Then head to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx to experience the Chihuly exhibit!
From April 22-October 29th this magical installation will be for all to see from Spring until Fall!
Whether you live locally or are looking for a great getaway, this trip is a must with your family!
This past weekend I took our children for a day that turned into a magical adventure, exposing them to art, nature, science, appreciating the world around us and so much more!
Glass artist Dale Chihuly’s sculptures are on display both throughout the garden, as well as inside the conservatory.
If you have a Smartphone then the added bonus is an interactive guide which makes your finding each work of art a cinch!
The Children’s Adventure Garden is a must for the kiddies, and it will be a day to treasure!
My tip pack a few snacks, some H2O, a picnic lunch, or have lunch either sit down at the Hudson Garden Grill, or fabulous made to order pizzas/sandwiches/salads/snacks at the Pine Tree Cafe!
Take it from a Mom who is on a mission of memorable experiences!
Then teach them my great trick!
If your child feels like he/she is in a bad situation, is experiencing peer pressure, bullying or just wants to come home from a friends house come up with code letters or a word!
For example, if my son/daughter types the letters XO on their mobile device then I make up an excuse of why I have to pick them up, or need them home.
This way your child will be less likely being called names, or more importantly feeling weird or uneasy leaving or calling you.
Also if a friend checks their phone and sees a letter(s), they wouldn’t think any of it.
Take it from a Mom who loves creating fun tips & sharing them with you!
Throughout the year our children volunteer for various causes and charities in which we choose as a family.
A few weeks ago Bambino Chef in Jersey City, New Jersey hosted a day for children to make sandwiches for local homeless shelters.
They tirelessly made over 800 sandwiches with the help of many little amazing hands topping their quota!
What drove them you ask? Hearing from others how those very sandwiches were for some the only meal that they had, which had an impact on all of the children.
Whether it be giving of your time, items, or a donation teaching your children to help others and to be empathetic is one of life’s greatest gifts!
Take it from a Mom who is grateful for teachable moments!
Then find an experience or a, “first” to do with them!
This year I am all about, “experiences” with our children, or giving the gift of experiences!
Today on our children’s day off from school I took them to the top of One World Trade Center in New York City. Watching their expressions, wonder inquisitiveness, and knowledge brought tears to my eyes.
Our daily lives, schedules, routines, and technological advances in the world can sometimes make us loose sight of things. It’s not the materials things children really want, it is time with you!
Whether it be a, “first”, place to visit/vacation, with one or both parents, family or friends, this will be most memorable and forever ingrained in their minds!
Think about the mind of a child, they might reflect about a specific toy/electronic and forget about it in time. What they will remember are things like when you taught them to ride a bike, baking cookies, the first time they went swiming in the ocean, being a guest in their classroom, going on vacation, coaching their sport’s team, a family movie/game night and the list goes on!
Seeing things through your children’s eyes is one of life’s greatest gifts, and in turn will be in theirs!
Take it from a Mom who knows!
Then enjoy doing special things indoors and outdoors, putting the f in FUN!
There is nothing I enjoy most then to have our children home experience things on a day off from school.
Doing things that you normally wouldn’t do on a daily basis, makes it even more surprising for your children!
A few of my snow day fun activities, tips, products and things to do will make a day off a memorable one!
Trying to keep the kids busy before you are ready to go outdoors can be challeging. I find that begining the day with arts and crafts and projects is the way to go for sure!
Crayola arts and crafts, Magic Science or experiment kids are fun for your little scientist, CraZ My Look spa kits for your little diva are fun to do pedicures/manicures, Lego sets are always wonderful for your arcitect, Fortamajog DYI tents/forts are one of my top choices, and a DVD or rental of a movie your child has wanted to see is a plus!
Whipping up white or milk chocolate hot cocoa, baking cookies, making pizza, snacks or lunch have so many wonderful skills. Math, science, understanding directions, promoting life long skills, as well as doing something special together.
Take going down the hill and make it a little bit more adventurous! Fun tubes from Big Mouth Toys, new and improved snow disks, snowboards, scooters, and snow skates!
Playing in the snow is now at a different level! The IDEAL company’s cool products like castle and snowman moulds, snow lights, snow ball makers, paint, snow cylinders, snow rulers make playing in the snow that much more fun!
Getting the kiddies back in the house is always difficult until now! Before going back in I fill a Rubbermaid tub with snow and place a beach towel on the floor or table, grab figurines and let the kiddies have a blast! Have them keep their gloves on to prevent frost bite or cold fingers, while you make some cocoa and coffee or tea for yourself!
Snowballs in the house? YES! The Snowtime company has inflatable forts, shields and soft snowballs make staying in the house a piece of cake tantrum free!
Take it from a Mom who knows how to make a snow day a fun and memorable one! Enjoy!
This month I had the opportunity to cover Pitti Bimbo at Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy.
This three day event included over 10,000 visitors, as well as buyers from over 80 countries featuring the largest brands, and emerging designers.
This landmark structure was one again transformed into a childrenwear fashion wonderland!
The theme was a Dance-Off, and the vibe was magical! From live Dj’s, to dancers moving throughout the venue, special events, give aways and fun decor made this event better than the rest!
Children’s Fashion from Spain catwalk show for trends for Autumn-Winter 2017/18 was amazing! A variety of brands from A-Z… Barcarola, Boboli, Clic! Shoes, CND by Condor, Desigual, Mayoral & TucTuc took the audience on an adventure!
From fairytale dresses, to urban city chic, outerwear and shoes, boots and sneakers made of leather in solids and trendy designs.
YClu’s show featured fun prints and solids, fabrics, embellishments featured in casual and elegant clothing look after look!
Then give the gift of experiences!
There is nothing better than seeing life through your child’s eyes!
Toys and games are fun, but it is the time we spend and new experiences that children remember!
Finding things to do locally or on a family vacation, day trips are some of the best gifts of all!
Some of my favorites are having a tea party at The Plaza Hotel, ice skating in Central Park, making ice cream at Cool Mess, sleeping at The Museum of Natural History, seeing an Imax film at Liberty Science Center, having the kids take a fun cooking class at Bambino Chef, seeing a Broadway show and so much more!
Take it from a Mom who can’t wait for this holiday season!
Last night I went to the premiere of, “Bad Moms” with Mila Kunis-Kutcher and Kathryn Hahn hosted by The Moms in New York City at the AMC theater.
Kidbox and Viva sponsored their fabulous event, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the entire theatre!
Both sets of moms, Melissa & Denise, and Mila & Kathryn shared their takes on motherhood, and justified that bad is the new good!
I won’t give anything away, except the fact that you will laugh uncontrollably!
We as mothers can be extremly hard on ourselves, some of us try too hard to fit in, others put alot of pressure on themselves. The list is endless of what we push ourselves to do for our children as well as our family!
What works for one child might not work for another. As one parenting book might have advice that has helped you tremendously, it might not yet apply the same for someone elses family dynamics.
At the end of the day there is NO PERFECT person in this world, nor is there a book or a guru who has motherhood all figured out!
Every child and every parent is unique, so embrace that! Stop beating yourself down, or pretending to be something that you are not, even doing something that is not right for you.
The fact of the matter is that we are all in this together, and we are all trying our best, and that is simply enough!
We will have glory days and epic fails, days filled with laughter and days filled with tears, but that is the world of motherhood!
Just as we have learned from our mistakes as children, the same applies to adulthood! When we hit a milestone or acomplisment we jump for joy just as we did as children!
As one of my mantra’s goes… “Been there, done it and now I blog about it!”
Take it from a Mom who is keeping it real, and wants you to do something for yourself, so….
Call an Uber, get a few of your Mommanista’s, pack a flask, get some popcorn, and enjoy one of the funniest movies about motherhood of all time!
In June I had the privilege of attending Pitti Immagine’s Pitti Bimbo 83rd edition in Florence, Italy!
One of the landmarks, Fortezza Da Basso was transformed into the ultimate children’s wear tradeshow I have ever seen! Displays were both indoors and outdoors, and the spaces were each so unique and magical.
The opening ceremony with the CEO of Pitti Immagine, Raffaello Napoleone and PR & Marketing Consultant of Pitti Immagine, Giuliana Parabiago, honoring ten global children’s wear retailers.
Throughout the area the theme for this season was, “Lucky Numbers”, which had a variety of symbolic meanings!
Each line had a number referencing their line in a unique representation.
On Day 1 I attended many fashion shows, as well as previewed many lines both haute couture and luxury brands from Cape, Lamantine Paris & Milan, Miss L. Ray, Pero, Piccola Ludo, Stella Jean, Trottolinie, & Velveteen.
Yclu’s show took their audience through various places in Italy with references to each region through its designs, colors, and decorative fabrics!
Thursday evening was a fashion frenzy from the Monnalisa show at the Palazzo Corsini, where the catwalk show was true haute couture! Twin Set by Simona Barbieri with a collaboration with VOGUE Bambini had an interactive digital mirror for children trying on outfits digitally, which was out of this world!
Salvatore Ferragamo’s mini collection, Lelly Kelly, and Dolce & Gabanna’s fruit party were all packed beyond belief!
Day 2 was another mind blowing experience at the Il Gufo show! Jungle sounds filled the air, along with an eco savvy set where models set up three dimensional animals.
Mix and match for both girls and boys in bright colors, apliques, and soft fabrics adorned the catwalk for an eye catching show!
Il Gufo’s showroom was located inside the historical fort, and their display of color stories was truly an experience!
KidzFIZZ was a concept lab set up featuring global lifestyle brands first ever in the architectural space never used before at Pitti!
EcoEthic featured brands that represent green issues using organic or biological materials produced with respect of protecting mankind.
Super Street was a section dedicated to denim focused on juniors and teens!
Miss Grant’s collection for 2017 is both elegant, trendy and exquisite couture for your mini!
Alisha V’s collection is one of the avant guard lines! This energetic collection for girls is psychedelic meets european chic!
Fun and trendy lines from Patrizia Pepe, Little Elevan, Marcelo Burlan and Pinco Pallino had eye catching apparel!
Desigual’s free standing booth screamed, summer fun, along swimwear from MC2 St. Barth’s for the entire family!
Shoe fun takeover from the brand, Minna Parikka with leather bunny ear, wings and more made me wish they made them all in my size!
I had the pleasure of spending time with the designer of MiMiSol, Imelde Bronzieri, which was an honor! Her use of colors, prints, accessories and fabrics in complete color stories is amazing!
Velveteen, one of my favorite lines, and the designer of Miss L. Ray London, Natasha Milkovich and I chatted about her line. Adore her playful and sophisticated clothing for girls! Piccola Ludo’s girly-girl line of bold and pastel colored clothing, prints was truly adorable!
Couldn’t help but pick up a copy of the July/August issue Vogue Bambini which I am featured in the shopping guide at the Pop Up stand!
Shoe brand Ria, clothing lines like Palm Springs, one of my favorite lines Lamantine Paris & Milan featured delicate and beautiful fabrics, CAPE, hats from Grevi just to name a few from many other countries, had beautiful displays that drew you right in!
Candy colored inspired colthing? Aristocrat Kids has it all! Designer Dace Zvirbule and I had a fabulous time discussing her vision for her line which was too sweet!
Seventy’s pop art inspired clothing and shoes was truly, eye catching!
Beach anyone? Kiwi Saint Tropez showcased their swimwear to casual line for boys and girls that is sure to please your little one!
Day 3 I chatted with fellow blogger, Alisha V, then previewed one of my favorite lines Twin Set Simona Barbieri, Les Coyotes De Paris, Fracomina mini, and another favorite shoe line J Kidz, Nikolia, Marina Military, Manila Grace, Yellow Submarine and Pate de Mitchumm had unique apparel as well.
Little Marc Jacobs movie theater fun theme inspired clothing is truly adorable! Loving his use of trendy graphics and color solids!
Monnalisa’s timeless line is gorgeous! From florals to solids and exquisite fabrics to accessories, your mini will adore this collection!
Nanos’ line for girls and boys is one of my favorites! The detail, color combinations and adorable accessories make this line a, must have!
Fun & Fun designer, Giovanni Catapano and I discussed his inspiration for his Spring/Summer 2017 line. His trendy, “sporty-street style”, combination of prints and graphics, bold colors scream, FUN for sure!
Billy Blush for girls, and Billy Bandit for boys is a fun and casual line for your little fashionista, using adorable color trends in this mix and match collection!
Carrement Beau takes your little fashionista in and out of the water in beautiful color stories! Z & W city chic trendy line is perfect for your little rock star!
Pitti Bimbo display of bikes, fun accessories, as well as contemorary and eco friendly furniture for children were displayed in the lifestyle section of the fair. The iconic book character, Miffy was apart of a project of the 83rd edition of Pitti Bimbo. Collaborations with children’s fashion houses Ermanno Scervino Junior, Iceberg, Il Gufo, La Stupenderia, MiMiSol, No21, Sarabanda and Twin Set designed an outfit for Miffy, as well as adorable t-shirts and matching plush dolls which a portion of the proceeds are going to a children’s chairty, OXFAM.
Fun Glasses Pop Up Store eyewear for kids focused in the world of color, and fun materials making eyewear, “cool” to wear!
Brands from Carrera, Kids by Safilo, Polaroid, The Simpsons, and my faves Zoobug and Miraflex displayed a hands on pop up.
Sports Generation focused on a 360* concept which included travel accessories, beach attire and school bags with a number of brands.
There were so many other brands that showed at Pitti which were just as amazing as the lines I highlighted.
For more information go to www.pittimmagine.com
Pitti Bimbo is a life changing experience in the children’s wear industry, focusing on every detail using all five senses.
Brands get to showcase their collections in such a unique and creative way which is exceptional!
In the past several years I have covered countless fairs and shows in the United Staes, and am blown away at my treasured experience at Pitti Bimbo in Florence!
I will certainly go back next year, and can promise you that Summer 2017 in children’s wear will be a kaleidoscope of colors, prints and materials that meets the eye!
Take it from a Mom who’s passion is fashion!