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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January 5, 2017
Ah, Winter Break, my old frenemy. The extra time with family is wonderful, but the extra holiday calories, makes one sluggish. Almost too sluggish to swat at those six dreaded words that started to rear their ugly head again. “I’m bored. What’s there to do?” Ugh. How I hate those words. Maybe because they remind me of my mother’s response: “You could empty the dishwasher.” Or maybe because they make me feel a bit like I’ve failed my children? Like I’ve let the digital devices win. (Screen time is the only time when they don’t complain of boredom.) Maybe I haven’t helped them navigate their way to a rich, creative, interior life—one that can sustain them through boredom? As for the video games: I held out for about as long as someone could. This is probably one of the least technologically-equipped homes around. We recently bought a “flat-screen” TV (I know they are just TVs now) and it felt like the Amish Rumspringa around here. And yet, when we limit “screen time,” within minutes: “I’m bored. What’s there to do?”
As a child, I remember playing in my backyard with one of my closest friends and a stick. We invented … Continue reading..
January 5, 2017
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*Offer valid for performances 1/4/17 – 3/10/17, … Continue reading..
December 28, 2016
As the calendar ticks over to 2017, New Year’s resolutions are plentiful. Usually, getting more exercise and eating healthy is top of the list. Hence, the reason gyms are in full throttle advertising mode.
There is one ad that stood out in the crowd, The Balanced Calorie Initiative. The American Beverage Association announcing that soft drinks would be lowering the amount of sugar. Beverage companies have set a goal to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20 percent by 2025.
Full disclosure: I am a soda drinker. Coke Zero to be exact. I don’t do coffee. Instead of coffee, most mornings I would reach for an alternative caffeinated beverage. In a previous life it was Red Bull. (I was drinking Red Bulls at work before it was fashionable.)
During my pregnancies, I made the switch to Green Tea. Once I had my hands full with two toddlers, I found my Coke Zero in the morning was the perfect balance of caffeine and indulgence.
That’s all the indulgence I get. A Coke Zero while getting ready before the kids get up.
So I was very interested in the ABA’s adverting, not just as a consumer but also as … Continue reading..
December 25, 2016
It’s been a long time since I have blogged, but I thank Robin for keeping me around so that I can still express things here.
Growing up in Raleigh, NC in the 1960s and ‘70s, I have many memories of hot summer days at the outdoor Pullen Park pool, feeding peanuts to the pigeons at Capitol Square, checking out books downtown at the Olivia Raney library, and going to Kurt Russell Disney movies at the Cardinal Theater in North Hills. But no memory equates with that of going to the Christmas parade in downtown Raleigh at nighttime where the lights and the pageantry were magical to me. I always went with my best friend, Tina, and both of us always loved the reverberation of the bass drums of the marching bands signaled the impending arrival of the band. It was the epitome of excitement for two seven-year-old girls.
Back then, presents and Santa Claus were of course, a big part of Christmas, but that wasn’t what I remember most. What I remember most vividly about being a child at Christmas was the way I felt. It was the atmosphere around me complete with candles, Christmas trees, and good things on … Continue reading..
December 23, 2016
I tried to upload a new post the other day, and if you’ve been reading me lately you know that I’m on a bit of a rampage. It’s quite uncharacteristic of my usual tone where I come off as really grateful, really positive and really keen on projecting that all can be well even when it isn’t. My “new” tone is dripping with derision and may actually offend some readers if they haven’t picked up on the fact that my tongue is firmly planted in cheek and that I still really am mostly positive, grateful and hopeful.
But anyway, my post didn’t upload to the site except in the written-by-pamela francis files and I thought, hmmm, not fit for public consumption, huh? If you care to read it it’s called “We’s in the West: A Look Back at My 2016 Escape from Slavery 350 Days In” by Pamela Francis and aside from being cheeky, it’s got some cute pix of me and my sons basking in the California sun.
As I take stock of how my article didn’t post and how abrasive I’ve been in print, I almost want to sit myself in the corner. But I recently found out … Continue reading..
December 22, 2016
On Thanksgiving, I took very ill with what presented as a virus. We are out of town for the holiday, so I visited a walk-in medical center near our hotel, and was given Mucinex and Flonase and toughed it out.
When I returned home a few days later, I went to see my ENT who diagnosed it as a sinus infection. This being my first, I had no idea what to expect. I was put on an antibiotic which I’ve taken before, but this time, I wound up having what looked like an allergic reaction. After a scary night when I thought I might have to go to the hospital, I then went to see my internist, who has a specialization in cardiology.
He did an EKG and exam and concurred about the sinus infection, and I was switched to another antibiotic. A week later, nearly done with the antibiotic and still not feeling well, I decided to have my trusted integrative MD weigh in. He said he thought it was a fungal (vs. bacterial) sinus infection, and put me on a different medication and a host of alternative approaches. Everything from taking Olive Leaf Extract to gargling with Oil … Continue reading..
December 19, 2016
As a parent, you may worry about accidentally ruining childhood traditions–especially around the holidays. You may worry that you won’t be crafty enough, clever enough–stealthy enough–to pull off traditions like Santa or The Tooth Fairy. You may ask yourself: Am I deceptive enough to be a parent?
After all, YOU don’t want to spoil any fun traditions for your children. But maybe you aren’t up for the task? I know my parents “slipped up” by not hiding the Christmas wrapping paper. I had read Nancy Drew often enough to easily spot: “The Mystery of The Ill-hidden Wrapping.” And come to think of it, didn’t the handwritten “Santa,” look oddly familiar? (To his credit, Dad had to hide his handwriting really well–our last name was “Santo”.)
But, now that I was a mom, I wouldn’t make those mistakes. I’d heard the Tooth Fairy horror stories. Those Moms, so busy watching “Scandal,” they fell down on the job. The next morning, when they finally remembered the tooth, they tossed a $20.00 bill (due to guilt) over the side of the child’s bed, pretending the Tooth Fairy had flown off-course. Not me, I wasn’t going to be a tradition-wrecker.
Turns out I didn’t … Continue reading..
December 16, 2016
If you enjoy magic and illusion, this is the Broadway show for you. It’s a limited engagement through the end of the month, so don’t wait.
THE ILLUSIONISTS is set in the 1920s… a bygone golden age of magic and vaudeville.
There are 8 Acts of wonder plucked from around the globe including a juggler, puppeteer, psychics, and magicians demonstrating dexterity and skill. There is a fair amount of audience engagement, and live music from both sides of the balcony accompanies the acts on stage. Who doesn’t love a live orchestra?
Some of the performers and performances are very comical and amusing, which one might not have expected.
There is a large screen above the stage that projects the action so the audience gets the best view of the magic tricks. which might otherwise be difficult to fully appreciate if seated a distance from the stage.
The audience for the performance we attended was mostly adults probably because it was the 8pm evening show, but this show is appropriate for all ages above 8 or 9. Younger children can also attend but might not have the patience to sit through the more sophisticated and longer tricks.
The cast … Continue reading..