Posts by Dina in NYC

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The Truth About Trying
A friend recently told me about this amazing feature of video blogs on Redbook called "The Truth About Trying".  I thought it was a fantastic way to personalize and put a face to the issues that many women silently face.  Whether you have ten children, one child, or in the midst of trying for your ...
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FOR MUMS
The Baby Chase
I must say, I am really liking that more and more information is starting to come to the forefront regarding the issues surrounding infertility.  My mother pointed me towards this article entitled "My Fertility Crisis" which ran in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago and I thought it was a real eye-opener.   All ...
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KIDS
Bracedlets
So I don't know about you but I am SO happy that the "Silly Bandz" craze appears to be over.  The inventors, likely being fanned by a giant banana leaf as I type, made millions of kids happy and left millions of adults feeling emotionally devastated that they did not come up with the concept ...
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FOOD
Delicious Cake Toppers by Goodie Girl
Shira is a mom who owns and operates a small cafe in my neighborhood.  Not only does she make delicious and healthy things like quinoa chocolate chip cookies, lentil and feta salads and hearty organic ten vegetable soups...but she also has a dark side.  Shira is a self proclaimed candy-addict and master chocolatier (and it's ...
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BOOKS
Miss Nelson is Missing!
We love this book!  Miss Nelson Is Missing! has been around since 1977 but we only discovered it in the last few months and we read it just about every night.  I don't want to spoil the ending but let's just say I am thinking of employing some of the tactics from the book's storyline. ...
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KIDS
Avon Crawling?? Cosmetics Co. Launches Baby Line
A few weeks ago, Avon, the cosmetic giant, gave birth to a new business venture and launched the  Tiny Tilila website for babies!  who  knew?  They offer a wide array of high-quality basics for babies from sleep-time to bath-time and I am quite impressed!  I really like their cotton onesies, soft bath towels and cushy ...
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KIDS
Building a better clog
Clogs were a fashion must when I was a kid.  I am still traumatized however by all the foot injuries that I suffered as a result of wearing them.  Do you remember running in them and they would slip forward and you would crash down on the heel --  basically splitting your foot in half?  ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Glitter Tattoos -- Parent Approved
I am really not a fan of temporary tattoos for kids.  Sure, fine, kids like them and all, but don't you think they always look like a terrible, flakey mess after a few hours -- not to mention the fact that there is always a fight when you have to remove them!   I do however ...
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FOR MUMS
The delightful Anne Taintor
I always see these silly quotes from Anne Taintor in novelty shops in NYC and they always make me smile.  I saw these two refrigerator magnets the other day and immediately made an impulse purchase and they have worked wonders to keep me mentally intact when I hear one of my kids break into a ...
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BABY
ReCrib: Out with the old in with the new
A friend just passed along this website to me and I am thrilled to see that someone took the time to put this together!  ReCrib is essentially a "Craigslist" for all things child related -- a place to buy and sell cribs, baby gear, strollers and all the other wonderful and time-limited things that come ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Airplane Ear
Traveling with kids can be stressful enough as is but there is nothing worse than the oppressive hovering fear that someone will get "airplane ear."  I remember getting it a few times as a kid and it was just plain awful, so now, during take off and landing, I basically open up my own small ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Rush Hour
Now that my girls are past the Zingo phase, the latest game obsession in our house is Rush Hour.  The compact game is not only excellent for travel but involves puzzle solving skills that even an adult will enjoy.  I am starting to teach them the basics of chess (which is not exactly a relaxing ...
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FOOD
Kale Chips
As the mother of a child who refuses to eat anything but beige foods (pasta, chicken, rice and cereal) I do have one single window of opportunity to get a veggie into her -- Kale Chips.  My whole family is obsessed with them and they are delicious and easy to make.  Not only do they ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
The Mundo Cargo Bike
Another cool spotting on the streets of Tribeca!  While walking my girls back from swim class last night (all of us tired, hungry and cranky as could be) a man on a bike whizzed past us with two kids sitting snugly on the back.  Immediately one of my daughter started screaming “I WANT THAT NOWWWWWWWWW!!!!! ...
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KIDS
Floatimini Swimwear
In addition to my child shoe fetish (and trust me, it is pretty serious), I am also completely obsessed with swimwear.  I recently discovered the Floatimini line in a lovely store in the West Village and picked up the cute mermaid print (pictured above). What I especially admire about this particular swim line is that ...
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BOOKS
The Missing Piece
I have always loved Shel Silverstein but did not know of this book until last week -- where the heck have I been? When visiting one of my daughters in class her teacher read this aloud and the kids were wild for it.  Needless to say, I ran top speed to Amazon and got it ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Crayons by Lil' Doodlers
Birthday number FIVE for my twins is two short weeks away and I have been on the look-out for some cute parting gifts to send home with the little ladies who are coming to celebrate.  How sweet are these little crayon rings from Lil' Doodlers?  Love them.  The creator,  not shockingly a mom, uses recycled ...
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FOOD
Snowy Day Dinner Craving
It is bitter cold and snowing here in NYC and all I want to do is sit inside, hide under the covers, and have someone show up at my door with a giant hot cauldron of Cheese Fondue.  Somewhat cruel of me to post this picture now that I look at it.  I have had ...
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KIDS
Cover-Ups for Girls
This extremely hard-to-find brand (called "Chach") has THE most adorable beach cover-ups for girls in the history of beach cover-ups.  No joke.  The Belgian designer behind the brand noticed a void in fashionable beachwear during her travels and came up with a line that is as pretty as it is versatile. I have only seen ...
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PARENTING TIPS
A year later and not much has changed...
Exactly one year ago this time my daughter was quarantined in the hospital for two weeks with Salmonella poisoning that spread to her bloodstream. Happy New Year!!!  Ever since that time I have been on high alert when it comes to food safety issues and the New Year (in the US at least) has already ...
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FOR MUMS
Steve Madden Tsunami Boots
Having spent a decent amount of time in London I have come to respect the need for comfortable and stylish "Wellies".  In New York City, it doesn't rain nearly as much, but when it does the streets suddenly fill with women wearing Hunter Boots.  No offense to Hunter Boots of course, but I was seriously ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cyber Cupcakes!
After having come back from a recent vacation with the kids  I have developed a new-found love and appreciation for the I-Pad.   True -- I was skeptical at first... but there are actually a bunch of really great applications you can download to thwart meltdowns, kill time on rainy days or simply to secure time ...
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FOR MUMS
Two-Tone Tights
Last week I went to American Apparel to seek out these two-tone tights (pictured above) which I noticed cropping up in the pre-school scene, and I am LOVING their kids collection.  It's all '70s an '80s inspired (but in a good way).  Not only did I pick up a few of these two tone tights ...
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Make your own super-sized spiderwebs!!! Just paper & scissors. Decorations, games, and fun to follow! Spin the spider on the spiderweb even. Link in bio to make this amazingness!
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Sustainable halloween costumes – dressing up capsule tips! See our archive post, link in bio. We love this one!
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Two autumn bakes to warm up the soul, see our new post, link in bio.
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Slow Sunday = simple and relaxing leaf rubbings. All you need are some leaves (very newly picked or pressed ones), think copy paper, and a writing tool. Make tjem@into cards to send to loved ones. ️ Link in bio for full post.
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The best way to avoid pre-bought Halloween costumes that aren’t environmentally friendly… make your own! But finding the time is another thing. So why don’t you make superhero leaf masks this year. Go for a walk. Collect leaves. Press them this weekend, and then decorate them in a week or so. What a great way to embrace Autumn and have fun! Totally free too. Your superpower, a creative & cool solution! 🦸‍️ 🦸‍️ 🦸‍️🦸‍️🦸‍️ Link in bio from @soloskates lovely post a few years ago!
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Pretty sure pumpkin season is in full effect. Try our Pumpkin Laksa, yum!
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Do you know our gorgeous #babyccinoboutiques ? This one, MookieMerino offers a premium and luxurious baby sleep bag made of pure organic merino wool. @mookiemerino is award-winning sleeping bag is perfect for all four seasons, lightweight, safe, extremely soft on the skin and unisex.
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It’s World Mental Health Week this week, which is a wonderful opportunity to talk about our children’s mental health and how best to support our kids through their emotional ups and downs. In the research @courtneyadamo did on adolescence for her Tweens & Teens e-course, @intheloop.teens she learned that it is normal for mental health and self-esteem to plummet at the onset of adolescence and puberty. Adolescence is a huge developmental period where children’s brains are being reconstructed, their emotions are supercharged, their bodies are changing and they are charting a path away from their parents, leaving behind the comforts and familiarity of childhood. If you think about it, it would be strange if our tweens and teens didn’t feel confused, anxious and self-critical at some stage in this developmental period. These emotional ups and downs are completely normal. Despite knowing this, it can still be incredibly difficult to see our children sad, anxious or angry. Sometimes their big emotions can make us uncomfortable or want to retreat. So what exactly should we do when we see our children struggling? Link in bio for some recommendations Courtney’s gathered from the research she’s done… #worldmentalhealth
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Delicious Apple Muffins. Definitely what we want for today and the week ahead (if they last!). Link in bio for recipe.
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
5 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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