Designing an Easy & Cool Tween Room for Middle School!

Tweens want cool rooms. Often it is so they can sit and brood, but mostly it is just because who doesn’t want a cool tween room!? When it was time to evolve our bedroom situation, getting our cool tween ready for middle school, there was no question what the décor would be – Harry Potter all the way!

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My daughter has been a good sport the last four years. When we had her baby brother, she and my middle son began sharing a room. They had the coolest bunk beds in town and a pretty sweet set up that was the perfect brother/sister hang out. But then she began to feel she needed her own space. We agreed that when elementary school ended, we would switch her out of their room and into her four-year-old brother’s room. The excitement of my boys to create a “bro-cave” was reason enough! This was the perfect summer project with plenty of time to get ready to go back to school.

Designing an Easy & Cool Tween Room for Middle School! - The Mint Chip Mama

Where Do You Begin?

As a girl going into 5th grade, she was ready for a sophisticated room. She loves turquoise and blue, so we started with that color scheme. Luckily, the room was already painted a shade of blue that she loved! We took some furniture measurements and when the day came – July 31st (Harry Potter’s birthday, of course) – we were ready to go!

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Cool Tween Room Wall Art

The most exciting part – and the entire focus of the room – is this spectacular removable wall mural from Recall Art that I found on Etsy. Igor – the owner – was amazing to work with and helped me pick out the perfect size to fit the wall. It honestly is the coolest thing I have ever seen and what I stare at when I sit in her room. I don’t think I could have found anything cooler. It was easy enough to put up and just makes the room amazing. It’s simply the coolest accent wall I have ever seen.

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Cool Tween Room Seating Options

Next, we thought about the ideal lounge chair for a cool tween room. We quickly decided it had to be a bean bag chair! We wanted a really good one and in the perfect shade of blue. Our search led us to Big Joe’s Kid’s Fuf in cobalt. The foam in this chair is so comfortable and just mushes around you. It’s a given that at any moment you can find her curled up with a book sitting on her Fuf. It is so perfect. Plus, now that she will be doing remote learning for school, it is a great flexible seating option!

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A Great Place to Do Homework

Speaking of flexible seating options, what would a cool tween room be without a proper desk to do homework? We were lucky to get this beautiful drop-down secretary – a family heirloom – for her room. It has a huge space where we can put all kinds of fun desk organizers. But even better, at the end of the day we just pop the drop lid up so we cannot see the mess!

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Along with a good desk, a cool tween room needs a good desk seat. But not just any old seat. What she doesn’t know yet is we got her a Kore Pre-Teen Wobble Stool (in dark blue). This is going to be her first-day-of-school present. She first met this stool in her 4th grade classroom, and it was love at first site. This flexible seating option was her absolute favorite and she is going to flip out when she sees it, I cannot wait! Again, with her doing remote learning, this will be the perfect addition to her room. The fact that she wanted it makes it even better!

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Cool Tween Room Storage

Storage was the next area for us to tackle. Cool tween rooms have a lot of clothes, and a lot of stuff. We were lucky to have more family heirloom furniture (again in blue!) that fit perfectly. Because the room is on the smaller side, and she has very little clothing that hangs, we decided to put the dresser in the closet to save some real estate. We then added in a three by three cube organizer that brought everything together. This was the perfect option to neatly store her books, but also big enough that she could store her jewelry boxes and put in some fun Harry Potter décor.

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The Perfect Bed

Bedding was the next area we tackled. When we went to family camp last summer I bought her a white duvet cover to batik. The turquoise color came out great and it worked with the room so well. We also found the most perfect denim colored sheets. All of this on top of her trundle bed, with a few accent pillows and she was good to go!

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Cool Tween Room Decor

Last, we needed to spiff up this cool tween room with some decorations. She is an avid artist, so this was not hard. We did a girl scout event at Casa de Spin – a spin art studio by our home – earlier in the year. With her new room in mind, she made a painting in multiple shades of blue. The painting matched perfectly and really brought everything together. On the other walls she was excited to hang up paintings I did that made her happy (cool tweens still love their Mommy!). The last step was putting together her new lava lamp, which turned out to be the perfect night light.

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It is All About the Blues…

She is so happy with how her room turned out. It is amazing how all the colors and furniture came together to make a really beautiful room. It is the perfect place for her to relax, do art, do her schoolwork, chat with her friends, and of course – the most important thing for a cool tween – make TikTok videos.

Vision Boards – A Great Camp Mom Project!

Like many families right now, we are still hunkering down at home following the rules to avoid contracting Covid-19. Every day I am looking for new activities to keep my three kids – ages 4, 6 and 10 busy and engaged. I read about making Vision Boards and thought my kids and I (because let’s face it – it’s a hell of a lot more fun if it’s actually fun) would enjoy making them. Spoiler – I was right.

What is a Vision Board?

I wasn’t really sure what a vision board was, so like any good person living in 2020, I started googling around. I found out there is a local store called Vision Works NY – whose main mission is to teach people how to make vision boards! I immediately reached out to the owners for some advice.

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What supplies do I need to make a Vision Board?

Unlike many people who have jumped into the 21st century, I still get several paper magazine subscriptions. Lucky for me, that was pretty much all I needed to get us started. I began saving them and truth be told – I ended up not needing as many as I expected. Surprisingly, even with making four vision boards, we only used a handful of magazines. In short – this means you can probably make a great vision board with only one or two old issues. I also tried to think outside of the box with the types of magazines I saved. I had great luck finding images and words from my alumni magazine, US Weekly, InStyle, and even the Cambridge Pavers insert from The New York Times (it had awesome background pictures – especially if you like fire pits, pool scenes and sunsets. It was THE perfect vision board magazine for me! Who knew?)!

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Once I had my magazines ready, we sat around the table and wrote out a list of things that makes us happy – to create some inspiration. We also included things we wanted to see/do/accomplish this summer.

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Next, I told my kids to close their eyes and I read them the notes from Liz at Vision Works NY. My goal was to set their mood for finding the right images and words for their vision boards. This was a great step and really resonated with them.

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Time to start cutting!

Now it was time to get to work. We each took a magazine and started cutting out pictures and words. We cut out big things and we cut out small things. We cut out background images and we cut out random things we liked. My kids were SO into this I could not believe it. I knew my 10-year-old art obsessed daughter would love this, but my six-year-old son went to town! Even my four-year-old was engaged and loving it. Because all three of my kids were into it, I could get into it too! Since that doesn’t happen very often, it truly was a gift!

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What is the best background to use?

The next step was figuring out the heavy duty background for our vision boards. My initial thought was to recycle canvases from painting birthday parties, but I soon realized we needed a bigger space. I ended up flattening out the cardboard from cereal boxes and making a custom size for each of us.

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Covering your vision board background

I took a few pages of “background” and glued them to the cardboard using a regular glue stick. School glue would also work – especially if you use a paint brush. I would just be careful of the amount of school glue you use so the magazine doesn’t pucker. Next, I covered up the words on my background pages with color blocks and images.

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Let the collaging begin!

I took out all the words and images I cut out and placed them on my vision board. Finally, my last step was to glue them all down one by one. If you’re the kind of person who likes to throw caution to the wind, you can glue as you go. However, I wanted to make sure everything fit first before committing to a location.

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OMG! A collage of all the things I love makes me happy! #Duh

For me, when I am in the inertia of an art project, I get into the zone and don’t really see it as a whole until I am done and take a step back. This is one of my favorite things about creating art. Once I finished my vision board I took a step back, looked, and I just felt so happy. Now, the funny part is – OF COURSE I’m going to feel happy – I literally just made a board of everything that makes me happy! It SHOULD make me happy! Since I completed my vision board, I can’t stop looking at it and smiling. I don’t know if I made a text book “vision board” or simply a really pretty happiness collage, but I love it either way. I can’t stop looking at it and sending it to my friends!

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One day or multi day project

Another thing I loved about this project is it took us a few days to complete. We worked on it for an hour a day over three days. You can absolutely do it in one day for instant gratification, but I wanted something that would take longer. I also didn’t want my kids to get bored and lose interest in the project, so I fed it to them in pieces.

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It all comes back to the unsung hero of self-isolation – toilet paper

My kids had so much fun cutting out the most random pictures – including the Geico gecko, Lin-Manuel Miranda, elephants, rainbows, and many, many others. Funny enough – we all cut out the Charmin Ultra Soft bear – without even realizing it. So, in conclusion, no matter what we are doing, five months later, we are still thinking about toilet paper (and clearly very loyal to Charmin!)!

This is a great project to do with kids (or adults!) of any age, it helps recycle things around your house, and it costs nothing! I hope you enjoy making your vision boards as much as we enjoyed making ours. I would love to see them when they are done and share in your vision board happiness!

Convert Your Driveway Into a Roller Skating Rink!

I love raising my family in the same town as where I grew up. One of the benefits is sharing places that hold a special place in my heart from my youth. With that said, I don’t think there is another place in the area that bring more childhood memories than roller skating at United Skates of America in Seaford.

Roller Skating Rink Nostalgia

From the yellow postcard inviting me to a roller skating birthday party in the 90’s to the “Skateasaurus” to the square piece of pizza and skating around the rink to a favorite request (“Shout” by Tears for Fears) there are so many memories that pop into my head.

Second Generation Roller Skating Obsession

When my daughter attended her first birthday party at the skating rink, four years ago, I could not believe that the place was exactly the same! I felt like I walked into a time warp from my youth. The skating bug officially bit my daughter – and she never looked back. She got roller skates for the holidays that year, followed by in-line skates for her birthday a few months later. Then, we started giving out skates to her friends as birthday presents. Living in a cul-de-sac helped her hone her skills. On most days you can find her outside skating in circles.

When it was time to plan her birthday party that year, there was no question where she wanted to have it. Luckily, she has an equally skating obsessed best friend. Together, we rented out the rink for a private birthday party and had the whole place to ourselves! It was ah-maaaazing!

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This little sk8r grl is now in 4th grade, the last grade of elementary school in our district. The end of this year culminates with celebrations discussed for all of elementary school. As you can imagine, with Covid-19 halting all of these school functions, she was pretty bummed. Enter United Skates of America.

Community Involvement and Bringing the Roller Skating Rink to You!

As a fan, I have been on its email list for years. It has been my pleasure to share United Skates’ community-oriented programs on my Facebook page, helping spread its tremendously generous programs – including free passes for teacher and first-responders. Then, I got the email of all emails —since you can not go to them right now, they will come to you. Yep! You can now rent a skating floor (and all the accouterments) for your home – right on your very own driveway or patio.

The moment I read this I knew a private, home skating party, would blow any sadness out of her mind from missing her 4th grade festivities. Luckily, I was 10,000,000% correct!

It was a breeze working with United Skates of America to set this up. They arrived with all the items needed and set up the custom skating rink in about an hour. Since they have interlocking floor pieces they were able to customize it to fit my driveway exactly. Then they set up all of the skates (including the Fisher Price over the shoe ones for my four-year-old), the Skate Mates, and a WiFi enabled sound system with a pre-loaded three hour playlist. All of this is yours for five full hours!

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The miracle of the day was that my kids played in the basement the entire time they were setting up the floor. They had no idea what has coming! With bubbling excitement, I called them outside. Their faces were priceless when they saw it. My daughter announced it was “the coolest thing they have ever seen”.

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It Was “The Best Day Ever”

It was an absolutely fantastic day. The kids skated, and skated, and skated. Broke for dinner, and skated a little more as the sun set. As I watched I thought how cool it would be for an “after dark” rink set up with glow sticks – thank goodness they have that on the horizon (no pun intended).

As they came to collect the floor, my daughter skated to “The Last Dance” by Donna Summer (because I’m hilarious). I thanked the United Skates staff profusely for thinking outside of the box, for helping parents properly celebrate milestones right now, and for being creative.

Breaking down the floor took much less time and my kids looked forlornly as the workers drove away. My daughter turned to me and said “I don’t think there is anything you could have done for me that would have been cooler than that. Thank you SO SO SO much.” Above all, as a parent, that is the best thing to hear. I was so happy. Not to mention it was an ENTIRE day of an activity for all three of them that kept them interested for five hours straight! Roller skating to the rescue!

A Whole Menu of “At Home” Roller Skate Experiences!

Luckily, the party continued a week later for her as two elementary schools in our district came together to offer the graduating 4th graders an end of year Virtual Glow Dance Party. For this zoom dance party – United Skates of America had an MC and DJ and song dedications from the teachers. Plus, all kind of things that light up and flash! I am so grateful to them for putting this together and once again thinking of a creative way to celebrate these kids. The whole family had a blast dancing on the driveway as we projected it onto the fence. If you ask my children, they would say I had the most fun.

Likewise, United Skates of America stepped up and created several at-home options. These include Curbside Pick-up with LOL Dolls and Minions, 4th of July Glow to Go, and their Glow Dance Party.

For more information on any of the things above, please reach out to Jen at jsimonettiskate@gmail.com and be sure to tell her The Mint Chip Mama sent you!

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**Giveaway**

Win a Family 4-Pack of FREE Admission Passes to United Skates of America!

To win, please comment below with your favorite rollerskating memory!

Winner will be chosen Friday, July 3rd at 1pm.

Recreational Vehicles – The Luxury “Out of the Box” Summer Travel of 2020

Now is the time to think outside the box and be creative with our time and family. I am lucky to have many friends who are experts in their fields. To spice things up, I’ve decided to launch series of guest bloggers for The Mint Chip Mama!  

Summer 2020 is going to look different. Since one of my passions is seeing the world in unique ways, I thought it would be fun to kick off this series with Wanderology on #TravelTuesday.

If YOU have something unique to say – or a fun idea for this summer – and want to be a guest blogger, please feel free to get in touch with me at themintchipmama@gmail.com!

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With many COVID-19 restrictions still in place, it is easy to feel cooped up sitting at home. A record number of planes continue to be grounded, cancelling summer plans around the world. The face of travel is like we have never seen it before. International flights may be off the agenda, but the good news is that there is an easy solution to traveling with your family in a safe and socially distanced way. A luxury solution that comes with concierge assistance and a 24/7 medical travel pod.

RVs, or recreational vehicles, offer a fantastic opportunity to see your home country in a whole new light. They allow you to get away from the everyday grind and hit the open road in your very own hotel-on-wheels. While you may have never considered it before, it may surprise you how flexible and rewarding RV travel can be for you and your family.

The Options Are Endless

There is an RV to suit every budget. From basic models with all creature comforts to deluxe motorhomes with amenities rivaling the most modern hotels. Yes, the variety of options may seem overwhelming, but a travel professional can help you sort through finding the best and most reliable option for your family. Plus, we can guarantee you will be getting a new model motorhome from some of the world’s leading manufacturers like Coachmen and Thor. With some RVs sleeping up to 7 people, it is also a great chance to get the whole family together to spend some quality time in style.

Comfortable as they may be, you needn’t feel confined to your RV during your trip. You can tie in stops for overnight camping, where you and your family can sleep under the stars in some of the country’s best and most picturesque campgrounds. Alternatively, if you would like some nights away from the great outdoors, we can arrange bookings in a host of luxurious lodges and five-star hideaways, where you can kick back and relax after a day on the road. If the mood suddenly strikes for a last-minute stay, we can easily arrange for overnight accommodation and are always just one phone call away.

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Leave The Planning To Us

If planning your route feels a little overwhelming, we can also provide customized itineraries to ensure that your family has a trip that perfectly suits you. Whether it is hiking some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes or immersing yourself in Navajo heritage, you can enjoy the benefits of a personally tailored trip and activities organized down to the very last detail. Our itineraries take away all the guesswork, leaving you to simply follow the route and freeing up more time for you to spend on the things that matter most. 

RVs allow you to travel some of the world’s most awe-inspiring roads, taking in the wealth of sights and attractions that are waiting to be discovered along the way. But we know that road trips can be daunting, especially if it is your first time. Wanderology can provide a whole host of services to make your journey as seamless and stress-free as possible – including initial grocery packs and bespoke music playlists to make even the longest of drives more fun. 

Your Safety Comes First

With all that is currently going on in the world, the health and safety of your family is our number one concern. RV travel is an obvious choice for its ease of abiding by social distancing guidelines. Wanderology goes the extra mile to give you peace of mind. Each RV is deep-cleaned before you arrive, with an optional daily cleaning service available to keep your vehicle spick and span.

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When it comes to navigation, we make sure there is no room for error with remote road guided assistance and even auto weather rerouting. Guaranteeing that you will never be left high and dry, there will be a concierge field agent accessible throughout your whole trip, and 24/7 medical travel pod assistance on the off chance you should need it. It is these small details that make a big difference, ensuring that your next RV vacation is one that you and your family will never forget.

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So, what are you waiting for? If you’d like to find out more about traveling by RV this summer, get in touch with Wanderology by emailing rebecca@wanderology.com or calling 516-636-TRIP (8747). Plus, be sure to follow us on Instagram for travel tips and inspiration from around the globe. 

*Giveaway*

Our friends at Thames & Kosmos and Bicycle Playing Cards want to make your summer travel even better!

Enter to win a summer family fun pack of a My Discovery Telescope and deck of Bicycle Playing Cards!

Just imagine playing a heated game of Spit as you cruise Route 66 before stopping to stargaze at the end of the night. Sounds like perfection to me!

To win, comment below on The Mint Chip Mama’s blog post what your dream plan is for the Summer of 2020.

Winner will be picked on Tuesday, June 23rd at 1pm.

Today My Last Three Year Old Turns Four

I have one hour left of having my last three-year-old. Tomorrow – my third child, my Benjamin, will wake up four years old.

The Transition From Age Three to Age Four

The transition from age three to age four struck me hard each time it happened. Since the beginning of the month it hit me – this is my last three-year-old. This is the last time I will watch one my babies turn four.

I started thinking about why the change from three to four is so monumental. Then I realized that SO much happens in those 365 days it is one of the biggest and most life changing times in a child’s life.

Everything I Needed to Learn, I Learned as a Toddler

Between the ages of three and four my kids began school, they became potty trained, they learned how to dress themselves and put their shoes on themselves, they learned how to write their names, they learned how to read their names, they learned the alphabet, they learned how to count, they dropped their naps and could stay up without going ballistic, they learned how to feed themselves, they transitioned out of the crib and into a bed, they could finally pump on a swing, they learned how to put on a DVD, and they learned how to use the TV remote. That’s A LOT!

In short – they learned how to be self-sufficient, self-entertaining little humans.

I know there is a famous line about learning everything one needs to know in kindergarten, but besides driving a car (which he can as long as it’s powered by a 12v battery) he’s got it all down pat – at three feet tall.

Even Big Shots Need Their Mommy’s Help

Three is a funny age – it is an age of “I can do it myself” and an age of “please stay with me and hold my hand.” It is an age that begins with changing a little tush multiple times a day to an age where you’re told to leave the bathroom because they need privacy (often as the bathroom door closes in your face).

It’s an age where you leave this little person who was attached literally and figuratively at your hip and/or to your breast – moments before – in the care of strangers to “learn” whatever a three-year-old learns in school (and also when they come home with THE BEST art projects).

It’s an age where they want to snuggle and snuggle and snuggle and then tell you while grunting (like you’re an idiot) that they only like to eat cereal on Tuesdays with an attitude so strong you don’t want to point out yesterday was – in fact – Thursday. Or that they ate cereal every day last week.

A Four Year Old is a Real Little Person

At this age they can tell delicious elaborate imaginative stories and make up (not at all) funny jokes. They have genuine interest in things and places and can remember stuff you did with them. The relationship evolves from “omg I have to keep this thing alive” to “its fun hanging out with this little person, he likes ducks, I found a cool lake to visit that he will love”.

At this age, my son can finally hold his own against his older brother and sister and become more of a playmate than a burden – or whatever the nicer word for “little brother” is in this realm.

But really – they become a little person. They evolve so much and finish off the year as a little person. When I look at my son, I think of being pregnant. Being pregnant and not at all prepared to welcome another child into my home.

Breathe in the Moments

I think of the difficult days of juggling three kids in the beginning and how hard it all was for me. I think about how he was such a good baby and so chill and like a little accessory being carried around wherever I had to go. I think of how nursing him was so special each time because I knew he was my last and it could end at any moment. I think of how sneaking away with him in those moments were just ours and stolen fractions of calm in the storm of our lives.

I think of the funny little boy who tried desperately to jump for so long until one day he was airborne. Or how proud he was the first time he went to the bathroom himself (and how sometimes I still catch him giving himself a chocolate chip and congratulatory speech).

I think about how he has the most warm, sweet smile and lights up a room. I think about his laugh and how he talks like an 85-year-old man or how he mispronounces words and then giggles when we laugh at him.

I think of how he insists on sitting and reading books with his siblings and making up elaborate stories he swears to be reading – that are as far from the text as possible. I think about the hugs he used to give me when I would pick him up from school (remember when kids went to school?) like he had just returned from the war.

But mostly I think of his unlimited hugs and kisses, how he is the best snuggler around, and how he sometimes puts on a watch for the sole purpose of him being able to tell me when it’s “snuggle time”.

We Were Smart to Have a Third Kid Instead of Getting A Dog

People often debate between having a third child or getting a dog. As I mentioned to someone the other day – my third child sits all snuggled up in my lap while I pet his head, loves taking walks AND is potty trained! I am pretty sure I won that argument.

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Well, the clock has struck midnight, I now have a four-year-old. Before bed last night, he asked if he would wake up and have really long legs. I cannot wait to find out. Happy 4th birthday, my little Benj.

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Summering In Place: How to Make Your Backyard A Wicked Cool Summer Cocoon.

As we continue to shelter-in-place because of Covid-19, everyone is trying to pack their backyard with as much summer fun as possible. We all have the common goal to keep our kids busy. With the schools now closed through the end of the year and camp a distant long shot, the time has come to buck up. We can do this together. We can make our backyard a wicked cool summer cocoon!

Every summer I research the new and fun things out there and have amassed quite a collection! Here is a list of the highlights that have been repeat guests each year. Also included are some recent additions that have yet to be put down since they’ve arrived on our doorstep.

Also a quick thank you to all the front line workers who are caring for those in need, allowing us to safely shelter-in-place at home. It is because of you that we can create a wicked cool backyard cocoon.

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Water Fun

Banzai Wiggling Water Sprinkler

Bestway H2O GO! Art Blobz

Intex Surf ’N Slide Shark

Bonzai Splash Mat

Intex Quick-Fill AC Electric Air Pump

Swingset Fun

PlayMonster Super Duper Spinner Swing & its little sister, Super Spinner Swing

Creative Playthings Stand N Swing 

Trapeze Bar

General All Around Backyard Fun

Jumbo Connect 4 Game Set

Arcshell Long Range Two Way Radios with Earpiece

Razor Spark Ultra Kick Scooter

Stepping Stones Kit

ECOXGEAR EcoDrift Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Aladdin Classic Mason Cups 16oz

Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream Maker

Miss Bernard is a Wild Card – The My Weird School Game

Mini Phone Tripod

Dueling Stomp Rockets

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Sports Equipment

Joola Midsized Table Tennis Table & Joola paddles & balls

Franklin Sports Pop Up Soccer Goals

Boulder Portable Pickelball/Badminton/Volleyball NetAmazin’ Aces Pickleball Paddle & Ball Set

Coolaroo Isabella Gazebo-10′ X 12′

Night Fun

Mini Movie Projector

Fire Pit & Light N Go Log

Franklin’s Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Machine Popper & Franklin’s Gourmet Popcorn Pre-measured Packs

Air Sofa

Thames & Kosmos My Discovery Telescope

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*Update* Now that it’s the end of July, and we’re half way through the summer, I wanted to update this post with some fun inside things to do as well, because phew! It’s been hot! I’d love for you to go check out some fun, easy and free arts & crafts you can do with recycled things easily found around your house. These activities are just as fun as playing in your wicked cool backyard cocoon, with the added benefit of your wicked cool air conditioner.

What are some of your favorite backyard summer fun items?

What do your kids love to play with in the front of the house?

 
All items are very much loved by my kids. Some we bought, some were sent by the brands. The links above are affiliate links. 

How to Sew a Simple Cloth Face Mask

As Covid-19 spreads it’s important that we are protecting ourselves from contact. Many people in the medical profession are near, but not close enough to get the highly coveted, low inventory medical grade face masks.

We wanted to help those in our community who need masks but can’t get them right now. This includes staff in nursing homes, the elderly, etc. For them, these masks will help, but of course we understand nothing replaces an actual medical grade mask if needed.

We also enacted our made up “Eva’s Law” – like New York Governor Cuomo’s Matilda’s Law – in honor of my mom – Eva. We will make a mask for anyone in our community who is over 70 or with a compromised immune system in our fantastic flannel “I Love Grandma” fabric! We will also happily drop off the mask right into their mailbox.

There’s a very generous woman in our town who shared in a Facebook group that she is creating “kits” and donating to anyone who knows how to sew. She is then collecting them back and distributing them to people requesting them in our community (all steps are being done outside on her stoop with minimal contact between humans). JoAnn Fabrics is also creating kits for sewers and then distributing completed masks to local hospitals.

I don’t like videos so I’m making an easy easy basic pictorial guide on how to make a mask. If you can make a pillow you can make a mask.

Here we go!

Supplies:

2 pieces of fabric: 6″ x 9″

2 pieces of elastic: 6.5″ (1/4″ or smaller)

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If you don’t have a sewing machine you can sew by hand as well!

This is a team effort! I highly suggest setting up an assembly line if you have another helper in your house or town. The “kits” are our first step. Then I’m pinning the masks while my 10 year old daughter sews them.

The Mint Chip Mama - How to Sew a Simple Face Mask

Step 1: Put each piece of elastic diagonally on opposite corners of material piece A (blue)

Step 2: Cover piece A with piece B (Olaf).

*Remember to put material “inside out” so when you flip it (in Step 9) the correct sides are on the outside (like when you make a pillow).

Step 3: Line up piece A, B and elastic in corner and pin together on a diagonal

Step 4: Repeat on opposite corner

Step 5: Take elastic from top corner and make a “U” shape to the other side. (This will be the ear strap)

Step 6: Line up piece A, B and elastic in corner and pin together (same as Step 3)

Step 7: Repeat on bottom corner

Now all 4 corners are pinned with elastic.

You are ready to sew!

Step 8: Start on one of the long sides in the middle, double back (I sew 5 stitches, reverse for 5 stitches, and sew another 5 stitches) and then go around the whole rectangle until you get back to the original side. Double back again about 2″ from where you started leaving a gap big enough to flip the piece inside out – or right side out.

You can double back on each corner as you go around to reinforce the elastic in each corner.

The Mint Chip Mama - How to Sew a Simple Face Mask

Now my daughter’s favorite part!

Step 9: Flip your mask so it’s right side & elastic out! It will now start to look like a mask!

Much like when you make a pillow, there will be a 2″ gap where you didn’t sew on the long side of the rectangle.

She is sewing and flipping all of these and then passing them back to me for the next wave of the assembly line.

Step 10: Vertically pin the gap.

*Update: After making more masks, I’ve changed this a bit to speed things up. Now, I’m  pinning the gap as well as pinning the pleats at the same time and then sewing around it all twice. This was hard for my daughter to do so I was taking it over after Step 9. For kids – continue below. For Adults – use this for a bit more efficiency.*

Step 11: Sew all the way around (as close to the edges as you can) to reinforce your stitching and make the mask flat.

You’re almost done!

The Mint Chip Mama - How to Sew a Simple Face Mask

She is sewing all of these and then passing them back to me for the next wave of the assembly line.

Home stretch!

This is the last and hardest part but is still super easy.

Step 12: Fold the material to make pleats (there is much discussion on having 1, 2 or 3 pleats. It’s up to you. I used 2) and pin each side vertically. Make sure all pleats are facing the same direction.

I eyeballed the pleats each time. I found it easier to lay the mask out flat, make the pleat, poke one pin in standing up on each side (so the pleat was even) and then go back and put each pin in through all the material.

Step 13: Sew all around the mask one more time securing the pleats.

I’ve been lining the foot up with my original stitches (from Step 11) while I go around the rectangle.

YOU ARE NOW DONE!!

Voila! You have a mask!

You have helped the world! 🙂

The Mint Chip Mama - How to Sew a Simple Face Mask

We hope this helps!

Please be sure to follow The Mint Chip Mama on Facebook, Instagram and right here on my blog. Please also enjoy the list I’ve created of all the free live steaming classes while we’re all (hopefully) staying home and social distancing!

 

 

 

Free Facebook Live/Zoom/Instagram/Twitter Classes During the Corona Virus Staycation of 2020 (Updated Daily)

I’ve compiling a list of free Facebook Live/Zoom/Instagram events throughout the country while we’re all (hopefully) Coronostaycationing. Please share & if you know of any, please advise. List will be updated throughout the day by The Mint Chip Mama. Please email me at themintchipmama@gmail.com. 

All daily “classes” are listed in chronological order for each day.

Please note – I’m not sure if all the “daily” classes are still running. If you go on one of them, please lmk! I’m updating as I see them pop up.*

One off classes are listed by time & date.

If you’re looking to sew an easy face mask, please check out our tutorial.

Please follow The Mint Chip Mama blog (https://themintchipmama.wordpress.com), on Facebook (https://facebook.com/TheMintChipMama) & on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/themintchipmama/) THANK YOU! 🙂 Happy Staying Home!! 🌈

*All times listed below are assumed EST, but please confirm with the specific links.
*All subject to change per the offering party.
*The Mint Chip Mama has no affiliation with any of the above parties
*Thank you to everyone who is tagging me & sharing links to include! I’m updating regularly. If you don’t see what you sent me I may have missed it, please email me the link at themintchipmama@gmail.com.

*Apologies if the formatting is wonky, I’m updating from different devices.

FREE DAILY FB LIVE/IG/TWITTER PROGRAMS:

Sing a Long with Joanie Leeds
9am, daily
https://www.facebook.com/joanieleedsmusic/

*******

Lincoln Center

POP Up Classrooms

10am, weekdays

https://facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC

*******

Laurie Berkner

10am, most weekdays

https://m.facebook.com/LaurieBerknerBand/

*******

Miss Michaela’s Online Story & Craft

10am, daily

https://facebook.com/events/s/miss-michaelas-online-story-ti/201298474479778/?ti=icl

*******

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Story Hour

10am, daily

https://www.facebook.com/atlanticwhiteshark/

*******

Music Monkey Jungle

Music Class

10am, daily

https://www.facebook.com/musicmonkeyjungle/

*******

Jamestown Settlement & the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

History is Fun Classes

10am, 11am, 12pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

https://www.historyisfun.org/webcasts/

*******

Wonderspark Puppets

Daily DIY Puppet Making

10am Weekends

https://m.facebook.com/WonderSparkPuppets/

*******

Storytime:

*******

Mike Messer Music 

10:30am, daily

https://www.facebook.com/MesserMusic/videos

(One of our favorites!)

*******

Mr. John’s Music for Kids

10:30am, daily

https://facebook.com/events/s/mr-johns-music-for-kids-via-fa/637532507047710/?ti=icl

*******

Flamingo Rampant
Story Hour

10:30am, daily

https://www.facebook.com/FlamingoRampant/

*******

Edinboro Family Martial Arts Center

11am, daily

https://www.facebook.com/EdinboroKarate/

*******

Cosmic Fit Club

Yoga

11am, Saturdays

https://instagram.com/cosmicfitclub

*******

Wonderspark Puppets

Puppet Show

11am, Fridays

https://m.facebook.com/WonderSparkPuppets/

*******

Children’s Museum of the East End

Baby & Me

11:30am, Tuesdays

https://m.facebook.com/ChildrensMuseumOfTheEastEnd/

*******

Tuesdays with Tinkergarten

11:30am, Tuesdays

https://facebook.com/events/s/tuesdays-with-tinkergarten-fre/962194417571724/?ti=icl

*******

Brooklyn Game Lab LIVE

Games, stories, etc.

All day! Beginning at 11am, Weds – Sundays

https://brooklyngamelab.com

*******

Lisa Loeb & Crayola

Color & Song Along with LL & Crayola

12pm, Mondays, Weds & Fridays

https://facebook.com/events/s/color-sing-along-with-lisa-loe/1154583631540289/?ti=icl

*******

Levar Burton Reads

12pm, daily for Children

https://mobile.twitter.com/levarburton

*******

Pete the Cat

Storytime

12pm, daily

https://instagram.com/petethecatofficial

*******

Work out with the Rockettes

12pm, Tuesdays

https://instagram.com/therockettes

*******

Broadway Utica

Feel Good Fridays Dance Class

12pm, Fridays

https://www.facebook.com/broadwayutica/

*******

The Met Museum

Digital Storytime

12pm, Thursdays

https://www.facebook.com/metmuseum/

*******

The BeatBuds

12:30pm, M, W, F

https://m.youtube.com/user/thebeatbuds

*******

Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Notebooking Videos

1pm, daily

http://www.sharingournotebooks.amylv.com/2020/03/keeping-notebooktogether.html?m=1

*******

Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band

1pm, Daily

https://m.youtube.com/user/LuckyDiazTV

*******

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems

1pm, weekdays

https://bit.ly/38UdaWH

(One of our favorites!)

*******

At Home with Emily Arrow
Music, Stories & Mindfulness
1pm, Daily
https://m.facebook.com/helloemilyarrow/

*******

Mindfulness Schools

Mindfulness Class for Kids

1pm, Tues, Weds & Thurs

https://www.mindfulschools.org/free-online-mindfulness-class-for-kids/

*******

Delish

Parent & Me Cooking Classes

1pm, daily

https://instagram.com/delish

*******

New York State Museum

Behind the scenes of exhibits & fun facts about NY.

1pm, T, W & Th

https://m.facebook.com/nysmuseum/

*******

Storytime
1-1:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Preschool picture
******* Ralph Fletcher

Writing with Ralph

1pm, Mon, Wed & Fri

https://m.facebook.com/Ralph-Fletcher-795453693800820/

*******

Dan Gutman

Reading chapters from his books

2pm, daily

https://www.facebook.com/Dan-Gutman

*******

Oliver Jeffers

Storytime

2pm, daily

https://instagram.com/oliverjeffers?igshid=um7n21qa1k6q

*******

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Draw Everyday with JJK

2pm, daily

*******

Mossimo Bottura

Chef patron of Osteria Francescana

2pm, daily

*******

Gymnastics Class

2pm, daily

https://m.facebook.com/gothamgymnastics/

*******

Stars in the House

Conversations with Stars of Stage & Screen

2pm Daily

https://www.starsinthehouse.com/copy-of-gallery/

#starsinthehouse

*******

Cooking Matters

2pm, Thursdays

https://www.facebook.com/cookingmatters.national/

*******

Andrew Lloyd Weber

The Show Must Go On!

2pm, Fridays

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMva

*******

Hosted by SOULSHINE and Sponsored by Carefully

Weekly Storytime & Art Project

2pm, Thursdays

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83519469471?pwd=NG9RMzY4WUQ5QTNxYjZNSHFhRXVsUT09

*******

Sage & Honey Supper Club

Quarantine Cooking Class

2:30pm, Thurs

https://www.facebook.com/sagehoneyslo/

*******

Chosen Foods

Quarantine Cooking with Chef Maria

3pm, Fridays

https://www.instagram.com/chosenfoods/

*******

Wonderspark Puppets

Daily DIY Puppet Making

4pm Monday-Friday

https://m.facebook.com/WonderSparkPuppets/

*******

Children’s Museum of the East End

Mondays with Mac

4pm, Mondays

https://www.cmee.org/events/family-trivia-night/

*******

Cooking with Julie

5pm, Mon, Wed & Fri

https://www.facebook.com/CookingwJulie/

*******

Afterschool Village

Learn to Write with Eric Kaplan of The Big Bang Theory

6pm, Mondays

https://www.afterschoolvillage.com/kids-learn-to-write-with-eric-kaplan

*******

The Old Globe Arts

Behind the Curtain Theater Arts Classes

6pm, Wednesdays

Playwriting Program

6pm, Tues & Thurs

https://www.facebook.com/TOGArtsEngagement/

*******

Children’s Museum of the East End

Family Trivia Night

6pm, Wednesdays

https://www.cmee.org/events/family-trivia-night/

*******

Children’s Museum of the East End

Crafting with Kevin

6pm, Thursdays

https://www.cmee.org/events/family-trivia-night/

*******

Children’s Museum of the East End

Pizza & Pajamas

6pm, Fridays

https://m.facebook.com/ChildrensMuseumOfTheEastEnd/

#cmee

*******

Levar Burton Reads

6pm, daily for YA

https://mobile.twitter.com/levarburton

*******

Afterschool Village

Storytime with Miyam Bialik

7pm, Mondays

https://www.afterschoolvillage.com/storytime-with-mayim

*******

Boston By Foot

Virtual Tuesdays: Armchair Tours & Book Talks

7pm, Tuesdays

https://bostonbyfoot.org/virtual-tuesdays-armchair-tours-book-talks

*******

Cosmic Fit Club

Yoga

7:30pm, Mondays

https://m.facebook.com/cosmicfitclub/

*******

Laura Mastriano presents: Nightly Themed Family Bingo!

7:30pm, daily

https://m.facebook.com/LAProdsEvents

*******

Stars in the House

Conversations with Stars of Stage & Screen

8pm Daily

https://www.starsinthehouse.com/copy-of-gallery/

#starsinthehouse

*******

South Street Seaport Museum at Home
Fridays

#SeaportMuseumAtHome #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins @SouthStreetSeaportMuseum @seaportmuseum

https://www.facebook.com/SouthStreetSeaportMuseum/

*******

Gallery North

Adventures at Home

Daily

https://m.facebook.com/GalleryNorthLI/

*******

Julie Andrews

Julie’s Library: Practically Perfect Book podcast

Wednesdays

https://www.facebook.com/JuliesLibraryShow/

*******

The Afterschool Village

Weekly Classes

https://www.afterschoolvillage.com/shelter-in-place

*******

FREE ONE OFF PROGRAMS:

CONCERTS:

The Met Museum

Balcony Bar Live From Home

5pm, Fridays

https://www.facebook.com/metmuseum/

*******

TodayTix

The Intermission Mission (Broadway stars singing)

6pm, Daily

https://instagram.com/todaytix

*******

6pm, daily

*******

Feinstein’s/54 Below

#54BELOWATHOME

6:30pm, daily

For schedule check: 54below.com

youtube.com/54Below

*******

Indigo Girls

7pm, Thursdays

https://www.facebook.com/theindigogirls/

*******

Death Cab for Cutie

7pm, daily

https://m.facebook.com/deathcabforcutie/

*******

DJ Kopec

Live Dj Dance Party!

7pm, Saturdays

https://www.facebook.com/DJ-Kopec-251296750552/

*******

Live Concerts

9pm, daily

https://www.facebook.com/BoomerProductionsInc/

*******

Levar Burton Reads

9pm, daily for Adults

https://mobile.twitter.com/levarburton

*******

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Daily Concert (not sure what time)

https://m.facebook.com/michaelfranti/

*******

NPR

Tiny Desk Series Comcerts

https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/

*******

Various Daily Concerts

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/together-at-home-chris-martin-coronavirus-concert/

*******

Various Streaming Live Concerts

https://m.facebook.com/streamingconcerts/

*******

Rufus Wainwright

Daily Song Live (not sure what time)

https://www.facebook.com/rufuswainwrightofficial/

*******

Many Live Concerts for Days

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

*******

More Live Streaming Concerts

https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/npr/npr-story/816504058

*******

Live Nation Live Streaming Concerts

https://www.livenation.com/livefromhome

*******

Billboard Concerts

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

*******

AXS Tv

Tons of concerts and Q & As

https://www.facebook.com/AXSTV/

*******

Sofar Sounds

Concerts from Emerging Artists

https://www.sofarsounds.com/v/listeningroom

BROADER ONLINE LEARNING FOR KIDS & ADULTS:

Scholastic
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

*******

The Teacher’s Corner
Word Search Creator
https://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/word-search/

*******

Fluency & Fitness
Free 21 Days of Lessons
https://bit.ly/38UdaWH

*******

Mills Virtual Tutoring Academy
Various math classes at various times
https://m.facebook.com/millsvirtualtutoring/

*******

Virtual Field Trips
Various
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic

*******

Education Companies Offering a Variety of Free Classes
Various
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

*******

Google Classrooms Tutorial for Parents & Kids
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xfgqtCi7hdo&feature=youtu.be

*******

Learning in the Time of Corona
Various
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LearninginCorona/

*******

Museums with Virtual Tours with Travel + Leisure
Various
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

*******

Kahn Academy
SAT Prep
https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

*******

e-learningforkids
Math Help
https://en.e-learningforkids.org/math/

*******

Open Culture
Art, Culture, etc
http://www.openculture.com/

*******

Broadway Goes Viral
Broadway Stars Performing!
https://m.facebook.com/broadwaygoesviral/

*******

Live Streaming Music Classes & Daily Shows
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cUldDMYYhMy-gBDChEmuWZzxI2TyKp3lYrkEsSKcPqs/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

*******

Virtual Music Museums
https://tinyurl.com/

*******

NY Family Media Resources
https://www.newyorkfamily.com/free-resources-and-subscriptions-for-remote-learning-and-home-schooling-due-to-coronavirus/

*******

Brain Pop

https://www.brainpop.com/

*******

Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com/lessons/seasonal/current-events

*******

California Academy of Sciences

https://www.calacademy.org/educators/virtual-programs

*******

Mystery Doug

Science Classes

https://mysterydoug.com/

*******

92nd St Y

Video Archives

https://www.92y.org/archives

*******

Download Free E-Books

*******

Netflix

Watch a movie & group comment with your friends

https://www.netflixparty.com

*******

Live Dance Performances

https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-performances-online-2645501079.html?rebelltitem=16#rebelltitem16

*******

The New Victory Theater

Percussion Lessons

https://newvictory.org/new-victory-arts-break-percussion-week/

*******

Virtual Field Trip

Dairy Farms, Cool Place, etc

https://redtri.com/virtual-field-trip

*******

Mommy Poppins

Tons of Virtual Programs

https://mommypoppins.com/events/118/new-york-city/all/tag/all/age/all/all/deals/0/near/0/0/Virtual

*******

Culinary Institute of America

Cooking & technique classes

https://join.ciafoodies.com/p028?

*******

Zooniverse

Volunteer to help on a virtual Zoo Project!

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects

*******

Library of Congress

By the People Project- virtually transcribing historical documents

https://crowd.loc.gov/help-center/how-to-transcribe/

*******

Virtual Tours of National Parks

https://totallythebomb.com/heres-33-national-park-tours-you-can-take-virtually-from-the-comfort-of-your-home

*******

Storyline Online

Famous people reading stories

https://www.storylineonline.net/library/

*******

Audible

Free while school is out!

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

*******

Broadway Plays in HD

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7qr4wz

*******

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Virtual Museum Tours

https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/virtual-museum/home.html

*******

NY Historical Society Online

Lessons for Students of All Ages

https:// http://www.nyhistory.org/education/history-home

*******

21 Virtual Tours (museums, shows, zoos)

https://www.smartertravel.com/virtual-tours-live-streams/

*******

Lincoln Center at Home

http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home

*******

The Toy Insider

Great list of homeschooling resources, virtual tours, etc.

#FunAtHomeChallenge

https://www.thetoyinsider.com/online-homeschooling-resources/

*******

SXSW 2020 Official Short Film Selections

https://mailchimp.com/presents/sxsw/

*******

Pearachute Kids

Lots of virtual classes

https://www.pearachutekids.com/schedules/virtual-classes

*******

Children’s authors reading from their books

https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/

*******

Gorilla Forest Corridor

Live Gorilla Cam!

https://explore.org/livecams/grace-gorillas/gorilla-forest-corridor

*******

Explore.org

Live animal cameras all over the world

https://explore.org/livecams

*******

A Fine a Parent

110 Resources at Home

https://afineparent.com/coronavirus-support/free-resources-for-kids.html

*******

Harry Potter at Home!

https://www.wizardingworld.com

*******

Red Tricycle

Huge list of live events

https://redtri.com/events/new-york/creativity-corner-ca-1585656000000/20200404

*******

Smart Travel

7 Soothing Video Train Rides

https://www.smartertravel.com/7-soothing-train-ride-videos-to-ease-your-mind/

*******

Virtual Zoo & Aquarium Tours

https://www.mommynearest.com/article/8-virtual-zoo-and-aquarium-tours-to-take-right-now

*******

Travel & Leisure

Virtual Tours or European Palaces & Castles

https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/google-arts-culture-app-europe-castles

*******

Akire Bubar

Paper dinosaur kit 

https://www.patreon.com/posts/paper-dinosaur-35869319

*******

Broadway Podcast Network

https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com

*******

But Why?

Podcast for Curious Kida

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids

*******

Becka Watkins

Art tutorials for kids & adults

https://www.beckawatkinsart.com/free-art-tutorials

*******

Plan C from Maker Space

Make Magazine

Lots of fun ideas & a weekly magician maker camp

https://m.facebook.com/makemagazine

*******

YogiBeans Yoga

Multiple Yoga Classes (all levels)

https://yogibeans.com/livestream

*******

Blue Buffalo Yoga

Daily Yoga

https://www.facebook.com/bluebuffaloyoga/

*******

Ballet Nova Center For Dance

Assorted Dance Classes for all ages including Ballet, Tap, Theater, Yoga

Several classes a day all week, please check below for schedule

https://m.facebook.com/BalletNovaCenterForDance/

*******

LuTube

Various Exercise Classes

https://www.facebook.com/groups/529771177940774/?ref=share

*******

Save With Stories

Celebrities Read Their Fav Books

https://instagram.com/savewithstories

#SaveWithStories

*******

CLASSES / ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS:

Trivia, Ad

Various Subject Trivia Programs (Tiger King, Clueless, Saved By The Bell, Star Wars, Friends, Harry Potter, etc)

https://www.facebook.com/TriviaAd/ & https://instagram.com/triviaaddotcom

*******

Cohen Children’s Medical Center 

FREE VIRTUAL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
7pm, Tuesdays

Thursdays:

Spanish: 10am-11am 
English: 11am-12pm

*******

Cohen Children’s Medical Center 

Cirtual prenatal class for expectant mothers and their families Thursday June 4th from 10 am – 12 pm on Microsoft Teams.

https://bit.ly/bfreebabycafe

*******

Northwell Health

“Morning Milk,” a breastfeeding education webinar series

11am, Fridays

https://zoom.us/j/93211213508

*******

Chef Mario Asaro & Theme Night Wines

Virtual Game Night & Cooking Class (recipes included)

8pm, Thursdays

https://www.facebook.com/themenightwines/

*******

My Mom Crew

Various Parenting Lectures

https://www.mymomcrew.com/events

*******

Allied Health Foundation

Free breastfeeding support: 1-866-211-0404. The lactation professionals will be able to respond to any questions within 24 hours.

*******

Online Mah Jong Resources (very important in this time of crisis. We miss our games!!😂) from Modern Mahjong
Growing List…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mahjongcommunity/permalink/878728959213855/

And wine. 🍷

Lots and lots 🍸

and lots of wine. 🍹

😜

X My Daughter is 10! X

A decade.

A decade has passed since I felt the excitement of the unknown of becoming a mom.

X My Daughter is 10! X - The Mint Chip Mama
A decade filled with turning over, first steps, first words, sleepless nights.

A decade of passing along clothes too small that I never thought would fit you.

A decade of not knowing if I’d ever sleep again to having to wake you up for school in the morning.

X My Daughter is 10! X - The Mint Chip Mama
A decade of having you grow inside of me, being attached to my chest, attached to my hip, holding my hand, going off to school, waving to you on a bus, sleeping at a friend’s house, to going to sleep away camp for a week.

A decade of Music Together class, ballet class, gymnastic class, acting class, art class, piano and violin lessons.

A decade of wearing you, holding you, pushing you in a stroller, strapping you into your car seat, sitting in a 3rd row in someone else’s car.

X My Daughter is 10! X - The Mint Chip Mama
A decade of you in an infant carrier, rear facing seat, front facing seat, high back booster, backless booster, nothing at all.

A decade of a bassinet, crib, toddler bed, big girl bed, top bunk bed, sleeping bag at someone else’s house.

A decade of some of the same exact friends because we are very, very lucky.

A decade of Dora, Doc McStuffins, Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter and Hamilton.

X My Daughter is 10! X - The Mint Chip Mama
A decade of no teeth, some teeth, falling out teeth, a palate expander, impending braces.

A decade of me dressing you, me helping you dress you, you coming down to breakfast dressed on your own with a great sense of style.

A decade of feeding you custom made milk, to baby food, to finger food, to solid food, to take out food, to the guacamole you now make for me.

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A decade of putting circle stickers in a line to sewing on a machine unsupervised and giving handmade gifts to family and friends.

A decade of you taking your first step, first jump to roller blading and riding your bicycle around our court.

A decade of reading books to you and you reading the books you’ve written to me.

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A decade of brushing your beautiful bleach blond hair to dark blond hair to dirty blond hair.

A decade of laundry folded with the sizes progressively getting bigger until it reached a size that fits both of us.

A decade of museum & library visits and beach vacations.

A decade of filling our days with activities with endless hours to spare to rushing to after school activities in the little time we have now.

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A decade.
A decade!

A decade of snuggling and cuddling.
A decade of laughing and crying.
A decade of talking and talking and talking and talking.
A decade of special moments we shared.
A decade of boo-boos kissed.
A decade of secret handshakes.
A decade of waiting on lines together for roller coasters.
A decade of making art together.
A decade of walks together.
A decade of going out to dinner together.
A decade of Mommy – Daughter Day’s together.
A decade of you trying to stay up “5 minutes more”.

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A decade of absolute shining pride at the person you are and the person you’re becoming
every.
single.
day.

Five years ago I wrote a piece to you on your fifth birthday. I said five was the turning point from being a little kid to becoming a big kid. I couldn’t believe you were five. Now I can’t believe you are TEN!

TEN!

DOUBLE DIGITS!

If five was a big kid what is 10? Don’t make me say a “tween”.

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You had promise then.
You have now officially evolved into the dream I always had for a daughter.
The partner in crime always up for anything.
The companion who I can drag anywhere, at any time, to do and try anything.

At five I feared the things for you I knew were coming. They came. They’re here. They suck. But you hold your head high and you act like a lady, which is all we could ask. You know how to behave and how to laugh at absurdity. You know who is a real friend and who is not. You are simply amazing.

You encourage me to be a better person. You cheerlead everyone in our family. You are kind and funny and sweet and smart as a whip. You have a busier social life than most adults I know. You are the person that I – and everyone – wants to be with because you are you.

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You asked us if you could stay home today to celebrate your birthday with us. You presented us with a petition that you wrangled three dozen classmates, plus parents & teachers to sign. You cracked us up. But this is you. You give 150%. You put your mind to something, and you get what you want. We joked you needed to get it notarized, and I have no doubt – if we were serious – you’d find a way. Little did you know there was no way we’d let you be anywhere today except with us celebrating YOU and the decade we’ve had together.

You want to spend today, your birthday, in Manhattan (your first home) doing all the things we used to do when you were small and we lived here. You remember. It was all worth it.

I couldn’t believe how quickly the first five year went. I can’t believe how quickly the last five years went.

10.

10.

TEN!!!

Happy birthday Becca Bear.

Happy birthday to my baby girl – who people used to think was a preemie boy.

Happy birthday to my girl who hates pink and dolls and loves reading and sports.

Happy birthday to my girl who – for her 10th birthday – is donating her hair today because she wants to be someone who helps repair the world. We’re doing it together at the place I donated my hair when I was pregnant with you ten years ago.

Happy 10th birthday to my daughter Rebecca who has made each and every day in the last decade worth getting out of bed in the morning.

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My love for you continues to grow as I see what you do, who you are, what you stand for and what you believe in. When you laugh from your belly or help one of your brothers. When a teacher calls to say you are funny and smart. When I see your art work, hear you play the violin or piano, or listen to a story or poem you wrote.

Thank you for the last decade.
Thank you for picking me to be your mom.

The Mint Chip Mama’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

 

It’s that time of year again, holiday shopping time! Here at The Mint Chip Mama (please follow my Blog, and Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram pages) we attend awesome events all year long so we can present new items to you that are pretty fetch.

Below are some of my favorites from this year, some repeat items (indicated with an “*”), and some funny ones to give to the adult who has everything.

As always, some of my favorite gifts are experiential. Remember – classes and memberships are great presents that you don’t have to fit in your closet!

*As I come across more fun stuff this holiday season I’ll be updating, so visit regularly!*

For Girls

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Lucky Fortune Blind Collectible Bracelets

Blinger Deluxe Set

Pound Puppies

Little Live Rainglow Unicorn Vet Set

Alex Spa Hair Color Gel

Stufft Pets

RSDubs Ribbons Hair Accessories*

For Boys

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

Magformers Police Building Set

Klutz Lego Gadgets Science & Activity Kit

Geomag Magnetic Construction Set

PLUS PLUS – Construction Building Toy

Air Force One Play Set

Wooden Train Crazy Track

Wooden Railway Block Platform & Platform Cross

Hot Wheels Throwback Sto & Go Playset

Lego’s Pick & Build

Sports Illustrated for Kids

ZOOM TUBES Car Trax*

Unisex Gifts

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

smART Pixelator

Learn to Read with Bob Books and VersaTiles

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2

Tech Will Save Us Solar Thirsty Plant Kit

Klutz Rocks, Gems & Geodes Maker Lab

Rubik’s Build It Solve It Building Kit

Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Kit

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero DVD

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band DVD

Owleez Flying Baby Owl

Juno My Baby Elephant

Speak & Spell

PlayMonster Super Duper Spinner*

Razor Spark Ultra Kick Scooter*

Mabels Labels*

For Babies & Toddlers

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Oilogic Essential Oils

Pura Stainless Steel Straw Bottle with Silicone Straw

Sesame Street Socks with Grippers

Popular Playthings Mix or Match Vehicle

Geomag Magicube Mix & Match

Swim Lessons

Family Games

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Trapper Keeper Board Game

Ingenious

Ms.Monopoly Board Game

Mancala

Telestrations

Sequence

Match-O-Rama

Chickapig

Exit: The Sunken Treasure. A Card-Based at-Home Escape Room

KODAK Premium Puzzles

For the Harry Potter Obsessed Fan

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

Hogwarts Castle Tree Topper / Night Light

Wizarding World Harry Potter K-Bling

Harry Potter Uno

Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set

Experiential

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Circus Lessons in Long Island City

Glassblowing Lessons in Brooklyn

Aerial Yoga Classes in Massapequa

Derren Brown’s Secret in Manhattan

Tootsie the Musical in Manhattan

Gulliver’s Gate in Manhattan

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery Membership in Cold Spring Harbor

Annual Subscription to Amazon Prime

Annual Audible Membership

Diggerland in West Berlin, NJ*

Wildlife Conservation Society Membership in New York City*

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ

The Ride Manhattan Tour*

NYBG Holiday Train Show in Bronx, NY*

Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA*

For an Adult

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Golden Girls Foldable Car Window Sunshade

MunchPak Snacks from Around the World

Nintendo NES Controller Power Banks

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Go F*ck Yourself, I’m Coloring: Swear Word Coloring Book

Shinesty‘s absolutely amazing Chanukah & Christmas outfits

Instant Ace Plus Cooking & Beverage Blender

Squishable Avocado Toast Pillow

Jumbo 4-to-Score Giant Backyard Game Set

Apple AirPods

Üllo Wine Purifier*

Happy shopping and as always – let me know what you think!

The Mint Chip Mama - 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Many of these items above contain Amazon or Target Associate links for you convenience. Many items were also received in exchange for an honest review. All items listed above on The Mint Chip Mama’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide are items I genuinely think are cool and are things that I think you’d like too. Happy holidays!

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