There's nothing better than your children's happy squeals as they discover their Elf in a particularly mischievous hiding spot. My friends and I have been texting silly places we've found our elf, and it's so fun that we want to see where everyone else's elves are hiding, too. Did your elf discover a particularly entertaining spot to pop out of? Snap a picture and post it to the Instagram hashtag: #elfonwee. On Christmas Eve, we'll make your elf famous and run the best snapshots. Don't have Instagram? Then email us at … [Read more...] about Where Did Your Elf Hide Last Night?
'Tis the season to rack your brain for teacher gifts that they’ll actually want. Here are some great ideas that I found on Pinterest, all of which are both memorable and useful.Apples with Salted Caramel For a twist on the old “apple for your teacher” idea, here’s a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction for salted caramel dip to go with that apple.Chalkboard Flower Pot Personalize a simple terra cotta pot with some chalkboard paint, pop in a poinsettia or seasonal herb, and voila – you’ve got a stylish, … [Read more...] about Homemade Holiday Gifts for Teachers
The holidays can be a bit frenetic. Ok, crazy. So we asked Sophia Shkreli, a local meditation teacher (and mom to twin boys) what she does to slow down and enjoy the holiday season. I especially love her tip about cultivating family mindfulness. See below!Tune Out the Mental Noise and Live in the Moment Your “busy monkey mind” creates a lot of mental chatter which keeps you distracted with to-do lists, plans, gifts, anxieties, and stress, unconsciously failing to pause and enjoy the moment at hand. Meditation … [Read more...] about Sponsored Post: 5 Ways Meditation Can Bring Peace and Joy to the Holiday Season
I’ve been wanting to take my kids to watch a big Broadway production like The Lion King or Aladdin, but tickets are so expensive for good seats that I keep putting it off. Then something occurred to me: Why am I focusing on the big Broadway productions when there are so many fun, smaller shows running all over the city? Sometimes I forget that we’ve got tons of options in NYC.I decided on Blue Man Group, which I saw almost two decades ago with my husband (then boyfriend) and loved at the time. At 8 and 6, my kids … [Read more...] about Off-Broadway Shows for Kids
Whenever I can't get to yoga or it's too cold to run, I started doing this free cardio pilates video on a mat on my living room floor. It's produced by PopSugar Fitness, an editorial lifestyle site based in San Francisco, and they've invested quite a bit in their online workout series; check out all of them on YouTube. The video I love is led by Burn Pilates founder Lisa Corsello, it's 45 minutes, and there are so many squats, it has you crying by the end. Their motto is "pilates+weights+cardio. Work every muscle every … [Read more...] about This Free Workout Kicks My Butt
I love the tradition of school photos, but am never sure about what to do with the wallet-size ones that come in every photo package. Now that everyone just has pictures on their phone, who, exactly, is still passing around these wallet-size photos? I can’t give them away, even to the grandparents. They want the larger ones for framing.So I keep them in an envelope, and the collection grows every year. I feel bad about throwing them out, but I don’t know what to do with them either. They’ve just been sitting in my … [Read more...] about What to Do with Wallet-Size School Photos