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Catch This!

My friend needed help – fast!  Her son’s 10/31 birthday was quickly approaching, and she needed to pull of a Yankees themed birthday party the weekend before.

Cue the party assistant (me)!  I helped make this BOYS & GIRLS party (full of second graders) a HIT, and everyone left with a pretty cool “thank you gift”!
I created a special banner (with photos of the birthday boy), fun framed decor and party bags filled with themed necklaces or keychains …

  …the girls loved the necklaces!    

I used this same idea to create boys’ high quality keychains.  I used blue or steel colored beads along with baseball beads to make a cool yet different design for the boys.  They love to hook the keychains to their school backpack zippers!

Here’s a look at the BASEBALL party…

…his “Bronx grandma” brought an amazing cake, and the kids played at the Baseball Center on the UWS!

      There were at least 25 kiddos, and a few younger siblings tagged along.  Everyone received a party bag — however I didn’t fill it with Cracker Jacks, peanuts, Big League chewing gum and such.  I know NY kids LOVE Air Heads!  Plus I added some Halloween stickers and red, white, and blue pompoms for a little whimsy.    

(my son above right): He would rather juggle than play baseball.  He’s a circus kid, what can I tell ya?

One of the coolest things about this party (besides watching “Manhattan Grandma” cheer on her grandson) was seeing our friends from (ex.) Sweden and Columbia join in, and learn the sport of baseball!  They were not ashamed to admit they never played, didn’t know how, didn’t know the rules, etc., It made me appreciate diverse friendships, supporting and teaching others, and cheering on your fellow teammate!  There is unity in our little world in the UWS.

Above: juggling Henry and “TuTu” (grandma); Enjoying yummy pizza on this super stormy rainy Sunday — what a great day to be inside!

 

 

UWS Fall Bake Sale!

On October 21 we attended the annual Harvest Fest at my son’s elementary school!

Along with all of the chaos…err fun… (haunted house, face painting, games, craft & goodie stations) there’s a bake sale!  

It’s interesting to see what POPS up in the Upper West Side!  Do moms in this career-driven-crazy-busy-section of NYC really have time to bake?

     

The Jello cups were a hit!  I felt bad for the apple teeth — $2 seemed a bit overpriced too.

Are you wondering what that green “thing” is on top of the jack ‘o lantern treats?  Me too!  We had a kid bite in — to find out.  It’s a gummy candy of some sort (sliced into smaller pieces).

        

There’s options depending on one’s diet!

and…. I have no idea what this “creepy hand” cupcake with frosting is made from (below left):

     

These “mouth cookies” (above) looked interesting  I think there was strawberry jelly and marshmallows in there!

…hmmmm….a few store bought items.  A nice touch though!  

There were lots of cake pops and marshmallow pops!

      

I saw a basket of Trader Joe’s pumpkin shaped cookies… it may have gone untouched for the whole event.  

I also saw more versions of a rice crispy treat (with goo and goop) than you can imagine!

So what did I buy?  Just a few simple and traditional chocolate chip cookies.  (I made sure they were homemade)!  

Henry loved them!  …so that was this mummy’s favorite pick of the day!

 

 

Sleepy Hollow, NY

October festivities are a screaming good time in Los Angeles; but 30 miles north of Manhattan– the beautiful surroundings of Tarrytown, NY were truly a breath of fresh air!

We ventured across the country for some spooky fun in Sleepy Hollow!  Thanks to my very kind mom who treated us all to a family reunion!

Henry enjoyed the trip on the airplane –his favorite parts were boarding the plane (to pick out his window seat), taking off, and landing…the Oreo cookies from the Southwest staff were also a hit!  I had a bag of tricks to keep him busy, as you might expect!  …(and poor Henry with sensory issues) but we made it…  L.A. to N.Y.!  Whew!

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Fly Boy

You can’t find more eerie surroundings than on the east bank of the Hudson River where one can find the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with notable grave sites of some VIP’s and Washington Irving himself.  The Headless Horseman is alive and well in this haunting, dreamy town.  Some say ghosts and spirits also loom, and if you believe in all of the ghoulish folktales you are likely to have a haunting good time!

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A big “thank you” to my mom for making this trip happen!

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The trail of the Horseman’s Hollow

The Horseman’s Hollow scares and delights….it’s enchanting good fun “ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls, and ghosts, all serving the Headless Horseman himself”!

Pictured above are myself (with a scary tree character), and my two daughters, Marley and Sara.  Horseman’s Hollow is located at Philipsburg Manor.  It’s too scary for the little ones — so Henry and Sadie stayed back at the hotel with my mom, and Uncle Mike.  They joined us later to tour The Great Jack ‘O Lantern Blaze!

source: www.visitsleepyhollow.com/things-to-do/horsemans-hollow

 

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The Great Jack ‘O Lantern Blaze is incredible!  My pictures really don’t do it justice!  There are over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins on display!   So creative, decorative and electrifying — the walk through exhibit definitely brings the WOW factor!  We had a little rain on our walk and I almost forgot how yummy it is to smell fresh wet leaves in the fall!

It’s no wonder these Sleepy Hollow events sell out year after year!  Get your tickets early!  We bought our tickets weeks before on-line!

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Fall fun in Sleepy Hollow, NY

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What a treat to visit with family!

Pictured above: Henry and his east coast cousin, Sadie.  Aunt Chrissy (in the middle) with Marley and Sara.  Henry in his skeleton p.j.’s snacking on the best potato chips on earth– UTZ Potato Chips!  Mmmmmmm.  Henry and Sadie, again, enjoying the 60 degree temps.

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the long trip back home – layover in Phoenix

It’s a good thing Teddy is such a sweet travel companion…the trip back to L.A. went smoother than I thought.  The hustle and bustle of the manic airports are more scary for Henry than the Headless Horseman, though.  So more precaution was needed in LAX and our other airport stops to ease his anxiety.  Our cross country adventure was amazing, (hubby stayed back home and worked) so now I can safely say that I am truly exhausted!

Mr. Bones in West Hollywood

Henry and I joined our friends at Mr. Bones in West Hollywood!

Last year (at age two) our October visit was a little frightening.  There’s a lot of stimulation here — and sometimes it can be too much for our kiddo; But he really warmed up to the fun on this super sunny day in L.A.!

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The GIANT jack-o-lantern bounce house that has a zipper enclosure for entry and exit was too scary last year…. this year Henry bounced to his heart’s content!

slideIf you look closely — Henry and Madi are seated up at the top of the slide!  I lost count how many times Henry went on this!

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                  The pirate’s boat was smooth sailing!  A-hoy matey!

 

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Psychiatric Help – The Doctor is IN

This picture reminds me (and my husband) of a Peanuts cartoon (Lucy)…can you believe she only charged her clients five cents?

On to the petting zoo!  We were told not to let the goats eat our paper cups….they will definitely try their best to devour the food and cup, be careful!

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ponyRiding “Elvis” the pony!  The pony rides at Mr. Bones are very popular…this line was pretty long but Henry waited patiently!

 

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Henry and Madison in 2011, and 2013!  Super cute friends at the pumpkin patch!

 

 

 

 

 

Forneris Farms

October fun!  I would highly recommend Forneris Farms to my Angelino friends for sure!  We had a pleasant drive out to this farm located in the San Fernando Valley (Mission Hills, CA) — which took us about 30 minutes.  How did we end up here?

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Getting carried away!

Well, there’s an easy way to scare my husband this time of year: asking him to accompany us to the very popular Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.  Last year we ended up at Mr. Bones on October 14 in the midst of a busy, busy Sunday with what seemed like hipster dads, manic moms, kids in tow — and it was crowded, crowded, crowded!  Heck – even Christina Aguilera and her son were there!   (parking was def a problem too)!!  The unfriendly feel didn’t appeal to hubby as we tried to enjoy the festivities on a super scorcher of a day in West Hollywood!  Lines were long, people grew impatient, and it was hard to seek shelter from the blazing sun!

I was pretty excited when I found Forneris Farms on the web, but were we still going to face the dreaded:

1) Crazy, claustrophobic crowds?

2) Petrifying parking problems?

3) Lurking long lines?

4) Bewitching bathrooms?  EEEEK!

The answers are no, no, no and no!  Super awesome fun, friendly (and helpful) staff and very chill atmosphere!  Needless to say, hubby (and Henry) were very happy!

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Our first stop on the farm was here —  a ride on “Rusty” (no lines)!  And we arrived around 11:00 AM…the ponies were beautifully cared for, and Henry LOVES them!  Then we moved on to…

DSC_7375 DSC_7374 DSC_7376the petting zoo.  His favorite were the rabbits (not pictured) and he spent a lot of time in here.  The nice lady let him stay in as long as he wanted! (again no pressure to get out to let the next group in because it was so chill here)!

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ride along The tractor ride was pretty cute, when we got on we noticed the speaker in our little car….music and narration made the ride even more interesting.  We got a brief history of the farm, and it’s crops…

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We took our pumpkins, green beans, sweet corn, apples and beautiful tomatoes home for $30!

There was also a D.J. (he was a little “corny”) but he provided fun music and games.  We couldn’t resist the yummy lunch there — roasted sweet corn, hot dogs and lemonade!

pumpSo many beautiful pumpkins to choose from!  …and again we had a pleasant ride back home!

You probably won’t spot a celebrity here (and there’s no paparazzi) but this place was just our speed!