A Dinosaur Story

Thomas and I have been attending a Monday morning  Mommy and Me Class all year. This has been our Monday ritual as we get dressed and walk down the street to school. He loves school and especially loves his teacher. She tells jokes, she reads books, plays bubbles, sings songs and most of all she has snacks!

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Early on in the year, Thomas caught on that everytime we go to class, we get snacks. So he usually walks into class and the first thing he does is walk up to his teacher and asks about snack time. And the teacher gently reminds him that snack time is later… after crafts. and Thomas says, ok and goes along his business. As if he HAS to be reassured about his snack time.

Last week, he asked the teacher if he could play dinosaurs and this week she put the dinos out on an activity table.

Thomas loved every moment of his time with the dinos.

The New York MomFirst – he lined them up and pretended they were asking him for candy. He gave them all ‘cake cakes’ and jelly beans and said, ‘ok last one your belly say ow’.

The New York MomThen – he lined them all up and took Curious George on a safari and had all the dinosaurs give him kisses.

The New York MomFinally – He took one lonely dino as his baby and tried to breastfeed him. “this my baby dinosaur, you want titis?’

Hope your Monday is just as WONDER ful as his imagination!         The New York Mom

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Instant Eye Lash Extensions

 This is a sponsored post with Physician Formula and Conde Nast. Thanks for swinging by and checking out my sponsors. All opinions are my own! 

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I am a firm believer that all a gal needs to look put together is some concealer, lip gloss and mascara. These days with Thomas teething and not sleeping and having low-grade fevers because of his teething… my daily beauty routine is taking a backseat.

But the mascara… never leave home without your mascara girls. Mascara gives your eyes a pop and makes you look awake and the rest of your face will be tricked into thinking you got all the rest you needed …and that no toddler was up at 2am wanting to play choo choo!

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Dousing your eyes with mascara is also a stage and theatre make up thing. I used to wear sheets of mascara or big time falsies to make my face stand out. And in this era of selfies… these tips of the stage come in handy.

BUUUTT who has the patience for falsies… and with a toddler in tow, it’s a clown show waiting to happen.

I have the next best thing. Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

So basically these are instant extensions + falsies + everything, all in one very quick application. This is a 2 piece kit. One is a mascara and the other is a wand with fiber extensions. Don’t be scared by the fiber extension part. It’s basically just another tube with fibers that you put on like mascara.

So I have naturally long lashes… but i really did notice a significant boost in my lashes. The best part is that this washes right off when you wash your face. The only negative i have… and it’s not even that big a deal really… is that the fiber might sprinkle onto your clothing when you are applying them. I learned this the wrong way when a white button down was sprinkled with black extension lash fibers. But once I started to use this product more and dust off the fibers a little before applying, they didn’t dust off.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit

I can’t say enough great things about the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. I love it. It makes me feel all fancy even when I’m sleep deprived with a teething toddler playing choo choos at 2am! And it’s a beauty product that actually works!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit is wallet friendly at a cool $14.95. It’s hypoallergenic, paraben free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist approved and it’s okay to wear with contact lenses. This lasts for about 24 hours. Swing by Physicians Formula to learn more!

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Smooth Legs Ahead with Gillette Venus Swirl

 This is a sponsored post for Gillette Venus via SheSpeaks Network. Thanks for swinging by and checking out my sponsors. 

Even though it’s technically Spring, we had temps in the 20’s this morning. Regardless of the cold weather, I’ve decided to shave my legs for the warmer months.

What?

You don’t grow your leg hair all winter… for insulation?

hmm. you get the idea. Winter months call for a break from daily shaving and I totally partake in this cold weather survival technique.

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I’ve been working with Gillette to try out their new Gillette Venus Swirl razor. This is a pretty cool razor with a FlexiBall™  and roller blade technology. What does all that mean? It means that all those little hairs around your knees don’t stand a chance girls!

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I have super boney knees and usually end up cutting myself shaving while STILL not getting a clean shave. The Gillette Venus Swirl razor was a win for me. My freshly shaven winter legs feel great with no extra little stays hanging around.

You can find the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor at Walmart.

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Some product notes: 

  • The new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology offers a totally unique movement like no other male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Venus Swirl™ is the first Venus razor to feature Gillette’s most advanced blade technology, with five Contour™ blades that cut hair at lower cutting force and have thinner, finer edges — the thinnest in Gillette’s history. The Contour™ blades individually adjust to a woman’s every curve and contour.
  • A water activated MoistureGlide™ Serum surrounds the blades for incredible glide.

 

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Summer Learning Adventure with Brain Chase

*This is a sponsored post with BrainChase and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own, thanks for swinging by and learning about my sponsors*

Even though we are outside building snowmen this morning, Summer… yes warmer weather… is right around the corner. We are on the go all summer which makes any sort of consistent tutor learning situation challenging for our family.

This is where Brain Chase comes in. Brain Chase is an online learning adventure where kids are encouraged to work on a challenge, unlock the code and move to the next.For six weeks, students complete online reading, writing, and math challenges to unlock exclusive animations containing clues to the location of a real buried treasure. Students get one guess every day, and the first one to guess correctly gets to hop on a plane and dig it up themselves.

Our challenge is Math. Lily has been having a tough time with her Math classes and taking an extended break over the summer makes me nervous about how she’s going to get back into it when school starts back up again.

Brain Chase‘s six-week summer learning program grades 2-8 has a very cool secret adventure theme. Basically this is a great big global challenge powered by STEM. Brain Chase partners with MyON Digital Library and Khan Academy to get kids and parents excited about this actual scavenger hunt. If you do guess the location of the prize, Brain Chase will fly your entire family, out to the location, to actually dig it up and reveal a $10,000 college scholarship.

Brain Chase works with each childs academic level and credentialed tutors/teachers send feedback to help you along the way. When you sign up for Brain Chase a pretty cool package will arrive with decoder rings, compass and all sorts of goodies to get you started on your  learning treasure hunt.

Lily is THRILLED about this. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see your child over the moon about… MATH!

Swing by BRAIN CHASE to learn more and sign up.

The 2015 summer adventure starts at 9am Eastern on Monday, June 22, 2015. Log in to watch the first animated webisode and meet Mae Merriweather as she and her team of adventurers search for the Sunstone of Cortés. Also, check the mail for a mysterious object that you’ll need during the 5-week adventure.

You, Dear Reader, get a special 15% off Brain Chase sign-up using this special code just for my readers… you! –> NYMOM15

 

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Mom Style File – Weekday Look

Fashionable Musts for moms on the go. From sneaks to a cashmere sweater – stay warm while staying right on trend without sacrificing any of the comfort. Welcome to the Mom Style File.

I’m excited to bring the Mom Style File back as a regular feature AND I’m going to pretend that I did not see snow flurries outside my window this morning and continue as planned in thinking that spring is right around the corner. (Don’t mention the 2-5 inches of snow we are supposed to get on friday)

Spring is almost here mamas and if you are like me, then you are ready to bury your coats and boots for good! While the temps aren’t balmy just yet, you can still stay warm while staying on trend without the bulky winter gear.

These are a few of my favorite pieces which make one versatile ” running errands” kinda – Mom Outfit – if you will. I’ve been making an effort to look somewhat put together when I’m home with Thomas. So ditch the slumpy jeans and college sweatshirt and go with a bit of a refined look. It will make you feel tons better about cleaning up toddler messes and dealing with those wackadoo tantrums!

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Dreaming of springtime with Stokke #Stokkestroll

One of my favorite baby gear brands –Stokke– held a swank event in NYC last week. Stokke and the fab gals from Momtrends hosted a cocktail in the trendy Flatiron District  to showcase the latest news for 2015.

I am a fan of the Stokke brand and have been working with them for about 2 years now. This is a brand that values high design, luxury and safety. Their strollers are head turners while also being very comfortable and safe for baby.

Three strollers were featured at their grand event – the Xplory, Crusi and Scoot. Each of these strollers boast great new fabrics, all terrain wheels, large canopies, cushier seats for baby and easier folds.

Read my review of the Stokke Xplory!

Spring is right around the corner, here in NYC, and I am looking forward to long lazy #Stokkestrolls.

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Disney’s Cinderella – A Classic Tale

Magic is in the air and it’s being delivered to us on a glass slipper though Disney’s Cinderella. While Anna and Elsa have cornered the Disney princess market, our classic princess in blue – Cinderella – gets introduced to a new crop of little ones who have heard tales of this princess but only from the nostalgia stories of their mothers.

CInderella Movie Review

Disney’s new film Cinderella opens in theatres March 13 and audiences are in for a treat. This live action film has all the magic of a Disney classic. While it’s not a musical, the story stays to the classic storyline and story telling cadence with very little newness. And I like that.

There is no reinventing of the princess, no surprise ending, nothing you don’t expect. The mom dies, the dad marries, he dies, the stepmother is wicked, the sisters ugly, fairy godmother,dashing prince, there are mice and a pumpkin and the clock strikes midnight and the glass slipper, the search for the perfect fit, the happily every after… all of it. All the scenes arrive just like clock work.

Cinderella, played by the beautiful Lily James of Downton Abbey fame, is perfect in the role. Her tiny waist, and i mean tiny itty waist, skipping through the film holds your attention the entire time. She’s too nice for her own good and at times you do want to just impart some feminist knowledge on her, but this is Cinderella and we have to play it out.

The Prince, played by Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame, is aloof and handsome and there is the scene with a close up of his gorgeous blue eyes…and the whole audience melts.

The fairy Godmother, played by Helena Bonham Carter, is delivered in a Johnny Depp meets Helena meets Fairy Godmother type of way. Which totally works.

Cate Blanchett and her soul piercing glares – it’s like she’s telling me her entire character study with her eyes. And her gowns, she was killing it with her costume changes, Those greens in all those silky shades were to die!

Kenneth Branagh directed this film and the british Shakespearean stamp is certainly imprinted throughout. From the actors, to the dialogue, the style and nuances. This is a beautiful, classic film which is nothing short of magic. Kids will enjoy this story and the grandeur of it while parents will appreciate the fine acting.

On the flip side – Don’t go see this film if you are expecting a strong, courages princess who writes her own destiny. It’s not for the feminists in the group. There are heaving bosoms, small bosoms, but they heave and will be noticed by kids, there is the helpless Cinderella who never ever stands up for herself except at the end – you know this story – but even that is a whimper of a stand up. Still we wanted her to say something rotten.. anything rotten to her stepmother and when she finally did the entire audience applauded. Tears and all.The prince is aloof, handsome and eye candy. It’s a fairytale and that’s what you are going to get.

This is also not a musical and has very little humor. So young kids who are expecting a Frozen style delivery of film won’t appreciate the quality and storytelling here.

I personally enjoyed the film for the design, the fashion, the acting, the actors, the simple expected beauty of what Cinderella should be.

Will Cinderella overthrow Elsa and Anna… probably not. But she’s here to stay for sure.

||Cinderella opens March 13 Running time 1hour 45 minutes and it’s rated PG ||

 

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International Womens Day

International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day. I’m so fortunate to be raised by 2 amazing, powerful, strong-willed, stubborn and loving women. My mother and grandmother have been my force growing up, and now as a mother of two, I look to them more than ever for help, support and inspiration. My mom was a single mom raising 3 kids. I complain when Matt is away for 2 days and I have to juggle my part-time work, minimal house upkeep and microwaved meals. It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I realized the immense sacrifice my own mom made for all 3 of us.

While today is about celebrating women who have made significant public contributions to history, science, women’s rights and other such causes. I would like to celebrate my mother and grandmother who made significant sacrifices to raise strong, kind, loving, stubborn and change makers for this world to benefit from!

I hope I can pass down, to Lily, a fraction of what was given to me by these two amazing women in my life.

 

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15 Tips When Talking to Kids About Online Safety

Lets talk about internet safety for elementary aged kids. Internet safety is the new “stranger danger,” and in today’s online social climate parents can’t avoid the reality of this social connection any longer. Kids are savvy these days and navigating apps, you tube channels, vine videos, instagram, snapchat and search engines all comes second nature to kids as young as 7 years old. Parents… don’t be afraid. We must embrace this social culture with our kids and not ignore it, be afraid of it or dismiss it. Learn it! Engage with your child via social networks.  We just have to make sure we talk to our kids about being safe online and using their better judgement even as early as age 5.

Recently I stood in front of a room full of parents and gave a talk onTalking to Kids About Online Safety . This was specifically for the under 13 year old age group.( Because you know it’s illegal for a kid under 13 to have a social account right! See COPPA laws below.)I hope you find these tips helpful.

 

Talking to Kids About Online Safety

|| Talking to Kids About Online Safety ||

  1. Talk to your kids about internet safety OFTEN. Make sure they know to tell a parent when they feel uncomfortable with something they see online. Online safety is the new Stranger Danger.
  2. Always know your child’s passwords and accounts to everything they are doing. Children under 13 should not have social network accounts according to COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). It is illegal for kids to have social accounts like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, so do not allow your child to have a FB, Snapchat, Instagram,VIne accounts. If your child does have a social account, make sure it is private and you, the parent, MUST friend them on all their social accounts. If this is an issue, take away their account. It’s illegal anyway.
  3. Frequently check the ‘history’ of the computer and smart phone/device your child is using. ( don’t know how to do this, drop me an email)
  4. If using apple products – log in via icloud on all your Apple devices – iPhone, itouch, ipad, and computers. This enables you to see the photos and videos your child is taking from their device.
  5. Keep the computer in a public space with the screen facing out – not a wall – kids should not have computers in their rooms.
  6. Monitor phone activity often. You are the parent and can take the phone away if you feel the child is hiding something from you or involved in something inappropriate.
  7. Teach your child the value and power of photographs and video. Do not allow friends to photograph or video them in embarrassing situations.Do not allow older siblings to photograph or video younger siblings in embarrassing situations.
  8. Snaphcat – the most popular tween/teen social outlet. While it claims images are immediately deleted… screen shots are never erased.
  9. Never share passwords with friends.
  10. Safety features on your phone, also privacy/safety settings have to be set on YouTube.com and Google.com. Which means turning safety features on your smart phone or device is NOT enough. You have to go to Youtube.com – scroll to the bottom of the page and select the safety features through that page. Same for Google, bing… etc.
  11. Limit screen time and if needed unplug your Wi-Fi.
  12. Parents MUST stay on top of online trends and news. Know how to use your computer, navigate FB, Instagram, vine, snapchat..etc
  13. Don’t be afraid to be that parent. Communicate your online usage expectations to the sitter or care givers.
  14. Do not let your child take their tablet or smart phone to bed. Phone stays on the dining table through the night, they can get it when the wake up.
  15. Be sure to enable all child safety programs and use passwords on your internet devices.

|| Resources ||

COPPA – http://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions#General Questions

COMMON SENSE MEDIA – https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety

 

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Life as seen through the lens of my iPhone 6 Plus

Things have been wooshing past us at warp speed over here. This life is happening around me too fast. I can’t make it stop. So I take lots of pictures. Here are just a few pictures captured these past couple weeks.

This is a sweet shelf which sits in Thomas’s room. See that chalkboard in the corner, it reads – You might be small but never let that stop your little dreams no matter what. It was written by Lily just for Thomas.
While we are all complaining about the snow… someone loooves it!
This gator has met it’s match!
Bathtime means bedtime is right around the corner and some days… this is a very welcomed sight!
Hello Moto!

 

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