Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys

Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys

After sharing my Tween Gift Guide for Girls, I received a lot of feedback from my readers about a gift guide for boys. So I consulted with the experts, my friends and readers, came up with this list of Best Gifts for Tween and Teen Boys. These toys can cross over for girls too because we have a good selection of these at home for my tween daughter and me! So dig in!

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It’s a great list with a mix of techy fun, outdoor play and more. We have a few of these products and others have been tested by my colleagues and friends. So all products are reviewed, played with and legit recommended. Have fun shopping! I also have a Tween/Teen gift list on Amazon that has a lot more ideas. So hop over to the Gift Guide for Tweens and Teens! 

Go Pro. I have a Go Pro and Love it. I literally throw it in my pocket when we travel for capturing video and images on the go! You can download an app to your smart phone and import images immediately to your phone for social sharing. The accessories for the Go Pro are also pretty amazing and kids will love creating new grids and ways to rig their go pros!

Under Armour is THE brand for the tween and teen set and these joggers are a classic must-have. Parents will score serious cool points if these pants show up under the tree this season. Additional colors are available but I love classic black!

Lily, my 12YO, has this Razor Hoverboard and it’s SUCH a hit in the neighborhood. So here is the deal about Hoverboards. You have to pay money for the real ones. The cheaper Hoverboards, the can potentially blow up, are made with a cheaper battery. The Razor is the highest quality and made with a strong lithium battery that costs money. So pay or it, get a great product and have fun! This hoverboard is not just for kids… adults can rock it out too. soooo fun!

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit is a MUST this season. This is a super high-quality race track with built-in techy goodness that will not let the car fly off the track. You are going to love this set and again… another one for parents and child to enjoy together.

A Bumper Bubble Ball... YOU NEED THIS! This is a great outdoor toy that brings the sense of silly play to “too cool for everything tweens and teens”. These balls come in various sizes and can fit adults as well. Family Game Night just got uber awesome!

Longboards are a must for outdoor play. We are a skating family and even the newly 5-year-old knows how to skate. There are tons of options for skateboards with various price points. You don’t have to spend a lot on a beginner board. We love the graphics on this longboard and the smooth wheels make for easy learning.

LEGO Technic. Have you discovered LEGO Technic yet? You are missing out. These huge sets are a great challenge for older kids with moving parts. It’s building and circuitry in on awesome LEGO toy.

Crazy Socks. A simple fun dose of whimsy, crazy socks are all the rage with the tween/teen set! You can find tons of variations of these socks online and in stores everywhere A great stocking stuffer.

XBOX One. The hottest gaming accessory this season! If this finds it’s way under the tree… you win!

Laser X Laser Tag Game. Take your Laser Tag game anywhere! This two-person Laser Tag game has realistic sounds and a receiver vest that you can blast up to 150 feet away. This can be for outdoor or indoor use and your kids are going to looove it.

Nintendo Switch. Another great gaming system that was rolled out earlier this year. We love the switch and it allows you to play on the game console included or unattach the controls to play on your home console. You get all the power of Nintendo for a take-along experience!

Sky Viper Drones. This is one of my favorite drone brands. The Sky Vipers are durable, lightweight and come at various price points with lots of extras you can opt for. You can get them for under $100 and up depending on what fancy drones needs you have. That’s‘ it kids! My big Gift Guide for tween and teen boys… have fun! 

 

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Big Apple Circus is Back

The bright big top was up, the excitement was thick in the air and we took our seats in the roundabout circus circle.New York’s Big Apple Circus is Back! Popcorn and cotton candy in hand, we were excited for what was in store. As the big band introduced the show and the ringleader came out never did I think we would be in for such a treat! GRANDMA is baaaack!

New York’s favorite circus, Big Apple Circus, is back and so is the iconic – Grandma The Clown! Actor Barry Lubin is the person behind Grandma and this is the 26th year for the character. Grandma is a staple in New York City show culture and I was happy to see the same character and same actor back to play this iconic role.

The Big Apple Circus filed for bankruptcy a few years ago and is now back and better than ever. Lily had seen the Big Apple Circus years ago and remembered the familiar big top. Thomas was experiencing this for the first time and was completely smitten. The big headliners are Grandma the Clown and the Wallenda Family of acrobats. In addition are the Anastasini Brothers who do flips on each other’s feet. Roller Skating with Dandino.

Lily’s favorite – Elayne Kramer the contortionist, The Flying Tunizians on the trapeze and Jenny Vidbel with her ponies, dogs, and horses.

For those of us who don’t go to the circus because of the animals and treatment of the large exotics, not to worry. The Big Apple Circus only has dogs, ponies and horses and all of these animals are rescued. Trainer Jenny Vidbel has a farm in upstate New York where these sweet animals roam in the fresh air. We loved this part of the circus. Thomas got such a kick out of seeing the little dogs riding on the mini ponies.

There were many breathtaking moments throughout the show. The Famous Wallenda Seven-Person Pyramid was heart stopping. Seven people on balance beams in a pyramid formation ON a tightrope! We were sitting right below them and it was nothing short of old-school circus magic!

Another moment that took our breath away was the trapeze act when one of the performers attempted to do a quadruple flip… one that has rarely been attempted. He didn’t make it which was just as exciting as the anticipation.

The Big Apple Circus is a MUST this holiday season. It’s the perfect circus for all ages, the small space in the round doesn’t have a single bad seat and the pace of the show is perfect for young ages.

The Big Apple Circus is at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center. The show is up through January 7, 2018. Visit BIG APPLE CIRCUS for all the details.

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Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

The tree is up, the stockings are hung, that elf is back at it, the outdoor decor has already lost a couple bulbs, and we are ready for the Christmas Season! Have you picked up your Christmas Tree yet? Here are my picks for the Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City.

The kids and I made Gingerbread houses… this did not go as planned. It was pretty much a disaster. But we did get our Christmas tree and got it up and decorated and that was a win! Thomas helped with the train under the tree and Lily helped me created a gorgeous winter village on our window sill. Have you picked up your Christmass Tree yet? I say, grab a car, your winter boots, your jackets and hats and head upstate.

Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

There is so much to do in every season of the year here in the NorthEast and picking out our Christmas Tree is one of our favorite activities. This year we didn’t go to a farm to pick out our tree because my 28-week pregnant body was not having it. But we love the experience of getting hot cider and cookies at a tree farm, wagon rides, the smell of the fresh trees, picking out wreaths and garlands, and walking through the woods to pick out our tree. Some farms will even let you chop down the one you want. We’ve never done this… kids + sharp things + manual labor are not always high on my list of things to do.

I want to share some of our favorite Christmas Tree Farms for all your greens this year! Most of these are within a one hour drive from NYC with a couple being about 2 hours. But its such a gorgeous drive up the Hudson Valley into the New York Country. Go for it!

Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm – This is one of our favorite local farms. We go here for apple picking, pumpkin picking and it’s perfect for Christmas Tree picking too. Located in Yorktown Heights, NY this farm has so much to offer year round. You can cut your own tree or choose one from the freshly cut trees. You can also purchase garland, wreaths, crafts at one of their multiple gift shops. Wagon rides, hot chocolate, and cookies all part of this package. This is only a quick hour-ish drive from NYC.

Emmerich Tree Farm  In Warwick, NY which is about an hour and a half from NYC, Emmerich Tree Farm offers a full experience. They have 13 varieties of trees which is perfect bliss for the Christmas tree snob. ( I didn’t even know there COULD be 13 varieties) But they also have our fave variety… the Fraser Fir. More wagon rides, complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and holiday music are all part of the charm.

Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

Wright Family Farm – also located in Warwick, NY is a small farm with something called a Candy Canon! What! All I can imagine is that a ton of candy gets shot out through the farm and kids everywhere get to run around and collect! Call ahead to see if this is happening the day you visit. They have lots of trees and garlands and wreaths and of course…hot chocolate and cookies for the win!

Plains View Farm   Located an hour and a half from NYC this small farm in Pleasant Valley, NY is overflowing with charm and winter spirit. They have a huge selection of trees some up to 12 feet and every single tree is $55 regardless of the size. Of course, wagon rides and hot chocolate and cookies are included!

Best Christmas Tree Farms Near New York City

Battenfelds Farm  This farm holds nothing back. If you want the whole Christmas experience with Santa, sleigh rides, hot cider, and cookies… this is the farm for you!  Bagpipers show up on select weekends and you can chop down your own tree for $70. The gift shop has table decor, ornaments and all of the goodies. This is located in Red Hook, NY which is one of our fave towns in the Hudson Valley. It’s about a 2-hour drive from NYC.

 

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Best Gifts for Tweens

Best Gifts for Tweens

Tweens are one of the toughest age groups to shop for. But not to worry, I have my own resident tween who is not afraid to tell us what she wants. And this year, I think we have hit the jackpot with these gifts. I secretly want these for myself! Don’t tell her because then it won’t be cool. Lily helped me with this list and she hand-picked all of these gifts. I think these are definitely the Best Gifts for Tweens this year.

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Best Holiday Gifts for Tweens
 

 Unicorn Onesie What tween does not like this right now? This unicorn obsession has gone from stationary to clothing and there is no shortage of super cute Unicorn Onesies for kids. ( and adults – I may or may not have bought myself a pair)

Tassles on your iPhone! This too is a super cute trend that I am secretly – not so secretly– coveting. You can find tons of variations on this fun accessory with variations on colors and hanging goodies.

Cat Ear Headphone I mean! Who doesn’t need gold cat headphones! Suuuper fun accessory for the tween who is always listening to the hottest tunes.

iPhone PopSocket Another great accessory for your phone. The Pop Socket allows you to hold onto the phone without the chance of dropping and is pretty great for getting that ‘just right’ selfie angle.

Bath Bomb Gift Sets We love bath bombs around this house. Lily has been making them and it’s such a little luxury in the bath. Total MUST and again… I’m getting some for me too.

Nailmatic  Nail Polish & Rollette Lip Gloss SetI love Nailmatic products. This French brand has custom colors and is water-based. The kids nail polish can easily be washed off with soap and water but if you want something that stays on longer, Nailmatic makes an adult line of polishes that stay on longer.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm
Remember a couple years ago when Baby Lips launched and it was sold out everywhere! While the craze is not THAT crazy, it is still a pretty popular option for a lip balm with the tween set. Maybe it’s the kitschy packaging or the soft scents or that it actually works, either way, it’s wallet-friendly and a cute something to add to stockings this year.

Fuji Instax Mini Camera
This is a classic gift for tweens and teens. The Fuji Instax takes photos and has a built-in selfie mirror. I recommend the bundle that is offered that includes a case, extra film with filters and more.

Minnetonka Junior Trapper Faux Fur Lined Moccasin
Super comfortable and can be worn indoors and out, The Minnetonka Moccasins are a great gift for the cold weather. These mocs come in various colors allowing you to choose from the classic browns or new pastels.The faux fur lined mocs are super cozy for the toes!

Google Home Mini – Chalk : Target
The Google Home Mini is a great gift for kids. There is SOOO much you can do with this gadget and it’s a great price point. Kids can have these in their rooms and parents can control the privacy setting of what they listen to or ask google.

 

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Favorite Small Stores for Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday! This is a fantastic initiative by American Express to support your indie retailers. Whether it’s at stores that line your local towns or online maker shops, I encourage you to shop small today and support your local communities. I’m sharing my Favorite Small Stores for Small Business Saturday.

If you are unable to get out to go shopping at your local shops today, I have made a list of some of my favorite shops online. The best part is that I know these owners personally and love their creative energy, their beautiful product, and their business ethics.

Please shop small today and as often as you can!

Yellow Oak Studio Nualls, the owner of Yellow Oak Studio, made us a set of hand-painted nursery room prints themed around New York City. we love these cute prints! I met Nualla a few years ago and have loved her artwork ever since. You can grab cards, framed prints and so much more. All handmade in New York.

Madame Mathilde Jen Niles is a friend and a busy mom of three who makes stunning jewelry pieces that dress up any occasion. These pieces are made from vintage pieces, rhinestones, gemstones and antique chandelier crystals. You can get 30% off today by using code GIVETHANKS.

PiccoliniNYC I could not love Alex and her little store in Manhattan more. This is one of my most favorite stores and now with online offerings, it’s accessible to everyone. Our favorite pieces are Alex’s original design with a special take on the classic I Love NY logo. This store is a MUST for all the coolest kids and parents! Use code THANKFUL for 20% off this weekend.

OldNewHouse – After online success and a cult following, Melissa and her husband recently opened their flagship store in our small town here in the suburbs of NYC. Since the opening, there has been a constant stream of shoppers, fans, and locals who frequent this cute store for vintage finds. While they started out in authentic vintage rugs, their store now carries rare finds for kids decor, home office, gifts, furniture and so much more. Their online store has tons of goodies ready for the taking!

Brooklynn Roese  Celebrating the creative essence of childhood and life is Brooklynn Roese designs. These gorgeous clothes for moms, kids, and baby do not shy away from color or creative design.

Edwards Shoes Edward starting making shoes a few years ago and has quickly become a favorite among shoe enthusiasts. His handmade shoes use materials made in the US and are all handcrafted by him. Clients get a hands-on experience with custom-made shoes that fit their specific feet.

FancySchmancyBaby – For the baby born with high couture in their blood, my neighbor and friend makes the cutest clothes. Lauren upcycles T-shirts into rompers and makes her own designs for the little. Her kids are always dressed in the cutest prints, rompers, and pants that don’t sacrifice comfort for fashion!

 

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Hottest Toys for Holiday 2017

IT’S HERE! THE NEW YORK MOM’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017 – TOYS! Hottest Toys for Holiday 2017

I have compiled my favorite toys that the kids have been playing with for months… some since February and they still have life in them. These are our hand-picked toys that we absolutely love. The quality is great, the educational and fun factor is high and the prices are for every budget. So sit back, and start tackling that Holiday List. I’m updating this list daily so please check back often for more additions. I have included my Amazon Affiliate Link so you can easily access the Black Friday Deals on Amazon!

If you are like me, you have yet to start your holiday shopping. Not to worry the big Black Friday shop is a couple days away and I’m sure your kids are busy circling their favorite must-haves from all the store catalogs.

As you know I have been working as toy and baby gear expert for the past 5 years and know my fair share about this market. I know which toys are worth the money and which ones are duds and marketing gimmicks!  So this year, I’ve made it super simple for you by making a full list of must-have toys. Each and every one of these toys have been tested by me and the kids… and yes, most of these are in the house and some we have had since February! So after much testing and reviewing and playing with these toys I’m sharing my favorite toys for all ages for Holiday 2017!

There are building blocks and STEM toys, dolls and Hotwheels, Crafty things and even stuff for tweens and teens. I’ll be adding to the list as I go so be sure to swing back to check for updates.

My curated Tween/Teen Guide is coming up because as any parent of this age group will tell you… it’s a different beast of toys and tech gadgets!

Shop the list —> Hottest Toys for Holiday 2017!

Happy Shopping all!

 

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Spooky Halloween Tradition: The Headless Horseman

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

On the banks of the Hudson River, is a quaint little town called Sleepy Hollow, formerly known as North Tarrytown. Housed here is the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, one of the most historic cemeteries in New York. Maybe even in the Northeast. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a large property with rolling hills with a rushing Pocantico River racing through.

This is the final resting place of New York royalty such as Elizabeth Arden, Brooke Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Walter P. Chrysler, and the Hemsley’s. Leona Hemsley is famous for leaving millions of dollars to her pets when she passed away. While the rich and famous did not spare a penny on their lavish tombs – The Hemsleys have an impressive massive tomb with 4 stunning stained glass windows of the Manhattan skyline, our reason for visiting is the much more humble graves that surround the original Old Dutch Church.

Every year, since Lily was about 7, we have made it our annual tradition to go to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery for our spooky Halloween fix. I think it was in 1st grade that Lily was reading some of Washington Irving’s books and when we realized the wealth of secret – not so secret-history that lived… or had died... just a few miles away, we had to visit.

Washing Irving, author of some of our favorite books – Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – lived in Sleepy Hollow. This town was originally known as North Tarrytown and was only recently changed to Sleepy Hollow as an ode to the famous story.

But that’s not all. Did you know that Washington Irving himself is buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetary? And it gets even better… He found the names of his characters from the graves that surrounded the Old Dutch Church. Ichabod Crane… found his grave. Katherine… she’s there too.

The story of Rip Van Winkle was inspired by the Town of Irvington with its steep hill down to the train station and Hudson River.

The story goes that the Headless Horseman to this day roams the grounds of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery looking for his … head. There is also the legendary bridge that he can’t cross. (not the original).

Lily loves this tradition and while we have taken Thomas the past few years, he doesn’t quite remember.

This year was just like any, gorgeous fall weekend, stunning colorful firey leaves all over the grounds. We parked right in the cemetery. Insider tip: enter through the north entrance and park in the cemetery so you avoid the crowds through the south entrance. It’s a beautiful walk through the cemetery grounds with draping trees, stairs, hills and stunning views. We like reading the descriptions on the graves. Some of the graves were just stunning and ornate and others much more simple. Nevertheless, it’s beautiful.

We made our way down the hill to the Old Dutch Church to find Ichabod and Katherine and walk through the oldest graves on the property. On the way, we stopped by Washington Irving’s grave and collected leaves for our collection.

While I was nose deep in reading tombstones, Matt gave me a nudge… and there he was!!! THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN!

Of course, we had hyped this whole thing up with the kids. And talked to them about how the Headless Horseman roams the cemetery and that he is always looking for new souls to take and heads to attach onto his headless body and if any of us ever see him… the emergency plan is to RUN to the nearest body of water – the Pocantico river that flows through the cemetery – because the Headless Horseman can’t cross water.

So here we are… the Headless Horseman and there is Thomas… RUN!!!!!

It was all in good fun. He ended up petting the horse and wasn’t too afraid after all.

The cemetery also has a Beerfest and cider and baked goodies and food so we stayed and filled our bellies before heading off to the next fall adventure.

What a treat! The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery should be a MUST for your Haloween Spooky Fun. There are no jumpy castles or face painting… thank goodness… but just pure cultural references and amazing views and some old history about this country.

Happy Halloween everyone. And if you are ever in Sleepy Hollow… remember RUN for the water if you find yourself face to face with the Headless Horseman.

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Parenting: The Fog Years

Parenting: The Fog Years

Life somedays is hard. Actually, life for the past few years has been hard. An older friend, who I absolutely love and has been my parenting mentor for years, referred to these years as the ‘fog years’. These are the years when the kids are young and need you for everything. For parents who have chosen to stay home with the kids or work from home or work part-time like I do… these years are brutal.

I’m not making comparisons between working and stay-at-home parents but I must say this. I do get jealous when Matt gets dressed up and heads out the door for a full 8-10 hour work day. I am jealous that he is being creative, using his mind for things that don’t involve negotiating with a 4YO or practicing mindful patience at every moment with a tween, math homework or making sure the kids don’t get hit by a car, eat poison, fall down the stairs or stick their head in an oven to see if they fit.

I’ve been a bit sick the last few days and the option of stopping has not been there. So through the migraines and nausea and the utter exhaustion, and growing a baby, I have to navigate a loud house, feeding dragons, driving to cross country meets, math homework, and bedtime horror!

Am I enjoying my kids? Sure I am. I love them with every fiber of my being… but there are days… many days where I would trade them for a massage, hot bath or moment of silence. I know there will come a day when I will miss these crazy years but I really need to complain right now. I really need to wallow in my first world problems.

This stage I’m in – 2 kids – a preschooler and a tween – is a mentally, emotionally, physically and wild stage of life. There is never a moment that is dull, true. But there is never a moment where anything stops either.

Last night after a long exciting, fulfilling weekend the kids were finally in bed around 9 pm. I then had to tidy up the house – for no other reason but to get myself ready for the week ahead. If I woke up to an overly messy home It really messes with my already unorganized mind. So after straightening up the kitchen, dining room, playroom, living room, hallway, bathroom, and actually folding and putting away my clothes on my bed. I settled into about 2 hours of work. Bed by 1 am… good times.

But I can’t sleep because guilt takes over my thoughts. Was I mean to the kids today? Did I yell too much? Did I let them watch too much TV just so I could escape to the bathroom and hold my exhausted body and mind and cry for 20 minutes? Was I fair? The house is a mess. How is this messy home affecting my child’s focus every day? What’s for breakfast the next morning, That teacher email was kinda judgy… what did that mean? Did I spend enough one on one time with both kids? Thomas is easy to spend one on one time with because he cuddles up and kisses all day. Lily is a tween… I’ll leave it there. I have to constantly make an effort to spend meaningful time with her that goes beyond the mother/daughter parenting dynamic. The guilt of everyday things creeps up too. Should I go back to work fulltime? Am I working too much? Am I not doing enough to plan holiday events or summer family plans. The laundry has piled up again, the bedroom is messy again. Who’s paying attention to the dog? Am I reaching out to friends and family often enough?

My body isn’t my own these days either. Heck, my life isn’t my own. Who am I? My daily life most days solely consists of feeding the kids, making sure they are dressed, homework, dodging meltdowns, track, soccer, gymnastics, playdates, feeding, feeding, feeding, and bedtime madness. There is an overload of demands. My kids want something every single second of the day. I’m in negotiating mode from before sunrise to after sunset! They are always talking to me, touching me, needing something!

I have stopped volunteering for things. I am not the class parent, I’m not hosting book club next month, not having a holiday party, not helping at church, I am shutting it down for a bit so I can regroup and catch my breath and not feel so crazed.

Every night when it’s time for bed, it’s like a new concept for the kids. As if we haven’t done this bed thing every single day for their entire lives. Bedtime?! What?! NOOOOO?!

It’s the fog years, right? I am feeling really anxious about our third child. I’m stressing out about the toll this is going to take on me and how much I will change. I used to be this fun person with so much life to offer and these days I feel as if I am just trying to stay afloat in a rapid river that’s constantly trying to take me down. I have lost interest in small things like crafting, shopping or discovering new music. My sole goal these days seems to be entertaining and enriching the lives of these dragons. Even if I like something in a store, my immediate thought is… who is going to clean this?

I desperately just need one day of pampering. Just one day. Make me some food that I want to eat, a hot bath in a super clean shiny bathroom, I want to light a candle that smells like Anthropologie… I actually just want to move into Anthropologie. Have you ever seen a kid in there? No…never…it’s bliss.

I am thankful for my friends who are going through this with me. Because my misery loves company and that’s the truth! I’m not alone. This is not my sole plight. This is the plight of all parents who are the primary stay-at-homers. This is the daily struggle. The endless giving without getting anything back in return.

Matt makes dinner in the slow cooker a lot. He also does the laundry a lot. He also works a lot and travels. I’m not without a partner in parenting who is very involved. This is the life we choose and we love it and most days it’s pretty awesome.

But when it’s bad… it feels really bad. We are not alone parents… these fog years… they are just that!

 

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Pregnancy – Surviving Your First Trimester

Tips to survive your first trimester of pregnancyPregnancy – Surviving Your First Trimester. It’s not always a smooth ride during pregnancy and surviving the first trimester. My first pregnancy was pretty easy. I was so lucky. I was still dancing for various projects all over New York City and was always moving. This really helped my body stay in shape and strong and my core was supported by these dance muscles which in turn made me have a lot more energy and feel great.This time around, it’s quite different. I haven’t moved with that professional dancer intensity, since having Thomas and my body has …softened a bit.

The second pregnancy, your body remembers… like the “north” … the body remembers. and even before we realized we were pregnant.. this amazing body of mine was already settling into the 9 months of growth. My belly popped around 18ish weeks and there were a lot more symptoms that tagged along this time around.

My first trimester was a bit rough. Not Princess Kate rough… but pretty rough. I couldn’t sleep, I started having pregnancy migraines, restless legs, and nausea. This summer while in Florida with our family, there were many nights that I just couldn’t sleep. Tossing and turning all night from discomfort.

While most of these symptoms cannot be avoided, you can do small things to help ease the discomfort.

Tips to survive your first trimester of pregnancy

To survive the first trimester of pregnancy you can try to:

  1. Drink tons of water. I would cut up limes and lemons and add to my water. It’s easier to drink with a little flavor but the sour flavors of the limes and lemons really helped soothe my nausea.
  2. Get a maternity pillow or any pillow and place it between your legs. This is crucial. I sleep with a million pillows all around.
  3. Try sleeping at an angle. Laying flat was a bit of a challenge for me just because of nausea and discomfort so again, I piled up pillows all around me to stay slightly at an angle when sleeping.
  4. Ginger biscuits! I could not stand the smell fo ginger tea but ginger biscuits were my saving grace! The crunchy kids because I also didn’t want to eat too much. So small bites of these biscuits always helped.
  5. Find your support system. I am so fortunate to have an amazing husband who is always making sure I’m comfortable and fed and feeling ok. The kids have been brushing my hair or putting lotion on my belly or legs which is also so soothing. My friends have been really wonderful by checking in, offering advice and lending an ear. You need a support system throughout your pregnancy. You need people around you who will just listen to your woes about your body aches and be sympathetic. This is so important. It’s always nice to have people who are willing to listen to what you are going through but so much more while pregnant. Those emotional pregnancy hormones don’t mess around!

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That’s all I have! Yaa! for this sweet preggy babe! Please share your preggy tips with me!

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Halloween DIY craft – Día de Muertos themed painted skulls

It’s halloween and while we have painted and glittered our share of pumpkins, Lily and I decided to do a little something different this season.

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We picked up cardboard skulls from Michaels Arts and Crafts and glittered a few but also gave some the Día de Muertos treatment. Día de Muertos. or Day of the Dead is a mexican holiday which is observered on Nov 1st and is a celebration of family and freinds who have died.

This is also celebrated in other cultures but I love the colors and design and kitchy factor that comes with Día de Muertos.

This is a super simple Halloween craft for kids and adults, while also being educational. So let’s get to it.

You will need:

  • Cardboard Skulls
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes especailly tiny detailed bristles brushes
  • Glitter paint
  • Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in gold

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  1. Give your cardboard skull a full coat of paint. You can give it a double coat if you need.
  2. Start your detailed painting. I looked at images related to Día de Muertos and took inspiration and went for it.
  3. Martha Stewarts Liquid Gilding in Gold is one of my most fave paints ever! It gives a really shiny gold-like color and blings up your skull.
  4. After you have finished painting your skull, let it dry and then add a coat of the glitter paint on top of everything. The new York Mom.JPG

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Done! That’s it!

These are super easy to make and the end result is really impressive don’t ya think!

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Enjoy! and be sure to share your painted skulls with me.

 

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