Blog for Moms Over 35
Our group for older moms over 35 parenting later in life blog features moms and experts sharing. We share about living life fully over age 35, and write not just about parenting experiences, but life, growth, aging, etc.
Given Robin’s personal passion for sharing cool finds, travel destinations, unique attractions and theatre going, she writes periodic reviews of products, services, trips, Broadway and Off Broadway shows and other forms of entertainment, attractions and leisure pursuits….whether for kids, moms or couples.
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October 26, 2016
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
I have been a fan of the multiple award-winning Judith Light from her days on the soap opera One Life to Live. And, since then, I’ve seen her in various stage roles, and she always impresses. Her latest appearance, however, in Neil LaBute ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU is a tour de force to be reckoned with and potentially her strongest portrayal to date. This one woman show packs an emotional punch.
Light plays Mrs. Johnson a high school English teacher and guidance counselor who had an affair with a high school student that she regretted, only because of the outcome, but not because of the sexual passion that she felt she deserved to experience in a her lifetime. She initiated the illicit dalliance because her attorney husband was leaving her less than fulfilled in their bedroom, and there was tension between them because of their fertility challenges.
It is painful watching her emotional pain and somewhat painful getting through this 60 minute, no intermission production. She addresses the audience the entire time, spilling her guts, as she meanders uncomfortably throughout her school office. And, perhaps that is the point. For us … Continue reading..
October 24, 2016
Tilted Windmills Theatricals presents:
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
Written by Matt Cox
Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker
The Elektra Theatre – 300 West 43rd St, 2nd Floor (Between 8th and 9th Aves)
Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. This is the story of the people who sit next to those people in class.
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives you a front row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey. Named one of Hypable’s top five plays of 2015, Puffs “exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry” (The New York Times) as it follows the story of a young wizard named Wayne Hopkins and the Puffs–a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Together, they do their best to learn spells, try not to get hurt, and discover what they’re really made of . . . but, seriously, try not to get hurt . . … Continue reading..
October 23, 2016
The great thing about having my babies in my mid 30’s was spending a decade and a half, more than many 20 something moms, having the figure of an athlete and the schedule of a world traveler.
Triathlons, mountain biking, water skiing, hiking, races, rollerblading – boy did I look and feel great! My time was full of weekend trips and week long tours to exotic places both in and outside of the United States. ‘Who would give that up?!’
I did…..just like a lot of other moms who did not have their babies in their 20s. The reason I did not marry earlier was because it took me five years to convince my on again off again boyfriend that I was the one. Meanwhile, I was sweating bullets wondering if I was ever going to experience motherhood.
I knew I wanted babies, but I don’t know that I truly thought through the logistics. Exhaustion, morning sickness, financial stress, getting along with the hubby, raising particularly spirited children and the endless sibling fights….it all looked so much more glamorous in my 20s (aka life without kids).
Now, here I am, 38 years old and in my PJs ’til noon. … Continue reading..
October 20, 2016
Colleen Specht is a funny mom. No, seriously, she is professionally funny. Besides being a stay at home mom to a boy who is 6 and a girl who is 4, she also started ImprovMania.
Colleen has been doing improv and stand-up for 16 year. She meet her husband Dave Specht, who was in the same improve group in Arizona. Sparks flew while they were doing shows every weekend, they got married.
Two years ago, they opened up an improv theater, ImprovMania in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. Chandler is one of those “family friendly” cities, where you find a lot of malls and Chucky Cheeses, but nothing as fun as an improv theater – until now.
“We dreamed about opening ImprovMania for a long time, it’s a passion we’ve had for a long time,” said Colleen. “After we had kids, we could not devote the time to improv.”
As often happens with kids, they grow up. Colleen and David found themselves with more time.
“We are either going to do it or not, so we just did it,” she said. “Now we didn’t need to keep talking about it anymore. If we failed, we failed. At least we would … Continue reading..
October 19, 2016
In 1938, Richard and Florence Atwater wrote a children’s book called Mr. Popper’s Penguins which has been entertaining young readers for 3 generations. It’s a story about a small town house painter named Mr. Popper and his wife. They live with their two children in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a small town where nothing much happens and everyone knows each other. For the Poppers, that’s enough to set them dreaming of bigger things like…let’s see…traveling to Antarctica, maybe? But before the Poppers can pack their parkas, Antarctica finds its way to them.
Since its publication Mr. Popper’s Penguins has seen quite a bit of success including a film of the same name starring Jim Carey…loosely based on the book.
Now the Poppers have hit the stage. One of my favorite New York City stages in fact: The New Victory Theater – which by the way, if you haven’t taken your kids to yet, you really must. The New Victory showcases children’s theater productions for all age ranges, from all over the world, and I have yet to be disappointed.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 55 minute musical with no intermission. It’s a show recommended for children ages 4 to 7, and I … Continue reading..
October 18, 2016
So it’s been 1 year since I began blogging for Motherhoodlater.com and I can tell you that my bio needs a complete overhaul as I am no longer several of the things I was a year ago. Let’s go down the line, shall we…?
Replace “Georgia resident” with “California returnee”.
Replace “wife and mother” with just mother, thank you.
Replace “work-from-home momtrepreneur” with DoorDash Driver. What?! I’ll explain later.
Modify “mother-of-two” to read “mother with 1 kid in tow and shared custody of the other”.
There’s more, of course, but I won’t bore you with the details. At least not all in the same article. I can stretch it out over several entries. LOL.
I’ve pruned my Facebook friends back, as I tend to do pretty regularly anyway, and I’ve erected new boundaries while fortifying old ones. So long, mom. So long, sis. What can I say.
My barber tells me I’m losing hair, but I think he’s just trying to cover up the hatchet job he did on my cut yesterday and it’s easier to make a 49-yr old mom believe she’s going bald than to come out and say, I was in a hurry to get home and … Continue reading..
October 18, 2016
(Photo credit: David Bexton)
“Spare any change, please?” pleads an African-American lady, shuffling at the entrance to a Brooklyn subway station. Her accent, persistent limp and twisted wrist paint a precise portrait of one of many people trying to make it in New York City. The woman and many others are flawlessly portrayed by Christine Renee Miller in her new one-woman show Such Nice Shoes, now playing at Theater Lab in Manhattan.
Written and performed by Miller, Such Nice Shoes follows the life of a married New York City yoga teacher and actor as she navigates the city over a 12-hour period, which includes visiting rich clients and bombing at an audition. She has a hectic schedule that doesn’t allow for any down time or MTA errors, and is constantly anxious and exhausted.
The material doesn’t cover that much new ground, and Miller is not the first writer/performer to portray dozens of characters in rapid fire succession, with all their quirkiness, accents and singular gestures. It has been done before, from Lily Tomlin to most recently, Sarah Jones, whose one -woman show runs at the Manhattan Theater Club. Then again, there’s never been a lack of fascination or interest in … Continue reading..
October 18, 2016
Ever since my son turned 13 last February, there’s been a growing maturity and desire on his part for both privacy and autonomy. In our home, he now shuts his bedroom door, and we hear him hanging with friends and playing for hours on his gaming laptop. He emerges for necessities including food, showers and to briefly discuss his school day and share homework.
He and I have long enjoyed staycations in NYC which present highly memorable bonding opportunities, including instilling in him a love of Manhattan, whether it be roaming streets, seeing a show, fun dining, visiting firehouses (his passion) or just chilling in a comfortable hotel lounge.
I seized the moment to arrange a two night stay this Columbus Day weekend, and our hotel of choice was the new, modern Riu Plaza New York Times Square. At first I wondered if the neighborhood might prove too hectic and noisy, but we wound up really enjoying the hotel and area, and street sounds were not an issue.
The Riu in NYC opened in March and is part of an international chain. With an impressive glass façade, the hotel and lobby are stunning with a good amount
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