Stay home this Valentine’s Day- Gift Guide {GIVEAWAY}

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and if you are still looking for some fun gift ideas for your special sweetheart look no further. All these gifts would be great for spending a cozy night in with you loved ones. I am also excited to be giving away some of the following items over on Instagram. So click here to find out how to enter, or click on the below image.
Valentines Day Gifts

My Strange Family Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

  1. Plum Print– known for their keepsake art books, also sell folded notecards. Your kids artwork is printed on the front and an Artist credit is given on the back. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day cards for you kids class, close family and friends, or lovely cards to send sweet love note all year round. (GIVEAWAY Pack of 24: $35)
  2. Chasing Fireflies– After Christmas I have become obsessed with matching family pajamas, so why not add some fun Valentine’s Day ones into the mix for a fun night in. The pajamas from Chasing fireflies are comfortable and wear great after multiple washings.
  3. Vosges Dark Chocolate Renegade Truffle Collection– Words can’t describe how amazing these chocolates taste, and one is never enough. These dark chocolate truffles are infused with flowers, roots, herbs and spices from around the world. The black heart box is pierced with rose gold spikes, inspired by the courage and bravery required to seek and accept true love.
  4. Teleflora Sweet Thoughts Bouquet with Red Roses– For beautiful flowers that will last way beyond Valentine’s Day Teleflora is the place to shop for sweet smelling modern arrangements. This year Teleflora also has a Love Note Concierge hotline (1-844-IT-IS-LOVE). Anyone who calls into now through February 12th (7 AM – 11 PM EST) to the toll free line will be coached on writing a love note for their Valentine! Additionally, for anyone who calls into the Concierge and requests to purchase a Teleflora Valentine’s Day bouquet, will automatically receive a 20% discount. (GIVEAWAY $100 Gift Card)
  5. Famous Footwear slippers– When spending a Valentine’s night in with your loved ones, you want your feet to be warm and cozy. Famous Footwear has a large affordable selection, you deserve it. (GIVEAWAY $20 Gift Card)
  6. Minted Art Prints– I love Minted and they do more than just personalized photo cards. Minted has a huge selection of fine art framed prints, they provide a marketplace for independent artists who might not have gotten their art in front of such a large audience.
  7. Sephora lip gloss– Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss, this lightly scented lip gloss in a universal pink shade for a beautiful smile. Plus you can personalize the packaging for a great Valentine’s Day gift.
  8. Chromecast TV– Spend a night in, with your current crush casting one of your favorite romantic dramas. From Google, this cast device can stream your favorite entertainment from your phone or tablet straight to the TV. (GIVEAWAY one Chromecast)

Check out this What is LOVE? video from Teleflora

So if you want to be entered to win all of the following- a Pack of 24 cards from Plum Print, $100 Teleflora gift card, $20 Famous Footwear gift card and a Google Chromecast head on over to Instagram and find the above Valentine’s Day Gift Guide image to enter to win.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Benefit

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is extremely family friendly, I love taking my kids there to discover ancient civilizations, learn about great artists old and new, and gather ideas for them to be inspired to create their own artwork. This past September The Metropolitan Museum of Art created #MetKids where kids near and far can explore The Met using an interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids asking question they are curious about, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in a digital time machine, discover fun facts about works of art- from dragons to dancers, and from mummies to masks, try out creative projects for at home or in the galleries and stay up-to-date with the #MetKids blog.

MET for Kids

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is huge, and we could easily spend multiple hours and days there trying to see everything it has to offer. So having a membership helps our family see multiple exhibits, over different trips, a few times each year. lilStrange was three weeks old when she visited The Met for her first time, and based on the pictures in this post A Day at the Museum, she slept the whole time. We also love going with Mema and Papa when they are in town.

MET with Mema

The Met Family Benefit is great for the entire family

One of the best events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art each year is the Family Benefit. Now in its twenty-fourth year, The Met Family Benefit is an evening of fun, dancing, and entertainment for the entire family. This year’s theme is Time Travelers, travel back in time for a sensory trip to ancient Egypt, and learn how our ancestors told time- from the earliest sundials to the elaborate clocks and watches of the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. The evening will include gallery visits, art projects, curatorial demonstrations, and dinner and dancing at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

MET roof

The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites you and your family to join them for this treasured Museum tradition, Thursday, February 4, 5:30–8:00 p.m.

For additional information & ticket pricing please visit www.metmuseum.org/familybenefit

Trader Joe’s Japanese fried rice hack

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“It’s Trader Joe’s for dinner,” this statement rings true for most nights in the My Strange Family household. All of the frozen meals from Trader Joe’s are easy to make and perfectly portioned for our family of four. My kids are huge fans of the Japanese fried rice with edamame, tofu and seaweed, but I feel it lacks a bit of substance to stand as a full meal on its own. So, I add more ingredients from Trader Joe’s, to the fried rice.

Trader Joe’s Japanese fried rice hack

  1. One Bag Trader Joe’s Japanese style fried rice (in the frozen section).
  2. Whole bell pepper (in the loose fresh produce section).
  3. One package of Trader Joe’s shelled soybean edamame ready-to-eat (in the packaged fresh produce section).
  4. One package of Trader Joe’s organic baked tofu (I prefer the teriyaki flavor).
    Trader Joes Japanese Fried RiceNow just chop up the bell pepper and tofu, stir fry them together. Add the frozen fried rice. Once the rice is thawed mix in the shelled edamame. Then dinner is served. Plus everyone eats it without complaint!

Trader Joes Fried Rice HackWhat is you favorite frozen dinner from Trader Joe’s?

Post no Bills

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Walking around New York City you will start noticing the same phrase posted over and over again on construction sites, “Post no Bills”. This statement comes from an era before electronic communications, and one way to advertise, was to “post” or put up on buildings “bills” or advertisements. “Post no Bills” meant please don’t clutter up this space with your advertisements. Also many cities’ laws forbid the posting of handbills, or any type of signs on public property.

The thing about the “Post no Bills” signs in New York City, is they are all different and have become an art form in themselves.
Post No BillsCheck out my other New York City photo series ABC’s of NYC.

Winter Ready with Joovy Balloon Stroller

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It snowed in New York City all day today, and it resulted in over two feet of fresh white powder. The kids loved playing on the roof in the snow until they were cold to the core. They tasted the fresh snow, made snowballs, attempted to make snow angels and had such a great time that they insisted on going out and play in the snow again before bedtime. You can’t makeup those smiles on their faces!

Blizzard 2016 New York CitySo now that winter is officially here, I had Dancing in Carseats create a winter ready collection with some of her favorite things!
Winter Ready Joovy Balloon Stroller

1) Sunglasses Tom Ford – “Madison” $230
Protect your eyes this winter from the flying snow and the bright sun reflection off of the snow.

2) Umbrella – ShedRain WindPro $30
Rain or snow this umbrella will keep you protected from the elements.

3) Cell Phone Case from Casetify $40
Casetify is a social design service where you design your custom iPhone/iPad cases with your Instagram photos, and they use their patent-pending technology to turn it into a real case.

4) North Face Arctic Parka $224
The inner lining contrast color on tis coat is that perfect winter pop of color that I am always looking for wishing the sea of all black coats.

5) b.o.c. Boots $155
These boots might have to be saved for the springtime, I would not want the snow ruining them.

6) Wedgeood Vera Print Travel Coffee Mug $26
The gorgeous design is what drew me to this mug, plus if you make your own coffee at home you are saving money and time.

7) Diaper bag – Dash Signature SkipHop $65
Dash sports a hip, city style and great functionality. With 11 roomy pockets, there is space for everything baby needs, and a zippered compartment for mom and dad’s personal items. The bag includes our patented Shuttle Clips, allowing it to quickly and easily convert from a shoulder bag to a stroller bag. When attached to the stroller, you can leave the shoulder strap attached or remove it for a cleaner look. The Dash includes magnetic closures throughout and a comfy shoulder pad.

8) Joovy Balloon Stroller $200
This new lightweight full-featured stroller from Joovy is only 12.7 lbs, has easy handling for lifting in and out of the trunk, onto the bus, or train. You can stroll with direct eye-to-eye contact with the reversible handle for moments when you need easy access to your baby. The Joovy Balloon stroller has a huge UV canopy with an extra-large UPF 50 canopy. Available in six vibrant colors, but I think the blue is perfect for this New York City winter.

What would you add to your Winter Ready dream list?

Swirl Studio at Children’s Museum of the Arts

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WEE Arts at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City offers kids five and under music time, story time, and art time. This drop-in class is great for families that can’t commit to a semester of classes, but still wants a high level professional class for their wee ones.

CMA Collage Kids

#lilStrange stole her brothers space tee from Milk on the Rocks

Collage Kids: Gluing shapes, textures, found materials, sparkly objects, buttons and more… or just watch it drip.

Blocks Rock: Building is an important part of three-dimensional thinking and each session includes block construction and magnet tile manipulations.
CMA Blocks Rock

Mini Music Makers: All sessions include a fun-filled music time with classics, originals, drumming, story-time and more.
Mini Music Makers

Swirl Studio: The spinning top is one of the world’s oldest toys found in all cultural circles of the world. Spinning tops rotate in three dimensions around a single point, the point being the part you balance upon. The Spun Chair is a fun and functional chair that lets you rock side to side or spin around, designed by Herman Miller.
Spun Chair Herman Miller

The WEE Arts at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City is one hour and fifteen minutes of pure fun, learning and creativity. We can’t wait to go back again and explore more of the museum.

CMA Art Mirror

CMA Art Mirror. 2015 by Daniel Rozin