Gift Guide: Toys and Games

December 7, 2014
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Gravity Maze We’ve been big fans of the game Laser Maze, so it’s no surprise we like Think Fun’s follow-up, Gravity Maze. Solve the puzzle on each cart by adding pieces to the board so the marble drops down in just the right way. Like many of the games we love, outside of playing the […]

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Gift Guide: Picture Books

November 29, 2014
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First up for gift guides this year are picture books! These books are great for your younger readers, and some are super fun for grown-ups, too. You can find all of these an more in the Media Macaroni store. I’m Brave! by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Jim McMullan One of our favorite books of all […]

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Tiggly Toys: Counting on Your iPad

November 28, 2014
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Every time I see toys that work in conjunction with the iPad, I tend to think that they’re a one-note cool trick. “Yeah, that’s interesting,” I’d thing, “But my kid would play with it for about three minutes.” Also, I’ve been hypothesizing that toys + screens are outside of kids’ play patterns. Why would they […]

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The High Line for the Vehicle-Obsessed

November 23, 2014
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Last weekend, Olive and I were leaving Chelsea Piers and decided to walk the new north section of the High Line. If you’re unfamiliar with New York’s High Line park, it’s a park filled with beautiful plantings and cool design, built on old railroad tracks that run along Manhattan’s west side. It was a cold […]

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Highlights from the KidzVuz Holiday Party

November 22, 2014
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Last weekend marked the 3rd annual KidzVuz Holiday Party, where the lovely people behind the tween review site KidzVuz bring together people, products, and sponsors with a kid-focus. Olive and I picked out some of our favorite things. Downtown Bookworks had a few new additions to their catalog that we loved. I know a bunch […]

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Who Needs Pictures in a Picture Book?

November 16, 2014
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  You know, I kind of feel bad for celebrities. When they write children’s books they have to survive a higher level of critic and lit snob scrutiny than the average writer Joe. (They usually cry all the way to the bank, though, so I don’t feel too bad for the scrutiny.) Then there’s the […]

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In the MoMA Studio with Matisse

November 9, 2014
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When I was pregnant with Olive, I thought my maternity leave was going to be one big art walk–galleries and museums every day. Only now do I understand why other parents laughed at me. No new parent has that much energy. We did make it to one show, though, a Henri Matisse show at the […]

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Welcome to Your Awesome Halloween

November 1, 2014
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I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! This year both of our kids wanted homemade costumes, and nothing makes me happier. Since November 1 of last year, Olive has said that she wanted to be a pancake. Yes, a pancake. Having few sewing skills, we lucked out when we found a big sheet of 1-inch-thick […]

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9 Awesome Books for Makers

September 29, 2014
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While at Maker Fair NY, I got to have a look at the new books from two of my favorite science educators. Kathy Ceceri and I wrote on GeekMom together, and she’s currently About.com’s homeschooling expert. We already have Kathy’s book Robotics at home. It’s a great primer about what constitutes a robot, and it has 20 […]

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Lego Builds Your Flatiron Dreams

September 26, 2014
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One recent evening my husband came home and said, “Hey, guess what’s opening up next to Eataly?” and I was all “I KNOW! LEGO FLAGSHIP STORE!” I knew this because I was about to take a tour of the store building in progress. It’s pretty fun watching the details of the store coming together. You […]

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