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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

January 6th

Gettin’ Silly with Cereal

Do you like to play with your food? WE DO! So today we’re pretty excited to share this video that we created…
Together with our friends Gavin & Mazzy we got kinda silly crushing, gluing and crafting with the new Trix cereal flavors to make belts, crowns and bracelets to wear dress up with. Check out how we craft with cereal in this video here made by Tweed Video. Happy crafting!

For more fun ways to play and craft with your food check out the Trix Silly Channel where your imagination can truly run wild!

This post was sponsored by General Mills but all of the DIY crafting ideas, actors and tips were our own. 

 

categories: Decorating, DIY, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Sweets, Toddler activities

December 30th

Eat, drink & play with LMP’s Round Up for the year

I often get emails from friends and family members who are traveling to New York, asking me for my list of recommendations. I figured…what better time to reflect back through the year and highlight my favorite spots then now. This way…next time someone asks, my list is ready to go. So here you have it…ENJOY!

LMP’s favorite restaurants

Rosemary’s: Is an Italian restaurant with a roof top garden where they grow herbs and produce highlighted throughout the incredibly delicious menu. With housemade pastas and a selection of focacce, you’ll quickly fall in love like we did.
Rosemary’s
18 Greenwich Avenue
212-647-1818

Margaux at the Marlton Hotel
: I can’t vouch for the hotel rooms but the restaurant, Margaux, at the Marlton Hotel is outstanding. With a cosy vibe and farm to table type menu you will want to order everything you see.
Margaux at the Marlton Hotel
5 West 8th street
212-321-0111
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Narcissa: Is the latest restaurant in Cooper Square’s Standard hotel. The menu is mouth watering and the food feels like home cooking with the freshest of ingredients. A beautiful space with a large open kitchen and chef counter as well as a charming private garden allowing for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
Narcissa
25 Cooper Square
212-228-3344

Robataya
: A local favorite where the respect they show towards the cuisine and ingredients begins with their obsession with using only top quality salt, miso, and rice: the three origins of Japanese cooking. I love bringing my kids here to eat at the front garden-like counter where the chefs hop up close to you to pick the ingredients for your dinner and then heat them on an open grill. They then serve the food on a large paddle from which you grab your plate. Entertaining and delicious though make sure to note, it is quite pricey.
Robataya
231 East 9th Street
212-979-9674
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ABC Kitchen: A space as beautiful as it is inviting where the ingredients are always seasonal, fresh and clean. Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his team will make you feel right at home.
ABC Kitchen
35 East 18th Street
212-475-5829

Locande Verde
: This rustic Italian Tribeca gem will never disappoint. They have a spectacular brunch, house made pastas and a very large wine list. You’ll be so cosy and well fed, you won’t want to leave.
Locande Verde
377 Greenwich Street
212-925-3797

Nobu
& Nobu Next Door: Will forever and always be a favorite of my husband and I. I will often order the yellowtail with jalepeno as an appetizer…and also for dessert.
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105 Hudson Street
212-219-0500

The Red Head
: A neighborhood restaurant inspired by the local farmer’s market stands. Quaint and delicious.
349 East 13th Street
212-533-6212

LMP’s favorite Quick & Cheap eats
Mighty Quinn’s: Hands down my favorite spot for BBQ, especially with the kids. This is a super casual restaurant with a walk up counter and a menu consisting of very slowly cooked meats with the perfect amount of spice. You won’t leave hungry.
Mighty Quinn’s – East Village
103 Second Avenue
212-677-3733
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The Shake Shack: In the middle of Madison Square Park is where you’ll often find me in the off hours, avoiding the line, waiting for a shroom burger. It’s a large portebello mushroom stuffed with cheese and fried. The cheese oozes out after your first, heavenly bite.
The Shake Shack
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park near Madison Avenue and E. 23rd Street

Mimi’s Cheng’s Dumplings
: A family run, small dumpling shop that quickly became an addiction in my home. The sisters who run this place are the sweetest and I love hearing about how they took their mother’s dumpling recipe and turned it into a storefront dream. Every time I visit their shop I get at least one of every dish on their short menu, usually doubling up on the fried pork. Mimi’s Dumplings are perfect for lunch, dinner or even just a snack!
Mimi’s Dumplings
179 Second Avenue
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Joe’s Shanghai: Will remain on our list of favorites till the day I die. We visit Joe’s almost every Sunday and look forward to our meal there week after week. A very casual restaurant in the heart of Chinatown where they are famous for their soup dumplings. Other must have dishes are the sesame chicken, scallion pancakes and beef with string beans.
Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
212-233-8888

Joe’s Pizza
: New York is known for it’s pizza cooked to perfection and Joe’s is a must. After an afternoon of shopping the streets in Soho and / or the West Village do yourself a favor and grab a slice.
Joe’s Pizza
7 Carmine Street
212-366-1182

Grey Dog
: It’s hard to believe their first and only location was one of my favorite spots when moving to NYC. I’ve been living in this city for 15 years now and they have opened tons of locations since. Lucky for me one of the openings was right under my office so I think it’s safe to say I’m there at a minimum of twice every week. From their coffee to eggs to Michelle’s favorite meatball soup, they have a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Locations here

LMP’s favorite Tiny Hot Spots
go before 6pm if you want to get a seat without having to wait at least an hour for your table…
Joseph Leonard: Love the people, the food and the HASHBROWN is a MUST!
The Little Owl: MEATBALL sliders are a MUST!
Mary’s Fish Camp: Best lobster roll in the city. Maybe the world.
Red Farm: The best Asian Fusion you’ve seen yet.
The Spotted Pig: A MUST order: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter & Sage – just trust me.
Westville: Always seasonal and always delicious.
Parm: Looking for a meatball sub? GO. They have the best ever.
Momofuko Ssam Bar: You won’t know what hit you when you try their pork bun…
Prune: My favorite brunch in NYC. I go prior to their opening at 10am and wait in line to be one of the first ones in. Otherwise, forget it.
The Meatball Shop: I can’t get enough of the naked balls here. And they have chicken meatballs that are gluten free!

LMP’s Favorite Bars – the short list
Analogue where they serve the best Manhattan’s in Manhattan made by our favorite bartender Cliff.
The Nomad for the pretty people watching.
Gottino for a glass of wine and some delectable pairings.
Employees Only for the fabulous cocktails.
Death & Company for a fun night out.
McSorley’s Old Ale House for a beer with the boys.

How to take in some culture
New York City Ballet
The MET
Stroll through Little Italy – start on Mulberry street just south of Spring
See a show on Broadway – I just saw This is our Youth with Michael Cera, Fantastic! Also saw Aladdin, fabulous. Next on the list – Matilda!
Catch a game Yankees Stadium & CitiField
Stroll, play or bike through Central Park. Don’t forget to check out the zoo…
See the city from above at The Empire State Building
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For the lil ones
The Ferris Wheel at Toys R Us Times Square
Piccolini – our favorite kids store in NYC – home of the famous I pretzel hotdog NY (designed by Alex Zagami, founder and owner of the store)
Hop on the big piano at FAO Schwartz
Go for a skate and hot chocolate in Bryant Park (in the winter)
Take a ride around Jane’s Carousal in Dumbo, Brooklyn (in the summer)
Tour the Southstreet seaport and imagination playground
Play and learn at the Museum of Mathematics
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LMP Favorite streets to shop
5th avenue between 23rd and 14th street
West Broadway between Houston and Canal
Weave in and out of the West Village: Start at Bank Street and 8th Avenue

Hope you have a BLAST in this amazing city!

categories: Fashion + Style, For Mom..., Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, New York City to do, Restaurant review, Toddler activities, Travel, Travel

December 17th

Frozen in the Hamptons

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This winter we had the pleasure of doing three Frozen themed birthday parties. There was a whole lot of “Let it Go” being sung, princess dresses worn and tiaras set on top of little girls heads.
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Since Frozen paraphernalia is pretty much everywhere you turn we wanted to play off the characters and color palette of teal, purple and silver to make the theme a little more chic…
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This particular party that we are featuring today was for the sweet girls who belong to Colette Lettieri. We came in one night and transformed their kitchen into a Frozen wonderland for the girls to wake up to.
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A large marquee star from Restoration Hardware set the stage for bagels & schmear, our favorite way to serve up brunch. We styled purple and white flowers around the room. And of course we set up jumbo balloons from One Stylish Party with tissue tassel to boot.
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For the desserts we created a magical table with our friend Angela from Making that Cake. Cake pops topped with purple glitter, ombre rice krispie squares, mini cupcakes that we styled onto a bed of blue jelly beans and a cake topped with snowflakes!
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My favorite part of this party was the new discovery that we made with Imagination Lane. Deanna, the founder of this company creates custom crafts for kids tailored to specific themes or interests.
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She put together the most amazing activities for the kids at this party such as “Do you want to build a snowman”? Snowmen were waiting for the kids to stick with felt for noses and arms, googly eyes and fabric markers to decorate. Kept them busy and happy!
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Then…there was the tumble bus. Have you ever seen this? A bus pulls right onto your driveway and the kids can go inside and TUMBLE! Genius.
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Happy Birthday to our new friends, Lexi & Sloan. Hope you had the party of your dreams ladies!

All photos taken by Peahead Prints.

categories: Birthday, Brunch, Cake, Confetti, Decorating, desserts, DIY, Flowers, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, LMP On Long Island, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Photography, Toddler activities

November 25th

3 Ways to keep your Little Turkeys busy on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is days away. There are groceries to buy, ingredients to get prepped, wine to chill. All to do while tending to our little ones.  It’s one of my favorite holidays but seriously, since having kids, it’s a doozy. There is so much that you put into this one day!
Who am I to complain though?  Great food, family and friends?  I’ll take it! I just need my kids to keep busy so I can enjoy it all!
Here are a few ideas on how you can get the kids table set up with activities to enjoy throughout your gathering…and don’t worry…these are EASY ideas…you can handle it!
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1.)   Turkey Apples:  Does it get cuter then this??  No seriously folks. Does it? Here’s what you need for the set up:
*An apple for each child
*Toothpicks
*Edible Items to create your turkey – check your pantry before you buy anything! Examples are: Mini marshmallows, Cranberries, baby tomatoes, candy corn…
*Googly eyes and craft glue
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Now your kids can STICK it to the apple! That’s the name of the game. Let the kids stick the items onto toothpicks and poke ‘em into the apples to create turkey. Glue the googly eyes on (and any other crafty items you may have on hand…like pom poms). So fun!
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2.)   The Giving Tree: Do you own this book?  If you don’t, get it!  Makes for a GREAT holiday gift. What a fabulous book. Well the Giving Tree and my Aunt Marissa who is the craftiest gal around were the inspiration for this next holiday activity. Here’s how you do it –
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*Tree branch – check the street or your backyard for a clean branch. Take it home and set into a block of clay or a small pumpkin..
*Grab some construction paper or card stock and trace + cut a leaf out for each child. Is your child old enough to use scissors?  Then let them do this step instead!
*Have a hole puncher and string or twine on hand…
*Set out markers and ask your children to write on their leaf – what are you thankful for.
*Hang the leaves on the tree and what do you have?  A giving tree!
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3.)   SNACKS: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS are the key to keeping kids quiet and happy.  Here’s what I’ve noticed from all of the entertaining that I have done since having children…when other children are around – my kids want nothing to do with me or eating. They turn into wild lunatics and won’t sit still for one second. SO…I set out tons of snacks to give them something to grab and run with as they go nuts. Here’s what we suggest serving to the little ones this Thanksgiving…so at least they eat something!
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*Festive crudités: My kids happen to love veggies. If yours don’t – please don’t stop reading. Just trust me when I tell you…if you make it look a little prettier then normal…they may be willing to try it. For Thanksgiving we used orange and yellow veggies (set out fruit too!) and hollowed out a pumpkin for some ranch to dip. Crunchy, delicious and EASY!
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*Pumpkin pie muffins. We did a quick search and found the easiest recipe possible. Add some powdered sugar on top and be careful…these will go FAST! They are delicious.  And if you overbought on ingredients…use them on your platters! How pretty do these muffins look on a bed of cranberries?!
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Have any great craft ideas or recipes to share with us for Thanksgiving? Leave us a note in the comments. We’d love to hear what you’re cookin’ up this Thanksgiving!
We are so excited to spend time with our families this week…and dare I say, relax a little bit?!
However you’re spending it…Happy Turkey Day!
Gobble Gobble.

*All photos above were taken by the lovely Karilyn Sanders.

categories: Appetizers, Decorating, Food, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Photography, Sweets, Toddler activities

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