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.

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

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#MeToo At Home by M.E.VanWalleghan


Saturday
March 31, 2018

Following the line of #MeToo into our homes can be painful. One of my biggest complaints about the coverage of Harvey Weinstein is his portrayal as a monster. He’s no monster, but rather the most egregious version of male power running unchecked.

But where does it all start? Where is the beginning point of rape culture? More than 25 years out of college, I think “Really, still? Aren’t these women just being dramatic.” At my age, I don’t feel anymore the intensity of male gaze or desire. I no longer, after more than twelve years of marriage, feel the intensity of male dominance in my interactions with strangers, probably because I’m shielded by my husband, even more when he is present. Frankly, I have forgotten the feel of that cold wind of male dominance that I felt on a daily basis as a young single woman walking through the world.

Now I’m a mom. A mom with a 12-year-old daughter and my fear is back. My rage is starting to rise again too, because as she moves through the world, in my heart I know nothing has changed. In the intervening 35 odd years since I was a teenager, the … Continue reading..



CAT & NAT: “THE FUN SHOW” – TICKET GIVEAWAY – ENJOY A MOMS NIGHT OUT


Thursday
March 29, 2018

Cat & Nat are bringing their Live Show, “The Fun Show” to Westbury, NY on Friday, April 6th, 8pm to NYCB Theatre.

To enter for a chance to win tickets, drop a note to robin@motherhoodlater.com and indicate how badly you need a moms night out!!!

Cat & Nat, mom duo most well known for their viral #momtruths videos and hilarious weekly Facebook Live Shows, are hitting the road!

On their first Live North American Tour they are taking a girls night out to a new level. Talking about all the things people are thinking but no one is saying in an honest, hilarious candid way. With the focus on community and uniting women (and men, yes some men come and learn a thing or two!) this show offers a little something for everyone. There is always music, dancing, cocktails, and honest talk with a whole lot of fun in between.

To purchase tickets, visit http://livemu.sc/2FiIG3w



50 Shades of White by Andrea Santo Felcone


Wednesday
March 28, 2018

If preparing for my wedding day taught me anything, anything at all, it was this: there are a lot of shades of white out there. And, in “wedding world,” there is always someone (for a hefty price) willing to get you your exact right shade of white. As in, perhaps, dye your white shoes white—a different white—to match the precise shade of your white gown–for an extra fee, of course. But, now, years later, as I look around, I realize white is what I’m craving. Or maybe it’s the blank slate that goes along with white? I want a creamy white simplification of things. Strip everything down and back to the core, to its essence. Focus on what’s important and only that. A white background will surely draw out what’s important—right?

Is it me, or is this a mid-life thing?50 shades of white flowers

I feel like this is “a thing” and by that, I mean something that people in mid-life are drawn to; or at least I remember my mother suddenly decorating everything in various shades of white, right about the time when she was in her late 40s, early 50s. The white wicker furniture came in, the white couch with the thin … Continue reading..



“Babette’s Feast,” Off-Broadway Play Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
March 26, 2018

Isak Dinesen’s “Babette’s Feast”–the short story–is the basis for a new Off-Broadway play on stage now at the Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street). If the name of this production sounds familiar, it may be that you are one of the many who loved “Babette’s Feast” when it appeared as a film in the late 1980s.

Babette's Feast

Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

“Babette’s Feast,” the theatrical piece, is set in Berlevaag, Norway. Director, Karin Coonrod: “It is here at the edge of space and time (summer’s nights are white and winter’s days are black) where comes the French stranger. A radical act of giving happens. It’s a simple story that cuts deep.”

The story is simple, and somehow elegant and charming. In a remote Danish village, two sisters lead a devout and austere life taking care of their father, the local Lutheran minister, and their father’s congregation. Their life is one of selfless service, piety, devotion, with no concern for pleasure. Though the sisters attract many suitors, neither sister marries. They spend their lives together, in sacrifice and service to their religion, and to their father until his death.

Martine, (played by Abigail Killeen, who it should be noted … Continue reading..



Organic Skincare: Healthful Pampering by Robin Gorman Newman


Saturday
March 17, 2018

Periodically I like to blog about new products on my radar, as I never tire of trying out skincare.

I was recently introduced to a brand called Made from Earth.

This company in particular piqued my curiosity because I embrace their approach…..as they state…..

You will never find any chemical ingredients in our products, such as:

  • Petrochemicals and Phthalates
  • Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl)
  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Mineral Oil
  • Cosmetic Fragrance

I was sent an array of products, and this one I am still putting to the test, but I like the way it feels after you rub it in.  Out of the jar, the consistency in on the thicker, pasty side, but when you spread even just a bit, it absorbs well as it gets to work.  It does a good job making my skin feel smooth, though I wasn’t personally enamored of the scent.  This is how they describe it….

Organic plant stem cells and botanical hyaluronic acid.

Skin breakthrough using botanical hyaluronic acid and organic plant stem cells. Our high-potency stem cells are sustainably harvested from the delicate Globularia Cordifolia Flower and the Undaria Pinnatifida sea vegetable. The this combined complex provides skin with a self-renewal

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Three Wise Guys: Theatre Review by Ethel Wolvovitz


Thursday
March 15, 2018

Three Wise Guys is the latest production of TACT/The Actors Company Theater, founded twenty-five years ago by a group of actors who aimed to revive and reimagine great, long-neglected plays. The play, written by Scott Alan Evans and Jeffrey Couchman is based on two plays by Damon Runyon and is filled with the slightly shady, Times Square characters and idiosyncratic language most familiar to the public from Runyon’s Guys and Dolls.

The plot is a familiar one. Three men meet in a Broadway speakeasy on Christmas Eve in 1932. They’re opportunists with, seemingly, no Christmas spirit, who use a Santa suit to escape the mobster who’s after them.  Their journey from layabouts at a Manhattan speakeasy to a posh, Long Island mansion where they’re hired to play Santa and his “metaphoric elves” to a decrepit barn in Pennsylvania where they find salvation is a romp that leads these wayward men from a life on the fringe to the second chances that befit the Christmas holiday.

Although it’s a much-told story, because of the witty writing and many, clever plot devices and the solid direction of Scott Alan Evans, Three Wise Guys feels entertaining and new. As our characters “take it … Continue reading..



“A Letter to Harvey Milk” Show Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Tuesday
March 13, 2018

Based on Lesléa Newman’s award-winning short story collection of the same name, “A Letter to Harvey Milk”—the musical–is about Harvey Milk, (the first openly gay elected official in the history of California), but also about so much more.  Milk’s character informs the story, but only in flashback, as this story takes place in San Francisco in 1986, well after Milk’s assassination. This show revolves around retired Jewish butcher Harry Weinberg (Adam Heller) coping with his loneliness since his wife, Frannie (Cheryl Stern), has passed away. Harry is struggling, living a life of little joy, until he stumbles into his local JCC and finds a writing class taught by a young woman, Barbara Katsef (Julia Knitel). Ironically, the Yiddish word for butcher is “katsef”; this connection is a wink to things to come as the two unlikely friends discover that Harry will be a gift to Barbara (perhaps the Jewish father she wishes she had); while Barbara becomes for Harry a friend and an outlet for the stories he has inside; stories he needs to release so they will no longer haunt him.

A Letter to Harvey Milk

Adam Heller (Harry) and Julia Knitel (Barbara)Photo by Russ Rowland

Barbara, we learn, is a young lesbian who … Continue reading..



JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA: Theatre Review by Robin Gorman Newman


Saturday
March 10, 2018

(Photo credit: Monique Carboni)

I’ve never been a fan of The Jerry Springer television show.

But, my curiosity was piqued when I learned of the new Off Broadway musical production from The New Group making it’s American premiere. The Brits clearly had a field day with this over the top trashy parody of the tv show, and the musical was a long-running hit in London and won many awards including the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Now running through April 1 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NY, It doesn’t hurt that two seasoned and appealing Broadway performers whose work I hugely admire headline the NY spectacle…..Terrence Mann and Will Swenson….and both are at the top of their game…and very “game.”

Act 1 is essentially a bawdy send up of The Jerry Springer television show.  Mann (who unfortunately barely sings here) not only looks the part of Springer, but he was an understated presence in this world of vulgarity and chaos as the guests on the show go at it and never cease to push the decadent envelope.

(Photo credit: Monique Carboni)

Act 2 takes a “hellish” turn, as Springer gets shot at the end of Act 1, … Continue reading..