Our Yearly Pick

When I was younger, I could remember quite vividly the yearly trip my family and I would take to the apple orchids. My siblings and I would pick so many apples that we could barely carry them all back to the car with us. Sometimes we went with other friends and family, sometimes it was just us. But I do remember it was something that we all looked forward to year after year. It was a family tradition of ours and I loved it. We always made sure to stop in the farmers market for hot cider and warm donuts, go on the hay rides, and if it was late enough in the season, we got our pumpkins that day too.

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I remember the minute we would come home, my mom always made apple “cake”, not pie, from a recipe in a big white flour covered cookbook. She still makes it today and it is something we all look forward to. We would carve our pumpkins immediately and usually leave them on our porch till the day after Halloween. My mom always decorated our front windows no matter what holiday or season it was, and still does so today especially for my kids. These are the memories that I recall as a child, and now as a parent am recreating for my own children. They may not be done so in the exact way as my family and I did, but we have our own now, our own traditions.

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Jason and I are experiencing sweet yearly to-do’s with our children and it is only until now did I realize how organically this has all been happening. We never discussed before we had kids that each year we would take them pumpkin picking or apple picking, get our fresh Christmas tree each year from the corner deli,  these have all just sort of happened.  And as the years go on, the kids grow older, I am starting to notice they look forward to these outings and get excited about them. I love having these sort of holiday, changing of  the seasons rituals with my family. The minute the chilly air hit last week Ryder and Siella were pulling out all of the Halloween decor I have hiding in my over stuffed china closet. And I love watching how excited they get when we cover our front door in skeletons and cob webs. Or when Ryder pulled out the haunted house he made when he was 3, or the ceramic halloween plates they decorated last year at Color Me Mine.

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Our outing last week was to Wightman’s Farms in Morristown. We went with our good friends and their children as well. The day was filled with fun, laughs, and a ton of apples. Peaches too! The kids practically ate their way through the orchids. Although the farm had plenty of pumpkins, we decided to wait to pick them later this month, that way they will withstand Halloween. The kids were so excited with our crop, we went home and made fresh apple “pie”, not cake. I also promised Ryder that we will find a recipe for apple cider too.

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I love the fall season, these sweet memories we are making, and so looking forward to the winter and holiday months ahead.

                                Happy Fall everyone! xx 



Sunday Swoon: Funky Legs + Contest

Our good friends over at Funky Legs are having a super fun contest I think you, well your children, should enter. From tutus to tights, Funky Legs offers the most hip and stylish legwear for your littles. My girls adore their tutus and are always quick to style one of their outfits with a fun pair of leggings made by Funky legs.

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So what if I told you your child can help design a pair of tights for Funky Legs! Let your child become fashion designer for the day. Simply download this sheet of blank tights and draw their favorite design. The winning design will actually be produced in the FALL 2015 collection, and will also receive one week worth of tights!

Here’s how it works:

Draw their dream tights. Then they upload it and tag #funkylegs #strollerinthecity to Facebook or Instagram. Or you just just email me the design. Have fun designing and good luck!
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New Skin Regime + Giveaway

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I will be the first to admit my skin care regime has pretty much gone down the drain since having children. It’s something I’ve put on the back burner until recently. As I’m aging, I do realize that now is the time to stop ignoring my skin. I recently attended an intimate event last week… Read more »

After School Crafting

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Siella has always been into arts and crafts and the start of  preschool this year has sparked her interest even greater. She is only in school for a few hours each morning so we still have the afternoons free before its time to pick up her big bro Ryder from school. I found fun patterns… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: Smokks

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I am so excited to share with you this weeks Sunday Swoon featuring Smokks. The story of how Smokks was born is probably one of the funniest stories I have ever heard. It makes me laugh because I am now traveling a lot these days and feel the same way about when Jason’s dresses them… Read more »

It’s Gonna Be OK

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For the past three months, I have been concerned about Ryder, anticipating the start of first grade, fearing whether or not he would be ready for the transition.  About a week ago, only days into the new school year, his teacher informed us that Ryder was struggling a bit, and he would be placed in a Reading Recovery Program.… Read more »

Sunday Swoon // Lot801

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Fall has literally crept up on us over night here in NYC. We now need light jackets, long pants, and no more sandal type shoes. If there is one basis I stock up on for both my girls, it would be leggings. Leggings are a staple in our house and they are probably worn almost… Read more »

Community Of Moms

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I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I first realized the sense of a “mom community” when Ryder, my… Read more »