Captured moments

My friend posted a beautiful poem which hangs prominently in her home. Some of the phrases just haven’t left my mind and often times I find myself reflecting on these words. We’ve had a great few weeks and I just wanted to catch and bottle up these sweet moments. This poem is beautiful and I do hope you take a moment to read it all the way through.

Our roles as parents are most often times overlooked and under-appreciated. This line sort of makes you realize your worth and your importance and the pure responsibility of what it means to be a parent.  – You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.

The Prophet – Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

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You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

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You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

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You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.

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The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far.

 

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Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
– Khalil Gibran

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Potty Training for the new techy generation

Not that my sweet little poo-poo baby Thom is anywhere near potty training…but look what I found!

You know I review baby gear every single day… here on my blog and also at timetoplaymag.com

In my many baby gear adventures… this little something caught my eye!

I have no words.

N o

w o r d s

it’s kinda brilliant and wrong… all at the same time.

ipotty

The ipotty – $34.99 available at most baby stores and online.

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Txt mama txt baby

For you and your texting baby… look no further. Txt mama Txt baby. A short little board book that has mama and baby oogling over each other… via txt.

Oh how ” of the times’ !

Check out timetoplaymag.com for more info about this book!

TTFN !!

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JCrew Baby!

As if I need another reason to shop at J.Crew.

They now have a baby line. I mean… it’s perfection!

Lily has a nice collection of Crew Cuts pieces – the J.Crew kids line. We always find her pieces on sale. I refuse to pay those crazy full prices. But the sales are pretty hefty and I snatch up shorts, skirts, glitter long sleeve shirts, necklaces… for a fraction of the price.

In addition to J.Crew patterns and prints, there are also a handful of my favorite brands that are carried in the baby line. From outerwear, to toys and gift to cashmere for that little baby of  yours… this line is luxury and trend and all that you expect from the jCrew baby!

Now it needs to go on sale so I can buy it all!!

Head over to you local neighborhood J.Crew to find this uber cute line!

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Inertia Infant Car Seat – Review – Child Passenger Safety Week

This is National Child Passenger Safety Week and what better time to share with you an amazing car seat for that presh little bundle of pooping+ smiling+ grunting+ mad luv baby of yours.

So you know I have a job where I review and stare at and check out baby gear all day. This blog just highlights some of my faves that come my way.

The BABY TREND – Inertia Infant Car Seat is awesome you guys… and even before you read this post, let me say… if you are in the market for a car seat… a little bun cooking in ye ole oven… then i HIGHLY recommend checking out the Inertia Infant Car Seat.

Inertia Car Seat

This car seat redefines baby car seat comfort and most important.. safety. While we did not have this seat when Thom was an infant. we did get it when he was about 4months. here’s what… Little wee babes – when in a car seat- look so very uncomfortable- their little heads just plop where gravity takes them. In the INERTIA INFANT CAR SEAT.. the reclining positions allow for the head to gently rest where it naturally needs to. and it’s supported by this awesome foam support in the headrest.

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While you should certainly pay a visit to the BABY TREND site for all the info about the Inertia Infant Car Seat. I would love to share a few of my reasons for loving this car seat.

  • It’s reclined a bit more than the other car seats and remember …4 positions of reclining and this is so great for wee little infants and their breathing and comfort. It seems to hug the body and position the baby in an organic way.
  • In case of impact while in the car – god forbid- the car seat actually tilts to ‘catch” the impact. It rotates upright. Kinda like those skyscrapers that move when there’s an earthquake…distributes the impact.
  • It is possibly THE easiest car seat to install in a car. and it’s really sturdy. The base of the car seat attaches to the rod in your car… I mean…so safe!
  • No re-threading of the harness as that little bundle of your grows. There is a turn-key click thing that’s awesome! and easy!
  • I love the handle on the car seat… so easy to carry and snug and all around comfy.
  • Baby is nice and snug while in the car seat because of the EPS energy-absorbing foam for state-of-the-art head impact protection.
  • Super comfy – removeable- foot cover for those cold New York winter days. You know you should not put your child in a coat … in the car seat right. So a foot cover/ lower body cover is perfection!
  • The seat belt parts are plastic which was great for the hot summer we had in NY this year.  Our other car seat has metal seat belt parts and gets really hot and I was always afraid it would burn my sweet Thom.

The Baby Trend Inertia Infant Car Seat is for babies – 5~32 lbs / Height: up to 32″ and can be purchased for $179 ish.

So there ya have it. I hope this review helped. You know I research stuff like a crazy person and this car seat wasn’t out when Thom was born… We got this car seat recently and love it!

You should go check this car seat out at your local car seat having store. And do let me know if you get it!

* I was not paid for this review. I was sent a Baby Trend Inertia Infant Car Seat for purposes of this review. all opinions are my own. I take the baby gear recommendations VERY seriously and really do love this car seat. *

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PACT- Organic Clothes for Baby

Fashion with a higher purpose… why yes… Meet PACT BABY.

It’s a movement disguised as a clothing company! 

PACT’s colorful prints and organic clothing also help support small business.

With the Fall season upon us… I have some fantastic finds for baby!

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With every purchase, you help PACT make a positive change in our world. Each season, PACT designs a new collection of clothing inspired by someone doing something good: whether it’s about clean water, sustainable food, or affordable housing—They stick to the basics. They invest in projects that create independence. They are solution-oriented. Optimistic. Community-based. And they make great underwear along the way.  No matter what PACT does, they always stay true to our basic principles. Good design. Good fabric. Good cause.20130909-174602.jpg

* side note* look at the rollie-pollie-bellie you guys! What a round little man! 

Introducing the new line for BABY. This organic fabric has the softest feel. The big idea: Clothes that make the world a better place. From socks to beanies to body suits, PACT BABY has some really funky patterns and right on trend designs for that little babe in your life.

I love the feel of this fabric… SUPER soft and the bodysuit has just the right amount of stretch… to accommodate those round -round baby bellies and chubby thighs! 

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PACT uses no pesticides, no fertilizers no bleaches, no sweatshops or nasty stuff at all. Even their factories are wind powered!  They PROMISE only the best soft organic cotton and sustainable fabrics for your little one. So your baby not only feels good in PACT but you will feel good about where PACT comes from.20130909-174622.jpg

Little Man Thom is pictured in all PACT BABY clothing – Polka Dot socks ( my fave), Solid Blue Body Suit and Stripped Beanie.

PACT is available at specialty stores and Whole Foods.

Need more info?  get it here —> PACT BABY 

* I was sent PACT BABY products for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.*

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Tween style file – RUUM kids – back to school

* Sponsored post* 

It’s back to school time! In case you haven’t felt the flurry of excitement from eager parents and kids with lists in hand every time you step into a mall or target… I’m here to tell you that your blissful summaahh is over and it’s time to get these kids schooled!

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While higher education is the whole goal here… a little fashion helps too.

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Lily is 8… she’s going into the 3rd grade… how did that happen… and this little fashion girl of mine has her own idea of what to wear.

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From casual, to dressy, to  boho chic… to what’s now in LES fashion… Lily has her own sense of style and I for one… will only encourage this creative identity of hers.20130819-235309.jpg

We were recently invited to a fab shopping spree at RUUM KIDS. We are fans of RUUM. They have clothes for babies all the way up to the tweens. What’s great about RUUM is that their clothes are fashionable with everyday staples as well as on trend dresses, shoes and accessories.20130819-235316.jpg

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Dare i say….I feel as if RUUM kids is the affordable version of crewcuts… the JCrew kids line that I obsess over!

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Lily loved her clothes and while we didn’t pick a single graphic tee.. i mean we are sorta graphic teed out in this house… she did pick a few pieces with the next best thing… glitter. I mean really… no 8-YO gals closet in complete without a few key glitter pieces… who am I kidding… MY closet isn’t complete without a few key glitter pieces. 20130819-235347.jpg

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To take us from late summer- to fall- to winter- to bitter winter- to spring… we picked pieces that can be layered. We are out and about a ton during all seasons and going from indoors to outdoors and lunch rooms and art class and subways and trains… layers are our go-to dressing must-do. 20130819-235412.jpg

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As a parent I love the clothes at RUUM… they have just the right bit of everything for the tween set. (Newborn thorough Tween). The prices fit my budget really well and I’m not just saying that. The back part of the store had a whole clearance section that was 60% the sale price… so we picked up shorts and tanks for next summer and some pieces were $5… no joke! RUUM kids is a welcomed kids clothing retailer at the mall.. where most of the kids clothing stores are either overpriced or super cheap and the fabric quality is wonky. 20130819-235434.jpg

A big THANKS to those fine ladies at KIDZVUZ for including us in this campaign. Lily is itching to share her clothes and tips for back to school with her friends. And I’m going to try to get her to share some tips with you… dear reader… as well. ( she’s got some doozies.. and some practical info … like ” don’t show off your belly in school”… words to live by girls.. word. to. live. by.! )

*all clothes featured in this article are RUUM* ( except the shoes)

* I was compensated for this post* 

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Ergobaby Swaddler – Review

Any new parent with a baby knows the value of a swaddle. For the first few months Thom would not sleep without a snug swaddle.
I’d love to share something that worked for us.
Introducing the Ergobaby swaddler. Its innovative, ergonomic design helps ensure that your baby sleeps longer and safer. The Ergobaby Swaddler is easy to use and is made of soft and breathable 100% Cotton knit terry.
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I am a fan of the ERGOBABY line. Their materials are all super soft and designed to give baby the most comfort. This swaddle in particular is designed to secure your baby’s arms while keeping hips and legs in the correct ergonomic position.
This swaddle has a few key features I’d like to mention:
  1. Arm Pockets – Secures baby’s arms and helps to replicate the fetal arm position of “hands to heart.”
  2.  Leg Pouch:  Provides easy access to baby’s diaper.
  3.  Healthy Hip Positioner:  Helps to keep baby’s hips and legs in the correct, ergonomic “frog-leg” position.
  4. Soft and breathable 100% cotton knit terry:  Helps regulate baby’s body temperature.
 The ERGO BABY swaddle is offered in 2 sizes.  S/M: Small/Medium (6-12lbs) 
M/L:  Medium/Large (12-18 lbs)
Find out more about ERGOBABY and this SWADDLER by visiting their site.
* this is a sponsored post. I was sent product for purposes of this review. all opinions expressed are my own.*
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The baby weight rat race

So recently I decided to go hang with non-kid having folks and one of my gorgeous – totally fit- single- no kid having… friends from my dance world said to me:

It’s really weird to see you not all bangin!

  • First of all – thanks for thinking I used to be all bangin!
  • Second – What the HELL-OOOO!

Apparently if you were ” bangin” once.. you best get back to ‘bangin” shape after having a baby because if not… people notice and are quick to point that madness out.

Whatever dear friend – with no kids and nothing to do but dance and workout and run around free as a bird all day…

Let explain something to you:

  1. I am not a celebrity who has personal trainers and a manager and a publicist and whole ARMY of people who will be paying their mortgage this month because I am in a polka dot bikini on the cover of some glossy mag 2 days after giving birth to a human.
  2. I don’t have a personal chef who gives me all the nutrients I need while breast-feeding while also trying to drop 30 LBS in 2 days after birthing to the human I mentioned in point #1.
  3. I am STILL… 8 months later… having physical issues like a weak core, I can’t run as comfortably as I used to, my arches in my feet have fallen, I pee pretty much every time I sneeze, and my days are filled with feeding a baby, chasing an 8Yo and dealing with the emotional roller coaster that comes with an 8YO girl and a baby, cleaning the kitchen, juggling my MULTIPLE personalities, trying to foster a creative career,  laundry and a wish list that has to wait for a few years…. must I go on?
  4. I don’t care about your silly unrealistic opinion…. and…
  5. I don’t wear polka dot bikinis anyway… and
  6. ya mama.

Well…there ya have it. The reality of it all.

So in the end I have to say… as a professional dancer ... I have had a career where your body… your BANGIN body ( i’d like to add)… is what got you the job. You can’t be dancing on stage with the hottest pop stars or in commercials or on broadway or on a concert stage with less than a bangin bod. Additionally your technique would suffer and your dance and art would suffer… and you wouldn’t get any gigs, and wouldn’t be able to afford to live… etc.

I guess i actively stopped paying attention to my body about 4 years ago. There was so much going on with Lily and I was exhausted trying to juggle dance and motherhood and suburban life.

These days I sorta kinda have enjoyed having no pressure to get back to shape and I actually love my soft mushy belly. This soft mushy belly which housed and cared for and cradled my sweet baby for 9+ months and has continued to offer him food and a place to rest his body and is his place of comfort… so it’s fine with me that 8 months later I’m not bangin and a bit soft.

There is SOOOO much pressure to get back to shape after having a baby. In the media, in magazines. I can’t even pick up an innocent mag for babies… where there isn’t some article about ” how to lose your baby weight while doing lunges in the kitchen while cooking a nutritious meal for your family”. Isn’t cooking a meal enough people… do i HAVE to squeeze in lunges in the kitchen!

So what am I going to do about my ‘non bangin” status.

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. For the FIRST time in my adult life, I am not expected to have a tight core or a fit body, I’m not dancing professionally these days and it’s OK. My career does not depend on what my body looks like.

I would like to get back to fighting shape… but at my own time. at my speed.

This baby weight rat race is intense and it sucks that we – women- mothers – are judged or have commentary and are compared on something so very trivial.

Your thoughts?

* My friend is totally cool and knows I’m writing smack about her comments to me. *

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Baby Style File – Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De la Renta… yes the brand with the gorgeous gowns and all .. also has a children’s line!

Did ya know!

Since everyone has been so excited about the royal baby across the pond, I figured I would share some of my favorite Oscar De La Renta pieces for my prince over here!

Rompers… I love rompers. Really I do. There’s so classic and northwesty! I’m mad about this madras plaid!

Madres Romper and Little Boys Shirts -- $105
Madres Romper and Little Boys Shirts — $105

And this sailor romper. All I need is a matching dress for Lily and a something for Jonah Beast and we would have the cutest New Englandy summer portrait!

   Boys Sailor Romper -- $117
Boys Sailor Romper — $117

Now picture these outfits with a little white sock and a pair of baby shoes… so cute!

Find out more about the kids line at OSCAR DE LA RENTA 

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