Summer in the City

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The first time running through an open fire hydrant is memory I hope my son will have for the rest of his life. It’s like a “City Kids” right of passage to run through the cool water spray on a hot summer day in the city.

Summer in the City

It’s a taxi car wash

Fire Hydrant in NYC My Strange Family City Kid Open Fire Hydrant in NYC

I did call 311 to notify them of the open fire hydrant, and I learned that 1,000 gallons of water can be wasted each minute! I hope this will be the last time we see this waste of water, but my son had a blast playing before the city shut it down.

 

7 Items from Flying Tiger for $2

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Flying Tiger is a Danish design store offering a quirky, ever-changing selection of their own-designed products at surprisingly affordable prices. The look of the store is simple, colorful, with a Scandinavian touch.

Flying Tiger Copenhagen Logo

They recently opened its first store in NYC’s Flatiron district, and I am totally obsessed. Flying Tiger has a feel of IKEA but only selling extremely discounted, novelty items, toys, office supplies, kitchen, accessories, textiles and personal care items. Kinda like a fancy 99cent Store.

At Flying Tiger, the inventory changes up every month, and 90% of the items are priced below $15. After doing a fast walk through, here are a few of my favorite items priced at $2.

7 Items from Flying Tiger for $2

Hair ties Flying Tiger

Hair ties

Wiggly eye rings Flying Tiger

Wiggly eye rings

color bowl plate Flying Tiger

colorful bowls and plates

Fish tea cups Flying Tiger

Fish tea cups

Hairbrush Flying Tiger

Hairbrush

Mask Book Flying Tiger

Mask Book

Strawberry Jars Flying Tiger

Strawberry Jars

You need to check out Flying Tiger Copenhagen if you are in the Flatiron District, your bank account will thank you.

Online game: Star Stable for the horse lover

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As a kid I loved playing simulation type computer games. I created cities and destroyed them, I built awesome loop-de-loop roller coasters and had a whole online family, that I had to make sure were happy a few times a week. So when I heard about Star Stable, an online horse game, I was intrigued, just like a kid again.

Star Stable

Star Stable is an online game where players from around the globe explore a magical world on horseback. Every player rides, cares for their horse, solves quests, participates in competitions, and takes part in the ever-evolving Star Stable storyline with new features, plots and twists added each week. Star Stable is a large multiplayer online role playing game, for PC/Mac that promotes fun, creativity, and engagement in a safe and positive virtual world. I would recommend it for kids aged 7 and up.

Once I started playing Star Stable I was placed in Moorland Stables, where Justin Moorland gave me instructions on the basics of the game. After exploring the Moorland Stables, spending some Star Coins on food, clothes and horse gear, Jenna, another stable girl had me complete my first task, to show that my riding skills are “safe”.

I passed the ridding test, so got to explore outside of the gates, I met a blacksmith who wanted me to help find his lost tools, a cosy picnic spot and an abandoned construction site. I wanted to explore more but my horse was getting tired so I needed to make my way back to the stable. You can only care for your horse at stables, barns, and other certain areas.

However, I was kinda lost and had to use the “Call for a Pickup” button, it took me back to the home stable, just in time. Over time I know I would become familiar with the maps and navigating but on my first few uses I was quite lost. I was also a bit confused on how to care for my horse, but once the horses mood was back to happy I received a message saying “Daily caring for your horse complete”. Because it was not easy at first, I would recommend Star Stable for kids 7 and up so they will not be frustrated.

My Star Stable

I did not participate in the chat features but I feel these would be a fun social experience for tween aged girls. Star Stable uses Crisp Thinking to automatically moderate and monitor all chat, and to ensure a safe and fun environment while playing Star Stable. Crisp Thinking chat moderation and profiling community platform prevents the online exchange of personal information, and actively filters out “bad” words and trigger phrases.

I had fun playing and exploring Star Stable and I can see the learning and development benefits for your kids. Players can learn social skills and problem solving by facing challenges in an ever-changing world. Star Stable encourages reading and engaging with fiction, as well as developing a sense of responsibility from money management to caring for their own horses.

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The first five levels of Star Stable are free to play. Players who want access to the complete game experience can become Star Riders with a paid subscription, which gives them access to the entire world of Star Stable’s mystical lands, features, shops and evolving stories. Star Riders also receive a weekly allowance of 100 Star Coins to spend or save for stylish clothes, accessories or equine equipment.

The fees are broken down as follows:

$7.49 per month (no subscription)
$19.50 for 3-month subscription ($6.50 per month)
$31.99 for 6-month subscription ($5.33 per month)
$69.95 for lifetime membership
Star Stable works on Mac or PC and can be used with any internet browser.

I was compensated for this sponsored post and received Star Coins to help facilitate in game play, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

Set in Stone

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The kids hands are now set in stone at their grandparents house. HWS is four and clearly a lefty, and LMS is two and right handed. They picked their jewels to be placed into the concrete, with their little handprints, to be a memory stepping stone.

Set in Stone

Bayside: A day at Mission Bay San Diego

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Growing up my family spent many weeks camping at Campland on the Bay, in Mission Bay San Diego. We would always go with all of the cousins, and we coined ourselves “Campland Cousins”. So I was excited to take my own kids to Mission Bay, with their cousins, when we were in California for the summer.

Campland on the Bay

Campland Cousins


Campland Cousins

Campland in the 80’s

With its calm and contained water, the swimming areas in Mission Bay Park San Diego attract families with small children, or people who are timid in the ocean. However, the trade-off for gentle water can be the bay’s murkiness compared to the Pacific. Luckily we went on a fairly clean water day, so the kids enjoyed splashing around and going on a walk together around an mini island when the tide was low.

Playing in the water on Mission Bay

Walking around Mission Bay

It was really easy to find FREE parking lots, next to most of the swimming beaches in Mission Bay Park. We even snagged a picnic table near public restrooms for our fun day at the Bay. My son also enjoyed his first ride on a tandem bicycle with his uncle, and a kayak ride with his auntie.

We also did our part in picking up trash, to keep the bay clean.

Mission Bay clean up

lilStrange chowed down on some fresh watermelon.

Watermelon at Mission Bay
We got a lot of sand and sun, but most of all we had a great family day bayside.

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60 years of Disneyland Silhouette Studio magic

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At Disneyland, a Main Street USA gem to discover, is the Silhouette Studio. The Silhouette Studio opened at Disneyland in January …

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