Alla lives in Ardsley with her husband, two teenage girls and fluffy Havanese dog named Oliver. She is a camp director in Dobbs Ferry for the last 11 years which is her second career. Prior to this career change, she was in finance for over 18 years. Alla enjoys cooking, travel, yoga, good wine and reality TV. Her motto is 'I can learn to do anything and laugh at myself trying.' Learning to live with teenagers and sending them off to college may be the biggest learning curve yet!
mom's best friend

Mom’s Best Friend

The first time our eyes met, I felt like it was instant infatuation! There was nothing like that look he gave me and showered my face with kisses! The attraction was instant and mutual....

Comfort in Cooking With Family and Friends

My feeling of comfort associated with cooking was discovered as a college student preparing a meal after a particularly rough week of exams. I remember whipping up steak and mashed potatoes with carrots. The...

A House Is a Home: What It Means to Move On

What does it mean to live in your home? Is it just the floor, the walls, the roof? And when you leave,  does it mean that your home is gone? What do you leave...
grown up

Being a Grown-Up Sucks and I Don’t Want to Do It Anymore

After the last few weeks of life throwing curveballs, I've come to a decision. I don't want to be a grown-up anymore.  I've decided to give up on adulthood and be a child again. The...

Is It Right To Admit When You Are Wrong?

I must have been told by my kids a thousand times, "You never admit when you are wrong! You never say you are sorry!"  I wonder if it is their filtered perception (which is, of...

Is Talking With Friends About Money Taboo?

My sister and I had a long conversation not too long ago about providing for our children, retirement, and living 'comfortably,' and what all of that will mean financially? We actually talked numbers, how...

Chivalry in Our World Today…What Do I Teach My Daughters?

Ah, how I fondly remember the olden days, 20 to 25 years ago. Well, sort of... I was old enough to be in the workforce, young enough to enjoy my twenties, and to realize...
loss of friendship

Loss of a Friendship: Dealing With a Void You Never Thought Would Happen

A year has gone by and it isn't any easier. Through thick and thin - I thought! Even now, I find it difficult to describe the sense of loss. It isn't just because it...

In My Opinion: The Language of Women

Having spent a couple of decades in the corporate world, and even now outside the sector, I marvel at how women speak their views and voice their opinions. Coming across too strong is often...
Parenting a teenager

Mom Knows Best? The Art and Challenge of Parenting Teens

When will they listen and understand that I just want what is best for them? When will they realize that mom KNOWS what is best!? Living with a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old is interesting...