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?