SCORING THE BIG APPLE

#1 son living in Manhattan said you couldn't find a hotel room in the Big Apple for under $200 a night.  Scored the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central through Priceline for $119.  After taxes $150.  With Hyatt loyalty card - free coffee and bottled water for the day (and the rest of the stay!) Mama knows best. Girlphyte....more

COACHING FOR THE HOLIDAYS - GIRLPHYTE ASKS...

I love a lot of the Christmas songs.  Ones that just celebrate the joy of being alive. Corny, traditional, reliable. But as I started to hum, "IT'S STARTING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMASS", I began to sing, "It's starting to feel a lot like....year-end" Does the noise in our heads never cease? Truth be told, if my brain's not in overdrive, I'm sure I'm experiencing heart palpitations or that the world has temporarily stopped spinning.  Running fast, hard, forward, breathlessly - is my personal drug of choice. ...more

UP IN THE AIR - OSCAR WORTHY?

UP IN THE AIR is an unbridled pleasure.  It is crisp. It is certain in tone.  It has a message and it delivers on its promise.  Best yet, its messengers ring true, portraying men and women in all of their glorious complexity. At its heart is the sublimely seductive George Clooney. There are few actors that radiate charm and intelligence in equal measure.  He has proved through his selection of roles and Meryl Streep like ability to step into persona, a personal guarantee of a first rate performance. ...more

WHAT WOMEN SAY THEY WANT FOR THE HOLIDAYS - A NEW SURVEY BY HARBINGER SAYS THAT "YULE BE SURPRISED"

The discourse continues to deepen regarding the differences between men and women. An interesting survey by HARBINGER, a marketing firm specializing in engaging in understanding women, demonstrates once again that while our understanding of the opposite sex is improving, the nuances continue to matter. ...more

THE WOMEN'S ATTENTION FACTOR - TIME FOR THE GUYS WHO MAKE THE ADS TO WAKEY, WAKEY

A MUST READ - Woman’s Acceptance Factor - about Madison Avenue's portrayal of women in ads. see this week's http://www.ubertrends.com/ for the rundown on the data we know and love. Why do brands portray women as happy homemakers? Did all the guys in the room (there are rarely women) experience their mothers that way? Vision that about the women they pursue and partner with? Aspire for that for their daughters? How would a picture of a guy, mop in hand, or leading the toilet patrol fare? Would he be wearing that same smug thrill of a toilet well done? ...more

GIRLPHYTE’S TOP TEN LIST OF THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWNTURN

GIRLPHYTE’S TOP TEN LIST OF THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWNTURN10. There are no more long line-ups for overpriced restos and bars.9. Fast food has lost its aura as free food. There is a bustle in the kitchen.8. Fuel efficient cars have run Hummers off the road and back into the 6 car garages where they belong. 7. Nostalgia reigns - Hersheys kisses are overtaking oversized strawberries and chocolate at Godiva6. Saving is sexy.5. Work is no longer a four letter work – NYSE is. 4. Women are starting to consider gray a hair colour.3....more

HAPPINESS IS A SKELETON - THE OSTEO BATTLE RAGES - BY Dr. Mom

As a teen I was always proud to say - I don't drink milk.  Diet Coke was was drink of choice.  Every calorie was viewed by me as an investment on my backside - one that I didn't need because I was bored looking like Jennifer Lopez at 30. I was looking backward when I should've been looking forward. To my horror, I discovered at 50, that peak bone mass is achieved by age 16 for women and that the critical time to do that bodybuilding was during puberty when I was conserving calories for gravy and fries.  ...more

HINI, Swine Flu & DECISION MAKING - Thoughts from Dr. Mom

In Toronto fear is riding high about swine flu, pandemic, access to vaccine and whether to be vaccinated at all.  Since a 13 year old Ontario athlete came down with the swine flu and suddenly died last week, the metropolitan discussion went from: It can't be as a bad as "they" will say it will be to "Where can you get the vaccine?" to "Why didn't the government plan better?" Nothing focuses the mind faster than a sudden and unexpected loss.  Every parent in the Toronto region felt it.  ...more

GARDASIL - CHOICE TO PROTECT IS NOT A YOUNG WOMAN'S ISSUE ANY MORE

Merck Co., Inc. has just announced that the FDA has approved GARDASIL(R) for use in boys and young men. Research has linked human papilloma virus to cervical cancer in women.  Vaccinating men may prevent the spread of the virus to their partners and keep men from getting genital warts.  If have any doubt about the value of dodging the virus check out the picture.  CHOICE IS NOT JUST A YOUNG WOMAN'S ISSUE ANY MORE!! GIRLPHYTE...more