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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Things Moms Can Do to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, the Alien Invasion, and all other End of the World scenarios by Pamela Francis

May 25, 2018

Maybe things start with the movies…, or maybe they start in real life and the movies simply project preliminary plausibilities out to us all so we won’t be terribly surprised or upset when the horrors actually do manifest…, but either way, there’s a chance there WILL be a) a zombie apocalypse, b) an alien invasion, and/or c) some end-of-the-world cataclysm involving the loss of data and the malfunctionality of all things technological.

I remember leaving the country in 1999 in preparation for the much-feared, slash anticipated, Y2K calamity we’d all been promised would take place that year.  I arranged to be on an island off the coast of South America from December 7 thru January 10 just to give it a wide berth, because, hey, “I’m too important to be captured” and my Madam Yes sensibilities had told me to find somewhere fun and sexy to be while the rest of the unfortunate yahoos figured it out.  Get it…? Unfortunate Yahoos…? Anyway…

Since then I have come to realize that Y2K fantasies of worldwide data bases being wiped out (and my $90,000 student loan debt vanishing into thin air never to be brought up again) would likely never take place. 

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The Care and Management of Menopause: From Hormonal Cacophony to Harmony Found by Dr. Laurie Steelsmith FEATURING A GIVEAWAY

May 23, 2018

Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age


For years, we mourn the existence of our periods, bemoaning its arrival each month and dreading the bloating, mood swings, and cravings that tend to precede it.

But midlife can bring a different lament altogether: The onset of menopause, which, for most, conjures up thoughts of hot flashes, weight gain, and moods that don’t just swing but careen completely out of control.

In short: Nonsense. True, menopause may be accompanied by discomforting symptoms, but this time can be managed smartly and embraced rather than rejected. Indeed, your midlife transition can be seen as a time of wonderful growth—a personal renaissance for your body, mind, and soul.  

But, to get there, it’s essential to understand what’s going on with your body.

During menopause, your ovaries cease to release the same amounts of several of your key hormones: estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. Meanwhile, acute stress, whatever the reason, may cause another hormone, cortisol, to spike; chronic stress, on the other hand, may lead to a decrease of cortisol (more on this below). Menopause can be disconcerting because a woman may … Continue reading..

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA: Show Review by Barbara Adler

May 20, 2018

Right off the bat, I want to say I am a huge Cirque du Soleil fan.  I have seen several Cirque shows in Vegas, most memorably the Beatles tribute which was so enchanting it sent my admiration for the Cirque brand soaring even higher. Cirque du Soleil shows are known for their mind blowing athleticism, acrobatics, contortions, enchanting sets and riveting music. I attended Cirque’s latest creation, VOLTA, in a Big Top on the grounds of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s in Uniondale, NY on May 17, 2018.

Cirque’s 41st show, VOLTA,  is themed around extreme sports. The atmosphere under the “Big Top’ was electric as this was opening night for the Long Island performances.  While the show started noticeably late, the audience was quickly forgiving when the music started and we got our first glimpse of the beautiful costumes.

The “storyline” is about a popular game show host named Waz, who is distracted by fortune and fame, but starts a personal quest to find his true self by sifting through his childhood memories. After discovering a group of “Free Spirits” who encourage him during his journey, Waz apparently finds his true self, although the storyline was difficult … Continue reading..

A Punk or a Gentleman: Off Broadway Theatre Review by Sarah Moss

May 18, 2018

Sometimes, the ordinary is extraordinary. Such is “A Punk or a Gentleman” presented for its world premiere by the Theater for the New City, inviting the audience into an ironic ten-character tale of an abused womanizer named Darren. In the height of the repercussions of the Me Too Movement, playwright Andrea J. Fulton and director Kymbali Craig take a lot of liberties in creatively portraying a seemingly ordinary middle-aged, middle-class, black man who loves women a little too much and a little too many of them at the same time, who is also coincidentally a victim of domestic abuse.

The play explores the intricacies facing the everyday life of Darren and his not so ordinary love life and the secret abuse he has faced from his relationships with women, dating back to his childhood and his own mother. Darren is a smooth wordsmith played by Allen Craig Harris, who was very entertaining and believable in the role.  Masked by the scars on his face are the scars that lie deep in his psyche preventing him from seeking a healthy relationship with a woman. Our protagonist is married to his fourth wife and on his way to either a divorce or … Continue reading..

Neurotic Mom Equals Compassionate Kids by Dana Klosner

May 18, 2018

From the moment they were born my kids knew they were the center of my life. If you ask them now, they might say I had their backs a little too much. But through it all, I think they learned compassion and empathy.

My son was born first, when I was 33. I was over-protective to say the least. Some might call it neurotic.   I wouldn’t drive with him until he was five months-old because I was sure someone would hit us and he would get hurt. I didn’t bathe him until he was two because I was sure he would drown. Don’t worry, he wasn’t full of two-years-worth of spit-up and drool, my husband bathed him nightly.

As they say, the second one is easier. I was 36 when my daughter was born. The doctors called it a “Geriatric Pregnancy.” Excuse me?  I drove her to her two-week check-up myself.  When she pooped, I gave her a bath.

But still as they grew I noticed differences between my mothering methods and those of other, younger mothers. The mom next door, whose kids were about the same age as mine, was more than a decade younger than me. I was … Continue reading..

Theatre Poster Art Takes Center Stage by Robin Gorman Newman

May 16, 2018

As you may already know, if you regularly read my blog, I am a HUGE theatre lover.  I go often, have produced, worked on a promotional level with shows, written reviews, profiled thespians, studied playwriting and am now developing an Off Broadway musical.   So, it was especially interesting to attend a book party for the warm, welcoming and much beloved iconic Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo, an award-winning designer of poster art for countless shows…impressive work, to say the least…and to get an inside peak at what it takes to create a poster that captures the essence of a show. If you think about it, even before you read a review of a show or hear some buzz , there is the poster art for it, working on drawing you in and inspiring you to purchase a ticket.  And, it takes great skill and strategic artistry to design one that truly pops from the crowd and calls to you.

 The hard-cover, 208 page book, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is simply stunning and a must-have gift for any theatre lover. Titled Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond, it would make a statement … Continue reading..

You Will Be Found: Insight Into Teen Mental Health: A Roundtable led by Dear Evan Hansen, Time and Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative by Robin Gorman Newman

May 14, 2018

I am a huge fan of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and have had the opportunity to see it twice, once with my then 14 year old middle school age son.

He is now 15, and a freshman in high school, and he seems light years older since we saw the show, though still a young teen with much growth and uncertainty ahead of him.

It’s been decades since I was myself a high school student (I have very fond memories of that phase of my life), and we live in an entirely different culture these days….one that is highly challenging for both parents and teens….largely in light of social media and it’s potential impact on well-being and mental health.  There is nothing that quite prepares you as a mother to navigate a newfound high tech world with your teen, given that it is uncharted territory for most of us.

To commemorate Mental Health Month this May, and in an effort to shed light on an important subject and empower families, TIME magazine joined forces with Dear Evan Hansen and the Philosophy Hope and Grace Initiative to take on the topic of You Will be … Continue reading..

More Than a Diploma by Sharon O’Donnell

May 13, 2018


This is my middle boy, David, after his graduation with a Masters of Accounting from NC State University this week. This is also my boy who had speech therapy starting at 3, reading comprehension issues in elementary school, an auditory learning disability, & severe anxiety beginning his junior year of high school. He was a good student throughout middle and high school and a very good baseball and basketball player, but he was able to do these things because of his determination and work/study ethic. I got a tutor to work with him, and I worked a lot with him one-on-one also. Athletics came easy to him, but academics didn’t. He was intelligent, but the issues he faced made it difficult. When school athletics ended after high school, he turned all  his focus on academics and — Wow!  He excelled in the classroom like never before, making Dean’s List every semester. His perseverance and drive were unbelievable; there were still some hard times here and there, but he came through them. He learned how to advocate for himself, and he learned how to better deal with his anxiety.

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