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March 30th

Ready – To – Slime.

You can’t do that on Television was a Canadian TV show that aired the year after I was born. This show consisted of teenage comedy sketches that involved slime that would get dumped on their heads. It was pretty hilarious to watch actually.
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So when my friend Ilana told me that the Kids Choice Awards were coming up and Nickelodeon was hosting it…I thought this could be interesting…
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We are always looking for fun ideas for our Project Playdates as Gavin and Mazzy love any reason to hang out. And they seem to really love when we have a fun activity planned!
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So I found a recipe for “the best green slime” on Pinterest and it only required a few supplies. I was down.
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School Glue (8 oz bottle)
Liquid Starch (1 cup)
Green paint (we used glow in the dark) – you only need 1 squish….or the whole bottle…yikes.slime5
Give it a good stir.
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Finish that bottle of paint…ya may as as well….
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AND Get Ready – To – SLIME!
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Now stop it! That’s too much slime! You’re making a MESS! It’s getting ALL OVER OUR CLOTHES!
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Well that made for a super fun clean up.
Moving on to the cupcakes….they also got slimed.
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My sister was visiting for the weekend and we made a lime custard slime to top some baked off cupcakes. Oh hell these were disgusting. But boy did they look pretty. !!
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We also had a little slime lime punch…what’s a slime party without a little punch?!
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The playdate was a successful mess. And as usual, the kids had a blast.
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All photos above were taken by my friend Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts.

categories: Kids eats, Little Miss Mommy, Project Playdate, Toddler activities

March 12th

Turning back the clock

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A couple weeks ago we received our younger son, Luke’s school photos. My husband was quick to ask me if I have been saving the school photos for each of our boys for every year of school that they have had so far. Um……no. I haven’t. Great idea!  Why are we just thinking of this now? I have been scrambling to find the last couple years worth of shots (My kids are only 5 and 2…so don’t worry we’re not that behind here) so I can start a collection of their school photos. There is no turning back the clock with your kids. Time is flying over here.
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It dawned on me as I was pulling these photos out that kids today sure do seem a lot cooler then when I was a kid. My mom thought the good ol’ fashioned bowl cut was a good look and Michelle was pinned with sky high pigtails.
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Fast forward to present day. I mean look at this guy. Does it get cooler then this? Will he look back at this photo in 20 years and say what was my mom thinking?
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Well we owe these fantastic shots of our kids to Stomping Ground Photo.
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Stomping Ground Photo opened in 2009 and has been growing steadily ever since. They work with over 130 schools in the NYC area and also have divisions in Los Angeles and Boston. A small sampling of some Manhattan schools work with include…Little Red School House, Avenues, Manhattan Day School, Bank Street, Blue School, Friends, The Caedmon School, PS 3, PS 150, Beginnings, Buckle My Shoe and Barrow Street Nursery.
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They are a pleasure to work with and their staff are the sweetest. They are amazing with kids! Mine won’t smile for me when I ask them to but it certainly looks like they are enjoying themselves in their sibling shots.

categories: For Mom..., Little Miss Mommy, Photography, Toddler activities

March 11th

Sparkly Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day

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I come from the boonies of Upstate New York, which means that every few weeks I NEED an escape from the insane pace of the city.  Thankfully, I have family that is just a short train ride away.  A few weeks ago I asked my Aunt Vicky if I could come and hang out with her and my two adorable cousins at their home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for a few days of relaxation, free laundry and home cooked food.  And most importantly, quality time with my cousins.  They are 8 and 10 year-old girls, both gorgeous, and so smart that it scares me. Olivia, the ten-year-old, gave me several “challenges” throughout the weekend, which made me question whether I truly deserve my college degree.  And Madeline, the eight-year-old, is a budding existentialist, and asks “But why?” anytime you tell her ANYTHING.  I am fascinated by the both of them.
I decided that it would be a good idea for me to bring an activity for us to do together that I could actually keep up with. After racking my brain for a bit, I settled on an arts & crafts project.  Seri’s Auntie Marissa sent over a cute shamrock-decorating craft idea which involves glitter…. Little girls and glitter? Sold!Shamrocks 1

What you will need:
-Green construction paper (I got several different colors, all different shades of green)
-Glitter Glue (I chose gold and green, but you can get whatever you like!)
-Shamrock-shaped cookie cutters
-Shamrock stickers
-Pencils
-Scissors
-Craft paper (to put down on your work surface)

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What to do:
-Lay down the craft paper to completely cover your work surface — we skipped that step and, needless to say, glitter glue is tough to get off of a wood table.
-Grab your construction paper, cookie cutters and pencils. Use the cookie cutters to trace shamrock shapes on the paper.  This will give you lines to follow when you are cutting out your shamrocks!Shamrock 2
-Cut out the shamrocks that you have traced.  If you are doing this craft with younger kids, or kids that are particularly rambunctious, I would recommend cutting out the shamrocks for them. Since the girls are a bit older and well-behaved, I figured I could trust them not to accidentally cut themselves or stab each other with the scissors.Shamrock 10
- Grab your glitter glue, stickers, and any other fun supplies you may want to decorate your shamrock with and go to town!Shamrock 9Shamrock 4
My cousins loved making different patterns and using LOTS of glitter glue. How each of the girls decided to decorate their own shamrocks also spoke to their personalities – Olivia liked to make neat, clean patterns, whereas Madi particularly enjoyed globbing on the glitter glue and smushing it around, and seeing how that would turn out. I also enjoyed myself as a I sat back and watched, helped when necessary, and sipped on a glass of wine.Shamrock 6Shamrock 7Shamrock 8
All in all, an easy and creative craft for all ages to enjoy.  I would definitely recommend.  Thanks, Auntie Marissa!!
PS, silly St. Patrick’s Day headbands are optional, but strongly encouraged.
xx, Abby

categories: Decorating, DIY, Holiday, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Toddler activities

February 4th

“Playdating” in New York City

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When we are young, it kind of feels like life is a fairy tale. That’s certainly how you will feel after looking at these photos of Gavin and Mazzy…
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Gavin and Mazzy who have been friends for almost half their lives now, went out on a little play “date” after school to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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Little kids in the big city can sometimes be a bit challenging. Fast cars, icy snow, constant stimulation! These two know how rock it though and they had a blast. They spent a solid 2 hours laughing. At one point they said “let’s run ahead of the grown ups” so we can be in charge. They were doing everything in their power for some freedom in the most innocent way.
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Growing up I had a boy “friend” who I pretended to marry. I cannot imagine having photos that documented our child hood like this. Looking back at them now would be so fascinating. Gavin and Mazzy’s date was captured by lifestyle photographer Dave Robbins. Dave’s photos document their date telling the story exactly as it happened.
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The kids began their after school play “date” at an adorable little flower shop called Very Special Flowers which can be found on 10th street in the West Village. Gavin and I arrived a little early and chose a few pretty pink flowers to surprise Mazzy with. They were giggly and gitty when they first saw each other.
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We carried on for a “mocktail” at Jeffrey’s Grocery. The kids said cheers and gabbed it up for a few minutes. They felt VERY independent sitting at their own table!
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Moving forward they hit up Magnolia Bakery. Cupcakes before dinner? Why not! We’re celebrating Valentine’s day. Let’s be spontaneous and romantic!
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Before we could even tell him to do so…Gavin was opening the door for his little lady like a perfect gentleman.
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Together they chose their flavors…
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Waited patiently for their cupcakes…
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And threw them back with great delight!
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I think that it is darling to see these two share their youth as such close friends. You never know what the future holds but no matter what that may be, these two will forever have these memories.
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To see more on Gavin & Mazzy’s date including all of the details for their adorable outfits from Gymboree click over to Mommy Shorts.
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categories: Fashion + Style, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, New York City to do, Photography, Restaurant review, Toddler activities

January 20th

Stamped with homemade love

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You’re either gonna love me or hate me for this idea….
It involves ink and paint. My two biggest enemies when it comes to crafting with my kids. The thought of my kids running around the apartment with ink and/or paint on their hands is a horrifying thought to me.
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Well, big milestone in my life happened last week when I overcame this fear, covered my dining room table with kraft paper and let my kids craft with paint. You’re going to LOVE what we did here…
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We made homemade Valentine’s Day crafts out of potatoes. That’s right, potatoes. And it was SO easy!
Here’s what you need:
1 potato
1-2 small cookie cutters
knife
Paint and/or stamp pad
Paper
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How to make your stamps:
1.) Cut the potato in half
2.) Stick the cookie cutter into the flat surface of the potato
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3.) Cut 1/4″ circle off the potato and peel the piece off around the cookie cutter while it is still stuck into the potato.
4.) Place the potatoes facing down on a paper towel and ensure they are super dry before you start to craft.
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I put a squeeze of paint on a paper plate and let the kids dip the potato stamps into it. They stamped pink construction paper to make homemade cards for everyone in our family. They wrote notes on each after they dried.
They also used a pink stamp pad to mix things up a bit.
If these directions are confusing in any way, just watch this video with Martha Stewart. Happy Crafting!
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categories: Decorating, For Mom..., Little Miss Mommy, Toddler activities

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