June 2014 Blog Archive

Birthday Traditions...

There are a few traditions that my kids look forward to at the ripe 'ole ages of 2 and five! One that stands out for my daughter surrounds their birthdays. Both of my kids have summer birthdays and we always spend our summers at the beach. Let's face it - beach birthdays are the best! It's so much fun to kick off their new year by letting them run free and by etching cute sayings into the sand...

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Don’t Trust These Pink Bins!

If you live in Brooklyn or Queens, you’ve probably noticed the pink “donation” bins popping up all over your neighborhood, and maybe you’ve even thought to yourself, “Oh, this is nice. I won’t have to carry my old kids' clothing and toys to Goodwill.”

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PB&J, again, Mom?!   How to Beat the Summertime Lunchbox Blues!

Yay, it’s summer!! Along with all things fun and exciting about this favorite time of year comes the ongoing challenge of being creative with summer camp lunches. If you are like me, when June rolled around, I had already been long suffering from lunchbox fatigue. PB&J just wasn’t making the grade anymore: what in the world was I going to feed my trio to get them through those action-packed, hot days of summer camp? Here is some of the insight I have gleaned both as a mom, and CEO of a company, MyFunkins Ltd., that was inspired while packing my children’s lunchboxes.

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Eight Tips for Getting Away Without Baby While Nursing

Whether it’s your first or fourth baby, you’re tired. Depending on your circumstances and/or level of desperation, you may finally be ready to get away… (gulp!) without baby. Luckily, with a little bit of advanced planning, choosing to breastfeed does not have to render vacationing a thing of the past. Whether for business or pleasure, here are a few tips to make your getaway while nursing a smooth one.

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2014 Mid-Year Top Baby Names

Have a baby due this year?

If you're still looking for a name for your little one, you might want to check out the most popular baby names of the year so far. Nameberry, the baby names website, just released its official mid-year list of 100 most popular names for both girls and boys. The list is compiled based on how many views each name attracted on the Nameberry site.

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It's Hard To Say Goodbye

Transitions can be hard. The end of school; the beginning of camp; moving to a new house or a new school; Grown-ups talk frequently of the "major life crises." They're all about transitions of one kind or another. Certainly, leaving a play date or changing activities during the day at school are transitions as well, but for this newsletter let's concentrate on the biggies. It's scary for anyone to experience events that are out of one's control. When things happen unexpectedly or we begin something new, it's natural to feel some hesitation, curiosity, excited, and also nerves. So how do we help children (and ourselves) with these experiences? How can you acknowledge a young child's concerns, while also letting them know that they're okay and capable of taking on a new challenge? Here are some ideas:

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BCM does Sesame!

Last week, we packed our kids, lunch and bathing suits in a trusty Zipcar and headed down the New Jersey Turnpike to Sesame Place. We had a blast! We weren't Sesame Place first-timers as we had been several times before. This time, however, we got to experience Cookie's Monster Land which is brand-new and it was loaded with dry rides great for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Almost the entire park is geared towards the younger set and the little ones love that they can go on rides with their friends and not always with their mommies and daddies.

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Camp is just starting, but this time of year is also the traditional kick-off to plan for next summer. Parents only have seven short weeks to preview camps firsthand this season for their kids for next summer. Just as parents would visit colleges, visiting camps is important because camp is a very significant financial, emotional, and life shaping investment. NOW is the time to book visits. Here are top summer camp tour tips from, the comprehensive camp planning resource:

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