New Year, New Beginnings, Being Mindful and Making a Vision Board

I've spent the last two days in synagogue, singing, listing to familiar prayers and the beautiful sound of the shofar being blown, reflecting on a another year of my life gone by.  I take Rosh Hashanah very seriously. It's a time to think back on everything I've done this year, both positive and negative. It's a time to keep going in some ways and a time to start over in others. A lot happened to me this year.  I got involved in theater and got to work with the most amazing women ever on not one, but two shows.  I had a good stint at a client I was Read More


Being in the Moment at Mom 2.0

Mom 2.0 Summit

I just got back from Mom 2.0.  I spent the last few days with women from all over the country, gathered to celebrate working moms and the power of the written word and social media.  For two days we listened to speakers talk about how we can make a difference using our influence, using our voice, using our intentions.  My heart is full, my mind spinning.  I met and heard from some of my own personal blogging heroes and got to spend quality time with some many of my virtual turned IRL friends.  I can't say enough about these virtues and significance of Read More


Feeling the Need to Unplug in Order to Plug

I never used to be like this. I used to read a lot – newspapers, books, magazines.  I’d carry literature around with me. And I had more human interaction than I have now.  I called my friends.  I knocked on people’s doors at work and in my neighborhood.  I never let a certain amount of time go by before I got in touch with the people I care most about.  I had a cell phone, but to be honest, before I got an iPhone, I hardly used it. Then I had kids and went back to work, and I relied more on my cell phone to keep in touch with the babysitter, Read More


I Don’t Know How She Does It, Either by Shari Simpson

This is the fourth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Shari Simpson, the co-writer of the comedy “Maybe Baby, It’s You” ,  (Dramatic Publishing, Inc.) and the non-dizzy redhead behind the blog “Earth Mother just means I’m dusty.” She is also the editor of Mommy Poppins NJ and writes a weekly humor column for Aiming Low. Shari won a 2006 Telly Award in the “Social Issues” category for her short film script “Positive Choice” and writes for the HOPE Worldwide Read More


Unbalance by Ann Imig

Ann Imig

This is the first entry in my new series "I Don't Know How She Does It," written by Ann Imig, a stay-at-home humorist and the National Director of Listen to Your Mother (LTYM). In some overwhelmed moments, I still wish I could just be content with the privilege of affording to stay home raising my kids.  I wish that the business of mothering could fulfill me completely, because my five and seven-year-old boys' baby days are bygone, and their childhoods feel fleeting. I already have to bribe my boys for hugs. Kisses are completely off-limits. Read More


MamaDrama NY: A Business is Born

Last summer I was watching CBS Sunday Morning when a segment called “Welcome to the Blogosphere” came on the air.  It featured Robert Diamond, founder of BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatrical site in the world.  A huge fan of theater, Broadway and everything that comes along with it, I emailed him that night on a lark, stating my interest in forming a relationship with his site and my personal blog, TheCultureMom.com, a site dedicated to connecting the parent market to theatre, arts and culture – you know, the stuff you often give up after kids come Read More


Has Tweeting Made Me the Worst Mom of the Year?

We were in Mystic, Connecticut this weekend on a family trip.  It was actually a press trip that was arranged through multiple channels.  I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet, but there will soon be featured articles on our trip here, on Traveling Mom, A Child Grows, CBS.com and possibly Project You Magazine.  It was a marvelous weekend, and every time I had a chance and Wifi availability, I tweeted about it.  I tweeted from the Mystic Aquarium, I tweeted from Mystic Sea Port, I tweeted from Mystic Pizza, I tweeted from all the fabulous Read More


Review: The Digital Mom Handbook and What Being One Means to Me


I just finished reading The Digital Mom Handbook by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla, both of whom I have met through the blogosphere.  I have to admit, I read it rather quickly but only because I was so intrigued.  I was curious what these two mompreneurs had to say about making a living off blogging.  On the back of the book, it says that they've "literally skyped, blogged, vlogged, tweeted and Facebooke their way to the top" and indeed, they have.  I also wanted to read their words of wisdom about balance, something I'm constantly striving for as Read More


My Bloggy Boot Camp Experience

Bloggy Boot Camp

  Last week I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Boston.  Run by the SITS Girls,  it was 24 hours full of intense learning and schmoozing with some of my favorite bloggers like the gals behind Mommy Niri, Mommy Shorts, Squashed Mom, Sensible Cents, Random Handprints, Cozi and so many others.  I also met a lot of new bloggers and made fabulous connections. At the conference, I learned new blogging concepts and lessons that I hope to put into action on my personal blog and here on the Ruckus blog.  There were sessions about branding, content, pitches, Read More


My Favorite Posts of 2010 from NYC Moms

Since 2010 was my first year of blogging, it feels appropriate to reflect on the part of the year when I was blogging for NYC Moms. As The Culture Mom, I tend to write about cultural events and places I take the kids, whether it be local or via traveling. But what I really love to do is blog about personal matters. When I wrote for New York City Moms, part of Silicon Valley Moms which went under this summer and recently re-emerged as part of Technorati which I will soon be a part of, I did just that. I wrote from the heart. Here are a few of those Read More