The Barbie Effect: Longing To Be Perfect

The iconic Barbie doll will turn 54 on March 9th.  Before Disney became the merchandising machine that it is today, there was Barbie.  And she was perfect.  She had an amazing body, sun-kissed blonde hair, a dream house, a pink Corvette, an amazing career, and an outfit for every occasion.  And if that wasn’t enough, … Continue reading

Should You Worry If Your Kid Is Too Confident?

My daughter and I went ice skating last week.  After a few shaky times around the rink, she got into a zone and didn’t want me anywhere near her.  “I got it mommy, I got it,” she said.  I’m pretty used to that by now, so obliged and stayed a few feet behind her.  Once … Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Have To Hide

I was sitting on the edge of the bed about to take a shower when I heard, “Where’s mom, MOOOOOOM!”  I don’t know what came over me—maybe it was one too many games of Uno, Candyland or Old Maid—but I jumped up and hit underneath the bed.  When Journey got to the top of the … Continue reading

Why Parenting Backwards Might Work For You

The first time I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage at ten weeks.  While I was ecstatic when I got pregnant almost a year later, I was also scared to death that I could have another miscarriage.  I kept thinking that if I could just get past the eleven-week milestone, everything would be okay and … Continue reading

Family Gift Guide: 8 Great Gifts To Bring Your Family Closer Together

As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider giving a gift that the family can enjoy.  Any gift that gives you the opportunity to connect with your loved ones in a meaningful way and create lasting memories is priceless. 1. Kids Responsibility Board  $48 This is a great way to practice responsibility and money management.  … Continue reading

Tips on How to Blend Family Holiday Traditions

Growing up Baptist in Newark, NJ, I didn’t know much about Judaism.  But after 16 years as a part of my husband’s family (he’s Jewish and African-American), I’ve learned that cheese kugel tastes very much like baked mac and cheese, how to sit shiva and that my mother-in-law is the queen of kvetching (love you, … Continue reading

3 Things We Can Learn From Nucky Thompson and #BoardWalkEmpire

The other night I was replaying the epic season finale of HBO’s Board Walk Empire in my head and I realized I was reminded of a few life lessons along the way. 1. Gyp Rosetti: Don’t be afraid to take risks New York Gangster Gyp Rosetti blew through Atlantic City like hurricane Sandy, causing equivalent … Continue reading

4 Things That I’m Thankful For

As the holiday season begins, I wanted to share a few things that I am thankful for: 1. The 2012 election cycle is over As a resident of Ohio, I was bombarded with political ads for almost a year.  By the time it was all said and done, my daughter could tell you all of … Continue reading

I Found A Lump…Again

I noticed a small knot under my arm while taking a shower.  When it was still there a month later, I decided it was time to have it checked out.  Since it was time for my annual physical anyway, I figured I’d kill two birds since my doctor was probably going to send me for … Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Raise a Sugar Free Kid

There have been mixed reviews on NYC’s recent ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 oz.  Although, I personally never understood how someone could drink more than that anyway.  You probably won’t believe this, but….my 6 ½ year old daughter Journey has never had soda.  Not even a sip.  She also has … Continue reading