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Halloween 2017 recap

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
When my toddlers choose costumes that I either can’t buy (hello, amazon...failing me, here) or they don’t come “infant” sized (im talking about you, moana) then what happens is that I'm stuck improvising with a glue gun, grommet trimmings, buckles, kitchen towels, felt, and crochet ribbon...  But seriously, with these "costumes" it was hard NOT to indulge because a) it was pretty left-field for a 3 year old to be michael jackson from specifically the "bad" video and then b) Moana - which I THOUGHT would be an easy find turns out - nope - disney had some drama with the whole moana costumes and decided to spend their marketing dollars on Elena of Avalor (really? whyy) so I was stuck making both.
Michael Jackson and Moana...making the weekend Halloween rounds
 the end result looks pretty photo-ready!  what you don't see is nyla's wardrobe malfunction that kicks in immediately after we left the front door lol. but I got the photo!

Yes, her "skirt" is two beige .99 felt squares I sewed together and glue gunned lace topped crochet ribbon trim I got at Michael's.  her top and sash is a $5 kitchen towel I found in the housewares dept of Century 21.  The orange geometric print was a no-brainer and that rooster on the end? I just said it was Hei-Hei. SOLD!  Oh, and that necklace? yup made that too.  jewelry department had a 50% off sale on beads and pendants. add some fishing wire and some clasps and wala, necklace of Te Fiti.  someone pass that mom crafter of the week trophy over to me.

Brookfield Halloween Bash
Honestly thought this was such a letdown compared to the previous two years.  Yes, last two years was bit of chaos but I did love that the stores opened up for trick or treating. This year the stores bowed out (which made it felt a little snobbish - really Gucci/Tori Burch/Bottega/Saks/etc?? can't give out candy to the kids?)

there was some long line with an activity center in the Winter Garden and then they tried to split things up throughout the mall but brookfield is no typical things not in the main center just seemed like afterthoughts.  Also if you have anyone under the age of 5 with the shortest attention spans known to man then you can pretty much nix any "attraction" with a line (ex: photo booth, costume runway catwalk)  All my girls did was run around and find the folks in the green shirts who were giving out candy.

Westfield Trick or Treating with Unicef
Westfield however saved the day when they partnered up with Unicef. this surprisingly hidden secret of an event was so laid back and had NO LINES and consisted of pumpkin decorating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, photo booth, and a selection of stores participating in trick or treating.  

See Moana having a janet jackson moment? lol.. thank goodness i put her in a swimsuit top!

Harvard Club Halloween Family Brunch
This was a last minute decision but it was a nice way to get into the spirit of halloween—the history of the club's architecture and decor along with the thunderstorms outside just added a nice touch.  The halloween buffet was beautiful and plentiful and was almost a prelude to a thanksgiving spread. It's club policy to not use your cell phones but we snuck a few in (plus i just think you get a pass when it comes to kids events..). There was a magician and a professional photographer taking portraits but we haven't gotten the photos yet! It didn't feel crazy and maybe something we'll do again next year.

Oh by the way, here's Winter's costume inspiration. She's obsessed with the "kids video" of bad and I admit, so am I. It's hilarious yet so good.
Winter's costume consisted of a black tshirt and black leggings, Red pleather ribbon, leather grommet ribbon, and .99 buckles from the bargain bin in the trimmings store. Throw in a hot glue gun (and burnt fingers), knee high socks with cut holes in the foot and additional buckles and we have a good semblance of an MJ outfit.  She already had a leather jacket so i safety pinned the grommet ribbon to it to accessorize it even more.  her hair is tied back with the front gelled down as much as i can get it "down".  And finally, we finished off her look with sparkly pleather black sneakers. Who's bad?!

We capped off the halloween festivities with actual trick or treating in our building. Much different from my usual house to house rounds in the suburbs when I grew up but at some point we will trek out to a brownstone area of the village or neighboring brooklyn when I know they'll have the energy and adrenalin to do it up.

Free to Breathe brooklyn

Monday, October 23, 2017
On October 22,  we took part for the second year in a row, in the Free to Breathe walk for lung cancer. My agency is a sponsor and our good friend Nicole is in the organization so we support where we can. 

There was face-painting and pumpkin decorating, as well as music by a local DJ and other entertainment on event day! Kids 10 and under were invited to participate in the fun run but we opted to conserve our energy for the walk across the BK bridge. 

Checking out MOCA for the Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017
This was a random fun activity that happened to coincide with a free weekend we had with the girls while their "pop pop" was in town. Its always fun discovering things you probably wouldn't actively seek out but are willing to give it a shot b/c its "family friendly".  I also like it because it just exposes us to a different aspects of a culture we might not be familiar with.

The Museum of Chinese in America was celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a fun filled afternoon of drop-in arts and crafts, storytelling, and a mooncake tasting.  Not only did we get a very cool brush painting class taught by a master artist but the girls got to make stamps, glow in the dark necklaces, and taste mooncakes.

We started out the day checking out a launch at Little Giants NYC - a cool kids store in city point, (downtown) bk

making necklaces
Winter painted this panda herself!

Winter's first day of pre-K

Monday, September 11, 2017
Last week Winter, started her first day of Pre-K.  It was probably more exciting for me than for her because it marked our first unofficial start to a real school year.  I feel like pre-K is more for us parents - it doesn't really count to a child's academic record but it gets us parents prepped for full-on parent mode having to deal with school holidays (and weather closings), afterschool activities, and parent teacher conferences.   Socially, there wasn't much change for her, as her preschool class all migrated to her pre-K class. There were a few new faces to welcome to the class but it added to the excitement of the day. Just to mark it as a special occassion, I made pancakes and had a proper breakfast (instead of our usual bowl of cereal). There were the obligatory pictures And because I want to note this down somewhere for me to look back on here, we go:

Date: Sept 7, 2017
Age: 3
Winter is in: Pre-K
Teacher's name: Ms Nina & Ms Lisette
Loves: dancing, drawing, and playing sports
Favorite food: M&Ms, pizza, and ice cream
Favorite book:  Madeline, Dragons Love Tacos
Favorite movie: Trolls, Moana
Favorite song: Billie Jean & Bad by Michael Jackson 

29 Rooms with Winter

Saturday, September 9, 2017
We missed out on the museum of ice cream but equally cool is Refinery29's 29 Rooms which came to Williamsburg over the weekend.   Winter and I headed over to experience this interactive funhouse of style, culture, & technology, brought to life by a group of global artists, celebs, influencers and commercial brands.  If you love instagram, this is the event for you.

 Winter's favorite part was probably the ferry ride and free ice cream afterwards, but she was game to hit a few of the rooms that had manageable (or no) lines.

 My tiny sidekick was also my photographer. Yay!

 Didn't want to leave the foam pit. obviously.
 Some tips if you're headed to 29 rooms with toddlers or anyone with little to no patience:

  • bring snacks. the lines were long for some rooms so also...
  • be prepared to commit or wait (the snowglobe room I REALLY wanted winter to do was a 60 min wait. no thanks.)
  • you have 3 hours to make it through so pick your 3 favs to hit them up or do what we did which was...
  • roam until you see a short enough line and go for it
  • bring multiple portable chargers for ipads/phones (ipad for toddler-waiting-distraction)
  • if you can swing an umbrella stroller that will probably make your life easier and not have to hold toddler. but be prepared for tight spaces or lines with people giving you side eyes
  • it's hot. dress appropriately or layer up/down.
  • go with an open mind and just have fun.


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