Children’s Museum of the Arts

Hi guys! Not sure what happened to my blog, but this post went blank and it wasn’t saved at all… So I’m here fixing it and reposting the photos and all.

Last week, Dylan and I went to the Children’s Museum of the Arts here in Manhattan. I’ve been wanting to go for awhile, specially because is like one block from where we live, but Dylan was too young. Now that he is more into “arts,” loves coloring and playing with things like that, I thought it would be the right time to go! And I was right, this boy had a blast. We spent two hours there and he played a lot. This will definitely be a weekly thing for us as we are already planning on going this week with friends! Here are some pics if you’d like to see. Xx

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Travel size for kids

Traveling with kids is not easy and definitely not light. Because of Dylan, I’m trying to learn how to pack light for myself now, there are so many little things we need to have. Depending where we’re going, I usually don’t pack a lot of diapers and wipes, for example, and just buy at the destination. But at the same time I don’t want to get to destination and have to buy a million things!

This time when we went to Jackson I packed diapers only for the plane ride and a couple extras. I packed only one pack of wipes too. I also basically didn’t pack any food or snacks, only for the trip. We got there and went straight to the grocery where I ended up buying whatever I needed for that week.

His toiletries though, I brought it from home, because I think it’s easier if we can have everything “travel size.” Dylan’s skin is super sensitive and I didn’t want to take any chances and just have what I already know and trust. Babyganics has been a trusted brand for us since Dylan was born, we just love their products and I confess that I want to use a few things for myself, haha.

When they offered to send us a few things to take on the trip it was a no brainer answer for me… of course! Besides sending a few products I already knew I liked, I got to try on Dylan a few other ones, like the Eczema Cream. I have to say I tried many eczema creams on my son and this, by far, worked the best.

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Dylan didn’t have any problem on his skin during the week we were there. Another thing I absolutely love about it, is that the cream is not sticky like many other ones. My husband gets so so crazy when he has to put something on Dylan’s skin that is sticky like vaseline… Don’t get me wrong, some of those products are really good, but it’s a pain and it gets everywhere!

Another thing I really loved was the travel size stain eraser! Dylan gets stuff everywhere, specially on my clothes somehow! We were having blueberries pancakes every morning at the hotel and of course, every morning was a blueberry explosion on his and my clothes! Thank goodness for that stain eraser, because I was not up to do any laundry that week.

And one more thing… Thank goodness for hand sanitizer wipes! I’m not a germaphobic, I’m actually pretty relaxed, but planes are gross and I have to wipe down a few things like the seat, seatbelt bucle and tray before letting Dylan sit down. Those things never get cleaned and he often licks stuff, always classy, haha.

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We came back and I already have everything packed again for another trip we are taking next month. I’m so excited!!!

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(Babyganics did send us these products, but the thoughts and opinions are 100% mine)

Travel size love

As I was writing a post about some of Dylan’s essentials products when we are traveling, I decided I should share some of my favorite things I’ve been using and loving it too. Once upon a time, my blog used to be more about things like that and, slowly, I’ll try to share things not just about motherhood. It’s been hard, but I’ll do it.

I’m a travel size junkie. It’s a little bit silly, but its essencial. We travel quite a bit and I like to have a few products I use at home with me when I’m away. Like my shampoo and hair cream, for exemple. I’m pretty loyal to the same brand for the past six years and I’m not planning on changing that. I have curly hair and DevaCurl products are the only ones that works for me… so, travel size it is! Also, travel size things helps the “packing light” that my husband insist me to do it and I’m trying to learn. I think I’m getting better each time we go somewhere.

Here are a few products I love, use at home, and take on trips with me:

 

As I said, I love DevaCurl and don’t live without their products for my hair.

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I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s products. I’ve been using their Creme de Corps since forever (including during my whole pregnancy!) So now I also have the little one, of course. At home I have the one liter bottle of this cream, haha. I also have facial cleanser and night cream to take with me. Their products never disappoint.

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This makeup remover from Lancome might be the BEST one I’ve tried so far, and I tried many different brands. It takes away everything from my eye, any kind of makeup. It’s so, so good.

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Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals and hand/nail cream from Caudalíe, always! My husband actually is a big fan of this sunscreen and used every day, many times, when he was skiing.

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What are your favorite things? Do you love travel size too? Is there any product you cannot live without? Xx

The Elk Nightmare

One of the things we did in Jackson was to go to the Elk Refuge. This is a popular thing to do (apparently, with kids) over there in the Winter. We wanted to do something fun for Dylan and since he loves animals we, of course, thought it would be the most fun things to do! Well, things always don’t go as planned right?

Anyway, at the Elk Refuge you get to see tons of Elks gathered on the snow. They take groups of 14 people or so on sleighs and the little trip outdoors last about an hour. The sleigh is open and besides everyone being dressed for the cold, they provide very warm blankets for everyone to enjoy the ride. So we decided to go… Dylan doesn’t mind the cold that much, but that day was windy and it was just a nightmare!

Once we got to the sleigh and the thing started going very slowly, Dylan started to crying and screaming like crazy. Poor kid! My husband and I tried everything we could to calm him down, but he was so, but so frustrated that anything we would try would make him even more upset. I held my baby tight and cried with him… what else I could do? It was our mistake for taking him there and we couldn’t just get up and leave, we were in the middle nowhere around a bunch of wild animals.

Dylan screamed for 50 minutes and passed out on the last 10 minutes. Nobody on the sleigh said (or heard the guide through the little trip) a thing. Some people, with their eyes, were saying “I’m sorry” and other people were judging… and it’s OK, I didn’t care what anyone thought and I just wanted that to be over so my baby could be comfortable.

When the thing was over (I didn’t see any Elk, of course) everyone had to hop on a bus to take us to our car. When we got to the parking lot I told my husband to go ahead and warm up the car and I’d wait everyone to leave the bus so I could go ahead.  As I was sitting and holding sleeping Dylan, one of the woman who was at the sleigh and the bus with us walked by and said “your kid was terrified. I have a kid of the same age and would never do what you did with my kid.” And then she just walked away, all pretty and the perfect mom she must be!

I, on the other hand, started crying  all over again. I was so upset and angry at this woman. I was upset because I was feeling the worst mom ever! And I angry because that woman tried to be mean and tried to say how shitty mom I must be, a mom who didn’t care about my son. Empathy, people! Where is the empathy? Who is the parent that never made a decision thinking about your kid and got a totally different reaction from the kid? Please, tell me who are those parents and I want to meet and maybe learn something from them???

That woman clearly thinks she is this super perfect mom, but at the end of the day I can only feel sorry for her! My anger is gone, my regret of taking my son is gone as well. We made that decision because we thought it was the best and it turned out it wasn’t… we all survived, we didn’t see Elks and we don’t care, we are all healthy and happy, Dylan forgot about it, and we will have a good laugh about this story when he grows up! And, only these three photos to prove we went… Haha. Xx

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Jackson Hole

Hi, guys! We are back. Those who follow me on Instagram (@blogmeandthecity) knew I was away. We spent a week in Jackson Hole, WY. It was so good to get away for awhile, even though Dylan is definitely showing some lovely signs of terrible twos. This is real, guys. But I will talk about it on another post!

We stayed on the mountain at the Teton Mountain Lodge and I have nothing to complain about it. The hotel is beautiful, they have nice spa, indoor and outdoor pools, an amazing restaurant, and a killer breakfast to start the day. The staff is so kind, too.

The first few days was kinda rough because Dylan was waking up super early. But, once we got into a little schedule he stayed at the mountain daycare part of the day and I went skiing for a bit. This was the best! The best because I knew Dylan was having fun and being well fed while I was doing something for myself! Vacation for everyone, right?

Anyway, here are some photos if you’d like to see…

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For the love of the truck

One of Dylan’s obsession right now are trucks. I’m not saying toy trucks, but real ones. His love for firetruck is still on, but now we can add all types of trucks and buses to the mix. Living in the city, it makes really easy to see trucks and “big things that go” everywhere we go. 🙂

I’ve been arounds kids my whole life and I’m used to things that they like and what to expect (well, some things.) But my husband is not. For him this it’s all new and I kinda love that. When I was telling him about the trucks the other day, he asked me if girls are interested on trucks, firetrucks, buses, too. It took me a few seconds to respond and I started remembering all the girls I took care, I worked with before and my answer was: “They do like sometimes, but they don’t get as excited.”

The truth is at this age is hard to define what they like or don’t. I don’t like to generalize or to say this is “a boy thing”, but I never forced Dylan to like this. He just does! Somehow I think it’s on their DNA. Maybe it will change later and maybe it won’t. And we will be there to support him no matter what. As I’ve said before, my goal is to expose him to things, guide him, and let him choose what and who he wants to be. I want my boy to be happy and healthy!

By the way, there is a fairly big construction (or something like that, its NYC) happening on the corner of my house and Dylan wants to go watch it every day, so we’ve been talking walks there and spending a few minutes watching them work. Dylan goes crazy, haha. He always wears his See Kai Run shoes. It’s so comfortable and easy to walk, run, play – also, it’s super easy to clean and this mama loves that. See Kai Run has always been our choice for shoes since Dylan started walking and I’m sure he will be using for a long time.

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Snow Day In + Giveaway

Even though we went out for a little last Thursday with the snowstorm, the majority of the day we stayed inside our apartment. The place where Dylan takes classes and has a indoor playground was closed and it was impossible to go anywhere anyway. So we had a snow day in!

Staying in with a toddler can be crazy! We are so used to be out and about every day, we always try keep busy and are doing something. When we have days like these we try do do a little bit of everything. We watched cartoons, we played with toys, ate yummy food, ran around the apartment, and of course, tried some arts and craft.

I’m not a huge crafty person, but I try to be as much as involved and creative as I can. Since Dylan started the art classes he is a little bit more interested too. He is still young and its hard to sit still for too long, but enjoys. Once thing he has been enjoying the most is to play with Do-a-Dot Art.

The first time we played with these markers was at the art class and Dylan loved it. Right after that, Do-a-Dot Art contacted us and offered to send some of their products and I accept. As I said before, I love working with brands we enjoy and use it on daily basis. Do-a-Dot Art is so much fun, everyone here plays with it and you can me as much creative as you want.

Since I partnered with Do-a-Dot Art, we decided to do a Instagram Giveaway! So head over to @blogmeandthecity for a chance to win!!

Our snow day in ended up being so fun and busy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

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