Teleflora #WhatIsLove

Teleflora #WhatIsLove teleflora2

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Valentines day is quickly approaching and what better way to show all the special people in your life that you care then with a beautiful Teleflora floral arrangement! Well, this year you can add an amazing, personalized handwritten love note to accompany that stunning arrangement. I attended a Valentines Day Tea Party & participated in a Love Note Writing Workshop hosted by Teleflora, led by More Love Letters where we were introduced to the handwritten love letter movement and challenged to write our own. I thought long and hard about who I would like to write my first love letter to; I decided to write a special note to my oldest son to express just how much teleflora4he means to me. I have to admit that it was taught to write the first few words and channel my writing but soon, I had filled the page and probably could have kept on writing if I hadn’t run out of space. I have always been a fan of mailing cards and invitations but now I will be adding random love notes to my preferred means of communication with my loved ones!

This season, Teleflora is introducing their complimentary Love Note Concierge service as part of their #WhatIsLove campaign available for a limited time only: February 3-12 2016 by calling 1-844-IT-IS-LOVE.

Now, writing the perfect sentiment to accompany  those stunning bouquets is as easy as a phone call: no charge, no purchase, no strings, just words of love!

To place an order for a beautifully-arranged floral gift, hand-crafted and delivered by a local florist anywhere in the country, visit www.telefora.com

Enter to win a $100 Teleflora gift card to use this Valentine’s Day!

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Luncheon with Hoda Kotb

Luncheon  with Hoda Kotb

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Blogging has its perks and headaches but when I am able to attend an event that is truly inspirational and moving I am especially thankful for the opportunity. I attended a luncheon at Hunt & Fish Club  in NYC hosted by The Moms where Hoda  Kotb spoke to a room fIlled with mothers, aunts and friends about the background behind her new book, Where We Belong. She spoke candidly about her personal and professional life, the choices she has made and the chances she took to get where she is today. We hung on to each word and I’m sure everyone in the room was able to relate to some of the stories and feelings she so openly shared. Hoda’s positive attitude and outlook on life is contagious and many people in the room stood up to share some of their own personal challenges. She gave advice, words of encouragement and some much needed hugs. I can not wait to read her new book!

-SD

Get Cheesy with Chuck E Cheese for National Cheese Lovers Day

Get Cheesy with Chuck E Cheese for National Cheese Lovers Day

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Now that I have rediscovered Chuck E. Cheese and have visited about four times in the past two months, my boys have decided that it is now one of their favorite places to visit. We love playing, eating and making memories whenever we visit.

In celebration of National Cheese Lovers Day, Chuck E. Cheese wants you to show off your cheesiest family moments from a time you visited Chuck E. Cheese. Check out this video, share it with your family & friends. Plus, enter to win a Chuck E. Cheese guest pass (good for 1 large pizza, 4 fountain drinks and 30 tokens)!

-SD

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Blogging Hack From A Six Year Old

Blogging Hack From A Six Year Old

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I’ve been blogging for about five years now and over the years it has become hard to find time to keep up with my scheduled posts, especially now that I have three small children to look after. I try to fit in time to write during naps, commuting on the subway or when the boys have gone to bed. But, often times I find that I end up catching up on much needed house work, getting a quick nap in myself or just vegging out in front of the television. Recently, I enlisted my 6 year old to start writing for his own blog, PlaygroundChefs, because it would a great way to help him with his writing, editing & technology skills plus it would be one less post on my calendar. I gave him a notebook to write his draft and an iPad with a window open WordPress to create a new post. His instructions were to draft the post in the notebook, bring it to me so we could edit it together then type and post it. So, I Left him alone to work and about twenty minutes later I heard him talking; after a few minutes, I decided to go investigate. I asked him who he was talking to, and he responded “I am talking to Siri”. I asked why and he said “I’m reading the post and she is typing it in”. It took me a few minutes to fully understand what he had been doing and I couldn’t believe that I NEVER thought of doing this myself! Now I am utilizing Siri to type my blog posts too & getting them up quicker, thanks #TristanReese

-SD

3 Activities to Celebrate MLK Day in Brooklyn

3 Activities to Celebrate MLK Day in Brooklyn

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day where we reflect, remember and  celebrate all the important contributions made by this American humanitarian. Most children study some part of his legacy in their classrooms but it is a great idea to expand their knowledge through some hands-on yet educational experiences outside of school and since children are off of school for MLK day, it is an awesome idea to accompany them to any of the many celebratory activities in NYC. I looked up 3 activities in Brooklyn, Ny that promise to be fun & educational!

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1.Brooklyn Children’s Museum has a packed 3-day weekend (they will be open on Monday 1/18) celebrating & remembering the life, legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be special programs and performance all weekend long. Hours 10am-5pm

All ages

Admission is $11 per person (children under 12 months old are Free)

2. MLK Collage Workshop with Brooklyn Doodles at Play Kids Store- Celebrate the life of American hero Martin Luther King Jr! Participants will work with a variety of materials to compose collages that celebrate friendship, love and community. Inspiration will come from the works of Romare Bearden and other famous collage artist.

Monday January 18th 1-3pm
$20/child
Ages: 4-8 years

For more information and to RSVP please email bkdoodles@gmail.com

3. Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall at the Lefferts Historic House Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all. Monday, January 18th at 2 pm & 3pm.

All Ages

Suggested donation of $3

It’s Always A Good Time For Fire Safety

It’s Always A Good Time For Fire Safety

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Parenting is a big job and there are lots of requirements and responsibilities one must undertake to ensure that your children have the tools they need to be productive, responsible and successful members of society. Being the parents of three little boys certainly keeps my husband and I extremely busy; we try to make sure that we cover all the necessities as well as indulge in some recreation. Last week, we had a close brush with what could have been a pretty dangerous emergency situation. My oldest son, 6 years old, decided to attempt to roast marshmallows on our gas stove which resulted in a fire in our garbage can. Thanks to my mothers’ intuition,  I was able to get to the kitchen, remain calm and put out the fire which was starting to spread. Thank goodness the only aftermath of the incident is a charred garbage can, a melted plastic spoon & and a flustered 6 year old.

Fire safety is a topic that we have briefly touched upon in conversation with our children: but we obviously haven’t discussed it in depth with them. They know the generic prompt: call 911 in an emergency situation. My boys are often in and out if the kitchen alone to get snacks, pour themselves juice, throw away trash or to put dishes in the sink to be washed. The kitchen has never been off limits for them; they even come and go while I am actively cooking or baking. Sometimes we even cook/bake together but I always supervise and monitor everything they do when we are cooking together.

This recent incident has opened my eyes and is forcing us to address this super important topic with the boys. Talking about the importance of not playing with fire, using the stove without an adult and overall fire safety is simply not enough. My first instinct was to bombard the boys with gruesome pictures of unfortunate burn victims but instead I searched the WEB for websites, apps, downloads and even places to visit to enforce the importance of fire safety , fire prevention as well as potential outcomes of fires. I found lots of information; some useful, some not. We have opened up a discussion with the boys, navigated the websites and are planning a visit to our neighborhood fire station. My top 3 resources are:

1. Here in New York we have the FDNY Fire Zone where there is a hands-on fire safety exhibit that we are planning to visit. Plus the website is filled with tons of resources. There is also the New York City Fire Museum which houses a collection of preserved history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and to provide fire prevention and safety education to the public, especially children.

2. Fire Safety Dogs website where Tango, Molly & Siren offer information about programs, safety tip & coloring pages.

3. Dad of Divas has a great post: 5 Things To Prepare Your Family For A House Fire fire safety & preparing a family escape plan.

-SD

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Christmas Tree to Mulch

Christmas Tree to Mulch

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Saying goodbye to the holidays is always bittersweet and by the time we get rid of our Christmas tree all traces of the holiday season are gone for about eleven months. Real Christmas trees are a tradition I grew up with while living in the Bahamas, our family would make a day of picking out the perfect tree, taking it home, setting it up and decorating it together. As a young adult with a small NYC apartment, I still wanted to be festive and get into the holiday spirit with a tree but didn’t want to go through all the trouble of getting a real one, so I bought myself a plastic one. After getting married and having our first child, my husband insisted that we get a real tree and he would solely be responsible for caring & disposing of the tree. We purchased our first real Christmas tree as a family a few years ago and there is no going back.

When it is time to dispose of the tree, I didn’t just want to place it in a plastic bag on the imagecurb….that just seemed to wrong . I started researching what you could do with a real tree and came across MulchFest, where you could bring your tree and watch it be turned into mulch to be used for the city parks, gardens, street trees or  you could even take home a bag or two If you wanted. Last year we took our tree to Mulchfest and the boys watched as our tree was put into the Chipper and of course they wanted to bring a bag of mulch home; we made amazing smelling sachets from old socks to place around the house.

This year’s Mulchfest Chipping Location dates are January 9 & January 10th from 10am-2pm. You can find a Chipping Location here. Or you can drop your tree off at a Drop-off location starting January 2nd through January 10th to be recycled later.

-SD

GlowCicles

GlowCicles

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GlowCicles are frozen ice pops that glow in the dark because they come with individual glow sticks that you placed into a side pocket after you pop freezes. After eating your GlowCicle you can remove the glow stick and make yourself a glowing bracelet or you can connect a bunch of them to make a necklace, headband or something super cool!

GlowCicles are the perfect party in a box and can even be personalized to help you celebrate. They make practical fun party favors that everyone will enjoy all year round.

GlowCicle™ frozen treats come in a 6 natural colors to match any mood or party theme. GlowCicle also created a delicious and super-secret, tropical fruit recipe as their refreshing trademark flavor that features hints of real pineapple, orange, lime, cranberry and Tahitian vanilla.

For more info & to learn how to support GlowCicle’s Kickstarter campaign that starts December 3rd & runs for 40 days https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/glowcicle.

Ecocentric Box

Ecocentric Box

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Subscription box can be very convenient and a great way way to try out new products. I love trying did different  subscription boxes and Love that Ecocentric Mom has options for pregnant/nursing women, new baby and a mom box.

I recently received an Ecocentric Mom box and it was filled with a bunch of great products I was excited to try. Here are a few of my favorite products from the November box:

* The Loqi bagis a perfect  water resistant,  OEX-TEX certified bag that I can easily fold up and pack in my bag to use when I do a little unexpected shopping.

* The Dandy Cat Apothecary Tonic No. 2 is a mixture of 100% naturally-derived vegetable, fruit, and plant oils that can be used as a facial skin cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer, serum, facial mask and body treatment. I have tried using it as a moisturizer and I love the glow of my skin after I use it.

* Frontier Snack Bites are healthy snacks perfect for moms on the go. They are made with only 8 simple, real food ingredients that gave me a quick boost of energy

* The Essence of Vali Sleep Soothing Mist is all natural and made from essential oil that has soothing essences of lavender flowers. I keep it on my purse and spritz myself when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed and it helps me feel calm almost instantly.

*  The EIR NYC Uplifting Butter is chemical & paraben free and made with coffee oil, cypress and rosemary essential oils. If is supposed to combat cellulite and water retention and promotes circulation. This butter has been perfect for the colder weather when my skin especially needs more TlC due to the harsh weather.

-SD

13 Kids Stocking Stuffers

13 Kids Stocking Stuffers

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1. Hexbugs Aquabot $12.99

2. ThinkFun Compose Yourself Game $14.99

3. Wild Republic 13 stocking stuffersSwich-A-Rooz $14.99

4.Tiny Wubbleball $9.99

5. Mudpuppy Galison Keit Haring Flashcards $12.99

6. Mr. Potato Head Marvel Mixable Mashers $16.99

7. Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Beats Doll $6.99

8. Play All Day Elmo DVD $9.99

9. Merry Makers The Snowy Day Doll $16.99

10. Galison Mudpuppy Locked Diary $10.99

11. Mudpuppy Galison Bag Tag $9.99

12. Yummy Nummies Donut Maker $6.99

13. Crayola Color Alive books $5.99