On Getting Gorgeous (Literally and Figuratively!)

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(Note: I am dreadfully late on this post. I always post on an event that I attend, so I regret my tardiness.) I am not known for being very beauty or fashion centric, so when I receive invitations to event that revolve around either of the two, I am usually stunned and have to think about my RSVP very carefully. However, some of these invitations are easier to consider. Like this one: Getting Gorgeous. Its organizers, Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney, are two of the most amazing, giving and savvy people I've met in this space. I love that they met Read More


Sleep Away Camp Photos are No Lie to Me

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“Welcome back and Shalom!” were the words we heard upon entering Camp Sprout Lake as we pulled into the long driveway off the main road. I looked back at my daughter I in the back seat, her energy emanating with excitement. Camp was truly her home away from home and she was so happy to be back. We’d come a long way since last summer when bringing her felt more akin to child abuse than anything else. As I rode the one hour, fifteen minutes to the Hudson Valley to leave her off for her one week “Taste,” she sat silently weeping in the front seat.  All Read More


Dear Mrs. Gordon: Notes on Our Road Trip By My 9 Year-Old

I had to post my nine year-old daughter's letter to her teacher.  Be aware: there are typos, many of them.  She typed this on my lap top and had me edit but I didn't have the heart to make every correction.  We've been back from our trip for two weeks, so I'm very impressed that she remembered so much about our trip and I would definitely qualify it a success in terms of what she learned.  But the last line is VERY funny and you have to read to the end. Dear Mrs. Gordon, During the summer I went on a road trip to Atlanta we went through New Read More


Summer Travel Read: Visit from the Goon Squad

Goon Squad

I always take several novels when we go on holiday.  It used to be impossible to get much reading done, but now that the kids are slightly older, it's getting easier.  One of the novels I took on our recent trip was A Visit from the Goon Squad, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, by Jennifer Egan.  My book club actually chose it for our next meeting in September (August is a vacation month for most people), but it was pure coincidence that they chose it as I was already midway through the book when they made the selection.  As much as I enjoyed the book, I'm Read More


New York Restoration Project Presents Annual Summer Movie Nights

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) invites New Yorkers for free outdoor movies beneath the stars at their Summer Outdoor Movie Nights at Swindler Cove Park in Inwood, a five-acre park along the Harlem River. The movies, which are part of Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth and LIFE series, give an up-close look at nature, our environment and the wondrous world in which we live. Movies are shown on a large screen along the Cherry Tree Esplanade on Thursday nights from July through August. Families are invited to bring blankets, snacks and beverages. Read More


Mamapalooza at Summer on the Hudson

Rock out with mothers and the people who love them at Summer on the Hudson's annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands Swingset Mamas, KORE, AudraRo and Moey's Music Party, Catholic Girls, Jump with Jill, Skye The Soul Poet', Nacny Lombardo, 'Momedy' MC, as well as Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, Smart4Kidz, food, vendors, interactive fun and more.  It's all happening on Sunday, May 23rd from 12-5pm at Pier 1 on 70th Street & the Hudson River.  Come an hour early for a special PURE Yoga-Thon Read More