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World Elephant Day

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Did you know that World Elephant Day is August 12? The Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign focuses on protecting forest elephants from extinction, through awareness and legislation. More than 35,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year for their ivory and the goal of 96 Elephants is to stop the killing, demand and trafficking of elephant ivory. Last weekend, President Obama announced his administration’s proposal to ban ivory sales in the United States. The public has 60 days to comment on the bill and then the administration can make changes. We don’t want the bill to become less effective as a result, so we need…

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Bronx Zoo Family Activities

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Now that school’s out, kids have plenty of free time to check out all that the Bronx Zoo has to offer. Don’t miss the newly renovated Children’s Zoo, say hi to the new animals in the petting zoo area and see the new baby gorilla and sea lion. But hold up! There’s a ton of exciting and big events taking place at the Bronx Zoo this summer, so read on: I am a WCS Ambassador and this is part of a sponsored post series. I receive a complimentary family premium membership and exclusive opportunities for my participation. FEATURED SUMMER PERFORMERS at…

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Visiting the Children’s Zoo at the Bronx Zoo (Plus 5 Tips!)

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Whether living in or visiting New York City, The Bronx Zoo is the place to visit especially if you have a family. The Bronx Zoo just opened its recently renovated its Children’s Zoo earlier this summer and it definitely is the place to visit. I am a WCS Ambassador and receive a complimentary family premium membership and exclusive opportunities for my participation. The last time I was at the Bronx Zoo was over 30 years ago with my grandmother (my stepfather’s mom). I remember that we took a hot New York City bus from Washington Heights all the way to…

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How to Pack for Sleepaway Camp

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Like I said in my Disney and American Girl doll post, our kids are usually late to big milestones. For both Disney and American Girl store visits, my girls were 11- and 7-years old. Middle-aged for youngsters who go every year since they were born. Well, sleepaway camp is something that the girls (specifically my oldest) is going to be experiencing for the first time this summer, when most of her friends had been going for the past three to four years. I learned a lot in four crazy days of packing. This post contains affiliate links. I’m not going to…

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Launch of the American Girl Truly Me Signature Studio

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Thank you for American Girl for sponsoring this post! So, we tend to do things a little late in this family. We have two girls, a 6th grader and 2nd grader and last year was our first time at Disney World. So, it’s only fitting that — although we live in New York City — we had gone to the American Girl store for the first time a few days ago. Good things come to those who wait. Because boy, did we have a blast celebrating the launch of the American Girl Truly Me Signature Studio! Decisions…decisions #trulyme #americangirl #nyc A photo posted…

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The Bronx Zoo Children’s Zoo Grand Opening

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It’s June and it’s officially summer! Some families already have kids out of school, and some will be having their last days in the next few weeks. The first thing on our summer bucket list will be to celebrate The Bronx Zoo’s Children’s Zoo long-awaited grand opening. And since it’s summer, The Children’s Zoo has a ton of activities that gets kids out-and-about in nature. Not only can you encounter wild animals like the giant anteater, sloths and the world’s smallest deer, but if wild animals aren’t for you, there’s a new petting zoo and a recycled children’s garden. Starting this weekend, The FarmOn! Foundation presents…

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Bronx Zoo Birdathon and Bird Migration Month

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Our second grader has been studying anything and everything about birds for the past several weeks. It is a yearly study that all second graders do at our girls’ elementary school. So, for the past several weeks she and the rest of her class have been going birding in downtown Manhattan’s parks and Central Park. Lucky for her and YOU, The Bronx Zoo is celebrating the Second Annual Bronx Zoo Birdathon and Bird Migration Month kicking off on Saturday, May 9 and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun and learning. You’ll be able to join professional birders on nature…

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Wildlife Conservation Society Celebrates 120th Anniversary with #NYisWild Campaign

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We all know that New York City is the ultimate concrete jungle, but who knew that there were actually wild animals in the midst? If you look hard enough, you’ll see what I’m talking about — and if you take pictures of these “wild animals”, you can enter to win some major prizes! To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a city-wide campaign called #NYisWild is turning the New York City concrete jungle into a summer-long photo safari where New Yorkers can participate by choosing from 120 “wild” attractions around the city and capturing a photo of…

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Cinderella Movie Review: 4 Things You Should Know Before You Go

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When I told the girls that we were going to see an advanced screening of the Cinderella movie, they yelled, “We’ll be able to see the 2-minute Frozen movie!”. So, at first, they weren’t excited to see the Cinderella movie, but once we got to the theater, their eyes were glued to the big screen, they had smiles on their faces, and I — of course — was sniffling and wiping tears from my eyes. Seriously. So below is a quick Cinderella movie review and…. Know Before You Go: Here are 4 Things you Should Know about the Cinderella Movie: The Frozen 2-minute movie short is AMAZING. Kristen…

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Family Ski Vacation #SkiMoms January Twitter Party!

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It’s that time of the year and skiing and winter sports is at the top of mind of a lot of families. For us, it’s truly the only way that we can enjoy freezing cold weather! I am always surprised when our family goes on a ski vacation and our girls wake up early, happily put on three — count ’em, THREE — layers of clothes, then stay out in frigid temperatures. Granted skiing is a truly fun, family-focused sport, especially when you are: Properly dressed (three layers!) Learning how how to ski (put the kids in ski school!) Safe in every way: (where…

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Products to Use When Kids are Sick

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‘Tis the season. As I’m writing this, both girls are sick at home with a bad cold and a very low-grade fever. When the girls are sick I have a ziplock bag of trust-worthy products that I always have on hand when kids are sick — and what I put into my traveling first aid kit. This post contains affiliate links for easy shopping! : I used to use the brand that was made of petroleum jelly, but once I read about what petroleum jelly is and how it is made, I decided to go all-natural. Especially when I use it near…

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Fandango Family: Our Family Movie Rules

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As my husband and I go through the motions of becoming parents of a tween and pre-tween, we are starting to navigate the world of buying electronics, going online, dropping off at parties, navigating sleepovers and watching movies. Watching movies? Why is that an “issue”? Well, it’s not really an issue. We just have placed some rules governing how and when to watch certain movies. Believe me, when it’s a holiday and the kids are home from school, going to see a movie is a must-have. With all of the holiday breaks coming up, I’m always looking at the Fandango Family website…

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