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The year of the monkey

The year of the monkey

February 11, 2016 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

The Year of the Monkey 2016 was the first year that NYC public schools had off for the Lunar New Year. When the Mayor made this announcement before the school year began, I admit I grimaced at the thought of having to find childcare for yet another school holiday, particularly since Winter Break would begin just one week later. But you know what? I juggled my schedule so I could take part of the day off and the kids and I had the best day celebrating the new year in Chinatown. Our first stop was the firecracker ceremony. I’ve never been to it before, but I had a strong pull to go this year, probably because it’s a traditional ceremony… CONTINUE READING

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

December 26, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life

We’re enjoying the kind of laziness that can only come after breathing a sigh of relief as we close another busy holiday season. It feels well earned, and maybe the only time of year when the guilt of doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching movies and TV shows dissipate into pure bliss and satisfaction. But like most years, I can’t help but feel a little bit of a let down when Christmas day finally arrives. So much preparation, planning and shopping for one day…and then it’s all done, just like that. It was a very pleasant day, nonetheless, though a bit quiet. Sometimes traditions slowly take shape and ours the last few years have involved morning walks on… CONTINUE READING

the holiday season, a new cookie and a sale

the holiday season, a new cookie and a sale

November 29, 2015 |  Category:   holidays the biz

Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with family, food and laughter. Ours was! But now that the long weekend is over, I can start to think about Christmas (no overlapping of holidays allowed in our house!). To celebrate the season, Small Biz Saturday, Cyber Monday and all that jazz, we’ve been having a sale all weekend (and if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, please consider doing so because we have exclusive sales only for our newsletter subscribers). Use code SMALLBIZSAT for 15% off everything on our website, good till the end of the day Monday, so there’s still time. Also on the biz front, we have a new cookie just for the holidays. Classic, crunchy chocolate chip cookies with… CONTINUE READING

July 4th in DC

July 4th in DC

July 9, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life travels

I wouldn’t recommend taking a trip to DC during the 4th of July holiday. Whoa, the crowds and heightened security. We didn’t really think it through and missed all the fireworks that we had planned on seeing. We decided not to stick around for the big display at the National Mall, and instead waited for fireworks that was planned for the end of a minor league baseball game near my cousin’s house where we were staying. The thing is, you never quite know when a baseball game might end. Of course this one went extra innings…and it kept going…and going…until we finally gave up at 10:30 when thick fog started rolling in. No fireworks this year, but it was a… CONTINUE READING

new years traditions, and dyker heights

new years traditions, and dyker heights

January 2, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

I’ve always liked New Years Day. What’s not to like? The start of the new, a clean slate, all that stuff. I was blindsided by how tough the holidays were this year. I didn’t really expect it to be that hard and I’m relieved it’s over. As the day wore on yesterday, I felt a weight being lifted after feeling depressed for weeks. So strange! But if that’s how holidays are going to be from now on, at least I know and I’ll brace myself for next year.   This New Year’s Day we made sure to make rice cake soup, a tradition for good luck in the coming year. I admit to being superstitious enough that I feel out… CONTINUE READING

that time of year

that time of year

December 2, 2014 |  Category:   family holidays life

When you go through a life changing event, the first holiday season is often like a test. There are many conflicting emotions, so much so that you almost want to just turn them all off just to avoid the clash. I can understand why some people are numb to the holidays; I get it now.   But we had a really good Thanksgiving surrounded by many cousins. The girls love having a lot of family around and it isn’t often that we can all get together like this. Geography now separates many of us, but since our parents are no longer getting together like they used to, we make that effort to keep the family going, just like when we… CONTINUE READING

October came, October went

October came, October went

November 2, 2014 |  Category:   holidays life

These transitional season months always go by the quickest, don’t they? We’re so busy cramming in all the seasonal activities that every weekend is always accounted for. And why do we feel so compelled to pack every weekend with stuff? Because October is the month to rival all months for events here in the city. I suppose it’s the last month where the weather is truly comfortable for any considerable time spent outdoors. We nearly ran ourselves silly last Saturday trekking through all the touristy spots. Let’s check them off shall we? So we started off in the Meatpacking District, followed by Chelsea Market, the High Line, Times Square and Bryant Park. The only spot missing in this crazy town… CONTINUE READING

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

The Chinese New Year Parade. It’s all about the confetti.

February 3, 2014 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

  Love those days when you wake up in the morning with no plans, but in a moment of spontaneity, end up having one of those great NYC days. I’ve never taken the girls to the Chinese New Year Parade and have never gone myself, though I did live in Chinatown when I was 18 and remember watching the crowds pass by from my apartment. It was raining that particular year and the memory that is most vivid is seeing the tops of all those colorful umbrellas from my 2nd story window.   Usually the thought of going to any parade is quickly chased away by visions of shivering in the cold and tethering the kids to my body for… CONTINUE READING

the afterholidays

the afterholidays

December 29, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

It’s been really quiet this week. Just the kind of thing you need when you’re coming down from a marathon high. If I was once convinced that I couldn’t sit around and do nothing for a few days because it made me antsy, then I would tell you now that I absolutely can. I’ve slept 7-8 hours each night – still going to bed ridiculously late, but getting up at 9am or even later. The girls have too on most days except for Christmas morning, of course. It feels like a luxury, dampened slightly by all the work that I know is looming as soon as the New Year rings in. It’s pretty hard to ramp back up after you’ve… CONTINUE READING

holidaze

holidaze

December 23, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life

A week ago it looked like this. Yesterday? 70 degrees.   I was thinking about one Christmas some years ago when we were picking out our tree last weekend. A Christmas when money was particularly tight and I wasn’t sure whether or not spending money on a tree was something we should pull off. But we did. We scraped some money together by pulling dollar bills from our change jar and the kids and I went and bought that tree. It was worth every penny and I was thinking how glad I was not to have skimped on a tree that year.   When we pull the ornaments out of the box every December, it’s like pulling out bits and… CONTINUE READING

a day in the city, in which we survive pre-holiday madness midtown

a day in the city, in which we survive pre-holiday madness midtown

November 18, 2013 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays life nyc

The girls sometime play this game on the subway, in which they pretend to be strangers who meet on the train and become friends. Their ability to stay in character for extended periods of time can be quite impressive. I felt like we were role playing a bit on Saturday, the girls and I, pretending to be fancy New Yorkers as we got ready to head into Midtown. Maybe it’s because the girls wanted to wear dresses and I wore high heel boots, but we were already feeling a little fancy when we stepped out the door in the morning. “Girls!”, I said. “We’re spending the day in the city!”   Sometimes when I’m procrastinating and daydreaming, I wonder what… CONTINUE READING

Now that Halloween is over, the holidays are real

Now that Halloween is over, the holidays are real

November 1, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life

An unusually warm evening on Halloween meant that the neighborhood was extra packed for trick or treating. Stoop parties spilled out on sidewalks and it seemed like there were more adults dressed in costume than I remember (Mark and I are lame; we did not). I think people were especially happy to see the Halloween parade back on after being canceled last year because of the hurricane. You know, I’m always surprised at just how crowded the neighborhood gets, but I didn’t realize until a few people told me recently that people come to our neighborhood specifically to trick or treat and party on Halloween. I don’t blame themÔÇöHalloween in our little corner of Brooklyn is especially good. I don’t… CONTINUE READING

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