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Fashion Week NYC; Moms On A Mission

Fashion Week NYC; Moms On A Mission

Click on the photo to see Lisa Rinna dance down the runway and the end of the show.

Last night I got to live out my fantasy of attending a New York Fashion Week show that combined fashion with my passion for causes that benefit mothers and children.  The Strut,  Moms with a Mission fashion show showcased supermoms instead of supermodels. Women like Devi Thomas, the director of the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign,  Chrysula Winegar of “When You Wake Up A Mother, You Wake Up The World”Holly Pavlika of Momentum.bigfuel.com, and the founders of Strut Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein all walked the runway with celebrity mom Lisa Rinna.  I joined World Moms Blog founder Jennifer Burden and fellow World Moms Blog Contributer Maman Aya to watch the show, and enjoy the electric atmosphere. We loved the fantastic people watching inside the tents at Lincoln Center, and a fabulous after party at the swanky Empire hotel.

I may not be walking down the catwalk this week but I am a Mom on a Mission myself, working with The Mission List  on our 10 Days 10 Lives campaign for Water.org.  We are working to raise awareness and bring clean drinking water and the dignity of sanitation to women and children around the world.

You can help by spreading the word , donating to our fundraiser ,  start your own fundraiser,  or just learning more about the water crisis. Together we can make a difference.

 Just $25 brings clean water for life to one person, and our goal by the end of our ten days is to provide clean water to at least ten people. I’d love for you to join me.

Now I need to track down the leather leggings one of the models walked down the runway in! I am obsessed!

My Cupcake Tour of NYC

My Cupcake Tour of NYC

My cupcake tour of New York City is a fantasy tour that I have plotted out but not yet executed.   I know, I’m aware that the height of the cupcake trend is over.   While cake pops have taken center stage, I still love cupcakes, and have no desire to eat mine on a stick.  A few weeks ago as we drove to NYC for a family vacation I let out a sudden gasp.   My husband swerved the car and looked over at me all exasperated.  (He seems to really dislike when I gasp like that when he’s driving)  I explained to him that I just realized I had forgotten to bring my cupcake tour along with me for the trip!  He clearly did not get it.   I knew without the list I had torn out of a newspaper years ago, and updated since, my tour was not going to happen.  Clearly by the look he gave me when I told him my plan, it was not destined for this visit anyway. Alas, I’ll have to wait for another opportunity.  Meanwhile, I am hoping one of you can check it out for me! We can eventually take a poll, and pick favorites! Please also add any stops along the way I might have missed.  This is very important to get proper scientific results you know.  I plotted the cupcake tour along neighborhoods, working my way from downtown to uptown. Looking at the list, this quest may best be conquered over the period of a couple of days. Up to you!

Babycakes NYC

Vegan Bakery

248 Broome (btwn. Orchard & Ludlow)

Sugar Sweet Sunshine                                                                                                      

Fun flavors & funky Lower East Side vibe

126 Rivington Street, Lower East Side

Baked By Melissa

Tiny treats in all different flavors

529 Broadway in SoHo

Magnolia Bakery

Made famous by Sex & the City, Bleeker Street is the original location

401 Bleeker Street (also at Columbus Ave, Bloomingdale’s, Rock Center & Grand Central!)


Started as a cupcake truck (which can still be found driving around the city) & now has a storefront.

119 East 18th Street


Old time Bakery Style

655 6th Ave (btwn 20 & 21st)

Billy’s Bakery 

Traditional homemade Cupcakes

75 franklin St. Tribecca, or 184 Ninth Ave in Chelsea (between 21st &22nd)

Cupcake Cafe

The most beautiful cakes and cupcakes you will ever see!

545 9th ave. (btwn 40th & 41st)


A Japanese dessert bar, voted Best Cupcakes by New york Magazine!

705 9th ave (btwn 48 & 49)

Buttercup Bake Shop

Opened by one of the founding owners of Magnolia Bakery, Jennifer Appel.

973 Second Ave. (btwn. 51st & 52nd st.) or 141 W. 72nd St.

Started in Beverly Hills.

780 Lexington Avenue (btwn 60 & 61st)

New York City Family Getaway

New York City Family Getaway

View from Top of The Rock

Back in the early nineties, when I was still single, I lived in a fabulous studio apartment in the heart of SoHo.   Returning to visit with my family this past school vacation, I saw New York City like I have never seen it before.  We were utterly shameless tourists every step of the way, and it was fantastic.  For starters we stayed in Times Square at the DoubleTree Hotel, I was horrified, but as soon as we stepped into the second floor Mod lobby we were transported into shelter, and all my anxiety melted away.  All of the reasonably priced rooms at the Doubletree are suites, which suits our family of six perfectly.  When we stepped back out of the hotel into the dizzying lights of Times Square, M&M world was only steps away and provided immediate sweet retreat.  Our first night in town was spent with dear friends, Mark and Maria, who live in the city.   The husbands had the amazing experience of going to a Nicks game and seeing the much talked about Jeremy Lin in action, while I had the pleasure of catching up with my treasured childhood friend and her kids.  Spending that time with close friends was the best way we could have began our NYC visit.  There is so much to do in New York City that we knew we had to be concise with our time, no small feat with four kids in tow.   The next morning after pricing out some of the things we wanted to do, we ended up buying the Freestyle New York package with the Grey Line double decker bus tours. This was the most cost effective way for us to see what we wanted,  and incorporate transportation, and respite for tired little legs after long days of sightseeing.  Tickets to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum cost $20.00 per adult and $19.00 per child, but it was one of the attractions included in the cost of our bust tour, so we did not need to purchase additional tickets for entry.  One of my favorite things about being a mom is viewing the world through the fresh lens of my children’s perspective.   I had never been on the Intrepid in all the years I lived in NYC, so I loved exploring something new with them.  From there we headed downtown to Chelsea One of the restaurants in Chelsea Market to grab lunch at Chelsea Market, at 75 9th Ave., which is basically a very cool, gourmet food court, where you can find something for everyone. There was no way I was leaving without a Fat Witch Brownie for dessert.  My friend Mary Beth, a Screenwriter and Pilates instructor in the city, joined us to walk off our delicious lunch.  We shot over to West 16th and 10th and up the stairs to the High Line, a raised park built on old railway tracks that provide a great elevated view of the city.    We  walked up to West 30th and then caught the last tour bus at the nearest stop back up to our hotel.   That night we took advantage of our bus tour tickets and went on the nighttime tour over the Brooklyn Bridge for a stunning view looking back at the city from across the East River.  The ride allowed the kids to relax and take catnaps after so much walking, while my husband and I enjoyed the scenery.

Walking the High Line

The tour buses left every 15 minutes from right outside our hotel, and we found it was worth waiting for an empty bus and being first in line so the kids could sit right up front on the upper level for a thrilling perspective.  We took the downtown tour that next morning and got off the bus at Battery Park to catch the city sightseeing cruise  for a close up view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  The boat also allows you to get on and off at your own pace.  We took our bus back uptown after the cruise to grab some lunch at Shake Shack; I forced my family to stand in the long line because I needed to find out what all the hype was about.  Luckily the line moved really quickly, and the hot dogs and hamburgers were tasty, or I would have had an uprising on my hands for sure.  After lunch we had tickets to see Mary poppins at the gorgeous New Amsterdam theatre on Broadway.  Initially the boys were skeptical, but the entire family thoroughly enjoyed the show.  We had promised the kids a trip to what we touted as the biggest Toy store in the world, FAO Schwartz.  While in the neighborhood, my husband and I were lured into the glowing glass block entrance of the flagship Apple store right next door.  In any case it turns out the Toys R Us in Times Square now claims that title of largest toy store, and the kids thought the Toys R Us (1514 Broadway between 44th and 7th aves) was more exciting. I’m sure the Ferris Wheel ride ($4.00 per ticket) we took in the middle of the store had something to

do with their preference.  For dinner we went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner where aspiring performers are the waiters, and they break out into song throughout dinner.  Our friend had warned us the food was nothing special, which was good to know going in, we just got light food without high expectations, and it was well worth the experience.  The next morning we went to the Top of Rock, which we had heard was a shorter line and better view than the Empire State Building.  The line did go quickly and the perspective was fantastic, of the Empire State Building especially.  We headed over to Brooklyn to visit our friend Tim, and got to check out the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, before spending our last night having a wonderful dinner all together with great friends, Caroline and Stuart, and seeing their beautiful children.  The perfect end to a fantastic trip, yet with so many other things to do in New York, we are sure to come back for more.


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