Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Storytime at the MET and rooftop toddler play

I took a toddler to The Metropolitan Museum of Art  and we didn't break anything! We went to check out their free story time, there were a lot of books read, around 7 books, way more than expected and the audience of babies and toddlers actually focused sometimes. Phoenix liked best the books Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. I liked it. I think it's a great free storytime and the MET is actually a good-time for both parents and baby/toddler together to have an experience if you are realistic. 

We haven't been to the MET for awhile but I'm trying to break the mold of a museum like the MET being no loud or wild kids allowed because I love art and I think Phoenix can too, especially since we live among beautiful large scale oils by Anthony John Gray and Phoenix and I do art daily, painting mostly. In the winter, not letting him leave the stroller, I did take Phoenix there for a nap once, I figured I'd try to look at art, work on my book, relax, while he slept...until his bottle fell out of his stroller and slide across the gallery I was in. 

And then he woke up soon after anyways. 

This time we got more adventurous. After leaving storytime (we will be back another day, since they hold it every day at 10:30am) Phoenix wanted to walk, so I put on our handy lion backpack that is also a harness/leash to keep him from touching or running into a precious sculpture because we had to walk through the major scary Greek and Roman sculptures to get to the other side of the museum where the Egyptian art was. 

Phoenix had fun emptying my wallet of coins and throwing them in the water that surrounded The Temple of Dendur. We must have thrown $3.00 in change. I hope he made some good wishes. 

We walked up the stairs and down in the exhibit, which he also liked, and then he wanted to eat. 

So we went to the stroller and he sat down happily and had some food. I next tried for us to look at some art with boats and anything that would excite him...a painting of a boat, a pretty landscape, horses, maybe if we were lucky a train, I went to the second floor to the Monet, Van Goghs, and as we strolled among all these beautiful masterpieces I knew Phoenix wasn't in the mood although he did like seeing a horse painting of war horses...uumm...

I took my time for a few seconds and glanced at a few of the beautiful famous works but then we headed to the rooftop!  

We spent almost 30 minutes up there...or it felt like it. We got a snack and sat on the fake grass and (being pregnant it was nice, I relaxed) Phoenix ran around the whole place, climbed chairs, touched the brushes, and I held him up a few times to see the landscape of the city. 

Over all it was a nice morning and worth-it experience. And I'm inspired to try it again. :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Best Baby Shower Books

A handful of favorites to give as gifts at a baby shower because among the cutest outfits and booties, reading to your baby is a precious and special experience that begins your child's love of books. These books are great for when your baby is an infant and all the way until they are the ones picking out the book to read. Inspire the love of reading. It can start the day the baby is born, that first night home, and the womb. Give the beautiful gift of life long reading. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Moms don't give up your beauty routine

A fellow Mom asked me today in our awesome music class, "How do you always look so put together with blush and all?" I told her, while Phoenix plays in the morning I run around back and forth getting dressed in about 10 minutes, because we don't leave until I'm ready for the day... And we gotta get out of the apartment and get busy! I believe you can still keep your mascara and be a Mom, I'm not giving up stuff like cute jeans, my jewelry, my long hair, my beauty routine, it just means learning to be quicker about it and sticking to the basics that work. Good foundation or powder, GOOD liner and Mascara, a stay-on lip gloss, and if there is time, a dash of blush. I usually put on earrings in the elevator if Phoenix is in a good mood I do my makeup once a day, maybe touch up if I'm awake enough to go out for dinner or meet the girls. Another thing, you gotta pick and choose, to have your face means you might not get to brush your hair, to have great hair means you might leave the house without earrings or eyelashes curled.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fun at Children's Museum of Manhattan

New Christmas books for our babies and toddlers

Our new Christmas books & hoping to make them annual reads! More to come! It's good to introduce books to your baby or toddler that can become keepsakes to look forward to each year as they grow. Don't be afraid of longer books, we have a growing collection of books that are longer and have more detail in the story which are perfect for naptime and bedtime...anytime! 

Give your baby some books this Christmas...what books are you buying and sharing with your little ones this holiday season and New Year?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend fun

Weekends for us always involve discovering something or seeing something new.

Here are some Facebook and Twitter updates on family moments from the weekend:

was at the Kidville
 event this morning...Rockin Railroad concert, pizza and gym time :) Phoenix loves flinging himself into the "lava pit" I call it, jumping on the Tumbl Trak (and he sat SOO well at the table for a snack, which most landed on the floor but we had a nice time.)

Yesterday we did a family photo-shoot in Central Park: When you do a family photo-shoot with your infant or toddler, remember, you only have about a 20 sec interval to get the shots. And babies only typically have about a 20 min tolerance before they are done. HANDS are a big thing when holding a baby in a family group shot, have one of you hold the baby and another gently stand close and touch your babies arm or hand or your spouses, a bad positioned hand can ruin a shot. Practice in front of the mirror before shooting or have a plan...a few different concepts and QUICK position changes are key!

We were at the Frogs exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

Our new books! Trains, Cookies and Snow! Reviews coming soon!