Blog for Moms Over 35

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February 8, 2016

My 12 year old son and I really enjoy NYC and have made many memories during our staycations when he has school break.  I am always grateful for the quality time we have together, since life often feels so busy on a day-to-day basis, for our family.

With February school break for many approaching, I wanted to share highlights from our December activities, to give you some food for thought with your children.  Rather than do a hotel stay, we were invited by a friend who lives in Soho to cat sit while she went on a family cruise, and we seized the opportunity.  It was fun to be downtown and experience life there versus our usual midtown stays.

explorerpassFor any New Yorker or NYC visitor, the GO CITY New York City Explorer Pass is an excellent value and convenient way to get access to many attractions and  save up to 45%.  The Pass is sold year round, so is not exclusive to holiday season. It includes over 50 attractions, such as the Empire State Building Top of the Rock Double Decker Bus Tours Statue of Liberty 9/11 Tribute Center Sightseeing Cruises Museums Sightseeing Tours, Radio City Music Hall Continue reading..

NYC Weekend Getaway: EXECUTIVE HOTEL LE SOLEIL: Travel Review by Robin Gorman Newman

February 6, 2016

lesoleiloutsideBeing the NYC enthusiasts that we are, my 12 year old son and I never pass up the opportunity to spend an overnight in the Big Apple, particularly during school breaks when we prefer not to jump on a plane for fear of getting stranded due to inclement weather or having to deal with potential flight delays, as much as some sun and swim-time would be appreciated.

That said, we recently spent a weekend at EXECUTIVE HOTEL LE SOLEIL in NYC, and the name, alone, conjured up a lot of appeal, particularly in the dead of winter.  (Le Soleil means sun in French.)


Lobby Lounge

The hotel, the new flagship property of Vancouver-based Executive Hotels & Resorts, is very modern, and the lobby offers a lovely sitting area, boasting a welcoming electric fireplace that I found both warming and meditative.  It was great to have a comfortable common space to relax and read…I always appreciate that when I travel so I don’t feel confined to the room.  Seth, too, made himself comfortable there, keeping busy on his laptop and iPad.

Executive Hotel Le Soleil is hugely convenient to midtown attractions.  Located at 36th Street between 5-6th Avenue, it is easy … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: OLD HATS: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

February 6, 2016

Signature Theatre presents OLD HATS Created and Performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner Music and Lyrics by and Featuring Shaina Taub Directed by Tina Landau Pictured: Bill Irwin, Shaina Taub and David Shiner (Photo taken during the 2014 run of Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA)

Signature Theatre presents OLD HATS
Created and Performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Music and Lyrics by and Featuring Shaina Taub
Directed by Tina Landau
Pictured: Bill Irwin, Shaina Taub and David Shiner
(Photo taken during the 2014 run of Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA)

In the midst of what is becoming a chilly, snowy winter in New York, there is a welcome ray of infectious laughter and escapism casting an entertaining and memorable spell.  It’s called Old Hats, and it a true theatrical treat.

After an extended, sold-out run in 2013, Signature Theatre has welcomed back, and deservedly so, Bill Irwin and David Shiner in their award-winning, critically-acclaimed production of Old Hats. The production reunites them with original director Tina Landau and introduces a sassy, new, young partner, Shaina Taub, offering up her own signature musical brand of wit and storytelling,

A throwback to days of vaudeville, the seasoned Shriner and Irwin perform with a rare spoken word, but their actions speak volumes.  Shriner, in particular, with his jello-like body movements, brings to mind Danny Kaye meets Dick Van Dyke meets mime-artist Marcel Marceau, all of whom I adore.  Both he and Irwin … Continue reading..

Play Fair at Javits Center — Ticket Giveaway from

February 1, 2016

playfairThe first ever Play Fair comes to the Javits Center on February 13-14 in New York City! Play Fair will feature the best of toys, games, and family entertainment – Comic Con for Kids!

Play Fair is presented by LEGO and Nickelodeon and features Hasbro, Mattel, Cartoon Network, Crayola, Toys”R”Us, and more – and you can see them all and save money with a LIMITED TIME offer for your families! Save $5 on each ticket you buy at with code: MLTS

Kick off February break in the biggest play room ever…

• See the new Batmobile from the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
• Build and race your own LEGO car
• Meet the PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Peppa Pig, and PJ Masks
• Test out your favorite NERF products
• Create with Crayola
• Test out the newest scooters and fun from RAZOR
• Make comics with award-winning comic creators
• See new toys never seen before
• Watch performances of the Story Pirates and many others on the TOYS R Us Stage
• Plus so much more!

TICKET GIVEAWAY: is giving away two Family Four packs – for the Continue reading..

Fostering Resilience by Maureen Eich VanWalleghan

January 28, 2016

I am so happy to be in a new year. My birthday was at the end of December and I always appreciate new beginnings. With a December birthday there is nothing that compares to the birthday wishes on Facebook. All the wishes remind me of blowing a dandelion. I feel hopeful with the seeds scattered to the wind—the possibility of new growth. All that love helped as this week I reformatted my resume and cut off a lot of dead wood as they say. Looking at my resume now feels just like when I get a great haircut: a sense of lightness and confidence. Next up, an actual haircut.

January screamed by and Christmas is almost completely eradicated from my home. I am taking down the Christmas cards this weekend. Over the past months through the holiday season I have been thinking about microaggressions and how to foster resilience. As a college professor this term has been coming up a great deal in regards to offensive behavior.

I think the issue of microaggressions crystallized for me after an incident at my local Ford dealership on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The check engine light came on in my truck and I … Continue reading..

Mom Theatre Blogger: KING CHARLES III: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

January 24, 2016

Photo by Joan Marcus

Photo by Joan Marcus

Who knew that the photogenic young married set of Royals could be so scheming and plotting that despite their do-good, well-crafted, public persona and seemingly serene demeanor, they could shrewdly plot to de-throne their own father and father-in-law who has waited a lifetime to rule once Queen Elizabeth passes away.

Hence is the fantasy tale and the tangled Shakesperean-like web skillfully spun by playwright Mike Bartlett in what is the winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, King Charles III.

The play is a thought-provoking and engaging take on the Royals, what is expected of them, the politics of ruling Britain and the underpinnings and influence of even its youngest members.  It focuses on the controversy that erupts when Charles takes a stand against a piece of legislation passed by Parliament to place limitations on members of the press….and what this conjures up as a result.

Joining Tim Pigott-Smith, reprising his much-praised portrayal of King Charles III, are Anthony Calf as Mr. Stevens, Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry, Nyasha Hatendi as Spencer and other roles, Adam James as Mr. Evans, Margot Leicester as Camilla, Miles Richardson as James Reiss, Tom … Continue reading..

MOM THEATRE BLOGGER: KINKY BOOTS: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

January 24, 2016

Kinky Boot Broadway Wayne Brady

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

It takes a special Broadway show for me to want to see it more than once, and Kinky Boots fills those shoes, or I should say those razzle dazzle boots.

Once there is a change in the cast, I find myself inevitably comparing, and actors we love can be a tough act to follow…..especially if they won a Tony….as Billy Porter deservedly did for the role of Lola.  But, much to my delight, Wayne Brady stepped up impressively to the high heeled plate as Porter’s now replacement.

I knew Brady from television appearances and was aware he could sing, but, on Broadway, he demonstrated a command of the stage, a comfort level in stiletto boots, rhythm to spare, excellent comedic timing, and a depth of emotion.

Andy Kelso, who took over the role of Charlie (originated by Stark Sands), the shoe factory owner’s son who reluctantly takes over the failing business, is also very appealing, and I venture to say that I preferred him to Sands.  He has a bit of a rock edge to his voice that plays well, and a likable chemistry with Brady.

The other role that was a huge standout for me … Continue reading..

JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD LIVE! Ticket Giveaway – from

January 23, 2016

Presented by Nationwide

Sunday, February 28th, 3pm, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!


To purchase tickets, click HERE, and use the discount code Jack. Regular Ticket Prices are $59.50 (inclusive of M&G), $49.50, $29.50. With this special offer, you pay $39.50 (plus service fees). Original price is $49.50 (plus service fees).


Motherhood is giving away a pair of tickets to see the show. … Continue reading..