We sure do love the Fall here in New York City, with it's crisp Sweater Weather, technicolor leaves and the taste of the holidays just around the corner. Oh wait! The holidays are just around the corner! And you don't have your holiday cards planned yet! Fall, slow down! We know, holiday cards may never have seemed important to you before, but now that you're a mama or mama-to-be, they're practically a requirement. And when we say holiday cards, we mean photo holiday cards because that baby (or belly) is just too cute to keep to yourself. Don't just do it for them -- do it for yourself. Because we know you're not printing those Instagram shots you swore you would. So your annual holiday photo shoot, and the beautiful cards you create from it, will be that one excuse to document your growing family, year after year. To help you get started on this beautiful holiday tradition, we've partnered with Minted to give away a 30-minute photo shoot in Central Park, 10-20 professionally retouched photos, and a $300 gift card to Minted.com to use for your holiday cards. The shoot will take place on Sunday, October 30 at 8:55am. Not in NYC? You can still win the $300 credit to Minted.com, even if you can't attend the shoot. We'll pick our winner on Friday, Oct. 28 at 12 noon. Hurry and enter below!
Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.
With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.
From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.
Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.
Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!
Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.
Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.
The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.
Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.
Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.
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My belly has been through some things.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (yep, severe debilitating pregnancy-related vomiting), the pregnancies of each of my four kids, the 65 pounds of weight gain I have endured with each pregnancy, stretch marks, Occupational Therapy for pregnancy pelvic pain, unmedicated childbirth, and of course, postpartum recovery.
It's my personal opinion that this belly deserves some love. So starting with my second pregnancy, I've relied on Belly Bandit's postpartum belly bands (which I own in three sizes) to help support my core, reduce swelling, and begin to activate my midsection after nine months of being stretched to the max.
Here's why I love Belly Bandit:
When we recognize kids' unwelcome behaviors as reactions to environmental conditions, developmental phases, or our own actions, it lets us respond proactively, and with much more compassion.
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