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A few pictures from our big ole historic blizzard which was a flizzard.

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We still had a good foot plus of snow but just not the excitement of a blizzard. I love snow days. Somewhere along the way when you have kids, us parental types forget how fun it is to be a kid… and snowdays are a perfect reminder.

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6 Favorite Toddler Beds

As you know Thomas has escaped the crib. We’re on night 4 of a toddler bed and I have to say it’s been going surprisingly well. He’s been sleeping in his bed all night and this morning he walked all the way down the hall to my bedroom and woke me up. Of course we have taken all the necessary precautions which by the way… i have lots to tell you.
But I wanted to share the important stuff first. A bed. Most cribs transition into a toddler bed which makes it easy on your wallet and decor.
Some of these beds, included in this round-up,  are not cribs but strictly toddler beds and some keep extending into a twin bed. Welp… as you can see I am not a ‘ themed’ bed sorta mama, so you won’t find any car or Thomas the train beds in this round-up.

6 Favorite Toddler Beds

 

here we go…

  1. Mikaila Loren Convertible Crib//This bed is a crib which converts to a toddler bed and then eventually a twin. So you win! $240 OVERSTOCK.COM
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Jumping OFF the bed

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Thomas climbed out of his bed over the weekend. It was wild and entertaining and he was so proud and Lily is proud but … how did this happen. It’s too soon. These babies of mine need to stop growing up.

Jonah loves this new change. He has jumped right into the bed and claimed it as his own. Thomas has no complaints. He finds a small corner of the bed to crawl into and it’s business as usual.

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IMG_6597.JPGIMG_6599.JPGPoor Jonah, he wishes he could just sleep in the toddler bed all night and loves having books read to him … but there just isn’t enough room for the two of them.

Our bedtime routine just got a lot more complicated.

Thank goodness for iphones because I totally captured his second try! Look how proud he is!!

 

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Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

 

Dia Beacon

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

Straight up North, along the Hudson Valley, about an hour from New York City, exists one big artsy secret.

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

The Dia :Beacon. While recently this sleepy town has been getting a ton of attention because Brooklyn hipsters – who are always on the hunt for the next big thing to experience – have found this hamlet, The Dia has been our go to for the past 10 years. This stunning museum features installations from significant artists like Richard Serra and Dan Flavin. You wouldn’t think this was a kid friendly space, but i think it’s perfect for kids and especially important.

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

Art needs to be experienced and while a painting is significant and can be experienced in an internal way, installations are a whole different sort of creative force.  An installation is powerful. The Dia features many large-scale modern conceptual works. One should read up on these pieces while there to fully grasp the concept. But… it’s also nice to just absorb the pure awesomeness of these works of abstract art and walk through them and … dance through them like we did.

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

I take the kids to museums all the time. New York has the best museums in the world and we sorta call them all our indoor playground.

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

It’s essential to expose kids to art at a young age. They absorb this in ways you and i can’t see in a tangible way but they do. Lily sees the world in a different way because of her hard-core exposure to modern dance, modern art, classic art, music and just being in spaces bursting with creativity. i see this in her daily though process, her kindness to humanity and in her personal artwork. Her creative decisions are much more advanced than the average 9 YO, She mixes her mediums and colors waaaay outside the lines and has original artistic voice which cannot be taught. This is only going to make her a creative and thoughtful human. and we need lots of those these days!

Day Trip to the Dia: Beacon

I encourage you to take a road trip up the gorgeous Hudson Valley to Beacon, NY and spend a few hours at the Dia: Beacon. My favorite time to go in during the spring because all the cherry blossoms just dance around as you walk under them.

You should go!!! Don’t miss this amazing museum. Beacon also has a handful of restaurants and great farmers market on the weekends. You can take a train from NYC or rent a car and stop at towns like – Sleepy Hollow and ColdSpring along the way up.

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Disney Frozen “Let It Go” performed by the 2 year old Moto

Thomas wakes up at 6 AM every morning. The sun’s not up, it’s freezing outside and he is on full energy mode. My strong cup of coffee can’t keep up with him.

Earlier this week, he planted himself at the piano and started the day off singing. Woke up the rest of the house. What a great wake up call!

He’s 2 and he does this all on his own. Pretty awesome!

 

 

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Get Ready for Baby with These 5 Baby Gear Must-Haves

Shopping for baby gear is overwhelming! When Matt and I went shopping for baby stuff to prepare for Thomas, we walked into one of those big box baby gear stores and totally freaked out at the warehouse style stock of baby stuff and walked right out!

So if you are finding yourself in a similar totally overwhelmed place, don’t fret mama. We got this. I’m here to help!

Let me talk you through my favorite baby items which are absolute musts. These items will grow with baby for years and years to come so no need to keep upgrading your gear.

These 5 are my top MUSTS. This will totally get you ready from bringing home your baby bumble bee!

5 baby must haves The New York Mom

 

 

  1. Stokke Steps Highchair – Stokke is one of my absolute favorite baby gear brands. The quality is superb and their design is unmatched I have a love affair with this brand! While this is a luxury brand and some of their baby gear might break the bank, the Stokke Steps is totally worth it. This is a high chair which begins at the infant stage and goes all the way through the tween years! The infant seat can be removed from the chair to be used as a bouncer which will save you money on buying a separate bouncer. You win!
  2. Britax Affinity Stroller- This fab stroller can be customized to fit your fashionable needs. There are 3 frame colors and 6 color packs to choose from. The seat can be both forward and rear facing with a nice cozy recline. See my full review of this stroller. The New York Mom Britax Affinity Stroller
  3.  Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base – This  infant car seat takes your baby from 4 – 30 pounds. It has energy absorbing foam and is very easily spot cleaned for sprucing up. It’s also incredibly easy to install.It’s compatible with the Britax Affinity Stroller.
  4. HENSVIK crib from IKEA – This is an amazing crib for $99. It is formaldehyde free, sturdy and i love the simple design. This crib also converts to a toddler bed. In the world of over priced baby gear this is a HUGE value for $99.
  5.  Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier – I love this ergonomic baby carrier for toting your little one around. Those first few months, Thomas practically lived in this carrier. It’s great for promoting skin to skin and baby wearing. I love the softness of this carrier and just the overall organic comfort in which Thomas settles into it.

I hope this helps! I could talk about baby gear all day! Do let me know if you need any additional tips or suggestions for baby gear! And CONGRATS!!

 

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Cuteness Overload – Toddler Style File

Toddler Style File

Toddler Style File

There is a whole lotta cute going on in my life these days. Thomas is at that magic age where everything is NEW and FRESH and he wants to eat – destroy- kiss everything and everyone. If you follow me on Instagram – @thenewyorkmom – then you are probably used to my over-gramming of this cuteness. So to give that platform a break for a bit… I’m going to overload you with this cuteness.

I love him in suspenders and it’s become sorta his staple. He also love bowties and often times will ask to wear them in the buff. hmm. cheeky little moto!

 

Thomas is wearing  // Shoes – RUUM  // – // Khakis – GAP KIDS // – // Plaid button down – THE CHILDREN’S PLACE // – suspenders –H&M // – // Knit cap is mine – FREEPEOPLE //

So here ya go! Happy Cuteness Friday!!!

Toddler Style File

Toddler Style File

Toddler Style File

Toddler Style File

 

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New York In The Snow

 

New York In The SnowUs New Yorker’s like to complain about everything. Yet we also love everything!

In the winter – it’s too cold, my face is freeing, my teeth are frozen, i can’t open my eyes – they are frozen. I hate winter.

In summer – it’s too dayum hot. It’s so smelly in the subway in this heat, I have no air conditioning in my house and it’s too hot to cook.

In the Fall – The rain is so gross, Don’t jump in leaf piles because you might land on a drug needle, People need to rake these leave,

In the Spring – oh it’s too beautiful, too much beauty to take, I’m not worthy…

kidding.

But you get the idea.

Always complaining about the seasons…yet we LOOOOOVE the seasons.

I love all the seasons that New York has to offer…but sometimes or most times this cold is too much. We haven’t even gotten through the first week of January and it’s 6 degrees outside tonight. That’s like negative 15 with a wind chill. It’s bittah cold! We still have the rest of January – February and March to go! New York In The Snow

All that complaining aside…

We had our first snow day yesterday and it was amazing. The northern parts of New York have had many many snow days but us over her down south … this was our first official snow day. And it was beautiful. This was Thomas’s first snow experience. He was but a wee little lad last winter so has no real memory of snow. Thomas loved the snow and tried to build a snowman but the snow wasn’t sticky enough.

New York In The SnowJonah – our alpine rescue beast – has been woken up by this winter wonderland and was in desperate need of rescuing someone. Look how happy he looks!

New York In The SnowThe winter months are sorta depressing especially when you have a toddler. We’ve been stuck inside the house for the past few days and totally bored. I need to sing this kid up for some sort of ‘ run like crazy for a few hours’ class!

Happy Winter all!

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In the Year 2015 //

IMG_5838.JPGYesterday was the first day back to school for Lily in the year 2015. It’s sorta the unofficial ‘official’ first work day of 2015. and while  you were all out getting a head start on this new yeara fresh lease on your goalsa new beginning for all you want to be this new year… I was rolling around on the floor with my sweet little 2-year-old Moto.

You see it’s not that I don’t have any goals or aspirations… i have lots of them… but I have learned over the years that I need to keep them in check because very easily the feeling of inadequacy and insecurity creep up and swallow me up whole. Tis the struggle of stay at home mamas! ( although i do work so technically i’m not stay at home but 5 out of 7 days i’m home) 

2014 was a pretty awesome year both professionally and personally. This blog landed quite a few big time accounts and campaigns and I am hoping to build on that in this new year. I have settled into a pretty awesome job where I’m doing what I love with people I respect and enjoy. And the kids are still alive and have all their arms and legs in tact!! Woop!

This year is going to be mighty fine. I’m sure of it. I really do want to thank YOU… yes you… anonymous reader and also my friends and family who pour over this blog and support all my crazy concepts. I want to thank you all for sticking through with me on this journey and coming back for my random quips on life.

When I started this blog a few years ago, it really was a venting space for the loss of my dance career because i became a parent. Those posts have since been taken down because they were harsh and true and honest and HARSH and I have moved on. I have come to grips with the fact that I had an amazing dance career, I rocked the dance scene and accomplished a great amount of things in the dance performance and education fields. I hope i inspired my students and audience to think outside of everything they feel comfortable with and ask questions and find their voice through movement and art.

This year I am taking my own advice and doing just that. Asking questions, challenging myself and making things happen! CREATE – ing the life I want.

While today did not do much for my world domination plans… I always have tomorrow. or next week!

There are lots of fun changes coming to this blog. Don’t I say that every single year! and every single year – my dear friend – who is practically family comments and says ” yea we love you, you rock. bring it” and every year I have another something that comes up which takes time away from my blog. But this year i mean it… My friend Kristi’s voice is loud and clear in my head and I got this! I love that you read this blog and swing by and check in all the time. So i hope to have more content and a clarity about where this blog is headed really soon.

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I wrote about my word for 2015… CREATE.

I want to curate this life of mine to fit my wants and interests and make it what I want it to be. Here’s how:

Yoga  – my dear old friend yoga is back in my life. I have found an amazing teacher and can’t wait to invest in her classes.

Dinner parties – Matt and I used to throw some pretty swank dinner parties before we had kids. I’m bringing those back this year.

Travel – my wanderlust cannot be contained any longer!

I’m starting with these 3 and see what happens from here. It’s exciting to write these things down. they are not resolutions but just ways for me to CREATE my space here in the world. Yea 2015… i’m coming for you… after i roll around with this little sweet man of mine!

What about you? What are ways you are CREATE– ing your little corner in the world.

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