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!