I was never much of a hiker as a kid. My parents didn’t take us hiking (we were more of a “drive to each lookout point” sort of family), and I never really saw the point of the activity. Hiking was basically glorified walking – boring! It wasn’t until I had kids of my own that I learned to love hiking. We wanted to get out and enjoy the parks and trails around Westchester, so we started hiking as a family. My two children were preschool-aged back then – my son, who’s younger, was probably 3. But he could walk, which … [Read more...] about Learning to Love the Hike
If you didn’t make it to DC to watch those lovely pink blossoms snow all around the Washington monuments, you can still see the flowering trees at two local spots. The New York Botanical Garden is reporting that the blooms are 60 percent of the way to peak bloom — meaning that the next few days would make the perfect time for a visit. There’s also a Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend going on this Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4pm at the NYBG with live music. If you’re looking for an excuse to get into … [Read more...] about Have You Seen the Cherry Blossoms?
I recently came across a post in a moms group that I belong to on Facebook, in which the writer wrote about how she was returning to work full-time and feeling guilty about not seeing her toddler at all on weekdays. It was heartbreaking to read, and brought me back to those early days, when as a new mom I felt guilty about every decision I was making as a parent. Some decisions were bigger than others, but all of them stressed me out. Here’s a sample list: I’m not stimulating my kids’ minds at every moment. I’m … [Read more...] about Letting Go of the Mom Guilt
The lights went down at the St. James Theater. My 3-year-old Emerson clutched her Elsa doll while giggling in anticipation as the curtain went up, revealing young Elsa and Anna playing with snow and ice while they should be sleeping. "Do you want to build a snowman?" Anna sings. Emerson grins at me. "Mommy, it's really Anna," she beams, and I beam back. This is why we paid an exorbitant amount to take her and my 8-year-old to the new Broadway show, Frozen: The Musical -- To watch their faces delight in a spectacular … [Read more...] about Should You See Frozen on Broadway?
GIVEAWAY!! We are thrilled to partner with the new Goldfish Swim School opening in Yorktown Heights this summer! Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a state of the art swimming facility with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), and a shiver-free 90-degree pool. Goldfish is giving away free registration and a month of lessons to one lucky winner ($135 value)! TO ENTER: Leave a COMMENT on this post with the ages of your … [Read more...] about GIVEAWAY: Goldfish Swim School in Yorktown Heights
I am seriously ready for spring. After a long winter of back-to-back nor'easters, chilly temps and blah skies, colorful spring flowers will be a sight for sore eyes. Here's where to catch them in bloom and attend some family-friendly planting workshops in and around Westchester in the coming weeks. New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show, Bronx, NY (now through April 22) Now in its 16th year, the Orchid Show showcases thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series … [Read more...] about Where to Get Your Fill of Spring Flowers