Adventures in NYC

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The Essence of Giving is in The Little Things

Although considerably privileged, neither my husband nor I were raised amongst affluence. We were taught the value of a dollar through circumstance; Our parents have held full time jobs our entire lives for the most part, working hard and earning enough to provide for us...

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My Heart in New York City

The family and I took a boat ride to Liberty and Ellis Islands before our flight home, and it couldn't have been a more perfect closure to a truly full circle experience for all of us in the city that we all grew up in...

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Holidays in Their Eyes

While family truly encompasses the spirit of the holidays, New York City is like the tinsel on the Christmas Tree. The magic in the air swirling around the chilly buildings within the streets of Manhattan is nearly palpable. Up until we moved to the city...

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Gratitude

Being in New York City with my family during Thanksgiving couldn't be any more poignant for me. We're eating at crowded diners and dear friend's homes. We're walking and scootering all over the city, running into nearly everyone we know on the streets, from dear friends...

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New York, New York

We flew into New York City on a red eye flight this morning, all six of us. I packed for almost two days straight prior to leaving and still managed to leave Zoe's socks behind. I mean, how does one forget socks? Traveling with four...

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Happy Travelers

I never thought I'd get used to living without a car. About six months after we moved to New York City, I was trudging through the wind, ice, and rain with two kids and three bags of groceries crammed into our double stroller and I...

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Reset Button

I've always been a proponent of change; Big changes, little changes, hardly-a-blip-on-the-radar changes. Shifting what we're comfortable in, our safe place, is growth, life and progression. I seldom feel content in those safe places, mostly because I think my brain is light years ahead of...

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Back to NYC, Back to Me, Back to my Belabumbum

My first trip to New York City after our move to Santa Cruz in August was in late February this year. I was so anxious to stand amongst the towers of endless buildings and see if I felt any different than I did when...

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Go Mighty: Live Like a Tourist

Last summer it occurred to me that we only had one year left as residents of New York City, and a feeling of panic set in. While it had taken everything I had just to figure out how to live successfully and happily with three...

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Resident Tourist: American Museum of Natural History

The first museum that we got a family membership to-thanks to my amazing in-laws-was the American Museum of Natural History. That was nearly four years ago, and since then it has become really like a second home to us. It's a bit of a daunting...

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A Good Day

Our nerves were raked against the coals again on Wednesday night with a dose of unfortunate news that will affect our lives once we move back to California. It's nothing permanent or devastating, but certainly added stress during a time that we are stretched pretty...

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At the petiteParade with Stride Rite (spon)

One of my favorite annual events in the city features two of my favorite things: Children and Style. PetiteParade is one of the cutest children's fashion shows that I have seen, and this year Stride Rite made a splash amongst the likes of Miss Bluemarine,...

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