a few snippets from life lately…

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july just keeps chuggin’ along, full speed ahead! here are a few iPhone photos from the last week or two…

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^^^mister samson was enlisted by eleanor and her new friends at the park to push their tire swing.  he gladly accepted! anything to be included! poor guy.  but it’s not all bad. he had the time of his life pushing that tire around.  what a fun age. ^^^

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^^^cookin’ up dinner for me and my littles while papa was out of town. please note how much food samson’s plate holds (he eats more than i do) and how i have to separate eleanor’s rice/potatoes and meat. things can’t touch on her plate. it’s always so interesting to me as a mama how different my kids are when it comes to food.^^^

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^^^anxiously awaiting their polaroid strip to finish processing! and the cherry cheese strudel from zabars is delicious! we finally tried it the other week and plan to have more this weekend!^^^

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^^^passed by this beautiful sign in brooklyn outside of BAM. samson and eleanor slid out of their stroller seats and ran to play in the letters so fast i couldn’t hold them back!^^^

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^^^when you trek all the way out to ikea, you gotta eat a plate of meatballs. am i right – or am i right? also, eleanor and samson adore having aunty hannah here so much. her return flight to utah this past tuesday was cancelled due to that crazy crazy storm and after spending over 2 hours at the airport trying to reschedule, nothing was available until saturday. so we get to have her here a few extra days! not ideal for her and her work, but super ideal and wonderful for me and my kiddos!^^^

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^^^we went out to the brooklyn flea last saturday. i love that place. mostly, i just love the dough donut stand. ;) ^^^

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^^^it’s like i don’t even exist when their aunts are around!^^^

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^^^one of the best perks of summer! snocones!^^^

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^^^sister sister date!^^^

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^^^jacobs pickles.  always amazing.^^^

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^^^music time with the drums at art class! i simply cannot wipe the smile from my face as i watch them sing and strum and steal giggly looks at each other while they sing.  also, i’m finally learning all those silly verses to “down by the bay” and E and S think i’m the funniest person ever during the day when we sing that song together….. “have you ever seen a shark walking his dog in the park?!” “NOOOOOOO mama!!!” cue the laughter and me feeling like a million bucks. haha. i love them.^^^

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^^^a few more photos from art class because it’s just so fun for all of us.^^^

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^^^from our sister sister date the other night. (we started at the smith for dinner and ended with cafe lalo for dessert. we like to do food right.) sadly, hannah doesn’t love the hot chips with blue cheese fondu from the smith the way i do.  i was almost like, how are we related?! but it’s ok. more for me? ^^^

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^^^josh spent the weekend in colorado for an old high school friend’s wedding. he also spent some time with his cousin on a ranch. below are a few beautiful photos he would text me through the weekend. this top photo here pretty much makes the nyc skyline look meh. i mean, those trees!^^^

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^^^old high school friends… and how fun is that waffle dome for the wedding party?^^^

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^^^this looked too wonderful not to include here. this plate makes me so hungry right now and also in the mood for thanksgiving dinner.^^^

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^^^just a little something different from my regular new york city postings. that ranch is breathtaking.^^^

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^^^josh did a little catch and release fishing while in colorado!^^^

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^^^and horseback riding too! don’t tell my kids!^^^

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also, here’s a quick video of josh trying his hand at skeet shooting. 5 for 5! i was maybe just a little bit impressed. ;) this boy does not belong in the city. glad he had a good time!

there you have it, a few snippets from the last little while. thanks for following along! hope your summer is treating you well and you’re staying cool!

pistachio gelato and late night baths.

naomidovecampaigni’m really excited to be working with Dove to help spread the word about their purely pampering pistachio cream with magnolia body wash and beauty bar. i’ve been using Dove since the teenage years but the pistachio cream with magnolia body wash reminds me so much of my favorite gelato that i kind of cannot get enough of it.  in the campaign, i talk about how important it is for me as a mama of two small toddlers to find time to feel pampered. sometimes that’s treating myself to a tasty dessert while we’re out or keeping fresh flowers on my table when we’re home. simple things like that go a long way for me. i also really enjoy taking my time in the shower or bath at the end of a long day with the littles where i can just have several minutes of quiet. there is something about treating yourself to a calming late night bath when the entire apartment is asleep that makes you feel so very pampered. it’s my me time, and i love it. using the dove purely pampering pistachio cream with magnolia beauty bar has been an extra plus, since its scent is one of my favorites and its mild cleaners are gentle on my skin, leaving it feeling really soft and nourished.

ps. if you’re interested, visit dove.com for more info.  this post is in partnership with Dove. thanks!

baby bump #3 / 18 weeks

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the human body is a funny one. at least mine is. it’s like, “oh you wanna have a baby in here again? no problem, i’ll upgrade this baby bump from a 1 bedroom to a 3 bedroom mansion this time around for the little one. you’ll look like you’re already far into your third trimester, but it’s cool. it’s cool. i got this.”  and i’m like, hey wait a minute, really? you had to pop my belly button back out at just 8 weeks along?!  let’s all just be kind come september or october when i’m looking like i’m due any day even though i still have a few more months to go…. ;-)

it has become routine for eleanor and samson to kiss my tummy each night before bed and say, “good night, baby!”  eleanor came to one of my earlier check ups with me and helped my doctor find the heartbeat as she acted as her “assistant.” my doctor printed off a little ultrasound picture for eleanor at the appointment and eleanor has since hung it beside her little bed. if anyone comes over to our home, she takes them to the wall by her bed to show them the picture right away. she is so proud of it.  when i tuck her in at night she kisses the picture goodnight, too. and as her mama, witnessing that night after night does not get old.  this baby is going to feel so very loved by his or her older siblings.

i’m getting terribly giddy over little realizations like adding a new towel hook with baby’s first initial to our family’s current towel hook situation in the bathroom. or adding another little name ring to my stack of rings with family names on my ring finger.  nothing says “baby is here!” in my mind like engraving initials into something and hanging it up on the wall… now if only we could think of a good name.

speaking of names, the naming game is killing us this time around.  it doesn’t get any easier the more kiddos you have. in fact it gets harder because you’ve already used your favorite names.  we’re open to all and any suggestions. please and thank you. keep em’ coming.

my biggest surprise this pregnancy is just how magical each step remains, even if i’ve been here once or twice before.  that moment where you see that tiny heartbeat on the ultrasound screen, to those first flutters and kicks you can feel as the baby moves inside! it brings me to tears the way it did the very first time.  i’m grateful for that, too, because it is a constant reminder what a gift it is to carry a life, and gets me more and more anxious to hold and cuddle this new little baby like it’s nobody’s business.  i seriously cannot wait until december.

pictures in a booth.

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my little sister hannah came to visit us over the weekend! what better way to celebrate her visit than with some good old photobooth pictures! we’ve been eating our way through the city each day in-between playground and splash-pad time with the kiddos and spending our nights staying up way too late having those sisterly chats that are just so good for the soul. i’ve recruited eleanor and samson into my plan of trying to convince hannah to move back to the city. so there has been a lot of batting of their eye lashes and spontaneous hugs! whatever it takes! we’re gonna make it happen.

ps. completely unrelated, but… occasionally i like to catch up on the tv show so you think you can dance while doing stuff on my computer. i’m pretty far behind because i can’t watch it in real time, but you should go watch this (not the whole thing, you have to fast forward to 1 hour and 5 minutes in, and just watch that 2 minute solo by the boy named ricky). it is one of the most beautiful things i have seen in my life.  i keep going back to hulu and fast forwarding to that spot to watch it over and over again. somebody call up ohad for that boy! he is ready.

taza’s new york city guide: the village

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happy friday! we have a new nyc guide to share today covering one of our favorite areas, greenwich village and the west village!  if you missed the last few, see my guide to the upper west side HERE and a small guide covering union square to midtown HERE.  a few spots highlighted in this video are some of our favorites, but a few more a listed below. as with all my guides,  this is of course, just a sliver of what to do in the city, but i’m hopeful it can help you a bit as you plan your next trip to the city!  don’t forget to leave any of your own west village favorites in the comments below for others to check out.

enjoy!

video by jenner brown. music in video is fly away by jj heller.

some things to do around the west village:

bleecker street records
188 west 4th street  212-255-7899

smalls jazz club (while there are a couple famous clubs in the village like village vanguard and the blue note, this is our favorite)
183 west 10th street (no phone number listed. ha!)

comedy cellar 
117 macdougal street 212-254-3480

goorin hat shop (one of my favorite hat shops!)
337 bleecker street 212-256-1895

little marc jacobs
298 west 4th street 212-206-6644

leica gallery
670 broadway 212-777-3051

washington square park (always a great spot to picnic, for littles to play, that gorgeous arch! lots to do and see. and new public bathrooms that are still clean and nice inside!)
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for a nice stroll from the top end of the village to the bottom, walk along bleecker street from bank street to thompson street or west 4th street from jane street down to washington square park

a few wonderful playgrounds in the village are minetta playground  (across from joe’s pizza) and bleecker playground (near magnolia bakery)

some things to eat around the west village:

little owl (great spot for brunch)
90 bedford street 212-741-4695

magnolia bakery (we recommend going here for the banana pudding! and the original in the village is our favorite location)
401 bleecker street and w. 11th street 212-462-2572

murray’s cheese
254 bleecker street 212-243-3289

faicco’s (they close at 6pm, so go early. and try the rice balls!)
260 bleecker street 212-243-1974

joe’s pizza (we go here way too much. it’s our favorite place in the city for a quick slice of new york pizza)
7 carmine street 212-366-1182

pop bar
5 carmine street 212-255-4874

molly’s cupcakes
228 bleecker street 212-414-2253

corner bistro (one of our favorite spots for a great burger)
331 west 4th street 212-242-9502

sockerbit candy shop
89 christopher street 212-206-8170

mamoun’s falafel
119 macdougal street 212-674-8685

a salt and battery
112 greenwich ave  212- 691-2713

tea & sympathy
108 greenwich ave 212-989-9735

waverly inn (for a special meal!)
16 bank street 917-828-1154