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    Top of the Shop: Feliz in Fort Greene

    by Nicole on 8/27/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is the eleventh installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. A local photographer gives us her view of a Brooklyn establishment. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. This installment is by visual biographer, Isabelle Dervaux. From Isabelle about her [...]

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    The East River Ferry to North Williamsburg: 12 Places to Visit

    by Nicole on 7/05/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    If you have a bucket list for the summer, then put East River Ferry on it. You can take a breezy ride on the East River Ferry to 7 various stops during the week and to Governor’s Island on the weekends. Each ferry stop is a trip in itself, with each neighborhood’s gems waiting for [...]

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    New iphone App Makes Lunch Planning Deliciously Easy

    by Nicole on 6/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you have yet to start camp like us, then you are busy labeling and wondering how to cram all your kids’ stuff into one backpack: including a nutritious lunch that’s supposed to stay cold through a scorching hot morning. I hate to cook, let alone plan meals, so packing camp lunches makes me dread [...]

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    Sand: What You Need To Know Before Getting In the Sandbox This Summer

    by Jill on 5/23/12 | 9 Comment(s)

    My kids happily play in the sand – beach or sandbox – for hours at a time. Now that Jenn has outgrown the sand-eating phase and is almost out of the sand-throwing phase, it’s fun for all of us. I have rolled my eyes at my friend who won’t let her daughters play in the [...]

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    Cool Map Games for Kids

    by Nicole on 5/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you searching for a fun way to teach geography to your kid…and maybe brush up on it yourself? Here are a few that I really like: Rethinking Schools’ Map Game This map game is easy to follow. Just drag a country’s name to its proper place. I admit I made quite a few mistakes- [...]

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    Get Nailed! A Party For Moms!

    by Nicole on 4/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    I am really excited about this party we are having with Babeland and Polish Bar BK. It’s been in the works for a couple of months- and it’s finally here! So….Get Nailed with us! Get Nailed! Mom’s Party with Babeland, Polish Bar BK and A Child Grows in Brooklyn Need a break from the stroller [...]

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    Passover Craft: Frogs, frogs, frogs

    by Nicole on 4/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you celebrate Passover then you know why frogs are important. Frogs were one of the ten plagues that Moses imposed upon the Egyptians to convince the Pharaoh to release the enslaved Jews. It took ten plagues for the Pharoah to relent. During the plague of the frogs, Moses sent hoardes of frogs from the [...]

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    New Store in PLG Attracts Families From All Over

    by Nicole on 2/02/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Parents in Prospect Lefferts Gardens have been thrilled with the addition of newcomer Play Kids to their area. Since it opened, it’s not only locals that come: parents from Ditmas Park, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and even as far away as Carroll Gardens are making the trip. What’s the draw? Their stellar lineup of unique [...]

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    The year’s top green toys

    by Nicole on 6/13/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    For the past few years, Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, also known as Dr. Toy, has issued a list of the year’s top green toys and children’s products.   Dr. Toy acknowledges in a press release that these green products represent just “a small number among all the choices of play products available, but we need to start [...]

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    Deals on gear, clothes and toys this week

    by Nicole on 5/21/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    While we have some fabulous consignment shops in Brooklyn, sometimes it’s fun to go to an event where you swap and buy used items from parents you see and meet. One of the most famous tag sales for parents is the Manhattan Twins Club sale. Why is it famous? For its stock on double strollers, [...]

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    Toy of the Year Awards go to….

    by Nicole on 4/27/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    Birthday season is about to begin and that means finding gifts that are just right for that birthday girl or boy.  In celebration, we are going to be posting award-winning toys over the next few weeks. This week we are featuring some nominees for the Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY), as presented by the [...]

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    How to Clean Toys, Backpacks, Shoes and…just about everything!

    by Nicole on 4/04/11 | 6 Comment(s)

    Real Simple Magazine had 2 articles on how to clean everything from cotton to backpacks. I found them incredibly helpful. Here are both articles melded together. Both written by Sarah Stebbins How to Wash Cotton Made from the fluffy fibers of the cotton plant, most cotton fabrics are preshrunk, so “you really can’t mess them [...]

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    Kid and Toddler Bike helmet ratings

    by Nicole on 4/04/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Spring has definitely sprung and I have put our snow boots away for good, at last! It’s time for bikes and scooters and that means protecting our kids from falls. Brooklyn has some of the worst sidewalks of all the boroughs. We do love our blue slate sidewalks, but, oh, how it heaves and cleaves. [...]

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    Game on! A new club that just might become your next “hangout”

    by Nicole on 12/19/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    Remember family game night when someone would pull out Yahtzee, Scrabble or dominoes? Game night wasn’t just about the game, it was about learning how to win, lose, strategize and be a member of a family.  We recently started board games with our kids and love hanging out together, stomachs pressed on the floor, discussing [...]

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    Update: Shop local- Brooklyn Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs

    by Nicole on 12/16/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    While occasionally efficient, too much on-line holiday shopping can zap the holiday spirit right out of you.  So once you realize you have been staring at your laptop for hours, (yes, I mean you!) just turn it off.  Then, grab a friend, pretty up – whether that be by brushing your teeth or a putting [...]

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    Be prepared to blow your budget: book fairs

    by Nicole on 11/30/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have been known to blow my whole monthly budget at book fairs- which is why I am particularly concerned that 3 good ones are all coming up around holiday time. I’ll have to hold myself back…. The International School of Brooklyn’s French and Spanish Children’s Book Fair (Friday, Dec. 3rd and Saturday, Dec. 4th) [...]

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    Reader favorites: 38 iphone applications for your kids

    by Nicole on 11/15/10 | 6 Comment(s)

    When I want to know the real scoop on anything, I usually pose a question on our Facebook Fan Page. A few months ago (am I really that behind?!), I asked “what iphone apps do your kids love?” People named some obscure ones (sneezies!), some award winners (FacesiMake) and some oldies but goodies (Peekaboo Barn).  [...]

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    The Switch Witch- what to do with Halloween candy

    by Nicole on 10/24/10 | 6 Comment(s)

    I have NO WILL when it comes to candy-  I can’t eat just a teensy bit, I eat an entire bag.  So, when it comes to my children, I have allowed only a small level of sugar in their diet- after all, someone needs to take charge of it and who better than the sugar [...]

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    Watch out! Dinos! (well, eco-friendly ones)

    by Nicole on 8/22/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    Last year we started receiving Sprig toys for birthday presents. I had never heard of them before, but it seems everywhere I look now, someone has one on the playground. You might have seen them too. There are the very popular eco-trucks that dig and dump in the dirt and the funny large-headed figures with [...]

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    Wow! Another resale shop opening! AND they pick up your stuff

    by Nicole on 6/30/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    On the heels of Lulu’s Cuts and Toys announcement this week that they are opening a new children’s resale (and some new) shop, another one announces it too is opening! That’s great news for families. There can never be enough resale shops- especially since Brooklyn is rumored to have had the most babies born in [...]

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    Recall: Step2 buggies

    by Nicole on 5/15/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Step2®, today announced a voluntary recall of 2.5 million buggies: The Step2® Push Around Buggy™ and Whisper Ride Buggy™.  You should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. So why is it being recalled? A pin attaching to the yellow knob on [...]

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    Park Deli: fresh flowers, vintage toys and yes, skateboarding lessons

    by Paula on 5/14/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    Valentine Leung and Michael Sclafani are the co-owners of Brooklyn’s super cool and fantastically multi-purpose Park Delicatessen where in addition to selling skateboards and lovely flower arrangements in hand painted cans, you can also pick up a patchwork baby quilt ($275) with a matching pillow ($46) as well as bibs ($18) and baby clothing.  Valentine, [...]

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    Top of the Shop: Green in Bklyn

    by Nicole on 4/21/10 | 2 Comment(s)

    This is the second installment of our new feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a weekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then my favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. [...]

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    My favorite fabric store is moving

    by Nicole on 3/31/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    Purl Patchwork in Soho has been my favorite fabric store ever since I moved to NY (going on 10 years now!).  I love all their chosen fabrics, from tiny robots on sea blue to bold fuschia polka dots with jaguars. Plus, the women in there can answer any sewing question you have.  They have a [...]

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    Top of the Shop: Brooklyn Junior

    by Nicole on 3/30/10 | 3 Comment(s)

    I am starting a new feature – called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a weekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then my favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. Let me [...]