Feels like spring is here in NY this week and we are loving it! I’m sure the low temps will be back in a blink of an eye so we are cherishing every bit of sunshine we can get. My boys are such outdoor kids, living in an urban surrounding will not stop them from being boys, they are always running around and chasing each other. I try to take them outside as much as possible even if it is just for a few minutes, the fresh air is soooo good for their little souls. Back in the summer when we were still living in Israel we lived in the smallest place 15 km away from the nearest town. We spend most of our time outside, collecting sticks, climbing trees, riding bikes and falling asleep on hammocks. Living in New York things are so different, I can’t imagine ever letting my children out of the door to roam freely like before. Their little hands get black with city grime, instead of proper mud and they barley even blink to the sound of a police car sirens.
I do miss that little place where the sky seems to swallow you whole every time you step out the front door and where you can literally count the stars at night. I wish my children’s childhood can be more of that just because it is so relaxed and stress free. Sometimes Yosef, my oldest who is 5.5 will say “Why can’t we play outside like we used to, Mommy?” – a little reminder to my already guilty heart.
Yet, despite all of this, New York does amaze me. I love the energy, the million umbrellas in the rain and the idea that here you could be anyone you want to be, I really wouldn’t change it for anything! xx,
There are so many choices when it comes to finding the right products for your baby, it can even get overwhelming sometimes! Everyone has their preference about the products they love. My baby’s skin is a bit sensitive and I was looking for something super gentle on her skin. I recently discovered the brand Weleda and after using some of there products for a few weeks now it is safe to say they are amazing and I especially loved the fact that they are not using harsh chemicals so I don’t need to worry about my baby’s sensitive skin getting irritated. A few thing I always want to have on hand is baby lotion and diaper rash cream which they both did not disappoint!
I would love to hear what are some of the baby products you can’t live without! xx
On Yosef: Coat, pants & boots: Zara Sweater: Primark
On me: Coat: H&M (similar) Skirt: Zara & hat: Zara (similar)
A lot of things surprised me when we moved to NY, one of them was winter break. You see we don’t have winter break in Israel, it is just a long never ending few months of school, as a student I would only dream of a few days off in the middle of the endless cold winter. This morning, Yosef my oldest son went back to school after a 10 day winter break. I was looking forward to these few days off only to spend some extra time just me and him. Let me tell you we both enjoyed every minute of it! We had some lazy days in pj’s at home and other days full of outdoor winter activities. One day we woke up bright and early, bundled up and started our day visiting daddy at work, our next stop was a visit to The National Museum of the American Indian (I probably enjoyed it more than he did) and our last and favorite stop was ice skating at Bryant Park. This was Yosef’s first time ice skating, he started off a bit nervous and was afraid to fall, he refused to let go of the side bar for one second and wanted to leave after just 3 rounds. I told him how great he is doing for the first time ice skating and I managed to convince him to try just a bit more (I did bribe him with some tik-taks). Finally, he let go of the side bar and got so into it, even after two hours he didn’t want to leave! I loved our little conversations throughout the day, 5-year-olds are an endless source of “why” and “how” questions. They have an insatiable desire to understand how everything works, so I did have some explaining to do about how elevators work as we went up 25 floors to daddy’s office or attempt to explain the concept of numbers when he asked if 100 is a big or small number.
It is amazing what a 5 year old can teach us about life, the smallest things excites them, I always wonder why we become so darn serious as adults. Not that I want to be a 5 year old again but this day more than just being a fun day with my child was a great reminder to laugh every day and try new things. xx
Vest: Mango Dress: Rivka Zerbib Boots: Vince Camuto Bag: Celine
Is there anything better than getting dressed in less than three minutes, instead of standing in front of your closet, changing clothes for the tenth time, and finally looking in frustration at the pile of clothes gathered up on your bed? A fur vest is my solution to this problem! As a mom of three, after the usual evening ‘ceremony’, I don’t have more than a few minutes to get myself ready for a date night, therefore this fur vest is really the perfect solution. I love how versatile a fur vest is, it looks great with so many different styles. I can’t wait to try it with a printed maxi dress for an ornamental bohemian look. Of course, for ideological or monetary reasons, one may opt for faux fur rather than genuine fur, it looks just as good, and you can keep a clean conscience. xx
I’m wearing: Dress (worn as skirt): Rivka Zerbib Sweater: Nordstrom Boots: Steeve Madden Hat: Lack of colors Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Dikla is wearing: Skirt: & Other Stories Boots: Vince Camuto
Hello from the top of one of New York’s staple tourist spots – The Brooklyn Bridge- Isn’t it just so photogenic?! I love exploring new places and although I was in the area of the Brooklyn Bridge a bunch of times, I never actually took the time to walk ON the bridge. My friend, Dikla (from the blog Girl Plus Two) who lives in NY for years joined me and we spent a Friday morning together just girls, no kids tagging along (and there are 6 kids between the both of us!! no joke).
Dikla and I connected on Instagram months ago while I was still living in Israel, we both have 3 kids, two boys and a girl exactly the same ages, (how crazy is that?!) and we just clicked right away and stayed in touch since then. Little did I know, a few months later we would be standing together in NY hanging out like we know each other for years. Stepping out of my comfort zone and leaving everything- my country I love so much, my home, my friends and my whole family and moving to anther country is no joke, especially with little kids. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. We all get lonely from time to time, It makes a huge difference when you have that someone who is like minded, who understands where you came from, speaks the same language as you do and can just be there when things get overwhelming. Life’s too short to stay in one place, literally and metaphorically, I love trying out new things and new places but it always helps to have a supportive system around you. Today I am grateful for this rad technology surrounding us, especially this little app called Instagram if not for that I’m not sure we would have ever crossed path but I am so happy we did! xx,
The mornings at our home is always the most stressful part of my day. I mean- wake up, brush teeth, comb hair, make bed, eat breakfast, put on shoes, grab backpacks and finally out the door! phew, I feel like I’ve run a marathon by 9 a.m. and the day has barley started! Normally I’ll go with the fastest option for breakfast while I quickly prepare lunches and in between try to get a few sips out of my coffee cup. However, every once in a while I try to de-stress our mornings and decide to wake up extra early and prepare a yummy breakfast. It usually doesn’t last more than just a few days but it definitely feels good and we all enjoy it while it lasts. Of course you want to start of the day with a good, healthy meal. However, anyone with kids knows that some mornings are just too special to worry about a properly balanced meal. Spending time in the kitchen as a family, whipping up something absolutely delicious and sweet, is the stuff that memories are made of. Sometimes it’ll be cinnamon rolls or french toast but pancakes are the kids absolute favorite and they love it with berries and maple syrup on the side. Here is an easy pancake recipe introduced to me by my sister in low, who has some amazing recipes on here blog here.
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp white sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
1 large egg, beaten
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Oil or butter for cooking
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients then add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
- Place a teaspoon or 2 of butter or oil on skillet. When butter foam subsides or oil shimmers, ladle batter onto the skillet, making pancakes of any size you like. Adjust heat as necessary; usually, first batch will require higher heat than subsequent batches. Flip pancakes after bubbles rise to surface and bottoms brown.
- Cook until second side is lightly browned. Serve, or hold on an ovenproof plate in a 200-degree oven for up to 15 minutes.
Hope you’ll enjoy these pancakes as much as we do! xx