Beyond Mom Event: Winter Warm Up (Save the Date)

Beyond Mom Event: Winter Warm Up

Fashionable Hostess & Beyond Mom Cocktail Event. Calling all Fabulous Moms…You are invited to an amazing event of fun. Anticipate a beautiful environment filled with driven and creative women connecting over cocktails and invigorating discussion. 

Join Beyond Mom, Well Rounded NY and Comptoir Des Cottoniers for a Winter Warm Up Event! Expect an indulgent evening of networking, style, beauty and inspiring conversation. Get ready to meet and mingle with NYC’s most fascinating women in a Beyond Stylish atmosphere. The holidays are around the corner-it’s time to approach your parties, your community and 2015 as your most confident and fabulous Self!

The chic French store Comptoir Des Cottoniers focuses on head to toe styling for their customers. True to their mission they will be offering the following style stations:

Scarf tutorial station- There is nothing like a fun scarf to spice up your outfit. Learn how to tie and play with a scarf so it works for your many looks. 

Full On Color Analysis Station- Find out what color pallet matches with your skin, hair and eye tone! You’ll be able to refresh your closet with these new colors that work perfectly for you!

Body Morphology- Embrace your natural body shape by learning what styles, cuts and materials compliment it the most. 

Enjoy delicious wine and decadent bites by Maison Keyser. Go home with gifts by L’Occitane and take advantage of discounts by Comptoir Des Cottoniers. You’ll receive an additional 10% off their end of season sale plus a gift with purchase!

Randi Zinn of Beyond Mom and Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez of Well Rounded NY will share some of their favorite tips for enjoying their favorite looks and favorite people this season. We know how important and personal your style is! Enjoy our gift to you this season- an evening to explore the unique and beautiful you! [Read more…]

Fandango Family Room

Fandango Family Room

As the parent of two toddlers, I have become a “movie Mom”. I find myself up-to-date on kid-friendly movie releases and I’m pretty sure I’m as excited as my kids are to see a new movie. The experience of watching a movie unfold, through the eyes of a 4 and a 6 year old, is pretty hard to beat. They are still at an age where they believe animals can talk, as seen in “Madagascar” and kids can be spies, as in “Spy Kids”. So, when I was asked to partner with Fandango and help get the word out about their new parent resource, “the Family Room”, I was thrilled. The Family Room essentially allows a parent to visit their website, plug in their kids ages and determine which movies are a good fit, based on content and subject matter. Parents are able to discover family-friendly content and movie news, find advice and reviews from trusted sources. It’s a GREAT tool for parents. 

Fandango Family Room


Both of my kids have seen Madagascar (at least 100 times) and really connected to the movie because they visit the Central Park Zoo on a very regular basis. Their love for penguins is directly tied to their love of the movie. We recently discovered that a new “The Penguins of Madagascar” movie is coming out, for the upcoming holiday season, on November 26th and it is evident by the number of posters on the subway cars, phone booths and bus stops, throughout the City. Needless to say, I logged onto my iPad and showed the kids the trailer on the Family Room tab on the Fandango website. And, then had to explain that November 26th was still a couple of weeks away. That didn’t go over very well. So, I found some digital printables online and promptly launched a coloring session with my two artists-in-training. And, they had a blast. Download the image here and do some coloring with your kids!

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Fandango Synopsis: The penguins from Madagascar get their own film in this DreamWorks Animation production. When a villainous octopus named Dave (voice of John Malkovich) hatches a plan to eliminate the penguins, Skipper (voice of Tom McGrath), Kowalski (voice of Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights) must team with a clandestine animal organization known as North Wind to thwart the diabolical plan.

To pre-purchase tickets and to receive a free download of Dreamworks Holiday Classics, from Fandango, please visit 

“In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Fandango for my participation in the Fandango Family Digital Network. Although we have material connection to Fandango, any publicly stated opinions of Fandango and their brands remain my own.”

Gingerbread Workshops at the Church Street School for Music and Art


Gingerbread Workshops at the Church Street School for Music and Art. It’s Gingerbread House time! This holiday season, families are invited to the best place for creating a work of art at the Church Street School for Music and Art in TriBeCa. This fabulous destination is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary! The family-friendly gingerbread workshops are a great way to introduce your kids to the tradition of building a gingerbread house without making a mess at home! If your children love candy and love to be creative, sign up for the Church Street Schools annual Gingerbread House decorating workshop.Kids and grownups alike will have a chance to dig into some great candy offerings as they build their gingerbread dream house. With music in the background and a fun atmosphere, kids will enjoy kicking off the holiday season at this great destination in Lower Manhattan. As a parent of two toddlers, I can say that this has become our annual family tradition and hope to see you all there!

Date:  December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Time: Saturdays at 2:15p & 4p / Sundays at 11a, 1p & 3p

Cost: $95 per house before December 6th! Register early to receive this discount!

Location: 74 Warren Street

Ages: All ages welcome

For additional information, please visit:

Heroes of the City Giveaway

Heroes of the City Giveaway
Heroes of the City Holiday Giveaway. The giveaway is free to join and will give all the participants the chance to win great prizes every day from December 1st to December 25th. You only need to enter once to have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card every day between December 1st and December 25th. 
To enter the giveaway, please use the following link…


Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow

Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow

Yoga for Kids with Breathe Bend Grow. If you are looking for a fun and interactive class to cap off 2014 or kick off 2015, join FiDi Families and Cara J. Ottilio-Cooper, the Founder of Breathe Bend Grow for infant, toddler and big kids Yoga classes in FiDi. Yoga can help improve skill development, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. Yoga is chance to unwind and to focus on breathing.  It is a non-competitive, joyful, empowering practice that will enrich all aspects of your child’s life as they grow and change.  Practicing yoga on the mat, including breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation, will gently teach our kids tools that can be helpful and transformational in this modern life. FiDi Families are invited to take advantage of a great promo as well. Various locations and age groups throughout Manhattan, including FiDi, Tribeca and Battery Park.

Winter Session: In progress with new classes starting soon

FiDi Families Insiders: Price varies $35 – $400 (drop in and full season passes available)

Ages: 18 mos – 12 yrs

For more information, including details on additional class locations and to register, please visit

Barnes and Noble Storytime – Snowmen at Night

Barnes and Noble Storytime - Snowmen at Night

Courtesy of Barnes and Noble

Storytime at Barnes and Noble. This ongoing children’s storytime for kids in Tribeca has been a huge hit for kids and parents alike. Introduce your children to the wonderful world of books, while teaching them the fine art of listening, using their imagination and sharing floor space with others! And, as an added bonus for caffeine lovers…the Starbucks Cafe!

“Snowmen at Night” is the featured storytime book, during the Barnes and Noble Discovery Weekend.

Background on this wonderful Winter-themed tale: Ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen at night.

Date: Sunday, November 23rd  [Read more…]

FiDi’s Newest Establishment “Cedar Local” Fundraiser

FiDi's Newest Establishment "Cedar Local" Fundraiser


Kick off the weekend at one of FiDi’s newest establishments, Cedar Local. It’s a great spot and they are hosting a great fundraiser for Spence-Chapin, as they fundraise in honor of National Adoption Month. So, stop by Cedar Street (and William) and help raise money and enjoy your Friday at a great new hotspot, for the FiDi locals (and their friends). 

Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony


Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony

Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony. The 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport is a FiDi Families tradition and we hope to see our neighbors in attendance! The ceremony will include music, a light show and will mark the official opening of the ice rink.  Bundle up and visit some of the shops that will be open and help celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors and friends.

Date: Tuesday, December 2nd [Read more…]

Financier Patissiere – Children’s Storytime

Financier Patissiere - Children's Storytime   



Financier Patisserie will be hosting a special author reading event with children’s book author Cynthia Dreeman Meyer. She will be signing, signing and reading from her new children’s book Merry Stirring Mice: Santa’s Secret Team. During the event, children will be invited to enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and grownup’s are invited to enjoy a complimentary coffee, plus their delicious Mini Financiers treats. All ages are welcome. Books will be available for purchase or they can be purchased here

Date: Sunday, November 23rd

Time: 11a

Location: 35 Cedar Street (between Pearl and William Street)  




Bilingual Birdies Storytime

Bilingual Birdies Storytime (Free)

Bilingual Birdies Storytime. The Battery Park City Branch is New York Public Library’s first green LEED certified branch in Manhattan. The Battery Park City Library hosts many programs that are great for children of all ages. And, introducing them to the library at an early age, encourages a love of books. Little listeners can enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other children from the neighborhood. Storytime is a great way to encourage listening skills, vocabulary and imagination. Join Bilingual Birdies for a special storytime, which has an emphasis on language. Enjoy classic stories, songs, and rhymes in English and French! 

Date: Thursday, November 20th [Read more…]

Wine Series: Hudson Eats and Drinks (Final Date)

Wine Series: Hudson Eats and Drinks (Final Date)

Wine Series: Hudson Eats & Drinks. Join Hudson Eats and Vintry Fine Wines for a weekly celebration of food and wine this Fall. 

Each week we’ll explore wine pairings specially selected for the wide-ranging cuisines created by the chefs of Hudson Eats. These weekly events are complimentary but pre-registration is encouraged. 

Mike Martin, Wine Director at Vintry Fine Wines, will lead the series. One of the city’s noted authorities, Mike has been featured and mentioned in Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Beverage Media, The New York Times, The Sun, Decanter, and France Magazine. In 2012, Mike was inducted into the Orde des Coteaux de Champagne as a Chevalier. The wines Mike selects for our tastings will be available for purchase at Vintry, nearby at 230 Murray Street. Cheers!

FiDi Families Insiders: Registration suggested for guaranteed entry:

When: Selected days during October and November

Time: 5.30p – 8p

Where: 200 Vesey Street (Brookfield Place)