Friday, October 31, 2014

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Happy Halloween to one and all! Celebrate the spooky this year with Karina Dresses In honor of the holiday, they will be marking down all of the dresses in their Fall 2014 Collection from $158 to $99. So, make sure your dresses are a treat to wear, not a trick on you!
Karina Dresses was founded in 2007, based upon fashion industry veteran, Karina Cousineau's, vision of creating dresses for every woman. She knew there was a real need for a fashion line that makes every body (and everybody) feel and look great no matter what shape or size. A line that made every woman feel like a Frockstar™. Handmade in New York from limited edition fabrics, Karina Dresses creates a custom collection that is both classic and fashion-forward. Through a deep dialogue with retailers and direct clients, Karina takes a “slow fashion” approach, patiently nurturing dresses with artisanal attention to fit, fabric and construction.


Funny Friday - You know Who I'm Talking About

 Me -

My sister and I were playing Hide and Seek with our younger cousins. My little cousin kept calling me Maria the whole night. At one point, she went over to her mother and said "I can't find Maria." 

"Maria?" asked her mother. "Who is Maria?"

"Maria!" repeated my little cousin waving her arms around in the air for emphasis. "You know! My cousin, Maria."

Mom -

When Aurella was little when she would get an idea in her head, and you could not get it out. She decided that the mouse in Tom and Jerry was named "Sammy" and not "Jerry". "Like my friend, Sammy." she would say.  She also decided that Xanadu in the movie and Broadway musical Xanadu was a person and not a place. "Let play, Xanadu, Mommy." she would say, "You be Xanadu, and I'll be Kira."

Tune in tomorrow for a Saturday Special.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The New York Historical Society Museum

We were not financially compensated for this post. We did receive free tickets to the museum for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

Me - The New York Historical Society, wow! My favorite part of the museum was the DiMenna Children's History Museum. It had a lot of interactive exhibits. There was an electronic baseball game. You could either be the pitcher or the batter. It was really hard, but it was fun. There was quiz game. It had different subjects. You could pick one. You answered questions if you answered enough right you won a bracelet. My sister and I both won. They also had a library with a ton of books. Aside from the Dimenna Children's History Museum, there were several other sections of the New York Historical Society. There was a special exhibit on Madeline. It was mostly pictures. They also had some of the books that you could read. In another part of the museum there was a lot of artwork. It bored my sister and I. There was an exhibit of objects related to New York City. It included a bagel, a takeout coffee cup, and a door covered with graffiti. That exhibit was really cool. There was also an exhibit on Chinese people in America. I thought it was interesting. It was mostly about immigration. We learned about immigration back in second grade. We even had immigration day. I also once saw an American Citizenship ceremony at a baseball stadium. All in all, most of the museum was interesting and some of it was fun.

Mom - We had a good time at the New York Historical society. My girls really enjoyed the DiMenna Children's History Museum. In addition to the activities discussed in yesterday's review post, they also enjoyed learning about money and how the different states all used to have different systems of money, viewing pictures of famous New York locations as they as there are now and as they used to be in a previous century, and playing a fun video baseball game among other things. We could easily have spent a lot more time there if we were not on such a tight schedule the day we visited. We also really enjoyed the exhibit on A Brief History of New York through 101 objects. It had a good blend of objects to stir quite a mix of emotions at least for me. I felt nostalgic at seeing items, such as, a subway token and a pink rubber ball. I felt amusement at seeing such objects as a food takeout container and a bagel. Although I agree these things are very New York, it just felt funny to see them in a museum. I even felt sadness in seeing items, such as, dust from the World Trade Center. A Brief History of New York seen through 101 Objects will be at the museum through November 30. I also enjoyed the exhibit on Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion. It shed light on a topic I personally knew little about. For instance, while I knew that people of Japanese descent were detained in camps during World War II, I never knew that even before that there was a time when people of Chinese descent were detained in camps and kept from immigrating fully into America.I would have liked to spend more time and go more carefully through the exhibit, however at that point in our visit we were pressed for time, and my younger daughter was getting restless. The Chinese Exclusion/Inclusion exhibit will be appearing through April 19, 2015. We also enjoyed the exhibit on Ludwig Bemelmans. The girls especially loved looking nostalically through his Madeline books which have always been a favorite in our house. I found it especially interesting to find out that Mr. Bemelemans had actually written other books besides the Madeline books. I would have loved to have had more time to look through some of the other books. Unfortunately, I will be unable to since even if I return to theNew York Historical Society Museum in the future, the Ludwig Bemelmans was only open through October 19 and is now closed. However, I am sure there will be other exhibits that are just as interesting opening soon or some time in the future.
And that's our view. What objects do you think of when you think of New York?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The New York Historical Society Museum

We were not financially compensated for this post. We were given free tickets to the museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

What: The New York Historical Society

Where: 170 Central Park West
            New York, New York

Who: All ages
Our view: The New York Historical Society Museum is like two museums in one. The main part of the museum consists of a permanent collection and changing exhibits. The permanent collection is known as the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture and is currently closed for renovation. It is expected to reopen some time around December, 2016. The temporary exhibits currently appearing are an Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion, A Brief History of New York through 101 Objects and and an art exhibit. Of these, the most interesting to children is the New York exhibit. I mean where else can you see  objects, such as, a bagel, a black and white cookie, a subway token and a graffiti covered door displayed in a museum? This exhibit will only be appearing until November 30, 2014 so if you want to see it you need to go within the next month or so. The other part of the museum is the DiMenna Children's History Museum. That part of the museum is extremely interactive and lots of fun for children of all ages and maybe even some adults too. Exhibits here include the following: A baseball exhibit where children can feel the difference in bats, balls, bases etc. used in the modern baseball era and those used in an earlier era. A history quiz where children can choose a topic and answer multiple choice questions about it and even possibly win a prize. A voting booth where children can pretend to vote and learn about what groups were once excluded from voting. There is also a large library of books as part of the museum with bench seating all around where children can sit and read or just leaf through a book if they would like. For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/.

And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow Talking Topics for more about the New York Historical Society Museum.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tips for Tuesday - Misc.

While we were not financially compensated for this post, we were given some of the products discussed here for free for review purposes. This post also may contain affiliate links. However, any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experiences.
 
Me - Today  I am recommending Seventeen Magazine. I don't know why I started getting Seventeen I don't remember subscribing to it, but I love it. There are great articles. There's great advice. There are things that they tell you which you can buy that don't cost a lot of money. They have contests. They have sweepstakes. They give great tips and advice. They recommend a lot of products, web-sites, apps. and a whole bunch of cool things. Any preteen or tween will love it.

Mom - Today I am recommending Kidecal labels. These labels are amazing!  They stick fast and hold tight and stay there. We really put them to the test and they came through with flying colors.

Here is a Kidecal label that has been put through the dishwasher:

Here is a Kidecal label that been put through the microwave:

Here is a Kidecal label that has been through the washing machine:
We ran Kidecal labels through both hot and cold water in the washing machine and they all came out looking perfect. We also poured water on them and they remained intact. While it is possible to cut the labels with a pair of scissors, we could not do it with our bare hands. Any label that can stand up to all that is certainly a label that can stand up to just about anything. I would highly recommend Kidecal labels for all your labeling needs. For more information or to order Kidecal labels of your own go to http://kidecals.com//

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Karina Dresses Ruby Dress Sale 10/28-10/29

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUBY DEE
Happy birthday to the amazing actress, playwright, activist, and all around icon - Ruby Dee! Best known for her work in films such as A Raisin in the Sun, Do the Right Thing, and American Gangster, Dee played a huge role in paving the way for other African-American actors and filmmakers. In honor of the icon's birthday (she would have been 92!), Karina Dresses is running a sale on their popular RUBY dress. From 10/28 to 10/29, all Ruby dresses (sleeveless AND 3/4 sleeves) will be marked down from $158 to $99. So, go ahead and add some outer beauty to that wonderful inner beauty you've already got.
Karina Dresses was founded in 2007, based upon fashion industry veteran, Karina Cousineau's, vision of creating dresses for every woman. She knew there was a real need for a fashion line that makes every body (and everybody) feel and look great no matter what shape or size. A line that made every woman feel like a Frockstar™. Handmade in New York from limited edition fabrics, Karina Dresses creates a custom collection that is both classic and fashion-forward. Through a deep dialogue with retailers and direct clients, Karina takes a “slow fashion” approach, patiently nurturing dresses with artisanal attention to fit, fabric and construction.
 
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