Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving in the City



 



I love the holidays.  Living in the city has made me love the holidays even more though.  There is just something magical about holiday time in New York City.   Something that we started a few years ago was going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  As you know I have 4 kids who range in age from 16 to 2 so anything that involves large crowds is an adventure in itself.  A few weeks before Thanksgiving I start to strategize, watching the weather, planning my menu and deciding which items I will prep the day before, what the children will wear, how early we should leave home and where we will watch the parade.  All this is really wishful thinking because with us nothing ever goes as planned.  For the last year and a half we having been dealing with an issue with a close family member that has taken a serious toll on our family.  Because the situation is ongoing it often sneaks right in

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Activision Family Summt

 
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend Activision's Family Game Summit.  Being a game loving mama you can imagine how excited I was to get the invitation.  Since it was taking place on a weekday I couldn't have all the kids tag along.  I decided that I would take my 2 yr old since free
childcare was being provided.  I also took my 10 yr old because not only is she a huge gamer but she is great at helping to wrangle her little sister.

 
The day of the event came and it was raining so I wasn't quite sure if I was even going to go.  At the very last minute I decided to go.  So I dressed baby and myself and we headed downtown to pick up my 10 yr old.  Picking up her up from school is never as simple going to the office and signing her out and getting her from class.  Nope, never that simple.  There is the scavenger hunt to find her because they're not in class they're at recess.  So back down the 4 flights of stairs with the baby in my arms.   And of course when I do find her she has to go back up to get her books.  Then she comes back down and gives a person goodbye to all 20 of her classmates as if this is her farewell tour.   Finally we are in a cab and are headed to Chelsea.  The ride from the Lower East Side took forever.  When we did finally make it we were late and my 2 yr old decided that she wanted to keep her hat and coat on.  So I checked them into Lucky Lil Darlings grabbed a bottle of water and took a seat.


 
 
 
The panel included Soleil Moon Frye who I remember as Punky Brewster.  She spoke about the role that video gaming plays in her household.  Nicole Armstrong Activision's Marketing Director who gave us all the info on the new games that Activision has for this holiday season.  Patricia Vance who is the President of the ESRB told us about the new rating systems for games and what we can do to keep our kids safe when they are gaming.  I gained some very useful knowledge about the benefits of gaming.  Overall it actually made me want to play more games with my children as a family.  We got a great swag bag filled with some of activision's newest games, a target gift card, Soleil Moon Frye's book Happy Chaos, and lots of other goodies that my kids relished over. 




 





Saturday, November 10, 2012

Halloween Too



 
Superstorm Sandy unleashed a brutal attack on New York City and the surrounding areas on October 29th, leaving parts of the city flooded and in darkness.  By Halloween with no bus and train service and most of the places that had lost power still in the dark it was pretty much a given that Halloween was cancelled for most of New York.   

The Lower East Side of Manhattan was one of those places under water and in the dark on Halloween after Sandy passed through.  There was no trick or treating for the kids, no annual Village Parade.  My 10 year old happens to go to school on the Lower East Side, and her school has an annual Halloween parade around the neighborhood, it was also cancelled. 

 

 
 
So a week or so later the kids got a do over.  More than 40 merchants on the Lower East Side were on board to offer treats to eager trick or treaters.  Participating merchants had signs in the windows although that didn't matter much to my six year old son.  If your shop looked interesting he was going in.  And it seemed to work for him.  We went from Houston to 9th St and back up to Delancey.  The kids had a great time.  Of course because there is never a shortage of drama and laughs with my kids it was quite a night. 

 
The kids found some of the shops so interesting that it was hard to tear them away.  My son was fascinated by Downtown Yarns and J Antonio on Avenue A.  My daughters were enchanted by Enchantments on E. 9th St.  They were treated to delicious vegan ice cream, croissants, and smoothies.  They came away with lots of candy and it was really great to see all of the shops and restaurants open again after the storm. 
 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Favorite Fall Sneakers






I have been dying for a pair of wedge sneakers for quite some time now. The coveted wedge sneakers that all the celebrities were wearing happened to be sold out right around my birthday so I had to find something else that would be just as cute and trendy.  I came across the Marc by Marc Jacobs International Wedge Sneakers and I loved them.  So I began to drop hints about them and pin pictures of  them on Pinterest.  So out went the Mr with the girls right before my birthday to look for them.  This particular shoe happened to be sold out almost everywhere in the city except the one pair they had at the Marc Jacobs store on Prince St in the village.  What luck for them because they were my size and the color (emerald green) approved (I'm very picky).  

 
 
 
  
 
  
Although in the back of my mind I was thinking, these are really cute shoes.  I was really thinking about how comfortable these shoes would be. I love shoes and there was a time when I didn't mind the pain of wearing a shoe that I thought I loved.  Being a mom running around the city with my children,  I look for a shoe I can love with comfort.   Well after finally wearing them on several different occasions and most of those times with my kids in tow they are very comfortable shoes.  They are great paired with leggings, skinny jeans, and  jeggings.  They also look great paired with a high-low maxi dress or skirt.   





Now the reason why this particular sneaker is what I consider a "fall" sneaker is because this particular color as well as black and tan come in a suede that has the warm earthy feel of fall.   The heel of the shoe is three inches but you don't even feel the height of the shoe because it's just that comfortable. This is a really great shoe.