Snow day in NYC

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It snowed all day yesterday, so we were determined to play in it today. The sun was out and the sky was blue, so it made playing outside in the cold manageable, even though it was in the low 20s. We probably lasted 30 minutes before rushing home for hot chocolate. My husband needs better snow shoes and jacket, because he was the one to get cold first.

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Notice my sons mismatched gloves? He has somehow lost one glove in each pair, so until he finds the missing partner he will look silly. This is clearly a trend I hope does not continue, because buying multiple sets of gloves every year is not in my plan.

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She loved playing and sledding in the snow, and would have happily played all day, if Mama and Dada didn’t start to freeze themselves.

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City snow does not last very long so I am sure it will all be completely melted away by tomorrow. Unless another storm makes it way through, then it will just be a big mess, because tonight is trash night.

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My sons feet are being kept warm by his Keen boots
My daughters feet are being kept warm by her Sorel boots

Collectible Disney Princess dolls from Madame Alexander

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Thank you Madame Alexander and KidzVuz.com for sponsoring this post with My Strange Family, all opinion expressed here are my own.

My daughter has been obsessed with Disney and Princesses since we celebrated her first birthday at Disneyland. She loves all of the Disney Princesses but has had a special connection with Cinderella right from the start. It might be because they have matching blonde hair and blue eyes, or that I always tell her “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” but no matter where the love comes from, lilStrange “wants” to be Cinderella when she grows up.

She dressed up as Cinderella for Halloween.

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She was so excited, and kinda shy to meet Cinderella in real life at Magic Kingdom.

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So when I discovered Madam Alexander was releasing 3 gorgeous 18-inch Collectible Disney Princess dolls just in time for Christmas, I knew we had to get the Cinderella for my daughter. I think I will have to get Belle and Ariel for myself, to complete the lovely collection.

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You really have to see this Collectible Disney Princess doll in real life, because she is so beautifully dressed and made. Cinderella is ready to have a ball in her sparkling blue ball gown. Until the clock strikes midnight, she wears satin gloves, blue headband, a black choker necklace, and “glass” slippers.

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The second lilStrange got her hands on the Madame Alexander Collectible Cinderella Princess Doll, she had to take her to the ball for a dance.

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It’s like all of her Disney princess dreams coming true on Christmas morning.

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For every girl who dreams big, there’s a princess to show her it’s possible. Celebrate Disney Princesses with the new collection of 18-inch dolls featuring luxurious design elements that every princess lover will cherish.

PRODUCTS: Collectible Disney Princesses
SRP: $ 89.95
AGE: 3+
LAUNCH: November 2016
AVAILABILITY: www.madamealexander.com

Outdoor safety this holiday season in NYC

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Winter is officially here, and living in New York City without a car it’s inevitable that we walk outside multiple times each day. Every morning we layer up with a long-sleeve shirt, cotton sweater, thin jacket, tights, wool socks, waterproof pants then on top of that winter boots, a hat, scarf, gloves and a long puffy jacket. We are not preparing for an expedition to the arctic, just our daily commute to school and back on very cold winter days. When it snows in New York City, we need to be prepared.

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The thing is we live in New York City and bundling up is our daily routine, but during the holiday season the many people who visit New York City are not used to being outside in the cold for long periods of time, and might not have all of the necessary tools for outdoor safety.

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Ice skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center, breathtaking holiday lights throughout the city, shopping at NYC holiday markets and fairs, and the magnificent New York City holiday windows are all activities to be done outside, in the cold. To keep these experiences magical Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has put together some tips on staying safe outdoors this holiday season.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Outdoor Safety Tips

  • Make sure to walk where snow and leaves are cleared from pathways, and have salt sprinkled on patches of ice. The business and home owners in NYC are responsible for clearing the sidewalks, but it they are not clear avoid walking on that side of the street.
  • Leave the snow shoveling to the professionals.
  • Check children’s shoes, socks and gloves periodically to make sure they are dry while walking or playing outdoors in cold weather, to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
  • If you suspect frostbite or hypothermia, remove wet clothing, rewarm as soon as possible but, do not rewarm unless you can go all the way, thawing and refreezing is worse.
  • Find a safe place for children to sled and choose a hill where children cannot reach fast, uncontrollable speeds.

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So if you are planing on visiting New York City this holiday season make sure you stay safe while being outside in the cold. However, if a situation arises where you do need urgent care, there are over 30 different Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care locations within the New York region, that allow you to self-checkin online and are easy to check the wait time at all the different locations.

Thank you Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care for sponsoring this post for My Strange Family.

Mmuseum world’s smallest museum

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Housed in an abandoned freight-elevator shaft, Mmuseumm is the world’s smallest museum. Mmuseumm is devoted to the curation and exhibitions of modern-day artifacts from around the world. For how small this museum is the current Mmuseumm 1, Season 5, has 15 different collections on display from ISIS Currency, The Cornflake Taxonomy, The Last Text Message Received, to Donald Trump: The Message is the Medium. If you ever need a reminder of how amazing it is to live in New York, this is definitely it.

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tiny-museum-nycThank to Open House New York for putting this tiny museum on our radar.

Mmuseumm is currently open to the public, Saturdays and Sundays noon-6pm. If closed Mmuseumm is always visible 24/7 through the viewing windows and by calling into the audio guide from your phone.

Mmuseumm closing soon for the installation of Season 6, opening in Spring 2017.

Mmuseumms 1 and 2 are located at 4 Cortlandt Alley in lower Manhattan, New York City.

Free Photos with Santa at Bryant Park

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The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be offering free photos with Santa from Saturday, December 17 through Saturday, December 24 from 1–3 p.m. at Le Carrousel.

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The festivities will kick off with a free reindeer sock puppet-making workshop and a parade through the park with Santa at 12:30 p.m. on the 17th.

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Visitors to Santa’s Corner will have the opportunity to snap a photo with their own camera or cell phone. Those without a camera can have their picture taken by on-site elves and later download the image from the Winter Village Flickr page.

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Bryant Park Special Event Schedule 

Puppet Workshop                   Dec 17, 11:30am-12:30pm
Santa Parade                           Dec 17, 12:30pm-1pm
Santa Parade                           Dec 24, 12:30pm-1pm

Merry Christmas from New York City!

Coding for children with Cubetto

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Cubetto, the award winning, Montessori-approved coding toy for children ages 3 and up, is now available for purchase worldwide on www.primotoys.com.

Created by Primo Toys, Cubetto is a screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children write their first computer programs. By placing the blocks in different patterns on the control panel, children create sequences of instructions that program the robot’s movement.

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In the process, they develop computational thinking skills that help them understand the basic principles of coding — all of this, in a very age-appropriate way that respects a child’s natural way of learning. My daughter had the opportunity to test out the Cubetto a few months back and loved that she could created the robots path all by herself and was eager to complete a challenge by sending Cubetto through mini adventures.

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Cubetto provides gender-neutral play that boosts a child’s creativity, critical thinking, spatial awareness and communication skills. Plus, no noisy bells and whistles or bright flashing light, but still a very engaging toy for the littles.

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Cubetto is available for purchase on www.primotoys.com for $225, or $245 when bundled with the Cubetto Activity Pack, which offers four additional world maps and matching story books. (Activity Pack priced $65 if sold separately).

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Primo Toys. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.