Tuesday, March 4, 2014

     Taking Care of Mommy Too: Stroller Bootcamp

     Winter is rough in the Hamptons, even rougher if you have small children.  I, along with tons of other mommies, have been working hard this season to keep my toddler entertained and busy (fortunately for me my other boy is only a few months old and is much easier to please). 
     There's several library programs to stimulate the growing brain, our current favorite being Kidapalooza at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton (http://www.hamptonlibrary.org/images/pdf-docs/newsletter.pdf). Then there's Mommy and Me gymnastics on Wednesday mornings at Hampton Gymnastics East (http://hamptongymnasticseast.com/) followed by Intro to Dance (www.southamptontownny.gov 728-8525) with Miss Gail on Thursday afternoons for a physical challenge .  Finally my toddler gets a combinatuion workout on Friday mornings during Zumbini with Jenn (an East End Mother-https://www.facebook.com/zumbinimomma), a completely unique class that we both have a blast at, singing, rhyming, and dancing.
    Now there's a NEW class that is perfect for my boys AND me.  At 9:30 am Monday and Wednesday Laura Connolly brings "Stroller Boot Camp" to SYS.  Laura Connolly, is a personal trainer and yoga instructor, who has been providing her services throughout Long Island for the past ten years. Her expertise is working with young mothers who would like to reach their fitness goals in a healthy and safe environment, both by themselves as well as with their children in strollers. Laura is so down to earth and hands on-literally, she can often be seen scooping up and soothing an infant so that its mother can complete the set that Laura carefully counts out. The class includes elements of kickboxing, Pilates, and-as the title would suggest- relentless military style exercises, even bur-pies sneak their way in! Laura doesn't skip a beat during her intense workout, making myself, and everyone else feel completely grateful for having dragged ourselves and kids out for a much needed winter workout.
So do yourself a favor and come try out Laura's class. Bring the kids, most ages work. Last class there was a range in ages from 7 weeks to 3 years old. All the kids survived and most of the mommies did too! You can sign up and commit to several weeks of the class or try one class out by paying the drop in fee. Call SYS to find out more (287-1511). Hope to see you and the kids there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Events are Starting!!!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday events are beginning this week. We will update as necessary. Enjoy this magical time with your family and friends, and stay safe and warm!

Wednesday, November 27-
4:30pm- Hanukkah Menorah Lighting- Westhampton Beach Village Green- Students of the Hebrew Synagogue will lead in the singing of Hanukkah songs. Latkes and hot chocolate will be served.

Friday, November 29-
10:30 am- Angelina Ballerina- CMEE, Bridgehampton- CMEE welcomes Katherine Holabird for a reading of her book Angelina Ballerina. She will be accompanied by ballet dancers from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School.
$10 for non-members, free for members

10:30 am-Celebrate Hanukkah- Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton- Family program begins at 10:30am
Latke lunch at noon
Candle lighting, Hanukkah songs
Shabbat dinner and service starts at 4:30pm
Donate a toy for admission
$20 for dinner, $10 for younger than 12
Reservations required

Saturday and Sunday include more menorah lightings, tree lightings, a polar plunge, lighthouse lighting, fire truck parade, and Christmas parade, and lots of Santa visits. We will update on Friday!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harvest Activities Continue and Halloween Fun Starts!!!!!

As October continues, the harvest activities continue and Halloween fun starts!  Enjoy it!!!!

Saturday, October 19

11:00am-12:00pm- Surfin' Safari- Hither Hills State Park, Montauk- Keep your eyes and ears open for evidence of animal life. check for animal tracks, features, burrows, and sounds. Meet at Hither Hills Visitor Center. Parking is free.
$4 adults, $3 for children ages 3-17, under 3 is free.
Register at 631-668-2554

11:00am-2:00pm- Enchanted Forest Trail- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue- Meet whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails.  The parking lot will be full of games and activities.  Dress up if you like.
Ages 2-7 with adult.  Reservations are required.  $10 per person.  This event also takes place Sunday, October 27th.

11:00am-4:00pm- Harvest Celebration at Long Island Science Center, 11 West Main Street, Riverhead

12:00pm-4:00pm- AAA Member Spooktacular at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead- This event is free for everyone, but if you are an AAA member RSVP on the AAA website to be entered for a $100 gift card to Tanger.
Bounce house, photo booth, petting zoo, games, face painting, costume parade
AAA experts to do battery checks and car seat safety checks

1:00pm- 3:00pm- North Sea Fire Department Open House, Noyac Road, North Sea

Sunday, October 20

11:00am-12:00pm- Family Scavenger Hunt, Downs Farm Preserve, Cutchogue- Group for the East End, Southold Mother's Club, and Lyrical Children are hosting the 1st Annual Family Scavenger Hunt through the woodlands of Downs Farm Preserve. Please contact Lisa at tuthill1@aol.com or Missy at mweiss@eastendenvironmnet.org to register. Suggested donation of $5 per family.

For those of you planning ahead:

10/25- Halloween Bash at CMEE, Bridgehampton
10/25-20th Annual Spooky Walk at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/25- The Haunted Path and Rec Night at SYS, Southampton
10/25- Zombie Dance Party at Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays
10/25- Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
10/26- Tricks, Treats, Tentacles, and More at Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/26- Halloween Walkabout, Hampton Bays
10/26- Halloween Story Time and Trick or Treating, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton
10/26- Hampton Bays Library Halloween Parade
10/26- John Jermain Library Halloween Party, Sag Harbor
10/26- Pumpkin Decorating at Guild Hall, East Hampton
10/26- Sagtown Pumpkin Carving Contest at Sagtown Coffee, Sag Harbor
10/26- Halloween Barn Party at Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton
10/26- Trunk or Treat at Westhampton Library, Westhampton Beach
10/26- Trunk or Treat at SYS, Southampton
10/26- Little Lucy's Halloween Pet Parade, Southampton
10/26- Safari Adventure Halloween Party, Riverhead
10/26- Halloween Spooktacular and Drive-In Movie at Stotzky Park, Riverhead
10/26- Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Parade, East Quogue
10/26- 20th Annual Spooky Walk at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/26- Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
10/27- Tricks, Treats, Tentacles, and More at Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/27- Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue
10/27-Annual Rag-a-Muffin Parade and Pumpkin Trail, Southampton Village
10/27- Sag Harbor Rag-a-Muffin Parade
10/27-  Frankenstein Follies at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Yeah October is Here!

October, one of my favorite months, is finally here! It is perfect here on the east end this time of year. Enjoy this gorgeous weather, and all that our area has to offer.

Saturday, October 5

10:00am-10:00pm San Genaro Fest- Good Ground Road, Hampton Bays- Parade (10:30), Carnival rides, food, live entertainment, and fireworks (Saturday night). This is 10-10 on Sunday as well.

11:00am-5:00pm- Pumpkinfest- Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank- Pumpkin picking, crafts, games, wagon rides, and more. This is 11-5 on Sunday as well

12:00pm-3:00pm- Autumn Orchard Festival- The Orchard at Topping Rouse House, 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton- Pumpkin decorating, caramel apples, farm tours, mulled cider, local beer, cider doughnuts, grilled sausage and veggies. All inclusive admission at $35 for adults and $15 for children. This is 12-3 Sunday as well.

1:00pm-4:00pm- Circus Day at the Parrish Art Museum- Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill- An Art Midway of circus themed projects and circus workshops. The Amazing Grace Circus Youth Troupe will demonstrate a variety of circus skills including walking the tightrope, juggling, plate spinning, and unicycling. $10/ free for members, children, and students.
Reservations required 631-283-2118

2:00pm-3:00pm- Jungle Bob- Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue- Live animal program for all ages.  $5 suggested donation. Reservations required.

Sunday, October 6
Don't forget the San Genaro Fest, Pumpkinfest, and Autumn Orchard Festival all continue on Sunday.

1:00pm-4:00pm- Riverhead Fire Department Open House- 540 Roanoake Avenue, Riverhead- Displays, demos, hands on use of hose, light refreshments.

It should also be a great weekend to visit our local farms and wineries, and enjoy the fall festivities.  If you are planning ahead:
10/11- Halloween Spooktakular Family Sleepover at the Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
10/11- Birth Monologues: An Evening of Birth Stories, Southampton
10/12- SYS Family Fun Day, Southampton
10/12 and 10/13- Wooden Toy Train Play Day at Long Island Railroad Mueseum, Riverhead
10/12 and 10/13- Montauk Fall Festival
10/12- Hampton Bays Fire Department Open House
10/13- Riverhead County Fair

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exploring with Apples

We are so lucky to live in an area with such amazing resources.  The fact that my son, at almost 2, understands that apples come from trees, not grocery stores, seems simple, but is so exciting to me because it is due to our local environment, and the oppotunities it provides for us.  JJ loves apples, so I decided to do a mini- apple unit this September.

First, we went to the library and borrowed books with an apple theme.  We chose Apple by Gail GibbonsTen Apples Up on Top by Dr. SeussCurious George Apple Harvest, and Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.  Ten Red Apples was the hit, and we read it over and over:)

Second, we used apples to make apple prints.  This is very easy we just had to cut an apple in half, stamp half in red, half in green, and JJ stamped them on paper.  He named his artwork "It's Green, It's Red, It's Apple."

JJ was also lucky enough to do apple stamping with his babysitter and best friend.  They do so many fun activities and I enjoy seeing his masterpieces.

Now that JJ was an expert with apples, LOL, I wanted him to see how and where apples grow.  My parents were in town, and we decided to take him apple picking at Seven Ponds Orchard.  He loved it! He was pulling them from the trees, they have dwarf trees there, bagging them, and tasting his crop.  Lots of fun!

Th next day, while I was at work, JJ made both apple sauce and apple pie with my parents.  It was fun for him to see how the apples come from trees, and can be made into new things.

Finally, we wrapped with a fun activity we saw on Pinterest.  I taped some contact paper on our glass door, sticky side up.  This wasn't as easy as Pinterest made it seem.  We drew a tree on it, and JJ used red pom poms to put "apples" on his tree.  I plan on doing the same with vines and orange pompoms for pumpkins.  Lots of fun and pretty easy.

JJ and I had fun working with apples this month.  As a working mother, I love finding these little simple ways for us to learn together.  Looking forward to a pumpkin study in October.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Fall!

I love this time of year!  Country festivals, apple and pumpkin picking, high school homecoming games, it is all so much fun!  October is my son's birthday too, so with that and Halloween there is so much celebrating to do.  For those of you planning your weekend, please be sure to check out our events calendar.  Here are some top picks.

Friday, September 27

5:30 pm-6:30 pm- Southampton Mariner's Homecoming Parade-Starts at Southampton Elementary on Hampton Road and travels down Main Street and Jobs Lane.

Saturday, September 28

9:00 am-10:00 am- Sag Harbor Whaler's Homecoming Parade- Parade is down Main Street followed by   a float competition at Mash Park

9:00 am- 3:00 pm- Presbyterian Church of the Moriches Country Fair- Corner of Montauk Highway and Railroad Road, Center Moriches

11:00 am- 3:00 pm- Annual Fun Family Day-Sag Harbor Elementary Field

11:00 am -6:00 pm- Southampton Septemberfest- Live music, kid events, food, pumpkin carving, historical reenactments. Here is the link to the schedule .

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Flanders Fire Department 65th Anniversary Parade

Sunday, September 29

10:30 am -3:00 pm- Long Island Steamers Public Run Day- If you haven't already, go to this event soon before the season ends.

11:00 am -6:00 pm- Southampton Septemberfest continues

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm- Country Fair- Brendan House, 4079 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

It should also be a great weekend to visit our local farms and wineries, and enjoy the fall festivities.  If you are planning ahead:
10/5- 10/6- San Gennaro Fest of the Hamptons, Hampton Bays
10/5- 10/6- Pumpkinfest 2013, Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank
10/5- Jungle Bob, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

Happy Fall!!!!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cartwheel by Target

I wanted to share with you a fairly new program called Cartwheel by Target offering even more opportunities to save. I've been using this program for a few months and i love it!! You can combine cartwheel offers with your coupons!! You are allowed one cartwheel offer with one manufactures coupon and one target coupon on the same item!!! Triple the savings!!!

You will need a Facebook account to earn savings and a smartphone to redeem the savings in the store...for those of you who do not have smartphones, like my mom you can still earn the savings. My mom prints her cartwheel offer barcode out and they scan it at the register just like they would your smartphone...the only difference is that when offers expire or if you want to add more offers you will need to keep printing out a new barcode to shop with.

To access cartwheel you will need to go to cartwheel.target.com on your computer or Mobil device. You can download the cartwheel app for Andriod devices HERE or download it for you iPhone iPad and other apple devices HERE.

Next, you will need to log into your Facebook account, then click on Collections to start browsing thru the offers. You can also use the browse button and sort by category. To select an offer, just tap on the card and it flips over showing a red “add button”. As you select offers, you will fill spots in your Cartwheel. You are automatically given 10 spots to start with and then after that, you can earn more by unlocking Cartwheel badges. These will begin to unlock as you select and redeem offers. If at any time you wish to return to the main menu, just click on the icon in the top left corner. You can remove offers if you change your mind.

When you’re ready to purchase your items and your offers are in your cartwheel, you can either print your Cartwheel barcode from your desktop at home and bring it with you to the store, or you can use the Cartwheel App on your mobile device. To print your barcode, just go to www.cartwheel.target.com and login, then click on your shopping cart and your barcode will come up. If you’re using the Cartwheel app, then just open it to your barcode for the cashier to scan and the savings will be applied directly on all of the Cartwheel offers on your list. If you are bringing a printed barcode from home, be sure to add all your offers to your Cartwheel before you leave or you won’t get the discount.

Cartwheel Policy:

  • The Cartwheel discount is taken AFTER Target Coupons and BEFORE manufacturer coupons.

    An IDENTICAL Offer can be applied a maximum of FOUR times in a single Transaction.

    You can redeem all the Cartwheel offers on your Cartwheel list at the time of your transaction, whether its 10 or more (depending if you have unlocked additional spots).

    You can save on your entire Cartwheel list up to 6 times per day.