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    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: BrooklynCampExpo.com. Search by [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    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 [...]

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    Why “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” may be the most important Christmas song to share with your children

    by John on 12/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Something tells me most of the Western world, especially those who lived through the Eighties, will either meekly agree or angrily disagree with me on this. (Bob Geldof, who co-wrote the song with Midge Ure in 1984, now calls it one of the two worst songs in the world.) Either way, you might be right. [...]

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    Weekday Events for December 16th-19th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 12/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! What a day of snow yesterday!  Hope everyone had a safe fun Saturday!  Winter is arriving later this week so it is time to find indoor events! For indoor fun this week we have Mondays with Rob at Stocked, Pajama Rama at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library, a Dr. Seuss Party at [...]

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    Best Sledding Spots in Brooklyn and NYC

    by Sarah on 12/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can always handle the long New York City winters better if there is snow. The snow makes it harder to get around but makes the cold weather more tolerable to me. And with snow comes sledding! Here are some of the best sledding hills: NYC: Pilgrim Hill in Central Park (5th Ave and 72nd Street) [...]

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    Dyker Heights Lights: The Holiday Spirit Electrified

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

      There is nothing so festive as Christmas lights twinkling from windows or rooftops on cold nights. But this is America people, so let’s super-size that holiday magic. You want it big? You want your dose of holiday cheer to fry the retinas then you must, you need, to see the lights of Dyker Heights. [...]

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    Get a Family Portrait for Your Holiday Card

    by Sarah on 12/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Oh, the dreaded holiday card. It looms over the fall, a beast on your to-do list. How do you get a picture that is 1. Recent enough to show off how much your kids have grown. 2. Good enough to make you look like no time has passed. 3. Cute enough to make it look [...]

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    It’s Not Too Late!: NYCB’s The Nutcracker

    by Sarah on 12/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Despite my love of ballet and my general devotion to The Nutcracker (Balanchine’s), I hadn’t gotten my crap together to get tickets this year, and I assumed that, at this late date, there was no point. Taking a four-year-old to see her first full-length ballet from the nose bleeds seems cruel (for everyone). So I [...]

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    Spuni: Mealtime with Baby Will Never Be the Same!

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had one of my mini foodies fling their meal across the room with the grace and power of a seasoned tennis pro. I sat in awe as they refuse to discriminate catapulting even their favorite dinners. When I recently learned about Spuni, my situation seemed to [...]

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    Where to Meet Santa (in Brooklyn and NYC) and Beg for Loot

    by Sarah on 12/06/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Get some face-time (lap-time) with the big man himself, you can start tonight or wait until Christmas Eve, or play the odds with a lap-sit ever weekend between now and Gift Hour Zero. Seems like a great idea, so you’ve been lying to your kid about this dude for months or years, what could possibly [...]

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    How To Host a COOKIE PARTY!!!!

    by Sarah on 12/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Screw fruitcake. And pie. And plum pudding (who’s making this?). What really matters this time of year are the cookies. But who has the time or energy to make a sampling of holiday treats? That would imply that I’m done doing my Thanksgiving dishes. And artisanal cookies, since apparently  that’s all you can get in [...]

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    Christmas Magic: Video Sponsored by Fisher Price

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This post is sponsored by Fisher Price. Growing up, I remember each Christmas being so magical for so many reasons. I loved decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies and the smell of them baking, and always staying up late in anticipation of Santa’s visit. Each year I was lucky enough to get a special toy [...]