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When Do Toddlers Have Dreams and Nightmares?

Last week our two-year boy slept through the night for three nights in a row. Count them, three. We woke up in the morning and yelled, “Hallelujah!” Something must have shifted and maybe we would finally enjoy the rest we once knew pre-baby. Of course, I told a mom friend (or two?) about our sleep bliss…

How to Stay Flu-Free this Year

We’ve become hypochondriacs and germaphobes since we had a child, which I hear is normal for first-time parents and wacky broads like me. Remembering back, my husband basically didn’t let me out of the house after our boy was born for three months because he didn’t have his shots. Somehow the baby nurse I hired…

When Your Nana Loves Trump

Trump is trying to celebrate his one-year-anniversary at his fancy “shithole” at Mar-a-lago, but he can’t get there because the government has shut down. Why? Because Trump is a disaster. A scary disaster. In just one year, Trump has proven to be a pathological liar, fascist and racist, who is instigating … a war on…

When to Say No, When to Let it Go

The other morning, my two-year-old insisted on wearing a red plastic box, that usually holds his legos, on his head as a hat. It was a cold day and of course, I wished he chose his nice woolly hat instead, but I let him have his way. I wanted him to feel like he was…

First Hair Cut & Cradle Cap

When I was pregnant, the one thing everyone told me was, “That child is going to have some serious curly hair!” “Yes, maybe so,” I nodded and smiled awkwardly. It’s true that both my husband and I are known for our curls. Mine: long, soft and filled with blond streaks. My husband: course, short, sometimes…

Stop Asking Questions

My mother-in-law is a sweet woman but she is constantly asking questions about every thing. Sometimes it feels like she thinks we are a 1-800 support line. “How do I close the apps on my phone?”, “How do the electronics work in that sleep book so it plays music?” she might ask within the first…

Creative Mamas

A group of moms I know who have acting and theater backgrounds, put a creative circle together the other night. I’m not much of an actor, but I decided to check it out. They met in a nice loft space, where they acted out different scenes from plays. It was amazing to see these moms…

What’s Love Got to Do With Marriage?

Growing up my mother told me there was no such thing as love in marriage. “What do you mean?” I wondered. “I didn’t marry your father for love! I was older and needed stability. Oh, before your father I had many hot streamy affairs, which I will always remember. But not with your father. You…

When Divorce is the Only Way

I have a friend with a two-year-old boy who is in a “miserable marriage.” It’s hard to imagine getting divorced with a toddler running around the house, but she feels like she has no choice. Her and her husband fight all day and night about everything. She claims he doesn’t want to be a dad,…

Waking Up: One Dying Woman’s Amazing Message

On a rainy Friday, I’m curled up in bed, not exactly sure where to take my toddler this morning. He’s been up since 4:30am but who is counting, right? He’s playing at the moment with my husband but checks in on me every 10-15 minutes to make sure I’m up. I can be miserable this…

Mindful Parenting

The other day I was at one of those trampoline parks and saw a dad lose it on his 5-year-old boy in the locker area. Maybe the kid was acting up and not listening, but I wondered if that would be me in a few years. Would I get that angry around my child and lose…

Anxiety & Parenting

It feels like the level of anxiety goes up a few notches when you have kids. All of a sudden, you worry about simple things in life like never before. For example, taking a train in NYC is suddenly terrifying. Images of terrorist attacks or train crashes might go through your head, preventing you from…

Money Making as a Mom

Money makes the world go around they say, but it also can stress the heck out of us! For some reason, we’re never at peace with money. We can never have enough. We may want to make money easily, without effort and time. When we have money in our accounts, we might spend it right away…

Toddlers & Their Trouble Detaching

Last night my mother-in-law was over watching our little boy and I went out, even though leaving my boy isn’t always easy to do. At the age of two, my boy is extremely attached to me. He won’t be with anyone else but me for very long, not even his own father. I mean, I’m…

Screen Time Trouble: Like Mama, Like Son

If there is one thing I would have done differently as a mama, it was to never have introduced T.V. into my baby’s life, well till he was 13. I kid. But when he was about a year, everyone encouraged me to show him cartoons. “Aw look how cute, he likes Mikey Mouse?!” my mother…

Top Diets of 2018 and What Really Works for Weightloss

We were experiencing the Bomb Cyclone yesterday and were snowed in with my toddler and husband, which means all I wanted to do was sit around and … eat. What else was there to do? Well yes, we played with legos, read books, stuck stickers all over our furniture, napped, turned our coffee table into…

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Breaking Free From the System

My mom friend, who is a doctor working two long days a week, is from Spain and misses the many vacation days she had when she lived in Europe. She could take off about five weeks a year. That is unheard of here, especially in this crazy, fast-paced, city of workaholics in New York City. Even…

Low Carb, Fat and Sugar Breakfast Recipes

Just about everyone is ready to kick this new year off eating well, right? Yeah, I thought I did too until I started making my kid pancakes with Canadian maple syrup yesterday morning. It was all over after that. One lick on my finger led to three pancakes down. They were so good though! Breakfast…

Happy 2018!

I was just invited to a parent’s version of a New Year’s party. That meant we gathered at 3:30pm, let our toddlers play with toys while we chatted and snacked, cheered at 5:30pm with a sip of champagne, left before our kids had meltdowns and were in bed by 8pm. Thrilling! But seriously, this New…

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Fun Indoor Activities in Frigid Temperatures

Hate to state the obvious, but it’s mighty cold out there. We have been spoiled with mild winters, but this week that changes. In the North East, we will see temperatures around 0-30 degrees all week. It’s so frigid that sharks on the shoreline of Cape Cod are dying from cold shock! Of course, that…

Legoland Love

This holiday week-off continues to get more exciting, well exciting on a two-year-old level. Out of the blue, a mom friend offered me three tickets this morning to Legoland. I felt like I hit the toddler lottery. Those tickets are not cheap! It was for the one day this week, we had nothing planned. See…

We Made it to the Zoo!

My husband and I have been meaning to take our little boy to the zoo for forever, and we finally did it today–only in 19 degree weather. I know, I know, we make funny decisions when we are home bound with kids. It’s our week off from school because of the holidays and we had…

Sugar & My Honey 

We all love to throw the term around, “Everything in moderation,” but that’s almost impossible with sugar. That yummy, white, sandy substance is in just about everything we eat these days. Well, unless you’re a vegan or have the will power of a bull, which is just not me. Truthfully, I’m pretty lax when my boy…

10 Things I’ve Learned From Raising a Toddler

It’s that time of the year when we look back and then look forward. Usually, that’s just a recipe for anxiety! To be in the present moment is the best way, always. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt to look back at all the things I’ve learned in the past two years—well, for just…

Going Vegetarian

There are many of families in my neighborhood that are vegetarians, which means their toddlers don’t eat meat either. We love a good veggie meal from time to time, but we also love a nice medium rare steak—so not sure the vegetarian lifestyle is for us! Still, there are many benefits to skipping out on…

The Pressure to be the Perfect Mama

I am usually not a fan of typical inspirational videos, but this one was special. This main characters in this video are older women who see our generation of women, basically burning out. Their message and advice is strong and it will make you think, and hopefully allow you to take some pressure of yourself.…

Getaway Moms Part II

This is part two of Getaway Moms. Back to our story … My mom friend and I are sitting by a beautiful fireplace in our white robes at the spa, waiting for our massages, while talking about the rampant sexual abuse in our world. Yes, we got deep too, people. It wasn’t all drinks, zen and…

Getaway Moms

I said goodbye to my husband and child yesterday morning and decided it was time to leave … and head to the spa with a mom friend! I was so excited I could hardly walk, so I ran out the door instead. We were driving an hour and a half north to New Paltz to…

Turning Marriage Conflict Around

I met an old friend for dinner the other night who shared with me that most of her friends, in their early 40’s, were getting divorced. She also confessed that even she had been on the brink of divorce at least 10 times this year, mainly because of money issues. Ah, I shrugged it off.…

New No-Brainer, Delicious Dinner Ideas

I’m getting set in my dinner ways and am feeling the need to mix things up. Every week, I make my go-to-dinners, which are peanut butter chicken and pesto pasta, because they are easy-to-prepare, tasty and I can’t be bothered to think about trying something new. Before you ask, here are the recipes: Peanut butter…

The Problem With Expectations 

My husband went away for two-and-half days with his band last week. That’s not a terrible amount of time, right? It’s pretty doable. I can take charge and handle my toddler for that short amount of time on my own. Only, the morning before my hubby left, our boy came down with fever and was…

How to Make the Medicine Go Down

I love that Marry Poppins song that goes, “Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down!” However, we don’t have such luck in my house. My kid won’t put any liquid in his mouth other than water. This became bit of an issue when my boy got an ear infection last week. The doctor prescribed…

How to Stop the Toddler Whine 

I think it’s payback time. All those years, of whining and having major attitude with my parents are coming back to haunt me. These days, my toddler sounds just like I did during my rebellious teen years. When he is with me, and only me, his voice changes and has that whiney tone. Every sentence…

Toddlers, Please Eat Your Veggies

A friend told me her her son has never eaten a vegetable since the age of three. She’s tried everything but he’d rather have candy. My two-year-old might be going down that path if I don’t figure something out. Ever since he started preschool and they started serving pretzels at snack, he acts like nothing…

When Jewish Kids Need Their Santa

One of my mom friends who is Jewish is having a hard time explaining to her four-year-old that Santa isn’t stopping by her house this year. No matter what she tells her child, the kid is not buying it. This girl wants her toys from Santa! Living in a multicultural community, these issues are bound to…

Celebrate You this New Year

Another year has flown by and in about a month we will be dancing like it’s 2018, while a ball drops. Well, actually I’ll be dancing in my dreams, as my bedtime is 9pm these days. The days feel so slow, yet time is racing— if we’re not aware. At the same time sometimes feel…

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Finding Time for Romance and Theater

Last night we were surprised and excited when our friend invited us to the opening of a new show on Broadway called, Once On This Island. My husband and I haven’t been out as a couple in weeks, and the last time we’ve been to a show together was over a year ago. Why did…

Great Holiday Gift Ideas

I grew up Jewish so I never received as many holiday gifts as my Christian friends. Yes, some families around us celebrated 8 days and 8 gifts of Chanukah, but my parents thought that was excessive and I agree. Well back then I didn’t agree so much. We still aren’t huge holiday gift givers, but I…

Resting Easy Without Crying it Out

My husband was getting a ride from a couple who had older children the other night, when they shared an interesting story. When their daughter was around our toddler’s age, she would wake up every twenty-minutes at night because she had asthma. Her best friend, whose child was a sound sleeper through the night, would…

Stories of Surrender

My friend has a son who was living in Bali and was going to be married next week. They planned a beautiful wedding in their village. All their friends and family booked their plane tickets and hotels for the celebration. Then a few days ago news hit that the Mount Agung volcano had erupted. My…

Tips from a Frugal Mom

My mother was an immigrant and my dad grew up during the Depression, which made them down-to-earth, appreciative … and also frugal. My mother’s penny pinching would upset me as a child though. I was embarrassed when she would need to get her quarter back from the pay phone if her call didn’t go through. I would get annoyed…

8 Attachment Parenting Principles Understood

A mom I know is still breastfeeding her boy at two-years-old, and I’m not judging her. Really. I personally couldn’t handle breastfeeding for two minutes let alone two years so this woman is a saint. The only thing is that her boy now screams, “Boobee! Boobee!” in public when he’s hungry for milk. He also…

When Toddlers Get Aggressive

There’s a love affair going on in my two-year-old’s pre-school class. One of the boys in his class is inseparable with one sweet blonde. They do everything together: play, paint, eat snacks. They even snuggle together during reading time. The boy follows this girl everywhere and has tantrums around any boy who comes near her.…

Handling Indecisive Toddlers

The number of times my two-year-old changes his mind on a daily basis is unbelievable. One day he likes his bath, the next day he screeches at the site of bubbles. One day he loves his new winter jacket, the next he refuses to put it on, even in 20 degree weather. Now his food…

Tips from a Sleep Expert

I finally had my call with a sleep expert to see if she could help me with our toddler’s no sleep situation. As you recall, he wakes up every hour after 3am calling for me. The brown bags under my eyes look like permanent tattoos. But I don’t want to complain, though I do it so well.…

Sleep Regression Cont.

Our two year sleep regression that started 8 months ago has hit a new low. Now, after around 2am our boy wakes up and cries for me every hour till morning. Even as a newborn he slept more than an hour at a time. It feels like someone put a hex on me. Maybe my mother…

‘It’s Mine’ Behavior

The other morning I caught myself grabbing my husband’s pillow and whining, “Mine!” Clearly, my son’s possessive toddler behavior is affecting me. I have to admit, the “mine” routine is somewhat cute. Especially, when my son first started to claim everything in our apartment. I even played along. “That’s my spoon! That’s my shelving unit!”…

Giving Thanks in a Larry David Universe

The other morning I caught my husband giving me the stink eye after something I said. “Is that your Larry David look?” I asked. We started watching episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and I think the show is rubbing off on us. All of a sudden, I’m noticing the Larry David in us all —…

Feelings Come and Go But You Remain

I’m in the midst of a heated conflict with my mother and brother, and neither is speaking to me. Our issues started when I told my brother, who was visiting for the weekend, that he couldn’t come over at 12:30pm, because our boy was napping. I guess he didn’t have nap schedules when he was…

Picking the Right Nanny

Friends of mine shared the most horrible nanny story with me the other day. What’s most shocking was that for over a year, they raved about their nanny and how much their daughter loved her every time I saw them. However their baby care situation took a turn for the worst when they told their…

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The Worst and Best Compliment From My Husband

My husband came home last night and paid me the sweetest compliment that frankly made me uncomfortable. He had been out with a friend the night before and when describing our marriage, he shared a compliment about me. His friend was amazed, got excited and said that he had to share what he told him…

The Best Bar Mitzvah Advice You Will Never Hear

My child is only two and I’m already thinking about his Bar Mitzvah. I have issues. Actually, I’m singing at a Bar Mitzvah service tonight, which is bringing up visions of my kid’s big day years from now. Hopefully, his hair won’t be frizzed out and layered too short like mine was that day. Sorry…

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Help Me Sleep

Two nights ago my two-year old one woke up at 3am crying for me. Of course, now that he calls me by whole name (first and last), it’s hard for me to ignore him! When I went into his room, he begged me to sleep in the twin bed next to him. When I refused,…

Handling Long Drives with Toddlers

My little boy gets car sick if we drive for too long, especially on windy roads. He probably takes after me. Growing up before car seats, I would sit on brother’s lap and by the end of the car ride, his clothing would be drenched. I think I might even ruined his suit on the…

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This is Two

Later today, we go to our two-year-old doctor’s visit. What? Did I write that correctly? Two years ago this week, I brought home a little 8 pound bundled baby boy who cried all night long unless we held him tight. Well, that was before we figured out how to properly swaddle him! Now that baby…

When Emotions Take You Over

I’m an emotional hot mess at this moment. Last night, I unloaded my anger on my mother at a public dinner seated with family and friends. What came over me? The one topic that should always be avoided at gatherings: politics. My mother and I have had a heated relationship most my life, especially during…

The Unspoken Cost of Real Estate: Less Time at Home

For many families today, buying their dream home comes with a new type of price tag: Less time with their kids. With the cost of real estate at an all time high, many moms and dads who would like to spend more time at home, have no choice but to take demanding, full-time jobs to pay for…

Most-Common Mistake When Raising Children

My child is two-years old and I realize I’ve been doing something wrong with him. Well, I’m sure I’m doing many things wrong. But this parenting offense has been happening just about every day by me and by most people around my boy. How many times a day do you say, “Good job!” or “Nice…

How to Build Confidence

I finally put on my show the other night, performing a solo concert. The evening started out terrifying. As my voice amplified on the mic for the first time, I could hear it tremble. My body was sweating, even though I caked on my deodorant. Then, midway through my first song a wave of calm…

My Big Plans

I had big plans for yesterday. My husband urged me to take the day off. He has a busy few day ahead and all our families are flying in on Thursday to celebrate our son’s birthday this weekend, so yesterday was the perfect play day for just me. “Have the day off to do whatever…

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Best Way to Save Money on Groceries

There is one way to save money each week on groceries, that I’ve been avoiding. It requires two my weakest talents: planning and coordination. Mostly, I like to be spontaneous. I can’t plan anything too far in advance. How will I know what I want to do in three weeks, let alone in three hours?…

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First Parent Teacher Conference

I can’t believe it but I am going to my first parent-teacher conference tomorrow. My son isn’t even two yet. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to this moment. I can’t wait for the pre-school teachers to kvell (the Yiddish word for boast) about my little boy and tell us how much they…

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Swap, Sell and Donate Options

I hate to be that “judgy” mother, but I am noticing that there are many affluent moms selling their childrens’ used items on online forums. For example, I see used shirts being sold for $3 to $5 each or toys going for $8 each on Facebook groups I’ve joined. When do you hand me down…

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Best Toddler Bedtime Books

The other night, I read our little boy the book, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, before we put him down. For the next half hour, he wouldn’t stop jumping up and down in his crib. Then he would call us in to show us how high he could go. I realize now that…

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Toddler Milestones I’d Like to Avoid

I was excited when my toddler graduated from his high-chair to a booster seat. “Yay, we did it!” we cheered with a sense of accomplishment. Only, shortly after this milestone, he kept wanting to “cam down” from his chair and started to run around the apartment “like a gorilla” avoiding his meals. Who needs milestones?…

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Feeling the Pain

Since I’m on the guru kick, a new email popped into my in box with the title, “Is Pain Necessary for Growth?” It lead me to a video by my favorite the most famous spiritual teacher in the world, Ekhart Tolle. I love Tolle’s books and teachings. I can’t recommend his book, The New Earth…

Social Anxiety or Me?

Lately I’ve been wondering about social anxiety. I’ve been meeting a few moms and dads and having good conversations one-on-one. But after running into them again in a public setting like a party, they have little to say to me, and our exchanges are just plain awkward. Is it me or is someone suffering from…

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Best Bathtub Toys for Toddlers

My kid has had a love hate relationship with bath time. Sometimes he gets into the tub without a fight, other times he kicks and screams so badly, I have to alert the neighbors so they don’t think he’s being abused. From what I hear, most kids love a nice combo of toys, bubbles and…

10 Winter Skin Care Tips

I’m not one of those women who spends hours in the bathroom grooming and primping. I can usually take a shower and be dressed in about 15 minutes. How much longer does it take to wash your hair and shave your legs? Maybe I’m just not that meticulous, which is why my skin is looking…

Turning Lemons into Lemon Flavored Seltzer Water

First of all, I can’t drink lemonade it’s way too sugary, but I do like the idea of turning a soured situation into something sweet. This morning, a woman named Muniba Mazari inspired me. She’s from Pakistan and was told she had to get married at a young age, so she listened. She was miserable…

Rockin Crock Pot Recipes

I enjoy cooking, but after preparing meals three times a day, every day for a family, I am ready to retire my apron. Then I got a crock pot, and it kinda changed everything. Now I throw in my ingredients every morning and by the end of the day, dinner is ready. Of course, most…

Life-Changing Spiritual Lessons

I was quite the emotional drama queen as a teen as I’m sure many girls were. I suffered from worry and intense feelings of depression, confusion and self-doubt — especially about my six inch high hair sprayed bangs, which my mother hated. And she was right. In the midst of this adolescent angst would have…

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Why #Metoo Makes Me Uncomfortable

To be honest, while everyone is writing powerful #Metoo statements, all I want to write about is new crock pot recipes. The topic makes me uncomfortable. Maybe because I don’t want to face reality and accept that there could be such mistreatment of women, maybe part of me just accepts it — or maybe I…

Toddler Birthday Checklist

For my son’s first birthday I rented out our village’s community center that holds over 200 people and invited just about everyone we knew. The space was a bit too large and only about 30 friends showed up, even though 50 RSVP’d, leaving us with extra Mexican food for a week. This year we found…

How to Be True to You

It has always been hard for me to dig deep and get to the root of who I am and what I want to do in this lifetime. Someone people are just born knowing that they want to be, but it was never that clear to me. Even my own husband knew he wanted to…

What the Heck is a Coxsackie?

I had no idea what a coxsackie was until now. Well, I thought I knew what it was but I was all wrong. My husband wishes it were different kind of coxsackie, but that’s for another blog. However whatever it is, my toddler has it. Also called Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, it’s a common illness…

Lessons From Our Fearless Toddlers

My almost two-year-old is going through a fearless stage. I can’t do much for him without him yelling, “Self, Self!” The other day he was trying to climb up these steep, high bars in the playground, and he kept saying, “Self Self” when I tried to protect him from falling. At one point I muttered…

Best Halloween Costumes

I’ve never been a huge Halloween fan, but now that I have a kid I guess I have to get with the program. For some reason dressing up in a costume has never been fun for me. I have a hard enough time figuring out what to wear on a regular day! My friend just…

A Time for Chanting

I’ve tried it all, reiki, acupuncture, meditation, so when the opportunity to chant came up, I went for it. Chanting mostly felt uncomfortable to me at the end of yoga classes. I wondered what the heck I was saying and felt odd speaking sounds so unfamiliar. Then again, that’s probably why I barely passed French…

Living the Dream

I ran into a woman I knew at my flea market this weekend. While catching up I asked her what she did for a living, even though I mostly hate that question. Still, I was curious. She was a single mom of teen twins living in my town and I wondered how she supported them.…

Handling the Rough Patches

I just emailed the neighbors in my building because my toddler has been hysterically crying through the night and during morning tantrums, and I don’t want them to think he’s being abused. It’s been that week! My sweet boy has been a bit emotional these days and going through a sleep regression of some sort.…

Going Sugar-Free

The other day I snapped at my mother-in-law when she told me that eliminating bread and sugar is the only and best way to loose weight. I love her, but she is a bit of a know it all, who doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her body. OK maybe I’m a little jealous.…

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My Spiritual Operation

I had a spiritual operation yesterday. I know that sounds insane. However, I saw a well-known healer from Brazil named John of God with a friend who has stage four breast cancer at a retreat center. My friend is in her mid 30’s has a husband and a five-year-old boy. She’s just trying to survive…

Toddlers & TV Time

A tarot reader recently told me that my toddler might have addiction problems one day. Yes, I was horrified. These days I’m wondering if there’s some truth to her prediction because my 21-month-old is addicted to….TV, or “TB” as he likes to say. First it started as a cute game, “Hey want to watch this…

How Tragedy Wakes You Up

Yesterday’s shooting massacre in Las Vegas is a shocking reminder that life is unpredictable and precious. One moment we could be enjoying a beautiful time out and the next moment it could all be over. Of course we can debate and get angry about gun violence, the how, the why and what we can do,…

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Why I Can’t Say No

My boy knows I’m a sucker. I’m curled up in a twin bed next to his crib pretending I’m sleeping — because he’ll cry if I leave. I’ve never been great at being too firm with him, granted he’s not even two-years-old yet. Still, my husband is a bit more strict and my little one…

Connecting to Your Joy

I know it’s hard to believe but our natural state is pure joy. How can this be when most everyone is taking anti-depressants like they are M&Ms? I don’t judge anyone who feels like they need anti-depressants. I know I did in my late twenties. My boyfriend of seven years and I broke up and…

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10 Health Tips from a Hypochondriac Mom

Becoming a mom has made me a bit of a hypochondriac. Now, every time I cough or sneeze I think I’m coming down with some weird disease that can’t be cured. Well, those are the crazy thoughts that go through my head at least. The last few days my throat has been feeling weird, so…

Mommy Hair Care Tips from My Favorite Hairdresser

Two of the greatest gifts I inherited from my husband were his grandmother’s wedding ring and his hairdresser. Oscar and Tricia have been doing hair at every salon they could find, renovate and afford in the East Village, NYC since the 70’s. They have been cutting my husband’s hair since he was at NYU —…

Fall Veggies and Vitamins

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun and beach and we are in the middle of an October heat wave this week with 89 degree weather, lord help me. But I’m ready to put away to that kid’s sun screen, those sun dresses and…

The Best Way to Teach Your Children

My kid is not even two and he already can count to ten and sing the alphabet song. I’m not bragging. I take no credit for his skills. He’s learned these lessons from overdosing on TV every day. Try to keep that quiet. Of course there are so many more lessons I would love him…

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Don’t Judge My Schedule

Why do parents with older children like to give me a hard time about me keeping to my toddler’s nap and night time schedule? Yes I’ve heard over and over again how you let your young children sleep on people’s couches and beds at late night dinner parties back in the day. Yes, I get…

Intentions for the New Year

This week, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday Rosh Hashanah, which is their New Year. I’m not very good at being Jewish but I do like the idea of putting positive intentions out for a sweet year. This week my mother-in-law comes over and we’ll dip apples in honey, sing a few songs in…

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Top Ten Fall Work Outs

At the start of the summer, I was so excited because through diet and exercise, I got my bikini body back. The first week at our community pool, I was feeling pretty confident and strutting around with confidence in my green sparkly two-piece. Somehow, that all that confidence backfired and about three weeks later a…

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The Truth About Manure and Mushrooms

Sometimes I wonder just how good veggies are for us these days. I was at a farmer’s market today chatting up the organic mushroom and garlic farmer. He was an ex-pat from Brooklyn and former photographer who bought a house and a few acres up in Delaware to start a farm. Yes he’s living the…

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What To Do When You’re Terrified

I married a professional musician, but secretly I’ve always wanted to be a performer. I used to sing loudly in the shower growing up, hoping my parents would hear me and encourage me to pursue whatever talent I had. But after my very wet performance, I would walk out of the bathroom and stand in…