YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair on May 22nd

Touch a Truck

One of my old stomping grounds in the city, the West Side YMCA, will hold its annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair: A Hands-On Street Fair & Fundraiser for Kids on Saturday, May 22nd.  Billed as an event to benefit the Strong Kids Campaign, it features NYFD fire engines, NYPD police vehicles, UPS trucks, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, food vendors and live music performances by AudraRox (who I adore). The West Side YMCA’s annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair & Fundraiser will be held from 10am – 4pm (rain or shine) on West 64th St. between … [Read more...]

Advocacy: Teaching Kids to Make a Difference

Room to Grow

I've been thinking a lot about how I'm raising my kids.  I have my own personal check list that I use to judge my own parenting on a daily basis.  Are they happy?  Check.  Are they eating well?  Check. Do they have friends and are they playing nicely? Check.  Are they having a good experience at school?  Check.  Are they safe? Check.  But there is always missing link.  When I ask myself, are they generous?  Not sure.  Do they think about giving to or helping other people? Not sure.  Then I ask myself, what can I do about it?  How can I make them see that … [Read more...]

NYC ARTS Top Five Picks


  If you live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips.  Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake.  There is so much to offer that you probably can't keep up with the offerings.  Look no further!  The folks at NYC ARTS have teamed up with The Culture Mom to give the insider's scoop on this week's top cultural picks:   Lectures: Congress of Curious Peoples at Coney Island USA in Brooklyn at 1208 Surf Avenue (at West 12th Street) The Congress of Curious Peoples is an annual, ten-day series of … [Read more...]

Residence Inn to Celebrate Moms

Residence Inn

Mother’s Day card? ...check. Mother’s Day gift? …check. Mother’s Day flowers? Wherever your travels take you this Mother’s Day, Residence Inn will make sure everything is rosy!  Over 50,000 red roses have been ordered for Sunday, May 8th to spread the love at all properties across the country. Last year, Residence Inn gave out nearly 30,000 fresh red roses to celebrate the day.  Back by popular demand, Residence Inn is in bloom once again this year with an even bigger bouquet to celebrate moms to make her feel extra special! All guests (Dads … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Coverage: Where to Eat and Stay with Kids in London

London Food

The article below was originally posted on TravelingMom.com.  I am re-posting it here for people about to embark on the city for the Royal Wedding.  If you have kids, you’ll be interested in some things we learned last summer. In addition to the article, I want to elaborate on where to eat and stay.  I spent a year living in London after college, and we go as a family every year, so I have traveled both on a budget and as a family in the grand city rather.  While I will admit that eating in London can be quite expensive, it doesn’t have to … [Read more...]

Review: 15 Minutes Outside

15 Minutes Outside

I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of 365 ideas in a year guides, but I do find them intriguing, like the one about the woman that read 365 books in a year and managed to get a book deal, and of course, Julia and Julia, the book and blog that led to a major motion picture with Meryl Streep.   There was also that woman who tried to live like Oprah.  365 day guides seem like very simple concepts, but they do work and tend to sell quite well. They're the types of books I always think to myself, why didn't I think of that and write a book like … [Read more...]

A Day Out in NYC with Brands, Friends and a Little Pampering

Metropolitan Pavillion

Last weekend I attended  a blogging event called Getting Gorgeous.  I knew that it would be a special event when I got the invite.  Last year at BlogHer, I attended the inaugural event and was overwhelmed by the amount of attention and detail that went into its planning and execution by two well-known and terrific bloggers, Audrey McClellan and Vera Sweeney.  At that event, they gathered brands to educate and inform bloggers about reputable, solid products for womenand provided a forum for bloggers and brands to build relationships.   You had to really … [Read more...]

Blogging Elsewhere


From time to time, I write for other blogs which many of you may not know, so I'm featuring some of them here in case you want to take a look. Integrating Culture into Family Life Project You, Love Yourself, Westchester Edition “A Role of a Lifetime” and “Day-Tripping” A Culture Vulture’s Walt Disney World The World’s Largest Bake Sale to End Hunger New Travel Gadgets to Keep Moms Sane A Trip to Walt Disney World without Breaking the Bank Culture Vulture’s Walt Disney World Should Airlines Have Kid-Free Flights? Voice … [Read more...]

How to See Your Kids Perform Live at Carnegie Hall


Camp Broadway is seeking 60 talented singer/performers, ages 12-16, to participate in a special appearance with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on Monday, May 2, 2011 as part of their 28th Birthday Gala. The Camp Broadway Kids will perform “When Hope Was There” with the world-famous New York Pops orchestra, under the direction of Steven Reineke, in celebration of the life and legacy of beloved entertainer, Bob Hope, a 2011 gala honoree. This special Camp Broadway experience includes 3-days of music, movement and orchestra rehearsals under the … [Read more...]

Family Travel Tip: Visit Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

Looking for a real escape?  Ever been to Jackson Hole? It's a place I've been dying to get to, and I'd love to take my family.  When I came across this promotion, I decided to share it with you all.  If you're looking for a different type of summer vacation, this might be the one.  Can you imagine your kids experiencing mountains, elks, mose, raft trip, cookouts, a tram ride over the 10,450-foot summit of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and more?  I was told that families should aim to visit at the beginning or end of the season for the best … [Read more...]