Why Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Nomination is Huge for Our Daughters

“And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters—and all our sons and daughters—now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.” —Michelle Obama

Whatever your opinion on Hillary Clinton’s politics or character, there’s one thing that you have to admit. Her nomination is huge for women and the daughters that we’re raising.

It’s one thing to teach our daughters that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. My girls don’t question this as truth. They fully believe in their potential and that they can do anything a boy can do—although I do discourage peeing while standing because ain’t nobody got time for that mess.

But it’s a completely different thing to be able to sit down and point to a specific moment in time when a woman was nominated for president by a major party.

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Summer Adventures | Alamo Drafthouse

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. Interested in more local love? Head here.

Westchester summer adventures - Alamo DrafthouseI’ve been trying to focus on outdoor adventures so far, to keep my kids active and out in the sunshine without electronic devices glued to their palms. But some weeks, it’s just too damn hot and sticky to adventure outside without the fear of heat stroke. So last week, we took our adventure inside to Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, where we could enjoy lunch and a movie.

If you’ve never been, Alamo Drafthouse is not your typical movie theater. It’s also not just for adults. The theater features comfy chairs with movable armrests (perfect for snuggling kids during scary parts without contorting your body into impossible positions) and a small counter in front of each row. Waiters make their way through the rows with the stealth of ninjas to take orders (written on a piece of paper and left for them so you don’t disrupt the movie) and deliver food. My girls thought this was just about the coolest place ever.


Westchester family fun | Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers

With a new kids menu featuring healthy options and kids’ favorites, even the pickiest kids (cough, mine!) will find something to get excited about. The new menu lets them choose a main dish, a side, and a sweet. There was much excitement over the fact that the cookies arrived fresh from the oven.

My girls also loved the pre-show, which features hilarious, ridiculous shorts that are somehow related to the movie. We saw The Secret Life of Pets, so there were a lot animals in silly situations cracking my kids (and me!) up. Not once did they complain they were bored or ask when the movie would start. That right there is straight up magic.

Alamo Drafthouse preshow

In addition to new releases, Alamo Drafthouse has a Kids Camp series running throughout the summer, Monday through Friday at 11 am. It features older movies (from The Karate Kid to The LEGO Movie) that screen for a $1-3 donation. 100% of those ticket sales are donated to Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and SPCA of Westchester. And on Tuesdays they offer Baby Day matinees, which gives new parents a chance to get out and enjoy a movie with baby in tow.

We had a great time and totally recommend checking them out for a different kind of movie experience!

Have you ever taken your kids to Alamo Drafthouse?

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LOVE GOODLY Giveaway!

promoting wellness and self care

I’m a little bit obsessive about promoting wellness and self care. Especially for busy, over-worked, trying-to-do-it-all mommas. I may stumble as much as the next girl (most notably when my best frenemy sugar is involved), but I try to live my best life—and encourage you to do the same.

For me, that means using as many natural, nontoxic products as much as possible—which is why I’m a tiny bit obsessed with green cleaning and DIY beauty products. It’s also why I love LOVE GOODLY, a cruelty-free, eco, nontoxic bimonthly subscription box service that donates 5% of each purchase to a charitable cause.

I’m a guest editor over on their blog today. To celebrate, I’m giving you guys two spoilers for what’s sure to be an awesome first anniversary box this August/September (shipping 8/15). I’m also hosting a little giveaway.

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Summer Adventures | Dancing at Dusk at Caramoor

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. Interested in more local love? Head here.

summer adventures - Caramoor's Dancing at Dusk

I can’t for the life of me remember how I heard about Caramoor in Katonah, NY. It’s an absolutely gorgeous center for music and arts set on beautiful grounds with lush gardens and Mediterranean-style architecture that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a faraway place. When I saw that they had family programs, including Dancing at Dusk in the summer, I knew we had to check it out.

We bought tickets for Dancing at Dusk: Filipino Music & Dance with Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage last week and it was so much fun.

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Personalized Kids Books from Lost My Name + a giveaway!

Great gift idea! The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name, a personalized kids picture book

I love a good kids book. My girls love a good kids book. But let’s be honest. Not everyone feels the love as much as we do. There are plenty of reluctant readers out there and whether they struggle to read or struggle to find something they like to read, it can become a major issue.

Do you know what kids really like though? Stories about themselves.

Enter Lost My Name, a company that makes personalized kids books designed to inspire kids by making the story all about them. They sent us a copy of The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name for Ellie and both of my girls thought it was just about the coolest thing ever.

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