Comfortably numb at Bubby's
Wed Mar 19
If you're reading this blog, chances are you've been to Bubby's. But maybe you're wary—sure, your kid's a total angel, but everyone else's....Well, I was at the Dumbo location last weekend with a couple of friends and their seven-month-old daughter, and not only was the staff utterly professional and unflappable, but they've got some magical acoustics there. It was like being under anesthesia—I was aware of all of the screaming children, but the noise was muffled and distant. And unlike going under anesthesia at the dentist, brunch at Bubby's means you can opt for additional medication, in the form of a Bloody Mary. Find out more about Bubby's.
Christina Aguilera's baby style
Thu Mar 13
Want to roll like Christina Aguilera? She recently picked up this graffiti kiddie style car seat cover for her two-month-old son, Max. Besides its chic pattern, the cover from Kids Ink is reversible, with one side made of silky satin and the other a soft minky. Get your own at Babesta in Tribeca for $130. For those not spending enough time on the road to warrant a car seat cover, the same print is also used for a diaper bag ($140) and blanket ($60).
Care Bears on Fire
Mon Mar 10
I took Hugo, my 2.5 -year-old, to a rockin' Care Bears on Fire set at the BAMkids Fest on Saturday. Now I know why they sold out and warranted another show: This trio of kids really rocks, and both parents and kids were bopping around the BAM cafe. It was well worth the Odyssey-like journey involved in getting the kids out on the stormy Saturday. Although the set was short (to accommodate the short attention spans), the crowd was totally engaged. Hugo, a big fan of the electric guitar, was mesmerized the entire time, or at least between lunges for the popcorn bag his friend JoJo kindly shared. This rock/punk hybrid made up of three Brooklyn tweens provided the parents in the room a truly great listening experience. Unlike most adults playing for kids, these were big kids playing music for themselves and their peers, but they also appealed to both the adults in the room who still like to rock out, and the kids in the room who could feel the energy. I was totally impressed by the...
Fri Mar 7
As Books editor, I get a ton of titles in the mail every day. I can't possibly cover them all in the magazine, and that's OK—I have pretty strong ideas about what I like and what I don't. Fairly often, though, I get attached to a book that a publisher sends over—I can't necessarily do anything with it, but I'm loathe to let go. Take Brushing Your Teeth Can Be Fun. Originally published in 1943 as Health Can Be Fun, Teeth sprang from the genius mind of Munro Leaf (of The Story of Ferdinand fame). Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli, specializes in resurrecting old gems like this one. Check out page 53, with its mopey faces and cautionary text that warns kids against hypochondria (seriously!). And that sunny orange cover is so relentlessly cheery, it just makes me want to spend quality time with my Arm & Hammer Enamel Care. $10 at amazon.com, recommended for anyone old enough not to be tempted to chew on it!
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