Cool Rainbow Loom Tips

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I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues … [Read more...]

Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

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My kids are just as obsessed with Netflix as we are. Every night as soon as our kids are in bed, we immediately turn on Breaking Bad. We're in the middle of the third season and we're pretty fanatical.  I can't believe we missed out on the show when it ran on AMC, but thanks to Netflix, we're catching up on the wave and can't get off. Nor do we want to. When it comes to our kids, we want something less action-packed and more education-focused, and it's amazing how much choice there is on Netflix. We've already watched many of my own favorite films from … [Read more...]

Thinking about 2020 and Making a Move

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About a month ago, an email landed in my inbox from a very familiar, friendly voice.  It was from Andrea Sheehan, an old friend and former colleague.  She had found me on Linked In and was wondering what I was up to. The timing could not have been better.  I was on the cusp of leaving my position and was looking for a new opportunity.  Andrea went on to tell me about a new company she was forming and the excitement in her voice was as transparent and honest as I'd ever heard. Andrea is a mom of 4  (I don't know how she does it).  She's also a … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Getting Ready to Spend Passover in London (w/ Matzo Pizza Recipe)

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This year Passover is going have a different meaning than it has over the last few years.  We'll be with in London with  my husband's family on our annual trip over.  My kids will be with their first cousins, grandmother and aunts and uncles, and we'll be in another culture.  Another culture we know very well, no less. But still, the Jewish life in Britain is very unique for me.  First of all, my Jewish UK experience starts as soon as I board the plane tomorrow night.  There will be a lot of black hats and Yiddish speakers, many of whom "daven" or … [Read more...]

Women and Success – The Heidi Klum Effect by Elissa Freeman

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This is the sixth 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 Elissa Freeman, the Vice President, Communications & Public Relations for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  She lives in Toronto, Canada with her extremely tolerant husband and precocious 11 year old daughter.  She refuses to believe there is such a thing as work-life balance and prefers to liver her life one moment at a time - as long as her carpool doesn't fall apart.  You can chat with Elissa … [Read more...]

Work at Home Vs. Stay at Home is so 1992 by Bonnie Rothman Morris

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  This is the second 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 Bonnie Rothman Morris, the owner of Company B, a branding, public relations and social media expert known for her creative approaches to marketing.  Her clients have included Kaplan, Achilles International, Gevalia, Kaplan, Inc. and Shaw Henderson Interior Design .  She has counseled and developed campaigns for some of the world’s leading marketers, including Kraft Foods, eBay, American Express, … [Read more...]

Unbalance by Ann Imig

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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...]

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

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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...]

Family Day at the Jewish Museum on May 15th

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The Jewish Museum will present a fun-filled, multi-generational family day celebrating the vibrant worlds of illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman and artist Henri Matisse on Sunday, May 15th from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Highlights of day the include two performances by Bash the Trash, a huge art workshop, and family gallery hunts.  The Maira + Matisse Family Day is inspired by the current exhibitions, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) and Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. This event … [Read more...]