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 and others write 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.

If you’d like to submit a topic, product, destination, event, show or attraction for consideration, write  Happy to hear from you!

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Family Vacation to Toronto with a Teen by Robin Gorman Newman

September 12, 2018

This was the summer of extreme humidity and rain in New York, so we were anxious to go on vacation, with the hope that weather might more comfortable elsewhere.  Toronto did not disappoint on that level and in general.

(Lobby – partial view)

We began our vacation in Niagara Falls and then Niagara on the Lake, and drove to Toronto for the last leg of our road trip.  We had originally planned to stay just two nights, but we were so taken with Hotel X Toronto that we extended another night.  And, had we not had reason to return to NY when we did, we might have opted for still another night.

Hotel X Toronto is truly a destination.  It is a class act hotel in the midst of a busy city and one that was hard to leave, even to go exploring the town.  It truly felt like a modern resort featuring impressive amenities, with more to come, as the hotel is just five months old.  Photos truly don’t do it justice.

As their website states….

  • Spectacular views from virtually every room.
  • Stunning Rooftop Swimming Pool
  • Toronto’s Only Tri-Level Rooftop SkyBar
  • Kandy Gallery by Neil Dankoff
  • 250 Seat
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NEUROSIS: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

September 11, 2018

How many of us have a little voice in our head that leads us to make certain choices or question decisions?  The same voice can nag and promote self doubt and insecurity, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.  Neurosis, the Off Broadway musical jumps on this inventive premise with delightful aplomb.

Though the show has a sitcom feel and could use a dose of depth, it is breezy and entertaining with some delightful songs (music by Ben Green, lyrics by Greg Edwards) and lively staging moments (direction by Andy Sandberg) that highlight both the excellent voices and comedic physicality of the hardworking cast.

The story focuses on Abby (Jennifer Blood), a driven marketing professional, and Frank (Kevin Zak). a magician yearning for a big break with doting parents (played a bit over the top by both Susan J. Jacks and Joel Blum) who would prefer he consider becoming an attorney.  Abby is seeking a nice Jewish boy to compensate for past relationship choices, and boyish Frank fits the bill.

Enter their respective Neurosis or in the case of Abby…Neurosalina. They shadow Abby and Frank, further triggering or dissecting every anxious moment. If book writer, Allan Rice,

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SHOW TICKET GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT: Tennessee William’s A Lovely Sunday

September 6, 2018

Theatre at St. Clement’s

423 West 46 Street, NYC 10036

Directed by Austin Pendleton

 In this unique tragicomedy, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols – and maybe even themselves.  La Femme Theatre Productions presents the revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, featuring Kristine Nielsen, Annette O’Toole, Jean Lichty, Polly McKie.


$35 tix (reg. $55) from 9/14 to 9/22
$39 tix (reg. $65) from 9/26 to 10/21

   ONLINE: Visit and use code LOVELYRED

  • PHONE: Call (866) 811-4111 and mention code LOVELYRED
RESTRICTIONS: All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.


TICKET GIVEAWAY: is giving away tickets to see this show on select dates through 10/18.  To enter, email  Please put Lovely Sunday in the Subject Line and share why you’d like to see the show.


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Home Alone: When the Kids Leave For College by Melissa T. Shultz, author, From Mom to Me Again (Book Excerpt & Giveaway)

September 6, 2018

Kids move out emotionally at least a year before they do physi­cally. And it’s important to remember that it’s mostly a one-sided thing—we’re the ones who are left behind with memories of them in every corner. As far as leaving us is concerned, in their minds, we’re always here—they know where to find us. Drop-off stories run the gamut—with my oldest son, I made the mistake of turning around and looking back when we said good-bye. I do not advise this.

Broadcast journalist and mom of three Jane Pauley was surprised to find that taking her twin son and daughter to college was differ­ent than she expected. “It was an adventure we shared right up to the moment it was clear that my part of the adventure stopped and theirs kept going. We deposited our son first and his twin sister a week later. I was obsessed with organizing his stuff. My son’s T-shirts were left folded and organized by prints and solids and color. I’d never done this at home. I was under his desk untangling electronic cords and attaching twist ties to keep them neat when I sensed he and his new roommate silently agreed the time had … Continue reading..


August 23, 2018


★★★★A JOYOUS MUSICAL HIT!” –The Telegraph








Based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture written by J. F. Lawton







– Grace Perry, Time Out

Book your tickets today and save up to $40*. Premium seats are available.

Front Mezzanine – $129* (Reg. $169)

Side Orchestra and Mid-Mezzanine – $109* (Reg. $139)

Rear Mezzanine – $79* (Reg. $99)

Premium Seats Starting at $229*

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Behind-The-Scenes with Samantha Barks and Andy Karl in Pretty Woman: The Musical

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Jumpstarting Your Child’s Collegiate Success by Odey Raviv, Ph.D.

August 22, 2018

As many of our community members approach the beginning of the college term, some students and parents are becoming more and more anxious.  Starting college is a huge undertaking that often leads to a disconnect between parents and their adolescents.

The pressure of facing a new social environment while trying to uncover the correct approach to courses can be overwhelming for many students.  Parents are asked to find a way to accept their child’s independence, while worrying about the academic and emotional challenges that college presents.  The legal reality that a parent’s eighteen year old student is an adult in the eyes of college administrators intensifies the stress of the college transition.

Parents are writing huge checks and hoping that their child will adapt to the rigors of a new academic atmosphere. Students are asked to navigate sophisticated syllabi and textbooks while often left waiting to receive feedback on their progress from professors till the semester is half over.

Studying with accountability, preparing for tests, and writing at the college level without parent supervision and input can be an obstacle for even the brightest and most well meaning student.

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8 Ways to Happiness by Dr. Marissa Pei (Book Excerpt)

August 20, 2018

Let Me Give You A “Peace” of My Mind

Perfectionism seems to work for many people for a few decades. You can see the tell-tale signs: super achievement oriented, busy, really busy, multi-talented, opinionated, constantly giving advice, constantly being asked for advice, is an expert in at least 2 things, burning a candle, or candelabra at all ends, multiple balls in the air, possibly ADD or ADHD but not in the right generation to have been diagnosed, going, going, and gone!

Usually around mid-life crisis time, which I’ve renamed to mid-life opportunity, there is a breakdown. Sometimes it follows what I call the Perfectionist Slide…Perfectionism, Procrastination and then Paraly- sis. We want to do everything perfectly… and when we don’t think the conditions are right, we procrastinate. Aside, I’ve always wanted to be a procrastinator but I never got around to it, ha! Sorry, that is one of my favorite quips from Steven Wright. And then when the consequences of procrastination catches up with us, we end up in Paralysis… so far behind that we stop answering phones, opening mail, caring at all.

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Driven to Distraction? Challenges of Being Behind the Wheel as a New Mom

August 16, 2018

When you have a little bundle of joy in your life, nothing is ever quite the same again. Most things are immeasurably better, while others are – different. One thing is certain, that tiny person will make their presence felt wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

American society is inextricably interwoven with its cars. We drive more miles and more often than anywhere else in the western world, yet it is not till you are faced with the car seat and the bags of supplies for the first time that the full enormity of getting behind the wheel with your baby in the back becomes clear. Don’t worry, it will soon be second nature. Here are some of the challenges you will need to overcome.

You Need More Space

For someone so small, a baby sure takes up a lot of space. It’s easy to laugh at the new moms and dads who literally seem to travel with a carful of kit just to drive into the local town or to visit doting grandparents. But you’ll find yourself doing exactly the same thing.

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