The Teachings of Rachel SimmonsRachel Simmons – This woman knows the meaning of authenticity. She has been talking the talk and walking the walk for over a decade helping young girls and women get to know themselves better. Teaching them how to ask for what they need and not apologize for taking up space. She has her hand on the tap of modern society and her article on about the power of the Birthday Post on Instagram is fantastic.


marthabeckAnything Martha Beck writes, does or says while talking in her sleep. She’s a genius and darn funny too.




Teen TV Shows – Ever since I was a little girl I loved teen movies and tv shows. I know I’m supposed to grow out of this phase but at 40 something years old I have not. My latest obsession, the show Switched at Birth but some past faves are … Dawson’s Creek, 90210. My so called life, Saved by the Bell,  Family Matters, Growing Pains, , The Wonder Years and one of my favorite actresses’ Kerri Russell in Felicity


pretzelCookie Good – Based in Santa Monica, this cookie company just knows what it takes to make someone smile. The fun flavors make me smile but my absolute favorite is the Caramel Pretzel



sprinklesSprinkles Cupcakes – Handsdown my favorite dessert on Earth. I discovered this while visiting a best buddy in Los Angeles and have been hooked on their Vanilla Vanilla sprinkle ever since. Finally the opened a branch in NYC and I have been known to drive in and out of the city just to get my hands on a dozen. Ask my kids they’ll tell ya.



Watsons AdventuresWatson Adventure Scavenger Hunts for Families – A great way to spend a day off from school or weekend. Gets everyone moving, exploring and thinking.




eventsfoodAndreas25 Restaurant in Mamaroneck – You can’t beat this spot for old school Italian food and the owners and waitstaff are the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. Plus, it’s actually got a vibe going which for the suburbs is pretty much unheard of.



Bustan RestaurantBustan Restaurant on Upper West Side, NYC. Yum!  This place is Mediterranean food at it’s finest. They have a wood fired Taboon oven as it’s centerpiece and the dishes make you feel like your on some exotic vacation. The kids loved it and it’s now our fave special occasion spot.



Katsuya HollywoodKatsuya in Los Angeles  – I dream about their Tuna sushi on sticky rice dish and their crab spring roll. My daughter personally order 4 rounds of both of them last time we were in California visiting friends.



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