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Tips + Tricks :

Let’s talk about July 4th…

POSTED Jun 29, 2014

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Independence day is this Friday! Here are some last minute, kid-friendly activities, recipes, & outfits from around the web if you’re looking for ideas… Let us know if you have anything to add!

What to do with kids if you’re staying in New York City.

A fun DIY: 4th of July sprinkle fireworks.

Baby & toddler clothes for the holiday.

A summer classic: Blueberry Pie (& S’mores, of course).

Plus, 101 picnic dishes that take 20 minutes or less.

Temporary tattoos for the kiddos.

4th of July-themed crafts and projects.

Happy celebrating!

July 4th Activities for Kids

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Father’s Day :

Gift Ideas

POSTED Jun 4, 2014

Father's Day Baby Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is less than two weeks away, but that’s still enough time to prepare. Here are some ideas for gifts & ways to spend the day with dad that we’ve found around the web…

A photo gift is always a wonderful option, and these leather bound photo books are a both sweet and practical idea.

A mustache baby rattle, decorative pillow, or blanket for dad, from baby.

Great gift tech ideas for the fitness fanatic.

For families that love to travel, the The NY Times 36 Hours Guide: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada will guarantee a fun weekend adventure, whether it be in a big city or undiscovered town full of character and charm.

superhero doll for a superhero dad.

For the car enthusiast, a sweet father/soon book to enjoy together.

Breakfast recipes the kids can definitely help out with.

When in doubt, a witty Father’s Day card is always the perfect finishing touch for dads who appreciate a sense of humor.

This custom wrapping paper will make whatever you give dad that much better. Personalize it with his face, and then give your kids a marker to add fun (or funny details) like a mustache or pirates patch.

P.S. In NYC? Check out one of these brunch spots (here are some other Father’s Day outing ideas happening around the city this year).

What are some of your favorite gifts to give on Father’s Day?

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Tips + Tricks :

Polka Dot Wallpaper

POSTED Nov 13, 2013

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Adding one wall of polka dot wallpaper (as seen here) is a simple way to add a punch of color and personality to your child’s room. It could be an easy DIY with paint, too!

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Tips + Tricks :

What to do with all that Halloween Candy

POSTED Nov 1, 2013

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We hope you had a fun Halloween yesterday! If you’re anything like us, then you currently have way too much candy on your hands. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the leftovers:

1. Send it to our troops overseas. Organizations like Operation Shoebox (which is specifically asking for candy for holiday shipments) and Operation Gratitude accept items to include in care packages sent to those serving abroad, and while candy may not be at the very top of their wish lists, it will certainly bring a smile to their faces (especially if your kids were to include a hand-written letter!).

2. “Sell” it. Many dentists and local businesses participate in candy buy back programs where they use coupons, toys, toothbrushes, etc. to “buy” candy from kids and then send it to one of the organizations above. You can find participating businesses here (if you live in NYC, Red Tricycle has a list of local options).

3. Give it to children who were unable to trick-or-treat. Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donations for kids who couldn’t take part in the holiday. Search for your local branch here.

4. Donate it. Food pantries, nursing homes, and local shelters will be more than happy to take your leftover candy off your hands! In NYC, you can check out Citymeals, an organization that provides nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors. Organizations like Meals on Wheels or YWAA have local programs throughout the country as well, and don’t forget your neighborhood shelters, food banks, and places of worship.

4. Support the unsung heroes of your community!  Your local Police & Fire Departments, mail carriers, teachers, and sanitation workers will appreciate the kind gesture.

5. Save it and get crafty: make an advent calendar, decorate a gingerbread house, or incorporate it into your holiday baking (candy has a long shelf life!). Or, if there are any November/December birthdays in your family, use the candy in a piñata!

What do you usually do with all your leftover candy?

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Halloween Tips + Tricks :

Witches’ Party Ideas

POSTED Oct 10, 2013

With Halloween just around the corner, your little one might already be asking you to throw a spooky Halloween party complete with costumes, friends, and candy. Create a brouhaha in your neighborhood by surprising your little witch with a truly terrifying witches’ gathering that includes themed decorations and Halloween activities for kids.

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Cast a spell over your guests, convincing them to come with invitations that feature a bubbling witches’ cauldron.

Then, as the many goblins, ghosts, and ghouls arrive, serve them a witches’ brew full of worms, eyeballs, and magical potions.

After a night of cauldron-tending and broom-flying, send the coven of guests home with witchy gifts like Halloween coloring pages, miniature brooms, and witch hats. Happy Halloween!

 

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