All Aboard! The Morgan on Lake George

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Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to his daughter, “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.”

The Narrows Lake George

Lake George

After spending the long weekend at Lake George I wholeheartedly agree with Jeffersons statement. Lake George, is a long, narrow lake located within the majestic Adirondack Mountains, in upstate New York. The lake has 395 islands scattered throughout crystal clear waters, where a majority of them are protected by the state.

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Lake George, nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, has been a popular North East tourist destination, resort center, and summer colony since the late 1800’s. The Sagamore hotel opened in 1883 and served an upscale clientele.

The Sagamore Lake GeorgeWhile staying at The Sagamore in upstate New York we took a scenic boat ride on The Morgan.

The Morgan Lake George

The Morgan

All Aboard! The Morgan is The Sagamore Resort’s 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel. All hotel guests are able to take a 90 minute unforgettable Lake George boat tour experience. To see some of the best views up close that the Adirondacks have to offer, plus the tranquil beauty of Lake George.

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Enjoy the surrounding Adirondack Mountains as you sail in style across the lake’s clear waters and into the narrows. Our cruise aboard The Morgan was included in The Sagamore resort fee. H was so excited when he spotted The Morgan from our hike along the nature trail.

The Sagamore Nature TrailMake sure to take a scenic boat ride on your next trip to Lake George, you will get to see so much more from the boat, than you can see by car.

yellowchair: Private social network, to meet real people, in real life {Guest Post}

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yellowChair is a private social network that specializes in hosting intimate one-of-a kind dining experiences for food enthusiasts in New York City. Founded a year ago by Corey Sandlofer, the goal of Yellow Chair is to connect local foodies through exclusive dining events that take place at hip and trendy restaurants and hotels across the city.

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I had the opportunity of attending the Celebrate Your Mom with Champagne and Eclairs event that took place at the swanky Park Hyatt Hotel, located across the street from Carnegie Hall and a stones throw away from Central Park. I received two tickets and was so excited to go, yet I had no one to accompany me. I was in a conundrum. Should I cancel and go when I had someone to go with me or brave it and go alone. With champagne and cake being served, I would make an exception and absolutely go.

Like most people, I tend to shy away from attending dinner parties alone because 9 out of 10 you’ll end up barely speaking to anyone and you’ll just count the minutes until a decent amount of time has passed when you can politely excuse yourself. That was not the case here.

The moment I sat down I knew this was something different. I was immediately welcomed by the women at the table and found myself surprised that I could be surround by strangers who I genuinely wanted to know more about, and who wanted to know more about me. We came from all walks of life and various backgrounds which made for organic easy going conversations. It felt great that I came alone.

Yellow Chair Champagne and Eclairs event

For this event Corey arranged for us to sample 6 different delectable eclairs that were perfectly paired with 3 different wines and champagnes. A few of the eclairs I sampled were lobster roll, pistachio, and chocolate fudge topped with edible gold flakes. Delicious! The entire afternoon was a great way for me to unwind from such a hectic morning and would continue to relax me through the evening way after I got home.

Eclairs at Park Hyatt NYC

The idea behind yellowchair is great because it isn’t geared for one particular person. You can be a new to the area or a native, seeking new connections or just trying something new, single or involved, man or woman. yellowchair’s perfectly curated dining experiences are designed to bring all types of people together in an atmosphere that’s surrounded in lively conversation, laughter, relaxation and of course food. And the best thing about it is you don’t need a plus +1, you’ll meet new friends there!

If you would like to experience yellowchair dining event for yourself they are hosting a East Meets West dinner on June 17 with more events to follow.

Thank you yellowchair for tickets, and for Valerie founder of Mommy R+R for covering this event for My Strange Family. It looked like a fabulous event.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts so it is fitting that the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is located there. Following Geisel’s death in 1991, his wife, Audrey, authorized the Springfield Library & Museums Association to create the national memorial. The project cost $6.2 million, and is a perfect memorial for such an iconic international figure to adults and kids alike.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist, known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He published over 44 children’s books in his lifetime, his most popular books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Seuss is often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter.

Dr. Seuss Cat in the hat

In 2016 the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will be opening in Springfield, Massachusetts. This new museum will include a highly interactive literacy-based exhibition featuring beloved Seuss characters as well as exhibits honoring Theodor Geisel himself and the community which fostered his early development and creative genius.

Thing 1 Thing 2 Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!
Dr. Seuss Sculpture GardenWhat was your favorite Dr. Seuss book growing up?

 

Quiet time with LEGO Classic, keep building

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LEGO is a line of colorful interlocking plastic brick toys, that can be connected in many different ways, to build objects. LEGO toys come with building prompts or you can create whatever your imagination desires. Anything constructed in LEGO can be taken apart again and again, and the pieces can be used to make other objects. Growing up we always had LEGOs around the house, but I remember my dad playing with them the most. He would build castles and ships, following all of the directions closely, and then my sister and I would play with the finished product.

Growing up I remember my dad playing with LEGOs the most

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My son has owned multiple DUPLO construction sets, but he mostly spent his LEGO playing time building and breaking, with little focus on creating something. I would always buy sets that were age appropriate for him, not wanting to challenge him too much, but allowing open ended play. I liked keeping the pieces bigger because of the baby. However, when the baby takes a nap I am always looking for “quiet time” activities for my 4.5 year old. He loves painting, squishing Kinetic sand and playing with Play-doh, all of the activities I prefer the baby not get into. After attending the Mom 2.0 Summit and meeting with LEGO, I decide start buying the more challenging LEGO sets for him during this “quite time”. His first set is the LEGO classic, to encourage him to #keepbuilding.
LEGO Classic #KeepBuilding

My son only needed assistance sifting through the LEGO Classic pieces

The first time my son played with his new LEGO Classic set he only asked for assistance in sifting through the pieces, and a few block corrections here or there. He quietly sat at the dining room table for almost 2 hours, following the LEGO Classic building directions, piece by piece. He completed three projects from the direction book, all by himself, I was so impress. When I told my husband, he did not believe me.

#KeepBuilding with LEGO

His LEGO tee is from Hatch for Kids

By his second sit down he had finished all of the projects with directions in the provided LEGO Classic booklet, and asked if he could use my computer to find the final three LEGO on-line building instructions. He now enjoys taking his creations apart and putting them back together again, faster, and looking at the instructions less. I learned so much from watching him, about his attention to detail, and high level of concentration. His searching for the correct piece improved with each attempt, and he no longer needed my help. He was so proud when he completed each building activity, and I was proud of him.

My Strange Family LEGO #KeepBuilding

We already have a trip scheduled to go to the new LEGO Flatiron District store to pick up the next size up box of LEGO Classic, to keep him entertained for another week. I might even try my hand at creating something spectacular with the LEGOs next week too.

Thank you LEGO for gifting my son this box of LEGO Classics, from Mom 2.0 Summit.

Huggies Snug and Dry #UltraHug

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My kids love spending time outside in the sun, every new playground we visit is an adventure, discovering new ways to climb and slide on the equipment. Their time outside makes them feel like great explorers and I love watching their imaginations work.

Enjoying the astroturf Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park Spider

As a family we love hanging out in Washington Square Park, the park has three different kid play areas, a dog run, bathrooms (key for NYC), tons of live music, people feeding pigeons and a fountain. We go to this park as a family at least once a week sometimes more. When the weather is better we will be going more, because the kids love wading in the fountain to cool off.

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The best part is all of these things in Washington Square Park are free, and this applies to many of our favorite local parks, playgrounds, beaches, and recreation centers. These places bring my family so much joy, and now it’s time to give back with Huggies!

So My Strange Family nominates Washington Square Park in NYC for the “Spread the love with Walmart Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Hugs” campaign. You can also participate in the campaign by nominating your own favorite local community project by uploading  an #UltraHug selfie of you and your baby to Twitter or Instagram, and visit the campaign landing page.

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Campaign details
From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers!