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 1956, so almost 60 years of silhouette magic. A silhouette is the side view portrait image of a person, cut from from black card, represented as a solid shape. Silhouettes became popular in the mid-18th century. Before photography, a silhouette was an average persons art.

We were lucky enough to have Sylvia Fellows do lilStrange’s silhouette

Sylvia Fellows Disneyland Silhouette ArtistSylvia Fellows has been working at Disneyland as a silhouette artist since the 80’s. Fellows has created up to 434 images in an eight hour shift, I was completely amazed by what she created in under a minute. Her delicate hand-cut art captured the age of lilStrange at two perfectly.

Because they artists work so fast you don’t need to make an appointment to have your silhouette created, you can just walk in off of Main Street USA. The best part is they will store your competed masterpiece in the studio, for pick-up when you are leaving the Disneyland Park, later in the evening.

Pieces of cut paper, are stuck to a contrasting backing color, and framed

Disneyland Silhouette Art lilStrange

lilStrange’s Silhouette

Disneyland silhouette artists cut two mirror-image copies at a time. Each head costs $9 and the frame is $16. A great personalized memory for anyones trip to Disneyland.

I was not compensated for this post, just provided with tickets to Disneyland to help facilitate my posts. 

Thomas Houseago’s Masks (Pentagon)


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Thomas Houseago’s new commission Masks (Pentagon) will be on view on the Rockefeller Centers plaza from April 28 – June 24. The exhibit, was organized by Public Art Fund and is free and open to the public.

Masks (Pentagon) consists of five masks, each reflects a different approach to the stylized representation of the human face, from the clearly recognizable to the highly abstracted. You can view this sculpture from inside or outside.

Masks Rock Center

National Flip Flop Day with Vionic healthy flip flops


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Everyday should be National Flip-Flop Day, when your flip flops are as comfortable as the Vionic styles are. I got the opportunity to try out the new Vionic Tide II style in red and they are so comfortable, almost like walking on a cloud. Living in NYC, without a car, I walk miles and miles each week. My feet take a toll because of it, and I am always on the lookout for stylish comfortable shoes. Now that summer is here my feet need to breath, so fitting all of my criteria and being flip-flops is awesome.

Vionic Red Tide Flip Flop

Vionic footwear offers innovative, podiatrist-designed support built seamlessly into the sloe of the shoe. This innovative orthotic technology is based on more than 30 years of podiatric success and raving customer satisfaction.

Vionic healthy Flip Flop

Unlike traditional flip-flops which cause feet to flatten against their natural form, Vionic’s podiatrist-designed flip flops hug the arch of your foot helping to prevent plantar fasciitis. Great for after sports recovery and those with foot pain, the orthotic technology built into each pair is proven to help prevent and reduce pain in feet, ankles, knees and backs. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology offers the ONLY sandals recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Vionic.

Vionic Tide Flip Flops

Lets make everyday National Flip-Flop Day and have health happy feet!

I was provided with Vionic sandals to help facilitate this review, however all opinions expressed here are always my own. 

Beech-Nut more than just baby food {Giveaway}


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Real food for babies, inspired by homemade

Once babies are beyond just breast milk and formula, they need food. Real healthy nutritious food, to help their little bodies and palates grow. Making fresh homemade baby food is the best, but sometimes you are not able to get the best ingredients, or find the time to make homemade baby food. So, as a busy mom I am always on the lookout for the next best thing, when feeding my baby. Real food for babies, inspired by homemade.

Beech-Nut real baby food

Three generations eating Beech-Nut baby food

Beech-Nut baby food has been around for over 100 years. My mom was raised eating it, I even ate their baby food as a baby, so it only makes since that my daughter eats Beech-Nut baby food too. Over time, the product has changed a bit, for the better. The jars have a more modern sleek look to them, they are working with the Non-GMO Project and seeking verification for all Beech-Nut products, and they have some amazing organic flavor combinations, that my daughter loves.

Recently, a few popular baby food brands have come under fire for not labeling their foods properly and replacing nutritious veggie items with apple, pear or water. So, Beech-Nut is the first baby food brand to share it all, they let you know the percentage of each ingredient in all of their foods, just click on the flavors on the Beech-Nut web page to know the truth!

Real food for babies, inspired by homemade

Beech-Nut, not just for babies

I had an opportunity to sit down and have a meal with Beech-Nut at the Mom 2.0 conference, and at the end we were told all of our dishes used Beech-Nut baby food as one of the ingredients. Lets just say the food was amazing, and I want to share my favorite two dishes, with you.

Pear and black cherry vinaigrette with mixed green salad

Pear and black cherry vinaigrette

Pineapple, pear and avocado panna cotta

pear and avocado panna cottaThe best part is they are giving some lucky My Strange Family readers an opportunity to win $60 worth of organic Beech-Nut flavors.

Beech-nut baby food giveaway

(4) Cases of Beech-Nut organic baby food to ONE blog commenter


(4) Cases of Beech-Nut organic baby food to TWO Instagram commenters (Info on how to enter on Instagram)

To enter the blog contest, please leave a blog post comment- What new Beech-Nut baby food flavor are you most excited to have your baby taste?

For additional entries please leave separate comments for each!

  1. Like My Strange Family on Facebook
  2. Like Beech-Nut on Facebook
  3. Share post on Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway. Sample tweet:

“Enter to win $60 worth of organic @BeechnutFoods, Real food for babies #realmomsknow http://wp.me/p1IHBv-1cI via @mystrangefam”

Giveaway ends Friday June 19th 11:59 PM EST. Open to US residents only. Prize fulfillment will be sent by Beech-Nut.

Thank you Beech-Nut for providing baby food for review and giveaway.


Garnet Hill summer style


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The temperature peaked today and it truly felt like summer. With this warmer weather, I am on the lookout for cute summer styles for lilStrange. I was recently introduced to Garnet Hill kids, and I have become an instant fan of their fun kid fashions. Garnet Hill started by selling high quality, natural fiber, flannel sheets, by the fact that cozy flannel sheets could help lower heating bills. With todays heat, I am more concerned about our aircon bill.

Nowadays, Garnet Hill sells everything from sheets to accessories to fashion. In the kids fashion category they sell tons of exclusive items, plus a handful of name brand fashions like Little Lilly Pulitzer and Pink Chicken. The styles are unique and different than what all the other kids are wearing in the city, plus the quality is top notch.

Here are two of my favorite summer styles from Garnet Hill for lilStrange right now.

Tiered Knit Sundress – in Coral Tiers

This cheerful, everyday knit sundress is like a rainbow splash of coordinating colors. The dress is sleeveless with a racerback and soft, gathered tiers of cotton jersey. The tiered knit sundress is knee length and runs slightly bigger to size. My daughter is almost two and very tall for her age, I ended up getting the size 2 and it fits her perfect, and is totally long enough to fit her through the summer.
Garnet Hill summer dress Tiered Knit Sundress Garnet Hill

Ruffle Skirted BottomRuffle-Trimmed Rash guard – in White Floral

I fell in love with the White Floral pattern of this suit first, then learning that it has UPF 50+ sun protection, sold me. The swim bottom has a secure fit and the ruffle gives little girls a bit more covered up look, but it still has a bikini bottom underneath. The ruffled rash guard is nice and long, to keep my daughters tummy covered and free from the sun. I also picked a size 2 in this bathing suit, and it is already a bit small, so I would suggest on sizing up.

White Flora ruffle trimmed suit Garnet Hill

White Flora Ruffle-Trimmed bathing suit

Thank you Garnet Hill for providing My Strange Family with these sweet summer styles.

Last day of Montessori school


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Today was my sons last day of Montessori school. We are really going to miss this sweet, nurturing, beautiful school. But kindergarten is calling, and he is more than prepared because of his past year full of amazing experiences at The Montessori.

Last day of Montessori school 2015

Off he goes

Last Day of School Montessori

All smiles

Teacher gifts last day of school

Artwork he created for his teachers gifts

The best part was some amazing classroom moms organized an after school party in the park, and a guy making balloon art was there. H walked home holding his batman balloon sword high.

Batman Balloon Empire State BuildingNow to think of things to keep this kid busy all summer in the city.