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5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons- June 7th, 2018

A new #fabULyssfamilyfind for you in the #hamptons

hamptonsfamilyconcierge.com

5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons

Jennie Magaro

The Hamptons are world renowned for the beautiful beaches, celebrities, and gala fundraising events.  But what can you do when vacationing in the Hamptons with your kids?  As a local mom, and co-founder of Hamptons Family Concierge, I am willing to share a few secret spots that I’m sure your whole family will love.

 

1) Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Preserve – Sag Harbor

All year round, Morton’s is a wonderful outing for all ages.  The most important thing to remember – bring birdseed!  During most of our visits (time of year and time of day vary), the chickadees and other birds will come and eat out of your hand.(even my 4 year old!)  There are also turkeys, chipmunks, and other local wildlife, that you may observe as you walk through a scenic, shaded wood.  One trail leads you to a lovely bay beach where you can take a break and have a picnic!  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)

 

2) Free concerts in the Park – Sag Harbor, Southampton, Easthampton, Montauk

During the summer months, each of the above towns has a weekly outdoor concert in their park.  It is perfect to bring a picnic or pizza, and let the kids play and dance while enjoying various types of music.  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)

 

3) Seven Ponds Farm – Southampton

This Farm is not as well known as some of the other Hamptons farms, but it is my favorite.  In the summer, my kids pick raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, while in the fall you can pick your own apples and pumpkins.  There are also other vegetables you can pick yourself, as well as gorgeous flowers.  There is a playground for the kids, hay rides, and a small corn maze in the fall.  The farm stand is fantastic.  After we gather all that fruit, if we have the energy, we go home and make a pie!

 

4) Whale’s Tale Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor – Shelter Island

It is a nice day trip to hop on the Shelter Island Ferry and spend the afternoon.  There are several wonderful family friendly restaurants, and then after lunch, you can go play mini golf.  It is an old fashioned place, but the kids love it, and they love the ice cream afterwards even more.  This is only open seasonally.

 

5) Blockspot – SYS, Southampton

This creative, fun filled center is brand new, and has a variety of classes, and activities for age 2-10 years.  Blocks and building materials of all shapes and sizes abound.  View the schedule to see when you would like to drop in.  Great for birthday parties as well.

 

There are so many factors involved when planning your weekend or vacation activites: the season, the weather, your children’s ages and interests, your location, and so on.  Hamptons Family Concierge was developed to assist families in creating the perfect Hamptons experience.  We can customize itineraries, plan amazing events, schedule quality services and activities (even at your home), so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

 

Hamptons Family Concierge

www.hamptonsfamilyconcierge.com

(631)259-3764

 

Getting Our Little Ones The Best ZZZs- May 31st, 2018

5 Ways to Have the Entire Family Happily Snoozin’

It’s not a groundbreaking concept that better sleep leads to better health. Whether you’re 15 months or 15 years old, the most important vitamin for healthy growth is our sleep. Sleep is not only essential for our children but also critical for the entire family. Restorative rest greatly impacts our physical and mental wellbeing, from weight control to focus, memory retention and countless other benefits. Of course, getting those precious hours of rest can often feel like more of a challenge than it’s worth, we also often sacrifice our sleep to make up for lost time. In a quest to achieve better sleep for the entire family, consider the following tips for a well rested household.

Some factors that may interfere with your sleep are sometimes out of our control, you can certainly adopt simple and mindful habits that encourage better ZZZs:

 

  1. Develop A Sleep Routine

Depending on your age, the recommended amount of sleep will range and change. Too much sleep can be as harmful to our health as too little. Familiarize yourself with the recommended of hours in relation to your age. The younger we are, the more sleep we require, and this is increasingly important for children as their bodies rapidly grow. Humans inherently desire patterns and familiarity. Going to bed and waking up around the same time (including weekends and vacations) is healthy and makes sleep feel like a habit rather than a task/challenge. In the time surrounding bedtime, revisit calming and familiar routines that onset the feeling of tiredness, this may be a warm bath, a few chapters of a book, or your nightly bedtime story. For children and adults alike consistency reinforces the body’s sleep-wake cycle making sleep easy in the long haul.

 

  1. Mindful Diet

Don’t go to bed starved or stuffed. Avoid heavy meals within a couple of hours before bed. It is no secret that what we ingest can have serious impacts on our health. It’s more commonly overlooked that particular foods can hinder our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, caffeine and sugar are the obvious culprits. Explore and familiarize yourself with some of the lesser known foods that may be stealing from your sleep. There are also several foods that increase your ability to doze away. Learn more about foods that affect sleep here.

 

  1. Create a Restful Space

In a world and a home full of distractions this simple tip feels obvious but you’d be surprised the impact it can have. The bedroom should serve as a sanctuary, cluttered spaces or overwhelming environments create mental distractions leaving your mind far more active that it should be after lights are out. Comfort is surely a preference, create a bedroom that is ideal for sleeping. This simply means cool, dark and quiet. Exposure to harsh light and heavy noise can make it harder to fall asleep and easy to wake up before fully rested. Limit the use of screen time in the bedroom. Evaluate your sleep necessities (pillows, bedding, mattress) overworn and unsupportive must haves might be the reason you’re not getting the rest deserved.

 

  1. Napping

For children napping is a must, and there is a common misconception that day time naps will make it harder for a child to fall asleep at night. A well rested child will actually fall asleep faster than one who is sleep deprived. For mommy and daddy, if you nap, limit yourself to ~30 minutes and avoid doing so too late into the day. Napping will not necessarily make up for prolonged inadequate sleep, although a short nap can help improve mood, focus and performance. Shorts burst of rest can be categorized in 3 different ways:

 

  • Planned napping. This involves taking a nap before you actually get drowsy. Many people use this technique to compensate for an upcoming change in their regular sleep schedule.

 

  • Emergency napping. This occurs when you instantly become extremely tired and within an instant your body powers down, even if you’re engaged in something else.

 

  • Habitual napping. Habitual napper take a nap at the same time each day. Young children often fall asleep at the same time each afternoon by habit. Where some adults take a short snooze regularly after their lunch.

 

  1. Physical Activity and Fresh Air

Physical activity can promote better sleep. Although, being too active too close to bedtime, can make it harder to fall asleep. Physical activity does not have to be an entire afternoon at the gym, a simple walk outdoors can be enough to tire you out. Research shows, time spent outdoors has been linked to decreased levels of stress. People with less stress experience longer hours of restful sleep and are less challenged getting to sleep

 

 

The Kent- #fabULyssfamilyfriendly New Condo- May 16th, 2018

The Kent

 We have a new #fabULyssfamilyfriendly find just for you!

Q: Please tell our readers about Extell’s new “#FabULyss” Art Deco Upper East Side condo, The Kent? What made the Art Deco architecture an inspiration for this beautiful building?

 

A: Designed by award-winning architect Beyer Blinder Belle, The Kent is a modern take on the classic pre-war building. Paying homage to the history of the Upper East Side, The Kent’s architectural vocabulary expresses a harmonious relationship with the classic brick buildings along Park and Fifth Avenues, accented by metal panels, crown lanterns, oversized loft-style windows, and a limestone clad base. Saluting classic Art Deco structures of the 1920s, the building’s silhouette is shaped by a series of graceful setbacks, chamfered corners and careful articulation of the facade that culminates in a decorative metal, glass and masonry crown at the top of the building.

 

Q: Where exactly is the building located? What makes this location so great for NYC families that want to live on the Upper East Side?

 

A: The Kent is located at 200 East 95th Street, at the corner of 95th Street and Third Avenue. The building is adjacent to the new Second Avenue subway and in close proximity to some of the best schools and parks in the City, as well as fine dining and cultural institutions. Adding to the allure is the convenience of a bus stop at 93rd Street and 3rd Avenue that transports children to popular summer camps and extracurricular activities.

Q: How big are the apartments? What are some of the favorite features of the apartments?

 

A:  The Kent offers a collection of 83 grand condominium residences that showcase elegant and intelligent living spaces. Curated by celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud, the interiors have been crafted for the modern family lifestyle.  They include large kitchens and living spaces while incorporating the charm and allure of a classic pre-war aesthetic. The two-to-five-bedroom homes – a select few with large private terraces – range in size from 1,285 to more than 4,500-square-feet. The residences boast 10-to-15-foot ceilings and large windows that highlight the multiple exposures and views of Midtown, Central Park and the East River.

 

Q: What schools, parks and restaurants are most coveted in the area?

 

A: The Kent is perfectly situated between Central Park and Carl Schurz Park, offering residents access to some of the best parks and playgrounds on the Upper East Side. Prestigious public and private schools, including The Spence School, The Dalton School and The Winward School, are all within walking distance of the building. The Kent will also be in close proximity to the stylish boutiques on Madison Avenue such as Blue Tree, Alice + Olivia and cultural institutions along Museum Mile, including The Frick Collection, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Breuer.

Residents who live in this coveted enclave of the Upper East Side enjoy sought-after neighborhood amenities such as a Whole Foods Market, and some of the best restaurants in the city including Sfoglia, The Writing Room and Sarabeth’s.

 Q: For a family looking to find out more information and take a tour of the building, who should they contact? Please provide email, phone number.

 

A: The building has recently debuted its on-site sales center and unveiled its first model residence. Prices start at $2,450,000. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the sales team at 212-922-9595 or visit www.TheKentNYC.com.

 

Q: What makes this building so unique?

 

A:  The Kent is a new tradition on the Upper East Side, making the coveted lifestyle of the area accessible to more buyers. The Kent will deliver the same high-quality luxury and design found in classic pre-war buildings – with the added luxuries of more living space and amenities, making this the perfect residence for today’s modern family. The Kent also offers the 20-year tax abatement, which will help lower monthly carrying costs for residents.

 

Q: Please tell us about the amenities of the building….

 

A: The Kent will offer a full-service lifestyle with three levels of curated indoor and outdoor amenities. Residents will enjoy the beautiful drawing room adjacent to the lobby, featuring a fireplace and marble-top bar. The third-floor Garden Salon will include a billiards table and full catering kitchen all overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard designed by internationally acclaimed West8 Landscape Architects. Those looking for health and wellness facilities will be pleased to discover the heated indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center with men’s and women’s changing rooms and infrared sauna.

A one-of-a-kind amenity offered at The Kent is “The Sound Lounge”, designed by Lenny Kravitz’s eponymous Kravitz Design firm. The lounge is the perfect harmony between a state-of-the-art recreational space and a refined rehearsal studio. Professional quality amplifiers, guitars, drum set, and piano give residents a rare opportunity to play and practice music in their own building. The space also functions as a screening room and includes multiple gaming consoles.

The Kent will even offer its younger residents a full-service lifestyle with their own array of amenities, including Camp Kent – an interactive play space adjacent to the outdoor playground also designed by West8. Added conveniences for the whole family include a dog wash station and stroller valet.

 

Q: Is the amazing penthouse still available? If so please share with us what makes this penthouse so incredible…

 

A: The full floor penthouse at The Kent is located on the top floor of the 30-story tower. The home spans 5,188-square-feet and features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. The master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets and all bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms. This grand home provides 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Central Park. Standout features include an expansive great room and modern kitchen, window-lined dining room, corner living room with a fireplace, as well as a private 1,466-square-foot wraparound terrace.

 

Q: What makes this building so kid/family friendly? 

 

A: In addition to the building’s amazing location, the residences at The Kent have been designed for a modern family lifestyle.  They offer generous layouts with three, four and five bedrooms as well as large kitchens and living spaces.  The amenities have been designed with all residents in mind, and feature amenities for children of every age, including Camp Kent, the outdoor children’s play area, The Sound Lounge by Kravitz Design, and a stroller valet.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about The Kent?

 

A: Move-ins begin this summer!

 

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xoxo

Do You Know Romio?! A new #fabuLyssfind- May 14th, 2018

We have a new #fabULyssfind to hep you find the best experts…

 

 

 

 

 Romio is a mobile platform where consumers can search, discover and book local services through a trusted network of friends and experts.

 

Please tell our #divamom readers what makes the mobile platform Romio so unique.

 

Romio is the only platform with experts — a trust shield that lets users have peace of mind they are booking services from top-rated providers. Our experts are industry renown authorities in their respective fields, and they vet everyone on Romio. You can’t get listed otherwise.

 

How can busy moms use the app to book services?

 

Very easily — download the app and find a service you need, including babysitters, dog walkers, plumbers — we have everything a busy mom needs. Parenting is a full-time job in itself and people are pressed for time. With Romio, you have everything at your fingertips. You can discover, book, and pay a service provider in just minutes. And, because all of our providers are pre-recommended, you don’t have to worry about reviews.

 

What is the recommended time in advance to book a service?

 

Every service is different, we have some available immediately, and others you can book a week in advance or longer.

 

Does the app cost money to download? How does it work? What are the costs associated with using the app?

 

Romio is available for free on iOS and Google Play. We charge a 15% booking fee, so we don’t make money unless our services are booked.

 

Will moms that live outside of NYC be able to use the app?

 

Yes, soon. Right now, we are hyper-focused in New York, but as more people outside the city download and sign-up for Romio, we’ll begin to unlock other markets.

 

What do you think the most popular services will be on the app?

 

We’ve been called the “Uber for everything else,” but we have more categories — parenting, pets, home, fitness, lifestyle — that tend to get greater attention.

 

Please tell our #divamom readers what sets apart the ROMIO app from other service apps out there.

 

Simple: Experts. We have them, our competitors don’t. Also, at the core of Romio is a sense of community and trust. We are giving providers a chance to work for themselves and develop their own business. We are enabling experts to make money from their recommendations. And, we are giving users access to the best services. There are opportunities for everyone.

 

How many services will the app have to pick from?

 

We have more than 1,200 unique services and 3,800 pre-screened providers.

 

What if you a #divamom wants to become an expert herself, how does she sign up to become one?

 

We are very selective when it comes to experts. You need to be an established voice in your profession, and you need to come with a network of people just as qualified.

 

Anything else you would like to add about the fabulous (fabULyss) new app?

 

Yes, download ROMIO today! 

#FabULyssfamily Restaurant Johnny Utah’s-March 12th, 2018

I always love finding new #FabULyssfamilyfriendly Restaurants

I would love to introduce you to Johnny Utah’s located in Rockefeller Center

www.johnnyutahs.com

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Q: Please tell our Divamoms about the only mechanical bull in NYC… How old do children need to be to ride the mechanical bull?

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A: Johnny Utah’s mechanical bull is free to ride for all our guests. Our mechanical bull is operated by a trained staff member who can adjust the speeds accordingly for all ages. There is no age requirement to ride the mechanical bull. All riders under the age of 18 must have a consent form filled out by a parent or guardian to ride.

Q: How did you redefine the urban cowboy experience? 

A:  Johnny Utah’s is New York City’s original line-dancin’, mechanical bull-ridin’ entertainment venue that’s a little bit country, a little bit Rock-n-Roll and a whole lot of unique FUN.  Our versatile space, relaxed atmosphere and promiscuous promotions have redefined guests’ views of “What is Country”

Q: What are some of the most #delysscious dishes on the menu for parents and children?

A: Our menu boasts an authentic, made in-house BBQ and Southwestern menu.  Parents love our health-conscious menu options, like our Southwest Cobb Salad and Pan Seared Salmon.  Kids love our Mac n’ Cheese bites and Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich! 😊 Our menu is diverse, and offers some tempting new twists on traditional Tex-Mex.  We cater to picky eaters and all dietary restrictions.  Our full-service kitchen is willing and able to customize a menu specific to your party’s needs 😊

Q: Can you rent out the restaurant for Birthday parties? Do you take care of everything for the parties? What about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs?

A: Absolutely- private parties are our specialty!  Our in-house event coordinating team will work alongside you every step of the way.  Whether you’re looking to host a small gathering with friends and family, or a complete venue buyout, we have you covered.  Our packages are customizable and we work with preferred vendors– including face painters, balloon contortionists, DJs, musical entertainment, kosher caterers, photographers, customized merchandiser, party decorations and more,  to make every event unique 😊

Q: Who is the best person to contact when inquiring about a private party and or dinner? Please include name, email and phone number.

A: Christina Cairns is our in-house event planner extraordinaire 😉 She will be your personal host and ensure that your party goes off without a hitch!  She can be reached at ccairns@johnnyutahs.com or by phone at 212.265.8824

Q: What makes the restaurant so unique? What will surprise families most?

A: Johnny Utah’s is the most reasonably priced restaurant located in the heart of Midtown, steps away from Rockefeller Center, Radio City & all of the action. We pride ourselves on the guest’s experience. Our major focus is the quality of food and service.

Q: Tell us about your incredible dj…

A: Johnny Utah’s has multiple DJ’s with incredible experience. Our DJ’s are highly trained. They have spun for multiple venues and events including weddings, birthdays and bar/bat mitzvahs. We are proud to say some of our resident DJs have had the pleasure of opening for and working with famous artists such as Flo Rider, Pitbull and many more.  Not only do we have wonderful DJs, but we also have amazing acoustic performers.

Q: For the parents (tell them about your amazing cocktail menu)… What are some of the best drinks?

A: Our delicious cocktails come in festive mason jars or our novelty boots which guests can take home with them. We have unique cocktails to suit all tastes. Some of our best sellers are the Texan Mule and our Southwest Sangria.

Q: Anything additional you want our #divamomblog readers to know about the restaurant?

A: All our events are completely customizable to suit all tastes and budgets. We are dedicated to making your event planning experience as stress-free as possible. Tell us your wants and needs, we will do all the work!

Kid’s Birthday Extravaganza

Join Us For Our Birthday Showcase

March 24, 2018

Looking for a fun and unique place to host your child’s birthday party? Look no further! Johnny Utah’s has everything you need: Great food, great staff, and the ONLY mechanical bull in NYC. Join us Saturday March 24th to see what all the talk is about! We will be hosting a Birthday Extravaganza from 12pm-6pm. RSVP to join the event. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktail tastings, meet our wonderful staff and vendors. Last, but not least, Grab The Bull By The Horns! Our event manager Christina will be able to answer any and all questions. We will be offering a one time 10% discount off of your entire party if you book your child’s birthday during our event on March 24th.

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RSVP on the link below

www.johnnyutahs.com/kidsbirthday

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