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 There’s something for everyone!

French Toast clothing more than school uniforms


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My kids don’t have to wear uniforms to school, but I still like them to look well put together and sharp when they are attending school. I feel when kids dress “up” for school it promotes better behavior and an increase in student achievements, the focus is less on what everyone else is wearing and more on academics.

French Toast logo

Besides looking nice at school, I want my kids to be comfortable, so when I was asked to review a few items from French Toast I was excited to have my kids test the clothes out, for quality and comfort. The items from French Toast can easily be worn as an everyday school uniform ensemble, or individual pieces mixed and matched with items from your kids closet. I was first surprised by how affordable all of the clothing items on are, and most things are under $20, and even lower. Once I had the items in hand I was pleased with the craftsmanship and they fit my kids nicely. Plus after a few weeks of wear and washing, they have held up, with a kindergartner and a two year old that is quite impressive.

French Toast slacksMy son sported these easy pull-on pants for a wedding and to school a few times, they have a mock fly and button, two front pockets, and a single back pocket. Made out of cotton/polyester and machine washable. My son is tall wearing a larger pant size, but he is still in kindergarten and has a hard time with zippers and buttons so these slacks are perfect for him. $13

French Toast jersey teeThe basic long sleeve striped ruffle top just got a lot cuter with a ruffled bottom to keep lilStrange stylish and comfy from preschool to the park. The French Toast sizes go down to 2T and up to size 20 for your older kids. Made out of cotton blend jersey $10

French Toast layered poloThis soft “baby pique” mocked layered pique polo features a mock tee shirt that is visible just above the placket and below each sleeve. With a flat knit collar and single jersey fabric it’s both comfortable and fashionable. Made out of a cotton blend. $10

French Toast Play & Weekend Wear

I am excited to share that French Toast is working on an amazing play and weekend wear line, coming out next spring. They currently have a small selection of seasonal dresses. But in the spring, the casual wear line will be huge, and totally competitive with other more expensive children’s clothing lines out there. Here is a sneak peek of what I saw at the French Toast show room a few weeks ago. Tons of neon color and bold prints, I can’t wait to get my kids in these fun fashions next spring.

French Toast Play and WeekendHow do you like to dress your kids for school?

Thank you French Toast for the items and partnering with My Strange Family on this post. As always all opinions expressed here are my own. 

After school fun with Kick Flipper


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A few days a week I take my son over to Chelsea Piers for classes, and he loves to watch the older kids doing trick in the skate park. So when I saw the Kick Flipper at Sweet Suite I though it would be a perfect wheel-less board for him to learn and practice boarding tricks. I also like that the Kick Flipper can help my son in balance and coordination basics. Plus it is just fun to play on, even for adults.

Kick Flipper

Like a skateboard without wheels!

Kick it! Flip it! Pop it! Works on carpet, grass, or sand!

Tricks Kick Flipper

Kick Flipper is an excellent way to learn balance, footwork, and coordination basics that are essential for skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfboarding. Boys and girls in the five-to-teen target age group will have fun while perfecting beginner and advanced tricks. Kick Flipper users will not only exercise while having fun, they will increase levels of balance and skill, build muscle tone and cardio strength, and develop creativity and imagination as they create and practice their own awesome tricks. And, because Kick Flipper can be used on carpet, grass, or sand, beginners can safely learn techniques in their own homes and yards.

The Kick Flipper is for sale on for $20

What do your kids like to do after school?

I was given a Kick Flipper for review purposes, but all opinions expressed on My Strange Family are always my own.

Welcome to Kindergarten

I now have a kindergartner, another milestone to check off of his list. He is totally ready to start learning new things, and making new friends, even though he might be a bit nervous. His new school has over 900 students vs his last school that barely had 120 kids. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings for him, and to look back on this post at the end of the year, to see all of his growth.

First Day of Kindergarten

His fun no tie laces are from HICKIES

When you live in NYC you get to walk your kid to their first day of kindergarten, and you don’t have to wait in any car lines for pickup. The playground is on the school roof, there is a pool in the basement and every Wed they have a green market selling produce from their school garden. Besides those few things kindergarten is most likely just like every other in the States.

Here are a few questions I asked my son about himself:

  1. How old are you? 4 and three quarters (I did not teach this to him)
  2. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe (also his lovey)
  3. Favorite toy? Triple Lightsaber (newest toy)
  4. Favorite food? Chicken Fritz (ok)
  5. Color(s)? Red & Green (ever since Christmas)
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up? Fly an airplane (pilot)
  7. Favorite place? Six Flags (not Disneyland, sad face)
  8. What do you love to do? Ride rides (and pretend to ride rides)
  9. Food you don’t like? Cheese (he will eat pizza though)
  10. Favorite sport to play? Basketball (putting his height to good use)
  11. What hand do you write with? Left (next president?)
  12. Favorite movie? HOME (thanks Fox Home Entertainment)
  13. Favorite song? Kidz Bop (this CD has grown on me too)
  14. Treat? Chocolate anything (preferably ice cream)
  15. Favorite book? Star Wars (he did not specify which one)
Welcome to Kindergarten

Yes he is a lefty

And last but not least some photos of my husband and I with our son on his first day of kindergarten.

Walking to school NYC

Walking to school in NYC

My Strange Family First day of school

Sitting in the school auditorium with Dad

How was your kids first day of school?

Surrey rental on Governors Island


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If you have never been out to Governors Island you are missing out, just a 7-minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan, the perfect place to spend an afternoon relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Governors Island, an island in the heart of New York Harbor, was once an active military base. However, in 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of the island to the people of New York, today it is an extraordinary public resource with a vibrant mix of uses and activities.

My Strange Family Surrey Bike

This past weekend we went out to Governors Island and rented a 4-seat Surrey for an hour long family adventure. It was our first time biking together as a family, but definitely not our last. Riding around the island on a Surrey is by far the easiest way to enjoy and explore the Island’s unique cultural and recreational offerings.

Surrey rental on Governors Island

You can also get the best views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from Governors Island. The Island is car-free, and we peddled around it to see public art, historic forts and buildings, and a fun new Hammock Grove full of hammocks for relaxation.

Freedom Tower NYC

How did you spend your long Labor Day weekend?


Kinsa Smart Thermometers, one less worry


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I was introduced to the Kinsa line of products back in April, at the Mom 2.0 conference, and within minutes of …

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