Houston Here We Come! #BabyBashandBling #Parenting #BabyExpo #Houston #Pregnant #Babies #HoustonMoms #HoutonFamilyTips

I’m excited to share that Bastian and I are Southern bound to Houston, Texas for the Baby Bash and Bling Expo being held at The Hotel Derek in the Galleria area of Houston. I’ll be hosting the event, so stop by and say hi and share your #parentingtips with me!

Here is a LINK to more info on the up coming event, which is on June 6, 2015 starting at 11am.

When I was pregnant the first time around I went to every and any event to prep for the baby and learn as much as I could. I think expos and these new parenting events are a great way to educate yourself about what’s new, and meet other newbie parents who are going on a similar journey.

Baby Bash and Bling Expo June 6, 2015 Hotel Derek Houston, Texas

Baby Bash and Bling Expo June 6, 2015 Hotel Derek Houston, Texas

Mighty Quinn #EastVillage #NYU #NYBBQ #BBQ #ManhattanBBQ #Ribs

Mighty Quinn

Mighty Quinn

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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.

Strollin(5)- We went on the early side, so it wasn’t that crowded and I will say the host was so friendly and sweet, but it’s not the most stroller friendly when around dinner time. It’s order your food and bring to your table style, so it can get crowded and if you have a big stroller there isn’t a lot of room if you want to keep it at the table. It’s also communal seating except for a few 2 tops and a few 4 tops. The was, OK. I’ve had way better BBQ in NY so this will be my last time- too much better food in the city to try. 

The Spot:  “Mighty Quinn”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City, NYU

  • 103 2nd Ave. New York, NY  (212) 677-3733
  • Food:  Average
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square, NYU

BIG APPLE BBQ 2015 

A side note on a family, fun thing to do in NYC that’s free to walk around and take in all the smells of different BBQ from all over NY and the US. There are tons of prizes, giveaways and cooking channel stuff going on, with live music, a beer garden and TONS OF BBQ!  The average pricer is like 10 bucks a plate at each plate- it’s great to go in groups and just sample small bites from a bunch of different places.

“Put some South in yo Mouth.”-  Big Apple BBQ

The #MeatballShop Flop #buzzKill #Bam #Lame #NotCool #Balls

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.

Riding Dirty(1)- This was our 3rd attempt to eat at The Meatball Shop in the Lower East Side. I love it here and hit it up a few times before I had Bastian. Always packed but always a great meatball. We had been turned away 2 times before but it was on a weekend so we didn’t let it bother us b/c it’s to be expected. However, we go on like a Tuesday EARLY around 430pm with ZERO seats outside taken, and ask if we can sit on the patio- they actually said no, we can’t have our stroller in there bc it’s a fire hazard. Don’t ask me how, as the table we were asking to sit at blocked no entrance or exit path, no other tables were behind or in front it was all by itself in a corner. So we got the balls to go, and literally sat at a bench right across the street looking at the empty patio tables- strange but I wanted that meatball and just walked 2 miles for the 3rd time, I wasn’t taking no this time, especially when the joint was EMPTY. Lame. Baby haters. 

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The Spot:  “The Meatball Shop”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • Food:  Obviously I love the food, and got it to go even though the Baby Haters snubbed us a 3rd time. Lame.
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices for a good meatball. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate…shake it off.“-  Taylor Swift 

The Brazen Fox Kitchen & Craft Bar #NY #Brunch #NYBrunch #BabiesWhoBrunch

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.

Rollin- They were not packed at 1230pm on a Sunday brunch because the venue is so large with an upstairs and downstairs, so there was zero wait time, and they had high chairs that fit the high top tables(a reason I always passed on the place before). Food was great. 

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The Spot:  “The Brazen Fox”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • 106 3rd Ave
    New York, NY 10003  (212) 353-1063
  • Food:  The food was really great. We all got breakfast sandwiches of different types and they were all really tasty. Not the most kid friendly choices for them to eat, but Bastian still really enjoyed the seasoned potatoes. I would pack an extra snack and something to eat for the little ones, or ask for just plain over easy eggs etc.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

  • Price:  $-$$ Super affordable and on Brunch days it includes drink cocktails. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Be brazenly, passionately, defiantly you. Every damn day.“-  Collin Wright

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort #Cancun #Mexico #Resort #NYQuickGetaway #WeekendGetaway #WinterBreak #PalaceResorts

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Moon Palace Golf & Spa 

This is my first real “travel” post with the blog because this was our FIRST FAMILY VACATION. Waahooo!!! We were nervous about a lot of things…the flight, the room, the food and how baby B would adjust to all of this as a full on walking/running toddler. I’m going to cover it all and more, so sit tight.

The Flight:  We flew United and let me just say, I’m still dealing with the annoying and poor customer service. We had ordered the in flight videos via direct tv, were charged and they didn’t work on the entire flight- the stewardess said we had to just call customer service and get it refunded. 30 min after a chat with customer service, it’s still not refunded and not even given a “sorry”. This was the flight there so we were still in good spirits because we were headed to MEXICO!! Bastian was great on the flight overall, no meltdowns. Fidgety but good. My arms were KILLING. This made us realize that at this point he needs his own seat, space etc for future flights, it’s just better for everyone. On the way home we were at the airport 4 hours early bc in Mexico they recently changed their time zone to EASTERN, yes- and United didn’t feel like updating or letting us know on our online boarding information. I also talked to a rep about this, and how annoying it was not having updated info via email or something when traveling internationally with an infant- again, nothing just “oh wow that sucks”. I hate United. Jet Blue, where are you. I miss you. Virgin, you goddess, I will never stray again. PS- side note, one time my tv didn’t work on Jetblue and they comped my WHOLE ticket. Take notes United– you be trashy not classy.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun, Mexico

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Cancun, Mexico

The Stay:  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort located just 10 min from the airport, was a beautiful oasis. We stayed in the Moon Palace Grand section which is located on one of the far ends of the resort. There are a total of 3 sections; Nizuc, Sunrise and Grand. We explored each of them, and found the Nizuc was very “Vegas” in style in the lobby and pool areas with people crowded around having fun day and night. The Sunrise section which is on the other far end of the resort had the best Kiddie Pool, and seemed to be the loudest. They were all amazing though. Grand was by far the nicest and most spacious, quiet, with older couples, and newlyweds to small families with new babies(like us)! We never had a problem getting a spot by the pool at Grand, service or towels (which can be a bit of an issue at the larger sections which is to be expected because they are 20 times bigger in size).

Waterslide at Nizuc section #MoonPalace #PalaceResorts

Waterslide at Nizuc section #MoonPalace #PalaceResorts

There is an amazing waterslide at the Nizuc section of the pool, which we spent a day at, and is neatly located right next to one of the indoor play yards for kids. You can drop off your child 4 and up or stay with them and play if they are younger. We loved this option right before dinner because it would give B some time to get his energy out so he would be more mellow at dinner. They are open till 10pm and have nightly activities for the kids as well. There are 2 of these at the resort first at Nizuc(where we went) and another larger one is located at Sunrise but we didn’t see that one first hand.

Our trip was short, only 3 nights, so we were trying to cram everything in as fast as possible. I would suggest staying at least a week to really relax and take it all in, the resort itself is so huge, you can spend the first 2 full days just exploring and discovering the grounds.

The Room:  We stayed in one of the larger suites which included a dinning room, living room, bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2 walk-in closets, a bar area w/ another fridge and microwave, spa shower, jacuzzi off the balcony and a beautiful balcony overlooking the below aqua suites. The suite was huge, like bigger then our NY apartment huge. We miss it. The design was spacious and really just allowed for you to expand and take over the space. This was ideal for us because with Bastian, he was able to sleep in the crib, which they provide, in another room. He slept AMAZING there. 3hr morning naps, 4hr nightly naps and waking him up at 830/9am so we could start our day. The space is perfect for a family. I think the living room couch folds out as well, but I’m not sure, so this would be great for maybe a sitter, or grandma traveling with you to help ;0). Next time.

The products in the room are all Chi hair and body products…Including a flatiron and hairdryer. They were great. Love Chi. 2 robes, 2 slippers, a fully stocked mini bar with Absolut Vodka, Captain Morgan, Bacardi, and Jack. Then there were plenty of mixers, like OJ, Cranberry, different Canada Dry Seltzers, Coke and Sprite- you name it. They also have fresh fruit displayed with bottles of Champagne, wine, nuts and crackers on the dinning room table upon arrival.

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Master Bedroom.

 

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The patio over looking the Aqua Suites below.

 

 

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Master Bath facing bedroom and patio.                                              

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Master shower.

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Master Bedroom from Patio.

 

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Master Bedroom looking toward patio.

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Living room and Dining room.

 

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The Beach:  The beach is not the reason you come to Moon Palace to be honest. It’s still a beach, and beautiful, but the water isn’t what you expect for Cancun. It’s location is more rough causing more turning of the sand and seaweed to wash up on shore. They rake it several times a day, but it doesn’t really help. The water is much like the east coast in the US so  just go in expecting that. However, looking out there are patches of the crystal clear blue water that is beautiful, and some folks down by the Sunrise section can actually swim out to those clear spots and it’s shallow enough for kids too…you just have to wade through the murk to get there. I’m a chicken and couldn’t do it. At the Grand section, there is a fantastic VIP area for those with Black, White and Grey wristbands. The daybeds are so comfy, with towels nicely displayed and ready to sit on, with fantastic service right to the side. Perfect.

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The Bracelets:  So when you arrive you are given your colored bracelet for the All Inclusive access to everything. They are grouped by colors so the staff can identify why you are there. From honeymooners, Groups, Travel Agent Listing, Specials, VIP, Reviewers, Residents or Founders- whatever there are a lot of colors. We had Black Bands which was VIP and pretty much same as the White and Grey bands- that allows you to access private sections of the beach, have driver transports to different sections for dinners, 24 hr room service, top shelf liquor and I think some other perks like a free massage or special seating at the nightclubs. We didn’t do much other than just layout and eat.

The Staff:  I have never been so impressed by staff members at a resort or hotel. People who genuinely want to help you and make sure you have a good time. Our concierge Gerado was amazing. He was so sweet, to making sure Bastian had a crib setup in our room, from setting all our dinner reservations and travel to the different units. He was great. Everyone tries to greet you by name when they see you. Gerado always greeted me by my name every time we passed each other. It really makes you feel welcomed. Everyone was like this. They are also the most understanding and helpful with babies- they get it. When we have to pickup and leave asap at dinner, they get it and wrap it up asap..they are always offering different types of food or kid friendly options to keep them happy. I was really just blown away by how sweet everyone was- maybe bc I’m from NY and most hosts, and servers hate babies. Ha. Here they were happy to accommodate us with our BIG a@# Stroller and a highchair. Very cool.

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The Food:  I’ve been to all inclusive resorts before in Jamaica where all I ate for a week was French Fries and Bread. No joke. The food here was a HUGE step above any other cruise, or all inclusive place I have ever been to. Now, it’s not the top NYC restaurant(my husband the food snob), but I have to say it was all very good. Some of the buffet items may need a little salt or salsa to spice it up, but other than that, the quality and taste was all really good. I love the juice bar for breakfast and the made to order eggs is by far the way to go. We took advantage of the room service to save on time our first breakfast and it was great, but the buffet is just as good if not better. For dinner the best spot was the Mayan place on the golf course- about a 5min golf cart ride from Grand. Riviera Maya– you have to have a reservation and they are not joking about this- we had a slight hiccup but they managed to accommodate us and it was worth the wait, the food was the best we had in Mexico at the resort. I would get the seafood or ask your server what they recommend. The Pobalno soup was also amazing. Yum. For lunch by the pool at Grand- check out Los Tacos– best tacos I had, and they are made to order. Super spicy and so freaking tasty. Los Caporales– the Mexican spot located in Nizuc was also amazing- fresh guac and chips, with an amazing shrimp dinner. I was beyond stuffed. I loved this place.

Overall:  A

I miss it and can’t wait for our next adventure. I was beyond impressed by Palace Resorts as a whole and another special shoutout to Cessie and Gerado, who really took care of us. Mexico and Moon Grand we miss you!! Thanks for an amazing winter getaway!!!  xoxoxoxoxox The Ruhlin/Margolies Clan 

Check out more info on Palace Resorts:  Tripadvisor, Orbitz, Company Website

Escape From New York…Cold!! #Mexico #MoonPalace #Sun #WARM

"It's cold...real cold...are you able to handle it?"

“It’s cold…real cold…are you able to handle it?”

No. We aren’t. We’re getting the heck outta dodge, and fast. So excited to be heading to a warm, relaxing family trip to Mexico at the all inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. If you’re wondering- we WILL be taking the big a#$ Bugaboo.

This place looks amazing…especially for families. I’ve been talking with the PR Director, Cessie, who is so amazing, and was able to help set aside any fear or worries I may have had when mentioning I was coming with baby in tow.

The Resort Website:  HERE

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

J20H14-1-master  The massive pools.

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico

Reviews:  Trip Advisor 4.5 Stars out of 12k Reviews, Orbitz 4.3 Stars out of 495 Reviews.

Weather Forecast: High 80’s baby!!!

Needless to say I can’t wait to soak up some much needed Vitamin D, and see how baby B reacts to a beach and pool time that he can actually enjoy! Little beach baby. Waahoo!!

I’ll be Tweeting, Instagraming and Facebooking some family pics of our stay there and let you all know what it’s like first hand. I always love experiencing and discovering new travel spots that are fun and family friendly. Be sure to keep an eye out for our vaca pics!

Social Media:  Twitter & Instagram @palaceresorts  Facebook

Ring my Bell-llll, Ring my bell…The Bluebell Cafe in #Gramercy #Brunch

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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.

Rollin- It was Sunday brunch at noon. Basically hell. We called ahead and they said it would probably be a 15min wait, and I have to say it was much shorter, and they were able to seat us as soon as the last person in our group arrived. The hostess even bumped us up bc we HAD THE BABY. Total bonus points. AKA, they wanted us the hell outta there and FAST. 

The Spot:  “The Bluebell Cafe”  Gramercy, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • 293 3rd Ave
    New York, NY 10010  (646) 649-2389
  • Food:  Home comfort like you never. I got the Blue Bell Breakfast, and let me tell you- you can not go wrong here. The potatoes are like mini french fries- yes please. Little B had a toasted blue berry muffin which we all took a bite of because it was so darn tasty. He also dug into some of my eggs, and this boy isn’t typically an egg eater. Other dish at the table was Chicken Curry Salad, which was super filled with flavor and amazing color. So fresh. My husband got the pulled pork sandwich and it was AMAZING- I’m totally trying this when I’m in more of a lunch mood. Overall it’s amazing. Just note that you get FREE OJ with your brunch. Score. bluebell-9
  • Price:  $$ A bit more than your typical cafe/diner but it has such a cute atmosphere and the food is WORTH it. However, this was the brunch prices, and I think the menu prices drops a lot during the regular week- I’m DYING to go back on a lazy Monday. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  Gramercy, Murray Hill,  New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square6a00d8341c565553ef01a73dcca231970d

The Bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air:
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.“-  Emily Bronte

Mancora #LES #NYC #Peruvian #Spanish #StrollerFriendly

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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.

Rollin– We called ahead bc it was freezing out and dinner time- which all of us NY’ers know that means lots of people crammed in tiny spaces- esp when there’s a #HappyHour in full effect. They were more than happy to save a table big enough to accommodate us. When we got there the manager remembered our call, and took us right to the table as we made our way through the narrow isles. Sangria here we come.

The Spot:  “Mancora”  LES, East Village, Union Square , NYC, NY, New York

99 First Avenue New York NY, 10003Telephone : 212.253.1011

Fax: 212.253.1035

Email: Mancora99@yahoo.com

  • Food:  The last time I had Peruvian/Spanish food was in Brooklyn with some friends years ago. It was good, expensive and didn’t leave me wanting to try it again anytime soon. So when my husband suggested Peruvian I wasn’t thrilled but up for it none the less- so glad I gave it another go. This place is SO well priced and the food is seasoned perfectly. They have this green dip with plantains that we ALL loved- Toddler Friendly!
  • Price:  $-$$ Great tapas happy hour, well priced drinks and food. I thought it was all a great value for the quality and quantity you get here. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  Lower East Side, LES, East Village, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Peruvian food is so simple yet amazingly flavored with their traditional spices.“-  L’Wren Scott

The Voyage To #LA a Post POST #Ulysses at The Grove #Greek

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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.

Rollin– they were in love with Bastian, and even came over to talk with him and distract so I could scarf down more pita. Stroller was not a problem at all, and there is plenty of space to move around even if you have a big a$% Bugaboo.

The Spot:  “Ulysses  The Grove

6333 W 3rd St
Ste 750
Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Food:  The one place I crave all year. I love the food in NYC but none of the Greek places in the city hold a candle to Ulysses and their 3 spread combo. Yogurt “Tzatziki”, Eggplant “Melitzanosalata”, Sweet Red Pepper, Spicy Feta “Tyrokafteri”, Caviar “Taramosalata”, Kalamata Olive & Sweet Fig Tapenade, Garlic Potato “Skordalia”, Hummus. Done and Done.
  • Price:  $$ Can be a bit pricey depending on what you order, but if you want to cut back then try them out at lunch when they have awesome deals. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  The Grove, Los Angeles, Hollywood
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”  George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BASTIAN!!!!! 10915263_10100235314325163_5991272975507907528_n

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.