What’s your word for 2015?

I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions. They never work out, there’s too much pressure and I’m not one to jump on bandwagons.

But I do like to acknowledge the birth of a new year, a new season, a new everything and starting at 1.

I spent the last few days thinking about how to start off 2015. Not by promising myself something, but rather embracing something. Making something part of my everyday life and breathing it in.

I picked a word for the year…

// C R E A T E //

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This is my word for 2015.

This word speaks to all of my various selfs. I’ve complained too long about the loss my creative life, and this year I’m going to create something, or many somethings,  if even in  the smallest way.

I want to work on building and creating meaningful relationships with my friends and family members which will root themselves deep for the years ahead.

I want to create a life and environment where I can be inspired and bring some of that creative spark back to me being.

Lily and I talked about the meaning of this word as we gathered up our craft supplies and made a little reminder for ourselves.

She said she wants to ‘create’ a better world for others.

… i love this child.

Words have power and I think we chose the perfect word for us to focus on in the new year.

Happy 2015 everyone.

What is your word for 2015?

 

 

 

 

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The New York Mom’s Guide To Christmas in New York

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The New York Mom's Guide To Christmas in New York

This is my absolute favorite season of the year! Every single part of New York is alive with the sights and sounds of the season. Christmas in New York is like nothing you can experience. It’s everything and much more than you have imagined and the magic is alive here in the big apple. Our little family has a lists of must’s we try to do every year. Some of these are pretty mainstream but some are off the beaten path.All of these are great to experience with kids.  I hope you enjoy my 11 favorite things to do in New York this Christmas Season!

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  1.  Rockerfeller Center – How could you not do this. While we always skip the ice skating, we do love to experience the tree and the window light show across the street at Saks Fifth Avenue. This year the lights are all projected and it’s an impressive story of New York but I miss the old-fashioned old school snowflakes of yesteryear.  Rockerfeller Center is the magical heart of Christmas in New York. While there make sure you stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  2.  Bergdorfs windows – Wanna hear a local secret…. The BEST holiday windows in NYC are at Bergdorf Goodman’s. And no lines or crowds. These are hands down the most creative, high couture, thoughtful, artful windows in the entire city. Sure you have the whimsy of the Saks windows and the Macy’s windows… but the high art cannot be touched when it comes to the Bergdorf Goodman Windows. It’s a MUST! Find them at 5th ave and 58th street.
  3.  Dyker Heights – Over there in Brooklyn is an entire neighborhood who is coo-coo for Christmas. You might have seen some of these homes featured on television on practically every single christmas home display show…but nothing compares to actually going to Dyker Heights and experiencing this magic in person. Dyker Heights, you bring the Christmas Season out in full force!
  4.  Skating at Standard Hotel – I’m giving away all the secrets here! Skip all the lines and tourists at Bryant Park and Rock Center ice skating rinks. The real deal is going on at a tiny ice rink at the Standard Hotel. The rink is super small, so parents can release their kids out on the ice while they sit on luxe seating – outside- under heating lamps – while sipping on their choice of seasonal hot toddy. The ‘ all the time’ celebrity sightings are also a bonus… if that’s your thang! Also it’s right at the Highline! 
  5. New York City Ballet Nutcracker– The Nutcracker like it’s a dream! You HAVE to see the NYCB Nutcracker, that tree, the dancers, that perfection…. magic!
  6. Chestnuts – A bag of roasted chestnuts for $5… all 8 of them. But they are the perfect seasonal street vendor food. Walk up and down 5th ave while eating your bag of chestnuts… magic!
  7. Handel’s Messiah Sing Along with the New York Phil Harmonic – No words. You MUST do this. The entire place is PACKED with hipsters, locals, old people… everyone. Singing the Messiah at least once during the Christmas season should be on everyone’s list!

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8.  Santa at ABC Carpet and Home – He’s the real deal. Every local knows that the best and realest Santa is at the ABC Carpet in the flatiron district. The lines can be long so always check the schedule before you go.

 9. Union Square Christmas Market – After you grab your Santa pic at ABC carpet, head over to the Union Square Holiday Market. Buy some handmade presents, drink some seriously chocolaty artisanal gold leaf hot chocolate and enjoy Union Square.

 10. Radio City Christmas Spectacular – another MUST. When they start kicking in unison… I mean! As a dancer, I know exactly what goes into those rehearsals and that hard work and magic delivers onstage! Also, you are going to sob like a baby at the last scene.

 11. Botanical Gardens Train Show – Choo Choo… this is a choo choo show like none other. This elaborate Train Show is created using ONLY natures bounty. A must! Also they have a boozy weekend showing… i vote for that one.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guides 2014 ~ coming soon

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Tis the season for gift giving and I am super excited to announce the FIRST ever official real- deal Holiday Gift Guide from The New York Mom.

How exciting you guys!

I have tons of tips and suggestions and ideas and all sorts of fun goodies coming up for the next few weeks. Gifts for kids, for moms, for dads, techy gifts, foodie gifts, gifts for young, gifts for old… i got you covered!

Soooo keep it where ya got it!

Happy gifting y’all!!

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Dinner and a Broadway show with my fave gal – American Girl Summer

*This post is sponsored by American Girl*

Recently Lily and I had a date! I treated her to a broadway show and dinner at the American Girl Cafe in NYC. We went to see Aladdin on Broadway and then waltzed over to 5th avenue to the American Girl Store to have a fancy schmancy dinner. What A Treat!!!

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We walked from Penn Station to the Aladdin theatre in Times Square and she loved the hustle and bustle of the big city. Since we live in NY we don’t go to midtown… always downtown, so being with the crowds of tourisits and crazy characters coming after you is always exciting for Lily.

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Aladdin was magical, awesome, fun , funny and a true treat for the visual sense. A review of the show is coming up in a separate post. Go see live theatre. There is truly nothing like it. Your senses, your mind, your body… your creative spark are all restored when you see live theatre.

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Lily loooved Aladdin. She loved the flying carpet, she loved the genie, she loves the glitter costumes. All of it. I loved seeing the look on her face – totally engaged, engrossed in the moment – during the ENTIRE 2hour show!

After the show we had an hour to kill so we did a little bit of shopping before dinner. Shopping is a must when you are on 5th ave on a date with your fave gal.

Dinner at the American Girl Cafe is magical. The kids … and parents… are made to feel so very special. When you walk into the cafe, you are personally greeted by a friendly staff member who then escorts you to your table. If you have a doll, a high chair for the doll is provided. If you don’t have your doll with you, you can borrow any one of the american girl dolls or bitty babies. An appetizer, pink lemonade, yummy entree and fancy dessert all come out like clock work. Never missing a beat. Lily was certainly the star, the staff make the kids feel like they are the most important and special people in the room. The whole experience is a MUST if you have an American Girl fan.

Our adventure was through the American Girl Summer activities which American Girl Stores offer in all major cities. We picked Aladdin and Dinner and hope to go back for the Ballet and Dinner.  These packages are priced very reasonably considering the value and are a really great deal even if you aren’t part of the American Girl world. Read about our HARBOR CRUISE with American Girl. 

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Summer is not yet over, so you can certainly get in on these fab deals.

As for me… My date with my sweet Lily was absolutely magical!

 * This post is sponsored by American Girl. All opinions are my own. Thanks a ton for swinging by and hearing about my sponsors* 

 

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20 days of school with Schoola

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It’s Back To School time and I’ve partnered with SCHOOLA and their 20 days of school campaign, to help raise 25,000 for Kipp Academy in the Bronx to help fund their music program.

If you know me at all you know that my heart is in arts education. As a fierce advocate for the Arts, I support arts education right from elementary school. This project makes me so happy and I really hope you are inspired to join me.

Kipp Academy in the Bronx REALLY needs this program. 95% of the kids qualify for free or reduced cost lunch. 95 PERCENT!!! More than one in seven kids, at KIPP academy,  receives special education services. Music helps KIPP Academy reach and engage every child who enters its doors. The slogan on the Music Room wall sets the stage—All of Us Will Learn Music.

Arts education is absolutely vital to the development of young minds. Arts educations effectiveness has been proven time and time again, When kids are engaged in dance, theatre, music or visual arts they improve in their academics, don’t drop out of school, attendance in school is higher, find a focus and their self esteem gets a boost.

and the best part… exposure to the arts from a young age creates amazing little human who will grow and do amazing things!

I’ve had the fortune of being a guest artist teaching dance in schools all across New York City and it’s been the most fulfilling part of my professional dance career. Teaching dance at schools like KIPP Academy where most of the kids are at risk was especially fulfilling. I was able to – for a short time- give these kids a small escape from their lives while also teaching them about movement and art and collaborations. These kids don’t have access to the arts like you and I do. With programs in the arts getting cut in public schools more and more every year, we need more than ever to help out schools like KIPP Academy succeed. Let’s help them buy new instruments, let’s help them teach music to these talented kids, and lets help them make artists who will grow up and shape our creative future!

I’m thrilled to share my collaboration with Schoola with you and really hope that you – me- WE can help KIPP academy raise the 25,000 they need to fund their music program.

Schoola is an online consignment store  which sells only  brand name kids clothes. A portion of the proceeds goes to schools in need and I’ve chosen KIPP Academy and their music program. 

Here’s how this works. Simply shop for back to school stuff at SCHOOLA and money will go right to KIPP ELEMENTARY.

  • For every transaction made from Schoola, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.
  • For every person who requests a donation bag, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.
  • For every clothing donation made from Schoola and when you fill out your school information ( a school you’d like to support), $2 of every $5 made will go back to the school that you support.

Follow this link so we can help KIPP Academy! —> SCHOOLA

It’s going to take so little to make such a big difference!!!

This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying.

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Kelloggs Cereal And Milk

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This post is a sponsored by Kelloggs.

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My days start off running. Not even a soft jog…but a full on sprint and it keeps going until bedtime – the finish line. I’m sure most parents can relate. The kids wake up around 5:30 am and it’s on! Game On! So to get your energy up and make sure we don’t miss the most important meal of the day – breakfast – Kelloggs has launched the Cereal and Milk Campaign.

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A Kellogg’s cereal and milk breakfast is nutritious at its most delicious. With every spoonful, it has protein to help rebuild and grains to help recharge your body. So go ahead, get reacquainted with your favorite bowl of crunchy goodness.

Earlier this week Kelloggs invited me to their pop up breakfast recharge bar in midtown Manhattan. This event was a few days long and had several celeb appearances. I was invited to meet dancer/choreographer, Derek Hough and was treated to a special dance performance by him and his crew. He also debuted a very special #cerealandmilk dance combo just for us!

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The recharge bar was open to the public and was a buzz with cereal and milk goodness. Tony the tiger and the Kellogg’s rooster were on hand to get the crowd excited.

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From Tourists to locals, this was a great way to start of the morning… and a fab dance concert was just the frosting on the mini wheats! < see what i did there> 

For more information on Kellogg’s please swing by –> Cereal and Milk.

* This post was sponsored by Kellogg’s. Thanks for swinging by my site, as always all opinions and ideas are my own*

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I throw my hands up in the air sometimes…

Lily sings this song….

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes,
Saying AYO! Gotta let go!
I wanna celebrate and live my life,
Saying AYO! Baby, let’s go! Taio cruz>

You know things are off kilter when my words of wisdom are coming from a pop song. <via Kidzbop> 

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Today Lily went to school – with no snack, no lunch money, we missed her teachers meeting, we forgot who had to pick her up and she did not have her hat or gloves and it was below freezing. So there… Happy Monday to me. I throw my hands up in the air sometimes…

Things are good though. I don’t want to complain. I think sometimes I need to reflect on these moments on imperfection in my life just so I can truly appreciate all the perfectly perfect moments.

There’s been a ton of chatter in the media about these SUPER women who have it all. Husband- Career, Family, Dog, Running club, Book Club, Vacations, fab shoes and Lunches with gal pals. Well I want to meet one of these gals face to face and ask them a few questions. Because I have all this stuff too ya know  and it’s a balancing act with plates spinning and monkeys on bicycles riding in circles around me. And often times I fall off my tight rope with the plates crashing down on the monkeys riding in circles around me. ( see what i did there) You get the picture. 

‘Cause it goes on and on and on…
And it goes on and on and on…

My days start on full speed and end in a crash. These days are full of awesome giggles and stories and glitter and meltdowns and bathtime and witching hours… and they are intense and often times I look at my week and think… what just happened! Can we sloooow this train down.

But it’s life right. It happens fast. We just need to catch it.

I’m about to jump into yet another work related adventure and I’m over the moon about it. I am a worker. I love to work, i love to have a project, i love to have a purpose and I love to be part of a team. So work is a MUST for me… I am happier in my home life when I’m working. It’s a healthy thing for all of us.

How do you girls juggle it all? What secrets do you have to looking so fab, getting dinner on the table, laundry, work deadlines… while also being ever-present for the littles in your life? Or is it time for us to be honest with each other and share these imperfect moments which make up this messy project called motherhood?

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and in closing I’d like to share my favorite verse from the aforementioned song…

I came to dance, dance, dance, dance
I hit the floor ’cause that’s my plans, plans, plans, plans
I’m wearing all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands   not wearing any pants pants pants pants pants ( lily’s version)
Give me some space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands

‘Cause it goes on and on and on…
And it goes on and on and on…

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday

We had such fun visiting our parents last week. Lily and Thomas couldn’t get enough of the trundle bed at Grandma’s house. Thomas loved jumping from the bed to the trundle… endless fun!

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Gotta #LoveThisCity with #MC

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I Love New York.

I love this city.

I love NYC.

I have a love for New York City. This is no secret.

So when I was asked to be part of this campaign with MasterCard about why I love New York City… I had to say YES!

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Last week on a gorgeous sunny fall day, I found myself sitting on a bench at the Union Square park. Under the trees that create this canopy from the tall grey buildings around you,  Union Square Park sort of folds its leafy arms around us bench sitters.

There I sat… feeling  low about not dancing these days and trying to find some sort of creative outlet for my daily or weekly life.

Across the path from me sat an older woman with her 3 dogs and every kid who walked by would kneel down and pet the fluffly tail waggers.   A bench away sat another feeding the over fed pigeons in the park, a person asleep on another bench stirred and settled, kids came by whizzing along on their scooters, moms strolled by chatting and laughing with babies asleep in their strollers, two lovers canoodled, and the squirrels just bobbed and weaved through the benches looking for little tasty scraps to hoard for the winter.

All the while little golden leaves rained on us as the sunlight played a game of peek a boo through the swaying branches. There I sat, frozen in this moment listening to Phillip Phillips piping in through my headphones and soaked in this ‘ happening’ around me.

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I moved to New York a little over 10 years ago. and it’s been nothing short of memorable.  I moved here to start my dance career right after I graduated from College. New York has been great for my dance career and in those 10 years I’ve gotten married and have become a parent.

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New York City has a way of embracing you… with the millions of people on this island, somehow I feel like i’m part of this small community. And i love that about NYC.

While I’m not dancing these days… life around me in New York City is and I LOVE that this city allows me to be a part of this daily dance.

Check out more stories about why so many of us #LoveThisCity –> http://mstr.cd/16MbYjK

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Dumbo Arts Festival 2013

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This past weekend we headed to the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL.

This is one of my favorite festivals in New York City.

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A few years ago my dance company used to perform at this festival. We presented site specific dance performances all around Dumbo.

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The Dumbo Arts Festival signifies the beginning of fall to me. Fall in New York is magical. Truly it is. The art scene just bursts this time of year, the leaves are in a constant state of color explosion, I get to wear scarves and boots. It’s wonderful!

While I didn’t want to take too many pics of the actual art during the art festival.. it’s the artists work and I feel funny photographing it unless I can fully explain what the work is about… ya da yada…

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Lily loves art festivals… she says it’s going to be her one day. She’s going to create her own work and sell it or maybe present it at such a festival. pretty cool lil!

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You know what I love about the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL… the work is abstract, it’s interactive, it’s creative, its’ new, it’s all around you. This environment is really quite ideal for a young mind like Lily’s . While I was exposed to the arts when I was younger, it was always your mainstream arts, galleries, concerts, plays..etc. I didn’t discover performance art or abstract art or multi media collaborations until I was in college and was absolutely blown away by this brave medium of creating work.

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My personal choreography is multi dimensional, i use video, props, text , music and environment to create my pieces. Lily has come to many of my shows and just soaks it all up and when we get home she recreates a little something! ( I wish I could get back to making dances….i wish!)

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Oh stop me from getting all sappy this glorious Monday Morning!

Hope you enjoy a few of our pics from our weekend at the Dumbo Art Festival.

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