Tips For Raising Successful Children

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3 Last Minute Getaways for Family Fun this Labor Day

I was looking for a last minute get a way for Labor Day, so I am happy to see this post from Red Tricycle. I’ve been thinking about visiting Mystic, CT for quit some time and it seems they have lots to do. Have you visited any of these places? Any tips?

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Before you break out the sweaters or buy back-to-school supplies, here’s your chance to enjoy one last summer getaway with the fam. Even if you haven’t booked a vacation yet, you can still avoid the crowds this Labor Day weekend and check out these under-the-radar yet super fun family destinations not too far from the city. Pick your choice of the mountains, a lake, or the beach and go for it before summer is gone for good!


Photo courtesy of Church Street Marketplace via Yelp

Burlington, Vt

Are we there yet: 1-hour direct flight or 5.5 hours by car

Keep ‘em busy: This charming small town is settled along picturesque Lake Champlain. Explore the Burlington Waterfront Park with a boardwalk, picnic areas and amazing views. Rent bikes and pedal along a 7.5 mile long waterfront Bike Path.

Take a swim and enjoy the beach at North Beach featuring kayaking and a snack bar. Oakledge Park

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35 Back to School Crockpot Recipes | Cute Beltz

Photo courtesy of Julie’s Eats and Treats


Every year, as my children get older I plan for Back to School earlier and earlier. This year, I have created a Back to School bookmark on my tablet to include an array of subjects and food is a top priority.  This year, I plan not to be stumped by dinner, so this Momma is getting prepared.  I found these crockpot recipes on BlogHer and they look yummy! Thanks “A Cedar Spoon” blog for this great list, 35 Back to School Crockpot Recipes.  Added to the list, now onto the next Back to School item, book bags! 🙂

Have you started to plan for Back to School? – Cute Beltz



Fireworks, a Parade & More: 4th of July Family Activities

I love the 4th of July, most of all I love fireworks. As a child, growing up in Detroit we always had the best shows and to date they are still awesome! As a New Yorker for the last 14 years, I look forward to the Macy’s Fireworks and all the festivities in NYC. Here are some of the holiday happenings via Red Tricycle. Enjoy!

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Independence Day in NYC focuses on one major event, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. And there’s good news for Brooklyn this year – the show is moving back to the East River with entertainment at the Brooklyn Bridge. But there are other ways to celebrate July 4th in the city. Keep reading to get details on the only parade in the 5 boroughs, how to survive the fireworks with kids in tow and other family-friendly Independence Day events.

The Macy’s Fireworks

While seeing the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks live is at the top of many kids’ bucket lists, it’s not exactly an easy event for families to navigate. Your kids will be staying up way past their bedtimes and unless you get invited to view the show at someone’s apartment with a sweet city view, they’ll have to spend a long time sitting or standing around waiting.

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8 Outdoor Workouts Made For New Moms (& Your Baby Too!)

These are some great ways to get moving after having a baby. Now, that the weather has warmed up, getting outside to enjoy a workout is a great idea. These programs are in the NYC area, but checkout your local area by doing a web search to find a workout program in your area.  Here’s to health and loosing that baby weight! Thanks Red Tricycle for the great information, my go to NYC source.

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Spring weather has finally arrived, so let the sun and warmer temps be your motivation to get moving. Get your pre-pregnancy shape back with an outdoor mommy and me workout class. These eight sweat sessions are tailor-made for new moms looking to get fit, and count the kiddos in on the fun, too. From Central Park to McCarren Park and everywhere in between, you’re sure to find one near you.


1. Fit4Mom

The When and Where: Riverside Blvd. (63rd and West End Ave.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Carl Schurz Park (86th St. & East End Ave.) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Best For: Moms of all fitness levels looking for a complete hour, full-body workout with baby in tow.

Get Started: $25 for drop-in classes, $190/10-pack, or $125 unlimited monthly access.

2. Movin’ Mamas NYC

The When and Where: Central Park on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at…

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