Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief for Kids by K.I.D.S.

For the last few months we have been preparing at KidzVuz for a huge live event for tween girls and their influential moms in NYC.  Early on we were very excited to partner with the non-profit, K.I.D.S – Kids in Distressed Situations – and bring them in to the event, and to our KidzVuz users […]

Trying to Explain the Unexplainable to My Daughters

This morning before my daughters headed off to school I had to sit them down and tell them about an unimaginable tragedy that had happened yesterday in our NYC neighborhood.  Two children were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny, and one of those children was a student at their school.  Knowing that there could […]

What I Want My Daughters to Know About 9/11

My daughters are 9/11 babies.  They were born in 2002, a little less than nine months after 9/11.  I was very newly pregnant that day, but so early I didn’t know I was pregnant for 4 more days.  We lived downtown and one of our favorite parts of our one-bedroom apartment was the view out […]

Fight For the Maternity Care You Want

This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger Jess Levey.  This series will appear every Monday on Beccarama.  Soon after the excitement about my pregnancy began to set in, the practicality of medical care became a reality.  Would my meager insurance plan cover the midwife that I wanted?  In the beginning I mostly spoke […]

Cooking with Marco Canora – Now That’s a Tupperware Party!

This is a guest post by the fabulous Shari Brooks of MyJudytheFoodie.com.  Be sure to check out her site for recipes, musings and wonderful reflections on following in her mother’s culinary  footsteps. (And it’s a good thing she went in my place because I couldn’t have stayed and watched rabbit being prepped and cooked.  But, […]

New NYC Taxi Cabs: What Would Moms Want?

There’s an article in today’s New York Times about Nissan’s new designs for NYC Taxis.  Painstakingly Reimagining City’s Cabs, Down to the Floor Mats, details the various thought processes and designs for the new cabs, which will start to roll out in 2013 and then ultimately replace all taxis within 5 years.  For everyone who […]

PTA Fundraising – Where There’s Money, There’s Tension

Last week the New York Times published an article about parent fundraising in NYC schools where gentrification has taken hold and the tensions over who can or cannot give, who decides how much to ask for and what kind of tension this creates at a school.  It’s no surprise to those of us entrenched in […]

Moms Gone Wild-ish: Taking Time Out to Celebrate with Friends (with $100 Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. Sign up for Serve and receive $10 credit towards your first use. Comment below within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account! This past year has been crazy for me.  It’s been full of amazing opportunities like […]

The Yule Log – An NYC Wordless Wednesday Fireplace

Nothing says holidays in NYC like the Yule Log.  Because who builds a fire in an NYC apartment?  If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in NYC the answer was WPIX (channel 11).  Now it’s available on demand on TWC channel 1006 – in HD.  So much better than hauling wood – and […]

Creating a Magically Priceless Holiday Season in NYC

It goes without saying that I love raising my kids in NYC.  One of things I love the most is the incredible opportunities that are available to us just by living here.  We’ve gone behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera (this actually fulfilled one of MY biggest wishes), been to the Origami Tree Lighting […]