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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Attending an Art Exhibition at NYC’s Fire Museum with My Jr. Firefighter Son by Robin Gorman Newman


Wednesday
April 4, 2018

My 15 year old son, Seth, has school break this week, and while in the past we have gone away or done a NYC staycation, this year we are home, so I’ve been on the hunt for cool things we might enjoy together.

It’s never been easy I have found, to entertain a boy who isn’t sports-driven, but I pride myself on being resourceful, and somehow always manage to unearth things of interest to him….and the icing on the cake….is when the activity entices me as well.

When I received an invitation to a special art exhibition/reception in NYC at the NYC Fire Museum, I knew it was right up my son’s alley.

Seth is Captain of Junior Firefighters in our town, and the invite was titled — New York’s Bravest Honored in an Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibition by Acclaimed UK Artist, Alexander Millar

Acclaimed UK artist Alexander Millar has created an impressive and heartfelt new body of work that honors the city’s ‘Bravest’ and celebrates the qualities that make them some of the most extraordinary working people on the planet.

Taking inspiration from archive material from the New York City Fire Museum, and the Vulcan Society (a fraternal organization … Continue reading..



“Later Life” Theater Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Monday
April 2, 2018

The premise of renowned playwright A. R. Gurney’s play, “Later Life” is intriguing: a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning a relationship that had eluded them–30 years prior. Romantic missed connections, except this time, in later life, there is the hope of a new beginning, a second chance.

Later Life Play

Barbara Garrick and Laurence Lau. Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

The intrigue grows when you discover that Gurney took the premise for his play from a short story by Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” where the male protagonist in that story thinks some awful tragedy is about to befall him, “lying in wait, like a beast in the jungle.” The same is true for Gurney’s male lead, a man named Austin. This is why Austin could not follow through on his initial attraction for Ruth, years ago; he was waiting for something terrible to happen to him—and in that waiting, may have missed out on something wonderful.

Austin, the civil and stayed Bostonian, is polite almost to a fault. In present day, he is a divorced banker standing out on the patio of a party overlooking Boston Harbor–cornered by the party hostess who is playing … Continue reading..



Solving Conflicts At Home by Angela C. Santomero, M.A., author, PRESCHOOL CLUES: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World


Monday
April 2, 2018

(photo credit: William Taufic)

Whatever the root of the drama in your preschooler’s world, the ultimate goal with any conflict is to get them invested in their own outcomes in the same way they are invested in their own drama.

While a dramatic story written for preschoolers and a drama of their own making may be completely different in content and context, they have one important similarity—investment. In both situations, we are working toward developing a preschooler’s ability to understand that what they do impacts everyone around them. And in order for them to fully be open to that learning, they need to be invested and feel that what they do and how they do it will affect the outcome. Of course, preschoolers are already invested in their own drama. They want that cookie. They need that iPad. They have to have what they want and they have to have it now. Our goal is to get that same level of passion, spirit, and drive into solving the drama, too.

What we learn from watching our kids watch media is that when they are emotionally invested in the story, they have to know how it will end. … Continue reading..



#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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