A NYC Kids Birthday!?!? OMG My baby just turned #1 #BirthdayBoy #HappyBirthday

 

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

IT’S A BIRTHDAY POST

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This post is going to be about my baby boy who is now a toddler. I can’t even believe the year has gone by so fast. It seems impossible that one year ago I had only just met the love of my life. Happy Birthday my love, I hope you have the most adventurous life filled with love and laughter.

New York City and kids Birthday Parties is no joke friends. It’s NO Joke. First place to start, the place. Where can you house 15 plus people and let your little one be free to crawl around in a clean, safe environment? I asked other moms…the YMCA, baby gyms like AppleSeeds or MyGym, a restaurant. So I called these spots and got quotes.

$450/HR with 3 HOUR MINIMUM?!?!!?!?! Excuse me YMCA, come again? Holy cow. That was just the beginning. I’m not cheap but that was more than my 16th birthday, 21st and probably 30th all in one. So I had to start thinking out side the box…Churches, schools, bookstores…then it hit me. Rehearsal studios. Being an actor in NY you are introduced to another world that most don’t even know exists. The black box theaters, studios, and more. So I booked a rehearsal studio and threw a baby’s 1st Birthday. BOOM.

We were able to bring in our own food, drinks, toys, and decorations. The only thing we needed was to make sure we left it the way we found it. Most of these spaces also provide chairs and tables (yes all the other kid birthday spots charge per table and chair).

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

I won’t say exactly which space we threw our party at because it’s sort of on the down low and I’m sure the artists would be a little peeved if all these kids were swarming the quiet studio space with these events. But, I will provide a list of resources for other moms to call and check out…just best to say it’s for a birthday part and not mention it’s a kid. HINT.

Ripley-Grier studios– Several locations around the city.

440 Studios– East Village and under $40/hour

Roy Arias Studios–  They are cool with kid birthday’s but have special rates.

Art New York– Several spots

Shetler Studios– Lots of locations

These are just a few options and if you want more try this website below.

NYC Space Finder– you can pick your rate and location.

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I kept it super low key and simple. He’s 1 people. We filled the table with memorable quotes and info from this adorable company called CiinolinCiinolin_BirthCard_FA1_3__62396.1405323398.451.416 who has adorable stuff, and I decided to base my “theme” around the color of these cute cards. Yellow, light blue and brown.

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FOOD:

I also thought of the babies here. I did light finger foods all of which were baby friendly. Fresh fruit, bite size rye bread, Vegan/Sugar Free treats made specially with the allergy notes from Whole Foods, Pirates Booty, Plum Organics Puffs in various flavors, and bite size cheese. It was over all pretty simple and we easily transported it all ourselves- in NYC no less. We did have a lot of hands on deck and the use of a GETT car which I use like my left arm. It’s still $10 bucks flat in the city…doesn’t get better people it just doesn’t. Use my code and get $20 bucks in your account when you sign up. I’m not joking, download that app. #GTKRIST7 use it. image2

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHOS WHO:

IMG_3889IMG_3877Bastian only has 1 friend but Mama has a few amazing friends who despite the fact I haven’t had a lot of one on one time in the past year at all, they are always so loving and supportive of every baby event. I feel so blessed to have friends like this in my life. Sara, Renie, Dan, Kyra and Robby you all are amazing people and we all love you so much!! Thanks for not ditching us when we became parents! 🙂 We also had a special visit from Bastian’s Sassy from Ga- who braved the cold weather to spend time with us and celebrate his day!! She spoiled this boy so much from endless toys, books, bath toys, treats to quality cuddle time, boy loves his Sassy.

 

 

Home for the Holidays & Husson’s Pizza #CharlestonWestVirgina #Husson

HO HO HO and #MERRYCHRISTMAS!!!! Ain’t no place like home for the holidays!!

Husson's Pizza and Subs. Are you picking up what I'm throwing down?

Husson’s Pizza and Subs. Are you picking up what I’m throwing down?

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Husson’s Pizza” 1008 Bridge Road Charleston, WV
(304) 342-2388

Rollin– We did this baller style at home. What to do when you’re at home in the hills, all nestled by the fire and have a holiday movie playing and your best friends over? Call up #Hussons pizza son! We had 3 pieces left and they were only there b/c we were all being polite. Yum. We also ordered the night before for subs…no joke, it happened and I am coming clean about it. I’m sure #JenniferGarner and #BenAffleck would approve.

  • Food:  You know exactly what you are getting. I grew up on the stuff and it just like I remembered. However, the rest test came from my NY husband who has grown up on the famous #nypizza and he’s a tough critic when it comes to dough and sauce. He loved it…hence the 2 night of ordering. You can’t get a better ranking than a #NYpizza boy saying it’s worth a double dose.
  • Price:  $ Speaks for itself…esp when I’ave had some pretty bad pizza in #NY and #LA for around $40 bucks and barely feeds 3 people. Yelp them here.
  • Location: All over  Charleston, West by God Virginia

“No place will ever hold the memories and secrets of youth like that of ones hometown.”

RIP My First Baby Girl Sammy #PuppyLove #Love #Pets

SAMMY GIRL AKA WOOTER AKA LADY AKA MURLADY AKA WOOTY 

Sammy Girl

Sammy Girl

I wanted to share a special post about one of my first babies who taught me how to be a mama before I actually became one. Sammy came into my life in a round about way…and I’m forever grateful for it.

When I first got Sammy, she insisted in doing a photo shoot of us together.

When I first got Sammy, she insisted in doing a photo shoot of us together.

Sammy is such a scene stealer.

Sammy is such a camera wh4*&.

I was working on an indie film years ago in LA, called She Wants Me with Josh Gad, aka Olaf from Frozen…2 of the producers on the film Mark and Christine are those people who literally try to help and house every dog that is in need, and Sammy was no different. It was a rainy day in LA when they spotted her on the side of Laurel Canyon walking in the rain…my teeny teeny girl. What a fighter she was. I think of her tiny, frail body and how she fought a little longer that day to somehow make it into my life and change me forever. It’s funny how life works that way. She was meant to bring some love to my life at that specific time.

My Wedding Day in Fl. 2013

My Wedding Day in Fl. 2013

Mark and Christine took her in and she was instantly our on set mascot- I already had one dog who was the love of my life, Chip- and wasn’t looking for another huge responsibility (I only had just gotten divorced and was his soul parent then). It’s a lot of work. But, after a few months with Christine and Mark, and not being able to place Sammy in a home with the special needs she required, I couldn’t say no. There was something so sweet about that little girl. She was just pure love.

Me and my girl.

Me and my girl.

I picked her up from their office one afternoon, nervous like I was adopting a new child…would I be a good enough parent…could I love another as much as my first…it all just fits the second they come into your arms. I took her to Petland and we got her new little pink outfits, and a pink bed- PINK everything (I never had a girl before- the fashion options were endless)!! She went everywhere with me from this day on…till her last.

Sammy, I am so sorry I didn’t take you in sooner…it’s the one thing I’ll always regret…I just had such a hard time letting you go. I wanted you to keep fighting like you had so many times in the past, but in the end I know you are one of the true, good friends I will keep and cherish with me always.

I see you.

I see you and you see me. 

Your Nicknames:  Wooter, Murlady, Wooty Harrilson, Oooter, Lady, Little Lady, Teeny, Wooty, Sammy, Sam, White and Fluffy, Cat, Mya

Your sayings in your typical Lady Voice:  “F$%k off mother..” “When I’m not eating my sh$T I’m eating Chef Michaels..” “Tur-dunken..yes please” “Brats and Tots..OHH” “Dare you to smell my breath” “It was..THE LITTLE ONE” “MMMMMM”

God how I love you little thing. Always and forever.

The Smith- and some Natural History #UWS #NYC #BabyBlog #MamaBlog

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

Last week baby B and I hit up the UWS, Upper West Side- Motha…you get it. We went to the Natural History and saw some rocks, bones, fish…the whole nine yards and B loved every second of it. We can’t wait to go back! After that we were starved and rolled into The Smith.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “The Smith  1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-5700

  • Food:  I love it here. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been to The Smith bc there is one in the East Village near us, but on a cold #NY day nothing hit the spot better than the creamy tomato soup with french fries and sparkling water. Yum!
  • Price:  $11 for the soup and $8 for the French Fries. It’s not the cheapest spot to hit up but when on the #UWS, and it’s cold around lunch hour you have no choice but to think BIG as in SPACE. Splurge wisely. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  UWS, Upper West Side, LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC, New York

“What is it about high school, that you read all the worst books by good writers? ”  ~ Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” 

Keeping Up With The Kris-dashian- Nordic Beauty Organic Skin Care #SoLA #LA #Beauty #Skincare

After using the amazing Nordic Beauty all week on my skin- I'm totally loving it.

After using the amazing Nordic Beauty all week on my skin- I’m totally loving it. –Kristen Ruhlin

So I was blessed to receive this amazing new product by Nordic Beauty. I have fair skin, and have been suffering from a lack of sleep since baby B is on an earlier sch. out here on the West Coast. This however, has been my life saver!

Nordic Beauty Anti Aging Cream

Nordic Beauty Anti Aging Cream

It is so thick and rich, you can feel the youth replenishing on your skin the second you start lathering it on. A little of this also goes a LONG way…so you can expect to get a good amount of use out it. It also feels light but provides enough coverage that you don’t really need anything else on. So amazing. It’s fast, organic(if your breastfeeding you don’t need to worry about putting this on your skin and hurting baby) and the scent is fresh and clean.

Totally recommend this for new moms, who wanna feel a little refreshed.

Check out the website HERE, and read all about what goes into the product, and hey even fancy faces like new mama Mila Kunis are using it as well!!

Crave Cafe Big A$% #Salad and even bigger a#$ Attitudes #DoYou #CraveCafe #LA #FoodReviews

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This part of our blog is about our stay in Los Angeles. We are trying out new baby products and new LA foodie spots with our big a@# Bugaboo Stroller.

Crave Cafe LA

Crave Cafe LA

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:   “Crave Cafe
14504 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA
(818) 990-7888

  • Baby B Rank:  Riding Dirty- So, the salads are HUGE! Very huge!! Great deal but not so much the best tasting food you will ever encounter. Also, we sat on a couch which was cool and comfy but being a total absent minded mommy, and baby B playing with my cell all the time, we forgot my iPhone in the couch and didn’t realize this until we got home. I called the place and they wouldn’t check the couch for us to make sure it was still there because 2 girls were currently sitting there. Um? Ok? Seriously? Thanks, cool. So I went in myself and asked the 2 girls to hop up so I could snatch up my phone…which of course was right under them.
  • Price: Good deal $7.50 for Huge salad. Food not so special.

Phil and Teds Modern Convertible High Chair #Baby #ProductReviews #BabyProducts #PhilAndTeds

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This part of our blog is about our stay in Los Angeles. We are trying out new baby products and new LA foodie spots with our big a@# Bugaboo Stroller.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Product  “PhilandTeds-Poppy High Chair

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin- This chair is so cool and sleek. It’s super easy to keep clean, extremely light to move around here and there…and it converts with your baby as they grow…HOW COOL IS THAT?! The sleek backing of the chair does look a little “hard” at first glance, but don’t be fooled, it’s just as soft as our regular Boon high chair we have at home in NYC. And to compare the 2…Boon is SUPER Heavy, and does take up a lot of room in our small NYC Space.
  • Price: Good deal. The fact that this chair converts over time makes it a fantastic deal, and it’s sturdy while being the lightest chair I’ve ever used. Under $200 and very competitively priced! Get one!!
Green and White Modern Convertible High Chair by Phil and Teds

Green and White Modern Convertible High Chair “Poppy” by Phil and Teds and binky by Difrax

Baby Here We Come: Los Angeles Edition #babyblog #mommyblog #LA #lababy #nybaby

This month we will be living in the city of Angles in Los Angeles, while working on some projects. This is a great opportunity for us to check out just how these LA spots treat mama, baby and our big ass stroller. Yes we are still keeping our NYC attitude and will be rolling into some of the trendy spots. This also gives us an cool opportunity to try out some other baby products that we don’t typically use in NYC. 

Restaurants:  We will keep our normal rating system bc we want to see if these ballers treat strollers as nicely as our NYC hot spots. We don’t hate and still keep our street style. 

Products:  We are trying out some of the new baby products that we normally don’t get a chance to…from a new high chair, to new binky’s we’re staying open minded and doing comparison. 

Baby Hot Spots:  You know parks, baby gyms, mama gyms that are baby friendly. We will go and let you know. 

Baby B is easily loving this LA lifestyle.

Bastian is rocking out in his A Bit of Lovely booties, and cozy Hanna Anderson jumpsuit.

Jamaica-ng, Me Hungry- Miss Lily’s #NYC #JamaicanFood

B man fell asleep at Miss Lily's outside.

B man fell asleep at Miss Lily‘s outside.He had his bib on and was totally ready for the wings but he was pretty milk drunk.

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Miss Lily’s” 109 Avenue A at 7th Street  212-812-1482

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin(at the right times) This place has the BEST Jerk wings you will ever have. EVER!! They are so amazing man…it be da best. The place gets full after 630pm so if you’re coming with a BIG A#$ stroller you have to think of other people and go early. We have done both and they did make it work, but there was a point where there were 3 families with strollers, and they asked the last group of Bugaboo’s to hit the road or wait about 30min. 
  • Food:  This is why you come back again and again. Just do it. The sauce on the table is also so freaking JERK good I could order that and a fork and be good to go. I’ve had the ox-tail stew which was really different and seasoned very well but I wouldn’t get it again. The veggie curry is Da Bomb. Then there is the classic Jerk chicken which is EPIC!
  • Price:  $12-26 Check out more reviews on Yelp
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village

“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright ”  ~ Bob Marley

Ya don’t wear it…ya eat it!! Casimir Restaurant: UES & LES?!?! #Yum #FrenchFries #Brunch

They walk alike, they talk alike...you could lose your mind...they're cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

They walk alike, they talk alike…you could lose your mind…they’re cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn't get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn’t get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Casimir” 1022A Lexington Ave. UES, NYC & 103 Ave. B LES

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– Not only did we have 2 BIG A@# Strollers, and 2 teething babies…we had 4 adults and walked right up and sat down at a table big enough for all of us! Woot Woot!!! No folding strollers, no high chairs- it’s just not how we roll yet. The kiddos rolled right up to the side of the table and joined us, brunch side. Mind you this was the UES location, I repeat the UES location, which screams SPACE. I haven’t hit up the LES yet and will do so as soon as I can with an update on here. Side note- Giggle is right down the street. Score.
  • Food:  The brunch menu was pretty standard but very yum. They were advertising a corn and squash soup which we never saw- it was red and creamy like a tomato bisque but still yummy according to Lindsay…and they take special orders for eggs and diet requests. Awesome. Plus, no evil eyes when feeding our babes at the table.
  • Price:  $12-19 per meal for brunch Yelp 
  • Location:  UES and LES Spots- We hit up the UES location off Lexington and 73rd. This typically is a trek from our hood in the East Village/Styu Town but with GETT car service for the rest of 2014 it’s a no brainer…$10 flat rate rides people…$10. Boom. Download that app now.

“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.” ~Ina Garten