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Amazon Prime Recommendations

Happy Prime Day Eve!!!!!

Looonnnngggg time no newsletter. Well the Busy Bees Ladies have had a very busy end of the school year with the kids, pregnancy and work but we promise that we will be back on track real soon! However, with that being said make sure you are following us on Instagram @busylittlebeesnyc as we are constantly posting on our stories of events, ideas and other fun activities for your little bees.

Ok…Prime Day…Feels like the Olympics of Amazon every July. Mel B, Sissa and Sue have put together a list of items that they have purchased from Amazon that they are absolutely in love with. Now we can’t guarantee that these particular items will have the best sales for the day but you will at least know our favorite items and why we think they are a great buy. This is a long post but it’s well worth it!

PackIt Mod Lunch Bento Food Storage Container– this container is perfect for any meal you want to pack. The dividers allow you to separate food and are leak proof. To top it off you can put it in the dishwasher and microwave. Sissa likes it for her different snacks that she can eat during her day at work.

Fluf Flip Snack Sack: Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bag – especially for little ones, you can pick a different pattern for each snack they have. Like my little one has breakfast, morning & afternoon snack in school in addition to lunch. So these bags know which food she should eat when (like a yogurt should be in the morning before it gets to warm) and allows me to put more than one thing in a bag. Like a yogurt and a spoon. Or a granola bar & fresh fruit.

OmieBox Bento Box for Kids– Not gonna lie. I love this so much I’ve been caught at the field using it for myself while the kids play their game lol what’s not to love, customizable compartments, hot & cold foods together & the ability to just carry one box instead of 4 containers!

Welly First Aid Kit– If you don’t like normal band-aids let me tell you how fun Welly first aid kits are! They have colorful Band-Aids or bravery badges as they call them, that kids will love. While this is a large first aid kit they have smaller kits that are perfect for diaper bags, purses and kids backpacks. Sissa has a small kit in her purse that has Band-Aids and ointment as well as the large one in her car. They also have a heal blister protection and clear spot patches for blemishes. Sissa loves all their products.

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup– You would be surprised how many “kid friendly” restaurants don’t have cups with lids on it. That is a disaster waiting to happen! But problem solved…..this collapsible cup is awesome bc it so small I can throw it pretty much any bag. Even if a restaurant doesn’t have kid friendly cups I can enjoy my dinner knowing I won’t be taking home a soaked toddler later.

Chef’n Garliczoom Garlic Chopper– If you cook with garlic this is a must have! It’s the hot wheels of garlic micers. It’s so easy my 4 year old can mice garlic on her own once I set it up.

Silicone Baking Sheet Pan Dividers– If you are a person who has a Hello Fresh subscription or something equivalent to that or you need to bake several sides for a dish in a small quantity these dividers are amazing. Sissa uses them all the time for her and her husband with their Hello Fresh meals. She places them on top of a cookie sheet and its an easy clean up too!

Sturdy Wardrobe Clothes Organizer– Mel B says this is a GAME CHANGER!! Easily find any shirt and keep your clothes from turning into a big mess in any closet shelf.

Hair Finishing Stick– Do you hate the little fly always in your hair. Sue loves this product as it puts those flyaways in place so your hair is picture perfect.

KOODER Handheld Fan– Sissa is not a fan of the heat…and neither are the busy bees kids. This USB charging fan with a mister is perfect to take with you for any activities during the summer. Sissa brings hers to Disney all the time and the kids bring them to the softball fields.

Sue has a general overall statement about Prime Day….DO NOT SLEEP ON AMAZON FASHION!!!! Sue has bought so many clothes lately on Amazon for formal affairs no less and received lots of compliments on them. The following items are some of her recommendations.

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Making a Baby Registry…And Getting Free Things

Let’s have a super fun topic to talk about, making your baby registry. First thing I would 100% recommend, especially since we are living in a post-pandemic world, your furniture first…and maybe ask your family if they will be willing to purchase it. We were lucky that the crib we picked was in stock but walking around Buy Buy Baby, there were multiple furniture sets that had signs that they were on backorder. I have heard some horror stories of sets not getting delivered for 3-4 months after it was ordered, so don’t wait until the last minute.

My second piece of major advice, baby furniture is expensive. My husband and I actually opted to go to IKEA for the dresser instead of the one they had that matched the crib at Buy Buy Baby. We had picked out a gray crib and the gray stain at Ikea matched it nearly identical and the dresser at IKEA was about $500 less then what Buy Buy Baby had. (Huge savings when shopping for baby).

Ok now that those two pieces are done here’s what to do on the rest. I first started browsing on Amazon and made a baby registry but kept it private. With Amazon if you complete 60% of your list, you qualify for a FREE gift. Same with Target and Buy, Buy, Baby when you create baby registries. Now for what is in the free gift varies by each store but it is essentially samples of products. But in my world, Free is for ME!

I started with the basic things a baby needs such as car seat, stroller, bottles, grooming kits, wash clothes, towels, crib sheets and waterproof crib sheets, pacifiers, and books. From there I branched out from each of those things. So for example, my car seat, I needed an extra base, a mirror so I can see them, a seat protector for my car, shades for the windows, etc. Slowly my list was building on each registry.

I also asked a lot of my friends what they bought but didn’t use or what was the best purchase they did make. While every baby is different and what you buy may not be what baby likes…KEEP ALL GIFT RECIEPTS!!!! Also remember, Amazon will literally take back anything so just make the switch, it is not a big deal and it will keep your stress levels down postpartum.

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Sissa Has A Secret!!!!!

As most of you know Sissa is our resident newlywed to the group and well, things are about to change. Her and her husband announced on Christmas Day that they are adding to their family and are expecting a baby in June!!!!! We are so excited for her and she is even more excited to share her journey with all of you. The rest of this post is her story so far.

I am just so excited to finally be on the journey of becoming a mother. For years, I have watched friends have children and I have enjoyed being the “aunt”; sharing in milestones with them, but now it’s finally my turn. And so far what a turn it has been. By the time I share this with the Busy Bees world I will be 19 weeks pregnant. And I am here to tell you…I will NOT sugar coat anything.

When we first found out I was pregnant I had taken the test about 3 days after my missed period. Within seconds, it felt like that line turned into a plus sign and then the digital test read pregnant. We were both extremely excited but also scared and nervous as we had experienced a miscarriage in early July at 8 weeks pregnant. This second time we waited a little longer to go to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy. At 7 weeks we had our first appointment and there on the screen was this little blob with a heartbeat.

As soon as we got the confirmation, the “morning” sickness began. I felt nauseous from the second I woke up to the second I went to bed. Brushing my teeth became impossible in the morning and I had to resort to keeping my teeth clenched to get a light brushing in without causing myself to throw up. As for breakfast, a Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin with an apple juice was what was tolerable. Mini Triscuits, plain Cheerio’s, red and orange peppers and ice cold water were my go to foods trying to much on something every few hours just so I wouldn’t dry heave behind my mask at work. Lunch was mac and cheese and as for dinner…yea I could barely eat as I was so tired by the time I got home everyday.

Now you are probably thinking…that doesn’t sound very healthy. Well ladies let me tell you, healthy goes out the door when you feel that sick. Everyone around you will start to give you advice on what helped them (and I took any and all suggestions) and others will tell you to try to suck it up and eat real food. My best advice, DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER. Does the baby and you need nutrition, yes you both do, but when you feel sick, you have to just eat what will stay down.

By week 13, it started to go away and I was able to start eating more food again. This is when I also tried to get in the “healthy” foods that you need as you are growing this human inside of you. Little by little it has gotten better. Do I still have moments where I dry heave, yes I do but they are few and farther between.

I also decided to spoil myself and subscribe to a Bump Box which I am going to share with you of what I get inside each month. Check out our Instagram stories for that! I am just thrilled to share my journey with you in hopes that if any of you are going through the same thing or starting your own journey of parenthood that you get a little more insight without everyone telling you “pregnancy is a wonderful thing”…it is but let’s be real, we all want to know the rough side of it too

~Sissa…and baby too

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Long Weekend at Disney with Kids

Do you think it is impossible to get away with the kids during the school year AND go to Disney. Honestly it isn’t that bad if you plan it correctly. If you can plan it with a Monday or Friday that school is closed that works in your favor. In New Jersey, A LOT of people travel during the NJEA Teachers Convention that is part of the first week in November. Another good time is in October over the Columbus Day long weekend.

In our case, our kids school had a half day on October 1st so they only missed one and a half days of school. We left JFK around 8am which had us land in Orlando about 10:30am. This gave us the whole rest of the day in Hollywood Studios. Friday was jammed packed in Magic Kingdom, Saturday was Epcot. Sunday we woke up early to catch our 9am flight back to NY so we could have a normal night routine to go back to school on Monday.

A few tips and tricks that we learned to help keep our day flowing:

  1. I decided that I was going to rent a stroller instead of bringing mine. Since we were just going for the weekend that meant 5 pieces of carry on luggage, plus backpacks…I didn’t need the extra hassle of my own stroller. I used Kingdom Strollers which gives you the option of pick up at the airport OR having it dropped off at your resort. I choose to pick it up at the airport since we were heading to the park as soon as we got dropped off. It cost about $50 for the three days and was perfect.
  2. If you have a small child, consider getting a Ride-On Suitcase. I have linked it from Amazon. This saved me in the airport of having my stroller because my smallest just sat on and we pulled her (she loved it!).
  3. While we were in Disney we use their mobile ordering A LOT for meals when we didn’t have a sit down service. The best part was we could pre order food for a time slot later in the day. This eliminated taking time out to wait on line to order food. Half the time we were on line for a ride and placing our order and it would be ready when we were done at the ride.
  4. Travel Blanket!!!! If you think I am crazy saying bring a blanket to Florida I am not. We had a travel blanket that was thin and easy to carry in a backpack. When it came time to find a spot for fireworks, it was so much more comfortable then sitting on hot pavement. Plus it saved space for us from bystanders.
  5. In Magic Kingdom (for those who haven’t been in a while), the Dumbo ride is new and improved with a great playground/air conditioning spot. You don’t need to ride on Dumbo to use the playground area, just ask a cast member. Also in that area is a splash pad, so bring a change of clothes if you want to let your child run in the water.
  6. Another great air condition/cool down spot is in Epcot at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. After the ride, which 95% of the line is indoors, is the aquarium with ocean life. There is a lot of ocean information that the kids can learn about AND there is also Turtle Talk with Crush which is interactive with the children. We spent close to an hour inside cooling down.
  7. Bring your own water bottles. Disney will give you water at any quick service spot if you ask. It was still very hot in October and we were constantly refilling our water bottle every time we stopped to up food.
  8. If you want to help keep your costs down, bring your own snacks for the in-between times. I brought with me goldfish, fun fruits and granola bars. They helped if we were waiting a long time on rides or as we were waiting for fireworks (so we didn’t loose our spot).
  9. Epcot is the perfect sleep in day. The park opens early but the World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am. The only two rides that are open in the World Showcase are Frozen Ever After and Remi’s Adventure but we did not leave the hotel until about 9:30am.
  10. PLANS CHANGE. Going to Disney is not about keeping a schedule. Every minute does not have to be accounted for with doing something. Sometimes just sitting on a bench eating popcorn or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar is enough. Take in the little moments with your children…they are only little once.
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 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Celebrates the Official Reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00-5:00 PM, 
99 Plymouth Street

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) will celebrate the official reopening and 6th Anniversary of the Environmental Education Center on Saturday, September 25 at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This free, family-friendly afternoon features special birthday festivities inside the Education Center, as well as outdoor activities presented in collaboration with Billion Oyster Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge Parents, and New York State Department of Conservation.Visitors are invited to explore unique educational exhibits and animals, and take part in a wide range of kid-friendly activities including crafts, a community art project using recycled materials, a mini photo booth, Park scavenger hunts, and more. Brooklyn Public Library will present a nature themed storytime at 2:30 PM at the Pebble Beach stairs.This is a free, all-ages event and is open to the public with no advanced registration required.The Environmental Education Center has been closed since the start of the pandemic and will reopen in a limited capacity for weekly Open Hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:00-5:00pm) and Saturdays (1:00-5:00pm) starting Saturday, September 25 with COVID-19 protocols and safety measures enforced. Please see below for safety details, or visit our website for more information.“Throughout the pandemic, our environmental educators worked hard presenting creative outdoor and virtual programming for children and families to learn and explore,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We look forward to reopening the Environmental Education Center on September 25 and welcoming the public to this festive celebration of the Center’s 6th Anniversary.”“We are thrilled to once again open the doors to the Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center,” said Isa Del Bello, Director of Education, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We have deeply missed working with children and families in the Center, providing free educational programming for learners of all ages. We can’t wait to see old friends and welcome new ones!”

“The Conservancy’s environmental programming offers so much for kids and families. We are so glad the Conservancy is able to reopen their doors and again offer educational programs from the Education Center,” said 
Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park  Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center Reopening and 6th Birthday Celebration

Where: 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Saturday, September 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Website: bit.ly/edcenterparty
 
COVID-19 Safety Measures and Indoor Attendance Requirements​​The Conservancy is committed to providing a safe environment for visitors to the Environmental Education Center and are following State, City, and CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the Mayoral Executive order: Key to NYC.For the well-being of our community, we ask that anyone who exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 or has recently come into contact with someone who had COVID-19, please stay home. Any participants who do not comply with safety requirements will be asked to leave the program.Additional requirements are as follows: Participants and staff are required to wear masks at all times.All Environmental Education Center visitors ages 12 and older are required to provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Visitors who cannot provide proof of their vaccination upon arrival will not be permitted entry. Visitors will need to present valid ID matching the name on their proof of vaccination. One adult from each family unit must sign-in with their name, phone number, number in group, zip code, and signature. By signing, you are also attesting your group has self-certified for COVID symptoms. A maximum of 25 visitors are allowed in the Education Center at a time.The room will follow a one-in, one-out policy when at capacity. If demand is continually high, visitors may be subject to time-limits. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer will be available onsite for participants.Acceptable methods for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination include:CDC Vaccination CardNYC Vaccination RecordExcelsior PassNYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOSValid ID includes your name and a photograph; for example:School I.D. cardDriver’s licenseGovernment I.D. cardIDNYC cardPassportIf you have questions regarding our COVID-19 safety policy, please email us at education@brooklynbridgepark.org.
 
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTERBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center is a year-round space, located at 99 Plymouth Street in DUMBO. It is the home base for our thriving education program which serves over 10,000 school children each year. The Environmental Education Center is open to families and park visitors on weekends and weekday afternoons. Learn more at: bit.ly/environmentaledcenter
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CONSERVANCYBrooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 35 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now an essential supporter, the Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park to ensure that the Park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for all of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for Park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 1.8 million visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARKBrooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the City controlled not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. Brooklyn Bridge Park is designed to be both environmentally and financially sustainable, a critical element of the park’s long-term sustainability. 

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

An annual Busy Bee Hive tradition!

There’s no better place to experience the magic of an autumn night than at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Now keep in mind there are two local locations you can go to take part of this memorable family experience. Van Cortlandt Manor which sits along the Croton River and provides the perfect 18th-century backdrop for this annual fall spectacle.  Or walk the spooky dark grounds of Old Bethpage Village in Long Island.

No matter which location you choose you will be amazed to see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns light up the night! Visitors are blown away by the work and artistry of each hand-carved pumpkin and every year there’s an additional wonder to inspire—a medieval castle, signs of the zodiac, and the Pumpkin Zee Bridge were some of the recent must-see displays.

Our experience:

  • The reservation only, time slots were great. Less crowded wait times.
  • The crowds kept moving at a nice pace.
  • We were all spaced out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll.
  • The grounds are dark for little ones to navigate. Highly recommend children 3 and under to be carried or in a stroller.
  • Hit Dollar Tree for some festive glow sticks to help light the way.
  • The grounds are overall smooth and easy to get through. Some patches here and there were a little bumpy/muddy to get through with the stroller, so keep that in mind.
  • Also, only bathroom facilities were port-a-potties. Although well maintained, I know some little ones are not a fan so plan accordingly.
  • Always something new to see, fun night for the whole family!

** The opinions expressed here are of our own. We were not compensated in any shape or form in exchange for this post. **

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JUST 4 WEEKS AWAY! DINO DAYS – SEPTEMBER 18TH & 19TH

A full day of family fun awaits you at Dino Days.Trips run SEPTEMBER 18 & 19One price includes all activities$4.00 for children under 2IncludesThe Dinosaur ShowMeet BLUE the VelciraptorScott Wagstaff ventriloquist and his Zany Animals,Train RideAdmission to the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, tour and bag of real fossil ore40′ obstacle course bouncytemporary tattoosspin artmeet and greet with Davey the DinosaurA beautiful narrated ride along the scenic Delaware riverA full day of family activitiesONLY $16 FOR CHILDREN$20 ADULTS
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Meet BlueA real live Velociraptor to scare and amuse you!

The Susquehanna Mining CompanyPan for real fossils you can take home!

The Dinosaur ShowA fun and informative show with real Anthropologists!
Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take you on a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals. Each summer, the team explores the Badlands of North and South Dakota excavating dinosaurs. This fun-filled wow-factor show will cover the formation of fossils and herbivores vs. carnivores. We will discuss our work as field paleontologists and our background in geology in a relatable way with entertainment, humor, magic and real fossils. The presentation will feature: – “Mr. Nixon”, a real eight foot Triceratops skull discovered by our team in 1996 and is 67 million years old – A real Albertosaurus skull will highlight the features of a carnivore. – Original music – songs – show & tell with rare fossils – a touch of magic which includes a special “egg magic trick” which segues to – presentation of a real dinosaur egg fossil – “Dinosaur Game Show” will round out the show.
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Barn Dance is back October 7th. Tickets on sale NOW! 🐎

Gallop NYC taking their boots to Manhattan!

This fall – October 7th – join them for an evening of celebration in support of therapeutic riding in New York City.

We’re pleased to announce the return of our beloved in-person fundraising gala, The GallopNYC Barn Dance. On Thursday, October 7th from 6-10 PM, we’ll gather at The View in Battery Park to celebrate our programs and honor Tom O’Mara, President of US Equestrian.

We’ll have dinner, dancing, drinks, a roaring auction, and of course, we’re bringing a pony! 

Tickets and sponsorships are available at the link below.


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New Venue, Stunning Views! 

We’ll be celebrating in equestrian chic style at iconic New York City venue, The View. Located in Battery Park, you’ll dance the night away at this incredible venue, which features an outdoor bar and lounge with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty.