Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales

15th April 2015

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MSG might be known for sports, but as a mom, I’ve become more familiar with the theater. (Did you even know they have one?) Throughout the year, they host many traveling family shows (over the holidays we saw the Grinch, and in February, Sesame Street Live) – so you should really bookmark them to watch what is coming up next. Just recently they hosted Feld’s Entertainment Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales. And luckily, The Moms invited Maximo and I to come get a sneak peek to tell you all about the show (don’t worry – it’s still running locally and coming to other locations like Pittsburgh and Boston over the next couple of months! Read more below.)

Tip: If you’re a Chase card holder like myself, bring it with you! You can get a kids meal for the show (including a hotdog, chips and juice) for only $2.50! What! No I swear, you’re not dreaming – leave that to Snow White. 

 Even Princes Get a Fairy Tale Ending

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The show includes three classic Disney storylines: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White. And before you go thinking, that’s a girls show, let me prove you wrong. (Maximo may have also enjoyed trying to give all the ladies poison apples a little TOO much.)

poision The Feld’s have entertainment down. The show is hosted by none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse (with the help of Donald and Goofy). Let me just say, this was the selling point for Max – he couldn’t contain his poker face as smiles took over every time Mickey popped up on stage. They leave no details untouched. From the costumes, to the special effects (try fireworks and a very realistic magic mirror on the wall!), to the beautiful attention to detail on the stage props – this show will really make the magic of these fairy tales come to life.

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Now, I have a confession to make. As a 33-year old female, who grew up a pretty serious tom boy, I didn’t exactly remember how the Beauty and the Beast storyline unfolded. We all know they end up “happily ever after,” but I just want to say as non-Disney addict, I was rather impressed with how they could capture my attention. The show is truly designed to please all ages. 

Who is Feld Entertainment

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Thanks to The Moms, we had a pre-show party with arts and crafts and a chance to meet the characters. Of course, Maximo wanted NO part of this – Dopey is kind of scary up close with that big head. But, I did get to meet the ladies behind the show. Alana Feld was there herself, as a mom toting her own daughter around just like us. She reminded me a lot of myself – combining work and motherhood. I think it’s important to see this aspect of entertainment and what we do. Women (and moms!) are out there working hard everyday, finding a way to tote their kids and making a living. I love to support mom-ran businesses, and you should, too!

Upcoming Shows:

April 16 and 17: Starting tomorrow and this weekend they will be in Long Island – so grab your tickets quick!

And Don’t worry Pittsburgh – Disney is coming to you on August 22nd!

Travel Safe with the GB Asana35 AP Car Seat {Giveaway}

14th April 2015

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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We travel a lot. And having a safe and trust worthy car seat is a huge decision for parents. Since we drive back and fourth on the highway from Pittsburgh to NYC, and then rush around in some of the most insane traffic in the world in this city, it gives me peace of mind to know my precious cargo is riding in comfort and safely.

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If you’re a new parent in the market for a car seat, I have a great little giveaway to offer you! All you have to do is enter the sweepstakes below. One grand prize winner will go home with a $500 $500 Babies “R” Us Gift Card. Second place: GB Asana35 AP Car Seat and GB Zuzu Stroller. Third place: GB Asana35 AP Car Seat.  Each week, two Sweepstakes participants will be randomly selected to win a $50 Babies “R” Us Gift Card, and one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $100 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.

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Vitality Breathes Healthy Life into Life Insurance

13th April 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for John Hancock. I attended an event and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Ok ok – you know how this goes:

Bad news:  Americans are, on average, five years older than their actual age, due to a number of health and wellness factors. Yikes!

Good news: Unlike your actual age, your Vitality Age can change with better diet, exercise and lifestyle choices. John Hancock believes you can get #5MoreNow—by recognizing you’re in control, and choosing to improve your quality of life and peace of mind today.

Making a Change

I’m not going to be the one to preach it, but let’s be realistic – if you want to be healthier (and we can ALL use an uptick), then you have to BE around healthy options and people. If you surround yourself with smokers, you’re going to smoke. If you surround yourself with health advocates, you’re going to want to be healthier.

Think about when you go out to dinner – if everyone orders wings and fries, do you ever get the salad? No you say – eh – YOLO! So, stop putting yourself in positions to make unhealthy decisions.

 You might be thinking, “here comes another company jumping on the bandwagon.” But ask yourself – is it really a bad thing that companies are taking an interest in our health and rewarding us for it? 

John Hancock Insurance just announced a whole new approach to life insurance that rewards people for healthy living. Developed through an exclusive, first-ever U.S. life insurance partnership with Vitality, the global leader in integrating wellness benefits with life insurance products, the innovative, new life insurance solution provides policyholders with industry-leading financial protection, as well as opportunities to significantly save on their annual premiums and earn valuable rewards and discounts for taking steps to improve their health. 

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Including a free FitBit when they sign up to help track their progress! (Seriously – I’ve been using mine. Let me know when you get yours and we can be FitBit friends to see each others progress – it’s great incentive to walk those extra steps everyday!) 

How Does One Get #5MoreNow

Well, funny you should ask! Here is NYC, there are just as many healthy options as there are bad ones these days, and John Hancock threw a small shindig smack in the middle of Grand Central Station to help us to locate them.

1. Juicing.

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2. Exercise.

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Helllllo a given! If you follow me on social media, you know I am a huge fan of Soul Cycle. And waking all over the city with my son. Now that I have a FitBit, I can see just how many steps I’m taking, and how many calories I am burning. Imagine how high those numbers are after a solid afternoon outside or taking a spin class. For some reason, seeing numbers on a screen are a great motivator. 

3. Downtime. 

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I’ve been to #theend and back. spent the entire day walking the beach and climbing rocks. Why is the sea seriously so good for the soul?! ❤️☀️Taking a moment to reflect and appreciate all the blessings of life. #montauk

We really don’t take enough of it, and this should be your favorite part. John Hancock is TELLING you to go out there and pamper yourself a little. That means a massage, a facial, a yoga class –  something to better yourself. We work ourselves to the bone and stare at computer screens way too much. Last weekend I headed to the Hamptons for a couple days of quiet and nature outside of the city. Even just 48 hours hiking, eating fresh seafood out of the sea, and soaking in the sun did wonders for my mental state.

Interested to learn more about the John Hancock | Vitality program? Learn more here.

4 Healthy Juices That Toddlers Will Love {Giveaway}

9th April 2015

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To juice or not to juice. That is the question.

Today it’s known that many “juices” that claim to be natural really aren’t, and they’re pumping so much sugar into these “healthy drinks” that really, it’s just best to give them water. And water you should.

But, I’ve been doing a lot of research for my job (and as a mom) and I’ve found that not ALL juices are bad – in fact JUICING in itself is actually incredibly healthy for you, and the closer to just eating a real orange you can get, the better. While making your own is always fun (and not as much work as you may think!) Some on-the-go drinks are really GOOD to grab on the way as well. 

Now, let’s clarify, juicing and a juice CLENSE are different. Children shouldn’t be forced and limited to just juice. These are my top picks for fresh, real juices (mother approved, toddler approved):

1. Naked

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Naked just came out with a new line of goodies and I’m really effin excited about them! My favorite cold pressed juice to grab on the go (or make at home) is Beet, Apple, Carrot, Lemon and Ginger. Until now, no one was making anything with beets unless it was a local NYC cold press juicery. Why is this exciting? Because I travel a lot, and I have a lot of friends outside of NYC that can now grab a delicious fresh drink in their stores as well. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I can actually grab something healthy on the road.

Another great one? Kale Blazer. This. Is. Life. Changing. This one is actually Maximo’s favorite and it’s PACKED with greens – PACKED! This is the best thing a mom can wish for when grabbing a juice on the go. Another bonus? Naked marks it right on the front how many grams of sugar are in the drink – but they are natural sugars from the fruit (beets are high in sugar FYI) and there are not added.

2. VROU

This one I have to give props to my girl Randi Zinn. Now, if you know Randi, you know that everything she lives breathes and promotes is good for your soul. The other day we were at Soul Cycle together and Varou was passing out their drinks for a post-workout cool-off. I immediately fell in love because (1) zero calories and packed with nutrients (2) it’s all natural and fresh and (3) they’re so delicious. With flavors like Cucumber+Lime and Lemon+Ginger, these are tops on moms list, but Max loves to sip them on hot days as well. 

3. Super Nutrition Shakes

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Ok, so like any toddler, Maximo can be an extremely picky eater. In fact, some days he doesn’t want to eat at all – he’d rather DRINK his meals. So, being a mom, I’ve had to adapt. At home, we just make delicious smoothies and juices (see below!), but on the go, I was concerned – how would they hold up? Thankfully some brands out there are one step ahead and make nutritional shakes for kids, like Happy Family and Sneakz Organic. These super drinks are full of veggies, nutrients and organic (and they come in flavors like chocolate so toddlers think it’s a treat!) so Max sucks them right down. I like to stock up on these to have when I need to grab one on-the-go. 

4. Make Your Own – Cooks Power Blender

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I know it’s impossible to make your own smoothies and juices everyday, but if you make it convenient and accessible for you to make them, you’ll do it more. Sort of like that “if you build it they will come” philosophy that Kevin Costner told us about a few years ago. So – set yourself up for success.

Step 1 – get a quick, easy blender. I try to keep things small and compact in this NYC apartment, so I love the new Cooks Power Blender from the JCP Home Collection. Max loves it too – he can push it down and watch it swirl and make noise on his own.

IMG_7513Step 2 – surround yourself with fresh fruit and veggies. When you shop in store or online, go directly to the fresh produce and pick up everything that’s in season or on sale. Remember, berries and fruit freeze well! So even if you don’t use it all – freeze! Bananas make a great staple ingredient in all drinks as well, and ALWAYS grab something green to blend in. Examples: Strawberry, banana and spinach. Blueberry, melon, pineapple, carrot and ginger. (pictured above: Banana, milk, Nutella). Get creative – see what you like/ don’t like and have fun with it.

{Giveaway}

Just in time for bikini season, I want you to enjoy juices with your kids as much as I do. So, I am giving away one of these fantastic little blenders AND a five (5) of the new Naked Juices (so you can try one of each!) AND even five (5) coupons for a free Earthbound farms organic mix – to get those greens in there! No excuses! 

Cooks Blender + Naked + Earthbound Farms Giveaway

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Spiralizing Inspiration

5th April 2015

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This is going to change your life. I really don’t know how I didn’t get into spiralizing sooner. I’ve seen it, but never really thought it would be that good. Even one of my sorority sister’s met and reviewed Ali’s book, Inspiralized, introduced me, and I STILL wasn’t sold. 

So I am not sure what really made me bite the bullet, but one day I just decided to grab one off Amazon, and ordered some Fresh Direct veggies so when I got back in town I would just go wild spiralizing everything. And that I did.

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Pick up the spiralizer I use here!

Not only is it FUN to sprialize the s*** out of veggies (and toddlers LOVE to watch and help!), they actually TASTE GOOD this way. I swear. I picked of my favorite so far from Ali’s book, with veggies that are easy to find at the store in-season during spring, including Tuttorosso tomatoes (because they’re always my go-to canned tomatoes when you can’t find nice ones in-season at the store!). 

 Al Fresco Zucchini Pasta Salad

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Al Fresco Zucchini Pasta Salad
Serves 6
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium zucchini, Blade B, noodles trimmed
  2. 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli flowerets
  3. 1 large carrot, peeled Blade C, noodles trimmed
  4. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  5. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  7. 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  10. 1 28-ounce can Tuttorosso Diced Tomatoes in Rich Tomato Juice
  11. 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan filled halfway with water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add broccoli and carrots and cook for 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Combine the vinegar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, mustard, salt, black pepper and garlic powder in a screw-top jar and shake.
  3. In a large bowl combine the zucchini noodles, broccoli, carrots, diced tomatoes and yellow bell pepper. Shake dressing and pour over zucchini pasta mixture; toss gently to coat.
Adapted from Insprialized
Adapted from Insprialized
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Teriyaki Zucchini “Fried” Noodles with Shrimp, Peppers, Onions and Broccoli

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So after I was having fun twirling veggies into pretty colorful strings, I decided to jump into Ali’s book - Insprialized, and really tested the limits – could I possibly go without pasta? I’ve tried the spaghetti squash route, but could zucchini really replace pasta? These “noodles” are so well flavored, you really don’t even notice. If fact, if you didn’t know they were zucchini, you might not even know! Get her recipe here. 

This recipe is one of the best things I’ve ever made. Honestly. To see more recipes by Ali, check out her blog here, and following along on social media at #inspiralizethespring.

Get the spiralizer I use here.

 

5 Toddler Travel Must-Haves

28th March 2015

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As we grow, the items that entertain Maximo change as well. In honor of our first train trip to Baltimore/DC this weekend, I thought I would share the five essential items that go us through with ease – yes EASE! These can keep a curious toddler busy for hours, AND they’re compact so they travel easy when you need to pack light.

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1. Tiggly

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These four little shapes pack up nicely in your travel bag, and go with your iPad (which I KNOW you didn’t leave home without.) They have a bunch of different apps and games that you can download to coordinate with them and age levels as well. Amazon price: $26.71

2. Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pads

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These are the toys that keep on giving. This huge book full of hundreds of – you heard correctly – REUSABLE stickers – keep toddlers busy for hours. They can stick and re-stick till their hearts content and then re-stick again. There are tons of different themes available AND they’re only $5! 

3. Crayola Color Wonder

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If your child loves to color, this is the best way to allow them that freedom without getting it on everyone (and everything). Crayola’s Color Wonder was introduced to me by a mom, and I feel I have to pass on the knowledge. It’s the best thing ever, and you can find new coloring books in almost any toy store or even drugstores! AND they even make travel-totes that can hold the coloring books and markers INSIDE, while providing a hard cover to color on OUTSIDE. Oh we love you, Crayola. Amazon price: $9.70

4. Usborne Wipe-Clean Activity Books

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You’re going to look at this book and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Yes, it’s like a wipe-away calendar only as an activity book for kids. Did you hear that? It’s REUSABLE TOO! The kids can color and draw and connect the dots all day long, and then all you have to do is wipe it clean with water. You’ll never have to buy another activity book again! Amazon price: $5

5. Munchie Mug

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Well we know you’re not going on a trip without snacks. I’ve been in love with this thing forever and I still am. It’s light-weight and the perfect size to actually hold a substantial amount of snacks, AND it has a cloth opening – that means it holds the food in and let’s little hands grab it easily. How many times does your snack holder spill everything everywhere? Exactly. This is life changing. Trust me. Amazon price: $16.99

Looking for more tips on traveling with kids? I have you covered. Try these articles: 

1. How to Travel With a Toddler – Survival Guide

2. 5 Must-See Places in the Hudson Valley

3. Why It’s Okay to Take a Vacation Without the Kids

4. Weekend at Woodloch

Ginger Molasses Whoopie Pies

25th March 2015

IMG_7320When was the last time you really indulged? I have had a hankering for the molasses cookies I used to eat on the farm, and decided to try a new recipe. I turned a childhood favorite into something you seriously might want me to make for your next birthday party (taking orders!), or you can attempt them yourself.

The art of baking means – FROM SCRATCH. So no cheating and buying store-made icing or ingredients. All these are are sugar cookies – with 10 different forms of sugar – molasses, brown sugar, honey, powered sugar – you name it. 

Ginger Molasses Whoopie Pies
A homemade cookie that combines old country flavor with a modern twist.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cookies
  1. 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted real butter
  2. 1 egg
  3. ½ cup brown sugar
  4. ½ cup sugar
  5. ⅓ cup molasses
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  9. 1 tbsp honey
  10. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  11. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  12. ½ tsp powdered ginger
  13. ¼ tsp ground cloves
  14. ¼ tsp nutmeg
Icing
  1. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted real butter
  2. 3 cups powdered sugar
  3. 3 tbsp heavy cream
  4. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. pinch of salt
Cookies
  1. In the bowl of your KitchenAid, whip the butter, brown sugar, and sugar at medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add the egg, molasses, honey, vanilla extract and freshly grated ginger root and continue to mix until smooth.
  2. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and whip for one more minute at medium speed.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, powdered ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-molasses mixture and mix well, scraping down the bowl several times with a rubber spatula.
  5. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Scoop the cookies into one-inch balls and place onto parchment-lined sheet pans. Bake until just barely done, about 7 to 8 minutes (they'll slightly cracked on top).
Icing
  1. Wash your mixer bowl, and add all the ingredients except the powered sugar. Beat on high until creamy. Add the powdered sugar slowly while the mixer is on speed for two minutes. Once mixed, turn it on high and whip it until fluffy.
  2. Spread filling on one cookie, and smash it together with another making a sandwich. Try not to give yourself diabetes eating them all in one sitting.
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Why We Love Carters (Coupons) for Spring

19th March 2015

carters couponsI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

Spring is FINALLY making an appearance, and for us city moms, that means we can FINALLY let the kids play outdoors again. The grass and trees may not be popping with color yet, but that doesn’t mean your child’s wardrobe can’t!

Our favorite time of year is when Carter’s releases their Spring line – it’s always full of bright colors, comfortable tees and reasonable prices – and the boys line is fantastic. This year is no exception. Right now Carter’s is also running an awesome tees and shorts doorbuster – only $6 each when you buy two or more! Annnd – their Easter items are all 50% off!

Carters Coupons: You can also grab an additional 25% off coupon right here!

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Here are some of my favorite looks for boys:

Tropic Thunder

Bring on the heat with these bright colors and beach- and tropic-themed pieces.

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Beach Bum Tee // Plaid Button-Front Shirt // Cargo Shorts // Shoes

Electric Street

These bright neons add pops of color in a fun way while keeping in “boyish.”

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French Terry  Zip-Up Hoodie // Tee Shirt // Canvas Shorts

Casual Cool

Camo will never get old, especially with Yinzer blood running through your veins. 

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Shirt // Shorts

Sale runs through March 25th in-store or online. Shop here now! 

A Parent’s Guide to NYC Transportation

17th March 2015

IMG_3895City living can either be amazing or awful. Some days it’s both. But one thing that will ruin your day faster than a diaper blowout with no baby wipes in your bag is not preparing in advance for getting around the city with your little one in tow. Public transportation is here to help you navigate the city easily, though, not always effortlessly—especially when you find yourself carrying a stroller, diaper bag and baby. Here is a simple guide to New York City transportation that will make even a tourist a pro!

1. The subway

The infamous NYC subway. You don’t earn your New York City parenting badge until you’ve conquered the underground system with 50 pounds of stroller and baby—alone. The subway does have its perks: it’s fast, the rocking usually lulls babies to sleep, and it is relatively convenient. However, it’s always better to map out your trip when taking the subway to try and eliminate as many steps as possible. I personally find it easier to get off one stop early and walk a few block more above ground than to transfer trains (think tight, smelly and hot stairs) underground. Proper etiquette for entering the turnstiles: You must leave your child and stroller at the emergency exit door while you swipe through the turnstile yourself, and then proceed to open the door from the platform side and pull them through. Non-parents may look at you like you are abandoning your child, but it’s all part of the experience. Just make sure after all this effort you get on the correct train. Nothing is worse than realizing you’re heading uptown when you’re supposed to be in Battery Park City. Been there, done that.

Downside: Not all stations have elevators, so prepare to do some heavy lifting. Also accept the fact that at some point there will be a rat within a few feet of your precious cargo.

Tip: The west side trains in Manhattan are typically less crowded than the east side trains (we’re waiting for the Second Avenue line to open in 2016!).

2. The bus

The bus tends to get a bad rep, but it’s actually one of our favorites. It’s always clean, less crowded (and cooler) than the subways, and you’re above ground—meaning you still have cell phone service (hello wifi and YouTube!). The only thing that tends to be tricky is figuring out where to get on and get off. My suggestion: Download the MTA app. It has a map that shows you the bus routes, and even times of when the bus will arrive. Or check the little boxes attached to every bus stop—they list the times and stops for the bus route too.

Downside: The waiting outside. If it’s raining or snowing you’ll be enduring the weather until the bus shows up—and sometimes that can feel like forever. And you must fold up strollers. Unlike the subway, you cannot leave a child in a stroller—even if your baby is sleeping. You’ll have to wake them up to compact the carrier.

Tip: Try the crosstown buses. Everyone complains how hard it is to get from east to west in the city (since most subways run north and south), but you can always grab a bus.

3. Cabs

At some point, you will need to take a cab—it may be because you’re just too tired to wait for a bus or subway, or you’re running late. You may be asking yourself: “But taxis don’t have car seats.” You’re right, they don’t and it’s actually legal to take children in New York City cabs without car seats. (Make sure to hold them tight and, if they’re old enough, buckle them in the cab’s seat belts.) Yellow cabs are required by law to take you wherever you need to go—including the boroughs—but they sometimes give you a hard time about out-of-Manhattan trips. Green cabs are new to the city—they’re similar to yellow cabs, but are available in the outer boroughs and certain parts of Manhattan only.

Downside: Cabs can be expensive (especially if you get stuck in traffic). Also, if you’re not comfortable taking your child in a car without a car seat, reread options #1 and #2 above.

Tip: It’s easier to hail cabs on the Avenues (and during non rush hour times). If you’re on a numbered street, walk a block to your closest main intersection to hail a cab. Most Avenues are one-way, so before you start walking, make sure you are heading to the Avenue that is going your way.

4. App car service

The newest form of transportation on the block is virtual cab hailing. These services are life-changing—not only can you hail a black car from the touch of your phone in the comfort of your own home (think not having to stand on the corner waving down a cab in the rain), but they also allow you to hail a taxi. (Uber charges an additional fee to have a yellow or green cab pull up right in front of your door.) Plus, the drivers (and passengers, so be nice!) are all rated on a five-star scale, meaning they will take you wherever you need to go without argument, and even pick up your stroller and put it in the trunk for you.

Downside: If you are trying to hail a car during peak hours, it can cost you three to five times the original rate. Yes, that means an average trip from Manhattan to Astoria can run you up to $75!

Tip: Uber NYC has multiple options, such as requesting a car with car seat (additional $10 and part of the company’s uberFAMILY plan), hailing a regular taxi instead of a black car, or even asking for a large SUV (think lots of luggage if you’re heading to the airport).

5. Rental car memberships

Every time I tell my non-city friends that I have a car rental membership, they laugh. It really is, though, every city dwellers dream car situation. Instead of paying hundreds each month for parking, insurance, and gas (all in the hopes that someone won’t hit or steal your precious auto), you can have access to multiple vehicles parked and ready to drive near you. Usually these services are cheap (around $12 to 18 per hour) which also includes gas and insurance.

Downside: No car seats. That means you have to lug your own, plus a stroller and baby/toddler to the car. If I plan to rent a car on my own with baby-in-tow, I usually have to take a cab to the rental car and back. This can tack on extra costs, so try to plan to pick up the car while someone can watch the baby, or with an extra pair of hands to carry everything.

Tip: I’m a fan of Zip Car—it’s the original and best in the city. You can get a membership for only $60 per year, and we’ve personally been able to find lots of available vehicles at various times throughout the five boroughs. However, I would recommend reserving a car in advance if you plan to take one out on the weekend.

What type of NYC transportation have you used with your little one? 

 This article was originally posted on MommyNearest.com.

Safe Nights with GOODNITES* TRU-FIT*

15th March 2015

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Raise your hand if you like waking up in the middle of a night to a wet bed and wet child? No one? I remember a fellow mom here in NYC telling me how this used to be common occurrence in their home, and I always wondered – how am I going to deal with that?

Parenting is always a challenge because there is no way to know in advance how your child will react or progress in certain situations – school, playing, sharing and of course, bed wetting. But of course, there are always training items to help through the hard times. Case in point, I would have recommended Goodnites* TRU-FIT* underwear to this mom had I know back then! This new products is really perfect – its real, machine washable underwear with insertable pads that can be worn at night.  

These look and feel just like real underwear (and can be without the inserts!), so kids won’t be embarrassed to wear them, whether at home or at a sleepover. And parents can be more hands off allowing the child to feel more in control of their on situation – and without the mess of wet sheets and PJs. (They come in both girls and boys colors/designs in both sizes S/M and L/XL).

Maximo is almost three, but Goodnites* TRU-FIT* are great as a child progresses in age. According to a GoodNites* brand study, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting, and the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that psychologically, children who wet the bed do not want to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of their fear and embarrassment.

This takes out all that fear and embarrassment for both child and parent. Talk about sleeping better at night!

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Product Facts:

  • GoodNites* brand is introducing a completely new kind of bedtime protection: GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear. GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is machine-washable, real underwear with disposable, absorbent inserts that help keep sheets and PJs dry all night
  • GoodNites* TRU-FIT* offers a new choice for parents and children looking for a superior bedwetting product to help have a better night, every night
  • 87% of Moms that tried the product said that TRU-FIT* will make their kids more confident
  • GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is available now at select national retailers for purchase
  • GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is available for boys and girls in sizes S/M and L/XL with colors and patterns for each size
  • GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear is accompanied by a disposable, absorbent insert – designed to protect sheets and PJs all night

Want to try they out for yourself? You can order them right from the comfort of your home (even here in NYC!) off Walmart.com here:  bit.ly/18gcVGN

AND you can download a GoodNites* TRU-FIT* coupon for $2 off at http://www.goodnites.com/our-products/goodnites-trufit/