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I call these photos Instagram sacrifices. I know it won’t get a lot likes on its own but I like how it looks in my overall feed. So this pretty cup of coffee will take one for the team.
If you are wondering what Harlow carries in her purse, she's got a macaron shaped lip balm, a phone I made for her out of construction paper and tape, and a wedding picture of Mike and me. The other day she switched purses and forgot to transfer the picture (I think we can all relate to the feeling of something important being left behind in a purse transfer) and got upset when she realized it was missing on the way to school. I tried to convince her that she could live without the picture for a day but she countered with, “No, I can’t! I look at it all the time!” At her teacher’s suggestion, I emailed her another picture and she had it printed out by the time class started. Thank god for modern technology. You can read more about Harlow’s progress at kindergarten drop-off on the blog today! Link in bio.
On that back wall, people were sticking post-its of all their hopes, dreams and passions. Mazzy’s post-it? “I don’t like pink.” Way to stick it to the wall, Mazzy! My daughter (aka @pinkinnyc) is turning into quite the rebel. 🚫💗🚫
Thank god it’s finally getting colder around here. When we went apple picking a couple weekends ago, it was about 90 degrees. Also, I’m unsure if Harlow dragging the wagon is a welcome or unwelcome development. It’s nice not to have to do anything but man, do we move sloooooowwwwww.
One of the things I've been thinking about lately, is that when it comes to Instagram and my blog, I tend to hide behind the adorableness of my kids. It's much easier to post cute pictures of Mazzy and Harlow or talk about them to excess than to turn the focus on myself. I read an awful comment about mom bloggers once that said something like "These women have nothing interesting happening in their own lives to talk or write about until they have children." I don't think that's true, but it made me think. It’s not that nothing was interesting in my life beforehand, I just didn’t have the confidence to write about it. Plus, social media wasn’t really around so no one would have listened. I envy the younger bloggers who were writing before they had children, who already established themselves as interesting on their own. Now that my kids are getting older (I mean, they are not THAT old yet but I see how quickly it goes!), I've been thinking a lot about who I am with and without them. What becomes of my blog? Who is it ultimately about? Maybe it's me.
This is Mazzy and Harlow playing "Name that Tune" during dinner the other night. Just to be clear, Mazzy ultimately won more rounds than Harlow, but Harlow got the first few so quickly that Mazzy and I were both SHOCKED. I mean, she needed literally ONE BEAT of “I’m Still Standing” before she was able to identify it. Watch their full game plus the rest of Vlog 11 on YouTube! Link in bio.
Some mornings you just need to watch TV on the floor while eating toast.
I started a new blog series all about children's books with a brand new regular contributor! Please give a warm welcome to Lauren Davis from @happily.ever.elephants, a mom and library media specialist, who will be blogging on Mommy Shorts every other Wednesday. We're going to take turns sharing our favorite books. Check out her first post about her family’s favorites at the link in my bio!
The most frequently asked question I get on Instagram is... "I'm coming to New York! Where should I go??" When you've lived in NYC most of your life, this is a very complicated question with many different answers depending on a variety of factors. What neighborhood are you staying in? Are you coming with kids? How old are they? How old are you?? Are you more interested in culture or food? Tourist spots or where people in NYC really go? What kind of cuisine do you like? How much do you want to spend? And so on and so on. People tell me I should write a blog post about it, but it's too much for a blog post. Which is why, yesterday, I announced a new blog SERIES— The Mommy Shorts Guide to Manhattan! I'll be posting a NYC-centric post with my recommendations, pictures, and detailed descriptions every Thursday. If there are any specific topics you’d like me to cover, please let me know in the comments below. If you are from NYC and think something should be on my radar, let me know that too. You can read more about the series at the link in my bio!
On a random afternoon, I surprised the girls by taking them to @ChuckECheeses straight from school. Oh my god, you would have thought I’d told them they won a million dollars, they were so excited. We rode the subway there, played arcade games until they had enough tickets for some prizes in the bottom bins and ate pizza for dinner. I'm a thin crust pizza person and I must say, they make a deliciously crispy thin crust pepperoni that we all inhaled as soon as it arrived at the table. When we got home, Mazzy stayed up late to finish her homework with no complaints. Mom of the Year, right here. #ad
Mike and I got married in Sonoma for no other reason than it is one of the loveliest places we have ever been. We brought our family and friends all the way across the country so that they could experience it too. A few weeks ago, we went back for our ten year anniversary, visiting many of the same places we remembered from our wedding weekend— the wineries, the restaurants, the picnic spots, the farms... taking note of all the people who had chosen Napa and Sonoma as their place to retire. It seemed like an idyllic plan. We are so saddened by all the wildfires that have devastated and continue to devastate the area as well as other parts of California. We hope that the winds die down and the fires stop soon so that no more lives, homes and businesses are lost. We hope that this might add to the growing and heartbreaking evidence that climate change is real and needs our attention. If you’d like to donate to the Napa and Sonoma County Fire Relief Fund, I put a link in my bio.
If Mazzy was left to her own devices, she would wear jean shorts with either her green flannel shirt or her blue Super Star tank top to school every single day. I have to battle with her daily to consider the numerous other items in her closet, but NOPE, she's not interested. You'd think this would mean she'd take special precautions to keep these clothes stain-free, but that's just not how she operates. "10 Stains I Can Guarantee My Kids Are Going to Make Before They Make Them" on the blog today. Link in bio. @clorox #sponsored
Harlow has been coming home complaining that kids at school call her “tiny.” I told her that “tiny” isn’t a bad thing but she still doesn’t like it. So we role played. I would say, “You’re so tiny” and she would respond, “So what? I’m small and mighty.” I hope she uses it the next time.
I took Harlow to the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park the other day. It was a ‪Saturday at 11am‬ and we were the only ones in there, which made the experience even more surreal than it already is. The fish spin, move up and down, and light up as classical music fills the space. It was a short experience (2 1/2 minutes for $5 each) but something beautiful and different. Harlow loved it. If you are visiting NYC, it is right next to the ferry station for the Statue of Liberty, although it’s inside a metal structure so you probably wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking for it. I recommend one parent taking the kids while the other waits on line for the boat!
Every summer, the two swans who live in our creek have four or five babies and none of them survive to make it to the fall. This summer was the first year we didn't see any babies so we thought the swans finally gave up. We were wrong! Mike spotted five swans early this morning! I guess they hid their babies all summer and now they look like teenager swans! Swipe left to see one. Maybe they'll get to grow up with Mazzy and Harlow, who I might add, are starting to look more and more like teenagers too.
Do not be fooled by kiddie roller coasters at traveling carnivals. They might not go up very high, but they are bumpy, jerky and just as nauseating as the big kid rides.
Have you ever seen a more graceful check for splinters?
Everybody always asks me if Mazzy and Harlow ever fight. They do. They are fighting today. Mazzy has a friend over and Harlow wants to play with them too. It is not going well. The older kids are playing room mates in a fort and there is not enough room for three. After lots of tears from Harlow and discussions with Mazzy about being inclusive, I finally got Harlow to make a fort in another room, gave her supplies to call it a store and invited Mazzy and her friend to shop there. They got all excited, said Harlow had a cooler fort than they did and then Harlow refused to sell anything to them. Now they are fighting again. Play dates with an odd kid out are TOUGH.
Total sensory overload at the @britandco pop-up shop in Soho. I went yesterday to check it out on my own and had to go back again today with Mazzy because I knew she would love it. Each dressing room is decorated to represent the five senses - this one is sight. You had to find the frog. Mazzy found it after about five minutes of searching. Then she went back in to show her friend and the frog was gone. Someone must have stolen it with the express purpose of driving the next person CRAZY. Also, if you zoom in and look at my hand in the mirror, I am holding a crumpled napkin, a cupcake that Mazzy had dropped on the floor and Mazzy’s jacket. #momlife Kudos to the @littlemissparty team for everything they did to help set up the event! #creategood
Maybe I should do a blog series called, “Most Instagrammable Breakfast Spots in NYC.” This is Sanctuary T in Soho. Any place that serves rock candy with their coffee instead of sugar makes the list!