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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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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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Review: Dyson Hot and Cool Bladeless Fan for Heating and Cooling

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They Dyson Hot and Cool provides the fastest whole room heating in winter and high velocity air to cool you in the summer. It’s one machine for four seasons. It uses the AM05 Air Mutiplier™ technology for bladeless fan heater which provides the fastest whole room heating in the winter months and cooling in the summer. The Dyson Hot and Cool looks tiny but it definitely is powerful and as a mom with young kids, it has family-friendly features that I appreciate. “It’s frustrating when temperatures fluctate in a room — you’re warm one minute, shirvering the next. So, we…

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Tween Bedroom Remodel {Before Pics}

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We moved into our apartment over seven years ago when we had one daughter and another one on the way. Seven years later, we have a tween and a 7-year old and have accumulated 11 years worth of stuff. Dance trophies, swim medals, Build-a-Bear bears, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, books, books and more books. And everything — I mean everything in between. And it just kept accumulating. We decided to do our tween bedroom remodel because we knew that that we were staying in our New York City apartment and wanted it to be the best apartment it could be.…

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Join Me: Baby Girl Nursery Design Pin Party

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When my girls were born, over 11 and 7 years ago, we didn’t have the design sense, resources, or Pinterest to really design a beautiful baby girl nursery for them. Kind of sad, I know, but, SERIOUSLY, if we had Pinterest back then, I definitely would’ve done it up! Now you, lucky readers, have an amazing Baby Girl Nursery Design Pin Party to join in, pin and get all the baby girl nursery design pinspiration you need to design the perfect nursery for your little princesses. I’ve been invited by Project Nursery and Carousel Designs to help co-host a Pin Party this…

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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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Stylish Back to School Party with Minted {+ $50 Minted Giftcard Giveaway!}

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! You know what I’m talking about: it’s back-to-school time! Although we love the lazy days of summer, I am looking forward to this time for the consistency and predictability that the school year comes with. And what better way to celebrate with a stylish back to school party with Minted!  Minted is the world’s premier market place for independent design. They find amazing artists and designers from all over the world and crowd-sources design and art from them. Then, Minted sells the best designs as stationary, wall art and home decor. Finally, Minted produces…

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Barre3 West Village Opens in New York City

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A lot of you know that I’ve been a HUGE barre3 fan for the past year. I’ve been an online barre3.com member since last October and have faithfully done their online workouts in the comfort of my own home. But now…I am so excited to say, barre3 has opened up its newest flagship: barre3 West Village in my town, New York City! I was invited to barre3 West Village’s media week right before launch and met (I can’t believe I’m saying this) Sadie Lincoln (That’s me and barre3 founder, Sadie Lincoln, above!), the founder and owner of barre3. She flew in…

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