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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! Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub: 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…

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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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Best Tween Present: HP Stream Family Devices

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Our oldest daughter is in middle school and it was only a matter of time for when she truly “needed” her own computer. Well, that time has come and gone. About a month ago, I was on my laptop working on (what else?) a blog post that was due; my husband was on our desktop doing his football draft (or whatever it’s called), and our 6th-grader said, “I need a computer to do my science homework!!” My husband and I looked at each other and since I was doing work and he was doing his football draft, he was relegated to his…

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Fall Activities at Wildlife Conservation Society Zoos and NY Aquarium

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Fall is one of the best times to visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s zoos and aquarium. As the crowds thin and the weather cools, the animals become more active and exciting to watch. Here’s a look at a few of the wonderful activities and educational programs coming up this fall at the WCS’ five facilities.  Bronx Zoo The Himalayan Highlands Exhibit The zoo is happy to have two new (small) additions (shown above) — a pair of snow leopard cubs! In May, the zoo welcomed a snow leopard cub duo, both males, who were born to first-time parents. Fall…

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8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire

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The New York Renaissance Faire opened up last weekend and runs through September 21st. The whole family jumped into a Zipcar minivan (yes, don’t judge) and did the easy 1-hour drive from New York City to Tuxedo Park, New York. While there, we rounded up 8 helpful tips for other families who will be heading up and enjoying a step back in time to 16th Century Elizabethan England.  8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire   1. Spend the $10 on the “VIP” parking. It’s closer to the entrance, and with kids, it’s just easier.  2.…

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Join the Herd and Raise Awareness for World Elephant Day

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Did you know that more than 35,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year for their ivory?  World Elephant Day is August 12th and I am supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign, and you should, too! The campaign focuses on protecting forest elephants from extinction through awareness and legislation and to stop the killing, demand and trafficking of elephant ivory. The 96 Elephants campaign is named for the number of elephants gunned down each day by poachers.  The work that the Wildlife Conservation does focuses on securing laws, bolstering elephant protection with funding and educating people like you…

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Reading Under the Stars with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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In some parts of the country, it’s back-to-school season, and in other parts, it’s still summer. Either way, your kids need to continue reading, and hopefully they’ve kept up with Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge program,  which is now in its 8th year! The Summer Reading Challenge is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to reading throughout the summer months  — getting them ready for school!  This year’s theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by EVEREADY®). Throughout the summer, kids will read around the galaxy and unlock star constellations as they log reading minutes. And earlier this week, The Scholastic Summer…

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Cheerios Protein Keeps My Family Going

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Being a New York City family means we are an active family. The girls are always moving if they aren’t in school:  they go to swim class, dance class, gymnastics, art class and instrumental lessons.  Since we don’t have a backyard of our own, we take advantage of what the city has to offer and make the city our backyard by going on bike rides along the river, going on walks, and hitting every playground in the neighborhood. During the lazy, hazy days summer, one thing they aren’t is: lazy. They go to an all-day dance camp learning jazz, hip-hop,…

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