• So after making our huge move to NYC and trying to get settled I needed some normalcy, something to do with the kids that gave us a little bit of feeling of home. Which was hard to come up with considering every bit of our lives had been turned upside down. So even while in… [Continue Reading]

    NYC, Still Loving the Library
  • We love to read in our house and I always love to find out about new books that other moms love or that have helped them. We have been big on reading to our kids since they were newborns and we still read lots of books everyday. It is a nice break and makes us… [Continue Reading]

    Books to love
  • I love to sit down, relax for a few and read away… here are a few fun blogs I have grown to love! They are feel good, uplifting and fun. The first one is http://www.handsfreemama.com Rachel is the mama behind this blog and her posts are always down to earth and seem to strike a chord… [Continue Reading]

    Blogs to love
  • When I first started to stay home with the kids and got into a routine and felt confident to get out of the house with two kids, I wasn’t sure where to go. Where would I take two kids? Have something for both of them to do? And not feel totally overwhelmed?? A mom I… [Continue Reading]

    Why we love the Carlsbad library
  • Hello and welcome! I am so excited to get this site up and running. Since becoming a mom four years ago and a full time stay at home mom when my second little one arrived, I have felt there is something missing in the mom world. I felt like there was no great resource where everything… [Continue Reading]

    Welcome to my site

NYC, Still Loving the Library

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So after making our huge move to NYC and trying to get settled I needed some normalcy, something to do with the kids that gave us a little bit of feeling of home. Which was hard to come up with considering every bit of our lives had been turned upside down.
So even while in temporary housing and now in our new home we headed off the the local library.

Here is why we love the NYC library system:

  • There are multiple locations and what is great is that you can borrow from one library and return at another one if you are in a different area or just visited a particular location for an event. This made life much easier for us as we explored different neighborhoods.
  •  All three NYC locations we visited had children programs each week. From lego time to story time we got to feel a little bit of normalcy again. It is something so simple but was a great way for the kids to know that life would be a routine soon enough and all would be good.
  • It is a great free place to stop for a rest while out and about or if you are visiting the city with kids and just need somewhere to unwind inside.
  • They have everything from toddler time to free tax prep to knitting classes and it is all free.
  • The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; often referred to as the main library is breathtaking inside and out with a great history, research area, exhibits and many events year round. It is well worth a tour, has a great children’s area and is located adjacent to Bryant Park, another favorite place of ours in the city.The NYC library has a wonderful website with all you need to know: http://www.nypl.org nyclibrary

Books to love

Read Everyday

We love to read in our house and I always love to find out about new books that other moms love or that have helped them.
We have been big on reading to our kids since they were newborns and we still read lots of books everyday. It is a nice break and makes us all sit down and relax for a few. We read every night before bed too (a good way to help us all settle for the night!). I’ve used books at different times of  the kids lives as well to help them deal with a change or something that is bothering them.

These are a few of our all time favorites and ones I love to give as gifts for new moms or birthdays:

On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman is quickly becoming an author we love. Her books are simple, brilliant and beautifully illustrated.
On the Night You Were Born by  is simple, precious and is wonderful for a baby shower or birthday gift. It has a great line ‘that celebrates the one and only you’ that will make your child feel special every time you read it. We have been literally reading this every night in our house the last few weeks.

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Love You Forever
My next favorite is a classic… If this book doesn’t get to the heart of how much we love our children at every stage of life then I don’t know what will. It is hard not to tear up reading this one. It is such a simple book with such an amazing message to parents and children alike. My kids go for this one often at bedtime.

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Are You My Mother?
Our next one is so fun and a classic. It is simple and has a cute storyline. It is one my kids love to now “read” to me as they have memorized it. The baby bird is born and sets out to find his mother who has gone to get him food. With a fun happy ending it leaves the kids with a reassured smile each time.

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Blogs to love

Believe

Believe

I love to sit down, relax for a few and read away… here are a few fun blogs I have grown to love!

They are feel good, uplifting and fun.

The first one is http://www.handsfreemama.com
Rachel is the mama behind this blog and her posts are always down to earth and seem to strike a chord just when I need it. She aims to live a hands free life and focus on what truly matters. If you feel rushed or like you just aren’t connecting with what really  matters you will love her inspiration. Her posts are heartfelt and help you stop and savor the life that you have. They have truly helped me to stop and be more present with my kids; maybe not every time as I would like but she has made a big impact on the way that I parent. She has a recently published book as well that I just started and is just as great.

Another blog I love is http://www.designmom.com
This is a fun site created by a mom of 6 and designer. She does fun home tours, birth stories, crafts section and more. The home tours are my favorite and I love getting to see a glimpse into another moms home and life. It is a refreshing and fun site. Always upbeat; worth a look at!

What blogs do you love?
Which one seems to brighten your day, make you smile or are fun to read?

Why we love the Carlsbad library

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When I first started to stay home with the kids and got into a routine and felt confident to get out of the house with two kids, I wasn’t sure where to go. Where would I take two kids? Have something for both of them to do? And not feel totally overwhelmed??

A mom I met at the park mentioned the Carlsbad library and off we went that week.

Before Kiddos, I LOVED to read. I would devour  books in a night but then life happens and a book has not been read in a few years. I really want my kids to love reading so I was excited to check the library out. The library is a great fun way to introduce your kids to books and the love of reading.

So here are the top reasons we love going to the library each week:
1) Weekly puppet show; this is a totally free puppet show with a story time and a few songs the kids get to sing to. It is only 20 minutes or so just the right amount of time for the kids to be entertained but not lose it…It can get crowded and you need to get there a little early to get a ticket to get in (tickets are free)
2) The garden in the back of the Dove library location. Behind the kids area of the library is a nice garden. It has a gazebo to sit under, grass for the kids to run around in and is perfect to bring your sack lunch to for after the show or just some outside run around time for the kids while you get to meet a few new moms.
3) You can check out a ton of books for three weeks at a time and let your childs imagine soar; they email you two days before they are due so no worrying about missing a return date.
4) They have a GREAT children’s program for all ages. Weekly baby rhyme time, toddler and preschool story time as well as programs for older children.
5)Recently discovered for my husband who commutes to work; you can check out e-books totally free, online at home once you have your library card. Makes commuting a lot more manageable.
6) Special events each month celebrating holidays
7) Everyone who works in the children’s section is amazing. They are all extremely helpful and make the library experience a great one for the kids.
8) Free coloring sheets and crayons for the kids to draw with
9) It is all free! Gotta love that. (with the exception of the coffee cart outside that will make you a nice warm caffeinated drink; but that is well worth the money)
http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/departments/library/about-us/pages/dove-library.aspxreading pic

Welcome to my site

Baby hands

Hello and welcome!Baby hands

I am so excited to get this site up and running. Since becoming a mom four years ago and a full time stay at home mom when my second little one arrived, I have felt there is something missing in the mom world. I felt like there was no great resource where everything you needed was in one place. I started to work on a site for that and then life happens and we unexpectedly moved across the country to NYC and I realized what one truly needs; a good friend.

I am hoping to put information on here that may help you in one way or another. A great book, a tip that helps you out, but also a place to share your knowledge with other moms and maybe help them out too. One small insight from another mom or friend can be life changing for someone else.

We have recently moved across the country to NYC with two toddlers. So I will be sharing some of my life adventures and looking to build a place where moms can come to chat, get ideas and just support one another. Something I never realized how much a mom needs until the last few months, a friend and some support. So come along! I hope to share my life and get to know more about yours too!

I am excited to take this journey and would love for you to join me!