Thursday, August 18, 2016

Outdoor Places to Visit with Kids in Staten Island

One of the things I love about living in Staten Island is all the fun, kid-friendly places and activities available here. Beaches, parks, playgrounds, hiking trails and more - all a short drive way from home! Below are some of the places we visited and enjoyed since Nicky started walking:

1. Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove area, located to the right of Miller Field at the very end of New Dorp Lane by the water, is one of our favorite places to hang out. The little path that snakes along the beach through trees and shrub is a perfect place to let the toddler run wild and free. We often walk along the ocean or visit a small, secluded playground at the corner of New Dorp and Cedar Grove Ave.
If you walk towards Ebbits ave. you will find the entrance to one of New York's most private public beaches. After Sandy, this once privately-owned area was bought out by the City and rebuilt into a beach, now open to the public. It is small, gated, relatively clean and not crowded. 

Cedar Grove Staten Island Places to Visit with Kids


Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Day on the Farm

Alstede Farm

We've been doing a lot of day trips this summer, but our favorite place, by far, has been the Alstede Farm. We spent a day riding hay wagons, feeding farm animals, picking peaches and taking in the amazing scenery. I haven't felt this relaxed and at peace in forever. Watching Nicky climb onto a tractor, running through a field of peach trees and eating ripe, freshly picked fruit put a smile on everyone's face.

The farm has great activities for kids like a corn maze and pony rides and picking only costs $5 a person (plus you pay per pound for whatever you gathered.) Right now is the prime time for peaches, which is what we picked, as well as apples, some berries, melons and some vegetables (check out their PYO schedule for a full list)

After you are done picking you can visit their Farm Store for even more fresh & locally grown produce. We picked up some apples and tomatoes and they are beyond delicious!!

The farm is located about an hour away from NYC and is open 7 days a week. The surrounding towns are very peaceful and beautiful, it's quite a pleasant ride. We had an absolutely amazing time and I am pretty sure we will be back here again very soon!

Alstede Farm

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Extra Income for Moms

A day in a working stay-at-home mom life - shooting a dress for Zema Boutique when my son decides to jump into the shot :)

Looking to make money from home? Scroll below for 7 ways to do so!

It's hard to be a stay at home mom.

You are responsible for the kids the entire day.
You are the entertainer.
The cook.
The driver.
The cleaning lady.
The referee.
The peace maker.
The pace maker.
You basically run the whole show.
And the show often runs you into the ground.
You have no breaks, no alone time, you make no money and you are at the mercy of other people's moods and schedules.

It's hard to be a working mom.

The guilt of leaving your children every morning.
The worrying for their well being while they are in someone else's care.
The constant race to get everything done.
The balancing act of staying on schedule.
Comparing yourself to other parents.
Doing your best to provide a great future for your kids.
Carving out time to spend as a family.
Carving out time to take care of your home.
Crashing on the couch in the end of the day only to realize you still have dishes to do...

And then there is me. 

I work while staying home with my son.
I am incredibly lucky to be there to witness every moment of him growing up, to teach him, care for him, cry and laugh with him.
I am also perpetually sleep deprived, walking two steps away from a nervous melt down and trying to decide what's more important - income or sanity.
I cram an 8 hour work day into my son's two hour nap.
I have my own income.
I have my son.
I wouldn't want it any other way.

All that said, whatever path you choose to follow, most of us can use some extra income. Whether you are a stay at home mom who is looking to make a few extra bucks, a working mom struggling to pay the ever-multiplying bills, or are tired of the corporate world and looking to transition to work from home, there are lots of ways to make money over the Internet. Here are a few of them:

Seven Ways To Make Money From Home


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Toddler at the Beach

The summer is now in full bloom and the water is finally starting to warm up here in New York. Nicky and I have been hitting the beach several times a week and after somewhat of a rough start, he is really starting to love it! It took some time getting used to the ocean because it is big, it is cold and it is very different from the warm cozy bathtub he is used to splashing in. We took it slow, at first just wetting out feet while playing soccer, then dipping our legs while being held by mommy, then jumping in together and, finally, running in full speed and plopping down into the water! I am so excited that Nicky is enjoying himself and am looking forward to teaching him how to swim soon!

However, a trip to the beach can be challenging when bringing a toddler. The sun, the sand, the water can all be unpredictable and so can your little one. Here are a few tips to make the time by the water pleasant for your whole family:


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Shoes for Toddlers

Two weeks ago I had to embark on a quest to find my son the perfect summer sandals. We tested out several pairs after this happened:
As Nicky is getting older, more independent and much more mobile, going to the playground has become a daily challenge. On top of him running wild, it has now become warm and the sprinklers have been turned on. At Every. Single. Park!!! 
Every morning we roll up to the park in our stroller. Nicholas releases an ear-piercing scream and does some Cirque du Soleil type of maneuver to free himself out of the stroller straps. Before I have a chance to say anything, he is off at tops speeds, going straight into those sprinklers. Two minutes later he is back, with a big grin, to grab his ball and he is off again. Another five minutes later he comes back all concerned and perturbed, because he is now soaking wet.  
We go through this every day. I dry, change and comfort him and tell him a million times that he is not to go into the water anymore. As soon as I put him down he charges straight into the puddles and starts splashing about again. 
After going through this a few times, I went on Amazon (hello, two day Prime shipping!) and ordered eight pairs of shoes. We tried on all of them and Nicholas gave his feedback.

Geox B Craze 33 Sandal Review

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