Date: Now through September 25th
The highly anticipated (at least with my Mom-crew) “Bad Moms” is in theaters now and FiDi Families was lucky enough to be invited to a pre-screening event with The Moms Network at AMC Empire in Times Square. The stars of the film, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn joined the excited group of Moms and Bloggers for a Q & A and they shared their own experiences and stories and encouraged everyone in attendance to enjoy and relax in parenthood and that being a “Bad Mom” is okay.
“Bad Moms” tells the story of Amy Mitchell, played by Mila Kunis, an overworked mom who takes a stand on her relationship with her cheating husband and the mean moms at school. She is joined in her efforts by Carla, played by the hilarious Kathryn Hahn and mousy but sweet mom of four, Kiki, played by Kristen Bell. The three moms throw caution to the wind, drink too much, curse all day and let loose with very funny one-liners and outrageous scenes, that many moms will wish they had the courage to do or may have already mastered, in one way or another.
The film takes on topics that moms can relate to, whether it is long hours, community involvement (PTA anyone) and mean girls, now known as mean moms. It will have you laughing because its so over the top but with a hint of real life. It’s a great film for a Moms Night Out and we were happy to be in the audience with some of the best moms we know! So, grab your friends, a bottle of wine and head out to the movies for a fun night out and compare notes on which character you are, from this funny film. And, a big thanks to the Moms Network for a great #BadMomsNYC night out in the Big Apple.
We were also treated to a visit by @Vivatowels @kidbox @pitopia Big thanks to them for making the event extra special!
Cozy Friedman is the founder of So Cozy, a kids hair product line that tackles tangles, hair styling tools, swimmers hair, lice and so much more. The company was started in 1994, with the opening of the first kid-friendly salon on Madison Avenue. At a time when kids in NYC were not being offered a friendly spot for children’s hair, Cozy Friedman took it upon herself to create a destination that was not only needed, but was non-existent. Her line of hair products, salons and online store are a great resource for parents, especially for parents with kids that have a need for some of her best selling products. And, if you don’t have a chance to stop by one of her salons, her products can be purchased on the So Cozy website or at Target.
Recently, Target launched the Cat and Jack kids clothing line and So Cozy sponsored the incredible kids tent at the launch.
Her staff is also well-equipped to offer some great styling options for kids and we were lucky enough to get some styling tips that we are sharing with our FiDi Families. Summer is a great chance to experiment with hair styles since we aren’t running off in a rush to school or trying to get the kids to bed on time. So, enjoy these great “recipes” for summer and year-around hair styles, courtesy of our friends at So Cozy.
The Double Twisty Buns
- Make a center part in hair from forehead to the nape of the neck
- Once hair is evenly separated on each side, secure each side with a clip
- Spray Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner onto hair and detangle and smooth hair making it super easy to work with
- Create high pigtails on each side and secure with an elastic
- Take a dab of Behave Styling Cream and evenly distribute throughout hair
- Comb through the first pigtail and split hair into two even sections
- Take the right side section and twist it to left while at the same time crossing it under and passing it to the left hand
- Continue twisting and passing motion until completely done and tie off with elastic
- Take bottom of the twisty braid and loop it around to complete bun; secure with bobby pins
- Repeat steps on the other side
- Coat hands with a generous amount of Behave Styling Cream and distribute through hair to get strands to stand up
- Comb the sides of hair diagonally forward to highlight the Mohawk
- Push the hair on the top of your head together by making a triangle with your hands to ensure strands stay up
- Use your fingers to comb down hairs in the back
- To finish, grab some pieces from the Mohawk and twist them upwards to ensure they stay in place
We hope you have a chance to pick up some of the great So Cozy products or can stop by one of her salons on the Upper West Side or Upper East Side. And, let them know FiDi Families sent you!
FTC Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post, but were gifted product to test (and we love it).
Kids are in the midst of summer and its almost a given that they are running around, skipping naps, going to bed late and enjoying more than their share of treats and snacks. Summer is a great chance for kids to indulge in sweets and we were thrilled when the folks from Babybel gifted us with some healthy options and information, to help us keep the kiddos happy and healthy with Babybel cheese.
Families are out and about and enjoying warmer days, summer travel and outdoor activities. Traveling with kids and taking them to summer camp is one thing, carrying enough snacks to keep their little tummies full and satisfied is another. With Mini Babybel cheese it makes it easy to bring along a healthy snack for your kids that they will enjoy as they play around this summer. Kids need snacks and when making the decision, parents are seeking snacks that are tasty (72%), nutritious (66%), and easy to consume (50%), according to a recent Harris Poll. Mini Babybel cheese encourages families to provide a fun, delicious treat for the summer. Mini Babybel is a 100% natural cheese with a rich and creamy taste that delivers at least four grams of protein and 15% of an individual’s daily calcium needs. Individually portioned and easy to pack, it’s a convenient option for family snack time and summer travel.
Snacking is becoming an essential part of families’ diets as they snack more and eat snack foods with meals. Instead of giving your kids candy or chips which is an easy snack this is the option to give them something that’s healthy and tasty! Mini Babybel cheese is a great snack for your whole family to enjoy.
FTC Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post but were gifted with Babybel cheese samples to enjoy.
What if there was a way that you could come home to an enticing variety of proteins, vegetables, grains, soups and sauces… all perfectly cooked and seasoned… ready for you to reheat and eat? Modern Market is perfect for the busy person or family that doesn’t have the time to grocery shop, cook, and clean every day but wants healthy and delicious food at their fingertips.
Each week, Modern Market delivers a custom selection of proteins, vegetables, grains, soups, and sauces. Each item is fully cooked and seasoned, but still versatile enough to mix and match. Modern Market meals are way healthier than most take out or prepared meal options and the food is delicious since the founder, Chef Christina Elliot, learned from some of the best chefs in the world.
There are options for everyone, adults, kids, and vegetarians! If you are too busy to cook, Modern Market is perfectly convenient and healthy as an alternative to eating take out all the time. All you do is reheat and eat these delicious meals!
We were lucky enough to be invited to sample the Modern Market experience and absolutely loved the ease, the menu selections and the options for kid-friendly options. We recommend it for busy families and singletons on the go.
The Modern Market Story:
Two years ago Christina Elliott, former Corporate Chef of the Michael Mina group, left the fine dining restaurant scene to start cooking for people at home. Passionate about healthy eating, she knew she could help busy households by stocking their fridge with delicious prepared foods. She began servicing a small client base in San Francisco and in a short time, word of mouth spread about her mouthwatering food. Today Modern Market offers a premium subscription to prepared foods via an easy-to-use digital platform. Each week subscribers log in at www.ModernMarket.place to place their order and start the week with fridge stocked full of prepared meats, vegetables, grains and sauces. Everything is fully cooked and perfectly seasoned so there is NO need for grocery shopping cooking and cleaning – just reheat and eat! Subscribe to Modern Market and begin looking forward to meal time!
Why you will love Modern Market:
- It’s super convenient! Everything on the menu is fully cooked and seasoned and delivered to your door. All you have to do is reheat and eat!
- The food is “magic”. Founder, Chef Christina Elliott learned from the best chefs in the world.
- It’s healthier than take out
- It’s totally custom. Proteins, vegetables, grains, soups and sauces are all packaged separately! You will only get items that you love!
- It’s perfect for carnivores, vegetarians, grown ups, kids and anyone else alike! Browse a sample menu here.
For more information, please visit their website HERE
The life of an infant, toddler, or preschooler, is an exciting time for both parents and children. However, there are moments when this excitement is interrupted by challenges that make this stage both rewarding and stressful. This is understandable, due to children’s fast paced development from 0-5, and the pressure of being a NYC parent.
Lindsay Nejmeh, LMHC specializes in aiding with challenges that may arise. She specializes in parent-child play therapy. Her focus is on supporting families grow together, build communication, and enhance development. Through weekly sessions, families work with Lindsay to strengthen relationships and navigate issues. During session families will address a variety of problems including: tantrums, hitting/biting/kicking, lack of concentration, “sharing” difficulties, separation anxiety, new siblings, feeding issues, potty training, sleeping problems, and more. Lindsay has extensive knowledge in this specialized field, and uses the most cutting edge techniques. Similarly, Lindsay has a friendly and warm demeanor and takes a supportive stance. She realizes that every family is different and goes through their own unique set of ups and downs.
She is conveniently located in FiDi. Her office is at 139 Fulton St. Room 215. She is available for phone consultation to see if her services are right for you and your child. Phone: 718-483-2530 and firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, please visit her website HERE
FiDi’s Newest Residential Building by Piet Boon
Images: Courtesy 101 Wall
Residential buildings in Lower Manhattan, used to be a dime a dozen. Times have changed and the neighborhood is getting a revamp with new buildings, new amenities and dining destinations that are unprecedented. The new luxury buildings that are slated to open in 2017 are impressive and worthy of many discussions on architecture, the new downtown skyline and the onslaught of services that are normally reserved for luxury hotels. A perfect example of luxury and incredible design is the Piet Boon designed 101 Wall residential building. The well known Dutch designer has created a signature, yet distinctive and unique residential building, with a tip of the hat to the Art Deco construction of the building.
The building was built in 1931 and Boon has been very thoughtful in his design approach, with a concentrated effort in retaining the history of the original architects and specifically maintained a historical presence of the original design in the lobby. The floor plans are unique, as is the neighborhood known as FiDi and the building is sophisticated and masterful. The building will offer amenities such as a library, a rooftop lounge, a children’s playroom and open spaces for residents to enjoy.
101 Wall Building Services and Amenities (subject to change):
Landscaped roof terrace featuring a gas BBQ grill
Training Studio designed by Piet Boon and Kevin Dineen of Structure Personal Fitness
Changing Room with Steam and Sauna
Residents’ Lounge featuring sitting and dining areas, service bar, and catering kitchen
Private Storage included with purchase
Live-in Resident Manager
The location of 101 Wall, in the Financial District, will allow residents access to green space such as Pier 15, which is steps away, as well as the Imagination Playground, Pier 17 and the Seaport District. The local Downtown Connection will also allow residents easy transportation to the southern most tip of Lower Manhattan, back up to Tribeca, all compliments of the Downtown Alliance. To learn more about 101 Wall Street and to visit the sales office, visit their website: www.101Wall.com