Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing papa’s out there. The kids and I are so blessed… incredibly blessed to have Matt be the papa bear in this big den. His patience, kindness, love, humor, cooking and sense of adventure are always inspiring all of us to be better and do more while also making us feel absolutely comfortable in our flaws.
We started with coffee in bed.. breakfast was a whole ordeal that could not be had in bed. The kids had picked out a handful of personal gifts and cards for Matt and even Jonah came over with sweet kisses.
Our plans were to head to Manhattan for a walk in the park and grab some grub. So we decided to go to church in NYC to hear one of Matt’s colleagues preach. After that we walked the two blocks over to Central Park to walk through the Central Park Zoo.
It ended up being a really hot day in New York and the kids were too hot and exhausted for more park time. The original plan included a day with the boats and a picnic but the heat was too much!
So we headed downtown to Curry Hill for some Indian Food. More on this later, because I am pretty sure I found the MOST AMAZINg indian food in curry hill!
The kids take after their dad. They both have Matt’s relaxed, thoughtful nature. They both have an interest in cooking and crafting decadent meals. Lily loves creating cheese platters and baking. And I am just happy that i get to enjoy all the home cooked feasts!
We love this sweet little life of ours. While today was certainly a day that celebrated Dad’s we are thankful for Matt every single day.
If I could roam the world and eat all day… I would! Maybe one day when these dragons are grown and fly the nest, I’ll travel and eat and eat and travel! You with me!
Best part about living in New York… there are many best parts… but one of the best parts is the food. Oh. My. Goodness. – there is no shortage of amazing food to be found in ever single price range.
Moving up here to Westchester – Suburbs of NYC – has not slowed us down in our foodie adventures. Some of the best restaurants are housed up here. Jean Georges, Blue Hill Stone Barnes, so many!
Recently Matt and I dined at O Mandarin in Hartsdale. This is a new Chinese, Sichuan restaurant inspired by, mentored by, somewhat related to the famed cult-following, elusive chef Peter Chang. If you don’t know Peter Chang, please take a second to read about him. He has a following like none other and in his early days, he had to change his name just to keep hidden from fans for certain reasons. Long story… look it up!
We are BIG BIG fans and love that there is something remotely affiliated with him up here in the burbs!
The chef at O Mandarin is Eric Gao, who is a protégé of Peter Chang. This wasn’t a media invite so I am only writing from my pure “fan girl’ point of view.
Any place with soup dumplings is just calling my name! Matt and I met for a quick lunch date and cozied up in a dimly lit booth for our meal. We loved the food we had but didn’t experiment much. I can’t wait to go back for the Peking duck meal and the whole fish meal. We had the Yu Xiang Pork – Bamboo | Celery | Bell Pepper | Mushroom and the Shredded Pork in Sweet Bean Sauce – Cucumber | Scallion | Steamed Buns. The food was fresh, and very very authentic. Each dish had its own flavor profile that we just indulged in.
I can’t wait to head back for a full meal!
I forgot to tell you about the best part . O Mandarin is located at – 361 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale – in the same shopping plaza as my other fave – H-MART!! all the goods in one place.
I would love to know if you go… report back!
Father’s Day is right around the corner and I want to share some of my favorite finds for Dad’s. For the Papa on the go, the jetsetter, the cook, and all around dapper gent, these gifts are sure to be classic staples for any man.
- Harry’s Men’s Grooming – Harrys is the latest kid on the block in men’s grooming and you can find this very affordable line anywhere from Target to Barneys NY. These high quality blades and creams are just simple with a clean design esthetic. Matt’s been using this brand for months ( since they launched) and he approves!
- Jack Spade Mens Travel Backpack is an easy carry-on bucket bag backpack that can hold a laptop and all the essentials. It has a top handle or can be worn as a backpack. We love this brand and the kids and I have gifted Matt several pieces from the mens collection. Highly recommend Jack Spade for simple, classic, sleek mens bags.
- Beats by Dr Dre Men’s Tech Accessory is the perfect gift for dad’s who travel a lot. These headphones drown out the noise so you can just wear them without any music piping in for a relaxing trip on the airplane. The sound quality, when you are playing music, is pretty amazing. I also like that these are wireless and the leather padded headband is very comfortable.
- Skagen Slim Mens Watch is a must for dads. Whether it’s a business trip across the world or a weekend at the playground with the littles, this watch looks sharp and put together no matter what the occasion.
- Burberry Cuff Link is a classic staple that dresses up any suit. I always think that cufflinks are a great gift, especially when you splurge just a bit. These are a pretty significant accessory for menswear and if you gift a fancy one like these from Burberry, it’s a staple piece!
- Top Chef Masterchef 15 piece Cutlery Set – I don’t know about you, but my husband loves to cook. He loves creating flavors and slicing the fresh veggies, meats and herbs just right. This 15 piece knife set is perfect for your Top Chef!
We kept our plans pretty relaxed over the long weekend and just mulled around the house, hung out with friends and went day trippin! Matt and I love to travel with the kids and sometimes a quick day trip is all we need to take care of the travel bug!
One of my most favorite places to spend a day is Cold Spring, New York. This is a quaint little town up the Hudson Valley, about 2 hours north of Manhattan, with specialty stores that line the main street. But that’s not the main attraction.
Cold Spring has one of my favorite hikes – BreakNeck Ridge. Lily and I have climbed this mountain many many times and love it. Best to go on a weekday because it gets really busy on the weekends and takes the calmness of a hike, out of the experience.
We go toCold Spring so often that I just can’t fit everything you should do in one post. There is so much to experience in this sweet town that one trip just won’t do it justice.
On Saturday we went for a hike and then settled into lunch at the ColdSpring Depot. A big burger seemed to do the trick for a post hike meal!
We wandered around main street and peeked into all the stores, picking up goodies here and there. We stopped by ColdSpring Apothecary for coffee, and treats. What’s with the new trend of barbershop/hair salon/bars and cafes! You can get your hair cut and have a snack!
One of the newest stores to arrive inCold Spring is Pink Olive – the cutest gift shop with something for kids and adults. I love this perfectly curated little shop with hand-made items and great inspiring decor.
Of course you can’t go to Cold Spring without getting ice cream at MOO MOO’s creamery! It’s right by the water and the views are stunning.
ColdSpring General Store is a must stop as well. Go to the back room for a whole secret stash of must have foods. That Bloody Mary Mix is delish! and they have tons of specialty beers and pickles!
Where to EAT:
- Hudson Hills – fresh farm food – simple and delish!
- The Foundry is a great spot as well but the food takes FOREVER to come out and the server even said – it might not be best for the kids. But we have been to the foundry in the past and it’s good munching if you are not in a hurry.
- Coldspring Depot – Pub fare. Something simple and delish for everyone.
- For a quiet romantic meal or drinks and apps – sit outside at Brasserie Le Bouchon. This is french food with yummy small plates and a decent wine list. This place seems a little hit or miss for us, so we only do apps and drinks. The ambiance is great!
I hope you get to head up to Cold Spring this season. It’s a beautiful little town and there are lots of bed and breakfasts for an overnight trip.
Summer is nearly here and there is nothing more terrifying than the town pool. Our town pool opens in exactly 5 days!!! and I have not done one single thing to get this body prepped for what awaits me at the pool every. single. day.
Pool season with preschoolers is not fun! Last year, thank the heavens, I did not have to wear my swimsuit once at the pool. Thomas was too young to go to the big pool and had no interest, so I just wore cute pool side cover ups and sat in the shade in the kiddie pool. Chillin! But this year! I have to “park’ my gear at the kiddie pool and then take him across the lawn to the big pool because he wants to swim in the big pool this year.
And here is where my problem lies.
The walk from the kiddie pool, past the gate that confines the kiddies in the kiddie pool, across the lawn – past the hot moms, nannies, aupairs… is the worst walk!
My only goal is to jump into the big pool as fast as I can without making a scene and then usher Thomas into the pool into my arms with my un-summer body safely under water! Great plan right?
Wrong. inevitably, I will run into a neighbor hot mom who wants to stand in the open air and chat about whatever she wants to chat about without even thinking for one second that I might be having an internal freak out right now standing practically naked in front of the entire town.
Thankfully Thomas will pry me away and I’ll be safe in the pool. This is going to last 5 minutes because the water in the town pool is cold and he doesn’t like it and I am soaking wet and cold but now have to drag my soaked body out of the pool to walk back to the kiddie pool.
… past the hot moms, hot nannies, and hot aupairs.
That’s it. That’s all I have for you today. OMG the Hot Moms at the town pool!!
Something happens to us humans when we become parents. There is a fierce protective Instinct that triggers anytime we sense something amiss. There have been many times that I have found a surge of energy, strength and anger that races through my body in order to save my child from harm. That instinct kicks in and you step it up to PROTECT LIKE A MOTHER!
The protective instinct is a universal truth of motherhood – in the animal kingdom and in our own. Different species demonstrate amazing feats to protect their young…including human mothers.
Lysol, the cleaning brand, has an amazing exhibit in Brooklyn today and tomorrow ONLY, that is all about this very theme. It’s called PROTECT LIKE A MOTHER and it’s a stunning visual installation under the Brooklyn Bridge that shows images and sculptures of mama animals caring for their young.
I’m working with Lysol to celebrate a mother’s natural protective instinct, honoring that a mother’s first priority is always the safety of her children – whether she is a bear, a monkey, or a person!
An important way that human moms protect their families is by preventing the spread of harmful germs in the home. With two dragons and a giant beast, our home is all too familiar to germs. Now the weather is warm, the kids are always in and out of the house, snacking with their unwashed hands. With the weather being so crazy here in New York, lately, we have had our fair shares of coughs, colds, ear infections and other sickies! Our LYSOL products have been working overtime for sure!
No one protects loved ones quite like mom and no one protects families like Lysol, a leader in germ kill for 100+ years, which offers products that kill 99.9% of germs to help moms protect their kids from passing germs and getting sick.
I hope you swing by Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, for a special Lysol exhibit celebrating the greatest guardians of all: mothers. The exhibit will give a look at the most incredible and fierce moms on the planet! The exhibit is open Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21. For more information visit Lysol.com/ProtectLikeaMother.
This post is sponsored by Lysol. All images and ideas are my own. Thanks for stopping by and learning a bit about our sponsors here at New York Mom!
Last week our friends at Barnes and Noble invited me over to check out their new concept store right here in Westchester County. There are only a handful of these stores in the country and only one in New York.
We met the chef who took us through a play by play of each course complete with his favorite tips for the food. His secret to that amazing hummus… more tahini.
The space is gorgeous with a massive outdoor patio complete with fire pit and bocce ball courts. I love being able to park myself in the comfy cafe and get some work done! The new concept store is bringing a sense of community back to the bookstore. I love bookstores, large and small. This concept store is targeting all ages and demos, families, singles, seniors, students, networking events… all of it. Hope to see you there sometime!
Barnes And Noble WESTCHESTER is located at 680 Post Road, Eastchester, NY.
Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day. Matt and the kids made me breakfast, Lily made me a yellow cake from scratch, including the icing. Thomas painted a bird house for me and the kids gave me WORMS for my bird feeders.
It was really a wonderful day and we kept it low-key and simple.
Today, as I was going through my social feeds, I noticed all the pictures of the kids, and brunches and mothers day documented through the eyes of the mother.
The mother… me… was nowhere to be found.
Take the picture! To the dad’s, spouses, partners, significant others, friends… TAKE THE DAYUM PICTURE!
I hardly have any pictures of myself with the kids. And the few that I do have, are staged by me. So I am pleading with the people who surround the moms… take the picture please. Don’t stage it, don’t post it to social accounts, just TAKE the picture.
I would love to have candid shots of me with the kids, I would love a photographic record of me enjoying this life I help curate for my kids.
Sounds selfish or petty right? But it’s what I want. I just want to be in the picture! That’s all.
So my PSA for the day is… please find moments where you can capture images of the mother of your children… engaging, loving, hugging and laughing with her children. This would be the best gift for Mothers Day!
A nice photo album for next year filled with pictures with MOM in it, with the kids, would be great!
We’ve been quiet over here lately. Things have been a bit stressful, exciting, crazy… all those things. It’s just life.
I’m learning to breathe. Take moments to just sit still and breathe. The house is always a wreck, the laundry is never-ending, the kids stuff is all over the house… signs of a live well lived, I know. But too often I find myself focusing on these messes than the laughter, the fun and the unexpected surprises everyday. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed in this parenting game, I’ve been feeling underwhelmed in my work life, and I feel like I am still in a ‘stay at home mom’ fog. I am walking in a fog most days hitting repeat on mundane things like cooking, cleaning, playing, walks, school pick ups, school drop offs, meltdowns, solo parenting, slime everywhere and just navigating auditing.
Adulting is real. and it’s no fun!
The weather has finally warmed up and we’ve been spending ever single waking moment outdoors. Hiking, jumping in puddles, exploring and painting. Lily loves to sit outside and paint and now Thomas has taken up the hobby as well. Jonah just loves that Thomas is still for more than 5 minutes and enjoys watching him color.
We’ve been going on long hikes and bathing our mind, body and spirits in the forests of New York. The kids love looking for chipmunks and rabbits and finding strange-looking mushrooms growing on downed trees.
I’m trying to get back to a schedule that makes sense and have started running again. Spring… always a time for rebirth. So forgiving of our winter woes. I’m looking forward to the warmer climate and everything that’s blooming in the garden and our lives.