on my way home from work last night i was on the phone with nate and i got the impulse to take the little ones out for dinner. normally we are pretty strict about a 7:30pm bedtime, but it was such a nice evening and i was really missing these little ones. so, as soon as i got home we headed out for dinner. the little lady insisted upon taking her bike out… we hadn’t ventured on the city sidewalks with bikes yet, but we thought we would let her give it a shot. she was a ROCKSTAR! i mean, i am not sure if she learned by watching her dad, but we couldn’t believe how well she did–she even went right off the curb. i was impressed (and i think nate was over the moon to see his little lady’s bike skills!)
the little prince is still a little too young to take the streets with his bike… but he didn’t object to being carried one bit! mama’s boy!
when we told the little lady it was time to get off the bike she was not happy. what a perfect pout!
she got over her anger once i told her we were going to have pizza!
after pizza we decided to let them play a little while longer, it was just so nice out and they were in such good spirits.
there are sometimes that we worry that the little ones don’t get to experience the life nate and i had growing up–a big backyard, a cul-de-sac to play in–but on nights like last night i feel like they are lucky too. the weather was perfect and while the sun set over the city i just kept thinking, how magical.
the little ones didn’t make it to bed till almost 9pm, but they went to sleep immediately and said what a great time they had. sometimes you have to break your own rules and just live.
every little lady needs an oscar party dress… or three! how precious is ruby niemierko, she recently visited her uncle mark niemierko in london (mark is a wedding & event planner). looks like this little lady had a dream date with her uncle… shopping for oscar dresses, brunch at the dorchester and supper at claridges–so chic! i love how she layered her denim jacket over her gingham floral party dress–the perfect cool girl look for brunch.
sometimes i wonder what it will be like when the little ones realize that their whole lives have been fully documented… in photos and in words. beyond george & ruby and instagram, nate and i also maintain individual blogs for them on tumblr. while we rarely print these photos (because there are thousands), we are always looking back through the images with the little lady and the little prince… watching video clips and browsing through their baby pictures. they get a total kick out of seeing their sweet baby faces cooing into the camera. some people say that by always taking pictures with your phone you aren’t completely present in the moments. i guess i can see that side of it, but i personally am so glad i take so many pictures and videos. i look back through them often… whenever i am at work, traveling and sometimes even on date night with nate we find ourselves reliving memories through our images.
recently, she collaborated with birchbox on a video featuring her top 10 travel beauty essentials. warning: if you watch this you might find yourself placing a large online order of beauty products… i just did!
here is a break down of all of the products she loves:
not only is oscar’s something blue fragrance a part of the june delivery with birchbox, they are also offering a sweepstakes for a getaway at oscar’s tortuga bay resort in the dominican republic. all you have to do is like birchbox on facebook and enter to win (share the link with friends to earn more entries!)
it seems like summer is the season of celebrations. there’s nothing that our family loves more than getting together with friends for a little festivity. i have been collecting inspirational pins on my celebrations pinterest board. be sure to check it out for ideas on fun treats to bring to your neighborhood party, a friend/s birthday or crafts to create for with your little one’s during on those hot summer days.
at oscar, we recently collaborated with glossybox (a bespoke box of 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples hand-picked and mailed directly to your door) for their june box–featuring deluxe samples of the oscar de la renta essential luxuries collection. the team at glossybox sent our team a thank you box full of delightfully delicious cookies from a philadelphia-based bakery called the whipped bakeshop. how amazing are the detailed designs of these cookies! i’m definitely bookmarking this little bakeshop for the next birthday party. i imagine they would have no trouble designing cookies to look like all the disney princesses!
it’s officially summertime around new york city–the bikes are out, the playgrounds are full and the bags are packed for family day trips around the city. i love exploring the city with the little ones on the weekend. whether it is sunny, rainy or you feel the need to escape the city, i thought i would share some of my favorite spots to visit with the family!
yesterday evening baby buggy hosted their annual bedtime bash in the victorian gardens at wollman rink in central park. it was a magical night–the weather was perfect and so were the festivities. i don’t think i have ever seen the little ones so delighted. it was their first time on amusement park rides and i couldn’t believe how well they did, from the hydro racer to the train and even the mini mouse roller coaster, they were all smiles. the only exception was the flying barn which did not bode well with these two. the little lady asked to go on it and nate and i thought, why not, lets give it a shot! i think the only reason i didn’t get sick after spinning around in circles was because the little lady and the little prince were on the verge of crossing from fear into total meltdown stage after the first spin… thankfully the ride was short and they recovered quickly!
a couple of our closest friends joined us for the festivities. the little lady and her little buddy have been best friends since they were 3 months old (and they are 2 days apart!). seems impossible to believe, but if you saw them together you would not believe the bond they have.
if you are in nyc this summer, you should definitely stop by this charming world of amusement in the middle of central park… if you do, i recommend these looks for the perfect summery carnival attire.
thanks to baby buggy for hosting such an amazing event. we had a great time! xx!
(baby buggy welcomed many fathers and children from one of baby buggy’s grantee sites, the fathers first program in the rockaways, as vip guests this year. the fathers first program —which was destroyed by hurricane sandy —provides the fathers enrolled with counseling and training they need to become strong and stable caregivers for their children. baby buggy provides these dads with the items they need like diapers and cribs to ensure the health and safety of their children.)
i am what you would call “an online shopper.” i literally buy everything online… from diapers and laundry detergent to kids clothes and coloring books. i think this is very common for new york city moms because when i visit other cities sometimes my friends look at me like i am a little crazy. the truth is, we are all busy and i really believe that these sites are providing services that help simplify our lives. here are my top sites and the reasons why:
this site launched in 2005, by two dads! it is an absolute lifesaver. i remember rocking the newly born little lady at 11pm and realizing that i was out of diapers and wipes and in less than 5 minutes i had an order in and they delivered right to my door the next morning! one of the most important things to note is that within diapers.com, you also have: soap.com (essentials), wag.com (pets), yoyo.com (toys), beautybar.com (beauty), casa.com (home), afterschool.com (activities), vine.com (all-natural), bookwork.com (books) and look.com (kids clothes)!
it is hard not to love amazon–they inevitably have everything you need and with amazon prime, they have created a loyalty program like no other. they took their customer dedication a step further with amazon mom offering added discounts on your most important items (diapers, wipes, etc)… there is also unlimited streaming of tv shows and movies. however, my favorite part about amazon is their subscribe and save functionality. i subscribed to monthly shipments of fruit squeeze pouches for the little ones–this means that once a month an email is sent to me saying that the product will ship and the best part is there is an added cost savings!
don’t get me wrong, i love going to the grocery store–especially whole foods–but, i just don’t have the time these days. i would rather spend that extra hour or two hanging out with the little ones! fresh direct has saved us! i really appreciate how they work with local farms to offer organic and all-natural products as well. if you don’t have fresh direct, i have heard that peapod.com and schwanns.com also have similar offerings.
one thing that all these sites have in common, that any on-the-go parent can appreciate, is a fantastic mobile & tablet app. whether at my desk at the office, at home on my laptop or in a taxi cab, i can order all of our home essentials.
(special thanks to our creative intern, caitie, for the playful layout!)
my name is marissa kraxberger. i am a mom of two, an avid traveler, and obsessed with all things digital.
i blog for oscar de la renta about the whirlwind of fashion + social media and sippy cups + sesame street.