Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Dreaded self-timer. What? I was in a time crunch!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

All of these are either products we've tried or those on our wish list for our three year old. Last year, it was animal sets. This year - books, movies, things that help make a mess, er, art and things that go!

Imaginarium City Central Train Table

Whenever we visit friends who own a train table, our little guy goes into the other child's room and stays up there alone playing with the train set while everyone else is downstairs. Quiet play-inducing toy for a toddler? We'll take two.

Cost: $119.99
Online: ToysRUs.com

Twig 72 Piece Set
If your kiddo is tired of boring old blocks, switch it up with Twig. This 72 piece set will help their creativity shine and foster their visual spatial development. Plus, the colors make for a modern and stylish look.
Cost: $38.91
Online: amazon.com

Dinosaur Train Gift Basket
Make up a little Dinosaur Train goody basket for your little Pteranodon. The comfy slippers and pajama are cool enough to make bedtime feel like fun. The book or DVD is a nice little treat for your nocturnal T-Rex to enjoy just before bed on the weekends. Our whole family sings along with the DVD. Dinosaur Train is my husband's favorite show for our little boy - it has the ability to convey a positive message while still managing to be entertaining. 

Dinosaur Train Buddy & Pteranodon Friends Pajamas from American Marketing Enterprises (AME)


Cost: $20.00
Online: webundies.com, with alternative styles, including the Dinosaur Train infant & toddler boy's footed pajamas at Kmart.

Dinosaur Train Buddy the T-Rex Toddler Boys Moccasin Blue Slippers from Wiesner Products

Perfect for any Dinosaur Train fan, these Buddy the T-Rex moccasin slippers feature cuddly soft uppers and an appliqué of Buddy with interesting T Rex facts. The thick, padded soles are covered in a striped material with textured nubs for slip resistance. Sizes S, M, L.
Cost: $18.00
Online: amazon.com

Dinosaur Train: Ride the Holiday Train Lift-The-Flap Board Book, from Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing

Buddy and his friends are super excited. Their favorite holiday is coming—the Winter Solstice! Kids travel on the holiday train to the North Pole where the Pteranodon family has the chance to build snow dinosaurs, play a prehistoric game of ice hockey, and meet some new friends.  Secondary learning activities which reinforce learning concepts are included, and over 45 flaps hide fun surprises that kids will want to find again and again!

Cost: $9.99
Published: October 2, 2012
Online/In-store: Wherever books are sold.

DINOSAUR TRAIN™: DINOSAURS A TO Z DVD – Featuring Bonus Holiday Episode

Travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the "Dinosaurs A to Z'" song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family as they reunite with some dinosaurs they've met before, and are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train.
Bonus Holiday Episode: Solstice Time

Cost: $12.99 U.S.; $13.99 Canada
Released: October 2, 2012
Runtime: Approximately 110 minutes
Online:  Amazon.com

Wishbone Flip
Every 3 year old wants to be on the move! With the Wishbone flip, your little tyke can be rocking and rolling on the same super cool rider. It can be a rocking horse one minute and a push roller the next. Plus this bike is environmentally friendly: made from 100% sustainably managed European birch plywood, the Flip uses glues and finishes that are non-toxic and no plastic packaging.
Cost: $149
Online: tykerider.com

Grow'n Up Crayola Creativity Play Station
Skip the easel this year and get your little ones an art table! With more space to be creative, they'll be scrawling all over this brightly colored work space. With places to put markers, crayons and paint, you'll keep your dining room fancy and your 3 year old will be delighted with their own space! Includes a table, a stool, fabric pockets, 3 paint cups, 3 brushes, an eraser, a 12" paper roll holder and a paper towel holder.
Cost: $79.99
Online: target.com

Tag Junior Get Ready For Preschool Bundle
Little Pim

We've got increasingly bilingual little guys and its always nice to have extra "hands" on deck to teach them - especially if one spouse doesn't speak the second language. We really liked Muzzy so I think this modern iteration on a similar concept would be a great teaching aid. 
Cost: $169.99
Online: littlepim.com


Mini Automoblox
Looking for a perfect stocking stuffer for your car-loving little one? Automoblox are not just a fun car shaved wooden block, they are also a fun puzzle with interchangeable parts! Made by Fat Brain Toys, these little zoomers get your kid thinking while they play.
Cost: $12
Online: fatbraintoys.com 

Friday, November 16, 2012

30 Days of Friends Giveaway!

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set November 13th 2012; along with the 30 Days of Friends: Trivia Challenge Blog App and Video Player!  

To get in the Friends spirit in honor of the release of the new box set, take the trivia challege and check out the fun Friends clips.

We're also giving away a Friends prize pack. It includes  two over-sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door.

Free Lincoln Interactive Book for the iPad

With LINCOLN opening in theatres everywhere today, Friday, November 16th, you can now go behind-the-scenes of the movie with this exclusive interactive book “Lincoln: Discover the Story.” See how a crucial time in America's history was recreated and brought to the screen with beautiful photos, art, interviews, music and more!

If you're planning to see Lincoln this weekend, this free little interactive book would be a great primer for your school-aged kids to get excited about the great historical figure.

We can't make it to the movies anytime soon since we have a newborn, but let us know what you think of the movie!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Review & Giveaway!

As a working mom, I'm still responsible for making sure these guys are fed - and fed well. Luckily, I don't have to sneak veggies in because the boys are generally open to most of them. But, these Seasoned Steamers are tasty and easy enough to prepare to satisfy the busiest (and pickiest) family members! In our household, we each had a favorite - I loved the Brussel Sprouts; Big D gobbled up the Backyard Grilled potatoes and Little D are the Honey Dijon Carrots in seconds flat.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our Frankenstorm Sandy Tale - Part I

Three days prior, we had discussed how we would prepare for her. I said, Big D, I think we need a generator. He was incredulous. He said, these weather guys are full of it. A day later, he thought, well, maybe we'll get the food and flashlights and batteries. You know, just in case.

Mayor Bloomberg closed the bridges Monday afternoon. I started to panic. We were out on Sunday and early Monday morning. No sign of Sandy. Just a light rustling of the leaves. Typical for fall.

Suddenly, the winds kicked up and began to blow around the bushes first and then the small trees and finally the large ones. Darkness. It was just around three o'clock in the afternoon and we lost power. Right in time for the sun to go down.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Frankenstorm Sandy Had Us Down

But we're back online. We survived. We're dry. We're warm. We're humbled.

Update tomorrow - once we've had a chance to process the whole thing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall's Rich Colors and Tastes: Week 1

Brussels Sprouts


  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the sprouts directly off the vine and pull off any yellow outer leaves. There is no need to cut off the ends, as they will be tender - having just been removed from the stalk. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Nap Thief

If Baby D ain't sleepin', ain't nobody sleepin'. Seriously. We're back where we were last year around this time.

We're doing the bath/story/wind-down thing but nothing works. The kid stays up All. Day. Long. No nap and he still manages to wiggle-worm, toss-and-turn until 11 o'clock at night.

And we totally lie to fellow parents inquiring about his bedtime. I suspect they're doing the same thing.

Throw in a newborn, a dad with a demanding schedule and a mom actively attempting to manage it all and we've got quite the sleep situation. Not to mention an electric bill thats as high as the Chrysler Building (bad TV is my caffeine substitute).

Its like those late-night cram sessions in college at the end of the semester - but fortunately, this test isn't scored.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

“Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”

― Elizabeth Stone

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leap Frog Touch Magic Rock n' Learn Party

Last week, we hosted a LeapFrog Touch Magic "Rock 'n Learn" party. I was previously familiar with LeapFrog products, but the Touch Magic line was new to our family.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Momtrends Trendy Travel Event

A few weeks ago, I attended the Momtrends Trendy Travel Event with a bunch of fellow bloggers. I was surprised at how many cool family-friendly products the companies presented.

This summer, we used (and were very happy with) the Sunology Sunscreen. I liked it because it was all natural and didn't feel watery like the others. Little D liked it because he didn't get a sunburn :) The only downside is that I've grown accustomed to the "sunscreen smell" and missed it when using this one. I know, I know, that smell makes it all natural - but I'm a sucker for nostalgia.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WW: Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

Spend $100 on my seat because I'm over 33 inches tall. Another $12 on a cup of lemonade and a hotdog -

And let me spend the whole day playing with a promotional giveaway truck on the gum-cobbled cement in the food court.

Takeaway lesson: it really doesn't cost a fortune to entertain a child - save your seats at Yankees Stadium for adults and bring the kids to the local mall!

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Great Formula Debate: Bloomberg Edition

One of the perks of living in one of the greatest cities in the world is having the nation watch, and subsequently talk about, what goes on here. A few days ago - and fresh off the heels of his proposed ban on large, sugary soft drinks sold in city-regulated locales - Mayor Bloomberg proposed locking up baby formula in hospital medical cabinets and only providing the freebies and bottles upon request (and after an informational session) to mothers who have just given birth.

The suggestion has a little pizazz to it - unless you're a new mom who has already chosen (or in very rare instances has) to avoid breastfeeding at all costs. No matter what your opinion is, I could see how this could be considered controversial. There is a silver lining here - it opens up important dialogue about nutritional and parenting choices.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

For more reading, I thought this article in Time was pretty well written.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WW: The Many Perils of a Candyland-Themed Party

Whoa. A tree made of candy?!

What are the chances? Another tree made of candy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pregnant Dads?!

Last weekend at the New York Aquarium, we got to see a few pregnant seahorse dads. I looked up the gestational period on the ever-reliable Wikipedia and found out that even when fathers have the responsibility of being "pregnant", they still get off pretty darn easy after birth!

Your husband pregnant. Could you imagine?
Source: Wikipedia

The male seahorse is equipped with a brood pouch on the ventral, or front-facing, side. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male's pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small. Once the seahorses are released into the water, the male's role is done and he offers no further care.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Long Island Family Activities

Browse recommendations for indoor and outdoor activities for kids and explore free summer activities for the whole family on Long Island.

The site has some cool things to do right in NYC's own backyard. I didn't know we had seals in Lido Beach, did you? Check out: http://long-island.newsday.com/

I came across this while searching for free or almost free staycation activities for our family. I'll post additional sites as I come across them.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thinking Outside the (Cereal) Box

Image via At the Brown’s

Walking down the cereal aisle in the grocery store can resemble something close to MTV's Gauntlet. Colorful boxes with catchy names, nutrition claims and promises of prizes line the shelves from the floor to over your head. With so many to choose from, it can be tough to differentiate the “yummy but bad” from the “yummy and good”.  Ignore the bold claims on the front of the box.  Kid-enticing boxes are the name of the advertising game. Cereals with uber-sweet names and graphics like Honey Smacks, Count Chocula and Apple Jacks are directly marketed to children and are placed at kids' eye level.

Some boxes are able to even fool parents, claiming they contain fruit, have increased fiber or whole grains and come vitamin- and mineral-fortified and "mother approved".

Before grabbing the first (or second) colorful box that captures your attention, stop.  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

It really takes a special guy to be a good Dad and I'm lucky to have one for myself and one for my children. My Dad cooks delicious food and will surprise you with random facts about the wild animal kingdom. Big D makes a mean bologna and cheese and can literally carry our whole family on one arm.

Of course, that's not all they do. Its all of the small things -watching either of them read a book to a little sleepyhead sitting in their lap or entertain a little one while mama takes a nap.

From us to you - Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - The Zoo at Noon

Old Navy Shorts Sample Share Review

My buddy and I had the opportunity to try out any pair of shorts in the Old Navy Summer collection. Let me tell you, just choosing my favorite made me tired enough to sit down for an in-store breather! I really liked the Cuffed Tie-Waist shorts but I wanted something that was dressy enough to wear with a blazer. My friend got those (and they looked fab!) while I opted for the Bermudas. Loved them.

The best part was

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Delish Mother's Day Recipes

As a kid, the perfect Mother's Day surprise was breakfast in bed, so why not continue the tradition of cooking breakfast (lunch or dinner) this Mother´s Day? Check out these recipes and ideas from UnitedHealthcare to help make this Mother's Day unforgettable!

A Healthy Twist on Breakfast in Bed
Cook her a healthy morning meal that she can enjoy from the comfort of her bed:

Friends and Family Brunch
Spice up brunch with these delicious new dishes:

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