November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

I'm sure Thanksgiving looks different for us all, but at the end of the day if you're shopping and preparing Thanksgiving dinner you'll most likely be stressed. Read ahead for tips on surviving the week with your sanity in tact. 

1. MAKE LISTS! Planning is the number one tip to help you stay on track and sane. Start planning before Thanksgiving. Put down everything you'll need and when you'll need to get it by. Plan your dinner, entertainment etc. 

2. DO NOT wait until last min to do the grocery shopping. You'll want to get what you can preferably a week or more before Thanksgiving day. Why? Do you enjoy waiting on massive lines and Hunger Games style food shopping? If you don't, shop early. You'll love yourself for it in the end. 

3. DISTRACT the kids: I love my children. I really do. But when push comes to shove we know they're not going to sit around quietly while you cook and prepare. Have a plan and a way to distract the kids while you work. Have movies, games, art projects and snacks ready for them. You pick and choose the combination but have a distraction game plan! Have your spouse take them outside to play - that's always my fave. 

4. GET HELP! I know you can do it all but everyone needs a little help. Recruit the kids, grandparents or your spouse to help out. What can they contribute? Table setting, cleanup? Does anyone have recipes they can prepare? What about the last minute grocery store run that no one wants to make that day? Who can help? 
5. BREATHE & STAY CALM. Nothing and no one is perfect so breathe, relax and let go of crazy expectations of perfection. A little wine never hurts too!
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October 02, 2015

Cozy Autumn


Time to pack away the Summer gear and pull out the warm knit sweaters and scarfs! It feels like Autumn has snuck up in full force. I'm not not a fan of cold weather, especially, having to take New York City public transportation. Although, I must admit, from Fall to Winter this city comes alive.

The leaves start to change and fall away giving us New Yorkers a sense of wonder about the nature that we generally lack in the city around us. Halloween is peeking it's head just around the corner getting us ready for the next coming months of festivities and fun. The Summer was great but when it's gone I think we do well in adjusting to the change. 

Another great thing about the change of season is the opportunity to create seasonal crafts. You can go out to the park and make nature your lesson and craft! This is a great time to teach the kids about fresh beginnings, colors, maybe a little biology lesson in there somewhere.




Leaf Rubbings are a great way to work on your childs' motor skills and to help them develop an artistic eye for color and composition. Check out this blog post by Mama.Papa.Bubba to see how lovely her daughter's leaf rubbing project turned out. 

Break out jackets, scarves, boots and hoodies. The arrival of all the best Fall festivities are in full motion and I love it! 


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