• The Challenge Sweeping the Nation

    I suck at challenges. I apologize to anyone who has challenged me to push ups or questionnaires, thirty days of blog posts or 90 days of videos. Sorry, it’s just not my thing. Maybe it’s because I do not have a competitive bone in my body and the idea of someone “throwing down the gauntlet” does nothing to motivate me. And it’s not because I’m scared of failure but more because I’d rather not start something that I may possibly not finish. I didn’t even do the Ice Bucket Challenge… technically, my kids did it for me because they thought it was fun. And then, just the other day, I decided…

  • Travel Tuesday: California Dreaming

    When you find yourself stuck at home with a foot of snow blocking the driveway, and a restless toddler in tow, it’s easy to find yourself California dreamin’ .  There’s something about California, and it’s more than just the weather, it is an attitude, more laid-back than its East Coast counterparts. It is the people, it is — a state of mind. Five years ago, my family decided to move from New Jersey to Southern California, and we’ve never looked back since – adapting easily to the Mediterranean climate and the chill attitude. My boys and I have been, in a word, California-fied! Since moving to SoCal, we’ve hosted visiting…

  • Can I Pick Your Brain?

    Go ahead, pick my brain. No, really. I do enjoy brainstorming. But don’t buy me a cup of coffee and call it a consultation. That’s another matter. For now, let’s share ideas and see what happens. No matter how connected we are to each other online and through technology, nothing beats the human connection. You can chat with me online for months and nothings would come of it. So if you’re in town or a local, let’s get together and chat.  Sitting face to face over a meal and having a conversation, can sometimes lead to a worthwhile project. Who knows? I do enjoy brainstorming especially when it leads to…

  • Walking and Running to Raise Funds and Find Cures

    We walk to find a cure for cancer. We walk to end Alzheimer’s Disease. We walk, run, and bike in different “thons” for charity but I wonder if we’re making any real difference. These organized charity events successfully raise millions of dollars for research, but more than money, I realize that we are making a difference. We are creating awareness. We are creating a community of caring people.. We are showing support for those affected by these diseases. We are providing hope.

  • Coming Together After Disaster With Social Media

    Friday night and I’m home flipping between the Undercover Boss and the telethon benefiting the Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,which affected many people on the East Coast. The hour-long telethon “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” featured performers who came from places affected by the storm including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi from New Jersey,  Billy Joel from Long Island and Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige from New York City. As telethons go this one was brief and only lasted an hour but it did raise $23 million. This natural disaster hit home for me, as it was only 5 years ago that I lived in New Jersey,…

  • TV Goes Social

    In another life, I’d be a couch potato. Seriously. I do enjoy television. These days, with no time to watch television shows when they are actually aired, the DVR is my best friend. I also like that I can look up a hashtag on Twitter or check a show’s Facebook page to see what I missed or to check out what’s coming up. Despite naysayers warnings, social media has only served to enhance my viewing experience, not replace it. Here is a list of 4 TV shows using social media to engage with its audience: 1. Fringe on Fox Saved by Twitter Hashtags On its last season, Fringe has consistently…