Hurricane Irene -Part 2

Hurricane Irene stopped by for a visit last weekend.

I spent the weekend with my family and played baseball and flew kites and played Cranium and went on long bike rides and drank lots of wine. It ended up being a great time with my loved ones.

We were the lucky ones. My prayers go out to all the folks who are flooded and without power and lost pets and loved ones during this hurricane.

I’m from Florida… hurricane season is no joke and I experienced two very intense hurricanes when growing up and was without power for 10 days and could not leave the house as the roads were destroyed…etc.

During one particularly devastating hurricane, my sis and I built an amazing victorian doll house from scratch. It was one of those kits you get at the hobby store. We glued every single shingle and painted every window panel all in candle light. My mom never let us stress hurricane season. We made the best of it and had fun!

During Hurricane Irene, we lost power for about 3 days and all the food in my refrigerator rotted and trees were down and there was a ton of flooding people in our hood are STILL without power!

The Hurricane came through our town about 9am right after there was calm and I got on my bike and went around to take pics.

I am thanking GOD that we had no damage to our house or cars or bodies!

I have to say a BIG thanks to CON EDISON – the local power company and VERIZON for working 24hrs a day to get  us power. ConEd has been giving away free dry ice to all residents everyday since the hurricane hit. THANKS!!!

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Lets go back to school with CROCS!

Thank you to Crocs for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Crocs’ new Back to School line. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Oh My Goodness Gracious!!! We are at the end of summer over here and Lily heads back to school in one week!!! When did summer slip away so fast!

Lily is thrilled about being a 1st grader. She feels grown up, her grade is a number now and not a huge long word

( AKA – K I N D E R G A R T E N )

Matt and I  been excited about taking her back to school shopping. It’s great to hear her input. When we all go shopping together I have loved observing Lily come into her own sense of style and trying to figure out her sense of self.

If you have a 6.5 year old, you know that they grow like little sprouts… overnight! And my Lily is no exception. She goes through clothes pretty quick and I can never figure out her correct size. For example I just discovered the size 6X – that’s for the kids who are in between a size 6 and 7… and I have been buying size 7 which is waaay to big for Lily. So many rules with back to shopping for this age range!

Here is my Back to School Shopping game plan:

  • First sort through your kids clothes and see what fits. ( Lily loves this part, she gets to put on a mini fashion show)
  • Donate what does not fit to charity or pass it down to a friend
NEXT – Shopping
  • I spread the back the school shopping out over a whole month.
  • I usually buy clothes on sale for Lily. She outgrows it so fast! ( Although there is the occassional full price indulge!)
  • Make a list of what she needs. Up here in New York I think about the fall and winter season before buying. Don’t buy summer clearance items for the school year, you won’t get much wear out of it.  ( *tip – I buy summer clearance clothes for next summer)
SHOES:
  • Shoes are a whole new ball game!
  • I look for arch support and durability when purchasing shoes. Arch support is key! Especially for these developmental ages. Arch support helps with proper back alignment and posture and helps correct pronation or supination of the foot.
This is where CROCS come in – Lily has the CROCS Mary Janes which take her from Summer right into fall and then again Spring. We love them and yes they do have arch support!
  • The Crocs Back to School kids’ line are school-approved on the outside (because they’re close-toed and close-heeled), but have the same comfort in the inside
  • 13 new styles for boys and girls from K-8
I love these for Lily:
Check out this fun video from the folks at CROCS…
** P.S. –  Try to find the hidden Easter Egg within the video, click on it and see what happens! Here’s a photo hint:
PLUS
You can enter a giveaway for a family vacation to San Diego – no purchase necessary. Click here for more info.
Please share some of your back to school shopping tips and tricks with me!
Disclosure: This was a sponsored, compensated post, written in compliance with Clever Girls Collective, Crocs, and FTC guidelines. All opinions are mine.
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Blessings via Hurricane Irene

Stay safe during this Hurricane weekend folks!!!

We returned home early from our vacation in Vermont. Jonah was left in NY while we were away and I wanted to be with him in case something happened.

So far we’ve had a great evening enjoying our quiet town, my siblings came to stay with us with their significant others and we had a huge family dinner.

Blessings come in funny packages ya know. A hurricane is on it’s way and I am thankful to spend time with my bro and sister and each of their spouses! I’ll take it!

 

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Wordless Wednesday

My sis just moved to the Financial District in NYC right across from the New York Stock Exchange. Lily and I have been spending a ton of time in her neighbourhood and she’s been loving her  weekly dose of New York history!

 

 

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Back to School with SNAPFISH

We have not started school here in New York. Lily goes back after Labor Day. While we are still dragging out or last few days of summer, the reminders of school are all around.

Lily received her class list yesterday and we have the schedule for the full school year of parent meetings and parties and events. My Google calendar is in OVERDRIVE!!! We are spending the week doing the last bits of school shopping. between lunchbox options and backpack options… there’s a wide array of designs to choose from.

Along come the good folks over at SNAPFISH and say, “Why don’t you personalize your back to school gear

Who knew!!

To get you ready and organized for school SNAPFISH has lots of fun goodies to help you and your kids personalize their school gear using their imagination and creativity!

I love this little notepad. What an easy way to send notes to the teachers.

“From Lily’s Mom”…

You can also personalize lunchboxes which are  available from Snapfish’s partner Frecklebox. Each box has a small chalkboard where you leave little messages for your monkeys!  Available for $29.95 each on Frecklebox.com and coming soon to Snapfish.

One of my fave products are the photo skins!

Add some pizazz to your tech gear – Camera, iPod, iPad, iPhone, laptops and more by creating personalized skins.It’s so easy, all you have to do it choose any photo from your SNAPFISH account to make your gear distinctly yours!

Check out SKIN IT here—> http://www2.snapfish.com/snapfish/storephotoskins/

For more back to school ideas, visit the back-to-school Snapfish store.

*Disclosure* – This was a paid post. I was compensated for my review. All opinions expressed are my own. As you know, I never review products I don’t believe in or personally use. *

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FlyNy Kite Festival

How fun!!! I hope to see you there! 

 

FlyNY Kite Festival

Saturday, August 20

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pier I at 70th Street
Riverside Park South

(Enter Park at 73rd Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan)
View Directions
FREE EVENT

Man flying a kite

Join NYC Parks and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the third annual FlyNY Kite Festival!

Featuring activities:

  • Kite flying demonstrations by the American Kiteflyers Association
  • Kite making workshops with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • Origami instruction
  • Live music and MORE!

We encourage you to bring your own handmade kite or store-bought kite to fly on the pier!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of FlyNY? Please contact Sarah Frazier for more information by email at sarah.frazier@parks.nyc.gov or by phone at (212) 360-1379.

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In partnership with

Riverside Park Fund Summer on the Hudson

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recycled craft – Nature Suncatcher

I am loving the slightly cooler weather here in New York lately. Lily, Jonah and I have been playing outside as much as we can.

This afternoon we noticed how gorgeous the sun light looked as it peeked over at us through the trees. Lily was holding up her collection of vases to the sunlight and was commenting on how beautiful the flowers looked through the water when held up to the light.

We had an idea. A suncatcher! Why not.

So off we set to collect our flowers and leaves. I picked up some cardboard from the recycling bin and we got to crafting.


To make your own Nature Suncatcher you will need:

  • Scissors or a Box Cutter
  • Cardboard
  • Contact Paper
  • Natures goodies – leaves, sticks, flowers..etc
We started out with our cardboard shipping envelope.
Next I cut out a rectangle frame type space.
Measure your contact paper and stick it on to one side of the frame you just created.
and grab your nature goodies and get to work.
Stick your petals and leaves anywhere and everywhere you want on the sticky side of the contact paper.
Once you are satisfied with your creating hold it up to the sun and enjoy!!
This is such a fun project to do. It costs practically nothing! I bought my contact paper for a $1 at a local drugstore and found the cardboard in my recycling box.
Happy Crafting all!
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Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears – FRINGE Festival NYC

The Reviews are in and the show’s a HIT!!!

My most talented friend Jerrod Boggard asked me to help choreograph his latest show Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears that’s being presented by the New York International Fringe Festival.

Well folks..the reviews are in… and it’s a winner!

Check out the NYTHEATRE review right here —> http://www.nytheatre.com/showpage.aspx?s=gold12966

Come see GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE POLAR BEARS 

PERFORMANCE SPACE – VENUE #2 —>  CSV Center Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, NY, New York

3 Shows Remaining!! 

Sunday 8/21 @ 4:15 ;
Monday 8/22 @ 2:00 ;
Friday 8/26 @ 2:00

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Wordless Wednesday

Family Portrait!

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Take your kid to work

With Lily being home all summer and me having to make dances all over NYC, I have had no choice but to bring her with me… sometimes

Most times we had a babysitter or Matt was able to take Lily during evening rehearsals. I did love having her at rehearsal, she is usually great unless we hit the witching hour and that’s when it all starts to fall apart and with limited time to rehearse with dancers and producers and directors … mama gets kinda stressed!

I have been working on a ton of commercial work lately. Although I would looove to make my own work, funding is low for the arts right now and me not being employed full-time I just can’t fund my dance projects and pay my dancers and pay for rehearsal space and theatre space and costumes and insurance… you get the idea. So I am fortunate to have the commercial dance choreographing work fill my dance void!

Lily was with me for a rehearsal at the 92nd StreetY in NYC and certainly made herself comfy and got her dance on!

In the end, it’s great for Lily to be exposed to the process of making art. I see her movement vocabulary change every day and her movement invention is really amazing for a 6-year-old. In my rehearsals she’s exposed to creative content, and concepts and patterns and problem solving and just plain ole good dance. I do love that my kid is the “artsy” kid but a “for real” artsy kid! I can’t wait to see how this exposure to the creative process of dance , art , film, design and music is going to influence Lily when she gets older.

In Kindergarten, her teacher always told us about her attention for detail in art. She would spend time carefully perfecting every detail of her creations. Yea!

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