The Moomins Hit The Big Screen
Where to catch this summer’s coolest family flick
Hurrah! Spring cleaning just got a hell of a lot easier: Manhattan-born Little Swappies have finally held their first of many Brooklyn swaps. Now in their second year, the pop-up switches are the brainchild of Chelsea local, Lauren Patterson.
Long-time pals and fellow Park Slope moms, Julia Austen-Brown and Melissa Vaughan (who live just two blocks away from each other and both have two kids a piece,) hit on the idea of doing a pop up craft pow-wows in people’s homes when they realized that, well, no one else was doing it.
I’m now something of an expert in the art of pumping. I’ve done it everywhere. On planes and trains, in airports and restaurants, at dinner parties, and even once in an electrical closet surrounded by rat traps. My favorite has to be when I was travelling to Pennsylvania by train and a delay plus broken outlets in the bathrooms meant I had no choice but to pump in the concourse of Philadelphia station.
Before I became a mum, I convinced myself that I WOULD be the Miranda Kerr of mothers. I would be well dressed and bouncy and amazing at all times. I would not leave the house in my PJ’s or covered in baby vomit and without a scrap of make up. My hair would always be washed, and I would lose, quite by accident, those 40-odd pounds I’d piled on. Because, well, if Miranda can do it can’t we all? Oh and I would also live a beautiful, organized house where healthy meals would be on the table each night for me and my adoring husband…
Sending out baby announcements is so last decade. The new way to get the word out is via a creative instagram post. Here are 14 of our favorites. Happy snapping! XO
The floor-to-ceiling library rails, the garland-decked zebra head, the zingy bright art work; we had serious nursery envy when we saw little Charlie’s mood-lifting space. His parents Sarah (Hair Stylist) and Matt (Painter and Creative Executive) wanted to fashion out a space that felt “optimistic and fresh” for Charlie in their top-floor Williamsburg apartment.
I’m a mom to a willful, lovely, stubborn, adorable and very opinionated toddler called Aiden (that’s a shot of us both above.) He’s 17-months-old and decided a few weeks ago that he only wanted to eat one item of food a day. That means an entire day of nothing but chicken tortellini, or yogurt or blueberry waffles (only Earth’s Best ones mind, he’s particular.) I knew needed to do something before my little boy became my little monster.
I’m sitting on the swirly carpet of Frolic!, Williamsburg’s $1000-a-year ultra trendy kids club, with 15 other moms. But I’m not talking play dates or toddler meals because it’s a Thursday night and sexpert Dana B. Myers has taken over. The lights are dimmed, I’m propped beside the child-sized Schoenhut piano with a huge glass of white wine, and I’m listening to a foxy male model (trussed-up in David Beckham underwear) read to us from a book of saucy erotica.
Last week we went to scope out Playtime New York, the springtime get together of more than 120 indie kids brands from around the world. It was a total inspiration. Here are the 10 things we learnt. Warning..this article will induce the need to shop!
It was the birth of her little girl, Mia (now aged 6, and about as photogenic as they come) that inspired fashion photographer Essie Graham to sideline into kid’s portraiture. “I began to chronicle her life and it just snowballed from there,” says Bushwick-based Essie, who now has more than a hundred Brooklyn-based clients.
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