Blame It On Barney

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus My daughter has a passion for the color purple. If an article of clothing doesn't have some shade of purple in it, forget about it. She shakes her little head, tendrils of curls flying around, and says, "no, mommy. I want the purple shirt...purple pants...purple socks...purple backpack...purple sneakers." Ok Ok. I get it. You want it because its pretty? No. You want it because its functional? No. Oh, … Continue Reading ››

My Birthday Ritual

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus Yesterday was my birthday. And just a little before midnight I engaged in a private little candle ceremony--the same ritual I've followed on my birthday for the past fifteen years. Anyone can do the candle ceremony. In just a few short steps, it's a cinch to create a personal ritual that focuses on gratitude and goals and starts your birthday off with a special spark. I like to do … Continue Reading ››

Rosanna Villaflor: Overcoming Obstacles and Break-Dancing Down Barriers for Kids

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As a woman who has a habit of breaking down barriers, first for herself, and now for others, 27-year-old Rossana Villaflor is a true role model who after a deprivation-filled childhood in the Philippines transformed her life in America with the help … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Throw Your Child’s Party Before You Read This!

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus   Planning my now three-and-a-half year old's birthday party every year usually takes on all the stealth of a military mission. Cake ordered. Check. Dora topper for cake that birthday girl-to-be requested. Check again.  Every day it seems another item is ordered, planned or purchased. And it goes on and on until the very moment she gets her party on. So, to help you put your own child's party into action, here … Continue Reading ››

How to Take a Great Picture

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus With the holiday season just two short months away, my mind has been on where will we hold our annual holiday card photo shoot. For the past two years, we've had a professional photographer take our shots, after an initial disappointing experience at a local factory studio (yes, the one near Sears). We've used Tiny Prints for our cards, since my daughter's birth announcement,  and they haven't disappointed us, … Continue Reading ››

Finding a Cool Costume This Halloween

By Estelle Erasmus (updated) I don't know about you, but I normally buy my daughter's Halloween costume well before October. In fact,  It's not uncommon for me to decide what she's wearing in mid to late August. She's had some cute costumes. When she was six months old, she was a Fairy, at a year and a half, she was a Pumpkin Princess, and last year she was a Ladybug. Up till now … Continue Reading ››

All Choked Up about Motherhood

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus I am so honored to share with you the video of me reading my original essay, And She Danced about my daughter at the first ever New York City production of Listen to Your Mother, the show that gives Motherhood a Voice. http://youtu.be/CmV4abTKy8Q What is it about the transitions of your child/children that get you all choked up?