Giving Kids Your iPad? Consider This New Reader and NYC event!


A friend of mine told me recently that they felt guilty about letting her daughter use her ipad. Why? She didn’t feel like it was being used in an “educational” way. So, it’s pretty cool that there is a new interactive reader where your kid is doing something educational and you are actually getting educated at the same time too! The new Ruckus Reader aims to stand apart by helping to evaluate how a child is doing while reading and then emails parents a progress report. It’s kind of like a report card: once a week it highlights highlights where the Read More


Join MamaDrama (That’s Me) Tonight for a Rosacea Facts Twitter Party

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Please Join MamaDrama (that's me) for a Very Special Twitter Party      TONIGHT 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET Hashtag: #RosaceaFacts  Let’s talk rosacea awareness and check out the new RosaceaFacts public service announcement (PSA) featuring actress and rosacea sufferer Cynthia Nixon! Tonight join MamaDrama NY for a RosaceaFacts Twitter Party to educate others about the common skin condition, rosacea.  Please visit www.RosaceaFacts.com and view the PSA starring Cynthia Nixon, who reveals her personal experiences with rosacea. We’ll tweet with women who have Read More


Kids Cruise Kick Off with Dan Zanes and more in NYC


Looking for something really fun and different to do this weekend with the kids? Circle Line is hosting a KIDS CRUISE SERIES KICK OFF EVENT on Saturday, May 19th.  Their kids cruises will be sailing the first Saturday of the month all summer, including June 2nd, July 7th and August 4th. Boarding for the Kids Cruise will begin at 9:30am, sailing from 10:00-11:15am. Pricing is $28.00 for adults, $20.00 for children (3-12) and there is an infant comp ticket, for children 3 and under. The Kids Cruise is a great way for young children to discover the Read More


A Mother’s Day Poem

Mother's Day

Mom, You are as sweet as sugar and as nice as a flower. You're as pretty as a lily. You're like a star in the middle of the night. But I'm just glad you are my mom. Love, Olivia Read More


Happy Anti-Mother’s Day from Time Magazine

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By now, you've all read the blazing controversy surrounding the latest Time Magazine cover.  To be honest, I am not even interested in featuring the cover here on my site.  I don't want to feed into the whole sensationalism aspect of what Time has done, driving thousands, if not millions, to the store to pick up a copy to see the image of a 4 year-old standing on a chair while breastfeeding. The story inside the publication that the picture is referring to is about pediatrician Dr. William Sears and attachment parenting.  But the headline reads: "Are you Read More


How to Explain “Fifty Shades of Grey” to a Seven Year-Old

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The other day my seven year-old son glanced at my copy of one the Fifty Shades books, and looked at me and said, "Mom, why are there handcuffs on the cover of this book?"  Well, I didn't really have an answer for that.  Here's how our conversation went: Me: "Well, there's a criminal in the book." Son: "What did he do?" Me: "Well, he's not a very nice man.  He's had a hard life." Son: "So, why are there hand cuffs involved? Does he go to jail?" Me: "Not necessarily, no.  It's mainly about a man and woman who love each other." Son: "That Read More