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    How to Store Your Stroller for New Yorkers

    by Nicole on 3/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all live in New York which = no room, no space, no storage, nada! This is where the StrollAway comes in. We were sent the small contraption last week. It basically looks like a large over-the-door hook. I set about putting it up immediately since we are desperate for space. My husband watched me […]

    Photo courtesy of and ©Sarah and Thad Lawrence. This North Carolina photography couple nailed this pic on the head!

    Need a House Cleaner? And with a Discount?

    by Nicole on 3/16/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here is one vow my husband and I made to one another after our first year of living together: we would do everything in our power to afford a house cleaner for the rest of our lives.  We couldn’t keep arguing about who had to clean the toilet or mop the floor forever, right?!  Well, […]


    Silhouette Artist Cuts Into Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 2/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Third generation silhouette artist Erik Johnson will be in New York City this month with upcoming stops in Brooklyn. He cuts children’s (and adults’!) silhouettes free-hand by looking at their profile in less than 5 minutes. The Johnson family has been cutting silhouettes for more than six decades, so it’s pretty cool to get your […]


    Baby Carrier Cover and Maternity Coat in One

    by Nicole on 2/26/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Wearing a baby in the winter presents its challenges: it seems like you just get her bundled up in bunting, carrier, hat and then…the baby cries, has an explosion or you start to sweat profusely from all her layers and yours! What if you could cut down on the layers that both you and the […]


    Are you dependent on your lip balm?

    by Nicole on 2/23/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    It’s winter and who isn’t reapplying lip balm every moment? If you think you are actually becoming dependent on it, you might be right.  “Lip balms that contain phenol, an antibacterial agent, strip the top layer of skin off your lips,” says dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, author of The Mind-Beauty Connection.  “That’s why you get […]


    New Store in PLG Attracts Families From All Over

    by Nicole on 2/02/12 | 4 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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    How to store (and back up!) your digital photos

    by Nicole on 1/20/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    In my other life or increasingly, my former life, I was a photographer. So, I get asked a lot about how to store digital photos.  Since so many of us are taking digital photos of our children, I thought this might prove of interest to you. Here is what I do: I make 2 backups […]


    Deal of the Week: Genius Organizing- Totally Worth It!

    by Nicole on 1/05/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    It’s the New Year, which means that everyone is energized about their resolutions from losing weight to streamlining their life.  This week Doodle Deals is offering a way to start the New Year off right with 43% off a 2 hour in-home organizing and decluttering session. It caught my eye because it is being offered […]

    Spacecraft store in Williamsburg.

    For crafty you- a list of my favorite craft stores

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

    I so badly want to be crafty. I want to make snow hats and wool felted animals…but I just….don’t. I have a full tote of craft supplies: stencils, pom poms, pipe cleaners and the ultimate necessity: glue gun. I just don’t have the motivation. But, I do have the motivation to aspire to crafting.  And, […]

    Ahh...sharpened skates!

    Where to get used ice skates in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 11/09/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    Gliding on freshly zambonied ice, sipping hot chocolate at break time, spinning perfectly on point- well, now I am just dreaming. But what isn’t a dream is to find inexpensive ice skates in Brooklyn. Good Footing in Park Slope has new and used skates. (Used are mainly just available for children- as the store owner […]

    Still Hip Brooklyn's storefront. Photo by Lesterhead (of Clinton HIll Blog)

    Favorite Resale Shop Still Hip Is Closing

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

    We were sad to hear the news yesterday that one of our favorite Brooklyn resale shops and meetup places, Still Hip, will be closing down at the end of November. I remember the first iteration of Still Hip: during one weekend we were invited to shop in the parlor of a brownstone: fun and funky […]

    This is a pet high chair- not one that I will be discussing but a great laugh!

    Looking For A Highchair? Here Are Our Favorites

    by Nicole on 9/12/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Ahh.. the gear when having a baby. Some parents love shopping for it and others can barely stand it. Either way, the selection out there is overwhelming. But, what do you really need? Living in NYC, the footprint might be one of your most important considerations. When I started writing this post, I realized that […]


    Best Book List For Ages 0-5 Years

    by Nicole on 7/27/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    I know I’m not the only one who gets tired of reading the same book over and over at bedtime. Yawwwn……..zzzzzz.  The Rusty Key, a new Brooklyn blog that is dedicated to all things Kid Lit, is helping me and you get over the book doldrums by sharing her favorite books for kids here on […]


    Organic Twin Mattresses: What to Look for and Where to Find them

    by Serena on 7/20/11 | 4 Comment(s)

    Mattresses are more than just foam, springs and cotton, they contain (surprise!) flame retardant chemicals, mercury, boric acid, and formaldehyde. Pretty disgusting when you think we spend (hopefully) 6 hours plus sleeping on that every night.  What’s worse is that all non-organic mattresses from the U.S. are required to be flame retardant (enough so that […]

    Protect your kid's from the sun this summer with sun protective clothing

    Clothing to Protect Your Child’s Skin

    by Serena on 7/19/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    The heat is raging over here in Brooklyn and that means piling up the sunscreen and wearing sun hats to protect our kids’ delicate skin. However, with the sun being so strong one blistering sunburn or five non-blistering sunburns may lead to melanoma and skin cancer later in life (*stat provided by K & J […]


    BabyCakes on how to color frosting naturally

    by Nicole on 7/14/11 | 5 Comment(s)

    Babycakes NYC on the Lower East Side is a destination for gluten-free, vegan, health-concious sweet lovers.  It has been a hit destination for anyone with food allergies, dietary restrictions, and all things “special” and alternative, and that, of course, has attracted celebrities. The owner, Erin McKenna, has  a book, BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free […]

    Community Playthings small crib with storage

    Mini or Apartment sized cribs for small apartments

    by Nicole on 7/13/11 | 7 Comment(s)

    The DaVinci Annabelle is another option and people love the small crib, but don’t like the flimsy mattress. (Around $189). We loved our Arms Reach CoSleeper. It is especially great for newborns and if you want to have your baby near your own bed. It has a lot of storage both below the bassinet and […]

    Check out some new vendors at the Northside Market

    Northside Market: A New Artisanal Market Featuring Music, Food and New Products!

    by Serena on 7/06/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    We love checking out new products and goods for ourselves and our kids and now we have a new pop-up market to check out right in the heart of Williamsburg. Featuring artisanal and handmade goods, crafts, local musical acts and a DJ, Northside Market is an innovative new space to check out local and international […]


    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 […]


    What are the best, safest insect repellents?

    by Nicole on 6/01/11 | 8 Comment(s)

    Remember the good ol’ days of your childhood summers? Bare feet, tube tops, Dr. Scholls and no mosquito bites? (So maybe I totally dated myself, but I do have a point…). Back then, our parents sprayed us with that awful smelling insect spray that was chock a block full of DEET. So, what’s wrong with […]

    Calypso St. Barth Romper at Target

    Jumping for Jumpers this summer- kids and mom

    by Nicole on 5/22/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    When we had some hot days this May (that seems ages ago now)- I was running around in this jumper designed by Calypso for Target. It is a steal at $24.99 and it soooo comfortable. At all the baby expos this month, I’ve noticed that jumpers have “jumped” in popularity in children’s clothes too. I […]


    Overload: Brooklyn Fleas, Food Trucks and Craft Markets

    by Nicole on 5/19/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    There is an overload of great events in Brooklyn this weekend. Essential events for foodies include the debut of Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. This Brooklyn Flea newcomer boasts 100 plus food vendors and everything you need to get your kitchen in top-chef shape.  Gourmands can not miss the Food Truck Rally that will gather famous food […]

    Ram Nine Francois Courtesy of Julie Nester Gallery

    Affordable Art Collecting for families

    by Nicole on 5/04/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Someone told me years ago how one family started their art collection. Each person in the family started an individual “art fund” and as they would visit galleries, they would keep an eye out for affordable art they could buy. Because it was especially hard for the kids to save up enough to buy a […]


    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 […]


    Pumping: when, how and why

    by Nicole on 4/13/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    I remember when my sister first pulled out her backpack-style breastpump, strapped on her bustier and the pump cups and turned the machine on- all while she was giving me some sisterly advice. To her, it was like nothing was going on…to me, it was like: Woah! what are all those tubes and how is […]