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!
I am always looking to be innovative & creative with meatless meals.
Last night I created a, “Wow factor” recipie which I just had to share!
Momwhoknows Meatless Avocado Pesto White Bean Portobello Mushrooms
*4 large organic portobello mushrooms
*1 ripe organic avocado
*1 clove of garlic
*1 cup of organic basil
*1 cup of organic raw spinach
*1 can/box of organic white beans rinsed and drained
*4 tbs. of grated Parmasean cheese
*Extra virgin olive oil
*Himalayan salt & pepper
*1/3 cup of water
*Preheat the broiler on low in the oven, & heat the BBQ on a medium flame.
1.) Scoop out all the insides & stems of each portobello mushroom and discard.
2.) Brush each mushroom on both sides with olive oil.
3.) Next in a food processor add the garlic & pulse. Afterwards add the avocado, basil & spinach and make into a paste consistency. Scrape the sides of the processor, add the water to thin out, then salt & pepper to taste.
4.) Grill the mushrooms and spoon the avocado basil pesto mixture evently on all 4 mushrooms.
5.) Add 1/4 cup of white beans on top of each mushroom, & 1 tbs. of grated cheese & broil until melted.
Serve and enjoy!
*Note: The avacado pesto can be used on pasta, spiralized zucchini, or spaghetti squash too!
Take it from a Mom who loves creating delicious & healthy meals!
In the world of iPads, Smart and iPhones children are handed devices and more than you know comes with it!
It starts with fun apps, movies, then moves on to much more than most parents are aware of.
I just read, “American Girls“, by Nancy Jo Sales, which is a MUST read for all parents with children in middle/high school or college.
It cracks the silent code as to what is going on in the United States & the world with tweens/teens on social media which is truly mind blowing!
From bullying, body shaming, explicit photos & videos, internet surfing, the rise of STD’s, rape, online predators, sexting, dangers with some apps, pornographic videos all of which children can gain access to in a snap!
Below are just a few of the most popular apps that tweens/teens are using.
The A B C’s of the App World:
Ask.fm is one of the most popular sites used by children. It allows users to anonymously ask questions consequence-free forum.
Blendr is an app that uses GPS to meet people. This app is used to flirt, send messages and videos. Users rate the others uses on a scale of their hotness.
The Down app is used in a way connecting Facebook friends and indicate if they want to hook up or hang out with someone.
Kik Messenger has over 100 million users on this app. Exchanges of pictures, drawings, YouTube videos can be sent to users. Sexting is done also on this app through having a, “Kik buddy”. There are no parental controls on this app, and classified ads are done through giving out Kik usernames.
Apps like Snapchat (Allows a user to send videos and photos on his/her list of friends. The sender determines how long the image can be seen, then it destructs. This app is most used for sexting by teens because they think it is a safe bet no one will know.
What children/parents don’t realize is that the image can be screen shot then passed on by friends, as well as on porn sites for revenge like, Snap Porn!
Tinder is an app used for dating or, “hooking up”. Through GPS users can search and see unlimited profiles from minors to adults.
This app pulls information from Facebook profiles.
Yik Yak is an app that allows users to post texts up to a certain number of characters. Messages can be viewed by fellow Yakkers through GPS which is startling!
Although posts are anonymous, children can start to reveal personal information to complete strangers!
Whisper is an app that is used anonymously to confess thoughts or feelings.
Again through GPS users can communicate with people in their area.
What information I thought I knew to look out for in the years to come I was clueless to what is out there for kids/teens!
Social media does not come with a parenting guide, so my advise is as follows…
*Be aware of what apps your children have.
*Have continuing conversations about what they are doing on social media. Discuss what is appopraite and not okay to post.
*Teach them online safety, versus lecturing.
*Have rules for example:
*Never post anything you do not want the world to see (bullying, inapporate photos/language).
Never give your full name, address, cell/home phone numbers
Never arrange face-to-face meetings
Never upload/post personal pictures of yourself
*Maintain access to your children’s online accounts, and randomly ask to see his/her devices.
*Set up a parenting contract and establish rules/consequences together.
*No devices in bedrooms! Have a common area your children can ise their devices.
*Have a check out/check in for all devices.
There are countless parents I mentor and am friendly with who complain of their childrens sleeping habits, as well as that they cant get their kids off their devices.
If you set a time in the am/pm it will solve most issues!
They are children and NOT the parent! It is easy to hand a device and the room is silent. However as parents it is our job to set boundaries, and follow through with them.
The world is changing so fast, and we need to educate ourselves, as well as our children of the online world.
One of my favorite teachable moments I did in a workshop in one middle school was to give every student a piece of paper, Sharpie marker and an eraser.
I asked each student to write his/her most personal secret that they would NEVER share with everyone.
I then collected the Sharpie’s and asked them to erase what they just wrote.
The room was silent, and I think they understood that what your post can not be erased forever!
Friends can screenshot and share posts/photos and NOTHING is guaranteed that no one else can see! Emails that are trashed aren’t really trashed!
This post is one I wish that you will share on all social media to educate other parents of what is going on in today’s world.
Take it from a Mom who wants to thank Nancy Jo Sales for shedding light onto what is happening in the social media world!