|Keeping Kids Busy, Wallets Full & Parents Sane At The Same Time!|
Even though the first day of Fall is still a few weeks away and the weather has been more gorgeous than ever, my summer is officially over. I think as New Yorkers, big & small, we all feel a little sad around this time of year, since we know that the time of frost bitten noses and snow covered cars are quickly approaching. I never really have summer time blues, well maybe when I was teaching, since Labor Day signified my return to work but as a stay (work) at home mother, all the seasons and days just kind of blend together; especially if you do not have school age children! However, I can honestly say that THIS YEAR I have a bad case of SUMMER TIME BLUES.
...With The Right Routine That Is...
School is back in session! What exactly that means for many of us parents is new routines! This is the first year my little bug is in PRE-K and let me say that 8AM start time is rough for all of us in the house!
The last day of camp came too soon. =””””””( That doesn’t even do justice to how sadden I am that it’s over; we honestly LOVE her school! So to show our appreciation we wanted to celebrate the last day of camp by donating ice cream and all the fixings so the kids could make their own sundaes! Of course I couldn’t just send in the stuff without some festive party decorations!
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester is my go to spot for some indoor fun! Literally minutes from my home, I love it for so many reasons!
What...you haven't been? What are you waiting for?!? Well no more excuses because this week we are giving away a FAMILY FOUR PACK OF TICKETS!!!!!
Hello August… Notice the lack of exclamation marks and excitement. For many of us August marks that half way point…our summer is dwindling away. So how are you spending the last few days of summer?
A few weeks ago one of my amazing subscribers asked me to recommend a family friendly beach that was near NYC and I rattled off a few. Then I thought it would make a great blog post to share so here it is! I am pleased to say I have visited almost all of these (or have had friends who have & gave good reports on them). These beaches are Busy Bee Approved!! What about you? What does your Summer Beach Bucket List look like? How many of these beaches have you bummed on? Comment below! Or add any beach I may of forgotten!
And The 20 + Uses That Will Change Your Life
ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE
How do you pick your dishwasher soap? Is it the color? Or the scent? The price? The shape of the bottle? Or by witty commercial? The dishwasher isles at the supermarket are filled with rainbow-lined shelves with endless choices that can be overwhelming. So how does one choose? Myself, I like to choose a product that gives me the most bang for my money. I found that the case with DAWN. Besides doing an awesome job on washing my dishes, I found about 20 other awesome uses for it around the house!!
New Yorkers of all ages can enjoy “An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s” on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM.
Carousels evoke positive memories of everyone’s childhood. The whirling lights, flashing colors, piping organ music, giggling children, and galloping horses remind everyone of a simpler time. Bring back those magical days of the past while fundraising for the future. On August 22nd, create new memories while raising money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s, a disease that robs people of their memories.
My children love their iPads. Yes I said iPads; the plural, meaning they each have their own. In a fantasy world, we would of loved to have them share one. But let's be honest the chances of that are slim to none, even if they were the same age & had the same interests at the same time. My 3 year old is into princesses and my 18 month old loves trains. Their personalities couldn't be any more opposite than night & day. However, they have one thing in common, they both LOVE to read! They will read all day long if you sit there & read to them...the same books over & over & over again! I love our family story time at night but sometimes they want to read at the worst times! That's why I love these interactive storybooks on the iPad! However, some apps are really bright, loud, & not exactly what you want your kid playing with when they should be unwinding from the day to get ready for bed time while your finishing up the dishes, let's say... That my friends is where " Jonty - The Dinosaur Who Could Not Go to Sleep" app comes into play!
As seen threw mommy's eyes...
So I made up my mind and before I could over think it or let others influence my decision…I called New York State Early Intervention Program. I got a voice mail and had to leave my name and number. (Talk about nerve wracking waiting for that call back!) While I waited for my phone call to be returned I reminisce on how many times I recommended parents to have their children evaluated as a teacher and now how many years later, I am a parent with a “questionable” child.
My hubby has a seasonal job which gets very busy in the summer; thus he has to work 6 days a week during the Spring & Summer. So my kids will never know what "summer vacation" really means aside from not being in school. There will be no weekend getaways to the shore. I know that may sound like a bummer to some but I see it as just another challenge on how to keep the kids busy!
Sunday happens to be our only full day together as a family of 4 so that means we try our hardest to not only spend the day together but to also make it fun & full of memories! Just because we can't go away doesn't mean we can't have a Staycation!! So I started to make a bucket list of all sorts of places we could go for a "day trip". Then I thought it would be pretty cool to share for any one else who is in the same bucket as us (pun intended haha). So here you have it, over 40 Staycation ideas!