Fall in the City... Curated for kids of ALL ages!!


When Fall comes around we all start to crave pumpkin spice lattes, cozy chic sweaters and a visit to the pumpkin patch! Well, maybe not all of us... There are those of you who don’t enjoy pumpkin spice as much as the rest of us! But that’s ok. I am sure you still love a visit to the pumpkin patch as much as the next mom!

But there is so much more to do during the Fall. The city is packed with festive Halloween actives likes hayrides, mazes and so much more. I have come up with a great list of things to do in and around the NYC area. So if you are like me and already did the pumpkin patch thing and are looking for more fun Fall festive things to do with the kiddos here are some great ideas! And I’ve made sure to let you know what is good for small kids and bigger kids!

  1. Fall Fest at Liberty Science Center (ALL AGES)- This outdoor one of a kind set up (with the Statue of Liberty as you backdrop) was a first for us! We’ve been coming to the Liberty Science Center for years and this was our first outdoor experience! We loved the apple cider stand, the spider maze and the petting zoo. Plus Brycen and Brinkley enjoyed playing archery at the apple tree set up right off the parking lot. Check this out and then head inside for so many more new exhibits like the Dinosaur Train and Angry Birds. Dinosaur Train is great for younger kids. They can dress up and play train conductor, play board games on the train and even ring the bell! Even choose what type of Dinosour they want to learn about. Plus there is a digging pit and fossil making room. Your kids will love it. Angry Birds has something for all ages with car building and racing to actual life size angry bird slingshot! Right now Liberty Science Center even has one of the areas largest indoor pumpkin patches. Which the kids can pick and decorate to bring home.

  2. Boo At The Zoo - Bronx Zoo - (ALL AGES) WEEKENDS SEPTEMBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3  (INCLUDING MONDAY, OCTOBER 14) - Come dressed up for some spooky family fun for all! Tickets are a must. Get in advance here. Tickets are on sale now through Nov. 3 with a discount for the Full Experience pass. Check the calendar and times for such things as pumpkin carving demos, costume parade, halloween crafts, corn maze, candy trail and SO much more! They’ve added a ton this year so don’t miss out like the Spooktacular Night Walk. Stay after the gates close for this special seasonal event.

  3. Pips Island - (Ages 4-10) Don’t miss out on all the Fall fun happening over at Pip’s Island in the heart of New York City. This fun interactive experience is even open on Halloween! Tickets available now click here. Plus, on Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31st there are FREE Fat Which Brownie Treats with make-your-own spooktacular brownies! And as of Oct 19th the new Cafe will be open with tons of other sweet treats! Happy Haunting!

  4. Haunted Hill- (7-10 years) Head over to Prospect Park on Saturday Oct 24th for the Prospect Park Alliance 36th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair from 12 to 3 pm. The annual event brings thousands of families to Prospect Park’s Lookout Hill and Nethermead for an afternoon of ghoulish fun that is free and open to the public. There are zombies, werewolves and other Halloween characters on the aunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill. Then enjoy festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, from some of the city’s top food trucks.

  5. Governors Island- (ALL AGES) The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns invites you to Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, a truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt on Governors Island! There is a lot of walking so bring scooters and your camera! This show is one of a kind. You’ll get to walk through the path of 1000 Jack O’Lanterns as it becomes dark you’ll walk along the illuminated tree-lined pathway to see all the real carved pumpkin masterpieces! They sell light up necklaces and other fun lights up toys. Definitely a unique experience. Advanced tickets required click here.

  6. Mohonk Mountain House- FALL WEEKEND GET AWAY- (Children 3 and up) If you are looking to get out of the city and enjoy some beautiful Fall Foliage along the way then the Mohonk Mountain House is a must! Plus there are tons of farms for apple and pumpkin picking near by. It’s peaceful and tranquil setting just about an hour and half north of NYC has spectacular views plus a kids club, hiking trails and the rooms are totally unplugged! You can connect with nature or get physical. There is so much to do like Archery/Tomahawk throwing to mediation to afternoon cookies! Plus a warm indoor pool, billiard room and a beautiful buffet. This hotel is great for children over 3. It is not super baby, toddler friendly although I went with a 2 year old and we had a blast.


#MOMBOSS Mother's Day Must-Haves


I could make a list a mile long of thing I could use or want but I have narrowed them down to three perfect items for this #MOMBOSS Mother’s Day must-haves list. When I really sat down to think about this list, I realized that what makes me the happiest is my family and getting to take them on a little weekend trip away and making memories is what I really want this Mother’s Day. I absolutely love a fabulous gift, don’t get me wrong! That’s why I’ve included my new best friend and ultimate crush on this list… Psst she cleans up after your mess!! You guys will thanks me for this one! Plus some things are better left said by the professionals. You’ll fall in love with this scented candle created just for that zen moment we all crave. These are the items I know all you busy moms out there need and deserve!

Woodloch Poconos resorts


First up is my ultimate mountain escape weekend getaway at one of the best family resorts, Woodloch Pines! It’s in the top 1% of properties worldwide on TripAdvisor and provides an atmosphere for families to create memories that last a lifetime. I have been dying to take the family here for years and now that Brent is 3, I know they are all at the perfect ages to love and enjoy all that Woodloch Poconos resorts has to offer. Woodloch vacations have been built on the concept of “togethering” for over 60 years. One of my favorite things I used to do with the kids has been escaping to the mountains for the weekend. We loved having the county life on the weekends and then appreciate the busy city life during the week. Now that we aren’t able to travel as much on the weekends, due to kids sports and other commitments, having a special weekend like Mother’s Day is the perfect time to pack up the car and head out of town! Plus, with three kids in tow, Woodloch offered spacious rooms and tons of amenities for the whole family. They even have nightly entertainment if you can sneak that in too! The Woodloch family of properties also encompasses Woodloch Springs, an 18-hole championship golf course community, as well as a sister resort, The Lodge at Woodloch, an award-winning, luxury destination spa. The trilogy spans 1,200 acres and can accommodate over 1,000 guests. So no matter what type of family vacation you are looking for, Woodloch has you covered. I hope to get to that spa while the kids are enjoying the outdoors. Is that too much to ask?! I think not…


But while we are away I know this next item will be making my house spotless for when I return. Why do kids make so many crumbs? Between the goldfish snacks and the glitter from all the slime DIY’s happening in my house, I am never not picking up something on the floor. That is why I choose the ECOVACS’ flagship product, the DEEBOT as the ultimate gift for myself this Mother’s Day! It is the best robot vacuum I have seen! Like when my toddler brings home a huge pile of sand in his shoes or pockets from the playground. This is made for busy people like us!! I also like that you are able to schedule routine cleanings (like after dinner), or instantly launch a cleaning at anytime from anywhere via the ECOVACS app! So if you are out and you forgot you have people coming over in half an hour, just click the button and you get to come home to a clean house! DEEBOT helps to minimize cleaning time, and maximize living time! She has become my new best friend!


“Thank you, Mom” Candle by Homesick


This Homesick candle says it all so they don’t have to! I am sure they all mean to tell me everyday how much they love me and appreciate me but with this candle it will remind me everyday how lucky I am to be a mom! It smells like freshly trimmed flowers on the kitchen table… with lingering wafts of your favorite perfume. The smell of breakfast sizzling on Sunday. A house made a home because of you! This candle will forever be on my kitchen table. I just love it so much and it is such a great gift to give as well. Tell Mom you love her with scents like Bergamot, Lavender, Sage and undertones of Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, White Lily and Clove. It is hand poured in the USA and made with an all-natural soy wax blend. TIP: Keep the the wick trimmed down to 1/4 inch at all times to avoid tall flames and soot gathering on the glass. Because the glass is reusable for a decor piece or planter once the candle is gone. Simply hand-wash the glass with soap and warm water and voila!

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I also wouldn't mind that mug saying “best mom ever” cause yeah, I’ll take that too! Xoxo and Happy Mother’s Day!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.  But all thoughts and comments are my own.

The "Magic" Of Baby Magic Since 1951


I had so much fun at the Bunnies, Blooms and Baby Magic Event last week in NYC! There were cute bunnies, brunch, diy bouquets and tons of BABY MAGIC products of course!!


The iconic baby care brand, Baby Magic, has been a staple in my home for years. People used to ask if I used baby perfume on my older son when he was little, but no, it was always Baby Magic! Now this family owned company is expanding the brand and it’s back and better than ever! Plus they are going back to the original mascot, the baby bunny! Isn’t he just so darn cute!


I was excited to smell test the nostalgic Original Baby Line at the event as well as the new scents they just launched. And I couldn’t resist cuddling with the cutest little bunnies either! The scent brings back so many memories. Visiting my grandparents with my siblings when we were little and taking baths at their house and then being covered head-to-toe in Baby Magic before being whisked off to bed… that’s why I choose Baby Magic for my little ones because it reminds me of those warm cozy nights with my family.


I love that it is now free of all sulfates, mineral oil, dyes, parabens, phthalates, talc and lanolin for a happy baby and mommy! Also, with the brand’s expansion, they are now offering new innovative products to help keep up with the growing needs of the new generation of parents. While still providing the beloved quality and scent to their loyal fans. Check out all the product details below!


Original Baby Scent Line - The beloved “pink” iconic scent is now offered in a Cleansing Gel, Baby Lotion, and Creamy Baby Oil (my favorite!). This line is perfect for bathing and hydrating little ones with normal to dry skin and features Camellia Oil and Marshmallow Root which soothes dry skin and calms inflammation. Also, a tear free formula!


Lavender Lullaby Calming Bath and Calming Lotion- This new collection helps baby have a good night’s rest with the sweet-smelling Lavender scent. These are perfect to use during your night-time routine for cleansing and moisturizing. The aromatic scents help calm and relax baby for sweet dreams plus the soothing ingredients like Lavender, Chamomile and Aloe will help baby’s skin feel hydrated.

Sweet Buttercup Scent 2-in-1 Wash and Moisturizing Lotion- Does your baby have sensitive skin? This new line features extra soothing ingredients such as Calendula Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. Calendula Oil has a gentle and nourishing botanical property which is known to help soothe dry, sensitive skin. Coconut Oil and Shea Butter give baby that extra soft feel while helping them stay comfortable all day long.


Multipurpose Hydrogel Patch- This one of a kind customizable cooling patch is designed to keep baby’s skin feeling soothed, moisturized and calm. The patch was created for multi-purposes from sunburn to dry skin to soothing baby from a fever. It is formulated with a blend of Vitamin B12, Camphor and Aloe to nourish and calm the skin. The patch is self-adhering and provides instant cooling relief and can be cut to size and shape. I recommend keeping some in the fridge for extra refreshing relief! I've even had my husband try this for his headaches and they really help!


3-in-1 Wipes - Another innovative product are these new wipes. They aren’t just for baby anymore! These wipes can be used all over the body including the face and hands and since they are 99% water, they are also great for quick clean ups! Perfect for use anywhere and anytime ! Plus, they are free of fragrance, alcohol, sulfates, parabens, phthalates oils, and dyes. These ultra-soft cloth-like wipes are infused with soothing Aloe, Chamomile and Vitamin E making them suitable for even sensitive skin.


Thanks to Mom Trends for hosting another fabulous event. I am super excited to try all these new Baby Magic products. I love how many of them cross over to being household and family staples and not just for baby! Which makes me happy because my family is growing so fast and I love that I can rely on one of my favorite brands to stay with me for years to come! The brand is truly evolving and growing just like us! #BabyMagicEvent

*This is a sponsored post but all comments and thoughts are my own.

Join the Club... The Little Foodie Club!


Being a mom of three I know how hard it is to get kids of all ages to eat healthy. That’s why I am so in love with Little Foodie Club. This baby food delivery company takes the guess work out of introducing solid foods to your baby. Which is challenging in and of itself. I mean where do you start? Make your own, buy store bought purées? Well, trust that obsessive foodie, mom and internationally acclaimed food writer and journalist, Kerstin Kühn, has done all the work for you!


Kerstin was inspired to create this company while cooking magical purées for her daughter, Maxine. With that inspiration she has created a 21 Days to Solids plan that helps you introduce your baby to solids with a new flavor each day. Look at the gorgeous colors and packaging!


There is an assortment of savory and sweet flavors ranging from sweet corn to broccoli to parsnip purees. According to Kerstin, fresh baby food is bright, colorful and diverse in taste and texture; qualities that not just stimulate a baby’s senses but also help to develop a preference for fresh rather than processed foods. Little Food Club pouches come labeled for each day in a perfect little serving size and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Starting your baby on solids doesn’t have to be stressful or confusing. With Little Food Club they make it fun and healthy from the very first bite! Gosh, why wasn’t this around when my kids were babies?!!

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Little Food Club has two food plans, a 4 months plus and 6 months plus. The stuggle to get my toddler to eat healthy is a testament that he wasn’t introduced to all flavors as a baby. I gave him the premade squeeze packaged babyfood much more so than I did with the older two. It’s just a fact of life, I had less time to prepare his food and I am noticing that his appetite reflects that currently.

According to Kerstin, research has also found that variety is key in developing a healthy and adventurous palate. All Little Foodie products are homemade in an industrial kitchen in small batches. The fruits and veggies are sourced locally and are all organic, do not have any preservatives and are salt free. Plus, there are vegan and vegetarian options. This is why Kerstin started Little Foodie Club, to offer parents a better choice when it comes to feeding their babies. Can we all say, thanks Kerstin!!

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Little Food Club’s diverse and unique range of baby purées takes care of a baby’s dietary needs and helps babies to develop a healthy and adventurous palate. If you don't have the time or inspiration to cook baby food (um, like me!) but want to feel confident that your baby is getting the best food possible, Little Foodie Club is a great option for you. Click here to learn more.

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Little Foodie Club Quality Checklist:


✔️We do not use any artificial ingredients, colorings, additives or preservatives and our purées are free of sugar and salt.

✔️Our purées do not contain soy, dairy or nuts (except coconut).

✔️All our food is prepared fresh from scratch in small batches.

✔️The food is flash frozen immediately after cooking, locking in all nutrients, freshness and flavor.

✔️We prepare and package all our food in a commercial kitchen in compliance with the highest possible health and safety standards.   

✔️Vegan & Veg options

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

Mom Trends Night Out with Parents Magazine


This momma needed a night out (BAD!) and I was so excited to be included in this year’s #MTNIGHTOUT3 with Mom Trends and Parents Magazine.


I loved getting a chance to hit the town and catch up with all my favorite mommy bloggers plus meet one-on-one with leading brands for kids and baby. I got the inside scoop on products from some amazing hot brands and I can’t wait to fill you in on all the details. Plus, with the colder weather really hitting us hard in the last few weeks and the holiday season sneaking up on us, this is a must read!


Mom Trends partnered again this year with Meredith Magazines publishers of Parents, Parents Latina, Family FunFit Pregnancy, and so many more! We were able to mingle with all the editors including Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Parents Magazine and fellow NYC Bloggers as well as connect about new products from brands like Boiron, Culturelle, JCPenney and VTech.


While snacking on the delicious sushi and wine we were treated to massages in the V-Tech Relaxation Station and then got creative making the most gorgeous DIY smoothies in the Boiron Smoothie Bar. How fun is that?! The bloggers and editors mix and mingled with each other and the brands. But what better way to start the evening than with stuffing our choice of diaper bags at the Culturelle Station. Which is where I headed first…



Every mom makes sure to have all the necessities for baby in her favorite diaper bag! So as I was loading up my top picks for baby’s needs, I grabbed the new Culturelle® Baby Probiotics.  A line of probiotic products created to help build a strong foundation for your baby’s healthy growth and development. Having been trying probiotics for years and trying to introduce them to my kids, I realized how important it is start them early. Especially with the *#1 Pediatrician Recommended Brand, Culturelle.


With two specifically formulated options, Grow and Thrive & Calm and Comfort, these are sure to cover the needs of your little one and start them on a healthy track from the start. See my full Blog Article about Culturelle Baby click here.


Then I landed at the gorgeous Holiday inspired station fixed with a picturesque fireplace and festive pillows! I got my holiday style cap on and started putting together the perfect coordinating outfits for the whole family with the beautiful Peyton & Parker™ collection, exclusively at JCPenney.


JCPenney is excited to announce the launch of our new lifestyle brand, Peyton & Parker!

The brand is designed in-house by the JC Penny Design Team and sold exclusively in their stores and online.


This stunning collection is full of classic peices for women, men, kids and even home!! With looks that mix and match and bring style for the whole family. Did someone say holiday photo?!! Yes, these looks are picture perfect, understated and available now! Head on over to  jcp.com/peyton-parker.



After getting my styling session on, I need to sit down and relax. And that’s exactly what I did at the V-Tech Relaxation Station. Being treated to a massage while learning about all V-Tech’s new products was a win win! I love the idea of entertaining the kids with toys but not all toys are created equal. And I have become more aware of this over the years. My kids love to play all sorts of games but why not give them a toy that has built in education and leaning? I actually am a HUGE fan of their products so I was excited to see their latest creations. Yep, I had my pencil and paper already writing up my kids Christmas lists!


VTech is a world leader in developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children development and make learning fun! I also was excited to see some products for older kids. One of my favorite items was the KidiBuzz Phone that actually allows kids to send texts, voice messages, photos, drawings and more! It uses Wi-Fi and can help kids stay connected to their parents (or an approved list of contacts) and encourges safe online interactions. This is perfect for my older kids who need to stay connected while they are out on playdates or birthday parties.


After all that fun, I need to refresh so I finished up at the Boiron Smoothie Bar! Where we were able to incorporate our own ingredients to make the perfect healthy drink! They even had edible flowers for garnish!! But what I loved the most was seeing the wide range of products. I have been using Boiron products for years. It was the first treatment I used on my little ones when they were small for cold symptom relief and I was so excited to get the scoop on all their products. Boiron is the largest manufacturer of homeopathic products in the world. Providing family friendly products. You’ve probably heard of their most popular product for flu relief, Oscillococcinum. Our favorites are the line of cough and cold relief medicines including Chestal and ColdCalm. So if you want to be prepared for this flu season you should definitely check them out. Oscillococcinum is best used at the first sight of flu symptoms so you should have it handy in the medicine cabinet. And the best part is that these homeopathic medicines do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness. There’s no risk of overdose and they won’t interact with other medications, herbs, or supplements. Boiron’s medicines also do not contain any of the ingredients questioned by the FDA for use in children under age 4. Visit boironusa.com for more information.


This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

Culturelle Disclaimer -

*#1 Pediatrician Recommended Brand Based on a 2016 survey among pediatricians recommending a kids probiotic brand

House Calls With Dr. Kulich


With the chill in the air and flu season right around the corner, I thought now is a good time to introduce you to my favorite at home pediatric doctor, Dr. Kulich of Kids House Calls. He makes house calls everyone! Yes, you heard correctly. He comes to your house…

I can remember so clearly the first time he came for a visit… It was a blistery cold winter night and the snow was falling. It was late in the evening and I was getting all the kids ready for bed. I knew Brent wasn’t feeling well but after taking his temperature I panicked. He was burning up and I needed help. But I thought how can I take all three kids, in their pajamas nonetheless, out in this storm and to the ER. I remembered I had a friend who used Dr. Kulich in my building and I actually had called him in the past but never took the plunge and booked an appt. But this time was different.

After a brief chat about what was going on, about the family and about my location Dr. Kulich agreed he could make a visit that evening. I felt beyond lucky and as a mom with a sick baby, just so relieved. He was finishing up his appointment at another apartment downtown and would be over within an hour and a half. Yep, he was coming to help me! Help Brent…

The stars aligned that night and he treated Brent for a double ear infection.

Dr. Kulich is a Board Certified Concierge Pediatrician committed to providing the highest quality pediatric urgent care for your children in the comfort and convenience of your own home. 


His practice is conveniently called KidsHousecalls and it is the most established, reliable and reputable Pediatric House call service in the New York Metro area. Dr. Edward Kulich is a Board Certified Pediatrician who practices concierge medicine, and is available 24/7 in the comfort of your home for primary and urgent care.  Experience the quality and convenience that so many New York families have grown to depend on.

I love having the privilege to call him our family doctor and he is very quick to respond to text messages and calls. Having the comfort of knowing your child’s doctor is there for you 24/7 is simply a blessing. For more information or to contact Dr. Kulich click here!

2018 Back-to-School Bash with Mom Trends

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It's almost that time of year again! So get the backpacks ready and layout their favorite outfits because the new school year is about to kick off! 

We are all in a bit of denial about it over here at my house but I know I need to start planning. We are heading out for over two weeks and when we get back, yep, school will be starting. 


That is why I was so excited to attend the recent annual Mom Trends Back to School Bash! It got me up to speed on all the latest and greatest for my littles ones for this school year and with so many great brands and products on hand they walked me through each step of the way. #MomTrendsSchool


As a busy mom of three I was running to get to the event and didn't have time to eat dinner so I headed straight to the Jarlsberg Cheese station where Chef George Duran from the Food Network cooking up some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. We even got to spin a wheel to see what would be added to our sandwich! So much fun and I have to admit it was probably the best grilled cheese I've ever had! What a perfect way to inspire my packed lunches this school year. I know the kids will appreciate that!


Then I spoke with the woman from Stonyfield one of our favorite organic yogurt brands. They just launched a new on-the-go snack pack perfect for packed lunches. The packs have pretzels and yogurt for dipping. This concept is one of my favorite things. I know my kids will love this treat at lunch time and the cafeteria will be buzzing.


With all the yummy treats I needed something to wash it all down and I was delighted by the delicious juices by Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company. They even paired it with a little splash of champagne! Who would have thought?!


Then a few mom's and I sat down for a relaxing manicure by my favorite at home spa service, Maniorpedi. This brand offers the best manicures and pedicures in NYC in the luxury of your own home or office. Just book your appointment online and sit back and relax, they will do the rest!


Once I was fed and well groomed, I got enjoy a lovely kiddie fashion show with all the latest style trends for back to school. I just loved all the looks by the Tea Collection. This brand has been a staple in my kids wardrobes for years and I just loved seeing all the new looks for the season. Plus the little models were just adorable! And when the weekend hits and it's still 90 degrees out,  SNAPPERROCK has you covered with this super stylish swimwear that is also UV 50+. 


Now to pack up that backpack! All kids need help staying organized and what better way than with the cute and practical gear from Avery. I know Brinkley will love the fun prints! Want to assure they won't loose all this new stuff? Well, we love the personalize labels from  Mabel's Labels. These labels work on everything from books and binders to water bottles and lunch boxes. Even inside their shoes! #Momtip!!!


Need a new printer? Me too... Next up was the trusted Epson brand printer. Now with a cartridge free model. HOORAY!! No more stressing about low ink. With all that work coming in and projects not to mention book reports! I need a new way to help them get the best product of their work back to the teacher! Can we all shout A+!!


Now that the lunch boxes and backpacks are all ready to go! Let's not forgot that heading back to school can come with some qualms. Like the dreaded lice check. My kids like to call it the Lady Bugs who come and check out their hair. Well, if this happens to your little ones the first thing to do is use Vamousse. It is safe and non toxic and offers a one-and-done mousse to rid your sweet little one of those nasty little critters.


This event was amazing and even more so because they partnered with  Kids in Need Foundation to help children in need get a backpack filled with essentials. Just $25 can help, I know I donated! Click here to get involved too. 


Lastly, to keep all that precious cargo safe, we received these super cute  Lock Stars from Hasbro. These little locks are perfect for kids and are also collectable! They can wear them, play with them and come with two locks! What a great idea! 


This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

Summertime Fun at Liberty Science Center

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The Liberty Science Center is one of our FAVORITE family fun day trips around NYC. A place where kids are inspired by the pure fun of science and technology. I was so excited to be able to treat my kids to this special event and check out all the fun new exhibits they have to offer! 


The day began at the popular outdoor Dinosaur Dig Exhibit inspired by actual fossils discovered by America's favorite paleontologist Jack Horner (AKA the guy that inspired the Jurassic Park movies!). We put our feet in the sand over looking the Hudson River and NYC skyline. They handed out soft bristle brushes to everyone and let us discover over 60 fossil replicas. The kids loved learning how to be real paleontologists, just like Jack Horner himself! Is your little one as obsessed with Jurassic Park as mine are?! Well, we found T-Rex bones, gaint teeth and even a nest of Maiasaura eggs. A must see before it closes Sept. 3rd.


Now onto the Grossology Exhibit where you'll unearth the science behind all things gross about the human body! What kid doesn't think burps are funny! Brent loved sliding down the stomach and I found Brinkley and her friends sniffing all the bad body odors! So fun and icky! But the kids loved every second of it leaning so much along the way. My favorite was the giant game of Operation that let you put larger than life sized internal organs and bones into the correct areas. The kids would have been happy to stay there all day! 


But we ventured out eventually to Arthur's World for a much more polite exhibit focused on the classic storybook scenes featuring a kid sized kitchen where Brent pretended to make breakfast and set the table in the Read Family kitchen. They loved playing teacher in Mr. Ratburn’s classroom but the best was the tent set up for spooky stories! Every area is so hands on and I loved watching the kids go from one corner to the next touching and testing each section.


If that wasn't enough the kids wondered on to the next area called the Block Party, which is situated between exhibits, where they were encouraged to engineer their own fun using large foam blocks to create the playground of their liking. Similar to the Imagination Playground right near my own neighborhood in lower Manhattan! The kids built their very own fort and even a slide, of course.


Finally, the group headed down to the afternoon showing in the beautiful and did I say MASSIVE Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium to check out the Immersive Visualization of the Orion Nebula. As they say, when it comes to planetariums, size really does matter! With state-of-the-art technology you'll feel like you are right in the middle of space with the vastness of this full-dome movie. You'll get to travel into the heart of the Orion Nebula in a way never seen before. Fun for all ages!

So if your family is getting board from all the downtime or if you just need to get their brains working again amongst all the summer fun, then head over to the  Liberty Science Center to explore STEM concepts, test their imaginations and just have FUN!


The Grossology Exhibit and the Planetarium are available for an extra fee. 

This is a sponsored post but all comments and opinions are my own.

Guide to Packing the Perfect Camp Bag

School is almost out and soon your little ones will be enjoying all those summer adventures. Many will be heading to camp, I know my kids can't wait!
Are your kids heading off to camp? Not sure what to pack? Here are my top picks and all my favorite items I'll be packing in my daughters camp bag this summer! 

All direct links to these items below!

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  1. Camp Shoe by Native- No need to pack extra water or pool shoes! These are all in one! Sneakers and water shoes. Perfect for all the activities your little one will be enjoying this summer! These rubber shoes are packed with style and comfort. My kids love them and I love them because they are so easy to throw on now matter where we are heading. They are breathable and have arch support. So many patterns and colors to choose from.
  2. A see through bag! I just love this idea because I'll know at a glance what she'll have as she's heading out the door. Forget to pack something? No problem, you'll be able to quickly go through the checklist. Everything gets lost in the bottom of those gigantic backpacks! Not anymore!
  3. Hair ties- This item may not be on all the lists that the camps send home but trust me! They will need these and tons of them during the summer. Going from pool to running around in the heat with all the sports and fun. You'll little one will at some point need a hair tie to two and I just love these fashionable ones and know my daughter will too!
  4. Sunblock & Bug repellent - If you little one is heading out into the grass and woods you'll love this new sunscreen that also has bug repellant built in! How cool is that? My only advice is to also pack a sunscreen for their face. I haven't use this on her face and wouldn't recommend it. This is great for arms, back and legs. This is my opinion! Also, the girls will love the one with glitter!
  5. Full Coverage Swimsuit - This swimsuit is a must! I love the full coverage and if your kids are like mine they never like to put the rash guard on over their suits. This all in one style offers both a swimsuit and rashquard in one! No excuses kids!
  6. A fun portable fan - is a necessity for those long summer days. I love this one and don't forget to stock up on batteries and check daily because the kids love running these all day long and they eat up the battery.
  7. Sun resistant beach towels - are amazing! I love the idea that they'll be getting more sun protection even when they are drying off which is when they need it most! The sunscreen has worn off in the water and they haven't yet reapplied as they sit and dry off after splashing in the water. Plus there are many cute patterns to choose from.
  8. Cool Mist Water Bottle - This water bottle is perfect because it has a built in spritzer on top! Get a cool mist and hydration with this one! And it's light weight.
  9. Wet Hair Brush - The perfect wet hair brush! My daughter has long hair and it get knotty! I love this fun colorful detangling brush for my kids. 

Don't forget to pack all these summer necessities for your little camper!

My Top Picks for the The 2018 NY Baby Show!!


Calling all new mommas!!!  I have all the info. on some of my favorite products from this years New York Baby Show and it will not disappoint!! Check out this amazing RV that they brought in to support nursing moms. All aboard! Here, moms can feel comfortable breast feeding or pumping. There was so much to do and see. From trial classes to expert speakers and even a test track for testing out your favorite stroller!


I loved seeing the products from all the top baby brands. Each blogger brought their favorite picks to the Mom Trends Blogger Broadcast Booth for a full review of the product. How fun and informative! See my videos below! They are also on my YouTube page linked here.


I just love working with Nicole Feliciano from Mom Trends who organized the blogger lounge and broadcast booth! She and I were having fun outside the Blogger Lounge where all the bloggers were enjoying a relaxing lunch from the yummy Boston Market while their children got to play. Check out Brinkley exploring the activities and she loved seeing and playing with all the cute babies! We call her the baby whisperer. She just loves all things BABY!! What a great helper.


Also, the bloggers were treated to this generous gift bag. Look at all the goodies! These are all a must-have for a new momma.


Products evolve and the creativity this year was mind blowing! It can be hard to decipher what you need for your new little one. And you will need a lot! But here are just a few things that I recommend and wish I had years ago when my older two were little. But you won't have to wait! Check them out now!

La Petite Creme - The French alternative to baby wipes- Never need a baby wipe and diaper ointment again. Really, what have I been doing for all these years? This product definitely caught my eye! With only 5 all natural ingredients and will save you a step in diaper changing... LOVE IT!!


Next up, the Uppa Baby Minu Stroller - The quality of umbrella strollers has totally changed over the years. This lightweight, easy fold stroller is stunning. The quality is gorgeous and this product is worth investing in. Plus, it features a large storage basket underneath, reclines and has a strap for easy transport once collapsed down. I had to much fun testing it out on the the Stroller Test Track. It passed all the obstacles with flying colors. The best part is that it's super easy to fold down and can be done one handed. We all know we need that extra hand for 500 other things! 


Savor  - A keepsake box that is a perfect gift for any new mom! They will have a place to put all the little things they'll want to keep over the first few years of the baby's life. And I have never seen anything so cleverly designed. I absolutely fell in love with this at first sight. This hidden gem is designed to look like a book on a book shelf. It will blend into any office or living room. Easy to keep handy and to be cherished over the years. The library section will keep all of the special memorabilia organized for years to come.


Any questions on these products or anything you saw at the NY Baby Show please leave a comment below and I will happily share my opinion!

This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own.



Review of the Amber Teething Necklace by Jenn Sanders, marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder


Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants


"Jenn Sanders currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures"

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Review of the Amber Teething Necklace

I am a military spouse. My husband goes out on his ship for several months at a time, so I’m
basically a single mom too.
One deployment, my baby Julia was having a hard time. She just started teething, and couldn’t
take the pain.
I didn’t know what to do. I asked her pediatrician, but I was just given the whole, “Give her
Motrin and Tylenol every 6 and 4 hours.” I really can’t stand that every time there is something
wrong with her, all they want me to do is give her pain relievers.
I was talking to one of my friends at The Little Gym about it, and she told me about the amber
teething necklace. I’m so glad she did.
Since she told me that Baltic Wonder sells the highest quality amber necklaces, I figured I’d buy
one from them. The website https://www.balticwonder.com/ was really easy to use. I just picked the
necklace I liked best, added to the cart, checked out, and in about two days, I had it.
The necklace was packaged well. I put it on Julia as soon as I took it out of the package. It was
light, and had a beautiful amber color to it.
Inside of the box, there was a certificate of authenticity. I really like that! It made me feel like I
made the right choice in getting the necklace from them.
What Happened With the Necklace
I was afraid to leave the necklace on at night because of strangulation risk, so I took it off while
she slept and put it back in the morning. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too good about putting it back
on, so I kept forgetting.
I decided to put it on her wrist instead, and that worked out much better. She kept it on all night
and day without a problem.
After I was able to keep the necklace on her consistently, it started to work around the third day.
Julia didn’t have the fever, drooling, and whiney behavior she had before using it. By a week,
she was back to regular self. I even noticed that she was acting much calmer, which is another
health benefit of amber teething necklaces.
Of course, I thought it was because she was over her latest tooth, so I kept the necklace turned
bracelet on her to see what would happen with the next tooth.
It’s been a year now, and she hasn’t had any teething problems since then. It’s been wonderful
and I am so thankful for the amber teething necklace.
My Recommendation

If you want to try an amber teething necklace, I recommend the Baltic amber teething necklace
from Baltic Wonder. It’s great quality and looks beautiful.
Don’t worry about your baby doing anything with the necklace. Julia didn’t even notice it was on
her, and it didn’t bother her being on her wrist. I think it’s because of how lightweight it is, and
that it fit perfectly when I doubled it around her wrist.
I hope everyone who tries it has as much success as I have had with it.

-Jenn Sanders

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Out on the town at Mom Trends Mom's Night Out 2.0


I was so honored to be included in this years Mom Trends Night Out 2.0. Every mom deserves a night out every once in a while not just to escape the rigorous nighttime routine of getting the kids to bed, but more importantly to reconnect with other moms and of course getting some much needed W&R (wine and relaxation)!!

Mom Trends partnered again this year with Meredith Magazines publishers of ParentsFamily FunFit Pregnancy, and so many more! We were able to mingle with all the editors including Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Parents Magazine and fellow NYC Bloggers as well as connect about new products from brands like New BalanceMunchkinJifVisit Williamsburg and Swaddle Me.


This night out did not disappoint! Mom Trends left no stone uncovered when it came to pampering and activities! We were treated to foot massages by ManiorPedi, makeup touchups by GlamSquad and served the most delicious mix of appetizers all while sipping on a little vino. Sounds too good to be true, I know! But the best part were all the fun activities each brand set up for us to get to know them and their products! Such a great way to break the ice and have some fun...


New Balance- I don't know about you, but I live in my sneakers all week long. I just can't think of a better way to run around town than in my comfy sneakers. That's why I just love New Balance so much because they know this and have designed this sneaker just for that! From morning dashes to school drop offs to errands, then back to school and all the after school actives like soccer & gymnastics, this brand has got you covered in style and comfort. I just love this gorgeous pair they gave us called the Fresh Foam Arishi by New Balance. This sneaker is super-cushioned and uber chic. Plus they are ultra-cushioned and lightweight. I had the best time trying them on with one of my fav downtown momma, Suzanne Cohen from GothamLove. And to make sure these feet were made for walking, ManiorPedi was giving us the royal treatment with foot massages! Yes! Just what I needed.


Munchkin- Who doesn't need a great diaper pail when you have a baby in diapers! Those pails are the only thing keeping your baby's beautiful sancuarty of a nursery from well, you know, smelling like a dirty diaper! The Munchkin Step Pail features a self-sealing system to lock out odors. This stylish design will go great in any home. It's clean, modern and above all works perfectly to keep your home smelling fresh! Plus with Give A Tree Program they will plant a tree with every diaper pail sold. I loved how they set up a fun DIY Floral Arrangement station. Check out what we made!


JifPeanut butter is a staple in my house. Probably because I craved peanut butter throughout my pregnancies so all my kids naturally love it too. Jif is a great snack option to get a healthy protein in them but I also serve it for lunch for at least two out of the three kids on a daily basis. Luckily Brent's school just informed us that there are NO peanut allergies in class so I can send him to school with his favorite lunch, a PB&J!! At the Jif station moms were encouraged to spread their knowledge and compassion by writing on a blackboard words of encouragement and the ways their families are making a difference. I just love that! Enter “Imagine If With Jif contest.” Now through Oct. 20, you can share your idea of how to make the world a better place for our kids, and you could win up to $30,000 to make that dream a reality.


Visit WilliamsburgI remember visiting Williamsburg, VA when I was younger. I vividly remember churning butter and being amazed at every corner. It was even the first time I rode a roller coaster, at Bush Gardens Amusement Park. I'll never forget my older sister who was so scared and didn't want me to go on it! But I had the time of my life and can't wait to share those memories and create new ones with my family. Not only known for its fun rides and old fashion ways, Williamsburg is filled with amazing restaurants, wine tastings (which they had a tasting for us to try and it was delish!) and numerous outdoor activities like trails and golf courses. Um, when are the kids off from school next? I want to plan our next trip here asap! I already planned out exactly what we will do with this fun game they had set up. They had a large board with a blank slate which we were able to fill up with everything we want to do on our visit. My families trip is all mapped out and we can't wait!


Swaddle MeIf you haven't heard of the Swaddle Me brand you are missing out. Out with the old fashion swaddling blankets and in with this fresh modern take. Swaddle Me original swaddle saved me when I had my first son, Brycen. I remember wandering around the large crowded baby store while I was pregnant thinking what is all this stuff? Lucky for me I picked out a pale green and yellow gender neutral Swaddle Me. It was not until weeks later did I realize what a great buy I had made that day. I truly don't know what I would have done without this product. Now Swaddle Me is launching a couple of new products like the Swaddle Me Kicks. It is a legs-free swaddle that is perfect for warmer weather. It swaddles in a three-point harness while still mimicking the cozy space of the womb and it snaps at the bottom makes for super easy middle-of-the-night diaper changes. Then there is the new SwaddleMe Footsie which features pajama-like footies to keep a wee one’s toes extra snuggly on those cold fall & winter nights. And, finally, Swaddle Me has launched three new gift sets, The Essentials Gift Set,  The Baby Bath Gift Set and the Little Lovey Gift Set, perfect for any mom-to-be! For more information on their products check out my full post. 

Thank you to the entire team over at Mom Trends for a super spectacular Mom's Night Out! I had such a blast and can't wait for our next night out!


Swaddling Made Easier with Swaddle Me...


There is nothing better then a good night sleep. When you have a new baby, sleep is limited. You rely on those few hours between feedings to get the bit of sleep you can. 

That is why I always swaddled my babies when they were little. I know it helped soothe them at night. Making them feeling warm and cozy, just like being back in the womb. And I have to admit, I never did get the hang of swaddling with a blanket. Folding the blanket and tucking it just right in the middle of the night when you are exhausted, was just too difficult. But with the products by Swaddle Me, that guess work is totally eliminated. They are super simple and efficient; swaddling without the hassle. 

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As if it were even possible, they have made the original Swaddle Me even better. With the new legs free swaddle called The Swaddle Me Footsie which is perfect for nighttime and nap time. It allows the baby to have their legs free in a footed pajama (see picture below!)so they can wiggle and kick.  It is the first swaddle I have seen that you can use while in a swing or bouncer. Because it allows you to strap them in properly with a three-point harness. Genius! This is a great option to keep baby warm in the colder months.


If you are in a warmer climate or are just looking for something to use during the summer months, they have also launched the new Swaddle Me Kicksie. Which is a legs free swaddle. It can also be used with a three point harness but still mimics the coziness of the womb. Which helps them stay asleep longer! Who doesn't want that, right?!  The best part, it is made with a snap bottom so those middle of the night changes are quick and easy.

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I have so many friends and family having babies and I truly think a Swaddle Me is a necessity for any nursery. With Swaddle Me's Gift Sets you can give the gift of sleep! I know they will appreciate this gift! Swaddle Me has three new gift sets available The Essentials Gift Set,  The Baby Bath Gift Set and the Little Lovey Gift Set. 

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The prints are so adorable and stylish! My fav, the new aztec arrows print in light grey. This would have gone perfectly in my all grey mod nursery! From modern to nautical and everything in-between, they have a print that's perfect for your little one.

Have a story about how much you loved your Swaddle Me? Share below or tag @Downtownchicmoms and @Swaddleme in your post!


This post is sponsored by Mom Trends, Meredith Corporation and Swaddle Me.

MomTrends Back-To-School Bash 2017

Start this school year with a bang!

Having three kids with such strong and unique personalities makes it a challenge preparing them for the new school year ahead.

Brent, for the first time, will be attending a 2's program (crazy right!!) and the older two are in need of new lunch boxes and backpacks. I have washed and cleaned their old lunch boxes so many times but by the end of the year, we are all ready to toss them. Their backpacks are so worn and dingy that treating them to a fresh new one is a must in my house.

And I have to say I just love this one by 12Little. They are so light weight and stylish! Brinkley always brings so many things back and forth each day that her backpack probably weighs more than her. I couldn't believe how light weigh this backpack is and I know she will love making it her own!

Here I am picking out the perfect patches!

 The highlight of the night was Brinkley modeling the beautiful line of clothing by Orchestra. She lite up the runway with that smile and she loved the super stylish denim overalls. 

I loved the "Lost & Found" that the Mom Trends teams created with Name Bubbles which is a line of personalized name tags. They had a personalized item for each blogger and we had to dig through the bin to find ours. How fun is that!! I found this beautiful aqua water bottle that I absolutely LOVE! These little name tags attach to anything and help keep your items out of the lost and found!! 

We all snacked on Raisels which are delicious little bursts of sour and sweet golden raisons. I don't think snacking could get any better and more fun! Plus each little box is a full serving of fruit. Healthy and yummy! The kids will think they are having candy but all us mom's will know the truth! 

To keep our little models busy backstage, Hasbro Gaming provided so many fun new games to keep them entertained! I watched as the kids enjoyed exploring all these fun games they haven't played before. Plus some originals. And all the bloggers got to go home with their very own. Perfect way to spend the last few weeks of summer, right?! Thanks Hasbro! 

No back-to-school event would be complete with out having Staples on hand to provide us with all the necessities plus so many new fun creative ways to reinvent the norm. I just love these little highlighter erasers. And I know the kids will too:)

To keep our belly's full and to help guide us with some amazing lunch ideas, JC's Pie BitesOzery BakeryNOSH and Kite Hill were there to help. Gosh, I wish my home lunches were this good when I was growing up! These kids have no idea how lucky there are!

So many amazing goodies and so much fun! I have all the mommy ammo I need to help me be prepared for this school year! Thanks team Mom-Trends and all my mommy blogger buddies for an unforgettable evening!





The New York Baby Show 2017 Top 3 Picks

I had the best time at the New York Baby Show!! 

There were so many products and people I was excited to see. I was lucky enough to be able to host the Blogger Broadcast booth for MomTrends and was fortunate to get to see and test out the best of the best from the show! All the bloggers brought their top picks to the booth. I was able to talk one on one with tons of other mommy bloggers about their finds and in turn I fell in love with many, if not all, of the same products myself!

One of the highlights of this show for me was meeting someone I have admired for years, Dr. Harvey Karp author of the Happiest Baby on the Block book that I just loved and worshiped. His book helped me so much and I really relied on the 5 S's when my little ones were first born. He showed his new creation call the SNOO and it is everything you could want in a baby sleeper and so much more. I WISH so much that it existed even just a year and a half ago when I had Brent. I would have bought it in a second. It swings and hums to the baby when they first start to wake. It can help with those long sleepless nights when baby is getting used to the world for the first time and mommy is tired and still recovering from childbirth and beyond. 

I would like to highlight a common theme that I noticed as more and more products rolled through the broadcast booth. There were so many companies focused on creating innovative environmentally safe products and using sustainable materials. And, who wouldn't want something that is safe for the earth that we are leaving behind for the very little ones that we will be using the products on... So, here are my top 3 Picks "Best In Show" for the 2017 NY Baby Show:

1. Greentom-  Greentom is a young, innovative company that designs and develops sustainable, smart and practical products using the design concept “less-is-more.” Making stollers and carseat adapters (they are compatible with the Cybex Aton & Cloud Q, Maxi-Cosi 0+ and Pebble, and Nuna Pipa).

Greentom stroller frames are made of recycled plastic and the fabrics are made of recycled drinking bottles. You can find the number of recycled bottles on the product. All materials can be recycled and reused. This makes Greentom products sustainable according to the circular principle. All Greentom products are extensively tested, safe and contain no harmful chemicals. For more information visit: www.greentom.com 

Plus these designs are super chic and stylish. I just love the colors and the slim sleek design. 

2. Poof Baby DiapersPoof Diapers (luxebabyINC.), America's leading designer and manufacturer of high performance, premium eco-friendly diaper products founded in Silicon Valley, the first-ever fully biodegradable, couture-designed, and fully compostable* diapers – and an Earth Week 2017 challenge to American families to begin to eliminate diaper waste, today.

"Diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills, and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste," said Debra Lee, founder & CEO of Poof Diapers. "The only other items that outnumber diapers in landfills are newspapers and food and beverage containers, for which we have many good recycling options. The time is now to begin solving the dirty and dangerous problem of diaper waste."  Poof diapers are made with the company's own patented and engineer-optimized fabrics. Their breakthrough, proprietary diaper material is constructed with non-gmo corn, certified to world-wide biodegradable standards, and is compostable*. 

And you can't forget to mention the cute colors and patterns. They are also soft and comfy for your little ones.

3. B.Sensible- Natural & Sustainable Bedding for baby, kids and adults- There are so many great features about this product.  Mainly, that it is waterproof and avoids stinky situations by having an odor reducing quality as well as calming eucalyptus scent. But, what makes me the most excited is that it is also eco-friendly.  They use a Botanic Fiber... TENCEL® is the lyocell fiber from the house of Lenzing. It is of botanic origin, since it is extracted from the raw material wood. Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. On the day that the fiber TENCEL® was invented, a new chapter was written in the history of fibers. Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. 

I pulled this info from their website but there is so much more info on there so check it out! I have to mention that the fabric is soft and stretchy like a cotton tee shirt. I only saw the pale pink crib sheet in person and I loved it. Thanks Karen from Mamidoesitall.com for sharing this product with us! Here is our review from the broadcast booth.


4. Water Wipes- I know that I said top 3 picks but I have to say I just fell head over heals for this last product and didn't want to leave them out. This wipe became a favorite in my house overnight. It's made from water and fruit extract. That's it!! We love that we can wipe almost anything clean with it without having a harsh soapy feel when we are done. This wipe is so light and fresh that I have been bringing them with me everywhere even when I am not with the baby or kids. I just love it for myself and definitely will be ordering more of these ASAP! 



Math Games and more with Education.com

My kids love playing all the games on Education.com and I recently partnered with them to come up with a fun game that is age/math level appropriate for my kids. Brinkley is in 1st grade and Brycen is in 3rd. This game was a huge hit in my house and I'm sure your kids will love it too!!

For more games and fun educational tools like printable workbook sheet and activities, check out their website at https://www.education.com/games/math/

Pocket Math

When your kids get dressed in the morning they'll more than likely be wearing an article of clothing that has at least one pocket. In this activity, you and your children can pick a day to be a "Pocket Day" as a fun way to help them practice their addition skills. Once the family has grown accustomed to the random calls for a “Pocket Day,” try having a scheduled “Pocket Day” set aside on the calendar and challenge the whole family to wear as many pockets as possible and see how high the total becomes!

What You Need:
Family Members
Paper (unlined preferred)

What You Do:

  1. The first time you do this activity you may want to begin by calling the whole family into one room to explain how the activity is done. This will not be necessary for later “Pocket Days,” of course.
  2. Explain to the family that your child will be completing an activity to help him practice his addition skills.  He will need to count the number of pockets each family member is wearing.
  3. Using a sheet of paper, have your child draw a picture of each family member.  He'll then either draw the number of pockets this person is wearing on that given day or simply record the number of pockets under the drawing.
  4. After he's gathered all of his “pocket data,” have your child use the pencil and the paper to add up the total number of pockets the family is wearing that day.
  5. Assist him in using strategies that will help him add the list of numbers quicker and more efficiently. Strategies may include looking for numbers that add to ten (4+6, 7+3, etc), looking for doubles (2+2, 3+3, etc.)

Other methods of collecting “pocket data”:

  • Make a 2 column chart listing all family member’s names and the number of pockets they are wearing on a particular day.
  • Make a bar graph of each family member and the number of pockets they are wearing on a particular day.
  • Make a tally chart counting the number of pockets for each family member.
  • You can have Pocket Days as many times as you and your family would like.  You can dress in crazy outfits on a weekend Pocket Day or if it's a school day, you can all wear clothes that you would normally wear.  Keep a record of the pocket data from all of your Pocket Days, and discuss the results with your child.  Are there any days when the family tends to wear more pockets than others?  Does one family member tend to wear more pockets than everyone else?  Challenge your family to get the most pockets possible by having a pre-arranged scheduled “Pocket Day” in which all members wear as many pockets as possible.  Be sure to take a photo to remember those crazy outfits!

It Is Never Too Early To Start Saving

Let me first just say, that it is every mom's dream to have their little one's cook them a meal and not the other way around... for once! Right?!!!

Recently, at the Mom Trends event at the ICE Institute of Culinary Education, that is exactly what happened and I enjoyed every second of it. The kids started off by decorating their own chef hats and aprons. And when they were done, they headed straight to the kitchen to make lunch for all their moms. 

While, the kids were engrossed in cooking, the moms headed to the side room to learn all about the Vanguard 529 Savings Plan

My husband is really on top of this and luckily we already have a 529 Plan for both of the older kids. We will start Brent's 529 Plan right away, no doubt. 

I however, wasn't fully aware of what this plan is all about other than it's a way to start slowly saving for your child's college tuition. I learned so much about the benefits of starting this specific plan over other saving plans AND that it can save you up to $10,000 on your tax refunds. Which is huge. Other benefits of this plan are that you can share this saved money with other family members if you choose as well as the fact that it can be used toward trade schools and toward their other college expenses like books and room and board. 

College tuition scares me so much. I have three kids and I know they will all go on to have a college degree. At least, I hope and pray they will. And with the 529 plan I know it will make it easier for all of us, when that time comes, that they have money waiting to help support their dreams. 


Once, the lunch was ready we all headed back to the kitchen. Our noses lead us right to the large buffet style lunch table that was stocked with an abundance of the most delicious pastas dishes from aldredo to gnocchi as well as mouth watering mozzarella sticks but the best part were the garlic knots in shapes that the kids created like snowmen and hearts!! Adorable, and delicious. 

Dessert of course, was served and what else would it be than, cupcakes! 

Andrew McCarthy Mamarazzi Event #Kmartmoms for the "Just Fly Away" Book Launch

Two of my favorite movies of all time are Weekend At Bernie's and Mannequin.

I can't wait untill my kids are old enough to watch them with me. So when I was invited to the latest Mamarazzi Event hosted by The Moms last week at Kmart for the launch of Andrew McCarthy's new, young adult novel Just Fly Away, my heart almost skipped a beat!

My 80's childhood dream of meeting one of my favoroite actors came true!! And I loved hearing what he had to say. Despite chasing around my 18 month old all over the woman clothing section of the midtown Manhattan Kmart, I simply had a blast and it was a moment I will never forget. 

Andrew McCarthy is talented and seemingly downtown earth normal father who even said his kids think he is "ancient history." 

Just Fly Away is a book about a young girl who discovers her family's secret; that her father had an affair and another child. The trials of figuring out life as a young teen and dealing with the lies is intriguing and heart felt. 

Pick up a copy today!


2017 New York Baby Show is coming!!! Want to go? Win tickets now!

I am so excited and honored to be attending this year's New York Baby Show! And you can too!!

The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. See below for details… etc. Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual. 

I know there will be so many amazing new products that I'll be wanting to try out for my little guy. Wishing you could attend? Well, here is your chance!! I am giving away 10 Tickets so don't miss out. It is first come first serve and the link will not work once the 10 Tickets are gone. So apply now! You won't want to miss it.

Did you miss out on the free tickets? Sorry folks, but you can still score 50% off tickets using this link! YAY!!

Halos - Delicious and Nutritious

What mom doesn't want to pack a healthy snack or lunch for their kids?!

That's why I love Halos so much. This pint size snack is perfect for on the go and it is so juicy and delicious. Oh, and did I say nutritious?!

Packed with vitamin C and loads of other health benefits, this little morsel is my family's favorite.

I have learned so many great ways to use Halos in other recipes. I just love the idea of making a fresh salad and throwing in a few bites of the yummy mandarin sweetness of Halos.

Or, using them in a smoothie. My daughter loves this! And my son's favorite Halos recipe is making Granita. It's like a frozen little cup of goodness! For more ideas and recipes, check out their website www.halosfun.com.

For all you DIY moms, like myself, try this all natural household cleaner idea. It smells great, is totally kid friendly and you won't spend top dollar buying similar products at the store. All you need is:

  1. Halos mandarin peels
  2. White Vinegar
  3. Large Jar with lid
  4. Fine-mesh sieve
  5. Spray bottle

How to make: 

  1. Save the peels from the Halos as you eat them. Fill up the jar until about half way full
  2. Pour Vinegar over the peels until jar is full. Screw lid on jar and let sit for two weeks in dark, cool area like a cabinet.
  3. Use the fine mesh sieve to strain out the cleaning solution.
  4. Pour into spray bottle
  5. Share a photo of your Halos Cleaner using #Halosfun

Halos has also came up with a super cute and rewarding sticker game for all our little academics. This will help them study their geography too, how great! So head over to your local store to buy a box of Halos. Download from their site, the sticker map, and each day peel the state sticker off the Halos and have them match it to the state on the map! So fun! Collect them all and mail in to Halos to enter for a chance to win a sweet prize. For all the details check click here.

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