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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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Learn How to Meditate Using the Calm App

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I’ve taken a bit of a social media and blogging break the past several weeks. Mainly because we have gone on a few family vacations where I vowed be “present” with my family and not be “online”. Which is super-fair: the last trip was not sponsored so I did not have to constantly be on social media while we were skiing, enjoying a lunch, or swimming in the pool. It was a nice digital break, I have to say. I find that being “on” in the digital sense, whether it be blogging, posting on social media, or working with one of my clients can be…

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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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Review: Dyson Big Ball Cinetic Vacuum with No Bags and No Filters

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As a mom of two active girls and a pet-owner (I don’t lump my kids and my cats together, but in this case….), there is constant cleaning to do so I am a big — and I mean BIG — fan of Dyson’s amazing vacuuming power. NOW, they have a new vacuum with new technology called the Dyson Big Ball Cinetic vacuum. Now this will blow your mind: it doesn’t have any bags to take out or filters to clean. I had my sister-in-law, G, test it out since her apartment has a lot of rugs and just as many cats. So…

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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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Tween Loft Bedroom Remodel

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So…you’ve seen the before pictures of our girls bedroom. It was a room of mish-mosh furniture, absolutely no storage for all of the girls’ books and toys and no place for two tweens to do their homework. After over six weeks of construction in which we lived in friend’s apartments (thank goodness for friends who go on vacation!) and then living through four weeks of construction while the girls started school and where they slept in the living room. This past week, the last piece of hardware was installed and I am so excited to show you our: Tween Loft Bedroom…

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Unique Holiday Cards from Minted + $125 Minted Giveaway!

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We say it every year and I’m going to say it again: Where did the year go?! I blinked and it was Halloween and we’re now three weeks before the start of the holiday season: Thanksgiving. Which means: it’s time to get the holiday cards started. The year went by so fast that I didn’t have a chance to get professional family photos taken. Well, thank goodness for Minted, a design marketplace that connects you to the best indie artists; and their designs can make any picture look gorgeous enough for a Christmas, Holiday or New Year’s card. Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. So back…

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