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    Do You Want to Volunteer This Holiday Season?

    by Sarah on 11/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here is a startling statistic from USA Today: The number of Americans attending food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% over the last five years. Thanksgiving is one of many occasions when those soup kitchens and food pantries get inundated with large numbers of people wanting a special meal. They also get inundated with volunteers (thankfully). While […]


    Adventures with Food: The Stuffing Matrix

    by John on 11/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      John Proctor, writer, teacher and our Dad For All Seasons, brings us all his foodie wisdom. Vicarious cooking is my favorite kind.   I’ll admit it. For first twelve years of my life, I thought stuffing was a magical concoction that came pre-made in a red box. I remember believing with great conviction that […]

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    Giving Back

    by Deirdre on 11/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday?  I must confess I actually was not aware of it.  I know all about Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday and have been getting event emails for #givingtuesday on December 2nd and decided to check it out.  I discovered that it was started in 2012 on […]

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    Will There be “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Brooklyn Lyceum This Year?

    by Deirdre on 10/31/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Last week Here’s Park Slope reported that the Brooklyn Lyceum was in foreclosure and was up for auction.  My first thought was what about “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which was done yearly at the Brooklyn Lyceum and is a hit with Brooklyn families.  The Brooklyn Lyceum also did family events like roller skating, the Legend […]

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    Head to Prospect Park Zoo for a Boo-Tastic Time!

    by A Child Grows on 10/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Grab the family and head to Prospect Park Zoo where Halloween fun awaits! The annual Boo at the Zoo weekend is jam-packed with fun activities such as a Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, face painting, and other Halloween-themed games and crafts and, of course, there’ll be plenty of animals to visit. There will also be a Spooky Barn for […]

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    One Last Giveaway for Luna Park!

    by A Child Grows on 10/01/14 | 5 Comment(s)

    Luna Park is open for one more month and celebrating Halloween Harvest every weekend in October. This family-friendly fall festival in Coney Island features free events and activities including face painting, trick-or-treating, caricature portraits, balloon animals and entertainment. The park is decorated to the nines with hay, corn stalks and other fall decorations. Pick and […]

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    Apple Picking, Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes! Where to go near Brooklyn!

    by Nicole on 9/29/14 | 8 Comment(s)

    There’s nothing more fun than picking your own apples, pumpkins and veggies in the fall. There’s something special about carving a pumpkin that you chose from the ground- not in a box at the supermarket.  And applesauce from the apples you picked? That’s divine. You don’t have to travel too far out of Brooklyn to […]


    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]


    Father’s Day Inspiration

    by Sarah on 6/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Father’s Day is June 15th and between transitioning the kid from school to summer camp, finalizing vacation plans, organizing a birthday party and getting at least some work done so I don’t have to stare at the computer the entirety of said vacation, the last thing on my list is the father of my kid. […]


    5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas aka Don’t Screw It Up This Time

    by Sarah on 5/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    So you are down to the wire, you need something special, different, useful, available on short notice and conveys the pretense of forethought (even if none existed). Here is a brief list of ideas to turn to in the count down to mother’s day. Your kid may be able to make their mom a great […]


    Your Guide to Easter Egg Hunts NYC 2014

    by Sarah on 4/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is nothing I like more then the vestiges of pagan ritual in our very modern world like christmas trees, jack-o-lanterns and may poles. The egg hunt is a favorite of mine, searching out symbols of fertility hiding among the newly blooming flowers, those pagans didn’t really go in for subtly and thank god. Otherwise, […]

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    Spring Break Camp: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

    by A Child Grows on 4/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Teachers, school administrators, seasoned parents of school-age kids, these are people who live and breath by the public school calendar.  For many others, spring break sneaks up on us and we realize – EEK! Spring break is next week and we have no plans! Well, there’s a wonderful thing called Spring Break Camp. Also called […]

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    International Women’s Day NYC: U-N-I-T-Y

    by Sarah on 3/02/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Started at the turn of the last century, IWD began as a chance to champion the working-women of Eastern Europe. But the political overtones gave way, in many countries, to a more general appreciation of women. While, I admit, I wasn’t really up on IWD, I had […]

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    Find Your Summer Camp at the Virtual Brooklyn Camp Expo – Enter to Win a Free Week of Camp

    by Nicole on 2/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, it is that time a year where you start exploring your Brooklyn summer camp options. There are many wonderful camps in the Brooklyn and surrounding areas and we’ve got your covered on how to find them! You can research them on one website: Search by […]


    DIY Valentines or What You’re Doing This Week

    by Sarah on 2/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Growing up in the suburbs of Boston for much of my formative years, I always wondered why everyone put those bunches of dried corn cobs on their doors, the snowflakes and faux-candles in the windows, the spring flags of blooming daffodils as if we couldn’t see the very same flower blooming in their front yard. […]

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    Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 in Brooklyn and Beyond

    by Sarah on 1/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Happy Year of the Horse! (it’s a Wood Horse year, in case you’re keeping track) Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and if you hadn’t guessed by the name, it will be a fast-paced year, according to some astrologers, fueled by the wood element. So “wood and fire” based industries […]


    Meditation and Kids: What’s Sanskrit for Chillax?

    by Sarah on 1/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all know we should be meditating. Meditation alleviates stress, improves sleep, improves brain function (just ask the Tibetan monks), shrinks stubborn belly fat, well, maybe I just wish that were true. But it’s good for us. So, stands to reason, it’s probably good for our kids too. In fact, kids can derive all the […]

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    (Sponsored) Upcoming Events at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      If you’re in need of things to do in the city, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has you covered till spring. Check out the round-up of all the wonderful performances they’ve got starting as early as this Sunday! Brooklyn Center’s Target Storybook Series continues this Sunday with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No […]

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    11 Places to Hide from The Polar Vortex (and drink hot chocolate)

    by Sarah on 1/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    With the coming polar vortex, there is but one thing to do tomorrow—besides burning volumes of tax code in the mysteriously functioning fireplace of the central branch of the NYC public library—drink hot chocolate. The magic of the drink is that it is permanently linked in our minds with some brisk outdoor activity. Sure, you […]


    Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids (Birth to 6)

    by Nicole on 12/21/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    What the Kids (and Parents) Really Want: Gifts by Age – Birth to 6 Gift giving for children is one of most challenging aspect about my holiday shopping. What are they into? What do they already have? Do they skew toward their gender or would gender neutral be more appropriate? And, arguably most important, what […]

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    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services in Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 12/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Once all the presents have been bought and all the food prepped and stocking stuffed and pills pop, ‘cause Jesus this is stressful, it’s time to celebrate the man, the baby, the Big Baby. Jesus, the eternal birthday boy, reminds us that, as the Who’s down in Whoville say, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. […]

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    The Top 3 Travel Cribs for Your Holiday Trek

    by Sarah on 12/19/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    So, you’re leaving tomorrow for somewhere even colder and snowier, where you should have more space, but it will be all four of you in one room directly over the kitchen so that your baby wakes up every time someone slams the microwave door. Yay, the holidays! Now all you have to do is find […]

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    Give the gift of treatment and housing to a cancer patient this Christmas: The American Cancer Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) According to the American Cancer Society over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. That means a far greater number are subsequently affected, myself being one of them. I lost someone to cancer a few years ago and I will never forget her. Cancer is a difficult topic to address but it needs […]


    Parents On Red Alert Over NORAD Santa Tracking

    by Sarah on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Why shouldn’t Santa have a military escort? After all, he has to cross multiple no-fly zones. With everyone stressing about their airspace these days, and the shifting political climate, even the North Pole’s greatest ambassador might want a little fire power, you know J.I.C. Maybe this is why NORAD depicts Santa’s sleigh in the company […]


    19 Travel Tips for Your Holiday Trip

    by Sarah on 12/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So, since you live in New York City you will probably be joining two thirds of this city’s population for the usual holiday mass exodus. Here are a few ideas to help ease your stress and make your travel plans smooth, or at least not horrible. Packing Tips If your kids are still in diapers […]