All posts tagged: children

Summer Activities That Work for Kids at Different Ages

It’s summer! That means little ones are home from school and there’s lots of time every day that needs to be filled! Or so I imagine. As you know, I don’t have any cuties myself, but I am an observer of humans, and that goes for little ones as well. They seem to me to have an abundance of energy and a lot of time to kill. So, I want to help out all of you grown humans in charge of them…

Scouted: Aruba

I’m always obsessed with the beach, but perhaps my obsession grows a little in the winter. We just returned from a vacation on the beach for New Year’s, and I’m already dreaming up our next getaway. If you are like me, here’s a warm, sunny option to consider….

Kid Approved Healthy Dessert!

Our wellness contributor, Tara Felice, has two adorable children who she somehow gets to eat dairy free, gluten free, vegan, paleo-friendly foods that have NO fake or refined sugar. And they’re HAPPY about it! So, I decided we MUST share one of her easy, healthy recipes for the holidays…

Cold Weather Activities for Kids!

When cold weather hits my first thought is to stay inside and hibernate. Unfortunately, children don’t have that tendency. The more they are cooped up, the crazier they act. The only way to fight the winter crazies is to burn off all of that energy! We are really lucky to live where there are plenty of outdoor activities in the winter time. My daughter loves to stay busy and I love to watch her experience new things, so I signed her up for a few lessons this winter. I’m a teacher, so my first instinct is to sign up for a class whenever possible. But, that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t teach your own child these activities. Also, if you have an older child who already knows how to ski or skate, lessons might not fit your needs. A family outing to the rink, park, or mountain could be your answer to the winter blues. We started off the winter with ice skating lessons. It was a huge success. My daughter is four and had …

The Making of a Holiday Card: Tear Free!

I don’t have any children myself, but I’ve learned from my friends that getting children to sit for a holiday card photo without anyone crying or refusing to look at the camera is like trying to find a Birkin bag on sale.  So, when I made myself the art director of my bestie’s holiday card shoot, I knew I had to come up with a new strategy. Based on my observation of children, they seem to like to run about freely and do whatever happens to interest them in the moment.  This gave me my strategy: we would shoot my bestie’s girls, who I can’t help but refer to as “the princesses,” in their natural habitat.  No one would be forced to look at the camera, and I would simply capture them being themselves: kids! Step 1: Determine the theme & pick the set: My bestie had the brilliant idea to shoot at a park in Long Island City, with Manhattan as our oh-so-gorge backdrop!  This gave me my theme, “Princesses in the City.”  How chic?! Step 2: Plan …

Festive Baking: Pumpkin Cookies with the Kids!

Ahhhh….Fall…Autumn…If you haven’t seen me on Twitter or Instagram, it is my MOST favorite time of year! Weather is getting cooler and that means lots of baking, which makes it such a warm and cozy season! With pumpkins coming into play, how perfect!

I loved baking with my kids as they were growing up

Hot Air I Don’t Care: Keeping Fit in the Heat!

You’re looking out the window, and the hot summer air is so heavy you can practically see it.  You’re thinking: “It’s too hot to exercise. Obviously, I need to wait until fall.”  Then, going on with your day, you reach into the freezer for your favorite summertime snack: full fat ice cream.  “Hmmph.” Sound familiar?  It turns out the summer is not a time for us to give up exercise, since we love to spend our days filling up on bbq and delicious summer treats (all while sporting our unforgiving, skin-tight swimsuit)!  But, have no fear!  I’ve got a new round of tips from our resident marathoner and athletic wizard, Stephanie!  She even gives us advice on how to keep our little ones active and healthy!!!  Here’s our latest interview: Andrea: Do you find it’s possible to still train hard outdoors in the summer?  If so, how do you make that work?  Are there health concerns to be aware of? Stephanie: It is definitely still possible to train hard outdoors in the summer. In fact, …