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Me -

Pizza is awesome! Every Friday I eat pizza in school. Sometimes, I have pizza on other days in school. Then, it is stuffed crust pizza. That is the best kind of pizza! Sometimes, we have pizza dippers. Those are really small.

My favorite pizza place is Pizza Hut. I especially love their stuffed crust pizza. Every year for my birthday, I go to Pizza Hut.

At home, we order from Domino's. I like their pizza with meat and extra cheese. I also like pizza bagels, but not as much as regular pizza.

My favorite part of the pizza is the cheese. I like lots and lots of cheese on my pizza. I also put parmesan cheese on it too. I tried ranch flavoring on my pizza. It sounds terrible, but it was really good.

I like that when I go to birthday parties they usually serve pizza. I like to order it in restaurants that aren't pizza parlors too. When there is pizza on the menu, I usually order it. I love Uno because I get to make my own pizza!  Pizza is my favorite food in the whole entire world! I could eat it every day!*

*The above post is a guest post by little sister, Aurella.
Mom - I like pizza. I only like it with meat or extra cheese though. I don't like it with anything else. We usually only get meat pizzas from Domino's. Otherwise, we just have regular cheese pizza. I love Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizzas. A couple times I had it, and it was kind of burnt and not so good though. Once we had a pizza from Domino's that was kind of burnt. I told them about it, and they sent me a coupon for a free pizza.

When I was a kid, I used to eat a lot of frozen pizza. We sometimes do now too. Frozen pizza is never as good as fresh pizza though.

When I was a teenager I used to eat a lot of pizza bagels. I ate them every day after school. I still eat them occasionally just not as much.

My daughters eat pizza bagels more than I do. My younger daughter is pizza obsessed. She could eat pizza for every meal. My stepson used to love pizza but when we once had it a bunch of days in a row even he actually got sick of it for a while.

My older daughter didn't like pizza when she was little. It was hard when we went to birthday parties, and she didn't have anything to eat because they always served pizza. She likes it now though, and  last year, she ate pizza almost every day for lunch in school even though she is not as obsessive about it as her sister. She was just picky about the school lunches, and she liked the pizza.

Pizza is definitely more of an American Italian food than Italian Italian food. When I went to Italy, the pizza was terrible!
And that's our view. What kind of pizza do you like?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Scoop 4/19/15 What's Happening This Week and Coming Up Soon

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New Arrivals from Tea Collection
Tea collection has a new line of clothing. It was inspired by India's Madras Coast. The line features bright colors, beach inspired graphics, and plaids for sizes 2-12. For smaller children up to size 4T, there are sunny colors, beach inspired graphics and plaids as well along with breezy dresses. For more information on this new clothing line or to make a purchase click on one of the links below.

TADA! Youth Theater Announces Spring Acting Classes
15 West 28th Street
New York, New York

When: April 26- June 1, 2015

Ages 3 - 5    1, 2, 3 Act (ion)
Sunday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM or Monday 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Using the foundations of dramatic play, this class develops skills in characterization, coordination, cooperative play, and musicianship.

Ages 6-8   What A Character!
Sunday 12: 15 PM - 1:45 PM or Monday 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Learn how to portray different characters types through acting, music, and movement.

Ages 9-14   Act Out!
Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Explore specifics in acting and audition techniques for comedy, physical theater, commercials, and musical theater.

For more information or to register for classes go to
May Events at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York

Meet the Fledglings with the Wild Bird Fund
Sun, May 10th, 2015 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages 5 and up; $11 per child ($5 per Member child) and $19 per adult (free per Member adult)
How do you feed a fledgling? Get some practice at this totally unique program co-produced by the DiMenna Children's History Museum and the Wild Bird Fund. To mark the final day New-York Historical's special exhibition Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of the Complete Flock) the Wild Bird Fund (WBF) will come to the Museum to teach us all about our neighbors with nests. Participants will see a presentation about the bird life of New York City and wild bird rehabilitation, feed a baby bird in the WBF’s care, and have the option of crafting nests for baby bird patients. This program has an age restriction for the safety of the birds that will be handled and fed by children in attendance. Children must be age five and up to feed the birds.
About the Wild Bird Fund: Each year, the Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides emergency care for over 1,000 wild birds and animals in New York City. Working with the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, two veterinary hospitals across the street, the Wild Bird Fund is the central resource in NYC for wildlife emergency care and rehabilitation.

Reading Into History: Salt by Helen Frost
Sun, May 31st, 2015 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12; free with museum admission
Helen Frost brings us a rare story, written completely in verse, of two boys growing up in the Indiana Territory in 1812. Anikwa and James’ worlds are the same and totally different. When the burgeoning war between America and Great Britain occurs in their backyard at Fort Wayne, precious trade commodities like salt become scarce, threatening the lives of Anikwa’s Miami tribe and new settlers like James. Frost shows us how the War of 1812 divided native and settler communities who had enjoyed a brief period of mutual dependence, and gives readers a peek at a conflict rarely explored in schools. Come discuss Indiana Territory and the War of 1812 with author Helen Frost. After discussion and Q&A, families will get to visit the galleries and explore artifacts from the War of 1812, including a model ship with a fascinating past.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sundays, 11:30 am
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great. This month, Sunday Story Time will be all about museum adventures. Ages 3-7. Free with Museum admission.

May 3rd: The Museum written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Come along for a twirly-whirly journey through the halls of an art museum and see paintings that range from the delightful to the frightful!

May 10th: Meet Me at the Art Museum by David Goldin
Join Stub and Daisy on a whimsical behind-the-scenes tour of a museum after closing and learn all about the jobs of curators, conservators, archivists, and more!

May 17th: Art 123 by Stefano Zuffi
Today, we’re going to count our way from 1 to 12 with the help of some amazing museum masterpieces!

May 24th: Maisy Goes to the Museum by Lucy Cousins
What do dinosaur bones, double-decker buses, and doll houses have in common? They are all among the treasures that Maisy and her friends discover on a visit to a museum!

May 31st: Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
It’s time for a museum adventure! Sam and his friend Sarah are venturing out of the stacks of their Library home and into the galleries of the museum next door. What will they see and who will they meet?

Little New-Yorkers
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:30 pm
Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate themes and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3-5. Free with Museum admission.

Cross-Stitch Circle
Thursdays, 3:30 pm
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs—make a handcrafted gift for someone! Ages 7 and up. Free with Museum admission.

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Marvel Avengers at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ
What: Marvel Comics Show, The Hero Within'

Where: iPlay America

Who: All ages

When: Sunday May 17, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Featuring Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Evil Green Goblin''

The Mighty Marvel Super Heroes star in this 25-minute educational, humorous, action-packed show 

that begins with the Green Goblin believing that he has developed a device to steal all powers 

from the Super Heroes. Spider-Man is then led to believe the Green Goblin has stolen all of his 

powers. The Show soon spirals into action packed chaos and the Super Heroes finally convince 

Spider-Man that he never lost his powers and there is “Hero” within all of us. After a series of 

humorous and action packed scenes, justice prevails and the children learn the importance of 

believing in yourself. The “Hero Within” is a light hearted, comedy based show that features 

action packed Super Hero scenes as well as an educational message that the children can take 

home with them.

For more information go to

News from O & M Co.

What: Cagney A New Musical 

Where: York Theater
              St. Peter's 
             City Corp. Building
             54 Street just East of Lexington Avenue
             New York, New York

When: May 19, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Book by  Peter Colley
Music and Lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern
Music Direction by Matt Perri
Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse
Directed by Bill Castellino

Starring Robert Creighton
               Jeremy Benton
               Danette Holden
               Bruce Sabath
               Josh Walden
               Ellen Zolezzi

The York Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of the awarding-winning Cagney, a high-stepping, explosive new musical about legendary star and the screen’s greatest tough-guy, James Cagney.  Cagney follows the actor from his humble beginnings in New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man to his superstardom in Hollywood. In this insightful and surprising musical journey, a brand new original score filled with show-stopping song and dance numbers is augmented by George M. Cohan songs.   Cagney was the consummate performer who could do it all – sing, dance, play the bad guy, the good guy, the patriot, the gangster; Broadway’s Robert Creighton leads a cast of six in this exciting new musical. Cagney will have audiences cheering.

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What: The Obie Awards

Where: Webster Hall
              125 East 11th Street
             New York, New York

When:  May 18, 2014

The America Theater Wing and the Village Voice will present the 60th Annual Obie Awards. The Obie Award which have been presented since 1955 are Off-Broadway's highest honors.  They are Off-Broadway's Tonys. General Admission seating for the Obie Awards is available at $35.00 per person. Premium Diamond Anniversary tickets which include food and beverages and a seat close to the Obie Winners are available for $100.00.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Tallking Topic.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Funny Friday - Pop Pop


One day when my sister, Aurella was 1, she only wanted to talk to our grandfather. "Pop Pop." she said on the phone when she was talking to our Grandma.

"Say Grandma." said my Mom.

"Pop Pop." repeated my sister.

"Pop Pop." said Aurella on the phone to our Dad.

"Say Daddy." said my Mom.

"Pop Pop." repeated my sister.


One day, Melia's grandfather came to take her to school. When they left, one-year-old Aurella ran and got her shoes. "Pop Pop." she said.

"You want to go see Pop Pop?" I asked.

Aurella nodded. She started trying to put her shoes on and waving goodbye to Mommy.

We welcome you to share your funny stories with us.

Tune in Sunday for the Sunday Scoop.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The New York Spring Spectacular

Me - The New York Spring Spectacular, wow! It was awesome! The dancing and singing was good. Laura Benanti was my favorite person in the show. I love her on Nashville. Her character, Jenna was so funny in this. She called this young girl "girl child" and this young boy "boy child" instead of calling them by their names. Even the songs she sang were funny. Derek Hough's dancing was really good as always. I didn't know he could sing so well. His acting was much better than I expected. He was terrible when he was on Nashvillle. The Rockettes were really cool. I love when they do the kick line. In this show, they did it a bunch of times. I liked when they did their last number in the show with top hats and canes. It was like the number that they always do in the Macy's parade. This was the first time I got to see them live or at all besides the Macy's parade. The New York Spring Spectacular was really cool, and I am glad I finally got to see the Rockettes live. The show was even better than I expected.
 Mom -  When I was young, my grandmother took me to Radio City Music Hall in New York to see movies. Before or after the movie, the Rockettes would perform. It was nice,  but it wasn't like seeing the Rockettes in a whole show.  Even though the Rockettes have been performing in the Christmas Spectacular since before I was born and even though I have lived in the New York area most of my life, I have never seen it. Since I don't celebrate Christmas, I always thought it would be too Christmasy for me. However, now that I have seen the New York Spring Spectacular I realize that is not true. The New York Spring Spectacular had an Easter Bunny in it and that did not make it too Eastery.   Besides, having the Rockettes in the show is reason enough to see either show. Both shows feature a mix of familiar music and songs written just for the show. There are many more well known songs than original songs, however, at least in the New York Spring Spectacular. In the Christmas show, all of the songs are related to Christmas while in the Spring show the music is more varied. The only Easter song is Easter Parade. Other familiar songs featured  in the show include Welcome to New York, Vogue, Bang Bang, Singing in the Rain, There's No Business Like Show Business, New York, New York and many others. Aside from the music, other highlights of the New York Spring Spectacular  include a tour of famous New York City landmarks and a fashion show within the show. The show also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Donald Trump and Bella Thorne. It also features puppets, 3D technology, numerous video cameos and even Paddington the Bear and a Minion among other things. Any and all of these things add enjoyment to the show and all of them are good reasons to see the show. However, the best part of the show and the major reason to see the show remains of course, the Rockettes.

And that's our view. What song would you love to see the Rockettes perform to?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - New York Spring Spectacular

What: New York Spring Spectacular

Where: Radio City Music Hall
           1260 Avenue of the Americas
           New York, New York

Who: All ages

When: Now through May 7 only!

Our view: The New York Spring Spectacular truly was spectacular. It would be enough of a reason to see the show just to see the Rockettes dance. However, there is much more to the show than that. There is music, there is singing, and there is actually a whole story to it. The story is not the most original. It is a cross between It's A Wonderful Life and one of those movies where somebody wants to save the old farmstead or something like that. Even the twist in the end, you can see coming from a mile away. However, everything else about the show is so great that it is easy to look past the cliched plot. The acting and singing are good. Even Derek Hough is good and not just when he is dancing. If you saw him when he was on Nashville, where his acting was not so good, don't let that keep you away. He is surprisingly good in this. Maybe, being in a dance show is more in his element even if he still has to act in it. His female co-star, Laura Benanti, who has also appeared on TV in Nashville, is a true triple threat. She acts, sings, and dances and does them all well. She even gets to dance with the Rockettes here. The Rockettes, of course, are the highlight of the show. They appear in several dance numbers in the show including one set to Taylor Swift's Welcome to New York like in the commercial for the show and another number that seems like it would be a traditional Rockettes number with top hats and canes. Even if the Rockettes were doing nothing but dancing the same number for the whole hour and a half, the show would still be worth seeing, the fact that there is so much more to the show just makes it that much better. All, we can say is if you have the opportunity in your life to see the Rockettes performing live, you should definitely take it. If you want to see them in the New York Spring Spectacular, you better go quick, even with the performances that have recently been added, the show still only runs through May 7. For more information or to order tickets go to
And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about the New York Spring Spectacular.         

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Books

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Me - Today I am recommending Cheaper by  the Dozen by Frank Gilbreath and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey It is a really good book. It is about a family from the early 1900s that had 12 kids. It is a good book to read if you need to read a nonfiction book, and you are the kind of person that doesn't like to read a book that doesn't have a story. It is fun to read about what life was like back then. It is also fun to read about what it is like to grow-up in a family of so many kids. Anyone who likes to read about what life was like a long time ago will enjoy this book.
Mom - Today I am recommending The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. This is  the story of Hadley and Oliver. They meet by chance on an airplane flying over the Atlantic and can't get each other off their minds. This book is a really sweet and romantic page turner. It is the kind of book that can't be put down from the first page to the last.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.
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