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As you all know I am a relative newbie to NYC, many people have told me that you can’t really call yourself a true New Yorker until you have toughed it out and lived here for at least ten years. That being said I think we can all agree that I am truly passionate about New York City and have happily embraced it as my new home. I spend much of my time on this blog charting all of my crazy adventures in this incredible place that I get to call home. I honestly feel very lucky to live here and experience all the ups and downs that life in Manhattan brings with it. So, when my incredibly talented and informed friend Rebecca Levey of Beccarama and KidzVuz invited me to be one of the bloggers to attend a meet and greet with mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, I jumped at the chance. It will be my first time voting in a NYC Mayoral election and I am excited to learn about the candidates so that I can use my voice in the best possible way.

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Bloggers for de Blasio

The Bloggers for de Blasio event was a very intimate event (around 20 or so)  where we were welcomed and immediately put at ease by the hosts and the de Blasio staff. This is the second time that I have been at an event held for Bill de Blasio and I am impressed by how easy going and approachable the people running the de Blasio campaign are. I am not always comfortable at social functions of a political nature but I found that this event was very relaxed and we were encouraged to talk to the de Blasio team, Bill’s wife Chirlane and Mr. de Blasio himself.

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Yes, Bill de Blasio really is that tall and I am really that short 😉

After impassioned introductions from Rebecca Levey and Cynthia Nixon, Bill de Blasio spent time going over his past work within the city of New York including his service on City Council and as Public Advocate, he then began laying out some of his  goals for the city of New York including Universal Pre- K and afterschool programs for all middle schoolers that include academics, culture and athletics. If Bill is elected as Mayor, he will be the only sitting Mayor to have a child currently in a NYC public school. As a parent of two children who are currently navigating through the NYC public school system I have first hand knowledge of how frustrating this process can be and how there is a desperate need for something to be done. Education in this city is hit and miss depending on what district you live in, over crowding and teaching to the test are real problems. I have been incredibly impressed with Bill de Blasio’s  platform on education. During this event he opened up the floor to questions and did not flinch from the tough questions aimed at him regarding the numerous issues revolving around education. His answers were well thought out, sincere and he did not deflect. It was unsurprising, given the audience that most of the questions did revolve around education, economic discrepancies and the future generations of New Yorkers. If I had one complaint was that this meet and greet ended too soon as I would have loved to hear more in depth answers about Bill’s stance on some of the other issues surrounding the Mayoral race. That being said, I get the impression from this campaign team that if I have any questions they would be happy to answer them.

A BIG thank you to Rebecca Levey for the invite and to the de Blasio team for the opportunity to listen, learn and be better informed. A positive, inspiring New York City experience!

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Bill de Blasio addressing the questions from the audience

From the de Blasio Campaign:

“Bill knows we only succeed as New Yorkers if we leave no New Yorker behind. Bill knows we need new leadership that lifts up all our people; leadership that understands New York is a city of neighborhoods- five boroughs and everyday people from all walks of life.”

“Bill believes that New York City will grow strong as one city that rises together.”

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Who are you voting for? Get out there, be informed!

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The weekend before Thanksgiving my oldest daughter and I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the KidzVuz event, FashionTweenstas. KidzVuz is one of ‘A”s favorite websites and mine too! I love it because it is a totally SAFE place for my daughter to hang out and be social with other children her age and she loves it because she gets to post video reviews of books, movies, clothes, apps etc. AND she gets to be social and interact with other kids on the web, something she loves. Seriously, if you have kids between the ages of 7-12 and you have not checked it out, they are really missing something cool and super fun! Rumor has it that there will be an KidzVuz app available in the very near future. ‘A’ has already warned me that she will be stealing my iPhone while we are out to make “videos on the spot”. She can’t wait. Oh, my little drama queen!!

So, when we were invited to get “Our Girl On” at the KidzVuz event both of us were very excited.

YAY KIDZVUZ!

YAY KIDZVUZ!

It was so great to have time with just ‘A’ and I. It seems like so much of our focus lately has been on middle school and tours, that it was nice for the two of us just to just get out on a Sunday and enjoy each other’s company. Without other distractions we were able to catch up and chat on the subway and on the walk over to the event. She is a pretty cool person to hang out with 😉 The event was held in a beautiful sun filled space with gorgeous decorations and lots of incredible booths to check out. ‘A’ was immediately drawn toward the Glitter Tattoo NY and spent time picking out her design.

Getting her Glitter Tattoo on!

Getting her Glitter Tattoo on!

While she was getting all glammed up, I toured many of the other tables, getting a lot of ideas for holiday gifts from Fashion Angels, Techlicious and Sparklehearts. The big hit  for ‘A’ were the many cool items at the iScream table. She especially loved the cupcake pillow and their notebooks/journals. I thought these would be fabulous items for camp goodie bags. Must remember this in July!!

The iScream Table

The iScream Table

Next up, ‘A’ had a blast with Children’s Place designing her own mannequin. Such a fun idea. The girls loved picking out the clothes and best of all, the moms were not in charge of putting the clothes back =)

The beautifully style mannequin!

The beautifully styled mannequin!

'A' posing with one of the One Direction dudes, do NOT ask me which one ;)

‘A’ posing with one of the One Direction dudes, do NOT ask me which one 😉

And another one... seriously I don't know their names.

And another one… seriously I don’t know their names.

There was tons of fun to be had, but I was especially grateful for the awesome mom’s lounge. I may have sampled a drink or two and hung out in the wonderfully decorated area (by the very talented Amy Jacobs from Chandelier Events) and had some adult conversation. It was a much needed break from the giggling and excited chatter of all the happy tweens.

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Super easy and pretty table accents, even I could make them!!

Love these party ideas!

Love these party ideas!

The FashionTweensta event was a great afternoon for both the tween and I. She loved all of the girlie activities and I appreciated the opportunity to see some fabulous women and check out some wonderful girl empowering products. Thank you KidzVuz, we really appreciated the opportunity to “get our girl on”. Most of all, we loved some mom and daughter bonding time.

And a PSA from me… get you and your kidz over to Kidzvuz now… what are you waiting for??? Go!

We LOVE KidzVuz!!

We LOVE KidzVuz!!

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The air is oppressive today in the city. In fact as I type this a big old thunderstorm is rolling in and I can’t wait. Hopefully it will clear out the soupy 100 degree weather and the whole of NYC will be able to take a collective less stinky deep breath 🙂 Luckily, I have a few good connections and my friend Rebecca from the amazing tween website KidzVuz (if you have tweens and they haven’t visited the website yet, I ask why not??!!) invited me and the girls to go see a sneak peek of the AT&T Dumbo Arts Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. I have never been to the CMAof NY and I have to tell you it is a pretty impressive space where kids can truly explore all areas of creativity. The girls had a blast trying out self portraits, painting, still life drawing and animation. I loved wandering around in the space checking out the incredible artwork and leafing through brochures that showcased fabulous looking art classes and camps. And… big bonus it had Central Air- Woot!!

I think the fam will definitely have to head on down to DUMBO at the end of September to check out the festival. Right now, I am posting these pics and then heading back to my seat on the couch infront of the A/C. Hope you are all well and surviving another Wacky Wednesday 😉

R very excited to start painting

Beautiful work spaces

Working on the masterpiece 😉

A making a horse to place in her animated carousel

Awesome kids artwork

The bright and sunny room showcases the beautiful art

Wowza!

So incredible

R working on her still life drawing

Putting the finishing touches on the animation

A working on her realistic self portrait

After leaving the CMAofNY we saw this super cool poster of Paranorman

And then we went and saw Daddy’s office and hung out on the roof and took some city pics…

View across the Hudson to New Jersey

Looking downtown

Hello Empire State Building peeking out!

A litte Freedom Tower

Staring at this ad in a hot subway car is just pure torture 😉

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It is that time of year again- Winter Break. Although, I feel funny even saying that because I really don’t feel like we have even had winter here in NYC. The kids have worn their snow boots twice!! It has definitely been a crazy year for weather! Anyhoo, enough about that. This is the February school break week for the girls. Even though it really hasn’t been that long since the Holiday break, I really feel like everyone needed a little bit of change of pace and scenery. Case in point, on Sunday both girls stayed in their p.j.’s until mid afternoon and were totally content to hang in the apartment watching movies, reading and playing with their toys. They didn’t ask to go out once. They just needed some well deserved down time. I know how they feel.

Ron and the girls snuggling on the couch =)

There is something about February the shortest month, that seems to drag, wear on our patience and generally pull people into a funk. If the crap is going to hit the fan it usually happens in February 😉 So, on that note, it really is nice to have a bit of a breather right smack in the middle. While most New Yorker’s jet off to far away destinations or at least escape the Island, we have decided to enjoy a little staycation in one of the best cities in the world!! Ron is super busy at work right now and I have to admit, I am just enjoying NOT having a schedule to adhere to. I am sure by the end of the week I will be going a bit stir crazy, I am already missing my running group, but right now I am loving the flexibility. I also love exploring this incredible city and finding cool places to take the girls to.

NYC as our playground!!

Yesterday we decided to play tourist. The girls begged me to take them to the Times Square area because they really wanted to go to ToysRUs and American Girl Place. I was a little hesitant since it was a holiday and I did not want to get stuck in crowds and crowds of people. But, I gave in and we had a great day. We started off at the Empire 25 movie theatre on 42nd St. Over a healthy lunch of popcorn we watched the movie “The Secret World of Arrietty”. It was a wonderful movie and I highly recommend it. An enchanting, magical and thoughtful story. Each of us gave it two thumbs up!! After the movie we headed to ToysRUs. The girls had a specific “Barbie” that they were looking for and moved through the crowds like pros. I swear you would think those two had lived here since birth. I am often in awe of their confidence and resilience.

Striking a pose in Times Square

From ToysRUs we headed over to American Girl Place where they were eager to finally spend their gift card that Chantal had given them at Christmas. Again, they manoeuvred through crowds with comfort and ease. Not really sure what I was worried about, maybe MY sanity 😉 We topped the day off with a Magnolia cupcake. Yep, totally touristy and we loved it. Especially the part where it was just a short walk home through Central Park to crash in our warm and cozy apartment.

Today, we enjoyed a leisurely morning, followed by a manicure for the girls (another gift certificate from Christmas) and then a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. We are getting ready for a friend sleeping over tonight where we will be making chocolate chip pancakes for dinner in celebration of Fat Tuesday.

A little pampering 😉

The finished product

And what does the rest of the week have in store for us? Who knows? I have a few ideas in the back of my head. My good friend Rebecca of Beccarama told me about The Museum of The Moving Image for the Muppet Exhibit, I know the girls would LOVE that. And then when they get home they can review it on the incredible Kidzvuz site (if you have kids/tweens and they haven’t visited this site yet, what are you waiting for??!!) There is also The Bronx Zoo, The Brooklyn Museum and of course, there is a Carlos Cake Boss mug that I have to replace… Really, a NYC staycation has endless possibilities!! We are looking forward to our next adventure. Oh, and February isn’t ALL bad, there is Ron’s birthday and on Friday we will dine in style to celebrate his 40th. By then, I will definitely need a drink or two 😉

*Some other great resources for kids in NYC are: NYCity Mama, Mommy Poppins, Time Out NYC Kids

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