3rd Birthday Party at Nunley’s Carousel #girlsbirthdayparty


My daughter turned three and we threw her first party with kids from her class.  We chose a venue that worked for twelve three-year-olds plus family of various ages, Nunley’s Carousel at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, NY.


The Carousel used to stand at Nunley’s Amusement Park in Baldwin, NY, from 1940 to 1995.  I remember many happy times there with my family.  A visit to the Carousel at its current location is a nostalgic, old-timey experience with authentic organ music and the simple joy of riding round and round on beautifully restored horses.  For a 3-year-old’s party, this simple activity is perfect.


During the two-hour Princess and Prince-themed party, the schedule is flexible; but generally, the children ride, do a craft, ride again, eat pizza, ride again, eat cake, then ride until the party is over.




The venue was closed to the public during the party, so it was just our friends and family celebrating our little girl’s 3rd birthday.  It was a fantastic time.

The superstar birthday girl with her goody bag.


Goody Bags
Goody Bag



Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor #Evozbaby #Top50club @evozbaby

evozcameraWith Baby #3 on the way, I’m in the market for a new baby monitor.  I thought my only options when choosing a baby monitor were audio versus video, but now I want the Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor!

Lullaby + nightlight

As a global innovator in the development of smart monitoring devices and connected services, Evoz has redefined how families monitor their baby with the pre-launch of their highly anticipated Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor on Indiegogo, February 16th.

cry alert

This revolutionary sleek, magnetically mounted monitor allows parents to watch their child from anywhere while providing a never before available parenting toolbox that provides a host of important parenting tools.


Temp tracking

With the Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor, parents simply download the free app to turn their smartphone and tablet into a monitor to watch baby, capture precious moments through snapshots and recorded video, play soothing lullabies, control the nightlight and even talk to their baby – all with a touch of a button. What further differentiates this stylish new monitoring system is its cutting-edge parenting toolbox that provides a wide array of important tools, including a means by which parents can track a child’s sleep habits.

“With significant demand for the Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor, we wanted to provide parents who love sleek technology with an early opportunity to place an order through our initiative with Indiegogo,” says Avishai Shoham, founder and CEO of Evoz. “We also plan to use this campaign to identify our Top 50 Club, parents who will not only receive discounted products and perks but also will have critical input to Evoz management as we continue to innovate with additional products and services,” he adds.

The Evoz Smart Parenting Toolbox provides a suite of services including baby data logging and tracking, parenting content and even allows for scrapbooking.   Special “cry alerts” notify parents via push, text message or e-mail when baby is unsettled in the crib, while collecting important sleep data such as how long they have been awake and crying. This allows parents to quickly and effectively address sleep issues. Furthermore, the device automatically monitors the baby’s room temperature and alerts parents when it is outside experts’ recommended room temperature.


Parents continually have questions about their baby’s sleep habits and Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor has addressed this by presenting to parents content and answers specific to their baby’s age and wake up patterns through a partnership with Kim West, a.k.a. ‘The Sleep Lady.’  Ms. West has been a practicing child and family therapist for twenty years, creator of the “Gentle Sleep” method and has trained sleep coaches around the world, available as a resource through Evoz Smart Monitoring toolbox.

“Monitoring sleep habits is critically important for parents as they struggle to ensure a safe and secure sleep environment,” notes Kim West. “With the data gathered in the Evoz monitor, the videos and content available and our team of professional sleep experts, parents can get personalized insight, information and support to successfully improve their baby’s sleep.”

Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor will be available in April online at www.evozbaby.com as well as at leading online retailers. Consumers can, however, get one of the first units through Indiegogo in February.

For updates, you can follow Evoz on their social media channels:

Facebook: facebook.com/evozbaby

Twitter: @evozbaby


Healthy Detox #Smoothie #Recipe @FoodBabe

I found a fresh and healthy smoothie recipe on FoodBabe.com and tried it out.  Strawberries and blueberries make it sweet and ginger and greens make it fresh.  Her recipe was a bit raw and bitter for me, so I jazzed it up by heavy-handing the fruit.  Now I’m obsessed.


The recipe contains hemp protein powder made by Nutiva.


Hemp protein is a great substitute for whey protein, which can be rough on the digestive system.  I found that the hemp protein thickens the smoothie and doesn’t overpower the other ingredients, as long as I didn’t add more than three tablespoons.

What’s your favorite detox smoothie recipe?