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Your uncensored weekly guide to mom life and the crazy inner thoughts of this tired mom of three and how I sometimes feel like a bigger shipwreck than the Titanic.

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Weekly Mom Life Musings

Hello and welcome to February! We have so much happening this month! I hope I can keep up. Most of it focuses around my daughter so I’m glad I was able to sneak off and spend some one on one time with my son this week at the most anticipated event of the year for this sweet nine year old Titanic: The Exhibition in New York City!

This week the world is talking about Tom Brady retiring (again), Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling launching a home line for QVC, Beyoncé announcing a tour, Wakanda Forever coming to your couch, and Punxsutawney Phil prophetically predicting six more weeks of winter.

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What Am I Watching? What Are My Kids Watching?

My husband and I watched You People on Netflix this week. We liked it but shortly after watching it I started seeing so many negative reviews. This made me wonder if it is not a movie ok to like? It had a great cast and beautiful, colorful scenes, but I guess the topic and how people were portrayed in it was something to ponder.

My kids love the movie National Treasure (we even reenacted a scene on the steps at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia last Fall) so they have been loving the Disney+ show National Treasure: Edge of HIstory.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Ava Bar and Eatery

What Am I Eating?

We had the best lunch at Ana Bar and Eatery in Hudson Yards this week. This gorgeous quick serve restaurant is on the second floor of the destination shopping pavilion and worth going to all on it’s own. From the view to the live Jazz music (on the weekends from 3pm-5pm), to the 30+ “by the pound” food, to the freestanding stations – Bianca Latte, Tacos & Tequila, and the Roman style pizza counter, our bellies were beyond happy. Ana Bar and Eatery was the perfect solution for indecisive lunch people like us because we often want to eat different things, and finding a restaurant can be a challenge.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Prince Harry Spare

What Am I Reading?

I’m still hanging with Haz this week. So far I’ve read about his time at Eton and being labeled a “bad boy”. However, he promises his behavior didn’t warrant this title forced upon him by the British press. If this stuff is true, it’s sad this poor “Spare” had to keep taking one for the team. I’m really enjoying this book. I just wish I had more time to read it!

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Thank You For Being A Friend

What Am I Writing?

This week I wrote an ode to my amazing girlfriends for Mitzvah Market titled “Thank You For Being A Friend“. It’s been so much fun planning our kid’s mitzvahs together with this group of ladies. I also highlight how special it is to have a long term group of friends like this and how it is such a gift to watch each other’s kids grow up. Included as well is a tribute to a friend’s parents who have had the same group of friends for the last forty years. I loved watching this “parent circle” dance at their son’s wedding and then again at their grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. I’m glad including them made them as happy as I was to see this beautiful act.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Uno

What Are We Playing?

This week I lost against my six year old at Uno. I won the first round so I thought I had a chance. Silly me. He probably let me win that round to trick me. But he has no teeth, so I win there.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Titanic Exhibition NYC

Where Are We Going?

We are a family of Titanic lovers – or Titaniacs – so Titanic: The Exhibition was one of the most anticipated events coming to New York for us in a long time. This Titanic exhibit was filled with artifacts from passengers aboard the Titanic, and images of prominent crew and passengers. Admission includes an audio guide which was well designed and informative. We loved the iceberg shaped sheet of ice and the model with one of the ship’s sides removed so you could see inside of it.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Long Island Playgrounds

Old Blog Post I’m Thinking About

Even though Phil predicts more winter, it’s somewhat mild weather here in New York. With that said it is a great time to throw on a coat and visit one of Long Island’s great playgrounds! The good news is they are free so if you get cold, you can just leave.

The Mint Chip Mama Sundae: Jamaica 2007

Before Mom Life. Thinking Of A Place I Went Long Ago

This picture is from Jamaica in January of 2007. My husband and I booked a brand new resort that looked gorgeous. We wondered why it was so inexpensive… well we found out the reason upon arrival. It was not yet built. Ok, I should say most of it was built, but definitely not all of it. We tried to make the best of it and in the end they gave us a refund so in essence it all became just a funny story. I also like this picture because I read “Y2K” fashion is coming back hard and here I’m rocking a Bordeaux colored velour Juicy Couture track suit. I’d love to go back to Jamaica one day. Even more if the hotel has running water.

This Week’s Mom Life On Instagram:

This week I had some fun picking out an animal to donate from Heifer International‘s “Most Wanted” list for Valentine’s Day (check them out, it makes a great “out of the box” gift). Then getting these gorgeous iridescent tote bags from Nush Nush ready for our party and finally highlighting my love of coffee in this fun Scary Mommy mug.

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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022 & 2023, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

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