Monthly Archives: February 2012

So you want your baby/toddler to be a model…. This is how my Son became one.

I get a lot of questions from Mothers asking me how they can get their babies/toddlers into modeling like Miles Storm. My Son experienced his first day of work at 3 months modeling for “Babies R Us“. I thought I was special getting my first job at 16 years of age, but nope I am not as clever as him!

While I was pregnant with Miles Storm, I was lucky enough to sign with the top maternity modeling agency in the world, NYC based Expecting Models, and what a pleasant eye-opening journey it was! Indeed being very different to when I modeled for Chadwick Management in Australia where I had to be a VERY VERY skinny girl! With maternity modeling it is always about making your tummy look bigger – the bigger your tummy the more work you get – makes sense! Of course, your tummy has to be the only part of your body that grows; I still had to work-out, eat healthy and look after myself.

It worked like this – every 4 weeks I had to go to the agency and have digital pictures taken in a bikini which were then uploaded to the agency website; this way the clients can see what your tummy looks and how you are progressing with the pregnancy. A lot of big companies (like GAP for example) book the models months in advance for shoots. There is obviously only a short window to model though and most of the work comes in one’s third trimester.

Miles Storm is now modeling, as one of the really cool things about Expecting Models is that he was ALSO signed to their growing children’s division when he was in my tummy. This was a condition in my contract and there was no way around it.

If you are interested in pursuing a modeling career while pregnant you can contact Expecting Models through their web page. It is better to do it this way, I do not suggest you call. They usually only accept established or experienced models. However, occasionally they do accept newbies onto their books.

Me in Week 34 of my pregnancy modeling with “Expecting Models”

Brekkie at “Egg” on North 5th!

Me and my husband have tried to eat at Egg for about 4 years now, seriously! Every time we visited; they were too busy and the wait was too long. Not today though, we were there right on opening at 8AM and able to get a table! Amazing. Apparently others had the same idea as within the next 20 minutes the restaurant was full. There were another 3 families with Little Ones and thankfully there were enough high-chairs to go around.

I love Egg because they grow most of the food they sell at the restaurants themselves upstate NY on their very own space known as Goatfell Farm.  Goatfell Farm provides over 100 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables which is very impressive! I wish I had a farm and could live off the land…. one day! Otherwise, they  buy locally. There are not many restaurants that you can eat at and really feel comfortable knowing where the food has come from. I had the steamed kale and the organic braised tomatoes and it was so yummy. I felt so good eating such a healthy breakfast.

Miles Storm loved Egg because of the complimentary donuts and the crayons that are on every table. He was also flirting with one of the waitresses which was really cute. All the staff are friendly and helpful. He was in heaven. .. which means my husband and I were in heaven and could enjoy our Brekkie! It was a great vibe all around.

The restaurant is open Monday – Friday from 7AM to 6PM and Saturday – Sunday from 8AM to 6PM. It is also CASH only.

Miles Storm eating Brekkie at “Egg” on North 5th.

Farm to Baby – I Love Your Vibe.

I heard about Farm to Baby through my twitter feed – the Internet is a wonderful thing! I read a ReTweet saying that they were going to be at the Greenpoint / McCarren Park Greenmarket last weekend. I was excited, being a fit and health conscious Mum I knew I had to go and check out their vibe.

Farm to Baby provides home cooked baby food that can be delivered to your door or can be picked up at a set location -  think a CSA for babies. It is a marvelous concept, and giving credit where credit is due, local residents Lauren and Marshall are getting out there and making a difference!

Marshall explained to me -”Fresh fruits and vegetables boast a dazzling spectrum of micronutrients, while jarred-foods cooked at high heats for extended periods of time lose precious vitamins and minerals (and take a major hit in the flavor department). So we’ve made it incredible easy to introduce babies to a broad array of fruits and veggies that boast the very best nutritional profile because they are harvested in season, carefully prepared and delivered fresh to your family”.

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Baby Boot Camp. Let’s Get Physical.

Wow, was Miles Storm a terrorist or what today at Baby Boot Camp? All of a sudden he is super interactive with other babies…. pity all the other babies at class were younger than him and just not feeling his vibe!

I have been looking for another exercise class to do in “Willy B” on the alternate days to which “Mighty Mamas” run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a while now – exercising only 2 days a week is not enough for me. Thankfully, having started 6 months ago Baby Boot Camp  is executed at Caribou Baby and the Betz Method Gym in Greenpoint on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the week. Perfect compliment to “Mighty Mamas”.

I went to my first class last week and I am happy to report it was extremely challenging physically. Big points here because as if us Mums have time to dilly-dally. Let’s get our bodies back in minimal time with maximum effort!

Jody Camarra heads up the group in the WIlliamsburg/Greenpoint Chapter. Having recently had a beautiful daughter, and not wanting to go back to work she started Baby Boot Camp in September of 2011. I am so happy she did, and I know that a lot of other Mummies in our neighborhood are also grateful.

The class differs slightly to “Mighty Mamas” in that it is not encouraged that children are out of the pram, if possible. Miles Storm was a little confused about this at first…..

On Fridays the class is held at the Betz Method Gym and it is not entirely baby proof. I had to EVENTUALLY let my Little One out of his pram as it was too much for him to sit and watch us all run around the room. He threw a small fit – Fair Enough – he wanted to explore! To compromise, all the Mums and the instructor helped me to make sure he did not get into too much mischief. TEAM WORK!

The Wednesday class at Caribou Baby is a lot more relaxed if you have an older baby/toddler, and it is not so necessary that Little Ones are kept in their pram from a safety standpoint.

If you are interested in attending a Free Trial class  you can email Jody directly at jody.camarra@babybootcamp.com and she will happily send you more information.

Up and At ‘Em “WIlly B” – hopefully me and Miles Storm will see you in a class soon!

Miles Storm helping me out with my Plank position.

Revisiting Frolic Rock n Roll play space!

So happy to write that me and Miles Storm were able to revisit Frolic Play Space again for a second time today, and the experience was nothing short of perfect!

We were warmly greeted by co-founders Carey and Julia who started on their dream of opening a Children’s community-feel play space 2 years ago! That’s a long time waiting for the doors to finally open on January 9th just past. It is also so exciting for them, and for all the children in the “Willy B” area who are lucky enough to spend time Rocking out at their venue!

As soon as we walked in Miles Storm took off, at speed, to the Jumping Castle in the back room – he loved it. Not to mention the Ball Pit, the restored awesome VW bus, the Rolling Stone inspired slide and his favorite “Creature Symphony”.

What is Creature Symphony I hear you ask? It is a state-of-the-art custom video wall where animated creature movements are reflected by the children moving in front of the screen. The creatures all make different sounds so children can create their own music, if they so please. It is very cool and unique. I would love to have something like this in Miles Storm’s bedroom!

Frolic is a members only club. There are 2 different membership options available which are moving like hot cakes – ALL ACCESS (pay in full): $948 annually ($79 per month) or I’M WITH THE BAND (pay in full): $1,320 annually ($110 per month). There are different perks to each subscription which you can check out HERE.

A great time was had by all, and we are looking forward to many wonderful times at Frolic in the future.

Miles Storm tripping out at the Creature Symphony.

Open Play at “The Gym Park” – Gymnastics Inspired Play.

The Gym Park is another great find!

To think a few weeks ago I thought that there was nothing really for my Little One to do – boy was I wrong. There is so much to do in the Williamsburg Brooklyn area, I can barely keep up.

Head down to 8 Oak Street down in Greenpoint, on the East River, if you are ever stuck for an indoor activity, or you just want to let your Little One tire themselves out. There is plenty to do inside the Very Colorful 2,800 square foot facility including trampolines, swings, hula hoops, scarves, toys, balls, and lots of other children! Everything is Padded too, which is great. Miles fell over so many times running and jumping, and did not bat an eyelid, it was all part of the appeal for him.

The Gym Park has been open for around 2 years now, and has mixed reviews in the area – one thing I have learnt is that you cannot keep everybody happy!  I met Peter, who runs the venue and he was very helpful. Sure, he did seem a bit obsessive compulsive but I really did not take it to heart. There is nothing wrong with running a ship-shape and clean venue, right?

Open Play is from 10.30AM – 12.30PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 3PM – 5PM on Wednesday. The cost is $15 up front or $10 if you pay a $30 Open Play membership fee. There are also a ton of classes offered for babies all the way up to teenagers.

Additionally, The Gym Park offers a lot of other activities including Birthday Parties, Camps and special events like “Kids Night Out”. You can find more information on their web page at www.thegympark.com

I am going to try out a “Mommy and Me” class with Miles Storm the week after next, as they are closed for Presidents Week (like a lot of other places). I am very much looking forward to it and will let you know how it goes.

Singalong at The Knitting Factory with Lloyd from The Deedle Deedle Dees!

Miles Storm LOVED Sing-a-long at The Knitting Factory – he was literally dancing on the table, which is quite a sight to see!

Sing-a-long is held at The Knitting Factory at 361 Metropolitan twice a week on Wednesday and Fridays at 11AM till around noon. The cost is $3 per family – Bargain! Lloyd Miller from The Deedle Deedle Dees a Brooklyn based educational rock band hosts the Sing-a-long on Wednesday only; on Friday it is somebody different. I have heard various opinions about which Sing-a-long is better, however as I have only been on a Wednesday I really cannot comment.

I know that Miles Storm had a wonderful time, he really enjoys music thus this was really up his alley. Lloyd is quite popular it seems and was surrounded by Little adoring fans screaming, shaking their hands and stomping their feet! It was very cute.

The harmonica playing, guitar slinging, one-man-band sang all the typical songs like “You are my Sunshine” and “If you’re happy and you know it”, as well as songs I had never heard before. Lloyd has been in the business of entertaining Little Ones since 2003, and it shows! I too really enjoyed his music having a mountain country kind of vibe to it (if you know what I mean)?

I do recommend you get there early as the venue was packed to the rims, there was easily over 100 people there! And, unless you leave early do not expect to get out in a hurry either, as once everybody locates their pram, puts their jackets on and gets the children ready it is some time before you are out the door. You have to pay Lloyd directly, and if you do not have time to do it when you get there pay him as you are leaving.

If you want to check Lloyd out before heading over to one of his Sing-a-longs you can see him in action on his youtube page HERE.

Miles Storm dancing on the table with his hands in the air!

Mid Hudson Children’s Museum – Poughkeepsie

Upstate on Sunday it was a dreary grey day, not to mention in the 20′s and freezing cold. Miles Storm was pretty antsy and we wanted to do something fun with him that was going to excite him. I would feel bad if he had to be inside all day, so we decided to the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum located at 75 North Water Street on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie (approximately 80 miles from NYC). The cost is $7.50 per person including adults.

It was a perfect call, there was so much to see and do. It was educational as well as being entertaining. My little munchkin spent the 2 hours we were there running around like a race horse from one exhibit to the next – there was a sand pit, a DJ booth, a train set, a water area, a mini aquarium, a sail boat, slides, and a rock climbing wall!  He was not a happy camper when it was time to leave and threw a small fit when we finally did head out to the car. He would have stayed until he dropped from exhaustion if he had it his way.

Two minutes into the car ride home to our upstate house he was sleeping. Mission accomplished. No need to say anymore!

*If you take a train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie the station is literally a 5 minute walk from the Museum. There is also an outdoor area with beautiful river views, and a really cool little mini skateboard park. The train ride upstate is really beautiful, well I love it anyway.  The Museum and Skateboard park are located directly underneath the famed tourist attraction Walkway Over the Hudson. There is plenty to do if you make it a day trip.

Trying to hold on to Miles at the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum upstate. He loved it & definitely did not want to pose for a photo.

Sepascot Home Farm – Rhinebeck

My family is very fortunate in that we live upstate NY in Dutchess County every weekend, and in the bustling city of Williamsburg during the week. We have been doing this for close to 6 years now.

Upstate, we live very close to Sepascot Home Farm and buy as much food as possible from them. The animals are treated kindly and are very well looked after. They are also out on open pastures and are only fed organic feed, other than what they find in their environment. My husband makes raw milk yoghurt from the dairy cows milk and we buy all of our eggs there too. We never buy eggs from a supermarket!

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“Puppetsburg” at The Brick Theater!

Right off the bat, Puppetsburg WAS SO MUCH FUN. Miles Storm had a Ball. A Very Very Big Ball!

I heard about the Baby Puppetsburg show from another Mum in my building. I have had it on my list of things to investigate since I started this blog, and today Miles Storm and I finally made it over to East Williamsburg, to The Brick Theater located at 575 Metropolitan, to check it out. I feel like I am in East Williamsburg a lot these days. There is so much going on for Little Ones over there.

We made it to the 12.30 show. There is also an earlier show at 11AM. The cost is $16 at the door, or $18.50 online. I did not know that you could pay at the door so I paid online in advance.  Puppetsburg just decided to offer 10 packet deal for $140 which must be used 3 months within buying. If you are interested in doing this you can email them for more information at puppetsburg@gmail.com, or you can pay via Pay Pal on their Blog HERE.

We were not disappointed – the 2 girls who run the show were so warm, loving and welcoming as soon as we walked in the door. They were both very attentive to all the children there and we felt right at home Instantly.

To start, there was a casual play time on the floor where the children played with toys to get used to the environment. Then the music and dancing started. Miles Storm loves to dance. There was BUBBLE and PARACHUTE time, as well as playing with Poms-Poms and shakers. The Puppet show was very interactive, with the children all kissing and hugging the puppets when they had the chance. The theme of today’s show was Going Back in time to the Superbowl, and Clementine the main star trying to solve the mystery of who her secret Valentines was. In case you are wondering, it was her Nanna!!

I think this is going to the first activity I am going to commit too for Miles Storm because he loved it so much – Husband Approving!

*Puppetsburg has also just added a new show at 3.30PM on Tuesdays at the Greenpoint Reformed Church.

Update — This event no longer runs

“Puppetsburg” at The Brick Theater on Metropolitan.