Where Martha Stewart Talks About Being in Jail

Candid talk from Martha once the cameras stopped rolling

I had the pleasure of attending a taping of the Martha Stewart Show at the Chelsea Studios in Manhattan. It’s probably not something that I would have gone out of my way to find tickets for, but I was invited as part of a Meetup group I joined for Brooklyn mothers. I took up the opportunity as much to meet new mothers as to see the inner workings of the famed show from the perfect homemaker herself, Martha Stewart.

Once you get beyond the fact that the show started taping an hour late  *boo, hiss* remember, in my group we were all mothers either with young children or pregnant, so an extra hour meant feeding schedules were thrown off, babysitters and dads left waiting, and pregnant ladies nearing exhaustion. In any case, it was still enjoyable to see how such a big machine works.



No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

This is Monkey #1′s favorite song/book at the moment and so I just had to share. I walked in on him and his pre-k buddies dancing and singing along to this. I had to explain to him that it wasn’t “Banana’s House” and I think since then he understands the song even more :)

I haven’t really said anything about Black History Month, but seeing as it is nearly coming to an end, I thought this would be a goodie to share with all of you.

The book was written by Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a talented all female gospel acapella group. I promise, after one listen you will have this song in your head at least for the day, if not longer. Though it was written with a black child in mind (“And I didn’t know that my nose was flat”) I think its a relevant message for any young child encouraging them not to be obsessed by the “beauty” in the mirror, more the beauty of their inner personality. Of course it also touches on nana’s unconditional love – priceless.

If you haven’t heard this before, I hope you enjoy!

What’s your child’s favorite book at the moment?



Mommy Mindset – Traveling with Toddlers

I’ve done a lot of traveling with Monkey #1, but each time I learn something new. Not to mention that traveling with a wriggly baby is different to traveling with an on-the-move-toddler. 

Joining the discussion this week is Mariah of Formula Mom, Ghada of Mama Goes BAM, Emily of Nap Time is My Time, Tamara of Mommyland, Darcy of Tales From the Nursery, Sarah of East 9th Street, Lena of Way2GoodLife, Leila of The Go To Mommy, LaVonne of Long Wait for Isabella, and Cyndy of Mama Does It All!

Mariah: Spring break is a less than a month away in my area and we will be flying this year. Yes, we will be flying with W for the first time! He will be 15 months old and is one active little boy. I’m a bit nervous about taking him on the plane. We also have a short layover and have to switch planes! So I’m worried about the actual travel day but also all of the stuff we need to pack. I’m planning on sending a box ahead of time to our destination with a lot of his things because he needs toys! Do any of you have tips for traveling with a little one or a toddler? Help!

Ghada: Gosh I’ve traveled from New Zealand to the US to Canada so many times. You’d think I would have lots of helpful advice, but really I guess I just learned something new every time. One thing that works really well is to buy W a new toy and give it to him on the plane, hopefully because it is new it will keep him occupied for a longish time. My son has always been active too, so I’d have to say that the age you are traveling with W is probably the most trying — as he is probably just starting to toddle if not walking and wanting to do it ALL THE TIME. Use the aisle of the plane and just let it him walk. And don’t be a martyr! Take turns with the other people traveling with you and rest up while someone else watches him, because he’s likely to stay awake for a majority of the flight. My guy used to fall asleep in the last 30 minutes of an 8 hour flight from LAX to Montreal. I suppose if at all possible, flying overnight is always better cause you can wear him out in the day and hopefully he would crash in the air. Oh, and for the sake of other passengers, try to bring quiet toys on the plane. Have a roll of masking tape with you, that way you can create car lanes, hopscotch squares and whatever else your imagination can dream up and create it on the ground while you are transitioning. The layover can be a blessing, especially if you can let him burn some energy before he gets back on the plane. Lastly, try to minimize the sugary snacks for obvious reasons.
Emily: If you can afford it, purchase him his own seat. We’ve been flying with The Boy since he was 6 months old and he has always had his own seat. That’s helpful because he has his own space. For our last trip, we finally broke down and bought a portable DVD player. That provided entertainment for him and was nice to have once we arrived at our destination, too. I packed tons of snacks & books in our carry on. We also gave him a new cup.



Meeting Curious George at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Me, the Monkeys and Curious George

I recently joined Kids Club 13, kinda like a kids club for PBS in the tri-state area. I joined just in time to head out to the February event at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. I’ve been meaning to get to this Museum as I’ve heard its one of the best cultural places for kiddos in NYC. well, I’m happy to say that I luuuurved the Museum. Some kid’s spaces within museum’s geared to adults don’t let the kids touch, speak loudly, in a nutshell have fun like a kid! This place is made for kids, but truth be told Big Monkey and I loved it too, learning a few things about Brooklyn and it’s cultural makeup.

On top of free entry to the museum, our Kids Club 13 membership got us a pre-screening of a brand new episode of Curious George, not yet having run on TV – like red carpet service for toddlers. He happens to be one of my little Monkey’s favorite monkeys, so he was pretty jazzed with this on top of meeting Curious George. His initial excitement wore off a little though as he discovered a zipper down his back, “Mummy, George has a zipper, but he doesn’t have a tail!” Hmmm…how to deal with that one? Well, the jig was up. He continued to point out that George was much taller than he appeared on TV, and wasn’t that a man’s wrist peaking through? He enjoyed the illusion of it all, giving him a hug and shaking his hand, but deep down there was a little disappointment. Well, it wasn’t even that deep down by the sour look on his face in the photo above :)



How I Remember Christchurch, Earthquake Anniversary

Christchurch Humor, Christmas 2010, post Sept 2010 Earthquake, pre Feb 2011 earthquake

A year ago on February 22, Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by an earthquake magnitude 6.3 that claimed hundreds of lives – fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, and sisters. I lived in Christchurch from February 2003 to July 2010, missing the first horrible earthquake by mere months. Even though I had moved to Auckland by then, it still affected me and I still think about Christchurch often.

My friend Bex Davies wrote this account for the NZ Herald of what life in Christchurch is like for her and her kids 1 year on from the earthquake. It’s beautifully written,  I was saddened by how her children now play “earthquake”.

New Zealanders everywhere both in Christchurch and overseas will be observing a moment’s silence at 12:51 PM (NZT) / 6:51 PM(EST) to commemorate one of the country’s darkest times in history.

Below are some pictures of Christchurch before I left, before the earthquake.



Mamavation Monday: getting back on the horse

Well, it’s been a long time since I updated on a Monday. Just last week I did a video explaining how my half marathon training for April is not going very well. I suppose saying it out loud has been a bit of a kick in the butt for me, and I’m already feeling more positive about what I am doing to get back in shape. My updates have been few and far between because I have been particularly happy with my input (nor results), I know now that talking about it might have made things better earlier.

I expected too much from myself and my body after the birth of Monkey #2 nearly 4 months ago. Our family life is settling down again and I need to move on, not beat myself up and get back onto a more structured training schedule. Yes, I’ve been doing situps and pushups here and there, but the fact that I did not have a schedule to follow meant that I did not really know what I was trying to achieve. I’m a little anal like that, I need a schedule.

So, the big steps for me this week are to start doing the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I’ve had good results with it in the past. I’m only aiming for 3 times a week along with a run 3-4 times per week as well. I’m taking measurements tonight and will get started. No scale in my house, I don’t do scales, they anger me and don’t truly represent what I am achieving in terms of weight loss, strength, flexibility, overall fitness.

I’ve been eating okay, lots of greens and raw foods have been back on the menu since Christmas, so I only need to make minor tweaks to my diet.

I’m feeling altogether quite jazzed, I’ve been running to the park with my 4 year old quite a bit lately and its such an amazing park, I can’t wait to fully run it…and at my pace :)



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