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Recap: Out of Office

Those first few weeks or months postpartum can feel like it’s all baby, all the time. And while we know that adorable little one requires a lot of care, we think mama deserves some lovin’ too. Thankfully, so do our friends at one of our favorite safe beauty brands, Beautycounter. Which is why they were the perfect partner to help us bring some new NYC moms an indulgent afternoon of beauty, fashion and wellness at our first WRNY Out of Office event.

There’s truly no better indulgence than giving yourself permission to focus on your skin. So to kick off our event at Birth Day Presence in Brooklyn, Beautycounter’s super-smart and savvy Mia Davis, head of health & safety (who’s also a new mom!), empowered attendees with some knowledge about the beauty industry and safe skin. Moms even got to dig into Beautycounter’s new cosmetics line to see that being safe doesn’t mean sacrificing performance.

Because eventually you do have to take off those yoga pants, we also brought in postpartum fashion expert Sasadi Odunsi of Bump Brooklyn to show off stylish options that are nursing, belly and teething-friendly. Jada Shapiro of Birth Day Presence addressed the mass of emotions that accompany motherhood, and Urbansitter was on hand to assist with those gorgeous little ones (some were as tiny as 5-weeks!).

In between speakers, guests posed for the talented Desiree Walters Photography in our Mom + Baby Photobooth, noshed on some healthy eats sponsored by Earth’s Best, and took part in some adult conversation--which, after a few weeks home with someone that doesn’t know how to speak yet, can be indulgent all on its own.

To sweeten the afternoon, there were major raffle prizes from Beautycounter, Loyal Hana, Urbansitter, LeSportsac and Bump Brooklyn. And every guest went home with a Hatch Things Sureshop bag (no more stroller tipping!) filled with goodies from Beautycounter, Bamboobies, Piyo Piyo, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Earth’s Best, LeSportsac and Bump Water.

A big thank-you to Beautycounter and our sponsors, as well as all those new moms who indulged us in a fabulous afternoon. We know, it looked super-fun, right? It was. Don’t worry, we’ll see you at the next one.

Photography by Desiree Walters Photography.

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.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

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!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

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.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

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.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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.

$121

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