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Win a Nokia Lumia 900, “Best in Show” smartphone at CES

[UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner, comment #177, Jarvis. Thanks so all who entered.] [UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. The winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday, May 10th. If you do not see your comment listed, it is possible that you did not follow the instructions for […]

Pledge to get off of your butt and play (it’s just that easy)

[The following post was written as part of my paid ambassadorship with Let’s Play, a part of the Dr Pepper/Snapple Group] I had such a great time last year writing for Let’s Play, a fantastic initiative by Dr Pepper/Snapple to get families moving. I’m back again as an ambassador, and my job today – the […]

Can I get more time by sleeping less without going crazy?

Last week I was reading an article on titled 5 Ways to Hack Your Brain into Awesomeness (that’s about as close as I can get to self-help without barfing). The very first tip was about something called Uberman’s Sleep Schedule, detailed here and here. You may recognize the basic concept from an episode of […]

Ranch Dressing With Lasagna? Yes Please!

[The following post was written as part of my paid ambassadorship with Hidden Valley.] I have to admit, when I first saw this recipe for Bloomin’ Lasagna on the Hidden Valley website (a version of spinach lasagna with ranch dressing in it), I was skeptical. Actually, I think I wrinkled my nose and said “gross!” […]

Jake & Fiona & Kathie Lee & Billy Ray

My kids got to be on The Today Show earlier this week, which was really fun for all of us. And, since it was for the later part of the show, we didn’t even have to get up insanely early like we have for other appearances. We were picked up by a giant SUV and driven […]

Don’t like the ice cream truck? Here’s what you can do

Every single spring, on some listserv or moms group or forum I’m on, somebody complains about the reappearance of the ice cream trucks and slushie carts in Brooklyn. This year, since it happened on the much-maligned Park Slope Parents listserv, it’s getting a lot of attention. Everyone from the San Francisco Chronicle to my friend […]

NYC gets a cool new taxi, but misses some big opportunities

The new Nissan NV200 (photo courtesy of Nissan) Last night I went to a press conference introducing New York City’s latest taxi, the Nissan NV200. NYC taxis are always an adventure. You never know if you’re going to get a taxi with a flooded floor, one that smells like feet, a driver who has no […]