Bronx Zoo’s Newest Adventure..Dinosaur Safari: The Safari Street Team Hits The Pavement On 6/20
Are dinosaurs really extinct? They won’t be tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled for spotting a very unusual and unique fashion trend to hit the streets of Manhattan, Hoboken and Brooklyn on Thursday, June 20th.
There will be roughly 50 people on the streets in those areas that are conspicuously wearing an accessory that distinctively ties into the Bronx Zoo’s newest adventure..Dinosaur Safari. If possible, try and tailor your day to get behind this very special event.
The members of the Bronx Zoo’s Safari street team, as they are called, will be handing out little cards that will give you and your family the ability to experience all of the Bronx Zoo’s greatest and latest attractions at a discount of 20% off of your Total Experience tickets. This includes their newest attraction the Dinosaur Safari.
I know me and my family are eager to see this event and will share photos here on my blog at a later date. If you happen to be on the streets and spot a dino tail tomorrow, hit @theBronxZoo on Instagram with the hashtag #dinotail and share this awesome experience with your family and friends, and the entire world!
The Dinosaur Safari street team members will be out and about between the hours of 12 noon - 6 pm EST. For a full list of locations that will give you a head’s up to where the dino team will be..check below at the very bottom of this post. And for a little peek at exactly what you’ll be on the look out for, check out this short You Tube video below. It is quite amusing.
Remember friends, if you do happen to spot a dino please TwitPic or Instagram a photo of the dinosaur tail people you spot. For example: ”Just saw a Bronx Zoo Dino Tail getting lunch at Whole Foods.” Or if you want you can give real-time updates via Twitter if you spot one, with the same type of info. as the example shown above. Use hashtags #dinotail #bronxzoo #columbuscircle. (The last tag would obviously be altered to the location you spot the dino in, naturally.)
Go out scouting tomorrow my Tri-State area compadres. Also, be sure and get your family membership for the Bronx Zoo today and have a summer full of fun adventures just like this one. Never miss a beat. (I know we won’t .)
Happy Dino Hunting!!
Where to hunt: Locations for “Dino Tails” Street Teams:
Battery Park City: Battery Place – Chambers between West St. and Hudson River Esplanade
Pier 25 & Esplanade: Chambers – North Moore St.
Gramercy Park & Union Square: 14th – 23rd St. between 1st and Park Ave. (Union Square is between Union Square E & W)
Stuyvesant Square (2nd Ave. between 15th and 17th St. • Gramercy Park (20th – 21st between Irving and Lex) • Union Square (14th – 17th St. between Union Square E & W)
Hudson River Park: N Moore St.–16th St.
Hudson River Park: Chelsea Lawn 17th St.–34th St.
Financial District: Bowling Green – Barclays St. between Church & Water
Brooklyn Bridge: Barclay–Worth St. between Broadway & Pearl St.
Soho-Nolita: Canal–Houston St. between 6th Ave. & Bowery St.
West Village: Houston–14th St. between Hudson St. & 6th Ave.
Greenwich Village-Noho: Houston–13th St. between 6th Ave. & Bowery
Chelsea: The Highline and Chelsea Market
Chelsea: 14th–22nd St. between 6th–11th Ave.
Chelsea: 23rd–30th St. between 6th–11th Ave.
Penn Station/Herald Square: 31st–37th St. between Broadway & 9th Ave.
Hell’s Kitchen: 43rd–54th St. on Hudson River Park & 38th–50th St. between 8th &11th Ave.
Columbus Circle-Lincoln Square: 51st – 68th St. between 6th & West End Ave.
UWS: 70th–82nd St. between Central Park West & West End Ave.
UWS: 83rd–103rd St. between Central Park West & West End Ave.
Lower East Side: Below Houston St. between Bowery & Columbia St.
East Village-Alphabet City: Houston–14th St. between Bowery & Avenue D
East Village: East River Park and Stuyvesant Town
Flatiron District: 14th–26th Sts. between 1st & 6th Ave.
Murray Hill-Medical City: 27th–42nd St. between 1st & Madison Ave.
Midtown East/Grand Central: 42nd–50th St. between 1st & 6th Ave.
Midtown East: 50th–63rd St. between 1st & 6th Ave.
UES: 63rd–79th St. between 2nd & 5th Ave.
UES: 79th–96th St. between 2nd & 5th Ave.
UES: 63rd – 96th St. between FDR Dr. & 2nd Ave.
42nd Street: 42nd Street between 10th and 2nd Ave.
34th Street: 34th Street between 10th and 2nd Ave.
23rd Street: 23rd Street between 11th and Park Ave.
5th Ave: 5th Ave. between 59th and 14th St.
Central Park: 59th–72nd St.
Central Park: 68th–83rd St.
Central Park: 81st–97th St.
Central Park: 97th–100th St.
Brooklyn: Park Slope, Flatbush Ave.–14th St. between 5th & 8th Ave.
Brooklyn: Prospect Park, south of Center Drive
Brooklyn: Prospect Park, north of Center Drive
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Atlantic Ave. to Old Fulton St., East River to Court St./Cadman Plaza
Brooklyn: Dumbo, Nassau St. to East River, Bridge St. to Brooklyn Bridge
School’s Nearly Out: How Do You Moms Feel About It?
It’s my wedding anniversary today. Party hardy tonight..YAY!
I used to love it when my kids were all out of school. No more early morning rises prying their little hineys out of bed. No pick up..drop off. Just flow as you go crazy and lazy days of summer. Well we still go out daily so I wouldn’t say lazy, but you know what I mean.
No scheduled events. No homework for mom to try and revert back to childhood and help them finish. It just was easier. Then along came the twins.
I have honestly enjoyed (yes I am going to say the P word referring to twins because in comparison it is) peaceful days of spending time alone with just them. Though I do miss my other kids during the day it just allows me to really come and go easier, enjoy them more as a duo, watch their bond grow, not miss anything.
I have definitely been less stressed during these days, especially since the nicer weather has come. Things are very different on weekends. The mayhem of the brood altogether can make a mama nutty sometimes thinking how easy it must be to just have twins. I often wish I had them first and then the others. I love going out one on one or two on one with my older two and vise-versa with just the twins, however, everybody together is so tough lately.
I feel guilty for saying this but these are my reasons. When my older (most especially my 7 year old) is around, the twins act up MUCH more so. She’s quite a handful and they follow her actions to a tee. (They are never 3 year old actions, sadly.) That is tough enough to manage, especially in public. Also, keeping them in one piece.
They look to her like their ‘God’ which would be a great thing..IF…
It wasn’t often dangerous actions, and this pic ain’t nothing. She coaxes them into far more scary things.
She also tries to break them apart and side with one leaving out the other. The twins have just started to really get very noticeably close recently, and now I definitely know that things will be changing because of this. This is upsetting to me. I don’t like when anybody is a third wheel and treated as such.
I love this new interest, but someone now always gets left out and it’s sad.
She is like triplets. (I used to say twins but now I know what that is like and mine aren’t an easy pair by far from all I have seen). She’s tough all on her own. I got to manage the ‘still there’ jealousy, watch my words and actions towards the twins still. I can’t be myself completely around the twins with her there.
She demands the most of me more than anybody else and still it is never enough. If things were different in that respect, I think my thoughts here would be also. Even me and my husband get along better with the two because there is so much less stress around us. So much less wrong-doing chaos.
With just me and her alone somewhere, we are like BFFs. We have such an amazing time, even though it is still hard.. she is happy to have all of me. We do enjoy girls days and nights out together.
I just have a hard time coping with the influence on the little ones. It isn’t a good one AT ALL! Hopefully, things won’t be so bad, but I’m really sad that I used to be eager for the end of the year and now I am definitely going to miss these days. Is that wrong or me to say? Does anybody understand? Maybe feel the same in some ways?
My son will just bleed me dry when he goes out with friends ($$). But now in thinking about it, we only have one more year left with him. He’ll be going off to college in only a year’s time. (WAHH). Unlike my parents I don’t force my kids out. It’s his choice. (The twins maybe driving him away? Just kidding.) I have to suck up all of him that I can while I can. This is very saddening to me. He’s my baby boy! OK, I don’t even want to talk about it.
Wish I were better at b-ball. He kicks my butt, but he let’s me try from time to time .
Funny, he’s not as embarrassed by ‘ol mom as my 7 year old is, and he is almost 17 years old! A girl thing?
(No…his nose isn’t that big. He doesn’t want his face on my blog. Grr…I can tell my 7 yo is almost there already. *sigh*.)
I just know the summer is going to be more stressful than the rest of the year this particular year. The age gap between Mikayla and the twins is a sucky one. I see it more and more as time goes on. I wish I had gotten pregnant with the girls sooner, but not my fault there. We tried. There are hardly any shared interests anymore. It makes life tough. It’s hard to make everybody happy! I’m only ONE PERSON! OK, now I’m rambling.
How do you feel about the end of school coming up so soon? Looking forward to it, or are you going to miss the little break you have been getting.. be it on your own, with twins, or a new baby, etc.? I think I’ll have some empty nest syndrome when they are all in school. (Weird, huh? .)
Today is their last full day. Tomorrow and the next are half days and then an hour on Friday. I had better suck up the twins today. Our last day alone until September comes.
Hopefully, things will go easier than I’m expecting for my blood pressure’s sake. (Not sure though.) Yesterday after school was very, very trying. I need to de-stress so badly. (Honestly, we need a vacation…BIG TIME! Just can’t afford it .)
I’ll have to delete this post in time. I feel badly saying all of this, even if it’s true. I love all of my children equally, no doubt there. It’s just hard making everybody happy..myself included.
We love you dad! We are 3 years, 3 months, and 2 weeks old.
It’s easy in the busy day-to-day rush of our lives..to forget to think about all of the wonderful things that dad does for us wives, and why we love them so darned much.
If you have young kids to, sometimes you might even get at him for shortcomings simply out of the frustration of day to day life. The hardships and pressures of raising little children. And sometimes the bigger ones also, as kids and the stressors they can trigger within us DO impact a relationship in a big way.
I know sometimes, regrettably, I say things I’d never normally say to my spouse if not for being under intense duress at the time. It’s actually not too abnormal, however, I do feel very badly about it. I also feel like it’s time to make it up to him now. We all should praise our men today.
I’d love to hear from you as well, but to the man I married..this one is for you.
He is patient, he is kind,
When I fall, he’s right behind.
When I hurt, he helps me heal,
When I’m tired, he cooks us meals.
When we laugh, I fall in love,
When we touch, I know it’s love.
In his arms, I feel no pain,
In his warmth, there is no rain.
He works hard for all we’ve got,
Busts his butt, yet complains not.
He shows love in many ways,
I don’t always, give proper praise.
He’s the man that saved my life,
I’m so proud to be his wife.
He’s a love like none I’ve known,
I am sorry, when that’s not shown.
He’s compassionate, he’s sincere,
I can trust him, without fear.
Loves his children, also mine,
Gives his all, and still keeps trying.
On Father’s Day, I thank him much,
For the great man, he is to us.
I love you honey!
Sometimes we falter because of stress, but when it comes down to it…we are built to last baby, and I love you so much! PLEASE always know and have faith in that.
Sorry my little, ‘intended-on’ list turned into a VERY non-professional poem, folks. It’s just meant for my man! (I’m not entering any poem competition with this one.) It’s just off the top of my head and straight from my heart.
Love Should Never Hurt: This Is For Every Abused Woman & Friend Of One – Please Read
**Women of all ages and walks of life please read! Too many of us are affected in one way or another.**
A real man never hurts you. He doesn’t say I love you and then goes and treats you in the opposite fashion.
Love is patient, gentle, and kind. It’s supposed to bring you happiness and never tears. Smiles and never sorrow.
When a man strikes a woman he can not love her. His repetitive apologies that she yearns to accept are simply a farce.
Abuse never halts after the first time ends and false promises are made. It only snowballs and gets worse and worse, and for some it’ll be too late.
Abuse can start with harsh words, sometimes more painful than fists. A man may put you down and make you feel as though you aren’t wonderful just to keep you in his clutches.
A real man never attacks you with words that tear down your soul, damage your ego, and make you feel unworthy. He’s the unworthy one.
A good man will build you up like the princess that you are and will never leave you lying in the trenches.
”I’m sorry” are two little words without any meaning after an abuse episode. It completely annihilates the 3 little words uttered from the same mouth, ”I love you.”
Love is selfless, never selfish. Love shouldn’t leave your heart in a million different pieces. But if yours is right now, you can paste them back together again, bit by bit. It’s never too late as long as there’s a breath left in your body.
Know you are better than what he wants you to believe. His words are worthless, only meant to control and manipulate you. He is the loser. He is NOT in love with you. He’s in love with holding you under his iron thumb….his spell. Please break free!
Have faith in yourself and in the beauty that is you. Nobody deserves happiness any less or more than you do. Never settle. Never believe in his lies. They are ONLY lies.
It’s often desperately hard to leave this situation. (This I know firsthand.) Sometimes you feel like he is all you have. Like you have nothing or are nothing without him. Again these are ugly lies. If you have you, you have all that you need.
PLEASE break the cycle and save yourself. Your children to if there’s any involved. This very deeply affects them as well.
Never believe that if he hurts you that one day he won’t harm the kids you love also. The circle of abuse affects everybody. Emotional abuse is just as damaging, if not worse.
Leave for them. Leave for your future child-to-be. Your son or your daughter. Leave for all of your lives!
A real man never belittles a woman, never strikes a woman, never needs to repeat the words ”I’m sorry” to keep her at his side. He doesn’t try and control her (YOU), or make threats.
Though hard to imagine in this moment…there’s a real man waiting for you out there who will turn your life around in a beautiful way someday.
PLEASE don’t waste another minute of your life in distress. He isn’t worthy of you and your love. Don’t dwindle away as much precious time as I did my friend. Go out on your own and take on the world. In time, unconditional love will find you.
You must seek and find your own personal happiness first and foremost. You are worth NOTHING less than the BEST!
I have been where you are. I have felt your agony. I’ve lived your pain.. both physical and mental. I’ve felt the same hopelessness and intense fear. Yet here I am, now married to a wonderful man who would never EVER hurt me in any way.
I could never have seen that for my future back then. My future looked black. It looked empty.
I’m a survivor. You can be to! You are stronger than you know.
Abuse never ends, it only escalates.
This photo is very real. Change your destiny before it’s too late. Or help out a friend if you know of this.
Too many keep quiet with dire results. I know my own friends & family did.
I decided to reflect back on my past today. If it helps one woman..one life, it is all more than worthwhile. Need more help? I have been through it all. Please don’t hesitate to write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s what friends are for. And you have a friend in me.
Annaliese & Alessandra are 3 years, 3 months, 1 week, and 4 days old.
Do you wish to find a baby name for your future son or daughter that goes beyond Ava, Emily, Michael and Joey? (As lovely as those all may be.)
If you are pregnant now or hope to soon be, here is a list of unique names for girls and boys for you to comb over that are different, and will certainly make your child a stand out without being completely over-the-top.
Hopefully, my lists will help you on your baby-naming journey. If you have others to add just write it in the comments section below.
(Sorry, WordPress is acting wonky with its spacing. It’s making me loopy!)
The zany sisters are 3 years, 3 months, 1 week, and 2 days old.
Sure they are cute as a button, but what is life with twin toddlers really like? Twin moms-to-be and earlier age twin moms frequently contact me via email asking me questions. I thought I’d answer a few of them here.
1) How do you handle toddler meltdowns aka tantrums?
Though these were worst at around 14.5 – 22 or 23 months for us, the course of treatment is always the same. No matter how frustrated these might make you..ignore, ignore, ignore. I learned to be like, ”Ok, are you done yet”, using a calm and uncaring tone. Walk away even. It may tug at your heart strings and make you feel bad BUT should you feed into it it will continue on and on.
Remember negative attention is still attention. Try directing their attention elsewhere. If that doesn’t work, remember to always keep your cool, stay calm, and leave the room if you must. Eventually when the desired reaction isn’t achieved these will diminish. Hopefully, they won’t happen in unison. (YIKES .)
2) How do you handle jealousy among twins & other siblings?
This is a huge issue here and will be forever I am guessing. (Or so it appears.) Some kids are better at handling their other half or siblings than others. Some are more passive in nature, and some children are more self-sufficient than others. But for some this can be a sticky situation whether it’s among the twins themselves or an older/younger sibling. (Usually older.)
You have to mentally cut yourself in half, or thirds, or fourths and fight hard to give equal and ample attention to all of your kids. I never said it was easy, but you will get used to it. This is a huge part of the reason why I won’t have any more children. I want to be able to give all I can to everybody. It is so hard as is with the 4 I’ve got now.
Remember when you felt left out when you were younger and say two friends were playing together as you stood by waiting and wondering? Or your mom and dad treated you and your sibling or siblings very differently? Like I did, I use those experiences to help me to mentally always remember to do for one what I do for the other. It can be a super difficult task to tackle but you can.
Try to never play favorites either. Even young children can feel the pain from that. You can read more about this subject here. Jealousy after twins.
3) What is the toughest part of twin toddler-hood?
This is a thing of the past baby!
The mayhem and the energy are constant and never-ending. Naps slow down or halt completely, as was in our case. And boundless energy? When your energy stops theirs continues to go on and on and on. Sometimes I am so exhausted at the end of the day I just collapse.
The mayhem can be more like a whirlwind if you will. They create bigger messes as bigger kids..BUT if you ‘train’ them well at this young and impressionable age and give rewarding praise for it, you can get them to actually want to start picking up their toys and helping mom or dad out. That’s the good part. My older two..nada. I made some mistakes there early on. The twins are MUCH more helpful.
Keeping them in one piece with all of the crazy stunts they pull, including on the furniture, is difficult. But the worries from infancy and the 1 until 2 years of age is mostly over. They are aware of danger now and for the most part avoid it if not completely confident in themselves. But they will always be testing you. Some around the 3 year mark and beyond get a bit of an attitude to. One of my twins has it.
What’s cute now though will not be later on for sure. I guess I should stop tolerating that before it is too late. (It is hard when they are little and so darn cute not to laugh at such behavior. However, the present definitely does affect the future I have learned in hindsight from having had other kids prior. Do remember this.)
4) What’s The best part about twin toddler-hood?
Two things. No more diapers which is good riddance to a major expense, but you may get interrupted a lot now while you are trying to use the toilet yourself. I still say it’s better. Also, they are truly little people who do really smart and funny things sometimes. They can be quite amazing to watch, especially as a twosome. It’s very entertaining.
They start to bond at this time to. Now at 3 we are definitely fighting less and playing nice more. And also showing more affection. Fighting doesn’t end but it gets less intense. And while they may push my buttons and make me frustrated at times yes, they also make me laugh hysterically as well.
They understand everything, are highly verbal (bittersweet at times) and can voice themselves without any frustration unlike earlier times. It takes a lot of the guessing what they want away. Now you will KNOW IT!
5) Do you buy two of everything?
No more ice cream sharing. Oh well!
Some things yes and some things no. I think we buy more two of everything the older they get. Twins tend to share better than singleton children and earlier to as they are forced to in a lot of ways, including waiting on mom and dad for their turn to have a diaper changed, to get fed, etc. etc.
This is a benefit, however, they are growing and wish to have things of their own. So while they might be more sharing than the typical tot, some things you can’t avoid getting two of, or they may fight. Certain toys of deep interest. Of course, outfits can not be shared. That one is a given.
It is a good time to teach them how to share by maybe buying a coloring book and some crayons for them to share with. We do that. Sometimes there is a small fight for a certain color crayon. However, I referee and I notice that they share MUCH better now than in their younger days. As they get older though they expect there to be two of something as well. ”Where is Allie’s?” ”Where is Annie’s?”.
Things do get more expensive over time as toy prices increase and activities begin to be add up, but it’s all worth it. Twins only happen once (usually). I like to see mine happy. I don’t wish to deprive them of anything that they would have gotten if only they had been a singleton child.. if you know what I mean. Poor hubby though.
I’ll be back to answer more questions soon. Until then enjoy your twins and know that each stage and phase passes by quickly. Take the good along with the bad and revel it. They all will be but memories soon enough .
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(All about you and your new Squeem body.)
My little twin pops are 3 years, 3 months, and 1 week old.
It’s almost Father’s Day. What is the best possible gift you can give to your spouse this time of year? A confident, new and improved YOU!
A you that doesn’t have to cover up her mid-section all the time. A you that doesn’t cringe in the mirror when you take off your clothes to shower and look down at your abdomen feeling hopeless. A you that knows she is helping to slim down, shape up her mid-section, and look sexier than ever before, even if she is recently postpartum. (I know how hard it is to feel sexy right then, but I promise this will help ya.)
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