10th Avenue Square: Kids are gross


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As lilStrange and I walked along The High Line Park today we came upon 10th Avenue Square, it is one of the High Line’s most beloved design features, and a favorite spot for my kids to run around. The 10th Avenue Square has wooden seating steps with windows that allow visitors to look out over 10th avenue. It’s formed by the High Line’s dramatic crossing over 10th Avenue.

So, on this beautiful October day in New York City, lilStrange was playing Peek-a-boo behind one of the pillars and was surprised to see I was taking her photo. She then proceeded to lick the glass window, not just one little lick, but a big huge lick cleaning the window for good. Who wants to wager that I will have a sick kid this next week?

Kids are Gross


The ABC’s of NYC



Walking through New York City with kids an urban alphabet slowly appears, with colorful ABC letters from subway signs, billboards, graffiti and more. This fun photo project has slowly developed over the past few months from my daily walking commute with my kids. It is a stunning celebration of the ABC’s visual diversity, as seen on the streets of New York City.


Introducing Solids, when baby eats with Beech-Nut


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Both of my kids had their first tastes of real food when they were six months old, on the dot, of their “six month birthday”; not a day early or a day late. Thinking back to these significant milestones in my kids lives, I was doing exactly what their pediatrician recommended. But, other than the date on when to introduce solids to my kids, their pediatrician did not give me much more information about babies’ first foods. A recent survey on infant nutrition found that 34 percent of parents who currently have a baby, or are expecting, say they don’t know when to start solid foods*.

Not really knowing what I was doing when transitioning my kids to solids, I decided to give each of them sweet potato, and by seeing their photos below you can tell they both enjoyed it. I felt introducing a root vegetable first would help in them not rejecting the solid, and I believed like 94 percent of parents believe that introducing infants to a variety of vegetables will help them make healthy choices as an adult*. Here is a great list created by Beech-Nut: Seven First Foods to Make Your Baby Smile

First tastes Sweet Potato

Beech Nut Baby First Foods

Food has never been an issue for my kids; they eat and love everything I give them and they seem to be upset when the food is gone. Their favorite quote is “I’m still hungry!” However, my biggest challenge is making sure my kids are getting the key nutrients they need during the first years of their life, and offering foods that contain protein, omega 3’s, iron, calcium, fiber, and calcium. According to the same survey, 48 percent of parents surveyed agree that there is not a lot of information on infant feeding and transitioning to solids*. Beech-Nut is stepping forward to try and provide parents with easy-to-use resources on infant nutrition. The first steps toward a future of healthy eating.

To learn more check out Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now on their new blog.

*Beech-Nut conducted a survey of 200 parents (with an infant under or 2 or currently expecting) to find out where exactly parents are stumped when it comes to starting their babies on solid foods.

This post was sponsored by Beech-Nut but all opinions expressed here are always my own.

Robin Hood at The New Victory Theater


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Robin Hood the Prince of Thieves and his Merry men and woman, steal from the rich to give to the poor. They do all the wrong things for all the right reasons, while laughing along the way. This amazing cast of four actors play over a dozen different characters from Robin Hood, to a sassy Maid Marian, a noble King Richard, a villainous Prince John, a likeable Little John and the sneaky Sheriff of Nottingham. This production of Robin Hood from the Seattle Children’s Theater, at The New Victory Theater, is a bit modernized, fast-paced and totally funny, my son who is almost 5 had the best 150 minutes spent at the theater ever.

Robin Hood The New Victory Theater

The New Victory Theater

My son loved the audience participation “Long live Robin Hood!” we booed the Sheriff of Nottingham when he cheated in the potato sack race and he held his breath during the real sword fights. During intermission make sure to head downstairs, so your kid can participate in their own Silver Arrow Challenge, just like Robin Hood and Maid Marian.

The Silver Arrow Challenge

After the show you can also do a meet and greet with the amazing cast of four, Hans Altwies, Basil Harris, Hana Lass and David Quicksall were all lovely.

Robin Hood Seattle Childrens Theater
Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood opens the 20th Anniversary season of The New Victory Theater, through October 11th 2015, and tickets start as low as $15.

For more information and tickets check out the web page here.

Thank you New Victory Theater for providing tickets to My Strange Family for the Robin Hood show, but as always all opinions expressed here are my own.

National Public Lands Day, Saturday 9/26


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National Public Lands Day is coming up tomorrow, Saturday, 9/26, and is the perfect time to find your park by participating in the nation’s largest single-day volunteer program.

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

You can check out all the ways for you and your family to participate in National Public Lands Day, in order to help preserve and protect our national parks, by clicking here.

If you are in NYC, here are the top five local National Parks, Monuments or sites.

  1. Statue Of Liberty National Monument
  2. Governors Island National Monument
  3. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
  4. Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site
  5. Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument

Fountain near Castle Clinton National Monument with the Statue of Liberty in the background

Governors Island National Monument

Art on display at Governors Island National Monument

For more info check out FindYourPark.com There’s something for everyone!

Hotel Transylvania 2 at Bronx Zoo


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We had a wonderful day at the Bronx Zoo celebrating Hotel Transylvania 2, with Sony Pictures and KidzVuz. My son was very excited to meet the characters. He had worried the movie would be scary, but he was not frightened of the characters and is now looking forward to seeing the movie! Besides meeting the characters we had a lovely breakfast with the gorillas, a VIP educational bat presentation and made a Drac mask. When we arrived home, my son couldn’t wait to surprise his dad with his Dracula teeth and wonderful cape!

Hotel Transylvania 2
Bronx Zoo

Visiting the Bronx Zoo is one of our favorite activities. We love riding the monorail and searching for the tiger and other animals. The recently remodeled Children’s Zoo is our favorite. For 50¢ you can buy enough food to feed many of the gentle animals, as long as you ration it out to your child one piece at a time! Otherwise, one animal will have a feast! The new pathways are covered with a human-made spongey bark-like product that can make pushing a stroller a bit difficult, but it is much better than gravel or sand. We enjoyed the bug carousel and Dippin’ Dots – our traditions! We are sad that the dinosaurs are no longer at the zoo. It is well worth it to buy the All-Access pass since so many of the special activities require an extra charge if you don’t have the All-Access Pass.

Thank you Sony Pictures and KidzVuz for a fun filled day at the Bronx Zoo.