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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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Bronx Zoo Family Event: Wild Kratts Brothers

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This weekend, go ahead to the Bronx Zoo and join the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the hit television series Wild Kratts as they take to the stage and re-enact an adventure that happened to them out in the Amazon jungle. The Wild Kratts brothers will have an an interactive performance that is a rip-roaring, snorting, bellowing, screeching and flapping fun for the whole family! I’m giving away tickets for you and your family PLUS a Wild Kratts prize pack on my Facebook page, so don’t forget to enter! When: July 26th & 27th Where: Astor Court Time: 12:00pm and 1:30pm ~ Show…

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Guest Post: New ASTROBLAST! Blasts Off on Sprout Channel

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Preschoolers, rejoice! There is a new crew coming to Sprout, and they are out of this world —literally. On Saturday, July 12, 2014, the 24-hour preschooler network will launch into space with an adorable new series called Astroblast! It’s based on the Scholastic book series of the same name by author/illustrator, Bob Kolar, and takes viewers on a hilarious adventure throughout out-of-space. My son, Rocco, and I had the chance to preview an episode of Astroblast! last week at the show’s launch event in the Meatpacking District at The Sugar Factory. While we nibbled on chicken fingers, sliders and the…

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Helps Fight the Summer Slide

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The girls FINALLY had their last day of school yesterday. For the summer, we focus on a lot of outdoor activities like swimming, biking, climbing, swinging and you know — playing. We do, however, have to keep the balance and make sure the girls don’t fall into the summer “slide”. Just in time for summer, Scholastic launches their Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with free summer reading resources for parents like me and you to keep reading and learning fun — even during their summer “vacation”: Online summer reading program for kids: You can register your kids (grades K–8 or ages 4–14) for the…

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New York Aquarium Celebrates World Oceans Day

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It’s finally summer and that means many family trips to the beach both near and far. We are planning on hitting beaches in Turks & Caicos, Long Island and the Jersey Shore this summer. Although the beach and ocean is there for us to enjoy, swim in, get tans near, many people around the world depend on a healthy, clean ocean to survive. June 8th is the official United Nation’s-designated day to celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives and how we can protect it. 6 Reasons Why We Should ALWAYS Celebrate World Ocean’s Day? Our ocean: 1. Generates…

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{Guest Post} Girls Night Out at the New York International Auto Show – Giveaway

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Last Thursday night, I had the chance to get a special preview of the New York International Auto Show, a day before it was opened to the public.  About 50 other NYC bloggers and I were treated to “Girls Night Out” party that was hosted by the ladies of SheBuysCars.com in the Toyota space of the show.  We had the chance to learn more about style, health and organization in our cars while seeing the many new and exclusive cars on the prestigious NY Auto Show Floor (I was drooling over the Alfa Romeos nearby!!) Of course there was food,…

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Family Activity in New York: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo

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The last time I was at the Bronx Zoo, it was over 30 years ago and I was with my grandma. It was a hot, sticky New York City day and we took a long NYC bus ride over from her apartment in Washington Heights. Living in New York City for over 22 years with two young girls, I have yet to go back (except for one spectacular wedding!) and experience The Bronx Zoo of the 21st century because from what I’m hearing it’s got amazing, interactive experiences. What is the Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo? For example, back…

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