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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live was Grr-ific


Every morning, my son’s face lights up with delight when the cheerful theme song to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” begins to play. The animated spin-off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” has gained a loyal following of fans since it debuted on PBS stations in 2012.

Daniel Tiger is a wonderful role model for children teaching them important life lessons from the value of sharing to washing your hands and cleaning up your toys.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” rolled into Coral Springs Center for the Arts May 19 and the show was nearly sold out. Watching the characters of this beloved children’s show come to life on stage through live actors was nothing short of magical. The audience roared as the actors sang the best hits from the series. Ciarah Amaani shined as teacher Harriet and the adorable Miss Elaina and Evan Teich dazzled as Daniel’s Father, Prince Wednesday and Mr. McFeely.

I attended this show with my one-and-a-half-year old son Jack, husband Greg and Jack’s godmother, J.D. Danner. It was so thrilling to watch Jack clap his hands to almost every song and really stay engaged for the entire show. I have to admit, at first I was scared at the thought of taking my toddler to a live show. I mean, what if he didn’t stop screaming? What if he didn’t want to sit in his seat? The best part about taking your toddler to a show designed for toddlers is that everyone’s kid is acting a little wild and you don’t have to worry about anyone turning around and telling at you to get your kid to stop! This was the best feeling. Jack mostly wanted to stand up and jump and dance along to the music.

My only regret is that show didn’t have more than one stop in South Florida. I know there were plenty of children in Palm Beach and Miami who would’ve loved the chance to see this. Hopefully Daniel’s trolley will roll back to South Florida soon.

The tour will continue throughout North America. Visit for show dates and other updates.

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Jogging and blogging: The Bugaboo Runner has me going in the right direction


I have been using the Bugaboo Runner daily to get both my son and myself out of the house for a little fresh air and exercise. My new adventure with this incredible jogging stroller was first chronicled in my Glamazon Mama column for South Florida Parenting magazine. You can check out the original story here.

I used to be very into exercising but then my ongoing battle with endometriosis significantly slowed me down. It just got too easy to stop. Then once I had my son, going to the gym became an impossibility. So I took the advice of a local fitness guru and fellow mom, Kristy Wexler, who told me to ditch the gym membership and invest in a jogging stroller instead and just do what was possible for me.

I have to admit, I am one of these people who simply thought having a gym membership and not actually using it would somehow help. Like, if I were to cancel it, it somehow meant I no longer cared about my health. But I decided to be bold and canceled it because there really is no sense is keeping a monthly subscription on anything you’re not really using.

So, here I am each day, sometimes very early in the morning or early evening, pushing my Bugaboo Runner along. My son Jack is smiling as the occasional breeze blows through his curly hair. The smile on his face says it all. He’s enjoying the walks with me as much as I do. We have even boldly jogged for a few minutes each day together. We are both learning and growing together in this process toward better physical fitness.

The Bugaboo Runner really has changed my life. The stroller is so easy to glide along on the asphalt or sidewalk, I really have no excuse now not to want to get moving. The hood on it is easily adjustable for the unpredictable Florida rains shower. I don’t have any excuses anymore.

I will continue to journal my adventures with the Bugaboo Runner here.

Thanks for reading and have an epic day!


Joanie & (her new favorite workout buddy) Jack



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Feeling at “Home” with Jim Parsons

IMG_5805There are some days I want to rip my hair out working as a journalist. Jan. 30 was not one of them. Jim Parsons provides the voice for the lovable alien  “Oh” in the new Dreamworks Film, Home. I screened the film Jan. 29 and I was so  pleased to see a children’s film where the heroine is not only a girl, but a multicultural girl as well. The film, which hits theaters March 27, centers on The Boov, an alien race who invades planets running from their enemy, which is another alien race. Rihanna provides the voice for the film’s star Gratuity Tucci [I just love saying that name]. And like Rihanna in real life, Tucci is from Barbados. J. Lo provides the voice for her mother and the hilarious Steve Martin shines as the voice propelling Captain Smek, the inept leader of the Boov race.

There are so many wonderful metaphors in this film regarding cultural acceptance and the importance of not judging people purely on what you see or assume on the outside.

The scene at The Mandarin Oriental in Miami Jan. 30 was buzzing with a variety of Latin market journalists and the usual entertainment writing suspects. I was thrilled to have enough time to grab a pretzel and a seat on the balcony to collect my thoughts in the media suite before heading to the interview in the next room.

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When I had mentioned to my family earlier in the week I would be interviewing Jim Parsons, their faces lit up with wonderment. “I love him! You’re meeting Sheldon?” they all gushed. “Oh, you’re so lucky!”

After participating in a roundtable interview him, I did indeed feel very lucky. He’s a delightful human being with a true star presence and an intelligent, quirky and quick personality. He was kind enough to pose for photos with all the journalists there. My interview with Parsons will publish next month for South Florida Parenting magazine and I cannot wait to share his thoughts on this film that is going to have an impact on audiences of all ages.




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