A happy Easter to all. It's a very sunny morning here in NY - still a bit of a chill in the air, but a very pretty day. I don't know about anyone else, but I find it a bit weird to "celebrate Easter" since I haven't been to church in years, so I haven't done Easter baskets for my kids yet. We did, however, go to this farm out on Long Island yesterday for their crazy Easter festival. My dad wanted to take the kids...but man, file that experience under "the things I would do for my family".
My idea of hell might come close to spending 2 hours under a stifling hot greenhouse full of farm animals, kids and their parents. The sun was beating down on the glass roof so there just wasn't any air (with farm animals!), and while there were all sorts of fun things for the kids to do and places to climb and explore, the greenhouse effect, the crowds, and the fact that any extra activity cost money aside from the entrance fee made it very unpleasant. Still, kids don't care about that stuff so they just had a good time.
ps. I want to thank all Babygadget readers who visited my new blog and sent us well wishes. It means a lot. Thanks.
As some of you may know, Chefdad is a Pastry Chef, and up until recently worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years in NY. Late last year he decided to try working in a related, but slightly different environment, which due to some unforeseen circumstances just did not work out. Long story short: he's been home for about a month, which has been great for my freelance work and great for the kids (though they are getting a little too attached to him I have to say), but I'm sure you can understand how stressful it is for anyone not working in this economy, especially when you have kids. We're taking this as a sign of sorts, however, that it's finally time to start our own thing. It's a path that seems to be a natural progression to consider for any chef who's been in the business for awhile, but it's pretty scary when you don't have a lot of savings to fall back on. We live very modestly in a very expensive city, but we've decided to take the risk.
And of course we have a new blog. It's something that we've been wanting to do for awhile - a very photo saturated look at the meals that Chefdad makes every day (we very rarely eat out or take out) and general posts about family life. He's got more time to cook in the kitchen these days, but it's a testament to him that he used to come home from being in the kitchen 10 hours a day at work and start making dinner so that I can start my work. We're already a bit overwhelmed by all the logistics it takes in starting a business. This blog is a document of that too. Take a look if you can.
Whenever I'm in search of a rare find, one of my favorite go-to sites is Three Potato Four. Partly because I love their story: new parents Janet Morales & Stu Eli quit the big city rat race in search of a more sustainable/kid-friendly lifestyle - this NYC mom can relate! But mostly it's because each week the whole family takes their keen eyes on the road in search of things quirky and cool for you and yours. The result is quite an original and charmingly personal menagerie of goods for the home. But since many of their finds are one-of-a-kind or in limited supply, I have not featured them here. Finally, with the launch of their extensive kids' collection, I have the perfect excuse to highlight these wonderful purveyors of vintage and original products. Do take a moment to browse. If something you like is already sold, don't fret, new fabulous finds are always on the way.
Valentine's Day got lost yesterday amid the stress of recent events at our house (not that I was ever fond of that holiday), but it didn't even occur to me until the Kid brought home a red construction paper card with white hearts and colorful squares. Awww, kids. I'm glad that the day was all red hearts and chocolates for her.
Some highlights from the week:
Frank and Frank, a story about a boy and a bear
Otto table and chairs
Brush Beauty: a clever sweeping toy
Stella stackable storage: nice but pricey
New Ola Collection by CASAKids
Thanks to everyone for entering our Lunar New Year contest, sponsored by Little Buddha Baby. Our 3 winners are Kelly Moran, Steven Poon, and Barbara Johnson. Happy new year!
It's a rather dreary, rainy friday here in Brooklyn, but at least it's been much milder than it has been and it's not so brutal getting out. If it was going to be that cold, might as well have some snow, but we haven't had ANY significant snow yet this winter. Think we'll still get some?
Here are some hilights from this week:
There's still time to enter a cute lunar sign onsie for your little one. Details here
Pedobike, kind of like a Like-a-Bike
En Gry & Sif accessories and toys
The Dottasaurus Rex tail for dress up
Egg Press Stitch Kits for DYI fun
A new lunar year is upon us on February 7th and we're holding a contest with Little Buddha Baby for 3 lucky Babygadget readers. Win your choice of cute onesies from Sweet Dumplings in either the rat (the 2008 lunar sign) in the ringer style, or the pig (the 2007 sign) in either brown or pink.
Leave a comment with your email and the answer to the question, "What is lysee?" (look around the Little Buddha Baby site...you'll find the answer there) and 3 winners with the correct answer will be chosen at random on midnight, February 4th, 2008.
Full contest rules here.
We want to wish everyone a very happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful, healthy new year. Posts will be spare through to new years as we've all taken off to travel (and I might have spotty internet access upstate). I don't think we've taken off more than 1 day at Babygadget on a holiday, so I'm looking forward to a little break, but will post when I can.
See you all in the new year! Safe and happy holidays!
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Happy Thanksgiving to all from everyone here at Babygadget. Personally, we're thankful that this will be the last year that Chefdad has to work the holiday, or ANY holiday for that matter. It's been ironic that Thanksgiving, a holiday that Chefdad should naturally love, has been dreaded year after year. Yup, all holidays have sucked around here for the past 5 years with Chefdad gone from the crack of dawn till evening, coming home long after the kids have gone to bed (I guess NYers have to eat somehow, if they're not cooking themselves). But with a new job, holidays at our house have been reclaimed! Yay! Now the Kid and BabyC will have their dad around on Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and maybe I'll even get a nice Mother's Day for a change. Can I say *yay* again?
Have a good one folks. See you in a few.
(Photo above is the Lilly Bean Play Food Dinner set, available from Mahar Dry Goods).