Baby food timeline... May 20 2017, 0 Comments

We are still in baby mode here at Motherburg and with a few years of a gap of years between kids we had to be reminded a bit of what baby can eat and when. This info -graft from Baby Aspen is a cool baby food timeline. Bookmark, pin it ...this is a keeper if you are in new baby mode.


Illustration: Baby Aspen

Motherburg + Meg Shops Mother's Day Giftcard May 09 2017, 0 Comments


We often write about our challenge, desire, and style goals here on MB. I am a bit in this new place when it comes to clothes as I mentioned many times before I am not challenged as an editor on what to wear but more or less as a mother. I now have a work schedule where I both work from home as well as go to an office. I have managed to avoid wearing my pajamas to drop off but I see it. And I get it. I want to be that mom…I won't judge her, I would love to get out and keep that comfort going. But I can't. Every bone in my body says get dress…make the effort. This is for my mental state as I know I need to have some level of togetherness to feel less frazzled. I do not want to throw on some crazy get up when I have almost an hour and half of school drop offs and I will be on calls all day or run into the city for some quick meetings.

Enter Meg Shops. This style hub has been in our neighborhood for close to seven years and it is the perfect resource for the mothers I know. Clothes that are effortless and chic. I literally have been living in the pant that is pictures. I have worn with flip flops, sneakers and a short heel when out to dinner. Designed and made locally with stylists that cater to making sure each piece fits you perfect which is why tailoring is part of this shop’s package.

This is why Motherburg is partnering with Meg Shops for a Mother's Day Gift to you, our favorite mamas. For the remainder of May you have a $100 Gift Card to spend in store; if you are limited on time ..don’t can be used online as ( knows that time is precious. 

  • Shopping in store mention code MAMABURG to your stylist for your Gift Card, use the same code online at the checkout 


Valid till 5/31/17. Only applicable on Meg clothing. Jewelry, accessories and shoes excluded. Cannot be combined with any other offer.


* This is a partnership post, all views are my own.

Photo: Wearing the Leon Pant!


Happy Weekend. May 06 2017, 0 Comments


To Do:

Whoo hoo our fav market opens for the season!

McGolrick Park - Opening Day! Ribbon Cutting

May 7th, 2017 • 10:00am – 4:00pm
McGolrick Park Farmers Market





Coming Up:

(Brooklyn) Marlow & Sons Chef Master Class, May 25, ages 5 to 14

This class lesson kicks off a one-week fundraiser to raise money for affordable cooking classes and equipment in our NYC public school classes!





Photo: Wunderkin co



7 Lovelies for Mother's Day May 01 2017, 0 Comments





Mother's Day is closing in, call it the bonus day (beside our birthday's and a holiday such as Christmas) where we are told thank you. Thank you for wiping noises, being a referee, teacher, staying up late or just staying up, being peed/vomited on...the list is endless as we mamas know.

Whether it's a simple card, a brunch at your favorite spot...or picking something you had you have your eye on (my tactic) ..know you deserve this well earned day mama.

7 pieces we have our eye on:

Mama Card Catbird

Cactus Night Sky Necklace Jessica Winzelberg 

Mesh Trimmed Michele Bra Madewell

Pauline Wolstencroft Mountain Dish Mociun

Tomboy Ring Catbird

Mara Tassel Hat Bird

Small Pom -Pom Zip Pouch in Dusty Blush Madewell










Happy Weekend. April 28 2017, 0 Comments





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Summer Camps Greenpoint- Williamsburg 2107 April 25 2017, 0 Comments



If you have yet to register your kiddies into summer school , do not fret as there are slots left in the following below camps. Some camps are filling fast, our suggestion is if you see a camp that works for you -apply!

If you have yet to register your kiddies into summer school , do not fret as there are slots left in the following below camps. Some camps are filling fast, our suggestion is if you see a camp that works for you -apply!

Our main focus are Greenpoint/Williamsburg camps however we included quite a few that are in the surrounding Brooklyn area as there are many parents who are willing to trek a bit for a specialty camp such as language or sports.

We will add appropriate camps as we find them or they find us. If you are a camp in the Brooklyn area and wish to be listed please email us at

Day Camps (with multi- activities)

Steve and Kate’s Camp

Location: Williamsburg at the Williamsburg North Side School

Dates: June 19th to August 18th
Ages: 4 to 12yrs, with leadership opportunities for 8th & 9th graders . 

Time: 7:30 to 6pm 
Rates: The more days you buy, the cheaper it gets.
• $110/day for 1-4 days
• $100/day for 5-19 days
• $90/day for 20+ days
• $3,150 for a full summer membership

Short description:  
When you trust kids, they learn to trust themselves. At Steve & Kate’s Camp, we give kids the freedom to choose what they want to do, whether that’s music, breadmaking, fashion, filmmaking, coding, sports, or pie-throwing.

Two ways to play: Day Passes (buy any number of days and use them anytime) or Membership (one fee for unlimited summer visits). Lunch, snacks and all materials included in both plans.  


Renaissance Kids Summer Camp 

Location: 33 Nassau Avenue (Corner of Dobbin St) Brooklyn, NY 11222 
Dates: July 5 - August 18, 2017
Ages: 3-6

Time: Monday-Friday, 9 AM–2 PM*
Rates: $490 per week
$110 one full day **
Early and Extended drop off avail


Backpack and Binoculars * COVERS UP TO 8TH GRADE!

Location: 110 Schermerhorn, Brooklyn (Downtown Brooklyn)

Dates: June 19th to September 1st

Ages: 2 to 13/14

Rates: $250 to $595 (depending on grade/age and days)

Beam Center Age 7-13 Option

Location: 610 Henry St and 60 Sackkett Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: July 10th to September 1st

Time: 9am to 4:40 pm Early and late drop off avail

Ages: 7-13

Rates: $550 to $625 a week


Location : 75 south 3rd Street, Brooklyn , NY 11249

Dates: July  – August  (6 Weeks)  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (3 Days)

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
2 to 6y

Rate: $600 WEEKLY $550 WEEKLY (is isgn up for 5 or 6 weeks enrollment) SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE APPLY AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE

* Camp has a Latin theme for summer teaching from Latin Food to Spanish Music. Also open for enrollment for Fall 2017-18 session for our 2-3 and 4 yrs old has begun. 

Location: Edamama
568 Union Ave. Unit B Brooklyn 11211 NY
Dates: 7/3 until 8/18
Ages: 5 to 7 yrs old (Girls only Camp)
Time: 9 am to 3 pm (extended day also available).
Early drop off at 8:30 am
Rate(s): Single $600 for one week, sibling $1080 for one week.
We have early bird discount at the check out. 



Art Focus Camps

ESS Summer Art Camp (Limited avail) 

Location: The border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg at 70 Eckford St, just off Driggs and around the corner from McCarren Park Playground.

Dates: Sessions 1 (July 5 to 12) and 2 (July 11-15th) avail, Sessions 6(Aug 8-12) & 7(Aug 15-19) waitlist

Ages: K-5

Time: Monday-Friday 9a-3p (early and extended drop off and pick ups available).

Rate: $600 per week includes supplies. Multiply and sibling discounts available.


The Painted Cloud

Location: 168 Marcy Avenue 
(between Broadway and South 5th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dates: July 3 to September 1st

Ages 4-10

Time: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

Rate: $500 per week


Tumbleweeds Summer Camp

Location: 117 Dobbin St.Studio 202A, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Dates: July 10th-28th- 4 separate weeks of camp

Ages: 5+

Time: Monday-Friday 9am–3pm

Rate: $525 a week


L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts Summer ARTS Camp

Location: Williamsburg Public Library Studio

240 Division Avenue

Ages:  5- 11

Dates:  July 17-20 

Time: Monday- Thursday 9am-3pm 

Rates: $800 per week 
Enrollment for sibling: 
$700 per week


Language Camps

French For Little Ones 

Location: 33 Nassau Avenue

​Brooklyn, 11222 NY

Date: July 3rd to August 25th

Ages: 3 to 6

Times:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Full Day, Half Day 8:30-2pm

Early and Late drop off avail for additional fees 

Rate: 3/days per week: Half Day: $325  Full day: $375

5/days per week: Half Day: $425  Full Day: $475

half-days 9:00 am to 1:00pm or full-days 9:00 am to 4:30 pm ( drop off at 8:30 am ) early drop off and late pick up options available for a fee.


Bonjour NY Summer Camp (French Summer Camp)

Location: PS58 located at 330 Smith Street between Smith and Court

Ages: 3 1/2 -11 (Half day options for younger group up to age 5)

Rates: vary by time and how many sessions, check here.

Times: Full day 9:00 am — 4:30 pm, Drop off: 8:30 — 9:00 am, Pick up: 4:30 — 5:00 pm

Half day 9:00 am — 1:00 pm, Drop off: 8:30 — 9:00 am, Pick up: 1:00 pm


Smith Street Work Shop * French Summer Camp 


Smith Street Workshop 581 Henry Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Dates: June 26th-August 28th

Ages: 2.5-6

Time: 9:30-12 pm

Rates: $300-$375.


Nature Focus

wBees Forest School Camp

Location: McGolrick Park (Drop-off) 3 Russell (Pick –up)


Ages: 4 to 8 (Sprouts) 2.5-3 (Seedlings)

Times: Sprouts Camp M-F 8:45 am to 3pm, Seedlings M-Th 9am-Noon

Rates: $450 a week. Extended day available till 6pm for an extra $45 a day

Seedlings Camp $250 a week




Sport/Gymnastic Camps

Brooklyn Zoo Camp

A cool spot for kids - activities including parkour, tumbling, trampoline, silks and dance. Our camp is designed to empower each child’s natural passion for exploration and movement with a strong focus on the progress of each child and their development throughout the course of the camp.

June 28th-September 6

Ages 5-14

Camp runs from 9am-4:00pm, Monday - Friday

One Day - $100

 FIVE days for $450

Call (347) 987-3228 or email us at if you would like us to reg

Williamsburg Northside Schools Summer Basketball Camp

Location: Williamsburg Northside School Gym, Brooklyn

Dates: July 3rd-August 18th (4 weekly sessions)

Ages: 5-14

Time: 8am -3pm

Rate: $179 -$219 weekly session

For more detailed info visit here.


USA (United Soccer Academy)

Bushwick Inlet Park

Location: 86 Kent Avenue

Dates: July 03 to September 1st

Ages: 5 to 14

Time: 8am to 3pm

Rate: $179



Short Period Camp/ Unique Childcare options for summer 

Drop In Care Bright Horizon (if interested, register before you actually need care with a $150 registration fee)

Location:  175 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

$20 hour, 2 hour minimum -$150 flat rate

Age: 0-5


Co-Hatchery (Co-working space with onsite daycare)

c'e Montessori
117 S 3rd St. Brooklyn, New York 11249

June - August 2017

6-months to 4-years old.
Morning Session: 8:00am-12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Pricing is based on days and session, please check out here.

Online Camps and projects 

Camp Wonderopolis

Khan Academy

Google Made With Code

DIY Summer Camp : 11Week of Themed Activities (scroll to mid page to find)


Illustration: Saar Manche








7 creative ways to decorate your Easter Eggs! April 12 2017, 0 Comments

1. So doing this. Tattoo Eggs via  Brit + Co


2. One of the best natural dye eggs tutorials via Kaley Ann

3. Easy and fun rubber band eggs via Childhood List

4. For the arty type these eggs involve acrylic paint and embossing so a heat gun is required. Via Sugar and Charm for original post and tiny side kick for embossing tutorial.

5. Typography Easter Egg via Lovely Indeed


6. Dye free and easy to do with washi tape via Lovely Indeed

7. DIY Confetti Dipped Easter Eggs is one of our new  favorite ways to decorate eggs via Studio DIY



Updated 4/17




Mother Beauty: Shiva Rose of The Local Rose April 03 2017, 0 Comments


A long time fan of The Local Rose I have looked to Shiva Rose's blog for my dose of California scenery and wellbeing. With healthy recipes and posts on finding your balance I have been gravitating more then ever to this site as I have been finding that my tired body needs to find some balance. I no longer live up in the hills or near the ocean. I live in a busy, busy place yet I need to get back to the more organic way of living and The Local Rose has been an amazing resource on obtaining this balance. I was thrilled to see that Shiva is now sharing her knowledge in beauty and these products reflect the values of what her site is about. Natural. Earthy. Toxic Free. The products feel pure and natural which is just what a stress out mama needs. Along with my night routine I have been using the Nectar Body Oil and the Rose Face Oil. The essential oils are just the right balance…not overwhelming in scent, smooth and soft have been the results thus far. The plus is that I have been using a dab of the Nectar Body Oil after bath time on my sensitive skin boy. I feel that with eating better and really watching what I put on my skin I am walking the walk. Or at least trying. Which counts in my book.

Yesterday we finally had some bit of Spring which seems perfect for a  Q&A with Shiva Rose Beauty as a way to start our week.  

MB: I have been loving your site The Local Rose for some time. Can you tell us what prompted you to start Shiva Rose?

I started my site The Local Rose seven years ago when I made a complete shift in my life. I was coming out of a painful divorce and had debilitating auto immune conditions. 
I decided to change my life completely and live closer to nature with my two daughters. We began growing our own food, and living with a deeper connection to the natural world. I started my blog to document this and to be able to inspire others. At the time there weren’t as many holistic yet chic sites. I wanted to show eating organically and wearing non toxic beauty products could be stylish and add more benefits to our lives.


MB: Shiva Rose Beauty is a new venture for you-how did this come about?
My beauty line Shiva Rose started after I saw it in meditation during one of my Kundalini classes. My line is 100% toxic free and all derived from the beautiful power of plants and flowers. From writing for my site The Local Rose, I was aware of the high rate of cancer among women from using beauty products, and I wanted to create an alternative to that. My line is inspired by mantras and crystals and truly fuses ancient wisdom with modern technology. 


MB: We are all such busy mothers. Can you recommend a few of your products for the stress out mom?

I understand being a tired mama! I am a single mama most of the time and for me my greatest relief is my bath time. I feel strongly women need beauty rituals in their lives to promote self love. This can be healing and lead to a healthy vibrant life. I take time each day for myself and the bath time is usually my time. I recommend using the Moon Rose Bath Salts since they are made with frankincense and rose which are very healing and open the heart. The salts are made with detoxifying pink salt form the mountains of Himalaya, salts from the Dead Sea and  Bolivian Rose salt. I always follow the baths with one of body oils which replenish and nourish the skin with sunflower, almond, borage, evening primrose, apricot seed oils and more. These oils were chosen because of how they fortify women and their hormonal system.


Thank you The local Rose & Shiva Beauty for sharing your thoughts and wisdom with MB! Shop Shiva Rose Beauty



Top Photos: The Local Rose

Bottom: Motherburg

Updated 4/3/2017


Happy Weekend. March 31 2017, 0 Comments


Free Event, click pic to RSVP.

Coming Up:

FREE Easter Eggstravaganza by The Evergreens Cemetery

Enjoy an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo and refreshments on the beautiful grounds of the Evergreens Cemetery. The Easter Bunny will visit from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m, and the egg hunt will take place at 2:30 p.m. Bring your own baskets. The event is free and open to the public; come enjoy our serene green space at this time of renewal. Parking is available at the cemetery. Preregistration is appreciated but not required.


Sat, April 15, 2017

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT


The Evergreens Cemetery

1629 Bushwick Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11207


Town Square Easter Egg Hunt $15 (online) for easter Hunt $10 (online) for facepainting

10:00 AM FREE
Top Photo Source: anabundanceofFrancesca Woodman


Using Your Words: How To help Your Child Foster Emotional Development March 30 2017, 0 Comments


It is often the case that parents seek guidance and support from professionals in order to help their children manage daily peer-based conflicts and emotional hurdles – You know, those moments when telling your toddler to “use your words” just doesn't seem to be enough. Lucky for parents, practicing what you preach may be one of the easiest ways to facilitate emotional development and interpersonal sensitivity in children. The more parents talk and “use their words” about specific emotions, the better an understanding their child will have about the meaning and social consequences of their own feelings and behaviors.

“Using your words” about emotions goes beyond labeling them as they’re happening. Sure, it’s valuable to say “you look really mad” as your toddler hurls his legos at you when it’s bed-time, but it’s likely more valuable to illustrate emotional states when children are calm, attentive and engaged… you guessed it …Story Time!

Reading picture books about emotions provides opportunities to discuss expose children to a range of emotional vocabulary. It allows for sharing of personal experiences, like that time you got so “frustrated” you ripped your homework. It also allows for fun commenting on illustrations of emotional states, like how “silly” that dog looked walking upside-down! Talking about different emotions and relating them to your personal life gives children an opportunity to understand and practice “using their words” in a reinforcing and positive way, increasing the likelihood that when it comes time to put those “using those words” into practice, they’ll be better equipped.

Some Great Books To Help Foster Emotional Development:


Post by Carly Seibald, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

Carly Seibald the founder of Social Sprouts, SLP - a pediatric speech-language pathology practice with an emphasis on teaching social skill development. Carly is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA as well as a professional certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).  Contact Info: 914-439-4456


Photo: Fashion For little People

7 hacks for moms! March 27 2017, 0 Comments


Being a mom means using some of life's learned skills and coming up with quick hacks to make the day to day easier which some of these skills can be called hacks. Whether you know these by trial and error or learned one by a fellow mom friend..these hacks are how we can make our day by day home life a bit more manageable. Here are 7 we love:

1. Re-soften hard play-doh. My son takes great pleasure in leaving the tops off play doh. I use water and a moist paper towel to revive the dough. First I add about a teaspoon of water and try to work it in the dough, it it is very dry I had a bit more water. I then take a moist paper towel and wrap it around the dough. Place it in a baggie or a small Tupperware at least for a day or two; the key is that it is airtight.

2. Use clear shoe organizers (the ones that go over the door) for the tid- bits that are used often. I just spent the holidays in Missouri where my husband is from. I always write about my crafty sister in- law Bee however my other sister in law Tracy is also pretty crafty. She is a bit of a mom MacGyver always making something I would get rid of into a useful tool for the house. She uses old shoe organizers (like these) and hangs one in the kitchen panty to organize craft tools. One is the kid’s room to organize super hero toys. The latter is the most genius. I must step on a toy every morning and night.

    3. Use magic eraser not just for walls. I love magic erasers and feel that everyone needs a box in their home especially for the walls but I am have been using them to clean the scuff from my sons sneakers. I have even used the sponge on my own personal goods like my leather bag …just my light color one, not taking chance on my dark leather goods.

    4. Use old ice trays for broken up crayons. Since Erica is a teacher she knows how to organize even the smallest play things. If you have the shelf space or a playroom then you have the room to lay out a few old ice trays and use them to save broken up crayons or even the teeniest tiny Legos. 

    5. Reuse baby jars. To store crayons upright, add rice for an easy shaker, perfect for paint or to store homemade play doh.

    6. Ice helps get gum out of the hair.  I use ice a lot if glue or gum gets stuck on the clothes. I am not even sure where the gum comes from but it happens. When my son had long hair and  I would find some gum in his hair when I picked him up from school-I was a bit freaked out but the ice softens it up and I was able to save his tresses. It isn’t quick. It took about 20 minutes of applying the ice but it was worth it.

    7. Baby wipe containers are quite handy. A great way to reuse these containers are for storage for barrettes, ribbons, and hair ties. Basically anything small that needs to be contained.

    I used mine for my son’s mittens and socks when he was little. It is so easy to lose these tiny things, keeping them in the top shelf in his closet, I hardly lost any. 

    Post by Donna

    Updated 3/26/2017


    Pre-k Tips, surviving the madness. March 24 2017, 0 Comments


    Pre-K. This is when one enters the world of going from costly daycare to attempting to secure a spot at an amazing public school- as Brooklyn has some of the best. As the Pre-K offer letter's date looms (end of April) here in NYC some mamas are feeling the stress. I've been there. When it came to getting into a public pre-k we, like everyone else, did the lottery, and (oh no!) we didn't get into any of the 5 schools we applied for despite living two blocks from our zone school's first pick. On to the waiting list we go.

    I had always heard of the stress of trying to get into a public pre-k program in New York.. tough...others parents told me. Nothing prepared me for the stress I felt when my boy didn't get into any schools. I wasn't alone, so many parents applied to more then 10 schools and didn't get in. After two months of looking for other alternatives, as you need to keep going in this process, looking for solutions...we got off the waiting list and into the school we wanted. The good news is every year the schools try to offer more classes. I have heard that the waiting list was less stressful from my pre-k moms last year. My advise to parents who have entered this crazy pre-k application this year is first take a deep breath and educate yourself on this process.

    A few tips:

    • Join a support group, I know it sounds kind of funny but a fellow mom in the same situation put together a group of moms prior to the pre-k slots being announced. We constantly updated each other on school programs and news. We also met up and strategized and shared tips from seasoned moms who told us how to get on the wait list if we were to not get into a school. This was instrumental to me planning my 'attack' on getting on the waiting list and off.
    • Have back up, most pre-k programs are private and expensive. However some private schools will offer a CBO. This is paid for by the DOE. It only goes until 11a.m but is 5 days a week. However, if you can work out a schedule with your partner or a sitter there are many free programs such as the library story times and Parks and Recreation programs your child can attend for the remainder of the day.
    • For mothers with babies and pre-k parents apply for programs that are hard to get into such as the YMCA Pre-K program. As soon as you can get over to the Y and fill out the paperwork, it is a a great program and doesn't hurt to put the small deposit down. This program is famously wait listed but once parents find out there kids have gotten into a public pre-k slot a spot opens up in this program. 
    • Stay in touch. Join a parents group, in Brooklyn there is the HUI and some smaller groups that are usually started by parents in the community. These parent boards are great to hear about schools that you may have never known existed. While searching for a Pre-K solution, I found out about two great programs that were affordable and in my neighborhood just by asking other parents for help.


    There are many great sites that support you through the pre-k process, stay tune for tips, posts that will help you through this process:

    Inside Schools

    NYC School Help


    Photo: Vogue

    Post Updated 3/20/17


    Bumping into Spring 7 pieces perfect pieces for the newly pregnant mama March 20 2017, 0 Comments


    Let's just pretend for a minute that as we celebrate the first day of Spring it is actually not 39 degrees here. The forecast for the week, at least here in the East Coast, is expectant to hit the 50's-60's (whoo hoo). This means we can shed a bit of the heavy layers. 

    With Spring I love how you may see a friend who seems to be suddenly sporting a bump now that the heavy coat has been stashed away. The luxury of Fall is you can wear loose sweaters and get away with a lot more when newly pregs. Come warmer weather a little thought needs to go into your maternity wardrobe. This is why we love these 7 pieces. If you are in the first trimester/second or even carry small well into your third these pieces can be worn weekly...heck..a few times a day. The best part is not all are traditionally maternity clothes (buy a few sizes up!) so wear them post baby. If you live in warm weather then your in luck, these pieces can be worn now. For us cold dwellers ...tights, long sleeve thin sweaters and light weight jackets are they key to layering these stylish items.





    Maryam Nassir Zadeh Lauren Turqoise Suede Slide




    H&M MAMA Skinny Jeans in Grey Denim

    MAMA Fine-knit Sweater H&M


    Happy Weekend. March 17 2017, 0 Comments



    Spring is around the corner and we are definitely excited for it's arrival which has been a winter of sick mamas and kiddies. Many changes in our lives as we now have a mix of baby and young children who seem to already act like tweenagers. We are also making more time for Motherburg as we have changed up our work lives a bit to give love to our other 'baby'. Expect to see more guest posts and a lot more of us. Meanwhile follow us on social, we love to see you!


    Free Family Day 1pm to 4pm Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park

    5816 Clarendon Road
    Directions to this location





    Stormy weather ahead...checklist of what you need March 13 2017, 0 Comments



    Growing up in California storms are big news and sometimes over hyped and the ones that do live up to the predictions are disastrous. I’ve been ignoring the possibility that we may get a blizzard (Denial? Yup, I think so) then I realized last night it is better to be safe then sorry.

    This list via Red Cross is quite a lot, for apartment dwellers you may not need what someone with a home may need. Although this list may seem extreme ..remember not all of us took Sandy seriously. So gage what you think you may need for your home especially since we have kiddies to take care of.

  1. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  2. Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  3. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  4. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  5. Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  6. Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  7. Flashlight
  8. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  9. Extra batteries
  10. First aid kit 
  11. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  12. Multi-purpose tool
  13. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  14. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  15. Cell phone with chargers
  16. Family and emergency contact information
  17. Extra cash
  18. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  19. Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  20. Tools/supplies for securing your home
  21. Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  22. Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  23. Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.

    For a pdf of this list that includes during and post storm, click here.



    Photo: Garance Dore


    7 Amazing Space Savers for Baby. March 12 2017, 0 Comments



    Living in tight spaces is pretty normal for us city dwellers however it can be challenging when space is an issue period. If you are gearing up for your first baby or making room for another addition and space is even more precious these 7 items are the perfect space savers.

    1. This table is a bit of an investment but worth it if design and saving space is a priority in your home. NOGA Changing Table via Charlie Crane.

    2. This collapsible tub is designed to expand and grow from newborn to toddlerhood. It stores easily which is a plus when you start seeing all the baby gadgets start to pile up. Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub via Giggle.

    3. Living in New York I've met my share of parents who converted a closet into a baby nursery. The Alma Mini Crib is much smaller than a standard-sized crib, it also folds for storage when not using. Since the mattress is mini the Alma Mini Body-Fit Spring Mattress can also be purchasedBloom Alma Mini Crib via Giggle.

    4. When space is really tight or just looking for an highchair that will not overwhelm the dinner table this  highchair clips to almost any table up to 3.5" thick. The plus is ultra-light and easy to install. Inglesina 2010 Fast Table Chair - Fiamma via Amazon.

    5. Designed for toddler beds however this can be used to store on a changing table or even on a hanger in a closet with some daily essentials such as babywipes, q-tips. STICKAT Bed pocket via IKEA (available in stores only).

    6. This little gadget will hold most stroller models up to 40 pounds making it a perfect tool for small homes/apartments where any space is precious. StrollAway Over the Door Stroller Storage Hanger( Available in white) via Amazon.

    7. I personally own this easy to stash bassinet. I have used it when we have had babies pop on over for a visit, it literally takes minutes to put together. A great buy if you wish to move the bassinet from one spot to another or stash away when you have company. Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet via Target.


    Updated post 2017

    Post by Donna


    5 tips to welcoming Baby #2... March 08 2017, 0 Comments


    We all know that with children, especially under 5, a few months can make a huge difference in their development.  The difference between a 6 month old and 12 month old is huge!  The same for an 18 month or a 23 month old. These 30 day monthly increments really matter.
    My children are 22 months apart. So my daughter wasn't even 2 when my son was born. But, as they get older, they are simply '2 years apart'.  They will be 2 years apart in school.  They will be 10 and 12. But, at 0 and 22 months they might as well have been twins. Haha. But seriously, my daughter was still a baby herself when she became a big sister.
    I have a few mamas in my life that recently, or are about to, have become a mama of two. 
    Here are my words of wisdom.... especially for those with less than 2 years between children, but many things can apply to a larger age difference. 


    1. Your first born is still little.  I found it was helpful not to push the 'big girl' thing on my daughter.  I had two babies!  Baby girl and baby boy.  If you have two of the same gender, it can be baby X and baby Y.  My baby girl did some things, and my baby boy did other things.  I literally wanted to choke people who would say to my daughter, 'oh, Mommy had a baby, now you are the big girl.'  Um, no.  No she's not.  When she is ready, sure.  But I didn't push that on her and I really disliked and discouraged people from saying that to her.   


    2. I never pushed my daughter to be my helper. If I needed a burp cloth, I got up and got one. If I needed a diaper, I got up and got one. Adults telling my daughter, 'Mommy had a baby, you need to be her helper!' made me cringe. MOMMY had the baby, not her. It is not up to her to all of a sudden help me in caring for a newborn. Did she want to help sometimes? Yes.  And of course I let her be involved when she wanted, but I never expected her to be my live in nanny.     


    3. Someone gave me this advice, and I love to pass it on.  If both children are crying, go to the older one first.  The older one will 'remember' that you ignored them to tend to the baby.  Comfort the older one first and let the little one cry a bit.  It will be ok.  Repeat that to yourself, it will be ok.   


    4. A big thing that was very important to me was that I didn't push my daughter to give up things.  She was still happily sleeping (12+ hours) in her crib.  Why take that away?  We got a mini crib for my son, or you can get a bassinet, or a co-sleeper, or maybe even a second full size crib if you have the room.  When she was ready for a toddler bed, we moved her into that and moved my son into the full size crib. It worked wonderfully for us that she never felt she was being pushed out - and in fact, felt like the 'big girl' that was giving her brother something vs. something being taken from her to be given to him.


    5. Speaking of gear, do you remember how much gear a newborn can have?  Swings.  Bouncy seats.  Vibrating seats.  Pack n plays.  Floor mats.  It can be endless.  I set all of these things up about a month before I was due, this way my daughter could get used to all of this 'stuff' all over the house, and, in our case, sit in it, play with it, enjoy it - before it had an occupant. 


    Keep in mind their home is about to change, so, introducing some things in advance can lessen the blow. As tricky as it can be, go easy on yourself.  Did my daughter miss some park time while I was busy dealing with newborn 'stuff'?  Sure.  But, eventually we got our act together and we headed out everyday.  My son happily slept in the stroller while my daughter ran around the playground.  It worked. Regardless of a few blips in the road, her life slowly went to her new normal. Not the same as it was before, but, not drastically different.  And when she was ready to declare herself a 'big girl' we all welcomed her into that phase of her life.  


    Post by Erica Young 

    Original post 12/14









    Dry skin? Try these beauty fixes.. March 06 2017, 0 Comments

    Dry skin seems to be a common complaint amongst my mom friends. Weather and stress, hormones are a few reasons to name a few. This time of the year we start to see more sunshine yet it can be pretty darn cold still, yesterday morning it was 19 degrees! Even my California friends can suffer dry skin as too much sun is never great for the skin after a certain point.

    Here are 4 products worth giving a try:

    What Your Skin Needs 

    My sister in law Bee likes to use oils ..this concoction from Julep concoction is perfect for it works more like a light weight serum then a heavy oil. Ingredients such as rose hip, jojoba, argan, coconut, and squalane, a natural ingredient that locks moisture into skin. This 'milk' is made to replenish which when skin is quite dry needs to be the first priority.

    Sleep Tight by Farmacy

    Straying away from heavy creams for night I chose this natural product from Farmacy as a night balm. Key ingredients such as  EchinaceaGreenEnvy™.and Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ work on reinforcing natural moisture of the skin while firming and toning. Vitamin C is a nice extra as it revitalizes and works as a natural brightening for the face.

    Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

    I was turned on to Josie Maran's products by my beauty friend Melissa and my sis in- law Bee. Since our skin can become a bit out of balance this buttery product has been just what I needed as my skin is not as dry this winter. Last year it was pretty dried out and even this product couldn't pull me through. However, since my skin has recoupedin the last year with some some great products I am able to maintain it's softness with this baby.

    Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-complex Versatile Beautifying Oil

    For good measure I added this elixir as it is one of my I swear it works miracles products. I dab a bit of this (and it can last well over a year) into my hair at night and wake up to soft hair-slowly it has helped in keeping my hair healthy and shiny.


    Updated 3/6/2017


    Happy Weekend. March 03 2017, 0 Comments



    The Bent And The Straight
    I recently worked out with one of my favorite people/pilate gurus Marina Trejo from the tkkk and gave to charity at the same time. This class happens every Saturday and for the next two Saturdays (3/4, & 3/11) will be a pay what you like 1OO% donation classes.These classes have benefited ACLU, Planned Parenthood International Rescue Committee
    and Camions of Care to name a few.
    Sending you all love and care and goodness to your day, your week, your life and you. I appreciate my friends so much more than I ever thought and would love to see more of you.
    The bent + the straight also have meditation, 10 day Spring Clean eat-for-grace clubhouse. These are all glasses geared to taking care of mama..body and soul.  The Bent And The Straight

    5 Baby playmats & blankets (that are totally chic) February 26 2017, 0 Comments




    The play mat is a definite must when getting baby ready. It is one of those baby items that tends to be used every day...first as the baby is not mobile then as they start to wiggle around and play it is that layer of cushion that baby needs especially if you have hardwood floors. This is why we love these chic options, they definitely bring up a living space with their stylish aesthetic. Don't get us wrong, you'll eventually fold like we did and buy (or register) for a play mat that is a design to look like a puffy jungle gym with all the crazy bell and whistles. And this is all good - most are made to be easily folded and tucked away from the eye sore some can be. I also looking for something a bit out of the box, stylish and can afford the investment, here are 5 worth checking out!


    2. Black Confetti Hand Printed Padded Play Mat Made to Order – Black on White – Organic Options

    3. Mountain baby play mat. Handmade quilted travel blanket for a modern nursery. Contemporary, gender neutral gift. Scandi nordic moonlight

    4. Custom Order Play Mats by bekaboo, check out their instagram for design inspiration.

    5. Lion Playmat




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    A simple course saved a baby's life.... February 15 2017, 0 Comments

    My sister-in-law saved a baby's life last week.

    This is her story so I can only share it in an abbreviated sense. Bee, my sister-in-law (who lives in Portland, Oregon), was strolling in the rain with her 3 year old daughter and wearing her 3 month old in a carrier yesterday when she heard a woman screaming. She ran to the woman, who was shaking an unresponsive, blue baby that was around the same age as Bee's baby, while two toddlers in a double stroller were sobbing next to her. Bee frantically asked her what was wrong but the woman could only speak in broken English. Bee bent down to get eye level with one of the children in the stroller, and held his face to get eye contact and asked him what happened. He told her the baby was choking.

    My sister-in-law tried to grab the baby, the woman would not hand over the baby- perhaps she was just shell-shocked, but she continued to shake the baby. Bee ignored her resistance and grabbed the baby from her, placing the baby downward over her forearm and quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver. The baby coughed out a small red dice, and within seconds started breathing normally and was screaming.

    Bee, who at this point was sobbing along with her children, the other children, and the woman watching the children, told the woman to call 911. When the paramedics arrived they told her that they wouldn't have made it in time and she saved this baby's life.

    Bee's story made me proud of her of course- I hope the family is aware of how lucky they are and that they need to ask themselves some questions regarding the training of their caregiver. This is a parent’s worst nightmare.  

    Bee’s incident also brought up the subject of the importance of knowing CPR/Heimlich maneuver. When my son was a baby, both my husband and I took a course, and I had a refresher at work few years ago, yet I wouldn’t say I am an expert and could stand to take a course soon.  

    How to be CPR/ Hemlich ready*

    • Take a course, if you have an infant make sure it is a class that also covers infants.

              For local resources for CPR classes contact these resources:

                                           Carriage House Birth

                                           Wild Was Mama

                                           Birthday Presence


    Bee contributes a CPR class she took from Laurie Torres, EMT-B a Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider, CPR and First Aid Instructor for American Heart Association and owner of Baby Be Safe. Bee took this course at Wild Was Mama. I personally like this resource for having many types of CPR classes being offered. 

    For classes in all states try the Red Cross

    • When interviewing a nanny or sitter ask if they know CPR, if they can show proof this is an extra.
    • If you or your sitter needs a course, take one sooner then later, offer to pay, book the course if this sitter is someone you will have long term.
    •   A good video that we use as a reference on how to save a baby that is choking.
    • This is an infographic that we have used as a reference and can be printed as a reminder, place in your cupboard or the area where you have emergency numbers.

    Posted by Donna

    *All views in this post are my own. Please check with an expert or pediatrician when educating you and your family on Infant CPR.



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    In the pink... February 06 2017, 0 Comments


    Pink is pretty yes, this is why it is a great color as we feel that it brings a lift to skin, especially tired skin. Which is why time again we mention it's benefits as a beauty must and it doesn't hurt to share a few of our favs close to V day. This hue doesn't always have to be bubblegum or bright fuchsia, find the right shade that compliments and gives you a lift... and be pink.



    Tata Harper Skincare Love Potion via Nordstrom *bonus , this 'potion' is a blend of essential oils that get you yourself some love.
    SEPHORA COLLECTION Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection: Kaleidescape Lip Gloss Set (Rose Quartz featured)


    SEPHORA COLLECTION Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection: Kaleidescape Cheek Trio

    Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Hot Pink 

    PARISIAN LIP CRAYON Limited Edition Sonia Rykiel Collection

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