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While some piles of snow have melted off the streets, we are trying like crazy to get in some more outdoor time. We even pulled out our bikes, and a new bike that we got dad for his birthday! We’re supposed to have a balmy day tomorrow so we are looking forward to the weekend. Enjoy!

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*sigh* still some snow abound…when will it melt?

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.. we were on a mission to find some hot chocolate, and stumbled upon the Ritz Crystal Room at Remember When Antiques. The kids were just happy to peel off snow suits and settle in to a hot cup of cho – but the adults enjoyed checking out all the clothes and items from the 40s and 50s. It looked like an old theater house to me… and there were still a lot of holiday decorations abound; like sugar plums from the 40s that I seem to remember seeing at my grandmother’s house way back when.
How do they keep the dust away from these little tchotchkes? I do love the dresses…

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We LOVE Jacob Riis and Robert Moses beaches but were itching to try something new. Friends told us about Sunken Meadow State Park and we had to check it out. It is a bit rockier and has less waves – but it was great to feel like we were on a new adventure for the day. We do love how many great programs they seem to have during the summer and the park and recreation people who came out to explain the sealife to everyone!

I have been pining for salt water beaches lately and – while Sunken Meadow was fun – I’m longing for the sound of crashing waves before summer ends. My husband promises me he’ll play waves via his iphone next time we go to the lake. I have to admit, it seems like a great idea!

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look how rocky it is! (ok basically I will use any excuse to shoot Zoe's cute feet)

look how rocky it is! (ok basically I will use any excuse to shoot Zoe’s cute feet)


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Need something to do with all those recycled bottles? Create a place away from the sun, perhaps? STUDIOKCA did this at Governor’s Island:

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There always seems to be some new huge sculpture to explore off of Park Ave in midtown (53rd street in this case). At this age it’s easy to entertain my kids with these giant touchable things while we walk through the city.
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Ezra and his class had a march around the block one day during school in honor of Earth Day. They spent a few days making hats out of recycled things – then proudly marched around the neighborhood wearing them and holding their eco-conscious ideas on signs. I was so proud when I saw his sign insisting on ‘more electric cars’ to keep the trees happy (and – according to his sign – it will also prevent stick figure people from falling over and bleeding in the streets!)
As the sign says: “Gas cars is killing us!”

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photos from ohhappyday.com

Since we’ve had a couple warm days this week I must admit, I wasn’t perusing blogs like I usually do. But these little gems did catch my eye and I had to share. Have a great weekend!

– Zoe is so into watching flowers bloom this season, I’d love to make her this hat.

A dad does hair with a vacuum. I could’ve used this for Zoe’s dance recital!

– Performance art meets soliciting on the subway. This is hilarious!

– Pretty little girl’s room.

– A very cool consignment shop in Virginia.

– Have your heard of quilling? Amazing!

– Cutest pinterest page ever of kid’s stuff.

– Time to build this in our garden – our kids would love it.

– Can’t wait to take Ezra to this fuel efficient car show. (Thanks Jill!)

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This creative mamma has found something to do while baby sleeps (or doesn’t sleep?) We made a birth announcement similar to this when Ezra was born but didn’t continue it in a series, and didn’t get this clever.

Photos by Adele Enerson.
This one right here… the cheeks. They kill me.

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Ezra is reading his 3D book on Monster Trucks, excited that he and a friend will go to the Monster Truck Jam this weekend. I worry about the noise, and his ears … but he is over the moon. And I’m looking forward to having an evening of tea party and princess movie watching with my main girl Zoe.

Enjoy the weekend everyone, and meanwhile here are some of our favorite things from perusing our favorite sites:

– This yummy brunch is making me yearn for warmer days.

Here’s a fun kid activity to do while indoors – some science with food coloring.

– The dry version of our food coloring project will be this – great powder photos!

– When stuck indoors, we love to make stuff out of cardboard boxes left in our recycle area. (Remember our halloween costume?) Here are some more great ideas of how to reuse your cardboard stash.

– Speaking of cardboard reuse, my kids consider this clever little guy to be a cardboard rockstar.

– We once made a dollhouse out of a UPS box. I confess, I’m nuts about dollhouses and I love when they are created out of something unexpected like this and this.

– Our neighbor from Just Arting Around created a fabric using her own fingerprints!

– A very cool sushi-themed birthday party.

– Mmmmmm some delicious takes on kale. Clearly our foodie neighbors are as home bound as we are, but they are eating well.

– Need some kosher stuffed potato skins for Superbowl Sunday?

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Instagram shot by Ben Blair.

– Oh how I want to be Betty. I need to take the kids to Paris soon.

– YUM hot chocolate made with coconut milk!

– Have you seen these fireflies in Japan?

– E and Z’s dad deserves this great new mag for dads.

– I tried to design something like this in college but it didn’t turn out nearly as great.

– Get ready for valentine’s day – send some love in a box.

My stylist friend from Martha Stewart taught me that grey and white are great in kids’ rooms (or anywhere else). Here’s a great example.

Living small is a virtue.

– More beautiful bird nests.

– Something new I learned about this week: vertical gardens.

– Can I live here please? And Ezra will take the car.

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