I’ve teamed up with Fisher-Price to offer expectant and new moms how-to tips for the nursery, creating baby zones in the kitchen, baby gear must haves, and on-the-go organization. These videos appear on the new Room to Bloom site and provide helpful tips for getting out the door with baby, where to put baby items in the kitchen, what tools you need to help you to keep baby occupied while you prepare bottles, and other must haves. In addition to the videos, Fisher-Price will post a series of blog posts that I’ve written especially to help new moms in all areas of the home and on-the-go. Stay-tuned as the blog posts are rolled out very soon. In the mean time, watch the videos for quick tips!
Whether your kids have already finished school or are just about to, summer is a welcomed time to kick back, relax and get some good quality family time in! Here are some tips to have you ready to go, at a moments notice, for the pool, beach or an impromptu picnic.
I’d love to hear your summer solutions. Please share!
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an event in “the city” (New York). The Mommybites Summit, touted “The Ultimate Moms’ Nigh Out” was held at the Faculty House at Columbia University. In all my years of living in NJ, I had never been to that part of the city. When I exited the subway station at 116th and Broadway, there were lots of vendors along the sidewalk. This isn’t unusual in NYC, but the fact that most of them were selling fresh vegetables wasn’t something I had seen before. I made my way to a local bookstore where I met up with a friend of mine, then we walked to a restaurant where we had hors d’oeuvres and conversation before heading to the event.
It was gorgeous night weather wise, so the walk to the Faculty House was enjoyable. We found the event with no problem and were graciously greeted by a very friendly “grandma” (I believe she was one of the hosts moms). We headed upstairs to where the keynote speaker, Hal Runkel, President of The ScreamFree Institute, gave his talk which started off with a very entertaining story about a Saturday morning trip to Waffle House that resulted in him yelling at his son while wearing a Waffle House hat and the entire restaurant watching through the floor to ceiling windows. According to Hal (and I do believe him!) it is possible to raise kids without screaming. Be sure to check out Scream Free Parenting, especially if you’re a stressed out mom or dad who is tired of being frustrated and is ready to take the control back by getting in control of oneself.
The event was co-sponsored by Britax and Lemi Shine. The exhibit “room” was full of mommy-related vendors along with lots of sandwiches and drinks. Who knew there were so many nanny services and photographers in NYC. Of course there are, but I didn’t expect to meet so many in one evening. That said, it was a fantastic night of meeting very enthusiastic entrepreneurs all servicing the mommy market. Here’s a list of the ones I spoke with:
HappyFamily provides fresh and organic snacks, frozen foods and finger foods for babies
Doodle Deels, just like Living Social and Groupon, but specifically for moms & dads with small children
Plum District, another site for savvy moms looking for a deal
MelissaShope4u, a personal shopper, wardrobe consultant & organizer. For information, call her at 917.842.6608.
Birth Day Presence, providing childbirth education, doulas and pre and post natal workshops. They also provide professional maternity and birth photography.
Portrait Bug, Snap n’ Scrap, providing portrait packages. They welcome walk-ins!
Woolly Boo, providing pure, safe, durable and comfortable sleep products for baby.
Play Together NYC, an alternative to preschool that believes in imaginative play
Music Together, one of my all-time favorites! My kids attended many sessions and it was a fun experience for all of us!
American Laser Skincare,” providing ‘beauty’ through technology.” Botox, laser hair removal and skincare products.
Viacord Blood Banking & Research to preserve your child’s umbilical cord blood.
Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness. Who wouldn’t want to workout in Central Park OR in-home. This company brings the gym to you, if you choose.
Body Align Physical Therapy. Julie Tupler helps moms Lose Your Mummy Tummy.
Gold Nanny Group provides customized Nanny matching for NYC parents seeking a caregiver.
Penelope’s People provides innovative caregiver placement.
College Nannies & Tutors. Check them out for nannies & tutors who are trained specifically in the field of childcare.
Empowering Resolutions is a consultation firm run by Aimee Torres, Esq. who is a Mediator and Nanny Success Coach.
Yellow Brick is a downloadable iphone app for moms and dads that helps parents to share local parenting activities while earning amazing discounts!
It was a pleasure meeting everyone and kudos to Heather Ouida, Laura Deutsch and their team for a well produced event!Read More
With warmer weather here and the school year nearing its end, now is a great time to clean out and organize the garage. Taking a proactive approach to this dreaded task (let’s face it, not much fun for most people–I get that!) will keep you on track so the next time you want to go for a bike ride or play a little soccer in the backyard, you and your family are able to find what you need when you need it!
During the winter, it’s easy to toss various items into the garage, leaving other things blocked by stuff that actually needs to be permanently removed from the space. For example, recycling and donations and outgrown toys and sporting equipment. Here are some simple strategies to get your garage space quickly organized so you can get out and enjoy family time together:
Once you’ve removed the obvious purge items (mentioned in step #1), use the GOPACK Method to further organize particular categories of items such as gardening tools, holiday items, sporting equipment, etc. It works!
I don’t know about you, but the promise of warmer weather has me motivated to get moving on spring cleaning projects. The first was to organize my garage so we could get to our gear as soon as the weather breaks. The bikes are ready, the tennis racquets handy and beach gear packed–so there’s some wishful thinking there, but we’re all set to go when the weather is warmer.
Here are five simple tips for organizing your household that will help you honor Earth Day and take steps toward simplifying: