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The Law of Attracting Memorable Moments

Do you live in the here and now and create memories from doing? Or do you spend energy collecting so many ‘things’ that you don’t live in the moment? Which one are you? I’m the former, I’m all about collecting memories. Call it Law of Attraction, living amongst the locals, sowing what you reap or whatever you like, but I have learnt through my travels that the more you live in the moment and the more you take the time to enjoy what is going on around you, the more lasting memories you create.

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We visited Disney in Florida last year, it was my first time as well as the kids’, Mr BAM had been to Disneyland in LA but agreed this was an altogether different situation being able to experience Disney through the eyes of our kids.

I remember seeing families in the various gift shops arguing over which pins to buy to build their collection. In a nutshell, Disney pin trading involves talking to other Disney guests as well as Disney crew to look at trading one of your pins for one of theres. Sounds like a great way to meet other people and “bring home the magic”, but alas I saw many more people just buying up pins and alot less interaction. Other parents were buying heavily overpriced Disney autograph books and pens so they could collect signatures from their favorite Disney characters. I cannot tell anyone one way or another how they should enjoy their family memories and places they visit, people they meet and things they see. But, what I noticed was that the THINGS (autographs and pins) were making moms and dads rush around disney and dragging screaming kids behind them to collect more and more things. Instead of enjoying the most magical place on earth, talking to others and even just engaging with the characters, the collection of THINGS had become a struggle.



Can a Mom Have it All Working Night Shift?

Working nights is no joke. It is a double-edged sword in that you can enjoy your children by day while continuing to work  your brain and further your career by night but, and it is a big ‘ole BUT, how you manage your sleep and what little free time you have is an art form in and of itself.

Some have said working a night shift is the perfect solution for the mom looking to have it all…or is it?

My coffee date after a night of work.

When I left New York, I struck up a deal to continuing working back to the US with the advertising agency I was employed at. A fantastic and trusting team with wonderful flexi-time and work at home options, they were glad to keep me on while our family adjusts to our new life in New Zealand. We agreed that I would finish up with them by the end of January, in just a little over 2 weeks from now. I thought I’d figured out the piece to a puzzle many moms before me tried to put together. I would wake at night, work then stop when my kids woke, get Mr P ready for school, drop him off and spend the morning with Little Miss before she went down for her nap. Sounds like a good plan, no? Especially over New Zealand summer where the country sorta dozes off into a snooze while families vacation and businesses go on slow-mo.



Fight Summer Brain Drain – Get a Trampoline!

Following summer vacation, the average teachers spends the first 4-6 weeks reteaching what kids had previously learnt. Whoa. Why am I talking about the first days back at school in February when we’ve just started Christmas holidays you may be asking? Well, brain drain is a very real phenomena of summer break. Kids (and parents) blob out, watch  more TV and in general just don’t have a regular routine for practicing reading, writing and maths.

Their are a ton of ways to build in educational moments to your day-to-day, and it doesn’t have to be taxing. It’s just a matter of turning the everyday into a learning moment, giving names to everyday objects so that your child learns new words, pointing out objects from the car on a roadtrip and turning it into a story. I know, I know, you probably do this already, but it’s just a reminder for the long hot days – after all they will be missing out on the daily reinforcement of concepts they would normally get at school.

Uh, Ghada…what’s this all got to do with a trampoline?



Tips for Rocking Your First Color Run

I finally ran my first color run this weekend, THE original color run. The one that I pinned years ago on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to do one day. The Color Run came to Brooklyn this weekend and originally I was meant to run it with a girlfriend. In the end she wasn’t able to make it, but in the meantime Mr BAM decided he wanted to run it and I discovered while reading their FAQs that kids 5 and under run The Color Run for free and strollers are allowed (the tips are starting already ya’ll, take note!).



25 Things No One Tells You about Sesame Place

We had the pleasure of going to Sesame Place in Langhorne Philadelphia for my birthday weekend. It was our first time and Mr BAM and I agreed it was perfect for our kids (Mr P nearly 6 and Little Miss 20 months).  The drive from NYC is an easy breezy hour and a half if you go straight or a little longer if you detour to rest stops. Definitely short enough for busy toddlers.

Their were water slides, roller coasters, carousels and a ton more dry rides. We really enjoyed all the opportunities to get up close and personal with the kids’ (and our!) favorite characters. Once you get one cuddle with Elmo or Abby Cadabby you just can’t get enough! We discovered a few tips and tricks just by trial and error and amazing intuition that really made the trip awesome.

I hope these help you have as great a time at Sesame Place as we did.

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1. Sunscreen, a hat and water shoes are a must. Without watershoes, you’ll burn your feet lining up for popular rides like Sky Splash on the concrete steps



Back to School Shopping with Duane Reade

Thanks to this sponsored post from Collective Bias®, I am thrilled that with a month out from Mr P starting grade 1 have done all of his back-to-school shopping! His kindergarten teachers provided his grade 1 school list on the last day of school, so depending on how you look at it, you could say I am late with my shopping but hey it is still summer after all.

Our little family headed to the local Duane Reade this morning to pick up everything on Mr P’s list. From pencils, to markers and wet wipes, paper towels and sanitizer this was the most logical place to get all of these items in one place. He was in charge of the pink marker and marked items off the list as we found them. We turned the shopping into a bit of a scavenger hunt, with him reading the items on the list, finding them and crossing them off. Conveniently all in one aisle, all the name brand glue (Elmer’s) and crayons (Crayola) that the teachers listed as “quality” and “must-have” were here.

The plus side of shopping this time of year at Duane Reade is that much of the already affordably priced school supplies were on sale. One cashier commented at how cheap (in price) the marble notebooks were. She was thinking that she should buy some and save them up for her friends’ kids. Not a bad idea!