A Few Days in San Francisco (with 1/2 the Family)

san francisco

    If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I love to travel, take photos, explore, with kids/without kids, eat, study a city's history while I'm there and wander.  Head over right now and you'll follow my recent travels while visiting the wonderful city of San Francisco.  It's a city I've ventured to many times in my life, probably around a dozen, having had close friends and family out there to visit throughout my adulthood. Each time I go, I experience a new feeling. When I was younger, I experienced its culture seeing Lily … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: A Look Back in Time

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 9.00.17 AM

Time is flying.  I can't believe that my kids are 9 and 10. They're changing all the time, as well as their interests, their skills, their likes and dislikes. They're growing up fast and I can't seem to turn back the clocks. There are moments that are so beyond beautiful and meaningful and I tell myself to stop and embrace these times, but as you know, times flies and we get so wrapped up in our everyday lives that it's often hard to take time out and think about the times that are no longer. While creating this year's holiday card, I took a look back … [Read more...]

Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

stream team

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...]

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

I've recently gone back to work in an office after working from home for the last year, and it's quite a change.  Granted, my kids are no longer young.  But there is a lot of activities to keep up with and I think they kind of got used to me being around.  However, when I call to check in late in the day, they sound pretty happy and our mornings are actually much more sane and civilized than they've been in a long time.  My kids are more punctual than ever before and are giving us enough time to walk to school, now that I have to walk directly to the … [Read more...]

This is the Year I Stop Procrastinating.

This is the Year I Stop Procrastinating.

You may (or not!) have been wondering about my whereabouts these last few weeks as it's been rather quiet here.  I've been on a family trip to Ireland and England, where we spent time with close family and friends. While I did think about blogging, I chose not to write for the few weeks while I was away.  I took copious notes and have lots to talk about, but now that I'm back, where do I start? Perhaps about my trip around Ireland with the kids and our visits to several important castles, about fishing in the middle of the Ring of Kerry and horseback … [Read more...]

A One-Child Holiday at Mohonk Mountain House

mohonk mountain house

My trip was hosted by Mohonk Mountain House, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Have you ever traveled alone with one child?  A few weeks ago, I decided to take my son away for a few days. My other child was actually at sleep away camp, and since he wasn't having that experience (still a bit young), I thought I'd give him a different type of experience by joining me.  I wanted to review a property in the Hudson Valley and thought about sharing the experience with him. After all, this was one my son could wrap his around: an all-inclusive resort … [Read more...]

Sleep Away Camp Jitters No More

Sleep Away Camp Jitters No More

The minute my daughter was born, I started to dream about sending her to a Jewish sleep away camp.  Not because I wanted to shake her, but because I knew we wouldn’t be sending her to Jewish day school and I wanted her to embrace our religion in a different way.  Also, because I know from personal experience what kind of long-lasting impact it would have on her. Growing up in Atlanta, it was more important to send your kids to Jewish sleep away camp.  We were a small community and I was one of only a handful of Jews in my grade.  Camp was the best way … [Read more...]

Parenting Without Borders

parenting without borders

Do you ever compare your parenting skills to others? Are you one of those people who pays close attention to how parents around the world are parenting differently? Are you surprised to hear when different skills from across the globe can help or transform your own? Culture Mom Media is thrilled to be teaming up with the author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh. In her book, she takes readers on a multicultural tour of the world’s best parenting practices – from Finland, … [Read more...]

Doing Motherhood Together

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 12.56.14 AM

As the Mommy Wars are heating up again for the umpteenth time this week with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement, Marissa Mayer’s ridiculous telecommuniting policies and the NY Magazine article on the “retro feminist wife,” I know only one thing. I do not judge or blame Kelly Makino, the young woman profiled in this article as a complacent stay-at-home mom who is being compared to Phyllis Schlafly for setting the woman’s movement back.  Schlafly is known for her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Wii Sing POP! (and How it’s Making Me a Better Mother)

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 9.20.30 AM

I have a confession.  I'm not the kind of mom that gets on the floor and plays board games with my kids every day.  I do get on the floor with them, but not as often as I should.  I tend to have a million things to do and my focus is not always where it should be. However, since I came back from Vietnam a few weeks ago, I have been more focused on spending time with them.  After two weeks on my own without the family, I was able to think about necessary change.  I knew that I wanted to be more engaged as a parent when I got back, so I implemented … [Read more...]