Author: Li & Me in NYC


As most of you know I recently returned from a 9-day tour of Italy.  There aren’t sufficient words to describe this country, but I will tell you it was a borderline life-changing experience!  Since it seems to be on most people’s bucket lists (and I am ready to go again anytime) I thought I’d let you in on all the details of where we went, what we ate and drank, the landmarks we visited, and more! Read more

Liam’s Birthday

This year Liam chose to celebrate his birthday at Chelsea Piers.  With SO much to do this was the perfect venue for my active boy and his friends.  They offer birthday parties customized by age, so whether you have a toddler, a teen, or an inbetweener they will have a blast. Read more

Eataly in Flatiron District

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit Eataly in Flatiron District I can’t recommend enough that you take advantage this summer.  Part market, part café, part restaurant…and several of each at that…there’s truly something for everyone and every palate.  If you love fresh, high-quality food, cheeses, baked goods, chocolates, coffee, and wine, you’ll want to pull up a chair and never leave.  Not only that, they host tons of classes and events, and yes, they cater! Read more


One downfall of travel, birthday celebrations, and All. The. Things. is the resulting tired, puffy eyes.  With my hectic schedule lately, I was feeling the effects (even in the form of dark circles, which are rarely an issue for me) and it was a perfect time to test out some new products from VIIcode. Read more

Bergdorf’s Afternoon Tea

When you don’t live close to your mom, you appreciate her in a whole new way.  Liam was so excited to have his grandmother in town and, to be honest, so was I!  We always fit in a girl’s shopping day when she comes to town and this visit was no exception.  To start, we donned our best hats and headed out to high tea at Bergdorf’s. Read more

Vision Expo

Don’t you just a love a good ladies’ night out?  I recently had a truly memorable one at The Gramercy Park Hotel for Vision Expo, presented by the Vision Council.  Since I tend to spend most evenings at home with my little guy and fur babies (which I love!) it’s nice sometimes to glam up, get out, and just be me for a night. In every stage of my life ladies’ nights have been a vital part of my self-care…they are just so good for the soul. Read more

Victoria Bader

“Patience and persistence are necessary values in order to achieve a successful outcome in any worthwhile endeavor.“ – Joseph Pilates. I am delighted to introduce you to the multi-talented Victoria Bader…fellow New Yorker, professional dancer, ballet instructor, and my personal Pilates guru. Her love of movement and extensive knowledge will peak your interest even if you’ve never discovered a love of dance. Read on for more of her story, including the program she developed specifically for postpartum moms, what you should look for in a Pilates instructor, her favorite things about NYC and words we should all live by.

Tell us a little about your professional progression from performing Ballet, to teaching Ballet, and now also teaching Pilates.

I started ballet lessons at 8 years old and it became obvious I was very suited to Movement and knew Ballet would always be in my life. Not only as a performer and teacher, also because culture, art and imagination are so important to all of us, it provides a place for our mind to go, grow and open then maybe change a POV. Additionally, I enjoyed being a place where anything is possible with HARD WORK that motivates growth. I began teaching at 16 years old, I discovered the ability to pass on information that was valuable to all my students that empowered them. The mind follows the body, once the body improved strength wise, the mind gets stronger and that inspires people. They see results, whatever they may be, this brings happiness. Read more


Woodloch Resort

If you are within driving distance of the Poconos, do yourself a favor and book a stay at Woodloch, Trip Advisor’s #1 family resort in America.  Woodloch is an all-season, inclusive, mountain lake resort.  It’s been family owned and operated since the 1950’s, which explains why they know how to bring the family together for lots of fun and quality time.  With an activity program, tons of amenities, entertainment, one of the world’s best spas, and a championship golf course there is truly something for everyone. Read more