A Chat with the Cast of HOME and a Giveaway


When I was invited to view the film HOME and attend a press junket with the creatives involved that included Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin & Director Tim Johnson, I was thrilled. Such talent - such creativity - such legends. First I had to see the film to see for myself. So, on a late Monday afternoon, I ventured into the city for a screening of the film. The film is about Oh, a misfit from another planet who lands on earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who Read More


Becoming a Shot@Life Champion


If you've read my blog before, you know of my passionate and fervent interest to help others. Using it and other streams over the years, I've raised large amounts of money for St. Jude Hospital and the Haitian Amputee Mothers Alliance. I've raised awareness for Every Mother Counts, Mothers 2 Mothers, Save the Children, Dress for Success and ONE. I write over at The Broad Side and BlogHer when given the opportunity and really try to raise the bar on issues I care about, most pertaining to women and children. Yet I am not known for this work. I'm the Read More


Advocating for Children’s Health is a Global Effort #MDGmomentum


I can’t believe that I had my first daughter 11-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to Read More


Helping Kids Explore Friendship with Netflix


Growing up, I learned a lot about friendship from movies. From The Breakfast Club to Pretty in Pink and later to Thelma and Louise and Career Girls, I learned a lot about life and love. Watching movies that celebrate seemingly unlikely friends helped me understand and figure out relationships and connections. They provide insight to bullying, cliques, feeling judged, self esteem issues and patterns of behavior. Just think about Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Clueless. They give kids a chance to talk about what's going at school on the playground and on Read More


Jennifer Garner, My New Kindred Spirit


My heroine of the week is Jennifer Garner. She's the first celebrity I've ever seen admit that her belly grew after pregnancy and never returned to its normal size. I'm literally in awe of her for admitting that people are RUDE to ask her about it and tabloids have even posted headlines underneath her photo declaring her upcoming 4th child with Ben Affleck is on its way. It's just goes to show you: Don't believe what you read! Ellen DeGeneres put the question out there on the table recently on her show and Jennifer said this: "I get congratulated Read More


LiveHealth Online: A New App that Helps Simplify Parents’ Lives


Last week my daughter and I got treated to a very special "health" day by the wonderful women at Cool Mom Picks. She was treated to a cooking class; I was treated to an afternoon sipping mimosas and learning about a new app, LiveHealth Online, that can, quite simply, create healthier, safer lives. With the click of a button, you can have access to a physician who can advise, prescribe medication and help you save time and worry. The event was held at Havens Kitchen in New York City, a beautiful space dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of yummy, Read More


A Last Summer Jaunt at Palisades Climb Adventure


Last week before school officially started (woot woot!), my kids and I ventured to the Palisades Climb Adventure in Rockland County for an afternoon of adventure and climbing. I'm not kidding when I tell you that it's the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, standing 85 feet in height, and features 75 different challenge elements, designed for all ages and skill levels. My kids are brave, after all they've climbed the ropes in Atlanta's Stone Mountain course, but watching them climb four-stories was FIERCE. The course is located right in the middle of Read More


School Daze

school daze

I'm a huge Spike Lee fan, but in case you were wondering, no, I am not going to be writing or talking about his hit 1988 film School Daze. I'm talking about the daze I'm left in after looking after two tween aged kids for one month straight. Don't get me wrong, I do cherish this time with them and realize they are short, so please don't misunderstand or misinterpret me, as some of you often do. But as a mom who works from home, it's hard to entertain two kids who still love and crave all my attention. And it's a lot of work to keep two them content, Read More


What Really Matters


When you get asked questions like these, they make your heart stop: "Do you have a living will?" "Do you plan to donate your organs should anything happen to you?" "Who will make decisions for you in the event you are not able to?" Needless to say, as the mother of two children heading into my third surgery this year, these questions brought tears to my eyes. As I entered the operating room, and a nurse asked me my name to confirm my identity, I held out my wrist so she could check my information on my plastic band. I knew if I opened my Read More


A New Day: Chasing Life

Chasing Life

I'm not going into too much detail, but I've spent the last ten months chasing life. I admit I'm stealing that phrase from the new ABC Family TV show, which I just happen to be watching right now, but when the shoe fits...... On the show, the main character is given a scary diagnosis just as she's kicking off her career as a writer. She's hesitant to tell her family and she wonders how it's going to impact every aspect of her life. Well, I had the same thing happen to me not so long ago, the difference between she and I being age. I'm older, I have Read More