MommyCon

Last week I had the opportunity to attend one of the coolest mom events ever- @mommycon. I was invited to attend the event as part of the media team (bloggers and influencers) and I was super excited to be there. This is the second event I was invited to, I guess blogging has a few cool perks right? I’m always grateful for opportunities like these, and I was excited to share this event with a few other mamas. I brought a friend of mine with me since she recently became a mom and I figured she could use some time away from the house. Two other mommy friends tagged along and I even got to meet two of my beautiful mommy friends from IG. Instagram has connected me with so many moms and I’m excited to continue meeting more mamas through it.

The event was filled with sorts of vendors educational sessions for moms. The location was great, and it had been a while since I took the train to Grand Central. Calvin and I took our first ride on the MetroNorth, which was definitely more comfortable than riding with the MTA.

Mommycon catered so well to parents attending this event. They had a snack table, a changing room, and even a quiet nursing room. Each room was filled with baby gear, even the conference rooms had toys in the back so the babies could play while the parents listened to the speakers! That’s something that any mama can appreciate. I wish I could have attended all the sessions taking place throughout the day. At some point, I started jumping between sessions since a few of my faves were happening during the same time slot. I also spent a large amount of time chasing Calvin around the hotel- it was hilarious.

Sessions I attended:

  • 7 Strategies for Raising a Healthy Eater, presented by Happy Family Organics
  • Why Wait to Communicate?! Baby Fingers: A Musical Journey through Language and Learning
  • Sleep Consultation: 12-24 months months
  • Hey Superwoman, You Need Self-Care Too 

Each session was filled with so many resources. I was most excited for the session on ” Raising a Healthy Eater”. I’m a very picky eater and veggies have never been something I put on my plate. When I started giving Calvin solids I only gave him veggies, but ask me if I tasted any of them… nope. However, now he’s a toddler and he loves to eat anything on my plate. Which means that I need to end my picky eating ways and start adding some veggies to my meals. I really loved that the speaker emphasized that we not give or kids labels like “picky eaters”. If your toddler is having a hard time trying different foods, try to present it to them in different ways. But stay away from forcing.  It’s also okay if they choose to stick to eating the same foods. The speaker also taught me that there is no such thing as ” Bad foods” for example, you packed cookies and mangos and your kid chooses the cookies over the fruit, no big deal. it’s food. I’m glad she said that because very often I stay away from foods that I may think are not ” good” like pizza. So learning this helps me understand I don’t have to fight against what he’s choosing.

Another fun part about this event was being introduced to so many new and familiar brands. As a new mom learning about new brands is always so exciting. There are so many baby companies that have created amazing products, and I’m always looking to see if any of them work for our family. They had baby wear, feeding products, toys, body products, you name it- they had it!. A few of my favorite companies were Re-play, Hamiltonbabies, Happy family organics, Serenitykids baby food, Lulla doll, and Motherlove Herbal Company.  You definitely want to check out these brands on Instagram.

If you are a mama and want to connect with other moms in your city, be introduced to some great baby brands, and attend some amazing workshops, Mommycon is the event for you. I’m excited to come back next year and see them continue to grow. Thanks, @mommycon for inviting me!

Here are a few pictures of the event: 

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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.