Christmas Gift Guide for Mom and Kids

Christmas is finally here! I’m so excited for this Christmas, it’s the first Christmas that Calvin is actively moving around the house and baby talking his life away. I have so many plans for our family this season and of course I can’t forget the gifts. I wanted to share with you guys some of our favorite things in case you’re looking for gifts to get the kiddos or a mommy friend. I’ve chosen Calvin’s top faves and my favorites. 

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

1.My B Toys:

This is Calvin’s favorite toy right now, the whacky ball. He loves playing with small items and anything in motion. This toy is perfect for sensory development and repetition. The toy has a mirror background that reflects the motion of the balls through the maze. Can’t forget his favorite plane. My B Toys has so many amazing toys, so be sure to check them out. 

http://www.mybtoys.com/toys/

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2. Hape:

I put this toy on Calvin’s birthday wish list and it’s just wonderful. Calvin loves the small balls, he crawls around the house with them in his hands and has learned about sounds when the balls drop onto the xylophone. They’ve helped him a lot with his motor skills. The other thing he got was this wood bike, I ride him around our home with it and he loves it. I can’t wait for him to learn to ride it on his own. This is such a great gift for toddlers. 

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3. Books:

Right now I have two favorite book brands, ” Canticos” and ” BookRoo“.

If you’re Spanish and grew up singing ” Mi Burrito Sabanero” you are in for treat. Canticos has created their own version in English and Spanish for kids and you can even download the app and sing or read along to the book.

https://www.amazon.com/My-Little-Donkey-Burrito-Canticos/dp/0996995935/?tag=canticosworld-20

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As always BookRoo has my heart, they are a month subscription for children books. I think it’s a wonderful gift for any child, baby and up. The best part? you don’t even have to wrap the books, they’re already wrapped for you! surprise!

https://bookroo.com/

The Jesus Story book: We got this one for Calvin’s baby shower and I treasure it. We asked for the bilingual version and it’s amazing. definitely a sweet gift during Christmas time.

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4. Teepee:

This tent is from Cozy Culture and it’s my favorite part of Calvin’s room. I love that I can change the style of it and love watching Calvin play in it. We spend mommy and me moments in it always. Cozy Culture sells the tent and mat separately. If you don’t have a tent, you want to get one for Christmas!

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5. Puzzles: 

I love these puzzles by Melissa and Doug, their so fun and perfect for toddlers. This is great for teaching toddlers to identify shapes, colors and matching. They have so many different puzzles for kids and cheap too.

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6. Art:

” My first Crayola”  are products by Crayola intended for babies and toddlers. I love both of these products. The ” Mess Free touch lights” is like a light board. so perfect for keeping toddlers entertained while it being mess free. I love that you can just use your finger to create art. The ” Washable Finger paint” kit is perfect for introducing baby to paint. Calvin love painting but that gets messing quickly. The kit comes with paint, apron, and drawing paper. However, you can easly get paper, non toxic paint and any shirt you’re okay with baby messing up.

Christmas guide For the mama’s:

1.Jewelry:

My amazing and talented friend started a small business along with her mama and their jewelry is to die for. They’re handcrafted made of clay and each inspired by their favorite art pieces and Dominican culture. These are perfect for any mama friend or even for your own wish list. Be sure to check out their website & instagram account.

https://www.agustandambar.com/

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2. Market Bag from Apolis:

I love, love this bag. It’s my go to bag when I make trips to the supermarket or a quick run to Target. I love how much space and weight it can hold. Definitely a bag I recommend any mama to get. 

https://store.apolisglobal.com/collections/bags

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3. Fanny pack:

This summer I purchased my first fanny pack and it’s probably my favorite one ever! I loved that I got to wear it all summer and use it as my goto bag when running errands. I bought mines from Fawn Design, they have so many colors and also have other bags. 

https://fawndesign.com/products/fawny-pack

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4. Spa Date:

What woman does not love a spa date? I definitely would gift any mama a spa date. Right now the most talked about spot is called ” Sojo Spa. Club“. I hear the view is amazing and such a great place to relax. It’s located in NJ for all my city mamas. You can book them a facial or massage also.

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5. Backpack:

So I’ve been trying to get a comfy backpack for school since September and recently I stumbled upon this Nike backpack! And I LOVE IT! I always go for girly back packs but the straps are always so thin and mess with my back! So this has been a game changer for me. I can carry my laptop, books and even carry Calvin’s stuff with me to work and it’s easy on my back. If you’re a traveling mama, yup.. you want this bag.

https://www.nike.com/t/radiate-backpack-b191xP

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6. Coffee Mug: 

I am not a coffee lover, but motherhood has made me one. I had a IG mama introduce me to the ” Keep Cup’ and I needed to have it! It’s super cute, glass and the perfect to go cup and reusable!  Such a great gift for the coffee lover mama.

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https://us.keepcup.com/

7. Essential Oils/ Diffuser: 

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This is on the top of my Christmas list! I’ve been so blessed by essential oils through my friend Sam and learning about all the benefits of using them has convinced me that I need them and a diffuser in my life. I use essential oils for my anxiety, you’ll always find a roll on oil at my desk. Plus you can use them on your kids for their tummies, to help them breathe better and clear the air.

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/shopping-cart?returnUrl=https:%2F%2Fwww.youngliving.com%2Fen_US%2Fproducts

 

I hope this gift guide was filled with things you would enjoy and purchase, have more suggestions for gifts? Leave a comment! I would love to add more things to share. 

 

love, 

transparentcitymama


NYC Holiday Activities for You & the Kids

The holiday season is here and I’m sure you have some time off to hang with your kiddos this Christmas time! So here are some places to check out during this Christmas season, take your camera and go and make some memories!

1. See Santa at Macy’s Santaland (or elsewhere). I really enjoyed Santa Land at Macy’s. The wait was about an hour but don’t let that scare you away. Inside SantaLand you can take pictures and just enjoy the Christmas decor. Taking a picture with Santa is free but the picture packages start at $20.

2. New York Holiday Train Shows:

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends: – The Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

I haven’t been to this show but I heard it’s pretty amazing. If your kiddos love trains especially Thomas and friends you’ll want to check out this show.

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal:

Apparently this is one train ride you won’t want to miss out on.

Free and open to the public.
Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am to 6pm

3. Rockefeller Center:

One of my favorite places. Standing underneath the tree always feels magical at night. So stop by and get some pictures and while you’re at it, make a quick stop at Magnolia Bakery, for some treats. My fave is their banana pudding.

4. FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center: 

 The most fascinating part about this toy store is their giant piano.

5YC Winter Lantern Festival —Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden are lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The lanterns are accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art, and a variety of holiday vendors, to create a magical and unique holiday season experience. (Mommypoppins.com) Ends, Sunday, January 6, 2019

6. Luminaries Brookfield Place

Age: all ages – Price: FREE

Visitors are immersed in a canopy of light emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. Three Wishing Stations on the ground allow visitors to “send” a wish to the canopy of lanterns above, translating the wish into a mesmerizing display of lights and colors. Ends, Fri, Jan 4, 2019

7. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: – Brooklyn NY

Looking for a place that lights up your night ? You might want to pay this place a visit. 

8. Garabedian Family’s Christmas House: – Bronx, NY

The Garabedian family’s home on Pelham Parkway North is known to many as the Christmas House. Just one look and you’ll see why. 

9. Toddler Gym at Chelsea Piers: – Chelsea

This awesome indoor space offers a jungle gym to climb, crawl through, and clamber over. 

Open play: Monday–Thursday, 9:30am–noon and 1pm–5pm; visit the website for weekend schedules
$12 per session, discounts for multiple sessions
Ages 6 months–4 years

10. Children’s Museum of Manhattan — Upper West Side

Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–7pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm
$14 per person; infants younger than 1 FREE

11. Radio City Christmas Spectacular:  Lower East Side 

Splurge to see the high-stepping Rockettes do that famous kick line.

Ruben took me to see this show when we were newlyweds. It’s outstanding! 

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12. Rolf’s:

Dine at Rolf’s, the tiny German restaurant in Gramercy that goes all out with its Christmas decor.